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Trial Date Set in Midnight Rider Manslaughter Case; Indicted Assistant Director Turns Herself In


PMK-BNCThere are yet more new developments with regard to the legal drama stemming from the train accident that killed a camera assistant during the filming of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight RiderDeadline.com reports that a March 9, 2015, trial date has been scheduled in the manslaughter and criminal-trespass case that's been brought against the four indicted filmmakers involved in the project.

According to an order issued by Judge Anthony Harrison of Georgia's Wayne County Superior Court, pre-trial motions will be heard on February 12 and 13 of next year, with jury selection beginning on March 9.  All discovery evidence must be entered into the court by December 10.

The indicted parties are the husband-and-wife director and producer team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz.  Schwartz became the most recent member of the Midnight Rider team to face charges when she was indicted on September 10.  She was on hand Tuesday for a status conference at the Wayne County Superior Court that all the lawyers for the indicted parties also attended.  Afterward, Schwartz -- accompanied by her lawyer -- walked to the adjacent Wayne County Jail Detention Center and turned herself in.

If convicted on the manslaughter charge, Miller, Savin, Sedrash and Schwartz face a possible 10-year prison sentence, while the criminal trespass charge carries a potential one-year term.

This past February 20, Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed and several other crew members were injured by a train during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider.  The crew was filming a scene on a trestle bridge in Doctortown, Georgia, when the train barreled through.

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Brian Wilson Added to Lineup of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert


Image Courtesy of James Minchin IIIA very special guest star has been added to the lineup of the 2014 edition of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit ConcertBeach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson will perform at both of this year's shows, which will take place on October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Wilson joins a bill that, as usual, includes Young and also features Tom Jones, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence the Machine, Band of Horses, and Norah Jones' new group, Puss N Boots.  Young's estranged wife, Pegi, who co-founded the Bridge School, also will perform with her backing band, The Survivors.  Tickets for the concerts are available now via LiveNation.com, and at the Shoreline Amphitheatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and by calling 800-745-3000.

Wilson was one of the many performers this past Sunday at the star-studded tribute concert George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, which was held at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre.  Among the evening's many highlights was Brian's rendition of the Harrison solo classic "My Sweet Lord," which included accompaniment by The Beach Boys' Al Jardine, Heart's Ann Wilson, and The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, among others.  You can check out fan-recorded video of the performance on YouTube.

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The Kinks' Dave Davies Announces Full Details About Latest Solo Album, "Rippin' Up Time"


Red River EntertainmentKinks lead guitarist Dave Davies has unveiled complete official details about his forthcoming solo album, Rippin' Up Time, which will be released October 28 on CD and will be available a week earlier as a digital download.  The collection features 10 original tunes and was co-produced by Davies and his friend David Nolte.

Dave's son Russell Davies, a musician and producer in his own right, contributes vocals to two songs, "In the Old Days" and "Through My Window."  Dave and Russ previously worked together on the 2010 eletronica-influenced album Two Worlds.

According to Dave, Rippin' Up Time focuses on "a man's reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future."

The 67-year-old guitarist explains, "I had a lot of ideas in my head thinking about the past and how we started and The Kinks and my own life and the present and what's happening with my life now and concerns and worries, anxieties about the future."  He adds, "I suddenly had an image of all the times overlapping as if they're all in one place in my mind.  I thought I'd just write it from the point of view of a dream."

You can check out the title track of the album now at Red River Entertainment's SoundCloud page.

As previously announced, Davies has scheduled a series of fall U.S. tour dates to promote Rippin' Up Time.  The trek is mapped out from a November 11 show in Milwaukee through a November 28 concert in Englewood, New Jersey.

Here is the complete track list for Rippin' Up Time:

"Ripping Up Time"
"Semblance of Sanity"
"King of Karaoke"
"Front Room"
"Johnny Adams"
"Nosey Neighbours"
"Mindwash"
"Between the Towers"
"In the Old Days"
"Through My Window"

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Listen to Jackson Browne's New Album, "Standing in the Breach," Online Now


Inside RecordingsJackson Browne is treating fans to a preview of his upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, currently streaming in its entirety over at USAToday.com.  The 10-song collection, which will be released next Tuesday, October 7, finds the 65-year-old singer/songwriter concerned, yet hopeful, about the state of the world.

