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Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesInfluential Grammy-winning singer/songerwriter John Prine has died at 73, ABC Audio has confirmed.  Known for folk/country songs that often featured humor and social commentary, Prine influenced giants like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson

His rep confirmed on behalf of Prine's family that his death was due to complications due to COVID-19.

In late March, Prine's family announced that he'd been hospitalized in critical condition due to COVID-19 and was on a ventilator.

Prine weathered several health issues over the past few decades. In the late 1990s, he announced that doctors detected squamous cell cancer in his neck.  Following radiation and surgery, he was able resume his career, albeit with a deepened voice. In 2013, he announced he had an operable “non-small cell carcinoma,” in his left lung and took time off to heal. 

An Illinois-born Army veteran, Prine was a part of Chicago's 1960s folk revival scene. After being championed by Kris Kristofferson, he released his debut album in 1971.  It included some of Prine's signature songs, including "Paradise," "Illegal Smile," "Hello in There," "Sam Stone" and "Angel from Montgomery," the latter famously covered by Bonnie Raitt.

Prine released albums at a steady clip throughout the '70s and his songs were covered by other artists: David Allen Coe's version of "You Never Even Called Me By My Name," written by Prine and his friend Steve Goodman, was a top-10 country hit.

In 1981, Prine co-founded an independent label called Oh Boy Records to release his work.  Other artists continued to cover his songs: Don Williams took "Love Is on a Roll" to number one on the country chart in 1983 and in 1985, and the country supergroup The Highwaymen -- featuring Cash, Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson -- cut Prine's song "The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over."

In the '90s, Prine won his first Grammy and released several albums produced by Howie Epstein of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers.  In 1999, Prine released In Spite of Ourselves, an album of country cover versions of his songs featuring duets with Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Lucinda Williams, Connie Smith and other country and Americana vocalists. A 2016 sequel, For Better, or Worse, featured duets with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Kathy Mattea and Alison Krauss.

Prine's most recent album, 2018's The Tree of Forgiveness, debuted at number five, his highest chart ranking ever. It featured collaborations with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, and Brandi Carlile, all of whom claimed Prine as an influence.

Prine was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019. In January of 2020, he was a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Bonnie Raitt performed "Angel from Montgomery" in his honor.

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Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Red Light Management and Live NationEurythmics member Dave Stewart is among the many musicians who've discovered Trackd, a new music app that makes it easy for musicians, singers, songwriters, producers and DJs to collaborate remotely.

The app allows artists to record, create and publish music together via their iPhones without having to be in a studio together: an invaluable capability during the coronavirus crisis.

To promote Trackd and to support young musical talent, Stewart has launched an initiative offering one lucky vocalist the chance to work with him on a new original song via the app.

"Trackd is becoming a [go-to] collaboration community and I can't wait to hear what comes," Dave says in a statement. "I will be putting up a track and making it public. I'll be looking for a great vocalist with great melody ideas! I will choose a collaborator…and we'll make something special."

He adds, "[T]he chosen collaborator will get 5,000 pounds [about $6,200] from me towards releasing the finished track independently, so stay indoors and get busy."

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 21. Visit TrackdMusic.com for full details.

Trackd is also offering a free upgrade to premium, which lets users access extra features, keep informed about new releases and enjoy new music free of charge.

As previously reported, Stewart will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with his fellow Eurythmics member Annie Lennox at a New York City ceremony that recently was postponed until June 10, 2021.

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Courtesy of Michael StipeMichael Stipe will be the musical guest on tonight's episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on CBS.

The program also will feature a guest appearance by Conan O'Brien. Colbert and his guests have been appearing on The Late Show remotely from their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like many artists during the crisis, Stipe has been sharing a number of video messages on his official YouTube channel while he shelters at home. The former R.E.M. singer's latest clip, which was posted on March 28, featured him introducing a brand-new solo song titled "No Time for Love Like Now," which he reported was a collaboration with Aaron Dessner of indie-rock group The National.

The video features Stipe singing live along with a demo track of the melodic, slow-tempo song.

Earlier in March, Michael posted two other YouTube clips that featured him singing parts of the R.E.M. tunes "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and "Underneath the Bunker," as well as sending out advice and encouragement related to the coronavirus situation.

