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Elvis Costello to release new album with The Imposters, 'The Boy Named If,' in January

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Elvis Costello will greet 2022 with a new studio album that he recorded with his longtime backing group The Imposters called The Boy Named If.

The 13-track collection, which will be released on January 14, is described in a press statement as an album "of urgent, immediate songs with bright melodies, guitar solos that sting and a quick step to the rhythm."

Costello explains about the project, "The full title of this record is The Boy Named If (And Other Children's Stories). 'IF' is a nickname for your imaginary friend; your secret self, the one who knows everything you deny, the one you blame for the shattered crockery and the hearts you break, even your own."

The Boy Named If will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette and digital formats. There also will be "an 88-page hardback storybook edition," each copy of which will be signed and numbered by Elvis.

The storybook edition features 13 illustrated short stories that have the same titles as the album's songs and relate to the corresponding tunes in some way. The stories feature the lyrics of the songs, and the illustrations were created by artist Eamon Singer.

In advance of The Boy Named If, one of the tracks, "Magnificent Hurt," has been released as a digital single.

Costello has been quite busy since the start of the pandemic. He released his last studio album, Hey Clockface, in October of 2020, followed in March 2021 by La Face de Pendule à Coucou, an EP featuring French-language versions of six songs from Hey Clockface sung by Iggy Pop, actress Isabelle Adjani and others.

In September, Elvis released Spanish Model, a Spanish-language version of his 1978 album This Year's Model showcasing various guest singers.

Here's The Boy Named If's full track list:

"Farewell, OK"
"The Boy Named If"
"Penelope Halfpenny"
"The Difference"
"What If I Can't Give You Anything but Love?"
"Paint the Red Rose Blue"
"Mistook Me for a Friend"
"My Most Beautiful Mistake" (guest vocal by Nicole Atkins)
"Magnificent Hurt"
"The Man You Love to Hate"
"The Death of Magic Thinking"
"Trick Out the Truth"
"Mr. Crescent"

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ABBA's main men swear that after the release of their new album, "This is it"

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ABBA's comeback album Voyage comes out next week, but even though the group is involved with the staging of its upcoming virtual concert experience in London, don't expect any more new music from them.

That's the word from the group's main men, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.  Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, they explain that they wrote two songs that didn't make it onto the Voyage album, but they didn't finish them, and so they won't be released. "This is it," Benny says. "It's got to be, you know."

Referring to the group's breakup nearly 40 years ago, Benny adds, "I didn't actually say that 'this is it' in 1982. I never said myself that ABBA was never going to happen again. But I can tell you now: this is it." Bjorn agrees, saying, "Yeah."

Of course, that doesn't mean no more ABBA, period. The virtual show will play in London starting next spring and The Guardian notes that the lease on the purpose-built theater is for four-and-a-half years. In addition, the paper reports that there are "vague plans to build other theaters in other cities" so people outside the U.K. can see it more easily.

The four members of ABBA -- Bjorn, Benny, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog -- spent hours being motion-captured to create the show, which will feature de-aged digital "avatars" performing their hits, backed by a live 10-piece band and other effects. Asked if it's weird to see themselves digitally de-aged, Bjorn says no.

"You have to realize that we are confronted by our younger selves all the time on television, in pictures and all of that....It's completely natural," he says. "Everyone should have their own avatar."

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Watch video for new remix of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know," starring 'Glee''s Heather Morris

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A few weeks ago, a new remix of Whitney Houston's classic "How Will I Know," courtesy of British trio Clean Bandit, was released, and now we've got a video to go along with it.

The high-energy clip is set in a modern office building, and stars Heather Morris, who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on Glee.  As she and her cubicle mate make eyes at each other and then use the dating app Hinge to connect, the entire office begins dancing like crazy. Then, other workers couple up: A male window-washer and the female boss connect, as do a worker and the painter who's working on the walls of his office.

At the end of the clip, Heather and the object of her affection meet on a rooftop, but when she abruptly pushes him off the edge, he wakes up: Aww, it was all a dream.

November 22 marks the 26th anniversary of the release of "How Will I Know," which became Whitney's second number-one hit.  This is the second high-profile Whitney remix, following 2019's "Higher Love," which became a hit after being reworked by Kygo.

Clean Bandit are best known for their 2014 hit "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne.

