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Nels Israelson; Norman SeeffJackson Browne has got a friend, and tour mate, in James Taylor. The two acclaimed singer/songwriters and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will team up this year for a late-spring/early-summer tour of the U.S. that kicks off May 15 in New Orleans and is scheduled to wind down with a July 10 concert in Camden, New Jersey.

The cross-country trek will visit a total of 26 cities, including Houston; Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City; Boise, Idaho; Tacoma, Washington; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; Anaheim, California; San Diego; Chicago; Clarkston, Michigan; Pittsburgh; Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; Nashville; Atlanta; and Wantagh, New York.

Tickets for most of the shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 7, at 10 a.m. local time. A limited number of presale tickets will be available starting Tuesday, February 4, at JamesTaylor.com.

If you purchase a ticket online, you'll  also will receive a CD or digital copy of Taylor's just-announced new album of standards, America Standard, which will be released February 28.

Besides the tour dates with Taylor, Browne also will play a sold-out joint show with Shawn Colvin on February 19 in Telluride, Colorado, and will take part in the fourth-annual edition of the star-studded Love Rocks NYC benefit concert on March 12 at New York City's Beacon Theatre.

Visit JacksonBrowne.com for his full itinerary.

As for Taylor, prior to the trek with Browne he'll tour Canada with Bonnie Raitt from April 14 through May 5. He also has a special show scheduled for Boston's Fenway Park on June 21 with Colvin and Brandi Carlile, as well as a Fourth of July concert at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, that'll be followed by a fireworks display.

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Hannah Peters/Getty ImagesFormer Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer is speaking publicly for the first time since the band announced that he was no longer in the group, and that longtime on-again, off-again guitarist John Frusciante is returning.

During an interview with Marc Maron on the comedian's WTF podcast, Klinghoffer says that the news was a "complete shock, but not a surprise."

"It's pretty simple, and there's no animosity," Klinghoffer explains. "The explanation is that John would like to come back, and has rekindled the relationship with the band, or with Flea, musically, for the last little while."

"Behind your back," Maron suggests.

"I suppose," Klinghoffer responds.

Klinghoffer adds that the idea that Frusciante might be returning to the Chili Peppers had "crossed his mind once or twice" before the band officially told him the news after he learned that Flea and Frusciante had reconnected.

"I didn't know they'd been playing or anything," he says.

Overall, though, Klinghoffer says his emotions about his time in RHCP are positive.

"In that moment they told me, I sort of had this great wave of love for them, and love for everything I was able to do with them," he says.

Klinghoffer handled guitar duties in Red Hot Chili Peppers from 2009 to 2019, and played on two albums: 2011's I'm with You and 2016's The Getaway.

Frusciante, meanwhile, has previously gone through two tenures with the Peppers. He first joined in 1988 before departing in 1992, and then returned for a stretch between 1998 and 2009.

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Courtesy of AEG PresentsRoger Waters has unveiled plans for a new North American trek called This Is Not a Drill, which kicks off July 8 in Pittsburgh and is scheduled through an October 3 concert in Dallas. The shows will be staged "in the round," a first for the ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist.

The 31-date trek will visit many venues Waters didn't play during his 2017 Us Them outing.

In a video promoting the tour, Waters explains that he was inspired to hit the road again because he thinks it's important to get across his political message to people at a time of great upheaval in the world.  "As the clock ticks faster and faster and faster down to extinction, it seemed like a good idea to make a fuss about it," Roger maintains. "So that's why I'm going on the road."

As for why he's playing the concerts in the round, he notes, "It's something new, to us, to me. And I look forward to the challenge."

Getting back to what's motivating him to mount the new trek, Waters says, "To be blunt, we need to change the way we organize ourselves as a human race or die. This tour will be part of a global movement by people who are concerned for others to affect the change that is necessary."

The video also features footage of Roger rehearsing with his backing band in a studio and playing live on stage. The clip includes snippets of performances of such Pink Floyd songs as "Comfortably Numb," "Welcome to the Machine," "Run Like Hell," "Eclipse" and "Have a Cigar."

