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Billy Joel will be featured on this week's episode of the superhero series, Arrow. In the show, his concert becomes the target of a terrorist attack. The character, Cayden James, played by Michael Emerson threatens to blow up the concert venue. Actual footage of Joel's Long Island concert will be featured in the episode.

The show will be using Joel's song "No Man's Land" and it airs on Thanksgiving (this Thursday, Nov. 23) at 9 p.m. ET on the CW Network.

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The Eagles are lining up their tour for 2018 and have named some famous friends to join the show. Evening with the Eagles will include opening acts James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, and Chris Stepleton on separate dates.

There are 12 concerts so far, starting March 14 in Chicago and running through July 28 in Philadelphia.

Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of the late Glen Frey, became members this year. And in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Don Henley spoke of Deacon and said, "It's extraordinary what that young man has done. I saw him sing "Peaceful Easy Feeling" at his father's memorial service. As difficult as that might have been, he was so brave and composed. I'm sure, on the inside, he was churning. After a few months went by, I thought, "Why not see if he would like to be in the band?"

Some tickets for next year's shows will go on sale as early as December 1, others will be announced soon.

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It was 41 Thanksgivings ago (November 25th, 1976) that the Band played its most famous -- and final -- concert. Billed as The Last Waltz, the show at Winterland in San Francisco featured the group, along with an all-star guest list, in what became the farewell performance of the original quintet. Among the friends on the bill that night were Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, and Joni Mitchell. The legendary movie, directed by Martin Scorsese, opened on April 26th, 1978 and is largely believed to be the greatest big screen concert film of all time.

Band leader Robbie Robertson told us that the events leading up to the Band's swan song were truly disturbing to him: "In a certain period leading up to The Last Waltz, it felt really crazy out there. When we were in Malibu, or on the road, and everywhere, everything was distorted in life. Everything was bent. So, part of the reason, leading up to The Last Waltz, was, like, can we do this before something terrible happens?" " a song that was not performed in concert.
  • The CD version also includes newly penned liner notes by revered music journalists David Fricke and Ben Fong-Torres along with a classic essay from 1977 written by iconic author Emmett Grogan.
  • The "40th Anniversary Collector's Edition," was limited to 2,500 copies worldwide, and included a replication of Scorsese's original shooting script. Once the film was complete, director Martin Scorsese had two copies of the script bound in a red leather book; one copy for himself and the other a gift to Robbie Robertson, which now resides at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "The Collector's Edition" also includes a foreword by Scorsese and an essay from screenwriter Mardik Martin.
  • AUDIO: THE BAND'S ROBBIE ROBERTSON ON DRIFTING APART
    AUDIO: RICK DANKO ON BANDS LAST SHOW
    AUDIO: ROBBIE ROBERTSON ON WHAT LED TO 'THE LAST WALTZ'
    AUDIO: ROBBIE ROBERTSON ON THE CRAZINESS LEADING UP TO 'THE LAST WALTZ'

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    John Lennon items that were stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 have been recovered. The Associated Press reports that one hundred pieces that were taken from the New York estate of John Lennon were found in Berlin, Germany.

    The personal effects include three diaries, a hand-written music score, a cigarette case, and two pairs of Lennon's famous circular glasses.

    Since his murder in 1980, Lennon's possessions have been among the most coveted and expensive in rock history. In 2015, the long-lost acoustic Gibson J-160E guitar used on the Beatles' Please Please Me and With the Beatles, sold for $2.41 million.

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    It was 44 years ago this week (November 24th to November 30th 1973), that Ringo Starr's "Photograph" hit the Number One spot. The song was co-written with his former Beatles bandmate George Harrison, and was the first single from his new Ringo album. An early attempt to record the song took place during sessions for Harrison's Living In The Material World album, which Ringo drummed on in early 1973.

    Ringo told us he'll always have a soft spot for "Photograph": "'Photograph,' y'know, was a huge song for me. And (it) was probably the best structured of mine, which was helped by George. The thing about 'Photograph' -- the emotion I get from it -- is that I was in Spain at the time when I wrote it. But the sentiment of that song I love, but now it has a different meaning, of course. Just because of the fact that George has left. Y'know the song's a song that fits into the universe and that's good. And I still do it now, a hundred years later." ," Cat Stevens' "The Wind," Nick Drake's "Northern Sky," Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson's "The Calvary Cross," Wilco's "If I Ever Was A Child," Badfinger's "Without You," and Byrds co-founder Gene Clark's "Because Of You," among others. AUDIO: RINGO STARR ON 'PHOTOGRAPH'

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    It was 28 years ago Thursday (November 23rd, 1989) that after a 13-year-stretch, Paul McCartney returned to the North American concert stage for the first of a five-night stand at the L.A. Forum. McCartney's band featured wife Linda McCartney on keyboards, Average White Band co-founder Hamish Stuart on guitar and bass, Former Pretenders lead guitarist Robbie McIntosh, keyboardist Paul "Wix" Wickens, and drummer Chris Whitten.

    McCartney's last North American trek had been the blockbuster 1976 Wings Over America tour, and Wings' 1979/1980 tour was canceled after only 20 UK shows following his infamous January 1980 pot bust in Tokyo. Following the Japan debacle and John Lennon's murder the following December, McCartney continued to record and wrote and starred in the big budget, big screen flop Give My Regards To Broad Street, which was universally panned.

