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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + MuseumThe 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place tonight at Cleveland's Public Hall.  Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr tops the list of this year's inductees, which also includes Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day and The "5" Royales.As is tradition, a variety of big-name stars will be on hand to induct the honorees.  Starr wil
04/18/2015 06:00:00am
Courtesy of Record Store DayJust a reminder that the eighth annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 18.  As always, the initiative features a wide variety of limited-edition vinyl-only releases that are available exclusively at independent record shops around the U.S. and in other countries too.  Among the many veteran artists who will be issuing collectible discs in conjunction with the campaign are Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, The Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen, U
04/18/2015 06:00:00am
Credit: Claude GassianMick Jagger and Keith Richards have lent their voices to a new episode of comedy collective The Kloons' web series Sisters, which features Kloons members Nik Kazoura and Mitch Lewis acting out real-life audio conversations between Nik's mother and aunt.During the episode, the Kloons guys are shown lip-syncing to the women's voices as they discuss The Rolling Stones' famous logo, ponder whether Keith's last name is Richards or Richardson and talk about what a nice head of
04/17/2015 07:00:00pm
Credit: James GladerThe Eagles' Don Henley has settled a lawsuit he brought last year against a Wisconsin-based clothing company that seemingly incorporated his name and the title of one of his band's well-known songs into an advertisement for a line of its shirts.  According to documents filed on Tuesday in a California federal court, the Duluth Trading Co. has agreed to never again use or allude to the singer's full name in connection with selling its Henley-style collarless pullov
04/17/2015 03:00:00pm
Lloyd Bishop/NBCAs a pianist, Billy Joel may have spent a lot of time "tickling the ivories," but he wants to make sure that doesn't involve real elephant ivory.  The musician, animal lover and expectant father is lending his voice to a new series of ads supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society's 96 Elephants campaign, "Take a Stand for Elephants."96 Elephants was named for the number of elephants killed each day by poachers in Africa for their ivory tusks.  Its aim is to bri
04/17/2015 11:00:00am
Credit: Timothy WhiteJames Taylor has scheduled a new series of U.S. tour dates in support of his first new album of original material in more than a decade, Before This World.  His itinerary runs from a July 2 concert in Allentown, Pennsylvania, through a previously announced August 6 show at Boston's Fenway Park.The Fenway show, which is sold out and features special guest Bonnie Raitt, marks the first concert that the James will play at the famous baseball stadium. The tour also
04/17/2015 11:00:00am
Image Courtesy of Kim BergeronThe Beatles-themed antique piano that surviving Fab Four members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr signed last fall to help raise money for a New Orleans-area Habitat for Humanity chapter sold at auction Thursday for big bucks.  The instrument brought in $98,888, just shy of the $100,000 it was expected to fetch.  The winning bidder was an unidentified woman from Florida.The piano was autographed separately by Starr and McCartney, respectively, on October
04/17/2015 11:00:00am
Credit: Rob ShanahanOn Saturday at Cleveland's Public Hall, Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, thereby becoming the last of The Beatles' four members to be honored individually by the institution.Starr initially was inducted into the Rock Hall as a member of the Fab Four in 1988, then saw his band mates John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recognized for their solo careers in 1994, 1999 and 2004, respectively.  So how does the fame
04/17/2015 06:00:00am
Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel's third ex-wife, Katie Lee, has offered her congratulations to the singer, following the news that he's expecting a baby with girlfriend Alexis Roderick.  Food Network host Lee, who was married to the Piano Man from 2004 to 2006, tells Extra that she has nothing but good wishes for the couple."I'm really happy for them," she says.  "He's a great guy, he deserves all the happiness in the world, and he's a terrific father so I'm really, really happy."Lee
04/16/2015 07:00:00pm
Courtesy of The Grateful DeadHere's some exciting news for Grateful Dead fans who haven't been able to score tickets to the sold-out farewell shows the band's surviving members will be playing at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3, 4 and 5: The three concerts also will be shown live in theaters across the U.S.Each screening is slated to run for five hours, and will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  Tickets will go on sale on May 4 via Fathom Events, the same company that's responsible for
04/16/2015 04:40:00pm
Image Courtesy of The Moody BluesThe official lineup for the 2015 edition of the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival has been revealed, and this year's bill includes a number of lauded veteran acts.  Among the newly announced performers are The Moody Blues, Patti Smith and Mavis Staples.  The event, which already is sold out, runs from June 24 through June 28 in Somerset, England.Also scheduled to perform is a collective of musicians called The Mothership Returns, featuring funk pionee
04/15/2015 07:00:00pm
Epic/Legacy RecordingsA four-CD collection gathering together previously unreleased live performances by the influential funk/soul/pop group Sly & the Family Stone will hit stores on July 17.  Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968 was recorded at a four-show, two-night stand the band played at renowned concert promoter Bill Graham's famous New York City venue.The October 1968 shows at the Fillmore East took place shortly after the release of Sly & the Family Stone'
04/15/2015 03:00:00pm
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsRoger Waters has announced full details about his plans to reissue his 1992 concept album, Amused to Death.  The remastered collection will be released July 24, and will be available in several formats and configurations.The revamped Amused to Death will be sold as a standard CD, an SACD (Super Audio CD), a CD/Blu-ray audio set, a 200-gram two-LP vinyl set, a limited-edition two-LP vinyl picture disc, and a high-res digital download.  The ex-Pink Floyd sin
04/15/2015 03:00:00pm
©Rob ShanahanItems signed by Ringo Starr, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Joe Perry and ZZ Top are among the many collectibles up for bid as part of men's fashion designer John Varvatos' 12th annual Stuart House Online Auction.  The sale also is offering VIP concert experiences with KISS and Rush  and drum lessons with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum.Among the many signed collectibles available are a drumhead and a copy of The Beatles' Sgt. P
04/15/2015 11:00:00am
Lionsgate/Roadside AttractionsFollowing February's teaser-trailer, the first full trailer for the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy is online now.Featuring Paul Dano and John Cusack in dual roles as the troubled Beach Boys genius -- Dano as Wilson during the 1960s and Cusack as Wilson circa the 1980s -- Love & Mercy also features Elizabeth Banks as Wilson’s wife, Melinda Ledbetter, and Paul Giamatti as the late Eugene Landy, the unethical psychologist who became Wilson’s mana
04/15/2015 07:42:00am