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Ex-'DWTS' contestant Patti LaBelle's advice to new contestant Mary Wilson of the Supremes: "Watch your knees"

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The new season of Dancing with the Stars starts tonight on ABC, and a former contestant who's an R&B legend -- Patti LaBelle -- has some advice for one of this season's contestants who's also an R&B legend: Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

"Tell her to watch her knees," Patti laughs.  "When I was there, I had to get shots on my knees every Monday because that's hard on you, dancing like that."

"Just take care of herself and know that she's going to win," Patti adds. "I always had the thought that I was gonna win."

Patti, who's now 75, says she's proud she did Dancing with the Stars at the age of 71.  As she tells ABC Radio, "I'm happy I took that challenge."  She also attracted many new fans.

"[They] said, 'Oh, she sings too?'" Patti laughs.

Another unlikely way that the "Lady Marmalade" veteran has earned new fans in recent years is via her popular line of sweet potato pies and other desserts.

"There are so many people who...know nothing about my singing career, but they know about those Patti Pies, which is to me growth," she explains. "You know, you're getting new people...if they see that you're performing, they might come and see the sweet potato pie lady!"

In fact, Patti's just expanded her line of foods at Walmart to include savory items like chicken and biscuits, brisket, and mac & cheese.

"I said...'I'll make it better for you by giving you dinners and then desserts, and you don't have to cook at all,'" she explains. "I just wanted to make it easier for people who are challenged and people who don't feel like cooking."

"It's my recipes," she notes. "It's all Patti's food...and it's good!"

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Special screenings of Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars' film scheduled for October 19 and 23

Courtesy of Fathom Events

Bruce Springsteen's new Western Stars concert movie got its world premiere Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now comes word that the flick will be shown in select theaters across North America on October 19 and 23.

The screenings also will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the flick, including previously unseen archival footage and unreleased music from Bruce's archives.

As previously reported, Western Stars features footage of Springsteen performing all 13 songs from his latest album of the same name, in front of a small audience in a 100-year-old barn that he owns.  He's accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra and some of the musicians who contributed to the record.

The performance segments are interspersed with sweeping, cinematic footage of the Western U.S. Springsteen also contributes a narrative voiceover, musing on his life and reflecting on the themes on which he touches on Western Stars' songs, such as love, loss, loneliness, family and the American dream.

Some archival footage also is incorporated into the movie, including home movies from Springsteen's honeymoon with his wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, who also takes part in the concert performance.

RollingStone.com reports that during a Q&A at the Toronto premiere, Bruce explained that the film was the final part of "a story I haven't really told before" that includes his 2016 autobiography, Born to Run, and his Springsteen on Broadway residency. The website also revealed that a Western Stars soundtrack album will be released.

Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, and marks Bruce's directorial debut.

You can order tickets for the October 19 and 23 Western Stars screenings at FathomEvents.com. The film will go into wide theatrical release Friday, October 25.

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Todd Rundgren offering 2017 Donald Fagen collaboration mocking President Trump to Democratic candidates

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On his 2017 studio album, White Knight, Todd Rundgren teamed up with Steely Dan's Donald Fagen for song called "Tin Foil Hat" that humorously skewered President Donald Trump and right-wing media. Now, Rundgren is offering the tune for free to Democratic candidates interested in using it in their campaigns.

An accompanying video also was made for "Tin Foil Hat" that, like the song itself, mercilessly mocks President Trump and conservative news coverage of him.  Rundgren is also making the clip available to Democratic politicians.

You can check out the video at Cleopatra Records' official YouTube channel.

With regard to collaborating with Fagen on "Tin Foil Hat," Rundgren said, "The song was primarily driven by our common frustration with what happened in the recent election. It was still pretty fresh, and we were still pretty mad about it, so it happened pretty organically."

Speaking with ABC Radio about the track, which features Fagen on lead vocals, Rundgreen described it as "a lost song from a Steely Dan record."

