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In 1976, Elton John told Rolling Stone he was bisexual. Then, when he got married in 1984, it was to a woman: a German recording engineer named Renate Blauel. They split after four years, and Elton then declared that he was “comfortable” identifying not as bisexual, but as gay.

In a new Instagram post, Elton uses that experience to reflect on the issue of marriage equality, which is coming up for a vote in Australia very soon.

“I’m so excited to be back in Australia for a series of shows,” Elton writes in the caption of a photo of his wedding to his current spouse, David Furnish. “Many years ago, I chose Australia for my wedding to a wonderful woman for whom I have so much love and admiration.”

“I wanted more than anything to be a good husband, but I denied who I really was, which caused my wife sadness, and caused me huge guilt and regret,” he explains. “To be worthy of someone’s love, you have to be brave enough and clear eyed enough to be honest with yourself and your partner.”

Elton then reflects on his nearly 24-year relationship with Furnish, whom he married in 2014.

“It felt like that fact was accepted by the world,” he writes. “For David and I, being able to openly love and commit to one another, and for that to be recognized and celebrated, is what makes life truly worth living.”

Elton finishes by saying, “I love Australia. I love its spirit, its lack of pretense, its passion. I hope it can embrace the honesty and courage that seeks gay marriage as an expression not of desire but of love.”

He ended his post with the hashtags #loveislove and #marriageequality.

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Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesPete Townshend is a married man again. In fact, he has been since last December, but now it’s official.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, the 72-year-old the Who co-founder revealed he and his longtime partner, fellow musician Rachel Fuller, 44, were wed in a small private ceremony last December. Townshend called the marriage a “very, very happy thing” for the couple, who’ve been together over 20 years.

As for keeping it quiet until now, Pete said, “Really, we were being selfish. I have been away on tour so much in recent years, we just wanted to be together, and savor the moment.” Oddly, as Fuller has been on tour with the Who, which Townshend called “a kind of wedding blessing for us both,” Pete has referred to her as his wife onstage and “the response has been great.”

Townshend married his previous wife, Karen Astley, in 1968; they have three grown children. They separated in 1994 and divorced in 2009.

In a separate post, Townshend said he plans to take a yearlong sabbatical, providing the official definition as “a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked,” adding that he doubted he’d make his normal Who salary during that time.

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David Redfern/RedfernsThere’s a whole lotta Led Zeppelin coming to a television near you.

This Saturday, AXS TV is devoting an entire day to Led Zeppelin-related programming, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET with the 2008 documentary It Might Get Loud. The film examines the background and guitar-playing philosophies of Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2‘s the Edge, and bluesy rocker Jack White. It also brings the trio together for a fascinating show-and-tell roundtable discussion.

Next, at 3:00 p.m. ET, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant takes center stage in Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters — Live at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption, recorded in 2016. Plant and his backing band of crack musicians offer acoustic-focused versions of Zeppelin classics like “Black Dog” and “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” plus standout tracks from Plant’s solo career.

The classic 1976 concert film Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same airs at 4:00 p.m. Recorded at Madison Square Garden, the dazzling set features the band at the height of its power.

Plant returns at 6:30 p.m. ET for the PBS-produced special, Soundstage: Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, offering funkier versions of Zeppelin standards, solo tracks, and a cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Hey Joe.”

Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, is featured in Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar, airing at 7:30 p.m. ET. Hagar and his band The Circle, featuring Jason on drums, perform a headlining set at Florida’s SunFest.

Finishing off AXS TV’s Zeppelin-fest, settle in at 8:00 p.m. ET for a rebroadcast of the Classic Rock Awards 2016, featuring appearances and performances from Page, Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett, Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, Richie Sambora, Johnny Depp, Cheap Trick and more.

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Capitol/UMeThis year marks the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever, one of the most influential and impactful movies of the ’70s — and its best-selling soundtrack was equally iconic. So get out your white three-piece suit and put on your dancing shoes, because in November, that soundtrack — which has sold an estimated 40 million copies worldwide — is getting the super deluxe box set treatment.

The set features two CDs containing the remastered original album and four remixes, as well as a 180-gram two-LP vinyl version of the remastered album. There’s also a Blu-ray of the film’s 4K-restored 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut and Theatrical Version, along with a number of bonus features.

