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Duane Allman's "Layla" guitar fetches $1.25 million at auction

Duane Allman with the 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop guitar at Muscle Shoals Studios September 23, 1969; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesDuane Allman's 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, the very guitar he used to play on Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominos rock classic "Layla," sold late last month for a record-breaking $1.25 million.

According to, which sold the guitar, not only was the instrument used for the "Layla" sessions with Clapton in 1970, but Duane Allman also played it on The Allman Brothers Band's self-titled 1969 debut album,which features the classic track "Whipping Post," and the 1970 follow-up, Idlewild South, featuring "Midnight Rider," "Revival" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed."

Duane also played the guitar on Boz Scaggs' cover of "Loan Me a Dime," from Scaggs' 1969 self-titled second studio album.

Before being sold, the Les Paul had been on public display in Georgia a the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon, Georgia, where it was known as "Layla."

“It was the first time that a refinished guitar sold for that much money," museum director Richard Brent told The Telegraph, "I don’t think anybody expected that.  The history of it is what sold it.”

The guitar was expected to sell for between $1.5 and $3 million, but according to the auction house website, only one bid was received from an out-of-town buyer who wished to remain anonymous.  In exchange, the unnamed collector will share the instrument with the museum and lend it for display during certain times.

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Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker turns 80 today


Ginger Baker, the virtuosic drummer best known for his work with singer/guitarist Eric Clapton and singer/bassist Jack Bruce in the 1960s supergroup Cream, celebrates his 80th birthday today.

Baker's inventive drumming is considered an influence on jazz fusion and heavy metal, though he also explored African rhythms and World Music. Baker first played with Bruce in the London groups Blues Incorporated and The Graham Bond Organisation. Despite having a contentious relationship, Baker and Bruce teamed up again in Cream, which was formed in 1966.

The band's name came from the notion all three members were the "the cream of the crop" on their respective instruments. Cream was hugely successful, scoring top-10 hits in 1968 with "Sunshine of Your Love" and "White Room," and topping the U.S. album chart for four weeks with their third studio effort, Wheels of Fire. Baker contributed a few tunes to the band's catalog, including the instrumental "Toad" and the quirky "Blue Condition."

Cream broke up in 1968, due in large part to hostilities between Ginger and Jack.  Baker then joined Blind Faith, the short-lived super group formed by Clapton and Traffic's Steve Winwood, after which he formed the jazz-fusion project Ginger Baker's Air Force.

For a time, Baker moved to Nigeria, where he delved into African rhythms and worked with Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.  In the ensuing years, Ginger worked with a wide variety of other artists, including Hawkwind, Public Image Ltd. and BBM, the latter a short-lived group featuring Bruce and guitarist Gary Moore.

In 1993, Cream was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The band reunited at the ceremony to perform for the first time on 25 years.

Cream reunited again in 2005 for four shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London in May, and for three shows at New York's Madison Square Garden in October.

In 2012, Baker was the subject on an acclaimed documentary, Beware Mr. Baker, which took a candid, in-depth look at his turbulent life.

Ginger's most recent solo album, Why?, was released in 2014. In 2016, he announced plans to tour with a new group called Air Force 3, but was forced to cancel the trek after experiencing serious heart issues, as well as a bad fall. He's been inactive since then.

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Peace of Stage company presenting Woodstock collectibles to artists performing at festival's site this weekend

Courtesy of Peace of StageIn conjunction with Woodstock's 50th anniversary, representatives of the Peace of Stage company -- which sells collectibles made from actual pieces of the 1969 event's stage -- are in Bethel, New York, this week, presenting some special items to the famous artists performing at the site of the historic festival.

The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts venue is hosting Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band tonight, Carlos Santana on Saturday and ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty on Sunday.

Peace of Stage co-founder Steve Gold tells ABC Radio, "We're presenting [a peace-sign] pendant and…special collectibles to Ringo and [founding Santana member] Gregg Rolie [on Friday]. And then we're doing Carlos Santana on Saturday, and on Sunday we're presenting to John Fogerty."

