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Courtesy of Tulane University/ UpperWest Music GroupGospel-soul legend Mavis Staples and founding Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson are among the artists who will perform at the 2019 Tipping Point, a benefit concert for Tulane University taking place November 1 at The Fillmore New Orleans.

The event celebrates the music of New Orleans while raising money to help fund scholarships, with the goal of attracting and supporting young leaders interested in attending the school.

The concert lineup also features Americana duo Larkin Poe, Anders Osborne, the late Levon Helm's daughter Amy and longtime former Late Show band guitarist Jimmy Vivino.

The event's house band will include such popular New Orleans musicians as Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville and George Porter Jr. Comedian Jeff Garlin will emcee the festivities.

The third annual Tipping Point takes place during Tulane's Wave '19 Homecoming, Reunion and Family Weekend.

Tickets are available now at and

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iStock/CaptureLightBryan Adams will be heading to Las Vegas in the spring of 2020 for a limited series of shows.

The Canadian rocker will do a three-night engagement at Wynn Las Vegas, as part of his ongoing Shine a Light tour. The dates will take place on April 22, 24 and 25, with tickets going on sale this Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m. PT.

The shows will feature Bryan performing his like "Cuts Like a Knife," "Summer of '69" and "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," as well as material from his latest album, Shine a Light.

Adams has also partnered with delivery service DHL to arrange to plant a tree for each ticket sold on his tour, including the Las Vegas shows.

Prior to the Vegas concerts, Adams has a 2019 European tour leg scheduled for November and December, and he'll will play a string of Scandinavian dates in March 2020.  The day after the Vegas shows wrap up, he'll appear at the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California, along with top country acts like Eric Church, Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi.

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Shanabelle/RCA Records The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan are all featured on "Get the Money," the title track of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and his side band The Coattail Riders' forthcoming studio.

The tune, which features Hynde sharing lead vocals with Hawkins, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services, and you also can check it out at Hawkins' official YouTube channel. The track starts as a reggae-flavored song before shifting into a hard-rocking psychedelic-influenced section.

Hynde, Walsh and McKagan are just three of the many guests featured on the Get the Money album, along with Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, current Yes singer Jon Davison, country star LeAnn Rimes, and Hawkins' Foo Fighters band mates Dave Grohl and Pat Smear.

The album's previously released single "Crossed the Line" features contributions from Grohl and Davison.

You can hear all of the Get the Money guests when the album is released on November 8.

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Wicked Cool/UMeE Street Band guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt explores his early solo career in an expansive box set called RockNRebel -- The Early Work, which will be released on December 6.

The collection features remastered vinyl versions of six long-out-of-print albums, plus four CDs containing previously unreleased live and studio tracks, B-sides, demos, rehearsals, remixes, extended mixes, collaborations and radio spots.

The LPs in the RockNRebel box set are 1982's Men Without Women, 1983's Voice of America, 1987's Freedom -- No Compromise, 1989's Revolution and 1999's Born Again Savage, the latter making its vinyl debut.  Van Zandt released the first two albums under the name Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul.

Also included is the star-packed 1985 album Sun City, released as Artists United Against Apartheid. Each LP will be pressed on a different multicolored-vinyl disc.

The CDs contain tracks spanning from a 1973 live performance with Southside Johnny through an unreleased 2019 solo acoustic rendition of a song he wrote for Southside, "It's Been a Long Time."

Bonus tunes include rehearsal recordings by Van Zandt and The Asbury Jukes from the late 1970s, extended mixes of Sun City tracks, collaborations with singer/songwriter/actor Ruben Blades and a 1988 campaign tune Steven wrote for Jesse Jackson.

"It's been a blast going through the archives and finding all these hidden gems," says Van Zandt. "In addition to demos in various stages of completion, there are entire songs I'd completely forgotten about…I'm excited to have my stuff back on vinyl for the first time in decades!"

