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Metallica Plans Week-Long Residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Classic KFMC Rock News

For Oct. 30 , 2014

Metallica is taking a page from the Foo Fighters' book. The legendary rock band has booked a week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson from November 17 to November 21. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will perform together each night, and Craig will interview the band on November 17.

The residency will celebrate both the end of Ferguson's time as the host of The Late Late Show and the 10 year anniversary reissue of Metallica's behind-the-scenes documentary, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.

"What better way to celebrate Craig's awesome tenure at CBS than to come and shake the rafters for a whole week," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "Nothing to sell, nothing to promote (except a reissue DVD)...purely hanging at Craig's personal request. Bring it!"

Ferguson announced that he would be leaving The Late Late Show just a few weeks after David Letterman announced his retirement from The Late Show. His last show will air in December. British actor and comedian James Corden will replace Ferguson as the host of The Late Late Show.

Earlier this month, Foo Fighters performed a week-long residency on The Late Show with David Letterman with a star-studded guest line up including Heart, Zac Brown, Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick and Tony Joe White.

It’s the end of a rock and roll era , when the Allman Brothers Band play not only the final show of their annual Beacon Theatre residency in New York City, but the final show of their storied career.

The band announced the news last June, bringing to an end to speculation about whether the Allmans would continue following the departure of guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, who revealed earlier this year that they'll be exiting the band before year’s end.

There was speculation following the initial announcement that the Allman Brothers might record one more album before they disband, a follow-up to 2003’s studio effort Hittin’ the Note. Haynes told ABC News Radio in June that while he wouldn’t stand in the way of a final album, he didn’t really see it happening.

“It's been not so easy getting everybody on the same page for that, and to agree that making a record is the right thing to do, especially under the present circumstances,” said Haynes. “But I would obviously enjoy making another record if we made the decision to do that. At this point, I don't really see it happening, but I'm not standing in the way of it.”

Butch Trucks shares that sentiment, also telling ABC News Radio, “This band has been g*damned good and there's a lot of good songwriting abilities in it, and we really haven't done that much. So, yeah, I am a little disappointed if we can't get out another record.”

The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 by brothers Gregg and Duane Allman. With Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allmans arguably defined Southern rock for the world, earning multiple gold and platinum albums along the way and earning induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Of the original lineup, only singer and guitarist Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, and drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson remain.

Jack Bruce, bass player, singer and songwriter for legendary supergroup Cream, has died. He was 71.

A message on the musician's official website reads, "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad and all around legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts."

Bruce formed Cream in the mid-sixties with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker; their name came from the notion all three of them were the "the cream of the crop" on their respective instruments. In addition to playing bass, Bruce also sang many of the band's best known tunes, and co-wrote classics like "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "I Feel Free." Bruce's bass playing influenced a generation of musicians, including Sting, and Geddy Lee of Rush.

After Cream split in 1968, Bruce continued to play live, and release albums, both solo and as part of various groups, such as the blues trio West, Bruce & Laing. In 1993, for the first time in 25 years, Cream reformed to perform together: the occasion was their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cream reunited in 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall in London for a series of four shows, and for a single show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The shows were recorded and released as a live CD and DVD.

In 2012, Bruce told ABC News Radio that there had been talk of another reunion in 2013, but that it looked like it wasn't going to happen because Ginger Baker was once again on the outs with Eric Clapton. While Bruce said he knows that there's a lot of love for Cream, and he wouldn't be "churlish" enough to refuse to do a couple of reunion concerts at some point, he noted, "I've got so many other things happening and I don't wanna be a tribute band to myself."

Bruce continued to tour and record; his most recent album, Silver Rails, came out this past March. Asked in 2012 what kept him going, Bruce told ABC News Radio, "I think the music helps to keep you going and if you think about some of the great classical instrumentalists as well as uh, as well as conductors and so on, the can tell after you finished a concert, you feel and look ten years younger, you know? Everyone should be a musician!"

Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis tells ABC News Radio that while Bruce isn't always remembered for his singing, his unique vocal style helped define Cream's sound. "'Sunshine of Your Love,' 'White Room,' both of those songs have Jack Bruce in the lead vocal," notes DeCurtis. "Not only was he a great bass player, but he was a powerful, very emotional singer and he gave that group both a muscular sound and also a muscular delivery in the vocals."

DeCurtis says that Bruce, along with Baker and Clapton, laid the groundwork for the music of the seventies. "Led Zeppelin, for example, is a band that was influenced by Cream," he says. "They defined a style of rock-and-roll that made you take rock-and-roll seriously because these guys were amazing players. They weren't just teenagers bashing around."

In a statement on his Facebook page, Eric Clapton said, "He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me."

In a statement to ABC News Radio, Rush's Geddy Lee said, "The sudden passing of Jack Bruce is terribly sad news. One of the greatest rock bassists to ever live and a true and profound inspiration to countless musicians. He was one of my first bass heroes and was a major influence on my playing and my music. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans."

Joan Jett Honored at Little Kids Rock Gala; Performed with Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Billie Joe Armstrong

Joan Jett was the woman of the hour Thursday night at the sixth annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala, where she was honored with the organization's 2014 Rocker of the Year award. The event, at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, was highlighted by a star-packed tribute to Jett that featured several performances by Joan herself.

The show's lineup included Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and saxophonist Jake Clemons, Social Distortion's Mike Ness and the Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz. In addition, students from the Little Kids Rock's music-education programs took part in the performance.

All of the stars played songs that Jett and her band The Blackhearts recorded over their long career. During the evening, Joan teamed up with James on a version of his classic hit "Crimson and Clover," duetted with Armstrong on a rendition "Don't Abuse Me" and sang "Be My Lover" with Cooper. For the finale, the concert's entire lineup hit the stage to sing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

The gala also included the presentation of the Big Man of the Year award, an honor named after late E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons, which was bestowed on Clarence's nephew, Jake Clemons. Jake then played a couple songs, including Clarence's 1985 solo hit "You're a Friend of Mine," with some of the Little Kids Rock students.

