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Thursday
Oct302014

Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose First Round in Copyright Infringement Battle over "Blurred Lines"

Interscope RecordsA judge in California is allowing a case to move forward that alleges Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole parts of a Marvin Gaye classic to write their smash "Blurred Lines."

U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied a motion seeking to have the claim of copyright infringement thrown out before trial. That motion had been brought by "Blurred Lines" writers Pharrell, Thicke and rapper T.I. last July, in response to a string of suits between themselves and their publishers on one had and, and the Gaye family and Gaye's publishers on the other.

In Thursday's ruling, the judge found that the Gaye family's musicological experts had showed enough possible similarity between "Blurred Lines" and copyright protected elements of Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" that a trial is needed to decide the merits of the case. The judge also allowed a second claim to proceed, over alleged similarities between Thicke's 2011 track "Love After War" and Gaye's 1976 track "After the Dance."

The cases, however, will not take into consideration any similarities between things like the percussion tracks or background vocals in the various songs. In a partial victory for Thicke and Pharrell, Judge Kronstadt found that only material found on the sheet music registered with the U.S. Copyright Office -- not other elements of the recordings themselves -- will be relevant at trial.

A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Enrique & Pitbull Announce Second Leg of Joint U.S. Tour

Courtesy of Theo Wargo/Getty Images Pitbull once sang "Don't Stop the Party," and now he's taking his own advice. He and Enrique Iglesias have just announced a second leg of their joint U.S. tour.

The new leg of the tour stars January 28 in El Paso, Texas, and right now is scheduled to wrap up February 20 in Rosemont, Illinois.  In between, Enrique and Mr. Worldwide will visit Las Vegas during Super Bowl weekend, and play a Valentine's Day show in Oakland, California.   Tickets go on sale starting November 6.

In other Enrique news, his latest hit "Bailando" has just set the record for longest run at #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart: 26 weeks.  Enrique told Billboard, "You don't know how successful a song is going to be...Sometimes you're right, sometimes you're wrong. This one just felt special."  

He adds, "I do my best and put so much enthusiasm into songs, songwriting and videos. But, ultimately, it comes down to the fans and how they react. If it wasn't for them, really, the song wouldn't be the hit that it's been."

And in other Pitbull news, he'll be sharing the stage with rock legend Carlos Santana at the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, which will air live on the Univision Network on November 20.  While Pitbull appeared on Santana's most recent album, this will mark the first time the two have performed together live.

Here are the tour dates:

1/28 -- El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
1/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
1/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Arena
2/05 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center
2/06 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
2/07 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/12 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
2/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
2/14 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
2/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
2/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
2/20 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena


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Thursday
Oct302014

Brad Paisley Will Be ESPN's "College GameDay" Guest Picker on Saturday

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley will be the guest picker on ESPN's College GameDay this Saturday at West Virginia University in Morgantown. He'll join host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Berbstreit and Desmond Howard on the set for the winning picks segment. The show runs Saturday morning from 9 to noon ET.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on Texas Christian University Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in a game that will air on ABC.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Bruno Mars Announces New Single with Mark Ronson, "Uptown Funk"

Credt: Kai Z. FengFirst, the good news: Bruno Mars is releasing a new single.  Now, the bad news: it's not from a new Bruno Mars album.  Still, the news is pretty exciting:  Nruno took to Instagram to reveal that the new single, "Uptown Funk," is a collaboration with his friend, famed producer Mark Ronson. 

"Dear friends and family, for the past year, my buddy Mark Ronson has been secretly working on his album. I had the privilege to hear some of the material early on and I was blown away!!," Bruno writes. "Even though I was on the road I told him I had to be part of it. After countless sessions and sleepless nights, we somehow managed to write a couple tunes that I am so proud of and couldn't be more excited for you guys to hear."

Bruno concludes, "Sooooooooooo, with that being said, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the first single off his amazing project is coming out on November 10th."  Mars includes the artwork for the single in the post, which depicts what looks like a close-up of a speaker.  It's billed as "Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars."

Mark Ronson may be best known for his work with the late Amy Winehouse, but he also worked with Adele on her first album, as well as with Christina Aguilera, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney and dozens of other artists.  He and Bruno are friends because he worked on Bruno's album Unorthodox Jukebox, including the single "Locked Out of Heaven."


