Steven Tyler & Joe Perry's Rearranged Version of "Dream On" Released as Single to Benefit Marathon Bombing Victims

Image Courtesy of E:60In April, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry teamed up with the Southern California Children's Chorus to perform an updated version of their band's classic song "Dream On" for a TV special paying tribute to the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings.  Now, a recording of the performance, which has been titled "Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)," has been released as a digital single via iTunes.

All money that Tyler and Perry earn from the track will be donated to charities aiding people affected by the bombings.

Meanwhile, during Aerosmith's concert on Wednesday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California, the band welcomed the Southern California Children's Chorus to the stage for a surprise performance of "Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)."

"The tragedy that took place during the Boston Marathon was unfathomable, but Boston is incredibly resilient and became even stronger," says Tyler in a statement.  "I am so honored to release this version of 'Dream On' and to be able to have had the Southern California Children’s Chorus perform with us last night was a beautiful moment, a true gift from up above."

Adds Perry, "Boston Strong was [a positive response to the bombings] and gave an example of our city's inner strength.  I would like to think that the strength of our performance on 'Dream On' last night with the Southern California Children's Chorus…was another rallying point for the goodness in all of us."

Tyler and Perry's original performance of "Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)" debuted on the special Dream On: Stories from Boston's Strongest, which was the premiere episode of the spring 2014 season of ESPN's E:60 news magazine series.  The show, which marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston attacks, also profiled five people who survived the bombings.


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Listen to Smokey Robinson and Elton John's Duet of "Tracks of My Tears" Online Now

Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsSmokey Robinson's upcoming duets album, Smokey & Friends, includes a collaboration with Elton John on a new version of the Motown legend's "Tracks of My Tears."  While the album won't be released until August 19, RollingStone.com has posted the audio of the song for your listening pleasure.

A month ago, a video was released in which Elton commented about "Tracks of My Tears," and Robinson's influence on his own career.  The British pop-rock star called the tune, which was a #16 hit for Smokey's old group The Miracles in 1965, "maybe the greatest pop song ever written."

Elton said of Robinson's ability as a wordsmith, "His lyrics always struck me as being so great and so direct and so simple and so heartfelt…He's been in my heart ever since I was…17."

Smokey & Friends features reinterpretations of a variety of famous songs Robinson wrote or co-wrote for The Miracles, The Temptations and his own solo career.  In addition to Elton, the list of guest artists on the record includes Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow John Legend, Cee Lo Green and Mary J. Blige.


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New Box Set Featuring Seven Classic Foreigner Albums to Be Released in October

Rhino/AtlanticDuring its commercial heyday, Foreigner released one memorable hit after the next, reaching the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 more than a dozen times between the late 1970 and late 1980s.  Now, a new box set gathering together the veteran rockers' first seven studio albums and featuring all of their best-known tunes is scheduled to be released this fall.

The CD collection, titled Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, will hit stores on October 14.  It includes the group's 1977 self-titled debut, as well as 1978's Double Vision, 1979's Head Games, 1981's 4, 1984's Agent Provocateur, 1987's Inside Information and 1991's Unusual Heat.  Foreigner's first five albums all received multi-platinum certifications from the Record Industry Association of America, with Double Vision selling the most overall -- more than seven million copies in the U.S.

The first four discs in the compilation will include the bonus songs featured on the deluxe editions of the albums that were issued in 2002.  Among these extra tracks are a demo of "Feels Like the First Time," a live rendition of "Hot Blooded" and a mostly acoustic version of "Waiting for a Girl Like You."  The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums box set boasts a suggested list price of $39.98 and also will be available as a digital download.

Foreigner was led by the talents of singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones, who wrote -- or co-wrote with Gramm -- all of band's biggest hits.  The group topped the Hot 100 in 1984 with "I Want to Know What Love Is," and also reached the top 5 six other times, with "I've Been Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Feels Like the First Time," "Urgent" and "I Don't Want to Live Without You."

Gramm left Foreigner in 1990 and was replaced by Johnny Edwards, who handled lead vocals on Unusual Heat.  Lou did return to the band for one more album, 1994's Mr. Moonlight, but left for good to focus on a solo career in 2003.  Foreigner, of course, has continued on with Jones leading the group and Kelly Hansen as the frontman.


