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The Hollies to Mark 50th Anniversary with Three-Disc Compilation


Parlophone RecordsA new three-CD compilation celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the great U.K. pop-rock groups of the 1960s and '70s, The Hollies, will be released on October 21.  50 at Fifty features a career-spanning selection of songs, including the band's many hits, some album gems, a number of concert performances and a brand-new tune recorded by the current Hollies lineup.Led by singers Allan Clarke and Graham Nash and guitarist Tony Hicks, the original Hollies scored such hits as "Look Through Any Window," "Stop Stop Stop," "Bus Stop," "Carrie Anne" and "On a Carousel" during the band's 1960s heyday.  After Nash left to join Crosby, Stills & Nash in late 1968, he was replaced by singer/guitarist Terry Sylvester, with whom the group released some of its most successful singles, including "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)" and "The Air That I Breathe."All of those songs appear on 50 at Fifty, as do a few tunes from 1983's What Goes Around…, which saw Nash reuniting with his old group.  The new track, "Skylarks," was recorded this year and co-written by longtime Hollies drummer Bobby Elliot and the band's current lead singer, Peter Howarth."I feel quite privileged to be writing the 50th track on this compilation, which contains some of our best work," says Elliot in a statement.  "I'm in good company with my buddies Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash, who, throughout our career, have written some outstanding Hollies material."  He adds, "'Skylarks' takes us in a new direction -- nothing new for The Hollies.  It's back to our inventive roots in many ways."The current Hollies, which also features founding member Hicks, will mount a European tour commemorating the golden anniversary starting September 16 in Tampere, Finland.Here is the complete track list of 50 at Fifty:Disc One"(Ain't That) Just Like Me""Searchin'""Stay""Just One Look""Here I Go Again""We're Through""Yes I Will""I'm Alive" "Look Through Any Window""If I Needed Someone""I Can't Let Go""Bus Stop""Pay You Back with Interest""Stop! Stop! Stop!""On a Carousel""Carrie Anne""King Midas in Reverse""Jennifer Eccles""Listen to Me""Sorry Suzanne"Disc Two"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother""I Can't Tell the Bottom from the Top""Gasoline Alley Bred""Hey Willy" "The Baby""Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)""Magic Woman Touch""The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGhee""The Air That I Breathe""Lonely Hobo Lullaby""4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)" "I'm Down""There's Always Goodbye""Boulder to Birmingham""Too Young to Be Married" (Live)"Daddy Don't Mind"Disc Three"Hello to Romance""Amnesty""Soldiers Song" "Heartbeat""If the Lights Go Out" (First Version)"Take My Love and Run" (First version)"Stop in the Name of Love""Let Her Go Down""Too Many Hearts Get Broken""Laughter Turns to Tears""So Damn Beautiful""On a Carousel" (Live)"Then, Now Always (Dolphin Days)" (Live)"Skylarks" (New 2014 Recording)Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Members of Deep Purple, Guns N' Roses, Dire Straits Featured on Tribute Album fo


Cleopatra RecordsAn impressive roster of virtuoso musicians, including Deep Purple's Steve Morse, Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and ex-Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes, have lent their talents to a new album that pays tribute to U.S. military personnel who have risked their lives for their country.  The Guitars for Wounded Warriors CD, which was released on Tuesday, was organized by multiple Emmy Award-winning producer/composer Brian Tarquin.Tarquin produced and wrote all of the songs on the album, and he also plays guitar alongside the various guest musicians.  Other noted guitarists featured on the record include Reb Beach of Whitesnake and Winger, Chris Poland of Megadeth, Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big and Alex De Rosso of Dokken.All of the songs on the album were inspired by the combat experiences of U.S. troops."It is an honor to be a part of this cause," says Morse.  "I was just turning drafting age at the end of the Vietnam War, and I still remember that the returning military weren't always treated with the greatest respect.  For our modern, volunteer military, we hopefully have learned to show our respect and gratitude."Adds Bumblefoot, "Had a blast trading solos with Brian Tarquin!!  And best of all, this album supports an important cause, Wounded Warriors.  Love to our Warriors, and to everyone for their support."Here is the complete track list for Guitars for Wounded Warriors:"Black Hawk" -- featuring Billy Sheehan"Taliban Terror" -- featuring Bumblefoot & Reb Beach"Charlie Surfs" -- featuring Chris Poland"5 Klicks to Hell" -- featuring Gary Hoey"Surgical Strike" -- featuring The Flyin' Ryan Brothers"Hunting" -- featuring Chris Poland"Baghdad" -- featuring Gary Hoey"Broken Arrow" -- featuring Alex De Rosso"Sand & Blood" -- featuring Hal Lindes"Escape Kabul" -- featuring Chuck Loeb"Freedom" -- featuring Steve MorseFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Neil Young and Willie Nelson to Perform at Benefit Show Opposed to Proposed Nebr


Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchNeil Young will team up with his friend and fellow Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson to play a September 27 benefit show aimed at fighting a proposed petroleum pipeline that would run from western Canada into the midwestern U.S. through farms and indigenous tribal lands.The "Harvest the Hope" event will be held on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska, and will raise money for three organizations -- Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance -- that are opposed to the TransCanada Corporation's planned Keystone XL pipeline.  The structure would cross the Ponca Tribe's historic "Trail of Tears" in the northeastern part of the state.The benefit also will support several local clean-energy initiatives on farms and tribal areas.  The concert will take place during the afternoon on a field in the farm, which is owned by a family that is refusing to sell its land to the TransCanada company.In addition to Young and Nelson, the event's performers will include Willie's son Lukas, Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln and a collective of local musicians called the Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars.Tickets for the show will go on sale on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. CT at BoldNebraska.org.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Concert Film Focusing on Roger Waters' The Wall Live Tour to Premiere at Toronto


Image Courtesy of Roger WatersA new concert film featuring performances from three stops on Roger Waters' The Wall Live Tour over the last few years will premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6 at 9:15 p.m.  Roger Waters: The Wall captures the former Pink Floyd singer/bassist's dramatic multimedia spectacle, which featured a full performance of his old band's classic 1979 concept album, accompanied by video projections, giant puppets, pyrotechnics, various theatrical interludes and, of course, the construction of a wall across the stage.The movie, which was directed by Waters and the tour's co-creative director, Sean Evans, is described in the festival's synopsis as "a rib-rattling, sonically stupendous piece of filmmaking."  It will include footage of Waters visiting the French cemetery where his grandfather -- who was killed during World War I -- is buried, as well as his journey to Anzio, Italy, near the site where his father was killed during World War II when Roger was a baby.  Waters' struggle to come to terms with his dad's death partly inspired him to write The Wall.The first leg of The Wall Live Tour launched in September 2010, and the trek finally wound down in September 2013.  The tour featured a total of 219 performances and grossed more than $458 million.Following its premiere, Roger Waters: The Wall will be screened two more times at the fest: on September 7 at 2:45 p.m. and on September 14 at 8 p.m.  Visit TIFF.net for screening details.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Listen to Lead Single from Jackson Browne's Upcoming Album Online Now


Image Courtesy of Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne fans can get their first taste of the folk-rocker's upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, by visiting RollingStone.com, which is hosting an exclusive stream of the record's lead single, "The Birds of St. Marks."Browne tells Rolling Stone that the song actually dates back to early in his career, when he was playing guitar for Velvet Underground singer Nico in New York City during the late 1960s."I was freeloading off friends on the Lower East Side," Browne recalls of the time.  "I came to New York with no money at all, and I got this job playing for Nico, which sort of saved me because I had nothing going."  Jackson reveals that late singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, with whom he was friendly, suggested him for the gig, while remembering that Velvet Underground band mates Sterling Morrison and Lou Reed also would back up Nico depending on the night.Browne also points that "The Birds of St. Marks" was inspired in part by one of the most famous folk-rock bands of that time."This is a song I always heard as a Byrds song, and that was even part of the writing of the song because Nico loved The Byrds," he explains.  "She even said on a couple of occasions, 'Oh, you can play something like [frontman] Jim McGuinn?'  Her tastes were really eclectic."The new version of the song features Browne's longtime lead guitarist Greg Leisz playing 12-string guitar in a style very reminiscent of McGuinn's.Standing in the Breach will be released on October 7.  Those pre-ordering the album now via Amazon, iTunes and JacksonBrowne.com will receive an instant digital download of "The Birds of St. Marks."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

