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Credit: Peter C. PardiniChicago will bring the sound of the Windy City back to Sin City this February, as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band has announced plans for a return engagement at The Venetian resort's Venetian Theatre.

The new residency will feature eight performances, scheduled for February 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22 and 23.

Tickets for the Las Vegas shows will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 26, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, box offices located in The Venetian Resort or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469. 

Chicago fan club members will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, October 23, at 10 a.m. PT, while Live Nation customers and members of The Venetian's Grazie loyalty program can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, October 24, at 10 a.m. PT.

The band's staged its first Vegas residency at The Venetian in February of this year.

Chicago just has two more shows on its 2018 itinerary, taking place November 8 in Peoria, Illinois, and November 10 in New Buffalo, Michigan.

Meanwhile, Chicago has two live releases scheduled to hit stores this Friday.

The first, titled Greatest Hits Live, documents a show recorded in 2017 for the PBS performance series Soundstage which features the group playing 13 of its classic songs. It will be available on CD and as a CD/DVD set.

The second is a two-LP vinyl set called Live at the Isle of Wight, which features the full set Chicago played in August 1970 at the famous U.K. festival.

You can check out the track list of both releases at ChicagoTheBand.com.

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Courtesy of Live NationThis past summer, Jeff Lynne's relaunched incarnation of Electric Light Orchestra mounted the band's first extensive North American tour in more than 30 years, and now the symphonic-rock group will return for a new trek during the summer of 2019.

The 20-date road trip gets underway on June 20 in Anaheim, California, and is scheduled through an August 1 concert in Pittsburgh. 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 29, at 10 a.m. local time. American Express card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets beginning this Wednesday, October 24, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit LiveNation.com for more information.

Jeff Lynne's ELO released a studio album called Alone in the Universe in 2015, and a live album and concert video titled Wembley or Bust in late 2017.  The album was recorded at a show the band played at London's Wembley Stadium in June of that year.

Here's the full list of ELO's 2019 North American tour dates:

6/20 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
6/22 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
6/24 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
6/26 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
6/28 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
6/29 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
7/3 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/5 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
7/7 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
7/9 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
7/11 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
7/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/16 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
7/20 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
7/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
7/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
7/27 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/30 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
8/1 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena

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Credit: Derek HudsonEx-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has announced plans for a new North American tour to promote his forthcoming solo album, Down the Road Wherever, which will take place in late-summer 2019.

The outing, which features nearly 30 dates, kicks off August 16 in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and is plotted out through a September 22 concert in Los Angeles. Knopfler will be touring with an expanded 10-piece outfit, featuring many longtime collaborators -- among them guitarist Richard Bennett and former Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher -- as well as a newly added saxophonist and trumpet player.

"My songs are made to be performed live," says Knopfler. "I love the whole process of writing them alone and then recording them with the band, but ultimately the best part is playing them to an audience live. I enjoy the whole circus, traveling from town to town and interacting with this group of players is a total pleasure. I'm really looking forward to it."

Tickets for most of the announced dates will be available to the general public starting Monday, October 29, at 10 a.m. local time. In addition, Knopfler has launched a new premium pre-sale service via his website called "Fair Admission." Fans can register between now and October 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT to purchase tickets early. Visit MarkKnopfler.com for more details.

This will be Knopfler's first stateside tour since Dire Straits' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this past April. Mark didn't attend the ceremony. The outing will be preceded by an expansive 2019 European trek that runs from an April 25 concert in Barcelona, Spain, through a July 22 show in Verona, Italy.

Down the Road Wherever will be released on November 16.

Here are all of Knopler's confirmed North American concerts:

8/16 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Metropolitan Opera House
8/18 -- Vienna, VA, Filene Center at Wolf Trap
8/20 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
8/21 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
8/23 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/24 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier  
8/25 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
8/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre
8/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
8/30 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
8/31 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Riverside Theater
9/1 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
9/3 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
9/4 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amp. at Chastain Park
9/6 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
9/7 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at The Moody Theater
9/8 -- Grand Prairie, TX, The Theatre at Grand Prairie
9/10 -- Denver, CO, venue to be determined
9/13 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
9/14 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9/15 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9/16 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Orpheum
9/18 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/20 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
9/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
9/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre

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Credit: Mark SeligerTom Petty's hometown of Gainesville, Florida, celebrated what would have been the late rocker's 68th birthday on Saturday, October 20, by renaming a park in his honor and hosting a number of tribute events, The Gainesville Sun reports.

