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Hayley Madden/RedfernsErrol Brown, founding frontman of the British funk group Hot Chocolate, has died from liver cancer at the age of 71.  Brown's manager, Phil Dale, told BBC News that the singer -- who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but moved to the U.K. at age 12 -- passed away at his home in the Bahamas with his life and two daughters at his side.

Hot Chocolate is best known for the smash disco tune "You Sexy Thing," a song co-written by Brown band mate Tony Wilson that reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.  The band's other U.S. hits included "Emma" and "Every 1's a Winner," which peaked at #8 and #6, respectively, in 1975 and 1979.  Brown and Wilson also penned the tune "Brother Louie," which U.S. band Stories covered and took to the top of the Hot 100 in 1973; Hot Chocolate reached #7 that same year on the U.K. chart with their own version.  In all, more than 20 Hot Chocolate songs reached the top 20 of the U.K. singles chart.

The band also played at a pre-wedding reception for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana in 1980.  Brown retired from the group in 1985 to spend more time with his family, although he returned to mount several solo tours later on.  In 2003, the singer was honored by Queen Elizabeth II with a prestigious MBE medal, and the following year he was presented with an Ivor Novello award acknowledging his contributions to British music.

In his statement confirming Brown's death, Dale wrote, "Errol was a lover of life and obviously 'music!'  I never went into his home, car or a hotel room without music playing…Errol was a 'Gentle Man' and was a personal friend of mine who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him."

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ABC/Randy HolmesElton John paid a visit to U.S. Congress Wednesday to urge the government to support legislation that could help in the fight against HIV and AIDS.  According to The Hill, the British music legend was part of a panel that addressed a Senate appropriations subcommittee focused on the U.S.'s global health programs.

"This Congress indeed has the power to end AIDS," John said.  "I am here today to ask you to use that power."

During his speech, Elton commended initiatives like the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program launched in 2008 by the George W. Bush administration that he says has helped slow the spread of the disease.  John maintained, however, that the U.S. government needs to continue supporting such programs.

"There is a window of opportunity before us -- a window through which we can very clearly see the end of AIDS -- within my lifetime," said Elton.  "We cannot afford to let that window close."

John also contended that the U.S. and other countries need to focus on helping protect people with AIDS, particular those who are gay, from discrimination and violence.  He noted that in certain African countries and other nations, "the LGBT community [is] suffering under Draconian laws -- people saying homosexuality is a sin, they're making the disease worse."

Elton said that even in areas of the U.S., such a rural South, young gay people are facing similar stigmatization.

John's appearance in Washington, D.C., came a day after the Republican congress passed a budget that could result in the cutting of  billions of dollars from federal programs.  He stressed that taking away funding from PEPFAR could hamper the fight against AIDS.

"If they do [make cuts to PEPFAR], it's going to be a complete disaster," he said.  "We're going to go back to square one."

John was invited to speak at the event by two senators -- Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont.  Graham and Leahy also hosted a reception in Elton's honor the previous night.

Graham also revealed during the hearing that U2's Bono had planned on taking part in the event, but wasn't able to attend.

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Image Courtesy of The WhoThe Who has been confirmed as the closing act for the 2015 edition of the U.K.'s hugely popular Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England.  The British rock legends, who first played the famed music fest eight years ago, will headline the final day of this year's sold-out event Sunday, June 28.

"It's great to be ending this part of a 50-year career at the most prestigious and respected music festival in the world," says singer Roger Daltrey in a statement.  "We'll do our best to close this year's event with a bang, unless of course the fireworks get wet!"

Former Jam frontman Paul Weller will perform immediately before The Who.  The Glastonbury Festival runs from June 24 to June 28.  Check out the full lineup for the event at GlastonburyFestivals.co.uk.

Apparently in conjunction with the Glastonbury performance, The Who has changed their plan to play two shows in Paris June 28 and 29, and now has just one concert scheduled in the French capital, on June 30.  In addition, the band has moved a July 1 show in Amsterdam to July 2.

