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Scorpions drummer Mikkey Dee says band's new studio album is "almost done"

Credit: Marc TheisScorpions drummer Mikkey Dee has revealed that the veteran German rockers are almost done with their latest studio album, which they have been recording at their Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany.

The Swedish-born Dee, who joined the Scorpions in 2016 after a long stint with Motorhead, reveals in a video update posted this week on his social media pages that he's been quarantining at a hotel in Hannover because of COVID-19 protocols, and will be hitting the studio soon to finish some parts for the record.

"[W]e are working really hard on [the album]," he says. "And it's coming together; we're almost done. So, I've got one more little run to go here, and that's about it. The other guys have been working while I've been in Sweden, of course, but there's a few more little things to do on the drums."

Dee also gives a little tour of his hotel room, and points out that he's been spending his time in quarantine watching Family Guy -- his favorite TV show -- and skiing championships.

He finishes by telling fans, "I hope to see you guys soon. I can't wait to get back out there and start playing.

In an interview with ABC Audio this past July, Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine revealed that the band was working on the album with input via Zoom from producer Greg Fidelman, who was in Los Angeles.

Last April, the Scorpions released an introspective ballad called "Sign of Hope" that offered a message of comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic, while Meine noted that the other songs the band was working on focused on "the harder edge."

He added, "I think we have some great songs. And so far, it's a really inspiring journey."

Video update from Germany! pic.twitter.com/b0BPc9nbAX

— Mikkey Dee (@themikkeydee) March 3, 2021

By Matt Friedlander
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Gladys Knight featured in new Coming to America sequel singing "Midnight Train to Georgia" parody

Amazon StudiosGladys Knight is one of several music stars who make cameo appearances in Coming 2 America, the new sequel to Eddie Murphy's hit 1988 comedy Coming to America, which you can watch on Prime Video now.

Knight is featured performing "Midnight Train from Zamunda," a send-up of her chart-topping 1973 hit with her old backing group The Pips, "Midnight Train to Georgia." Also appearing are En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa, who perform a take off on their 1993 classic "Whatta Man," rechristened "Whatta King," combined with a rendition of Sister Sledge's "We Are Family."

"Midnight Train from Zamunda" and the "Whatta King"/"We Are Family" mashup also appear on the Coming 2 America soundtrack album. In addition, Nile Rodgers of Chic is featured on the film's theme song, alongside John Legend and Nigerian singer/rapper Burna Boy.

Meanwhile, Knight will be joining Dionne Warwick tonight at 8 p.m. ET to celebrate the premiere of Coming 2 America by live tweeting with fans via the #Coming2America hashtag.

By Matt Friedlander and Rachel George
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Alanis Morissette releases demo version of "Predator" from 'Jagged Little Pill The Musical'

Epiphany RecordsAlanis Morissette has released her original demo version of the song, "Predator," which was featured in the hit Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill The Musical.

The song, one of two new tracks Alanis wrote for the musical, was performed by Kathryn Gallagher and the cast in the stage show and featured on the show's soundtrack. The demo version features Alanis' vocals.

Jagged Little Pill The Musical leads the Tony Awards nominations this year, with 15 nods including Best Musical.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Mariah Carey re-interprets one of her classics for HBO Max's 'The Runaway Bunny'

Courtesy HBO MaxMariah Carey is re-doing one of her most beloved number-one hits for a new animated special based on a beloved children's book.

On March 25, HBO Max will air The Runaway Bunny, based on the 1942 book by Margaret Wise Brown, the same woman who wrote Goodnight Moon.  Mariah has created a new "reinterpretation" of her 1996 hit "Always Be My Baby" for the project, which will be narrated by Tracee Ellis Ross.  Ross has recorded "Song of the Runaway Bunny," which was also written by Brown, for the special.

You can hear the new version of "Always Be My Baby" in the railer for the special.

In addition, Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland has recorded Bob Dylan's ballad "To Make You Feel My Love" -- previously recorded by the likes of Adele and Garth Brooks -- for the project.

Ziggy Marley and singer/songwriters Rosanne Cash and Rufus Wainright are among the other artists who've also contributed cover songs to the special.

