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Styx presenting YouTube event hosted by Tommy Shaw featuring stream of 2017 concert

Courtesy of StyxStyx are treating fans who are stuck at home this weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic to a special streaming concert event that will available exclusively Saturday night at the band's official YouTube channel at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The event, dubbed "Styx Fix," will feature the audio of an August 2017 show that the veteran rockers played in Trois-Rivières, Canada, accompanied by photos and videos. The presentation will also be hosted by Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw.

The band is asking fans who watch the presentation to donate to the Rock to the Rescue charity to aid its work in supporting those affected by the coronavirus crisis. Rock to the Rescue was founded by Shaw and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Meanwhile, Styx have postponed or canceled nearly all of its concerts scheduled through early May. Visit StyxWorld.com for more information.

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Aretha Franklin biopic 'Respect' starring Jennifer Hudson pushed back until Christmas Day

MGMWe're going to have to wait a little bit longer to see Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in the highly anticipated biopic Respect.

The film, which was set to open wide October 9, will now head to a Christmas Day release to qualify for awards season consideration. It will then expand in theaters on January 8, with a wide release on January 15.

Directed by acclaimed stage director Liesl Tommy, Respect follows Franklin's rise to superstardom, from her childhood singing gospel in her father's church to her emergence as one of the most powerful and influential voices in soul and R&B.

The cast includes Forest Whitaker as C.L. FranklinMarlon Wayans as Ted WhiteMary J. Blige as Dinah Washington and Tituss Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.

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REO Speedwagon appear on new episode of Netflix series 'Ozark,' which premiered today

Credit: Randee St. NicholasREO Speedwagon is featured on a new episode of the Netflix crime drama Ozark, whose third season premiered today.

The veteran rockers appear in the third episode of the season, which happens to be titled "Kevin Cronin Was Here," in reference to the band's frontman.

"We are big fans of Ozark here in the Cronin house, and have been waiting patiently for Season 3," says Kevin. "The family will be snuggling up and going on a major Ozark binge this weekend. Be safe and take care."

Ozark focuses on the story of a crooked Chicago-based financial adviser named Marty Byrde, portrayed by Jason Bateman, who hides out in the Ozarks in Missouri with his family after becoming indebted to a drug cartel boss, and is told to launder $500 million.

The program also features Laura Linney and Emmy-winner Julia Garner.

Meanwhile, like just about every other touring music act, REO Speedwagon has been forced to postpone some shows because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The next confirmed date still on the band schedule is a May 20 concert in Westbury, New York. Visit REOSpeedwagon.com for more info.

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Goo Goo Dolls frontman drums up support for local businesses amid COVID-19: "They drive the entire community"

Disney DTCIGoo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik appeared on Live with Kelly & Ryan on Friday -- remotely, of course -- to promote an important message: During the COVID-19 crisis, support your town's local businesses.

The singer lives in Westfield, N.J. and he's been helping raise money to support that town's merchants -- which have been hard hit by the coronavirus quarantine -- by live-streaming songs from his front porch.  He says it's important to support local businesses, not just in Westfield, N.J., but everywhere.

"What we're trying to get out is that a lot of the mom and pop shops around here, all the great restaurants, all the great stores and bakeries and all that, they're still open, but for pickup and delivery," Johnny explained while sitting on his front porch.

"So let's support our local businesses because they drive the entire community," he added. "That's why we have a beautiful downtown, and it makes our communities such a better place to live -- because everything is not a big franchise."

He then performed the song "Fearless" from the Goo Goo Dolls' latest album Miracle Pill with just his acoustic guitar.

Johnny, who has a young daughter, also admitted that he's really been enjoying performing without having to travel all around the world.

"It's kinda cool," he laughed. "I'm kinda thinking this might be the wave of the future!"

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Barry Gibb, Michael McDonald among many artists taking part in Twitch's Stream Aid

Rune Hellestad/Corbis; Timothy WhiteThe Bee Gees' Barry Gibb and The Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald are among dozens of artists who'll be performing on Stream Aid, an online benefit event this weekend that's being hosted by the streaming site Twitch.

The 12-hour stream will take place this Saturday, March 28, from noon to midnight GMT -- that's 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Other musicians performing include John Legend, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Joe Jonas, Jordin Sparks and many more.

