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Friday
Apr202018

A Perfect Circle returns with quieter, enigmatic new album, "Eat the Elephant" 

Credit: Tim CadienteAt least one long-awaited Maynard James Keenan project has arrived. A Perfect Circle, led by Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel, releases a new album today called Eat the Elephant, the follow-up to 2004's eMOTIVe.

On the music side, Eat the Elephant presents a quieter, softer APC -- a sound that was influenced by a new songwriting approach from Howerdel.

"A big differentiating factor was writing most of these songs on keyboard or piano," Howerdel tells ABC Radio. "I've always gravitated towards the guitar, but in 2014, I purposefully decided to put it down, try and find a different avenue of writing songs."

But Eat the Elephant also boasts heavy moments, which are amplified when contrasted with the quieter songs. In the 14 years since the last APC album, the concept of album sequencing has become something of a lost art in today's single-driven music industry, but Howerdel says Eat the Elephant is very deliberately sequenced around "keystone" songs.

"I think it let us find our best work, even in the filling in between," Howerdel explains. "Because once we have a song that ticks the box that you want the sum of the record to have, you find yourself open to exploring and being able to go down a different path."

Lyrically, Keenan is enigmatic as ever on Eat the Elephant, while also tackling big topics like politics, technology and religion. As for what exactly each song means, Howerdel is just as clueless as you are.

"Getting into lyrics and topic and intentions, especially for Maynard, I'll always listen, but I never pry," Howerdel says. "If he wants to tell me what something's about, I'm all ears, but I don't usually dive further than that. I like to be able to interpret it for myself, too."

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Friday
Apr202018

Eve, Questlove and more pay tribute to Prince in "Vogue" video

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013The two-year anniversary of Prince's death is Saturday, April 21. 

In honor of the late music icon, Vogue has posted several articles on its website about the musician's legacy, including a touching video compilation in which celebrities share their memories of The Purple One.

In the video, rapper Eve recalls, "I got a phone call from my manager years ago saying 'Prince wants to meet you at the studio,' and I was like, 'Stop lying.' And it was true." 

She continues, "It was...in New York and it was at Electric Lady Studios. He walked in and my first thought was, 'He's so beautiful. What the hell!'" 

Roots drummer Questlove remembers, "Prince was playing an after show gig and I guess he wasn't used to seeing me in a suit. I walked in and he saw me in a suit for the first time. He's like, 'Brotha! You looking sharp!' And then he reached in his pocket and he tipped me fifty dollars for looking sharp." 

Chaka Khan, who scored a hit with the Prince-penned song "I Feel for You," recalls, "You know, he was an insomniac. But he had no time signature. I went bowling [with him] once at two o'clock in the morning, [we would] go see movies at three, four in the morning." 

Prince's collaborator Sheila E. remembers, "We loved competing against each other about who was dressed the best."  

Prince died on April 21, 2016 at at age 57 of an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. 

It was reported  Thursday that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with his death, and that the investigation has been closed.  

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Friday
Apr202018

Record Store Day co-founder particularly excited about this year's special vinyl releases

Courtesy Record Store DayThe 11th annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 21, and as usual, the promotion features a wide array of exclusive, limited-edition vinyl discs.

"This year our list is a little bit bigger than last year's," Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz tells ABC Radio. "I don't think I've ever been as excited about a list of Record Store Day releases."

Among the releases that Kurtz says he finds particularly cool are ones from Led ZeppelinDavid Bowie and Neil Young.

Led Zeppelin's offering is a seven-inch single pressed onto yellow vinyl that features a previously unreleased mix of "Rock and Roll." Kurtz says the disc "really gets me going" because "Rock and Roll" is "one of my favorite songs of all time."

Bowie has three releases on tap for the event, including a three-LP set called Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) featuring unissued performances from a pair of shows that took place during the summer of '78. Kurtz says, "It's just a fantastic-sounding album."

Young's Record Store Day contribution is a two-LP set titled Roxy -- Tonight's the Night Live that was culled from three September 1973 shows held at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California. Kurtz reports that he's been told that Young thinks the album includes some of "his greatest performances."

Among the other artists releasing discs for Record Store Day 2018 are The Allman Brothers BandJeff BeckBlue Oyster CultEric Clapton, Def LeppardFleetwood MacJohn FogertyThe Grateful DeadThe KinksLed ZeppelinThe Moody BluesMotorheadPink FloydThe PoliceRamonesLou ReedThe Rolling StonesBruce SpringsteenGeorge ThorogoodU2WhitesnakeThe WhoYes and Neil Young.

