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Credit: Alex HugganJoe Perry's new solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, gets released Friday. Perry celebrated the album's arrival with a star-studded concert this past Tuesday at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, that included unannounced appearances from Slash and Johnny Depp.

At different points in the show, Perry was joined by the guest vocalists who contributed to Sweetzerland Manifesto -- British blues-rock veteran Terry Reid, David Johansen and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander.

Joe's backing group for the evening included Stone Temple Pilots' Dean and Robert DeLeo on guitar and bass, respectively, and Extreme singer Gary Cherone, who took on Steven Tyler's parts on the Aerosmith material that was played early in the concert.

Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson also was on hand to sing "Fortunate One," a tune that wasn't recorded in time to make it onto the album's initial release, but will be included on a deluxe vinyl version due out later.

Depp, who executive-produced Sweetzerland Manifesto and played drums on one track, sat in on rhythm guitar for part of the set.

The concert ended with a pair of songs that Aerosmith famously covered -- The Beatles' "Come Together" and the 1950s blues gem "Train Kept A Rollin'." For "Come Together," Zander, Reid, Robinson and Cherone took turns on lead vocals. Slash joined Perry and company for the finale, which RollingStone.com reports ended with Joe smashing his guitar.

"Everything was screaming; the amps were going. I didn't know what else to do," Joe told the magazine after the show. "All of a sudden my guitar was in pieces."

As previously reported, Sweetzerland Manifesto is a 10-track collection featuring nine songs written or co-written by Perry, as well as a cover of the 1960s protest anthem "Eve of Destruction."

Here's the set list from Joe's album-release show:

"Let the Music Do the Talking"
"Toys in the Attic"
"Pandora's Box"
"Shakin' My Cage"
"I'll Do Happiness" -- with Terry Reid
"Sick & Tired" -- with Terry Reid
"Won't Let Me Go" -- with Terry Reid
"Fortunate One" -- with Chris Robinson
"Spanish Sushi"
"Eve of Destruction" -- with Johnny Depp
"I Wanna Roll" -- with David Johansen and Johnny Depp
"I'm Goin' Crazy" -- with David Johansen
"Countryside Blvd." -- with Robin Zander
"Aye, Aye, Aye" -- with Robin Zander
"Quake"
"Rockin' Train"
"Come Together" -- all guests
"Train Kept A Rollin'" -- with Slash and Johnny Depp

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Credit: Kevin MazurSince January of 2014, Billy Joel has played one show per month at New York's famed Madison Square Garden, earning him the record for most performances ever at the venue by a single artist. Now, he's approaching another milestone.

On July 18, Joel will perform his 100th lifetime concert at the venue.  Pre-sale tickets for the show will be available starting this Monday, January 22, at 10 a.m. ET to Citi cardmembers. The general public can buy tickets beginning January 26 via Ticketmaster.com.

In addition to his already-scheduled shows at the Garden this year, the Piano Man also has a February 9 show booked in Tampa, Florida, and three June concerts overseas: in Dublin, Ireland; Manchester, England; and Hamburg, Germany. 

It's the latest news in what's started out as a banner year for Joel. On New Year's Day, his daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, announced her engagement. She's the oldest of Billy's three children; the youngest, Remy, arrived this past October.

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ABC RadioThe final season of the sketch show Portlandia -- created by and starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinnney guitarist Carrie Brownstein -- premieres tonight. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is one of the season's many guest stars, and you can watch a clip from his episode now on YouTube.

In the sketch, Armisen plays an aging punk who wants to reunite his old hardcore band Riot Spray, made up of Novoselic, former Black Flag vocalist Henry Rollins and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty.

But when they get back together, Armisen's character soon realizes that his bandmates have developed a few decidedly non-punk tastes, including herbal tea and Bruno Mars. Still, the group is able to rock out to their signature song, "I Refuse."

Noveoselic is hardly the first musician to guest on Portlandia. The show has featured appearances from Paul Simon, Eddie Vedder, Duff McKagan, B-52s singers Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, and Jack White, among many others.

The final season of Portlandia premieres at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.

