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Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne to appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' when show visits Brooklyn next week

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Danny Clinch; Jody RogacWhen Jimmy Kimmel returns to his childhood home of Brooklyn, New York next week to host a series of episodes of his ABC late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, among his guests will be two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers — Bruce Springsteen and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. There’s no word yet on when Springsteen or Byrne will appear on the program, but it’ll be recorded in front of a studio audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, and air nightly from Monday, October 21, through Friday, October 25. Among the topics Springsteen likely will be talking about is his new concert film and documentary, Western Stars, which will be screened at select theaters across the U.S. on October 19 and 23, then will get a wide release on the 25th. A soundtrack album to the movie also will be released on October 25. Byrne is listed as one of the musical performers on the show for next week. David recently brought a version of his American Utopia tour show to Broadway’s

Dionne Warwick releasing new Christmas album this week featuring Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis & more

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BMGMusic legend Dionne Warwick has rounded up an interesting assortment of artists from various genres to join her on a new holiday album titled Dionne Warwick & The Voices of Christmas, which comes out this Friday. According to Billboard, the album includes duets with Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheff and veteran jazz artist Dianne Reeves, and features renditions of yuletide classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “The Christmas Song” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Among the other artists featured on the record are R&B singers Aloe Blacc and Andra Day, Chloe x Halle, Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, and country stars The Oak Ridge Boys, John Rich, Rickey Scaggs and Eric Paslay. “Every song, I felt, suited my duet partner. That’s why it’s called The Voices of Christmas,” Warwick tells Billboard. “Each of the songs felt suited to each one of the people I was singing with and that’s how we chose them.” Billboard debuted Dionne’s duet with Aloe Blacc Wednesday, a version of Donny Hathaway‘s classic “This Christmas.” The 78-year-old

New documentary about famed L.A. bar The Rainbow features Micky Dolenz, Gene Simmons, Slash & more

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Courtesy of Bow + Arrow Entertainment/Gravitas VenturesThe Monkees‘ Micky Dolenz, KISS‘ Gene Simmons and Guns N’ Roses guitairst Slash are among the rock stars featured in a new documentary The Rainbow, which tells the story of the legendary Sunset Strip watering hole The Rainbow Bar & Grill and the nearby Whisky a Go Go nightclub. The film will be available on demand and as a digital video starting Tuesday, October 29. The movie also focuses on Mario Maglieri, who co-founded and co-owned The Rainbow and The Whisky until his death in 2017, as well as his son and grandson — Mikael and Mikey — who are carrying on the family businesses. Mario became well-known for helping many musicians get their start in the Los Angeles area. The Rainbow also features conversations with Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford, ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum and, in one of his final interviews, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The bar was famously Lemmy’s favorite L.A. haunt and a lounge was named after him after he died in 2016. “Telling the story of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Whisky

New 23-disc Beatles vinyl box set 'The Singles Collection' due out in November

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Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMeA limited-edition Beatles box set containing 180-gram-vinyl versions of the 22 singles that the band released in the U.K. from 1962 to 1970, as well as a newly created disc featuring the group’s mid-’90s singles “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” will be released on November 22. The Singles Collection boasts a total of 46 tracks that have been newly cut for vinyl using the original mono and stereo master tapes at Abbey Road Studios in London. Each of the seven-inch discs is housed in its own picture sleeve, the designs of which replicate ones that appeared for the first-issue releases of the singles in various countries around the world. The countries represented are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K., the U.S. and West Germany. The box set comes packaged with a 40-page booklet containing photos, memorabilia, and essays penned by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett. The U.K. singles featured in The Singles Collection span from 1962’s “Love Me Do” backed with

Alice Cooper announces spring 2020 US tour dates

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Courtesy of earMUSICAlice Cooper is all set to kick off a fall U.S. leg of his “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” tour on November 3 in Fort Myers, Florida, but the rocker has also lined up a new series of North American dates for spring 2020. The newly announced trek gets underway on April 1 in the Canadian city of Peterborough, Ontario, and is plotted through an April 22 show in Portland, Oregon. Lita Ford will open all of the new concerts. Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public stating Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. local time. VIP pre-sales will be available beginning Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Prior to the 2020 North American concerts, Cooper will visit Australia and New Zealand for a short trek in February. In September, Alice released a new six-song collection titled The Breadcrumbs EP that pays homage to the music scene of his former hometown, Detroit. The record features guest appearances by notable Motor City musicians like ex-Grand Funk Railroad singer/guitarist Mark Farner, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Mitch

