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Credit: John RussoFleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie kicked off their first-ever tour as a duo last week in support of their recently released self-titled collaborative album. The North American trek is plotted out through an August 11 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the two longtime band mates also have just added a pair of new concerts at famous venues on opposite sides of the U.S. -- on August 2 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and August 10 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Tickets for the newly added shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m. local time, while American Express card members are able to purchase pre-sale tickets now.

The Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie album, which was released on June 9, features 10 original songs. Five of the tracks were written by Buckingham, two were penned by McVie and three were co-writes. Fleetwood Mac's rhythm section, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, also lent their talents to the record.

During Lindsey and Christine's summer trek, the duo also will rejoin Fleetwood Mac to play the previously announced festival shows The Classic West and The Classic East, scheduled for July 16 and July 30, respectively, at Dodger Stadium in L.A. and Citi Field in New York City. Also on the bill for those concerts will be Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Here are all of the upcoming dates on Buckingham and McVie's duo tour:

6/28 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/2 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
7/3 -- Chicago, IL, Northerly Island
7/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
7/6 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
7/19 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
7/21 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
7/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theatre
7/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/27 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
8/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/5 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino
8/6 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar World Casino and Resort
8/8 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at the Heights
8/10 -- New York City, NY, Beacon Theatre
8/11 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center

= newly added date.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAfter getting input from Lars Ulrich and Rob Halford, Rolling Stone has turned to Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness himself, to share his personal 10 favorite metal albums. His picks include Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV, AC/DC's Highway to Hell and Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction.

Writing about Led Zeppelin IV, Osbourne notes that he's always been a huge fan of the group, adding, "All of their studio albums are classics but this is one of my all-time favorites."

Regaring Highway to Hell, Ozzy says, "I love Brian Johnson but to me my good friend, the late Bon Scott, was the best singer AC/DC ever had. This album was like an addiction to me."

As for Appetite for Destruction, Osbourne calls it "one of the greatest debut albums of all time." He adds, "There's not a weak song in the bunch. I never get tired of hearing it."

Last week, Rolling Stone shared its list of "The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time." The magazine named Black Sabbath's Paranoid as #1.

Here are Ozzy Osbourne's 10 favorite metal albums, in alphabetical order:

AC/DC -- Highway to Hell
Alice in Chains -- Facelift
Guns N' Roses -- Appetite for Destruction
Judas Priest -- British Steel
Led Zeppelin -- Led Zeppelin IV
Megadeth -- Rust in Peace
Metallica -- Master of Puppets
Motorhead -- Ace of Spades
Pantera -- Cowboys from Hell
Rob Zombie -- Hellbilly Deluxe

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Credit: Mark OwensTonight in Minneapolis, The Moody Blues continue their North American tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their symphonic-rock masterpiece, Days of Future Passed. The "Days of Future Passed -- 50th Anniversary" trek, which kicked off in early June, features the veteran British band playing the entire 1967 album, as well as various favorite songs from throughout the group's long career.

Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge tells ABC Radio that the audiences' reception to the show so far "has been fantastic."  He also notes that the band felt it was important to mark Days of Future Passed's golden anniversary in a special way.

"It is a major milestone," he says. "If you go back to 1967, we were young musicians with a few songs in our books and a few melodies in our heart…and went into the studio for a week and recorded this album…And it obviously changed our lives forever."

The concept record was among the first featuring a rock band accompanied by an orchestra, and included the enduring Moody Blues tunes "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon." For most of the 50th anniversary concerts, the band plays alongside taped orchestral parts recorded especially for the tour, while a few shows will feature a live orchestra.

The concerts also feature a multimedia presentation including a prerecorded video of actor Jeremy Irons reading the album-closing poem "Late Lament," that originally was recited by founding keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Several songs from Days of Future Passed are being played live for the first time ever on this trek, including "Evening Time to Get Away," "The Sunset" and "Dawn Is a Feeling." "It was interesting to go back and rei-nvestigate how we did those," Lodge tells ABC Radio. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Here are all of the remaining North American dates on the trek:

6/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
6/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Summerfest
6/30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Park
7/1 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
7/2 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
7/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/9 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
7/10 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/12 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/16 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/18 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center
7/19 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Pavilion
7/20 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts
7/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
7/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

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Robin Marchant/WireImageMonday night in New York City, U2 bass player Adam Clayton received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. 

