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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2021 class of inductees this morning, and now some of the artists chosen for the honor have issued statements regarding the big news.

Carole King was one of the six artists chosen for induction in the Performer category this year, but she was first inducted in 1990. That time, though, it was in a non-performing category: She was honored with her late ex-husband and longtime collaborator Gerry Goffin for their work as hit songwriters.

Now that she's going in for her solo work, Carole has posted a message on her socials acknowledging her second honor.

"I wanted to be a songwriter so I could meet all the great artists and they would know who I was," she writes. "I thought being inducted into the @rockhall as a songwriter with Gerry Goffin was the pinnacle. Until now. Thank you for ALSO inducting me as an artist."

Tina Turner, who was previously inducted in 1991 as one-half of Ike & Tina Turner, also is going in this year a second time, this time as a solo performer. 

"I am absolutely thrilled to be included into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame amongst such amazing artists! Thank you for all your continued love and support over the years!" Turner says in an Instagram post.

Carole and Tina will become only the second and third women ever to be inducted into the Rock Hall twice, after Stevie Nicks.

Another new inductee is Todd Rundgren, who issued a simple statement, saying, "I'm happy for my fans. They've wanted this for a long time."

Rundgren has long expressed his distaste for the Rock Hall. In a March 2019 interview with ABC Audio, not long after he was passed over for the honor after being nominated and finishing third in the official fan-voted online poll, he declared that he wouldn't take part in an induction ceremony if he were chosen.

Lastly, newly chosen inductees The Go-Go's released a joint statement from their five members reacting to the honor.

"We are overwhelmed with gratitude to be 2021 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," the message says. "Women have always been a vital part of the ever-changing music business and The Go-Go's are so proud to have our success story honored and recognized by fans and voters."

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Courtesy of Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan is set to host the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors next month.

It marks her second time hosting the special, which airs Sunday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+. She first hosted in 2018, after being a Kennedy Center honoree the year prior.

“I can't believe it's been almost four years that I received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., and right after that I got the incredible honor of hosting the awards, which I will be doing again on June 6 on CBS,” Gloria says in a video message.

“Don't miss that amazing night where we honor Joan Baez, Midori, Debbie Allen, Dick Van Dyke and Garth Brooks,” she adds. “It’s gonna be a fantastic show and an amazing Honors.”

The Kennedy Center Honors are traditionally held in early December, but last year’s special was postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Duran Duran will be taking the stage at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, marking the veteran group's first-ever performance on that awards show.

The British group is set to perform their new, "soon-to-be-revealed" single remotely from London, England. They'll be joined by guitarist Graham Coxon of the rock band Blur.

Duran Duran has had 21 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Rio," "Ordinary World" and "I Don't Want Your Love,” as well as two number ones: "The Reflex" and the James Bond theme "A View to a Kill."  Fun fact: It's the only James Bond theme ever to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Duran Duran have had top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s. Their most recent album, 2015's Paper Gods, debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and was their highest-charting album since 1993.

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Nick Jonas, airs May 23 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

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As reported earlier today, The Go-Go's will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, making them the first all-female band who play their own instruments to be recognized by the Rock Hall.

Four of the group's members -- Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin, Gina Schock and Kathy Valentine -- chatted via Zoom with ABC Audio after the big announcement.

"It's really, really, really exciting," Caffey said. "[W]hen it happened, we were just jumping up and down with joy."

Added Schock, "And we're just starting a party, and it won't end until the end of the year."

As for Wiedlin, she noted, "We've always felt kind of like outsiders…[R]ock 'n' roll was a boys club for so long, and we just always…had fun and did our own thing. And I kind of feel like the Rock Hall…if you get in that club, you're really in. And that feels really good."

The Go-Go's will be inducted alongside two other female artists, Tina Turner and Carole King, marking the first time three women or women-fronted acts will be honored in the Performer category in one year.

Valentine said of the milestone, "I think people see women being honored and being recognized for their roles [in] this whole big rock 'n' roll thing…and I think it represents something really, really good and positive for the future. Standard bearers!"

The Go-Go's have broken up multiple times, and have experienced plenty of intra-band drama, but the group's classic lineup remains intact.

As Wiedlin pointed out, "How many bands have been together 41 years and still have the original members? It's really unheard of, that we're still together and alive, still making music."

The Rock Hall Induction Ceremony takes place October 30 in Cleveland.

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Jon Bon Jovi and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons are part of the star-studded lineup of artists performing at the fifth annual Love Rocks NYC! benefit concert. It's set for June 3 at the Beacon Theatre in New York and will be streamed live via the Fans.live platform.