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Memorabilia from Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Bob Dylan & more being auctioned in NYC next month

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Historic collectibles from various music legends, including Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Bob Dylan, will be up for bid during a memorabilia sale hosted by Julien's Auctions on November 19 and 20 at the Hard Rock Café in New York City.

Among the priciest items going on the block is a 1968 Martin D-45 acoustic guitar once owned by Clapton, who played the instrument at the live debut of his group Derek and the Dominos at London's Lyceum Theatre in June 1970. The guitar, which Clapton gifted to singer/guitarist Dave Edmunds in 1976, is estimated to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000.

Meanwhile, a sheet of lyrics for the classic Led Zeppelin song "Kashmir" handwritten by Plant on stationery letterhead from Chicago's Whitehall Hotel is estimated to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000. The lyrics feature some differences from the studio version of the tune, which appeared on 1975's Physical Graffiti album.

Another interesting item being auctioned is an abstract oil painting of a nude woman created by Dylan during the 1960s and gifted to his late manager, Albert Grossman, which is expected to bring in between $100,000 and $200,000.

Also up for bid is a cream-colored Fender Stratocaster Vintage '57 reissue electric guitar that Pink Floyd's David Gilmour owned and played on stage with the band during the 1980s and '90s. It's estimated to sell for between $80,000 and $100,000.

Other items being sold as part of Julien's Auctions' "Icons & Idols: Rock 'n' Roll" event include memorabilia and artifacts from The Beatles, Guns N' Roses, Eddie Van Halen, U2, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Trent Reznor, Keith Richards and Quiet Riot.

Visit JuliensAuctions.com for more info.

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Longtime Journey manager Herbie Herbert dead at age 73

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Herbie Herbert, the veteran music-industry figure who managed Journey from the band's 1973 inception until 1993, died of natural causes Monday, October 25, at his home in Orinda, California, Variety reports. He was 73.

Early in his career, Herbert worked for famed concert promoter Bill Graham as a roadie for Santana, which is how he met co-founding Journey members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie.

During the late 1960s, Herbert managed Frumious Bandsnatch, a psychedelic group that featured future Journey members Ross Valory and George Tickner.

Herbert helped put together Journey in 1973 and guided the band for the next two decades. According to Variety, he was involved in all aspects of their career, including overseeing recordings, the design of their logo and album covers, concerts and more.

In a 2017 interview with ABC Audio, ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry credited Herbert for bringing him into the band.

"Herbie…really is a legend," Perry said, "and I'm actually in the band because he heard my demo tape and believed in me and told the band, 'You gotta listen to this tape, I think this is the guy that should be the singer.'"

Interestingly, a reported personality conflict with Perry led to Herbert exiting Journey. He also managed the Steve Miller Band and co-managed acts like Roxette, Europe, Mr. Big and Enuff Z'Nuff.

In a lengthy tribute to Herbert, Schon wrote on his Facebook page, "I'll cherish all the incredible times and trials and tribulations we experienced together. Herbie was an incredible hands on Manager and fought like a mother f***** for all of us every step of the way."

Variety reports that a documentary about Herbert's life is in production, and plans for a memorial celebration will be announced soon.

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Billy Joel "doesn't get the hate" for *this* number-one hit of his

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Anyone can start a podcast that talks about an artist, but what about an entire podcast series about a single song?  We Didn't Start the Fire: The History Podcast is solely devoted to Billy Joel's 1989 number-one hit, and a few days ago, the Piano Man himself appeared on it to discuss the song, its legacy and, surprisingly, how much people dislike it.

"The only thing I've heard about that song from people is, 'I hate that song!'" Billy told podcast hosts Katie Puckrik and Tom Fordyce. "Some people hate that song. It's one of the most hated things I ever wrote! And I don't get the hate."

"I mean, I hate the music, because it's not good," Billy admitted. "But I think the lyrics are fairly clever, I think I did a pretty good job with the words, but some people just hate that thing."

As for why the music isn't good, Billy explained, "I wrote the words first, which is why the music is so horrible in that song. I usually write the music first and then I write the lyrics, but in that song, the melody...it's like a mosquito buzzing around your head! It's more annoying than musical."

Each episode of the podcast is a deep dive into one of the historical figures or event named in the song, from Eisenhower and The King and I, to Liberace and Joseph Stalin.  Billy discusses what inspired the song, why he chose to mention certain people, and answers trivia questions about those people.

By the way, despite its "horrible" music, "We Didn't Start the Fire" is one of only three Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits Billy has had in his career, next to "It's Still Rock 'n Roll to Me" and "Tell Her About It."

