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Denise Truscello/WireImageAt age 70, Elton John doesn't seem to be slowing down, and he still regularly tours the world.  According to his manager, not only will Elton not retire, he simply cannot.

The pop-rock legend's manager, of course, is also his husband, David Furnish.  He tells Music Week, "Without question, Elton must never stop performing. We all have things that kind of keep us alive in life. Some people relish the idea of a retirement where they do nothing [but] for Elton that would be purgatory."

Furnish also notes, "Playing to live audiences is going to be something he always needs to do." 

As for songwriting, he says Elton is "never going to stop," adding, "I think the passion [that] keeps him alive is that he needs to continue to create and write, he needs to collaborate."

However, Furnish admits that because their two sons are nearly seven and five, Elton and he need to be there for them, and that may affect just how much his husband will tour.  For example, May of next year will see the end of Elton's Las Vegas show, The Million Dollar Piano.  But according to Furnish, there are still plenty of projects in the works.

"We're going to be shooting a live action musical fantasy version of Elton's life story called Rocket Man that's going to go into production next year," Furnish explains. "I think he feels he needs to take a breather, he needs to step back and take a pause. He's also working on his memoirs and then we have a few surprises up our sleeve."

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Michael Dorf PresentsLed Zeppelin will be saluted at the latest in the series of star-studded annual tribute concerts organized by New York City entrepreneur Michael Dorf at New York's Carnegie Hall.

"The Music of Led Zeppelin at Carnegie Hall" is scheduled for March 7, 2018, and will feature performances by 21 as-yet-unannounced artists.  VIP packages can be purchased now at, while general admission tickets will be available soon at the Carnegie Hall box office and

All of the proceeds from the concert will go toward various music-education programs for underprivileged children and young people.

Among the artists who have been the subject of previous "Music Of" shows are The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Elton John, R.E.M., The Who, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

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Credit: Myriam SantosFollowing the January 2016 death of founding member Glenn Frey, The Eagles' future seemed in doubt, but the band eventually regrouped with Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill and played a series of shows this year. Now, longtime Eagles manager Irving Azoff and guitarist Joe Walsh have revealed in separate interviews that the band will continue performing in 2018.

Azoff tells Best Classic Bands that The Eagles are plotting "a handful" of stadium dates next summer with Jimmy Buffett, including one at Coors Field in Denver.

As for what the future holds for the group, Azoff says, "The Eagles are in an experimental phase." He adds that he looks at the new shows as "a celebration of their music" rather than an Eagles tour: "I don't know how long it'll go."

Regarding whether The Eagles might consider creating new music, Azoff says, "I don't speculate there will be any [studio] recordings, based on the public's willingness to listen at this point."

Walsh, meanwhile, recently spoke with the Las Vegas Sun about The Eagles' 2018 plans.

"[N]ext year we're going to play between 40 and 50 shows," the guitarist revealed. "It sure feels good to play our music for people again, and they know the words better than we do."

About the group's decision to continue after Frey's death, Joe said, "We didn't know if we could do it, so we had to try. Glenn's son said OK and stepped up…He doesn't know he's great but he's great, and that really helped us spiritually. Then we got Vince Gill and he filled in that ghost voice in the harmonies, and he's a brilliant musician."

Walsh wraps up a three-night stand at the House of Blues Las Vegas with shows this Saturday and Sunday.

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Mailboat RecordsThe archival Jimmy Buffett album Buried Treasure, Volume One, featuring a collection of recently rediscovered unreleased acoustic demos recorded during the late 1960s and early '70s, hit stores today. The album features 11 tracks interspersed with narrated segments by Buffett.

The demos were culled from boxes of quarter-inch tapes that had been stored for decades in a Nashville studio once owned by producer/songwriter Buzz Cason, for whose publishing company Buffett worked early in his career. Included on the tapes were recordings Jimmy made in 1969 in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, as well as 125 tunes he subsequently recorded in Nashville while working for Cason.

While most of the songs on Buried Treasure are original Buffett compositions, the album also includes two Gordon Lightfoot covers -- "The Gypsy" and "The Circle Is Small" -- and a rendition of the Mamas and the Papas classic "California Dreamin'." The latter tune was recorded at an event in Mobile celebrating the U.S. Junior Miss Pageant and features backing vocals from the pageant's contestants.

