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The Edge, Patti Smith Among Music Stars Featured in Chef Mario Batali's New Cooking-Themed Web Series


Paolo Pellegrin; Angelo CricchiU2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food.

All five episodes of the series -- including shows featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban -- premiere on Monday, January 26, on Daily Motion.  During each episode, Batali cooks up a special meal inspired by his guest.  Each artist also performs a song on the show.

In a preview clip of The Edge's episode, the Irish rocker reflects, "Music is so eloquent an art form in expressing human emotions."  He also is seen strumming an acoustic guitar while singing his band's 1992 song "Running to Stand Still."  In addition, the preview shows Batali cooking up a fresh scallop and pasta dish, which he and The Edge share along with some white wine.

In a clip promoting Smith's episode, the Godmother of Punk says of the motivation to create music or art, "I think all artists enjoy their process.  It's inherent in you.  You have a creative impulse and the impulse isn't to do it for yourself but for others."  She also performs an acoustic version of "Grateful," a tune from her 2000 album, Gung Ho.  As for the cooking aspect of the program, the preview shows an ecstatic Patti observing Mario shave a large truffle in to a pasta dish he's preparing.

Check out previews for all five shows at DailyMotion.com/FeedbackKitchen.

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Paul McCartney Releases New Single with Kanye West and Rihanna


Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Paul McCartney and Kanye West teamed up to release a new single called "Only One."  It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists.  Now, a new collaboration has been released -- with Rihanna added to the mix.

The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called "FourFiveSeconds," and you can hear it at Rihanna's official website and via iTunes now.

Rihanna described the song on Twitter as "FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!" The singer hasn't released a new album since 2012'S Unapologetic, but has been teasing the imminent release of new music for quite some time now.

"Now I'm four, five seconds from wildin'/And we got three more days 'til Friday," Rihanna sings.  "I'm just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin'/I swear I wish somebody would try me/ Ooh, that's all I want/And I know that you're home tonight, thinkin' how could I be so selfish/but you called 'bout a thousand times wondering where I've been." 

Kanye also sings on the track; we assume that McCartney is the one playing acoustic guitar.

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Patti LaBelle to Perform at 2015 BET Honors


Credit: Carlo Dalla ChiesaPatti LaBelle is part of the entertainment lineup for the 2015 BET Honors, which will be held tonight at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Other artists scheduled to perform during the eighth annual gala include Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and K. Michelle.

Among the celebrities who will be recognized at this year's BET Honors are Kanye West, Usher Raymond and Phylicia Rashad.  West will be bestowed with the Visionary Award, Usher will be presented with the Musical Arts Award and Phylicia will receive the Theatrical Arts Award.

Wayne Brady will host the event, while Bobby Brown, Diahann Carroll and Anthony Anderson will serve as presenters.  The 2015 BET Honors will air on the BET network on Monday, February 23, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Bob Dylan to Give 50,000 Free Copies of His New Album to "AARP" Magazine Readers


Columbia RecordsOn Thursday, a lengthy new interview Bob Dylan gave with AARP magazine that focused mostly on his upcoming standards album, Shadows in the Night, premiered online at AARP.org.  Now, the AARP organization has announced that the folk-rock great will be giving away free copies of the album to 50,000 of the magazine's readers.

According to the AARP, a U.S.-based interest group for people aged 50 and over, the CDs will be sent out to randomly chosen subscribers.

During the interview, Dylan's first in nearly three years, he talked about his desire to give away copies of the album, which features renditions of 11 songs recorded by the late Frank Sinatra.

"A lot of [the magazine's] readers are going to like this record," he said.  "If it was up to me, I'd give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine."

Dylan, who is now 73, also discussed how the themes of his own songs have matured as he's aged. "Look, you get older.  Passion is a young man's game," he maintained.  "Young people can be passionate.  Older people gotta be more wise.  I mean, you're around a while, you leave certain things to the young.  Don't try to act like you're young.  You could really hurt yourself."

Shadows in the Night will be released on February 3.

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Mike Tyson Explains His "Crazy" Contribution to Madonna's New Song "Iconic"


InterscopeMany were left scratching their heads when news broke that boxing legend Mike Tyson would be featured on a song on Madonna's upcoming album, Rebel Heart.  Now the nature of his contribution to the track “Iconic” has been revealed. 

"Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go," Mike tells Rolling Stone.  "I didn't know what the hell I was going there for.  I'm just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna.  She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn't know if she wanted me to talk or rap.  I just go in there and start talking.  I'm talking about my life and things that I have endured.  I'm saying some really crazy stuff.  It was really intense."

He said he ad-libbed his part of the song in one take and was inspired by an unlikely source: Italian fascist Benito Mussolini.

"When I did it, I think about being some guy like Mussolini and they're really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting," he explained.  "You watch Mussolini on television -- even though we don't understand what he's saying -- he is so mesmerizing.  I look at myself in that way."

Though he hasn't heard the finished song yet, he's pretty confident that he nailed his part.  "Doing the song with Madonna makes me think this [music career] could really happen," Mike said.  "Most guys that come in there drink a bunch of liquor or smoke 100 blunts.  I just went in and boom, one take.  Everyone thought it was cool."

"Iconic" marks the first time Mike and Madonna have collaborated, but the two go way back.  Mike first met Madonna in 1988, during a double-date with his then-wife Robin Givens and Madonna's then-husband Sean Penn.

We'll get to hear Mike's part in "Iconic," which also features Chance the Rapper, when Rebel Heart is released on March 9.  Unless, of course, it leaks before then.

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Carlos Santana's Nephew Advances to "American Idol" Hollywood Round


Courtesy Rubén Martin/RCA RecordsIs Carlos Santana the uncle of the next "American Idol"?  Could be!  The guitar legend's nephew Adam Lasher was among the contestants that were shown trying out for Fox's singing competition show on Thursday's American Idol episode, which was taped in New Orleans.

Lasher, who hails from Danville, California, chose to sing an original song for the audition, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.  Judge Keith Urban loved his voice and his artistry.  Fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. agreed and all three voted "yes" for Adam to advance.

Prior to his audition, Adam told host Ryan Seacrest that his uncle taught him how to play guitar.

"Sometimes the proverbs or the wisdom that he's saying is just like a deeper lesson than just like, 'Hey, this is a barre chord and this is this scale and this is that scale,'" Lasher explained. "He's just like a Jedi with a guitar."

The segment, which has been posted on the American Idol YouTube channel, also included a clip of Adam performing onstage with his Uncle Carlos.

Incidentally, Lasher performs with his own group, which has several gigs lined up in the coming days in Southern California.  You can find out more information at AdamLasherBand.com.

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Star-Studded 2005 Tribute to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" Reissued with Bonus Tracks


Cleopatra RecordsIn 2005, a tribute to Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album The Wall titled Back Against The Wall was released that featured an extraordinary lineup of rock stars, including past or current members of Yes, Styx, Toto, The Doors, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and more.  To mark its 10th anniversary, the two-CD set was reissued this week with new artwork and several bonus tracks, while the collection also has been released on vinyl for the first time.

Among the interesting collaborations that appear on Back Against The Wall are a version of "Don't Leave Me Now" featuring Styx's Tommy Shaw and The Doors' Robby Krieger; a rendition of "Hey You" with Asia/ex-King Crimson singer/bassist John Wetton, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Yes drummer Alan White and Shaw; and a version of "Comfortably Numb" featuring White and Yes bassist Chris Squire.

The project was the brainchild of one-time Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood, who has overseen the creation of numerous all-star tribute albums over the last decade or so.  A digital version of the reissue also is available.

The bonus tracks, which don't appear on the vinyl version of Back Against The Wall, include four different remixes of "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2," as well as a remix of "Comfortably Numb."

Here is the complete track list of the Back Against The Wall reissue, including the key artists who contributed to each song:

Disc 1
"In the Flesh?" (featuring Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro)
"The Thin Ice" (featuring Ian Anderson & Tony Levin)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 1" (featuring Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood)
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (featuring Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro)
"Mother" (featuring John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White)
"Goodbye Blue Sky" (featuring Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood)
"Empty Spaces" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger)
"Young Lust" (featuring Glenn Hughes)
"One of My Turns" (featuring Tommy Shaw)
"Don't Leave Me Now" (featuring Tommy Shaw & Robby Krieger)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 3" (featuring Steve Lukather & Tony Levin)
"Goodbye Cruel World" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Tony Levin)