Late Temptations singer David Ruffin to be honored in Mississippi hometown with street renaming

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Gilles Petard/RedfernsLate Temptations singer David Ruffin will receive multiple honors as part of a special celebration in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, later this month. The festivities will take place on Saturday, October 26, and will start at 11 a.m. with the unveiling of Ruffin’s on the Walk of Fame at the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, a.k.a. The MAX. That event will be followed by a street parade from The MAX to the Temple Theatre, where a noon ceremony will be held renaming a four-block stretch of 8th Street near the theater as “David Ruffin Boulevard.” The parade, which will be led by led by Jackson State University’s marching band, will continue on to Meridian’s City Hall Lawn, where a party will kick off at 1 p.m. All the events are free and open to the public. “We are proud to honor this music legend with a street being named after one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, and we want to invite family and friends to Meridian for a day of celebrating his career,” Mayor Percy

Elton John talks playing charades with Bob Dylan and snowmobiling with Stevie Wonder on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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Courtesy Henry Holt.Elton John‘s promotional tour in support of his new memoir ME, out now, included a pit stop on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he and Jimmy discussed his storied past, including snowmobiling with Stevie Wonder and a game of charades with Bob Dylan that didn’t end so well. As Elton tells it, he was invited to dinner at Neil Diamond‘s house, along with Dylan, where someone suggested playing a game of charades. “I said, ‘Great! — sounds like, two syllables,'” he recalls. “The greatest poet in the world, could he do ‘sound like, two syllables?’  No.” “And he was on my team,” Elton continued, “and I am a competitive M F********.” The result?  “I threw oranges at him,” says Elton, who downplayed the incident by adding, “They were small, they were Satsumas.” Another gem from the Rocket Man’s past included a hairy incident at a hotel in Atlanta. “I took my hair off, and then I heard this noise,” he recalls.  “And I thought, ‘I’m being burgled.” “I was afraid and I thought, “I’ve gotta go see what it is,” he continues. “And I heard these guys and the

Phil Lesh's annual Phil-O-Ween postponed due to back surgery

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Douglas Mason/WireImageGrateful Dead co-founder and bassist Phil Lesh was forced to postpone several shows following surgery on his back.  That, unfortunately, applies to his annual Phil-O-Ween shows.  The shows were set to take place on October 31 and the first two days of November. In Lesh’s place, the Darkstar Orchestra, a tribute band, will hold down the fort at New York’s Capitol Theater.  However, disappointed fans will be able to claim full refunds for their tickets or have them honored at Lesh’s rescheduled shows. As of now, the new Phil-O-Ween dates have yet to be announced. Lesh announced the postponement on Facebook, “I want you all to know I’m very disappointed I’m not going to be able to make these shows.”  He adds that he’s “feeling really good” but the doctors told him to sit things out to “recover from the surgery” he recently had. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

The Doobie Brothers "honored" and "thrilled" about Rock Hall nomination…but what took so long?

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Gijsbert Hanekroot/RedfernsAs announced Tuesday, The Doobie Brothers are among the nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Although the band has been eligible for the honor since 1997, this marks the first time that the group has been nominated. In response to the news, The Doobies posted the following message on their official website and social media sites: “We are honored to be nominated for the @RockHall of Fame and thrilled that members of the band, past and present, have been included.” Nine musicians who have played with The Doobie Brothers will enter the Rock Hall if the band gets inducted, including founding and current singer/guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, former singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald and longtime multi-instrumentalist John McFee. Rock Hall CEO and president Greg Harris tells ABC Audio that he’s excited about The Doobies’ nomination, while noting that the band’s complex history may have been one of the reasons why the group was overlooked for so long. “When a band has two distinctly

ZZ Top, Bryan Adams bringing some rock to 2020 Stagecoach country-music festival

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Courtesy of Goldenvoice The annual Stagecoach Festival focuses mainly on country music, but the event often features some well-known veteran rock and pop artists as well….and the upcoming 14th installment is no exception. ZZ Top and Bryan Adams are among the acts scheduled to perform at the 2020 edition of Stagecoach, which is scheduled to run from April 24 to April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The Texas trio will rock the festival on Saturday, April 25, while the Canadian singer will perform on the three-day extravaganza’s final day. The respective daily headliners for next year’s Stagecoach festival are Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. Other popular country acts playing event include Brett Young, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alan Jackson, Dan + Shay and Midland. Three-day passes go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m. PT at StagecoachFestival.com. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.