Buried Treasure, Volume One is available as a standard CD packaged with a 28-page book, and a deluxe edition featuring a 40-page collector's book and a bonus DVD containing a 20-minute documentary titled Buried Treasure -- Mobile to Nashville that tells the story behind the recordings.

Additional albums featuring other recordings from the long-lost tapes will be released in the future.

In other news, Buffett will headline the "Tryin' to Reason..." benefit concert this Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida, that'll raise funds to aid communities in Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas affected by this year's devastating hurricanes. Country stars Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Jake Owen also will perform at the sold-out show.

Here the full track list of Buried Treasure, Volume One:

"The Mobile Days" (narration)
"Don't Bring Me Candy"
"Lightfoot" (narration)
"The Circle Is Small"
"Clunker Chord" (narration)
"Abandoned on Tuesday"
"Technology" (narration)
"I Can't Be Your Hero Today"
"Blame It on New Orleans" (narration)
"Rickety Lane"
"Sgt. Pepper in the Gumbo Pot" (narration)
"The Wino Has Something to Say"
"Going Where the Wind Takes You" (narration)
"California Dreamin'"
"Nashville, Here We Come" (narration)
"The Gypsy"
"Hopelessly Gone" (narration)
"Hopelessly Gone"
"Simple Pleasures" (narration)
"Simple Pleasures"
"Close the World at Five" (narration)
"Close the World at Five"
"Thank You's" (narration)

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Phenix PhonographIn 2006, Peter Frampton released his first and only instrumental album, Fingerprints, a star-studded collection that won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album the following year. Now, the British guitar whiz has announced plans to reissue the album on January 26, making it available on vinyl for the first time on his own Phenix Phonograph imprint.

Fingerprints features guest appearances by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, ex-Stones bassist Bill Wyman, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Matt Cameron, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, and Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett of the influential U.K. group The Shadows. The album includes 13 original songs, plus a cover of the Soundgarden classic "Black Hole Sun."

Watts and Wyman team up to accompany Frampton on a tune called "Cornerstones," while McCready and Cameron appear on Peter's rendition of "Black Hole Sun" and a song titled "Blowin' Smoke."

Here is the full track list of Fingerprints:

"Boot It Up" -- featuring Courtney Pine
"Ida y Vuelta (Out and Back)" -- with Stanley Sheldon
"Black Hole Sun" -- featuring Matt Cameron and Mike McCready
"Float" -- featuring Gordon Kennedy
"My Cup of Tea" -- featuring Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett
"Shewango Way"
"Blooze" -- featuring Warren Haynes
"Cornerstones" -- featuring Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman
"Grab a Chicken (Put It Back)"
"Double Nickels" -- featuring Paul Franklin
"Blowin' Smoke" -- featuring Matt Cameron and Mike McCready
"Oh When..."
"Souvenirs de Nos Pères (Memories of Our Fathers)" -- featuring John Jorgenson

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Legacy RecordingsThis week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Whitney Houston's soundtrack for The Bodyguard.  Today, to mark the occasion, Sony Legacy Records and Houston's estate are releasing Whitney Houston -- I Wish You Love: More from The Bodyguard.  And the original album's producer, Clive Davis,  says this sequel is one that's definitely warranted.

"It is the best-selling soundtrack of all time," the legendary music mogul tells ABC Radio. "The original is now [at] over 45 million copies that it should be celebrated and it should be re-explored. And this brand new album has all the brand new different versions of that great song in really an impeccable and indomitable way."

"That great song" Davis is referring to is, of course, Whitney's smash #1 hit "I Will Always Love You."  But there's a lot more as well.

"This album brings in versions -- film versions -- of the songs," explains Clive. "Remixes of it. You get the great Whitney performing the great material: 'I Have Nothing,' 'Run to You'...'I'm Every Woman,' 'Queen of the Night,' 'Jesus Loves Me.'"

On Sunday night's American Music Awards, Christina Aguilera will honor Whitney by doing a special performance of songs from the Bodyguard soundtrack.

"I'm thrilled...[that] there's going to be a segment on the American Music Awards where she pays tribute to Whitney -- a very deserved honor," Davis says of Christina's segment. "I think as more gets to be revealed -- after the tabloid-al fever -- you will get to see that other side of Whitney, which was so unique, so powerful."

