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Engelke/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesAC/DC's Malcolm Young, who along with his brother and fellow guitarist Angus founded the group and led it for more than four decades, has died. He was 64. A message on the band's website confirmed his passing.

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," reads the message. "Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man."

"He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted," the note, written by his brother and bandmate Angus Young, continues. "He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. As his brother, it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."

News that Malcolm was ailing emerged in April of 2014.  After rumors circulated that a member of the band was suffering from a debilitating illness, AC/DC issued a statement that read, "After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health."  The message also insisted that the band planned to continue making music.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Malcolm moved with his family to Australia in 1963 and eventually decided to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, George, who was a member of the popular 1960s group The Easybeats.

Malcolm and Angus Young formed AC/DC in November 1973, and after several changes, the band's lineup solidified with charismatic frontman Bon Scott.  Touring relentlessly, the band steadily built an international following.  AC/DC was riding high on the success of its 1979 album, Highway to Hell, when Scott died in February 1980 of acute alcohol poisoning. 

Brian Johnson replaced Scott, and with the band recorded AC/DC's eighth studio album, Back in Black.  Released in July of 1980, Back in Black catapulted AC/DC to fame, and has gone on to sell more than 22 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it the sixth most successful record ever in the country.

AC/DC continued to be one of hard rock's most popular acts into the new millennium, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.  The band proved its staying power in 2008, when it released its latest studio effort, Black Ice, which became its second album to top the Billboard 200 -- following 1981's For Those About to Rock We Salute You.

Through it all, Malcolm Young remained an integral part of the group, teaming with Angus to co-write nearly every song AC/DC recorded, often in collaboration with either Scott or Johnson.  Among the many classic tunes Malcolm had a hand in writing are "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Back in Black," "Hells Bells," "Highway to Hell," "T.N.T.," "It's a Long Way to the Top," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," and "Shoot to Thrill."  While Angus drew most of the attention, with his trademark schoolboy uniform and hyperactive stage persona, Malcolm anchored the band's sound with his driving riffs.

Speaking with ABC News Radio in 2003, Malcolm explained what motivated him to keep playing.  "It's just to get better and better," he said.  "It's...you want more.  You want more from your instrument and you wanna take it to another level.  You're always looking for something that hasn't been done. It's a drug, really."

Malcolm is survived by his wife, Linda, and children Ross and Cara.

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Denise Truscello/WireImageAt age 70, Elton John doesn't seem to be slowing down, and he still regularly tours the world.  According to his manager, not only will Elton not retire, he simply cannot.

The pop-rock legend's manager, of course, is also his husband, David Furnish.  He tells Music Week, "Without question, Elton must never stop performing. We all have things that kind of keep us alive in life. Some people relish the idea of a retirement where they do nothing [but] for Elton that would be purgatory."

Furnish also notes, "Playing to live audiences is going to be something he always needs to do." 

As for songwriting, he says Elton is "never going to stop," adding, "I think the passion [that] keeps him alive is that he needs to continue to create and write, he needs to collaborate."

However, Furnish admits that because their two sons are nearly seven and five, Elton and he need to be there for them, and that may affect just how much his husband will tour.  For example, May of next year will see the end of Elton's Las Vegas show, The Million Dollar Piano.  But according to Furnish, there are still plenty of projects in the works.

"We're going to be shooting a live action musical fantasy version of Elton's life story called Rocket Man that's going to go into production next year," Furnish explains. "I think he feels he needs to take a breather, he needs to step back and take a pause. He's also working on his memoirs and then we have a few surprises up our sleeve."

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Michael Dorf PresentsLed Zeppelin will be saluted at the latest in the series of star-studded annual tribute concerts organized by New York City entrepreneur Michael Dorf at New York's Carnegie Hall.

"The Music of Led Zeppelin at Carnegie Hall" is scheduled for March 7, 2018, and will feature performances by 21 as-yet-unannounced artists.  VIP packages can be purchased now at MusicOf.org, while general admission tickets will be available soon at the Carnegie Hall box office and CarnegieHall.org.