The award is given to music industry people who help others in the industry recover from addiction, and Clayton, now sober, has done that, through work with MusiCares' Musicians' Assistance Program.  In his speech, he thanked not only U2 for helping him through his addiction, but also two other legendary rockers.

Clayton, who started his speech by joking, "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own...this is very unusual!" revealed that that after a couple of major benders, Eric Clapton, a former addict himself, called the bass player and told him enough was enough. 

"He didn't sugarcoat it.  He told me I had to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it," said Clayton. "He gave me the name of a treatment center and the power to make the call to them."

During his rehab program, Clayton recalled, The Who's Pete Townshend, another former addict, visited him and gave him further encouragement. 

"These two talents were enough to get me started," he said, "And convince me my life wasn't over, but that I was at the start of a long journey to learn to love myself."

Adam also expressed his gratitude to Bono, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge, saying, "We have a pact with each other.  In our band, no one will be a casualty...No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise and letting me be in your band." 

Clayton ended his speech by quoting U2's "I Will Follow," and then joined his band mates for three songs, including that one, as well as "Vertigo" and "Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of."

On the red carpet, Clayton also talked about U2's current tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

"It's amazing," he told reporters. "Who would have thought that at this stage, we could come back with a record that we put out 30 years ago, and it could seem as fresh and as relevant as 30 years ago?"

During the 2017 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit, hosted by Cat Deeley, other artists were personally invited by Adam to play their own songs, and to pay tribute to U2.  Among them:

Michael Franti -- "Television, The Drug of the Nation," a Franti song U2 used to open their Zoo TV tour, as well as U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and his own "11:59."
The Lumineers -- U2's "One" and "Stubborn Love"
Jack Garratt -- "The Love You're Given," "Worry" and U2's "The Sweetest Thing"
Macy Gray -- "My Way," "I Try" and U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

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Gary Miller/Getty ImagesStevie Nicks has recorded a new, stripped-down version of her 1982 Fleetwood Mac hit "Gypsy" that's being used as the theme of a new Netflix series called Gypsy

The series, starring Naomi Watts, premieres this Friday, June 30. The opening sequence of the show, featuring the updated rendition of the tune, has been posted on the official Netflix YouTube channel.

Nicks' introspective new version of "Gypsy" features Stevie's vocals accompanied only by piano. The intro to the show features a montage of clips of Watts kissing a man, putting her fingers in the flame of a lighter and smoking a cigarette. During the segment, the actress is viewed through a watch crystal and a bourbon bottle, both of which shatter.

Gypsy is a psychological thriller that features Watts as a therapist who initiates intimate relationships with people who are involved in the lives of her patients.

Interestingly, Nicks also recorded a new tune that's featured on the soundtrack of another project starring Watts: the dramatic film The Book of Henry, which opened in theaters on June 16. That song, "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go," was written by Ryan Miller, the lead singer of the Boston-based alternative-rock act Guster.

Nicks' next scheduled performance is a solo appearance at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' July 9 concert at Hyde Park in London. She then will perform with Fleetwood Mac at The Classic West and The Classic East concerts taking place, respectively, on July 16 in Los Angeles and July 30 in New York City. Stevie also has a half-dozen solo concerts lined up in the U.S. in August and September.

Here are all of Nicks' forthcoming concerts:

7/9 -- London, U.K., Hyde Park - British Summer Time Festival
7/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium - The Classic West*
7/30 -- New York, NY, Citi Field - The Classic East*
8/23 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
8/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/9 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/10 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/13 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena
9/24 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond Festival

* = Fleetwood Mac.

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Mark Sullivan/FilmMagic; John Formosa/Friends of High Park ZooRush's Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have received many honors during their long career, including induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, but a newly announced accolade from Toronto's High Park Zoo is perhaps the band's most unique.

A trio of baby capybaras -- large South American rodents -- have been named Geddy, Alex and Neil, thanks to a recent poll conducted by the Friends of High Park Zoo.

