Rhino EntertainmentThe Eagles recently announced plans to issue an expanded 40th anniversary edition of their classic album Hotel California on November 24 that will include a bonus disc featuring 10 previously unreleased performances from a series of October 1976 shows near Los Angeles. In advance of the deluxe reissue’s arrival, you can check out the band’s rendition of the record’s famous title track now at Rhino Records’ SoundCloud page.

The performances on the bonus CD were recorded during an October 20-22, 1976, stand at The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California, a couple of months before Hotel California hit stores. The Eagles’ live take on the song was highlighted by Don Henley‘s strong, gritty vocals and an inspired dual guitar solo by Joe Walsh and Don Felder.

As previously reported, the deluxe 40th anniversary reissue of Hotel California is a three-disc collection that includes a CD boasting a remastered version of the original album, the live bonus CD and a Blu-ray Audio disc containing three high-resolution mixes of the record. The deluxe set comes packaged with a hardbound book featuring rare photos, plus a replica tour book and a poster.

Single-CD and two-CD editions of the Hotel California reissue also will be available, as will digital and streaming versions.

The Eagles recently kicked off a brief series of fall U.S. tour dates that are plotted out through an October 27 show in Detroit. In the wake of founding member Glenn Frey‘s death in January 2016, the group has tapped Frey’s son Deacon and country star Vince Gill to step in for Glenn.

Here are all of the band’s upcoming concerts:

10/20 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
10/21 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
10/24 — Louisville, KY, KFC YUM! Center
10/27 — Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena

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Credit: Ian RawnOn Thursday night in Washington, D.C., Gregg Allman received a posthumous award named in his honor for his work in raising awareness about hepatitis C.

At the 15th anniversary National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) event, the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was presented with the Gregg Allman Hepatitis C Leadership Award, which his longtime manager Michael Lehman was on hand to accept.

The award recognizes Allman — who battled hepatitis C in his final years — for taking part in the “Tune In to Hep C” campaign, which raised awareness about the disease, and encouraged baby boomers to get tested.

As part of the campaign, Gregg played a benefit concert with The Allman Brothers Band at New York’s Beacon Theatre in 2011 that raised $250,000 for the NVHR and the American Liver Foundation.

“Gregg recognized an awareness gap, particularly among baby boomers who are infected with hepatitis C and either don’t realize they have the virus or just are not seeking treatment,” said Lehman in a statement. “He sought to remove the stigma with the message that it doesn’t matter how you contract hepatitis C — it only matters that you find it and treat it.”

Allman died in May at age 69 of complications from liver cancer. His final studio album, Southern Blood, was released in September.

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Sony Music EntertainmentMeat Loaf‘s classic album Bat Out of Hell was released 40 years ago this Saturday, October 21. The album, the singer’s debut solo effort, was his first of many projects with songwriter Jim Steinman.

Produced by Todd Rundgren, Bat Out of Hell only peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200, but it’s sold over 14 million copies in the U.S. and about 43 million worldwide. It features memorable hits like “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”

As beloved as Bat Out of Hell is, Meat Loaf tells ABC Radio that he doesn’t enjoy listening to the record because of the way it was mastered.

Bat Out of Hell was too long for vinyl, so we had to speed the record up to get any volume onto the vinyl,” he explains. “So anytime ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’ came on the radio…I had to turn it off, ’cause I thought I sounded like Alvin and the Chipmunks.”

Steinman is credited with writing all the songs, but Meat Loaf says he actually came up with part of “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” He tells ABC Radio that when it was recorded, Steinman hadn’t written the first two lines, so Meat spontaneously sang, “Baby, we can talk all night, but that ain’t gettin’ us nowhere.”

“I don’t know where it came from,” Meat Loaf admits. “It came from the character, ’cause I couldn’t have written anything that good.”

Meanwhile, the 70-year-old singer says he doesn’t dwell on the album’s enduring success.

