Ben Gabbe/Getty Images; David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for KeringIt’s Lennon and McCartney for a whole new generation. The late John Lennon‘s son, Sean, took to his Instagram page on Monday to post a photo of himself with Paul McCartney‘s son, James. Sean captioned the pic, simply, “Peekaboo…”

The Lennon and McCartney boys are both singer/songwriters — as is George Harrison‘s son, Dhani — and Beatles fans have long been curious about what would happen if the Fab Four members’ various musical progeny actually collaborated. Currently, there’s no word on whether Sean and James have any plans to make music together.

Sean’s most recent project was 2017’s Lime and Limpid Green, which he recorded as a member of the duo The Claypool Lennon Delirium, with Primus frontman Les Claypool. McCartney’s latest album is the 2016 solo effort The Blackberry Train.

In other news, this past Sunday, Sean Lennon teamed up with Lenny Kravitz in New York City to tape an upcoming episode of the public-TV interview series, Speakeasy. The show is expected to air in early 2019 as part of Speakeasy‘s fourth season.

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RhinoWith his tenure in Fleetwood Mac having recently come to an end, Lindsey Buckingham is ready to go his own way.

The acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist has announced plans to launch a North American solo tour in October, and he’ll also be releasing a career-spanning compilation that month focusing on his work outside of his famous group.

Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham will hit stores on October 5 as a three-CD set and digital download, as well as an abridged single CD. The unabridged, 53-track collection will includes highlights from all of Buckingham’s solo studio efforts, as well as his contributions to select soundtracks, live performances, unreleased recordings and songs from his 2017 duo album with Christine McVie.

The retrospective features Lindsey’s hits “Trouble” and “Go Insane”; his classic from the soundtrack to 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation, “Holiday Road”; and two new songs: “Hunger” and “Ride This Road.”

The three-CD version’s final disc is made up entirely of live recordings captured at concerts in 2008, 2011 and 2012. These performances include various Buckingham solo songs and the Fleetwood Mac tunes “Never Going Back Again,” “Big Love,” “Tusk” and “Go Your Own Way.”

A six-LP vinyl edition of Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham will be released on November 23.

Buckingham’s solo tour gets underway on October 7 in Portland, Oregon, and is plotted out through a December 9 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, August 17. Fans purchasing tickets to most of the concerts online will receive a free CD or digital copy of the abridged version of Solo Anthology.

Here’s the track list of the three-CD version of the compilation:

CD One:
“Don’t Look Down”
“Go Insane”
“Surrender the Rain”
“Rock Away Blind”
“Holiday Road”
“Doing What I Can”
“Trouble”
“I Must Go”
“Street of Dreams”
“Soul Drifter”
“Show You How”
“Shut Us Down” (Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2008)
“Slow Dancing”
“Countdown”
“Someone’s Gotta Change Your Mind”
“In Our Own Time”
“Illumination”
“Gift of Screws”
“Did You Miss Me”
“Down on Rodeo”
“Treason”

CD Two:
“Hunger”
“Not Too Late”
“Sleeping Around the Corner”
“I Want You”
“Time Precious Time”
“Stars Are Crazy”
“Love Runs Deeper”
“You Do or You Don’t”
“I Am Waiting”
“Time Bomb Town”
“Turn It On”
“Seeds We Sow”
“Underground”
“Dancin’ Across the USA”
“Gone Too Far”
“End of Time”
“D.W. Suite”
“Ride This Road”
“Say We’ll Meet Again”

CD Three:
“Trouble” (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
“Go Insane” (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
“Bleed to Love Her” (Live at Hoyt Sherman Palace, Des Moines, IA, 2012)
“Stephanie” (Live at Hoyt Sherman Palace, Des Moines, IA, 2012)
“Never Going Back Again” (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
“Big Love” (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
“Under the Skin” (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
“All My Sorrows” (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
“Cast Away Dreams” (Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2008)
“Holiday Road” (Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2008)
“Tusk” (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
“I’m So Afraid” (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
“Go Your Own Way” (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)

And here are Buckingham’s tour dates:

10/7 — Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
10/9 — San Francisco, CA, Palace of Fine Arts
10/12 — Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
10/13 — San Diego, CA, Spreckels Theatre
10/15 — Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/17 — Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theater
10/18 — Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
10/19 — Washington, D.C., Warner Theater
10/21 — Charlotte, NC, Knight Theater
10/22 — Wilmington, NC, The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College*
10/24 — Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
10/26 — Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theater
10/27 — Miami, FL, Knight Concert Hall
10/28 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
11/5 — Austin, TX, Paramount Theater
11/6 — Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater
11/8 — Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
11/9 — Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino
11/10 — Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
11/12 — Birmingham, AL, Lyric Fine Arts Theatre
11/13 — Chattanooga, TN, Walker Theatre
11/14 — Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
11/16 — Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square
11/17 — Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
11/26 — North Canton, OH, Palace Theatre
11/27 — New Tonawanda, NY, Riviera Theatre
11/29 — New London, CT, Garde Arts Center*
11/30 — York, PA, Appell Center for the Performing Arts
12/1 — Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
12/4 — New York City, NY, The Town Hall
12/5 — Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
12/6 — Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
12/8 — Concord, NH, Capitol Center
12/9 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Event Center

* = not included in the Solo Anthology ticket bundle promotion.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentA restored version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s 1972 film Imagine will be shown in theaters across the globe on September 17.

The movie, which was co-directed by Lennon and Ono, boasts a remixed and remastered soundtrack, and the theatrical screening will include 15 minutes of previously unseen bonus footage.

Imagine was filmed mainly at John and Yoko’s Tittenhurst Park home in Ascot, U.K., and in New York City, while the former Beatles star was recording his 1971 solo album of the same name. The movie features a variety of vignettes that accompany each song on the album, as well as a few tunes from Ono’s own 1971 record, Fly.

The film includes a number of guest appearances by such celebrities as Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Jack Palance and Lennon’s ex-band mate George Harrison.

The extra footage includes scenes from the recording studio, where John is joined by a band that includes Harrison on guitar, veteran session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, future Yes drummer Alan White and longtime Beatles collaborator Klaus Voormann on bass. The segment features musicians playing the songs “How Do You Sleep?” and “Oh My Love” live and boasts a specially created Dolby Atmos surround-sound mix.

“The people who all worked on Imagine were Peace People and it was so enlightening and exciting all the way through to be one of them,” says Yoko in a statement. “Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world.”

The movie has been restored frame-by-frame, and the audio has been remixed by Grammy-winning engineer Paul Hicks. Check out a trailer for the flick at Lennon’s official YouTube channel.

Advance tickets are available for purchase at ImagineFilmTickets.com.

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Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin in 2012 (Paul Morigi/WireImage)With Aretha Franklin understood to be near death, Us Weekly reports that her friend and collaborator Stevie Wonder visited the Queen of Soul at her Detroit home today. The magazine received the exclusive news from Franklin’s longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

In addition, Aretha’s ex-husband Glynn Turman, who was married to the legendary singer from 1978 to 1984, also came to see her today, as did Rev. Jesse Jackson.

An “insider” told Us Weekly on Monday, August 13, that the 76-year-old soul singer was “not doing well,” and that although she was “hanging in there…recovery is not looking likely.”

In 2017, Franklin revealed that she was working on a new album that will feature contributions from Wonder, Elton John, Lionel Richie and her longtime mentor, music mogul Clive Davis. The status of that project isn’t known.

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Blackbird PresentsA concert special featuring highlights from the 2018 edition of country-rock veteran Charlie Daniels‘ Volunteer Jam, filmed March 7 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, will premiere on AXS TV this Sunday, August 19, at 10 p.m. ET.

The show, titled Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie Daniels, is headlined by The Charlie Daniels Band, and also features performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, along with country stars Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, Chris Young, Sara Evans, Eddie Montgomery and Ricky Skaggs.

In addition, the concert featured a tribute to the late Gregg Allman that included renditions of the Allman Brothers Band classics “Blue Sky” and “Midnight Rider” performed by Gregg’s son Devon, ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts‘ son Duane and former Allmans keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

At the concert, Gibbons sang the ZZ Top classic “La Grange,” Lynyrd Skynyrd played their signature song “Sweet Home Alabama,” and The Charlie Daniels Band performed their best-known hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Bringing the concert to a close, all the performers joined together for a performance of the Allman Brothers’ “One Way Out.”

In related news, a two-CD set and digital album featuring music from the concert special will be released on October 12, and is available for pre-order now. Visit VolunteerJamXX.com for more details.