For the full schedule, visit StreamAid.Twitch.tv.

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Twitch Stream Aid goes live March 28 at 9am PT.

Stars from the worlds of music, gaming, and sports are coming together to benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.

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Mariah Carey celebrates 50th "life anniversary" by recording a new song

ABC/Image Group LAMariah Carey is celebrating her 50th birthday – or “life anniversary” as she prefers to call it -- by recording a new song at her home studio.

The singer shared a fresh-faced selfie on Instagram Friday, showing herself standing in front of a microphone with headphones around her neck. “Starting 327 with a new song,” she wrote, adding, “#stayhome.”

She also gave an Instagram shoutout to some of her fellow artists who were born under the same sign as she was.

“Happy anniversaries to all my super-talented fellow Aries!! Cheers!!!” she wrote, tagging Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Elton John, Celine Dion, Fergie and Lady Gaga.

Mariah’s boyfriend Brian Tanaka, meanwhile, posted a birthday tribute to Mariah on his Instagram Story, featuring a photo of the two of them from the lock screen on his phone, screencapped at 3:27 on 3/27. He included the hashtag #HappyAnniversary, with confetti emojis.

He also encouraged his followers to participate in the #AlwaysBeMyBabyChallenge on TikTok and share it in honor of Mariah's special day, and posted many of their submissions on his Story.

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The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward releases digital EP featuring two new songs

Eagle Rock EntertainmentMoody Blues singer/guitarist Justin Hayward released a new digital-only EP today featuring two new original songs: "One Summer Day" and "My Juliette."

"One Summer Day" is a romantic tune that tells the story of a series of unexpected events that occurred during a single day in the summer.

"[It] just sprang out of my old Martin guitar late one evening," Hayward says the song. "I had been playing the riff for a while just for fun, without realizing it could actually be a song."

"My Juliette" was inspired by Justin's fascination with the theater as a child. When he was young, he played guitar for a repertory theater company for which his mother played piano, and he found himself drawn to various aspects of stage performance, including Shakespeare and pantomime.

"I was entranced and I still treasure every moment of that theater life," Hayward explains. "I had the song for years before I was sure I wanted to actually finish or record it because I enjoyed just playing around with it."

The tune also features a reference to South African singer Danny Williams' 1961 version of "Moon River," which was a #1 hit in the U.K.

Hayward recently announced the postponement of the 2020 On the Blue Cruise, which he had been slated to headline, as well as a series of U.S. concerts in April and May.

In a statement posted on his official website, Justin noted that the cruise's promoter was looking to reschedule the event for sometime in 2021. As for his stateside shows, he said, "As soon as we know rescheduled dates I will share them."

Hayward added, "I am desperately sorry for those individuals and families that are seriously impacted by the current situation and my heart goes out to them."

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Bob Dylan releases new 17-minute song, "Murder Most Foul," about the Kennedy assassination

Columbia RecordsBob Dylan has released his first new original song in eight years, an almost-17-minute-long epic called "Murder Most Foul" that centers on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The mournful tune, which features Dylan accompanied by piano, violin and understated percussion, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can listen to it at Bob's official YouTube channel.

Regarding the tune, Dylan posted a message on his official website that reads, "Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty over the years. This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. Stay safe, stay observant, and may God be with you.

"Murder Most Foul" not only recounts the violent murder, but seems to delve into the effect the Kennedy assassination has had on the American psyche. Throughout the tune, Dylan also mentions various other cultural events of the 1960s, included the emergence of The Beatles, and the Woodstock and Altamont festivals.

In addition, Bob namechecks a variety of celebrities, musicians and songs, among them The Who, Marilyn Monroe, Wolfman Jack, The Eagles' Don Henley and Glenn Frey, The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train," Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and many others.

In other news, Dylan has postponed a planned tour of Japan that was slated to kick off April 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The folk-rock legend is still scheduled to launch a U.S. trek on June 4 in Bend, Oregon.

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Jon Bon Jovi sings fan-written verses of "Do What You Can," releases Prince Harry charity single

Denis O'ReganNot long ago, Jon Bon Jovi, inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, wrote a new song called "Do What You Can" and invited fans to write a second verse.  He's announced that in just two days, he got 6,000 responses -- that he's seen -- and he's now posted a video himself singing some of them. 

