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Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of FameIf you can't make it out to Brooklyn, New York, to attend this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, there's only one other place you can watch the big event in its entirety -- the Rock Hall in Cleveland itself. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the Official Simulcast Party, which will be held on Friday, April 8, and will feature an uncensored live screening of the ceremony from Broolyn's Barclays Center.

Tickets for the simulcast, which cost $23.50, will be available for purchase by the general public starting Wednesday, February 17, at 10 a.m. ET at the Rock Hall's box office and via Tickets.RockHall.com. Rock Hall members will be able to buy presale tickets beginning on Tuesday, February 16, at 10 a.m. ET. Attendees also will have access to all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibits. Special commemorative items honoring the 2016 inductees will be sold at the museum's store.

Doors will open for the simulcast party at 6:30 p.m. ET, and the broadcast will begin at 7 p.m.

As previously reported, this year's Rock Hall honorees include Steve Miller, Chicago, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and rap group N.W.A., as well as late producer and songwriter Bert Berns. Among the guest artists who will serve as performers or presenters at 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas and The Black Keys.

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Courtesy of NetflixYou know The Beatles -- now meet Beat Bugs. It's a new animated children's series premiering on Netflix this August that will incorporate various new cover versions of classic Fab Four songs into its storylines.

Among the many artists confirmed to contribute renditions of Beatles tunes to the show are Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pink, Sia and James Bay. The series, which was created by Josh Wakely, focuses on the adventures of a group of tiny friends whose whole universe revolves around the backyard of a suburban home.

The producers of Beat Bugs were able to secure a deal to use compositions from John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Northern Songs catalog. The tunes will be tied into the plot of each episode of the program, which will include "uplifting and life-affirming" themes. More than 50 Fab Four songs will be featured in the show, including are "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Help!," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Magical Mystery Tour," "Penny Lane," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Yellow Submarine."

"Bringing Beat Bugs to life on Netflix and having a platform to re-imagine this universally acclaimed music for families around the world is an exhilarating and rewarding experience," says Wakely. "Our partners have been fantastic in making this concept a vivid reality."

Meanwhile, Vedder, who recorded a version of "Magical Mystery Tour" for the show, says, "Personally I'm very grateful to be part of Josh's vision. A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written."

You can check out a teaser trailer for Beat Bugs now at Netflix's YouTube channel.

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Credit: Elissa KlineToday marks the 45th anniversary of the release of Carole King's classic album Tapestry, which established the prolific singer/songwriter as a major solo star.

Throughout the 1960s, King had churned out hit after hit for other artists with her husband and songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, but after the couple divorced in 1969, Carole focused on recording her own tunes. Tapestry, King's sophomore album, featured such hits as the chart-topping double single "It's Too Late" and "I Feel the Earth Move," as well as "So Far Away" and "You've Got a Friend," the latter of which became a #1 hit for James Taylor in 1971.  Tapestry topped the Billboard 20 for 15 weeks during that same year, a record that lasted until 1993, when Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack was #1 for 20 weeks.

Tapestry also helped King garner four Grammy Awards in 1972,  including Album of the Year; Record of the Year for "It's Too Late"; and Song of the Year for "You've Got a Friend." The album has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

As previously reported, a new documentary called Carole King: Natural Woman will premiere Friday, February 19, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS to coincide with Tapestry's 45th anniversary. The film, which will air as part of the network's American Masters series, will tell the story of King's life, from her Brooklyn childhood and her songwriting success with Goffin to her heyday as a solo star, all the way up through today. The flick will include previously unseen performances and home movies, as well as a new interview with Carole and conversations with many of her collaborators and musical friends.

You can watch a clip from the documentary focusing on the making of Tapestry at PBS.org.

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Courtesy of Skype 2016After composing music for the popular 2014 video game Destiny, Paul McCartney is once again pairing his songwriting talents with modern technology in a new partnership with Skype. The former Beatles star has created original music for a series of love-themed "Mojis," animated characters that you can employ to express various heartfelt emotions while using the video-chat platform.

