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Mads PerchWe're sending out a whole lotta love to Robert Plant, who celebrates his 70th birthday today. While the founding Led Zeppelin frontman Plant hasn't performed live with his old band mates since their memorable London reunion concert in December 2007, the singer remains a very active touring and recording artist.

Plant released his latest solo album, Carry Fire, in October 2017 and has been busy promoting the record by touring with his current backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters.

Plant first and foremost will always be known for his contributions to Led Zeppelin, the band that helped define hard rock and heavy metal. His banshee wail and seductive stage moves have inspired and influenced countless other singers, from Whitesnake's David Coverdale to Josh Kiszka of the up-and-coming hard-rockers Greta Van Fleet.  The music he made with the band continues to be the soundtrack to fans' lives worldwide.

After Led Zeppelin's 1980 breakup following the death of drummer John Bonham, Plant launched a successful solo career, and also released a pair of collaborative albums with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page during the 1990s.

Among the highlights of Plant's post-Led Zeppelin career, though, was his 2007 duets album with bluegrass star Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, which won an impressive five Grammy Awards.

Plant will launch a new U.S. trek with The Sensational Space Shifters next month. The tour gets underway with a September 9 headlining performance at the 2018 LouFest in St. Louis and is mapped out through an October 1 show in Austin, Texas.

Robert also is expected to take part in Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary celebrations this fall, but don't hold get your hopes up for another reunion performance -- Plant's been adamant about not playing again with his old band mates.

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Gus Stewart/RedfernsJust call him Slowhand Santa: Eric Clapton is set to release Christmas album.

Billboard reports Happy Xmas will arrive October 12, and will feature classic holiday songs as reworked by the legendary guitarist. 

Happy Xmas will also contain an original Clapton Christmas tune called "For Love On Christmas Day."

Clapton tells Billboard, "I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals." 

He reveals that, once he nailed the guitar parts, "one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.'"

One of the songs, Clapton's take on "Jingle Bells," is dedicated to the memory of the late superstar deejay Avicii, who died earlier this year.  According to Billboard, Clapton was a great admirer of his.

Happy Xmas' cover features a color illustration of Santa Claus, drawn by Eric himself.

Preorders are being taken now for a $60 deluxe edition boxed set, which includes the CD, a 7-inch picture flexi-vinyl, a USB copy of the album that doubles as a Santa-shaped Christmas ornament, and a dog-shaped Christmas ornament. You can check out the deluxe edition at SurfDog.com

Happy Xmas track listing:

1. "White Christmas"
2. "Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City)"
3. "For Love On Christmas Day"
4. "Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday"
5. "Christmas Tears"
6. "Home For The Holidays"
7. "Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii)"
8. "Christmas In My Hometown"
9. "It’s Christmas"
10. "Sentimental Moments"
11. "Lonesome Christmas"
12. "Silent Night"
13. "Merry Christmas Baby"
14. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

 

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Scott StrebleCan't make it to Connecticut for Farm Aid 2018? No problem. AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live from Hartford on Saturday, September 22.

In Farm Aid tradition, this year's show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil YoungJohn Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. Country stars Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.

The Farm Aid broadcast caps off an AXS Saturday Stack dedicated to the Farm Aid organizers, beginning at noon ET with three, count 'em, three segments of Dan Rather's The Big Interview, featuring Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp. 

At 3 p.m. ET, AXS will broadcast a 90-minute Mellencamp concert from Chicago, called Plain Spoken: John Mellencamp, which features "Pink Houses," "Cherry Bomb," and "Small Town," among others.

Next up, at 4:30 p.m. ET, a Willie Nelson: Soundstage show, which AXS promises will deliver "an intimate, career-spanning set."

Dave Matthews' Weekend On the Rocks will air at 5:30 p.m. ET and will include selections from the DMB's four-day run at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2005.

Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, will air from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.

 

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ABC/Richard CartwrightRoger Daltrey is a rare rock star: He's been married for almost fifty years and has never had a drug problem. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Who frontman says a couple of simple rules have kept him on the straight-and-narrow.

