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Courtesy of NBC UniversalDiana Ross will be among the performers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The former Supremes singer's appearance at the holiday extravaganza will be a family affair, as she'll be joined by her children Rhonda Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chudney Ross, Ross Naess and Evan Ross, along with Evan's wife, Ashlee Simpson-Ross.

The parade's performance lineup also includes John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Barenaked Ladies, Pentatonix, Martina McBride, Sugarland, Rita Ora, Leona Lewis, and many more.

The 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air Thursday, November 22, at 9 a.m. ET on NBC, and will also be streamed online.

Meanwhile Ross just released a new holiday album, Wonderful Christmas Time, that features long unavailable renditions of "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland" and "Silent Night," among many other tunes.

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Richard E. Aaron/RedfernsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will host the first loan exhibition in an art museum ever to focus solely on instruments used by rock musicians.

"Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll," which will open on April 8, 2019, will feature more than 130 instruments played by such legends as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Metallica and many others.

The exhibit will feature items spanning from 1937 to 2017, most of which have never been seen outside of a performance stage.

Among the instruments included in the display will be such famous electric guitars as Clapton's "Blackie," Van Halen's "Frankenstein" and Jerry Garcia's "Wolf," as well as Keith Emerson's massive keyboard setup and Keith Moon's "Pictures of Lily" drum kit.

The exhibition will also feature the guitar Berry used to record "Johnny B. Goode"; Hendrix's personally decorated "Love Drops" guitar; Motown session legend James Jamerson's upright bass; an electric bass owned by Cream's Jack Bruce that was painted by the artist collective known as "The Fool"; and Page's iconic 1970s stage outfit boasting an embroidered dragon.

In addition, the exhibit will feature a sculpture created from the pieces of an electric guitar that Pete Townshend smashed during a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz.

The exhibition will be organized thematically, with sections focusing on how musicians utilized emerging technologies, how they used their instruments to create a visual identity, "Guitar Gods," and the destruction of instruments in concerts.

Vintage posters, videos and stage costumes also will be featured in the display.

The "Play It Loud" exhibit will run through October 1, 2019, at the Met and then will open the following month at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

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Courtesy of U.S. Postal ServiceLate Motown legend Marvin Gaye will be honored with his own "Forever Stamp" by the United States Postal Service in 2019, as part of its ongoing Music Icons series.

The stamp will feature a portrait of the influential singer and songwriter, known as the "Prince of Soul," based on a historic photo showing him wearing a knit cap.

The stamp sheet is designed to resemble a 45 rpm single sleeve and includes a brief recap of Gaye's career achievements, as well as another portrait of Marvin on the opposite side.

Another "Forever Stamp" scheduled to be released next year will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, the famous rock festival held in August 1969 in Bethel, New York.

The stamp features an image of the same dove that appeared on the iconic poster for the festival, which was designed by graphic artist Arnold Skolnick, along with the words "Woodstock 1969" and a key phrase from the poster describing the event as "3 Days of Peace and Music."

The words on the stamp feature bright colors and balloon letters, reflecting the poster art of the psychedelic era of the late 1960s.

Visit USPS.com to check out a full list of stamps that the Postal Service is planning to release in 2019.

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Warner Bros.Cher's latest album Dancing Queen, a collection of ABBA covers, scored the legendary diva her highest debut-week sales ever for a U.S. album.  So maybe it's not surprising that she'd consider making a sequel.

On Twitter, Cher writes, "If I was going to do ABBA 2..." and then listed nine additional ABBA hits, including "Take a Chance on Me," "Super Trouper," "Money Money Money," "I Do I Do I Do, "Voulez-Vous" and "Does Your Mother Know."

Fans responded enthusiastically, suggesting other ABBA songs she might consider recording, such as "Lay All Your Love on Me" and "My Love My Life."

It'll be a while before Cher could get back into the studio and record another album, though: Her Here We Go Again Tour kicks off January 17 in Florida.  She's also busy with her new Broadway musical, The Cher Show.

