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Debra L Rothenberg/Getty ImagesLast month, ex-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung released a new solo album titled 26 East, Volume 1, a collection of songs partly inspired by his journey to rock glory, which began in his childhood basement playing music with his twin neighbors and future Styx band mates John and Chuck Panozzo.

DeYoung last played with Styx in 1999, when he was acrimoniously pushed out of the band he co-founded, but he tells ABC Audio that he'd still love to reunite with his old group for a farewell tour.

"I don't want to be back in the band anymore," the 73-year-old musician maintains. "I just want to do the last tour, wave to the fans and say, 'This is why you love this thing.'" And believe me, they did…Four triple-platinum albums consecutively, [and] sold-out shows through the whole thing."

DeYoung, whose exit from Styx stemmed from a rift with singer/guitarists Tommy Shaw and James "JY" Young, says his two former band mates still don't want to work with him, but he doesn't feel the same.

"I have said from the beginning I should have never not been in the band," he declares. "And it continues with Tommy and JY…keeping that position. So I'm powerless."

Dennis adds, "All you fans who say, 'Bury the hatchet'...I got no hatchet to bury. I'm ready to go, and I've said so. I can go on that stage and give you the night of your life, if Tommy and JY say, 'Yes.' They have not, and it's a shame."

DeYoung, who continues to tour as a solo artist, also notes that neither he nor the current version of Styx can draw anywhere near the number of fans who came to see the group's classic lineup play live.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Rock and Roll Fantasy CampThis week, Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp launched a series of "Masterclass" tutorials presented live by a roster of classic rock artists, and now a new run of interactive online classes have been scheduled from June 13 through June 20.

Among the musicians participating artists in the newly announced "Masterclass" events are Blue Öyster Cult members "Buck Dharma" Roeser and Eric Bloom on the 20th, Winger frontman Kip Winger on June 13, Ramones drummer Marky Ramone on June 16, former Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto on June 18, and current Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra on June 19.

During the Masterclasses, the featured artists will share vocal, musical and songwriting tips, tell stories about their eventful careers, answer questions from attendees and more.

In addition, surprise guest artists may pop in unannounced to the classes.

Prices for the events range from $100 to $200. Each class will be limited to 20 attendees, and will run for an hour. Most of the events start at 8 p.m. ET.

The other artists hosting previously announced "Masterclass" meetings taking place this week include Rascals singer/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, Bad Company and Free drummer Simon Kirke, Lita Ford, ex-Quiet Riot and Dio bassist Rudy Sarzo, and one-time Joe Walsh and Crosby, Stills & Nash drummer Joe Vitale.

Visit for more details.

Here's the full list of upcoming Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclass events; start time is 8 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted:

6/2 -- Rudy Sarzo (sold out)
6/3 -- Lita Ford (sold out)
6/4 -- Felix Cavaliere
6/5 -- Simon Kirke
6/6 -- Joe Vitale (sold out)
6/7 -- Mike Clink
6/13 -- Kip Winger (start at 3 p.m. ET)
6/15 -- Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis
6/16 -- Marky Ramone
6/18 -- Liberty DeVitto
6/20 -- Erin Gardner (start at 3 p.m. ET)
6/20 -- Blue Öyster Cult's "Buck Dharma" Roeser and Eric Bloom

By Matt Friedlander
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Robert Sebree/Blackheart RecordsCherie Currie recorded the 1970s Nick Gilder tune "Roxy Roller" for her latest solo album, Blvds of Splendor. Now, the ex-Runaways singer has teamed up with Gilder and another well-known artist who covered the song -- Suzi Quatro -- to perform the tune together remotely for a new video.

The clip features Currie and her son, rhythm guitarist Jake Hays, playing "Roxy Roller" together, joined separately by Gilder and Quatro on vocals, and several other musicians who are all also self-isolating because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gilder, best known for his 1978 #1 hit "Hot Child in the City," co-wrote "Roxy Roller" and originally recorded it with his glam-rock band Sweeney Todd in 1975.  Fun fact: When Gilder left Sweeney Todd for a solo career, he was replaced by a then-unknown musician named Bryan Adams.

In a statement, Gilder says he first met Currie in 1978 when she came to his very first concert in L.A.

