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2014 TCFFC/FoxSammy Hagar will join an illustrious list of fellow rock stars when he appears tonight in cartoon form on The Simpsons.  The Red Rocker's voice and animated likeness will be featured in an episode titled "Covercraft," in which Homer -- suffering from a mid-life crisis after Moe's bar closes -- becomes the bassist in a cover band with some other local dads.Hagar says he jumped at the chance when he was asked to take part in the show, which in the past has featured cameos
11/23/2014 05:00:00am
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsEarth Wind & Fire is a part of the entertainment lineup for this year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, which airs December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show also will include performances by Train, Jennifer Hudson, U.K. pop act Rixton and country artists Ashley Monroe and Dan + Shay.As always, the special will feature uplifting stories about families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care.  Celebrity presenters, some o
11/23/2014 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy of REMHQ.comR.E.M. by MTV, the new documentary exploring the relationship between the legendary band and the music network, will be making its television debut on Saturday.  The documentary will air at 9 p.m. ET on VH1 Classic and Palladia.R.E.M. and MTV have been linked since they both began -- the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released their first album in 1981 just weeks before MTV premiered its first video.  Directed by Alexander Young, R.E.M. by MTV exclusively
11/22/2014 05:00:00am
Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana MusicThe season finale of the long-running PBS performance series Austin City Limits will premiere Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.  The show will feature highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Association's 13th annual Honors and Awards ceremony, which took place this past September at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.The event included performances by Jackson Browne, Robert Plant, Rosanne Cash, folk-blues veteran Taj Mahal and country legend Loretta Ly
11/22/2014 05:00:00am
MPL/Mary McCartneyThe star-studded Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney was released this past week, featuring renditions of the rock legend's songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey and many many more.  During a BBC Radio interview Wednesday, McCartney himself chatted about the compilation, marveling about the "amazing people" the producers got to take part in the project.One star McCartney said he was particularly glad contributed to
11/21/2014 06:00:00pm
Columbia MasterworksMike Nichols, one of the most celebrated and successful film and stage directors in American history, died Wednesday night at age 83.  Nichols directed some of American cinema's classic films, including 1968's The Graduate, for which he won the Academy Award for best director.Many of the acclaimed director's celebrity friends and colleagues have written messages paying tribute to Nichols, including Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, whose music, including the hit "Mrs. Rob
11/20/2014 06:00:00pm
Image Courtesy of MelecoBeach Boys co-founder Mike Love has inked a deal to write a memoir about his time in the group.Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy.  The book will discuss the singer's childhood growing up in the Los Angeles area, the many ups and downs he experienced as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, his spiritual journey and long devotion to transcendental meditation, and his "complex" relation
11/20/2014 06:00:00pm
Peter Kramer/NBCPoor Cher.  Back in September, she became ill and and had to reschedule all her concert dates.  But now, she's been forced to cancel all those rescheduled dates, because she still hasn't made a full recovery.After Cher wrapped up the first leg of her Dressed to Kill tour in March, she was going to embark on a second leg, but she contracted an infection that affected her kidney function, leading the postponement and rescheduling of the dates.  But now, her doc
11/20/2014 05:00:00pm
Image Courtesy of Paul MoscowPaul Rodgers will appear on the season finale of the popular BBC performance show Later…With Jools Holland, which will premiere in the U.S. on the Palladia channel tonight at 10 p.m. ET.  The famed frontman of Bad Company and Free will be featured performing songs from his latest album, The Royal Sessions, along with most of the respected Memphis studio musicians who accompanied him on the recording.Rodgers sang three tunes from The Royal Sessions during
11/20/2014 02:00:00pm
MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsA newly launched app is giving fans the chance to experience a recent Paul McCartney performance in a completely immersive 3-D environment.  Through the Jaunt VR app, viewers can watch footage of the rock legend playing his hit "Live and Let Die" during the historic final concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park this past August from every imaginable angle and viewpoint.The program and the McCartney video can be downloaded for free via Google Play for use with
11/20/2014 12:00:00pm
Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart's 2013 album Time was a success, and featured his first new, original songs in years.  Now Stewart says he's going to release another new album this spring, but what it's going to sound like may surprise you.Vegas Player magazine reports that the singer's forthcoming record will feature a lot of "Celtic melodies" -- perhaps reflecting his Scottish heritage -- and that he's also been experimenting with ska and reggae sounds.  "Believe it or not,
11/20/2014 10:00:00am
ABC/Lou RoccoBarry Manilow has announced a new tour for 2015 called One Last Time!, with that tour name indicating that this will be the final time he'll hit the road.  The legendary singer, whose new album My Dream Duets debuted in the top 10 a few weeks ago, is no fan of the endless grind of touring, but he says he realized that he missed the thrill of performing live for fans."You know, I took off for a year, and touring is not what I want to do anymore," he tells ABC News Radio.&n
11/20/2014 05:01:00am
Press Here PublicityIt's been more than six years since Def Leppard released its last studio album, 2008's Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, but frontman Joe Elliott says the band is well on its way to finishing a new record.  Speaking at the recent Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony, Elliott revealed that the veteran British group is "about halfway through" with the album."With a bit of luck, we should have it done by springtime," he told ABC News Radio, pointing out that he would be gett
11/20/2014 05:01:00am
Kris Connor/Getty ImagesBilly Joel was honored Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. by the Library of Congress with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.A number of artists were on hand at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall to perform classics from the Billy Joel songbook. Tony Bennett crooned "New York State of Mind," Josh Groban sang out "She's Always a Woman," Gavin DeGraw performed "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me," and Boyz II Men delivered a rendition of "The Long
11/20/2014 05:01:00am
Columbia RecordsPink Floyd's The Endless River nabbed the #1 spot on the U.K. chart earlier this week, but in the U.S., the group's first studio album in 20 years wasn't able to overcome the latest offerings by Taylor Swift and the Foo Fighters.  Swift's 1989 takes the top spot on the Billboard 200 for the third consecutive week after selling 320,000 copies, while the Foos' new album, Sonic Highways, debuts at #2 with 190,000 copies sold.Pink Floyd, meanwhile, bows at #3, as The Endless
11/19/2014 06:02:00pm