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ABC/Image Group LAAerosmith only have one confirmed concert lined up for 2018, a May 5 performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but frontman Steven Tyler is preparing to announce his own solo trek, with his backing group The Loving Mary Band.

According to information posted on Tyler's official Facebook page, the trek will run from June to August and will visit venues in North America and Europe.

So far, Tyler's Facebook page has nine confirmed North American dates listed, spanning from a May 12 show in Nashville through a July 11 concert in Calgary, Canada.

The members of The Loving Mary Band contributed to Tyler's debut solo album, the country-flavored We're All Somebody from Somewhere, which was recorded in Nashville and released in 2016.

Here are all of the North American shows listed on Tyler's Facebook page:

5/12 -- Nashville, TN, The Woods at Fontanel
6/12 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
6/18 -- New York, NY, SummerStage - City Parks Foundation Annual Gala
6/21 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
6/24 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
6/30 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
6/27 -- Detroit, MI, Sound Board
7/7 -- Naperville, IL, Ribfest - Knoch Park
7/11 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Cowboys Calgary

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Credit: Fabrice DemessenceThe Who's Roger Daltrey will be one of the honorees at the We Are Family Foundation's 2018 Celebration Gala, which takes place Friday, April 27, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Daltrey will be presented with the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, which honors a person who has made a significant contribution toward promoting a peaceful society.

Roger is known for his ardent support of numerous charities, including the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust and its U.S. counterpart, Teen Cancer America, the latter of which he co-founded with his Who band mate Pete Townshend.

The Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America help fund recreational areas in hospitals specifically geared toward teens and young adults.

"I am delighted to receive the 2018 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award," says Daltrey in a statement.

"As one of the founders of Teen Cancer America, I am proud to be honored by the We Are Family Foundation, who also recognizes the specific needs of our adolescents and young adults and understands how vital it is that we support them as they strive to positively change the world."

Also being honored at the gala will be hip-hop legend LL Cool J, who will receive the Humanitarian Award.

"These two incredibly talented individuals are selflessly dedicated to helping others," We Are Family Foundation founder Nile Rodgers says of Daltrey and LL Cool J.

"We are immensely grateful to them for their efforts to improve the state of humanity and welcome them into our WAFF family."

Daltrey, LL Cool J and Rodgers' band Chic all will perform at the fundraiser. The We Are Family Foundation supports and creates programs promoting cultural diversity while also nurturing and mentoring young people working toward positive change around the world.

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Courtesy of LazarusA new film capturing a London performance of Lazarus, the stage musical co-written by the late David Bowie and Once playwright Enda Walsh, will get its theatrical premiere at a one-night-only event on May 2 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The screening will feature a live soundtrack provided by the seven-piece band that backed the production's original cast during its off-Broadway run in December 2015 and January 2016.

The Lazarus performance that was filmed for the movie took place during the musical's London run at Kings Cross Theatre from November 2016 to January 2017. The production was inspired by the 1963 Walter Tevis novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1976 film version of which starred Bowie in the lead role as the alien Thomas Jerome Newton.

The musical's cast was led by Dexter and Six Feet Under star Michael C. Hall as Newton, while the soundtrack included a variety of classic Bowie tunes, as well as the four songs written specifically for the production. Among the latter was "Lazarus," which also appeared on David's final studio album, 2016's Blackstar.

Tickets for Lazarus: The Motion Picture/Live Soundtrack Experience go on sale to the public Tuesday, March 20, at 10 a.m. ET via  Pre-sale tickets are available now.

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Credit: David LaChappelleWhile the music charts are now generally dominated by younger pop and R&B artists, it's a different story when it comes to ticket sales. According to StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, the top concert ticket seller of 2018 so far is an artist who's been at it for 50 years and counting...Sir Elton John.

This is no doubt due to the fact that Elton's upcoming tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, is being billed as his last one -- the pop-rock legend says he will no longer do extensive world tours once this one wraps up.  Even more impressive, Elton's trek doesn't even start until September.

