Mike Windle/Getty Images for Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic GroupStevie Wonder has married his girlfriend of five years, Tomeeka Bracy, at a star-studded and lavish ceremony at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, U.K. tabloid The Sun reports. According to the newspaper, John Legend, Usher and Pharrell Williams were among the stars who serenaded the Motown great and his new bride at the reception.

The Sun also reports that Wonder sang to Tomeeka at the party. One person described as an “onlooker” at the event told the paper, “Stevie’s musical pals each got up on stage to take turns serenading the couple, much to the delight of the other guests.”

It’s worth noting that Wonder performed at Legend’s 2013 wedding to model Chrissy Tiegen, so this gave John the chance to return the favor.

The best man and bridesmaids at the wedding were said to be chosen from among Wonder’s nine children. Bracy is the mother of two of Stevie’s kids, including his youngest — a two-year-old daughter named Nia. The rest of Wonder’s children come from four previous relationships.

Wonder has walked down the aisle twice before. He was married to his first wife, late Motown singer/songwriter Syreeta Wright from 1970 to 1972. Stevie wed his second wife, fashion designer Kai Millard in 2001 and filed for divorce from her in 2012.

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RhinoIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of the start of Aretha Franklin‘s historic association with Atlantic Records, a new album featuring some of the Queen of Soul’s classic songs enhanced with new orchestral accompaniment will be released November 10.

A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will feature reworked renditions of classic tunes like “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Respect.”

A Brand New Me was produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, the same duo behind two recent Elvis Presley albums that similarly features songs by the late King of Rock ‘n’ Roll augmented by new symphonic arrangements. As with the Presley records, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra contributions to A Brand New Me were recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Grammy-winning jazz/R&B singer Patti Austin also added backing vocals to the tracks.

“There is a reason that Aretha Franklin is called the ‘Queen of Soul.’ There is nothing more exciting than that incredible voice taking you on an emotional roller coaster ride through her amazing repertoire of songs,” says Patrick. “To have the opportunity to work with that voice on this project has been the greatest honor and to hear a symphony orchestra wrapped around those performances is breathtaking.”

The album will be available as a 14-track CD and digital collection, as well as a 12-track vinyl LP.

Here’s the full A Brand New Me track list:

“Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”
“I Say a Little Prayer”
“Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”*
“A Brand New Me”
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”
“Border Song (Holy Moses)”
“Let It Be”
“People Get Ready”
“Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby)”*
“You’re All I Need to Get By”
“Son of a Preacher Man”

* = doesn’t appear on vinyl version.

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Legacy RecordingsA new hits compilation from the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series featuring songs tailor-made for the soundtrack to your next pre-event parking-lot party will be released on August 4. NOW Tailgate Anthems is an 18-track collection that includes such memorable classic-rock tunes as Queen‘s “Will We Rock You,” Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Bon Jovi‘s “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

Among the other anthems by veteran rockers appearing on the album are a live version of KISS‘ “Rock & Roll All Nite,” as well as Survivor‘s “Eye of the Tiger” and Europe‘s “The Final Countdown.” In addition, the compilation features party hits by younger artists from various genres, including tunes by Pink, Flo Rida, Wiz Khalifa, Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, Usher, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.

Here’s the full track list of the NOW Tailgate Anthems compilation:

“We Will Rock You” — Queen
“Livin’ on a Prayer” — Bon Jovi
“Don’t Stop Believin'” — Journey
“Rock & Roll All Nite” (Alive! Version) — Kiss
“Eye of the Tiger” — Survivor
“The Final Countdown” — Europe
“Jump Around” — House of Pain
“Turn Down for What” — DJ Snake & Lil Jon
“My House” — Flo Rida
“Black and Yellow” — Wiz Khalifa
“I Gotta Feeling” — Black Eyed Peas
“Don’t Stop the Party” — Pitbull Featuring TJR
“Let’s Go” — Calvin Harris Featuring Ne Yo
“Yeah” — Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
“Get the Party Started” — Pink
“House Party” — Sam Hunt
“Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” — Luke Bryan
“My Kinda Party” — Jason Aldean

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Credit: Danny ClinchEach year, the Recording Academy salutes an individual music artist at the prestigious MusiCares Person of the Year gala. However, the organization has announced that, for the first time ever, the 2018 honoree won’t be a person, but a band. Fleetwood Mac will be celebrated at a star-studded tribute event held during Grammy Week on January 26 at New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall.

