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Legacy RecordingsThe soundtrack to the acclaimed Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue was released as a digital album today, February 12, though you'll have to wait until Friday, March 4 if you want it on CD. The 17-track collection features a mix of classic studio recordings and concert performances spanning the late singer's entire career, including rare live versions of her tunes.

Janis: Little Girl Blue includes a previously unreleased rendition of her hit "Piece of My Heart" that was recorded in April 1968 at a tribute concert for Martin Luther King Jr., held at the Generation Club in New York City. The song can be heard in the movie and also was featured in a 1991 short film titled "Comin' Home," but has never been available as an audio release.

The Janis: Little Girl Blue soundtrack also features the original studio versions of well-known Joplin songs like "Down on Me," "Summertime," "Maybe," and her posthumous chart-topping hit "Me and Bobby McGee," as well as live performances of "Cry Baby," "Tell Mama" and "Ball and Chain." The album includes songs Janis recorded as a solo artist, as a member of Big Brother & the Holding Company and with her backing groups The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band.

Janis: Little Girl Blue, which premiered September 2015 at Italy's Venice International Film Festival, was directed by Amy Berg, whose previous work includes West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil. The movie takes a raw, uncensored look at the lauded singer's turbulent life, her path to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27. It's narrated by veteran indie-rock singer/songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, who reads passages from Joplin's personal letters to family, lovers and friends throughout the film.

The documentary also includes interviews with Joplin's family members, friends and fellow music stars, as well as previously unseen footage and archival scenes from Janis' appearances such landmark events as the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals.

An extended cut of Janis: Little Girl Blue is scheduled to get its broadcast premiere Tuesday, May 3, at 9 p.m. as part of the PBS series American Masters. That edition of the film will feature extra performance footage and new segments.

Here's the complete track list of the Janis: Little Girl Blue soundtrack:

"Careless Love" -- Janis Joplin
"Down on Me" -– Big Brother & the Holding Company
"Women Is Losers" -- Big Brother & the Holding Company
"Ball and Chain" (live) -- Big Brother & the Holding Company
"Piece of My Heart" (live) -- Big Brother & the Holding Company*
"Catch Me Daddy" (live) -- Big Brother & the Holding Company
"Magic of Love" (live) -- Big Brother & the Holding Company
"Summertime" -- Big Brother & the Holding Company
"Raise Your Hand" (live) -- Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band
"Maybe" -- Janis Joplin
"Work Me, Lord" (live) -- Janis Joplin
"Trust Me" -- Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band
"Cry Baby" (live) -- Janis Joplin
"Tell Mama" (live) -- Janis Joplin
"Get It While You Can" -- Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band
"Me and Bobby McGee" – Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band
"Little Girl Blue" -- Janis Joplin

* = previously unreleased.

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Warner Bros. RecordsLast year, Fleetwood Mac released a deluxe reissue of its 1979 double album Tusk that included a variety of live recordings captured during the band's 1979-1980 world tour in support of the record. Now, the group is to make those recordings available as a separate three-LP vinyl collection titled Fleetwood Mac: In Concert, which will be released on March 4.

The live album features performances of 21 songs culled from shows that Fleetwood Mac played in four cities during the Tusk tour -- London; St. Louis; Tucson, Arizona; and Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to versions of a variety of tunes from Tusk, including the title track, "Sara" and "Sisters of the Moon," Fleetwood Mac: In Concert features renditions of such well-known earlier songs as "Don't Stop," "Dreams," "Oh Well," "Rhiannon," "Landslide," "You Make Loving Fun," "Go Your Own Way" and "The Chain." Eleven of the tunes were recorded during a six-night stand at London's Wembley Arena in June of 1980.

The discs will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a tri-fold jacket. It sells for a suggested list price of $59.98.

