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UMeLast month, a previously unreleased, stripped-down version of Freddie Mercury's 1986 solo song "Time," re-titled "Time Waits for No One," was released as a digital single.  Now the track will be available on a seven-inch picture disc and a CD single that will hit stores on Friday, July 26.

Mercury recorded "Time" for a concept album based on the hit West End musical of the same name.  It was produced and co-created by Freddie's friend Dave Clark, the drummer and band leader of the popular 1960s U.K. group The Dave Clark Five. The original song, which included 96 audio tracks, was a top 40 hit for Mercury in the U.K.

Recalling how great the late Queen frontman sounded while recording "Time," Clark recently decided to create a new version using a single Mercury vocal track from the session and bringing in keyboardist Mike Moran, who played on the original song, to record a new piano part to accompany Freddie's voice.

To celebrate the release of the digital version of "Time Waits for No One," a new video premiered that was created using footage of Mercury shot in 1986 for a promo clip of "Time."

The "Time Waits for No One" vinyl picture disc and CD single, which both can be pre-ordered now, will also include audio of an archival interview with Mercury and Clark.

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ABC/Heidi GutmanSo, something's going on in the world of Green Day.

On Friday, each of the band members -- Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool -- made their Instagram profiles private. Additionally, the main Green Day Instagram is also now private.

When these sort of dramatic social media things happen with bands, it often means that new music is coming. Could new Green Day be around the corner?

Nothing concrete has been announced, but Armstrong said in an Instagram Live session late last year that he was writing new Green Day songs to follow 2016's Revolution Radio. Stay tuned.

As for something that's for sure happening in Green Day land, a new photography book on the band will be released August 27.

The book includes photos taken by renowned rock photographer Bob Gruen, and includes commentary by Armstrong, Dirnt and Cool. Armstrong also wrote an introduction.

"Here's to Bob Gruen!" Armstrong says. "Capturing our best as we do our worst."

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Credit: Karsten StaigerAn official trailer for Foreigner's upcoming concert film -- featuring performances from two of the band's Double Vision: Then and Now reunion shows -- has debuted online. The movie premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on DirecTV and some other broadcast outlets, and will then be released in October as a home video, along with a companion album.

Double Vision: Then and Now captures Foreigner's current lineup performing with all the band's surviving original members during an October 6-7, 2017, stand at the Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

The shows featured a set by the current lineup, led by founding guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones, and a shorter set featuring Jones joined by original frontman Lou Gramm, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, drummer Dennis Elliott and keyboardist Al Greenwood, plus longtime bassist Rick Wills. To end the concerts, both lineups teamed up for a two-song encore.

The trailer boasts footage of the two lineups playing various Foreigner classics, glimpses of the encore performances -- including a rendition of "I Want to Know What Love Is" featuring a full choir -- and interview segments with various band members, past and present.

In one interview clip, Gramm says of Jones, "We've had our ups and down. In spite of all that, I like him a lot. He's a great friend, love him and it's always great to work with him."

In another segment, Jones reflects on getting to perform with his old band mates again.

"[You] look across stage and you see a sight that you haven't seen for…12 years, maybe 13 years, it's cool," he declares. "Everybody's really locked in and playing tight."

Foreigner has four more Double Vision: Then and Now shows scheduled in October, and Jones tells Billboard that the band will keep doing them "on a limited basis."

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Credit: Jeremy SafferThe nominations for this year's Emmys were revealed earlier this week, but under the mountains of nominations for Game of Thrones -- the show got a record-breaking 32 nods -- you might have missed a nod for a Megadeth-assisted commercial.

Apple's "Shot on iPhone XS" commercial, which is soundtracked by the thrash legends' 1985 song "Last Rites," is nominated for Outstanding Commercial. Megadeth announced the news Friday in a post on their website.

The commercial showcased vivid videos of nature filmed with the phone's camera, all while "Last Rites" plays in the background.

The 2019 Emmys air live September 22 on FOX.

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Craft RecordingsAs recently reported, an album featuring Creedence Clearwater Revival's full 11-song set from the 1969 Woodstock festival will be released August 2. Now, Billboard.com has premiered a performance of the band's classic hit "Proud Mary" from CCR's Live at Woodstock collection.

The album can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally. Those ordering advance digital copies of the record will receive instant free downloads of "Proud Mary" and "Born on the Bayou."

Creedence Clearwater Revival was one of the world's top rock acts when it played Woodstock, but the band declined to appear in the Oscar-winning 1970 documentary and the successful soundtrack album focusing on the festival, mainly because frontman John Fogerty wasn't happy with the group's performance.

