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Carlos Santana Says He Hopes His Memoir Inspires Readers to "Will Blessings and Miracles to Happen"


Little, Brown and CompanyCarlos Santana's new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light, undoubtedly will fascinate readers interested in the guitar legend's musical exploits and achievements.  However, the 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says one of his main goals in writing the tome was to share a positive message that he hopes his fans can apply to their own lives.

"I really believe that I created this book because I wanted to share with people -- not tell them who to be, what to do or how to do it…yet invite them to check out the mechanics of grace in their own life," he explains to ABC News Radio.  "How you can will blessings and miracles to happen in your life.  The greatest blessing and miracle is for you to be happy each day and win over your own fear and your own sense of lack of self worth."

Santana reveals that he was encouraged to write an autobiography by many people close to him who were captivated by his anecdotes about the many exciting experiences he's had.  Carlos says he learned his knack for storytelling from his father as well as from some of the musicians who inspired him, including B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Tito Puente and Miles Davis.

"When I shared the stories, people become really transfixed, because it's happening to them while I'm telling the story," he explains.  "And so, after a while they said…'You should do your own book because there's a lot of incredible stories to share.'"

In The Universal Tone, Santana candidly recounts his life story, from his childhood in Mexico and his early days playing music in Tijuana strip clubs, to his emergence as a pioneer of Latin rock, jazz rock and psychedelia, to his late-career success with the Supernatural album and beyond.  The book also delves into Carlos' lifelong spiritual journey, including his Catholic upbringing and his study of Eastern philosophies and various mystical teachings.

Santana says his favorite parts of writing The Universal Tone included discussing his relationships with such lauded musicians as Davis, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy.  He adds that he especially enjoyed writing about his family members, including "my mom and dad, my sisters and brothers and, of course, the children -- Salvador, Stella and Jelli [Angelica]."

Carlos points out that he discusses in the book his desire to be a positive influence on his kids, and other people close to him, by "making them feel important and significant and meaningful."

In The Universal Tone, Santana also shares recollections of a painful and disturbing period in his childhood during which he was molested multiple times by a man who had befriended his parents.  Carlos says people may be surprised to learn that he eventually was able to forgive this man by, as he describes it, "sending him to the light in heaven instead of sending him to hell."

Santana adds that he hopes that writing about his experience with abuse and how he dealt with it will help other people who have had endured similar mistreatment.

"[W]hen people hear that they will know that there's a way to not be what happened to you, but be free by forgiving," he maintains.  "'Cause that's the only way you're going to be free, is by forgiving."

The Universal Tone is available now, and currently is ranked #15 on The New York Times' Best Sellers list in the "Celebrities" category.

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Elton John and David Furnish Are Married


ABC/Randy HolmesAfter more than 20 years together, Elton John and his partner David Furnish tied the knot Sunday in England.

Elton posted a series of photos from his big day on Instagram, using the hashtag "ShareTheLove." In one photo, the couple has just signed the documents to make their union official. Elton writes, "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!"

Elton, 67, and David, 52, had planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle, where an A-list crowd was expected, including Ed Sheeran and David and Victoria Beckham, according to Britain's Daily Mirror.

The couple, who has been together since 1993, are already parents to Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who will be 4 years old this Christmas, and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, 23 months.

A law passed earlier this year in England allows same-sex marriage there.

The Grammy winner has always been open about his relationship with David, telling Parade magazine in 2010 that he "was attracted to David immediately."

He regaled the magazine on how they met.

“In 1993 I went back to my house in Windsor for a while. I wanted to meet new people so I rang up a friend in London and said, ‘Could you please rattle some new people together for dinner here Saturday?’” John told Parade. "[David] was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship. We fell in love very quickly.”

John added that to keep that spark in their relationship, "Every Saturday for 16 years, we’ve sent each other a card, no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other.”

The couple famously entered into a civil partnership in 2005.