Over 44,800 votes were cast, with more than 32,500 choosing the first names of Rush's members. The poll's first runners-up were Snap, Crackle and Pop, which received about 9,200 votes.

"We are thrilled to hear that 3 cute little furry creatures from South America now bear our names at High Park Zoo in Toronto!" Lee writes in a post on Rush's Instagram page, which also includes a photo of the capybara cubs. "Thanks to all who voted to give us this special honour! By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses."

The capybara triplets, which were born in February are among the popular attractions at High Park Zoo. The young rodents' parents, known as Bonnie and Clyde, made news last year when they escaped from the zoo for several weeks before being recaptured.

Capybaras are found throughout most of South America. The animals are related to guinea pigs, but are much larger, with some adults weighing nearly 150 pounds.

Rush has been inactive since wrapping up a 40th anniversary tour in August 2015. The band has announced that the trek was their final major tour, although Lee and Lifeson have said they expect the group to eventually record more new music.

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BMGLars Ulrich writes the foreword to For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, a book about the label that helped launch Metallica's career.

Written by Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel and author Mark EglintonFor the Sake of Heaviness explores the label's 35-year history, which started in 1982 with a compilation featuring fledgling bands from the local Los Angeles music scene, including the first-ever released recording from Metallica.

"I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary," says Slagel in a statement. "You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade."

For the Sake of Heaviness will arrive on August 29.

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Credit: Joel BernsteinTom Petty and the Heartbreakers will launch the second of two planned North American legs of their 40th anniversary tour this Thursday in Chicago, and now the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have just announced a new concert taking place September 21 at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles that will be the final stop on the tour.

Tickets for the show will go on sale to the general public this Thursday, June 29, at 10 a.m. PT. This will mark the seventh time Petty and his group will perform at the Hollywood Bowl.

Acclaimed alt-country singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams will be Petty and the Heartbreakers' special guest at the event. Williams shares a long history with Tom and his band: They recorded Williams' song "Change the Locks" for their 1996 album, Songs and Music from "She's the One"; Lucinda served as their opening act on the Echo Tour in 1999; and she played two Petty compositions at the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Tom.

Petty and the Heartbreakers' run of upcoming North American shows kicks off at Chicago's Wrigley Field, and also includes multiple performances in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Boston, New York City and Berkeley, California. Besides Williams, artists who will open for Petty and company at select concerts include country singer Chris Stapleton, J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, The Lumineers, and The Shelters.

Here are all of Petty and the Heartbreakers' upcoming North America shows:

6/29 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
7/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Arena#
7/2 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC Performing Arts Center#
7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Amphitheater - Summerfest
7/6 -- Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Amphitheater - Summerfest
7/15 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre#
7/16 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
7/18 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre#
7/20 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden#
7/21 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden#
7/23 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena#
7/26 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium#
7/27 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium#
7/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center#
8/17 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena$
8/19 -- Seattle, WA, Safeco Field$
8/22 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre - University of California, Berkeley@
8/23 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre - University of California, Berkeley@
8/25 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center@
8/27 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre - University of California, Berkeley@
9/17 -- Del Mar, CA, Kaaboo Festival
9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl*

= with Chris Stapleton
# = with Peter Wolf
$ = with The Lumineers
@ = with The Shelters
* = with Lucinda Williams.

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Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesNikki Sixx is getting off the road. The Motley Crue and Sixx:A.M. bassist says that he's "unofficially retired" from touring.

"For those of you asking, I've been playing in bands and touring the world for 40 years, I have no immediate tour plans unless I get a wild hair up my a** or something or somebody really inspirational comes along," Sixx writes in a Facebook post.

"So I guess I'm unofficially retired or maybe just expired at this time," he adds. "Nice to give 100% of my time to my wife and kids."

Motley Crue, of course, wrapped up their farewell tour New Year's Eve 2015. Sixx:A.M. played a one-off show in Dallas earlier this year after spending 2016 on the road with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown.

While he won't be touring, Sixx, who'll be 59 in December, will certainly still keep busy: he says there's new Sixx:A.M. albums arriving "soon," and a new book is coming out this year. He's also working with Netflix on a Motley Crue biopic titled The Dirt, as well as a play based on Sixx's autobiography, The Heroin Diaries.

