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Paul McCartney, Elton John Among Stars to Be Featured on VH1's "A Very Bonnaroo


Photo: MJ KimThanksgiving isn't known for being a particularly musical holiday, save for a few football halftime shows.  That's about to change with this year with A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, a concert special airing tonight on VH1.  The two-hour show will feature performances from a variety of well-known acts that hit the Tennessee music festival's stage over the years, including Paul McCartney and Elton John, who headlined 2013's and this year's installment of the event, respectively.A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, which encourages viewers to take to social media with the hashtag #GobbleRoo, will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT.Meanwhile, Bonnaroo also is looking to be part of your Black Friday.  Tickets for the 2015 edition of festival will go on pre-sale on November 28 at noon ET.  Bonnaroo 2015 will be held June 11-14.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

Surviving Doors Members Share Their Thanksgiving Plans


Amanda Edwards/WireImageThe Doors' two surviving members, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, recently reestablished their friendship after being estranged for a number of years.  Still, the longtime band mates won't be spending Thanksgiving together, and have very different plans for the holiday at opposite sides of the U.S.Densmore tells ABC News Radio that he will celebrate the holiday close to home with his girlfriend, who he says is "making a giant feast" for her family and his family.The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that rather than focusing on the pilgrims who colonized America, he wants to acknowledge the first settlers of the continent during the festivities."Before we start chewing on the turkey, I'm gonna mention the Native American culture," he declares.  "I was raised Catholic, you know, and I was always taught to thank Jesus.  Well, I'm gonna say, 'Let's first thank the turkey for giving us our energy and, second, let's thank the Native Americans for giving us the idea of Thanksgiving.'"As for Krieger, he'll be on tour in the New York area during the holiday so, tells ABC News Radio, "I'll probably be eating Thanksgiving dinner at a motel."  Following a show Wednesday in Norfolk, Connecticut, with his current group Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen, the 68-year-old guitarist will have the holiday off, but then he and the band will play a concert the following day in Amityville, New York.  In addition, Robby also will be performing at a Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute concert this Saturday at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in New York City.  The event's lineup also includes Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge.Speaking about feasts, Densmore and Krieger have been promoting the recently released Doors video Feast of Friends, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray.  The release features restored documentary and performance footage of the band shot in 1967 and '68.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

KISS Performing with 600 Cheerleaders Today at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


Live Nation EntertainmentHere's one more reason to be thankful on Turkey Day, rock fans: KISS is one of the artists who will be performing at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  The three-hour holiday extravaganza will air live on NBC starting at 9 a.m. ET.In conjunction with the band's performance, 600 cheerleaders from throughout the U.S. will salute KISS during a medley of the group's classic songs.  More than 3.5 million people are expected to gather along the route of the parade, while an estimated 50 million-plus viewers will be watching on TV nationwide.KISS is scheduled to make their appearance on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade sometime between 11:13 and 11:18 a.m. ET.  This marks the first time ever that the band will play the event.  This year's entertainment lineup also includes Idina Menzel, Nick Jonas, The Madden Brothers, Meghan Trainor and American Authors.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

Gibson to Release Limited-Edition Bob Dylan Acoustic Signed by Folk-Rock Legend


Image Courtesy of Gibson BrandsGibson will be releasing two new acoustic guitars based on the SJ-200 model played by Bob Dylan and designed with input by the legendary singer-songwriter.The first is the limited-edition Bob Dylan Autographed SJ-200 Collector's Edition, which exactly replicates Dylan's custom-made SJ-200.  Only 175 on the instruments will be produced, each one boasting a label autographed by Bob.  The guitar features a headstock with an inlay of Dylan's "eye logo," as well as fancily decorated double pick guards.  The instrument will come with a hard-shell carrying case featuring an embroidered version of the aforementioned eye logo.The second guitar is called the SJ-200 Player's Edition, and features a design similar to that of the Collector's Edition, but made with different types of wood.  This model comes with an an LR Baggs brand Anthem pickup."After years of design and development overseen by the artist's personal guidance, these new models represent the best in artistry and performance just as Bob Dylan represents the best in American songwriting," says Gibson Brands chairman Henry Juszkiewicz.  "Taking elements from the historic SJ-200 line and blending them with Bob's personal vision for a signature model, these guitars represent the best of music history."No release date has been announced for the guitars.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