The singer married his wife, Heather Taylor, in 1971. Though he admits "[it's] not easy," he thinks his marriage "survived because I was always honest with her [about] whatever had gone on during the tour."

Daltrey says he wasted no time getting "on the first bloody plane back to her" after each Who tour, adds that he "worship[s] the ground she walk[s] on."

As for that other big rock star cliche -- drugs and rehab -- Roger says his clean living was a lucky combination of preference and necessity.

"I had to [stay clean], so I could keep the others in line," he says, and then jokes, "You try getting three people on acid from the Monterey Pop Festival all the way to London!"

The singer also notes that he saw "so many people...[become] complete a**holes" on drugs, and realized he never wanted that to happen to him.

Daltrey also believes that his relatively drug-free life was due to his desire to preserve his voice, which, after all, is his instrument.

Daltrey, who'll release his autobiography in October, wraps a two-month solo tour tomorrow night in Indio, CA. The Who is currently on a break, but Daltrey promises, "We haven't ever thought of [retiring]." 

However, Roger says he would like to retire one particular song from the Who's set: "Won't Get Fooled Again."

"That’s the only song I’m bloody bored s**tless with. I don’t know why, but I’m being honest," he says.

 

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Credit: Gene KirklandSlash has unleashed a new song called "Mind Your Manners" with his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. The track is available now for digital download.

"Mind Your Manners" will appear on the group's upcoming album Living the Dream, which also features the lead single "Driving Rain." The new record, the follow-up to 2014's World of Fire, will arrive on September 21.

Slash and company will hit the road on a U.S. headlining tour in support of Living the Dream beginning September 13 in Los Angeles.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCJimmy Fallon may have let "Sweet Emotion" take over last night when Aerosmith rocked The Tonight Show. At the end of their high-energy performance of "Mama Kin," Fallon outro'ed the band, plugged their upcoming Las Vegas residency, and then blurted, "Catch them performing Monday on the VMAs!"

That information hasn't been reported anywhere else.  If that turns out to be the case, Aerosmith will be the hardest rockers on the bill....at least so far. The pop and hip-hop heavy broadcast is set to include Ariana Grande, Panic! At the Disco, and rappers Nicki Minaj, Cardi B and Post Malone, among others.

The MTV VMAs will air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Credit: RankinForget about selling albums and t-shirts: Rod Stewart is now auctioning off his furniture.

The British paper The Guardian reports that on September 11, a collection of Stewart's furnishings are going on the auction block. Among the more than 60 lots: gilt and bronze side tables, a teak armchair with a faux leopard print cushion, figurines, 19th century mirrors and bronze wall sconces.

The items are reportedly from Rod's mansion in Essex, U.K., which he's put on the market. The auction director says in a statement, "We all have a good sort-out once in a while and that is the case with Sir Rod Stewart in this instance. He has accumulated many things over his lifetime and has decided now is the time to have a bit of a clear-out."

The director adds, "He lives locally to us and we are selling items of his including settees, lighting and furniture. The items are all very glitzy and glamorous and there is lots of gold – all very rock 'n' roll.”

You can check out photos of some of the items over at the BBC's website.

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Kinks frontman Ray Davies revealed in recent interviews that he'd like to get his old band back together.  Now the singer/songwriter tells BBC Radio 2 that he's still hoping to organize a reunion, but says it's not up to him.

"It's down to Dave [Davies], the guitar player, my brother, and Mick Avory, the drummer," Ray explained during a chat with radio host Chris Evans. "They haven't been in the same room since 2005. So, the first thing's to get them in the room together."

Tensions between Dave and Mick date back to the early years of The Kinks, and their conflicts reportedly led to Avory exiting the band in 1984.

Ray added about his attempts to get the two musicians to commit to a reunion, "It's like negotiations for the United Nations. If I can get them to talk it would be great."

Meanwhile, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer said that the "most important thing" for him with regard to a Kinks reunion would be for the band to create new original music.

"The Kinks have got a great legacy and everything, but to me it's always about making new music," he maintained. "If the music's good anything could happen."

Ray added that he always has been open about collaborating with his Kinks band mates again, "because they're great players."

