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King Crimson releasing five-CD live set, 'Audio Diary 2014-2018'

Amped DistributionKing Crimson's current lineup, which is the longest-running in the band's 50-year history, started touring in 2014 and they haven't stopped since.  Now, the band is documenting the last five years of their life on the road with a series of five live albums released under the name Audio Diary 2014-2018.

The five-CD set dedicates one CD to each year, from the current lineup's first concert in Albany, NY in September of 2014 through a 2018 show in Tokyo.

The first album is mixed from multi-track tapes by Robert Fripp and Jakko Jakszyk, while the other four albums are from the band's own stereo soundboard recordings.  The package comes with a 24-page booklet with previously unseen pictures.

The material covered on the albums ranges from classic songs like "21st Century Schizoid Man," "The Court of the Crimson King" and "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One," to Robert Fripp's solo material and new songs written specifically for the current lineup, such as "Meltdown" and "Radical Action."

King Crimson's current lineup includes Fripp, Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Bill Rieflin, Jeremy Stacey, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins and Pat Mastelotto.

Here's the track listing for Audio Diary 2014-2018:

CD One (2014)
“Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Part One”
“A Scarcity Of Miracles”
 “Level Five”
“One More Red Nightmare”
“Banshee Legs Bell Hassle”
“The Talking Drum”
“21st Century Schizoid Man”
“The Light Of Day”

CD Two (2015)
“Radical Action I/Meltdown”
“Sailor’s Tale”
“The Letters”
“The Court Of The Crimson King”
“Starless ”
“Easy Money”
“Pictures Of A City”
“Suitable Grounds For The Blues”
“The Construkction Of Light”
“Level Five”

CD Three (2016)
“Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Part Two”
“Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row ”
“Banshee Legs Bell Hassle”
“Radical Action II”
“Pictures Of A City”
“Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Part One”
“Easy Money”
“21st Century Schizoid Man”

CD Four (2017)
“The Letters”
“Last Skirmish”
“Dawn Song”
“Prince Rupert’s Lament”
“The Errors”
“Fallen Angel”

CD Five (2018)
“The Court Of The Crimson King”
“Suitable Grounds For The Blues”
“Pictures Of A City”
“Radical Action”
“One More Red Nightmare”
“Easy Money”
“Level Five”
“Cadence And Cascade”

And here are the band's upcoming tour dates:

9/3 -- Greek Theatre, Los Angeles
9/5 -- Fox Theater, Oakland
9/6 -- Fox Theater, Oakland
9/8 -- Paramount Theater, Denver
9/10 -- Auditorium Theatre Of Roosevelt University, Chicago
9/12 -- Warner Theatre, Washington D.C.
9/14 -- Budweiser Stage, Toronto
9/17 -- St Denis Theatre, Montreal
9/19 -- Boch Center Wang Theater, Boston
9/21 -- Radio City Music Hall, New York City
9/23 -- The Met, Philidelphia
9/25 -- Hard Rock Rocksino, Cleveland
9/27 -- The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
9/29 -- The Cobb Center, Atlanta

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It was 50 years ago today: "People" magazine's special Beatles 1969 issue available now

PEOPLE/Meredith CorporationIt's been 50 years since The Beatles recorded their final album, Abbey Road, and in honor of that milestone, People magazine has produced a special issue dedicated to the Fab Four and how they spent that fateful year of 1969.

The 96-page issue -- available now on Amazon and at newsstands for $14 -- covers the Beatles' final days together as a band with an intimate collection of photos and a track-by-track, in-depth look at all 17 songs on the Abbey Road album. 

The issue also covers the fact that 1969 was an important year personally for The Beatles, with two of them marrying, one becoming a father, and all of them working on their first solo projects.

In addition, there's a look at the famous Abbey Road studio where the Beatles recorded, as well as the famous crosswalk outside the studio that attracts countless fans each year, who all try to replicate the iconic Abbey Road cover.