Roger Daltrey Says He's Considering Recording a Beyonce Song for Upcoming Solo A


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoWhat do The Who's Roger Daltrey and R&B star Beyonce have in common, other than both being singers?  Could be a lot more than that, depending on Daltrey himself.In a recent video interview with GulfNews TV, Daltrey was asked for his opinion about several contemporary pop and rock artists, including Beyonce, and he reported that he's actually considering recording one of her songs. "Class," Daltrey declared when the pop/R&B superstar's name was mentioned.  "I'm making a solo album at the moment and I'm toying with doing one of her own songs -- a Beyonce song, just kind of changing the lyrics a bit and put it in the male."Daltrey also addressed recent comments he made in the press about U.K. boy band One Direction, in which he apparently implied that he thought the group's music would not be considered significant over time.  Roger explained that he'd been "rather misquoted with One Direction," and that he hadn't been attacking the band.  "They've done incredibly well, and you can't knock that, that they've become the biggest pop band in the world," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stressed.  "We were a pop band once, and there's nothing wrong with that...but I don't know what music will have significance in the future."The 70-year-old singer also put his two cents in about Justin Bieber and his recent troubles.  "What a shame.  The boy needs help," said Daltrey, then addressed Bieber directly, saying, "Justin, give me a call, otherwise you're gonna end up like Keith Moon, and it'll be 'Goodnight, Vienna,' and I've lost too many friends.  You don't need to go. You've got a lot to offer."Daltrey also commented briefly about Taylor Swift, whom he called a "good country artist" and a "good-looking girl," and Kings of Leon, which he said are a "good" American rock ''n' roll band.Lastly, Roger was asked to share his thoughts on the oft-maligned Coldplay.  He praised Chris Martin's melodies and said that the sound that the band created "was totally original in its day," but noted that he isn't a fan of Martin's stage antics."I just wish he wouldn't run around so much on the stage, because it takes away from the music.  It doesn't make the music stronger.  It weakens it," Daltrey maintained.  "He doesn't need to do it.  When did you ever see Elvis run on the stage?"Roger added that he has the same criticism of Mick Jagger.  "Stop it!" he declared.  "Stand still and dance."The Who launch the U.K. leg of its 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland.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

Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper Among Artists Set to Perform at 2015 Grammy Foundation


Badman Ltd.; WeTVOn February 5, three days before the Grammy Awards, a special concert event called "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy" will take place that will feature performances by a variety of previous Grammy winners, including Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge and country legend Willie Nelson.The event is the 17th annual concert staged by the Grammy Foundation, and it's designed to highlight the organization's efforts to preserve our musical legacy.  Also on the bill are contemporary artists Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc.  The theme of the event is the evolution of music's role in helping charitable causes, and so the concert will celebrate iconic charity songs and concerts.More artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Tickets to the event, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, cost $45 and are on sale now at GrammyFoundation.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

Patti LaBelle Confirmed for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C.


Photo: Carlo Dalla ChiesaPatti LaBelle is among the performers scheduled to participate in the National Christmas Tree Lighting, taking place December 4 in Washington, D.C.The legendary singer will be joined by Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz and award-winning vocal group The Tenors at the 92nd annual event, which will be held at the White House Ellipse at President's Park.  The ceremony will be streamed live at TheNationalTree.org starting at 4:30 p.m. ET, but if you miss it, it will air on public television throughout December.Additional performers and special guests for the event will be announced soon.Follow @ABCNewsRadioCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rolling Stones' Muscle Shoals Sessions to Be Commemorated with Historic Marker