Explaining the decision to keep CCR out of the film, Fogerty tells Billboard, "Nobody really understood what the movie would be. The track they wanted to use was 'Bad Moon Rising'; I just didn't feel it was our best work. At that point in time Creedence was the No. 1 band in the world. I felt like, 'Why go backwards?'"

The singer/guitarist says he eventually had a change of heart about releasing the Woodstock set.

"Maybe around the late '80s I began to think that, historically, it is what it is," he notes. "It doesn't matter if it's well done or not well done, it became more a fact of history. Therefore, nobody was hurt by it."

CCR bassist Stu Cook tells Billboard that the group had differing opinions about the performance.

"I thought we played good, and in some cases I thought we played great," Cook recalls. "It's a shame we weren't in the film, but that was not my decision."

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ABC/Randy HolmesAn associate of Metallica helped broker a deal with Live Nation to sell tickets to the metal legends' 2017 North American stadium tour directly on ticket resale sites, Billboard reports.

The publication has obtained an 11-minute phone call between Live Nation president of U.S. concerts Bob Roux, an independent event promoter named Vaughn Millette, and Tony DiCioccio, who's described by Metallica's publicist as the band's "ticketing consultant."

During the conversation, the trio proposes a plan to set aside 88,000 tickets to be sold on secondary market sites such as StubHub instead of offering them first for face value through primary sellers.

In a statement to Billboard, Live Nation admits that this practice did take place, and that "about a dozen artists" requested it between 2016 and 2017. The ticketing company adds that it "does not distribute tickets on any platform without an artist's explicit approval."

The idea to sell Metallica tickets directly on the resale market apparently came about after more than 10,000 tickets from secondary sources were sold for the band's 2016 concert in Minneapolis "without [the band's] participation."

A statement from Live Nation says, "After seeing the volume of secondary transactions for that show and the benefit being captured by brokers, the independent consultant [DiCioccio] worked with Live Nation on a unique distribution strategy that used the secondary market as a sales distribution channel for select high-end tickets."

A rep for Metallica tells Billboard that the Metallica members were not aware of DiCioccio's deal with Live Nation at the time.

The plan actually ended up losing money, as some of the resale tickets ended up being sold for under face value.

Sources tell Billboard that Live Nation facilitated another, "more successful" initiative to sell Metallica tickets directly on resale sites in 2018.

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GeffenNirvana's Live and Loud concert film will be released on vinyl on August 30.

The performance was recorded by MTV in December 1993 in Seattle, just a month after the grunge legends taped their iconic MTV Unplugged set.

Live and Loud was previously released on home video in 2013, and it was also included in the 20th anniversary edition of 1993's In Utero. The new vinyl edition marks the first time the performance will be available as standalone audio release.

Here's the Live and Loud vinyl track list:

"Radio Friendly Unit Shifter"
"Drain You"
"Breed"
"Serve the Servants"
"Rape Me"
"Sliver"
"Pennyroyal Tea"
"Scentless Apprentice"
"All Apologies"
"Heart-Shaped Box"
"Blew"
"The Man Who Sold the World"
"School"
"Come as You Are"
"Lithium"
"About a Girl"
"Endless, Nameless"

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ABC/Randy HolmesYou'll soon be able to recreate iconic Metallica album covers one piece at a time.

The U.K. company Zee Productions is releasing four new jigsaw puzzles depicting the covers of Metallica's first four records: Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All.

Each of the puzzles consists of 500 pieces, and will be released September 20. For more info, visit ZeeProductions.co.uk.

If you're looking for more kid-friendly Metallica activities, the metal legends are releasing The ABCs of Metallica, a rhyming, illustrated children's book, on November 26.

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Miller Mobley for BillboardBilly Joel currently graces the cover of Billboard magazine. Now, in a video for the publication, he reveals his most meaningful lyric, the song he has to play every time, the artist he'd most like to jam with and the craziest thing that's ever happened to him onstage -- and the answers may surprise you.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells Billboard that his favorite song to play in concert is "You May Be Right," but what he considers to be his most meaningful lyric tends to change.

"That's tough. I wrote the lyrics to all of my songs, so they all mean a lot to me, 'cause they were all a pain in the a** to write!" he jokes. "Depends on what day it is. Today I would probably say 'Summer, Highland Falls.' Tomorrow, it'll probably be something different.

"Summer, Highland Falls," from Joel's 1976 album Turnstiles, was never a single, but it's a huge fan favorite.