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Dates Set for 2015 Edition of Allman Brothers Band's Peach Music Festival


Image Courtesy of Live NationWhile The Allman Brothers Band played what is supposed to be its final concert in October, the group's Peach Music Festival will be coming back in 2015.  The fourth annual edition of the musical extravaganza is confirmed to take place August 13-16 at its usual site -- Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The lineup for the festival has not been revealed, but fans can at least expect Allman Brothers frontman Gregg Allman to put in an appearance.

"I can't wait to be back at the Peach in 2015," says Gregg in a statement.  "The fans at Montage love what we do so much and the bands feed off that.  The Peach is always a great time."

The Wanee Festival, another annual music event usually hosted by The Allman Brothers Band, recently revealed its initial 2015 lineup, which included various projects featuring individual Allmans members, so it seems likely the Peach fest may offer a similar bill.

A limited number of early-bird tickets for the Peach Music Festival will go on sale this Monday, December 22, at noon ET.  Those tickets are priced at $99, not including fees.  Various other early-bird packages, including VIP tickets, also will be available.

In addition to a variety of music acts performing on multiple stages, the four-day festival includes access to a water park, camping and more.

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Bob Seger Adds New Dates to His 2015 Tour Itinerary


Credit: Peyton HogeBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band wrap up their 2014 North American tour leg tonight with a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the Michigan rockers will head back out on the road next month for more stateside shows.

Seger has announced a series of six new dates that will extend the trek into late March.  The newly added-concerts run from a March 13 show in Salt Lake City through a March 26 performance in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Bob's hometown, Detroit.  Details about tickets for the gigs will be announced soon.

Seger continues to promote his new studio album, Ride Out, which was released in October.  Here's a list of all of his forthcoming tour dates:

12/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/20 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
1/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
1/24 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
2/3 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena
2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
2/25 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/27 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
3/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
3/5 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
3/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena (NEW)
3/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena (NEW)
3/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Center (NEW)
3/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center (NEW)
3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse (NEW)
3/26 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills (NEW)

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Madonna Releases Six Songs from New Album "Rebel Heart," Album Coming in March


Interscope RecordsFollowing the unauthorized leak earlier this week of some of her new but incomplete tracks, Madonna has decided to officially release six songs from her upcoming album, titled Rebel Heart.  The songs are available for pre-order at iTunes and other outlets with the purchase of the album, and individually.  More music is coming February 9, and the entire album will officially arrive during the first week of March.

The songs that are available are "Living For Love," "Devil Pray,"  "Ghosttown," "Unapologetic B***h," "Illuminati" and "B***h I’m Madonna," which features Nicki Minaj.  She also appeared on Madonna's last album, MDNA.

In a statement, Madonna said, I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the  incomplete tracks that are circulating.   Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift."

On Instagram, Madonna wrote, "6 songs for you now.......#rebelheart Happy Early X-Mas! ! 13 more to come for album 13 !!!"

The album cover shown on iTunes is a black-and-white photo of Madonna's face, wrapped in some kind of black tape or string.

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Sting and "The Last Ship" Cast Members Taking Part in NYC Christmas Carol Event, Album Signing


Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting will participate in a few interesting events this weekend in New York City in conjunction with his Broadway musical, The Last Ship.

On Saturday, the ex-Police frontman and other members of the production will team up with cast members from the show Jersey Boys to help out a couple of local charities by taking part in a fundraiser dubbed "Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols."  The Broadway performers will belt out some yuletide tunes on 52nd Street outside the August Wilson Theatre and Neil Simon Theatre, while at the same time giving fans and friends the chance to donate coats and canned food to the 26th annual New York Cares Coat Drive and City Harvest initiatives.  The performance begins at 7:15 p.m. ET.  Those unable to attend to public song fest can still donate coats to the cause until December 31.

Then, on Sunday, Sting and the principal cast members of The Last Ship will take part in a special album-signing event celebrating the release this past Tuesday of the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording CD.  The event will be held at 6 p.m. ET on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre after the matinee performance.

