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Steven Tyler to Perform at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Image Courtesy of Steven ErleAerosmith's Steven Tyler is one of the music artists chosen to perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will be held on December 11 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway.  The concert takes place the day after the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which will honor two human-rights activists, India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, for "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education."

Tyler says in a statement, "I am excited to bring rock 'n' roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world's most courageous activists."

Other performers on the concert's lineup include hip-hop star Queen Latifah, British soul singer Laura Mvula, and Norwegian singer Gabrielle.  Queen Latifah will also host the event.

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is broadcast around the world, both on television and online: check to find out when and where to watch the show in your area.  Artists that have performed at previous Nobel Peace Prize Concerts include Paul McCartney, Sting, Santana, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Bon Jovi and A-ha.

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Dave Grohl Remembers Jamming with Prince

Image Courtesy of ABC/Travis BellRemember when Prince covered the Foo Fighters song "Best of You" during the 2007 Super Bowl halftime show?  As it turns out, that wasn't the last time Dave Grohl and the Purple One have crossed paths.

"Three years ago, Prince books 21 nights at the Forum [in Los Angeles].  I can't f**king wait.  I go to the first show, in a party bus with all my friends, boozing it up," Grohl tells Rolling Stone.  "I walk into the Forum Club and bump into somebody from a road crew I'd work[ed] with before.  He says, 'Prince knows you're here.  He wants to jam.'  The end of the night, I'm standing next to this black curtain.  I pull it back -- there's Prince with Sheila E.  I go, 'Hey, man, great show.'  He says, 'When do you want to jam?  How about Friday?'  All right, cool!"

The next week, Grohl shows up at the Forum only to be told Prince was feeling under the weather. However, before he's about to leave, "Prince just appears," Grohl says, and invites Dave to play drums with his band.

"We start playing.  He's got the whole band up there, throwing chord changes with his fingers, conducting the band as we're jamming," Grohl remembers.  "I can't believe this is happening.  And it's happening in a completely empty Forum.  Then he puts on a guitar and starts playing [Led Zeppelin's] 'Whole Lotta Love'.  It's f**kin' bad-ass.  We do that for 10 minutes.  It slays.  He says, 'We should do that, man.  What are you doing next Friday?'"

"I never heard from Prince again," he says.  "But I swear it happened.  I swear.  And nobody saw it."

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Watch Official Lyric Video for The Who's New Song, "Be Lucky"

Geffen/Universal MusicThe Who has premiered an official lyric video for their new song, "Be Lucky," streaming now at  The track, which appears on the recently released The Who Hits 50! compilation, is the first new tune from the band since 2006.

The video features a montage of archival clips -- both rare and recognizable -- from throughout the band's career, while the lyrics pop up in animated form, reflecting the same classic comic-book graphics featured on the cover of The Who Hits 50!  Among the recognizable segments are clips from the band's promotional videos for "Happy Jack," "Who Are You," and "Don't Let Go the Coat."

All royalties from sales of "Be Lucky" are being donated to Teen Cancer America, the charity that The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend co-founded in 2011.

The Who kicked of their 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, which was the band's first-ever concert in the Middle East.  The rock legends will begin the U.K. leg of the trek this Sunday, November 30, in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Joni Mitchell to Discuss New Box Set, "Love Has Many Faces," During "Tavis Smiley" Appearance Tuesday

RhinoJoni Mitchell will make a rare television appearance when she visits PBS' Tavis Smiley show on Tuesday night.  The lauded singer/songwriter will reminisce about her eventful life and career, and also will chat about her just-released box set, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.

The 53-song, four-CD collection, which was curated by Mitchell herself, began as the soundtrack to a planned dance production that was to have been put on by Canada's Albert Ballet, but was abandoned when she was unable to settle on a list of tunes for the project. Joni eventually wound up gathering the songs into four separate themed sections, each one that she views as a potential ballet act, and each corresponding to a disc in the box set.

In addition to compiling Love Has Many Faces, Mitchell designed the package, which includes six new original paintings, a selection of lyrical poems and extensive liner notes telling the story behind the project.

Check your local listings to find out when Tavis Smiley airs in your area.