Here’s the full track list of the Volunteer Jam XX CD set:

CD 1
“Trudy” — Blackberry Smoke
“Brand New Star” — The Oak Ridge Boys
“Sweet Louisiana” — Brent Cobb
“Evangeline” — Sara Evans
“Simple Man” — Justin Moore
“(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks” — Chris Janson
“Texas” — Steep Canyon Rangers
“My Town” — Eddie Montgomery
“The Legend of Wooley Swamp” — Lee Brice
“Blue Sky” — Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck Leavell
“Midnight Rider” — Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck Leavell

CD 2
“Sweet Home Alabama” — Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” — Travis Tritt
“It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” — Travis Tritt
“Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye” — Chris Young
“We Had It All One Time” — Ricky Skaggs
“La Grange” — Billy F Gibbons
“The South’s Gonna Do It Again” — Alabama
“Mountain Music” — Alabama
“Tennessee Fiddlin’ Man” — Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band
“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” — Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band
“One Way Out” — All Star Finale

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty ImagesFollowing a report that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill,” People magazine has now confirmed that the Queen of Soul may not be with us for very much longer.

A longtime friend tells People that the 76-year-old music legend is very sick, and her death is “imminent,” adding, “She has been ill for a long time. She did not want people to know and she didn’t make it public.”

On Monday, Evrod Cassimy, a TV news anchor in Franklin’s hometown of Detroit, tweeted, “I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time.”

Later that same day, he tweeted, “Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin. She is resting and surrounded by close friends and family.”

Franklin’s health problems have been going on for nearly a decade. In 2010, she had surgery for a tumor, but the following year, she denied it was related to pancreatic cancer, as had been rumored.

In May of 2013, she canceled two shows to undergo undisclosed medical treatment, and then continued to cancel shows in June, July, August and September of that year. Later that year, she claimed she’d had a “miraculous recovery,” but didn’t reveal what her illness was.

In 2017, Franklin canceled more shows due to health reasons, and told an audience, “Keep me in your prayers.” She also canceled shows this year under doctor’s orders. Her most recent performance was in November of 2017, when she sang at the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York City. She appeared to have lost an alarming amount of weight.

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The Doors will release an expanded 50th anniversary reissue of their 1968 album, Waiting for the Sun, next month, but the group’s guitarist, Robby Krieger, also has plans to unveil a new solo studio album this year.

Krieger tells ABC Radio that the record is done and will be called Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen. The title happens to be the same as the name of the veteran rocker’s jazz-influenced side band, whose members helped him record the album. They include former Frank Zappa band members Tommy Mars and Arthur Barrow.

Krieger reports that he’d been hoping to release the album on his favorite jazz label, Blue Note Records, “but, unfortunately, they’re not signing anything right now, so I’m gonna put it out myself.” He’s planning to release the album “before Christmas.”

Meanwhile, Robby tells ABC Radio that a special concert that he and perhaps his surviving Doors band mate, drummer John Densmore, will take part in is being organized for the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

“We’re trying to get something together…in October, but it’s getting close to the deadline now,” Krieger points out. “[T]hey want to do an orchestra thing, you know, playing Doors songs with the orchestra, but I don’t know if we’re gonna get it or not this year. It might have to wait till next year.”

Speaking of concerts, Krieger’s main touring group, The Robby Krieger Band, has five shows on its schedule, including performances this Friday in West Dundee, Illinois, and Saturday in Indianapolis. The group, which is fronted by Kreiger’s son, Waylon, focuses on playing classic Doors material.

Here are all of The Robby Krieger Band’s upcoming shows:

8/17 — West Dundee, IL, Rochaus
8/18 — Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair
9/27 — Westbury, NY, The Space at Westbury Theater
9/29 — Newton, NJ, Newton Theater
9/30 — West Springfield, MA, Eastern States Exposition (The Big E)

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Credit: Jay BlakesbergFounding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir has announced plans for a fall U.S. tour with a new outfit called Wolf Bros. The group consists of Weir on vocals and electric and acoustic guitar, acclaimed producer Don Was on bass, and Jay Lane, a longtime member of Bob’s band RatDog, on drums.

The trek currently features 22 dates, kicking off October 16 in Reno, Nevada, and running through a November 18-19 engagement at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The outing also includes two-show stands in Chicago; Port Chester, New York; and Boston.

Weir says the Wolf Bros project first came together in the spring of 2015 when Don Was visited Bob’s TRI Studios in San Rafael, California, and helped “piece together” the Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company.

“For a while now I’ve been itchin’ to explore our songs in a trio setting. An upright bass, my acoustic or electric guitar and a drummer,” explains Weir. “We did some rehearsals this past spring and it was big fun — and that’s the whole idea. We were kickin’ around Dead songs as well as tunes from my back pages. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna have a big adventure with this.”

