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Neal Schon, Michaele Schon and OKPOP director Jeff Moore (PRNewsfoto/Neal Schon)Founding Journey guitarist Neal Schon will be donating part of his personal collection of memorabilia and instruments to the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, a.k.a. OKPOP, which is expected to open in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2020.

Schon, who was born at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, announced his planned donation last week prior to Journey's concert with Def Leppard at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

"We're going to get a nice collection for you all," Schon said. "I'm going to have to go through my zillion guitars and figure out which ones I'm going to ship. I'm also going to get you a giant platinum plaque with all our records on it."

OKPOP will celebrate the creative spirit and achievements of artists who were born or reside in Oklahoma, and the influence of their work on popular culture across the globe. The museum will be built and managed by the Oklahoma Historical Society, and will be funded in large part by a $25 million grant from the state of Oklahoma.

Schon was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2013, and also was welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey in 2017. In addition to co-founding that band, Neal also has been a member of Santana and of the supergroup Bad English, in addition to having a prolific solo career.

Journey's co-headlining tour with Def Leppard continues on Wednesday, July 18, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The trek is plotted out through an October 7 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

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Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a role in the upcoming film Boy Erased, and you can catch a glimpse of him in the movie's new trailer.

Boy Erased stars Manchester by the Sea's Lucas Hedges as a gay teenager whose Baptist parents, played by Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, force him to attend a conversion therapy program. Flea plays one of the program's counselors. The movie will hit theaters in November.

Flea most recently showed up in the 2017 moive Baby Driver. His other film credits include roles in The Big Lebowski, Inside Out and Back to the Future Part II.

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Credit: Mads PerchAfter previously lining up four U.S. festival appearances in September, Robert Plant has expanded his upcoming tour schedule to include seven additional stateside concerts that month. The newly announced shows will take place in Kansas City, Missouri; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and three Texas cities, winding down with a September 29 performance in Austin.

The Led Zeppelin singer will be accompanied at the gigs by his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, and will continue to promote his latest solo album, Carry Fire. Tickets for all the new dates will go on sale today at 7 p.m. local time, except those for the Tucson show, which will be available starting this Friday, July 20, at 10 a.m. MT.

Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters currently are touring Europe through an August 1 concert in Dresden, Germany. They also have three U.K. shows scheduled in late October.

Visit to buy tickets and for more information.

Here are all of Plant's upcoming U.S. performances:

9/9 -- St. Louis, MO, LouFest - Forest Park*
9/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
9/13 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera
9/15 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival*
9/16 -- Del Mar, CA, KAABOO Del Mar*
9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Centennial Hall
9/21 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
9/23 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond*
9/25 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at The Toyota Music Factory
9/27 -- Lubbock, TX, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
9/29 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater

* = previously announced festival date
= with special guest Seth Lakeman
= with special guest Lucinda Williams.

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Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett is unloading some gear. The musician is selling 20 of his personal guitars through the website

"I have an excess of guitars that I've gotten over the years -- I have more than I could even really play and more than I do play," Shiflett says. "It would be fun to see these things find a home elsewhere, where somebody's going to actually play them and put scratches on them."

Among the guitars Shiflett is parting with is a 2002 Gibson Firebird V Reissue, which he played in the Foo Fighters video for "All My Life."

The online shop opens this Thursday, July 19.

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PRNewsFoto/Rock & BrewsDef Leppard recently teamed up with the Seattle-based Elysian Brewing Company to create their own beer, Def Leppard Pale, which was introduced in late May. Now comes word that the first restaurant to offer the beer will be Rock & Brews, the chain of eateries co-founded by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

"Rock & Brews celebrates everything that is rock and roll and is the perfect place for fans to indulge themselves with a cold Def Leppard Pale," says Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott in a statement.

To celebrate the partnership, the restaurant chain is planning a number of promotions this year, including offering tickets to Def Leppard concerts in various cities that also feature a Rock & Brews franchise. One specific contest that's been launched gives fans to opportunity to win two tickets to Def Leppard's October 7 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California, the final date on the group's current co-headlining tour with Journey. The winner and a guest also get round-trip airfare to Los Angeles, a two-night hotel stay and dinner at the Rock & Brews in El Segundo, California.

