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Courtesy of New West RecordsR.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has formed a new group with indie-folk singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur called Arthur Buck.  The duo has just completed a debut album that will be released this year.

Buck and Arthur's collaboration came together after the two musicians bumped into each other near Peter's residence in Baja California, Mexico.

"I was like, 'Come swimming!'" Buck recalls to Rolling Stone. "Joe shows up in Mexico -- the kind of guy where he's carrying every single thing he owns on his back -- and then all this stuff started occurring."

Buck and Arthur proceeded to write eight songs in eight hours, and these tunes form the basis of the new album.

"It was really spontaneous and kind of magical in its own way, as [being in Mexico] we were kind of disconnected from everything," Peter explains to the magazine.

Adds Joe, "All of a sudden it was like I had this musical partner and friend, and that relieved the music of the burden of the self, if that makes sense."

Buck, who first met Arthur when he opened for R.E.M. back in 2004, notes, "Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life. And those experiences he's having make this a very forward-looking record, lyrically. The music has a questing kind of feel. We were making it up as we went along."

Arthur Buck is planning to head out on a tour of the U.S. and Europe to support the forthcoming album.

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Credit: Jody RogacEx-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has released a new track called "This Is That," from his upcoming studio album, American Utopia, as a digital single and via streaming services Friday. If you pre-order American Utopia now at iTunes and Nonesuch.com, you'll also immediately receive a free download of the song.

You can listen to "This Is That," which was co-written and produced by electronic artist Daniel Lopatin, a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never, now at Byrne's official YouTube channel. The ethereal, eclectic-sounding tune is highlighted by Chinese folk instruments and electronic percussion.

American Utopia, Byrne's first full-fledged solo effort since 2004's Grown Backwards, will be released March 9. The 10-track collection includes songs inspired by various things that give Byrne incentive to feel optimistic during this period of political and social upheaval. Among his collaborators on the project are Brian Eno, who co-wrote the song "Everybody's Coming to My House" with David.

Byrne will be supporting American Utopia with an expansive world tour that kicks off March 3 in Red Bank, New Jersey, and is mapped out through an August 28 show in Morrison, Colorado.

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Capitol/UMe2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Steve Miller Band's debut album, Children of the Future.  In celebration of the milestone, a box set featuring remastered, 180-gram-vinyl versions of the group's first nine studio albums will hit stores on May 18.

Titled Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976), the set spans from Children of the Future through the multiplatinum Fly Like an Eagle. All nine albums will be available individually as well. Meanwhile, limited-edition colored-vinyl versions of the albums, with each disc boasting a different color or colors, will be sold individually and as a box set exclusively at uDiscoverMusic.com.

In addition, HD digital audio versions of each of the nine albums are being released, one a week every Friday, beginning with Children of the Future today and winding down with Fly Like an Eagle on April 13.

As previously reported, Steve Miller Band will be touring across North America this spring and summer with Peter Frampton. The trek kicks off April 14 in Victoria, Canada, and is mapped out through an August 25-26 stand in Woodinville, Washington. In honor of the tour, a video of Steve Miller and company performing a cover of Elmore James' "Stranger Blues" with Frampton at an August 2017 in Costa Mesa, California, has been posted at the Miller Band's official VEVO YouTube channel.

Here are all of the Steve Miller Band albums featured in the Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976) box set, as well as the release dates for the HD digital audio versions of the records:

Children of the Future (1968) -- HD digital audio release: February 16
Sailor (1968) -- HD digital audio release: February 23
Brave New World (1969) -- HD digital audio release: March 2
Your Saving Grace (1969) -- HD digital audio release: March 9
Number 5 (1970) -- HD digital audio release: March 16
Rock Love (1971) -- HD digital audio release: March 23
Recall the Beginning…A Journey from Eden (1972) -- HD digital audio release: March 30
The Joker (1973) -- HD digital audio release: April 6
Fly Like an Eagle (1976) -- HD digital audio release: April 13

And here's the info of the colored-vinyl versions of each album being released:

Children of the Future -- pink
Sailor -- blue
Brave New World -- yellow
Your Saving Grace -- white
Number 5 -- orange
Rock Love -- transparent green
Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden -- red
The Joker -- yellow-green
Fly Like an Eagle -- half black half bright yellow

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Minstrel Hall MusicA two-CD/DVD set titled Memories in Rock II featuring highlights from the three U.K. concerts that the new incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow played last year will be released on April 6. The live performances documented on the collection's CDs include renditions of a variety of Rainbow tunes, as well as versions of classic songs by Ritchie Blackmore's other famous band, Deep Purple.

