ABC/Fred WatkinsDave Grohl loves playing with his other artists, especially his heroes, though his collaborations are usually in the same zip code, musically. So what happened this weekend might surprise a lot of people.

Stereogum reports that at Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival, Foo Fighters played the Marine Stage while ’80s phenomenon Rick Astley performed on the Mountain Stage. A more unlikely collaboration could not have been predicted, but leave it to Grohl to come up with something fun on the fly.

Having only met two minutes prior, they got together during the Foos’ headlining set to perform a rocked-up version of Astley’s worldwide hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Video has surfaced online and Grohl seems positively giddy, saying “This is f****** crazy! I just met him two minutes ago!” As Grohl and the band start up the song, Astley shed his clean cut image and shouted, “Come on you mother******!”

Rickroll, that!

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Courtesy of AXS TVSammy Hagar‘s Rock & Roll Road Trip will continue on for a third season that will premiere in early 2018. The new installment of AXS TV reality series will feature 12 episodes, and will include appearances by The Who‘s Roger Daltrey, Pat Benatar and her husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo, The Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir, singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and Dave Grohl, among others.

Production on the forthcoming season of Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar began earlier this month. The show features the ex-Van Halen frontman traveling to different cities to interview and jam with various well-known musicians.

“It’s been a cool surprise how much we’re all enjoying the interview part of this show because as artists, what happens on stage or in the music studio is the easy/fun stuff and the interviews often feel like the work,” Hagar says of his series.

He explains, “It’s like when the camera lights go on and the questions start, that typical wall or guard is down because it’s me on the other end, and not a seasoned journalist asking the questions. So the flow is organic and it’s easy — to the point where we’re both surprised how deep and real the conversations get.”

Among the many stars featured on season two of Rock & Roll Road Trip were John Mellencamp, Mick Fleetwood, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Cheap Trick‘s Rick Nielsen, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Styx, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.

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Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe five children of the late Johnny Cash took to Facebook to release a statement regarding a protester wearing a T-shirt bearing the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s name last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, a 32-year-old counterprotester named Heather Heyer died when a man drove his car into a crowd.

“We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association,” reads the statement, posted on the Facebook page of Johnny’s daughter Rosanne.

Cash’s children said their father was someone “whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and the United Nations.”

The statement continued, “His pacifism and inclusive patriotism were two of his most defining characteristics. He would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred. The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII.”

Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter included a quote that they said their father often told them growing up: “Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love.”

The family members noted that their father didn’t “judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed.”

They added, “To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you.”

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Credit: Ross HalfinAerosmith hasn’t released any new songs since its 2012 studio album Music from Another Dimension, but that looks like it will be changing soon. In a new interview, guitarist Brad Whitford tells Billboard Argentina that his band recently hit a London studio while they were touring Europe to start recording a new song.

“This song is a musical idea of Joe Perry‘s,” Whitford reveals. “We’re doing it very much like we did songs back when we started out. It’s a very rock ‘n’ roll [tune].”

Aerosmith currently is preparing to kick off a fall tour leg of South America and Mexico that will begin September 15 in Quito, Ecuador.

While rumor have circulated that the band may be considering retiring from the road in the not-too-distant future, Whitford tells Billboard Argentina that he thinks the group hopefully has at least “five more years.”

He adds with a laugh, “We’re going to keep playing until we can’t play anymore.”

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Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCMadonna launched her luxury skin care line, MDNA Skin, in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea in 2014, but now, her American fans will finally be able to buy it.

According to Women’s Wear Daily, the line will launch September 26 online at MDNASkin.com, Barneys.com and at Barneys New York stores in Manhattan and Beverly Hills. “I’m tired of hearing people complain here that they can’t get it in America,” Madonna told the magazine.

The nine different products range in price from $50 to $600, and include face washes, clay masks and a Rejuvenator Set. The Queen of Pop tells WWD, “It’s a line I can use every day…I developed it for me specifically, but it also feels universal. I mean, my children use it, my friends use it.”

