RhinoThis September marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Simple Dreams, one of Linda Ronstadt‘s most successful studio albums, and in honor of the milestone, an expanded and remastered edition of the chart-topping record will hit stores on September 15. The reissue will be available on CD and vinyl LP, as a digital download and via streaming services.

Simple Dreams spent five weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 at the end of 1977, and went on to sell more than three million copies in the U.S. It features four top 40 hits, all of which were covers: Roy Orbison‘s “Blue Bayou,” Buddy Holly‘s “It’s So Easy,” Warren Zevon‘s “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” and The Rolling Stones‘ “Tumbling Dice.”

“Blue Bayou” and “It’s So Easy” peaked at #3 and #5, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100.

The record also includes a duet between Ronstadt and Dolly Parton on the traditional tune “I Never Will Marry” — that song reached the top 10 of Billboard‘s country singles chart.

Other artists who contributed to the album include founding Eagles members Don Henley and Bernie Leadon, plus J.D. Souther and Andrew Gold.

The expanded version of Simple Dreams features three bonus tracks: live renditions of “It’s So Easy,” “Blue Bayou” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” from a 1980 performance that originally was shown on HBO. On the vinyl version of the reissue, the tracks are included on a seven-inch disc packaged with the LP.

Here is the track list of Simple Dreams: Expanded Edition:

“It’s So Easy”
“Carmelita”
“Simple Man, Simple Dream”
“Sorrow Lives Here”
“I Never Will Marry”
“Blue Bayou”
“Poor Poor Pitiful Me”
“Maybe I’m Right”
“Tumbling Dice”
“Old Paint”
“It’s So Easy” (Live)*
“Blue Bayou” (Live)*
“Poor Poor Pitiful Me” (Live)*

* = bonus tracks.

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Constable/Hachette UKA new memoir by late Emerson, Lake and Palmer frontman Greg Lake called Lucky Man has just been published in the U.K. The veteran prog-rocker, who died of lung cancer in December 2016 at age 69, penned the autobiography himself.

A few months before his death, Lake spoke to ABC Radio about the book, which he’d worked on for several years. Noting that the project is made up of three volumes, he noted, “It sounds like War and Peace, but it’s not. It just happened to be that my life broke down into three separate parts. One was my childhood…my early bands, really. The next facet of my life was, really, King Crimson. And the last thing was ELP and up to this present day.”

During the interview, Lake also discussed why it had taken him longer than expected to complete the book.

“I’d be talking to [an interviewer and they] would mention something and I’d realize that I hadn’t included in the book,” he pointed out. “So I kept going back and back.”

In addition to focusing on Lake’s various musical endeavors, including his long tenure as ELP’s lead singer, guitarist, bassist and producer, Lucky Man also includes Greg’s reflections on the March 2016 suicide of his longtime band mate Keith Emerson and his own battle with terminal cancer.

Lake told ABC Radio that a companion documentary film to his autobiography was in the works, but no news has emerged about whether the film will still see the light of day.

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Ron HarrisAs the reissued Purple Rain returns to the Billboard charts, Prince‘s band, The Revolution, is adding new concert dates.

The band is touring throughout the summer, with new dates on July 23 in Minneapolis, and September 4 for L.A.’s Grand Park–Nightshift Labor Day Music Festival.

The band recorded four albums with Prince, including Purple Rain in 1984. Last month, the band members received 13x-Platinum Award plaques at a party hosted by Spike Lee in Hollywood celebrating the re-issue of the iconic 1984 soundtrack. The plaques marked 13 million copies sold of Purple Rain.

In other Prince news, the late legend’s Prince’s Paisley Park complex has announced a special four-day Battle of The Bands contest called “Musicology-Summer 2017.” It will be held August 31-September 3 at the famed studio and soundstage.

Nine finalists will be selected, and the winner will receive free recording time at Paisley Park, and a mentorship with members of Prince’s New Power Generation.

Artists can enter on the Paisley Park Facebook page, and fans can purchase tickets for the event on the Paisley Park website.