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Andrew MacphersonSupermodel Naomi Campbell has started a new online show called No Filter with Naomi. When she interviewed one of her fellow legendary supermodels, Cindy Crawford, on Monday, Cindy revealed a secret about one of the most famous music videos of all time: George Michael's "Freedom! '90," in which both women appeared.

In case you forgot -- though how could you? -- George himself didn't appear in the video, which was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher.  Instead, the song was lip-synced by Cindy, Naomi, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, the five most famous supermodels of the moment.  Each model was paid $15,000 per day to appear in 1990 -- the equivalent of nearly $30,000 in today's dollars.

During the two women's chat, Cindy remarked, "When I look back at that, I remember thinking, 'How did I get stuck in the bathtub?'"

"When I saw the video, I was like 'It's okay," but...the bathtub didn't even have any water in it!" Cindy added.  Naomi was shocked to learn this fact.

"It didn't?  What was in it?"  asked Naomi.

"Nothing. Me and some steam!" Cindy replied.

She went on to reveal that her body was coated in glycerine to make her look wet, and she had to lie topless on top of an apple box designed to prop her up so she didn't look like she was sinking into the tub.

Still, Cindy allowed that the experience was "incredible," adding, "And that song...it still lives today! And I remember when my kids first saw that video -- it's as impactful now as it was then."

The song does live on: For example, it was one of the 15 George Michael tunes featured on the soundtrack of the 2019 Emilia Clarke rom-com Last Christmas.

(Cindy's comments come 22:52 into the video.)


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Credit: Jill JarrettDoors guitarist Robby Krieger has shared a video of him performing his old band's 1967 hit "People Are Strange" as part of the recently launched Gibson Homemade Music Sessions series, which you can watch on the Gibson TV YouTube channel.

The series helps promote the Gibson guitar company's recently launched #homemademusic campaign, which seeks to support musicians and their current projects while they're unable to play concerts during the coronavirus pandemic.

In conjunction with the campaign, video of artist performances, interview segments and conversations are being posted on Gibson TV and Gibson's and Epiphone's social media outlets. The campaign supports the recently launched MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund through the Gibson company's Gibson Gives charity.

As previously reported, Krieger's latest solo album, titled The Ritual Begins at Sundown, will be released on August 14. The record's release was pushed back from April 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rebecca Sapp/WireImageA new documentary titled From the Other Side of the Glass, focusing on renowned rock engineer and producer Eddie Kramer is beginning production this year, Variety reports. Kramer's best known for his work with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and KISS.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, the 77-year-old Kramer was the engineer on the three studio albums Hendrix recorded during his lifetime, and also has worked on most of Jimi's ensuing archival projects.

In addition, Eddie engineeered five Led Zeppelin albums, several Rolling Stones albums, the Beatles songs "All You Need Is Love" and "Baby You're a Rich Man," the Woodstock soundtrack, Peter Frampton's classic Frampton Comes Alive! and many other well-known recordings.

His production credits include five KISS albums, as well as Carly Simon's self-titled debut.

Kramer also is known for photographing many famous music artists, and plans are in the works to organize photo exhibits at galleries while the documentary is in production.

From the Other Side of the Glass is being co-produced by Rolling Stone magazine and the guys who brought you Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and the 2017 John Coltrane doc Chasing Trane.

The film will be directed by John Dorsey, who directed the acclaimed 2017 ESPN doc The Year of the Scab, which told the story of the replacement players who were hired by NFL teams during the players' strike of 1987.

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Charles Sykes/BravoSure, Melissa Etheridge is a Grammy- and Oscar-winning star, but she's also the singer who performed at Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's wedding in 2000, and she and Brad have been close for years.  That's why, appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Monday night, she wasn't able to escape a question about the former couple.

Asked by a viewer what she thought of the "hysteria" that surrounded Brad and Jen's seemingly friendly "reunion" at the SAG Awards earlier this year,  Melissa laughed and said, "I was hoping I could do your show without mentioning her whose name will not be mentioned!"

But, she added, "You know what? I loved Brad and Jen together -- they were beautiful. And I believe they will always remain friends because they're two very special people that can get through anything. And I just hope that their friendship lasts."