Here is the track list of the three-LP Fleetwood Mac: In Concert set:

Side One
Intro (Wembley, 6/26/80)
"Say You Love Me"(Wembley, 6/26/80)
"The Chain" (Wembley, 6/20/80)
"Don't Stop" (Wembley, 6/27/80)
"Dreams" (Wembley, 6/20/80)

Side Two
"Oh Well" (Wembley, 6/20/80)
"Rhiannon" (Tucson, 8/28/80)
"Over and Over" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"That's Enough for Me" (Wembley, 6/21/80)

Side Three
"Sara" (Tucson, 8/28/80)
"Not That Funny" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"Tusk" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"Save Me a Place" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)

Side Four
"Landslide" (Omaha, 8/21/80)
"What Makes You Think You're the One" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"Angel" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"You Make Loving Fun" (Wembley, 6/20/80)

Side Five
"I'm So Afraid" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"World Turning" (Wembley, 6/22/80)

Side Six
"Go Your Own Way" (Wembley, 6/22/80)
"Sisters Of The Moon" (Wembley, 6/22/80)
"Songbird" (Wembley, 6/27/80)

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Clayton Call/Redferns2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Woodstock Music & Art Fair, which drew nearly half a million people to upstate New York to see acts like The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and became a symbol of the '60s. Now, original organizer Michael Lang says plans are in the works for an anniversary concert.

Lang tells The Poughkeepsie Journal that discussions are underway with a number of potential partners and that various locations are being looked at, including the possibility of an overseas event.

Lang, who called Woodstock "the original and most famous festival brand," also says he'd like to see the 50th anniversary event be the start of an annual Woodstock festival.

Woodstock took place August 15-17, 1969 in Bethel, N.Y., about an hour east of Poughkeepsie.

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Credit: Douglas PuddifootA new one-night-only cinema event focusing on Queen's historic 1975 Christmas Eve concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, and marking the 40th anniversary of "Bohemian Rhapsody," will be screened at hundreds of theaters across the U.S. on March 8.

Queen: A Night in Bohemia will feature highlights from the famous show, including the first live recorded performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody," as well as a new documentary boasting archival footage and rare interviews with the band's four members.

The concert originally aired live on the British television show The Old Grey Whistle Test, and was released in various video and audio formats and configurations in November under the title A Night at the Odeon. Besides "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen also performed songs like "Killer Queen," "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Now I'm Here" at the show.

The documentary tells the story of the group's rise to fame, and features outtakes of the recording sessions for "Bohemian Rhapsody," as well as recently rediscovered clips of Queen's first promo videos, for the songs "Liar" and "Keep Yourself Alive."

Tickets for the Queen: A Night in Bohemia screenings go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 12. The event will be shown at 7 p.m. local time on March 8. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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Credit: Marina ChavezBonnie Raitt has just added a bunch of new dates to her 2016 North American tour. The singer has confirmed that she will now be playing 21 shows across the U.S. in August and September.

The new run of dates kicks off August 12 in Wallingford, Connecticut, and is mapped out through a September 24 show in Berkeley, California. Among the major cities that Raitt will visit are Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. All venues are yet to be announced. Ticket information for the new shows will be revealed on March 3, with pre-sales and general public sales unfolding throughout the month.

Raitt also is planning to add an October-November leg to her North American tour itinerary, and she has listed the cities the trek will stop in on her official website, although no specific dates have been unveiled. Most of the as-yet-unannounced fall concerts will take place in the Southern U.S.

The first leg of Raitt's North American tour will begin March 10 in Richmond, Virginia, and runs through a May 3-4 stand in Nashville. She also has lined up a trio of shows in Southern California in late July.  The tour is in support of Bonnie's latest studio album, Dig in Deep, which comes out February 26.

Here are all of Raitt's confirmed 2016 North American tour dates:

3/10 -- Richmond, VA, Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Center Stage
3/12 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
3/13 -- Rochester, NY, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater
3/15 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
3/16 -- Detroit, MI, Detroit Opera House
3/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
3/19 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
3/22 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
3/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
3/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, Verizon Hall - Kimmel Center
3/26 -- Washington, DC, The Kennedy Center
3/29 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
4/1 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
4/2 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
4/17 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
4/20 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
4/22 -- Reno, NV, Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
4/23 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
4/26 -- Dallas, TX, Winspear Opera House
4/27 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at The Moody Theater
4/29 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
5/1 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/3 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
5/4 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
7/27 -- San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre
7/29 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
7/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/12 -- Wallingford, CT*
8/13 -- Newark, NJ*
8/15 -- Westbury, NY*
8/17 -- Hampton Beach, NH*
8/19 -- Portland, ME*
8/20 -- Boston, MA*
8/23 -- Hyannis, MA*
8/24 -- Baltimore, MD*
8/26 -- Philadelphia, PA*
8/27 -- Vienna, VA*
8/30 -- Kettering, OH*
8/31 -- Grand Rapids, MI*
9/5 -- Minneapolis, MN*
9/6 -- Lincoln, NE*
9/8 -- Morrison, CO*
9/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT*
9/13 -- Boise, ID*
9/14 -- Spokane, WA*
9/17 -- Portland, OR*
9/23 -- Paso Robles, CA*
9/24 -- Berkeley, CA*

* = newly added show.