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Credit: Terry WyattBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band kick off their farewell trek, dubbed The Travelin' Man Tour, tonight with a concert at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The initial leg of the North American outing is plotted out through a December 22 performance in Atlanta, but the trek will relaunch in 2019 on January 5, once again at Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena.

The final date of the tour is currently scheduled for May 2 at The Woodlands, Texas, although more shows are expected to be added. So far, The Travelin' Man Tour features 34 dates.

Grand Funk Railroad, whose drummer, Don Brewer, also has played in the Silver Bullet Band, is opening select dates on the trek.

Here are all of the confirmed dates, according to BobSeger.com:

11/21 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
11/24 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
11/27 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
11/30 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center
12/6 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
12/8 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
12/12 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Arena
12/14 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
12/20 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
12/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Infinite Energy Arena

2019:

1/5 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
1/9 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
1/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
1/15 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
1/17 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
1/19 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
1/22 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
1/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
1/26 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
1/29 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena
1/31 -- Boise, ID, Ford Center
2/2 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
2/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
2/9 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
2/12 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
2/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
2/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
2/21 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/23 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
2/28 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
3/5 -- Albuquerque, NM, Tingley Coliseum
3/7 -- Austin, TX, Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center
3/9 -- Frisco, TX, Ford Center at The Star
5/2 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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Gareth Cattermole/Getty ImagesScott English, a prolific songwriter best-known for co-writing Barry Manilow's chart-topping 1974 smash "Mandy," died Tuesday at the age of 81, Billboard reports.

English penned the lyrics to the original version of the song, which was titled "Brandy," and his own rendition was a top 10 hit in the U.K. in 1972.

Among the many other songs English co-wrote were "Bend Me, Shape Me," a #5 hit for The American Breed in 1968; "Hi Ho Silver Lining," which was a U.K. hit for Jeff Beck in 1967 and "Help Me Girl," which charted in the U.S. for both The Animals and The Outsiders.

Scott also produced Thin Lizzy's self-titled debut album in 1971.

"Scott English was a gifted songwriter and an incredibly warm person who everyone loved working with," Warner/Chappell Music UK executive Mike Smith says in a statement. "Even when he was ill in hospital, he was still working on new lyrics. 'Brandy,' which went on to be popularized as 'Mandy,' is a timeless pop classic…He'll be truly missed and our thoughts are with his family."

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Tom Johnston, center (Andrew Macpherson)What does a Doobie Brother do on Thanksgiving? Well, if you're the band's founding frontman, Tom Johnston, you spend the holiday with your son and his in-laws.

"My son got married last year, and his new family…you know, his wife's family, is gonna throw Thanksgiving this year," Johnston tells ABC Radio. "So, I'll just be coming off the road, and we're just gonna pack it up and go over there."

The 70-year-old rocker points out that, usually, he and his wife and his son's in-laws both host a Thanksgiving dinner, "but this year we're just gonna go to their house because the way things worked out it's just gonna be easier to do it that way."

The Doobie Brothers wrapped up their 2018 tour itinerary with a pair of special shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City last week. Both concerts featured the band performing its second and third albums, 1972's Toulouse Street and 1973's The Captain and Me, in their entirety, marking the first time the group has ever played any of its full albums live. Both shows were filmed and recorded for future release.

Johnston tells ABC Radio that The Doobies now are considering scheduling more full-album concerts.

"[P]eople have talked about doing it…at other places. Maybe out on the West Coast," Tom reveals. "We'll see what happens. None of that has been written in stone yet."

Johnston also says the band might decide to do other albums from their back catalog at the proposed shows.

"[I'm] not really sure which albums we would do," he notes. "We could move into [1974's What Were Once] Vices [Are Now Habits] and [1975's] Stampede…But once again, that all has yet to be figured out."

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Blackbird PresentsOn December 5, 2015, stars from various musical genres, including rock legends John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and Peter Frampton, came together in New York City to tape a concert special commemorating what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday.  The show, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, originally aired that month on AMC, and now a CD, DVD and two-LP set documenting the event are scheduled to be released starting in January.

