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Photo: Leland Bobbe/Hudson MusicIt's unlikely that Billy Joel fans will ever get a tell-all book from the Piano Man, but now we've got the next best thing: a tell-all book from his longtime drummer, Liberty DeVitto.

Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness features juicy stories about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and life in the recording studio and on the road with Billy. But it's also the story of DeVitto's fascinating family, his childhood, and the inner workings of the music business.

"It's about, 'Hey, look, I'm the guy who never took drum lessons and I play on one of the top five albums that's ever been recorded," says DeVitto. "I'm a guy that barely made it out of high school, and now I wrote a book! So it's like, 'You can do it!'"

DeVitto and Joel recently rekindled their friendship after a long feud, which is why he says he's releasing the book now, though he's worked on it for more than 15 years.

"I'm not angry [anymore]," he admits. "I had to give up the anger because it was eating me up inside."

Billy pronounced the book "really good," and also wrote the foreword, in which he gushes that Liberty "provided the power that drove our song arrangements and live performances" and "propelled my music into another dimension." The drummer admits he cried when he read that.

"I've never been acknowledged as that guy that helped him so much," says DeVitto. "It kind of verified who I was...because a lot of people are always like, 'Did you make up those drum parts or did Billy tell you what to do?'...And so now it's like, everybody knows."

Adds Liberty, "[F]or me, it's a great, great thing. I got my friend back."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Courtesy of Little Kids RockA variety of music stars, including Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Joan Jett and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, will be featured in a virtual benefit event for the Little Kids Rock Foundation, streaming on Thursday, July 23, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Among the other artists who'll appear on the special: Elvis Costello, ex-Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto, former Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Warren Haynes, Darlene Love, Jesse Colin Young, Jon Secada and rapper Wiz Khalifa.

Tickets to watch the event are available at, with proceeds raised going toward the organization.

Founded in 2002, Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools across the U.S.

Young recently teamed up with Little Kids Rock students to record a virtual video performance of his old band The Youngbloods' classic hit "Get Together."  It aired July 4 as part of CNN's The Fourth in America special. You can check out the clip at the official Little Kids Rock YouTube channel.

In other news, is currently hosting a virtual version of its annual Modern Band Summit; it kicked off Wednesday and runs through this Friday, July 17. The online conference offers a variety of panels and discussions focusing on music education, instrumental and performing skills, and much more.

E Street Band guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt will be featured in a keynote event scheduled for today at 4 p.m. ET, during which he'll discuss his support of music education through his work with Little Kids Rock, his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and other programs.

Visit for full details.

By Matt Friedlander

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Columbia RecordsBack in June, Mariah Carey told fans that she was postponing the celebration of the 30th anniversary of her self-titled debut album due to the fight for social justice and Black Lives Matter. But now, it seems she's ready to party.

On her socials, Mariah has posted a video montage of images and videos from her the era of her debut album, which arrived June 12, 1990 and went on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide. "MC30 Every Friday," she captioned the image.

Since Mariah's original postponement message mentioned "surprises and rarities" that she'd hoped to share with fans, it stand to reason that she's going to roll out some of those goodies starting this Friday. 

Mariah's debut album produced a string of hits, including "Vision of Love," "Someday," "I Don't Wanna Cry" and "Love Takes Time," and inspired several generations of future female pop stars.

The diva is also prepping the release of her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which is due out September 29.

By Andrea Dresdale
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🦋 𝑀𝒞𝟥𝟢 🦋 Every Friday 🦋#MC30 🎶❤️

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) July 14, 2020


Real WorldLater this year, Peter Gabriel will release four archival live albums as multiple-LP vinyl sets, three of which have never before been available on vinyl.

The albums -- Plays Live, Live in Athens 1987, Secret World Live and Growing Up Live -- have been half-speed remastered and will come with cards allowing access a high-res digital download of the records.

Plays Live, Gabriel's first solo live album, will be re-released as a two-LP set on August 28. Originally released in 1983, the album was compiled from performances at four U.S. venues in the Midwest in late 1982. The shows focused on material from Peter's first four self-titled solo efforts.

