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Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Bernard Sumner & more taking part in 2022 Tibet House US virtual benefit concert

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Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and New Order's Bernard Sumner are among the music artists who will be taking part in the 2022 Tibet House US virtual benefit concert, scheduled for March 3.

Smith is part of the event's performance lineup, which also includes Phish's Trey Anastasio, Nathaniel Rateliff, Laurie Anderson, Angélique Kidjo and country artists Jason Isbell and Margo Price, as well as actor Keanu Reeves, who you may remember played bass in the '90s alt-rock band Dogstar.

As for Pop and Sumner, they will be providing "special greetings" during the event.

Influential composer Philip Glass is the event's artistic director.

Now in its 35th year, the annual concert raises money for Tibet House US, a non-profit organization that works to preserve Tibetan culture. It's usually held in-person at New York City's Carnegie Hall, but is taking place online for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can watch the 2022 Tibet House US concert via the streaming platform Mandolin. For more info, visit Mandolin.com.

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The Who, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie among artists headlining 2022 New Orleans Jazz Fest

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After being canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is scheduled to return this spring with a lineup that includes headlining performances by The Who, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters and The Black Crowes.

The festival is scheduled to take place over the course of two consecutive weeks, April 29-May 1 and May 5-May 8. Many of the major artists on the 2022 bill had been scheduled to perform at either the 2020 or the 2021 festival.

The first weekend will feature performances by The Who, Richie, Foo Fighters, Randy Newman, José Feliciano, The Dixie Cups, Irma Thomas and many, many more.

Weekend two's lineup will include Nicks, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band, The Black Crowes, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Ziggy Marley leading a tribute to late father Bob Marley, Melissa Etheridge, Boz Scaggs, Kool & the Gang, Irma Thomas, Buddy Guy, members of The Neville Brothers, Rickie Lee Jones, Chris Isaak, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, The Cowsills, a Dr. John tribute and much more.

For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit NOJazzFest.com.

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Jimi Hendrix's estate sues heirs of Hendrix's ex-band mates to block copyright-infringement lawsuit

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Jimi Hendrix's estate has filed a lawsuit against the heirs of the two other original members of The Jimi Hendrix Experience -- bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell -- after those parties threatened to sue Jimi's estate for millions of pounds in alleged unpaid royalties, Billboard reports.

The Hendrix estate, along with the Sony Music label, filed a suit in a New York City court on Tuesday asking that the court rule they owe no money to Redding's and Mitchell's estates.

In documents obtained by Billboard, the Hendrix estate and Sony explain they launched their action after the Redding and Mitchell estates sent them a cease-and-desist letter in December in which they threatened to file a lawsuit in a British court demanding millions of pounds in unpaid royalties dating back to 1973.

Hendrix's estate and Sony maintain that Redding and Mitchell had signed away rights to Hendrix's royalties in exchange for a monetary settlement during legal proceedings that followed the guitar legend's death in 1970.

However, in the December letter, reps for the Redding and Mitchell estates claimed that the agreements Noel and Mitch signed weren't enforceable.

"For almost half a century, there has never been any claim by defendants or their successors…concerning the copyright ownership, exploitation of these recordings by plaintiffs, or payments of royalties," the Hendrix estate and Sony wrote in their suit.

The plaintiffs aren't seeking any monetary damages in the lawsuit; rather, they want the court to declare that they haven't done anything wrong.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience formed in 1966. Redding left the group in 1969, while Mitchell continued to play with the band until Jimi's death in September 1970 at age 27. Noel passed away in 2003 at the age of 52, while Mitchell died in 2008 at age 62.

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Elton John returns to the stage, adds "Cold Heart" to set list

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Elton John's much-delayed Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour resumed Wednesday night in New Orleans, with a fresh new addition to his set list.

Not only did Elton play pretty much every hit you'd want to hear, from "Bennie and the Jets" and "Tiny Dancer" to "I'm Still Standing" and "Your Song," but he also played his current top 10 hit "Cold Heart" live for the first time.  His duet partner Dua Lipa didn't join him for the song, but her vocals were heard during the performance.

"Cold Heart," from Elton's The Lockdown Sessions, is his first U.S. top 10 hit since 1998.

Elton's North American tour dates run through April, and then he'll head to Europe. This summer, he'll return to North America to play stadiums starting July 15 in Philadelphia; he'll wrap up those dates with two shows at Dodger Stadium in L.A. on November 19 and 20.