The benefit, which also included a memorabilia auction, raised about $1.5 million for the charity. Little Kids Rock provides musical instruments and music lessons to young people in inner-city schools.

Here's a list of some of the gala's performances:

"I Hate Myself for Loving You" -- Cheap Trick
"Eye to Eye" -- Gary U.S. Bonds and Jake Clemons
"Victim of Circumstance" -- Brody Dalle
"Bad Reputation" -- Jesse Malin
"Little Liar" -- Darlene Love
"Love Is Pain" -- Mike Ness
"Crimson and Clover" -- Tommy James and Joan Jett
"Fake Friends" -- Kathleen Hannah with Ad-Rock
"Don't Abuse Me" -- Billie Joe Armstrong and Joan Jett
"Be My Lover" -- Alice Cooper and Joan Jett
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" -- Joan Jett with many others

John Fogerty is among the music stars who will perform before President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of a special tribute to U.S. military members and veterans that will be held on the South Lawn of the White House. The event, dubbed A Salute to Our Troops, will take place on November 6 and will air as a new episode of PBS' In Performance at the White House series the next night at 9 p.m. ET.

The show will be held in conjunction with the White House's "Joining Forces" campaign in advance of Veteran's Day, which falls on November 11. Other artists slated to perform at the event include Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige, rapper Common and Romeo Santos of the Latin music group Aventura. In addition, a performance by Daughtry will be beamed live via satellite from a USO concert the rock act is playing at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

Hundreds of military personnel will attend the concert, including troops from Virginia's USO Warrior and Family Center. Don Was will serve as musical director of the festivities. The show also will be broadcast on November 11, Veteran's Day, on via the American Forces Network, where it can be viewed by troops and U.S. Department of Defense employees around the world.

Meanwhile, Fogerty will launch a new Canadian tour leg on November 7 in St. John's, Newfoundland. The trek will mark the beginning of the singer/guitarist's 1969 World Tour, which will celebrate the great music Fogerty made with his old band Creedence Clearwater Revival that year.

Here is the Fogerty's full Canadian itinerary:

11/7 -- St. John's, NL, Mile One Stadium
11/8 -- St. John's, NL, Mile One Stadium
11/10 -- Halifax, NS, Halifax Metro Centre
11/12 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
11/13 -- Rama, ON, Casino Rama
11/14 -- Oshawa, ON, GM Centre
11/15 -- Hamilton, ON, Copps Coliseum
11/17 -- Sudbury, ON, Sudbury Arena
11/19 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
11/20 -- Moose Jaw, SK, Mosaic Place
11/21 -- Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
11/23 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
11/24 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/25 -- Dawson Creek, BC, EnCana Events Centre
11/27 -- Penticton, BC, South Okanagan Events Centre
11/28 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Centre
11/29 -- Victoria, BC, Save on Foods Memorial Centre


Courtney Love to Guest Star on New TV Drama

Courtney Love is adding to her television resume. Earlier this year she earned a recurring role on the final season of the FX drama Sons of Anarchy, now comes word that the Hole frontwoman has landed a recurring role on a Fox drama.

Love will appear as a recurring guest star on the Fox show Empire, Variety reports. Empire is a music business drama starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Love is set to play a rocker singed to Howard's record label.

Love is no stranger to acting, as she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the 1996 movie The People vs. Larry Flynt. She will also be starring in an opera in January.

Empire, which which comes from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, is set to premiere in January 2015.

Joan Jett Helps Design New Hot Topic Apparel Collection

Joan Jett is helping Hot Topic celebrate its 25th anniversary by collaborating with the retailer and fashion designer Daang Goodman, founder of the TRIPP NYC company, to create a rockin' apparel line. The Joan Jett X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic features clothing items that mix the punk-rock pioneer's own style and attitude with the gritty styles of downtown New York City.

The collection features eight pieces, among them a skinny jean with pleather laces and metal zippers, a belted twill jacket with lace-up sleeves, a pleather jacket with metal zippers, and a red-and-black sweater featuring a heart design. Each item also includes a specially designed label -- a heart with lightning bolts inside it -- that combines the logos of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts logo and TRIPP NYC.

Joan can be seen modeling some of the clothes in a new YouTube video promoting the collection. Jett and the Blackhearts' classic song "Bad Reputation" plays throughout the clip.

"Working with Daang and TRIPP NYC was effortless, as we approached this collection from the same fashion sensibility and DIY spirit," Jett says in a statement. "I'm blown away by how the collection turned out -- these clothes are some of my favorite new additions to my closet."

Adds Goodman, "When I finally met Joan, I felt as if I'd known her forever, and was so excited to be working with her…I've been designing for a girl like Joan all of my life! And I know the Hot Topic girl is going to love it!"

The new clothing line will go on sale starting November 4 at Hot Topic stores and via Hot Topic also is launching a contest offering the chance to win the entire collection.

A new vinyl box set featuring all of Cream's studio and live albums released during the 1960s and early '70s will hit stores on November 24.

Cream: 1966–1972 includes six albums in all: the British power trio's 1966 debut, Fresh Cream; 1967's Disraeli Gears; the 1968 chart-topping double LP, Wheels of Fire; the band's 1969 swan song, Goodbye; and two archival live discs issued after the group's breakup, 1970's Live Cream and 1972's Live Cream Volume II.

Featuring the impressive lineup of singer/guitarist Eric Clapton, singer/bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker, Cream created a vastly influential body of work during its short life by combining elements of the blues, jazz and rock with experimental psychedelic sounds. Among the virtuosic supergroup's many well-known songs are "Strange Brew," "Sunshine of Your Love," "Tales of Brave Ulysses," "White Room" and "Badge," as well as memorable covers of the classic blues tunes "I'm So Glad," "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Crossroads."

All of the discs featured in the box set are pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and come housed in sleeves exactly replicating the albums' original artwork.

Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and took part in two series of 2005 reunion concerts, at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Here is the track list for the Cream: 1966–1972 box set:

LP 1: Fresh Cream
"Sleepy Time Time"
"Sweet Wine"
"Cat's Squirrel"
"Four Until Late"
"Rollin' and Tumblin'"
"I'm So Glad"

LP 2: Disraeli Gears
"Strange Brew"
"Sunshine of Your Love"
"World of Pain"
"Dance the Night Away"
"Blue Condition"
"Tales of Brave Ulysses"
"We're Going Wrong"
"Outside Woman Blues"
"Take It Back"
"Mother's Lament"

LP 3: Wheels of Fire
Disc 1
"White Room"
"Sitting on Top of the World"
"Passing the Time"
"As You Said"
"Pressed Rat and Warthog"
"Those Were the Days"
"Born Under a Bad Sign"
"Deserted Cities of the Heart"
Disc 2
"Crossroads" (Live at the Fillmore)
"Spoonful" (Live at the Fillmore)
"Traintime" (Live at the Fillmore)
"Toad" (Live at the Fillmore)

LP 4: Goodbye
"I'm So Glad"
"Sitting on Top of the World"
"Doing That Scrapyard Thing"
"What a Bringdown"

LP 5: Live Cream
"Sleepy Time Time"
"Lawdy Mama"
"Sweet Wine"
"Rollin' and Tumblin'"

LP 6: Live Cream Volume II
"Deserted Cities of the Heart"
"White Room"
"Tales of Brave Ulysses"
"Sunshine of Your Love
"Steppin' Out"

A deluxe remastered edition of KISS' sixth studio album, 1977's Love Gun, will be released this Tuesday, October 27, in conjunction with the band's 40th anniversary celebrations. The expanded two-CD collection will include a bonus disc containing a variety of previously unreleased live and demo recordings, as well as a 1977 interview with singer/bassist Gene Simmons.

Released in June of '77, Love Gun peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hit single "Christine Sixteen," which reached #25 on the Hot 100 chart. The record also features the Ace Frehley showcase "Shock Me" and "Then She Kissed Me," a gender-switching rendition of the 1963 Crystals hit "Then He Kissed Me." The album has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. to date.

The bonus CD includes a variety of demos from the Love Gun sessions, as well as live versions of the title track, "Christine Sixteen" and "Shock Me" from a December '77 concert in Landover, Maryland. The deluxe package includes new liner notes penned by Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.

KISS will wind down its 40th anniversary tour next month with its first-ever Las Vegas residency, a nine-show engagement at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The KISS Rocks Vegas dates are scheduled for November 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22 and 23.

Here is the complete track list for the deluxe reissue of Love Gun:

CD One: Original Album
"I Stole Your Love"
"Christine Sixteen"
"Got Love for Sale"
"Shock Me"
"Tomorrow and Tonight"
"Love Gun"
"Almost Human"
"Plaster Caster"
"Then She Kissed Me"

CD Two: Demos, Interview & Live
"Much Too Soon" (Demo)*
"Plaster Caster" (Demo)*
"Reputation" (Demo)
"Love Gun" (Teaching Demo)*
"Love Gun" (Demo)*
Gene Simmons Interview (1977)*
"Tomorrow and Tonight" (Demo)*
"I Know Who You Are" (Demo)*
"Love Gun" (Live 1977)*
"Christine Sixteen" (Live 1977)*
"Shock Me" (Live 1977)*

* = Previously Unreleased.

Last week, Bob Seger released his first new studio album in more than eight years, Ride Out. The 10-track collection is made up mostly of tunes penned by the Michigan rocker, but also features four covers, including songs by John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Australian singer/songwriter Kacey Chambers.

It's not the norm for Seger to include so many non-originals on one of his albums, but the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that each of the covers on Ride Out is one that he wished he'd written himself. One of these, Hiatt's "Detroit Made," even was chosen as the record's lead single.

Seger says of the tune, an homage to the Detroit auto industry, "I just loved the subject matter, 'cause, you know, I'm [from] Michigan...we all love cars 'cause of…Detroit, and everybody loves their classic cars. And I said, 'This is a natural.'"

Bob got to road test "Detroit Made" during his last tour, and even used the song to open about half of those concerts, noting that "it really went over good" live.

Meanwhile, the second single from Ride Out is romantic ballad titled "You Take Me In," which he wrote for his wife. Seger tells ABC News Radio that he'd penned the song about three years ago but hadn't played it for his spouse until about three months back, when his label sent him a test pressing of Ride Out. Bob recalls that he put the tune on while he and his wife were driving together in their car.

"It starts up and she says, 'What's this?' I said, 'This is your song," he says, laughing. "So about halfway through, she reaches for the glove box, gets the tissues out. So, it was a great moment."

Another song from Ride Out that been receiving a lot of media attention is "It's Your World," which focuses on the various environmental problems that we're facing on the planet.

Seger tells ABC News Radio, "I read every environmental article I see and [the tune is] like a summing up of all those things."

He adds, "I guess when you get older, you worry about your kids' future...I'm not going to be around nearly as long as they are and, and you just worry about the mess we're going to leave them."

Seger kicks off the first of two confirmed North American tour legs in support of Ride Out with a November 19 show in Saginaw, Michigan. There's been some speculation that the trek could be Bob's last, but the veteran rocker says that even if he does decide to quit the road, he doesn't like the idea of officially labeling an outing a "farewell tour."

"I wouldn't want to announce it out," he explains. "It'd be the saddest tour in the world, you know, if it was our last tour. So I just really kind of take it tour by tour."

That being said, Seger points out that when his 2015 tour leg winds down around April, he will evaluate how he's feeling with regard to doing future shows.

"I think the determining factor of when I retire will be my voice," he notes. "If I feel it's starting to slip, if I feel I can't really sing well enough anymore, I'll be the first one out the door."

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released a new memoir titled Rocks My Life In and Out of Aerosmith earlier this month, and he's wrapping up a book-signing tour in support of the tome tonight in Los Angeles. In Rocks, Perry charts his journey from a guitar-obsessed teenager to becoming a driving force in one of America's greatest rock bands, while delving into many of the triumphs and low points he experienced along the way.

