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Report: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan Are a Couple Again


Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagicJust two months after reports emerged that John Mellencamp had split up with longtime girlfriend Meg Ryan, comes word that sparks are flying between the two stars again.  A source close to the singer/songwriter tells People, "They are back together and it's brand new…They're really happy about it."The latest news follows reports that the couple was spotted contentedly walking around New York City's Soho district together last week.In addition, Mellencamp hinted in an interview last month on NBC's Today show that he hadn't given up on the relationship."She's an angel sent to me, and I'm very happy," he said during his appearance.  "And, you know, nothing's over 'til it's over."Another source close to Mellencamp suggested to People that conflicts over the long distance between the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Indiana home and New York, where the actress is based, were partly responsible for the tensions between the couple."There were disagreements over style of life and logistical problems which clouded their relationship," the source maintains.  "But there is no doubt that he cares for her a great deal."The insider adds, "They are a great couple.  All their friends were hoping it would work out."People magazine first reported that Mellencamp and Ryan were dating in January of 2011.John recently released his 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, and he'll launch a major North American tour in support of the record that begins on January 21, 2015, in South Bend, Indiana.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

Bob Seger Scores Highest-Ever Albums Chart Debut with "Ride Out"; U2 Bows at #9


Capitol RecordsBob Seger is riding high on the Billboard 200 this week with his new album, Ride Out, which pulled in at #3 on the tally after selling 59,000 copies.  This marks the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's highest debut ever on the albums chart, bettering that of his previous studio effort, 2006's Face the Promise, which bowed at #4.The last time Seger had an album as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 was back in 1986, with Like a Rock.  The Michigan rocker's best chart showing ever was with Against the Wind, which topped the tally for six weeks in 1980.Farther down on the Billboard 200, U2's latest, Songs of Innocence, landed at #9 after sales of 28,000 during its first week of commercial availability. This is U2's first album since the release of 1987's The Joshua Tree not to debut in at least the top three. Songs of Innocence's relatively poor chart showing, of course, was expected, because U2 made the album available as an automatic free download to iTunes customers last month.  Apple estimates that about 81 million users listened to the album worldwide, while 26 million downloaded the collection.  To make the commercial edition of album more appealing, it included bonus tracks that aren't featured on the free version.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

Deluxe Reissue of KISS' 1977 "Love Gun" Album Arriving Next Tuesday


Universal Music EnterprisesA deluxe remastered edition of KISS' sixth studio album, 1977's Love Gun, will be released this Tuesday, October 27, in conjunction with the band's 40th anniversary celebrations.  The expanded two-CD collection will include a bonus disc containing a variety of previously unreleased live and demo recordings, as well as a 1977 interview with singer/bassist Gene Simmons.Released in June of '77, Love Gun peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hit single "Christine Sixteen," which reached #25 on the  Hot 100 chart.  The record also features the Ace Frehley showcase "Shock Me" and "Then She Kissed Me," a gender-switching rendition of the 1963 Crystals hit "Then He Kissed Me."  The album has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. to date.The bonus CD includes a variety of demos from the Love Gun sessions, as well as live versions of the title track, "Christine Sixteen" and "Shock Me" from a December '77 concert in Landover, Maryland.  The deluxe package includes new liner notes penned by Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.KISS will wind down its 40th anniversary tour next month with its first-ever Las Vegas residency, a nine-show engagement at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  The KISS Rocks Vegas dates are scheduled for November 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22 and 23.Here is the complete track list for the deluxe reissue of Love Gun:CD One: Original Album"I Stole Your Love""Christine Sixteen""Got Love for Sale""Shock Me""Tomorrow and Tonight""Love Gun""Hooligan""Almost Human""Plaster Caster""Then She Kissed Me"CD Two: Demos, Interview & Live"Much Too Soon" (Demo)*"Plaster Caster" (Demo)*"Reputation" (Demo)"Love Gun" (Teaching Demo)*"Love Gun" (Demo)*Gene Simmons Interview (1977)*"Tomorrow and Tonight" (Demo)*"I Know Who You Are" (Demo)*"Love Gun" (Live 1977)*"Christine Sixteen" (Live 1977)*"Shock Me" (Live 1977)** = Previously Unreleased.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 Yusuf/Cat Stevens' New Album Online Now, Vinyl Version of Record to Be