Among the songs featured on Memories in Rock II are Rainbow's "Since You've Been Gone," "Man on the Silver Mountain," "I Surrender" and "All Night Long," and Deep Purple's "Woman from Tokyo," "Perfect Strangers," "Child in Time" and "Smoke on the Water." Also included on the CDs is a brand-new studio recording, "Waiting for a Sign," which will be released as a digital single on March 16. This will mark Rainbow's first new single since 1996.

The DVD, meanwhile, boasts behind-the scenes footage, as well as new interviews with Blackmore and some of his new Rainbow band mates, including singer Ronnie Romero. Among the topics Ritchie discusses in the DVD are his decision to resurrect Rainbow after seeing online videos of Romero performing, the balance between amount of Rainbow and Deep Purple songs included in his group's sets, and how frequently he plans to perform with the new band.

Memories in Rock II also will be available on vinyl and in digital formats.

Here is the full track list of the Memories in Rock II CDs:

CD 1
"Over the Rainbow"
"Spotlight Kid"
"I Surrender"
"Since You've Been Gone"
"Man on the Silver Mountain"/"Woman from Tokyo"
"16th Century Greensleeves"
"Soldier of Fortune"
"Perfect Strangers"
"Difficult to Cure"
"All Night Long"
"Child in Time"

CD 2
"Long Live Rock'n'Roll"/"Lazy"
"Catch the Rainbow"
"Black Night"
"Carry On Jon"
"Temple of the King"
"Smoke on the Water"
"Waiting for a Sign" (new song)

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe new home video featuring performances from an intimate show Van Morrison played in September 2016 -- which originally aired as part of BBC Radio 2's In Concert series -- gets its release today on DVD and Blu-ray.

The concert took place at the BBC Theatre in London around the time of the release of Morrison's Keep Me Singing album, and included renditions of six tunes from that collection, as well as performances of several Van classics.

Among the well-known Morrison songs featured on the In Concert video: "Brown Eyed Girl," "Wild Night," "Here Comes the Night" and "Jackie Wilson Said."

The DVD and Blu-ray also feature a bonus show, the "Up on Cyprus Avenue" concert that Van played on his 70th birthday -- August 31, 2015 -- in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Among the tunes Morrison sang at that event were his Astral Weeks gem "Cyprus Avenue," as well as "Days Like This" and covers of the spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and the pop standard "It's All in the Game."

You can check out a few previews of the In Concert video by visiting Morrison's official VEVO YouTube channel. The site includes full clips of Van performing "Brown Eyed Girl" and Keep Me Singing's title track, as well as an extended trailer promoting the video.

Meanwhile, Morrison's 2018 tour itinerary includes a couple of U.S. concerts scheduled for February 26 and 27 at the Wiltern theater in Los Angeles.

Here are the songs Morrison performed at the In Concert show:

"Too Late"
"Magic Time"
"Wild Night"
Medley: "Baby Please Don't Go/Don't Start Crying Now"
"Here Comes the Night"
"Every Time I See a River"
"Cleaning Windows/Be-Bop a Lula"
"Let It Rhyme"
"Whenever God Shines His Light"
"Sometimes We Cry"
"Going Down to Bangor"
"The Pen Is Mightier than the Sword"
"Keep Me Singing"
"Carrying a Torch"
"Brown Eyed Girl"
"Jackie Wilson Said"
"In the Garden"

And here are tunes Van sang at his "Up on Cyprus Avenue" gig:

"Cyprus Avenue"
"Celtic Swing"
"Cleaning Windows/Be-Bop a Lula"
"Days Like This"
"Precious Time"
"Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"
"Baby Please Don't Go/Parchman Farm/Don't Start Crying Now"
"It's All in the Game"
"Burning Ground"
"Whenever God Shines His Light"
"And the Healing Has Begun"
"On Hyndford Street"

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ABC/Randy HolmesIf Elton John hadn't already announced that he was retiring from touring, an incident at his show in Las Vegas this week might have led him to make that decision.