But that’s not all: the set also includes a 23-page book featuring newly-penned essays by the Bee Gees Barry Gibb, director John Badham and others. On top of that, you’ll get Bee Gees photos, film stills, a reproduction of the original Saturday Night Fever poster, a set of five art prints, and even a turntable slipmat to spin the vinyl on.

“Forty years ago, Saturday Night Fever was released and the impact that came from it, even today, is inexplicable,” writes Barry Gibb in his essay. “It was inexplicable even then.”

The box set arrives November 17, just two days after the actual 40th anniversary of the album’s original release. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which won the Grammy for Album of the Year, spawned five massive singles — including “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Night Fever” — and topped the chart for 24 straight weeks.

The soundtrack was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004, and in 2013, it was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry as a culturally significant work.

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ParlophoneA unique live-streamed event on September 26 will help launch the release of the new David Bowie boxed set, DAVID BOWIE A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982).

The set is due September 29 and three days prior, a special celebration takes place at legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, Germany, and will be live-streamed at 2 p.m. ET via Bowie’s Facebook page.

The live event features a question and answer sessions with guests including longtime Bowie guitarist Carlos Alomar and Edu Meyer, former sound engineer at Hansa Studios. That’s where Bowie recorded parts of his Low album as well as Heroes, two-thirds of his so-called “Berlin Trilogy.” Bowie’s Facebook page will also be offering previously unheard audio streams that day.

A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN will be available as an eleven-CD box or 13-disc vinyl box, as well as in high-definition digital download formats.

The set includes Low, Heroes and a new version of Lodger, the third piece of the Berlin Trilogy — remixed by Bowie’s longtime producer, Tony Visconti — as well as the Scary Monsters album. There are also two versions of the 1978 live album Stage, featuring two previously unreleased tracks; and Re:Call 3, a compilation featuring single versions, non-album singles, B-sides and soundtrack selections.

The box is rounded out with the exclusive 40th anniversary Heroes EP, which includes with the single, German and French versions of the seminal Bowie track.

The boxed sets also have an accompanying book — 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set — with rare and previously unpublished photos by Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton and others, plus press reviews and Visconti’s technical notes.

For a complete track list of the various sets, go to Bowie’s website.

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James PowellChuck Panozzo has a special message to share on this, his 68th birthday. The founding Styx bassist has issued a statement in which he talks about being both gay, and an HIV survivor.

Panozzo, who revealed his diagnosis back in 2001, says, “It’s difficult enough to be different and even more challenging to live with big secrets. I have finally learned to enjoy my differences. Through the years, I struggled with my feelings about my diagnosis and found that the stigma of being HIV positive was actually worse than having the disease itself.”

He also talks about a recent visit to the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center in Wilton Manors, Florida, which he says was a life-changing experience.

Panozzo says, “I confronted my fear and found a tremendous freedom in doing so. Along with this came a learning experience and I became more aware of who I am and what I can do to change my feelings. I was so moved by the Museum’s mission that I have been able to experience a much greater personal power.”

Panozzo has posted a video about his visit to the Museum and is asking friends and fans to “like” WAM’s Facebook page, visit their website and make a donation.

He concludes, “Thank you for allowing me to share my personal story and taking the time to learn about the importance of The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center. I promise that your donation will make a difference in many lives.”

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Django CrosbyDavid Crosby didn’t have to look far for assistance on his new album, Sky Trails.

The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee tells USA Today he collaborated with his son, James Raymond, on a complex track titled “Curved Air.” The song features a flamenco guitar intro that Raymond actually composed on keyboards.

Crosby marvels, “I don’t know how he did it. I am completely flummoxed by it. When I heard it I said, ‘Who did you get to play the guitar?’ And he said, ‘Me.’ I said, ‘Oh, come on. You can’t possibly have played that. It’s inconceivable.’ But, yeah, he did. He’s that good.”

The 76-year-old Crosby says at this point in his storied career, he’s not interested in looking for a “hit.”

“[Raymond] and I aren’t trying to be pop guys, man,” he explains. “We’re not trying to have a hit. It’s just that I am at the end of my life. I’ve got a little time left. So I feel a strong pressure to do every bit of music I can and do it as well as I possibly can, knowing it will last longer than I will.”

You can listen to “Curved Air” now on SoundCloud. Sky Trails is due September 29.

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When it comes to disaster relief, The Boss in on the case.

Bruce Springsteen is releasing an entire live set that he and the E Street Band recorded December 8, 1978 at the Summit in Houston Texas. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund to help those affected in Texas and Florida by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively.