"Having Cherie cover my song 'Roxy' on her fantastic new CD Blvds of Splendor is simply wonderful! It really rocks and to have Suzi who also recorded an impressive version help with this video is an absolute treat," he says.  Quatro cut the song in 1977.

Quatro, meanwhile, says she was only too happy to work with her "good friend Cherie."  Currie appears in Suzi's new documentary, Suzi Q, and wrote a song about Quatro that closes the film.

The video was edited by a 17-year-old Runaways fan named Isaac Valiente who Curry met online. She describes him as "a giant ball of humble talent."

As previously reported, Blvds of Splendor was produced by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, and features Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, and GN'R band mates Slash and Duff McKagan.

By Matt Friedlander
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Brad Barket/Getty ImagesA variety of veteran rock musicians, including Billy Joel, Elton John and The Who, are among the many artists participating in "Black Out Tuesday" in solidarity with the black community and the protests over the death of George Floyd.

"Billy Joel joins the music industry in support of Blackout Tuesday," reads a nore posted on the Piano Man's Twitter feed. "This will be a day of action committed to meaningful change in our communities both now and in the future."

Elton simply posted a black square on his social media pages, as did many other artists, along with the hashtags #blacklivesmatter and #theshowmustbepaused. Similarly, The Who posted those hashtags and a black square with the band's bullseye logo.

Green Day also is taking part in the protest. The band wrote on its Twitter feed, "In solidarity and observance of the #AmplifyMelanatedVoices movement, we will be refraining from posting content on this platform to create space to amplify the voices and experiences of Black people who need to be heard. Listen. Learn. #AmplifyMelanatedVoices #BlackLivesMatter."

Other artists participating in Black Out Tuesday include Ozzy Osbourne, Coldplay and Foo Fighters.

However, Black Out Tuesday has also been criticized for overtaking the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. As The Verge points out, #BlackLivesMatter has been flooded with images of black squares, pushing down information regarding the movement.

By Josh Johnson and Matt Friedlander
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ABC/ARTURO HOLMESWith an estimated worth of some $452 million, it seems unlikely that Elton John would ever be suffering financially, but the British tabloid The Mail on Sunday claims that the legendary singer has been forced to lay off employees due to the postponement of his Farewell tour.

The Mail on Sunday claims that Elton and his husband David Furnish have been left "bereft" because they'd planned on earning $75 million this year for concerts that have now been moved to 2021.  The paper also claims that Elton is "unlikely" to get any insurance payments for the tour dates.

"That revenue has literally disappeared overnight," a source dishes to the paper. "Nobody expected this."

Elton does have 48 dates scheduled for this fall but according to the paper, until it's clear whether those concerts will go forward based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, he's laid off his longtime band members, including guitarist Davey Johnstone and drummer Nigel Olsson.

What's more, the Mail on Sunday claims that Elton's also laid off some of the domestic staff at his home in Atlanta, and is now paying the salaries of the staff of his company, Rocket Entertainment, out of his own pocket.

"Sir Elton is now thought to be assessing if he will need to make further savings and, if so, where," says the paper.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Peter Wafzig/Redferns via Getty ImagesPeter Gabriel has issued a statement responding to last week's death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

"Along with the civilised world I was horrified by the racist murder of George Floyd," the veteran singer/songwriter and longtime human rights activist writes in a message posted online Monday. "This type of brutality needs to be confronted directly, with justice clearly seen to be done whenever and wherever it occurs."

Gabriel, who co-founded the human rights organization Witness in 1989, notes that the organization "has been helping groups monitoring police violence and they are all over this."

The 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer goes on to say that his Real World record label fully supports the Black Out Tuesday initiative taking place today, which asks artists and companies that are a part of or related to music industry refrain from doing any business on June 2.

He adds, "I hope these protests will not only lead to the addressing of the problems at the root of this, but also encourage a worldwide look at how each country is dealing with racism and religious persecution within their own borders."

Gabriel's message concludes, "Politicians are trying to win support by fuelling nationalism and racism for their own gain. If we don't like the way things are going we have to speak out and act. The world can only be what we choose to make it."

In a separate note accompanying his message, Peter announces that both Real World and WOMAD, the international arts festival he co-founded, will observe Black Out Tuesday, "[i]n solidarity with black artists all over the world, and black colleagues in the music industry." Attached to the note are the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #TheShowMustBePaused.

