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Credit: Steve RoseZZ Top recently wrapped up a U.S. summer tour, and frontman Billy Gibbons is preparing to launch a North American solo trek in October, but the Texas trio has just announced plans to hit the stage together again next year in Las Vegas.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have lined up a return engagement at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian casino and resort running from January 18 through February 2.  The eight-date residency follows a five-show stand at the venue that took place this past April.

Tickets for the new concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, September 28, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, box offices at The Venetian resort, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Pre-sale tickets will be available to ZZ Top fan club members starting Tuesday, September 25, at 10 a.m. PT, and to Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers and Grazie loyalty members beginning Wednesday, September 26, at 10 a.m. PT.

As previously reported, Gibbons' solo tour in support of his just-released studio album The Big Bad Blues kicks off on October 13 in Riverside, Iowa, and is plotted out through a November 18 show in West Hollywood, California. Billy also recently added a pair of solo shows in Austin, Texas on December 28 and 29.

Here are ZZ Top's 2019 Las Vegas shows:

1/18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30
2/1, 2

And here are Gibbons' 2018 solo concerts:

10/13 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
10/14 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom
10/16 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
10/17 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone
10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
10/20 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
10/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora Ballroom
10/23 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square
10/25 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/26 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater
10/28 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
10/30 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club
10/31 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club
11/1 -- Washington, DC, Pearl Street Warehouse
11/3 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
11/5 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/6 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues – Orlando
11/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
11/9 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
11/10 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's Texas
11/11 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
11/13 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
11/15 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
11/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
11/18 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
12/28 -- Austin, TX, Antone's
12/29 -- Austin, TX, Antone's

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Credit: Derek HudsonFounding Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has premiered an official video for his new song, "Good On You Son," the first single from his upcoming studio album, Down the Road Wherever. You can watch the clip now at Knopfler's official YouTube channel.

The video begins and ends with scenes of Mark riding a motorcycle through a rural landscape, while the bulk of the clip features footage of Knopfler and his solo band performing at various venues in Europe. The video also captures Mark and his backing musicians at work in the studio.

The "Good On You Son" video was directed by Henrik Hansen, who previously worked on a short film that accompanied the title track of Knopfler's 2015 solo album, Tracker.

"Good On You Son" is a laid-back tune boasting blues, reggae and jazz influences. The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.  Pre-order Down the Road Wherever now and you'll receive an instant free download of the song. The album will be released November 16.

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Taylor Hill/FilmMagicJill Vedder, wife of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, has joined forces with former first lady Michelle Obama to encourage voting for the upcoming midterm elections.

The two are participating in a campaign called When We All Vote, which is hosting voter registration events across the U.S. now through September 29.

The Vedders have long been supporters of the Obamas; Eddie performed during Barack Obama's farewell address at the end of his presidency in January 2017.

For more info, visit WhenWeAllVote.org.

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Steve Granitz/WireImageFrances Bean Cobain has shared another taste of her musical talent.

On her Instagram, the 26-year-old daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has uploaded a snippet of her performing a new song she wrote. The clip features Frances strumming an acoustic guitar as she sings lyrics such as "It's hard to be alive."

Throughout the year, Cobain -- who's largely shied away from the music world in favor of visual art during her life -- has been sharing small previews of original songs. She uploaded the first clip in April, the night before the 24th anniversary of her father's death.

Cobain has previously said she eventually plans to release full versions of her songs.

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Atlantic RecordsPretty Woman is about a hooker who dreams of a better life who falls in love with a billionaire, right?  So imagine how Bryan Adams felt when he was hired to write songs for the Broadway musical based on the film -- and was told he couldn't use the words "love," "hooker" or "dreams."

"So how do you say, 'I wanna chase my dream,' without actually saying it?" Adams recalls.  He and his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance did it with a song called "Anywhere But Here," and you can hear it now on the original cast recording, which was released this past Friday.

That was just one of the challenges the duo faced while composing for Pretty Woman: The Musical during its years-long development process.  It was co-written by Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall, and Bryan got to work closely with him before Marshall died in 2016.

"It was his dream to make this into a Broadway musical, and I was really excited to be part of his dream," Adams tells ABC Radio. "And he'd sorta sketched out in his mind where he thought a song could go, so we sat down and in two weeks...we mapped out what was pretty much the roadmap for this musical."