Live in Athens 1987 will be issued as a two-LP set on September 25. The album was recorded in the Greek capital at the last concerts of Gabriel's This Way Up world tour, which supported his multi-platinum 1986 album, So. Live in Athens 1987 initially was released in 2012 as a two-CD set and a DVD as part of the deluxe 25th anniversary So reissue.

Secret World Live will be issued as a two-LP set on October 23. The album features performances from two concerts Gabriel played in November 1993 in Modena, Italy, during his Secret World Live tour, which promoted Peter's 1992 album, Us. The concert album, which never has been available on vinyl, originally was released as a two-CD set in September 1994.

Growing Up Live will be released as a three-LP set on November 27. The album features the audio from a 2003 home video of the same name. It was recorded at two shows in May 2003 in Milan, Italy, during Gabriel's tour in support of his 2002 studio effort, Up.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of BMGA new cover of the classic 1971 T. Rex song "Jeepster" by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, which will appear on the upcoming tribute album AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex, has been released as an advance single digitally and via streaming services.

The new track also features contributions from guitarist Marc Ribot, drummer Jim White and The National's Thomas Bartlett on piano.

A companion video for Jett's rendition of "Jeepster" has been posted at T. Rex's official YouTube channel. The clip features black-and-white footage of Jett singing, playing guitar and smoking some kind of hand-rolled cigarette in the studio, interspersed with film of T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan playing live. Bolan was Jett's teenage idol and a big influence on her.

"Jeepster" originally appeared on T.Rex's hit 1971 album Electric Warrior, and reached #2 on the U.K. singles chart.

As previously reported, AngelHeaded Hipster will be released on September 4. The 26-track collection also includes a rendition of the classic hit "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" by U2 and Elton John, and as well as covers by Todd Rundgren, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Soft Cell's Marc Almond, David Johansen, Kesha and, separately, John Lennon's sons Julian and Sean, among others.

The long-in-the-works project was overseen by veteran tribute-album producer Hal Willner, who sadly died in April at age 64 of COVID-19.

Jett's "Jeepster" cover was the fourth advanced track released from the album.

You can pre-order AngelHeaded Hipster now as a two-CD set, a two-LP vinyl collection and digitally. Here's the full track list:

Disc 1
"Children of the Revolution" -- Kesha
"Cosmic Dancer" -- Nick Cave
"Jeepster" -- Joan Jett
"Scenescof" -- Devendra Banhart
"Life's a Gas" -- Lucinda Williams
"Solid Gold, Easy Action" -- Peaches
"Dawn Storm" -- BØRNS
"Hippy Gumbo" -- Beth Orton
"I Love to Boogie" -- King Khan
"Beltane Walk" -- Gaby Moreno
"Bang a Gong (Get It On)" -- U2 featuring Elton John
"Diamond Meadows" -- John Cameron Mitchell
"Ballrooms of Mars" -- Emily Haines

Disc 2
"Main Man" -- Father John Misty
"Rock On" -- Perry Farrell
"The Street and Babe Shadow" -- Elysian Fields
"The Leopards" -- Gavin Friday
"Metal Guru" -- Nena
"Teenage Dream" -- Marc Almond
"Organ Blues" -- Helga Davis
"Planet Queen" -- Todd Rundgren
"Great Horse" -- Jessie Harris
"Mambo Sun" -- Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl
"Pilgrim's Tale" -- Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon
"Bang a Gong (Get It On) Reprise" -- David Johansen
"She Was Born to Be My Unicorn/Ride a White Swan" -- Maria McKee

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Asset Marketing ServicesA new series of collectible fine-silver coins featuring portraits of some of the all-time biggest music stars are available for purchase now at

The Legends of Music Collection features coins dedicated to Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elvis PresleyDavid Bowie and Bob Marley. The portraits were created by American artist Sid Maurer, with each coin designed to resemble a vinyl disc.

Only 10,000 of each coin will be produced. The individual coins will come packaged in boxes designed to showcase the artist depicted on the coin, and also will feature a Certificate of Authenticity. Each coin features one ounce of .999 fine silver and is worth $5 in legal tender, backed by The Solomon Islands.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Sony Music Archives/BMG BooksFounding Byrds bassist Chris Hillman is releasing a new memoir called Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother and Beyond that's scheduled to be published on November 17.