Meanwhile, deluxe standalone versions of the albums featured in RockNRebel will be released digitally in the weeks leading up to the box set's 6 arrival, starting today with an expanded edition of Men Without Women.

Here's the digital release schedule:

10/18 -- Men Without Women
10/25 -- Voice of America
11/1 -- The Early Work (new compilation of unreleased track)
11/15 -- Revolution
11/22 -- Born Again Savage
11/29 -- No Compromise
12/6 -- Sun City

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Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo BevilaquaSome veteran music artists will be on hand to mark the half-century anniversary of the popular children's show Sesame Street during a star-studded special that's set to premiere November 9 on HBO, and also will air November 17 on PBS. Patti LaBelle, Nile Rodgers and Elvis Costello are among the many celebrity guests who will appear on Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The special will be hosted by actor Joseph Gordon Levitt and feature appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Norah Jones, contemporary pop singer Meghan Trainor, This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown and classical violinist Itzhak Perlman.

The program will include re-imagined performances of such classic Sesame Street segments and songs as "People in Your Neighborhood" and "It's Not Easy Being Green."

In addition, the show will feature cameo appearances by rarely seen characters such as Kermit the Frog and Roosevelt Franklin, and visits from nearly every human Sesame Street cast member.

The special will mark the start of Sesame Street's 50th season, which debuts Saturday, November 16 on HBO.

"We can't wait to share this season with families and fans of all ages," says executive producer Ben Lehmann. "Even as we take time to look back and honor our history, we keep innovating to bring today's preschool kids something that's tailored just for them -- holding on to all the fundamentals that make Sesame Street so magical."

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Al Pereira/WireImageSteely Dan's annual multiple-night residency at New York's Beacon Theatre has become a tradition, even without the late, great Walter Becker

The 2019 edition, due to wrap up Tuesday, runs six nights, three of which saw Donald Fagen and the Steely Dan band perform three classic Dan albums in their entirety: Aja, The Royal Scam and Gaucho.  There was also a "Popular Demand" night of frequently requested tunes; Tuesday's final show will be a Greatest Hits set. 

But Saturday night's show featured a full performance of, not a Steely Dan work, but Fagen's 1982 solo debut The Nightfly.  The autobiographical album  -- one of the first fully digital recordings -- spawned the hit "I.G.Y." and the MTV favorite "New Frontier."

Fagen led the 12-piece band of crack musicians at a steady clip through The Nightfly, while alternating between playing the melodica and the piano.  The band ably handed the complex arrangements, which are much more jazzy than Steely Dan fare.  For "Maxine," Fagen let the Danettes -- the three female backup singers -- handle lead vocals.

As soon as The Nightfly finished, the band launched into the Royal Scam deep cut "Sign In Stranger," followed by the crowd-pleasing "Hey Nineteen." In the middle of that Gaucho track, Fagen finally addressed the crowd for the first time: "Hey there, kids, how ya doin'?"

Once he'd broken the ice, Fagen was much more talkative, announcing that the rest of the concert would consist of, as he put it, "random s***."  He also seemed to be having more fun, at times resembling a mad scientist as he sang, played and grinned behind the keyboard.

A mix of big hits and beloved Dan album tracks followed, from "Aja," "Kid Charlemagne," "Peg" and "Time Out of Mind," to "Peg," "My Old School" and, of course, "Reelin' in the Years."  Solos by each member of the four-piece horn section added welcome nuances to the arrangements.

The evening proved that there's no shortage of fans hungry to hear not just Steely Dan, but Steely Dan-adjacent material...which Fagen seems more than happy to provide.  A similar residency kicks off at Boston's Orpheum theater on October 25.

