RhinoA star-studded list of musicians, including current or former members of Aerosmith, Toto, Van Halen and Styx, are featured on a new album that late rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose began prior to his 2012 suicide death. 10X10, which will be released on September 29, is a project Montrose started with Styx bassist Rickey Phillips and KISS drummer Eric Singer, and that Phillips proceeded to finish with the help of various artists in honor of Ronnie.

The concept behind 10X10 was to put together a 10-track collection featuring a different lead singer on each song. Among the vocalists lending their talents to the album are ex-Van Halen/Montrose frontman Sammy Hagar, original Santana singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Styx’s Tommy Shaw, founding Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, ex-Deep Purple member Glenn Hughes and Mr. Big‘s Eric Martin.

Other musicians contributing to the record include Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Def Leppard‘s Phil Collen, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Styx’s Lawrence Gowan and Joe Bonamassa.

Regarding the material on the album, Phillips says, “[Montrose’s] songs still have the fire and angst of a young rebel, but with some added wisdom and foresight voiced in his own unique language of ‘guitar-speak.’ On 10X10, we hear Ronnie at the top of his game.”

10X10 will be available on CD, as a 180-gram vinyl LP and digitally.

In related news, expanded version of the first two albums by Ronnie’s eponymous band Montrose — the group’s 1973 self-titled effort and 1974’s Paper Money — will be released on October 13. The two-disc sets will include bonus discs featured previously unreleased live recordings, while the deluxe Montrose album also will contain unreleased demos. Hagar was the group’s frontman on both albums.

Here is the track list of 10X10:

“Heavy Traffic” — featuring Eric Martin & Dave Meniketti
“Love Is An Art” — featuring Edgar Winter & Rick Derringer
“Color Blind” — featuring Sammy Hagar & Steve Lukather
“Still Singin’ with the Band” — featuring Glenn Hughes, Phil Collen & Jimmy “Z” Zavala
“Strong Enough” — featuring Tommy Shaw
“Any Minute” — featuring Mark Farner & Ricky Phillips
“The Kingdom’s Come Undone” — featuring Ricky Phillips & Joe Bonamassa
“One Good Reason” — featuring Bruce Turgon & Brad Whitford
“Head On Straight” — featuring Davey Pattison & Marc Bonilla
“I’m Not Lying” — featuring Gregg Rolie, Tom Gimbel & Lawrence Gowan

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Credit: Matt KentWith The Who set to wrap up its North American summer tour with an August 16 concert in Stateline, Nevada, guitarist Pete Townshend will soon turn his focus to the first U.S. performances of Classic Quadrophenia, the orchestral version of the band’s 1973 rock opera. The rock legend says he’s “looking forward to” bringing the show, which debuted in July 2015 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, to the States.

The five-date run begins with a September 2 show in Lenox, Massachusetts, followed by a September 9-10 stand in New York City, a September 13 benefit gig in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont and a September 16 concert in Los Angeles. Each venue will feature a different orchestra and choir accompanying popular British tenor Alfie Boe in the lead part of Jimmy, and Townshend and Billy Idol in supporting roles. Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder will join the cast at the Rosemont gig, which will raise money for the Teen Cancer America charity.

The orchestrations for Classic Quadrophenia were created by Townshend’s longtime romantic partner Rachel Fuller. Her work led to the recording of an album, released in June 2015, followed by the show’s live debut in London. Townshend says the U.S. performances will be similar to the London show except that he’ll be featured in the role of Jimmy’s dad instead of actor Phil Daniels.

Pete admits to ABC Radio with a laugh that he’s “performing a little bit more than I would want to be” in the U.S. shows. Having said that, Townshend notes, “I don’t do very much in it. I just kind of walk on and take a bow and play a bit of acoustic guitar.”

Townshend says he hopes more Classic Quadrophenia performances will follow the U.S. run. Here’s the list of U.S. shows:

9/2 — Lenox, MA, Tanglewood
9/9 — New York, NY, Metropolitan Opera House
9/10 — New York, NY, Metropolitan Opera House
9/13 — Rosemont, IL, Rosemont Theatre
9/16 — Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre

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Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesDespite recent tensions that have arisen between longtime Journey band mates Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon, Cain says the group has no plans to go their separate ways.