Gold attended the original Woodstock when he was 15, and afterward, says he helped dismantle the stage and move the wood to an upstate New York bungalow colony, where it was used to build a paddleball court.  Two years ago, he and his business partners tracked down the wood, purchased it and decided to create collectibles from it like the aforementioned pendant and other mementos, so people could possess their own little piece of history.

"People get married where the stage was," Gold points out. "People take their kids and say, 'This is where the stage was.' And we wanted to give people the opportunity to feel that energy that was felt in 1969."

Peace of Stage also has lent stage panels to the Bethel Woods museum for a 50th anniversary Woodstock exhibit.

Gold tells ABC Radio that his company is selling "glass mini bottles filled with sawdust from the stage pieces we're cutting" to raise money for five charities that were chosen that reflect the spirit of Woodstock.

Visit to purchase items.

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Listen to Robbie Robertson's new John Lennon-inspired song "Let Love Reign," featuring Glen Hansard

UMeEx-Band guitarist Robbie Robertson has debuted a second song from his forthcoming studio album, Sinematic, which will be released on September 20. "Let Love Reign" is a swampy, soulful tune featuring guest backing vocals by Glen Hansard of The Frames and The Swell Season.

With the song, Robertson carries on John Lennon's call for global peace -- at one point referencing the late Beatles legend by name -- while decrying the troubles facing the world today.

"Some people think John Lennon's dream about love and togetherness went up in flames," Robbie says. "I think that's wrong. It's everlasting. There was something a little naive about John Lennon going around singing about peace, but in that period young people celebrating love and peace helped end a war."

"Let Love Reign" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and you also can check out the track on YouTube. Fans who pre-order Sinematic also will receive a free download of the track.

As previously reported, Sinematic is a 13-track collection that includes songs connected with, or inspired by, two upcoming projects involving Robertson: the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band; and Martin Scorsese's biographical crime epic The Irishman.

The first song from the album Robertson released was the lead track, a duet with Van Morrison titled "I Hear You Paint Houses." The tune is drawn from The Irishman and the book on which it's based, I Heard You Paint Houses, whose title is a phrase mobsters use when hiring a hit man.

Sinematic will be available on CD, as a 180-gram-vinyl two-LP set and digitally. A Deluxe Edition featuring the CD, the LPs and a 36-page hardcover book of artwork Robertson created for each track, will be released on October 25.

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12/25 or 6 to 4? Chicago releasing new Christmas album in October

RhinoChicago will celebrate the holiday season this year with a brand-new Christmas album, aptly titled Chicago Christmas, which will be released on CD and digitally on October 4, while vinyl versions will hit stores on November 22.

The 11-track collection, which is actually the horn-driven band's fourth yuletide album, features seven original songs, a pair of holiday favorites and one non-Christmas-themed cover that still evokes the spirit of the season -- the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

The album was produced by founding Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane, while founding trombone player James Pankow created the horn arrangements. The band recorded Chicago Christmas while on the road in hotel rooms and on their tour bus using a state-of-the-art mobile setup.

The album includes two different recordings of one of the new songs, "Merry Christmas, I Love You" -- a ballad version and an R&B version. Loughnane co-wrote the tune with John Durrill, a one-time member of the famous surf-instrumental group The Ventures.

The two vintage Christmas songs on the album are "Here We Come a Caroling" and "Sleigh Ride," the latter of which Chicago also recorded for its 2011 holiday record, Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three.