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Surviving Beatles Sign Antique Piano to Help Raise Money to Aid Louisiana Veterans

Image Courtesy of Kim Bergeron for East St. Tammany Habitat for HumanityThe two surviving Beatles have lent a hand to help raise money for an effort to build affordable homes for local military veterans in the New Orleans area.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have both autographed a restored piano decorated with painted images of the Fab Four. The piano is scheduled to be auctioned off soon to benefit an effort of a branch of Habitat for Humanity.

Kim Bergeron, a freelance public-relations strategist who worked pro bono for the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in Slidell, Louisiana, was instrumental in getting the rock legends to sign the piano -- no easy task since McCartney and Starr rarely autograph items these days. reports that Bergeron contacted McCartney first, hoping that Sir Paul would lend his signature when he played an October 11 show in New Orleans.  That couldn't be arranged, but she was able to get Ringo to agree to sign the instrument when he and his All-Starr Band performed in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 17.

Getting McCartney's John Hancock took a bit more doing.  His reps contacted Bergeron to tell her that Paul would be able to sign the piano if the instrument could be brought to Louisville, Kentucky, where he performed on October 28.  What was supposed to be a 10-hour journey turned into a 30-hour ordeal when the truck hired to transport the piano broke down multiple times along the way.  Eventually, the piano was brought to Louisville's KFC Yum! Center, where Macca signed it, and treated Bergeron and some of her associates to a meet-and-greet too.

The story behind the piano also is interesting.  The antique, upright instrument, which dates back to the late 1800s, was donated to the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in August by a Mississippi woman.  The piano was then restored and painted by Slidell artist Lori Gomez, and the initial plan was auction it at East St. Tammany Habitat's "Home Is Where the Art Is" gala this past Friday.  However, when McCartney's and Starr's signatures were procured, it was decided to make the instrument available for bidding via a national auction, the details of which are still being finalized.  The piano was put on display at the Slidell charity event.

Funds raised by the sale will go toward the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build initiative, which will supply housing to one or more local veterans.  Bergeron tells ABC News Radio that now that the piano has been autographed by the Beatles band mates, the organization is hoping it can bring in enough money to fund homes for as many as 10 vets and their families.

You can read the story behind the piano and Bergeron's quest to get it signed by the rock legends at her personal blog,

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Bob Dylan Plays Concert for One Person, Show Filmed for YouTube Documentary

Columbia RecordsOn Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia's Academy of Music, Bob Dylan played what had to have been the most intimate show he's ever done, performing a short set of cover tunes with his backing band to one person -- a Swedish TV personality named Fredrik Wikingsson.  The event was organized and filmed for an ongoing Swedish movie series titled Experiment Ensam -- translation: Experiment Alone -- which captures an individual taking part in an activity usually experienced by crowds.

Wikingsson tells Rolling Stone that Dylan's set featured renditions of Buddy Holly's "Heartbeat," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," Chuck Willis' "It's Too Late (She's Gone)" and a blues jam that he couldn't identify.

"I was smiling so much it was like I was on ecstasy," he admits.  "My jaw hurt for hours afterwards because I couldn't stop smiling."

To make the amazing private show happen, Wikingsson says the filmmakers set things up through Dylan's representatives and paid the legendary singer/songwriter an undisclosed fee.

Fredrik doesn't know how much, but guesses "it was probably more than he gets for a normal gig."

Wikingsson was chosen to take part in the flick because he's friends with Experiment Ensam director Anders Helgeson, although he tells Rolling Stone he had to lobby hard for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"I had an endless series of meetings where I managed to convince people my extreme fandom made me the best candidate for the enviable task," the 41-year-old explains.

Wikingsson also says he was skeptical that the performance would actually take place right until the time Dylan stepped on stage.

"I thought some a**hole would walk onstage and just laugh at me," he admits.  "I just couldn't fathom that Dylan would actually do this."

Wikingsson reveals to Rolling Stone that he chose to sit in the second row in front of the middle of the stage.  He also notes that he initially felt awkward about responding to the performance, but decided to yell out something after the second song.

"I realized I had to say something.  It was just too weird," he points out.  "I screamed out, 'You guys sound great!'  That caused Dylan to burst out laughing."

Following the third song, Dylan played an impromptu harmonica solo that Wikingsson says touched him so much that he almost began crying.  After Bob finished his last song, he jokingly said to Wikingsson, "Swing by anytime."

The show was captured by eight cameras, and the documentary about the event, which will be 15 minutes long, will premiere on December 15 on YouTube.