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Sarah McLachlan on Reviving Lilith Fair: "There Are No Plans" but "You Never Know"

Credit: Kharen HillSarah McLachlan is at the tail end of a U.S. headlining tour in support of her latest album, Shine On, but she says it's another one of her tours -- one she did years ago -- that everyone is still interested in: Lilith Fair.

Lilith Fair, a traveling music festival that ran from 1997 to 1999, featured only female artists, or female-led bands.  It was considered a watershed cultural moment of the '90s, though an attempted revival in 2010 was a bust.  Still, Sarah says people still ask her about it, which she feels is because people have such fond memories of the original incarnation.

"Almost every interview, that is a discussion, yeah," she tells ABC News Radio, "I equate that to it being a really important time, and really effecting some great positive change. You know, there are no plans [to do another one].  It was a huge undertaking, and it was sort of a happening that happened organically, in a time and a place that really needed it."

While the idea of an all-female festival may have been a startling one back in the nineties, Sarah says, "Things have shifted and changed and perhaps there's different dynamics at play now.  It's a different time.  So, it's not as needed as it was back then."

That doesn't mean that the idea of Lilith Fair has been retired permanently, though.  Sarah's been around long enough to know she should never say never.

"Because people continually talk about it and ask about it, you never know," she tells ABC News Radio. "I think if I ever did it again, it'd be a destination.  It wouldn't be a tour.  That would make more sense."  

Sarah's U.S. tour, during which she fields questions from the audience, wraps up August 3 in Dallas. She'll kick off a major tour of her native Canada in October.


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Slash Launches New Web Video Series, "Ask Slash and Myles"

Image Courtesy of Robert JohnSlash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are on the road this summer with Aerosmith, and that experience is the subject of the first installment in a new video series, Ask Slash & Myles, that premiered Tuesday on the guitarist's website.

In the two-minute clip, Slash explains that although he wasn't planning to tour behind his upcoming album, World on Fire, until around the time of its release in September, when the opportunity arose to hit the road with Aerosmith, he jumped.

"They were a huge influence on me, and the direction I went into musically is very much in tandem with what they do, so the two of us playing together is a sort of unique rock 'n' roll package that you don't see to much of these days," says the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist.

"They were one of those band that helped draw up the blueprint for hard rock," adds Kennedy.  "The goal for me is to just try and keep up.  Steven Tyler is one of the greatest front men in rock and roll...so I'm real excited to sit on the side of the stage when we're done and just take notes."

New episodes of Ask Slash and Myles will be posted each Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET.


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Posthumous Studio Album by The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Due Out in Late September

Frank Hoensch/Getty ImagesIt's been more than two years since The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb passed away at age 62 after a battle with cancer, but now a new studio album featuring recordings the singer made several years ago is being prepared for a September 30 release.  The record, named 50 St. Catherine's Drive after Robin's birthplace on the U.K.'s Isle of Man, was put together by his widow, Dwina, and son Robin-John, aka R.J.

According to Rolling Stone, the album includes tracks Robin recorded between 2006 and 2008 for a never-released project that was to have featured mostly autobiographical tunes.  50 St. Catherine's Drive also will boast a number of demos Gibb recorded as recently as July 2011.  All 17 songs on the record were either written solely by Robin or co-written with R.J.

One track on the album is an updated version of The Bee Gees' "I Am the World," a tune that originally was released as the B-side of the band's 1966 single "Spicks and Specks."

"He was always fond of this song and decided to record a new version for this album," Dwina explains to Rolling Stone.  "In the studio, Robin and [producer] Peter-John Vettese wrote new middle-eight sections, so it is now an extended version of the original."

Robin's new rendition of "I Am the World" currently is streaming exclusively at RollingStone.com.

