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Image Courtesy of Webster PRDisco-era legends KC and the Sunshine Band's latest single, "I Love You More," has reached #30 on the latest Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, giving the group its first chart hit in 31 years.  The techno-inspired tune was written by frontman Harry Wayne Casey, and the track features a radio mix by Tony Moran and Mike Lorello.

Speaking with ABC Radio recently, Casey said he was excited about how well the single was being received, while expressing hope that the tune would become a crossover hit.  "I Love You More" likely will appear on the upcoming KC and the Sunshine Band studio album, which the singer says be coming out soon and will be made up mainly of original songs.  Casey reported that he has amassed so much material that he may end up having enough for two new albums.

"In 2013 I woke up out of some sort of musical coma.  And started writing again with the energy I had 40 years ago," Casey says in a statement.  "'I Love You More' is a result of this new energy and path that I am currently on.  The song is about having so much love for someone that each day it continues to grow."

"I Love You More" was released shortly after KC and the Sunshine Band put out their latest studio album, Feeling You! The '60s, a collection of classic cover songs from the decade that influenced Casey or reflected aspects of his life story.  Interestingly, the new single broke into the Dance Club Songs chart 40 years to the day that "Get Down Tonight" topped the Billboard Hot 100.

KC and the Sunshine Band have a handful of U.S. shows on their 2015 tour schedule.  Check them out:

9/19 -- Ontario, CA, Ontario Town Square Amphitheatre
10/3 -- Buffalo, NY, University of Buffalo Stadium
11/13 -- Marksville, LA, Paragon Casino
11/20 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino
11/21 -- Newkirk, OK, First Council Casino

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MVD Entertainment GroupA new documentary about Joe Strummer's time spent in Spain during the mid-1980s following the breakup of The Clash will be released on DVD in the U.S. on October 16.  I Need a Dodge!: Joe Strummer on the Run tells the tale of what's described as the late singer's "self-imposed exile" in Granada, Spain, in 1985 and '86, a period during which he worked with a number of local acts while trying to cope with the disintegration of his influential band.

Part of the film focuses on Strummer's quest to find a Dodge to drive while he was in Spain, and what became of the car after Joe abandoned it to return home to the United Kingdom for the birth of his second daughter.  Director Nick Hall traveled to Spain to interview some of the people who spent time with Strummer during his visit, in an attempt to discover the fate of the vehicle and gain some insight into what the punk legend was like at that volatile time in his life.

"This is Joe Strummer at a crossroads in his professional and personal life," says Hall.  "Initially his trips to Spain seemed to be little more than an anecdote but this story says so much about Joe coming to terms with life after The Clash."

I Need a Dodge! also features appearances by Strummer's first wife Gaby, late-era Clash members Pete Howard and Nick Sheppard, and Richard Dudanski, the drummer of Joe's pre-Clash group The 101ers.

The DVD comes packaged with a cassette featuring a Spanish radio interview with Strummer, a sticker, a poster and a pin.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn early April of this year, Lynyrd Skynyrd played a pair of special hometown concerts in Jacksonville, Florida, at which the band gave full performances of their first two albums -- 1973's Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd and 1974's Second Helping.  The shows were recorded for a new live video that will be released October 23 in multiple formats.

Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping -- Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download at a wide variety of retail outlets and online stores.  In addition, an exclusive DVD/two-CD set will be sold only at Walmart stores and

The concerts, which took place April 2 and 3, marked the first time the Southern rock legends had ever performed the albums in their entirety live.  Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd features such Lynyrd Skynyrd classics as "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird."  Second Helping includes the band's biggest hit and signature tune, "Sweet Home Alabama," as well as such memorable songs as "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" and the group's rendtion of J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze."  Meanwhile, a number of the lesser-known tunes from the albums had rarely, if ever, been played live by Lynyrd Skynyrd prior to the Jacksonville shows.