Wikingsson has been sharing stories about his amazing experience on his popular iTunes podcast, The Filip and Fredrik Podcast.  He tells Rolling Stone, that he has one more dream related to the show: "I want Dylan to release an official Columbia EP of the concert called Songs for Fredrick."

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Soundgarden Unveils Video for "Storm"

Image Courtesy of Geffen/Universal MusicToday is a perfect storm for Soundgarden fans.  In addition to releasing their new rarities collection, Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, the band has unveiled the video for "Storm," one of the tracks from the compilation.  Directed by frequent Soundgarden collaborator Josh Graham, the moody "Storm" video essentially amounts to an incredibly ominous Rorschach Test. You can watch the video via

Soundgarden originally recorded "Storm" in the mid-'80s as a demo, but was never released.  Earlier this year, the band teamed up with producer Jack Endino to re-record the track specifically for the Echo of Miles collection.

Echo of Miles features 50 tracks across three themed discs -- "Originals," "Covers" and "Oddities." "Storm" is the closing song on the "Originals" disc.

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AC/DC's Video for "Rock or Bust" Title Track Debuts Online

Image Courtesy of James MinchinAC/DC has premiered an official video for the title track to its upcoming studio, Rock or Bust.  The clip, which can be viewed online now at the group's official website and VEVO YouTube channel, features footage of the band perform the riff-heavy, mid-tempo tune on a circular stage surrounded by a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.

According to, the video was shot early last month at Black Island Studios in Middlesex, U.K.  The clip was directed by David Mallet, who also was behind the camera for AC/DC's "Play Ball" video.  Absent for both clips is the band's longtime drummer, Phil Rudd, who -- as previously reported -- was recently arrested on several criminal charges in his adopted home of New Zealand.  Filling in behind the kit in the videos is Bob Richards.

"'Rock or Bust' was greatly, greatly, greatly helped by the wonderful fans," says Mallett in a behind-the-scenes video posted online.  "One chap, complete with an Angus [Young] outfit flew all the way from South America to watch AC/DC make a video for three-and-a-half hours.  And then he flew home to South America."

Rock or Bust will be released on Tuesday, December 2.

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Photos from The Beatles' "Abbey Road" Cover Shoot Fetch More than $200K at Auction

Capitol Records/Universal MusicA complete set of prints from the photo shoot for The Beatles' famous Abbey Road album cover sold for 145,000 pounds, or about $227,000 -- not including the buyer's premium -- at an auction in London on Friday.  The pictures, which were purchased by an anonymous overseas buyer, had been estimated to sell for between 50,000 and 70,000 pounds.

The images, which show the band's four members walking across the famed Abbey Rd. crosswalk, were shot on August 8, 1969, by late photographer Iain Macmillan.  Macmillan was given 10 minutes to take the pictures while police closed the street to traffic.  He snapped six photos of the band, as well as an image of a stone wall used for the back cover of the album.  Abbey Road, the last studio album The Beatles recorded, was released in September of that year.

The prints were sold by Macmillan's estate, and each one is signed by the photographer, who died in 2006.

"This set of photographs has triggered a brilliant reaction from the market," Sarah Wheeler, head of Bloomsbury Auctions' photography department, said in a statement.  "It has been a pleasure to share them with the public at our salerooms, even for a short time, and a delight to see them attain such a worthy price."

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Sting to Join the Cast of His Musical "The Last Ship" Starting Dec. 9

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The idea was floated earlier this month, but now it's a reality: Sting will join the cast of his Broadway musical The Last Ship, in an effort to help boost ticket sales.

The news was confirmed on Sting's website: he'll take on the role of Jackie White, the foreman of a British shipyard, in the musical.  His run starts December 9, and he'll do eight shows a week through January 10. 

The New York Times reports that in his role as White, he'll be in  "about 40%" of the show. Despite decent reviews, The New York Times reports that the show has been losing $75,000 per week since it opened September 29.

Sting told the newspaper because he's been working on the show for so long, he "knows all the lines and lyrics after all these years," so it's not as though he's unprepared.  He also told the Times he'd bare his butt "in Macy's, if it will help our show."

Jeffrey Seller, lead producer of The Last Ship, tells The New York Times the show needs "a boost...some ammo."  He says he asked Sting to join the cast, with an eye towards keeping momentum going long enough so that the show can win a Tony award in June.