The 2017 American Music Awards airs this Sunday, November 19, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Courtesy of The End Records/BMGPetula Clark released a new studio album last Friday called Living for Today, and is supporting it with what, amazingly, is the British pop legend's first-ever full tour of the U.S. The trek got underway last Sunday in Modesto, California, and is mapped out through a December 26 concert in New York City.

"I've done concerts here and there, and I was on tour with [stage productions of] Sunset Boulevard [and] Blood Brothers," Clark, who celebrated her 85th birthday on Wednesday, explains to ABC Radio. "So yes, I've done a little bit of touring in the States, but not with my own show. So this is really quite exciting for me."

As for what fans can expect at her concerts, Petula says, "It's me and a…five-piece band…And some good songs, hopefully a good sound system and a good audience. And I just go on and have fun."

She adds, "Obviously I'll be singing some of the old songs, 'cause they're so great…But, the new stuff as well. I'll be playing piano a little bit. I might even do something in French. Anyone who comes to see me, I think they'll leave the theater knowing a bit more about me."

Speaking about Clark's new stuff, Living for Today is a 13-track collection featuring nine songs that Petula wrote or co-wrote and a few select covers, including Steve Winwood's 1980 hit "While You See a Chance," the Paul McCartney-penned Beatles gem "Blackbird" and the R&B classic "Fever."

Clark is showcasing a healthy sampling of tunes from Living for Today, alongside her classic 1960s hits such as "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep on the Subway," on the tour.

"For me this is an adventure," she says of the trek.

Here are all of Clark's upcoming tour dates:

11/17 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
11/18 -- Santa Clarita, CA, The Canyon Club
11/19 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
12/3 -- Austin, TX, One World Theatre
12/5 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center
12/7 -- Lake Worth, FL, Duncan Theatre - Palm Beach State College
12/10 -- Avon Park, FL, Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts - South Florida State College
12/11 -- The Villages, FL, Sharon Morse PAC
12/12 -- Largo, FL, Central Park Performing Arts Center
12/14 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
12/15 -- Kent, OH, Kent Stage
12/16 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Bear's Den - Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
12/17 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theater
12/18 -- Parkerburg, WV, Smoot Theatre
12/20 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
12/22 -- Northhampton, MA, Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
12/26 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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Hollywood RecordsThe deluxe 40th anniversary reissue of Queen's News of the World -- the classic album that kicks off with the one-two punch of "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" -- arrives in stores today. Queen guitarist Brian May tells ABC Radio that he thinks the collection is "one of the best things we've ever done in that way."

The five-disc box set features three CDs, a DVD and a vinyl LP cut directly from the original album's analog master mix tapes. One CD is a remastered version of the original album; another offers alternate takes and mixes of each track.

"[I]t's like different guitar licks, different vocal takes and sometimes different arrangements," May explains. "So there's a whole album of…new looks at what we did."

The third CD contains rare bonus tracks, including BBC sessions, concert performances, plus instrumental versions and backing tracks from News of the World songs.

The DVD is a new documentary called Queen: The American Dream that features footage from a never-completed profile of the band shot during its 1977 U.S. tour in support of News of the World.

May points out that the film features Bob Harris, host of the U.K. performance show The Old Grey Whistle Test, who "conducted the interviews at that time and came with us on our tour."

He adds, "But the documentary was never finished, so now it's finished and you can see us as boys touring, supposedly conquering America."

The package is enhanced by "lots of memorabilia," notes May. "There's posters, [tour] maps and all kinds of stuff in there." The box set also includes a 60-page book.

You can check out an animated unboxing video promoting the collection at Queen's official YouTube channel.

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ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaPatti LaBelle has joined the list of celebrities taking part in the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The soul/R&B legend will be riding The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray float at the festive event.

No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, who last month released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, also has joined the lineup and will be performing "White Christmas" during the parade.

Among the previously announced artists who will be riding floats and singing at the parade are Smokey Robinson, Goo Goo Dolls, Wyclef Jean, 98 Degrees, Flo Rida, Common, Andra Day, Andy Grammer and several country stars, including Sara Evans, Cam, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch.

The 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker, will air on Thursday, November 23, on NBC beginning at 9 a.m. in all time zones. The show will encore at 2 p.m.