“The only thing Bat Out of Hell‘s good for is getting tickets to see Hamilton or getting into a [popular] restaurant,” Meat Loaf declares. “I live in the moment.”

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Courtesy of Rogers & CowanMoody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge officially releases his CD/DVD box set Live from Birmingham — The 10,000 Light Years Tour today. The collection documents the final show of Lodge’s 2016 U.K. tour promoting his latest solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, which took place in his hometown of Birmingham in September 2016.

“[W]hen I decided to tour in England I said to the agent, ‘The last concert has to be in Birmingham at the Town Hall,'” Lodge explains to ABC Radio, noting that the venue “was where all the best bands where I came from would try and play [on Saturday nights].”

The concert featured performances of some of the classic Moodies songs Lodge penned, selections from his recent solo album and a couple of rarities.

At Moody Blues concerts, Lodge shares the spotlight with singer/guitarist Justin Hayward, so playing his solo shows gave him the rare chance to have an audience’s full attention.

“I really enjoyed it,” he maintains, “and it was really nice to be in control and perform songs that I hadn’t performed and songs I wanted to perform.”

He also points out that playing his Moody Blues compositions with his solo band offered fans “a slightly different look” on the tunes. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON1)

The Live from Birmingham box set includes a bonus DVD featuring footage from Lodge’s trip to New York City to promote the release of 10,000 Light Years Ago and backstage and rehearsal footage from his U.K. tour. A double-disc red-vinyl version of Live from Birmingham will be released in November.

As previously reported, Lodge will mount a U.S. tour in support of Live from Birmingham that kicks off October 26 in Vienna, Virginia, and wraps up November 8 in New York City.

Here’s the Live from Birmingham track list:

“Light Years Overture”
“Steppin’ in a Slide Zone”
“In My Mind”
“Lean on Me (Tonight)”
“Peak Hour”
“Get Me Out of Here”
“Simply Magic”
“Candle of Life”
“Saved by the Music”
“10,000 Light Years Ago”
“Nervous”
“Gemini Dream”
“Isn’t Life Strange”
“I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band”
“Ride My See-Saw”

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesToday marks the 40th anniversary of the tragic plane crash that took the lives of Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines and others. Van Zant’s youngest brother, Johnny, who’s been Skynyrd’s lead vocalist since the band reunited in 1987, tells ABC Radio that he wishes his brother had lived to witness the impact the music he helped create has had.

“There was a lot of it here he’s missed,” Johnny notes. “But hey…I believe in God, so I know he’s here in spirit, and I believe in angels too, so I think he’s one of our angels that hang with us every night onstage to get us through this.”

On October 20, 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd chartered a single-engine plane to transport them from Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where the Southern rockers had scheduled a concert that night. Sadly, the aircraft was under-fueled and crashed in a swampy area of Gillsburg, Mississippi, killing Van Zant, the Gaines siblings, Skynyrd’s road manager and the two pilots.

The band’s other members — guitarists Gary Rossington and Allen Collins, bassist Leon Wilkeson, pianist Billy Powell and drummer Artimus Pyle — were seriously injured but eventually recovered. The crash occurred three days after the release of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s fifth studio album, Street Survivors, whose original cover ironically depicted the band standing amid flames.

During the next decade, various Skynyrd members played together in different groups. Then, in 1987, the band re-formed with a lineup featuring most of the surviving members, plus Johnny Van Zant. Since then, several other Skynyrd members have died and the group has undergone many lineup changes, but it continues touring to this day. Rossington is the only original member still in the band.

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ABC/Randy HolmesBilly Joel stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night to talk about his career and later played “Miami 2017.”

Jimmy Kimmel has been broadcasting from his native Brooklyn all week. Billy was born in the Bronx and grew up in Long Island, but told Jimmy that he spent his summers with his grandparents in Brooklyn.

“Instead of going out to Long Island like most people do in the city in the summer, we went to Brooklyn,” Billy joked.

