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Lindsey Buckingham revealed on CBS This Morning that his lawsuit against the members of Fleetwood Mac has been settled. Buckingham was fired from the band following their MusiCares tribute earlier this year, after he reportedly mocked -- along with the other bandmembers -- Stevie Nicks' long-winded acceptance speech. According to the guitarist, the band and management was given an ultimatum by Nicks that either Buckingham was axed -- or she would leave the group.

Buckingham's lawsuit read in part: "This action is necessary to enforce Buckingham’s right to share in the economic opportunities he is entitled to as a member of the partnership created to operate the business of Fleetwood Mac. . . By excluding Buckingham from participating in the 2018-2019 Fleetwood Mac tour in breach of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing, the Defendants intentionally acted to interfere with Buckingham’s relationship with Live Nation and the prospective economic benefit he was to receive as a result of his participation in the tour."

According to the filing, "a deal was made with Live Nation that would earn each member of the group an estimated $12 million to $14 million for 60 concerts."

Lindsey Buckingham, who wrapped his solo band tour last night (December 9th) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, recalled to CBS This Morning that he found out he was fired from Fleetwood Mac by the band's manager: "Irving Azoff called me up -- he was screamin' at me on the phone, saying, 'You've really done it this time!' And I had no idea what he was talking about. He said, 'Stevie never wants to be onstage with you ever again!' And I'm going -- 'Why???'"

AUDIO: LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM ON CHRISTINE MCVIE EMAIL
AUDIO: LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM ON IRVING AZOFF PHONE CALL

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Bono wants his charitable organization The ONE Campaign to have as much influence over U.S. lawmakers as the National Rifle Organization. Rolling Stone reported that on Thursday night (December 6th), the U2 frontman spoke at the Economic Club of Chicago’s private black tie dinner and took part in an open chat with ECC Chair and Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson. The ONE Campaign, which was co-founded by Bono and President Kennedy's nephew Bobby Shriver, is an international, nonpartisan, non-profit, advocacy and campaigning organization fighting against extreme poverty and preventable disease, in Africa and across the globe.

Bono said at Thursday's event, "Whatever you feel about the NRA -- and I don’t like them very much -- they’re a very well-organized group and we want ONE to be the NRA for the world’s poor. So The ONE campaign -- if you’re getting in the way of legislation that will make lives easier for the world’s most vulnerable populations, we’re gonna find out where you live (and) we’re gonna camp outside your office."

He went on to say, "We have 10 million members, 3 million of them in Africa now, it will eventually be more; we’ll have more members south of the equator than north of the equator. . . The single biggest intervention in the history of medicine to fight disease was America’s leadership fighting HIV/AIDS, and it was started by President Bush, but it was continued -- and this is really critical – by President Obama, and in fact he spent more money on it because he was longer in office. And the reason that bipartisan support has -- and this is a big thing to say, but I know the math -- there’s 22 million people in the poor world, in the developing world in Africa, largely, on antiviral drugs because of a bipartisan push, and Americans need to be remembered that what they can do when they work together, reminded."

Bono added, "Extreme poverty hits women first and worst. And it just does, whether it’s education -- 130 million girls don’t go to school largely because they’re girls. There’s health. HIV/AIDS is still the number one killer of women in the world, and in sub-Saharan Africa, young women are twice as likely to get infected than young men. And in fact, if you can accept this, it’s 7,000 young women a week. . . .You never see human potential more squandered than in the dire despair of poverty and extreme poverty and to realize --and I’ve said this before and I hope it’s still not a cliche – that where you live can never decide whether you live. That f**** me up."

Bono, whom over the years has used his influence not only for AIDS research, but numerous causes -- ranging from Band Aid and Live Aid to Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the Burma Action, and Live 8 -- told us a while back that his message to the world is that the fates of the world's poorer nations and global disease absolutely affects the United States and other developed countries: "It's back to karma again, and unless you put it right everyone in a globalized economy, where everyone is interdependent, there's no escape. You can't close the door and say, 'That won't happen. That won't affect us over here.' In the end, it will, and America will spend more money trying to put out the fires, and we're just trying to convince people this is an effective value for it."

AUDIO: BONO ON LOOKING AT STRUCTURE OF POVERTY
AUDIO: BONO SAYS NO ONE IS IMMUNE TO THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS

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It was 51 years ago today (December 10th, 1967) that the legendary Otis Redding died in a plane crash at the age of 26. At approximately 3:30 pm that afternoon, the plane carrying Redding and his backing band, the Bar-Kays, was on its way to a concert in Madison, Wisconsin, when it crashed in the state's icy Lake Monoma. Everyone on board except trumpeter Ben Cauley of the Bar-Kays was killed.