Legacy RecordingsYusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new studio in five years, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, on Tuesday, October 27.  However, fans who head over to Amazon.com through this coming Monday can hear the record streaming in its entirety.Meanwhile, a special 180-gram vinyl edition of Tell 'Em I'm Gone will be released on November 24.  The disc will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve and will feature a download card allowing access to an MP3 version of the album.  In addition, first pressings of the LP will feature alternate cover art -- a hand-drawn cartoonish depiction of Yusuf created by acclaimed illustrator William Stout.Tell 'Em I'm Gone features 10 songs: five Yusuf originals and five cover tunes.  Among the latter are versions of Edgar Winter's "Dying to Live," Procol Harum's "The Devil Came from Kansas" and the popular standard "You Are My Sunshine."  A number of guest artists contributed to the project, including veteran folk-rocker Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, alt-country singer-songwriter Bonnie "Prince" Billy and journeyman indie-rock guitarist Matt Sweeney.  Yusuf co-produced the album with Rick Rubin.Yusuf will support Tell 'Em I'm Gone with a brief European tour in November followed by a similarly short North American trek running from a December 1 show in Toronto through a December 14 concert in Los Angeles.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

Eric Clapton to Celebrate 70th Birthday with Series of Concerts at Royal Albert


Universal MusicEric Clapton is set to commemorate his 70th birthday in a big way next year.  The guitar legend, who will reach the big 7-0 on March 30, 2015, has scheduled a four-concert engagement at London's famed Royal Albert Hall that will be held on May 14, 15, 17 and 18.The shows also will mark the 50th anniversary of Clapton's first performance at the venue, which took place on December 7, 1964, while he was a member of The Yardbirds.  The band was part of the lineup of the BBC television program Top Beat Show.Clapton will be accompanied at his birthday concerts by his current touring group, which includes keyboardists Paul Carrack and Chris Stainton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and backing singers Sharon White and Michelle John.  The shows are the first Slowhand has scheduled since his 2014 itinerary wound down with a June 28 gig in Poland.Eric has said in multiple interviews that he's is considering retiring from touring once he turns 70, but he's yet to announce any official plans with regard to quitting the road.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

The Who Postpones First Two European Dates on 50th Anniversary Tour


Image Courtesy of The WhoThe Who originally had been scheduled to launch their 50th anniversary tour with a November 26 concert in Dublin, Ireland, but the band has postponed that show and a gig that was to have been held two days later in Belfast, Northern Ireland.The reason given for rescheduling both events is "unforeseen logistical changes."  The Dublin concert, which will take place at the 3Arena -- formerly called the O2 -- now is scheduled for June 23, 2015, while the Belfast show at the Odyssey Arena will happen June 21.Meanwhile, last month The Who added a November 23 performance in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi to its itinerary, and that concert now apparently will serve as the kickoff to the band's "Who Hits 50!" trek.  Following that show, the British rock legends will launch a series of U.K. dates running from a November 30 concert in Glasgow through a December 17-18 stand in London.The Dublin and Belfast dates will take place in between the two 2015 North American tour legs The Who announced recently.  You can check out the band's full tour schedule at TheWho.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

"Baker Street" Sax Player Raphael Ravenscroft Passes Away


Rob Verhorst/RedfernsRaphael Ravenscroft, the man responsible for the recognizable saxophone solo in the 1978 Gerry Rafferty hit "Baker Street," died on Sunday at the age of 60.  Western Morning News reports that the musician is believed to have suffered a heart attack and passed away at a hospital near his home in Exeter, U.K. According to BBC News, Ravenscroft is said to have been paid for his work on "Baker Street" with a 27-pound check, which bounced, while the late Rafferty is said to have made 80,000 pounds a year in royalties from the tune.  The tune peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Ravenscroft went on to contribute his sax talents to a wide variety of artists, including Marvin Gaye, Robert Plant, Pink Floyd, Bonnie Tyler and America.In a BBC interview in 2011, Raphael said he got irritated when he heard "Baker Street" because he thought that the song was "out of tune."  After Rafferty died in January of that year, Ravenscroft teamed up with the Grammy-winning vocal group Tenebrae to record a tribute to the musician called "Forgiveness."Ravenscroft's daughter, Scarlett Raven, said of her dad, "He touched your soul and made you want to better yourself.  I think he was very proud of 'Baker Street' and that it made people feel good."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