Coming in next on the list is an equally legendary rock artist: Bruce Springsteen.  His Springsteen on Broadway shows, currently scheduled to wrap up June 30, 2018, are currently among the hottest tickets in town.

At #5 on StubHub's list of overall ticket sales is another veteran rock act: The Eagles.  The band, which many fans thought would never tour again following the January 2016 death of co-founder Glenn Frey, decided to return to the stage with Glenn's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill rounding out the lineup.  Their tour, which started this week, will run through October.

Coming in at #8 are Foo Fighters, who will launch a new tour promoting their 2017 album Concrete and Gold on April 18 in Austin, Texas.

Rounding out Stubhub's 10 most popular tours ranked by ticket sales is Billy Joel, who continues to play a monthly residency at New York City's Madison Square Garden, as well as select other concerts in other cities.

Here's StubHub's full list of top-selling artists in overall sales:

1. Elton John
2. Bruce Springsteen
3. Pink
4. Taylor Swift
5. The Eagles
6. Justin Timberlake
7. Ed Sheeran
8. Foo Fighters
9. The Killers
10. Billy Joel

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Nonesuch RecordsIt’s a stellar showing for classic rock acts on the latest Billboard 200 album chart.

Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne scored his highest-charting disc ever, landing at number three with his new album, American Utopia. In fact, it's the first time Byrne has cracked the top ten, whether it be as a solo artist or as a member of Talking Heads.

American Utopia moved 63,000 equivalent album units, with just about all of that number in traditional album sales. The highest Byrne ever charted with Talking Heads was #15 with 1983's Speaking in Tongues.

Meanwhile, legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest also scored their highest-charting album ever with their latest effort, Firepower, coming in at #5. The disc earned 49,000 equivalent album units, with all but 1,000 of those being traditional album sales.

Amazingly, Firepower and 2014's Redeemer of Souls are the band’s only two albums to make the top 10 of the Billboard 200 tally, despite a 40-plus-year career.

Finally, the latest posthumous release of late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix's music, Both Sides of the Sky, lands at #8 with 37,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week of release. The disc marks the third in a trilogy of albums that the record label has called the "best  and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining" in Hendrix’s archives.

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Credit: Al PereiraAfter playing a few concerts in California last month, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies will launch a series of spring tour dates in late March that mainly will visit venues in the northeastern U.S. Meanwhile, the 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that he's preparing a new archival solo album of "really great" songs that he expects to release this summer.

"We've only just had it mastered," Davies reports. "It's an [album] of unreleased material from the '70s, hence we're gonna call it Decade, being the decade of the '70s."

Dave explains that the record includes "songs from, like, '72, '75, right through that decade," as well as one or two tracks recorded but not used for his 1980 debut solo album, AFL1-3603.

Davies tells ABC Radio that Decade was produced by his son Simon, whom, he says, has "done an incredible job on it, sonically." He adds, "It sounds so good…You know, it's got the ambience, the feel [and] the sonic correctness, almost, of that period."

Dave notes that "a mixture of musicians" contributed to the tracks, including one recorded by just him and founding Kinks drummer Mick Avory and a few featuring his nephew, Phil Palmer, a journeyman guitarist who has performed with Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey and many others.

Davies says the songs weren't necessarily intended for The Kinks, while noting that when he wrote them he thought some "could've been, hopefully should've been."

As for why he decided to release Decade, Dave maintains, "[I]t's so relevant to have these songs out now, because of their historic value, apart from anything else. And I think the songs are really great."

Stay tuned for more details about the project.