U2 Still Planning to Release Studio Album This Year, New Single May Arrive in Se


A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaBack in March, a U2 rep told U.K. newspaper The Guardian that the Irish rockers were planning to release their long-awaited new album sometime this year, contrary to a then-recent report from Billboard suggesting that the record wouldn't arrive until 2015.  Now, more evidence has emerged that the band's follow-up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon will indeed be released in 2014, and could even hit stores before the end of October.A U2 spokesperson tells Rolling Stone, "We've always said an album is expected this year."  In addition, a rep for the band's label confirmed to the usually reliable fan site AtU2.com earlier this month that the record will be released in 2014.Meanwhile, The Irish Times reported in a recent article that "a music industry source" shared some more specific predictions about the time frame for the album's arrival, as well as about a tour in support of the record."[There will be a] single in September, album September-October, tour announced December, first date April next year," the source said.  "The album has been actually been finished for a few months, but a decision was taken not to release during the summer months because of holidays, etc."  The source also claimed that the group was plotting to put out the record "with little of the fanfare usually associated with a new U2 album."In other news, French newspaper Nice-Matin reported that U2 was in Nice, France, last week shooting a new video.The band has worked on tracks for the album with a variety of respected producers, including Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, David Guetta, RedOne, Ryan Tedder and Will.i.am. When the new album is released, it will be the longest they've worked on a single album.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Smokey Robinson Talks About Working on His Star-Studded New Duets Album, "Smokey


Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsSmokey Robinson teamed up with a variety of well-known singers on his new duets album, Smokey & Friends, which hits stores today, August 19.  The 11-track collection features new interpretations of songs the Motown legend wrote or co-wrote, either for his old group, The Miracles,  or for The Temptations or his own solo career.Among the famous friends who put their unique spin on Robinson's tunes was Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who paired his voice with Smokey's on a version of the Miracles classic "You Really Got a Hold on Me."Describing Tyler as his "fun brother," Robinson tells ABC News Radio, "We've always had a good time together.  I love Steven.  So, we did 'You Really Got a Hold on Me' rock."  Smokey reveals that Tyler told him he picked the song because he "loved it" and has been singing it for years, sometimes even playing it with Aerosmith.Two other veteran stars who are featured on Smokey & Friends are Elton John and James Taylor, who sang "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ain't That Peculiar," respectively.  Robinson says he's known both singers for years and worked with them on numerous occasions."[Elton's] just a wonderful...We are really good friends," says Smokey.  "And I performed for his AIDS Foundation many times."  He also recalls fondly singing with John, Taylor and Sting at one of the ex-Police frontman's Rainforest Fund benefit concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall. "It's a great thing to work with your friends like that," Robinson adds.Robinson explains that the concept behind Smokey & Friends was the brainchild of the album's producer, longtime American Idol judge Randy Jackson, whom he says "was a joy" to work with."Randy…called a bunch of artists and asked them to pick their favorite Smokey Robinson song," points out the singer.  "And he recorded that particular song with that artist, and what he did also was to let that artist do like a demo of their take on that song…And I'd just adhere to whatever their interpretation of the song was."Smokey tells ABC News Radio that one of the guest singers whose contribution most impressed him was Mary J. Blige, who sang with him on a rendition of his 1981 solo hit "Being with You.""When I first heard her version of it, I told Randy…'Man, I don't want to sing on this…Just let her be on there,'" he recalls with a laugh.  "So, I did the best I could to match her, but it was rough, 'cause she is awesome."Other guest artists featured on the record include Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, John Legend, Cee Lo Green and Jessie J.Asked if he has any plans for a special concert that would feature some of his Smokey & Friends collaborators, Robinson says "no," although he doesn't rule out hitting the stage with those artists at some point."If sometimes I'm doing a concert and one or more of these artists are available, we would love for them to come," he maintains, "or if they're doing a concert somewhere and I'm available, we would love to do that too."Robinson has a bunch of upcoming dates on his tour itinerary.  You can check them out at SmokeyRobinson.com/Tour.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Midnight Rider" Executive Producer Pleads Not Guilty in Crew Member Death


