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Previously unseen Rolling Stones photos to go on display in London

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An exhibit of previously unseen photos of The Rolling Stones is set to open in London on Wednesday.

The Elegantly Waisted exhibit features photos taken by the band’s friend, photographer Tony Sanchez, nicknamed "Spanish Tony." Tony worked and lived with The Stones during the period in the late '60s when they were recording Beggars Banquet and the concert film The Rock & Roll Circus. He was also with them when they went into exile in the South of France.

The photos, which were thought to have been lost, were discovered in a loft in South London. They are described as "the most idiosyncratic shots of the band a collector could hope for."

“I couldn’t be happier to be involved in this project,” Oliver Bayliss, owner & founder of Bayliss Rare Books, shares. “I spent months trawling through Tony’s archive – thousands of negatives and contact sheets – and am blown away by Tony’s unique eye and the quality of these images. Fans and collectors alike are in for a real treat.” 

The exhibit, put on by Bayliss Rare Books and Spanish Tony Media, is happening at the J/M Gallery in Notting Hill from February 28 to March 5. Prints of the 27 photos on display will also be available for purchase starting February 28 on the Bayliss Rare Books website.

The exhibit is the latest exciting news for Rolling Stones fans. Next up, the band is set to release the live album The Rolling Stones Live at The Wiltern on March 8. They will then head out on their Hackney Diamonds tour starting April 28 in Houston, Texas. A complete list of dates can be found at rollingstones.com.

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Moon time capsule includes music from The Who, Santana & more

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Artists like The Who, Santana and Jimi Hendrix have fans all over the world, but their music is no longer limited to folks here on Earth.

Billboard reports that digitized recordings from a slew of musicians was included in a time capsule on the Odysseus space craft, which touched down on the moon on Thursday, February 22.

In total, the time capsule features music from 222 artists, including Elvis Presley, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, and Chuck Berry. Some previously unreleased material was also included, as well as photos from Woodstock and album art, including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

Dallas Santana, of the company Space Blue, brought the idea of the music collection to Arch Mission Foundation and curated the music that appeared on it. He notes, “This is music that stands the test of time.”

Santana adds that much of the collection is made up of music from 1969 and artists who were at Woodstock, since the festival took place just weeks after the U.S. landed on the moon for the first time. He hopes the capsule can capture some of the feelings of peace and togetherness that were on display at Woodstock.

“We need peace on the earth right now,” he says. “We’ve brought to the moon the Summer of Love, the people and artists and messages that are needed on earth right now.”

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The Beatles lose 'Billboard' chart record to Taylor Swift

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The Beatles have had one of their Billboard records broken, this time by Taylor Swift.

This week’s Billboard 200 features three Taylor albums in the top 10: 1989 (Taylor's Version), Lover and Midnights. That brings her total weeks in the top 10 to 384, from 16 albums. That's enough to surpass The Beatles, whose 32 albums have spent 382 weeks in the top 10.

Meet the Beatles was the Fab Four's first entry into the Billboard 200 top 10, the week of February 8, 1964. The reissue of Revolver marked their last top 10 entry, during the week of November 12, 2022.

Overall, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is The Beatles album with the most weeks in the top 10 with 35, followed by Abbey Road and A Hard Day’s Night, both with 28.

Coming in behind The Beatles is The Rolling Stones, with 309 weeks in top 10, followed by Barbra Streisand with 277.

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War announces dates for The World Is a Ghetto 50th Anniversary Tour

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War’s classic album The World Is a Ghetto celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022, and now that celebration continues on the road.

The band, featuring founding member Lonnie Jordan, just announced dates for The World Is a Ghetto 50th Anniversary Tour, which kicks off March 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The tour includes dates in Florida, Louisiana, Nevada and Los Angeles, wrapping with a set at the Fools In Love Festival in Inglewood, California, on August 31. War is also booked to play the Super Legends Cruise out of Sam Pedro, California, from September 13 to 16.

A complete list of dates can be found at war.com. 

Released in November 1972, The World Is a Ghetto spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart and became the biggest-selling album of 1973. In November, the band celebrated the 50th anniversary with a Record Store Day Black Friday vinyl release of a 50th anniversary collector's edition of the album. A CD and digital release is expected later this year.

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Sting attends New York premiere of 'Dune: Part Two' 40 years after starring in original film

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Back in 1984, Sting appeared in the original Dune film, directed by David Lynch, and now, he’s showing his support for the new installment of the sci-fi epic.

The rocker attended the New York premiere of Dune: Part Two this past weekend, accompanied by his 40-year-old daughter, Mickey Sumner, who shared a photo on Instagram of them posing together on the red carpet, decked out all in black. 

“D U N E Part 2 (it’s incredible),” she wrote, “Escorting the OG FEYD."

Mickey is referring to the character Feyd-Rautha, who Sting played in the original ‘80s movie. The role is being played by Austin Butler in Dune: Part Two, which opens March 1. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, also stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya.