The Runaway Bunny, which has sold over 12 million copies, is about a bunny who tells his mother he's going to run away, but as he imagines leaving and having all kinds of adventures, his mother is always able to find him.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Glory Day: Bill to make Bruce Springsteen's birthday a New Jersey state "holiday" moves forward

Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen may soon have his own official "holiday" in his home state of New Jersey. NJ Advance Media reports that a state senate committee voted unanimously Thursday on a bill that would designate September 23 -- the rock legend's birthday -- as "Bruce Springsteen Day."

The proposal was introduced in early 2020 by Democratic assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who says that seeing a performance of the Springsteen on Broadway stage show helped inspire her to push for the legislation.

"It highlighted his work as a passionate storyteller of the American Dream," she explained in a January 2020 interview with NJ Advance Media. "Every song tells a story of the struggles and dreams of the people of New Jersey."

The resolution highlights a variety of Springsteen's career achievements, including winning an Academy Award for the song "Streets of Philadelphia," being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Hall of Fame, selling 120 million albums worldwide, winning 20 Grammys and his acclaimed Broadway residency. It also acknowledges his work as a philanthropist.

To go into effect, the bill would have to be passed by both houses of the New Jersey legislature and then signed by the governor.

One of the members of Springsteen's E Street Band, late sax player Clarence Clemons, was honored with his own day in 2013, two years after his passing. Then-Governor Chris Christie, a huge Springsteen fan, signed a resolution making January 11 Clarence Clemons Day in New Jersey.

In other news, Springsteen has released a music video for "I'll See You in My Dreams," a track from his latest album, 2020's Letter to You. The clip is dedicated to Michael Gudinski, a beloved Australian music promoter and label owner who died suddenly at age 68 this week.

By Matt Friedlander
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Check out Joe Strummer's previously unreleased demo version of "Junco Partner" and companion video

Courtesy of Casbah ProductionsA previously unreleased home recording of Joe Strummer playing an acoustic version of the 1950s R&B tune "Junco Partner," which will be featured on the recently announced upcoming Strummer compilation Assembly, has been issued as an advance digital single.

In addition, a companion music video for the track has premiered at the late Clash frontman's official YouTube channel. The mixed-media clip, which was created by Spencer Ramsey, combines drawings, photos and other images with archival performance footage of Strummer.

Strummer first discovered "Junco Partner" during the 1970s on an R&B compilation, and began performing it regularly with his pre-Clash group The 101ers. The Clash went on to record the song for its landmark 1980 triple album Sandinista!, and Joe continued to play the tune regularly in concert with his later band The Mescaleros. The newly released version was discovered in Strummer's vaults on a hand-labeled cassette tape.

Due out on March 26, Assembly is a 16-track collection that mainly features songs Strummer recorded with The Mescaleros. It also includes "Love Kills," Joe's contribution to the soundtrack of the 1986 film Sid and Nancy, as well as three previously unreleased versions of tunes associated with The Clash, among them the aforementioned "Junco Partner."

Assembly will come packaged with liner notes by singer/songwriter and lifelong Strummer fan Jakob Dylan. The album can be pre-ordered now and will be available on CD, as a two-LP set -- on standard black vinyl and limited-edition red vinyl -- digitally and via streaming services.

Strummer died in December 2002 of an undiagnosed heart defect. He was 50.

Here's the full Assembly track list:

"Coma Girl"
"Johnny Appleseed"
"I Fought the Law" (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 11/24/2001)*
"Tony Adams"
"Sleepwalk"
"Love Kills"
"Get Down Moses"
"X-Ray Style"
"Mondo Bongo"
"Rudie Can't Fail" (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 11/24/2001)*
"At the Border, Guy"
"Long Shadow"
"Forbidden City"
"Yalla Yalla"
"Redemption Song"
"Junco Partner" (Acoustic)*

* = previously unreleased.

By Matt Friedlander
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KISS frontman Paul Stanley's Soul Station side project debuts new original song, "I, Oh I"

Credit: Keith LerouxKISS frontman Paul Stanley's side project Soul Station has released a new advance single from the band's forthcoming debut album, Now and Then: a tune called "I, Oh I" that celebrates the upbeat, string-laden Philly soul sound.

"I, Oh I" is one of five original songs featured on the 14-track collection, and is the third tune to be issued from the record, following covers of The Five Stairsteps' "O-O-H Child" and The Spinners' "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love."

