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Patti Smith joined by Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper & more in new "People Have the Power" performance video

Cindy Ord/Getty Images for UNDPPatti Smith and her daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, are joined by a variety of singers from around the world in a new remotely created video performance of Patti's 1988 protest anthem "People Have the Power" that seeks to encourage people to vote.

Among the well-known artists that appear in the clip are R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper, folk legend Joan Baez, Ben Harper and Angelique Kidjo.

Smith organized the video with Pathway to Paris, a nonprofit organization co-founded by her daughter that focuses on the global issue of climate change. The clip's release was timed to coincide with National Voter Registration Day, the sixth anniversary of Pathway to Paris and the launch of the Climate Week NY 2020 event, which began September 21 and runs through the 27th.

A lengthy message that accompanies the "People Have the Power" clip reads in part, "This is the simple notion of the video: 'VOTE.' It is a call for Americans to vote in November, and it is a call for everyone in the world to vote in their own local elections, whenever they may be."

The clip also includes appearances by longtime Patti Smith band members Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty, one-time Police guitarist Henri Padovani, skateboard legend Tony Hawk, fashion designer Stella McCartney, Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner and many others.

Smith co-wrote "People Have the Power" with her late husband, MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith.

Visit PathwaytoParis.com for more information.

By Matt Friedlander
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Foo Fighters launch 25th anniversary merch capsule

Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesFoo Fighters have launched a new line of merch to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary.

The collection includes various limited edition items -- such as shirts, hats and other memorabilia -- inspired by "each full-length studio album and then some."

"The art used is a combination of new designs, previously archived designs, artwork from album packaging (some that may have never been printed on merchandise before), or a re-imagination of existing art," the Foos explain.

More new items will be continually added to the collection. To check out the first capsule, you can visit the Foo Fighters web store.

Along with the merch line, Foo Fighters had planned to celebrate their 25th anniversary with the U.S. Van Tour, which was set to make stops in the same cities the band played on their first tour in 1995. However, the tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Josh Johnson
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50th anniversary reissue of Derek & The Dominos' 'Layla' album being released as four-LP vinyl set

UMe/PolydorThe Eric Clapton-led group Derek & The Dominos' classic double album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was released 50 years ago this November.  To mark the milestone anniversary, an expanded four-LP vinyl box set edition will hit stores on November 13.

The collection will feature a half-speed mastered version of the original album that was created at London's Abbey Road Studios, as well as two LPs of bonus tracks.

The extra tracks include the outtake "Mean Old World," the Phil Spector-produced single "Tell the Truth" and its B-side, performances from a November 1970 appearance on Johnny Cash's TV variety show, and recordings from sessions for Derek & The Dominos' never-completed second studio album. Most of the bonus cuts have never been available on vinyl before.

The four-LP set comes packaged with a book featuring the sleeve notes included in the 40th anniversary reissue of the album. You can pre-order it now at uDiscoverMusic.com. A two-LP version is available too.

Derek & the Dominos featured Clapton on lead vocals and guitar, keyboardist/singer Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon, while Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band famously contributed slide guitar to most of the songs on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

The album featured the enduring Clapton classic "Layla," which reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as classics like "Bell Bottom Blues" and "Why Does Love Have to Be So Sad?"

Here's the full track list for the 50th anniversary Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs vinyl box set:

LP1
Side A
"I Looked Away"
"Bell Bottom Blues"
"Keep On Growing"
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"

Side B
"I Am Yours"
"Anyday"
"Key to the Highway"

LP 2
Side A
"Tell the Truth"
"Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?"
"Have You Ever Loved a Woman"

Side B
"Little Wing"
"It's Too Late"
"Layla"
"Thorn Tree in the Garden"

LP 3
Side A
"Mean Old World" (Layla session outtake)
"Roll It Over" (Phil Spector-produced single B-Side)
"Tell the Truth (Phil Spector-Produced single A-Side)