Beatles, Neil Young, Roy Orbison Part of Record Store Day "Black Friday" Vinyl R


RecordStoreDay.comThe full lineup of releases for Record Store Day's 2014 "Black Friday" event has been announced, and lovers of vinyl and classic rock will have quite a list from which to choose.  Among the newly-revealed discs that will be available are releases from The Beatles, Neil Young, Genesis, The Grateful Dead and Roy Orbison.The Beatles' offering will be a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the Little Richard-penned title track and three other tunes.Young will issue a limited-edition box set called Official Release Series Discs 5-8 that gathers together 180-gram vinyl versions of four of his early albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma.  The collection originally had been slated for release as part of last April's Record Store Day initiative, but was postponed.Genesis will release a vinyl version of their 1969 debut album, From Genesis to Revelation, which hasn't been available in the format since 1974.The Grateful Dead's Record Store Day contribution will be a two-LP live album capturing performances from the second set of a show the band played in Houston on November 18, 1972.  Among the songs on the disc are "Bertha," "Jack Straw," "Deal," "Sugar Magnolia," and a marathon 25-minute rendition of "Playing in the Band."Metallica will release the 12-inch "Lords of Summer" single, featuring a studio and live version of the new song's "first pass."Roy Orbison's release is a colored-vinyl version of the late singer's first full-length album, At the Rock House, which was recorded in 1956 but not issued until five years later.  The long-out-of-print collection features such tunes as "Ooby Dooby" and "Devil Doll."Other exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in conjunction with the 2014 Record Store Day "Black Friday" event include discs from Bon Jovi, The Doors, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Velvet Underground and Wham.  You can view the entire release lineup at RecordStoreDay.com.The Record Store Day "Black Friday" celebration will be held on November 28 in independent record stores throughout the U.S.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

Santana to Perform Instrumental Version of National Anthem at World Series


Image Courtesy Maryanne Bilham/RCA RecordsCarlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" Saturday at Game Four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals in San Francisco, a Fox spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday in Kansas City.Singer Phillip Phillips has been tapped to perform the national anthem Wednesday night before Game Two.The country group Little Big Town will perform the song before Game Three on Friday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bob Seger Talks New Album, "Ride Out"; Discusses Possibility of Retiring from th


Capitol RecordsLast week, Bob Seger released his first new studio album in more than eight years, Ride Out.  The 10-track collection is made up mostly of tunes penned by the Michigan rocker, but also features four covers, including songs by John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Australian singer/songwriter Kacey Chambers.It's not the norm for Seger to include so many non-originals on one of his albums, but the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that each of the covers on Ride Out is one that he wished he'd written himself.  One of these, Hiatt's "Detroit Made," even was chosen as the record's lead single.Seger says of the tune, an homage to the Detroit auto industry, "I just loved the subject matter, 'cause, you know, I'm [from] Michigan...we all love cars 'cause of…Detroit, and everybody loves their classic cars.  And I said, 'This is a natural.'"Bob got to road test "Detroit Made" during his last tour, and even used the song to open about half of those concerts, noting that "it really went over good" live.Meanwhile, the second single from Ride Out is romantic ballad titled "You Take Me In," which he wrote for his wife.  Seger tells ABC News Radio that he'd penned the song about three years ago but hadn't played it for his spouse until about three months back, when his label sent him a test pressing of Ride Out.  Bob recalls that he put the tune on while he and his wife were driving together in their car."[I]t starts up and she says, 'What's this?'  I said, 'This is your song," he says, laughing.  "So about halfway through, she reaches for the glove box, gets the tissues out.  So, it was a great moment."Another song from Ride Out that been receiving a lot of media attention is "It's Your World," which focuses on the various environmental problems that we're facing on the planet.Seger tells ABC News Radio, "I read every environmental article I see and [the tune is] like a summing up of all those things."He adds, "I guess when you get older, you worry about your kids' future...I'm not going to be around nearly as long as they are and, and you just worry about the mess we're going to leave them."Seger kicks off the first of two confirmed North American tour legs in support of Ride Out with a November 19 show in Saginaw, Michigan.  There's been some speculation that the trek could be Bob's last, but the veteran rocker says that even if he does decide to quit the road, he doesn't like the idea of officially labeling an outing a "farewell tour.""I wouldn't want to announce it out," he explains.  "It'd be the saddest tour in the world, you know, if it was our last tour.  So I just really kind of take it tour by tour."That being said, Seger points out that when his 2015 tour leg winds down around April, he will evaluate how he's feeling with regard to doing future shows."I think the determining factor of when I retire will be my voice," he notes.  "If I feel it's starting to slip, if I feel I can't really sing well enough anymore, I'll be the first one out the door."Visit BobSeger.com to check out a list all of Seger's upcoming concerts.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

Ringo Starr Named Spokesperson for Skechers


Image Courtesy of Rob ShanahanRingo Starr has been named the latest spokesperson for Skechers.The legendary drummer will endorse Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear in a campaign that will launch next spring with a new TV commercial.  Skechers notes that until now, the Relaxed Fit footwear ads have focused on pro athletes. It says, "[W]e can’t wait for everyone to see how Ringo’s charm and cool charisma makes him the perfect ambassador for Relaxed Fit." 