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Stiletto EntertainmentBarry Manilow has postponed two of his scheduled concerts, tonight in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and Friday in Nashville, after experiencing complications from oral surgery he had on Monday. The pop legend returned to Los Angeles to undergo another operation after playing a sold-out show on Wednesday in Memphis.

The Highland Heights and Nashville concerts will be rescheduled soon. Those with tickets can hold on to them and redeem them on the new date. The current North American leg of Manilow's One Last Time -- One Last Tour is mapped out through a March 26 concert in Rockford, Illinois. The next show on his itinerary is scheduled for Friday, February 19, in Wichita, Kansas.

Meanwhile, Barry is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for his My Dream Duets album. It's not known yet if the singer will be able to attend the ceremony, which takes place Monday, February 15, in L.A.

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Entertainment One MusicFounding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced official details about his upcoming studio album, a star-studded covers project called Origins Vol. 1 that includes contributions from Frehley's old band mate, Paul Stanley, as well as from Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, and Lita Ford.  The 12-track collection will be released on April 15, and features Ace's take on songs by bands that influenced and inspired him.

Stanley lends his vocal talents to a rendition of Free's "Fire and Water," marking the first time he and Frehley have been featured on the same studio recording since the 1998 KISS album Psycho Circus.

While the media has the perception that Frehley isn't on the best of terms with ex-band mate Stanley, Ace tells Rolling Stone that's not the case. "We've always been friends," he says. "The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy."

Origins Vol. 1 also features covers of songs by Cream, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Thin Lizzy, Steppenwolf, and The Troggs, as well as new interpretations of three KISS songs. Slash appears on a rendition of Thin Lizzy's "Emerald," Ford sings and plays lead guitar on a version of The Troggs' "Wild Thing," and McCready adds his guitar skills to a new take on the Frehley-penned KISS tune, "Cold Gin." Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 also is featured on a couple of tracks.

Frehley tells Rolling Stone he's "really thrilled with the whole [Origins Vol. 1 album]," adding, "I'm excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road there'll be a second volume." You can check out Ace's cover of the Cream classic "White Room" now exclusively at

Frehley will be supporting the album with a North American tour that's currently is mapped out from a February 26 concert in Houston through an April 16 show in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Here is the complete track list of Origins Vol. 1:

"White Room" (Cream)
"Street Fighting Man" (The Rolling Stones)
"Spanish Castle Magic" (Jimi Hendrix) -- with John 5
"Fire and Water" (Free) -- with Paul Stanley
"Emerald" (Thin Lizzy) -- with Slash
"Bring It On Home" (Led Zeppelin)
"Wild Thing" (The Troggs) -- with Lita Ford
"Parasite" (KISS) -- with John 5
"Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf)
"Cold Gin" (KISS) -- with Mike McCready
"Till the End of the Day" (Kinks)
"Rock and Roll Hell" (KISS)

And here's the list of Frehley's confirmed 2016 tour dates:

2/26 -- Houston, TX, Scout Bar
2/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Fitzgerald's
2/28 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
3/2 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
3/4 -- San Miguel, CA, The Ranch
3/5 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
3/6 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
4/1 -- Ponte Vedra, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
4/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
4/3 -- Sunrise, FL, Markham Park - Rockfest 80's
4/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
4/7 -- Danville, VA, Carrington Pavilion
4/9 -- New Hope, PA, Havana New Hope
4/11 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
4/12 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
4/13 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
4/15 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, The F.M. Kirby Center
4/16 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, The Chance

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Credit: Ruben MartinThis year's Super Bowl Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, was an entertaining multi-artist spectacle that brought together U.K. rockers Coldplay with pop stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars. However, legendary rock guitarist Carlos Santana feels that organizers of the extravaganza fumbled the ball by not inviting local artists from the Bay Area to take part in the big show.

