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Credit: Marc TheisScorpions drummer Mikkey Dee has revealed that the veteran German rockers are almost done with their latest studio album, which they have been recording at their Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany.

The Swedish-born Dee, who joined the Scorpions in 2016 after a long stint with Motorhead, reveals in a video update posted this week on his social media pages that he's been quarantining at a hotel in Hannover because of COVID-19 protocols, and will be hitting the studio soon to finish some parts for the record.

"[W]e are working really hard on [the album]," he says. "And it's coming together; we're almost done. So, I've got one more little run to go here, and that's about it. The other guys have been working while I've been in Sweden, of course, but there's a few more little things to do on the drums."

Dee also gives a little tour of his hotel room, and points out that he's been spending his time in quarantine watching Family Guy -- his favorite TV show -- and skiing championships.

He finishes by telling fans, "I hope to see you guys soon. I can't wait to get back out there and start playing.

In an interview with ABC Audio this past July, Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine revealed that the band was working on the album with input via Zoom from producer Greg Fidelman, who was in Los Angeles.

Last April, the Scorpions released an introspective ballad called "Sign of Hope" that offered a message of comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic, while Meine noted that the other songs the band was working on focused on "the harder edge."

He added, "I think we have some great songs. And so far, it's a really inspiring journey."

Video update from Germany! pic.twitter.com/b0BPc9nbAX

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Credit: Herring & HerringMetallica's All Within My Hands charity foundation has announced a $75,000 donation to Texas food banks as the state continues to recover from February's winter storms.

"Texans running low on food are finding empty grocery store shelves," reads a statement from the organization. "Food pantries are running out of supplies. And the freeze has wiped out substantial portions of the state's citrus and vegetable crops. As part of our commitment to fighting food insecurity, All Within My Hands has donated $75,000 to Feeding America to be distributed to Texas food banks."

The band is also asking Metallica fans to help out via FeedingTexas.org if they are able.

All Within My Hands has previously donated money in support of various different causes and disaster relief efforts, including related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the West Coast wildfires.

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Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen may soon have his own official "holiday" in his home state of New Jersey. NJ Advance Media reports that a state senate committee voted unanimously Thursday on a bill that would designate September 23 -- the rock legend's birthday -- as "Bruce Springsteen Day."

The proposal was introduced in early 2020 by Democratic assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who says that seeing a performance of the Springsteen on Broadway stage show helped inspire her to push for the legislation.

"It highlighted his work as a passionate storyteller of the American Dream," she explained in a January 2020 interview with NJ Advance Media. "Every song tells a story of the struggles and dreams of the people of New Jersey."

The resolution highlights a variety of Springsteen's career achievements, including winning an Academy Award for the song "Streets of Philadelphia," being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Hall of Fame, selling 120 million albums worldwide, winning 20 Grammys and his acclaimed Broadway residency. It also acknowledges his work as a philanthropist.

To go into effect, the bill would have to be passed by both houses of the New Jersey legislature and then signed by the governor.

One of the members of Springsteen's E Street Band, late sax player Clarence Clemons, was honored with his own day in 2013, two years after his passing. Then-Governor Chris Christie, a huge Springsteen fan, signed a resolution making January 11 Clarence Clemons Day in New Jersey.

In other news, Springsteen has released a music video for "I'll See You in My Dreams," a track from his latest album, 2020's Letter to You. The clip is dedicated to Michael Gudinski, a beloved Australian music promoter and label owner who died suddenly at age 68 this week.

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Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagicNew Jerry Cantrell solo music is on the way.

In an Instagram post Friday, the Alice in Chains vocalist/guitarist revealed that his long-awaited third solo album is now "finished."

"Finished my record tonight one year to the day from when we started recording it," Cantrell wrote in the caption. "What a crazy journey...always is."

The grunge rocker didn't share when the upcoming record will be released, but did add that he "look[s] forward to setting it free upon your ear holes sometime soon."

Cantrell hasn't released a solo album since 2002's Degradation Trip.

Alice in Chains, meanwhile, released their latest record, Rainier Fog, in 2018.

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Courtesy of Casbah ProductionsA previously unreleased home recording of Joe Strummer playing an acoustic version of the 1950s R&B tune "Junco Partner," which will be featured on the recently announced upcoming Strummer compilation Assembly, has been issued as an advance digital single.

In addition, a companion music video for the track has premiered at the late Clash frontman's official YouTube channel. The mixed-media clip, which was created by Spencer Ramsey, combines drawings, photos and other images with archival performance footage of Strummer.