Considering Madonna just turned 59 and looks fabulous, she herself may just be the best advertisement for MDNA Skin.

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Tarpan RecordsSantana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana is one busy musician. Not only did she make major contributions to her band’s recently released collaborative album with The Isley Brothers, Power of Peace, but she will be putting out her own solo single next week.

The song, “Fun, Party, Splash,” which features guitar by her husband, Carlos Santana, will be available for purchase as a digital download on Friday, August 25.

Cindy recorded the track with award-winning producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden, whose resume includes recordings by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Whitney Houston. You can pre-order “Fun Party Splash” now at iTunes.

Cindy joined Santana in 2010 and prior to that, she had a long stint drumming with Lenny Kravitz. Besides playing drums on Power of Peace, she contributed lead vocals to the song “I Remember,” which she also wrote.

Over the years, Blackman Santana also has worked with a wide variety of other well-known musicians, including late Cream bassist Jack Bruce and Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid in the 2012 jazz-fusion project Spectrum Road.

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RhinoWhitesnake‘s hugely successful 1987 self-titled album, which featured the chart-topping smash “Here I Go Again” and the #2 hit “Is This Love,” helped make the British metal band rock superstars. Now, in honor of the album’s 30th anniversary, a super-deluxe reissue will be released on October 6.

The four-CD/DVD package will feature a remastered version of the album, previously unreleased studio and live recordings, music videos, concert footage, a documentary and more.

The bonus audio content includes live performances from the band’s 1987 and ’88 tour, demo and rehearsal versions of songs from the album, and new remixes of select tracks.

The DVD contains restored versions of the official videos made for the four singles from the Whitesnake album, including the famous clips starring actress/model Tawny Kitaen — singer David Coverdale‘s then-girlfriend — as well as a 30-minute making-of documentary featuring a new interview with Coverdale; and footage from the band’s 1987 tour.

The super-deluxe Whitesnake reissue comes packaged with a 60-page hardcover book boasting rare photos, a lengthy essay incorporating new conversations with Coverdale and a booklet of handwritten lyrics penned by the singer.

Other versions of the 30th anniversary Whitesnake reissue also will be released, including two-CD and two-LP sets featuring select bonus tracks, a standard single CD and digital editions.

The Whitesnake reissue is the first release under a new deal the band has signed with Warner Music Group’s Rhino Entertainment division, which brings a good portion of the group’s catalog together on the same label.

Here’s the full track list of the super-deluxe version of the Whitesnake reissue:

Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster
“Still of the Night”
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Bad Boys”
“Is This Love”
“Here I Go Again ’87”
“Straight for the Heart”
“Looking for Love”
“Children of the Night”
“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again”
“Crying in the Rain”
“Don’t Turn Away”

Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]
“Bad Boys/Children of the Night”*
“Slide It In”*
“Slow an’ Easy”*
“Here I Go Again”*
“Guilty of Love”*
“Is This Love”*
“Love Ain’t No Stranger”*
Guitar Solo — Adrian and Vivian*
“Crying in the Rain”*
“Still of the Night”*
“Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City”*
“Give Me All Your Love”*

Disc Three: 87 Evolutions [Demos and Rehearsals]
“Still of the Night”*
“Give Me All Your Love”*
“Bad Boys”*
“Is This Love”*
“Straight for the Heart”*
“Looking for Love”*
“Children of the Night”*
“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again”*
“Crying in the Rain”*
“Don’t Turn Away”*
“Crying in the Rain” (Lil’ Mountain Alternate Take Ruff Mix)*

Disc Four: 87 Versions [2017 Remixes]
“Still of the Night” (Remix)*
“Is This Love” (Remix)*
“Give Me All Your Love” (Remix)*
“Here I Go Again ’87” (Remix)*
“Standing in the Shadows” — 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
“Looking for Love” — 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again” — 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
“Need Your Love So Bad” — 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
“Here I Go Again” (Radio Mix)
“Give Me All Your Love” (Single Version)

DVD
“Still of the Night” Music Video — Restored and Remixed in 5.1
“Here I Go Again ’87” Music Video — Restored and Remixed in 5.1
“Is This Love” Music Video — Restored and Remixed in 5.1
“Give Me All Your Love” Music Video — Restored and Remixed in 5.1
Documentary about the making of 1987 Album*
“Here I Go Again” — Purplesnake Video Jam*
“Crying in the Rain” — 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*
Band Intros — 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*
“Still of the Night” — 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*

* = previously unreleased.