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Warner Bros. RecordsFleetwood Mac has unveiled plans for the latest installment of its ongoing reissue campaign: a remastered and expanded edition of the band's self-titled 1975 album will hit stores on January 19, 2018.

The Fleetwood Mac reissue will be available as a deluxe edition featuring three CDs, a DVD and a vinyl LP; an expanded two-CD version; a single CD; and digitally.

The album marked the start of the most successful chapter of Fleetwood Mac's long career, as the band welcomed the duo of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham into its lineup. Fleetwood Mac was released in July 1975, and went on to top the Billboard 200 the following year.

The disc featured three top 20 hits -- "Over My Head," "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love Me" -- plus such enduring tunes as "Landslide" and "Monday Morning." The album has sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. to date.

The deluxe Fleetwood Mac reissue features:

--A CD with remastered version of the original album, plus single versions of four tunes
--A CD featuring unreleased early versions and takes of all the album's tracks, plus a few rare live performances
--A CD boasting more unreleased concert performances
--A remastered vinyl edition of the original record
--A DVD-Audio disc containing 5.1 surround sound and high-resolution stereo mixes of the album and the four singles.

Among the many extra tracks on the bonus discs are live versions of such earlier Fleetwood Mac classics as "Oh Well," "The Green Manalishi (with the Two Pronged Crown)" and "Hypnotized," as well as an instrumental take of "I'm So Afraid."

Here's the full track list of the deluxe edition of the Fleetwood Mac reissue:

Disc One: Original Album Remastered and Singles
"Monday Morning"
"Warm Ways"
"Blue Letter"
"Over My Head"
"Say You Love Me"
"World Turning"
"Sugar Daddy"
"I'm So Afraid"
"Over My Head" -- Single Version
"Rhiannon" -- Single Version
"Say You Love Me" -- Single Version
"Blue Letter" -- Single Version*

Disc Two: Alternates and Live
"Monday Morning" -- Early Take*
"Warm Ways" -- Early Take*
"Blue Letter" -- Early Take*
"Rhiannon" -- Early Take*
"Over My Head" -- Early Take*
"Crystal" -- Early Take*
"Say You Love Me" -- Early Version*
"Landslide" -- Early Version*
"World Turning" -- Early Version*
"Sugar Daddy" -- Early Take*
"I'm So Afraid" -- Early Version*
"Over My Head" -- Live*
"Rhiannon" -- Live*
"Why" -- Live*
"World Turning" -- Live*
"Jam #2"
"I'm So Afraid" -- Early Take Instrumental*

Disc Three: Live
"Get Like You Used to Be"*
"Station Man"*
"Spare Me a Little"*
"Over My Head"*
"I'm So Afraid"*
"Oh Well"*
"The Green Manalishi (with the Two Pronged Crown)"*
"World Turning"*
"Blue Letter"*
"Don't Let Me Down Again"

Disc Four: DVD-Audio Disc
--5.1 surround sound mix and high-res stereo mix of original album plus four singles

Disc Five: LP
Side One
"Monday Morning"
"Warm Ways"
"Blue Letter"
"Over My Head"

Side Two
"Say You Love Me"
"World Turning"
"Sugar Daddy"
"I'm So Afraid"

* = previously unreleased.

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Cleopatra RecordsTodd Rundgren's latest studio album, White Knight, features collaborations with an eclectic variety of musicians, including "I Got Your Back," which finds the prolific rock veteran teaming up with modern funk/R&B artist Dam-Funk. Now, Dam-Funk has created a new version of the tune he's dubbed a "Re-Freak," as opposed to a remix, that features new vocals and heavier synth bass.

The track is available now on all major digital platforms and streaming services.

"Working with one of my heroes in music was a genuine pleasure," Dam-Funk says of collaborating with Rundgren. "His progressive mind when it comes to all things music, without losing his soul in it, is such an inspiration to me and in what I humbly try to contribute to music listeners and aspire to. As the song says, 'I got your back, Todd.'"

Those purchasing the new "I Got Your Back" digital single also will receive a digital B-side -- the remixed version of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' White Knight collaboration with Rundgren, "Deaf Ears," which was previously unavailable as a download.

White Knight, which was released in May 2017, also features guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Joe Satriani and others.