The vinyl versions of Chicago Christmas include a standard black-vinyl LP and limited-edition red- and white-vinyl version that are available exclusively at

Meanwhile, Chicago has 19 U.S. concerts on its 2019 schedule, spanning from a September 1 performance at the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville, Texas, through an October 19 show in Clearwater, Florida. Check out the group's full itinerary at

Here's the full Chicago Christmas track list:

"(Because) It's Christmastime"
"All Over the World"
"Bring My Baby Back"
"Merry Christmas, I Love You" -- R&B Version
"What the World Needs Now Is Love"
"All Is Right"
"Sleigh Ride 2019"
"I'd Do It All Again (Christmas Moon)"
"I'm Your Santa Claus"
"Here We Come a Caroling"
"Merry Christmas (I Love You)" -- Ballad Version

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New Bruce Springsteen film "Western Stars" to open in theaters this fall thanks to new distribution deal

Courtesy of TIFFThe new Bruce Springsteen concert film Western Stars, which features the New Jersey rock legend performing the 13 songs from his new album of the same name, will open in theaters this fall via a new distribution deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

As previously reported, Western Stars gets its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 5 to September 15. An exclusive preview of the movie will be shown before screenings of the new Springsteen-inspired coming-of-age flick Blinded by the Light, which opens today.

The Western Stars film features Bruce performing his full album accompanied by a band and a full orchestra in an old barn that he owns. Springsteen's wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, makes a guest appearance.

In addition to the performance, the movie includes archival footage and narration from Bruce, who reflects on the themes covered on the album, such as love, loss, loneliness, family and the American dream.

Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, whose Bruce-related credits include the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special. This marks Springsteen's directorial debut.

"Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers," says Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. "With Western Stars, Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead."

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"Hello from Las Vegas": New Lionel Richie live album out today

Capitol RecordsLionel Richie will be back on your TV screen next year as a judge on the third season of ABC's American Idol -- but to tide you over, you can check out his new live album, out today.

Hello from Las Vegas documents Lionel's Las Vegas residency at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, which wrapped up last October.  There are three different editions available: Standard, Deluxe, and an edition sold exclusively via Target -- each with a slightly different set list.

Among the hits you'll find on the album: "Truly," "Penny Lover," "Stuck on You," "Dancing on the Ceiling," "All Night Long" and, of course, "Hello." Lionel also delivers some Commodores hits, as well as a version of "We Are the World," which he co-wrote.

Lionel has five more dates left on his current Hello tour: Saturday in Stateline, NV, August 20 in Redmond, WA, August 21 in Portand, OR, August 24 in Stanford, CA and August 30 in St. Paul, MN.

Here are the track listings:

Standard Edition
"Easy - My Love"
"Running With The Night"
"Penny Lover"
"Stuck On You"
"Dancing On The Ceiling"
"Three Times A Lady"
"Brick House/Skin Tight/Fire"
"Say You, Say Me"
"We Are The World"
"All Night Long"

Deluxe Edition
"Easy - My Love"
"Running With The Night"
"Penny Lover"
"Stuck On You"
"Dancing On The Ceiling"
"Three Times A Lady"
"Fancy Dancer"
"Sweet Love"
"Lady You Bring Me Up"
"Brick House/Skin Tight/Fire"
"Say You, Say Me"
"We Are The World"
"All Night Long"

Target Edition
"Easy - My Love"
"Running With The Night"
"Penny Lover"
"You Are"
"Stuck On You"
"Dancing On The Ceiling"
"Three Times A Lady"
"Sail On"
"Just To Be Close To You"
"Brick House/Skin Tight/Fire"
"Say You, Say Me"
"We Are The World"
"All Night Long"

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Ex-CCR members John Fogerty and Stu Cook share their Woodstock memories

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Fifty years ago today, the Woodstock festival was in full swing, having kicked off the day before. Among the main artists scheduled to perform on August 16, 1969 was Creedence Clearwater Revival, who were the first major act signed to play the event. The band was supposed to have had a prime slot that evening, but technical issues and bad weather pushed the start of their set back to 12:30 a.m.

CCR frontman John Fogerty tells ABC Radio that he remembers that his old band was "playing really well," but that "at first everyone was asleep" following a performance by The Grateful Dead.

