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Gregg Rolie debuts video for new Ringo Starr-inspired song "What About Love"

Megaforce RecordsFounding Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie has just released a video for "What About Love," the lead single from his new solo album, Sonic Ranch. The clip premiered Wednesday on Billboard.com and also can be viewed on Rolie's official YouTube channel.

The 72-year-old who has played in Ringo Starr's All Starr Band since 2012, tells ABC Audio that Starr's famous "peace and love" message was the inspiration for "What About Love."

"I came up with this thing and [the All Starr Band] jammed a little bit of it at a soundcheck, and then nothing ever happened," Rolie recalls. "Then I found the bass line when I went home, and I said, 'I'm gonna record this.' And I just went, 'I'm going to make this "What About Love," based upon [Ringo's peace and love] message.'"

The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee also notes that the song expresses his frustration at the world's current contentious social and political climate.

"I mean, really, quite simply, how about it, you guys?" Gregg declares. "You've tried all this other stuff. Every year, somebody's doing something. It's just a little boring for the average Joe on the street, which I am."

The "What About Love" video features a series of quick-cut clips capturing Rolie working in the studio and rehearsing, as well as footage of him playing live with Neal Schon's Journey Through Time side project along with bassist Mario Mendoza and ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo.

"Everyone who's seen [the video] goes, 'You look younger,'" Gregg maintains. "And part of the reason was 'cause I wanted to…have it look the way I feel."

Rolie adds that Starr gave the video a thumbs-up, "He loved it. He goes, 'This is really, really good.'"

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Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne to appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' when show visits Brooklyn next week

Danny Clinch; Jody RogacWhen Jimmy Kimmel returns to his childhood home of Brooklyn, New York next week to host a series of episodes of his ABC late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, among his guests will be two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers -- Bruce Springsteen and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

There's no word yet on when Springsteen or Byrne will appear on the program, but it'll be recorded in front of a studio audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House, and air nightly from Monday, October 21, through Friday, October 25.

Among the topics Springsteen likely will be talking about is his new concert film and documentary, Western Stars, which will be screened at select theaters across the U.S. on October 19 and 23, then will get a wide release on the 25th. A soundtrack album to the movie also will be released on October 25.

Byrne is listed as one of the musical performers on the show for next week. David recently brought a version of his American Utopia tour show to Broadway's intimate Hudson Theatre, where it's scheduled to run through January 19, 2020.

Other guests set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! during its Brooklyn stay include Eddie Murphy, Alicia Keys, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Ripa, John Krasinski, The National, Paul Shaffer, and The Sugarhill Gang.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

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Dionne Warwick releasing new Christmas album this week featuring Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis & more

BMGMusic legend Dionne Warwick has rounded up an interesting assortment of artists from various genres to join her on a new holiday album titled Dionne Warwick & The Voices of Christmas, which comes out this Friday.

According to Billboard, the album includes duets with Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheff and veteran jazz artist Dianne Reeves, and features renditions of yuletide classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jingle Bell Rock," "The Christmas Song" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Among the other artists featured on the record are R&B singers Aloe Blacc and Andra Day, Chloe x Halle, Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, and country stars The Oak Ridge Boys, John Rich, Rickey Scaggs and Eric Paslay.

"Every song, I felt, suited my duet partner. That's why it's called The Voices of Christmas," Warwick tells Billboard. "Each of the songs felt suited to each one of the people I was singing with and that's how we chose them."

Billboard debuted Dionne's duet with Aloe Blacc Wednesday, a version of Donny Hathaway's classic "This Christmas." The 78-year-old icon tells the magazine, "He's such an incredible musical person and boy did he give a wonderful performance. It was a thrill to work with him."

Warwick was one of several artists who were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Recording Academy's 2020 Grammy Salute to Music Legends special, which airs Friday on PBS.  She's also currently is in the middle of a Las Vegas residency at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace that runs through November 1.