McCartney composed music and devised sounds for 10 love Mojis, which have been released just in time for Valentine's Day. After agreeing to the task, the Skype team sent Sir Paul a description of various emotions and he was asked to create a unique seconds-long piece for each one.

"It turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging because you suddenly realize you've got to compress a musical interpretation of an expression into less than five seconds," McCartney explains. "It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle and coming up with all these solutions. And at the same time it was musical so it was great practice for me in the studio."

McCatney recorded his mini compositions at his Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex, U.K., using various instruments, including a Moog synthesizer, guitars, keyboards, drums and a xylophone. Sir Paul also added his voice to some of the pieces.

A Q&A that McCartney did about the Skype project has been posted on his official website. In addition, you can check out videos of McCartney talking about composing the music for the love Mojis and of him at work in his studio at the website and at his official YouTube channel.

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Credit: Alan SilfenLionel Richie will be honored on this year's Grammy telecast by a contemporary artists from a variety of genres: R&B singer John Legend, pop stars Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato, and country superstar Luke Bryan.

Richie is this year's MusiCares Person of the Year; a couple days before the Grammys, he'll be the guest of honor at an all-star tribute organized by the charity.  The segment on Monday night's Grammys will be a smaller version of that.  The songs Legend, Trainor, Loato and Bryan will sing will span Lionel's career, from his time with The Commodores to his huge solo hits. Richie himself also will take the stage for a group version of one of his classics.

Bryan's participation in the tribute isn't unusual, considering that Richie's best-selling 2012 album Tuskegee featured him teaming with a slew of major country stars.

The Grammy Awards ceremony, hosted by LL Cool J, airs Monday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Credit: Ross HalfinRock guitar legend Jeff Beck will mark his 50-year career as a musician with a special concert on August 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  The show will be a double celebration, as Beck will welcome as a special guest blues great Buddy Guy, whose 80th birthday takes place on July 30.

"Sharing the stage and this moment with Buddy is a dream for me," Jeff says in statement. "His live concerts are legendary and the music world would be a very boring place without his influence."

The "50 Years of Jeff Beck" concert is part of the Hollywood Bowl's 2016 summer concert season. Tickets for the concerts are available at HollywoodBowl.com or by calling 323-850-2000323-850-2000, and venue subscriptions and group sales are on sale now. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 1. Singer/songwriter Beth Hart also will appear at the show.

Beck's many achievements over the last half century include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of The Yardbirds and a solo artist, collaborating with such fellow music legends as Guy, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner, and inspiring generations of guitarists.

In other news, Beck currently is putting together his first book, titled BECK01, which focuses on his passion for both guitars and fast cars. The coffee-table book will be published in a signed, limited-edition version later this year. Jeff also is working on a memoir and an autobiographical documentary.

For more information about BECK01, visit Genesis-Publications.com.

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Credit: James GladerWith the loss of so many prominent musicians in the past few months, there are bound to be plenty of tributes at this Monday night's Grammy awards.  We already know about a tribute planned for David Bowie, and now Billboard reports that one has been lined up for Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died January 18.

Billboard reports that Eagles founding members Don Henley and Bernie Leadon will perform, along with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and bass player Timothy B. Schmit.  Leadon left the band in 1975 and was replaced by Walsh; Schmit replaced original bass player Randy Meisner in 1977.

In addition, the band's close friend Jackson Browne, who co-wrote "Take It Easy" with Frey, will join the tribute.  In their pre-fame years, Browne and Frey were roommates, and Billboard notes that Frey has said he learned how to write songs by observing Browne.

Frey died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia after several months of illness.  His last performance with the Eagles took place in Louisiana on July 29, 2015. 

The Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, air on CBS Monday night.  Performers include Adele, Taylor Swift, Bonnie Raitt, Hollywood Vampires, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

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Credit: Jonathan OlsonHeart singer Ann Wilson's solo project, The Ann Wilson Thing, has announced its first tour dates of 2016. The five shows are all in the northeastern U.S. and run from a March 23 concert in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, through a March 28-29 stand in Annapolis, Maryland.

