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The first of two 2021 Record Store Day "Drops" events takes place this Saturday, June 12, featuring the release of exclusive, limited-edition vinyl discs at independent record stores, including offerings from Elton John, Prince, The Rolling Stones, The Police and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

Elton's Record Store Day release is a vinyl recreation of his shelved 1968 album Regimental Sgt. Zippo, the tracks from which debuted as part of his 2020 Jewel Box rarities compilation.

Prince's offering is a purple-vinyl version of his stripped-down, independently issued 1998 album, The Truth.

The Rolling Stones are issuing a 10-inch clear-vinyl single called A Bigger Bang Live that features versions of "Rain Fall Down" and "Rough Justice" recorded at concerts in 2006 and 2005, respectively.

The Police are releasing a pair of two-LP live albums documenting shows that the band played in Boston in 1979 and Atlanta in 1983.

Petty & the Heartbreakers' RSD contribution is a reimagined version of their 1996 soundtrack album Songs and Music from the Motion Picture "She's the One," titled Angel Dream. The LP, which features four previously unreleased tracks, is pressed on cobalt-blue vinyl.

The June 12 installment of Record Store Day 2021 also includes exclusive releases from Jim Croce, Def Leppard, Devo, The Doors, The Fixx, The Grateful Dead, Al Green, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Kinks, Kenny Loggins, Joni Mitchell, Robert Palmer, Robert Plant, Steely Dan, Styx, Tears for Fears, U2, The Who, Warren Zevon and The Zombies.

The second 2021 Record Store Day event takes place July 17.

Check out the whole list of releases and participating independent record stores at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Bruce Springsteen will be featured on a new tune by The Killers called "Dustland" that, according to a post on the modern rockers' social media sites, will be released on Wednesday, June 16.

The band also has posted a link to pre-save the digital track, as well as a 10-second clip of an apparent music video for the tune showing both Springsteen and Killers frontman Brandon Flowers singing.

The Killers first teased the news of the collaboration on Thursday, when they tweeted, "We're announcing a killer collab (pun intended) later this week, but you've got to figure out who it's with." They added that they would be posting different clues leading up to the announcement, and encouraged fans to submit their guesses via TheKillersMusic.com/GuesstheFeature.

The first clue was a photo of a Ferris wheel on the Atlantic City, New Jersey, boardwalk, accompanied by the caption, "This city is down on the boardwalk and also the title of a song by our mystery artist." The Boss, of course, wrote a song called "Atlantic City" that appeared on his 1982 album Nebraska.

However, after reports emerged Thursday that Springsteen had called in to his radio show and revealed that he and The Killers were working on a new song together, the band then unveiled the new details about the tune.

"Looks like the cat's out of the bag," a message tweeted by The Killers late Thursday reads. "When The Boss decides it's time to make an announcement, it's time to make an announcement."

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ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons has released a music video for a fourth song from his latest solo album, Hardware, this one for a driving rock tune titled "She's On Fire."

Like Gibbons' three previous videos, the "She's On Fire" clip was shot by Texas-based filmmaker Harry Reese on location in California's high desert while the album was being made in the area.

The video finds Billy and his two Hardware collaborators, second guitarist Austin Hanks and ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, rocking out in a sunny, arid landscape surrounded by Joshua trees and other desert plant life.

As they play the tune, a redheaded model drives up in a customized '84 Chevy El Camino, gets out of the car and proceeds dance and sway to the music in front of the rockers. The clip also features brief cameos by an iguana and a chameleon. As the song comes to an end, the woman gets back in her car and drives away, as Gibbons, Sorum and Hanks stand gawking together, ZZ Top-style, and point approvingly at her.

"The video is really an encapsulation of many of the themes touched upon in Hardware: the desert, pretty girls, heat, cacti, reptiles and rockin' out," Billy says in a statement. "One-stop shopping!"

In a press release about the video, the car featured in the video is identified as Gibbons' Grocery Getter, which had its own Discovery Channel special and was customized to Billy's specifications by celebrated hot-rod builder Jimmy Shine.