Browne tells USA Today that one the new tracks, "If I Could Be Anywhere," is a love song, but not in the traditional sense.  "[It's] a love song to the oceans, the environment, to future generations," he explains.  "It's the idea that there's a challenge that can only be met while we're here, both in the sense of being present and also that we're here at this moment in time."

Meanwhile, Browne admits that the tune "Which Side Are You On?" bears some structural resemblance to Bob Dylan's spiritually-themed "Gotta Serve Somebody," but points out, "It's not a song about God; it's about your personal allegiances to the forces at play in our society."

Standing in the Breach comes to a close with "Here," which Browne originally wrote for the 2009 Kevin Spacey film, Shrink.

"It's about accepting the world that has changed in a fundamental way you almost cannot accept," Browne tells USA Today.  "It's about, in the end, finding a way of being in the world."

Standing in the Breach is Jackson's 14th studio effort, and the follow-up to 2008's Time the Conqueror.  Browne recently launched a fall U.S. tour in support of the record that's mapped out through an October 18 show in Indianapolis.  His next date is scheduled for this Saturday in York, Pennsylvania.

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Classic Tears for Fears Album "Songs from the Big Chair" to Be Reissued Next Month


Universal Music EnterprisesTears for Fears' breakout 1985 album Songs from the Big Chair will get the deluxe reissue treatment on November 11.  The remastered record will be available in multiple configurations, including a six-disc deluxe box set featuring four CDs and two DVDs.

In addition to a revamped edition of the U.K. band's original album, the deluxe package contains a variety of bonus tracks, including single edits, remixes, alternate and extended versions, live performances and an audio interview.  The box set also includes a DVD-Audio disc offering a 5.1 surround sound mix of the original album and a DVD boasting promotional videos, a making-of documentary, an interview with producer Chris Hughes and several vintage TV performances.

The updated Songs from the Big Chair also will be sold as a two-CD set, a single CD, an LP on 180-gram vinyl and a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc.

Songs from the Big Chair spent several weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 during the summer of '85, and featured the chart-topping singles "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Shout," as well as the hits "Head over Heels" and "Mothers Talks."  The album has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

You can check out the full track list of the deluxe box set at TearforFears.com.

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Prince Releasing Two Albums Is "Genius," Says 3RDEYEGIRL Member


Warner Bros.RecordsToday, Prince simultaneously releases two new albums: a solo effort titled Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, a collaboration with his band 3RDEYEGIRL.  Releasing two completely different albums at the same time is something maybe only a talent like Prince could pull off, says 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis.

"Well, it's incredible because I think no other artist has ever released two albums that are totally distinct bodies of work, and that's one of the things that's so incredible about Prince," Grantis tells ABC News Radio.  "So, Art Official Age is a solo album, a lot of funk, a lot of soul.  PlectrumElectrum is a live rock record with the four of us and I think that releasing those two albums is just such a statement to his genius."

Altogether, Prince is giving fans a total of 25 new songs, but Grantis reveals that even with two albums to fill, it was difficult to narrow down the number of tunes to just 25.

"I mean, he's so incredibly prolific, and, you know, to be honest, we've got way more songs than what's really being released," she says.  "So we had to pick and choose from a greater repertoire of music."

Many of the songs were recorded during Prince's Hit & Run tours of the U.K. earlier this year, which saw him unexpectedly performing in small nightclubs.  However, drummer Hannah Ford tells ABC News Radio the band isn't sure when or if U.S. fans will get the same experience.

"You know, we're not really sure yet.  Tour dates will definitely be released, I think later in the year," Ford says.  "We're really excited, though, to get out on the road and hoping for some more U.S dates, because we've done a lot overseas and we love it overseas, but it's also fun to do stuff at home too." 

Here are the albums' track listings:

Art Official Age

"Art Official Cage"
"Clouds"
"Breakdown"
"The Gold Standard"
"U Know"                
"Breakfast Can Wait"
"This Could Be Us"
"What It Feels Like"
"affirmation I & II"            
"Way Back Home"
"FunkNRoll"
"Time "                   
"affirmation III"

PlectrumElectrum

"Wow"
"PretzelBodyLogic"
"AintTurninRound"
"PlectrumElectrum"
"Whitecaps"
"FixUrLifeUp"
"BoyTrouble"
"StopThisTrain"
"AnotherLove"
"TicTacToe"
"Marz"
"FunkNRoll"

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KISS' Gene Simmons Featured on New Episode of AXS TV's "The Big Interview"


Image Courtesy of A&E and AXS TVKISS star Gene Simmons is rarely at a loss for words, which makes him a perfect guest for AXS TV's The Big Interview.  In a new episode of the program premiering tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the high-def network, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and entrepreneur chats candidly and in detail about a variety of topics with famed newsman Dan Rather.