During his shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, when Elton performs "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)," he invites people from the audience to dance with him onstage.  But in fan-recorded video posted by TMZ, Elton can be seen singing the song onstage on Wednesday night as a set of Mardi Gras beads comes flying out of nowhere and smacks him in the mouth.

As the band continued to play, a shocked and startled Elton looked confused, upset and furious -- as much as he could look confused, upset and angry while wearing large sunglasses -- and appeared to utter an expletive.  He then wiped his mouth with a tissue several times to make sure he wasn't bleeding. 

Then, ever the trouper, he continued the song.

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Credit: Claude GassianThe Rolling Stones Exhibit, a.k.a. Exhibitionism, will be moving from Sin City to Music City. After the expansive display wraps up its run at the Palazzo resort in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 25, it will be opening at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on March 29.

The exhibition's Nashville run will mark the attraction's final stop on its U.S. tour, which also included engagements in New York City and Chicago. Exhibitionism premiered at London's Saatchi Gallery in April 2016. Tickets for the Nashville display can be purchased online now at StonesExhibit.com.

"We're all in for a rare treat," says Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum CEO and founder Joe Chambers in a statement. "Hosting The Rolling Stones Exhibit…and pairing it with our museum that celebrates the achievements of all musicians around the globe establishes a can't-miss destination worth traveling from anywhere for music fans."

Created with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones, the exhibit features various themed areas incorporating more than 500 artifacts, including guitars, costumes, photos, posters and more. Among the displays are replicas of the seedy London apartment some of the band members shared in 1962, a recording studio, and a backstage area at one of the group's concerts. Visitors also will be able to enjoy previously unheard audio tracks, as well as rare video clips and film presentations, including a 3-D concert performance.

The Rolling Stones Exhibit's run in Nashville is scheduled through June 30. It's slated to move to Sydney, Australia, in November of this year.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAfter two previous collaborations, Metallica has reunited with shoe company Vans to release a new collection of signature footwear.

The line includes two new styles. There's the Sk8-Hi Reissue, which boasts "full grain leather upper and tonal deco-stitched Sidestripe with an etched Metallica logo on the sidewall with a wrapped version on the quarter panels." Or you may prefer the Classic Slip-On, which features "an all-over logo print across the vamp and is finished with the same engraved logo on the sidewalls."

Along with the shoes, Metallica also is releasing a new t-shirt and trucker hat with Vans. The whole collection will be available this Friday, February 16, via the Metallica web store, Vans.com and local retail outlets.

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Parlophone RecordsTwo David Bowie albums, 1973's Aladdin Sane and the long-out-of print 1981 compilation ChangesTwoBowie, will be reissued in April.

A limited-edition silver-vinyl version of Aladdin Sane will be released April 20 in honor of the album's 45th anniversary, and will be available exclusively at record stores, not online. The new LP will feature co-producer Ken Scott's 2013 remaster.

Aladdin Sane, which peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 and topped the U.K. chart, includes memorable Bowie tunes like "The Jean Genie," "Panic in Detroit" and "Cracked Actor," as well as a cover The Rolling Stones' "Let's Spend the Night Together." The album, which features Bowie's famous backing band The Spiders from Mars, was certified gold in the U.S. for sales of 500,000 units.

ChangesTwoBowie will be reissued on April 13 as a 180-gram vinyl LP, a CD digipak and multiple digital formats, and also will be made available for streaming that day. The 10-track album was a follow-up to the 1976 best-of ChangesOneBowie, and features a variety of hits and standout tracks that Bowie released from 1971 through 1980. Among the tunes on the compilation are "Starman," "1984," "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)," and the single versions of "Ashes to Ashes," "Fashion" and "D.J."