As previously reported, The Who postponed three dates on their current North American tour leg this week so that Daltrey can rest swollen vocal cords.  The affected shows were to have taken place this past Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri, this Thursday in St. Louis, and this Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.  Those shows will be rescheduled.  The band plans to resume its 50th anniversary trek on Monday in Nashville.

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Da Capo PressAlong with his new book, How to Be a Man (and Other Illusions), founding Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan will be releasing a three-track companion EP of the same name.  The disc's title track features contributions from McKagan's ex-GN'R band mate Izzy Stradlin, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga.  You can listen to the song "How to Be a Man" now at RollingStone.com.

McKagan wrote "How to Be a Man" as a "theme song" for the book.  Both the EP and the book will be released on Tuesday, May 12.

"It's certainly not an instructional, how-to book," McKagan tells Rolling Stone.  "It's an observational study and hopefully some humor in there."

In writing How to Be a Man, McKagan also rediscovered how much he likes his old GN'R material.

"Ever since that original thing ended, I just kept going forward and didn't ever go back and listen," he says.  "Things were going too fast: I went to school, we were having kids, I got sober, then Velvet Revolver started, and my kids were growing.  I never sat in a room somewhere and listened to bodies of work I've done in the past."

When McKagan finally did sit down and re-listen to Guns N' Roses, he was blown away.

"'My Michelle' plays through my speakers, and I'm hearing every little part -- the last time I played it was 20 years ago -- but all the little pieces of that song, I was like, 'Holy f**k!  What a good band!'" he says.

How to Be a Man (and Other Illusions) is McKagan's second book, following his 2011 memoir, It's So Easy (and Other Lies).

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CBS Photography 1964White Horse Pictures and the Studiocanal company will begin international sales for the upcoming Ron Howard-directed documentary about The Beatles' years as a touring band at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 13 to May 24.  The as-yet-untitled film is being produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the respective widows of John Lennon and George Harrison -- Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

The movie follows the Fab Four from their early performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, through their final official concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.  Variety reports that during the French festival, potential buyers will be shown show some of the rare live Beatles footage that will appear in the doc, including performances from group's pre-fame days playing bars in Hamburg, Germany.

Frequent McCartney collaborator Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer George Martin, will restore the audio accompanying the performances.

White Horse Pictures executive Nigel Sinclair says with the film, Howard "is providing an all-access backstage VIP pass to The Beatles, giving fans fascinating insights on the band, and the ability to experience what it was like on the inside."

News of Howard's involvement in the documentary was first announced last July.  The movie was brought to The Beatles' Apple Corps by the One Voice One World production company, which had begun gathering a lot of previously unseen movie footage and photographs from fans around the world.

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Ides of March RecordsThe Ides of March is best known for their memorable horn-driven 1970 hit "Vehicle," but the band has produced a lot of music in a variety of genres during its half-century history.  The group from the Chicago suburb of Berwyn, Illinois, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new five-disc box set titled Last Band Standing that features four CDs and a DVD.

Formed in the mid-1960s by four high-school friends, the band is led by singer/guitarist Jim Peterik, who went on to further fame as one of the creative forces behind the group Survivor.  Peterik tells ABC Radio that although The Ides of March often changed its musical style, there has always been a consistent element to the band's music.

"There is a certain friendly sound…that The Ides have," maintains Peterik.  "It's a very positive sound.  I think no matter whether it was our horn period or British Invasion period or our Crosby, Stills & Nash period, it's still the same personalities that carry through all the way to the present.  It's just [what] we call the Ides of March spirit."

Last Band Standing kicks off with three brand-new Ides tunes that pay homage to various eras of the group.  The first song is the title track, which Peterik describes as "basically a verbal history of the band," noting that it mentions such highlights as "playing with the Allman Brothers…playing with [Led] Zeppelin and meeting George Harrison."  The tune includes a guest appearance by legendary soul guitarist Steve Cropper.  Jim says the second track, "Who I Am," is a tribute to brass bands like Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago that inspired The Ides' "Vehicle" period, while the third, "Too Far to Turn Around," is more in the harmony-rich CSN style that influenced his group's early '70s recordings.