As previously reported, Todd will take part in the star-studded "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today -- A Tribute to The Beatles' White Album" tour, which kicks off this Saturday, September 21, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The trek also will feature The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Badfinger's Joey Molland, Christopher Cross, and ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheff.

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Ric Ocasek, frontman for The Cars, dead at 75

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Ric Ocasek, best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the iconic new wave group The Cars, has died, the NYPD has confirmed to ABC Radio.  He was 75.

Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive in bed at around 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.  Law enforcement officials tell ABC News that it appears Ocasek died of natural causes.  The New York Post reports that his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, was the one who found him. 

Formed in 1976 in Boston, from the ashes of a previous band named Cap’n Swing, Ocasek -- born Richard Theodore Otcasek -- and The Cars codified the sound of what was then known as new wave by mixing synthesizer-based pop with guitar-based rock.  The lineup included Ocasek on vocals and rhythm guitar, bass player and co-lead singer Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Eliot Easton, drummer David Robinson and keyboard player Greg Hawkes.

After their song "Just What I Needed" started getting airplay on Boston stations, the band signed to Elektra records.  Their 1978 self-titled debut album was a success, featuring "Just What I Needed," "Let the Good Times Roll" and "My Best Friend’s Girl," as well as popular album tracks "You're All I've Got Tonight," "Bye Bye Love" and "Moving in Stereo."

More albums and more hits followed, including "Let's Go," "It's All I Can Do," "Shake It Up" and "Since You're Gone."  In 1984, The Cars released their most successful album, Heartbeat City, which featured the smashes "You Might Think," "Magic" and "Drive."  The innovative "You Might Think" video won the band Video of the Year at the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards.

In 1989, Ocasek married supermodel Porizkova, who'd starred in the video for "Drive."  They have two children; the couple separated in 2017. Ocasek also has four sons from two previous marriages.

The Cars broke up in 1988, but Ocasek continued with a solo career and also became a sought-after producer, working with bands like Weezer, Suicide, Romeo Void, Hole, No Doubt, Bad Religion and Bad Brains.  He also appeared in several films, including the John Waters movie Hairspray, and wrote several books of poetry.

In 2011, The Cars re-formed without Orr, who died in 2000, and released a new album, Move Like This.

Ocasek and The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year.

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Madonna collaborates with Too Faced on limited-edition makeup kits

Live Nation/Interscope Records/ MaverickMadonna is the latest music star to get into the cosmetics game.

The singer has announced a new limited-edition collaboration with the makeup brand Too Faced, featuring two makeup kits inspired by the looks she'll be wearing on tour. But if you want to get your hands on the products, there are only a couple of ways to snag them.

The Madonna X Too Faced makeup kits will be sold at each of Madonna's Madame X tour dates. They'll also be temporarily available at a New York City pop-up shop from today, September 13, through September 19. The pop-up is located at 430 West 15th Street.

There's the "I Rise" kit, featuring a palette with exclusive eyeshadow and blush shades named after Madonna's hit songs, a brow pencil, the brand's popular Better Than Sex mascara and its Melted Matte lipstick in the shade Sell Out.

The "Medellin" collection has a palette with exclusive eyeshadow shades and a highlighter, along with the brand's Damn Girl! mascara, a Better Than Sex liquid eyeliner and a Melted Matte lipstick in the shade Lady B***s.

The pop-up store also features other Madonna merch, including shirts, hats, scarves, necklaces and more.

Madonna's Madame X tour begins September 17 in Brooklyn, New York.

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— Madonna (@Madonna) September 13, 2019


Neil Young & Crazy Horse premiere new song called "Rainbow of Colors," from upcoming album 'Colorado'

Credit: DH LovelifeNeil Young has offered up a second track in advance of the October 25 release of Colorado, his new studio album with Crazy Horse.

"Rainbow of Colors" resembles a traditional folk hymnal, with lyrics that focus on the racial divisiveness that seems to be plaguing the U.S. lately.

"There's a rainbow of colors, in the old U.S.A.," Neil sings, joined by a choir of multi-tracked voices. "No one's gonna whitewash those colors away/ I know some might tell me, that there's not room for all/ And they should just go back/to the places they fall."