Here are all of Dave's upcoming tour dates:

3/29 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
3/30 -- Riverhead, NY, Suffolk Theater
3/31 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
4/2 -- New York, NY, City Winery
4/3 -- New York, NY, City Winery
4/5 -- New Hope, PA, Havana
4/6 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall
4/7 -- Montclair, NJ, Outpost in the Burbs
4/9 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
4/12 -- Hopewell, VA, Beacon Theatre
4/16 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
4/19 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
4/21 -- Medina, MN, Medina Entertainment Center

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If rock is truly dead, then nobody told Belgium. The 2018 edition of the country's annual Graspop Metal Meeting festival is absolutely stacked with heavy acts, with a lineup including such legendary hard rockers as Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.

The festival, which takes place from June 21 to June 24 in Dessel, Belgium, also will include sets by Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, as well as Megadeth, Marylin Manson, Limp Bizkit, P.O.D., A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, The Darkness, Sons of Apollo and Korn's Jonathan Davis, among many others.

Guns N' Roses will headline the first day of Graspop, Iron Maiden is part of the second day's lineup, Megadeth and Marilyn Manson are among the acts performing on day three, and Osbourne, Priest and Hollywood Vampires will help close out the fest.

Visit for the full lineup and ticket info.

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Island Records/Universal Music Group NashvilleFollowing the news that a bunch of top pop, rock and country stars had put their own spins on Elton John's classic hits for two new tribute albums -- Revamp and Restoration -- we've got our first tastes of the projects.

For Revamp, a cover of Elton's 1976 #1 duet with Kiki Dee, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," has been recorded by pop star Demi Lovato and rapper Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest.  They infuse the bouncy pop tune with a more soulful, reggae groove. 

Meanwhile, Elton's 2001 single "I Want Love" has been recorded by chart-topping, Grammy-winning country star Chris Stapleton, who turns in a passionate performance.

If the news of these projects has led you to think, "Wait, didn't Elton do this already?" you're correct.  In 1991, Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin celebrated their then-25-year partnership with Two Rooms, a tribute album featuring pop and rock stars interpreting their songs.  Among those names: The Who, Sinead O'Connor, Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins, Bruce Hornsby, Jon Bon Jovi, Wilson Phillips and George Michael.

Elton explains that Revamp/Restoration is very much a sequel to Two Rooms.

"Last year was our 50th anniversary," he says. "And we thought it'd be nice to do the same sort of thing."

And while Taupin took care of rounding up the country stars for Restoration, John wrangled the artists for Revamp.

"I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise most of them said yes and we have quite an astonishing, eclectic crew, from The Queens of the Stone Age, from Lady Gaga, to Q-Tip, Demi Lovato, Florence the Machine, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, I mean it's just amazing."

Both albums will be out April 6.

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Credit: Jacob BlickenstaffFounding Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent and singer Colin Blunstone will be guests this Saturday on CBS This Morning. Blunstone and Argent will be interviewed by host Anthony Mason and also will play two songs as part of the program's Saturday Sessions performance series.

You can check out what time the show airs in your area by visiting

Meanwhile, a video of Rod and Colin's performance at the recent Led Zeppelin tribute concert held at New York City's famous Carnegie Hall has been posted on YouTube. The duo played a cover of "Thank You," which they dedicated to longtime Zombies bassist Jim Rodford, who died in January.

In addition, The Zombies have posted a video of them playing a version of The Band's "The Weight" with opening act Don DiLego at their March 9 show, appropriately enough, at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, on their official YouTube channel.

The Zombies continue their North American tour on Friday, March 16, with a show at the City Winery in Atlanta. Here are all of the remaining dates on the trek:

3/16 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery Atlanta
3/17 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery Nashville
3/19 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery Chicago
3/20 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery Chicago
3/23 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino
3/24 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
3/25 -- State College, PA, The State Theatre

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Geffen/UMeA new four-disc box set focusing on late Eagles singer Glenn Frey's solo work called Above the Clouds: The Collection will be released on May 11.

The compilation features three CDs that include highlights from Frey's solo albums and the 1969 album Longbranch Pennywhistle that he recorded with JD Souther; plus a DVD capturing a 1992 concert.