The compilation then goes back in time to 1965 for "Like It or Lump It," the very first song the band recorded, when they were called The Shon-Dels.  Also featured is The Ides' first national chart hit, the jangly "You Wouldn't Listen," which reached #42 in 1966.  Last Band Standing then follows The Ides of March's career chronologically,  through their 1973 breakup, and on to select tunes they've recorded since re-forming in 1990.

Rounding out Last Band Standing is a DVD featuring footage of a 2014 Ides of March performance filmed at the House of Blues in Chicago.  As Peterik explains, the concert "basically encompasses all the Ides of March songs that we do live, plus Ides of March arrangements of songs I wrote with Survivor, with 38 Special [and] with Sammy Hagar in a very exciting presentation."  The video disc also contains interviews with The Ides' core members, archival clips of the band on various TV shows and more.

Peterik says one of his favorite parts of the DVD is a montage of clips of other artists performing "Vehicle," including Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones and one-time American Idol finalist Bo Bice along with Bo Jovi's Richie Sambora.

You can purchase standard and limited-edition versions of the collection Last Band Standing at TheIdesofMarch.com.

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Credit: Paul BrownIf Mötley Crüe fans want to witness bassist Nikki Sixx perform his band's classic songs live, they should make it a point to go see the glam-metal greats in concert before they wind down their Final Tour this New Year's Eve in Los Angeles.

In a new interview with RiffYou.com, Sixx declares, "The day Mötley Crüe plays its last show, I will never play another Mötley Crüe song again…even if it's one I wrote."

The 56-year-old rocker adds, "To be respectful to Mötley Crüe is the biggest gift I can give to fans."

Sixx says that while he won't be playing Mötley Crüe tunes after this year, he has no plans to retire: He's very excited to direct his full focus to his other group, Sixx: A.M.  That band, which also features singer James Michael and current Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba, recently completed its first headlining tour during a break in the Crüe's farewell trek.

Nikki says he wants Sixx: A.M.'s music to be a complete departure from that of his old band.

"Sixx: A.M. is completely different musically, spiritually, emotionally, visually…and that gives me pride," explains to RiffYou.com.  "The people who are coming to see us, are coming to see Sixx: A.M.  We don't play Mötley Crüe music and we never will play Mötley Crüe music."

Sixx tells the website that after The Final Tour is over, he will take about a month off and then will devote the rest of 2016 to touring in support of Sixx A.M.'s latest studio effort, 2014's Modern Vintage, as well as working on the group's next album.  He hopes to have a follow-up done by 2017, with a world tour to follow.

Nikki's enthusiasm for Sixx: A.M. doesn't mean he's not enjoying playing with the Crüe as it bids its fans farewell.

"I'm loving finishing off the Mötley Crüe stuff," he insists, "but my expectations are high for Sixx: A.M.," adding that he's hoping the group will eventually become popular enough to headline arenas.

Mötley Crüe's Final Tour begins a series of dates Down Under with a concert this Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.  Check out the band's full itinerary at Motley.com.

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Olaf HeineU2 on Monday night played a surprise gig in an unusual location: a New York City subway station.

The band, led by Bono in sunglasses and a blue cowboy hat, performed their Rattle and Hum song "Angel of Harlem" to a crowd gathered at the Grand Central subway station, including Jimmy Fallon.

Spectators posted photos and video of the performance on Instagram.

U2 is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday night on NBC. Bono and Fallon reportedly were seen earlier this week rehearsing a sketch involving bicycles, presumably making light of the singer's bike accident in New York's Central Park last November.

 

Unbelievable! U2/Jimmy Fallon performing at Grand Central #onlyinnewyork #grateful #jimmyfallon #u2

A video posted by Regine (@regineem) on May 4, 2015 at 6:57pm PDT

 

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James O'MaraA longtime friend of Joni Mitchell has been appointed the musician's temporary conservator.

Leslie Morris was appointed Mitchell's conservator at a Los Angeles hearing on Monday, People magazine reports. The ruling allows Morris to provide temporary care and support for the 71-year-old musician, who was hospitalized in late March after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home.

Morris may not take possession of Mitchell's money or property without a court order.

The conservatorship will remain in effect until July 8.

