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If you've ever dreamed of singing with Paul McCartney, maybe you'll be amazed to learn you actually have the chance to do it…as part of a new charity initiative launched at the Omaze fundraising platform. The former Beatles star is offering a VIP experience giving one winning bidder and a guest the opportunity to sing his classic Fab Four song "Get Back" with him in front of a small audience during soundcheck before his September 21 concert at Barclays Center in New York City.

The winner of the experience also will get two tickets to the show, and will be flown to New York and be treated to a stay at a four-star hotel.

Fans can enter by visiting Omaze.com/Paul and donating as little as $10, although the more money you contribute, the better your chances of winning. Funds raised by the initiative will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which provides Transcendental Meditation education programs to at-risk young people, domestic-violence victims, veterans suffering from PTSD and others.

In other news, McCartney apparently had fun on Tuesday checking out the solar eclipse that was viewable throughout the U.S. The rock legend's daughter Mary posted a photo of her dad looking at the sun with special eclipse-viewing glasses on her Instagram page.

Sir Paul begins a new series of U.S. tour dates on September 11 in Newark, New Jersey.

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Courtesy of SHOWTIMETonight, ABC's Nightline correspondent, Juju Chang, takes a look at "a private Whitney Houston the public didn't know," in a story about the forthcoming Showtime documentary Whitney. "Can I Be Me."

The documentary airs this Friday on Showtime.  

In her Nightline segment, Juju sits down with the film's co-director, Rudi Dolezal, who says that Whitney's public persona "was the image," not the reality.  

"She came from the hood," he explains. 

Dolezal also claims that contrary to popular belief, it was Whitney's older brothers who introduced her to a life of drugs, not her ex-husband Bobby Brown.

"The brothers knew the dealers in New Jersey and they were older and they were using," says Dolezal. "And then one day they introduced her to that."

Another topic explored in the film is Whitney's "absentee" relationship with late daughter, Bobbi Kristina who, like her mom, died in a bathtub.

The Showtime documentary also examines Whitney's relationship with childhood friend and long-rumored girlfriend, Robyn Crawford.  

Dolezal claims that Whitney's mother "actually said at the time that she would like Whitney to marry a man, because the rumors of her and Robyn were so, so severe and so intense." 

Juju's entire Nightline segment airs Wednesday morning at 12:37 a.m. ET on ABC.  

You can also catch Whitney. "Can I Be Me" on Showtime this Friday at 9 p.m. ET. 

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ABC/Randy HolmesA number of U2 fans have posted photos on their Twitter feeds of an enigmatic letter they received from the band on Monday that appears to be teasing a forthcoming announcement from the Irish rockers.

As Pitchfork and the AtU2.com fan site are reporting, the letter features the text from a page from poet William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience -- which inspired the titles of U2's latest and upcoming albums -- with certain words blacked out by the silhouetted image of a male and female figure holding hands.

Words that aren't blacked out in the silhouettes create the message: "Blackout…it's clear who you are…will appear U2.com."

In addition, a sentence at the very bottom of the document, which also is partially blacked out, reads: "U2 will announce [blacked-out text] on [blacked-out text]."

U2 has been preparing an album called Songs of Experience that's a follow-up to their 2015 release, Songs of Innocence. The Irish Sun newspaper recently published an unconfirmed report that the band was planning to release Songs of Experience on December 1 to coincide with World AIDS Day, in conjunction with the Project Red campaign Bono co-founded to raise money to support the fight against the disease.

Meanwhile, U2 will launch a second North American leg of their current tour celebrating The Joshua Tree's 30th anniversary on Sunday, September 3, in Detroit.

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Credit: Johnny PixelRevolution Saints, the hard-rock group featuring Night Ranger's Jack Blades, ex-Journey drummer Deeno Castronovo and former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, are releasing a follow-up to their 2015 self-titled debut album. 

The new record is called Light in the Dark and it's due October 13. The band has now debuted a lyric video for one track from the upcoming album called "Freedom" and you can watch it now at Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel.

The clip mixes live performance footage of the group with dynamic animated graphics that incorporate various photos of the band members, as well as a depiction of the album's cover art on fire. The song is a soaring rock anthem highlighted by Castronovo's powerful vocals and a blazing solo by Aldrich.

"The lyrics for 'Freedom' were taken from notes I had written while I was in recovery in June of 2015," explains Castronovo, who parted ways with Journey in 2015 after being arrested on assault charges while struggling with drug issues.

