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Fleetwood Mac has issued a statement responding to the lawsuit that longtime singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham launched earlier this week, alleging that he was wrongfully ousted from the band.

A spokesman for the group shared the following with ABC Radio: “Fleetwood Mac strongly disputes the allegations presented in Mr. Buckingham’s complaint and looks forward to their day in court. The band has retained [veteran defense lawyer] Dan Petrocelli to handle the case.”

As previously reported, Buckingham’s lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claims that the band is guilty of “breach of fiduciary duty,” “breach of oral contract” and “intentional interference with prospective economic advantage,” among other charges.

In the suit, Buckingham claims that after he butted heads with his Fleetwood Mac band mates about when the group’s latest tour would start, he agreed to postpone the release of a solo album and signed on to take part in the trek. However, Lindsey claims, the group decided instead to replace him. Buckingham is now seeking a share of the profits from the tour.

All four of Buckingham’s band mates — Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie — are named as parties in the suit.

The band brought in founding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn to replace Buckingham, and the group’s new lineup kicked off their tour earlier this month. Lindsey also launched a solo trek this month.

In a statement regarding his lawsuit that was shared Thursday with ABC Radio, Lindsey said, “Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive. I’m looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created.”

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Capitol/UMeLast year, Neil Diamond celebrated his 50-year recording career by releasing a 50-track compilation aptly titled Neil Diamond 50: The 50th Anniversary Collection. Now, the legendary singer/songwriter will issue an expanded 115-track version of the retrospective called 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition that will hit stores on November 30.

Spread across six CDs, the new collection features scads of classic Diamond tunes, along with select demos, mono recordings, duets and a full disc boasting 12 previously unreleased tracks. Among the latter is a Diamond composition called “Sunflower” that originally was recorded by Glen Campbell and recently updated by Neil. The compilation also contains unreleased demo versions of two of his hits, 1971’s “I Am…I Said” and 1981’s “America.”

The CDs come housed in a hard-cover book featuring photos, background information and more.

This past January, Diamond announced his retirement from touring after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In spite of his illness, Neil did give performances at a few special events this year, including at the Grammy Salute to Music Legends, where he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, at which he received the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award.

Here is the full track list of Diamond’s 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition compilation:

Disc One:
“Solitary Man” (Mono)
“Cherry, Cherry” (Mono)
“I Got the Feelin’ (Oh No No)” (Mono)
“Do It” (Mono)
“The Boat That I Row” (Mono)
“You Got to Me” (Mono)
“Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” (Mono)
“I’m a Believer” (Mono)
“Thank the Lord for the Night Time” (Mono)
“Kentucky Woman” (Mono)
“Red, Red Wine” (Mono)
“Brooklyn Roads”
“Glory Road”
“Holly Holy”
“And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind”
“Sunday Sun”
“Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show”
“Dig In”
“Sweet Caroline”
“Cracklin’ Rosie”
“Crunchy Granola Suite”
“Lordy” (Live)

Disc Two:
“I Am…I Said” (Original Demo)*
“I Am…I Said”
“Done Too Soon”
“Play Me”
“Walk on Water”
“Lonely Looking Sky”
“I’ve Been This Way Before”
“The Last Picasso”
“Rosemary’s Wine”
“Song Sung Blue”
“Longfellow Serenade”
“The Gift of Song”
“Beautiful Noise”
“Street Life”
“Surviving the Life”
“If You Know What I Mean”

Disc Three:
“Dry Your Eyes”
“Once in a While”
“I’m Glad You’re Here with Me Tonight”
“America” (Original Demo)*
“Hello Again”
“Love on the Rocks”
“Amazed and Confused”
“Songs of Life”
“Yesterday’s Songs”
“I’m Alive”
“On the Way to the Sky”
“Headed for the Future”
“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” — duet with Barbra Streisand
“Forever in Blue Jeans”
“September Morn”