One that caught his attention was from a trucker named Brice Glass, who posted his verse on YouTube.  Jon says, "For all the truckers that are out there making sure that everything's getting where it needs to be right now, my heart goes out to everybody who's driving those big rigs out there, making things life easier for the rest of us."

After singing Brice's verse, which is about how important it is to keep "our country rolling on our highways and our roads," Jon adds, "Thanks everybody, keep your thoughts coming through, OK?  And I'll be here to sing 'em for ya."

Meanwhile, you may recall that earlier this year, Jon and Britain's Prince Harry got together at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London to record a new version of the new Bon Jovi song "Unbroken" with the Invictus Games Choir, made up of wounded soldiers. There's word that Prince Harry was also singing along -- but since he doesn't have a solo, we're not sure.

Well, the stirring song, written from the point of view of a soldier with PTSD, has now been released.  It'll raise money for the Invictus Games Foundation, a charity that supports the annual Invictus Games for wounded veterans, which were founded by Harry.

 
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New season of AXS TV's 'The Big Interview' to feature Huey Lewis, Debbie Harry, Don Felder & more stars

Credit: Julio BedoyaThe guests have been revealed for the initial episodes of the AXS TV series The Big Interview's eighth season, and as usual, host Dan Rather will chat with a variety of well-known music artists.

Among the pop and rock stars appearing on the show this season are Huey Lewis, Blondie's Debbie Harry, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, The Band's Robbie Robertson, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and Don McLean.

Lewis, whose recent struggles with a hearing disorder has forced him to stop performing, will appear on the season premiere, airing Wednesday, April 15, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

In a preview clip, Huey reveals how advice from his father and mother led to him becoming a professional musician.

The singer explains that as he was preparing to go to college -- he'd been accepted to Cornell -- his dad told him, "As far as I'm concerned, your decisions are all your own…you can do anything you want to do. But there's one more thing I want to make you do…Don't go to college. Not yet…Take a year off and bum around Europe."

Huey says he told his mom what his dad said, and her response was, "That's the first good decision your old man ever made." He also notes that he'd started playing harmonica by that time, and recalls that his mother gave him Bob Dylan's first record, while saying, 'Check this out…The poets love this guy,'"

Huey says he proceeded to hitchhike across the country, then flew to Europe and bummed around, busking in such places as Rome, Paris, Marrakesh, Casablanca and Greece.

Asked by Rather what he learned from the experience, Lewis said, "I learned I [wanted] to be a musician."

Here's the confirmed schedule for the upcoming episodes of The Big Interview:

4/15 -- Huey Lewis
4/22 -- Debbie Harry
4/29 -- Don Felder
5/6 -- Robbie Robertson
5/13 -- Ian Anderson
5/20 -- Don McLean

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Strike a pose: Madonna's "Vogue" turns 30 today

Ke.Mazur/WireImageA week ago, Madonna filmed herself dancing in her bathroom at 3 a.m., singing a bizarre version of "Vogue" into a hairbrush.  It just goes to show that even the Queen of Pop, who never looks back, understands that it's one of her signature songs.  And it just happens to turn 30 today.

Inspired by New York's gay ballroom culture -- depicted in the Emmy-winning show Pose -- "Vogue" was released on March 27, 1990 and later appeared on I'm Breathless, the soundtrack album from Madonna's movie, Dick Tracy.  The track went on top the charts in 30 countries, becoming the best-selling song of the year globally.

Madonna was first introduced to the concept of "voguing" at New York City's Sound Factory club by dancers and choreographers from that scene. While "Vogue" has attracted accusations of cultural appropriation -- as well as a 2012 lawsuit that claimed Madonna ripped off part of the song -- it's also generally considered to be one of the highlights of Madonna's career, along with its acclaimed, much-parodied, award-winning video, directed by acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher.

Madonna has gone on to perform "Vogue" on six of her tours, including her most recent Madame X trek, and she also made it part of her 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.  She adapted it in 1990 into a Rock the Vote PSA, urging fans, "Speak your mind/there's nothing to it/Vote."

A memorable "Vogue" performance at the 1990 MTV VMAs featured Madonna and her dance troupe dressed in 18th century French fashions inspired by the 1988 movie Dangerous Liasons. Camila Cabello mimicked it last year on Saturday Night Live.

