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Items Signed by Roger Daltrey and Other Stars Being Auctioned to Benefit Teenage Cancer Trust


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who's Roger Daltrey was a surprise performer at an all-star tribute concert to his legendary band held last month in London to support the Teenage Cancer Trust.  Now, a variety of collectibles signed by Daltrey and some of the event's other performers are being auctioned off to raise money for the charity.

Among the items up for bid are a Gibson SG guitar autographed by Daltrey and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, a Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by Roger and his recent collaborator Wilko Johnson, a Vespa helmet autographed by the aforementioned rockers and Oasis' Liam Gallagher, a tambourine signed by Vedder and a few programs autographed by various performers.

The auction, which is live now on eBay.co.uk, will end this Monday, December 22.

Daltrey sang "Substitute" and "Young Man Blues" to close out the Who tribute show, which also included performances from Rush's Geddy Lee, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson and actor Phil Daniels, star of the 1979 film adaptation of Quadrophenia.

The U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust, of which Daltrey has been a patron for more than 10 years, raises money to take care of the special needs of teenage and young adult cancer patients by providing special hospital units designed with them in mind.

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KC and the Sunshine Band to Release Album of Classic '60s Cover Tunes in March


Image Courtesy of Webster PRKC and the Sunshine Band were one of the pop and disco hit makers of the 1970s, but the group's upcoming album celebrates the sounds of the socially and politically charged 1960s.  Due out on March 10, 2015, Feeling You! The 60s is a covers collection that features renditions of 17 memorable songs from the era.

Among the tunes KC and the Sunshine Band recorded for the album are classics such as Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "You Really Got a Hold on Me," Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," and The Supremes' "I Hear a Symphony" and "You Keep Me Hanging On."  In addition, the record includes a version of The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" that features a guest appearance by Chicago's Jason Scheff.

"I'm excited for my fans to hear this album," says KC and the Sunshine Band frontman Harry Wayne Casey.  "I really went outside of the box vocally and creatively.  Feeling You! The 60s is autobiographical, showing how I feel about love, life and the world through the music of that era."

The record is the first in a two-part Feeling You series that the group has planned.

Here the full track list for Feeling You! The 60s:

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"
"Oh How Happy"
"Dreams"
"Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"
"Words"
"You Really Got a Hold on Me"
"Both Sides Now"
"Tell It Like It Is"
"Blowin' in the Wind" (featuring The Unity on the Bay Choir)
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (featuring Jason Scheff)
"You Really Got Me"
"Sweet Soul Music"
"I Hear a Symphony"
"Stand by Me"
"You Keep Me Hanging On"
"Bring It On Home"
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

And here are KC and the Sunshine Band's confirmed North American concerts:

12/27 -- Marksville, LA, Paragon Casino Resort
1/22 -- Williamsport, PA, Community Arts Center
1/23 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
1/24 -- King of Prussia, PA, Valley Forge Casino
2/25 -- San Juan, PR, Soul Train Cruise
3/20 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
8/8 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana

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Paul McCartney Admits Writing Music for Video Games Is Easier Than Playing Them


MJ KimPaul McCartney dropped by The Tonight Show Wednesday to plug his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny. Paul also admitted to host Jimmy Fallon that while it wasn't hard for him to write the music for a video game, he's pretty clueless when it comes to playing them.

When Fallon brought up playing the popular video game Rock Band, which contains some songs from McCartney's former band The Beatles, the 72-year-old rock legend confessed he's not very good and added, "It's very hard."

"My grandkids play and they kill me every time," McCartney explained, then added, "But I say, 'I wrote it.'"

McCartney's no stranger to writing music for other projects. He also penned the theme song for the 1973 James Bond movie, Live and Let Die, and told Fallon he enjoys the challenge.

"It depends how you think of songwriting," he explained. "I kind of think of it in a way like a craft. So I like writing songs, very personal songs just for me, but I also like when someone asks me like that, you know...It's a bit of a challenge."

With Christmas right around the corner, Fallon asked Paul to name some of his favorite holiday songs.  The veteran rocker said "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole and "'Wonderful Christmastime' by Paul McCartney."

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Stevie Wonder Is a New Dad


UN Photo/JC McIlwaineCongratulations are in order for Stevie Wonder, who's become a dad for the ninth time.

A rep for Stevie tells Us Weekly that the legendary singer and his girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, have welcomed their second child together, a baby girl named Nia.

The rep explains the child's name in Swahili means "purpose," which is "one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa."

Stevie, 64, told ABC's The View last month that he would name his new daughter Nia.