The home video also offers a specially created behind-the-scenes feature on the band.  You can check out a clip from the video of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing "Gimme Three Steps" at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.

In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd has plenty of upcoming U.S. shows on their 2015 tour schedule.  The band's next concert takes place on Thursday, September 3, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is plotted out through a December 5 gig in Mescalero, New Mexico.

Here is the track list of Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping -- Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre:

Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd
"I Ain't the One"
"Tuesday's Gone"
"Gimme Three Steps"
"Simple Man"
"Things Goin' On"
"Mississippi Kid"
"Poison Whiskey"
"Free Bird"

Second Helping
"Sweet Home Alabama"
"I Need You"
"Don't Ask Me No Questions"
"Workin' for MCA"
"The Ballad of Curtis Loew"
"Swamp Music"
"Needle and the Spoon"
"Call Me the Breeze

And here is Lynyrd Skynrd's upcoming tour schedule:

9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/4 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater
9/5 -- New Lenox, IL, Village of New Lenox
9/6 -- Wauseon, OH, Fulton County Fair
9/11 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
9/12 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
9/15 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/17 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
9/18 -- Pomona, CA, L.A. County Fairgrounds
9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
9/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
9/25 -- Lewisville, TX, 2015 Western Days
9/26 -- Houston, TX, Sam Houston Race Park
10/1 -- Sevierville, TN, Smokes Stadium
10/2 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
10/3 -- Muncie, IN, Emens Auditorium
10/4 -- Louisville, KY, Louder Than Life Music Festival
11/7 -- Montgomery, AL, Alabama National Fair
12/5 -- Mescalero, NM, Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino

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Credit: Rob ShanahanThis year's Progressive Music Awards will pay tribute to late Yes bassist Chris Squire by renaming one of its most prestigious honors after him.  The Team Rock website reports that the event's Virtuoso Award, which salutes the finest instrumentalists, has now been rechristened the Chris Squire Virtuoso Award.

Two members of Yes' current lineup, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes, have both expressed their approval of the award being renamed after Squire, who died of a rare form of leukemia on June 27 at age 67.

"Chris did so much to share the way the bass is played these days.  His impact was incalculable," says White.  "All of us who were privileged to know him will miss him hugely.  But the music he did so much to help create is timeless -- and this honor will ensure his name will never be forgotten."

Adds Downes, "We all want Chris to be remembered in the best possible way, and naming an award after him is a great honor, not just for Chris but for the band as well…I think it's very fitting.  As a pioneer of bass guitar, there's probably no one who could match him on what he achieved with the instrument."

Yes has been paying tribute to Squire throughout its current North American summer tour with Toto.  The trek is scheduled through a September 12 show near Vancouver, Canada.

The 2015 edition of the Progressive Music Awards, which are organized by Prog magazine, takes place Thursday, September 3 at the Underglobe venue in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.  Among this year's nominees are Pink Floyd, Moody Blues bassist John Lodge and ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett.

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Atlantic RecordsNew details have unveiled about Phil Collins' recently announced solo album reissue campaign, which will launch with the November 6 release of remastered and expanded versions of the famed Genesis singer/drummer's 1981 debut, Face Value, and his popular 1993 record, Both Sides.

The concept behind the initiative, which has been dubbed the "Take a Look at Me Now" campaign, is that each deluxe release will feature bonus live versions of some of the original tracks to show how those songs evolved and were transformed in a concert setting.  To a lesser extent, the deluxe editions also will include demos and B-sides from Phil's various solo album sessions.

"I've always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections," explains Collins, who is personally curating the reissue campaign.  "Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated."

Each reissue also will feature updated cover art showing an updated photo of Phil posing the same way he did on the album's original cover.  The albums are being remastered by Nick Davis, who's worked on all of Genesis' retrospective reissues an received a Best Surround Sound Album Grammy nomination for the Genesis 1970-1975 box set.