As for which song he'd can't leave the stage without playing, well, it's obvious.

"Duh!" notes Billy. "It's 'Piano Man!' We can't do a show without doing that song."

Joel, who's had legends like Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler join him in concert over the years, says the one artist he'd really like to bring onstage with him is no longer with us.

"I would probably bring Jimi Hendrix onstage and just sit back and shut the f*** up," he declares.

Asked what album he'd like to play live in concert, he chooses The Beatles' 1965 classic Rubber Soul, adding, "I dunno how much piano they have, but I'll figure something out."

Finally, asked to name the craziest thing that's happened to him onstage, Billy cracks, "People just keep coming to see me! Which is insane!"

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Courtesy of Live NationTwo legendary artists who emerged from the 1970s punk and new wave scene, Blondie and Elvis Costello, kick off a U.S. co-headlining tour this Saturday, July 20, in Bethel, New York. The 13-date trek is mapped out through an August 10 concert in the Seattle area.

At a recent red carpet event in New York City, Blondie singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein told ABC Radio that they were looking forward to hitting the road with Costello, who they've known since back in the day.

"We're sort of contemporaries, and love many, many of his songs," Harry said. "And he's a terrific entertainer. I think it's gonna be a great tour."

Added Stein, "He's a nice guy. He's very optimistic, like we are."

Stein also reflected on the fact that his band and Elvis enjoyed their initial success around the same time.

"It was all kind of happening simultaneously, and that kind of motivated everybody," Chris maintained. "All the bands that came out in that era of the mid-'70s…kind of lifted each other up in a lot of different ways, inspirationally and…business-wise…It created a movement, let's say. [And Costello] was a part of it."

Debbie also noted that Blondie and Elvis emerged from parallel scenes in New York City and London, respectively, adding that "it was a great period for music."

On the new tour, Costello will be accompanied by his longtime backing group The Imposters, which features two-thirds of his old band The Attractions -- keyboardist Steve Nieve and drummer Pete Thomas.

After the joint trek ends, Costello and The Imposters will launch a fall U.S. headlining tour on October 23 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Here are all of Blondie and Costello's joint tour dates:

7/20 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/21 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/23 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
7/24 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
7/26 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem
7/27 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Theater at The Palms
8/2 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Summit
8/4 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre
8/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/7 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/8 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
8/10 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

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Courtesy of TIFF/ Photo by Elliott LandyThe recently announced documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band will get its world premiere at a gala celebrating the opening of the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, September 5 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

The movie was inspired by Robbie Robertson's 2016 memoir, Testimony, and focuses on the Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist's life and his work with the influential roots-rock group The Band.

The film will feature rare archival footage and photos, as well as new interviews with Robertson and some of his famous friends and collaborators, like Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Ronnie Hawkins and director Martin Scorsese.

"This is one of Toronto's great stories of a hometown hero," says festival's artistic director and co-head, Cameron Bailey.

"From his early years in this city, to the inspiration he took from life on the Six Nations reserve, to the impact he's had on generations of music lovers, Robertson emerges in [director Daniel] Roher's film as a truly Canadian-made superstar."

Scorsese is one of the film's executive producers, as are Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the duo behind the 2017 Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years.

Once Were Brothers is the first-ever Canadian-made movie to open the Toronto International Film Festival. The event runs through September 15.

To purchase ticket packages for the festival, visit TIFF.net/festival.

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Courtesy of University of ExeterRobert Plant was at the U.K.'s University of Exeter this week for the presentation of an honorary degree to his old friend, famous British music agent Rod MacSween.

During the ceremony, MacSween settled a long overdue eight-pound debt he owed Plant for a concert he booked Robert to play decades ago. As he was receiving his degree, MacSween offered the Led Zeppelin legend a 10-pound note, which the singer came up on the stage to collect.

Plant then joked that the payment wasn't enough, before telling his pal that it'd been "great sharing my adventures with you."

MacSween studied chemistry and statistics at the University of Exeter, which is where he got his first experience working with music artists: He served as social secretary of the Students' Guild in 1969. Among the acts he booked while at Exeter were Pink Floyd and Plant's pre-Led Zeppelin group, Band of Joy.

After he graduated, MacSween worked at a number of major booking agencies before founding his own, ITB, in 1976. Among the many music stars he's gone on to represent: Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, KISS, Pearl Jam, Scorpions, Tool and The Who.

Discussing his achievements at the ceremony, MacSween said, "My work as an international music agent has brought me in contact with celebrated musicians and legendary bands, many of who I was in contact with early in my career."