According to the paper, Northeast Park was rechristened Tom Petty Park during a ceremony held Saturday afternoon. As a kid, Petty lived just a block away from the park and spent a lot of time there when he was young. Tom's younger brother Bruce and Tom's daughters Adria and AnnaKim were on hand to take part in the event.

"My brother and I grew up in this park," Bruce Petty said at the ceremony. "It was a place for us to escape and be kids and have fun. The fact that we are doing this today and the part that we played in it makes it so much more special."

In her comments, Adria made reference to a song Petty wrote called "Gainesville," which is featured on Tom's newly released box set of rarities, An American Treasure.

"Gainesville is an extraordinary place and if you listen to my dad's music here, it has a different meaning," she said. "The idea of the air smelling good and the trees are green -- there is nothing like this park to really illustrate that."

Meanwhile, a pair of Petty-themed festivals -- the second annual Tom Petty Birthday Bash and the Tom Petty Weekend -- were held Friday and Saturday at Gainesville's Depot Park and at the Heartwood Soundstage venue, respectively. Both events featured a variety of musical acts paying tribute to Tom's music.

Among the groups that played at the latter event was The Bayjacks, which features Petty's Mudcrutch band mate Tom Leadon. The Birthday Bash raised funds for a local "Arts in Medicine" program.

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Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesIt turns out the brawl between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday wasn't limited to just the players on the court. None other than Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was apparently involved too.

In footage posted to social media, you can Kiedis standing courtside while yelling and flashing his middle finger as Rockets point guard Chris Paul heads to the locker room post-brawl. A security guard then escorts the, ahem, red hot Kiedis from the court and away from his seats, though it's unclear if he was kicked out of the arena.

Kiedis attended the game with his Chili Pepper band mate Flea, who took a much more zen approach to the whole incident.

"At the lakers game last night with my dear brother," Flea wrote in an Instagram post alongside a photo of him and Kiedis. "It got crazy at the end, but man I get so satisfied, deeply drinking in the depth and beauty of the game. People operating at a high level in so many dimensions. Cerebral, physical, spiritual, emotional, unspoken and telepathic communication. I truly love basketball with my [heart]."

The brawl involved Paul and Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo fighting each other, as well as Lakers forward Brandon Ingram throwing a punch. Paul, Rondo and Ingram were suspended for two, three and four games, respectively.

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Credit: Mark WeissOzzy Osbourne has opened up about the surgery he underwent to treat an infection in his hand, which caused him to postpone the final four North American tour dates of his No More Tours 2 trek. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the Prince of Darkness says he was nearly felled by a "potentially deadly staph infection."

It all started when his right thumb swelled up to "the size of a f***in' lightbulb." When it kept swelling, Ozzy's wife Sharon took him to the emergency room.

"I didn't feel sick, so I was cracking jokes," he remembers. "The doctor said, 'I don't know if you realize, Mr. Osbourne, this is a very serious problem you have.' Sharon said, 'Would you stop f***ing making jokes?'"

"They're all extremely, deadly serious about it,” he continues. "I judge it based on the expression and the body language of the doctor. If he comes in with a really solemn face, I go, 'Oh, OK. My time to go is up.'"

Ozzy then learned he had three separate staph infections in his thumb, one of which had spread to his middle finger. But even prior to the first postponed gig, Ozzy was still more concerned with the status of the show.

"I said to Sharon, 'What the f*** am I gonna do for the gig?'" he remembers. "Then the doctor said, 'You must be fucking crazy. You get another staph infection, and you could die.' He said, 'One's enough. You've got three individual ones.'"