Todd will wrap up his current tour as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band tonight in Newark, New Jersey, and will then head out on his own solo trek. The outing kicks off Friday night in Salisbury, Massachusetts, and will wind down with a New Year's Eve concert at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

Here are all of Rundgren's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

11/17 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
11/19 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley
11/20 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Rapids Theater
11/22 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
11/24 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theater and Performing Arts Center
11/25 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theater
11/28 -- Falls Church, VA, The State Theater
11/29 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
12/1 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
12/2 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
12/3 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theater
12/5 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
12/7 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater
12/8 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater
12/9 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theater at Westbury
12/12 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
12/13 -- Sheboygan, WI, Weill Center
12/15 -- Kansas City, MO, Voodoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino
12/16 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
12/17 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
12/19 -- Denver, CO, The Oriental Theater
12/21 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theater
12/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theater
12/23 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
12/27 -- Santa Clarita, CA, The Canyon Club
12/28 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
12/30 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon Club
12/31 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theater

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageIn 1986, U2 headed into the California desert to take photos for the cover of their classic album The Joshua Tree. During the excursion, guitarist The Edge took his own pictures documenting the trip.

Those images now will be put on public display for the first time at an exhibit that opens next week at the ARCANE Space gallery at Los Angeles' Venice Beach. A opening reception for The Joshua Tree: Photography by The Edge exhibit will take place November 22 at 6 p.m. PT, and the images will remain on display through December 17.

In addition, limited-edition prints of individual photos taken by The Edge will be sold at the gallery. All proceeds raised by the sales will be donated to the GO Campaign, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Monica, California, that aids orphans and vulnerable children around the world.

"I took these photographs without a clear sense of where they might end up," says the Irish rocker. "I guess I took them because I felt that this experience and this landscape and this moment in time ought to be remembered and possibly at some point shared."

Following the event, the photos will be on display at ARCANE Space during the venue's regular hours -- Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT. The gallery will be closed on Thanksgiving.

You can check out a few of the pics taken by The Edge at

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Exploring the Arts, Inc.Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan are among a bevy of stars who be on hand tonight to salute the legendary Tony Bennett, who will be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

The star-studded tribute also include performances by Wynton Marsalis, Josh Groban, Vanessa Williams, Michael Bublé and Michael Feinstein. Bruce Willis will host the festivities.

The tribute concert will air on PBS on January 12, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET. Previous Gershwin Prize honorees include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and Smokey Robinson, who received last year's award.

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Roman RecordsAerosmith's Joe Perry will release a new solo album titled Sweetzerland Manifesto on January 19 that features a variety of guest collaborators, including vocal contributions from Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, ex-New York Dolls frontman David Johansen, and British blues-rock veteran Terry Reid. The 10-track collection features nine songs written or co-written by Perry, as well as a cover of the 1960s protest anthem "Eve of Destruction," which Joe sings.

Sweetzerland Manifesto was executive produced by actor Johnny Depp, who plays guitar alongside Perry in Hollywood Vampires. Depp also played drums on Perry's rendition of "Eve of Destruction."

Zander sings on a tune called "Aye, Aye, Aye," which he co-wrote with Perry, while Johansen and Reid lend their vocal and writing talents to three tracks each. Longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey plays drums on one of the songs featuring Reid -- "I'll Do Happiness."

Joe's sons Tony and Roman Perry appear on "Spanish Sushi," an instrumental tune they produced and arranged. Their dad plays guitars and bass on the track, while Roman added synthesizer programming and Tony handled drum programming on it.

Sweetzerland Manifesto co-produced by Joe and veteran studio whiz Bruce Witkin, along with added help from longtime Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas. Douglas also co-wrote some of the tracks.

The record is Perry's sixth solo studio effort -- including his Joe Perry Project releases -- and his first since 2009's Have Guitar, Will Travel.

Here's the full track list of Sweetzerland Manifesto:

"Rumble in the Jungle" (Instrumental)
"I'll Do Happiness" -- featuring Terry Reid
"Aye, Aye, Aye" -- featuring Robin Zander
"I Wanna Roll" -- featuring David Johansen
"Sick & Tired" -- featuring Terry Reid
"Haberdasher Blues" -- featuring David Johansen
"Spanish Sushi" (Instrumental)
"Eve of Destruction"
"I'm Going Crazy" -- featuring David Johansen
"Won't Let Me Go" -- featuring Terry Reid

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Daniel Knighton/Getty ImagesThe music world was saddened by the death of Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, who passed away September 3 at age 67. No cause of death was revealed at the time, but now the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's widow, Delia, has issued a statement in which she shares previously unannounced details about Becker's passing.

