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Eric Clapton collaborates with Van Morrison on new anti-lockdown song, "Stand and Deliver," due out next week

Ian West/PA Images via Getty ImagesEric Clapton has joined Van Morrison's anti-lockdown campaign protesting U.K. restrictions regarding live performances: He's recorded a new song written by Morrison called "Stand and Deliver."  It'll be released Friday, December 4, as a digital download and via streaming services.

A snippet of the blues-flavored tune has been posted on Morrison's social media pages and on those of his Save Live Music initiative.

In recent months, Morrison has released three new songs -- "Born to Be Free," "As I Walked Out" and "No More Lockdown" -- protesting U.K.-imposed regulations meant to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.  Van believes the regulations are taking away people's freedoms and destroying musicians' livelihoods.

"There are many of us who support Van and his endeavors to save live music; he is an inspiration," Clapton says in a statement, according to Variety. "We must stand up and be counted because we need to find a way out of this mess. The alternative is not worth thinking about. Live music might never recover."

Morrison added in his own statement, "Eric's recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with the many who share our frustrations. It is heart-breaking to see so many talented musicians lack any meaningful support from the government, but we want to reassure them that we are working hard every day to lobby for the return of live music, and to save our industry."

Proceeds from "Stand and Deliver" will benefit Morrison's Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which supports musicians and venues hurt financially during the pandemic.

Morrison's anti-lockdown campaign has earned him criticism from fans and media outlets, although others have expressed support for Van's views.


In a bid to save live venues and support musicians, @vanmorrison and @EricClapton are releasing a new single, ‘Stand and Deliver’

Download the exclusive track on December 4th to #SaveLiveMusic

Available on @AppleMusic @AmazonMusicUK @Deezer @Spotify

— Save Live Music (@Save_LiveMusic) November 27, 2020

By Matt Friedlander
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Expanded reissue of George Thorogood and the Destroyers' 'Live in Boston, 1982' album now due out December 18

Craft RecordingsThe release of the recently announced expanded version of George Thorogood and the Destroyers' Live in Boston, 1982 album, which originally hit stores in 2010, has been moved from December 4 to December 18.

The reissue, titled Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert, will be available as a two-CD set, a four-LP vinyl collection and digitally. It features the entire set that Thorogood and his band played at the Bradford Ballroom on November 23, 1982, including 12 performances not included on the original release.

Among the added performances are renditions of Thorogood's then-new hit "Bad to the Bone," Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" and "Ride On Josephine," and Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place to Go" and "Reelin' and Rockin'."

Meanwhile, a limited-edition deluxe colored-vinyl version of the Live in Boston, 1982 reissue, pressed on red-marble vinyl, that initially was slated to be released this Friday, November 27, as part of Record Store Day's 2020 Black Friday event, now will come out on Friday, December 11. Like other Record Store Day releases, the Thorogood and the Destroyers collection will be available exclusively at select participating record shops.

To celebrate the upcoming release, Amoeba Music is hosting a virtual in-store show featuring an acoustic performance from Thorogood that's scheduled for this Friday at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. The event will stream live at the record store's official YouTube channel.

You can check out "visualizer" videos for three songs from Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert -- "Ride On Josephine," "I'll Change My Style" and "Bad to the Bone" -- and a trailer for the release at Thorogood and the Destroyers' YouTube channel.

Here's the expanded reissue's full track list:

Disc 1
"House of Blue Lights"
"Kids from Philly"
"Who Do You Love?"*
"I'm Wanted"
"Cocaine Blues"*
"One Way Ticket"
"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer"
"As the Years Go Passing By"
"Spoken Introduction: The Dance Floor"*
"It Wasn't Me"
"Bottom of the Sea"*
"Night Time"*
"New Boogie Chillun'"

Disc 2
"I'll Change My Style"*
"Miss Luann"
"Madison Blues"*
"The Sky Is Crying"*
"I Can't Stop Lovin'"
"Spoken Introduction: Audience Participation"*
"Same Thing"*
"Bad to the Bone"*
"Move It On Over"
"Wild Weekend"
"Nobody but Me"
"No Particular Place to Go"*
"Ride On Josephine"*
"Reelin' and Rockin'"*

* = previously unreleased.

