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The Rolling Stones drop “Doom and Gloom” from 'GRRR Live!'

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It’s only two weeks until The Rolling Stones drop their new live album, GRRR Live!, and they’re sharing yet another track from it. The band just dropped the live performance of “Doom and Gloom” to streaming services. 

“Doom and Gloom” was the lead single from the band’s 2012 album, GRRR!, a compilation celebrating their 50th anniversary. At the time it was the first song the band recorded together in almost seven years.

GRRR Live!, dropping February 10is a recording of The Stones’ December 15, 2012, concert at Newark's Prudential Center, which was part of their 50 & Counting tour, celebrating their 50th anniversary. It features guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., Mick Taylor and The Black Keys. The album is now available for preorder.

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Elton John fans upset at last-minute New Zealand show cancelation due to flooding

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Elton John was forced to cancel his Farewell Yellow Brick Road show in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday after heavy rains caused flooding in the city. Elton’s concert at Mt Smart Stadium was called off only 15 minutes before the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was set to hit the stage, with many ticket holders already inside after braving the harsh conditions.

“I’m absolutely heartbroken that tonight’s show in Auckland couldn’t go ahead,” Elton shared on Instagram, noting he was at the venue ready to play. He explained, “Ultimately we had to follow the local emergency services’ decision to cancel." He added, “My heart goes out to those of you who made it into the stadium only to have to leave again and I truly share your frustration and disappointment.”

With thousands of fans already at the venue, many were unhappy about the last-minute cancellation. After the promoter initially announced the news, fans were quick to voice their displeasure, with one writing, "Thanks for waiting till we were already there to cancel it … We understand cancelling it, just not at 7.15 for a 7.30 start." 

"I'm furious,” concertgoer Casey Mitchell told Sky News. “It was raining heavily on the way to the stadium and I kept checking for announcements but nothing came, despite puddles being up to my ankles.”

So far there’s no word on whether the show will be rescheduled. Elton is scheduled to play the venue again on Saturday.

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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott helps Ryan Reynolds & Rob McElhenney preview next Wrexham/Sheffield match

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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott has joined forced with actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney to help promote this weekend’s soccer game between Reynolds and McElhenney’s Wrexham AFC and Joe’s favorite team Sheffield United. 

In a 45-second promo, the trio banter about this Sunday’s match, dropping in references to several Def Leppard tracks, like “Foolin’,” “Hysteria” and “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak.” There’s also a mention of McElhenney’s Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest.

“We brought in a certified Blades fan here for our match preview, no fa-fa-'Foolin’' around here,” Ryan says in the clip, with Rob adding, “He’s gonna help us create some ‘Hysteria.’” Elliott then chimes in with, “I see what you did there, lads, next you’re gonna be saying that Wrexham will be" — he trails off as “Bringin' on the Heartbreak” plays.

Sharing the clip on social media, Reynolds writes, “Take it from noted sugar expert Joe Elliott of @DefLeppard - @wrexham_afc vs @SheffieldUnited is gonna be sweet."

The match between Wrexham AFC and Sheffield United airs Sunday on ESPN+.

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U2 releases 'Songs of Surrender' version of “With or Without You”

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U2 has dropped a new track from their upcoming album, Songs of Surrender. This time, they’re treating fans to their new take on The Joshua Tree classic “With or Without You.” 

U2 will release Songs of Surrender, containing “40 Songs. Reimagined and rerecorded,” on March 17. Curated and produced by the Edge, each song on the album is a completely new recording, with new arrangements and in some cases new lyrics.

“Most of our work was written and recorded when we were a bunch of very young men. Those songs mean something quite different to us now,” Edge shares about the project. “Some have grown with us. Some we have outgrown. But we have not lost sight of what propelled us to write those songs in the first place. The essence of those songs is still in us.” 

“With or Without You” was the lead single off U2’s iconic 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, and went on to become their first number one in the United States.

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Smokey Robinson announces first album in more than nine years

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Smokey Robinson is ready to release some new music. People reports the 82-year-old Motown legend will drop GASMS, his first studio album in more than nine years, on April 28.

The new collection features songs written and produced by Smokey; he’s already dropped the first single, “If We Don’t Have Each Other,” to streaming services. 

"I chose this song as the first single of my new album because it's different musically and has a slide dance feeling to it ... which is different from what I've ever done before,” he shares. "It also has a current rhythm of today that I love, and I hope everyone else does too."