Ozzy is now recovering, and has announced his first show back: Ozzfest 2018. The annual festival will be held in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve.

In addition to Osbourne, the lineup will include Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Korn's Jonathan Davis and Body Count. Visit Ozzfest.com for ticket info.

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Foghat RecordsFoghat spinoff band Earl & the Agitators All Star Band will follow up their self-titled 2016 EP with a new full-length album called Shaken & Stirred, which will be released digitally this Friday, October 26, and on CD on November 2.

The group features founding Foghat drummer Roger Earl and longtime Foghat guitarist Bryan Bassett, as well as singer/guitarist Scott Holt, who played with blues legend Buddy Guy for many years.

"This band was born out of a passion for American music," explains Earl. "Rock, Blues & Country. Scott Holt…channels this music with a joy and mastery of a seasoned pro. With his fireballing guitar and soulful vocals, we had a blast writing and recording!"

The 18-track collection features a mix of original tunes and covers, with 13 of the songs recorded in the studio and the other five captured live. Late Foghat bassist Craig McGregor contributed to six of the studio tracks.

Among the studio recordings are versions of three songs from Foghat's 2016 album Under the Influence -- "Upside of Lonely," "Honey Do List" and "All Because of You" -- as well as covers of Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down," the Tommy Tucker classic "Hi Heel Sneakers" and Johnny Burnette's "Lonesome Train."

The live tunes, which were recorded at Club Arcada in St. Charles, Illinois, last March, include renditions of The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood" and the famous Henry Mancini instrumental "Peter Gunn Theme."

Augmenting the Earl & the Agitators lineup for the live tunes were current Foghat bassist Rodney O'Quinn, guitarist Tony Bullard and percussionist Mark Petrocelli.

Fans who pre-order Shaken & Stirred on iTunes will get an instant free download of the new song "Where's the Rock n' Roll."

Here's the album's full track list:

"Upside of Lonely"
"Where's the Rock n' Roll"
"I'm Coming Home"
"Guess Things Happen That Way"
"Love Isn't Kind"
"Fallen Angel"
"Hi-Heel Sneakers"
"Linda Lu"
"Honey Do List"
"Lonesome Train"
"Sunday Morning Coming Down"
"Gone Dead Train"
"All Because of You"
"Let Me Love You Baby" (Live)
"Shaky Ground" (Live)
"Wild Horses" (Live)
"Knock on Wood" (Live)
"Peter Gunn Theme" (Live)

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Credit: Brantley GutierrezDave Grohl once again lived up to his "Nicest Guy in Rock" title during a Foo Fighters concert in St. Paul, Minnesota last week.

In the middle of the show, Grohl invited a young blind fan to experience the show from the side of the stage. While playing the song "La Dee Da," the musician brought his guitar over to the fan so that he could touch it and feel the musical vibrations. You can watch fan-shot footage of the interaction now on YouTube.

According to the child's mom, who posted a comment on a Facebook post about the story, the kid's name is Owen, and he also has autism and Crohn's disease.

"Dave Grohl and all of the crew were incredibly kind to our family," she wrote.

Foo Fighters are currently on a North American tour behind their new album, Concrete and Gold. The trek will wrap up Tuesday night in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Entertainment OneAce Frehley has just released a new studio album, Spaceman, the founding KISS guitarist's third solo effort in four years.

Frehley tells ABC Radio that his "creativity is at a real high," which he credits to his 12 years of sobriety.

"This album was effortless for me," says Ace. "I didn't struggle writing lyrics or...doing guitar solos. They just flowed out of me."

Meanwhile, Spaceman undoubtedly will excite KISS fans, because it features two tracks that Frehley co-wrote with Gene Simmons, who also named the album and plays bass on one song.

Frehley explains that the collaboration came out of an appearance he made at one of Simmons' "Vault Experience" events in Los Angeles.

"[W]e had a lot of fun that day," Ace recalls. "[And] I figured he owes me…because I did that for free."

Frehley says shortly after the event, he invited Simmons to come work on some music with him at his home studio, and within three or four hours they'd written the songs "Your Wish Is My Command" and "Without You I'm Nothing."

