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ABC/Rick RowellU2 stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night. The show was dedicated to the band as they sat for an unprecedented hour-long interview and performance that included a choir-backed version of the classic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and a new and as-yet unreleased song called, "It's the Little Things That Give You Away."

Host Jimmy Kimmel was clearly excited and mentioned during his monologue that he had just seen the band perform at the Rose Bowl.

Kimmel joked, “I went to see U2 on Sunday night at the Rose Bowl. It was an incredible show. It was honestly like a religious experience....Bono fed the whole stadium with a single loaf of bread. It was amazing.”

After the monologue, the whole band joined Jimmy on the couch for a discussion that ranged from their beginnings in Ireland to the recent terrorist bombing in Manchester.

Bono offered his thoughts on the current crop of terrorists in the world, saying, “They hate music, they hate women, they even hate little girls. They hate everything that we love. And you know, the worst of humanity was on view in Manchester last night. So was the best. As people took perfect strangers into their houses and queued up for blood banks. And Manchester has an undefeatable spirit, I can assure you.”

Later the band talked about when they might release new music, some five or six songs Kimmel boasted of having heard. They dodged the question, but later, after a performance of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” that featured a surprise appearance by a choir hidden in the audience, U2 came back for the final segment of the show and shared the pretty ballad, "It's the Little Things That Give You Away."

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAlthough late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's funeral Friday will be a private one, Cornell's attorney released a statement saying the public is welcome to visit the gravesite after 3 p.m.

Cornell will be laid to rest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

No word yet on specific plans for public memorials.

Cornell died Wednesday, May 17, after a Soundgarden show in Detroit. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the cause of death was suicide by hanging, but Cornell's widow has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death.

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Credit: Lisa MacIntoshE Street Band saxophonist Jake Clemons has created a new online resource called the Janine Project in support of people affected by domestic violence.

In conjunction with the launch of the initiative, Clemons has released an official video for his new solo song "Janine," which tells the story of a woman struggling to leave an abusive relationship.  As the clip starts, a message flashes on the screen that reads, "In the time it takes to watch this video, 42 women in North America will have been affected by domestic violence."

The clip mixes footage of Clemons lip-syncing the song with scenes showing an actress portraying the Janine character, whose partner has battered her face and bruised her arm, as she tries to find the courage to leave him. The video ends with the message, "Break the cycle of violence. Get out while you can."

JanineProject.com offers general information about shelters around the world, as well as details on how abuse victims can seek help for their situations.

"The video for 'Janine' and the Janine Project were created to encourage a conversation that will hopefully lead victims to a safe place of survivorship and abusers to seek help as well & stop hurting others," Clemons says in a statement. "Fear is not a place where love can grow. If you're in a relationship ruled by fear, get out while you can, this isn't Love!"

"Janine" is featured on Clemons' debut solo album, Fear & Love, which was released in January. Jake has a handful of performances lined up in support of the album, and plans to make information about the Janine Project available at the shows.

Here are all of Clemons' confirmed solo dates:

5/25 -- Jeffersonville, IN, Big Four Station Park - Abbey Road on the River Festival
5/28 -- Jeffersonville, IN, Big Four Station Park - Abbey Road on the River Festival
6/23 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Wonder Bar
6/24 -- Tappan, NY, Rockland-Bergen Music Festival
7/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Cadillac Lounge
7/21 -- Belleville ON, Canada, Empire Rockfest
8/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
8/10 -- Detroit, MI, Motor City Casino

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Paul McCartney is among the many people sending out condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack that happened Monday night in Manchester, U.K., outside of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

In a message posted on his social media sites, McCartney says, "Like everyone else my family and I were shocked to hear about the terrible news from Manchester. All that's left to do is send heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims and Ariana Grande. Praying that something like this never happens again. Love to everyone."

According to Manchester police, 22 people were killed and 59 injured in the suspected suicide bombing.

In other news, McCartney has penned a tribute to one-time James Bond actor Roger Moore, who died Tuesday at the age of 89. Moore starred in seven Bond films, including 1973's Live and Let Die, the theme song for which was co-written by McCartney and his late wife, Linda, and performed by their band Wings.

