Ian Dickson/RedfernsThere’s some legal movement afoot in the Led Zeppelin camp: The band’s biggest fan site reports that a streaming service is in the works that would provide fans with access to its legendary trove of concert recordings.

LedZepNews reports that lawyers for the band this week filed a U.S. trademark application for the name “The Led Zeppelin Experience,” for the purpose of “providing non-downloadable prerecorded music on-line via a global computer network.”

The band reportedly already holds the trademark for the name in the United Kingdom and Europe, but was denied in the States when they first filed, late last year. Zeppelin then hired a new, U.S.-based legal team and resubmitted the application with more specific information. The trademark also allows for the sale of clothing.

Because of the trademark requests, Jason Bonham was asked to change the name of his band from “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience” to “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.”

Back in February, Zep guitarist Jimmy Page told Planet Rock magazine, “There’s a lot of [live recordings] to come out, a number of releases. I’d like to say that they’ll be coming out over the next 10 years. There’s more to come for sure.”

Led Zeppelin has a legendary following of fans who collect the band’s bootlegged concerts, and there have been rumors for years that the band was seeking to establish an official outlet for its archived live shows.

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NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) — KISS used their appearance on Wednesday’s live America’s Got Talent season finale to officially announce their upcoming End of the Road Farewell Tour.

“This is going to be our last tour,” Kiss frontman Paul Stanley told AGT host Trya Banks, following their performance of “Detroit Rock City” to kick off the show. “It will be the most explosive, biggest show we’ve ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you’ve never seen us, this is the time. This is the show.”

After selling over 100 million albums and touring all over the planet, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will play their final shows as part of the multi-year tour. Dates have yet to be announced, but will become available on the band’s official website, KISSonline, as they develop.

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years, reads a message on their official website. “This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable.”

KISS formed in New York City in 1973, then featuring Stanley on guitar and lead vocals, Gene Simmons on bass, Peter Criss on drums and Ace Frehley on lead guitar. The band has gone through numerous personnel changes, with the current lineup consisting of Stanley, Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.

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TKO/Eric GettlerDickey Betts is in critical condition following a freak accident in his Sarasota home.

According to Sarasota’s Herald Tribune, the legendary guitarist and founding Allman Brothers Band member slipped and hit his head while playing with his dog in the backyard on Monday night. He was transported to an undisclosed local hospital is in “critical but stable condition,” according to manager David Spero.

Betts is sedated and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday to alleviate swelling.

Betts’ wife Donna tells the paper, “The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time. We are by his side giving him the strength to pull through this.”

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BMGAs a second preview to their first album in nearly 20 years, Culture Club has released a new single, “Life.” The song has a joyous vibe and bears the same name as the band’s forthcoming album, which drops on October 26 and is available for pre-order now.

Boy George says in a statement, “John Lennon said ‘LIFE’ is what happens while you are busy doing other things, but sometimes you have to stop and look with sadness and pride at what you have done and created in your own life and value the rich complexity of it! It’s a song about second chances and new beginnings, enlightenment, spiritual growth and personal redemption.”

All four original members — Boy George, Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig — were on board for the recording and just wrapped a summer trek where they played to more than a half-million fans; they’ve now got a West Coast mini-tour kicking off Friday in Salt Lake City.

Here are Culture Club’s US tour dates:

9/21 — Salt Lake City, UT, Maverik Center
9/22 — Reno, NV, Reno Events Center
9/23 — Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barabara Bowl
9/25 — San Diego, CA, Open Air Theatre
9/27 — Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
9/28 — Cabazon, CA, Morongo
9/29 — Las Vegas, NV, DLVEC
9/30 — Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick
10/3 — Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
10/5 — Fresno, CA, Big Fresno Fair
10/6 — Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort and Casino
10/7 — Sahuarita, AZ, Desert Diamond Casino

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Leslie HasslerEver since it was announced that Tom Cruise would be returning in a Top Gun sequel called Top Gun: Maverick, there’s been speculation that Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” from the original Top Gun soundtrack, might be included. Kenny confirms he’s been trying to make it happen, without much success.

