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John Mellencamp releases Springsteen duet "Did You Say Such a Thing" as latest single from brand-new album

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Coinciding with today's release of John Mellencamp's latest studio album, Strictly a One-Eyed Jack, the famed singer-songwriter has released a new single from the record called "Did You Say Such a Thing."

The gritty-sounding blues-rock tune, which is available now via digital formats, features backing vocals from Bruce Springsteen, and is one of three collaborations with the Boss featured on the album.

You can check out a visualizer video for "Did You Say Such a Thing" on Mellencamp's official YouTube channel.

Mellencamp wrote and self-produced Strictly a One-Eyed Jack at his Belmont Mall Studios in Bloomington, Indiana. He'd previously released one of the other Springsteen collaborations, "Wasted Days," as an advance single back in September of last year.

Strictly a One-Eyed Jack is currently available everywhere.

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Patti LaBelle featured on soundtrack to the new Apple TV+ reboot of 'Fraggle Rock'

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Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, a reboot of the original show, premiered today on Apple TV+, and coinciding with its debut, a soundtrack has been released via digital formats.

One of the songs on the album, "Shine on Us Now," features soaring vocals from Patti LaBelle, who also appears as a special guest on the new series.

In addition, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Foo Fighters, who also had previously been announced as making a "special appearance" in the series, have recorded a song called "Fraggle Rock Rock" for the soundtrack. Other guest stars appearing on Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock include Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson and The Office's Ed Helms.

All the songs from the soundtrack are featured in the new 13-episode series.

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Fans serenade Barry Manilow with "Copacabana" singalong

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Barry Manilow enjoyed a little surprise when enjoying dinner with songwriting partner Bruce Sussman at a New York City restaurant Thursday night.  According to Page Six, once the patrons figured out the legendary singer was in the house, they burst into a performance of his signature song, "Copacabana."

A witness to the impromptu celebration at Fresco by Scotto told Page Six, "It was insane.  Almost everyone dropped their pasta and meatballs to form a conga line that snaked around the restaurant before arriving at the foot of Bruce and Barry’s table."

Barry was delighted by the sight and, the insider dished, "[He] was giggling and screaming to Bruce, ‘I can’t believe they all know all the lyrics!'"

The 78-year-old hitmaker was so moved by the display that he told the co-owner, "We have to come back."  A spy adds the two tipped 100 percent of their bill, paying the good vibes forward to their server.

As for why Barry is is hanging around NYC, it's because he and Sussman are working on their new musical, Harmony, which will go into previews in March.  The story is about the singing group Comedian Harmonists, a band of six German men of Jewish descent who became musical sensations in the 1920s, before facing danger due to the rise of the Nazi party.

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Queen's Brian May to make acting debut on upcoming episode of UK kids show 'Andy and the Band'

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Queen guitarist Brian May will make his acting debut in an upcoming episode of Andy and the Band, a popular U.K. TV show geared toward children.

The show stars Andy Day as the leader of a rock band called The Odd Socks that's made up of a group of his offbeat friends. May will appear as the Godfather of Rock in an episode titled "Planet Rock" that will premiere on January 24 on the BBC iPlayer and January 27 on the CBBC channel.

On the program, May's character will join Andy and the Odd Socks to play the "best jam ever" and also will help the group overcome what's described as a "a global 'rocktastrophe.'"

The plot of the episode involves The Odd Socks visiting Planet Rock to seek the Godfather's help in reuniting them with the group's guitarist, Rio, who has lost his confidence, and his beloved air guitar.

In conjunction with the show, May has recorded a new song with Andy and the Odd Socks called "Planet Rock" that will be released on February 18.

"I have loved working with the Odd Socks! Playing the role of their Godfather of Rock was actually a very emotional experience," May says. "The episode is a wonderful message of hope to kids who lose their self-confidence. The symbolic use of air guitar is beautifully apt. And on a broader scale I absolutely align with Andy and the Band in their quest for every kid to feel proud of their individual qualities."

He adds, "I'm backing their anti-bullying campaign to the hilt!"

Meanwhile, Day notes, "Working with Brian has been a musical dream come true, as I am a huge Queen fan, but most importantly he completely understood the ethos and message of inclusivity we share in everything we do."

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Cheap Trick, Paris Jackson among artists performing at 2022 Boston Calling festival

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Cheap Trick and the late Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris Jackson, are among the artists scheduled to perform at the 2022 Boston Calling Music Festival, which will be held May 27-29 at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Boston.

The power-pop legends and Jackson both are part of the lineup of the event's first day, which will be headlined by Foo Fighters. The headliners for the second and third days of the festival, respectively, will be The Strokes and Metallica.