"As much as Soul Station is rooted in the past, I wanted our music to also live in the present," says Stanley with regard to including new material on the album. "'I, Oh I' shows what can grow from those deep roots. With love and respect, we're proud of where we come from and where we're going. Check out the first of 5 originals from the album!"

"I, Oh I," which was written, arranged and orchestrated by Stanley, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.

As previously reported, Now and Then will be released on March 19, and can be pre-ordered now. Among the cover songs featured on the album are tunes originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, Al Green, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and The Four Tops.

Paul Stanley's Soul Station is a 15-piece group that includes KISS drummer Eric Singer.

Here's the full Now and Then track list:

"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"
"I Do"
"I, Oh I"
"Ooo Baby Baby"
"O-O-H Child"
"Save Me (From You)"
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
"Whenever You're Ready (I'm Here)"
"The Tracks of My Tears"
"Let's Stay Together"
"La-La (Means I Love You)"
"Lorelei"
"You Are Everything"
"Baby I Need Your Loving"

By Matt Friedlander
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Rock 'n' Relief livestream benefit, featuring Carly Simon, Sheryl Crow, Sammy Hagar & more, begins today

Kii Arens 

Just a reminder that the two-day Rock 'n' Relief streaming charity concert, which will feature performances by Carly Simon, Sheryl Crow, and Sammy Hagar with his current band The Circle, takes place today and tomorrow, March 5 and 6, starting both days at noon Pacific time.

The show, whose lineup was curated by singer, songwriter and producer Linda Perry, will benefit CORE, which is providing equitable access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in Los Angeles.

Perry, formerly of 4 Non Blondes, also will be performing during the stream, which will include a mix of virtual performances and live sets. The live performances will take place at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium, which has become a mass vaccination site.

Other artists on the bill, which Perry wanted to reflect the "diverse" nature of L.A., include Jewel, Ziggy Marley, Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell, Foo Fighters, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, Tracy Bonham, Macy Gray, James Blunt, Kevin Bacon, Aloe Blacc, and Pete Yorn.

Rock 'n' Relief will stream via the Amazon Music Twitch channel, the Amazon Music mobile app, and Rolling Stone magazine's YouTube channel. Viewers will be able to donate as they watch, and Perry's hoping to highlight CORE's mobile vaccination program in particular.

"It's so important," Perry explains. "Not only are they giving these vaccinations and helping people, but they're also helping educate people who don't have the right information regarding vaccinations."

In total, Perry's aiming to raise $1.5 million, as well as provide "light and entertainment" for not only audiences online, but also for CORE's Dodger Stadium staff and those in line waiting to get their shot.

"A lot of people are hurting, man," Perry says. "So I'm hoping that this could raise the spirits of people, at least."

By Josh Johnson
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Pandemic Blues: Eric Clapton postpones entire 2021 European tour to 2022

Credit: George ChinEric Clapton had been scheduled to return to the concert stage this May and June for a tour of Europe, but Slowhand has now officially postponed most of his dates until 2022 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A message on Clapton's official website reads, "Due to ongoing COVID restrictions to mass gatherings in Europe, Eric Clapton will be postponing all of the following 2021 dates and moving them to new dates in 2022. Eric is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform."

The note adds, "Fans should retain their tickets, as they will be honored on the new rescheduled dates listed below."

The mainland Europe portion of his trek, which was supposed to get underway May 26 in Milan, Italy, now will kick off on May 17, 2022, with a show in Zurich, Switzerland. The tour will wind down with a June 21-22, 2022, stand in Moscow that originally was scheduled for this June 22-23.

Clapton also has a four-show engagement at London's famed Royal Albert Hall booked for this May 14, 15, 17 and 18, but these gigs also are expected to be rescheduled soon.

