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Jon Bon Jovi teases 40th anniversary celebration as he thanks fans for YouTube milestone

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Jon Bon Jovi is thanking fans for their continued support following the news that Bon Jovi’s video for “Livin’ on a Prayer” has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube.

“Just callin’ out to say thank you to everybody on YouTube for our 1 billionth view of the 'Livin’ on a Prayer' video,” he shared in a video message on Instagram. “Guess you liked it. We liked it, too. Thank you everybody for continuing to support Bon Jovi for 40 years.”

He then teased fans with what's in store for the coming year, saying there are “lots of big things in the works for our 40th anniversary, so get ready for that.”

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AXS TV brings back Sunday Night Rocks, with new show 'Rockstar Shuffle' and more

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AXS TV is bringing back its Sunday Night Rocks lineup starting February 19, which will include the brand new original series Rockstar Shuffle.

Rockstar Shuffle, kicking off at 8 p.m. ET, will feature rock icons sharing stories and memories from their careers, and showing off their personal music memorabilia. Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels are featured in the premiere episode, with Heart's Ann Wilson, Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent and more featured in future episodes. 

Season 1 will also include appearances by Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Rick Springfield, John Oates and others.

Sunday Night Rocks’ February 19 premiere also features the return of Parking Lot Payday, with Mötley Crüe fans being tested to find out how much they know about the rockers, followed by an airing of Mötley Crüe: The End – Live In Los Angeles.

And on February 26, Metallica fans will be the subject of an episode of Parking Lot Payday, follow

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young return to the 'Billboard' charts

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The death of David Crosby on January 18 has brought renewed interest in his music, so much so that Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young have landed on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart this week. The Artist 100 measures artist activity across several key Billboard charts.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers land at 20 on this week’s chart, with two albums also returning to the Billboard 200 album chart.

The 1970 album Déjà Vu, which was their second studio album and their first with Neil Young, re-enters the chart at 129, while the band’s 2005 Greatest Hits album is at 156.

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss add more tour dates, reveal Red Rocks livestream

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are spending more time on the road together. The duo just announced a new set of dates for their Raising the Roof tour, supporting their most recent collaborative album, Raise The Roof.

The tour, featuring special guest JD McPherson, kicks off April 25 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and wraps up July 5 in Toronto. The tour also includes a June 18 appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado.

Presale tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 1, at 10 a.m. local time, with the general sale set for Friday, February 3, at 10 a.m. A complete list of dates and more ticket sale information can be found at plantkrauss.com.

And for fans who can’t get to a show, Plant and Krauss will be streaming last summer's Red Rocks Amphitheatre show on March 2. Tickets to the livestream are available now.

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The Moody Blues’ John Lodge adds symphony show to Days of Future Passed tour

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The Moody Blues John Lodge has added a special show to his upcoming Days of Future Passed tour, which will have him playing the band’s second album in its entirety.

Lodge is set to play a special symphony show with the Coachella Symphony on March 26 at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater in Rancho Mirage, California, which will wrap his winter 2023 tour. This will be his only symphony show on the tour. Tickets are on sale now.

“The Coachella Valley Symphony approached me and asked me to perform Days of Future Passed with them at their new home at Rancho Mirage Amphitheater, and it intrigued me,” Lodge shares. “I had been developing a full orchestra concert, but it was something for the future. However, they are a passionate community music organization, and Alan (Hewitt, LODGE’s music director and keyboardist) knew them from when he lived there, and so it seemed like a wonderful way to step my feet into the water, and a fabulous finale to the tour.”

Lodge’s tour is set to kick off February 18 in Lexington, Massachusetts. He’ll be joined by his 10,000 Light Years Band, with a guest appearance by his friend and current Yes frontman Jon Davison. The show will also feature a special recording by the late Moody Blues drummer and co-founder, Graeme Edge.

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Is Linda Ronstadt the new Kate Bush? 'The Last of Us' spikes downloads of her 1970 hit

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Last year, Kate Bush's 1985 song "Running Up that Hill (A Deal with God)" topped charts worldwide thanks to its inclusion in the Netflix hit Stranger Things. But it looks like Linda Ronstadt may be the latest artist to have a decades-old hit revived by a TV show.