Face Value features Collins enduring solo hit "In the Air Tonight," as well as another top 20 single, "I Missed Again," and has sold more than five million copies in the U.S.  The deluxe edition includes live versions of "In the Air Tonight," "I Missed Again," the Genesis hit "Misunderstanding" and more.  It also contains demos of "Misunderstanding" and "Against All Odds," the latter of which wound up topping the charts as the theme to the 1984 film of the same name.

Both Sides features two top-40 hits, "Both Sides of the Story" and "Everyday," and went on to sell more than a million copies.  The deluxe edition includes live renditions of those songs and several others from the album's original track list, as well as a demo version of "Hero," a tune Collins co-wrote with David Crosby.

The deluxe edition of each reissue will be available as a two-CD set and digital download, while a 180-gram vinyl version of each album featuring just the original track list also will be sold.

Here are the full track lists for the expanded versions of Face Value and Both Sides:

Face Value: Deluxe Edition

Disc One: Original Album Remastered
"In the Air Tonight"
"This Must Be Love"
"Behind the Lines"
"The Roof Is Leaking"
"Hand in Hand"
"I Missed Again"
"You Know What I Mean"
"Thunder and Lightning"
"I'm Not Moving"
"If Leaving Me Is Easy"
"Tomorrow Never Knows"

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
"Misunderstanding" (Live)
"If Leaving Me Is Easy" (Live)*
"In the Air Tonight" (Live)*
"Behind the Lines" (Live)*
"The Roof Is Leaking" (Demo)*
"Hand in Hand" (Live)*
"I Missed Again" (Live)*
"...And So to F" (Live)*
"This Must Be Love" (Demo)*
"Please Don't Ask" (Demo)*
"Misunderstanding" (Demo)*
"Against All Odds" (Demo)

Both Sides: Deluxe Edition

Disc One: Original Album Remastered
"Both Sides of the Story"
"Can't Turn Back the Years"
"I've Forgotten Everything"
"We're Sons of Our Fathers"
"Can't Find My Way"
"We Fly So Close"
"There's a Place for Us"
"We Wait and We Wonder"
"Please Come Out Tonight"

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
"Take Me with You"
"Both Sides of the Story" (Live)*
"Can't Turn Back the Years" (Live)*
"Survivors" (Live)*
"Everyday" (Live)*
"We Wait and We Wonder" (Live)*
"Can't Find My Way" (Demo)*
"I've Been Trying"
"Both Sides of the Story"
"Hero" (Demo)

* = previously unreleased on CD.

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Eleanor Stills; Kim MillerGraham Nash, Steve Miller and Late Show with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer will be honored with special awards at the 2015 edition of the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit gala, which will be held on October 20 at the Manhattan Center in New York City.

Nash will be presented with the Humanitarian Award, Miller will receive the Rocker of the Year honor and Shaffer will be saluted with the Big Man of the Year prize.  The Big Man of the Year award initially was created in 2009 to honor E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons for his charitable work with the Little Kids Rock organization.  Since then, it has been handed out annually to an artist who exemplifies Clemons' spirit and the ideals of Little Kids Rock.

This year's benefit will be hosted by Maureen Van Zandt, wife of E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt.  The initial lineup of performers for the gala includes Darlene Love and a group of Little Kids Rock students, with a variety of other special guests expected to be announced soon.  Love is a previous Big Man of the Year Award winner and has appeared at several previous Little Kids Rock benefits.  Will Lee, longtime bassist in the Late Show house band, will serve as musical director for this year's event.

Founded in 2002, Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools across the U.S.  For more information about the 2015 benefit, visit

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Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr will take part in a live interview event in Los Angeles later this month to celebrate the wide release of his 2013 memoir/coffee-table book Photograph.  "Ringo Starr: In Conversation" will be held on September 25 at the historic El Rey Theater, and will feature the former Beatles drummer sharing memories from throughout his eventful life.

