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Image Courtesy of Brian SetzerIf you're a music fan who loves that old-time rock 'n' roll, you'll likely want to check out the new joint tour featuring former Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, which kicks off tonight, May 27, in Red Bank, New Jersey.  The 18-date trek will make its way across North America over the next few weeks, winding down with a June 20 concert in Saratoga, California.

Setzer, who toured with Thorogood and his band back in the late '80s, tells ABC Radio that the bill "works because our crowds overlap.  You know, the blues and roots and rockabilly thing seems to work together."

Brian says he's excited about the trek because it will give him the chance to introduce more fans to songs from his latest solo album, 2014's Rockabilly Riot! All Original.

"Part of the problem now with making records is you make a record and it just goes by and it's over," he explains.  "A lot of the big idea behind touring with George was [so] I could get out there and play these new songs."

As you'd expect, the album features songs inspired by classic late-'50s rock 'n' roll, but with some modern elements added in.

"I've always liked to mix the old with the new stuff," says Setzer.  "There's a lot of songs in here I don't think that would have been written in the rockabilly style of the '50s.  They just didn't play those kind of chords with it yet, you know?  It was too soon."

As for what his fans can expect to hear during the tour, Brian says that, in addition to selections from Rockabilly Riot!, he's planning to play Stray Cats classics like "Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut"; older solo gems such as "Ignition"; and covers of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."  Among the Rockabilly Riot! songs he intends to perform is lead single "Let's Shake," which is his favorite track from the record.

Setzer also tells ABC Radio that he's hoping to convince Thorogood to join him on stage.

"I gotta corner George," says Brian.  "He doesn't like to jam, so I gotta corner him out and say, 'Come on! We gotta have some common ground here.'"

Setzer currently has no other shows lined up past the joint tour with Thorogood, although he tells ABC Radio that he may head to Japan later in the year for some solo shows.  He's also planning to mount a 2015 edition of his annual holiday tour with his Brian Setzer Orchestra, which he expects will kick off in the middle of November.  In addition, Brian has been working on a new recording project in Nashville about which he's expecting to announce details soon.

Here are all of the dates on Setzer's tour with George Thorogood and the Destroyers:

5/27 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
5/29 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/30 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
5/31 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion
6/2 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center
6/4 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
6/5 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/6 -- Elgin, IL, Grand Victoria Casino
6/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
6/9 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
6/10 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre
6/12 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino
6/13 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Hotel & Casino
6/14 -- Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens
6/16 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino
6/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys by the Bay
6/19 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
6/20 -- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery

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PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesAs part of The Who's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, a second installment in a series of vinyl box sets featuring replicas of the band's early singles will be released on August 14.  The Reaction Singles 1966 collection contains five seven-inch discs -- four singles and a five-track EP -- originally issued on Robert Stigwood's U.K. label Reaction Records.

Each disc in the box set is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and housed in paper sleeves.  The records are packaged in a "lid-and-tray" box, and the collection also includes a booklet featuring liner notes by Who biographer Mark Blake.

The Who's Reaction releases came out after the band parted ways with producer Shel Talmy and the Brunswick Records label.  Among the singles included in the new box set are two that feature "Substitute" as an A-side, and, respectively, the songs "Circles" (renamed "Instant Party" for legal reasons) and an instrumental titled "Waltz for a Pig" on the B-side.  Interestingly, the latter tune wasn't recorded by The Who at all, but rather by The Graham Bond Organization -- a band Stigwood was managing at the time -- although it was credited to The Who Orchestra.

Also included in the vinyl compilation are the singles "I'm a Boy" and "Happy Jack," each featuring obscure B-sides, and the Ready Steady Who EP.  The EP contains various lesser-known tunes by the band, including the group's covers of the Batman theme, Jan and Dean's "Bucket T" and The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."

The Reaction Singles 1966 box set follows the April release of The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966 collection.  Two additional vinyl singles box sets, focusing respectively on recordings issued by the Track and Polydor labels, also are due out before the end of 2015.