"Yup, I am retired," Sixx jokes.

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Reprise RecordsNeil Young has just released a remastered version of his long-out-of-print 1977 compilation Decade.

The 35-track collection, which originally issued as a three-LP vinyl set, features highlights from the first 10 years of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's music career, including songs he recorded with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Crazy Horse and as a solo artist.

The remastered Decade was originally released as a limited-edition triple-vinyl package in April for the 2017 edition of Record Store Day, but it's now available everywhere, on vinyl, as a two-CD set and as a digital download.

The reissue features the compilation's original artwork, including restored photos on the inside of the jacket.  Among the many classic songs on Decade are "Mr. Soul," "Sugar Mountain," "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," "Cowgirl in the Sand," "After the Gold Rush," "Southern Man," "Helpless," "Ohio," "Heart of Gold," "Like a Hurricane" and "Long May You Run."

The album, which has been certified platinum for sales of a million copies, also includes several rarities, such as "Down to the Wire," "Star of Bethlehem," "Winterlong," "Deep Forbidden Lake" and "Campaigner."

Here's the track list for the CD version of Decade:

Disc 1:
"Down to the Wire"
"Burned"
"Mr. Soul"
"Broken Arrow"
"Expecting to Fly"
"Sugar Mountain"
"I Am a Child"
"The Loner"
"The Old Laughing Lady"
"Cinnamon Girl"
"Down by the River"
"Cowgirl in the Sand"
"I Believe in You"
"After the Gold Rush"
"Southern Man"
"Helpless"

Disc 2:
"Ohio"
"Soldier"
"Old Man
"A Man Needs a Maid"
"Harvest"
"Heart of Gold"
"Star of Bethlehem"
"The Needle and the Damage Done"
"Tonight's the Night (Part 1)"
"Tired Eyes"
"Walk On"
"For the Turnstiles"
"Winterlong"
"Deep Forbidden Lake"
"Like a Hurricane"
"Love Is a Rose"
"Cortez the Killer"
"Campaigner"
"Long May You Run"

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Courtesy of The Peach Music FestivalIn the wake of the recent deaths of founding Allman Brothers Band frontman Gregg Allman and drummer Butch Trucks, organizers for the 2017 Peach Music Festival have announced that the event will include an all-star tribute to the two late musicians.

The special performance will feature former Allman Brothers members and well-known friends and fans of the group teaming up to jam on classic songs by the band.  Participants in the memorial jam will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, a number of new additions to the bill of this year's festival have been announced, including jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield, who will take part in the set by Gov't Mule & Friends. In addition, Pink Talking Fish -- the tribute act known for mixing the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish -- will give a full performance of The Allmans' classic 1972 album Eat a Peach.

Previously announced acts on the 2017 Peach Music Festival lineup include the Allman Brothers spinoff groups Les Brers and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band; The Magpie Salute, featuring several ex-Black Crowes members; and funk/R&B legend Chaka Khan, who will perform with the band Lettuce.

Les Brers, which was formed by Trucks, will be giving their final performance at the fest. Butch committed suicide in January at the age of 69; Gregg Allman also was 69 when died in May, from complications of liver cancer.

The sixth annual Peach Music Festival is scheduled for August 10-13 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The event was founded by the Allman Brothers Band and has continued to be held since the group's 2014 breakup.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentA 2009 benefit concert featuring a rare onstage reunion by surviving Beatles band mates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be released on DVD and as a digital video on September 1.

Change Begins Within documents a show held at New York City's Radio City Music Hall that included McCartney and Starr performing separately and together, as well as performances by Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Moby, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and others.

Among the highlights of the Change Begins Within concert, which took place April 4, 2009, were McCartney and Starr taking the stage together to play three tunes: the Fab Four classics "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "I Saw Her Standing There," and the Macca rarity "Cosmically Conscious." For the latter two songs, the former Beatles were joined by the evening's other performers.

