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All-star rock band The Dead Daisies releases new album, 'Holy Ground'; drummer Deen Castronovo exits group

Courtesy of The Dead DaisiesThe Dead Daisies, the all-star band known for featuring ex-members of notable rock acts, has just released their fifth studio album, Holy Ground.

Interestingly, just a day after the record's release, drummer/singer Deen Castronovo -- formerly of Journey -- announced he'd left the group. His replacement is Tommy Clufetos, who was Black Sabbath's touring drummer from 2012 through 2017, and who's also played with Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and others. Clufetos joins ex-Deep Purple singer/bassist Glenn Hughes and former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich in the current Dead Daisies lineup, along with founding guitarist David Lowy.

Holy Ground is an 11-track collection that's available now on CD, as a vinyl LP, digitally and via streaming services.

You can check out a preview of the album at The Dead Daisies' official YouTube channel, along with music videos for the several of the new songs.

Hughes says of the album, "From the opening track 'Holy Ground,' we were building a strong foundation. Each song has its own theme, full of drama, emotion and groove, all the way through to 'Far Away' the autobiographical last song. We gave it our all, focused and passionate."

Meanwhile, Castronovo posted a message on Facebook page explaining his reasons for exiting The Dead Daisies.

"My decision to leave was not an easy one as I have great respect for my former band members and a tremendous amount of love and appreciation for all the fans who supported us," he writes. "This decision will ultimately give me time to spend with my family after touring extensively and schedule a minor back surgery to ensure that I am able get back on the road playing music and doing what I love!...Rest assured I will be back and playing soon!"

Here's the Holy Ground track list:

"Holy Ground (Shake the Memory)"
"Like No Other (Bassline)"
"Come Alive"
"Bustle and Flow"
"My Fate"
"Chosen and Justified"
"Saving Grace"
"Unspoken"
"30 Days in the Hole"
"Righteous Days"
"Far Away"

By Matt Friedlander
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Phil Collins sells Miami mansion he previously shared with ex-wife

Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesIt seems Phil Collins has officially unloaded his Miami Beach mansion -- and closed a chapter in his messy divorce from wife Orianne Cevey.

According to a listing for the house, a sale is pending, though the buyer and selling price is not yet known.

Phil originally put the $40 million home up for sale in December, while Orianne and her new husband, Thomas Bates, were still living there. Orianne and Bates had agreed back in October that they would move out by January 21, after initially refusing to vacate the property.

Phil and Orianne split for the second time last year after it was revealed Orianne married another man -- Bates -- in Las Vegas.

As for the mansion, the 10,769-square-foot estate boasts six bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, a 6,000-gallon koi pond, a customized chef’s kitchen, a wine cellar, an elevator and more.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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The Stray Cats' Lee Rocker releases new solo album, 'Gather Round'; debuts video for "Graceland Auctions"

Upright RecordsStray Cats bassist Lee Rocker has just released his first new solo album focusing on original material in over 13 years, Gather Round.  Coinciding with the record's arrival, Rocker has debuted an official video for one of its tracks, "Graceland Auctions."

Rocker says the song was inspired by his "lifelong obsession" with Elvis Presley, noting, "I've been a bit of a collector and have bid and bought various Elvis stuff. It makes me laugh and it makes me want to cry."

The video, which you can check out at Rocker's official YouTube channel, features footage of Lee and his solo band performing the tune, mixed with film shot in and around Elvis' Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, showing off the various rooms and memorabilia items on display there. The clip also includes footage of Lee's own Presley collectibles.

Gather Round is a 10-song collection of rockabilly tunes that features nine new original songs, plus a cover of The Band's "Ophelia."

Much of Gather Round was written after the pandemic started while Rocker and his wife "criss-crossed" the U.S. in their Airstream trailer.

The album also features Lee's original solo version of "When Nothing's Going Right," a song he wrote that The Stray Cats recorded for their 2019 reunion album, 40.

You can purchase Gather Round now on CD and digital platforms. A vinyl version of the album is expected to be released on March 1, and can be pre-ordered now.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

By Matt Friedlander
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Listen to "Four Winds," new single by Ritchie Blackmore's Renaissance folk-rock band Blackmore's Night

Credit: Michael KeelBlackmore's Night, the Renaissance folk-rock group led by founding Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife, singer Candice Night, has released a second advance single from their forthcoming studio album, Nature's Light, which hits stores on March 12.

