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Patti Smith livestream event featuring music and spoken word scheduled for next month

Credit: Jesse DitmarPatti Smith will take part in a special livestream event scheduled for September 4 at 9 p.m. ET that will feature her performing songs with longtime backing-band member Tony Shanahan and reading excerpts from her latest memoir, Year of the Monkey.

The show, dubbed "An Evening of Words & Music with Patti Smith," will be filmed at the Murmrr Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, by acclaimed cinematographer Matthew Schroeder, and is being billed as "a high-end multi-camera visual and sonic experience."

Tickets for the event cost $30 and are available for purchase now at Dice.fm. A new paperback copy of Year of the Monkey will be included in the price.

Year of the Monkey, which initially was published last year, features Smith focusing on her life during 2016, as she documents her travels around the U.S. and reflects on the changing political landscape in the country. The paperback edition, which will be released on September 1, features a new chapter that includes a variety of new photos.

By Matt Friedlander
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Elvis Presley box set focusing on 1970 Nashville sessions due in November; 2020 Elvis Week begins Saturday

RCA/Legacy RecordingsA new archival Elvis Presley box set focusing on the King of Rock 'n' Roll's legendary marathon 1970 Nashville recording sessions with the famed "Nashville Cats" collective of studio musicians will be released as a four-CD set and digitally on November 20.

From Elvis in Nashville will feature the master recordings from sessions recorded during a five-day period in June 1970 at RCA's Studio B, plus an additional one-day session in September '70. Tracks from those sessions formed the core of three early-1970s Elvis albums -- 1970's Elvis: That's the Way It Is, and 1971's Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) and Love Letters from Elvis.

The collection will include two discs' worth of rare and unreleased outtakes. All the recordings have been newly mixed, without overdub or orchestration added on earlier releases.

One advance track, a version of the Cowboy Joe Babcock-penned "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water" that was recorded June 7-8, 1970, has been made available digitally and via streaming services.

A two-LP vinyl version of From Elvis In Nashville also will be available, while Graceland.com will offer an exclusive colored-vinyl edition featuring one aqua and one orange disc.

For more details on the collection, visit LegacyRecordings.com.

News of the From Elvis in Nashville release comes as Graceland prepares to host the 2020 edition of Elvis Week, the annual celebration marking the anniversary of Presley's death. This year's event, which runs from Saturday, August 8, through Sunday, August 16, will feature a modified activity schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, because of the health crisis, a Virtual Elvis Week also will be presented featuring online interviews, archival performances and more. Visit Graceland.com for full details about the live and virtual editions of Elvis Week.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Watch Roger Waters and his touring band's virtual performance of two deep cuts from The Wall

Credit: Kate IzorRoger Waters has once again teamed up remotely with his Us Them tour backing band to create another socially distanced performance video. The new clip features renditions of back-to-back songs from Pink Floyd's classic 1979 concept album The Wall: "Vera" and "Bring the Boys Back Home."

You can watch the video now at Waters' official YouTube channel. Roger discusses both songs in a note accompanying the clip.

Regarding "Vera," he writes, "The Vera in question is Vera Lynn. She was an English singer, songwriter, very popular during the Second World War. Her biggest hit was 'We'll meet again.' She was widely known as the 'Forces' Sweetheart.' Our Vera, who is very fondly remembered back in Blighty, died six weeks ago aged 103. So she had a bloody good innings, bless her."

As for "Bring the Boys Back Home," Waters notes, "My father never came home [from World War II], but at least in 1944 he really was fighting to defend his home. Not like now. Now the boys fight and die in colonial wars so some rich a**hole can get richer. If it were up to me I'd bring 'em all home tomorrow."

At the end of the video, Roger sends out an angry message seemingly meant for President Donald Trump.

"Bring the boys back home," he says, looking into the camera. "Particularly from Portland, you big f***ing p****."  That's an apparent reference to the federal law-enforcement agents sent to the Oregon city recently to quell protests that have been taking place there.

The musicians contributing to Waters' new video performance are guitarists Dave Kilminster and Jonathan Wilson, drummer Joey Waronker, bassist Gus Seyffert, keyboardists Jon Carin and Bo Koster, and Lucius members Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on backing vocals.

