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Diana Ross Announces Mini-Residency Dates in Vegas; Lionel Richie & Janet Jackson to Follow?


RBP ConcertsDiana Ross has announced dates for her mini-residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas, and reports indicate that  Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson and Ricky Martin may soon be following suit with residency deals of their own.

According to The Las Vegas Sun, the Supremes singer will do nine shows in April.  Her new show, titled The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, will run April 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 and 18.

Diana's set list will be comprised of songs from her nearly five-decade career, including Motown classics like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and pop favorites like "I'm Coming Out."  Tickets go on sale Friday.

Richie, Jackson and Martin are looking at dates over the next two years for their mini-residencies, The Las Vegas Sun reports.  The Venetian residencies will be in direct competition with the performers at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  Rod Stewart and Elton John currently have deals at the Colosseum, and Mariah Carey, as well as country stars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, will start residencies there in the summer.

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Mark Knopfler Releasing New Album, "Tracker," in March; Touring North America in September-October


Verve/Universal MusicMark Knopfler has revealed that his latest solo album, Tracker, will be released on March 17, and the ex-Dire Straits frontman will support the record with a major tour that will include a lengthy North American leg taking place in September and October. 

The standard version of Tracker features 11 new tunes by Knopfler, including songs paying homage to two lauded late British literary figures, psychological fiction author Beryl Bainbridge and modernist poet Basil Bunting.  The first single, "Beryl," which was inspired by Bainbridge, can be heard in its entirety now on VEVO.com.

"The album title Tracker arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades," Knopfler explains in a statement.  "Out of me tracking time -- looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio."

Tracker is available as a single CD, a digital download and a double-LP vinyl set, as well as a deluxe edition boasting four bonus cuts and a box set with six extra tracks.  The box set features CD and vinyl versions of the album, as well as a DVD containing a short film by director Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler about Tracker.  The package also features a numbered art print, six photo prints and liner notes penned by respected American author Richard Ford.

Knopfler's North American tour runs from a September 10 concert in Vancouver, Canada, through an October 31 performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Fans buying tickets for the shows online will receive one physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased.  Tickets go on sale to the general public for most concerts starting this Friday, January 30, while pre-sale tickets will be available for fan-club members beginning Tuesday, January 27.  First up for Mark is a European tour leg that gets under way on May 15 in Dublin, Ireland, and runs through a July 31 show in Barcelona, Spain.  Visit MarkKnopfler.com for more details.

Here is the track list for Tracker:

"Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes"
"Basil"
"River Towns"
"Skydiver"
"Mighty Man"
"Broken Bones"
"Long Cool Girl"
"Lights of Taormina"
"Silver Eagle"
"Beryl"
"Wherever I Go"
*".38 Special"
*"My Heart Has Never Changed"
*"Terminal of Tribute To"
*"Heart of Oak"
**"Time Will End All Sorrow"
**"Oklahoma Ponies"

* = deluxe & box set bonus track
** = box set bonus track.

And here is Knopfler's North American tour itinerary:

9/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9/11-12 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9/13 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
9/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9/18 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Dolby Theatre
9/20 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
9/21 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
9/23 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
9/25 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
9/26 -- Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre
9/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
9/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
9/30 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
10/2 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
10/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre - Murat Theatre
10/4 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
10/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
10/7 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Place Des Arts - Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre
10/9 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/10 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater
10/11 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theater
10/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall
10/14 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/16 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
10/18 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
10/20 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
10/22 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
10/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater
10/25 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/27 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10/28 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
10/30 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/31 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne Now Considered Co-Writers of UK Pop Star Sam Smith's Hit, "Stay with Me"


Sam Jones; Martyn Atkins; Image Group LA/ABCTom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne are now listed on the songwriting credits of one of last year's biggest pop hits: "Stay with Me," the smash ballad by young U.K. singer Sam Smith.  Smith's rep confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, after a report was published recently in British tabloid The Sun revealing that the 22-year-old singer had amicably settled a copyright dispute brought by Petty's publishers over supposed similarities between "Stay with Me" and Tom's 1989 hit "I Won't Back Down," which he co-wrote with Lynne.