You can watch the "She's On Fire" video, as well as previously released clips for "My Lucky Card," "Desert High" and "West Coast Junkie," on Gibbons' official YouTube channel.

Hardware is available now.

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Former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung has just released what he says will be his final studio album, 26 East, Volume 2, a sequel to 2020's 26 East, Volume 1.

The collection features 12 tracks, four of which were co-written by Ides of March and ex-Survivor member Jim Peterik. Peterik also contributes guitar, bass and backing vocals to the record, while The Ides of March's horn section is featured on a track called "Hello Goodbye."

In addition, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello lends his talents to the song "The Last Guitar Hero." Dennis' son Matthew plays drums on some of the tunes.

The album ends with a short song called "Grand Finale," which finds Dennis giving a nod to the Styx classic "The Grand Illusion."

Coinciding with 26 East, Volume 2's arrival, one of the new songs, a power ballad titled "There's No Turning Back Time," has been posted at the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel. You also can check out previously released music videos for two songs, the prog-flavored "The Isle of Misanthrope" and the hard-rocking "The Last Guitar Hero," respectively, at DeYoung's YouTube channel and Frontiers' YouTube site.

DeYoung credits his friend Peterik for motivating him to record both volumes of 26 East.  "If not for Jim Peterik's encouragement, talent and prodding I would not have recorded this music," DeYoung says in a statement. "He once told me the world needed my music; to which I replied 'have the world text me for verification.' We collaborated from the get go, happily and seamlessly…Just two Chicago guys doing what they do best, making music and having a laugh."

Here's the full 26 East, Volume 2 track list:

"Hello Goodbye"
"Land of the Living"
"The Last Guitar Hero"
"Your Saving Grace"
"Proof of Heaven"
"Made for Each Other"
"There's No Turning Back Time"
"St. Quarantine"
"So Little Did We Know"
"Always Time"
"The Isle of Misanthrope"
"Grand Finale"

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Late Boston frontman Brad Delp, whose soaring vocals powered the band's arena-ready songs, was born 70 years ago this Saturday, June 12.

Delp contributed all the vocals to Boston's classic 1976 self-titled debut album, while main songwriter/lead guitarist Tom Scholz played most of the instrumental parts besides drums.

Scholz wrote the majority of Boston's songs, although Delp co-wrote "Smokin'" and composed the album's closer, "Let Me Take You Home Tonight."

Boston peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and featured three top-40 hits -- "More than a Feeling," "Long Time" and "Peace of Mind." The album has sold a whopping 17 million copies in the U.S.

Boston's 1978 follow-up, Don't Look Back, also was hugely successful, topping the Billboard 200 and featuring the hit title track. Delp again sang all vocals. He also co-wrote the song "Party" and penned "Used to Bad News." The album has sold seven million copies in the U.S.

After a hiatus, the band returned with its third studio effort, the chart-topping Third Stage, in 1986. The album featured the band's first #1 single, "Amanda." Delp co-wrote two songs, "Cool the Engines" and "Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)/Still in Love," the latter of which reached #20 in the Hot 100.

Outside of the band, Delp collaborated frequently with founding Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau, who left the group in 1981. Brad contributed to Barry's 1980 debut solo album, and the two played and recorded together in the band RTZ and as a duo. Delp also played for years in a Beatles cover band called Beatlejuice.

Brad didn't appear on Boston's 1994 album, Walk On, and shared vocal duties on its follow-up, 2002's Corporate America.

Sadly, Delp died by suicide in March 2007. He was 55.

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Eric Clapton has teamed up with Van Morrison under the moniker Slowhand & Van for a new collaborative single titled "The Rebels" that's available now as a digital download and via streaming services.

The song, which was written by Morrison, is a duet version of a tune called "Where Have All the Rebels Gone?" that appears on Van's recently released studio album, Latest Record Project, Vol. 1.

An animated music video for the new rendition has premiered at Clapton's YouTube channel. It features cartoon versions of Eric and Van walking down a hall with a series of "wanted" posters on the wall. The posters feature different iconic musical "rebels" who come to life as Clapton and Morrison pass them.