By Matt Friedlander
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Ringo Starr featured on Toots and the Maytals' new cover of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"

Scott Robert Ritchie; Trojan Jamaica/BMGRingo Starr contributes percussion to a new version of the late Bob Marley's classic song "Three Little Birds" by reggae veterans Toots and the Maytals that was released this week as a digital download and via streaming services.

The track also features guest vocals by Bob's son Ziggy Marley, guitar from Ringo's son Zak Starkey -- longtime touring drummer for The Who -- and bass drums from famed reggae musician Sly Dunbar.

Toots and the Maytals' cover of "Three Little Birds" is a funky, horn-driven, ska-flavored rendition of the laid-back tune that offers a completely different vibe than the original. The new track will be featured on frontman Toots Hibbert and company's new studio album, Got to Be Tough, due out August 28.

"Three Little Birds" originally appeared on the 1977 Bob Marley and the Wailers album Exodus, and later was released as a single in 1980 that reached the top 20 of the U.K. charts.

By Matt Friedlander
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Unreleased 1999 David Bowie concert album, 'Something in the Air,' debuting via streaming next week

ParlophoneA previously unreleased David Bowie concert album, Something in the Air (Live Paris 99), will be made available via streaming services on Friday, August 14.

The album captures a October 14, 1999, performance that Bowie gave at the Elysée Montmarte in Paris. The show, which was one of only seven concerts the rock legend to promote his then-latest album, Hours…, featured 15 songs. Earlier that day, Bowie was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest artistic honor that France can bestow on a person.

Bowie's lead guitarist at this concert and the rest of the shows promoting Hours… was Page Hamilton, frontman of the alternative-metal band Helmet. The Paris set featured renditions of five songs from Hours…, as well as versions of Bowie classics including "Life on Mars?," "China Girl," "Changes," and "Rebel Rebel."

David also dug into his catalog for some rarely played gems, among them "Can't Help Thinking About Me," a 1966 tune he hadn't performed in more than 30 years; "Word on a Wing," a song from 1976's Station to Station that returned to his set for the first time in 23 years; and "Drive-In Saturday," which he hadn't sung live since 1974.

Of the album's 15 songs, 12 have never been released, while the other three were issued as B-sides for singles from Hours…

In advance of the release of Something in the Air (Live Paris 99), audio and video of the "Drive-In Saturday" performance have been made available for download and streaming.

Here's the full Something in the Air track list:

"Life on Mars?"
"Thursday's Child"
"Something in the Air"
"Word on a Wing"
"Can't Help Thinking About Me"
"China Girl"
"Always Crashing in the Same Car"
"Survive"
"Drive-In Saturday"
"Changes"
"Seven"
"Repetition"
"I Can't Read"
"The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell"
"Rebel Rebel"

By Matt Friedlander
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Gone to Heaven: The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia died 25 years ago this Sunday

Clayton Call/RedfernsThis Sunday, August 9, marks the 25th anniversary of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia's death.

The singer/guitarist, who passed away from heart failure at age 53 while in a drug-rehab facility, was the de facto leader of The Dead, inspiring an entire subculture of "Deadheads" who've embraced the San Francisco-area group's rootsy, laid-back music and the counterculture lifestyle they espoused.

Garcia co-wrote most of The Dead's songs, usually in collaboration with lyricist Robert Hunter, including well-known songs like "Casey Jones," "Ripple," "Friend of the Devil," "Truckin'," "Bertha," "Alabama Getaway" and "Touch of Grey."  Countless musicians have been influenced by Jerry's guitar playing and his group's music, while his surviving band mates all have carried on his legacy by continuing to perform and record -- together, individually and in varying combinations.

Garcia was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Grateful Dead in 1994, and was posthumously inducted -- alongside Hunter -- into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015. Sadly, Hunter died last September at the age of 78.

As previously reported, Garcia's family and The Grateful Dead's Rex Foundation charity recently launched the inaugural edition of a planned annual virtual event called "Daze Between" saluting Jerry's life and legacy. It kicked off on August 1 -- on what would've been his 78th birthday -- and runs through the anniversary of Garcia's passing.

