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AC/DC guitarist Angus Young has donated the Canadian equivalent of nearly $15,000 to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario after hearing about a Canadian fan's unusual fundraiser.

Steve McNeil, who lost his mother and his mother-in-law to Alzheimer's, has been traveling across Canada to skate for 19 hours and 26 minutes in each of the country's NHL cities, raising awareness and money for local Alzheimer's societies.

He says that his effort is a tribute to both his mother and Angus's brother Malcolm Young. The latter co-founded AC/DC with Angus and died from dementia at age 64 two years ago, after the illness forced him into retirement in 2014.

Angus told us at the time that it was clear to both himself and his brother that Malcolm would not be able to continue in the band: "He kept going as long as he could, you know. I mean, he was still writing until he couldn't do that anymore. You were hoping, you know, that he would get better. The physical side of him, he got great treatment for that, but the mental side just deteriorated, you know. So he himself said, you know, I won't be able to do it anymore."

AC/DC's accountant told CBC that Angus and his wife, Ellen, "stumbled across" an article about McNeil's efforts and asked her to write CBC for more details about supporting his fundraiser.

AUDIO: AC/DC'S ANGUS YOUNG ON MALCOLM SAYING HE WAS UNABLE TO KEEP PLAYING

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Roger Daltrey took time out to chat about his process for working on the upcoming Who album. Daltrey, who was taking part in a Q&A on the recently wrapped "Rock Legends Cruise 6," explained how he goes about taking Pete Townshend's song demos and teases the music out until he finds the proper top melody to convey the true meaning of the song.

Daltrey, who's entering the studio next week to begin tracking the songs for the Who's long-awaited followup to 2006's Endless Wire, described how the vocal tracks come about: "I'm going in to a demo studio -- a little tiny studio with Bob Pridden, our old sound man, our stage man. And I do sketches. And I hover about the melodies -- I sketch like an artist sketches and when I hear something that I think is connecting, I go for it. Once I've got the sketch, I can do it over and over again easily as anything. To me, it's all about connecting the words that Pete's written, and connecting them with a spirit and a vibration that touches people and moves people. If you don't do that, then you've failed."

AUDIO: ROGER DALTREY ON 2019 VOCAL SESSIONS

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David Crosby has announced a 24-date spring run with his "Sky Trails" ensemble. "Croz" kicks things off on May 10th at Minneapolis' Pabst Theatre, with the trek running through June 16th at Bar Harbor, Maine's Criterion Theater. Joining Crosby on the road is his son, keyboardist James Raymond, guitarist Jeff Pevar, bassist Mai Leisz, keyboardist Michelle Willis, and drummer Steve DiStanislao.

We asked David Crosby if he too looks at this late-stage wealth of great material and positive activity as a gift: "It does feel like that, yeah. There's a pretty wide range -- that has to do with two things; one, I'm in two bands. I've got two bands -- one of them's acoustic, the other one's electric. That gives me a wide spread that way. And also, I write with other people. I don't understand people that don't. I guess they want all the (laughs) publishing for themselves, or something. But, for me, writing with other people really works. The other person seems to have something you didn't. Always."

JUST ANNOUNCED: David Crosby tour dates (subject to change):

May 10 - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
May 11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater
May 13 - St Charles, IL - The Arcada Theatre
May 15 - St. Louis, MO - Sheldon Concert Hall
May 16 - Nashville, TN - City Winery – Nashville
May 18 - Brevard, NC - Brevard Music Center
May 20 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts
May 21 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Parker Playhouse
May 23 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre
May 24 - Key West, FL - Key West Theater
May 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
May 29 - Virginia Beach, VA - Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
May 30 - Charleston, WV - Clay Center for Arts & Sciences
June 1 - Pennsauken, NJ - Cooper River Park – Twilight Series
June 2 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
June 4 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
June 5 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
June 7 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
June 8 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
June 10 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
June 12 - New London, CT - Garde Arts Center
June 13 - Lebanon, NH - Lebanon Opera House
June 15 - Beverly, MA - The Cabot Theater
June 16 - Bar Harbor, ME - Criterion Theater
AUDIO: DAVID CROSBY ON COLLABORATION

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Al Green's upcoming spring dates are slowly turning into a full-scale tour. Just announced are new stops at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, the "Windy City's" Chicago Theatre, and L.A.'s Greek Theatre. The new dates come on the heels of recently announced gigs in Austin, Irving, and Sugar Land, Texas -- along with stops in New Orleans and Atlanta. The upcoming concerts mark Green's first new tour dates in seven years.

Al Green spoke about his musical legacy: "Well, I think that's a lot of making babies, I mean in London they was asking us 'do you know how many kids been born since you been making this music?,' I'm going 'huh?' The music is what it is, and it's about love and it's about compassion and it's about affection, it's about family, it's about, it's about time for me to go, bye!"

UPDATED: Al Green tour dates (subject to change):

April 24 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
April 26 - Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
April 28 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 30 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
May 3 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
May 5 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
May 7 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
May 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
AUDIO: AL GREEN ON HIS MUSIC'S INSPIRATION

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  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle have just released the video for "Trust Fund Baby" from the band's first studio album, Space Between. The clip was directed by ZZ Satriani, son of Hagar's Chickenfoot bandmate Joe Satriani, and is the first released from Space Between, which is set to drop on April 19th. Hagar spoke about the track to Blabbermouth, explaining, the song is about "what happens when kids are given too much money too early in life, and it becomes an affliction. All the money in the world isn't a guarantee for a good life. I'm a believer in working hard and finding purposeful work -- but that comes in a later chapter." (Blabbermouth)

  • The latest John Lennon and Yoko Ono documentary, John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky, will air on A&E on March 11th, at 9 p.m. The film, which produced by Britain's Channel 4 with the cooperation of Yoko Ono and the Lennon estate, aired last fall in England and features "unheard audio including the first demo of 'Imagine,' as well as never-heard-before interviews with one-time Beatle Lennon. Previously unseen footage will show him and Yoko working together in London." Above Us Only Sky was helmed by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director Michael Epstein -- best known for the 2010 LennoNYC documentary. (Press release)

  • Set for release on March 26th is the first major documentary on Randy Bachman, titled Bachman. The doc spotlights Bachman's life and career from his humble beginnings in Winnipeg, Canada to his worldwide chart-topping success with both the Guess Who and then Bachman-Turner Overdrive. This 78-minute documentary "includes rarely seen footage and photos plus documents stored at the National Archives in Ottawa for decades interspersed with interviews with family members and legendary musicians including Neil Young, Paul Schaffer, Alex Lifeson, Peter Frampton and his bandmate Fred Turner, providing an introspective look at the musician and the man." Bachman will be available on DVD and streaming platforms. (Press release)

  • European Genesis fans are in for a treat with Mike Rutherford's solo band Mike The Mechanics announcing they'll be opening for Phil Collins during a half-dozen shows this June. The Mechanics will serve as Collins' special guests in Austria, France, Germany, Denmark, and Norway. Rutherford and the band will be touring behind their new album, Out Of The Blue, which will be released on April 5th and features remakes of the band's favorite tunes -- along with a deluxe version with six acoustic tracks. (Best Classic Bands)

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