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Capitol/Apple Corps Ltd.Beatles fans will be treated to a return trip to Pepperland next year, as a new comic book based on the 1968 animated Fab Four film Yellow Submarine is scheduled to be published in conjunction with the movie’s 50th anniversary. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the graphic adaptation, titled The Beatles: Yellow Submarine, will be written and illustrated by newly hired MAD magazine executive editor Bill Morrison and will be issued by Titan Comics.

The Yellow Submarine flick was a psychedelic fantasy adventure featuring cartoon likenesses of the Fab Four, who journey to the surreal world of Pepperland to help save the inhabitants from the evil Blue Meanies and villainous creatures.

Morrison is a longtime fan of Yellow Submarine who co-founded Bongo Comics with Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

“We’re thrilled to be publishing The Beatles: Yellow Submarine for the 50th Anniversary of this fantastic movie,” says Titan Comics executive Chris Teather. “We can’t wait for Beatles fans to experience this official adaptation.”

In advance of the comic book, Titan’s merchandise branch will release a line of collectible Yellow Submarine figures later in July. The “All Together Now” series includes two versions of each Beatles member, multiple versions of the submarine, Blue Meanies, the Apple Bonker and the Four-Headed Bulldog.

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Credit: Claude GassianA stage production featuring classic songs of The Rolling Stones may be headed to London’s West End and Broadway, U.K. newspaper The Sun reports. According to the paper, secret workshops are taking place in London with a goal of finding talented performers to star in the proposed musical.

A theater source tells The Sun, “The workshops are being kept very much under wraps and only incredible talent is being invited to attend…The idea came from top theater execs who know the concept of a Stones musical has the potential to be a worldwide hit.”

The source adds the executives “know the show has to be outstanding for the band members to back it…Only then will it ever see the light of day.”

Other artists whose songs have been showcased in popular stage musicals — either on the West End or Broadway — include ABBA, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Queen, Billy Joel, Carole King, Gloria Estefan and The Kinks.

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Dominique Charriau/WireImage; Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagicThe full lineup for this year’s Grammy Salute to Music Legends event has been announced and among the newly added performers are Dionne Warwick and Valerie Simpson of the legendary pop/soul songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson.

The gala, which celebrates the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Awards winners, takes place this Tuesday, July 11, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Among this year’s honorees will be the Academy’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients: Sly and the Family Stone frontman Sly Stone, The Velvet Underground, Nina Simone, Shirley Caesar, jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, and country legends Charley Pride and Jimmie Rodgers.

Other artists who have joined the event’s bill include founding Velvet Underground member John Cale, R&B singer Charlie Wilson, jazz-blues vocalist Catherine Russell and jazz pianist Stanley Cowell. The lineup also features previously announced performers Randy Newman, Dwight Yoakam, Andra Day and Kirk Franklin. Paul Shaffer will serve as the show’s musical director.

Besides acknowledging the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, the Grammy Salute to Music Legends also will celebrate the winners of the Recording Academy’s Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award.

The show will be recorded and will air as an episode of the long-running PBS series Great Performances later this year.

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Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMeE Street Band guitarist “Little Steven” Van Zandt has reignited his solo career with Soulfire, his first new studio album since 1999. The 12-track collection, which Van Zandt describes as a “reintroduction of myself,” features renditions of songs Steven wrote or co-wrote for other artists over the years, plus a few new tunes and a couple of covers.

Van Zandt tells ABC Radio that the inspiration for the record was a one-off gig he played last October at London’s Bluesfest for which he formed a new version of his old group The Disciples of Soul.

“[The gig] really felt good, and it felt like an album,” Little Steven explains. “[I thought,] “I’ve never put blues on a record before or jazz or any kind of covers on a record before…and that could be the concept for this thing, just reintroducing myself to me.'”

Van Zandt says he tried to incorporate influences from many genres he embraced while developing his own musical style into Soulfire‘s songs. “You get a really good example of who I am with this thing,” he maintains.