The tune, titled "Four Winds," is available now digitally and via streaming services, and a companion music video for the song is scheduled to premiere this Friday, January 29, at the band's official YouTube channel.

Night says "Four Winds" tells the story of two girls who were inspired by her two oldest friends, "[o]ne who left Long Island [New York] and moved to California and one who left to move to Virginia."

The singer explains, "Going to across the country to California and living on the water was where the first girl felt the call to her soul, being able to watch the dolphins in the water and living the life by the ocean, while the other one took a very different path and felt the call to the woods inspired by wolves and other woodland creatures."

She adds, "They both have equal importance in this storyline and are ultimately a part of me and perhaps of everyone, being pulled away from the stress of their current surroundings and looking for escape."

Nature's Light is the first new Blackmore's Night studio album in six years, and the band's 11th overall. The 10-track collection includes two instrumentals, as well as a new version of Swedish band Rednex's 2005 tune "Wish You Were Here," which Blackmore's Night originally covered on its 1997 debut album, Shadow of the Moon.

The first advance single that was released from the album was the lead track, "Once Upon December."

You can pre-order Nature's Light now on multiple formats.

By Matt Friedlander
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Chicago confirms three-concert Las Vegas engagement in September

Courtesy of Live NationThe last 2020 concerts that Chicago played before having to cancel their tour plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic were a series of Las Vegas residency shows at at The Venetian Theatre.  Now the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have announced plans to return to the venue in September.

The band has confirmed a three-date limited engagement at the theater scheduled for September 15, 17 and 18, marking the fourth consecutive year that the group will be performing at the venue. The Venetian Theatre is located inside The Venetian Resort.

Tickets for the new Vegas shows will go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 29, at 10 a.m. PT. Chicago fan club members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, January 26, at 10 a.m. PT, while Live Nation customers and members of The Venetian Resort's Grazie loyalty program can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, January 27, at 10 a.m.

You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, the box offices at the resort, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Besides the Vegas residency, Chicago has about 50 other concerts lined up across the U.S. in 2021, spanning from a May 13 show in Enid, Oklahoma, through a December 17 performance in Robinsonville, Mississippi. Of course, these plans may change depending on what happens with the pandemic.

By Matt Friedlander
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America's Gerry Beckley releasing solo compilation, 'Keeping the Light On,' in March

Blue Élan RecordsA new compilation featuring highlights from America singer Gerry Beckley's solo career will be released on March 26.

Keeping the Light On -- The Best of Gerry Beckley is a 20-track collection featuring selections from the singer/songwriter's seven studio albums -- spanning from 1995's Van Go Gan through 2019's Five Mile Road -- as well as five previously unreleased tracks.

One of the latter tunes, "Self Image," which dates back to 1988, has been issued as an advance digital single. Among the other previously unreleased tracks is "(I'm Your) Heart Slave," which was recorded in 2000 and is slated to be the second single from Keeping the Light On, and the America fan favorite "Norman," which Beckley recorded in 2002.

The album will be available for pre-order starting January 27, and will be released as a deluxe two-CD set, packaged with a 44-page booklet featuring photos taken by Beckley while on tour during his 50-year career. The album will be issued as a double-LP set, pressed on translucent vinyl or limited-edition cloudy-marbleized vinyl.

Fans who pre-order Keeping the Light On from BlueElan.com will receive a bonus nine-track CD featuring covers of Beckley-penned songs by contemporary female artists, including renditions of the America classics "Sister Golden Hair" and "Daisy Jane."

Reflecting on his career as a songwriter, Gerry says, "Yeah, I'm pretty prolific, but I like to preface this with the fact I come from the school of songwriting where you need to write 10 to come up with two that are keepers. That doesn't mean the other eight are crap, either. But you end up with an abundance of material, and you want to have a home for it."