The song also will be released soon as a 12-inch vinyl single featuring an instrumental version of "The Rebels" on the B-side. You can pre-order it now.

The single's cover art is a sketch created by Clapton's daughter, Julie, that depicts Eric sitting in a chair with a "wanted" poster of Van on the wall behind him. A limited-edition fine-art print of the cover sketch signed by Julie Clapton will be available to order soon at Surfdog.com.

Money raised by sale of the single and prints will benefit the Van Morrison Rhythm & Blues Foundation, which assists musicians experiencing financial difficulties.

Last year, Clapton recorded and released another new Morrison-penned song, "Stand and Deliver," and Eric has voiced his support for Van in his critique of the U.K. government's handling of the COVID-19 lockdown and its effect on the country's live-music industry.

Clapton also referenced "Where Have All the Rebels Gone?" in a message he wrote recently questioning the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine's safety and revealing he had a severe reaction to the vaccine.

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The latest installment of Def Leppard's limited-edition series of box sets spanning the band's entire career hits stores today.

The new collection, Def Leppard -- Volume Three, focuses on the first decade of the 2000s, including three studio albums: 2002's X, the 2006 covers project Yeah! and 2008's Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.

The box set, which is available as a six-CD or a nine-LP package, also features three discs of archival material compiled by frontman Joe Elliott: B-Sides, Yeah! Studio Covers and Yeah! Live.

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen tells ABC Audio that he and his band mates love putting out the box sets.

"[A]ll these records, they've been around for so long and they're part of people's DNA," he maintains. "And it's wonderful to really delve in and be able to [include] alternate versions, versions that never made the record, that kind of thing."

A major portion of the Volume Three collection is dedicated to Yeah!, which mainly featured Def Leppard's renditions of 1970s U.K. artists that influenced them.

"[R]eally, we grew up on '70s music," Allen notes. "That was the thing that really inspired us, particularly bands like Queen and David Bowie, Mott the HoopleIan Hunter."

Rick recalls that when it came time to choose tunes to cover for the Yeah! album, he and his band mates were on the same page.

"[W]e all came up with…a short list of songs that we really loved," he explains. "And more often than not, we liked the same songs."

To celebrate the box set's arrival, Elliott, Phil Collen and Viv Campbell will take part in a virtual release party at Def Leppard's Twitter page starting at 1 p.m. ET. The band mates will field fan questions during the event.

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The Who's Pete Townshend has allowed his 1985 solo song "Give Blood" to be used to promote this year's edition of World Blood Donor Day, which takes place each year on June 14.

The campaign is a joint initiative by the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to raise awareness about the global need for blood and blood products and to thank people who volunteer to donate blood for the benefit of others.

"Give Blood" has been adapted by the Global Blood Fund charity for the World Blood Donor Day initiative with new lyrics focusing on the good that donating blood does to help the health of people around the world. Videos featuring multiple versions of the song sung in a variety of languages have been posted on the charity's official YouTube channel. The English version of the tune is sung by Imogen Andrews, the niece of Julie Andrews.

"Although it is now more than 35 years since I wrote the song 'Give Blood', this is the first time it has actually been used to encourage donation," Townshend says in a statement. "Shortage of blood around the world is a huge issue, particularly in poorer countries, and so I was delighted to give permission for Global Blood Fund to use my work to help communicate the need for more donors to come forward."

"Give Blood" originally appeared on Pete's 1985 solo album, White City: A Novel, and featured guest guitar work from Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

To find out more about World Blood Donor Day and the "Give Blood" campaign, visit WHO.int and GlobalBloodFund.org.

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Elton John is continuing his fight to help musicians in the U.K. after the British government failed to secure visa-free travel for artists touring Europe post-Brexit.

In a statement made to a Select Committee hearing in Parliament on Thursday, and posted to his Instagram, Elton said he believes the country is "currently in grave danger of losing a generation of talent due to the gaping holes in the government's trade deal."

