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BMGThe Kinks will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society by reissuing the critically acclaimed 1968 album on October 26 in multiple formats, including an expansive super-deluxe box set.

On the concept album, frontman Ray Davies nostalgically reflected on the vanishing "old ways" of his British homeland. At the time of its release, The Village Green Preservation Society made little impact on the charts, but it's now widely considered one of the finest U.K. albums of its era.

"I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life," says Davies. "In my imaginary village. It's the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you're never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself is part of a life cycle."

The super-deluxe box set features five CDs; a two-LP set; three replica seven-inch singles and a 52-page hardback photo book boasting an essay by The Who's Pete Townshend and band interviews.  The package also includes posters, glossy prints from a 1968 Kinks photo shoot, a replica press photo and sheet music for the song "Days."

The CDs include stereo and mono versions of the original album, a batch of singles, B-sides, alternate takes and mixes, backing tracks, TV performances and interviews.

The final CD also features unreleased home demos, live 2010 solo performances by Davies, songs from the 1970s sequel project Preservation and an unreleased 1973 tune called "Time Song." A lyric video for "Time Song" has been posted at the group's official YouTube channel, and it's also been released as a digital single.

Visit TheKinks.info for more details about The Village Green Preservation Society reissues.

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Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCConsidering she helped make music videos the art form they are today, it's no surprise that Madonna continues to be a popular artist on YouTube. In honor of her milestone 60th birthday on Thursday, YouTube has compiled a list of the Material Girl's most popular clips.

Globally, Madonna is still averaging over 1.6 million views per day of the videos on her official YouTube channel, which has more than two million subscribers. Last month, her daily views were as high as five million.

Her most-viewed video of all time on the channel is "Vogue," which has some 84 million views. Surprisingly, her second most-viewed video is for the relatively recent track "Give Me All Your Luvin'," which has racked up nearly 71 million views since it was released in 2012.

The rest of Madonna's most-viewed videos are:

3. "Papa Don’t Preach"
4. "Like a Virgin"
5. "Live to Tell"
6. "Celebration"
7. "La Isla Bonita"
8. "Girl Gone Wild"
9. "4 Minutes"
10. "Open Your Heart"

In the past year, though, Madonna's most-viewed clips globally are "La Isla Bonita," "Hung Up," "Like a Prayer," "Papa Don't Preach" and "B***h I'm Madonna."

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Credit: Patrick BallsAs he prepares to launch the North American leg of his Not Dead Yet! solo trek, Phil Collins tells Rolling Stone that he'd also be open to a reunion of his old band Genesis, which he last toured with in 2007.

"I wouldn't say there isn't not a possibility," says Collins. "Me, Mike [Rutherford] and Tony [Banks] are pretty close, still. I can't imagine what it would be like if I didn't play the drums, but anything is possible."

As has been widely reported, severe nerve damage issues has made it difficult for Collins to play drums, but he offers a good solution: having his current touring drummer, who happens to be his 17-year-old son Nicholas, fill in for him.

Phil points out that Rutherford and Banks both raved about his son's drumming after seeing one of Collins' solo shows in London last summer.

"Mike made the appropriate comment of…'He just gets what is needed and what is required and why you're doing this for that song,'" Phil tells Rolling Stone. "I thought that was a wonderful thing to say…I think that, yeah, if we did anything I think it would have to be with Nic on drums because I don't think I'm capable of it."

He adds, "I think their opinion of Nic is high enough for them to take him onboard as part of the band."

For Nic's part, he told Rolling Stone in January 2017 that he'd "be ecstatic" if he were asked to play with Genesis, although he didn't think another reunion was likely.

Meanwhile, Phil admits that he hasn't "really said" anything to Banks and Rutherford about his potential idea for a Genesis reunion.

Collins' solo tour kicks off October 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Capitol Records/UMeAs expected, Paul McCartney premiered his suggestively titled new song "Fuh You" today. The tune, which will appear on McCartney'S upcoming album, Egypt Station, is available now as a digital single and via streaming services.