Check out the full list of releases at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Friday
Apr202018

Ariana Grande unleashes new single and music video, "No Tears Left to Cry"

Republic RecordsAfter a handful of social media teases this week, Ariana Grande dropped her new single, "No Tears Left to Cry" at the stroke of midnight Friday, Eastern time, along with its accompanying music video on YouTube.

The song showcases Ariana's wide-ranging vocal pipes, starting out with ballad-like vocals before turning into a rap-sung dance number. 

Along with the new tune, Ariana is sporting a new look -- super-long blonde hair, as seen in the music video. The futuristic-looking clip finds the singer walking the walls and ceilings in a hallway and also defying gravity along with a number of dancers on the outside of a city building. There's also an interesting face-swapping scene toward the end.

The song marks Ariana's first new music release since the horrific bombing that killed 22 concertgoers and injured hundreds more at her Manchester Arena show in England on May 22, 2017.

Two weeks later, on June 4, Ariana organized and headlined the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which featured several A-list music artists and raised roughly $14 million for the victims of the bombing.

"No Tears Left to Cry" is available for download and streaming at all major online outlets.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Kelsea Ballerini's $5,000 Las Vegas sweat session

ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini’s sweat session last Saturday morning in Las Vegas raised $5,000 for ACM Lifting Lives.

The “I Hate Love Songs” hitmaker hosted the first-ever ACM Workout for a Cause last weekend, with celebrity trainer Erin Oprea leading fans through some of her signature exercises. In addition to Kelsea, Oprea also trains Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves.  

ACM Lifting Lives is the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.

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Thursday
Apr192018

JAY-Z wins Peabody Award for Kalief Browder docu-series

ABC/Randy HolmesJAY-Z's docu-series, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, has won a prestigious Peabody Award.   

Time was selected as one of nine winning documentaries in total. 

The six-episode series, which debuted on Spike TV last year, focused on the story of Kalief Browder, a former Bronx High School student who was incarcerated for three years on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack. 

After surveillance footage of Browder being assaulted by fellow inmates and an officer was publicized via The New Yorker, JAY-Z met with the young man.   

Browder was released in 2013 after the charges were dropped, but took his own life in 2015.

As previously reported, the "4:44" rapper is also working on another docu-series based on Trayvon Martin's life, titled Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.  

Co-executive produced by JAY, the series will be based on Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, a book by Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

Like the book, the six-part doc will examine the life and legacy of Trayvon and the events that followed his death. Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story is set to air in July. 

Time: The Kalief Browder Story is available to watch now on Netflix.  

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Thursday
Apr192018

Watch: Wes Borland shares more videos of collab with Travis Barker

ABC/Alycia MonacoIn February, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland uploaded a video revealing he was working on a new project with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. In case you needed more proof of their collaboration, Borland has now shared three new videos of him and Barker recording in the studio.

The name of the project -- Limp Blinkit? Blimp-182? -- has yet to be revealed, but Borland promises more details are forthcoming.

Borland has had an eventful week. In addition to the Barker news, he performed with Japanese metal band X Japan at Coachella last weekend, and as previously reported, he's apparently in a feud with Aaron Lewis of Staind.

Barker, meanwhile, will be back with Blink-182 throughout the year on the band's 16-show Kings of the Weekend Las Vegas residency, which launches in May.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Beyoncé dancer says the singer's "switching up a couple things" ahead of second Coachella performance

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaFans who are lucky enough to have tickets to see Beyoncé's second Coachella performance this weekend will be enjoying a slightly different show than the one audiences saw during the first weekend.  

One of Bey's dancers, Jo'Artis Mijo Ratti, tells Variety, "Yeah, we're switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor."

Ratti also talks about the preparation that went into the icon's historic Coachella appearance.

"You can always tell when someone is prepared. We did like 10-to-14 hour days. Some jobs you might chill -- craft services, read a book, hop on your phone -- for a couple hours, but not while we were there [with Beyoncé]," he says.

Ratti continues, "We were getting put to use with ideas, fitting, wardrobe, video blocking. It could be really overwhelming, but luckily, it wasn't my first rodeo."   

He also says that Bey's hubby JAY-Z was there for Coachella rehearsals, adding, "I never thought that I would be at rehearsals busting a move, and JAY-Z is out here hyping me up." 

As for Beyoncé herself, Ratti says that she was "like an auntie" during the whole rehearsal process. 

He also describes the celebrity as "super-kind and very particular about what she wants."

"It made me do even better because I understand that she's a real artist," he reveals. 