All of the proceeds from the concert will go toward various music-education programs for underprivileged children and young people.

Among the artists who have been the subject of previous "Music Of" shows are The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Elton John, R.E.M., The Who, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

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Credit: Myriam SantosFollowing the January 2016 death of founding member Glenn Frey, The Eagles' future seemed in doubt, but the band eventually regrouped with Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill and played a series of shows this year. Now, longtime Eagles manager Irving Azoff and guitarist Joe Walsh have revealed in separate interviews that the band will continue performing in 2018.

Azoff tells Best Classic Bands that The Eagles are plotting "a handful" of stadium dates next summer with Jimmy Buffett, including one at Coors Field in Denver.

As for what the future holds for the group, Azoff says, "The Eagles are in an experimental phase." He adds that he looks at the new shows as "a celebration of their music" rather than an Eagles tour: "I don't know how long it'll go."

Regarding whether The Eagles might consider creating new music, Azoff says, "I don't speculate there will be any [studio] recordings, based on the public's willingness to listen at this point."

Walsh, meanwhile, recently spoke with the Las Vegas Sun about The Eagles' 2018 plans.

"[N]ext year we're going to play between 40 and 50 shows," the guitarist revealed. "It sure feels good to play our music for people again, and they know the words better than we do."

About the group's decision to continue after Frey's death, Joe said, "We didn't know if we could do it, so we had to try. Glenn's son said OK and stepped up…He doesn't know he's great but he's great, and that really helped us spiritually. Then we got Vince Gill and he filled in that ghost voice in the harmonies, and he's a brilliant musician."

Walsh wraps up a three-night stand at the House of Blues Las Vegas with shows this Saturday and Sunday.

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ABC/Randy HolmesA new video has been released for Chris Cornell's song "The Promise," the final track he released before his death this past May. The visual, dubbed the "theatrical version," mixes footage of the late Soundgarden frontman recording the song with scenes from the film The Promise, for which Cornell originally wrote the track.

"The Promise" reflects the themes of its namesake movie, which takes place during the Armenian genocide. Proceeds from the song were donated to the International Rescue Committee humanitarian charity.

Cornell was posthumously honored with the inaugural Promise Award during a ceremony held this past Tuesday in Los Angeles. Named after the song, the newly created award "recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way." Cornell's widow, Vicky, and his Soundgarden band mates, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, attended the ceremony.

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ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day has premiered the video for their new single, "Back in the USA," now streaming on YouTube.

The video finds the punk trio living in an idyllic '50s neighborhood, only to find a pair of sunglasses that reveals the evil, consumerist message behind their TV and newspapers. Basically, it's a mix of the classic 1950s TV sitcom Leave It to Beaver and the 1988 sci-fi movie They Live.

"Back in the USA" is included on Green Day's new greatest hits collection, God's Favorite Band, which is out now. Along with the new track, the compilation includes 20 of Green Day's biggest singles, as well as a new version of the song "Ordinary World" featuring country star Miranda Lambert.

Green Day is currently touring Latin America in support of their latest album, Revolution Radio.

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Sony Music/InterscopeAudioslave's self-titled debut album will celebrate its 15th anniversary this Sunday, November 19. The supergroup combined the vocal powers of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell with three members of Rage Against the Machine -- guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford.

Thanks to Cornell's presence, Audioslave was the only one of the three bands featuring Morello, Wilk and Commerford -- the others being Rage and current project Prophets of Rage -- to be fronted by a "traditional" singer. If you ask Morello, that's no accident.

"Chris was a great artist in many ways, but he was a unique and extraordinary crafter of melody," Morello tells ABC Radio. "You could literally throw anything at him, whether it was one chord or a riff or any chord progression, and he would some craft some beautiful Cornell-ian melody out of it, kind of like out of the ether."