Among the subjects Simmons discusses is his impoverished childhood in war-torn Israel, being abandoned by his father at the age of seven and his mother's experience as a survivor of Nazi concentration camps.  Gene also will chat about his high-profile romances with Cher and Diana Ross, his enduring yet bumpy relationship with wife Shannon Tweed, his many business ventures and, of course, his long tenure in his famous rock band.

In a preview clip from the show, Simmons declares, "Personally, I haven't had a bad thing happen to me.  I haven't had a bad day in my life -- not since I came to the Promised Land.  And let me you something, everybody points to Israel…but the Promised Land is America."

AXS TV executive Michele M. Dix says of the episode, "Gene Simmons has never been shy about delivering the straight truth as he sees it, and this episode of The Big Interview is no exception.  But what sets this particular segment apart is Dan Rather's unique ability to dive head-first into his subject, setting the rock star bravado aside and cutting to the core of the man underneath the makeup and the carefully cultivated 'Demon' persona."

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Neil Diamond Announces 2015 Tour


Image Courtesy Frank Ockenfels/The Kennedy CenterOn a night when Neil Diamond performed at his high school alma mater in Brooklyn, New York, the singer announced a North American tour for 2015.

Neil on Monday night announced a three-month-long trek that will begin in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on February 27 and conclude in Denver on May 31.

Neil has scheduled a date in his hometown of Brooklyn on March 26. Incidentally, his performance at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956, on Monday night marked his first-ever concert in Brooklyn.

Neil will release a new album, Melody Road, on October 21.

Here are the announced tour dates:

2/27/2015--Allentown, PA, PPL Center
3/4/2015--London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
3/7/2015--Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
3/10/2015--Providence, RI, Dunkin Donuts Center
3/13/2015--Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/15/2015--Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
3/18/2015--Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
3/20/2015--Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/23/2015--Boston, MA, TD Garden
3/26/2015--Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
4/2/2015--Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
4/4/2015--Washington DC, Verizon Center
4/7/2015--Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
4/9/2015--Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
4/12/2015--St Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
4/14/2015--Chicago, IL, United Center
4/17/2015--Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
4/19/2015--Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/23/2015--Mexico City, Mexico, Sports Palace
4/30/2015--Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
5/2/2015--Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
5/5/2015--Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
5/7/2015--Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
5/10/2015--Seattle, WA, KeyArena
5/12/2015--San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
5/15/2015--San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
5/19/2015--Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
5/26/2015--Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/28/2015--Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/31/2015--Denver, CO, Pepsi Center

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ZZ Top Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates


Image Courtesy Ross HalfinZZ Top has announced new dates for the U.S. tour that was postponed when bass guitarist Dusty Hill suffered a hip injury.

The band's tour, which initially was scheduled to begin last week, will now get under way January 17, in San Antonio.

Hill injured his hip when he slipped and fell on his band's tour bus in August.

ZZ Top previously announced rescheduled dates for their joint tour with Jeff Beck. They will take place next May.

Here are the new tour dates:

1/17 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
1/18 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
3/11 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/13 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
3/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
3/17 -- Montréal, QC, Bell Centre
3/19 -- Orillia, ONT, Casino Rama
3/20 -- Battle Creek, MI, FireKeepers Casino
3/21 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center at Centre College
3/25 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
3/26 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Arena
3/28 -- Bowling Green, KY, Hot Rods Baseball Stadium
3/29 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
3/31 -- La Crosse, WI, LA Crosse Center Arena
4/2 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theater
4/3 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center
4/4 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
4/9 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
4/10 -- Mississippi State, MS, Humphrey Coliseum

Here are the previously announced dates with Beck:

5/1 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/2 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/7 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
5/8 -- W. Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
5/9 -- Saint Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
5/10 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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"Midnight Rider" First Assistant Director Charged in Death of Camera Assistant


Danny ClinchAnother member of the production crew for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider is facing charges in connection with the train accident that killed a camera assistant.