Of course, Brad and Jen split in 2005 after Brad took up with Angelina Jolie, his co-star in the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith.  They eventually married and co-parented six kids, three adopted and three biological.  They split in 2016.  Jen, meanwhile, married Justin Theroux in 2015, but they split in 2017.

Melissa's romantic life is even more complicated than Brad and Jen's.  She shares two children with former partner Julie Cypher that ere conceived via artificial insemination using sperm donated by legendary musician David Crosby.  She also shares twins with another partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.  She's currently married to TV writer and producer Linda Wallem.


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CMTVeteran pop singer and songwriter Kim Carnes has joined the lineup of the CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares special, which airs this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

Carnes, who is best known for her chart-topping 1981 solo smash "Bette Davis Eyes," also scored two hit collaborative hits with the late Kenny Rogers -- 1980's "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" and 1984's "What About Me?," the latter of which also featured James Ingram.

Meanwhile, actress and singer Rita Wilson has been selected as the host of the special.

The program serves as a musical celebration of life for Rogers and raises money for MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund and features performances and interviews with many of Kenny's famous friends and fans. The show's previous announced lineup includes Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Gavin DeGraw and country stars Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Vince Gill and Rascal Flatts and more.

The stars will not only perform Rogers' songs, but also reflect on his impact. Additionally, fans will be able to make donations to MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides financial aid to those in the music industry who have suffered loss of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wilson and her husband, actor Tom Hanks, recently returned to the U.S. after spending two weeks in quarantine in Australia after they were diagnosed there with COVID-19.

Half of the proceeds raised during the CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares broadcast will go directly to the country music community in Nashville.

After the special's premiere, encore presentations will air Friday, April 10, on MTV Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Saturday, April 11, on CMT at noon ET/PT.

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ABC/Heidi GutmanBillie Joe Armstrong's quarantine life has been pretty busy.

Speaking to Kerrang!, the Green Day frontman reveals that he's been creating new music for the band while self-isolating.

"I've been writing a lot of music, and I had all these melodies in my head, so I wrote, like, six songs since all of this has been going on," Armstrong says.

"I don't know when I can get together with [bassist] Mike [Dirnt] and [drummer] Tré [Cool]," he adds. "I told them to make sure that they're quarantined for now, and then I hope down the road we can get back in the studio."

In addition to writing new material, Armstrong has been releasing weekly covers as part of his "No Fun Mondays" series. He also appeared on the Fox TV special Living Room Concert for America, which raised $10 million to help the COVID-19 cause, and he's playing the star-studded April 18 multi-network extravaganza One World.

Green Day's latest album, Father of All..., was released in February. Additionally, the punk trio just dropped a new EP last week, featuring alternate mixes from the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! era.

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David McNew/Getty ImagesThe lawsuit against Universal Music Group concerning master recordings allegedly damaged in the 2008 Universal Studios vault fire has been dismissed, Rolling Stone reports.

The suit was originally filed last June by SoundgardenHole, the late Tom Petty's ex-wife Jane Petty, the estate of late rapper Tupac Shakur, and Americana singer-songwriter Steve Earle following an article from The New York Times Magazine, which reported extensive damage to thousands of master recordings from hundreds of artists.

The plaintiffs accused UMG in the suit of negligence, breach of contract and reckless conduct regarding the fire and the alleged cover-up of its damage. All of those allegations were dismissed by the judge.

Hole dropped out of the case last August, while Soundgarden, Earle and Shakur's estate withdrew this past March. Jane Petty was the only remaining plaintiff by the time the suit was dismissed.

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Hachette BooksA new authorized biography of late Who bassist John Entwistle, titled The Ox, is out today.

The book was written by veteran British rock journalist Paul Rees with the full cooperation of Enwistle's family, who gave the author access to John's own notebooks and notes for a planned memoir he'd started writing prior to his 2002 death.  Entwistle died at age 57 from a cocaine-induced heart attack.

Rees tells Rolling Stone that he decided to do a book about Entwistle about five years ago, after writing a two-part feature about him for the U.K. magazine Classic Rock.

For the article, Rees reached out to John's only child, son Christopher Entwistle, who explains to Rolling Stone, "It just barely scratched the surface of what Dad was like."