Here's the set list:

"Green Flower Street"
"Ruby Baby" (Drifters cover)
"New Frontier"
"The Nightfly"
"The Goodbye Look"
"Walk Between Raindrops"
"Sign in Stranger"
"Hey Nineteen"
"Time Out of Mind"
"Kid Charlemagne"
"Dirty Work"
"Keep That Same Old Feeling" (The Crusaders cover)
"My Old School"
"Reelin' in the Years"
"A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry" (Joe Williams cover)

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Danny Clinch; Jody RogacJimmy Kimmel recently announced that Bruce Springsteen and David Byrne would be guests on his late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this coming week, when the program will be airing from Jimmy's childhood home of Brooklyn, New York. Now we know the specific days that The Boss and the ex-Talking Heads frontman will appear on the show.

Springsteen will be one of Kimmel's guests on Monday night's episode, which also will feature a performance by Alicia Keys. Byrne will appear on the following night's program and perform with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The other scheduled guests on Tuesday show are actor Benedict Cumberbatch and talk-show host Kelly Ripa.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s latest Brooklyn week also will feature appearances by Senator Bernie Sanders and Bill Murray on Wednesday, Eddie Murphy on Thursday, and John Krasinski and The Sugarhill Gang on Friday.

The show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

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Courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment/ AXS TVThe latest episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features the longtime AC/DC frontman chatting with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason while checking out Mason's impressive rare car collection.

During the show, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Mason recalls how he met band mate Roger Waters and reflects on Pink Floyd's early days.

Nick explains that he, Waters and founding Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright all met while attending the Regent Street Polytechnic school in London.

"We were all training to be architects," he notes, adding with a laugh, "It was architecture's loss, I think, that the music took off…or not."

Mason remembers that he and Waters first crossed paths because Roger knew he had a car and wanted to borrow it.

"I'm not sure that he knew what the car was, because, actually, it was an [old] Austin 7 Chummy, with a top speed of, like, 20 mile an hour and no brakes," Nick points out. "But when he asked whether I might lend it to him, I said 'no.'"

Mason also notes that Waters approached Wright looking to bum a cigarette from him, and Rick turned down his request as well, which, he quips, "sort of set the pattern, really, for the next 50 years."

Johnson then comments that Roger was "a bit of a bum, wasn't he?"

Nick responds, "Listen, it was an important moment [meeting Waters], because if it hadn't been for that, we might not be sitting here now."

In a separate preview video, Mason explains that he had only been playing drums for a short period of time when Pink Floyd was signed to a record deal and began touring constantly.

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iStock/ Feodora ChioseaThose who were hoping that Michael Jackson would be canceled didn't take into account his popularity on streaming services.

As Billboard notes, following the release of the controversial HBO documentary Leaving Neverland -- in which two men accused Michael of abusing them as children -- radio stations in Canada and New Zealand pulled Michael's music from the airwaves. Meanwhile, MJ airplay on U.S. radio stations declined by just over 32% in the 31 weeks following the documentary's debut.

However, Billboard reports that during that same 31-week period, on-demand steams of Michael Jackson's songs increased by just over 22%...a bit more than the growth rate of the rest of the streaming industry.

A number of radio stations tell Billboard that they've now added The King of Pop back to their playlists, with no listeners complaints, while some dance clubs never stopped spinning MJ's hits in the first place. 

All this is good news for the Michael Jackson Estate, which is rolling out an MJ musical next August. In addition, as previously reportedly, December sees the release of a 10th anniversary limited-edition box set version of the MJ documentary This Is It.

The star's Halloween favorite "Thriller" is expected to once again find its way onto Halloween playlists at the end of this month, though it'll be interesting to see whether or not the song is as popular as it has been in past years.

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Capitol/UMeA newly remixed version of The Band's enduring tune "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" has been released as a digital single and via streaming services.  It's taken from the recently announced 50th anniversary reissue of the group's 1969 self-titled second album.

You also can check out the track now on YouTube.

Besides appearing on The Band, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" was released as part of a two-sided single with "Up on Cripple Creek" and became the group's highest-charting hit, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song famously was covered in 1971 by Joan Baez, and her version peaked at #3 ion the tally.

