Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLRPrince’s family is suing the hospital that treated the legendary singer the week before he died, The Star Tribune reports.

In the wrongful death suit, the family claims the Trinity Medical Center in Illinois improperly treated Prince’s first overdose, ultimately leading to his second and fatal overdose a week later.

The family is also suing Walgreens for dispensing opioids to Paisley Park manager Kirk Johnson that were intended for Prince.

“What happened to Prince is happening to families across America,” attorney John Goetz said on behalf of the family. “Prince’s family wishes, through its investigation, to shed additional light on what happened to Prince.”

The state and federal criminal investigation found the singer was taking Vicodin with fentanyl. The source of the deadly substance could not be found, so authorities closed the case with no arrests or criminal charges.

The investigation also found that the singer refused medical testing and treatment.

Prince died on April 21, with his family filing suit exactly two years later.

In other Prince news, his estate has announced a new album of unreleased music from the star, which will be released on September 28, according to Variety.

“Last week, the release of “Nothing Compares 2 U” was the first piece of music to come from our collaboration with the estate, and now we’re working on a release for the fall — a full-length album,” Troy Carter, the entertainment adviser for Prince’s estate, tells Variety. “Michael Howe, who’s been working with us on the archive, has done a tremendous job of finding some special pieces of work, and one of the pieces that he found, all of us fell in love with it and decided this was special enough for fans to hear. So we’re putting the final touches on it — it’ll come in the fall.”

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PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentConcert promoter Live Nation will be offering discounted tickets for a number of the summer’s biggest rock tours during National Concert Week.

From Monday, April 30 at 8 a.m. local time to Tuesday, May 8 at 11:59 p.m local time, you can grab $20 concert tickets for artists including Bon Jovi, Journey, Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Doobie Brothers.

Other participating tours include Poison, Cheap Trick, Steely Dan, Styx, Joan Jett, REO Speedwagon, Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, Hall & Oates and more.

For the full list of eligible tours, visit

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Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty ImagesA self-portrait of John Lennon as Adolf Hitler has sold for $54,000. This according to Page Six, which reports that the “crude sketch” was done by the future Beatle while he attended the Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950s.

The doodle features Lennon at a podium with his hand raised in a Nazi salute with the words “Heil John” repeated several times, as if it were coming from the crowd below.

“The fact that he even thought of depicting himself as Hitler is weird,” said Gary Zimet, who arranged the sale for the memorabilia company Moments In Time.

Also weird is another item on Moments In Time’s website: the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Double Fantasy album that Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman, just five hours before Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle.

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Blue and LonesomeThe Rolling Stones‘ lips and tongue logo is arguably the most famous band logo in rock history, and has appeared on thousands of items, from album covers to underwear. Its origin, though, is a humble one. Turns out the artist who designed the logo was a 25-year-old art student, who was paid a mere 50 pounds sterling — about $785 in today’s currency value — for the iconic image.

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum interviewed the artist, Jon Pasche, who tells the story of being selected by his art school, the Royal College of Art, to create a tour poster image for the Stones. The only guidance he was given was a newspaper clipping of an image of the Hindu goddess Kali, which had captured the attention of Mick Jagger.

The goddess is feminine looking and in the clipping — and many other famous renderings — she’s sticking out her tongue and smiling. From that, Pasche created rock & roll art history.

The entire story can be viewed on the Victoria and Albert Museum website, and includes an interesting side story on a classmate of Pasche’s, who designed Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon cover.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has lost her bid to block some of her personal items – including a break-up letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur — from being sold at auction.

According to the New York Daily News, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled Monday that Madonna’s former friend Darlene Lutz was free to sell the possessions.

The singer had sued Lutz last July to prevent her from profiting off the items, which also include a pair of used panties and a used hairbrush. But Judge Gerald Lebovits ruled that because Madonna signed a release in 2004 allowing Lutz to keep some of her things, she did not have grounds to sue.

“[Madonna] knew that throughout her relationship with Lutz, Lutz was in possession of various pieces of [Madonna’s] personal property,” the judge wrote in his decision, according to the Daily News. “Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions.”