"Roger was a great man and of course a great James Bond who I was lucky to work with during the time of Live and Let Die," writes Sir Paul. "He had a heart of gold, a great sense of humour and will be missed by the many people who loved him."

"Live and Let Die" was a #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for an Academy Award for best song.

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The third installment of the Emerson, Lake & Palmer's ongoing reissue campaign that launched last year will arrive this Friday, May 26 on CD, vinyl and digital formats.  It includes the prog-rock legends' 1977 albums Works Volume 1 and Works Volume 2, as well as 1978's Love Beach.

Works Volume 1 was originally released as a two-LP set in March 1977. The album featured one full side dedicated to music created by each of the band's members -- singer/bassist/guitarist Greg Lake, keyboardist Keith Emerson and drummer Carl Palmer -- plus one side boasting joint ELP compositions.

Works Volume 1 peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200, and included the group's version of American composer Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man, which reached #2 on the U.K. singles chart.

Works Volume 2 was first released in November 1977 as a single-disc compilation of tracks from sessions for ELP's previous albums, as well as Lake's holiday classic "I Believe in Father Christmas." The CD reissue features a bonus disc with an August 1977 ELP concert performance in Montreal.

Love Beach was originally issued in November 1978 and found ELP exploring a more modern direction. The CD reissue includes a bonus disc featuring alternate mixes and rehearsal outtakes.

All three albums have been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. The reissues are dedicated to the memories of Emerson and Lake, who both died last year.

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A new Beach Boys compilation titled 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow, which focuses on recordings the band made during sessions for its 1967 albums Wild Honey and Smiley Smile, will be released on June 30.

The collection, which will be available as a two-CD set and digital download, will feature the first-ever stereo mix of Wild Honey, as well as previously unreleased studio outtakes, alternate versions, live performances and more.

After The Beach Boys shelved Brian Wilson's complex Smile project, the band decided to record in a more easygoing fashion in Wilson's new home studio. The resulting albums, Smiley Smile and Wild Honey, were released, respectively, in September and December 1967. Wild Honey reached #24 on the Billboard 200 and yielded two top 40 hits: "Darlin'" and the title track.

Disc one of 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow features the stereo mix of Wild Honey, session outtakes from the album and live versions of songs that appear on Wild Honey recorded from 1967 to 1970.

The second disc of the compilation features outtakes from the Smiley Smile sessions, as well as the shelved Lei'd in Hawaii album-- conceived as a live album but was made up mainly of performances recorded in a Los Angeles studio -- plus a few unreleased songs actually recorded live in Hawaii for that album. 

That second disc also includes some Beach Boys concert performances recorded in November 1967 in Boston and Washington, D.C.

A vinyl version of the new stereo mix of Wild Honey will be released on the same day as the 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow compilation.

Here is the track list of 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow:

Disc 1

Wild Honey (Stereo)
"Wild Honey"
"Aren't You Glad"
"I Was Made to Love Her"
"Country Air"
"A Thing or Two"
"Darlin'"
"I'd Love Just Once to See You"
"Here Comes the Night"
"Let the Wind Blow"
"How She Boogalooed It"
"Mama Says" (Original Mono Mix)*

Wild Honey Sessions: September-November 1967 (Previously Unreleased)
"Lonely Days" (Alternate Version)
"Cool Cool Water" (Alternate Early Version)
"Time to Get Alone" (Alternate Early Version)
"Can't Wait Too Long" (Alternate Early Version)
"I'd Love Just Once to See You" (Alternate Version)
"I Was Made to Love Her" (Vocal Insert Session)
"I Was Made to Love Her" (Long Version)
"Hide Go Seek"
"Honey Get Home"
"Wild Honey" (Session Highlights)
"Aren't You Glad" (Session Highlights)
"A Thing or Two" (Track and Backing Vocals)
"Darlin'" (Session Highlights)
"Let the Wind Blow" (Session Highlights)

Wild Honey Live: 1967-1970 (Previously Unreleased)
"Wild Honey" (Live) -- recorded in Detroit, November 17, 1967
"Country Air" (Live) -- recorded in Detroit, November 17, 1967
"Darlin'" (Live) -- recorded in Pittsburgh, November 22, 1967
"How She Boogalooed It" (Live) -- recorded in Detroit, November 17, 1967
"Aren't You Glad" (Live) -- recorded in 1970, location unknown