When Jimmy pointed out that he had seen Bruce Springsteen on Broadway the night before, and heard Billy was at the venue, he expected to see Joel on stage as a special guest. It didn’t happen because the Springsteen show isn’t featuring special guests, Joel said. He was just there as a fan.

When Jimmy asked him about his favorite Springsteen song, Joel replied, “Meeting Across the River,” from the 1975 album, Born to Run. Billy asked Paul Shaffer, who is sitting in with the band all week, if he knew it, which he did not, so Billy improvised it with him from his chair, calling out chords and imitating Springsteen.

Later, Billy talked about how he deals with ticket scalpers. He doesn’t allow ticket sales of the first two rows, he said, instead giving the block of tickets to his crew, who, before a show, then hand them out to people in the back.

But, he said, “The road crew is all guys. So who do they bring up? The cutest girls they can find.”

Billy said he explained this to Elton John when they toured together. Billy continued, “The next show, we look down, there’s all these cute guys in the front row!”

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Courtesy of San Francisco Art ExchangeWhen Eric Clapton auctioned off his favorite guitar “Blackie” in 2004 for a then-record price of $959,500, he also sold the similarly designed guitar that replaced his famous Fender Stratocaster, for around $200,000. Now, the owner of the latter guitar has decided to put it up for bid, with the sale being handled by San Francisco Art Exchange.

“The Heir to Blackie,” as the instrument has been nicknamed, was used by Clapton from 1990 to 1993. Among the famous events at which Eric played the guitar were Cream‘s 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Clapton’s “24 Nights” series of concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1990 and ’91, George Harrison‘s December 1991 tour of Japan, and Bob Dylan‘s 30th Anniversary Concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden in October 1992.

You can watch footage of Eric playing the instrument with Cream at the 1993 Rock Hall induction ceremony on YouTube.

Clapton personally collaborated in the design of the guitar, which, like “Blackie,” is a black-and-white-toned Stratocaster. The minimum bid for “The Heir to Blackie” has been set at $325,000, but the guitar is expected to sell for between $500,000 and $600,000. For full details about the instrument, you can email info@sfae.com, or call the gallery at 415-441-8840.

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Credit: Kevin MazurJust a reminder that Billy Joel will be a guest on tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on ABC.

The Piano Man will serve as the evening’s musical guest and also will chat with the host. Perhaps Jimmy Kimmel will ask Joel about the recently announced news that Billy and his wife are expecting their second child together next month.

This week’s Kimmel show is being taped in Jimmy’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House.

In other news, Joel has announced his first U.S. concert of 2018, a February 9 show at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 27, at 10 a.m. ET. American Express card members will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets starting this Monday, October 23, at 10 a.m. ET. Billy has played seven previous sold-out concerts at Amalie Arena.

Joel’s next concert is a sold-out show taking place this Friday, October 20, at Madison Square Garden as part of his ongoing monthly residency at the famous New York City venue.

Here are all of Billy’s upcoming U.S. dates:

10/20 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
11/3 — Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
11/18 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
11/29 — Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
12/8 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
12/20 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
12/31 — Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
2/9/18 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena

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Ron Howard/RedfernsTwo special tribute concerts commemorating the 40th anniversary of T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan‘s death and what would’ve been the glam-rock legend’s 70th birthday will take place this Sunday and Monday at City Winery in New York City. The 20th Century Boy: Marc Bolan & T. Rex 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert events will feature a star-studded lineup of musicians including Blondie‘s Clem Burke, original Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway, Patti Smith Group‘s Tony Shanahan and founding King Crimson and Foreigner member Ian McDonald.

The shows also will feature performances by Marc’s son Rolan Bolan, the events’ guest of honor, as well as Suzanne Vega, one-time Meat Loaf and Clash collaborator Ellen Foley, ex-David Bowie touring guitarist Gerry Leonard and many others. The concerts will feature versions of plenty of classic T. Rex songs as well as selections from the group’s folkier early incarnation, Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Proceeds raised by the shows will benefit the Marc Bolan School of Music and Film project, a planned educational facility that’s being built in the African nation of Sierra Leone which Rolan and his mother, singer Gloria Jones, will run.