In her letter, Delia describes Walter's death as a "devastating blow," and says she's "just beginning to emerge from its heartbreaking impact."

She reveals that her husband "died in the course of being treated for an extremely aggressive form of esophageal cancer," adding, "The cancer was detected during one of his annual medical checkups and its presence came as a grim surprise to Walter, his doctors and to me. It seemed to have come out of nowhere and had spread with terrifying speed."

Delia continues, "Walter chose an intense regimen of chemotherapy at [New York hospital] Sloan Kettering though, between the cancer's aggressiveness and the overwhelming toxicity resulting from the chemotherapy treatments, Walter died less than four months after the cancer was detected."

She also reports that Becker died peacefully at home in New York City, "surrounded by his family, his music, and a blustery rainstorm -- one of his favorite sounds -- blowing outside the window."

Delia adds, "In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated without ceremony or memorial in New York City."

In addition, she explains that Becker had hoped to return to performing, and hadn't intended to keep fans in the dark about his illness. "He just ran out of time much sooner than any of us thought possible," she points out.

Delia goes on to thank fans for "the tsunami of tributes and remembrances" that followed Walter's death.

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Legacy RecordingsAs Toto prepares to launch its 40 Trips Around the Sun anniversary world tour in Europe this February, the band has announced plans to release a new, career-spanning compilation featuring three new songs in conjunction with the trek. 40 Trips Around the Sun is a 17-track collection that's due out on February 9, 2018, and features remastered versions of many of the group's best-known tunes, including "Hold the Line," "Rosanna" and "Africa."

Among the new songs is "Spanish Sea," a tune that was built around an unfinished track Toto recorded during the sessions for its 1984 album Isolation that includes performances by late band mates Jeff and Mike Porcaro.

"[W]e had to re-write it including creating a new chorus," guitarist Steve Lukather explains. "Thanks to modern tech we were able to play once again with not only our 20-something selves but with our dear brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro reminding us just how deep their groove was. Bittersweet..."

Lukather adds that the tune is "classic Toto with an excellent solo."

The compilation's lead track also is a brand-new song, "Alone," which fans will receive as a free download when they pre-order 40 Trips Around the Sun.

"We wanted to start with an 'up' song in terms of groove for the album," Lukather explains of "Alone," which you can listen to now on Toto's VEVO YouTube channel.

The third new song is titled "Struck by Lightning," which was written around an opening riff created by singer/keyboardist David Paich, who says the tune "is an all-time great!"

Toto's 40th anniversary tour begins on February 11 in Helsinki, Finland, and currently is scheduled through an April 8 show in Glasgow, U.K.

Here's the compilation's full track list:

"Spanish Sea"
"I'll Supply the Love"
"I'll Be Over You"
"Stranger in Town"
"Struck by Lightning"
"Afraid of Love"
"I Won't Hold You Back"
"Jake to the Bone"
"Stop Loving You"
"Hold the Line"
"George Porgy"

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Courtesy of BonhamsA pair of vintage cars formerly owned, respectively, by former Beatles band mates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are slated to be auctioned by the famed Bonhams auction house on December 2 in London.

A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that McCartney ordered not long after The Beatles made their historic Ed Sullivan Show appearance is expected to fetch between $1.6 million and $2 million at the sale, which will be held at Bonhams' New Bond St. location. Sir Paul had the vehicle specially equipped with a unique Philips record player, which has since been restored. He owned the car for about six years, and since selling it, it has been repainted from its original sierra blue to silver.

The car belonging to Starr is a 1966 Mini Cooper 'S' Radford Conversion that originally was purchased by Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Ringo took over ownership of the vehicle in June 1967, and sold it in December 1968. The car, which reportedly was modified with a hatchback so Starr could haul his drum kit in it, is estimated to sell for between $120,000 and $160,000.

