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Wednesday
Jun222016

Neil Young & Jimmy Fallon Are "Two Neil Youngs on a Tree Stump" on "The Tonight Show"

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCNeil Young, whose new album Earth, comes out on Friday, joined Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for a taped segment on Tuesday called, "Two Neil Youngs on a Tree Stump."

As the title implies, the two -- Fallon, impersonating the 70-year-old rocker, and Neil, as himself -- are seen playing a song while sitting back to back on a spinning tree stump.

James Taylor appeared in a similar sketch with Fallon a year ago called “Two James Taylors on a Seesaw.”

This is the second time the real Neil Young has shown up on The Tonight Show to duet with Jimmy's fake Neil Young. The two performed Young's hit "Old Man" back in February of 2015.

Earth, recorded with Young's latest band, The Promise of the Real, is made up of live tracks recorded in 2015. Neil later mixed in elements he recorded in the studio, along with recordings of a variety of wildlife sounds.

 

 

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Don McLean and Wife Finalize Divorce

Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images"American Pie" singer Don McLean and his wife have finalized their divorce, less than six months after the singer was arrested in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident.

The New York Daily News quotes a McLean spokesman as saying that the 70-year-old singer put aside the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement and agreed to a $10 million settlement.

Patrisha McLean filed for divorce in March, citing, according to the Daily News, "adultery, cruel and abusive treatment and irreconcilable differences."

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Eminent Frontman: Roger Daltrey to Receive Prestigious UK Music Industry Award This Fall

ABC News RadioThe Who's Roger Daltrey will be honored with the 25th annual edition of the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award at a gala ceremony held on November 7 in London. The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be recognized for his contributions to the U.K. music business as a member of The Who and a solo artist, as well as his charitable work.

The event raises money for two U.K. organizations -- the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust, which supports various music-education programs for young people.

"It's great to be honored by my friends and colleagues in the music industry in this way in the 25th year of the Music Industry Trusts Award," says Daltrey in a statement. "Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust are wonderful charities…I am proud to join the honorees that have received this award before me and themselves done so much not only for these charities but also for many others."

Music Industry Trusts Award committee chairman David Munns adds, "We are proud to recognize not only Roger's musical output…but also his tireless dedication for charitable causes and in particular the Teenage Cancer Trust which has helped thousands of young people throughout the UK and worldwide. Roger Daltrey is an inspiration when it comes to personal devotion to charities and is a worthy recipient in this historic year."

Previous recipients of the honor include Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Peter Gabriel, George Martin, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Jools Holland and Ahmet Ertegun.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Jason Hook Lands First Acting Gig

Francesco Castaldo/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesFive Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook is headed to the silver screen. The guitarist will make his film debut in Z, an upcoming movie about the infamous Zodiac Killer.

In Z, Hook will be playing an FBI agent. On his Instagram, he shared a photo of himself in costume alongside co-stars Shane West and Leslie Bibb. In the caption, Hook wrote, "What a great experience with cool people!"

Meanwhile, Hook and Five Finger Death Punch will hit the road on a joint tour with Shinedown this fall, starting October 18 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Plant and Page Testify, Defense Rests in "Stairway to Heaven" Trial

D Dipasupil/FilmMagicWhile attorneys for Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page filed papers Monday asking a Los Angeles judge to halt the copyright-infringement proceedings involving "Stairway to Heaven," according to The Hollywood Reporter, the trial continued on Tuesday. Both Plant and Page were called to the stand by their lawyers, with the defense resting at the end of the day's testimony.

Plant admitted that he once owned an album that featured the Spirit song "Fresh Garbage," but not "Taurus," the tune Led Zeppelin is accused of copying for "Stairway to Heaven." The singer also was asked if he recalled playing snooker with Spirit bassist Mark Andes at Mother's Club in Birmingham, U.K., on a night that the U.S. band performed at the venue. Robert had been at the club that night, but he and his then-wife were in a serious car accident later that evening, and he claimed that he didn't remember anything that happened that night.

He also noted that he meets so many people in the music industry that interacting with one guy one time 40 years ago wouldn't stick out.

In addition, Plant was asked about whether he borrowed ideas from other music artists, and he maintained that there wouldn't have been Little Richard or The Beatles if musicians didn't lift sounds from each other. The plaintiff's lawyer also questioned him about Led Zeppelin's early concerts being made up mostly of covers, to which he replied, "I don't find that a problem."

During Page's testimony, the guitarist discussed his concept behind "Stairway to Heaven." He explained that he envisioned it as "a piece of music that would go through many moods and changes...starting with acoustic guitar" and getting more intense. He also disputed testimony from Spirit bassist Larry "Fuzzy" Knight about being at a Spirit show in London in 1973.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Elle King Hitting the Road for Fall Headlining Tour 

ABC/Randy HolmesElle King might be coming to a city near you this fall. The singer has announced dates for her North American headlining tour, beginning October 17 in San Diego.

She’ll make stops in Atlanta, Nashville, Boston and more, before playing her final show in New York City on November 22. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, June 24 at 12 p.m. ET.