"A few months later [Paul] came back to me and said, 'Can I do a book?' [and] my mother and I thought it would be a good idea," Christopher adds.

Christopher also tells the magazine that he wanted the book to feature an accurate depiction of his dad, who went all-in on the rock star lifestyle, indulging in heavy drug and alcohol use, extravagant spending and numerous extramarital affairs.

"My father wasn't an angel," says Christopher. "But he was a lovely bloke, generally. I didn't want it to be a fluff piece…I wanted it to be the story."

The Ox features interviews with various Entwistle friends and family members, but two people who didn't contribute to the book are The Who's surviving members, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

"They worked together brilliantly, but they were never friends," Christopher says Townshend and Daltrey. "Well, they were at the very beginning and at school…But afterwards they were just completely different people."

The Ox is available in hardcover, digital and audio editions.

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University of Texas PressThe audiobook version of Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine's new autobiography, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir, hits stores today. As previously reported, the release includes a companion soundtrack album featuring new songs inspired by some of the book's chapters.

"It was an enormous achievement and I'm really proud of how well I did it," Valentine tells ABC Audio of the book and album.

Valentine says the album, which was mostly recorded after the book was written, was a great creative outlet for her during the lengthy process of doing revisions and edits on the memoir.

Kathy says writing songs about certain eventful incidents allowed her by relive them "in a whole different way" than by writing about them.

"Doing it in a song format, it kind of went deeper for me," she explains. "So, it was therapeutic and a process and emotional and really, really fun to make this record."

Valentine says ideas for some of the songs sprung from the phrases she used as chapter titles, which, she admits, initially weren't meant to be final names of the chapters.

"I would write a scene, or seven or eight pages, and I would just glance through it and just pick a phrase or a word that stuck out, so I would remember what I'd written about," she explains. "But after a couple of years of seeing them…I just started getting used to those titles. And some of them seemed like songs to me."

Among the chapters for which she wrote companion songs are "Little Scissor" and "Camouflage," which focus, respectively, on an abortion she had during a break in an early Go-Go's' tour and a frightening home invasion and robbery she went through along with her musician friends Carlene Carter and Charlie Sexton.

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Z2 Comics/Grateful DeadNew details about the previously reported Grateful Dead graphic novel, Grateful Dead Origins, have been revealed.

The publication of the illustrated book, which focuses on the group's formation and emergence as one of America's most important and enduring bands, has been pushed back from April to June.

A limited-edition hardcover collector's version of Grateful Dead Origins will be released on Friday, June 12, while a standard softcover edition will arrive on Tuesday, June 16.

As previously announced, the hardcover version will come packaged with a vinyl LP featuring previously unreleased live recordings from an August 21, 1968, concert at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, the cover art for which has now been unveiled. The show included the group's first known West Coast performance of "St. Stephen."

"We can't wait for everyone to see and hear the amazing Origins package and we hope it will provide some comfort to music and graphic novel fans alike during these challenging times," says Josh Frankel of the Z2 Comics company.

"Our plan was always to time the release to the week of Record Store Day, giving comic shops and booksellers the ultimate music book for their customers. We will still do that, it will just happen in June now."

The limited-edition version of the novel also will feature exclusive prints and will be autographed by the book's creators: writer Chris Miskiewicz and illustrator Noah Van Sciver.

Both editions of Grateful Dead Origins also will come with a code to download an exclusive 13-track companion compilation of early recordings by the band, curated by the group's longtime archivist, David Lemieux.

The deluxe edition of the book is available for pre-order now at Z2Comics.com and Dead.net.

Here's the track list of the Grateful Dead Origins digital compilation:

"The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)" -- from Grateful Dead
"Cream Puff War" -- from Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966
"Walking the Dog" -- from Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966
"Viola Lee Blues" -- from Road Trips 2/2/68
"Hey Little One" -- from Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966
"That's It for the Other One" -- from Anthem of the Sun
"In the Midnight Hour" -- from the 1966 disc of 30 Trips Around the Sun
"Standing on the Corner" -- from Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966
"China Cat Sunflower" -- from Aoxomoxoa
"Big Railroad Blues" -- from Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966
"Morning Dew" -- from Grateful Dead
"Keep Rolling By" -- from the 1966 disc of 30 Trips Around the Sun
"Cosmic Charlie" -- from Aoxomoxoa

And here's the track list of the deluxe edition's live LP:

Side 1
"Dark Star"
"St. Stephen"

Side 2
"The Eleven"
"Death Don't Have No Mercy"

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Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameStevie Wonder is among the many artists who've been mourning the loss of legendary pop/R&B singer/songwriter Bill Withers, who died last Monday, March 31, from heart complications at age 81. Wonder, who helped induct Withers into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, reveals that just recently, he and Bill had been discussing working together.

