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Credit: Katarina BenzovaLongtime Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson says he has "no idea" what the current status of the band is.  Stinson, who last played live with GN'R during the group's Las Vegas residency in April 2014, tells the Star Tribune, "I reach out once in a while to that crew of people -- a lot of whom are also my good friends -- but I really have no idea what's going on."

The 48-year-old rocker, who recently finished up a series of reunion shows with his old band The Replacements, adds about Guns N' Roses, "I didn't quit the gig or walk away from it.  We just all sort of left it in Vegas."

Stinson's comments come in the wake of guitarist DJ Ashba announcing in July that he was leaving GN'R to focus on his other band Sixx:A.M. and a report in Blabbermouth suggesting that guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal also had parted ways with the group.

This news, combined with an interview Slash did with Sweden's Aftonbladet last month in which he revealed that he had recently spoken with Axl Rose "to dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long," has gotten Guns N' Roses fans chattering again about a possible reunion of the band's classic lineup.  However, there's been no official word about what lies ahead for GN'R.

Stinson, meanwhile, has assembled a new solo band that features current Guns N' Roses drummer Frank Ferrer.

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Image Courtesy of TIFFA Colorado judge has granted Aretha Franklin a temporary restraining order blocking the screening of the new documentary Amazing Grace tonight at the Telluride Film Festival, Deadline reports.  According to Variety, the Queen of Soul recently filed an injunction in a Colorado U.S. District Court arguing that 1972 footage included in the movie "was taken with the express understanding that it would not be used commercially without agreement and consent by Ms. Franklin."

Amazing Grace focuses on the making of the Queen of Soul's hit 1972 live album of the same name, which she recorded at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.  Her performance was filmed by late director Sydney Pollack but the footage initially was shelved because of problems over synching the audio with the film.  Producer Allan Elliott eventually helped oversee the completion of the documentary after rights to the footage were obtained from Warner Bros.

However, Variety reports that Franklin's complaint contends that "allowing the film to be shown violates [her] contractual rights, her intellectual property rights, her rights to use and control her name and likeness, and represents an invasion of her privacy."  The injunction also alleges that screening the documentary would violate a "quitclaim agreement" by which Elliott obtained the footage.

Meanwhile, one of Amazing Grace's co-producers, Joe Boyd, told the Detroit Free-Press on Thursday that the film's producers believe that they are within their legal rights to show the movie.  "We are operating under the existing contract between Aretha Franklin and Warner Bros.," he said, "which has governed the use of footage from this session in the past."

Franklin previously sued Elliott over use of the 1972 fooage in 2011, but a settlement was reached at that time after Elliott agreed not to release the film.

Variety reported that Franklin was seeking an emergency restraining order and a temporary injunction, and her complaint maintains the movie also violates a federal anti-bootlegging law.

Amazing Grace also is scheduled to be shown this Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.  It's not clear if that screening will go on as planned.

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Image Courtesy of Tony BanksThere was a mini Genesis reunion Thursday night in London at the Progressive Music Awards 2015 ceremony. One of the evening's most prestigious honors, the Prog God award, was bestowed on Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks -- andBanks' former band mate, Peter Gabriel, who won the same honor last year, was on hand to present the award.

In introducing Banks, Gabriel recalled starting to write songs with him when they were both teenagers and arguing over how long his keyboard solos should be.  Peter described Tony as someone who "has made his shape on our country's music," adding, "He's generated extraordinary lyrical melodies, wonderful songs, beautiful chord sequences and I'm very happy and proud still to be able to call him my friend."

Banks began his speech by jokingly poking fun at how the singers in Genesis, Gabriel and Phil Collins, had both lost their hair, while pointing out that he and other well-known prog-rock keyboardists -- specifically, Rick Wakeman of Yes and Keith Emerson of ELP -- have kept theirs.

Tony went on to thank his various Genesis band mates over the years, including Gabriel, Collins, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips, and Steve Hackett, as well as his wife and the group's longtime manager, Tony Smith.  Banks finished by mentioning his recently released solo box set, A Chord Too Far, noting "if you like Genesis there's a lot of stuff to like there."