Soulfire features renditions of four tunes Van Zandt wrote or co-wrote for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, including Southside’s signature song “I Don’t Want to Go Home” and “Love on the Wrong Side of Town,” which was co-penned by Bruce Springsteen. Among the new songs on the album is “The City Weeps Tonight,” a doo-wop tune Van Zandt began writing for his first solo album that he revisited and finally completed it for this project.

Soulfire was released on CD and digitally in May, and on vinyl in June 30. Little Steven currently is touring Europe with his new Disciples of Soul, and he’s planning to announce a full U.S. tour soon.

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Photo: Guy Aroch/Design: Todd Gallopo at Meat and PotatoesSammy Hagar turns the big 7-0 on October 13, and to celebrate the milestone the Red Rocker is organizing a special edition of his annual birthday bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The 27th annual installment of the star-studded event will be held over the course of four nights, on October 9, 11, 13 and 14.

Tickets to the concerts, which cost $70, will be made available via a random lottery-style drawing for those who register at RedRocker.com or at Hagar’s Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages. Registration will be open from Wednesday, July 12, at 10 a.m. PT through Tuesday, July 18, at 6 p.m. PT. Winners will be announced on July 21, and tickets will be limited to two per household per show.

Over the years, a jaw-dropping list of famous musicians has taken part in Hagar’s birthday shows at the Cabo Wabo Cantina, including Van Halen, late Who bassist John Entwistle, Stevie Wonder, Heart‘s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Joan Jett, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Slash, Duff McKagan, Dave Grohl, Jerry Cantrell, Chad Smith, Bob Weir, Iggy Pop, Tommy Lee, John Mayer and Adam Levine.

Meanwhile, a contest offering fans to win two tickets to Hagar’s 70th birthday celebration has been launched by Mercury Insurance, sponsor of Sammy’s AXS TV reality series Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar. You can enter the contest at MercuryInsurance.com/AXS through August 31.

The first of a new series of Rock & Roll Road Trip episodes premieres this Sunday, July 9, at 9 p.m. ET. To promote the show, Hagar and his pal Levine will take part in a Facebook Live Q&A event on Saturday, July 8, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesFor the first time ever, Prince fans can now enjoy some of his videos and concert performances on one of the most popular streaming platforms.

When he was alive, the Minneapolis icon kept his clips off the Internet, but now you can see classics “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” including an extended version, on Vevo, Billboard reports. Live performances of “Baby I’m A Star” from 1984, “I Would Die 4 U,” also from 1984, and “Take Me With U” from 1985, are also available.

While Vevo is remembering the legacy of The Purple One, a special tribute to Prince is taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, according to InsiderLouisville.com.

An artist named Rebekah Major has been creating Prince-inspired art every day for the past year. On Friday, she opens her exhibit, called “365 Days of Prince,” at the Revelry Boutique Gallery. The exhibit runs through August 8.

I Would Die 4 U (Live from Landover, MD – November 20, 1984) (Live) by PRINCE on VEVO.

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Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty ImagesFour of Madonna‘s children are from the African nation of Malawi, so helping that country’s citizens are high on the Queen of Pop’s “to-do” list. The latest project from her Raising Malawi charity makes its debut next week.

On Tuesday, the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. It’s named after Madonna’s daughter, Mercy James, and is described as, “the first unit of its kind in Malawi.”

In a statement, Madonna says, “When you look into the eyes of children in need, wherever they may be, a human being wants to do anything and everything they can to help, and on my first visit to Malawi, I made a commitment that I would do just that.”

She adds, “Malawi has enriched my family more than I could have ever imagined. It’s important for me to make sure all my children from the country maintain a strong connection to their birth nation, and equally important to show them that together, humans have the power to change the world for the better.”

The unit will help the hospital double the number of surgeries performed on children each year, as well as increasing the chance of survival. In addition, the unit will train more local doctors to perform pediatric surgery: currently, there are only four in the entire country of Malawi, and 50% of the population is under the age of 15.