A TMZ reporter asked Cain if Journey was breaking up while the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and his wife — televangelist Paula White — were at a Los Angeles airport Tuesday, and Jonathan declared, “No way.”

The conflict between Schon and Cain apparently stems from a late-July tour that Jonathan and his wife, plus Journey bassist Ross Valory and singer Arnel Pineda, were given of the White House. The invitation was extended because White is President Trump‘s spiritual adviser.

After media outlets reported that all of Journey had been at the White house, Neal took to his social media sites to set the record straight, and share his opinion about his band mates’ visit.

“I will remain strong and consistent with the belief we’ve always shared and agreed upon — Journey should never be used and exploited by anyone, especially band members for politics or any one religion,” Schon wrote on Facebook. “I’ve been here since 1972 and this has always been our belief. [The White House visit] was with intent to exploit the brand and use the name.”

He added, “Journey was not there — 3 individual members were…Tours are done all the time but it could have been privately.”

Schon also noted that his band mates never consulted him about their plans to visit the White House, maintaining that their actions “clearly show no respect or Unity, just Divide.”

During the last week or so, Neal has written a series of Twitter posts about the conflict, and has responded to fans who have both supported him and defended Cain.

When the TMZ reporter asked Cain whether things were “all good with Neal,” Jonathan said, “You’d have to ask him.”

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Rick Diamond/WireImageGlen Campbell passed away Tuesday at age 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Songwriter Jimmy Webb, who wrote many of Campbell’s signature hits and worked with him throughout his life, recently told ABC Radio about his long friendship and fruitful collaboration with the multi-talented musician.

Prior to launching his career as a solo artist, Campbell was a sought-after session guitarist, playing on countless hits by a variety of music stars, as Webb noted.

“He could sit and play with any guitar player in the world, from George Benson to Eric Clapton. Paul McCartney knew he was a great guitar player,” Webb maintained. “And I think all this will come to the surface as the years pass and people realize what an extraordinary genius Glen really was.”

Reflecting on Campbell’s session work, Jimmy declared, “I think he’s one of the great largely unknown influences on American pop music in the ’60s, because he played on so many significant records…He was just, in his own way, I believe, as influential on American music as perhaps The Beatles were on British music.”

Webb admitted that when he and Campbell first met, their opposing political beliefs caused some friction — he was liberal and Glen was a Republican — but, he noted, they were able to put aside their differences.

“We established a place in the middle of our lives where we could work,” Jimmy explained, “and we could give reign to creativity and emotion, and reveal deep parts of ourselves as we worked on music.”

Webb also pointed that he had great respect for Campbell for deciding to tour late in his life, despite struggling with the effects of Alzheimer’s.

“He finished like a champion,” said Jimmy. “And maybe he was the bravest man I’ve ever known.”

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Classic Albums‘ profile of Carly Simon‘s chart-topping 1972 studio effort, No Secrets, will have its U.S. television premiere tonight on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The album featured the singer/songwriter’s signature tune, the #1 hit “You’re So Vain,” as well as the top-20 single “The Right Thing to Do.”

The hour-long special, part of a U.K. documentary series, features new footage of Simon sharing her recollections of making No Secrets and delving into the stories behind the individual songs.

Among the highlights is an in-depth look at “You’re So Vain,” during which Carly talks about the mystery about the man who inspired the song and recalls The Rolling StonesMick Jagger contributing backing vocals to the track. The doc also features Simon performing, for the first time, a discarded verse she wrote for the tune.

No Secrets producer Richard Perry also appears in the program.

The album spent five consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 in early 1973, while “You’re So Vain” was #1 on the Hot 100 for three weeks in January of that year.