One famous 1969 event that the Beatles weren't involved in -- the Woodstock festival -- is also covered in the issue.  While the Beatles were reportedly invited to perform at Woodstock, the date apparently interfered with the recording of Abbey Road.  The issue features photos and memories from the festival -- as well as John Lennon's reaction to it.

"Woodstock, the Isle of Wight — all the mass meetings of the youth — it’s completely positive for me," Lennon said in 1969. "When you show your flag, you’re not alone.”

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'Rocketman' star Taron Egerton to narrate audiobook version of Elton John's autobiography 'ME'

Courtesy Henry HoltNot long ago, Rocketman star Taron Egerton told ABC Radio that he'd gotten an advance look at Elton John's upcoming autobiography, ME.  Now, he's become an integral part of the whole project.

Egerton has been chosen to narrate the audiobook version of ME, which is coming out October 15, the same day as the print version.  Listeners will also hear from Elton himself on the recording, but it's not clear at what point or how much.

“Elton John is a fascinating man, at times incredibly intimidating and yet very vulnerable; I have never met anyone like him” the actor says in a statement.

“I was passionate about my role as Elton in the movie Rocketman, and this feels like the perfect closing chapter to the whole experience," he adds. "I am honored to have been asked to narrate Elton’s autobiography and I’m excited to get started.”

Egerton, who first met Elton when they both appeared in the 2017 movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, have become fast friends since Rocketman, and have often performed together onstage.

ME is described as a "no holds barred" account of Elton's incredible life, in which he discusses his highs and lows in a very frank manner.

In an essay by Elton that comes with the Blu-ray and DVD release of Rocketman, he explains, "The book is all true: the ridiculous reality of my life in all its funny, mad, horrible, dark and brilliant glory. I'm just incredibly grateful that I lived to tell the tale."

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David Bowie's 'VH1 Storytellers' performance to be released on vinyl

ParlophoneDavid Bowie's VH1 Storytellers concert special will be released on vinyl for the first time on October 11.

The set, recorded August 23, 1999 in New York City, featured rare performances of the songs "Can't Help Thinking About Me," "Drive-In Saturday" and "Word on a Wing," which Bowie had not played in 33, 25 and 23 years, respectively.

"We were used to dealing with legendary musicians," says VH1 Storytellers executive producer Bill Flanagan. "Still, landing David Bowie was more than a big booking. There's no way to say this without being corny: It was an honor."

"Bowie has a unique place in rock & roll," Flanagan adds. "He is not only one of the most influential musicians of the era, but he does nothing unless he is fully committed."

The upcoming two-LP collection will also feature four bonus tracks not included on the original CD: "Survive," "I Can't Read," "Always Crashing in the Same Car" and "If I'm Dreaming My Life."

Here's the vinyl's track list:

Side 1:
"Life On Mars?"
"Rebel Rebel (truncated)"
"Thursday's Child"

Side 2:
"Can't Help Thinking About Me"
"China Girl"

Side 3:
"Drive-In Saturday"
"Word On A Wing"

Side 4:
"I Can't Read"*
"Always Crashing in the Same Car"*
"If I'm Dreaming My Life"*

*Bonus track.

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On new AXS TV series 'Paul Shaffer Plus One,' Joe Walsh reveals which Eagles song started as a warm-up exercise

Courtesy AXS TVWe've got our first look at the upcoming AXS TV show Paul Shaffer Plus One, which will feature the former Late Night with David Letterman bandleader chatting with iconic musicians and jamming on their best-known hits.

In a sneak peek of the first episode, Shaffer sits down with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh to talk about the creation of one of the band's signature hits, "Life in the Fast Lane."  After Shaffer notes that the song has three people credited as writers -- Walsh, Don Henley and Glenn Frey -- he asks how it came together.

“I had this lick that I played that I would warm up for a show with,” Walsh explains, demonstrating the song's famous opening riff. “It’s a coordination exercise between your right and left hand.”

“I was just playing, warming up for the show, and Glenn comes busting into my dressing room and says, ‘What the hell’s that!?’" Walsh recalls. "And I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s just a lick I warm up with.’ And he says, ‘That’s an Eagles song, dude!’”