The concert, which was hosted by actor Kevin Bacon, includes performances of a variety of memorable songs Lennon wrote or co-wrote for The Beatles and tunes from his solo career.  Among the many other artists who took part in the show were Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Train's Pat Monahan, The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Aloe Blacc, The Roots and Eric Church.

Highlights from the concert included Fogerty performing "Give Peace a Chance" and "In My Life," Tyler singing "Come Together" and teaming up with Church on a rendition of "Revolution," and Frampton playing "Norwegian Wood" and duetting with Crow and Aloe Blacc on Lennon's holiday classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."  For the finale, most of the show's cast came together for a rousing version of "All You Need Is Love."

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, attended the event, and also took the stage to address the audience and thank the participants.

The Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert CD, DVD and LP set can be pre-ordered now at BlackbirdPresents.com. Special bundles also are available that include specially themed hoodies, t-shirts, pint glasses, guitar-pick necklaces and more.

Here's the CD and DVD track lists:

"Come Together" -- Steven Tyler
"Instant Karma" -- Brandon Flowers
"Don't Let Me Down" -- Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, Chris Stapleton
"Jealous Guy" -- Pat Monahan
"A Hard Day's Night" -- Sheryl Crow
"In My Life" -- John Fogerty
"Watching the Wheels" -- Aloe Blacc
"Woman" -- Juanes
"Hey Bulldog" -- Spoon
"Working Class Hero" -- Tom Morello, Kris Kristofferson
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" -- Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton
"Give Peace a Chance" -- John Fogerty
"Mother" -- The Roots
"Mind Games" -- Eric Church
"Steel and Glass" -- Aloe Blacc
"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" -- Peter Frampton
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" -- Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton
"Revolution" -- Eric Church, Steven Tyler*
"Power to the People" -- Tom Morello
"A Special Thank You from Yoko Ono" -- Yoko Ono*
"Imagine" -- Willie Nelson
"All You Need Is Love" -- Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, Brandon Flowers, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Spoon, Chris Stapleton, Steven Tyler

* = appears on DVD only.

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Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/ UMeIf you're a Beatles fan, take a moment during your festivities this Thursday to give thanks for the band's classic self-titled double album, a.k.a. The White Album, which is celebrating its 50th birthday. Released on November 22, 1968, the eclectic 30-track collection went on to spend nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Beatles historian Bruce Spizer tells ABC Radio that following the innovative Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Fab Four delivered an even more diverse set of songs with The White Album.

"When you think about it, this was like Sgt. Pepper on steroids, as far as different genres of music," Spizer notes.

"You open up with 'Back in the U.S.S.R.,' which is a rock 'n' roll song in the Chuck Berry vein," he points out. "And then you go into 'Dear Prudence,' which is this wonderful acoustic guitar song…You have 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' [which you could call] calypso or reggae or ska."

"Beautiful ballads such as 'Julia.' Heavy metal rock 'n' roll such as 'Helter Skelter,'" he continues. "A lush symphonic song, 'Good Night'…[And an] experimental sound collage with 'Revolution 9.'"

In contrast to Sgt. Pepper, which found the group immersed in studio experimentation, Spizer says The White Album "was more The Beatles being a band, [focusing on] 'two guitars, bass and drums' basics." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

While John Lennon and Paul McCartney continued to dominate The Beatles' songwriting, George Harrison made major contributions to The White Album, most notably with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which features a memorable guitar solo by Eric Clapton.

Fiftieth anniversary reissues of The White Album are available now, including a seven-disc Super Deluxe edition boasting three CDs of studio outtakes, a CD of demos, a Blu-ray audio disc and more.