"She's not just letting somebody take over her vision." 

Beyoncé is the first black women to headline Coachella. 

She's scheduled to return for her second performance at the music festival Saturday, April 21.   

Sadly, unlike her previous Coachella appearance, Variety reports that that this weekend's performance will not be available for fans to livestream. 

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Thursday
Apr192018

Rolling Stones Dublin show will be longest set of European tour leg, says production manager

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Rolling StonesRolling Stones fans in Ireland are in for a treat this coming summer.  The opening show of the European leg of the Band's No Filter tour, in Dublin's Croke Park, will likely be one the longest sets of the outing.

"I haven't gotten length yet. It will be their longest set because they will try out different things. We figure two hours to two-and-a-half hours," the Stones' longtime production manager, Dale Skjerseth, tells Ireland's Independent newspaper.

"They don't have a permanent set yet. There are always the favourites and then they will add in. They keep themselves fit," Skjerseth adds.

The May 17 show at Croke Park will be the Rolling Stones' first performance in Ireland since a 2007 show at Slane Castle before 68,000 people.

"We start rehearsals next week and we are getting ready," Skjerseth tells the Independent.  "It's a big show, we have 25 production trucks and we're around two hundred people touring with the entourage. All the excitement is around the beginning, especially the guys."

For the latest news on the Stones' No Filter tour, check out their official website.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Charli XCX hopes to collab with Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello while on tour together

George Pimentel/LP5/Getty Images for TASCharli XCX is about to hit the road as one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour; she and Camila Cabello will be warming up the stadium crowds. In addition to all the fun the three will have on stage, Charli tells People she’s hoping they’ll be able to collaborate on new music together as well.

“They’re both such great writers so I’d love to write with them while we’re out on the road,” she says of Taylor and Camila. “That’d be really amazing. I think it’s awesome that it’s going to be an all-girl tour.”

She’s already worked with Camila in the studio multiple times before and said the experience was “really inspiring.”

“Writing with other females who are really prolific writers is always so much fun,” she says. “Everybody has different touch points in their life and [things] they want to write about, but it is nice to share that female perspective when writing.”

While she hasn’t written with Taylor before, the superstar did previously invite Charli to sing onstage with her during her 1989 tour stop in Toronto.  The two performed Charli's hit "Boom Clap."

“We had a great time, and I got to go on one of those Britney [Spears] lifts where you stand and [the stage] raises you up,” Charli recalls. “I was like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy!’ She’s always been very kind to me and I’m very excited for the tour.”

The Reputation stadium tour kicks off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Watch now: Dad Tyler Hubbard makes baby Olivia laugh

John Shearer/Getty ImagesIf you could use a little pick-me-up, all you need to do is check out Tyler Hubbard’s Instagram.

“Somebody thinks I’m funny,” the Florida Georgia Line singer shared, along with an adorable video of himself making his baby daughter, Olivia Rose, giggle endlessly.

Olivia was born December 23. Earlier this month, she attended her first FGL show, as Tyler and Brian Kelley played the free Tradition Evolved concert for the Tennessee Titans in downtown Nashville.

FGL’s currently readying their fourth studio album, as their hit, “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha, continues to be a smash on both the country and pop charts.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Listen & watch now: Prince estate releases previously unheard "Nothing Compares 2 U" recording, video

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013)Thursday's announcement that the investigation into Prince's death has been closed reminds us of what we've lost.  But on the same day, we're also getting a reminder of what a gifted talent he was, with the release of the original recording of one of his best-known songs.

Prince's estate has shared a previously unreleased studio version of Prince performing "Nothing Compares 2 U," recorded in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse rehearsal space in Eden Prairie, Minnesota -- that's where Prince and his band rehearsed for the Purple Rain tour, which began that year.  Even better, there's a video to go with it, featuring previously unseen footage of Prince rehearsing dance steps with The Revolution for the tour.

"Nothing Compares 2 U" of course became a monster hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1990, and Prince himself didn't begin performing the song live until after that.  You can download or stream his new studio version now at most major digital retailers.  It's also be available on standard vinyl or picture disc, along with a "Nothing Compares 2 U" tee-shirt, denim jacket or both, at the official Prince HitNRun store.  You'll be able to buy the standard vinyl version everywhere beginning May 25.

Prince's estate has also launched a new, interactive website dubbed Prince2Me.  Visitors can choose five words, images or a combination of both to create a message that declares what Prince means to you, though you'll have to register with the website to share your composition with others.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Kelly Clarkson wants her daughters to be described as more than just “pretty”

ABC/Image Group LAKelly Clarkson is featured in People’s Beautiful Issue this year, but she tells the mag she prefers that girls be described as something other than just “pretty.”