In a post on his Neil Young Archives website, Young explains that the song is "about the U.S.A. and the whole world," adding, "The idea of this song is that we all belong together. Separating us into races and colors is an old idea whose time has passed."

Young goes on to discuss the importance of people coming together today, particularly to fight climate change.

"We need to all be one because we all are threatened," he writes. "Climate change is the unifying force we have needed for a long time."

You can check out "Rainbow of Colors" now at Young's official YouTube channel and at Neil Young Archives, where you also can purchase a download of the track.

Young and Crazy Horse also recently premiered another track from Colorado, a gentle love ballad called "Milky Way."

As previously reported, the vinyl version of Colorado will feature a bonus seven-inch single that includes a solo live version of "Rainbow of Colors" recorded this past May in Portland, Oregon.

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AXS TV paying tribute to late Eddie Money with marathon programming block on Sunday

Stewart Volland/AXS TVIn the wake of Eddie Money's death today from cancer, the AXS TV channel, the home of his Real Money reality series, has announced plans to air a special programming block this Sunday, September 15, in honor of the late singer.

The marathon will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET with an encore airing of Eddie's 2018 appearance on AXS TV's The Big Interview with Dan Rather. That will be followed at 9:30 a.m. by the Eddie Money: The Real Money Concert special, which captures a May 2018 performance the rocker gave in the Detroit area.

Then, starting at 10:30 a.m., every episode of Real Money that already has aired will be shown. An additional screening of The Real Money Concert will finish off the tribute at 7 p.m. ET.

AXS TV also announced that the last five episodes of Real Money will air weekly on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT, starting next week.

In Eddie's honor, fans can donate to the Eddie Money Cancer Research Fund at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles. For information on how you can contribute, visit AXS.TV.

AXS TV founder Mark Cuban says of Money's passing, "We are deeply saddened that we have lost the incomparable Eddie Money. Eddie was a true American original and a rock legend through and through. His enduring hits have been the soundtrack for generations of fans, and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor endeared him instantly to everyone he met."

He adds, "We have sincerely enjoyed working with him and his entire talented family on his reality show Real Money, and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Laurie; their children Zach, Jesse, Joe, Dez and Julian; and his many friends during this difficult time."

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Peter Gabriel gathers solo rarities on new digital compilation, 'Flotsam and Jetsam'

Real WorldPeter Gabriel has been relatively quiet lately, but the former Genesis frontman has just released an expansive collection of solo rarities titled Flotsam and Jetsam, which is available now exclusively as a digital download and via streaming services.

The 62-track compilation includes remixes, B-sides, live performances, single edits, extended versions and instrumentals spanning from 1976 to 2016. Most of the recordings previously appeared on either seven-inch, 12-inch or CD singles, soundtracks or tribute albums.  The majority have not been available digitally until now.

Flotsam and Jetsam is arranged chronologically and split into three eras -- 1976-1985, 1986-1993 and 1994-2016. The album kicks off a cover of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" that Peter contributed to the 1976 musical documentary All This and World War II.

Among the other interesting recordings: a live version of "Solsbury Hill" recorded at the New York club The Bottom Line in 1978, an instrumental version of "Shock the Monkey," and alternate mixes or versions of such popular Gabriel tunes as "I Have the Touch," "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes," "Big Time," "Games Without Frontiers," "Steam" and "Digging in the Dirt."

A few tracks on Flotsam and Jetsam are previously unreleased: an extended version of the 1977 song "Slowburn"; a full version of the "Sledgehammer" B-side "Don't Break This Rhythm"; and alternate mixes of "Curtains" and "Father, Son."

Closing out the collection is "The Veil," a Grammy-nominated song that Gabriel contributed to the 2016 Oliver Stone film Snowden.

You can listen to the 1978 live rendition of "Solsbury Hill" now at Gabriel's official YouTube channel.