By Matt Friedlander
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Garage Masters/Cleopatra RecordsFormer Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch makes a rare guest appearance on a new single titled "I Won't Tell," by the Pennsylvania-based 1960s garage-rock band The Limits.

The song, which is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, was written by Limits frontman Rick Levy, who also manages The Box Tops and has been a member of that group since 2015.

"[I]nterviewers, fans, and some radio folk really heard something great in 'I Won't Tell,'" Levy says of his new song, "so we decided to drop it as a single to test the waters…and The Limits' popularity."

The Limits never achieved any commercial success, although they were praised by late Box Tops frontman Alex Chilton as "the quintessential American Garage Band."

Levy's credits also include stints as band leader for Herman's Hermits Featuring Peter Noone and Tommy Roe.

Lynch was a co-founding member of The Heartbreakers and played with Petty's group for 18 years. He also has been an in-demand session musician, producer and songwriter who has worked with artists including The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Toto, John Mellencamp and many others.

By Matt Friedlander
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MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.In the latest installment of his "You Gave Me the Answer" Q&A feature, Paul McCartney reveals which recording studios he enjoys creating music in the most, and shares some favorite memories from those facilities.

"My own studio in Sussex [U.K.] is a great favorite, but it's also really cool to go back to [London's] Abbey Road because of the memories of the exciting times I had there," Sir Paul shares. "I also love Henson Studios in [Los Angeles,] where I made most of Egypt Station."

McCartney says his favorite memory of working in his home studio was making the 1995 Beatles reunion track with his old band mates George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

"Because it was so remote, nobody knew that George, Ringo or myself had got together," Paul recalls. "So, it was very cool and it was very private. Those were fabulous sessions."

McCartney's favorite Abbey Road highlight was recording the orchestra for the epic Sgt. Pepper's track "A Day in the Life."

Paul remembers that producer George Martin was initially worried about the expense of hiring an orchestra, but the band insisted.

"He said, 'Well, if you're going to hire a symphony orchestra you can tell them what to wear,'" recalls McCartney, who says the band wanted the musicians to wear "posh" evening suits, and also requested that they put on funny hats and fake noses.

"A few people in the orchestra were good sports and put them on," says Paul, "and it was a fun session."

As for Henson, McCartney says he enjoyed the experience of working with producer Greg Kurstin on tracks for his latest solo album, Egypt Station. He also had fun popping in on other artists who were recording there at the same time, including Chaka Khan and Black Eyed Peas'

By Matt Friedlander
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Credit: John LanzaArtists in the music world are continuing to use their voice in response to the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, with Axl Rose now blasting President Donald Trump.

The Guns N' Roses frontman took issue with Trump's tweet on Sunday, in which the President blamed the "lamestream media" for "doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy."

"Lamestream media ISN'T doing everything within their power 2 foment hatred n' anarchy, that's U!" Rose wrote in his own tweet. "As long as we get what Ur doing, that Ur FAKE NEWS n' a truly bad, repulsive excuse 4 a person w/a sick agenda, we can work past U w/whatever it takes 2 a better, stronger future!"

Last month, Rose exchanged social media barbs with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchincalling him an "a**hole."

By Josh Johnson
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Courtesy of The Apollo TheaterNew York City's famous Apollo Theater was scheduled to host a star-studded livestream benefit on Tuesday, June 2, but the online concert has been postponed in observance of #TheShowMustBePaused music-industry protest taking place that day.

The initiative was launched in response to the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black citizens at the hands of police.

A statement issued by the venue regarding the postponement reads, "The Apollo Theater stands with #TheShowMustBePaused…In observance of Black Out Tuesday and in solidarity with our artists, neighbors, and the global community, our benefit -- Let's Stay (IN) Together -- has been rescheduled...This is only a pause, because the movement for racial justice doesn't stop."

The statement continues, "Neither do we…As a commissioner, presenter and cultural convener, the Apollo remains committed to our mission of supporting Black art and culture, creating spaces for artists to express themselves freely, and advocating for the safety, dignity and justice for Black people worldwide."