The vinyl edition of the ChangesTwoBowie reissue will initially be available randomly in either black or blue vinyl, while subsequent runs of the LP will only be pressed on black vinyl.

In addition, ChangesOneBowie will be released on high-resolution digital formats and will be made available via streaming services on April 13.

Here is the full Aladdin Sane LP track list:

Side One
"Watch That Man"
"Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)"
"Drive-In Saturday"
"Panic in Detroit"
"Cracked Actor"

Side Two
"The Prettiest Star"
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"The Jean Genie"
"Lady Grinning Soul"

And here's the ChangesTwoBowie track list:

"Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)"
"Oh! You Pretty Things"
"Ashes to Ashes"*
"Sound and Vision"
"Wild Is the Wind"
"John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)"

* = single version.

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George Pimentel/WireImageIn a new interview with U.K. magazine Planet Rock, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page again addresses the oft-asked question about whether he thinks his old band will ever perform live again.  While his answer is disappointing, it's unsurprising.

"I very much doubt it," the 74-yar-old rocker says. "You've just got to face facts. We've gone past the 10th anniversary of the [reunion show at London's] O2 [arena], where we managed to do one serious concert. That's the only thing that we've done for such a long time, so I very much doubt we'll do anything else. I really think the time has gone."

On the positive side, Page says a new archival Led Zeppelin live album will be released later this year.

"I can't give the game away, but there's a recording that's another multi-track that we'll release," he says of the album. "It's so different to all the other things that are out there. It's another view compared to How the West Was Won or The Song Remains the Same. I'm looking forward to people hearing that."

In addition, Jimmy reveals that the band is planning to put out "a lot of" additional releases over the course of the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, Page also discusses the new official book, Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, that will be published this October in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary.

"I'm really pleased that [Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and I are] all doing it collectively because there are so many other people doing books," notes Jimmy. "It will be really good to have an authoritative book, where the band are actually contributing to it rather than being ripped off."

The latest issue of Planet Rock, featuring the Page interview, hits newsstands on Friday.

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Credit: Olivia BeeThe Smashing Pumpkins reunion has officially begun.

Original members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin will hit the road together for the first time in nearly 20 years starting July 12 in Glendale, Arizona. The trek, dubbed the Shiny and Oh So Bright tour, concludes September 7 in Boise, Idaho.

Tickets will go on sale next Friday, February 23 via SmashingPumpkins.com.

The tour will feature the reunited Pumpkins playing songs from their first five albums: 1991's Gish, 1993's Siamese Dream, 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1998's Adore, and 2000's Machina/The Machines of God. The news was announced in a video starring the two girls from the Siamese Dream cover.

Along with Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin, the band's lineup will also include latter-day Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder. It's still unclear who will play bass.

Though the reunion has only just been officially announced, it's already been fraught with drama. After Corgan posted a photo of himself alongside Iha and Chamberlin in a recording studio, original bassist D'arcy Wretzky revealed that she will not be taking part in the reunion. She then said that Corgan did invite her to join the reunion, only to rescind that offer.

In response, the Pumpkins issued a statement saying that Wretzky has "repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred." Wretzky denied that claim in a subsequent interview, during which she also called Corgan "insufferable" and posited that he "may have a brain tumor."

All that said, here are the Smashing Pumpkins' Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour dates:

7/12 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
7/14 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
7/16 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
7/17 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
7/18 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
7/20 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/21 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
7/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Infinite Energy Arena
7/24 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
7/25 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
7/27 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
7/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/29 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/31 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
8/1 -- New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden
8/4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
8/5 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
8/7 -- Montreal, QC, Centre Bell
8/8 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
8/11 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
8/13 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
8/16 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
8/17 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/19 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/20 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
8/21 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
8/24 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
8/25 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
8/27 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
8/28 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
8/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
9/1 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
9/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
9/4 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
9/5 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/7 -- Boise, ID, Ford Idaho Center

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Courtesy of The Fest for Beatles FansThe guest lineup has been unveiled for the 2018 New York-area edition of The Fest for Beatles Fans, which runs from Friday, March 9, to Sunday, March 11, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey. The festival will feature performances and appearances by a variety of well-known artists, including founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman, Peter & Gordon's Peter Asher, and Chad & Jeremy's Jeremy Clyde.