Paul McCartney Discusses Twerking, Tattoos and Favorite Current Tunes in New Twi


MPL/Mary McCartney Paul McCartney took to his Twitter account on Monday for a Q&A session with fans, during which the rock legend candidly, and often humorously, shared a variety of personal revelations.Among the many topics Sir Paul chatted about were his current favorite songs and the best gigs he ever attended.  McCartney said the tunes that he's enjoying most right now are the Foo Fighters' new single, "Something from Nothing," and the Sia hit "Chandelier."  As for his favorite concerts, Paul tweeted, "There are many," while singling out rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint show.McCartney also named his favorite television shows -- Veep and Family Feud -- and his favorite Meryl Streep movie, which he says is The Devil Wears Prada, while adding that "everything she does is brilliant."The 72-year-old also revealed that his favorite bass line to play is The Beatles' "Being for the Benefit for Mr. Kite," noting that "it's challenging."  In addition, he admitted that he often will forget the words to his own tunes in concert, pointing out, "I think that the people in my audience know the songs better than I do.  Excuse is I've written rather a lot."On the sillier side of things, McCartney revealed that the last time he twerked he "was with Katy Perry," adding that the pop starlet "was rather good at it!"  He also reported that he has no tattoos anywhere on his body, "not even on my a**."During the Q&A session, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Adams got in on the act, submitting the question, "Are you a cyborg?" to which Paul responded, "I am in fact an alien!"  Speaking about aliens, McCartney named the film Alien as his favorite horror movie because, as he explained, he liked "the bit of chest-popping!"McCartney also used the Twitter event to premiere an unreleased demo version of the Wings tune "Beware My Love" that features late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.  The track will appear on the deluxe, remastered edition of the 1976 Wings at the Speed of Sound album, which will be released on November 4.To check out McCartney's entire Q&A, visit Twitter.com./PaulMcCartney. 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

Expanded, 40th Anniversary Edition of Supertramp's "Crime of the Century" Arrivi


Universal Music EnterprisesThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Supertramp's Crime of the Century, the album that brought the U.K. band its first taste of commercial success in the U.S.  To mark the milestone, a remastered, two-CD version of the album will hit stores on December 9.Crime of the Century, Supertramp's third studio effort, was released in September 1974 and became the band's first album to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #38.  The record also yielded the group's first top 40 single in the States, "Bloody Well Right," which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, the album featured "Dreamer," a live version of which would go on to become a top 20 hit in 1980.All of the songs on the record were either written or co-written by Supertramp's two lead singers, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.The 40th Anniversary Edition of Crime of the Century includes a bonus disc boasting a 1975 concert performance Supertramp gave at London's Hammersmith Odeon.  The show features renditions of all of the album's songs, as well as a few tunes that appeared on the band's next studio effort, 1975's Crisis? What Crisis?  The live recordings were mixed from the original tapes by renowned producer/engineer Ken Scott.The Crime of the Century reissue also will be available as a three-LP 180-gram vinyl set and as a digital download.Here is the track list for the expanded Crime of the Century:Disc 1:"School""Bloody Well Right""Hide in Your Shell"/"Asylum""Dreamer"/"Rudy""If Everyone Was Listening""Crime of the Century"Disc 2: Live at Hammersmith '75"School""Bloody Well Right""Hide in Your Shell""Asylum""Sister Moonshine""Just a Normal Day""Another Man's Woman""Lady" "A -- You're Adorable""Dreamer""Rudy""If Everyone Was Listening""Crime of the CenturyFollow @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

