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Credit: Joe LengsonVan Halen erupted onto the music scene with their self-titled debut album 41 years ago this month, and to commemorate the band's arrival, a new pair of high-top sneakers featuring a vintage photo of Eddie Van Halen onstage has been made available at the guitar legend's online store.

The EVH brand's 1978 High Top is black with a white rubber sole, decorated with a pic of Eddie playing guitar during Van Halen's '78 tour on the outer side. In addition, a circular badge reading "1978 Eddie Van Halen" appears on the inner ankle area, the EVH logo is featured on the tongue and the back of the sole, and a back panel boasts the black-and-white stripe pattern that's seen on Eddie's classic "Eruption" guitar.

The sneakers are priced at $64.78 and can be purchased at EddieVanHalenStore.com.

Van Halen has been idle since its last tour ended in October 2015, although frontman David Lee Roth hinted in an interview with Vulture this past December that the band would be mounting a new trek this year. No official word about the tour has been announced.

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Atlantic/Swan Song/Warner MusicIn honor of Led Zeppelin's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, the band has launched a new playlist generator program that allows anyone to build a list of tunes from the rock legends' entire catalog.

To mark the debut of the program, three artists have been recruited to try it out: ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White, U.K. hard-rock duo Royal Blood and Mexican rockers Maná, all of whom consider Led Zeppelin a major influence.

White's 10-track playlist begins with the Physical Graffiti track "The Rover," and includes popular tunes such as "The Lemon Song," "Moby Dick" and "Since I've Been Loving You." It also features a couple of gems from the BBC Sessions collection: "The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair" and "Traveling Riverside Blues."

"They are an immovable force in music," White says of the mighty Zep. "I don't trust anyone who doesn't like them."

Led Zeppelin Playlist Generator also creates personalized cover art to accompany each list of songs generated, and allows users to share their lists via social media. In addition, the program can generate a personalized social media profile image featuring the user's name in the well-known Led Zeppelin font.

The playlist generator can be accessed at LZ50.LedZeppelin.com/Playlister.

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RhinoNext month, Stevie Nicks will become the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Fame twice. To mark the occasion, Rhino Records is launching a major compilation celebrating the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman's decades-long career focusing on her work outside of her famous band.

Stand Back, which arrives March 29, will be available as an 18-track single CD, and also will be released in digital and streaming versions.  In addition, a 50-track, three-CD version of the compilation, titled Stand Back: 1981-2017, will be released on April 19, while a six-LP vinyl edition of the same set will become available on June 28.

The single-disc version of Stand Back features all of Nicks' biggest hits, including the title track, "Edge of Seventeen," "If Anyone Falls," "Talk to Me" and more.  Also included are her respective hit duets with Don Henley and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "Leather and Lace" and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," respectively.  Live versions of the Fleetwood Mac tracks "Dreams" and "Gold Dust Woman" round out that package.

The three-CD and six-LP sets adds more live tracks, and more collaborations, including Stevie's duets with Sheryl Crow, Dave Grohl, Kenny Loggins, LeAnn Rimes, Lady Antebellum and John Stewart.  Movie soundtrack songs, such as "Blue Lamp" from Heavy Metal and "Sleeping Angel" from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, are also included.

The 2019 Rock Hall ceremony takes place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Nicks will be inducted as a solo artist at the event, after previously being welcomed into the Hall as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998.

Here's the track listing for the single-CD version of Stand Back:

"Edge of Seventeen" (Single Version)
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (Single Version) -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Leather and Lace" (Single Version) -- with Don Henley
"Rooms On Fire" (U.S. Single Version)
"Stand Back" (Single Version)
"If Anyone Falls" (Single Version)
"Talk to Me" (Single Version)
"I Can't Wait" (Single Version)
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You"
"Long Way to Go"
"Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind" (Radio Remix)
"Blue Denim"
"Every Day"
"Secret Love"
"The Dealer"
"Lady"
"Dreams" (Live)
"Gold Dust Woman" (Live)

And here's the track listing from the three-CD set:

Disc 1
"Edge of Seventeen"
"Rooms On Fire"
"Stand Back"
"After the Glitter Fades"
"If Anyone Falls"
"Talk to Me"
"I Can't Wait"
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You"
"Long Way to Go"
"Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind"
"Blue Denim"
"Every Day"
"Planets of the Universe"
"Secret Love"
"For What It's Worth"
"The Dealer"
"Lady"

