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ABC/Randy HolmesTMZ reports that, according to sources close to Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist spent a few days in the hospital this past week because he experienced complications from the cancer treatments he's been undergoing.

TMZ says sources told them that Van Halen was released from the hospital on Sunday and is doing fine now, while claiming that he was hospitalized last week after suffering intestinal issues and abdominal pain, which were said to be caused by a bad reaction to the drugs he's taking to treat his throat cancer.

According to TMZ's sources, after returning home, Eddie hung out and rehearsed music with his son, Wolfgang, who's played bass in his dad's famous band since 2006.

Last month, TMZ broke the news that for the past five years, Eddie has been flying to Germany to receive radiation treatment for throat cancer. According to the news website,the  64-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was diagnosed with cancer almost 20 years ago and in 2000, doctors removed a third of his tongue due to the illness.

TMZ says that although Eddie was a heavy smoker, he says he was told that the cancer may have developed as a result of holding a metal guitar pick in his mouth while he performed.

 

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Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen treated an unsuspecting invite-only crowd at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to a glorious night of music on Saturday, playing a surprise two-hour set during a private event benefiting Boston College, according to a Variety report.

One of the lucky 400 people in attendance, Stan Goldstein -- co-author of the book Rock and Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore -- tells Variety that The Boss played 22 songs, including a variety of his classics, such as "Spirit in the Night," "Growin' Up," "Because the Night," "Cadillac Ranch," "I'm On Fire," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Dancing in the Dark," "Rosalita" and "Born to Run." Springsteen also threw in some select cover tunes, among them "Seven Nights to Rock," "Twist & Shout" and "Detroit Medley."

For most of the show, Bruce was backed by ex-Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes guitarist Bobby Bandiera's band. E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg joined in about halfway through the set and played on several tunes.

The show also featured a cover of The Ad Libs' 1964 hit "The Boy from New York City" that was sung by Layonne Holmes, a member of Jon Bon Jovi's solo backing band, Kings of Suburbia. Bandiera took on lead vocals on a rendition of the Springsteen gem "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)."

Bruce brought he show to a close with a solo acoustic version of "Thunder Road." You can check out fan-recorded video of that performance on YouTube.

Springsteen, whose son Evan attended Boston College has performed at previous fundraisers for the school held at The Stone Pony in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Here's the full set list from Saturday's show:

"634-5789"
"Seven Nights to Rock"
"Darlington County"
"Spirit in the Night"
"Growin' Up"
"Because the Night"
"Two Hearts"
"Cadillac Ranch"
"Rendezvous"
"The Boy from New York City" -- sung by Layonne Holmes
"From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)" -- Bobby Bandiera on lead vocals
"I'm On Fire"
"Waiting on a Sunny Day"
"Talk to Me"
"Fourth of July Asbury Park (Sandy)"
"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"
"Dancing in the Dark"
"Born to Run"
"Rosalita"
"Detroit Medley"
"Twist & Shout"
"Thunder Road" (solo acoustic)

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MJ Kim/2019 MPL Communications LtdThe U.K.'s most prestigious festival, Glastonbury, has announced a legendary headliner for 2020.

"We are incredibly excited to announce that @PaulMcCartney will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night of Glastonbury 2020," the festival tweeted. The massive event is celebrating its 50th anniversary next year.

McCartney retweeted the announcement and added, "Hey Glasto - excited to be part of your Anniversary celebrations. See ya next summer!"

The festival's organizer, Emily Eavis, wrote on Instagram that the booking as "an absolute dream come true," adding, "There really was no one that we wanted more for the 50th anniversary."

Macca will turn 78 the week before his performance, which will make him the oldest artist ever to headline the festival's Pyramid Stage. He'll beat out Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, who was 73 when the Stones headlined in 2013.

This will be Sir Paul's second time headlining; the first was in 2004, when he played a 33-song set including solo songs, Beatles classics and Wings hits, as well a performance of "In Spite of All the Danger," a song he recorded in 1958 with John Lennon and George Harrison in their pre-Beatles band The Quarrymen.

Paul is only the second artist to be confirmed for the 2020 edition of the festival so far: The other is 75-year-old Diana Ross, who'll be performing in the "legend" slot traditionally held on a Sunday afternoon on the Pyramid stage.

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Megaforce RecordsFounding Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie recently released his first solo album in 18 years, Sonic Ranch.