"I do feel compelled to point out to you that the Halftime Show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the World would have loved to see perform," Santana says in a note posted on his official Facebook page. "Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly. We would have rocked the Half Time Show and done the [San Francisco] Bay Area proud."

Carlos also suggests that the show should forgo the pre-taped tracks, noting, "Real live music, real live vocals, and give the audience real live chills."

Having said that, Santana did thank the NFL and CBS for including him in the highlights reel of past Super Bowl performances that was shown during the Halftime Show. As ET Online points out, he played during a pre-game concert that took place at Super Bowl 37 in 2003.

Journey posted a message on their own Facebook page thanking Santana for his supportive comments, while adding, "[Y]es we would have all Rocked it!" As previously reported, Journey and Santana's band will be playing a trio of shows together in mid-April in the northeastern U.S.

Incidentally, Metallica did play an official pre-Super Bowl concert at San Francisco's AT&T Park that was streamed live for free online on Saturday. The band appeared to take a playful dig at the NFL by creating the Twitter hashtag #TooHeavyForHalftime in conjunction with their concert.

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Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesYou could argue Bruce Springsteen has already written his autobiography, in the form of the dozens of deeply personal, confessional songs he’s shared with fans over the decades.  But now he’s putting the story of his life in one place, in an autobiography to be released this fall.

The book, which will be titled -- of course -- Born to Run, will be available from Simon & Schuster September 27.  Springsteen spilled the news in a tweet Thursday morning that directs fans to his official website for details.

Springsteen began working on the autobiography in 2009, right after his Super Bowl 43 halftime performance with the E Street Band in Tampa, FL.  “Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen notes in the book, according to a statement on his website.  “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”

The book will cover Springsteen’s life and career, from his early days growing up in Freehold, New Jersey, through the rise of the E Street Band, and to the present day.

“This is the book we’ve been hoping for,” says Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp. “Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognize ourselves in his songs.”

More info, including pre-order dates for Born to Run, is promised soon.

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Buckjoy ProductionsFounding Jefferson Airplane and longtime Jefferson Starship singer Marty Balin will release a new solo album called The Greatest Love on Friday, February 12. The 15-track collection is filled with the kind of romantic-themed tunes for which Balin is famous, so its arrival on Valentine's Day weekend is well timed.

"These are songs I've been doing live in concert that I've enjoyed doing and the audience seems to like them and they keep asking me when I'm gonna put them out," the 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains to ABC Radio. "So, I finally have put them on an album, and I think people are gonna like it…because [these are] some of the best songs I've ever done, actually."

Balin says the album "runs the gamut" stylistically, from an "exotic song called 'Scheherazade' to a rocker called 'Rollin' Ball' to a big, epic song called 'Waves' to some good rockers like 'Superman.'"

Marty tells ABC Radio that he loves all of tunes on the album, while noting that he was particularly proud of "Waves," to which he contributed a dynamic and powerful vocal performance.

"I cut that in one take," he reveals. "I thought that was cool, you know, for a vocalist to catch one take through the whole song. And that's a big song."

Balin was accompanied on the record by lead guitarist Chuck Morrongiello and stand-up bassist Lloyd Goldstein, who also back Marty up when he plays live. The singer will be supporting The Greatest Love with a handful of concerts he's lined up around the U.S. through July.

It's a rather prolific time for Balin, who also released a two-CD set called Good Memories in December. The double-disc collection features unplugged versions of songs by the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, as well as some older tunes from Marty's solo career.

Sadly, two fellow founding members of Jefferson Airplane, singer/guitarist Paul Kantner and vocalist Signe Anderson, passed away on January 28. Balin tells ABC Radio that both Kantner and Anderson were chain smokers, which he feels contributed to their deaths. Marty, who'd had a falling out with Paul a few years back, says he thinks that the Jefferson Starship's grueling tour schedule also was a factor in Kantner's demise.

"They were gonna go around the world for the 40th anniversary of the Starship and he wanted me to play and sent me a schedule of his tour, and it was amazing," Balin recalls. "I mean, you had to be a 20-year-old to do this thing. And I called him up, I said, 'Hey man, I can't tour like that…that's crazy. You better watch yourself, watch your own health.' And he said, "Oh, I'm strong as a bull. Nothing can hurt me,' and went out and, bam!, right away he had a heart attack."