Here's the compilation's full track list:

"3am"
"Crying"
"Emma"
"Watching the Time"
"Calling You"
"Self Image"
"Now Sue"
"Goodbye Highway"
"Norman"
"Always"
"Hang Your Head High"
"(I'm Your) Heart Slave"
"Life Lessons"
"Once a Distant Heart"
"Tokyo"
"Cup of Rain"
"How Can I Turn You Away"
"Calling"
"Home Again"
"Keeping the Light On"

By Matt Friedlander
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New compilation by Bon Scott's pre-AC/DC band Fraternity, 'Seasons of Change,' available now

Cherry Red RecordsThe late Bon Scott became famous as the frontman for AC/DC, but before joining the legendary Australian hard-rock band, he was the lead singer of a group called Fraternity. Now, a comprehensive three-CD Fraternity compilation called Seasons of Change: The Complete Recordings 1970-1974 has just been released.

The collection features the band's two studio albums, 1971's Livestock and 1972's Flaming Galah, remastered from the original master tapes, as well as non-album singles, B-sides and other bonus tracks. In addition, Seasons of Change includes a full bonus disc dubbed Second Chance boasting recently rediscovered session recordings, live performances from Fraternity's Country Arts Tour and unheard songs featuring vocals and songwriting contributions from Scott.

Among the bonus tracks are two songs that Fraternity played at the 1971 national Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds competition, at which the group was crowned Australia's best band.

Seasons of Change has been curated with input from Fraternity's surviving members -- bassist Bruce Howe, drummer John Freeman, guitarist/pianist Sam See, keyboardist John Bisset and harmonica player Uncle John Eyers -- as well as the group's original manager Hamish Henry and the estate of late lead guitarist Mick Jurd.

Fraternity's music was influenced by a variety of genres, including prog-rock, soft rock, proto-heavy metal, country, prog rock and psychedelia.

In addition to the group's own original material, the compilation features Fraternity's covers of The Moody Blues' "Question" and The Band's "The Shape I'm In" and "Chest Fever."

The Seasons of Change package also features expansive sleeve notes and unseen photos of the band.

Here's the full track list:

Disc One: Livestock

"Livestock"
"Somerville"
"Raglan's Folly"
"Cool Spot"
"Grand Canyon Suites"
"Jupiter Landscape"
"You Have a God"
"It"

Bonus Tracks
"Why Did It Have to Be Me?"
"Question"
"Seasons of Change" (Single Version)
"Somerville" (Single Version)
"The Race Part 1"
"The Race Part 2"

Disc Two: Flaming Galah

"Welfare Boogie"
"Annabelle"
"Seasons of Change"
"If You Got It"
"You Have a God"
"Hemming's Farm"
"Raglan's Folly"
"Getting Off"
"Somerville R.I.P."
"Canyon Suite"

Bonus Tracks
"The Shape I'm In"
"If You Got It"
"Raglan's Folly"
"You Have a God"
"Seasons of Change"/"If You Got It" (Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds 1971)

Disc Three: Second Chance

"Second Chance"
"Tiger"
"Going Down"
"Requiem"
"Patch of Land"
"Cool Spot" (Alternative Version)
"Hogwash"
"Chest Fever"
"Little Queenie"
"The Memory"
"Just Another Whistle Stop"
"No Particular Place to Go"
"Livestock"
"Rented Room Blues"
"Get Myself Out of This Place" (a.k.a. "Getting Off")
"That's Alright Momma"

By Matt Friedlander
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New Peter Frampton signature guitar based on his Gibson "Phenix" model to be released in May

Credit: Rob ArthurPeter Frampton has announced plans for a new signature guitar, based on his famous Gibson Les Paul Custom VOS model that he played on his classic Frampton Comes Alive! album and which is now known as the "Phenix."

According to a post on Gibson's Twitter page, the new guitar will be available in early May.

"My brand-new Gibson Les Paul Custom VOS is here and boy is it good," says Frampton in a statement. "I couldn't be more pleased with the look and sound. Gibson has gone that extra mile in every area to make this feel and sound the closest to my original, storied Phenix Les Paul Custom guitar.

He adds, "The neck and weight of this mahogany guitar will amaze you at how great it feels and how light it is (and it's even a hair lighter than the Phenix). This is the real deal."

Meanwhile, Gibson Brands executive Mat Koehler says, "It was such a thrill and a privilege to work with Peter on this project. Thanks to recent technology we were able to get the guitars to feel and sound closer than ever to Peter's iconic original."

During his early solo career, Frampton's 1954 Gibson Les Paul Custom VOS was his favorite guitar to play on stage, but he thought the instrument was destroyed in a 1980 cargo plane crash in Venezuela. Unknown to Peter, the guitar actually survived the crash, and it eventually was returned to him in 2012. After he restored the instrument, he named it the Phenix.