"They're just a powerful reminder of where my head and heart were at the time."

Light in the Dark will be available as a standard CD and vinyl LP, a deluxe CD/DVD set and a limited-edition box set. The deluxe package includes live bonus tracks; footage of Revolution Saints' first concert, which took place this past April in Milan, Italy; a making-of documentary featurette; and music videos for "Light in the Dark" and another tune, "I Wouldn't Change a Thing."

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Richard E. Aaron/RedfernsIn 2007, Prince played a run of 21 sold-out shows at London's O2 arena.  Now, memorabilia from his Paisley Park archives are coming to that same venue as part of a special exhibit.

The U.K. paper The Guardian reports that the exhibit, titled My Name Is Prince, will mark the first time the memorabilia has been displayed outside of Paisley Park since the music icon's death last year.

Fans will be able to see Prince's stage costumes, jewelry, song lyrics and customized guitars, including one he played during his first TV appearance in 1980 on American Bandstand.  Fans will also get to check out outfits from the Purple Rain and LoveSexy tours, his gold and diamond ear clips, a diamond-studded cane topped with his symbol, and the "cloud" suit he wore in the "Raspberry Beret" video.

Prince's sister Tyka Nelson said of the exhibit, "I’m so excited to be able to meet the fans and share their Prince stories and give them hugs, and have a cry with them if need be."

The event will run for 21 days, starting on October 27. Tickets go on sale August 25 via MyNameIsPrince.co.uk.

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Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.As recently as June, Billy Joel told Rolling Stone that he tries "to stay out of politics," adding, "I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think."  But Monday night at his show at New York's Madison Square Garden, Billy made a powerful political statement without saying a word.

During his encore, Billy appeared onstage wearing a yellow Star of David on the front of his blazer, and one on the back, in reference to the stars Jews were forced by Nazis to wear during the Holocaust.  In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, it was a silent protest against the renewed visibility of neo-Nazis and the so-called alt-right movement.

According to the Piano Man's rep, Billy's only comment about his decision to wear the Star of David is a quote from Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Bill's parents were Jewish, and during World War II, his grandfather was driven out of business in Germany because he was Jewish.  The story inspired a 2001 documentary film called The Joel Files.

Billy's daughter, Alexa Ray, and his ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, attended the concert, and showed their support via Instagram. 

Alexa captioned a photo of her dad wearing the Star of David, "Now, THIS Is How You Do It! THAT’S MY POP!!! Proud Jewish New Yorker Through & Through!!!!! REPRESENT! STAND STRONG."

Christie wrote, "And on the day of the Solar Eclipse a yellow star appeared on the jacket of another kind of star with a cl[e]nched fist that seemed to be gripping painful...memories of loved ones who wore that star to their death."

She continued, "...Thank you Billy for reminding people what was ...so it may never ever be again."

During the show, Joel also invited Patty Smyth of Scandal to sing their hit "Goodbye to You" as photos of now-departed White House officials like Steve Bannon and Sean Spicer appeared onscreen.

 

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— People (@people) August 22, 2017

 

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Courtesy Royal CaribbeanMonday's North American total solar eclipse was almost as good for Bonnie Tyler as it was for the manufactures of eclipse glasses.  Tyler's 1983 hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" seems to have become the unofficial eclipse anthem.

On Monday the song climbed to number 1 on the iTunes chart.  The song's official YouTube video also reached nearly 260,000 views per hour on Monday, reports Variety -- compared with around 65,000 per hour in the days before the eclipse.

And Billboard reports that in week leading up to Monday's eclipse, sales of digital downloads of the song across all platforms rose 503 percent.  The song sold 12,000 download in the U.S. in the week ending August 20, compared with 2,000 downloads the prior week.

Bonnie performed the song during the eclipse with DNCE as her backing band on a Royal Caribbean cruise on Monday sailing towards the eclipse's path of totality.

Next big sales spike for "Total Eclipse of the Heart"? 2024, when the U.S. will have another brush with a solar eclipse's path of totality.

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InsideOut MusicLast year, Kansas launched a tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of their breakout album, Leftoverture, showcasing a full performance of the multi-platinum record. Now, Kansas has announced plans to release a new album this fall called Leftoverture Live & Beyond.  It includes performances from 12 shows the group played during the spring 2017 leg of the trek.

