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New documentary about The Beatles' 1968 spiritual journey to India premieres online next month

Credit: Paul SaltzmanA new documentary about The Beatles' historic 1968 trip to Rishikesh, India, to study Transcendental Meditation at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram retreat will get its virtual world premiere online on September 9, via Gathr Films' Gathr at Home platform.

In the movie, Meeting The Beatles in India, award-winning Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman tells the story of how, at age 23, he met the world's most famous band and their entourage at the ashram.  He'd traveled there on his own spiritual quest following a painful romantic breakup.

While at the ashram, Saltzman took many now-famous photos of The Beatles, interacted with the band members, and watched them write some of the now-classic songs they composed during the trip. Saltzman is responsible for the iconic group photo taken in Rishikesh that featured the band, their wives and girlfriends, The Beach Boys' Mike Love, Donovan, Mia Farrow and others.

The film, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, features more than 40 previously unseen photos from The Beatles' stay in India. There are also interviews with several people who were at the retreat with the band, including the late George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd, her sister Jenny Boyd, and the man about whom John Lennon wrote the song "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill."

The movie also includes Saltzman discussing Transcendental Meditation with Twin Peaks director David Lynch, a huge proponent of TM.

Meeting The Beatles in India also will feature footage of Saltzman paying a present-day visit to the ashram, accompanied by acclaimed Fab Four author Mark Lewisohn.

As part of the virtual premiere, a live Q&A with the filmmaker will take place immediately after the screening.

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

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Second episode of The Who's "Join Together @ Home" series to focus on band's 2015 Hyde Park concert

Courtesy of Eagle RockThe second episode of The Who's weekly YouTube series "Join Together @ Home," which features previously unseen archival concert performances, rare footage and more, premieres this Saturday, August 15, at 1 p.m. ET.

The new installment features some clips and mini videos from the British rock legends' 50th anniversary concert held at London's Hyde Park on June 26, 2015.

Who frontman Roger Daltrey chats about this week's screening an shares some recollections about the show in video that's been posted on the group's official YouTube channel.

"[W]e did a particularly good version of 'The Seeker' in that show, and I think that's in the film," Daltrey says. "And also, I was very, very proud of the screens that we created to go behind the band. And we had some incredible technicians who worked with us to kind of create that visual for you all."

The first installment of the series featured footage from one of The Who's historic 1982 concerts at New York's Shea Stadium.

"Join Together @ Home" will run for a total of six weeks, and is free to view, although The Who is encouraging fans who watch it to donate money to two charities supported by the band -- Teen Cancer America and its U.K. counterpart, Teenage Cancer Trust. Visit Join-Together.org to donate.

By Matt Friedlander
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Scorpions to release "Wind of Change" box set in October featuring a piece of the Berlin Wall

Courtesy of ScorpionsThis November marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Scorpions' Crazy World album, which featured the band's classic power ballad "Wind of Change" celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. Now, the famed German hard rockers have unveiled plans for a special box set dedicated solely to "Wind of Change" that will come packaged with an actual piece of the Berlin Wall.

Wind of Change: The Iconic Song will be released on October 3, and will feature five different versions of the tune, both on CD and 12-inch vinyl disc, as well as a uniquely crafted piece of the wall customized with a red "Wind of Change" star and a handwritten lyric from Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine.

The box set also will feature an 84-page hardcover book, rare Scorpions photos from the period, an interview with Meine and material from the singer's private archives.

The versions of "Wind of Change" featured in the collection are the original album version, a rendition recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, ones in Russian and Spanish, and an unreleased demo recording by Meine.

Meine wrote the song after being inspired by his experience of performing with The Scorpions at the Moscow Music Peace Festival in 1989.

"When we came on stage in the Lenin Stadium and started our show by playing 'Blackout,' all the Red Army soldiers, who function as security, threw their hats and jackets in the air, turned to us and became part of the crowd," Klaus recalls. "The world was changing right in front of our eyes…It was indescribable!"

"Wind of Change" is The Scorpions' biggest hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 in numerous countries.

You can pre-order the box set now exclusively at TheIconicSong.com.