A large part of the book is dedicated to Joe's complicated and often contentious relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Perry tells ABC News that while he did include a lot of negative aspects of his dealings with Tyler, he also wanted to give a balanced account of their history together.

"I didn't want to have this be like a 'well, he did this and he did that' [story]," says Joe. "I wanted it to be as equal as possible [and] take responsibility for my end of the down sides of things, but also…let people know that for all the times when they would focus on the ups and downs of Steven's and my relationship, there was also a lot of good times in there."

Perry also explains that he decided not to shy away from writing about incidents that might cast himself in a negative light.

"You go…'do I want to put that in the book and have people know that side of me, that I kind of like slipped or…I'm responsible for…the down side of that?" he notes. "And, of course, the answer's 'yes,'…because I felt I had to be as open as possible with this and let as much truth out there as possible, to let people know my side of the story."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he considers Rocks "an up book," pointing out that it shows that Aerosmith is "still able to work out all those problems" it's faced through the years.

Meanwhile, Perry maintains that his decision to write a book about the history of Aerosmith now doesn't mean that's the end of the band's story.

"I'm here to say the band is not breaking up," he declares. "We have plans for touring next year, things like that, so...I just wanted to get a lot of the things out up 'til now."

That being said, Perry admits that he and his band mates realize as the years pass that there's a finite amount of time left for Aerosmith.

"We don't know how much longer it's gonna go," he notes. "Like, during this last tour, [drummer] Joey [Kramer] had problems with his heart, and we didn't know what was gonna happen with that. I mean, we're all at that age where things like that can happen." Kramer inevitably was able to return to the group before the end of the tour. As Perry points out, "10 days later, he was back on the throne flailing like he was 10 years younger."


The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 "Performing Songwriters" nominees, and the list includes quite a few legendary rockers.

Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Steve Miller and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson have all been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015 class. Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and Steve Winwood are also among the prospective inductees.

Members of the Hall of Fame have until December to vote on the final list, and the inductees will be honored during the 2015 Annual Awards Gala, which will be held in New York City June 18.

Among those up for induction in the non-performing category is the songwriting team of Robert Hunter and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, who co-wrote hits like "Ripple," "Casey Jones," "Touch of Grey," "Uncle John's Band" and "Truckin'." Of course, Garcia was a performer, but Hunter is not.

There are currently around 400 members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Phil Collins, and Bob Dylan.

Steve Perry Leads More Journey Sing-Alongs at San Francisco Giants Games

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry continues to help fire up San Francisco Giants fans during his hometown team's 2014 playoff run.

Last week, during a home game against the Washington Nationals, the golden-voiced singer led the crowd in a sing-along of his old band's classic anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" from the stands at San Francisco's AT&T Park, and was at it again this week as the Giants try to move past the St. Louis Cardinals to get to the World Series.

On Tuesday, Perry was seen belting out the song as the Giants were on route to a 5-4 victory to take a two-games-to-one lead in the National League Championship Series. Then, last night, Steve appeared again in the stands, this time singing along with the crowd as "Lights," Journey's ode to the Bay City, played over the PA system. The Giants went on to beat the Cardinals again, 6-to-4, and now need just one more win to punch their ticket to the World Series, where they would face off against this year's American League champs, the Kansas City Royals.

Meanwhile, the Giants' home games during the current playoff series have featured a number of other cool musical moments. Before Tuesday's contest, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh -- joined by Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery -- sang the national anthem. Then last night, Tower of Power's Ray Greene belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the game, while ex-Santana singer Tony Lindsay crooned "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch.

Expanded, 40th Anniversary Edition of Supertramp's Crime of the Century Arriving in December

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Supertramp's Crime of the Century, the album that brought the U.K. band its first taste of commercial success in the U.S. To mark the milestone, a remastered, two-CD version of the album will hit stores on December 9.

Crime of the Century, Supertramp's third studio effort, was released in September 1974 and became the band's first album to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #38. The record also yielded the group's first top 40 single in the States, "Bloody Well Right," which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the album featured "Dreamer," a live version of which would go on to become a top 20 hit in 1980.

All of the songs on the record were either written or co-written by Supertramp's two lead singers, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Crime of the Century includes a bonus disc boasting a 1975 concert performance Supertramp gave at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The show features renditions of all of the album's songs, as well as a few tunes that appeared on the band's next studio effort, 1975's Crisis? What Crisis? The live recordings were mixed from the original tapes by renowned producer/engineer Ken Scott.

The Crime of the Century reissue also will be available as a three-LP 180-gram vinyl set and as a digital download.

Here is the track list for the expanded Crime of the Century:

Disc 1:
"Bloody Well Right"
"Hide in Your Shell"/"Asylum"
"If Everyone Was Listening"
"Crime of the Century"

Disc 2: Live at Hammersmith '75
"Bloody Well Right"
"Hide in Your Shell"
"Sister Moonshine"
"Just a Normal Day"
"Another Man's Woman"
"Lady" "A -- You're Adorable"
"If Everyone Was Listening"
"Crime of the Century

Sting visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday to talk about his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship. Sting told Fallon it's been a challenge.

"I think it's the most difficult thing I've ever tackled, telling a story with songs," Sting explained, noting that the musical took "five years of extraordinarily hard work" to come to fruition.

The Last Ship tells the story of a family's struggle to survive the decline of the shipbuilding industry during the 1980s in Wallsend, a community in northeastern England where Sting was born and grew up. The musical is currently in previews at the Neil Simon Theatre and officially opens October 25.

The interview concluded with the British rocker having a little fun with Fallon and singing popular cell phone ringtones.

Sting also recorded an outgoing voicemail message to the tune of the Police's "Message in a Bottle" for an audience member, picked at random.

Later in the show, Last Ship cast member Rachel Tucker joined others from the musical for a performance of the song "If You Ever See Me Talking to a Sailor."

'Tis almost the season for limited-edition vinyl releases, as the 2014 installment of Record Store Day's "Black Friday" celebration is scheduled to take place on November 28. Collectible discs from David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks are part of a partial list of releases that will be issued by Legacy Recordings in conjunction with the campaign.