Here's The White Album's original track list:

Side One
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Dear Prudence"
"Glass Onion"
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
"Wild Honey Pie"
"The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
"Happiness Is a Warm Gun"

Side Two
"Martha My Dear"
"I'm So Tired"
"Blackbird"
"Piggies"
"Rocky Raccoon"
"Don't Pass Me By"
"Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
"I Will"
"Julia"

Side Three
"Birthday"
"Yer Blues"
"Mother Nature's Son"
"Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
"Sexy Sadie"
"Helter Skelter"
"Long, Long, Long"

Side Four
"Revolution I"
"Honey Pie"
"Savoy Truffle"
"Cry Baby Cry"
"Revolution 9"
"Good Night"

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Credit: Zack WhitfordAfter his recent hospitalization, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry won't be ready to get back in the saddle in time for his planned fall solo tour. The 68-year-old rocker has announced that he's canceled the 10-date trek, which had been scheduled to launch on November 30 in in Sioux City, Iowa, and he'll be taking off the rest of 2018.

According to the announcement, Perry "would like to apologize to the fans who were planning on coming to the shows and looks forward to seeing them again in 2019." Tickets refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

Joe was hospitalized after experiencing a health issue backstage following his guest performance with Billy Joel at the Piano Man's November 10 concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden. A statement from Perry's rep reported that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital."

A Perry rep told ABC Radio this past Friday that Joe was home from the hospital and "doing well."

The trek had been plotted out through a December 16 concert in Agoura Hills, California. The next event of Perry's schedule is Aerosmith's recently announced February 1, 2019, concert as part of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest in Atlanta.

Here are all of the canceled dates:

11/30 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
12/1 -- West Dundee, IL, RocHaus
12/2 -- Detroit, MI, Crowfoot Ballroom
12/4 -- New York, NY, PlayStation Theater
12/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
12/7 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino
12/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
12/13 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
12/15 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
12/16 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon

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Courtesy of Michael NesmithFollowing the recent announcement that The Monkees' Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz will mount a 2019 U.S. tour in March, comes word that Nesmith will be playing a series of special headlining shows on the West Coast in January.

The six-date trek will feature Nesmith performing his 1972 solo album And the Hits Just Keep On Comin', with accompaniment from pedal-steel guitarist Pete Finney, a member of Mike's side group The First National Band Redux. The tour kicks off January 17 in Seattle and runs through a January 26 concert in Mill Valley, California.

Tickets for the shows go on sale Wednesday, November 21. A limited number of VIP meet & greet packages also will be available.

This will mark the first time Nesmith has toured as a duo since 1975, when he hit the road with his frequent collaborator, pedal-steel guitarist Red Rhodes, with whom he recorded And the Hits Just Keep On Comin'.

And the Hits Just Keep On Comin' was the fifth album Nesmith released after his departure from The Monkees. It features versions of 10 songs that Mike wrote during or prior to his time in The Monkees, including "Different Drum," which Linda Ronstadt's old band The Stone Poneys had a top 20 hit with in 1967.

As previously reported, Nesmith underwent open-heart surgery earlier this year after experiencing congestive heart failure before a concert with Dolenz this past June. By September, however, Mike was well enough to go on tour with The First National Band Redux.

His upcoming trek with Dolenz, which kicks off March 1, 2019, in Medford, Massachusetts, includes four rescheduled shows that he and Micky postponed because of Mike's health issue.

Here are all of Nesmith's upcoming solo dates:

1/17/19 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
1/19 -- Grants Pass, OR-- The Rogue Theater
1/20 -- Sacramento, CA, Sofia Center for the Arts
1/22 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
1/24 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
1/26 -- Mill Valley, CA, Sweetwater Music Hall

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UMe1970s pop legends The Carpenters are the latest artists to have their classic music augmented with newly recorded symphonic arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a new album.

Carpenters with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a 18-track collection that will be released on CD and digitally on December 7, and as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl set on February 8, 2019.

Original Carpenters keyboardist, songwriter, arranger, backing singer and producer Richard Carpenter created and conducted the new orchestral arrangements at London's famed Abbey Road Studios, which were combined with existing instrumentation and the late Karen Carpenter's original vocals.