The catchy, mid-tempo pop-rock tune features modern production flourishes courtesy of OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder. A lyrics video for the song, which brings the McCartney-painted cover art for the single to life, can be viewed now at Paul's official YouTube channel.

McCartney notes that "Fuh You" was the only song on Egypt Station produced by Tedder and not Greg Kurstin.

"[Ryan and I] were just thinking of ideas and little pieces of melody and chords and the song just came together bit by bit," Sir Paul recalls about how "Fuh You" came together. "And then I would try and make some kind of sense of the story."

"So it was like 'Come on baby now. Talk about yourself. Tell the truth, let me get to know you' and basically 'I wanna know how you feel, you make me wanna go out and steal. I just want it for you,'" he continues. "So that was the basic idea and it developed from there…sort of a love song, but a raunchy love song. There you go -- fuh you."

Meanwhile, McCartney has unveiled the full track list of Egypt Station, which features 16 songs. The album arrives on September 7.

In other news, McCartney is featured in a new video promoting his upcoming primetime "Carpool Karaoke" special with Late Late Show host James Corden. In the YouTube clip, Corden takes McCartney on a humorously awkward tour of the program's California office.

Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool airs this Monday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Here's the Egypt Station track list:

"Opening Station"
"I Don't Know"
"Come On to Me"
"Happy with You"
"Who Cares"
"Fuh You"
"Confidante"
"People Want Peace"
"Hand in Hand"
"Dominoes"
"Back in Brazil"
"Do It Now"
"Caesar Rock"
"Despite Repeated Warnings"
"Station II"
"Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link"

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Cleopatra RecordsVeteran Canadian rockers The Guess Who tip their hat to their neighbor to the south in a new track called "In America," which got its premiere on Billboard.com. The tune will appear on the band's first new studio album in 23 years, The Future IS What It Used to Be, due out September 14.

Drummer Garry Peterson, the only original Guess Who member still in the group, tells Billboard about the song, "The chorus says, 'In America, you can get anything you want, you can get anything that you need'…It's in the spirit that America's a land of opportunity; if you really want to work hard, you can become a rock musician, you can become a brain surgeon, you can become a doctor -- you can become president, if that's really what you want to be."

But Peterson also notes that the lyrics, penned by Guess Who frontman Derek Sharp, a.k.a. D# [Dee Sharp], also warn of the trouble you can get into in the U.S., or any country, "if you're behind in taxes or into illicit things."

"In America" certainly isn't the first Guess Who song to offer commentary on the U.S.: The group's chart-topping 1970 rock anthem "American Woman" was viewed as a pointed critique of the States. However, Peterson says he feels that song's message was somewhat misinterpreted.

"From our perspective we really didn't write it as a protest or a knock on America -- where we've made all our money, in effect," Garry maintains.

"Coming from a small place like Winnipeg and going on tour, there were all these things that are not prevalent in our world, in Canada at the time…and that came out in our song. It's America personified as a woman that we didn't quite know what to make of."

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Live Nation/MGM Resorts InternationalAerosmith is ready to rock the Las Vegas Strip.

The band has announced a brand new headlining residency in Sin City, titled Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild. Dates kick off Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort.

The show will feature never-before-seen visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions, and is being described as “one of the most immersive, state-of-the-art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas.”

A pre-sale for members of the band’s “Aero Force One” fan club begins Thursday, August 16 at 9 a.m. PT. Citi card members will have access to tickets on Monday, August 20 at 10 a.m. PT; M life Rewards loyalty members can begin purchasing tickets on Wednesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. PT.

Tickets to the general public go on sale Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. PT.

Here is the list of 18 performance dates:

April 2019: 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26
June 2019: 19, 22, 24, 27, 29
July 2019: 2, 4, 7, 9

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No more rumors: Steve Perry is back.

The former Journey singer has announced that his very long-awaited new solo album, Traces, will be out October 5. The first single, "No Erasin'" is now available.

In a message on Twitter, he writes, "Years ago, I disappeared. There were many reasons but mainly...my love for music had suddenly left me. I knew that simply stopping was what I had to do."

"If music was ever to return to my heart, then and only then I would figure out what to do. If not..so be it, for I had already lived the dream of dreams," he continues.