“I’ve offered a few different versions of it but so far, the team there has been non-committal,” he tells ABC Radio. “So I’m kinda half-jokingly saying, ‘Let’s do a write in’ and just have people send some sort of note to their website and say, “What about ‘Danger Zone’?”

“I’m getting positive noises from that camp,” he adds. “But they’re not sure how much they wanna reinvent the movie.”

“Danger Zone” is included on Kenny’s new two-CD/DVD set, Kenny Loggins & Friends: Live on Soundstage. It documents a concert he taped in Chicago in 2016 that features him performing solo and with well-known collaborators like Jim Messina, David Foster and Michael McDonald.

“I wanted to do it as a legacy piece so…we added a whole hour of Loggins & Messina, and then we built out with David Foster and Mike McDonald,” he tells ABC Radio. But there was one person he wasn’t able to get.

“I wanted Stevie [Nicks] to come — we almost had a thing where we were gonna go to her house and do an acoustic version of ‘Whenever I Call You Friend,'” he adds. “And then she took off with Fleetwood Mac and we missed our chance.”

Still, Loggins says, “It felt like a homecoming event or something. It’s really all the music and some of the stories. I wanted more stories in it, but we just didn’t have enough time!”

The concert will air on PBS Soundstage in 2019.

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Miikka Skaffari/Getty ImagesAsk a music critic to name important, early rock and roll bands, and Led Zeppelin is almost certain to be on the list. However, Zeppelin’s frontman himself disagrees.

In an interview with LEOWeekly, Robert Plant says simply, “we weren’t rock and roll.” The singer says Led Zeppelin “were just a band that played some mean stuff.” Plant alleges that “when it got into the hands of the misconstrued, [they started calling it] hard rock,” but that Zeppelin was “just making music.”

He says the same is true for two other giants of the time: Janis Joplin and Cream: “You can’t call [them] rock and roll.”

So what does the rock legend — sorry, the “making music” legend — say is real-deal rock? For him, it’s the pioneers: Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

And much like noting the differences between periods of music history, Plant says this time in his own career — with collaborations with the Sensational Space Shifters and female artists including Patty Griffin, Alison Kraus, and Chrissie Hynde — is about “breaking doors down.” He says that remaining open to new ideas “tell[s] me that I can actually move through time and still not repeat myself and not end up like some one-trick pony.”

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are on an American tour. Here are their remaining performances:

9/19 — Tucson, AZ, Centennial Hall+
9/21 — Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater+
9/23 — Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond*
9/25 — Irving, TX, The Pavilion at The Toyota Music Factory++
9/27 — Lubbock, TX, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium++
9/29 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater++

* = festival date.
+ = with special guest Seth Lakeman.
++ = with special guest Lucinda Williams.

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Mark Knopfler is prepping his ninth solo album. Titled Down the Road Wherever, it’s set for a November release.

The album is 14 tracks long — 16 if you buy the deluxe version — and has a far-ranging subject base, which the Dire Straits guitarist says is about “keeping [my] own geography happening.” There’s a song about an old man feeling out of place in a diner; one about a soccer fan being lost in a strange town; another about a musician hitchhiking in a snowstorm.

Knopfler another of the tracks, “One Song at a Time,” came from “my pal Chet Atkins, [who once told me] that he picked his way out of poverty ‘one song at a time,’ and it just stuck in my mind.”

Down the Road Wherever features Mark’s tried-and-true backing band and a few one-offs, including former Fleetwood Mac/Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh.

Down the Road Wherever drops on November 16.

You can enjoy the first single, “Good On You Son,” now on YouTube.

Here’s the Down the Road Wherever track listing:

“Trapper Man”
“Back on the Dance Floor”
“Nobody’s Child”
“Just a Boy Away from Home”
“When You Leave”
“Good On You Son”
“My Bacon Roll”
“Nobody Does That”
“Drovers’ Road”*
“One Song at a Time”
“Floating Away”
“Slow Learner”
“Heavy Up”
“Rear View Mirror”*
“Every Heart in the Room”*
“Matchstick Man”

*Deluxe Edition CD bonus track.