The rock legends, whose classic current lineup features Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and John McVie, will be recognized for their career achievements and charitable efforts, including their longtime support of MusiCares.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award,” says Fleetwood on behalf of his band. “Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters, and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares’ guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need.”

Recording Academy and MusiCares Foundation CEO/president Neil Portnow notes, “Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts — the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit’s history that we will honor a band. This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world.”

The gala benefits the MusiCares Foundation, which provides medical, financial and personal assistance to in-need music community members.

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Webster PR/Blackbird PresentsKenny Rogers knows when, and how, to fold ’em. The pop-country legend will mark the end of his performing career with a special star-studded concert on October 25 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. “All in for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” will include a final performance with his famous duet partner Dolly Parton, along with appearances from a variety of other well-known artists.

The show’s lineup also features country artists Little Big Town, Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson; Broadway and Frozen star Idina Menzel; pop-rocker Elle King; and alternative-rock band The Flaming Lips, while more acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

“As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with,” says Rogers. “It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me.”

Adds Parton, “Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on October 25th is going to be emotional for both of us, but it’s also going to be very special. Even though Kenny may be retiring, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.”

Tickets for Kenny’s farewell concert will go on sale this Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. CT, and will be available at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster locations, via phone by calling 800-745-3000, and at the Bridgestone Arena box office. Part of the proceeds will go toward the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center.

Visit AllInfortheGambler.com for more info about the event.

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Paul Morigi/WireImageA judge in New York City has halted the auction of personal items once belonging to Madonna including a love letter from her then-boyfriend Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair.

The New York Post reports that Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz has ordered a collectibles dealer to remove those items and 18 others from an auction scheduled to take place Wednesday.

The paper reports that Madonna filed suit to stop the auction on Tuesday, with court papers taking particular exception to the sale of her hair. “I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair. It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public,” the paper quotes a court filing from Madonna as saying.

In the suit, Madonna also says she “shocked” to learn of the planned sale of the letter from Tupac which she said the thought was still in her possession.

According to the paper, the suit says the material may have made it to auction via a “former friend,” art consultant Darlene Lutz who the suit says would have had access to the stuff as a frequent overnight guest at Madonna’s even when the singer was not home.

However, a spokesman for the auction house, Gotta Have It! Collectibles, says the material is Lutz’s property that she has a right to sell, and the company plans to fight the temporary halt. “Madonna’s allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course,” the spokesman tells the Post. “We are confident that the Madonna memorabilia will be back.”

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RhinoLongtime Yes guitarist Steve Howe will release a sequel to his 2015 two-disc solo compilation Anthology — a three-CD, 56-track set called Anthology 2: Groups and Collaborations that will hit stores this Friday, July 21.

As its title suggests, the new collection focuses on Howe’s work with various bands he’s played in during his 50-plus year career, as well as material he’s recorded with a variety of other musicians.

Anthology 2‘s first disc begins with a series of songs from Howe’s pre-Yes bands The Syndicats, The In Crowd, Tomorrow, Canto and Bodast. It also features a selection of tunes by Yes, the prog-rock supergroup Asia and GTR, the short-lived band Howe formed with ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. In addition to well-known songs such as Yes’ “Roundabout” and Asia’s “Heart of the Moment,” the disc includes the Yes rarity “Montreux’s Tune” and the previously unreleased Asia track “Masquerade.”