Rolie tells ABC Audio that the reason it took so long for him to release the record was that he "got busy" with various other projects, including Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, Santana's Santana IV reunion album and the recent shows by Journey guitarist Neal Schon's side project Journey Through Time.

Sonic Ranch features appearances from various well-known musicians, including Schon, Toto and All Starr Band guitarist Steve Lukather, original Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and ex-Santana bassist Alphonso Johnson.

Lukather and Schon appear on two tracks each. Among the songs Steve plays on is the lead track and current single, "Give Me Tomorrow."

"Journey could have done that song. It's got that kind of vibe to it," Rolie says of "Give Me Tomorrow," which he rates as one of Sonic Ranch's standout tracks. "And I love what Lukather played on it."

The album also features a new rendition of the 1976 Journey tune "Look into the Future," which Gregg says is among his favorite songs by his old group.

Closing out Sonic Ranch is a slow, gospel-flavored cover of the classic Elvis Presley hit "Don't Be Cruel." Rolie tells ABC Audio that his rendition was inspired by a 1975 version he saw veteran country singer Billy Swan performing on an old TV variety show.

Meanwhile, Rolie reveals he's started a new studio album with a backing band that includes his son Sean -- who co-produced and played guitar on Sonic Ranch -- and fellow Journey Through Time members: ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and veteran hard-rock bassist Marco Mendoza. Gregg says he likely won't play solo shows until 2020, when he expects to release the next album.

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ABC/Lou RoccoIf your mom was Mariah Carey, you'd probably know every song in her catalog backwards and forwards, right? Well, according to Mimi herself, she's actually surprised that her 8-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan know any of her songs.

Asked by Billboard if the twins have any favorites among her record-setting string of number one hits, she says, "They love 'Always Be My Baby,' 'All I Want for Christmas Is You,' 'We Belong Together.' They surprise me with the songs that they know."

She adds, "They’ve been to a lot of the shows -- you always think they’re on their iPads rather than paying attention, but I guess they’re paying attention!"

In addition, Mariah brags that besides her songs, the twins know all the greats, too.

"I quiz them on a lot of different people's songs -- Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Prince -- [and] they'll get it right," she says proudly.

Mariah spoke to Billboard because the publication just named her the Top Female Solo Artist of All Time on its charts. She's the solo artist with the most #1 hits on the Hot 100, and the female artist who's spent the most time at #1: 79 weeks.

"Oh, my God. To see the success on all the different charts, to hear you say that is mind-blowing," Mariah responds when asked how she feels about that accomplishment. "I never, ever dreamt of this when I first started. I just wanted to hear my songs on the radio."

She adds, "When I look back on the songs that I've written that have become part of people's lives, that's what makes me the most proud."

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Nikolas Helbing/Courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment & AXS TVThe latest episode of AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler chatting with the AC/DC singer as they visit Northumberland, U.K., near where they both grew up.

On the episode, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Knopfler chats about his journey to rock stardom and his heyday with Dire Straits, and shares the story behind the creation of his old band's chart-topping smash "Money for Nothing."

In a sneak preview, Johnson talks glowingly about "Money for Nothing," noting that it featured a guitar riff "that was so hypnotic and catchy," and had Sting singing, "I want my MTV."

Knopfler tells Johnson that Dire Straits had been recording "Money for Nothing" on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, and because part of the song's melody was based on The Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me," he told his band mates that he wished Sting was there to sing on the track. To his surprise, one of the musicians informed him that Sting was there, vacationing on Montserrat.

"[H]e came straight up to the studio, and he sang great," Mark notes.

Knopfler also talks about how he came up "Money for Nothing," revealing that he'd been in a New York City appliance store and overheard a gruff delivery man talking about how lucky rock stars are.

"Actually, I started spying on him, between some microwaves," Mark recalls. "[A]ll those lines, like, 'That ain't working, that's the way you do it,' 'Them guys ain't dumb' [and] "Maybe get a blister on your little finger,' I mean, he actually said that. And I thought, 'How brilliant!'"

Knofler says he immediately asked someone for a pen and paper, and "started writing the song right there and then."

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Courtesy of Timothy B. Schmit

Longtime Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit has released a new single called "The Good Fight" that features guest vocals by Sheryl Crow.

The soulful mid-tempo rock song seems to be a call for people to get involved in political, social and environmental causes to help make the planet a better place.