The concert raises money for the God's Love We Deliver charity, which provides nutritious meals to seriously ill people in the New York City area. This year's event will salute local frontline workers, who've played a vital role in helping New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 Love Rocks NYC! bill also includes Warren Haynes, Nathaniel Rateliff, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Bonamassa, Sara Bareilles, Ivan Neville, Robert Randolph, Jimmy Vivino and many others. More stars will be added to the lineup.

In addition, the event will feature comedian Jeff Garlin, actor Michael Imperioli and former New York Yankee Bernie Williams  as celebrity hosts, while Tina Fey will appear as a special guest.

The show's house band will be led by longtime CBS Orchestra bassist Will Lee, and will include one-time Bob Dylan and Levon Helm touring guitarist Larry Campbell, Eric Clapton touring drummer Steve Gadd and Fleetwood Mac touring keyboardist Ricky Peterson.

You can sign up for a free livestream of the event at LoveRocksNYC.com, but you're encouraged to donate $20 via the website to God's Love We Deliver. That amount pays for two meals for those in need.

Since 2017, the Love Rocks NYC! shows have raised $13 million, which has helped pay for over 1.3 million meals.  You can check out a video featuring highlights from past Love Rocks NYC! concerts at God's Love We Deliver's YouTube channel.

For more details visit LoveRocksNYC.com and GLWD.org.

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The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced, and they include six honorees in the Performer category: The Go-Go's, Carole King, Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren, Foo Fighters and JAY-Z.

This marks the first time ever that three female or female-led acts are being inducted as performers in a single year, and that's not the only milestone involving women that these inductions represent, as Rock Hall Vice President of Education Jason Hanley explains.

"The Go-Go's are the first inductee that's an all-female band where they played their own instruments," Hanley explains, noting, "This is a rock 'n' roll band. I mean, The Go-Go's started as a punk-rock band. They ended up being one of the big new wave bands and...MTV bands."

As for Turner and King, both of them join Stevie Nicks as the only women ever to be inducted into the Rock Hall twice.

"Carole King who's getting inducted here for her solo work, had previously been inducted with [her late ex-husband] Gerry Goffin as a songwriter," Hanley explains. "Tina Turner...had previously been inducted…for her work in the Ike and Tina Turner band."

Hanley adds about this year's female inductees, "I think it's really important, not just that these are women, but [that they] innovated and really did change rock 'n' roll, and [brought] something incredibly new to it."

Meanwhile, Hanley notes that Rundgren's work as both a musician and a producer makes him a worthy inductee.

"He never did one thing twice," he says. "He always innovated something new each album."

Besides the Performer category honorees, several other artists are also being inducted in conjunction with receiving special Rock Hall awards. For example, three artists will be honored with the Musical Excellence Award: R&B artist and Beatles and Rolling Stones session keyboardist Billy Preston, rapper LL Cool J and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads.

Additionally, electronic pioneers Kraftwerk are being recognized with the Early Influence Award, along with blues legend Charley Patton and soul musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, while music executive Clarence Avant will be given the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place October 30 in Cleveland.

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Courtesy of On the Blue

The 2021 edition of the Monsters of Rock Cruise was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the organizers of the nautical extravaganza have announced plans for next year's installment of the cruise.

The seagoing festival is scheduled to set sail from Miami on February 9, and will make stops on the Haitian island of CocoCay and Labadee in the Bahamas before returning to port on February 14.

Alice Cooper will headline the cruise, which also will feature more than 30 other acts, among them Queensryche, Winger, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, Skid Row, Great White, LA Guns, Kix, Pat Travers, Lit, Vixen, Michael Monroe of Hanoi Rocks, Loudness, Y&T, Faster Pussycat, current Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, ex-Motley Crue singer John Corabi, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes and many more.

During the cruise, fans can mingle with many of the artists for scheduled photo opps, Q&A sessions, karaoke, a "So You Think You Can Shred" contest, Cooking with Rock Stars, Painting with Rock Stars, basketball and beach volleyball games and more.

Cabins can be reserved now, with prices stating at at $1,799 per person, double occupancy. Visit MonstersofRockCruise.com for more details.

Meanwhile, the previously announced Operation Monster Beach music festival and destination vacation experience in the Dominican Republic, which had been scheduled for this month and was originally supposed to take the place of the 2021 cruise, has been canceled.

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As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for Don McLean's classic anthem "American Pie" this year, a children's book inspired by the song and McLean's early life will be published in September.

Titled American Pie: A Fable, the book was co-written by the singer/songwriter and author and publisher Judith A. Proffer. Weaving themes from "American Pie" together with some of Don's own childhood experiences, the book tells the story of a lonely newspaper boy in the late 1950s who finds happiness while discovering the joy of friendship and music.

