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Members of Earth, Wind & Fire, B-52s, GN'R taking part in star-studded virtual benefit concert this Tuesday

Courtesy of Let Me Help, Inc.Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White, The B-52s' Fred Schneider and Guns N' Roses' Slash are among the many stars who will take part in a virtual fundraising event streaming at SoHoJohnny.com this Tuesday, November 24, at 7 p.m. ET.

The celebrity benefit concert is being presented in conjunction with the Let Me Help Foundation and the #IAmNoJoke anti-bullying campaign, in partnership with Meals on Wheels and the Creative Visions Foundations. Funds raised will be used to support people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, bullying and prostate cancer, and other causes.

The show will feature live performances and inspirational messages from stars including the aforementioned White, Schneider and Slash, as well as The Moody Blues' John Lodge, ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Sister Sledge's Kim Sledge, Martha Davis of The Motels, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Suzy Quatro, Sha Na Na, Julian Lennon, Ten Years After, Suzy Quatro, Sir Patrick Stewart, Jeff Goldblum, Cedric the Entertainer, Jane Lynch, Charlie Sheen and many others.

The event is scheduled to air until 1 a.m. ET on November 25. To donate finds directly to the Let Me Help Foundation, visit LetMeHelpInc.org.

By Matt Friedlander
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AC/DC's 'Power Up' lands number-one 'Billboard' 200 debut with biggest rock album sales week of 2020

Columbia RecordsThose about to rock certainly saluted AC/DC's new album, Power Up.

The much-anticipated 17th studio effort from the iconic group has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, with a total of 117,000 equivalent album units, 111,000 of which were traditional album sales.

As Billboard notes, that sales figure is the best for any rock album in 2020. The last rock album to beat that mark was Tool's comeback effort, Fear Inoculum, which sold 248,000 copies in its first week following its August 2019 release.

Power Up's debut also gives AC/DC a top-10 Billboard 200 album in each of the last five decades: the 2020s, 2010s, 2000s, 1990s and 1980s. Only four other acts have achieved that feat: Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor.

AC/DC previously hit #1 on the Billboard 200 with 2008's Black Ice and 1981's For Those About to Rock (We Salute You).

Power Up, the follow-up to 2014's Rock or Bust, was recorded by the surviving members of AC/DC's classic Back in Black lineup -- guitarist Angus Young, vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd -- plus guitarist Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and the late Malcolm Young. The record is a tribute to Malcolm, who died in 2017 at age 64.

In other chart news, Queen's 1981 Greatest Hits compilation returns to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week. The collection jumped to #8 on the chart with a total of 36,000 units. As Billboard points out, the sales jump is likely due to a $15 vinyl sale at Walmart. In fact, Greatest Hits was the best-selling vinyl record of the week, and logged the second-best-selling week for any vinyl album in 2020.

By Josh Johnson
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Copy of John Lennon's 'Double Fantasy' signed for his killer up for auction

Capitol/UMeThe copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album the Beatles legend signed for his murderer, Mark David Chapman, five hours before Chapman fatally shot him, is up for auction and expected to fetch over $1 million, according to the New York Post.

Chapman left the album in one of the planters on either side of the entrance of the Dakota -- the New York City apartment building where the Lennons lived -- where a pass­erby found it and turned it over to police, according to Goldin Auctions, which is handling the sale.

The album's cover features a photo of Lennon kissing Ono, and John signed his name and "1980" on the front of Chapman's copy of the album, over Yoko's neck.  It also features several markings added by police when it was entered as evidence, according to the auction house.  It comes with a letter of authenticity as well as a Plexiglass holder.

The album -- which in 1998 sold for $150,000 -- has a starting bid of $400,000.

Chapman remains incarcerated for Lennon's murder.

By George Constantino
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Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry announces details about new acoustic version of 'Traces' solo album

Fantasy RecordsLast month, former Journey frontman Steve Perry revealed to Rolling Stone that he would be releasing a collection of acoustic renditions of songs from his 2018 solo album Traces on December 4, and now he's announced full details about the project.