To attend the signing, fans must get a wristband, a limited number of which will be handed out to people purchasing copies of the album from 11:30 a.m. to noon that day in the lobby of the theater.

Sting and the other actors will autograph only copies of The Last Ship cast recording.  Each person with a wristband can have as many as three CDs autographed.

The Last Ship Original Broadway Cast Recording includes a bonus track that Sting recorded titled "What Say You, Meg?"

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Music Stars and Other Celebs Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?


PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis.  In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years.  Among the well-known rock artists who ventured an opinion were The Who's Pete Townshend, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Ben E. King, the late Bo Diddley, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band's Robbie Robertson and Slash.  Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

Some of the stars who picked Lennon were King, Robertson, Slash, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, Rick Springfield, David Byrne, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, and Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

The McCartney camp included Townshend, Dolenz, Perry, Miss Piggy, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton and Motley Crue's Vince Neil.

Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work's Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while while Bo Diddley said "neither one."

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Lynyrd Skynyrd to Perform First Two Albums at Special Hometown Concerts in February


Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideLynyrd Skynyd has scheduled a pair of special hometown shows in Jacksonville, Florida, early next year that the Southern rock legends are planning to capture for a television special and home-video release.  The concerts will take place at the Florida Theatre on February 12 and 13, and will feature the band performing, respectively, its first two albums, 1973's Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd and 1974's Second Helping.

"We've been wanting to go back and recreate these live records for a long time," Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant tells the Florida-Times Union.  "We decided to come back to our hometown, Jacksonville, and play at the legendary Florida Theatre.  Can't wait to rock it."

The shows also will include performances of other well-known songs from throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's career.

Tickets for both concerts will go on sale to the general public on Monday at 10 a.m. ET, and are priced at $49.50, $69.50 and $99.50.

Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd features such memorable tunes as "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird," while Second Helping includes Lynyrd Skynyrd's biggest hit, "Sweet Home Alabama," and the band's version of J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze."

In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd will bring some Southern rock to a newly announced country festival called the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place June 26-28, 2015, at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.  The three-day event will be headlined by a trio of country music's biggest stars -- Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Other artists on the lineup include Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan and Kacey Musgraves.  Visit BigBarrelFestival.com for more information.

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Allmans Drummer Butch Trucks to Be Honored at L.A.-Area Benefit Concert


Image Courtesy of Adopt the ArtsZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks will be honored for their contributions to American art and culture at a star-studded benefit concert scheduled for January 12 at the famous Sunset Strip venue the Roxy in West Hollywood, California.  The event will raise money for Adopt the Arts, a charity co-founded by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum that helps fund music-education programs in L.A.-area elementary schools.

Gibbons, Trucks and Sorum all are expected to perform at the concert, along with such other famous musicians such as Slash, founding Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter and Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino.  Serving as the evening's backing band will be The Disreputable Few, a group featuring a lineup of surprise rockers.

"We're starting in our own backyard here in Los Angeles, and we'll continue to adopt schools across the nation," says Sorum about the Adopt the Arts initiative.  "We believe that art is a universal and necessary language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds."

Tickets can be purchased now by visiting AdoptTheArts.org, and are priced at $75 for general admission, and $125 and $250 for VIP packages that offer upgraded seating, hors d'oeuvres and more.

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Jimmy Page Says His Next Musical Project Will Be "Sparkling" and "Stimulating" to the Senses


Credit: Ross HalfinIn a new video interview with the U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine, Jimmy Page gives a little insight into his upcoming musical plans for next year.  The Led Zeppelin guitarist doesn't get too specific about his new project, but he promises that it will be something "sparkling…stimulating all the senses."

He tells the magazine, "I'm playing guitar at the moment, because I'm getting ready.  I'm starting to get ready."

Page explains that his game plan was that after he finished preparing the deluxe Led Zeppelin reissues, which he's done, "at the end of that was gonna be what would manifest as me playing live."