Disc 2
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Leather and Lace"- with Don Henley
"Nightbird"
"I Will Run to You" -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Two Kinds of Love"
"Whenever I Call You 'Friend'" -- with Kenny Loggins
"Magnet & Steel" -- with Walter Egan
"Gold" -- with John Stewart
"Too Far from Texas" -- with Natalie Maines
"Sorcerer"
"You're Not the One" -- with Sheryl Crow
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" -- with Chris Isaak
"Cheaper than Free" -- featuring Dave Stewart
"You Can't Fix This" -- with Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Rami Jaffee
"Golden" -- with Lady Antebellum
"Blue Water" -- featuring Lady Antebellum
"Borrowed" -- with LeAnn Rimes
"Beautiful People Beautiful Problems" -- with Lana Del Rey

Disc 3
"Gold Dust Woman" (Live)
"Dreams" (Live)
"Angel" (Live)
"Rhiannon" (Live)
"Landslide" (Live) -- with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
"Sara" (Live from The Soundstage Sessions)
"Crash Into Me" (Live from The Soundstage Sessions)
"Circle Dance" (Live from The Soundstage Sessions)
"Needles and Pins" (Live) -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Rock and Roll" (Live)
"Blue Lamp" (from Heavy Metal soundtrack)
"Sleeping Angel" (from Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack)
"If You Ever Did Believe" (from Practical Magic soundtrack)
"Crystal" (from Practical Magic soundtrack)
"Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go" (from Book of Henry soundtrack)

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Credit: Scott DudelsonDuff McKagan has debuted a new solo song called "Tenderness." The track, a yearning ballad recorded in collaboration with country artist Shooter Jennings, is available now via digital outlets.

"Tenderness" is the first single from the Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist's upcoming solo album, due out later this year.

"The real point of 'Tenderness' is not for me to be some damn politician or some other voice to add to what is already way too much noise," McKagan says in a statement.

"This is a song of unity and peace...and I want this record to be a meditation and to bring maybe some healing, if that is not too high-handed or lofty of a goal."

McKagan will play a pair of solo shows this spring, taking place May 30 in Philadelphia and May 31 in Washington, D.C.

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Credit: Austin LordPeter Frampton apparently is joining the ranks of veteran artists who have decided to retire from the road.

The British guitar great has announced plans for a North American trek dubbed Finale -- The Farewell Tour, which kicks off June 16 in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and is mapped out all the way through an October 12 concert in Concord, California.

Frampton's special guest during most of the 50-date outing will be Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening, while Peter's son Julian Frampton will be an additional opening act for the shows taking place on the West Coast.

An exclusive interview with Frampton about his farewell tour will air Saturday, February 23, on CBS This Morning.

Tickets for most of the shows will go on sale to the general public next Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Citi card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting this Tuesday, February 26, at 10 a.m. local time via the company's Private Pass program. VIP packages will be sold at Frampton.com.

Peter reached the height of his popularity with his 1976 concert album, Frampton Comes Alive!, which topped the Billboard 200 chart for 10 non-consecutive weeks that year. The double-disc collection yielded three big hits -- "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" -- and has been certified eight-times platinum in the U.S.

Frampton toured with the Steve Miller Band in 2017 and 2018. In January, he took part in the star-studded "I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and was presented with the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 2019 edition of the music-equipment conference The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

Here are all of Frampton's confirmed tour dates:

6/18 -- Catoosa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
6/20 -- Little Rock, AR, Robinson Performance Hall
6/22 -- Atmore, AL, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel
6/23 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
6/26 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre
6/27 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater*
6/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino*
6/30 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
7/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
7/3 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview*
7/5 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Montreal Jazz Fest - Place des Arts: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
7/7 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
7/9 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
7/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia*
7/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center*
7/13 -- Stayner, ON, Canada, Roxodus Music Festival
7/23 -- Traverse City, MI, Interlochen Center for the Arts-Kresge Auditorium
7/25 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre*
7/26 -- Morgantown, WV, MountainFest Motorcycle Rally*
7/28 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*
7/29 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre
7/31 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/2 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater*
8/4 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis*
8/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre*
8/8 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center*
8/11 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park*
8/16-21 -- Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean
8/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
9/1 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
9/2 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena*
9/4 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place*
9/6 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds*
9/7 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
9/10 -- Simpsonville, SC, CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park*
9/11 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem*
9/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden*#
9/14 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek*
9/21 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
9/22 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino*
9/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre*
9/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino
9/29 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Casino-Pechanga Summit*
10/2 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*
10/3 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre*
10/5 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum*
10/6 -- Tuolumne, CA, Black Oak Casino Resort - Westside Pavilion*
10/9 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre*
10/10 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Resort & Casino - Cowlitz Ballroom*
10/12 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion*