In recent interview with ABC Audio, Hillman explained that the book "will fill in all of the questions you probably would like to have answered," adding, "I remembered everything."

In Time Between, Hillman will delve into his various musical endeavors, including his work with the pioneering folk-rock band The Byrds and the influential country-rock act The Flying Burrito Brothers.

In addition, the 75-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will reflect on his stints with Manassas, featuring Stephen Stills; the trio of Souther-Hillman-Furay with J.D. Souther and Richie Furay; and McGuinn, Clark and Hillman with his fellow Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark. He'll also discuss his solo career, and his move to mainstream country with The Desert Rose Band.

Meanwhile, Hillman, who toured with McGuinn in 2018 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Byrds' landmark 1968 country-rock album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, revealed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his old band mate have been meeting up recreationally via Skype.

"Every…Friday, about 1:30 in the afternoon, California time, we get on and we play Trivial Pursuit with Roger and his wife and couple of other couples," Chris told ABC Audio. "And that's what we do in our mid-seventies, we play trivia while we're sequestered."

Hillman had been scheduled to launch the Time Between tour this September with his Desert Rose Band mates John Jorgenson and Herb Pedersen, but that's been pushed back to 2021 because of the pandemic.

He noted that the trek will feature "a 'stories and songs' sort of show."

By Matt Friedlander
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Sony LegacyAC/DC's hugely successful Back in Black album celebrates its 40th anniversary this month, and to mark the milestone, the Australian rockers have launched a new series of YouTube videos looking at the making of the record.

The first episode features archival interviews with AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young and frontman Brian Johnson discussing how the band's classic hit "You Shook Me All Night Long" came together.

The clip starts with Angus pointing out that the first parts of the song he and his brother Malcolm came up with musically were the jangly intro and the riff that appears in the chorus.

Then, in footage from a separate interview, Johnson recalls that when he went into the studio to sing the lyrics he'd written to the song, producer "Mutt" Lange told him he thought that he was trying to fit too many words into each line and asked him to sing it differently.

The video then cuts to Malcolm showing how Lange wanted the tune sung. Cut back to Johnson, who remembers with a laugh that when Malcolm heard what he was doing, he stopped and declared, "What the f*** is this?!" and told him the original way he was singing it was much better.

Released on July 25, 1980, Back in Black was AC/DC's first album following the 1979 death of singer Bon Scott, and its first to feature Johnson. After peaking at #4 on the Billboard 200, it has gone on to become the fourth most successful album in U.S. history, selling more than 25 million copies.

As for "You Shook Me All Night Long," it reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Meanwhile, a line of new 40th anniversary Back in Black merch is available now at AC/DC's online store.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Universal Tone Management; Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Red Light Management and Live NationCarlos Santana and Doors drummer John Densmore are among the musicians and artists that will be featured on upcoming episodes of a new podcast series called People Have the Power that premiered today on the American Songwriter Podcast Network.

The series, which is named after a Patti Smith song, will feature various artists having in-depth discussions about their favorite protest songs with respected music journalist Steve Baltin.

The series debuted today with an episode featuring popular contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, who reveals how songs by The Clash, Bob Marley and Public Enemy helped shape his work. New podcasts will premiere every other Tuesday.

On what inspired the podcast, Baltin tells American Songwriter, "I have always been drawn to music that delivers a message, from John Lennon and Bob Marley to U2 and Rage Against the Machine. And growing up musically in the '80s I was incredibly impacted by seeing the Amnesty tours in '86 and '88 with U2, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, Sting and more…Music can have a profound impact and I want to share that same message."

Baltin also reveals that during Densmore's podcast, John describes how one of Bob Dylan's songs helped get him out of the Vietnam War.

Santana, meanwhile, will be featured with his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, who plays drums in Carlos' band and who's a solo artist in her own right. The couple recently collaborated on a cover of Lennon's classic peace anthem, "Imagine."