Prior to his relationship with Bracy, Stevie was married to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris for 11 years; they have two kids.  He also has children with his exes Yolanda Simmons and Melody McCulley, but none with his previous wife, the late Motown singer and songwriter Syreeta Wright.

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Yes to Be Joined by Marillion, Saga & More on 2015 Cruise to the Edge


Credit: Rob ShanahanYes has revealed initial details for the 2015 edition of its Cruise to the Edge.  The prog-rock-themed seagoing event is scheduled to embark from Miami on November 15 and visit Key West, Florida, and a private island in the Bahamas before returning to port on November 19.

Joining Yes on the lineup of performers for the cruise are Marillion, Saga, guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth, Nektar, Caravan and more than a dozen other acts.  In addition, a special pre-cruise concert will be held in Miami on November 14 at an as-yet-unannounced location and featuring a special guest performer, as well as a late-night jam.

Most of the artists will be playing at least two sets during the cruise.  Besides the many concerts, cruise attendees will be able to enjoy the ship's 13 bars and lounges, various eateries, casino, spa, fitness center, basketball and volleyball court, bowling alley and more.  A lineup of special activities and events will be revealed soon.

The 2015 cruise is priced as low as $849 per person for double-occupancy cabins, and $575 per person for quad rooms.  Previous Cruise to the Edge passengers will be treated to a $100 discount.  Visit CruisetotheEdge.com for more information.

Yes' previous Cruise to the Edge events took place in April of this year and March 2013.

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2015 Wanee Festival Lineup Features Allman Brothers Members, Cheap Trick, Earth, Wind & Fire


Image Courtesy of Wanee FestivalThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired after its October 28 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, but nearly all the group's members will be on hand to perform at the 2015 edition of the Wanee Music Festival, scheduled for April 15-17 in Live Oak, Florida.  Listed separately on the just-announced lineup for the event are frontman Gregg Allman, drummer Butch Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes' and drummer Jaimoe's respective bands -- Gov't Mule and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band.

Other artists on the 2015 Wanee fest bill include Cheap Trick, Earth, Wind & Fire, the "Electric" version of Hot Tuna, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, Widespread Panic and many more.

Tickets for the 11th annual Wanee fest are on sale now.  General admission tickets for the three-day extravaganza cost $195, plus fees, while VIP packages are priced at $499.  Visit WaneeFestival.com for more information.

The Allman Brothers Band began the festival in 2005 and always served as its headliner.  The event is held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

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Billy Joel Reportedly Looking for Pad in Palm Beach, Schedules 21st Show at MSG


Lloyd Bishop/NBCAll the cash that Billy Joel made after his home sales this year must be burning a hole in his pocket: He's reportedly looking for a new property in Palm Beach, Florida.

According to the Florida website GossipExtra, in 2014, the Piano Man unloaded his oceanfront home in New York's tony Hamptons for $19 million, and he also sold two Manhattan condos for $12 million.  Now, he's eyeing a place in Palm Beach on the ocean, and is looking to spend $15 to $20 million.  Supposedly, Joel's good pal Howard Stern, who owns a place in the area, convinced him it was the place to be.

Meanwhile, Joel has just scheduled yet another show at New York's Madison Square Garden, where he does a monthly residency.  The September 25, 2015, concert will be the 21st show in the residency, and the 67th overall of his career at that venue.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 19.

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Van Morrison to Release New Album in Early 2015 After Signing Deal with RCA


Exile ProductionsVan Morrison currently is finishing up a new studio album that will be released early next year, the first the acclaimed singer/songwriter will issue as part of a new deal with RCA Records.

RCA executives Tom Corson and Peter Edge said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have Van Morrison, the iconic musical visionary and legend, join the RCA roster.  He is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters and performers in music today, and we are honored to have him join us at the label and work with him on his forthcoming new album."

Added Van the Man, "I am looking forward to working with Tom, Peter and the RCA team as we plan release of the new project for next year."

Morrison most recent album, 2012's Born to Sing: No Plan B, was released on Blue Note Records, one of several labels for which the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has recorded in recent years.

Meanwhile, Van will be playing three sold-out shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Nell's Jazz & Blues Club in London.  He also has several other tour dates, most of them in the U.K., mapped out through August 2015.  Check out his full itinerary at VanMorrison.com/Live.

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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to Open for The Who Throughout Band's 2015 North American Tour


AEG LiveThe Who has announced that it will be joined by a newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, when the British rock legends hit the road for the North American legs of their 50th anniversary next year.  Jett and her longtime backing group will be special guests for the entire stateside segment of The Who Hits 50! trek, which kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Florida.

"Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment," says Who frontman Roger Daltrey. "I love her."

Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend adds, "We've been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time.  She is the real deal.  This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone."

As for Jett, she notes that after she left her first band, The Runaways, The Who and their manager, Bill Curbishley, allowed her to use their studio, which, she says, "gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records." Joan adds, "I've modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization.  I'm so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour.  No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than The Who."

Jett & the Blackhearts are scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 18, which happens to be an off day on The Who's tour.

Back in July, Jett and her group joined Daltrey to perform at a benefit concert in Philadelphia that raised funds for a local hospital that, in conjunction with the Teen Cancer America organization, is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer.

The Who's 2015 North American tour includes a spring and a fall leg.  Here are all of the confirmed dates:

Leg One
4/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/17 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
4/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4/21 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/23 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
4/27 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/9 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena
5/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/13 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
5/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
5/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
5/20 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
5/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
5/30 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

Leg Two
9/14 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
9/16 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
*9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
9/23 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
9/25 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/27 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
9/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/1 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
10/3 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
10/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
10/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
10/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
10/13 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
10/15 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/17 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
10/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/21 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
10/25 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
10/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/29 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/1 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

* = without Jett & the Blackhearts.

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Paul McCartney to Visit "The Tonight Show" This Evening


MPL/Mary McCartneyHot on the heels of his appearance Tuesday night on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Paul McCartney will be a guest this evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Fans can expect to hear McCartney chat about his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny.

Sir Paul will be a guest alongside Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.  The oddball duo, who recently released the chart-topping album Cheek to Cheek, will be interviewed as well as serving as the show's musical guest.  The Tonight Show airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

In other news, the complete transcript of a recent live Q&A event McCartney took part in for U.K. model Lily Cole's website, Impossible.com, has been posted at PaulMcCartney.com.

During the interview, which focused on Paul's songwriting, he discussed such topics as creating the aforementioned "Hope for the Future" and his partnership with John Lennon.

McCartney explained that he had been collaborating with composer Marty O'Donnell on the Destiny score when he was asked to help write a regular song for the project.  He pointed out that O'Donnell told him some details about the game, which helped him come up with the lyrics.

"He told me that the idea of the game was that it's a big 'shoot-em-up' and you shoot your way, and you save humanity from all the aliens, therefore giving hope," noted McCartney.  "So I just put that idea together, that instead of a big 'shoot-em-up' I'll just make it a more general thing of 'we need some hope for the future.'  So that's what I did, and that was it!"

As for his long partnership with Lennon, Paul said, "Obviously writing with John was the ultimate collaboration.  I think we were both very lucky to find each other, because we played perfectly off each other."

He added, "One of the amazing things about me and John writing together was that -- I think we wrote just short of three hundred songs together…we never had a dry session. Every time we got together and sat down, we'd work…only for about three hours, because you start getting a bit bored after three hours, but we would always come up with a song, which is pretty cool!"

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Confirmed: Elton John Will Marry Partner David Furnish This Weekend


JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesA rep for Elton John has confirmed to ABC News Radio that he and his longtime partner David Furnish will marry this weekend.

The news that the two would take advantage of Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage, which was enacted in March, was initially reported by a British tabloid.  The wedding reportedly will be private. 

Elton and David got a civil partnership in 2005, and they'll now convert that status to marriage.  The couple, who've been together for 20 years, have two sons: three-year-old Zachary and one-year-old Elijah.

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Madonna Addresses Album Leak, Thanks Fans for Not Listening


Image credit: Mert & MarcusA few weeks ago, Madonna and her manager were furious when a couple of songs from her upcoming album leaked online.  Now the entire album has apparently found its way onto the Web, but some fans, aware of Madonna's feelings on the subject, have taken to Twitter to say they won't listen.  The Queen of Pop has now taken to Instagram to thank those fans, and to caution them that what's out there isn't exactly the finished product.

"Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty!" Madonna writes in her post.  "Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world."

The alleged album is being referred to by one of two titles: Iconic or Unapologetic B**ch, that last one being one of Madonna's frequently-used hashtags.  The alleged track listing features song titles that have already been confirmed or rumored, such as "Rebel Heart," "Make the Devil Pray," "Messiah," "Living 4 Love" and "B**ch I'm Madonna."

Madonna's new album, which includes production and songwriting collaborations from the likes of Avicii, Diplo and Ryan Tedder, has no official title or release date as of yet.