Here is the track list for The Reaction Singles 1966 box set:

"Substitute" b/w "Circles," aka "Instant Party"
"Substitute" b/w "Waltz for a Pig" (B-side credited to The Who Orchestra)
"I'm a Boy" b/w "In the City"
Ready Steady Who EP: "Disguises" and "Circles" b/w "Batman," "Bucket T" and "Barbara Ann"
"Happy Jack" b/w "I've Been Away"

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Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi is one of the many artists featured on the Finding Neverland: The Album, and now we get to hear his contribution.  People has a first listen to the track, called "Beautiful Day" -- a cheerful anthem about seizing the moment.

"Everybody knows Peter Pan, and I guess in some essence you could always say that every rock and roll star is Peter Pan -- they never want to grow up," the singer tells People.

The album is a collection of reimagined songs from the new Broadway musical about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie of the same name.  Goo Goo Dolls, Christina Aguilera, John Legend and Jennifer Lopez are among the other artists who recorded tracks for the album.

Finding Neverland: The Album will be released June 9.

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Reprise RecordsNeil Young has unveiled official details about his upcoming studio album The Monsanto Years, which he recorded with Promise of the Real, the band fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas.  The nine-song collection, which focuses on topical environmental and ecological issues such as the sale of genetically modified food, will be released on June 29.

The Monsanto Years initially will be available as a CD/DVD set and as a standard-resolution and high-res digital download.  A vinyl edition of the record will follow sometime in August.  Those who pre-order the album now will immediately receive digital versions of two songs -- "Big Box" and "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop."  A video for the latter tune currently is viewable at

Young had performed live with Promise of the Real at several events before recording with the group, which now also includes Nelson's son Micah.  Neil has lined up a U.S. trek with the band dubbed the Rebel Content Tour, which is mapped out from a July 5 show at Milwaukee's Summerest through a July 24 performance at the Wayhome Festival in Oro-Medonte, Canada.  People purchasing tickets to the concerts -- not including festival dates -- will receive their choice of a free copy of the Monsanto Years CD/DVD package of one of the digital versions of the album.

Here is the track list of The Monsanto Years:

"A New Day for Love"
"Wolf Moon"
"People Want to Hear About Love"
"Big Box"
"A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop"
"Workin' Man"
"Rules of Change"
"Monsanto Years"
"If I Don't Know"

"Big Box"
"A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop"
"Rules of Change"
"Workin' Man"
"Monsanto Years"
"A New Day for Love"
"Wolf Moon"
"People Want to Hear About Love"
"If I Don't Know"

And here are the dates for Young and Promise of the Real's Rebel Content Tour:

7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater
7/8 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/9 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/14 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/16 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
7/17 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/19 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Expo
7/21 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/22 -- Great Woods, MA, Xfinity Center
7/24 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, Wayhome Festival

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Rubén Martín/RCA RecordsThis Sunday, Carlos Santana and his group will wind down their latest series of shows as part of their ongoing Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay, and will follow that with a month-long summer European tour leg that kicks off June 30.  Santana then will return to the U.S. for a late-summer outing running from an August 14 performance in Forest Hills, New York, through an August 29-30 stand at the Ravinia festival in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.

The U.S. tour dates include an appearance at the 2015 Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as stops in Boston and Baltimore and an August 21-22 engagement in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

On both the European tour and the U.S. trek, Carlos and company will be promoting Santana's star-studded 2014 Latin album, Corazon.  The band also has scheduled one fall date for the outing, an October 31 concert in Tucson, Arizona.

Santana also has two other series of Las Vegas residency dates on the books this year, taking place in late September and early November, respectively.  On top of that, Carlos will make a special appearance at the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival on September 12, when he will hit the stage with Phil Lesh & Friends, the musical collective led by the founding Grateful Dead bassist.

Here are all of Santana's confirmed upcoming U.S. performances:

5/27, 29-31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
8/14 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
8/15 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
8/16 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
8/18 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/21-22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort
8/23 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/25 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/26 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Concert Pavilion
8/28 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
8/29-30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
*9/12 -- Arrington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival
9/16, 18-20, 23, 25-27 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
10/31 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater
11/4, 6-8, 11, 13-15 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay

* = Carlos Santana playing as special guest with Phil Lesh and Friends.