Strummer first discovered "Junco Partner" during the 1970s on an R&B compilation, and began performing it regularly with his pre-Clash group The 101ers. The Clash went on to record the song for its landmark 1980 triple album Sandinista!, and Joe continued to play the tune regularly in concert with his later band The Mescaleros. The newly released version was discovered in Strummer's vaults on a hand-labeled cassette tape.

Due out on March 26, Assembly is a 16-track collection that mainly features songs Strummer recorded with The Mescaleros. It also includes "Love Kills," Joe's contribution to the soundtrack of the 1986 film Sid and Nancy, as well as three previously unreleased versions of tunes associated with The Clash, among them the aforementioned "Junco Partner."

Assembly will come packaged with liner notes by singer/songwriter and lifelong Strummer fan Jakob Dylan. The album can be pre-ordered now and will be available on CD, as a two-LP set -- on standard black vinyl and limited-edition red vinyl -- digitally and via streaming services.

Strummer died in December 2002 of an undiagnosed heart defect. He was 50.

Here's the full Assembly track list:

"Coma Girl"
"Johnny Appleseed"
"I Fought the Law" (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 11/24/2001)*
"Tony Adams"
"Sleepwalk"
"Love Kills"
"Get Down Moses"
"X-Ray Style"
"Mondo Bongo"
"Rudie Can't Fail" (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 11/24/2001)*
"At the Border, Guy"
"Long Shadow"
"Forbidden City"
"Yalla Yalla"
"Redemption Song"
"Junco Partner" (Acoustic)*

* = previously unreleased.

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Credit: Keith LerouxKISS frontman Paul Stanley's side project Soul Station has released a new advance single from the band's forthcoming debut album, Now and Then: a tune called "I, Oh I" that celebrates the upbeat, string-laden Philly soul sound.

"I, Oh I" is one of five original songs featured on the 14-track collection, and is the third tune to be issued from the record, following covers of The Five Stairsteps' "O-O-H Child" and The Spinners' "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love."

"As much as Soul Station is rooted in the past, I wanted our music to also live in the present," says Stanley with regard to including new material on the album. "'I, Oh I' shows what can grow from those deep roots. With love and respect, we're proud of where we come from and where we're going. Check out the first of 5 originals from the album!"

"I, Oh I," which was written, arranged and orchestrated by Stanley, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.

As previously reported, Now and Then will be released on March 19, and can be pre-ordered now. Among the cover songs featured on the album are tunes originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, Al Green, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and The Four Tops.

Paul Stanley's Soul Station is a 15-piece group that includes KISS drummer Eric Singer.

Here's the full Now and Then track list:

"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"
"I Do"
"I, Oh I"
"Ooo Baby Baby"
"O-O-H Child"
"Save Me (From You)"
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
"Whenever You're Ready (I'm Here)"
"The Tracks of My Tears"
"Let's Stay Together"
"La-La (Means I Love You)"
"Lorelei"
"You Are Everything"
"Baby I Need Your Loving"

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Kii Arens Foo Fighters are among the many artists playing Rock 'n' Relief, an two-day charity streaming concert event kicking off today that benefits CORE, which is providing equitable access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in Los Angeles. According to Linda Perry, who curated the stream's lineup, Dave Grohl and company will be performing "something very, very cool."

"They're doing something that no one's ever heard before," Perry tells ABC Audio. "So we're very excited."

Perry, formerly of 4 Non Blondes, also will be performing during the stream, which will include a mix of virtual performances and live sets. The live performances will take place at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium, which has become a mass vaccination site.

Other artists on the bill, which Perry wanted to reflect the "diverse" nature of L.A., include Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, Sheryl Crow, L7, Carly Simon, Silversun Pickups, Macy Gray and Deadmau5.

Rock 'n' Relief streams today and tomorrow, starting at noon PT both days, via the Amazon Music Twitch channel, the Amazon Music mobile app and Rolling Stone magazine's YouTube channel. Viewers will be able to donate as they watch, and Perry's hoping to highlight CORE's mobile vaccination program in particular.

"It's so important," Perry explains. "Not only are they giving these vaccinations and helping people, but they're also helping educate people who don't have the right information regarding vaccinations."

In total, Perry is aiming to raise $1.5 million, as well as provide "light and entertainment" for not only audiences online, but also for CORE's Dodger Stadium staff and those in line waiting to get their shot.

"A lot of people are hurting, man," Perry says. "So I'm hoping that this could raise the spirits of people, at least."