Also on the bill of the three-day event are Avril Lavigne, Weezer, HAIM, Glass Animals, Modest Mouse, Run the Jewels, The Struts and many more.

Tickets are on sale now, with packages ranging from $370 to $2,000.

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Brian May, Randy Bachman, Cher and more music stars pay tribute to late singer and actor Meat Loaf

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The music world is mourning the death of Bat Out of Hell singer Meat Loaf, who passed away Thursday at the age of 74. A cause of death is unknown at this time. The singer and actor, born Marvin Lee Aday, sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, appeared in more than 65 movies, and won a Grammy in 1994 for "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)."

Among the many stars saluting Meat Loaf on social media were Queen guitarist Brian May, Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive fame, Meat's former duet partner Cher, and current Queen singer Adam Lambert, who played Eddie -- the character Meat Loaf portrayed in The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- in the 2016 TV revival of the musical film.

Other tributes came from Meat's former duet partner Boy George, Rick Astley, and Bonnie Tyler who, like Meat Loaf, also recorded hit songs by the late Jim Steinman.

Here's what the music world is saying about the larger-than-life singer with the powerhouse voice:

Brian May: "Completely gutted that Meat Loaf has left us. Always full of madness, with the innocent sense of naughtiness of a 5-year old, Meat was forever young. I called him Mr Loaf, and he called me when he wanted some wacky guitar playing. We had so much fun so many times, and, just three months younger than me, he felt like a brother. Dear Meat, the world is mourning and will miss your fine and powerful presence for a very long time. RIP."

Randy Bachman: "What a legend, what a career, what a legacy. Rest In Peace, Meatloaf. Thank you for the lifetime of music that will stay with us forever."

Cher: "Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did "Dead Ringer". Am Very Sorry For His Family, Friends, & Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day⁉️"

Adam Lambert: "A gentle hearted powerhouse rockstar forever and ever. You were so kind. Your music will always be iconic. I'm sure you're singing concerts in the great beyond. Rest In Peace sir."

Boy George: "R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood."

Rick Astley: "Meat Loaf. What a legend. Rest in peace."

Bonnie Tyler: "I am shocked & saddened by the sudden death of Meat Loaf. He was, as you might imagine, a larger than life character with a voice & stage presence to match & is one of those rare people who truly was a one off talent and personality. Rest In Peace."

Rob Thomas: "I was sitting in a hotel lobby one evening with friends when a nice woman came over and said 'Loaf would like you to come up to his room' I was taken aback but you gotta go where the loaf tells you to go. I went up to his room and he was sitting on his bed listening to a cassette of my local band, pre Matchbox, Tabitha's Secret. It turned out he had been listening to that since the late 90s and was a big fan and just wanted to connect. It was a surreal and wonderful moment with a legend and I'm thankful for it. #rip Marvin and Long Live Loaf."

Slash: "RIP #Meatloaf."

Ted Nugent: "Rest in peace my soulbrother soulmusic bloodbrother! A great man great American rocksolid in the asset column of the American dream! The wonderful Meatloaf force of nature will be with us forever."

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The Zombies postpone UK tour because band member needs medical procedure

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The Zombies were scheduled to return to the road next month for their first tour of their U.K. homeland since 2018, but the trek has now been postponed until 2023.

According to a note on the group's Facebook page, the postponement is necessary because "one of the band members requires an urgent (but non-life-threatening) medical procedure, and a full 6 weeks of recovery time before he can perform."

The message continues, "We truly appreciate the patience and understanding of our fans, many of whom have held on to their tickets, despite this tour already being postponed twice due to COVID."

The U.K. shows, which were to have taken place in February and March of this year, are now scheduled for April and May of 2023. A few new British dates also have been added to The Zombies' itinerary.

Tickets to the postponed shows will be honored for the rescheduled dates, but refunds also will be available at the point of purchase.

According to their website, the rest of The Zombies' 2022 tour plans remain unchanged. The band is scheduled to take part on the Flower Power Cruise, which sets sail from Miami on March 28, and then are slated to launch a U.S. trek that's mapped out from an April 1 show in Orlando, Florida, through a May 1 concert in Fall River, Massachusetts.

The band also has a few Canadian shows scheduled for July, as well as a July 15 concert in Everett, Washington, and a July 28-30 engagement in Park City, Utah. The group also has a tour of mainland Europe set to take place in September.

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John Mellencamp's new album, 'Strictly a One-Eyed Jack,' arrives today, featuring three Springsteen collabs

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John Mellencamp's first studio album in five years, Strictly a One-Eyed Jack, was released today.

As previously reported, Bruce Springsteen appears on three of the album's 12 tracks -- "Wasted Days," "Did You Say Such a Thing" and "A Life Full of Rain."