Here's the full Flotsam and Jetsam track list:

1976-1985
"Strawberry Fields Forever"
"Slowburn" (Extended Version)*
"Perspective" (Single Version)
"D.I.Y" (Re-recorded Single Version)
"Teddy Bear"
"Mother of Violence" (Single Mix)
"Solsbury Hill" (Live at The Bottom Line)
"I Don't Remember" (Alternate Version)
"Biko" (Remixed Version)
"Shosholoza"
"Jetzt Kommt Die Flut"
"Soft Dog"
"Shock the Monkey" (Instrumental)
"Across the River"
"Kiss of Life" (Live)
"I Don't Remember" (Live Single Version)

1986-1993
"I Have the Touch" ('85 Remix)
"Sledgehammer" (Dance Mix)
"Sledgehammer" (Extended)
"Don't Break This Rhythm" (Full Version)*
"In Your Eyes" (Single Mix)
"In Your Eyes" (Special Remix)
"Big Time" (Extended Version)
"Curtains"
"GA GA" (I Go Swimming Instrumental)
"Walk Through the Fire" (Single Mix)
"Biko" (Live)
"Digging in the Dirt" (Raw Stylus Mix)
"Digging in the Dirt" (Instrumental)
"Quiet Steam"
"Bashi-Bazouk"
"Games Without Frontiers" (Massive/DB Mix)
"Steam" (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Mix)
"Steam" (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Dub)
"Mercy Street" (William Orbit Mix)
"Blood of Eden" (Special Mix for Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World)
"Digging in the Dirt" (Rich E Mix)
"Kiss That Frog" (Mindblender Mix)
"Shaking the Tree" (Bottrill Remix)

1994-2016
"Summertime"
"Suzanne"
"I Have the Touch" (Robbie Robertson Mix)
"In the Sun"
"Shaking the Tree '97" (Jungle Version)
"I Grieve" (City of Angels Version)
"The Tower That Ate People" (Red Planet Remix)
"Animal Nation"
"Signal to Noise" (Gangs of New York Version)
"More Than This" (The Polyphonic Spree Mix)
"More Than This" (Elbow Mix)
"My Head Sounds Like That" (Royksopp Remix)
"Sky Blue" (Martyn Bennet Remix)
"Growing Up" (Trent Reznor Remix)
"Growing Up" (Stabilizer Remix)
"Growing Up" (Tricky Instrumental Mix)
"Darkness" (Engelpost Remix)
"Curtains" (Broad Mix)*
"Father, Son" (Daniel Lanois & Richard Chappell Mix)*
"Courage"
"Courage" (The Hexidecimal Mix)
"I'm Amazing"
"The Veil"

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Ringo Starr releasing new solo album in October, 'What's My Name,' featuring McCartney, Joe Walsh and more

UMeOn the same day that The Who announced details of a brand-new studio album, another British rock legend has followed suit. Ringo Starr has revealed plans to release a new solo record titled What's My Name on October 25.

The former Beatles drummer produced the 10-track collection at his home studio with a little help from some famous musical friends: Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench and his current All Starr Band members Steve Lukather, Colin Hay and Warren Ham.

Ringo co-wrote six tracks on the album, which also features covers of the John Lennon song "Grow Old with Me" and the Motown classic "Money (That's What I Want)," the latter of which The Beatles also recorded back in 1963.

McCartney contributes bass and backing vocals to Starr's version of "Grow Old with Me," which was one of the last songs Lennon wrote. The track features string arrangements by Jack Douglas, who produced Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album.

What's My Name's title track was written by Hay, the Men at Work frontman who recently rejoined the All Starr Band after a couple of previous stints with Ringo's group. The song was inspired by Ringo himself and a chant that fans shout at his concerts.

"What's My Name" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and fans pre-ordering the album will receive an instant free download of the track.

Among the songs Ringo co-wrote are the lead track, "Gotta Get Up to Get Down," "It's Not Love That You Want" and "Magic," co-penned, respectively, by Walsh, Stewart and Lukather.