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Mary McCartneySome artists listen to their back catalog obsessively. Others revisit their sonic past on occasion. Then there’s Paul McCartney, who says he hasn’t listened to his Beatles music in a long time — half a century, to be exact.

The Fab Four’s 1968 self-titled double album, which we’ve all come to know as The White Album, is getting a 50-year reissue next month, and Macca tells the Canadian Press that helping to prepare the reissue inspired him to actually give it a listen.

“I haven’t listened to it in 50 years,” he admits. “I don’t really listen to stuff we did. Then it comes around again [like with last year’s reissue of] Sgt. Pepper [and] I go, ‘Woah, check this out… those kids are good!’ It all comes flooding back.”

McCartney says when he listens, “I remember where we were and the circumstances of recording each of the tracks,” and that the feeling is sometimes “amazing because there I am, right in the room with John and George and Ringo — but John and George particularly because they’re no longer with us…. It’s quite emotional.”

Back in June, McCartney told DIY magazine the White Album reissue is “very cool and it sounds like you’re in the room.”

In addition, McCartney said the expanded collection will include “some demos of the songs, so you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon’s] voice and a guitar. [It sounds] amazing.”

The 50th anniversary White Album hits stores and digital outlets on a to-be-announced date.

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It’s been too racy for 50 years, but now Big Brother & the Holding Company‘s breakout album is being re-released under its intended name: Sex, Dope, and Cheap Thrills.

And it’s not just the title that’s bigger: There are 25 previously-unreleased studio outtakes, and only five sonic survivors from the original Cheap Thrills.

The album was first released in 1968, just after lead singer Janis Joplin‘s jaw-dropping appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, and the one-two punch launched the singer and her band to worldwide stardom.

In the liner notes for the Sex, Dope reissue, Jefferson Airplane‘s Grace Slick explains, “This album, because of its worldwide success, made it possible for everybody to hear the phenomenon that was previously limited to the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Slick describes hearing Janis for the first time as “spontaneous explosions of every emotion–no holds barred…. Janis had no trouble sliding from the apron-clad fifties into the no-bra sixties.”

Sex, Dope, & Cheap Thrills will be sold as a 30-track double CD set, and a 16-track gatefold vinyl album. It hits stores and digital outlets on November 30, and preorders are being taken now at JanisJoplin.com

Here’s the track listing for the two-CD edition:

Disc One

  1. “Combination Of The Two (Take 3)”
  2. “I Need A Man To Love (Take 4)”
  3. “Summertime (Take 2)” *
  4. “Piece Of My Heart (Take 6)”
  5. “Harry (Take 10)”
  6. “Turtle Blues (Take 4)”
  7. “Oh, Sweet Mary”
  8. “Ball And Chain (live, The Winterland Ballroom, April 12, 1968)”
  9. “Roadblock (Take 1)” *
  10. “Catch Me Daddy (Take 1)”
  11. “It’s A Deal (Take 1)” *
  12. “Easy Once You Know How (Take 1)” *
  13. “How Many Times Blues Jam”
  14. “Farewell Song (Take 7)”

Disc Two

  1. “Flower In The Sun (Take 3)”
  2. “Oh Sweet Mary”
  3. “Summertime (Take 1)”
  4. “Piece of My Heart (Take 4)”
  5. “Catch Me Daddy (Take 9)”
  6. “Catch Me Daddy (Take 10)”
  7. “I Need A Man To Love (Take 3)”
  8. “Harry (Take 9)”
  9. “Farewell Song (Take 4)”
  10. “Misery’n (Takes 2 & 3)”
  11. “Misery’n (Take 4)”
  12. “Magic Of Love (Take 1)” *
  13. “Turtle Blues (Take 9)”
  14. “Turtle Blues (last verse Takes 1-3)”
  15. “Piece Of My Heart (Take 3)”
  16. “Farewell Song (Take 5)”

And here’s the track listing for Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills 2-LP edition