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Randy Bachman's Upcoming Studio Album Arriving in April; Features Neil Young, Peter Frampton


Credit: Mike HoughRandy Bachman has revealed full details about his upcoming solo album, which is called Heavy Blues and will be released on April 15, 2015.  The Canadian rocker, who's a founding member of both The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, will issue the new record under the name Bachman, a three-piece outfit that also features bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.

As Randy Bachman told ABC News Radio earlier this year, the album will feature appearances by a variety of guest guitarists, including Neil Young, Peter Frampton and Joe Bonamassa.  In addition, lap-steel guitar whiz Robert Randolph has contributed to project, and Randy has incorporated a performance by the late Jeff Healey into a track.

Heavy Blues is a collection of original tunes penned by Bachman that's influenced his love of 1960s rock and blues.

Bachman usually produces his own albums, but for Heavy Blues he hired Kevin Shirley, who previously has worked on recordings by Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rush and Iron Maiden.

"I've known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends," says Randy in a statement.  "I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads.  The collaboration, paired with Dale Anne and Anna's musical ferocity, has made this entire project an amazing experience for me."

When Bachman spoke with ABC News Radio in September, he had high praise for Ruddick and Brendon. "They are just amazing," he declared.  "And at times we sound like The Who and we sound like Cream live and we sound like Zeppelin.  And at times it sounds like me."

Bachman also revealed during that interview that the new album was inspired by some advice Young had given to him.  "He said…'Don't do the same old crap and call it something new…Stop, get out of the box, do something fearless, be fierce, be ferocious, reinvent yourself.'"

Although no dates have been announced, Bachman is planning to mount a major 2015 tour in support of Heavy Blues.

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Stevie Wonder Featured on Upcoming Mark Ronson Album, "Uptown Special"


Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder appears on two tracks on Uptown Special, popular DJ and producer Mark Ronson's upcoming studio album, which will be released on January 13.  According to an official track list for the album posted on Ronson's Instagram page, the Motown legend is a featured guest on the lead track, "Uptown's First Final," as well as on the last song, "Crack in the Pearl Part II."

A new press announcement about the record reports that Wonder contributed his harmonica talents to the project.  The lead single from Uptown Special, "Uptown Funk," is a collaboration with young pop star Bruno Mars that currently is in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Dave Davies Says New Kinks Box Set, "The Anthology," Is a "Well Thought Out" Package


BMG/InGroovesThis week saw the release of a new Kinks box set called The Anthology 1964-1971, a five-CD collection of recordings the influential British band made during its years with the Pye label.  The compilation gathers remastered versions of many of the group's best-known songs, along with album gems, demos, alternate mixes, studio outtakes, live performances and more.

Besides all the great music included in The Anthology, the set features extensive liner notes and rare photos.  Founding Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies tells ABC News Radio that he had a hand in putting together the package, which he says was "a well-thought-out process."

"I helped with the usual things -- liner notes and finding pictures," he explains.  "And, there's a few collectors out there that supplied certain parts of…the layout and graphic design…So there's a lot of information there for people who are that way inclined."

In all, the retrospective features nearly 140 tracks, 25 of which were previously unreleased.  Among the unheard recordings are excerpts from sessions that yielded "Waterloo Sunset," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" and "Days."  As for the Kinks hits that appear in the set, they include "All Day and All of the Night," "Tired of Waiting for You," "Till the End of the Day," "A Well Respected Man," "Sunny Afternoon," "Victoria," "Apeman," "Lola" and, of course, "You Really Got Me."

The Anthology is just one of a number of releases commemorating The Kinks' 50th anniversary this year.  Also in conjunction with the milestone, the band began a reissue campaign that has included the recent release of a deluxe two-disc edition of 1971's Muswell Hillbillies and high-res digital versions of many of the group's studio albums.  Additional physical reissues are planned for 2015.

With regard to The Kinks' albums being re-released, Dave says, "They're all special in their own way, I think.  So, it's lovely to see them remastered and repackaged and out there again."  He adds, "I don't think people can get enough of The Kinks' music.  There's a lot of it, but there's a lot that's been overlooked as well."

Davies cites Muswell Hillbillies as an example of his band's more obscure and under-appreciated work.

"I love Muswell Hillbillies," he tells ABC News Radio, "and how so much of it was influenced by our family and extended family…[I]f you think through the catalog of Kinks music, a lot of it is very heavily sourced from our actual family members."

Speaking of Davies family members, Dave's brother and longtime band mate Ray will be signing copies of The Anthology and other Kinks-related recent releases on Thursday afternoon in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre prior to that evening's performance of the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon.

