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Bruce Springsteen releases Songs from Around the World, Volume 2 live playlist

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Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are currently on tour overseas, so it only seems fitting that the latest installment in The Boss' live series would be a playlist of international performances. 

The Live Series: Songs from Around the World, Volume 2 features Springsteen performances from international tour stops over the course of his career. The 15-song playlist includes performances of “Growin’ Up,” performed in London, November 24, 1975; “Tunnel of Love,” performed in Stockholm, July 3, 1988; “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” performed in Dublin, May 7, 2023; and “Human Touch," performed in Barcelona, April 8, 2023.

There are also deeper cuts, including “Brothers Under The Bridge,” performed in Nice, France, May 18, 1997; “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come),” performed at The Hague, June 14, 2016; and "None But The Brave," performed in Zürich, July 3, 2016. 

Up next, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band bring their tour to Sunderland, England, on May 22. They launch the next U.S. leg of the tour on August 15 in Pittsburgh. A complete list of dates can be found at brucespringsteen.net.

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U2 releases fourth installment of new digital series

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U2 continues their recently launched digital series, U2 To Love and Only Love - Deep Dives and B-Sides, with the fourth installment dedicated to the track "Please," from their ninth studio album, Pop.

The series consists of 12 newly remastered collections, released throughout the year, which are made up of songs that until now were only available on vinyl, CD or cassette.

The latest collection includes a 2024 remastered version of the track, along with a live cut from a 1997 Popmart show in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They’ve also released a video of a “Please” performance from another 1997 Popmart show in Mexico City, which previously appeared on the Popmart Live from Mexico City DVD, released in 1998. 

Previous U2 To Love and Only Love - Deep Dives and B-Sides collections were dedicated to Pop songs “Discothèque,” “Staring at the Sun” and “Last Night on Earth.”

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Paul McCartney becomes the first UK musician crowned a billionaire

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Sir Paul McCartney has once again made The Sunday Times' Rich List — and passed a new milestone in the process. 

McCartney is one of 350 individuals and families to make the list, and this year he became the first U.K. musician to be crowned a billionaire. 

Paul and his wife, Nancy Shevell, rank at #165 on the Rich List with a wealth of 1 billion pounds, which equates to more than $1.27 million in the U.S. Their income comes from Paul's touring, his back catalog and more, as well as Nancy’s family money.

McCartney isn’t the only artist on the Rich List, though. Elton John lands at #291, with a wealth of almost $600 million. So are members of The Rolling Stones, with frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards both at #316, with earnings of more than $527 million.

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Cher and son Elijah Blue Allman will work "privately" to resolve conservatorship dispute

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After a legal battle over whether or not Cher's son Elijah Blue Allman should be placed in a conservatorship, Cher and Elijah have agreed to settle the matter privately.

According to court documents obtained by ABC News, Cher and Elijah — whose father was Cher's second husband, the late Gregg Allman — had a private mediation session on May 7. Both of them have agreed to "pause all legal proceedings and related activities." Instead, they will work together "privately and confidentially" to "resolve this matter."

At the beginning of 2024, a judge denied Cher's request to have Elijah placed under a temporary conservatorship, citing his drug use and mental health issues. Her request said she had been told by doctors that if she didn't put him under a conservatorship, he'd "end up on the street" and "would not be alive within the year.”

The judge denied the request because Elijah was drug free, had his own home and was able to manage his finances. Elijah subsequently filed an objection to Cher's request and stated that even if he needed one, Cher shouldn't be in charge of it — his wife, Marieangela King, should be.

A hearing to review the case, originally scheduled for June 11, has now been moved to September as Cher and Elijah try to work out their differences.

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Elton John, notable photography collector, says it's "painful" having his own photo taken

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More than 300 images from Elton John and his husband David Furnish's extensive photography collection are currently on display at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Elton is one of the world's foremost collectors of photography, but says there's one kind he hates — photos of himself.

"It's extraordinary that I collect photographs because I don't like being photographed," Elton told the BBC. "I find it really painful." He adds, "I would never put myself up on the wall [at home], no thank you."

Furnish laughs, "The paradox of someone who appreciates and has a sophisticated eye for photographs yet cannot stand to be photographed is not lost on me." There are two photos of Elton in the exhibit, but they're more irreverent and don't show him performing.

The exhibit, called Fragile Beauty, includes images of everything from the Civil Rights Movement and AIDS activism to 9/11 and the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

Noting that the exhibit includes "a lot of pain and grief," Elton explains, "Sometimes in tragic images, whether it's paintings or photographs, there's a lot of beauty. And that's why the show's called Fragile Beauty, because there's beauty in everything."

Elton says he was "absolutely blown away" to see his collection on display, because he hadn't really gotten a good look at a lot of the photos he owns.

"You buy photographs and they go straight into storage," he says. "And a lot of them I haven't seen hung properly or hung at all. And so walking through, it's been hung so beautifully and the different sections and wall colors. I couldn't be happier."

 

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Early albums by The Animals released in Dolby Atmos

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Fans of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band The Animals can now enjoy their music in Dolby Atmos.