The nine-day extravaganza will wind down Sunday with a 6 p.m. ET screening of the Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Celebration concert, which featured performances by Bob Weir & The Campfire Band, The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band and more. Visit DazeBetween.com for a full schedule.

By Matt Friedlander
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Bon Jovi's wine does well in "Celebrity Rosé Deathmatch," but can't beat Brangelina

Denise Truscello/WireImageEver since Jon Bon Jovi and his son, Jesse Bongiovi, launched their line of rosé wine, Hampton Water, the pink drink has been universally praised by wine critics.  But in a recent runoff of celebrity rosés, it came up a bit short...behind Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

This week, award-winning wine expert and author Mark Oldman hosted what he referred to as a "Celebrity Rosé Deathmatch," to determine which star's beverage was the best.  The event took place virtually, with more than 470 households joining Oldman via Zoom to taste a lineup of seven wines by Bon Jovi, Pitt and Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Francis Ford Coppola, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Post Malone.

After the tasting, all the households -- who'd purchased the wines in advance in order to taste them along with Oldman --- voted via Zoom. Bon Jovi's Hampton Water 2019 and Legend's LVE Cotes de Provence Rosé 2018 tied for second place, with 20% of the vote each.

In first place was Miraval Rosé 2019, which Brad and Angelina are still involved with, despite the fact that they're now divorced.  The wine is grown at Château Miraval in France, where the two got married in 2014; they later purchased the property.

Tied for third place was Post Malone's new wine, Maison No. 9, and Coppola's Sofia Rosé 2019, each with 16% of the vote.  Parker's wine Invivo X Rosé 2019 came in last.

However, Oldman allows that "all of these rosés had charm and refreshment value, even the ones ranked lower."

On August 18, Oldman will host a "Celebrity White Wine Showdown," which will put Sting's white wine up against similar beverages by Cameron Diaz, Dave Matthews and Lisa Vanderpump.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Deep Purple's Roger Glover discusses band's uncannily topical new album, 'Whoosh!'

earMUSICDeep Purple's 21st studio album, Whoosh!, gets its release today.

The band's longtime bassist, Roger Glover, tells ABC Audio that although the album was written and recorded last year, many of the songs' themes seem particularly relevant in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"[I]t's kind of uncanny how some of the lyrics on the album seem to be about what we're going through now," he maintains. "Notably, the extinction of mankind. I mean, that's quite a possibility at this moment. We don't know."

One such track is the sprawling, dramatic "Man Alive," which Glover describes as a "cinematic piece."

"It's the one track on the album where we have real strings," he notes. "[I]t's a very contemplative. And, of course, the subject matter, dealing with possible human extinction, demands that kind of reflective quality."

Other topical songs on Whoosh! include "Drop the Weapon" -- a commentary on gun violence -- and "Throw My Bones" and "Nothing at All," which reflect on global warming and how man is polluting the planet.

Regarding the latter tune, Glover says, "[T]he lyrics speak about time, really. Mother Nature has a way of succeeding. We will not be around forever, but Mother Nature will, and it's a lovely [lighthearted] way of putting it."

Deep Purple also revisits its early history on Whoosh! by including a new version of "And the Address," an instrumental that kicked off the band's 1968 debut album.

"[Producer] Bob Ezrin suggested we use that, [as] there's a sort of a feeling that this could be our last album," Glover explains. "We never know what the last album is going to be, but just in case, Bob thought it was a kind of neat little closing of the circle."

For more information about the album, visit DeepPurple-Whoosh.com.

By Matt Friedlander
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Chicago edition of 2020 Fest for Beatles Fans taking place virtually this weekend

Courtesy of The Fest for Beatles Fans"Beatlefest" is going virtual! The 2020 Chicago-area edition of the annual Fest for Beatles Fans convention, scheduled to run from this Friday, August 7, through Sunday, August 9, will be an online event this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual gathering will feature multiple Zoom events that will include guest webinars, performances, panel discussions, book readings, trivia contests, presentations and more.

Among the special guests slated to take part in the "Main Stage" Zoom Webinar are The Supremes' Mary Wilson, Donovan, ex-Wings guitarist Laurence Juber, Peter & Gordon's Peter Asher, Chad & Jeremy's Jeremy Clyde, drummer Gregg Bissonette of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, Billy J. Kramer, longtime Beatles pal Klaus Voormann and former Beatles official fan club president Freda Kelly.