Def Leppard Pale boasts the malt character that many beers from the band's British homeland offer, as well as hops from the Pacific Northwest, where the Elysian Brewing Company is based. Cans of the ale feature art based on Def Leppard's classic 1987 album Hysteria.

Check out a fun video about the beer at Def Leppard's official YouTube channel starring the band's members and Elysian Brewing founder Joe Bisacca.

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Credit: Michael LavineSoundgarden's compilation album A-Sides was released on vinyl for the first time on this year's Record Store Day, but if your local record store didn't have a copy, the disc will receive a wide release on August 31.

A-Sides was originally released in 1997, just months after Soundgarden had broken up earlier that year. It collects a number of the grunge rockers' biggest hits, including "Spoonman," "Black Hole Sun" and "Burden in My Hand," as well as a non-album track titled "Bleed Together."

Soundgarden reunited in 2010, 13 years after A-Sides was released. The band released a new studio album, King Animal, in 2012, and had been working on another one when Chris Cornell died in May 2017.

Here is the A-Sides vinyl track list:

"Nothing to Say"
"Loud Love"
"Hands All Over"
"Get on the Snake"
"Jesus Christ Pose"
"Rusty Cage"
"The Day I Tried to Live"
"Black Hole Sun"
"Fell on Black Days"
"Pretty Noose"
"Burden in My Hand"
"Blow Up the Outside World"
"Ty Cobb"
"Bleed Together"

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A new trailer for the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will have fans stomping and clapping along with "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions," as the snippet, partially set to the song, shows the genesis of that legendary rock anthem.

"I want to give the audience a song they can perform," says Gwilym Lee as guitar virtuoso Brian May, before demonstrating the "stomp/stomp/clap" for Rami Malek's spot-on Mercury.

The trailer shows glimpses of how Freddie joined Brian and the rest of the group, as well as some of the in-studio innovations that led to the group's titular masterpiece.

The trailer also gives more glimpses of its portrayal of Queen's legendary performance at Live Aid, and seems to allude to Mercury's fatal AIDS diagnosis: Someone says, "I just need a bit of time," to which Malek replies, "What if I don't have time?"

Bohemian Rhapsody also features Joseph Mazzello playing bassist John Deacon and Ben Hardy portraying drummer Roger Taylor. The movie hits theaters on November 2.

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Credit: Jimmy King"David Bowie Is," the expansive exhibit saluting the influential rocker's multifaceted career, closed on July 15 after a four-month run at New York City's Brooklyn Museum of Art, but the display will soon reemerge in digital form. The virtual version of the exhibition initially will debut this fall as an augmented reality experience for smartphones that's being developed by Sony Music Entertainment, the David Bowie Archive and London's Victoria and Albert Museum, where the actual exhibit debuted in 2013.

A digital display then will be made available for all virtual-reality and augmented-reality platforms starting in the spring of 2019.

"David Bowie Is" featured more than 300 items from the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's archives, spanning his teenage years to his death at age 69 in January 2016. Among the memorabilia were stage costumes, instruments, handwritten set lists and lyrics, personal sketches, set designs, diary entries and much more.

The virtual version of the exhibit will feature a series of audio-visual areas where the viewer can experience aspects of and artifacts from various parts of Bowie's life and career. The displays will offer high-res 3D scans of the many items from the exhibition.

The digital experience will be offered in nine languages, just like the physical exhibit was.

The David Bowie Archive will donate part of the proceeds raised by the digital versions of "David Bowie Is" to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Find out the latest news on the virtual exhibit by visiting

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Forbes has unveiled the 2018 edition of its Celebrity 100 list, ranking the world's top-earning celebrities, and U2, Guns N' Roses and ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters are among the classic-rock artists who appear on the tally.

U2 is the highest-earning music artist on the list, ranking #6 overall. The band earned $118 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, the time period the tally covers. Most of the cash the Irish rockers brought in was from their successful tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic album The Joshua Tree. The group also released a new studio album, Songs of Experience, in December of 2017, and kicked off a trek in support of the record in May. British rockers Coldplay follow U2 at #7 on the list with $115.5 million in earnings.

Guns N' Roses landed at #27 on the tally after raking in $71 million thanks mainly to their ongoing Not in This Lifetime reunion tour. Waters is right behind GN'R at #28 after earning $68 million, mostly from his Us and Them tour.