In a new interview with USA Today, Mellecamp discusses the inspiration for "Wasted Days," which was released as an advance single back in September 2021.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who turned 70 last year, notes that the song finds him reflecting on his mortality.

"I figure I've got about 10 summers left…I've had 70 summers and it's just a math problem," he maintains. "When you're a kid, summers go on forever. But on the sliding ruler, you start pushing it toward time and you realize that 70 summers have come and gone, you don't want to waste them. I'll never perform in the summer again because I want to enjoy the summer."

Mellencamp tells the newspaper that the album's title refers to a cynical character he devised as the narrator of the songs, noting, "The most dangerous card in the deck is the one-eyed Jack…he has a sword behind his back."

The album kicks off with the song "I Always Lie to Strangers," in which, as Mellencamp explains, the character tells the listener "don't trust me, I'm gonna lie to you and I know you're gonna lie to me." John adds, "[T]he whole thing comes to a head in the last verse, 'this world is run by men much more crooked than me.' He's telling you, 'I know I'm a scoundrel, but the people you pay attention to are bigger liars than me.'"

Strictly a One-Eyed Jack is now available on CD, vinyl and digitally. Here's the full track list:

"I Always Lie to Strangers"
"Driving in the Rain"
"I Am a Man That Worries"
"Streets of Galilee"
"Sweet Honey Brown"
"Did You Say Such a Thing" (with Bruce Springsteen)
"Gone So Soon"
"Wasted Days" (with Bruce Springsteen)
"Simply a One-Eyed Jack"
"Chasing Rainbows"
"Lie to Me"
"A Life Full of Rain" (with Bruce Springsteen)

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Meat Loaf passes away at age 74

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Meat Loaf has passed away at age 74.

The news was confirmed in a statement on the rocker and actor's Facebook page.

"Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side," the statement reads. "Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours."

The post notes Meat Loaf's "amazing career," which spanned six decades. Meat Loaf, birth name Marvin Lee Aday, sold 100 million albums worldwide and starred in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne's World. His 1977 album Bat Out of Hell is one of the top-selling albums of all time and he scored a number-one hit with 1993's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."

The statement continues, "We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man…From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!"

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Patti Smith to present livestream event next month showcasing her songs and writing

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Patti Smith has announced plans for a special livestream event that will take place February 2 at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, that will feature her performing songs, telling stories, and reciting some of her poetry and prose.

Patti will be joined by her longtime band mates Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan during the presentation, which will be available exclusively to paid subscribers to her Substack page.

Substack subscribers also can submit questions and requests that Smith may respond to or fulfill during the show. After the livestream, which begins at 8 p.m. ET, the presentation will be available on demand for 24 hours.

You can check out a video message from Patti sharing details about the livestream and her Substack page.

Substack is an online platform that's geared toward writers interested in connecting directly with their audiences. Smith joined the platform last year, and has been using it to debut weekly installments of her first serialized long-form work, The Melting.

The Melting began as a series of writings from Patti's private pandemic journal, and has expanded into covering other topics, incorporating elements of science fiction and including reflections on the climate crisis. The ongoing work, which so far is made up of almost 40 installments and is nearing completion, also features audio recordings and photos.

Meanwhile, the 75-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and her band are scheduled for their first concert of 2022 on February 22 in Brooklyn, New York. You can check out her full itinerary at

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Ladies in waiting: All-female Rock Fantasy Camp featuring Nancy Wilson, Melissa Etheridge & others postponed

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The first all-female edition of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, which originally was scheduled to take place in Los Angeles from January 27 to January 30, has been postponed because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, and now will be held over Mother's Day weekend, May 6-9.

Topping the list of artists taking part in this installment of Rock Camp are Heart's Nancy Wilson, Melissa Etheridge and Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine.

Other talented musicians who will serve as musical mentors to the campers include Australian guitar whiz Orianthi, ex-Hole and Mötley Crüe drummer Samantha Maloney, former Michael Jackson touring guitarist Jennifer Batten, Jeff Beck touring bassist Rhonda Smith and many more.

Besides the accomplished musicians taking part in the camp, the crew and staff for the event also will be solely comprised of women.

The four-day event will feature masterclasses, Q&A sessions and themed jams, and will culminate with the campers performing in front of a live audience at the famed Whisky a Go Go club in West Hollywood, California. The campers also will be treated to a pre-Grammy party on Saturday night.

Wilson says of the decision to reschedule the event, "The thrill of attending Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is the up close and personal attention each camper receives from our RockStar counselors. With the current restrictions, this completely changes the whole experience. Looking forward to rocking out safely Mother's Day Weekend."

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Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Bernard Sumner & more taking part in 2022 Tibet House US virtual benefit concert

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Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and New Order's Bernard Sumner are among the music artists who will be taking part in the 2022 Tibet House US virtual benefit concert, scheduled for March 3.

