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BMGJust days after getting the news that he'll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this April with his old band Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora has released a new duets EP called Making History with his musical and romantic partner Orianthi. The five-song recording is the second collaborative EP that Sambora and Orianthi have issued together under the RSO moniker, following Rise in September.

One of the new tracks, the twangy, upbeat "Walk with Me," has gotten its exclusive premiere at Forbes.com.

Meanwhile, Sambora and Orianthi also released a holiday single today called "One Night of Peace." The tune, which features backing vocals by the Young Canadians School of Performing Arts Choir, debuted today on Variety.com. Richie wrote the song many years ago after an emotional phone conversation with a friend who was being deployed during the United States' first invasion of Iraq and who asked the rocker to take care of his family should he not return from the conflict.

The Making History EP and "One Night of Peace" are available digitally at iTunes and Amazon, and via select streaming services.

Meanwhile, Sambora says he plans to rejoin his old Bon Jovi bandmates at the 2018 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland.

Richie tells Billboard that he expects the event to be "a joyous occasion," noting, "I was there for 31 years and we sold 150 million records or something and we put a lot of asses in seats in stadiums around the world and made a lot of people happy…so, yeah, I'm showing up for that."

He adds, "Everybody should have a smile on their face and a smile in their hearts and it should be a celebration of what we did."

Here's the Making History EP's track list:

"Making History"
"We Are Magic"
"Walk with Me"
"Together on the Outside"
"I Don't Want to Have to Need You Now"

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Credit: Brandise DaneswichJackson Browne has teamed up with the Mexican-American roots band Los Cenzontles and Los Lobos singer/guitarist David Hidalgo to record a new song titled "The Dreamer" that was released as a single today. The tune, which is sung partly in Spanish, tells the story of a Mexican girl who comes to the U.S. to reunite with her father with hopes of finding a better life, but is in danger of being deported.

The track is available for purchase now as a digital download at iTunes and Amazon. Browne co-wrote "The Dreamer" with Los Cenzontles member Eugene Rodriguez.

The song was inspired by the plight of Dreamers, illegal immigrants who were protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), legislation created in 2012 by President Barack Obama that President Donald Trump has vowed to bring an end to in 2018.

You can watch an official video for "The Dreamer" now at Browne's YouTube channel and at iTunes. The clip was directed by by Mark Kohr, whose credits include videos by Green Day, No Doubt, Primus and Shakira.

In other news, Browne recently announced dates for a spring U.S. tour that will feature him backed by a full band. The trek kicks off April 6 in Honolulu and is mapped out through a May 20 show in Westbury, New York. The acclaimed singer/songwriter also has scheduled a February 9 benefit concert in San Pedro, California, for the nonprofit Grand Vision Foundation and its youth music-education program, Meet the Music. Browne's 2018 itinerary also includes a previously announced series of acoustic gigs in Georgia and Florida in January, and a March-April tour of Australia.

Here are all of Browne's upcoming U.S. concerts:

12/17 -- San Pedro, CA, Grand Annex
1/6/18 -- Augusta, GA, William G. Bell Auditorium
1/7 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
1/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live
1/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
1/20 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
1/23 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theater - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
1/24 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
2/9 -- San Pedro, CA, Warner Grand Theatre
4/6 -- Honolulu, HI, Waikiki Shell
4/8 -- Kahului, HI, Castle Theater
5/2 -- Richmond, VA, Altria Theater
5/3 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
5/5 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino
5/6 -- Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre
5/9 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
5/10 -- Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre
5/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Event Center
5/13 -- Bethlehem, PA, Bethlehem Event Center
5/15 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
5/17 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/18 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/20 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury

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Credit: Robb FennAn official video for the Alice Cooper song "The Sound of A," which closes out the shock rocker's 2017 album Paranormal, has just premiered on the earMusic label's YouTube channel.

The clip features close-up footage Cooper and various men, women and children sporting variations of his creepy black facial and eye makeup, lip-synching to the ominous-sounding tune.