Here's Elton's full 21-song set list:

"Bennie and the Jets"
"Philadelphia Freedom"
"Border Song"
"Tiny Dancer"
"Have Mercy on the Criminal"
"Rocket Man"
"Take Me to the Pilot"
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
"Levon"
"Candle in the Wind"
"Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
"Burn Down the Mission"
"Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
"The Bitch Is Back"
"I'm Still Standing"
"Crocodile Rock"
"Saturday's Alright for Fighting"
"Cold Heart"
"Your Song"
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

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Shout It Out Loud! Happy 70th Birthday to KISS frontman Paul Stanley!

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Here's wishing a very happy birthday to KISS' Paul Stanley, who was born 70 years ago today.

The band's frontman, co-lead singer and rhythm guitarist was born Stanley Eisen in New York City. He was born with a deformed ear caused by a defect called microsia that also left him deaf in that ear.

In his late teens, Paul joined a group called Rainbow that featured bassist/singer Gene Simmons. The band changed its name to Wicked Lester in 1971 and eventually recruited drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley. In 1973, the group again changed its name…to KISS. The band members soon came up with costumes and face makeup for themselves, with Stanley choosing the persona "The Starchild," featuring a star over his right eye.

With their cartoonish look and over-the-top live shows featuring pyrotechnics and other dramatic effects, KISS soon became one of the most popular rock bands on the planet. Over the years, Stanley has written or co-written many of KISS' biggest hits and most popular songs, including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Shout It Out Loud," "Detroit Rock City," "Hard Luck Woman," "I Was Made for Lovin' You," "Lick It Up" and "Forever."

Stanley and Simmons have continued to lead KISS through the band's entire history, while a number of musicians have filled the guitarist and drummer slots over the years.

In 2014, Stanley was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of KISS.

Outside of KISS, Stanley is an accomplished painter and also has released a few solo projects. His most recent was the debut album by his side project Paul Stanley's Soul Station, Now and Then, which arrived in 2021. The album featured covers of a variety of classic soul tunes from the 1960s and '70s, as well as a handful of originals.

Meanwhile, Stanley has had a rough go of it during the last several months, overcoming two bouts with COVID-19 and undergoing shoulder surgery in late 2021.

Thankfully, Paul appears to be on the mend as KISS prepares to relaunch its End of the Road farewell tour with an Australian leg that kicks off in March.

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Micky Dolenz releasing vinyl EP of songs by late Monkees band mate Mike Nesmith in March

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Last March, Micky Dolenz issued a full-length album titled Dolenz Sings Nesmith made up of covers of songs by his Monkees band mate Mike Nesmith, and now, in the wake of Nesmith's passing in December, plans have been announced for a follow-up EP featuring Micky's versions of four more songs penned by Mike.

Dolenz Sings Nesmith -- The EP is due out on March 18 and will be available as a 10-inch vinyl disc pressed on blue vinyl. The EP can be pre-ordered at MickyDolenz.com and DeepDiscount.com, and Dolenz is offering signed and unsigned versions of the disc at his website.

Dolenz Sings Nesmith -- The EP features tracks from the same sessions that yielded last year's album. They include a song called "Soul-Writer's Birthday" that Mike wrote in 1967 but never recorded.

The EP also features a version of "Some of Shelly's Blues," a song that The Monkees recorded in 1968, but whose rendition wasn't released until it appeared on the 1990 Missing Links Volume Two compilation. The other songs on the EP are "The Crippled Lion" and "Grand Ennui," which first were released on Nesmith albums in 1970 and '71, respectively.

Micky's cover of "Grand Ennui" also appeared as a bonus track on the CD version of the Dolenz Sings Nesmith album.

Nesmith died of heart failure on December 10, 2021. He was 78.

In other news, Dolenz has a series of five joint concerts with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals lined up in the northeastern U.S. this spring, running from an April 23 show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, through a June 4 gig in Lynn, Massachusetts.

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The Scorpions debut music video for title track of forthcoming album, 'Rock Believer'

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The Scorpions celebrate the joy of rocking their fans like a hurricane in the official video for the title track of their forthcoming studio album, Rock Believer.

The clip, which premiered this week at the veteran German hard rockers' YouTube channel, features new scenes of The Scorpions performing "Rock Believer" in a studio, mixed with archival footage of the band playing at a variety of major concerts and behind-the-scenes footage of the group interacting with fans and having fun offstage.

The video also incorporates glimpses of childhood photos of the band members.

The group has posted a message on its Facebook page about the inspiration behind the song that reads, "Over the years, we've heard people say lots of times that rock is dead. But there are still millions of rock believers out there all over the world to prove them wrong. Our fans are the best in the world...We'll see you someday somewhere out there, because we're Rock Believers just like you."

The Scorpions released "Rock Believer" as an advanced digital single last week, while the album, which can be pre-ordered now, is due out on February 25.