Here is the complete track list of 50 St. Catherine's Drive:

"Days of Wine & Roses"
"Instant Love"
"Alan Freeman Days"
"Wherever You Go"
"I Am the World (New Version)"
"Mother"
"Anniversary"
"Sorry"
"Cherish"
"Don't Cry Alone"
"Avalanche"
"One Way Love"
"Broken Wings"
"Sanctuary"
"Solid"
"All We Have Is Now"
"Sydney"


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The Who's Townshend and Daltrey Working on British TV Series Focusing on 1960s London Music Scene

Ross Halfin/Universal MusicThe Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey are collaborating with Simon West, director of such action/adventure flicks as Con Air and The Expendables 2, on a new U.K. television series that will focus on the London music scene during the mid-1960s.  British magazine Broadcast reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will oversee the music and also will have input on the script for the show, whose working title is Mods and Rockers.

Townshend, Daltrey and West will serve as co-producers on the program, as will longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley.  The setting of the series apparently will be the same as that of the film adaptation of the band's classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.

"We're not remaking Quadrophenia but it's that kind of world," West tells Broadcast.  "It will also cover the rockers side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging '60s London, taking in gangsters, music and fashion.  The two tribes will be at the heart of it."

The director is planning for the series to feature eight one-hour episodes and says the show is drawing the interest of multiple networks and production companies.


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Bon Jovi's Rumored Bid to Buy the Buffalo Bills Angers City's Residents

AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi has a lot of adoring fans all across the country, but not many of them live in Buffalo nowadays.  Fans of the Buffalo Bills football franchise are fuming over the possibility the singer may buy the team and move it north of the border.

The team has been up for sale ever since owner Ralph Wilson passed away at age of 95 back in March.

Bon Jovi, a founding owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, has reportedly been interested in owning an NFL team for a long time and is friendly with a number of NFL owners. New York magazine reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and John Mara, the owner of the rocker's beloved New York Giants, have all endorsed him for NFL ownership.

In June, Bon Jovi was reportedly seen having lunch with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan.

According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi is unable to meet the team's likely selling price of $1 billion, so he's teamed up with a group in Toronto that also owns the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre, where Bon Jovi has played 19 concerts since 2000.

Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, told the magazine how he feels about Bon Jovi possibly buying the team and moving it to Canada.  “Man, f**k Bon Jovi,” Reed exclaimed. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”

Several fans have formed a group called Bills Fan Thunder to spearhead a Bon Jovi boycott.  Many Buffalo bars, restaurants and radio stations have now declared themselves “Bon Jovi–free zones.”  Charles Pellien, one of the group's founders, tells New York magazine, “We had a band last weekend that was playing Bon Jovi at a bar, and people were booing and throwing our posters at them."  Pellien adds, “The bar’s jukebox had 28 Bon Jovi songs, but no one played them.”

Matt Sabuda and Brian Cinelli, are co-founders of a second fan group, the Buffalo Fan Alliance.  They're developing a plan to raise money that would be used as a loan to a buyer who would keep the Bills in Buffalo.


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The Eagles' Don Henley to Present Robert Redford with Environmental Honor at Boston Benefit Event

Jmaes Glader; Marc HomDon Henley will present actor/director Robert Redford with a special honor recognizing his support for environmental causes during an intimate benefit concert The Eagles are playing on September 16 in Boston.  Redford will receive the Walden Woods Project's 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award, which acknowledges a person or organization that demonstrates "represents vision, creativity, dedication and sacrifice in addressing global environmental challenges."

The show will take place at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre, and will raise money for the Walden Woods Project.  That's the organization Henley founded in 1990 to oversee the protection of the Walden Pond area in Concord, Massachusetts, made famous by 19th century author Henry David Thoreau.  The charity also supports various environmental initiatives that are in line with Thoreau's naturalist beliefs.

"Bob Redford was an environmentalist long before the well-being of our natural resources became an international concern," says Henley in a statement.  "Whether he is defending the integrity of the public lands we leave as our legacy to future generations; whether he is lobbying Congress for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fighting for the protection of the dwindling herds of America's iconic wild mustangs or advocating for measures to curb climate change, he puts the full measure of his time and talent, and the force of his convictions, behind all the compelling environmental causes he supports."

Tickets for the benefit event go on sale this Monday, August 4, at 10 a.m. ET at CitiCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.  Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Wang Theatre Box Office starting this Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET.


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Ex-Alice Cooper and Lou Reed Guitarist Dick Wagner Dead at 71

Image Courtesy of Neal PrestonDick Wagner, the virtuoso rock guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, passed away on Wednesday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 71.  The Detroit Free Press reports that Wagner died of respiratory failure at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, after spending two weeks in the facility's intensive care unit following heart surgery.