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Courtesy of Broken Fingaz CrewA provocative video for the new U2 song "Get Out of Your Own Way" has premiered on the band's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The animated clip was directed and created by the Israeli graffiti collective the Broken Fingaz Crew, and features a variety of ominous and politically charged images, including a dead body washing up on a beach, and a scene where President Trump watches hooded Ku Klux Klansmen marching with torches outside the White House.

A message from the Broken Fingaz Crew explains, "The video addresses the current political situation: 2017 for us was the year fascists worldwide felt confident enough to raise their heads again, encouraged by Trump and other world leaders, who use people's fear to build more walls and segregation. The song is both a personal letter and a clarion cry to the global situation."

According to the collective, the clip was "shot entirely analogue, using paper cut and stop motion animation techniques."

The video also features an animated depiction of U2 performing onstage, children from different races holding hands on a spinning planet Earth, a pile of burning money, and a graffiti-covered wall.

"Get Out of Your Own Way" appears on U2's recently released album, Songs of Experience.

In other U2 news, the Irish rockers have announced a European leg of their exPERIENCE iNNOCENCE Tour that gets underway August 31 in Berlin and is plotted out through an October 23 concert in London. The trek kicks off with a previously reported North American leg that begins May 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and runs through a July 29 show in Newark, New Jersey.

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Concord GroupFebruary 25 marks what would have been George Harrison's 75th birthday, and in commemoration of the milestone, special reissues of the all-star 2002 tribute concert honoring George held at London's Royal Albert Hall will be released Friday, February 23.

Among the reissues is an expansive limited-edition box set featuring the concert's audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs and two CDs; two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets boasting video of the event, plus extra content; a hardbound 60-page book; and a cutting from the hand-painted tapestry used as a backdrop at the show.

Concert for George took place on November 29, 2002, exactly one year after Harrison's death, and included performances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jeff Lynne, Billy Preston, and Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, as well as Monty Python's Flying Circus. Clapton served as musical director of the show, which featured renditions of many of the classic tunes Harrison wrote for the Beatles and as a solo artist.

Among the many highlights of the show was a version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" featuring McCartney and Clapton, plus Starr on the drums.

Only 1,000 copies of the deluxe Concert for George box set will be available, available exclusively at ConcertforGeorge.com. The DVDs and Blu-rays feature video of the entire concert on the first disc and a theatrical version on the second disc, which also contains interviews with the performers, behind-the-scenes clips, and rehearsal footage.

The reissue also will be sold as a two-CD/two-DVD and a two-CD/two-Blu-ray set, a four-LP vinyl package and a two-CD collection.

Here's the Concert for George CD track list:

Disc 1
"Sarve Shaam" -- Traditional Prayer
"Your Eyes (Sitar Solo)" -- Anoushka Shankar
"The Inner Light" -- Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
"Arpan" -- Conducted by Anoushka Shankar

Disc 2
"I Want to Tell You" -- Jeff Lynne
"If I Needed Someone" -- Eric Clapton
"Old Brown Shoe" -- Gary Brooker
"Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" -- Jeff Lynne
"Beware of Darkness" -- Eric Clapton
"Here Comes the Sun" -- Joe Brown
"That's The Way It Goes" -- Joe Brown
"Taxman" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"I Need You" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Handle with Care" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Billy Preston
"Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
"Honey Don't" -- Ringo Starr
"For You Blue" -- Paul McCartney
"Something" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"All Things Must Pass" -- Paul McCartney
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"My Sweet Lord" -- Billy Preston
"Wah Wah" -- Eric Clapton and Band
"I'll See You in My Dreams" -- Joe Brown

Here are the DVD & Blu-ray track lists:

Disc 1 (Complete Concert)
"Your Eyes (Sitar Solo)" -- Anoushka Shankar*
"The Inner Light" -- Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar*
"Arpan" -- Conducted by Anoushka Shankar*
"Sit on My Face" -- Monty Python*
"The Lumberjack Song" -- Monty Python with Tom Hanks*
"I Want to Tell You" -- Jeff Lynne
"If I Needed Someone" -- Eric Clapton
"Old Brown Shoe" -- Gary Brooker
"Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" -- Jeff Lynne
"Beware of Darkness" -- Eric Clapton
"Here Comes the Sun" -- Joe Brown
"That's the Way It Goes" -- Joe Brown
"Horse to the Water" -- Jools Holland & Sam Brown*
"Taxman" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"I Need You" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Handle with Care" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Billy Preston
"Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
"Honey Don't" -- Ringo Starr
"For You Blue" -- Paul McCartney
"Something" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"All Things Must Pass" -- Paul McCartney
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"My Sweet Lord" -- Billy Preston
"Wah Wah" -- Eric Clapton and Band
"I'll See You in My Dreams" -- Joe Brown