The ceremony also featured a video tribute to the late Chris Squire that included appearances from several of his Yes band mates, including Wakeman, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Alan White, and the late Peter Banks.

In addition, the event featured the presentation of the newly rechristened Chris Squire Virtuoso Award, which Wakeman -- after telling some off-color jokes -- gave to acclaimed jazz-folk bass player Danny Thompson.

Among the other Progressive Music Awards honorees this year were Gentle Giant, who took home the Lifetime Achievement award; ex-Elecric Light Orchestra member Roy Wood, who was presented with the Outer Limits award; and Yes album artist Roger Dean, who received the Guiding Light prize.

Video of the entire ceremony has been posted in two parts at Classic Rock Magazine's official YouTube channel.

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ABC/Randy Holmes; Eleanor StillsElton John and Stephen Stills are among the many artists featured in The American Epic Sessions, a documentary that takes a look at the birth of recorded American music that will get its world premiere on October 10 at the 59th edition of the U.K.'s BFI London Film Festival.

In the movie, an eclectic variety of respected musicians, including Elton, Stills, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell and Jack White, are shown recording music using 1920s recording equipment that's been reassembled in a Hollywood studio.  White and producer T Bone Burnett helped organize the sessions, and the two -- along with Robert Redford -- executive-produced the documentary.

White, Burnett and Redford also have executive-produced a companion, three-part documentary series titled American Epic that takes a more in-depth look at the early history of recorded music in the U.S., including detailing how record company scouts would travel America with recording machines in the 1920s in search of new talent.

Both The American Epic Sessions and American Epic will get their U.S. television debuts on PBS in January 2016.

The American Epic Sessions will get an encore screening at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival on October 16.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith's latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, gets its release today, September 4.  The film captures the band playing a headlining set to a massive and enthusiastic audience in June of last year at the U.K.'s annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park in Derby, England.

"I'm excited about it getting out there and having people see it," guitarist Joe Perry tells ABC Radio.  He adds that because the concert was filmed in high-definition, as well as being "lit specifically for video and having the sound mixed equally as well," he considers the flick "a good piece of showing what the band's about."

Perry also says he's pleased that the concert turned out to be a solid performance for Aerosmith, because the band only had plans to film that specific gig, so the pressure was on.

"It's always a roll of the dice when you go in and you're gonna film one show," he maintains.  "[It] was like, 'Let's just put all our eggs in one basket and go for it,' and as it turned out, it came up sevens.  And the fans were there for us, and it was just a really good show."

Aerosmith played the 2014 Donington show while promoting its latest studio album, Music from Another Dimension.  The band's 20-song set included a few selections from the 2012 record, classic hits like "Dream On," "Walk This Way," "Sweet Emotion" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," and some fan-favorite deeper cuts such as "Eat the Rich" and "Mama Kin."

Perry says Aerosmith has played several noteworthy concerts at Donington over the years, and he's happy that one finally was documented for posterity.

"I think we've done four or five gigs there and we've had some amazing things happen," Joe tells ABC Radio recalling that one year, "Jimmy Page came up and played with us…Just some really, really memorable shows.  And this is one of 'em, and I'm glad we got it on tape."

Perry admits that he can't really pick out a specific favorite highlight from the concert, but says he was just glad that "the gig came off with a lot of energy and I didn't break anything."

In addition to the dynamic high-res performance footage, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 also features a fun pre-show segment in which the cameras visit all five band members -- Perry, singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer -- in their dressing rooms.  The release comes packaged with an 18-page booklet featuring color photos from the event, and an essay penned by veteran Rolling Stone writer David Wild.

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is available for purchase as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/three-LP vinyl package and a Blu-ray/two-CD release, as well as a digital download.

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EA Dyson (Friends of the Earth)/United NationsPaul McCartney and Jon Bon Jovi are just two of the artists lending their talents to a new song supporting a United Nations call for world governments to sign a climate change agreement this December.

"Love Song to the Earth" is available now on iTunes and will hit all major music distribution outlets next Friday, September 11.  The song also features a contribution from Sheryl Crow, among many others.  The artists will donate their proceeds to Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nations Foundation.

The song is part of a campaign to put pressure on world leaders to sign a global agreement on climate change at the annual Conference of Parties meeting in Paris this December.