By Matt Friedlander
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KISS postpones North American leg of End of the Road farewell tour to 2021

Jen Rosenstein/Live NationNorth American KISS fans who've been wanting to rock all night with the band on its End of the Road farewell tour are going to have to wait until 2021 to do it.

Billboard reports that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have officially postponed until next year the 2020 North American leg of the trek, which had been scheduled to kick off August 28 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth will serve as the opening act on nearly all dates on the tour, which now is scheduled to get underway August 18, 2021, in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and is plotted out through an October 6 show in Lafayette, Louisiana. Roth will not be performing at KISS' August 21, 2021, gig in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Tickets purchased for the 2020 concerts will be honored for the new 2021 shows.

KISS also recently confirmed the dates for the 2021 edition of The KISS Kruise after having to cancel this year's installment of the nautical extravaganza because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Next year's cruise is scheduled to run from October 29 through November 3, with a lineup that includes Ratt, Queensrÿche, ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, and Fozzy.

KISS still has a 2020 Latin American leg of the End of the Road tour on their itinerary, scheduled from a November 10 concert in Brasilia, Brazil, through a December 8 show in San Salvador, El Salvador. The band also is slated to play a 2021 European trek prior to the North American leg. Check out KISS' full schedule at KISSOnline.com.

By Matt Friedlander
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Joe Walsh's 2020 VetsAid concert to be replaced this year by virtual event due to COVID crisis

Courtesy of VetsAidJoe Walsh has announced that the fourth annual edition of his VetsAid charity concert "will not be moving forward as a live and in person event" this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show originally was supposed to take place at a venue in the Midwest during Veterans Day weekend in November. Instead, Walsh reports in a statement that "a special VetsAid virtual event [will be held] this holiday season that our fans can enjoy from the safety and comfort of their homes."

As with the previous VetsAid shows, the virtual event will raise funds for various organizations that support veterans services around the U.S.

The longtime Eagles guitarist adds, "I have been personally affected by this virus. A close friend of mine was taken suddenly, unexpectedly and far too young by COVID-19. I ask you all to please wash your hands, to socially distance and, for the sake of your friends, family and fellow Americans, to wear a mask when you leave the house. We're all in this together."

Among the stars that have joined Walsh to perform at previous VetsAid concerts are Ringo Starr, The Doobie Brothers, Don Henley, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, and popular country artists Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton.

By Matt Friedlander
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Billy Gibbons says he's been working on new ZZ Top album and new solo record during COVID-19 pandemic

Credit: Blain ClausenLike most music artists, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons' creative activities have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the long-bearded singer/guitarist tells ABC Audio that he's still been able to work on multiple projects during the health crisis.

Gibbons says a "real bonus" of having some extra downtime is that he's been able to focus on "ongoing recording projects" by ZZ Top and his own solo record. "Loads of cool grooving going on," he declares.

Billy also notes that he recently released a newly revised edition of his Rock & Roll Gearhead coffee-table book, which offers "a host of new cars, some new guitars and enough slang to send one back to the dictionary." In addition, Gibbons points out that he recently appeared on an episode of the CNBC program Jay Leno's Garage. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reports that the episode showcased "our latest little '34 Ford hot rod called the Whiskey Runner," which he says is "the bad little sister of the Eliminator," the car featured in several of ZZ Top's classic 1980s videos.

Meanwhile, Gibbons admits that he's really missing performing live with ZZ Top. As for what the first songs the band might play when they're able to get back on the road, Billy says "a ZZ Top favorite" and perhaps a tribute to Roky Erickson, late frontman of the Texas psychedelic-rock group The 13th Floor Elevators. He also says doing a cover of Wilbert Harrison's "Let's Work Together" would be "a fitting homage to the frontline workers we all depend on."

ZZ Top's current schedule includes two 2020 dates -- November 27 in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and November 28 in Lake Charles, Louisiana -- an April 2021 Las Vegas residency, and a spring Canadian tour with Cheap Trick.

By Matt Friedlander
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Albums by Pink Floyd, The Beatles top Genesee Cream Ale list of all-time vinyl records

Legacy Recordings; Apple Corps Ltd./ Capitol/UMeAugust 12 is National Vinyl Record Day and to mark the holiday, the makers of Genesee Cream Ale have compiled a list of the top 10 vinyl albums of all-time, with help from some of the brew's music-loving fans.