The show also featured Vedder teaming up with Ben Harper for a rendition of the Queen-David Bowie duet "Under Pressure," Crow playing the George Harrison classic "My Sweet Lord" and Donovan singing his own hit "Hurdy Gurdy Man" with James and Harper. You can check out a video clip of the Donovan performance on VEVO.com.

The Change Begins Within concert raised money for the David Lynch Foundation, which supports the teaching of Transcendental Meditation to at-risk children and others in the U.S.

Here's the list of performances featured on the Change Begins Within video:

"Natural Blues" -- Moby, Betty LaVette, TM Choir
"Rise" -- Eddie Vedder
"Under Pressure" -- Eddie Vedder & Ben Harper
"My Sweet Lord" -- Sheryl Crow
"Hurdy Gurdy Man" -- Donovan & Jim James
"Isle of Islay" -- Donovan and Paul Horn
"It Don't Come Easy" -- Ringo Starr
"Boys" -- Ringo Starr
"Yellow Submarine" -- Ringo Starr
"Baby You Can Drive My Car" -- Paul McCartney
"Jet" -- Paul McCartney
"Got to Get You into My Life" -- Paul McCartney
"Let It Be" -- Paul McCartney
"Here Today" -- Paul McCartney
"Band on the Run" -- Paul McCartney
"With a Little Help from My Friends" -- Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr
"Cosmically Conscious" -- All members
"I Saw Her Standing There" -- All members

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ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's Lars Ulrich lists his 15 favorite heavy metal and hard-rock albums in a piece for Rolling Stone. The drummer's picks include Deep Purple's 1972 live album Made in Japan, AC/DC's 1977 record Let There Be Rock and Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction.

Of Made in Japan, Ulrich writes, "Deep Purple obviously had a handful of insane songs, from 'Highway Star' to 'Smoke on the Water' to 'Speed King' to all the rest of them. But there's probably no other band in rock where the difference between the album versions and the live versions are more radical." Ulrich, of course, inducted Deep Purple into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year.

As for Let There Be Rock, Ulrich calls it AC/DC's "heaviest...densest...most energetic record," and he lauds Appetite for being "the blueprint for literally thousands of bands."

Ulrich also picks a few more modern albums, including Rage Against the Machine's The Battle of Los Angeles and System of a Down's Toxicity.

Earlier this week, Rolling Stone shared its "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time" list, which was topped by Black Sabbath's Paranoid. Ulrich's band was well represented on the tally: Metallica's Master of Puppets comes in at #2.

Here are Ulrich's 15 favorite metal and hard rock albums, in alphabetical order:

AC/DC -- Let There Be Rock
Alice in Chains -- Dirt
Black Sabbath -- Sabotage
Blue Oyster Cult -- On Your Feet or On Your Knees
Deep Purple -- Made in Japan
Diamond Head -- Lightning to the Nations
Guns N' Roses -- Appetite for Destruction
Iron Maiden -- The Number of the Beast
Judas Priest -- Unleashed in the East
Mercyful Fate -- Melissa
Motorhead -- Overkill
Rage Against the Machine -- The Battle of Los Angeles
System of a Down -- Toxicity 
UFO -- Strangers in the Night
Warrior Soul -- The Space Age Playboys

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Credit: Lisa MacIntoshE Street Band saxophone player Jake Clemons also is an accomplished singer/songwriter, and he will be headlining the 2017 Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, which runs from today through Sunday, June 25, in Tappan, New York, and Piermont, New York.

Clemons and his solo band will close out the festival's main performances on Saturday, June 24, at German Masonic Park in Tappan. The lineup for that day also includes John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, veteran singer/songwriter Steve Forbert, and frequent Bruce Springsteen collaborator Joe Grushecky.

In addition, the fest features concert events tonight and Saturday night at The Turning Point in Piermont, a day-long series of performances on Sunday at German Masonic Park and a closing show at The '76 House in Tappan.

Visit RocklandMusicFestival.com for more information.

Meanwhile, Clemons and his band have several other concerts on their tour schedule, including a sold-out show tonight at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Jake continues to support his 2017 debut solo album, Fear & Love.

