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Dave Simpson/WireImageAn ailing and tearful Elton John was forced to cut his performance in New Zealand short on Sunday night after he lost his voice, but his promoters insist he'll finish the rest of his shows Down Under.

In an Instagram post, Elton wrote, "I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible. I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more."

He added, "I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful."

Elton was escorted offstage sobbing as he tried to start his next song and was unable to sing.

The New Zealand Herald reports that according to Elton's tour promoters, he does intend to play the remaining shows he has scheduled in Australia and New Zealand.  The promoters said Elton is resting, and doctors are confident that he'll recover.  His show tomorrow in Auckland has now been delayed until Wednesday.

He has two more shows in Auckland, including Wednesday's performance, and then seven additional shows in Australia, before he returns to North America for more shows.

Some fans are upset that they won't get their money back, but the Herald reports that because Elton played for over two hours, no refunds will be issued.

It's no wonder Elton got sick -- he's put in a lot of miles in the past week.  He flew to New Zealand from Los Angeles after winning the Oscar for Best Original Song and then attending and performing at his annual viewing party, which raised millions for his AIDS Foundation.

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Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton in 2005; Scott Gries/Getty ImagesThe lineup has been revealed for the London tribute concert Eric Clapton has organized celebrating the music and life of late Cream drummer Ginger Baker that takes place this Monday, February 17, at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith venue.

The show, dubbed Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute to Ginger Baker, will feature Clapton and his touring band joined by an impressive list of special guests, including ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters, Steve Winwood, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Chic's Nile Rodgers and founding Faces and Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones, who also played with The Who for many years.

Ginger's son, drummer Kofi Baker, also will take part in the concert, which is sold out.

Clapton's band will feature singer/keyboardist Paul Carrack, keyboardist Chris Stainton, drummers Sonny Emory and Steve Gadd, bassist Willie Weeks and backing vocalists Katie Kissoon and Sharon White.

The show will raise money for Leonard Cheshire, a U.K.-based charity supported by the Baker family. The organization helps disabled people with education, employment and independent living.

Ginger Baker died on October 6, 2019, after years of poor health. He was 80.

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Credit: Austin LordPeter Frampton has been chosen as one of the National Organization for Rare Disorders' 2020 Rare Impact Award honorees.

The awards salute individuals and organizations for outstanding work supporting the rare disease community.

The legendary guitarist, who revealed last year that he'd been diagnosed with a rare degenerative muscular disease called inclusion body myositis, is being recognized for his advocacy for The Myositis Association.

The awards will be handed out at an event held May 15 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

After Frampton announced he was suffering from inclusion body myositis, which eventually will hamper his ability to play guitar, he lined up a farewell tour that will continue this year with a European leg that begins May 24 in Edinburgh, U.K.

Meanwhile, a new video featuring Frampton and his backing band delivering a blistering live performance of "Me and My Guitar," a song from their 2019 studio album, All Blues, has debuted on Peter's official YouTube channel. "Me and My Guitar" originally was recorded by late blues great Freddie King, who co-wrote the tune with Leon Russell and Chuck Blackwell. It appeared on King's 1972 album, Texas Cannonball.

Speaking about his studio version of "Me and My Guitar" in a promo video for All Blues, Frampton notes, "This is a real straight-ahead blues as far as I'm concerned, and it comes out of the gate just screaming. And we had a lot of fun doing this one."

You can check out all of Peter's upcoming tour dates at Frampton.com.

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Reprise/Warner RecordsGreen Day's new album Father of All... has debuted at number one on the on the U.K.'s Official Album Chart.

That gives the punk trio their fourth number-one record across the pond, following American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown and 2016's Revolution Radio.

In the U.S., Father of All... is on pace for a top-10 start on the Billboard 200.

Green Day will support Father of All... this summer on the Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. The worldwide trek begins June 13 in Paris; the U.S. leg launches July 17 in Seattle.

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Courtesy of Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen has no shortage of his own songs to choose from when he plays live, but The Boss also likes to cover tunes by other artists he admires in his concerts. A new archival live compilation gathering together 15 interesting covers Springsteen played with The E Street Band over the years debuted Friday exclusively via select streaming services.