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Thursday
Oct302014

Rihanna, Miley, JT Celebrate Designer Tom Ford at amfAR Gala, Rihanna Drops $135K at Auction

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageRihanna, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake were among the stars who came out Wednesday night in Los Angeles to celebrate famed designer Tom Ford at this year's amfAR L.A. Inspiration Gala, organized by the Foundation for AIDS Research.  

Rihanna was on hand to personally present Ford with this year's Inspiration Award, and according to Vogue UK, she told the crowd, "Everyone looks good in Tom Ford. Throughout his career, Tom has been committed to giving back to the community. He has been, and continues to be, a dedicated supporter of the fight against AIDS."

She added, "Tonight, we honor him both for his incredible talent and for what he stands for. We honor him for inspiring us with his creative genius, his leadership, his integrity and his generosity. We honor him for doing good while making us look good."

According to Vogue UK, Rihanna also participated in the event's auction, dropping $35,000 for a pair of Harry Winston earrings featuring 72 diamonds set in platinum, and $100,000 on a photo of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor by a pool in Miami, Florida, signed and numbered by the photographer.

Rihanna raised eyebrows on the red carpet due to the revealing Tom Ford gown she wore for the event.   The bodice was see-through except for a cluster of purple flowers that just covered her nipples.  Miley Cyrus dared to bare even more: her Tom Ford creation consisted of snakeskin straps that left her upper torso nearly naked.

Coldplay's Chris Martin was a surprise musical guest at the event -- his estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow was the evening's host -- and music legend Diana Ross also performed.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Sam Smith Brings Ed Sheeran Onstage for Duet on "Stay with Me" 

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCEd Sheeran has gone on record as being a great admirer of Sam Smith's song "Stay with Me" -- back in June, he said it was his "favorite song" of the past year and an "instant classic," and even covered it on British radio.  That's why it wasn't really a surprise that on Wednesday night during his concert in Manchester, England, Sam brought Ed out on stage for a duet.

Of course, the crowd went nuts as the two singers harmonized on "Stay with Me," and later, Sam posted a photo of himself and Ed on Instagram, with the caption, "So amazing to have this KING...on stage with me tonight. Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x."  He also posted another photo of himself hanging out backstage with Ed, giving the finger to the camera.

Sam and Ed may end up running into one another at the Grammy Awards in February; both are tipped to score nominations for their respective albums and singles.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Faith Evans Releases Video for "Good Time" Featuring Problem

Image Courtesy Prolific Music GroupFollowing her party record, "I Deserve It" with Missy Elliott and Sharaya J, Faith Evans returns to the club in the feel-good video for “Good Time.”

In the video, Faye skips the line and heads straight to VIP as she parties the night away.

“We all need to have a good time,” sings Faith while Problem brings his "cold ass two-step" on the funky grove.

Fans can expect Faith to release her sixth album,Incomparable, on November 24.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Rick Ross Recruits K. Michelle for New Single,“If They Knew”

Image Courtesy Maybach Music GroupRick Ross has enlisted K. Michelle for his new single “If They Knew,” the latest from his upcoming album Hood Billionaire.

The duo are entangled in toxic relationship on the Timbaland-produced track, which was posted to the rapper's SoundCloud page.

“What we doin’ wrong, but it feels right,” raps Rozay, while K chimes in: “This is so all bad, nothing good can come from this.”

Hood Billionaire is slated to arrive on November 24, just two weeks before K. Michelle releases her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

 


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Thursday
Oct302014

Arcade Fire Up for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Award; Chris Cornell Featured as Keynote Q&A

Image Courtesy of JF Lalonde2014 might officially be Arcade Fire's "breakthrough" year -- at least as far as touring is concerned. Along with pop-rock band OneRepublic and country duo Florida Georgia Line, the Montreal band will vie for the Breakthrough Award at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Billboard describes the Breakthrough Award as an accolade that "honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time."

The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be featured as the conference's keynote Q&A session.