Topping the classic-rock-packed tally is Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, followed by The Beatles' self-titled 1968 double album -- a.k.a. The White Album -- at #2, and Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV in third place.

The tally was put together with results from an online survey posted on the Genesee Brewery Company's social media sites using responses collected from April 23 through June 5 of this year. Participants were asked to choose their three favorites from a list of 19 albums, and also were able to write in their picks.

The other albums on the top-10 list are Fleetwood Mac's Rumours at #4, Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. at #5 and Born to Run at #6, The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers at #7, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young's Déjà Vu at #8, The Who's Tommy at #9, and Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water at #10.

In conjunction with Vinyl Record Day, Genesee is encouraging fans to support record stores in their area by buying a vinyl copy of an album on the list and spinning some of their favorite tunes on a record player throughout the entire month of August -- of course, while enjoying a cracking Genesee Cream Ale.

"The list includes some pretty big bands and legendary titles that create the ultimate summer vinyl bucket list," notes Genesee executive Janine Schoos.

By Matt Friedlander
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Melissa Etheridge to perform at inaugural Golden State Equality Awards

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty ImagesMelissa Etheridge will be providing some of the entertainment at the first-ever Golden State Equality Awards, a virtual event sponsored by Equality California, the biggest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization in the U.S.

The awards, scheduled for Sunday, September 13, will be hosted by Pose star Angelica Ross, and will honor achievements within the LGBTQ community.  Among the honorees: former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, who'll receive the Equality Trailblazer Award.  The Netflix documentary Disclosure, about the on-screen depiction of transgender people, will get the Equality Visibility Award.

In addition, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will offer a special tribute to the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who was an ally to the LGBTQ community.

In order to enjoy Melissa's performance, you'll have to buy a ticket; that will get you access to the private website where the event will stream starting at 9 p.m. ET on the 13th. Visit EQCA.org for tickets and information.

More honorees and guests will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to Melissa, performers include Betty Who, Shea Diamond, Alex Newell and Robin S.

By Andrea Dresdale
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David Bowie's 'Young Americans' to be reissued on gold vinyl to mark album's 45th anniversary

ParlophoneA limited-edition gold-vinyl version of David Bowie's classic 1975 album Young Americans will be released on September 18 in celebration of the record's 45th anniversary.

Young Americans, which was Bowie's ninth studio album, originally was released in March of 1975. The eight-song collection, which was recorded in New York City and Philadelphia, found David moving away from glam rock and embracing a sound that the rock legend described as "plastic soul," incorporating R&B and soul influences.

The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 and featured Bowie's first #1 hit in the U.S., "Fame," as well as the title track, which peaked at #29 on the Hot 100.

David co-wrote "Fame" with John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar. Lennon also contributed vocals and guitar to that track and to a cover of The Beatles' "Across the Universe."

A young Luther Vandross was featured on backing vocals throughout the album, which has been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 in the U.S.

Here's the full Young Americans track list:

Side 1
"Young Americans"
"Win"
"Fascination"
"Right"

Side 2
"Somebody Up There Likes Me"
"Across the Universe"
"Can You Hear Me"
"Fame"

By Matt Friedlander
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Bon Jovi keyboard player's Broadway musical, 'Diana,' will now premiere on Netflix

Mauricio Santana/Getty ImagesBon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan is also a Tony Award-winning Broadway composer, but his latest musical will premiere on TV, not the Great White Way.

Since theaters in New York City remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bryan's new musical, Diana, will now be filmed without an audience and then shown on Netflix early next year, ahead of its Broadway debut.  The musical, originally set to open on Broadway on March 31 of this year, will now open May 25, 2021.

In a joint statement, the Diana producers say, "We speak for the entire company when we say that we couldn’t be more excited to finally be able share our show with theater lovers everywhere. Though there is no substitute for the live theater, we are honored to be a part of the quality entertainment that Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide."

Diana is about the life and times of Diana, Princess of Wales, whom the producers describe as "the most famous woman of the modern age."  Bryan wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics for the show.