Referencing the just-announced expanded reissue of the group's 1968 album The Village Green Preservation Society, Davies notes, "Anyone listening to…this new compilation will see it's a special band and they should make more music."

The reissue will be released in multiple configurations on October 26. Ray also released a new solo album, Our Country: Americana Act II, in June.

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Credit: Justin BoruckiJudas Priest will headline the first-ever South American edition of Slipknot's Knotfest. The masked metallers have announced the inaugural Knotfest Colombia, which will be held on October 26 in Colombian capital of Bogota.

The rest of the festival's lineup includes litany of metal bands, among them Helloween, Kreator and Arch Enemy. For more info, visit KnotfestColombia.com.

The U.S. edition of Knotfest is held in San Bernardino, California. The festival also has been held in Mexico and Japan.

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Mike Smith/NBCJust a reminder that Aerosmith will rock The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this evening.

The program, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC, also will features guest appearances by pop superstar Ariana Grande and comic actor Nick Kroll.

Aerosmith's Tonight Show performance comes a day after the band's appearance on NBC's Today show, during which the rock legends announced plans for a Las Vegas residency next year at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort.

"We want to bring a show in there that we really can't do when we're on the road on a regular tour," guitarist Joe Perry explained to Today host Savannah Guthrie. "So we want to bring a show that still has Aerosmith and all the guts of Aerosmith but has a whole other element to it than we've ever been able to do before."

Singer Steven Tyler added, "We're gonna keep it raw. We're gonna keep it who we are. There's gonna be no changes…It's gonna be beautiful and rocked out, and we're gonna get a chance to use some special effects that haven't been used before."

After the interview, Aerosmith played two of their classic tunes -- "Sweet Emotion" and "Love in an Elevator" -- to the crowds gathered in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza. You can watch both performances on Today.com.

Aerosmith's "Deuces Are Wild" residency opens in Las Vegas April 6, 2019 and includes 18 performances -- nine in April, five in June and four in July.

Visit Aerosmith.com and MGMResorts.com for more details.

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Credit: William ClaxtonAfter visiting Europe earlier in the year, Bob Dylan is now in the middle of a tour of the Far East, Australia and New Zealand -- but come the fall, he'll be bringing his show back to the U.S.

The folk-rock legend's stateside tour kicks off October 4 in Phoenix, Arizona, and is mapped out through a November 17 concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Tickets for all the shows are available now, except for the Atlantic City concert, which goes on sale to the public starting this Friday, August 17.

Bob's next show takes place Saturday in Sydney, Australia, and his Down Under trek wraps up August 28, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Last month, Dylan released an archival compilation called Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances from The Copyright Collections as a two-CD set and digital download. The 28-track album features various concert performances dating from the early years of the Bob's career.

Here are all of Dylan's upcoming U.S. shows:

10/4 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
10/5 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Music Hall
10/7 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
10/9 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
10/10 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory
10/12 -- Tulsa, OK, River Spirit Casino Resort
10/13 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort
10/14 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre
10/16 -- Lafayette, LA, Heymann Center
10/17 -- Mobile, AL, Mobile Saenger Theatre
10/19 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10/20 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/21 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
10/23 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
10/24 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
10/26 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theater - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
10/27 -- Macon, GA, Macon City Auditorium
10/28 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
10/30 -- Huntsville, AL, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall - Von Braun Center
10/31 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
11/2 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
11/3 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
11/4 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/6 -- Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theatre
11/7 -- Augusta, GA, The Bell Auditorium
11/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
11/10 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
11/11 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts
11/17 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Hotel

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Courtesy of Wayne Karamer; Michael LavineIn June, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron played together on stage for the first time since Chris Cornell's death last year. The two performed as part of the lineup for MC50, a band organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of legendary proto-punk band MC5.

Speaking with ABC Radio, MC5 co-founder and lead guitarst Wayne Kramer, who put MC50 together, describes what it was like to see the two Soundgarden band mates reunite.

"It was a heartfelt thing to see them play together and enjoy playing and...incorporate who they are and what their feelings were, and know that it's gonna be OK," Kramer says.

Having been involved with rock music for half a century, Kramer knows how it feels when a band mate dies.