Wagner played on many of Cooper's albums during the 1970s and '80s, and co-wrote many of the shock rocker's songs, including such well-known tunes as "Only Woman Bleed," "I Never Cry" and "You and Me."  In addition, he lent his guitar talents to Reed's acclaimed albums Berlin and Rock 'n' Roll Animal, and also worked with such other stars as Aerosmith, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Rod Stewart.

Dick battled a number of health issues in recent years.  In 2007, he suffered a heart attack and a stroke.  Then, in 2011 he was diagnosed with NPH, or normal pressure hydrocephalus, a condition caused by a build-up of spinal fluid in the brain that left him partially paralyzed.  The condition was successfully treated with a shunt in his brain, and Wagner was able to return to music again during the last few years.

Wagner wrote a well-received autobiography in 2012 titled Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician, and last year he wrote and produced a star-studded benefit single titled "If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)" that raised money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  He also remained active as a producer, songwriter and recording artist in conjunction with a multi-faceted music company he co-founded called Desert Dreams Records.

Wagner's family and Desert Dreams Records posted a message paying homage to the rocker on his official website that reads, "Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life.  His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words."

The tribute continues, "He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn't keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest.  Dick said in 2013, 'Love is in the air. Breathe deep.'  Take Dick's advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair."

Wagner's manager and business partner Susan Michelson tells the Detroit Free Press that a memorial event for Dick will be organized in Michigan, where he grew up.


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Robert Plant "Disappointed and Baffled" by Jimmy Page's Critical Remarks

York Tillyer; Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin fans know by now that chances of the surviving band members playing together again have seemed pretty slim lately, so they likely won't be surprised by Robert Plant's latest comments about the matter.  In a new interview with U.K. magazine Uncut, the singer addressed remarks guitarist Jimmy Page made to The New York Times in May expressing frustration that Plant didn't want to take part in a new Zeppelin reunion.

"I feel for the guy," the famed frontman declared.  "He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them.  But I don't know what he's trying to do.  So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."

Plant also revealed that he actually reached out to Page "a couple of years ago" and offered to collaborate with him, but was rebuffed.

"I said [to Jimmy], 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know.  I'll give it a whirl," he recalled.  "It was hands across the water.  But he walked away.  Just walked away."

As for a new full-fledged Led Zeppelin project, however, Plant said, "[W]e couldn't do anything proper.  The weight of expectation is too great."

In the New York Times article, Page referred to a 2013 comment Plant made that appeared to suggest he was open to another Led Zeppelin reunion.  "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?  Well, he knows what the other guys think.  Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band," said Jimmy, adding, "He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it."

Plant initially responded to Page's comments during a media event prior to a performance with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, at Morocco's Mawazine Festival.  "I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again," said Robert.  "We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page but that's life."

Plant's new solo album with the Space Shifters, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, will be released on September 9.


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Santana's "Corazón" Album Certified "U.S. Latin Double-Platinum"; Band Adds Fall Dates to Tour

RCA/Sony Latin IberiaCorazón, Santana's first-ever Latin album, is a big success.  The record, which was released in May, has just been certified U.S. Latin double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 120,000 in this country.

The album features legendary guitarist Carlos Santana collaborating with a variety of special guests, including Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, R&B singer Miguel, rap star Pitbull, jazz great Wayne Shorter, award-winning Colombian rocker Juanes and more. Corazón, currently is #4 on Billboard's Latin Albums chart, and has spent six weeks at the top of the tally since its release.

Santana recently added a series of North American fall tour dates in support of Corazón, running from a September 25 concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through an October 12 performance in Verona, New York.  The band currently is in the middle of a summer trek that includes joint shows with Rod Stewart and headlining dates promoting the album.

Here are all of Santana's upcoming tour dates; Corazón Tour shows unless noted:

7/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden
*7/31 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
8/1 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
*8/2 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
*8/4 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
*8/5 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place
*8/8 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
*8/10 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
*8/12 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green
*8/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
8/15 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino - Silver Creek Event Center
*8/16 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
*8/19 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center
*8/20 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
9/25 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
9/27 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live Theatre
9/28 -- Midland, TX, Wagner-Noel PAC
9/30 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts
10/1 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
10/3 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
10/4 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort
10/5 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheatre
10/7 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre
10/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre
10/11 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center
10/12 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort & Casino Event Center

* = with Rod Stewart.