By Matt Friedlander
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Olivia Newton-John on duetting with her daughter & her old pal Barry Gibb: "I'm so honored"

Michelle Day; John Sciulli/WireImageOlivia Newton-John hasn't let the pandemic slow her down: She's recorded different duets with two very special people -- her daughter Chloe and her lifelong friend Barry Gibb.

Olivia and Chloe just released "The Window in the Wall," which Olivia was offered by a woman she met a few years ago. The woman emailed Olivia and said she had a great song for her...written by her cousin.

Olivia laughs, "I'm thinking, 'Oh gosh. It's her cousin and it's going to be terrible, and how am I going to tell her?'"

But when she heard the song, which is about trying to find unity and common ground, Olivia tells ABC Audio, "I was really moved by it...some little voice told me, you need to record this song. It's a very special song."

She adds, "I think this world is in need of healing music right now.  It wasn't intended as a duet...but...for me, that's how it needed to be." 

Chloe says, meanwhile, "The fact that out of all the people my mom could have asked...she asked me.  I was honored, and I thought the message of the song was perfect for the world right now."

You can also hear Olivia singing with Gibb on Greenfields, the Bee Gees singer's new duets album, which just became his first solo #1 album in the U.K., where he was born.

"I'm so thrilled for Barry, he so deserves this," Olivia gushes.  "His songs are so beautiful...I love listening to this album. I sing along with every song."

Olivia, who met Barry when they both were teenagers, notes, "[T]o have known him through all the different stages of his life and career is quite amazing. He's just so clever...and to work with him again now...was a big honor."

By Andrea Dresdale
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New MusiCares auction features items from Pete Townshend, David Lee Roth, Brian May, Madonna & more

William Snyder; Courtesy of Julien's Auctions

The MusiCares Charity Relief Auction, which will raise money for those in the music industry affected by COVID-19, is set to launch on January 31, and the sale will feature items from The Who's Pete Townshend, David Lee Roth, Madonna, Queen's Brian MayCyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan, ABBA, Carole King, Joe Walsh and many other music stars.

Townshend has contributed a blue jumpsuit and a long beige coat he wore onstage during The Who's 2019 tour. A black jacket embroidered with rhinestones that Roth wore during Van Halen's 2007-2008 trek also is part of the auction. May has donated a signed black long-sleeved shirt and an autographed photo of him performing at the 2012 Olympics.

A wool dress that Madonna wore while shooting the 1996 film Evita and a signed painted jacket from Lauper also are part of the auction.

Two signed Dylan items are part of the sale: a print featuring handwritten lyrics to "Like a Rolling Stone" on one side and a drawing by Bob on the other, and a hardcover copy of Dylan's 2004 memoir, Chronicles.

ABBA has donated a signed postcard and sheet music for "Does Your Mother Know," while Carole King has offered up an orange silk jacket, a signed program for her Broadway musical Beautiful and an autographed photo.

An autographed Gibson guitar from Walsh and an American Beauty 50th anniversary guitar signed by The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir are also on the block.

Patti Smith has contributed a collection of books and albums, some of which are signed by the punk singer and poet. Billy Idol's handwritten lyrics to his 1990 song "Trouble with the Sweet Stuff" also is up for bid.

The auction goes live January 31 at 1 p.m. PT at JuliensLive.com.

By Matt Friedlander and Andrea Dresdale
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Genesis postpones reunion tour again; trek now scheduled for the fall

Credit: Patrick Balls and Martin GriffinGenesis' The Last Domino? Tour of the U.K. and Ireland, which originally was supposed take place in late 2020, then was pushed back to April of this year, has been postponed again because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The reunion trek, which will be the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' first tour since 2007, now is mapped out from a September 15-16 stand in Dublin through an October 11-13 engagement in London.

In announcing the new dates, Genesis posted a brief statement on their Facebook page that reads, "We're ready, but the world isn't...yet!" The band also has posted a teaser trailer for the tour on its YouTube channel.

Tickets for the rescheduled concerts are available via Genesis-Music.com. Previously purchased tickets are still valid, and those who bought them will be contacted by their ticket agent regarding updated details.

As previously reported, the trek will feature Genesis' classic trio lineup of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, joined by Collins' son Nic on drums and the group's longtime touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer.