Jimmy adds that whatever his next move is, he's planning to defy expectations.

"Whatever I do, I don't want everyone to have made up their mind what I'm doing before I've done it," he insists.  "I mean, they already have.  On the Internet, people are telling me that, 'Oh, you're doing this, and you're doing that,' and I'm [saying,] 'Am I?  Just wait and see what I do.'"

Page also reports that he's written some "new material," adding that "it will be surprising."

As for the kind of live show he intends to play, he notes, "I'd like to obviously show what I've done along the way, but I'd definitely have musical surprises for people so they wouldn't sort of start yawning."

Fans will have to stay tuned to find out exactly what Page has in store for them.

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Darlene Love to Give Final "Late Show with David Letterman" Holiday Performance Friday


John Paul Filo/CBSDarlene Love will help David Letterman usher in the holidays one final time when she makes her annual pre-Christmas appearance on CBS' Late Show Friday night.  As always, the acclaimed singer will belt out her soulful yuletide classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," a song she's performed on the last Late Show episode before Christmas nearly every year since the program premiered in 1993.  Letterman recently announced that he'll be retiring from the Late Show; his final broadcast will air May 20, 2015.

Love actually began the tradition back in 1986 on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman.  "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" originally appeared on producer Phil Spector's famous 1963 holiday album, A Christmas Gift for You.  In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Darlene discussed how she felt about singing the tune one last time for Letterman.

"I'm really trying not to think about it," she admitted.  "When I think about it, I really do get a little emotional.  And David always comes over and gives me the biggest hug.  People can't see what I see when he's hugging me, and looking at me in the eye, and whispering in my ear telling me thanks for coming.  That means more than anything."

In honor of Love's historic appearance on Friday, the Late Show has put together a video montage of highlights of her previous performances of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."  You can watch the clip now on the Late Show's official YouTube channel.

Late Show with David Letterman airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

In other news, Darlene has a number of U.S. concerts on her tour schedule, including four Christmas-themed shows at B.B. King Blue Club in New York City.  Here are all of her upcoming tour dates, according to DarleneLoveWorld.com:

12/19 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
12/20 -- Bethlehem, PA, Baker Hall of the Zoellner Arts Center
12/21 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
12/26 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
12/27 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
1/2/15 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
1/24 -- West Point, NY, Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point
1/31 -- Boca Raton, FL, Polo Club Boca Raton
2/14 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
3/25 -- Lakeland, FL, Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center

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Elton John Fan Club Members to Receive Download of His Set at 2014 Bonnaroo Festival


Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsIf you couldn't make it to Tennessee this past June to see Elton John and his band rock the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, you can now watch it from the comfort of your own home...if you're a member of Elton's fan club.

Platinum subscribers to John's Rocket Club will receive Elton John: Live at Bonnaroo 2014 with the Elton John Band, a 68-minute video download of his set from the festival that was recorded on June 15.  The video features 10 songs, including "Bennie and the Jets," "Levon," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Crocodile Rock" and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)."  You can watch a preview on Elton's website now of "Bennie and the Jets."

The download also includes a special message from John.  If you want access to it, you need to sign up for the fan club at Elton's website by December 31.

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George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy to Be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards


PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyGeorge Harrison, The Bee Gees and blues great Buddy Guy are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Harrison, The Bee Gees and Guy will receive the honors as part of the organization's Special Merit Awards ceremony, a special invite-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.

Others musicians who will be acknowledged by the Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards include French classical composer Pierre Boulez, renowned Tex-Mex accordion player Flaco Jiménez, influential country duo The Louvin Brothers, and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will feature the presentation of Trustee Awards to non-performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry.  The 2015 honorees are the songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, prolific record producer Richard Perry, and jazz promoter and producer George Wein.  In addition, Ray Kurzweil will receive a Technical Grammy Award for his technological innovations, including his work with synthesizers.

"This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history," says Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.  "It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come."

All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the upcoming Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8.