Deadline.com reports first assistant director Hillary Schwartz was charged September 10 with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. She has yet to enter a plea.

The husband-and-wife director and producer team of Midnight Rider, Randall Miller and Jody Savin, face the same charges, as does executive producer Jay Sedrish. They have pleaded not guilty.

All of the aforementioned names are also defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed when she was struck by a train during filming in Georgia last February. Several other crew members were injured.

Under Georgia law, a manslaughter conviction carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison. A criminal trespass conviction carries a potential sentence of one year.

Production on Midnight Rider was suspended following the accident.

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Aretha Franklin Performs Powerful “Rolling in the Deep” on "Late Show"


Matthew Jordan SmithAretha Franklin made a guest appearance on Monday’s Late Show with David Letterman to promote her new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, and perform the first single, a cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." 

Aretha was supported by a 12-piece band and five backup singers. Whitney Houston’s mom, soul and gospel singer Cissy Houston, was one of the backup singers.  Near the end of the performance, Aretha segued into the chorus of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." She received a standing ovation from the Late Show studio audience.

The Queen of Soul also chatted with Dave after the performance and recalled her first job as a young performer was singing at services for her preacher father.  Aretha told Dave her father paid her $50 each time, which she proceeded to use to buy “roller skates...hot dogs...chili dogs and milk shakes and things like that...”

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which also includes the 72-year-old legend's take on Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman" and Barbra Streisand's "People," will be released on October 21.

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Mike Rutherford Says Genesis' New "R-Kive" Compilation Showcases "a Great Body of Work"


RhinoThe new three-CD Genesis compilation, R-Kive, featuring a career-spanning selection of songs by the band and from the various solo projects of the group's members, hits stores today, September 30.  The 37-track collection is a companion piece to the new documentary titled Genesis: Sum of Its Parts, which will get its U.S. premiere on October 10 at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Both R-Kive and the documentary included the participation of Genesis' classic early-to-mid-1970s lineup -- singer Peter Gabriel, singer/drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and lead guitarist Steve Hackett.  In putting the retrospective album together, each musician got to choose three songs from his non-Genesis material for the project.

Rutherford tells ABC News Radio that the compilation helps paint a full picture of what the group has accomplished.

"[F]rom this one school band, Genesis, you had the Gabriel career, the Collins career, the Mike the Mechanics career," Rutherford points out.  "And you put these songs together and you see a…'Turn It On [Again]' and a 'Biko' and 'In the Air [Tonight]' 'Living Years,' it's a great body of work."

He adds that with R-Kive, "I think we're trying to just remind people that we always were one band, really, one sort of team in a sense.  And so, when you put it like that, I think it's a nice story to be told."

The entire multidisc set is arranged in chronological order, which Rutherford says was "the only way to do it…otherwise you get lost."  He also says allowing each band member to pick three tunes from his solo catalog "seemed to make sense."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who turns 64 on Thursday, notes that he and his old band mates didn't have a lot of disagreement over their choices for the R-Kive track list.

"In general, we're pretty tight," he points out.  "You know, there was a bit of discussion about things, but the options were never like, 'Oh, that's great and that's rubbish.'"

It's worth noting that the documentary will make its official TV debut this Saturday on the U.K.'s BBC Two, where it will air under the name Genesis: Together and Apart.

Meanwhile, Rutherford has some disappointing, but perhaps not surprising news for Genesis fans hoping for a band reunion.

"There's no plans," Mike tells ABC News Radio.  He adds, however, that there is a ray of hope that the band members could play together again at some point, recalling a comment that Gabriel had made not too long ago.  "Peter said…'Listen, we're all above grass still, you know,' which is something, which is relevant," says Rutherford.

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Phil Collins Reveals Struggle with Alcohol Abuse, Says He's Not Currently Interested in Genesis Reunion


Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsLast week, Phil Collins revealed that, despite rumors to the contrary, he was not planning a full-fledged return to performing.  Now, in a new interview with U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail, the former Genesis star has come forward with some other revelations, including the fact that he fairly recently underwent treatment for alcohol abuse.

The singer/drummer says his troubles with the bottle began a few years back, after he'd stopped touring and his ex-wife Orianne moved with their two young children and her new husband from Switzerland, where Phil has a residence, to Florida.