Of note: all 16 classic Hollywood stars name-checked in the rap section of the song have now passed away.

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Lionel Richie on friendship with Kenny Rogers, "he was that guy"

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesLionel Richie and Kenny Rogers' friendship goes way back -- like four decades back. 

Rogers passed away at 81 on Friday, March 20.  In the wake of Rogers' passing, Richie reminisced about how the two became best buds. In an interview with People, he opened up about writing the No. 1 hit song "Lady" for the country star.

It all started in 1980 when Richie was still a part of the Commodores

"I had written ‘Lady’ for the Commodores, and they didn’t want it," Richie explained. "'Kenny wants to have the song,' they told me."

"When 'Lady' came out, it was an explosion onto the music scene," he said. "It was a mutual admiration society."

Thus began a long-lasting friendship and mentorship. 

"Everything that happened in my life, truthfully, from that moment on, had a Kenny Rogers stamp on it. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor," the American Idol judge revealed. "When I was going through everything, leaving the Commodores, trying to be a solo artist, trying to figure out what that means — he was that guy."

Richie also shared how Rogers had no qualms in keeping it real with him saying, "'Listen Lionel, this is what’s going to happen, this is what you’re going to feel.'" 

The 70-year-old "All Night Long" singer added, "Everything I thought was the end of the world, he would start laughing. And would ask him, 'Why are you laughing? I am telling you something dire.' And he said, 'I’m from Houston, Texas. I’m from a poor family. You don’t know what hardship is.'"

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Watch surviving Knack members play "My Sharona" parody tune, "Bye, Corona"

The Knack in 1981. L-R: Berton Averre, Doug Fieger, Prescott Niles, Bruce Gary; Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesThe Knack's two surviving original members, guitarist Berton Averre and bassist Prescott Niles, have put together a video featuring them playing a coronavirus-themed parody of the band's 1979 chart-topping power-pop classic "My Sharona."

In the clip, which was posted on YouTube recently, Averre -- who co-wrote "My Sharona" with late Knack frontman Doug Fieger -- notes, "Some people have asked whether we were going to get around to doing our own 'Sharona' corona parody song, because apparently, there aren't enough of them."

He continues, "Sadly, our lead singer is no longer with us and, trust me, you don't want to hear me croak it out."

Averre then quips that he considered doing an instructional video on how to wash your hands, but instead, he had a better idea -- making an instruction video on how to play the "My Sharona" guitar solo. He adds, "With any luck, we'll get Prescott Niles, my old partner in Knack crime, here to join me at the end, if we can work out the sheltering and social distancing part."

Berton proceeds to rip into the solo in what appears to be his home office. As the tune nears its end, Niles shows up in a split screen playing bass, and the two old band mates warble "Bye, Corona!" together instead of "My Sharona." Averre wraps things up by saying, "Get the hell out of here."

As previously reported, "My Sharona" has experienced an increase in digital streams since the coronavirus crisis began. According to Billboard, the Knack members plan on donating the extra royalty money they're receiving from the track to Music Heath Alliance.

Fieger died in 2010 at age 57 after a long battle with cancer, while founding Knack drummer Bruce Gary died in 2006 at age 55 of non-Hodgkin lymphoma."

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Gloria Estefan & husband find new jobs for COVID-19-displaced restaurant & hotel workers

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteIn addition to being a global superstar, Gloria Estefan is also an entrepreneur: She and husband Emilio own restaurants and hotels in Florida.  Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple is finding new jobs for 300 of their employees who were left jobless when those properties had to close down or severely limit service.

As ABC affiliate Local 10 News reports, the couple is partnering with pharmacy giant CVS, which recently announced plans to hire 50,000 people.

Emilio reached out and, he tells the station, "they came through. They called right away, saying, 'We're willing to take the help,' and I think it's a message of hope."

The displaced employees from the couple's South Florida, Orlando and Vero Beach, Florida, properties are now being screened by CVS and will be matched with new jobs in a couple of days.  According to Treasure Coast Newspapers, the restaurant and hotel employees will be hired as store associates, distribution center employees and member and customer service professionals.

"The hardest thing has been the restaurant business," says Emilio. "You lose a lot of the waiters, a lot of the kitchen [staff]. It's no way we could hold everybody. We had so many employees, but at least we kept some of the people working."