Tickets for the This Is Not a Drill tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 31, at 10 a.m. local time, and will be available at RogerWaters.com.

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ABC/Image Group LAOzzy Osbourne is thanking fans for their support after he revealed earlier this week that he'd been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Thank you all so much for your well wishes," the metal legend wrote in a Facebook post. "It means the absolute world to me. All my love, Ozzy."

Osbourne announced the news alongside his wife, Sharon, during an interview Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America. Specifically, Ozzy's been diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's called PRKN 2.

"It's not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body," Sharon explained. "You have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day."

Ozzy and Sharon will be presenters at the 2020 Grammys, held this Sunday, January 26. A new Ozzy solo album, Ordinary Man, is due out February 21, and Ozzy plans to embark on a North American tour in May.

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ABC NewsTuesday on ABC's Good Morning America, ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan told her side of the story in a contentious debate that's roiled the music industry just days before the Grammy Awards.

Dugan claims she was pushed out after exposing alleged sexual harassment, nomination rigging, and what she described as a toxic "boy's club" that sidelined women and minority groups. In response, the Recording Academy alleges it was Dugan who created a "toxic and intolerable" work environment and is investigating both Ms. Dugan's alleged potential misconduct and her subsequent allegations.

Regarding the nomination rigging, Dugan told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Thursday, "There are incidents of conflict of interest that taints the results."

Stephanopoulos then read out loud what's written in her complaint: "One artist who initially ranked 18 out of 20 in the 2019 Song of the Year category ended up with a nomination. This artist was actually permitted to sit on the Song of the Year nomination committee. Incredibly, this artist is also represented by a member of the Board."

"Who is this person?" Stephanopoulos then asked.

Dugan and her lawyer wouldn't reveal the artist's identity, but Dugan went on to say that that alleged incident wasn't an isolated one.

"It's not even just that one room. I have evidence that in another room....there were complaints made in the jazz category," she began, before Stephanopoulos interrupted her, saying, "That was gonna be my next question, so you do have evidence?

"I do," she responded.

As a reminder, last year's Song of the Year winner was Childish Gambino's "This Is America."  The other nominees were Lady Gaga's "Shallow," "All the Stars" by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, "Boo'd Up" by Ella Mai, "God's Plan" by Drake, "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes, "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, and "The Joke," by Brandi Carlile.

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UMC/PolydorSoundtracks to a pair of 1979 Who-related movies -- the rockumentary The Kids Are Alright and the film adaptation of the 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia -- will be reissued as two-LP vinyl sets on March 6.

The Kids Are Alright soundtrack, which was released in June 1979, gathers together a career-spanning variety of rare concert and TV performances, most of which were featured in the film of the same name. The album peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than one million copies in the U.S.

Among the tracks on The Kids Are Alright are renditions of "My Generation" and "I Can See for Miles" from The Who's 1967 appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" as performed in 1965 on the U.K. TV series Ready Steady Go!, and performances of "Sparks," "Pinball Wizard" and "See Me, Feel Me" from the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

The record also includes live versions of "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" from a performance shot at London's Shepperton Film Studios especially for the movie that marked the last time that Keith Moon played with The Who.

The Quadrophenia soundtrack, which was issued in October 1979, featured remixed versions of 10 of the 17 songs from the 1973 Quadrophenia album, as well as three new songs that The Who recorded for the movie. Bassist John Entwistle was responsible for the remixes, while the new tracks were the first recordings by the group to feature the late Moon's replacement, founding Faces and Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones.

The double-disc soundtrack also includes a side of classic early- and mid-'60s songs, including tunes by James Brown, The Kingsmen, Booker T & The MGs, The Chiffons, The Ronettes and The Crystals.

Both vinyl reissues can be pre-ordered now.

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Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Janie's FundAfter suing his four Aerosmith bandmates because they wouldn't let him perform at the Grammys with them, a judge has rejected Joey Kramer's argument.

TMZ reports that a judge didn't find Kramer's defense convincing enough to let him rejoin Aerosmith for the band's two performances: Saturday's MusiCares Person of the Year gala, where the band will be honored, and Sunday's Grammy performance.