"Many years passed.  One day, I began sketching some musical ideas with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. One song led to many," Perry writes.  "My love for music had returned. Then another beautiful thing happened. I found love."

"My precious Kellie gave me a life I never knew I had," Perry writes about his relationship with Kellie Nash, a woman who was batting breast cancer.  "I lost her December of 2012. I now deeply understand the meaning of 'It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all."

On his website, Perry further explains that it was Nash who encouraged him "not to keep isolating myself anymore."  He began recording in May of 2015.

"I’m not trying to top what I’ve done in the past, or better anyone or anything. That stuff doesn’t matter to me now. In a way, it’s this simple: when I had something to say again, I said it," he notes. "All I’m trying to do now is make music that really matters to me and I hope maybe will really matter to other people too.”

You can pre-order Traces now. Here's the track list:

1. "No Erasin’"
2. "We’re Still Here"
3. "Most Of All"
4. "No More Cryin’"
5. "In The Rain"
6. "Sun Shines Gray"
7. "You Belong To Me"
8. "Easy To Love"
9. "I Need You"
10. "We Fly"

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Image credit: Bryan Steffy Lionel Richie, who's been playing a residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, was presented with a key to the legendary Las Vegas strip on Tuesday.

Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson also honored the legendary artist by officially declaring Wednesday as "Lionel Richie Day" in Vegas.

Richie recently announced the final dates of his critically acclaimed Vegas residency, Lionel Richie -- All the Hits, which celebrates a career spanning four decades, during which he's sold nearly 100 million albums worldwide and picked up four Grammy Awards.

Richie's final residency dates at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will kick off on Wednesday and run through October 20.  And of course, you can see him when he returns as a judge on the upcoming new season of American Idol on ABC.

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RepriseWith the new Tom Petty box set An American Treasure being released September 28, a contest has been launched offering fans the chance to attend a private, advance listening party for the collection alongside members of The Heartbreakers.

The winner and a guest will be taken to Petty and the Heartbreakers' secret Los Angeles-area rehearsal and recording space, The Clubhouse, where they will get to hear tracks from An American Treasure before the public.

Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench appear in a promo video sharing details about the contest, which you can enter by visiting the Omaze fundraising website.

"We're doing something really special for our friend and lost soldier, Tom Petty," says Campbell, while Tench explains, "[W]e'd like you and a friend to come down and hang at our clubhouse, where we recorded a lot of our records and where we rehearsed for ages and ages and ages."

Campbell adds, "We want to share memories and food and drinks and music with the winners."

Tench continues, "We're gonna play [An American Treasure for] you before anybody else gets to hear it. And actually, there's a lot of stuff on it that's entirely unreleased…that we hadn't heard for years and years and years. We're really proud of it, and we think you'll really like it."

Donations raised by the contest will benefit The Midnight Mission, an L.A. charity supported by Petty that, Campbell explains, works "to provide a path to self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness."

The contest winner also will receive a copy of the deluxe vinyl version of the box set, signed by The Heartbreakers.

Visit Omaze.com/Heartbreakers to enter. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PT on August 23. A winner will be announced on or about September 5.

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Ben Gabbe/Getty Images; David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for KeringIt's Lennon and McCartney for a whole new generation. The late John Lennon's son, Sean, took to his Instagram page on Monday to post a photo of himself with Paul McCartney's son, James. Sean captioned the pic, simply, "Peekaboo…"

The Lennon and McCartney boys are both singer/songwriters -- as is George Harrison's son, Dhani --  and Beatles fans have long been curious about what would happen if the Fab Four members' various musical progeny actually collaborated. Currently, there's no word on whether Sean and James have any plans to make music together.

Sean's most recent project was 2017's Lime and Limpid Green, which he recorded as a member of the duo The Claypool Lennon Delirium, with Primus frontman Les Claypool. McCartney's latest album is the 2016 solo effort The Blackberry Train.

In other news, this past Sunday, Sean Lennon teamed up with Lenny Kravitz in New York City to tape an upcoming episode of the public-TV interview series, Speakeasy. The show is expected to air in early 2019 as part of Speakeasy's fourth season.