Disc 2 (Theatrical Version)
Same as above minus songs followed by *

Plus interviews, rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage, including:
--Ravi Shankar's orchestra rehearsals
--Monty Python backstage
--George's band rehearsals
--Interviews with musicians
--Photo gallery
--"Drummers" featurette (on the Blu-ray only)

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Jacobs Brown PressA new tome being touted as the first "proper book" about 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Moody Blues has just been published.

Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of the Moody Blues, Volume 1 is the first part of a two-part biography about the influential British group, and covers the band's history from its 1965 debut album through the late-1970s departure of founding keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Long Distance Voyagers' first volume runs 800 pages and features hundreds of photos, as well as new interviews with Pinder and longtime Moody Blues flutist/singer Ray Thomas who, sadly, passed away on January 4.

The book starts with a look at The Moody Blues' early lineup, led by singer/guitarist Denny Laine, which scored a #1 U.K. hit in 1965 with cover of the soulful "Go Now." Laine and original bassist Cliff Warwick soon were replaced by Justin Hayward and John Lodge, respectively, with whom the band recorded its landmark 1967 symphonic concept album Days of Future Passed.

Days of Future Passed marked a musical shift for The Moodies, as Pinder introduced the Mellotron -- a precursor to the synthesizer -- to the band's sound, and they began incorporating classical and psychedelic influences.

"This book documents The Moodies' role as one of the most significant rock bands of the 1960s, '70s and '80s," notes author Marc Cushman. "Their influence is still being felt; the introduction of the Mellotron alone changed the course of rock music. Bands such as Yes, the Electric Light Orchestra, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Genesis are in debt to The Moody Blues for this and other musical innovations."

A second volume of Long Distance Voyagers will be released later in 2018. Visit JacobsBrownMediaGroup.com for more information about the book.

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Danny ClinchIf you're a Dead & Company fan, your summer plans are already all sorted.  They've just announced a 24-date U.S. tour kicking off the end of May and running through the middle of July.

The first show happens May 30 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, with the final show scheduled for Boulder, Colorado July 14.  That's in addition to the ongoing U.S. road shows Dead and Company are playing, the next of which is scheduled for February 24 in New Orleans.  The complete road itinerary, and the various ticket packages, are on the Dead and Company website.  On-sale dates for the shows vary -- check the website for info.

Dead & Company, formed in 2015, features the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, with singer, songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

Here are the new Dead and Company tour dates:

5/30 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
6/1 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/2 -- Camden, NJ,  BB&T Pavilion
6/4 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/6 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/9 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
6/11 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/13 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
6/15 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
6/16 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
6/19 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/20 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/22 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
6/23 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
6/29 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Eugene, OR, Autzen Stadium
7/2 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
7/3 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
7/6 -- Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
7/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
7/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/13 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field
7/14 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field

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Courtesy of Love Rocks NYC!In impressive list of music stars, including ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Heart's Ann Wilson, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Cheap Trick will perform at the second annual Love Rocks NYC! benefit concert, taking place March 15 at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

The show will raise money for the God's Love We Deliver charity, which provides nutritious meals to seriously ill people in the New York City area.

Whoopi Goldberg will host the event, which will also feature ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, Patty Smyth, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Mavis Staples, Gary Clark Jr., Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris and many others.

The concert's house band will include the likes of Paul Shaffer and his CBS Orchestra bandmate Will Lee, former Bob Dylan and Levon Helm touring guitarist Larry Campbell and Eric Clapton touring drummer Steve Gadd.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, January 20, at 12 p.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com.

The inaugural Love Rocks NYC! show raised more than $1.5 million for God's Love We Deliver.

