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Friday
Mar222019

Madonna unveils "Like a Prayer" 30th anniversary merchandise

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCIn honor of Madonna’s Like a Prayer album turning 30 on Thursday, fans can now sport new 30th anniversary merch.

Madonna's official store now includes several Like a Prayer t-shirts, a pillow, rosary beads and tote bag. One of the t-shirts features “Saint Madonna” in a stained glass window, while another features a sketched design of the Madonna image.

Another tee, as well as the pillow and tote, feature a 30th anniversary edition of the album cover.

A signed Like a Prayer vinyl album will randomly be included in one of the order placed before 11:59 p.m. PST Friday.

Like a Prayer, Madonna’s fourth studio album, was released March 21, 1989. It spawned the hit title track, as well as “Express Yourself” and “Cherish.”

Earlier this month, Madonna celebrated the 30th anniversary of the title track’s release and reminded everyone of the controversy the music video stirred back then.

"30 years ago today I released 'Like a Prayer' and made a video that caused so much controversy because I kissed a black saint and danced in front of burning crosses!” she wrote on Instagram. “I also made a commercial with PEPSI that was banned because my video was seen as inappropriate. ?????? Happy Birthday to Me and Controversy!"

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Friday
Mar222019

Take Foster the People out in "Style" with new song 

Columbia RecordsFoster the People has debuted a new single called "Style."

On the dancey tune, vocalist Mark Foster declares "If you're gonna take me out, take me out in style." You can download it now via digital outlets.

"Style" follows FtP's single "Worst Nites," which premiered last November. The band's most recent album is 2017's Sacred Hearts Club, which features the singles "Sit Next to Me" and "Doing It for the Money."

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Friday
Mar222019

Former "American Idol" contestants Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner are engaged

ABC/Image Group LAAmerican Idol isn't just good at finding singing talent -- it's apparently good at finding love matches, too.

Last season's winner Maddie Poppe is dating her runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and now two other former contestants are engaged.

Gabby Barrett, 19, and Cade Foehner, 22, confirmed to People that they are getting hitched. The proposal took place at the L.A. hotel where they first met while competing on Idol.

Cade says that while he has been thinking about proposing for a while, he actually hadn't planned on doing it that particular day. But the fact that they were in the same hotel made it seem like the perfect opportunity.

"My sister overnighted the ring to our church," Cade says.

The young couple hasn't set a date yet, but say they want to get married in "colder weather." And, of course, judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will all be getting invites.

"The judges are like family to us," Gabby says. "Idol was the very beginning of our love story and we would love for all of our family to be there."

The only other Idol couple to get hitched are Diana DeGarmo, the runner-up from season three, and Ace Young, a contestant on season five.

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Friday
Mar222019

Scott Stapp announces new album, "The Space Between the Shadows"; listen to single "Purpose for Pain" now 

Credit: Sebastian SmithThe Stapp is back.

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp has announced a new solo album called The Space Between the Shadows, which will arrive in July. You can download the lead single "Purpose for Pain" now via digital outlets.

"'Purpose for Pain' is about seeking a higher meaning, a spiritual mentality when dealing with our struggles and life's painful moments," Stapp says in a statement.

"There are unexplainable, dark times that everyone goes through, and that pain is real," he continues. "If we can dig deep and hold on to hope during the most difficult situations, believing there is a purpose waiting for us on the others side, we can find meaning and clarity that gives us the strength to keep fighting."

Stapp will launch a U.S. headlining tour this summer in support of the upcoming album, beginning June 20 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Visit ScottStapp.com for ticket info.

The Space Between the Shadows is Stapp's third solo album, and first since 2013's Proof of Life. It's also the first record from Stapp since his very public psychotic break in late 2014. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015.

Here are Stapp's tour dates:

6/20 -- Oshkosh, WI, Waterfest Concert Series
6/21 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort
6/22 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
6/27 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
6/28 -- Toledo, OH, Civic Music Hall
6/29 -- Boardman, OH, Ribs-N-Rock Festival
7/10 -- San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theater
7/12 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
7/13 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
7/14 -- Oklahoma City, Tower Theatre
7/25 -- New York City, Sony Hall
8/2 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre

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Friday
Mar222019

Listen to two new Motely Crue songs recorded for "The Dirt" soundtrack

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Motley Crue has premiered two more new songs, both recorded for the band's new The Dirt biopic.