By Matt Friedlander
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Elton John to appear as special guest on UK pop star Dua Lipa's Studio 2054 livestream concert special

ABC/Craig Sjodin; Getty Images for dcpElton John fans will be able to catch the pop-rock legend this week on contemporary U.K. pop star Dua Lipa's upcoming Studio 2054 livestream concert event.

"It's my absolute pleasure and honor to announce Elton John will be joining me at Studio 2054 this Friday," Dua says in a statement. "A one of a kind global musical icon, singer-songwriter, and flawless performer, it's going to be spectacular! He is truly musical royalty and I am elated that we will be appearing together."

Elton adds in his own statement, "I loved speaking to Dua when we met up to talk on Instagram Live a few weeks ago, she is incredibly smart and talented. So when she asked me to be part of Studio 2054, I said 'Yes!' in a heartbeat."

He continues, "It's amazing to be part of a live performance when live music just isn't happening right now and especially in such a colorful and creative way. If you're going to do virtual live music then this is the way to do it."

Studio 2054 is a ticketed concert event taking place Friday, November 27, starting at 9 p.m. ET. In addition to Elton, the show will also feature guest appearances from Dua's "Prisoner" duet partner Miley Cyrus, plus Kylie Minogue, Bad Bunny and J Balvin.


— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) November 25, 2020

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Record Store Day Black Friday takes place this week; includes releases from Rolling Stones, David Gilmour, U2

Courtesy of Record Store DayAfter enjoying their Thanksgiving feast this week, music fans can head to their local independent record shops to check out the limited-edition vinyl releases available for the 2020 edition of Record Store Day's Black Friday sale.

Among the discs that will be available are releases from The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, U2 and Mick Fleetwood.

The Stones' Black Friday offering is a Collector's Edition version of the band's classic 1969 album Let It Bleed, each copy of which will feature a unique vinyl design.

Gilmour's release is a seven-inch vinyl disc featuring his most recent solo song, "Yes, I Have Ghosts," which was inspired by wife Polly Samson's new novel, A Theatre for Dreamers.

U2 is issuing a white-vinyl, 40th anniversary edition of its 1980 debut album, Boy.

Fleetwood's release is a 12-inch green-vinyl single that includes a 2020 live performance of the early Fleetwood Mac song "The Green Manalishi (with the Two Pronged Crown)" featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Metallica's Kirk Hammett from the London tribute to Peter Green that Mick hosted and organized.

On the non-vinyl front, Doors drummer John Densmore will be contributing limited-edition signed copies of his new book, The Seekers: Meetings with Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists), to the campaign.

Other participating artists include Alice in Chains, Anthrax, Beastie Boys, Blue Öyster Cult, Chris Cornell, Dio, Ace Frehley, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, Jefferson Starship, Motörhead, U2 drummer Larry Mullins, Lou Reed and Brian Wilson.

For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit

By Matt Friedlander
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The Kinks premiere new remastered version of "Lola," companion animated music video

BMGThe Kinks have debuted a new remastered stereo version of their classic hit, "Lola," which will appear on the forthcoming deluxe 50th anniversary reissue of the legendary U.K. band's 1970 studio album, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, due out December 18.

"Lola" originally was recorded in May 1970, and the new remaster was created using the original HD master tapes by Kinks engineer Andrew Sandoval, with input from Kinks frontman and main songwriter, Ray Davies.

The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.

In addition, a new animated "Lola" music video featuring the updated audio has premiered at The Kinks' official YouTube channel. The clip brings a comic book to life to tell the song's story, of a naïve young man who has a romantic evening with the beautiful Lola, who isn't who she -- or he -- appears to be.

In 1970, "Lola" reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the U.K.'s singles chart.

As previously reported, the Lola Versus Powerman reissue will be released in multiple formats and configurations. A deluxe box-set edition features three CDs, including a remastered stereo mix of the album, alternate mixes and versions of songs, B-sides, session tapes, live performances, BBC recordings, demos, medleys and segments boasting new conversations between Ray and Kinks guitarist Dave Davies.

The box set also contains two seven-inch vinyl discs featuring the singles "Lola" and "Apeman"; a 60-page hardback book with notes, new quotes from the band members, rare photos and memorabilia; a "1970 diary of activities"; and four glossy Kinks photo prints.