The screening of the No Secrets profile tonight marks the launch of a nine-episode weekly run of Classic Albums on AXS that will feature a new show premiering each Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. The series continues on August 16 with a look at Elvis Presley‘s self-titled 1956 debut, followed on August 23 by a profile of Elton John‘s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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Courtesy of Alice Cooper BandAlice Cooper kicks off his North American summer tour with Deep Purple and Edgar Winter this Saturday in Las Vegas, but in advance of the trek, the members of the shock rocker’s backing band will play a special free pop-up gig in Sin City on Friday. The show will take place at The Sayers Club inside the SLS Las Vegas hotel, and will begin at 10 p.m. local time, with doors opening at 8 p.m.

The concert will feature Alice Cooper band members Tommy Henriksen, Nita Strauss, Glenn Sobel, Ryan Roxie and Chuck Garric joined by as-yet-unannounced special guests. Might one of these guests be Cooper himself? Reps for the event aren’t saying.

The show is scheduled to run 90 minutes. VIP seating packages are available at SLSLasVegas.com.

Cooper’s summer trek with Deep Purple and Winter is plotted out through a September 10 show in Cincinnati. Alice is supporting his new studio album, Paranormal, which was released July 28. The 12-track collection features guest appearances by U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover. It also includes two songs Cooper wrote and recorded with the three other surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band — bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce.

Here are all of Cooper’s tour dates with Deep Purple and Edgar Winter:

8/12 — Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
8/13 — Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
8/15 — Phoenix, AZ, AK-Chin Pavilion
8/16 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre
8/18 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/19 — Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
8/21 — Atlanta, GA , Chastain Park Amphitheatre
8/23 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/24 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/26 — Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach Theater
8/27 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/28 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/30 — Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Amphitheater
9/1 — Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
9/2 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
9/3 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/6 — Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/8 — Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/9 — Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
9/10 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center

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Courtesy of Bruce SpringsteenHe’s Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A….and bound for Broadway.

There were rumors back in June, but now Bruce Springsteen has confirmed that he’ll be making his debut on New York’s Great White Way this fall in a production called Springsteen on Broadway. The show, at the Walter Kerr Theater, will begin performances October 3, with an official opening on October 12. Bruce will do five shows a week through November 26. Springsteen says this will be the smallest venue he’s played in the last 40 years.

Tickets go on sale August 30 at 10 a.m. ET exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified Fan, the program that aims to increase the chance for real fans, and not scalpers, to get their hands on tickets. Registration for the program starts today and closes August 27. Ticket prices range from $75 to $850 each.

In a statement, Springsteen says, “I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind.”

He adds, “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value.”

According to The New York Times, in addition to performing, Springsteen will read excerpts from his 2016 autobiography Born to Run during the show, and deliver other spoken-word segments written specifically for the show.

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Glen Campbell, one of music’s most successful and versatile entertainers, died Tuesday at age 81 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The world of music took to social media to remember the Country Music Hall of Fame singer, guitarist, TV host and actor. Here are some of the messages:

Sheryl Crow: “Huge loss in the world of music today. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell.”

Lenny Kravitz: “Besides being an amazing solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius studio musician – as part of the Wrecking Crew – playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra. He was pure talent, heart, and courage. Rest In Peace brother. You brought us a lot of joy. @glencampbellofficial

Slash posted a picture of Campbell playing guitar writing, “#GlennCampbell RIP”

Charlie Daniels: “Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years May you rest in peace my friend You will never be forgotten”

Jimmy Webb, Campbell’s longtime collaborator and writer of Campbell’s signature hits “Witchita Lineman,” “Galveston” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” among others: “So very sad about the passing of dear friend, Glen Campbell. I will have more words soon on my facebook page soon.”

Songwriter Diane Warren: “RIP 1 of my favorite singers Glen Campbell. Glen singing the songs of Jimmy Webb is songwriting+singing masterclass”

Carole Kaye, bass player in the Los Angeles session band The Wrecking Crew, of which Campbell was a member: “God Rest You Glen Campell, a Great Guy,fun to be around, &heckuva great guitar player soloist on the hits. Loved working 4you,RIP LoveCK.”

The Beach BoysBrian Wilson: “I’m very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person. I’m at a loss. Love & Mercy”

Carole King: “RIP Glen Campbell – a great singer and musician who wrote and chose to cover great songs.”

Kenny Rogers: “So very sorry to hear this. Glen was such a talented, great guy. Thankful to have known him.”

