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Credit: John LanzaArtists in the music world are continuing to use their voice in response to the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, with Axl Rose now blasting President Donald Trump.

The Guns N' Roses frontman took issue with Trump's tweet on Sunday, in which the President blamed the "lamestream media" for "doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy."

"Lamestream media ISN'T doing everything within their power 2 foment hatred n' anarchy, that's U!" Rose wrote in his own tweet. "As long as we get what Ur doing, that Ur FAKE NEWS n' a truly bad, repulsive excuse 4 a person w/a sick agenda, we can work past U w/whatever it takes 2 a better, stronger future!"

Last month, Rose exchanged social media barbs with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchincalling him an "a**hole."

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageIt's so nice, he's streaming it twice:  Billy Joel will offer an encore presentation of his Live at Shea Stadium concert film on his official Facebook site this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

The 2011 concert film captures Billy's "Last Play at Shea," the two historic concerts in July of 2008 which were the last to be performed at New York's Shea Stadium before it was torn down.

The two-hour concert film includes performances of 25 songs, and features guest appearances by Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, John Mayer, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, John Mellencamp, and a big finale performance with Sir Paul McCartney, who famously arrived at the stadium just minutes before he was due to walk onstage.

In other Billy Joel news, his longtime band member Crystal Taliefero recently told Rolling Stone that unlike many artists, Billy has continued to keep his entire band on the payroll even though they're unable to perform right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"He’s a rarity. He does things that 90 percent of other people just don’t do. He thinks about us," says the multi-instrumentalist of Billy.  "He’s concerned about us. During this pandemic, he’s paid our salaries...He cares. He really, genuinely cares...that’s probably one of the main reasons he’s been so blessed. He’s not a taker, let’s put it like that."

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Courtesy of Record Store DayNew release details have been unveiled regarding Record Store Day 2020.

Organizers announced recently that the event will be changing its format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Instead of a single weekend day, it'll be held over three separate days: August 29, September 26 and October 24.

The specific exclusive, limited-edition releases which will be available on each of the three days -- referred to as "Record Store Day Drops" -- have now been revealed.

Here's a selection of artists whose Record Store Day offerings will be available at independent music shops, and the day on which their releases will go on sale:

August 29: America, Black Crowes, Tommy Bolin, David Bowie, Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker, Dave Davies, Def Leppard, Dio, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Brian Eno, Ace Frehley, Jethro Tull, Elton John, Judas Priest, The Kinks, John Lennon, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, Paul McCartney, Motorhead, Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop, The Pretenders, Lou Reed & John Cale, Roxy Music, U2 and The Who.

September 26: The Allman Brothers Band, Black Crowes, Canned Heat, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, Roger Waters and The Yardbirds.

October 24th: The Allman Brothers Band, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard spinoff group Down N Outz, Rory Gallagher, The Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Judas Priest, Mark Knopfler, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, Skid Row, Toto, UFO, The Who, Warren Zevon and Frank Zappa.

For a full list of releases and release dates, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Live NationMötley Crüe has postponed the band's summer reunion tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubbed The Stadium Tour, the North American run was scheduled to be the Crüe's first live outing since playing what was then called their "final" show on New Year's Eve 2015. The bill also includes Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

"We wanted to continue to communicate with our fans and update you with valid information as it becomes available," the bands write in a statement. "The official decision has been made to move all 2020 North American Stadium Tour dates into the summer of 2021."

Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled shows, the exact dates for which have yet to be announced. Information regarding refunds will "be made available shortly."

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The Players Club/Mascot Label GroupDoors guitarist Robby Krieger has released "Hot Head," the third advance track from his upcoming solo album, The Ritual Begins at Sundown.

The album will hit stores on August 14, after its original April 24 release was postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Hot Head," available now as a digital single and via streaming services, is one of nine original Krieger songs on the 10-track instrumental collection, which also includes a cover of the 1970 Frank Zappa tune "Chunga's Revenge." You can check out an accompanying a psychedelic "visualizer" video for "Hot Head" on YouTube. The colorful, kaleidoscopic clip creates a relaxing trance for those who listen to the six-minute, jazz-influenced track. The song is the third release off of the forthcoming album, joining "The Drift" and "Slide Home."

As previously reported, Krieger's main collaborator on The Ritual Begins at Sundown was his longtime songwriting partner Arthur Barrow, a multi-instrumentalist who contributed to many Zappa albums. Also featured on the new record are several other Zappa alums -- trombone player Jock Ellis, trumpet player Sal Marquez, keyboardist Tommy Mars and drummer Chad Wackerman -- as well as flutist AeB Byrne, sax players Vince Denim and Chuck Manning, and drummer Joel Taylor.