Prior to Weir’s tour with Wolf Bros, Weir has two headlining performances with Dead & Company at the 2018 Lockn’ Festival on August 25 and 26 in Arrington, Virginia.

He’ll also be a special guest at the Sound Summit 2018: A Benefit for The Mountain event on September 8 in Mill Valley, California, and will be playing with his RatDog band mate Steve Kimock and other musicians on September 23 at the Sweetwater in the Sun concert in Novato, California.

Here are all of the Weir and Wolf Bros tour dates:

10/16 — Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort
10/18 — Los Angeles, CA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/20 — Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
10/22 — Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
10/23 — Seattle, WA, Moore Theater
10/24 — Missoula, MT, The Wilma
10/26 — Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
10/27 — Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
10/29 — Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
10/31 — Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
11/1 — Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
11/5 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/6 — Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
11/8 — Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre
11/9 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
11/10 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
11/12 — Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
11/13 — Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
11/15 — Boston, MA, Wang Theatre – Boch Center
11/16 — Boston, MA, Wang Theatre – Boch Center
11/18 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
11/19 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre

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Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesLast month, reports emerged claiming that Steve Perry had filmed an interview for CBS Sunday Morning that will air October 7. That fueled rumors that the ex-Journey frontman was finally preparing to release his long-awaited new solo album. Now, a new development has got Steve’s fans believin’ some news about the singer’s new musical project may be coming soon: He’s just introduced an official website, StevePerry.com.

The website’s homepage boasts an animated note that reads, “I know it’s been a long time comin’…,” and also features links to Perry’s newly launched official social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Among the first replies to Perry’s message on his Twitter feed is from founding Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who wrote, “So now hopefully we can have the coffee.”

Schon’s comment is apparently a reference to an exchange Neal says he had with Perry at the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where the singer told him they should get together for coffee soon. But Schon told ABC Radio earlier this year that he and Perry hadn’t been in touch since the ceremony.

In an April 2017 interview, Perry told ABC Radio that his new album featured songs inspired by his relationship with a woman who passed away from cancer four years earlier.

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Universal/MotownEarlier this month, Diana Ross made chart history when a remix single featuring her 1980 hits “I’m Coming Out” and “Upside Down” topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs list.

The original versions of those same two songs reached #1 on the same chart back in August of 1980, and “I’m Coming Out” also topped the magazine’s Hot 100 tally that year.

In January of this year, a remix of Ross’ 1970 #1 Hot 100 hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” also reached the top of the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. This marks the first time that an artist has had back-to-back #1 hits on the Dance Club Songs list with tunes that previously reached the top of a Billboard chart.

The “I’m Coming Out”/”Upside Down” remix is currently #10 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. An album featuring nine remixes of the two tunes was released this past Friday, August 10.

The “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” remix also appears on the Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection compilation, which was released in December 2017.

Diana has a few concerts lined up in the northeastern U.S. in the early fall before she kicks off a new run of performances of her Music and Love Las Vegas show on October 31 at the Encore Theater at the Wynn casino and resort.

Here are all of Ross’ upcoming dates:

9/28 — Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
9/29 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
9/30 — New York, NY, Pier 17
10/6 — Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
10/31 — Las Vegas, NV, Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas
11/2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 — Las Vegas, NV, Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas

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Credit: Susan Joy BalinFounding Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin will be honored by his former hometown of Mill Valley, California, at the 2018 Milley Awards, scheduled to take place October 21 at Mill Valley Community Center. While discussing the honor in a recent newspaper interview, Balin revealed surprising details of a heart attack he suffered two years ago.

At the awards event, Balin will be recognized in the Musical Arts category for his achievements as a member of the Airplane and its successor group, Jefferson Starship.

Milley Awards are handed out each year to people who have either been born, lived or worked in Mill Valley and have been supportive of or have made significant achievements in the arts. Balin, who currently resides in Florida, lived in Mill Valley from the late 1960s to the ’80s.

In a recent phone interview with the Marin Independent Journal, Balin said of the honor, “Getting a Milley is cool,” while admitting with a laugh, “I lived in Mill Valley for 30 some years and had never heard of a Milley.”

In the same interview, Balin, 76, revealed that the heart attack he suffered in 2016 was very serious.

Balin told the newspaper that following the attack, he underwent emergency surgery, but suffered complications that left him on life support for a time. He wound up spending five months in the hospital, but reported that he’s “doing good now.”

“I’m writing songs right and left,” he told the paper. “I’m finishing two new albums, and the guys in my band are eager to get back on the road. I can’t wait to get back to Mill Valley.”