Bowie's contribution to Record Store Day will be a previously reported single featuring his new song "Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)," which also will be included on the influential singer's upcoming compilation Nothing Has Changed, due out on November 17. The track will appear as the A-side of a 10-inch vinyl disc that will feature another new Bowie song called "Tis a Pity She's a Whore" on its B-side.

Hendrix's Record Store Day offering is a two-LP set titled Hear My Music that's pressed of 200-gram audiophile vinyl. The album offers various unreleased studio recordings the late guitar legend made during 1969.

As for The Kinks, their release for the initiative is an expanded, two-LP, 180-gram vinyl version of their acclaimed 1971 album, Muswell Hillbillies. The first disc features the original album, while the second contains outtakes from the Muswell Hillbillies sessions, rarities and recordings the band did for famed BBC deejay John Peel's radio show.

Other artists who will be offering special releases in conjunction with Record Store Day's Black Friday sale include Elvis Presley, Joe Satriani, Dave Matthews Band and Miles Davis. A multicolored, two-LP edition of the American Hustle soundtrack, which features songs by America, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John and Wings, also will be sold.

To mark each Record Store Day, a wide variety of limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops across the U.S. and in other countries. Visit to find out more information about this year's "Black Friday" initiative.

Gregg Allman has made a legal maneuver in an attempt to protect himself from liability in lawsuits brought against him in the wake of the fatal accident that took place this past February during the filming of a scene for Midnight Rider, the film based on his life story.

Variety reports that the Allman Brothers Band frontman filed a claim against the movie's producers Tuesday in Georgia's Chatham County Court asserting that the film's producers had agreed to indemnify him from liability stemming from the incident, in which a 27-year-old camera assistant named Sarah Jones was killed and eight crew members were injured. Allman also is asking to have his name removed from a civil suit initiated by Jones' parents, maintaining that he shouldn't be held responsible for the actions of the filmmakers.

Allman and his manager, Michael Lehman, served as executive producers on the biopic, but they assert that they weren't involved in specific production decisions like the one that allegedly led to the accident. The singer and his manager say they signed an agreement with Unclaimed Freight Productions, the company owned by the husband-and-wife director/producer team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin, that grants them protection from liability.

In their claim, Allman and Lehman maintain that they had "no authority or control over the selection of locations for filming." In addition, they characterize the incident that caused Jones death as "a pre-production excursion in which others sought to steal a scene shot on a live train trestle."

As previously reported, the accident occurred on the first day of filming, when a train unexpectedly crossed a trestle bridge near Jesup, Georgia, where the filmmakers were attempting to shoot a dream sequence that involved placing a metal hospital bed on the tracks. In addition to civil lawsuits, Miller, Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and assistant director Hillary Schwartz all face involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass charges in connection to the incident.

Iggy Pop Reprimands U2, Praises Thom Yorke in BBC John Peel Lecture

Iggy Pop has a lot of thoughts on today's methods of musical distribution, specifically when it came to U2 and Thom Yorke, and he shared them all as the deliverer of the annual John Peel Lecture for BBC Music.

In the lecture, which was on the topic of "Free Music in a Capitalist Society," Iggy criticized U2 for the way they automatically downloaded their album Songs of Innocence into the accounts of every iTunes user.

"The people who don't want the free U2 download are trying to say, 'Don't try to force me.' And they've got a point," he says. "Part of the process when you buy something from an artist, it’s a kind of anointing, you are giving people love. It’s your choice to give or withhold. You are giving a lot of yourself, besides the money. But in this particular case, without the convention, maybe some people felt like they were robbed of that chance and they have a point."

Meanwhile, Iggy praised Thom Yorke for his similarly unusual album release method. The Radiohead frontman released his new solo record, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, via the file-sharing site BitTorrent.

"I actually think that what Thom Yorke has done with BitTorrent is very good," he says. "All pirates want to go legit, just like I wanted to be respectable. It’s normal. After a while people feel like you’re a crook, it’s too hard to do business. So it’s good in this case that Thom Yorke is encouraging a positive change. The music is good. It’s being offered at a low price direct to people who care."

You can listen to the whole lecture on BBC Radio's website.

This past April, Deep Purple and a variety of other well-known musicians gathered at London's famed Royal Albert Hall to take part in a special concert paying homage to the band's founding keyboardist Jon Lord, who died in 2012 at age 71 from complications of pancreatic cancer. The show was held in conjunction with the 2014 edition of the Sunflower Jam, a benefit event organized by Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice's wife, Jacky.

A full orchestra provided accompaniment throughout the entire concert, which was split into two parts, with the first focusing on Lord's classically influenced compositions and the second commemorating his rock and blues-based music. Besides Deep Purple's current lineup, the bill featured appearances by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, former Jam frontman Paul Weller, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, Jon's one-time Whitesnake band mates Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody.

Ian Paice tells ABC News Radio that the concert was an "astounding" event.

"To be in that hall that night was a totally unique experience," he says. "I've been on thousands of stages, and I've never felt anything like it before. I doubt I'll feel it again. It wasn't a collection of people, both on stage and in front of it -- it was a collection of friends."

Paice points out that a lot of people thought "a high point of the show" was when Hughes and Dickinson teamed up to belt out a couple of songs from Deep Purple's "Mark III" era, although he admits he was too busy focusing on the drums too pay attention to what the singers were doing.

Deep Purple's own set brought the evening to a close. The band played a few of its older gems -- including "When a Blind Man Cries" and "Perfect Strangers" -- as well as a couple of tunes from its latest album, Now What?!

Ian says one of his favorite moments of the concert was an "amazing keyboard duel" between Wakeman and Deep Purple's Don Airey, which took place during a grand-finale performance of the Purple classic "Hush."

"[They were] just firing musical bullets at each other, recalls Paice. "It was fantastic. But in the nicest, friendliest possible way, because their approach to the keyboards is glorious but totally different, so there was no stepping on each other's toes."