"It's a terrible thing to lose a band mate, especially in the prime of their life," he says. "I know I've lost a few of them now, and it's tough. It's the reality, the ultimate reality, for all of us. It's part of the deal, and as painful as it is, it's something that we're all gonna experience."

Thayil will return to the MC50 lineup for the band's upcoming U.S. tour, which begins September 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kramer feels Thayil is a great fit for the group, especially due to his ability learn the "principles" and "concepts" of the songs.

"A lot of things that the MC5 does and the MC50 does is improvisational, where we have a structure, the song has a structure, but there are whole sections that are unstructured, and they have to be different every night," Kramer says.

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Aretha Franklin, the pastor's daughter who became the undisputed Queen of Soul over a career that spanned more than five decades, has died of advanced pancreatic cancer, ABC News has confirmed.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul," read a statement from her rep.

"Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s Oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI."

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," the statement continued.

“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Franklin's health had been a concern for the past few years, causing a spate of concert cancellations.  In 2017, she appeared alarmingly thin but claimed it was a side effect of an unspecified medication. After announcing she was retiring from the road in 2017, Franklin still scheduled shows for 2018 but in March, she was ordered by her doctors to cancel all shows and rest for two months.  Despite rumors of serious health problems, she's never publicly spoken about her ailments.

Merely saying that Franklin was one of the greatest vocalists of all time hardly seems adequate to describe her influence and impact -- her voice was officially declared a natural resource by her home state of Michigan.  In 2015, President Barack Obama said of Franklin: "Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll -- the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope."

Franklin started her music career early, singing gospel music as a child at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father, C.L. Franklin, was minister.  In 1960, at the age of 18, she signed to Columbia Records and experienced some success, especially on the R&B charts.  But it wasn't until 1967, when she signed to Atlantic Records, that her career really took off. 

For Atlantic, Franklin recorded-now classics "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," which helped her cross over to the pop charts.  She won her first Grammy in 1968, the same year she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine.  She'd eventually go on to win a total of 20 Grammys, including special Grammys awarded outside of competition, and chart more than 73 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Franklin was also part of the civil rights movement of the sixties and has been called "the voice of Black America."  Having met Martin Luther King Jr. through her father, himself a noted civil rights leader, she sang at events with Dr. King and her signature hit,  "Respect," became a civil rights anthem.  When King was assassinated in 1968, Franklin performed "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral.

Aretha's hits continued through the '70s but she left Atlantic records in 1979, signing to Clive Davis' label, Arista, in 1980.  That same year, she made her unforgettable appearance as a waitress in The Blues Brothers.  Her 1982 album, Jump to It, returned her to the pop charts for the first time in six years.  She remained with Arista for more than 20 years, racking up hits like "Who's Zoomin' Who," "Freeway of Love" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." In 1987, she was the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

During this time, Aretha also started recording duets with younger artists, including Eurythmics, Whitney Houston, Michael McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Elton John and George Michael, the latter with whom she scored the 1987 #1 smash duet "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me."  

In 1994, Franklin received the Kennedy Center Honors, at the time the youngest person to be so honored. That same year, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  She was also the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among countless other awards.

While Franklin's musical output covered rock, soul, pop, R&B and gospel, in 1998 she proved she really could sing anything by belting out the operatic aria "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti.

Over the past 15 years, Franklin performed at a number of high-profile events.  In 2006, she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XL in Detroit with Aaron Neville and Dr. John.  She performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's inauguration, where her fanciful hat received nearly as much attention as her vocal performance.

Franklin continued to release albums throughout the 2000s, including a 2014 album that featured her singing songs by other female artists including Adele, Barbra Streisand and Alicia Keys.  Her version of "Rolling in the Deep" gave her her 100th charted song on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Recently, Franklin had spoken of an album she'd been working on with Stevie Wonder, and early in 2018, it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would portray her in a biopic.

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Courtesy of Bang! The Bert Berns Story

A DVD version of the acclaimed 2017 documentary Bang! The Bert Berns Story is available now exclusively at the film's official website. Narrated by Steven Van Zandt, the movie takes a look at the short life and prolific career of Bert Berns, who wrote and/or produced hits for music greats including Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, The Isley Brothers, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond and Janis Joplin.

