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Two veteran rockers are giving their existing biographies the deluxe treatment in 2018.

Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron is adding 11 new chapters and more than 100 photos to his biography Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story, which was originally released in 2000.

Negron, now 75, has lived a life of ups and downs, stating, "As a shy adolescent growing up in The Bronx, NY, I never dreamed I would have lived the life I eventually did. From the exhilarating rollercoaster ride of fame and fortune, to the pathetic life of a heroin addict, to redemption, sobriety and a new opportunity to be a respected man."

The new update, which is being called the "final edition" of the book, will be available March 13. Pre-orders are currently being accepted at Amazon.com and ChuckNegron.com.

Meanwhile, original Alice Cooper group guitarist Michael Bruce is offering up a deluxe box set edition of his book, No More Mr. Nice Guy, which also originally came out in 2000. The tome is a biography and anthology of the Alice Cooper group's rise in the 1970s.

The new box set contains a signed certificate, a 1996 interview CD and reproduction of Alice Cooper group memorabilia. It is limited to 250 copies and is signed by Bruce.

"It's not often we get a chance to redo, remake or in this case re-release a book…my book," says Bruce. "It is with much thought, great enjoyment, many thanks and heartfelt appreciation for family, friends and fans that I present the re-release of No More Mr Nice Guy. A compilation of hilarious rock 'n' roll stories and life events that made me the man I am today."

Pre-orders for the No More Mr. Nice Guy box set are available at PledgeMusic.com.


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Spitfire Music/SPVThe Dead Daisies, an all-star band comprised of musicians from notable rock acts, have announced details of their fourth album. The disc will be called Burn It Down and will be released April 6 via Spitfire Music/SPV.

The band features singer John Corabi (Motley Crue), guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) and newly added drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey).

"I'm extremely excited about our new record, Burn It Down," states Corabi. "It was a pleasure to once again work with [producer] Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record!!!"

Adds Aldrich, "The new Daisies album will melt your face! It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!"

Along with the new album announcement, The Dead Daisies will embark on a 2018 tour. So far, they've unveiled dates for a spring trek of Europe, with plans to hit North America, Japan and South America, as well, this year. Current dates can be found at TheDeadDaisies.com.

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London RecordsA number of classic songs and albums are among the 2018 class of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, including recordings by The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and David Bowie.

Each year, a Recording Academy committee chooses select works to be inducted in a "commitment to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings."

Among the songs being honored are the Rolling Stones' classic "Paint It, Black," Aerosmith's massive hit "Dream On," and David Bowie's breakthrough single "Space Oddity."

Albums getting inducted include Nirvana's Nevermind, Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys and Queen's A Night at the Opera.

Overall, 25 recordings are being inducted, raising the total number of Grammy Hall of Fame recordings to 1,063.

"The Grammy Hall of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog."

A full list of 2018 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees can be seen below:

Jimi Hendrix

Sam Cooke

Dr. Dre

"DREAM ON" (single)

"FIGHT THE POWER" (single)
Public Enemy

"FLASH LIGHT" (single)

Hugh Masekela

Linda Ronstadt

"I CAN'T HELP MYSELF" (single)
Four Tops

Gladys Knight & The Pips

The King Cole Trio

Whitney Houston

Johnny Cash

Thomas Alva Edison

"ME AND MRS. JONES" (single)
Billy Paul

"MOON RIVER" (song)
Andy Williams

"MY MAN" (single)
Billie Holiday



"PAINT IT, BLACK" (single)
The Rolling Stones

"SAVOY BLUES" (single)
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

"A SONG FOR YOU" (single)
Leon Russell

David Bowie

"THAT'S ALL RIGHT" (single)
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

Mike Oldfield

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Artwork by Steve PowersA week after announcing his new album, American Utopia, as well as a handful of shows, David Byrne has revealed dates for an extensive 2018 world tour in support of the new disc.