The Canadian musician says he loves hearing the Pretty Woman cast sing his music, especially Samantha Barks, in the lead role of Vivian.

"I love the characters and...what they’re bringing to this," says Adams.  "In fact, so many times the singers and actors...have brought something much more interesting [to it] than what I would’ve. I mean, [when] Sam sings 'This Is My Life' -- the first time I heard it, I completely forgot that I had written it!"

Adams will release a new album where he does the singing early in 2019.

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ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's world travels won't be slowing down any time soon. The metal legends have announced a 2019 European tour, set to kick off May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The trek, which will feature support from Ghost, will hit 25 cities across 20 countries, including a stop at the historic Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland. For ticket info, visit Metallica.com.

As with their North American tour, Metallica will be offering the Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket for the European run, which gives you floor access to any show on the trek. Only 750 Black Tickets will be available, and they cost 598 euro, or just over $700.

Metallica's current North American outing continues this Wednesday with a hometown show in San Francisco, and will last into March of next year.

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Paul McCartney during a recording session for The Beatles. Abbey Road Studios. October 1968 Credit: © Apple Corps Ltd.The remastered reissue of The Beatles' self-titled 1968 double album, more commonly referred to as The White Album, can finally be yours on November 9

The feature-packed release, timed for the 50th anniversary of the original record -- which was actually released on November 22, 1968 -- boasts a 5.1 surround-sound mix, painstakingly assembled by audio experts at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The release comes in various packages, which you can preview thanks to a new trailer posted online.

There's a three-CD Deluxe edition, which includes demos and rare acoustic performances, as well as a poster. The seven-disc Super Deluxe edition contains that and more, including 50 studio session outtakes, as well as the album on 5.1 Blu-ray, featuring mono and stereo remixes of the record, plus a 168-page, photo-packed hardback book boasting details about the songs' origins.

Two separate vinyl versions also will be offered: one a double record like the original vinyl release, and the other a four-LP Deluxe collection.

Back in June, Paul McCartney told DIY magazine that the White Album reissue is, "very cool and it sounds like you're in the room." He explained of some of the demos, "you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon's] voice and a guitar. [It sounds] amazing."

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KMazur/WireImage for ChopardRod Stewart's in the doghouse with his wife...and with Elton John. Sir Rod recently teased his longtime friend -- who he calls "Sharon" and who calls him "Phyllis" in return -- about Elton's announcement earlier this year that his current tour will be his last.

Stewart admits to the Daily Telegraph, "He's really [upset] with me. 'Cause when he did announce [the tour], I sent him a text: 'What, again dear?' And I got nothing back!"

Rod says his wife Penny Lancaster "says I've got to phone him up. [And] I will get round to it."

Stewart says, "He's got two kids so I can understand why he wants to pack it in. 'Cause he's always worked harder than me. Wow, does he work hard!"

But then the singer threw shade at Elton again, saying, "But he only sings for 30 minutes [per show]."

The fur started flying between the old pals back in March, when Stewart appeared on Watch What Happens L!ve With Andy Cohen and called farewell tours in general "dishonest," adding "It stinks of selling tickets."

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TKO/Eric GettlerDickey Betts' brain surgery was successful.

An update published on Betts' website says, "Dickey Betts and his family want everyone to know that his surgery was a success. The outpouring of support from all over the world has been overwhelming and amazing. We are so appreciative. Thank you all so much for your wonderful thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated."

The former Allman Brothers guitarist fell while at home playing with his dog earlier this week and sustained a head injury. Friday's surgery was to relieve the cranial pressure created from swelling.

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Credit: Tyler CurtisPaul McCartney may not be content to Let It Be. The singer says that the Beatles documentary of the same name -- released in 1970 and focusing on the miserable process of the band members trying to stay together long enough to release what ended up being their last album -- "may be[come]...a new movie, re-edit[ed] from the same period, from the same footage."

In an interview with Canada's Radio X, Macca says that there's "about 56 hours of [unleased] footage. [And] the overall feeling is very joyous and very uplifting."

That would be a stark contrast to the strained feeling of much of the existing Let It Be film, which hasn't been available in any format since the '80s. It was supposed to have been released in DVD a decade ago, but a source at Apple Records told Britain's Daily Express that McCartney and Ringo Starr killed the plan because of the downbeat nature of the film.