Image Courtesy of RankinThe 45th anniversary of a historic recording session by The Rolling Stones at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, will be commemorated with a marker next week in the nearby town of Florence.  The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, December 5, at the site of a former Holiday Inn where the band stayed while working on several of their classic songs at the renowned studio.In early December of 1969, the British rock legends recorded "Wild Horses," "Brown Sugar" and "You Gotta Move," which all eventually were released on the group's 1971 album, Sticky Fingers.  Studio co-owner Jimmy Johnson, who also was the guitarist of the famed group of Muscle Shoals session musicians known as The Swampers, engineered The Stones recordings, and will be in attendance at the ceremony."The Stones' visit was a major turning point," says Johnson.  "I am very excited about the marker and appreciate the state support for our efforts to preserve and promote Muscle Shoals Music."The acclaimed 1970 Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter includes footage of the some of the band's members recording in Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and also listening to a recording of "Brown Sugar" in a room at the Holiday Inn, which was torn down during the 1970s.  Some of those scenes also appear in the 2013 Muscle Shoals documentary, as do new interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recalling the sessions.The Alabama Tourism Department was responsible for producing the marker."Because the Muscle Shoals documentary contained actual film footage of the Rolling Stones' recording sessions here, more people are aware of that history,” says Tourism Department director Lee Sentell.  "This should be…a unique photo opportunity for fans of the Stones."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 Simon, James Taylor Performing at NYC Benefit Show Honoring Late Saxophonis


Mark Seliger; James O'MaraTwo of America's all-time great singer/songwriters, Paul Simon and James Taylor, will perform at a benefit event that will pay tribute to their late friend and Grammy-winning sax player Michael Brecker.  "The Nearness of You" benefit concert will be held on January 20, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York City.The show, which also feature Bobby McFerrin and other well-known musicians, will raise money for cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center, and the work of two respected doctors, Azra Raza and Siddhartha Mukherjee, who are focused on finding a cure for Myelodisplastic Syndromes (MDS).  Brecker died at the age of 57 in 2007 after a battle with MDS.Meredith Viera will emcee the event, which is being produced by Michael's widow, Susan Brecker."When I learned that a cure for MDS will likely provide the key to curing leukemia, I realized there was no better way to honor my husband's legacy than by raising important funds for research through this benefit concert," says Susan in a statement.Tickets for the concert are priced starting at $200 and are on sale now.  You can buy them at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office in New York, via the phone by calling 212-721-6500 or online at Jazz.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

New Supergroup Revolution Saints Features Members of Journey, Night Ranger, Whit


Frontiers RecordsMembers of three big rock bands of the '80s, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, have joined forces in a new supergroup called Revolution Saints.  Castronovo pulls double duty in the band, serving as lead singer as well as keeping the beat.Revolution Saints will release its self-titled debut album on February 24.  The band was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino, president of Frontiers Records, who wanted to put together a project that would showcase Deen's vocal talents. The 12-track album features songs that combine the soaring melodies and virtuoso musicianship for which the band members' other groups are known.Two other current members of Journey, guitarist Neal Schon and frontman Arnel Pineda, make guest appearances on Revolution Saints.  Schon is featured on a song titled "Way to the Sun," while Pineda sings on a tune called "You're Not Alone.""Revolution Saints, to me it's '80s-vibe rock with nuts," says Castronovo in a promo video for the album posted on the Frontiers Music YouTube channel.  "I mean, you got …tons of melody, huge hooks and then you got amazing musicians."Adds Deen, "Nobody really played it safe on this.  It had enough freedom and it had enough air in it to where we could bring each one of our styles into this."Revolution Saints will be available on CD and high-quality vinyl, as well as in a deluxe edition CD/DVD set and as a digital download.  The deluxe release will offer three bonus tracks, and the DVD will include a making-of documentary, three promotional videos and one lyric video.Here's the track list for Revolution Saints:"Back on My Trail""Turn Back Time""You're Not Alone" (featuring Arnel Pineda)"Locked Out of Paradise""Way to the Sun" (featuring Neal Schon)"Dream On""Don't Walk Away""Here Forever""Strangers to This Life""Better World""How to Mend a Broken Heart""In the Name of the Father (Fernando's Song)"Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition only)"You Are Not Alone" (Arnel Pineda version)"Way to the Sun" (Doug Aldrich version)"You Are Not Alone" (Deen Castronovo version)DVD Content (Deluxe Edition only)Making of the Album documentary"Turn Back Time" (promo video)"Back on My Trail" (promo video)"Here Forever" (promo video)"Way to the Sun" (lyric video)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 Dylan Plays Concert for One Person, Show Filmed for YouTube Documentary