"Mama Says" (Previously Unreleased Vocal Session Highlights)

Disc 2

Smiley Smile Sessions: June-July 1967 (Previously Unreleased)
"Heroes and Villains" (Single Version Backing Track)
"Vegetables" (Long Version)
"Fall Breaks and Back to Winter" (Alternate Mix)
"Wind Chimes" (Alternate Tag Section)
"Wonderful" (Backing Track)
"With Me Tonight" (Alternate Version with Session Intro)
"Little Pad" (Backing Track)
"All Day All Night (Whistle In)" (Alternate Version 1)
"All Day All Night (Whistle In)" (Alternate Version 2)
"Untitled (Redwood)"

Lei'd in Hawaii "Live" Album: September 1967 (Previously Unreleased)
"Fred Vail Intro"
"The Letter"
"You're So Good to Me"
"Help Me, Rhonda"
"California Girls"
"Surfer Girl"
"Sloop John B"
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
"Their Hearts Were Full of Spring"*
"God Only Knows"
"Good Vibrations"
"Game of Love"
"The Letter" (Alternate Take)
"With a Little Help from My Friends" (Stereo Mix)

Live in Hawaii: August 1967 (Previously Unreleased)
"Hawthorne Boulevard"
"Surfin'"
"Getting' Hungry"
"Hawaii" (Rehearsal Take)
"Heroes and Villains" (Rehearsal)

Thanksgiving Tour 1967:  Live in Washington, D.C. & Boston (Previously Unreleased)
"California Girls" (Live) -- recorded in Washington, D.C., November 19, 1967
"Graduation Day" (Live) -- recorded in Washington, D.C., November 19, 1967
"I Get Around" (Live) -- recorded in Boston, November 23, 1967

Additional 1967 Studio Recordings (Previously Unreleased)
"Surf's Up" (1967 Version)
"Surfer Girl" (1967 A Cappella Mix)

* = Recorded during rehearsal, August 26, 1967, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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ABC/Mark LevineBob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band recently announced plans for their first concert of 2017, a September 9 performance at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, and now the Michigan rockers have lined up another Detroit-area show. The group will play The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on September 23.

The concert will be Seger and company's 17th and final show at the venue. Tickets for the event will go on sale to the general public Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Seger's "Bullet Club" fan club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, June 6, at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, LiveNation.com and BobSeger.com. You can join Seger's fan club by visiting BulletClub.BobSeger.com.

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band haven't performed live since their tour in support of Bob's most recent studio album, Ride On, wrapped in March 2015.

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Credit: Henry DiltzIt's been about a year and a half since Crosby, Stills & Nash last performed together, thanks to a nasty rift between David Crosby and Graham Nash. Looking forward, Crosby tells ABC Radio that a CSN reunion is "probably not gonna happen," while revealing that he would consider playing with his former band mates if one of their other famous collaborators agrees to take part, too.

"It could happen for [Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young]," the 75-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer maintains. "Neil [Young] could make it happen…If Neil wants to do it, I'll do it."

This is interesting, of course, because Crosby and Young also had a well-publicized falling out a couple years back after David made negative comments in the press about Neil's then-new girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah. Crosby has since apologized to Young, which apparently has opened the door for a potential CSNY reunion.

Meanwhile, since CSN's hiatus began, Crosby has enjoyed one of the most prolific periods of his long career. This summer, the folk-rock legend will release his second solo album in less than a year, Sky Trails, and he's currently winding down a U.S. solo trek in support of the new project.

Regarding CSN, David says, "[We were] a great band when we started it…but over 40 years it kind of slowed down to the point where it was just turn on the smoke machine and play your hits. Which is not good enough…And so, getting out of CSN really kind of opened a floodgate on new songs and recording."

He adds, "I have great respect for those guys. They're really good at what they do, and we did do a bunch of really good music that I'm proud of."