Here are all of Clapton's rescheduled concerts:

5/17/22 -- Zurich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion (postponed from 6/5/21)
5/18/22 -- Milan, Italy, Mediolanum Forum (postponed from 5/26/21)
5/20/22 -- Bologna, Italy, Unipol Arena (postponed from 5/28/21)
5/31/22 -- Stuttgart, Germany, Schleyerhalle (postponed from 6/6/21)
6/2/22 -- Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle (postponed from 5/21/21)
6/5/22 -- Prague, Czech Republic, O2 (postponed from 5/23/21)
6/7/22 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome (postponed from 6/11/21)
6/10/22 -- Dusseldorf, Germany, ISS Dome (postponed from 6/8/21)
6/12/22 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportspalais (postponed from 6/9/21)
6/14/22 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Arena (postponed from 6/14/21)
6/15/22 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Arena (postponed from 6/15/21)
6/17/22 -- Helsinki, Finland, Hartwall Arena (postponed from 6/17/21)
6/19/22 -- St. Petersburg, Russia, Ice Palace (postponed from 6/20/21)
6/21/22 -- Moscow, Russia, Crocus Hall (postponed from 6/22/21)
6/22/22 -- Moscow, Russia, Crocus Hall (postponed from 6/23/21)

By Matt Friedlander
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Watch video of 1992 Tom Petty tune titled "You Saw Me Comin'," from 'Finding Wildflowers' compilation

Warner RecordsA new music video for a rare 1992 Tom Petty tune titled "You Saw Me Comin'" has premiered at the late rock legend's official YouTube channel, and the track also is available now via streaming services.

The song is the final track on the Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) album, which originally was available only as a bonus disc included with the limited-edition Super Deluxe box-set version of 2020's Wildflowers & All the Rest collection, and now is scheduled to be issued as a standalone release digitally on April 16 and as a vinyl LP on May 7.

The 16-track Finding Wildflowers, which you can pre-order now, mainly features alternate versions of songs that appeared on Petty's acclaimed 1994 solo album, Wildflowers, which is the focal point of Wildflowers & All the Rest.

Reflecting on "You Saw Me Comin'," which was recorded during the Wildflowers sessions but didn't make it onto the original album, Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench notes, "There's this kind of longing in the song, in the way that [Tom] wrote the chord structure, the melody and the lyrics. It's wistful, and it would have been the perfect way to end the disc."

The video for the tune, which was directed by Joel Kazuo Knoernschild and Katie Malia, features cinematic footage of oceans, shorelines, deserts, snow-covered mountains and forests, and other striking natural scenes.

Here's the full track list of Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions):

"A Higher Place"
"Hard on Me"
"Cabin Down Below"
"Crawling Back to You"
"Only a Broken Heart"
"Drivin' Down to Georgia"
"You Wreck Me"
"It's Good to Be King"
"House in the Woods"
"Honey Bee"
"Girl on LSD"
"Cabin Down Below" (Acoustic Version)
"Wildflowers"
"Don't Fade on Me"
"Wake Up Time"
"You Saw Me Comin'"

By Matt Friedlander
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David Crosby opens up about his sexually "adventuresome" past, discusses Joni Mitchell's health

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesWhile he was in The Byrds, David Crosby wrote a song called "Triad" about a three-way relationship between a man and two women, which the folk-rock legend says was based on personal experience.

"Well, it was a different time," Crosby tells the Los Angeles Times. "This was before the advent of AIDS, and after the invention of birth control, so…if you were adventuresome, there were adventures to be had. And I was adventuresome."

David admits that these encounters didn't always involve just two women…sometimes another guy took part.

Asked if any of these men were famous, Crosby responds, "I'm not going to pull off anybody's covers for you."

Meanwhile, David reveals the current status of his relationship with his former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young band mates.

"The only one that I'm talking to is Stephen Stills. He and I are still friends," Crosby reports. "I haven't spoken to Neil [Young] or [Graham] Nash in a couple of years. Both of them have been most unkind to me, so I have no urge to."

Elsewhere, Crosby says he recently had dinner with his old friend Joni Mitchell, who suffered a debilitating brain aneurysm in 2015, describing the get-together as "wonderful and distressing."

"It was wonderful to reconnect and say hi, and I love her…She's the best singer-songwriter of her time," he notes. "It was distressing to see her in the state that she is in now. She has trouble walking. And she's having to relearn how to do stuff, physically. I don't think that she will ever regain the manual dexterity to be able to play guitar or piano."

Crosby adds that Mitchell "is trying to recover her skills as a painter, and she's as good a painter as she is a guitar player."