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Credit: Ross HalfinPete Townshend says he has a multifaceted creative project in the works that will include music and a book, but it isn't clear if The Who will be involved.  In a new interview with, the guitarist/songwriter reveals, "I am working on a magnum opus that will begin with the publication of a short novel in 2016."

Townshend also reports that he's "writing new songs all the time," although he admits that after The Who winds down its 50th anniversary tour, he's planning to "slow down again."  He explains, "I have done this a few times in the past, but I need it now more than ever: time to enjoy what I have, to be happy and relaxed."

The 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer took part in the interview in conjunction with an appearance he'll be making this Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m. ET at a Barnes and Noble store in New York City's Union Square.  Townshend will be signing copies of Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia, the soundtrack CD to the new orchestral version of The Who's 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia that will officially be released on June 9.

The in-store event takes place a day before The Who wraps up its current North American tour leg with a show in Forest Hills, New York, and a day before Townshend will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, which will be held at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.

As previously reported, Pete's longtime girlfriend Rachel Fuller created the orchestrations for the project, which were performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Robert Ziegler.  Lead vocal duties were handled by respected British tenor Alfie Boe, Townshend played guitar throughout the album, and Pete and Billy Idol also contributed vocals.

Townshend tells that he was amazed at how well the orchestral interpretations of the songs on Quadrophenia worked.  Among the reasons he cites for The Who's music lending itself to orchestral reimagining are Keith Moon's classically influenced style of drumming, the fact that bassist John Entwistle incorporated horns into the original album and that Roger Daltrey was at a vocal peak when he sang the songs.  Townshend adds, "I was also adept at using analogue synthesizers, especially for orchestral emulation."

A debut live performance of Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia will take place July 5 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  Three fall performances also have been scheduled in other cities -- on October 13 in Cologne, Germany, October 26 in Munich, and October 31 in Vienna.

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Image Courtesy of Art GarfunkelIt's been more than 40 years since famed folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel broke up, but Art Garfunkel apparently still remains troubled by childhood friend and longtime collaborator Paul Simon's decision to end their creative partnership.  In an interview with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, Garfunkel admitted that he would gladly reunite with Simon for another tour, then directed some pointed comments toward Simon that seemingly displayed his continued bitterness about the split, which followed the release of their hugely successful 1971 album Bridge over Troubled Water.

"How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul?" Garfunkel declared.  "What's going on with you, you idiot?  How could you let that go, jerk?"

Regarding his feelings about a reunion trek, Art maintained that they're the same as they've been for decades.  "When we get together, with his guitar, it's a delight to both of our ears.  A little bubble comes over us and it seems effortless.  We blend," he said.  "So, as far as this half is concerned, I would say, 'Why not, while we're still alive?'"

Garfunkel also revealed that he would have preferred it if the duo had just taken a year-long break in '71 and then gotten back together, explaining that at the time, Simon "was getting on my nerves."  Regarding Paul's decision to break up after the release of their biggest album, Art said, "[I]t seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead.  Crazy."

Meanwhile, the Telegraph interviewer asked whether Garfunkel thought the diminutive Simon might have a Napoleon complex that would explain his resentment toward Art.

"I think you're on to something. I would say so, yes," Garfunkel responded.  He then maintained that back in their school days, he felt sorry for Paul because of his small stature, and to compensate he offered him his friendship.  He added, "And that compensation gesture has created a monster."

Art also recalled an interesting conversation he once had with George Harrison during which the late Beatles guitarist compared his relationship with Paul McCartney to Garfunkel's with Simon.

"George came up to me at a party once and said 'my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you,'" said Garfunkel.  "He meant that psychologically they had the same effect on us.  The Pauls sidelined us."  Art explained that he considered McCartney "a hell of a music man who gave the band its energy, but he also ran away with a lot of the glory."