But Paul's opinion of the film seems to have changed --  the discovery of the footage of "a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it" leads to him predict, "I think it's gonna happen. I think there may be a new version of it....Who knows, that may be happening in a year or two."

Here are McCartney's remaining North American shows of 2018:

9/28 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place
9/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
10/5 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/12 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival

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Matt Baron/ShutterstockElton John has emerged victorious in a libel suit against a British tabloid.

According to the BBC, Elton, who has a long history of suing British tabloids and winning, said a report in The Sun that their dog had severely injured a young child during a play date was "false and seriously defamatory."

The front-page story, which ran in The Sun back in February, claimed that Elton's spaniel bit a five-year-old girl who was at his home for a play date in 2016.  The story said that the dog inflicted "Freddy Krueger-like injuries" on the girl, that it was a "serious attack," and that Elton and his husband, David Furnish, "failed to make any attempt to find out how the little girl was" after the incident.  The story was subsequently picked up by a number of other U.K. publications.

But Elton and David's lawyer told the judge, "The truth is that the injuries were not serious, and the claimants, far from ignoring the incident, made several inquiries about the girl's welfare to her father and nanny. Each time it was confirmed the girl was fine."

The lawyer said that the newspaper accepted the ruling that the allegation was untrue and that it would now apologize to Elton and David, reimburse their legal costs and pay them significant damages.

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Blackened RecordingsMetallica's 1991 self-titled album, better known as The Black Album, has passed an impressive chart milestone that is certainly not sad but is definitely true. The record has now spent a historic total of 500 non-consecutive week on the Billboard 200.

Since the chart began publishing weekly in 1956, only three other albums have spent at least 500 weeks on the Billboard 200. Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is the clear record-holder, with a total of 937 weeks, while Bob Marley and The Wailers' best of collection Legend and Journey's Greatest Hits have each tallied 539 weeks.

With singles such as "Enter Sandman," "Nothing Else Matters" and "Wherever I May Roam," The Black Album catapulted Metallica from metal heroes to world-conquering rock gods. The diamond-certified record is easily Metallica's best-selling release, having sold over 16 million copies in the U.S.

Metallica is currently on tour behind the band's latest album, 2016's Hardwired...to Self-Destruct.

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Farm Aid

Farm Aid 2018 is one day away -- the day-long festival is taking place in Hartford, Connecticut this Saturday, September 22. Tickets are sold out through official channels but still available on StubHub and CraigsList, and the multi-artist hoedown is the perfect event for a road trip.

However, if you're unable to hit the highway in pursuit of Farm Aid, AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live.

In Farm Aid tradition, this year's show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Country stars Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.

The Farm Aid broadcast caps off an AXS Saturday Stack dedicated to the Farm Aid organizers, beginning at noon ET until the show starts at 7.

Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.

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Image credit: Myriam SantosSteve Perry's shared a treat to take us into the weekend.  "We're Still Here," the latest song release from the former Journey frontman's forthcoming album, Traces, is out now.

"We're Still Here" -- which the label says "celebrates the continuity of life and a sense of camaraderie with a new generation" -- at first listen shares a little of the vibe from the Perry-fronted 1983 Journey arena ballad "Send Her My Love," only much more mellow.  Perry's trademark vocal gymnastics from back in the day may be absent but as previous tracks have proven, the 69-year-old is still in fine voice.

The video for "We're Still Here," also out now, is a straightforward affair, showing Perry and his band performing the song in a studio setting. 

"We're Still Here" follows the previous Traces track releases “No Erasin’” and “No More Cryin’.”

You can order Traces now on CD, digital download and 180-gram vinyl.  When you do, you'll score instant downloads of all three single releases.

Traces, Perry's first album since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine, is due out October 5.  Here's the track list:

"No Erasin’"
"We’re Still Here"
"Most of All"
"No More Cryin’"
"In the Rain"
"Sun Shines Gray"
"You Belong to Me"
"Easy to Love" 
"I Need You"
"We Fly"

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The Chris Cornell Estate/UMeChris Cornell fans will soon be able to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman with a massive, extras-packed box set and a separate, 17-track album titled Chris Cornell, both of which will be available November 16.

Ahead of the releases, Cornell's widow, Vicky, has shared the previously unreleased track "When Bad Does Good."  You can hear it now in a lyric video streaming now online.