"Nourished by fierce loyalty and mutual trust these relationships have endured through the decades and I am deeply proud to represent some of the greatest musicians and artists in the world," he added. "I love the music and I love working with the artists I represent, they have become like family."

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Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesDavid Crosby won't be finding a way back to the garden: The folk-rock legend believes that Woodstock 50 will not take place next month as scheduled.

During an interview to promote his new documentary, David Crosby: Remember My Name, which hits theaters on Friday, ABC Radio asked Crosby if he knew anything about the status of the troubled festival , since he was among the many acts originally scheduled to perform at the event.

"It's not happening," Crosby declared. "It's dead."

The 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who also performed at the original 1969 Woodstock as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, added, "There is a person in that situation who is a scammer, and has always been a scammer, and he scammed this."

Asked if he was referring to promoter Michael Lang, who's at the center of the effort to keep Woodstock 50 alive, Crosby wouldn't name names.

Earlier this week, the town of Vernon, New York, denied an appeal by Lang and others involved in Woodstock 50 to hold the event at the Vernon Downs racetrack.

The originally announced site of the festival, Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York, pulled out of the event several weeks ago after permit problems and issues with the festival's financial backers.

Woodstock 50 is still scheduled to be held August 16-18, exactly 50 years after the original festival, but that seems unlikely, as there's less than a month to go and it still doesn't have a venue.

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Credit: Jeremy SafferMegadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has canceled his scheduled appearance at Comic-Con this weekend due to his ongoing battle with throat cancer.

Mustaine was planning to attend San Diego's annual geek culture convention to sign copies of Megadeth's new Death By Design graphic novel, published by Heavy Metal magazine.

"By doctor's orders, we need to cancel Dave Mustaine's appearance at Heavy Metal's booth," reads a statement on Megadeth's website. "Let's all send good wishes to Dave during his treatment and for a speedy recovery!"

To make it up to anyone hoping to meet the metal icon, Comic-Con attendees will have the chance to pick up a special print signed by Mustaine, as well as the other three Megadeth members.

Mustaine revealed his throat cancer diagnosis in June. He's currently undergoing a treatment plan that his doctors feel has a "90 percent success rate."

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The Doors' fourth studio album, The Soft Parade, hit stores 50 years ago today, and in celebration of the milestone, an expanded reissue of the record will be released on October 18.

The Soft Parade: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a three-CD/one-LP set that features a newly remastered version of the original album on the vinyl disc, the remastered album plus the B-side "Who Scared You" on one CD, and a variety of unreleased and rare tracks and mixes on the other CDs.

The Soft Parade peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, and featured the #3 hit "Touch Me." It's gone on to sell more than a million copies in the U.S. The album is considered a polarizing project because many fans didn't embrace the horn and string arrangements featured on most of the tracks.

Among the reissue's bonus tracks are mixes of five songs with the horns and strings stripped off, and three other mixes minus the horns and strings and with new guitar overdubs by The Doors' Robby Krieger.

Other extras include three rehearsal outtakes from the Soft Parade sessions, featuring lead vocals by keyboardist Ray Manzarek under the pseudonym Screamin' Ray Daniels, one of which is an early version of "Roadhouse Blues." Those three tracks feature newly recorded bass parts by Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo.

The "Roadhouse Blues" rehearsal is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and you also can hear it at The Doors' official YouTube channel.

The third CD includes the previously unreleased full, hour-long version of a frequently bootlegged jam called "Rock Is Dead," which features The Doors riffing through the history of rock 'n roll.

Here's the full track list of The Soft Parade deluxe reissue's CDs:

Disc One
"Tell All the People"
"Touch Me"
"Shaman's Blues"
"Do It"
"Easy Ride"
"Wild Child"
"Runnin' Blue"
"Wishful Sinful"
"The Soft Parade"

Bonus Track:
"Who Scared You" (B-side)

Disc Two
"Tell All the People" (Doors only mix)*
"Touch Me" (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
"Runnin' Blue" (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
"Wishful Sinful" (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
"Who Scared You" (Doors only mix)*
"Roadhouse Blues" -- Screamin' Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
"(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" -- Screamin' Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
"I'm Your Doctor" -- Screamin' Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
"Touch Me" (Doors only mix)*
"Runnin' Blue" (Doors only mix)*
"Wishful Sinful" (Doors only mix)*

Disc Three
"I Am Troubled"
"Seminary School" (a.k.a. "Petition the Lord with Prayer")*
"Rock Is Dead" (Complete Version)*
"Chaos"*

* = previously unreleased

 

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The Doors' fourth studio album, The Soft Parade, hit stores 50 years ago today, and in celebration of the milestone, an expanded reissue of the record will be released on October 18.