The Live Series: Songs Under Cover boasts performances spanning from 1975 to 2017, and is the sixth installment in a series of themed live playlists from Bruce.

The collection, which is ordered chronologically, kicks off with a 1975 rendition of "When You Walk in the Room" that Springsteen and company played at The Roxy in Los Angeles. The song was written and first recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1963, and was a hit for U.K. band The Searchers the following year.

The final track is a version of The Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought the Law" performed at a February 2017 show in Hunter Valley, Australia.

Other interesting tunes on Songs Under Cover include renditions of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band," Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher," The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," AC/DC's "Highway to Hell, Prince's "Purple Rain" and Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl."

Springsteen and the E Street Band played "Purple Rain" in tribute to Prince on April 23, 2016, two days after the legendary entertainer died.

Here's a full track list for Songs Under Cover, along with the artist or artists associated with each tune and the date and location where they were recorded:

"When You Walk in the Room" (The Searchers) -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy, 10/18/1975
"Twist and Shout" (The Isley Brothers, The Beatles) -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater, 12/31/1975
"Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran) -- Cleveland, OH, The Agora, 8/9/1978
"Detroit Medley" (Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels) -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden, 9/21/1979
"Can't Help Falling In Love" (Elvis Presley) -- London, U.K., Wembley Arena, 6/5/1981
"Travelin' Band" (Creedence Clearwater Revival) -- Los Angeles, CA, Memorial Coliseum, 9/27/1985
"Boom Boom" (John Lee Hooker) -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden, 5/23/1988
"Higher and Higher" (Jackie Wilson) -- Buffalo, NY, HSBC Arena, 11/22/2009
"I Don't Want to Go Home" (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) -- Helsinki, Finland, Olympiastadion, 7/31/2012
"Stayin' Alive" (The Bee Gees) -- Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 2/26/2014
"Highway to Hell" (AC/DC) -- Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 2/26/2014
"Purple Rain" (Prince)-- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center, 4/23/2016
"Lucille" (Little Richard) -- Milan, Italy, Stadio San Siro, 7/3/2016
"Brown Eyed Girl" (Van Morrison) -- Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 1/30/2017
"I Fought the Law" (The Bobby Fuller Four, The Clash) -- Hunter Valley, Australia, Hope Estate Winery, 2/18/2017

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The next chapter of live performances, ‘The Live Series: Songs Under Cover’ is now streaming. This collection features live versions of “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Purple Rain,” “Highway To Hell” & more covers from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band https://t.co/sWPwYF2qbb pic.twitter.com/KLYHGQHSEx

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Deanne FitzmauriceThe good thing about being around for forty years like Huey Lewis & the News has is that they've made a lot of friends along the way -- and many of them are celebrities. So Huey called in a lot of favors to create the band's new video for "Her Love Is Killin' Me."

The clip starts with Huey playing harmonica, and then turns into a lip-sync fest, with one star after another popping up to mouth the words to the upbeat blues-rock tune.  The guests include Topher Grace, Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Sean Hayes, Wendy Malick, Cedric the Entertainer, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jimmy Buffett, country star Brad Paisley, Patrick Warburton, ex-baseball manager Bruce Bochy, and Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of the band The Killers

Huey's good pal Jimmy Kimmel fakes playing the harmonica, and so does former football star Joe Montana -- at least, we think they're faking.  Meanwhile, Jimmy's cousin, Sal Iacono, a regular on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, does a nice callback to Huey's video for "I Want a New Drug" by plunging his face into ice water -- except instead of the ice water being in a sink, it's, um, in a toilet.

"All of my friends, I'd like to say thank you very much...for saving me a lot of money on this video!" Huey jokes in the beginning of the clip.

"Her Love Is Killin' Me" is from the new Huey Lewis & the News album Weather, in stores today.

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ABC/Image Group LAIt’s official: Mariah Carey is heading to England this summer to celebrate LGBT pride.

The singer confirmed in an Instagram video Friday that she is indeed headlining one of the U.K.’s biggest pride festivals, Brighton Pride, on August 1.

“People keep asking me am I doing Brighton Pride this year,” Mariah says in the clip. “And I guess, like, my answer is, do I have an album called Rainbow? Of course I’m doing Brighton Pride, darlings! I can’t wait to see you there on August 1! “

It will be Mariah’s first U.K. show outside of London since her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour in March 2016.