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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to Debut "Hypnotic Eye" Songs on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Thursday

Image Courtesy of Mary Ellen MatthewsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers will celebrate the release this week of their new album, Hypnotic Eye, when they pay a visit to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night.  The band's appearance will feature the debut live performance of some songs from the album, which hit stores on Tuesday.

In addition, Petty & the Heartbreakers will chat with Jimmy Kimmel during the program.  The group will launch a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye this Sunday in San Diego.  The trek is plotted out through an October 10 gig in Los Angeles.

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


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The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt Says He's Helping Darlene Love Record Star-Studded Solo Album

Gurtman and Murtha Artist Management; NBC Photo/Heidi GutmanThe E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt has revealed that he's overseeing a new album by famed 1960s pop/soul singer Darlene Love.  During a red-carpet event in New York City this Monday, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he first promised Love he'd make a record with her about thirty years ago, so he's excited about finally getting the project off the ground.

Little Steven reported that he and Elvis Costello are both writing songs for the album, and said he also has talked to his band mate Bruce Springsteen about contributing a tune.  In addition, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he's contacted some of the best-known pop composers of the '60s -- including Carole King, the team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and Mike Stoller of Lieber and Stoller fame -- about lending their talents to the record.

"Everybody I know that is a great songwriter, I'm talking to," said Steven.  "We're hoping to have an all-star album for Darlene, which she deserves."

He added that he's planning to work on the project in his own studio and hopes to have it completed "in time for Christmas" or by "the first of the [new] year."

Love probably is best known for being one of the key voices behind Phil Spector's Wall of Sound hits, including her solo holiday classic "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and The Crystals' "He's a Rebel" and "He's Sure the Boy I Love."  She also was one of the stars profiled in last year's Oscar-winning documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom.  Darlene was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.


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Roger Daltrey Sings with Joan Jett at Teen Cancer America Benefit Show in Philadelphia

Teresa Aguilar/AEG LiveThe Who's Roger Daltrey played a rocking concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Monday night that raised money for the Teen Cancer America charity he co-founded with band mate Pete Townshend.  The event included a very special onstage collaboration, as Joan Jett, who opened the show with her group The Blackhearts, joined Daltrey during his encore for a rendition of the Eddie Cochrane classic "Summertime Blues."

Roger's set was made up mostly of well-known Who songs, including "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Squeeze Box," "You Better You Bet," "Who Are You" and "Baba O'Riley," although he did close out the show with a rendition of his 1980 solo hit "Without Your Love."  In addition, Who touring guitarist Simon Townshend, Pete's brother, took over vocals on the band's Who's Next gem "Going Mobile."  Fan-filmed video of Daltrey's performance with Jett can be viewed now on YouTube.

The benefit specifically raised funds for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which in conjunction with Teen Cancer America is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer.  Teen Cancer America executive Howard Jaffe told ABC News Radio that the sold-out event helped the organization reach its goal of $250,000 for the facility.  In addition, Jaffe revealed that Jett, a native of the Philadelphia area, donated all of the proceeds brought in by sales of her merchandise at the concert to the cause.


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Heart Extends U.S. Tour Itinerary into November

Image Courtesy of Norman SeeffHeart currently is playing a run of late-summer U.S. concert in the Midwest and Northeast that winds down on August 13 in Kettering, Ohio, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have extended their 2014 itinerary well into the fall.  The Wilson sisters and their band will launch a West Coast tour that's mapped out from a September 13 concert in Saratoga, California, through a September 26 show in Pomona, California.

That outing also will make stops in a couple of other California cities, as well as in Oregon and Washington.  In addition, Heart has a few shows lined up in October and November in Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Florida.

As previously reported, Heart also will headline the inaugural Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock event, which sets sail from Miami on November 4 and visits Grand Bahama Island and Nassau in The Bahamas before returning to port on November 8.  The nautical musical extravaganza, which celebrates Grammy-winning and -nominated female artists, also will include performances by Emmylou Harris, The Indigo Girls, Joan Osbourne, Shawn Colvin, Estelle and Skylar Grey.