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Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesAfter playing an initmate warmup gig on Wednesday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, The Rolling Stones officially kicked off their Zip Code tour of North America on Sunday night at Petco Park in San Diego.

The band played a 20-song set, opening with "Jumpin' Jack Flash."  A minute-long video of highlights from the show opener has been posted to the band's YouTube channel.

Although The Stones didn't play the entirely of Sticky Fingers, as they did at the surprise L.A. show, they did run through a mini-set of tunes from the album in the middle of the concert, including a version of "Bitch" featuring a guest appearance by show opener Gary Clark Jr.  An expanded reissue of the classic 1971 album is arrives next month.

An image of the band's set list -- complete with cues for pyrotechnics -- was posted on the band's website.

The Stones next are headed to Columbus, Ohio, for a show on Saturday, May 30.  Kid Rock will be concert's special guest.  The Zip Code tour runs through a July 15 show in Quebec.

Here is the full set list from The Rolling Stones' performance in San Diego:

"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"All Down the Line"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Doom and Gloom"

Sticky Fingers:
"Bitch" (with Gary Clark Jr.)
"Moonlight Mile"
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking"

"Street Fighting Man" (song vote winner)
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Slipping Away" (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
"Before They Make Me Run" (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
"Midnight Rambler"
"Miss You"
"Gimme Shelter"
"Start Me Up"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Brown Sugar"

"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

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Image Courtesy of Webster PRPat Benatar and her guitarist/husband, Neil Giraldo, have a busy year planned, with dozens of North American dates lined up as part of their ongoing 35th Anniversary Tour.  But the rocking couple took a little time off to chat with famed newsman Dan Rather for an upcoming episode of his AXS TV show The Big Interview.

In the hour-long program, which debuts on July 21, Benatar and Giraldo, who have been married since 1981, open up about their long musical and personal relationship.

"It was great to share with Dan our story," says Giraldo about their appearance on The Big Interview.  "He really took the time to explore our partnership and understand how we have worked together to create music, but we were also able to talk about all the other aspects of our partnership personal and professional.  It's not all about the music there is so much more to who we are."

Meanwhile, Pat and Neil recently released a live album and home video capturing a 2014 performance from their 35th anniversary trek. has posted a clip from the DVD featuring Benatar performing a mashup of her hit "Heartbreaker" and the Johnny Cash classic "Ring of Fire."

In an accompanying interview with Rolling Stone, Giraldo reveals that it was his idea to cover "Ring of Fire," explaining, "I think of weird stuff for us to do, cover songs to do.  I always thought it would be a good song for us, because we're like Johnny and [his wife] June [Carter Cash]."

Benatar and Giraldo recently added a bunch of additional dates to their 2015 tour, which now is mapped out through a Septmber 6 concert in Palmer, Alaska.  Here are all of the duo's forthcoming shows:

6/26 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
6/27 -- Lawrenceburg, IN, Hollywood Casino - Lawrenceburg Event Center
6/30 -- Newport News, VA, CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts
7/1 -- Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre
7/3 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel - Seneca Events Center
7/4 -- Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort - Sherman Summer Stage
7/5 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
7/7 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino - Showroom
7/8 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
7/10 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park
7/11 -- New York, NY, Edison Ballroom
7/13 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
7/14 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at the Heights
7/16 -- Louisville, KY, Brown Theatre
7/17 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Tunica - Bluesville
7/18 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Lake Charles
7/20 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
7/21 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
7/23 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre Performing Arts
7/24 -- Sahuarita, AZ, Desert Diamond Casino
7/25 -- Laughlin, NV, The Edgewater Casino Resort
7/28 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards
7/29 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
7/31 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
8/1 -- Monterey, CA, Golden State Theatre
8/2 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up
8/6 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre
8/7 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
8/11 -- Apple Valley, MN, Minnesota Zoo
8/12 -- Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Center for the Arts
8/13 -- Bismarck, MD, Bismarck Events Center
8/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawre
8/16 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Resort and Casino
8/19 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
8/21 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
8/22 -- Lancaster, CA, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
8/25 -- Turlock, CA, Turlock Community Theatre
8/26 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
8/28 -- Boise, ID, Western Idaho Fairgrounds
8/29 -- Manson, WA, Mill Bay Casino Deep Water
8/31 -- Monroe, WA, Evergreen State Fair
9/2 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pacific National Exhibition
9/3 -- Salem, OR, L.B. Day Amphitheatre
9/4 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
9/6 -- Palmer, AK, Alaska State Fair