A limited-edition single featuring "The Sound of A," along with four previously unreleased live performances recorded at a May 2016 concert in Columbus, Ohio, will be issued on February 23 on CD and as a 10-inch white-vinyl disc. Alice will celebrate his 70th birthday February 4.

"The Sound of A" dates back to 1967, and was the first song Cooper ever wrote entirely by himself. Original Alice Cooper band bassist Dennis Dunaway brought an old tape of the tune to the sessions for Paranormal, and he and Alice reworked it and decided to include it on the album.

Here's the track list of "The Sound of A" vinyl single:

Side A
"The Sound of A"
"The Black Widow"*

Side B
"Public Animal #9"*
"Is It My Body"*
"Cold Ethyl"*

* = previously unreleased live song recorded on May 6, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

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Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson's iconic short film for his hit song "Blood on the Dance Floor" has been revamped for 2017. 

A new short film called Blood on the Dance Floor 2017 combines footage from the late legend's original visual, which was released in 1997, with new footage featuring the cast of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil

Each year, the famed entertainment company presents a one-time-only performance set to Michael's "Blood on the Dance Floor" track, in tribute to the King of Pop's birthday.  

"Blood on the Dance Floor" comes from Jackson's 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix

You can watch the new "Blood on the Dance Floor" short film now on Vevo

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Credit: Joseph GuayIn January, two days after the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Elton John will be saluted by a variety of music stars at a Grammy tribute concert that will air as a CBS-TV special later in 2018.

Elton John: I'm Still Standing -- A GRAMMY Salute will be held January 30 at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden, and will feature performances by Coldplay's Chris Martin, Sam Smith, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Kesha and country stars Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Little Big Town. Elton also take the stage during the event to sing some of his classic tunes.

Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the concert go on sale this Monday, December 18, at noon ET via Ticketmaster.

"Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades," Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow says in a statement. "His creativity, dynamic presence and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community."

I'm Still Standing is the latest in a series of A GRAMMY Salute specials that have produced in recent years. Previous specials have focused on The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and The Bee Gees.

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Courtesy of AEG LivePoison, Cheap Trick and ex-Motley Crue singer Vince Neil are among the artists who'll go sweepin' down the plain next year when they perform at the 2018 Rocklahoma festival, held May 25-27 in Pryor, Oklahoma.

Among the other popular acts on the lineup are The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer and Candlebox.

"I am beyond excited to return to Rocklahoma on Memorial Day Weekend," says Poison frontman Bret Michaels. "It is one of my favorite music festivals that I have headlined both as a solo artist with the Bret Michaels Band and with Poison."

"It is going to be a party sharing the stage with such great bands and it is an honor to have three generations of fans rocking along with us," he adds. "That is a great night of music."

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit Rocklahoma.com.

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Credit: Philip MurphyHall & Oates singer John Oates will be hitting the road solo in early 2018 to promote his forthcoming album, Arkansas. The trek currently is scheduled to kick off January 14 in Morgantown, West Virginia, and is currently scheduled to wrap up February 16 in St. Louis.

Oates also has a New Year's Eve gig lined up in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be backed at his concerts by The Good Road Band, a collective of respected Nashville session musicians who also played on Arkansas.

As previously reported, Arkansas is a collection of songs that pay homage to Oates' love of American roots music. "It's like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues," explains Oates about the record, which will be released on February 2 on CD, vinyl and digitally.

Oates' 2018 itinerary also includes "Live at the Lake: A Weekend with John Oates," a themed vacation getaway taking place February 23-25 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee resort in Greensboro, Georgia. The three-day event will include a Q&A session, an intimate concert featuring the singer/songwriter and much more.

Here are all Oates' upcoming solo concerts:

12/31 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort - Global Event Center
1/14 -- Morgantown, WV, Mountain Stage
1/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Club Cafe
2/5 -- New York, NY, Joe’s Pub
2/6 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
2/8 -- Chicago, IL, Old Town School of Folk Music
2/10 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
2/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
2/16 -- St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House
2/23-25 -- Greensboro, GA, Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee - Live at the Lake

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Legacy RecordingsA truly massive box set covering Johnny Mathis' 60-plus-year career has just been released titled The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection. The package features a 68 CDs spanning from Johnny's 1956 self-titled debut through his recently released Johnny Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook.