The concert event, dubbed "Let's Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo," will now be held this Thursday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. It will be viewable at

Among the many artists slated to perform are Kool & the Gang, Michael McDonald and Dionne Warwick. During the concerts, the performers will salute the music of some of the legendary artists who graced the Apollo Theater stage over its 86-year history -- including B.B. King, Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder -- to highlight the venue's contribution to arts and culture.

The livestream will raise funds to help the theater's financial stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as help local merchants and businesses in the venue's Harlem neighborhood affected by the health crisis.

By Matt Friedlander
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Kevin Mazur/WireImageIt's so nice, he's streaming it twice:  Billy Joel will offer an encore presentation of his Live at Shea Stadium concert film on his official Facebook site this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

The 2011 concert film captures Billy's "Last Play at Shea," the two historic concerts in July of 2008 which were the last to be performed at New York's Shea Stadium before it was torn down.

The two-hour concert film includes performances of 25 songs, and features guest appearances by Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, John Mayer, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, John Mellencamp, and a big finale performance with Sir Paul McCartney, who famously arrived at the stadium just minutes before he was due to walk onstage.

In other Billy Joel news, his longtime band member Crystal Taliefero recently told Rolling Stone that unlike many artists, Billy has continued to keep his entire band on the payroll even though they're unable to perform right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"He’s a rarity. He does things that 90 percent of other people just don’t do. He thinks about us," says the multi-instrumentalist of Billy.  "He’s concerned about us. During this pandemic, he’s paid our salaries...He cares. He really, genuinely cares...that’s probably one of the main reasons he’s been so blessed. He’s not a taker, let’s put it like that."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Courtesy of Record Store DayNew release details have been unveiled regarding Record Store Day 2020.

Organizers announced recently that the event will change its format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of a single weekend day, it'll be held over three separate days: August 29, September 26 and October 24.

The specific exclusive, limited-edition releases which will be available on each of the three days -- referred to as "Record Store Day Drops" -- have now been revealed.

Here's a selection of artists whose Record Store Day offerings will be available at independent music shops, and the day on which their releases will go on sale:

August 29: America, Black Crowes, David Bowie, Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker, The Cure, Dave Davies, Def Leppard, Brian Eno, Ace Frehley, Andrew Gold, Al Green, Jethro Tull, Elton John, The Kinks, John Lennon, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, Paul McCartney, New Order, Pink Floyd, The Pretenders, Lou Reed & John Cale, Roxy Music, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, U2, and The Who.

September 26: The Alarm, The Allman Brothers Band, Black Crowes, Canned Heat, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Jerry Garcia, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Jimi Hendrix, Hootie and the Blowfish, Melanie, The Ramones, Roger Waters, and The Yardbirds.

October 24th: The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T & The M.G.'s, Johnny Cash, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard spinoff group Down N Outz, The Grateful Dead, Mark Knopfler, Modern English, Randy Newman, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, Toto, The Who, and Warren Zevon.

For a full list of releases and release dates, visit

By Matt Friedlander
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Live NationDef Leppard and Mötley Crüe's North American summer tour with Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts has been postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We wanted to continue to communicate with our fans and update you with valid information as it becomes available," the bands write in a joint statement posted on their respective websites and social media pages. "The official decision has been made to move all 2020 North American Stadium Tour dates into the summer of 2021."

Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled shows, the exact dates for which have yet to be announced. Information regarding refunds will "be made available shortly."

The Stadium Tour had been scheduled to run from a June 18 concert in Jacksonville, Florida, through a September 5 show near Los Angeles. The trek will be Mötley Crüe's first live outing since playing what was then called the band's "final" show on New Year's Eve 2015.

By Josh Johnson
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Courtesy of Abducted by the 80sA bevy of New Wave artists from the 1980s MTV era are coming together, separately, for a virtual online concert celebrating doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, first responders and others working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Back to the Basement event will premiere on Facebook Live on Saturday, June 13, and will feature never-before-seen at-home performances by A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Cutting Crew, Animotion and others, as well as special appearances by Tiffany, former MTV VJ "Downtown" Julie Brown and more.

The concert will be shown twice on June 13, and the participating artists also will take part in an online chat with fans during the screenings. The show will then be made available for viewing on-demand on YouTube.

Limited-edition event t-shirts will be sold to benefit the Direct Relief organization's COVID-19 Relief program. The nonprofit seeks to "improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care."