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RhinoWith his tenure in Fleetwood Mac having recently come to an end, Lindsey Buckingham is ready to go his own way.

The acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist has announced plans to launch a North American solo tour in October, and he'll also be releasing a career-spanning compilation that month focusing on his work outside of his famous group.

Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham will hit stores on October 5 as a three-CD set and digital download, as well as an abridged single CD. The unabridged, 53-track collection will includes highlights from all of Buckingham's solo studio efforts, as well as his contributions to select soundtracks, live performances, unreleased recordings and songs from his 2017 duo album with Christine McVie.

The retrospective features Lindsey's hits "Trouble" and "Go Insane"; his classic from the soundtrack to 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, "Holiday Road"; and two new songs: "Hunger" and "Ride This Road."

The three-CD version's final disc is made up entirely of live recordings captured at concerts in 2008, 2011 and 2012. These performances include various Buckingham solo songs and the Fleetwood Mac tunes "Never Going Back Again," "Big Love," "Tusk" and "Go Your Own Way."

A six-LP vinyl edition of Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham will be released on November 23.

Buckingham's solo tour gets underway on October 7 in Portland, Oregon, and is plotted out through a December 9 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, August 17. Fans purchasing tickets to most of the concerts online will receive a free CD or digital copy of the abridged version of Solo Anthology.

Here's the track list of the three-CD version of the compilation:

CD One:
"Don't Look Down"
"Go Insane"
"Surrender the Rain"
"Rock Away Blind"
"Holiday Road"
"Doing What I Can"
"Trouble"
"I Must Go"
"Street of Dreams"
"Soul Drifter"
"Show You How"
"Shut Us Down" (Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2008)
"Slow Dancing"
"Countdown"
"Someone's Gotta Change Your Mind"
"In Our Own Time"
"Illumination"
"Gift of Screws"
"Did You Miss Me"
"Down on Rodeo"
"Treason"

CD Two:
"Hunger"
"Not Too Late"
"Sleeping Around the Corner"
"I Want You"
"Time Precious Time"
"Stars Are Crazy"
"Love Runs Deeper"
"You Do or You Don't"
"I Am Waiting"
"Time Bomb Town"
"Turn It On"
"Seeds We Sow"
"Underground"
"Dancin' Across the USA"
"Gone Too Far"
"End of Time"
"D.W. Suite"
"Ride This Road"
"Say We'll Meet Again"

CD Three:
"Trouble" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Go Insane" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Bleed to Love Her" (Live at Hoyt Sherman Palace, Des Moines, IA, 2012)
"Stephanie" (Live at Hoyt Sherman Palace, Des Moines, IA, 2012)
"Never Going Back Again" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Big Love" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Under the Skin" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"All My Sorrows" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Cast Away Dreams" (Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2008)
"Holiday Road" (Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2008)
"Tusk" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"I'm So Afraid" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Go Your Own Way" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)

And here are Buckingham's tour dates:

10/7 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
10/9 -- San Francisco, CA, Palace of Fine Arts
10/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
10/13 -- San Diego, CA, Spreckels Theatre
10/15 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/17 -- Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theater
10/18 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
10/19 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theater
10/21 -- Charlotte, NC, Knight Theater
10/22 -- Wilmington, NC, The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College*
10/24 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
10/26 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theater
10/27 -- Miami, FL, Knight Concert Hall
10/28 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
11/5 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theater
11/6 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater
11/8 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
11/9 -- Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino
11/10 -- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
11/12 -- Birmingham, AL, Lyric Fine Arts Theatre
11/13 -- Chattanooga, TN, Walker Theatre
11/14 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
11/16 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square
11/17 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
11/26 -- North Canton, OH, Palace Theatre
11/27 -- New Tonawanda, NY, Riviera Theatre
11/29 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center*
11/30 -- York, PA, Appell Center for the Performing Arts
12/1 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
12/4 -- New York City, NY, The Town Hall
12/5 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
12/6 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
12/8 -- Concord, NH, Capitol Center
12/9 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Event Center

* = not included in the Solo Anthology ticket bundle promotion.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentA restored version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1972 film Imagine will be shown in theaters across the globe on September 17.