Byrne's trek will see the legendary Talking Heads frontman play three separate North American legs -- a brief late-winter jaunt in March; a two-month spring run in April and May; and a month's worth of summer shows in late July and August. In between the North American legs, Byrne will play shows in South America and Europe.

As for what to expect at the shows, a 12-piece band will be joining Byrne onstage for a choreographed concert.

In a note to fans, Byrne states, "The show concept is simple. Like the concept behind the show that was filmed for Stop Making Sense, the idea is super obvious and easy to describe. In that show, it was 'bit by bit show what goes into making a show, and then activate it'. In this one, it is 'allow everyone to be mobile on an empty stage' (and imagine what that allows)."

He continues, "I asked if every musician -- drums, keyboards, singers, everyone -- could now be mobile. Guitars and singers no problem, we can have them be wireless with their amps and all that off-stage, but keyboards and drums? How does one do that?"

Byrne's American Utopia album hits stores on March 9, and tickets for his tour can be purchased at DavidByrne.com.

Here are David Byrne's 2018 North American tour dates:

3/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/4 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
3/6 -- Buffalo, NY, Center For The Arts
3/7 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
3/9 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
3/10 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
4/24 -- Dallas, TX, Winspear Opera House
4/25 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion
4/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
4/28 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
5/4-6 -- Atlanta, GA, Shaky Knees
5/6 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
5/8 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
5/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
5/10 -- Durham NC, Durham PAC
5/12 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem
5/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center for the Arts
5/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
5/16 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
5/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
5/19 -- Saskatoon, SASK, TCU Place
5/20 -- Edmonton, ALB, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/21 -- Calgary, ALB, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/23 -- Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theater
5/24 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
5/27 -- Portland, OR, Keller Audiorium
5/28 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center
5/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Capitol Theatre
6/2 -- Chicago, IL, Auditorium Theater
6/5 -- Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Civic Center
6/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Arts
6/8 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
6/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
7/27 -- Camden, NJ, XPoNential Music Festival
7/31 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/1 -- Shelburne, VT, Shelburne Museum - The Green
8/3 -- Toronto, ONT, Sony Center for the Performing Arts
8/5 -- Canandaigua, NY, Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/8 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Devos Performance Hall
8/10 -- Detroit, MI Fox, Theater
8/11 -- Huber Heightes, OH Rose Music Center
8/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
8/16 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
8/18 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic Auditorium
8/21 -- Sacramento CA, Community Theater
8/24 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/28 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Experience Hendrix/Legacy RecordingsMore than 37 years after Jimi Hendrix's death, music fans continue to be blessed with previously unreleased tracks from the guitar legend. The latest unearthed gem is "Mannish Boy," a cover of the Muddy Waters tune of the same name.

"Mannish Boy" was recorded by a trio of musicians -- Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles -- who would famously go on to be known as Band of Gypsys. The track was laid down in 1969 as part of their first recording session together at New York's Record Plant.

As previously reported, the track will be among the songs included on the upcoming Hendrix album, Both Sides of the Sky.

The disc, due March 9 from Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, is the third in a trilogy of albums compiling the most significant unused tracks remaining in Hendrix's archives. It follows the releases Valleys of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angels (2013).

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Frank Hoensch/RedfernsU2 has paid tribute to fellow Irish musician Dolores O'Riordan, who died suddenly on Monday. The band posted a photo of Bono alongside O'Riordan and the rest of The Cranberries on Instagram.

"The band are floored but it's of course her family we're all thinking of right now," the caption reads. "Out of the West came this storm of a voice -- she had such strength of conviction yet she could speak to the fragility in all of us." The band also refers to O'Riordan as "Limerick's 'Bel canto," referring to her hometown in Ireland and the Italian term for "beautiful singer."

Along with U2, The Cranberries were one of the biggest bands to come out of Ireland. Their hit song "Zombie" was written about the conflict between England and the Irish Republican Army.