Here are all of the Jake Clemons Band's confirmed tour dates:

6/23 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Wonder Bar
6/24 -- Tappan, NY, German Masonic Park - Rockland-Bergen Music Festival
7/6 -- Norfolk, VA, Sunset Concert on the River (private residence)*
7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Cadillac Lounge
7/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Cadillac Lounge
7/21 -- Belleville, ON, Canada, Empire Square
8/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
8/10 -- Detroit, MI, Motor City Casino**

* = Jake Clemons solo
** = with Tower of Power.

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Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel will return to his alma mater -- Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York -- on Saturday to help the Class of 2017 celebrate its graduation, Newsday reports.

The event is taking place 50 years after the Piano Man's own commencement was originally scheduled, although he didn't actually graduate, because he was shy one English credit. He finally received his diploma in 1992 during a return visit to the school.

Billy will be among the guest speakers at the 2017 ceremony, which will be held on the school's athletic field. About 400 or so students are expected to graduate during the commencement.

"We're hoping for good weather, but there seems a very good likelihood of rain," a school representative tells Newsday, adding that if it does rain, the ceremony "will be in our gymnasium. If that's the case, it'll be the second time Joel has attended graduation in the gymnasium."

According to Newsday, during Joel's 1992 appearance at the school, he quipped, "Well, here I am, Mom. I'm actually going to get my high school diploma, and it's only 25 years after everyone else got theirs. But Mom, don't worry. I can finally pull myself out of this dead-end job I have and start working on a career with a real future."

Meanwhile, Joel's next concert will be a July 5 show that's part of his ongoing residency at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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ABC RadioThe Sex Pistols don't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but one of the legendary punk band's members, guitarist Steve Jones, has just been chosen to the receive honor. Interestingly, Jones is being recognized for his work as longtime Los Angeles radio DJ rather than for his musical achievements.

The veteran rocker is among a variety of celebrities set to be honored with stars as part of the Walk of Fame's Class of 2018, which was announced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Recording artists who have been picked for the honor include Mary J. Blige, Harry Connick Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood, Petula Clark, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

No dates have been set yet for any of the ceremonies for the new honorees, but they must be scheduled within two years.

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Credit: Maryanne BilhamPower of Peace, Santana's collaborative album with The Isley Brothers, won't be released until July 28, but you can check out one of the record's tracks, "I Remember," exclusively now at Billboard.com. The song, which is the only original tune on the album, was written by Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, Carlos' wife, who also contributes lead vocals.

Cindy tells Billboard that she wrote "I Remember" in 1997, and decided to present it to her husband for possible inclusion on Power of Peace because she thought it would suit Ron Isley's soulful voice.

"Carlos liked the idea and we took the song down to the studio and played it for everybody, mainly for Ronnie, to see if he would want to perform it," Cindy recalls. However, although Isley loved the tune, he didn't think it was quite right for his voice, so Carlos then declared that his wife should sing it -- much to her surprise.

Cindy reluctantly agreed to take on the lead vocals, but admits she was nervous about singing in front of Isley, whom she considers "one of the greatest singers ever."

In order to feel comfortable laying down the vocals, Cindy reveals, "I said…'Ronnie, you can't look at me. I don't want you looking at me when I do it,' because singing in front of that guy is very intimidating. And it just kind of blossomed from there."

Power of Peace also features covers of 12 tunes previously recorded by such artists as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Chambers Brothers, Billie Holiday, Curtis Mayfield, Muddy Waters and Jackie DeShannon. The songs were chosen to reflect a positive, peaceful message.

"The theme is spiritual divine medicine to counter the fever pitch fear that's permeating this planet right now," Carlos explains about the album.

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Xavier VilaAdam Lambert has been singing with British rock legends Queen on and off since 2011, and they've done a number of tours together.  But as Queen Adam Lambert kick off a new tour tonight in Phoenix, Arizona, Adam admits he still can't believe he's now the frontman of the same band whose song he belted out at his American Idol audition.

"I do have my 'pinch me' moments, yeah," he tells ABC Radio. "Like, I'll finish a song...and I'll kind of think, 'Is this my life? This is so surreal!'"

Adam says he still considers it "such an honor" that he gets to "sing these songs that Freddie" -- Queen's late, iconic frontman Freddie Mercury -- "made famous and to keep his memory alive and honor him."

"It's such a treat," he adds.