Here are Crosby's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

5/23 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Centre for the Performing Arts
5/24 -- Lexington, MA, Cary Hall
5/26 -- Bar Harbour, ME, Criterion Theatre
5/29 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center

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ABC/Randy HolmesThe recently chosen winning videos of Elton John's global competition The Cut, which invited people to create official clips for three of the pop-rock legend's classic hits -- "Tiny Dancer," "Rocket Man" and "Bennie and the Jets" -- premiered Monday during a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. The music videos also have been posted on Elton's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The YouTube-supported contest -- launched in December in honor of the 50th anniversary of John and lyricist Bernie Taupin's partnership -- asked fans to create videos using three distinct styles: animation for "Rocket Man," live-action for "Tiny Dancer" and choreography for "Bennie and the Jets."

The "Rocket Man" video, which was created by an Iranian filmmaker and refugee named Majid Adin, is an animated tale where the main character is a refugee who takes a metaphorical journey to another planet, where he feels isolated and longs to see his family again.

"Tiny Dancer," by filmmaker Max Weiland, shows a variety of colorful characters driving in their vehicles around Los Angeles as they listen to or sing along with Elton's 1971 tune. Marilyn Manson has a cameo in the clip.

The winning video for "Bennie and the Jets," by Jack Whiteley and Laura Brownhill, tells how the fictional space-age band in the song was formed via a "futuristic talent show" featuring flamboyantly dressed dancers.

"I've been moved and amazed by these re-imaginings of our songs and pretty humbled by the process overall," Elton says in a statement. "The future of creativity is clearly collaborative, fusing art and technology and it's been fantastic to open up our work to the next generation of creative talent and to share that process with the world on YouTube."

The creator of each winning video received $10,000 to support their future projects.

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A video for a new Roger Waters song titled "The Last Refugee," from his upcoming solo album Is This the Life We Really Want?, has premiered on the ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The clip, which was directed by Waters and his frequent collaborator Sean Evans, focuses on an impoverished woman who apparently has been displaced from her home country and has lost her child.

The clip begins by showing the woman, wearing a worn winter coat, dancing expressively in a rundown room that includes a sleeping bag and a burning pot.

The scene then switches to a similar but cleaner room, where the woman, now dressed in a black evening dress with her hair neatly made up and donning hoop earrings, continues to dance. As the clip continues, the woman is seen again in the shabby room, curling up mournfully by her sleeping bag on a sheet of cardboard, then picking up a ragged children's doll.

As the video nears its end, the woman is shown walking on a beach toward a little girl on an overcast day. When she reaches the spot where the child was, the young girl is gone, and instead the woman finds the doll.

The melancholy video was shown on the giant screen when Waters performed "The Last Refugee" at his Us Them Tour rehearsal concert Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Is This the Life We Really Want? will be released on June 2.

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Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsA pair of drum kits belonging, respectively, to Santana's Michael Shrieve and The Police's Stewart Copeland were among the priciest items sold at a music memorabilia auction held Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. A drum set played by Shrieve at the 1969 Woodstock festival sold for $187,500, while Copeland's original TAMA kit went for $121,600.

The instruments were among more than 380 lots sold during the "Music Icons" sale, which was hosted by Julien's Auctions.

Other rock-related collectibles auctioned at a high price tag at the event include a sketch by John Lennon that laid out the concept for the cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album and a Gibson Les Paul guitar Slash played during the 2011 Super Bowl Halftime Show, which both sold for $87,500.

In addition, a painting by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain of four raccoons in a tree fetched $64,000 and a fringed cape worn by The Who's Roger Daltrey at the 1967 Monterey Pop festival brought in $46,250.

The most expensive item at the auction was a horseshoe-shaped diamond ring Elvis Presley wore during his famous 1973 Aloha from Hawaii television special, which sold for $204,800.

In total, the sale brought in nearly $3 million. You can check out the complete results of the auction at JuliensLive.com.

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ABC RadioRoger Waters gave about a thousand "friends and family" members a preview of his Us Them Tour on Sunday at Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. At the invitation-only concert, the ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist played songs from his old band's classic 1970s albums, as well as four tunes from his new solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?

Three of the songs from Waters' new record, due out June 2, had never been performed in concert -- "The Last Refugee," "Picture That," and "Smell the Roses."

Waters and his backing band performed in front of a massive high-def screen that featured jaw-dropping live-action and animated videos created to accompany each song. Many of Waters' songs rail against war and political corruption, and some of the video presentations reflected those themes, featuring footage displaying the devastation of war and poverty.