Linda's 1970 hit "Long, Long Time" plays a pivotal role in the emotional third episode of the HBO series The Last of Us, which aired on Sunday night. On Monday, Spotify News tweeted, "On Sunday, January 29th, between 11PM and midnight ET, there was more than 4900% increase in U.S. streams of ‘Long Long Time’ by Linda Ronstadt.”

"Oh, so all of our hearts were breaking last night," read the caption.

"Long, Long Time," written by Gary White, appeared on Ronstadt's 1970 album, Silk Purse. It peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance. The ballad was Linda's first Top 40 solo hit; she'd previously reached #13 with "Different Drum," recorded with her former band Stone Poneys.

It remains to be seen if, like "Running Up that Hill," the song will eventually make its way back onto the Billboard charts and radio stations.

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On This Day – January 31, 1981: Blondie lands their third number one with “The Tide Is High”

On this day, January 31, 1981…

Blondie’s single “The Tide Is High” became their third number one song. The track was a remake of a 1967 rocksteady song originally recorded by Jamaican group The Paragons.

In addition to the U.S., “The Tide Is High” also went on to top the charts in the UK, Canada and New Zealand, and landed in the Top Five in Australia, South Africa, and several European countries.

Blondie’s previous number ones included “Call Me” and “Heart of Glass.”

“The Tide Is High” was the lead single from Blondie’s fifth studio album, Autoamerican, which later produced another number one hit, “Rapture.”

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Nile Rodgers featured in Peloton’s latest Artist Series workout

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Nile Rodgers & Chic have made some great music to dance to — and now Peloton fans will be able to work out to them, as well. Peloton just revealed on Instagram that Rodgers’ music will be the focus of its latest Peloton Artist Series, with classes starting February 1.

“Le Freak, C’est CHIC!” Peloton said in their announcement. “Freak out to the hits of multi-Grammy Award-winning music legend @nilerodgers in an Artist Series like no other.”

The Rodgers series will include four live classes, two 30-minute rides, one 30-minute run and one 20-minute upper body strength class.

In other Nile news … He recently revealed that he’s been in the studio with St. Vincent. He shared a picture with the artist aka Annie Clarke, writing, “Working on new music with St. Vincent is the real deal f-ing wonderful I’m trying not to lose my mind too.”

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Graham Nash shares the “magic” of working with David Crosby

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Graham Nash is once again looking back fondly on his musical partnership with the late David Crosby, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 81.

Nash shared a classic photo of him and Crosby recording in the studio, writing, “I’ve been hesitant to share photos of us in the past. People leave such nasty comments sometimes that belittle the complexities of a long-term friendship and musical partnership.” 

He adds, “But here is a photo of David and I recording in 1971. There was real magic between us. That much I know.”

And their Crosby, Stills & Nash singing partner Stephen Stills agrees, commenting on the photo, “Magic, indeed.” Nash responded, “You’re such a big part of that magic, Stephen.”

Nash has paid tribute to Crosby several times since his bandmate’s death, previously sharing he was “grateful to have sung with him, played with him, butted heads with him, and for going through so much together,” adding, “It’s his beautiful music that will live forever in all of our hearts. I’m just lucky to have known him.”

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KISS manager says End of the Road tour will definitely end this year

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KISS fans have been wondering when their End of the Road tour will finally end, and now the band’s manager is confirming it will definitely happen this year, although he didn’t reveal a specific date. 

The band’s longtime manager, Doc McGhee, said on Podcast Rock City that the last show will “be finalized in the next few days, and we'll be making an announcement probably in the next 10 days.” 

“One thing about KISS, we've always been that band that went to places where most bands didn't go,” he says. “So we play everybody's town ... You name it, we've played there. So we always go where the people are anyways.”

McGhee says the pandemic is the main reason the tour is still going on, but adds, “We had to end it at some time, which will be this year." 

As for the future of KISS, and whether it can go on without Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, McGhee noted, “There's a lot of talk about everything. And nobody knows what's gonna happen in the future.”

He adds that Simmons and Stanley are definitely “hanging their hats up after the (final) show, which is gonna be very, very difficult and very emotional for them after 50 years of doing this," especially because "they love it."

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Phil Collins gets birthday shoutout from daughter Lily Collins

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Phil Collins turned 72 on Monday and his daughter, Emily in Paris star Lily Collins, paid tribute to him with a sweet post on Instagram.