Bryan's musical Memphis, for which he composed the music, ran from 2009 to 2012 and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Bon Jovi's new album, 2020, will be out in October.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Trini Lopez, who had 1960s hits with "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree," dead at age 83 from COVID-19

Peter Bischoff/Getty ImagesVeteran singer and actor Trini Lopez died Tuesday in Palm Springs, California, from complications of COVID-19, BBC News reports. He was 83.

Born in Dallas to Mexican parents, Lopez got his start in music as a teenager. A big break came during the late 1950s when he was noticed by fellow Texas native Buddy Holly, who recommended Lopez work with his producer, Norman Petty.

A few years later, after Lopez relocated to Los Angeles, he was taken under the wing of Frank Sinatra, who signed the singer to his record label and suggested he try his hand at acting.

Lopez's biggest hit was a 1963 cover of The Weavers' folk classic "If I Had a Hammer," which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 in many countries.

Trini scored a few more hits, including a rendition of another folk tune, "Lemon Tree," which peaked at #20 on the Billboard chart in 1965.

Lopez's acting career included roles in such films as 1967's The Dirty Dozen and 1973's Antonio, as well as on two episodes of the TV series Adam-12.

During the 1960s, Lopez also designed two signature guitars for the Gibson company that are now considered collector's items.

A new documentary about Trini called My Name Is Lopez is expected to get an official release in 2021.

Veteran pop star and actor Pat Boone paid tribute to Lopez in a Facebook post that reads, "Trini Lopez...what a great guy and wonderful friend. We played in celebrity tennis tournaments and laughed and sang. We both knew we were blessed to make a good living doing what we loved -- making others happy!"

By Matt Friedlander
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New Dire Straits box set featuring the band's six studio albums due in October

RhinoA comprehensive Dire Straits box set featuring the British rock legends' six studio albums will be released on October 9 as a six-CD package, an eight-LP vinyl collection and in digital formats.

Dire Straits: The Studio Albums 1978-1991 includes the band's 1978 self-titled debut, 1979's Communiqué, 1980's Making Movies, 1982's Love over Gold, 1985's Brothers in Arms and 1991's On Every Street.

Each disc in the CD collection comes with a poster of the album's original sleeve artwork, including lyrics and credits.

Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits found immediate success with its debut album, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200. It featured the enduring hit "Sultans of Swing," which reached #4 on the Hot 100, and has sold over two million copies in the U.S.

Communiqué went to 11 on the Billboard chart, although it included no major singles.

Making Movies peaked at #19 and was certified platinum for sales of one million copies in the U.S. It featured gems like "Tunnel of Love," "Romeo and Juliet," "Skateaway," "Expresso Love" and "Solid Rock."

Similarly, Love over Gold reached #19 in the U.S., although it became the first of three consecutive Dire Straits studio efforts to top the U.K. charts.

The band's most successful album by far was Brothers in Arms, which rocketed to #1 on the Billboard 200, and featured the chart-topping "Money for Nothing," as well as the hits "Walk of Life" and "So Far Away." It has sold more than nine million copies in the States.

The platinum-selling On Every Street reached #12 on the Billboard 200. It brought the band's recording career to a close, as Knopfler began focusing on his solo career.

Here's the CD box set's track list:

CD 1: Dire Straits
"Down to the Waterline"
"Water of Love"
"Setting Me Up"
"Six Blade Knife"
"Southbound Again"
"Sultans of Swing"
"In the Gallery"
"Wild West End"
"Lions"

CD 2: Communiqué
"Once upon a Time in the West"
"News"
"Where Do You Think You're Going?"
"Communiqué"
"Lady Writer"
"Angel of Mercy"
"Portobello Belle"
"Single-Handed Sailor"
"Follow Me Home"

CD 3: Making Movies
"Tunnel of Love"
"Romeo and Juliet"
"Skateaway"
"Expresso Love"
"Hand in Hand"
"Solid Rock"
"Les Boys"

CD 4: Love over Gold
"Telegraph Road"
"Private Investigations"
"Industrial Disease"
"Love over Gold"
"It Never Rains"