The Soft Parade: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a three-CD/one-LP set that features a newly remastered version of the original album on the vinyl disc, the remastered album plus the B-side "Who Scared You" on one CD, and a variety of unreleased and rare tracks and mixes on the other CDs.

The Soft Parade peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, and featured the #3 hit "Touch Me." It's gone on to sell more than a million copies in the U.S. The album is considered a polarizing project because many fans didn't embrace the horn and string arrangements featured on most of the tracks.

Among the reissue's bonus tracks are mixes of five songs with the horns and strings stripped off, and three other mixes minus the horns and strings and with new guitar overdubs by The Doors' Robby Krieger.

Other extras include three rehearsal outtakes from the Soft Parade sessions, featuring lead vocals by keyboardist Ray Manzarek under the pseudonym Screamin' Ray Daniels, one of which is an early version of "Roadhouse Blues." Those three tracks feature newly recorded bass parts by Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo.

The "Roadhouse Blues" rehearsal is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and you also can hear it at The Doors' official YouTube channel.

The third CD includes the previously unreleased full, hour-long version of a frequently bootlegged jam called "Rock Is Dead," which features The Doors riffing through the history of rock 'n roll.

Here's the full track list of The Soft Parade deluxe reissue's CDs:

Disc One
"Tell All the People"
"Touch Me"
"Shaman's Blues"
"Do It"
"Easy Ride"
"Wild Child"
"Runnin' Blue"
"Wishful Sinful"
"The Soft Parade"

Bonus Track:
"Who Scared You" (B-side)

Disc Two
"Tell All the People" (Doors only mix)*
"Touch Me" (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
"Runnin' Blue" (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
"Wishful Sinful" (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
"Who Scared You" (Doors only mix)*
"Roadhouse Blues" -- Screamin' Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
"(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" -- Screamin' Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
"I'm Your Doctor" -- Screamin' Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
"Touch Me" (Doors only mix)*
"Runnin' Blue" (Doors only mix)*
"Wishful Sinful" (Doors only mix)*

Disc Three
"I Am Troubled"
"Seminary School" (a.k.a. "Petition the Lord with Prayer")*
"Rock Is Dead" (Complete Version)*
"Chaos"*

* = previously unreleased

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Loma Vista Iggy Pop has announced a new album called Free. The 18th solo effort from the Godfather of Punk is due out September 6.

The mostly instrumental Free title track is available now via digital outlets.

Free was recorded with jazz artist Leron Thomas and guitar instrumentalist Noveller. It follows Pop's 2016 album Post Pop Depression, which he recorded in collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

"By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long," Pop says.

"But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free." 

He continues, "So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen."

Here's the Free track list:

"Free"
"Loves Missing"
"Sonali"
"James Bond"
"Dirty Sanchez"
"Glow in the Dark"
"Page"
"We Are the People"
"Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"
"The Dawn"

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Credit: Mark OwenJustin Hayward kicks off a 16-date U.S. summer tour August 6 in Burnsville, Minnesota, and now the Moody Blues singer/guitarist has added a second stateside leg in the fall.

While the August outing will visit venues in the Midwest and Western U.S., the fall tour will mainly stick to cities on the East Coast, starting with an October 6 concert in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and running through a November 10 show in Melbourne, Florida.

Tickets for most of the dates are on sale now. Visit JustinHayward.com for more details.

Between his two U.S. tour legs, Justin will play eight shows in his U.K. homeland in September.

Here are all of Hayward's forthcoming U.S. tour dates:

8/6 -- Burnsville, MN, Ames Center
8/7 -- Eau Claire, WI, Jamf Theatre at Pablo Center
8/8 -- Wausau, WI, Grand Theater
8/9 -- Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theater
8/11 -- St. Louis, MO, River City Casino and Hotel
8/14 -- Arvada, CO, Arvada Center
8/15 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
8/17 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
8/18 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
8/20 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
8/21 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
8/23 -- Big Bear Lake, CA, The Cave Big Bear
8/24 -- Ventura, CA, Majestic Ventura Theatre
8/25 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theater
8/27 -- Folsom, CA, Harris Center for the Arts
8/28 -- Monterey, CA, Golden State Theatre
10/6 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center for the Arts
10/7 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head
10/9 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center
10/10 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
10/12 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center
10/15 -- Albany, NY, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts
10/18 -- New York, NY, Concert Hall
10/21 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre
10/22 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre
10/24 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
10/26 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre
10/27 -- Charlotte, NC, McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
10/29 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
10/30 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery – Nashville
11/3 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage Theater
11/5 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theater
11/7 -- Delray Beach, FL, Crest Theatre at Old School Square
11/8 -- Key West, FL, Key West Theater
11/10 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Arts

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Miller Mobley for BillboardWhile music biopics are all the rage in Hollywood these days, one legendary musician who isn't interested seeing his life story depicted onscreen is Billy Joel -- in part, because he's concerned about who'd play him.