"We'd been texting each other. He texted me in January telling me how much he appreciated me being there [at the Rock Hall ceremony] there for him," Stevie told Billboard on Friday. "Then in February, he texted again, talking about playing together. And I responded that it would be my pleasure, my joy. Just let me know and I'll be there. That's the last message I got from him."

Wonder also said that Withers' death was "another heartbreak," and declared, "May the greatness of Bill Withers live forever…People will be listening to his songs and reading his lyrics like they do with great writers from ages ago, saying he was amazing. And yes, he was."

Stevie also had a suggestion on how other artists could honor and celebrate Bill and his music.

"We've got to show a lot of love to his wife and children and keep the legacy of what he left behind going ever strong," Wonder declared. "I think every artist at some point should record one of his songs on their projects. That's how you keep it going. He deserves that."

During the 2015 Rock Hall induction ceremony, Wonder sang Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine" while Bill sat next to him onstage. Wonder also performed "Lean on Me" and "Use Me" with Withers and John Legend at the event.

If Wonder and Withers had collaborated, it would have been a special moment, since Withers essentially retired in 1985.

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The Valory Music Co.Sheryl Crow was one of the many artists saddened by the loss of Bill Withers last week.  The Rock and Roll Hall Famer, responsible for soulful hits like "Lean On Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine," passed away at the age of 81.  Now, Sheryl is paying tribute to Withers by releasing a cover of one of his songs she recorded a while back.

The song, recorded as a duet with singer/songwriter Citizen Cope, is "Lonely Town, Lonely Street," the opening cut of Withers' 1972 album Still Bill.  That same album included Withers' signature hit "Lean On Me," as well as one of this other well-known tracks, "Use Me."

In a statement, Sheryl says, "I love Bill. His passing last week was a heavy blow, on top of the challenges we’re all facing just trying to live day to day right now."

"After making incredible, beautiful, funky records...Bill got tired of the music business and stopped recording in 1985," she continues. "When I was fortunate enough to meet him, I begged him to make music again and he replied, ‘I am a stonemason now and I am good at it!’"

"He told me he was happy and didn’t want to make music anymore," Sheryl adds. "Times like these remind us about what’s really important in life - love, family, living life in harmony with each other and our planet. Bill’s music was about that, and so much more."

The song is now available at all digital outlets.

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Billie Joe Armstrong has released a cover of "Manic Monday" by The Bangles, the latest installment of his "No Fun Mondays" series.

For the performance, the Green Day frontman teamed up -- remotely, of course -- with Bangles vocalist/guitarist Susanna Hoffs. You can watch the cover streaming now on YouTube.

"Manic Monday," which was written by Prince, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986.

As part of "No Fun Mondays," Armstrong is releasing a cover every Monday "until we're let back out into the world." He's previously shared renditions of "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James & the Shondells, and "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" by Johnny Thunders.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteGloria Estefan was asked by a doctor friend to help spread the word about the need for people to wear masks in public to stop the spread of COVID-19, and she responded in the best possible way.

Estefan has revamped her 1989 hit "Get On Your Feet" into "Put On Your Mask," and created a fun video showing how you can turn various household items into face coverings, rather than taking valuable PPEs away from health care workers.

"Put on your mask/When you go out in public/Put on your mask/help save the world from COVID," Gloria sings.

In a video message following the video, Estefan notes, "I pray every day for everybody that is going through this, whose families have been infected, people who have lost loved ones...everyone who's out there risking our lives for all of us. Thank you one and all."