Paul Shaffer Plus One premieres Sunday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Joan Jett teaming with Carrie Underwood for 'Sunday Night Football' opening song


Joan Jett and country music superstar Carrie Underwood teamed up for a performance earlier this summer at Nashville's annual CMA fest -- and now they're reuniting for this year’s Sunday Night Football open.

The two stars will perform the original SNF opening number, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” which is actually based on Joan’s 1988 hit, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”

“I have always been a huge fan of Joan’s,” says Underwood. "And I’m thrilled that she’s joining us for the Sunday Night Football open. What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with her on prime time’s biggest stage?”

Turns out it was Underwood's idea to add Jett to the mix.  The executive producer of NBC's Sunday Night Football says, "We immediately embraced it as a terrific way to evolve the performance, while also celebrating the song we used in our first 10 seasons of SNF. We were excited when Joan agreed to join us, and we can’t wait to debut the finished product.”

For the first time ever, this year’s open was filmed at an NFL stadium, with as-yet-unannounced players joining Underwood and Jett at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

You can get your first look at this year’s theme this Sunday night, during halftime of the Steelers/Titans pre-season game, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. You’ll be able to see the full version before the first official game on Sunday, September 8.

This is Underwood's seventh year in a row starring in the Sunday Night Football open.

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Ozzy Osbourne says he was in "agony" following neck surgery

ABC/Randy HolmesOzzy Osbourne is opening up about the neck surgery he underwent earlier this year -- an operation which forced him to postpone all of his tour dates to 2020.

"For the first, say, four months, I was absolutely in agony," the Black Sabbath frontman tells Rolling Stone. "I was in agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life. It was awful."

In April, Ozzy revealed that he'd fallen at his home, and aggravated an injury he suffered in a 2003 ATV accident. Following the surgery, Osbourne began taking physical and occupational therapy classes, but he admits that progress has been "very slow."

"They say it's going to take at least a year," he says.

Ozzy hopes to be "ready to go" when his rescheduled dates begin in January.

"I'm really keeping my fingers crossed," he says.

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Limited-edition guitar inspired by Eric Clapton's 1964 Firebird to be released in September

Courtesy of Gibson

Gibson is producing a new limited-edition Eric Clapton signature model guitar based on the 1964 Firebird I model that Slowhand played during the 1960s and '70s.

The guitar features a vintage sunburst finish and was created using the exact measurements from original 1964 Firebird models. Each instrument boasts a backplate signed by Clapton, a replica of the strap Eric used, and a replica of the guitar's original case. The guitar also will come with a certificate of authenticity booklet.

"I remember one night, in particular with the Firebird," Clapton recalls of his old guitar. "It was a Cream show in Philadelphia, and it was one of the greatest gigs I ever played."

Only 100 Eric Clapton Firebird models will be sold worldwide, 50 in the U.S. through Guitar Center stores and GuitarCenter.com, and 50 internationally via select Gibson dealers. According to Gibson.com, the guitar's list price is $7,999.

A pre-sale on the Clapton Firebird I model began Monday. The instrument's release is timed with the 2019 edition of Eric's Crossroads Guitar Festival, which takes place September 20 and 21 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The new Clapton guitar will be on display at the fest in the Guitar Center Village, as will the Gibson ES-335 Eric used on many of many classic recordings, including Cream's rendition of blues great Robert Johnson's "Crossroads."

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ZZ Top launches 50th anniversary tour tonight near Seattle

Credit: Neil Zlowzower

ZZ Top recently canceled the first four scheduled dates of their 50th anniversary tour's North American leg so drummer Frank Beard could recover from a bout of pneumonia, but now "That Little Ol' Band from Texas" is set to launch the trek tonight, August 21, in Woodinville, Washington.

ZZ Top's 50th anniversary tour features a total of 50 dates and is plotted out through a November 9 show in Shreveport, Louisiana.  As previously reported, Cheap Trick will be the support act at most of the shows, while Lynyrd Skynyrd will open a pair of dates: August 23 in Irvine, California, and August 24 in Concord, California.