Columbia RecordsOn Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia's Academy of Music, Bob Dylan played what had to have been the most intimate show he's ever done, performing a short set of cover tunes with his backing band to one person -- a Swedish TV personality named Fredrik Wikingsson.  The event was organized and filmed for an ongoing Swedish movie series titled Experiment Ensam -- translation: Experiment Alone -- which captures an individual taking part in an activity usually experienced by crowds.Wikingsson tells Rolling Stone that Dylan's set featured renditions of Buddy Holly's "Heartbeat," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," Chuck Willis' "It's Too Late (She's Gone)" and a blues jam that he couldn't identify."I was smiling so much it was like I was on ecstasy," he admits.  "My jaw hurt for hours afterwards because I couldn't stop smiling."To make the amazing private show happen, Wikingsson says the filmmakers set things up through Dylan's representatives and paid the legendary singer/songwriter an undisclosed fee.Fredrik doesn't know how much, but guesses "it was probably more than he gets for a normal gig."Wikingsson was chosen to take part in the flick because he's friends with Experiment Ensam director Anders Helgeson, although he tells Rolling Stone he had to lobby hard for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."I had an endless series of meetings where I managed to convince people my extreme fandom made me the best candidate for the enviable task," the 41-year-old explains.Wikingsson also says he was skeptical that the performance would actually take place right until the time Dylan stepped on stage."I thought some a**hole would walk onstage and just laugh at me," he admits.  "I just couldn't fathom that Dylan would actually do this."Wikingsson reveals to Rolling Stone that he chose to sit in the second row in front of the middle of the stage.  He also notes that he initially felt awkward about responding to the performance, but decided to yell out something after the second song."I realized I had to say something.  It was just too weird," he points out.  "I screamed out, 'You guys sound great!'  That caused Dylan to burst out laughing."Following the third song, Dylan played an impromptu harmonica solo that Wikingsson says touched him so much that he almost began crying.  After Bob finished his last song, he jokingly said to Wikingsson, "Swing by anytime."The show was captured by eight cameras, and the documentary about the event, which will be 15 minutes long, will premiere on December 15 on YouTube.Wikingsson has been sharing stories about his amazing experience on his popular iTunes podcast, The Filip and Fredrik Podcast.  He tells Rolling Stone, that he has one more dream related to the show: "I want Dylan to release an official Columbia EP of the concert called Songs for Fredrick."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

Photos from The Beatles' "Abbey Road" Cover Shoot Fetch More than $200K at Aucti


Capitol Records/Universal MusicA complete set of prints from the photo shoot for The Beatles' famous Abbey Road album cover sold for 145,000 pounds, or about $227,000 -- not including the buyer's premium -- at an auction in London on Friday.  The pictures, which were purchased by an anonymous overseas buyer, had been estimated to sell for between 50,000 and 70,000 pounds.The images, which show the band's four members walking across the famed Abbey Rd. crosswalk, were shot on August 8, 1969, by late photographer Iain Macmillan.  Macmillan was given 10 minutes to take the pictures while police closed the street to traffic.  He snapped six photos of the band, as well as an image of a stone wall used for the back cover of the album.  Abbey Road, the last studio album The Beatles recorded, was released in September of that year.The prints were sold by Macmillan's estate, and each one is signed by the photographer, who died in 2006."This set of photographs has triggered a brilliant reaction from the market," Sarah Wheeler, head of Bloomsbury Auctions' photography department, said in a statement.  "It has been a pleasure to share them with the public at our salerooms, even for a short time, and a delight to see them attain such a worthy price."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