Disc Four:
“The Story of My Life”
“It’s a Trip (Go for the Moon)”
“Hooked on the Memory of You”
“Baby Can I Hold You” (Live in Dublin R.D.S. 1989)*
“Hard Time for Lovers”
“All I Really Need Is You”
“If There Were No Dreams”
“Someone Who Believes in You”
“The Way”
“One Good Love” — duet with Waylon Jennings
“Blue Highway” — featuring Chet Atkins
“Open Wide These Prison Doors”
“No Limit”
“I Haven’t Played This Song in Years”
“You Are the Best Part of Me”
“Delirious Love”
“I Believe in Happy Endings”
“Man of God”

Disc Five:
“I’m On to You”
“What’s It Gonna Be”
“Save Me a Saturday Night”
“Captain of a Shipwreck”
“Another Day (That Time Forgot)” — duet with Natalie Maines
“Don’t Go There”
“Home Before Dark”
“Pretty Amazing Grace”
“Melody Road”
“Nothing but a Heartache”
“Something Blue”
“In Better Days”
“Seongah and Jimmy”
“Sunny Disposition”
“The Art of Love”
“Hell Yeah”

Disc Six:
“C’est La Vie”*
“Girls Go Fishin'”*
“Caribbean Cruise”*
“You Are”*
“Easy (To Be In Love)”*
“Before I Had a Dime”*
“The Ballad of Saving Silverman”*
“It Don’t Seem Likely”*
“Long Nights, Hold On”*
“Moonlight Rider”*

* = previously unreleased.

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Rosalind O’Connor/NBCJust a reminder that Paul Simon will be performing on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, which airs on NBC at 11:30 p.m./10:30 p.m. CT. This will mark the ninth time that the folk-rock legend has been a musical guest on SNL, more than any other artist in the late-night comedy show’s 43-year history.

Simon, a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, also will be celebrating his 77th birthday on Saturday.

The latest SNL episode will be hosted by former cast member and current Late Night host Seth Meyers. You can watch a couple of previews for the program featuring Simon, Meyers and current cast member Aidy Bryant at Saturday Night Live‘s official website and YouTube channel.

Last month, Paul wrapped up his Homeward Bound farewell tour with a concert at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, not far from where he grew up in Queens, New York. He currently is promoting his latest studio album, In the Blue Light, which was released on September 7. It’s a collection of updated versions of various tunes from his back catalog.

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Denise Truscello/WireImageFor the right amount of money, you could soon be the proud owner of the original handwritten lyrics to the Elton John and Bernie Taupin classic, “Your Song.”

The lyrics — scrawled in blue ink by Taupin and placed in a vintage wooden frame — will be going up for bid in New York City next month at the Bonhams auction house.

According to the item’s description on the Bonhams website, the lyrics were “scratched out one morning on the roof of 20 Denmark Street as Taupin was waiting for John while the latter put in his hours at a publishing house in London’s Tin Pan Alley.”

Elton reportedly took only 10 minutes to come up with the melody after Taupin showed him the lyrics. “Your Song” became Elton’s first mega-hit, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.

The lyrics are being sold by Taupin’s ex-wife, Maxine Taupin. The bidding will begin on November 19.

Julien’s Auctions also is holding a Bernie Taupin auction, selling the lyricist’s personal property both live and online on Friday, November 9.

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Mercury/UMeThis week, Def Leppard received its first-ever nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. If that’s not exciting enough for the band’s fans, the British rockers have now announced plans for a series of special releases due out this year.

The first is a career-spanning hits compilation titled The Story So Far — The Best Of, which will be released November 30 as a 35-track two-CD set, a 17-track single CD, a two-LP vinyl collection, and digitally. In addition to Def Leppard’s best-known songs, the album will include two previously unreleased cuts — a cover of Depeche Mode‘s “Personal Jesus” and a remix of the band’s 2006 rendition of David Essex‘s “Rock On.”

The first pressing of the vinyl version of The Story So Far will come packaged with a bonus seven-inch vinyl single featuring the “Personal Jesus” cover, plus a brand-new original holiday tune, “We All Need Christmas.” If you pre-order the compilation online, you’ll receive an instant free download of “Personal Jesus.” You also can listen to both songs now at Def Leppard’s official YouTube channel.

In addition, “We All Need Christmas” was released Friday as a standalone digital single, while a music video for the song will debut soon.

Also arriving November 30 is a limited-edition box set called Hysteria: The Singles, which features seven-inch vinyl versions of all of the singles from Def Leppard’s massively successful 1987 album, Hysteria. The set also contains two bonus singles exclusive to the release.