As previously reported, the album The Band -- also known as "The Brown Album" -- will be reissued in multiple formats and configurations on November 15.

Among the versions of the reissue is a Super Deluxe box set featuring two CDs, two 180-gram-vinyl LPs, a Blu-ray disc, a 7-inch vinyl single and a hardbound book.

The CDs feature the remastered original album; bonus alternate takes, outtakes and instrumental mixes -- some of which are previously unreleased -- plus The Band's full performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival.  The LPs feature the remastered original album.

The Blu-ray contains high-res stereo and surround mixes of The Band and six unreleased bonus tracks, plus the Classic Albums: The Band making-of documentary. The seven-inch single features "Rag Mama Rag" backed with "The Unfaithful Servant," and is a reproduction of one that was released from the album.

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RANKINRod Stewart is among the stars who'll be part of the Royal Variety Performance, an annual event that benefits the Royal Variety Charity.  It's been held more or less every year since 1912, and senior members of the Royal Family always attend, although it's not known if Queen Elizabeth II will be on hand for this year's event.

Of course, Stewart and the British Royal Family go way back; they knighted him two years ago, after all. The singer also took part in the 2006 edition of the show.

The Royal Variety Charity, the patron of which is the Queen, helps U.K. entertainers who need care and assistance. This year's show will be recorded November 18 at the London Palladium and air on British TV in December.

Other confirmed performers include Harry Connick Jr., Emeli Sandé, Lewis Capaldi and '60s pop legend Petula Clark.

Over the years, hundreds of stars have appeared at the Royal Variety Performance, including The Beatles in 1963, and, in recent years, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Sting, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow and Ozzy Osbourne.

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Warner Records/Prince EstateTo mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Prince's self-titled second album, which was released on October 19, 1979, the artist's estate has released a previously unheard acoustic solo demo of his classic song "I Feel for You."

The song is now available on streaming services, and as a limited-edition 7" purple vinyl single, which you can order now at Prince's online store. The B-side of the single includes the original studio recording of the song.  The single is only available to order for the next seven days, and will ship around January 31.

The demo was recorded by a 20-year-old Prince during the winter of 1978-1979, and you can hear him pressing the "record" button on a tape recorder and picking up his acoustic guitar before he starts playing and singing. The cassette tape of the recording was recently discovered in Prince's legendary vault.

Michael Howe, the archivist of Prince's vault, says he was "blow away" by the demo, in which Prince shows off his amazing acoustic guitar skills, as well as his falsetto voice.

While "I Feel for You" appeared on the Prince album, it became a smash hit in 1984 when Chaka Khan covered it, and added harmonica by Stevie Wonder and the famous "Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan/let me rock you Chaka Khan" rap by Melle Mel. That version won two Grammys, including Best R&B Song for Prince, as the songwriter.

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Amy Sussman/Getty Images © 2019This year's edition of the annual Grammy Salute to Music Legends special, celebrating the Recording Academy's 2019 Special Merit Awards winners, airs tonight at 9 p.m. as the latest episode of the network's Great Performances series. Among the honorees: Dionne Warwick, Sam & Dave and Donny Hathaway.

Taped back in May at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the gala featured performances by and/or tributes to the 2019 recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other artists who received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy include George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, heavy metal legends Black Sabbath, Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias and late jazz singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine.

The event also featured the presentation of Trustees Awards to non-performers who have made their mark on the music industry.  This year's honorees were the Motown songwriting team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson; music producer Lou Adler, best known for his work with The Mamas & the Papas, Carole King and comedy duo Cheech & Chong; and TV and film soundtrack composer Johnny Mandel.

Among the award recipients who take part in the performances were Warwick, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Clinton and Simpson.

The show, hosted by Sheila E., also features such guests as country superstar Garth Brooks, Johnny Mathis, legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins, rapper Snoop Dogg, R&B star Kenny Lattimore and Cheech & Chong, performing either with, or in tribute to, the honorees.