A link also will be set up where people can donate directly to the charity. In addition, some participating artists will be selling limited-edition merchandise to help them financially during the coronavirus crisis.

The lineup also includes Nu Shooz, Bow Wow Wow singer Annabella, When in Rome's Clive Farrington, The Vapors, and Spoons.

"We are pleased to be part of this event and to have the chance to make our Chungy type contribution towards those suffering the COVID-19 crisis around the world," say Wang Chung's Nick Feldman and Jack Hues in a statement, "and also in the process to help raise funds for the amazing and heroic first responders in this crisis, through Direct Relief."

For more details, visit

By Matt Friedlander
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The Players Club/Mascot Label GroupDoors guitarist Robby Krieger has released "Hot Head," the third advance track from his upcoming solo album, The Ritual Begins at Sundown.

The album will hit stores on August 14, after its original April 24 release was postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Hot Head," available now as a digital single and via streaming services, is one of nine original Krieger songs on the 10-track instrumental collection, which also includes a cover of the 1970 Frank Zappa tune "Chunga's Revenge." You can check out an accompanying a psychedelic "visualizer" video for "Hot Head" on YouTube. The colorful, kaleidoscopic clip creates a relaxing trance for those who listen to the six-minute, jazz-influenced track. The song is the third release off of the forthcoming album, joining "The Drift" and "Slide Home."

As previously reported, Krieger's main collaborator on The Ritual Begins at Sundown was his longtime songwriting partner Arthur Barrow, a multi-instrumentalist who contributed to many Zappa albums. Also featured on the new record are several other Zappa alums -- trombone player Jock Ellis, trumpet player Sal Marquez, keyboardist Tommy Mars and drummer Chad Wackerman -- as well as flutist AeB Byrne, sax players Vince Denim and Chuck Manning, and drummer Joel Taylor.

The Ritual Begins at Sundown, which can be pre-ordered now, is Krieger's first solo album since 2010's Grammy-nominated Singularity.

In other news, Krieger has posted the latest in a series of video guitar tutorials on The Doors' official YouTube channel. The new clip features Robby teaching viewers how to play the flamenco-influenced 1968 Doors tune "Spanish Caravan." Krieger previously has shared videos on how to play "People Are Strange," "Moonlight Drive" and "Roadhouse Blues."

By Dana Schaeffer
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John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe music industry has swiftly condemned the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer was videotaped kneeling on his neck while arresting Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.  The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with murder and manslaughter. 

The video has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality. Many music artists have voiced their support of the Black Lives Matter movement and called for change. Here are what some of them had to say:

Barbra Streisand: "The tragic killing of George Floyd underscores the two-tiered system of justice and law enforcement in this country. The video evidence is clear that the Hennepin County DA has to return an indictment soon."

Cher: "Cop Who Knelt On Mr Floyd’s Neck Till He Died,Is Guilty Of 2 Crimes.1st.Premeditated Murder,2nd”Hate Crime”. Premeditated,Because Cop HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH TIME 2 REALIZE HE WAS CAUSING THE DEATH OF MR FLOYD & HAD TO STOP.THE OTHER 3 COPS DESERVE MAN. 1,THEY WATCHED & DID NOTHING"

Cyndi Lauper: "I am not black, but I see you
I am not black, but I hear you
I am not black, but I mourn with you
I am not black, but I fight for you
Enough is enough. Too much! We have to all do our part to stand up for injustice. #BlackLivesMatter - we have to say those words because for the entire history of this country, black lives have not mattered. I am hoping that things will FINALLY begin to change. Please join me in being a part of that change."

David Crosby: "I confess ....I am stupidly trying to pretend light heartedness when I know perfectly well that I am going to lie here for long time tonight sad and adrift ...if I were a praying man ....I’d pray for my America"

Journey's Neal Schon: "Dear Friends In these troubled times we all need to come together and show some Respect and Kindness for one another."

Guns N' RosesDuff McKagan: "Well..this cop on Black racism has to stop...but we've known this forever. I'm more and more stunned and sickened when I hear of this stuff continuously happening. I am not a black I can't even pretend to understand what it's like....but even MORE, I can't understand what it's like to be a racist white dips***. I don't get it. I will never 'get' it. Thankfully, I grew up different. Police training and vetting of new and old officers has to change radically. For starters...Peace to all of us."