"We had a fantastic little set-up.  I was living…ten minutes away from the kids.  Used to pick 'em up all the time, used to go round for dinner with the ex-wife," he explains.  "But [her husband] didn't like Switzerland, so they moved to Miami.  And, really, retiring -- well, not working -- and not having the kids, I guess left a big void."

Phil admits that he developed a destructive routine, where "I used to get up and I'd start drinking and watch the cricket.  Red wine, white wine.  And before long… I had pancreatitis," which is a dangerous inflammation of the pancreas.

He points out that his problems were exacerbated by medication he was taking for other ailments, including joint pain he developed from decades of pounding the drums.

Collins began to attend meetings and tried rehab, but says he couldn't stand it, comparing the experience to being in boarding school.  Eventually, Phil reports, "I found myself a great doctor here in America, and I went to a couple of specialists.  And I don't drink anymore."

While Collins says he continues to take medication to treat his pancreatitis, he maintains that he's "never fallen off the wagon," adding, "I've just been lucky."

Phil also addresses how he feels about possibly taking part in another Genesis reunion.  He points out to The Daily Mail, "I'm 63, soon be 64, and I joined Genesis when I was 19.  So surely it's clear to people that I may not want to do this?  Or I may want to do something different?"

In addition to that, Phil adds that his current priority is spending time with his two kids with Orianne -- 13-year-old Nick and nine-year-old Matt -- noting that he may have not been as attentive as he would have liked when his children from his earlier marriages were growing up.

"I can't bear to not see my kids for a couple of months if I'm going to go on tour," says Collins.  "And my nine-year-old, I wonder what he thinks about when he puts the light off at night: 'Another ten days before Dad comes…'  I can't imagine him saying, 'Another two months.  Dad's on tour for two months.'"

Lastly, Phil stresses that no ego boost he might receive from performing in front of huge crowds with his old band mates "could possibly beat what I have with my kids."

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Listen to Clips of Brian Wilson's, Smokey Robinson's and Bob Dylan's Contributions to Upcoming Paul McCartney Tribute Album


Arctic PoppyThe star-packed Paul McCartney tribute album, The Art of McCartney, won't be released until November 18, but you can already preview a number of tracks from the project online.  Audio snippets of Sir Paul's compositions covered by Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan and some other music greats have been posted on the album's official website and YouTube channel.

The clips you can hear now include Wilson's version of McCartney's 1982 gem "Wanderlust," Robinson's rendition of Paul's 1983 hit "So Bad," and Dylan, Alice Cooper and Willie Nelson's respective takes on The Beatles classics "Things We Said Today," "Eleanor Rigby," and "Yesterday."

Meanwhile, a video featuring Cooper's full cover of "Eleanor Rigby" premiered on Monday morning exclusively at USAToday.com.  The shock-rocker's version of the classic 1966 song sounds very similar to the Fab Four's original rendition, with Alice singing mournfully while accompanied by a string section.  The video includes footage of Cooper working on the tune in the studio.  If you pre-order the album at The Art of McCartney's official website, you'll receive a free digital download of the track.

Among the many other well-known artists who recorded Sir Paul's compositions for the album are Billy Joel, Barry Gibb, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Cat Stevens, Dion, KISS, Heart, Steve Miller, Jeff Lynne, Paul Rodgers, Chrissie Hynde, and B.B. King.

As previously reported, The Art of McCartney will be available in a variety of formats, including a limited run of 1,000 box sets featuring signed artwork, a DVD, an audio documentary, a 64-page book, and the full album on digital, vinyl and CD.  There also will be a vinyl box set, a triple vinyl album, a deluxe CD package, a regular CD, a standard digital album, and an iTunes version with a couple of extra tracks.

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Neil Diamond Confirmed to Perform Tonight at His Old High School in Brooklyn


Image Courtesy of Ari MichaelsonNeil Diamond announced earlier this month that he'd be playing his first-ever concert in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, on September 29 -- that's tonight -- at a secret location.  Now the site of the historic show has been revealed: the legendary singer/songwriter will perform at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956. Diamond revealed the news this morning via Facebook and Twitter.

The show will begin at 6 p.m. ET, with the doors opening an hour earlier.  A limited number of tickets for the concert will be handed out for free and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Organizers are asking fans not to arrive at the venue before 3 p.m.