The Ritual Begins at Sundown, which can be pre-ordered now, is Krieger's first solo album since 2010's Grammy-nominated Singularity.

In other news, Krieger has posted the latest in a series of video guitar tutorials on The Doors' official YouTube channel. The new clip features Robby teaching viewers how to play the flamenco-influenced 1968 Doors tune "Spanish Caravan." Krieger previously has shared videos on how to play "People Are Strange," "Moonlight Drive" and "Roadhouse Blues."

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John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe music industry has swiftly condemned the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer was videotaped kneeling on his neck while arresting Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.  The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with murder and manslaughter. 

The video has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality. Many music artists have voiced their support of the Black Lives Matter movement and called for change. Here are what some of them had to say:

David Crosby: "I confess ....I am stupidly trying to pretend light heartedness when I know perfectly well that I am going to lie here for long time tonight sad and adrift ...if I were a praying man ....I’d pray for my America"

Journey's Neal Schon: "Dear Friends In these troubled times we all need to come together and show some Respect and Kindness for one another."

Green Day: "Say his name. Demand Justice. Donate.#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter"

Guns N' RosesDuff McKagan: "Well..this cop on Black racism has to stop...but we've known this forever. I'm more and more stunned and sickened when I hear of this stuff continuously happening. I am not a black man..so I can't even pretend to understand what it's like....but even MORE, I can't understand what it's like to be a racist white dips***. I don't get it. I will never 'get' it. Thankfully, I grew up different. Police training and vetting of new and old officers has to change radically. For starters...Peace to all of us."

KissPaul Stanley: "I'm disgusted and demoralized by the recent videos and incidents of blatant bigotry, racial profiling ad what clearly appears to be the cold blooded murder of a black man.  The sense of fear, targeting and lack of justice for perpetrators that is a ever ending part of daily life for black people is beyond my ability to imagine.  When an armed mob of white people can storm a government building without repercussions or consequences it takes little imagination to foresee the outcome of that same scenario if the crowd had been black.  Too many have lost focus on what is illegal and become completely blind to what is immoral.  We have to be better than that."

Lenny Kravitz: "Does anybody know how many lives we've lost ? Can anybody ever pay the cost ? What will it take for us to join in peace my friends ? Does anybody out there even care?"

Red Hot Chili PeppersFlea: "The world will be in a good place when I can chill and listen to Biz Markie do Albee Square Mall without thinking about how badly my fellow humans are suffering."

Sammy Hagar: "Why would anyone kill innocent people and take it out on the whole race, the whole society we are living in because of a bad guy? A bad cop, a bad black man, a bad white man, a bad Chinese, Japanese, Hispanic, South American — what's the difference? Why would you take it out on the whole human race — people with families and children that are innocent? There are bad guys everywhere, every walk of life. You know it. I know it. We all know it. Stop the violence. Stop racism. Prejudice. Please"

Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersBenmont Tench: "This is precisely what a totalitarian police state looks like, and it « does not have to be this way »"

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider: "Thanks for sharing this. My dad was a state trooper for 27 years (then moved to the courts as a peace officer). He never shot or killed anybody. There are a LOT of great cops out there who want to do the right thing...but the minority that are pieces of s*** cause a lot of pain."

Living Colour's Vernon Reid: "I’m not gonna lie-this situation is disheartening, rage inducing. Depressing. It is a time to be honest It is a time to not be intimidated. It is a time to make your voice heard. It is a time to ask your son how HE is feeling, how he is experiencing these events. It is a time"

Whitesnake's David Coverdale: "Hey, Beloveds...I can’t dig into the light hearted stuff tonight...I’m sure you’ve seen or heard of the riots throughout the US...truly dark, tragic days...I send our love to you & yours, wherever you are & we’ve wish you well in all things...XXX"

Whitesnake: "Good Morning, All…Very restless night, as you can imagine…Profound sadness with everything that we are All experiencing, everywhere…I truly hope we can remember we need each other now & a sense of community more than ever… XXX"

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Lester Records Ltd./BMG Rights ManagementCrowded House frontman Neil Finn, who joined Fleetwood Mac's lineup in 2018 along with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, has now tapped Campbell and two other Fleetwood Mac members -- Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie -- to contribute to a new benefit single.