Side B
"It's Too Late" (Live on The Johnny Cash Show, 11/5/1970)*
"Got to Get Better in a Little While" (Live on The Johnny Cash Show, 11/5/1970)*
"Matchbox" -- with Johnny Cash & Carl Perkins (Live on The Johnny Cash Show, 11/5/1970)*
"Blues Power" (Live on The Johnny Cash Show, 11/5/1970)*

LP 4
Side A
"Snake Lake Blues" (From April/May 1971 sessions for The Dominos' second album)*
"Evil" (From April/May 1971 sessions for The Dominos' second album)*
"Mean Old Frisco" (From April/May 1971 sessions for The Dominos' second album)*
"One More Chance" (From April/May 1971 sessions for The Dominos' second album)*

Side B
"High" (From April/May 1971 sessions for The Dominos' second album)
"Got to Get Better in a Little While Jam" (From April/May 1971 sessions for The Dominos' second album)*
"Got to Get Better in a Little While" (From April/May 1971 sessions for The Dominos' second album)*

* = previously unreleased on vinyl.

By Matt Friedlander
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Rolling Stones, Elton John, Metallica receive multiple nominations for 2020 'Billboard' Music Awards

NBCUniversalThe Rolling Stones, Elton John and Metallica have all been nominated for honors in the same two categories for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.

The three artists, which are all Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees,  are in the running for the Top Rock Tour award and the Top Touring Artist prize. Pop stars Pink and Ed Sheeran also will compete for the Top Touring Artist award.

Among the other nominees is the soundtrack to the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, which will vie for the Top Soundtrack award.

Rapper/singer Post Malone leads all nominees, with a total of 16 nods.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will air live on October 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The nominations are based on the Billboard chart period running from March 23, 2019, through March 14, 2020. That's because the awards were originally scheduled to take place on April 29, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the full list of nominees, visit Billboard.com.

By Josh Johnson and Matt Friedlander
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Texas soul singer Roy Head, best known for the 1965 hit "Treat Her Right," dies at 79

Ebet Roberts/Getty ImagesRoy Head, the dynamic Texas blue-eyed soul singer who with his band The Traits scored a #2 hit in 1965 with "Treat Her Right," died Monday at age 79, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Treat Her Right" was kept from the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 by The Beatles' "Yesterday." Head and The Traits followed up with two other top-40 hits in 1965, "Just a Little Bit" and "Apple of My Eye," but broke up a few years later.

Head later enjoyed some success as a country singer during the 1970s and '80s.

Roy was the father of Sundance Head, who was a contestant American Idol in 2007 and, in 2016, became the winner of the 11th season of The Voice.

Sundance announced his father's passing in a Twitter post that reads, "[H]e was an amazing person and a wonderful dad. He slept [sic] away in the arms of my mother at home. I am in shock and also confused. He was a giant to me."

"Treat Her Right" has been covered by many rock stars, including Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bon Jovi and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.

In a tribute posted on Gibbons' official website, Billy writes, "We were saddened to hear the news of Roy Head's passing. He was a genuine Texas rock 'n' soul phenomenon who had been one of our early…and continuing inspirations…Of course, everybody loved his hit 'Treat Her Right' and we were delighted when word got back that he was happy about the version we included in our Perfectamundo album…Roy Head will always be remembered for his music, his drive and the fact that, as he liked to put it, he was most happy when he was 'a-wigglin' and a-gigglin'."

By Matt Friedlander
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Watch video for Badfinger singer/guitarist Joey Molland's new single, "Rainy Day Man"

Omnivore RecordingsJoey Molland, the last surviving original member of Badfinger, has debuted an official music video for his new single "Rainy Day Man," a jangly, Beatles-influenced track that will appear on his forthcoming solo album, Be True to Yourself.

The clip premiered Monday at GlideMagazine.com, and you also can check it out at Omnivore Recordings' official YouTube channel.