Schmit and Crow team up to sing the chorus, which goes, "Think before you talk, it matters what we do/ Gotta keep your head to get the message through/Lead from the left, and do what's right/ It's getting harder every day to put up the good fight." You can check out a lyric video for the tune at Timothy's official YouTube channel.

The track is available for purchase now as a digital download and via streaming services.

Interestingly, Crow's recent studio album, Threads, included duets with two current Eagles members: Joe Walsh and Vince Gill.

"The Good Fight" is the first new music Schmit has released since his 2016 solo album, Leap of Faith.

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Gonzo MultimediaBefore he formed his famous funk/soul/rock band The Family Stone, Sylvester Stewart, a.k.a. Sly Stone, was in a multi-racial high-school doo-wop group called The Viscaynes.

Now, a compilation featuring The Viscaynes' early doo-wop and gospel recordings titled Sly Before The Family Stone will be released on CD this Friday, November 15, while a limited-edition blue-vinyl version of the album -- pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl -- will follow in March of 2020.

Sly joined The Viscaynes around 1961, when he was 17, and the group went on to release a few regional singles before disbanding.

The album features a total of 19 tracks, and also appears to include other tracks that Sly recorded prior to the 1966 formation of The Family Stone.

Here's the Sly Before The Family Stone track list:

"Honest"
"In the Still of the Night"
"Searchin'"
"Don't Say I Didn't Warn You"
"Ain't That Lovin' You Babe"
"Swim"
"Every Dog Has His Day"
"Suki Suki Part One"
"Suki Suki Part Two"
"Seventh Sun"
"Nerves"
"I Can't Turn You Loose"
"Take My Advice"
"Watermelon Man"
"I Ain't Got Nobody"
"If You Were Blue"
"Rock Dirge"
"Hi Love"
"Life of Fortune and Fame"

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BMGRonnie Wood's latest solo, Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry, an homage to one of the Rolling Stones guitarist's musical heroes, is out now.

The album, which is credited to Ronnie Wood and His Wild Five, was recorded in November 2018 at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, U.K., and features renditions of 10 tunes written and/or recorded by Berry, plus an original Wood song titled "Tribute to Chuck Berry."

An official video for Mad Lad's instrumental title track has premiered on Wood's YouTube channel. The clip follows Ronnie as he hops into the back of a limousine and plays some mean slide guitar as he gets taken for a wild ride around some Los Angeles side roads.

The concert captured for the Mad Lad album features Wood joined on several tunes by acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Imelda May and British pianist Ben Waters, who also played with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' side group The ABC and D of Boogie Woogie.

The album is available in several configurations and formats, including digitally, on CD, on heavyweight vinyl and as a super-deluxe box set featuring the CD, the LP and a limited-edition print of the Wood-created cover art, a t-shirt and a signed and numbered set list.

Ronnie will be playing three U.K. shows this month to promote Mad Lad, on November 21 at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, November 25 at Birmingham Symphony Hall and November 27 at the Opera House Manchester.

In other news, a series of limited-edition watches featuring dials hand-painted by Wood are available now from the luxury British watch company Bremont. The watches are priced at about $45,000.

Here's the Mad Lad track list:

"Tribute to Chuck Berry"
"Talking About You"
"Mad Lad"
"Wee Wee Hours" -- featuring Imelda May
"Almost Grown" -- featuring Imelda May
"Back in the USA"
"Blue Feeling"
"Worried Life Blues"
"Little Queenie"
"Rock 'n' Roll Music" -- featuring Imelda May
"Johnny B. Goode"

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Jeremy Westby/2911 MediaDon McLean enjoyed another testament to his esteemed career by receiving a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars on Thursday.

According to a press release from Las Vegas Walk of Stars, the "American Pie" artist joins Elvis PresleyFrank SinatraDean MartinWayne NewtonDonnie & Marie and many others on the famed Walk.  McLean was honored at an unveiling ceremony held in front of the Paris Hotel and Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard. 

"I have performed in Las Vegas so many times over the past 45 years," McLean said at the ceremony, "I hope that I can continue to bring my music to the venues all around Vegas so I can stop and visit my new star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. To receive such an honor that will live on forever is so great."

McLean is one of America's most successful songwriters, with 40 gold and platinum records to boast worldwide and besides "American Pie," he has notched such other hits as "Vincent" and "Castles in the Air." "American Pie" is one of the top five songs of the 20th Century, according to the RIAA. 