Here is Heart's complete list of upcoming tour dates, according to the band's official website:

7/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
7/30 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair
8/1 -- Anderson, IN, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
8/2 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino & Resort
8/3 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/5 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/6 -- Watertown, NY, Watertown Fairgrounds Arena
8/8 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/9 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion
8/11 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
9/16 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/18 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox (Market)
9/20 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield
9/22 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater
9/23 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel
9/25 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
9/26 -- Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair
10/18 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Go AZ Motorcycle Racetrack - Bob's Biker Blast
10/21 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
10/24 -- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
11/4-8 -- Miami, FL, Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock
11/11 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall


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Second Installment of Led Zeppelin Reissue Campaign Arriving in October

Atlantic/Swan SongThe Led Zeppelin reissue campaign will continue this fall, when the band releases remastered and expanded versions of their fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy.  The deluxe sets, which will hit stores on October 28, will include bonus discs featuring previously unreleased mixes and studio outtakes.

As with the first installment of the reissue series, which came out in June, the new releases will be available in a variety of formats.  These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition, which boasts the "companion" audio disc; vinyl versions of those two packages; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, which contains the album and the companion audio, both on CD and vinyl, plus an 80-page book of rare and unseen photos, a digital download of the music, and a high-quality print of the original album cover.  The reissues are available for pre-order now at LedZeppelin.com.

Led Zeppelin IV, which also sometimes is referred to as the "Runes" album or "Zoso," topped the Billboard 200 upon its 1971 release and went on to sell 23 million copies in the U.S., making it the third most-successful album ever in the country.  Among the many classic songs featured on the record are "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Going to California."  The companion disc included with the deluxe reissue of the album feature alternate mixes of all eight tracks.

Houses of the Holy also reached #1 on the Billboard album tally, and has sold more than 11 million copies since its 1973 release.  Among the well-known Zeppelin tunes on the track list are "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Dancing Days," "The Song Remains the Same," and the reggae-influenced "D'yer Mak'er."  Alternate and/or rough mixes of seven of the record's eight songs are featured on the reissued version's companion disc.

Here's a rundown of all the "companion audio" you'll get with the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy reissues:

Led Zeppelin IV: Companion Audio Disc
"Black Dog" -- Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs
"Rock and Roll" -- Alternate Mix
"The Battle of Evermore" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix from Headley Grange
"Stairway to Heaven" -- Sunset Sound Mix
"Misty Mountain Hop" -- Alternate Mix
"Four Sticks" -- Alternate Mix
"Going to California" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix
"When the Levee Breaks" -- Alternate UK Mix

Houses of the Holy: Companion Audio Disc
"The Song Remains the Same" -- Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
"The Rain Song" -- Mix Minus Piano
"Over the Hills and Far Away" -- Guitar Mix Backing Track
"The Crunge" -- Rough Mix - Keys Up
"Dancing Days" -- Rough Mix with Vocal
"No Quarter" -- Rough Mix with John Paul Jones Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
"The Ocean" -- Working Mix


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Kansas Welcomes New Keyboard Player, David Manion, to Band's Lineup

Current Kansas Lineup (Chipster PR)Kansas has announced another addition to its lineup in the wake of singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh's decision to leave the band.  Earlier this month, the veteran prog rockers revealed that Ronnie Platt, former frontman of the group Shooting Star, will be taking over Walsh's lead-vocal duties soon, and now Kansas has announced via its Facebook page that David Manion "will be handling the main keyboard parts for the band on stage."

Manion is a founding member of longtime Kansas bassist Billy Greer's side project Seventh Key.

He says in a statement, "To say how excited I am for the opportunity to be playing keyboards with Kansas would be the understatement of my life…It truly is a dream come true.  To be a part of a band with a 40-year history, with so many albums out, and one that has proven to have put so much of the 'prog' in progressive music since virtually the beginning of the genre, is the greatest feeling I have had in quite some time."

Kansas drummer Phil Ehart says about Manion joining the group, "It's going to be great having David up on stage.  He's a world class keyboard player and a longtime member of the Kansas family."