The video features footage of Molland singing and playing guitar digitally while placed into various sites in London, as well as scenes of him in an identified U.S. city, interspersed with footage of a young couple in a variety of outdoors locales.

Molland co-wrote "Rainy Day Man" with producer Mark Hudson -- Joey's main collaborator on Be True to Yourself -- and says the song was based on an idea that producer/songwriter Gary Burr emailed to him.

"Mark pretty much rewrote this song for me, he kept all my guitar bits though," Molland explains. "[W]e think it turned out pretty well."

As previously reported, Be True to Yourself will be released on October 16. The 10-track collection, which is Molland's first album of new songs since 2013's Return to Memphis, features contributions from The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, former Wings drummer Steve Holley, ex-Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff and Julian Lennon.

The front and back covers of the album feature photos taken by Lennon.

Be True to Yourself can be pre-ordered now, and will be released on CD and digitally. "Rainy Day Man" is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.

By Matt Friedlander
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Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne's granddaughter diagnosed with COVID-19

Greg Doherty/Getty ImagesOzzy and Sharon Osbourne's granddaughter Minnie has tested positive for COVID-19.

Sharon revealed the news during Monday's episode of CBS' The Talk, which she called into remotely while quarantining.

"She's OK, she's doing good," Sharon said of Minnie, who's the daughter of her and Ozzy's son, Jack. "I don't have it. Her daddy doesn't have it. Her mommy doesn't have it. Her sisters don't. She got it from somebody who works for my son."

Sharon added, "It just goes to show you, she's three years of age, that children can get COVID."

While she herself has tested negative for the virus, Sharon will continue to quarantine for another week.

"I keep testing negative," she said. "But, you know, you have to be safe."

By Josh Johnson
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Vanilla Fudge reissuing Led Zeppelin covers album after releasing remastered "Immigrant Song"

Golden Robot RecordsThe recently reported remastered version of Vanilla Fudge's 2007 cover of the classic Led Zeppelin tune "Immigrant Song" gets released today as a digital single and via streaming services.

Vanilla Fudge drummer/singer Carmine Appice tells ABC Audio that the track arrives in advance of a remastered edition of the full Led Zeppelin covers album his band put out in 2007, Out Through the In Door. The reissue, which Appice says likely will be released in time for Christmas, will feature a new title, Vanilla Zeppelin, and updated packaging.

Carmine explains that shortly after Vanilla Fudge's Zeppelin-themed album originally came out, the label that released it went out of business, so very few people got to hear it.

Appice says his band got the chance to rerelease the record when it signed a deal with Golden Robot Records to put out a new album -- a planned collection of Supremes covers called The Supreme Vanilla Fudge.

"[When] Golden Robot Records signed us to do a new record…[our manager] told them about the Zeppelin album," Carmine points out. "[A]nd they said, 'Well, we'd like to release that too, as a predecessor.'"

Unfortunately, the new album of Supremes tunes has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on Vanilla Fudge's rendition of "Immigrant Song," Appice says it has a lot of differences from the original.

"[Bassist] Tim [Bogert] is playing differently. I'm playing a little differently," he maintains. "The guitar parts are all different, [although it's] the same riff. And…the way [Mark Stein] sings the vocals are different. He's hitting different notes at different times."

A new music video for Vanilla Fudge's "Immigrant Song" cover also premiered today; you can check it out at Golden Robot Records' YouTube channel.

By Matt Friedlander
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New AC/DC photos posted online, sparking rumors of impending new album announcement

AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Angus Young and Cliff Williams in 2016; Gary Miller/Getty ImagesThere are new signs that AC/DC may be preparing to officially announce details of a widely rumored reunion project that the band apparently has been working on during the last couple of years.

Hard-rock podcaster Mitch Lafon took his social media sites on Friday to post a series of new photos of AC/DC that were briefly uploaded to the Australian rockers' official website before being removed.