Above the Clouds' first disc, subtitled The Very Best of Glenn Frey, features most of the singer/songwriter's major solo hits, including "The Heat Is On," "You Belong to the City," "Smuggler's Blues" and "The One You Love." It also features a live medley of two Eagles classics, "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take It Easy," recorded at a July 1992 concert in Dublin, Ireland.

Disc two digs further into Frey's solo catalog, including additional singles, deep cuts and several cover tunes from Glenn's 2012 standards album , After Hours.

The third CD features the entire self-titled album by Longbranch Pennywhistle, Frey's pre-Eagles duo with Souther.

The DVD boasts footage from the aforementioned show in Dublin, which was held at Ireland's National Stadium. The concert includes performances of several Eagles classics along with Frey's solo tunes.

The box set's first disc also will be issued as a standalone CD, and both collections also will be available digitally. Fans who pre-order either Above the Clouds release will immediately receive a free download of two tracks -- the "Lyin Eyes"/"Take It Easy" medley and "The Heat Is On." Those who pre-order the box set also will receive two more free digital tracks, "Run Boy Run" and "I Got Love" on April 13 and May 4, respectively.

Frey died on January 18, 2016, from various health issues. He was 67.

Here's the full track list of Above the Clouds: The Collection:

Disc 1 – Above the Clouds: The Very Best of Glenn Frey

"The Heat Is On"
"Call on Me" (Theme from South of Sunset)
"Part of Me, Part of You"
"You Belong to the City"
"Smuggler's Blues"
"Sexy Girl"
"The Allnighter"
"Soul Searchin'"
"Same Girl"
"The One You Love"
"Strange Weather"
"I've Got Mine"
"River of Dreams"
"Love in the 21st Century"
"Lyin' Eyes"/"Take It Easy" (Medley -- Live at National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland)

Disc 2

"Let's Go Home"
"I Got Love"
"The Way to Happiness"
"Common Ground"
"After Hours"
"Rising Sun" (Instrumental)
"The Shadow of Your Smile"
"Better in the U.S.A."
"Brave New World"
"Caroline, No"
"For Sentimental Reasons"
"It's Too Soon to Know"
"Worried Mind"
"Lover's Moon"
"Route 66"
"True Love"

Disc 3 – Longbranch/Pennywhistle

"Jubilee Anne"
"Run, Boy, Run"
"Lucky Love"
"Kite Woman"
"Bring Back Funky Women"
"Star-Spangled Bus"
"Mister, Mister"
"Don't Talk Now"
"Never Have Enough"

Disc Four: DVD - Strange Weather/Live in Dublin

"Long Hot Summer"
"Peaceful Easy Feeling"
"New Kid in Town"
"The One You Love"
"Strange Weather"
"I've Got Mine"
Medley: "Lyin' Eyes"/"Take It Easy"
"Wild Mountain Thyme"
"River of Dreams"
"True Love"
"Love in the 21st Century"
"Livin' Right"
"Smuggler's Blues"
"The Heat Is On"
"Heartache Tonight"
"Party Town"

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ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam is auctioning off a special VIP package for their upcoming shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field this summer in support of the victims of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and their families.

The winning bidder will receive four tickets to either the August 18 or August 20 Wrigley show, a meet-and-greet with frontman Eddie Vedder, and a guitar signed by the whole band. Bidding ends Sunday, March 25, at 8:30 p.m. ET. For more info, visit

At Pearl Jam's show in Chile earlier this week, Vedder dedicated their performance of the new song "Can't Deny Me" to the Douglas students.

The Chicago shows are a part of Pearl Jam's summer stadium tour, which kicks off August 8 in Seattle.

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Credit: Michael Zagaris Last year, Lynyrd Skynyrd members legally blocked the making of a film that ex-drummer Artimus Pyle was helping develop about the band and the 1977 plane crash that claimed the life of singer Ronnie Van Zant and others. Now, however, a Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary sanctioned by the band called If I Leave Here Tomorrow has just premiered at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.