ZZ Top also recently lined up a New Year's Eve concert in Durant, Oklahoma.

In addition to many headlining shows, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are slated to take part in a number of festivals during the trek, including the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville, Texas, on August 31; Bourbon and Beyond in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 22; and the Exit 111 Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, on October 12.

Meanwhile, ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons and bassist Dusty Hill were on hand for a premiere screening of the band's new documentary ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas in Hollywood on Tuesday, August 13. The duo also took part in a Q&A at the event. The film began being shown in theaters across North America starting this week. Visit ZZTopFilm.com for more details.

Here are all of ZZ Top's North American tour dates:

8/21 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle*
8/23 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre**
8/24 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion**
8/25 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre*
8/27 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theater
8/28 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*
8/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre*
8/31 -- Lewisville, TX, Texas International Pop Festival
9/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre*
9/2 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair*
9/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Pavilion*
9/6 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/7 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/8 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill*
9/10 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights*
9/11 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion*
9/13 -- Ocean City, MD, Ocean City BikeFest
9/14 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
9/15 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion*
9/17 -- Syracuse, NY, Crouse-Hinds Theatre at John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter
9/18 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
9/19 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
9/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
9/22 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon and Beyond Festival - Champions Park
10/5 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*
10/6 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
10/8 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for Arts & Sciences
10/9 -- Charleston, SC, Volvo Cars Stadium*
10/11 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee -- Event Center*
10/12 -- Manchester, TN, Exit 111 Festival - Great Stage Park
10/13 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*
10/15 -- Augusta, GA, The James Brown Arena*
10/16 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
10/18 -- Estero FL, Hertz Arena*
10/19 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre*
10/20 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre*
10/22 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
10/23 -- Tallahassee, FL, Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
10/25 -- Oxon Hill, MD, MGM National Harbor
10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 -- Manshantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
10/29 -- Erie, PA, Warner Theatre
10/30 -- Kalamazoo, MI, Wings Event Center
11/1 -- Madison, WI, The Sylvee
11/3 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Theater
11/5 -- Springfield, MO, Juanita K. Hammons Hall
11/6 -- Enid, OK, Stride Bank Center
11/8 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort
11/9 -- Shreveport, LA, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
12/31 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theatre

= festival performance.
* = with Cheap Trick.
** = with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Best of Youth: Watch five-year-old Foo Fighters fan dance on stage with band

ABC/Fred WatkinsChances are your first concert wasn't as awesome as a five-year-old kid named Taylor, who got to dance on stage with Foo Fighters during their show in Belfast Monday.

Dave Grohl and company invited the tyke -- who was holding up a sign saying "I'm Taylor aged 5 first ever gig"-- up on stage while they played "All My Life." Taylor then proceeded to put the whole audience to shame with his dance moves, all while wearing an adorable pair of oversized headphones.

Footage of Taylor's Foo Fighters dance party is streaming on social media.

Foo Fighters are currently touring the U.K. and Ireland in continued support of their latest album, 2017's Concrete and Gold. They'll be back in the U.S. in September to play the Bourbon & Beyond and Pilgrimage festivals.

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Watch the official trailer of Bruce Springsteen's "Western Stars" film

Courtesy of TIFFThe trailer for Bruce Springsteen's new Western Stars film, which features the New Jersey rock legend performing his entire new album of the same name, has premiered online at Warner Bros. Pictures' official YouTube channel.

The clip features footage of Springsteen performing in front of a small audience in a 100-year-old barn that he owns, accompanied by a large string section and some of the musicians who contributed to the Western Stars album.

The performance segments are interspersed with sweeping, cinematic footage of the Western U.S., while the whole trailer is soundtracked by a narrative voice-over by Bruce, reflecting on life and touching on themes that echo the songs on Western Stars.

"It's easy to lose yourself or never find yourself," Springsteen says at one point. "The older you get, the heavier that baggage becomes that you haven't sorted through, so you run. I've done a lot of that kind of running."