Disc 2
"Hey You" (featuring John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White)
"Is There Anybody Out There?" (featuring Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood)
"Nobody Home" (featuring Rick Wakeman)
"Vera" (featuring Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe)
"Bring the Boys Back Home" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen)
"Comfortably Numb" (featuring Chris Squire & Alan White)
"The Show Must Go On" (featuring Adrian Belew & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"In the Flesh" (featuring Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"Run Like Hell" (featuring Jason Scheff, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye)
"Waiting for the Worms" (featuring Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"Stop" (featuring Billy Sherwood)
"The Trial" (featuring Malcolm McDowell)
"Outside the Wall" (featuring Billy Sherwood)
Bonus Tracks
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (Electro Remix)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (House Remix)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (Radio Remix)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (Dub Remix)
"Comfortably Numb" (Blackburner Remix)

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Bob Dylan Discusses Standards Album, Admiration for Frank Sinatra in New Interview


PRNewsFoto/AARPIn his first interview in three years, Bob Dylan chats with AARP magazine at length about Shadows in the Night, his upcoming album of standards, which will be released on February 3.

Dylan reveals he'd been thinking about making an album like Shadows in the Night, which features 10 songs that Frank Sinatra recorded during his career, "ever since I heard Willie [Nelson]'s Stardust record in the late 1970s."  He adds, "All through the years, I've heard these songs being recorded by other people and I've always wanted to do that."

The 73-year-old singer/songwriter notes that it was important for him to do justice to the songs he covered for the project, which include such classics as "Autumn Leaves," "Some Enchanted Evening" and "What'll I Do."

"I love these songs, and I'm not going to bring any disrespect to them," he maintains.  "To trash those songs would be sacrilegious."

Dylan also suggests that the ultimate versions of the tunes were Sinatra's renditions, noting that the late crooner set the bar very high indeed.

"When you start doing these songs, Frank's got to be on your mind.  Because he is the mountain," Bob tells the magazine.  "That's the mountain you have to climb, even if you only get part of the way there."

Dylan says one of the things he admires about Sinatra is that "he had this ability to get inside of the song in a sort of a conversational way.  Frank sang to you -- not at you."

Asked whether he felt it was risky attempting to sing songs associated with Sinatra, Dylan fires back, "Risky?  Like walking across a field laced with land mines?  Or working in a poison gas factory?  There's nothing risky about making records."

He adds, "Comparing me with Frank Sinatra?  You must be joking.  To be mentioned in the same breath as him must be some sort of high compliment.  As far as touching him goes, nobody touches him.  Not me or anyone else."

With regard to what Sinatra might have thought about his album, Bob says he thinks that Frank may have appreciated his stripped-down approach to the material.

"I think first of all he'd be amazed I did these songs with a five-piece band," Dylan says.  "I think he'd be proud in a certain way."

Dylan also discusses the enduring nature of the standards he recorded for Shadows in the Night, admitting that he now feels a closer connection to those tunes than some of his own compositions.

"It's easier for me to sing that song than it is to sing, 'Won't you come see me, Queen Jane,'" he says.  "Because 'Queen Jane [Approximately]' might be a little bit outdated.  But this song is not outdated.  It has to do with humane motion.  There's nothing contrived in these songs.  There's not one false word in any of them.  They're eternal."

Visit AARP.org to read the full interview with Dylan, which features him talking about his musical influences, his admiration for soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples, his reasons for retreating from the limelight during the late 1960s, his love of touring and much more.

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Mötley Crüe Adds Second L.A. Date to Farewell Tour


Paul BrownMötley Crüe will wrap up their farewell tour on New Year's Eve with a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If you can't make it to that show, which is nearly sold out, you'll have the opportunity to see them live in the same venue the night before.

The band has announced they'll perform at the Staples Center on December 30. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Saturday morning at 10 a.m. local time. At that same time, a limited number of tickets for the New Year's Eve concert will also be released.

Complete ticket information is available on Motley.com.

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Ex-Utopia Bassist Kasim Sulton Says He's "Very Proud" of New Solo Album, "3"


Courtesy of Kasim SultonVeteran rock bassist Kasim Sulton recently released his third solo album, the aptly titled 3, a collection of finely crafted pop and rock tunes. The 59-year-old musician says he's "very proud" of the record, which he recorded with the help of some famous musical friends and associates.