During the event, Starr will be showing a variety of rare candid photos from his personal archives that are featured in the book, spanning from his childhood through his years with the Fab Four and beyond.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, September 3, at 10 a.m. PT via, with prices starting at $97.

Photograph originally was released in June 2013 as a deluxe, limited-edition publication, with each copy signed by Starr.  The wide-release version will arrive on September 22.  The book features a variety of snapshots taken by Starr, as well as photos reproduced from family albums.  The images are accompanied by more than 15,000 words of biographical text penned by Ringo.

"I have always loved taking photos," says Starr.  "All The Beatles had cameras…but I'd been snapping away for a while before that.  We always had a real photographer around us…But I took pictures of them photographing us -- and I had a unique perspective of that incredible period of our lives."

Meanwhile, Ringo will be back out on the road with his All Starr Band soon for a fall North American tour that scheduled to run from an October 1 concert in San Francisco through an October 31 show in Brooklyn, New York.

Check out the group's full itinerary at

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Capitol RecordsRod Stewart fans can get a taste of the lauded singer's upcoming studio album, Another Country, by checking out the exclusive premiere of the official video for his new song "Please" at  The clip shows Stewart looking suave in a pink jacket and tie and black shirt and pants, as he performs the tune with a backing group in what appears to be a large warehouse.

"Please" is a soulful mid-tempo rock song, with blue-tinged guitar solos, a pulsing drum beat and Rod's trademark reedy vocals.  In the tune, Stewart sings to a potential love interest, "Stay with me tonight/I promise I will treat you right/Stay with me tonight/Under the cold, clear, cool moonlight/Please!"

Another Country, Stewart's follow-up to 2013's Time, will be released October 23.  The album mostly features original songs penned by the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Stewart's next solo concert is scheduled for September 13 in London's Hyde Park, but he'll first take part in a recently announced reunion set with his fellow surviving Faces members -- guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones -- this Saturday, September 5, in Ewhurst, U.K.  The one-off performance will be part of the 2015 Rock 'n' Horsepower charity event that Jones helps organize to raise awareness about prostate cancer.  Rod also has three concerts lined up in Brazil later this month.  Check out his complete tour itinerary at

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ABC/Adam TaylorRecent reports by multiple media outlets claimed that U2 frontman Bono had surpassed Paul McCartney as the richest rock star on the planet, but Forbes begs to differ.  While the earlier reports deduced that because Bono supposedly owned a 2.3-percent share of Facebook that now is worth more than $1.4 billion, he'd have to be wealthier than the former Beatle, but Forbes maintains that the calculations done by the original source of those reports was faulty.

Forbes explains that Bono himself did not purchase a 2.3-percent share of Facebook, the investment group he co-founded, Elevation Partners, did.  The magazine contends that the rocker is just one of many investors in the firm, so his total fortune only includes a fraction of the full worth of the Facebook shares.

Similar claims regarding Bono's wealth emerged back in 2012, and apparently were based on the same faulty calculations.  At that time, the U2 singer commented during a Washington, D.C., summit about the status of his wealth, "Contrary to reports, I'm not a billionaire or going to be richer than any Beatle -- and not just in the sense of money, by the way.  The Beatles are untouchable -- those billionaire reports are a joke."

According to the latest annual Sunday Times of London's Rich List, published in April 2015, McCartney's fortune was valued at 730 million pounds, or about $1.1 billion, while U2 as a whole was said to be worth 431 million pounds, or $660 million.

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Mindless Records/UMeKeith Richards has premiered a third new solo song online as part of his recently launched campaign promoting his upcoming solo album, Crosseyed Heart, which hits stores September 18.  The new tune, called "Robbed Blind," began streaming at after a temporary blue commemorative plaque was unveiled at The Ealing Club, located in the London suburb of Ealing, where the Rolling Stones guitarist played his first gig.

