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Farm Aid 2018 is one day away -- the day-long festival is taking place in Hartford, Connecticut this Saturday, September 22. Tickets are sold out through official channels but still available on StubHub and CraigsList, and the multi-artist hoedown is the perfect event for a road trip.

However, if you're unable to hit the highway in pursuit of Farm Aid, AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live.

In Farm Aid tradition, this year's show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Country stars Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.

The Farm Aid broadcast caps off an AXS Saturday Stack dedicated to the Farm Aid organizers, beginning at noon ET until the show starts at 7.

Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.

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Image credit: Myriam SantosSteve Perry's shared a treat to take us into the weekend.  "We're Still Here," the latest song release from the former Journey frontman's forthcoming album, Traces, is out now.

"We're Still Here" -- which the label says "celebrates the continuity of life and a sense of camaraderie with a new generation" -- at first listen shares a little of the vibe from the Perry-fronted 1983 Journey arena ballad "Send Her My Love," only much more mellow.  Perry's trademark vocal gymnastics from back in the day may be absent but as previous tracks have proven, the 69-year-old is still in fine voice.

The video for "We're Still Here," also out now, is a straightforward affair, showing Perry and his band performing the song in a studio setting. 

"We're Still Here" follows the previous Traces track releases “No Erasin’” and “No More Cryin’.”

You can order Traces now on CD, digital download and 180-gram vinyl.  When you do, you'll score instant downloads of all three single releases.

Traces, Perry's first album since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine, is due out October 5.  Here's the track list:

"No Erasin’"
"We’re Still Here"
"Most of All"
"No More Cryin’"
"In the Rain"
"Sun Shines Gray"
"You Belong to Me"
"Easy to Love" 
"I Need You"
"We Fly"

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Olaf HeineBono's voice has been called many things, but now we can add "soothing" to that list.

Last week, the members of U2 had just started playing a very intimate and unplugged version of "One" in a Paris restaurant called Refettorio, when a small child started crying. Without hesitating, Bono picked up the girl and held her, bouncing her gently as he started singing.

In a video posted to Instagram by Massimo Bottura, the restaurant's founder, the girl seemed comforted and stopped crying.

Bottura thanked U2 in the caption of the video for their support of Refettorio, an upscale restaurant that exclusively serves free meals to those in need.

U2 is currently on the European leg of their Songs of Experience Innocence tour, which wraps up November 13 in Berlin.  That show is a make-up date for one the band was forced to cancel several weeks ago after Bono lost his voice.

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Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty ImagesDo you remember the 21st of September? Some fans certainly do. 

Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" is expecting a boost in views on YouTube Friday -- the 21st night of September. In fact, this time last year the video saw a 286% increase with 797k views in one day, according to the streaming service. 

Although the track is turning 40 this year, the music video has a total of 225 million views on YouTube. 

Even the band is getting ready for the special day, tweeting, "Only a few more days now..." on Tuesday. 

Taylor Swift sparked renewed interest in "September" earlier this year when she recorded the single in Nashville as part of the Spotify Singles series, giving it a slowed-down, country vibe. 

"September" was originally released in 1978 and reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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ColumbiaThe 14th installment of Bob Dylan's ongoing Bootleg Series shall be released.  This time, he's putting out outtakes and incidentals from the recording of the 1975 album Blood on the Tracks, as a collection titled More Blood, More Tracks.

According to Dylan's official site, the deluxe version of the set will have just about every audible bit of tape from what Dylan fans know as the "New York Sessions," as well as studio commentary. There will also be bare-bones versions of "Tangled Up in Blue," "Simple Twist of Fate," "Idiot Wind," and others.

More Blood, More Tracks will be released in three configurations: a barebones single CD for $12, a gatefold double album for $30, and the six-CD boxed set for $160.

The boxed set will also come with a hardcover book containing a reproduction of Dylan's session notebook from that era.

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Bettmann/Getty ImagesPrince's Piano & a Microphone 1983 album is being released Friday, featuring liner notes by Lisa Coleman from Prince’s Purple Rain-era band, The Revolution. Coleman says the project brought her joy, and pain.