Founding Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, who is the main narrator of the movie, tells Yahoo Entertainment that the project offers a more positive look at his band than previous documentaries.

"All the other documentaries were negative, and they really didn't show how when we started, we were brothers," maintains Rossington. "We'd die for each other. We grew up together, you know? We were so happy, and it was a family. [Other films] made it sound like we were all mad at each other."

The 66-year-old rocker also says that watching the flick was very emotional for him and his family.

"I won't be shy to say I cried a few times -- you can't not, if you were part of it," Gary admits. "My daughters were all crying. They made me cry."

Of course, the movie delves into the aforementioned plane crash, which also took the lives of guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, backing singer Cassie Gaines. One scene revisits the site of the crash, although Rossington -- who was seriously injured in the incident -- had no interest in going back.

"No. I've already been there," says Gary."

In spite of all the tragedy that has befallen Skynyrd, Rossington says he doesn't believe the band was cursed.

"We let life pick us up and shake us and squeeze us, and we tasted it," he maintains, "so I'm happy."

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CNW Group/Invictus MD StrategiesKISS' Gene Simmons is known for abstaining from drugs and alcohol, but the long-tongued rock legend has just been named the "chief evangelist officer" of Invictus MD Strategies Corporation, a Canadian cannabis company. As part of his new job, Simmons will use his branding and marketing expertise to help raise public awareness about the products the company is planning to introduce if Canada goes forward with its expected legalization of marijuana this year.

Among Simmons' responsibilities will be marketing consultation, media spokesman and taking part in various corporate events.

"Gene Simmons is a branding and merchandising genius, who not only created one of the most iconic bands of all time but has spent decades building successful brands internationally in various industries," says Invitus CEO Dan Kriznic. "Gene will lead marketing initiatives that will help spread the positive messages that dwell at the heart of Invictus in accordance with the strict regulations of Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, the Food and Drugs Act and the Narcotic Control Regulations."

In other news, Simmons has written a new book titled 27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club that's scheduled to be published on August 14. The book looks at the slew of famous musicians who have passed away at the age of 27, among them The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones, The Doors' Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

In addition to profiling the various artists, Simmons looks at the often-decadent rock 'n' roll lifestyle that led to many of their deaths, and delves into why people are fascinated by stars who die young.

Meanwhile, Simmons has a number of North American solo concerts lined up to promote his massive Vault Experience compilation. Here they are:

5/2 -- Clear Lake, Iowa, Surf Ballroom
5/3 -- St. Charles, IL, Aracade Theater
5/4 -- Fort Wayne, Indina, Foellinger Theatre
8/10 -- Grand Forks, BC, Canada, Cannafest - James Donaldson Park
8/25 -- St-Joseph-de-Beauce, QC, Canada, Acceleration de Camion St-Joseph

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Credit: Keith PerryAs Don McLean prepares to release his latest solo album, Botanical Gardens, the "American Pie" singer/songwriter will be honored in his hometown of New Rochelle, New York, at two special events on Wednesday, March 21.

At 4 p.m. ET that day, a ceremony will be held during which McLean will dedicate his existing plaque at the city's Walk of Fame in Ruby Dee Park. Then, at 7 p.m., Don will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Dinner Dance and Awards event organized by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.

McLean also will be taking part in a variety of interviews and promotional appearances in support of Botanical Gardens, which will be released Friday, March 23.

On Tuesday, March 20, Don will be featured in a new episode of Heartland TV show More Than the Music, premiering at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  The program will also be available on the Heartland TV Roku channel and online at An encore viewing will air Sunday, March 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

McLean also will celebrate the album's release with a March 23 concert at City Winery in New York City, and he has more than a dozen other confirmed U.S. shows on his tour schedule.  The trek includes a lengthy series of concerts in the U.K. and Ireland that runs from late April to mid-June.

As for Botanical Gardens, the 13-track collection features the 72-year-old musician reflecting on love and aging, as well as reminiscing about his youth.