Following an intermission, a series of screens were lowered from the venue's ceiling that stretched across the arena. The screens, along with a pig balloon and smokestack-shaped props, recreated the famous Battersea Power Station in London featured on the Animals album cover.

The concert's most pointed political statement came during a performance of the epic 1977 song "Pigs (Three Different Ones)." A video mercilessly mocked President Donald Trump by showing his face superimposed on a pig, Adolph Hitler and other unflattering images. At the same time, a drone-controlled pig balloon featuring a depiction of Trump with the caption "I won!" on one side flew around the arena. At the end of the song, the massive screen displayed the phrase "F*** Trump!" in giant letters.

Waters' Us Them tour officially gets underway Friday, May 26, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Here's the set list of Waters' rehearsal show:

"Speak to Me"
"Breathe"
"One of These Days"
"Time"
"Breathe (Reprise)"
"Great Gig in the Sky"
"Welcome to the Machine"
"Déjà Vu" (new song)
"The Last Refugee" (new song)
"Picture That" (new song)
"Wish You Wish Were"
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2"
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 3"
Intermission
"Dogs"
"Pigs (Three Different Ones)"
"Money"
"Us and Them"
"Smell the Roses" (new song)
"Brain Damage"
"Eclipse"

Encore:
"Vera"
"Bring the Boys Back Home"
"Comfortably Numb"

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ABC/Randy HolmesThis past weekend, artists throughout the music world paid tribute to Chris Cornell, who died last week at the age of 52.

Robert Trujillo played a snippet of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" during Metallica's show in Boston. Additionally, during Metallica's headlining set at the Rock on the Range festival, James Hetfield declared "We forgive you, Chris," after performing "The Unforgiven."

Imagine Dragons honored Cornell at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards with a speech from frontman Dan Reynolds. "He was a prolific songwriter, a legendary performer, a singer who had a voice for the ages, and a philanthropist, whose Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation helped so many children around the world," Reynolds said. "Even though Chris is gone, his legacy endures."

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, who played with Cornell in Temple of the Dog, told the Seattle Times, "Chris Cornell painted in song the darkness and beauty of life in Seattle."

Here are a few other musicians who covered Cornell's music in his memory over the weekend:

The Pretty Reckless, who opened for Soundgarden the night Cornell died, covered Audioslave's "Like a Stone."

Incubus and Cage the Elephant teamed up to perform "Black Hole Sun."

Corey Taylor, Bush and Live performed various songs from Cornell's catalog during the Rock on the Range festival, which Soundgarden was scheduled to headline.

Aerosmith held a moment of silence for Cornell at their show in Batumi, Georgia before playing "Dream On."

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Image Group LA/ABCIf the pulsing bass line featured in pop star Selena Gomez's new single "Bad Liar" sounds familiar, that's because it's taken directly from the influential new-wave group Talking Heads' classic 1977 tune "Psycho Killer." Thanks to the sample, the band's founding members -- singer/guitarist David Byrne, bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz -- were given partial songwriting credit on "Bad Liar," and now all three musicians have shared their feelings about Gomez's song.

Byrne posted a message on his official Facebook page that reads, "I really like the song...and her performance too."

Frantz, who is married to Weymouth, sent an email to Variety that reads, "So great to hear the legacy of our song, 'Psycho Killer,' and Tina's legendary style of bass playing, quoted so prominently. Was a big surprise and a delight to learn that a new generation is getting introduced to both."

Weymouth added, simply, "It's good to be appreciated."

Gomez co-wrote "Bad Liar" with her frequent collaborators Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, as well as songwriter/producer Ian Kirkpatrick.

Tranter admitted to Variety, "Selena, Julia and I are all Talking Heads-obsessed."

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ABC/Randy HolmesLate Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be laid to rest Friday at a private ceremony in Los Angeles, his attorney told Variety on Sunday.

Cornell will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  A public memorial may be be held at some future time, but the attorney said that nothing had been decided on that score yet.

Cornell died Wednesday after a Soundgarden show in Detroit. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the cause of death was suicide by hanging, but Cornell's widow has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death.

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Readout RecordsEx-Foreigner/King Crimson multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald latest musical project is Honey West, which has just released its debut album, Bad Old World.