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Items Signed by Roger Daltrey and Other Stars Being Auctioned to Benefit Teenage Cancer Trust


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who's Roger Daltrey was a surprise performer at an all-star tribute concert to his legendary band held last month in London to support the Teenage Cancer Trust.  Now, a variety of collectibles signed by Daltrey and some of the event's other performers are being auctioned off to raise money for the charity.

Among the items up for bid are a Gibson SG guitar autographed by Daltrey and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, a Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by Roger and his recent collaborator Wilko Johnson, a Vespa helmet autographed by the aforementioned rockers and Oasis' Liam Gallagher, a tambourine signed by Vedder and a few programs autographed by various performers.

The auction, which is live now on eBay.co.uk, will end this Monday, December 22.

Daltrey sang "Substitute" and "Young Man Blues" to close out the Who tribute show, which also included performances from Rush's Geddy Lee, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson and actor Phil Daniels, star of the 1979 film adaptation of Quadrophenia.

The U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust, of which Daltrey has been a patron for more than 10 years, raises money to take care of the special needs of teenage and young adult cancer patients by providing special hospital units designed with them in mind.

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Yes to Be Joined by Marillion, Saga & More on 2015 Cruise to the Edge


Credit: Rob ShanahanYes has revealed initial details for the 2015 edition of its Cruise to the Edge.  The prog-rock-themed seagoing event is scheduled to embark from Miami on November 15 and visit Key West, Florida, and a private island in the Bahamas before returning to port on November 19.

Joining Yes on the lineup of performers for the cruise are Marillion, Saga, guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth, Nektar, Caravan and more than a dozen other acts.  In addition, a special pre-cruise concert will be held in Miami on November 14 at an as-yet-unannounced location and featuring a special guest performer, as well as a late-night jam.

Most of the artists will be playing at least two sets during the cruise.  Besides the many concerts, cruise attendees will be able to enjoy the ship's 13 bars and lounges, various eateries, casino, spa, fitness center, basketball and volleyball court, bowling alley and more.  A lineup of special activities and events will be revealed soon.

The 2015 cruise is priced as low as $849 per person for double-occupancy cabins, and $575 per person for quad rooms.  Previous Cruise to the Edge passengers will be treated to a $100 discount.  Visit CruisetotheEdge.com for more information.

Yes' previous Cruise to the Edge events took place in April of this year and March 2013.

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Stevie Wonder Is a New Dad


UN Photo/JC McIlwaineCongratulations are in order for Stevie Wonder, who's become a dad for the ninth time.

A rep for Stevie tells Us Weekly that the legendary singer and his girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, have welcomed their second child together, a baby girl named Nia.

The rep explains the child's name in Swahili means "purpose," which is "one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa."

Stevie, 64, told ABC's The View last month that he would name his new daughter Nia.

Prior to his relationship with Bracy, Stevie was married to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris for 11 years; they have two kids.  He also has children with his exes Yolanda Simmons and Melody McCulley, but none with his previous wife, the late Motown singer and songwriter Syreeta Wright.

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KC and the Sunshine Band to Release Album of Classic '60s Cover Tunes in March


Image Courtesy of Webster PRKC and the Sunshine Band were one of the pop and disco hit makers of the 1970s, but the group's upcoming album celebrates the sounds of the socially and politically charged 1960s.  Due out on March 10, 2015, Feeling You! The 60s is a covers collection that features renditions of 17 memorable songs from the era.

Among the tunes KC and the Sunshine Band recorded for the album are classics such as Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "You Really Got a Hold on Me," Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," and The Supremes' "I Hear a Symphony" and "You Keep Me Hanging On."  In addition, the record includes a version of The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" that features a guest appearance by Chicago's Jason Scheff.

"I'm excited for my fans to hear this album," says KC and the Sunshine Band frontman Harry Wayne Casey.  "I really went outside of the box vocally and creatively.  Feeling You! The 60s is autobiographical, showing how I feel about love, life and the world through the music of that era."