Dolby Atmos mixes of five of the band's albums — 1964’s The Animals, 1965’s The Animals on Tour, 1965’s Animal Tracks, 1966’s Animalization and the 2004 collection The Animals Retrospective — have now been released to Apple Music, TIDAL and Amazon Music.

The release coincides with the 60th anniversary of the release of the band’s #1 hit “House of the Rising Sun,”  which happens Saturday, May 18.

“The idea of hearing our earlier work in Atmos spatial audio, it’s like stepping into a whole new dimension for me,” The Animals frontman Eric Burdon shares. "It’s like rediscovering the magic all over again."

He adds, "I mean, we poured our hearts and souls into those recordings, and now to hear them brought to life in such an immersive way, it’s like a dream come true. The quality and depth of the playback experience, it’s everything."

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Styx reveals Terry Gowan's replacing Ricky Phillips as new bassist

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Back in March, Styx bassist Ricky Phillips announced he would be taking a break from the band. Now, we know who will be taking his place.

Styx just announced that Terry Gowan, the brother of the band’s current keyboardist and vocalist Lawrence Gowan, has landed the job.

In a statement, Terry says getting to be Styx's bassist is “within an honor and somewhere beyond a dream come true,” noting, “here’s to many years ahead on the Styx adventure!” 

Terry has played with his brother in his previous band Gowan and has also recorded with the likes of Tony Levin, YesJon Anderson and Rush's Alex Lifeson.

Styx founding member Tommy Shaw shares that they are looking forward to introducing Terry to their audience noting, “Are you ready to rock? We are too! See you soon!”

Styx is set to launch a Canadian tour in Moncton on Friday, May 17, and will then return to the States for their Renegades & Juke Box Heroes tour with Foreigner and John Waite, kicking off June 11 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A complete list of dates can be found at styxworld.com.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse revisit their 'Early Daze' with new album

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse are reaching way back in their musical history for a new compilation album. 

Young and his band are set to release Early Daze on June 28, featuring some of their earliest recordings from when Crazy Horse was made up of Danny WhittenRalph Molina, Billy Talbot and Jack Nitzsche. 

“All the songs on Early Daze sound and feel like a new beginning for where rock & roll was going at the end of the 1960s,” reads the press release for the album. “Neil Young with Crazy Horse were leading the charge in this completely expressive style of new music. It opened doors for a wide variety of new styles, and allowed a whole generation of musicians to find a new way forward. In many ways, that achievement is still growing.”

Several of the recordings featured on the album are among the earliest versions of the songs and have never been released before. They include takes of “Winterlong,” “Wonderin’,” “Helpless” and a version of “Down by the River” with alternate vocals. 

The compilation will be released on black vinyl, CD and digitally, with a limited edition clear vinyl and exclusive poster sold through Young’s Greedy Hand Store and independent record stores.

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John Oates opens up about legal battle with Daryl Hall over joint business

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John Oates is sharing his side of the story over his legal battle with longtime creative partner Daryl Hall.

Last year, Hall filed a lawsuit against Oates alleging Oates attempted to sell his share of their jointly owned company, Whole Oats Enterprises, without Hall's permission.

During an interview with Michael Strahan, which was aired on Good Morning America, Oates explained the reason why he wanted to sell. 

"When this whole situation got mired in legality and really complex legal wranglings, I got frustrated," he said. "And I said, 'You know what? Daryl has always wanted to be his own man.' I said, 'I'm gonna give him the opportunity to do that. If I sell my half, he can either, you know, he can do what he wants.'"

Hall added he “wasn’t happy” and decided it was time for him to “step aside,” sharing, “It's not that big a deal. But Daryl didn't like the idea that I would sell to a certain third party." 

Reflecting on their partnership, Oates shared he and Hall had not worked together creatively in over 20 years.

"The only thing we did together was play concerts where we just went out there and trotted out the hits," he said. 

When Strahan inquired if Hall & Oates would ever perform together again, Oates answered, "Not from my point of view, but you need to ask Daryl how he feels about it."

Despite their differences and the legal trouble, Oates said he still loves Hall like a brother.

In his message to Hall, Oates said, "I love you like a brother, if I'm talking to him directly, but you know what? Brothers have disagreements, families grow apart … I would say, I wish him the best. I hope that he has everything he wants in life."

ABC News has reached out to Hall for comment but has yet to hear back.

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Dead & Company launch 'Dead Forever' residency at Sphere Las Vegas

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Dead & Company launched their much anticipated Dead Forever residency at the Sphere Las Vegas Thursday, May 16, treating their fans to a set of favorites, accompanied by spectacular images that engulfed the venue. 

The band made good use of the Sphere's wraparound LED screens, which as the show opened, featured images of scaffolding that slowly opened to scenes of the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco where Grateful Dead originated. Throughout the show, the images onscreen changed to include such things as their infamous Wall of Sound audio system, concert posters from over the years, The Dead skeleton and dancing bears.