Other artists scheduled to be featured on upcoming episodes of the People Have the Power podcast include Alanis Morrisette, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, and Indigo Girls.

By Matt Friedlander
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Circle TV is honoring the life and legacy of Charlie Daniels with a special tribute airing on Sunday night. 

Circle, which also streams weekly episodes of the Grand Ole Opry, will devote its Sunday night programming to the Southern rock and country legend, who passed away last week from a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 83. 

Segments include Reflections from the Circle: Charlie Daniels, an interview with Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs in which Charlie reflects on his career from the Opry stage, airing at 8 p.m. ET. There also will be a re-ariing of The Charlie Daniels Band: Live at Billy Bob’s Texas, originally taped in 2015, along with clips of Charlie's appearances on Hee Haw. 

The night will culminate with the 30-minute tribute, Circle Sessions: Remembering Charlie Daniels, a retrospection on the "Devil Went Down to Georgia" singer's Grand Ole Opry induction in 2008, plus career highlights and interviews with artists who have been impacted by the star, airing at 10 p.m. ET. 

The set of shows begins at 7 p.m. ET on July 19 on the Circle network.

By Cillea Houghton
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Courtesy of Musician Treatment FoundationRock & Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Elvis Costello are part of the lineup of a livestream concert to benefit the Musician Treatment Foundation, scheduled for this Saturday, July 18, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

The Austin, Texas-based foundation helps musicians in need of healthcare and medical treatment, and those whose ability to earn money has been affected by the COVID-19 shutdown.

"The foundation is about treating the working musician who might think twice about getting attention for something that is compromising their very ability to be a musician," explains Costello, who's a founding member of the charity's board of directors. "MTF helps them to get care so they can do their job to the best of their ability and saves them from putting it off because it is beyond their means."

Other artists on the concert's bill include singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and jazz artists Leni and Mike Stern. The show also will include special messages from Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, and actors Ben Vereen, Tea Leoni, Tim Daly and John Slattery.

Actor, comedy writer and musician Seth Rudetsky will host the Musician Treatment Foundation Livestream Benefit Concert 2020.

You can check out video messages from Costello, Jett and others talking about the concert and the foundation, and find out more details about the event the charity, at

To view the free concert, you must register for tickets at Special tickets priced from $25 to $50 offering an event t-shirt and/or bandana also are available.

By Matt Friedlander
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Paul Morigi/Getty Images for National GeographicFor the first time since her son's tragic death, Melissa Etheridge is ready to open up about what she's been through, and how she's been coping.

"Time does heal. It's only been a couple of months, but I've been very busy and made myself very busy," Etheridge told ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday. "You go one day at a time -- you get through the grief and you get to the healing."

It's been two months since the singer shared on Twitter that her 21-year-old son, Beckett, died from opioid addiction.

"As a parent, you know your children have their own lives and make their own choices -- but you just can't help to feel responsible, of course, for them," Etheridge told GMA's Robin Roberts.

Etheridge shared that Beckett, who's one of two children Etheridge had with former partner Julie Cypher, was first introduced to painkillers after he broke his ankle during a snowboarding incident. That led to a downward spiral.

"I tried to help… you do everything you can because you're a parent," Etheridge said. "He made these choices and he was a young adult. I couldn't save him -- only he could save him."

Now, to honor her son's life, the singer-songwriter is moving forward by bringing awareness to the dangers of drug addiction and helping fund research programs through the Etheridge Foundation.

Melissa's also been using music to help her heal. She launched "Etheridge TV," which features live concerts and "chat shows" delivered from her makeshift garage studio.

"It's a way to connect to people. It's, of course, healing for me -- but mostly to connect with my fans," she said. "...There are people who are still suffering and I want to give them relief in this crazy world that we are in right now."

By Nicole Curtis & Angeline Jane Bernabe
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Credit: Bob FogertySince early April, John Fogerty has been posting a series of performance videos on his official YouTube channel featuring him playing songs with three of his kids while sheltering at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While most of the clips have featured Fogerty's Factory -- as they've christened themselves -- playing well-known songs by John's old band Creedence Clearwater Revival, the latest video finds the 75-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his progeny performing the CCR deep cut "Tombstone Shadow," from the band's 1969 album Green River.