The record is the first in a two-part Feeling You series that the group has planned.

Here the full track list for Feeling You! The 60s:

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"
"Oh How Happy"
"Dreams"
"Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"
"Words"
"You Really Got a Hold on Me"
"Both Sides Now"
"Tell It Like It Is"
"Blowin' in the Wind" (featuring The Unity on the Bay Choir)
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (featuring Jason Scheff)
"You Really Got Me"
"Sweet Soul Music"
"I Hear a Symphony"
"Stand by Me"
"You Keep Me Hanging On"
"Bring It On Home"
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

And here are KC and the Sunshine Band's confirmed North American concerts:

12/27 -- Marksville, LA, Paragon Casino Resort
1/22 -- Williamsport, PA, Community Arts Center
1/23 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
1/24 -- King of Prussia, PA, Valley Forge Casino
2/25 -- San Juan, PR, Soul Train Cruise
3/20 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
8/8 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana

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Paul McCartney Admits Writing Music for Video Games Is Easier Than Playing Them


MJ KimPaul McCartney dropped by The Tonight Show Wednesday to plug his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny. Paul also admitted to host Jimmy Fallon that while it wasn't hard for him to write the music for a video game, he's pretty clueless when it comes to playing them.

When Fallon brought up playing the popular video game Rock Band, which contains some songs from McCartney's former band The Beatles, the 72-year-old rock legend confessed he's not very good and added, "It's very hard."

"My grandkids play and they kill me every time," McCartney explained, then added, "But I say, 'I wrote it.'"

McCartney's no stranger to writing music for other projects. He also penned the theme song for the 1973 James Bond movie, Live and Let Die, and told Fallon he enjoys the challenge.

"It depends how you think of songwriting," he explained. "I kind of think of it in a way like a craft. So I like writing songs, very personal songs just for me, but I also like when someone asks me like that, you know...It's a bit of a challenge."

With Christmas right around the corner, Fallon asked Paul to name some of his favorite holiday songs.  The veteran rocker said "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole and "'Wonderful Christmastime' by Paul McCartney."

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Billy Joel Reportedly Looking for Pad in Palm Beach, Schedules 21st Show at MSG


Lloyd Bishop/NBCAll the cash that Billy Joel made after his home sales this year must be burning a hole in his pocket: He's reportedly looking for a new property in Palm Beach, Florida.

According to the Florida website GossipExtra, in 2014, the Piano Man unloaded his oceanfront home in New York's tony Hamptons for $19 million, and he also sold two Manhattan condos for $12 million.  Now, he's eyeing a place in Palm Beach on the ocean, and is looking to spend $15 to $20 million.  Supposedly, Joel's good pal Howard Stern, who owns a place in the area, convinced him it was the place to be.

Meanwhile, Joel has just scheduled yet another show at New York's Madison Square Garden, where he does a monthly residency.  The September 25, 2015, concert will be the 21st show in the residency, and the 67th overall of his career at that venue.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 19.

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2015 Wanee Festival Lineup Features Allman Brothers Members, Cheap Trick, Earth, Wind & Fire


Image Courtesy of Wanee FestivalThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired after its October 28 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, but nearly all the group's members will be on hand to perform at the 2015 edition of the Wanee Music Festival, scheduled for April 15-17 in Live Oak, Florida.  Listed separately on the just-announced lineup for the event are frontman Gregg Allman, drummer Butch Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes' and drummer Jaimoe's respective bands -- Gov't Mule and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band.

Other artists on the 2015 Wanee fest bill include Cheap Trick, Earth, Wind & Fire, the "Electric" version of Hot Tuna, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, Widespread Panic and many more.

Tickets for the 11th annual Wanee fest are on sale now.  General admission tickets for the three-day extravaganza cost $195, plus fees, while VIP packages are priced at $499.  Visit WaneeFestival.com for more information.

The Allman Brothers Band began the festival in 2005 and always served as its headliner.  The event is held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

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