Here's the full track list of Dionne Warwick & The Voices of Christmas:

"Silent Night"
"Jingle Bells" -- featuring John Rich, The Oak Ridge Boys & Ricky Skaggs
"Frosty the Snowman" -- featuring Eric Paslay
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" -- featuring Dianne Reeves
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" -- featuring Jason Scheff
"White Christmas" -- featuring Johnny Mathis
"This Christmas" -- featuring Aloe Blacc
"The Christmas Song" -- featuring Wanya Morris
"Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" -- featuring Andra Day
"Jingle Bell Rock" -- featuring Michael McDonald
"Silver Bells" -- featuring Chloe x Halle
"First Noel"

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New documentary about famed L.A. bar The Rainbow features Micky Dolenz, Gene Simmons, Slash & more

Courtesy of Bow Arrow Entertainment/Gravitas VenturesThe Monkees' Micky Dolenz, KISS' Gene Simmons and Guns N' Roses guitairst Slash are among the rock stars featured in a new documentary The Rainbow, which tells the story of the legendary Sunset Strip watering hole The Rainbow Bar & Grill and the nearby Whisky a Go Go nightclub. The film will be available on demand and as a digital video starting Tuesday, October 29.

The movie also focuses on Mario Maglieri, who co-founded and co-owned The Rainbow and The Whisky until his death in 2017, as well as his son and grandson -- Mikael and Mikey -- who are carrying on the family businesses. Mario became well-known for helping many musicians get their start in the Los Angeles area.

The Rainbow also features conversations with Ozzy OsbourneLita Ford, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and, in one of his final interviews, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The bar was famously Lemmy's favorite L.A. haunt and a lounge was named after him after he died in 2016.

"Telling the story of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Whisky a Go Go and the Maglieri family in this film has been a great honor and one that truly represents the history of rock 'n' roll in America," says Matthew Perniciaro, one of the documentary's producers.

You can pre-order The Rainbow now at iTunes.

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New 23-disc Beatles vinyl box set 'The Singles Collection' due out in November

Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMeA limited-edition Beatles box set containing 180-gram-vinyl versions of the 22 singles that the band released in the U.K. from 1962 to 1970, as well as a newly created disc featuring the group's mid-'90s singles "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love," will be released on November 22.

The Singles Collection boasts a total of 46 tracks that have been newly cut for vinyl using the original mono and stereo master tapes at Abbey Road Studios in London. Each of the seven-inch discs is housed in its own picture sleeve, the designs of which replicate ones that appeared for the first-issue releases of the singles in various countries around the world. The countries represented are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K., the U.S. and West Germany.

The box set comes packaged with a 40-page booklet containing photos, memorabilia, and essays penned by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.

The U.K. singles featured in The Singles Collection span from 1962's "Love Me Do" backed with "P. S. I Love You," to 1970's "Let It Be," backed with "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)." Impressively, 17 of the 22 singles hit #1 in the U.K.

"Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" were created using demo tapes recorded by the late John Lennon, with the three surviving Beatles adding their parts in the 1990s. The songs were originally released, respectively, in 1995 and 1996 on the Anthology 1 and Anthology 2 compilations.

Here's the full track list of The Singles Collection:

1962 [sleeve art: U.S.]
A: "Love Me Do"
B: "P. S. I Love You"

1963 [sleeve art: Italy]
A: "Please Please Me"
B: "Ask Me Why"

1963 [sleeve art: Norway]
A: "From Me to You"
B: "Thank You Girl"

1963 [sleeve art: Greece]
A: "She Loves You"
B: "I'll Get You"

1963 [sleeve art: Chile]
A: "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
B: "This Boy"

1964 [sleeve art: Austria]
A: "Can't Buy Me Love"
B: "You Can't Do That"

1964 [sleeve art: Holland]
A: "A Hard Day's Night"
B: "Things We Said Today"

1964 [sleeve art: Sweden]
A: "I Feel Fine"
B: "She's a Woman"

1965 [sleeve art: Spain]
A: "Ticket to Ride"
B: "Yes It Is"

1965 [sleeve art: Belgium]
A: "Help!"
B: "I'm Down"