In conjunction with the video's premiere, the band members took part in an online afterparty and Q&A event that was accessible by subscribers of the YouTube Premium service. The 50-minute presentation is available on demand at The Scorpions' YouTube channel. A free YouTube Premium trial also is being offered.

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Rock and Roll All May: KISS announce rescheduled dates for postponed 2021 US concerts

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KISS has announced new dates for four U.S. shows that were postponed last year, all of which will take place in May.

The concerts, which are part of the band's End of the Road farewell tour, are scheduled for May 11 in Milwaukee; May 12 in Dayton, Ohio; May 14 in Hartford, Connecticut; and May 17 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Tickets and VIP packages that were purchased for last year's shows will be honored for the new dates. Additional information will be emailed directly to those with tickets.

KISS also is scheduled to play a previously announced headlining set at the Rockville 2022 Festival in Daytona Beach, Florida, on May 19.

The band will kick off its 2022 End of the Road itinerary with a series of Australian shows in late March and early April, followed by a South American leg that's mapped out from late April to early May.

After the U.S. concerts, KISS will head to Europe for a run of shows scheduled from early June to late July.

Visit KISSOnline.com for more details about the tour.

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Elton John and Melissa Etheridge nominated for this year's GLAAD Awards

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The 33rd annual GLAAD Awards have unveiled this year's list of nominees and, among them, are Elton John and Melissa Etheridge.

They are competing against each other in the outstanding music artist category, which also includes Brandi Carlile, Lil Nas X, Demi Lovato, Halsey, St. Vincent and others. Elton and Melissa earned their nods, respectively, for their albums The Lockdown Sessions and One Way Out. It's worth noting that Carlile and Lil Nas X both collaborated on songs with Elton that appear on The Lockdown Sessions.

The 33rd annual GLAAD Awards will take place on two dates -- April 2 in Los Angeles and May 6 in New York City.

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Watch video of George Martin explaining to his granddaughter why he decided to work with The Beatles

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Giles Martin, son of late Beatles producer George Martin, has shared a touching archival family video that shows his dad telling Giles' young daughter the story of how he wound up working with the Fab Four.

The clip, which Giles posted on his Twitter feed, shows his elderly father -- who died in 2016 at age 90 -- sitting on a couch next to the young girl, who appears to be about six years old.

George starts by telling his granddaughter that when he was first told about the band, he thought their name was silly, but it was then explained to him that it wasn't Beetles, but Beatles with an "a."

George then explains that he felt he needed to hear the group before deciding to work with them, so they came down from Liverpool to London to meet him.

"And when I listened to what they did, it was OK, but it wasn't brilliant. It was OK," George continues. "So I thought, well, 'Why should I be interested in this?'"

He then notes, "But the magic bit came when I started to get to know them, because they were terribly good people to know. They were funny, they were very clever, they said all lovely things. And they were the kind of people that you like to be with."

George concludes by saying, "So I thought, 'Well if I feel this way about them, other people will feel this way about them. So therefore they should be very popular.' And I made records with them."

In a note that accompanies the video, Giles -- who has overseen and produced many recent Beatles-related projects -- writes, "Ordinary people do extraordinary things. Great decisions are made for the simplest reasons."

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons collaborates on signature sandwich for Houston-based Antone's Famous Po' Boys

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ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons has collaborated with Antone's Famous Po' Boys to create a signature sandwich in celebration of the popular Houston eatery's 60th anniversary this month.

The Whisker Bomb Po' Boy is a fried green tomato sandwich that Gibbons devised in collaboration with Antone's executive chef Alex Padilla. The sandwich is available now at both of Antone's full-service sandwich shops in Houston, the bearded rock legend's hometown.

"Antone's has been notable for presenting one of the greatest sandwich collections and that fact remains unchallenged," Billy says in a statement. "Their attention to perfection in the world of po' boys made the draw a natural for teaming up and bringing a new twist and [a] tasty addition with Antone's line of flavor sensations."

The Whisker Bomb Po' Boy features buttermilk-dipped fried green tomatoes, harissa, chipotle mayo, Gibbons' Whisker Bomb Have Mercy hot sauce, goat cheese, spices and arugula served on warm French bread.

The po' boy, which is priced at $9.95, is the last offering in Antone's "H-Town Originals" sandwich series charity initiative, and will be available until June 1. Proceeds from sales of the sandwich will benefit The Clifford Antone Foundation, an Austin, Texas-based organization dedicated to preserving the local music culture and community "by caring for our elders and investing in our youth."

Gibbons selected the foundation as his beneficiary because of his connection to the historic Austin venue Antone's Nightclub.