“I didn't want to do it,” the keyboard player tells Billboard. “It was hard and I cried, and just hearing his voice at the beginning of the tape, when he tinkles around and he's talking to one of his engineers and just speaks into the mic...Just hearing his voice like that, it was wonderful to hear and it was painful.”

Piano & a Microphone 1983 is the late music legend 35 years ago accompanied only by a piano, just after the release of 1999 and a year prior to the release of Purple Rain, which launched him to super-stardom. 

There are nine tracks in all, recorded at Prince's Chanhassen, Minnesota studios that later came to be known as Paisley Park.  Songs include pre-release versions of "17 Days," which was the B-side of "When Doves Cry" a year later; "Strange Relationship," from 1987's Sign o' the Times; and a performance of what would become Prince's signature hit, "Purple Rain."  The first single, "Mary Don't You Weep," was released some three months ago.

The Prince estate will be releasing more music; Coleman says, “There's, like, 100 years’ worth of material in that vault." 

“Inside the band there's a famous jam called "Ice Cream," she continues. "When Prince was in a good mood or we were having a good show he would sometimes just run to the microphone and scream "ice cream," and that was a cue for us to go into this particular jam thing, and that's never been released or heard or really known."

Coleman is now touring as a member of The Revolution, with dates through October 28 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Here's the Piano & a Microphone 1983 track list:

1) "17 Days" 
2) "Purple Rain" 
3) "A Case of You" 
4) "Mary Don’t You Weep" 
5) "Strange Relationship" 
6) "International Lover"
7) "Wednesday"
8) "Cold Coffee & Cocaine" 
9) "Why the Butterflies"

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Mary McCarthyIn case you missed the news, Paul McCartney's latest album, Egypt Station, bowed at number one on the Billboard 200 this week. McCartney took time out of his tour schedule this week to check in with Billboard about the achievement, his first chart-topper since 1982's Tug of War.

"It feels really great," he admitted. "'Cause you can't get much higher than [number one], you know? It really feels great. We put a lot of really hard work into it."

Macca says not only did he work hard on making Egypt Station, he put a lot of thought into how to promote the album. He said "fun" appearances on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke," The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and the pop-up show at Grand Central two weeks ago were part of a promotional plan that "[would] actually excite us. Because I think, you know, if we enjoy it, that'll kind of communicate itself and makes [promotion] less of a laborious process."

Ditto for the mini-concert McCartney and his band put on at Abbey Road this summer.

"I said to my guys, "I wanna just do a little gig somewhere before we go out on the big tour.... You know, instead of just saying, 'Oh, we'll go anywhere, it doesn't matter, they're all the same.' [We said] 'No, no, let's go to Abbey Road, that'd be fun.' 'Cause I'll be able to tell stories about having a smoke in the backroom there, you know, and all the little kind of tales you can tell."

Here are McCartney's remaining North American shows:

9/20 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
9/28 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place
9/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
10/5 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/12 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival

2019
5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Arena
5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center
6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena

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Ron Palmer/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesMike Love has found a Reason for the Season -- a Christmas album by the same name that he's releasing next month. According to Billboard, the holiday collection will include 12 songs -- both original tunes and Christmas classics -- including the Beach Boys' "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and "Little St. Nick."

Pop group Hanson will guest on the track "Finally It's Christmas."

"Music is something that always brought my family together, especially around Christmastime," Love said. "What is so special about this collection of songs is that they both hearken back to the wonder of childhood and family, but also feel very relevant and exciting for a new season of listening. We’re looking forward to being part of the soundtrack of many holiday seasons to come.”

Reason for the Season hits stores and digital outlets October 26.  The Beach Boys will also hit the road later this year on a holiday tour. Here are those dates:

11/16 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
11/18 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
11/29 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur
11/30 -- Medford, MA, Chevalier Theatre
12/1 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Centre
12/2 -- Baltimore, MD, The Modell Lyric
12/4 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
12/6 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theatre
12/7 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Venue TBA
12/8 -- Elkhart, IN, Venue TBA
12/10 -- North Bethesda, MI, The Music Centre at Strathmore
12/11 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
12/12 -- Williamsport, PA, Community Arts Centre
12/13 -- Wilmington, DE, The Grand
12/15 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
12/16 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/17 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
12/18 -- Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Community College
12/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Hall at Eccles Theatre
12/28 & 29 -- Beaver Creek, CO, Vilar Performing Arts
12/30 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre

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Shepard Fairey/RepriseAhead of next Friday's release of his posthumous box set An American Treasure, Tom Petty's daughter Adria Petty and his widow Dana Petty have just released "Gainesville," a previously unreleased track he recorded in 1998. 