The movie, which was co-directed by Lennon and Ono, boasts a remixed and remastered soundtrack, and the theatrical screening will include 15 minutes of previously unseen bonus footage.

Imagine was filmed mainly at John and Yoko's Tittenhurst Park home in Ascot, U.K., and in New York City, while the former Beatles star was recording his 1971 solo album of the same name. The movie features a variety of vignettes that accompany each song on the album, as well as a few tunes from Ono's own 1971 record, Fly.

The film includes a number of guest appearances by such celebrities as Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Jack Palance and Lennon's ex-band mate George Harrison.

The extra footage includes scenes from the recording studio, where John is joined by a band that includes Harrison on guitar, veteran session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, future Yes drummer Alan White and longtime Beatles collaborator Klaus Voormann on bass. The segment features musicians playing the songs "How Do You Sleep?" and "Oh My Love" live and boasts a specially created Dolby Atmos surround-sound mix.

"The people who all worked on Imagine were Peace People and it was so enlightening and exciting all the way through to be one of them," says Yoko in a statement. "Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world."

The movie has been restored frame-by-frame, and the audio has been remixed by Grammy-winning engineer Paul Hicks. Check out a trailer for the flick at Lennon's official YouTube channel.

Advance tickets are available for purchase at ImagineFilmTickets.com.

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Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin in 2012 (Paul Morigi/WireImage)With Aretha Franklin understood to be near death, Us Weekly reports that her friend and collaborator Stevie Wonder visited the Queen of Soul at her Detroit home today. The magazine received the exclusive news from Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

In addition, Aretha's ex-husband Glynn Turman, who was married to the legendary singer from 1978 to 1984, also came to see her today, as did Rev. Jesse Jackson.

An "insider" told Us Weekly on Monday, August 13, that the 76-year-old soul singer was "not doing well," and that although she was "hanging in there…recovery is not looking likely."

In 2017, Franklin revealed that she was working on a new album that will feature contributions from Wonder, Elton John, Lionel Richie and her longtime mentor, music mogul Clive Davis. The status of that project isn't known.

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Blackbird PresentsA concert special featuring highlights from the 2018 edition of country-rock veteran Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam, filmed March 7 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, will premiere on AXS TV this Sunday, August 19, at 10 p.m. ET.

The show, titled Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie Daniels, is headlined by The Charlie Daniels Band, and also features performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, along with country stars Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, Chris Young, Sara Evans, Eddie Montgomery and Ricky Skaggs

In addition, the concert featured a tribute to the late Gregg Allman that included renditions of the Allman Brothers Band classics "Blue Sky" and "Midnight Rider" performed by Gregg's son Devon, ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts' son Duane and former Allmans keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

At the concert, Gibbons sang the ZZ Top classic "La Grange," Lynyrd Skynyrd played their signature song "Sweet Home Alabama," and The Charlie Daniels Band performed their best-known hit, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Bringing the concert to a close, all the performers joined together for a performance of the Allman Brothers' "One Way Out."

In related news, a two-CD set and digital album featuring music from the concert special will be released on October 12, and is available for pre-order now. Visit VolunteerJamXX.com for more details.

Here's the full track list of the Volunteer Jam XX CD set:

CD 1
"Trudy" -- Blackberry Smoke
"Brand New Star" -- The Oak Ridge Boys
"Sweet Louisiana" -- Brent Cobb
"Evangeline" -- Sara Evans
"Simple Man" -- Justin Moore
"(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks" -- Chris Janson
"Texas" -- Steep Canyon Rangers
"My Town" -- Eddie Montgomery
"The Legend of Wooley Swamp" -- Lee Brice
"Blue Sky" -- Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck Leavell
"Midnight Rider" -- Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck Leavell

CD 2
"Sweet Home Alabama" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" -- Travis Tritt
"It's a Great Day to Be Alive" -- Travis Tritt
"Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" -- Chris Young
"We Had It All One Time" -- Ricky Skaggs
"La Grange" -- Billy F Gibbons
"The South's Gonna Do It Again" -- Alabama
"Mountain Music" -- Alabama
"Tennessee Fiddlin' Man" -- Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" -- Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band
"One Way Out" -- All Star Finale

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty ImagesFollowing a report that Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill,"  People magazine has now confirmed that the Queen of Soul may not be with us for very much longer.