Alan Jackson: “I owe @GlenCampbell my gratitude-he was my first contact in Nashville. This lead me down the path that brought me to where I am today. #RIP”

Peter Frampton: “Dear Glen Campbell Rest In Peace As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth ppl I have ever known.”

Darius Rucker: “Glen Campbell… The artist. The songwriter. The musician. The man. Music will never be the same. Missing the Rhinestone Cowboy already!”

Actor Michael Chiklis: “RIP Glenn Campbell. A wonderful musician & man. Glad we met. Support @alzassociation to find a cure! My mom is still suffering with it.”

Tony Orlando: “I lost a great friend today and the world lost a great talent. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell.”

Dolly Parton: “Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!” She also posted a video in which she described Glen as “one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business and he was one of THE greatest musicians.”

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Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMeE Street Band guitarist “Little Steven” Van Zandt has lined up a fall North American tour with his recently re-formed backing group, The Disciples of Soul, in support of his new solo album, Soulfire. The trek officially kicks off September 23 in Port Chester, New York, and is mapped out through an October 26 show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The tour, which follows a series of European summer concerts, will be Little Steven and the Disciple of Soul’s first stateside outing in 30 years. Van Zandt tells ABC Radio that the Soulfire album and its supporting trek mark the beginning of a rekindled focus on his solo career.

“I will now start to get back into fronting the band, which is going to take a couple tours before I become a frontman again, really,” he admits. “And then, [I’ll] start to write again. I haven’t written a new album in a long time, so it’s gonna take a minute.”

As previously reported, Soulfire, which is Van Zandt’s first solo album since 1999, features mainly renditions of songs Steven wrote or co-wrote for other artists over the years, plus a few new tunes and covers.

He describes Soulfire as “a great reintroduction of myself to people who already knew me and a great introduction to people who don’t know me.”

At his recent shows, Steven and the Disciples of Soul’s sets have included almost the entire album, as well as select tunes from his other solo efforts.

Little Steven says he’s hoping to alternate playing with The Disciples of Soul and with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. In addition, the former Sopranos and Lillyhammer star says he’d ideally like to have time to work on a new television show.

Here are all of Van Zandt’s confirmed North American dates:

9/21 — Holmdel, NJ, Laid Back Festival – PNC Bank Arts Center#
9/23 — Port Chester, NY, The Capitol
9/25 — New York, NY, Gramercy Theater
9/27 — Staten Island, NY, St. George Theater
9/29 — Boston, MA, The Orpheum
10/1 — Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
10/2 — Baltimore, MD, The Lyric
10/4 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount
10/6 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
10/8 — Chicago, IL, House of Blues
10/9 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Music Hall
10/13 — San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
10/15 — Seattle WA, Showbox SODO
10/18 — San Diego, CA, Humphreys
10/19 — Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
10/22 — Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
10/24 — San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center
10/26 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Revolution Live

# = previously announced festival appearance.

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L. Cohen/WireImageA forthcoming photography book titled Prince: A Private View will feature photos of the late music icon…and a foreword written by Beyoncé, reports Entertainment Weekly. The book will be published October 17 and will be available via digital and physical retailers.

According to the magazine, part of the foreword reads, “Truth be told, the word ‘icon’ only scratches the surface of what Prince was and what he remains to me.”

Prince and Beyoncé were friends, and famously performed together at the 2004 Grammys. The two were so closely associated, in fact, that a recurring skit on Saturday Night Live, The Prince Show, featured Prince — played by Fred Armisen — hosting his own talk show, with Maya Rudolph as Beyoncé serving as his “translator.”

The images in the book, some of which have never been seen, were compiled by longtime Prince photographer and friend, Afshin Shahidi. They include photos from live performances, as well as intimate candid shots.

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Bettmann/Getty ImagesGlen Campbell, one of music’s most successful and versatile entertainers, has died at age 81.

A statement on his Facebook page reads, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Campbell is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace and Gerald.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations for Alzheimer’s research may be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the donation page at Careliving.org.

Campbell revealed his Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis in 2011 and began his retreat from public life shortly after the announcement.