Not long ago, Gloria and her husband, Emilio Estefan, announced they were partnering with CVS to help find new jobs for the workers at their hotels and restaurants who had to be laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Credit: dhlovelifeIn recent weeks, Neil Young has been posting rare archival content, as well as new performance videos dubbed "Fireside Sessions," on his Neil Young Archives website as a treat for fans sheltering at home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Currently featured on the website is a rare documentary capturing Neil recording the soundtrack to the 1995 Jim Jarmusch film Dead Man, which starred Johnny Depp.

In a message Neil wrote to accompany the doc, he explains, "Jim Jarmusch's film Dead Man remains a favorite for me. One of the few soundtracks I have done, it was accomplished like an old-time movie score, done live as the film played on multiple screens in a big soundstage where I had all my equipment set up and ready to go."

Young continues, "[My longtime studio engineer] John Hanlon recorded the soundtrack in the truck outside the stage as I went through the entire film non-stop a couple of times. Ultimately, we chose the second half of the first take and the first half of the second take to be the final soundtrack. Jim is the camera man on this doc. Thanks Jim! What a great experience!"

The 25-minute film features Neil switching between acoustic guitar, electric guitar and piano as he records the sparse musical pieces that made up the movie's soundtrack.

Meanwhile, Young promises to post a third installment of his "Fireside Sessions" videos soon. The performances are being filmed and edited by Neil's wife, actress Daryl Hannah, inside and outside at their home in Telluride, Colorado, where they've been self-isolating. The first two "Fireside Sessions," which are both still viewable on Young's website, feature Neil playing a mix of obscure and well-known tunes on acoustic guitar and piano.

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Global Citizen/World Health OrganizationAre you ready for another star-packed TV special featuring artists appearing from their homes?

Paul McCartney, Elton John and Stevie Wonder are among the many famous music stars set to take part in One World: Together at Home, a two-hour special from Global Citizen and the World Health Organization that will air April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, NBC and CBS, as well as other networks and platforms.

The program will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, and will be curated by Lady Gaga.

Celebrities and artists who will participate in the special include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Latin superstar J Balvin, John Legend, country stars Kacey Musgraves and Keith Urban, Lizzo, soccer legend David Beckham, and actors Idris Elba, Kerry Washington and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

The special isn't a telethon -- it's described as a "global broad entertainment special to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers and support the World Health Organization and the global fight to end COVID-19."

In addition, the special's stated purpose is to "educate and inform on COVID-19 risks, prevention and response," so in addition to the stars, WHO experts and healthcare workers will appear.

Other platforms where you can watch or stream the show include Bravo, E!, ABC News Live, Freeform, MTV, CMT, Comedy Central, VH1, SYFY, MSNBC, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, Apple, YouTube ad Yahoo. Basically, there's no excuse not to watch it.  For more information, visit GlobalCitizen.org/togetherathome.

Elton hosted a similarly star-studded COVID charity special, Living Room Concert for America, that aired on Fox on March 29.

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ABC/Mark LevineJoan Jett and her band The Blackhearts are all self-quarantining, but that hasn't stopped them for putting together some rocking performance videos for their fans who are stuck at home too because of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the last few days, the group has posted clips on YouTube featuring Jett and her band mates performing two of their hits -- 1987's Bruce Springsteen-penned "Light of Day" and 1988's "I Hate Myself for Loving You" -- that combine footage of each member playing their parts of the song separately. The series of clips has been dubbed "Together Apart."

Jett and the Blackhearts' original rendition of "Light of Day" appeared in the 1987 film of the same name, which starred Joan and Michael J. Fox as siblings who played together in a fictional bar band called The Barbusters. The track, which was credited to The Barbusters, reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"I Hate Myself for Loving You," which was co-written by Joan and Desmond Child, and appeared on her 1988 album with The Blackhearts, Up Your Alley. It peaked at #8 on the Hot 100.

The current Blackhearts lineup includes longtime guitarist Dougie Needles, along with bassist Hal B. Selzer and drummer Michael McDermott.

Jett and the Blackhearts' 2020 schedule includes a June 5-6 headlining engagement in Las Vegas, as well as a supporting slot on the lengthy summer package tour featuring Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Poison that slated to kick off June 18in Jacksonville, Florida. Of course, all of these shows are in jeopardy of being postponed because of the COVID-19 virus health crisis.

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