The album, titled Traces (Alternative Versions & Sketches), features alternate, stripped-down takes of seven of Traces' 10 tracks, including acoustic renditions of "No Erasin'," "No More Cryin'," "We're Still Here" and Perry's cover of the George Harrison-penned Beatles tune "I Need You," as well as "stripped" and "radio mix" versions of the song "Most of All."

In advance of the album, both new versions of "Most of All" and the acoustic rendition of "No Erasin'" have been made available as digital singles and via streaming services. In addition, you can check out an official music video for the "Most of All" radio mix and "visualizer" clips for the acoustic versions of "Most of All" and "No Erasin'" at Perry's official YouTube channel.

"When writing these songs, the original inspiration is always my first compass -- where the songs should go," Perry says in a statement. "[Alternative] Versions and Sketches is exactly that, and I'm very excited to have you hear the original seeds of these songs."

Like the original Traces album, the new collection was co-produced by Steve and his longtime collaborator and friend, Thom Flowers.

Traces (Alternative Versions & Sketches) can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. Signed copies of the album can be purchased at Steve's official online store, as well as special bundles featuring Perry-themed T-shirts, throw pillows, face masks, puzzles and other memorabilia. A deluxe vinyl version, packaged with a picture disc, will be released on January 25, 2021.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Most of All" (Radio Mix)
"No Erasin'" (Acoustic)
"I Need You" (Acoustic)
"No More Cryin'" (Acoustic)
"Most of All" (Stripped)
"We're Still Here" (Acoustic)
"You Belong to Me" (Stripped)
"Sun Shines Gray" (Acoustic)

By Matt Friedlander
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Graham Nash, Sting, Elvis Costello taking part in virtual benefit concert, Meditate America

Amy Grantham; ABC/Matt StroshaneGraham Nash, Sting and Elvis Costello will be performing during a live virtual benefit concert on December 3 celebrating the launch of a new Transcendental Meditation initiative called Meditate America.

The benefit is being put on The David Lynch Foundation, which Twin Peaks director David Lynch established to promote the healthful benefits of meditating. The virtual event is designed to raise money to bring free Transcendental Meditation training to adults and kids, including healthcare workers on the COVID-19 front lines, veterans with PTSD and depression, and families at risk.

During the fundraiser, Nash will sing his classic Crosby, Stills & Nash ballad "Our House," Sting will duet with acclaimed Beninese artist Angélique Kidjo on a version of The Police's "One World (Not Three)", and Costello will sing "What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding."

The Meditate America event also will feature pop superstar Katy Perry being interviewed by actor Hugh Jackman about her meditation practice and motherhood, and Kesha performing a cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released."

The event is co-hosted by ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, and ABC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton.

You can request free tickets to view the show at MeditateAmerica.org.

By Andrea Dresdale and Matt Friedlander
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AC/DC's 'Power Up' earns 2020's best-selling first week in the UK on the way to number-one debut

Credit: Josh CheuseAC/DC's Power Up is the fastest-selling album of 2020 in the U.K.

The latest studio effort from the legendary rock outfit has debuted at number one on the U.K.'s Official Album Chart with a total of 62,000 copies sold. That's the best opening sales week so far for any album released across the pond this year.

"A very big thank you to everyone who put in their time, effort and creativity to get Power Up to Number 1!" says guitarist Angus Young. "Also a big shoutout to all our fans, old and new. You are, and always have been, our guiding inspiration."

Power Up, the follow-up to 2014's Rock or Bust, was recorded by the surviving members of AC/DC's classic Back in Black lineup -- Angus, vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd -- plus guitarist Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and the late Malcolm Young.

The record is described as a tribute to Malcolm, who died in 2017.

By Josh Johnson
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John Fogerty's full-length 'Fogerty's Factory' album released today on CD, digitally

Credit: Bob FogertyJohn Fogerty's expanded full-length album version of the Fogerty's Factory EP, which initially was issued as a seven-song digital collection in May, got its release today on CD and digital platforms.

The 12-track Fogerty's Factory album features versions of four Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, six selections from John's solo career and two cover tunes, all performed live by John and three of his children -- sons Shane and Tyler, and daughter Kelsy.