The location of the heritage marker was revealed recently via Richards' Facebook page and Twitter feed, and the song was unlocked after a fan logged onto and submitted a password that appeared on the plaque.

"Robbed Blind" is an acoustic country-flavored ballad that sounds like Richards might channeling both Bob Dylan and George Jones.  The tune, which features pedal-steel guitar and solo that sounds like it's played on a nylon-string guitar, tells the story of a man whose conniving lover has plotted with one of his friends to rip him off.

"Found a letter to her/It was from a friend of mine/It was a plan to screw me/That's what they had in mind," sings Keith.  "The cops, I can't involve them/Don't want them coming near/'Cause this thing is getting personal/And the picture is now quite clear/I'm robbed blind…bled dry."

As previously reported, the promo campaign, which began last month, will feature a total of four temporary "Heritage" plaques that will pop up in London or South West England at significant sites in Richards' life.  One marker is being unveiled every week until the album's release, with a new song premiering after each plaque is discovered.

The previous two plaques were unveiled at addresses in the London suburb of Dartford where Keith lived when he was a baby and when he was a teenager.  The first two songs from Crosseyed Heart that were unlocked were "Amnesia" and "Substantial Damage."

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Jimmy King; Ross HalfinDavid Bowie, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and Cyndi Lauper are among the stars who are contributing songs to the upcoming stage musical based on the Nickelodeon series SpongeBob SquarePants.

According to a press release posted on the Broadway in Chicago website, The SpongeBob Musical will premiere on June 7, 2016, at Chicago's Oriental Theatre and will feature original tunes by Tyler and Perry, Lauper, They Might Be Giants, modern rockers The Flaming Lips, R&B star John Legend, country group Lady Antebellum, rapper T.I. and other artists.  In addition, the release reports that the show will include "an additional song" by Bowie, although it's not clear whether the rock legend will be contributing a new tune to the project.

The producers offered this description of the production: "The end is here.  Only one sponge can save the day.  But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and music history."

The SpongeBob Musical's run in Chicago will be a limited engagement that will end on July 3 of next year.  The show then will move on to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season.

Incidentally, Bowie has a previous connection to SpongeBob SquarePants: he voiced a character named Lord Royal Highness in the 2007 Nickelodeon TV movie SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis.

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Autumn de Wilde/UMe; Elde StewartNew exhibits focusing on two acclaimed artists who emerged during the 1960s, Motown legend Smokey Robinson and folk-rock great Graham Nash, will open this fall at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, reports.

The debut of Robinson's exhibit will coincide with Rock Hall's 2015 Music Masters series celebration honoring the soulful singer/songwriter, which runs from November 2 to November 7.  The display will feature video interviews with Smokey and will be located on Level 2 of the museum.

Rock Hall executive Karen Herman says the Robinson exhibition will be more substantial and longer-running than the one saluting 2014's Music Masters honorees The Everly Brothers.

"We did a little, free-standing unit for Everly Brothers," she notes.  "But we really wanted to blow it up more this year and keep the Smokey exhibit up for an entire year.  It's a way to say, 'Hey, this is a really big deal.'"

The Nash exhibition, meanwhile, will be called "Graham Nash: Touching the Flame," and will open to the public on October 17.

The display also will feature new video interviews with the artist.  In addition, besides focusing on Graham's musical contributions to The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash and as a solo artist, it will showcase his interests in photography, collecting and other artistic endeavors.  Among the items that will be featured in the exhibit are some rare pieces of Buddy Holly memorabilia and photos that Graham has collected.

"Graham Nash has an interesting story," says Herman.  "On top of being a musician, he is also a visual artist and photographer himself…[The exhibition] tells the story of how someone of very humble means can become a world-renowned musician."

Nash will attend the exhibit's opening and, according to Herman, he may perform at the event.  The display will be housed in the same area of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that currently is hosting the "Paul Simon: Words & Music" exhibit.

