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Tuesday
Oct062015

Andy Grammer and Nick Carter Recall Their Favorite Years on Monday's "DWTS"

ABC/Craig SjodinAndy Grammer and Nick Carter are still standing after week four of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

Nick wound up in a three-way tie for second place with a score of 27 out of 30 for his Jazz performance. Andy improved from last week, but still found himself in the middle of the pack with a score of 23.

Monday's theme was "Most Memorable Year." Grammer and his partner Allison Holker, who earlier announced she was four months pregnant, performed a cha cha to his new single, "Good to Be Alive." Andy revealed in the video package before his dance that 2009 was a pivotal year in his life because it was when he lost his mother suddenly to breast cancer. However, out of that tragedy came the song.

Nick chose 1992, the year he joined the Backstreet Boys. In his video package, Carter recalled that he came from a dysfunctional family, and his bandmates "loved and treated me like a real brother." He and his partner, Sharna Burgess, danced to the band's “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”

Actor Gary Busey was sent home Monday.

The Dancing with the Stars competition continues Monday night on ABC.

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Tuesday
Oct062015

Lady Gaga's Anti-Rape Song "'Til It Happens to You" Is Taking On a "Life of Its Own," Says Writer Diane Warren 

Interscope Records"'Til It Happens to You," the song written by Diane Warren and performed by Lady Gaga for the movie The Hunting Ground, has attracted a lot of attention for its powerful message and accompanying video, which shows the reality of sexual assault on college campuses.   Warren says she's humbled by the fact that the song is helping so many people and wants it to continue to do so...but she's also hoping it'll help her win her first Oscar.

Warren wrote the song after being told about what the women featured in the film had gone through, and asked Gaga to record the song because she knew the singer had been open about how she herself was sexually assaulted years ago.  "I played her the song on the phone and then we went in the studio and she added her thing to it. She added 'Gaga' to it," Warren tells ABC Radio. "She changed some things; she made it her own."

Asked if singing the song was cathartic for Gaga, Warren says, "I mean, you can tell it was. It’s not something she said, but you can hear it," she tells ABC Radio. "You can’t sing that song that great and not have felt what you’re singing, you know? And I think one reason it’s connecting so deeply is people are feeling that, that it’s so real."

Warren, who received a thank you letter from the assault survivors featured in The Hunting Ground, says she's surprised at the impact that the song and video, especially, are having.

"I think it has a life of its own. I mean, it has almost 15 million views in a week and a half with Gaga not in the video, which is like, 'Whoa how did that happen?'" she tells ABC Radio. "But there’s something actually cool about her not being in the video, isn’t there? It doesn’t distract. Like, if there was costume changes or something like that, you’d just be thinking of her, ‘cause she’s such a charismatic presence."

Warren says that even if people haven't been through the events depicted in the video or The Hunting Ground, she feels that "'Til It Happens to You" can still help people get through any number of situations.

"It could be about bullying," she tells ABC Radio. "It could be about a lot of things people go through, because when you’re going through something really difficult people are going, 'Oh yeah...give it some time.' And you don’t feel that way because you’re hurting. And so I wanted the song not only to give voice to this but also to give voice to other difficult things people go through."

The Hunting Ground is currently available on iTunes and VOD, and will air later this fall on CNN.  Meanwhile, Warren hopes that the song continues to touch people...but she has another goal in mind for it as well.

"I want this song to be comforting and give strength and you know what? Let’s be real. I’d like it to win an Oscar!" she laughs. "You know, I would. I’m a seven time loser!"  

Warren was most recently nominated last year for the song "Grateful," which she wrote for the movie Behind the Lights.  Among the other hits she wrote for movies that have earned her Oscar nods: LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live," Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," Gloria Estefan and NSYNC's "Music of My Heart," Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" and Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

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Tuesday
Oct062015

Nashville Notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGlen Campbell's daughter, Ashley Campbell, has signed a deal with Dot Records. Ashley played in her father's band during his three-year farewell tour before he retired due to advancing Alzheimer's disease.