Campbell was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, but his popularity spanned television, film and the world of pop music. Best known for his string of hits in the late ’60s and ’70s — including his signature song, 1975’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” — Campbell also hosted the CBS variety show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1968 to 1972. It introduced him to a mainstream audience and helped him win the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1969.

That same year, film legend John Wayne chose Campbell to appear with him in the movie Western True Grit, which earned the singer a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell also sang the film’s Oscar-nominated theme song.

Though he won his first two Grammy Awards for his version of John Hartford‘s “Gentle on My Mind,” Glen Campbell’s career reached new heights when he began recording songwriter Jimmy Webb‘s songs, including “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” By the Time I Get to Phoenix, the album, earned Campbell the Album of the Year Grammy for 1968. Another major hit, “Southern Nights,” followed in 1977.

Prior to becoming a star in his own right, Campbell had established himself as an in-demand session guitarist in Los Angeles. As part of the studio session group nicknamed “The Wrecking Crew,” Campbell played guitar on classics including Frank Sinatra‘s “Strangers in the Night,” The Monkees‘ “I’m a Believer,” and the groundbreaking Beach Boys‘ album, Pet Sounds. Campbell also played bass and sang high harmonies on tour with the Beach Boys in 1964 and 1965.

After three failed marriages, Campbell made headlines in 1980 and 1981 for his high-profile, stormy relationship with fellow country singer Tanya Tucker, who was 21 years old at the time; Campbell was 44.

After meeting dancer Kim Woollen on a blind date in 1981, the couple married the following year and had three children together. Woollen is credited with helping Campbell overcome his drug and alcohol problems. He vowed to quit drinking after a 2003 DUI arrest. Campbell also has five children from previous marriages.

The late ’80s and early ’90s saw Glen Campbell performing regularly at his own theater in Branson, Missouri. His 2008 album Meet Glen Campbell featured him covering songs from U2, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and Foo Fighters to great critical acclaim.

After announcing his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011, Campbell released Ghost on the Canvas as a farewell album, and subsequently embarked on what he dubbed the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. The trek ran through November 2012, and featured several of Campbell’s children playing in his backing band. The tour was the subject of the acclaimed documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

Campbell accepted the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and performed “Rhinestone Cowboy” on the Grammy telecast. The Band Perry and Blake Shelton also performed in his honor on the broadcast.

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Capitol/UMeThe Steve Miller Band will release a career-spanning compilation on September 15 called Ultimate Hits that will be available as both a single CD and a deluxe two-disc set. Frontman Steve Miller produced and oversaw the album, which features most of his band’s biggest hits, some lesser-known gems, and several previously unreleased studio and live recordings.

The deluxe version of Ultimate Hits features 40 tracks, and includes such smashes as “The Joker,” “Rock’n Me,” “Abracadabra,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” and “Fly Like an Eagle.” It also boasts eight unreleased recordings, including live renditions of “Gangster of Love,” “Living in the USA” and “Space Cowboy,” plus the solo studio track “Seasons,” a demo version of “Take the Money and Run,” and a cover of Wilson Pickett‘s “In the Midnight Hour.”

Ultimate Hits also offers a clip of a five-year-old Miller talking to his godfather, electric-guitar and multi-track recording pioneer Les Paul.

The single-disc compilation features 22 tracks, including most of the aforementioned recordings. Both versions of Ultimate Hits also will be available as digital downloads on September 15. In addition, 180-gram vinyl editions of the compilations will be released October 27 as two-LP and four-LP sets.

“Selecting material to include in these two collections and revisiting the creation of these recordings I’m reminded of how I learned to make multi-track recordings from Les Paul and play lead guitar from T Bone Walker,” Miller says in a statement. “I’ve been blessed to work with so many wonderful musicians and engineers and friends over the years. Mostly I want to thank you our fans who come out to our shows and listen to our records.”