"When UN member states gather in Paris this December, the voice of everyone, especially the entertainment industry, will help ensure the best outcome possible for a better future for all," says Aaron Sherinian, chief communications and marketing officer of the UN Foundation, in a statement.

A lyric video, including environmental footage and appearances by some of the musicians is expected next week.

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Joseph Okpako/WireImagePretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde says she's not worried about the criticism she received this week after she appeared to blame herself for being sexually assaulted years ago and seemed to suggest that woman could "entice" rapists by dressing provocatively.

"Sounds like common sense to me," Hynde tells The Washington Post of her comments. And she says she's unconcerned about whether or not the comments offended others.  “If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it,” she says.

Last Sunday in an interview with The Sunday Times of London to promote her about-to-be-published memoir, Reckless, Hynde discussed a disturbing incident that happened to her when she was 21, in which she was forced to perform sexual acts on members of an Ohio motorcycle gang, and suggested that she was to blame for what happened to her saying, "If you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him.  If you're wearing something that says, 'Come and f*** me,' you'd better be good on your feet."

Hynde's comments ignited a backlash from a variety of feminist and rape-support groups.

"I’m not saying I was asking for it," Hynde tells the Post of her assault by the bikers and another sexual incident she describes in her book that occurred when she was hitchhiking. But, she says, "It wasn’t the same as walking down a street in the middle of a nice evening and somebody dragging you into a bush with a knife in your throat.”

In the Post interview Hynde also characterizes her memoir "as a picture of what happened in America in the 1960s and how it affected a couple of generations."  She says of her childhood in Akron, Ohio, during those years that it was "a wonderful time to grow up, and anyone who grew up and didn’t want to be in a band was dead from the waist down." 

She also explains why the book doesn't follow her to the present day but ends shortly after the second Pretenders album was released in 1982.

“I stopped after the second death in my band," she tells the Post. "I started writing, ‘Then we had rehearsals,’ and it struck me that whatever the story I was telling at that point, it was done there.”  Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died of heart failure related to cocaine use in 1982, and founding Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon -- who was fired by Hynde two days before Honeyman-Scott's death due in part to his drug use -- died following a heroin overdose in 1983.

Reckless hits bookstore shelves Tuesday.

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Credit: Mark SeligerKeith RichardsOn his latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, Keith Richards pays tribute to some of the genres that have influenced his own music throughout the years, including blues, country, soul and reggae.  However, in a new interview with the New York Daily News, the famed Rolling Stones guitarist reveals he has no love for such musical genres as rock, heavy metal and hip-hop.

"It sounds like a dull thud to me," says Richards of rock music.  "For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them.  It's endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation."

With regard to heavy metal, Keith declares, "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath.  I just thought they were great jokes."

Richards also has some pointed opinions about one of today's most popular genres, rap.  "So many words, so little said," the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells the newspaper with a laugh.  "What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there…All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy.  There's an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another."

Meanwhile, Richards admits that he hadn't really been interested in making a new solo album when he began work on Crosseyed Heart, but he'd gotten frustrated that The Rolling Stones were making no effort to get their own new record together.

"I always thought, 'I'm a Stones man.  None shall leave!'" he explains.  "At the same time, we had years of spare time and I wanted to work."

Crosseyed Heart started coming together more than four years ago, when drummer/producer Steve Jordan, who'd collaborated with Richards on his previous two solo albums, convinced the guitar great to begin working on a new project with him even though Keith hadn't been writing new songs at the time.

"Steve said to me, 'I'm a drummer…Why don't we go into this studio, just the two of us, and see what happens?'" Richards recalls.  He adds that he and Jordan soon started writing tunes together and "the damn thing started to blossom under me."

As for the status of his often contentious relationship with his Rolling Stones songwriting partner Mick Jagger, Keith describes it as a "painful democracy," while admitting that tensions still exist between the singer and him.

"He's a control freak.  He likes to know everything that's going on.  He lost himself a bit in the details," Richards tells the Daily News.  Having said that, Keith goes on to praise Jagger as "a hell of a frontman," and points out, "I still love him dearly," while adding "your friends don't have to be perfect."

