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Anthrax Announces Its Own Bourbon Brand


Image Courtesy of Matthew RodgersAnthrax received its sixth Grammy nomination earlier this month, and the band is celebrating in style.  The thrash metal veterans have teamed up with Jefferson's Bourbon to create their own brand of the beverage, called Indians.

"Anthrax's Indians, a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in," reads a press release.

"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a T-shirt or hoodie or poster, and Indians was perfect," adds bassist Frank Bello in a statement.

Indians is now available for order via the Atlantic City Bottle Company's website.  One bottle will set you back $100.  If you live near Atlantic City, though, you can pick up a bottle in stores for $75.

Anthrax was nominated for the 2015 Grammys in the Best Metal Performance category for its cover of Black Sabbath's "Neon Knights."  The band recorded the song for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life.

"It's been an honor every time we've been nominated, but this one is particularly special," says drummer Charlie Benante.  "To have been asked to contribute 'Neon Knights' to Ronnie's tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best."

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Elton John Fan Club Members to Receive Download of His Set at 2014 Bonnaroo Festival


Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsIf you couldn't make it to Tennessee this past June to see Elton John and his band rock the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, you can now watch it from the comfort of your own home...if you're a member of Elton's fan club.

Platinum subscribers to John's Rocket Club will receive Elton John: Live at Bonnaroo 2014 with the Elton John Band, a 68-minute video download of his set from the festival that was recorded on June 15.  The video features 10 songs, including "Bennie and the Jets," "Levon," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Crocodile Rock" and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)."  You can watch a preview on Elton's website now of "Bennie and the Jets."

The download also includes a special message from John.  If you want access to it, you need to sign up for the fan club at Elton's website by December 31.

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George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy to Be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards


PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyGeorge Harrison, The Bee Gees and blues great Buddy Guy are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Harrison, The Bee Gees and Guy will receive the honors as part of the organization's Special Merit Awards ceremony, a special invite-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.

Others musicians who will be acknowledged by the Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards include French classical composer Pierre Boulez, renowned Tex-Mex accordion player Flaco Jiménez, influential country duo The Louvin Brothers, and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will feature the presentation of Trustee Awards to non-performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry.  The 2015 honorees are the songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, prolific record producer Richard Perry, and jazz promoter and producer George Wein.  In addition, Ray Kurzweil will receive a Technical Grammy Award for his technological innovations, including his work with synthesizers.

"This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history," says Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.  "It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come."

All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the upcoming Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8.

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Items Signed by Roger Daltrey, Eddie Vedder 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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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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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, Hot Tuna


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, the "Electric" version of Hot Tuna, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, funk/soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire, 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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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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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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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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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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The Yardbirds' Jim McCarty Announces Current Lineup Is "Parting Ways"


Credit: Trevor HeathFounding Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty has revealed in a message posted on his official website that the band's current lineup "will be parting ways at the end of the year."

In the note, which is titled "End of One Era, Start of Another," Jim points out, "The Yardbirds as a band has continued to evolve through the years with great musicians playing all around the World."

In addition to McCarty, the influential U.K. blues-rock group's current touring lineup features guitarists Ben King and Anthony "Top" Topham, singer/harmonica player Andy Mitchell, and bassist David Smale.  King has been a member of the band since 2005, while Mitchell and Smale joined the fold in 2009.  As for Topham, as a teenager he briefly served as The Yardbirds' original lead guitarist in 1963, but was replaced that same year by Eric Clapton.  He was brought back into the band last year to fill in for founding rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, who's been sidelined indefinitely since suffering a stroke in 2012.

McCarty reports in his note, "I will be working on solo ventures and other Yardbirds projects in 2015."  He adds, "I would like to thank Ben, Andy, Dave and Top for all their support through the years and wish all Yardbirds fans a great Christmas and Prosperous 2015!"

The band has one show listed on its current itinerary, a February 7 concert with The Strawbs in Frome, U.K.  It's not clear if this will be The Yardbirds' final gig with the current lineup.

The Yardbirds' most recent studio album, Birdland, was released in 2003.  The group issued a concert DVD titled Making Time in 2012, as well as a companion live album the following year.  In addition, McCarty put out a limited-edition solo compilation called Frontman earlier this year.

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Metallica to Perform at San Jose Sharks Hockey Game


Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressHaving performed at San Francisco Giants games for the past two years, Metallica now is bringing "Metallica Night" to the hockey rink. The legendary metal band will be performing at a San Jose Sharks game on January 21.

"We're excited to add to the ever expanding sports action nights by announcing that we will be getting together with our good friends the San Jose Sharks on January 21, 2015 as they take on their rivals the L.A. Kings for a night of Metalli-hockey mayhem," the band writes on its website.

Tickets to "Metalli-hockey" go on sale today at 10 a.m. PT via Sharks.NHL.com and will include a special edition "Metalli-Sharks" shirt.

"We'll be on hand for the first strains of 'Seek & Destroy,' kick off the game with the puck drop, and partake in some of the intermission fun and games that Sharks fans know and love," the statement continues.

Metallica will be around for a third Metallica Night with the San Francisco Giants for the world champion baseball team's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 2.  Perhaps it will be during these sporting events that we'll hear music from Metallica's new album, which bassist Robert Trujillo says the band is currently "blueprinting."

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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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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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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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