CD 5: Brothers in Arms
"So Far Away"
"Money for Nothing"
"Walk of Life"
"Your Latest Trick"
"Why Worry"
"Ride Across the River"
"The Man's Too Strong"
"One World"
"Brothers in Arms"

CD 6: On Every Street
"Calling Elvis"
"On Every Street"
"When It Comes to You"
"Fade to Black"
"The Bug"
"You and Your Friend"
"Heavy Fuel"
"Iron Hand"
"Ticket to Heaven"
"My Parties"
"Planet of New Orleans"
"How Long"

By Matt Friedlander
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Stevie Nicks compares COVID-19 to 'American Horror Story,' again begs fans to wear masks

ABC AudioStevie Nicks is once again imploring people to wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19.  She last did so on July 29, and since then, she notes in a new Facebook posting, the number of deaths in the U.S. has increased by more than 22,000.

"A lot of people still aren't taking the wearing of a simple mask seriously or, just trying to be aware of how close you are to others," she writes. "The masks and the distancing have now become a political statement. It is not political. It is a silent killer hiding in the shadows."

Stevie also notes that even if you survive getting COVID-10, its documented after-effects will continue to plague you. "Micro-blood clots in all your organs; in your brain, neurological problems; a cough that rips your throat apart and keeps coming back," she maintains. "If I get it, I will probably never sing again. Put me on a ventilator and I will be hoarse for the rest of my life. I don’t have much time…I am 72 years old."

She continues, "People are dying because people aren't wearing their masks. This is like the season of [the FX series] American Horror Story I was in. What's going on in our country now is a real American Horror Story. Nobody is leading us. Nobody has a plan. Unless people change their attitude...we will never get ahead of this virus."

Steviealso notes, "This virus can kill you. It can kill me. Kill my chances of pulling on those boots and hitting the road, kill the chances that any of us in the music community will ever get back to the stage."

She concludes, "You take deadly chances because you think you're immortal. You're not."

By Andrea Dresdale
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New book about The Who, covering "every album, every song" the band recorded, due in October

Sonicbond PublishingA new book about The Who that delves into the British rock legends' entire catalog of recorded music will be published on October 28, uDiscoverMusic.com reports.

Titled The Who: Every Album, Every Song, the book is part of  Sonicbond Publishing's On Track… series. According to the company's official online shop, the book is described as "the most comprehensive guide to The Who yet published."

It covers all of the band's studio albums, from its 1965 debut My Generation through 2019's WHO, and also examines non-album tracks, live albums, compilations and soundtracks.

The Who: Every Album, Every Song was written music journalist and longtime Who fan Geoffrey Feakes, who is a frequent contributor to the Dutch Progressive Rock Page website. His first book, which was published last year, was an installment of the On Track… series that focused on The Moody Blues.

The Who is currently on hiatus from performing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They're scheduled to return to the road next year with a tour of Ireland and the U.K. that was postponed from this past spring; it'll now kicks off March 5 in Dublin.

By Matt Friedlander
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Dion dishes on collaborating with Jeff Beck, Paul Simon & Van Morrison on his chart-topping blues album

Keeping the Blues Alive RecordsDion DiMucci's star-packed new studio album, Blues with Friends, currently is spending its seventh non-consecutive week at #1 on Billboard's Blues Albums chart. The doo-wop and rock 'n' roll pioneer enlisted an impressive cast of guest artists to collaborate with him on the record, including Paul Simon, Van Morrison and Jeff Beck.

Dion tells ABC Audio that when Beck signed on to play guitar on a track, that really got the ball rolling on the project.

"Jeff Beck is the only guitar player that can make me cry," the 81-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer declares. "He bends a string, I don't know what it is. He has some kind of magic in his hands."

Dion adds that when he I sent Beck the song "Can't Start Over Again" and Jeff agreed to play on it, "I knew I was onto something."

Dion asked Simon to contribute vocals to a tune called "Song for Sam Cooke (Here in America)," which was inspired by his experiences touring the South with the late soul legend during Sam Cooke the early 1960s.

"[Paul] just started working his magic, 'cause he has great concepts for songs," Dion maintains. "He just knows sounds. And so, he made it something sublime."