Most of the performances were recorded at home while the Fogerty family had been self-quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many debuted as part of a series of videos that were posted on John's YouTube channel and social media sites.

The album kicks off with a rendition of Fogerty's solo hit "Centerfield" that John and his kids played at an empty Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on May 28 in celebration of the founding CCR frontman's 75th birthday.

The version of the Creedence hit "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" that appears on the album is the audio from a video that aired on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, while renditions of CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" and "Fortunate Son" come from a satellite-radio special that featured John, Shane and Tyler.

The cover tunes featured on the album are Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" and Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans."

A vinyl LP version of Fogerty's Factory is due out on January 15, 2021.

John notes that was his wife Julie's idea to call the project Fogerty's Factory.

"There we were, the whole family coming together and producing music with no real purpose other than to share our love of music and family in a very difficult time," he explains.

Here's the Fogerty's Factory track list:

"Centerfield" (Dodgers Stadium version)
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain" (from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)
"Lean on Me"
"Hot Rod Heart"
"Blue Moon Nights"
"Tombstone Shadow"
"City of New Orleans"
"Proud Mary"
"Blueboy"
"Bad Moon Rising" (from satellite-radio special)
"Fortunate Son" (from satellite-radio special)
"Don't You Wish It Was True"

By Matt Friedlander
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'On a Night Like This': Bon Jovi to livestream performance of new album next Friday

Island RecordsBon Jovi wasn't able to hit the road this year to promote their new album, 2020, but they're bringing you a livestream concert event this Thanksgiving Weekend.

On Friday, the band posted a trailer for On a Night Like This, their "quarantine concert film," which will feature them playing 2020 "in its entirety -- In your living room!" on Friday, November 27.

Best of all, the event is free: You can watch it on Facebook at 6 p.m. ET that night.

It appears as though Jon Bon Jovi and the guys followed COVID-19 protocols to create the event: In the trailer, we see Jon with a swab shoved up his nose for a COVID-test.  Good times.

On A Night Like This - Bon Jovi 2020 is only one week away! Don't miss the premier next Friday at 6p ET at https://t.co/HzGtyyI95A pic.twitter.com/TmtmJCelWO

— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) November 20, 2020

By Andrea Dresdale
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New Go-Go's doc to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in February; "Club Zero" video premiering today

Polygram/UMe/Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe story of The Go-Go's was the focus of a new documentary, aptly titled The Go-Go's, that got its TV premiere on Showtime this past July.  Now the film is slated to be released on DVD, on Blu-ray and digitally on February 5.

The film, which was directed by Alison Ellwood, charts the history of the all-female band, from its start as part of the Los Angeles punk scene and its fast rise to stardom in the early 1980s, to its 1985 breakup and subsequent multiple reunions. It features new interviews with all five Go-Go's -- Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin -- as well as with Police drummer Stewart Copeland and others.

The Go-Go's movie recently was honored at the 2020 Critics Choice Awards with the Best Music Documentary prize, and also won the Most Compelling Living Subjects in a Documentary award.

Coinciding with the news about the documentary's DVD and Blu-ray release, Go-Go's members Caffey, Valentine and Wiedlin will take part in a live chat with fans today at 6 p.m. ET. at the group's official YouTube channel. The event also will feature the premiere of a music video for the band's recently released single, "Club Zero," at 6:15 p.m. ET. The documentary featured footage of the group working on the song and playing it at the famed L.A.-area club The Whisky a Go Go.

You can order The Go-Go's DVD and Blu-ray now.

By Matt Friedlander
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Neil Diamond's 'Classic Diamonds' orchestral album released today; "Sweet Caroline" online sing-along launched

Capitol RecordsNeil Diamond's brand-new studio album, Neil Diamond with the London Symphony Orchestra: Classic Diamonds, hit stores today. It features updated versions of many of the famed singer/songwriter's best-loved tunes, augmented with orchestral accompaniment.

The 14-track collection includes new vocal performances recorded at Diamond's studio in Los Angeles; the orchestral parts were recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London.