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Paul McCartney reveals inspiration behind iconic “Yesterday” lyric

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Paul McCartney is opening up about the inspiration behind one of the iconic lyrics to his classic tune “Yesterday.”

During the latest episode of his McCartney: A Life in Lyrics podcast, the former Beatle explains that the line “I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday” was inspired by a time he corrected how his mother pronounced a word, something he deeply regretted.

"Sometimes, it's only in retrospect you can appreciate it,” he says. “I remember very clearly one day feeling very embarrassed cause I embarrassed my mum."

"She would talk what we thought was a little bit posh,” he explains, noting, “I know that she said something like, 'Paul, will you ask him if he's going?' and I went, 'Arsk?! Arsk! It's ask, mum!' And she got a little bit embarrassed.”

He adds, "I remember later thinking, 'God, I wish I'd never said that.' And it stuck with me ... after she died."

While the song seems to be about a heartbreak over a failed relationship, McCartney later realized it's also about the loss of his mother.

"So I don’t know. Does this happen? Do you find yourself unconsciously putting songs into girl lyrics that are really your dead mother?” he says. “I suspect it might be true. It sort of fits, if you look at the lyrics."

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Blondie, Todd Rundgren among the artists booked for St. Louis’ Evolution Festival

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Blondie, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Todd Rundgren are among the acts set to play Evolution Festival, happening September 28 and 29 at Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

The festival, now in its second year, will be headlined by The Killers and Beck, with Jane’s Addiction, Killer Mike, Elle King and Pete Yorn also on the bill.

Two-day passes for the festival go on sale Wednesday, February 28, at 10 a.m. CST. Info on tickets and the complete lineup can be found at evolutionfestival.com.


 

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Something in the Way-verly Place: Selena Gomez reveals she was "obsessed" with Kurt Cobain

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Selena Gomez: Kurt Cobain superfan?

The pop star and Only Murders in the Building actor revealed on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she "kinda got obsessed" with the late Nirvana frontman when she was younger.

"I dyed my hair, cut my hair like him," Gomez shared. "I know a little too much ... I would rewatch his interviews, I would watch his performances, I've seen his documentary, like, 12 times."

Previously, Billie Eilish named Cobain as an influence on her Barbie song, "What Was I Made For?"

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Foreigner’s Lou Gramm shares his gratitude over band’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination

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Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm is speaking out regarding the band’s recent nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“I wanted to share my gratitude to the Rock Hall of Fame for this nomination, Mick Jones and I have waited a long time for this,” he writes on Instagram. “Thank you to my friends in the entertainment industry and fans alike for their generous support in voting for us, keeping Foreigner in the Top 3 since voting commenced.”

He adds, “You have been the reason #Foreigner has had so many multi-platinum albums, Billboard Hot 100 hits and is the most played classic rock band on radio.” 

In an attached video, Gramm also acknowledged Jones’ “courage” following the recent announcement of his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis and thanked those in the industry who worked to get them the nomination. 

Gramm then gave a shoutout to Mark Ronson, Jones' stepson, who posted a video featuring Slash, Jack Black, Josh Homme, Chad Smith and Dave Grohl, making the case for why Foreigner should be in the Hall of Fame.

“Now I've seen a lot of the videos and I've definitely been feeling the buzz," he says. "It's really exciting and it means a lot. It means a lot to me and all the guys in the band.” 

The Hall of Fame fan vote is open until April 26; fans can vote for up to seven artists daily. Inductees will be announced in April, and the 2024 induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland in the fall.

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On This Day, February 26, 1985: Bruce Springsteen wins his first Grammy

On This Day, February 26, 1985…

At the 27th annual Grammy Awards, Bruce Springsteen took home his first ever Grammy, winning Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male for the “Dancing in the Dark.” The track was also nominated for Record of the Year but lost to Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With it.”

The Boss also received a nomination for Album of the Year for Born in the U.S.A., but lost to Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down.

Throughout his career, Springsteen has won 20 Grammy Awards, with 51 nominations. His last win was in 2010 for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for “Working on a Dream.” He was nominated in 2023 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Only the Strong Survive.

After being forced to postpone his 2023 tour due to peptic ulcer disease, Springsteen is set to kick off a new leg with the E Street Band on March 19 in Phoenix, Arizona. A complete list of dates can be found at brucespringsteen.com.

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Pearl Jam earns new 'Billboard' chart feat with "Dark Matter" single

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Pearl Jam's new single "Dark Matter" has earned the band a career first.

The track has hit #1 on Billboard's Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, a feat that no other PJ song has achieved before. The ranking, which began in 2009, measures combined airplay across rock- and alternative-formatted radio stations.

"Dark Matter" takes the top spot on Rock & Alternative Airplay in just two chart periods since its release on February 13. The last song to reach #1 on the chart that quickly was Linkin Park's unearthed single "Lost," which also took only two weeks following its premiere in 2023.

While they've never led Rock & Alternative Airplay prior to "Dark Matter," Pearl Jam does have multiple number ones on the dedicated Mainstream Rock Airplay and Alternative Airplay charts – they've conquered the former three times and the latter four times.