Meanwhile, Dion says getting Morrison to duet with him on the album really put him in the good graces of his wife, who's a huge Van the Man fan.

"I did a song called 'I Got Nothin',' and I told my wife, Susan…'I got nothin', but when you sing with Van Morrison, nothin's more than enough,'" he explains. "I put the record on in the car, and I'm telling you…[t]he next 30 years, I'm in. I don't have to worry about anything. I sang with Van Morrison."

By Matt Friedlander
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Sammy Hagar & The Circle play 1995 Van Halen song in band's latest "@Home Sessions" video

Courtesy of Sammy HagarSammy Hagar and his band The Circle take on the rocking 1995 Van Halen song "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)" in the ninth installment of their series of remotely recorded performance videos that have been posted at the Red Rocker's YouTube channel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The @Home Sessions videos, formerly called the Lockdown Sessions, feature Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson recording their parts separately with smartphones while self-isolating at home.

"Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)" originally appeared on Balance, the last Van Halen studio album Hagar recorded with his former band. The tune reached #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

In a message accompanying the video, Hagar writes, "When I heard that [Nirvana frontman] Kurt Cobain had taken his own life, the first thing I thought of was I wish I were there and could have tried to save him. The original title for these lyrics were 'I want to show you what love can do' but because it was such a dark horrible thing I just couldn't shine a light on it."

He adds, "It was also the time of the breaking up of Van Halen…so it added a lot of emotion, negativity and pain in the original vocal performance which surfaced the second I started singing this song for the first time since 1995."

Hagar and The Circle recently were announced as headliners for the "Rockin FORE the Kids" concert, scheduled for September 18 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The outdoor event will raise money for children fighting cancer and their families in the Northeast Ohio area, and for MusiCares. According to a press statement, the show "will be produced according to all COVID-19 guidelines."

By Matt Friedlander
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Don Henley, Bernie Leadon featured on new album by bluegrass veterans The Dillards

Pinecastle Recording CompanyDon Henley and his former Eagles band mate Bernie Leadon have lent their talents to a new studio by the veteran bluegrass band The Dillards called Old Road New Again, which will be released digitally on August 21.

The 11-track collection is The Dillards' first album to feature mostly new original songs since 1991.

Henley is featured on three of the album's songs: "Always Gonna Be You," "My Last Sunset" and the title track, which also includes contributions from Leadon. Meanwhile, former Dillards member Herb Pederson, who also co-founded The Desert Rose Band with original Byrds bassist Chris Hillman, appears on six of the album's 11 songs, among them "My Last Sunset" and the title track.

Other guest musicians on the album include Ricky Skaggs, acclaimed bluegrass mandolin player Sam Bush, and Sharon and Cheryl White of the veteran country group The Whites.

Rodney Dillard, the sole surviving member of the original Dillards lineup, says he considers Old Road New Again to be a "bookend" to the band's 1968 classic album, Wheatstraw Suite, which saw the group incorporating orchestration, electric instruments and modern production techniques into its traditional bluegrass sound.

"Wheatstraw Suite was a departure from the basic, somewhat traditional, recordings we had previously done," explains Rodney. "I wanted to move the group into uncharted musical territory, risking the ire of the hardline bluegrass traditional folks. Fifty-five years later, after several successful recordings, I felt it was maybe time to once again plow new ground and complete my musical journey, so we recorded Old Road New Again, the bookend to Wheatstraw Suite."

Longtime Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member John McEuen wrote liner notes for the album.

Here's the full Old Road New Again track list:

"Earthman" -- featuring Herb Pedersen
"Save the Last Dance for Me" -- featuring Sharon and Cheryl White
"Common Man" -- featuring Herb Pedersen
"Always Gonna Be You" -- featuring Don Henley
"Funky Ole Hen"
"Sweet Companion"
"The Whole World Round" -- featuring Herb Pedersen and Sam Bush
"Tearing Our Liberty Down" -- featuring Ricky Skaggs
"My Last Sunset" -- featuring Don Henley and Herb Pedersen
"Old Road New Again" -- featuring Don Henley, Herb Pedersen and Bernie Leadon
"Take Me Along for the Ride" -- featuring Herb Pedersen

By Matt Friedlander
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Streisand/Summer number-one hit used to soundtrack new ad urging LGBTQ people to vote

Columbia/CasablancaBarbra Streisand and Donna Summer -- both gay icons -- teamed up in 1979 for the number-one duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)."  Now, the song is being used in a new ad urging the LGBTQ community to vote -- and Barbra makes a cameo.