Balin also praised Kantner's creativity as a songwriter, citing some of the epic sci-fi-themed tuned he came up with like "House at Pooneil Corners."

"It was interesting to just get together and work on those things…try to get into them and really make them sing," he tells ABC Radio. "When they rocked they really rocked, 'cause he had that kind of march quality to his songs."

Here is the track list of The Greatest Love:

"Crazy over You"
"The Greatest Love"
"Dance All Night"
"Rollin' Ball"
"You Had Me at Hello"
"Jamaican Me Crazy"
"What Can I Do"

And here are Balin's upcoming tour dates, according to

3/12 -- New York, NY, The Cutting Room
5/14 -- New York, NY, The Iridium
6/18 -- Seattle, WA, The Triple Door
6/25 -- San Francisco, CA, Throckmorton Theater
7/16 -- Pomeroy, OH, The Fur Peace Ranch

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Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of FameIf you can't make it out to Brooklyn, New York, to attend this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, there's only one other place you can watch the big event in its entirety -- the Rock Hall in Cleveland itself. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the Official Simulcast Party, which will be held on Friday, April 8, and will feature an uncensored live screening of the ceremony from Broolyn's Barclays Center.

Tickets for the simulcast, which cost $23.50, will be available for purchase by the general public starting Wednesday, February 17, at 10 a.m. ET at the Rock Hall's box office and via Rock Hall members will be able to buy presale tickets beginning on Tuesday, February 16, at 10 a.m. ET. Attendees also will have access to all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibits. Special commemorative items honoring the 2016 inductees will be sold at the museum's store.

Doors will open for the simulcast party at 6:30 p.m. ET, and the broadcast will begin at 7 p.m.

As previously reported, this year's Rock Hall honorees include Steve Miller, Chicago, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and rap group N.W.A., as well as late producer and songwriter Bert Berns. Among the guest artists who will serve as performers or presenters at 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas and The Black Keys.

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Courtesy of The Best FestThe first night of the two-part Fleetwood Mac Fest tribute concert took place Tuesday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Among the eclectic variety of celebrities taking part in the show were Courtney Love, Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, KT Tunstall, the late George Harrison's son, Dhani Harrison, and actors Sarah Silverman, Will Forte, Juliette Lewis, Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips.

Jepsen opened the show with a cover of "Hold Me," Love sang the Stevie Nicks-penned Fleetwood Mac B-side "Silver Springs" and Farrell was joined by his wife, Etty, for a performance of "Gold Dust Woman." Meanwhile, Silverman belted out "Go Your Own Way," while Forte teamed up with Jack White's ex-wife, Karen Elson, for a version of the Nicks-Tom Petty duet "Stop Dragging My Heart Around."

At the end of the concert, all the participants joined in for group covers of "The Chain" and "Don't Stop."

You can read a full recap of the show at, while a series of fan-filmed videos from the event have been posted at YouTube.

The second night of Fleetwood Mac Fest will be held tonight, February 10, at the Fonda Theatre.

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Courtesy of NetflixYou know The Beatles -- now meet Beat Bugs. It's a new animated children's series premiering on Netflix this August that will incorporate various new cover versions of classic Fab Four songs into its storylines.

Among the many artists confirmed to contribute renditions of Beatles tunes to the show are Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pink, Sia and James Bay. The series, which was created by Josh Wakely, focuses on the adventures of a group of tiny friends whose whole universe revolves around the backyard of a suburban home.

The producers of Beat Bugs were able to secure a deal to use compositions from John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Northern Songs catalog. The tunes will be tied into the plot of each episode of the program, which will include "uplifting and life-affirming" themes. More than 50 Fab Four songs will be featured in the show, including are "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Help!," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Magical Mystery Tour," "Penny Lane," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Yellow Submarine."

"Bringing Beat Bugs to life on Netflix and having a platform to re-imagine this universally acclaimed music for families around the world is an exhilarating and rewarding experience," says Wakely. "Our partners have been fantastic in making this concept a vivid reality."