“…I make it a point to always say other adjectives,” she says. “It’s not always like, ‘Oh, you look beautiful.’ It’s like, ‘Man, you’re so rad,’ ‘You’re stylish,’ ‘You’re cool,’ ‘You’re unique.’”

She says she’s especially sensitive of that around her daughter, three-and-a-half-year-old River Rose, and stepdaughter, 16-year-old Savannah.

“Especially our oldest girl, she’s like model-worthy gorgeous,” Kelly says. “You know all the things that she is, but maybe not everybody says [it] all the time, because she’s captivating.”

She continues, “Anytime our little girl -- our 3-year-old -- walks in, everybody’s like, ‘You’re so pretty!’ I don’t mind her being pretty, I don’t mind people saying it, but I don’t want her to get boxed into that.”

Kelly says her husband Brandon Blackstock also helps their kids to realize that there are more important things than just looks.

“My husband and I are really blunt with our kids and I’m like, ‘Pretty fades, character lasts,’” she says. “Being fun lasts, being a good human matters and being smart is important.”

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Thursday
Apr192018

Kanye West announces forthcoming solo album, plus joint album with Kid Cudi 

L-R: Kid Cudi, Kanye West; Johnny Nunez/WireImageKanye West has announced the release date of a new solo album and a joint album with Kid Cudi.

According to Ye, his disc with Cudi will be released under the group name Kids See Ghost

The rapper shared all of his surprising news to fans on Twitter Thursday in a stream of tweets.  

According to Ye's messages, his solo album will contain seven songs and will arrive June 1. 

His album with Cudi will follow June 8. As of Thursday afternoon, the name of both discs have yet to be revealed.  

Kanye's album news comes one day after telling fans on Twitter that he's also planning to write a book "in real time," based on his tweets, some of which were written on Wednesday.

"No publisher or publicist will tell me what to put where or how many pages to write. This is not a financial opportunity this is an innate need to be expressive," he wrote.  

As previously reported, Kanye told his interior design collaborator Axel Vervoordt in The Hollywood Reporter that he's currently writing a philosophy book, titled Break the Simulation.  

Kanye West's most recent album, The Life of Pablo, came out in 2016.  

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Thursday
Apr192018

Arctic Monkeys reference The Strokes in opening line of new album 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe opening line on the upcoming Arctic Monkeys album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino contains a reference to The Strokes.

Lead-off track "Star Treatment" begins with the lyric "I just wanted to be one of the Strokes," reps for the band confirm to Pitchfork.

The British rockers' admiration for Julian Casablancas and company makes sense, as both bands got their start during the 2000s indie rock scene. AM frontman Alex Turner has been particularly vocal about his love for The Strokes' 2001 debut album, Is This It.

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the first Arctic Monkeys album since 2013's AM, will be released on May 11.

Meanwhile, The Strokes' most recent release is the 2016 EP Future Present Past, but they haven't come out with a full-length album since 2013's Comedown Machine. This year has seen new albums from Casablancas and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s respective solo projects, though.

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Thursday
Apr192018

"I said I like it like that": Cardi B earns first top 10 debut with "I Like It"

Jora FrantzisCardi B has earned her first top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with her song "I Like It," which entered the chart at number eight. 

The track comes from the Grammy nominated rapper's album Invasion of Privacy, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 earlier in the week. 

It's also her fifth Hot 100 top 10 to date.

Cardi's smash hit "Bodak Yellow" made its way to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in September of last year.   

She then scored three other top 10 hits on that chart, all features: "Motorsport," with Migos; "No Limit," with G-Eazy; and "Finesse," her collaboration with Bruno Mars.

Cardi B is nominated for eight Billboard Music Award trophies, including Top New Artist, Billboard Chart Achievement Award and Top Female Artist. 

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards air May 20 on NBC, live from Las Vegas. 

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Thursday
Apr192018

'Paul Rodgers – Free Spirit – Celebrating the Music of Free' due out June 22

Harry Herd/RedfernsNearly a year ago, former Free frontman Paul Rodgers played a sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall, celebrating Free's 50th anniversary as part of his 2017 Free Spirit tour.  Now the promised record of that concert is almost here.

Paul Rodgers -- Free Spirit -- Celebrating the Music of Free will be released June 22 by Quarto Valley Records in multiple formats -- on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, on vinyl and digitally.