In celebration of Classic Diamonds' release, a special online sing-along of Neil's signature song "Sweet Caroline" was launched today.  It offers people from around the world the chance to upload videos of themselves belting out the memorable tune.

To take part, visit SweetCarolineSingalong.com, set up a laptop or mobile device to record yourself, click play on the lyric video posted on the website and sing your heart out. Then, fill in a form provided on the site, and upload your video by dragging and dropping the file into the specified box there.

Entries will be accepted through December 4, and a video compilation of highlights from the submissions will be posted on December 11.

In addition, a "Sweet Caroline" TikTok campaign also has been launched, using the original version of the tune, with videos contributed by various influential TikTok creators from the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Australia.

As previously reported, among the songs on Classic Diamonds are "I Am…I Said," "I'm a Believer," "Song Sung Blue," "America," "Holly Holy," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Love on the Rocks," "Heartlight" and, of course, "Sweet Caroline."

You also can check out "visualizer" videos for the symphonic versions of "America," "Heartlight" and "Sweet Caroline" at Neil's official YouTube channel.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Beautiful Noise"
"I Am…I Said"
"I'm a Believer"
"Song Sung Blue"
"September Morn"
"America"
"Holly Holy"
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers"
"Play Me"
"Love on the Rocks"
"Heartlight"
"I've Been This Way Before"
"Sweet Caroline"

By Matt Friedlander
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Paul McCartney's 'McCartney III' album delayed a week; new themed EP, 'Holidays,' out now

MPL Communications Inc.Paul McCartney fans will have to wait an extra week before getting to hear his new album, McCartney III. The release of the 11-track collection, which the ex-Beatles legend recorded by himself during the COVID-19 lockdown, has been pushed back from December 11 to December 18 because of "unforeseeable production delays."

Meanwhile, Sir Paul has just released the second installment of a series of digital-only EPs featuring previously available songs, boasting themes that tie in with the tunes on his new record. The new EP is titled Holidays, and features six tracks -- his 1979 yuletide classic "Wonderful Christmastime," a live version of his chart-topping 1980 hit "Coming Up," the title track of his 1983 album Pipes of Peace, his 2012 cover of Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," the 2013 tune "Hosanna," and a version of The Beatles' "Lady Madonna" from the 1976 live album Wings over America.

Coinciding with the Holidays EP, a restored version of the official music video for "Coming Up" has premiered on McCartney's YouTube channel.

Holidays was preceded last week by a six-song EP titled Home.

In other news, special color-coded McCartney III box sets -- white, blue, red and yellow -- are available for pre-order now at McCartney's online store. Each one features unique packaging, a CD featuring a demo recording exclusive to that package, and either three colored dice, a hat, a T-shirt or a face mask. A video featuring a snippet of one of the demos has been posted at Paul's YouTube channel.

By Matt Friedlander
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Rock and Roll All Eve! KISS to ring in 2021 with livestreamed New Year's Eve concert in Dubai

Landmarks PresentsLike every other major music artist, KISS had to postpone its 2020 tour plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have now announced that they'll come roaring back to the stage this New Year's Eve for a special concert event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The show, dubbed "KISS 2020 Goodbye," will take place at the Dubai's Atlantis, The Palm resort and is being billed as "the largest live streaming event of the year."

The concert is a ticketed, hybrid live and livestreamed event that will be held in front of a COVID-screened audience and will be filmed in 4K high-def with over 50 cameras offering 360-degree views. Tickets to watch the livestream can be purchased now at Kiss2020Goodbye.com, with a standard ticket priced at $39.99, offering unlimited replays for 24 hours. For $49.99, you'll be able to watch unlimited replays for 72 hours.

In addition, two VIP packages are available. A Gold VIP package costs $249.99 and offers unlimited replays of the concert for 30 days, plus a limited-edition DVD of the concert with a 16-page booklet, a poster and a T-shirt.

A Platinum VIP package will set you back $999.99.  That one features everything offered in the Gold VIP bundle, plus you'll get your name mentioned in the DVD and booklet and the poster will be autographed by KISS.  You'll also receive a vinyl LP of the show and more memorabilia.