The pics show the surviving members of the band's Back in Black lineup -- guitarist Angus Young, singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd -- along with guitarist Stevie Young, who joined AC/DC in 2014 as late co-founder Malcolm Young's replacement.

Lafon writes in the tweet, "These were posted earlier today...With strong RUMOURS that an album will follow this November. Follow AC/DC's socials for an official announcement. Until then, enjoy the possibility."

Multiple sources have reported that AC/DC has been working on a new album built around unreleased archival recordings featuring Malcolm Young. Malcolm died in 2017 at age 64 after a long illness.

AC/DC has made no official announcement regarding the project.

By Matt Friedlander
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These were posted earlier today... With strong RUMOURS that an album will follow this November. Follow AC⚡️DC’s socials for an official announcement. Until then, enjoy the possibility. pic.twitter.com/epZ9sX0Y3Y

— Mitch Lafon (@mitchlafon) September 19, 2020

Watch video for Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde's new cover of Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand"

Jo Hale/RedfernsPretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and guitarist James Walbourne have posted the ninth installment of their "Dylan Lockdown Series," which features videos set to new covers of various Bob Dylan songs that the two have been recording, at their band's official YouTube channel.

The latest clip features an acoustic rendition of "Every Grain of Sand," a tune from Dylan's 1981 album Shot of Love.

The recordings for the "Dylan Lockdown Series" have been mixed by producer and engineer Tchad Blake, who has worked on a number of previous Pretenders projects, while the accompanying videos have been created by members of Blake's family.

In other news, Hynde, Walbourne and Pretenders keyboardist Carwyn Ellis recently played a seven-song set as part of BBC Radio 2's Live at Home concert series. Visit BBC.co.uk to listen to the complete performance, which included a mix of Pretenders classics and songs from the band's new studio album, Hate for Sale.

In addition, a video of the band members playing the 1983 Pretenders hit "Back on the Chain Gang" has been posted on BBC Music's YouTube channel.

By Matt Friedlander
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In new 'Rolling Stone' video feature, Bruce Springsteen recalls the song that changed his life

Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen, who just announced plans to release a new studio album called Letter to You on October 23, has taken part in the latest installment of Rolling Stone's "The First Time" video feature.

Each segment features an artist discussing a series of landmark moments in their lives and careers. The Boss kicks off his episode by talking about the first time a song changed his life.

"[The Beatles'] 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' came on the radio in 1964," Springsteen recalls. "That was going to change my life because I was going to successfully pick the guitar up and learn how to play."

Bruce remembers that he heard the song while driving with his mom in her car, and says he immediately told her to let him out. He then proceeded to run to a pay phone at a local bowling alley, ring up his girlfriend and ask her if she'd heard of this band called The Beatles.

"And after that, it was nothing but rock 'n' roll and guitars," he notes.

Springsteen also shares a memory about the first time an audience sang his hit "Hungry Heart" back to him, which happened when he and the E Street Band were playing a Chicago arena that had a particularly poor sound system.

"I figured this is going to be nothing but disaster," Bruce remembers thinking before the concert. "But that night, we kick into 'Hungry Heart and the entire audience sang it back. Ended up an incredible show. And from that point on…people sang it every single night…It was very exciting."

Other "first time" memories Springsteen shares include the first time he heard Bob Dylan, punk rock and Hank Williams, and his first time playing in the band.

Check out the full feature at RollingStone.com.

By Matt Friedlander
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At most recent parole hearing, John Lennon's murderer admits he was seeking glory with the killing

NYS Department of Corrections and Community SupervisionMark David Chapman killed John Lennon because he was "angry and jealous" at the way the former Beatle was living and was seeking "glory" for himself, according to a transcript of his most recent parole hearing obtained by ABC News.

"At the time my thinking was he has all of this money, lives in this beautiful apartment and he is into music representing a more cautious lifestyle, a more giving lifestyle. It made me angry and jealous compared to the way I was living at the time," Chapman told parole commissioners.