The tracks are called "Ride with the Devil" and "Crash and Burn," and are available now for digital download.

"Ride with the Devil" and "Crash and Burn" follow the previously released new Crue tune "The Dirt (Est. 1981)," which features rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who plays drummer Tommy Lee in the film. The '80s metallers also recorded a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" for the soundtrack.

The Dirt, based on Motley Crue's 2001 collective autobiography of the same name, also stars The Punisher's Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars and Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx. It's streaming now on Netflix.

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Friday
Mar222019

Tame Impala returns with new track, "Patience"

Modular RecordingsTame Impala fans have had to wait with patience for new music, and now the Australian band has returned with a new song called "Patience," available now for digital download.

"Patience" is the first new song from Kevin Parker's project to follow the 2015 album Currents. A new record is expected to arrive later this year.

Tame Impala is also returning to the road this year, with sets lined up for Coachella and Lollapalooza, in addition to a number of headlining dates. You can also catch them from the comfort of your own home when the band performs on Saturday Night Live on March 30.

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Friday
Mar222019

Home Sweet Home: How "The Dirt" tells the story of the Motley Crue "family"

Still from "The Dirt" (Jake Giles Netter/Netflix)The new Motley Crue biopic The Dirt premieres Friday on Netflix. The film, based on the band's collective 2001 autobiography of the same name, tells the story of group's debauchery-filled rise during the '80s rock scene on the Sunset Strip.  But as bass player Nikki Sixx tells ABC Radio, The Dirt is also a family story.

"It was important to tell the backstory of each individual character, how we got to this family called Motley Crue, and then how we disintegrated," Sixx explains. "And then how we had the courage to pull it together as a band and get out of our own way and make the music the #1 most important thing, which it was in the beginning."

That story reflects Motley Crue's real-life experience: By the time they played what was billed as their final show on New Year's Eve 2015, Sixx says the members "weren't talking."

"That's why we wrapped it up," he explains. "We were grown-ups now, adults, with families, and saw things differently and had different interests, and had somehow lost the plot that Motley Crue was our first family."

After a few years of silence, the band members reconciled, and ultimately ended up recording three new tracks for The Dirt, plus a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin."

"We got in the studio, it was just magic," Sixx remembers.

The Dirt stars Douglas Booth as Sixx, Daniel Webber as vocalist Vince Neil, rapper Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars. The actors were so good, Sixx says, that the band "forgot we were watching a movie about us."

"In the beginning, you're, like, 'Oh, that guy's really playing Vince great!'" Sixx says. "But then they completely erase all that and take over."

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Friday
Mar222019

Holding Out for a Hero: Bonnie Tyler & Rod Stewart finally sing together

earMUSICIf you've ever heard Bonnie Tyler's hits "It's a Heartache," "Total Eclipse of the Heart" or "Holding Out for a Hero," you know that Bonnie's raspy voice is reminiscent of Rod Stewart's.  Well, it's taken them 50 years, but now, the two legendary vocalists have finally recorded a duet, which North American fans will get to hear later this year.

The song, "Battle of the Sexes," appears on Bonnie's new album Between the Earth and the Stars, which comes out this Friday in the U.K. and most of the world, but won't be released officially in the U.S. and Canada until the fall.

Appearing on the British TV show Loose Women, Bonnie noted that fans have been waiting for years for her and Rod to record together, and explained that she landed him for the project after a mutual friend promised to pass along her request.

"I waited until I found the right song, which took a couple of months...and I had this song called 'Battle of the Sexes,'" Bonnie recalled. "And so I thought, 'This is it.' So I sent it to [Rod's friend] Ricky...he passed it on, [and] within a day or two days, Rod got back to me personally...to say that yes, he wouldn't normally -- but yes, he'd do it!"

Rod isn't the only British knight involved in the album: The Bee Gees' Sir Barry Gibb wrote a song specifically for her to record, and she also sings a duet with iconic U.K. pop star Sir Cliff Richard.

And on the more modern side of things, the disc features three songs written just for Bonnie by Amy Wadge, one of Ed Sheeran's favorite collaborators -- she and Ed co-wrote "Thinking Out Loud," among other tracks.

No word yet on an exact U.S. release date.

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Friday
Mar222019

Country star trivia 

Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty-eight years ago this week, Willie Nelson topped the country chart with this heavenly tune. Can you name his hit from the Honeysuckle Rose soundtrack? ANSWER: "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground."