Ace says working with Simmons was "pretty painless," while maintaining that Gene is "one of the most underrated bass players."

Frehely wrote or co-wrote all but one of Spaceman's nine songs, a cover of the 1984 Eddie Money hit "I Wanna Go Back." Frehley says he decided to record that song after watching the video on YouTube and realizing he felt a connection to the tune's theme of revisiting the past.

Speaking about connecting to the past, Frehley tells ABC Radio that fans have been drawing favorable comparisons between Spaceman and his self-titled 1978 debut album. Ace admits that as a nod to the Ace Frehley album, he put the same number of songs on Spaceman...nine.

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Columbia RecordsA new theatrical film inspired by Bob Dylan's classic 1975 album Blood on the Tracks is in the works, Variety reports.

The film will be directed by Luca Guadagnino, who received an Oscar nomination for his work on the 2017 romantic drama Call Me by Your Name.

The movie's script will be written by Richard LaGravenese, and is based on an idea by Rodrigo Teixiera, head of the RT Features production company. LaGravenese previously wrote screenplays for, among other films, The Fisher King, The Bridges of Madison County and the HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.

"Bringing this project to life is a dream to me," says Teixeira "We worked for a very long time to find the right way into Bob Dylan's work and having collaborators such as Luca and Richard are an absolute privilege."

Blood on the Tracks, which is widely considered among Dylan's finest albums, reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and featured such enduring songs as "Tangled Up in Blue," "Simple Twist of Fate" and "Shelter from the Storm." It's sold more than two million copies in the U.S. to date.

As previously reported, a new box set called More Blood, More Tracks, featuring outtakes, demos and alternate versions of songs from the Blood on the Tracks sessions, will be released on November 2. The collection is the 14th volume of Dylan's Bootleg Series.

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MPL/Capitol/UMePaul McCartney continues his ongoing Archive Collection reissue campaign with the December 7 release of expanded versions of his first two albums with his post-Beatles band Wings: Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway.

A super deluxe box set titled Wings 1971-1973 featuring both expanded reissues, plus bonus live recordings and memorabilia also will be available that day.

Released in December '71, Wild Life was Wings' debut album. It yielded no hits, but peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200. The deluxe reissue is a three-CD/DVD set featuring a remastered version of the album; 25 bonus tracks including rough mixes, single edits, B-sides, demos and other material; and rare video footage, including acoustic home performances, rehearsals and more.

Red Rose Speedway, which was released in April '73, reached #1 on the Billboard 200, bolstered by McCartney's chart-topping ballad "My Love." The deluxe reissue is a six-disc set featuring three CDs, two DVDs and a Blu-ray.

The CDs features a newly remastered edition of the album and 30-plus bonus tracks, including a recreation of the originally conceived double-album version of the release, plus singles, B-sides, alternate mixes and more.

The DVDs and Blu-ray contain a bounty of rare footage, including the 1973 U.K. TV special James Paul McCartney, interviews, music videos and an unreleased, partly animated concert film titled The Bruce McMouse Show.

Both deluxe packages also include 128-page hardbound books and download cards.

The Wings 1971-1973 box set is an 11-disc collection featuring the two deluxe reissues, plus an exclusive live album titled Wings over Europe boasting 20 previously unreleased performances recorded during the band's 1972 tour. Also included: a 96-page photo book, a replica tour program and more.

Visit PaulMcCartney.com for full details about the releases.

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Shakey Pictures Records/RepriseA new archival Neil Young compilation titled Songs for Judy, featuring acoustic performances from his 1976 solo tour, will be released on CD and digitally on November 30. A vinyl version will follow on December 14.

The album features 22 songs culled from 11 different concerts, including shows in New York City, Boston, Atlanta and Chicago. The performances were recorded on cassette by Young's longtime photographer and archivist Joel Bernstein, who served as Neil's guitar tech throughout the trek.