Also participating in a Zoom chat will be Jenny Boyd, inspiration behind Donovan's song "Jennifer Juniper," ex-wife of Mick Fleetwood and younger sister of George Harrison's and Eric Clapton's former wife Pattie Boyd.

Tickets for this weekend's Virtual Fest for Beatles Fans 2020 are available at Evenbrite.com for $44. Those who purchase tickets will be entered into a contest offering the chance to win a copy of the Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries book signed by Paul McCartney.

A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Chicago-based R.A.G.E.: Resident Association of Greater Englewood, as well as the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Spirit Foundations charity co-founded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The 2020 New York Metro edition of The Fest for Beatles Fans had been scheduled for this past March but was postponed. Details regarding new dates are expected soon. Visit TheFest.com for more information.

By Matt Friedlander
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Melissa Etheridge talks about the loss of her son, and his famous biological father's reaction

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyIn May, Melissa Etheridge's son Beckett Cypher died at the age of 21 from causes related to opioid addiction.  Now, Melissa's opened up to Rolling Stone about coming to terms with that loss.

"It was a good year of us knowing he was really in trouble...and it wasn't a surprise," Melissa says of Beckett's death.

"You want to help your child. You want to make them all better...[but] there were things out of my control...And there came a time when I needed to really sit down with myself and say, ‘I can’t save him. I can’t give up my life and go try to live his life for him.’ And I had to come up against the possibility that he might die. But I had to be able to go on living."

She adds, “There will always be that that place in my heart and my soul that that has a little bit of, ‘Oh, what could I have done? And is it my fault he ended this way?’...and it just gets smaller and smaller, because it doesn’t serve me anymore...so, if that can help any parents who might be torturing themselves with that, I hope so...I still struggle with it."

Beckett, whom Melissa shared with her ex-partner, Julie Cypher, was conceived with sperm from rock legend David Crosby

"He's really sad," Melissa says when asked whether she'd spoken to Crosby, who's also struggled with drug addiction. 

"Of course, he thinks that somehow his own biology was part of the reason that Beckett was addicted to opioids, but...we all have that capacity to be addicted," Melissa notes, adding of Crosby, "He's such a beautiful man and...he gave me an opportunity to be a parent and I'm so grateful for that."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Listen to Prince rarity "Cosmic Day" from upcoming deluxe 'Sign o' the Times' reissue

The Prince Estate/Warner RecordsAs the September 25 release of the expanded version of Prince's 1987 double album Sign o' the Times approaches, one of the many previously unheard tracks featured on the collection has now been made available for streaming.

"Cosmic Day" was recorded in November 1986 at the famous Los Angeles area studio Sunset Sound. The psychedelia-influenced track features surrealistic lyrics; a mix of guitars, layered keyboards, and real and electronic drums; and Prince's voice pitch-altered to sound feminine.

While the full song had never been released, elements from the track were later used for intermission music played during Prince's 1988 Lovesexy tour.

Meanwhile, a photo of Prince's handwritten lyrics to "Cosmic Day" has been posted on the late music legend's social media sites.

The Sign o' the Times reissue will be released in multiple configurations as part of Prince's ongoing catalog reissue campaign. Among the versions is a Super Deluxe Edition that will be available as an eight-CD/DVD set, a 13-LP/DVD package, and an audio-only download.

The Super Deluxe reissue features the album's original 16 tracks, plus 63 previously unreleased recordings, including single edits, B-sides, alternate takes, remixes, outtakes, live performances and more.

The live material includes a complete stadium concert Prince played on June 20, 1987, in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The DVD featured in the Super Deluxe Edition boasts previously unreleased footage of a complete New Year's Eve benefit show held at Prince's Paisley Park complex on December 31, 1987.

The Super Deluxe reissue also comes packaged with a 120-page hardcover book.

The Sign o' the Times reissue, which you can pre-order now, also will be released as a three-CD or four-LP Deluxe Edition and a two-CD or two-LP standard version.