1965 [double A-side/sleeve art: France]
A: "We Can Work It Out"
A: "Day Tripper"

1966 [sleeve art: Turkey]
A: "Paperback Writer"
B: "Rain"

1966 [double A-side/sleeve art: Argentina]
A: "Eleanor Rigby"
A: "Yellow Submarine"

1967 [double A-side/sleeve art: Australia]
A: "Strawberry Fields Forever"
A: "Penny Lane"

1967 [sleeve art: West Germany]
A: "All You Need Is Love"
B: "Baby, You're a Rich Man"

1967 [sleeve art: Mexico]
A: "Hello, Goodbye"
B: "I Am the Walrus"

1968 [sleeve art: Japan]
A: "Lady Madonna"
B: "The Inner Light"

1968 [sleeve art: South Africa]
A: "Hey Jude"
B: "Revolution"

1969 [sleeve art: Denmark]
A: "Get Back"
B: "Don't Let Me Down"

1969 [sleeve art: Portugal]
A: "The Ballad of John and Yoko"
B: "Old Brown Shoe"

1969 [sleeve art: Israel]
A: "Something"
B: "Come Together"

1970 [sleeve art: U.K.]
A: "Let It Be"
B: "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)"

1995/1996 [exclusive double A-side single/sleeve art: worldwide]
A: "Free as a Bird" [1995]
A: "Real Love" [1996]

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Alice Cooper announces spring 2020 US tour dates

Courtesy of earMUSICAlice Cooper is all set to kick off a fall U.S. leg of his "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour on November 3 in Fort Myers, Florida, but the rocker has also lined up a new series of North American dates for spring 2020.

The newly announced trek gets underway on April 1 in the Canadian city of Peterborough, Ontario, and is plotted through an April 22 show in Portland, Oregon. Lita Ford will open all of the new concerts.

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public stating Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. local time. VIP pre-sales will be available beginning Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m.

Prior to the 2020 North American concerts, Cooper will visit Australia and New Zealand for a short trek in February.

In September, Alice released a new six-song collection titled The Breadcrumbs EP that pays homage to the music scene of his former hometown, Detroit. The record 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.

Cooper recently told Billboard that he's planning to release a new studio album sometime next year.

Here are all of Cooper's upcoming North American tour dates:

11/3 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
11/5 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center
11/6 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
11/7 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/9 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage
11/10 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
11/12 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
11/14 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/15 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Concert Hall
11/16 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Center
11/18 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts
11/19 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
11/21 -- Glen Falls, NY, Cool Insuring Arena
11/22 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
11/23 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino - Ovation Hall
11/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
11/26 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre
11/27 -- Evansville, IN, Old National Events Plaza
11/29 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Showroom
11/30 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre

2020
4/1 -- Peterborough, ON, Canada, Memorial Centre
4/3 -- Grand Rapids, MI, DeVos Music Hall
4/5 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Performing Arts Center
4/7 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
4/8 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre
4/10 -- Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
4/11 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Centennial Concert Hall
4/13 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Conexus Arts Centre
4/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
4/16 -- Prince George, BC, Canada, CN Centre
4/18 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre
4/19 -- Penticton, BC, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre
4/20 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
4/22 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium

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Late Temptations singer David Ruffin to be honored in Mississippi hometown with street renaming

Gilles Petard/RedfernsLate Temptations singer David Ruffin will receive multiple honors as part of a special celebration in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, later this month.

The festivities will take place on Saturday, October 26, and will start at 11 a.m. with the unveiling of Ruffin's on the Walk of Fame at the Mississippi Arts Entertainment Experience, a.k.a. The MAX.

That event will be followed by a street parade from The MAX to the Temple Theatre, where a noon ceremony will be held renaming a four-block stretch of 8th Street near the theater as "David Ruffin Boulevard."

The parade, which will be led by led by Jackson State University's marching band, will continue on to Meridian's City Hall Lawn, where a party will kick off at 1 p.m. All the events are free and open to the public.

"We are proud to honor this music legend with a street being named after one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, and we want to invite family and friends to Meridian for a day of celebrating his career," Mayor Percy Bland says in a statement, according to the Meridian Star.