For more details about the shows, visit CityWinery.com and the concerts’ official Facebook page.

Bolan was born on September 30, 1947, and died in a car crash on September 16, 1977, two weeks short of his 30th birthday. As the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of T. Rex, he was responsible for creating such memorable songs as “Get It On (Bang a Gong),” “Jeepster,” “20th Century Boy” and “Children of the Revolution.”

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Credit Hammerhead ©2017 All Rights ReservedMichael Jackson‘s “Thriller” dance is a Halloween tradition, but now you can get your first glimpse of what CBS is hoping will be a new Halloween tradition: Michael Jackson’s Halloween.

In the 30-second promo, set to the MJ songs “Working Day and Night” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” we see the King of Pop’s animated feet as they appeared in the “Billie Jean” video, clad in black loafers and sparkly socks. As he dances, sparkles fly from his feet, and then we see a sparkly glove giving a thumbs up. Next, a full moon rises above a bridge with Michael’s eyes on it.

Next, we see scenes of the special’s animated characters, including dancing pumpkin-headed people, skeletons, monkeys and our heroes, Vince and Victoria, two millennials who meet on Halloween night. They, along with Ichabod the dog, end up at a mysterious hotel, called This Place Hotel, located at 777 Jackson Street.

According to CBS, the two are then “sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.”

Michael Jackson’s Halloween stars the voices of Jim Parsons, Christine Baranski, Brad Garrett, Alan Cumming, Lucas Till and Lucy Liu. It airs Friday, October 27, at 8 p.m. ET.

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BMGJohn Fogerty has announced official plans to reissue his 1997 solo album Blue Moon Swamp on November 17 in honor of the Grammy-winning collection’s 20th anniversary. The album will be available on CD, 180-gram vinyl and as a digital download, while a limited-edition blue-vinyl 180-gram LP will be sold exclusively by Barnes & Noble.

Released in May 1997, Blue Moon Swamp was the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman’s fifth solo album and the first one he’d put out since 1986’s Eye of the Zombie. The record peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200, and was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. In 1998, Blue Moon Swamp was awarded a Grammy for Best Rock Album.

The reissue features new cover art that recreates the backdrop Fogerty used for his tour in support of the album. Blue Moon Swamp is the first release in a series of upcoming reissues of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s solo recordings. Among the future releases will be 1985’s Centerfield, Eye of the Zombie, the 1998 live album Premonition, 2004’s Déjà vu (All Over Again) and a new best-of compilation.

The 72-year-old rocker also is working on a new album of original tunes that’s due out next year.

Earlier this month, Fogerty finished a series of shows as part of his ongoing Las Vegas residency at the Wynn resort’s Encore Theatre. He’ll begin a new run of dates at the venue in January 2018. John also has two 2017 concerts on his schedule — an October 28 show in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and an October 29 headlining performance in Austin, Texas, at a benefit for the Austin-based music education program All ATX.

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Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesCars frontman Ric Ocasek not only has a knack for writing infectious rock songs, but he also happens to be a talented artist. A new exhibition of the veteran singer/guitarist’s artwork called “Ric Ocasek: Color the Lines” will premiere this Saturday, October 21, at Wentworth Gallery in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Ocasek will attend an opening event for the exhibit that runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. The collection includes acrylic paintings on canvas and colored-marker drawings on paper.

Ric tells the Asbury Park Press that he feels there are similarities between creating his paintings and drawings and writing songs.

“Both things start with a blank piece of paper,” Ocasek maintains, adding that “having random ideas and kind of putting them together into a finished piece [of music] is almost the same as drawing and painting, well for me because I kind of do abstract stuff.”

Ocasek reveals that among the artists who have influenced him are Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, pop-art legend Andy Warhol and some Dadaist artists.

Ric also points out that in both music and art, “I was always looking for a crossover between what is pop but also what is legitimate or what is artistic rather than just what is commercial.”