So how will this summer's tour differ from previous Queen Adam Lambert shows?  "We're gonna bring back all the hits we've been doing for the past four years together, and we're gonna kind of work up some stuff that we have not done together before," Adam tells ABC Radio.

In addition, he says, "We've changed the entire production design. We've added a lot of bells and whistles, a lot of storytelling elements and videography. And it's gonna be a much higher production level."

So after spending all this time with his musical idols, what's Adam's favorite thing about working with them?

"They are so generous and so humble," he gushes. "They're completely collaborative...I always tell them, 'You guys don't have to be collaborative. You could tell me exactly what to do and I'd be cool with it.' But it's always been like a team effort, which has been really great.

"And they have great stories," he adds. "Great stories." 

Here are all of the dates for Queen Adam Lambert's North American summer tour:

6/23 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
6/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
6/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/29 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
7/1 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena
7/2 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
7/4 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
7/6 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center Arena
7/8 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
7/9 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/13 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/14 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
7/17 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/20 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
7/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/25 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/26 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/28 -- New York, NY, Barclays Center
7/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/31 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
8/2 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/4 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center

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Adam Lambert has been singing with British rock legends Queen on and off since 2011, and they've done a number of tours together.  But as Queen Adam Lambert kick off a new tour tonight in Phoenix, Arizona, Adam admits he still can't believe he's now the frontman of the same band whose song he belted out at his American Idol audition.

"I do have my 'pinch me' moments, yeah," he tells ABC Radio. "Like, I'll finish a song...and I'll kind of think, 'Is this my life? This is so surreal!'"

Adam says he still considers it "such an honor" that he gets to "sing these songs that Freddie" -- Queen's late, iconic frontman Freddie Mercury -- "made famous and to keep his memory alive and honor him."

"It's such a treat," he adds.

So how will this summer's tour differ from previous Queen Adam Lambert shows?  "We're gonna bring back all the hits we've been doing for the past four years together, and we're gonna kind of work up some stuff that we have not done together before," Adam tells ABC Radio.

In addition, he says, "We've changed the entire production design. We've added a lot of bells and whistles, a lot of storytelling elements and videography. And it's gonna be a much higher production level."

So after spending all this time with his musical idols, what's Adam's favorite thing about working with them?

"They are so generous and so humble," he gushes. "They're completely collaborative...I always tell them, 'You guys don't have to be collaborative. You could tell me exactly what to do and I'd be cool with it.' But it's always been like a team effort, which has been really great.

"And they have great stories," he adds. "Great stories."

Here are all of the dates for Queen Adam Lambert's North American summer tour:

6/23 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
6/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
6/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/29 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
7/1 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena
7/2 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
7/4 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
7/6 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center Arena
7/8 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
7/9 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/13 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/14 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
7/17 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/20 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
7/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/25 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/26 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/28 -- New York, NY, Barclays Center
7/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/31 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
8/2 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/4 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center

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Credit: Alexander ThompsonDebbie Harry and her band Blondie have launched a new campaign called BEE Connected, designed to raise awareness about the decline in the global population of bees, as well as the insects' importance in the food chain and Earth's ecosystems.

The initiative ties in with Blondie's new studio album, Pollinator, and debuted in conjunction with the 10th annual National Pollinator Week, which kicked off Monday, June 19.

The BEE Connected campaign has partnered with a number of environmental organizations, including Pollinator Partnership, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, which are dedicated to the preservation and health of bee populations via education and consumer and political initiatives.

"Basically, my motives for supporting pollinators is survival; survival of us all, survival of the human race," says Harry.

To raise money for the campaign, limited-edition "Pollinator/Save the Bees" T-shirts are being sold at Blondie.net/beeconnected. The website also features links to various organizations that support bee conservation.

Blondie is also offering a bee-inspired yellow-and-black filter fans can use on their social media sites to promote the BEE Connected campaign. You can download it now at Blondie.net/beesocial.

As previously reported, Blondie will support Pollinator by hitting the road with Garbage on a North American trek dubbed the Rage and Rapture Tour. The outing, which will feature X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka as the opening act, gets underway July 5 in Saratoga, California.

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