Ruffin was a member of The Temptations from 1964 to 1968, and was the lead singer on many of the legendary Motown group's hits, including "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "(I Know) I'm Losing You."

He died in 1991 at the age of 50 of an accidental drug overdose.

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Elton John talks playing charades with Bob Dylan and snowmobiling with Stevie Wonder on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Courtesy Henry HoltElton John's promotional tour in support of his new memoir ME, out now, included a pit stop on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he and Jimmy discussed his storied past, including snowmobiling with Stevie Wonder and a game of charades with Bob Dylan that didn't end so well.

As Elton tells it, he was invited to dinner at Neil Diamond's house, along with Dylan, where someone suggested playing a game of charades.

"I said, 'Great! -- sounds like, two syllables,'" he recalls. "The greatest poet in the world, could he do 'sound like, two syllables?'  No."

"And he was on my team," Elton continued, "and I am a competitive M F********."

The result?  "I threw oranges at him," says Elton, who downplayed the incident by adding, "They were small, they were Satsumas."

Another gem from the Rocket Man's past included a hairy incident at a hotel in Atlanta.

"I took my hair off, and then I heard this noise," he recalls.  "And I thought, 'I'm being burgled."

"I was afraid and I thought, "I've gotta go see what it is," he continues. "And I heard these guys and the lights went on. So I put my hair on, glasses, went in the corridor and it's a water leak."  Upon returning to his room, Elton looked in the mirror to find his wig "was on backwards."

Other tales from Elton's past included the time he let Stevie Wonder ride his snowmobile: "And we thought, 'Okay, that's another rival gone."

Elton also revealed his remedy for stress: shredding paper.  Unfortunately it only created tension when he accidentally destroyed the guest list to his wedding that husband and manager David Furnish had been working on for two days.

 

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Phil Lesh's annual Phil-O-Ween postponed due to back surgery

Douglas Mason/WireImageGrateful Dead co-founder and bassist Phil Lesh was forced to postpone several shows following surgery on his back.  That, unfortunately, applies to his annual Phil-O-Ween shows. 

The shows were set to take place on October 31 and the first two days of November. In Lesh's place, the Darkstar Orchestra, a tribute band, will hold down the fort at New York's Capitol Theater. 

However, disappointed fans will be able to claim full refunds for their tickets or have them honored at Lesh's rescheduled shows.

As of now, the new Phil-O-Ween dates have yet to be announced.

Lesh announced the postponement on Facebook, "I want you all to know I’m very disappointed I’m not going to be able to make these shows."  He adds that he's "feeling really good" but the doctors told him to sit things out to "recover from the surgery" he recently had.

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The Doobie Brothers "honored" and "thrilled" about Rock Hall nomination...but what took so long?

Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Gijsbert Hanekroot/RedfernsAs announced Tuesday, The Doobie Brothers are among the nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Although the band has been eligible for the honor since 1997, this marks the first time that the group has been nominated.

In response to the news, The Doobies posted the following message on their official website and social media sites: "We are honored to be nominated for the @RockHall of Fame and thrilled that members of the band, past and present, have been included."

Nine musicians who have played with The Doobie Brothers will enter the Rock Hall if the band gets inducted, including founding and current singer/guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, former singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald and longtime multi-instrumentalist John McFee.

Rock Hall CEO and president Greg Harris tells ABC Audio that he's excited about The Doobies' nomination, while noting that the band's complex history may have been one of the reasons why the group was overlooked for so long.

"When a band has two distinctly different eras or changes over time, it sometimes takes a little bit longer for the nominating process," Harris maintains. "And The Doobies enjoyed…great success in one era, and then, had a bit of a transformation to be more of a piano-driven...band, and saw a resurgence in another era."

Harris was referring to the period from the mid-'70s to the early '80s, when McDonald fronted the group.

Last year, Tom Johnston told ABC Audio that he felt induction into the Rock Hall would "be a great feather to have in your cap, and a compliment that people recognize that…you are of quality to be in the [Hall]. And, frankly, I think we are."