Meanwhile, The Cars recently were nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, after having previously been on the ballot in 2016 and 2017.

“It’s nice to be recognized by your peers, and [get] that little extra thing that says you sort of fall into this group of people who are pretty recognized for their music,” Ocasek tells the Asbury Park Press regarding the nomination. “So in that sense it’s a pretty nice thing to look forward to, if it happens this year.”

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Courtesy of BravadoWith The Rolling Stones set to wind down their No Filter Tour of Europe with a three-night stand at the U Arena in Paris on October 19, 22 and 25, the band has partnered with French high-fashion retailer Colette to launch a limited-edition collection of themed merchandise. The items, produced in collaboration with various companies, will be available exclusively at the Colette store in Paris from October 19 through October 25.

Many of the offerings in the collection are part of a co-branding partnership between The Rolling Stones and the popular soccer team Paris Saint Germain FC, including a jersey, a sweatshirt, a hoodie, a motorcycle helmet, a cap, a skateboard deck and sneakers. Among the other items are a series of Moleskin notebooks and pieces of apparel from fashion designer Mike Amiri. All items are branded with different versions of The Rolling Stones’ famous tongue-and-lips logo.

Various No Filter Tour memorabilia and Rolling Stones vinyl albums also will be sold at Colette.

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Kevin MazurBilly Joel and his wife Alexis Roderick welcomed their first child, Della Rose, two years ago. Now the couple is expecting yet another little “Uptown Girl”…or maybe boy.

Billy tells the Belfast Telegraph, “We are due next month.” He didn’t comment on the baby’s sex. This will be the Piano Man’s third child; Billy also has an adult daughter, Alexa Ray, with his second wife, Christie Brinkley. Roderick is his fourth wife; they married on July 4, 2015.

Speaking of daughter Della, Billy tells the paper, “She sleeps through the night. I hope the next one will.” He also recently told Harry Connick Jr. that Della seems to have a lot of musical talent and can sing on key.

When the paper asks Billy what he does for fun, he says he hangs out with Della and watches “her little wheels spin.”

“She’s a hoot. She’s a funny kid. She loves to laugh. I like to make her laugh,” he says. Billy adds that when he plays Aviva Stadium in Dublin next summer, Della will come with him because “she has Irish roots” through her mom.

In the same interview, Billy is asked to confirm the story that he once rode past Donald Trump’s home in Florida on his motorcycle and gave the house the finger.

“I do that all the time,” he replies. “It is probably on film somewhere. I’m sure they’ve got cameras all over the place. I’m not a fan. I think he’s got a pretty thin skin. I don’t think he is very happy in the job. I don’t know what he’s doing there. And neither does he.”

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InsideOut MusicLast month, longtime Yes guitarist Steve Howe‘s youngest son, Virgil, died at the age of 41, leading the prog-rock legends’ to cancel the last six dates of its Yestival summer tour. Prior to his untimely passing, Virgil and his dad had completed a collaborative instrumental album called Nexus that will be released on November 17, and you can listen to the record’s title track now on the InsideOut Music label’s official YouTube channel.

Steve notes that at the time of his son’s death, he and Virgil “had only recently completed recording Nexus, which contains eleven of his tunes to which I added a guitar to suit each one.”

While his son’s main instrument was drums, the Yes guitarist points out that “Nexus explores a completely different side of Virgil’s ability, as a writer & keyboard player — ‘in his own right.'”

He adds, “We hope that the music just completed will stand as a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.”

The cover art for Nexus was created by Virgil’s five-year-old daughter, Zuni. The album can be pre-ordered now, and is available as a standard CD, a digital download and a CD/vinyl LP package.

Here is the album’s track list:

“Nexus”
“Hidden Planet”
“Leaving Aurura”
“Nick’s Star”
“Night Hawk”
“Moon Rising”
“Passing Titan”
“Dawn Mission”
“Astral Plane”
“Infinite Space”
“Freefall”

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