* = with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening
= with Julian Frampton.

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Capitol Records/UMeLast year, the 50th anniversary of the Steve Miller Band's debut album, Children of the Future, was celebrated with the release of a box set featuring remastered, 180-gram-vinyl versions of the group's first nine studio albums. Now, a follow-up collection boasting remastered, high-quality vinyl editions of nine more albums by Miller and company will hit stores on May 24.

Titled Complete Albums Volume 2 (1977-2011), the set spans from 1977's multiplatinum Book of Dreams through the Miller Band's latest studio effort, 2011's Let Your Hair Down. All nine albums will be available individually as well.

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 the nine albums are being released. One or two of the titles will be made available every Friday for five weeks, beginning this Friday, February 22, with Book of Dreams and 1981's Circle of Love and winding down March 22 with Let Your Hair Down.

As previously reported, the Steve Miller Band will be touring the U.S. this spring and summer.  They'll start with a series of March headlining dates, and then hooking up with country veterans Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives for a joint trek running from June 13 through August 31.

"I know it is going to be one of the best musical pairings we've ever done and an amazing evening of great American music," says Miller of the tour with Stuart.

Here are all of the Steve Miller Band albums featured in the Complete Albums Volume 2 (1977-2017) box set, as well as the release dates for the HD digital audio versions of the records:

Book of Dreams (1977) -- HD digital audio release: February 22
Circle of Love (1981) -- HD digital audio release: February 22
Abracadabra (1982) -- HD digital audio release: March 1
Italian X Rays (1984) -- HD digital audio release: March 1
Living in the 20th Century (1986) -- HD digital audio release: March 8
Born 2 B Blue (1988) -- HD digital audio release: March 8
Wide River (1993) -- HD digital audio release: March 15
Bingo! (2010) -- HD digital audio release: March 15
Let Your Hair Down (2011) -- HD digital audio release: March 22

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

Book of Dreams -- bronze
Circle of Love -- ultra clear
Abracadabra -- red
Italian X Rays -- mustard
Living in the 20th Century -- beige
Born 2 B Blue -- opaque light blue
Wide River -- translucent light blue
Bingo! -- milky clear
Let Your Hair Down -- tan

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Credit: Paul BrownMotley Crue has dropped a new song called "The Dirt (Est. 1981)," which was recorded for the upcoming Netflix biopic The Dirt, about the band's notorious exploits.

On the track, vocalist Vince Neil declares "They never found a way to break us down/that's why we're still around." The song also boasts a verse from rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who plays Crue drummer Tommy Lee in the film.

"The Dirt" is one of four new tracks the '80s metallers recorded for the movie: The others are two more originals titled "Ride with the Devil" and "Crash and Burn," plus a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin."

The soundtrack, which also includes Crue classics such as "Kickstart My Heart," "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Home Sweet Home," arrives on March 22.

The film The Dirt, which is based the band's 2001 autobiography of the same name, hits Netflix on March 22. The cast also includes The Punisher's Daniel Webber as Neil, Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars and Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx.

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Aerosmith is among the acts set to headline the inaugural Twin Cities Summer Jam festival, scheduled to take place July 18-20 on the infield of the Canterbury Park racetrack in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee, Minnesota. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will close out the event's second day, Friday, July 19.

Country stars Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw, respectively, will headline the festival's first and last day. REO Speedwagon also is part of the lineup, and will perform on July 18, while rapper Pitbull will play on July 20. More artists will be announced soon.

Tickets for Twin Cities Summer Jam go on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. CT at TCSummerJam.com.