The dates are scheduled right to launch right after Heart winds down its March tour of Canada with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Meanwhile, The Ann Wilson Thing is featured on the latest episode of The Kate, a new performance series that airs on select public television stations and that showcases concerts taped at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Wilson's show is scheduled to premiere this Friday at 10 p.m. ET; check your local listings to find out if or when the program is airing in your area.

The Ann Wilson Thing's concerts feature Ann singing a variety of favorite cover songs, including tunes by Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Peter Gabriel.  You can watch a sneak peek of the group performing a version of Franklin's "Ain't No Way" from its episode of The Kate online at TheKate.tv.

In related news, a new digital live album featuring seven songs that The Ann Wilson Thing performed at a September 2015 show at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, can be purchased now at BellyUpLive.com.

Here is the track list of The Ann Wilson Thing's Live at the Belly Up:

"For What It's Worth" (Buffalo Springfield cover)
"I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover)
"Every Grain of Sand" (Bob Dylan cover)
"Isolation" (John Lennon cover)
"Permission" (Sixx:A.M. cover)
"Danger Zone" (Ray Charles cover)
"Ain't No Way" (Aretha Franklin cover)

And here are all of the group's confirmed concerts:

3/23 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center
3/25 -- Westhampton Beach, NY, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
3/26 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/28 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
3/29 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage

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Gunter Zint/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/RedfernsIf you ever wanted to own a piece of John Lennon, now's your chance. A large clump of the late Beatles legend's hair currently is up for bid as part of a memorabilia sale hosted by Heritage Auctions that will take place on Saturday, February 20.

The hair reportedly was clipped from Lennon's head in early September 1966 by a German hairdresser named Klaus Baruk just before John began filming director Richard Lester's dark comedy How I Won the War. After trimming Lennon's hair, Baruk grabbed the lock, which now has been in his possession for almost 50 years. The hair is described as four-inches long and includes hundreds of strands.

The winning bidder also will receive a daily call sheet from How I Won the War that was signed in blue ink, "John Lennon. Oh Yes," as well as a pair of articles clipped from German newspapers that report on the haircut Baruk gave Lennon.

As of Tuesday afternoon, bidding for the clump of hair was at $12,000.

Other collectibles up for bid as part of Heritage Auctions' memorabilia sale include a sealed copy of The Beatles' 1966 Yesterday and Today album featuring the infamous "butcher cover," a photo of the Fab Four autographed by the band in 1964, a signed copy of The Beatles' 1963 Please Please Me album, an acoustic guitar autographed by Paul McCartney and large painting of The Rolling Stones by Ronnie Wood. Visit Entertainment.HA.com for more information.

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Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall & John Oates are hitting the road this summer for a major U.S. tour that kicks off May 13 and will visit 21 cities.

Former Saturday Night Live stars Fred Armisen and Bill Hader have teamed up to create a video announcing the tour -- but they've done it in the persona of an imaginary soft rock band, The Blue Jean Committee.  The Chicago-based duo spend the whole video busting on Daryl and John, who they claim used to open for them, and then shunned them when they became famous. Armisen and Hader first introduced The Blue Jean Committee during an episode of their 2015 IFC miniseries Documentary Now.

The tour also will feature Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, as well as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  CitiCard members can grab tickets today; the general public has access this Friday, February 12, at 10 a.m. local time.

Here are the tour dates:

5/13 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/15 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/17 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
5/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
5/21 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/24 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
5/26 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
7/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
7/12 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/14 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
7/16 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
7/18 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/20 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/22 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/09 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/12 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/18 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
9/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & MuseumIt looks like former Chicago singer/bassist Peter Cetera won't be reuniting with his old band mates at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony after all. Last month, Cetera posted a message directed at Chicago's other surviving original members saying he'd be open to playing with them "one last time as a group" at the event, but he now reveals in a new statement that the musicians have been unable to resolve disagreements they've had about the performance, so he's decided not to take part in the ceremony at all.