In addition to the self-titled album, the 64-track box set will include 10 additional unreleased tracks as well as "selections culled from the deep catalogs of his three influential bands -- Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave -- as well as songs from his solo career," according to the estate.

In a statement, Vicky Cornell says, "Since Chris’ sudden passing I have put all my efforts and energy into sharing his music and legacy with his fans from all over the world. I felt we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him -- the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist. His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many. His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans."

Among the offerings on the box set will be 10 rare, unreleased live performances from the musician, including his duet with Yusuf/Cat Stevens on “Wild World” and another duet with his daughter, Toni Cornell, on Bob Marley's "Redemption Song."  There's also music from Temple of the Dog’s 25th anniversary reunion show in 2016, and more.

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Olaf HeineBono's voice has been called many things, but now we can add "soothing" to that list.

Last week, the members of U2 had just started playing a very intimate and unplugged version of "One" in a Paris restaurant called Refettorio, when a small child started crying. Without hesitating, Bono picked up the girl and held her, bouncing her gently as he started singing.

In a video posted to Instagram by Massimo Bottura, the restaurant's founder, the girl seemed comforted and stopped crying.

Bottura thanked U2 in the caption of the video for their support of Refettorio, an upscale restaurant that exclusively serves free meals to those in need.

U2 is currently on the European leg of their Songs of Experience Innocence tour, which wraps up November 13 in Berlin.  That show is a make-up date for one the band was forced to cancel several weeks ago after Bono lost his voice.

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Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty ImagesDo you remember the 21st of September? Some fans certainly do. 

Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" is expecting a boost in views on YouTube Friday -- the 21st night of September. In fact, this time last year the video saw a 286% increase with 797k views in one day, according to the streaming service. 

Although the track is turning 40 this year, the music video has a total of 225 million views on YouTube. 

Even the band is getting ready for the special day, tweeting, "Only a few more days now..." on Tuesday. 

Taylor Swift sparked renewed interest in "September" earlier this year when she recorded the single in Nashville as part of the Spotify Singles series, giving it a slowed-down, country vibe. 

"September" was originally released in 1978 and reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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ABC/Randy HolmesSlash is known for playing a Gibson Les Paul, but the Guns N' Roses guitarist has teamed up with Epiphone to make a signature Firebird guitar.

"The Firebird design has always been attractive to me," Slash says. "From a sonic point of view, they're set up to be very different than the kind of thing than what I do with a Les Paul...I finally got a chance to work with Epiphone to do [a Firebird] that was more to my specs."

The Limited Edition Slash Firebird will be limited to a total of 1,000 guitars worldwide, 100 of which will be signed by the top-hatted shredder. Visit Epiphone.com for more info.

In other news, Slash appears on the latest episode of comedian and actor Marc Maron's popular WTF podcast. The two talk about Slash's early life, Guns N' Roses, and his struggle to quit smoking.

Slash will release his new album, Living the Dream, with his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators this Friday.

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Bono's voice has been called many things, but now we can add "soothing" to that list.

Last week, the members of U2 had just started playing a very intimate and unplugged version of "One" in a Paris restaurant called Refettorio, when a small child started crying. Without hesitating, Bono picked up the girl and held her, bouncing her gently as he started singing.

In a video posted to Instagram by Massimo Bottura, the restaurant's founder, the girl seemed comforted and stopped crying.

Bottura thanked U2 in the caption of the video for their support of Refettorio, an upscale restaurant that exclusively serves free meals to those in need.

U2 is currently on the European leg of their Songs of Experience Innocence tour, which wraps up November 13 in Berlin.  That show is a make-up date for one the band was forced to cancel several weeks ago after Bono lost his voice.

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ColumbiaThe 14th installment of Bob Dylan's ongoing Bootleg Series shall be released.  This time, he's putting out outtakes and incidentals from the recording of the 1975 album Blood on the Tracks, as a collection titled More Blood, More Tracks.

According to Dylan's official site, the deluxe version of the set will have just about every audible bit of tape from what Dylan fans know as the "New York Sessions," as well as studio commentary. There will also be bare-bones versions of "Tangled Up in Blue," "Simple Twist of Fate," "Idiot Wind," and others.

More Blood, More Tracks will be released in three configurations: a barebones single CD for $12, a gatefold double album for $30, and the six-CD boxed set for $160.

The boxed set will also come with a hardcover book containing a reproduction of Dylan's session notebook from that era.

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