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Eddie Money reveals he has stage four esophageal cancer: "I want to be honest with everybody"

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Eddie Money has decided to go public with the fact that he’s been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. He reveals the bad news in an advance clip from his AXS TV series Real Money.  He received the diagnosis last fall.  The remaining six episodes of season two will deal with the effects that Money’s diagnosis has on his wife and their five children. Money’s diagnosis seems dire: Not only is the cancer in his esophagus, but it’s also in his liver, his lymph nodes and, to a lesser extent, in his stomach.  But he explains that he had no intention of trying to keep the news a secret, despite the fact that the diagnosis, he says, “hit me hard.” “I don’t want to keep the fact that I had cancer from everybody,” says Money. “It’s not honest. I want to be honest with everybody. I want people to know that cancer’s come a long way and not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the ’50s and the ’60s.” “Am I gonna live a long time? Who knows?

Hey now, there's a remix: Listen to new version of Smash Mouth's "All Star"

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Interscope/UMeThis year marks the 20th anniversary of Smash Mouth‘s inescapable hit “All Star,” and in honor of the occasion, the band has decided to get their game on and get paid…by releasing a remix. The reworked version of the hit was created by DJ duo Breathe Carolina, who have turned the pop/rock classic into a dance tune with tropical house beats. “Over the years, it seems like hundreds of remixes of ‘All Star’ have emerged, and we as a band are flattered and grateful for the love and attention,” says Smash Mouth in a statement. “We have not commissioned an ‘official’ remix to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our hit ‘All Star’…until now.” The band adds, “We are very excited to have such a great artist like Breathe Carolina create this very fresh and inspiring official remix for us. We are big fans of this duo and absolutely love their take on our biggest hit. Please take a listen as we know you will love it, too.” For their part, Breathe Carolina notes, “‘All Star’ was a huge part of

Sammy Hagar says because he's "made gazillions of dollars," he's "spoiled rotten…it's just art for me"

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Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his latest band, The Circle — which includes ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Jason Bonham —  recently released a new album called Space Between. He tells Forbes the album is “a concept record about money, greed, enlightenment and truth” — and when it comes to the money part, Sammy is certainly speaking from experience. Hagar tells Forbes that because he’s so rich, he’s completely free, creatively, and that’s the way he likes it.  “For the people that have made it and are in a position like myself and my band mates in the Circle…We’re so lucky to have been from that era where we sold tens of millions of records and made gazillions of dollars and get yourself in a position where now it’s just art for me,” he says. ” I love being able to do whatever I want whenever I want. I gotta tell you, I’m spoiled rotten,” he admits. “Man, I don’t know what I would do if I had to what I do for a living and they said, ‘You

Santana & Journey keyboardist Gregg Rolie releases first new studio album in 18 years

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Megaforce RecordsKeyboardist Gregg Rolie, founding member and original lead singer of both Santana and Journey, has finally gotten around to making a new solo album.  It only took him 18 years. The project, Sonic Ranch, is now available at Amazon and iTunes, and as you might imagine, it features plenty of guest appearances, including his former Santana band mate Michael Shrieve on drums, Journey‘s Neal Schon and Toto‘s Steve Lukather on guitar.  Rolie’s son Sean also plays guitar on the album, and he produced most of it as well. As for why the album took so long, Rolie explains that being a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, and participating in the Santana reunion album cut into his schedule. “I’ve been writing songs over the years, and we recorded half of them by 2013,” he says. “Then I got busy touring with Ringo, and I took part in the Santana reunion, Santana IV. Everything took time. Finally, when Santana IV was done, I could get back to finishing the record.” Ringo’s influence can be found on the album’s first single,

Hear Gregg Allman's solo acoustic version of "Melissa" from "Laid Back" deluxe edition

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Mercury/UMeGregg Allman‘s debut solo album Laid Back is being reissued in a deluxe edition next Friday, and a rare live track included in the package is available for streaming now. The track is a solo acoustic version of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Melissa,” which Allman performed in 1974 during an encore of his solo show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.  Gregg dedicated the song to his late bandmates, brother Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, and mentioned that it was Duane’s favorrite song. If you pre-order the album now, you’ll get “Melissa” as an instant free download. Laid Back is the first archival release since Allman’s death in 2017.  It’ll be available in a number of different formats, including a two-CD set, 180-gram black vinyl and limited-edition purple-and-white marble vinyl.  Released in October ’73, Laid Back also includes a solo version of The Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider,” a cover of Jackson Browne‘s “These Days” and a rendition of the traditional tune “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Also on Friday, Gregg Allman’s live album The Gregg Allman Tour is

Some guys have all the luck: Rod Stewart hangs out with the mothers of seven of his kids