He points out that new and emerging artists will be unable to tour Europe freely due to the financial and logistical burden. As things stand now, they will need separate visas for each of the 27 European Union countries, and separate $478 permits for instruments and equipment. Prior to Brexit, musicians could move freely between European Union countries during tours.

Elton accused the U.K. government of breaking the promise they made in 2020 to protect musicians and other creative industries from the impact of Brexit on touring in Europe, saying that "despite the looming catastrophe," the government seems "unable or unwilling" to find a solution.

"I call on the government to sort this mess out or we risk losing future generations of world-beating talent," Elton says. "This is about whether one of the U.K.'s most successful industries, worth [111 billion pounds] a year, is allowed to prosper and contribute hugely to both our cultural and economic wealth, or crash and burn."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson, Melissa Etheridge and Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine are part of the lineup of the first-ever all-female Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, which will take place in Los Angeles January 27-30, 2022, which is Grammy weekend.

Wilson, Etheridge and Valentine are among the rockers who will serve as musical mentors to the campers, as well as Australian guitar whiz Orianthi, former Michael Jackson touring guitarist Jennifer Batten, Jeff Beck/one-time Prince touring bassist Rhonda Smith, and many more.

Besides the accomplished musicians taking part in the camp, the crew and staff for the event also will be solely comprised of women.

The four-day event will feature masterclasses, Q&A sessions and themed jams, and will culminate on Sunday, January 30, with the campers performing in front of a live audience at the famed Whisky a Go Go club in West Hollywood, California. The campers also will be treated to a pre-Grammy party on Saturday night.

"The Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is always a joy to do," says Wilson. "Looking forward to the first ever all girl camp this year! It ought to be extra cool and extra fun."

Adds Etheridge, "It's so inspiring having organizations such as the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp embrace and support women in the music industry. I'm looking forward to meeting the campers and collaborating with everyone there!"

Valentine, who took part in a virtual Rock Fantasy Camp event in 2020, says, "One of my favorite things about the virtual one I did last year was getting the opportunity to encourage, inspire, and share what I've learned in my career with campers."

To book a spot at the first "Women Only" edition of the camp or fond out more details, visit RockCamp.com.

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Mariah Carey has reunited with her "Thank God I Found You" production partners Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for their new single, "Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin' My Heart).”

The track, released Wednesday night, highlights Mariah’s classic vocals with layered harmonies and her trademark whistle notes. She co-wrote the tune with Jimmy, Terry and The-Dream.

"There you go/ Breakin' my heart, breakin' my heart/ Breakin' my heart again/ No such thing as lovers and friends/ There you go,” Mariah sings on the chorus.

"Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin' My Heart)” will be featured on the upcoming album Jam & Lewis: Volume 1, due out July 9. Ahead of the collection, the pair previously released "He Don't Know Nothin' Bout It," featuring Babyface, and "Til I Found You," with Sounds of Blackness and Ann Nesby, Big Jim Wright and Lauren Evans.

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Richard Marx has collaborated with a lot of people in his long career -- writing, producing and recording with everyone from 'N SYNC and Josh Groban, to Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross and Lionel Richie.  But his latest collaboration is his most unexpected yet.

Marx has teamed up with Matt Heafy, the frontman of the heavy metal band Trivium, for a headbanging version of his 1989 number-one hit, "Right Here Waiting."  It features Richard singing over Heafy's thundering background track and growling backup vocals. They sound as though they're performing two different songs, basically.

"The crazy talented @matthewkheafy of Trivium came up with an amazing metal version of my song," Richard tweeted. "We did vocals together...Check it out!!"

You can download the Heafy x Marx version of "Right Here Waiting" now via digital outlets.  Richard's memoir, Stories to Tell, which details his collaborations with all those other artists and more, is out July 6.

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An expanded 50th anniversary edition of George Harrison's classic 1970 debut solo album All Things Must Pass will be released August 6 in multiple formats and configurations, including a Super Deluxe eight-LP or five-CD/Blu-ray-audio set.