He later declares, "I've spent 35 years trying to learn how to let go of the destructive parts of my character, and I still have days where I struggle with it."

Another part of the trailer features a home movie of Springsteen kissing and dancing with his wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, outside of a log cabin.

"We all have our broken pieces. Emotionally, spiritually, in this life, nobody gets away unhurt," Bruce says over the romantic scene. "And we're always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges."

As previously reported, Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny. It gets its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival next month, and will open wide in theaters this October.

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Canned Heat bassist Larry "The Mole" Taylor dead at 77

Pete Still/RedfernsLongtime Canned Heat bassist Larry "The Mole" Taylor has died.  According to a Facebook post from the band's manager, Taylor passed away Monday at his home in Lake Balboa, California, after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.

Taylor was part of Canned Heat's most famous lineup, which included Alan Wilson, Bob Hite, Henry Vestine and "Fito" de la Parra.  Taylor's death leaves de la Parra as the sole surviving member of that lineup, which performed at both the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and at Woodstock in 1969.   Canned Heat's best-known songs are "Goin' Up the Country" and "On the Road Again."

Prior to joining Canned Heat, Taylor -- the brother of late Ventures drummer Mel Taylor -- toured with Jerry Lee Lewis and was a session player who contributed to records by artists as diverse as The Monkees, JJ Cale, Albert King and Buddy Guy

Taylor left Canned Heat in 1970, be rejoined the group in 1978 and played with the band off and on until his passing. He also recorded and performed with Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall and John Hammond Jr.

As his manager notes, "Larry told great stories, funny jokes, was a foodie, wine, record, and rock poster collector, computer whiz and a special human being who really 'lived for music…music was his religion!'”

Taylor survived by his wife Andrea, his son Danny and daughters Rebecca and Molly.

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Rush releasing five-LP vinyl version of 2013 live album, "Clockwork Angels Tour"

RhinoRush's 2013 live album Clockwork Angels Tour will be released on vinyl for the first time on October 11. The record will be available as a five-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl, featuring nine sides of music and a laser etching on the second side of the last disc.

Clockwork Angels Tour, which originally was released as a three-CD/one-DVD set, features performances recorded at Rush concerts in Phoenix, Dallas and San Antonio in November 2012 during the band's tour in support of its final studio album, Clockwork Angels. The vinyl version of the album includes all 31 tracks that appeared on the CDs.

The shows began with a set featuring songs from throughout Rush's career, followed by a set where the band played nearly all of Clockwork Angels, accompanied by a string ensemble conducted by acclaimed composer and conductor David Campbell. The ensemble also joined Rush for several other tunes.

Clockwork Angels Tour also features a few bonus tracks, including a performance of "Limelight" recorded during a soundcheck.

The vinyl set will come packaged in a two-piece box that includes a full-color booklet and a download code to access a high-def digital version of the album.

Here's the full track list of the Clockwork Angels Tour vinyl edition:

Side A
"The Big Money"
"Force Ten"
"Grand Designs"

Side B
"The Body Electric"
"The Analog Kid"

Side C
"Where's My Thing?/Here It Is!" (Drum Solo)
"Far Cry"

Side D
"Clockwork Angels"*
"The Anarchist"*

Side E
"The Wreckers"
"Headlong Flight"*/"Drumbastica" (Drum Solo)
"Peke's Repose" (Guitar Solo)/"Halo Effect"*

Side F
"Seven Cities of Gold"*
"Wish Them Well"*
"The Garden"*

Side G
"The Percussor"
--I. "Binary Love Theme"
--II. "Steambanger's Ball" (Drum Solo)
"Red Sector A"*

Side H
"The Spirit of Radio"
"Tom Sawyer"

Side I
"Middletown Dreams"
"The Pass"
"Manhattan Project"*

* = with the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble

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Pink Floyd's Nick Mason to receive the Prog God award in September

Credit: Jill FurmanovskyPink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will receive the Prog God honor at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards, taking place September 12 at London's Underglobe Theatre. The award, presented by the U.K.'s Prog magazine, acknowledges artists who have been musical innovators throughout their careers.