"Given that Kramer has not played with the band in 6 months and the dearth of available rehearsal time before the upcoming performances, Kramer has not shown a realistic alternative course of action sufficient to protect the band's business interests," the judge ruled Wednesday.

TMZ also obtained footage of security guards acting upon the judge's orders and turning Kramer away from Aerosmith's Grammy rehearsal over the weekend.

According to Rolling Stone, Kramer's lawsuit alleged Aerosmith's other members unfairly asked him to audition to show his drumming was adequate before they'd allow him to play with them again.

In turn, the band issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the suit, saying, "Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing is of paramount importance to us," the statement begins. "However he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months. We have missed him and have encouraged him to rejoin us to play many times but apparently he has not felt ready to do so."

The message continued, "Joey has now waited until the last moment to accept our invitation, when we unfortunately have no time for necessary rehearsals during Grammys week.  We would be doing a disservice to him, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse."

Aerosmith had invited Kramer to attend both performances, but as a guest. 

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Red Light Management/Live NationJust a reminder that The Doors' surviving members -- guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore -- will team up for a rare reunion performance tonight at the Homeward Bound Concert, a benefit show taking place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

The show, which will raise funds for the California homeless charity PATH, will feature Krieger and Densmore joined by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and a variety of guest singers to perform a set of classic Doors tunes.

At a recent event in Anaheim, California, Krieger told the media that in addition to Novoselic, the evening's backing group will feature keyboardist Ed Roth, who also is a member of Robby's new jazz-influenced side project The New Experience.

Krieger said that the event "should be fun," adding that among the Doors tunes that he'll be playing are "Roadhouse Blues," "Hello, I Love You" and "Riders on the Storm."

The show's lineup also features Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Fitz and the Tantrums, singer/songwriters Jason Mraz and Ingrid Michaelson, and American Idol champs Phillip Phillips and Maddie Poppe.

Poppe, who won American Idol in 2018 and is just 22 years old, tells ABC Audio that her dad is more excited about the Doors members performing at the concert than her.

"[H]e's a huge fan," she explains. "He thought it was super cool that I get to meet them and just be in the same lineup as them…[T]hey're legendary. So it will be very cool to...be on the same bill as them."

Visit HomewardBoundConcert.com for more details about the show.

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ABC/Lou RoccoJon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, were in Newark, New Jersey, Wednesday to celebrate the opening of their third JBJ Soul Kitchen non-profit restaurant, located on the Newark campus of Rutgers University, WABC TV reports.

Jon and Dorothea established the JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants to help provide quality meals to homeless and hungry people. Diners who visit the eateries are asked to pay a suggested amount of money that will cover their own meal and someone else's. If they can't pay for their food, they're asked to volunteer at the restaurant.

The Newark restaurant follows JBJ Soul Kitchen franchises in Toms River and Red Bank, New Jersey, and is the first to be located on a college campus.

Speaking at the opening, Jon Bon Jovi noted, "For the last decade, the Soul Kitchen restaurants in Red Bank and in Toms River have provided well over 100,000 meals…It's been a passion project for us for a decade now."

Dorothea, meanwhile, said that opening a branch of the restaurant at Rutgers was "humbling and a little overwhelming."

She added, "Recognizing that food insecurity is a critical issue facing many college students and one that hits home here at Rutgers, when [campus food-service provider] Gourmet Dining came to us over a year ago with the idea to open a Soul Kitchen, we jumped on the chance to make an impact."

The Rutgers JBJ Soul Kitchen's website notes that "[m]ore than 50 percent of students have exceptional financial need," and that in New Jersey's Essex County, where the Newark campus is located, "16.3 percent of residents struggle with food insecurity."

Donations to help fund the restaurants also are accepted at JBJSoulKitchen.org.

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Michele Crowe/CBSThis year's Grammys will receive an extra infusion of heavy, courtesy of Ozzy Osbourne.

The Prince of Darkness and his wife, Sharon, are among the presenters at the 2020 awards, held this Sunday, January 26.