Lastly, a special colored-vinyl edition of Def Leppard’s Diamond-certified 1983 album Pyromania will be released December 7.

Here’s the track list for the two-CD version of The Story So Far:

Disc One
“Pour Some Sugar on Me”
“Love Bites”
“Let’s Get Rocked”
“Armaggedon It”
“Two Steps Behind”
“Heaven Is”
“Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad”
“Make Love Like a Man”
“When Love & Hate Collide”
“Rock of Ages”
“Personal Jesus”

Disc Two
“Let’s Go”
“Bringin’ on the Heartbreak”
“Rock On (Radio Remix)”
“Nine Lives” (featuring Tim McGraw)
“Work It Out”
“Stand Up”
“C’Mon C’Mon”
“Man Enough”
“No Matter What”
“All I Want Is Everything”
“It’s All About Believing”
“Kings of the World”

And here’s the track list for the Hysteria: The Singles box set:

Disc One: “Women”/”Tear It Down” (U.S. Version)
Disc Two: “Animal”/”I Wanna Be Your Hero” (U.S. Version)
Disc Three: “Hysteria”/”Ride into the Sun” (International Version)
Disc Four: “Pour Some Sugar on Me”/”Ring of Fire” (U.S. Version)
Disc Five: “Love Bites”/”Billy’s Got a Gun” (Live) (International Version)
Disc Six: “Armageddon It”/”Release Me” (Canadian Version)
Disc Seven: “Rocket”/”Woman” (Live) (U.S. Version)
Disc Eight: “Excitable”/”Run Riot” (Album Version)
Disc Nine: “Love and Affection”/”Don’t Shoot Shotgun” (Album Version)
Disc Ten: “Animal”/”Tear It Down” (Spanish Artwork Version)

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Max & Jay Weinberg in 2012 (Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)Two members of Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, drummer Max Weinberg and bassist Garry Tallent, will take part in a charity covers concert on October 16 in Nashville that’s being hosted by Max’s son Jay, who plays drums with heavy-metal act Slipknot.

The Buddies on the Beat event, which will be held at the Basement East venue, will support Best Buddies Tennessee, an organization that provides “one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development” for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The lineup also features musicians from a variety of other popular hard-rock groups, including Mastodon‘s Troy Sanders, Offspring drummer Pete Parada, Exodus bass player Jack Gibson and Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, among others.

Additionally, Jay Weinberg has launched a silent auction to benefit Best Buddies that includes items signed by him, Foo Fighters, Korn, Daughtry, Sum 41, Halestorm, Andrew W.K. and more.

Visit for ticket info.

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Credit: Emily LodgeMoody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge kicks off a new U.S. solo tour tonight in Nashville in support of his 2017 concert CD and DVD Live from Birmingham — The 10,000 Light Years Tour.

Lodge tells ABC Radio that his set for the 10-date trek will be similar to the one featured on the live release, which documents a September 2016 show in his hometown of Birmingham, U.K. The concert showcased songs from his 2015 solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago; select Moody Blues tunes; and a cut from his 1975 duo album with Justin Hayward, Blue Jays.

Having said that, the 73-year-old musician reveals that he’s added two rarities to the set, and that his backing band now includes a new member, cellist and slide-guitar player Jason Charboneau, who will play on the songs.

“I want to do a couple of tribute songs for [late Moody Blues singer/flutist] Ray [Thomas] and [ex-Moodies keyboardist] Mike [Pinder],” John points out. “Songs that The Moodies probably will never do again.”

Regarding Thomas, who died in January at age 76 shortly after The Moody Blues were chosen for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Lodge says, “I met Ray when I was 15, and we worked together all our lives. And we had a friendship that’s lasted for ever.”

On his 2018 tour, Lodge will be visiting some of the same cities as his fall 2017 trek, as well as new cities such as Nashville, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

As a gift to fans, John has made a free download of one track from Live from Birmingham, “Get Me Out of Here,” available at CD Baby. The studio version of the tune appears on 10,000 Light Years Ago.