Danny ClinchMidnight Rider executive producer Jay Sedrish pleaded not guilty Monday to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones, Deadline.com reports.Jones died on the first day of shooting of the Gregg Allman biopic in Georgia back in February. The crew was filming on live train tracks when an oncoming train barreled through, killing Jones and injuring several others.Sedrish, director Randall Miller and Miller’s wife and fellow producer, Jody Savin, were all charged in the incident. Miller and Savin pleaded not guilty last month.Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor cited the production for one willful and one serious safety violation. Film Allman LLC has until August 29 to pay a proposed $74,900 fine or contest the violations.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

New John Mellencamp Song, "Troubled Man," Premieres Online and Gets Digital Rele


Republic Records/Universl Music"Troubled Man," the lead track from John Mellencamp's upcoming 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, got its exclusive premiere on RollingStone.com on Monday.The tune, which will be available for purchase as a digital download via iTunes starting on Tuesday, is an intimate-sounding introspective song featuring rootsy instrumentation -- acoustic guitars, fiddle and simple percussion.As previously reported, Plain Spoken will be released on September 23.  Mellencamp is planning to mount a North American tour in support of the record, his follow-up to 2010's No Better Than This, but no dates have been announced yet.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand Attend Apollo Theater Fundraiser Featuring Perf


Kevin Mazur/WireImagePaul McCartney and Barbra Streisand were just two of the many celebrities in attendance at Ronald Perelman's fifth annual fundraiser for New York City's famed Apollo Theater, held Saturday at the multimillionaire businessman's estate in East Hampton, New York.Jamie Foxx served as the master of ceremonies for the bash, which, according to The Wall Street Journal, included performances by Gladys Knight, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi and pop/R&B star Pharrell Williams.  The newspaper reports that Knight received a standing ovation for her rendition of her classic hit "Midnight Train to Georgia," while the ex-Police frontman sang some of his old band's hits and Bon Jovi, appropriately, belted out a version of the Barrett Strong classic "Money (That's What I Want)."During the festivities Foxx called on a number of famous attendees to show off their best dance moves, including McCartney, General Colin Powell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. John McCain and director Spike Lee.The guest list for the fundraiser also included Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Robert De Niro, Don Johnson, Lorne Michaels, Penny Marshall, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Streisand's husband, James Brolin.  Tables at the benefit were said to have cost between $50,000 and $100,000.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Seattle Salute to The Beatles to Feature Members of Heart and Foo Fighters


Sigrid Gatens/Michael McMorrow"Get Back," a Seattle concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first performance in the Emerald City will be held on August 23.  The show, which will take place at McCaw Hall, will feature a variety of musicians linked to the Pacific Northwest music scene, including current Heart drummer Ben Smith and Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel.Members of the "Get Back" collective will play the entire 12-song set from the Fab Four's August 21, 1964, show at the Seattle Coliseum. After that, the all-star cast will present the classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from front to back along with a little help from a 50-piece orchestra. Among the other musicians slated to perform at the concert are Tracy Bonham and Barry Curtis, a longtime member of The Kingsmen, who are famous for their early-1960s hit "Louie Louie."Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Is Paul McCartney Secretly Recording Music with Kanye West?