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Credit: Olaf HeineFor a split second, the members of U2 thought that the first show of their enormous iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour might be their last when guitarist The Edge fell off the stage.  In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the members of U2 discuss the incident, which luckily did not seriously injure The Edge.

"It was a moment of reverie where I just completely lost track of where I was on the stage," says The Edge in the interview.  "Out of the corner of my eye I could see the curve of the round and I thought I was already there.  I stepped off on what I thought was the stage and I had basically cut the corner.  It was one of those things you do only once."

Bassist Adam Clayton says he was "sick in the pit of my stomach" watching the fall, and drummer Larry Mullen remembers thinking that the tour might "start and end in the same evening" had The Edge's injuries been more significant.

"It would have been the shortest tour in history," adds The Edge.

Last year, U2 frontman Bono suffered a fall of his own when he injured himself in a cycling accident.  The singer has said that he still can't play guitar due to his injuries, but now he's starting to look at his body in a different way.

"Edge says that I look at my body like it's an inconvenience," Bono says.  "And that I need to be more mindful.  And you know I've been disagreeing with Edge all my life on musical matters, but I'm starting to pay much more attention to him on philosophical ones."

You can watch the entire CBS Sunday Morning interview with U2 when the show airs May 24 at 9 a.m. ET.

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Photo: Guy WebsterAXS TV will celebrate the Memorial Day weekend by offering up an evening of programming this Sunday, May 24, that focuses on "America's band, The Beach Boys.  The marathon will includes the network's premiere screening of Brian Wilson and Friends: Live from the Venetian, a recent concert special filmed this past December in Las Vegas that showcased songs from the Beach Boys mastermind's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, plus classics from his old band.

The program, which originally aired as an episode of PBS' Soundstage last month, captures Brian Wilson performing with many of the guest artists who appeared on No Pier Pressure, including fellow founding Beach Boy Al Jardine, former Beach Boys sidemen Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, fun. singer Nate Ruess, jazz trumpet player Mark Isham and Sebu Simonian of the indie-pop act Capital CitiesBrian Wilson and Friends: Live from the Venetian debuts on AXS TV at 8 p.m. ET.

Kicking off the programming block at 7 p.m. ET will be The Beach Boys 50 -- Doin' It Again, a documentary that takes a look at the making of the group's 2012 reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, and its 50th anniversary tour the same year.

Later in the evening, at 9:25 p.m. ET, AXS TV will air The Beach Boys 50 -- Live in Concert, which captures the band playing 21 songs at a concert in Phoenix during the aforementioned 2012 tour.

Finishing off the Beach Boys-related fun, fun, fun at 10:40 p.m. ET will be the star-studded special MusiCares Person of the Year 2005: Brian Wilson.  The show, filmed at the Hollywood Palladium, documents the Grammy organization's salute to Wilson, which included performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael McDonald, The Backstreet Boys, John Legend and many other acclaimed musicians.  Brian also took to the stage with his backing group to play a few songs.

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Proper RecordsFounding Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman will turn 79 this October, but despite his advancing age, he's still making new music.  Next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release his first solo album in 33 years, Back to Basics.

Wyman admits that he initially wondered if he might be "too old" to put out a new album, but quickly thought the better of it.

"I thought, 'Every creative artist goes until they drop,'" he tells Rolling Stone.  "Whether they're sculptors, writers, poets or musicians, they just carry on as long as they can.  So then I thought, 'What the hell.'"

Wyman was inspired to make the record after rediscovering some forgotten demos of songs he felt never got their due.  He decided to revisit those tunes, as well as some other old songs that hadn't made it onto his earlier solo albums, and record updated versions of them.