The full list of 2020 nominees is at RockHall.com.

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ZZ Top, Bryan Adams bringing some rock to 2020 Stagecoach country-music festival

Courtesy of Goldenvoice

The annual Stagecoach Festival focuses mainly on country music, but the event often features some well-known veteran rock and pop artists as well....and the upcoming 14th installment is no exception.

ZZ Top and Bryan Adams are among the acts scheduled to perform at the 2020 edition of Stagecoach, which is scheduled to run from April 24 to April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The Texas trio will rock the festival on Saturday, April 25, while the Canadian singer will perform on the three-day extravaganza's final day.

The respective daily headliners for next year's Stagecoach festival are Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. Other popular country acts playing event include Brett Young, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alan Jackson, Dan Shay and Midland.

Three-day passes go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m. PT at StagecoachFestival.com.

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New Richard Marx album will be right here waiting for you on February 7

BMGRichard Marx's new album, Limitless, is a family affair.

Due out February 7, the collection includes a song Richard co-wrote with his son, Lucas, and another co-written by his wife, Daisy Fuentes.  

Also of note: The album includes a song Richard co-wrote with Sara Bareilles.

The song Richard wrote did with Lucas is his current single, "Another One Down;" the one he did with Daisy, "Let Go," is also available now.  Of the latter, he says, “It reflects the way I feel about my life these days.”

“I wasn’t really sure what making a new album meant for an artist like me,” Richard says about Limitless. "All I knew was that I still write songs all the time and I realized I had a collection of songs I really liked."

"In my past, my only criteria was to write and record songs that pleased me, and hopefully other people would like them, too," he explains. "So I returned to that ideology and dismissed any concerns of stylistic consistency and the next thing I knew, I had recorded a diverse album I really liked.”

Speaking about where he is right now in his life, Richard says, "I’ve never felt so intrinsically strong and optimistic about my future.”

Richard currently has concerts scheduled through the end of December, and then he'll pick back up again January 30 for more dates, which are now mapped out through a March 1 date in San Francisco.

Here are Richard's tour dates:

10/17 -- Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
10/18 -- St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY
10/19 -- Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
10/20 -- Chevalier Theater, Medford, MA
11/8 -- Elsinore Theatre, Salem, OR
11/9 -- Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA
11/10 -- Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Airways Heights, WA
12/12 -- NYCB Theatre At Westbury, Westbury, NY
12/13 -- Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ
12/14 -- Resorts World Catskills, Monticello, NY
12/15 -- F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-barre, PA
12/19 -- Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, FL
12/20 -- Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL
12/21 -- Reilly Arts Center, Ocala, FL
1/30 -- Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City, OK
1/31 -- The Stiefel Theater for the Performing Arts, Salina, KS
2/1 -- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Sioux City, IA
2/5 -- Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI
2/7 -- Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Onamia, MN
2/8 -- Blanche M Touhill PAC, St. Louis, MO
2/9 -- The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL
2/12 -- Brown County Music Center, Nashville, IN
2/13 -- The Clyde Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN
2/14 -- MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit, MI
2/15 -- Fallsview Casino Resort, Avalon Theatre – Niagara Falls, ON
2/18 -- Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA
2/20 -- Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
2/21 -- Paramount Theatre, Rutland, VT
2/22 -- Tupelo Music Hall, Derry, NH
2/23 -- Infinity Hall Hartford, Hartford, CT
2/28 -- The Cascade Theatre, Redding, CA
2/29 -- Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, Grand Expo Hall, Reno, NV
3/1 -- Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

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Founding Ozark Mountain Daredevils member Steve Cash dies at age 73

Steve Cash, center, in plaid; Andrew Putler/Redferns/Getty ImagesSteve Cash, a founding member of the veteran Southern rock group The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, died Sunday at his home in Springfield, Missouri, according to the Walnut Lawn Funeral Home website. He was 73.

Cash played harmonica and sang backing vocals in The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, and also wrote or co-wrote many of their songs. Among the tunes Steve co-wrote are the band's two biggest chart hits, "Jackie Blue" and "If You Wanna Get to Heaven," which reached #3 and #25, respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975 and 1974.