What's My Name is available on CD, as a vinyl LP and digitally.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Gotta Get Up to Get Down"
"It's Not Love That You Want"
"Grow Old with Me"
"Magic"
"Money (That's What I Want)"
"Better Days"
"Life Is Good"
"Thank God for Music"
"Send Love Spread Peace"
"What's My Name"

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"Two Tickets to Paradise" rocker Eddie Money dead at 70

Credit: Kevin FoleyLess than a month after he revealed that he'd been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer,  Eddie Money has died.  He was 70.

The rocker, best known for his hits "Baby Hold On," "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Shakin'" and "Take Me Home Tonight," passed away on Friday.  On last night's episode of his AXS TV reality show Real Money, Money revealed his diagnosis, though he'd made the news public at the end of August in a preview clip.

In a statement, his family said, "The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music."

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Long Island, New York, Money was an NYPD trainee before moving to California in 1968 to pursue music.  After scoring a record contract, he released his self-titled first album, which featured his signature hits "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise."

His fourth album No Control was a big hit on the strength of two singles that received heavy airplay on MTV: "Think I'm in Love" and "Shakin'."

After an unsuccessful period that saw him struggle with drug addiction, Money made a huge comeback with the 1986 single "Take Me Home Tonight," a duet with Ronnie Spector which featured her singing the hook from her classic song with The Ronettes, "Be My Baby." It reached #4 on the charts.

Money scored a few more rock and pop hits, including "I Wanna Go Back," "Walk on Water" and "The Love in Your Eyes."

In recent years, Money took advantage of his pop culture status to star in a GEICO insurance commercial in which he sang "Two Tickets to Paradise;" he also appeared as himself on the sitcom The King of Queens. 

In 2018, Real Money, which featured Eddie, his wife Laurie and their five adult children, debuted.  It was renewed for a second season, which recently premiered. 

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New Van Halen box set features 13 vinyl singles released in Japan from 1978 through 1984

Rhino

A new vinyl box set featuring replicas of 13 seven-inch singles that Van Halen's original lineup issued in Japan will be released November 1. The Japanese Singles 1978-1984 will be available in standard black vinyl and limited-edition red vinyl.

Only 750 copies of the red-vinyl box set are being produced. You can pre-order the set now exclusively at Rhino.com.

The 13-disc, 26-track collection features a variety of classic tunes that the rock legends released during frontman David Lee Roth's first tenure with the group, including "You Really Got Me," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," "Runnin' with the Devil," "Jamie's Cryin'," "Dance the Night Away," "And the Cradle Will Rock," "Unchained," "So This Is Love?," "(Oh) Pretty Woman," "Dancing in the Street," "Jump," "I'll Wait," "Panama," and "Hot for Teacher."

The tracks come from Van Halen's first six studio albums: the band's self-titled 1978 debut, 1979's Van Halen II, 1980's Women and Children First, 1981's Fair Warning, 1982's Diver Down, and 1984's 1984. The band's classic lineup also featured guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony.

All of the songs appearing in the box set are the original album versions with the exception of three tracks -- "Hot for Teacher," which is a single edit released exclusively in Japan, and "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and "I'll Wait," which are the general single-edit versions.

Each single comes in a sleeve that boasts a reproduction of the original artwork. The discs are housed in a cigarette-style box.

Here's the full track list of The Japanese Singles 1978-1984 box set:

Disc One
A. "You Really Got Me"
B. "Atomic Punk"

Disc Two
A. "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"
B. "Runnin' with the Devil"

Disc Three
A. "On Fire"
B. "Jamie's Cryin'"

Disc Four
A. "Dance the Night Away"
B. "Spanish Fly"

Disc Five
A. "Somebody Get Me Doctor"
B. "Women In Love"

Disc Six
A. "And the Cradle Will Rock"
B. "Could This Be Magic?"

Disc Seven
A. "Unchained"
B. "So This Is Love?"