The compilation’s second disc features more material from Yes and Asia, as well as a tune by the Yes spinoff group Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and several recordings by the guitar great’s Steve Howe Trio project.

The final disc gives a sampling of Howe’s collaborations with such musicians as ex-Marillion frontman Fish, Ultravox multi-instrumentalist Billy Currie, Renaissance singer Annie Haslam and one-time Yes keyboard player Oliver Wakeman, Rick‘s son. The disc also features unreleased collaborative recordings with GTR singer Max Bacon, Tomorrow frontman Keith West and veteran prog guitarist Ray Fenwick, who succeeded Howe in the Syndicats.

Anthology 2 also will be available as a digital download. Here’s the track list of the three-CD version of the collection:

Disc One
“Maybellene” — The Syndicats
“On the Horizon” — The Syndicats
“Finger Poppin'” — The In Crowd
“Blow Up” — The In Crowd
“You’re On Your Own” — The In Crowd
“My White Bicycle” — Tomorrow
“Claramount Lake” — Tomorrow
“Revolution” — Tomorrow
“Why” — Tomorrow
“The Spanish Song” — Canto
“Beyond Winter” — Bodast
“Nothing to Cry For” — Bodast
“Roundabout” — Yes
“Montreux’s Theme” — Yes
“Tempus Fugit” — Yes
“Heat of the Moment” — Asia
“One Step Closer” — Asia
“Lying to Yourself” — Asia
“Masquerade” — Asia*
“When the Heart Rules the Mind” — GTR
“Toe the Line” — GTR

Disc Two
“Brother of Mine” — Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
“Dangerous” (Backing Track) — Yes
“Without Hope You Cannot Start the Day” (Backing Track) — Yes
“Bring Me to the Power” — Yes
“From the Balcony” — Yes
“Nine Voices (Longwalker)” — Yes
“We Agree” — Yes
“Kenny’s Sound” — Steve Howe Trio
“Sweet Thunder” — Steve Howe Trio
“Wish I’d Known All Along” — Asia
“Over and Over” — Asia
“Through My Veins” — Asia
“Light the Way” — Asia
“Hour of Need” (Long Version) — Yes
“Reno (Silver and Gold)” — Asia
“Believe Again” — Yes

Disc Three
“Traveller” — Billy Currie
“Time and a Word” — Fish
“Sweet Eternity” — Paul Sutin and Steve Howe
“Voyager” — Paul Sutin and Steve Howe
“Lily’s in the Field” — Paul Sutin and Steve Howe
“Turn of the Century” — Steve Howe and Annie Haslam
“Forgotten King” — Oliver Wakeman and Steve Howe
“Most of a Man” — Dean Dyson and Steve Howe*
“Cross That Bridge” — Keith West and Steve Howe*
“Heaven” — Keith West and Steve Howe*
“Strange Girl” — Keith West and Steve Howe*
“Luxury of Love” — Keith West and Steve Howe*
“Curved Ball” — Keith West and Steve Howe*
“Running in the Human Race” — Max Bacon and Steve Howe*
“Hot Touch” — Max Bacon and Steve Howe*
“Runaway” — Max Bacon and Steve Howe*
“Forever” — Max Bacon and Steve Howe*
“Tell the Story” — Max Bacon and Steve Howe*
“Slim Pickins'” — Ray Fenwick and Steve Howe*

* = previously unreleased.

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Courtesy of Mike Love/BMG Rights ManagementOn July 4, founding Beach Boys singer Mike Love released a new version of his band’s 1968 hit “Do It Again” featuring guest vocals by Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGath and drums by actor and “honorary Beach Boy” John Stamos. Now, an official video for the tune has premiered at Billboard.com and also can be viewed at Love’s official YouTube channel.