Audioslave spawned the hit singles "Cochise" and "Like a Stone," the latter of which was nominated for a Grammy. In the wake of Cornell's death this past May, Morello, Wilk and Commerford performed "Like a Stone" on tour with Prophets of Rage while spotlighting an empty microphone.

"It felt healing, in a way, to have this kind of communal mourning and communal celebration of a great artist and a great friend," Morello says.

Following their debut, Audioslave released two more albums -- 2005's Out of Exile and 2006's Revelations -- before breaking up in 2007. The band reunited in January 2017 for a one-off show, and Cornell died four months later.

"It was awesome to have shared the stage with [Cornell] one last time," Morello says of that gig.

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Phenix PhonographIn 2006, Peter Frampton released his first and only instrumental album, Fingerprints, a star-studded collection that won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album the following year. Now, the British guitar whiz has announced plans to reissue the album on January 26, making it available on vinyl for the first time on his own Phenix Phonograph imprint.

Fingerprints features guest appearances by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, ex-Stones bassist Bill Wyman, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Matt Cameron, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, and Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett of the influential U.K. group The Shadows. The album includes 13 original songs, plus a cover of the Soundgarden classic "Black Hole Sun."

Watts and Wyman team up to accompany Frampton on a tune called "Cornerstones," while McCready and Cameron appear on Peter's rendition of "Black Hole Sun" and a song titled "Blowin' Smoke."

Here is the full track list of Fingerprints:

"Boot It Up" -- featuring Courtney Pine
"Ida y Vuelta (Out and Back)" -- with Stanley Sheldon
"Black Hole Sun" -- featuring Matt Cameron and Mike McCready
"Float" -- featuring Gordon Kennedy
"My Cup of Tea" -- featuring Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett
"Shewango Way"
"Blooze" -- featuring Warren Haynes
"Cornerstones" -- featuring Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman
"Grab a Chicken (Put It Back)"
"Double Nickels" -- featuring Paul Franklin
"Smoky"
"Blowin' Smoke" -- featuring Matt Cameron and Mike McCready
"Oh When..."
"Souvenirs de Nos Pères (Memories of Our Fathers)" -- featuring John Jorgenson

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Hollywood RecordsThe deluxe 40th anniversary reissue of Queen's News of the World -- the classic album that kicks off with the one-two punch of "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" -- arrives in stores today. Queen guitarist Brian May tells ABC Radio that he thinks the collection is "one of the best things we've ever done in that way."

The five-disc box set features three CDs, a DVD and a vinyl LP cut directly from the original album's analog master mix tapes. One CD is a remastered version of the original album; another offers alternate takes and mixes of each track.

"[I]t's like different guitar licks, different vocal takes and sometimes different arrangements," May explains. "So there's a whole album of…new looks at what we did."

The third CD contains rare bonus tracks, including BBC sessions, concert performances, plus instrumental versions and backing tracks from News of the World songs.

The DVD is a new documentary called Queen: The American Dream that features footage from a never-completed profile of the band shot during its 1977 U.S. tour in support of News of the World.

May points out that the film features Bob Harris, host of the U.K. performance show The Old Grey Whistle Test, who "conducted the interviews at that time and came with us on our tour."

He adds, "But the documentary was never finished, so now it's finished and you can see us as boys touring, supposedly conquering America."

The package is enhanced by "lots of memorabilia," notes May. "There's posters, [tour] maps and all kinds of stuff in there." The box set also includes a 60-page book.

You can check out an animated unboxing video promoting the collection at Queen's official YouTube channel.

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Credit: Michelle ShiersThis week, Stone Temple Pilots finally announced their new singer: former The X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt. Speaking with The Oakland Press, Gutt says "it's a very strange feeling" being the frontman of a band he's long admired.

"I'm blessed and very honored. It's like joining the Led Zeppelin of my generation," he says. "I feel like I'm living in a movie."

Gutt adds that he's long "studied" the style of STP's original frontman, the late Scott Weiland.