Bill explains to Rolling Stone that he used the stripped-down sounds of a number of acclaimed songwriters as inspiration for the album.

"I wanted it to be inspired a bit like After the Gold Rush by Neil Young, to capture the simplicity of those couple of albums he did around that time," he points out.  "I was also inspired by J.J. Cale, who I had done stuff with in The Rhythm Kings, and Tom Waits and the way he sings."

Wyman adds that another influence on the new album was 80-yar-old Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, describing his 1984 tune "Dance Me to the End of Love" as "wonderful."

Back to Basics also features a number of brand-new compositions that Wyman says he wrote "in my house on a little acoustic guitar."  He notes that since he's not a guitar player, "I usually just mess about on the bottom strings for little guitar licks and riffs."

Meanwhile, Bill says he has no interest in ever reuniting with The Rolling Stones again.

"You can't go back and relive something and have it be the same," he insists, while pointing out that he's "still great mates" with his former band mates.

"We still send each other Christmas and birthday presents as we always did," Wyman reveals, "and sometimes I do gigs with Charlie [Watts] and his band or with Ronnie Wood if he's doing a special."

Bill says he "loved every minute" of his 31 years in the band, and is "proud of everything we did," but was very ready to retire from The Stones after the three major tours they mounted in 1989 and '90.

"I thought, 'That's enough for me, there's nowhere else to go,'" he recalls.  "I was happy to move on because there were so many other things that I wanted to do in my life that I had planned to years and years and years before, never expecting as anyone did that the band would last that long."

Back to Basics will hit stores in the U.K. on June 22.  No U.S. release has been announced yet.

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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is the world's wealthiest rocker so he can afford to buy nice things, like a beautiful new penthouse apartment overlooking New York City's Central Park.  The New York Post reports that the ex-Beatles star and his wife, Nancy Shevell, shelled out $15.5 million for a duplex apartment at 1045 Fifth Ave., not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

According to the Street Easy real estate website, the co-op residence boasts wraparound balconies, a living room, library, master bedroom, and master sitting room that all face Central Park above the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir, plus a formal dining room and "a double height gallery."  The duplex also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that are 40 feet high.

The Post reports the building was built in 1967 by late developer Manny Duell, who created the duplex for his wife.  She lived there until her death in 2014.

McCartney launches a series of European tour dates this weekend with a May 23-24 stand at London's O2 Arena.

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Stony Brook UniversityEven people who aren't Billy Joel fans probably know that he's from Long Island, New York, and on Friday, one of that area's top universities presented the Piano Man with an honorary degree at its 55th commencement ceremony.

Billy received a Doctor of Music degree from Stony Brook University, which has been the recipient of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's generosity over the years: he's donated two pianos to the school, which are worth more than 200 thousand dollars.

Speaking to the students, Billy said he'd keep his remarks short because "it's Memorial Day weekend and I don't want anyone getting melanoma from sitting out here for too long."  He then told the students, “I hope that by now you have found what it is you love and I hope that you have learned the skills you need to make what you love your life’s work."

He added, "I wish for you the stamina to continue that work when you encounter resistance and tough times…'cause if you’re not doing what you love, you’re just wasting your time.”

This degree is far from the first that Billy Joel has received.  He's got a wall full of diplomas from, among others, Syracuse University, the Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Fairfield University and Hofstra University.  Not bad for a guy who never even graduated from high school.  He did eventually receive his diploma, though, 25 years after he ditched school for a life in music.

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Image Courtesy of The WhoA pot-smoking Who fan almost brought the band's concert this week at New York's Nassau Coliseum to a halt when Roger Daltrey complained that the smoke was affecting his voice.  Newsday reports that several songs into the show, Daltrey threatened to walk off the stage if the offending audience member didn't stop smoking.

In fan-filmed video of the event posted online, the frontman is heard saying, "If you don't put it down, then I'm telling you now, the show will be over.  It's your choice.  I'm doing my best."

The crowd then begins chanting, "Eat it, eat it," prompting guitarist Pete Townshend to join in.  An animated Townshend then suggests makes an alternate suggestion.  "Stick it up your f**king a**," he declares.  "It's the quickest way. I think it's better than eating it."