Bryan Adams Releases 30th Anniversary Edition of "Reckless": "I Knew I Had Somet


Universal Music EnterprisesThe day he turned 25 -- November 5, 1984 -- Bryan Adams released the album that would make him a superstar: Reckless.  Today, he's releasing a 30th anniversary edition of that milestone album, and he says when he was recording it, he had a hunch that it would take him to the next level of his career."I knew going into this record that I had something special," Adams tells ABC News Radio.  "I knew that when we recorded the first couple of tracks for the record that we were on to something really good."  At least, says the Canadian singer/songwriter, he and his musical partner, Jim Vallance, thought the project was really good, though they couldn't predict how the public would react."We didn't know, really, what we'd created.  We just know we liked it and that was the litmus test," says Adams.  "You know, 'Did we like it?  Yes.'  'Did we feel like it fills all the gaps that we need to do?'  Like, do I have enough rockers?  Do I have a good ballad?  You know, 'Are all those boxes ticked?'  It seemed like yes."Turns out the fans agreed with Bryan: out of the 10 songs on the album, six became hit singles.  Adams feels that one of them stands out, however."The magical songs that came out of [Reckless] obviously are the ones that were some of the biggest hits, and one of them, of course, was 'Run to You,'" Bryan recalls.  "For me, 'Run to You' is the jewel of the album because...it just set the tone for everything; and from there on, you know, we had 'Summer of '69' and 'Heaven,' 'Somebody' and then, of course, the duet with Tina Turner, 'It's Only Love.'"  He forgot to mention the sixth single -- "One Night Love Affair."  All six of the singles reached the top 15 on the Billboard charts, and at that time, there had only been two previous albums that accomplished that feat: Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Michael Jackson's Thriller.  All those songs and much more are featured on the super-deluxe edition of Reckless.  It comes housed in a hardback book and includes the remastered original album, seven bonus tracks, a live concert recording from London in April of 1985 and a DVD of Reckless: The Movie, which features all the promotional videos from the album interspersed with scenes linking the songs.  There's also a Blu-ray version of the original album, historical photos, interviews with Adams and copies of lyric sheets and notes from 1984.Since its release, the disc has gone on to sell more than 12 million copies.  In a statement, Bryan says, "Reckless was just the right record at the right time. It was just unstoppable."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 Miller Band Lines Up 2015 Tour Dates with Journey, Tower of Power


Image Courtesy of Tim BrownThis past year saw the Steve Miller Band mount a major North American tour with two other famed San Francisco-based acts: Journey and Tower of Power.  Now, that same bill is set to hit the road again in 2015.Miller and his group currently have five dates scheduled with Journey and Tower of Power, running from a March 5 show in Austin, Texas, through a March 15 concert in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Prior to those gigs, the Steve Miller Band has two 2015 headlining shows that will take place on February 19 in Durant, Oklahoma, and February 22 in San Antonio.  Meanwhile, the group just wound down its 2014 itinerary with a performance Saturday in Huntington, New York.In addition, the Miller Band has been tapped to perform at the 2015 North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview gala, taking place January 16 at the Cobo Center in Detroit.  The event is billed as "the largest single night fundraiser in the world," and benefits a variety of local Michigan children's charities.  The Charity Preview has brought in more than $96 million since it was first held in 1976.  Tickets to the 2015 event cost $400, and are on sale now at CharityPreview.com.Here's a list of all of Steve Miller Band's upcoming performances:1/16/15 -- Detroit, MI, North American International Auto Show - Cobo Center2/19 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Resort2/22 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theater*3/5 -- Austin, TX, Austin 360 Amphitheater *3/11 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena *3/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Memorial Arena*3/14 -- Tampa, FL, Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheater *3/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater* = with Journey and Tower of Power.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

Janis Joplin Biopic Starring Amy Adams Expected to Begin Filming in Mid-2015


Legacy Recordings; ABC/Randy HolmesThe long-gestating Janis Joplin biopic project finally appears to be ready to move forward, with Amy Adams set to portray the influential blues-rock singer.  Deadline reports that Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee has agreed to take the helm of the movie, which has a working title of Get It While You Can and is slated to begin shooting in the middle of next year.The production features a script by Ron and Theresa Terry, although Dallas Buyers Club screenwriters Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack are in negotiations to revise it, according to Deadline.  Adams has been attached to the project since 2010, when Fernando Meirelles, director of 2002's acclaimed City of God, had been lined up to direct the flick.  The Oscar-nominated actress is planning to do her own singing in the film.Last year, The Butler director Lee Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter that a Joplin biopic would be his next project, but those plans apparently have changed.Numerous attempts to get a biographical film about Joplin off the ground have been made over the last decade or so.  Other actresses who reportedly have been attached to movies about the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer singer over the years include Brittany Murphy, Renee Zellweger, pop star Pink, Zooey Deschanel and Tony Award winner Nina Arianda.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