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Credit: Dean ChalkleyPretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is considered by many to be a strong female role model, but the veteran rock artist has upset various women's groups with comments she made in a new interview with The Sunday Times of London while promoting her about-to-be-published memoir, Reckless.  In the interview, the 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer discusses a disturbing incident that happened to her when she was 21, where she was forced to perform sexual acts on members of an Ohio motorcycle gang, and suggests that she was to blame for what happened to her.

The assault, which Hynde writes about in her book, took place after she crossed paths with gang members while high on Quaaludes.  The motorcycle gang told her they were taking her to a party, but instead brought her to an empty house and threatened her with violence if she didn't comply with their sexual demands.

"Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility," she told the newspaper.  "You can't f*** about with people, especially people who wear 'I Heart Rape' and 'On Your Knees' badges."

When the interviewer expressed surprise that Hynde still blamed herself after all these years, she responded, "You can't paint yourself into a corner and then say whose brush is this?  You have to take responsibility.  I mean, I was naïve."  She added, "They're motorcycle guys!  If you play with fire you get burnt."

She then elaborated on her opinion, intimating that women who walk around drunk and scantily dressed are asking for trouble.

When the interviewer countered by suggesting that a sexual assault that occurs under those circumstances is still the attacker's fault, Chrissie said, "Oh, come on!  That's just silly.  If I'm walking around and I'm very modestly dressed and I'm keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I'd say that's his fault.  But if I'm…putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who's already unhinged -- don't do that.  Come on!  That's just common sense."

She added, "If you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him.  If you're wearing something that says, 'Come and f*** me,' you'd better be good on your feet."

Hynde's comments ignited a backlash from a variety of feminist and rape-support groups.

Katherine Hull Fillet, an official for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, issued a statement to People magazine in which she declared, "a victim is never to blame…The responsibility always lies solely with the perpetrator, no matter what."

In addition, Lucy Hastings, the head of the U.K. organization Victim Support, told The Guardian newspaper, "Victims of sexual violence should never feel or be made to feel that they were responsible for the appalling crime they suffered, regardless of circumstance or factors which may have made them particularly vulnerable."

Hynde hadn't responded to the backlash on her social media sites as of Monday evening.  Her memoir, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, will hit stores on September 8.

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Credit: Mark SeligerKeith Richards reveals some tidbits about The Rolling Stones' upcoming plans and chats about his soon-to-be-released solo album, Crosseyed Heart, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.  The 71-year-old guitar legend says he's hoping to get his band mates back into the studio to work on new music soon, but admits that that likely won't occur as soon as he wants it to happen.

"I don't quite honestly see it [happening] this year," he tells the magazine.  "After we [tour] South America in February and March, I'd love to get in the studio in April.  But I know what those guys are like.  When they finish a tour, they don't want to do nothing!"

The Stones have yet to announce any upcoming touring plans, so Keith's comments about a South American trek is news in itself.

Meanwhile, Richards reveals that he had "zero" material prepared when he started work on Crosseyed Heart, which is his first new solo effort in 23 years.

"But that's the fun of recording, especially if you're recording the way that we made this, with just [co-producer/co-writer] Steve Jordan on drums and me on guitar, to start with," he explains.  "So, you can just fly anything around the room and, if it didn't work, it didn't work, and every now and again we'd hit on something and say, 'Oh, that's what we're looking for.  It was a barrel of fun actually."

Richards describes the album as "a bit of a mixture" that finds him paying homage to various artists who have influenced him throughout his career, including Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Otis Redding and veteran reggae artist Gregory Isaacs.

Keith paid homage to Lead Belly by covering the late folk-blues legend's most famous song, "Goodnight Irene."  Richards tells Entertainment Weekly that he idea to record the tune came to him after his friend Tom Waits sent him a book about Lead Belly.  He explains that he was looking at the book's cover while he was holding a 12-string guitar and "sort of went, 'Tom, I can take a hint.'  It suddenly seemed to me that I had to do [the song]."  Richards points out that he ended up using the song's original lyrics -- which are raunchier than those most people are familiar with -- for his rendition.