The song, which shares its name with Petty's hometown of Gainesville, FL, was recorded during Tom Petty and The HeartbreakersEcho sessions. 

The track is the second sneak peek from the career-spanning box set. The first, "Keep A Little Soul," became Petty's fastest-climbing #1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, and made him the first artist ever to score a posthumous top 10 hit on that tally, which was introduced in 1996.

An American Treasure, which will be released on September 28, is a 60-track collection featuring previously unreleased tracks, rarities, alternate versions of well-known tunes, deep cuts and live performances. It was compiled and curated by Petty's wife and daughter, along with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Tom's frequent studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate.

Petty died from mixed drug toxicity on October 2, 2017. He was 66.

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Ian Dickson/RedfernsThere's some legal movement afoot in the Led Zeppelin camp: The band's biggest fan site reports that a streaming service is in the works that would provide fans with access to its legendary trove of concert recordings.

LedZepNews reports that lawyers for the band this week filed a U.S. trademark application for the name "The Led Zeppelin Experience," for the purpose of "providing non-downloadable prerecorded music on-line via a global computer network."

The band reportedly already holds the trademark for the name in the United Kingdom and Europe, but was denied in the States when they first filed, late last year. Zeppelin then hired a new, U.S.-based legal team and resubmitted the application with more specific information. The trademark also allows for the sale of clothing.

Because of the trademark requests, Jason Bonham was asked to change the name of his band from "Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience" to "Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening."

Back in February, Zep guitarist Jimmy Page told Planet Rock magazine, "There's a lot of [live recordings] to come out, a number of releases. I'd like to say that they'll be coming out over the next 10 years. There's more to come for sure."

Led Zeppelin has a legendary following of fans who collect the band's bootlegged concerts, and there have been rumors for years that the band was seeking to establish an official outlet for its archived live shows.

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NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- KISS used their appearance on Wednesday's live America's Got Talent season finale to officially announce their upcoming End of the Road Farewell Tour. 

"This is going to be our last tour," Kiss frontman Paul Stanley told AGT host Trya Banks, following their performance of "Detroit Rock City" to kick off the show. "It will be the most explosive, biggest show we've ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you've never seen us, this is the time. This is the show."

After selling over 100 million albums and touring all over the planet, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will play their final shows as part of the multi-year tour. Dates have yet to be announced, but will become available on the band's official website, KISSonline, as they develop.

"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years, reads a message on their official website. "This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic and Unstoppable."

KISS formed in New York City in 1973, then featuring Stanley on guitar and lead vocals, Gene Simmons on bass, Peter Criss on drums and Ace Frehley on lead guitar. The band has gone through numerous personnel changes, with the current lineup consisting of Stanley, Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.

 

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TKO/Eric GettlerDickey Betts is in critical condition following a freak accident in his Sarasota home.

According to Sarasota's Herald Tribune, the legendary guitarist and founding Allman Brothers Band member slipped and hit his head while playing with his dog in the backyard on Monday night. He was transported to an undisclosed local hospital is in "critical but stable condition," according to manager David Spero.

Betts is sedated and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday to alleviate swelling.

Betts' wife Donna tells the paper, "The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time. We are by his side giving him the strength to pull through this."

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BMGAs a second preview to their first album in nearly 20 years, Culture Club has released a new single, "Life." The song has a joyous vibe and bears the same name as the band's forthcoming album, which drops on October 26 and is available for pre-order now.

Boy George says in a statement, "John Lennon said 'LIFE’ is what happens while you are busy doing other things, but sometimes you have to stop and look with sadness and pride at what you have done and created in your own life and value the rich complexity of it! It's a song about second chances and new beginnings, enlightenment, spiritual growth and personal redemption."

All four original members -- Boy George, Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig -- were on board for the recording and just wrapped a summer trek where they played to more than a half-million fans; they've now got a West Coast mini-tour kicking off Friday in Salt Lake City.