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Friday
Mar222019

Sara Bareilles releases her “favorite song” off new album, “Saint Honesty”

Epic RecordsSara Bareilles is giving us yet another taste of her upcoming new album, Amidst the Chaos.

The singer has released the song “Saint Honesty,” a melancholy piano-driven track that Sara called her “favorite song on the record.”

“Rain on us, Saint Honesty/Salvation is coming in the morning/And now what we need/Is a little rain on our face from you, sweet Saint Honesty,” she sings.

Sara previously released “Armor,” “Fire” and “No Such Thing” off the new album.

Amidst the Chaos comes out April 5.

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Friday
Mar222019

Pete Townshend says new Who album will include songs about homelessness, #MeToo and the fishing industry

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The Who guitarist Pete Townshend says the band is "about two-thirds" done with their upcoming studio album, which he thinks will be "really great."

During a recent press event held at London's Wembley Stadium, Townshend -- along with The Who frontman Roger Daltrey -- told the U.K.'s Absolute Radio that he's written "some good songs" that focus on current themes, including "homelessness…the fishing industry [and] the way that men might have to change in the future…after the 'Me Too' thing."

The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also reports that a few guests may be asked to contribute to the record, such as "a female vocalist" or "a rapper."

Daltrey, meanwhile, tells Absolute Radio that it can be challenging for him to come up with a unique way to present the songs Townshend writes.

"I have to climb into the words he's written and the way he performs them on his demos," Roger notes, "but then I have to think, 'Well, how do I put this suit of clothes and make it mine and make it breathe in [a way that's] comfortable for me?' And that can be quite a painful process sometimes."

Having said that, Daltrey declares that Townshend has "still got that ability to write those songs that get in your ear like an earworm, and go 'round and 'round and 'round."

Roger also reveals that The Who decided to play with orchestral accompaniment on their upcoming Moving On! tour because he had "a magical experience" performing Tommy last year with orchestras during his solo trek. He says performing with an orchestra will "give the music it's best possible chance to be elevated to a new position."

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Friday
Mar222019

Dean Lewis releases debut "A Place We Knew," says the "impossible...seems very possible right now" 

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With TV appearances including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a headlining U.S. tour, a gold single and now the release of his debut album, A Place We Knew, Australian singer/songwriter Dean Lewis has discovered that making it big in America hasn't been nearly as hard as he thought.  It's been a pleasant surprise for a guy who thought U.S. success was just a pipe dream.

"We have this thing in Australia...everyone knows it: to break in America, it's impossible," Dean tells ABC Radio. "I guess now maybe it's becoming a smaller world....but in the past, it's been impossible."

"You also hear about how slow things move in America, on radio and stuff like that, but for me it's been quite fast," he marvels. "So everything that I've heard about here  -- and the impossibility of it -- all seems very possible right now."

Friday's release of A Place We Knew follows the global success of Dean's hit, "Be Alright." But he says don't expect a whole album full of those sad breakup ballads.

"Actually, 'Be Alright's' probably the saddest song on there, in the sense of like, the tempo," he tells ABC Radio. "There's definitely a lot of other stuff, and there's horns on there as well -- y'know, just trying to make some of the choruses pop."

Dean says A Place We Knew reflects who he is an artist, something he claims he didn't have a clue about when he released his 2017 EP, Same Kind of Different.

"An EP is like, you throw everything at the wall, you don't really know what your sound is," he explains. "I didn't know what my style was. Now...I know straightaway how to make a song sound like me." 

Dean kicks off a European tour April 2.

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Friday
Mar222019

Jimmie Allen gave "American Idol" his "Best Shot," before finding success nearly a decade later

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Jimmie Allen and Scotty McCreery toured together earlier this year on Scotty's Seasons Change trek, but that's far from the only thing the two chart toppers have in common.

Their relationship actually goes all the way back to 2011, the year Scotty won American Idol. It turns out Jimmie was on that season, too.

"I actually haven't watched it probably since the season after I did it," Jimmie confesses. "I did it season ten, I watched season eleven, because everyone that made [the] top forty my year that got sent home with me went back and made top twenty-four."

"Because I remember I got a few calls from people," the "Best Shot" hitmaker continues. "They were like, 'Hey, you know, if you come back this year, you'll probably make top twenty-four.' And I was like, 'Yeah, I'm good.'"

Jimmie admits his interest is heightened now that American Idol has new judges, and a new home on ABC.