Daltrey gets in on the off-color fun by adding, "And by far the most pleasurable," to which Townshend responds, "That depends."

Roger has been struggling with voice problems in recent years, and The Who had to postpone three concerts on its current tour earlier this month when he was diagnosed with swollen vocal cords.  According to Newsday, Daltrey suffers from an allergy to marijuana smoke.

The Who's next concert takes place tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The band winds down the current North American leg of it's The Who Hits 50! Tour on Saturday, May 30, in Forest Hills, New York.  The British rock legends then will launch a European in June, but will return for another series of North American shows that will kick off September 14 in San Diego.  Check out the band's full tour schedule at

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA massive 23-CD box set chronicling The Isley Brothers' evolution from a doo-wop/gospel act to an influential rock 'n' soul band will be released on August 21

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) boasts remastered editions of the 21 albums the group issued on those two labels, as well as a previously unreleased, unabridged version of the 1980 live-in-the-studio album they made at the Bearsville Studios outside of Woodstock, New York.Most of the albums included in the collection are expanded with bonus tracks that have never before been available on CD or digitally. 

The box set spans from 1959's Shout! through 1983's Between the Sheets.  Among the many memorable songs featured on the retrospective is their early classic "Shout," as well as their hits "It's Your Thing," "That Lady" and "Fight the Power," the last of which comes from the group's chart-topping 1975 album The Heat Is On.  The box set also includes the 1971 compilation In the Beginning, which features tracks The Isleys made in the mid-1960s when Jimi Hendrix was a member of their backing band.

The Isley Brothers have had an immense influence on modern soul and hip-hop.  Among the artists who have sampled the band's tunes or have cited them as an inspiration are The Notorious B.I.G., R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean.

While several of the Isley siblings have passed away, the group remains active today, led by surviving brothers Ronald and Ernie.

Here is the list of albums featured in The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) box set:

Shout! (1959)*
It's Our Thing (1969)*
The Brothers: Isley (1969)*
The Isley Brothers Live at Yankee Stadium (1969)
Get into Something (1970)*
In the Beginning...The Isley Brothers & Jimi Hendrix (recorded 1964-1965; remixed/released 1971)*
Givin' It Back (1971)*
Brother, Brother, Brother (1972)*
The Isleys Live (1973)
3 3 (1973)*
Live It Up (1974)*
The Heat Is On (1975)*
Harvest for the World (1976)*
Go for Your Guns (1977)*
Showdown (1978)*
Winner Takes All (1979) (two CDs)*
Go All the Way (1980)*
Wild in Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live at Bearsville Studios 1980 (previously unreleased)*
Grand Slam (1981)*
Inside You (1981)*
The Real Deal (1982)*
Between the Sheets (1983)*

* = includes bonus tracks.

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Chris Ross/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event also included performances from U2, John Mellencamp, and a Game of Thrones parody featuring Coldplay.

- U2 Performed "Song for Someone," from their latest album, Songs of Innocence.

-Mellencamp was introduced by country giant and American Idol judge Keith Urban, who teamed up for "Pink Houses," a song from Mellencamp's 1985 album, Scarecrow.

- Coldplay's Game of Thrones parody features the show's cast taking part in a musical production of the show, written by the band's frontman, Chris Martin. Though he has high hopes for the production, according to the sketch, it ends in failure when Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin won't give his consent to turn the books into a play.

"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

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Rounder RecordsA new DVD/double-CD set documenting a Gregg Allman solo concert that took place in January of last year in Macon, Georgia, will be released on August 7.  Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA features the founding Allman Brothers Band singer and his eight-piece backing group playing a 16-song set at historic Grand Opera House in Macon, the Allmans' adopted hometown.

Among the tunes Gregg performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like "Statesboro Blues," "Melissa," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "One Way Out," as well as his hit "I'm No Angel" and other selections from his solo catalog.  Allman's son Devon makes a guest appearance at the concert.