In the message, which was posted Monday on Cetera's official website, Peter addresses Rock Hall organizers Alex Coletti and Joel Peresman, saying, "Unfortunately, this scenario doesn't work for me. I know we all did our best to make it happen, but I guess it's just not meant to be."

He continues, "Personally, I'm frustrated and tired of dealing with this and it's time to move on. I have a life with two beautiful daughters and a solo career and its time to get back and give them all the full attention they deserve."

Cetera finishes his note by thanking Coletti and Peresman "for all your help and consideration," and asks them to send "any individual award" he receives to his contact.

Peter also points out that the message he sent to the Rock Hall officials "is the short high road nice version of what I really wanted to say," adding that he'll "post that response at the appropriate time."

In his previous message to his former band mates, Cetera suggested, "As a finale, we can walk onstage together one last time as a group, I'll strap on the bass, and we can do ['25 or 6 to 4'] in the key of E." He also called for Chicago to "invite past members Laudir de Oliveira, Donnie Dacus, Kenny Cetera, Chris Pinnick and Bill Champlin" to take part in the performance.

Last week, founding Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm talked with Billboard about the Rock Hall ceremony, revealing that he didn't know if Cetera would be attending.

With regard to the disagreements with Cetera over the performance, Lamm noted, "He decided he wanted to play ['25 or 6 to 4'] in a different key if he was going to play with us, which is definitely not going to happen, and then he wanted to play with his band but not with us and sing his songs or sing whatever songs the Hall wants him to sing. It's all very strange."

On Tuesday, Chicago issued a statement announcing that the band will be performing at the Rock Hall ceremony with its current lineup, as well as with former drummer Danny Seraphine, who exited the group in 1990. Chicago now features four original members -- Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider and James Pankow. Cetera left the band in 1985.

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is being held on April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Credit: Steve SpataforeThree Dog Night will play a special concert that will be held July 14 at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California, as part of the annual OC Fair's Toyota Summer Concert Series. The veteran pop-rock act will be accompanied by the Pacific Symphony at the show, which is scheduled one day before the fair gets underway.

Other new additions to the concert series' lineup are a July 31 show headlined by UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue and also including The English Beat and Bob Marley's grandson Jo Mersa Marley, and an August 12 performance by The B-52s.

Tickets for all three concerts go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 13, at 10 a.m. PT.

Among the previously announced shows taking place in conjunction with the 2016 OC Fair's Toyota Summer Concert Series are a July 15 gig by Styx and a July 24 performance of the star-studded 2016 "Happy Together Tour" lineup, which features The Turtles, ex-Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, The Cowsills, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Spencer Davis Group and former Paul Revere & the Raiders frontman Mark Lindsay.

The 2016 OC Fair runs from July 15 through August 14. To check out the confirmed lineup of the fair's Toyota Summer Concert Series and by tickets for the shows, visit PacAmp.com.

You can check out Three Dog Night's full 2016 tour itinerary at ThreeDogNight.com. The band is dedicating all of its shows this year to founding singer Cory Wells and longtime keyboardist Jimmy Geenspoon, who both died in 2015.

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Ace FrehleyEx-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will get back in the U.S. groove later this month when he kicks off a new stateside solo tour. The trek currently is mapped out from a February 26 concert in Houston through an April 15 show in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

The tour will make stops in such major cities as San Antonio, Dallas, the Los Angeles area, Las Vegas and Atlanta, and will include a two-night stand at B.B. King Blues Club in Frehley's hometown of New York City.

Ace is offering a number of special packages to each show on his schedule, offering fans the chance to meet and take a photo with him, as well as purchase a guitar signed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Last April, Frehley told Billboard that he was working on a new album that will feature cover tunes of bands that inspired his own music, as well as new renditions of some vintage KISS material and an updated version of a song by his solo group Frehley's Comet. The project, which according to Rolling Stone is expected out sometime this year, will feature guest appearances by some fellow rock stars, including Slash. Ace's most recent studio effort, Space Invader, came out in 2014.