Visit Prince.com for more details.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

The Prince Estate and @WarnerRecords are pleased to release the song and handwritten lyrics for "Cosmic Day" from Prince's legendary vault, ahead of the track's inclusion in the Super Deluxe reissue of Sign O' The Times. https://t.co/f2V1wjS0xG #PrinceSOTT pic.twitter.com/7EDQtsME3R

— Prince (@prince) August 6, 2020

Watch the official video for archival 1974 Rolling Stones tune "Scarlet"

Credit: Edward CookeThe official music video for The Rolling Stones' archival 1974 track "Scarlet," which features musical contributions from Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and ex-Traffic/Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech, got its premiere today on the band's YouTube channel.

The clip features Paul Mescal, the Emmy-nominated star of the popular Hulu series Normal People, playing a lovelorn guy sending a video message apologizing to an unseen woman named Scarlet. The video was shot at London's famous Claridge's hotel.

At the start of the clip, Mescal's character is in his hotel room and says to the camera, "Hey Scarlet. I'm a little bit drunk. I'm sorry. I love you. So, I'm just gonna play you a song." He proceeds to touch a a button on his laptop and "Scarlet" begins to play.

The rest of the video follows Mescal as he dances and flings himself around his room with abandon, stopping briefly for a drink and a smoke. He eventually makes his way into the hallway and down to the lobby and the dining room, finally collapsing on the floor as the clip ends.

The "Scarlet" video was directed by the video-directing duo Us, and was filmed during a socially distanced shoot at the hotel.

As previously reported, immediately prior to the clip's premiere, an exclusive video chat between Mescal and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was shown, but the conversation appears not to have been reposted online.

"Scarlet" was issued as a digital single and via streaming services last month, and is one of three previously unreleased tracks that will be featured on the upcoming expanded reissue of The Rolling Stones' 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

The reissue will be released on September 4.  You can pre-order it now.

By Matt Friedlander
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New Queen photo book of pics taken by famed photographer Neal Preston due in October

Reel Art PressA new official Queen coffee table book, featuring images that the British rock legends' longtime official tour photographer Neal Preston shot of the band during its heyday, will be published in October.

The book, titled Queen -- The Neal Preston Photographs, will feature more than 300 images, including classic pics and previously unpublished photos, covering the period from 1977 to 1986. The book includes images capturing the band on stage, backstage and in candid moments while on the road.

Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, as well as Preston, have contributed their own recollections and anecdotes to the book.

Among the pics are photos from Queen's famed 1981 South American tour, the band's historic Live Aid performance in 1985, and the group's final tour with singer Freddie Mercury in 1986.

May once said of Preston, "Neal just has the knack, the skill, to always be in the right place at the right time."

Queen -- The Neal Preston Photographs is available for pre-order now at ReelArtPress.com.

By Matt Friedlander
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The Who launching "Join Together @ Home" YouTube concert series this Saturday

Courtesy of Eagle RockWith The Who having to postpone its 2020 tour plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the British rock legends are now preparing to treat fans to a new weekly YouTube series called "Join Together @ Home" that will feature previously unseen archival concert performances, rare footage and more.

Each featurette will stream live at at the band's official YouTube channel, and will include footage that's being made available digitally for the first time.

The six-week series kicks off this Saturday, August 8, at 1 p.m. ET with an installment featuring five songs from The Who's historic 1982 performances at Shea Stadium in New York City. The footage will be introduced by an exclusive "red carpet" premiere clip featuring Who frontman Roger Daltrey.

The "Join Together @ Home" series is free to view, but The Who is encouraging fans who watch it to donate money to two charities supported by the band -- Teen Cancer America and its U.K. counterpart, Teenage Cancer Trust. Vsit Join-Together.org to donate.

The organizations focus on funding the creation of designated social areas in hospitals geared toward adolescents and young adults with the cancer. Both charities' ability to raise funds has been greatly hampered by the coronavirus crisis.

Daltey has shot a short video announcing the "Join Together @ Home" series that you can watch now on YouTube.

By Matt Friedlander
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Watch premiere of video for Rolling Stones' 1974 collaboration with Jimmy Page, "Scarlet," today

Courtesy of UMeJust reminder that the official music video for the rare 1974 Rolling Stones track "Scarlet," which features contributions from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and late Traffic/Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech, premieres today at 2 p.m. ET on The Stones' YouTube channel.