Leftoverture Live & Beyond will be released November 3, and will available as a two-CD digipak, a four-LP 180-gram vinyl box set and a digital download. Fans can pre-order the album exclusively at KansasBand.com beginning Wednesday, August 23.

Besides live renditions of every song on Leftoverture, including the classic "Carry On Wayward Son," the record features performances of other popular Kansas tunes, such as "Point of Know Return" and "Dust in the Wind." Leftoverture Live & Beyond also boasts renditions of several tunes from Kansas' latest studio album, 2016's The Prelude Implicit.

The live collection was produced by Jeff Glixman, who also was behind the board for the original Leftoverture album.

"When we saw how much our fans enjoyed the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour shows, we knew we had to record a live album," says Kansas drummer Phil Ehart. "When it came to finding someone to produce it, we thought the best possible person would be the guy that produced Leftoverture forty years ago."

Adds Glixman, "I'm really excited with how this live album sounds. This band is on fire."

Kansas' Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour continues with the show this Friday, August 25, in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is scheduled all the way through a December 16 concert in Reading, Pennsylvania. Check out the group's full itinerary at KansasBand.com.

Here's the track list of Leftoverture Live & Beyond:

"Icarus II"
"Icarus"
"Point of Know Return"
"Paradox"
"Journey from Mariabronn"
"Lamplight Symphony"
"Dust in the Wind"
"Rhythm in the Spirit"
"The Voyage of Eight Eighteen"
"Section 60"
"Carry On Wayward Son"
"The Wall"
"What's on My Mind"
"Miracles out of Nowhere"
"Opus Insert"
"Questions of My Childhood"
"Cheyenne Anthem"
"Magnum Opus"
"Portrait (He Knew)"

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Credit: Gary GershoffCongratulations to REO Speedwagon!  Their 1980 album, Hi Infidelity, recently was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 10 million in the U.S.

The band's current lineup -- Kevin Cronin, Neal Doughty, Bruce Hall, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt -- was presented with a special plaque in celebration of the honor last Thursday during a rooftop ceremony at Sony Music's New York City headquarters.  The event also was attended by the group's manager, Tom Consolo, Hi Infidelity co-producer Kevin Beamish, former MTV VJ Mark Goodman, and executives from the RIAA and Sony's Legacy Recordings.

Released in November 1980, Hi Infidelity went on to spend 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. The album yielded four hit singles: the chart-topping "Keep On Loving You"; "Take It on the Run," which peaked at #5; "In Your Letter," which reached #20; and "Don't Let Him Go," which ascended to the #24 spot.

In a post on REO Speewagon's official Facebook page, Cronin wrote that he and his band mates wished that founding guitarist Gary Richrath, who died in 2015, could have been at the ceremony, adding that "he was surely there in spirit" and that "[n]one of this would have been possible without Gary."

REO Speedwagon wraps up their United We Rock tour with Styx and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder with a show on Tuesday, August 22, in Holmdel, New Jersey. The band has more than a dozen other upcoming tour dates scheduled through a January 28 performance in Detroit.

Here are all of REO Speedwagon's upcoming U.S. gigs:

8/22 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center*
8/24 -- Asheville, NC, Biltmore Estate
9/14 -- Cedar Falls, IA, University of Northern Iowa
9/15 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
9/16 -- Quapaw, OK, Downstream Casino Resort
9/29 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
9/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, Orleans Showroom
10/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, Orleans Showroom
10/3 -- Enid, OK, Central National Bank Center
10/5 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center Concert Hall
10/7 -- Fayetteville, NC, Crown Complex
11/16 -- Effingham, IL, Effingham Performance Center
11/17 -- Red Wing, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
11/18 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theater
1/28/18 -- Detroit, MI, MotorCity Casino Hotel

* = with Styx and Don Felder.

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James White for Paper magazineEven if you don't know much about Mariah Carey, you've probably heard that she's a diva who makes impossible demands.  But according to Mariah herself, she gets all that from her mother.

Speaking to Paper magazine, Mariah claims, "I've never had a diva moment."  When the magazine expresses disbelief, she says, "Actually, I have had diva moments, and then people can't handle it. I guess it's a little intense, because I come from a true diva: My mother is an opera singer. And that's a real diva, you know -- Juilliard diva."

She adds, laughing, "Other people that are like, 'I'm a diva,' it's like, 'Honey, you don't know what a diva is, you didn't grow up with my mom!' And I mean it as a compliment, or I wouldn't be the person I am without experiencing that."