The 48-page book, which contains 40 illustrations by artist Yoko Matsuoka, can be pre-ordered now at various online retailers. It's priced at $19.95.

"I am really excited to see the reaction from people about this book," says McLean. "We have all read many children's books to our kids and I am hoping this one stands up to the greatness of others we have put our kids to sleep with."

"American Pie" was released in October 1971 along with McLean's album of the same name. The single spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early '72.

Using the tragic 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper -- "The Day the Music Died" -- as its launching point, the epic eight-and-a-half-minute tune featured allegorical imagery that appears to chronicle key historic and cultural events of the late '50s and the 1960s.

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Sting has joined the lineup of artists and celebrities that will appear on See Us Unite for Change, a multi-network special that "celebrates and pays tribute" to the Asian American experience airing Friday, May 21, on MTV and its affiliated networks.

The special, hosted by Ken Jeong, comes amid a growing number of hate crimes against people in the Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) communities.

Sting will perform on the show, along with other artists like Jhene Aiko and Saweetie. The event also will feature appearances by Daniel Dae Kim, Naomi Osaka, Lisa Ling, Jeremy Lin, Michelle Kwan and others.

"Through music and comedy performances, short film packages and speakers, the special aims to inspire and educate viewers about the impact that the AAPI community has had in America, as well as how to move forward and further support on-the-ground efforts to build solidarity against hate," MTV notes in a statement.

See Us Unite for Change will air May 21 at 8 p.m ET on MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel, Pop TV, VH1, CMT, TV Land, Logo, BET and Nickelodeon. The event also will stream exclusively on Facebook Watch.

In a statement, MTV Entertainment Group President Chris McCarthy said, "We are outraged and deeply saddened by the escalation of hate crimes against AAPI communities and stand with them in the fight against xenophobia and bigotry."

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Elton John and his husband David Furnish will be the special honorees at AIDS Walk: Live at Home 2021, a May 16 virtual fundraiser that will serve as the centerpiece of six AIDS Walk events all over the U.S.

In 1991, Elton helped launch the first AIDS Walk in Atlanta, and in 1992, he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation; David is now the chairman of its Board of Trustees.  Elton and David have both worked tirelessly to not just raise money for research and education, but to raise awareness about why it's so important to end HIV/AIDS, and support those who have it.

Other stars who'll appear at AIDS Walk: Live at Home include Billy Porter, Ann-Margret, Rita Moreno, Tony Goldwyn, Rosie Perez, Carson Kressley, George Takei and stars of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The event will raise funds for dozens of AIDS organizations, including GMHC, AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation and Lifelong.

In other Elton news, today -- or tonight, in the U.K. -- he appeared at the BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys, to perform the Pet Shop Boys song "It's a Sin" with young British act Years & Years

The song's title is also the name of a recent, acclaimed HBO Max TV series, in which Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander starred.  The song has now been released as a single to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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Former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung has debuted a second advance single from his upcoming farewell studio album, 26 East, Volume 2, a blazing rock tune called "The Last Guitar Hero" that features the talents of Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.

In conjunction with the track's release, DeYoung has debuted a lyric video at his official Facebook page and the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel. The mixed-media clip combines animation and video footage that illustrate the song's theme of how today's popular music focuses more on pop idols and electronically created sounds than on virtuoso musicianship.

"They're workin' hard, you know it's true, to find an app to replace you," DeYoung belts out in the tune. "The last guitar hero, with the tools of your trade/ The last guitar hero, so genuine hand made/ The last guitar hero, with your big old Marshall stack/ Gone like a record store, and never coming back!"

"The Last Guitar Hero" is one of four songs DeYoung co-wrote with Ides of March frontman and ex-Survivor member Jim Peterik to be featured on 26 East, Volume 2, which will be released on June 11, and is available for pre-order now.

In addition, Peterik, who also co-wrote five songs that appear on Dennis' previous album, 2020's 26 East, Volume 1, contributes guitar, bass and backing vocals to the new record, while The Ides of March's horn section is featured on a track called "Hello Goodbye."

The first advance track released from 26 East, Volume 2, is the prog-rock-flavored "The Isle of Misanthrope," which was accompanied by an over-the-top music video.

Here's the full 26 East, Volume 2 track list:

"Hello Goodbye"
"Land of the Living"
"The Last Guitar Hero"
"Your Saving Grace"
"Proof of Heaven"
"Made for Each Other"
"There's No Turning Back Time"
"St. Quarantine"
"So Little Did We Know"
"Always Time"
"Isle of Misanthrope"
"Grand Finale"

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In August 2019, Tedeschi Trucks Band hit the Lockn' Festival stage in Arrington, Virginia, with special guest Trey Anastasio of Phish for a one-off performance of Derek & the Dominos' classic 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Now, an album documenting the concert called Layla Revisited (Live at Lockn') will be released on July 16.