According to, the Houston show was part of the final leg of the Darkness on the Edge of Town tour and it originally appeared as part of the Darkness box set. It includes the extended introduction version of “Prove It All Night,” the rarely performed “Streets of Fire,” and Darkness outtakes “Fire” and “Because the Night.”

Fans will also enjoy early versions of three tracks that would go on to appear on The River: “Independence Day,” “Point Blank” and “The Ties That Bind,” plus Bruce’s famed take on “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”

The Houston ’78 show is available as MP3 and hi-res download, or as a two-CD set. You can order at

For more information on MusiCares, check the organization’s website.

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Columbia Records/Legacy RecordingsIt’s time for another deep dive into Bob Dylan’s catalog.

Bob Dylan — Trouble No More — The Bootleg Series Vol. 13/1979-1981 arrives on November 3. The comprehensive eight-disc package also comes with a bonus DVD and covers the period in which Dylan released three albums directly influenced by personal and religious transformation: 1979’s Slow Train Coming, 1980’s Saved, and 1981’s Shot of Love.

All but one of the tracks on Trouble No More are previously unreleased versions. The set also includes 14 previously unreleased songs, as well as previously unheard live performances and rare studio outtakes. The deluxe box comes with a hardcover book featuring an introduction by Dylan scholar Ben Rollins and specially curated liner notes.

The feature-length bonus DVD, dubbed Trouble No More: A Musical Film, combines unreleased footage from Dylan’s 1980 tours, including a rare live version of “Shot of Love,” with new material performed by Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon.

Trouble No More will also be available in two-CD and four-LP configurations comprised of the first two discs from the deluxe box.

The previous two volumes in Columbia/Legacy’s Bob Dylan Bootleg series each took home the Best Historical Album Grammy Award. For complete track listings for all eight discs and other Trouble No More info, check out Dylan’s official website.

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Cooper Neill/Getty ImagesThough he’s a member of that most “California” of bands — the Eagles Don Henley was born and raised in Texas. That’s why he’s headlining a benefit concert in November to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston and other parts of the Lone Star State.

The event, called Helping Texans: A Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert, will take place November 28 at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. All ticket proceeds will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation.

The bill also includes two other Texas singer/songwriters: country star Clint Black and Lyle Lovett. All the event’s expenses are being underwritten, and the artists are donating there time, so all the money can go directly to charity. Tickets go on sale Friday at and by phone at 817-212-4280.

In a statement, Don says, “This is another example of Texans helping Texans, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

It’s estimated that Hurricane Harvey caused $180 billion in damage, more than any other natural disaster in U.S. history except Hurricane Katrina.

Before that benefit, Don has several concerts scheduled with the Eagles. On September 30, they’ll perform at the Classic Northwest, a festival in Seattle, with the Doobie Brothers. They also have shows booked in Greensboro, NC; Atlanta; Louisville, KY; and Detroit. Country star Vince Gill and Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey‘s son Duncan are filling the hole left in the band by Frey, who died last year.

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atlantic recordsFans are about to hear Aretha Franklin in a whole new way.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Franklin signing with Atlantic Records, Rhino will release A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Due November 10, the 14-track disc pairs seminal recordings the young Queen of Soul made for Atlantic in the 1960s with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestral recordings were done at legendary Abbey Road studios in London, with brand new backing vocals led by Grammy-winner Patti Austin.

Among the tracks refreshed with orchestral backing are Franklin’s chart-topping hits “Respect,””Think” and “Angel,” along with classics like “I Say a Little Prayer” and “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like).”

A Brand New Me was produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, who achieved worldwide success with their previous album I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Reedman recalls, “I was 15 years old when a song came on the radio called ‘Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody.’ It blew me away; the power, the soul. The feeling that went through me got me hooked on Aretha and I have been ever since. To be able to make this album… is truly an honor.”

Here’s the track list for A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin with the Royal Philharmonic:

“Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”
“I Say A Little Prayer”
“Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”
“A Brand New Me”
“A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)”
“Border Song (Holy Moses)”
“Let It Be”
“People Get Ready”
“Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby)”
“You’re All I Need To Get By”
“Son Of A Preacher Man”

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ABC/Adam TalorIt’s official: Bono and Paul McCartney have good heads for business.