Bachman will perform on the festival's last day, while Asher will be on hand for all three days. Friday, Peter will present a storytellers-style performance with various guests, while on Saturday and Sunday he and Clyde will team up to perform as a duo for the very first time.

Other notable musicians who will take part in the event include longtime Ringo Starr's All Starr Band music director and sax player Mark Rivera, Monty Python collaborator and Rutles singer Neil Innes, and Billy J. Kramer. The Beatles' longtime hairdresser, Leslie Cavendish, also will appear at the Fab Four extravaganza.

In addition, The Fest for Beatles will feature 50th anniversary celebrations for Yellow Submarine and the band's two-disc self-titled album, a.k.a. The White Album.

Other activities and events include a bevy of Beatles tribute performances, autograph signings, Q&A sessions and panel discussions, a battle of the bands, a karaoke room, a dance party, a trivia contest, memorabilia sales and auctions, art displays, film screenings and more.

Meanwhile, a Chicago-area edition of the Beatles fest is scheduled for August 10-12 at The Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

To check out full details of the 2018 Fest for Beatles Fans, visit TheFest.com.

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Capitol Records/UMeBob Seger has debuted an official lyrics video for the title track to his latest studio album, I Knew You When, which was released in November. The mid-tempo ballad is a nostalgic, heartfelt tribute to his late friend, Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey.

The clip, which you can watch on Seger's VEVO YouTube channel, features a series of animated black-and-white sketches based on photos of the Michigan rocker at different ages, starting with a picture from the late '60s that's featured on the cover of the album. The final image in the video is of Seger with his arm around Frey's shoulders.

Seger dedicated I Knew You When to Frey, and the album includes a number of tracks inspired by Glenn or boasting themes reflecting Bob's relationship with him. Seger also pays homage on the album to a couple of other late singer/songwriters he admired -- Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed -- by covering their respective songs "Democracy" and "Busload of Faith."

As previously reported, Seger postponed the last 19 dates of his 2017 fall tour because he needed to undergo surgery to treat a ruptured disc in his neck. He is hoping to return to the road by the spring, although there's no word yet on when the shows will be rescheduled.

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Inside Out MusicSteve Hackett recently released a new concert video and album called Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, which documents a May 2017 show that the ex-Genesis guitarist played at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, England. Speaking with ABC Radio about the concert, Hackett noted, "[I]t's a great hall. It happened to be a really wonderful evening, with a great crowd."

The gig was part of Hackett's solo tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, the last studio album he recorded with Genesis.  The show featured two sets: one focused on material from Hackett's solo career, and one showcasing Genesis tunes, with a special emphasis on songs from Wind & Wuthering, such as "Afterglow" and "One for the Vine."

Among the songs played during the first set were three tunes from Steve's latest solo album, 2017's The Night Siren. "I wanted to keep up the new stuff as well as keeping the museum doors open for the glorious Genesis exhibits," Hackett pointed out.

The Genesis portion of the show features lead vocals by Swedish-American singer Nad Sylvan, whose voice is reminiscent of both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.

Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham is available now as a two-DVD/two-CD set, on Blu-ray and on digital formats.

Meanwhile, Hackett launches the U.S. portion of his latest North American tour on Thursday, February 15, in Staten Island, New York. Hackett tells ABC Radio that the set he's playing on the current trek features a variety of Genesis gems, including "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight," "Firth of Fifth" and the epic "Supper's Ready." He's also playing some songs from The Night Siren, as well as his short-lived supergroup GTR's 1986 hit "When the Heart Rules the Mind."