Two separate CD packages documenting the concert different segments recently were released in the U.S., a single disc titled Celebrating Jon Lord: The Composer and a two-CD set called Celebrating Jon Lord: The Rock Legend. In addition, DVD and Blu-ray versions of the show currently are available as imports. Proceeds from the concert, and from sales of the various Celebrating Jon Lord releases will benefit the Jon Lord Fellowship, which will support innovative medical organizations working on a cure for pancreatic cancer.

The next wave of releases in the ongoing Led Zeppelin reissue campaign includes a expanded version of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV, which features one of the all-time great rock anthems, "Stairway to Heaven." In a new BBC News video feature, guitarist Jimmy Page discusses how the epic song was written as he listens to the remastered vinyl version of the track.

Page points out that he wanted the beginning of the tune to feature "quite a fragile, exposed acoustic guitar" reminiscent of the Bach "Bourree" from the composer's Suite in E Minor for lute. He then notes that the recorders heard early in the song, which were played by John Paul Jones, added a medieval feel.

Jimmy explains that the concept and structure of the song was thought out in advance.

"The idea of 'Stairway" was to have a piece of music…whereby it would just keep unfolding into more layers and more moods," he notes, "and…the subtlety and the intensity of the overlay of the composition would actually accelerate as it went through on every level -- every emotional level, every musical level."

Page points out that putting the song together was "somewhat complicated" because, initially, there were no vocals to anchor the track since Robert Plant had yet to write them. Jimmy says he marveled at how quickly Plant came up with the words once he did get down to writing, something he did in the studio while the rest of the band was running through the track.

The 70-year-old rocker says that when it came time for the tune's now-iconic guitar solo, he wanted a section that resembled "a sort of fanfare" to create "a definite transition." Following the soaring solo, the song reaches its finale, a section in which, Page notes, "the passion has just unfolded [in] every respect."

As the song comes to an end, Page reflects on the fruitful period during which Led Zeppelin recorded "Stairway to Heaven."

"It really was an inspired time," says Page. "It sort of shows. The lasting quality of this music over all these years is the fact that everyone's playing so honestly and with such conviction.

Expanded and remastered editions Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy will be released on October 28.

The Who is 50 years old, and the band is celebrating in style.

Beginning next year, the legendary rock band will embark on "The Who Hits 50!" North American tour to celebrate half a century of making music. The first leg of the tour will begin April 15 in Tampa, FL and will conclude after 17 total stops at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York. The band will then take a break before hitting the road again starting September 19 in San Diego, CA, and will continue touring through November 4 in Philadelphia, PA, for a total of 21 stops on the second leg.

"The Who Hits 50!" tour will celebrate all fifty years of the band's storied career. Guitarist Pete Townshend describes the upcoming set lists as a celebration of "hits, picks, mixes and misses.”

“This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” adds frontman Roger Daltrey.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 17 at 10 a.m local time on The Who's website. Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets for the U.S. dates beginning Monday, October 13 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program.

The tour will also offer VIP ticket packages including perks like a VIP pre-show soundcheck, pre-show VIP parties, autographed limited edition memorabilia and more. For each ticket sold on "The Who Hits 50!" tour, $1 will be donated to Teen Cancer America.

Here are all "The Who Hits 50!" tour dates:

Leg One
4/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/17 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
4/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4/21 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/23 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
4/27 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/13 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
5/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
5/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
5/20 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
5/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
5/30 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

Leg Two
9/14 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
9/16 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
9/23 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
9/25 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/27 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
9/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/1 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
10/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
10/13 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
10/15 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/17 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
10/19 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
10/21 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
10/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
10/25 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
10/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/29 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/1 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this morning announced the acts considered for induction for 2015. They are:

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
The Marvelettes
Nine Inch Nails
Lou Reed
The Smiths
The Spinners
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Bill Withers

An individual artist or band must have released their first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination in order to be considered for induction. That means the 2015 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1989.

Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are the only acts on this year's ballot to score a nomination their first year of eligibility, while two of this year's nominees -- Sting and Lou Reed -- are already Rock Hall inductees: Sting with The Police, and Reed with the Velvet Underground.

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, and The Smiths are also making their first appearance as nominees.

“We are pleased to present this group of nominees, as they represent the myriad places where rock and roll converges with blues, electronic, dance, Motown, R&B, funk and other genres,” Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement announcing the nominees.

Fans will again get a voice this year. You can vote now for your favorites for induction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website. Fan votes will be tallied and submitted as one ballot, which will be considered with those submitted by the rest of the Hall of Fame's voting body. The inductees will be announced in December.

The new Genesis documentary Genesis: Together and Apart, which debuted over the weekend on BBC television in the U.K., features new interviews with all five members of the band's classic early-to-mid-'70s lineup. While the film seeks to give an overview of the lauded musicians' careers both in and out of their famous group, one band member -- guitarist Steve Hackett -- wasn't happy with the amount of coverage his own work was given in the flick.

In a message posted this week on his official Facebook page, Hackett writes of the documentary, "It's certainly a biased account of Genesis history and totally ignores my solo work. It does not deliver the theme of 'Together and Apart.' In interview I spoke at length as much about my solo career as my time in Genesis, but was not given any editorial involvement."

The guitar virtuoso's complaints about the film didn't extend to the companion compilation, R-Kive, which was released in conjunction with the project.

"[T]he R-KIVE box set represents us all equally," Hackett maintains, "[while] the documentary does the opposite."

He adds, "I know the documentary will soon be on sale via various outlets, but I won't be selling this via my own website."

In the Facebook note, Hackett also reveals that he's finished recording a new solo album that's due out in early 2015. In addition, he'll be launching a new North American leg of his Genesis Extended Tour next month. The trek is mapped out from a November 13 concert in Ridgefield, Connecticut, through a December 11 performance in Vancouver, Canada.

The Genesis documentary, airing under the alternate title of Genesis: Sum of the Parts, will get its U.S. television premiere on Showtime this Friday at 7 p.m. CT. A DVD release will follow on November 18.


Two weeks after AC/DC announced the forthcoming release of their new album, Rock or Bust, we now have a track listing.