Disc Eight
A. "(Oh) Pretty Woman"
B. "Happy Trails"

Disc Nine
A. "Dancing in the Street"
B. "The Full Bug"

Disc 10
A. "Jump"
B. "House of Pain"

Disc 11
A. "I'll Wait"
B. "Girl Gone Bad"

Disc 12
A. "Panama"
B. "Drop Dead Legs"

Disc 13
A. "Hot for Teacher"
B. "Little Dreamer"

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The Who announces new album, 'WHO,' & UK tour

Polydor

If you're a fan of The Who, here's some great news to wake up to.  We've not only got a new studio album on the way -- the band's first in 13 years -- but also a U.K. tour to back it up.

The album first.  Titled, simply, WHO, it's due out November 22 and boasts 11 tracks.  One of them, "Ball and Chain," dropped Friday morning -- an unabashed, hard-rocking political statement, with Roger Daltrey singing over Pete Townshend's driving guitar, "Down in Guantanamo/We still got the ball and chain/There's a long road to travel/For justice to make its claim." It's one of two songs from the album, along with "Hero Ground Zero," that The Who has been playing on it's current North American tour.

WHO is available to order now from all the usual outlets, as well as the band's official store. Order from the latter and you'll have your choice of a vinyl bundle featuring extra tracks; a cassette tape; and a "completist's set" featuring the vinyl offering, the cassette, and a CD.

"I think we've made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973," says Daltrey in a statement.  "Pete hasn't lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge.”

Adds, Townshend, "This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice."

As for the U.K. tour, it'll kick off March 16 of next year in Manchester, England, and run for a total of 10 dates through an April 8 show at London's Wembley Arena. Unfortunately, no dates outside of the U.K. and Ireland so far. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 20 -- check out The Who's official website for details. The band winds down its 2019 North American on October 24 in Los Angeles.

Here's the WHO track list:

"All This Music Must Fade"
"Ball and Chain"
"I Don't Wanna Get Wise"
"Detour"
"Beads on One String"
"Hero Ground Zero"
"Street Song"
"I'll Be Back"
"Break the News"
"Rockin' in Rage"
"She Rocked My World"

And here are the tour dates:

3/16 -- Manchester, U.K., Manchester Arena
3/18 -- Dublin, Ireland, 3 Arena
3/21 -- Newcastle, U.K., Utilita Arena
3/23 -- Glasgow, U.K., SSE Hydro Arena
3/25 -- Leeds, U.K., First Direct Arena
3/30 -- Cardiff, U.K., Motorpoint Arena
4/1 -- Birmingham, U.K., Resorts World Arena
4/3 -- Nottingham, U.K., Motorpoint Arena
4/6 -- Liverpool, U.K., M&S Bank Arena
4/8 -- London, U.K., SSE Wembley Arena

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Alice Cooper's Detroit tribute record, 'The Breadcrumbs EP,' arrives today

earMUSICAlice Cooper's new musical homage to his former hometown of Detroit, The Breadcrumbs EP, was released today. The six-track collection features guest appearances by notable Motor City musicians like ex-Grand Funk Railroad singer/guitarist Mark Farner, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek and Dirtbombs frontman Mick Collins.

Breadcrumbs includes covers of "East Side Story," by Bob Seger's early band The Last Heard, as well as The MC5's "Sister Anne," Suzi Quatro's "Your Mama Won't Like Me," and a track combining the Detroit Wheels hit "Devil with a Blue Dress On" and "Chains of Love," a 1967 tune by local soul singer J.J. Barnes that The Dirtbombs also recorded.

In addition, the EP features an updated version of the 2003 Cooper tune "Detroit City," and a brand-new original song called "Go Man Go."

Cooper premiered a lyric video for "Detroit City 2020" on Thursday. The gritty tune celebrates Detroit and its musical legacy, name-checking such artists as Seger, Iggy Pop, The MC5, Ted Nugent, Quatro and newer Motor City acts such as Kid Rock, Eminem and Insane Clown Posse.

Earlier this week, Alice's rendition of the 1966 Seger tune "East Side Story" premiered on Billboard.com.

Explaining what inspired him to record the EP, Cooper tells Billboard, "[Y]ou take the bottom of all [my] songs and they're all guitar-driven rock 'n' roll songs, which is what I associate as the Detroit sound. I wanted to use all Detroit players and songs either about Detroit or written by [Detroit musicians]."