Crosseyed Heart will be released on September 18.

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Legacy RecordingsMany music fans would argue that progressive rock enjoyed its heyday about 40 or so years ago, but only now is the genre getting its own official albums chart -- at least in the United Kingdom.  The U.K.'s Official Charts Company, in partnership with Prog magazine, has just introduced the Official Progressive Albums Chart, and Roger Waters and Pink Floyd are among the artists whose records have landed in the first installment's top 10.

Waters' recently reissued 1992 solo album, Amused to Death, was #3, while Pink Floyd's 2014 release, The Endless River, took the #8 slot.  Topping the tally was a younger act, Australia's Tame Impala, with its 2015 album Currents.

The launch of the Official Progressive Albums Chart coincides with the 2015 edition of the Prog magazine-organized Progressive Music Awards, which take place today in London.

"Prog artists have always pushed the boundaries of musical convention, and by doing so, many have gone on to be some of the best-selling and most influential artists of all time, but prog didn't stop in the 1970s," says Prog editor Jerry Ewing.  "[T]here are many people out there who are into prog artists and just don't seem to know it!...You look at some of the best-selling and acclaimed artists of the modern era like Muse, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tame Impala -- what they do is incredible, they are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation, and the Official Progressive Albums Chart is the platform in which this will be recognized."

Adds Official Charts Company executive Martin Talbot, "We are delighted to be working with the progressive music experts at Prog magazine to create this exciting new chart -- and look forward to giving the most inventive artists working today a new showcase of their own, every month."

In honor of the launch of the new tally, the Official Charts Company has compiled a list of the top 30 best-selling prog-rock albums of the 21st century.  At #2 is Pink Floyd's landmark 1973 release The Dark Side of the Moon, which sold 3.8 million copies in the U.K. since 2000.  Further down on the tally are Genesis' Selling England by the Pound at #9, Rush's 2112 at #11, Yes' Close to the Edge at #12, Electric Light Orchestra's Out of the Blue at #13, Jethro Tull's Aqualung at #14, Peter Gabriel's So at #16, Roxy Music's Avalon at #17, The Moody Blues' On the Threshold of a Dream at #19, David Gilmour's On an Island at #20, and Supertramp's Breakfast in America at #24.  Topping the list was modern-rock act Muse's 2006 album Black Holes & Revelations, which has sold 4.4 million copies.

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Legacy RecordingsSeparate holiday compilations featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and tunes by various 1980s stars will be released on October 2 as part of Legacy Recordings' The Classic Christmas Album series.

Earth, Wind & Fire's The Classic Christmas Album installment features 18 tracks, including 13 tunes that appeared on the acclaimed funk/soul group's 2014 yuletide collection, Holiday.  Among the songs from Holiday are renditions of classics such as "Joy to the World," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "The First Noël," "Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Jingle Bell Rock," and two originals based on well-known tunes by the band -- "Happy Seasons" and "December," which are reworked versions of "Happy Feelin'" and "December," respectively.

Earth, Wind & Fire's The Classic Christmas Album comp also includes four other holiday songs from earlier in the group's career, as well as "I Asked for a Miracle (God Gave Me You)," which lead singer Philip Bailey recorded with the band Full Force back in 1991.

As for the other aforementioned compilation, The Classic Christmas '80s Album contains 15 seasonal songs from some of that decade's biggest pop, rock, soul and rap stars.  The anthology includes Daryl Hall & John Oates' version of "Jingle Bell Rock," The Pointer Sisters' rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Whitney Houston's take on "Do You Hear What I Hear?," Dave Edmunds' version of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and The Bangles' cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter."  It also features such original holiday tunes as The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping," Wham!'s "Last Christmas," Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis," Billy Squier's "Christmas Is the Time to Say 'I Love You'" and Ray Parker Jr.'s "Christmas Time Is Here."

In addition, The Classic Christmas Album compilations featuring the music of Sarah McLachlan and Celtic Thunder will be released on October 2.

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Image Courtesy of Webster PRDisco-era legends KC and the Sunshine Band's latest single, "I Love You More," has reached #30 on the latest Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, giving the group its first chart hit in 31 years.  The techno-inspired tune was written by frontman Harry Wayne Casey, and the track features a radio mix by Tony Moran and Mike Lorello.