The video series has featured John, sons Shane and Tyler, and daughter Kelsy playing in various locations in and around Fogerty's Los Angeles-area residence, and for the new clip, they are set up in the doorway of their garage as the family pooch serves as the audience.

The "Tombstone Shadow" video features John on vocals, lead guitar and harmonica, Tyler on guitar, Shane on bass and Kelsy on snare drum.

By Matt Friedlander
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Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABAIn a new interview with The New York Times, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth suggests that, because of guitarist Eddie Van Halen's ongoing battle with cancer, the band may never tour again.

"I don't know that Eddie is ever really going to rally for the rigors of the road again," the 65-year-old singer maintains. "I don't even want to say I've waited -- I've supported for five years. Because what I do is physical as well as musical and spiritual -- you can't take five years off from the ring. But I did. And I do not regret a second of it."

Roth continues, "[Eddie's] a band mate. We had a colleague down. And he's down now for enough time that I don't know that he's going to be coming back out on the road. You want to hear the classics? You're talking to him."

Earlier this year, David kicked off a Las Vegas residency and a stint as KISS' opening act on the 2020 leg of that band's End of the Road farewell tour, but those gigs, of course, have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, during the lockdown, the ever-energetic Roth has been creating a series of quirky, pandemic-themed cartoons that he's been posting on a weekly basis on his social media sites since April. Many of the drawings feature images of frogs accompanied by somewhat enigmatic messages.

Roth says he's looking forward to returning to performing, but "in the interim, I am drawing and painting every night." As for whether he plans to sell his artwork, David notes, "[T]he fact that there's an audience for it is quite a tickle. So of course I'll make it available. You bet."

Check out the full interview at

By Matt Friedlander
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David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty ImagesTina Turner is teaming up with Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo for a brand-new version of her classic sng, "What’s Love Got to Do with It."

Kygo announced the news on Monday, writing, "Can't believe I'm releasing a collab with @tinaturner this Friday!"

He added, "'What’s Love Got To Do With It' is one of my all time favorite songs, and it feels surreal to get the opportunity to work with such a legendary artist! Can't wait for you all to hear."

Kygo previously reworked a recording from another singing legend, the late Whitney Houston. Last year, he released a remix of Whitney's cover of the 1986 Steve Winwood hit, "Higher Love." He took 30-year-old archival Whitney vocals and remastered them into a brand-new track that hit #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Can’t believe I’m releasing a collab with @LoveTinaTurner this Friday! ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ is one of my all time favorite songs, and it feels surreal to get the opportunity to work with such a legendary artist! Can’t wait for you all to hear it🎶

— Kygo (@KygoMusic) July 13, 2020


Genesis PublicationsLed Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's 2019 limited-edition coffee-table book Jimmy Page: The Anthology will get a wide release this October.

In advance of the book's arrival, Page is making available for purchase select images from the publication as large-format prints.

The book, which is a follow-up to 2010's Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, features rare photos from throughout Page's life, pics of his guitars and stage costumes, personal letters and diary entries, and images of memorabilia items including posters and vinyl discs.

Only 75 numbered and framed copied of each print will be available, each one signed by Page and including a certificate of authenticity. Among the images being sold are photos of Jimmy's famous 1959 Fender "Dragon" Telecaster and his 1959 Gibson Les Paul "Number One" sunburst guitar.

For The Anthology, the instruments and memorabilia have been specially photographed under Jimmy's direction. The book is narrated entirely in Page's own words.

Jimmy Page: The Anthology follows Page's life, from listening to blues records with his childhood pal Jeff Beck and playing on TV as a teenager with his skiffle band, to his impressive work in the 1960s as a session musician and his stint with The Yardbirds, to his career with Led Zeppelin and his later work with such projects as The Firm, Coverdale & Page and Page & Plant. You can check out a video trailer for the book at

To purchase copies of the prints, visit

By Matt Friedlander
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Benjamin Keough and Lisa Marie Presley in 2010; Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesLisa Marie Presley's agent confirmed on Sunday that the singer's 27-year-old son, Benjamin Keough, has died.