As previously reported, Aerosmith will kick off their first-ever Las Vegas residency, dubbed Deuces Are Wild, on April 6 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. The band has a total of 34 shows scheduled in Sin City, spread across April, June, July, September, October, November and December. Check out the full list of residency dates at Aerosmith.com and MGMResorts.com.

The festival performance currently is Aerosmith's only confirmed upcoming concert not in Vegas.

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Procol Harum launched their first U.S. tour in nearly five years this week, after recently taking part in the inaugural On the Blue Cruise headlined by Moody Blues singer/guitarist Justin Hayward.

Frontman Gary Brooker says the trek is giving Procol Harum the opportunity to introduce its latest album, 2017's Novum, to American audiences.

"We were very much looking forward to getting over here and…playing our new songs," he tells ABC Radio, adding with a laugh, "And anyway, we were on a cruise that finished in Miami, so we might as well come up here."

The tour, which runs through a March 4-5 stand in Boston, is mostly visiting various City Winery franchises.

Brooker admits that he hadn't heard of the City Winery before booking the tour, but after shows this week at venues in Atlanta, Nashville and Chicago, he has plenty of positive to say about them.

"They're a very, very good musical environment," the 73-year-old musician says. "And, of course, all the people in there seem to be music lovers, and sitting there very comfortably with their glass of wine. [It's a] very nice, relaxed atmosphere, [and] good sounds…in all of these places."

Of course, besides material from Novum, the band is playing plenty of its classic early songs, including "Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Conquistador."

Brooker tells ABC Radio that "it's an honor that people know songs that you do," adding, "It's great to play them and it must be good for people to hear them, either for the first time or after many years of not seeing Procol."

Procol Harum's tour continues this Saturday, February 23, in Washington, D.C., and also includes a February 25-27 stand in New York City.

Here are all of the band's upcoming U.S. concerts:

2/23 -- Washington, D.C., City Winery
2/25 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/26 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/27 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/28 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
3/1 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/3 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
3/4 -- Boston, MA, City Winery
3/5 -- Boston, MA, City Winery

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Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMeThe Beatles' self-titled 1968 double album, also known as The White Album, has now been certified 24-times platinum, moving it into fourth place on the Recording Industry Association of America's list of highest-certified recordings in U.S. history.

The White Album, which last year was the subject of deluxe reissues in various formats and configurations in honor of its 50th anniversary, is now the top certified multiple-disc set of all time.

The only albums receiving more than 24 million certifications are The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 compilation with 38 million, Michael Jackson's Thriller with 33 million and The Eagles' Hotel California with 26 million.

"The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most influential bands of all time, with music that stands the test of time," says RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier. "The magic of John [Lennon], Paul [McCartney], George [Harrison] and Ringo [Starr] continues to be experienced by new fans across the country and we are honored to present them with this milestone achievement. Diamond status is already a rare feat -- for an album to go 24[-times] Platinum, it has truly become part of America's cultural fabric."

The Beatles is the act with the most overall RIAA certifications: 178 million. The Fab Four impressively has five other albums that have achieved Diamond status, surpassing the 10 million mark in certifications: 

--The Beatles 1967-1970 compilation, 17 million
--The Beatles 1962-1966 compilation, 15 million
--Abbey Road, 12 million
--The 1 hits collection, 11 million
--Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 11 million.

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Credit: Jill JarrettAs recently reported, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and his solo band are playing a concert featuring surprise special guests tonight, February 21, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles.  The show's being taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS series Front and Center.

Now comes word that the show will be streamed live at Front and Center's YouTube channel as well as on the show's and Krieger's Facebook pages starting at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET.

In addition, the concert will be viewable on the interactive video app Hangtime, which allows you to watch events with friends in a private chat room. Hangtime is available for both Apple and Android devices.

Meanwhile, the Robby Krieger Band currently has two other concerts on its schedule, on March 1 in Houston and March 2 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Craig SjodinThe Morrison Hotel Gallery, which has outposts in New York City, Los Angeles and the Hawaiian island of Maui, is hosting a new photography exhibit honoring the grunge era.

Titled Grunge -- The Rise of a Generation, the show opens on March 8, which is also the 25th anniversary of the release of Soundgarden's 1994 album, Superunknown.  It'll be on display until March 31.