Jake Owen performed a four-song set at the Beverly Hills Golden Heart Awards gala last Thursday night in honor of Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo.

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Tuesday
Oct062015

Carrie Underwood Sharing the Stage with Brad Paisley, Paul Simon Tonight in New York City

Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood is in New York City for Tuesday night's All for the Hall songwriters show at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

She says with a laugh, "I don't know if you've heard of some of the other people on the bill.  But it's gonna be cool."

Carrie certainly has reason to get excited about this concert, benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame. She'll be sharing stories and songs on stage with legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon as well as Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill.

Carrie says of performing the informal, guitar-pull style show, "There's no fancy-pants lights and bells and whistles and stuff like that going on. You just kind of get to sit and sing, and there's something special about that."

Of course, Carrie strongly believes in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's work to preserve the history of the country format.

"I mean, country music is so based on tradition. So many of us look back," Carrie explains. "It's not just about what's hot right now. It's built on legacies, and really, really, really amazing artists and musicians and songwriters, and we need to preserve that. It's cool to go to the museum and see everything and feel the history."

Tickets for the show are on sale through AXS.com.

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Tuesday
Oct062015

The Doobie Brothers, Hot Tuna Part of 2015 Lineup for Warren Haynes' Annual Christmas Jam Benefit

Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityFormer Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has announced details of his 27th annual Christmas Jam concert, which will take place December 12 at US Cellular Center in the veteran rocker's hometown of Asheville, North Carolina.  In addition to a solo appearance by Haynes, this year's lineup includes The Doobie Brothers, the electric version of Hot Tuna, Bruce Hornsby and Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Warren's fellow Allman Brothers alum Derek Trucks.

For the 17th year running, the Christmas Jam will benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.  Proceeds raised will go toward building energy-efficient houses, as well as purchasing and developing property for future Habitat projects.

Among the other confirmed artists on the 2015 Christmas Jam bill are Joe Bonamassa, Dawes and Blackberry Smoke, while more acts will be announced soon.  Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public on October 23, while a pre-sale for VIP tickets and travel packages starts this Friday, October 9.

In addition to the main concert, a series of "Christmas Jam by Day" events will be scheduled that will include music performances and art exhibits held at various locations in and around Asheville during that same weekend.  There also is an initiative called "Before the Jam Lend a Hand," which gives volunteers the chance to help build the houses funded by Christmas Jam donations.  For more information about this year's Christmas Jam, visit XmasJam.com and Facebook.com/XmasJam.

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Tuesday
Oct062015

Robert DeLong Talks "Song-Based" Approach to New Album, "In the Cards"

Image Courtesy of Glassnote RecordsRobert DeLong's sophomore album In the Cards, featuring the singles "Long Way Down" and "Don't Wait Up," is out now. For In the Cards, DeLong wanted to try something different from the "dance-music oriented" sound of his debut album, and he feels that "Long Way Down" exemplifies his new approach.

"I wanted to explore in general even with this album -- and 'Long Way Down' was kinda the poster child for it -- writing more song-based songs that really were, not dance songs, but were like traditional pop songs in a way, something that people could digest I think a little bit more, I guess, fluidly," DeLong tells ABC Radio.

"So ['Long Way Down'] was my first attempt at it, and it apparently worked out well for me," he laughs. "Long Way Down," the lead single from In the Cards, reached number three at Alternative radio.

"Long Way Down" is certainly a catchy song, but you may have also been drawn to the ominous motif that follows the chorus, which sounds a lot like the James Bond theme. While DeLong didn't mean to reference 007 specifically in that moment, he was looking for something dramatic to fit the song.

"I've always kinda loved those sort of epic, almost cinematic sort of chord changes in pop songs, rock songs, there's something almost spooky about it," he says. "But yeah, it was no intention to make it sound like James Bond, it just kinda came out that way. Everyone's always like, 'Yeah, you should try to write the next James Bond theme,' and it's like, well, you know, if that came along I'm sure I would."