A message posted on the group's Facebook page reads, "Steve Cash spent 48 years pouring his heart and soul into this band. He was our poet laureate, an amazingly talented harp player, but more importantly, he was our friend and brother and that presence cannot be replaced."

The note adds, "We ask that you send good thoughts to his family in this difficult time. Steve Cash may be gone from this Earth, but his lyrics and music will live on forever."

In 2018, health issues forced Cash to retire from touring with the band. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils continue to perform live and record.

Cash is survived by a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.

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Where do we go now? Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine" video hits one billion views on YouTube

GeffenGuns N' Roses' video for "Sweet Child o' Mine" has officially hit one billion views on YouTube.

The iconic visual features footage of a young GN'R rocking out in a rehearsal space, complete with Axl Rose's signature slinky dance moves. It also includes shots of all of the band members' then-girlfriends.

According to a press release, "Sweet Child o' Mine" is the first video from the '80s to hit one billion views on YouTube. The clip was first uploaded to the site in December 2009.

Notably, Guns is also responsible for the only '90s video with one billion views: "November Rain."

"Sweet Child o' Mine" is a track for Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. It was released as a single in 1988 and became the first and only GN'R track to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Chrissie Hynde, members of the Eagles, Queen and Heart featured on new album by Foo Fighters drummer's side band

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Chrissie Hynde, The Eagles' Joe Walsh, Queen's Roger Taylor and Heart's Nancy Wilson are among the guest stars featured on an upcoming album from Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins' side band The Coattail Riders.

The record, titled Get the Money, will be released on November 8. It's Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders' third studio effort.

Other guest artists who've lent their talents to the album include Hawkins' Foo Fighters band mates Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, current Yes lead singer Jon Davison, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Level 42 singer/bassist Mark King and country/pop star LeAnn Rimes.

The first single from Get the Money is called "Crossed the Line," and features Grohl and Davison. You can download the track, which includes a reference to the Foo Fighters hit "Best of You," now via digital outlets. You also can check it out at Hawkins' official YouTube channel.

The Coattail Riders also feature longtime Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, as well as guitarist Bent Woods.

Here's the Get the Money track list:

"Crossed the Line" -- featuring Dave Grohl, Jon Davison
"Don't Look at Me That Way" -- featuring Duff McKagan, Nancy Wilson
"You're No Good at Life No More" -- featuring Dave Grohl
"I Really Blew It" -- featuring Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell
"Queen of the Clowns" -- featuring Mark King
"Get the Money" -- featuring Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, Duff McKagan
"C U in Hell" -- featuring LeAnn Rimes
"Middle Child" -- featuring Dave Grohl
"Kiss the Ring"
"Shapes of Things" -- featuring Roger Taylor, Pat Smear

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Rock Hall CEO explains why Whitney Houston belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.  And just like very year, as soon as the nominees are revealed, people start complaining about the choices.  A common complaint is why artists who are famous for recording in a genre other than rock are being considered for induction. 

This year, that complaint might be leveled against Whitney Houston, one of 16 artists up for the honor -- but the Rock Hall has an explanation.

Greg Harris, CEO and president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, tells ABC Audio, "Rock and roll is a very big tent. It includes blues, soul, gospel, country...and a place that has inducted Aretha Franklin, a place that's inducted Mahalia Jackson and the other great singers, is clearly a place that wants somebody like Whitney Houston -- the greatest voice of her generation."

The other nominees include Pat Benatar, The Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus and Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails and The Dave Matthews Band.  You can now vote for your favorite by Googling "Rock Hall Fan Vote," or an inductee's name and the word "vote."  The top five vote-getters will be added to a special "fan ballot."

"We also mail the ballot out to all the living inductees, and then in January we'll announce the new class of Hall of Fame inductees for 2020,"  Harris explains. "They will then be inducted in Cleveland Ohio on May 2nd."