GASMS is the first Smokey album since 2014’s Smokey & Friends, featuring new versions of his classic tunes with the help of stars like Elton JohnMary J. Blige, Steven Tyler and James Taylor.

The new album comes as Smokey is getting ready to receive a pretty huge honor by the Recording Academy. He and Berry Gordy are set to be honored as the 2023 MusiCares Persons of the Year on February 3, where they will be celebrated by such artists as Michael McDonald, Lionel RichieSheryl CrowDionne Warwick and The Temptations.

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KISS releasing fifth installment of 'Off The Soundboard' live bootleg series

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KISS is delving into their archives to treat their fans to another classic live performance. The rockers announced the fifth installment in their Off The Soundboard live bootleg series, which will focus on a classic concert from 1984.

KISS – Off The Soundboard: Poughkeepsie, New York, 1984 is set to drop April 7, featuring a November 28, 1984, concert recorded live at Mid-Hudson Arena during the band’s Animalize World Tour. 

The lineup for the Poughkeepsie show included Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr and Mark St. John, who performed an 18-song set that included songs like “Creatures Of The Night,” “I Love It Loud” and “Lick It Up,” along such classic tunes as “Detroit Rock City,” “Love Gun” and “Rock And Roll All Nite.” 

The bootleg will be available digitally, as well as on two-LP standard black vinyl, CD and a limited edition two-LP set on 180g custard yellow vinyl. The set is available for preorder now at the official KISS online store.

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'Queen The Greatest Live' episode two shares footage of Live Aid rehearsals

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Queen is out with the latest installment of their yearlong YouTube series Queen The Greatest Live, which, like episode one, focuses on the band’s rehearsals.

Queen The Greatest Live - Episode 2: “Rehearsals - Part 2” delves into the work that led to the band's iconic 1985 set at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in London. The episode cuts between rehearsal and live footage of such songs as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga” and more.

Queen's 17-minute Live Aid set is considered by many to be one of the greatest live performances in history. Other songs performed during the historic concert include "Hammer to Fall," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions." 

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Duran Duran’s John Taylor says Andy Taylor’s Hall of Fame appearance was always “touch and go”

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When Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year, their original guitarist, Andy Taylor, wasn’t able to attend, revealing he was battling prostate cancer. But it sounds like his attendance was always a bit up in the air.

“To be honest, I wasn’t 100 percent certain that Andy was going to go anyway,” bassist John Taylor tells the Yorkshire Post. “It was very touch and go. He said he was going to go but we were like, ‘We’ll believe that when we see it.'” 

John explains, “Two weeks before it was due to happen I got back in touch with him by text and we had some really fun back and forths, and I was really excited to play with him again.” He continued, “It was literally two days before that we found out that he wasn’t going to be coming (to Los Angeles) and maybe a day or two before that I found out that he was sick.”

John says what Andy is going through is awful, adding, “We had an incredible time together, he’s a powerhouse, he’s dynamite.” 

In the end John says he was glad Andy decided to skip the Hall of Fame induction, offering, “When you have a diagnosis like that you’ve got to choose your battles. I think the most important thing for him right now is that he’s reasonably comfortable and he can enjoy what time is left to him.”

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Dion sells catalog to Reservoir Media

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Yet another artist has sold their catalog. Billboard reports Dion aka Dion Francis DiMucci has sold the rights to his publishing catalog and future works to Reservoir Media. Dion is best known for such '60s hits as “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer,” along with “Ruby Baby" and “Dream Lover."

“I am most pleased to enter into this great new relationship with Reservoir,” Dion said in a statement. “I know how much the Reservoir team appreciates my work, and I am looking forward to some exciting times ahead with them.”

There’s no word on the value of the deal, which also includes synchronization rights (the right to use a piece of music with some sort of visual media) to his master recordings.

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Rod Stewart calls into news show to offer to pay for strangers’ health scans

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Rod Stewart is so fed up with the British health system that he’s opening up his own wallet to help people in need. The rocker made a surprise call into Sky News Thursday following a report about people stuck on National Health Service waiting lists to get their yearly health scans. 

Rod said that he recently went for his yearly scans; he was late to the appointment, but because he was going to a private health clinic, it was no big deal because the clinic was “empty.” Calling the whole waiting list ridiculous, he offered to "pay for 10 or 20 scans, or however much it takes."

"I don't know how we're (going to) work this out and, hopefully, some other people will follow, because it seems ridiculous that this particular scanning clinic was empty,” he said. “There are people dying because they cannot get scans.”