The winners of each award will be based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014. Classic rock group The Eagles and pop stars Justin Timberlake and One Direction are the finalists in the Billboard Touring Awards' headlining category, Top Tour.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Phish Announces LivePhish+ Subscription Streaming Service, Upgraded LivePhish App

JEMP Records/Autumn DeWildePhish is going full-on digital, launching the LivePhish+ subscription streaming service, which gives fans access to every Phish concert since 2003, plus archive releases, studio albums and side projects. LivePhish+ will be run through the newly-upgraded LivePhish app, which now has the ability to create and save playlists.

The LivePhish+ subscription rates are $9.99 per month, or $99 per year. If you're a Phish fan unsure of the commitment, you can also try it out free for ten days. 

The app itself -- available for free to iOS and Android users -- does not require a subscription. Users will still be able to stream featured shows and content purchased at LivePhish.com via the app without signing up for the service.

In other news, Phish will be staging a three-night stand in Las Vegas starting Halloween night, and they'll close out 2014 and welcome the New Year in Miami, Florida with a four-night run starting December 31. Frontman Trey Anastasio will be touring with the Trey Anastasio Band in-between his main band's big holiday shows.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Writes Music for "CSI" 

Image Courtesy of Rhino RecordsTony Iommi is of course, the legendary guitarist for Black Sabbath, which still keeps him busy. That doesn't mean he doesn't have time for side projects. In a post on his Facebook page, Iommi says he's returning to the studio, and has recorded a piece for the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

"People have been asking what exactly I’m doing at the moment, well I’m getting back in the studio having tried to make myself rest after the tours," the statement reads. "I’m writing, mostly just putting ideas down rather than complete songs. I like to create all sorts of moods with my music and then decide later how they might be used."

"One specific piece though is for the CSI TV series that will be aired in the US on November 9th," Iommi continues. "I was asked if I’d be interested so I had a look at the footage and came up with an idea they seemed to like. It’s not very long but it was different working with images rather than just music, I’d certainly be up for doing more."

This isn't the first time Black Sabbath has joined forces with CSI. The band performed their song "End of the Beginning" on the show's season 13 finale, which aired May 15, 2013.

Iommi and Black Sabbath plan to record their 20th and final album next year, as well as embark on a final tour.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Bob Seger Announces New North American Concerts, Reveals Venues for Second-Leg Tour Dates

ABC/Randy HolmesBob Seger has scheduled several new concerts as part of the second leg of his recently-announced North American tour with his Silver Bullet Band in support of his latest album, Ride Out.  Among the newly-added shows are performances on January 27 in Charleston, West Virginia; February 3 in Ft. Meyers, Florida; February 10 in Lafayette, Louisiana; and February 17 in Wichita, Kansas.

In addition, the venues for all of the concerts taking place during the trek's second leg have been revealed, except for Seger's final scheduled show on February 27 in Los Angeles.  As previously reported, the first leg of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's tour gets under way on November 19 in Saginaw, Michigan, and runs through a December 19 concert in New York City.  The second leg begins January 20 in Toledo, Ohio.

The J. Geils Band will be the opening act on select dates of the trek.  Tickets are on sale now for all shows through January 29.  Check out BobSeger.com to find out when tickets the Michigan rocker's other concerts will be available for purchase.

Here's a complete list of confirmed dates for Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's North American tour:

11/19 -- Saginaw, MI, The Dow Event Center
11/22 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center
11/24 -- Halifax, NS, Canada, Scotiabank Centre
11/26 -- Saint John, NB, Canada, Saint John Harbour Station
11/29 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
12/2 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
12/4 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
12/6 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
12/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
12/11 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
12/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
12/17 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
12/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/20 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
1/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
1/24 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
2/3 -- Ft. Meyers, FL, Germain Arena
2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
2/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, TBD


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Thursday
Oct302014

Keith Urban Kicking Off CMA Awards Day with a "Good Morning America" Performance

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban will kick off CMA Awards day in Nashville Wednesday with a performance on ABC's Good Morning America. Keith is up for multiple trophies that night, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Fuse. Miranda Lambert will also appear on GMA that day, and the winners of two CMA categories will be announced that morning, too. GMA meteorologist Ginger Zee and contributor Tim Tebow will be in Nashville for the broadcast as well.

Look for Keith and Miranda to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Eagles, McCartney, Rolling Stones Among Finalists for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Awards

James Glader; MJ Kim; Simon CrossThe Eagles, Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

The Eagles are finalists in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  The veteran band's The History of the Eagles trek is competing against tours by a couple of younger pop acts -- Justin Timberlake and One Direction.

