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Matchbox Twenty tell their origin story in new video

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Credit: Randall SlavinMatchbox Twenty are celebrating 2020 by hitting the road for an extensive summer tour.  In a new video promoting the trek, the guys look back on their early days, when they were just another band from Orlando called Tabitha’s Secret. Tabitha’s Secret included singer Rob Thomas, and current Matchbox Twenty members Paul Doucette and Brian Yale.  “All the [Orlando] bands knew each other and they all played with each other. The camaraderie was really kind of great,” Rob recalls. “We had this willful ignorance about it,” he adds. “We thought, well, of course we were gonna get signed…And of course we’re going to go out and have songs all over the radio — because that’s what you do.” Turns out that’s exactly what happened — but only after Rob insisted that they remain a band. “The guy who signed us, he came to see us for months and he would keep saying, ‘You’re not ready yet…'” says Rob. “And it wasn’t until that Tabitha’s Secret disbanded that he came to me and said, ‘We’d like to offer you

Streams of Rush songs and albums surge after death of drummer Neil Peart

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Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesFollowing the January 10 announcement of Rush drummer Neil Peart‘s death, streams of the Canadian prog-rock trio’s songs experienced a huge surge in the U.S., according to reports from Nielsen Music/MRC Data. During the period of January 10 through January 13, on-demand audio and video streams of Rush songs increased by more than 776% from the previous four-day period, and spiked to a combined total of 24.5 million from 2.8 million. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers’ most-streamed track was their 1981 classic “Tom Sawyer,” which garnered 28 million streams during the January 10-13 period.  By comparison, it was only streamed 698,000 times from January 6 to January 9. Sales of Rush songs from January 10 through January 13 jumped to 19,000, up from just 1,000 during the previous four days — an increase of just over 2,300%. The band’s albums sales surged 1,820% during that same period, from what Billboard says was “a negligible figure” to six thousand. Rush’s songs and albums are expected to make an impact on next week’s Billboard charts, which are dated

"I Can't Read '97," second track from new David Bowie digital rarities EP, released today

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ParlophoneThe second installment of a six-song digital EP of rare David Bowie recordings called David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? was released today via streaming services. The EP is being issued one track each week through February 14.  Today’s track,  “I Can’t Read ’97,” is a previously unreleased version of a tune that originally appeared on the 1989 self-titled debut album by the Bowie-fronted band Tin Machine. The second version of the song was recorded by Bowie in the fall of 1996 and was initially intended for his 1997 album Earthling, but was cut in favor of “The Last Thing You Should Do.” “I Can’t Read ’97” features Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mike Garson on piano and former Tin Machine member Reeves Gabrels on guitar. David shot a video for “I Can’t Read ’97” in January 1997; the clip can be viewed now at David’s official YouTube channel. Bowie also recorded an alternate version of “I Can’t Read” for the soundtrack of the 1997 film The Ice Storm. The first track from Is It Any Wonder? —

Men at Work's Colin Hay offering meet-and-greets on his solo tour to benefit Australian bushfire relief

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Credit: Sebastian SmithMen at Work‘s Colin Hay recently announced dates for a major 2020 U.S. solo tour, and now the singer/songwriter has revealed plans for a charitable aspect to the trek to help raise funds for brushfire relief in his former Australian homeland. For fans purchasing tickets to his forthcoming shows, Hay is offering a VIP upgrade that will include a pre-show meet-and-greet with him, with all proceeds going toward the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in Australia. As has been widely reported, widespread bushfires in Australia have left 20 people dead, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and killed hundreds of millions of animals.  One of areas that has been affected by the fires is Cobargo — a village in the Australian state of New South Wales — where Colin used to own property and where he wrote the classic Men at Work hit, “Who Can It Be Now?” “Cobargo, at this very minute, like so much of Southern New South Wales and parts of [the state of] Victoria, is in trouble, big trouble,” says Hay. He adds, “If

New book series turns songs by The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac into children's stories

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Akashic BooksA new series of illustrated children’s books called LyricPop that are based on the lyrics to select popular songs will launch on June 2. The first installment of the series will feature four books, based on The Beach Boys‘ “Good Vibrations,” Fleetwood Mac‘s “Don’t Stop,” Twisted Sister‘s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and late reggae star Peter Tosh‘s “African.” The books will feature fun and inspiring stories while following along with the words of the respective tunes. The lyrics of “Good Vibrations” were written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, while “Don’t Stop” was penned by Christine McVie, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Dee Snider and “African” by Tosh. “LyricPop represents two things I’m passionate about — music, and books for children,” says Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books. “As both a musician and a publisher, I hope LyricPop will inspire parents, grandparents, and others to read (and even sing!) these books aloud with the children in their lives.” The first four books of the LyricPop series are available for pre-order now at AkashicBooks.com, and you also can