"I was studying Scott when I was coming into singing myself, and I learned so much from [listening to] him," Gutt says. "It was fun to incorporate all those things in my own way and still sing true to Scott's stuff and really keep that as true as I could."

The first taste of the Gutt-fronted Stone Temple Pilots came in the form of the new single "The Meadow," which Gutt helped write on his first day with the band.

"It's like they wrote through me and I wrote through them," Gutt says. "It was a really great process."

STP plan to release a new album in 2018, and they're playing the Welcome to Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida in April.

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Warner Bros. RecordsFleetwood Mac has unveiled plans for the latest installment of its ongoing reissue campaign: a remastered and expanded edition of the band's self-titled 1975 album will hit stores on January 19, 2018.

The Fleetwood Mac reissue will be available as a deluxe edition featuring three CDs, a DVD and a vinyl LP; an expanded two-CD version; a single CD; and digitally.

The album marked the start of the most successful chapter of Fleetwood Mac's long career, as the band welcomed the duo of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham into its lineup. Fleetwood Mac was released in July 1975, and went on to top the Billboard 200 the following year.

The disc featured three top 20 hits -- "Over My Head," "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love Me" -- plus such enduring tunes as "Landslide" and "Monday Morning." The album has sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. to date.

The deluxe Fleetwood Mac reissue features:

--A CD with remastered version of the original album, plus single versions of four tunes
--A CD featuring unreleased early versions and takes of all the album's tracks, plus a few rare live performances
--A CD boasting more unreleased concert performances
--A remastered vinyl edition of the original record
--A DVD-Audio disc containing 5.1 surround sound and high-resolution stereo mixes of the album and the four singles.

Among the many extra tracks on the bonus discs are live versions of such earlier Fleetwood Mac classics as "Oh Well," "The Green Manalishi (with the Two Pronged Crown)" and "Hypnotized," as well as an instrumental take of "I'm So Afraid."

Here's the full track list of the deluxe edition of the Fleetwood Mac reissue:

Disc One: Original Album Remastered and Singles
"Monday Morning"
"Warm Ways"
"Blue Letter"
"Rhiannon"
"Over My Head"
"Crystal"
"Say You Love Me"
"Landslide"
"World Turning"
"Sugar Daddy"
"I'm So Afraid"
"Over My Head" -- Single Version
"Rhiannon" -- Single Version
"Say You Love Me" -- Single Version
"Blue Letter" -- Single Version*

Disc Two: Alternates and Live
"Monday Morning" -- Early Take*
"Warm Ways" -- Early Take*
"Blue Letter" -- Early Take*
"Rhiannon" -- Early Take*
"Over My Head" -- Early Take*
"Crystal" -- Early Take*
"Say You Love Me" -- Early Version*
"Landslide" -- Early Version*
"World Turning" -- Early Version*
"Sugar Daddy" -- Early Take*
"I'm So Afraid" -- Early Version*
"Over My Head" -- Live*
"Rhiannon" -- Live*
"Why" -- Live*
"World Turning" -- Live*
"Jam #2"
"I'm So Afraid" -- Early Take Instrumental*

Disc Three: Live
"Get Like You Used to Be"*
"Station Man"*
"Spare Me a Little"*
"Rhiannon"*
"Why"*
"Landslide"*
"Over My Head"*
"I'm So Afraid"*
"Oh Well"*
"The Green Manalishi (with the Two Pronged Crown)"*
"World Turning"*
"Blue Letter"*
"Don't Let Me Down Again"
"Hypnotized"*

Disc Four: DVD-Audio Disc
--5.1 surround sound mix and high-res stereo mix of original album plus four singles

Disc Five: LP
Side One
"Monday Morning"
"Warm Ways"
"Blue Letter"
"Rhiannon"
"Over My Head"
"Crystal"

Side Two
"Say You Love Me"
"Landslide"
"World Turning"
"Sugar Daddy"
"I'm So Afraid"

* = previously unreleased.