Other features of the unit include a playroom for kids, an outdoor play area, and murals curated by Madonna.

Madonna has a son, David, and three daughters from Malawi: Mercy James and twins Stella and Esther.

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Courtesy of StyxToday marks the 40th anniversary of The Grand Illusion, Styx‘s seventh album, which was released on July 7, 1977…or 7/7/77. The concept record featured two of the band’s most enduring hits, “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” and helped propel the group to superstardom.

To coincide with the milestone anniversary, Styx has released a special bundle featuring a limited-edition green vinyl version of The Grand Illusion and a CD copy of the band’s brand-new concept album, The Mission. The package is available exclusively at StyxWorld.com and is priced at $37.77.

Speaking recently with ABC Radio, founding Styx guitarist James “JY” Young noted that The Grand Illusion was his band’s “breakout album,” and the first of four consecutive multiplatinum studio efforts issued by the group. Young described The Grand Illusion as a “magnificent album” filled with “phenomenal” songs. Reflecting on the album’s sales history, as well as the changing nature of the music industry, Young pointed out that The Grand Illusion actually had sold more than one million copies on the now-defunct eight-track-tape format alone.

The Grand Illusion peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, while “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself” reached #8 and #29, respectively, on the Hot 100 chart. The album has sold more than three million copies in the U.S. to date.

On Styx’s current trek, the United We Rock Tour with REO Speedwagon and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, the band has been playing four songs from The Grand Illusion. Styx’s next concert is scheduled for July 18 in Tampa, Florida.

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John Shearer/BBMA2017/Getty Images for dcpCher‘s autobiographical Broadway musical is set to debut next year, but ahead of that, it’ll be presented this October in a workshop-type setting.

The Cher Show will run from October 2 through October 29 in what’s called a “lab presentation,” according to Playbill. The production will feature hits from the diva’s entire career, and a book by Tony Award-winner Rick Elice, who worked on Jersey Boys. It’s directed by Jason Moore, who did Avenue Q.

According to Playbill, the show won’t just feature one person playing Cher. Instead, different actors will appear as archetypes who represent different incarnations of Cher at different phases of her career.

For example, a character called “Babe” will be Cher as a teenager. “Lady” will be Cher as a music industry success, and “Star” will be the legend we all know and love. Someone also will play Cher’s mother, Georgia, and her late ex-husband Sonny Bono.

Currently, the team is casting for the role of “Babe,” described as “fiercely independent, but insecure about her looks…Determined to be famous, drawn to Hollywood and the movies…Seeing Sonny the first time is her ‘Romeo and Juliet moment.'”

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MJ Kim/© MPL Communications Ltd.Paul McCartney launches a new U.S. leg of his ongoing One on One Tour tonight in Miami. The stateside trek is split into two parts, with the first winding down July 26 in Tinley Park, Illinois, and the second scheduled from a September 11 show in Newark, New Jersey, through an October 2 concert in Detroit.

The former Beatles star, whose One on One trek began last year, says the tour’s name reflects the intimate experience he tries to bring to fans during his concerts, regardless of the large size of the venues he plays.

“[W]hen I do the show, I feel like I’m kind of talking to someone like me in the audience,” he explains to Rolling Stone. “So I’m relating to the people. And when I’m playing, I’m imagining it’s me listening to this band, this guy.”

Sir Paul points out that the video screens he uses also help pull the crowd into his shows.

“Even though you’re at the back of the hall, we try and bring the intimacy to you,” he notes. “So…it’s me, one-on-one, with every member of the audience.”

As for the set McCartney will be playing on the new tour leg, he reports that it basically will be the same as previous One on One concerts, “just jigged…around a little bit.” Fans can expect a three-hour show featuring plenty of Beatles songs, as well as classics and deep cuts from his solo career.

As for how McCartney, who turned 75 in June, has the energy to pull off such a lengthy performance, he tells Rolling Stone, “Once you get in front of an audience … it’s a charge. It charges your battery. It just turns you up to 11.”