Adds Greer, "I've been working with David since the mid eighties…For me, he has always been the 'go to' guy when any keyboard work was needed…David has done a phenomenal job on all the Seventh Key stuff and will bring the same integrity to the music of Kansas!"

Both Manion and Platt will make their live debut with Kansas at a September 12 concert in Oklahoma City.  Walsh revealed his decision to resign from Kansas in late June.  His last performance with the band is scheduled for August 16 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Meanwhile, Greer has sent a statement to MelodicRock.com expressing his feelings about Walsh's departure from Kansas.  "It really saddens me to see Steve leave the band," he writes.  "I have about a 34 year history with Steve, so, it makes it extra hard to see him go.  I owe a lot my success in the music business to Steve and for that I am very grateful.  To me he is still one of the greatest voices in rock 'n roll!"

He adds, "I wish him all the best, love him like a brother and will be there for him if he ever needs me!"


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Purported Madonna Demos Leak Online

Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of purported Madonna demos from the early 1990s have surfaced online.

Idolator.com notes that the tunes, titled "Shame" and "You Are the One," were produced by Shep Pettibone, who worked on Madonna's 1992 album, Erotica.  Both tracks have been linked in the past to "The Rain Tapes," a collection of demo snippets from the Erotica era.

Madonna is currently focusing on a new album.  Earlier this month, she hinted on Instagram that one of the songs she's working on may be titled "Messiah."


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Eric Clapton Says He Hopes JJ Cale Tribute Album Will Introduce Fans "to the Way He Made Things Sound"

Bushbranch Record/Surfdog RecordsEric Clapton's star-packed JJ Cale tribute album, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, hits stores today.  Joining Clapton on the collection of compositions by the late Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter are Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and John Mayer, as well as many other respected musicians.

In a promotional video focusing on the making of the album, Clapton explains that he was more interested in capturing the sound of Cale's own records rather than he and his fellow collaborators putting their spin on the tunes.

"I thought it was the respectful thing to do, rather than just say…'Never mind all that.  I'm gonna do it the way I do everything,'" he notes.  "If you've never heard of JJ Cale, when you hear this record, you will be introduced to the way he made things sound.  And I thought that was as important as anything else."

The music and playing of Cale, who died of heart failure at age 74 in July 2013, were major influences on Clapton's post-1960s recordings.  JJ wrote two of Eric's best-known tunes -- "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" -- while Slowhand's 1977 hit "Lay Down Sally" was clearly inspired by Cale laidback country-blues style.

In the video, Eric reveals that the idea for the tribute album starting taking shape around the time of Cale's funeral.

"After the funeral, we gathered again to McCabe's [guitar shop in Los Angeles,] and I heard myself say that apart from family, the most profound effects of people passing on me were [blues legend] Freddie King and JJ," he declares.  "So those characters, for some reason, have been very, very deep in my musical psyche."

Soon, Clapton teamed up with his longtime co-producer Simon Climie and, along with engineer Alan Douglas, and, as he explains, they "began to create the framework for this album."

Of the various stars who lent their talents to the record, Eric singles out Mayer as someone whose contributions he was particularly impressed with.  The pop-blues virtuoso sings and plays guitar appears on three songs on The Breeze -- "Magnolia," "Lies" and "Don't Wait."

"He cut all those tracks in about an hour, first or second take, and I was gobsmacked," says Clapton.  "Y'know, [I have] a new respect for John, 'cause he's extremely gifted."

Mayer, meanwhile, is mutually complimentary of Clapton, praising him for the respect he shows the musicians who came before him.

"This kind of project continues to speak volumes about Eric and where he sees himself in the lineage of music," Mayer points out in the video.  "He's never denied being a recipient of inspiration.  He's never denied being a student of the blues, and that really inspired me to see myself as somewhere in…the ongoing lineage."

The Breeze is available as a standard CD, vinyl LP and digital download.  In addition, separate deluxe multiple CD and vinyl LP packages can be purchased at Surfdog.com.  The deluxe CD box set offers a bonus disc of original recordings by Cale, including three previously unreleased tracks; a specially designed USB drive featuring digital versions of The Breeze and the Cale tunes as well as a video interview with Clapton; six collectible lithographs; and a 20-page book.


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