For more details visit LoveRocksNYC.com and GLWD.org.

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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Steve Granitz/ WireImageIt sounds like the late Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, was an absolute wreck after meeting her dad's one-time duet partner, Beatles legend Paul McCartney, at a star-studded party Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The actress-model posted a picture of herself and McCartney together on her Instagram account, writing in the caption, "i cried like a godd*** baby." The two met at an event celebrating the new line from McCartney's fashion designer daughter, Stella McCartney, at which, as previously reported, Sir Paul gave a surprise performance.

Last year, Paris -- an aspiring songwriter -- told Teen Vogue that her dream musician to write for was "definitely Paul McCartney." She added, "He's the love of my life. I actually already wrote a song I'd like him to sing, but it probs won't happen."

However, now that she's met Paul, perhaps she'll be able to make that dream a reality. In the '80s, of course, Michael Jackson collaborated on several songs with McCartney, including the hit duets "Say Say Say" and "The Girl Is Mine," and the album track "The Man."

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Credit: Rob ShanahanDerek Smalls, bassist for the famed mock-rock band Spinal Tap -- who's also known as comic actor Harry Shearer -- has recruited a slew of famous musicians for his debut solo album, Smalls Change (Meditations upon Ageing).

Due out April 13, the 14-track album features guest appearances by David Crosby, Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, Yes' Rick Wakeman, Toto's Steve Lukather, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Other notable contributors include ex-Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Paul Shaffer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X, actress Jane Lynch and acclaimed session musicians Jim Keltner, Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Waddy Wachtel.

Smalls Change features such humorously titled tunes as "Rock 'n' Roll Transplant," "Butt Call," "Gimme Some (More) Money" and "Hell Toupee." Smalls/Shearer describes the album as "halfway between 'rage against the dying of the light' and 'trying to find the light." The record is said to have been made possible by a grant from "the British Fund for Ageing Rockers."

Smalls Change will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. A PledgeMusic page has been launched to promote the album, where fans can purchase autographed CD and vinyl copies of the record, as well as signed posters, handwritten lyric sheets and drum heads; a personalized voicemail or birthday message from Derek; and more. You also can watch an official video for the title track at the site.

Meanwhile, Smalls/Shearer is planning to support the album with a tour dubbed "Lukewarm Water Live: An Adventure in Loud Music" that will kick off April 14 in New Orleans. More details about the trek will be announced soon.

Here is the Smalls Change track list:

"Openture" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Rock 'n' Roll Transplant" -- with Steve Lukather, Jim Keltner  and Chad Smith
"Butt Call" -- with Phil X and Taylor Hawkins
"Smalls Change" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Judith Owen, Danny Kortchmar and Russ Kunkel
"Memo to Willie" -- with Donald Fagen, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Larry Carlton and The Snarky Puppy Horns
"It Don't Get Old" -- with Peter Frampton and Waddy Wachtel
"Complete Faith" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Faith No More" with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra and Todd Sucherman
"Gimme Some (More) Money" -- with Paul Shaffer, Waddy Wachtel and David Crosby
"MRI" -- with Dweezil Zappa
"Hell Toupee" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Gummin the Gash" -- with Steve Vai, Gregg Bisonnette and Jane Lynch
"She Puts the B**** in Obituary" -- with Richard Thompson and Jane Lynch
"When Men Did Rock" -- with Michael League, Joe Satriani, Rick Wakeman and The Hungarian Studio Orchestra

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme's 2017 documentary American Valhalla will be released on DVD and digital formats on March 9.

The film, co-directed by Homme and Andreas Neumann, tells the story behind Iggy and Josh's 2016 collaborative album, Post Pop Depression, and its subsequent one-time-only tour. The movie premiered in theaters last summer.

American Valhalla includes interview segments conducted by chef and author Anthony Bourdain.

Meanwhile, Pop is scheduled to be one of Queens of the Stone Age's special guests at a special one-off festival that the band will host on June 30 at London's Finsbury Park. Iggy has no other confirmed performances on his itinerary.

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Stephen Stills and Neil Young in 2015 (Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)After skipping 2017, Stephen Stills is bringing back his star-studded Light Up the Blues Concert, which raises money for the Autism Speaks charity.