Ozzy's Grammy appearance will mark his first public event since revealing earlier this week on ABC's Good Morning America that he'd been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Last November, Ozzy joined Post Malone and Travis Scott to perform their collaborative song "Take What You Want" on the American Music Awards. That marked the metal legend's sole live performance of 2019, since he postponed all of his tour dates to 2020 after suffering a fall in his home and aggravating injuries he sustained in a 2003 ATV accident.

Ozzy will release a new solo album, Ordinary Man, on February 21. He plans to embark on a North American tour starting in May.

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Courtesy of Lockn' FestivalThis past November, organizers of the Lockn' Festival revealed that the 2020 edition of the jam-heavy music extravaganza will feature an all-star celebration of founding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh's 80th birthday. Now the fest's full lineup has been announced.

Lesh will perform with various musicians all three days of the festival, which takes place June 19 to June 21 in Arrington, Virginia.  Other artists on the bill include David Crosby, Hot Tuna, Gov't Mule, Bruce Hornsby, ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, Phish's Mike Gordon and many more.

June 19 and 20, Lesh will play two sets each day with a collective dubbed the Phil Lesh Quintet that also will feature Gov't Mule frontman Warren Haynes, Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring, keyboardist Rob Barraco, and ex-Bruce Hornsby and the Range drummer John Molo. Crosby also will sit in with the quintet on the 20th.

On June 21, Phil will play two sets with John Mayer and popular Grateful Dead tribute act James Russo's Almost Dead.

Among the other highlights planned for June 19 include sets by Gov't Mule and Hornsby with his current group The Noisemakers, as well as a performance of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album by a group called The Chain Gang that features Allman Brothers progeny Devon Allman, Duane Betts and Berry Oakley Jr.; Cody and Luther Dickinson; and Samantha Fish.

June 20's lineup also will include solo performances by Crosby and Gordon, and a set by Burbridge's Oteil & Friends outfit.

The final day of Lockn also will feature Hot Tuna playing with its "electric" lineup, Railroad Earth and soul singer Leon Bridges.

Tickets for Lock' Festival 2020: Celebrating Phil Lesh's 80th Birthday go on sale Wednesday, January 23, at 10 a.m. ET at LocknFestival.com.

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Credit: Danny ClinchFollowing the premiere of the new single "Dance of the Clairvoyants" Wednesday morning, Pearl Jam has debuted a new video to accompany the track.

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, is titled "Dance of the Clairvoyants, Mach I," and is stuffed with brief flashes of various natural phenomena, including forest fires, blooming plants and crashing waves.

At the moment, it's unclear exactly what "Mach I" refers to in this context, so stay tuned.

"Dance of the Clairvoyants" is the lead single off Pearl Jam's upcoming album, Gigaton, due out March 27. It's the 11th studio effort from the grunge legends is the follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt.

Pearl Jam will launch a North American tour in support of Gigaton this spring starting March 18 in Toronto.

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Courtesy of God's Love We DeliverJackson Browne and The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson are part of the star-packed lineup of artists that will perform at the fourth annual Love Rocks NYC! benefit concert, taking place March 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

The concert raises money for the God's Love We Deliver charity, which provides nutritious meals to seriously ill people in the New York City area.

The bill also includes Dave Matthews, ex-Allman Brothers Band member Warren Haynes, Cyndi Lauper, former Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, Macy Gray, Marc Cohn, Joss Stone, Marcus King, Ivan Neville and many more.

In addition, the event will feature several celebrity hosts: Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Shaffer, Ellie Kemper and Jeff Garlin.

The show's house band will be led by longtime CBS Orchestra bassist Will Lee, and also will feature one-time Bob Dylan and Levon Helm touring guitarist Larry Campbell, and Eric Clapton touring drummer Steve Gadd.

Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 24, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com. Special God's Love pre-sale tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com from noon today until midnight ET tonight, while Chase card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Thursday, January 23, at 10 a.m. ET.

For more details visit LoveRocksNYC.com and GLWD.org.

Last year's Love Rocks NYC! benefit concert raised $2.3 million God's Love We Deliver, and featured performances by Robert Plant, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Vaughan, Hozier, Grace Potter and more.