And when she talks in her "Mariah voice," calling everyone "Dahhhhhling," Mariah says, "I'm channeling my mother. Not that she says 'dahling' all the time, but, like, that voice is...it's like I inadvertently do it."

She adds, "I don't do it to be disrespectful, I just do it and it just happens...I can't fight it."

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Neal Preston/©Queen Productions Ltd.Queen's official website has revealed the actors who'll be joining star Rami Malek in director Bryan Singer's forthcoming biopic about the legendary U.K. band, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Appearing with Malek, who had already been cast as Queen singer Freddie Mercury, will be Gwilym Lee as guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor and Joe Mazzello as bassist John Deacon.

Lee's list of credits includes parts in the British TV series Fresh Meat and Midsomer Murders, as well as in the upcoming movie The Last Witness. Besides acting, Gwilym is a talented musician who sings and plays piano, trumpet and guitar.

Hardy's resume includes parts in the popular British series The Eastenders and the 2015 superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse.

As a child actor, Mazzello was featured in the 1993 flicks Jurassic Park and Shadowlands. As an adult, he appeared in the HBO series The Pacific and in the Oscar-winning 2010 film The Social Network.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bohemian Rhapsody is expected to begin production in the fall of this year, and is scheduled to get its U.S. premiere in December 25, 2018.

The movie script was written by Justin Haythe, who also has penned scripts for the movies Revolutionary Road and A Cure for Wellness. As previously reported, Singer's directing credits include most of the X-Men films and The Usual Suspects.

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Central Press/Getty ImagesLate Beatles producer George Martin's original handwritten music score for the band's classic song "Eleanor Rigby" is up for bid as part of a Fab Four-themed memorabilia sale hosted by Omega Auctions, taking place September 11 in Warrington, U.K., outside of Liverpool.

The document, signed by Martin and the tune's composer, Paul McCartney, is expected to fetch between 15,000 and 25,000 pounds -- between about $19,400 and $32,300 U.S.

The score features musical notation and the song's lyrics written in pencil by Martin, as well as notes explaining that the track was to be recorded at London's Abbey Road Studio number 2 and would feature four violins, two violas and two cellos. Interestingly, none of The Beatles played any instruments on the track.

"Eleanor Rigby" was recorded in April 1966 and was released in August of that year as part of a two-sided single with "Yellow Submarine." It also appeared on the band's Revolver album, and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Although McCartney has claimed he invented the name "Eleanor Rigby" for use in the song, a tombstone of a woman with that same name who died in 1944 was discovered during the 1980s in the graveyard of the Liverpool church where Paul first met John Lennon. One of the other lots at the auction features the deeds to Rigby's grave, and a small Bible in which she apparently wrote her name. Those items are estimated to sell for between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds, or between about $2,600 and $5,200 U.S.

Omega Auctions executive Paul Fairweather tells BBC News that he thinks it's an "incredible coincidence" that the score and the grave deeds are being sold at the same time.

Visit OmegaAuctions.co.uk for more information.

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UMeThe new 10-part documentary series The Vietnam War by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will premiere on PBS starting September 17. In conjunction with the series, a two-CD soundtrack featuring memorable and topical songs from the Vietnam era will be released on September 15.

The Vietnam War: The Soundtrack includes 38 of the 120 songs heard in the series. Among the many classic tunes appearing on the album are The Beatles' "Let It Be," The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Ohio" and Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."

Other artists featured on the album include Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Byrds, Otis Redding, Santana, Bob Dylan, Steppenwolf, The Animals and Wilson Pickett.

"The Vietnam War era produced some of the greatest, most impactful music ever recorded," say Burns and Novick in a joint statement. "We are grateful that so many artists from the period wanted to be part of the film and now the soundtrack."

The Vietnam War series took 10 years to make and features interviews with dozens of people who lived through and fought in the war, including U.S. military veterans, protestors, Vietnamese soldiers and civilians from both sides of the conflict. The program also includes rare photos, archival footage and recordings.

An original score to the series, composed by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and his frequent collaborator, Atticus Ross, will be released as a two-CD and a three-LP vinyl set on September 15.

The Vietnam War series will be available to purchase on DVD and Blu-ray on September 19 at shopPBS.org.