Here is a list of Frehley's 2016 U.S. tour dates:

2/26 -- Houston, TX, Scout Bar
2/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Fitzgerald's
2/28 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
3/2 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
3/5 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
3/6 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
4/1 -- Ponte Vedra, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
4/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
4/3 -- Sunrise, FL, Markham Park - Rockfest 80's
4/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
4/7 -- Danville, VA, Carrington Pavilion
4/11 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
4/12 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
4/13 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
4/15 -- Wilkes Barre, PA, The F.M. Kirby Center

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Courtesy of Guns N' RosesIn honor of this year's Guns N' Roses reunion tour, a new display focusing on the band will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland on Friday, February 26. In advance of the opening of the display, which will be showcased as part of the Legends of Rock exhibit, a special GN'R-themed night will be held at the Rock Hall on Wednesday, February 17.

Among the historic items included in the display are a Guns N' Roses pinball machine and a black top hat belonging to Slash, a plaid shirt with cut-off sleeves that was worn by Axl Rose and a black Colorado Rockies jersey with short sleeves worn by keyboardist Dizzy Reed. The exhibit also will feature a prototype Slash signature guitar, a replica of his 1986 Les Paul, that was handmade by Kris Derrig, and a pair of Converse high-top sneakers that Slash wore.

"We are thrilled to add Guns N' Roses to our Legends of Rock exhibition," says Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris. "Their legacy and impact is remarkable and we are excited to share these items with fans during this historic reunion year."

As part of the February 17 event, local residents will be treated to a discounted entry fee to see the exhibits, as well as happy hour drink specials, and they also will be able to win a chance to play the GN'R pinball machine.

Guns N' Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Other artists featured as part of the Legends of Rock exhibit include The Who, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band, Metallica, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and The Supremes.

As previously reported, a Guns N' Roses lineup featuring founding members Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan has so far scheduled five concerts in April, while more dates are expected to be announced soon. Check out GunsNRoses.com to see the band's full confirmed itinerary.

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Courtesy of DiscoveryAny rock fan who remembers ZZ Top's classic 1980s videos like "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man" can guess that the band, especially frontman Billy Gibbons, has a love of souped-up cars. Now, Gibbons will delve into his passion for hot rods when he appears in the pilot for a new Discovery series called Rockin' Roadsters, which premieres Monday, February 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

On the show, Gibbons will call on the talents of his old friend and acclaimed hot-rod builder Jimmy Shine to help bring to life his creative vision for an outlandish vehicle.

"They call Billy the Howard Hughes of the blues because he's eccentric," says Shine. "Billy has his vision and I have mine. And sometimes it can be a bumpy ride getting to the finish line."

The pilot episode will feature Gibbons and Shine traveling into the California desert, where Billy comes across a beat-up 1984 El Camino that he asks Jimmy to transform into a roadster that's part car and part truck. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also gives his pal an old bass-drum pedal and other unusual items he wants Jimmy to incorporate into the design. Making things more challenging for Shine is that Gibbons wants the vehicle to be ready for a Hollywood event taking place in just three weeks.

It's up to the master builder and his team of mechanics to get the job done. Talk about being under pressure!

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe Beatles broke up more than 45 years but the band apparently is a gift that keeps giving to its hometown of Liverpool, England. A new study commissioned by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and conducted collaboratively by Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool has determined that the Fab Four's legacy annually contributes 89.1 million pounds, or about $118 million, to the local economy and supports 2,335 jobs.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the report gives suggestions on how the city can maintain and improve its Beatles-related attractions and encourage more interest in Liverpool as a tourist destination because of its connection to the famous band. The newspaper reveals that researchers spent six months gathering data for the report through interviews with business owners and employees involved in the Beatles industry, as well as representatives of the group's Apple Corps company.

The report's lead author, Professor Simeon Yates, said in a statement that it "clearly indicates the importance of The Beatles as a cultural and economic resource to the city of Liverpool." He added, "In all the interviews we conducted, there was a strong belief that the city would go on attracting visitors through its Beatles connection long into the future," while noting that Liverpool "needs to maintain standards in its efforts to promote this legacy."