"Find Your Way Back Home" is an introspective ballad that features the vocal talents of Nicks and McVie, as well as Campbell on slide guitar. The song, which is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, was written by Finn to help raise funds and awareness for a planned housing and social-services facility in Auckland, New Zealand.

Finn, a New Zealand native, is donating all proceeds from the song to the project, dubbed HomeGround, which is being built by the Auckland City Mission and which will provide apartments to homeless people, as well as offer community spaces, a café, a pharmacy, a rehab center, and much more.

The track features Finn sharing lead vocals Nicks, backing vocals by McVie and Georgia Knott of the New Zealand indie-pop duo Broods, and drums by Neil's son Elroy, who's a current member of Crowded House.

"I have always been aware of how important the City Mission is in our community representing and supporting every day the homeless people of Auckland," says Finn. "Now more than ever, as we shelter in place I am reminded that everyone deserves to have a home where they can feel safe and be well."

Adds Nicks, "I'm honored to be a part of Neil's song for the Auckland City Mission. He is on a mission to make this work and I think this beautiful song he has written will certainly help."

An accompanying video for the track has been posted at the Auckland City Mission's YouTube channel.

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Courtesy of PEGADropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen made history with their show Friday, which streamed live from an empty Fenway Park.

The concert, dubbed Streaming Outta Fenway, was significant for two reasons: one, it marked the first concert a band has played in the infield dirt of the famed Boston ballpark; and two, it was the first musical performance without an audience at any major U.S. stadium or arena.

Additionally, Streaming Outta Fenway raised money for three charities in support of COVID-19 relief: the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.

Dropkick Murphys' two-hour set kicked off with a performance of their song "The Boys Are Back," and hit tracks including "The State of Massachusetts," "The Warrior's Code" and, of course, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston."

Towards the end of the show, Springsteen appeared on the Fenway big screen for a remote joint performance. They played two songs together: the Dropkick tune "Rose Tattoo" and The Boss' "American Land."

Throughout the stream, actors including Kevin BaconMike O'MalleyRachel DratchNat Faxon and Lance Reddick shared what the city of Boston means to them and encouraged viewers to donate.

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Credit: Ross HalfinNow's your opportunity to share your opinion on which Metallica song is best.

The metal legends have launched #SomeKindofBracket, pitting 64 songs from throughout their catalog against each other, NCAA tournament style, until one winner reigns supreme. The number-one seeds are "Enter Sandman," "One," "Nothing Else Matters" and "Master of Puppets."

For each match-up, you'll get to vote on which 'Tallica tune advances to the next round. Tune in daily to the band's Facebook and Instagram Story to make your voice heard.

Metallica, meanwhile, recently released an acoustic-driven, quarantined version of their song "Blackened." According to drummer Lars Ulrich, the band may also start recording a new album, the follow-up to 2016's Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, if quarantine lasts long enough.

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The Byrds in 1965, Chris Hillman on far right; Credit: Henry DiltzFounding Byrds bassist Chris Hillman is among the many famous musicians featured in Epix's new two-part docuseries Laurel Canyon, the first part of which premieres this Sunday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET.

The series delves deeply into the fertile music scene that centered around Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon neighborhood during the late 1960s and early '70s.

Hillman tells ABC Audio that he feels the docuseries' research was "spot on," and that the whole project was "very well done."

Chris recalls that The Byrds were among the first rock acts to move to the canyon, along with Frank Zappa. Hillman's band played at various famous Sunset Strip clubs located right down the road from Laurel Canyon, including Ciro's, The Trip and, of course, the Whisky a Go Go.

Chris says one of his favorite bands from the scene was Buffalo Springfield.

"I got to know them really well," Hillman remembers, "and helped them get [their first] job at the Whisky a Go Go."

Interestingly, two Springfield members, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, later teamed up with Byrds co-founder David Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Chris, meanwhile, wound up leaving The Byrds in 1968 to join Gram Parsons -- who'd replaced Crosby in The Byrds -- in the pioneering country-rock act The Flying Burrito Brothers.

"[I]t was sort of funny," Hillman recalls, "'cause [Gram and I] would go down and play in these country-western clubs all around L.A. and sit in, and just glom onto it and absorb it all."

In 1969, The Burrito Brothers welcomed to their lineup Bernie Leadon, who later became a co-founding member of The Eagles, one of the 1970s Laurel Canyon scene's premier artists.

These inter-band connections are one of the fascinating aspects of the scene that the docuseries explores.