This year's show will take place April 21 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and will feature performances by Stephen, his Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young bandmate Neil Young, legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers members Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and Steve Ferrone.

The concert will be emceed by actor Jack Black and also will feature Stills' sons, Chris and Oliver.

"The last four Light Up the Blues benefits have been incredible, life-changing events for all involved," says Stephen in a statement. "With an exceptional lineup this year, we are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community, and to continue to support Autism Speaks."

Stills organizes the event with his wife, Kristen. Autism Speaks is an organization that supports research and advocacy for people affected by the disorder and their families.

Tickets for the concert go on sale this Friday, January 19, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com and at the Dolby Theatre box office.

The show being held during Autism Awareness Month and helps draw attention to Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign, a global initiative that promotes understanding and acceptance of autism.

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Credit: Scarlet PageAdd some more fuel to those Smashing Pumpkins reunion rumors. Frontman Billy Corgan has shared an Instagram photo of himself alongside original members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin.

"Not sure what cross-eyed spy took this photo, but we had a visitor to the studio the other day," Corgan wrote in the caption, referring to Iha. Chamberlin rejoined the Pumpkins as the touring drummer in 2015.

"So many memories when you put the three of us together," Corgan adds.

In 2016, Corgan and Iha reunited on stage for the first time in 16 years. Corgan later said that he was back in contact with original bassist D'arcy Wretzky.

As far as a full-fledged reunion goes, Corgan has remained cryptic. Speaking to Rolling Stone last fall, he said that the idea of a reunion tour as been "knocked about," before adding that "until it's inked, I'm in the dark as much as anybody."

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ABC/Randy HolmesU2 has joined the lineup for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which takes place January 28 in New York City.

Bono and company's slot is being billed as a "special performance." It's not unthinkable that the Irish legends might perform a tribute to the late Cranberries singer and fellow Ireland native Dolores O'Riordan, who died unexpectedly this week at age 46.

Also added to the bill are Elton John and Miley Cyrus, who will team up to perform one of Elton's classic hits. Two days after the Grammys, John will be saluted at an all-star Grammy tribute concert, during which he and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin will receive the Recording Academy President's Merit Award. The show will air later this year as a CBS special.

Other Grammy performers include U2-collaborator Kendrick Lamar, as well as Sam Smith, Alessia Cara, Bruno Mars, Pink, Lady Gaga, Kesha and more. The Grammys, hosted by James Corden, air January 28 on CBS at 7:30 p.m. ET, live from New York's Madison Square Garden.

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Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesCongratulations to original Kinks drummer Mick Avory, who married his girlfriend Marliesa Mladek on Wednesday, according to a post on the official Kinks Facebook Group.

The site's administrator, Christian Davies, whose dad is Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, revealed the happy news and also posted two photos of the couple, apparently taken at the reception near London.

"Congratulations to Mick Avory and Marliesa on their wedding today!" Christian wrote.

No other details of the nuptials are known.

The 73-year-old Avory played with The Kinks from the band's formation in 1964 until 1984, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1990.

In recent years, Avory has performed with The Kast Off Kinks, a band featuring several former Kinks members that plays regular club shows around the U.K. The group's next gig is scheduled for January 26 at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury.

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Courtesy ROCKTOPIAIf Mozart and Beethoven were the rock stars of their day, why not mix classic rock with classical music?  That's the idea behind Rocktopia, a new Broadway show opening in March.  The production, created by Rob Evan and Randall Craig Fleischer, mixes hits by Elton John, Queen, Journey, Led Zeppelin and The Who with pieces by legendary classical composers.

During Tuesday's preview, reporters heard Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" as a mash-up with a piece by Handel; Heart's "Alone" mixed with Rachmaninoff; Patti Smith Group's "Because the Night" melded with Tchaikovsky, and Zeppelin's "Kashmir" blended with Puccini's "Nessun Dorma."

Is Rocktopia for rock fans or classical buffs?  "It's for both, for sure," Fleischer tells ABC Radio. "We're both classically-trained musicians. Rob's career is more...pop, my career is more..classical, but since we wrote this, and we love both, this is really a show for anybody."