Smith is part of the event's performance lineup, which also includes Phish's Trey Anastasio, Nathaniel Rateliff, Laurie Anderson, Angélique Kidjo and country artists Jason Isbell and Margo Price, as well as actor Keanu Reeves, who you may remember played bass in the '90s alt-rock band Dogstar.

As for Pop and Sumner, they will be providing "special greetings" during the event.

Influential composer Philip Glass is the event's artistic director.

Now in its 35th year, the annual concert raises money for Tibet House US, a non-profit organization that works to preserve Tibetan culture. It's usually held in-person at New York City's Carnegie Hall, but is taking place online for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can watch the 2022 Tibet House US concert via the streaming platform Mandolin. For more info, visit

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The Who, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie among artists headlining 2022 New Orleans Jazz Fest

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After being canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is scheduled to return this spring with a lineup that includes headlining performances by The Who, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters and The Black Crowes.

The festival is scheduled to take place over the course of two consecutive weeks, April 29-May 1 and May 5-May 8. Many of the major artists on the 2022 bill had been scheduled to perform at either the 2020 or the 2021 festival.

The first weekend will feature performances by The Who, Richie, Foo Fighters, Randy Newman, José Feliciano, The Dixie Cups, Irma Thomas and many, many more.

Weekend two's lineup will include Nicks, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band, The Black Crowes, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Ziggy Marley leading a tribute to late father Bob Marley, Melissa Etheridge, Boz Scaggs, Kool & the Gang, Irma Thomas, Buddy Guy, members of The Neville Brothers, Rickie Lee Jones, Chris Isaak, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, The Cowsills, a Dr. John tribute and much more.

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Jimi Hendrix's estate sues heirs of Hendrix's ex-band mates to block copyright-infringement lawsuit

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Jimi Hendrix's estate has filed a lawsuit against the heirs of the two other original members of The Jimi Hendrix Experience -- bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell -- after those parties threatened to sue Jimi's estate for millions of pounds in alleged unpaid royalties, Billboard reports.

The Hendrix estate, along with the Sony Music label, filed a suit in a New York City court on Tuesday asking that the court rule they owe no money to Redding's and Mitchell's estates.

In documents obtained by Billboard, the Hendrix estate and Sony explain they launched their action after the Redding and Mitchell estates sent them a cease-and-desist letter in December in which they threatened to file a lawsuit in a British court demanding millions of pounds in unpaid royalties dating back to 1973.

Hendrix's estate and Sony maintain that Redding and Mitchell had signed away rights to Hendrix's royalties in exchange for a monetary settlement during legal proceedings that followed the guitar legend's death in 1970.

However, in the December letter, reps for the Redding and Mitchell estates claimed that the agreements Noel and Mitch signed weren't enforceable.

"For almost half a century, there has never been any claim by defendants or their successors…concerning the copyright ownership, exploitation of these recordings by plaintiffs, or payments of royalties," the Hendrix estate and Sony wrote in their suit.

The plaintiffs aren't seeking any monetary damages in the lawsuit; rather, they want the court to declare that they haven't done anything wrong.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience formed in 1966. Redding left the group in 1969, while Mitchell continued to play with the band until Jimi's death in September 1970 at age 27. Noel passed away in 2003 at the age of 52, while Mitchell died in 2008 at age 62.

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Elton John returns to the stage, adds "Cold Heart" to set list

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Elton John's much-delayed Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour resumed Wednesday night in New Orleans, with a fresh new addition to his set list.

Not only did Elton play pretty much every hit you'd want to hear, from "Bennie and the Jets" and "Tiny Dancer" to "I'm Still Standing" and "Your Song," but he also played his current top 10 hit "Cold Heart" live for the first time.  His duet partner Dua Lipa didn't join him for the song, but her vocals were heard during the performance.

"Cold Heart," from Elton's The Lockdown Sessions, is his first U.S. top 10 hit since 1998.

Elton's North American tour dates run through April, and then he'll head to Europe. This summer, he'll return to North America to play stadiums starting July 15 in Philadelphia; he'll wrap up those dates with two shows at Dodger Stadium in L.A. on November 19 and 20.

Here's Elton's full 21-song set list:

"Bennie and the Jets"
"Philadelphia Freedom"
"Border Song"
"Tiny Dancer"
"Have Mercy on the Criminal"
"Rocket Man"
"Take Me to the Pilot"
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
"Candle in the Wind"
"Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
"Burn Down the Mission"
"Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
"The Bitch Is Back"
"I'm Still Standing"
"Crocodile Rock"
"Saturday's Alright for Fighting"
"Cold Heart"
"Your Song"
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

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