Here are all the songs on The Vietnam War: The Soundtrack:

CD 1
"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" -- Bob Dylan
"Hello Vietnam" -- Johnnie Wright
"It's My Life" -- The Animals
"Eve of Destruction" -- Barry McGuire
"Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" -- The Byrds
"Masters of War" -- The Staple Singers
"Mustang Sally" -- Wilson Pickett
"Smokestack Lightnin'" -- Howlin' Wolf
"Backlash Blues" -- Nina Simone
"The Sound of Silence" -- Simon & Garfunkel  
"One Too Many Mornings" -- Bob Dylan
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" -- The Temptations
"Are You Experienced?" -- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
"I'm a Man" -- The Spencer Davis Group
"Green Onions" -- Booker T and The MG's
"Strange Brew" -- Cream
"Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (Live)" -- Pete Seeger
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" -- Procol Harum
"The Lord Is in This Place" -- Fairport Convention
"For What It's Worth" -- Buffalo Springfield

CD 2
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" -- Bob Dylan
"Piece of My Heart" -- Big Brother & The Holding Company
"Magic Carpet Ride" -- Steppenwolf
"The Letter" -- The Box Tops  
"Bad Moon Rising" -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Soul Sacrifice" -- Santana  
"Tell the Truth" -- Otis Redding
"Okie from Muskogee" -- Merle Haggard
"The Thrill Is Gone" -- B.B. King
"Psychedelic Shack" -- The Temptations
"Ohio" -- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
"Get Together" -- The Youngbloods
"Gimme Shelter" -- The Rolling Stones
"Tail Dragger" -- Link Wray
"America the Beautiful" -- Ray Charles
"What's Going On" -- Marvin Gaye
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" -- Simon & Garfunkel
"Let It Be" -- The Beatles

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Masterworks BroadwayThe stage musical based on the irreverent Nickelodeon cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, which features original songs by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Cyndi Lauper and other stars, will open on Broadway in November. In advance of the show's arrival on the Great White Way, an original cast recording will be released September 22 on CD and digitally.

The musical includes a song called "Bikini Bottom Boogie" that was penned by Tyler and Perry, and "Hero Is My Middle Name," which Lauper wrote. The show also features a performance of the 1995 David Bowie song "No Control."

Other music stars who contributed new tunes to the production include Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I.

A two-LP vinyl version of The Original Cast Recording of SpongeBob SquarePants -- The New Musical will be released on November 3, three days before the show's Broadway premiere at the Palace Theater.

Here is the full track list of the SpongeBob SquarePants musical's original cast recording, along with songwriter credits:

"Prologue"
"Bikini Bottom Day" -- by Jonathan Coulton
"No Control" -- by David Bowie
"BFF" -- by Plain White T's
"When the Going Gets Tough" -- by T.I.
"(Just a) Simple Sponge" -- by Panic! At the Disco
"Daddy Knows Best" -- by Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
"Hero Is My Middle Name" -- by Cyndi Lauper
"Super Sea Star Savior" -- by Yolanda Adams
"Tomorrow Is" -- by The Flaming Lips
"Poor Pirates" -- by Sara Bareilles
"Bikini Bottom Boogie" -- by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
"Chop to the Top" -- by Lady Antebellum
"(I Guess I) Miss You" -- by John Legend
"I'm Not a Loser" -- by They Might Be Giants
"Best Day Ever" -- by Tom Kenny & Andy Paley
"Finale: Bikini Bottom Day Reprise"
"SpongeBob SquarePants Theme"

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ABC/Fred WatkinsDave Grohl loves playing with his other artists, especially his heroes, though his collaborations are usually in the same zip code, musically. So what happened this weekend might surprise a lot of people.

Stereogum reports that at Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival, Foo Fighters played the Marine Stage while '80s phenomenon Rick Astley performed on the Mountain Stage. A more unlikely collaboration could not have been predicted, but leave it to Grohl to come up with something fun on the fly.

Having only met two minutes prior, they got together during the Foos’ headlining set to perform a rocked-up version of Astley’s worldwide hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Video has surfaced online and Grohl seems positively giddy, saying “This is f****** crazy! I just met him two minutes ago!” As Grohl and the band start up the song, Astley shed his clean cut image and shouted, “Come on you mother******!”

Rickroll, that!

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Courtesy of AXS TVSammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip will continue on for a third season that will premiere in early 2018. The new installment of AXS TV reality series will feature 12 episodes, and will include appearances by The Who's Roger Daltrey, Pat Benatar and her husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and Dave Grohl, among others.