Smith's spokesperson explained in a statement to Rolling Stone, "Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down'…contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions.  Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."

Sam's rep added, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."

It's unclear if Petty and Lynne will receive back royalties from the tune, which has been nominated for three Grammy Awards this year.

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Randy Bachman Unveils Cover Art, Track List for Upcoming Album, "Heavy Blues"


True North RecordingsNew details have been revealed about Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman's upcoming solo album, Heavy Blues, including the cover art, the full track list and information about the guest guitarists who have contributed to the project.

The album features 11 original songs written by the founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member, including "Little Girl Lost" featuring Neil Young, the title track with Peter Frampton, "Oh My Lord" featuring lap-steel guitar whiz Robert Randolph, "Ton of Bricks" and "Bad Child" with contemporary blues star Joe Bonamassa.  In addition, the late Jeff Healey appears on a song called "Confessin' to the Devil."

Randy is releasing the album under the name Bachman, which refers to the power trio he formed with bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon to record all the tracks.  In support of Heavy Blues, which will be released on April 14, Bachman the band will be hitting the road on a North American tour that kicks off April 1 in Milwaukee.  Only five U.S. dates have been confirmed so far, but more will be announced soon.

Here is the track list for Heavy Blues:

"The Edge"
"Ton of Bricks" (featuring Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday)
"Bad Child" (featuring Joe Bonamassa)
"Little Girl Lost" (featuring Neil Young)
"Learn to Fly"
"Oh My Lord" (featuring Robert Randolph)
"Confessin' to the Devil" (featuring Jeff Healey)
"Heavy Blues" (featuring Peter Frampton)
"Wild Texas Ride"
"Please Come to Paris" (featuring Canadian folk-rock singer Luke Doucet)
"We Need to Talk"

Here's a list of all of Bachman's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

4/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Bingo Casino - The Northern Lights Theater
4/2 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theater
4/4 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
4/24 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
4/25 -- New York, NY, The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

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Gregg Allman Announces Spring Tour


Danny ClinchThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired, but Gregg Allman isn’t slowing down.  He’s just announced a 21-date spring U.S. tour, kicking off in Ohio in March, and wrapping May 9 in Austin, Texas.

Allman, who turned 67 last month, has rarely been more busy.  He just wrapped up an outing that concluded with a show Sunday night at AT&T park in San Francisco.  He also scored a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance, for his fresh take with Taj Mahal on the Allman Brothers staple “Statesboro Blues,” from last year’s album Gregg Allman: All My Friends.

Speaking of friends, Allman will be supported this spring on various dates by Nashville-based blues rockers SIMO, Americana fiddle player and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires, and Allman’s son Devon Allman and his Devon Allman Band.

For ticket info, head to GreggAllman.com.  Here’s the tour itinerary:

3/13 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Casino
3/14 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre
3/17 -- Kalamazoo, MI, State Theatre
3/19-20 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
3/21 -- Florence, IN, Belterra Casino Resort
3/24-25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
3/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
3/28 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
4/18 -- Live Oak, FL, Wanee Music Festival
4/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Roxy Theatre
4/25 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach
4/28-29 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon
5/1 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
5/2 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
5/5 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/6 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Performing Arts Center
5/8 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
5/9 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live

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Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick Line Up Joint North American Tour Dates


Yann Charles; Cheap Trick UnlimitedEach year, Peter Frampton usually teams up with one or more other famous veteran rock acts for a series of co-headlining dates, and 2015 will be no exception.  The veteran guitar whiz has lined up a number of joint North American shows with power-pop legends Cheap Trick that will take place in the late spring and summer.

So far, seven co-headlining performances have been scheduled, stretching from a June 6 concert in Lincoln, California, through an August 5 gig in Toronto.  More dates are expected to be announced soon.  Frampton's itinerary also includes a solo headlining show on June 26 in Morristown, New Jersey.