The clip, which was directed by Stamos, features Love and McGrath lip-synching their vocal parts in front of a white screen, along with archival footage of Mike performing the song at various concerts with The Beach Boys. Stamos also appears in the video, joining Love and McGrath to add some backing vocals.

Love debuted the updated version of “Do It Again” with The Beach Boys, McGrath and Stamos at the 2017 edition of the annual PBS Independence Day concert special A Capitol Fourth in Washington, D.C. The video was filmed in one afternoon in the group’s hotel during the band’s D.C. visit.

Reflecting on the new rendition of “Do It Again,” Mike tells Billboard, “The whole song’s about getting together with old friends and sharing good times and talking about the old times. [The] fact that here we are decades later, recreating it with old friends, having a great time — it doesn’t get much more organic and perfect and fantastic than that.”

While The Beach Boys have no current plans to record new music, Love says he’d like the band to do updated versions of more of its classic tunes.

Meanwhile, The Beach Boys recently released the 1967 — Sunshine Tomorrow compilation, which features recordings from the sessions that yielded the Smiley Smile and Wild Honey albums.

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Credit: Kevin MazurNow that we’ve reached the mid-point of the year, Pollstar has counted up the money and listed the artists who pulled in the most on the road worldwide so far in 2017. Among the veteran artists with the highest-grossing tours for the first half of the year is U2, who at #2 took in just over $118 million with their tour marking the 30th anniversary of their biggest album, The Joshua Tree.

Other veteran acts that landed in the tally’s top 20 include Bon Jovi at #17 with $39.1 million and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at #18 with $38.1 million. They are followed by Sting at #21 with $34.3 million, the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company at #23 with $31 million, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at #24 with $30.6 million, Neil Diamond at #25 with $29.7 million, Elton John at #26 with $29.6 million and Def Leppard at #27 with $28.6.

Pollstar’s top-grossing world tour of 2017 is Guns N’ Roses, who have grossed $151.5 million on their Not in This Lifetime trek, which features the return of founding members Slash and Duff McKagan.

As for Pollstar’s list of the top-grossing North American tours of 2017, U2 is at #1, Bon Jovi at #6, Dead & Company rounds out the top 10, Petty & the Heartbreakers land at #11, Diamond holds the #13 spot, Def Leppard is at #14, Roger Waters is at #18 and Billy Joel is in 19th place.

Overall, the top 50 worldwide tours grossed a total of $1.97 billion, just shy of last year’s record $1.98 billion. The actual number of tickets sold, though, increased, due to a small drop in the average ticket price, which now stands at $84.40.

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Courtesy of Monroe County Correctional CenterJohn Mellencamp‘s youngest son, Speck, was arrested early Sunday in Bloomington, Indiana, on two misdemeanor charges — suspicion of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement. According to a Bloomington Police report, Speck, 22, was arrested after he and his 23-year-old brother, Hud, got into an altercation with a group of men outside a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop.

The report says Hud claimed that the incident started after the other men began “mouthing off” to the siblings. When police arrived at the scene, Speck had a bloody face and a cut above his eye, and was uncooperative and belligerent with the officers and medical personnel who were attending to him. He also smelled of alcohol and had difficulty standing up, and wouldn’t tell investigating officers how he received his injuries. Speck eventually was taken to a local hospital’s emergency room before being brought to Monroe County Jail.

The police report also states that Hud claimed that he was hit by an unknown male, and that officers noted that Hud had a small cut on his nose and an abrasion on the left side of his neck.

According to online court records, Speck was released on $2,500 bond on Sunday and, following the counsel of his attorney, waived an initial hearing the following day. A pretrial conference is scheduled for September 6.