"It's surreal to be able to partner with Billy F Gibbons, someone who grew up on Antone's po' boys, at the same time I grew up watching him on stage," Antone's Famous Po' Boys CEO Craig Lieberman. "[W]e are honored to have a Texas legend like Billy to be a part of [our 60th anniversary]."

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Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood to produce Fox music drama

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Fleetwood Mac drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood is set to executive produce the music drama 13 Songs, currently in development at Fox, according to Deadline.

The series reportedly follows an aging rock star who's diagnosed with terminal cancer. Given just a few months to live, he reconnects with his old band to write and record 13 final songs as a final love letter to his fans and hopefully leave his mark on the world forever.

Will Reiser, who wrote the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-led comedy feature 50/50, will script the project, along with American Soul creator Jonathan Prince.

It will be directed by Jonathan Levine, who directed Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers.

Additionally, Fleetwood "will lend his creative and musical voice" to the project, according Deadline.

13 Songs is the latest in a series of musical dramas being prepped at Fox, along with Monarch, the country music family dynasty series starring Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins, and Icon, an anthology drama series profiling some of the world’s biggest music legends, starting with country music duo The Judds.

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Elton John guitarist says band and crew will be "super masked up and tested every two days" on tour

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It's been almost two years since Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour was sidelined because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the trek relaunches tonight in New Orleans, the first show of a lengthy two-part 2022 North American leg.

With the U.S. and many other areas around the world still dealing with COVID-related issues because of the easily spread Omicron variant, Elton's longtime guitarist and music director Davey Johnstone tells ABC Audio he doesn't know if the tour will go off without postponements, but he says every precaution is being made to help ensure the musicians and crew remain healthy.

"It seems it changes so much, and we've got to kind of be ready for anything," Johnstone says regarding the COVID situation. "So, I know there's no backstage, there's no guests. There are no backstage passes. There are no wives or girlfriends or anything…[E]verybody's [going to be] super masked up and getting tested every two days to make sure everybody on the tour stays safe."

He adds, "I think there's like a hundred people [who] travel around, between the crew and the production staff and…the band and all that. So it's a lot of people to keep safe. So…it'll be a different animal, but, you know, I think we'll be OK as long as we can just keep to the program."

Asked if, after a nearly two-year layoff, there might be some changes to Elton's set list, Johnstone says he and the other band members are more focused on delivering an exciting show.

"[W]e just get out there and play some kick-a** rock 'n' roll, and that's what we'll do," he declares. "And there might be a couple of subtle changes…but nothing too drastic."

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U2's Bono feels "embarrassed" hearing his voice on the radio

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When it comes to a way to like his own voice, Bono still hasn't found what he's looking for.

On a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, the U2 frontman says he feels "embarrassed" when he hears his singing, particularly on the group's earlier recordings, explaining that, while he thinks the his band mates sound "incredible," he finds his voice to be "very strained."

"I've been in a car when one of our songs has come on the radio and I've been the color of, as we say in Dublin, scarlet," Bono says. "I'm just so embarrassed."

During the interview, Bono shares a story about a fellow rock star who had a similar disdain for the U2 frontman's voice, the late Robert Palmer. He says Palmer once approached U2 bassist Adam Clayton and griped, "God, would you ever tell your singer to just take down the keys a little bit? He'd do himself a favor, his voice a favor, and he'd do us all a favor who have to listen to him."

Bono adds that he feels he "only became a singer, like, recently."

"Maybe that hasn't happened yet for some people's ears," he laughs. "And I understand that."

Another thing Bono isn't all that jazzed about: the name U2.

"I still don't really like the name," he says. Guitarist The Edge adds that they only picked U2 in the first place because, of the potential candidates, it was the one they "hated the least."

While Bono may have his own issues with his voice, that doesn't seem to be bothering the voters for the Oscars, who placed U2's new single "Your Song Saved My Life" -- from the animated film Sing 2 -- on the shortlist to be nominated for Best Original Song.

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The Grammys rescheduled for April 3, ceremony moved to Las Vegas

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What happens in Vegas...will be the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

After canceling plans to hold the awards ceremony on January 31 because of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Recording Academy has announced that "Music's Biggest Night" will now take place Sunday, April 3, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will air live on CBS, and also will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Trevor Noah will return as the host for the ceremony. Details about Grammy Week events like the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala and Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party will be announced soon.

Hits Daily Double reports that options being considered include holding these events in Las Vegas, holding them in Los Angeles that same week, or holding them the week after the Grammys.

Among the veteran artists receiving nominations for Grammy Awards this year are Paul McCartney, AC/DC, ABBA, Jackson Browne Los Lobos, Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Carole King, Steve Cropper and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

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