Here is a list of the tribute performances you'll see on the Grammy Salute to Music Legends:

Dionne Warwick
"Walk On By" (performed by Johnny Mathis)
"What the World Needs Now" (performed by Dionne Warwick)

Sam & Dave
Medley: "Hold On, I'm Comin'"/"Soul Man" (performed by Sam Moore and Garth Brooks)
"I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" (performed by Sam Moore)

Lou Adler
"I Feel the Earth Move"/"It's Too Late" (performed by Jessie Mueller)

Julio Iglesias
"Caruso" (performed by Julio Iglesias)

Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
"You're All I Need to Get By"/"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (performed by Valerie Simpson and Kenny Lattimore)

Johnny Mandel
"How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (performed by Patti Austin)
"The Shadow of Your Smile"/"Suicide Is Painless" (performed by Patti Austin)

Black Sabbath
"War Pigs"/"Paranoid" (performed by Rival Sons)

Donny Hathaway
"A Song for You" (performed by Lalah Hathaway)
"Where Is the Love" (performed by Lalah and Kenya Hathaway)

Billy Eckstine
"Everything I Have Is Yours" (performed by Gregory Porter)
"Dedicated to You" (performed by Gregory Porter and Patti Austin)

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
Medley: "One Nation Under a Groove"/"Mothership Connection"/"Flash Light" (performed by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Sativa, Eddie M, Sheila E. and Snoop Dogg)

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Rich Fury/Getty Images for Paramount PicturesElton John and Taron Egerton, the actor who played Elton in Rocketman, reunited for a special screening of the film at L.A.’s Greek Theater Thursday night.

The one-of-a-kind screening, Rocketman: Live in Concert, featured the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra playing all of the film’s songs live-to-picture.  After the movie ended, Elton and Taron took the stage to perform their duet “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” a new song that plays over the movie's end credits and is a hopeful for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination.

The duo got a standing ovation and agreed to play another song, concluding the night with Elton on the piano and Taron singing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Rocketman’s director Dexter Fletcher, Elton’s longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin and Rocketman cast members Jamie Bell and Bryce Dallas Howard were also in attendance.

Rocketman is now out on digital, DVD and Blu-ray.

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Cleopatra EntertainmentPeter Frampton and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos are among the music stars featured in a documentary about late Small Faces and Humble Pie frontman Steve Marriott that will be released as a special Blu-ray/DVD/CD set on November 19.

Humble Pie: Life and Times of Steve Marriott takes an in-depth look at the dynamic yet unsung singer/guitarist, who died in a tragic house fire in 1991 at age 44. The film features archival interviews with Marriott, unseen photos and memorabilia, home movies and rare performance footage of Small Faces and Humble Pie.

The documentary also includes interviews with John Waite, Bad Company and Free drummer Simon Kirke, The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, Quiet Riot's Kevin Dubrow and Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist Greg Ridley.

Marriott co-founded Small Faces in 1965 and wrote or co-wrote many of the band's songs, including its biggest U.S. hit, "Itchycoo Park." He left the group in 1968, and then formed the popular boogie-rock outfit Humble Pie with Frampton, Shirley and Ridley.

The DVD and Blu-ray boast a variety of bonus features, including behind-the-scenes footage, an interview with Frampton, a secondary audio track with just the music from the film, an interactive photo gallery and more.

The CD featured in the package includes a full concert that Humble Pie played in 1973 at the famous San Francisco venue Winterland. Here's the full track list to the Hot n' Nasty 1973 -- Complete Wonderland Show live album:

"Up Your Sleeves"
"4-Day Creep"
"C'mon Everybody"
"Honky Tonk Woman"
"Stone Cold Fever"
"I Believe to MY Soul"
"Thirty Days in the Hole"
"(I'm a) Road Runner"
"Hallelujah (I Love Her So)"
"I Don't Need No Doctor"
"Hot n' Nasty"

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Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentThat band from the Windy City will be returning to Sin City next year. Chicago has announced plans for a new eight-show Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre, running from February 28 through March 14.