O'Riordan died at age 46. Her cause of death is yet to be determined.

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Focus Features/Working Title FilmsThe new movie Darkest Hour is getting a lot of award buzz these days, with star Gary Oldman recently winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his portrayal of Winston Churchill. As it turns out, the movie's director paid tribute to another UK institution, as well.

In a video clip that was posted to Twitter by actor Samuel West on Friday, director Joe Wright can be seen leading 450 extras playing members of parliament (MPs) in a sing-along rendition of the "na na na na" part of the Beatles classic "Hey Jude."

"Been waiting to post this for a year," wrote West on Twitter. "Joe Wright, director of Darkest Hour, leads 450 MPs in a warmup sing of Hey Jude between takes. Gary Oldman as Churchill makes an entrance at the end."

As West mentions, Oldman enters the room toward the end of the clip, waving his hand in the air to a round of applause from his fellow actors.

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Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters have been nominated for the 2018 Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys.

Dave Grohl and company are up for the International Group award, as are The Killers, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and Haim.

Upon learning of their nomination, the Foos tweeted, "Thanks @BRITs!!!! See you soon!" As previously reported, Foo Fighters will perform at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Royal Blood will compete for the British Group prize along with The xx, Wolf Alice, Gorillaz and London Grammar. Other nominees include Liam Gallagher for British Male Solo Artist, Beck for International Male Solo Artist, and Bjork for International Female Solo Artist.

The 2018 Brit Awards take place February 21 at the O2 Arena in London. For the full list of nominees, visit Brits.co.uk.


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Bobby Bank/Getty ImagesFollowing the tragic news that Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan suddenly passed away at the age of 46 on Monday, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies reveals that she "seemed happy and well" during a recent encounter.

"I'm really shocked that #DoloresORiordan has passed so suddenly," Davies wrote in an Instagram post, which also featured a photo of the two of them. "I was talking to her a couple weeks before Christmas she seemed happy and well."

Davies also revealed that the two musicians discussed collaborating, adding, "We even spoke about maybe writing some songs together - unbelievable god bless her."

No cause of death for O'Riordan has been revealed as of yet, but a statement from O'Riordan's publicist read, "Irish and international singer Dolores O'Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session."

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Webster PRThe initial lineup for the 2018 Peach Music Festival has been revealed, and a who's who of favorite jam bands will be headlining the bill. Of particular note, legendary guitarist Dickey Betts will make his return to the stage three years after saying he was retiring from performing.

Betts, a longtime member of the Allman Brothers Band until his ouster in 2000, last played a show with his own band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, in 2014. He announced that he was retiring from performing in 2015.

The lineup poster for the four-day 2018 Peach Music Festival lists the guitarist's appearance as "The Return of Dickey Betts and His Band." The live music extravaganza takes place July 19-22 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and will also feature sets by Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Gov't Mule, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Moe., Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and dozens more acts.

Tickets for the 2018 Peach Music Festival are currently available at PeachMusicFest.com, with an option to purchase camping passes, as well.

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David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImageEric Clapton has enjoyed a legendary music career, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is not proud of some moments in his life, including what he calls his "semi-racist" past.

A new authorized documentary called Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars focuses on the guitarist's career, and as The Daily Mail reports, following a January 10 screening in London, Clapton apologized for some controversial statements he made in the 1970s that were captured in the film.

During a 1976 concert in Birmingham, England, Clapton appeared to side with the right-wing National Front movement, whose stated purpose was to "Keep Britain White." From the stage, he said, in part, "Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. England is for white people, man. We are a white country...this is Great Britain, a white country. What is happening to us?"

Clapton's comments are said to have inspired the Rock Against Racism campaign, which rallied against the very sentiment the guitarist expressed during his onstage rant.

According to the The Daily Mail, in a Q&A following the documentary screening, Clapton expressed remorse for his comments. "I sabotaged everything I got involved with," said the musician. "I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn't make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman, and I championed black music."