Sulton probably is best known as the longtime bassist for Todd Rundgren's old group Utopia, and he also has toured and recorded with such other artists as Meat Loaf, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The New Cars and Blue Oyster Cult.  For 3, Sulton called on all of his former Utopia band mates -- Rundgren, keyboardist Roger Powell and drummer Willie Wilcox -- as well as Blue Oyster Cult guitarist Buck Dharma Roeser, Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes and Billy Joel/Ringo Starr sax player and musical director Mark Rivera, among others.

Kasim tells ABC News Radio that because of his many musical commitments, it usually takes him several years to finish a solo album, and 3 was no exception.  He also points out that the new record differs from his previous solo efforts, 1982's Kasim and 2002's Quid Pro Quo, in that he didn't have many guest musicians play on those earlier releases.

Sulton says one of his favorite songs on the album is the first single, a melodic pop-rock gem called "Clocks All Stopped," which he co-wrote with frequent songwriting partner Phil Thornalley.  If the track sounds reminiscent of Kasim's old band Utopia, that's by design.

"I sat down to write a real Utopia song," he explains.  "And I think that 'Clocks All Stopped' is a pretty good indication of what a Utopia record might be like if we were still making records."  To get that Utopia sound, Sulton enlisted Rundgren and Powell to play on the track.

Sulton admits that Utopia and Rundgren, with whom he still tours, remain among his biggest influences as a songwriter.

"I think that left an indelible mark on my creative process," he says of his tenure with the band.  "And certainly working with Todd, because Todd, I feel, is one of the greatest unsung songwriters of the last half of the 20th century."

Other songs Kasim says he likes on 3 include "15 Minutes," which features Roeser, Rivera and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes pianist Jeff Kazee, and a cover of tune by founding Tubes guitarist Bill Spooner called "Too Much on Her Mind."  Hawkes and Wilcox played on the latter track.

As for how he feels about 3 as a whole, Sulton says, "I never say this about my own stuff, but I'm very proud of my record, and I just hope that it has some longevity, that I can keep playing shows behind it for the next year or so."

Sulton currently has just two concerts lined up in support of the album, a gig tonight at Joe's Pub in New York City, and a show on Sunday at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia.  Fans also will be able to catch Kasim playing with Blue Oyster Cult, who have plenty of 2015 tour dates lined up.  Visit BlueOysterCult.com to check out the band's full itinerary.

You can purchase 3 and find out the latest news on Sulton at his official website.

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New Rolling Stones Tribute Album, "Stoned," Features Psychedelic Reworking of Rock Legends' Tunes


Cleopatra RecordsA compilation featuring a variety of modern psychedelic bands reinterpreting songs by The Rolling Stones gets its release on Tuesday.  Stoned -- A Psych Tribute to The Rolling Stones features tunes recorded by such relatively unknown groups as Clinic, The Allah-Lahs, Sons of Hippies and The Vacant Lots.

Among the classic Stones songs covered for the collection are "Sympathy for the Devil" by The KVB, "Under My Thumb" by Shiny Darkly, "It's Only Rock & Roll (but I Like It)" by Clinic, "Gimme Shelter" by Sons of Hippies and "Wild Horses" by The Tulips.  Some groups dug a little deeper into the Rolling Stones catalog for their contributions to the project, such as The Allah-Las, who recorded the 1963 rarity "Stoned"; and Los Angeles-based band Tashaki Miyaki, who delivered a rendition of "Take It or Leave," a gem that appeared on 1966's Aftermath.

Stoned is available as a 14-track CD and a 12-track vinyl LP.

Here is the full list of songs on the compilation:

"What a Shame" -- Lorelle Meets the Obsolete
"Sympathy for the Devil" -- The KVB
"Under My Thumb" -- Shiny Darkly
"Sway" -- Yeti Lane
"It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)" -- Clinic
"Gimme Shelter" -- Sons of Hippies
"She Smiled Sweetly" -- The Vacant Lots
"Child of the Moon" -- Celestial Bums
"Take It or Leave It" -- Tashaki Miyaki
"Stoned" -- Allah-Las
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" -- Pink Velvet*
"Beast of Burden" -- Pure X*
"As Tears Go By" -- Cheval Sombre
"Wild Horses" -- The Tulips

* = CD only.