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Credit: George ChinEric Clapton had been scheduled to return to the concert stage this May and June for a tour of Europe, but Slowhand has now officially postponed most of his dates until 2022 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A message on Clapton's official website reads, "Due to ongoing COVID restrictions to mass gatherings in Europe, Eric Clapton will be postponing all of the following 2021 dates and moving them to new dates in 2022. Eric is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform."

The note adds, "Fans should retain their tickets, as they will be honored on the new rescheduled dates listed below."

The mainland Europe portion of his trek, which was supposed to get underway May 26 in Milan, Italy, now will kick off on May 17, 2022, with a show in Zurich, Switzerland. The tour will wind down with a June 21-22, 2022, stand in Moscow that originally was scheduled for this June 22-23.

Clapton also has a four-show engagement at London's famed Royal Albert Hall booked for this May 14, 15, 17 and 18, but these gigs also are expected to be rescheduled soon.

Here are all of Clapton's rescheduled concerts:

5/17/22 -- Zurich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion (postponed from 6/5/21)
5/18/22 -- Milan, Italy, Mediolanum Forum (postponed from 5/26/21)
5/20/22 -- Bologna, Italy, Unipol Arena (postponed from 5/28/21)
5/31/22 -- Stuttgart, Germany, Schleyerhalle (postponed from 6/6/21)
6/2/22 -- Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle (postponed from 5/21/21)
6/5/22 -- Prague, Czech Republic, O2 (postponed from 5/23/21)
6/7/22 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome (postponed from 6/11/21)
6/10/22 -- Dusseldorf, Germany, ISS Dome (postponed from 6/8/21)
6/12/22 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportspalais (postponed from 6/9/21)
6/14/22 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Arena (postponed from 6/14/21)
6/15/22 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Arena (postponed from 6/15/21)
6/17/22 -- Helsinki, Finland, Hartwall Arena (postponed from 6/17/21)
6/19/22 -- St. Petersburg, Russia, Ice Palace (postponed from 6/20/21)
6/21/22 -- Moscow, Russia, Crocus Hall (postponed from 6/22/21)
6/22/22 -- Moscow, Russia, Crocus Hall (postponed from 6/23/21)

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Warner RecordsA new music video for a rare 1992 Tom Petty tune titled "You Saw Me Comin'" has premiered at the late rock legend's official YouTube channel, and the track also is available now via streaming services.

The song is the final track on the Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) album, which originally was available only as a bonus disc included with the limited-edition Super Deluxe box-set version of 2020's Wildflowers & All the Rest collection, and now is scheduled to be issued as a standalone release digitally on April 16 and as a vinyl LP on May 7.

The 16-track Finding Wildflowers, which you can pre-order now, mainly features alternate versions of songs that appeared on Petty's acclaimed 1994 solo album, Wildflowers, which is the focal point of Wildflowers & All the Rest.

Reflecting on "You Saw Me Comin'," which was recorded during the Wildflowers sessions but didn't make it onto the original album, Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench notes, "There's this kind of longing in the song, in the way that [Tom] wrote the chord structure, the melody and the lyrics. It's wistful, and it would have been the perfect way to end the disc."

The video for the tune, which was directed by Joel Kazuo Knoernschild and Katie Malia, features cinematic footage of oceans, shorelines, deserts, snow-covered mountains and forests, and other striking natural scenes.

Here's the full track list of Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions):

"A Higher Place"
"Hard on Me"
"Cabin Down Below"
"Crawling Back to You"
"Only a Broken Heart"
"Drivin' Down to Georgia"
"You Wreck Me"
"It's Good to Be King"
"House in the Woods"
"Honey Bee"
"Girl on LSD"
"Cabin Down Below" (Acoustic Version)
"Wildflowers"
"Don't Fade on Me"
"Wake Up Time"
"You Saw Me Comin'"

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Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesWhile he was in The Byrds, David Crosby wrote a song called "Triad" about a three-way relationship between a man and two women, which the folk-rock legend says was based on personal experience.

"Well, it was a different time," Crosby tells the Los Angeles Times. "This was before the advent of AIDS, and after the invention of birth control, so…if you were adventuresome, there were adventures to be had. And I was adventuresome."

David admits that these encounters didn't always involve just two women…sometimes another guy took part.

Asked if any of these men were famous, Crosby responds, "I'm not going to pull off anybody's covers for you."

Meanwhile, David reveals the current status of his relationship with his former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young band mates.

"The only one that I'm talking to is Stephen Stills. He and I are still friends," Crosby reports. "I haven't spoken to Neil [Young] or [Graham] Nash in a couple of years. Both of them have been most unkind to me, so I have no urge to."