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The J. Geils Band's chart-topping 1981 album 'Freeze-Frame' celebrates its 40th anniversary

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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The J.Geils Band's chart-topping album, Freeze-Frame.

Released on October 26, 1981, Freeze-Frame saw the veteran blues/R&B-influenced rock band finally enjoy major commercial success after years of critical acclaim and moderate popularity.

The album spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 in February of 1982, while the song "Centerfold" became the group's only single to top the Billboard Hot 100, enjoying a six-week run at the pinnacle of the chart around the same time.

Freeze-Frame also yielded a #4 Hot 100 hit with its title track, while a third single, the ballad "Angel in Blue," peaked at #40.

The popularity of "Centerfold" and "Freeze-Frame" were bolstered by music videos for the tunes that went into heavy rotation on MTV.

Keyboardist Seth Justman wrote or co-wrote all of Freeze-Frame's nine tracks, and he produced and arranged the record. Four of the songs were co-penned by frontman Peter Wolf, among them "Freeze-Frame."

Freeze-Frame, which was The J. Geils Band's 10th studio effort, went on to sell more than one million copies in the U.S., making it the group's only album to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Wolf left The J. Geils Band in 1983 because of disagreements over the group's musical direction, and began solo career. The band released just one more studio album, 1984's You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd, which featured Justman taking over lead vocals. The band broke up in '85.

Over the years, J. Geils Band members have participated in various full or partial reunions, most recently in 2015. Band leader and guitarist John "J." Geils died in 2017 at age 71.

Here's the full Freeze-Frame track list:

"Freeze-Frame"
"Rage in the Cage"
"Centerfold"
"Do You Remember When"
"Insane, Insane Again"
"Flamethrower"
"River Blindness"
"Angel in Blue"
"P*** on the Wall"

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Late Kansas violinist Robby Stenhardt's star-packed debut solo album, 'Not in Kansas Anymore,' out now

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Longtime Kansas violinist and vocalist Robby Steinhardt sadly passed away in July of this year, but not before recording his debut solo album, a star-studded collection of songs titled Not in Kansas Anymore, which was released posthumously this week.

Described as a "Prog Rock Opera," the album features guest appearances by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs guitarist Steve Morse, former Toto singer Bobby Kimball, Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Pat Travers, longtime Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto, former Rolling Stones backing singer Lisa Fischer, acclaimed jazz drummer Bill Cobham, and many others.

Not in Kansas Anymore includes a new rendition of Kansas' classic 1978 hit "Dust in the Wind." The album was produced by Michael Franklin, who also worked on former Yes singer Jon Anderson's similarly star-packed 2019 solo effort, 1000 Hands: Chapter One.

Not in Kansas Anymore is available for purchase now on CD and digital formats at RobbySteinhardtOfficial.com or SolarMusic.com. You also can pre-order a vinyl LP version of the record, which is due out in December.

In the only interview he gave about Not in Kansas Anymore, Robby explained to PBS about the album's title, "It's no slight against the band, no never! My time with Kansas defined a big part of my life, of which I am very proud of. Ever since The Wizard of Oz, those words have become an American axiom for moving forward, you can never go back etc. I guess it has a special meaning when it is fixed to me."

Steinhardt died on July 17 from complications of pancreatitis. He was 71.

Here's the full Not in Kansas Anymore track list:

"Tempest"
"Truth 2 Power"
"Mother Earth"
"Rise of the Phoenix"
"The Phoenix"
"Prelude
"Dust in the Wind"
"Pizzacato"
"Tuck Tuck"
"Not in Kansas Anymore"
"A Prayer for Peace"

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Bruce Springsteen to perform at autism charity concert hosted by Steve Earle in December in NYC

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Bruce Springsteen is part of the lineup for the seventh annual John Henry's Friends Benefit concert, which will take place December 13 in New York City at The Town Hall.

The show is hosted by veteran Americana artist Steve Earle and raises money for The Keswell School, an educational program for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Earle's son John Henry, after whom the fundraiser is named, is a student in the program.

In addition to Springsteen, the concert will feature performances by Earle and his band The Dukes,plus Rosanne Cash, Willie Nile and others.

"The John Henry's Friends concerts are obviously a labor of love for myself as well as an expression of the generosity of all the performers who have suited up and showed up over the years," says Earle. "I'm especially grateful for this year's new friends, my neighbor Willie Nile, my old friend Rosanne Cash and my hero Bruce Springsteen."