KissPaul Stanley: "I'm disgusted and demoralized by the recent videos and incidents of blatant bigotry, racial profiling ad what clearly appears to be the cold blooded murder of a black man.  The sense of fear, targeting and lack of justice for perpetrators that is a ever ending part of daily life for black people is beyond my ability to imagine.  When an armed mob of white people can storm a government building without repercussions or consequences it takes little imagination to foresee the outcome of that same scenario if the crowd had been black.  Too many have lost focus on what is illegal and become completely blind to what is immoral.  We have to be better than that."

Lenny Kravitz: "Does anybody know how many lives we've lost ? Can anybody ever pay the cost ? What will it take for us to join in peace my friends ? Does anybody out there even care?"

Mariah Carey: "I wrote this song for my first album. Still looking for answers today. We have to make a change. We can't be silent. #BlackLivesMatter Text 'FLOYD' to 55156 to demand #JusticeForFloyd"

Red Hot Chili PeppersFlea: "The world will be in a good place when I can chill and listen to Biz Markie do Albee Square Mall without thinking about how badly my fellow humans are suffering."

Sammy Hagar: "Why would anyone kill innocent people and take it out on the whole race, the whole society we are living in because of a bad guy? A bad cop, a bad black man, a bad white man, a bad Chinese, Japanese, Hispanic, South American — what's the difference? Why would you take it out on the whole human race — people with families and children that are innocent? There are bad guys everywhere, every walk of life. You know it. I know it. We all know it. Stop the violence. Stop racism. Prejudice. Please"

Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersBennmont Tench: "This is precisely what a totalitarian police state looks like, and it « does not have to be this way »"

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider: "Thanks for sharing this. My dad was a state trooper for 27 years (then moved to the courts as a peace officer). He never shot or killed anybody. There are a LOT of great cops out there who want to do the right thing...but the minority that are pieces of s*** cause a lot of pain."

Living Colour's Vernon Reid: "I’m not gonna lie-this situation is disheartening, rage inducing. Depressing. It is a time to be honest It is a time to not be intimidated. It is a time to make your voice heard. It is a time to ask your son how HE is feeling, how he is experiencing these events. It is a time"

Whitesnake's David Coverdale: "Hey, Beloveds...I can’t dig into the light hearted stuff tonight...I’m sure you’ve seen or heard of the riots throughout the US...truly dark, tragic days...I send our love to you & yours, wherever you are & we’ve wish you well in all things...XXX"

Whitesnake: "Good Morning, All…Very restless night, as you can imagine…Profound sadness with everything that we are All experiencing, everywhere…I truly hope we can remember we need each other now & a sense of community more than ever… XXX"

By Megan Stone
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UMeVeteran British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, who now is known as Yusuf, will release an updated version of his classic 1970 album Tea for the Tillerman, dubbed Tea for the Tillerman², on September 18 in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Yusuf re-recorded the album's 11 tracks with Tea for the Tillerman producer Paul Samwell-Smith; guitarist Alun Davies, who played on the original record; his mid-1970s touring bassist Bruce Lynch; and members of his current backing group.

Yusuf says the idea of reimagining the songs from Tea for the Tillerman to mark the album's 50th anniversary sprung from a conversation with his son.

Released in November 1970, Tea for the Tillerman featured such enduring Stevens tunes as "Where Do the Children Play?," "Father and Son" and "Wild World," the latter of which was a #11 hit. The album itself peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold over 3 million copies in the U.S.

The Tea for the Tillerman² cover features similar artwork to the original album's, but the "tea-time" scene now takes place in the evening, and the Tillerman character is in a space suit. Two children are still playing next to him, but one is streaming music and the other is looking at a cellphone.

"Since…1970, Tillerman has grown and developed its own gravitas and influence on music history and as the soundtrack to so many people's lives," Yusuf says. "Like it was destiny waiting to happen, [Tea for the Tillerman²] feels like the timing of its message has arrived again."