Here is Lodge’s full solo itinerary:

10/12 — Nashville, TN, City Winery
10/14 — Washington, D.C., City Winery
10/15 — Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
10/17 — New York, NY, City Winery
10/19 — Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey
10/20 — Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
10/21 — Greenwich, RI, Greenwich Odeum
10/23 — Arlington, MA, Regent Theatre
10/25 — Cleveland, OH, Music Box Supper Club
10/26 — Cincinnati, OH, The Ludlow Garage

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Credit: Martin KierszenbaumSting and Shaggy star in a Miami Vice-inspired video for their new collaborative tune “Gotta Get Back My Baby,” which premiered Thursday on

“It’s a funny, lighthearted video with a bit of action in it, and stunts,” Sting says in a making-of video about the clip.

In the video, the two artists portray Miami detectives who are sent on a mission to apprehend “the most dangerous woman in America” at a club in South Beach.

Sting’s character, who happens to be retiring that day, tells their captain — portrayed by tough-guy actor Stephen Bauer — that in order for him and his partner to complete their task, they’ll need to borrow his sports car, a Fiat Abarth-Spider.

The captain agrees, but before letting Sting and Shaggy leave on their assignment, he warns, “If anything happens to that Spider…”

The video then shows the duo driving through Miami heading to the club, intercut with footage of the two lip-syncing to the song. Sting and Shaggy eventually park outside of the club, but as they shoot the breeze, they don’t notice that the dangerous woman they’re looking for has entered the nightspot.

Inside the club, she proceeds to beat up a bunch of the guys, even kicking one of them right through a wall. This finally draws the cops’ attention, but when they enter the club through the crumbled wall, they hear someone speeding away…in the captain’s precious Spider.

As the video ends, Sting says, “What are we gonna tell the captain?”

Shaggy replies, “It wasn’t me,” a humorous reference to his 2000 chart-topping hit.

“Gotta Get Back My Baby” appears on Sting and Shaggy’s 2018 collaborative album, 44/876. The duo’s U.S. tour in support of the record continues this Friday, October 12, in Rancho Mirage, California.

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Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesAfter telling Rolling Stone recently that he was fired from Fleetwood Mac because of conflicts Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham has now filed a lawsuit against the band, seeking compensation for money he would’ve earned during the group’s current tour.

According to documents obtained by ABC Radio, the suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, charges the band with “breach of fiduciary duty,” “breach of oral contract” and “intentional interference with prospective economic advantage,” among other complaints.

In the suit, Buckingham claims that he’d asked Fleetwood Mac to push the start of its 2018 tour back from August to November so he could release and promote a solo album. When his band mates refused, he postponed his solo project for a year so he could take part in the trek.

However, Lindsey alleges, in January 2018, the group’s manager told him the tour was off — but he soon learned that the group planned to hit the road without him.

In a statement shared with ABC Radio, Buckingham says, “Last January, Fleetwood Mac made the decision to continue to tour without me. I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the beautiful 43-year legacy we built together.”

“Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive,” he continues. “I’m looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created.”

Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie are all parties in the suit.

In response to the lawsuit, Fleetwood Mac sent its own statement to Rolling Stone maintaining that the band can’t comment since they haven’t seen the complaint. The note continues that it “makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”

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Courtesy of The Velvet Underground ExperienceThe Velvet Underground Experience, a multimedia exhibition focusing on the influential New York City band that was fronted by Lou Reed and also featured John Cale, opened on Wednesday in downtown Manhattan after debuting in Paris in April 2016.

The exhibit, located at 718 Broadway in the same Greenwich neighborhood where The Velvet Underground formed, spotlights the impact that the group has had on modern music, art, fashion and popular culture.

The exhibition looks at different aspects and periods of The Velvet Underground’s career through previously unseen immersive displays and content. They include sections exploring the lives of Reed and Cale and their volatile relationship; looking at the artists influenced and inspired by The Velvets; and examining the band’s association with Andy Warhol, who initially managed them, helped produce and created the cover of their debut album, and incorporated the group into his Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia performance events.

The Velvet Underground Experience also offers six films produced especially for the exhibit, as well as a variety of portraits and photos of the band’s members and other figures from the underground New York City scene of the ’60s.