The album's second single was "Don't Wait Up," which is a much peppier, more upbeat song than its predecessor.

"The album kinda covers a lot of ground between things that are really poppy and things that are really weird, but it's all pretty high energy, 'Long Way Down' being maybe one of the slowest songs on the album," DeLong says. "So I wanted something that sort of represented the other half of the album to be out there to kinda not give people a false impressions of what they'd be getting into when they bought it."

Even with a different sound, "Don't Wait Up" is looking to match the success of "Long Way Down," -- the track currently sits in the top-20 at Alternative radio. While both singles have had success at Alternative radio, DeLong is nominally an electronic artist. However, he played in several rock bands before starting this project, which he feels influences what he does today, even if it is surrounded by electronics.

"I think I kind of write songs like they're pop-rock songs or something like that, and then have the electronic production around them and choose different dance styles as kind of like, I guess, a vessel for the tune," DeLong tells ABC Radio. "But yeah, I mean even on this record, there's a lot more electric guitar and stuff like that." 

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Tuesday
Oct062015

Third Man Records to Release Recording of Early White Stripes Show

Image Courtesy of Third Man RecordsWith Jack White's Third Man Records opening a new store in his hometown of Detroit, the label is releasing a recording of an early The White Stripes show which took place in 1999 at the Gold Dollar in Detroit, located less than a mile from the new store. Live at the Gold Dollar Vol. III, which features the first live performances of "Suzy Lee" and "Astro," will be released through the Third Man Records Vault subscription service.

Third Man Records released the first two Live at the Gold Dollar volumes, which were recordings of The White Stripes' first ever shows, in previous Vault packages.

Along with Live at the Gold Dollar Vol. III, the new Vault package also includes a seven-inch single featuring The Dead Weather songs "Impossible Winner" and "Mile Markers" from the band's latest album, Dodge and Burn.

The Third Man Records Detroit store is set to open on November 27, this year's Black Friday.

Here is the track list for Live at the Gold Dollar Vol. III:

"Broken Bricks"
"Jimmy the Exploder"
"The Big Three Killed My Baby"
"Stop Breaking Down"
"Suzy Lee"
"Let’s Build a Home"
"Sugar Never Tasted So Good"
"Do"
"Little People"
"One More Cup of Coffee"
"Astro"
"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
"Wasting My Time"
"Red Bowling Ball Ruth"
"Cannon/John the Revelator/Grinnin' in Your Face"
"Let’s Shake Hands"

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Tuesday
Oct062015

Janet Jackson Set to Outsell Tamar Braxton 

Rhythm Nation/BMGJanet Jackson is set to reign supreme on the next Billboard 200.

According to HitsDailyDouble, industry forecasters are expecting Jackson's new album Unbreakable  to sell 103,000 to 110,000 equivalent units, a slight increase from the initial projections of 93-108,000, a number that includes sales and streaming.

If these numbers prove accurate, Janet will out perform fellow R&B singer Tamar Braxton, who will likely sell 39-44,000, including streaming, for her new album, Calling All Lovers, a decrease from  early estimates of 42-47,000 equivalent units.

The official figures will be released on Sunday.

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Monday
Oct052015

John Legend to Perform at Gala to Benefit Cancer Research 

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend is always down to perform for a good cause.

The singer has been announced as a featured entertainer for an annual Fall Gala for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, an organization that aids in cancer research with fundraising events in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

The event, which will be held on Saturday, October 24 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, will be attended by more than 1,200 prominent celebrities, business executives and health care professionals. There will also be a private auction and online bidding.

For more information about the MMRF Annual Fall Gala, please visit Themmrf.org/FallGalaTickets.

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Monday
Oct052015

Slash to Appear in Silent Film, "Gutterdämmerung"

Scott Uchida/MSO PRSlash is the final addition to the rock star roster starring in Gutterdämmerung, a new film referred to as "The Loudest Silent Movie on Earth." The ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist will appear in the film alongside Iggy Pop, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Motorhead's Lemmy, Volbeat, Mark Lanegan, Slayer's Tom Araya and Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes.