As Billboard reports, the ad, called "Enough Is Enough," was created by a Democratic political action group called MeidasTouch and Vote Proud, an LGBTQ voting initiative.  The goal is to get the LGBTQ community to the polls by illustrating how the Trump administration has failed it in multiple ways.

At the end of the clip, Barbra herself is shown at home sitting on her couch.  She sings "Enough is enough," and then says, "Vote proud!"

Vote Proud co-founder Bruce Roberts, who co-wrote the song, says, "I wrote Enough is Enough many years ago....and all these years later it has become an anthem for change and equality in America today."

He added, "There’s too much at stake for us not to reach and engage with the large part of the community that did not vote in 2016."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Lindsey Buckingham sang live for the first time since his 2019 heart surgery in recent Zoom event

Randy Holmes via Getty ImagesLindsey Buckingham took part in a recent Zoom interview and performance session that featured a four-song acoustic set, marking the first time he's sung publicly since undergoing an emergency open-heart surgery in February 2019.

The Zoom event was part of tech company Nutanix's "IT Unplugged" webinar series. The songs that Buckingham performed were Fleetwood Mac's "Never Going Back Again" and "Big Love," his 1981 solo hit "Trouble," and his 2006 tune "Shut Us Down."

As previously reported, Buckingham suffered vocal cord damage during his heart operation. In the ensuing months, Lindsey's wife reported via Twitter that he'd been going to see vocal specialist and that he was feeling great. Buckingham, who was fired from Fleetwood Mac in 2018, had lined up a short solo tour in April and May of this year, but that was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During one of the Q&A segments, Lindsey discussed the challenges he'd faced in recent years.

"This [pandemic] has been like a couple of years previous in which things occurred that I did not see coming," he noted. "One was my split from Fleetwood Mac. Another one was having a bypass operation, which I did not expect to happen. You could say that this makes it a trifecta of events that were completely off the charts."

Buckingham also shared an update on his next solo studio album, which he originally had planned to put out this year and which he says will simply be titled Lindsey Buckingham.

"We're waiting to see where this is all going," he said, referring to the health crisis. "We don't have a release date. I was meant to be out on the road now promoting it. It should be out in the spring sometime."

By Matt Friedlander
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Twins' viral video boosts sales of Phil Collins' classic "In the Air Tonight"

Virgin/AtlanticBet Phil Collins didn't feel this one coming: His classic 1981 hit "In the Air Tonight," from his first solo album Face Value, is back on the charts after 39 years, thanks to a viral YouTube video showing a pair of twin brothers reacting to hearing the song for the first time.

As of Monday, the song was at #3 on the iTunes song sales chart, following "Beers and Sunshine" by Darius Rucker at #2 and "WAP" by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion at #1.

Additionally, Variety reports that numbers provided by music analytics service Alpha Data show that "In the Air Tonight" was the fourth biggest-selling song of the week ending August 8, up from #185 the week prior.

Twenty-two-year-old brothers Tim and Fred Williams, whose channel is called "First Time Hearing," posted their reaction video on July 27 and it's since racked up over three million views. 

There's one particular part of the video got the most attention: The moment when the twins first hear Phil's iconic "In the Air Tonight" drum break, which comes three minutes and 41 seconds into the song. Both of their jaws literally dropped when they heard it.

One of their previous videos reacting to Dolly Parton's "Jolene" also caught the Internet's attention, with Dolly herself tweeting about it on August 7.

"No point in begging…Jolene already stole these two," she wrote, referring to the song's lyrics "Jolene, I'm begging of you/ Please don't take my man."

The brothers have also reacted to songs by Kansas, Lauryn Hill, Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine, The Carpenters, A-ha, The Allman Brothers Band, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin, Queens of the Stone Age and more.

By Andrea Dresdale
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