Speaking with ABC Radio recently, Casey said he was excited about how well the single was being received, while expressing hope that the tune would become a crossover hit.  "I Love You More" likely will appear on the upcoming KC and the Sunshine Band studio album, which the singer says be coming out soon and will be made up mainly of original songs.  Casey reported that he has amassed so much material that he may end up having enough for two new albums.

"In 2013 I woke up out of some sort of musical coma.  And started writing again with the energy I had 40 years ago," Casey says in a statement.  "'I Love You More' is a result of this new energy and path that I am currently on.  The song is about having so much love for someone that each day it continues to grow."

"I Love You More" was released shortly after KC and the Sunshine Band put out their latest studio album, Feeling You! The '60s, a collection of classic cover songs from the decade that influenced Casey or reflected aspects of his life story.  Interestingly, the new single broke into the Dance Club Songs chart 40 years to the day that "Get Down Tonight" topped the Billboard Hot 100.

KC and the Sunshine Band have a handful of U.S. shows on their 2015 tour schedule.  Check them out:

9/19 -- Ontario, CA, Ontario Town Square Amphitheatre
10/3 -- Buffalo, NY, University of Buffalo Stadium
11/13 -- Marksville, LA, Paragon Casino
11/20 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino
11/21 -- Newkirk, OK, First Council Casino

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MVD Entertainment GroupA new documentary about Joe Strummer's time spent in Spain during the mid-1980s following the breakup of The Clash will be released on DVD in the U.S. on October 16.  I Need a Dodge!: Joe Strummer on the Run tells the tale of what's described as the late singer's "self-imposed exile" in Granada, Spain, in 1985 and '86, a period during which he worked with a number of local acts while trying to cope with the disintegration of his influential band.

Part of the film focuses on Strummer's quest to find a Dodge to drive while he was in Spain, and what became of the car after Joe abandoned it to return home to the United Kingdom for the birth of his second daughter.  Director Nick Hall traveled to Spain to interview some of the people who spent time with Strummer during his visit, in an attempt to discover the fate of the vehicle and gain some insight into what the punk legend was like at that volatile time in his life.

"This is Joe Strummer at a crossroads in his professional and personal life," says Hall.  "Initially his trips to Spain seemed to be little more than an anecdote but this story says so much about Joe coming to terms with life after The Clash."

I Need a Dodge! also features appearances by Strummer's first wife Gaby, late-era Clash members Pete Howard and Nick Sheppard, and Richard Dudanski, the drummer of Joe's pre-Clash group The 101ers.

The DVD comes packaged with a cassette featuring a Spanish radio interview with Strummer, a sticker, a poster and a pin.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn early April of this year, Lynyrd Skynyrd played a pair of special hometown concerts in Jacksonville, Florida, at which the band gave full performances of their first two albums -- 1973's Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd and 1974's Second Helping.  The shows were recorded for a new live video that will be released October 23 in multiple formats.

Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping -- Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download at a wide variety of retail outlets and online stores.  In addition, an exclusive DVD/two-CD set will be sold only at Walmart stores and

The concerts, which took place April 2 and 3, marked the first time the Southern rock legends had ever performed the albums in their entirety live.  Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd features such Lynyrd Skynyrd classics as "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird."  Second Helping includes the band's biggest hit and signature tune, "Sweet Home Alabama," as well as such memorable songs as "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" and the group's rendtion of J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze."  Meanwhile, a number of the lesser-known tunes from the albums had rarely, if ever, been played live by Lynyrd Skynyrd prior to the Jacksonville shows.

The home video also offers a specially created behind-the-scenes feature on the band.  You can check out a clip from the video of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing "Gimme Three Steps" at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.

In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd has plenty of upcoming U.S. shows on their 2015 tour schedule.  The band's next concert takes place on Thursday, September 3, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is plotted out through a December 5 gig in Mescalero, New Mexico.