Mathis tells ABC Radio that he's extremely excited that such an anthology has been compiled.

"It's the most wonderful thing that could've ever happened to me as a singer over the years, a legacy of my career," the 82-year-old crooner gushes. "It's such a blessing, I cannot tell you."

Reflecting on the expansive collection, Mathis muses, "I kind of wonder how I had the time to do all of this. I guess the reason that it exists is that I started at such an early age."

Of The Voice of Romance's 68 discs, 62 have been newly remastered and 25 appear on CD for the first time. Also included are two previously unreleased albums: I Love My Lady, recorded in 1981 with Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards; and The Island, a 1989 collaboration with Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes.

Mathis says he loved the material that he recorded with Rodgers and Edwards, saying working on the funk-flavored tunes was "a challenge for me, but Nile and Bernard were right there guiding me along the way."

While Mathis is known best for romantic ballads, the box set shows that he branched out into various genres during his career, often following current musical trends.

An example of that is Mathis' latest album, a project guided by music mogul Clive Davis that finds Johnny interpreting tunes by such contemporary artists as Adele, Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars.

Watch a video of Mathis "unboxing" The Voice of Romance at JohnnyMathis.com.

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Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesFormer Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has scheduled a brief series of U.S. shows that will take place in various cities throughout the Northeast. The trek kicks off March 3 in Red Bank, New Jersey, and is mapped out through a March 10 concert in Kingston, New York.

Byrne suggests in a post on his Twitter feed that the shows will be quite the spectacle.

"We'll be doing some new songs, & many others that will, I assume, be familiar," David writes. "I'm excited. This is the most ambitious show I've done since the shows that were filmed for [the 1984 Talking Heads concert film] Stop Making Sense, so fingers crossed."

Byrne is also slated to perform at a handful of international festivals next year: Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago on March 16; Lollapalooza Argentina in Buenos Aires on March 18; the INmusic Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, on June 25; and the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, on July 6.

Meanwhile, a Reddit forum called r/indieheads recently reported that it had come upon an Amazon listing -- which has since been removed -- accepting pre-orders for a new Byrne album titled American Utopia with a March 9, 2018, release date. David's most recent studio album was 2012's Love This Giant, a collaboration with St. Vincent.

Here are all of Byrne's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

3/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/4 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Art
3/6 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
3/7 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
3/9 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
3/10 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center

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Joe Pugliese/Courtesy of BillboardAfter scoring its eighth #1 album on the Billboard 200 this past week with Songs of Experience, U2 appears on the cover of the latest issue of the publication. In an accompanying story, the Irish rockers discuss the new record, their recent successful tour celebrating The Joshua Tree's 30th anniversary and their upcoming plans.

The release of Songs of Experience was said to have been delayed because the band felt it needed to rework some of its new tunes following the election of Donald Trump and the political upheaval in other parts of the world.  Bono confirms that in the story.

"I don't think [Experience] would have been the same album, strangely, without Trump threatening to blow up the world with a tweet," Bono tells Billboard.

The singer also says that U2's new songs display a more inclusive theme: "There's no 'them,' there's only 'us.'"

Meanwhile, bassist Adam Clayton says U2's recent Joshua Tree anniversary trek gave him a new appreciation for the band's hit 1987 album.

"At the time The Joshua Tree came out, I don't really remember it, because it was such an amazing year, and [we were] just getting through the days and shows and performing to the maximum of our abilities," Clayton explains. "I feel like I missed out on how important those songs were for the audience."

U2 will launch a new tour in support of Songs of Experience in May, but Clayton says after that trek winds down, "I think we will probably take a bit of time out from doing anything in terms of live shows."