The reissue also is available as a single CD, a two-CD set, a heavyweight vinyl LP and digitally.

Visit for more details.

By Matt Friedlander
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Rolling Stones' official London store, closed due to COVID-19, launches virtual online experience

Courtesy of The Rolling Stones/BravadoIn September, The Rolling Stones opened their first official retail store, RS No. 9 Carnaby, on Carnaby Street in London's famous Soho district, and although the shop's currently closed because of U.K. pandemic restrictions, you can now visit and make purchases from the store virtually.

RS No. 9 Carnaby's new e-commerce shop offers a 3-D online tour where you can enjoy a 360-degree virtual experience of the two-floor destination, as well as buy various products via links in various spots around the store.

Among the interesting features of the shop are various depictions of The Stones' famous tongue-and-lips logo, mirrors with lyrics from the band's songs painted in red, as well as video screens and a sound booth.

As previously reported, the store sells exclusive merchandise focusing on The Rolling Stones, including apparel, accessories and more under the group's own RS No. 9 Carnaby brand, as well as Stones-themed items designed in partnership with various other popular companies. Of course, the band's music releases also are available at the shop.

Among the new items available for purchase are an Autumn/Winter fashion collection for men and women, as well as new childrenswear pieces, accessories and Christmas ornaments.

RS No.9 Carnaby currently is offering U.S. customers a special Black Friday discount, knocking off 20% off of purchases over $50. The offer will run from this Friday, November 27, until Tuesday, December 1.

By Matt Friedlander
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Paul McCartney debuts new 'McCartney III' trailer featuring preview of new song, "The Kiss of Venus"

© Mary McCartneyPaul McCartney, who recently announced that he was pushing back the release of his new studio album, McCartney III, from December 11 to December 18 because of production delays, has now debuted a second trailer for the record on his official YouTube channel.

The clip features a mix of home-movie and video snippets, archival photos and new footage, as McCartney reflects on working on his debut solo album, 1970's McCartney, his 1980 McCartney II project and the new record, all of which he made almost completely by himself.

The video also features a segment of one of McCartney's new songs, "The Kiss of Venus."

As the clip begins, Paul notes about his stripped-down debut album, McCartney, "In the heat of The Beatles breaking up, I just wanted to get back to basics, so I thought, 'Right, well I'm doing my own album.' I love making music so much, I just didn't want to stop. I had to just do something new, for fun."

He then comments about the more-experimental McCartney II, "This was purposely to get things off my chest. This was gonna be total freedom. It was so pure."

The trailer finally shifts to McCartney III, as it shows a recent video clip of McCartney preparing to head to his studio.

We then hear Paul's daughter Mary, with whose family McCartney was staying while he made the new record, talking about how her father asked her to take the official photographs for the project.

She adds, "When Dad would come back from the studio, he would usually end up dancing around. Such brilliant memories."

Meanwhile, an official McCartney III songbook featuring the piano, vocal and guitar arrangements for all the tracks and packaged with a CD of the album can be pre-ordered now.

By Matt Friedlander
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AC/DC launches apparel line with LA Pop Art

LA Pop Art AC/DC has launched a new apparel line in collaboration with LA Pop Art, a company known for its "word art" designs.

The fully licensed collection includes t-shirts, sweatshirts and tank tops, all branded with LA Pop Art's take on AC/DC's famous logo, which was "recreated...using the titles of AC/DC’s biggest hits as well as some of the iconic imagery that has defined the incredible career of one of the greatest rock bands of all time."

"This one-of-a-kind design is a must-have for any AC/DC fan, especially on the heels of the new Power Up album release, a beautiful tribute to the late, great Malcolm Young," says Joseph Leibovic, LA Pop Art company founder.

To order your own, visit

Power Up, which reunites the surviving members of AC/DC's classic Back in Black lineup, is out now.

By Josh Johnson
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'Stardust' reveals the David Bowie none of us knew

IFC FilmsIt's David Bowie as you've probably never seen him before: The biopic Stardust, which is out today on streaming rental, shows the legendary rocker's origins, and follows his first U.S. tour in 1971, as well as his creation of his glam alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

British musician Johnny Flynn plays Bowie in the movie, and he tells ABC Audio that it gives us a peek at the music icon before he was an icon.