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Cleopatra RecordsTodd Rundgren's latest studio album, White Knight, features collaborations with an eclectic variety of musicians, including "I Got Your Back," which finds the prolific rock veteran teaming up with modern funk/R&B artist Dam-Funk. Now, Dam-Funk has created a new version of the tune he's dubbed a "Re-Freak," as opposed to a remix, that features new vocals and heavier synth bass.

The track is available now on all major digital platforms and streaming services.

"Working with one of my heroes in music was a genuine pleasure," Dam-Funk says of collaborating with Rundgren. "His progressive mind when it comes to all things music, without losing his soul in it, is such an inspiration to me and in what I humbly try to contribute to music listeners and aspire to. As the song says, 'I got your back, Todd.'"

Those purchasing the new "I Got Your Back" digital single also will receive a digital B-side -- the remixed version of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' White Knight collaboration with Rundgren, "Deaf Ears," which was previously unavailable as a download.

White Knight, which was released in May 2017, also features guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Joe Satriani and others.

Todd will wrap up his current tour as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band tonight in Newark, New Jersey, and will then head out on his own solo trek. The outing kicks off Friday night in Salisbury, Massachusetts, and will wind down with a New Year's Eve concert at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

Here are all of Rundgren's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

11/17 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
11/19 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley
11/20 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Rapids Theater
11/22 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
11/24 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theater and Performing Arts Center
11/25 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theater
11/28 -- Falls Church, VA, The State Theater
11/29 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
12/1 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
12/2 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
12/3 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theater
12/5 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
12/7 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater
12/8 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater
12/9 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theater at Westbury
12/12 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
12/13 -- Sheboygan, WI, Weill Center
12/15 -- Kansas City, MO, Voodoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino
12/16 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
12/17 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
12/19 -- Denver, CO, The Oriental Theater
12/21 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theater
12/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theater
12/23 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
12/27 -- Santa Clarita, CA, The Canyon Club
12/28 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
12/30 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon Club
12/31 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theater

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageIn 1986, U2 headed into the California desert to take photos for the cover of their classic album The Joshua Tree. During the excursion, guitarist The Edge took his own pictures documenting the trip.

Those images now will be put on public display for the first time at an exhibit that opens next week at the ARCANE Space gallery at Los Angeles' Venice Beach. A opening reception for The Joshua Tree: Photography by The Edge exhibit will take place November 22 at 6 p.m. PT, and the images will remain on display through December 17.

In addition, limited-edition prints of individual photos taken by The Edge will be sold at the gallery. All proceeds raised by the sales will be donated to the GO Campaign, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Monica, California, that aids orphans and vulnerable children around the world.

"I took these photographs without a clear sense of where they might end up," says the Irish rocker. "I guess I took them because I felt that this experience and this landscape and this moment in time ought to be remembered and possibly at some point shared."

Following the event, the photos will be on display at ARCANE Space during the venue's regular hours -- Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT. The gallery will be closed on Thanksgiving.

You can check out a few of the pics taken by The Edge at ArcaneSpaceLA.com.

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Guns N' Roses have been delighting hosts of fans on their Not in This Lifetime tour, and the reunited rockers have been rewarded for their successful trek with two major honors at the 2017 Billboard Touring Awards, held Tuesday in Beverly Hills, California. GN'R took home the Top Tour and Top Draw prizes, which recognize, respectively, the highest-grossing and most-attended treks of the past year.

U2 was among the evening's other winners. The Irish rockers received the Top Boxscore award -- which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist -- for their July 25-26 stand at Stade de France in Paris as part of their The Joshua Tree Tour 2017.

In addition, Foo Fighters' partnership with Capitol One for their Cal Jam concert and the North American leg of their Concrete and Gold Tour won the Concert Marketing/Promotion honor. Check out the full list of winners at Billboard.com.