Jimmy Page Says "There Is Not Going to Be Any More" Led Zeppelin Concerts; Talks


Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinJimmy Page has weighed in once again about the prospects for a possible Led Zeppelin reunion and, not surprisingly, he's not optimistic.  In a new Billboard interview, the guitar great points out that it's been seven years since the band's last performance, at the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London, and notes that "quite clearly…there is not going to be any more because obviously you need the will of all people involved."Looking back at the preparation for the concert, Page tells the magazine that "from the point of view of Jason [Bonham], myself and John Paul Jones, there was a real will to actually work at it, but there was only one concert."  He adds, "I thought there was going to be more.  It was intimated that there was going to be more."Of course, it's been made clear in numerous interviews that singer Robert Plant was the sole hold-out when it came to extending the reunion.In other news, Page tells Billboard that, now that he's finished work on the expanded Led Zeppelin reissues, he is indeed planning to focus on a solo project in 2015.  He says, "My master plan is to be playing live next year.  I haven't got another 20-30 years left in me, so I really need to get out there and present myself the way that I like to present myself and to be seen and be heard."Jimmy guarantees that Led Zeppelin music will be a part of his live show, "because I'm really proud of the music that I did and the instrumental side of it -- things like 'Black Mountain Side,' 'White Summer' and 'Dazed and Confused.'"  He adds that he'll try to bring something fresh to the live performances of his old group's tunes, noting that he "wouldn't go out and make it look like a tribute band."Page insists that he also plans to work on some new original music, while admitting that he hasn't put a band together yet to back him.With regard to the sound of the new material, Jimmy says, "It wouldn't really be me if I didn't have music that was in various genres and moods, but there will be some surprises to go along with that.  That's the idea."He tells Billboard that he can't be more specific "because I haven't had the chance to really work on it."  Page adds, "But given the momentum of working and knowing that I'm going to be doing concerts, I'm getting ready to start putting all the pieces into play."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

Happy 88th Birthday to Chuck Berry!


Image Courtesy of Chuck Berry's ManagementHail, hail, Chuck Berry, who celebrates his 88th birthday today.  The rock 'n' roll pioneer has been a national treasure since he duck-walked onto the music scene some 60 years ago.  Not that we need reminding, but his many unforgettable tunes include "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Rock and Roll Music," "Back in the U.S.A." and "Memphis, Tennessee."With his catchy melodies, his witty lyrics and his trademark guitar riffs, it's hard to gauge the impact Berry's had on rock music.  He directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks, and that's just for starters.  Not surprisingly, Berry was among the first group of performers ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986.The rocking octogenarian may have slowed down a bit in recent years, but he's still at it.  He continues to play a monthly show at Blueberry Hill club's Duck Room in his hometown of St. Louis, as well as other occasional concerts.  In August, Berry was honored for his career achievements with Sweden's prestigious Polar Prize, although he was unable attend the ceremony because of illness.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 Denver to Receive Posthumous Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Next Week


PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom "Country Roads" to Hollywood Boulevard!: The late John Denver is slated to be honored with the 2,531st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, October 24.  The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. PT and will take place at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard near Sycamore Avenue.Two of the beloved singer/songwriter's children -- Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver -- will be on hand to accept the honor on behalf of their family.  Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event.  Indie-rock act Trampled by Turtles will perform an acoustic rendition of the Denver's 1974 hit "Annie's Song" during the festivities, while other as-yet-unannounced guests also will make appearances."We are proud to honor one of America's singing icons who has been missed for many years," says Gubler in a statement.  "Luckily for us we have his amazing music to remember him by."For fans who can't make it to the unveiling in person, the ceremony will stream live via WalkofFame.com.On the same day as the Walk of Fame event, an exhibition featuring 40 previously unseen photographs taken by Denver will open at the Substrate Gallery in Hollywood.  The exhibit, titled "Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver," will remain on display through November 23.  Limited editions of the singer's photos also will be sold at the gallery.As previously reported, a four-CD, career-spanning box set called All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection is scheduled to be released on November 4.  The compilation will feature classic hits, memorable album cuts, live performances, demo recordings and rare tracks, and will include six previously unreleased songs.Denver died in a 1997 plane crash at the age of 53.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

Phil Collins Featured in New Documentary About Influential Drum Machine


Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsPhil Collins is one of the many well-known music artists who appear in an upcoming documentary titled 808, which explores the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine. The film, which was directed by Alexander Dunn, takes an in-depth look at how the electronic instrument has changed the music industry, from its introduction in 1980 to today.Other stars featured in the movie include New Order, Blur frontman Damon Albarn, pop hitmatker Pharrell Williams, Roots drummer Questlove, electronica artist Fatboy Slim, 808 pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and lauded producers Rick Rubin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis."808 has really been a journey of discovery for me," says Dunn in a statement.  "One that led myself and the team to meet over 50 musicians and artists from all around the world, hearing their personal stories about the 808 and the music they created using its iconic sounds.  Those artists and musicians are the real protagonists of the film and the 808, in the hands of our contributors, would change music forever."The film, as well as a companion soundtrack, will be released in 2015.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