Meanwhile, Vedder, who recorded a version of "Magical Mystery Tour" for the show, says, "Personally I'm very grateful to be part of Josh's vision. A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written."

You can check out a teaser trailer for Beat Bugs now at Netflix's YouTube channel.

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Credit: Elissa KlineToday marks the 45th anniversary of the release of Carole King's classic album Tapestry, which established the prolific singer/songwriter as a major solo star.

Throughout the 1960s, King had churned out hit after hit for other artists with her husband and songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, but after the couple divorced in 1969, Carole focused on recording her own tunes. Tapestry, King's sophomore album, featured such hits as the chart-topping double single "It's Too Late" and "I Feel the Earth Move," as well as "So Far Away" and "You've Got a Friend," the latter of which became a #1 hit for James Taylor in 1971.  Tapestry topped the Billboard 20 for 15 weeks during that same year, a record that lasted until 1993, when Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack was #1 for 20 weeks.

Tapestry also helped King garner four Grammy Awards in 1972,  including Album of the Year; Record of the Year for "It's Too Late"; and Song of the Year for "You've Got a Friend." The album has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

As previously reported, a new documentary called Carole King: Natural Woman will premiere Friday, February 19, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS to coincide with Tapestry's 45th anniversary. The film, which will air as part of the network's American Masters series, will tell the story of King's life, from her Brooklyn childhood and her songwriting success with Goffin to her heyday as a solo star, all the way up through today. The flick will include previously unseen performances and home movies, as well as a new interview with Carole and conversations with many of her collaborators and musical friends.

You can watch a clip from the documentary focusing on the making of Tapestry at

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Courtesy of Skype 2016After composing music for the popular 2014 video game Destiny, Paul McCartney is once again pairing his songwriting talents with modern technology in a new partnership with Skype. The former Beatles star has created original music for a series of love-themed "Mojis," animated characters that you can employ to express various heartfelt emotions while using the video-chat platform.

McCartney composed music and devised sounds for 10 love Mojis, which have been released just in time for Valentine's Day. After agreeing to the task, the Skype team sent Sir Paul a description of various emotions and he was asked to create a unique seconds-long piece for each one.

"It turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging because you suddenly realize you've got to compress a musical interpretation of an expression into less than five seconds," McCartney explains. "It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle and coming up with all these solutions. And at the same time it was musical so it was great practice for me in the studio."

McCatney recorded his mini compositions at his Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex, U.K., using various instruments, including a Moog synthesizer, guitars, keyboards, drums and a xylophone. Sir Paul also added his voice to some of the pieces.

A Q&A that McCartney did about the Skype project has been posted on his official website. In addition, you can check out videos of McCartney talking about composing the music for the love Mojis and of him at work in his studio at the website and at his official YouTube channel.

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Credit: Alan SilfenLionel Richie will be honored on this year's Grammy telecast by a contemporary artists from a variety of genres: R&B singer John Legend, pop stars Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato, and country superstar Luke Bryan.

Richie is this year's MusiCares Person of the Year; a couple days before the Grammys, he'll be the guest of honor at an all-star tribute organized by the charity.  The segment on Monday night's Grammys will be a smaller version of that.  The songs Legend, Trainor, Loato and Bryan will sing will span Lionel's career, from his time with The Commodores to his huge solo hits. Richie himself also will take the stage for a group version of one of his classics.

Bryan's participation in the tribute isn't unusual, considering that Richie's best-selling 2012 album Tuskegee featured him teaming with a slew of major country stars.

The Grammy Awards ceremony, hosted by LL Cool J, airs Monday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Credit: Ross HalfinRock guitar legend Jeff Beck will mark his 50-year career as a musician with a special concert on August 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  The show will be a double celebration, as Beck will welcome as a special guest blues great Buddy Guy, whose 80th birthday takes place on July 30.

"Sharing the stage and this moment with Buddy is a dream for me," Jeff says in statement. "His live concerts are legendary and the music world would be a very boring place without his influence."

The "50 Years of Jeff Beck" concert is part of the Hollywood Bowl's 2016 summer concert season. Tickets for the concerts are available at or by calling 323-850-2000323-850-2000, and venue subscriptions and group sales are on sale now. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 1. Singer/songwriter Beth Hart also will appear at the show.