The exhibition will include photos of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Hole, Stone Temple Pilots, L7, Sonic Youth and Mudhoney.

For more info, visit MorrisonHotelGallery.com.

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Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork in 2016 (Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)Following the death today of The Monkees' Peter Tork at age 77, the group's two surviving members, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith have posted messages paying tribute to their departed band mate.

In a note on his social media sites, Dolenz writes, simply, "There are no words right now...heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork." The message is accompanied by a black-and-white photo of Peter smiling.

As for Nesmith, he penned a longer homage that reads, in part, "Peter Tork died this AM. I am told he slipped away peacefully. Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken. Even though I am clinging to the idea that we all continue, the pain that attends these passings has no cure. It's going to be a rough day."

Mike continues, "I share with all Monkees fans this change, this 'loss,' even so. PT will be a part of me forever. I have said this before -- and now it seems even more apt -- the reason we called it a band is because it was where we all went to play."

"A band no more -- and yet the music plays on -- an anthem to all who made the Monkees and the TV show our private -- dare I say 'secret' -- playground," he adds.

Nesmith concludes by writing, "I can only pray [Peter's] songs reach the heights that can lift us and that our childhood lives forever -- that special sparkle that was the Monkees. I will miss him -- a brother in arms. Take flight my Brother."

As previously reported, Dolenz and Nesmith are scheduled to launch a new U.S. tour as a duo on March 1 in Medford, Massachusetts. You can check out all the dates at Monkees.com.

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Terry McGinnis/WireImageKurt Cobain would've turned 52 on Wednesday, and his daughter Frances Bean Cobain shared a birthday message for her late father.

"Happy birthday to my da," Frances wrote in her Instagram Story, alongside a photo of herself as a baby next to a smiling Kurt.

She continued. "I hope you are at peace. I hope your spirit can feel how healing your art has been to the world...even if you couldn't heal your self, I think that's OK because your life has given more that it ever took. What a special person you must've been."

"Rest easy," she concluded. "I'll see ya when I see ya (hopefully not too soon)."

The official Nirvana Twitter page also recognized the occasion, posting a photo of Kurt of laughing on the floor while listening to records.

"Happy Birthday Kurt!!!" the caption reads.

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The Monkees, Peter Tork in foreground (Mike McLaren/Central Press/Getty Images)Peter Tork of The Monkees has died at the age of 77, according to a post on the musician's official Facebook page.

"It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world," the note reads.  A spokesperson for The Monkees' record label, Rhino, confirmed Tork's death.

Born Peter Thorkelson in Washington, D.C., Tork began playing music in the New York City folk scene during the early 1960s after dropping out of college. In 1965 he moved to Los Angeles, where, at the urging of his friend Stephen Stills, he tried out for a role in a new comedy TV show about a fictional band inspired by The Beatles.

Peter was hired to star in The Monkees alongside Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith, and the show became a huge success, as did the music the group recorded with the help of seasoned professional songwriters and session musicians.

Known as the "Prefab Four," The Monkees sold millions of albums thanks to the hit TV series, which ran through 1968 and won two Emmys. Tork played bass in the band, and contributed a few songs and occasional lead vocals to the group. Among the songs he's featured on are "Words" and "Shades of Gray."

Peter left The Monkees in 1968, but reunited with the band -- minus Nesmith -- for a successful 1986 reunion tour and a 1987 album, Pool It!. From the late '80s until 2017, Tork would take part in a variety of Monkees reunion treks. He also contributed to studio that albums the band released in 1996, 2016 and 2018.

Tork also had a music career outside of The Monkees: He released a 1994 solo record and several albums both with his band Shoe Suede Blues and with singer/songwriter James Lee Stanley.

In 2009, Tork revealed he'd been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the head and neck, and reported that he'd been successfully treated for the disease. This past November, Peter reported on his Facebook page that he was dealing with an unspecified health issue.

Tork is the second Monkees member to pass away, following Jones, who died of a heart attack in 2010 at age 66.

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David Crosby wrapped up a U.S. tour in December with his Lighthouse Band, the group of musicians with whom he recorded his 2018 collaborative album, Here If You Listen, and his 2016 solo effort, Lighthouse. Now, Crosby has announced dates for a late-spring stateside trek with his other group, the Sky Trails Band.