Madonna had claimed that she didn’t know Lutz had possession of the Tupac letter, which was personal in nature. Tupac and Madonna dated from 1993 to 1994. The rapper wrote her the letter from jail in 1995 and included details of their breakup.

The items will go up for bid in July on

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Doug SondersEighteen years ago, Rod Stewart underwent surgery for thyroid cancer. He’s now had another operation, but it’s apparently not as serious.

The British paper The Mirror reports that, while appearing at the British Film Institute on Sunday for a Q&A session, Rod had a number of adhesive bandages on his right hand. He explained, “I have just had a little operation on my hand. I had a couple of sun things there and they burnt them off.”

During the session, the 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was asked, in this era of #MeToo, to discuss how he treated female fans back in the late ’60s and early ’70s. According to Rod, he was always a perfect gentleman.

“Women literally used to throw themselves at us…[but] I would never touch a girl unless she wanted me to,” he said. “Things have changed. You could get away with a bit more in those days than you can now and things have changed for the good.”

Rod also added that he wouldn’t necessarily give the 19-year-old version of himself any advice. “I think he did everything right,” he said of young Rod. “I think I was very respectful of the audience. There were never any tantrums.”

“What would I teach myself? F*** all,” he added. “I admire myself. I had a bit of spunk about me. I love that.”

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A concert for a good cause provided the setting for a couple of surprising reunions this past weekend.

At an autism benefit called “Light Up The Blues” in Los Angeles Saturday night, Neil Young announced that he wanted to bring his “brother” up onstage. Stephen Stills joined in for three songs, and then the former band mates were later joined by Patti Smith for “People Have the Power.”

At the same show, the Heartbreakers all appeared onstage together for the first time since Tom Petty‘s death back in October. They were joined by Stills, who took over Petty’s vocals on “I Won’t Back Down,” and also by Patti Smith on “Because the Night.”

It’s unclear whether either of these events are harbingers of larger-scale reunions. The Heartbreakers haven’t issued any statements regarding their future without Tom Petty, and guitarist Mike Campbell recently signed on to join Fleetwood Mac on the road, following the band’s firing of Lindsey Buckingham.

As for Neil Young and Stephen Stills, their two former CSNY band mates, David Crosby and Graham Nash, have both hinted that the current extreme political climate might provide an excellent common ground in which to reunite, but the Huffington Post says Neil Young told them last month, “I don’t plan things like that. They either happen or they don’t. I don’t have a plan.”

The Autism Speaks benefit also featured performances by Sheryl Crow, Beck, Burt Bacharach, and Judy Collins.

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A&M/Interscope44/876, the new album by Sting and Shaggy, is out now and the unlikely duo is taking over your TV all this week, with appearances on The Tonight Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, The View and more. Not bad for a project that wasn’t even supposed to exist.

Originally, the rock legend and the pop/reggae star were going to collaborate on just one song, “Don’t Make Me Wait.” But as Sting tells ABC Radio, they decided they didn’t want to stop there.

“I think almost immediately, we had a rapport and we recognized a kindred spirit in each other,” he says. “And we just had so much fun…we decided that we would just carry on and mess around in the studio.”

“It was an easy record to make, a very quick record to make and a delight,” he adds. “And I think the sunshine and the joy comes through the tracks.”

Shaggy, a fan of Sting and his old band The Police “from day one,” was impressed with the “genius” level of musicianship that Sting contributed. Sting admires Shaggy’s spontaneity and ability to “create a song on the spot, in public.”

“[It’s] a completely alien thing to me, but he forced me into doing it that way,” Sting adds. “Every time he sings, his energy is so high that you have to raise your game to stay up there.”

In fact, Sting says that’s why the album was so much fun to make.

“There’s always competition between musicians,” he says. “You’re upping your game, they’re upping their game. It’s no good playing tennis against somebody who doesn’t wanna play!”

Sting and Shaggy will be on The Tonight Show Monday, Live with Kelly and Ryan Tuesday, The View on Wednesday and Watch What Happens Live on Sunday.