The band's studio follow-up to 2008's Black Ice will feature 11 tracks, one of which we've already heard: "Play Ball" has been featured in Turner Sports' coverage of postseason Major League Baseball since the end of last month. Rock or Bust is scheduled for a December 2 release, but if you order it now, you'll score an instant digital download of "Play Ball."

In addition to digital, Rock or Bust will be available on CD and vinyl. You may want to grab a copy of one or both: the album's cover features a 3-D image that gives the illusion of the AC/DC logo exploding when you move the cover in different directions. You can see the cover now on AC/DC's official website.

Sadly, Rock or Bust will be the first album in AC/DC's 41-year history not to feature founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who has retired from the band after being diagnosed with dementia. Stevie Young -- Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew -- stands in for his ailing uncle on the album, and will also do so on the road. A tour's expected sometime next year.

Here's the Rock or Bust track listing:

"Rock or Bust"
"Play Ball"
"Rock the Blues Away"
"Miss Adventure"
"Dogs of War"
"Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder"
"Hard Times"
"Baptism by Fire"
"Rock the House"
"Sweet Candy"
"Emission Control"

An audio clip of Roger Daltrey's contribution to the forthcoming Paul McCartney tribute album, The Art of McCartney, has premiered online. You can check out a 30-second segment of The Who frontman's powerful rendition of the Beatles classic "Helter Skelter" on the album's official YouTube channel, which is featuring snippets of a variety of songs from the star-packed project.

In addition, a clip of Heart's version of the Wings hit "Band on the Run" also has been posted on The Art of McCartney's YouTube page, although it's just an instrumental section of the tune. Heart also recorded "Letting Go" for the album.

The Art of McCartney will be released on November 18. Besides Daltrey and Heart, the impressive roster of well-known artists featured on the set includes Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard, Billy Joel, KISS, Steve Miller, Cat Stevens, Jeff Lynne, Paul Rodgers, Sammy Hagar, Chrissie Hynde, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King and Willie Nelson. Visit for more info.

In other news, The Who has scheduled a new concert that will take place on November 23 at the du Arena in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi. The show will serve as the kickoff date for the band's 50th anniversary tour. The concert will bring to a close the sixth Yasalam Festival, an annual event that combines musical performances, auto races and other activities.

Paul Revere of Paul Revere & the Raiders, Dead at 76

Paul Revere, leader of sixties hitmakers Paul Revere & the Raiders, has died at his home in Idaho, his manager announced in an online post. Revere was 76.

Born Paul Revere Dick in Harvard, Nebraska, organist Revere and singer Mark Lindsay formed a band called the Downbeats, but changed their name to Paul Revere & the Raiders ahead of their first record release in 1960. Their first national hit was 1965's "Just Like Me," and their popularity increased when Dick Clark made them featured performers on his American Bandstand spinoff, Where the Action Is. The band left the show in '66, but Revere and Lindsay later hosted another Clark show, Happening '68.

By 1967, Paul Revere & the Raiders were Columbia Records' top-selling rock band. Their hits included "Kicks," "Hungry," and "Him or Me -- What's It Gonna Be."

In 1970, the band shortened their name to The Raiders in attempt to change their image. Their biggest hit during that time, "Indian Reservation," reached #1 in 1971 and has gone on to sell six million copies. Lindsay left the band in 1975, but they continued on. Revere announced his retirement in 1976, but resurfaced in 1978 with a new lineup of Raiders. The original lineup reunited at the behest of Dick Clark in 1979 for a TV show called The Good Old Days.

Artists such as The Sex Pistols, David Bowie, The Who, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett, and Pat Benatar all covered the Raiders' music, cementing their place in rock history. The band, with a changing lineup, continued through the '80s and '90s and into the 2000s. Revere officially retired this past August.

Revere is survived by his wife, Sydney. Memorial services are pending, according to his manager.

While Stevie Nicks' career has been a huge success, her personal life has had its share of ups and downs. She's been through a lot, but the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman says there's only one person who she feels caused her so much pain that not only can she not forgive him, she literally wants to kill him.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Stevie says the doctor who put her on the tranquilizer Klonopin ended up ruining her life. "This doctor had me on it for eight years. Forty-seven days in rehab to get off Klonopin was way more horrific than 30 days to get off coke," she tells the magazine. "This doctor was a groupie; he just wanted to hear me tell stories about rock & roll. So he kept upping my dose for years."

"Finally I said, 'I'm taking enough Klonopin every day to sink a boat. That's why I gained all this weight, and that's why my writing is terrible, and that's why The Other Side of the Mirror was the last good record I made. This was all your idea,'" she recalls.

"That doctor...he's the only person in my life I can honestly say I will never forgive," Stevie continues. "All those years I lost -- I could have maybe met somebody or had a baby or done a few more Fleetwood Mac albums or Stevie Nicks albums. So I'll never forgive him."

She adds, "If I saw him on the street and I was driving — well, I don't have a drivers license and it's good, because I would just run him down."

Now, of course, Stevie's in a great place: she's about to release a new album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault, and she just launched a tour with Fleetwood Mac, including Christine McVie, who's rejoined the band after 16 years. "The five original cast members," Stevie says. "Of all the elite bands of the Seventies, we're the only one touring with the same lineup we had in 1975."

You can hear 24 Karat Gold streaming now on


Jimi: All by My Side Director Showers Praise on Star Andre Benjamin's Portrayal of Hendrix

Jimi: All Is by My Side, the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre Benjamin of Outkast, opened in select U.S. theaters last Friday and will get a wider release starting today. The film focuses on the guitar legend's life during the years 1966 and 1967, the period where he moved from New York City to London and began to emerge as a rock superstar.

All Is by My Side was written and directed by John Ridley, who won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave. Ridley tells ABC News Radio that he was very impressed by the qualities Benjamin, a.k.a. Andre 3000, brought to the role, which gave his performance a great amount of depth.

"Andre is thoughtful, he's deep, he's patient, he's incredibly smart," explains the filmmaker. "He has an anthropological approach to all the things that he does and has a real reverence for music, and wanted to do this in a very respectful manner."

Ridley also was extremely pleased with the commitment that the Outkast singer gave to the project.