"I think I'm gonna check out some of this season," he tells ABC Radio, "just to see the difference and stuff like that. I'm a huge Katy Perry fan. Yeah, and Lionel [Richie] and Luke [Bryan]. I like all of 'em!"

Since Lionel presented the Entertainer of the Year trophy at last year's CMA Awards, he and Jimmie have already come face to face.

I got to meet Lionel, too, at CMAs. I about passed out," he confesses. "I about fainted."

"Like, 'That's Lionel Richie. Like, THE guy! Mr. Commodores himself..." Jimmie laughs.

The Hollywood Rounds begin Sunday night on American Idol , from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. You can tune in to watch at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Meanwhile, Jimmie's second single, "Make Me Want To," is currently making its way up the chart.

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Friday
Mar222019

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock  Kellie Pickler is nominated for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host at this year's Daytime Emmys, alongside her Pickler & Ben partner, Ben Aaron.

Dustin Lynch will celebrate the chart-topping success of "Good Girl" Monday at an invitation-only party in downtown Nashville.

 "Good Lord," the new single from newcomer Abby Anderson, is set to be released on Friday. Abby hits the road on tour with Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas in May.

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Friday
Mar222019

Home Sweet Home: How "The Dirt" tells the story of the Motley Crue "family"

Credit: Paul BrownThe new Motley Crue biopic The Dirt premieres on Netflix Friday. The film, based on the band's collective 2001 autobiography of the same name, tells the story of group's debauchery-filled rise during the '80s rock scene on the Sunset Strip.  But as bass player Nikki Sixx tells ABC Radio, The Dirt is also a family story.

"It was important to tell the backstory of each individual character, how we got to this family called Motley Crue, and then how we disintegrated," Sixx explains. "And then how we had the courage to pull it together as a band and get out of our own way and make the music the #1 most important thing, which it was in the beginning."

That story reflects Motley Crue's real-life experience: By the time they played what was billed as their final show on New Year's Eve 2015, Sixx says the members "weren't talking."

"That's why we wrapped it up," he explains. "We were grown-ups now, adults, with families, and saw things differently and had different interests, and had somehow lost the plot that Motley Crue was our first family."

After a few years of silence, the band members reconciled, and ultimately ended up recording three new tracks for The Dirt, plus a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin."

"We got in the studio, it was just magic," Sixx remembers.

The Dirt stars Douglas Booth as Sixx, Daniel Webber as vocalist Vince Neil, rapper Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars. The actors were so good, Sixx says, that the band "forgot we were watching a move about us."

"In the beginning, you're, like, 'Oh, that guy's really playing Vince great!'" Sixx says. "But then they completely erase all that and take over."

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Friday
Mar222019

Jacquees recruits Lil Baby for new 90s-inspired single "Your Peace"

Republic Records/Cash Money RecordsAfter teasing a collaboration with Lil Baby earlier this month, Jacquees has made good on his promise and delivered "Your Peace." 

Channeling the early-aughts of R&B, the bass-heavy single finds the Atlanta crooner singing of his desire for commitment. 

Ahead of the single's release, Jacquees claimed that the record was a "classic" and even teased the accompanying visual on social media. Taking to Instagram, the "You" vocalist shared a bit of the behind-the-scenes footage from the video. 

The ballad is expected to appear on the singer's forthcoming album, Round 2

While details regarding the project are scarce, Jacquees recently shared that he had completed production on the project and even boasted about the quality of the material.

"Playing my new album and man I wrote some GREAT a** songs," he tweeted. "This more passionate for real."

"Your Peace" is now available on all streaming services

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Friday
Mar222019

Holding Out for a Hero: Bonnie Tyler & Rod Stewart finally sing together 

Debbie Hickey/Getty ImagesIf you've ever heard Bonnie Tyler's hits "It's a Heartache," "Total Eclipse of the Heart" or "Holding Out for a Hero," you know that Bonnie's raspy voice is reminiscent of Rod Stewart's.  Well, it's taken them 50 years, but now, the two legendary vocalists have finally recorded a duet, which North American fans will get to hear later this year.

The song, "Battle of the Sexes," appears on Bonnie's new album Between the Earth and the Stars, which comes out this Friday in the U.K. and most of the world, but won't be released officially in the U.S. and Canada until the fall.

Appearing on the British TV show Loose Women, Bonnie noted that fans have been waiting for years for her and Rod to record together, and explained that she landed him for the project after a mutual friend promised to pass along her request.