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Image credit: Blaine ClausenZZ Top winds down a five-date Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre this Saturday, April 28, part of a busy 2018 schedule for the Texas trio that also includes the upcoming Blues & Bayous co-headlining tour with John Fogerty. While his band will be spending lots of time on the road this year, frontman Billy Gibbons also may release new music from not one, but two side projects in 2018.

First of all, Gibbons tells ABC Radio that a follow-up to his 2015 solo debut, Perfectamundo, recorded with his backing group The BFG’s, is in the works. The 68-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says the new album will focus on a different musical genre than his last one.

“Following the success of Perfectamundo, which was our stab at taking a piece from the Cuban influences…they’ve said, ‘OK, we’ve done this Cuban thing, can you go back to your bluesier roots?'” he explains. “And we’ve decided to do just that. So, hopefully summertime we’ll see something BFG and blue coming out.”

Meanwhile, back in 2013, Gibbons reunited with his pre-ZZ Top band The Moving Sidewalks to play a handful of shows, which led that group to hit the studio and start recording some new music that has yet to be released.

Regarding that material, Billy says, “[H]opefully that’ll see the light of day. Probably this year.”

After wrapping up the Vegas engagement, ZZ Top will play a trio of headlining shows before launching the Blues & Bayous Tour with Fogerty, which kicks off May 25 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and runs through a June 29 concert in Welch, Minnesota. The band also has various other concerts lined up through late August. Check out their full schedule at

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It doesn’t matter how much money, fame or success you have — no one’s immune from depression, Just ask Lionel Richie.

The five-time Grammy winning singer and songwriter speaks candidly on the U.K.’s Lorraine TV show about how he struggled in the years following the death of his father, Lionel Richie Sr., in 1990.

“My father was ill and I went through a very — I won’t say a depression, a massive depression, because, you know, my dad was my hero,” Richie said.

Never mind that at the time, the most recent album that Richie had released was his massively successful Billboard #1, Dancing on the Ceiling. He was so depressed, he stopped making music altogether, for ten years.

So what got him to start making music again? The birth of his second child, son Miles, in 1994.

“I realized I had a group of people that were kind of looking up to me to be the head of the house,” said Richie, also referring to his daughter, Nicole. “And I realized something else, something very terrifying: They didn’t know what the hell I did for a living!”

Shortly after, Richie released his 1996 album, Louder Than Words.

Today, of course, Richie, who’s 68, is enjoying a fresh resurgence of popularity and respect, with a new generation of fans discovering him in his role as a judge on American Idol, airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT on ABC.

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Ian Dickson/RedfernsIf you weren’t already excited enough over Led Zeppelin‘s first-ever Record Store Day release tomorrow, the band’s nudged the anticipation up another notch with a new trailer.

The 33-second video highlights the band’s 7-inch yellow vinyl pressing of two previously unreleased mixes of Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” and “Friends” — the former dubbed the “Sunset Sound Mix,” and the latter the “Olympic Studio Mix.” Both remixes were produced by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who over the years has curated most of the band’s reissues and special packages.

Like all Record Store Day specials, you can only by the Led Zeppelin 7-inch at your local independent record store Saturday, April 21.

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L-R: Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong; Ed Caraeff/Getty ImagesNews of previously unheard work by a former member of The Beatles is always cause for excitement. But in this case, it’s coming from a very unexpected source.

George Harrison was one of the all-star roster of musicians who played on the 1973 spoof single “Basketball Jones,” by stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong. Now Tommy Chong tells Billboard there are previously unheard outtakes of Harrison’s guitar work on the single “where he’s trying different things.”

As for if we’ll ever get to hear them, Chong doesn’t say, other that to offer, “We’ve got all of that in the can that we’re going to spring on people eventually, one day. That’d be great.”

“Basketball Jones,” a parody of the 1972 hit “Love Jones” by Brighter Side of Darkness, was included on the Cheech & Chong album Los Cochinos and featured Chong singing the lead in falsetto. In addition to Harrison, backing talent includes Billy Preston and Carole King on keyboards, Tom Scott on saxophone, and backing vocals by Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector and Michelle Phillips. The song peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

So how exactly did Harrison wind up on “Basketball Jones?” “George and I were buddies,” Chong tells Billboard. “George and I used to smoke quite a bit when we’d meet once in a while at different places.”