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The Doobie Brothers to Receive Music Biz Organization's 2015 Chairman's Award


Credit: Jim SheaThe accolades keep on coming for The Doobie Brothers.  Last month, it was announced that the veteran rockers will be honored with performing-rights organization ASCAP's Voice of Music Award in April.  Now comes word the band will receive the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement from the Music Business Association, aka Music Biz, in May.

The Doobie Brothers will be presented with the Chairman's Award at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon, scheduled to take place May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville.  According to the association, the honor "recognizes artists who have maintained a strong creative spirit and achieved significant commercial success throughout their career, continuing to release vital new music deep into their musical lifespan."

The Doobies, of course, have enjoyed an enduring career that's included an impressive string of memorable hits released during the 1970s and '80s.  Last year, the band released a new studio album, Southbound, which featured new renditions of many of the group's classic songs recorded as duets with a variety of country artists.  It also featured contributions from former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald.

"Receiving this Award is a great honor, as it recognizes the music from our early days together and shines a light on the music we're creating right now," says founding Doobie Brothers frontman Tom Johnston.

Adds fellow Doobies singer/guitarist Patrick Simmons, "We're excited about the new creative doors we've opened up for ourselves by working with so many great country musicians and can't wait to carry that experience forward. A heartfelt thanks from the whole band to the Music Business Association for this amazing award."

Previous Chairman's Award recipients include Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carlos Santana, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick, Kool & The Gang, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Paul Rodgers, and B.B. King.

The awards luncheon is held in conjunction with Music Biz 2015, an industry conference focusing on various aspects of the music business including new products and trends.  The event runs from May 12 to May 14.

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Billy Joel to Play San Francisco for First Time in More Than 40 Years


Library of CongressBilly Joel has announced what's being billed as his only California show this year: a September 5 date at San Francisco's AT&T Park, home of Major League Baseball's world champion Giants.

The concert not only will be Joel's first at the venue, but it's also his first proper show in that city in more than 40 years.  In a statement, Giants President and CEO Larry Baer says, "It's hard to believe it's been over four decades since Billy last played in the city of San Francisco, but I'm confident the city will welcome him with open arms. Billy's star power combined with our world-class venue will make for an unforgettable show."

Tickets go on sale January 30 via Ticketmaster.

Joel also will play another big ballpark this year: Wrigley Field in Chicago.  In addition, he has monthly dates scheduled at New York's Madison Square Garden through November.

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Gregg Allman Is the First Performer Announced for Rock Legends Cruise IV


Credit: Danny ClinchWhile the star-studded Rock Legends Cruise III doesn't set sail until next month, details about the fourth edition of the nautical music festival have begun to emerge.  Gregg Allman is the first performer to be confirmed for Rock Legends Cruise IV, which will take place from January 21 to January 25, 2016.

The cruise will embark from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will visit Grand Turk Island in Turks & Caicos before returning to port.  You can book a cabin now by visiting RockLegendsCruise.com.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Rock Legends Cruise III gets under way on February 19 and runs until February 23.  It also leaves from and returns to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, although its mid-journey destination is Nassau in The Bahamas.  The cruise boasts an impressive lineup of rock stars that includes The Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, Blue Oyster Cult, Edgar Winter, Dave Mason, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Ten Years After, War, Molly Hatchet, Uriah Heep, Savoy Brown, Triumph frontman Rik Emmett, Pat Travers Band and ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle.

Money raised by the Rock Legends Cruises help support the Native American Heritage Association, which aids Native American families that live on reservations in South Dakota and Wyoming.

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Details of Elton John's 2015 Oscar Viewing Party Revealed


Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAFIf you can't be at the Oscars this year, Elton John's 23rd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party is the next-best ticket in town.  The gala event will be presented by the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 22, and promises enough glamor to rival the actual ceremony itself.

For the third year in a row, Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare a gourmet meal for party guests as they watch a live telecast of the 87th annual awards at West Hollywood Park.  After dinner and an auction to raise money for the John's charity, Grammy-winner Nile Rodgers and Chic will perform, and DJ Johnny Dynell will be spinning tunes so guests can dance the night away.

Elton's viewing party is the most successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night.  While actors are taking home their golden statuettes, the EJAF is raising millions of dollars to help people at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS.  Over the past 23 years, the event has raised nearly $45 million. Last year, the party took in $5.1 million and boasted a star-studded guest list that included Aerosmith's Steven Tyler; Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson; Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne; Taylor Swift; Sheryl Crow; Robert DeNiro; Jane Fonda; Whoopi Goldberg; and the Kardashian sisters.