"Dark Matter" has also reached the top 10 on both Mainstream Rock Airplay and Alternative Airplay. It's the first PJ tune to reach that high on Alternative Airplay since 2013.

"Dark Matter" is the lead single and title track off Pearl Jam's upcoming 12th studio album, due out April 19. Pearl Jam will launch a North American tour in May.

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Billy Joel and Sting join each other onstage during first co-headlining show

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On Saturday, February 24 in Tampa, Florida, Billy Joel and Sting played the first of several co-headlining stadium shows they have planned for 2024. In addition to playing their own sets, they also joined each other for one of their respective songs.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the show -- the first time the two artists have shared a bill -- began with Billy introducing his old buddy Sting, who then asked the Piano Man to "stick around and sing with me." They launched into Sting's Police classic "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." 

The rest of Sting's set mixed solo and Police hits, from "Roxanne" and "Every Breath You Take" to "Fields of Gold" and "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free." For "Englishman in New York," Sting's pal Shaggy came out for a cameo.

Billy started his set by reminiscing that the last time he was at the venue, Raymond James Stadium, was in 2023, when he took his two young daughters to see Taylor Swift. "It was a good show," he confirmed.

During his set, Billy performed his new single "Turn the Lights Back On" for only the second time live, telling the crowd, "I hope we don't screw it up!"

Later in the show, Sting returned, wearing a Sinatra-style hat and suit, to join Billy on his jazzy song "Big Man on Mulberry Street."

Billy and Sting will perform together again on April 13 in San Diego, September 27 in St. Louis and October 25 in San Antonio, Texas. In between, Billy will play solo dates, a few shows with Stevie Nicks and one with Rod Stewart. He'll also wrap up his 10-year Madison Square Garden residency on July 25.

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Ronnie Wood debuts latest Rolling Stones-inspired artwork

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The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is taking inspiration from his bandmates for his latest works of art.

The rocker has debuted a new collectors series, titled “Burning,” featuring three paintings that “explore the interplay between the members of The Stones.” The description notes the art captures “intense moments in performance when the band are ‘on fire.' As the viewer you take the part of the audience - feeling the heat!”

The paintings include “Play on Hands,” which explores frontman Mick Jagger’s movements onstage and how his hands are “as communicative as his vocals.” There’s also “Twang,” featuring Ronnie, Keith Richards and the late Charlie Watts, and “Weaving,” focusing on the dynamic between Ronnie and Mick.

Prints of all three paintings are on sale now individually and as a three-print set. All are numbered and hand-signed by Wood.

But Wood may soon be too busy to focus on his art, as The Rolling Stones are set to kick off their Hackney Diamonds tour on April 28 in Houston, Texas, with dates confirmed through July 17 in Santa Clara, California. A complete list of dates can be found at rollingstones.com.

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Ace Frehley doesn’t believe KISS is really done with touring

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While KISS retired from touring back in December, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons' former bandmate Ace Frehley doesn’t believe they’re actually calling it quits from the road.

"I’m the only game in town because KISS is supposedly retired — which I don’t believe is gonna happen,” Frehley tells Billboard. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they reformed."

But until that happens, Frehley is embracing his KISS past on the road.

“We added ‘Shout It Out Loud’ and ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ because talking to people, they go … you gotta do those songs live — and I did and it went over fantastic,” he said. “We ended the night with three KISS songs ... and everybody was singing along and it was great." 

And while it’s often felt like Frehley and his former bandmates aren’t on good terms, he insists that’s not really the case.

“We’re still friends,” he says. “I know a lot of people think we hate each other, but that’s not true. We’re just like a family, but sometimes brothers and sisters have arguments and so on. But when the s*** hits the fan, we’re there for each other. I just wish them the best.”

Frehley just released his new solo album, 10,000 Volts. Fans can catch him performing songs from that album, as well as those KISS classics, on tour this year. His next show is happening March 28 in New York City. A complete list of dates can be found at acefrehley.com.

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Yes announces new edition of 2023's 'Mirror To The Sky', new video for title track

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Yes released their most recent album, Mirror To The Sky, in May 2023, and now they’re sharing a new video of an edited version of the album’s title track.

The video comes as the band — currently made up of Steve HoweGeoff DownesJon DavisonBilly Sherwood and Jay Schellen — is set to release a new limited two-CD+Blu-ray Digipak edition of the album on April 5. The set includes the original album, along with a Blu-ray featuring Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround sound and instrumental mixes of the record.

The new edition of Mirror To The Sky is available for preorder now.

After touring the U.S. in 2023, Yes is set to embark on the U.K. and European leg of their The Classic Tales of Yes Tour, which has them performing songs from the band’s more than 50-year career, including tracks from Mirror to the Sky. It also includes a celebration of the 50th anniversary of their sixth studio album, Tales from Topographic Oceans.

The tour kicks off April 30 in Lisbon, Portugal. A complete list of dates can be found at yesworld.com.

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