Sting can't remain in the show indefinitely, however: he's scheduled to resume his tour with Paul Simon January 30 in New Zealand.

A week ago at a red carpet event, when asked if he'd be appearing in The Last Ship, Sting said, "Don't think I need to be at the moment."  Obviously, that has changed.  He also told reporters, regarding the show's good reviews versus its lagging ticket sales, "We fight a battle every night and we win that battle hands down in the theater, and that word of mouth is great.  But it's a challenge, y'know.  It's not an easy world, Broadway, it's tough. But I'm having the time of my life, I'll tell ya!"

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Bryan Adams Releases 30th Anniversary Edition of "Reckless": "I Knew I Had Something Special"

Universal Music EnterprisesThe day he turned 25 -- November 5, 1984 -- Bryan Adams released the album that would make him a superstar: Reckless.  Today, he's releasing a 30th anniversary edition of that milestone album, and he says when he was recording it, he had a hunch that it would take him to the next level of his career.

"I knew going into this record that I had something special," Adams tells ABC News Radio.  "I knew that when we recorded the first couple of tracks for the record that we were on to something really good."  At least, says the Canadian singer/songwriter, he and his musical partner, Jim Vallance, thought the project was really good, though they couldn't predict how the public would react.

"We didn't know, really, what we'd created.  We just know we liked it and that was the litmus test," says Adams.  "You know, 'Did we like it?  Yes.'  'Did we feel like it fills all the gaps that we need to do?'  Like, do I have enough rockers?  Do I have a good ballad?  You know, 'Are all those boxes ticked?'  It seemed like yes."

Turns out the fans agreed with Bryan: out of the 10 songs on the album, six became hit singles.  Adams feels that one of them stands out, however.

"The magical songs that came out of [Reckless] obviously are the ones that were some of the biggest hits, and one of them, of course, was 'Run to You,'" Bryan recalls.  "For me, 'Run to You' is the jewel of the album just set the tone for everything; and from there on, you know, we had 'Summer of '69' and 'Heaven,' 'Somebody' and then, of course, the duet with Tina Turner, 'It's Only Love.'"  

He forgot to mention the sixth single -- "One Night Love Affair."  All six of the singles reached the top 15 on the Billboard charts, and at that time, there had only been two previous albums that accomplished that feat: Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Michael Jackson's Thriller.  

All those songs and much more are featured on the super-deluxe edition of Reckless.  It comes housed in a hardback book and includes the remastered original album, seven bonus tracks, a live concert recording from London in April of 1985 and a DVD of Reckless: The Movie, which features all the promotional videos from the album interspersed with scenes linking the songs.  There's also a Blu-ray version of the original album, historical photos, interviews with Adams and copies of lyric sheets and notes from 1984.

Since its release, the disc has gone on to sell more than 12 million copies.  In a statement, Bryan says, "Reckless was just the right record at the right time. It was just unstoppable."

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Kim Thayil Wanted to Gather All Soundgarden's "Loose Ends" for New Rarities Collection

Geffen/Universal MusicSoundgarden's newest release, a rarities collection entitled Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, has been in the works for quite a while.  Guitarist Kim Thayil has been talking about releasing a compilation of hard-to-find Soundgarden songs since the mid-'90's, but the idea of a rarities collection has been something he has been attracted to since childhood.

Thayil tells ABC News Radio that as a kid growing up in Chicago, he had always felt frustrated whenever, for example, a band would write a song on a soundtrack and then never give it a proper album release. He felt that it was way too difficult for fans to track down every single piece of music from their favorite bands. Thayil envisions Echo of Miles as an antidote to that annoyance for Soundgarden fans.

"I didn't want our fans to have to experience that same frustration of wanting to hear a song and having to track it down, or to have a lot of this material in a number of different places in one's record collection," he tells ABC News Radio. "I always wanted to gather all these loose ends that we were producing and releasing into one package."

Thayil does name The Beatles as one of the bands of his childhood that did it get right in terms of compiling hard-to-find songs. He remembers Hey Jude -- which he says was the first rock album he ever got for Christmas -- as a great example, even if his high school friends didn't agree.