"[I]t's just one of those things that somebody had to get hit with that," Fogerty notes, "because it rained for a day and a half, and people were starving and thirsty and tired, and they finally conked out."

Fogerty says one heartening moment during CCR's set happened when "some guy out in the darkness [yelled], 'Hey John, don't worry about it! We're with yaaa!'"

CCR bassist Stu Cook says one of his vivid recollections about Woodstock was the massive crowd below him as he was being flown in to the festival site by helicopter.

"It was just…an amazing collection of hair and teeth," he tells ABC Radio. "We never seen anything like it…I don't know how that many people can get together and not go crazy, but they managed to do it."

Fogerty's displeasure with CCR's Woodstock experience led him to block the release of the band's full set for years, but the performance finally came out earlier this month on the Live at Woodstock album.

Fogerty tells ABC Radio that he's excited to return to the site of Woodstock this Sunday to play a concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York.

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A year after her death, Aretha Franklin is still the Queen of Soul

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalA year ago today, the world lost the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Since then, she's been honored with reissues, awards, tribute concerts and site re-namings, and there's still more to come.

Today in Detroit, the now-renamed Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre will host a celebration of her life and music, featuring singer and pastors who, according to the Detroit Free Press, played "key roles" in Aretha's life.

While admission is free, donations will be solicited for the new Aretha Franklin Endowed Scholarship Fund for Detroit high-school students, as well as to a local group that helps people who suffer from the same kind of cancer that killed the Grammy-winning legend.

As the Detroit Free Press points out, since her death, Aretha was the subject of a two-hour Grammy tribute show and a tribute at the American Music Awards. In addition to the Detroit amphitheater, a stretch of freeway in the city is will be renamed the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway. Plus, fans are now finally able to enjoy the movie Amazing Grace, featuring footage of Aretha performing in church in 1972. It's available now for streaming.

Aretha was also awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer Prize board, an honor that only 43 people have received. She is the only woman to be so honored. 

Aretha fans can look forward to a biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, but the film's release date hasn't been solidified, according to an attorney for the singer's estate.  In addition, Franklin will be the subject of the third season of Genius, the National Geographic channel series that devoted previous seasons to Albert Einstein and Picasso.

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Graham Nash shares his favorite Woodstock moment, says he wasn't happy with electric part of CSNY's set

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival, which took place from August 15 to the morning of August 18, 1969, in Bethel, New York. Among the many famous artists that played historic event were Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, whose performance at 3 a.m. on the 18th marked the quartet's second concert ever.

CSNY's full performance, which featured acoustic and electric sets, was recently released in its entirety for the first time ever as part of the massive Woodstock: Back to the Garden box set.

Graham Nash tells ABC Radio that he wasn't happy about the whole show being released because he didn't think the band played well during its electric set.

"Acoustically, with 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' and 'Marrakesh Express," we were right on it," Nash maintains, "but electrically, when Neil [Young] joined us, it didn't sound great to me."

Graham says one of his favorite memories from the performance was when he and his now-estranged friend David Crosby teamed up for an acoustic duet.

"It was just me and David doing 'Guinnevere' with one guitar and two voices…and a half a million people," Nash recalls. "That moment I remember incredibly clearly. It was kind of overwhelming."

In the famous 1970 Woodstock documentary, Young isn't shown performing with Crosby, Stephen Stills and Nash, and that's because, according to interviews with Neil, he was annoyed by the cameramen being onstage with the group and demanded that they not film him.

"We didn't know until afterwards that he had said…'Don't ever film one frame of me,'" Graham tells ABC Radio. "I had no idea, and neither did Stephen and neither did David. But, it's Neil."

Asked whether he watched any others acts' performances, Nash admits, "No, we were just too busy getting high in [John] Sebastian's tent."

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Joe Elliott's Down 'n' Outz side project releasing third album, "This Is How We Roll," in October

Bludgeon Riffola/UMeDef Leppard frontman Joe Elliott's side group Down 'n' Outz will release its third studio album, This Is How We Roll, on October 11.