We assume Elton will be making a hefty donation this year.  According to TMZ, he's now raking in more than $500,000 per show in Las Vegas.  The 2015 leg of his Million Dollar Piano residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace began Friday and runs through April 14.

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Paul McCartney 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Arriving on DVD and Blu-ray in March


Shout! FactoryIn February of 2012, Paul McCartney was saluted by an eclectic all-star cast of performers at the Recording Academy's annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala.  Now, a video featuring highlights from the tribute event is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 24.

A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney includes performances of the rock legend's songs by such artists as Neil Young and Crazy Horse, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Sergio Mendes, Alison Krauss, Norah Jones and Duane Eddy.  McCartney also took part in the festivities, playing several tunes, including Beatles songs and selections from his solo career.  In addition, the event featured a performance from the cast of the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Fab Four-themed Las Vegas show Love.

To close out the show, McCartney was joined onstage by Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl for a rendition of the Beatles's Abbey Road medley of "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight" and "The End."

Proceeds from sales of the DVD and Blu-ray will benefit the MusiCares charity, which provides assistance for musicians who are in need of financial, medical or personal help.

Here is a list of performances featured on A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney:

"Get Back/Hello Goodbye/Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" -- Cirque du Soleil featuring The Beatles "Love" cast
"Magical Mystery Tour" -- Paul McCartney
"Junior's Farm" -- Paul McCartney
"Blackbird" -- Alicia Keys
"No More Lonely Nights" -- Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
"And I Love Her" -- Duane Eddy
"Oh! Darling" -- Norah Jones
"I Saw Her Standing There" -- Neil Young with Crazy Horse
"The Fool on the Hill" -- Sergio Mendes
"We Can Work It Out" -- Coldplay
"Yesterday" -- James Taylor with Diana Krall
"For No One" -- Diana Krall with James Taylor
"My Valentine" -- Paul McCartney
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" -- Paul McCartney
"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End" -- Paul McCartney featuring Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh

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Listen to Bob Dylan's New Frank Sinatra Cover, "Stay with Me"


Columbia RecordsBob Dylan is giving fans a new taste of his upcoming standards album Shadows in the Night by posting audio of the entire song "Stay with Me" on his official website and YouTube VEVO channel.  The tune originally was recorded by the late Frank Sinatra and served as the main theme for the 1963 film The Cardinal.

Dylan's rendition features his weathered voice accompanied by sparse instrumentation, including a pedal-steel guitar and bowed double bass.  Bob had used the song to close many of his concerts during his most recent North American tour.

Shadows in the Night will be released on February 3.  The album features the folk-rock legends' interpretations of 10 tunes, all of which also were recorded by Sinatra at some point in his career.  Among the best-known songs included on the record are "Autumn Leaves," "Some Enchanted Evening" and "What'll I Do."

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Two-Disc Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Retrospective Due in March


Rhino MediaA new two-CD Grateful Dead compilation will be released on March 31 as part of a yearlong celebration marking the band's 50th anniversary.  The Best of The Grateful Dead features 32 chronologically-arranged tracks, including at least one song from each of the group's studio albums.

The career-spanning collection focuses on studio versions of The Grateful Dead's songs, and boasts most of the best-known tunes in the band's catalog.  Among the classics included are "St. Stephen," "Uncle John's Band," "Casey Jones," "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil," "Ripple," "Shakedown Street," "Fire on the Mountain," and the group's only top-40 single, "Touch of Grey," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987.  The retrospective also features a rare two-and-a-half-minute single version of "Dark Star," a song that The Dead often would stretch out to epic length in concert.

A digital version of The Best of The Grateful Dead also will be available.

As previously announced, the surviving Grateful Dead members will mark the band's 50th anniversary by reuniting for three final concerts this summer at Soldier Field in Chicago.  The shows, dubbed "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead," are scheduled for July 3, 4 and 5.  Also expected in 2015 is an officially-sanctioned documentary about the band from award-winning director Amir Bar-Lev and executive producer Martin Scorsese.