According to the film's Facebook page, Slash will play a character who begins the quest for the "phallic tool of eternal torment." As for what exactly that means, presumably it will be explained in the movie.

Directed by Belgian-Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose, Gutterdämmerung is "part rock show, part immersive cinema experience." The full trailer will be revealed on October 12.

Gutterdämmerung will be screened in theaters with a live band and live narrator in 2016. For more info, visit Gutterdammerung.com.

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Monday
Oct052015

Watch Rage Against the Machine Play "Testify" in New "Live at Finsbury Park" Clip

Eagle Rock Entertainment Rage Against the Machine opened their 2010 show in London, which was captured for the upcoming Live at Finsbury Park concert film, with "Testify," the lead-off track from the band's last album, 1999's The Battle of Los Angeles. Now you can watch a clip of Rage performing "Testify" at Finsbury Park at TheDayMusicWon.com, a new website launched in conjunction with the film.

"The Day Music Won" refers to the campaign that resulted in Rage's Finsbury Park show. In 2009, an English DJ launched a campaign to make the band's 1992 track, "Killing in the Name," the number-one song on the U.K. singles chart on Christmas.  The reason: to keep the most recent U.K. X-Factor winner from taking the top spot, which had been the tradition in recent years. To celebrate the victory, Rage played a free show in London's Finsbury Park. TheDayMusicWon.com also has a detailed timeline detailing the events that led to the Finsbury Park show.

Rage Against the Machine hasn't played a show since 2011, but bassist Tim Commerford recently told Rolling Stone "we still might play again." 

Live at Finsbury Park will be released on Blu-ray/DVD and digitally October 16.

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Monday
Oct052015

Demi Lovato Explains Message Behind Her Song, "Confident"

Hollywood/Island/SafehouseDemi Lovato confidently posed naked and sans makeup for Vanity Fair in a series of unretouched photos released last week. Clearly, she’s practicing what she preaches in her latest empowering single “Confident,” the title track off her upcoming new album. But in case you still haven’t gotten the message, Demi’s here to explain.

“The pre-chorus says it best, where it says, ‘You’ve had me underrated,’” she says in a YouTube video describing the song. “I’ve wanted to shout that from the top of my lungs for years now.”

She admits that she has “never been confident enough in my own skin to feel sexy,” but now she feels proud in her own skin. The song “Confident” reflects that.

“I’m wanting to share that with the world and showing everyone how you can go from being very insecure with body image issues to feeling so proud of your body that you want to show it to the world,” says Demi.

The video for “Confident,” which was directed by Robert Rodriguez, will premiere October 9. Demi’s Confident album is set for an October 16 release.

Meanwhile, Demi was in Washington, D.C. Monday to speak at the National Alliance of Mental Health convention and to promote her “Be Vocal” campaign for mental health awareness. On Tuesday, she’ll head to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and urge them to make mental health a top priority.

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Monday
Oct052015

Ed Sheeran Joins James Bay on Stage for Surprise Duet of "Let It Go"

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran hasn’t popped up as a special guest on his pal Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour yet. But over the weekend, he did make a surprise appearance at James Bay’s concert in Cambridge, England.

Ed, who’s currently taking a break from his X [Multiply] tour, joined James for a performance of “Let It Go” on Sunday. They both played guitar and took turns singing.

In a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly, James praises Ed’s generosity. “Ed doesn’t have to turn up and guest on mates’ records or gigs,” James says. “But he’s a real musician who just really loves to play. What’s awesome for the rest of us is that he’s so generous with that.”

James has been receiving a lot of public support lately. Last week, a video of a dance choreographed to “Let It Go” went viral, and a week before that, Hailee Steinfeld released an acoustic cover of the song.

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Monday
Oct052015

Tori Kelly Tries to Stay Calm After Britney Spears Dances to Her Song

ABC/Randy Holmes Tori Kelly is trying to stay calm after learning that Britney Spears danced to one of her songs.