Here are all of McLean's scheduled U.S. dates, according to his official website:

3/23 -- New York, NY, City Winery
4/13 -- East Greenwich, RI, Greenwich Odeum
4/14 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
7/21 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
7/27 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
7/28 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
8/11 -- Berkeley, CA, Freight & Salvage
8/19 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
8/24 -- Steamboat Springs, CO, Strings Music Pavilion
9/8 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
9/22 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
11/17 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
1/15/19 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's Oakland
2/9 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall

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Island Records/Universal Music Group NashvilleA pair of Elton John tribute albums titled Revamp and Restore, which feature stars from various music genres covering the pop-rock legend's classic songs, will be released on April 6.

Revamp features a variety contemporary rock, pop and R&B artists putting their spin on the iconic musician's work, including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Mary J. Blige, Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Sam Smith, Queens of the Stone Age, Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons.

The album kicks off with a reworking of "Bennie and the Jets" featuring Sir Elton himself, in collaboration with pop star Pink and Grammy-nominated rapper Logic.

Meanwhile, Restoration sees some of country's biggest names, as well as The Eagles' Don Henley, performing renditions of Elton John songs. Henley is featured duetting on "Sacrifice" with country star and current Eagle Vince Gill.

Other country artists appearing on the album include Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert. Cyrus also contributed a tune to Restoration.

"As songwriters, Bernie [Taupin] and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp & Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process," says John in a statement. "It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We're humbled and thank them all for their generosity."

Several artists featured on Revamp and Restoration also will appear on the upcoming TV special Elton John: I'm Still Standing -- A Grammy Salute, which airs April 10 on CBS.

Here are the track listings:

"Bennie and the Jets" -- Elton John, Pink, Logic
"We All Fall In Love Sometimes" -- Coldplay
"I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" -- Alessia Cara
"Candle in the Wind" -- Ed Sheeran
"Tiny Dancer" -- Florence and the Machine
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" -- Mumford and Sons
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" -- Mary J. Blige
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" -- Q Tip featuring Demi Lovato
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" -- The Killers
"Daniel" -- Sam Smith
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" -- Miley Cyrus
"Your Song" -- Lady Gaga
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" -- Queens of the Stone Age

"Rocket Man" -- Little Big Town
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" -- Maren Morris
"Sacrifice" – Don Henley and Vince Gill
"Take Me to the Pilot" -- Brothers Osborne
"My Father's Gun" -- Miranda Lambert
"I Want Love" -- Chris Stapleton
"Honky Cat" -- Lee Ann Womack
"Roy Rogers" -- Kacey Musgraves
"Please" – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
"The Bitch Is Back" -- Miley Cyrus
"Sad Songs (Say So Much)" -- Dierks Bentley
"This Train Don't Stop" -- Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
"Border Song" -- Willie Nelson

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Waring Abbott/Getty ImagesDrummer Charlie Quintana, who played in the bands Social Distortion and Cracker, has died at age 56.

Cracker confirmed the news Wednesday on the band's Twitter, calling Quintana "one of the greatest drummers of all time." "A true test of a drummers ability is a slow song," the wrote. "No one could ever match him on this."

Quintana was a member of Social Distortion from 2000 to 2009, and played with Cracker in 1995 and 1996. He was also a founding member of the '70s punk band The Plugz, and he's played with Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin and Bob Dylan.

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Roger Daltrey recently revealed to ABC Radio that he'll be releasing a new soul-inspired solo album called As Long as I Have You in June, and now the Who frontman has announced full official details about the project.

The 12-track collection, which will hit stores on June 1, includes 10 covers and two new original Daltrey compositions: "Certified Rose" and "Always Heading Home."

The Who's Pete Townshend played guitar on seven of the songs, while former Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot and veteran session guitarist Sean Genockey also contributed to the record.

"This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls," Daltrey explains of the album. "That's what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in."

The album's title track and lead song is a rendition of 1964 tune recorded by Garnet Mimms and written by Jerry Ragavoy and Ben Elgin. Other covers on the record include versions of Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothing" and The Jackson Five's "The Love You Save."