The most recent health update posted on Mitchell's website, published last week, denied reports that she was in a coma. It stated, "Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected."

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Capitol Records/Universal MusicBob Seger turns 70 on Wednesday, and just in time for the Michigan rocker's milestone birthday comes word that his breakthrough album, 1976's Night Moves, will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl June 16.

Night Moves was Seger's first studio effort to feature his longtime backing group, The Silver Bullet Band, and was his first album to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at #8.  Bob recorded much of the album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

Night Moves yielded two top-40 singles -- the title track, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the #24 hit, "Mainstreet."  It also includes the enduring tunes "Rock and Roll Never Forgets," "Fire Down Below," and "Mary Lou."  The album has gone on to sell more than six million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

Seger recently wrapped up a North American tour in support of his latest album, Ride Out.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBCJack Black guested on The Tonight Show on Monday night, and in addition to promoting to his upcoming movie The D Train, the Tenacious D frontman teamed up with host Jimmy Fallon to create a shot-for-shot remake of the video for Extreme's 1990 acoustic hit "More than Words."  You can watch the results on YouTube.

In the clip, Black plays frontman Gary Cherone, while Fallon takes on the role of guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.  In case you were wondering, yes, the shot of the man petting a dog while holding up a lighter is faithfully recreated.

"More than Words," a single from Extreme's sophomore album, Extreme II: Pornograffitti, was the band's biggest hit, reaching #1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The D Train, starring Black and James Marsden, opens in limited release on Friday, May 8.

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Universal Music EnterprisesThe Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood have teamed up with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason to record a charity single to aid the survivors of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.  The song, titled "Save the Children (Look into Your Heart)," was released Tuesday and can be purchased now as a digital download at iTunes.

Jagger contributes backing vocals and Wood plays guitar on the track, which was produced by Mason and recorded at London's famous Abbey Road Studios.  The song features lead vocals by U.K. soul singer Beverly Knight, as well as accompaniment from a 100-voice choir made up of supporters of the Save the Children humanitarian organization.

Proceeds raised by the song will benefit Save the Children's Nepal Earthquake initiative.

"I am delighted that this recording made by us for Save the Children will help with the Nepal Appeal," Wood says in a statement.

According to BBC News, the death toll from the earthquake, which took place April 25, has exceeded 7,500, while more than 14,500 people also have been injured.

To donate to the campaign or find out more information, visit SavetheChildren.org.uk.

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Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi is among the newly announced full list of artists featured on the compilation of songs from the new Broadway musical Finding Neverland.  The New Jersey rocker sings a tune called "Beautiful Day" on the album, which will be released on June 9.

Other stars who contributed to Finding Neverland: The Album include the Goo Goo Dolls, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas and Glee's Matthew Morrison, who co-stars in the Broadway production with Kelsey Grammer.  The show's original songs were written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy for the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical.

The show, which opened April 15 on Broadway, is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie.

Here is the full track listing:

"Neverland" -- Zendaya
"Stronger" -- Kiesza
"Believe" -- Nick Jonas
"When Your Feet Don't Touch the Ground" -- Ellie Goulding
"Circus of Your Mind" -- Paloma Faith
"What You Mean to Me" -- Jennifer Lopez & Trey Songz
"Are We Gonna Play?" -- Rita Ora & Sage the Gemini
"Anywhere but Here" -- Christina Aguilera
"Beautiful Day" -- Jon Bon Jovi
"Stars" -- Pentatonix
"My Imagination" -- John Legend
"Something About This Night" -- Gary Barlow
"We Own the Night with Lucy" -- Matthew Morrison
"All that Matters" -- Christina Perri
"If the World Turned Upside" -- Goo Goo Dolls

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Image Courtesy of The YardbirdsAfter postponing a series of spring U.S. tour dates "due to health concerns and extenuating circumstances," The Yardbirds now are slated to return to the States for a series fall shows.  The British blues-rock legends' upcoming itinerary will get underway with an October 30 concert in Norfolk, Connecticut, and is currently plotted out through a November 10 performance in Laughlin, Nevada.