Born in Dawson, Georgia, Redding recorded for the historic Stax label and was one of the most significant artists of the 1960's. Initially a singer in guitarist Johnny Jenkins' band, Redding scored his first solo hit with "These Arms Of Mine." He hit his stride as a solo performer in the mid-'60s with hits like "I Can't Turn You Loose," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," and "Tramp," a duet with his labelmate Carla Thomas.

Although his hits were major R&B successes, Redding didn't start to cross over to the pop charts until 1967, when Aretha Franklin scored a Number One hit with a cover of his song "Respect," and Redding backed by Booker T. & The MG's performed a legendary set at the Monterey International Pop Festival.

Three months after his death, on March 16th, 1968, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," which was recorded just a few days before the crash, became Redding's biggest hit, topping the singles charts for four weeks.

In 2007, in commemoration of the 40th year of his death, a tribute was held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, which overlooks the lake and is near the crash site. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz read a statement from Governor Jim Doyle declaring December 10th "Otis Redding Day," and local musicians played a selection of Redding's music.

Late-Bar Kays trumpeter Ben Cauley, who was the sole survivor of the legendary plane crash, performed at the memorial. The appearance marked Cauley's first return visit to the crash site.

In 1990, rockers the Black Crows scored a Top 30 hit with a cover of Redding's "Hard To Handle."

In 1999, Redding posthumously received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2002, Redding's hometown of Macon, Georgia honored him with a memorial statue in the city's Gateway Park. Two years after that, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Redding 21st on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, who in 2002 testified during the California Senate Judiciary Committee hearings investigating the accounting practices of record companies, says that Redding was to join him to fight for artist's rights at the time of his death: "Just before -- to give you an idea -- just before Otis Redding passed, he was supposed to be leaving Madison to meet me up in Washington. We were going to sit there and try. . . We're not magicians, like I said the other day, nor are we mathematicians, but we knew the figures are not correct. And we were gonna sit there and try and find. . . to go up on the hill and ask for somebody to help us."

Out now is Otis Redding - Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings. In chronological order, the six-CD collection presents the entirety of Redding's historic performances over three nights at the famed Sunset Strip venue, recorded on April 8th, 9th, and 10th, 1966.

AUDIO: PAUL RODGERS ON OTIS REDDING SONGS
AUDIO: ISAAC HAYES ON FIRST SESSION FOR OTIS REDDING
AUDIO: SAM MOORE ON PLANS WITH OTIS REDDING TO VISIT CAPITOL HILL

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Out now is the latest vault release from Bruce Springsteen -- with "The Boss" rolling out Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - The Roxy 1975. The legendary set was recorded on October 18th, 1975 during the E Street Band's four-night stand at L.A.'s Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip, while "The Boss" and the band were on the road behind the then-recently released Born To Run album. The show, which was originally broadcasted live on the radio, was recorded by Ray Thompson -- who only a few months previously had rolled tapes for the legendary Frampton Comes Alive! album.

The Roxy show features four classic covers; Sam Cooke's "Having A Party," the Searchers' "When You Walk In The Room," The Carole King/Gerry Goffin-written Byrds favorite "Goin' Back," and a show-closing vamp on Chuck Berry's "Carol."

The tracklisting to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - The Roxy 1975 is: "Thunder Road," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Spirit In The Night," "The E Street Shuffle / Having A Party," "When You Walk In The Room," "She’s The One," "Born To Run," "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," "Backstreets," "Kitty’s Back," "Jungleland," "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)," "Goin’ Back," and "Carol."

The newly-released Roxy show marks the earliest official live set to feature the definitive lineup of the E Street Band: Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Gary W. Tallent, Roy Bittan, Steve Van Zandt, and Max Weinberg. Weinberg recalled to us answering the ad that got him the gig of a lifetime: "Well, I met Bruce and the E Street Band in the third week in 1974 after they put an ad in the Village Voice looking for a drummer. And I went down along with about 59 or 60 other guys, and I guess there was something about the band and me that just clicked." live at Manhattan's Walter Kerr Theatre.

AUDIO: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ON 'BORN TO RUN' BEING ONE SUMMER NIGHT
AUDIO: MAX WEINBERG ON MEETING BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

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Just released are the Beach Boys' two new digital only collections featuring a treasure trove of unreleased music. The pair of collections were issued to exert ownership over unreleased tracks, that due to copyright laws, would fall into public domain if not officially released by their 50-year mark. Luckily for fans, the two news sets -- 1968 - Wake The World: The 'Friends' Sessions and 1968 - I Can Hear Music: The '20/20' Sessions, collectively feature a whopping 72 tracks spread over two-and-a-half hours. Producers Mark Linett (pronounced: LINN-ett) and Alan Boyd burrowed deep into the vaults to curate an alternate history spotlighting Brian Wilson's last moments as the Beach Boys' primary driving force and the ascension of Dennis Wilson as a groundbreaking and world class songwriter and producer.