Barry Manilow to Perform Live on QVC on Friday


PR News Foto/Verve Music GroupBarry Manilow will debut songs from his new album, My Dream Duets, this Friday on QVC.Starting at 6 p.m. ET, Barry Manilow: Q Sessions Live will feature the singer performing songs from the new record, as well as from Live in London, a bonus CD that includes four never-released live tracks.  The CD has been compiled especially for QVC, and viewers will be able to order it, along with the regular album, a week before it arrives.My Dream Duets features Barry singing, through the magic of technology, with stars who are no longer with us, like Whitney Houston, Judy Garland, John Denver, Dusty Springfield and Sammy Davis Jr.  The Live in London CD was recorded at London's O2 arena in May of 2011, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  It includes a version of Manilow's classic "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again."On the QVC website, you also can watch an interview with Barry in which he explains why he decided to go this route with the album.  He says his record company asked him to do a duets project, so he made a list of all the artists he'd really want to sing with, and realized that all of them were no longer with us.  He figured that the project was impossible, but his record company was determined to make it happen. My Dream Duets arrives on October 27.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  

Steve Perry Leads More Journey Sing-Alongs at San Francisco Giants Games


Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesFormer Journey frontman Steve Perry continues to help fire up San Francisco Giants fans during his hometown team's 2014 playoff run. Last week, during a home game against the Washington Nationals, the golden-voiced singer led the crowd in a sing-along of his old band's classic anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" from the stands at San Francisco's AT&T Park, and was at it again this week as the Giants try to move past the St. Louis Cardinals to get to the World Series.On Tuesday, Perry was seen belting out the song as the Giants were on route to a 5-4 victory to take a two-games-to-one lead in the National League Championship Series.  Then, last night, Steve appeared again in the stands, this time singing along with the crowd as "Lights," Journey's ode to the Bay City, played over the PA system.  The Giants went on to beat the Cardinals again, 6-to-4, and now need just one more win to punch their ticket to the World Series, where they would face off against this year's American League champs, the Kansas City Royals.Meanwhile, the Giants' home games during the current playoff series have featured a number of other cool musical moments.  Before Tuesday's contest, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh -- joined by Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery -- sang the national anthem.  Then last night, Tower of Power's Ray Greene belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the game, while ex-Santana singer Tony Lindsay crooned "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch.Game 5 of the National League Championship Series takes place tonight at AT&T Park and will air at 8:07 p.m. ET on Fox Sports.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 RadioYour browser does not support iframes.Your browser does not support iframes.Your browser does not support iframes.

Bruce Springsteen Cheers for Sting's Broadway Show


Walter McBride/Getty ImagesLegendary rockers stick together.  Bruce Springsteen was in the audience for Wednesday night's preview performance of Sting's new Broadway musical The Last Ship, reports Showbiz411.According to the website, Springsteen attended the show with his daughter Jessica, and then led the standing ovation at the end of the performance.  Afterwards, he hung out backstage with Sting and the show's cast. Springsteen and Sting have worked together on and off for years, mostly at charity events.  For example, they were both part of the 1988 Human Rights Now! Amnesty International tour, and Bruce was a special guest at Sting's 2010 New York City benefit for his Rainforest Fund.  Both men are also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though Sting, who is in as a member of The Police, has a chance to be inducted a second time next year, as a solo artist.The Last Ship, partially based on Sting's childhood growing up in a shipbuilding town in the North of England, officially opens on October 26 at the Neil Simon Theater.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

Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Steve Miller, Ann and Nancy Wilson & More Nominated f


Reprise/WEAThe Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 "Performing Songwriters" nominees, and the list includes quite a few legendary rockers.Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Steve Miller and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson have all been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015 class. Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and Steve Winwood are also among the prospective inductees.Among those up for induction in the non-performing category is the songwriting team of Robert Hunter and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, who co-wrote hits like "Ripple," "Casey Jones," "Touch of Grey," "Uncle John's Band" and "Truckin'."  Of course, Garcia was a performer, but Hunter is not.Members of the Hall of Fame have until December to vote on the final list, and the inductees will be honored during the 2015 Annual Awards Gala, which will be held in New York City June 18.There are currently around 400 members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Phil Collins, and Bob Dylan.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

1980 Bob Marley Concert to Be Released as DVD and CD/DVD Set


Eagle Rock EntertainmentA 1980 concert Bob Marley played in Dortmund, Germany, during his final world tour is the subject of a new release titled Uprising Live!, which will be issued as a DVD, a DVD/two-CD set and a digital video on November 24.  The show, which took place in June of 1980, originally aired on an episode of the German television series Rockpalast.At the time of the concert, the reggae legend was promoting what would be his last studio album, Uprising.  Among the many well-known songs he performed were "I Shot the Sheriff," "Jamming," "No Woman, No Cry," "Could You Be Loved" and "Get Up, Stand Up."  The show also includes an opening set by Marley's female backing vocal group, The I Threes.Uprising Live! boasts fully restored footage of the concert. The project was supervised by two of Bob's children, son Ziggy and daughter Cedella.Marley was only 36 when he died of cancer in May of 1981.  February 6, 2015, will mark what would have been his 70th birthday.Here's a full track list for Uprising Live!:I Threes Set:"Precious World""Slave Queen""Steppin' Out of Babylon""That's the Way Jah Planned It" Main Show:"Marley Chant""Natural Mystic""Positive Vibration""Revolution""I Shot the Sheriff""War/No More Trouble""Zimbabwe""Jamming""No Woman, No Cry""Zion Train""Exodus""Redemption Song""Could You Be Loved""We Can Make It Work""Natty Dread""Is This Love""Get Up, Stand Up""Coming In from the Cold""Lively Up Yourself"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