In addition, a series of performances and interview events have been scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit, including a Q&A with Cale scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. Veteran indie-rock act The Feelies will play a concert showcasing The Velvet Underground’s music on Saturday, October 13, at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The Velvet Underground Experience will be open through December 30. Visit for more details and to buy tickets to the exhibit.

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Beach BoysMike Love, ex-Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and soul legend Sam Moore of Sam & Dave were among the well-known music artists who showed up at the White House on Thursday to stand by President Donald Trump as he signed the Music Modernization Act into law.

The Music Modernization Act changes how songwriters and publishers are paid for their songs played on digital streaming services. Specifically, it improves the process by which rights holders are paid when their music is streamed online, and provides a legal process for artists to receive unclaimed royalties. Additionally, royalties will be paid to songwriters and artists for songs recorded before 1972.

Love spoke at the event, and shared that Trump had once tried to help the late Whitney Houston with her drug-abuse issues.

“[You] tried your best to help Whitney. And she’s not the only one you’ve benefited,” said Love. “And people can say what they want, but you’ve always been a big supporter of some of the best music that America’s ever made.”

Moore also spoke, calling the legislation a “historic bill,” and noting that it was something that President Obama couldn’t get done.

Kid Rock also was one of the musicians who attended and spoke at the signing.

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Steve Granitz/Getty ImagesLindsey Buckingham has shared some first-hand news about why he was fired from Fleetwood Mac earlier this year. The singer-guitarist tells Rolling Stone that his former flame, Stevie Nicks, was responsible for pushing him out of the group.

Buckingham says that a couple days after Fleetwood Mac was honored and performed at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala in January, the band’s manager, Irving Azoff, called him and said, basically, “Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again.”

Azoff informed Buckingham that Nicks had a list of complaints about Buckingham’s actions at the ceremony, including him objecting to the use of “Rhiannon” — a song Stevie wrote — as the band’s intro music, and smirking while Nicks was giving her thank-you speech.

Buckingham admits that he did object to “Rhiannon” being played, although, he maintains, “It wasn’t about it being ‘Rhiannon.’ It just undermined the impact of our entrance.”

Regarding him smirking, Lindsey notes, “The irony is that we have this standing joke that Stevie, when she talks, goes on a long time. I may or may not have smirked. But I look over and Christine [McVie] and Mick [Fleetwood] are doing the waltz behind her as a joke.”

Buckingham says that when Azoff called him, he initially thought that Nicks was planning to quit the band, but it soon became clear that he was being ousted.

Buckingham says he’s reached out to Mick Fleetwood a number of times since he was fired, but the drummer hasn’t responded, nor has he heard from the other band members.

As for whether he could see ever playing with Fleetwood Mac again, Buckingham says he hasn’t “technically closed the book on anything…But I am not planning that anything will change from what it is now.”

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Former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre will release a new solo album titled Roads Less Travelled this Friday, October 12. The project features 11 new original tunes penned by the veteran musician.

“I’ve concentrated on improving my songwriting over the last few years and as a result, I am really pleased with this new CD,” Barre says. “Although my playing has a lot of space in the music, I’ve worked a lot harder on the arrangements and lyrics. My goal is to have a CD that keeps the listener from beginning to end.”

He adds, “Roads Less Travelled reflects my belief in taking music somewhere new.”

Barre was a member of Jethro Tull from 1969 to 2012. Since leaving Tull, he has focused on touring and recording with his own outfit, The Martin Barre Band, which kicked off its latest U.S. trek in September. The group has shows scheduled all the way through a June 21, 2019, concert in Somers Point, New Jersey.

In addition, Barre will team up with founding Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker and ex-Tull bass player Jonathan Noyce for a 2019 tour dubbed Stand Up America that will celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. So far, five shows have been confirmed in April and May of next year, with more expected to be announced.