Before her fall trek begins, Elle’s got a busy few months ahead. She’s playing a string of festival dates this summer, followed by supporting dates with country band the Dixie Chicks starting September 8.

She’ll also be performing as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 15.

Here’s the list of her fall tour dates:

10/17 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
10/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
10/22 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
10/24 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
10/25 -- Austin, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/26 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
10/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
10/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
10/30 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
11/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
11/4 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live!
11/7 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/8 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
11/10 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues  
11/11 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Revolution Live
11/12 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Landing
11/14 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
11/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore Philadelphia
11/18 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
11/21 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
11/22 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Dave Matthews, Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff to Perform at Farm Aid 2016

Farm AidThe 2016 edition of the annual Farm Aid festival will take place on September 17 at the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Bristow, Virginia. As usual, the event will feature performances by Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews, who will be playing with longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds. The lineup also includes Alabama Shakes and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2016 will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 27, at 10 a.m. ET, and will be available at LiveNation.com, the Jiffy Lube Live box office and by calling 800-745-3000. Some pre-sale tickets also will be sold starting Wednesday, June 22, at noon EDT at FarmAid.org.

"Folks are educating themselves about where and how food is grown -- they're hungry for the truth," says Farm Aid president and co-founder Willie Nelson in a statement. "Family farmers bring us good food, protect our soil and water, and strengthen our country. The Farm Aid concert is a day for us to honor that truth and keep working for family farmers."

In addition to the many musical performances, Farm Aid will feature family farm-produced local and organic foods. The event also will offer attendees the chance to take part in various agricultural activities.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, Beck to Headline 2016 Music Midtown Festival

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Killers, Twenty One Pilots and Beck will headline this year's edition of the Music Midtown Festival, held September 17-18 in Atlanta.

The lineup also includes The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, Band of Horses, James Bay, CHVRCHES, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, St. Lucia and Lucius.

Tickets will go on sale June 24 at 10 a.m. ET. Visit MusicMidtown.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Troy Ave Avoids Murder Charge

Johnny Nunez/Getty ImagesRapper Troy Ave will not be charged for murder in the T.I. concert shooting that left Troy's bodyguard,Ronald McPhatter, dead this May.

The casualty happened at the Irving Plaza music venue in New York City. 

However, TMZ reports that he has been indicted on one count of attempted second degree murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Troy Ave released a mixtape album in June, called Free Troy Ave.  

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Joey + Rory Subject Of New Documentary

Courtesy Hickory FilmsSinger/songwriter Rory Feek, formerly half of the country music duo Joey + Rory, is remembering his late wife and musical partner Joey Martin Feek with a new documentary. To Joey, With Love will be shown in more than 500 movies theaters nationwide just once, on Sept. 20.

The film follows the birth of their now two-year-old daughter, Indiana, and Joey’s valiant battle with the cancer that claimed her life in March when she was just 40 years old. The couple made national headlines and won new fans as Rory documented his wife’s journey, and her enduring faith and spirit, in his widely-read blog.

Tickets for To Joey, With Love can be purchased online at FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices, which are listed on the site.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Costumes, Props From TV Series "Nashville" Up For Auction

ABC Television NetworkFans of the television series Nashville have a new reason to celebrate. Following recent news that the ABC-cancelled series would be picked up by CMT and Hulu for its fifth season comes word that the show’s production team will auction off 270 mementoes from the first four years.

The site VIPFanAuctions.com is hosting the “Nashville is Back” sale, which is packed with costumes, shoes and small props, including the wedding dress worn by star Connie Britton (Rayna Jaymes) in the fourth season opener.

Auction items will be offered for seven days, then replaced with new items every week through July 26. The first batch of 52 items is available for bids now.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Kelly Clarkson Covers Foreigner in Day Two of Big Announcement Build-Up 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIt’s day two of Kelly Clarkson’s Facebook Live sessions leading up to her big announcement on Friday. This time, she covers Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

On Monday, Kelly said she’d be doing one fan-requested cover song per day and teased that all of the artists have one thing in common that relates to her secret news. If you’re keeping track, the first song was Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine.”

Her piano player also gave a couple of hints about the announcement, holding up signs that read “not pregnant” and “it’s not a tour.”

After her performance, Kelly took some questions from fans, and got teary-eyed while talking about the Orlando tragedy.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

French Montana Wins Big Money in NBA Finals Bet Against Drake

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live NationRap music artist French Montana made a cool $60,000, Billboard reports, thanks to a bet with Drake over Sunday night's NBA Championship final. Montana rooted for the Cleveland Cavs, who triumphed over the Golden State Warriors.

Montana posted a short Instagram video expressing his gratitude to the Canadian rapper for the extra pocket change.

"Shout out to my brother Drizzy Drake, for that 60 bands 'cause you ain't believe in LeBron," he says in the clip.  

Funny enough, Drake is the global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors.  

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Charlie Puth Performing at 2016 Teen Choice Awards 

FoxCharlie Puth is hitting the stage of the 2016 Teen Choice awards next month. He’ll be performing his new single, “We Don’t Talk Anymore.”

That song -- a duet with Selena Gomez -- is up for Choice Break-Up Song this year. Charlie is also nominated for Choice Male Artist and Choice Music Breakout Artist.