Yusuf has released his updated version of "Where Do the Children Play?" as an advance digital single and via streaming services. You also can check out the track on YouTube.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Where Do the Children Play?"
"Hard Headed Woman"
"Wild World"
"Sad Lisa"
"Miles from Nowhere"
"But I Might Die Tonight"
"Longer Boats"
"Into White"
"On the Road to Find Out"
"Father and Son"
"Tea for the Tillerman"

By Dana Schaeffer and Matt Friedlander
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Lester Records Ltd./BMG Rights ManagementCrowded House frontman Neil Finn, who joined Fleetwood Mac's lineup in 2018 along with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, has now tapped Campbell and two other Fleetwood Mac members -- Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie -- to contribute to a new benefit single.

"Find Your Way Back Home" is an introspective ballad that features the vocal talents of Nicks and McVie, as well as Campbell on slide guitar. The song, which is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, was written by Finn to help raise funds and awareness for a planned housing and social-services facility in Auckland, New Zealand.

Finn, a New Zealand native, is donating all proceeds from the song to the project, dubbed HomeGround, which is being built by the Auckland City Mission and which will provide apartments to homeless people, as well as offer community spaces, a café, a pharmacy, a rehab center, and much more.

The track features Finn sharing lead vocals Nicks, backing vocals by McVie and Georgia Knott of the New Zealand indie-pop duo Broods, and drums by Neil's son Elroy, who's a current member of Crowded House.

"I have always been aware of how important the City Mission is in our community representing and supporting every day the homeless people of Auckland," says Finn. "Now more than ever, as we shelter in place I am reminded that everyone deserves to have a home where they can feel safe and be well."

Adds Nicks, "I'm honored to be a part of Neil's song for the Auckland City Mission. He is on a mission to make this work and I think this beautiful song he has written will certainly help."

An accompanying video for the track has been posted at the Auckland City Mission's YouTube channel.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of PEGADropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen made history with their show Friday, which streamed live from an empty Fenway Park.

The concert, dubbed Streaming Outta Fenway, was significant for two reasons: one, it marked the first concert a band has played in the infield dirt of the famed Boston ballpark; and two, it was the first musical performance without an audience at any major U.S. stadium or arena.

Additionally, Streaming Outta Fenway raised money for three charities in support of COVID-19 relief: the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.

Dropkick Murphys' two-hour set kicked off with a performance of their song "The Boys Are Back," and hit tracks including "The State of Massachusetts," "The Warrior's Code" and, of course, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston."

Towards the end of the show, Springsteen appeared on the Fenway big screen for a remote joint performance. They played two songs together: the Dropkick tune "Rose Tattoo" and The Boss' "American Land."

Throughout the stream, actors including Kevin BaconMike O'MalleyRachel DratchNat Faxon and Lance Reddick shared what the city of Boston means to them and encouraged viewers to donate.

By Josh Johnson
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The Byrds in 1965, Chris Hillman on far right; Credit: Henry DiltzFounding Byrds bassist Chris Hillman is among the many famous musicians featured in Epix's new two-part docuseries Laurel Canyon, the first part of which premieres this Sunday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET.

The series delves deeply into the fertile music scene that centered around Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon neighborhood during the late 1960s and early '70s.

Hillman tells ABC Audio that he feels the docuseries' research was "spot on," and that the whole project was "very well done."

Chris recalls that The Byrds were among the first rock acts to move to the canyon, along with Frank Zappa. Hillman's band played at various famous Sunset Strip clubs located right down the road from Laurel Canyon, including Ciro's, The Trip and, of course, the Whisky a Go Go.

Chris says one of his favorite bands from the scene was Buffalo Springfield.

"I got to know them really well," Hillman remembers, "and helped them get [their first] job at the Whisky a Go Go."

Interestingly, two Springfield members, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, later teamed up with Byrds co-founder David Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Chris, meanwhile, wound up leaving The Byrds in 1968 to join Gram Parsons -- who'd replaced Crosby in The Byrds -- in the pioneering country-rock act The Flying Burrito Brothers.

"[I]t was sort of funny," Hillman recalls, "'cause [Gram and I] would go down and play in these country-western clubs all around L.A. and sit in, and just glom onto it and absorb it all."

In 1969, The Burrito Brothers welcomed to their lineup Bernie Leadon, who later became a co-founding member of The Eagles, one of the 1970s Laurel Canyon scene's premier artists.

These inter-band connections are one of the fascinating aspects of the scene that the docuseries explores.

By Matt Friedlander
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