The clip stars Irish actor Paul Mescal, who received a 2020 Emmy nomination for his lead role in the Hulu drama series Normal People.

Immediately prior to the "Scarlet" video's premiere, an exclusive video chat between Mescal and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will be shown.

A preview clip of the conversation has been posted at The Stones' social media pages. In the segment, Jagger says to Mescal, "This is your first music video, I'm told."

The actor responds with a self-deprecating comment. "Kind of in at the deep end with that, I think," he says with a chuckle. "Just go straight in and start with a Rolling Stones music video, and best of luck!"

As previously reported, the "Scarlet" video was directed by the video-directing duo called Us, and was filmed during a socially distanced shoot at the famous London hotel Claridge's. You can check out a preview of the clip at YouTube.

"Scarlet" was issued as a digital single and via streaming services last month, is one of three previously unreleased tracks that will be featured on the upcoming expanded reissue of The Rolling Stones' 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

The reissue, which will be released on September 4, will be available in multiple configurations and formats, including a super deluxe three-CD/DVD or four-LP/DVD box set, a deluxe two-CD or two-LP collection, and single CD, LP and cassette editions.

By Matt Friedlander
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Join @MickJagger & @mescal_paul for an exclusive chat at 7pm BST / 11am PST tomorrow on @YouTube right before the official video for Scarlet premieres! Set a reminder & tune in here: https://t.co/H2JWfmmIvV pic.twitter.com/gkwNMHcHzO

— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 5, 2020

Grateful Dead's last weekly "Shakedown Stream" screening taking place Friday; pre-show to feature Bob Weir

Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe final weekly installment of The Grateful Dead's streaming concert series, "Shakedown Stream," will premiere this Friday, August 7, at 8 p.m. ET on the band's official YouTube channel. Prior to the event, founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir will be on hand to participate in the live on-camera pre-show chat.

This edition of the Dead livestream features a screening of a previously unseen archival video of the band's July 21, 1990, performance at the World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois.

The show included renditions of classic Dead songs like "Touch of Grey," "Friend of the Devil," "Fire on the Mountain" and "Playing in the Band," as well as covers of Bob Dylan's "Queen Jane Approximately" and "Quinn the Eskimo," and Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy."

The concert was the first gig of a three-date run at World Music Theatre, the final shows to feature Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland, who died June 26, 1990, of a heroin overdose.

As with the previous "Shakedown Stream" pre-shows, this Friday's will be co-hosted by Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux [leh-MYOO] and band historian Gary Lambert. You can submit questions for Lemieux, Lambert and Weir to answer during the pre-show at the "Shakedown Stream" submission page. A limited number of queries will be chosen. Bob also took part in the May 8 pre-show event.

After this week, the "Shakedown Stream" series will continue on a non-weekly basis. The next livestream is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, and will showcase the popular concert film Sunshine Daydream, which focuses on an August 27, 1972, performance in Veneta, Oregon.

During each livestream, viewers have the opportunity to donate money to charities supported by The Grateful Dead. The events have raised almost $250,000 for various organizations.

By Matt Friedlander
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Listen to new Billy Ocean song, "We Gotta Find Love," from his forthcoming album 'One World'

Sony MusicBilly Ocean has released another advanced track from his forthcoming studio album, One World, which will hit stores on September 4.

The new song, "We Gotta Find Love," is the first track on the album and is available now as a digital single and via streaming services.

"We Gotta Find Love" was co-written with, and produced by, Barry Eastmond, who also collaborated with Ocean on such 1980s hits as "When the Going Gets Tough," "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" and "Love Zone." The song offers a message of positivity and inclusivity that seems particularly timely in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Reflecting on how his new tune's lyrics seem to resonate at this time, Billy notes, "[I]t's encouraging to see the response of the younger generation of all denominations, all over the world, looking for a better future. I look forward to the day when we realize 'there's no difference between us, when we take away things that divide and abuse us.'"

One World is Ocean's first album of new original material in more than 10 years. The record initially was scheduled to be released in April, but its arrival was pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We Gotta Find Love" is the fourth advanced song from One World to be issued digitally, along with the title track, "Love You More" and "All Over the World." You can pre-order the album now.