KISS says in a statement. "On New Year's Eve KISS will rock the heavens, shake the earth and blaze the way out of 2020 with the largest and most bombastic celebration in our and anyone else's history. We all need it. We all deserve it. Here's to 2021."

By Matt Friedlander
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Slash dubs AC/DC's new 'Power Up' album a "great f***ing record"

Columbia RecordsSlash is one of the many people digging the new AC/DC album, Power Up.

Speaking with Consequence of Sound, the Guns N' Roses shredder calls the effort a "great f***ing record."

"It's a really inspired album," Slash says. "I've had it in the car for the last couple of days and it's probably gonna sit there for a while. It's exciting for me."

"I'm happy for them," he adds. "I can't wait for this [COVID-19] virus situation to end so we can go check them out on tour somewhere."

Beyond both being iconic rock bands, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses shared a lead singer when Axl Rose joined the "Highway to Hell" rockers for their most recent tour in place of Brian Johnson, who had to leave the band due to hearing issues. He's now back in AC/DC, alongside the other surviving members of the classic Back in Black lineup: guitarist Angus Young, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd.

"I obviously have a long history with AC/DC, and then Axl was singing with them for a minute when Brian was out, so we got reacquainted during that period," Slash says. "So, the first bit of great news, I talked to Brian and he was telling me about this hearing [device] that he got, and that he's back in AC/DC. And that was just f***ing awesome news."

Slash also commends AC/DC for delivering Power Up following the 2017 death of Malcolm Young. In interviews, the band members have described the record as a tribute to Malcolm.

"The tragedy of losing Malcolm...the fact that Angus and company would survive that and keep it going, in the spirit of probably what Malcolm would have done, was great," Slash says.

By Josh Johnson
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Dave Mason releases reimagined version of 'Alone Together' solo debut; taking part in Facebook Q&A today

Courtesy of Dave MasonThe newly reimagined version of co-founding Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason's 1970 debut solo album, Alone Together, titled Alone Together…Again, finally arrives today after its release was pushed back from July.

The eight-track collection is available now on CD, while digital and streaming versions will be released on December 4 and a vinyl LP will be issued soon.

The CD will come with a tri-fold pull-out replicating Alone Together's poster artwork. The digital versions of Alone Together…Again will include an alternate, reggae-flavored rendition of "World in Changes."

The original Alone Together, released in July 1970, featured the soulful gem "Only You Know and I Know" and was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. A variety of guest artists contributed to the record, including keyboardist Leon Russell; bassists Chris Ethridge, Larry Knechtel and Carl Radle; drummers John Barbata, Jim Capaldi, Jim Gordon and Jim Keltner; and backing singers Bonnie Bramlett, Rita Coolidge and Claudia Lennear.

Alone Together…Again celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original album. Mason recorded it with members of his touring band, as well as several guest musicians, including Doobie Brothers multi-instrumentalist John McFee.

To mark the new album's release, Mason will host a special Facebook Live event today at 7 p.m. ET. Dave will take part in a fan Q&A session during the event, and will welcome Bramlett as his special guest.

Here's the Alone Together…Again track list:

"Only You Know and I Know"
"Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving"
"Waitin' on You"
"Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave"
"World in Changes"
"Sad and Deep as You"
"Just a Song"
"Look at You Look at Me"

Bonus Track (digital only):
"World in Changes 2020"

By Matt Friedlander
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Elton John to extend an olive branch to Rod Stewart in the form of a Christmas card

ABC/Craig SjodinIs Elton John and Rod Stewart's longtime feud about to come to an end?  According to British publication The Sun, the "Tiny Dancer" singer is extending an olive branch.

Attesting that he doesn't "bear any grudges whatsoever," Elton added that he will be sending Rod a personalized Christmas card this year.

As for whether that small gesture is enough to quash their beef for good remains unknown, the 73-year-old singer made it clear that he isn't interested in dragging it on any longer. 

"Rod and I have always had this kind of rivalry but it’s always been very friendly and funny and I love him to death," added Elton.  "If I saw him in the street I’d give him the biggest hug."

