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Credit: Mark BeaumontRonnie Wood is still hoping to organize a reunion tour featuring the surviving Faces members, but he says there's one big road block to overcome -- singer Rod Stewart's management.The Telegraph reports that during a London Q&A event this week promoting his upcoming book, How Can It Be? A Rock and Roll Diary, Wood explained, "[They] make everything about money and we're trying not to do that.  Why can't the three surviving guys from the Faces just get together and
05/02/2015 06:00:00am
NPG Records/Chelsea LaurenIn light of the unrest in Baltimore, Prince has recorded a new song that addresses the killings of young black men and social and political issues around the country.According to Billboard, Prince's song is a tribute to "all of the people of the city of Baltimore." It was recorded this week at Prince’s Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis, but it’s unknown when it will be released.The news comes after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-America
05/02/2015 06:00:00am
Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder has lent his talents to upcoming albums by two younger stars, rapper Snoop Dogg and R&B singer Jason Derulo.Wonder appears on "California Roll," the lead track from Snoop's 13th studio effort, BUSH, which is due out on Tuesday, May 12.  The rap legend tells MTV News that the album, which was executive produced by Pharrell Williams, is "completely different than anything we've ever done.  It feels good, sounds good, looks good."Stevie also has contri
05/01/2015 07:00:00pm
Credit: Kevin WestenbergB.B. King has issued a statement to let fans know he is in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas.  The 89-year-old blues-guitar legend writes, "Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers."The message comes after King was briefly hospitalized Thursday in Vegas. His daughter, Patty King, told KLAS-TV that her father was transferred to a hospital after family members noticed he wasn't eating and was dehydrated.  Ms. King explained that paramedics conducted
05/01/2015 06:29:00pm
Credit: Les WilsonPattie Boyd, the first wife of both the late George Harrison and Eric Clapton, has married for a third time.  The Daily Mail reports the 71-year-old former model wed her longtime boyfriend, 61-year-old British property developer Rod Weston, on Thursday at the Chelsea Registry Offiice in London.The couple, who have been together for almost 25 years, were accompanied at the ceremony by Boyd's Irish terrier, Freddie.  Also on hand were Pattie's mother, and Patty's sister
05/01/2015 03:00:00pm
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John was among the charitable celebrities who attended the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual Hot Pink Party: The Pink Standard last night. The event helped raise nearly $7 million for breast cancer research.Elton has been a longtime supporter of the BCRF, which was founded in 1993 by the late Evelyn H. Lauder. Evelyn’s husband, Leonard Lauder, was honored at the event."Continuing the extraordinary legacy of my dear friend Evelyn Lauder has been an hono
05/01/2015 03:00:00pm
Credit: Tim BrownThe Steve Miller Band recently wrapped up a series of shows with fellow Bay-area legends Journey and now the veteran rockers are preparing to launch their own headlining tour that will take them all around North America during the next few months.  The expansive trek gets under way May 15 in Southaven, Mississippi, and is plotted out all the way through an August 7-8 stand in Seattle.Among the many other major cities Steve Miller and his group will visit are Kansas City,
05/01/2015 11:01:00am
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSinger Ben E. King, best known for his work with The Drifters and his classic solo hit, "Stand by Me," has died at age 76.  King's booking agent confirms his passing to ABC News Radio.Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, King moved with his family to Harlem, New York, when he was nine.  Eleven years later, he joined a new incarnation of The Drifters and sang lead on many of the group's biggest hits, including "There Goes My Baby," "This Magic Moment"
05/01/2015 09:56:00am
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSinger Ben E. King, best-known for his work with The Drifters and his classic solo hit, “Stand By Me,” has died at age 76.  King's booking agent confirms his passing to ABC News Radio.Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, King’s family moved to Harlem, New York when he was nine.  Eleven years later, he joined a new incarnation of The Drifters and sang lead on many of the group’s biggest hits, including “There Goes My Baby,
05/01/2015 09:56:00am
ABC/Randy HolmesAnd Las Vegas will rock!  Van Halen has been added to the lineup of artists who will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, which ABC will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas on May 17 at 8 p.m. ET.This will mark the first-ever awards-show performance by the legendary rock group's current lineup -- singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.  The event's entertainment bill also include
05/01/2015 09:00:00am
Chuck ArlundHootie & the Blowfish made a rare TV appearance Thursday night, performing on Late Show with David Letterman.They performed "Hold My Hand," harkening back to their TV debut on the CBS program back in 1994, when they played the same song. It was the band's way of saluting Letterman, who is stepping down as Late Show host later this month.Hootie frontman Darius Rucker has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after it was invited to perform "Hold My Hand" on
05/01/2015 06:00:00am
True North RecordingsGuess who's thrilled about his latest solo album?  Randy Bachman!  The founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive star put together a brand-new backing band for the hard-rocking disc, titled Heavy Blues, and also enlisted some well-known guitar slingers to lend their talents to the project.Among the stars who contributed solos to the various tracks are Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Robert Randolph and Joe Bonamassa.  Bachman tells ABC Radio that he asked t
05/01/2015 06:00:00am
Image Courtesy of Live NationAllman Brothers Band frontman Gregg Allman will headline a new one-day music and food extravaganza called the Laid Back Festival that will take place August 29 at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.  The event, which is named after the singer's 1973 debut solo album, also will include a headlining performance by The Doobie Brothers, as well as sets by founding Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe and his Jasssz Band, Bruce Hornsby with his curre
04/29/2015 07:00:00pm
WeTVCyndi Lauper appeared before a Senate subcommittee Wednesday to speak on behalf of homeless LGBT youth -- a cause that’s close to her heart. The singer, who founded the True Colors Fund to combat LGBT homelessness, addressed lawmakers after the Senate voted not to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act last week.The bill would have included non-discrimination provisions specifically to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Cyndi expressed her dismay over th
04/29/2015 03:00:00pm
St. Martin's PressFounding Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann is heading out on a book-signing tour to celebrate the arrival of his new memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with The Grateful Dead, which hits stores this Tuesday, May 5.  The promotional trek is scheduled from a May 6 appearance at the Barnes & Noble store in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood through a May 31 event at The Chapel in Kreutzmann's hometown of San Francisco.Many of the dates
04/29/2015 03:00:00pm