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Credit: Claude GassianRolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood paid a visit to a BBC Radio show on Wednesday and while there, he gave a little update about the status of his band’s next album, while also revealing that the group soon will start rehearsing for its upcoming tour.

“We have some [songs] in the bag,” the 70-year-old rocker said. “And I think now that we’re getting together again, we’ll see what direction things are gonna take.”

Wood also reported that The Stones will begin preparing for their fall European trek, the No Filter Tour, next week.

“We always love that,” he says of rehearsals. “It’s like a family reunion. It’s really is good. It’s like a meal that goes on for like a month, and we go out on the road and spread that food everywhere.” The tour kicks off September 9 in Hamburg, Germany, and is scheduled through an October 25 show in Paris.

Wood also chatted a bit about an upcoming book focusing on his artwork that’s appropriately titled Ronnie Wood: Artist, which will be published in the U.S. on October 17.

Ronnie began painting when he was 12, and has become a prolific artist known for his portraits of his band mates and other famous musicians.

He told the BBC interviewer about his continued passion for painting, “It’s always a challenge, a bit like the music. You’re always improving and you’re always experimenting. Every blank canvas is like a challenge.”

The book includes an afterword penned by his Rolling Stones band mate Keith Richards. For more details about Ronnie Wood: Artist, visit ThamesandHudsonUSA.com.

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Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsWhen Robert Plant earlier this week posted an unidentified instrumental music lip on his official website and Facebook page, the buzz began that it might be a tease for the new album he’s been working on with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, over the last couple of years. We didn’t have long to wait for confirmation.

The album’s titled Carry Fire, and it’ll be out October 13, though you can order it now via RobertPlant.com, Nonesuch Records and all the usual digital outlets. If you order from Nonesuch or Plant’s website, you’ll score an instant download of Carry Fire’s first track, “The May Queen,” as well as an exclusive, limited edition print featuring an image from the album art. “The May Queen” is also available for download now, with a lyric video for the song posted on YouTube.

Even better news: Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will tour behind Carry Fire. No further details yet, other than the tour will kick off in November.

Carry Fire features 11 tracks in all, and includes guest vocalist Chrissie Hynde on the song “Bluebirds Over the Mountain.”

Plant first announced he was recording a new album with The Sensational Space Shifters in January 2016. His previous studio effort with the group, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, was released in 2014.

Here’s the Carry Fire track listing:

“The May Queen“
“New World… “
“Season’s Song“
“Dance with You Tonight“
“Carving Up the World Again… a wall and not a fence“
“A Way with Words“
“Carry Fire“
“Bones of Saints“
“Keep It Hid“
“Bluebirds Over the Mountain“
“Heaven Sent“

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentThis past April, The Who gave a special full performance of its classic 1969 rock opera Tommy at London’s famous Royal Albert Hall to raise money for the U.K.’s Teenage Cancer Trust charity. Now, new audio and video packages documenting the concert are scheduled to be released on October 13.

Tommy — Live at the Royal Albert Hall will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, and as a two-CD set, three-LP package, digital album and digital video. The concert marked the first time ever that The Who played the concept album in its entirety.

The performance was highlighted by a multimedia presentation that included specially created animated segments to accompany various tunes. Following the performance of Tommy, the band ended the show with a set of other Who classics, including “Who Are You,” “Love, Reign O’er Me,” “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

The DVD and Blu-ray contain a number of bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a look at the animations for “The Acid Queen” and “Pinball Wizard,” synched with the live audio of those songs.