Here's the complete track list of The Best of The Grateful Dead:

Disc One
"The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)"
"Cream Puff War"
"Born Cross-Eyed"
"Dark Star" (Single Version)
"St. Stephen"
"China Cat Sunflower"
"Uncle John's Band"
"Easy Wind"
"Casey Jones"
"Truckin'"
"Box of Rain"
"Sugar Magnolia"
"Friend of the Devil"
"Ripple"
"Eyes of the World"
"Unbroken Chain"
"Scarlet Begonias"
"The Music Never Stopped"
"Estimated Prophet"

Disc Two
"Terrapin Station"
"Shakedown Street"
"I Need a Miracle"
"Fire on the Mountain"
"Feel Like a Stranger"
"Far from Me"
"Touch of Grey"
"Hell in a Bucket"
"Throwing Stones"
"Black Muddy River"
"Blow Away"
"Foolish Heart"
"Standing on the Moon"

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John Mellencamp Kicking Off Plain Spoken Tour Tonight in South Bend, Indiana


Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsJohn Mellencamp's extensive North American tour in support of his 2014 album, Plain Spoken, gets under way tonight in South Bend, Indiana.

The 80-date trek includes multi-night stands in a number of cities, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's hometown, Bloomington, Indiana; New York City; Nashville; Minneapolis; Chicago; Clearwater, Florida; and Toronto and Regina, Canada.  The tour will keep Mellencamp on the road through August 4, when he returns to Indiana for a show in Indianapolis.  Part of the proceeds from that concert will benefit the local Riley Hospital for Children.

Full tour information is available on John's website.

During a brief break in the tour next month, Mellencamp will take part in two special events held in conjunction with Grammy Week.

On February 5, he'll perform at the Grammy Foundation's 17th Annual Legacy Concert in Los Angeles.  That show, Lean On Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy, highlights the foundation's mission of celebrating and preserving the history of songwriting and the contributions of behind-the-scenes figures in American music.

Then, the following night, John will perform at the star-studded gala honoring Bob Dylan as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year.  The L.A. event raises money for the MusiCares Foundation, which provides programs and services to musicians and music industry people in need.

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All-Star "Live at Knebworth" Concert Featuring McCartney, Pink Floyd, Plant & Page and More Coming to Blu-ray


Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn 1990, concert organizers in the U.K. gathered together a bunch of prior winners of that nation's prestigious Silver Clef Award for the annual Knebworth Festival.  The gala featured a jaw-dropping lineup that included Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Phil Collins and Genesis, as well as a set by Robert Plant with a guest appearance from Jimmy Page.

Now the concert film documenting the show, Live at Knebworth, is set for release on standard-definition (SD) Blu-ray disc.

Highlights of the 32-track set list include McCartney romping through The Beatles' "Birthday," "Hey Jude" and "Can't Buy Me Love"; Plant and Page performing a rendition of their Led Zeppelin classic "Rock and Roll"; and Pink Floyd playing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."  Other artists who appeared at the show included Tears for Fears, Cliff Richard & The Shadows and Status Quo.

The Blu-ray arrives March 17 and is priced at $17.98.  Part of the proceeds will support Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, the charity that the original concert benefited and for which the Silver Clef Awards raise funds.

Here's the Live at Knebworth track list:

Tears for Fears
"Change"
"Badman's Song"
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"

Cliff Richard & The Shadows
"On the Beach"
"Good Golly Miss Molly"
"We Don't Talk Anymore"

Phil Collins & The Serious Band
"In the Air Tonight"
"Sussudio"

Paul McCartney
"Coming Up"
"Birthday"
"Hey Jude"
"Can't Buy Me Love"

Status Quo
"Whatever You Want"
"Rockin' All Over the World"
"Dirty Water"
"In the Army Now"

Eric Clapton
"Before You Accuse Me"
"Tearin' Us Apart"

Dire Straits
"Solid Rock"
"Think I Love You Too Much"
"Money for Nothing"

Elton John
"Sacrifice"
"Sad Songs (Say So Much)"

Robert Plant
"Hurting Kind"
"Tall Cool One"
"Wearing and Tearing" (with Jimmy Page)  
"Rock and Roll" (with Jimmy Page)

Genesis
"Mama"
"Throwing It All Away"
Medley: "Turn It On Again"/"Somebody to Love"/"Reach Out, I'll Be There"/"Pinball Wizard"/"In the Midnight Hour"/"Turn It On Again" (Reprise)

Pink Floyd
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
"Run Like Hell"

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