Happy 420 day, everybody.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBono‘s one of those rare rock stars who’s known nearly as much for his humanitarian work as he is for his music. Now the U2 frontman’s been honored again for the former, this time by the George W. Bush Institute.

Bono on Thursday received the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership from the former president himself, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. In fact, Bono’s the first recipient of the award, which recognizes him for raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa, as well as helping raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the former.

Bush and Bono first met face-to-face at the White House in 2002 and immediately began working together to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Bono lent his celebrity and support to secure funding for PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, on which then-President Bush was already working.

“I’m here to honor your leadership on the greatest health intervention in the history of medicine,” Bono told Bush Thursday during a meeting that was streamed online, saying some 21 million lives had been saved “by this work that you began and led on, and I’m here to honor that.”

For his part, Bush told Bono PEPFAR “never would have made it out of Congress had you not been engaged,” calling Bono “the real deal. This is a guy who’s got a huge heart.”

Bono also praised Bush’s mother, Barbara Bush, who died last Tuesday, noting the powerful photograph from March, 1989 of the then-first lady embracing an infant with AIDS, “when the stigma of AIDS was at its highest.” Bono credited Mrs. Bush for instilling compassion for HIV/AIDS sufferers in her son.

The seven-minute exchange between Bono and Bush is posted online now.

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George Pimentel/WireImageIt’s safe to say Stevie Wonder is a Scandal fan. That Stevie Wonder song you heard over the final minutes of Thursday night’s series finale was unfamiliar for a reason: he custom-wrote it for the ABC political soap — and even show creator and producer Shonda Rhimes didn’t know about until the very last minute.

Rhimes revealed how it came about during her appearance with Scandal star Kerry Washington on Thursday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Rhimes said, in response to Jimmy Kimmel‘s question, that she’d been putting the finishing touches on the finale fewer than 12 hours prior to the broadcast. The reason: “We were so blessed that we got to get a special song written by Stevie Wonder,” Rhimes said, explaining that Wonder was “inspired by Scandal” to write the song, and only let Rhimes know about it at the last minute. Producers were working until literally hours before the finale’s scheduled broadcast to incorporate the song.

“Getting to talk to Stevie Wonder on the phone it’s pretty amazing,” Rhimes said. “Getting to talk to Stevie Wonder on the phone when he puts down the phone and says, ‘Hold on,’ and then starts playing music is a life-changing experience.”

Not long after the episode aired on the West Coast, and after her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rhimes shared a simple tweet: “Bless you, @StevieWonder,” she wrote.

There’s not a lot of info on the song, including its title, but the chorus to the trademark Wonder funky groove goes, “The voice inside of me/Said it was time to get out of my own way/So I made my own decision/My assignment here is done/And I won’t let you come and rain on my future sunny days.”

So maybe the song’s title is “Sunny Days?” Hopefully, we’ll find out soon. Even better, here’s hoping the song’s released as a single.

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Matt Baron/ShutterstockWhile Elton John has admitted that he’s pretty sick of “Crocodile Rock,” he knows fans love it, so of course he’s going to perform it on his upcoming Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour — and he wants you to be involved.

If you’re a crazed Elton John fan, now’s the time to let your freak flag fly. Elton’s team is asking fans to submit photos of themselves dressed up in their best Elton outfit, and posing with their favorite memorabilia.

“We’re looking for unusual, crazy and over-the-top, just like the song!” says the invitation. “Why not get your cat involved if they’re a fan too?!”

Elton’s team will go through all the submissions and then travel around the world to film those selected for a special video that will be shown when Elton plays “Crocodile Rock.” Even if you don’t get to be part of the video, your photo may appear in the tour program.

All you need to do to enter is email with your crazy photo, your favorite Elton memory, your name, date of birth, full address and country. If you’re chosen for the video or program, the team will be in touch.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour gets underway September 8 in Allentown, PA. At the end of this month, Elton will kick off the next series of dates for his Million Dollar Piano residency at the Colosseum in Las Vegas.

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