"We meet David in 1971, and he really hasn't he hasn't made it yet," says Flynn. "In fact, he sees himself as a failure. It was fun realizing just how shy he was and listening to radio interviews and hearing him kind of sound you know, so lost."

Comedian and actor Marc Maron plays a record label rep assigned to help Bowie on a disastrous tour of America in the early '70s. It was a slice of Bowie's life about which he knew nothing.

"The thing that really surprised me the most was that like David Bowie was such a dork. He's just like, you know, prancing around doing these mime shticks," Maron tells ABC Audio. "It's sort of like, 'Dude, what's going on with that?'"

By George Constantino & Jason Nathanson
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John Fogerty, Doobie Brother John McFee planning to stay home for Thanksgiving amid the pandemic

Nela Koenig; ABC AudioThanksgiving takes place on Thursday, and for a lot of people, this year's holiday will feature smaller gatherings than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Fogerty, who this past Friday released a new album called Fogerty's Factory that he recorded with his three youngest children, tells ABC Audio that he'll be spending Thanksgiving with those kids -- sons Shane and Tyler, and daughter Kelsy -- and his wife, Julie.

"[W]e're not having a big 30-person group at all," the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman notes. "It's just our core family…I mean, it's just a big time for us to be together."

As for whether he's planning to have a Fogerty's Factory-style jam with his children during the holiday, John quips, "I'll be holding a drumstick…a turkey [leg]."

As previously reported, Fogerty's Factory is a 12-track collection made up mostly of new versions of CCR songs and selections from John's solo career recorded live by John, Shane, Tyler and Kelsy in and around the Fogerty residence.

Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers' John McFee, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month with the band, tells ABC Audio that he also plans to have a quiet Thanksgiving at home.

"So many years, I'm not actually home, at Thanksgiving and even sometimes Christmas or New Year's," he points out, because The Doobies often are touring at this time. "But this year, I'll be home for the holidays, I believe."

He adds, "[M]y kids and grandkids live close enough that I can maybe see them. But…when we do see them, we've been doing it outdoors and with masks and distancing, and we can't hug. Thank you, people that maybe could have done more to keep this pandemic under control."

By Matt Friedlander
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Ringo Starr, Santana, Peter Gabriel among stars appearing on Peace Through Music livestream event next week

Courtesy of Playing for Change

Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel and The Doobie Brothers' Patrick Simmons are among the many artists who will be featured during a special livestream event in honor of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and coinciding with the 2020 GivingTuesday generosity celebration on December 1.

The event, dubbed "Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice," will stream exclusively on the Playing for Change organization's Facebook page starting at 3 p.m. ET on December 1, and will, according to a press statement, "inspire people to act for peace, justice and equity, everywhere and for everyone."

The presentation will feature new and archival performances by over 100 artists, including Starr, Santana and wife Cindy Blackman Santana, plus Gabriel, Simmons, The Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Robbie Robertson, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready with Brandi Carlile, Annie Lennox, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme with Run the Jewels, Gary Clark Jr. and the late Dr. John.

In addition, a number of celebrities will make special appearances, including Billie Eilish, pop star Sara Bareilles and legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear.

The event is being produced by Playing for Change, which seeks to connect people around the world through music, in partnership with Blackbird Presents.

Among the issues the Peace Through Music event seeks to promote are equality, human rights and ending discrimination.

The livestream will raise funds for a number of charitable organizations, among them the Playing for Change Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that seeks to inspire people and organizations to work toward positively transforming their communities, and the world.

By Matt Friedlander
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Wolfgang Van Halen's "Distance" debuts at number one on 'Billboard' rock chart

EX1 RecordsWolfgang Van Halen's first solo single, "Distance," is already making waves on the Billboard charts.

The track, which Wolf recorded with his solo project, Mammoth WVH, has debuted at number one on the Hot Hard Rock Songs ranking, which measures a combination of streaming, radio airplay and sales data.

"Distance" was released last week as a tribute to Wolf's late father, the iconic Eddie Van Halen, who died in October.

"I am beyond humbled by the response to 'Distance,'" Wolfgang tells Billboard. "I can't believe that it's appearing on all of these charts so soon after release."

"The fact that so many have embraced the song and video shows how much we have in common in the love and respect we have for my father," he adds. "I just wish he was here to see it. Thank you so much to everyone who's listening and also to my whole team who has worked so hard to make this a reality."

