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Paul McCartney, Metallica Among Lollapalooza 2015 Headliners Wed
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For March 26 , 2015

Paul McCartney, Metallica Among Lollapalooza 2015 Headliners Wed

The lineup for this year's Lollapalooza festival has been announced, and it's a typically eclectic bill: Paul McCartney will make his first appearance at the long-running festival, while Metallica will return for the first time since 1996. Other headliners include Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, MisterWives, George Ezra, and many more.

Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a statement, "The heart of Lollapalooza has always been the music. The brotherhood and sisterhood of musicians is getting stronger and the unexpected surprises and collaborations are cementing magical moments that will live on in music history. Having young talented artists performing alongside legends is all I could ever ask for and I'll be grinning from ear to ear the entire weekend."

The festival will take place in Chicago's Grant Park July 31 through August 2. If you can't make it, a livestream will be available on a variety of devices.

Three-day passes to the festival are already sold out, but single-day passes are available today at the festival's website starting at 10 a.m. CST, as are VIP and Platinum Passes, and travel packages.

Honored by USO, Stevie Nicks Says Giving Music to Wounded Troops Is "Most Important"

Recognizing her for her ongoing support of U.S. troops over the years, Stevie Nicks was honored Tuesday night with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Not only does she hold the record for most hours spent over a five-year period visiting wounded soldiers, but she also has given those soldiers hundreds of iPods filled with music to speed their recovery.

"I think they love it, and I love doing it," Stevie told ABC Radio a few years ago. "We take a lot of stuff with us there [when we visit]. We take journals sometimes, and sometimes blankets. But always iPods, because most important is the music, and for them to have some music until they ...get it together to get other music."

Stevie pre-loads all the iPods with her own personal music mixes, which she says she's been making "for a gazillion years," because, as she explains, "They’re way too injured to be downloading music. So I wanted to be able to give them a complete package, so that from the day they get there they have something that’s gonna help in their rehabilitation and that’s gonna help when they’re just laying in there, trying to get through that first couple of months that’s so difficult for them."

Of course, Stevie has no problem with the soldiers swapping out her music with their own choices, once they're feeling better.

"There’s a lot of room left on them so they can add their own stuff," she says of the iPods. "And I tell them, 'If you wanna erase everything on here, go ahead and start over, it’s fine, I don’t mind.'"

The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman is particularly proud of the content of music mixes that she's created and shared with the soldiers over the years.

"When they push play and it starts on that sequence, I want them to listen to the whole thing," she explains. "I want it to build. I want it to start in one place and take them to another place, and I think that’s what it does."

Stevie's work with the soldiers inspired her 2011 song "Soldier's Angel." Her tour with Fleetwood Mac continues Wednesday in Atlanta.

Listen to New Ringo Starr Song, Confirmation, Online Now

Ringo Starr fans wanting to get a little preview of what the ex-Beatles drummer's upcoming solo album, Postcards from Paradise, sounds like can head over to now. The website is hosting an exclusive stream of the song "Confirmation," one of the new record's 11 tracks.

The tune is a funky, soulful and upbeat love song that features Starr accompanied by female backing singers and a bright horn section. Ringo tells Billboard that he began working on the song at his home studio with his engineer Bruce Sugar, and that the tune originally was going to be called "Memphis," "because it had that Memphis feel."

He explains that he then called hit-making songwriter Glen Ballard "to come on over and make a record, and I gave him a choice of two of my basic tracks I cut at home with Bruceā€¦Glen chose this one and we turned it into 'Confirmation.'"

Postcards from Paradise, Starr's 18th solo studio album, will be released this Tuesday, March 31. As previously reported, it features contributions from his current All Starr Band members -- Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette -- as well as from Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, Richard Marx and Nathan East, among others.

The Doors, Radiohead Albums Added to National Recording Registry

Albums by The Doors and Radiohead are among the latest recordings to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

The 1967 self-titled debut from The Doors will be included, as will Radiohead's 1997 release, OK Computer.

Each year, the National Recording Registry selects songs they determine are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" for inclusion in the Registry.

Jon Bon Jovi Being Honored with 2015 Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service

Jon Bon Jovi is among this year’s recipients of the Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service. The New Jersey musician is being honored for his dedication to public service, according to

Over the years, he’s worked with numerous charities including the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. He’s also the chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which aims to combat poverty and homelessness through funding and community programs.

Jon, along with actor Edward Norton and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, will be given their awards at an April 25 ceremony at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. Each will be presented with a check for $75,000.

The awards -- which have honored everyone from former Secretary of State Colin Powell to Meryl Streep -- were founded in 1979 by Ralph Hayes, a businessman and philanthropist who served on the board of PNC Bank which now oversees the awards.

“The 2015 Common Wealth Award honorees are distinguished achievers in their respective fields who share a broader commitment to global social responsibility,” Nicholas M. Marsini, Jr., regional president for PNC Bank, Delaware, said in a statement

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