The concert comes on the heels of the news that Diamond will release a new album, Melody Road, on October 21. As previously reported, the 12-track collection is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first release for Capitol Records under a new deal.

Incidentally, Erasmus Hall High School also was attended by Barbra Streisand, in 1959, as well as by such other celebrities as Clive Davis, Beverly Sills, Stephanie Mills, Marky Ramone, and Mae West.  In 1994, the facility was divided into five separate schools, and the site is now known as the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus.

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Sammy Hagar Announces Belated Birthday Bash in Las Vegas, Event to Feature Chickenfoot Finale


Image Courtesy of Jay Blakesberg/UMeSammy Hagar unfortunately was forced to cancel the 2014 edition of his annual Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina after a hurricane recently swept through Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, but the Red Rocker has scheduled a new Las Vegas event in place of the South of the Border extravaganza.  Hagar will host a Belated Birthday Bash at the new Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on October 18.

The show will include a headlining performance by Hagar and his recently created supergroup The Circle -- which features Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and longtime Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson.  That band, of course, is the same one that accompanied Sammy on his recent "A Journey Through the History of Rock" tour.  If that's not exciting enough, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will be on hand to join Hagar and Anthony for a Chickenfoot encore.

Sammy's original 2014 Birthday Bash was to have taken place across four dates -- October 7, 9, 11 and 13.  Fans holding tickets to those shows will have the chance to exchange them for upgraded "Red Zone" passes to the Las Vegas event or can receive a refund.

Hagar also plans to make available as a free download a copy of his new acoustic album to everyone who bought tickets to the Cabo concerts.  Fans will be able to access the record on its October 13 release date.

Tickets for Hagar's Belated Birthday Bash are on sale now at DLVEC.com.

Hurricane Odile devastated areas of Mexico's Baja California peninsula during mid-September and tore up parts of Sammy's home in Cabo San Lucas, although his Cabo Wabo Cantina only suffered minor water damage.  Hagar says he hopes to lend some help to the local people affected by the storm "once the town is a little more stable."

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10th Anniversary Edition of Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" Includes Bonus Tracks, Making-of Documentary


Concord/Hear MusicA two-disc deluxe edition of the late Ray Charles' Grammy-winning duets album, Genius Loves Company, will be released tomorrow, September 30, in celebration of the record's 10th anniversary.  The expanded version of the album includes two extra tracks, and features a DVD containing a new behind-the-scenes documentary titled Making of Genius Loves Company.

Released in August 2004, Genius Loves Company featured collaborations with such stars as Elton John, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, B.B. King, Johnny Mathis, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt.  It went on to win an impressive eight Grammys, including the prestigious Album and Record of the Year trophies.  Sadly, Charles didn't live to see the album's success -- he died of liver failure in June 2004 at the age of 73.

The bonus tracks on Genius Loves Company's deluxe edition are a rendition of "Unchain My Heart" with vocal group Take 6 and a version of "Mary Ann" with Mexican-American salsa and jazz artist Poncho Sanchez.  The documentary includes archival interviews and unseen footage from the Genius Loves Company sessions, as well as new conversations with some of the artists who contributed to the project.

In the film, Elton John recalls recording vocals with Charles for the version of "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" that appears on the record.  "I got a lump in my throat and people in the control room were crying," he says.

Meanwhile, a Limited Collectors' Edition of Genius Loves Company featuring the same discs as the deluxe edition plus a DVD of the Oscar-winning 2004 biopic Ray will be released on November 11.  In addition, a two-LP, 45-rpm, 180-gram vinyl version of the album will hit stores on December 9.

Here's the track list for the 10 anniversary deluxe edition of Genius Loves Company:

"Here We Go Again," with Norah Jones
"Sweet Potato Pie," with James Taylor
"You Don't Know Me," with Diana Krall
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," with Elton John
"Fever," with Natalie Cole
"Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?," with Bonnie Raitt
"It Was a Very Good Year," with Willie Nelson
"Hey Girl," with Michael McDonald
"Sinner's Prayer," with B.B. King
"Heaven Help Us All," with Gladys Knight
"Over the Rainbow," with Johnny Mathis
"Crazy Love," with Van Morrison
"Unchain My Heart," with Take 6
"Mary Ann," with Poncho Sanchez

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Rod Stewart Impersonator Roams NYC


Penny LancasterRod Stewart has at least one imposter making his way around New York City and tricking fans and restaurant owners into thinking he's the singer, according to the New York Post.