The movie was co-directed by Berns' son, Brett, who got to interview an impressive list of artists who either worked with or recorded songs by his dad, including Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and Morrison.

Brett tells ABC Radio that while he initially felt intimidated to be chatting with some of these music legends, they quickly made him feel at ease.

"When I interviewed Paul McCartney…he walked in, shook everybody's hand on the set and basically interviewed himself," says Brett of McCartney, who with The Beatles had a smash with "Twist and Shout," which Bert co-wrote.

Brett says one of the highlights of the Bang! DVD is the bonus interviews, which include "McCartney telling the whole story of the recording of 'Twist and Shout' [and] Keith Richards riffing on the songs and the toughness and the sensitivity of my father's music."

Among the most difficult interviews for Brett to procure was with Morrison, but he says once Van sat down to chat, "He was just so charming and he knew what he wanted to say…it was phenomenal."

In addition to the Bang! The Bert Berns Story i DVD, a companion soundtrack album is available as a two-LP vinyl set. Brett says it's "the most masterful collection" of his dad's songs, adding, "it really is a trophy to my father and to our work on the film."

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Tabatha Fireman/RedfernsElvis Costello is tapping into a new audience with his latest project -- Amazon's music-driven animated kids' TV series Pete the Cat.

Based on author/illustrator James Dean's best-selling children's books of the same name, Pete the Cat will encourage kids to "explore" their world and "try new things," while staying "curious, creative, and positive," according to Amazon.

Not only will Costello provide the voice of the lead character's dad, he'll also provide original music for the series, along with his wife, jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall, who will voice the lead character's mom as well.

Pete the Cat features Wonder and The Book of Henry's Jacob Tremblay voicing the titular character. Jessica Biel, The Middle's Atticus Shaffer and Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall also star.

Pete the Cat will be available for streaming on September 21.

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Credit: Kevin NixonYes spinoff group Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman will launch a U.S. tour celebrating the prog-rock band's 50th anniversary in a very special way: with super-cheap tickets.

The trek kicks off on August 26 at the famed L.A. club the Whisky a Go Go, and the band has announced that tickets for the gig will cost just $2, the same price they cost when Yes played its first headlining concerts at the venue in 1971.

Fans who want to attend the show must purchase the tickets with cash at the door of the Whiskey on the day of the concert.

"I can remember playing the Whisky as though it was yesterday," says founding Yes singer Jon Anderson. "It was such an important happening for the Yes band. We were still very new to the U.S.A., but I felt so connected to America for some reason…the stage, the setting, the atmosphere was so exciting."

Anderson points out that Yes played five nights at the club, and recalls that "each night the crowds got bigger and more excited, [and] so did we. We played our hearts out, the reaction was amazing to say the least…and I just loved every minute."

Keyboardist Rick Wakeman also says he has fond memories of the Whisky concerts. "There was no room on the stage for my keyboards, so they put planks of wood over the door entrance and I played there," he recalls. "It was my very first trip to America and I loved it."

Guitarist Trevor Rabin, meanwhile, has lived in Los Angeles for about 40 years, but the August 26 show will mark his first time playing the Whisky. "It's going to be wild," he says.

Here are all of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman's U.S. tour dates:

8/26 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Whisky a Go Go
8/27 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s By The Bay
8/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/31 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
9/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, Westgate Resort & Casino
9/3 -- Denver, CO, Levitt Pavilion
9/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
9/7 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/8 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
9/9 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center

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ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop stars in the video for a song called "Disaster (Is What We're After)," recorded by the Los Angeles band Death Valley Girls. What does he do in the video? Well, not much, except eat.

The four-minute clip, streaming now on YouTube, is one long shot of the Godfather of Punk eating a hamburger. It's a homage to the 1982 film 66 Scenes from America, in which iconic artist Andy Warhol does the exact same thing.

"I'm Iggy Pop," the still-chewing musician says at the end of the video. "And I just ate a burger listening to Death Valley Girls."

"Disaster (Is What We're After)" will appear on the upcoming Death Valley Girls album Darkness Rains, due out October 5.