U.K.’s The Sun previously reported that Mariah is being paid six figures for the gig.

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ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaUniversal Music Group has confirmed that the master recordings of 19 artists were "affected" by the 2008 Universal Studios fire, including Elton John, Bryan Adams, Michael McDonald, Peter Frampton, R.E.M.

Those names were revealed in the latest filing in the ongoing lawsuit against UMG, obtained by Pitchfork.

The lawsuit was initially filed by Tom Petty's ex-wife Jane Petty, Soundgarden, the estate of Tupac Shakur, Hole and Steve Earle following a report from The New York Times Magazine alleging the destruction of thousands of master recordings in the fire, and the subsequent cover-up of the damage. Hole has since dropped off the suit.

The other acts listed in new documents are Sheryl CrowLes Paul, The Surfaris, Suzanne Vega, Nirvana, Beck, Y&T, David Baerwald, Jimmy Eat World, Slayer, White Zombie, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, and Sonic Youth.

Each artist named is accompanied by UMG's characterization of the extent of the damage. Nirvana, for example, had "certain original master recordings" affected, though UMG claims it has "replacements or copies of all of them."

UMG has previously denied that masters by Petty, Shakur and Earle, all of whom are listed in the NYT Magazine report, were lost. As for Soundgarden, UMG claims it informed the grunge band of the extent of the damage to their recordings back in 2015.

In a statement to Pitchfork, UMG calls the suit a "meritless legal case" full of "baseless claims."

Plaintiff-side lawyer Howard King says, "Universal claimed 17,000 artists were affected by the fire when they were suing for damages. Now that they face a lawsuit by their artists, they claim a mere 19 artists were affected. This discrepancy is inexplicable."

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ABC/Image Group LAGreen Day's new album Father of All... is on pace to make a top-10 debut on the Billboard 200.

According to the publication, the punk trio's 13th full-length studio effort will finish its opening week with about 50,000 equivalent album units, which should be good enough to land at or above the number 10 spot on the ranking.

If the prediction holds true, Father of All... will be Green Day's 11th trip to the Billboard 200's top 10. The group's last album, 2016's Revolution Radio, debuted at number one on the chart, as did 2004's American Idiot and 2009's 21st Century Breakdown.

Green Day will support Father of All... this summer on the Hella Mega Tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. The worldwide trek begins June 13 in Paris; the U.S. leg launches July 17 in Seattle.

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Ringo Starr is featured on one of two brand-new songs released Friday by the star-studded rock group The Empty Hearts, which includes members of The Cars, Blondie and The Romantics.

The former Beatles drummer lent his talents to "Remember Days Like These," a jangly, '60s-influenced mid-tempo pop-rock tune.

"Having Ringo Starr guest on our new single is a truly profound event for our band," says Empty Hearts lead guitarist and founding Cars member Elliot Easton. "The Beatles are pretty much the reason that we do what we do; their importance to us cannot be overstated."

"Remember Days Like These" has been issued as a single along with another new tune, the similarly jangly "Tell Me Reasons Why."

Both songs are available as digital downloads, via streaming services, and as a limited-edition vinyl single pressed on black-and-blue-splatter vinyl.

The Empty Hearts also feature Blondie drummer Clem Burke and Romantics singer/guitarist Wally Palmar, as well as bassist Andy Babiuk of veteran garage-rock band The Chesterfield Kings. The group released its self-titled debut album in 2014, and also issued a new two-track single this past September featuring "Coat-Tailer" and "Run and Hide from You." Last month, the band debuted an official video for the latter tune.

The Empty Hearts plan to release their second studio album later this year.

"Our newest album is a big leap for us creatively, with more adventurous writing, some wild sonic exploration (or as we call it, 'ear candy'), and a desire to make the sort of record that we've always loved," Easton says. "Not just a bunch of isolated songs, but more of a total 'experience' or voyage that takes the listener from point A and drops them off at point Z."

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Michael Campanella/Getty ImagesSure, there are plenty of artists who've managed to chart 80, 90, 100 or more songs on a Billboard chart over the course of their careers.  But there's only one who can say they've had as many as 50 number ones: Madonna.