Here are all of the U.S. dates of Hackett's current tour:

2/15 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
2/16 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
2/17 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
2/18 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
2/22 -- Berkeley, CA, The UC Theatre
2/23 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Fremont Theater
2/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum
2/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren

And here's the track list for the Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham CDs and DVDs:

Disc 1 -- Concert Part 1:
"Every Day"
"El Nino"
"The Steppes"
"In the Skeleton Gallery"
"Behind the Smoke"
"Serpentine Song"
"Rise Again"
"Shadow of the Hierophant"

DVD Bonus:
Wuthering Nights, Live in Birmingham - Behind the Scenes Documentary

Disc 2 -- Concert Part 2:
"Eleventh Earl of Mar"
"One for the Vine"
"Acoustic Improvisation"
"Blood on the Rooftops"
"In That Quiet Earth"
"Dance on a Volcano"
"Inside and Out"
"Firth of Fifth"
"The Musical Box"
"Los Endos"

DVD Bonus:
Official videos for "Behind the Smoke," "Fifty Miles from the North Pole" and "West to East"

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Credit: Kevin MazurBilly Joel has reportedly shelled out $3.5 million for a horse ranch in Wellington, Florida.

The Daily Mail reports the Piano Man purchased the five-acre ranch last month for his wife, Alexis, who is an accomplished equestrian.

"He just wants to keep making his wife happy," a source tells The Mail. "This purchase was all about her."  In October, Billy and Alexis welcomed their second daughter, Remy Anne.

The property is described as a "beautifully maintained" farm located a short distance from Wellington's Winter Equestrian Festival, one of the country's largest equestrian events. The ranch includes a 12-stall barn with groom quarters and a ring to practice dressage, an equestrian sport where the rider and horse perform a series of pre-determined movements.

Joel is already familiar with the neighborhood: He purchased an adjacent property for $3.6 million in 2016. Bruce Springsteen and Bill Gates also own properties in the area.

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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for dick clark productionsCongratulations to former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who apparently has found a lady who really kick-starts his heart. The 55-year-old rocker revealed in a Valentine's Day post on his Instagram that he's gotten engaged to his girlfriend, Brittany Furlan.

The message reads, "Well this certainly beats chocolates! Say hello to future Mrs. Lee #engaged." It's accompanied by a video loop showing Lee's hand holding Furlan's left hand, which boasts a big, heart-shaped diamond ring.

The 31-year-old Furlan, an actress, comedian and popular personality on the now-defunct video platform Vine, posted the same message and video loop on her Instagram.

She also posted a note on her Twitter feed that reads, "Best day of my life!!!! I can't wait to get to spend forever with my best friend #engaged," along with a pic of her hand wearing the engagement ring and hold Lee's hand.

According to EW.com, the couple was first spotted together last summer, and since then, they have frequently posted about their blossoming romance on their respective social media accounts.

Lee's has been married three times before, to model Elaine Bergen and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson. He and Anderson have two sons: 21-year-old Brandon and 20-year-old Dylan. This will be Furlan's first marriage.

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Credit: Suzie KaplanFounding Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer will be hitting the road with his solo band in June for a new U.S. installment of his Rockabilly Riot! tour. The trek is scheduled to run from a June 1 show in Santa Ynez, California, through a June 24 concert in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public Friday, February 16, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets will be available for members of Setzer's fan club starting Tuesday, February 13, at 10 a.m. local time, while a local pre-sale also will be offered beginning Thursday, February 15, at 10 a.m. Visit BrianSetzer.com for more details.

Prior to the tour, Setzer and his group will play a headlining set on May 19 at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival in Annapolis, Maryland. The band features upright bassist Mark Winchester, piano player Kevin McKendree and drummer Noah Levy, all of whom played on Setzer's 2014 solo album, Rockabilly Riot!: All Original.

First up for Setzer, though, will be a previously announced reunion performance with The Stray Cats on Saturday, April 21, in Las Vegas at The Orleans during the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend festival. The rockabilly trio's headlining set at the event will mark the first time that the band will perform together in North America in a decade.