The 16-song collection features Rodgers performing Free's best-known songs, including "Wishing Well," "Fire and Water" and their signature hit, "All Right Now," as well as deep tracks, some of which were never performed live by the original band.

Blu-ray and vinyl extras include exclusive footage of the London show, as well as extra tracks by Paul's multi-instrumentalist daughter, Jasmine Rodgers, and rock and blues singer Deborah Bonham, sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Rogers is widely considered to be one of rock's premier vocalists.  In addition to fronting Free, he was also lead singer for Bad Company and The Firm before going solo.

Rogers has a seriously busy road schedule right now.  He'll play a handful of Bad Company dates beginning May 11, then embark July 18 on his joint Stars Align tour with Jeff Beck and Heart's Ann Wilson.  You can check out Paul Rodgers.com for dates and details.

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Thursday
Apr192018

"Weed, Whiskey, and Willie": The holy trinity of Brothers Osborne

EMI Records NashvilleThe wait is almost over for the sophomore album from Brothers Osborne, Port Saint Joe, which arrives on Friday. And if you're wondering if the record’s release date, 4/20, is a coincidence, just consider the title of the latest advance track from the project: “Weed, Whiskey and Willie.”

“I’ve got bottles and vinyl stacked to the ceiling/I get stoned for survival, it helps with the healing,” TJ and John sing. “When it all goes to hell, the only thing I believe in is weed, whiskey, and Willie.”

If you check the length of the song, the numbers synonymous with pot come up again. “Weed, Whiskey and Willie” clocks in at exactly 4:20.

You can stream or download the track now, in advance of Port Saint Joe’s Friday release. You can also check out the tune’s lyric video on YouTube.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Troye Sivan talks Ariana, Taylor & boyfriend who inspired his new album 

Hedi SlimaneTroye Sivan's upcoming album is so personal that he wasn't sure he wanted any guest artists on it, but he realized he needed just one: Ariana Grande.

Ariana sings on a dance track called "Dance to This," and speaking to Australian GQ, Troye says, "She’s a really good friend...I had this one song and I thought, 'This song really needs Ariana Grande on it.' I hate asking people for things, but I plucked up the courage to ask, and I had it like two days later.”

Troye's also gotten some help from another female pop superstar: Taylor Swift

"[She's] always been really lovely to me – super-kind and generous," he tells GQ. "We have hung out only a couple of times, but she’s just been so open and forthcoming and answered all my questions, because I’m always really interested in what it’s like to be Taylor Swift.”

As for why the album is so personal, it was inspired by Troye's boyfriend, an American model named Jacob. Troye says, “I was in a writing mode and writing about everything, my personal life included."

He notes, "If I had it my way, it would be something that was almost completely private. But I think it’s just so obvious that we’re together. So I’m completely fine with everyone knowing who I’m in a relationship with, but then it’s up to me to protect the ins and outs."

"People see photos of us together, but the relationship itself – the conversations, or the way we talk to each other or the way we look at each other -- the actual substance is almost completely private," he explains. "And that is comforting to me.”

So far there's no release date or title for the album, which has already produced the hit "My My My."

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Thursday
Apr192018

Kenney Jones' autobiography, 'Let the Good Times Roll,' due out May 31

Blink PublishingWe've got a publication date for former The Who drummer Kenney Jones' autobiography, and it's just around the corner.  Titled Let the Good Times Roll, it'll be out May 31.

Subtitled My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who, the book covers exactly that -- Jones' time with three of rock's most influential bands.  "In a career spanning six decades, Kenney was at the epicentre of many of the most exciting moments in music history and has experienced everything the industry has to offer," declares the book's publisher.  "He jointly created some of the world's most-loved records, hung out with the StonesBeatlesDavid BowieKeith Moon and Rod Stewart, and suffered the loss of close friends to rock 'n' roll excess and success."

Jones writes about "the people, the parties, the friendships, the fall-outs, the laughter, the sadness, the sex, drugs, and a lot of rock 'n' roll, while also opening up about his own deeply personal battles and passions, too," according to the publisher.

Jones of course was a founding member of Small Faces, which changed to Faces when lead singer and guitarist Steve Marriott left the band in 1969, and Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood stepped in to cover vocals and guitar, respectively.  Three years after Faces disbanded, Pete Townshend in 1978 invited Jones to join The Who in the wake of drummer Keith Moon's death.  Jones left the band around 1988, though he's performed with them occasionally since. 

You can order Let the Good Times Roll: My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who now on Amazon.co.uk.  And yes, they do ship to the U.S.

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