Over the weekend, Britney taught a dance class to some young girls and tweeted a clip of the session where she and the girls perform a routine to Tori’s “Nobody Love.” Tori spotted the post and promptly geeked out.

“Just britney spears dancing to my song its not a big deal guys im fine im fine,” Tori tweeted, along with the siren and SOS emojis.

For the past couple of weeks, Britney’s been teaching classes at Rockit Dance Studio in Westlake Village, California. Maybe Tori can join in on the fun.

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Monday
Oct052015

Hozier Not Suing Canadian Musician over Plagiarism Claims

Alex LakeDespite reports, "Take Me to Church" singer Hozier is not going to take anyone to court.

A Canadian musician who goes by the name of Chilly Gonzalez hosts a YouTube series about pop music, and on it, he recently intimated that Hozier had ripped off his friend, Canadian singer Feist -- apparently, he believes "Take Me to Church" bears a distinct resemblance to her song "How Come You Never Go There."  This led to reports that Hozier was planning to sue Gonzalez for defamation, but the Grammy-nominee took to Facebook to deny that.

"There has been some talk in the press of legal action and I'd like to clarify my position and the goings-on of the past week for fear that gossip runs unchecked, as it often does," writes Hozier. "What was sought from my end was an apology and redaction of an unfair inferral. This has been issued by Jason Beck (Chilly Gonzales), which I very much appreciate. I will continue to follow and respect his work and look forward to moving on from this issue."

He adds, "Jason Beck has been co-operative and understanding, and there are no hard feelings on my part."

Beck wrote on his Facebook page, "I would like to fully retract any and all implication of copyright infringement in last week’s Pop Music Masterclass 'Take Me To Church' and sincerely apologize to Hozier whose work I respect."

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Monday
Oct052015

Celine Dion Adds 23 More Performances to Vegas Residency Show

Denise TruscelloFans have embraced Celine Dion’s return to the Las Vegas stage. So much so that the singer has just added 23 more performances to her residency show.

The new dates begin February 23, and include strings of shows in March, May and June. She had previously only scheduled shows through January. You can purchase tickets for the new dates starting Friday, October 9 at 10 a.m.

After taking a year off to care for her cancer-stricken husband, Celine returned to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on August 27 with an updated version of her residency show. She’s so far performed 14 consecutive sold-out shows to more than 75,000 people. Her remaining four dates in October are sold out as well.

Here is a list of her new dates for 2016:

February:  23, 24, 26, 27
March:  1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12
May:  17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31
June:  1, 3, 4

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Monday
Oct052015

Diddy Brings Bad Boy to Epic Records 

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Diddy and his Bad Boy Entertainment label have signed an exclusive deal with Epic Records.

The deal includes distribution of two new albums from the rap veteran as well as promotion, marketing, sales and distribution of music from other artists signed to Bad Boy Records. In addition, the new label will include several new music projects, new artist signings, and upcoming releases that will be announced in the coming weeks.

"I have known [Epic Records'] LA Reid since the very beginning and together we have enjoyed countless successes over our long friendship,” said Diddy in a statement.  "To now work with LA in this capacity feels more like a homecoming than a new beginning. Not only is he a fearless and smart businessman, he believes in artists and understands music better than anyone.  He embodies hard work and true success, evident in all of his endeavors.  To collaborate with LA Reid is to collaborate with the very best.”

To celebrate the new deal, Diddy's scheduled to perform new music at the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta October 13.

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Monday
Oct052015

Country Duo LOCASH Releasing "I Love This Life" EP October 30

Webster PRCountry duo LOCASH will release their new EP, I Love This Life, on October 30. The six-song project features the hit title track, which is closing in on the top 20 at country radio.

LOCASH's Preston Brust says, "We are in a really great place in life and I think these songs are windows into our lives right now. I couldn't be more excited or more proud of it!"

Of note, "I Love this Life" was co-written by Preston and his duo partner, Chris Lucas, along with "Buy Me a Boat" singer Chris Janson.