Elsewhere, Crosby says he recently had dinner with his old friend Joni Mitchell, who suffered a debilitating brain aneurysm in 2015, describing the get-together as "wonderful and distressing."

"It was wonderful to reconnect and say hi, and I love her…She's the best singer-songwriter of her time," he notes. "It was distressing to see her in the state that she is in now. She has trouble walking. And she's having to relearn how to do stuff, physically. I don't think that she will ever regain the manual dexterity to be able to play guitar or piano."

Crosby adds that Mitchell "is trying to recover her skills as a painter, and she's as good a painter as she is a guitar player."

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Credit: Jeff LafaroWith a new concert film and album documenting a 2016 tribute honoring late Emerson, Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson set to be released on March 11, a special virtual reunion event featuring many of the show's participants has been scheduled for this Friday, March 5, at 12 p.m. PT.

Among the well-known musicians who will take part in the livestreamed celebration are Toto's Steve Lukather and Steve Porcaro, ex-Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band drummer Gregg Bissonette, Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess and veteran U.K. jazz-rock keyboardist Brian Auger. Keith's son Aaron Emerson also will appear.

The event will be viewable for free at AlerttheGlobe.com and Facebook Live. The various guests will share stories and experiences working with Emerson, and the presentation also will offer sneak previews from the Fanfare for the Uncommon Man: The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert DVD.

The two-CD/two-DVD release will feature footage and audio of the tribute, which was held in May 2016 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, and offered a career-spanning celebration of Keith's work, including music from ELP, The Nice, Three Fates Project and the Keith Emerson Band.

The second DVD features interviews with many of the participating musicians, behind-the-scenes footage, tribute speeches and a gallery of rare photos provided by the Emerson estate.

All proceeds from the release will benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, a charity that focuses on treating and finding a cure for dystonia, a debilitating neurological ailment that Keith battled.

Emerson died by suicide on March 11, 2016, at age 71.

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Credit: Rob DeMartinIt turns out former president Barack Obama loves listening to Bruce Springsteen's music as much as he loves sharing the microphone with The Boss on their Spotify podcast, Renegades: Born in the USA.

The streaming service shared Obama's "Shower World Tour setlist" on Wednesday, and 44-song list contains a hefty dose of Springsteen, including two versions of the song for which their podcast is named.

Besides the studio version of "Born in the U.S.A.," Obama's shower playlist includes a live recording from New York's Walter Kerr Theatre from July 2018.

Among the other Springsteen tunes on the list are "Born to Run," "My Hometown," "American Skin (41 Shots)," "My Father's House," "Growin' Up" and "We Take Care of Our Own." In addition, Barack included some covers of The Boss's songs and tunes by a couple of members of Bruce's E Street Band -- his wife Patti Scialfa and late sax player Clarence Clemons.

Also on the list are songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Elvis Presley.

During Monday's episode of the podcast, Obama revealed that he loves singing in the shower, much to his family's dismay.

"I sing in the shower, I sing outside of the shower. I am unembarrassed about singing," he said while laughing. "My daughters and my wife sometimes roll their eyes."

Check out the entire playlist here.

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Warner Records/RhinoThis Friday, Black Sabbath will release deluxe reissues of 1980's Heaven and Hell and 1981's Mob Rules, the iconic metal band's first two albums with new lead singer Ronnie James Dio.

Dio had joined Sabbath in place of Ozzy Osbourne, who was fired from the group in 1979. While Osbourne's vocals perfectly reflected humanity's darkness in songs including "Iron Man," "War Pigs" and "Paranoid," Dio's brought a more fantastical aspect to Sabbath with a voice that sounded like it came from a world of elves and fairies.

"It was more mystical," guitarist Tony Iommi says of Dio's vocals. "Definitely a different approach altogether into the mystical side of it, absolutely."

Dio was not only a much different kind of singer than Osbourne, but he was also a much different kind of songwriter.

"Ozzy really didn't get involved in the musical side of it that much," Iommi recalls. "We would sort of play something, and Ozzy would sing to it. I would jam along and play, and Ozzy would sing a melody line, and that was his way of sort of working, really."

"With Ronnie, I could actually sit down and we could exchange ideas, 'cause Ronnie also was a musician," he continues. "That's no disrespect to Ozzy, 'cause it was great what he had done. But, it was just two different ways."