Empire star and Taylor Swift squad member Serayah will also be performing. More performers, and the third wave of nominees, will be announced soon.

The 2016 Teen Choice Awards airs live July 31 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. WWE star John Cena and actress/singer Victoria Justice are this year’s hosts.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Adam Lambert Will Be a Judge on Australia’s "X Factor" 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAdam Lambert is planning a big move. The American Idol season eight runner-up has signed on to be a judge on The X Factor in Australia.

“I am very excited to join X Factor in Australia and am looking forward to helping people shine their brightest,” Adam tells the country’s The Daily Telegraph. “Australia has always been one of my favorite places to tour. The Aussies I’ve met are so kind and good humored -- so the thought of getting to live in Sydney is very exciting.”

Adam will join Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Guy Sebastian at the judge’s table. A premiere date is yet to be announced.

Adam previously had some judging experience when he subbed for Keith Urban during the New York auditions for the fourteenth season of American Idol. He put through two contestants who finished in the top three, including eventual winner Nick Fradiani.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Iggy Pop Records Famous Dylan Thomas Poem to Promote Upcoming Cannes Q&A Event

ABC/Randy HolmesThe godfather of punk himself, Iggy Pop, will be the subject of the Grey advertising agency's 10th Annual Legends of Music Seminar this Wednesday, June 22, as part of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France. The interview event will be held at the Lumiere Theatre at the Palais des Festivals at 3 p.m. local time.

During the seminar, the influential singer will discuss his artistic journey with Nils Leonard, chairman and chief creative officer of Grey London. In conjunction with his appearance, Pop recorded a recitation of Dylan Thomas' famous poem "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" and an accompanying video has been created by Leonard that includes a montage of artistically modified performance footage of Iggy.

Leonard describes the video as "a salute to the most alive man I know," and it was made in tribute to the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's continued vibrancy in a year that has seen the passing of so many music legends. Check out the clip at Medium.com and at Grey London's Vimeo channel.

Iggy currently is touring Europe in support of his latest album, Post Pop Depression. You can check out all of his upcoming dates at IggyPop.com.

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Iggy Pop - Do Not Go Gentle from Grey London on Vimeo.

 

Tuesday
Jun212016

Neil Young, John Mellencamp, & Many More to Perform at Farm Aid 2016

Farm AidThe 2016 edition of the annual Farm Aid festival will take place on September 17 at the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Bristow, Virginia. As usual, the event will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews.

This year's lineup also features a variety of other rock and country acts, including Alabama Shakes, Carlene Carter, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price and Nelson's son Lukas and his group, Promise of the Real. Matthews will perform with his longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds, while Young is expected to be joined by Promise of the Real, who have been serving as the folk-rock legend's backing group since last year.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2016 will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 27, at 10 a.m. ET, and will be available at LiveNation.com, the Jiffy Lube Live box office and by calling 800-745-3000. Some pre-sale tickets also will be sold starting Wednesday, June 22, at noon EDT at FarmAid.org.

"Folks are educating themselves about where and how food is grown -- they're hungry for the truth," says Farm Aid president and co-founder Willie Nelson in a statement. "Family farmers bring us good food, protect our soil and water, and strengthen our country. The Farm Aid concert is a day for us to honor that truth and keep working for family farmers."

In addition to the many musical performances, Farm Aid will feature family farm-produced local and organic foods. The event also will offer attendees the chance to take part in various agricultural activities.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Avenged Sevenfold Plots Mini Headlining Tour

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesAvenged Sevenfold will hit the road on a mini headlining tour this fall. The five-show run begins September 12 in Bonner Springs, Kansas and will wrap up September 21 in Nashville. Volbeat and Avatar will provide support, as will Killswitch Engage on select dates. Visit AvengedSevenfold.com for ticket info.

The headlining dates will fall in the middle of Avenged Sevenfold's fall festival run, which includes stops at the Rock Allegiance, Aftershock, Louder than Life and Revolution Rock festivals.

Here are Avenged Sevenfold's headlining tour dates:

9/12 -- Bonner Springs, KS, Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
9/14 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
9/15 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
9/20 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
9/21 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Imagine Dragons, Nate Ruess to Play Orlando Benefit Concert

ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons and Nate Ruess will honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting tragedy at the All Is One Orlando Unity Concert, which will be held June 22 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to OneOrlando Fund, which helps nonprofits who are working with victims of the shooting and their families. Forty-nine people were killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12.

For ticket info, visit Ticketmaster.com.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

On the Scent: Fans Speculate Katy Perry’s Latest Perfume Is a Taylor Diss

Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImageWe smell a conspiracy. According to Entertainment Tonight, people have been speculating that the name of Katy Perry’s new perfume is a reference to Taylor Swift’s song, “Bad Blood.” That song, as we know, has long been rumored to have been written about Katy.

Katy’s fragrance is called “Mad Love” -- a phrase Taylor used in the song lyric, “You know it used to be mad love.” The name is also a spin-off of Katy’s 2015 scent, Mad Potion.

The whole thing seems like a “mad” coincidence to us.

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