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Roman RecordsAerosmith's Joe Perry will release a new solo album titled Sweetzerland Manifesto on January 19 that features a variety of guest collaborators, including vocal contributions from Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, ex-New York Dolls frontman David Johansen, and British blues-rock veteran Terry Reid. The 10-track collection features nine songs written or co-written by Perry, as well as a cover of the 1960s protest anthem "Eve of Destruction," which Joe sings.

Sweetzerland Manifesto was executive produced by actor Johnny Depp, who plays guitar alongside Perry in Hollywood Vampires. Depp also played drums on Perry's rendition of "Eve of Destruction."

Zander sings on a tune called "Aye, Aye, Aye," which he co-wrote with Perry, while Johansen and Reid lend their vocal and writing talents to three tracks each. Longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey plays drums on one of the songs featuring Reid -- "I'll Do Happiness."

Joe's sons Tony and Roman Perry appear on "Spanish Sushi," an instrumental tune they produced and arranged. Their dad plays guitars and bass on the track, while Roman added synthesizer programming and Tony handled drum programming on it.

Sweetzerland Manifesto co-produced by Joe and veteran studio whiz Bruce Witkin, along with added help from longtime Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas. Douglas also co-wrote some of the tracks.

The record is Perry's sixth solo studio effort -- including his Joe Perry Project releases -- and his first since 2009's Have Guitar, Will Travel.

Here's the full track list of Sweetzerland Manifesto:

"Rumble in the Jungle" (Instrumental)
"I'll Do Happiness" -- featuring Terry Reid
"Aye, Aye, Aye" -- featuring Robin Zander
"I Wanna Roll" -- featuring David Johansen
"Sick & Tired" -- featuring Terry Reid
"Haberdasher Blues" -- featuring David Johansen
"Spanish Sushi" (Instrumental)
"Eve of Destruction"
"I'm Going Crazy" -- featuring David Johansen
"Won't Let Me Go" -- featuring Terry Reid

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Daniel Knighton/Getty ImagesThe music world was saddened by the death of Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, who passed away September 3 at age 67. No cause of death was revealed at the time, but now the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's widow, Delia, has issued a statement in which she shares previously unannounced details about Becker's passing.

In her letter, Delia describes Walter's death as a "devastating blow," and says she's "just beginning to emerge from its heartbreaking impact."

She reveals that her husband "died in the course of being treated for an extremely aggressive form of esophageal cancer," adding, "The cancer was detected during one of his annual medical checkups and its presence came as a grim surprise to Walter, his doctors and to me. It seemed to have come out of nowhere and had spread with terrifying speed."

Delia continues, "Walter chose an intense regimen of chemotherapy at [New York hospital] Sloan Kettering though, between the cancer's aggressiveness and the overwhelming toxicity resulting from the chemotherapy treatments, Walter died less than four months after the cancer was detected."

She also reports that Becker died peacefully at home in New York City, "surrounded by his family, his music, and a blustery rainstorm -- one of his favorite sounds -- blowing outside the window."

Delia adds, "In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated without ceremony or memorial in New York City."

In addition, she explains that Becker had hoped to return to performing, and hadn't intended to keep fans in the dark about his illness. "He just ran out of time much sooner than any of us thought possible," she points out.

Delia goes on to thank fans for "the tsunami of tributes and remembrances" that followed Walter's death.

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Legacy RecordingsAs Toto prepares to launch its 40 Trips Around the Sun anniversary world tour in Europe this February, the band has announced plans to release a new, career-spanning compilation featuring three new songs in conjunction with the trek. 40 Trips Around the Sun is a 17-track collection that's due out on February 9, 2018, and features remastered versions of many of the group's best-known tunes, including "Hold the Line," "Rosanna" and "Africa."

Among the new songs is "Spanish Sea," a tune that was built around an unfinished track Toto recorded during the sessions for its 1984 album Isolation that includes performances by late band mates Jeff and Mike Porcaro.

"[W]e had to re-write it including creating a new chorus," guitarist Steve Lukather explains. "Thanks to modern tech we were able to play once again with not only our 20-something selves but with our dear brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro reminding us just how deep their groove was. Bittersweet..."