Guitarist The Edge, meanwhile, reveals to Billboard that he's already "working on some new ideas and compositions," although he doesn't know yet whether the songs will be earmarked for a new U2 project.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentA new audio/video release documenting The Doors' full performance at the famed 1970 Isle of Wight festival will hit stores February 23, 2018. The Doors: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, which features a completely recut and remixed version of the concert, will be available as a DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD set, as well as a digital video.

The Doors' Isle of Wight performance was the last major show by the band to be filmed prior to frontman Jim Morrison's death in July 1971. The festival, which took place in August of 1970 and was attended by more than 600,000 people, also featured Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, Sly and the Family Stone, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and many others.

The Doors began their set at 2 a.m. and played on a stage that was lit by just a red spotlight. Among the songs the band played were "Roadhouse Blues," "Break On Through (to the Other Side)," "When the Music's Over," "Light My Fire," and an extended version of "The End." The concert footage, most of which is previously unreleased, has been restored using the latest technology, while the audio was mixed from the original multi-track tapes by longtime Doors engineer and producer Bruce Botnick.

The video portion of the release includes a bonus featurette titled This Is The End that includes archival interviews with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and manager Bill Siddons that were conducted by Oscar-winning filmmaker Murray Lerner, who shot the original footage. The featurette also includes clips from a 2002 interview with Manzarek.

Here's the full track list of The Doors: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 DVD and CD:

"Roadhouse Blues"
"Backdoor Man"
"Break On Through (to the Other Side)"
"When the Music's Over"
"Ship of Fools"
"Light My Fire"
"The End" Medley: "Across the Sea/Away in India/Crossroads Blues/Wake Up"

Bonus Features
This Is the End featurette

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Andrew Chin/Getty Images for ABA A whole lot of people Googled Tom Petty this year, but sadly, it was mostly because he passed away. According to the search engine's year-end wrap-up, the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer came in at number seven on the list of the top 10 global searches of 2017.

Naturally, the searches peaked for Petty around his death on October 2.

Petty also landed at #1 on the Google tally of most-searched "losses" of 2017; one-time pop idol David Cassidy was #10 on the list. Searches for the late former Partridge Family star peaked around the time of his November 21 death.

Here are the top 10 global Google searches of 2017:

1. Hurricane Irma
2. iPhone 8
3. iPhone X
4. Matt Lauer
5. Meghan Markle
6. 13 Reasons Why
7. Tom Petty
8. Fidget Spinner
9. Chester Bennington
10. India National Cricket Team

And here are the top 10 Google-searched celebrity "losses" of 2017:

1. Tom Petty
2. Chester Bennington
3. Chris Cornell
4. Bill Paxton
5. Hugh Hefner
6. Aaron Hernandez
7. Lil Peep
8. Mao Kobayashi
9. Charlie Murphy
10. David Cassidy

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The Moody Blues in 1969 (Courtesy of Rogers & Cowan)Longtime Moody Blues bassist John Lodge isn't just a singer in a rock 'n' roll band, he's a soon-to-be Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. The happy news was announced Wednesday morning, and Lodge tells ABC Radio that it was "absolutely amazing to get the call [and hear], 'Yep, you're inducted'… It's very special."

John says he feels great that The Moody Blues soon will be joining his many heroes in the Rock Hall, including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly.

"Every one I actually went on stage with, except Buddy Holly," Lodge notes. "And now to be sort of standing on stage, at least in the same building where Buddy Holly is honored, for me it's fantastic."

Lodge also says he's happy to be inducted alongside Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Cars and the late Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. He points out that he's particular glad about Dire Straits being honored, because he's friends with the group's bassist, John Illsley.

Two former Moody Blues members -- Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder -- will be inducted with the band, and Lodge says he's hoping they both will attend the ceremony and perform with the group. John says he plans to talk to them soon, and it'll be up to them whether they take part in the performance.

As for what songs he expects The Moodies to play at the big event, Lodge says, "Obviously 'Nights in White Satin'…We will definitely do that. And '[I'm Just a] Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band),' because I think we're all singers in a rock 'n' roll band."