Here are all of Setzer's confirmed 2018 shows:

4/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend - The Orleans (with The Stray Cats)
5/19 -- Annapolis, MD, Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival - Sandy Point State Park
6/1 -- Santa Ynez, CA, Chumash Casino
6/2 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
6/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
6/6 -- Napa, CA, The Uptown Theatre
6/8 -- West Wendover, NV, Peppermill Concert Hall
6/9 -- Grand Junction, CO, Las Colonias Amphitheater
6/12 -- Austin, TX, Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
6/14 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove Margaritaville
6/15 -- Robinsonville, MS, Gold Strike Casino - Millennium Theatre
6/16 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
6/18 -- Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall
6/19 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Sandler Center For the Performing Arts
6/20 -- Charlottesville, VA, The Paramount Theater
6/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Showroom
6/24 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Summer Music Series Outdoors

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L-R: Billy Corgan, D'arcy Wretzky and James Iha in September 1996 (Catherine McGann/Getty Images)And the Smashing Pumpkins drama continues.

Earlier this week, the band issued a statement saying original bassist D'arcy Wretzky has "repeatedly been invited out to play with the group" in response to her claim that frontman Billy Corgan rescinded an invitation to join their upcoming reunion. Now, Wretzky has given a wide-ranging interview with the site AlternativeNation.net, in which she says that Corgan, among other things, "may have a brain tumor."

In the interview, the reclusive bassist says that she got back in contact with Corgan in 2016 after original guitarist James Iha joined The Pumpkins on stage for the first time in over 15 years. Despite her contentious relationship with Corgan, which led to her leaving the band in 1999, Wretzky says she was open to reconnecting.

"Everyone said he changed since he had a kid, and he can be very charming, and fun," Wretzky continues. "I just was so out of that world for the longest time, I wasn't aware of a lot of the crazy stuff, like he supports [Donald] Trump. What?"

She also addresses a comment Corgan made on a radio show about him seeing a "shapeshifter."

"The shapeshifting thing, I honestly think he may have a brain tumor," Wretzky says. "He's always been insufferable."

Wretzky adds that, contrary to The Pumpkins' statement, Corgan has "never invited me to anything," and she doesn't expect that to change now that she's spoken up.

"He's not going to forgive me," Wretzky says. "He wanted me to do what he wanted me to do, and he's furious at me for telling the truth...Just f***ing come out and say it, you don't want me to tell people that I'm not going to be the bass player."

ABC Radio has reached out to Corgan's rep for comment.

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ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica will receive the 2018 Polar Music Prize, also known as the "Nobel Prize of Music." The band will be honored with the prestigious Swedish award during a ceremony held June 14.

"Through virtuoso ensemble playing and its use of extremely accelerated tempos, Metallica has taken rock music to places it had never been before," reads a statement on the Polar Music Prize website. "In Metallica's world, both a teenage bedroom and a concert hall can be transformed into a Valhalla. The strength of the band's uncompromising albums has helped millions of listeners to transform their sense of alienation into a superpower."

In response to being chosen for the honor, Metallica posted a statement on their Twitter feed that reads, "We are truly humbled and inspired to be recognized in this manner!"

Polar Music Prize winners are awarded with one million Swedish kronor, or about $125,000. Metallica will donate the winnings to their All Within My Hands charitable foundation.

Along with Metallica, the 2018 Polar Music Prize also will honor the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

Among the previous Polar Music Prize honorees are Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Elton John, Chuck Berry, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, and Bjork.

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesFrances Bean Cobain has opened up about her struggles with addiction. In a heartfelt Instagram post, the 25-year-old daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love reveals that she marked two years of sobriety on Tuesday.

"It's an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum," Cobain writes. "The fact that I'm sober isn't really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately. But I think it's more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing."

Cobain doesn't elaborate about the specifics of her addiction, but says she wants to "have the capacity to recognize & observe that my journey might be informative."

"Even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different," she continues. "It is an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, [bizarre], uncomfortable, tragic, f***ed up things that have ever happened or will ever happen."

Cobain ends the post by writing "Peace, love, empathy," the same phrase her father, who struggled with addiction throughout his life, used in his suicide note.

"I'm going to reclaim this phrase and define it as something that's mine, filled with hope and goodness and health, because I want to," she says.

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