McLean is a 2002 inductee into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame and a 2004 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

"Don's contributions to the entertainment business as a singer and songwriter have been written about in history books, therefore, it is also only fitting for Don to have his name enshrined within a star on Las Vegas Boulevard," said Las Vegas Walk of Stars president Bob Alexander.

McLean is currently on tour, with his next stop on November 21 at City Winery in Chicago. He has concerts mapped out al the way through an August 22 concert with Alabama in Estero, Florida.

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Tim Mosenfelder/WireImageTom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair says he and his band mates are still mourning the 2017 loss of Petty, but admits that Tom's tragic passing has given him the chance to work on a long-gestating solo project.

"I've always written songs…[but] you really can't have a side career and be [Tom's] bass player," Ron explains to ABC Audio. "So…I've kind of put all that on hold till now."

Blair says he's about to release an original solo song called "Alchemy of Love," which he hopes will eventually be a part of a full album.

"It's a little reminiscent of the Heartbreakers band, but it's definitely my own thing," he maintains. "I've got the same kind of roots and…I love the same types of music, and I want to proceed full speed ahead into that."

His main collaborators are a San Diego-based group called the Chris Torres Band, with whom he's been playing regular live.

"It's pretty good stuff," says Blair of the solo material. "[I]t's done with a lot of love and really inclusive…I'm obviously proud of it and…intend to do some more of that."

Ron says that a couple of guest artists also have lent their talents to his solo tracks -- longtime Heartbreakers drummer Steve Ferrone and current Rolling Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler.

Blair reports he's working on a separate project with the Chris Torres Band as well, and that a cover of the Steve Winwood-penned Blind Faith gem "Can't Find My Way Home" likely will be released soon.

In addition, Ron has been working on an album by Hattie Webb, who sang backup on tour with Petty and the Heartbreakers. "We must have six or eight songs that are really interesting songs," he says.

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Courtesy of Billboard

Paul McCartney was interviewed for the cover story of the latest issue of Billboard, which celebrates the publication's 125th anniversary. In the article, the ex-Beatles legend discusses a wide range of topics, including his old band's massive success, a new Fab Four-related project and much more.

In conjunction with Billboard's 125th anniversary, the magazine compiled a new list of the Top 125 Artists of All Time based on chart success, and The Beatles took the top spot. Asked how he felt about the achievement, McCartney responds, "That's fantastic. They were a great group."

He also notes that one of the aspects of The Beatles that propelled them to succeed was the band members' competitiveness, as well as their interest in "trying to get better and develop."

Paul further explains, "That was the force behind The Beatles: We'd do one song, and it'd be a hit, and instead of doing another with the same formula, we'd say, 'OK, we've done that.' You listen to The Beatles' output and no two songs are alike."

McCartney also shares an update about the new film being put together with unused footage shot for the 1970 Beatles flick Let It Be.

"The director [Peter Jackson] tells me that the overall impression is of friends working together," Paul said of the new flick, "whereas because it was so close to The Beatles' breakup, my impression of the film was of a sad moment."

He adds, "It won't be called Let It Be, but there will be something [coming out]."

Meanwhile, McCartney reveals that he's in the process of finalizing a deal in which he'll reclaim his portion of the U.S. publishing rights to Beatles songs from Sony/ATV. At one time during the mid-1980s, Paul was outbid for those rights by Michael Jackson.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesIn honor of Billboard's 125th anniversary, the magazine has put together a new chart, the Top 125 Artists of All Time, that's based on appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums tally.

Not surprisingly, The Beatles score the top spot on the all-time chart, followed at #2 by The Rolling Stones and at #3 by Elton John. Other veteran pop and rock acts landing in the tally's top 10 include Mariah Carey at #4, Madonna at #5, Barbra Streisand at #6, Michael Jackson at #7, Stevie Wonder at #9 and Chicago at #10.

Among the many standout chart achievements the Fab Four have amassed: The most #1 hits in the history of the Hot 100 -- 20 -- and the most #1 albums on the Billboard 200 with 19.

Those 19 albums spent a collective total of 132 weeks atop the Billboard 200, 80 more weeks in all than the artist with the second-most weeks at #1 on the tally, Garth Brooks.

The Beatles also are famously the only act ever to hold the top five slots simultaneously on the Hot 100: On April 4, 1964, "Can't Buy Me Love" was #1, "Twist and Shout" was #2, "She Loves You" was #3, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was #4 and "Please Please Me" was #5.