Dio left Sabbath after Mob Rules to form his namesake band, but returned in the early '90s. In 2006, Dio and Iommi formed the band Heaven & Hell with bassist Geezer Butler and Mob Rules drummer Vinny Appice. The group put out one album, and toured up until Dio's untimely death in 2010.

Had Dio not passed, Iommi believes Heaven & Hell would've continued.

"I think we probably would have done another album and more touring," he says. 

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Credit: Herring & HerringFresh off celebrating the 35th anniversary of their iconic album Master of PuppetsMetallica brought the heat to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night to perform their song "Battery."

Of course, host Stephen Colbert was delighted he played a hand in celebrating the band's big anniversary moment as he introduced the band, being beamed in from an empty sound stage.

The track starts off with James Hetfield strumming the acclaimed opening bars before Kirk HammettLars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo dive head first into banging track.

While the band was unable to physically rock out on the show, they made up for it by getting experimental with their feed, which has the frames breaking up before shifting to a new camera to record their high octane performance.

At the time of its release, Master of Puppets became Metallica's highest-charting album, and has since been certified six-times platinum. In propelling thrash to new heights and newer audiences -- Master of Puppets is considered one of the most important and influential records in metal history

Master of Puppets was even added to Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2016 in celebration of its significance.

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Capitol/UMeAn expanded eight-disc version of John Lennon's debut solo studio album, 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, will be released on April 6.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band -- The Ultimate Collection, which you can pre-order now, features 159 tracks spread across six CDs and two Blu-ray audio discs, including 87 previously unreleased recordings.

The collection features multiple mixes of the original album's tunes and the three hit singles Lennon released prior to the record -- "Give Peace a Chance," "Cold Turkey" and "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" -- plus a bevy of demos, rehearsal takes, outtakes, jams, studio chatter and more.

The box set also features a segment dubbed "The Evolution Documentary" that demonstrates how each of the album's songs developed from its demo stage to its completed version.

One of the Blu-rays features an expanded version of the companion Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band album, boasting the entire jam that yielded the experimental record.

Released in December 1970, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band was a collection of raw, confessional tunes that found the rock legend reflecting on The Beatles' recent breakup, the loss of his mother, his love for wife Yoko Ono and other personal topics. John recorded the album mainly with just accompaniment from drummer Ringo Starr, and bassist Klaus Voormann.

The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 and although it featured no hit singles, it included such enduring songs as "Mother," "Working Class Hero," "Love" and "God."

The deluxe reissue will come with a 132-page book, a "War Is Over! (If You Want It)" poster, and two postcards.

In advance of The Ultimate Collection, a new mix of "Mother" has been released as a digital download and via streaming services.

Visit JohnLennon.com for more details about the reissue.

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Credit: Brad ShawMark Farner will be putting out a new concert DVD called From Chile with Love on April 6, and to help promote the release the former Grand Funk Railroad frontman will appear live tonight on a streaming event hosted by the social-shopping site TalkShopLive's Rock n Roll Channel.

During his appearance, which begins at 7 p.m. ET, Farner will chat with Ingram Entertainment's Steve Harkins, whose company is releasing the DVD, and the veteran rocker also will field some questions submitted by fans.

In addition, Farner tells ABC Audio, "I'll tell some…road stories, [and] play some music in between…probably two or three, maybe even four songs."

Mark adds that he'll play the tunes on acoustic guitar, and reports that he may invite guitarist Dusty D'Annunzio, a member in his backing group, The American Band, to join him.

Of course, fans who watch the TalkShopLive event will be able to pre-order the From Chile with Love DVD, every copy of which will be autographed by Farner.

Mark notes that some proceeds from sales of the DVD will benefit the Veterans Support Foundation, a charity that helps in-need veterans and their families.

"[W]e always bring that element to whatever we're doing," Farner says of his support for veterans. "So TalkShopLive is a good spot for that, because there's a lot of veterans who watch...And who in the United States is not somehow related to a veteran? You know, we all are."

As previously reported, From Chile with Love was recorded at a show Farner and his American Band played in the South American country's capital, Santiago.

The concert features live renditions of a variety of Grand Funk Railroad classics and deep cuts, and the DVD also includes five new bonus studio tracks.

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Cleopatra RecordsOver the last year, a series of digital singles pairing Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland with various other well-known musicians on new versions of songs by the famed U.K. power-pop band have been released, and now a full-length album gathering those tracks and additional collaborative covers is on the way.

The album, titled No Matter What -- Revisiting the Hits, will be released March 26, and will include previously available tunes featuring Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, pop-rock star Rick Springfield and acclaimed power-pop artist Matthew Sweet, as well as other tracks pairing Molland with Todd Rundgren, Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, Buckinghams guitarist Carl Giammarese and more.