By Matt Friedlander
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Dolly Parton’s version of “Amazing Grace” might become Tennessee’s official state hymn

ABC/Image Group LAA new bill proposed by Tennessee lawmakers is advocating to make Dolly Parton’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” the state’s official hymn, CMT reports.

The song was written in 1772 by captain of slave ships turned abolitionist John Newton, and the bill argues that it has “since been recorded by various artists with strong connections to Tennessee,” including Dolly as well as Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and many others.

In fact, Garth recently sang “Amazing Grace” on a national scale when he performed the hymn at President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony in January.

Dolly has performed and recorded “Amazing Grace” throughout her career. She even recast new lyrics onto the classic song’s melody for “Shine On” off her 1998 album Hungry Again, and performed it at Tammy Wynette’s funeral that same year.

It’s not the first bill involving Dolly to cross state legislators’ desks this year: A previous bill proposed erecting a statue of the singer on State Capitol grounds.

But in February, Dolly asked lawmakers to remove the bill from consideration, saying, “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”


By Carena Liptak
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Toto members, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter appearing on virtual event celebrating Keith Emerson tribute show release

Credit: Jeff LafaroWith a new concert film and album documenting a 2016 tribute honoring late Emerson, Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson set to be released on March 11, a special virtual reunion event featuring many of the show's participants has been scheduled for this Friday, March 5, at 12 p.m. PT.

Among the well-known musicians who will take part in the livestreamed celebration are Toto's Steve Lukather and Steve Porcaro, ex-Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band drummer Gregg Bissonette, Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess and veteran U.K. jazz-rock keyboardist Brian Auger. Keith's son Aaron Emerson also will appear.

The event will be viewable for free at AlerttheGlobe.com and Facebook Live. The various guests will share stories and experiences working with Emerson, and the presentation also will offer sneak previews from the Fanfare for the Uncommon Man: The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert DVD.

The two-CD/two-DVD release will feature footage and audio of the tribute, which was held in May 2016 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, and offered a career-spanning celebration of Keith's work, including music from ELP, The Nice, Three Fates Project and the Keith Emerson Band.

The second DVD features interviews with many of the participating musicians, behind-the-scenes footage, tribute speeches and a gallery of rare photos provided by the Emerson estate.

All proceeds from the release will benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, a charity that focuses on treating and finding a cure for dystonia, a debilitating neurological ailment that Keith battled.

Emerson died by suicide on March 11, 2016, at age 71.

By Matt Friedlander
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Barack Obama unveils his Springsteen-heavy "Shower World Tour" playlist

Credit: Rob DeMartinIt turns out former president Barack Obama loves listening to Bruce Springsteen's music as much as he loves sharing the microphone with The Boss on their Spotify podcast, Renegades: Born in the USA.

The streaming service shared Obama's "Shower World Tour setlist" on Wednesday, and 44-song list contains a hefty dose of Springsteen, including two versions of the song for which their podcast is named.

Besides the studio version of "Born in the U.S.A.," Obama's shower playlist includes a live recording from New York's Walter Kerr Theatre from July 2018.

Among the other Springsteen tunes on the list are "Born to Run," "My Hometown," "American Skin (41 Shots)," "My Father's House," "Growin' Up" and "We Take Care of Our Own." In addition, Barack included some covers of The Boss's songs and tunes by a couple of members of Bruce's E Street Band -- his wife Patti Scialfa and late sax player Clarence Clemons.

Also on the list are songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell, Donna Summer, The Pointer Sisters, Bill Withers, Sam Cooke, The Ohio Players, Natalie Cole, Al Green, Ray Charles and Billy Paul.

During Monday's episode of the podcast, Obama revealed that he loves singing in the shower, much to his family's dismay.

"I sing in the shower, I sing outside of the shower. I am unembarrassed about singing," he said while laughing. "My daughters and my wife sometimes roll their eyes."

Check out the entire 44-song playlist here.

By George Constantino and Matt Friedlander
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Two-night Janet Jackson documentary event set for Lifetime and A&E in 2022

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of Janet Jackson's self-titled debut album, and that milestone will be celebrated with a two-night, four-hour documentary event next year.

The documentary, whose working title is JANET, will air in early 2022 on Lifetime and A&E.  It will detail the "immense success" and "incredible tragedy" that Janet has endured, having to deal with her "tumultuous private life" while spending most of her life in the public eye.