As for Cheap Trick, the band has a variety of upcoming concerts in addition to the performances with Frampton.  They include a March 7 headlining gig at the 12th annual RaceJam concert in Las Vegas, an April 12 post-race show at the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and appearances at the Wanee Festival on April 18 in Live Oak, Florida, at the Carolina Rebellion fest on May 2 in Concord, North Carolina, and at the Taste of Joliet event on June 26 in Joliet, Illinois.  Cheap Trick also will be joining Billy Idol for a late-March and early-April tour of Australia and New Zealand, and will be one of Foo Fighters' special guests at that group's August 29 concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago.  Check out the band's full schedule at CheapTrick.com.

Here are all of Frampton and Cheap Trick's confirmed joint concerts, according to Frampton.com:

6/6 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
6/16 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
6/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
6/20 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
6/27 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
8/1 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

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Courtney Love and Frances Bean Share a Hug at Kurt Cobain Documentary Premiere


Paul Marotta/Getty Images for SundanceCourtney Love once had a strained relationship with her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, but they were all smiles Saturday at the premiere of the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

Love posted a photo on Instagram of herself hugging her 22-year-old daughter on the red carpet of the premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. She said of Frances Bean, who served as an executive producer on the film, "So proud of you Bean."

This is said to have been their first public appearance together in several years.

Frances Bean is the only child Courtney had with her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died in 1994.

Montage of Heck will air on HBO later this year.

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The Edge, Patti Smith Among Music Stars Featured in Chef Mario Batali's New Cooking-Themed Web Series


Paolo Pellegrin; Angelo CricchiU2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food.

All five episodes of the series -- including shows featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban -- premiere on Monday, January 26, on Daily Motion.  During each episode, Batali cooks up a special meal inspired by his guest.  Each artist also performs a song on the show.

In a preview clip of The Edge's episode, the Irish rocker reflects, "Music is so eloquent an art form in expressing human emotions."  He also is seen strumming an acoustic guitar while singing his band's 1992 song "Running to Stand Still."  In addition, the preview shows Batali cooking up a fresh scallop and pasta dish, which he and The Edge share along with some white wine.

In a clip promoting Smith's episode, the Godmother of Punk says of the motivation to create music or art, "I think all artists enjoy their process.  It's inherent in you.  You have a creative impulse and the impulse isn't to do it for yourself but for others."  She also performs an acoustic version of "Grateful," a tune from her 2000 album, Gung Ho.  As for the cooking aspect of the program, the preview shows an ecstatic Patti observing Mario shave a large truffle in to a pasta dish he's preparing.

Check out previews for all five shows at DailyMotion.com/FeedbackKitchen.

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Paul McCartney Releases New Single with Kanye West and Rihanna


Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Paul McCartney and Kanye West teamed up to release a new single called "Only One."  It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists.  Now, a new collaboration has been released -- with Rihanna added to the mix.

The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called "FourFiveSeconds," and you can hear it at Rihanna's official website and via iTunes now.

Rihanna described the song on Twitter as "FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!" The singer hasn't released a new album since 2012'S Unapologetic, but has been teasing the imminent release of new music for quite some time now.

"Now I'm four, five seconds from wildin'/And we got three more days 'til Friday," Rihanna sings.  "I'm just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin'/I swear I wish somebody would try me/ Ooh, that's all I want/And I know that you're home tonight, thinkin' how could I be so selfish/but you called 'bout a thousand times wondering where I've been." 

Kanye also sings on the track; we assume that McCartney is the one playing acoustic guitar.

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Patti LaBelle to Perform at 2015 BET Honors


Credit: Carlo Dalla ChiesaPatti LaBelle is part of the entertainment lineup for the 2015 BET Honors, which will be held tonight at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Other artists scheduled to perform during the eighth annual gala include Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and K. Michelle.

Among the celebrities who will be recognized at this year's BET Honors are Kanye West, Usher Raymond and Phylicia Rashad.  West will be bestowed with the Visionary Award, Usher will be presented with the Musical Arts Award and Phylicia will receive the Theatrical Arts Award.

Wayne Brady will host the event, while Bobby Brown, Diahann Carroll and Anthony Anderson will serve as presenters.  The 2015 BET Honors will air on the BET network on Monday, February 23, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Bob Dylan to Give 50,000 Free Copies of His New Album to "AARP" Magazine Readers


Columbia RecordsOn Thursday, a lengthy new interview Bob Dylan gave with AARP magazine that focused mostly on his upcoming standards album, Shadows in the Night, premiered online at AARP.org.  Now, the AARP organization has announced that the folk-rock great will be giving away free copies of the album to 50,000 of the magazine's readers.