General admission tickets for the show will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 5, at TheTownHall.org at 3 p.m. ET. VIP packages will go on sale to the public this Friday, October 29, at CityWinery.com at 3 p.m. ET.

General admission pre-sale tickets will be available to Town Hall and City Winery members starting on Wednesday, November 3, at 3 p.m., and pre-sale VIP packages will go on sale beginning Wednesday, October 27, at 3 p.m. ET.

As previously reported, Springsteen's new book, Renegades: Born in the USA, which he co-authored with former President Barack Obama, was released today. The book focuses on conversations between Springsteen and President Obama that were featured on the eight-part podcast of the same name, which premiered on Spotify earlier this year.

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See Nick Play: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's band Saucerful of Secrets to tour North America in early 2022

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After being forced off the road for over a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's current band, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, has announced plans for a new North American tour scheduled for early 2022.

The 26-date trek, dubbed The Echoes Tour, will kick off with two Canadian shows, on January 18 in Toronto and January 19 in Montreal, and then will head to the U.S. for 23 concerts before winding down in Vancouver, Canada, on February 28.

Tickets for 12 of the concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 29, while tickets for the remaining 14 shows will be available for purchase starting Friday, November 5. Visit TheSaucerfulofSecrets.com for more information.

"We enjoyed our 2019 tour in America so much," says Mason. "We're happy to be back at it and playing Pink Floyd music fans may have never had the chance to experience live."

Mason's Saucerful of Secrets performs Pink Floyd music that precedes the band's classic 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. The group also features Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd and David Gilmour touring bassist Guy Pratt, and veteran session musicians Lee Harris and Dom Beken on guitar and keyboards, respectively.

In 2020, Mason's Saucerful of Secrets released Live at The Roundhouse, a concert film and album that features performances from a May 2019 stand that the group played in London.

After their North American trek, the band will launch a lengthy trek in Ireland, the U.K. and mainland Europe, spanning from April into July.

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Whole Lotta Zep: Led Zeppelin joins TikTok, makes full catalog available to video platform's users

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Led Zeppelin has joined the ranks of rock bands with their own official account on TikTok.

The account, @ledzeppelin, will feature official Led Zeppelin artwork and graphics, live performance clips and other video content on the social media platform.

The hard-rock legends also have made their entire catalog available to TikTok users to soundtrack their own videos creations. Led Zeppelin's catalog spans over 100 songs, including such classics as "Whole Lotta Love," "Stairway to Heaven," "Immigrant Song," "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Ramble On" and "Kashmir."

The launch of Led Zeppelin's TikTok account comes in advance of the 50th anniversary of the band's hugely successful untitled fourth album, known as Led Zeppelin IV, which was released on November 8, 1971. The album, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, has sold over 23 million copies in the U.S.

It's track list includes the aforementioned "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll" and "Black Dog," as well as "Misty Mountain Hop," "Going to California" and "When the Levee Breaks."

To commemorate the album's anniversary, the band has launched a video series on its YouTube channel titled The History of Led Zeppelin IV. The first episode focuses on "Black Dog," which was released as the album's first single.

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Skid Row box set featuring band's early studio albums and EPs due out in December

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A limited-edition Skid Row box set collecting all three studio albums released by the heavy-metal band's original Sebastian Bach-fronted lineup, as well as two 1990s EPs, will hit stores on December 3.

Skid Row: The Atlantic Years 1989-1996 will be available either as a five-CD collection or a seven-LP 180-gram-vinyl set. The package features the band's 1989 self-titled debut, 1991's chart-topping Slave to the Grind and 1995's Subhuman Race, as well as 1992 covers EP B-Side Ourselves and the 1995 concert EP Subhuman Beings on Tour!!

The Skid Row album features the band's two biggest hits, "18 to Life" and "I Remember You," which peaked at #4 and #6, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself reached #6 on the Billboard 200.

Slave to the Grind topped the Billboard 200 in June of '91 and included the Mainstream Rock chart hits "Monkey Business" and "Wasted Time."

Subhuman Race reached #35 on the Billboard 200 and features the top-30 Mainstream Rock hit "Into Another."

B-Side Ourselves features renditions of songs by The Ramones, KISS, Judas Priest, Rush and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The Judas Priest tune is a live cover of "Delivering the Goods" that features a guest appearance by Priest frontman Rob Halford.