The Yardbirds also have revealed a new change to their recently revamped lineup: longtime David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick has signed on to take the place of founding member Anthony "Top" Topham, who briefly played in the band in 1963 and rejoined the group in 2013.  As previously reported, The Yardbirds -- who continue to be led by original drummer Jim McCarty -- also now feature singer/guitarist John Idan, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and singer/harmonica player Myke Scavone.  Idan previously played with the band from 1992 to 2009, while Aaronson an Scavone are new additions to the group.

The Yardbirds currently have only seven tour dates on their schedule, but more shows are expected to be announced soon.  Here are all of The Yardbirds' confirmed fall U.S. dates:

10/30 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
10/31 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Cafe
11/1 -- Newton, NJ, The Newton Theatre
11/2 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
11/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Harrah's Casino
11/7 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Harrah's Casino
11/10 -- Laughlin, NV, Harrah's Casino

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Esoteric Antenna10,000 Light Years Ago, Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge's first solo album since 1977's Natural Avenue, gets its release today on CD and vinyl.  Lodge says the new record pays homage to the musical styles that have influenced his work throughout his life while showing who he is today.

He tells ABC Radio that the album's title came from a concept he had running through his "mind for a long time that the future's always in reach but the past is gone forever.  So, it doesn't matter if the past was one second ago, you can't ever get there.  But, the important thing about the past is that it's brought us to where we are today."

Lodge says that in conjunction with the concept, he decided that the album should showcase "the diversity of styles that have influenced me over the years."

The album is bookended by "In My Mind" and the title track, which both are reminiscent of the cosmic, spacey Moody Blues tunes of the late 1960s and early '70s.  The record also includes a tribute to 1950s rock 'n' roll, a couple of mid-tempo rockers boasting '80s-style production, an orchestrated ballad and an homage to jazz legends Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Among the most interesting recordings on 10,000 Light Years Ago is "Simply Magic," a melodic folk-rock song that reunites Lodge with his former Moody Blues band mates Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, both of whom he's known since he was a teenager.  Lodge points that including Thomas and Pinder in the project fit nicely into his concept of the record.

To record 10,000 Light Years Ago, Lodge said his goal was to work in the same collaborative way that The Moody Blues did when they made their classic early albums.  To accomplish this, he assembled a band featuring veteran rock guitarist Chris Spedding and two members of The Moody Blues' touring group -- keyboardist Alan Hewitt and drummer Gordon Marshall.  Although the musicians generally worked remotely in separate studios, John says he insisted that they share ideas and feedback about the tracks as the sessions progressed.

The Moody Blues currently are winding down a U.S. tour leg that wraps up with a May 10 concert in Morrison, Colorado.  The band then will launch a European trek that's scheduled through a June 27 appearance at the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival.  As for the possibility of him mounting a solo tour behind 10,000 Light Years Ago, he tells ABC Radio that it could happen depending on how the album is accepted.

He adds, "If it happens, it'll be later this year."  Lodge also says that Spedding, Hewitt and Marshall have all expressed interest in joining him on the road.

"What I'm really pleased about is they're all incredibly proud of the album," John notes.  "And that's really turned me on, that's really made me feel happy, that they're happy about it…that they're proud."

10,000 Light Years Ago also is available as a deluxe CD/DVD set containing an exclusive interview with Lodge, behind-the-scenes footage from the album's tracking session and a promo trailer.

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MSO PRThe Who has been forced to postpone three upcoming concerts because Roger Daltrey is suffering from swollen vocal cords.

Daltrey has been advised by doctors to remain on vocal rest, according to a statement. As a result, The Who has postponed Tuesday night's scheduled concert in Kansas City, Thursday's show in St. Louis, and Saturday's performance in Louisville.

New dates are expected to be announced in the near future.

The band is slated to resume The Who Hits 50! North American tour next Monday in Nashville.

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Credit: Paolo PellegrinAt long last, U2 will return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after Bono's cycling accident forced the band to cancel a scheduled week-long residency on the talk show late last year.  While the Irish rockers won't be playing for a week straight, U2 will appear on The Tonight Show this Friday, May 8.