The video portion of the release, which will be Allman's first solo DVD, includes interview segments interspersed with the performances, as well as two bonus songs -- "Stormy Monday" and "Floating Bridge."  The set also contains a feature titled The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H.

The Gregg Allman Live package features liner notes penned by Allman Brothers historian John Lynskey.  The liner notes quote Gregg as saying about the show, "Macon is a wonderful town with wonderful people, and I still have some dear, dear friends there.  Macon holds a special place in my heart; it comes with a lot of different memories, but the good ones are all that matter to me now.  I'm so proud of this album; boy, we were smokin' that night." has premiered a clip from the DVD of Gregg and his band, along with Devon Allman, performing an epic 11-minute version of "One Way Out."

Meanwhile, Gregg has lined up a variety of solo shows this year, including a late-summer run of joint concerts with The Doobie Brothers.  Check out his full itinerary at

Here is the full track list of Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA:

CD 1
"Statesboro Blues"
"I'm No Angel"
"Queen of Hearts"
"I Can't Be Satisfied"
"These Days"
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
"Brightest Smile in Town"
"I've Found a Love"

CD 2
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
"Before the Bullets Fly"
"Midnight Rider"
"Love Like Kerosene"
"Whipping Post"
"One Way Out"

"Statesboro Blues"
"I'm No Angel"
"Queen of Hearts"
Interview: What Macon Was To Us
"I Can't Be Satisfied"
"These Days"
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
Interview: Practicing in Macon
"Brightest Smile in Town"
"I've Found a Love"
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
"Before the Bullets Fly"
Interview: We Worked Hard
"Midnight Rider"
"Love Like Kerosene"
Interview: Songwriting for The Allman Brothers
"Whipping Post"
"One Way Out"

Bonus Tracks:
"Stormy Monday"
"Floating Bridge"

Feature: The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H

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Credit: Sean EvansMusic fans don't generally associate Roger Waters with rootsy, acoustic sounds, but the former Pink Floyd star has signed on to headline the first day of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.  The three-day event takes place Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26, at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode, Island.

According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, Roger will play an intimate [set] specifically crafted for" the festival.  A limited number of single-day tickets are still available for the fest's July 24 performances. To check out the full lineup and more details about the festival, visit

Waters' Newport Folk Festival show happens to coincide with the release of the deluxe reissue of his 1992 solo album, Amused to Death.  As previously reported, the remastered collection will be available as a standard CD, a Super Audio CD, a CD/Blu-ray audio set, a 200-gram two-LP vinyl set, a limited-edition two-LP vinyl picture disc and a high-res digital download.

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Music City MediaOriginal Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm is ready to launch a series of 2015 tour dates that will see him performing at a variety of venues and events around North America well into September.  The voice behind such classic hits as "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Cold as Ice" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" will kick things off with a performance tonight, May 21, in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Gramm's itinerary currently includes 19 shows, and is plotted out through a September concert in Clovis, New Mexico.  More dates will be added soon.

Among Gramm's scheduled shows is a June 5 event in Atlanta that will feature Lou performing with accompaniment from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Here are all of Lou's confirmed upcoming shows:

5/21 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
5/23 -- Bakersfield, CA, Bakersfield Rocking Country Festival
6/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre (with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
6/6 -- Shawnee, KS, Old Shawnee Days Festival
6/20 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
6/27 -- Augusta, NJ, Rockin Ribs Festival
7/4 -- Sun Peaks, BC, Canada, Sun Peaks Resort - Concert Series
7/10 -- Peace River, AB, Canada, Peacefest
7/11 -- Fort Morgan, CO, BobStock
7/16 -- Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, Parc Jacques-Cartier
7/19 -- Patchogue, NY, Great South Bay Music Fest
7/27 -- Olds, AB, Canada, Olds Agricultural Grandstand
7/31 -- North Tonawanda, NY, Rockin' on the River Series
8/14 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/28 -- Hopewell, VA, Beacon Theatre
8/29 -- DeKalb, IL, DeKalb Corn Festival
9/2 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/12 -- Clovis, NM, Clovis Music Festival

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