Among the report's findings is that the Beatles-related economy is seeing annual growth of between five and 15 percent, and that most visitors to Liverpool showing interest in the band come from U.S. and Europe, although an increase of Chinese and Brazilian tourists has been noted. The report also observes that a citywide strategy focusing on Beatles-themed tourism is lacking, as is cooperation between the most popular Fab Four-related attractions in the city.

You can read the full 40-plus-page report at CultureLiverpool.co.uk.

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Credit: Danny ClinchAfter recently confirming an appearance at the 2016 Bonnaroo festival in early June, the Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company has announced a series of U.S. summer tour dates running from a June 10 show in Charlotte, North Carolina, through a July 15-16 engagement at Fenway Park in Boston. The band, which includes Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as well as pop-blues singer/guitarist John Mayer, also will play two-night stands in New York City; Boulder, Colorado; and East Troy, Wisconsin.

Other cities Dead & Company will visit during the trek include Cincinnati, Detroit and Pittsburgh. Rounding out the group's lineup is ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, the latter of whom also played with The Grateful Dead at its 2015 "Fare Thee Well" concerts.

Tickets for most of the newly announced shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 12, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com, while pre-sale tickets will be available starting Tuesday, February 9, at 10 a.m. For ticketing information about all of Dead & Company's concerts, visit DeadandCompany.com.

As previously reported, the band will play two sets at the 2016 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which takes place June 9 through June 12 in Manchester, Tennessee. The exact dates Dead & Company will perform at the fest haven't been revealed yet.

In other news, Dead & Company will give its first late night television performance on the February 18 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

Here is Dead & Company's full list of confirmed 2016 U.S. tour dates:

6/9-12 -- Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (two sets)*
6/10 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
6/16 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/17 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
6/20 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/21 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/23 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/25 -- New York City, NY, Citi Field
6/26 -- New York City, NY, Citi Field
6/28 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
7/2 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field
7/3 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field
7/7 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/9 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/10 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/15 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
7/16 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park

* = exact dates the band is playing haven't been announced.

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Credit: Ross HalfinHollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, have confirmed their first U.S. concert of the year, a headlining performance at the 2016 Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin. The festival is scheduled for July 14-16, although the exact date of Hollywood Vampires' performance hasn't been revealed yet.

Other artists on the bill include Alice in Chains, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Queensryche, Scott Stapp, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Kix, Skillet and Bullet for My Valentine, among many others. Visit Rock-Fest.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Meanwhile, Hollywood Vampires have revealed official details about the deluxe digital version of their 2015 self-titled debut album that will be released on Friday, February 12. The expanded collection will feature three bonus tracks -- covers of The Who's "I'm a Boy" and Love's "7 and 7 Is," and the original song "Bad as I Am," which was co-written by The deluxe version includes the scorching new single "Bad As I Am" an original song penned by Depp, Cooper guitarist Tommy Henriksen and Johnny's longtime collaborator Bruce Witkin.

As previously reported, the Hollywood Vampires album was an all-star project Cooper co-organized as a tribute to various now-dead rock stars who he used to drink with in Los Angeles early in his career. The record is made up mostly of classic cover tunes and features contributions from a jaw-dropping lineup of musicians that, in addition to Cooper, Perry and Depp, include Paul McCartney, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, Slash, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell.

Hollywood Vampires will make their TV debut at the 58th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which airs February 15 on CBS. The band will feature a lineup that includes Cooper, Perry, Depp, Henriksen, Witkin and Guns N' Roses alums Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and reportedly will pay tribute to late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

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Elliott Landy/Backbeat BooksA new fine-art book featuring pictures of The Band taken by acclaimed photographer Elliott Landy early in the group's career is available now.

The Band Photographs, 1968-1969 includes more than 200 images of the influential rock act, most of which were previously unpublished, capturing Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson while they were working on their first two studio albums -- 1968's Music from Big Pink and 1969's The Band.