Earth Wind & Fire to Perform on "A Home for the Holidays" Special


PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsEarth Wind & Fire is a part of the entertainment lineup for this year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, which airs December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show also will include performances by Train, Jennifer Hudson, U.K. pop act Rixton and country artists Ashley Monroe and Dan + Shay.As always, the special will feature uplifting stories about families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care.  Celebrity presenters, some of whom have had their own adoption experiences, or who are involved in children's issues, will also be part of the show.Also scheduled to appear on A Home for the Holidays are Katharine McPhee and Jillian Michaels.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 Loves Dylan's Contribution to Tribute Album, but Isn't Sure If Ev


MPL/Mary McCartneyThe star-studded Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney was released this past week, featuring renditions of the rock legend's songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey and many many more.  During a BBC Radio interview Wednesday, McCartney himself chatted about the compilation, marveling about the "amazing people" the producers got to take part in the project.One star McCartney said he was particularly glad contributed to the record was Dylan, although he admitted that the lauded singer/songwriter's weathered vocals might not be everyone's cup of tea."[With] his croaky old voice…he's doing one of my songs called 'Things We Said Today,'" Sir Paul pointed out in the interview, before proceeding to imitate Bob's rendition.  Macca added, "I think I was saying…'If I started singing like that they'd shoot me.'  Bob's great, you know.  I love it…It's just, you're either a fan or you're not, and I'm a big fan of his."McCartney also revealed that The Art of McCartney producer Ralph Sall had asked him to take part in the recording, but he didn't think it was a good idea."I said, 'Well, I can't, 'cause if it's a tribute I've got to just sort of be thankful they're doing it.  I can't get involved in my own tribute,'" he recalls.  "So I just let them get on with it.  He's done a good job, really."Meanwhile, McCartney reported that the next project he's focusing on is an animated feature film based on a 2005 children's book he co-wrote called High in the Clouds.  Sir Paul said his "main job is to do the music," but he also will voice one of the characters in the movie.The former Beatle also talked a little bit about "Hope for the Future," the theme song he wrote for the recently released video game Destiny that's expected to be issued as a single soon.McCartney's BBC Radio interview is streaming now at BBC.co.uk.  His segment begins at about the 37-minute mark.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

Tickets for Bob Dylan MusiCares Tribute Being Auctioned to Aid Grammy Charities


Image Courtesy of William ClaxtonA new charity auction is offering the chance to attend the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit, which will feature an all-star tribute to Bob Dylan.  The event will be held on February 6 in Los Angeles, and will honor the singer/songwriter's musical contributions, as well as his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.The winning bidder and a guest will receive two premium tickets to the event, as well as passes to private rehearsals that will be held the day before.  Bidding on the MusiCares Person of the Year package will be open until December 10 at CharityBuzz.com.Among the many big-name artists scheduled to perform at the gala are Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Tom Jones, Jack White, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson and Beck.The experience is just one of many VIP packages being offered as part of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares' second annual holiday auction, which raises money for educational programs and to aid members of the music community who've fallen on hard 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

Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie Among Honorees at "Billboard" Touring


Rankin; Library of CongressThe Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and Lionel Richie were among the honorees at this year's Billboard Touring Awards, which recognizes achievements in concert touring business.  The event was held Thursday night at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.The Stones won the Top Boxscore prize, for a three-show engagement at the Tokyo Dome in Japan in February and March of this year.  The British rock legends beat out Paul McCartney and U.K. boy band One Direction for the award, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.Joel took home the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award for his ongoing residency at New York's Madison Square Garden.  The Rolling Stones' 50 and Counting Tour won the same award last year.Richie was on hand to accept the Legend of Live Award, which recognizes his lifetime achievements as a touring act.The evening's big winner was One Direction, which was presented with the Top Tour and Top Draw prizes.The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014.  You can check out a complete list of winners at Billboard.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