"Distance" also debuted at number 20 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. Wolf's father knows that tally well, since Van Halen conquered it a total of 13 times, which is tied for third-most of all time.

By Josh Johnson
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Film, home video & album documenting all-star tribute concert for Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green due in 2021

BMGThis past February, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood gathered an incredible cast of rock legends to pay tribute to his band's original frontman, singer/guitarist Peter Green, at the London Palladium.

The all-star concert was recorded for a film and album release, which initially were delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but new release dates have now been confirmed.

The film version of Mick Fleetwood & Friends -- Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac will be screened in select theaters on March 23 and 28, 2021, while audio, home video and digital editions will be issued April 30.

Performers at the show included Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, The Who's Pete Townshend, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, and U.K. blues great John Mayall. A number of current and former Fleetwood Mac members also performed, including Christine McVie, Neil Finn and founding guitarist Jeremy Spencer.

Mick led a house band that also included guitarists Jonny Lang, Rick Vito and Andy Fairweather Low.

"The concert was a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it's important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music," Mick says in a statement. "Peter was my greatest mentor and it gave me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent."

Green didn't attend the event and, sadly, died in July at age 73.

Mick Fleetwood & Friends will be released in multiple formats, including a box set featuring a Blu-ray, two CDs and four vinyl LPs, and a 44-page hardbound book offering sleeve notes, photos and more.

Visit for more details.

Here's the full track list:

Act I
"Rolling Man" -- featuring Rick Vito
"Homework" -- featuring Jonny Lang
"Doctor Brown" -- featuring Billy Gibbons
"All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" -- featuring John Mayall
"Rattlesnake Shake" -- featuring Billy Gibbons & Steven Tyler
"Stop Messin' Around" -- featuring Christine McVie
"Looking for Somebody -- featuring Christine McVie
"Sandy Mary" -- featuring Noel Gallagher
"Love That Burns" -- featuring Jonny Lang
"The World Keep On Turning" -- featuring Noel Gallagher
"Like Crying" -- featuring Noel Gallagher
"No Place to Go" -- featuring Rick Vito
"Station Man"-- featuring Pete Townshend

Act II
"Man of the World" -- featuring Neil Finn
"Oh Well, Part 1" -- featuring Billy Gibbons & Steven Tyler
"Oh Well, Part 2" -- featuring David Gilmour
"Need Your Love So Bad" -- featuring Jonny Lang
"Black Magic Woman" -- featuring Rick Vito
"The Sky Is Crying" -- featuring Jeremy Spencer, Bill Wyman
"I Can't Hold Out" -- featuring Jeremy Spencer
"The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" -- featuring Billy Gibbons & Kirk Hammett
"Albatross" -- featuring David Gilmour
"Shake Your Moneymaker" -- group final

By Matt Friedlander
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David Byrne, Flea, Paul McCartney among nominees for 2021 Grammy Awards

CBSDavid Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Paul McCartney are among the veteran rock artists in the running for trophies after nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards were announced today.

The ex-Talking Heads frontman was nominated in the Best Musical Theater Album category for the American Utopia on Broadway soundtrack. Flea will compete for the Best Spoken Word Album for the audiobook version of his autobiography, Acid for the Children: A Memoir.

McCartney's nod is in the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category for the "Collector's Edition" of his Flaming Pie reissue. Also competing for the same honor are The Grateful Dead's Giants Stadium 1987, 1989, 1991 and Depeche Mode's Mode box sets.

Other classic-rock-related nominees include ZZ Top's That Little Ol' Band from Texas and the Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice documentaries for Best Music Film, the late Leonard Cohen's Thanks for the Dance for Best Folk Album, and Robert Cray Band's That's What I Heard for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Check out the full list of nominees at

The 2021 Grammys, hosted by The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, will air January 31 on CBS.

By Matt Friedlander
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Metallica raises $1.3 million for All Within My Hands charity organization with acoustic benefit stream

Credit: Herring & HerringMetallica's acoustic benefit stream earlier this month has raised over $1.3 million for the band's All Within My Hands charity foundation.

The proceeds will benefit Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges, and will also support continuing COVID-19 and disaster relief efforts.