Here is the track list of Roads Less Travelled:

“Lone Wolf”
“Out of Time”
“On My Way”
“Roads Less Travelled”
“Badcore Blues”
“For No Man”
“(This Is) My Driving Song”
“You Are an Angel”
“And the Band Played On”

And here are Barre’s upcoming tour dates; all Martin Barre Band shows unless otherwise noted:

10/11 — Natick, MA, Natick Center for the Arts
10/12-13 — Pawling, NY, Daryl’s House Club
10/14 — Vienna, VA, Jammin’ Java
10/16-17 — Portland, ME, One Longfellow Square
10/18 — Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
10/19 — Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater
10/20 — Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey
10/21 — Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall
10/23-24 — Worthington, OH, Natalie’s
10/25 — Cincinnati, OH, The Ludlow Garage
10/26 — Fort Wayne, IN, C2G Music Hall
10/27 — Chicago, IL, Reggies Rock Club
10/28 — Hayward, WI, The Park Center
10/30 — Minneapolis, MN, The Cedars Cultural Center
11/1 — Springfield, IL, The Curve Inn
11/2 — Indianapolis, IN, The Irving Theater
11/3 — Edwardsville, IL, Wildey Theater


2/14-18 — Departs from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Rock Legends Cruise
2/20 — Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
2/22 — Spokane, WA, The Bing Crosby Theater
2/23 — Yakima, WA, The Seasons Performance Center
2/27-28 — Mill Valley, CA, Sweetwater Music Hall
3/1 — West Oakland, CA, Yoshi’s
3/2 — Bakersfield, CA, Buck Owens Crystal Palace
3/3 — Santa Cruz, CA, Moe’s Alley
3/6-7 — Carlsbad, CA, Museum of Making Music
4/4-7 — Park City, UT, The Egyptian Theatre*
4/19 — Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall*
4/23 — Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage*
5/2-3 — Boynton Beach, FL, The Venu*
5/4 — Sarasota, FL, RosFest*
6/19 — Woodbridge, NJ, Parker Press Park
6/21 — Somers Point, NJ, William Morrow Beach

* = Stand Up America tour with Clive Bunker and Jonathan Noyce.

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Rod Stewart is riding high with his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, which has debuted at #1 in his native U.K. But if things had gone as originally planned, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer would have ended up releasing a completely different album.

In 2015, rapper A$AP Rocky sampled Stewart’s vocals from a song he recorded in 1970 and turned it into a track called “Everyday.” After the success of that song, The Los Angeles Times reports, Rod’s manager and record company decided that it’d be a great idea to put together an album featuring Stewart re-recording his old classics with young collaborators.

According to The L.A. Times, Rod’s 2017 remake of “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” with the group DNCE was one of the songs for the project. Stewart also recorded songs with James Bay and the British group Bastille.

But the paper reports that the project eventually petered out — one, because Rod had decided to write new songs; and two, because he wasn’t that into it. As he tells the paper, “I sort of prefer my versions.”

Instead, he released Blood Red Roses, his third album of original material since 2013. And while Stewart has rediscovered his love of songwriting in the past few years, he’s careful not to overwhelm fans with too many new tunes during his concerts.

“You certainly can’t do more than one or two a night,” he says. “But writing is what keeps you fresh — it’s what keeps the adrenaline going.”

The head of Stewart’s record label tells The Los Angeles Times that he’s going to push for Blood Red Roses to get a Grammy nomination, which is one reason it was released on September 28 — two days before the eligibility cutoff date.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesA New York federal appeals court has reversed a judge’s injunction against the release of a Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic focusing on the tragic 1977 plane crash that claimed the life of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and other band members, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, singer Johnny Van Zant and the estates of deceased band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Allen Collins, sued to block production of the film Street Survivor: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, in 2017, claiming it violated a 1988 consent order signed by ex-Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle — whose story provides the basis for the movie — prohibiting him from using the group’s name.

However, the movie’s producer, Cleopatra Films, maintained that Pyle wasn’t directly involved in writing the film, so the consent order shouldn’t affect the production. Additionally, the movie won’t feature any Skynyrd music. Cleopatra adds that the story of the band’s crash is commonly known by many people.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the complaint fell short of what’s needed to support an injunction, stating that based on the language of the consent order, Pyle is permitted to make a movie that describes his experiences and refer to the band, but not make a movie that serves as the history of the band, according to THR.

“That crash is part of the ‘history’ of the band, but it is also an ‘experience’ of Pyle with the band, likely his most important experience,” notes the Second Circuit. “Provisions of a consent decree that both prohibit a movie about such a history and also permit a movie about such an experience are sufficiently inconsistent, or at least insufficiently specific, to support an injunction.”

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