The new tour gets underway May 10 in Minneapolis and is plotted out through a June 16 concert in Bar Harbor, Maine. 

The Sky Trails Band  features Crosby's son, keyboardist James Raymond, and other musicians who contributed to the folk-rock legend's 2017 solo album, Sky Trails.  They include guitarist Jeff Pevar -- who played with David and his son in the group CPR -- one-time Crosby, Stills & Nash touring drummer Steve DiStanislao, bassist Mai Leisz, and singer/keyboardist Michelle Willis, who's also a Lighthouse Band member.

Here If You Listen, Crosby's latest album, was released this past October and was recorded with Willis, singer/guitarist Becca Stevens and Snarky Puppy frontman Michael League, all of whom accompanied David on his fall 2018 tour.

In November, Crosby told ABC Radio that he'd already been amassing new songs that he either had written or was in the process of writing with Snarky Puppy keyboardist Bill Laurance; Mai and her husband, Greg Leisz; acclaimed Americana artist Jason Isbell; and New York-based singer/songwriter/pianist Kenny White.

Here are all of Crosby's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

5/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
5/11 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater
5/13 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
5/15 -- St. Louis, MO, Sheldon Concert Hall
5/16 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery - Nashville
5/18 -- Brevard, NC, Brevard Music Center
5/20 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
5/21 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
5/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
5/24 -- Key West, FL, Key West Theater
5/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
5/29 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
5/30 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for Arts & Sciences
6/1 -- Pennsauken, NJ, Cooper River Park - Twilight Series
6/2 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
6/4 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
6/5 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
6/7 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
6/8 -- Woodstock, NY, Levon Helm Studios
6/10 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
6/12 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center
6/13 -- Lebanon, NH, Lebanon Opera House
6/15 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater
6/16 -- Bar Harbor, ME, Criterion Theater

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Taron Egerton as Elton John in "Rocketman" from Paramount Pictures.If you thought Elton John's upcoming biopic Rocketman, described as a "musical fantasy," would only focus on the positive parts of the legendary star's life, a new trailer indicates otherwise.

The trailer, which runs for about two-and-a-half minutes, shows Elton's transformation from an unknown musician named Reginald Dwight into an outrageously dressed full-fledged rock star. We also see him struggling with substance abuse and the pressures of fame, and there's a reference to his secret relationship with his then-manager and lover, John Reid

We also see a montage of career moments, as well as life events, including his ill-fated 1984 marriage to recording engineer Renate Blauel.

In one scene, Elton, played by Taron Egerton, is wearing one of his more over-the-top outfits, when he's confronted by Bernie Taupin, played by Jamie Bell

"Don't you just wanna just sing without this ridiculous paraphernalia?" asks Bernie.

"People don't pay to see Reg Dwight!" sputters an angry Elton, wearing faux plumage that would make a peacock blush. "They pay to see ELTON JOHN!"

However, he quickly apologizes a moment later, meekly touching Taupin's arm. "I'm sorry."

Knowingly, his longtime writing partner replies, "I know." 

Rocketman will be in theaters May 31.

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Frontiers Music srlLast May, Whitesnake's David Coverdale told ABC Radio that the band had to delay plans to release a new studio album in 2018 because "a technical catastrophe" resulted in the loss of most of the record. Now comes word that the album, titled Flesh & Blood, is ready to go and will hit stores on May 10.

Coinciding with the announcement, Whitesnake has premiered a video for the album's lead single, "Shut Up & Kiss Me," which you can watch on the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel.

The clip features footage of Whitesnake performing the new tune at a club in front of a small, enthusiastic crowd, intercut with fun scenes showing of group of woman who take a liking to the vintage white Jaguar that Coverdale has parked outside the venue. The car is the same one that appears in the iconic video for the band's 1987 hit "Here I Go Again."

"Shut Up & Kiss Me" can be purchased now digitally and via streaming services, and fans pre-ordering Flesh & Blood will receive an instant download of the track.

The album will be available in various formats and configurations, including on CD, digitally, as a two-LP set featuring black or colored vinyl discs, as a CD/DVD deluxe edition and as a "Super Luxury Boxset" containing the deluxe CD/DVD, the LPs on colored vinyl, a poster and a lithograph.