As Billboard notes, Madonna has just scored her 50th chart-topper on the publication's Dance Club Songs chart with the remixed version of "I Don't Search I Find," a track from her latest album, Madame X. No other artist has ever managed to make it to the top of any Billboard chart 50 times.

The artist with the next-highest amount of number one hits on any single Billboard chart is country superstar George Strait: He's had 44.

In addition to that milestone, Madonna is also now the first act to have scored at least one number one on the Dance Club Songs chart in five separate decades. She had nine in the '80s, 13 in the '90s, 18 in the 2000s, nine in the 2010's and so far in this new decade, one.

"Dance is my first love," Madonna tells Billboard in an exclusive statement. "So every time one of my songs is celebrated in the clubs and recognized on the charts, it feels like home!! I never take the support of my fans for granted and it's always like the very first time."

Madonna's first number one on the Dance Club Songs chart came way back in 1983 with "Holiday"/"Lucky Star."

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Allman Brothers Band Recording CompanyFour albums featuring the late Duane and Gregg Allman recorded before the formation of The Allman Brothers Band will be released on CD for the first time ever on March 27, and reissued on vinyl for the first time in decades.

The first disc is a compilation of studio recordings by siblings Duane and Gregg's band Allman Joys that was made in 1966 and originally released in 1973.

The second and third releases are the two albums Duane and Gregg recorded with their next group, Hour Glass -- the band's 1967 self-titled debut and 1968's Power of Love.

The fourth release is a collection of demos that the Allmans recorded in 1968 with a band called The 31st of February, that featured future Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, as well as singer/guitarist Scott Boyer and bassist David Brown. These recordings, which included an early version of the Allman Brothers classic "Melissa," were first released under the title Duane & Greg Allman in 1972.

All four albums can be pre-ordered now at MerchMountain.com.

Here's the track list for Allman Joys' Early Allman -- Featuring Duane and Gregg Allman:

"Gotta Get Away"
"Oh John"
"Street Singer"
"You'll Learn Someday"
"Old Man River"
"Bell Bottom Britches"
"Spoonful"
"Stalling for Time"
"Doctor Fone Bone"
"Changing of the Guard"
"The Forest for the Trees"
"Northern Boundary"

Here's the track list for the Hour Glass album:

"Out of the Night"
"Nothing but Tears"
"Love Makes the World Go 'Round"
"Cast Off All My Fears"
"I've Been Trying"
"No Easy Way Down"
"Heartbeat"
"So Much Love"
"Got to Get Away"
"Silently"
"Bells"

Here's the track list of Hour Glass' Power of Love album:

"Power of Love"
"Changing of the Guard"
"To Things Before"
"I'm Not Afraid"
"I Can Stand Alone"
"Down in Texas"
"I Still Want Your Love"
"Home for the Summer"
"I'm Hanging Up My Heart for You"
"Going Nowhere"
"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"
"Now Is the Time"

And here's the track list of the Duane & Gregg Allman album:

"Morning Dew"
"God Rest His Soul"
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"Come Down and Get Me"
"Melissa"
"I'll Change for You"
"Back Down Home with You"
"Well I Know Too Well"
"In the Morning When I'm Real"

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Courtesy of Dead.netA 15-CD live Grateful Dead box set -- focusing on five shows that the band played in the northeastern U.S. in June 1976 -- will be released on March 20.

The collection, simply titled June 1976, featured previously unreleased complete recordings of concerts that took place on June 10 and 11 at Boston Music Hall in Boston, June 14 and 15 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and June 19 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.

The performances were among the first shows the band played after returning to active touring following a nearly two-year hiatus.

The recordings are part of the famous "Betty Boards" tapes, a collection of reel-to-reel recordings that engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson made from The Dead's soundboard from 1971 to 1980.

Only 12,000 copies of the box set, each individually numbered, will be available. You can pre-order copies now exclusively from Dead.net. High-res digital versions also are being sold.

Among the songs performed at the June '76 concerts: "Friend of the Devil," "Playing in the Band," "U.S. Blues," "St. Stephen" and "Sugar Magnolia," as well as covers like Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," and the band's disco-influenced rendition of Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street."

The group also showcased lots of new material at the concerts, including selections from its then-latest studio album, 1975's Blues for Allah.