Rod said he was not doing this for the publicity, offering, "I just want to do some good things and this, I think, it's a good thing, because if other people follow me, I'd love it."

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Artist lineup announced for 'A Grammy Salute to The Beach Boys'

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The Beach Boys are the latest artists getting a special salute by the Recording Academy, and now we know who's on board to celebrate them. 

A Grammy Salute to The Beach Boys is set to happen February 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with a lineup of performers that includes Michael McDonald, Brandi Carlile, Beck, Fall Out Boy, Norah JonesJohn Legend, Pentatonix and Weezer.

The celebration is set to take place three days after the Grammy Awards and will be recorded for a special to air on CBS later in the year. 

Last year, Paul Simon was the subject of the annual Grammy Salute, with the special airing last December. It featured performances by Dave Matthews, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, The Bangles and Garth Brooks.

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Bernie Taupin releasing memoir, 'Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton & Me,' next fall

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Elton John’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin is ready to tell his story. The songwriter just announced he’s releasing his memoir, Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton & Me, on September 12.

“I loved writing, I loved chronicling life and every moment I was cogent, sober, or blitzed," Bernie shared. "I was forever feeding off my surroundings, making copious notes as ammunition for future compositions." He added, “The thing is good, bad, or indifferent I never stopped writing, it was as addictive as any drug.”

According to Hachette Books, which is publishing the memoir, Taupin’s story will be told “in a non-linear yet grounded narrative,” noting it “allows the reader to witness events unfolding from Taupin's singular perspective, sometimes front and center, sometimes from the edge, yet always described vibrantly, with an infectious energy that only a vivid songwriter's prose could offer.”

The book is available for preorder now.

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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott featured on new version of Ghost track “Spillways”

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Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott appears on a new version of Ghost's “Spillways,” a track from the Swedish rockers' 2022 album, Impera.

While some may be shocked by the pairing, it turns out Elliott is a big fan of the band, telling Planet Rock he was introduced to the group by Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. And after he found out that Ghost frontman Tobias Forge was a Def Leppard fan, “we both put two and two together and realized it kind of made five!”

“I’ve been saying out loud for a long time now how much I love the Impera album, and how much I really love the song ‘Spillways’ so when Tobias got in touch and asked me if I wanted to have a crack at it, I said ‘yeah I can do that!’” Elliott shares. “It was all quite organic. It (‘Spillways’) wasn’t broken, it didn’t need fixing, I just sang it as it is, and I think we sound pretty good together.”

Ghost announced the collaboration with an episode of their ongoing YouTube series, which finds Elliott in a Dublin pub about to perform his karaoke take on "Spillways” when he's suddenly overcome by a demonic force. 

“The video was shot in my local [pub], it was co-directed by Tobias and that was a lot of fun too,” Elliott says. “It was good to actually meet in person and trade stories, ideas and a few scoops!”

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Rick Wakeman returning to the U.S. for new tour in March

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Rick Wakeman has booked some U.S. shows for this spring. The Yes keyboardist just announced dates for his latest tour, An Evening with Rick Wakeman: His Music and Stories. 

The trek promises that Wakeman will be performing songs spanning his more than 50-year career, including tracks from Yes and his solo work. He’s also planning to perform songs from his days as a session player working with artists like David Bowie, as well as various covers.

“It’s always so enjoyable playing in America,” Wakeman shares. “At every show, I see old friends and hopefully, make new ones.”

The tour is set to kick off March 15 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, with dates confirmed through April 9 in Derry, New Hampshire; more are expected to be announced. Tickets for most shows go on sale February 3 at rwcc.com.

The tour announcement follows the news of Wakeman’s upcoming concept album, A Gallery of the Imagination, which will be released February 24.

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David Crosby’s 'Live at the Capitol Theatre' album sells out

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The death of David Crosby last week has sparked renewed interest in his work, including his first-ever live album, David Crosby & The Lighthouse Band Live at the Capitol Theatre, which was released in December.

The vinyl release has now sold out, with BMG announcing that it is working on a repressing to make more available. 

The album, recorded in December 2018 at the Port Chester, New York, theater, reached number three on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and made it to 51 on the overall Albums chart. 

In discussing the show that’s featured on the album, Crosby told Relix in what turned out to be one of his final interviews, “We were feeling very confident. The tour had been a success, this was the last show and we’d sold it out.” He added, “Everything had been building toward what ended up being one of those magical nights.”

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