Stein lends his talents to a version of the 1970 Badfinger smash "No Matter What," while Rundgren contributes to a rendition of the classic song "Without You." The latter tune, which was co-written by late Badfinger members Pete Ham and Tom Evans and first released by the group in 1970, became a #1 smash for Harry Nilsson in 1972 and a #3 hit for Mariah Carey in 1994.

The No Matter What album, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available on CD, digitally and as a colored-vinyl LP on red, white & blue vinyl.

Here's the album's full track list, along with the guest artists featured on each song:

"No Matter What" -- featuring Vanilla Fudge's Mark Stein
"Come and Get It" -- featuring ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman
"I Don't Mind" -- featuring The Buckinghams' Carl Giammarese
"Day After Day" -- featuring Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Terry Reid & Manchester String Quartet
"Love Is Gonna Come at Last" -- featuring Rick Springfield
"Baby Blue" -- featuring Matthew Sweet
"Midnight Caller" -- featuring The Legendary Pink Dots
"Suitcase" -- featuring Sonny Landreth
"Sweet Tuesday Morning" -- featuring Albert Lee
"Without You" -- featuring Todd Rundgren

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Clay McBrideAXS TV will present an exclusive interview with Jon Bon Jovi that will precede the network television premiere of his band's recent concert film, On a Night Like This -- Bon Jovi 2020, on March 20.

The New Jersey rocker will chat with Spotify podcast host Alison Hagendorf about the making of Bon Jovi's latest album, 2020, as well as the experience of shooting On a Night Like This. He'll also talk about how he's been spending his time during the COVID-19 pandemic and other projects on which he's been focusing.

The interview, which will air at 8 p.m. ET, also will feature Jon answering select questions submitted by fans.

Following the interview, On a Night Like This -- Bon Jovi 2020 will debut at 8:30 p.m. ET. The film, which first premiered in November 2020 as a special streaming event, captures the band playing its new album, 2020, in its entirety for the first time on a closed set near Nashville. The movie also includes candid backstage footage and interview segments with Jon.

"We released our new album during such a unique year, and without a tour we had to find a different way to perform these songs for our fans," Jon explains. "AXS TV has been a great partner and I'm looking forward to everyone getting the chance to watch this special showcasing the band's first and only time performing 2020 live together."

After the interview and film air on AXS TV, they will be available for viewing across all of the network's streaming platforms.

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Credit: Anna WebberFolk-rock legend David Crosby has joined the growing list of famous veteran artists who recently have sold interests in their music catalogs and famous recordings. Variety reports that Crosby, who turns 80 in August, has sold his music publishing and recorded music rights to longtime Eagles' manager Irving Azoff's recently launched Iconic Artists Group.

Crosby's catalog includes the music he created as a member of The Byrds, Crosby & Nash, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as his solo work. David has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice -- with The Byrds and CSN.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

"Given our current inability to work live, this deal is a blessing for me and my family," Crosby says in a statement, "and I do believe these are the best people to do it with."

In recent interviews, David admitted that the cancellation of his tour dates this past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic had left him in a financial bind, revealing that he was in danger of losing his house.

Adds Azoff, "I've known David as a friend and have admired him as a great artist since our earliest days at Geffen-Roberts Management shortly after I moved to Los Angeles. This is an incredible time to be involved with David and his tremendous catalogue of music. He's truly one of music's most prolific songwriters and artists."

Among the classic songs Crosby has written or co-written during his long career are "Eight Miles High," "Guinnevere," "Wooden Ships" and "Almost Cut My Hair."

The announcement of the deal comes just after the 50th anniversary of David's first solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name, which was released in February 1971.

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Blue Note RecordsIggy Pop has teamed up with jazz legend Dr. Lonnie Smith to record a cover of the Donovan song "Sunshine Superman."

The recording features the Godfather of Punk singing smoothly over Smith's funky organ, as the pair reinterpret the psychedelic folk standard. You can download it now via digital outlets.

"I was playing with my trio at Arts Garage in Delray Beach in Florida," Smith explains. "Iggy would come by and say he wanted to play with me. I let him play slaparoo [percussion] and he loved it. He enjoyed playing with us. We thought about recording a few songs, so we went in with my trio backing us up, and it worked."

The "Sunshine Superman" cover will appear on Smith's upcoming album Breathe, due out March 26.

Pop released his latest album, Free, in 2019.

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