Lily shared a carousel of pictures showing just how much she and the Genesis frontman are alike, including photos of them both posing in a bathtub, wearing tuxedos and rocking overalls. 

“Like father, like daughter. Happy birthday, dad,” she wrote. “Thank you for being a constant inspiration, constant laugh, and constant legend. I love you so much and am celebrating you big time today!”

Surprisingly, several of Lily’s fans seem to have been unaware that the rocker is her dad. As one noted, “Am I the only one just learning This is her dad ?! Doh.”

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It's official: Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is the highest-grossing tour of all time

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Ed Sheeran's Divide tour was the highest-grossing tour of all time — until now. Billboard reports that Ed's pal Elton John has just taken over the world record.

Billboard reports that Elton's Farewell Yellow Brick Road has taken in $817.9 million across 278 shows — and the tour isn't done yet. Billboard says it's the first tour in its archives to earn more than $800 million. By comparison, Ed's tour took in $776.4 million.

According to Billboard, it was Elton's run of shows from January 8 through January 24 in Australia and New Zealand that allowed him to cross the finish line to the record-breaking milestone. Billboard notes that by the time the entire tour wraps up this summer in Europe, he'll likely cross the $900 million mark.

Right now, Elton's career total when it comes to concerts stands at $1.863 billion grossed and 19.9 million tickets sold. That's the highest for any solo artist in Billboard Boxscore history.

The one record Elton doesn't currently hold is most tickets sold for one tour. That record is still held by Ed's Divide tour, with 8.9 million tickets, followed by tours by The Rolling Stones, Coldplay and Guns N' Roses. Elton's tour has sold 5.3 million tickets so far. While he probably won't catch up to Ed by the time the tour is done, Elton might end up passing Coldplay and Guns N' Roses.

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Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” reaches 1 billion views on YouTube

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Bon Jovi has reached a new milestone on YouTube. The video for the band’s classic track “Livin’ On A Prayer” has surpassed 1 billion views.

“Livin’ On A Prayer” was released in October 1986 and was the second hit single from their third album, Slippery When Wet.

The video, directed by Wayne Isham, was shot September 17, 1986, at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. It features the band rehearsing and performing; at one point, frontman Jon Bon Jovi flies over the crowd with the help of a harness.

“Livin’ On A Prayer” is one of many videos that predate the existence of YouTube to have landed 1 billion views. Others include Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” which reached 1 billion in July 2018, and their track “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” which reached the milestone in October 2019. In addition, Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" reached 1 billion views in July 2019.

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Bonnie Raitt announces new tour dates, including first Canadian shows since 2017

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Bonnie Raitt has announced some new tour dates for 2023, including her first Canadian shows since 2017. 

The new leg of the Just Like That... tour, featuring special guest Royal Wood on select dates, kicks off September 2 in Victoria, British Columbia. Bonnie will play 11 shows in Canada, including dates in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto. 

The tour also includes some U.S. shows, with the tour wrapping October 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Presale tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time, with the public sale set for February 3. A complete list of tour dates can be found at BonnieRaitt.com

Meanwhile, Raitt has a chance to add to her already huge Grammy hall this weekend. The singer, who has already won 10 Grammys, is up for four awards, including Song of the Year for her tune “Just Like That.” The 2023 Grammy Awards air Sunday on CBS live from Los Angeles.

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On This Day – January 30, 1969: The Beatles gave their final public performance

On this day, January 30, 1969 …

The Beatles gave their final public performance on Apple Records' rooftop in London. In 42 minutes, the band, which was joined by guest keyboardist Billy Preston, did nine takes of five songs — “Get Back,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “I’ve Got A Feeling,” “One After 909” and “Dig A Pony” — before the police pulled the plug.

The concert happened while the band was recording what would become their album Let It Be. It was released May 8, 1970, almost a month after the band’s breakup. 

Footage from the concert was used in the 1970 documentary Let It Be. In 2021, the entire performance was shown in the Disney+ documentary The Beatles: Get Back, directed by Peter Jackson.

The nearly eight-hour docuseries, which was co-produced by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon and George Harrison’s widows, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, used footage from the original 1970 documentary. The series went on to win five Emmys, including Best Limited Documentary Series.

In January 2022 the full rooftop concert was released to streaming services as a standalone album, Get Back- The Rooftop Performance.

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