Bowie, Elvis and The Kinks Among Artists Offering Vinyl Discs for 2014 Record St


RecordStoreDay.com'Tis almost the season for limited-edition vinyl releases, as the 2014 installment of Record Store Day's "Black Friday" celebration is scheduled to take place on November 28.  Collectible discs from David Bowie, Elvis Presley, The Kinks and Jimi Hendrix are part of a partial list of releases that will be issued by Legacy Recordings in conjunction with the campaign.Bowie's contribution to Record Store Day will be a previously reported single featuring his new song "Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)," which also will be included on the influential singer's upcoming compilation Nothing Has Changed, due out on November 17.  The track will appear as the A-side of a 10-inch vinyl disc that will feature another new Bowie song, called "Tis a Pity She's a Whore," on its B-side.Presley's offering to the initiative is a two-LP, 180-gram vinyl set titled Showroom Internationale that features performances by the late King of Rock 'n' Roll from an August 1970 concert in Las Vegas.  Thirteen of the songs included on the discs are previously unreleased.  The show was originally recorded in conjunction with the 1970 documentary Elvis: That's the Way It Is.As for The Kinks, their Record Store Day release is an expanded, double-LP, 180-gram vinyl version of their acclaimed 1971 album, Muswell Hillbillies.  The first disc features the original album, while the second contains outtakes from the Muswell Hillbillies sessions, rarities and recordings the band did for famed BBC deejay John Peel's radio show.Meanwhile, Hendrix's contribution to the campaign is a two-LP set titled Hear My Music that's pressed of 200-gram audiophile vinyl.  The album offers various unreleased studio recordings the late guitar legend made during 1969.Other artists who will be offering special releases in conjunction with Record Store Day's Black Friday sale include Wham, Joe Satriani, Dave Matthews Band and Miles Davis.  A multicolored, two-LP edition of the American Hustle soundtrack, which features songs by America, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John, Tom Jones, Donna Summer and Wings, also will be sold.To mark each Record Store Day, a wide variety of limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops across the U.S. and in other countries.  Visit RecordStoreDay.com to find out more information about this year's "Black Friday" initiative.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

Stevie Nicks' Latest Album, "24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault," Scores Top 10


Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks new solo album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, has had a glittering debut on the Billboard 200 chart.  The collection of newly recorded studio versions of unreleased songs dating back to earlier in the Fleetwood Mac singer's career bowed at #7, after selling 33,000 copies.The new album's premiere fell one slot shy of that of Nicks' previous solo effort, 2011's In Your Dreams, which landed at #6 after sales of 52,000 in its debut week.  24 Karat Gold is Stevie's sixth solo release to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200.  Her most successful was her first album, Belladonna, which topped the chart in 1981, and has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone.Nicks currently is on tour with Fleetwood Mac.  The band's next show takes place tonight, October 15 in Philadelphia.Elsewhere on the Billboard albums tally, Barbra Streisand's Partners and the Tony Bennett-Lady Gaga duets collection Cheek to Cheek both held on to their respective slots from the previous week, #3 and #4.  Both albums had previously debuted at the top of the chart.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 Interactive Fleetwood Mac eBook Biography Available Now


Image Courtesy of Sam GrahamA new eBook based on a long-out-of-print authorized biography of Fleetwood Mac was recently released via Apple's iBooks store and iTunes.  Before the Beginning: A Personal and Opinionated History of Fleetwood Mac, by author Sam Graham, tells the band's story from its late-'60s origins as a U.K.-based blues outfit through its Rumours-era heyday as one of the world's most popular pop-rock acts.In putting together the eBook, Graham revisited his 1978 publication Fleetwood Mac -- The Authorized History, and added multimedia content with help from artist and illustrator Kirsten Huntley.  The eBook includes 30 digitized audio clips from cassette-tape interviews the writer conducted with Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie; former Fleetwood Mac members Jeremy Spencer and the late Bob Welch; and early producer Mike Vernon.Before the Beginning also offers scanned images of letters sent between Graham and ex-Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis, autographed photos, notes from conversations Sam had with Mac bassist John McVie and founding lead guitarist Peter Green, and a timeline of the band's history from 1967 to 1983.With regard to what's included in the text of the eBook, Graham notes, "The Lindsey-Stevie era is by far the longest and most productive, but they had an inspiring and tumultuous prior history, so that's in there too.  We tried to satisfy both those who knew there was a Fleetwood Mac before 'Rhiannon' or Rumours and those who didn't."Before the Beginning costs $4.99.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