While the band's first two studio efforts mainly featured covers of songs by Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter, the new record boasts 11 Elliott-penned original tunes plus a rendition of The Tubes' edgy 1975 track "White Punks on Dope."

Elliott formed Down 'n' Outz in 2009 to serve as the opening act at one of a series of Mott the Hoople reunion concerts in London.  The band also features three members of the veteran U.K. hard-rock act The Quireboys, along with drummer Phil Martin and ex-Vixen bassist Share Ross.

The group has released This Is How We Roll's title track digitally in advance of the album's arrival.

"Boy, has this has been a long time coming?!" Elliott says of the album, which is a follow-up to 2014's The Further Adventures Of.

"Recorded in infrequent bursts of activity over a 5-year period whenever our respective motherships allowed, I'm extremely proud of what we've achieved with this album," he adds. "I'm blessed to have worked with such a superb bunch of musicians on this collection of songs."

Meanwhile, The Quireboys' Guy Griffin says This Is How We Roll "is absolutely fantastic, probably one of the best records I've worked on."

He adds that album's tracks are influenced by "all the stuff Joe grew up with…a lot of piano type stuff, a bit Elton John, one track a bit 10cc, a couple of good rockers…a real mix of stuff."

This Is How We Roll will be available on CD, digitally, on LP and as a limited-edition vinyl picture disc.

Here's the album's track list:

"Another Man's War"
"This Is How We Roll"
"Goodnight Mr. Jones"
"Last Man Standing"
"Music Box"
"Boys Don't Cry"
"Walking to Babylon"
"Let It Shine"
"Music Box Reprise/Griff's Lament"
"White Punks on Dope"
"The Destruction of Hideous Objects Part 3"

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Janet Jackson dishes on being a single mother in the spotlight: "I do it all myself"

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Janet Jackson is keeping it all the way real about being a single, working mom.

In a recent interview with Australia's Daily Telegraph, the R&B icon revealed that she's completely hands-on when it comes to taking care of her 2-year-old son, Eissa.

"It is hard being a working mother. I don't have a nanny. I do it all myself," Jackson revealed. "If my mother did it with nine children, there's no reason I can't."

While the singer admitted she has someone to watch after her son while she's on the road, Jackson says at all other times it's "my baby and me."

"It's not easy at times, but my life has changed," she said. "Obviously, my baby comes first."

Jackson welcomed Eissa in January 2017 with her estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana. The pair announced their split the following April.

While the singer is currently wrapping up her Las Vegas residency at the MGM, Jackson's little boy has apparently developed a passion for music, just like his mom.

"I bought him a real violin and he got so excited," Janet said. "He sleeps with it. He eats breakfast, lunch and dinner with it." 

Looks like Miss Jackson has a child prodigy on her hands.

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Holiday rom-com "Last Christmas" to feature six-minute unreleased George Michael song

Universal PicturesIf you go to see the holiday romantic comedy Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, be sure to stay for the end credits -- if so, you'll get to hear an unreleased George Michael song.

The movie uses a variety of George's hits to punctuate the story. As for the unreleased song, which runs six minutes, director Paul Feig told BBC News that the track was to have appeared on an album the pop legend was working on before his death on Christmas Day 2016.

"[George] was putting together his new album when he passed," Feig explained. "And one of our tracks is one of those songs, and it's just an absolutely amazing song that I'm so excited the world is going to get to hear now."

The director added, "It's a very celebratory song, I would dare say. And we were able to play the entire the film. Because when you get a song that has never been heard, you don't want to just use, like, 15 seconds of it." 

Feig noted that the tune "starts at the end of the film, and then goes into the credits."

Last Christmas follows Clarke's character, an aspiring singer who idolizes George Michael, but finds herself working as an elf at a seasonal Christmas shop in London. There, she meets cute with Golding's character, Tom, a guy who seems too good to be true.