"I'm all in favor of recognition for drummers -- particularly when it's me -- so I'm really delighted to be recognized as Prog God," Mason tells Prog.

"It's hard to believe that it was over 50 years ago that the music we know as prog rock was born, and it's still being celebrated, played and developed in the 21st century. Long may it continue!"

Mason co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965, and is the only member to play on every one of the band's studio albums. Nick was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1996.

Mason also released albums as a solo artists and with a variety of side projects, and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. In addition, Nick has produced albums by Robert Wyatt, Gong and The Damned.

In 2018, he formed a Pink Floyd tribute band called Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, which focuses on the group's pre-1973 material. The band, whose lineup also includes Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp and longtime Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt, recently wrapped up a European summer tour.

Previous recipients of the Prog God honor include Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Carl Palmer, Peter Gabriel, Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks, and Yes members Steve Howe, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.

A total of 15 awards will be handed out at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards. Winners will be announced on the night of the event at the Prog website.

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Brian Johnson chats with Sting in preview of new AXS TV series, "A Life on the Road"

Courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment/ AXS TV

AXS TV has offered a sneak peek of the first episode of the new series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road, which will premiere September 15 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features the AC/DC frontman visiting Sting in New York City.

In the beginning of the clip, Sting recalls joining The Police, noting, "It was a punk band. It wasn't really my cup of tea, but I thought I'd do it anyway."

Johnson responds by saying, "I never thought of you as a punk band. It was just…too good."

Sting also chats about how The Police toured the U.S. early in their career, playing small clubs around the country.

"I'm glad I did that. I'm just so grateful for it," he says of the experience. "It builds backbone, you know? It builds some kind of psychological armor."

One of those small clubs, Sting notes, was the legendary but now defunct New York City punk venue CBGB.

Johnson asks Sting what it was like played the notoriously seedy club for the first time, to which Sting replies, "It was kind of a spooky place, but, you know, it was full of history…Television played there, Talking Heads, Blondie."

Sharing his recollections of CBGB, Sting says, "[A] bathroom was the dressing room, and it was a toilet, [with] graffiti everywhere."

Also in the preview, Sting and Johnson, visit the former site of CBGB, which is now a Varvatos store.

As previously reports, A Life on the Road originally began airing in 2017 on U.K. television. Among the stars who appear on other episodes are Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Billy Joel, Joe Walsh, Mark Knopfler, Paul Rodgers, and Mick Fleetwood.

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Ringo Starr discusses "Abbey Road" reissue, next solo album, in new 'People' interview

Credit: Scott Robert Ritchie

Ringo Starr is the subject of a lengthy new People interview in which the former Beatles drummer touches on the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of Abbey Road, his plans for a new solo record, the current 30th anniversary tour of his All Starr Band and more.

The expanded Abbey Road reissue, which will be released on September 27, includes an unused take of "Octopus' Garden," one of the few songs Starr had a hand in writing for The Beatles.

Ringo tells the magazine that "people are interested in all of that," referring to the alternate versions of songs that have appeared on recent Fab Four reissues.

He also says he's happy about the remastered audio because the drums are more pronounced in the mix.

"People are telling me, 'Oh, you can play!'" Starr notes. "Because they can hear the drums [better] now."

Abbey Road includes the only drum solo Ringo ever played on a Beatles track, during the album's finale, "The End."

"They forced me to do that one," Starr maintains. "I'm just not a drum solo drummer. I want to be in the band…I hold them all together and they can go mad. I'm crazy about very few drum solos I've heard."

Meanwhile, Ringo's been recording a new solo album with various guest musicians, including current members of his All Starr Band; his brother-in-law Joe Walsh; Dave Stewart of Eurythmics; and renowned session bassist Nathan East.

"I like to hang out with writers and musicians, so I've been co-writing all the songs," Starr says.

Ringo's on the road now with his All Starr Band, marking the 30th anniversary of his first trek with the star-studded collective. The tour runs through a September 1 concert in Los Angeles.