Recalling how he felt about the June 1976 recordings when he first heard them, longtime Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux says, "These were like the best live albums I'd ever heard, played by the best band I know, during one of the Dead's many live performance peaks."

Here's the June 1976 box set's track list:

Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA (6/10/76):

Set One
"Promised Land"
"Sugaree"
"Cassidy"
"They Love Each Other"
"The Music Never Stopped"
"Brown-Eyed Women"
"Lazy Lightning">
"Supplication"
"Row Jimmy"
"Big River"
"Mission in the Rain"
"Looks Like Rain"
"Might as Well"

Set Two
"Samson and Delilah"
"Help on the Way">
"Slipknot!">
"Franklin's Tower"
"Let It Grow"
"Friend of the Devil"
"Playing in the Band">
"Dancing in the Street">
"U.S. Blues"

Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA (6/11/76):

Set One
"Might as Well"
"Mama Tried"
"Tennessee Jed"
"Cassidy"
"Candyman"
"Big River"
"Scarlet Begonias"
"Looks Like Rain"
"It Must Have Been the Roses"
"Lazy Lightning">
"Supplication"
"Brown-Eyed Women"
"Promised Land"

Set Two
"St. Stephen">
"Dancing in the Street">
"The Music Never Stopped"
"Ship of Fools"
"Samson and Delilah"
"Sugaree"
"Sugar Magnolia">
"Eyes of the World">
"Stella Blue"
"Sunshine Daydream"
"Johnny B. Goode"

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY (6/14/76):

Set One
"Cold Rain and Snow"
"Mama Tried"
"Row Jimmy"
"Cassidy"
"Brown-Eyed Women"
"Big River"
"Might as Well"
"Lazy Lightning">
"Supplication"
"Tennessee Jed"
"Playing in the Band"

Set Two
"The Wheel"
"Samson and Delilah"
"High Time"
"The Music Never Stopped"
"Crazy Fingers"
"Dancing in the Street">
"Cosmic Charlie"
"Help on the Way">
"Slipknot!">
"Franklin's Tower">
"Around and Around"
"U.S. Blues"

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY (6/15/76):

Set One
"Promised Land"
"Sugaree"
"Cassidy"
"Candyman"
"The Music Never Stopped"
"It Must Have Been the Roses"
"Looks Like Rain"
"Tennessee Jed"
"Let It Grow">
"Might as Well"

Set Two
"St. Stephen">
"Not Fade Away">
"Stella Blue"
"Samson and Delilah"
"Friend of the Devil"
"Dancing in the Street">
"The Wheel">
"Sugar Magnolia"
"Scarlet Begonias">
"Sunshine Daydream"
"Johnny B. Goode"

Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ (6/19/76):

Set One
"Help on the Way">
"Slipknot"!>
"Franklin's Tower">
"The Music Never Stopped"
"Brown-Eyed Women"
"Cassidy"
"They Love Each Other"
"Looks Like Rain"
"Tennessee Jed"
"Playing in the Band"

Set Two
"Might as Well"
"Samson and Delilah"
"High Time"
"Let It Grow"
"Dancing in the Street">
"Cosmic Charlie"
"Around and Around">
"Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad">
"One More Saturday Night"
"Not Fade Away"

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Parlophone RecordsThe final installment of a six-song digital David Bowie rarities EP called Is It Any Wonder? gets its release today via streaming services. Plans for a limited-edition physical version of the collection also have been unveiled.

The sixth track is a 1995 live drum-and-bass version of Bowie's 1970 tune "The Man Who Sold the World" that was mixed by Brian Eno, who added studio elements to the recording. The "Live Eno Mix" of the song originally was released as part of a single that also featured "Strangers When We Meet," a track from David's 1995 concept album Outside.

Is It Any Wonder? also will be released on CD and as a 12-inch vinyl LP on March 20, but with one change to the track list: The ChangesNowBowie version of "The Man Who Sold the World" -- the first track made available from the digital EP -- will be replaced by a song called "Fun" (Clownboy Mix).

The latter track started as a new version of "Fame" that David and his backing group started recording in early 1997 during rehearsals for his Earthling tour. Later in 1997, a live version of "Fame" was incorporated into the track, but as the recording developed, all elements of "Fame" were removed and it morphed into the song "Fun." In 1998, studio whiz Danny Saber created the "Clownboy Mix" of the track, which only appeared on a CD-ROM available exclusively to subscribers of the BowieNet website.