With 2020 being the year it's been, the multi-Grammy Award winner hinted that he did a little soul-searching and determined what is and isn't important to him.

"There’s no point in carrying on vendettas. Life’s too short," he advised.

The pair began trading jabs in 2018, when Rod called the "Your Song" singer's farewell tour "dishonest" during his appearance on Watch What Happens Live

That eventually led to Elton including that comment in his memoir, and responding, "I certainly didn’t feel like I needed a lecture on the feral spirit of rock and roll from someone who’d spent most of the last decade crooning his way through the Great American Songbook and 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.'"

Rod claimed that he'd tried to reach out to Elton since then, but Elton had given him the cold shoulder.  Elton said he didn't recall Rod attempting to contact him, and said Rod continued to insult him in the press.

Will a Christmas card finally put their feud to rest?  Elton is confident that it will.

By Megan Stone
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Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell's side band The Dirty Knobs releases debut, 'Wreckless Abandon'

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The Dirty Knobs, the band fronted by founding Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, release their debut album, Wreckless Abandon, today.

The group treads similar sonic ground as Petty & the Heartbreakers, with influences including 1960s British rock, The Byrds, heavy blues and Southern boogie.

That being said, Campbell tells ABC Audio that he made a concerted effort to create songs that didn't mimic the music of his late friend and band mate.

"[Tom and I] grew up in the same area, have the same inflections," Mike notes. "And I noticed that, so I tried, and I think successfully, to filter a lot of that out and try to find my own voice. Of course, some of it comes out 'cause it's in my DNA."

Regarding how The Dirty Knobs differ from The Heartbreakers, Campbell says, "It's a four-piece band. There's no keyboards, just two guitars, bass and drums, and we turn the guitars up a little bit to fill out the sound…So it's a little more over-amped maybe."

Wreckless Abandon includes guest contributions from country star Chris Stapleton, Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Sir Douglas Quintet keyboardist Augie Meyers.

In celebration of the album's release, a special performance The Dirty Knobs filmed without an audience recently at the famed Los Angeles-area venue The Troubadour will be streamed tonight at 8 p.m. ET on FANS.live, and will be available for viewing on-demand through November 30. The event is free, although viewers are encouraged to donate to NIVA, which supports independent music venues hurting financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campbell says of the event, "You can see the band played the record live. We [also] did a couple of Heartbreakers songs, some covers, and it came out really good."

Here's Wreckless Abandon's track list:

"Wreckless Abandon"
"Pistol Packin' Mama" -- featuring Chris Stapleton
"Sugar"
"Southern Boy"
"I Still Love You"
"Irish Girl"
"F*** That Guy"
"Don't Knock the Boogie"
"Don't Wait"
"Anna Lee"
"Aw Honey"
"Loaded Gun"
"Don't Knock the Boogie (Coda)"

By Matt Friedlander
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Bono and Sting featured in 'People' magazine's 2020 "Sexiest Men" issue

RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images; ABC/Matt StroshanePeople magazine has unveiled the honorees for its 2020 "Sexiest Man Alive" issue, and among the alluring guys singled out are a couple of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer -- U2's Bono and former Police frontman Sting.

The two singers were part of the issue's "Sexy at Every Age" list, which names one man each for ages 30 through 69. Bono is the pick for the 60-year-old, while Sting, who is 69, rounds out the tally. Other music artists appearing on the list are 39-year-old Justin Timberlake and 67-year-old Michael Bolton.

This year's honoree for "Sexiest Man Alive" is actor Michael B. Jordan, known for his roles in Black Panther, the Rocky sequel Creed and the TV series The Wire and Friday Night Lights.

By Matt Friedlander
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Watch trailer for new Bee Gees doc, featuring interview clips with Barry Gibb and others stars

Courtesy of HBOAn official trailer has debuted for the new documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, which premieres on December 12 on HBO and HBO Max.

As previously reported, the film traces the career of the brothers Gibb -- Barry and twins Maurice and Robin -- from their start in the early '60s, to their chart-topping heyday as disco kings in the '70s, to their continued success in the '80s, both as a group and as writers and producers for other artists. It also focuses on the complicated and sometimes strained relationship between the siblings.