LP 1

Side A

  1. “Combination of The Two (Demo)”
  2. “I Need A Man To Love (Take 3)”
  3. “Summertime (Take 2)” *
  4. “Piece Of My Heart (Take 6)”

Side B

  1. “Harry (Take 10)”
  2. “Turtle Blues (Take 4)”
  3. “Oh, Sweet Mary”
  4. “Ball And Chain” (live, The Winterland Ballroom, April 12, 1968)

LP 2

Side C

  1. “Roadblock (Take 1)” *
  2. “Magic Of Love (Take 1)” *
  3. “Oh Sweet Mary”
  4. “Flower In The Sun (Take 3)”

Side D

  1. “Catch Me Daddy (Take 1)”
  2. “Turtle Blues (Take 9)”
  3. “How Many Times Blues Jam”
  4. “Farewell Song (Take 5)”

All tracks previously unreleased except*

Courtesy Casablanca/UMeSeptember 18, 2018 marks 40 years since KISS made music history by simultaneously releasing four solo albums, one by each band member. Now those albums will receive a revamp in the form of a colored vinyl boxed set.

KISS: The Solo Albums — 40th Anniversary Collection will feature four 180-gram vinyl slabs in KISS solo colors — red for Gene Simmons, purple for Paul Stanley, and green and blue for Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, respectively. Also included are four 12×12 mini posters, one for each album, and a turntable mat with the four KISS solo faces.

The boxed set is limited to 2,500 copies and will be released on October 19. You can pre-order yours now at ShopKISSOnline.com.

Here’s the KISS: The Solo Albums — 40th Anniversary Collection track listing:

GENE SIMMONS

Side A
1. “Radioactive”
2. “Burning Up With Fever”
3. “See You Tonite”
4. “Tunnel Of Love”
5. “True Confessions”

Side B
6. “Living In Sin
7. “Always Near You/Nowhere To Hide”
8. “Man Of 1,000 Faces”
9. “Mr. Make Believe”
10. “See You In Your Dreams”
11. “When You Wish Upon A Star”

PAUL STANLEY

Side A
1. “Tonight You Belong To Me”
2. “Move On”
3. “Ain’t Quite Right”
4. “Wouldn’t You Like To Know Me”
5. “Take Me Away (Together As One)”

Side B
6. “It’s Alright”
7. “Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We’re Apart)”
8. “Love In Chains”
9. “Goodbye”

ACE FREHLEY

Side A
1. “Rip It Out”
2. “Speedin’ Back To My Baby”
3. “Snow Blind”
4. “Ozone”
5. “What’s On Your Mind?”

Side B
6. “New York Groove”
7. “I’m In Need Of Love”
8. “Wiped-Out”
9. “Fractured Mirror”

PETER CRISS

Side A
1. “I’m Gonna Love You”
2. “You Matter To Me”
3. “Tossin’ And Turnin'”
4. “Don’t You Let Me Down”
5. “That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes”

Side B
6. “Easy Thing”
7. “Rock Me, Baby”
8. “Kiss The Girl Goodbye”
9. “Hooked On Rock ‘N’ Roll”
10. “I Can’t Stop The Rain”

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Machado CicalaIn her new video for her version of ABBA’s classic hit “S.O.S,” Cher‘s taken the song’s original message of a woman asking for a man to save her with his love and turned into into a message of female empowerment.

Cher herself doesn’t appear in the video, though. Instead, we see a young African-American girl lying on a bed, obviously upset and depressed. Then we see a chorus of women of all ages and races lip-syncing the song while dressed in a variety of retro-style outfits. Wherever the sad young girl goes, she’s startled to see different groups of women singing the song and reaching out their hands to help her.

Toward the end of the song, the sad girl rushes into the arms of one of the women and smiles for the first time. Then all the other women gather around for a giant group hug.

According to Jezebel, among the actresses and models who appear in the video are Australian pop star Betty Who, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore‘s daughter Rumer Willis, and actress Aimee Carrero.

“S.O.S.” is from Dancing Queen, Cher’s upcoming album of ABBA covers due out September 28. She’ll kick off her Here We Go Again tour in support of the album on Valentine’s Day 2019.