"It's not a musical, but George's music affects the story," Feig said. "There are a couple of sections where the actors are actually interacting with the music, and other sections where George's music is driving, or underscoring the story."

Last Christmas hits theaters on November 8.

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Massive 30th anniversary reissue of Whitesnaske's "Slip of the Tongue" album due in October

RhinoWhitesnake's ongoing deluxe reissue campaign continues with a massive 30th anniversary edition of its 1989 studio album, Slip of the Tongue, which will be released on October 4.

The six-CD/one-DVD collection boasts a remastered version of the original album; B-sides, demos, alternate mixes and outtakes from the sessions; audio and video recordings from Whitesnake's headlining set at the U.K.'s 1990 Monsters of Rock festival; music videos; a making-of feature; a new video interview with frontman David Coverdale and former lead guitarist Adrian Vandenberg; and more.

Released in November 1989, Slip of the Tongue reached #10 on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell a million copies in the U.S. The album included two top 40 hits: "The Deeper the Love" and "Fool for Your Loving."

Nearly all of the songs on Slip of the Tongue were co-written by Coverdale and Vandenberg. Steve Vai played lead guitar on all tracks because Vandenberg had injured his hand just before the album was recorded.

Among the deluxe reissue's bonus tracks are almost two dozen previously unreleased recordings from the sessions, including in-progress versions of many songs. The collection also includes the first-ever CD version of Slip of the Tongue: The Wagging Tongue Edition.  Originally released on vinyl in 1989, it features track-by-track interviews with Coverdale.

The DVD includes a newly created promo video for the song "Sweet Lady Luck."

Slip of the Tongue: 30th Anniversary Edition also comes packaged 60-page hardbound book containing memorabilia from the period. For a limited time, the deluxe release will be available at with a lithograph signed by Coverdale.

Two-CD, single-CD, double-LP and digital versions of the reissue are also available.

Check out the full track list at

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For the Love of Music: New PBS special features The O'Jays singing hits and brand-new tunes

Credit: Denise TruscelloA new PBS concert special starring Philadelphia soul legends The O'Jays will premiere on select stations starting this Saturday, August 17. The O'Jays: Live in New York was recorded this year at a March 30 performance at the historic St. George Theatre in Staten Island.

The show features performances of many of the group's classic hits, including "I Love Music," "Love Train," "Back Stabbers," "Use ta Be My Girl" and "For the Love of Money," as well as four songs from the band's latest -- and, reportedly, final -- studio album, The Last Word.

A companion Live in New York album will be released digitally on September 7, while a DVD and a CD of the show will be available during upcoming PBS pledge drives.

In other news, The O'Jays will take part in a special Q&A and performance event on August 29 at the Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles. The group also will be inducted into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame at a special ceremony on October 22.

The O'Jays also have about a dozen upcoming concerts on their 2019 schedule. Here are all the dates, according to

8/16 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
8/17 -- Mashantucket, CT, Grand Theater at Foxwoods (with Kool & The Gang)
8/25 -- San Diego, CA, Embarcadero Marina Park South (with The Commodores)
8/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Grammy Museum
8/30 -- Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair
9/21 -- Grand Ronde, OR, Spirit Mountain Casino
9/27 -- Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
10/5 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/7 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
10/26 -- Cleveland, OH, KeyBank State Theatre
10/27 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre (with The Isley Brothers)
11/9 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
11/29 -- Maricopa, AZ, Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino

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Dead & Company announces new fall shows in New York and Virginia

Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentThe Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company recently wrapped up a U.S. summer tour, and now the band will be truckin' back to the road this fall for a few more concerts.

Dubbed the Fall Fun Run 2019, the outing consists a pair of two-night stands -- October 31 and November 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York, and November 8 and 9 at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.

This will mark the first time ever that Dead & Company has played the latter venue.

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 23, at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster. A limited number of tickets will be available through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program, which you can register for now through Sunday, August 18, at 10 p.m. ET.

