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Gregg Allman's final studio album, Southern Blood, will be released September 8, but as of yesterday, one song had already been released online.

Before his death in May, Allman spent his last years working on the project, collaborating on it with his friend and manager Michael Lehman, and producer Don Was. Was stated: "The man that his fans saw performing onstage was the essential Gregg Allman. He was whole and truly satisfied when he was up there playing music."

Southern Blood is a farewell to the beloved rock icon featuring the first new recording from Allman since 2011’s Low Country Blues. For his final album, Allman recorded songs written by Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, Jerry Garcia, and others.

"My Only True Friend" is now streaming online -- and the album is already available for pre-orders.

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Charity work is a large part of The Who's incredible career legacy. As Pete Townshend recalls, it all started during the recording of Quadrophenia, when actress Joanna Lumley invited him to meet her in London, Townshend demurred, but Keith Moon volunteered because, as Townshend put it, he was "Very much hoping that it would lead to something sexual, I think."

Townshend explained, "It turned out that what she’d done is invited him to the very, very first women’s refuge in the world...The domestic violence shelter called Chiswick's Women's Aid. And Joanna got him cleaning toilets. He came back in tears. And said, ‘Pete, we’ve got to do something for these women!’" And so they did. And that was the beginning of their charity work.

Moon’s epiphany took on added meaning later, when Townshend realized Moon had been guilty of "real violent outbursts against his wife" during moments when he suspected her of infidelity — sadly ironic because, as Townshend pointed out, "in fact, it was the other way around." In seeing the error of his ways and spurring the band to action, Moon helped spark a lifetime of efforts on behalf of others.

Most recently, the band has been dedicating time to fundraising for Teen Cancer America, their organization spearheaded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

Source: UltimateClassicRock.com

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Journey's latest venture will see the band spinning its wheels and going in circles — totally on purpose.

NBC Sports is reporting that rookie race car driver Ryan Norman, will be driving a Mazda with Journey’s logo, and the words "Don’t Stop Believin" on the side of his car.

Guitarist, Neal Schon had this to say on Twitter: "We met Ryan the other night and this is very exciting to see this all unfolding from our acquaintance with Mario Andretti and playing Indy 100th."

The Journey race car will make its debut this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course while Journey will be on the east coast. Asia opens for them tomorrow night (Friday) in Washington, DC and will play New York City' City Field at the Classic East concert on Sunday with the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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With the 2016 deaths of both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, it is now up to Carl Palmer to represent the legacy of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Palmer has been on the road for a few years with the ELP Legacy Tour and has over forty dates scheduled between now and the end of the year across North America and the U.K.

Palmer said "I will deeply miss Keith and Greg, both of whom the world lost in 2016. It is now down to me to carry on flying the ELP banner and I will be playing that great music with my band for many years to come."

Todd Rundgren has been added to most of the upcoming 21 dates on the Yestival Tour with Yes. That's followed by 20 headlining dates in the U.S., Canada, and U.K.

Source: VintageVinylNews.com

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The band U2 is in the middle of their tour, and while performing at the Stade De France in Paris, Patti Smith joined them to sing "Mothers of the Disappeared." Bono and Smith traded lead vocals, with Smith adding lyrics from her 1988 single, "People Have the Power." This wasn't the first time she had sang it with them in Paris. Once in 2015 for the same song and just last month she came on stage with them in London.

The 30th Anniversary Joshua Tree Tour continues this weekend as the band has two shows in Amsterdam, followed by a show in Brussels on Tuesday. After that, they'll make their way to the states for 9 shows, starting in Detroit on September 3.

Source: StereoGum &U2gigs.com & RollingStone

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Stone Temple Pilots will release a deluxe 25th anniversary edition of their 1992 debut album, Core, on September 29th. The reissue will be available in multiple formats, ranging from a two-CD version to a Super Deluxe package boasting a vinyl copy of the original album, a DVD and more. All editions will feature the remastered album, along with rare B-sides and other previously unreleased material.

The massive Super Deluxe Edition includes the remastered original album, over two hours of unreleased demos and live tracks -- including their 1993 MTV Unplugged performance -- a vinyl copy of the original LP and a DVD containing a 5.1 surround sound mix and videos for singles "Sex Type Thing," "Plush," "Wicked Garden" and "Creep." The package, limited to 15,000 copies worldwide, comes housed in a hardcover book featuring rare and unseen photographs from the era.

  • A limited-edition bundle of the deluxe edition, limited to just 1,000 copies worldwide, will come with a bonus replica seven-inch vinyl single of "Plush" originally released in the U.K. in 1993.
  • The Super Deluxe Edition includes nine demos, with four dating between 1987 and 1990 when the band was known as Mighty Joe Young. One of those, "Only Dying," was supposed to be re-recorded by STP for the soundtrack of 1994 film The Crow, but that plan was scrapped after the movie's star, Brandon Lee, was killed during production.
  • Also included will be five unreleased demos from the Core sessions, four B-sides, including a jazzier take on "Sex Type Thing," two live recordings from summer 1993, an unreleased set from the Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater near Los Angeles and the band's Reading Festival show.
  • Stone Temple Pilots hinted at the release of a new edition of Core earlier this week via a pair of videos.
  • Core remains a classic album a quarter century after its release, and guitarist Dean DeLeo told us a while back that he considers the band's music to be timeless: "We never want to date our material. When I say 'date,' you can almost listen to some stuff and just say, 'Well, that was the drum sound that everybody was using in '95. I think our records are kind of just -- the material is kind of timeless, you know, where you can't really date it. I think you'll be able to listen to it 20 years from now and think, 'Wow, it's just timeless,' you know?"
  • The band had at one point planned to commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2012 with a reissue and a tour, but those plans fell apart amidst tensions with singer Scott Weiland, who was dismissed for a second time in 2013.
  • Weiland died in December 2015, and his replacement from 2013 to 2015, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, committed suicide last week. STP held open auditions last year for a vocalist and are rumored to have made a selection, but have to officially announce a new singer.
AUDIO: DEAN DELEO ON STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' MUSIC BEING 'TIMELESS'

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