The Stewart lookalike, sporting an English accent and spiked hair, has been spotted riding the subway, partying around town, crashing World Cup soccer parties, and even loitering near a schoolyard, sources tell the newspaper.

The sources say several Manhattan shop owners have been so eager to impress, they've showered the imposter with free cocktails and meals.

The impersonator, dubbed "Rockaway Rod," may have even been caught on camera, sitting on a subway train earlier this month.

"Wait, is that Rod Stewart?" the poster writes, accompanied by a picture of a man wearing eyeglasses and sporting the "Maggie May" singer's trademark rooster haircut.

The genuine Rod's longtime manager, Arnold Stiefel, has confirmed the man is a fake.  Stiefel tells the Post, “The real Rod has seen the [subway] picture, and he thought it was funny, but he said, ‘Please let people know it isn’t me.’ ”

It's unclear whether the sightings are the work of one man or several, nor is it certain that the man in the subway picture is one of the imposters.

Stiefel notes, "This has been going on for years."

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Deluxe, 40th Anniversary Edition of Jethro Tull's "WarChild" Arriving in November


ParlophoneAn expanded four-disc version of Jethro Tull's WarChild commemorating the 1974 album's 40th anniversary will be released on November 24.  Warchild: The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition will include a remastered version of the original album, a variety of bonus recordings, DVD-Audio of the entire album and extra tracks, and some archival video footage.

WarChild originally was envisioned as a multimedia project encompassing a feature film, a soundtrack record and a studio album, but the famed British prog-rock group eventually abandoned plans for the movie and soundtrack.  Released in October 1974, the WarChild album climbed to #2 on the Billboard 200 and yielded one of the band's biggest U.S. singles, the #12 hit "Bungle in the Jungle."  Other memorable tunes from the record include the title track, "SeaLion" and "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day."

The expanded WarChild contains two CDs and two DVDs.  The second CD offers 11 bonus songs from the album sessions and 11 orchestral pieces originally intended for the movie soundtrack, many of which are previously unreleased.  As for the DVD content, in addition to the high-def versions of the various audio recordings, there's a promo video for the song "The Third Hoorah," as well as clips from a Jethro Tull press conference and photo session held in January of '74.

Remastered single-CD and digital download versions of Warchild also will be released on November 24, while a limited-edition 180-gram vinyl LP will hit stores on January 13, 2015.

Here's the full track listing of the CDs included in Warchild: The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition:

Disc One
"WarChild"
"Queen and Country"
"Ladies"
"Back-door Angels"
"SeaLion"
"Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day"
"Bungle in the Jungle"
"Only Solitaire"
"The Third Hoorah"
"Two Fingers"

Disc Two - The Second Act: Associated Recordings
"Paradise Steakhouse"
"Saturation"
"Good Godmother"*
"SeaLion II"
"Quartet"
"WarChild II"*
"Tomorrow Was Today"*
"Glory Row"
"March, The Mad Scientist"
"Rainbow Blues"
"Pan Dance"

WarChild Orchestral Recordings
"The Orchestral WarChild Theme"*
"The Third Hoorah" (Orchestral Version)*
"Mime Sequence"*
"Field Dance" (Conway Hall Version)*
"Waltz of the Angels" (Conway Hall Version)
"The Beach (Part I)" (Morgan Master Recording)*
"The Beach (Part II)" (Morgan Master Recording)*
"Waltz of the Angels" (Morgan Demo Recording)*
"The Beach" (Morgan Demo Recording)*
"Field Dance" (Morgan Demo Recording)*

* = previously unreleased.

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Sting and No Doubt Cover "Message in a Bottle" at Global Citizen Festival


Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen FestivalAs expected, Sting joined No Doubt Saturday night at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

Sting helped No Doubt close their 45-minute set in Central Park with a rendition of "Message in a Bottle," by Sting's band, The Police. You can watch the performance on the YouTube page for MSNBC, which broadcast the entire event.

Later in the night, there was another guest appearance: Beyoncé teamed up with her husband, headliner Jay Z, on two songs to wrap up the festival.

The other artists who took part in the Global Citizen Festival were fun., Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, The Roots and Tiesto.

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