The CD/DVD set features two bonus studio tracks, two versions of the "Shut Up & Kiss Me" video, a Flesh & Blood behind-the-scenes clip and three DVD-audio remixes of album cuts.

To support Flesh & Blood, Whitesnake has scheduled a U.S. spring tour that kicks off April 12 in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Here's the track list for the album's deluxe edition:

CD
"Good to See You Again"
"Gonna Be Alright"
"Shut Up & Kiss Me"
"Hey You (You Make Me Rock)"
"Always & Forever"
"When I Think of You (Color Me Blue)"
"Trouble Is Your Middle Name"
"Flesh & Blood"
"Well I Never"
"Heart of Stone"
"Get Up"
"After All"
"Sands of Time"
"Can't Do Right for Doing Wrong" -- bonus track
"If I Can't Have You" -- bonus track

DVD-audio tracks
"Gonna Be Alright" (X-Tendo Mix)
"Sands of Time" (Radio Mix)
"Shut Up and Kiss Me" (Video Mix)

And here are Whitesnake's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

4/12 -- Newkirk, OK, 7 Clans First Council Casino
4/13 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Casino
4/15 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
4/17 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
4/19 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort
4/20 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre
4/22 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
4/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
4/25 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Casino
4/26 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King PAC
4/28 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
4/29 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center
5/1 -- Richmond, VA, Richmond, VA, The National
5/2 -- Bensalem, PA, XCITE Center at Parx Casino
5/4 -- Columbia, MD, M3 Rock Festival
5/5 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penns Peak
5/7 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
5/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
5/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
5/11 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
5/14 -- Greenville, PA, The Palace Theatre
5/17 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino
5/18 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino

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Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his current band The Circle have released an official video for "Trust Fund Baby," the hard-rocking lead single from the group's upcoming debut studio album, Space Between.

The clip, which you can watch on Hagar's YouTube channel, mixes footage of the Red Rocker and his group performing the song with a depiction of a spoiled, wealthy young woman whose life is one big drug- and alcohol-fueled party.

The video was directed by ZZ Satriani, the son of one of Sammy's Chickenfoot band mates, guitar whiz Joe Satriani.

Hagar says the clip nails "what happens when kids are given too much money -- too early in life -- and it becomes an affliction."

He adds, "All the money in the world isn't a guarantee for a good life. I'm a believer in working hard and finding purposeful work -- but that comes later in the story."

"Trust Fund Baby" is available for purchase now digitally and via streaming services, and fans pre-ordering Space Between will get an instant download of the track. The album will be released on May 10.

The Circle's lineup features Sammy's ex-Van Halen band mate Michael Anthony on bass, occasional Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, a member of Hagar's longtime backing band The Wabos.

As previously reported, Hagar & The Circle will support Space Between with a U.S. tour that kicks off April 19 in Reno, Nevada, and currently is mapped out through a June 7 show in Tinley Park, Illinois. Check out all the dates at RedRocker.com.

In other news, Hagar's AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar will return for a fourth season premiering this spring.

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Courtesty of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Recently announced plans for a three-day music extravaganza commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival this August have changed a bit.

The original plan was for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue located at the original site of the historic event in Bethel, New York, to host the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, featuring performances by both established and up-and-coming artists, plus other activities, from August 16 to 18.  Now that's been replaced by Anniversary Week, which includes a series of special concerts on those days.

Anniversary Week will kick off August 15 with a screening of the Director's Cut of the Oscar-winning 1970 documentary Woodstock. Then, on August 16, Bethel Woods will feature a concert headlined by Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, with support from folk great Arlo Guthrie and veteran rocker Edgar Winter. Guthrie played solo at the 1969 Woodstock fest, while Winter took part in his brother Johnny's set.

Another Woodstock alum, Santana, will headline a show August 17 that also will feature The Doobie Brothers. Anniversary Week will come to a close on the 18th with a concert featuring as-yet-unannounced performers.

Anniversary Week will be part of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts' just-announced Woodstock commemoration, dubbed A Season of Song & Celebration, that will include a variety of shows, events and exhibitions. The festivities will kick off March 30 with an exhibit titled We Are Golden -- Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future.

As previously reported, an official 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 Woodstock festival, dubbed Woodstock 50, will take place August 16 to August 18 at Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen, New York.

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