Lukather adds that the tune is "classic Toto with an excellent solo."

The compilation's lead track also is a brand-new song, "Alone," which fans will receive as a free download when they pre-order 40 Trips Around the Sun.

"We wanted to start with an 'up' song in terms of groove for the album," Lukather explains of "Alone," which you can listen to now on Toto's VEVO YouTube channel.

The third new song is titled "Struck by Lightning," which was written around an opening riff created by singer/keyboardist David Paich, who says the tune "is an all-time great!"

Toto's 40th anniversary tour begins on February 11 in Helsinki, Finland, and currently is scheduled through an April 8 show in Glasgow, U.K.

Here's the compilation's full track list:

"Alone"
"Spanish Sea"
"I'll Supply the Love"
"I'll Be Over You"
"Stranger in Town"
"99"
"Struck by Lightning"
"Pamela"
"Afraid of Love"
"I Won't Hold You Back"
"Jake to the Bone"
"Stop Loving You"
"Lea"
"Hold the Line"
"George Porgy"
"Rosanna"
"Africa"

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Atlantic/Rhino Stone Temple Pilots have debuted their first single with new lead singer Jeff Gutt at the helm. The track is called "Meadow," and you can grab it now via digital outlets.

STP introduced Gutt during a show in Los Angeles Tuesday night, nearly two years after the band announced they'd be holding auditions for a new singer.

"We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us," says guitarist Dean DeLeo. "It took some time, but we found our guy."

Gutt previously competed on the U.S. version of the reality-TV music competition The X Factor, coming in second place on the show's 2013 season.

Stone Temple Pilots will release their first album with Gutt in spring 2018. The band has also announced they'll be playing the 2018 Welcome to Rockville festival, held April 27-29 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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ABC/Randy HolmesDave Grohl headed down to where the grass is green and the girls are pretty when he joined Guns N' Roses for a performance of "Paradise City" during the band's show in Tulsa, Oklahoma Tuesday night. The Foo Fighters frontman added another guitar to the classic track, and also sang backup vocals.

You can watch fan-recorded footage of the collaboration via YouTube.

As for why Grohl was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Foo Fighters will be playing the same venue Wednesday night in support of their new album, Concrete and Gold.

Grohl previously gave an assist to Guns when he lent Axl Rose his giant throne to the "Welcome to the Jungle" singer after he broke a bone his foot just prior to the GNR reunion tour last year. Of course, the two artists haven't always been chummy -- Grohl was involved in the infamous backstage spat between Nirvana and Guns N' Roses at the 1992 MTV VMAs.

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Courtesy of BonhamsA pair of vintage cars formerly owned, respectively, by former Beatles band mates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are slated to be auctioned by the famed Bonhams auction house on December 2 in London.

A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that McCartney ordered not long after The Beatles made their historic Ed Sullivan Show appearance is expected to fetch between $1.6 million and $2 million at the sale, which will be held at Bonhams' New Bond St. location. Sir Paul had the vehicle specially equipped with a unique Philips record player, which has since been restored. He owned the car for about six years, and since selling it, it has been repainted from its original sierra blue to silver.

The car belonging to Starr is a 1966 Mini Cooper 'S' Radford Conversion that originally was purchased by Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Ringo took over ownership of the vehicle in June 1967, and sold it in December 1968. The car, which reportedly was modified with a hatchback so Starr could haul his drum kit in it, is estimated to sell for between $120,000 and $160,000.

Bonhams' Bond Street Sale also features two cars formerly owned by Elton John. One is a 1959 Bentley S1 Continental Sport Saloon that the pop-rock legend purchased in 1976 and sold in 2001. It's expected to bring in from $520,000 to $660,000. The other is a 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Sports Saloon that Elton bought during the '70s and also sold in 2001. It's estimated sale price is between $210,000 and $250,000.

Visit Bonhams.com for more details about the auction.

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