Billy Joel No Longer in a "New York (Real E)state of Mind"


Image Courtesy of Myrna SuarezBilly Joel is always in a "New York State of Mind," but he's apparently lost interest in New York City real estate.The New York Daily News reports that Joel has finally gotten rid of the last of his property in Manhattan: a co-op on the city's tony Central Park South.  The paper says that the Piano Man sold the 15th floor apartment for $775,000.  Last year, he offloaded a penthouse in the same building for a whopping $11 million. He had purchased the apartment as a possible extension to the penthouse, but never used it, according to the paper: Instead, he leased it out to someone else.  The sale means that Joel no longer owns any property in Manhattan. Meanwhile, the sale of Billy's home in New York's ritzy Hamptons has just closed.  That property went for $19 million, according to New York's Newsday.  He'd been trying to sell the beachfront house on and off since 2009.Joel continues to perform one show a month at New York's Madison Square Garden.  His next concert is set for November 25.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 Joni Mitchell Compilation Inspired by Abandoned Ballet Project Arriving Next


RhinoJoni Mitchell has put together a career-spanning, four-CD retrospective of her music titled Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced that will be released on November 17.  The 53-song collection initially was compiled for a planned dance production focusing on the aspects of love that was to have been put on by Canada's Albert Ballet, but was eventually abandoned when the singer/songwriter was unable to settle on a list of tunes for the project."I wanted the music to feel like a total work -- a new work," Mitchell explains in the liner notes.  "No matter what I did, though, at that length, it remained merely a collection of songs."Instead, Joni wound up gathering the songs into four separate themed sections, each one that she views as a potential ballet or act of a ballet, and each corresponding to a disc in the box set.  The whole process took her about two years to complete."I am a painter who writes songs," Mitchell says.  "My songs are very visual.  The words create scenes...What I have done here is to gather some of these scenes (like a documentary filmmaker) and by juxtaposition, edit them into a whole new work."In addition to curating Love Has Many Faces, Joni designed the package, which features 53 lyrical poems, six new original paintings and extensive notes focusing on the recording of her songs.Here's the full track list for Love Has Many Faces:Disc 1"In France They Kiss on Main Street""Ray's Dad's Cadillac"You Turn Me On I'm a Radio"Harlem in Havana""Car on a Hill""Dancin' Clown""River""Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody""Harry's House/Centerpiece""Shades of Scarlett Conquering""Number One""The Windfall (Everything for Nothing)""Come In from the Cold"Disc 2"Court and Spark""No Apologies""Trouble Child""Not to Blame""Nothing Can Be Done""Comes Love""Moon at the Window""Blue""Tax Free""The Wolf that Lives in Lindsey""Hana""Hejira""Stay in Touch""Night Ride Home"Disc 3"You're My Thrill""The Crazy Cries of Love""Love Puts On a New Face"Borderline""A Strange Boy""You Dream Flat Tires""Love""All I Want""Be Cool""Yvette in English""Just Like This Train""Carey""The Only Joy in Town"Disc 4"Don Juan's Reckless Daughter""Two Grey Rooms""God Must Be a Boogie Man""Down to You""A Case of You""The Last Time I Saw Richard""Raised on Robbery""Sweet Sucker Dance""Lakota""Cool Water"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

Foo Fighters Perform with Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson on "Late Show"


Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSFoo Fighters teamed up with Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson during their appearance on Tuesday night's episode of the Late Show with David Letterman. They performed the Heart song "Kick It Out."It was the Foo's second of five scheduled appearances this week on the CBS late-night program. On Monday night, they were joined by Zac Brown for a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs."Like Brown, Ann and Nancy Wilson will be featured on the band's new HBO series, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways, which premieres Friday. It documents the recording of the Sonic Highways album, which will be released November 10. The Foo Fighters plan to release the first song off that album on Thursday.Earlier on Tuesday night's episode of the Late Show, all of the members of the Foo Fighters were involved in a brief sketch in which a Batman-like "Foo signal" was flashed and an alarm sounded.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