Crosseyed Heart also features some of the last performances recorded by Keith's good pal and longtime Rolling Stones touring saxophonist Bobby Keys, who died in December of liver disease at age 71.  Richards says of Keys' performances on the record, "Bob just comes and he's ready to rock.  The man was larger than Texas and that's saying something."

Keith adds, "He was a damn good friend and a brilliant sax player…I'm still pretending he's alive.  But I know he ain't.  I miss him sorely."

Crosseyed Heart will be released on September 18.

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Olaf Heine; Mary McCartney/MPLFor many years, Paul McCartney has been considered the world's wealthiest music artist, but the legendary former Beatles star now reportedly has been overtaken by U2 frontman BonoInternational Business Times reports that the Irish singer's wealth has increased greatly in recent years thanks to his 2.3-percent ownership of Facebook, a windfall that, according to sources, now is worth about 940 million pounds -- or more than $1.4 billion.

That figure would easily put Bono ahead of Sir Paul, whose fortune was valued at 730 million pounds, or about $1.1 billion, according to the latest annual Sunday Times of London's Rich List.  McCartney's figure also includes about $225 million from his wife, trucking heiress Nancy Shevell.

International Business Times points out that the money Bono has made from his share of Facebook, which he purchased in 2009 when the social media website went public, is worth more than all the cash he's earned as a member of U2.

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CBS Photography 1964A series of rare sketches Paul McCartney drew in the early 1960s brought in a combined 15,000 pounds, or about $23,000, over the weekend at the annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Liverpool, U.K., the Liverpool Echo reports.  Hundreds of other Fab Four-related items also were auctioned off at the event, which was held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

The four sketches, which originally were part of one larger sheet of paper, include drawings of various Beatles members, while quirky messages written by McCartney appear on the reverse side.

Other interesting items sold at the auction included a custom-built radiogram that was once owned by Ringo Starr, which fetched 1,900 pounds, or about $2,900, and a ticket stub from The Beatles final U.S. concert, at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, which went for 560 pounds, about $890.

This year was the 24th the auction was held.  It's part of the city's annual International Beatleweek celebration, which winds down Tuesday.

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Danny Clinch; ABC/Randy HolmesAll Things Must Pass is a new documentary about how Tower Records became a billion-dollar company in 1999 before the changing face of the music business led it to file for bankruptcy just seven years later.  You can watch the trailer for the film, featuring interview clips with Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, now on YouTube.

"If you came into town, you went to Tower Records," says Springsteen in the clip.  Adds Elton, "Tower just had everything.  They were like friends."

The film also includes interviews with Foo Fighters frontman/ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, as well as with Russ Solomon, who founded Tower Records in 1960.

All Things Must Pass, directed by Colin Hanks, will hit theaters October 16.

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Image Courtesy of RCA RecordsVan Morrison celebrates his 70th birthday today.  To mark the occasion, the prolific and influential singer/songwriter will play two concerts in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the city's EastSide Arts Festival.

The sold-out "Live on Cypress Avenue" shows will take place at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time on the very street he immortalized in the song "Cypress Avenue" from his acclaimed 1968 album Astral Weeks.

During his 50-plus-year career, Morrison has created an impressive body of work that includes the raw blues-rock of his early band Them, the folk-pop gem "Brown-Eyed Girl," the poetic, improvisation-heavy jazz-folk of Astral Weeks, the sultry pop-soul of Moondance, the R&B standard "Have a Told You Lately" and so much more.  Among Van's many other memorable tunes are "Crazy Love," "Into the Mystic," "Domino," "Jackie Wilson Said," "Tupelo Honey" and "Wild Night."

Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.  This year, he not only received the Songwriters Hall of Fame's most prestigious honor, the Johnny Mercer Award, but was chosen to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the U.K. music business and the Northern Ireland tourist industry.