This isn’t the first time Speck and Hud had a run-in with the law. In July 2013, the brothers were arrested after they allegedly punched and kicked a 19-year-old man they believed had hit Speck at a party earlier the same day. In 2015, the Mellencamps pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from the incident; Speck served four days in jail and Hud was sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

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Courtesy of MSO PRBrian Setzer fans will once again get chance to rock around the Christmas tree this holiday season, as the Stray Cats frontman has announced plans for his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra‘s 14th annual Christmas Rocks! Tour. The 2017 edition of the trek will visit 30 cities, kicking off November 11 in Setzer’s adopted hometown of Minneapolis and winding down December 28 in Bellingham, Washington.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s holiday shows feature big-band renditions songs from throughout the singer-guitarist’s long career, including Stray Cats hits, solo material and yuletide classics and various other covers.

“The music I play in the big band is rock ‘n’ roll with a jazz influence,” says Setzer. “What keeps it fresh is the quality of the players in the band. Also a big part of keeping the big band fresh is the arrangements; writing the arrangement for 18-19 people is like writing a song within a song. It makes the song you might have heard many times sound new again.”

Tickets for most dates of the Christmas Rocks! Tour go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets for Setzer fan-club members will be available starting today at 10 a.m. local time.

Meanwhile, The Brian Setzer Orchestra will play a special concert celebrating its 25th anniversary on August 2 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. This will mark the fifth time that the band will perform at the famous venue.

Here are all of the dates for the 2017 Christmas Rocks! Tour:

11/10 — Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
11/11 — Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
11/13 — Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre
11/14 — Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
11/15 — Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
11/17 — Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
11/18 — Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
11/19 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/21 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
11/22 — Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
11/24 — Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre
11/25 — Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
11/26 — Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
11/28 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/29 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
11/30 — Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
12/2 — Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
12/3 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
12/5 — Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
12/6 — Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
12/8 — Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
12/9 — Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
12/10 — Houston, TX, Arena Theatre
12/12 — Allen, TX, Allen Event Center
12/14 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Resort & Casino
12/15 — Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
12/20 — Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
12/24 — San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre
12/26 — Seattle, WA, The Paramount Theatre
12/27 — Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
12/28 — Bellingham, WA, Mount Baker Theatre

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Credit: Glenn GottliebYes has extended and expanded its North American summer tour into late September, adding several shows during and after its previously announced Yestival trek that features opening acts Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and Todd Rundgren.

The new dates include an August 28 concert in San Diego with just Palmer’s band, five September gigs with only Rundgren and a number of shows without any support acts.

The prog-rock legends, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April, kick off their Yestival 2017 trek with an August 4 performance in Greensboro, North Carolina, and they wind down their long-distance run around North America with a September 18-19 Yes-only engagement in Huntington, New York.

Yes’ summer outing will see the band playing at least one song from each of the studio albums it released from its 1969 self-titled debut through 1980’s Drama.

“I think the presentation will be an interesting one because we’re going to play the songs chronologically,” longtime guitarist Steve Howe reveals in a new Guitar World interview. “It’ll allow our fans to really get a sense of our development and how our music evolved album to album during the course of 12 years.”

Here are all of Yes’ summer North American tour dates; all concerts are Yestival shows featuring Palmer’s ELP Legacy and Rundgren unless otherwise noted:

8/4 — Greensboro, NC, White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
8/5 — Boone, NC, Holmes Convocation Center
8/7 — Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion
8/8 — Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre
8/10 — Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand at Foxwoods
8/11 — Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/12 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Center
8/14 — Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
8/16 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
8/17 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/19 — Elgin, IL, Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino
8/20 — Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/22 — Oklahoma City, OK, The Zoo Amphitheatre
8/23 — Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre
8/25 — Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
8/26 — Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
8/28 — San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre@
8/29 — Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater
8/31 — Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort – Grand Theatre*
9/1 — San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre*
9/3 — Tulalip, WA, Tulalip Amphitheatre
9/5 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre#
9/7 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium#
9/8 — Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium#
9/11 — Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre#
9/12 — Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre#
9/14 — London, ON, Canada, Budweiser Gardens#
9/17 — Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre*
9/18 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount*
9/19 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount*

* = Yes only
@ = with Palmer’s ELP Legacy only
# = with Rundgren only.