MPL/Mary McCartney; Universal Music GroupPaul McCartney is a fan of Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, but is he actually making music with him?  According to a new report, yes.Source tells the New York Post's Page Six column that the former Beatle and Kim Kardashian's husband have been "quietly collaborating" on several tracks, which could eventually turn into an album.  One of the songs is reportedly called "P*** on My Grave," with Page Six claiming Kim has been overheard telling friends that she's surprised that the two would use such a provocative title.West attended McCartney's concert at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium last week.During a Twitter interview last year, McCartney revealed that West's disc Yeezus was one of the albums he'd purchased recently, along with Jay Z's Magna Carta...Holy Grail.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Soul Great Sam Moore to Be Interviewed on "CBS Sunday Morning" Today


PRNewsFoto/Sam MooreSam Moore of the legendary soul duo Sam & Dave will be featured this weekend on the latest episode of CBS Sunday Morning.  For the show, the "Soul Man" singer returned to Memphis, the city where he and the late Dave Prater recorded their classic hits, where he was interviewed by correspondent Anthony Mason.At 78, Moore continues to record new music.  Most recently, he lent vocals to a new song by the bluegrass group Nu-Blu, a duet tribute to late country star George Jones titled "Jesus and Jones."  Earlier in 2014, he released a song called "They Killed a King" that paid homage to Martin Luther King Jr.According to his official website, Moore only has one confirmed concert appearance on his itinerary -- a December 31 show at the Talking Stick Casino in his current his current hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.Check you local listings to find out when CBS Sunday Morning airs in your area.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Edition of Jimmy Page Memoir Arriving in October; Page Taking Part in Novemb


Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinIn the spring of 2010, Jimmy Page's official autobiography was published as a high-quality limited-edition volume that quickly sold out.  The book, titled Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, features the Led Zeppelin guitarist's recollections of his eventful life and career, and includes more than 600 photos chosen by the rock legend to accompany his story.Now, a revised, more-affordable version of Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page is scheduled to be released on October 14.  In celebration of the updated publication, Page will head to New York City in November for a couple of promotional events.  On November 5 at 7 p.m. ET, the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will visit the Barnes & Noble store in Union Square, where he will chat about the book and sign copies. He also will take part in a special interview event that will be held on November 3 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.  During the Q&A, which already is sold out, the guitar master again is expected to discuss his autobiography and talk about his colorful life both in and out of Led Zeppelin.The events will take place the week after the second installment of Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign -- expanded versions of 1971's Led Zeppelin 4 and 1973's Houses of the Holy -- will hit stores.For more details about Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, visit GenesisPublications.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Smokey Robinson and Kenny Rogers to Help Mark 200th Anniversary of "The Star-Spa


Autumn de Wilde/Verve Records; Piper Ferguson/Webster PRMost of music's big stars, at one time or another, have been tapped to sing our national anthem at a sporting event.  Now, a group of them -- including Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers and Melissa Etheridge -- are getting together to wish a happy 200th birthday to "The Star-Spangled Banner" in an upcoming PBS special.The two-hour live broadcast, Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem, will air as part of the PBS series Great Performances on September 13, starting at 8 p.m. ET.  The show will originate from Baltimore, presumably because it's where Fort McHenry is located.  In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the anthem after watching the fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812.Actor John Lithgow will co-host the event with former Amercian Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who also will sing during the show. In addition, the special will include performances by pop-rock act Train, country group Little Big Town and actress Kristen Chenoweth. It's not clear who, if anyone, will actually be singing the anthem during the telecast.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Bob Seger Song, "Detroit Made," Released to Radio


Capitol Records/Universal MusicCould Bob Seger finally be getting ready to release his long-awaited studio album?  The Michigan rocker, who's been working on the follow-up to 2006's The Promise for a few years now, has just sent a new cover of the John Hiatt-penned song "Detroit Made," to radio stations in the U.S.Details currently are scant, but a Capitol Records label rep tells ABC News Radio that the track will appear on Seger's next album.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer began using "Detroit Made" to open shows on his most recent North American tour, which ran from February to May 2013.The up-tempo rock tune is highlighted by Seger's strong, gravelly voice, along with some muscular guitar riffs and soulful backing vocals.According to Billboard, Seger released "Detroit Made" to coincide with the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise, an annual automobile event that takes place in the suburbs of Detroit.  Billboard reports that Bob recorded the song in Nashville with help from a few members of his Silver Bullet Band -- guitarist Rob McNelley and backing singers Shaun Murphy, Laura Creamer and Barb Payton.The original version of "Detroit Made" appeared on Hiatt's 2011 album, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