By Matt Friedlander
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Mariah Carey releases remix EPs for 2002 album 'Charmbracelet'

Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesMariah Carey is keeping the #MC30 celebration going.

As part of the series she started last year for the 30th anniversary of her debut album, Mariah has released a special batch of remix EPs for her 2002 album Charmbracelet.

“#MC30 is back with Charmbracelet digital EPs and HD videos!” Mariah tweeted Friday. “Yayyyy Charmie..!!! I've been told this album is sort of a fan favorite..! Subtle Invitation, My Saving Grace, Yours, The One and many others make this album a fave of mine!”

There are five separate EPs with remixes for “Through the Rain,” “I Only Wanted,” “The One,” “Boy (I Need You)” and “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.”

Mariah plans to roll out more remix EPs and bonus content from various albums including The Emancipation of Mimi, E=MC2, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel and Me. I am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.

She released her first #MC30 goody for fans last July. She dropped The Live Debut -- 1990, a four-song digital EP of her first-ever live performance, which took place at New York City's Tatou Club on October 22, 1990. 

Her self-titled debut album was released June 12, 1990.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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The late Sam Cooke's 90th birthday commemorated with the #ToastToSamCooke celebration

Courtesy of the Sam Cooke EstateToday marks what would have been the 90th birthday of the legendary soul singer Sam Cooke, who is best known for the classic series of enduring songs he released in the late 1950s and early '60s before his untimely death at age 33 in 1964.

To commemorate the milestone, an online celebration has been launched at Cooke's official social media pages, dubbed #ToastToSamCooke, that's encouraging fans to post tribute messages to the influential singer.

Among the celebrities who have posted messages are Rod Stewart, Jennifer Hudson and actress/director Regina King.

Born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Cooke became a gospel singer as a child, and when he was a teenager, he took over as lead vocalist for the popular gospel group The Soul Stirrers. Sam launched a solo pop career in 1957, scoring a #1 hit that year with "You Send Me."

Cooke wrote or co-wrote nearly all of his major hits, which also included "What a Wonderful World," "Chain Gang," "Cupid," "Twistin' the Night Away," "Another Saturday Night," "Only Sixteen," "Bring It on Home to Me" and "Shake."

Sam was an advocate for artists' creative rights who recognized the importance of owning the publishing rights to his own compositions. In 1964, he wrote and recorded "A Change Is Gonna Come," which became a posthumous hit and went on to be among the most enduring anthems of the civil-rights movement.

Sadly, Cooke was shot to death in December 1964 during an altercation with a hotel manager.

A portrayal of Cooke by actor/singer Leslie Odom Jr. is featured in the new Regina King-directed film One Night in Miami, which focuses on a fictional meeting between Sam, Malcolm X, NFL great Jim Brown and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali following the boxer's 1964 win over Sonny Liston.

By Matt Friedlander
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Heart's Ann Wilson releases soulful new solo song, "Tender Heart," as digital single

Courtesy of Ann Wilson

Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson has debuted a brand-new solo single called "Tender Heart" that's available digitally and via streaming services.

The soaring, soulful original tune is a follow-up to Wilson's cover of the 2004 Steve Earle song "The Revolution Starts Now," which was released in October.

"'Tender Heart' came out of a personal struggle, but quickly evolved into a greater, more universal meaning," Ann explains in a statement. "We as the human race are coming to realize realities we never dreamed we'd have to face -- environmentally, culturally, financially, and health-wise. Humanity is coming to terms with uncomfortable, heartbreaking, terrifying truths."

She adds, "This song is for the soul whose heart is blindsided by reality, but is still soft and innocent. I hope people will identify with this song and feel they are not alone."

You can check out a companion lyric video for "Tender Heart" at Wilson's official YouTube channel.

Ann will chat about her new song and other topics in an interview with Washington Post reporter Geoff Edgers on his Instagram Live show, Stuck with Geoff, which streams live today at 2 p.m. ET exclusively at the newspaper's Instagram page.

Wilson recently released a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single featuring "The Revolution Starts Now" and, as the B-side, a cover of Alice in Chains' "Rooster." Wilson also performed "Rooster" live as part of a star-studded virtual tribute to the grunge legends hosted by Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture, a.k.a. MoPOP, that took place in December 2020. You can check out a video of Ann's performance at her YouTube channel.