    By the time of the 1989 tour, McCartney had released four studio albums -- Pipes Of Peace (1983, #15); Give My Regards To Broad Street (1984, #21); Press To Play (1986, #30); and Flowers In The Dirt (1989, #21) -- which, to that date, marked his worst charting releases. McCartney also hadn't racked up a Top 20 single hit since 1985's "Spies Like Us" scored him his last Top Ten hit to date. His 1987 double-album solo retrospective All The Best! only rose as high as a dismal Number 62.

    • For the 1989/1990 world tour -- which kicked off with a 28-date European leg on September 26th, 1989 in Oslo, Norway -- McCartney, in response to his dwindling chart appearances -- packed the comeback show with 50 percent Beatles classics -- most of which the "Fab Four," who retired from the road in 1966, never got the chance to play live.
    • After such a long time away from the concert stage, McCartney explained how he came about figuring out the 1989 setlist: "What I did was I just sat down and kind of asked myself what I would like to see 'him' play, y'know, if I was just somebody just coming to the show, what I thought I'd like to see the band play. The interesting thing about some of the Beatles stuff was I've never actually performed it onstage before -- and we never got to do it with the Beatles, 'cause we stopped touring at that time. I got up on stage and said 'I've never done this one before.' So that's nice, 'cause they're fresh."
    • McCartney's 1989/1990 world tour is his most extensive to date, taking in a total of 108 concerts in Europe, North America, Japan, and South America.
    • McCartney's full setlist was represented on double-disc live set Tripping The Live Fantastic, which was released on October 29th, 1990. The album's single CD releases featured bonus live and soundcheck tracks from the tour.
    AUDIO: HAMISH STUART ON LINDA MCCARTNEY AS A BANDMATE
    AUDIO: HAMISH STUART ON SINGING WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY
    AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY ON REDISCOVERING BEATLES SONGS
    AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY ON CREATING SETLISTS

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    It was 49 years ago today (November 22nd, 1968) that the Beatles released their 30-song self-titled double album, which was commonly known as "The White Album." The album's release followed the group's extended stay in Rishikesh, India where they studied transcendental meditation under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Most of the songs from "The White Album" were written while the group was in India, including "Back In The U.S.S.R.," "Yer Blues," "I Will," "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill," "Revolution 1," "Rocky Raccoon," "I'm So Tired," "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da," "Dear Prudence," "Mother Nature's Son," and John Lennon's thinly-veiled attack on the Maharishi, titled "Sexy Sadie."

    Other highlights on the album included Eric Clapton guesting on George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Julia," "Helter Skelter," "Glass Onion," "Martha My Dear," "Birthday," and Ringo Starr's first composition, the country-flavored "Don't Pass Me By."

    Several songs originally intended for "The White Album" turned up on later solo albums, such as "Junk," which Paul McCartney released on his 1970 solo debut McCartney; "Child Of Nature," which Lennon rewrote as "Jealous Guy" for his 1971 album Imagine; "Not Guilty," which made its way onto Harrison's 1979 self-titled album; "Circles," which saw release on his 1982 album Gone Troppo; and McCartney's "Cosmically Conscious" which appeared on 1993's Off The Ground album -- with an extended version appearing on the B-side of the title track's single.

    Paul Saltzman, the author of the photo book, The Beatles In India, spent weeks within the group's inner circle at the Maharishi's ashram. He says that he never so much as saw the Beatles smoke a cigarette -- let alone partake in any illicit drugs: "That was their single most creative period of time in their history. Dennis O'Dell, (who) used to be the head of Apple Films in the '60s, said to me about a year ago: 'Do you know how many songs they wrote in India?' -- and I said, 'Do you know how much?' And he said, 'I sure do. When John and Paul came back I asked them how many songs did they write? And Paul answered '48.' In less than eight weeks. Paul was only there five weeks, George and John eight weeks and of course Ringo, 11 days."
  • The group's biggest hit, "Hey Jude" -- and its B-side, "Revolution" -- were both recorded during sessions for "The White Album" , but were left off the album after being released as a single the previous August.
  • The Beatles' "The White Album" hit Number One on December 28th, 1968 and went on to top the charts for nine non-consecutive weeks.
  • AUDIO: AL SUSSMAN ON THE BEATLES' 'WHITE ALBUM'
    AUDIO: GEOFF EMERICK ON QUITTING DURING THE BEATLES' 'WHITE ALBUM'
    AUDIO: GEOFF EMERICK ON RECORDING 'THE WHITE ALBUM' ON 8 TRACK
    AUDIO: THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY GEORGE HARRISON ON THE BEATLES' 'WHITE ALBUM'
    AUDIO: THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY PAUL MCCARTNEY ON 'THE WHITE ALBUM'
    AUDIO: THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY GEORGE MARTIN ON 'THE WHITE ALBUM'
    AUDIO: GEORGE MARTIN ON THE BEATLES WHITE ALBUM
    AUDIO: GEORGE MARTIN ON THE BEATLES' 'BLACKBIRD'
    AUDIO: PAUL SALTZMAN ON THE BEATLES' SONGWRITING OUTPUT IN INDIA

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