John Mellencamp Reveals Release Date, Track List of Upcoming Album, "Plain Spoke


Republic Records/Universal MusicJohn Mellencamp has announced the complete details about his forthcoming studio album, Plain Spoken.  The record will be released on September 23, and will include 10 new original tunes by the singer/songwriter.Plain Spoken, the 62-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's 22nd full-length studio release, will be available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.  The lead track, "Troubled Man," will be available for purchase at iTunes starting this Tuesday, and will be sent to radio stations September 8.The album, a follow-up to 2010's No Better Than This, marks the first new release as part of Mellencamp's historic lifetime recording contract with Republic Records.  The heartland rocker is planning to support Plain Spoken with a fall tour of North America.  His only confirmed upcoming performance is scheduled to take place at the 2014 Farm Aid festival on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.Here is the full track list of Plain Spoken:"Troubled Man""Sometimes There's God""The Isolation of Mister""The Company of Cowards""Tears in Vain""The Brass Ring""Freedom of Speech""Blue Charlotte""The Courtesy of Kings""Lawless Times"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rod Stewart Predicts "Three or Four More Years" of Touring


Image Courtesy of Capitol RecordsIf you don't have tickets to see Rod Stewart on his current tour with Carlos Santana, you may not get that many more chances.  The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he gives himself only three or four more years on the road...but he plans to enjoy every minute of it.Speaking to the Kansas City Star, Stewart says, "Touring is what I do.  Nothing compares to it.  Songwriting: You write a song, record it and put it out to the public, not knowing whether they'll accept it or not.  I prefer getting on stage."He adds, "It's an immediate satisfaction, sending an audience home happy.  I want to make the most of it.  Nothing lasts forever.  I still have the energy to do it, and I look forward to at least three or four more years of it."On his current tour, Rod is doing just one song from his most recent album, Time, and devoting the rest of his set to his big hits, which he says he's still happy to sing after all these years."People ask me if I get tired of singing those songs.  Never," he tells the paper.  "I can't think of one song I'm tired of doing.  [Even] 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy': Every night it's so joyous...for a few years I didn't want to do it, there was so much criticism over it.  Now it's a novelty song, and it really makes people smile."Despite Stewart's preference for touring over songwriting, he says he's already working on the follow-up to Time.  "I've already written seven or eight songs for the next album," he reveals.  "One of them is about putting my 3-year-old son to bed.  There's loads to write about."After Rod's tour with Santana wraps on August 24, he'll head to back to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for more dates in his ongoing residency there, from September through November.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Paul McCartney Bidding Farewell to San Francisco's Candlestick Park on Thursday


MJ Kim/MPL Communications LLCPaul McCartney will make history on Thursday night when he performs the last concert that will ever be held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park before the stadium is demolished.  Sir Paul has a strong connection to the venue, as it was the site of The Beatles' last official public concert, on August 29, 1966.In honor of the occasion, McCartney has filmed a special video message that been posted on his official website and YouTube channel.  In the clip, the rock legend says, "We're closing [Candlestick Park] down.  So it's gonna be a very emotional night, gonna be a great night.  We are gonna rock.  I have some very special memories, as you know, of Candlestick Park, so come along, be a part of it."  Interspersed throughout the video are brief clips of Macca and members of his touring band yelling, "Candlestick!"The show, dubbed "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert," is the last one on McCartney's U.S. summer itinerary.  He'll begin a new run of dates in the fall, starting with a September 28 gig at San Diego's Petco Park.In related news, the filmmakers behind the recently announced documentary focusing on The Beatles' years as a touring act have put out a specific request asking fans who attended the Fab Four's 1966 Candlestick Park show and/or who will be going to McCartney's concert on Thursday to share their stories about their experiences at the events.  People who want to contribute their anecdotes can do so by emailing BeatlesLive@whitehorsepics.com.  Ron Howard will be directing the movie, which is being made with the full cooperation of McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the respective widows of John Lennon and George Harrison -- Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio




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