Clapton has apologized in the past for his comments, partly blaming the outburst on his drug and alcohol addiction at the time.

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Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty ImagesIt's been two years since Lemmy Kilmister passed away, but the legendary Motorhead frontman's legacy continues to have a major impact on the hard rock and metal universe.

In a new interview conducted before the death of Motorhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Phil Campbell, the band's most recent guitarist, revealed that the surviving members plan on paying tribute to Lemmy with a series of tribute shows.

Lemmy died at age 70 on December 28, 2015, only two days after being diagnosed with cancer. His official cause of death was listed as prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.

Speaking to the podcast Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, Campbell said, "It's on the cards, but it's just gonna be a few select shows. We're not gonna be touring with it. We're tryin' to get these people involved and [we have to be aware of] their schedules, as well."

"We'll just do some special shows worldwide, which will be good — a tribute to Lem and to the band maybe, yeah," he added, "But it wouldn't be an ongoing thing; everyone's too busy. But [we want to] do something special."

"Fast" Eddie Clarke passed away last week at the age of 67 following a bout with pneumonia.

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BMGFounding Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks continues his exploration of orchestral music on his latest solo album, Five, which will be released in the U.S. on February 23. The five-track collection is the 10th album that Banks has made outside his famous band and his third orchestral record, following 2004's Seven: A Suite for Orchestra and 2012's Six Pieces for Orchestra.

The new album is the product of various sessions at London's Angel Studios combined with recordings done with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Prague, Czech Republic. Five was produced by Banks' frequent collaborator Nick Davis, while the orchestra was conducted by veteran British orchestrator and conductor Nick Ingman, who has worked with David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton and many other stars during his long career.

Banks played all the piano parts on and composed the five pieces featured on Five. The album was built around the epic lead track "Prelude to a Million Years," which started out as a piece titled "Arpegg" that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was commissioned to write for the 2014 edition of the U.K.'s Cheltenham Music Festival. Banks rounded out the album with three more new compositions and an updated version of a piece he wrote while he was with Genesis that he renamed "Renaissance."

You can listen to "Prelude to a Million Years" now on YouTube.

Five can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally. In addition, special bundles that include a signed sheet music folio are being sold exclusively at Banks' official online store.

Here's the album's track list:

"Prelude to a Million Years"
"Ebb and Flow"
"Autumn Sonata"

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Credit: Rob ShanahanA new exhibition featuring the photography of the recently knighted Ringo Starr, including archival images appearing in the ex-Beatles drummer's 2013 book Photograph, will open next month at Genesis House, headquarters of Genesis Publications, in Surrey, U.K.

The display also will mark the unveiling of a portfolio of previously unseen photo prints by Starr, as well as additional series of pics first made available in 2013 and 2015.

The Photograph Portfolio 2018 includes candid pics of Starr's Beatles bandmates -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison -- as well as a famous shot Ringo took of some excited Fab Four fans in a car during the group's first visit to New York City.

Visitors to Genesis House will have the chance to buy museum-quality prints of various images snapped by Ringo over the years. The exhibit will be open for viewing by appointment on weekdays, starting Monday, February 5.

In related news, Starr has launched a contest offering a signed and framed limited-edition print of a photo from his 2018 portfolio called "Greece," taken in July 1967 during a trip that The Beatles made to the Mediterranean country. Money raised by the contest will benefit the WaterAid charity's Untapped appeal. Starr is a longtime supporter of the international organization, which helps people in underprivileged areas by providing access to safe water and toilets. The more money you donate to the charity, the better your chances of winning the contest, which runs through January 31.

Visit WaterAid.org for more information.

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Sony/Legacy RecordingsJoe Satriani's 16th solo album, What Happens Next, hit stores today. The guitar virtuoso recorded the instrumental collection as a power trio with ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Satriani and Smith, of course, also play together in the supergroup Chickenfoot, along with Sammy Hagar and founding Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. What Happens Next was co-produced by Joe and his longtime collaborator Mike Fraser, whose resume includes recording and mixing every AC/DC album from 1990's Razor's Edge through 2014's Rock or Bust.