The duo is included in Forbes magazine’s 100 Greatest Business Minds, alongside SpaceX and Tesla’s Elon Musk, Microsoft’s Paul Allen, founder Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey and others.

In an essay, Bono explains,Capitalism is not immoral, but it is amoral. And it requires our instruction. It’s a wild beast that needs to be tamed, a better servant than master. That’s my philosophy with (RED), which partners with corporations to direct profits to fighting HIV/AIDS…. I realized that going to big companies and trying to break into their more modest philanthropy funds was a huge missed opportunity. It was their robust marketing and publicity budgets that we needed.”

The U2 frontman admits, “Some of the most selfish people I’ve met are artists — I’m one of them — and some of the most selfless people I’ve ever met are in business, people like Warren Buffett.”

For his part, regarding the raised eyebrows when Michael Jackson bought the Beatles‘ publishing rights, McCartney writes, “It all goes back to the very beginning of the Beatles, when we signed the music publishing contract. We didn’t care what it was…we wanted to get published. It turned out to be basically a slave contract; no matter how successful we made the company, we didn’t get a raise.

Paul concludes, “It’s so important to have good people around you. That’s why I’m anywhere near this list. My lawyers…are really smart, both great guys, and I listen to them. In recent years, they’ve helped me recover my copyrights…If I’m wheeling and dealing, life becomes very difficult for me. I’ve got to reserve a portion of my brain for writing songs.”

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Courtesy of AXS TVThe Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton and Steve Miller are among the big names who’ll be chatting with Dan Rather on the upcoming season of AXS TV’s The Big Interview.

The latest run of shows premieres Tuesday, October 10, with an episode featuring Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne. Other stars slated to appear on new installments of The Big Interview include E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, ex-R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Rush singer/bassist Geddy Lee and Jewel.

In all, nine new episodes of program will air on AXS TV, with different episodes premiering each Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT through December 5.

Here’s the full lineup of the upcoming season of The Big Interview:

10/10 — Sharon Osbourne
10/17 — The Doobie Brothers
10/24 — Geddy Lee of Rush
10/31 — Jewel
11/7 — Kiefer Sutherland
11/14 — Steve Miller
11/21 — Peter Frampton
11/28 — Michael Stipe of R.E.M.
12/5 — Steven Van Zandt

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David M. EarnisseChicago, one of the most successful bands in pop music history, is the subject of a documentary available on DVD October 13th.

Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago covers the 50-year career of the group that named itself after the Windy City and has endured from its beginnings as a politically-oriented jazz-rock fusion outfit to its more recent pop-ballad mode.

Directed by Peter Pardini, Now More Than Ever features interviews from Chicago members past and present, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. The DVD can be pre-ordered at or via Amazon.

According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading singles charting group in the U.S. in the 1970s and is the “greatest of all time” American band in terms of singles chart success. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Genesis PublicationsMick Fleetwood‘s new limited-edition book, Love that Burns — A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac: Volume 1, 1967-1974, officially gets published today. As its title suggests, the book delves into the band’s early history, and is packed with rare photos, memorabilia and personal recollections from Fleetwood and many of the group’s other members.

Love That Burns‘ main focus is on Fleetwood Mac’s original lineup, led by blues-guitar virtuoso Peter Green. Although Green was the group’s main singer, guitarist and songwriter, Fleetwood tells ABC Radio Green shied away from the spotlight. Mick says this attitude is reflected by the fact that Peter chose to name the band after its rhythm section — Fleetwood and bassist John McVie — and was furious when the group’s label included his name in their debut album’s title, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.

“He was the founding father that formed the spirit that continues through today,” Fleetwood maintains, “where everyone was always accepted for who they are, what they are, and bring what you have.”

The band’s name actually comes from a 1967 instrumental recording that Green, Fleetwood and McVie made while they were members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. The trio recorded the track using studio time that Mayall gave Green as a birthday present. When the recording was done and Peter was asked what the tune’s name was, he said, “call it ‘Fleetwood Mac,’ ’cause John [McVie] and Mick are playing on it.”

That track and the 1968 Fleetwood Mac tune “Love That Burns” are included on a special seven-inch vinyl picture disc packaged with the new book.

Fleetwood will celebrate the book’s publication at a Q&A and meet-and-greet event at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on Tuesday, September 26.

For more details about Love that Burns, visit

LOVE THAT BURNS: A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac, by Mick Fleetwood from Genesis Publications on Vimeo.

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