Here are the remaining dates:

8/20 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
8/22 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino
8/25 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera House
8/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
8/29 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
8/30 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8/31 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
9/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre

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Neil Young's new album with Crazy Horse, "Colorado," due in October; first track to be released this month

Credit: Daryl HannahNeil Young has unveiled some new details about Colorado, his upcoming album with the current incarnation of Crazy Horse.

Young reports that the first track from the record, a song titled "Rainbow of Colors," will be coming out this month, with the album to follow in October. The folk-rock legend also reveals that the album will feature "10 new songs ranging from around 3 minutes to over 13 minutes.

He adds that he and Crazy Horse -- Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Nils Lofgren -- "hope you love this new album as much as we do."

Colorado will be available on CD, via streaming and as a two-LP vinyl set that features three sides of music and comes packaged with a bonus 7-inch single with two tracks that aren't on the album.

In addition, Young shares some news about the recently reported in-the-works documentary focusing on the making of Colorado.  Neil says the movie's called Mountaintop Sessions and it'll be screened in more than 100 theaters around the world during the week that the album is released.

"It is a wild one folks, no holds barred," Young says of the film. "You will see the whole process just as it went down! [Warts] and all! I don't think a film about this subject with the openness and intensity we have captured has ever been seen."

Mountaintop Sessions is being shot by cinematographer C.K. Vollick, who also worked on the 2018 film Paradox, which starred Young and was directed by his wife, actress Daryl Hannah.

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Foo Fighters will "have a new record by next year," says Taylor Hawkins

ABC/Travis BellAs the second anniversary of the latest Foo Fighters album, 2017's Concrete and Gold, approaches next month, the band is starting to look toward another record.

Speaking to Rock Sound, drummer Taylor Hawkins reveals that the Foos are eyeing a 2020 release for their milestone 10th studio effort.

Hawkins explains, "Well, from what I've heard from our fearless leader Dave Grohl, he has a lot of demos that he's worked on and I think we'll start -- once this tour is over -- I think not too [long] after that, we'll start the process of putting the songs together as a band."

He continues, "It's a long process. We do a lot of demoing and stuff, but I think that we'll have -- I'm hoping -- I think we'll have a new record by next year. We should."

Foo Fighters are currently touring the U.K. in continued support of Concrete and Gold. They'll be back in the U.S. in September to play the Bourbon & Beyond and Pilgrimage festivals.

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New Megadeth beer Saison 13 coming to US in September

Credit: Jeremy SafferMegadeth is once again teaming up with Quebec-based brewery Unibroue to create another signature beer.

The latest collaboration is a 6.1 percent ABV [Alcohol by volume] Belgian-style saison ale called Saison 13. The brew is available now in select Canadian provinces, and will be coming to the U.S. in September.  "Saison ale" is a highly carbonated fruity, spicy pale ale.

Saison 13 follows Megadeth's previous Unibroue beer, À Tout le Monde, which debuted in 2016.

For more info, visit MegadethBeer.com.

In addition to helping create new beers, Megadeth has been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2016's Dystopia. Frontman Dave Mustaine is continuing treatment for throat cancer, which he revealed he'd been diagnosed with in June.

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Elton John defends Harry & Meghan, tells press to "cease these untrue assassinations on their character"

Niklas Halle'n-WPA Pool/Getty ImagesElton John's been burned numerous times by the British press, so that's why he's speaking out in defense of the way the press has been treating Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

According to E!, over the weekend, Harry, Meghan and their son Archie were criticized for taking a private jet to Elton's home in Nice, France for a vacation.  Specifically, they were accused of spending the British taxpayers' money, and being environmentally reckless by flying private, not commercial.

Elton took to Instagram to post a lengthy note blasting the press and explaining the situation.

"I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week," Sir Elton wrote.

Noting that Harry's mother, Princess Diana was "of my dearest friends," he added, "I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death."

"After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home," Elton continued, referring to his husband David Furnish.

"To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight," he explained. "To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint."

Elton, who performed at the couple's wedding, concluded by stating, "I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis."

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