Other classic rockers who made the Celebrity 100 this year include The Eagles at #41 with $56 million in earnings; Paul McCartney at #51 with $47.5 million; Foo Fighters at #53 with $47 million; Elton John and Metallica, who are tied at #57 with $46 million; Billy Joel at #64 with $43.5 million; The Rolling Stones at #80 with $39 million; and Bruce Springsteen at #84 with $37.5 million.

As for the highest-paid celebrity on the list, that would by boxer Floyd Mayweather, who took in a whopping $285 million.

For the full Celebrity 100 list, visit

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentA new home video featuring Joni Mitchell's full performance at the U.K.'s historic 1970 Isle of Wight Festival will be released on Blu-ray and digitally on September 14. Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival was directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Murray Lerner, who completed the movie shortly before his death in September 2017.

The film captures Joni playing an 11-song set that included such classic tunes as "Chelsea Morning," "Woodstock," "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Both Sides Now." The performance is interspersed with interview footage of Mitchell recorded years later reflecting on her show and the festival, as well as behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with people attending the event.

Mitchell was one of the many music legends who performed at the festival, which was held from August 26 to August 31. The event was attended by hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom did not purchase tickets and expected to be allowed to see the performances for free. Joni's set was interrupted multiple times, including once by a man who jumped onstage and began yelling political slogans to the audience. Mitchell responded by pleading with the crowd to show respect to the performers.

"There was this sense that the artists had all sold out. It was the 'hate the performer' festival," Joni comments in one interview segment about how the audience treated the music acts. "I said, 'Have some respect,' and they did. They were quiet."

Check out a trailer for the flick at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.

Here's Mitchell's full set list from the festival:

"That Song About the Midway"
"Chelsea Morning"
"For Free"
"My Old Man"
"Big Yellow Taxi"
"Both Sides Now"
"A Case of You"

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Courtesy of The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers have announced two historic New York City concerts this fall marking the first time that the band will play any of its albums in their entirety during a show. The performances will be held at the Beacon Theatre on November 15 and 16, and The Doobies will play 1972's Toulouse Street at the first concert and 1973's The Captain and Me at the second.

The group also will play select hits from throughout its long career at both shows. The concerts will be the band's first performances at the Beacon Theatre in 25 years.

Toulouse Street, The Doobie Brothers' second album, features the band's first two top 40 hits -- "Listen to the Music" and a cover of the 1966 gospel tune "Jesus Is Just Alright," which reached #11 and #35, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. The record, which also includes the classic-rock staple "Rockin' Down the Highway," peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S.

The Captain and Me, the follow-up to Toulouse Street, features two of the group's most enduring hits, "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'," which landed at #8 and #15 on the Hot 100. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 and has sold over 2 million copies in the States.

"We are excited to be returning to The Beacon Theatre and to have the chance to perform these albums for our fans in such an intimate setting," The Doobie Brothers say in a joint statement.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 23. American Express card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Wednesday, July 18.

Here are all of the band's upcoming dates:

7/16 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center (with Steely Dan)
9/20 -- San Francisco, CA, AT&T Park (with Eagles)
9/22 -- San Diego, CA, PETCO Park
10/20 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park
11/7 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
11/15 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre (performing Toulouse Street plus select hits)
11/16 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre (performing The Captain and Me plus select hits)

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Billy Joel is gearing up to play his 100th show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, and he's still packing in the crowds. The musician tells Parade why he thinks he's been so successful at the venue.

"I think that's luck," he says. "I'm from New York. Madison Square Garden's my hometown venue. It was natural for them to pick me to play there. We sell [seats] in the round every night. A lot of acts don't play the back [of the arena], just the front. We play it all."

Not to mention the fact that fans connect to him on a human level.

"I'm an unlikely candidate for a rock star," he says. "I don't look like a rock star. I'm like the eternal underdog."

Joel adds, "In my songs' lyrics, there’s a lot of acknowledgment that I'm a screw-up, you know -- I'm human. I'm as lost as you are. Like you, I'm just trying to find my way. I guess people like that."

Not only is Wednesday night's show the Piano Man's 100th performance at MSG overall, it's his 54th consecutive show at the venue as part of his long-running residency there. He's been playing one show a month at the Garden since his residency began in January 2014.