Here is the track list of Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping -- Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre:

Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd
"I Ain't the One"
"Tuesday's Gone"
"Gimme Three Steps"
"Simple Man"
"Things Goin' On"
"Mississippi Kid"
"Poison Whiskey"
"Free Bird"

Second Helping
"Sweet Home Alabama"
"I Need You"
"Don't Ask Me No Questions"
"Workin' for MCA"
"The Ballad of Curtis Loew"
"Swamp Music"
"Needle and the Spoon"
"Call Me the Breeze

And here is Lynyrd Skynrd's upcoming tour schedule:

9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/4 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater
9/5 -- New Lenox, IL, Village of New Lenox
9/6 -- Wauseon, OH, Fulton County Fair
9/11 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
9/12 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
9/15 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/17 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
9/18 -- Pomona, CA, L.A. County Fairgrounds
9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
9/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
9/25 -- Lewisville, TX, 2015 Western Days
9/26 -- Houston, TX, Sam Houston Race Park
10/1 -- Sevierville, TN, Smokes Stadium
10/2 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
10/3 -- Muncie, IN, Emens Auditorium
10/4 -- Louisville, KY, Louder Than Life Music Festival
11/7 -- Montgomery, AL, Alabama National Fair
12/5 -- Mescalero, NM, Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino

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Credit: Rob ShanahanThis year's Progressive Music Awards will pay tribute to late Yes bassist Chris Squire by renaming one of its most prestigious honors after him.  The Team Rock website reports that the event's Virtuoso Award, which salutes the finest instrumentalists, has now been rechristened the Chris Squire Virtuoso Award.

Two members of Yes' current lineup, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes, have both expressed their approval of the award being renamed after Squire, who died of a rare form of leukemia on June 27 at age 67.

"Chris did so much to share the way the bass is played these days.  His impact was incalculable," says White.  "All of us who were privileged to know him will miss him hugely.  But the music he did so much to help create is timeless -- and this honor will ensure his name will never be forgotten."

Adds Downes, "We all want Chris to be remembered in the best possible way, and naming an award after him is a great honor, not just for Chris but for the band as well…I think it's very fitting.  As a pioneer of bass guitar, there's probably no one who could match him on what he achieved with the instrument."

Yes has been paying tribute to Squire throughout its current North American summer tour with Toto.  The trek is scheduled through a September 12 show near Vancouver, Canada.

The 2015 edition of the Progressive Music Awards, which are organized by Prog magazine, takes place Thursday, September 3 at the Underglobe venue in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.  Among this year's nominees are Pink Floyd, Moody Blues bassist John Lodge and ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett.

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Atlantic RecordsNew details have unveiled about Phil Collins' recently announced solo album reissue campaign, which will launch with the November 6 release of remastered and expanded versions of the famed Genesis singer/drummer's 1981 debut, Face Value, and his popular 1993 record, Both Sides.

The concept behind the initiative, which has been dubbed the "Take a Look at Me Now" campaign, is that each deluxe release will feature bonus live versions of some of the original tracks to show how those songs evolved and were transformed in a concert setting.  To a lesser extent, the deluxe editions also will include demos and B-sides from Phil's various solo album sessions.

"I've always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections," explains Collins, who is personally curating the reissue campaign.  "Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated."

Each reissue also will feature updated cover art showing an updated photo of Phil posing the same way he did on the album's original cover.  The albums are being remastered by Nick Davis, who's worked on all of Genesis' retrospective reissues an received a Best Surround Sound Album Grammy nomination for the Genesis 1970-1975 box set.

Face Value features Collins enduring solo hit "In the Air Tonight," as well as another top 20 single, "I Missed Again," and has sold more than five million copies in the U.S.  The deluxe edition includes live versions of "In the Air Tonight," "I Missed Again," the Genesis hit "Misunderstanding" and more.  It also contains demos of "Misunderstanding" and "Against All Odds," the latter of which wound up topping the charts as the theme to the 1984 film of the same name.

Both Sides features two top-40 hits, "Both Sides of the Story" and "Everyday," and went on to sell more than a million copies.  The deluxe edition includes live renditions of those songs and several others from the album's original track list, as well as a demo version of "Hero," a tune Collins co-wrote with David Crosby.

The deluxe edition of each reissue will be available as a two-CD set and digital download, while a 180-gram vinyl version of each album featuring just the original track list also will be sold.