The show starts a six-week run March 20 at The Broadway Theatre; tickets are on sale now. The first three weeks feature a guest vocalist -- Train frontman Pat Monahan -- with more to come.

Explaining the guest concept, Evan says, "Randy and I agreed a long time ago that we were never going to do a gimmick. We wanted to make it about the vision and about what we're doing. But we need to sell tickets." 

Evan and Fleischer say rockers who want in must be fully committed to the concept, and they say there's no shortage of interested parties.

"We have a lot of people that are gonna jump in that I can't tell you about right now," Evan teased. "The top of the top of the icons are looking at us right now...so I don't wanna talk about it. I don't wanna jinx it!"

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ABC/Randy HolmesMaybe launching the Beach Boys' career counts as extra credit.

Back in the early 1960s, Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson got a F in a high school music class for a song that turned out to be "Surfin'," the Beach Boys' first single.

On Monday, Wilson returned to Hawthorne High School and had the grade changed.

"Brian's failing grade has now been changed to an A on this assignment by Dr. Landesfeind!," reads a post on Wilson's Twitter account.  The post features a picture of Wilson with a beaming Hawthorne High School Principal Vanessa Landesfeind. Wilson is holding a Student Grade Form signed by Landesfeind that approves the grade change.

You can grade Wilson for yourself when Brain head back out on the road.  He'll be delivering a final Pet Sounds concert performance in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on May 7.  He also has dates scheduled in the south east later in the month including a trio of concerts taking place May 10-12 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville during which Wilson will be accompanied by the Nashville Symphony.

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James GladerThe widow of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey is suing New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, reports The New York Post's Page Six.

Frey's wife, Cindy, filed the wrongful-death suit against the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz charging that that were negligent in the way they treated her husband for ulceritive colitis in late 2015.

According to the paper, the suit also charges that Itzkowitz failed to “promptly and properly assess the patient for respiratory issues” and ignored an infection.

Frey died in January of 2016 from complications from colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.  The suit is seeking unspecified damages.

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Two veteran rockers are giving their existing biographies the deluxe treatment in 2018.

Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron is adding 11 new chapters and more than 100 photos to his biography Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story, which was originally released in 2000.

Negron, now 75, has lived a life of ups and downs, stating, "As a shy adolescent growing up in The Bronx, NY, I never dreamed I would have lived the life I eventually did. From the exhilarating rollercoaster ride of fame and fortune, to the pathetic life of a heroin addict, to redemption, sobriety and a new opportunity to be a respected man."

The new update, which is being called the "final edition" of the book, will be available March 13. Pre-orders are currently being accepted at Amazon.com and ChuckNegron.com.

Meanwhile, original Alice Cooper group guitarist Michael Bruce is offering up a deluxe box set edition of his book, No More Mr. Nice Guy, which also originally came out in 2000. The tome is a biography and anthology of the Alice Cooper group's rise in the 1970s.

The new box set contains a signed certificate, a 1996 interview CD and reproduction of Alice Cooper group memorabilia. It is limited to 250 copies and is signed by Bruce.

"It's not often we get a chance to redo, remake or in this case re-release a book…my book," says Bruce. "It is with much thought, great enjoyment, many thanks and heartfelt appreciation for family, friends and fans that I present the re-release of No More Mr Nice Guy. A compilation of hilarious rock 'n' roll stories and life events that made me the man I am today."

Pre-orders for the No More Mr. Nice Guy box set are available at PledgeMusic.com.

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Spitfire Music/SPVThe Dead Daisies, an all-star band comprised of musicians from notable rock acts, have announced details of their fourth album. The disc will be called Burn It Down and will be released April 6 via Spitfire Music/SPV.

The band features singer John Corabi (Motley Crue), guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) and newly added drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey).

"I'm extremely excited about our new record, Burn It Down," states Corabi. "It was a pleasure to once again work with [producer] Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record!!!"

Adds Aldrich, "The new Daisies album will melt your face! It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!"

Along with the new album announcement, The Dead Daisies will embark on a 2018 tour. So far, they've unveiled dates for a spring trek of Europe, with plans to hit North America, Japan and South America, as well, this year. Current dates can be found at TheDeadDaisies.com.

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