Bonhams' Bond Street Sale also features two cars formerly owned by Elton John. One is a 1959 Bentley S1 Continental Sport Saloon that the pop-rock legend purchased in 1976 and sold in 2001. It's expected to bring in from $520,000 to $660,000. The other is a 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon that Elton bought during the '70s and also sold in 2001. It's estimated sale price is between $210,000 and $250,000.

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©PatriciaSeatonPhotographyThis past summer during the first leg of The Moody Blues' tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their classic orchestral concept album Days of Future Passed, the band played a special show in Toronto backed by the city's World Festival Orchestra. That concert is the focus of a new episode of the PBS series Great Performances that will premiere across the U.S. starting Saturday, November 25; check your local listings for exact air times.

The show features The Moody Blues performing Days of Future Passed in its entirety, enhanced by a video presentation that offers narrated segments by actor Jeremy Irons, archival photos of the group, animated psychedelic projections and more. The veteran British rockers also play several popular songs from other parts of their career, including "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)," "Your Wildest Dreams" and "Question."

Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge recently told ABC Radio that the show, which was recorded at Toronto's Sony Centre, also will be released as a home video.

The band will launch a 2018 leg of its Days of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Tour on January 10 in Hollywood, Florida. The trek will wind down with a four-show Las Vegas engagement at the Wynn resort and casino scheduled for January 26, 27, 30 and 31.

Here's the full set list from The Moody Blues' Great Performances show:

"I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)"
"Your Wildest Dreams"
"The Story in Your Eyes"

Days of Future Passed:
"The Day Begins" -- with Jeremy Irons
"Dawn: Dawn Is a Feeling"
"The Morning: Another Morning"
"Lunch Break: Peak Hour"
"The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday)"
"(Evening) Time to Get Away"
"Evening: The Sunset, Twilight Time"
"Late Lament/Resolvement" -- with Jeremy Irons
"The Night: Nights in White Satin"

"Ride My See-Saw"

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David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty ImagesA awe-inspiring list of music stars have taken part in a multimedia art installation called The Adoration Trilogy: Searching for Apollo.  It's a collaboration between The Who's Roger Daltrey and photographer Alistair Morrison, and it was unveiled Monday at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

The project, which will raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America, includes a series of stylized photos of various musicians posing either together or alone, as well as video clips of the participating artists.

Among the more than 60 many stars featured in the photos are Daltrey, his Who band mate Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson and The Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood.

In addition, the photos include Van Morrison, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, John Oates, Rod Stewart, Jon Bon Jovi, Barry Gibb, Bryan Adams, Steven Tyler, Billy Idol, Steve Winwood, Ray Davies, Joe Walsh, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Frampton, Peter Gabriel, Smokey Robinson, Foreigner's Mick Jones, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Nick Mason, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Donovan, Art Garfunkel, Don McLean, Tom Jones, Tito Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Slash, Neil Sedaka, ex-Who/Faces drummer Kenney Jones and more.

About a dozen or so of the artists who are featured in the installation attended the unveiling event Monday. Details about the project and how it will raise funds for the aforementioned charities are still emerging. Visit for more information.

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Courtesy of Danny ClinchA new documentary looking at the life and 50-year career of Cat Stevens, the singer/songwriter also known as Yusuf, will premiere on PBS in December.

A Cat's Attic: Yusuf/Cat Stevens will profile the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's journey from his early pop stardom, to his emergence as a more introspective, spiritual-minded artist, to his conversion to Islam. It will also cover his withdrawal from the music business in 1979 to focus on his faith and family, and his return to performing and recording in the 2000s.

The film includes footage of the singer performing a variety of his most famous songs, including "The First Cut Is the Deepest," "Wild World," "Moonshadow," "Father and Son" and "Peace Train."

Yusuf released his latest studio album, The Laughing Apple, in September. The 10-track collection features a mix of new original songs and updated renditions of tunes from his early career. He recently launched a Down Under tour in support of the record, which runs through a December 19 show in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Here is the full list of songs performed in the Cat's Attic special:

"Don't Be Shy"
"Here Comes My Baby"
"The First Cut Is the Deepest"
"I Love My Dog"
"Matthew and Son"
"Northern Wind (Death of Billy the Kid)"
"Miles from Nowhere"
"Road to Find Out"
"Tea for the Tillerman"
"Into White"
"Wild World"
"Oh Very Young"
"Father and Son"
"If You Want to Sing Out"
"Peace Train"

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