Van the Man has rarely gone more than two or three years without releasing a new studio album.  His most recent, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue came out in March of 2015 and includes collaborations with Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, Taj Mahal, Michael Bublé and the late Bobby Womack.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentMoody Blues frontman Justin Hayward recently launched his latest U.S. solo tour in support of his 2013 album Spirits of the Western Sky.  In addition to showcasing his new material, the unplugged gigs give Hayward the chance to dig into his catalog and play some deeper cuts from The Moody Blues and his other solo releases.

Justin tells ABC Radio that for this tour's set, he's "changed up a few things, so it's working well…I think there's something there for everybody."  Among the interesting tunes he currently is playing live is "Blue Guitar," a 1975 song he recorded with the band 10cc and that appears as a bonus track on the reissue of Blue Jays, his collaborative album with Moody Blues bassist John Lodge.  He also has been performing such Moody Blues gems as "Watching and Waiting," "Never Comes the Day" and "It's Up to You."

As on his recent previous solo treks, Hayward is accompanied at his latest shows by virtuoso guitarist Mike Dawes and Moody Blues touring keyboardist and backing vocalist Julie Ragins.  Justin says he and his backing group are "absolutely thrilled" with how well they're being received on the tour.

"We've had several sold-out shows and it seems to be growing, the appeal of this set and this style from the three of us," he notes.  "We're very, very pleased."

The trek, which visited a variety of venues on the East Coast dates, now will head to the Midwest before eventually reaching the West Coast, where it will wrap up with a September 23 concert in Napa, California.

While Hayward has been touring with Dawes and Ragins on and off for the last two years, he hasn't recorded any new music with them, but he says that's something he eventually would like to do.

"We're looking at a couple of time periods when we can do things and be together," he tells ABC Radio.  "At the moment we're just enjoying this set and evolving the set, and putting some new things in and developing it…I think the rest of that is down the line a little bit."

Meanwhile, Hayward recently recorded a new live version of the 1971 Moody Blues hit "The Story in Your Eyes" with a string quartet and the performance was filmed for a video that's been posted at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.  He says he worked on the tune with his Spirits of the Western Sky co-producer Alberto Parodi, and reveals that he's planning to do more performances along the same lines.

"We had so much fun making that," he says, "I think I might get together with the same people and do some new things and some old things with them too, and film it the same as we did before."

As for The Moody Blues, their next confirmed performances will take place on the upcoming third installment of their fan cruise, which is scheduled to run from February 26 to March 1, 2016.  For more information, visit

Here are all of Hayward's upcoming solo tour dates:

9/1 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
9/2 -- Canton, MI, The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill
9/4 -- Burnsville, MN, Ames Center
9/6 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/10 -- Nashville, TN, James K. Polk Theater
9/11 -- St. Louis, MO, The Sheldon Concert Hall
9/12 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
9/13 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
9/14 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre
9/16 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
9/19 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
9/20 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
9/22 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
9/23 -- Napa, CA, City Winery

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, will be released on Friday, September 4, but fans can get a preview of the high-def flick by heading over to  The website has posted an exclusive clip of the Boston bad boys delivering a high-octane performance of their classic tune "Walk This Way."

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 documents a headlining concert by the band from June of last year at the famed U.K. hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival.

"'Walk This Way' is a good representation of the DVD,"guitarist Joe Perry tells Rolling Stone.  "We felt like it was a memorable show and we're glad we filmed it.  To us, playing Donington is always a special event and it was more a roll of the dice since we were filming it.  Happily our fans came out and most importantly, the energy was there between us and them."

He adds, "This clip is just a taste of the power of the whole DVD."

You also can check out a trailer for Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 at the Eagle Rock official YouTube channel.

The video will be available for purchase as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-LP vinyl collection and a Blu-ray/two-CD package, as well as a digital download.

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