He adds, "But we haven't discussed it…further than that, because this is all…brand-new news to us, and we've got to let it sink in."

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameDire Straits is among the six artists that will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this April in Cleveland. Bassist John Illsley, the only musician besides singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler who played with the group from its 1977 formation until it disbanded in 1995, says he's thrilled about the honor.

"It sort of fills me with a lot of pleasure, I must say, to be recognized and to be included in the thing that we love doing best, which is making music and playing rock 'n' roll," Illsley tells Billboard. "[T]o be part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is like ticking off a pretty large box."

As for whether Dire Straits members will reunite to perform at the induction ceremony, Illsley says he's not sure and that the decision likely will be Knopfler's.

"Mark is quite sort of restrained about things like this," Illsley maintains. "We have spoken about [the induction], and we just said, 'Oh, that's nice.' I think it would probably be important if Mark and I were there. I'll definitely be there, and I'll definitely talk Mark into coming as well."

He adds, "It's essentially up to [Mark] if he wants to do anything, and I completely respect his feelings about it. He doesn't want too much white light."

Keyboardist Alan Clark, who played with Dire Straits from 1980 to 1995, says he will attend the ceremony "if Mark decides he wants to go and put something together and go and perform there."

Illsley, meanwhile, points out that Dire Straits never officially broke up, although he says it's unlikely that the band will make any new music together.

"Right now it doesn't look like it," he tells Billboard, "but stranger things have happened."

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Parlophone/Capitol Records/UMeA copy of The Beatles' deluxe 50th anniversary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band box set that Paul McCartney has agreed to personalize brought in 3,375 pounds, or about $4,500, at a Bonhams memorabilia auction held Wednesday in London. McCartney donated the package to the auction to raise money for two families affected by the terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert this past May in Manchester, U.K.

Sir Paul will personalize the collection for the winning bidder, with the proceeds from the sale going to the families of 14-year-old Eilidh [AY-lee] MacLeod, who was killed in the bombing, and 15-year-old Laura MacIntyre, who was seriously injured in the attack. The two teens were friends from Scotland's Isle of Barra who attended the show together.

According to BBC News, the 3,375-pound figure includes the auctioneers' commission, which also will be donated to the MacLeod and MacIntyre families.

The Bonhams auction also featured a wide variety of other Beatles-related memorabilia. A Valentine Awards 1969 poll form from Disc and Music Echo magazine filled out by John Lennon brought 23,750 pounds, or about $31,700, and an original Lennon drawing from 1965 called "The Fat Budgie" ssold for 22,500 pounds, or about $30,000.

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame finally wants Bon Jovi -- alive, rather than dead.

The band has been eligible for induction into the Rock Hall since 2009 but only made the ballot once before this year.  In 2017, they not only made the ballot, but they easily topped the online fan poll of nominees.  That gave teh New Jersey rockers more weight going into the final ballot, and Wednesday morning, they were officially announced as inductees into the Rock Hall's Class of 2018.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi is pretty excited about the news -- he's posted a video online thanking fans for their help in getting the band the honor. 

"Thanks for inducting us into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Long time coming but it's finally here!" he said. "We'll see you guys in Cleveland, and thanks for all the memories and all the history we continue to make together."

Guitarist Richie Sambora, who is no longer with Bon Jovi but who will be inducted alongside his former band mates, released a separate statement, saying, in part, "It's certainly an honor to be recognized...and I am thinking about all of my heroes and my peers that have been inducted before me -- it's great to be in that queue. It is the best feeling."

The year's other inductees include Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, The Cars, the late Nina Simone and, in the early influence category, the late gospel/R&B artist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The 33rd annual Rock Hall induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Public Auditorium in Cleveland.

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe first time was the charm for The Moody Blues.  The veteran British band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 after being nominated for the first time this year, although they've been eligible since 1989.

The group's classic 1967-1978 lineup will be welcomed into the Rock Hall: singer/guitarist Justin Hayward, singer/bassist John Lodge, drummer Graeme Edge, singer/flutist Ray Thomas, and singer/keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Hayward, Lodge and Edge, who continue to play with The Moody Blues, have issued statements in response to the honor.