Tickets for the new Vegas shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m. PT. Chicago fan club members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, October 22, at 10 a.m. PT, while Live Nation customers and members of The Venetian Resort's Grazie loyalty program can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, October 23, at 10 a.m.

You can purchase tickets via,, the box offices at The Venetian, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Besides the residency shows, Chicago has three U.S. concerts on its 2019 tour itinerary, all taking place this week. The band also has lined up a handful of early-spring shows scheduled after the Vegas stand.

Last Friday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers released a new holiday album called Chicago Christmas on CD, digitally and via streaming services. Vinyl version of the record -- on standard black vinyl and limeted-edition red-and-white vinyl -- will hit stores November 22.

Here are all of Chicago's confirmed upcoming concerts, according to the band's official website:

10/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place
10/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park


2/28-29 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theater
3/4, 6-8, 11, 13-14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theater
3/29 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre
4/11 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Island Event Center
4/14 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre
4/16 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park
4/17 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
4/18 -- Birmingham, AL, Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center

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Jimi Hendrix "Machine Gun" Lyrics; Courtesy of Experience Hendrix L.L.C./Strax Technologies Inc.A new series of high-quality prints featuring Jimi Hendrix's image or related to the late guitar legend was recently made available for purchase.

The Jimi Hendrix Collection features reproductions of a variety of famous photos of Hendrix, as well as artwork that he created, album covers and handwritten lyrics.

The collection was created as part of a partnership between Experience Hendrix, the family-run company that manages Jimi's music and image, and Strax Technologies Inc., an innovative company that focuses on digital art and augmented reality.

"Jimi's versatility and array of artistic talent was part of what made him so amazing," says Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix's CEO and president. "His gift was so enormous that it expanded into a surprising range of art forms. Together with StraxArt, we have produced a beautiful collection that represents the many dimensions of Jimi's artistry."

The prints available include photos of Hendrix performing at Woodstock, London's Royal Albert Hall and the 1969 Northern California Folk-Rock Festival; the covers of the Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland and Band of Gypsys albums; handwritten lyrics to the songs "Machine Gun" and "Valleys of Neptune"; and watercolor paintings created by Jimi depicting a mountainous landscape and an abstract floral design.

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Courtesy of Paradise ArtistsPeter Noone was into something good Wednesday evening in Las Vegas, when the Herman's Hermits frontman was presented with the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2019 Casino Entertainment Awards.

The British Invasion legend beat out fellow nominees Barry Manilow and country artist Dwight Yoakam for the honor. The ceremony, which took place at the Vinyl club located in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, is held in conjunction with the Global Gaming Expo.

You can check out a photo of Peter receiving the award at his official Instagram page.

Among the many hits Herman's Hermits released during their 1960s heyday were "I'm Into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" and "There's a Kind of Hush." Noone also has acted on Broadway, on London's West End, in films and on TV.

Peter and the current incarnation of Herman's Hermits have more than 50 North American concerts on their schedule, which is mapped out through a June 27, 2020, show in Enoch, Alberta, Canada. Not surprisingly, many of the gigs will be held at casinos.

Here are all of the group's forthcoming North American dates:

10/18 -- Branson, MO, Welk Resort Theatre
10/26 -- Gilbert, AZ, Higley Center for the Performing Arts
11/1 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
11/2 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
11/8 -- Schenectady, NY, Rivers Casino
11/9 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/15 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
11/17 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head Tavern
11/22 -- Manchester, NH, The Palace Theatre
11/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
11/24 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
11/29 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
12/7 -- St. George, UT, M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center
12/13 -- Rehoboth Beach, DE, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
12/14 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/19 -- Fort Wayne, IN, The Clyde Theatre
12/20 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
12/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, Ludlow Garage