Among the group's memorable hits enhanced for the new project are "Yesterday Once More," "Hurting Each Other," "For All We Know," "(They Long to Be) Close to You," "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Top of the World," and "We've Only Just Begun."

Reflecting on having the chance to revisit his group's famous tunes, Richard says, "There have been more than a few times when I have thought, 'I wish I could have a second crack at that'…And there were places where things could be augmented without overdoing it. That's the trick."

He adds, "These refreshed tracks more than ever showcase Karen's remarkable voice…And that to me was reason number one for undertaking the project."

Carpenters with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is available for pre-order now. Purchase the album online and you'll receive three of the tracks as instant downloads -- "Yesterday Once More," "Merry Christmas, Darling," and the group's cover of The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride."

Check out a behind-the-scenes video about the project at The Carpenters' official VEVO YouTube channel.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Overture"
"Yesterday Once More"
"Hurting Each Other"
"I Need to Be In Love"
"For All We Know"
"Touch Me When We're Dancing"
"I Believe You"
"I Just Fall In Love Again"
"Merry Christmas, Darling"
"Baby It's You"
"(They Long to Be) Close to You"
"Superstar"
"Rainy Days and Mondays"
"This Masquerade"
"Ticket to Ride"
"Goodbye to Love"
"Top of the World"
"We've Only Just Begun"

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RhinoIn 2003, Rush released a CD and DVD titled Rush in Rio, which captured a November 23, 2002, performance in Rio de Janeiro.  It was the final show of the Canadian prog-rock trio's tour in support of their then-latest album, Vapor Trails. Now, Rush in Rio is set to be issued on vinyl for the first time, in the form of a four-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl that hits stores on January 18.

The 31-track album features all 29 songs that the band played in Rio, as well as two bonus performances: "Between Sun & Moon" from a September 27, 2002, show in Phoenix, Arizona, and "Vital Signs" from an October 19, 2002, concert in Quebec City, Canada.

The Rio de Janeiro show took place at Maracana Stadium and was attended by 40,000 people. Among the many classic songs Rush performed at the event were "Tom Sawyer," "New World Man," "The Big Money," "Free Will," "Closer to the Heart," "2112," "Limelight," "The Spirit of Radio" and "Working Man."

The concert featured a drum solo by Neal Peart that was titled "O Baterista," Portuguese for "the drummer," which earned Rush a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

"In all the years of touring, few gigs matched the energy we witnessed from the Rio audience," says guitarist Alex Lifeson. "[The concert] remains one of the greatest highlights we've experienced in over 40 years of touring."

The vinyl edition of Rush in Rio will feature a gatefold sleeve, and will include an access code for a digital version of the album.

Here's the track list of the Rock in Rio four-LP vinyl set:

Side One
"Tom Sawyer"
"Distant Early Warning"
"New World Man"
"Roll the Bones"

Side Two
"Earthshine"
"YYZ"
"The Pass"
"Bravado"

Side Three
"The Big Money"
"The Trees"
"Free Will"
"Closer to the Heart"

Side Four
"Natural Science"
"One Little Victory"
"Driven"
"Ghost Rider"

Side Five
"Secret Touch"
"Dreamline"
"Red Sector A"
"Leave That Thing Alone"

Side Six
"O Baterista"
"Resist"
"2112"

Side Seven
"Limelight"
"La Villa Strangiato"
"The Spirit of Radio"

Side Eight
"By-Tor & The Snow Dog"
"Cygnus X-1"
"Working Man"
"Between Sun & Moon"
"Vital Signs"

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2018 Bravo Media, LLCWhile appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Monday night, Mariah Carey was asked by a fan to name her favorite song to perform.  She chose "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and "Hero" -- arguable her two most enduring hits -- and then defended her choices.

"I mean, they're, like, the poppiest things that I could say," Mariah admitted.  "But the reason I'll say 'Hero' is because it's usually the last song I do if I do it, and everybody's holding up their lighters or their phones and I get a little bit emotional."

Mariah continued, "I'm like, 'How many times have I done this song?' But there's always a specific person out there that has a specific memory associated with the song and I wrote it, so it makes me proud."