Satriani is promoting What Happens Next with a new installment of his guitar-heavy G3 Tour, which kicked off Thursday in Seattle. For the new trek, which is mapped out through a February 25 show in Milwaukee, Joe is joined by Phil Collen of Def Leppard and John Petrucci of Dream Theater. Satriani also has a European leg of the G3 Tour -- with Petrucci and ex-Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth -- lined up from mid-March to the end of April.

Here are all of the remaining North American dates on Satriani's 2018 G3 Tour:

1/12 -- Salem, OR, Historic Elsinore Theatre
1/13 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Theatre
1/14 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
1/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
1/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
1/18 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
1/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
1/20 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre
1/21 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
1/24 -- Denver, CO, Historic Paramount Theatre
1/26 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at The Toyota Music Factory
1/27 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits - Moody Theater
1/28 -- Houston, TX, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
1/30 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
1/31 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
2/1 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
2/2 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
2/3 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
2/6 -- Raleigh, NC, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2/8 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale
2/9 -- Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre
2/10 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
2/11 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
2/14 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
2/15 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
2/16 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
2/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater
2/18 -- Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
2/20 -- Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theatre
2/21 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
2/22 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
2/23 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
2/24 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
2/25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater

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ABC/Paul HebertOn Thursday, John Fogerty posted a message online revealing that he was upset that the name of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Proud Mary" was being used as the title for a new movie about a hitwoman, and that altered lyrics from the tune appear on the poster promoting the film. ABC Radio has now obtained a statement from Screen Gems, the producer of Proud Mary, responding to the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's complaint, which also maintained that his song's message was completely different from that of the movie.

"We would love Mr. Fogerty to come see the film," Screen Gems notes. "He would see that his complaint that the film has nothing to do with the song's message as 'a metaphor about leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life' is inaccurate. That is precisely what our Mary is looking to do, and [Proud Mary star] Taraji [P. Henson] nails it perfectly."

A rep for Screen Gems also tells ABC Radio that the film company worked closely with the music publisher of "Proud Mary," and had fully cleared the rights to use the song, as well as its title and lyrics, in the movie and its marketing.

The Proud Mary film tells the story of a hired killer portrayed by Henson who undergoes a change of heart about her chosen occupation.

In his statement, posted on his official Facebook page, Fogerty wrote, "It irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain…This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song."

He also maintained that the meaning behind the song was "[f]ar from a story about killing people for money."

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Parlophone/Capitol Records/UMeThe Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has made its mark on the music world in many ways, and now the influential 1967 album will be heading into the Guinness World Records book thanks to a recent chart achievement. The album is being recognized for the longest gap between stints at #1 on the U.K. chart, uDiscoverMusic.com reports.

Bolstered by a deluxe 50th anniversary reissue that came out in late May, Sgt. Pepper returned to the top spot of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart on June 8, 2017, 49 years and 125 days since the last time it held the #1 position --  -- on February 3, 1968. The album with the next longest gap between stints at #1 in the U.K. is The Rolling Stones' 1972 record Exile on Main St., which returned to the top spot after the release of a deluxe reissue on May 29, 2010, 37 years and 353 days since it had previously been at #1.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band first hit the top of the chart on June 10, 1967, and spent 23 straight weeks there. It then reached #1 four more times between November 1967 and February 1968.

The album has sold 5.1 million copies in the U.K., making it the bestselling studio effort and third most successful album overall in the country, following Queen's Greatest Hits and ABBA's Gold compilation.

As recently reported by Billboard, Sgt. Pepper also was the top-selling vinyl LP in the U.S. in 2017.