Alice says the EP gives fans a preview of the sound of his upcoming studio album, which is due out next year.

The Breadcrumbs EP is available digitally and as a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl disc.

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Sheryl Crow to star in new 'CMT Crossroads' episode also featuring Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt

CMT 

An upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads will focus on Sheryl Crow's new collaborative album, Threads, and will feature Crow teaming up with some of the guest stars that appear on the record, including Joe Walsh and Bonnie Raitt.

CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow and Friends premieres September 27 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT, and features the singer/songwriter performing selections from Threads with the artists who recorded the songs with her.

Besides Walsh and Raitt, the show also will include Crow duetting with Emmylou Harris, contemporary country star Chris Stapleton, Americana singer/songwriter Jason Isbell and alt-pop act Lucius.

In addition, the hour-long program will feature interview segments shot at a number of historic locations in Nashville. This will mark Crow's and Harris' third appearance on a CMT Crossroads episode, while Walsh and Raitt will be featured on the show for a second time.

You can watch a video Crow and Stapleton performing their Threads collaboration "Tell Me When It's Over" on YouTube now.

Here are some of the other Threads tracks that will be included on Crow's Crossroads episode:

"Still the Good Old Days" -- featuring Joe Walsh
"Live Wire" -- featuring Bonnie Raitt
"Everything Is Broken" -- featuring Jason Isbell
"Nobody's Perfect" -- featuring Emmylou Harris
"Don't" -- featuring Lucius

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Sting scores #1 dance hit with new version of "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free"

A&MBillboard's Dance Club Songs chart is in the midst of an '80s invasion.  Whitney Houston's remix of Steve Winwood's 1986 hit "Higher Love" recently topped that chart, and now Sting has reached #1 with a remix of his 1985 hit "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free."

The updated track was created by noted producer Dave Audé for Sting's latest album, My Songs, which features remixes and re-recordings of the former Police frontman's back catalog. 

Audé told Billboard that, of the six songs he produced on the album, "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" is "the only one that I totally flipped on its head, and the result is pure dancefloor magic."

This is Sting's fourth #1 hit on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, following 2003's "Send Your Love," 2004's "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)" and a 2016 version of "Stolen Car" recorded with Mylene Farmer.

Sting's Las Vegas residency, also called My Songs, will debut on May 22, 2020, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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The Who's "exciting news" to be revealed early Friday morning

William Snyder/TrinifoldOne day after The Who teased that "exciting news [was] coming soon" via a post on the band's official website and social media pages, they've revealed when that news will be announced.

Today, the British rock legends posted a new announcement on their socials that reads, simply, "Tomorrow. 8AM BST" -- that's 3 a.m. ET. The news is expected to be the details of The Who's new studio album.

Attached to new post is a video montage like the one the band debuted on Wednesday, which features all of the covers of The Who's studio albums -- along with the image of a question mark that's believed to be the cover of the forthcoming album.

The updated video also includes the time of the band's impending announcement, "FRIDAY 13TH 08:00 BST." It's set to some instrumental music that's apparently from one of the group's new tunes.

As previously reported, Who guitarist Pete Townshend announced at the band's September 1 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden that their new album will be released around the middle of November and will include 11 or 12 songs.

During the current trek, the band has been playing two songs from the forthcoming record: "Hero Ground Zero" and another that will either be called "Ball and Chain" or "Big Cigars."

Stay tuned for the big reveal.

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— The Who (@TheWho) September 12, 2019

Slash premieres new 'Living the Dream Tour' concert film clip; announces signature doubleneck Gibson guitar

ABC/Randy HolmesSlash has premiered a new clip from his upcoming Living the Dream Tour concert film, recorded with his backing band, Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators.

The latest video captures Slash and company's performance of the song "The Call of the Wild." You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

Living the Dream Tour was filmed earlier this year at the Hammersmith Apollo in London during Slash and the Conspirators' worldwide tour in support of the group's latest album, 2018's Living the Dream. It'll be released September 20.