Lest you think any mention of Bono's accident would be pushed under the rug, the Daily Mail has published photos of the singer and host Jimmy Fallon rehearsing a sketch on the streets of New York City that prominently features bicycles.  In the photos, Bono and Fallon are riding on bikes, and a few shots show a Bono-dressed dummy being thrown into the hood of a car.

Last November, Bono was riding a bike through New York's Central Park when he collided with another rider.  He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket.  The accident happened just one day before U2 was scheduled to undertake a week-long residency on The Tonight Show.  Bono recently told The New York Times that he is still unable to play guitar because of his injuries.

Nevertheless, Bono and U2 will launch their North American iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour on May 14 in Vancouver, Canada.  The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC.

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Blue Note RecordsAnnie Lennox’s new concert film, An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox, is officially out today in DVD and digital formats.

The film features Annie, backed by a 19-piece band, performing a series of classics from her album Nostalgia, including “Summertime,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Strange Fruit.” She also sings her powerful rendition of “I Put a Spell On You,” which she performed at the Grammys this year and which was featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

"Every singer loves the challenge of interpreting truly inspirational songs,” Annie said in a statement. “Each one of these masterpieces stands as a lasting testimony to the brilliance of their creators -- their individual beauty, power and poetry continues to stand the test of time.”

The concert concludes with a four-song selection of Annie’s own hits, both solo and with Eurythmics: “Here Comes the Rain Again,” “No More I Love You’s,” “Why,” and “Sweet Dreams."

An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox was recorded January 28 at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre. The film's available for purchase on its own in DVD, Blu-ray and digital long-form formats, or as part of a deluxe package that includes her Nostalgia album.

Fans first got a taste of the concert film when it premiered on the PBS series Great Performances in April. You can watch a clip of Annie's performance of the classic “Memphis in June” from the film on Vevo.

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Sean Evans; ABC NewsJust in case Pink Floyd fans haven't gotten the message yet, founding band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason again have revealed that there is little chance, if any, of the group reuniting.  In a new interview with The Times of London marking the 50th anniversary of the band's formation, the two rockers, who both are 71, express differing attitudes about a reunion, while agreeing on the slim likelihood of a tour or new recording project.

"A reunion is out of the question," Roger tells the newspaper.  "Life, after all, gets shorter and shorter the closer you get to the end of it and time becomes more and more precious and, in my view, should be entirely devoted to doing the things you want to do."

The singer/bassist adds, "One can't look backwards.  Well one can -- and I do, actually, and with some fondness -- but to try and walk backwards would be absurd."

As for Mason, he says, "We have no plans," pointing that although he loves touring, longtime Pink singer/guitarist David Gilmour is "not at all keen."  He also notes that Waters is "difficult," and jokes that if there were to be a reunion, "it'll probably just be me."

Nick adds that he lives in hope, and says he could see Waters, Gilmour and him doing something if another charitable event like 2005's Live 8 concert was organized.

During the same Times interview, Waters also lashes out at the powers-that-be in the music business who he feels are responsible for making it so difficult for artists to make money from their music in the digital age.  He declares that he feels "enormously privileged…to have been around when…you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people."

Today, Waters says, technology companies, who he calls a "gallery of rogues and thieves" have "interjected themselves between the people who aspire to be creative and their potential audience and steal every f***ing cent anybody ever made."

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AEG LiveThe Who recently launched the North American edition of its 50th anniversary tour, and now the band is offering audio downloads of every show on the first leg of the trek via its online store.  Each concert costs $9.99 for MP3 or $14.99 for the higher-quality FLAC format.

Downloads will be available within two weeks after a particular show takes place.  The Who kicked off its current outing on April 15, and the tour leg is scheduled to wind down on May 30 in Forest Hills, New York.  After a series of European dates in the summer, the band also is slated to return for a second North American leg that's mapped out from a September 17 concert in San Diego through a November 4 performance in Philadelphia.  You can check out the band's full itinerary at TheWho.com.

Here is the full list of shows for which downloads are or will be available:

4/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/17 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
4/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4/21 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/23 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
4/25 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival*
4/27 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/9 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena
5/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/13 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
5/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
5/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
5/20 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
5/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
5/30 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

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