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Paul McCartney Talks Ringo Starr Honor, New Single on "The Daily Show"


MPL/Mary McCartneyPaul McCartney was a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show Tuesday night to promote his new single, "Hope for the Future," but he briefly addressed his former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr's impending honor from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It was announced earlier in the day that Ringo will receive the Award for Musical Excellence during the Rock Hall's 2015 induction ceremony. He's already been enshrined in the Rock Hall as a member of The Beatles.

When The Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked McCartney if he'll attend the ceremony next April in Cleveland, he replied, "I definitely am. I'm really excited."

Some of their chit-chat centered on "Hope for the Future," which McCartney wrote for the video game Destiny. Stewart noted that video game franchises can rake in more money than movies; the musician quipped, "That's what was pointed out by the people who asked me. 'Why don't you do this, Paul? It's bigger than anything.'"

Sir Paul admitted that he's not very good at video games, but he scored points with his grandkids with his contribution to Destiny.

McCartney's scheduled to appear on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.

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Joan Jett Says Getting Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Feels "Surreal"


Credit: Roger EricksonAs reported earlier on Tuesday, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were among the artists who will be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the institution's 2015 induction ceremony, which will take place April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall.  Now, the band's influential frontwoman has issued a statement expressing her feelings about the honor.

"I'm still collecting my thoughts, but the feeling is surreal," says Jett.  "I've always focused on making music for the art of it, and its ability to reach others.  I am truly honored that my music has been recognized by the great rock and roll community that voted me in."

The 2015 ceremony will be the second consecutive Rock Hall induction event at which Joan will appear.  This past April, she was one of several female artists who performed with the surviving members of Nirvana in celebration of that group's induction at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Jett, of course, began her music career as a teenager in the 1970s when she helped found the all-female hard-rock group The Runaways.  That band broke up in 1979, and Joan released one solo album before forming the Blackhearts in 1981.  Their most recent album, Unvarnished was released in September of 2013.

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Jon Bon Jovi Curates Photography Exhibit, Proceeds Going to Charity


David Bergman/Rock Paper PhotoVisitors to New York City this holiday season will have the opportunity to pick up some unique Bon Jovi collectibles. 

Jon Bon Jovi has curated a gallery display of photos taken by David Bergman, who has shot more than 200 of the band's shows, as well as other celebrities from the world of music and sports.  The singer also has autographed a limited number of the prints, which will be on sale in the exhibition space.  Jon is donating a portion of his proceeds from sales of Bon Jovi photographs to ACE New York, a charity that helps the homeless in New York City.

The exhibit opens to the public on Wednesday, and will run through December 24.  It's open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Soho Holiday Collective at 150 Wooster Street in New York City.

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Among Stars Who'll Perform at Talking Heads Tribute Concert in NYC


Image Courtesy of Michael DorfThe music of David Byrne and his old band The Talking Heads will be the focus of the latest in a series of star-studded tribute concerts organized by New York City entrepreneur Michael Dorf.  The show is scheduled for March 23, 2015, at New York's Carnegie Hall.

The initial lineup for the event includes ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, The Roots, Steve Earle, Rufus Wainwright, and Sleigh Bells singer Alexis Krauss, among others.  More performers will be announced soon. At least 20 artists are expected to hit the stage during the show.

General admission tickets are available now at the Carnegie Hall box office and CarnegieHall.org.  VIP packages can be purchased by visiting MusicOf.org.

Proceeds from the show will benefit various music education programs for underprivileged youths.  The Byrne and Talking Heads tribute will be the 11th annual themed charity concert Dorf has helped organize in New York City.  The events have raised more than $1 million so far.

Among the artists that have been the subject of previous shows are The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Elton John, R.E.M., The Who, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell.

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The Who Postpones Last Two Concerts of 2014 Because Roger Daltrey Is Battling Throat Infection


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who has been forced to bring the current U.K. leg of its 50th anniversary tour to an early end because frontman Roger Daltrey has a throat infection and has been ordered by doctors to rest his voice.  The singer's illness has led to the postponement of the band's final two 2014 concerts, which were to have taken place at London's O2 Arena this Wednesday and Thursday.

The shows have been rescheduled for March 22 and March 23.  Tickets purchased for the concerts will remain valid for the respective March makeup dates.

According to an official statement, "The band and their management wish to sincerely apologize to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused."

The March concerts in London now are scheduled to be The Who's first shows of 2015.  After that, the group will launch a North American tour leg on April 15 in Tampa, Florida.

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The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum operated by the City of Ville Platte is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come view the amazing artifacts, photos, records, Wall of Fame and hear the music. Admission charge is $3 adults, $2 seniors and $1 for children under 12. The museum is located on Northwest Railroad Avenue.






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