Ann's new song arrives as her sister and Heart band mate, Nancy Wilson, prepares her own debut solo studio album, which is due in April.

By Matt Friedlander
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Ten Years After drummer Ric Lee releases new memoir, 'From Headstocks to Woodstock'

Courtesy of Ric LeeFounding Ten Years After drummer Ric Lee has penned a new memoir called From Headstocks to Woodstock focusing on his long music career, including his adventures with the famous U.K. blues-rock outfit.

The 448-page tome is available now exclusively from Lee's official website, RicLeeTYA.com.

"It was something I'd always wanted to do and I actually started it more than 10 years ago, but kept stopping and starting for various reasons," Lee explains in a statement. "Then a chance conversation with a friend in Los Angeles persuaded me to get it finished."

Ten Years After was led by singer guitarist Alvin Lee and had a series of popular albums in the late 1960s and early '70s. In the U.S., the band is best known for their scorching performing of "I'm Going Home" at the 1969 Woodstock Festival and their hit "I'd Love to Change the World," which peaked at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.

Ric says some of the highlights in the book for him are "[m]y early days in bands in the Mansfield (my hometown) area, my stories about meeting people like Sir David Frost, Muhammad Ali, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis and many others, and, of course, playing at Woodstock."

Lee adds that he hopes hi memoir will "also be an inspiration to any aspiring young musicians to keep going against all adversity to finally win through."

While Alvin Lee died in 2013 at age 68 from heart surgery complications, Ten Years after has continued on and currently is led by Ric and founding keyboardist Chick Churchill.  The band is working on a new studio effort that's due out later this year, and is planning to release a deluxe version of its 2017 album A Sting in the Tale in March.

By Matt Friedlander
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Always take candy from strangers, The Rolling Stones now have their own chocolate bars

Credit: Dave HoganWith Valentine's Day around the corner, The Rolling Stones are launching themed chocolate bars named after their song lyrics that are sure to give fans some sweet "Satisfaction."

The rockers-turned-chocolatiers will be coming out with two mouth-watering candy bars that fans can purchase next Monday on their online store.

British publication The Evening Standard reports that the first sugary confection will be a milk chocolate bar called "Brown Sugar," named after their 1971 hit.  The candy bar, which actually is made with brown sugar, is available for pre-order and will be made available on January 29.

Their second delicacy, which is available now, is a dark chocolate bar filled with cherries, called "Cherry Red" -- a nod to the 1969 Stones single "You Can't Always Get What You Want" that features the lyric, "My favorite flavor, cherry red."

Both bars come packaged in wrapper boasting The Stones' classic lips-and-tongue logo.

The two tasty treats are priced at $8.95.

By Megan Stone
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Heart's Nancy Wilson says the She Rocks Awards is "good positive reinforcement for women among women"

Credit: Sacha GuzyHeart guitarist Nancy Wilson is among the accomplished and influential female music artists being honored tonight at the 2021 She Rocks Awards.

Not surprisingly, this year's edition of the annual event has gone virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wilson tells ABC Audio that she actually pre-taped her portion of the show at her home in Northern California.

"They mailed the award to my house like a couple of weeks ago," the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reveals with a chuckle. "And so, then I got to pose with the award and accept the award."

Regarding the She Rocks Awards event, Nancy notes, "Most normally I don't go for anything so gender specific as 'only the women get the awards'…but I think…[i]t's really good to have that out there right now, with Kamala Harris stepping into the office. And…women putting on award ceremonies for women, you know, it's only a good thing."

She adds, "[T]here's no man bashing about it, you know? It's just a good positive reinforcement for women among women."

Nancy also says her segment will include a brief documentary-style look at her career using archival footage, and she also got the chance to promote her new signature Epiphone electric guitar, the Fanatic.

This year's other She Rocks Awards honorees include The Go-Go's, Runaways singer Cherie Currie, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, and Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee.

"I respect and admire them all," says Wilson, "because…they've all worked through a lot of the same…years of getting it done with a lot of the same hurdles to overcome as I've done."

The event streams live at Parade magazine's official website and BelieveInMusic.tv, starting at 6:30 p.m. PT.

Meanwhile, Wilson will release her debut solo studio album in April.