McCartney and The Stones both are in the running for the Top Boxscore prize, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.  The former Beatles star is being recognized for a three-concert November 2013 stand at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, while his fellow British rockers got their nod for a three-show engagement at the same venue in February and March of this year.  One Direction also is a finalist for this award.

Meanwhile, Billy Joel's ongoing residency at New York's Madison Square Garden will be competing for the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, an honor that The Rolling Stones' 50 and Counting Tour won last year.

The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.  Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be featured in the conference's keynote Q&A session.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Hear a Clip of New Foo Fighters Song, "Congregation" 

Image Courtesy of Roswell Records/RCA RecordsA thirty-second clip of the new Foo Fighters song "Congregation" is streaming now on YouTube. The track has a definite classic rock feel to it, as Dave Grohl sings about the "jukebox generation."

"Congregation" is the third new track from Foo Fighters in three weeks, following "Something from Nothing" and "The Feast and the Famine." Both of those songs were released in concert with the airing of a new Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways episode. This week's episode, which airs Halloween night, focuses on Nashville, Tennessee. If this week follows the trend of the last two weeks, "Congregation" will be released in full shortly.

Foo Fighters will also be celebrating the Nashville episode of Sonic Highways with a Halloween show October 31 at Music City's Ryman Auditorium.

The Sonic Highways album, featuring "Congregation," "Something from Nothing" and "The Feast and the Famine," will be released November 10.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Taylor Swift Rocks NY's Times Square on ABC's "GMA," Calls "1989's" Huge Sales an "Insane Honor" 

ABC/Fred Lee"Welcome to New York!" That's what Taylor Swift sang to her adoring fans Thursday morning, as she shut down New York City's Times Square for a concert on ABC's Good Morning America.

It's been a busy week of non-stop promotion for the singer, who's been everywhere promoting her new album, 1989. "You guys, I'm having the best week of my life thanks to you, so thank you!" she told the crowd, as they cheered and screamed.

1989 is on track to sell more than a million copies in its first week, and Taylor told ABC's Robin Roberts how grateful she is that fans are liking her new music.  "It's astounding to me how many people have decided to invest in this album and welcome it into their lives," she said. "I'm seeing everyone on Instagram and Twitter and Tumblr posting pictures with their albums, and it makes me so happy. 'Cause I worked for this for two years, and for them to want to listen to my stories from the last two years of my life is the most insane honor!"

Taylor also appreciated the fact that many of her fans went to great lengths to be front-and-center for Thursday's concert.

"It's just so amazing to be here and to have the fans all here and to have them sing the words to this new album of music," she laughed. "It's unbelievable, you guys are so fast at learning lyrics!  And I wanna thank everybody who camped out late last night.  There are a lot of people who slept over on the street in Times Square, so thank you for doing that."

Taylor will be back in Times Square New Year's Eve to ring in 2015 as part of the annual ABC special, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  The singer, who moved to the Big Apple not long ago, was just appointed a Global Welcome Ambassador for New York, and she spoke about how much she loves her new hometown. 

"I'm new to town and so I'm so excited about them including me in the tourism board, because everywhere I go, I'm just like, 'You need to go to New York!'" she told Roberts. "'Cause it's my favorite place in the world, it's my favorite city in the world and I'm so happy to get to play in Times Square -- what is my life right now!"

Taylor also thrilled fans by teasing that a tour announcement is coming soon.  "I am gonna be going out on tour again. Very soon," she said. "We're in the early stages of planning the actual show, but I'm really excited about announcing things when I can announce them. But just know, it's going to be happening soon!"

In addition to "Welcome to New York," Taylor also sang "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off" during her GMA concert.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Train Premieres Retro Video for "Cadillac Cadillac"

Courtesy Columbia Records"Angel in Blue Jeans," the first video from Train's new album Bulletproof Picasso, was a mini-Western.  Their latest video, for their new single "Cadillac Cadillac," has just premiered on VH1.com, and it's a retro-flavored clip with a bit of a Mad Men vibe.

The video, set in the late '50's or early '60s, takes place on a soundstage where lead singer Pat Monahan is shooting a Cadillac ad: he's the star of the ad, and his female co-star sits in the front seat of the Caddy, giving him the eye. The rest of the band play photographers shooting the ad. 