"Later on in high school I had friends tell me that, 'Well, [Hey Jude]'s not a real Beatles album. That wasn't released conceptually like Revolver or Sgt. Pepper, rather it's a collection of un-compiled singles,'" Thayil recalls. "And I thought, 'Well, that's kind of what an album is.'"

Hey Jude wasn't the only piece of Beatles material that helped form Echo of Miles. The collection contains two Beatles covers -- "Come Together" and "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" -- and the track "One Minute of Silence," which was inspired by John Lennon's "Two Minutes Silence."

"I thought, 'Well let's do like a heavy version of ["Two Minutes Silence"], sure!' So we just plugged in an amp and put a mic in front of an amp that was on standby, just kind of humming," explains Thayil. "We couldn't make it the whole minute, we have short attention spans. So someone went over and kicked the amp or unplugged the cord and that's it. That's a pretty strange one."

Echo of Miles is divided into three discs -- "Originals," "Covers" and "Oddities." Naturally, "One Minute of Silence" falls into the third category, but Thayil names the track "Night Surf" as the oddest of all the "Oddities." He tells ABC News Radio that they song only existed in live concerts in 1994 as the soundtrack to a short film shot by bassist Ben Shepherd's brother, Henry Shepherd.

"We would show that film and play the song, which was the soundtrack for the film, and at the end of it, the scrim, or curtain would fall and we'd come out and start playing," Thayil says. "I know there's tens of thousands of people from that period of time who might remember that and probably wondered 'What the hell was this track?' Well, here it is, it's 'Night Surf.'"

Now that Echo of Miles is released, Soundgarden has set their sights another archival project: a re-issue of the band's debut album, Ultramega OK. Thayil tells ABC News Radio that the remixed and remastered version of the record will come out in the next year.

For Soungarden fans craving new material, Thayil also says that the band will return to the studio after their Australian tour in February 2015.

"When we come back, we'll probably take a little bit of a break, and then get in the studio with [drummer] Matt [Cameron] and Ben and myself and [lead singer] Chris [Cornell] and start sharing demos and jamming and coming up with new ideas, and that will be the work for the next album," he says. 

Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path is out now.

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Janis Joplin Biopic Starring Amy Adams Expected to Begin Filming in Mid-2015

Legacy Recordings; ABC/Randy HolmesThe long-gestating Janis Joplin biopic project finally appears to be ready to move forward, with Amy Adams set to portray the influential blues-rock singer.  Deadline reports that Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee has agreed to take the helm of the movie, which has a working title of Get It While You Can and is slated to begin shooting in the middle of next year.

The production features a script by Ron and Theresa Terry, although Dallas Buyers Club screenwriters Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack are in negotiations to revise it, according to Deadline.  Adams has been attached to the project since 2010, when Fernando Meirelles, director of 2002's acclaimed City of God, had been lined up to direct the flick.  The Oscar-nominated actress is planning to do her own singing in the film.

Last year, The Butler director Lee Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter that a Joplin biopic would be his next project, but those plans apparently have changed.

Numerous attempts to get a biographical film about Joplin off the ground have been made over the last decade or so.  Other actresses who reportedly have been attached to movies about the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer singer over the years include Brittany Murphy, Renee Zellweger, pop star Pink, Zooey Deschanel and Tony Award winner Nina Arianda.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTy Herndon, Andy Griggs and Jamie O'Neal debut their new tour package tonight at the Ryman Auditorium at Charlie Daniels' annual Christmas for Kids benefit. The three will hit the road together in 2015.

Brandy Clark, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, and Charlie Worsham will tape four new episode of the CMA Songwriters Series December 1 and 2 at Nashville's Marathon Music Works. They'll air as part of the spring season of Front and Center on public television.

Alison Krauss has been added to the lineup of  The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris:  An All-Star Concert Celebration. The show tapes January 10 in at DAR Constitution Hall in the nation's capitol, with distribution details yet to be announced.

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Steve Miller Band Lines Up 2015 Tour Dates with Journey, Tower of Power

Image Courtesy of Tim BrownThis past year saw the Steve Miller Band mount a major North American tour with two other famed San Francisco-based acts: Journey and Tower of Power.  Now, that same bill is set to hit the road again in 2015.