American Express card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, August 20, at 12 p.m. ET. Additional presale opportunities will be available starting Thursday, August 22, at 10 a.m. ET.

Dead & Company also is offering VIP tickets and travel packages; visit for more details.

Besides the newly announced fall dates, Dead & Company will be performing at the third annual edition of its Playing in the Sand all-inclusive destination concert and vacation event, taking place January 16-19, 2020, at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancún, Mexico. The band is slated to play three shows at the sold-out extravaganza.

Dead & Company features Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, and with singer/guitarist John Mayer, ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

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Carlos Santana recalls Jerry Garcia calming him down at Woodstock after giving him hallucinogens

ABC/Randy HolmesToday marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the original Woodstock festival, which took place from August 15 to the early morning of August 18, 1969, in Bethel, New York.

One of the many memorable performances at the event came courtesy of Santana, who took the stage on Saturday, August 16, at about 2 p.m. Guitarist Carlos Santana has famously admitted that he was under the influence of hallucinogens during the group's set, and he tells ABC Radio that among his most vivid memories from the fest was the calming influence another rock legend had on him that day.

"What I remember is, basically, looking at Jerry Garcia's face, and he had a beautiful beatific smile," Carlos recalls. "Like, 'It's OK. It's all right. It's gonna be all right.' And so I didn't panic."

Reflecting on the performance, and his altered state of consciousness that day, Carlos says, "It was very challenging to play in front of 550,000 people…under the...not under, but over the frequency of mescaline, peyote or mushrooms, whatever I took. But what I remember is Jerry Garcia's face and his eyes smiling, because he's the one that gave it to me."

Meanwhile, Santana drummer Michael Shrieve tells ABC Radio that that day was "magical," and feels that his band gave "a performance for the ages."

Shrieve notes that when Santana played at Woodstock, the band's debut album hadn't been released yet, "so nobody was familiar with any of our music, so we had to win them over as a brand-new band."

He adds, "I think when you consider that, with an audience that size, that's no easy task for a band that nobody knows to win them over. And the fact that we did that is really something I'm proud of."

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The Zombies kick off US headlining tour tonight before launching joint trek with Brian Wilson

Credit: Payley Photography2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Zombies launch a new U.S. tour tonight in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The trek starts with a series of headlining shows before the British Invasion legends team up with founding Beach Boy Brian Wilson for a joint outing that begins August 31 in Las Vegas.

Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone tells ABC Radio that the tour's two segments will be quite different for his band.  The headlining dates will feature The Zombies' current lineup "playing an hour and a half to two hours of some songs from the '60s and some songs that we've recorded since we got back together again [in 1999], and maybe a couple of brand-new songs."

Blunstone adds, "We'll be playing 'She's Not There,' 'Time of the Season,' 'Tell Her No' and a few songs from our last album [before the band's 1968 breakup], Odessey and Oracle."

When The Zombies hook up with Wilson, Colin notes, the band's other surviving original members will join the trek and the group will play two sets, with the first featuring the current lineup playing some hits and obscure tracks, and the second showcasing the original members performing Odessey and Oracle in its entirety.

The 74-year-old singer says The Zombies will be playing one particular new song throughout the trek, revealing that the tune will be part of the band's next studio album, which may be released in 2020.

As for how he and his band mates feel about touring with Wilson, Blunstone says, "I can assure you that the whole band will be in the wings watching him every night, because we were huge, huge fans of The Beach Boys in the '60s and we're huge fans of Brian Wilson now."