Here's the I Love This Life track listing:

"I Love This Life"
"I Know Somebody"
"Shipwrecked"
"Ain't Startin' Tonight"
"Drunk Drunk"
"Till the Wheels Fall Off"

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Monday
Oct052015

Yoko Ono Taking Part in World Record Human Peace Sign Attempt in Honor of John Lennon's 75th Birthday

PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationOn Tuesday, October 6, Yoko Ono will be on hand at the East Meadow area of New York City's Central Park to co-host a Guinness World Records attempt at the creation of the largest human peace sign, in honor of the 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth.  Fans can pre-register to participate in the event -- which begins at 10 a.m. ET and is free and open to the public -- by visiting ImaginePeace.Eventbrite.com.

More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in the celebration, and at the same time help spread the "Imagine Peace" message around the world in tribute to the late Beatles legend.  At 12:30 p.m. ET, aerial photos of the peace sign will be taken via from the FlyNYON helicopter.  The event, which Ono organized in partnership with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, also will include surprise musical performances, as well as various family-friendly activities and Lennon-themed commemorative experiences.  One of the performances will be by founding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, who will play a song in homage to Lennon shortly after noon local time.

The Lennon Bus, which is now in its 18th year of touring, is a state-of-the-art mobile recording facility that gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn firsthand about audio and video production.

"New York was a very special place for John -- his adopted home -- and I'm so happy that the John Lennon Bus is there to celebrate his 75th birthday," says Yoko in a statement.

In related news, Ono will be in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Friday, October 9 -- Lennon's actual birth date -- for the annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower.  The memorial -- a white stone monument that projects a strong light beam into the sky -- was unveiled on October 9, 2007, and is lit on Lennon's birth date each year, as well as on select other dates.

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Monday
Oct052015

Dead & Company Launch Contest Offering Tickets to Free New York City Show Next Month

Image Courtesy of PMK-BNCDead & Company, the new Grateful Dead spinoff project featuring three of the band's surviving core members, as well as pop-blues star John Mayer, have added a very special third concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden to their upcoming U.S. tour. 

The show, which is scheduled for November 7 and is being presented by American Express, will be a free event, with 10,000 tickets being given out via a contest that fans can enter at DeadandCompany.com and AmericanExpress.com.

A total of 5,000 grand prizes, each featuring two tickets to the show, will be made available.  You can submit your entry now through Thursday, October 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and you must be at least 18 years old to enter.  Winners will be announced on or after October 22.  No tickets will be sold to the event.

The concert also will be streamed live as part the American Express Unstaged series online at AmexUnstaged.com and via mobile devices with the Unstaged app.  The event will be directed by Brett Ratner, whose film credits include Rush Hour and X-Men.  The band and American Express are encouraging fans who'd like to attend the concert or plan to watch the livestream to contribute money to The Robin Hood Foundation, which supports various charities and programs that fight poverty and help people in need throughout the New York City area.

"Well, this is great -- this is the system working at its best," says The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir about the event.  "Our fans get music for free, we get to play our music for a bunch of folks who might otherwise not get to catch it, [American Express] gets to support music and the arts, and everyone gets to come together at Madison Square Garden and online to benefit The Robin Hood Foundation and New York City's less fortunate."

As previously reported, Dead & Company features founding Grateful Dead members Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, and Mayer, along with ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.  The only surviving core member of the Dead not taking part in the project is bassist Phil Lesh, who is focusing on his group Phil Lesh & Friends.  Dead & Company's U.S. tour kicks off on October 29 in Albany, New York, and winds down with a December 30-31 engagement in the Los Angeles area.

Here are all of Dead & Company's U.S. tour dates:

10/29 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
10/31 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
11/1 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
11/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
11/6 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center
11/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden*
11/10 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center
11/11 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
11/13 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
11/14 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
11/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
11/18 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
11/20 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
11/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
11/24 -- Broomfield, CO, 1stBANK Center
11/25 -- Broomfield, CO, 1stBANK Center
11/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
12/27 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
12/28 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
12/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
12/31 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum

* = newly added free concert.

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