Just as Pat and his co-star are about to kiss, he falls into a deep sleep and begins dreaming about walking through a fantastical landscape filled with dancing women.  Finally, his frustrated co-star wakes him up by throwing a glass of water in his face.

The "Angel in Blue Jeans" video will be available on VEVO on Friday, and will make its TV debut on VH1's Top 20 Countdown this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. ET/PT.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Colbie Caillat's Halloween Goes to the Dogs 

Kurt IswarienkoWhile everyone is trying to come up with the perfect Halloween costume for themselves, Colbie Caillat is much more focused on choosing the perfect outfits for some very special individuals: her dogs.

"I don't actually like to dress up myself," she says. "I feel bad, because I dress my dogs up.  It's just so much fun!"

Colbie has several dogs and she says she created a memorable costume for one last Halloween.

"I have this little white mutt, and he's really grumpy, and last year I dressed him up as Oscar the Grouch," she laughs. "We got this dog-friendly green spray paint and sprayed him and put him in a trash can and it was really fun."

This year, she says, she has no special dog-centric costume plans.  "I just want to be home and pass out candy!" she says.

Colbie's current album Gypsy Heart is out now.  She'll launch another tour in support of the disc in 2015.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Founding Yes Singer Jon Anderson Records Charity Single with Ex-Counting Crows Member Matt Malley

Gonzo MultimediaFormer Yes frontman Jon Anderson has released a new charity single that he recorded with ex-Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley titled "The Family Circle."  Proceeds raised by sales of the tune will benefit three organizations -- the Flutie Foundation, Sahaja Yoga Meditation and the National Autistic Society.

The track currently is available as a digital download for 99 cents via iTunes.  The melodic song showcases Anderson's serene vocals, with music highlighted by gentle piano, synthesized strings and an Indian-influenced guitar solo.  An accompanying video has been posted at the GonzoMusicTV YouTube channel that features a montage of clips of beautiful landscapes around the world.

"'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year," explains Anderson in a statement.  "I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy.  Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo."

Jon continues, "It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life."

Adds Malley, "Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I'm a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music."

As previously reported, Anderson currently is working on the debut album by his new group, Anderson Ponty Band, a collaboration with veteran jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.  The record is expected to be released sometime next year.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Todd Rundgren Collectibles Up for Bid as Part of L.A. Memorabilia Auction Next Week

Image Courtesy of Danny O'ConnorA collection of memorabilia belonging to Todd Rundgren will go on the block during of a rock 'n' roll-themed auction that will take place November 7 and 8 in Beverly Hills, California.  Among the items the eclectic singer/songwriter has contributed to the sale are a stage-played Italia electric guitar, an assortment of awards he's has received over the years, various shirts and jackets, a digital piano and a piece of artwork featured on the back cover of his 1991 2nd Wind album.

Proceeds raised by the sale will benefit the Spirit of Harmony Foundation, a charity Rundgren founded last year.  The organization's goal is to enrich people's lives through music education and music-related events.

The Rundgren collection is being sold in conjunction with the Icons & Idols: Rock 'n' Roll auction that will take place at the Julien's Auctions gallery in Beverly Hills.  The sale features hundreds of pieces of memorabilia, including items belonging to or signed by everyone from The Beatles and Heart to Elvis Presley and James Brown to Madonna and Michael Jackson.  Visit JuliensLive.com to check out all of the collectibles up for bid.

Last week, Rundgren wrapped up another tour leg as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, and he's just kicked off his own fall U.S. headlining trek.  The outing is mapped out through a November 26 show in Los Angeles.

Here are all of Todd's upcoming tour dates:

10/31 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
11/2 -- New York, NY, B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill
11/3 -- New York, NY, B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill
11/4 -- Lebanon, NH, Lebanon Opera House
11/6 -- North Salisbury Beach, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
11/7 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley
11/9 -- York, PA, The Pullo Center
11/10 -- Columbus, OH, The LC Pavilion
11/12 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
11/13 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
11/15 -- Peoria, IL, Limelight
11/16 -- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
11/18 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
11/19 -- Salt Lake City, UT, State Room
11/22 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Showroom
11/24 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
11/25 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
11/26 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theater


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