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Chicago's Robert Lamm shares how he wrote "25 of 6 to 4" on new episode of AXS TV's 'The Big Interview'

Amanda Taraska/Courtesy of AXS TV-News & Guts Media Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm and trumpet player Lee Loughnane are the guests on the latest episode of the AXS TV series The Big Interview, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. On the show, the two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers chat with host Dan Rather about the band's long, storied career, while recalling how some of the group's most enduring tunes came to be.

In a preview clip from the program, Lamm shares his memory of how he wrote the Chicago classic "25 or 6 to 4."

Lamm says he came up with the idea for the music for the tune while Chicago was serving as the house band on certain nights at the famous Los Angeles club the Whisky a Go Go.

"I was living up the street from the Whisky. Coming home one night, I was just kind of unwinding, I sat down at the piano and started playing something like the riff, which had no name and had no lyrics yet," Robert recalls. "And I just kind of fooled around with it for…maybe half an hour, looked out over the city, looking at the lights on the tall buildings. So that was, like, [the] 'flashing lights against the sky' lyric."

Then, as he tried to figure out what the song was going to be about, he came across the inspiration for the enigmatic lyric to the its chorus.

"I couldn't quite make out what the time was, but the hands on the clock were somewhere around 25 or 26 to 4 a.m.," Lamm explains. "And I thought, 'Well, for now, I'm just going to describe the process of writing this song. I'll figure out what the lyrics are going to be later.' But I didn't need to."

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Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, Whitney Houston, T. Rex among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2020

Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees up for induction in 2020.

Sixteen artists are eligible for the honor, nine of which have been nominated for the first time: The Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, late pop superstar Whitney Houston, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, Dave Matthews BandSoundgarden, Motörhead and late rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

Rounding out the ballot are Todd Rundgren, Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk and MC5, all of whom have been nominated at least once before.

Of the first-time nominees, glam-rockers T. Rex have been eligible for induction since 1994, while both The Doobie Brothers' and Thin Lizzy's first year of eligibility was 1997.

Influential German electronic group Kraftwerk has received the most previous nominations, having been on the Rock Hall ballot for induction five times previously.

Artists need to have released their first "commercial recording" at least 25 years ago to be eligible.

If Benatar gets inducted, her husband and longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo will enter the Rock Hall with her.

Starting today and continuing through January 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET, you can vote for your favorite nominees at RockHall.com, via Google by searching "Rock Hall Fan Vote" or any nominee name, or at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. The five artists with the most votes will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be counted along with the voting committee's ballots. The 2020 inductees will be announced in January.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, 2020.

For more info, visit RockHall.com.

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2016 compilation featuring highlights from Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festivals getting vinyl reissue

RhinoIn 2016, a three-CD set featuring highlights from the four star-studded editions of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival held from 2004 through 2013 was released. Now, a six-LP vinyl version of the live compilation, Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals, is slated to hit stores December 6.

Held in various U.S. cities in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013, the Crossroads Guitar Festival featured Clapton joined by an impressive lineup of respected musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country. The events showcased a variety of special onstage collaborations, many of which appear on Crossroads Revisited.

Among the many stars appearing on the 41-track anthology are Carlos Santana, ZZ Top, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, J.J. Cale, John Mayer, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Jimmie Vaughan.

Highlights from the compilation include Clapton playing solo versions of his classic "Layla" and George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity," as well as Slowhand teaming up with Santana on a rendition of "Drums of Passion," with Cale on a version of "After Midnight" and with Winwood for covers of Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord."

Crossroads Revisited also features Walsh and Taylor performing James' song "Steam Roller" together, and Clapton collaborating with King, Vaughan and The Robert Cray Band to play "Everyday I Get the Blues."

In all, Crossroads Revisited features almost four hours' worth of performances.

Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festivals benefit the Crossroads Centre, which he co-founded in 1998 to help treat and educate people battling addiction issues.