Here are Culture Club's US tour dates:

9/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Maverik Center       
9/22 -- Reno, NV, Reno Events Center       
9/23 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barabara Bowl       
9/25 -- San Diego, CA, Open Air Theatre       
9/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino       
9/28 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo       
9/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, DLVEC       
9/30 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick       
10/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre       
10/5 -- Fresno, CA, Big Fresno Fair       
10/6 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort and Casino       
10/7 -- Sahuarita, AZ, Desert Diamond Casino    

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Leslie HasslerEver since it was announced that Tom Cruise would be returning in a Top Gun sequel called Top Gun: Maverick, there's been speculation that Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone," from the original Top Gun soundtrack, might be included.  Kenny confirms he's been trying to make it happen, without much success.

"I've offered a few different versions of it but so far, the team there has been non-committal," he tells ABC Radio. "So I'm kinda half-jokingly saying, 'Let's do a write in' and just have people send some sort of note to their website and say, "What about 'Danger Zone'?" 

"I'm getting positive noises from that camp," he adds. "But they're not sure how much they wanna reinvent the movie." 

"Danger Zone" is included on Kenny's new two-CD/DVD set, Kenny Loggins & Friends: Live on Soundstage. It documents a concert he taped in Chicago in 2016 that features him performing solo and with well-known collaborators like Jim Messina, David Foster and Michael McDonald.

"I wanted to do it as a legacy piece so...we added a whole hour of Loggins & Messina, and then we built out with David Foster and Mike McDonald," he tells ABC Radio. But there was one person he wasn't able to get.

"I wanted Stevie [Nicks] to come -- we almost had a thing where we were gonna go to her house and do an acoustic version of 'Whenever I Call You Friend,'" he adds. "And then she took off with Fleetwood Mac and we missed our chance."

Still, Loggins says, "It felt like a homecoming event or something. It's really all the music and some of the stories. I wanted more stories in it, but we just didn't have enough time!" 

The concert will air on PBS Soundstage in 2019.

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Miikka Skaffari/Getty ImagesAsk a music critic to name important, early rock and roll bands, and Led Zeppelin is almost certain to be on the list. However, Zeppelin's frontman himself disagrees.

In an interview with LEOWeekly, Robert Plant says simply, "we weren't rock and roll." The singer says Led Zeppelin "were just a band that played some mean stuff." Plant alleges that "when it got into the hands of the misconstrued, [they started calling it] hard rock," but that Zeppelin was "just making music."

He says the same is true for two other giants of the time: Janis Joplin and Cream: "You can't call [them] rock and roll."

So what does the rock legend -- sorry, the "making music" legend -- say is real-deal rock? For him, it's the pioneers: Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

And much like noting the differences between periods of music history, Plant says this time in his own career -- with collaborations with the Sensational Space Shifters and female artists including Patty Griffin, Alison Kraus, and Chrissie Hynde -- is about "breaking doors down." He says that remaining open to new ideas "tell[s] me that I can actually move through time and still not repeat myself and not end up like some one-trick pony."

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are on an American tour. Here are their remaining performances:

9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Centennial Hall
9/21 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
9/23 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond*
9/25 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at The Toyota Music Factory
9/27 -- Lubbock, TX, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
9/29 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater

* = festival date.
= with special guest Seth Lakeman.
= with special guest Lucinda Williams.

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Mark Knopfler is prepping his ninth solo album. Titled Down the Road Wherever, it's set for a November release.

The album is 14 tracks long -- 16 if you buy the deluxe version -- and has a far-ranging subject base, which the Dire Straits guitarist says is about "keeping [my] own geography happening." There's a song about an old man feeling out of place in a diner; one about a soccer fan being lost in a strange town; another about a musician hitchhiking in a snowstorm.

Knopfler another of the tracks, "One Song at a Time," came from "my pal Chet Atkins, [who once told me] that he picked his way out of poverty 'one song at a time,' and it just stuck in my mind."

Down the Road Wherever features Mark's tried-and-true backing band and a few one-offs, including former Fleetwood Mac/Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh

Down the Road Wherever drops on November 16.

You can enjoy the first single, "Good On You Son," now on YouTube.