Beyond the vintage soul material, Roger also has included his takes on Nick Cave's "Into Your Arms" and Stephen Stills' "How Far."

As Long as I Have You is available for pre-order now on CD, as a black-vinyl and limited-edition red-vinyl LP and digitally. Fans buying an advance copy of the album will receive an immediate free download of the title track. You also can listen to the song at Daltrey's official VEVO YouTube channel.

Here is the full track list of As Long as I Have You:

"As Long as I Have You"
"How Far"
"Where Is a Man to Go?"
"Get On Out of the Rain"
"I've Got Your Love"
"Into My Arms"
"You Haven't Done Nothing"
"Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
"Certified Rose"
"The Love You Save"
"Always Heading Home"

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Credit: Michael SegalFormer Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum has co-founded a new virtual platform called Artbit that seeks to help struggling artists, musicians and street performers support themselves by earning crypto-currency for their work.

Through Artbit, artists will be able to link their performances and shows to the platform's "virtual stages," which fans can then watch, comment on, share and even take part in. Viewers also will be able to contribute to the artists using crypto-currency.

"Before I had any recognition as a musician, I was roaming back alleys in Hollywood, playing any gig I could get, sleeping on couches and surviving off Top Ramen," says Sorum. "Today, getting recognition is easier, but getting paid is even harder. With Artbit, we're giving power back to the fans to tell the world who deserves attention, and we're giving a platform to artists to turn their dreams into a paying reality."

Sorum and other members of the Artbit team will host a special showcase during the South by Southwest Festival at Antone's in Austin, Texas, this Friday afternoon, where they will discuss the new platform. The event also will include a special performance featuring Sorum and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, as well as a DJ set by renowned contemporary artist Shepard Fairey.

You can find up more details about Artbit by signing up at the company official website.

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Michael Tran/FilmMagicDef Leppard drummer Rick Allen's artistic talents will be on display at a pair of new exhibits opening this Saturday, March 17, at Wentworth Gallery locations at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, and Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia. The exhibitions will include pieces from the new "Rick Allen: Legends" collection, which features portraits of various musicians that the veteran British rocker admires.

"These individuals are my personal heroes, as well as heroes to so many countless people around the globe," says Rick. "It is through all of us that their spirits live on and continue to influence and shape our experience and inspire our hearts to dream of a limitless world."

Allen will be making appearances at both events, which are scheduled to take place, respectively, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET in Bethesda and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET in McLean.

The "Legends" collection features original acrylic paintings on canvas and mixed media. Pieces from Allen's "Drums for Peace" and "Art to Wear" collections also will be on display at the galleries.

Part of the proceeds from the art sold at the exhibits will benefit Project Resiliency's Warrior Resiliency Program, an initiative sponsored by Rick's Raven Drum Foundation that seeks to support, educate and empower military veterans and people in crisis.

As previously reported, Allen and Def Leppard will be hitting the road with Journey this year for a major North American tour kicking off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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ABC/Randy HolmesPeter Mensch, co-founder of artist management company Q Prime, spoke at the International Live Music Conference in London last week. According to Billboard, he talked about Q Prime client Metallica, and the secret to the metal legends' enduring popularity.

"James Hetfield speaks to group of people that no one else speaks to," Mensch said of the Metallica frontman. "That's one of the reasons why Metallica are as big as they are now. No one else is even close to them."

Mensch added, "If hard rock is about losing your inhibitions or frustrations, James Hetfield still, to this day, his lyrics, are f***ing angry. He's fueled by hate."

However, Mensch had some not-so-kind words for Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, a former client who, he said, inspired Q Prime's "no a**holes" policy.

"[Corgan] was a very difficult person to work with," Mensch said. "He's a really talented guy, just doesn't want to listen to anybody's advice -- at least as far as I could tell."

Other Q Prime clients include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Disturbed and Cage the Elephant.

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