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Courtesy of Rock & Brews RestaurantsKISS singer Paul Stanley will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening of a new Rock & Brews Restaurant, the chain of eateries he co-founded with band mate Gene Simmons, in the Los Angeles suburb of Tustin, California.

Festivities will begin at noon PT, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Twenty percent of all sales at the restaurant today will be donated to the local American Legion Post 227, which has supported veterans in and around Tustin for more than 50 years.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, the American Legion Color Guard will kick things off with the Presentation of Colors and a performance of the national anthem.

The Tustin franchise is the 21st Rock & Brews Restaurant to open in the U.S. and/or Mexico since 2010. The restaurant offers rock-themed casual dining with a wide variety of locally brewed craft beer on tap. It also features 17 flat-screen televisions playing sports and rock videos.

Meanwhile, KISS is preparing to kick off a new U.S. leg of its ongoing End of the Road farewell tour on February 1 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Check out all the dates at KISSOnline.com.

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Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records Pearl Jam has premiered the first single from the band's upcoming album, Gigaton.

The new cut is titled "Dance of the Clairvoyants," which you can download now via digital outlets. Fittingly, the track has a rather dance-y beat, which plays under Eddie Vedder's David Byrne-esque yelping.

"'Dance' was a perfect storm of experimentation and real collaboration," says bassist Jeff Ament. "We've opened some new doors creatively and that's exciting."

Gigaton, Pearl Jam's 11th studio album, arrives March 27. It's the follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt.

In support of the new record, Pearl Jam will launch a North American tour this spring starting March 18 in Toronto.

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Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesFormer Recording Academy CEO and President Deborah Dugan and her lawyers spent Tuesday trading accusations with the Academy in the wake of Dugan's complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accusing the organization behind the Grammy Awards of gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

Dugan's complaint alleges, among other things, that the Recording Academy engaged in "egregious conflicts of interest, improper self-dealing by Board members, voting irregularities with respect to nominations for Grammy Awards and other misconduct."

The complaint further alleges that the Academy, "unlawfully retaliated against Ms. Dugan by placing her on administrative leave (only after she indicated her intent to commence legal action and refused to settle her claims on terms dictated by the Academy), threatening Ms. Dugan with termination and publishing false and defamatory statements about Ms. Dugan to the media."

Dugan's lawyers, one of whom is Douglas H. Wigdor, who represents 20 women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, compared the Recording Academy's response to the embattled film mogul by attempting to "impugn the character of Deborah Dugan [in] a transparent effort to shift the focus away from its own unlawful activity."

In response the the EEOC complaint, the Recording Academy hit back by claiming Dugan "never raised these grave allegations until a week after legal claims were made against her personally by a female employee who alleged Ms. Dugan had created a ‘toxic and intolerable’ work environment and engaged in ‘abusive and bullying conduct.’"

Dugan's attorneys responded with a followup statement calling the Academy's claim that she didn't raise concerns prior to the accusations against her "completely false."

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Credit: Rob DeLorenzoDoors guitarist Robby Krieger is among the artists scheduled to perform at WeedCon Wonderland, a two-day conference for cannabis industry professionals taking place today and tomorrow in Hollywood, California.

The event, which seeks to promote education about the medicinal benefits of cannabis, also will feature members of the cannabis business community showing off their products.

As Krieger told the media at a recent event in Anaheim, California, "WeedCon is a festival where they have all the marijuana dealers that get together and they show off their wares." He added with a chuckle, "And hopefully we'll get some free samples."

Krieger will be performing today at the conference with his new side project, The New Experience, which he described as a "kind of jazz thing."

Robby said the group does material by such jazz greats as trumpet player Freddie Hubbard and saxophonist John Coltrane. "It's just fun stuff that I don't usually get to play," he added.The New Experience also features keyboardist Ed Roth, bassist Kevin Brandon and drummer Dale Alexander, the latter of whom Krieger pointed out "played with me for years after The Doors."

Also performing at WeedCon today will be Little Feat's Fred Tackett, who will play with his side group Silver Strings, while rapper/singer Wyclef Jean will be part of the January 23 performance lineup.