Keough was the grandson of the late rock legend Elvis Presley.

According to Presley's agent, Roger Widynowski, the family is reeling from Sunday's sudden and unexpected loss.

"[Lisa] is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11 year old twins and her oldest daughter Riley," Widynowski said in a statement to ABC News.  "She adored that boy. He was the love of her life."

In 2012, Presley revealed on Twitter that she and Keough celebrated Mother's Day in 2009 by getting matching Celtic eternity knot tattoos.  The symbol represents eternal love.

Keough maintained a relatively private life and was rarely photographed by paparazzi.  He previously appeared in the 2005 documentary Elvis by the Presleys and, alongside his siblings, appeared in the music video of his mother's 2012 duet with his late grandad "I Love You Because."

Besides his parents Presley and musician Danny Keough, Benjamin leaves behind his sister, 31-year-old actress Riley Keough, and his 11-year-old twin siblings Harper and Finley Lockwood.  The twin daughters were born during his mother's marriage to guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood

While the cause of death has not been made public, TMZ reports that Keough apparently killed himself in his Calabasas, California, home.  The publication reports that the 27-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has not commented on the matter.

By Megan Stone
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Courtesy of Stella McCartney

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson is among the celebrities that took part in the 2020 edition of fashion designer Stella McCartney's Stellafest, an online event with the mission to support female empowerment and end violence against women.

Stellafest 2020 features at-home videos contributed by various artists that have been posted on McCartney's Instagram page and newly launched TikTok site. Wilson contributed a clip of him singing a snippet of the famous Beatles song "Hey Jude."

Others who contributed clips include Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Kelis, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Chloe x Halle. In addition, a number of VIP experiences, including a virtual studio visit with Stella and a signed one-off garment, are being auctioned at to raise money for The National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Stella McCartney, of course, is the daughter of Paul McCartney and his late first wife, Linda.

By Matt Friedlander
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Solomon N’Jie/Getty ImagesThirty-five years ago today -- July 13th, 1985 -- the landmark Live Aid charity concerts took place in London and Philadelphia, raising millions of dollars for African famine relief.

Bob Geldof, frontman of The Boomtown Rats, and Ultravox's Midge Ure organized the two concerts, which took place at London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's JFK Stadium. Geldof and Ure enlisted a who's who of top acts to play at the shows, including U2, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Queen, Judas Priest, Santana, The Who, David Bowie, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Sting, The Cars, Hall & Oates, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Elvis Costello, and George Thorogood.

In addition, Led Zeppelin's surviving members reunited at the Philadelphia event, while Phil Collins was the only act to perform on two continents -- he played at the London show, and then hopped on the Concorde, jetted to the U.S., and took the stage in Philly.

The shows were broadcast around the world to an audience of two billion viewers across 60 countries. Live Aid ultimately raised more than $150 million -- with inflation, nearly $357.5 million today.

Although Geldof maintained there would never be another Live Aid, on July 2, 2005, he organized Live 8, an even more ambitious series of concerts that took place around the world. Live 8's most memorable highlight was a reunion of Pink Floyd, while other famous artists who also performed were a number of Live Aid alums, including McCartney, U2, Madonna, Sting, Elton, The Who and Adams.

Here's a partial list of who played what at Live Aid 35 years ago:

London's Wembley Stadium
Elvis Costello -- "All You Need Is Love"

Sting and Phil Collins (with Branford Marsalis) --  "Roxanne," "Driven to Tears," "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," "Message in a Bottle," "In the Air Tonight," "Long Long Way to Go," "Every Breath You Take"

Bryan Ferry (with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on guitar) -- "Sensation," "Boys and Girls," "Slave to Love," "Jealous Guy"

U2 -- "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Bad" (with snippets of "Satellite of Love", "Ruby Tuesday," "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Walk on the Wild Side")

Dire Straits -- "Money for Nothing" (with Sting), "Sultans of Swing"

Queen -- "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"Radio Ga Ga," "Hammer to Fall," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We Will Rock You"/"We Are the Champions"

David Bowie (with Thomas Dolby on keyboards) -- "TVC 15," "Rebel Rebel," "Modern Love," "Heroes"

The Who -- "My Generation"/"Pinball Wizard," "Love, Reign O'er Me," "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Elton John  -- "I'm Still Standing," "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee), "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with George Michael and backing vocals by Andrew Ridgeley), "Can I Get a Witness"

Wembley Stadium Finale
Queen's Freddie Mercury and Brian May -- "Is This the World We Created?"
Paul McCartney --  "Let It Be"
Band Aid (led by Bob Geldof) --  "Do They Know It's Christmas?"