In other Slash news, the iconic Guns N' Roses guitarist is teaming up with Gibson to release a new signature guitar. The Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck will be available at select Gibson dealers on October 1.

For more info, visit Gibson.com.

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John Fogerty's new '50 Year Trip' live album and concert film arriving in November

BMGLast month, John Fogerty announced plans to put out a new live album featuring performances from a recent concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.  Now, we've got official details about the release.

The album is titled John Fogerty -- 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks, and the previously reported October 25 release date has been changed to November 8. The collection, which will be available on CD and digitally, was recorded on June 20, 2019, and boasts performances of 17 songs from the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman's show at the famous Denver-area venue.

The set focuses almost exclusively on the CCR tunes and solo material Fogerty played at the show, which was part of John's ongoing My 50 Year Trip tour. Among the backing musicians joining Fogerty at the event were his sons Shane and Tyler.

"I've played Red Rocks a number of times over the years and it's always magical," Fogerty says, "but this time, to play with both of my sons on this amazing stage, will certainly go down as one of the major highlights of my life."

In addition to the album, a concert film documenting the Red Rocks show will be screened in theaters across the U.S. for one day only: Monday, November 11.

The movie will include footage of the entire two-and-a-half-hour concert -- including Fogerty's live covers of some classic songs from the late 1960s, like The Who's "My Generation" and The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends."  Those covers aren't on the album.

Tickets to the screenings go on sale Friday, October 4, at FathomEvents.com.

John's tour continues this Friday, September 13, with a performance in Telluride, Colorado.

Here's the 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks CD track listing:

"Born on the Bayou"
"Green River"
"Lookin' Out My Back Door"
"Susie Q"
"Who'll Stop the Rain"
"Hey Tonight"
"Up Around the Bend"
"Rock and Roll Girls"
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"Long as I Can See the Light"
"Run Through the Jungle"
"Keep On Chooglin'"
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain"
"Down on the Corner"
"Centerfield"
"The Old Man Down the Road"
"Fortunate Son"
"Bad Moon Rising"
"Proud Mary"

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R.E.M. unearths 2004 song "Fascinating" to benefit Hurricane Dorian relief in Bahamas

R.E.M./Mercy CorpsR.E.M. has debuted a previously unreleased song called "Fascinating."

The track will benefit relief efforts by Mercy Corps to help the Bahamas recover from the damage left by Hurricane Dorian.

"Fascinating" was first recorded for the 2001 album Reveal, but was eventually cut from the final project, despite being frontman Michael Stipe's favorite song from the sessions. They recorded it again in 2004 at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas for Around the Sun, but it didn't make it onto that album either. That 2004 take on the song is the version R.E.M. is releasing now.

"I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there," says bassist Mike Mills. "It breaks my heart to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian. Please help us and Mercy Corps do what we can to alleviate the suffering caused by this catastrophe."

You can download "Fascinating" now via R.E.M.'s Bandcamp page.

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Elton John among top-trending Halloween costumes on Pinterest

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman from Paramount PicturesBack in the '70s and '80s, it seemed like every day was Halloween for Elton John, who sported one outrageous outfit after another.  So it's no wonder that this Halloween, a lot of people want to dress up as the Rocket Man.

Pinterest has published a list of its most popular Halloween-related searches on its platform between July of 2018 and July of 2019, and found that among people who are planning on going to Halloween parties alone -- as opposed to with a group of friends or with a significant other -- searches for Elton costumes were up 442%.

The reason, specifically, is the Elton biopic Rocketman, which is a showcase for any number of classic Elton looks, like his sequined Dodgers baseball uniform, or a shiny gold feather-festooned jacket.

Of note, searches for costumes of a similarly flamboyant British rock star who was the subject of a biopic -- Freddie Mercury -- are up 145%.

Pinterest also found that Stranger Things costumes are very hot this year, as are costumes based on The Powerpuff Girls, Toy Story, The Lion King, Aladdin and other popular movies.

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