Subhuman Beings on Tour!! previously was available only in Japan. The box set's vinyl version will mark the first time that the EP has ever been issued on vinyl. Slave to the Grind and Subhuman Race will appear as two-LP sets on the vinyl collection.

You can pre-order the Skid Row: The Atlantic Years 1989-1996 box set now.

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Bruce Springsteen discusses his latest projects and performs "The River" on 'The Late Show'

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Bruce Springsteen paid a visit to CBS' The Late Show on Wednesday, where he discussed, among other things, Renegades: Born in the USA, the book Bruce co-authored with former president Barack Obama coming out on Tuesday; and The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts, a film and album documenting Springsteen's performances with the E Street Band at the historic MUSE benefit concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden, being released in various formats in November.

When asked how how he came to write the book with Obama, Springsteen told host Stephen Colbert, "It was the president's idea. He called me. I thought he had the wrong number, because he's a Columbia graduate, teacher of constitutional law, University of Chicago Law School, first African-American president of the United States,"

On the other hand, joked Springsteen, "I am a guitar player, I am a Freehold High school graduate."

After playing a throwback clip of Bruce's high energy performance from 1979, the Boss recalled it took place on his 30th birthday. When asked to compare that 30-year-old guy with the now 72-year-old version, he offered, "Well, it's funny, on stage I don't know if there's a lot of difference... we still come out, and we take it all the way every night that we're on stage. So, I mean, that's a completely different person."

Added Springsteen, "At 30, I was still a kid, and that was my entire life, what you're viewing right there, you know...So that was different. But basically, I still feel about it the way that kid would have. That hasn't changed at all."

Springsteen closed out the show with a live acoustic performance of the title track from his 1979 album, The River.

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Go-Go's drummer Gina Schock "very, very excited" about new photo book, thinks it will "make people smile"

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With The Go-Go's being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this Saturday, drummer Gina Schock has just released a new autobiographical photo book focusing on her long career with the famous all-female group.

Made in Hollywood: All Access with the Go-Go's is highlighted by a bevy of personal photos that Schock took during the group's 1980s heyday, as well as a variety archival images.

"I am very, very excited about my book, because it's my life, and it's from a band member's perspective," Schock tells ABC Audio. "[I]t's taken me years to put it together. [O]ver 40 years of photographs and tales to tell are in this book."

Gina notes that during the band's early years, "I was carrying a camera around with me all the time and snapping shots…everywhere, on the tour bus, in hotel rooms, backstage."

Schock also wrote commentary to accompany many of the pics in the book.

"I think I recapped things pretty evenly and pretty honestly," she says. "And people will get an inside look at the band in a way they never have, because it's being shown to them visually, and I'm writing text to it."

Made in Hollywood also features essays from the other Go-Go's, as well as from some of the group's famous fans and friends, including as The B-52s' Kate Pierson, Jodie Foster, Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens.

"Everybody was pretty honest and was telling…when they first met the band, what happened, how we first came together," Schock explains. "It's great to relive all that."

Gina says she thinks fans will love the book.

"[T]hey're gonna look at this and they're going to remember what they were doing [then]," she maintains. "It's gonna make people smile."

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New Journey record to be a double album, new drummer Narada Michael Walden reveals

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Journey has been preparing a new studio album, and now comes word that the forthcoming release will be supersized.

Narada Michael Walden, who replaced longtime Journey member Steve Smith as the band's new drummer last year, and also is producing the new record, posted a message Friday on his Facebook page revealing that he was in the studio with Neal Schon "wrapping up the exciting new Journey double album." He added, "Stay tuned."

On the same day, Schon posted a video on his Facebook page showing him laying down a guitar track, along with the message, "We had some fun today as I replayed all Guitar's [sic] on this 1st track we cut over a year ago when we began the new Journey album. It's a [wrap]!"

Journey gave fans the first taste from the upcoming album in June with the release of their latest single, "The Way We Used to Be."

In addition to Walden, the new album marks the return of bassist Randy Jackson, who previously played with Journey in the mid-1980s, and of drummer Deen Castronovo, who was a member of the group from 1998 to 2015.

While no release date has been announced for the album, Schon told ABC Audio in July that he expected it to come out either at the end of this year or in early 2022.

Meanwhile, Journey is preparing to kick off a six-show Las Vegas residency at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in December. The dates are scheduled for December 1, 2, 7, 8, 10 and 11. The band also will be playing a special symphonic concert on December 18 in Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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