Chapman was denied parole for the 11th time last month.

Asked if anything in this thinking had changed during his nearly 40 years of incarceration about why he shot Lennon, Chapman said he realized he'd just been seeking "self-glory."

"You called it glory and some might call it infamy," one of the commissioners said. Chapman replied, "Infamy brings glory."

That statement, it appeared, sealed Chapman's fate.

"During the interview you stated you committed this murder to seek glory. You said 'infamy brings you glory,'" a parole commissioner told Chapman. "Your actions represented an evil act. The fact that today, almost forty years later, you can still speak of what you did as something that you felt was a positive and in your mind gave you 'glory' at the time, is disturbing for this panel."

Had he been released, Chapman, who in prison has become a devoted Christian, pledged to become an evangelist.

Chapman also made a lengthy statement during which he apologized to Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and admitted that the only reason he murdered the rock legend was "because he was very, very, very famous…and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very selfish."

Chapman's next parole hearing will be in 2022.

By Aaron Katersky
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Neil Young reveals track list, release date for 'Archives II' box set

Credit: dhlovelifeNeil Young has unveiled the release date and complete track list for the long-awaited second volume of his Archives box set series.

The new collection, titled Archives Volume II: 1972-1976, will be released on November 20, and will be available exclusively at NeilYoungArchives.com. It features 10 CDs with a total of 131 tracks that have been arranged chronologically.

The package includes 12 songs that have never appeared on any previous Young release, as well as 50 unheard versions of previously issued tunes.

Archives II begins with a disc titled Everybody's Alone that features songs recorded in 1972 and '73 shortly after the release of Young's Harvest album, and wraps up with the previously unreleased live album Odeon Budokan, which features performances from 1976 Neil Young & Crazy Horse concerts in London and Tokyo.

The previously unreleased songs on the box set are "Letter from 'Nam," "Come Along and Say You Will," "Goodbye Christmas on the Shore," "Sweet Joni," a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Raised on Robbery," a rendition of "Greensleeves," "Homefires," "LA Girls and Ocean Boys," "Frozen Man," "Daughters," "Born to Run" and "Mediterranean."

Among the previously released material included in Archives II are 1973's Tonight's the Night album, the recently issued 1974 acoustic collection Homegrown and the live records Tuscaloosa and Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live.

The Archives I box set, which was released in 2009, featured recordings that spanned from the beginning of Young's music career in 1963 to 1972.

You can check out the full Archives II track list at NeilYoungArchives.com, but here is the full list of discs featured in the box set:

Disc 1 (1972-1973): Everybody's Alone
Disc 2 (1973): Tuscaloosa
Disc 3 (1973): Tonight's the Night
Disc 4 (1973): Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live
Disc 5 (1974): Walk On
Disc 6 (1974): The Old Homestead
Disc 7 (1974): Homegrown
Disc 8 (1975): Dume
Disc 9 (1976): Look Out for My Love
Disc 10 (1976): Odeon Budokan

By Matt Friedlander
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Uriah Heep, Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake dies at 73

Fin Costello/RedfernsUriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake died Saturday at age 73 after a long illness with prostate cancer.

Kerslake’s former Uriah Heep bandmate Ken Hensley confirmed the news in a statement obtained by Louder.

"It's with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning,” Hensley said. “He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed.

"I know many of you were praying for him not to suffer and I thank you for that and, now that Lee is at peace, our thoughts and prayers should turn to his wife Sue who will need all the support she can get at this time,” Hensley added.

Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box wrote on Facebook, “Lee was one of the kindest men on earth, as well as being a brother he was an incredible drummer, singer and song writer! He had a passion for life bar none and was much loved by the fans, as well as anyone who crossed his path!”

Kerslake joined Uriah Heep in late 1971, appearing on nine of the metal band’s studio albums from 1972 to 1978. He rejoined the band from 1982 to 2007.