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

7/7 –- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
7/10 –- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
7/13 –- Duluth, GA, Infinite Energy Arena
7/15 — Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
7/17 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Center
7/19 –- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
7/21 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
7/23 –- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
7/25 — Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park
7/26 — Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park
9/11 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
9/12 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
9/15 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/17 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/19 — Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/21 — Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/23 — Syracuse, NY, Carrier Dome
9/26 — Uniondale, NY, NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
9/27 — Uniondale, NY, NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10/1 — Detroit MI, Little Caesars Arena
10/2 — Detroit MI, Little Caesars Arena

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UMeIt’s 7/7 and it’s Ringo Starr’s 77th birthday. In honor of the occasion, the former Beatles drummer has announced details of his new album.

The disc, Ringo’s 19th solo project, is called Give More Love and it’ll be out September 15. A vinyl version hits stores September 22.

The 10-track project features collaborations with Ringo’s old bandmate Paul McCartney, his brother-in-law Joe Walsh and a slew of other artists including Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Timothy B. Schmit, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, Dave Stewart, and more.

Give More Love also features four bonus tracks, one of which, “Back Off Boogaloo,” is based on the original demo recording Ringo made when he first wrote the song in 1971. The other three bonus tracks — “You Can’t Fight Lightning,” “Photograph” and “Don’t Pass Me By” — are from Ringo’s 2016 Peace & Love birthday event.

As for today’s birthday celebration, Ringo is holding his annual “Peace & Love” salute at noon in front of the Capitol Records Tower in L.A.. Satellite events are also happening all over the globe, some of which you can watch at Facebook.com/RingoStarrMusic.

In October, Ringo and his All-Starr Band will hit the road for a tour. The All-Starr lineup is the same as it’s been since 2012: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Hamm and Gregg Bissonette.

Here are Ringo’s tour dates:

10/13-14, 17, 20-21, 24, 27-28 — Las Vegas, NV, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
10/30 -– El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre
10/31 -– Austin TX, Moody Theater
11/2 -– Sugarland, TX, Smart Sugarland Civic Center
11/ 4 -– Thackerville, OK, Global Events Center at Winstar
11/7-8 -– Ft Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
11/11 -– Atlanta, GA, Fox Theater
11/12 -– Norfolk, VA, ODU Pavilion
11/14 -– Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts enter
11/15 -– New York City, NY, Beacon Theater
11/16 -– Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center

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Credit: Scott Robert RitchieEverything’s coming up sevens for Ringo Starr today, July 7. The former Beatles drummer turns 77 today and, as has become an annual tradition, the rock legend will lead fans in a “Peace and Love” cheer in honor of his birthday at noon local time in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles.

Starr will be joined by a variety of famous friends and collaborators at the event, which is open to the public. Among the many notable musicians expected to attend are Ringo’s brother-n-law, Joe Walsh, The AnimalsEric Burdon, Edgar Winter, ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren, acclaimed session drummer Jim Keltner, producer Don Was, indie-rocker Jenny Lewis, Van Dyke Parks and current All Starr Band members Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.

Other celebrities who will be on hand for the celebration include director David Lynch, comedians Richard Lewis and Howie Mandell and actors Jeremy Piven, Bud Cort and Ed Begley Jr.

In addition to the “Peace and Love” declaration, the L.A. event also will feature performances of Ringo’s songs by several guest musicians, including Was, Parks, Lewis and respected arranger and keyboardist Michael Bearden.

As usual, Starr also is asking fans around the world, no matter where they are, to say “Peace and Love” at noon local time today, and he also is encouraging people to share positive messages via social media sites using the hash tag #PeaceAndLove.

Meanwhile, various “Peace and Love” events will be held in Fab Four-related sites across the globe, including the Cavern Club in Liverpool, U.K; Abbey Road Studios in London; a park named after John Lennon in Lima, Peru; and Alice’s Tea Cup, a New York City shop nearby the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park.

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