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Greg Taylor/The DodgersThe Los Angeles Dodgers helped John Fogerty celebrate his 75th birthday in a big way Thursday, inviting the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and some family members to perform his baseball-themed 1985 solo anthem "Centerfield" in the outfield of an empty Dodger Stadium.

Fogerty was joined by his musical children Shane, Tyler and Kelsy for the performance, which you can watch now on John's official YouTube channel.

"Since I was a little boy I always dreamed of playing centerfield," Fogerty says in statement. "It took 75 years! Although it looks a little different than what that young boy dreamed, I couldn't have imagined I would have my whole team, my kids playin' 'Centerfield' with me. A home run for sure."

At the end of the video, Fogerty and his kids are joined by his wife Julie and other family members, who sing "Happy Birthday" to the rock legend and present him with a baseball-shaped birthday cake.

As previously reported, Fogerty has been posting a series of videos on his YouTube channel of him performing various songs from his back catalog with Shane, Tyler and Kelsy at his L.A.-area residence while in lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, Fogerty released a digital EP titled Fogerty's Factory featuring seven recent performances with his kids.

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Keeping the Blues Alive RecordsDion DiMucci has debuted one more track from his forthcoming star-studded studio album Blues with Friends, "Song for Sam Cooke (Here in America)," which features the rock 'n' roll and doo-wop legend duetting with Paul Simon.

The introspective acoustic tune is the sixth and last in a series of advance songs from the album that Dion has been making available each week as a digital download and via streaming services leading up to Blues with Friends' June 5 release.

The song was inspired by Dion's experiences touring with Sam Cooke in 1962, while celebrating the late soul legend's music, acknowledging the racism he faced during the era, and mourning his early death.

A companion performance video for the tune has premiered at Dion's YouTube channel. The clip begins with a heartfelt introduction from Dion, and features footage of DiMucci singing the tune, as well as a photo montage of Cooke. At the end of the video, Dion shares some recollections of his time touring the South with Sam.

"It's a true story, you know," he says of the song. "[W]e would travel in the South, and it was kind of the opposite way around. [Sam] stood up for me in those situations where people had attitudes…in a community that wasn't mine. He'd say, 'Hey, the boy's with me.' He was a big guy, a very beautiful guy. I miss him."

As previously reported, Blues with Friends also features collaborations with Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Stray Cats' Brian Setzer, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and more. Bob Dylan wrote the album's liner notes.

Blues with Friends can be pre-ordered now, and is available on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally.

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UMeWhile sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley has gotten together virtually with four members of his Soul Station side project for a video performance of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles' 1965 hit "Ooh Baby Baby."

The clip, which you can watch on Stanley's YouTube channel, features Paul singing lead with accompaniment from Soul Station keyboardist and musical director Alex Alessandroni, as well as backing vocalists Crystal Starr, Laurhan Beato and Gavyn Rhone.

In the middle of the performance, Stanley invites viewers to sing along with him and his Soul Station compatriots.

"Now, no matter whether you're with other people or you're home alone, you're not really alone, 'cause all of us are in this together," Paul declares. "And music brings us that much closer together. And when we sing, we're definitely a group. So, don't be shy. It's gonna feel really good."

In a statement about the new video, Stanley says, "While it's hard to connect physically, some of Soul Station decided to reach out [and] make a virtual and emotional connection on a great Motown and Smokey Robinson classic, 'Ooh Baby Baby.'"

He also notes, "These are challenging times. Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more…That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use."

Stanley debuted Soul Station back in 2015, playing occasional club shows with a lineup featuring as many as 17 musicians, one of whom was KISS drummer Eric Singer. The outfit currently is working on a recording project.

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Blue Élan RecordsLast year, former Yes frontman Jon Anderson self-released a star-studded studio album called 1000 Hands.  Now the project is set to get an official label release on July 31, thanks to a new partnership with Blue Élan Records.

The album will issued digitally, on CD and as a deluxe two-LP, 180-gram vinyl package. Two of the record's 11 tracks, "Now" and "Ramalama," are available now as digital singles and via streaming services.

As previously reported, Anderson completed 1000 Hands nearly 30 years after he started the project.  Anderson began recording the album with a group of musicians that included Yes bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, but shelved the unfinished recordings for many years to focus on his famous band and other musical endeavors.