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Credit: Andrew MacphersonJoe Walsh has announced plans for the inaugural edition of an annual benefit concert called VetsAid that will raise funds for a new charity he launched supporting for veterans and their families. The show, which will take place September 20 at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia, will feature performances by the Eagles guitarist, country stars Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band, and blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr.

Tickets for the VetsAid concert go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. ET. Members of Walsh’s fan club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, July 18, at 10 a.m. ET. More artists will be added to the lineup soon.

Walsh, whose father was killed while serving in the military when Joe was just 20 months old, is a longtime supporter of veterans’ causes. The money raised by VetsAid will be distributed to various established charities that offer care for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of veterans and their families.

“I had to do something [to help veterans] and seeing as though rock-and-roll seems to be what I do best, it’s also the least I could do for those who have served and continue to serve our country,” says Walsh. “We’re all in this together as Americans and seems to me lately that people are forgetting that…Let’s put on a show, raise some money and celebrate our vets… and let’s do it every year!”

This past Saturday, Walsh joined the recently re-formed Eagles to play the band’s first show since the January 2016 death of founding member Glenn Frey at The Classic West festival in Los Angeles. The group will perform again at The Classic East event on July 29 in New York City.

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Courtesy of MomentsinTime.comA morbid-yet-historic piece of John Lennon memorabilia — a copy of his 1980 album Double Fantasy that he autographed for his murderer, Mark David Chapman, five hours before Chapman shot the Beatles legend to death — is being sold via the Moments in Time autograph dealer.

Moments in Time president Gary Zimet tells ABC Radio that the asking price for the LP, which was found by a lifelong Lennon fan in a flower planter outside of the Dakota building not long after John was killed, is $1.5 million.

Double Fantasy‘s cover features a photo of Lennon kissing his wife and collaborator Yoko Ono, and John signed his name and “1980” on the front of Chapman’s copy of the album, over Yoko’s neck. Since the LP was entered into evidence in the assassin’s murder trial, its cover and dust jacket also feature Chapman’s forensically enhanced fingerprints.

After the trial, the album was returned to the man who found it, along with a letter of gratitude from New York City’s district attorney. According to Zimet, the man sold the signed LP in 1999 for $150,000; it was sold again in 2010 for $850,000 to an anonymous collector. The album is currently being sold with the aforementioned letter from the New York D.A.

“We are very excited to bring such a historically significant piece to the market,” says Moments in Time spokesman Bob Zafian. “I have never come across a piece with such provenance; police reports, fingerprint documentation, letters from the District Attorney, it goes on and on.”

Chapman continues to serve a 20-years-to-life sentence for killing Lennon; he’s been denied parole nine times.

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Neal Preston; ABC/Randy HolmesQueen has confirmed that Mr. Robot star Rami Malek has been cast in the lead role of the long-in-the-works Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and that Bryan Singer, director and writer of most of the X-Men films, will be directing the film.

According to a post on the band’s official website, pre-production on the flick will begin next week in the U.K., while principal filming is expected to start in and around London as early as the middle of September.

Regarding Malek’s casting as Mercury, founding Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor say in a joint statement, “Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.”

In addition, the Queen Online message maintains that Singer, who also directed The Usual Suspects, “is a director with extraordinary imagination and style.” The message adds that Singer is a “perfect choice to recreate the fabulous Queen years [that] brought us such unforgettable moments as Live Aid, which we can reveal will be faithfully recreated for a key sequence the film.”

The post also reports that fans can get updates and exclusive news about Bohemian Rhapsody at Queen Online and at the band’s official Facebook page. The names of the actors who will portray May, Taylor and bassist John Deacon will be revealed soon. The message also hints that some lucky fans will have the opportunity to appear in the movie.

Singer teased his and Malek’s involvement in the Mercury biopic back in November 2016, in a post on the director’s Instagram account.

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