As previously reported, David Crosby will be on hand to serve as a celebrity judge for the 2020 WeedCon Buyers Cup awards, which will be handed out January 23. The awards honor excellence in various cannabis-related products. Crosby will be joined on the judging panel by actor/musician Dennis Quaid and various cannabis industry professionals and dispensary buyers.

For more details about WeedCon Wonderland, visit WeedConProductions.com.

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Emma McIntyre/Getty ImagesAfter Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne appeared on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday to reveal that Ozzy was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease last February, Sharon appeared on her own show, CBS' The Talk, to declare that nothing will keep them from trying to get Ozzy healthy enough to go back out on tour.

An emotional Sharon thanked everyone on The Talk, as well as Ozzy's fans and their friends, for the "outpouring of positive reaction from everyone that watches the show, and our friends, it's heartwarming."

She added, "People have been amazing with their outpouring of love for my husband, and I thank you. Friends that we haven't spoken to in years have come out and supported Ozzy, and it makes me feel good."

When the audience applauded, Sharon said, "I thank you so, so much, and we're not gonna stop until Ozzy is back up there on that stage where he belongs.  It was what he's born to do and that's it!"

While the 71-year-old metal legend currently is taking medication, Sharon revealed while on Good Morning America that she and Ozzy, having exhausted their options in the U.S., were going to Switzerland in April to consult a doctor who might be able to boost his immune system.

In late May, Ozzy is scheduled to start a tour in support of his upcoming album Ordinary Man, which is due out next month.

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Credit: Zack WhitfordAerosmith has issued a statement in response to a lawsuit filed by drummer Joey Kramer against the other four members of the band, which claims they won't allow him to perform with them.

The message confirms that Aerosmith plans to play sans Kramer for Friday's MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring the band and at Sunday's Grammy Award ceremony.  Although, the group is inviting Joey to attend both events.

"Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing is of paramount importance to us," the statement begins. "However he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months. We have missed him and have encouraged him to rejoin us to play many times but apparently he has not felt ready to do so."

The message continues, "Joey has now waited until the last moment to accept our invitation, when we unfortunately have no time for necessary rehearsals during Grammys week.  We would be doing a disservice to him, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse."

The note then references the lawsuit, maintaining that Kramer "chose to file [it] on the Friday night of the holiday weekend preceding the Grammys with total disregard for what is our limited window to prepare to perform these important events."

The statement concludes, "Given his decisions he is unfortunately unable to perform but of course we have invited him to be with us for both the Grammys and our MusiCares honor. We are bonded together by much more than our time on stage."

According to Rolling Stone, Kramer's lawsuit alleges that Aerosmith's other members unfairly asked him to audition to show his drumming was adequate before they'd allow him to play with them again.

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Credit: Gottlieb Bros.Yes has announced plans to play a brief series of concerts in the Southeastern U.S. in advance of the 2020 edition of the famed prog-rock band's Cruise to the Edge.

The confirmed shows kick off with a March 19 performance in North Charleston, South Carolina, and are followed by three concerts in Florida -- March 22 in Clearwater, March 24 in Jacksonville and March 25 in Fort Lauderdale.

The Alan Parsons Live Project will open all of the dates, at which Yes will focus on playing classics from its catalog.

"We can't think of a better way to lead into our 'Cruise to the Edge' than with [these] shows in the Southeast," says guitarist Steve Howe.

Adds drummer Alan White, "Florida and South Carolina in the spring sounds absolutely perfect for a British band like us. We look forward to seeing everyone for a night of YES music."

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 24, at 10 a.m. ET.

As previously reported, this year's Cruise to the Edge sets sail from Miami on March 27 and stops on Harvest Caye in Belize and Roatan Island in Honduras before returning to port April 1. Among the artists joining Yes on the lineup are ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Marillion, Saga, Gong, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather's side project Nerve Bundle, and prog supergroup Flying Colors, which features ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse.

After the cruise, Yes will launch spring tour of Europe and the U.K.  The band also will soon announce plans for a full-length fall 2020 North American. Check out all of the group's shows at YesWorld.com.

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