A longtime friend tells People that the 76-year-old music legend is very sick, and her death is "imminent," adding, "She has been ill for a long time. She did not want people to know and she didn’t make it public.”

On Monday, Evrod Cassimy, a TV news anchor in Franklin's hometown of Detroit, tweeted, "I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time."

Later that same day, he tweeted, "Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin. She is resting and surrounded by close friends and family."

Franklin's health problems have been going on for nearly a decade. In 2010, she had surgery for a tumor, but the following year, she denied it was related to pancreatic cancer, as had been rumored. 

In May of 2013, she canceled two shows to undergo undisclosed medical treatment, and then continued to cancel shows in June, July, August and September of that year.  Later that year, she claimed she'd had a "miraculous recovery," but didn't reveal what her illness was.

In 2017, Franklin canceled more shows due to health reasons, and told an audience, "Keep me in your prayers."  She also canceled shows this year under doctor's orders. Her most recent performance was in November of 2017, when she sang at the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York City. She appeared to have lost an alarming amount of weight.

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The Doors will release an expanded 50th anniversary reissue of their 1968 album, Waiting for the Sun, next month, but the group's guitarist, Robby Krieger, also has plans to unveil a new solo studio album this year.

Krieger tells ABC Radio that the record is done and will be called Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen. The title happens to be the same as the name of the veteran rocker's jazz-influenced side band, whose members helped him record the album. They include former Frank Zappa band members Tommy Mars and Arthur Barrow.

Krieger reports that he'd been hoping to release the album on his favorite jazz label, Blue Note Records, "but, unfortunately, they're not signing anything right now, so I'm gonna put it out myself." He's planning to release the album "before Christmas."

Meanwhile, Robby tells ABC Radio that a special concert that he and perhaps his surviving Doors band mate, drummer John Densmore, will take part in is being organized for the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

"We're trying to get something together…in October, but it's getting close to the deadline now," Krieger points out. "[T]hey want to do an orchestra thing, you know, playing Doors songs with the orchestra, but I don't know if we're gonna get it or not this year. It might have to wait till next year." 

Speaking of concerts, Krieger's main touring group, The Robby Krieger Band, has five shows on its schedule, including performances this Friday in West Dundee, Illinois, and Saturday in Indianapolis. The group, which is fronted by Kreiger's son, Waylon, focuses on playing classic Doors material.

Here are all of The Robby Krieger Band's upcoming shows:

8/17 -- West Dundee, IL, Rochaus
8/18 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair
9/27 -- Westbury, NY, The Space at Westbury Theater
9/29 -- Newton, NJ, Newton Theater
9/30 -- West Springfield, MA, Eastern States Exposition (The Big E)

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Credit: Jay BlakesbergFounding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir has announced plans for a fall U.S. tour with a new outfit called Wolf Bros. The group consists of Weir on vocals and electric and acoustic guitar, acclaimed producer Don Was on bass, and Jay Lane, a longtime member of Bob's band RatDog, on drums.

The trek currently features 22 dates, kicking off October 16 in Reno, Nevada, and running through a November 18-19 engagement at New York City's Beacon Theatre. The outing also includes two-show stands in Chicago; Port Chester, New York; and Boston.

Weir says the Wolf Bros project first came together in the spring of 2015 when Don Was visited Bob's TRI Studios in San Rafael, California, and helped "piece together" the Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company.

"For a while now I've been itchin' to explore our songs in a trio setting. An upright bass, my acoustic or electric guitar and a drummer," explains Weir. "We did some rehearsals this past spring and it was big fun -- and that's the whole idea. We were kickin' around Dead songs as well as tunes from my back pages. I'm pretty sure we're gonna have a big adventure with this."

Prior to Weir's tour with Wolf Bros, Weir has two headlining performances with Dead & Company at the 2018 Lockn' Festival on August 25 and 26 in Arrington, Virginia.