According to the AARP, a U.S.-based interest group for people aged 50 and over, the CDs will be sent out to randomly chosen subscribers.

During the interview, Dylan's first in nearly three years, he talked about his desire to give away copies of the album, which features renditions of 11 songs recorded by the late Frank Sinatra.

"A lot of [the magazine's] readers are going to like this record," he said.  "If it was up to me, I'd give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine."

Dylan, who is now 73, also discussed how the themes of his own songs have matured as he's aged. "Look, you get older.  Passion is a young man's game," he maintained.  "Young people can be passionate.  Older people gotta be more wise.  I mean, you're around a while, you leave certain things to the young.  Don't try to act like you're young.  You could really hurt yourself."

Shadows in the Night will be released on February 3.

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Mike Tyson Explains His "Crazy" Contribution to Madonna's New Song "Iconic"


InterscopeMany were left scratching their heads when news broke that boxing legend Mike Tyson would be featured on a song on Madonna's upcoming album, Rebel Heart.  Now the nature of his contribution to the track “Iconic” has been revealed. 

"Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go," Mike tells Rolling Stone.  "I didn't know what the hell I was going there for.  I'm just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna.  She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn't know if she wanted me to talk or rap.  I just go in there and start talking.  I'm talking about my life and things that I have endured.  I'm saying some really crazy stuff.  It was really intense."

He said he ad-libbed his part of the song in one take and was inspired by an unlikely source: Italian fascist Benito Mussolini.

"When I did it, I think about being some guy like Mussolini and they're really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting," he explained.  "You watch Mussolini on television -- even though we don't understand what he's saying -- he is so mesmerizing.  I look at myself in that way."

Though he hasn't heard the finished song yet, he's pretty confident that he nailed his part.  "Doing the song with Madonna makes me think this [music career] could really happen," Mike said.  "Most guys that come in there drink a bunch of liquor or smoke 100 blunts.  I just went in and boom, one take.  Everyone thought it was cool."

"Iconic" marks the first time Mike and Madonna have collaborated, but the two go way back.  Mike first met Madonna in 1988, during a double-date with his then-wife Robin Givens and Madonna's then-husband Sean Penn.

We'll get to hear Mike's part in "Iconic," which also features Chance the Rapper, when Rebel Heart is released on March 9.  Unless, of course, it leaks before then.

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Carlos Santana's Nephew Advances to "American Idol" Hollywood Round


Courtesy Rubén Martin/RCA RecordsIs Carlos Santana the uncle of the next "American Idol"?  Could be!  The guitar legend's nephew Adam Lasher was among the contestants that were shown trying out for Fox's singing competition show on Thursday's American Idol episode, which was taped in New Orleans.

Lasher, who hails from Danville, California, chose to sing an original song for the audition, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.  Judge Keith Urban loved his voice and his artistry.  Fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. agreed and all three voted "yes" for Adam to advance.

Prior to his audition, Adam told host Ryan Seacrest that his uncle taught him how to play guitar.

"Sometimes the proverbs or the wisdom that he's saying is just like a deeper lesson than just like, 'Hey, this is a barre chord and this is this scale and this is that scale,'" Lasher explained. "He's just like a Jedi with a guitar."

The segment, which has been posted on the American Idol YouTube channel, also included a clip of Adam performing onstage with his Uncle Carlos.

Incidentally, Lasher performs with his own group, which has several gigs lined up in the coming days in Southern California.  You can find out more information at AdamLasherBand.com.

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Star-Studded 2005 Tribute to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" Reissued with Bonus Tracks


Cleopatra RecordsIn 2005, a tribute to Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album The Wall titled Back Against The Wall was released that featured an extraordinary lineup of rock stars, including past or current members of Yes, Styx, Toto, The Doors, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and more.  To mark its 10th anniversary, the two-CD set was reissued this week with new artwork and several bonus tracks, while the collection also has been released on vinyl for the first time.