Check out a trailer for Tommy — Live at the Royal Albert Hall at the Who’s official VEVO YouTube channel.

The Who just wrapped up a North American summer tour on with a show Wednesday in Stateline, Nevada. The band also has a series of five South American concerts beginning with a September 21 date in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Here’s the full track list of Tommy — Live at the Royal Albert Hall:

“Introduction”
“Overture”
“It’s a Boy”
“1921”
“Amazing Journey”
“Sparks”
“Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)”
“Christmas”
“Cousin Kevin”
“The Acid Queen”
“Do You Think It’s Alright?”
“Fiddle About”
“Pinball Wizard”
“There’s a Doctor”
“Go to the Mirror!”
“Tommy Can You Hear Me?”
“Smash the Mirror”
“Underture”
“I’m Free”
“Miracle Cure”
“Sensation”
“Sally Simpson”
“Welcome”
“Tommy’s Holiday Camp”
“We’re Not Gonna Take It”

Encore:
“I Can’t Explain”
“Join Together”
“I Can See for Miles”
“Who Are You”
“Love, Reign O’er Me”
“Baba O’Riley”
“Won’t Get Fooled Again

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UMeA new track from Ringo Starr‘s forthcoming solo album Give More Love — a twangy, country-flavored tune titled “So Wrong for So Long” — has been given an exclusive premiere at Billboard.com.

Starr revealed in a promo video for Give More Love that the song, co-written with Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, was the first tune penned for the project, which he originally had intended to be a full-fledged country album recorded in Nashville.

But Starr says that after receiving an unexpectedly good offer for a new All Starr Band tour, he decided to scrap the Nashville plan.

“It was an offer I couldn’t resist,” he admitted. “That’s how I ended up making another album at home [in Los Angeles] and writing all kinds of songs with all kinds of friends — everybody giving more love, and just letting the music flow.”

Among the notable musicians who contributed to “So Wrong for So Long” were Stewart and acclaimed session players like bassist Nathan East, pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz and keyboardist Jim Cox.

Ringo tells Billboard that the song was inspired by a phrase someone said to him in 2008.

“I just thought, ‘That’s a great line,'” he recalls, “and finally turned it into a record, into a track.”

Bruce Sugar, Ringo’s recording engineer, meanwhile, tells Billboard he thinks the song could possibly get some country radio play, though he notes, “It’s a little more traditional than what they’re doing now on the radio.”

Give More Love will be released on September 15. As previously reported, it also features appearances by Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, Toto‘s Steve Lukather, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Mr. Mister‘s Richard Page, Richard Marx and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench.

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Myrna SuarezUnlike many other musicians, Billy Joel hasn’t expanded his brand into a chain of restaurants, but he may want to check out a new one opening not far from his Long Island, New York, home — because he inspired it.

The restaurant, in the Long Island town of Roslyn, is currently known as Chalet, but come early October, Newsday reports, it’ll change its name to “Vienna,” inspired by the Piano Man’s classic song of the same name, from his album The Stranger.

New restaurant owner Matt Prince tells the paper that he plans for the eatery to be “a fun spot, where people will hear music they love.” The restaurant’s lounge will feature DJs spinning hits from the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s.

No doubt Joel’s hits will be on the playlist at Vienna, but it won’t be an “Italian restaurant” like the one he sings about in one of his famous songs. However, the menu will feature small plates and wines, so there’ll be no problem getting “a bottle of red” and “a bottle of white.”

It’s not inconceivable that Billy might drop by Vienna: It’s only about 20 minutes from his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. It’s also less than a mile from one of his favorite restaurants, which happens to be in the same town.

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Universal Music EnterprisesClassic tunes by Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Ringo Starr are included on a very special soundtrack collection featuring songs heard on the Emmy-nominated NBC drama series, This Is Us.

The 20-track collection, titled This Is Us (Music from the Series), will be released September 15 and will be available on CD and as a digital download.