In between his stints with Uriah Heep, Keslake drummed for Ozzy Osbourne on 1980's Blizzard of Ozz, which celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sunday, and 1981's Diary of a Madman.

"It’s been 39 years since I’ve seen Lee but he lives for ever on the records he played on for me, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman," Ozzy tweeted Saturday. "Lee Kerslake RIP."

Kerslake had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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The Kinks' Dave Davies shares details about upcoming deluxe 'Lola Versus Powerman' reissue

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesKinks lead guitarist Dave Davies has revealed some details about a 50th anniversary reissue of the band's 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One that's being prepared for release later this year.

Dave tells ABC Audio that his brother, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, finished mixing the collection, which will feature various unreleased bonus tracks, including demos, odd mixes and more.

Dave reveals that one interesting highlight of the deluxe reissue is a section dubbed "The Kitchen Sink Tapes" that features recently recorded conversations between Ray and him discussing various songs from the album.

"It's stuff we recorded before this weird pandemic thing," he explains. "We met up at Ray's house, and we just [had an] impromptu kind of conversation, [talking] about 'Ape Man' and what 'Lola' meant to us and how it came about, and how the ideas for 'Strangers' were born."

Davies also reports that the Lola Versus Powerman reissue will include some demos of the song "Lola" that Ray recorded at his house, and an unreleased demo of the Dave-penned gem "Strangers."

Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One was released in November 1970. The record featured the enduring hit "Lola," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the U.K. singles chart. A second single, "Apeman," only reached #45 on the Hot 100, but was a #5 hit in the U.K.

Meanwhile, Dave tells ABC Audio that he and Ray still haven't got any concrete plans to release the new music that they've worked on together during the past few years.

"We've been talking about it," he reports. "And we're getting together [soon] with a view to maybe peruse stuff that we got and see if maybe we can and maybe we can't. And we'll see."

By Matt Friedlander
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Poison's Bret Michaels to serve as ambassador for 2020 World College Radio Day

Courtesy of College Radio FoundationPoison frontman Bret Michaels has been named the official 2020 Ambassador for the 10th annual edition of World College Radio Day, which takes place Friday, October 2.

The celebration, which is organized by the not-for-profit College Radio Foundation, seeks to unite college radio stations in more than 30 countries to raise awareness about the work college stations do and value they bring to the medium of broadcasting.

The theme of this year's campaign is Global Solidarity Rocks, honoring the global collaborations that the foundation facilitates, while also reflecting on the worldwide issues affecting schools because of COVID-19.

"In this difficult time, there has never been a more important year, or a better year, for the hope that college radio brings," Michaels says in a statement. "It is the future of communications and, in a year like this, communication is key."

The rocker adds, "Music itself is the soundtrack to life and helps drive us through these unprecedented times. When dorms and campuses may be quiet, this should be the time for college radio to be going strong."

Michaels' Life Rocks Foundation will donate $10,000 in grants to participating college radio stations across the globe, and match funds raised by the College Radio Foundation. The money will help some financially in-need stations remain on the air.

College Radio Day president Annabella Poland notes, "Bret is a long-time supporter of college radio, someone whose extraordinary multi-faceted career and philanthropic efforts have already impacted so many people…Bret's passion and authenticity is deeply inspirational to the students."

While serving as ambassador, Michaels will invite college radio students to ask him questions about his life and career. You can post questions for Bret by tagging @bretmichaelsofficial and @collegeradioday, using the hashtags #askBret, #WCRD2020, #collegeradioday and #globalsolidarityrocks.

By Matt Friedlander
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Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins confirmed to headline 2021 Sea.Hear.Now Festival

Courtesy of Sea.Hear.Now Festival

Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins will serve as headliners for the 2021 Sea.Hear.Now Festival, which is set to take place September 18-19 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, after this year's edition of the extravaganza was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pearl Jam is among the performers confirmed to play next year's event that were listed on the 2020 bill. Others include Billy Idol, Patti Smith and The Dirty Knobs, which is fronted by founding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell.