Here’s the track list for the single-disc version of Ultimate Hits:

“Harmony of the Spheres 2”
Steve Miller at age five talking to his godfather Les Paul
“Take the Money and Run”
“Rock’n Me”
“The Stake”
“Threshold”
“Jet Airliner”
“The Joker”
“Abracadabra”
“Jungle Love”
“Swingtown”
“Dance, Dance, Dance”
“Serenade from the Stars”
“Space Intro”
“Fly Like an Eagle”
“Wild Mountain Honey”
“Living in the USA” (Live)*
“Space Cowboy” (Live)*
“Seasons”*
“I Want to Make the World Turn Around”
“Winter Time”
“The Window”

And here’s the list of songs on the deluxe compilation:

CD 1
“Steve Miller at age five talking to his godfather Les Paul
“Gangster of Love” (Live)*
“The Joker”
“Baby’s Callin’ Me Home”*
“My Dark Hour”
“Little Girl”
“Living in the USA” (Live)*
“Space Cowboy” (Live)*
“Seasons”*
“Journey from Eden”
“Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma”
“Going to Mexico”
“Kow Kow Calculator” (Live)*
“Come On In My Kitchen” (Live)
“Sugar Babe” (Live)
“The Lovin’ Cup” (Live)
“Dance, Dance, Dance”
“Take the Money and Run”
“Rock’n Me”
“Space Intro”
“Fly Like an Eagle”

CD 2
“Wild Mountain Honey”
“The Window”
“Take the Money and Run” (Demo)*
“In the Midnight Hour”*
“Jungle Love”
“Threshold”
“Jet Airliner”
“The Stake”
“Swingtown”
“Serenade from the Stars”
“True Fine Love”
“Heart Like a Wheel”
“Abracadabra”
“I Want to Make the World Turn Around”
“Italian X Rays”
“Don’t Cha Know”
“Cry Cry Cry”
“Stranger Blues”
“Behind the Barn”

* = previously unreleased.

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Shout! FactoryThe Beatles recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with deluxe reissues of the influential 1967 album. Now, September 26 sees the Blu-ray disc release of the star-studded 1978 film inspired by the record.

Produced by Robert Stigwood of Saturday Night Fever fame, the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band film starred Peter Frampton as the fictional Billy Shears, The Bee Gees as Shears’ band The Hendersons, and a wide variety of well-known actors and musicians.

More than 20 classic Beatles songs were performed by the various cast members, which included Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Preston, George Burns and Steve Martin.

The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band film was a commercial and critical failure when it was released; some even blamed it for ruining Frampton’s then red-hot music career. But it’s gained a cult following over the years, and is notable for the actors’ unique takes on the Fab Four’s memorable songs. For example, Earth, Wind & Fire’s take on “Got to Get You Into My Life” became a top 10 hit.

The tells the story of Shears and the Hendersons, who leave their quaint hometown of Heartland to seek fame and fortune as rock stars. While away, the mean Mr. Mustard steals the band’s magical instruments and proceeds to bring corruption and pollution to the town. Billy and his band mates then are tasked to return home to save Heartland.

The Blu-ray’s bonus features include the film’s theatrical trailer and audio commentary by pop-culture expert Russell Dyball.

Here are the songs featured in the film, along with the stars who performed them:

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — The Bee Gees and Paul Nicholas
“With a Little Help from My Friends” — Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees
“Here Comes the Sun” — Sandy Farina
“Getting Better” — Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” — Dianne Steinberg and Stargard
“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” — The Bee Gees, Dianne Steinberg, Paul Nicholas, Donald Pleasence, Stargard
“Good Morning Good Morning” — Paul Nicholas, Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees
“She’s Leaving Home” — The Bee Gees, Jay MacIntosh and John Wheeler
“You Never Give Me Your Money” — Paul Nicholas and Dianne Steinberg
“Oh! Darling” — Robin Gibb
“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” — Steve Martin
“Polythene Pam” — The Bee Gees
“She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” — Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees
“Nowhere Man” — The Bee Gees
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” — Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees
“Got to Get You into My Life” — Earth, Wind & Fire
“Strawberry Fields Forever” — Sandy Farina
“When I’m Sixty-Four” — Frankie Howerd and Sandy Farina
“Mean Mr. Mustard” — Frankie Howerd
“Fixing a Hole” — George Burns
“Because” — Alice Cooper and The Bee Gees
“Golden Slumbers” — — Peter Frampton
“Carry That Weight” — The Bee Gees
“Come Together” — Aerosmith
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” — Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees and George Burns
“The Long and Winding Road” — Peter Frampton
“A Day in the Life” — Barry Gibb and The Bee Gees
“Get Back” — Billy Preston
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Finale)” — Full cast