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Tristar Media/Getty ImagesSay what you will about notorious womanizer Rod Stewart, but he’s managed to maintain good relationships with all his formers wives and baby mamas.  The proof is in a photo posted on Instagram by Rod’s former girlfriend, Kelly Emberg. In the photo, Rod, who’s 74, poses with Kelly, the mother of Rod’s daughter Ruby; Rod’s first wife Alana Stewart, mother of Rod’s kids Kimberly and Sean; Rod’s second wife Rachel Hunter, mother of Rod’s kids Liam and Renée; and Penny Lancaster, Rod’s current wife and mother of his sons Aiden and Alastair. The occasion was the celebration of Kimberly’s 40th birthday. Emberg captioned the picture, “#happybirthday @thekimberlystewart ! Can’t believe you are 40! You looked radiant last night! A mother’s reunion!” Kimberly is the mother of Rod’s first grandchild, daughter Delilah, who was born in 2011. Delilah’s father is Benicio Del Toro, who Kimberly was dating at the time. Rod’s eighth and oldest child, Sarah Streeter, was given up for adoption at birth, but now the two have a relationship. Also this week, Rod and Penny met up

Neil Young calls for musicians to unite for song in support of immigrant children

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A lengthy post on Young’s website features the lyrics of his song “I Am a Child,” followed by the first-hand accounts of immigrant children in federal custody, describing their poor treatment. “There is tremendous pain in these children’s stories,” reads the post. “And we are reaching out to you as musicians and artists who will embrace their stories with humility, openness, and respect, and find a way within the music community with the talents, gifts, and calling to share their words with the universe, in the hope that the truth will ensure that these practices end, so that these children will suffer no more.” “Please answer this call to amplify their voices and elevate the truth,” the post continues. The post calls for “a unique song to amplify the voices of the children that utilizes their accounts from their detention,” explaining, “We believe that music is universal and the best manner in which these accounts can be shared and heard throughout the world.” “We also believe that the songs will keep the accounts and atrocities being perpetrated against these children

2,000 light years from home: A rock on Mars is named after the Rolling Stones

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Courtesy of the Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones got a surprise Thursday night before their concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA…from none other than Iron Man. Marvel movie star Robert Downey Jr. announced prior to the band taking the stage that Mick Jagger and company had earned an unusual honor:  A rock on Mars has been named after them. Pasadena is down the road from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, which is leading the mission to put its InSight lander on the surface of Mars.  When InSight touched down on Mars on November 26, 2018, it dislodged a rock a little larger than a golf ball, which then rolled about three feet.  Apparently, that’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll as a result of a spacecraft landing on another planet.  Yes, they keep track of these things. In honor of this moment, the rock has been informally dubbed Rolling Stones Rock.  Jet Propulsion Lab geologist Matt Golombek said in a statement, “I’ve seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career. This one probably won’t be in a

The Moody Blues' John Lodge goes "B Yond" his famous band with new solo compilation

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BMG Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge‘s first solo compilation, B Yond: The Very Best Of, gets released today on CD and digitally. With The Moody Blues apparently on indefinite hiatus, Lodge has been focusing on his solo career lately, and he tells ABC Radio that he put together the new album partly to introduce people to his work outside of his famous group. “I said [to my label]…’People know me because of The Moody Blues…But what I’m actually doing right now is John Lodge as John Lodge,'” he recalls. “And I thought, ‘What is the best…platform to try and bring an audience up to date really quickly with who I am?'” B Yond includes selections from Lodge’s 2015 solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, and his 2017 concert album, Live from Birmingham, plus new remixes of two songs from his 1977 solo debut, Natural Avenue. Regarding the remixed Natural Avenue tunes, John says, “I didn’t want to take away at all from anything that I’d created, or the other musicians had created with me. I wanted it to be exactly

Jackie Wilson said: "I'm getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame"

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Courtesy Brunswick RecordsHe passed away in 1984, but now, late, legendary singer Jackie Wilson will finally receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Mr. Excitement” will be honored with the 2,672nd star on the Walk on September 4 at 11:30 a.m. PT.  The star will be located at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard. Motown legend Smokey Robinson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. will be on hand to help unveil the star, and Wilson’s widow, Harlene Harris Wilson, will accept in her late husband’s honor.  You’ll be able to watch the ceremony via WalkofFame.com. Detroit native Wilson replaced Clyde McPhatter as the lead singer of Billy Ward and his Dominoes, before going solo with his debut single “Reet Petite,” co-written by Berry Gordy Jr.  He went on to score some two dozen top 40 singles, including “Lonely Teardrops,” “Baby Workout” and his best-known hit, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” which was used by Barack Obama as a campaign song. After suffering a heart attack onstage in 1975, Wilson slipped into a coma. Although he briefly recovered in