Philadelphia's JFK Stadium
Joan Baez -- "Amazing Grace"/"We Are the World"

Black Sabbath -- "Children of the Grave," "Iron Man," "Paranoid"

REO Speedwagon --  "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Roll with the Changes"

Crosby, Stills and Nash -- "Southern Cross," "Teach Your Children," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"

Judas Priest -- "Living After Midnight," "The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)," "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"

Bryan Adams -- "Kids Wanna Rock," "Summer of '69," "Tears Are Not Enough," "Cuts Like a Knife"

The Beach Boys -- "California Girls," "Help Me, Rhonda," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Good Vibrations," "Surfin' USA"

George Thorogood and the Destroyers -- "Who Do You Love" (with Bo Diddley), "The Sky Is Crying," "Madison Blues" (with Albert Collins)

The Pretenders -- "Time the Avenger," "Message of Love," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Back on the Chain Gang," "Middle of the Road"

Santana and Pat Metheny -- "Brotherhood," "Primera Invasion," "Open Invitation," "By the Pool"/"Right Now"

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- "American Girl," "The Waiting," "Rebels," "Refugee"

The Cars -- "You Might Think," "Drive," "Just What I Needed," "Heartbeat City"

Neil Young -- "Sugar Mountain," "The Needle and the Damage Done," "Helpless," "Nothing Is Perfect," "Powderfinger"

Eric Clapton (with Phil Collins) -- "White Room," "She's Waiting," "Layla"

Phil Collins (having taken Concorde from UK to USA) -- "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," "In the Air Tonight"

Led Zeppelin Reunion -- (with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Tony Thompson, Paul Martinez, and Phil Collins) -- "Rock and Roll," "Whole Lotta Love," "Stairway to Heaven"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -- "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Daylight Again"/"Find the Cost of Freedom"

Hall & Oates -- "Out of Touch," "Maneater," "Get Ready" (with The Temptations' Eddie Kendricks), "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (with The Temptations' David Ruffin), "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Girl" (with Kendricks and Ruffin)

Mick Jagger (with Hall & Oates, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin) -- "Lonely at the Top," "Just Another Night," "Miss You," "State of Shock"/"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" (with Tina Turner)

JFK Stadium Finale
Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood -- "Ballad of Hollis Brown," "When the Ship Comes In," Blowin' in the Wind"
USA for Africa (led by Lionel Richie)  -- "We Are the World"

By Andrea Dresdale
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Sony Pictures ClassicsThe film The Burnt Orange Heresy, which features Mick Jagger in his first movie role in nearly 20 years, originally came out in March, right before the COVID-19 pandemic shut movie theaters down. Perhaps because it didn't have the chance to make much of an impact the first time around, the movie is returning to theaters on August 7.

In the movie, the Rolling Stones singer portrays Joseph Cassidy, a wealthy British art dealer. Intrigue ensues when Cassidy invites an art critic to his estate on Italy's Lake Como and asks the critic to steal him a painting by the famous and reclusive artist Jerome Debney, played by Donald Sutherland.

When the movie first came out, Jagger told USA Today that the reason he'd waited so long between film roles was due to "laziness" on his part, and "not getting a decent script."

While Mick isn't on screen a lot in the film, he told USA Today that he was intrigued by how his character is able to talk the art critic into doing his bidding.

"I thought, 'I can do something with this,' even though there's not a lot of screen time," Jagger said. His character "threatens and cajoles [the guy] into doing something to get what he wants, which is a picture. He's a very manipulative person and does it for his own collecting habits." 

By Andrea Dresdale
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


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