"I waited until I found the right song, which took a couple of months...and I had this song called 'Battle of the Sexes,'" Bonnie recalled. "And so I thought, 'This is it.' So I sent it to [Rod's friend] Ricky...he passed it on, [and] within a day or two days, Rod got back to me personally...to say that yes, he wouldn't normally -- but yes, he'd do it!"

Rod isn't the only British knight involved in the album: The Bee Gees' Sir Barry Gibb wrote a song specifically for her to record, and she also sings a duet with iconic U.K. pop star Sir Cliff Richard.

And on the more modern side of things, the disc features three songs written just for Bonnie by Amy Wadge, one of Ed Sheeran's favorite collaborators -- she and Ed co-wrote "Thinking Out Loud," among other tracks.

No word yet on an exact U.S. release date.

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Friday
Mar222019

CHVRCHES makes debut appearance on Hot 100 with Marshmello collab "Here With Me"

Republic RecordsCHVRCHES is on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time ever, thanks to some help from Marshmello.

The Scottish trio's new song "Here with Me," recorded in collaboration with the hit-making DJ/producer, currently sits at number 75 on the Hot 100 -- marking the band's very first appearance on the chart.

While "Here with Me" is off to a good start on the Hot 100, it has a ways to go if it hopes to match the heights of "Happier," Marshmello's collaboration with Bastille. That song ended up climbing all the way to the #2 spot on the chart, giving both artists the biggest chart hit of their careers.

"Here with Me" follows CHVRCHES' 2018 album Love Is Dead, which features the singles "Get Out" and "Miracle." They'll launch a U.S. headlining tour in continued support of the album April 16 in Las Vegas, following a set at Coachella.

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Thursday
Mar212019

Teyana Taylor to headline 2019 Red Bull Music Festival New York

Bryce Thompson/GQTeyana Taylor is set to dominate the stage at this year's Red Bull Music Festival New York later this spring. 

The R&B siren has been tapped to bring her vibrant interpretation of LGBT ball culture, "House of Petunia," to life during her performance on May 15 at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. "House of Petunia" was previously explored in Taylor's provocative WTP music video. 

Taylor's set is slated to include an audio-visual experience as well as a "provocative stage design and mesmerizing choreography from a world-class team of dancers," a press release notes. 

Taylor previously was recruited for Opening Night at last year's Red Bull Music Festival Chicago.

Additional performers for the nine-day festival include FKA twigs, Rosalía, Tierra Whack and Holly Herndon and many more. 

Tickets for the Red Bull Music Festival New York are now available for purchase via Redbull.com.

In more Taylor-related news, the Harlemite has continued to roll out the accompanying visual elements for 2018's K.T.S.E. The vocalist recently dropped off the sultry video for her ballad "Issues/Hold On."

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Thursday
Mar212019

Rare Beatles "butcher cover" signed by John Lennon being auctioned in Liverpool in May

Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsA rare copy of the "butcher cover" version of The Beatles' 1966 album Yesterday and Today -- once owned by John Lennon -- is going up for bid May 9 at a memorabilia auction at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, U.K.

The LP jacket, which contains a stereo prototype disc, has a blank back cover.  Lennon autographed the front and decorated the back with a personalized drawing for a Beatles bootleg collector named Dave Morrell.  Lennon traded the album to Morrell in exchange for a reel-to-reel recording of the Yellow Matter Custard bootleg.

John's signature on the front reads "To Dave from John Lennon Dec 7th 71" --  and Morrell later got both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to autograph the cover too.

It's expected to fetch between $160,000 and $180,000.

The LP is among many items going on the block at the "Music Icons: The Beatles in Liverpool" sale, presented by Julien's Auctions. The event will be streamed live at JuliensAuctions.com; bidding will be accepted both at the museum and online.

Other notable collectibles being auctioned include:

--A baseball signed by The Beatles at the band's final U.S. concert, in 1966 at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, estimated to sell for $80,000 to $100,000

--A guitar strap owned and signed by Lennon, which is expected to fetch $20,000 to $30,000

--A Liverpool Airport poster, signed by the Fab Four, that announced the band members' arrival in their hometown to attend a 1964 screening of A Hard Day's Night.  It's estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.

Julien's Auctions also is partnering with the museum to host a "Memorabilia Day" on May 10, where fans and collectors can bring in their rock 'n' roll memorabilia to be appraised for free.

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