During her appearance, Mariah also reminisced about her relationship with the late Aretha Franklin; revealed that she may add some songs from her critically derided 2001 album, Glitter, to the setlist of her upcoming tour; and said she'd love to collaborate with rapper Cardi B.

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Paramount PicturesHow do you go about portraying a larger-than-life music icon like Elton John on screen?  In actor Taron Egerton's case, you become friends with the pop-rock legend himself.

Egerton stars as Elton in the upcoming biopic Rocketman, which is described as being "based on a true fantasy." Taron tells ABC Radio that Elton -- with whom he appeared in the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle -- readily welcomed him into his life.

"The thing he did was allow my access to him and he allowed us to become friends and I mean, I can't speak for him, but [I] say that with sincerity, I genuinely think of him as a friend now,” Egerton tells ABC Radio. "He's a wonderfully kind, supportive, gentle, soulful human being and he's been incredibly encouraging of me."

Egerton says Elton invited him to his house to spend time with his family and adds that they "hung out a lot" over the course of the production. They became so close, in fact, that Elton gifted him something quite personal.

"He gave me this incredible gift of his first-ever diamond earring before we started shooting and I actually wear it in the film at some key moments," Egerton reveals. "So I feel quite close to him, actually, having lived something of his life over the past few months and spent some time with him."

Rocketman hits theaters May 31, 2019.

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ABCJimmy Kimmel Live! aired its fourth annual (RED) benefit show on Monday, November 19, in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st.

Guests for the evening's show included U2's Bono, Brad Paisley, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis, Pharrell and more. As always, the show featured a Home Shopping Network-like Shopathon segment, in which celebrities inform people what products they can buy that benefit the charity founded by Bono.

The U2 frontman sang a torch song-style cover of The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" with Pharrell, and also announced that he'd be collaborating with Lady Gaga for a contest that would have the two stars creating a song named after the winner -- with all the proceeds benefiting the HIV/AIDS charity.

More information can be found at the charity's website.

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Cleopatra BooksOver the last 50 years, Todd Rundgren has enjoyed an impressively diverse and prolific career as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and technological innovator.  Now, the 70-year-old artist can add "book author" to his resume: His autobiography, The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams & Dissertations, will be published on December 21.

In the 240-page volume, Todd examines his wide-ranging career and his dramatic personal life. He also shares recollections about his experiences and interactions with fellow music legends like Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The New York Dolls, Meat Loaf and many others.

The Individualist is broken up into easily digestible three-paragraph chapters, and boasts a variety of previously unseen photos. You can pre-order the memoir now at CleoRecs.com.

The book will arrive shortly after Rundgren discovers whether or not he'll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. After recently being nominated for the honor for the first time this year, Todd currently sits at #3 -- after Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks -- in the fan poll hosted by the Rock Hall's official website.

The five nominated artists receiving the most votes in the poll will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be included with the other ballots. Voting closes at December 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2019 inductees will be announced later that month.

Meanwhile, Rundgren will wrap up the latest U.S. leg of his Unpredictable tour this weekend with a November 24-25 stand in Honolulu.

Here's are all the remaining dates on his 2018 trek:

11/20 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
11/21 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
11/24 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
11/25 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii

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Courtesy of Rhino EntertainmentEarlier this year, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith were forced to cut short their U.S. duo tour, dubbed "The Monkees Present: The Mike and Micky Show," after Nesmith suffered congestive heart failure and had to undergo open-heart surgery. Now, the longtime band mates have scheduled a 2019 stateside trek that includes makeup dates for the four concerts they postponed at the end of the previous outing.

The 12-date tour gets underway on March 1 in Medford, Massachusetts, and currently runs through a March 16 show in St. Charles, Missouri. The rescheduled concerts take place March 5 in Red Band, New Jersey; March 6 in Glenside, Pennsylvania; March 8 in Huntington, New York; and March 9 in New York City.