Joining The Smashing Pumpkins as a new addition to the lineup is longtime E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa -- Mrs. Bruce Springsteen.

On the flip side, several of the announced 2020 acts will unfortunately not return for 2021, including The Beach Boys.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit SeaHearNowFestival.com.

By Josh Johnson
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Listen to Bon Jovi reunite with Jennifer Nettles for new version of "Do What You Can"

BMLGAs promised, Bon Jovi has released a new version of its hit "Do What You Can" featuring Jennifer Nettles, the country star who joined the rockers 15 years ago on their Grammy-winning hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home."

The song's video intercuts the already-released clip of Jon Bon Jovi walking through the empty streets of New York City and singing on the U.S.S. Intrepid with footage of Jennifer walking on a New York street and singing on top of a building. There's also footage of essential workers and families dealing with the pandemic.

The two acts will debut the song together live this weekend during the iHeart Radio Music Festival.

"In 2005 Jennifer helped Bon Jovi take 'Who Says you Can't Go Home' to number one on the country charts," says Jon in a statement. "It was her powerful and emotion filled voice that I hope will carry us back onto the country airwaves again to share this uplifting message of unity."

Adds Netles, "Being invited to sing with Bon Jovi back in 2005 on 'Who Says You Can’t Go Home' was a real blessing as an artist and in my career. I could not be happier to continue that amazing musical story on our new duet 'Do What You Can' -- or, should I say,'Duet What You Can?'"

By Andrea Dresdale
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Van Morrison to release three new songs protesting UK government's COVID lockdown restrictions

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicVan Morrison has announced plans to release three brand-new songs in the coming weeks that reflect his opposition to the lockdown restrictions that the U.K. government has enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A message on Morrison's official website reports that the tunes -- titled "Born to Be Free," "As I Walked Out" and "No More Lockdown" -- are protest songs that "question the measures the Government has put in place."

The post notes that Morrison feels the U.K. government actions are destroying the country's live-music industry and have "taken away personal freedoms."

"I'm not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already," Van says in a statement. "It's about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves."

The 75-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer believes performance venues should be allowed to open at full capacity, and that if this isn't allowed before the end of the year, many venues will close for good.

The songs will be available as digital downloads and via select streaming services, with "Born to Be Free" being released on September 25, "As I Walked Out" on October 9 and "No More Lockdown" on October 23.

Van also is planning to debut the new tunes at his upcoming shows at the London Palladium on September 23 and 24.

Last month, Morrison posted another message on his website, which has since been removed, calling on his "fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me" in support of letting venues open again at full capacity. He added, "Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up."

By Matt Friedlander
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Neil Young releases 'The Times' EP; his "Porch Episode" streaming now on Amazon's Prime Video

Reprise RecordsNeil Young's new, politically charged EP, The Times, was released today digitally at Amazon Music HD and the folk rock legend's NeilYoungArchives.com site, and on CD via music retailers everywhere.

As previously reported, the seven-track EP features recordings of all the songs Young performed during the most recent episode of his Fireside Sessions performance series, which he dubbed the "Porch Episode" because he played the tunes on his porch.

The Times features a cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'," as well as the updated, President Trump-themed version of Young's 2006 protest song "Lookin' for a Leader," and various topical songs from Neil's back catalog, including "Ohio," "Alabama" and "Southern Man."

Young worked with his frequent studio collaborator Niko Bolas to prepare the recordings of the "Porch Episode" performances for release in high-quality audio formats.

Meanwhile, the "Porch Episode" video, which had previously only been available for viewing at NeilYoungArchives.com, is now also available on Amazon's Prime Video streaming service.

Here's the full track list of The Times:

"Alabama"
"Campaigner"
"Ohio"
"The Times They Are a-Changin'"
"Lookin' for a Leader 2020"
"Southern Man"
"Little Wing"

By Matt Friedlander
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