Here are The Zombies' headlining shows:

8/15 -- Oshkosh, WI, Leach Amphitheater
8/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
8/19 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier
8/21 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
8/23 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot
8/24 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
8/25 -- North Truro, MA, Payomet Performing Arts Center
8/27 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
8/28 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center - Grammy Museum Experience*
8/29 -- Dewey Beach, DE, Bottle & Cork
9/29 -- Rockville, MD, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center

And here are the joint concerts with Brian Wilson:

8/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
9/1 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
9/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
9/7 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino
9/8 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
9/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/13 -- Oakland, CA, The Fox Theatre
9/14 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
9/16 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
9/17 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
9/19 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy City Amphitheater
9/20 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
9/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
9/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
9/24 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Theatre
9/26 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
9/27 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
9/28 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater

* = conversation and performance with Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone.

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We are golden: Today marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock

Blank Archives/Getty ImagesToday marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the most famous rock festival in history -- the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The extravaganza, which took place at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, ran from August 15 to the morning of August 18, 1969.

It was one of the defining events of the decade and of the hippie era -- bringing together an estimated 400,000 people for a weekend of peace, love, drugs and, of course, rock 'n' roll.

Among the many artists who performed at Woodstock were Jimi Hendrix; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; The Who; Santana; Jefferson Airplane; Janis Joplin; Sly and the Family Stone; The Grateful Dead; Joe Cocker; Richie Havens; The Band; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Joan Baez; Ten Years After; Canned Heat; Arlo Guthrie; and Country Joe and the Fish.

The festival was documented for an Oscar-winning film by director Michael Wadleigh that not only focused on the performances, but also showed how, despite bad weather, traffic nightmares, food shortages and other issues, the concert-goers and local residents and authorities banded together to make the event a remarkably peaceful one.

Reflecting on Woodstock's legacy, David Crosby told ABC Radio recently that he feels the significance part of the festival was not its magnitude, but "that people were nice to each other for three days…And we looked around and we said, 'Wow, this is what we were hoping for. Wow, we can hope!' And for a while, hope blossomed."

Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook shared similar sentiments, noting, "In my opinion, the whole experience was really about the audience, not the music. We were sort of the calling card to get people to show up. But if you look at the film, you'll see that the story is really the audience. The band is just the soundtrack."

Major Woodstock anniversary events were held in 1994 and 1999, with varying success, although a massive 50th anniversary celebration that was being put together by some of the original organizers was recently canceled after experiencing various well-publicized issues, primarily concerning financing and finding a venue for the event.

The venue at the site of the original festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, is hosting a series of special concerts this weekend that includes performances by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band on Friday, Santana on Saturday, and ex-Creedence frontman John Fogerty on Sunday.

In observance of the 50th anniversary, a humongous limited-edition box set featuring every recorded performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival was released earlier this month. Woodstock: Back to the Garden -- The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive features 38 CDs and 432 tracks, running nearly 36 hours, with 267 of those tracks previously unreleased.

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Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert film and doc "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" to get first Blu-ray release

Shout! FactoryHail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, the 1987 documentary about the star-studded 60th birthday concerts that The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards helped organize for his idol Chuck Berry, will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on November 19.

The film features footage of the birthday concerts, which took place October 16, 1986, at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.  It also offers a profile of the rock 'n' roll pioneer's life, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals for the shows.

The concerts featured Berry performing with a house band led by Richards, which included Chuck's longtime piano player Johnnie Johnson, Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell and sax player Bobby Keys, NRBQ bassist Joey Spampinato and lauded drummer Steve Jordan.

Among the special guests at the shows: Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Julian Lennon and Robert Cray.

The movie also includes interviews with and/or commentary from Berry, Richards, Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Little Richard and Bruce Springsteen. There's also archival footage of Chuck performing with John Lennon.

Among the film's many highlights is a scene where Richards butts heads with a stubborn Berry as they try to get a guitar riff down for Chuck's classic tune "Carol."

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (Collector's Edition), which also will be released on DVD, will offer several bonus features, including an introduction by director Taylor Hackford, 54 minutes of extra rehearsal footage, a making-of documentary, a trailer, a collection of classic remarks made by Berry and a segment capturing Chuck sharing reminiscences with The Band's Robbie Robertson.

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