Among the interesting collaborations that appear on Back Against The Wall are a version of "Don't Leave Me Now" featuring Styx's Tommy Shaw and The Doors' Robby Krieger; a rendition of "Hey You" with Asia/ex-King Crimson singer/bassist John Wetton, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Yes drummer Alan White and Shaw; and a version of "Comfortably Numb" featuring White and Yes bassist Chris Squire.

The project was the brainchild of one-time Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood, who has overseen the creation of numerous all-star tribute albums over the last decade or so.  A digital version of the reissue also is available.

The bonus tracks, which don't appear on the vinyl version of Back Against The Wall, include four different remixes of "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2," as well as a remix of "Comfortably Numb."

Here is the complete track list of the Back Against The Wall reissue, including the key artists who contributed to each song:

Disc 1
"In the Flesh?" (featuring Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro)
"The Thin Ice" (featuring Ian Anderson & Tony Levin)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 1" (featuring Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood)
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (featuring Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro)
"Mother" (featuring John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White)
"Goodbye Blue Sky" (featuring Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood)
"Empty Spaces" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger)
"Young Lust" (featuring Glenn Hughes)
"One of My Turns" (featuring Tommy Shaw)
"Don't Leave Me Now" (featuring Tommy Shaw & Robby Krieger)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 3" (featuring Steve Lukather & Tony Levin)
"Goodbye Cruel World" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Tony Levin)

Disc 2
"Hey You" (featuring John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White)
"Is There Anybody Out There?" (featuring Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood)
"Nobody Home" (featuring Rick Wakeman)
"Vera" (featuring Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe)
"Bring the Boys Back Home" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen)
"Comfortably Numb" (featuring Chris Squire & Alan White)
"The Show Must Go On" (featuring Adrian Belew & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"In the Flesh" (featuring Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"Run Like Hell" (featuring Jason Scheff, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye)
"Waiting for the Worms" (featuring Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"Stop" (featuring Billy Sherwood)
"The Trial" (featuring Malcolm McDowell)
"Outside the Wall" (featuring Billy Sherwood)
Bonus Tracks
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (Electro Remix)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (House Remix)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (Radio Remix)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (Dub Remix)
"Comfortably Numb" (Blackburner Remix)

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Mötley Crüe Adds Second L.A. Date to Farewell Tour


Paul BrownMötley Crüe will wrap up their farewell tour on New Year's Eve with a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If you can't make it to that show, which is nearly sold out, you'll have the opportunity to see them live in the same venue the night before.

The band has announced they'll perform at the Staples Center on December 30. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Saturday morning at 10 a.m. local time. At that same time, a limited number of tickets for the New Year's Eve concert will also be released.

Complete ticket information is available on Motley.com.

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Ex-Utopia Bassist Kasim Sulton Says He's "Very Proud" of New Solo Album, "3"


Courtesy of Kasim SultonVeteran rock bassist Kasim Sulton recently released his third solo album, the aptly titled 3, a collection of finely crafted pop and rock tunes. The 59-year-old musician says he's "very proud" of the record, which he recorded with the help of some famous musical friends and associates.

Sulton probably is best known as the longtime bassist for Todd Rundgren's old group Utopia, and he also has toured and recorded with such other artists as Meat Loaf, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The New Cars and Blue Oyster Cult.  For 3, Sulton called on all of his former Utopia band mates -- Rundgren, keyboardist Roger Powell and drummer Willie Wilcox -- as well as Blue Oyster Cult guitarist Buck Dharma Roeser, Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes and Billy Joel/Ringo Starr sax player and musical director Mark Rivera, among others.

Kasim tells ABC News Radio that because of his many musical commitments, it usually takes him several years to finish a solo album, and 3 was no exception.  He also points out that the new record differs from his previous solo efforts, 1982's Kasim and 2002's Quid Pro Quo, in that he didn't have many guest musicians play on those earlier releases.

Sulton says one of his favorite songs on the album is the first single, a melodic pop-rock gem called "Clocks All Stopped," which he co-wrote with frequent songwriting partner Phil Thornalley.  If the track sounds reminiscent of Kasim's old band Utopia, that's by design.