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PRNewsFoto/Palms Casino ResortVegas will be seeing some White Weddings next year, when Billy Idol comes to town.

The sneering singer has announced a Vegas residency at the Palms Casino Resort, set to run in two blocks in 2019: January and October. In a statement, he says, “I have played Vegas many times and its always been a blast. We can’t stay away! Las Vegas keeps us coming back for more.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 21, at 10 a.m. PT.

The rocker is also releasing a new album, Vital Idol: Revitalized, on September 28. It features 11 new remixes of his biggest hits, courtesy of Moby, The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold and others.

The Billy Idol Las Vegas residency shows are as follows:

January 18
January 19
January 23
January 25
January 26

October 4
October 5
October 9
October 11
October 12

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ABC/Randy HolmesAfter more than 50 years, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band will “Turn the Page” one last time…on a farewell trek.

It’ll be called the Travelin’ Man Tour and Seger confirms it’ll be his last. The tour gets underway November 21 in Grand Rapids, MI and is right now mapped out through the spring of 2019.

Some of these dates were already in place, having been rescheduled from last year. In 2017, Seger had to postpone a string of concerts when he was forced to undergo surgery to treat a ruptured disc in his neck.

Many of the dates are on sale now. Tickets for select dates go on sale September 28, while tickets for dates in Toledo, OH and Nashville, TN, go on sale September 29. To purchase tickets, visit BobSeger.com.

Members of Bob Seger’s fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to get tickets before the public on-sale dates. Visit BobSeger.com/bulletclub to become a member.

Additional shows will be announced in the coming weeks, including dates in Las Vegas, Fresno, San Diego, Vancouver, Florida and more.

Elton John and Paul Simon are among the other stars who’ve announced that their current tours will be their last.

Here are the scheduled tour dates for Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s farewell trek:

2018

11/21 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
11/24 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
11/27 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo
11/30 — St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center
12/6 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
12/8 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
12/12 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Arena
12/14 — Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
12/20 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours
12/22 — Atlanta, GA, Infinite Energy

2019

1/8 — Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
1/11 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
1/15 — Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
1/17 — Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
1/19 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
1/22 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
1/29 — Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena
1/21 — Boise, ID, Ford Center
2/2 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
2/9 — Seattle, WA, Tacoma Dome
2/15 — Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
2/17 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
2/23 — Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
3/7 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin
3/9 — Dallas, TX, Ford Center at The Star
5/2 — Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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RankinDespite having lived the life of a rock star to its fullest, Rod Stewart is still going strong at age 73. In a kind of reverse “Forever Young,” the man they once called “Rod the Mod” considers his formative years in a feature for the U.K. publication The Big Issue called “Letter To My Younger Self.”

Stewart says his teen self wouldn’t doubt for a minute that he’d end eventually up a rock star. He jokes, “With a nose and haircut like that, there was nothing [I] could have been but a rock star. I always say that to Ronnie Wood. What else could we have been?”

That’s also true for the attention Rod got back in his partying days: He says he was “born to be a show-off.” He says teen Rod wouldn’t have even minded being “splashed all over the tabloids,” as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been over the years.

“He’d love the thought of all that attention,” Rod says of his younger self.

So what would have shocked young Rod? Older Rod.

“He would be totally surprised that I’m absolutely still enjoying it as much now as I did back then,” says Stewart. “And I mean that…I really love it.”

You can find more revelations from Rod Stewart at BigIssue.com.

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It’s a big week for Paul McCartney. The former Beatle is celebrating his new first number one album in 36 years, Egypt Station. Now Macca’s released his first video for the album, for the song “Back in Brazil.”

The tropical clip is set in Sao Paolo, Brazil and follows the romantic tension building between two characters, Yasmin and Zach, with some live McCartney footage providing a playful backdrop. The story ends happily, with the attractive young couple strolling off together, hand in hand.

McCartney was everywhere promoting Egypt Station, from the cover of GQ to Carpool Karaoke, and still, the album, released September 7, surpassed sales expectations. It sold 153,000 units, according to Billboard.

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