The documentary begins as Janet and her family are mourning the death of her father Joseph, and follows her return to the stage after an extended break.  In between, she'll discuss her controversial Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake, her brother Michael Jackson's death, welcoming her son Eissa at the age of 50, and her various romantic relationships. 

Janet and her brother Randy Jackson are executive producers of the doc.

A press release announces that "no subject" was "off limits" for the film. Janet has typically been very private about her personal life, which has included a 1984 elopement followed by an annulment, a 1991 secret marriage that ended in 1999, and a 2012 marriage that ended in 2017, just months after Janet and her then-husband had their first child.

Both Janet's 1982 debut album and its 1984 follow-up failed to make much of an impact on the charts. It was her third album, 1986's Control, that made her a superstar.

By Andrea Dresdale
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John Lennon's solo debut, Plastic Ono Band, to be reissued as expansive box set in April

Capitol/UMeAn expanded eight-disc version of John Lennon's debut solo studio album, 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, will be released on April 6.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band -- The Ultimate Collection, which you can pre-order now, features 159 tracks spread across six CDs and two Blu-ray audio discs, including 87 previously unreleased recordings.

The collection features multiple mixes of the original album's tunes and the three hit singles Lennon released prior to the record -- "Give Peace a Chance," "Cold Turkey" and "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" -- plus a bevy of demos, rehearsal takes, outtakes, jams, studio chatter and more.

The box set also features a segment dubbed "The Evolution Documentary" that demonstrates how each of the album's songs developed from its demo stage to its completed version.

One of the Blu-rays features an expanded version of the companion Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band album, boasting the entire jam that yielded the experimental record.

Released in December 1970, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band was a collection of raw, confessional tunes that found the rock legend reflecting on The Beatles' recent breakup, the loss of his mother, his love for wife Yoko Ono and other personal topics. John recorded the album mainly with just accompaniment from drummer Ringo Starr, and bassist Klaus Voormann.

The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 and although it featured no hit singles, it included such enduring songs as "Mother," "Working Class Hero," "Love" and "God."

The deluxe reissue will come with a 132-page book, a "War Is Over! (If You Want It)" poster, and two postcards.

In advance of The Ultimate Collection, a new mix of "Mother" has been released as a digital download and via streaming services.

Visit JohnLennon.com for more details about the reissue.

By Matt Friedlander
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Mariah Carey's brother sues her for defamation over memoir

Amy Sussman/FilmMagicMariah Carey has found herself in the center of a defamation lawsuit, filed by her brother Morgan Carey, over her new memoir.

The lawsuit was taken out a month after the songstress' sister, Alison Carey, also filed suit over certain passages in the book.

Page Six reports that Morgan, who is 10 years his sister's senior, claims Mariah misrepresented him and wrongly labeled him a violent person.

His lawsuit states, "Many passages about [Morgan] in the book are false and defamatory, personally invasive and painful, and have caused serious damage to his reputation and to his personal and business affairs."

Morgan also claims the book damaged his career, stating that he was in negotiations over a film project that fell through as a result of what she said in The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

The suit alleges that the suit is more about principal as it "brings this action more in sorrow and disappointment in his sister’s betrayals and malicious falsehoods than in anger at them."

As for what Mariah wrote about him in the memoir, Morgan claims it is "mere gossip and of prurient interest." 

Morgan furthers that he is not an abuser, as the memoir alleges, and that their father was the sole aggressor in the family.  He has particular issue with a chapter in the book that claims he "slammed” their mother into a wall -- of which he says is false.

"The violence was entirely one-sided, with the plaintiff being the recipient of his misplaced rage," states the suit, adding that Mariah's allegations are "a betrayal and deep hurtful violation."

He is suing for unspecified damages.

By Megan Stone
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Mark Farner to chat and perform tonight on TalkShopLive streaming event promoting his upcoming DVD

Credit: Brad ShawMark Farner will be putting out a new concert DVD called From Chile with Love on April 6, and to help promote the release the former Grand Funk Railroad frontman will appear live tonight on a streaming event hosted by the social-shopping site TalkShopLive's Rock n Roll Channel.

During his appearance, which begins at 7 p.m. ET, Farner will chat with Ingram Entertainment's Steve Harkins, whose company is releasing the DVD, and the veteran rocker also will field some questions submitted by fans.