"I sat down to write a real Utopia song," he explains.  "And I think that 'Clocks All Stopped' is a pretty good indication of what a Utopia record might be like if we were still making records."  To get that Utopia sound, Sulton enlisted Rundgren and Powell to play on the track.

Sulton admits that Utopia and Rundgren, with whom he still tours, remain among his biggest influences as a songwriter.

"I think that left an indelible mark on my creative process," he says of his tenure with the band.  "And certainly working with Todd, because Todd, I feel, is one of the greatest unsung songwriters of the last half of the 20th century."

Other songs Kasim says he likes on 3 include "15 Minutes," which features Roeser, Rivera and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes pianist Jeff Kazee, and a cover of tune by founding Tubes guitarist Bill Spooner called "Too Much on Her Mind."  Hawkes and Wilcox played on the latter track.

As for how he feels about 3 as a whole, Sulton says, "I never say this about my own stuff, but I'm very proud of my record, and I just hope that it has some longevity, that I can keep playing shows behind it for the next year or so."

Sulton currently has just two concerts lined up in support of the album, a gig tonight at Joe's Pub in New York City, and a show on Sunday at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia.  Fans also will be able to catch Kasim playing with Blue Oyster Cult, who have plenty of 2015 tour dates lined up.  Visit BlueOysterCult.com to check out the band's full itinerary.

You can purchase 3 and find out the latest news on Sulton at his official website.

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Bob Dylan Discusses Standards Album, Admiration for Frank Sinatra in New Interview


PRNewsFoto/AARPIn his first interview in three years, Bob Dylan chats with AARP magazine at length about Shadows in the Night, his upcoming album of standards, which will be released on February 3.

Dylan reveals he'd been thinking about making an album like Shadows in the Night, which features 10 songs that Frank Sinatra recorded during his career, "ever since I heard Willie [Nelson]'s Stardust record in the late 1970s."  He adds, "All through the years, I've heard these songs being recorded by other people and I've always wanted to do that."

The 73-year-old singer/songwriter notes that it was important for him to do justice to the songs he covered for the project, which include such classics as "Autumn Leaves," "Some Enchanted Evening" and "What'll I Do."

"I love these songs, and I'm not going to bring any disrespect to them," he maintains.  "To trash those songs would be sacrilegious."

Dylan also suggests that the ultimate versions of the tunes were Sinatra's renditions, noting that the late crooner set the bar very high indeed.

"When you start doing these songs, Frank's got to be on your mind.  Because he is the mountain," Bob tells the magazine.  "That's the mountain you have to climb, even if you only get part of the way there."

Dylan says one of the things he admires about Sinatra is that "he had this ability to get inside of the song in a sort of a conversational way.  Frank sang to you -- not at you."

Asked whether he felt it was risky attempting to sing songs associated with Sinatra, Dylan fires back, "Risky?  Like walking across a field laced with land mines?  Or working in a poison gas factory?  There's nothing risky about making records."

He adds, "Comparing me with Frank Sinatra?  You must be joking.  To be mentioned in the same breath as him must be some sort of high compliment.  As far as touching him goes, nobody touches him.  Not me or anyone else."

With regard to what Sinatra might have thought about his album, Bob says he thinks that Frank may have appreciated his stripped-down approach to the material.

"I think first of all he'd be amazed I did these songs with a five-piece band," Dylan says.  "I think he'd be proud in a certain way."

Dylan also discusses the enduring nature of the standards he recorded for Shadows in the Night, admitting that he now feels a closer connection to those tunes than some of his own compositions.

"It's easier for me to sing that song than it is to sing, 'Won't you come see me, Queen Jane,'" he says.  "Because 'Queen Jane [Approximately]' might be a little bit outdated.  But this song is not outdated.  It has to do with humane motion.  There's nothing contrived in these songs.  There's not one false word in any of them.  They're eternal."

Visit AARP.org to read the full interview with Dylan, which features him talking about his musical influences, his admiration for soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples, his reasons for retreating from the limelight during the late 1960s, his love of touring and much more.