Here are the full track lists for the expanded versions of Face Value and Both Sides:

Face Value: Deluxe Edition

Disc One: Original Album Remastered
"In the Air Tonight"
"This Must Be Love"
"Behind the Lines"
"The Roof Is Leaking"
"Hand in Hand"
"I Missed Again"
"You Know What I Mean"
"Thunder and Lightning"
"I'm Not Moving"
"If Leaving Me Is Easy"
"Tomorrow Never Knows"

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
"Misunderstanding" (Live)
"If Leaving Me Is Easy" (Live)*
"In the Air Tonight" (Live)*
"Behind the Lines" (Live)*
"The Roof Is Leaking" (Demo)*
"Hand in Hand" (Live)*
"I Missed Again" (Live)*
"...And So to F" (Live)*
"This Must Be Love" (Demo)*
"Please Don't Ask" (Demo)*
"Misunderstanding" (Demo)*
"Against All Odds" (Demo)

Both Sides: Deluxe Edition

Disc One: Original Album Remastered
"Both Sides of the Story"
"Can't Turn Back the Years"
"I've Forgotten Everything"
"We're Sons of Our Fathers"
"Can't Find My Way"
"We Fly So Close"
"There's a Place for Us"
"We Wait and We Wonder"
"Please Come Out Tonight"

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
"Take Me with You"
"Both Sides of the Story" (Live)*
"Can't Turn Back the Years" (Live)*
"Survivors" (Live)*
"Everyday" (Live)*
"We Wait and We Wonder" (Live)*
"Can't Find My Way" (Demo)*
"I've Been Trying"
"Both Sides of the Story"
"Hero" (Demo)

* = previously unreleased on CD.

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Eleanor Stills; Kim MillerGraham Nash, Steve Miller and Late Show with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer will be honored with special awards at the 2015 edition of the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit gala, which will be held on October 20 at the Manhattan Center in New York City.

Nash will be presented with the Humanitarian Award, Miller will receive the Rocker of the Year honor and Shaffer will be saluted with the Big Man of the Year prize.  The Big Man of the Year award initially was created in 2009 to honor E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons for his charitable work with the Little Kids Rock organization.  Since then, it has been handed out annually to an artist who exemplifies Clemons' spirit and the ideals of Little Kids Rock.

This year's benefit will be hosted by Maureen Van Zandt, wife of E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt.  The initial lineup of performers for the gala includes Darlene Love and a group of Little Kids Rock students, with a variety of other special guests expected to be announced soon.  Love is a previous Big Man of the Year Award winner and has appeared at several previous Little Kids Rock benefits.  Will Lee, longtime bassist in the Late Show house band, will serve as musical director for this year's event.

Founded in 2002, Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools across the U.S.  For more information about the 2015 benefit, visit

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Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr will take part in a live interview event in Los Angeles later this month to celebrate the wide release of his 2013 memoir/coffee-table book Photograph.  "Ringo Starr: In Conversation" will be held on September 25 at the historic El Rey Theater, and will feature the former Beatles drummer sharing memories from throughout his eventful life.

During the event, Starr will be showing a variety of rare candid photos from his personal archives that are featured in the book, spanning from his childhood through his years with the Fab Four and beyond.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, September 3, at 10 a.m. PT via, with prices starting at $97.

Photograph originally was released in June 2013 as a deluxe, limited-edition publication, with each copy signed by Starr.  The wide-release version will arrive on September 22.  The book features a variety of snapshots taken by Starr, as well as photos reproduced from family albums.  The images are accompanied by more than 15,000 words of biographical text penned by Ringo.

"I have always loved taking photos," says Starr.  "All The Beatles had cameras…but I'd been snapping away for a while before that.  We always had a real photographer around us…But I took pictures of them photographing us -- and I had a unique perspective of that incredible period of our lives."

Meanwhile, Ringo will be back out on the road with his All Starr Band soon for a fall North American tour that scheduled to run from an October 1 concert in San Francisco through an October 31 show in Brooklyn, New York.