Here's the full One World track list:

"We Gotta Find Love"
"Love You More"
"Feel the Love"
"One World"
"When I Saw You"
"Mystery"
"Missing You Everyday"
"Can't Stand the Pain"
"Betcha Don't Know"
"All Over the World"
"Daylight"
"Nothing Will Stand in Our Way"

By Matt Friedlander
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Paul McCartney says he isn't interested in doing a Broadway or Las Vegas residency

MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsBruce Springsteen garnered much acclaim for his Springsteen on Broadway show that took place at an intimate New York theater and ran from October 2017 to December 2018, but Paul McCartney says he isn't interested in doing something similar.

In a new interview that appears in the U.K. version of GQ magazine, the former Beatles legend explains that while many people would like to see him doing a series of shows where he tells stories and plays his songs in a small Broadway venue, he admits that "one of the things that's holding me back at the moment is that Bruce has just done it."

McCartney continues, "It feels a bit like, 'Oh, suddenly I'll do it now then!' So I think that's made me a little reluctant to follow in his footsteps or follow a trend."

Sir Paul admits that he thinks "[t]he idea is OK," but he'd rather "play with the band to a bigger audience, or even smaller, adding, "I don't mind little clubs."

McCartney points out that his recent concerts feature "a solo segment," but he's not sure if he'd enjoy doing a full show like that, suggesting it "might be a little bit like too much hard work."

The 78-year-old music legend also says he has no interest in playing a Las Vegas residency, despite the fact that so many other famous rock artists have been regularly booking Sin City engagements in recent years.

"[T]hat's something I've been trying to avoid my whole life," he tells GQ. "Definitely nothing attracts me about the idea. Vegas is where you go to die, isn't it? It's the elephant's graveyard."

By Matt Friedlander
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Watch trailer for new Helen Reddy biopic, 'I Am Woman'

Lisa TomasettiIn the '70s, Helen Reddy topped the charts with hits like "I Am Woman," "Angie Baby," "You and Me Against the World," "Delta Dawn," "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" and "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)."  Now, her story is coming to the big screen.

I Am Woman, a biopic telling the story of the Australian singer's rise to fame, will be released in theaters and on demand on September 11.  It stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy, Evan Peters as her second husband and manager, Jeff Wald, and Danielle MacDonald as her friend, Australian rock journalist Lillian Roxon.

The movie had its premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival; Reddy's granddaughter, who sings an original song in the movie, performed at the premiere.

Redd was the first Australian-born artist to have a U.S. number-one hit and the first to win a Grammy.  In 1973, while accepting her trophy for Best Female Pop, Rock or Folk Vocal Performance for "I Am Woman," Reddy famously thanked her record company, her husband and God -- because, as Reddy said pointedly, "She makes everything possible."

Reddy's last major public appearance came at the Women's March in January of 2017 in Los Angeles.  At that event, she was introduced by Jamie Lee Curtis and sang an a cappella version of "I Am Woman."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Def Leppard and ZZ Top's joint 20/20 Vision Tour canceled due to COVID pandemic

Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentThe COVID-19 pandemic has poured some salt on Def Leppard's plans for the 20/20 Vision Tour, a joint fall U.S. trek with ZZ Top.  According to a message from both bands, the outing has been canceled "out of caution for our fans and crew."

The note adds, "Our collective safety is most important at this time. We look forward to getting back on the road and seeing you soon."

The 20/20 Vision Tour had been mapped out from a September 21 concert in Albany, New York, through an October 18 show in Spokane, Washington.

Fans who purchased tickets for the trek can get refunds at the point of purchase. For more information, visit LiveNationEntertainment.com/TicketRefund/.

Def Leppard's next scheduled shows will be part of the band's postponed package trek The Stadium Tour, which also features Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. That's now slated to kick off on June 19, 2021, in Nashville.

ZZ Top's confirmed itinerary includes a pair of late-November 2020 concerts in Oklahoma and Louisiana, an April 2021 Las Vegas residency, and a spring 2021 tour of Canada with Cheap Trick.

By Matt Friedlander
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