Here's the Down the Road Wherever track listing:

"Trapper Man"
"Back on the Dance Floor"
"Nobody’s Child"
"Just a Boy Away from Home"
"When You Leave"
"Good On You Son"
"My Bacon Roll"
"Nobody Does That"
"Drovers’ Road"*
"One Song at a Time"
"Floating Away"
"Slow Learner"
"Heavy Up"
"Rear View Mirror"*
"Every Heart in the Room"*
"Matchstick Man"

*Deluxe Edition CD bonus track.

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Mary McCartneySome artists listen to their back catalog obsessively. Others revisit their sonic past on occasion. Then there's Paul McCartney, who says he hasn't listened to his Beatles music in a long time -- half a century, to be exact.

The Fab Four's 1968 self-titled double album, which we've all come to know as The White Album, is getting a 50-year reissue next month, and Macca tells the Canadian Press that helping to prepare the reissue inspired him to actually give it a listen.

"I haven’t listened to it in 50 years," he admits. "I don’t really listen to stuff we did. Then it comes around again [like with last year's reissue of] Sgt. Pepper [and] I go, 'Woah, check this out… those kids are good!' It all comes flooding back."

McCartney says when he listens, "I remember where we were and the circumstances of recording each of the tracks," and that the feeling is sometimes "amazing because there I am, right in the room with John and George and Ringo — but John and George particularly because they’re no longer with us.... It’s quite emotional."

Back in June, McCartney told DIY magazine the White Album reissue is "very cool and it sounds like you're in the room."

In addition, McCartney said the expanded collection will include "some demos of the songs, so you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon's] voice and a guitar. [It sounds] amazing."

The 50th anniversary White Album hits stores and digital outlets on a to-be-announced date.

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It's been too racy for 50 years, but now Big Brother & the Holding Company's breakout album is being re-released under its intended name: Sex, Dope, and Cheap Thrills

And it's not just the title that's bigger: There are 25 previously-unreleased studio outtakes, and only five sonic survivors from the original Cheap Thrills.

The album was first released in 1968, just after lead singer Janis Joplin's jaw-dropping appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, and the one-two punch launched the singer and her band to worldwide stardom.

In the liner notes for the Sex, Dope reissue, Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick explains, "This album, because of its worldwide success, made it possible for everybody to hear the phenomenon that was previously limited to the San Francisco Bay Area."

Slick describes hearing Janis for the first time as "spontaneous explosions of every emotion--no holds barred.... Janis had no trouble sliding from the apron-clad fifties into the no-bra sixties."

Sex, Dope, & Cheap Thrills will be sold as a 30-track double CD set, and a 16-track gatefold vinyl album. It hits stores and digital outlets on November 30, and preorders are being taken now at JanisJoplin.com

Here's the track listing for the two-CD edition:

Disc One

  1. "Combination Of The Two (Take 3)"
  2. "I Need A Man To Love (Take 4)"
  3. "Summertime (Take 2)" *
  4. "Piece Of My Heart (Take 6)"
  5. "Harry (Take 10)"
  6. "Turtle Blues (Take 4)"
  7. "Oh, Sweet Mary"
  8. "Ball And Chain (live, The Winterland Ballroom, April 12, 1968)"
  9. "Roadblock (Take 1)" *
  10. "Catch Me Daddy (Take 1)"
  11. "It's A Deal (Take 1)" *
  12. "Easy Once You Know How (Take 1)" *
  13. "How Many Times Blues Jam"
  14. "Farewell Song (Take 7)"

 Disc Two

  1. "Flower In The Sun (Take 3)"
  2. "Oh Sweet Mary"
  3. "Summertime (Take 1)"
  4. "Piece of My Heart (Take 4)"
  5. "Catch Me Daddy (Take 9)"
  6. "Catch Me Daddy (Take 10)"
  7. "I Need A Man To Love (Take 3)"
  8. "Harry (Take 9)"
  9. "Farewell Song (Take 4)"
  10. "Misery'n (Takes 2 & 3)"
  11. "Misery'n (Take 4)"
  12. "Magic Of Love (Take 1)" *
  13. "Turtle Blues (Take 9)"
  14. "Turtle Blues (last verse Takes 1-3)"
  15. "Piece Of My Heart (Take 3)"
  16. "Farewell Song (Take 5)"