Billy Joel Ties Elton John's Record at the Garden, Considers Return to Broadway


Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel and Elton John aren't very close anymore, but the two now have something else in common besides their keyboard, singing and songwriting skills: The Piano Man has just tied the Rocket Man's all-time record for most shows at Madison Square Garden by one artist.Joel has just announced another concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden for June 20, 2015.  This will be his 64th show overall at the legendary venue, and the 18th as part of his residency at the Garden, which began in January of this year.  Tickets for the June show go on sale November 22 at 10 a.m. ET.In other Joel news, he says that his pal Sting's new Broadway show, The Last Ship, has inspired him to reconsider Broadway.  He won a Tony for the hit Broadway musical Movin' Out, which was based on his songs, but that show closed in 2007.  Speaking to New York Newsday, Billy says, "It’s always in my head.  People do ask me if I want to write music for other shows they’ve written… But I'd really need to do it right."He said of The Last Ship, "I really enjoyed the show.  I was talking to [Sting] about it, but it's a lot of work.  He worked on it for five years -- the songs, the orchestration, the story line.  If I'm going to do it, I'm going have to set aside a lot of free time.  If I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it 100 percent."That's why Joel's Broadway plans might have to wait: In addition to his residency, he's also doing select concerts around the country.  "I can't just do one gig a month," he says.  "We have to do other shows...there's rehearsals and travel.  Those shows generate a certain amount of work."This week marked a milestone in the Piano Man's career: He received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C., and the ASCAP Centennial Award Monday night in New  York.  "It's been a helluva year," he tells Newsday.  "It's kind of overwhelming -- a multitude of blessings."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 Simon, Art Garfunkel Pay Tribute to "Graduate" Director Mike Nichols


Columbia MasterworksMike Nichols, one of the most celebrated and successful film and stage directors in American history, died Wednesday night at age 83.  Nichols directed some of American cinema's classic films, including 1968's The Graduate, for which he won the Academy Award for best director.Many of the acclaimed director's celebrity friends and colleagues have written messages paying tribute to Nichols, including Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, whose music, including the hit "Mrs. Robinson," made up the majority of The Graduate's soundtrack.Simon issued a brief statement that reads, "My dear friend of 47 years. I love and admire Mike Nichols."Garfunkel, meanwhile, had a more extensive professional relationship with Nichols, having acted in two films directed by Mike -- 1970's Catch-22 and 1971's Carnal Knowledge.In his heartfelt homage, the singer wrote, "Aahhhh how I loved Mike. Truly. Deeply. He was the most sparkling man among us. Life will be different for us now. Earth will be a little duller. Mike Nichols is not alive."Garfunkel's tribute continues, "The self is a creation. Mike created an extraordinary star -- so bright, so extremely clever -- himself. When you were with him, he brought you up to your best smart self, and kept it light with humor. To act for him on camera was to glide on a liquid film of intelligence.""Before each scene, Mike gave his actors a brilliant and subversive insight," Garfunkel continued. "As you were stirred, he then got you with something really funny. In this state of transcendence, he walked away and said 'roll camera.' Now that he has truly 'walked away' the act of life is, for me, forever charmed."Nichols is one of a select group of entertainers who have won the Academy Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award, and received numerous other significant honors.  His other directing credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Silkwood, Working Girl, Postcards from the Edge, The Birdcage and Charlie Wilson's War.  Nichols was married to ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer, whom he wed in 1988.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 Beach Boys' Mike Love to Write Memoir, "Good Vibrations"


Image Courtesy of MelecoBeach Boys co-founder Mike Love has inked a deal to write a memoir about his time in the group.Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy.  The book will discuss the singer's childhood growing up in the Los Angeles area, the many ups and downs he experienced as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, his spiritual journey and long devotion to transcendental meditation, and his "complex" relationship with cousin and fellow Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson."I've had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences," says Love in a statement.  "There are a lot of things I haven't shared before, and I'm looking forward to opening up about my life and my work in this book.  It's a story about family, music, a country in transition, and audiences all over the world coming together in harmony."Good Vibrations -- named after the 1966 Beach Boys hit of the same name -- is due out in the summer of 2016.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