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New Rolling Stones Tribute Album, "Stoned," Features Psychedelic Reworking of Rock Legends' Tunes


Cleopatra RecordsA compilation featuring a variety of modern psychedelic bands reinterpreting songs by The Rolling Stones gets its release on Tuesday.  Stoned -- A Psych Tribute to The Rolling Stones features tunes recorded by such relatively unknown groups as Clinic, The Allah-Lahs, Sons of Hippies and The Vacant Lots.

Among the classic Stones songs covered for the collection are "Sympathy for the Devil" by The KVB, "Under My Thumb" by Shiny Darkly, "It's Only Rock & Roll (but I Like It)" by Clinic, "Gimme Shelter" by Sons of Hippies and "Wild Horses" by The Tulips.  Some groups dug a little deeper into the Rolling Stones catalog for their contributions to the project, such as The Allah-Las, who recorded the 1963 rarity "Stoned"; and Los Angeles-based band Tashaki Miyaki, who delivered a rendition of "Take It or Leave," a gem that appeared on 1966's Aftermath.

Stoned is available as a 14-track CD and a 12-track vinyl LP.

Here is the full list of songs on the compilation:

"What a Shame" -- Lorelle Meets the Obsolete
"Sympathy for the Devil" -- The KVB
"Under My Thumb" -- Shiny Darkly
"Sway" -- Yeti Lane
"It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)" -- Clinic
"Gimme Shelter" -- Sons of Hippies
"She Smiled Sweetly" -- The Vacant Lots
"Child of the Moon" -- Celestial Bums
"Take It or Leave It" -- Tashaki Miyaki
"Stoned" -- Allah-Las
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" -- Pink Velvet*
"Beast of Burden" -- Pure X*
"As Tears Go By" -- Cheval Sombre
"Wild Horses" -- The Tulips

* = CD only.

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The Doobie Brothers to Receive Music Biz Organization's 2015 Chairman's Award


Credit: Jim SheaThe accolades keep on coming for The Doobie Brothers.  Last month, it was announced that the veteran rockers will be honored with performing-rights organization ASCAP's Voice of Music Award in April.  Now comes word the band will receive the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement from the Music Business Association, aka Music Biz, in May.

The Doobie Brothers will be presented with the Chairman's Award at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon, scheduled to take place May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville.  According to the association, the honor "recognizes artists who have maintained a strong creative spirit and achieved significant commercial success throughout their career, continuing to release vital new music deep into their musical lifespan."

The Doobies, of course, have enjoyed an enduring career that's included an impressive string of memorable hits released during the 1970s and '80s.  Last year, the band released a new studio album, Southbound, which featured new renditions of many of the group's classic songs recorded as duets with a variety of country artists.  It also featured contributions from former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald.

"Receiving this Award is a great honor, as it recognizes the music from our early days together and shines a light on the music we're creating right now," says founding Doobie Brothers frontman Tom Johnston.

Adds fellow Doobies singer/guitarist Patrick Simmons, "We're excited about the new creative doors we've opened up for ourselves by working with so many great country musicians and can't wait to carry that experience forward. A heartfelt thanks from the whole band to the Music Business Association for this amazing award."

Previous Chairman's Award recipients include Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carlos Santana, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick, Kool & The Gang, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Paul Rodgers, and B.B. King.

The awards luncheon is held in conjunction with Music Biz 2015, an industry conference focusing on various aspects of the music business including new products and trends.  The event runs from May 12 to May 14.

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Billy Joel to Play San Francisco for First Time in More Than 40 Years


Library of CongressBilly Joel has announced what's being billed as his only California show this year: a September 5 date at San Francisco's AT&T Park, home of Major League Baseball's world champion Giants.

The concert not only will be Joel's first at the venue, but it's also his first proper show in that city in more than 40 years.  In a statement, Giants President and CEO Larry Baer says, "It's hard to believe it's been over four decades since Billy last played in the city of San Francisco, but I'm confident the city will welcome him with open arms. Billy's star power combined with our world-class venue will make for an unforgettable show."

Tickets go on sale January 30 via Ticketmaster.

Joel also will play another big ballpark this year: Wrigley Field in Chicago.  In addition, he has monthly dates scheduled at New York's Madison Square Garden through November.

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