He adds, "Me and Gloria, we went through a lot in our lives, and we had to ‘Get On Your Feet’ many times in our lives. We're going to go through rough times, but I believe in the spirit of the country. I believe in America."

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Neil Young's second "Fireside Sessions" video premieres; Young debuts archival 1971 performance clip

Credit: dhlovelifeNeil Young has posted the second installment of his recently announced "Fireside Sessions" performances in the "Hearse Theater" section of his Neil Young Archives website.

The video features capture Young playing solo acoustic renditions of various songs at his Colorado residence, shot by his wife, actress Daryl Hannah.

The new video, which runs over 26 minutes, begins with Young performing a version of Canadian folk singer/songwriter Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds" on a snowy day outside his house.

When then hear Neil singing a snippet of the 1960 Rosie and the Originals tune "Angel Baby" along with footage of Hannah making a snow angel.

The action moves indoors, as Young performs his 1970 ballad "Birds" on piano. After a short break during which Neil washes his hands in a sink while joking, "This is a soap opera," and a mock commercial for water runs, he plays the 1974 gem "On the Beach" on guitar in front of his fireplace.

Young follows with a couple more early-1970s rarity, "Homefires" and "Words (Between the Lines of Age)," then finishes up with the epic 1990 tune "Love and Only Love." As the video comes to a close, we see a sign with the name of Neil's old band Buffalo Springfield next to the fireplace. A message from Young and Hannah then appears on screen that reads, "All Together, Love N & D," and Neil says, "Take care, everyone."

Elsewhere on the Neil Young Archives website, Young has premiered a performance from his recently reported archival concert film and album, Young Shakespeare, recorded in January 1971 at the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut. The clip features grainy footage of Neil singing his 1970 tune "Tell Me Why." According to the website, Young Shakespeare currently is scheduled for a November 27 release.

("Fireside Sessions" video features brief censored profanity.)

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Madonna pays tribute to 'Desperately Seeking Susan' co-star who died of COVID-19 complications

Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesMadonna is paying tribute to her Desperately Seeking Susan co-star Mark Blum, after the actor passed away Thursday at age 69 due to complications from COVID-19 coronavirus.

"I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus," she posted, along with two photos of them from the film.

"This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!!"

She added, "Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way. we need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules!"

Blum made appearances in numerous films including Crocodile Dundee, Blind Date and Shattered Glass, as well as TV shows including St. Elsewhere, Frasier, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Law & Order, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, The Blacklist and Elementary.

More recently he had a recurring role on the Netflix show You and guest starred on HBO's Succession.

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George Harrison-created foundation launches initiative to help charities aiding people affected by COVID-19

Courtesy of The Material World FoundationThe Material World Foundation, a charitable organization created by George Harrison in 1973, has donated $500,000 to three charities aiding those affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and has launched a campaign that encourages others to help raise additional money for the cause.

The new initiative, dubbed The Inner Light Challenge, asks people around the world to share a verse, chorus or line from the Harrison-penned 1968 Beatles song "The Inner Light" and post it on social media along with the hashtag #innerlight2020.

"Just sing it, play it, hum it, strum it, paint it, knit it, chant it, plant it, pray or meditate and post it," a press release instructs.

For every person that shares an "Inner Light" moment using the hashtag, the Material World Foundation will donate another $1 -- up to $100,000 -- to the chosen charities: the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, Save the Children and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

"These lyrics sung by George are a positive reminder to all of us who are isolating, in quarantine or respecting the request to shelter in place," says George's widow, Olivia Harrison. "Let's get and stay connected at this difficult time. There are things we can do to help and we invite you to share your Inner Light."

The spiritually themed song begins with the lyrics, "Without going out of my door, I can know all things on earth/ Without looking out of my window, I can know the ways of heaven/ The farther one travels, the less one knows."

You can check out a video of Harrison's son, Dhani, performing his own a cappella rendition of "The Inner Light" at George's official YouTube channel and a lyric video for the original Beatles version at the Fab Four's YouTube channel.

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John Lennon's "Imagine" returns to 'Billboard' chart thanks to celebrity-filled viral video

Universal Music GroupA popular viral video showing a variety of celebrities separately singing the classic 1971 John Lennon ballad "Imagine" while they self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic has helped propel the late Beatles legend's original version of the tune onto Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart.