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Cynthia and John Lennon in 1967 (Express/Express/Getty Images)A letter written by John Lennon in 1976 responding to comments his ex-wife, Cynthia, made about their relationship in an interview with a British women’s magazine earlier that year has gone up for bid at the RR Auction website.

Lennon sent the typed note, titled “An Open Letter to Cynthia Twist” — Twist being her married surname at the time — to a weekly U.S. magazine in November 1976 along with a handwritten request that it be published “without any edits.”

In the message, Lennon refutes several allegations his former spouse made to the U.K. magazine, including her claim that John’s use of LSD and the interference of Yoko Ono were factors in their 1968 breakup.

“As you and I well know, our marriage was over long before the advent of L.S.D. or Yoko Ono…and that’s reality!” he writes. “Your memory is impaired to say the least.”

The former Beatles star also mentions a 1974 incident that apparently occurred when Cynthia and their son, Julian, visited John in Los Angeles while he was separated from Ono.

“You…asked me to remarry you and/or give you another child, ‘for Julian’s sake’!” he maintains. “I politely told you no, and that, anyway, I was still in love with Yoko.”

In addition, Lennon includes a dig at his ex regarding her claim in the interview that she wanted to distance herself from her connection with The Beatles.

“I don’t blame you for wanting to get away from your ‘Beatle’ past,” John writes. “But if you are serious about it, you should try to avoid talking to and posing for magazines and newspapers!”

As of Monday evening, the high bid for the letter was $5,900. It’s estimated to sell for more than $25,000. Bidding ends on Wednesday, August 9.

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Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideFounding Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington underwent a procedure this past Friday to treat blocked arteries to his heart, forcing the band to cancel a concert last week and a show today, August 8, at the Buffalo Chip campground in Sturgis, South Dakota.

According to a post on the Southern rock legends’ Facebook page, Rossington “was released Friday evening and has been home recovering and in good spirits.” The message adds, “Doctors have advised that he recover this week.” Lynyrd Skynyrd is planning to return to the road this Friday in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The note also points out that false reports have been circulating claiming singer Johnny Van Zant had suffered a heart attack. Rossington, the only surviving original Skynyrd member still in the band, has dealt with numerous heart issues in recent years, including a heart attack in late 2015.

In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd is among the acts that will headline the inaugural Flambeau festival, scheduled for October 7 and 8 in Gonzales, Louisiana. The two-day event, which is named after the historic Mardi Gras processional torch lighting, will feature performances by various classic-rock and country artists on three stages, along with local cuisine, libations, artisans and activities celebrating Southern Louisiana culture.

Other artists on the bill include current Skynyrd tour mate Hank Williams Jr., Sam Hunt, Blackberry Smoke and Dustin Lynch.

A limited number of discounted early-bird tickets, along with VIP packages, are available now. Visit FlambeauFest.com for more details.

Here are all of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s confirmed upcoming U.S. concerts:

8/11 — Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans
8/12 — Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
8/15 — Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/17 — Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hall Amphitheater
8/18 — Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/19 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/21 — Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
8/22 — Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/25 — Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/26 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods
9/1 — Grand Island, NE, Nebraska State Fair
9/2 — Huron, SD, South Dakota State Fair
9/3 — Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Stir Cove
9/7 — Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
9/8 — Simpsonville, SC, Heritage Park Amphitheater
9/9 — Martin, TN, Tennessee Soybean Festival
9/14 — York, PA, York Fair
9/15 — Glen Allen, VA, Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series
9/16 — Ocean City, MD, OC BikeFest
10/5 — Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre
10/7 — Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
10/7-8 — Gonzales, LA, Ascension Fields at Lamar Dixon
10/13 — Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
11/5 — Pembroke Pines, FL, Rock Fest 80’s

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