The new trek is being billed as "Monkees Featuring Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz: A Very Musical Journey from 'Last Train to Clarksville' to 'Me & Magdalena.'" Tickets are on sale now.

Last month, The Monkees released their first-ever holiday album, Christmas Party, which featured new contributions from surviving members Dolenz, Nesmith and Peter Tork, as well as archival vocals from the late Davy Jones.

In other news, Tork recently addressed rumors that he has been experiencing health issues that have kept him from taking part in recent Monkees-related tours.

"[W]hile it is true that my health has required a little more attention these days, I'm feeling pretty good," Peter wrote on his official Facebook page last month. "I'm also cherishing this time with family and friends, and making music."

He added, "Keep your eyes open for some possible web concerts with friends and other musicians…this is a private time and I won't be posting updates."

Here's the full list of Nesmith and Dolenz's 2019 tour dates:

3/1 -- Medford, MA, Chevalier Theatre
3/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino
3/3 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
3/5 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts
3/6 -- Glenside, PA, The Keswick Theatre
3/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
3/9 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
3/10 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
3/12 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
3/14 -- Prior Lake. MN, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
3/15 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
3/16 -- St Charles, MO, Family Arena

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Credit: Machado CicalaCoinciding with The Cher Show, the new Broadway musical based on her life, Cher is featured in the new issue of Elle magazine, talking about life, love and fame.

Recalling the day she met Sonny Bono, her future husband and musical partner, Cher tells Elle, "I swear, it was like the Maria and Tony scene [in West Side Story]. Everyone just disappeared. He was the most unusual person I'd ever seen. He had longish hair, and he had the most beautiful suit on, and beautiful long fingers, and Beatle boots."

Cher recalls that her duo act with Sonny wasn't an immediate hit. "Kids liked it, but adults just hated us. I mean, really hated us. Fistfights, hate," she says.  But after Sonny & Cher released "I Got You Babe," things changed.

"Everything happened so fast. I didn't even know where I was," Cher explains. "One day we were poor. Two days, three days later, we were famous."

These experiences and more are featured in The Cher Show, which the star spent years perfecting.

"I'm fussy 'cause it's my story," Cher says. "I want it to be honest and right and funny and sad, like my life."

She adds, "I've had huge failures in my life. Huge dips and 'Oh, you're over. You're over.' This one guy once said, 'You're over,' every year for I don't know how many years. And I just said to him, 'You know what? I will be here when you're not doing what you do anymore.'"

Cher admits, "I had no idea if I was right or wrong [at the time]. I was just tired of hearing him say it."

The Cher Show is currently in previews on Broadway and opens December 3.

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Credit: Dave HoganThere hasn't been any word lately about the status of The Rolling Stones' next studio album, but Mick Jagger has introduced what appears to be a new original Stones tune on his official Facebook page: It's a song that celebrates the band's just-announced 2019 U.S. tour.

In the clip, Jagger is shown lip-syncing to the tune as he strums an electric guitar. The lyrics are as follows: "I just found out today that we're going to the U.S.A/ Where the hell we gonna live?/Where the hell we gonna play?"

Jagger then runs down the various cities where the band will be performing: "There's Miami, Florida/ Jacksonville and Houston/ New Orleans and Glendale/ Pasadena, Santa Clara/ …to Seattle/ Denver, Colorado/ Right across America/ Philadelphia, PA/ Boston, Massachusetts/ Don't forget New Jersey/ Stoppin' in Chicago/ Hope you're gonna see a show/ Hope you're gonna go, go, go."

It's worth noting that New Orleans wasn't on the initial list of cities included in the announcement of The Rolling Stones' 2019 No Filter Tour of the U.S., which kicks off April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida. However, rumors have circulated that The Stones will be among the headlining acts at this year's edition of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is scheduled to take place April 25-28 and May 2-5.

Interestingly, The Stones have no concerts scheduled between April 28 and May 7. The festival's official lineup will be announced in December.

The tour currently features 13 dates, and is mapped out through a June 21 show in Chicago.

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