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MPL/Mary McCartneyA lot of famous musicians have written memoirs recounting the highlights of their careers and personal lives, but Paul McCartney says he currently has no plans to become one of them.The rock legend explained his feelings about whether he'd ever pen an autobiography in the latest installment of the "You Gave Me the Answer" feature on his official website.Responding to a question by a Canadian fan, Sir Paul said, "My feeling is that there have been enough books on me done al
03/01/2015 05:00:00am
West Grand MediaThe historic 1983 special that celebrated the 25th anniversary of Motown, which hasn't been seen on TV since it originally aired, will be rebroadcast on many PBS stations this Saturday, February 28, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT; check local listings. The show, titled Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, featured Michael Jackson's famous performance of "Billie Jean," during which he introduced the world to his amazing "moonwalk" dance move, as well as memorable reunions of T
02/28/2015 05:01:00am
Lloyd Bishop/NBCAretha Franklin was a surprise guest at a farewell ceremony for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that was held Friday at the Justice Department.  The Queen of Soul belted out a rendition of "America the Beautiful" that featured some modified lyrics paying tribute to Holder.During the song, Franklin sang of Holder's "courageous integrity," adding that "he's a warrior, yes he is."  President Obama, who took the podium to speak at the ceremony, swayed his head
02/27/2015 06:15:00pm
Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder is being sued by Susan Strack -- the widow of his longtime entertainment lawyer Johanan Vigoda -- who claims that the pop/soul legend owes her millions because of an agreement the singer made with her late husband that allegedly was to have continued after his passing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Strack says her husband negotiated a contract with Wonder in which Stevie promised to Vigoda or his heirs  a six-percent fee on all revenues he e
02/27/2015 06:00:00pm
Credit: Ross Halfin Aerosmith has added a new U.S. concert to its North American summer tour itinerary, a June 24 show at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, which apparently will serve as the trek's kickoff date.  The performance is the eighth confirmed date of the outing, dubbed the Blue Army Tour 2015, which currently is mapped out through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.Tickets for the Evansville concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. CT.&nb
02/27/2015 06:00:00pm
Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is one of the many celebrities reaching out to his friend William Shatner after the death of his Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy. “Thoughts &prayers with @WilliamShatner today. Sorry for your loss buddy. What a friendship you & Leonard had,” Brad tweeted, including a photo of the two during their Star Trek heyday. Nimoy, best known for playing Mr. Spock, passed away Friday morning. Brad and Shatner first combined their co
02/27/2015 02:42:00pm
Credit: Matthew Jordan SmithDetroit has been hosting the early performance rounds of season 14 of American Idol, and now a Motown legend will pay a visit to the show to help guide the new crop of contestants.  Billboard reports that Aretha Franklin will appear as a guest mentor on both episodes of the Fox singing competition next week.The shows, which will air Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, appropriately will feature the hopefuls singing classic Motown tunes.  The Queen of Sou
02/27/2015 02:00:00pm
Credit: Piotr TarasewiczPink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour has been working on a new solo album, and one of his frequent collaborators says the project is coming together nicely."It's going very well," longtime Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera tells U.K. magazine Uncut.  "I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy."Manzanera contributed his guitar and production talents to Gilmour's previous solo effort, 2006's On an Island, and also co-produced Pink Floyd's most recen
02/27/2015 02:00:00pm
Jim O'Shea/Courtesy Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers are set to bring some classic rock to the third annual Tortuga Music Festival, a country music-themed event scheduled to take place April 11-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The festival, which benefits the Rock the Ocean Foundation, also will feature headliners Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, as well as The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins and a number other popular country acts.The Doobies' appearance at the
02/27/2015 10:01:00am
Credit: Francois DuhamelThe upcoming Brian Wilson biopic, Love & Mercy, is slated to get its U.S. premiere on March 15 at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, but you can get a first look at the movie now by checking out a new teaser trailer that's debuted online.  The clip shows glimpses of actors Paul Dano and John Cusack portraying the troubled Beach Boys mastermind at different periods in his life.The video includes a montage of brief segments from the film set to
02/26/2015 06:03:00pm
Image Courtesy of Jensen CommunicationsOfficial details have been announced for Stephen Stills' third annual Light Up the Blues benefit concert, which is scheduled to take place April 25 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.  Tickets for the star-studded event, whose lineup also includes Neil Young, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin, among others, will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets and the Pantages box office.Stills and his wife, Kr
02/26/2015 06:00:00pm
Image Courtesy of Countrywide Property AuctionsA house in Liverpool, England, where Paul McCartney spent some of his early childhood was sold at an auction on Thursday for 150,000 pounds, or about $231,000.  The auction was hosted by the city's famous Cavern Club venue.According to the Liverpool Echo, bidding began at 100,000 pounds and escalated to the sale price in minutes.  The winning bidder was an anonymous local resident who was in attendance at the auction.McCartney and his f
02/26/2015 04:04:00pm
Interscope RecordsImagine being hacked, and then finding out about it on Instagram. That’s exactly what happened to Madonna in December. Dozens of demos she had recorded for her album Rebel Heart were leaked online, and the pop icon tells Time her Instagram followers were the ones who gave her the heads up.“It was through Instagram that I found out my songs were leaking, because my fans were warning me,” she tells the mag. “Aside from the violation of having something s
02/26/2015 02:00:00pm
Image Courtesy of Island RecordsThe famous Joshua tree in California's Mojave Desert that was immortalized on the cover of U2's 1987 album The Joshua Tree has been vandalized.  On the U2 fan forum atU2.com, user Hwy 190 writes that someone had hacked off one of the tree's limbs."This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree’s
02/26/2015 02:00:00pm
Esoteric AntennaMoody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge will release his second solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, on May 5, more than 38 years after his first solo effort, Natural Avenue, hit stores.  The new collection features eight original tunes, including the title track, which will be released as a digital single on April 14.One of the undoubted highlights of 10,000 Light Years Ago is the tune "Simple Magic," which reunites Lodge with two former Moody Blues members -- flute player
02/26/2015 10:00:00am