The show was Metallica's second All Within My Hands acoustic concert. The first one, which was held in 2018, also raised $1.3 million.

"Once again, your generosity and kindness have blown us away!" Metallica says.

If you missed the initial stream, which aired on November 14, you can download it on-demand now through December 1 via

By Josh Johnson
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Ex-Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard says new solo album 'Re Imaginos' is a tribute to band's late manager

RockHeart Records/Deko EntertainmentEarlier this month, founding Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard released a new solo album titled Re Imaginos, a reimagined version of his old band's 1988 concept record, Imaginos.

Bouchard tells ABC Audio that Re Imaginos is his tribute to late Blue Oyster Cult manager, producer and songwriter Sandy Pearlman, whose surreal writings are the basis for Imaginos, which combined elements of science fiction and gothic horror.

"Without Sandy…my life would be radically different," Bouchard explains about Pearlman, who co-produced and was the main lyricist on several Blue Oyster Cult albums. "He was extremely influential on every level…[N]ot just in my career as a musician, but my mental capacities."

Albert had a falling out with Sandy because of Imaginos, which originally was intended to be a Bouchard solo album, but was completed and released by Blue Oyster Cult after he exited the group.

Bouchard reconnected with Pearlman shortly before his 2016 death from complications of a stroke. Albert says reading longtime Blue Oyster Cult associate Patti Smith's 2019 book Year of the Monkey inspired him to dedicate Re Imaginos to Sandy.

"Basically, the whole book just talks about Sandy all the time. And it seemed like it was her tribute to Sandy," Bouchard notes. "Now, I had already started working on [Re Imaginos] when I read that book, and I'm like, 'Well, she's got a tribute to Sandy. I got my tribute to Sandy too.'"

Meanwhile, Bouchard says he's pleasantly surprised by the positive reception Re Imaginos is getting.

"I had very humble aspirations for it," he notes. "It was really just to pay tribute to my friend…And it seemed to be something that the fans really wanted."

You can order the album now at

Here's Re Imaginos' track list:

"I Am the One You Warned Me Of"
"Del Rio Song"
"In the Presence of Another World"
"Siege and Investiture of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria"
"Girl That Love Made Blind"
"Gil Blanco County"
"Blue Oyster Cult"
"Black Telescope"
"Magna of Illusion"
"Les Invisibles"

By Matt Friedlander
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Elton John partners with TikTok for World AIDS Day special; Sam Smith to perform

Greg GormanElton John and his AIDS Foundation are teaming up with TikTok to raise awareness of the goal of ending AIDS by 2030.

On World AIDS Day, December 1, Elton's TikTok channel will host a special presentation starting at 2 p.m. ET. Elton and his husband David Furnish will appear, as well as TikTok stars and celebrity guests.  Elton's pal Sam Smith will perform, as will critically-acclaimed young British artists Sam Fender and Rina Sawayama.

As part of the campaign, which officially kicks off tomorrow, the TikTok community will also be able to access donation stickers for @eltonjohnaidsfoundation.

In a statement, Elton said, "I’m excited to recognize World AIDS Day with TikTok and my Foundation this year to celebrate progress that we’ve made and mark what we can do collectively to end the AIDS epidemic. HIV may seem a disease of the past, especially with COVID-19 in the headlines but it still affects everyone."

He adds, "There’s a great line-up for our TikTok Live to break down the myths around HIV, talk about safe sex and ensure that young people know how to protect themselves and others.”

In related news, Elton's close friend Victoria Beckham has created World AIDS Day T-shirts that feature an image of an autographed Polaroid shot of Elton on his 1974 tour, standing in front of his private plane.  Fifty percent of proceeds from sales of the shirts, which cost $130, will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Kevin Cronin, Sammy Hagar, Boz Scaggs & more participating in virtual benefit for California fire relief

Courtesy of Love You MadlyREO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, Sammy Hagar, Boz Scaggs and Bonnie Raitt are among the music stars that will take part in a virtual benefit concert held December 5 to raise funds for people affected by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, a devastating wildfire that struck California's Santa Cruz County in August and September.

The Love Her Madly concert is a 90-minute event that will stream for free on and starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on December 5. The show will feature performances and personal messages from the aforementioned artists, as well as Men at Work's Colin Hay, Joe Satriani, Los Lobos, Tubes drummer Prairie Prince and many others.