Two individual Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, also appear on Billboard's all-time chart thanks to their solo accomplishments, with McCartney landing at #12 and Harrison at #124.

Other veteran artists featured in the upper portion of the all-time tally: Whitney Houston at #11, Elvis Presley at #13, Janet Jackson at #14, Rod Stewart at #15, Prince at #17, Billy Joel at #19, Herb Alpert at #21 and Bruce Springsteen at #24.

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Parlophone/RhinoToday marks the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's second self-titled U.K. album, which was reissued in the U.S. in 1972 as Space Oddity and featured the famous song of the same name.

In honor of the milestone, a new remix of "Space Oddity", created by longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti using Sony's new immersive 360 Reality Audio music format, has premiered.

The track will be available via Amazon HD using Amazon Echo Studio, as well as via Deezer and TIDAL using headphones. 360 Reality Audio allows you to experience music like you're at a concert, hearing the vocals and instruments virtually positioned in different locations in the room.

In a video interview posted on Bowie's official YouTube channel, Visconti discusses his goal in creating the 360 Reality Audio remix of "Space Oddity."

"The song was written [about] being isolated in this little capsule, but seeing the universe from your window," Visconti explains. "This is what I'm trying to get across in the mix. Therefore, you're going to be traveling through this mix. Things will go by you, things will be around you, behind you…in front of you, coming towards you."

Tony adds that he thinks Bowie would've loved and embraced the 360 Reality Audio format.

The new "Space Oddity" remix arrives one day before the release of Bowie's Conversation Piece box set, a five-CD collection featuring rare home demos and other recordings from 1968 and '69, as well as two mixes of the 1969 David Bowie album.

As previously reported, Conversation Piece includes all of the tracks that appeared on the vinyl Bowie box sets that have been released this year in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of "Space Oddity," plus some additional rare late-'60s recordings.

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Johnny & Edgar Winter in 2007; Engelke/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesDuring his life, blues-guitar great Johnny Winter served as a musical mentor and inspiration to many, including his younger brother Edgar, who went on to forge a successful music career of his own. Now Edgar Winter tells Billboard that he's putting together a star-studded tribute album to Johnny, who died in 2014 at the age of 70.

The as-yet-untitled album is due out in 2020, and will feature contributions from Joe Walsh, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues legends Buddy Guy and Bobby Rush.

"It's really turned out to be a wonderful blessing in my life, doing this," Edgar tells the magazine. "Johnny's my all-time musical hero. If it weren't for him I wouldn't be where I am now. I just feel like I need to acknowledge that and put out a record he would love."

According to Edgar, the album will feature 16 tracks, including original Johnny Winter tunes mixed with some of the well-known cover tunes he often played live, among them Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited."

The record also will feature a rendition of Rick Derringer's "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," which Johnny first recorded when Derringer was a member of his band in 1970, three years before Rick scored a solo hit with the tune.

Edgar tells Billboard that while Johnny rightfully was respected for his blue-guitar prowess, he feels his brother's vocal talents have been overlooked.

"[I]n the early years when we were playing together he would sing beautiful ballads like 'Cryin'' by Roy Orbison in a completely clear, beautiful voice," Edgar notes. "So I'm going to do some of those songs that are my personal favorites, too."

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Credit: Jen RosensteinKISS has unveiled the final dates on the iconic band's End of the Road farewell tour.

The newly announced shows kick off February 1, 2020, in Manchester, New Hampshire, and conclude October 2 in Forth Worth, Texas. That will be followed by the 2020 KISS Kruise, taking place October 30 to November 4.

KISS will then play their final, final concert on July 21, 2021 -- four days later than they announced recently on the 2019 KISS Kruise -- at a currently undisclosed venue in the band's hometown of New York City. After that, they'll be KISStory. Or, so they say, anyway.

Tickets to the final dates will go on sale to members of the KISS Army fan club beginning next Wednesday, November 20, at 10 a.m. local time. General on sale begins Friday, November 22, at 10 a.m. local time.

Visit KISSOnline.com for all ticket info.

Earlier Thursday, KISS canceled the upcoming Australia and New Zealand leg of the End of the Road tour due to Paul Stanley coming down with the flu.