"I'm extremely grateful to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, first for creating the supreme temple to all that has brought endless joy into my life since I was a small boy, and now, after all these years, for including us," says Hayward. "It's a privilege to be celebrated in the same building, on the same street even, as my own heroes -- Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers -- and now, at last, with us, my heroine Nina Simone."

Hayward also thanks the fans, as does Lodge, who calls them "the heart of the Moody Blues -- their faith, support and love have moved mountains. Their voices have been heard."

As for Edge, he also thanks the fans, as well as his peers who voted for The Moodies' induction, and "the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame foundation for putting a cap on my career; one that continues to astonish me with its gifts."

Pinder, who left The Moody Blues in 1978, has posted a message on his official website that reads, "This win is for the listeners of our music.  Thank you for the love and support."

The 2018 Rock Hall ceremony takes place April 14 in Cleveland.

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Credit: Robert KnightJourney guitarist Neal Schon will headline an intimate concert on February 9 at the San Francisco venue The Independent to raise money for North Bay Fire Relief. The charity provides assistance to those affected by the devastating fires that have hit the Bay Area.

Schon will be joined at the show by ex-Santana/Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and veteran hard-rock bassist Marco Mendoza, who currently plays with Dead Daisies and Thin Lizzy. The event has been dubbed "Neal Schon Journey Through Time."

Tickets for the concert will be available this Friday, December 15th, starting at 12 p.m. PT at Ticketfly.com.

As previously reported, Schon has just released his first-ever holiday EP, Ave Maria, which includes new instrumental versions of the Journey classics "Open Arms" and "Faithfully," the Elvis Presley hit "I Can't Help Falling in Love" and the popular Catholic hymn "Ave Maria." Neal has made the title track available as a free download at his official website, NealSchonMusic.com.

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ABC/Image Group LASmokey Robinson is bringing his life story to the big screen.  The legendary King of Motown gives Extra's Tanika Ray some insight into his forthcoming biopic

"The guys who did [the 2004 Ray Charles biopic] Ray are doing a script on my life to make a movie," he explains. When asked which actor he'd want to portray him in the film, Smokey says, "I don't know. I have a few people in mind."    

While we're waiting for that movie, you can check out Smokey's new holiday album, Christmas Everyday, which features original songs and holiday classics like "The Christmas Song," "White Christmas" and "O Holy Night" -- that last song features popular vocal group Take 6.

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its list of 2018 inductees, and they include four enduring bands from the classic-rock world, and an influential jazz-soul singer and pianist.

Next year's Rock Hall honorees in the Performers category are Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars and Nina Simone. The 33rd annual ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located.

In addition, rock 'n' roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted in conjunction with receiving the Award for Early Influence.

Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars-- in that order -- were the top four vote-getters in the Rock Hall's fan poll picking the favorite nominated artists. Notably, four of the honorees were nominated for the first time ever this year: The Moodies, Dire Straits, Simone and Tharpe.

Bon Jovi is the only new inductee that was eligible for the honor for fewer than 10 years, having first qualified for induction in 2009. Simone and Tharpe have been eligible since the Rock Hall's inception in 1986, The Moody Blues became eligible in 1989, and Dire Straits and The Cars first qualified in 2004.

Leading up to the 2018 ceremony, a week-long series of events will be held at the Hall of Fame and Museum, including an exhibit focusing on the new inductees that will open on April 7.

Information on how the general public can buy tickets for the 2018 Rock Hall ceremony will be announced in January. As usual, an HBO special featuring highlights from the big event will air in the weeks following the ceremony.

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Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.

 

Come view the amazing artifacts, photos,

records, Wall of Fame and hear the music.
 

Admission charge is $3 adults,

$2 seniors and $1 for children under 12.
 

The museum is located on

Northwest Railroad Avenue.

Main Office:
337-363-2124
Ville Platte Broadcasting Company