The trailer features a montage of archival performance and interview footage, as well as new commentary from Barry Gibb and such other stars as Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Justin Timberlake.

In a new interview segment, Barry comments about the contentious relationship with Robin and Maurice, "If we hadn't been brothers, we wouldn't have lasted a half an hour."

Another section of the trailer touches on how The Bee Gees, in a quest for a new sound during the '70s, headed to Miami to record the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and proceeded to become pop superstars.

The trailer also briefly covers how the disco backlash quickly brought the group back down to Earth.

Barry notes in a clip, "We really could not get on the radio, so the whole idea was to write for other people."

Near the end of the trailer, Barry, reflecting on the band's career, says, "Everything we set out to do, we did, against all odds." He also laments the loss of Maurice and Robin, who died in 2003 and 2012, respectively.

"I can't honestly come to terms with the fact that they're not here anymore," he says.

By Matt Friedlander
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Roger Daltrey says he's annoyed with Elton John for not playing his Teenage Cancer Trust charity concerts

ABC Audio; ABC/CRAIG SJODINRoger Daltrey has accused Elton John of sidestepping the Who singer's efforts to get the pop-rock legend to perform at his annual Teenage Cancer Trust charity events.

Speaking this week with the U.K.'s Daily Mirror, Daltrey noted that he was unhappy with how Elton responded to comments he made a couple of years ago that John should "answer his bloody emails" with regard to playing Teenage Cancer Trust events, while noting that he'd performed at three events for Elton's AIDS charities.

At that time, Elton's camp claimed they had responded to Daltrey, adding that they had no recollection of Roger doing any events for Elton.

Daltrey told The Mirror, "I wasn't making a big deal out of it but then Elton got arsey about it."

Daltrey continued, "I've had the same number 40 years…But when you get to Elton's status as a monstrous, massive star... it's not easy to get hold of these guys."

Roger also said he admired Elton for his charity work, and again expressed his wish that John perform for the Teenage Cancer Trust, noting, "Without the support of teens, neither Elton nor The Who would have had the careers or lives they have had."

Daltrey also asked The Mirror if it could help him get The Rolling Stones to play at his charity concerts.

"Can you get them for me? I've tried for years," he said.

Daltrey also spoke with The Mirror about his participation in the Nordoff-Robbins charity's "The Stars Come Out to Sing at Christmas" virtual special, which is scheduled for December 15.

The event will feature artists singing carols and other festive tunes and delivering holiday messages. The lineup also includes Simple Minds, Nile Rodgers, Florence Welch, Cliff Richard, Kaiser Chiefs and more. You can watch it at carols.nordoff-robbins.org.uk.

By Matt Friedlander
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AC/DC's Brian Johnson thanks fans for response to 'Power Up': "We wanted to make Malcolm proud"

Credit: Josh CheuseAC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has released a video thanking fans for the positive reception to the band's comeback album, Power Up.

"We've been so overwhelmed these last few days," Johnson says. "We're getting the reports in from all around the world about the album doing so well."

Power Up, which was released last Friday, was recorded by the surviving members of AC/DC's classic Back in Black lineup -- guitarist Angus Young, vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd -- plus guitarist Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and the late Malcolm Young. The record is described as a tribute to Malcolm, who died in 2017.

"We knew that was a pretty good thing that we'd done, we wanted to make Malcolm proud," Johnson says. "And you've made us proud, because we've made Malcolm proud, if you can get your head around that."

Johnson also thanks fans for sticking with the band through a difficult few years, which saw him, Williams and Rudd leave AC/DC by the time their last tour ended in 2016 due to health issues, retirement and legal troubles, respectively.

"From four years ago, guys, you gotta remember, we were all but over, some people thought," Johnson says. "But they forgot about the AC/DC fighting spirit. You never give in, you never leave your wounded behind, you always come back."

Johnson added that AC/DC is currently working on a "virtual video" for the next Power Up single.

By Josh Johnson
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