Miller and his group currently have five dates scheduled with Journey and Tower of Power, running from a March 5 show in Austin, Texas, through a March 15 concert in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Prior to those gigs, the Steve Miller Band has two 2015 headlining shows that will take place on February 19 in Durant, Oklahoma, and February 22 in San Antonio.  Meanwhile, the group just wound down its 2014 itinerary with a performance Saturday in Huntington, New York.

In addition, the Miller Band has been tapped to perform at the 2015 North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview gala, taking place January 16 at the Cobo Center in Detroit.  The event is billed as "the largest single night fundraiser in the world," and benefits a variety of local Michigan children's charities.  The Charity Preview has brought in more than $96 million since it was first held in 1976.  Tickets to the 2015 event cost $400, and are on sale now at

Here's a list of all of Steve Miller Band's upcoming performances:

1/16/15 -- Detroit, MI, North American International Auto Show - Cobo Center
2/19 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Resort
2/22 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theater
*3/5 -- Austin, TX, Austin 360 Amphitheater
*3/11 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
*3/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Memorial Arena
*3/14 -- Tampa, FL, Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheater
*3/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater

* = with Journey and Tower of Power.

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Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song, "Drum + Fife"

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicThe Smashing Pumpkins have released another song from their forthcoming album, Monuments to an Elegy.  The new track, "Drum Fife," is inspired by Irish folk music while also incorporating electronic beats and loops.  You can stream "Drum Fife" on NME's website.

"'Drum Fife' was originally a folk song.  We really had a problem getting it off its almost dour Irish balladeer aspect," Billy Corgan tells NME.  "I must give a lot of credit to [Motley Crue's] Tommy Lee, because he’s the one who turned the corner."

Corgan explains that Lee, who plays drums on Monuments to an Elegy, used his experience in dance music to give "Drum Fife" its electronic elements.

"It's almost like mid-'80s new wave or something and it reminded me a little bit of early U2 or Big Country," Corgan continues.  "The open strut made the Irish ballad part of the song come alive and have more of a expansive quality and from there on it got a lot easier."

Monuments to an Elegy will be released December 9.  The Smashing Pumpkins also have a second new album in the works, Day and Night, which is due out next year.

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Sammy Hagar Says He "Was Honored" to Be Asked to Appear on "The Simpsons"

2014 TCFFC/FoxSammy Hagar will join an illustrious list of fellow rock stars when he appears tonight in cartoon form on The Simpsons.  The Red Rocker's voice and animated likeness will be featured in an episode titled "Covercraft," in which Homer -- suffering from a mid-life crisis after Moe's bar closes -- becomes the bassist in a cover band with some other local dads.

Hagar says he jumped at the chance when he was asked to take part in the show, which in the past has featured cameos by such music legends as Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, The Who and Michael Jackson.

"I liked the list of people that have done it before me, and I was honored," Sammy explained during a press teleconference held Thursday.  He added that he also was excited because it gave him the opportunity to do "something new, something different."

He also noted that he enjoyed doing the show because he got the chance to ham it up. "I liked being a little bit of a caricature of myself," he said.  "I get to overdo it, and every time I overdo it around the house, you know, I get criticism from my kids and stuff.  So it's really nice to be able to overdo it and get away with it."

One thing Hagar wasn't too pleased with was the way he looked as a cartoon character.

"I don't think anyone can relate to themselves as a Simpson," he said with a laugh.  "When I saw it I went, 'Whoa!  Hey!  Hold on here.'  You know, it's pretty funny but, like I said, I can't relate too much to the character except…they got my tennis shoes really right and they got my…flower shirt…my kind of semi-Hawaiian lifestyle look…But [I] couldn't relate to the body and face look."

Besides that, Hagar said he was so happy with his Simpsons experience that it made him want to become a full-time cast member.

"It made me want to do voice-overs," he explained.  "I told the guys after I did it…I said, 'Hey man, invent a permanent Simpson character for me and I'll do it.'…I'm telling you, it was really, really fun."

Sammy revealed that at this stage in his career, he's very interested in trying things he hasn't done before, so beyond doing voice-overs he'd like to try his hand at acting in a film.

"I'd love to have a bit part in a movie," he said.  "Not like a star, but I would love to…try some things like that, where I can be some other character.  I'm tired of being Sammy, you know what I mean?"