20 was clearly the magic number as "Do It Again" marked the Beach Boys' 20th and final Top 20 hit of the '60s, peaking at -- you guessed it -- Number 20. The new I Can Hear Music set showcases the track's development, and co-writer Mike Love told us that it was easily the quickest and most organic of his and cousin Brian Wilson's collaborations from the latter part of the decade: "I came home from a surfin' trip with my high school buddies and was tellin' Brian about what a great day it was; the waves were great, it was great to be with my friends again, and stuff, and we sat down at the piano and started bangin' out somethin' and I came up with the words. Y'know, we just wrote that in about 15 minutes, y'know?"
Recorded, mixed & edited late 1966

AUDIO: CARL B. WILSON ON UNRELEASED DENNIS WILSON MUSIC
AUDIO: ALAN BOYD ON THE BEACH BOYS' ARCHIVES
AUDIO: AL JARDINE ON SONGWRITING RELATIONSHIP WITH BRIAN WILSON
AUDIO: AL JARDINE ON WRITING SONGS WITH BRIAN WILSON
AUDIO: MIKE LOVE ON THE BEACH BOYS PRODUCING THEMSELVES
AUDIO: MIKE LOVE ON WRITING 'DO IT AGAIN' WITH BRIAN WILSON

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Neil Young is "furious" with the organizers of his upcoming July 12th double bill with Bob Dylan at the British Summer Time at London's Hyde Park concert. Young has called the premature announcement and ticket sales a, quote, "massive f***up" -- primarily due to the show's main corporate sponsor, Barclays, which Young deems to be a "fossil fuel finding entity."

Young posted on his official site, NeilYoungArchives.com (NYA), "I had no idea the announcement was coming that day. I was still finessing the art for the poster and trying to make sure that all of the details of the show were agreeable to me. Then, suddenly, someone jumped the gun. The tickets were put on sale and the announcement was made, all without my knowledge."

Regarding Barclays sponsoring the show, Young wrote, "That doesn’t work for me. I believe in science. I worry about the climate crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren’s future. . . There’s no doubt about it. It’s been a massive f*** up!"

Young added: "At the moment, we are trying to rectify the situation and will soon update you on the status of the Hyde Park show. We have been talking about requiring a different sponsor as one option. We are quite confident that nothing like this will ever happen again. We’re sorry for this situation -- it is -- and shall remain an anomaly."

RollingStone.com reported: "The post includes lyrics from Young’s 1988 anti-corporate sponsorship song 'This Note’s For You' ('I ain’t singing for Pepsi/Don’t sing for Coke/I won’t sing for nobody/Makes me look like a joke') along with an image of the Barclays eagle logo covered in oil and the words 'Barclays The Dirty Bank.' The bank has been criticized in the recent past for funding oil pipelines from Canadian tar sands."

Young's longtime manager Elliott Roberts posted separately on NYA, writing, "To say we fell short of our obligations on the announcement and pre-sales for the Hyde Park show is an understatement and we disappointed a lot of people. I personally really must apologize for this lapse because working as the custodian of Neil Young Archives is very serious to me. Neil’s life’s work has been mine as well. We will make every effort to ensure that this doesn’t happen again."

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Metallica members Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield helped celebrate the launch of their new whiskey, Blackened, at a rooftop event at Charmaine's in San Francisco on Thursday night (December 6th). Throughout the evening, guests were guided through immersive sensory tasting sessions where they could experience the role the sense play and the music that forged the whiskey.

Dave Pickerell, the acclaimed master distiller and blender behind Blackened, deployed a patent-pending, "sonic-enhancement" process that he called "Black Noise" that actually used Metallica's music to help "shape the flavor" of the whiskey. Pickerell, who passed away last month, said in an interview before his death that the vibrations from the music helped the liquor pull extra flavors out of its wooden casks.

Metallica's first-ever spirit was dubbed Blackened after the opening track on the band's 1988 album . . . And Justice For All. The spirit is a blend of American bourbon, rye, and whiskey. Blackened was rolled out in California, Wisconsin, New York and Florida for a suggested retail price of $43.

Metallica has just started a holiday break from touring but will return for more North American dates in the first quarter of 2019, starting on January 16th at the Forum in Los Angeles where the band will participate in a tribute concert to the late Chris Cornell.

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