Cher Cancels the Rest of Her Dressed to Kill Dates


Peter Kramer/NBCPoor Cher.  Back in September, she became ill and and had to reschedule all her concert dates.  But now, she's been forced to cancel all those rescheduled dates, because she still hasn't made a full recovery.After Cher wrapped up the first leg of her Dressed to Kill tour in March, she was going to embark on a second leg, but she contracted an infection that affected her kidney function, leading the postponement and rescheduling of the dates.  But now, her doctors have advised her that she needs even more time to ensure a "complete and total recovery."  Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase.In a statement, Cher said, "I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me.  I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets.  I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever. I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started.” The dates were to have run through January, and included two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden.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

Watch Paul Rodgers on Season Finale of "Later...With Jools Holland" on Thursday


Image Courtesy of Paul MoscowPaul Rodgers will appear on the season finale of the popular BBC performance show Later…With Jools Holland, which will premiere in the U.S. on the Palladia channel tonight at 10 p.m. ET.  The famed frontman of Bad Company and Free will be featured performing songs from his latest album, The Royal Sessions, along with most of the respected Memphis studio musicians who accompanied him on the recording.Rodgers sang three tunes from The Royal Sessions during his Later appearance: covers of the Sam and Dave classic "I Thank You," Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" and Albert King's "Down Don't Bother Me."  The singer's visit to the TV program was taped earlier this month shortly after he played a concert with the same Memphis musicians at London's Royal Albert Hall.  That show helped raise money for a charity Rodgers supports, the Willows Animal Sanctuary & Animal Assisted Therapy Unit in Scotland.In other news, Rodgers and some of his Royal Sessions collaborators are featured in a new episode of the public television series Front and Center that premiered on select stations this week.  The show still is scheduled to debut on various public TV stations in the coming weeks; visit FrontandCenter.com for a list of stations and air dates.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

3-D Paul McCartney Concert Performance Viewable Now with New Virtual Reality App


MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsA newly launched app is giving fans the chance to experience a recent Paul McCartney performance in a completely immersive 3-D environment.  Through the Jaunt VR app, viewers can watch footage of the rock legend playing his hit "Live and Let Die" during the historic final concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park this past August from every imaginable angle and viewpoint.The program and the McCartney video can be downloaded for free via Google Play for use with the Google Cardboard viewer and Android devices.  The 3-D content is being made available to celebrate the launch of Jaunt.  The performance was captured using 360-degree stereoscopic cameras and three-dimensional sound-field microphones."The concert at Candlestick put Sir Paul McCartney in front of 70,000 live fans, and with our technology and the launch of our app, we're opening up this access to many more," says Jaunt CEO Jens Christensen in a statement.  "We're creating a completely new medium for entertainment.  This is just the first step of our broader mission to bring viewers immersive access to the latest concerts, movies, sporting events and more through virtual reality."The immersive McCartney video also will be available soon for the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift virtual-reality devices.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's New Album Coming in Spring, May Feature Reggae, Ska & Celtic Sound


Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart's 2013 album Time was a success, and featured his first new, original songs in years.  Now Stewart says he's going to release another new album this spring, but what it's going to sound like may surprise you.Vegas Player magazine reports that the singer's forthcoming record will feature a lot of "Celtic melodies" -- perhaps reflecting his Scottish heritage -- and that he's also been experimenting with ska and reggae sounds.  "Believe it or not, I've got 10 tracks ready for the new album," he tells the magazine.  "I've got songs coming out of my bum at the moment," he says with a laugh.  "I just wish I could have had this 25 or 30 years ago.  I was enjoying myself too much then."Meanwhile, Rod is currently performing in Las Vegas at his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and he'll be back in January and February for more shows there before he heads to Australia on tour.  Asked how much longer he plans to record and tour, Stewart tells the magazine, "As long as the voice is there, I'll keep going.  I've been really lucky with my voice.  It's stayed in pretty good shape.  It gets a bit of a battering now and then -- four shows in six days -- but I look after it as if it were the crown jewels."Adds the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, "It's all about being comfortable with what you do, who you are, what you wear, what you say and who you mix with.  I'm very comfortable in the suit I'm wearing at the moment.  When I do feel uncomfortable, I will step aside and there's no doubt that day will come. We all know nothing can last forever."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