Among the songs on the album are Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al,” Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and Starr’s “Photograph,” as well as Cat Stevens‘ “The Wind,” Blind Faith‘s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” and Badfinger‘s original version of Harry Nilsson‘s chart-topping smash, “Without You.”

The record also includes tunes by founding Byrds member Gene Clark and influential English folk singer Nick Drake, plus a cover of the Little Feat gem “Willin'” sung by This Is Us cast member Mandy Moore.

The show follows the fictional Pearson family through the years, alternating between the story of young parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson in the 1980s and ’90s, and their three adults kids — Kevin, Kate and Randall — in the present day.

The first season of This Is Us will be released on DVD on September 12, while the second season will premiere on September 26.

Here’s the full track list of the This Is Us (Music from the Series) album:

“Death with Dignity” — Sufjan Stevens
“You Can Call Me Al” — Paul Simon
“Willin'” — Mandy Moore
“Can’t Find My Way Home” — Blind Faith
“Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” — Stevie Wonder
“The Calvary Cross” — Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson
“Watch Me” — Labi Siffre
“The Wind” — Cat Stevens
“Come Talk to Me” — Goldspot
“Blues Run the Game” — Jackson C. Frank
“If Only” — Maria Taylor (featuring Conor Oberst)
“Northern Sky” — Nick Drake
“If I Ever Was a Child” — Wilco
“Because of You” — Gene Clark
“Evergreen Cassette (Tape Mix)” — Goldspot
“Without You” — Badfinger
“The World’s Smiling Now” — Jim James
“Photograph” — Ringo Starr
“We Can Always Come Back to This” — Brian Tyree Henry
“This Is Us Score Suite” — Siddhartha Khosla

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Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesAretha Franklin announced earlier this year that she will be retiring from touring at the end of 2017, and now the Queen of Soul has revealed a new “retirement plan”: she wants to open a nightclub in her hometown of Detroit where she’d occasionally perform.

Franklin tells the Detroit Free Press that the venue would be an intimate club called — what else? — Aretha’s, which would be located downtown. “From time to time I would sing,” she explains, “and of course, I would have special artists come in to perform for the city that people in Detroit like — Detroit favorites.”

Aretha says she’s been talking with local real estate agents about the club, and also is looking for investors. Meanwhile, she tells the Detroit Free Press that she also is preparing to move from her current home in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills back to the Motor City.

“I’m cleaning house,” she says. “I’m going to be moving back into Detroit, and I’m just getting things ready for that. My granddaughter just went to college, so I’m spending time with my grandchildren.”

In addition, Franklin reveals that she’s “readying the new CD” she’s been working on with her music mentor Clive Davis, which will reportedly feature some tracks produced by Stevie Wonder.

Aretha currently has two concerts on her 2017 tour schedule: an August 26 show in Philadelphia and a September 3 gig in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois. She also is slated to play the 2018 Toronto Jazz Festival on June 28.

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Credit: Rob ShanahanAfter wrapping up a European solo tour on Monday in Vigo, Spain, former Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson is now set to launch a series of fall North American concerts. The trek will get underway on October 6 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is plotted out through an October 29 show in Snoqualmie, Washington.

While most of the dates will feature Hodgson playing with his backing band, he also will be accompanied by an orchestra at an October 13-14 engagement in Rama, Canada, and a four-night October 18-21 stand in Milwaukee. A choir also will take part in the Rama shows.

Following the North American shows, Hodgson will head to Germany for a run of concerts in December.

Here are all of Roger and his band’s upcoming shows in the U.S. and Canada:

10/6 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Casino Resort
10/7 — Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
10/8 — Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino
10/13 — Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Resort*
10/14 — Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Resort*
10/16 — Moncton, NB, Canada, Casino New Brunswick
10/18 — Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/19 — Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/20 — Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/21 — Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/23 — St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
10/24 — St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
10/25 — St. Louis, MO, River City Casino & Hotel
10/27 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino
10/28 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino
10/29 — Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino

* = with orchestra and choir
** = with orchestra.

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