1/3 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino And Resort Spa
1/5 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
1/9 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe
1/10 -- New Braunfels, TX, Brauntex Theatre
1/11 -- Waukegan, WI, Genesee Theatre
1/17 -- Woonsocket, RI, Stadium Theatre
1/19 -- Miramar Beach, FL, Grand Park Town Center
1/25 -- Hagerstown, MD, Maryland Theatre
1/26 -- Venice, FL, Venice Theatre
1/27 -- Venice, FL, Venice Theatre
1/29 -- Vero Beach, FL, Emerson Centre
1/30 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
1/31 -- Clermont, FL, Clermont Performing Arts Center -- Mainstage
2/1 -- Boca Raton, FL, Florida Atlantic U. -- Kaye Auditorium
2/7 -- Orange Park, FL, Thrasher-Horne Center
2/8 -- Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium
2/9 -- Lecanto, FL, Curtis Peterson Auditorium
2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino
2/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino
2/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino
2/25 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Resort Casino
2/26 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Resort Casino
2/27 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Resort Casino
3/20 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/21 -- Tiffin, OH, The Ritz Theatre
3/22 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Centre Theatre
5/3 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
5/15 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot -- America Gardens Theatre
5/16 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot -- America Gardens Theatre
5/17 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot -- America Gardens Theatre
5/18 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot --America Gardens Theatre
5/24 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
6/13 -- New Hope, PA, New Hope Winery
6/27 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort and Casino

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iStock/bestdesignsA host of celebrities, including well-known veteran musicians like David Byrne and U2 bassist Adam Clayton, have signed an open letter acknowledging being "hypocrites" in their efforts to raise awareness for climate change.

"Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites," begins the letter, which was published by the climate activist organization Extinction Rebellion. "You're right."

The letter continues, "We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints. Like you -- and everyone else -- we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm."

To influence that systemic change, the artists who signed the letter plan to continue to use their platforms to raise awareness and encourage action.

"Climate change is happening faster and more furiously than was predicted," the letter reads. "Millions of people are suffering, leaving their homes and arriving on our borders as refugees."

It continues, "Alongside these people who are already paying the price for our fossil fueled economy, there are millions of children -- called to action by Greta Thunberg -- who are begging us, the people with power and influence, to stand up and fight for their already devastated future. We cannot ignore their call. Even if by answering them we put ourselves in your firing line."

Other musicians who've signed the letter include Brian Eno, Bob Geldof, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, Mel B of The Spice Girls, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, and Natalie Imbruglia.

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Courtesy of Tariano Jackson/Beatroot LLCRock and Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson has enjoyed an iconic career as a member of The Jackson Five and The Jacksons, and he recently released a remix of “One Way Street” from his 2016 debut solo album, Tito Time.  But as he tells ABC Audio, he only launched his solo career because of something he heard Charles Barkley say.

As Tito explains, he was content touring with his brothers, and promoting the career of the trio 3T, featuring his sons, TJ, Taj and Taryll.  But when Barkley dissed him by implying that The Jacksons were nothing without Michael Jackson, he was inspired to step out on his own.

“Charles Barkley had made a comment saying that the rest of the guys [in the group], they weren’t very good, and I said, 'Oh no.' I said, 'I need to step out more,'” Tito tells ABC Audio. “I need to let them know who I am and what I can do. That gave me incentive. Thank you Charles.”

Tito says the Basketball Hall of Famer's remarks were hurtful because he admired his skills on the court.

“I’m [an avid] lover of Charles Barkley’s basketball and his personality is similar to my father’s, so I was hurt a little bit, more than anything,” Tito continues.

“I look back on it and say, 'You know what? It’s him who push[ed] you to do this. Push[ed] you past the line," the 66-year old musician says. "The whole motivation behind it is that comment." 

Tito recently performed "One Way Street" on October 4 at the Living Legends Foundation Gala in Los Angeles, where several urban music executives were honored.

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