Here is the full track list of Crossroads Revisited vinyl set:

LP 1

Side A
"Sweet Home Chicago" -- Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
"Rock Me Baby" -- Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, B.B. King & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
"Steamroller" -- James Taylor with Joe Walsh (2004)
"What the Cowgirls Do" -- Vince Gill with Jerry Douglas (2004)

Side B
"After Midnight" -- J.J. Cale with Eric Clapton (2004)
"Green Light Girl" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2004)
"Hell at Home" -- Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton (2007)
"City Love" -- John Mayer (2004)

LP 2

Side A
"Funk 49" -- Joe Walsh (2004)
"Drums of Passion" -- Carlos Santana with Eric Clapton (2004)
"Cause We've Ended as Lovers" -- Jeff Beck (2007)

Side B
"Have You Ever Loved a Woman" -- Eric Clapton (2004)
"Layla" -- Eric Clapton (2004)

LP 3

Side A
"Little by Little" – Susan Tedeschi with The Derek Trucks Band (2007)
"Poor Johnny" -- The Robert Cray Band (2007)
"Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" -- B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan & Hubert Sumlin (2007)
"Tulsa Time" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007)
"On the Road Again" -- Willie Nelson with Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007)

Side B
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Eric Clapton (2007)
"Belief" -- John Mayer (2007)
"Mas y Mas" -- Los Lobos (2007)

LP 4

Side A
"Big Block" -- Jeff Beck (2007)
"Presence of the Lord" -- Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton (2007)
"Cocaine" -- Eric Clapton (2004)

Side B
"Waiting for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago" -- ZZ Top (2010)
"Don't Owe You a Thang" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
"Bright Lights" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010)

LP 5

Side A
"Our Love Is Fading" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
"Lay Down Sally" -- Vince Gill with Sheryl Crow, Keb' Mo', Albert Lee, James Burton & Earl Klugh (2010)
"Space Captain" -- Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band with Warren Haynes, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas & Chris Stainton (2010)
"Hammerhead" – Jeff Beck (2010)

Side B
"Five Long Years" -- Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood (2010)
"Hear My Train a Comin'" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2010)
"Dear Mr. Fantasy" -- Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2010)

LP 6

Side A
"Born Under a Bad Sign" -- Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb' Mo', Blake Mills, Matt "Guitar" Murphy & Albert Lee (2013)
"Everyday I Have the Blues" -- The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan (2013)
"Please Come Home" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2013)

Side B
"Tumbling Dice" -- Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee (2013)
"I Shot the Sheriff -- Eric Clapton (2010)
"Crossroads" -- Eric Clapton (2013)

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Tangled Up in Blue Jean Baby: Elton John explains to Bob Dylan how he wrote "Tiny Dancer"

Randy Holmes/ABC; William ClaxtonWho knew Bob Dylan was an Elton John fan? In a new article in the U.K. paper The Guardian, Elton answers questions about his life and music submitted by a wide variety of celebrities, including Dylan.

Dylan's question was about Elton's classic 1971 song "Tiny Dancer." He asked, "Did you work your way up to the cathartic chorus gradually, spontaneously, or did you have it thought out from the start?"

"'Tiny Dancer' has a really long lyric, a very cinematic, California-in-the-early-'70s lyric, so it had two verses and a [bridge] before it even gets to the chorus, and it lent itself to a long buildup," Elton explains.

"The [bridge] sets it up well, then it slows down for a moment -- 'when I say softly, slowly…' That line suggested a big chorus."

Elton admits that he doesn't "remember much about writing" the music, although he does recall "trying to make it sound as Californian as possible."

He then compares writing a song like "Tiny Dancer" to, um, pleasuring yourself.

"You want the climax to be good, but you don't want it to be over too quickly," Elton explains. "You want to work your way up to it."

He adds, "Bernie [Taupin's] lyric took such a long time to get to the chorus, I thought, 'F***, the chorus had better be something special when it finally arrives.' And it's 'here I come,' literally."

Among the other celebs whose questions Elton answers: Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Eminem, Victoria Beckham, Sam Smith, tennis legend Billie Jean King, Donatella Versace, Tilda Swinton, Kristen Scott Thomas, Cara Delevingne and Billie Eilish.

John's official memoir, Me, is out tomorrow.

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