"He was a real partner, says John. "He spent about seven-and-a-half months working on this film. And this is an individual who's afforded himself a place in life where he can do anything he wants. To be able to say that you worked with someone who has really had an impact on the cultural landscape and be able to do a story about another individual who's had a strong impact as well, that's very, very special, and it was an honor and a privilege."

One example of Andre's dedication was that although he is right-handed, he worked hard to learn how to mimic playing guitar left-handed like Hendrix.

"It was something that he wanted to do," explains Ridley. "You can do things with CGI, you can do things in post[-production] or you can really commit yourself to doing it in a way that people will feel what you're doing. And Andre was committed to doing [the latter]."

The director suggests that perhaps "an exceptional guitar player" could watch the film and tell "what might be off a little bit" about Benjamin's performance, but says what was more important to him was that Andre "was able to put the emotion into what he was doing, put the love and the reverence for what was in there to the performance."

In summing up Benjamin's portrayal of Hendrix, Ridley notes, "It's impossible for me to be objective, but I thought he did an absolutely amazing job."

Steve Lukather and his group Toto finished up a joint summer tour with Michael McDonald early last month, but now the guitar whiz is hitting the road again with his other main gig, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band. The ex-Beatles drummer and his collective of fellow famous musicians embark on a new U.S trek that begins tonight in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and runs through an October 23 show in Clearwater, Florida.

The All Starr Band for this tour is the same as it was for the group's previous outing: Lukather, Todd Rundgren, ex-Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Mr. Mister singer/bassist Richard Page, drummer Gregg Bissonette and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham. Lukather says that although the lineup might seem like "a really weird group of guys" on paper, the band members play extremely well together and get along great.

"We've become really good friends," he tells ABC News Radio. "And Ringo's like the greatest guy you could ever work with. He treats us like kings. He takes care of us so well, and he's a joy to be around. He's an inspiration."

Lukather adds that it's "a wonderful experience" getting to play the various classic songs made famous by his fellow All Starr Band mates.

"I mean, Gregg Rolie from Santana, playing 'Evil Ways' with the guy that sang it [is great]," Steve points out. "You know, these are songs that I grew up playing as a young musician."

Not surprisingly, Lukather is especially delighted that he gets to perform regularly with one of the Fab Four.

"I look around the stage and…we're doing 'A Little Help from My Friends' and there's Ringo," explains the guitarist. "Honestly, if you'd have told me that when I was a kid, I would've said…'Yeah, I'll be the first guy on Venus too,' you know?"

Lukather says that the rapport he and the other All Starr Band members have developed with Ringo has helped bring the Beatles legend "out of his shell" while they're on the road.

"[W]e get him out to go to the movies and we get him out to do things, because it's hard to be that famous for 50 years of your life, you know?" notes Steve. "There's all the pluses and then there's a lot of negatives. You know, he just wants to be a regular guy sometimes, hang around and not have people stare at him. It's just unnerving to watch that."

Meanwhile, Lukather tells ABC News Radio that his friendship with Ringo extends beyond their All Starr Band collaboration.

"We live near each other. We hang out. [And I] worked on his new album that's coming out," says Steve. "[I] got to write a song with him. That was a thrill. And here I am sitting there [and] we're throwing back lyrics to each other. I'm going [to myself], 'I'm actually writing a song with one of The Beatles.' I mean, what are the odds of that ?

Here's the complete itinerary of the All Starr Band's fall U.S. tour:

10/2 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Café
10/3 -- St. Louis, MO, Fabulous Fox Theatre
10/4 -- Kansas City, KS, Starlight Theatre
10/5 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
10/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
10/8 -- Austin, TX, Moody Theater
10/10 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/11 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
10/12 -- Austin, TX, Moody Theater
10/15 -- Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/17 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Café Biloxi
10/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theatre
10/19 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
10/21 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
10/22 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
10/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall


Bryan Adams' new disc Tracks of My Years, his first studio album in six years, is out this week, and it features the Canadian singer/songwriter taking a walk down memory lane to revisit some of the great songs of his youth. He's also revisiting his youth via the album's seriously embarrassing cover photo, which shows a 16-year-old Bryan sporting some unbelievably long, pure 1970s hair.

"My hair is way down past my nipples," he laughs. "I was really into hard rock back then. I still am into hard rock, but particularly then, because it was the time, you know. It was 1975. I was into Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and a lot of other hard rock, of course, and I looked like one of the roadies that fell off one of the buses, you know?"

While that's Bryan's preferred music from that era, Tracks of My Years mostly features pop and rock hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s. The concept came from one of the producers, David Foster, and at first, Bryan didn't want to do it, because he was afraid he couldn't bring anything new to classics by legends like the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys. But his other producer, Bob Rock, talked him into it.

"He said, 'Look, you got a great opportunity to have a record deal in America again, and why don't you just do it and have some fun? If it doesn't work out, don't put it out,'" recalls Bryan. "[And so I said], 'That's a good idea. So, let's just go have some fun." And that's what happened."

Bryan and his producers came up with about forty songs that they then whittled down to the final track listing, which includes songs not only by the Beatles, Dylan and the Beach Boys, but also The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Manhattans and Chuck Berry.

"It was just a sort of process of just elimination, and you could tell almost instantly whether a song was working, within the first verse." Bryan says of the process, which took about three months, spread over two years. "And generally what I would do was I'd go out and sit on a microphone....with a guitar, and I would just start playing the song and singing it. And, if within that first few chords it started to sound like something, someone would come...and say, 'OK, that's good. Let's do this!'"

What he's ended up with, Bryan says, is an album that isn't actually made up of songs that he was personally connected to. Instead, it features songs that mimic the genre-blurring that he experienced growing up listening to AM radio, where anything that was a hit was played, no matter what type of music it was.

"AM radio was kind of king," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I used to have a little transistor radio, which was kind of my escape [from] the world. I would wait in anticipation for what the next song was gonna be on the radio. It was really exciting. So, doing this record, I kind of kept thinking about, 'It's OK to do a variety of different things here,' because even if these songs weren't songs that I were nece

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