The album was curated by Bernstein and rock journalist/film director Cameron Crowe, who traveled on Young's tour bus during the outing. In a new essay posted on the Neil Young Archives site, Crowe and Bernstein share their recollections of the trek and describe how they painstakingly went through the recordings of the shows to put together an "'essential' audio compilation" from the tour.

Songs for Judy's title comes from a monologue Young gave during a concert in Atlanta -- which is used to kick off the album -- where he muses about Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz.

"The album is quite unique and I think the period was very well captured in the sound and performances," says Neil. "It was a moment in time, and it's easy to tell why it's called Songs for Judy."

The record features a mix of well-known songs, gems and rarities from throughout Young's career. It includes a song called "No One Seems to Know" that hasn't appeared on any other release by Neil.

A version of Young's tune "Campaigner," recorded at a show in Boston, has been released as a digital single in advance of Songs for Judy, and fans pre-ordering the album will receive a free instant download of the track.

Here's the full Songs for Judy track list:

"Songs for Judy" Intro -- Atlanta, GA, 11/24 (late show)
"Too Far Gone" -- Boulder, CO, 11/6
"No One Seems to Know" -- Boulder, CO, 11/7
"Heart of Gold" -- Fort Worth, TX, 11/10
"White Line" -- Fort Worth, TX, 11/10
"Love Is a Rose" -- Houston, TX, 11/11
"After the Gold Rush" -- Houston, TX, 11/11
"Human Highway" -- Madison, WI, 11/14
"Tell Me Why" -- Chicago, IL, 11/15 (late show)
"Mr. Soul" -- New York, NY, 11/20 (early show)
"Mellow My Mind" -- New York, NY, 11/20 (early show)
"Give Me Strength" -- New York, NY, 11/20 (late show)
"Man Needs a Maid" -- New York, NY, 11/20 (late show)
"Roll Another Number" -- Boston, MA, 11/22 (late show)
"Journey Through the Past" -- Boston, MA, 11/22 (late show)
"Harvest" -- Boston, MA, 11/22 (late show)
"Campaigner" -- Boston, MA, 11/22 (late show)
"Old Laughing Lady" -- Atlanta, GA, 11/24 (early show)
"The Losing End" -- Atlanta, GA, 11/24 (late show)
"Here We Are in the Years" -- Atlanta, GA, 11/24 (late show)
"The Needle and the Damage Done" -- Atlanta, GA, 11/24 (early show)
"Pocahontas" -- Atlanta, GA, 11/24 (late show)
"Sugar Mountain" -- Atlanta, GA, 11/24 (late show)

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ABC/Randy Holmes; Henry DiltzThe nominees have been announced for the 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, which honor "musical excellence in visual media," and among the rock artists who will be competing for trophies are Elton John, David Crosby, Patti Smith and Annie Lennox.

Elton and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin received a nod in the Original Song -- Animated Film category for "Stronger Than I Ever Was," a tune they wrote for the movie Sherlock Gnomes that was performed by Mary J. Blige.

Crosby and Lennox both will vie for the Original Song -- Independent Film honor. Crosby nod is for "Home Free," a tune he wrote and performed that's featured in the film Little Pink House. Lennox's nomination is for "Requiem for a Private War," a song that the Eurythmics singer penned and sang that appears in the flick A Private War.

Smith is in the running for the Original Song -- Documentary award for "These Are the Words," a song she co-wrote that was featured in Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters will be presented with the pre-announced Live Concert for Visual Media prize for their performance on PBS' Landmarks Live in Concert special.

This year's Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held November 14 at The Avalon in Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds raised by the event will go to support music education.

Check out the full list of nominees at HMMAwards.com.

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RhinoOver the last couple of years, select albums have been released featuring classic recordings by such legendary artists as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin and The Beach Boys that have been augmented with new orchestral accompaniment. Now, a new compilation called 80s Symphonic gathering together 15 hits from the 1980s by various artists similarly updated with new orchestral arrangements will be released on CD and digitally on November 9.

Among the songs featured on the album are David Bowie's "Let's Dance," Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," The Cars' "Drive," Chicago's "Hard Habit to Break" and The Pretenders' "2000 Miles." The new tracks boast the vocals and other elements from the original songs combined with new performances by the 50-piece London Studio Orchestra recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios.