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Credit: Brantley GutierrezMuch like his chills, John Travolta's appearances at Foo Fighters concerts are multiplying.

Back in April, the actor appeared on stage during the band's show at the Welcome to Rockville festival when they started playing the Grease song "You're the One that I Want." Over the weekend, Travolta gave a reprise performance during the Foos' gig in Wantagh, New York.

Just like with the Rockville show, Travolta popped up in Wantagh when Dave Grohl and company began playing the Grease classic, though this time he showed off a few more dance moves. The Foos posted a video of the, uh, electrifying performance on their Twitter.

In addition to Travolta, the Wantagh show also featured a guest appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who handled the kit during the Foos' cover of The Faces' "Stay with Me." Fan-filmed footage of that collaboration is streaming now on YouTube.

Foo Fighters are currently on tour in support of their new album, Concrete and Gold. The trek continues Monday night with the first of two shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

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Courtesy of HDNET MOVIESTonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, the HDNET MOVIES channel launches a week-long series of rock documentaries dubbed Classic Rock Week that Police drummer Stewart Copeland will host.

The marathon kicks off with Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, a 2006 movie Copeland directed that features Super 8 footage he personally shot while touring during the group's heyday.

Copeland tells ABC Radio that while his film is by no means professionally made, "it does have one unique factor, which is that it's completely subjective. It's not a documentary about a band, where there's a camera here and the band there…The camera's in the band."

Among the other 18 films set to be shown during the marathon are documentaries focusing on Rod Stewart, The Doobie Brothers, Bad Company, Elton John, The Who, Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band, Chicago, Eric Clapton, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd and more.

As for what his hosting duties will entail, Stewart explains, "I will be introducing [the films] and doing the links…and providing some sage insight into [the various bands]. I guess I'm the age group that was the target audience for all these bands…So, I share with viewers how those things hit me. Where was I when The Doors happened, and so on."

The Classic Rock Week marathon also will include a doc about the 1982 US Festival, a three-day fest held in San Bernardino, California, that featured The Police as one of its headliners.

Copeland recalls that backstage at the event "was the wildest party ever," but The Police didn't get to enjoy it because by the time they finished its set, the other groups had left.

Here's the full schedule of HDNET MOVIES' Classic Rock Week with Stewart Copeland:

Monday, July 16
8 p.m. ET -- Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out
9:15 p.m. ET -- The US Generation: The 1982 US Festival
11:05 p.m. ET -- The Story of Rod Stewart

Tuesday, July 17
8 p.m. ET -- The Doobie Brothers: Let the Music Play
9:50 p.m. ET -- Bad Company: The Official Authorized 40th Anniversary Doc
11:20 p.m. ET -- Elton John: Music Man

Wednesday, July 18
8 p.m. ET -- Sensation: The Story of The Who's Tommy
9:25 p.m. ET -- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
12:50 a.m. ET -- Les Paul: Chasing Sound

Thursday, July 19
8 p.m. ET -- Allman Brothers: After the Crash
9:55 p.m. ET -- Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience
11:20 p.m. ET -- Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review

Friday, July 20
8 p.m. ET -- The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin' - The Story of L.A. Woman
9 p.m. ET -- The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane
10:55 p.m. ET -- Rush: The Rise of Kings 1968-1981

Saturday, July 21
8 p.m. ET -- Gone with the Wind: The Rise and Fall of Lynyrd Skynyrd
10:50 p.m. ET -- Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1984-1989: Lonestar

Sunday, July 22
8 p.m. ET -- Pink Floyd: Story of Wish You Were Here
9:05 p.m. ET -- Roger Waters The Wall

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentFrom the Vault: No Security -- San Jose 1999 the latest installment of The Rolling Stones' From the Vault series of official bootleg performances, was released Friday on DVD and Blu-ray, as a two-CD/DVD collection, as a three-LP vinyl set, digitally and via streaming services.

The album and video document an April 1999 concert that the band played at the San Jose Arena in San Jose, California. The show was part of a two-night stand The Rolling Stones played at the venue and marked the group's first performance in the city since 1965. The concert took place at the end of the final North American leg of the band's No Security tour in support of their 1997 album, Bridges to Babylon.