And here's the track listing for  Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills  2-LP edition

LP 1

Side A

  1. "Combination of The Two (Demo)"
  2. "I Need A Man To Love (Take 3)"
  3. "Summertime (Take 2)" *
  4. "Piece Of My Heart (Take 6)"

Side B

  1. "Harry (Take 10)"
  2. "Turtle Blues (Take 4)"
  3. "Oh, Sweet Mary"
  4. "Ball And Chain" (live, The Winterland Ballroom, April 12, 1968)

LP 2

Side C

  1. "Roadblock (Take 1)" *
  2. "Magic Of Love (Take 1)" *
  3. "Oh Sweet Mary"
  4. "Flower In The Sun (Take 3)"

Side D

  1. "Catch Me Daddy (Take 1)"
  2. "Turtle Blues (Take 9)"
  3. "How Many Times Blues Jam"
  4. "Farewell Song (Take 5)"

 All tracks previously unreleased except*

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Courtesy Casablanca/UMeSeptember 18, 2018 marks 40 years since KISS made music history by simultaneously releasing four solo albums, one by each band member. Now those albums will receive a revamp in the form of a colored vinyl boxed set.

KISS: The Solo Albums -- 40th Anniversary Collection will feature four 180-gram vinyl slabs in KISS solo colors -- red for Gene Simmons, purple for Paul Stanley, and green and blue for Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, respectively. Also included are four 12x12 mini posters, one for each album, and a turntable mat with the four KISS solo faces.

The boxed set is limited to 2,500 copies and will be released on October 19. You can pre-order yours now at ShopKISSOnline.com.

Here's the KISS: The Solo Albums -- 40th Anniversary Collection track listing:

GENE SIMMONS

Side A
1. "Radioactive"
2. "Burning Up With Fever"
3. "See You Tonite"
4. "Tunnel Of Love"
5. "True Confessions"

Side B
6. "Living In Sin
7. "Always Near You/Nowhere To Hide"
8. "Man Of 1,000 Faces"
9. "Mr. Make Believe"
10. "See You In Your Dreams"
11. "When You Wish Upon A Star"

PAUL STANLEY

Side A
1. "Tonight You Belong To Me"
2.  "Move On"
3. "Ain’t Quite Right"
4. "Wouldn’t You Like To Know Me"
5. "Take Me Away (Together As One)"

Side B
6. "It’s Alright"
7. "Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We’re Apart)"
8. "Love In Chains"
9. "Goodbye"

ACE FREHLEY

Side A
1. "Rip It Out"
2. "Speedin’ Back To My Baby"
3. "Snow Blind"
4. "Ozone"
5. "What’s On Your Mind?"

Side B
6. "New York Groove"
7. "I’m In Need Of Love"
8. "Wiped-Out"
9. "Fractured Mirror" 

PETER CRISS

Side A
1. "I’m Gonna Love You"
2. "You Matter To Me"
3. "Tossin’ And Turnin’"
4. "Don’t You Let Me Down"
5. "That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes"

Side B
6. "Easy Thing"
7. "Rock Me, Baby"
8. "Kiss The Girl Goodbye"
9. "Hooked On Rock ’N’ Roll"
10. "I Can’t Stop The Rain"

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Machado CicalaIn her new video for her version of ABBA's classic hit "S.O.S," Cher's taken the song's original message of a woman asking for a man to save her with his love and turned into into a message of female empowerment.

Cher herself doesn't appear in the video, though.  Instead, we see a young African-American girl lying on a bed, obviously upset and depressed.  Then we see a chorus of women of all ages and races lip-syncing the song while dressed in a variety of retro-style outfits.  Wherever the sad young girl goes, she's startled to see different groups of women singing the song and reaching out their hands to help her.

Toward the end of the song, the sad girl rushes into the arms of one of the women and smiles for the first time.  Then all the other women gather around for a giant group hug.

According to Jezebel, among the actresses and models who appear in the video are Australian pop star Betty Who, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Rumer Willis, and actress Aimee Carrero.

"S.O.S." is from Dancing Queen, Cher's upcoming album of ABBA covers due out September 28.  She'll kick off her Here We Go Again tour in support of the album on Valentine's Day 2019.

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