In a new cover story for Billboard, Billy says, "There are things in my life that could make a good movie. 'He married this supermodel, then they had a kid, then they got divorced, then he crashed a car, then he went to rehab.' [But] that was like five minutes in my life. It wasn’t all sensational."

He adds, "I just hope they don’t get a short, fat, ugly guy to play me."

Billy's attitude towards a biopic is the same as his attitude towards the memoir he wrote in 2011. When the publisher told him to include more "scandalous stuff," Billy abandoned the project and paid back his advance money.

While another memoir or a biopic are unlikely, a new Billy Joel album is even more unlikely. He hasn't released a pop album since 1993, and he's just fine with that.

"I know some artists struggle with the idea of being relevant: 'I have to come up with new stuff and have hit
singles,'" he says. "I stopped buying that a long time ago."

Noting that he's made 12 albums, just like The Beatles, he adds, "I wrote some good stuff. I wrote some crap, too. But some of the good stuff is pretty damn good."

Meanwhile, Billy's live concert business is booming: He sells out New York's Madison Square Garden every month and regularly fills stadiums.

"It's a miracle," says Billy, adding, "Onstage [I’m thinking], 'Are you f**king kidding me? When are they going to find me out? Women are screaming at me?' I know what I look like in the mirror."

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Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesHe's written a movie, a classical music oratorio and, of course, dozens of the world's most beloved pop songs.  Now, Paul McCartney's writing his first musical.

Unlike his other projects, however, the subject isn't original to Sir Paul.  He'll adapt the 1946 film classic It's a Wonderful Life, writing the music and lyrics, while Tony-winning playwright Lee Hall will co-write the lyrics and also write the book -- that's musical theatre speak for the show's non-musical dialogue.  Hall's best-known for writing the 2000 film Billy Elliot and later adapting it into an award-winning stage musical.  Most recently, he wrote the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

According to the announcement on McCartney's official website, producer Bill Kenwright approached Paul three years ago about the project.

"Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me but Bill and I met up with Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun," said McCartney.  "It’s a Wonderful Life is a universal story we can all relate to.”

If you've never seen the film, It's a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey, played by the late Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart, who's about to take his own life after a run of bad luck.  But then an angel intervenes and shows George how much worse the lives he's touched would be, had George never been born.

Paul McCartney last weekend completed the U.S. leg of his Freshen Up world tour in front of a sell-out audience at Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium, with fellow Beatles member Ringo Starr as a surprise special guest. 

It’s a Wonderful Life is scheduled for a late 2020 debut, though whether that'll be on Broadway or on London's West End isn't yet known.

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Earlier this year, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies revealed to ABC Radio that he'd spent about a month working with his brother and longtime band mate Ray on material for a Kinks project that may include both archival and new songs. Now Dave has shared an update on the project's status, saying it's moving forward but it's "not a done deal."

"This has really been going on for a couple of years," the 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells Rolling Stone. "We keep going backwards and listening to a lot of old stuff. Some of that is very good, and some of it needs a bit of work."

Dave says the process has involved completing unfinished archival tracks and sometimes re-recording parts. He reports that some tracks feature original Kinks drummer Mick Avory, while others feature Bob Henrit, who replaced Avory in 1984 and remained with the band until its 1996 split.

"The songs are really just in demo form now," Dave reveals. "But good demos. Ray is still dissecting various other material we might use. The intention is to get the work out, but it's not a done deal."

Dave also says he isn't sure who might handle bass duties if or when the tracks are formally recorded.

Meanwhile, Dave reports that an expanded 50th anniversary reissue of The Kinks' 1969 concept album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) is "virtually done," and will be released in October.

As for whether he thinks a Kinks reunion tour is possible, Dave said with a laugh, "I really don’t know. I think it's possible. It's not out of the question. But at this stage, it's far too early to say. It would be fun though, wouldn't it?"

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