Production on the forthcoming season of Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar began earlier this month. The show features the ex-Van Halen frontman traveling to different cities to interview and jam with various well-known musicians.

"It's been a cool surprise how much we're all enjoying the interview part of this show because as artists, what happens on stage or in the music studio is the easy/fun stuff and the interviews often feel like the work," Hagar says of his series.

He explains, "It's like when the camera lights go on and the questions start, that typical wall or guard is down because it's me on the other end, and not a seasoned journalist asking the questions.  So the flow is organic and it's easy -- to the point where we're both surprised how deep and real the conversations get."

Among the many stars featured on season two of Rock & Roll Road Trip were John Mellencamp, Mick Fleetwood, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Styx, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.

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Credit: Ross HalfinAerosmith hasn't released any new songs since its 2012 studio album Music from Another Dimension, but that looks like it will be changing soon. In a new interview, guitarist Brad Whitford tells Billboard Argentina that his band recently hit a London studio while they were touring Europe to start recording a new song.

"This song is a musical idea of Joe Perry's," Whitford reveals. "We're doing it very much like we did songs back when we started out. It's a very rock 'n' roll [tune]."

Aerosmith currently is preparing to kick off a fall tour leg of South America and Mexico that will begin September 15 in Quito, Ecuador.

While rumor have circulated that the band may be considering retiring from the road in the not-too-distant future, Whitford tells Billboard Argentina that he thinks the group hopefully has at least "five more years."

He adds with a laugh, "We're going to keep playing until we can't play anymore."

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Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCMadonna launched her luxury skin care line, MDNA Skin, in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea in 2014, but now, her American fans will finally be able to buy it.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the line will launch September 26 online at MDNASkin.com, Barneys.com and at Barneys New York stores in Manhattan and Beverly Hills. "I'm tired of hearing people complain here that they can't get it in America," Madonna told the magazine.

The nine different products range in price from $50 to $600, and include face washes, clay masks and a Rejuvenator Set. The Queen of Pop tells WWD, "It's a line I can use every day...I developed it for me specifically, but it also feels universal. I mean, my children use it, my friends use it."

Considering Madonna just turned 59 and looks fabulous, she herself may just be the best advertisement for MDNA Skin.

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Tarpan RecordsSantana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana is one busy musician. Not only did she make major contributions to her band's recently released collaborative album with The Isley Brothers, Power of Peace, but she will be putting out her own solo single next week.

The song, "Fun, Party, Splash," which features guitar by her husband, Carlos Santana, will be available for purchase as a digital download on Friday, August 25.

Cindy recorded the track with award-winning producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden, whose resume includes recordings by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Whitney Houston. You can pre-order "Fun Party Splash" now at iTunes.

Cindy joined Santana in 2010 and prior to that, she had a long stint drumming with Lenny Kravitz. Besides playing drums on Power of Peace, she contributed lead vocals to the song "I Remember," which she also wrote.

Over the years, Blackman Santana also has worked with a wide variety of other well-known musicians, including late Cream bassist Jack Bruce and Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid in the 2012 jazz-fusion project Spectrum Road.

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Credit: Claude GassianRolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood paid a visit to a BBC Radio show on Wednesday and while there, he gave a little update about the status of his band's next album, while also revealing that the group soon will start rehearsing for its upcoming tour.

"We have some [songs] in the bag," the 70-year-old rocker said. "And I think now that we're getting together again, we'll see what direction things are gonna take."

Wood also reported that The Stones will begin preparing for their fall European trek, the No Filter Tour, next week.

"We always love that," he says of rehearsals. "It's like a family reunion. It's really is good. It's like a meal that goes on for like a month, and we go out on the road and spread that food everywhere." The tour kicks off September 9 in Hamburg, Germany, and is scheduled through an October 25 show in Paris.

Wood also chatted a bit about an upcoming book focusing on his artwork that's appropriately titled Ronnie Wood: Artist, which will be published in the U.S. on October 17.

Ronnie began painting when he was 12, and has become a prolific artist known for his portraits of his band mates and other famous musicians.

He told the BBC interviewer about his continued passion for painting, "It's always a challenge, a bit like the music. You're always improving and you're always experimenting. Every blank canvas is like a challenge."

The book includes an afterword penned by his Rolling Stones band mate Keith Richards. For more details about Ronnie Wood: Artist, visit ThamesandHudsonUSA.com.

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