By Matt Friedlander
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Steve Lukather releases title track from upcoming solo album, 'I Found the Sun Again,' and companion video

Credit: Alex Solca PhotographyToto guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather has released the third and final advance track from his upcoming solo album I Found the Sun Again, which is due out on February 26.

The atmospheric tune is the new album's title track, which is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. A companion video for "I Found the Sun Again" has premiered at Lukather's official YouTube channel. It features Luke and his girlfriend Amber, who inspired the tune.

In a Facebook post, Lukather says of the clip, "It's a spacy video with many inside bits...and done in my house so...I can't wait for the comments hahahahaha." He adds about the song, "It's Pink Floyd meets Christopher Cross and Joni Mitchell on acid. Enjoy."

Toto frontman Joseph Williams co-produced the track and directed the video.

As previously reported, I Found the Sun Again will be released simultaneously with Williams' latest solo album, Denizen Tenant, on the Toto duo's new label, The Players Club. Both musicians contributed to each other's album.

The other two advance tracks Lukather released from I Found the Sun Again were "Run to Me," which features Ringo Starr on drums, and "Serpent Soul." The latter tune includes contributions from founding Toto keyboardist/singer David Paich, Gov't Mule bassist Jorgen Carlsson, and drummer Gregg Bissonette of Ringo's All Starr Band. Williams sang backing vocals on both songs.

I Found the Sun Again and Denizen Tenant can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on CD, as two-LP sets and packaged together in limited-edition bundles.

Lukather and Williams also recently relaunched Toto with a new lineup, and the band is planning a 2021 trek called the Dogs of Oz Tour that currently is scheduled to kick off on July 15 in Bonn, Germany.

By Matt Friedlander
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The Village People, Laura Branigan's rep upset that Trump used their music in his final farewell

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesFor years, artists have expressed their displeasure at the fact that then-President Donald Trump used their music at his rallies and campaign appearances without permission.  While Trump is no longer president, two acts are upset about the fact that during Trump's final farewell, their music was once again played without permission.

Billboard reports that The Village People are angry that Trump played their classic "Y.M.C.A." at his farewell event at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday. In a statement to Billboard, the iconic disco group said, "We have no ill will towards the president, but we asked him to cease and desist long ago. However, since he's a bully, our request was ignored."

"Thankfully he's now out of office, so it would seem his abusive use of our music has finally ended," they add, noting that they want to work to change copyright law so more control exists over who can and can't use their music "in the public space."

Meanwhile, Kathy Golik, the legacy manager for the late singer Laura Branigan, tells TMZ that she's ticked off that Trump blasted Branigan's song "Gloria" at the same event.

"'Gloria' is a great, energetic anthem that for decades has evoked many good feelings, memories of times and places, etc. for so many across the globe, and that's the association that Laura would want, and that I do as her legacy manager," says Golik.

She adds, "It's about not giving the power to those who do not deserve it, to change all the good that people have always felt about 'Gloria' -- to take the song back and restore it, and in turn, Laura's legacy, once again."

"Gloria" was also played at the January 6th event where Trump gave the speech that is accused of inciting a violent insurrection at the Capitol.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Eagle-eyed fans realize Bon Jovi wasn't in Miami for 'Celebrating America' performance

Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty ImagesThe Celebrating America inauguration special on Wednesday night featured a star-studded lineup that included Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and other big-name music stars. But now it appears that the Bon Jovi frontman's performance may not have been entirely as advertised.

While Jon and his backing band's performance of The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" was introduced as taking place in Miami, ABC-TV affiliate WPLG reports that permits were obtained at multiple locations across South Florida to film it, including the iconic pier in the town of Dania Beach. 

In fact, many viewers took to social media to note that the dramatic pier location did not resemble Miami at all, and several guessed that it had been filmed on the Dania Beach Pier. 

While it's possible that the video included images shot elsewhere, WPLG has confirmed that Bon Jovi's performance was actually filmed at sunrise on January 15 in that town, which is located about 23 miles north of Miami.

Dania Beach posted a statement acknowledging the performance, writing, "We are extremely proud that the beautiful City of Dania Beach Pier was chosen as one of the locations for Jon Bon Jovi...to sing...to celebrate the Inauguration 2021."

The statement adds, "The Dania Beach Pier is the gem of our city and we are very grateful to see it shine on such a momentous day."

By Andrea Dresdale
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