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BMGThe Kinks will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society by reissuing the critically acclaimed 1968 album on October 26 in multiple formats, including an expansive super-deluxe box set.

On the concept album, frontman Ray Davies nostalgically reflected on the vanishing "old ways" of his British homeland. At the time of its release, The Village Green Preservation Society made little impact on the charts, but it's now widely considered one of the finest U.K. albums of its era.

"I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life," says Davies. "In my imaginary village. It's the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you're never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself is part of a life cycle."

The super-deluxe box set features five CDs; a two-LP set; three replica seven-inch singles and a 52-page hardback photo book boasting an essay by The Who's Pete Townshend and band interviews.  The package also includes posters, glossy prints from a 1968 Kinks photo shoot, a replica press photo and sheet music for the song "Days."

The CDs include stereo and mono versions of the original album, a batch of singles, B-sides, alternate takes and mixes, backing tracks, TV performances and interviews.

The final CD also features unreleased home demos, live 2010 solo performances by Davies, songs from the 1970s sequel project Preservation and an unreleased 1973 tune called "Time Song." A lyric video for "Time Song" has been posted at the group's official YouTube channel, and it's also been released as a digital single.

Visit TheKinks.info for more details about The Village Green Preservation Society reissues.

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Credit: Patrick BallsAs he prepares to launch the North American leg of his Not Dead Yet! solo trek, Phil Collins tells Rolling Stone that he'd also be open to a reunion of his old band Genesis, which he last toured with in 2007.

"I wouldn't say there isn't not a possibility," says Collins. "Me, Mike [Rutherford] and Tony [Banks] are pretty close, still. I can't imagine what it would be like if I didn't play the drums, but anything is possible."

As has been widely reported, severe nerve damage issues has made it difficult for Collins to play drums, but he offers a good solution: having his current touring drummer, who happens to be his 17-year-old son Nicholas, fill in for him.

Phil points out that Rutherford and Banks both raved about his son's drumming after seeing one of Collins' solo shows in London last summer.

"Mike made the appropriate comment of…'He just gets what is needed and what is required and why you're doing this for that song,'" Phil tells Rolling Stone. "I thought that was a wonderful thing to say…I think that, yeah, if we did anything I think it would have to be with Nic on drums because I don't think I'm capable of it."

He adds, "I think their opinion of Nic is high enough for them to take him onboard as part of the band."

For Nic's part, he told Rolling Stone in January 2017 that he'd "be ecstatic" if he were asked to play with Genesis, although he didn't think another reunion was likely.

Meanwhile, Phil admits that he hasn't "really said" anything to Banks and Rutherford about his potential idea for a Genesis reunion.

Collins' solo tour kicks off October 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Paul Bergen/RedfernsSlash has revealed that his time in Velvet Revolver -- which also featured his Guns N' Roses band mate Duff McKagan and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland -- was "no fun."

"I have nothing positive to say about that experience except that we did write some cool stuff," Slash tells Rolling Stone.

Velvet Revolver recorded two albums -- 2004's Contraband and 2007's Libertad -- and released the hit rock singles "Slither," "She Builds Quick Machines" and "Fall to Pieces," before Weiland abruptly left the band in 2008. During his time in VR, Weiland continued to struggle with addiction, and personal issues between him and the rest of the band flared towards the end of his tenure.

Following Weiland's departure, Velvet Revolver auditioned other singers, but never found the right fit. They reunited with Weiland for a one-off performance in 2012. Weiland died in 2015.

Slash also revealed in the Rolling Stone interview that his future band mate Myles Kennedy was supposed to audition for Velvet Revolver before they even started working with Weiland, but he "never showed up."

"He got cold feet or something at the last minute and nothing ever came out of that," Slash explains.

Of course, Slash and Kennedy would later connect to form Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. They'll release their third studio album, Living the Dream, on September 21.

Elsewhere in the interview, Slash addressed whether the partially reunited Guns N' Roses, which now features him, McKagan and frontman Axl Rose, is planning to record new music.

"I think probably the best way to look at is, if something happens, then it happens," Slash says. "There you go."

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