Check out the group's full itinerary at

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Capitol RecordsRod Stewart fans can get a taste of the lauded singer's upcoming studio album, Another Country, by checking out the exclusive premiere of the official video for his new song "Please" at  The clip shows Stewart looking suave in a pink jacket and tie and black shirt and pants, as he performs the tune with a backing group in what appears to be a large warehouse.

"Please" is a soulful mid-tempo rock song, with blue-tinged guitar solos, a pulsing drum beat and Rod's trademark reedy vocals.  In the tune, Stewart sings to a potential love interest, "Stay with me tonight/I promise I will treat you right/Stay with me tonight/Under the cold, clear, cool moonlight/Please!"

Another Country, Stewart's follow-up to 2013's Time, will be released October 23.  The album mostly features original songs penned by the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Stewart's next solo concert is scheduled for September 13 in London's Hyde Park, but he'll first take part in a recently announced reunion set with his fellow surviving Faces members -- guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones -- this Saturday, September 5, in Ewhurst, U.K.  The one-off performance will be part of the 2015 Rock 'n' Horsepower charity event that Jones helps organize to raise awareness about prostate cancer.  Rod also has three concerts lined up in Brazil later this month.  Check out his complete tour itinerary at

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ABC/Adam TaylorRecent reports by multiple media outlets claimed that U2 frontman Bono had surpassed Paul McCartney as the richest rock star on the planet, but Forbes begs to differ.  While the earlier reports deduced that because Bono supposedly owned a 2.3-percent share of Facebook that now is worth more than $1.4 billion, he'd have to be wealthier than the former Beatle, but Forbes maintains that the calculations done by the original source of those reports was faulty.

Forbes explains that Bono himself did not purchase a 2.3-percent share of Facebook, the investment group he co-founded, Elevation Partners, did.  The magazine contends that the rocker is just one of many investors in the firm, so his total fortune only includes a fraction of the full worth of the Facebook shares.

Similar claims regarding Bono's wealth emerged back in 2012, and apparently were based on the same faulty calculations.  At that time, the U2 singer commented during a Washington, D.C., summit about the status of his wealth, "Contrary to reports, I'm not a billionaire or going to be richer than any Beatle -- and not just in the sense of money, by the way.  The Beatles are untouchable -- those billionaire reports are a joke."

According to the latest annual Sunday Times of London's Rich List, published in April 2015, McCartney's fortune was valued at 730 million pounds, or about $1.1 billion, while U2 as a whole was said to be worth 431 million pounds, or $660 million.

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Mindless Records/UMeKeith Richards has premiered a third new solo song online as part of his recently launched campaign promoting his upcoming solo album, Crosseyed Heart, which hits stores September 18.  The new tune, called "Robbed Blind," began streaming at after a temporary blue commemorative plaque was unveiled at The Ealing Club, located in the London suburb of Ealing, where the Rolling Stones guitarist played his first gig.

The location of the heritage marker was revealed recently via Richards' Facebook page and Twitter feed, and the song was unlocked after a fan logged onto and submitted a password that appeared on the plaque.

"Robbed Blind" is an acoustic country-flavored ballad that sounds like Richards might channeling both Bob Dylan and George Jones.  The tune, which features pedal-steel guitar and solo that sounds like it's played on a nylon-string guitar, tells the story of a man whose conniving lover has plotted with one of his friends to rip him off.

"Found a letter to her/It was from a friend of mine/It was a plan to screw me/That's what they had in mind," sings Keith.  "The cops, I can't involve them/Don't want them coming near/'Cause this thing is getting personal/And the picture is now quite clear/I'm robbed blind…bled dry."

As previously reported, the promo campaign, which began last month, will feature a total of four temporary "Heritage" plaques that will pop up in London or South West England at significant sites in Richards' life.  One marker is being unveiled every week until the album's release, with a new song premiering after each plaque is discovered.

The previous two plaques were unveiled at addresses in the London suburb of Dartford where Keith lived when he was a baby and when he was a teenager.  The first two songs from Crosseyed Heart that were unlocked were "Amnesia" and "Substantial Damage."

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The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum operated by the City of Ville Platte is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come view the amazing artifacts, photos, records, Wall of Fame and hear the music. Admission charge is $3 adults, $2 seniors and $1 for children under 12. The museum is located on Northwest Railroad Avenue.

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