As for the music, according to setlist.fm, the band kicked things off with The Dead track “Feel Like A Stranger.” The 19-song set also included plenty of other Dead tunes, like “Uncle John’s Band,” “Jack Straw” and “St. Stephen,” plus covers of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and The Crickets’ “Not Fade Away.”

Dead & Company have two more Sphere shows this weekend, Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, with the residency scheduled to run through Saturday, July 13. A complete list of dates can be found at deadandcompany.com.

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On This Day, May 17, 1989: The Doobie Brothers released their reunion album 'Cycles'

On This Day May 17, 1989…

After breaking up in 1982, The Doobie Brothers reunited to release their 10th studio album, Cycles.

The album featured most of the 1972-1974 lineup, with Tom Johnston, John Hartman and Michael Hossack rejoining the band for the first time since 1977, 1979 and 1974, respectively.

The first single from the record, “The Doctor,” was a top 10 hit for The Doobie Brothers, landing at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on the Mainstream Rock charts. The album peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200.

The Doobie Brothers — now made up of  JohnstonMichael McDonaldPat Simmons and John McFee — are currently on tour, with U.S. dates kicking off June 23 in Los Angeles. A complete list of dates can be found at thedoobiebrothers.com.

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Hear new Bon Jovi song "Living Proof" from new album, 'FOREVER'

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After teasing it on social media, Bon Jovi has released another track from their upcoming album, FOREVER.

The song, "Living Proof," which also comes with a lyric video, is an upbeat rocker. As promised, it uses the "talk box" guitar effect that the band first used on "Living on a Prayer."

"I’m tired of talking about someday/ All that we been given are the dog days/ Nothing is forgiven, it’s the hard way/ Right or wrong," Jon Bon Jovi sings. "I’m tired of talking about somehow / Wake up, and it’s welcome to your breakdown/ This family tree’s got nothing left to prove now/ Me and you, we’re the living proof."

"Living Proof" follows the album's first single, "Legendary." FOREVER will be out June 7.  

On May 19, Jon Bon Jovi will serve as guest mentor on the season finale of American Idol; he'll also perform "Legendary." You can watch it on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.


 

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Rare unknown handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan up for auction

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Two pages of handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan are set to go up for auction in June.

The recently discovered and previously unknown lyrics, written on telephone message pads from the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York, are believed to be from the 1980s. The lyrics, written in ballpoint pen, have Dylan referencing the Bible; New School University professor Anne Margaret Daniel, who has researched his archives, suggests they are from the time Dylan was working on the album Infidels, which was released in October 1983.

One of the documents comes with a harmonica that was said to have been given to the manuscript’s previous owner by Dylan. 

Both lyric sheets will be on sale at Lion Heart Autographs on June 5. More info can be found at lionheartautographs.com.

In other Dylan news ... an exhibit of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s art is set to open at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Bob Dylan Remastered: Drawings from the Road, which includes 92 art pieces signed by Dylan, opens May 25 and runs through September 15.

"This exhibition allows everyone, including Dylan's fans, to experience another aspect of the range of talents possessed by this music legend," said Chris Rossi, director of exhibitions at Fenimore Art Museum. "We all recognize him as an accomplished singer/songwriter and visitors will be equally amazed when discovering his work as a visual artist."

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The Zombies announce second annual Begin Here Festival

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The Zombies have announced details for their second annual Begin Here Festival, happening in their hometown, St Albans, England, about 20 miles outside of London. 

This year’s festival is happening November 8-10 and will feature Colin Blunstone performing his debut solo album One Year for the first time, backed by a full band and strings, with The Zombies performing a show on the final night.

The festival will also include a Battle of the Bands, a Zombies tour of St Albans and a record signing, along with a screening of the band's 2023 documentary, Hung Up On a Dream.

A presale for Zombies fans begins May 28, with tickets going on sale to the general public May 29. More info can be found at thezombiesmusic.com.

The Zombies, best known for their classic hits "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season," held their first-ever Begin Here Festival in November 2023.

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Pete Townshend says The Who “are not done yet”

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Based on recent interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, fans of The Who may be worried that they’ll never see their favorite band again — but Townshend is now giving them some hope.

In a March interview with The New York Times, Townshend said he no longer got a “buzz from performing with The Who” and that he was only “touring for the money.” Then in April, Daltrey told the Miami Herald that if Pete wasn’t into touring he wouldn’t do it, noting, “I don't want to be back with the Who on the road, at 81, with someone who doesn't want be there.”

But in a new interview with MOJO, Townshend seems to have changed his tune, insisting, “The Who are not done yet” and noting that his relationship with Roger is “better than it’s ever been.”

“I wish it were more intimate, but that’s not possible because we are so different,” he says. “But we value and respect each other more.”

Regarding their working relationship, Townshend says, “The Who are a brand and a friendship, but it’s not a band. It’s not a hard-working, complicated, growing and evolving f****** jazz group. We’re not challenging each other to work musical miracles, but we’re playing music we know so well.”

“So never say never,” Pete offers about the future of the group. “I don’t want to do what I did before and say we’re never going to work again.”

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