In addition, Farner tells ABC Audio, "I'll tell some…road stories, [and] play some music in between…probably two or three, maybe even four songs."

Mark adds that he'll play the tunes on acoustic guitar, and reports that he may invite guitarist Dusty D'Annunzio, a member in his backing group, The American Band, to join him.

Of course, fans who watch the TalkShopLive event will be able to pre-order the From Chile with Love DVD, every copy of which will be autographed by Farner.

Mark notes that some proceeds from sales of the DVD will benefit the Veterans Support Foundation, a charity that helps in-need veterans and their families.

"[W]e always bring that element to whatever we're doing," Farner says of his support for veterans. "So TalkShopLive is a good spot for that, because there's a lot of veterans who watch...And who in the United States is not somehow related to a veteran? You know, we all are."

As previously reported, From Chile with Love was recorded at a show Farner and his American Band played in the South American country's capital, Santiago.

The concert features live renditions of a variety of Grand Funk Railroad classics and deep cuts, and the DVD also includes five new bonus studio tracks.

By Matt Friedlander
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Collaborative Badfinger tribute album featuring Todd Rundgren, Rick Springfield & more, due out this month

Cleopatra RecordsOver the last year, a series of digital singles pairing Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland with various other well-known musicians on new versions of songs by the famed U.K. power-pop band have been released, and now a full-length album gathering those tracks and additional collaborative covers is on the way.

The album, titled No Matter What -- Revisiting the Hits, will be released March 26, and will include previously available tunes featuring Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, pop-rock star Rick Springfield and acclaimed power-pop artist Matthew Sweet, as well as other tracks pairing Molland with Todd Rundgren, Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, Buckinghams guitarist Carl Giammarese and more.

Stein lends his talents to a version of the 1970 Badfinger smash "No Matter What," while Rundgren contributes to a rendition of the classic song "Without You." The latter tune, which was co-written by late Badfinger members Pete Ham and Tom Evans and first released by the group in 1970, became a #1 smash for Harry Nilsson in 1972 and a #3 hit for Mariah Carey in 1994.

The No Matter What album, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available on CD, digitally and as a colored-vinyl LP on red, white & blue vinyl.

Here's the album's full track list, along with the guest artists featured on each song:

"No Matter What" -- featuring Vanilla Fudge's Mark Stein
"Come and Get It" -- featuring ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman
"I Don't Mind" -- featuring The Buckinghams' Carl Giammarese
"Day After Day" -- featuring Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Terry Reid & Manchester String Quartet
"Love Is Gonna Come at Last" -- featuring Rick Springfield
"Baby Blue" -- featuring Matthew Sweet
"Midnight Caller" -- featuring The Legendary Pink Dots
"Suitcase" -- featuring Sonny Landreth
"Sweet Tuesday Morning" -- featuring Albert Lee
"Without You" -- featuring Todd Rundgren

By Matt Friedlander
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Jon Bon Jovi interview to air on AXS TV before network premiere of band's new concert film

Clay McBrideAXS TV will present an exclusive interview with Jon Bon Jovi that will precede the network television premiere of his band's recent concert film, On a Night Like This -- Bon Jovi 2020, on March 20.

The New Jersey rocker will chat with Spotify podcast host Alison Hagendorf about the making of Bon Jovi's latest album, 2020, as well as the experience of shooting On a Night Like This. He'll also talk about how he's been spending his time during the COVID-19 pandemic and other projects on which he's been focusing.

The interview, which will air at 8 p.m. ET, also will feature Jon answering select questions submitted by fans.

Following the interview, On a Night Like This -- Bon Jovi 2020 will debut at 8:30 p.m. ET. The film, which first premiered in November 2020 as a special streaming event, captures the band playing its new album, 2020, in its entirety for the first time on a closed set near Nashville. The movie also includes candid backstage footage and interview segments with Jon.

"We released our new album during such a unique year, and without a tour we had to find a different way to perform these songs for our fans," Jon explains. "AXS TV has been a great partner and I'm looking forward to everyone getting the chance to watch this special showcasing the band's first and only time performing 2020 live together."

After the interview and film air on AXS TV, they will be available for viewing across all of the network's streaming platforms.

By Matt Friedlander
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