Eventually, veteran producer and pianist Michael Franklin, who earlier had worked on orchestrations for some tracks, convinced Jon to revisit the project and complete the unfinished songs. Over the course of two years, Anderson wound up working on the album at Franklin's studio in Orlando, Florida.

Franklin also recruited various guests artists to contribute to the record, including Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple's Steve Morse, the Tower of Power horns, and jazz greats Chick Corea, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty.

"That's where the title 1000 Hands comes from, all of the brilliant musicians who played a part in making the record," Anderson explains. "Michael acted like something of a casting director, bringing so many great players. It was really exciting to hear the record open up and become what I had always envisioned."

The collection offers an eclectic mix of musical genres and sounds, including prog-rock, reggae, World Music and acoustic pop.

Here's 1000 Hands' full track list:

"Now"
"Ramalama"
"First Born Leaders"
"Activate"
"Makes Me Happy"
"Now Variations"
"I Found Myself"
"Twice in a Lifetime"
"WDMCF"
"Come Up"
"Now and Again"

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Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesVeteran producer and guitarist Bob Kulick, who contributed his talents to several KISS albums among many other projects, died Thursday, May 28, at the age of 70.

Kulick's brother, former KISS and longtime Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick, announced Bob's death with a message on his social media pages.

"I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick," Bruce writes. "His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this sad time."

In 1972, Bob auditioned for the band that would become KISS, but the group instead chose Ace Frehley as its lead guitarist. Later, however, Kulick made uncredited guitar contributions to four of the rockers' albums -- 1977's Alive II, 1980's Unmasked and 1982's Killers and Creatures of the Night. He also played on Paul Stanley's self-titled 1978 album and joined on Stanley on his 1989 solo tour.

As a sessions musician, Bob also played on albums by Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Meat Loaf, Michael Bolton, Dee Snider, Edgar Winter, W.A.S.P. and many others. His production work included a variety of themed tribute albums and records by Motörhead.

Additionally, Kulick co-wrote the song "Sweet Victory," which memorably played in the 2001 SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Band Geeks."

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Credit: Myriam SantosJohn Fogerty is among a variety music stars that will be featured on United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung Heroes, a new TV special celebrating those on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle that will air June 21 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Hosted by Harry Connick Jr., the two-hour program will  feature the singer/pianist and his daughter, filmmaker Georgia Connick, road-tripping in an RV as they drive from their home in Connecticut to Harry's hometown of New Orleans, and thanking essential workers all across the U.S.

The special will end with a musical performance in the Big Easy featuring Connick and other New Orleans artists like Irma Thomas and Trombone Shorty. Along the way, there also will be musical performances from Fogerty, Dave Matthews, Cyndi Lauper, country stars Tim McGraw and Little Big Town, jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, and R&B singers Andra Day and Jamie Foxx.

Some of Harry's celebrity pals also will participate, including Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Queen Latifah, Oprah Winfrey and Renée Zellweger, who will all deliver surprise messages to those unsung heroes in the fields of trucking, food prep, healthcare, sanitation, law enforcement and more.

Viewers will be asked to donate to charities that focus on children in need, including No Kid Hungry and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, as well as to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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Tristar Media/Getty ImagesThe story of the man whose dying wish was that his stepdaughter give a painting he'd done of Sting to the British rocker himself has a happy ending:  Sting's now in possession of the painting.

As previously reported, Domingo Santiago's stepdaughter Elizabeth was featured on the Humans of New York Instagram feed, telling the story of how Domingo, a cop, had always dreamed of becoming an artist. 

Before he passed away from multiple sclerosis, he asked his family to give Sting a painting he'd done of the singer years before.  Sting's daughter, actress Mickey Sumner, saw the post, reached out to Elizabeth and said she'd make it happen.

In a new Humans of New York post, you can see Sting with the painting. The caption reads, "THE EAGLE HAS LANDED. Thanks so much to @sumnermickey for helping get our precious cargo to her father. She’s also teamed up with Elizabeth to create a fundraiser in Domingo’s memory. All donations will benefit the National MS society, and aid in the fight to end Multiple Sclerosis forever. So let’s keep the party going!"

In the comments, Mickey thanked Humans of New York, the person who sent her the post, the company that shipped the painting and her father "for being the beautiful artist you are, and touching peoples hearts, and for being my dear dad!!"

The actress, currently starring in the TV series Snowpiercer, added, "Thank you Domingo Santiago for being a such a light, a man dedicated to service and family, thank you for your art and bringing us all together. This was a collective effort !! We are all connected. LOVE & GRATITUDE."