He'll also be a special guest at the Sound Summit 2018: A Benefit for The Mountain event on September 8 in Mill Valley, California, and will be playing with his RatDog band mate Steve Kimock and other musicians on September 23 at the Sweetwater in the Sun concert in Novato, California.

Here are all of the Weir and Wolf Bros tour dates:

10/16 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort
10/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/20 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
10/22 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
10/23 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theater
10/24 -- Missoula, MT, The Wilma
10/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
10/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
10/29 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
10/31 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
11/1 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
11/5 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/6 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
11/8 -- Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre
11/9 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
11/10 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
11/12 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
11/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
11/15 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theatre - Boch Center
11/16 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theatre - Boch Center
11/18 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
11/19 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre

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Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesLast month, reports emerged claiming that Steve Perry had filmed an interview for CBS Sunday Morning that will air October 7. That fueled rumors that the ex-Journey frontman was finally preparing to release his long-awaited new solo album. Now, a new development has got Steve's fans believin' some news about the singer's new musical project may be coming soon: He's just introduced an official website, StevePerry.com.

The website's homepage boasts an animated note that reads, "I know it's been a long time comin'…," and also features links to Perry's newly launched official social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Among the first replies to Perry's message on his Twitter feed is from founding Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who wrote, "So now hopefully we can have the coffee."

Schon's comment is apparently a reference to an exchange Neal says he had with Perry at the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where the singer told him they should get together for coffee soon. But Schon told ABC Radio earlier this year that he and Perry hadn't been in touch since the ceremony.

In an April 2017 interview, Perry told ABC Radio that his new album featured songs inspired by his relationship with a woman who passed away from cancer four years earlier.

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Universal/MotownEarlier this month, Diana Ross made chart history when a remix single featuring her 1980 hits "I'm Coming Out" and "Upside Down" topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs list.

The original versions of those same two songs reached #1 on the same chart back in August of 1980, and "I'm Coming Out" also topped the magazine's Hot 100 tally that year.

In January of  this year, a remix of Ross' 1970 #1 Hot 100 hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" also reached the top of the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. This marks the first time that an artist has had back-to-back #1 hits on the Dance Club Songs list with tunes that previously reached the top of a Billboard chart.

The "I'm Coming Out"/"Upside Down" remix is currently #10 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. An album featuring nine remixes of the two tunes was released this past Friday, August 10.

The "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" remix also appears on the Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection compilation, which was released in December 2017.

Diana has a few concerts lined up in the northeastern U.S. in the early fall before she kicks off a new run of performances of her Music and Love Las Vegas show on October 31 at the Encore Theater at the Wynn casino and resort.

Here are all of Ross' upcoming dates:

9/28 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
9/29 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
9/30 -- New York, NY, Pier 17
10/6 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
10/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas
11/2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas

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Credit: Susan Joy BalinFounding Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin will be honored by his former hometown of Mill Valley, California, at the 2018 Milley Awards, scheduled to take place October 21 at Mill Valley Community Center. While discussing the honor in a recent newspaper interview, Balin revealed surprising details of a heart attack he suffered two years ago.

At the awards event, Balin will be recognized in the Musical Arts category for his achievements as a member of the Airplane and its successor group, Jefferson Starship.

Milley Awards are handed out each year to people who have either been born, lived or worked in Mill Valley and have been supportive of or have made significant achievements in the arts. Balin, who currently resides in Florida, lived in Mill Valley from the late 1960s to the '80s.

In a recent phone interview with the Marin Independent Journal, Balin said of the honor, "Getting a Milley is cool," while admitting with a laugh, "I lived in Mill Valley for 30 some years and had never heard of a Milley."

In the same interview, Balin, 76, revealed that the heart attack he suffered in 2016 was very serious.

Balin told the newspaper that following the attack, he underwent emergency surgery, but suffered complications that left him on life support for a time. He wound up spending five months in the hospital, but reported that he's "doing good now."

"I'm writing songs right and left," he told the paper. "I'm finishing two new albums, and the guys in my band are eager to get back on the road. I can't wait to get back to Mill Valley."

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