No Security -- San Jose 1999 features The Stones performing classic tunes like "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Honky Tonk Women," "Paint It Black," "Get off of My Cloud," "Tumbling Dice," "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (but I Like It)," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar" and "Sympathy for the Devil." Their set also includes renditions of the Bridges to Babylon tracks "Out of Control" and "Saint of Me," gems like "Respectable" and "I Got the Blues," as well as a cover of "Route 66."

You can get a taste of the No Security concert film by watching the full performance of  "Honky Tonk Women" now on The Rolling Stones' official YouTube channel.

Here's the show's full track list:

"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Honky Tonk Woman"
"I Got the Blues"
"Saint of Me"
"Some Girls"
"Paint It Black"
"You Got the Silver"
"Before They Make Me Run"
"Out of Control"
"Route 66"
"Get off of My Cloud"
"Midnight Rambler"
"Tumbling Dice"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (but I Like It)"
"Start Me Up"
"Brown Sugar"
"Sympathy for the Devil"

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Credit: Marc HauserJohn Mellencamp will be honored with the fifth Woody Guthrie Prize on August 30 as part of a special event focusing on the heartland rocker held at the Fly Loft activity space in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The award is presented annually by The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa to an artist whose work reflects that of the late folk musician, who wrote with compassion about the struggles of common men and women and championed human rights.

"The Woody Guthrie Center is proud to recognize John Mellencamp for his incredible achievements as he continues the work of Woody Guthrie," says the Center's executive director, Deana McCloud. "Artists working as activists ensure that Woody's legacy is alive and well, and this award was established to not only recognize achievement, but to remind us all about the importance of taking a stand on human rights issues."

The presentation also will feature a Q&A between Mellencamp and music journalist and broadcaster Bill Flanagan, as well as a preview of a special exhibit titled "MELLENCAMP" curated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that will open at the Center on August 31.

The exhibition will feature more than 100 pieces of memorabilia items related to Mellencamp's life, music and art. Among the items that will be displayed are a selection of John's paintings; his 1966 Honda Scrambler 305 motorcycle; various photos; an acoustic guitar he used on stage and in the studio from the 1970s to the '90s; and handwritten lyrics to such memorable tunes as "Small Town," "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." and "Cherry Bomb."

Tickets for the Woody Guthrie Prize event go on sale Friday, July 20, and can be purchased at the Center or by calling 918-574-2710. Previous recipients include Mavis Staples, Kris Kristofferson and the late Pete Seeger.

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Andrew Benge/RedfernsKeith Richards and wife Patti Hansen won't be spending the night together anymore at the luxury New York City penthouse they first put on the market back in March 2016. According to The Daily Mail, the residence has been sold for $9.995 million, $2 million less than the Rolling Stones rocker's asking price.

Richards actually is taking a loss on the sale, since he paid $10.5 million for the duplex apartment -- which is located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village -- when he purchased it in 2014.

The abode features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a 47-foot-long combination living room/dining, a large family room and three private terraces offering impressive city views. The main bedroom suite has two walk-in closets.

Not surprisingly, some personal touches were added to the property reflecting Richards' status as a rock legend, including a phrase painted on a wall in one of the bedrooms that reads, "You're Never Too Young to Rock and Roll."

The Rolling Stones just wrapped up a summer European leg of their No Filter Tour with a concert this past Sunday in Warsaw, Poland.

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MJ Kim/MPL Comunications Ltd.Paul McCartney continues to expand his 2018 Freshen Up tour itinerary, and has confirmed the first two dates to take place in mainland Europe: a December 3 show in Krakow, Poland, and a December 5 performance in Vienna, Austria.

The Krakow concert will be McCartney's first-ever performance in the city. He previously visited Poland in June of 2013 during his Out There Tour, when he played in the country's capital, Warsaw.

"It's always fun to visit new places and helps to keep things fresh and exciting for us," says Sir Paul. "I've always wanted to see Krakow and have heard so many great things about it. We had such a blast on our last trip to Poland so we know this is going to be another special night for us and we can't wait to get back. Get ready to rock Poland!"

The Vienna show marks McCartney's first performance in the Austrian capital since June 2013.