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Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel is known for inviting famous musicians onstage hits during his monthly residency at New York's Madison Square Garden, and on Thursday, the Piano Man treated fans to an extra special performance: a reunion of Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones and the group's founding frontman, Lou Gramm.

As seen in fan-shot video posted on YouTube, Joel first explained to the crowd that Jones had helped produced his chart-topping 1989 album Stormfront.

"Him and another guy who was the singer of all those great [Foreigner] songs are here tonight," Billy then declared. "We'd like to bring 'em on up and do some of their songs."

Jones and Gramm proceeded to hit the stage, joining Billy and his band for a rocking version of Foreigner's 1981 hit "Urgent," highlighted by a wailing solo by Joel's sax player, Mark Rivera.

Mick then unstrapped his guitar and sat at Joel's piano, as Lou told the audience, "We had a lot of fun with Billy and his band, rehearsing and hanging around. We're trying to think what we can bring to this party. I think it's time we break the ice."  He then launched into Foreigner's 1977 smash "Cold as Ice."

Gramm, who left Foreigner in 2003, made some special guest appearances, along some other ex-members, last year during the band's 40th anniversary tour. Jones recently told ABC Radio that Lou will be welcomed back for more appearances with Foreigner this year.

Meanwhile, Joel's next concert is scheduled for February 9 in Tampa, Florida; he also has shows at Madison Square Garden on February 21, March 28, April 13, May 23 and June 2.

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Bill Bernstein; Udo SpreitzenbarthIf you're planning a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, between early February and early April, you may want to bring along some Mardi Gras beads and be prepared to check out some great music. The theme park has announced the lineup of its 2018 Mardi Gras concert series, which will include performances by Foreigner and The Beach Boys.

The Beach Boys will perform on Saturday, February 10, while Foreigner will rock out on Saturday, March 17. A total of 13 headlining shows will be held at Universal Orlando's Music Plaza during the Mardi Gras celebration.

The New Orleans-inspired festivities kick off February 3 with a performance by Jamaican rapper/singer Sean Paul and run through April 7. Other artists scheduled to perform include alt-rock band Bush, reggae rockers 311, Fitz & the Tantrums, country singer Kelsea Ballerini, rapper Macklemore, Fifth Harmony, one-time American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and pop singer/songwriter Andy Grammer.

While the concerts will take place only on select Saturdays and Sundays during that time, the park will have a parade every night including street performers, colorful costumes and, of course, lots of beads.

For more details about the Mardi Gras festivities, and a complete list of performers and concert dates, visit UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.

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Credit: Olaf HeineA new short film featuring audio of U2's Bono reading excerpts from the liner notes for the band's new album, Songs of Experience, has debuted on the Irish rockers' official VEVO YouTube channel. Shot in black and white, the aptly titled Liner Notes was created by filmmaker and photographer Matt Mahurin in collaboration with producer Jacknife Lee, who apparently remixed parts of the new album's tracks for use in the nine-and-a-half-minute flick.

In the film, Bono is heard discussing things that inspired the new material, including a brush with mortality he experienced while making the record, the Syrian refugee crisis, the political upheaval in the U.S. tied in with the election of President Trump and the singer's desire to write a love song for his wife, Ali.

While Bono recites his musings on his health scare, a man is shown pulling a mask with the image of a skull on it over his face.

"Last winter, I was on the receiving end of a shock to the system...that left me clinging onto my own life like a raft," he declares. "Now lots of us have a brush with mortality at some stage…It's an arresting experience…I won't dwell in it or on it. I don't want to name it…I feel fantastic now, stronger than ever, but these songs have that impetus behind them and it would feel dishonest not to admit the turbulence I was feeling at the time of writing."

With regard to "You're the Best Thing About Me," Bono notes, amusingly, that he asked himself, "Could I write Ali a song, a love song, a song of exhortation, without inducing the projectile vomit that is sentimentality?" He adds, "Hmmm, maybe humility, if I could remember what that was, would help."

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