Fourteen of the tracks were produced by Andy Wright with symphonic and string arrangements by his collaborator Sam Swallow. Wright previously has worked with Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Jeff Beck and many others. "Let's Dance" was produced by Chic guitarist and acclaimed producer Nile Rodgers, who also produced the original 1983 version of the song.

"My work with David Bowie and specifically 'Let's Dance' is sacrosanct to me so when I was asked by David's family and [the Warner Bros. label] to add orchestration to the original recording I approached it with extreme trepidation," Rodgers admits. "In fact my only concern was to protect David's artistic vision and integrity. In the end I'm very grateful that we did this, as I believe anyone who loves the original will be excited by it. I'm certain David would approve from above."

A two-LP vinyl version of 80s Symphonic will be released on December 7.

Here's the full track list:

"Let's Dance" -- David Bowie
"Take On Me" -- a-ha
"Alive & Kicking" -- Simple Minds
"Vienna" -- Ultravox
"The Killing Moon" -- Echo & the Bunnymen
"Smalltown Boy" -- Bronski Beat
"What Is Love?" -- Howard Jones
"What's Love Got to Do with It" -- Tina Turner
"Holding Back the Years" -- Simply Red
"Josephine" -- Chris Rea
"Hard Habit to Break" -- Chicago
"It Must Have Been Love" -- Roxette
"I Want to Know What Love Is" -- Foreigner
"Drive" -- The Cars
"2000 Miles" -- Pretenders

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Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/ UMeA previously unreleased version of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has been given its premiere on RollingStone.com.

This version will appear on the upcoming deluxe reissue of the Beatles' 1968 self-titled double album, a.k.a. The White Album.  Identified as "Acoustic Version, Take 2," it features George Harrison singing and playing acoustic guitar while being accompanied by Paul McCartney on harmonium.

The track was recorded on July 25, 1968, about two months before the completion of the final, electrified version, which features a famous solo by Harrison's pal Eric Clapton.

In the stripped-down rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," McCartney is apparently still trying to learn the song, and Harrison can be heard saying to the Abbey Road Studios crew, "Maybe you'd have to give him his own mic." This version of the song also features some lyrics that George later discarded.

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic Version, Take 2)" will be made available as a free instant download starting at midnight on Friday, October 19, to those pre-ordering the deluxe reissue of "The White Album" online.

In addition to that recording, the White Album reissue will also include a jam featuring all of four Beatles playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with Clapton. During the track, Harrison stops the recording after he struggles singing a high note. He quips, "It's okay. I tried to do a Smokey [Robinson], and I just aren't Smokey."

The reissue will be released in multiple formats on November 9.

As previously announced, the Super Deluxe reissue of The White Album contains a new stereo mix of the record, 50 studio session outtakes, 27 raw recordings known "The Esher Demos," a Blu-ray audio disc, a 168-page hardback book and more.

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Alex Bailey TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film CorporationWith the November 2 premiere date for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody fast approaching, a new preview video has debuted on YouTube featuring Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, as well as the actors who portray the band's four members.

As previously reported, the film starts Rami Malek as singer Freddie Mercury, Gwilym Lee as May, Ben Hardy as Taylor and Joseph Mazzello as bassist John Deacon.

In the two-minute clip, titled "Becoming Queen," the actors discuss their experience and the challenges they faced playing the rock legends, while May and Taylor talk about how they coached Lee and Hardy, respectively, so that their performances would be believable.

May reveals, "I showed [Lee] a few licks and he got very into it." He adds, "I do kind of believe he's me."

Taylor, meanwhile, points out that he taught Hardy "just a few visual tricks," then notes, "Learning how to actually play the drums does take years," as May responds, jokingly, with a chuckle, "Really?!"

As for how he felt about the performances, May declares, "The four guys who plays us are phenomenal. They completely lived it. They became us. It just sent shivers up your spine."