"I can't believe it's been five years since our last concert in Austria," the ex-Beatles legend declares. We are really excited to be returning for what should be an extra special night. We’ve got so many great memories of Austria and we know we'll make some more this year."

Visit for details on how to purchase tickets.

McCartney's Freshen Up tour will support his latest studio album, Egypt Station, which will be released on September 7. The trek also includes previously announced Canadian concerts in September and U.K. shows in December. In addition, Sir Paul will be playing two headlining sets at the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival, scheduled for October 5-7 and October 12-14 in Austin, Texas. The exact dates of his ACL festival performances haven't been announced.

Here are all of McCartney's confirmed 2018 concerts:

9/17 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, the Videotron Centre
9/20 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
9/28 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place
9/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
10/5-7, 12-14 -- Austin, TX, Zilker Park - ACL Music Festival
12/3 -- Krakow, Poland, Tauron Arena
12/5 -- Vienna, Austria, Stadthalle
12/12 -- Liverpool, U.K., Echo Arena
12/14 -- Glasgow, U.K., SSE Hydro
12/16 -- London, U.K., O2 Arena

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Years before he helped define heavy metal and hard rock as lead singer of Deep Purple, a teenage Ian Gillan played in a band called The Javelins that performed covers of American blues, rock 'n' roll, soul and country tunes. Now, more than 50 years after they broke up, Gillan and The Javelins have reunited to record the group's debut album.

Ian Gillan and the Javelins will be released August 31 as a CD digipak, a vinyl LP and a digital download. The 16-track collection features renditions of rock classics like The Contours' "Do You Love Me," Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee" and "Rock and Roll Music," Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential," Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy!," Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightnin'," and Ray Charles' "What I'd Say."

Ian Gillan and the Javelins was recorded without the use of modern technology over the course of four days in March of this year at a studio in Hamburg, Germany.

"These contemporary recordings by The Javelins are drawn from our set lists, circa 1963, when I was 18 years old," says Gillan. "Now, a few years later, I have the privilege and joy of working with my old mates from the original group…as we make a long overdue LP."

Joining Ian are his fellow original Javelins -- lead guitarist Gordon Fairminer, rhythm guitarists Tony Tacon, bassist Tony Whitfield, and drummer Keith Roach. Longtime Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey also contributed to the project.

You can check out Ian Gillan and the Javelins' lead track, "Do You Love Me," now at earMUSIC's official YouTube channel.

Here's the album's track list:

"Do You Love Me"
"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
"Memphis, Tennessee"
"Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)"
"High School Confidential"
"It's So Easy!"
"Save the Last Dance for Me"
"Rock and Roll Music"
"Another Saturday Night"
"You're Gonna Ruin Me Baby"
"Smokestack Lightnin'"
"Hallelujah I Love Her So"
"What I'd Say"
"Mona (I Need You Baby)"

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Graham Nash is currently touring Europe in support of his new solo compilation, Over the Years…, but his fans continue to wonder if he'll finally end his years-long feud with David Crosby to pave the way for a Crosby, Stills & Nash reunion.

"There will be no [more] Crosby, Stills & Nash or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young," Nash tells ABC Radio, then admits that he might consider changing his mind if Neil Young is open to collaborating again.

"I'm a musician, and several times in my past Neil has come to my house and said, 'Hey…I got these songs, man. You want a piece of these?'" Graham explains. "And if that happens, if I hear a song that's kicking me in the a** that I want to be a part of, what do I do? I have to overcome my stupid teenage arguments with Crosby."

Nash says he, Young and Stephen Stills are all on good terms, but none of them are speaking with Crosby.

Young's rift with Crosby began when he made insulting comments about Neil's girlfriend, actress Darryl Hannah, in a 2014 interview.

"You cannot put his girlfriend down like David did in press and expect Neil Young not to do anything," Graham maintains. "Are you crazy?"

Nash tells ABC Radio that his own issues with Crosby stem from comments David made on his social media sites claiming that Graham's 2013 memoir, Wild Tales, was "a book full of lies."

"It was unnecessary and devastating, because it stopped the music instantly," Nash said.

Graham explains that he's always considered David, Stephen and Neil his brothers, noting that brothers "don't always agree."

Nash points out, "We would always work [our differences] out somehow…but I don't think we can come back from this [particular set of arguments]."

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