The photos include candid shots taken in and around the house shared by Danko, Manuel and Hudson in West Saugerties, New York, that came to be known as "Big Pink," where the group members and their mentor, Bob Dylan, wrote and recorded many songs. Among the other pics that appear in the book are well-known posed black-and-white shots resembling images from the Civil War that feature The Band's members wearing old suits. The book also includes onstage photos, pics of The Band with Dylan and images taken during recording sessions in the Los Angeles area.

The Band Photographs, 1968-1969 also includes commentary by John Simon, producer of the group's first two albums, as well as a foreword penned by Jonathan Taplin, who served as The Band's tour manager from 1969 to 1972.

In a promotional video for the book, Landy explains, "I decided to do a fine-art book of my Band photographs because there are so many great pictures that no one's ever seen except myself and the inside of a Kodak photo-paper box. And every time I visit the contact sheets, slides that I have, there's just so many more good pictures there."

Elliott adds that he was invited to photograph The Band before they even had settled on a name. "Nobody knew who they were except for Bob Dylan aficionados," he notes. "So meeting them, I always thought they were very special people. There were no airs about them."

The Band Photographs, 1968-1969 is available in a basic hardcover edition, an autographed signature version and a deluxe edition that's signed by Landy, features an 8-by-10-inch photo also autographed by Elliott and comes in a black slipcase.

Among the well-known photos Landy has taken during his long career include images that grace the covers of such albums as The Band, Dylan's Nashville Skyline and Van Morrison's Moondance.

Visit TheBandPhotos.HalLeoenardBooks.com for more information about the book.

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Darren Michaels/CBSElton John was in the passenger seat for the latest installment of James Corden’s popular feature “Carpool Karaoke” during a special edition of The Late Late Show following Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

After breaking into a chorus of Elton’s “Your Song,” the rock legend told Corden that the tune marked a big step in his long songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin.

"[I] sat at the piano, read it through and said, 'God, this is amazing for an 18-year-old poet to write this lyric.' And I played it to him, and I think when I finished playing we both realized that this was a huge step forward in our songwriting. We never looked back from that song."

Corden and his passenger then donned funny sunglasses and boas as they launched into “Crocodile Rock.” Other songs included “Tiny Dancer and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

In between, Elton explained that his crazy stage costumes were born out of necessity. noting, "I was never a lead vocalist. I was playing the piano...and I wasn't you know, a sex symbol, and so I had fun with my outfits."

Elton and his partner of more than 20 years, David Furnish, have two sons via surrogate -- 5-year-old Zachary and 3-year-old Elijah -- and insisted that at 68, the recording artist doesn’t feel like he’s too old to be a dad.

 "I love it. They've been amazing,” he says. “And I haven't had one second in Zachery or Elijah's life where I felt that they'd been getting on my nerves...Ten years ago if you'd have told me that I'd be saying this, I would've said, 'you're crazy,' but it's changed my life."

Elton appeared on the Late Late Show to promote his new album Wonderful Crazy Night, which arrived on Friday.  He's said the disc is unusual in that it's full of very upbeat, happy songs, but he says he wasn't really planning to do that...until his writing partner Bernie Taupin sent him the lyrics of the title track.

In a video series about the album, Elton revealed, "When I got the lyric for 'Wonderful Crazy Night,' which is the second song I wrote for the album, I thought, 'Wow this is, A), A great title for the record and B), It’s gotta be uptempo with that lyric.'" 

"That was the first uptempo track we recorded for the record and this was the template really for the album," he explained. "It became the album title, and it became the first track that we recorded that was uptempo, and after we finished this, I had no problem writing uptempo tracks."

According to the London Evening Standard, Elton said making an upbeat and happy record reflects his own personal happiness.

"I have a wonderful husband, a great family, a wonderful career, wonderful friends, [my favorite soccer team is] doing well ... Life is good," the 68-year-old legend told the paper at a record signing in London. 

"Life is a challenge -- there are ups and downs for everybody," he added. "Having young kids has helped. No matter how blue you can be, spending a nanosecond with those boys makes it all go away.  I thought maybe we’d had children too late, but it has come at a wonderful time in my life.” 

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