The Super Deluxe reissue features a new mix of the original 23-track album, the demos Harrison recorded during the first two days of the All Things Must Pass sessions, and a variety of outtakes and studio jams. Forty-two of the tracks are previously unreleased.

The Blu-ray audio disc features three high-res versions of the album.

The collection comes packaged with a 60-page scrapbook curated by Harrison's widow, Olivia, that features rare images, handwritten lyrics, diary entries, studio notes, track-by-track information and more. A replica of the original album poster also is included.

Released in November 1970, All Things Must Pass spent the seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. It features George's enduring spiritual anthem "My Sweet Lord," which -- released as a two-sided single with "Isn't It a Pity" -- became the first solo song by a Beatle to top the Billboard Hot 100, spending five weeks at #1.

Other standout tunes on the album include the top-10 hit "What Is Life," "Wah-Wah," George's memorable cover of Bob Dylan's "If Not for You," and the Dylan-co-written "I'd Have You Anytime."

The All Things Must Pass reissue was executive-produced by Harrison's son, Dhani.

To celebrate the reissue's announcement, a previously unreleased alternate take of "Run of the Mill" has been released as a digital track, and a companion animated music video has premiered at Harrison's YouTube channel.

Visit GeorgeHarrison.com for a full track list and details about the various versions of the All Things Must Pass reissue.

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John Fogerty released a new single, "Weeping in the Promised Land," in January, but it's been more than 13 years since the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has put out a full album of original material.

Fogerty tells ABC Audio that he's been making progress on a new record, although he's feels like he has some studio challenges to overcome before the project will be completed.

"I've been in [my home studio] with some musicians, and trying to get some of the songs [finished]," he explains. "They might have one or two verses, but they're incomplete as a record. But trying to get the feel accomplished…sometimes that's elusive, you know? Sometimes it means you need to call a different musician."

Fogerty explains that he's looking for a certain feel from the musicians who will play on the new material, and cites famed Memphis soul group Booker T. & the MG's as a good example of what would be ideal.

"[T]hey're just so soulful, there's so much feeling between the musicians and the way the total comes across…musically," Fogerty notes. "And that's a very elusive thing, but they had that and they had it under control and did that over and over and over."

Meanwhile, Fogerty says writing the topical, gospel-flavored "Weeping in the Promised Land," a song he toiled over -- and is very proud of -- has given him confidence that he can come up with some more solid material for his next album.

"I mean, it just changes your whole demeanor, because you've finally accomplished something that's worth all that anguish, which is how I feel now, I guess," he tells ABC Audio. "And it makes the search and the journey worth it, 'cause you know you're gonna have some more of those doggone journeys."

 

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In a new Rolling Stone interview, Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour revealed that he's working on a new solo album.

During the conversation, which also included Gilmour's wife, author/lyricist Polly Samson, David announced, "I am trying to make some music."

Gilmour's most recent release was a Leonard Cohen-inspired acoustic song called "Yes, I Have Ghosts" that David wrote and released in conjunction with Samson's 2020 novel A Theater for Dreamers.

Asked if the material for his upcoming project also was influenced by Cohen, Gilmour said, "Well, there's a number of things that come from before this whole period, from before my last album [2015's Rattle that Lock], which are the things that I'm playing with to some extent, as well as some new music, too, to get myself back into the mood for work."

As for when he expects to release the album, David said he hoped within "the next year or two." He noted that because of the COVID-19 lockdown, "getting other people in to listen, to help, and to play on things has been kind of impossible in the last year." He added, "I do look forward to actually playing some songs with a bunch of actual musicians at some point."

Gilmour hinted that some of the new songs may bear some sonic resemblance to "Yes, I Have Ghosts," a stripped-down acoustic tune that also features harp played by his daughter Romany.

"I think there'll be more harp," David admitted. "And the tricky bit will be how to tie all the various disparate sounds together into a homogenous whole."

As for the prospect of touring again, Gilmour said that, in the wake of the pandemic, "we've got to let a little time pass" before he'd consider it.

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