Layla Revisited features live renditions of 13 of the original album's 14 songs, as well as a studio cover of the record's final tune, "Thorn Tree in the Garden," recorded by Derek Trucks and wife Susan Tedeschi as a duo.

Several connections link Trucks to the Layla album. His parents named him after the Eric Clapton-fronted Derek & the Dominos because they were huge fans of the album. In addition, late Allman Brothers Band slide guitarist Duane Allman played on most of the Layla album's tracks, and Trucks later enjoyed a 15-year tenure as the Allman Brothers slide guitarist.

Trucks also toured with Clapton for several years, and regularly traded licks with Eric on the Layla songs, just like Duane did.

"By the time that I started playing guitar, the sound of Duane Allman's slide was almost an obsession," says Derek Trucks about the Layla album. "His playing on Layla is still one of the high-water marks for me…My dad would play that record for me and my brother to fall asleep to and further sear it into my DNA."

You can check out a video of Tedeschi Trucks Band and Anastasio performing "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?" at the 2019 Lockn' fest at YouTube now.

Layla Revisited (Live at Lockn') can be pre-ordered now, and is available as a two-CD set, a three-LP package and digitally.

Here's the track list:

"I Looked Away"
"Bell Bottom Blues"
"Keep On Growing"
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"I Am Yours"
"Anyday"
"Key to the Highway"
"Tell the Truth"
"Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?"
"Have You Ever Loved a Woman?"
"Little Wing"
"It's Too Late"
"Layla"
"Thorn Tree in the Garden" (studio)

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Melissa Etheridge will be performing for fans both online and in real life later on this month.

The singer has booked the Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles for a May 29 concert special called One Way Out...of the Garage.  She'll be performing live with a full band, and the show will be livestreamed, but some lucky fans will be able to score a limited amount of in-person tickets -- with the appropriate COVID precautions and restrictions. You can visit EtheridgeTV.com to buy tickets now.

The two-hour event is doubling as a birthday celebration for Melissa, who turns 60 on May 29, and her wife -- actress, writer and producer Linda Wallem, who has the exact same birthday as she does.

One Way Out...of the Garage will feature Melissa's biggest hits, fan favorites and "a few surprises." Digital VIP experiences are available; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Melissa's charity, the Etheridge Foundation.

The Grammy winning singer will also resume touring starting August 8 in Sandy, Utah.

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Eric Burdon, frontman of the famous blues-infused British Invasion band The Animals, celebrates his 80th birthday today.

Burdon co-founded The Animals in 1963 in his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., with keyboardist Alan Price, guitarist Hilton Valentine, bassist Chas Chandler and drummer John Steele. The band, which was heavily influenced by American blues artists, scored its first and only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with its classic cover of the traditional folk song "The House of the Rising Sun." The single spent three weeks at the top of the chart in September 1964.

The Animals scored many more hits from 1964 to 1966, including "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Bring It On Home to Me," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "It's My Life," "Don't Bring Me Down" and "See See Rider.

In late '66, Burdon formed an almost entirely new version of the group, which was rechristened Eric Burdon and the Animals. The band, which featured a more psychedelic sound, scored several chart hits in 1967 and '68, including "When I Was Young," "San Franciscan Nights," "Monterey" and "Sky Pilot." "Monterey" was inspired by the band's experience performing at the historic 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

In 1969, Burdon teamed up with the San Francisco-based funk-rock band War. Their first album, Eric Burdon Declares "War", was released in 1970 and featured the #3 hit "Spill the Wine."

Burdon also has released many solo albums during his long career. In addition, The Animals' original lineup reunited for two studio albums, 1977's Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted and 1983's Ark. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, although Eric didn't attend the ceremony.

Burdon released his most recent, 'Til Your River Runs Dry, in 2013.

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Mariah Carey is helping her fans celebrate Pride Month in style.

The singer has dropped a colorful new merch collection ahead of this summer’s LGBTQ Pride festivities.

The limited edition collection includes apparel, accessories and gifts inspired by her 1999 album Rainbow, her singles “Loverboy” and “Heartbreaker,” the 2001 movie Glitter, and more.

There’s also a matching black hoodie and shorts with Mariah’s signature butterfly logo, along with a face mask, hat, rainbow flag and “Shade” festival fan.

The merch is now available on MariahCareyShop.com. Prices range from $15 to $60.

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