In the beginning of the preview, Malek says, "When you set out to play Queen you think, 'How am I ever going to fill those shoes?'" Later on in the clip, he admits, "There were moments where I said, 'Nope, that's never gonna happen.' But ultimately…we pulled it off.'"

As you'd expect, the video also offers glimpses of a variety of scenes from the movie. Bohemian Rhapsody follows Queen from the band's beginning to its historic performance at the 1985 Live Aid festival at London's Wembley Stadium.

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Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesThe three surviving original Kinks members -- brothers Ray and Dave Davies and drummer Mick Avory -- reunited in public for the first time since 2005 on Wednesday at the 2018 Q Awards ceremony, held at the historic Roundhouse venue in London.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers were on hand to accept the Q Classic Album award for their acclaimed 1968 record, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. The album will be reissued as a deluxe box set on October 26 in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

U2's Bono and The Who's Roger Daltrey also took part in the event, serving as presenters. Other winners included Iggy Pop, Nile Rodgers, Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch and ex-Jam frontman Paul Weller.

The Q Awards are organized by popular U.K. music magazine Q. Check out the full list of winners at BauerMedia.co.uk.

The last time the Davies brothers appeared together with Avory in public was at the 2005 U.K. Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Original Kinks bassist Pete Quaife also was on hand for that event. Sadly, Quaife died in 2010.

As previously reported, Ray and Dave Davies have both revealed in recent interviews that they're planning to discuss a possible Kinks reunion project. The band broke up in 1996.

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Courtesy of Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney recently debuted three separate videos for his new single, "Come On to Me," each one featuring a different night-shift worker who lip-syncs and dances to the tune.  Now an official clip combining segments of the previous videos has premiered at the rock legend's official website and YouTube channel.

The new "Come On to Me" clip jumps between the three storylines, which follow Fred "Little Freddie" Maxwell, an after-hours department-store security guard; Ali Almohri, who works in his family's food truck; and Elsa Morales, a cleaning woman in an executive office building.

As previously reported, all three videos feature the workers enthusiastically singing and dancing alone to McCartney's upbeat, suggestive song while at their places of employment.

The video's director, TG Herrington, found the three clips' stars, none of whom are professional actors or dancers.

As previously reported, in conjunction with the "Come On to Me" videos, McCartney has launched a competition asking fans to film themselves singing and dancing to the song, and then post their clips to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #COTMChallenge. Sounds like we might be seeing yet another "Come On to Me" video soon.

"Come On to Me" appears on Sir Paul's recently released studio album, Egypt Station.

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Credit: Mark WeissOzzy Osbourne has announced the make-up dates for his canceled U.S. No More Tours 2 shows, which were scheduled to take place this month in Los Angels, Las Vegas and Chula Vista and Mountain View, California.

The rescheduled dates will now be held July 20 in Las Vegas, July 23 in Chula Vista, July 27 in Mountain View and July 29 in Los Angeles. Visit Ozzy.com for ticket info.

Osbourne had initially postponed just one of the dates after undergoing surgery on his hand to treat an infection. However, he ended up scrapping all four shows, which were the final dates of his North American tour, when he learned he'd need further surgery.

Tickets for the original shows will be honored for the rescheduled dates. You can also receive a refund from your point of purchase.

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Credit: Erik KabikSantana recently extended their long-running Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into early 2019, and now the band has added a new series of dates for May of next year.

The eight new performances of "An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live" are scheduled for May 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25 and 26.

Tickets for Santana's newly announced House of Blues Las Vegas gigs will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 19, at 10 a.m. PT at HouseofBlues.com/Santana, MandalayBay.com, LiveNation.com and by calling 800-745-3000.

Various pre-sale options also are available; visit Santana.com for more details.

Carlos Santana and his band's next Las Vegas engagement kicks off October 31 and runs through November 11.  The early-2019 residency is scheduled from January 23 through February 2.

Santana currently has no other concerts on its itinerary besides the Vegas residency dates.

Here are all of the band's upcoming performances:

October 31
November 2, 3-4, 7, 9-11

2019:
January 23, 25-27, 30-31
February 1-2
May 15, 17-19, 22, 24-26

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