In other Sting news, you can hear him duetting with Ricky Martin -- in Spanish -- on "Simple," a song from Martin's new EP Pausa.


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PRNewsFoto/SongAidThe recently reported cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" that Carlos Santana recorded with his wife, Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, debuted today in conjunction with the newly launched SongAid campaign, which benefits the WhyHunger charity's Rapid Response Fund.

The rocking, soulful version of "Imagine," featuring Cindy on lead vocals and drums and Carlos delivering fiery guitar riffs, is included on a SongAid playlist available now digitally and via various streaming music services. Each time someone listens to or purchases any of those tunes, the proceeds will be donated to the WhyHunger fund.

In addition, an official video for the Santanas' "Imagine" cover premiered today on RollingStone.com. The clip features footage of Cindy singing the tune from her and Carlos' residence in Hawaii -- where the couple has been self-isolating since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic -- as well as performance footage of her and her husband.

The track also will be featured on Cindy's forthcoming solo album, Give the Drummer Some, which is due out in September.

Cindy tells Rolling Stone that she decided to record "Imagine" while working on original songs with producer/drummer Narada Michael Walden, who recently joined Journey. Cindy says Narada asked her, "If you were going to cover a song, any song, what song would it be?" and "Imagine" was her choice.

Cindy also reveals that Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, gave her "thumbs up of approval" to the cover after she heard it.

"She loved it, so we're really honored," Cindy notes.

As for the decision to take part in the WhyHunger campaign, Cindy says that she and Carlos "are very impressed because their mission statement is stated in their title: What they want to do is feed people."

Visit SongAid.com to find out more about the initiative.

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Paramount PicturesImagine getting to watch Rocketman with Elton John, the man whose life inspired the film.  Well, tonight you can, on Amazon Prime.

The film, which took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song, is now available to stream for free on Amazon Prime, and Elton himself is hosting a Watch Party on his official Twitter account

All you have to do is click on Rocketman and hit play at exactly 7 p.m. ET tonight.  You can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #RocketmanWatchParty, and upload photos of yourself sporting your Rocketman merchandise.

As the film plays, Elton will share his thoughts and insights on @EltonOfficial.

Amazon Prime Video adorably announced the Watch Party by tweeting at Elton, "Hey @EltonOfficial, are you free to watch a movie Friday night?"  To which he replied, "Absolutely - David and I were just planning our evening. How about 7pm?"

In other Elton news, his current Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour has been voted Australia's favorite concert tour of all time in a poll of 5,000 users by Ticketek Australia, an event ticketing company. Among the other Down Under treks on the tally were Queen Adam Lambert's 2020 Rhapsody Tour at #5 and Guns N' Roses' 2017 Not in This Lifetime trek at #7.

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This Friday, join in the party by loading up Rocketman and hitting play at exactly 7pm ET (4pm PT). Elton will be sharing his own thoughts and insights throughout the film! Follow the conversation at #RocketmanWatchParty - Team EJ 🚀 pic.twitter.com/emsXr7wJtL

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Courtesy of AXS TVThe mid-season finale of AXS TV's Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar premieres this Sunday, May 31, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, and features the Red Rocker hanging with Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and singer Gary Cherone.

Cherone and Sammy Hagar, of course, have something in common -- Gary actually replaced Sammy as Van Halen's frontman.

Hagar tells ABC Audio that a big reason why he wanted Cherone on Rock & Roll Road Trip was to interview him about his experience with Van Halen, which only lasted for about three years.

"I was really interested in Gary giving us some insight to how he got the gig replacing me in Van Halen," Sammy explains. "And the fact that it didn't work very well for him or for the band."

Hagar says Cherone revealed that he was a bit baffled by how he was treated by Eddie and Alex Van Halen.

"[H]e was kind of like, 'Man, I don't know what was going on,'" Sammy says with a laugh. "'All I know is if I said, "I wanted this," they'd say, "Nope, we're doing that"'…[T]hen he'd say, 'Well, I want to do that.' They'd say, 'Nope, we're doing this.' And that's kind of like the same thing that happened to me."

Hagar also maintains that when he exited Van Halen, Eddie "wasn't getting along with anybody, not even his brother." That being said, Sammy says his dream would be to interview the Van Halen brothers for a Rock & Roll Road Trip episode. He adds, however, "Don't hold your breath."

Sunday's episode also features the Extreme members sharing a sneak peek at the band's upcoming studio album, and jamming with Hagar on an unplugged version of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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