Cheap Trick, Gloria Gaynor to headline 2020 Grammy Celebration after-party event following ceremony

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David McClister; Alex ArroyoCheap Trick and Gloria Gaynor are part of the entertainment lineup for a special after-party event that will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in L.A., immediately following the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and the disco legend will co-headline the bash, which is called the 2020 Grammy Celebration. The party will feature exotic décor inspired by North Africa and Casablanca, and will offer a Moroccan-themed menu. The event is expected to be attended by Grammy winners and nominees, various other celebrities and music-industry executives. The 2020 Grammy Celebration is a private, ticketed event. This year’s Grammy Awards air live from L.A.’s Staples Center on January 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Watch official trailer for The Band doc 'Once Were Brothers,' opening in select theaters in February

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Photo: © Elliott Landy 1969/Magnolia PicturesAn official trailer for the new documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band has debuted online. The two-and-a-half-minute preview features brief interview snippets with Robertson, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, The Last Waltz director Martin Scorsese and others while highlighting some key moments in the history of the influential Americana group. In one segment, Springsteen declares, “There is no band that emphasizes becoming greater than the sum of their parts than The Band. Simply their name, The Band, that was it.” In clips featuring Robertson, the group’s founding guitarist and main songwriter recalls a memorable trip he took as a teenage musician to the Deep South, and discusses how The Band were booed by Bob Dylan fans when they served as his backing group in the mid-’60s while noting how collaborating with Dylan influenced the original music that The Band went on to make. “Working with Bob, we saw a door opening,” he notes. “Boom! No rules.” Robbie also mentions The Band’s move to the famous pink house they rented in the Woodstock, New

Scorpions schedule "Sin City Nights" Las Vegas residency with Queensrÿche in July

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Courtesy of Live NationThis summer, The Scorpions will rock Las Vegas like a hurricane. The German heavy-metal legends have scheduled a residency dubbed “Sin City Nights” that will take place at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on July 4, 8, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 and 25. Opening the concerts will be Queensrÿche. “We are very excited to come back to Vegas in July 2020 for a nine-show residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Zappos Theater,” says Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine. “We’re looking very much forward to shar[ing] some wild ‘Sin City Nights’ with all of you on the famous Strip…Let’s get ready for the Sting!!!!” Tickets for the Vegas shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 24, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com and at the Planet Hollywood box office. Members of the Scorpions Rock Zone fan club can purchase exclusive, first-access pre-sale tickets starting today, January 17, at 10 a.m. PT. For more information, visit The-Scorpions.com/RockZone. Additional pre-sale opportunities also will be available for Citi card members, members of

Elton John says his Oscar-nominated song was inspired by The Supremes

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George Pimentel/WireImageElton John and Bernie Taupin‘s partnership has lasted more than 50 years, even though they never write their songs together. Bernie writes the lyrics and then hands them off to Elton — which is why Taupin admits that he was really surprised at what Elton did with their Oscar-nominated song “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.” The song, which plays over the end credits of Elton’s biopic Rocketman, was inspired by the pop-rock legend’s own life. Elton tells Billboard, “At the end of Rocketman, I’m coming out of rehab and learning to love myself again as part of my recovery from drugs and alcohol. It’s an optimistic new chapter in my life, and we both wanted a song that captures that uplifting spirit. Bernie[‘s]…lyric captured that mood perfectly.” But Bernie didn’t expect Elton to turn that lyric into “a joyous trip down memory lane by way of Motown,” admitting that he “saw it as more of a…waltz.” But according to Elton, the song needed to be really upbeat, because it followed the last song in the movie, “I’m Still Standing.”

Left Banke vocalist Steve Martin Caro, who sang "Walk Away Renee," dies at age 71

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L-R: Mike Brown, Steve Martin Caro, Tom Finn, George Cameron, Rick Brand of The Left Banke; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesSteve Martin Caro, founding lead singer of the 1960s baroque-pop act The Left Banke, died Tuesday at the age 71, according to a post on the band’s official Facebook fan page. “It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that Steve has passed away [Tuesday] night,” the note reads. “Another great voice has been taken away too early. We will all miss him and all that he gave to the Left Banke.” The Left Banke is best known for the 1967 hits “Walk Away Renée” and “Pretty Ballerina,” which reached #5 and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Caro sang most of the group’s songs and also co-wrote several of them. The band released two studio albums, Walk Away Renée/Pretty Ballerina in 1967 and The Left Banke Too in 1968, before breaking up in 1969. Caro went on to take part in some of the band’s sporadic reunion projects over the years. In January 2018, The