Here are the new End of the Road tour dates:

2/1/20 -- Manchester, NH, SNHU Arena
2/4 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
2/5 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
2/7 -- Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
2/8 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
2/11 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
2/13 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
2/15 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
2/16 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
2/18 -- Springfield, MO, JQH Arena
2/19 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
2/21 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center
2/22 -- Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
2/24 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
2/25 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
2/29 -- Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Event Center
3/2 -- Bakersfield, CA, Mechanics Bank Arena
3/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
3/6 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
3/9 -- El Paso, TX, UTEP Don Haskins Center
3/10 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
3/12 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
3/14 -- Lafayette, LA, Lafayette Cajundome
3/15 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
8/28 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
8/29 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
8/31 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
9/3 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
9/4 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
9/5 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
9/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/9 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park
9/11 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/12 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
9/14 -- Dayton, OH, Wright State University Nutter Center
9/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, American Family Insurance Amphitheater
9/19 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
9/20 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
9/22 -- Boise, ID, ExtraMile Arena
9/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
9/27 -- Chula Vista, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/1 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
10/2 -- Fort Worth, TX, Dickies Arena
7/21/21 -- New York, NY, TBA

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Credit: Jen Rosenstein

After postponing the start of their tour of Australia and New Zealand due to Paul Stanley coming down with the flu, KISS has now scrapped the entire tour leg altogether.

According to a post on by the tour promoters, "It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned. However unfortunately this has not occurred. Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer."

In a Facebook posting, Paul Stanley said, with a "heavy heart," "Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our End Of The Road tour of your incredible country. Our connection to you is unparalleled and decades deep."

He added, "We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute that my situation would clear up and we would be able to march forward. Doctor's orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender."

All tickets will be refunded. It's not clear if the eight planned shows will be rescheduled.

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Courtesy of Google

Hey Queen fans, are you ready for the Freddie Challenge? Today, the band has teamed up with YouTube Music to launch FreddieMeter, an Artificial Intelligence-powered singing challenge that rates how closely you can mimic the vocals of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Fans logging on to the FreddieMeter microsite can choose one of four Queen classics to test their vocal prowess -- "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Somebody to Love" and "We Are the Champions."

The meter was created by Google researchers, and rates pitch, melody and timbre.

After belting out a song and getting your score, you're encouraged to share it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook social media sites, then nominate three friends to take the challenge using the hashtag #FreddieChallenge. You also can spread the word by retweeting or resharing posts from @youtubemusic, @youtube and @Queen.

Perhaps most importantly, in your post, you can encourage people to donate to Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity co-founded in Freddie's memory by Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and manager Jim Beach to help in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.

As a bonus, fans taking the Freddie Challenge can take a video of their performance and include that in their social media posts.

The launch of the FreddieMeter coincides with the 44th anniversary of Queen's first live performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody," which took place at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, U.K.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIn 1996, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sent a 15-year-old fan a VHS tape of himself thanking her for all the letters she sent him. Now, thanks to the wonder of the internet, you can watch it yourself 23 years later.

As Reddit user Jmsmnn explains, his wife is a big Green Day fan, and, when she was younger, she'd send Armstrong letters. In order to thank her, Armstrong called her, but she thought it was a prank and hung up. Armstrong's wife then called back to try and convince the fan that she was talking to the real deal -- only for her to hang up again.

To convince her of his identity, Armstrong then sent her a VHS tape showing him reading her letters. You can watch that now via Instagram.

"She still guards this VHS tape with her life," the caption reads.

Green Day will release their new album Father of All... on February 7. They'll spend next summer on the Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.

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Credit: Mads PerchRobert Plant says he and members of his backing band The Sensational Space Shifters have been amassing material for a potential follow-up to his 2017 studio album, Carry Fire, and they may soon be hitting a recording studio to start the project.

"Between The Sensational Space Shifters' guitarists Justin Adams and Liam 'Skin' Tyson and everybody, we've got about 40 different instrumental ideas already," the Led Zeppelin legend tells Classic Rock magazine.

Robert also reports that he and the group may work on the album in Nashville.

"[T]here are some things in the air, possibly in Nashville. I'm supposed to be going there in two weeks' time," he notes. "There's nothing going on at all at the moment, but there will be."

Plant points out that in recent years, he and The Sensational Space Shifters have been working on their recordings with Tim Oliver, the manager of Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios.

"[W]e can mess about in there," Plant says of the facility, which is located in Wiltshire, U.K. "I can spend an afternoon with Tim and really shift styles and stems of music in preparation to shape them as songs."

He adds, "We've recorded the last two records [Carry Fire and 2014's Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar] with Tim and it's a great way of doing things. It's a good combination. We all know where we're going."

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