Beck's many achievements over the last half century include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of The Yardbirds and a solo artist, collaborating with such fellow music legends as Guy, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner, and inspiring generations of guitarists.

In other news, Beck currently is putting together his first book, titled BECK01, which focuses on his passion for both guitars and fast cars. The coffee-table book will be published in a signed, limited-edition version later this year. Jeff also is working on a memoir and an autobiographical documentary.

For more information about BECK01, visit

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Credit: James GladerWith the loss of so many prominent musicians in the past few months, there are bound to be plenty of tributes at this Monday night's Grammy awards.  We already know about a tribute planned for David Bowie, and now Billboard reports that one has been lined up for Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died January 18.

Billboard reports that Eagles founding members Don Henley and Bernie Leadon will perform, along with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and bass player Timothy B. Schmit.  Leadon left the band in 1975 and was replaced by Walsh; Schmit replaced original bass player Randy Meisner in 1977.

In addition, the band's close friend Jackson Browne, who co-wrote "Take It Easy" with Frey, will join the tribute.  In their pre-fame years, Browne and Frey were roommates, and Billboard notes that Frey has said he learned how to write songs by observing Browne.

Frey died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia after several months of illness.  His last performance with the Eagles took place in Louisiana on July 29, 2015. 

The Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, air on CBS Monday night.  Performers include Adele, Taylor Swift, Bonnie Raitt, Hollywood Vampires, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

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Credit: Jonathan OlsonHeart singer Ann Wilson's solo project, The Ann Wilson Thing, has announced its first tour dates of 2016. The five shows are all in the northeastern U.S. and run from a March 23 concert in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, through a March 28-29 stand in Annapolis, Maryland.

The dates are scheduled right to launch right after Heart winds down its March tour of Canada with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Meanwhile, The Ann Wilson Thing is featured on the latest episode of The Kate, a new performance series that airs on select public television stations and that showcases concerts taped at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Wilson's show is scheduled to premiere this Friday at 10 p.m. ET; check your local listings to find out if or when the program is airing in your area.

The Ann Wilson Thing's concerts feature Ann singing a variety of favorite cover songs, including tunes by Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Peter Gabriel.  You can watch a sneak peek of the group performing a version of Franklin's "Ain't No Way" from its episode of The Kate online at

In related news, a new digital live album featuring seven songs that The Ann Wilson Thing performed at a September 2015 show at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, can be purchased now at

Here is the track list of The Ann Wilson Thing's Live at the Belly Up:

"For What It's Worth" (Buffalo Springfield cover)
"I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover)
"Every Grain of Sand" (Bob Dylan cover)
"Isolation" (John Lennon cover)
"Permission" (Sixx:A.M. cover)
"Danger Zone" (Ray Charles cover)
"Ain't No Way" (Aretha Franklin cover)

And here are all of the group's confirmed concerts:

3/23 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center
3/25 -- Westhampton Beach, NY, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
3/26 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/28 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
3/29 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage

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Gunter Zint/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/RedfernsIf you ever wanted to own a piece of John Lennon, now's your chance. A large clump of the late Beatles legend's hair currently is up for bid as part of a memorabilia sale hosted by Heritage Auctions that will take place on Saturday, February 20.

The hair reportedly was clipped from Lennon's head in early September 1966 by a German hairdresser named Klaus Baruk just before John began filming director Richard Lester's dark comedy How I Won the War. After trimming Lennon's hair, Baruk grabbed the lock, which now has been in his possession for almost 50 years. The hair is described as four-inches long and includes hundreds of strands.

The winning bidder also will receive a daily call sheet from How I Won the War that was signed in blue ink, "John Lennon. Oh Yes," as well as a pair of articles clipped from German newspapers that report on the haircut Baruk gave Lennon.

As of Tuesday afternoon, bidding for the clump of hair was at $12,000.

Other collectibles up for bid as part of Heritage Auctions' memorabilia sale include a sealed copy of The Beatles' 1966 Yesterday and Today album featuring the infamous "butcher cover," a photo of the Fab Four autographed by the band in 1964, a signed copy of The Beatles' 1963 Please Please Me album, an acoustic guitar autographed by Paul McCartney and large painting of The Rolling Stones by Ronnie Wood. Visit for more information.

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