The event will feature a number of guest hosts, including famed Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres.

In conjunction with the initiative, an online auction will be launched soon that will include guitars autographed by Hagar and Satriani, and a custom-built, locally made acoustic guitar.

All of the funds raised will be donated to the Fire Response Fund managed by partner organization Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. Those who want to donate directly to the fund can do so at

The benefit concert follows the launch in September of the "Love Madly" campaign, which has seen performance videos from over 50 artists shared online to raise awareness and funds for fire relief in Santa Cruz County. Among the musicians who have contributed clips are Satriani, Los Lobos, X's John Doe, Lacy J. Dalton and ex-Jefferson Starship singer Darby Gould.

The CZU Lightning Complex Fire resulted in the evacuation of 77,000 people, covering an area of more than 80,000 acres, and destroyed over 900 structures.

By Matt Friedlander
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Check out Steve Hackett's new acoustic instrumental, "Andalusian Heart," and scenic companion video

Courtesy of Chipster PRFormer Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has given fans a preview of his forthcoming solo acoustic album, Under a Mediterranean Sky, by making available one of the record's tracks, "Andalusian Heart," as a digital single.

A companion music video for the instrumental also has premiered at the InsideOut Music label's official YouTube channel. The clip features scenes of Hackett playing the song on a nylon string guitar, as well as photos and footage of the beautiful scenery and sites of the Andalusia region of southern Spain. Steve also appears in some of the outdoor segments, walking through various Andalusian locales.

Hackett says of the song's inspiration, "The beauty of Andalusia with its Moorish and Gypsy magic and the strains of distant guitars echoing through its ornate archways has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. So many of the things that have inspired me about Spain are embodied in this romantic track, featuring Roger King's orchestral arrangement, Franck Avril on oboe, Christine Townsend on violin and viola, and myself on classical guitar."

As previously reported, Under a Mediterranean Sky will be released on January 22, 2021, and features a collection of acoustic songs inspired by Hackett's travels around the Mediterranean region with his wife, Jo.

Under a Mediterranean Sky was recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown. In addition to "Andalusian Heart," the album includes tunes inspired by visits to Malta, France, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Egypt.

The record, which you can pre-order now, will be released on CD, as a two-LP/CD set and digitally. Signed copies of the album, including a limited-edition blue-vinyl version, are available to order exclusively at

Here's the Under a Mediterranean Sky track list:

"Mdina -- The Walled City"
"Adriatic Blue"
"Joie de Vivre"
"The Memory of Myth"
"Scarlatti Sonata"
"Casa del Fauno"
"The Dervish and the Djin"
"Andalusian Heart"
"The Call of the Sea"

By Matt Friedlander
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Foo Fighters share 'Times Like Those' 25th anniversary doc; playing Amazon Music virtual concert special

ABCFoo Fighters have shared a new, mini documentary reflecting on the band's 25th anniversary.

The 26-minute film, dubbed Times Like Those, opens with a Star Wars-esque scroll and theme music just different enough from the John Williams classic to avoid legal problems. It then segues into Dave Grohl and company sitting in a home theater and going through slides and videos from throughout their 25 years together.

A particular highlight is when both drummer Taylor Hawkins and guitarist Chris Shiflett both admitted that they've yawned on stage while Grohl was telling the crowd a story. "Good to know, guys," Grohl responded sarcastically.

You can watch the video streaming now on YouTube. Be sure to stay until the end to hear Hawkins annoy Grohl with some of the most forced puns you've ever heard.

Foo Fighters were going to celebrate their 25th anniversary a whole lot more this year, if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. The band's plans included a 25th anniversary tour, and even a customized Coors Light beer can.

In related Foos news, the band is performing during the Amazon Music Holiday Plays virtual concert series. The group's set, airing on December 15, will include a rendition of their new single, "Shame Shame," as well as a cover of the Chuck Berry holiday classic "Run Rudolph Run."

You can watch the performance via the Amazon Music app and the Amazon Music Twitch channel. Viewers in the U.S. can also watch it through Prime Video and the homepage.

"Shame Shame" is the lead single off the upcoming Foo Fighters album Medicine at Midnight, due out February 5, 2021.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

By Josh Johnson
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