As previously reported, the ChangesNowBowie album will be released as a limited-edition CD and vinyl LP on April 18 in conjunction with the 2020 Record Store Day sale.

The nine-song collection was recorded in November '96 during rehearsals for Bowie's 50th birthday concert,  which was held at Madison Square Garden in January 1997.

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Rick Guest/Interscope RecordsThe Who played a pair of intimate acoustic shows Wednesday night at the Pryzm nightclub in the London suburb of Kingston upon Thames in honor of the 50th anniversary of the band's classic concert album Live at Leeds. During the gigs, the U.K. rock legends also played two songs from their 2019 studio album, WHO, live for the very first time: "Break the News" and "She Rocked My World."

You can check out fan-shot video of both performances on YouTube.

"Break the News" was written by longtime Who touring guitarist Simon Townshend, the younger brother of lead guitarist and main songwriter, Pete Townshend.

While introducing the tune, frontman Roger Daltrey told the crowd, "Simon is such a great songwriter. For years he's done his songs at my solo shows, but it's great to find a song that actually fits on a Who album."

Since Roger still isn't that familiar with the tune, he used lyric sheets to sing it, but flubbed it anyway; the band ended up having to start it a second time.

"She Rocked My World" was written by Pete, who explained hat it begins with the same flamenco-style chords he used for the 1967 Who song "Tattoo."

The band will play two more shows at the Pryzm club on Friday, February 14, which marks the 50th anniversary of the concert at the University of Leeds that was recorded for the Live at Leeds album.

The Who then will have about a month off before launching a 2020 U.K. tour leg that kicks off March 16 in Manchester and runs through an April 8 concert in London. A U.S. trek follows, beginning with an April 21 show in Hollywood, Florida.

Check out the band's full itinerary at TheWho.com.

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Rick Kern/WireImageLast summer, The Cure frontman Robert Smith declared that he was "intent" on releasing a new album with the goth icons in 2019, and that he would be "extremely bitter" if the year ended without one. Well, here we are in 2020 with no new Cure album.  So will we finally get it this year? The answer is -- maybe?

"We're wrapping it up now, it's going to be mixed," Smith tells NME of the album's progress. "But until it's out, no one's gonna believe me. I look forward to it coming out more than anyone else, trust me."

When the interviewer asks if he can promise a 2020 release date, Smith replies, "No! I'm too old to commit to idiot things like that. Wait and see!"

Last fall, Smith also said that The Cure was working on three new albums. He now clarifies that there's instead two albums in the works, while the third is "literally just an hour of noise."

The Cure's most recent album is 2008's 4:13 Dream.

In other news, The Cure won the Best Festival Headliner honor at the 2020 NME Awards ceremony, which was held Wednesday night in London.

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Courtesy of Julian's AuctionsFormer Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman will be auctioning off a selection of instruments and other memorabilia from his personal archive at a three-day sale to be held May 29-31 in Beverly Hills, California.

The event, hosted by Julian's Auctions, will feature more than 1,000 lots, including many bass guitars that Wyman played during his 30-plus years with the British rock legends, as well as stage-worn clothing, awards and more.

The item expected to sell for the highest price is an orange 1969 Fender Mustang bass that Wyman used at concerts and on recordings in 1969 and 1970.  It's estimated to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000.

Other pricey instruments include a 1978 custom-built Travis Bean Custom bass Bill used with the band during the late 1970s and 1980s that's expected sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.  A black 1981 Steinberger Custom bass played during The Stones' 1982 tour and the 1988 A.I.M.S. Gala concert at London's Royal Albert Hall is estimated to bring from $100,000 to $200,000.

Also going up for bid is Bill's historic 1962 VOX AC30 model bass amplifier, which he used during his successful audition for The Stones, and which is estimated to sell for between $80,000 and $100,000.

You can bid in person or online via JuliansLive.com. Part the proceeds from the auction will benefit The Prince's Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Leading up to the event, an exhibit of Wyman's artifacts will be displayed at The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, from March 10 to April 20; the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City from May 4 to May 10; and Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills from May 18 to May 28.