You can check out a video featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Hagar recording his Simpsons cameo on RollingStone.comThe Simpsons airs Sundays on Fox at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

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Jackson Browne, Robert Plant Featured on Season Finale of PBS' "Austin City Limits"

Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana MusicThe season finale of the long-running PBS performance series Austin City Limits will premiere Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.  The show will feature highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Association's 13th annual Honors and Awards ceremony, which took place this past September at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The event included performances by Jackson Browne, Robert Plant, Rosanne Cash, folk-blues veteran Taj Mahal and country legend Loretta Lynn.  Browne was honored with the Spirit of Americana Award at the ceremony, and during his appearance he performed "The Long Way Around," a song from his new album, Standing in the Breach.  Plant, meanwhile, joined his one-time musical and romantic partner Patty Griffin for a rendition of her tune "Ohio."

You can watch a video preview of Browne's performance now at

Here's a complete set list for Saturday's Austin City Limits episode:

"Feather's Not a Bird" -- Rosanne Cash
"Truck Stop Gospel" -- Parker Millsap
"Coal Miner's Daughter"-- Loretta Lynn
"Snake Eyes" -- The Milk Carton Kids
"You Can't Judge a Book" -- Americana All-Star Band
"Ingrato Amor" -- Flaco Jimenez
"The Long Way Around" -- Jackson Browne
"Grass Is Greener" -- St. Paul & the Broken Bones
"You Can't Be Told" -- Valerie June
"Ohio" -- Patty Griffin & Robert Plant
"Statesboro Blues" -- Taj Mahal
"Cover Me Up" -- Jason Isbell
"Life of Sin" -- Sturgill Simpson

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R.E.M. Documentary Making Television Debut on Saturday

Image Courtesy of REMHQ.comR.E.M. by MTV, the new documentary exploring the relationship between the legendary band and the music network, will be making its television debut on Saturday.  The documentary will air at 9 p.m. ET on VH1 Classic and Palladia.

R.E.M. and MTV have been linked since they both began -- the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released their first album in 1981 just weeks before MTV premiered its first video.  Directed by Alexander Young, R.E.M. by MTV exclusively uses archival footage to trace the history between the two rising stars.

"It occurred to us that there's all this footage of some of the band's absolute career highlights sitting in some MTV vaults in London and New York -- and thanks to a lot of effort and digging and arranging, this is our chance to share that music with various generations of R.E.M. fans in a pretty unique release," says longtime R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs.  "And Alexander Young's documentary is a fine way to tell the story of R.E.M. through its various twists and turns, as captured in real time by MTV's cameras -- it has some great funny bits too!"

R.E.M. by MTV is part of a six-DVD collection entitled REMTV, which includes more than 14 hours of material.  REMTV will be released on Monday, November 24.

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Paul McCartney Loves Dylan's Contribution to Tribute Album, but Isn't Sure If Everyone Will

MPL/Mary McCartneyThe star-studded Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney was released this past week, featuring renditions of the rock legend's songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey and many many more.  During a BBC Radio interview Wednesday, McCartney himself chatted about the compilation, marveling about the "amazing people" the producers got to take part in the project.

One star McCartney said he was particularly glad contributed to the record was Dylan, although he admitted that the lauded singer/songwriter's weathered vocals might not be everyone's cup of tea.

"[With] his croaky old voice…he's doing one of my songs called 'Things We Said Today,'" Sir Paul pointed out in the interview, before proceeding to imitate Bob's rendition.  Macca added, "I think I was saying…'If I started singing like that they'd shoot me.'  Bob's great, you know.  I love it…It's just, you're either a fan or you're not, and I'm a big fan of his."

McCartney also revealed that The Art of McCartney producer Ralph Sall had asked him to take part in the recording, but he didn't think it was a good idea.

"I said, 'Well, I can't, 'cause if it's a tribute I've got to just sort of be thankful they're doing it.  I can't get involved in my own tribute,'" he recalls.  "So I just let them get on with it.  He's done a good job, really."

Meanwhile, McCartney reported that the next project he's focusing on is an animated feature film based on a 2005 children's book he co-wrote called High in the Clouds.  Sir Paul said his "main job is to do the music," but he also will voice one of the characters in the movie.

The former Beatle also talked a little bit about "Hope for the Future," the theme song he wrote for the recently released video game Destiny that's expected to be issued as a single soon.

McCartney's BBC Radio interview is streaming now at  His segment begins at about the 37-minute mark.

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