For McDonald, getting involved in the new band was as easy as crossing the street. He tells ABC Radio that he joined Honey West after befriending his New York City neighbor Ted Zurkowski, a Shakespearean actor-turned-singer/songwriter.

"Ted and I used to live literally across the street from one another, and…we got talking and I discovered that Ted had a band," McDonald tells ABC Radio. Ian says he liked the group and Zurkowski's "energy and charisma," but felt they were "a little rough around the edges," something he thought he could help with.

McDonald and Zurkowski soon began co-writing songs, and those tunes make up the bulk of Bad Old World. In contrast to King Crimson's prog-rock and Foreigner's arena-rock sounds, Honey West is inspired by such groups as The Kinks, The Move and Mott the Hoople, with some punk-rock energy thrown in.

The punk influence is most prominent on lead single "Dementia." You can check out an official video for the tune on YouTube.

McDonald produced Bad Old World, while also contributing lead guitars, keyboards, flute, saxophones, clarinet and more. In addition, Ian recruited old friend Steve Holley, formerly of Wings, to play drums on most of the tracks. Longtime Joe Jackson bassist Graham Maby also guests on the record, while McDonald's son, Maxwell, plays bass on three tunes.

Ian tells ABC Radio that Bad Old World was conceived as a cohesive album, "with an arc and a flow, mood changes and key changes."

Honey West will celebrate Bad Old World's released with an intimate show at the New York club Bowery Electric on Wednesday, May 24. Find out more details at HoneyWestMusic.com.

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Rich Fury/Getty ImagesU2 paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell, who died this past week of an apparent suicide, during their concert Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

The band dedicated the Joshua Tree track "Running to Stand Still," which is about drug addiction, to the late Soundgarden frontman, according to Variety.  "For the lion that was Chris Cornell, we send a prayer to his lioness,” said Bono.

In addition, before U2 took the stage, Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" was heard over the P.A. system, and the audience sang along and held their smartphones aloft, according to Variety.

In an apparent comment on the fact that so many rock heroes have left us too early, Bono also said, "Here we still are. Here you still are. What a blessing...let's do this again in 2047.”

As Variety notes, U2 is the only band of its stature whose lineup remains intact after more than 35 years.

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Credit: Kevin MazurU2 fans will find what they're looking if they tune in to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Tuesday, May 23. The Irish rockers will be visiting the talk show that evening to give their only planned TV interview and performance during the North American leg of their Joshua Tree Tour 2017.

U2's latest trek, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree, got underway on May 12 in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to their Kimmel appearance, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will play a pair concerts this weekend at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. The current tour leg winds down July 1 in Cleveland, after which U2 heads to Europe for a summer outing.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on ABC.

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Courtesy of AXS TVAXS TV will celebrate the music and legacy of Pink Floyd with a special block of programming on Sunday, May 21, starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. The Sunday Night Rocks: Wish You Were Here marathon will begin with an encore screening of an episode of the Dan Rather-hosted series The Big Interview featuring a conversation with Roger Waters.

Up next, at 5:05 p.m. ET, will be the 2006 David Gilmour concert film Live in Gdansk, which was filmed during the Floyd guitarist's tour in support of his solo album On an Island. Then, at 6:50 p.m. ET, AXS TV will show an installment of the Rock Legends series focusing on Pink Floyd.

The marathon continues at 7:25 p.m. ET with the TV documentary Profiles: Pink Floyd: Behind The Wall, which includes interviews with the band's members looking back at the group's career.

Bringing the evening to a close will be a screening of the 2014 documentary and concert film Roger Waters -- The Wall at 9 p.m. ET. The movie includes live performances from some concerts on Waters' The Wall Live Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2013, as well as footage of Roger visiting a number of war-related sites in Europe.

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ABC/Randy HolmesThe legacy of Chris Cornell will be recognized at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards.

According to the rep for the show, Imagine Dragons will be "honoring" the late Soundgarden frontman prior to their own performance during the ceremony.

Following Cornell's death, Imagine Dragons wrote, "Rest In Peace Chris. you inspired us as well as millions of artists around the world."

The Billboard Music Awards will be held this Sunday, May 21, and air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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