"Imagine" re-enters the tally at #15, after notching 1.3 million U.S. streams and 1,000 downloads sold during the most recent tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, a respective increase of 7% and 138% over the previous week.

"Imagine" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in November 1971. It's last appearance on the Hot Rock Songs chart was in February 2018, when it rose to #23 after four Korean singers performed the tune during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

"Imagine" also landed at #13 on Billboard's latest Rock Digital Song Sales chart, marking the first time it's returned to that tally since December 2015.

The aforementioned all-star "Imagine" video was posted on Instagram on March 19 by Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, who's featured singing parts of the tune along with Jimmy Fallon, Lynda Carter, Natalie Portman, Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Norah Jones, Sia, Amy Adams, Mark Ruffalo, Maya Rudolph and others.

Accompanying the video is a note from Gadot that reads, "We are in this together, we will get through it together. Let's imagine together. Sing with us…All love to you, from me and my dear friends."

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The Eagles reschedule 'Hotel California' dates to September

George HolzThe Eagles will welcome fans back to the Hotel California in September.

Like pretty much every other musical act in the world, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers had to reschedule a string of concerts they'd planned that would feature them performing their 1976 album Hotel California in its entirety, with an orchestra and choir.

The tour will now resume with a September 18-19 stand in Denver, followed by three nights in the Los Angeles area, two nights in San Francisco, two nights in St. Paul, Minnesota, and one show in Dallas.  The tour will wrap up October 25 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Tickets for the original dates will be honored for the new shows.

In addition to performing the whole of the landmark album, The Eagles also will play a set of their greatest hits.

Here are the new tour dates:

9/18 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/19 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/25 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/26 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/29 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
10/2 -- San Francisco, CA, Chase Center
10/3 -- San Francisco, CA, Chase Center
10/16 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/17 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/21 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
10/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
10/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena

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Expanded 40th anniversary reissue of Rush's 'Permanent Waves' album due out in May

UMe/Mercury/AnthemThe next installment of Rush's 40th anniversary album series will be an expanded version of the Canadian prog-rock trio's seventh studio effort, 1980's Permanent Waves, which will be released on May 29.

Originally released in January 1980, Permanent Waves reached #3 on the Billboard 200, and featured two songs that became classic rock radio staples -- "The Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill." The album has been RIAA certified Platinum for sales of one million copies in the U.S.

The reissue will be available in multiple configurations and formats, including a Super Deluxe Edition featuring two CDs and three 180-gram-vinyl LPs. The collection will include the 2015 remastered version of Permanent Waves on CD for the first time, plus previously unreleased and newly restored live performances from three stops on Rush's 1980 tour: London; Manchester, U.K.; and St. Louis. The bonus LPs will include one extra performance that doesn't appear on the live bonus CD.

The Super Deluxe package also features a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos, new artwork by album-cover artist Hugh Syme, and an extensive essay; a replica of the 1980 Permanent Waves tour program; a replica of rare 1980 U.K.-only tour program; a poster; replica backstage laminates; three reproduced lyric sheets featuring late drummer Neil Peart's handwritten words for "The Spirit of Radio," "Entre Nous" and "Natural Science"; and more.

The Permanent Waves reissue also will be available as standalone two-CD and three-LP sets, and as a digital download.

Here's the track list of the three-LP Permanent Waves reissue:

LP 1: Permanent Waves
Side 1
"The Spirit of Radio"
"Freewill"
"Jacob's Ladder"

Side 2
"Entre Nous"
"Different Strings"
"Natural Science"
Bonus Live Content: Permanent Waves World Tour 1980 (previously unreleased except *)

LP 2
Side 3
"Beneath, Between & Behind" (Live in Manchester)
"By-Tor & The Snow Dog" (Live in London)
"Xanadu" (Live in London)

Side 4
"The Spirit of Radio" (Live in Manchester)
"Natural Science" (Live in Manchester)
"A Passage to Bangkok" (Live in Manchester)*
"The Trees" (Live in Manchester)

LP 3
Side 5
"Cygnus X-1" (Live in London)
"Cygnus X-1 Book II" (Live in London)

Side 6
"Closer to the Heart" (Live in Manchester)
"Jacob's Ladder" (Live in St. Louis)
"Freewill" (Live in London)

* = does not appear on bonus CD.

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