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Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesBritish soul singer Sam Smith learned an important lesson over the weekend: Don’t come for the King of Pop.

During a recent boat ride with American Idol runner up Adam Lambert, Smith was captured on camera saying, “I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song.”

It’s not clear if Smith was being serious or not, but when the video went viral, fans of MJ were not pleased, and expressed their anger at Smith, who they believe was heavily influenced by Michael. One of those disgruntled fans was R&B legend Stephanie Mills, who was quick to hit back at Smith with a scathing message.

“Don’t come for MICHAEL JACKSON when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was,” Mills wrote on Instagram, captioning an image of story where Smith dismisses MJ.

“I’m so tired of you people studying our music, and studying our artist and claiming that you don’t like our music,”” Mills continued. “Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER a** down and learn how to finish a tour. When you can sell as many records as the king of Pop, Michael Jackson then maybe you can say something.”

Before concluding her verbal assault, Mills — who reportedly dated Jackson back in the ’70s — gave Smith a little bit of advice and a caution.

“So I say to you Mr. Smith have several seats,” she retorted, “and come for me if you want to.”

Smith has yet to reply.

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Credit: Ross HalfinOn the heels of Aerosmith‘s recently announced performance this Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today show, the band also has been confirmed as the musical guest on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Pop superstar Ariana Grande and comic actor Nick Kroll also will be guests Thursday on The Tonight Show, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC.

As previously reported, Aerosmith’s Today show performance is free and is be part of the program’s summer concert series. The band will be playing in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza. Fans wanting to check out the performance are encouraged to arrive at the site by 5 a.m. ET.

Rumor has it Aerosmith has lined up the television appearances to announce plans for an upcoming Las Vegas residency, something guitarist Joe Perry first talked about during a December 2017 TV interview with NBC’s Boston affiliate, WBTS.

Aerosmith’s only concert of 2018 so far took place in May at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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Gabriel Olsen/Getty ImagesIt was a weekend of agony and ecstasy for Paris Jackson, who underwent surgery, and then was thrilled that her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, was able to see her perform at a charity concert.

The 20-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson tweeted that she underwent a procedure Friday, and then performed Saturday with her acoustic rock duo The Soundflowers at the Canyon Session cancer fundraiser in Los Angeles.

She commented, “I had an abscess a little bit smaller than a golfball i believe. was really hard to walk for a few days. they said i could have gone septic, which ain’t good. but i got lucky. i’m ok.”

Paris’ pain turned to joy when her 88-year-old grandmother made a rare public appearance, attended the show, and gave her approval.

“i can’t believe my grandma made it to our second live show ever. and she actually liked it!?!!!,” Paris wrote on Instagram. “i was sh****ng my pants. i love you so much grandma. i’m so happy we got to play for you and to play for such an incredible cause.”

As previously reported, Paris will join her brother Prince and her late father’s brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito at the Michael Jackson Diamond Birthday Celebration on August 29 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event will commemorate what would have been MJ’s 60th birthday.

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Credit: Marc HauserA new exhibition of John Mellencamp‘s latest paintings, dubbed “John Mellencamp: Expressionist,” will open on September 20 at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Admission to the exhibit, which will be on display through November 18, is free, as is entry to the museum itself.

“John Mellencamp: Expressionist” will feature at 42 works by the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, including large oil paintings and mixed-media pieces, that reflect the various topics and concerns the singer-songwriter also focuses on in his musical compositions.

Butler museum director Dr. Louis A. Zona categorizes Mellencamp’s art as Neo-Expressionistic, “since his paintings are a return to the emotionally based applications brought forth by [such creative movements as] German Expressionism, Fauvism and Abstract Expressionism.”

In addition, Zona says Mellencamp’s paintings are “rich in spellbinding imagery, enriched by his understanding of visual organization and the power of color.”

A private artist reception exclusively for Butler museum members will be held to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. People with active memberships prior to September 1 of this year will receive invitations via mail, and will have to make a reservation to attend. Museum membership info is available at ButlerArt.com.

A full-color catalog is being put together to accompany the “John Mellencamp: Expressionist” exhibit featuring a new interview with Mellencamp, commentary by Zona and an essay by award-winning cultural writer David Shirey. The book will be sold via the Butler Museum Stores beginning September 20.

A previous art exhibit by Mellencamp, titled simply, “The Paintings of John Mellencamp,” was displayed at the Butler Institute’s Trumbull Branch in Howland, Ohio, from November 2013 to January 2014.

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