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Credit: Jérôme Brunet The Steve Miller Band must have loved touring with veteran country act Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives last summer, because the two groups will be hitting the road together this year for a similarly lengthy trek.

The Americana Tour kicks off June 13 in Austin, Texas, and is mapped out through a September 4 performance at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Washington, by Miller and his band, plus an as-yet-unannounced opening act.

Most of the shows on the 40-date trek will feature Steve and his group supported by Stuart and his band, as well as comedian and singer Gary Mule Deer. Two of the concerts, scheduled for August 8 in Wantagh, New York, and August 9 in Holmdel, New Jersey, are festival performances that also will feature Brian Wilson and veteran folk-blues singer Taj Mahal.

In addition, the tour also includes a four-date run during late July in four cities in Ontario, Canada, where the Steve Miller Band will be supported by young singer/guitarist Matthew Curry instead of Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and Mule Deer.

"Touring with Marty and the Superlatives is inspirational," says Miller. "This is undoubtedly one of the most talented touring combinations I've ever been involved in. We look forward to continuing working together to explore the roots of American Music. Adding the musical comedy of Gary Mule Deer to the show will be an unexpected treat for our fans."

On July 11, two days before the Americana Tour gets underway, Miller will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City.

You can check out Miller's full 2020 itinerary at SteveMillerBand.com.

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Courtesy Huey Lewis & The NewsHuey Lews & the News release their new album, Weather, on Friday, the band's first album of new material in almost 20 years.  To promote the project, Huey did a Q&A with his pal Jimmy Kimmel at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and in the process revealed his two biggest career regrets.

Billboard reports Huey's first regret was turning down a boatload of cash from Coca-Cola, which the soft drink giant offered Huey and the band after Pepsi landed Michael Jackson for a commercial.

"Before that, no music stars did corporate tie-ins," Huey said, according to Billboard. "Coca-Cola asked to have a meeting. We flew to Atlanta. They offered us millions of dollars [to use] 'The Heart of Rock & Roll' in a commercial. I said no.  Stupid."

Also stupid?  Huey's decision to turn down a song Bob Dylan sent him after they met during the recording of "We Are the World."

"I should have cut it. I don't know what I was thinking," admitted Huey.

And while he was on the topic of "We Are the World," Huey revealed that when Prince, who'd been invited to participate, didn't show up, he ended up getting the late icon's line.  He said producer Quincy Jones called him over, and then asked Michael to join them.

"Michael Jackson sang [Prince's] line to me. I sang it back and that's how I got the part," recalled Huey.

That line, by the way, is, "But if you just believe/there's no way we can fall."  You also hear him sing the line "Stand together as one," along with Cyndi Lauper and Kim Carnes.  Ah, the '80s.

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Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentDef Leppard is pouring some sugar on their already exciting 2020 plans by announcing a 16-date joint U.S. fall tour with ZZ Top.

The 20/20 Vision Tour kicks off on September 21 in Albany, New York, and is mapped out through an October 18 show in Spokane, Washington. The outing will follow Def Leppard's massive summer package trek, The Stadium Tour, which features the newly reunited Motley Crue, as well as Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Tickets for Def Leppard and ZZ Top's fall tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 21, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.

Pre-sale tickets will be available to Citi card members beginning Tuesday, February 18, at 10 a.m. local time through the credit-card company's Citi Entertainment program: Visit CitiEntertainment.com for more details.

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott says of his band's 2020 tour plans, "What a year this is going to be! First, sold out stadiums, then we get to go on tour with the mighty ZZ Top! Having been an admirer of the band for a lifetime it's gonna be a real pleasure to finally do some shows together...maybe some of us will get to go for a spin with [ZZ Top's] Billy [Gibbons] in one of those fancy cars."

Adds Gibbons, "We're excited about hitting the road with Def Leppard this fall; we've been fans of theirs since forever…Joe Elliott is always welcome to ride 'shotgun' with us and we won't even ask him to pay for the gas."

You can check out all of both bands' 2020 tour dates at DefLeppard.com and ZZTop.com.

As previously reported, The Stadium Tour runs from a June 18 concert in Jacksonville, Florida, through a September 5 show in Inglewood, California.

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