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Bettman/Getty ImagesPlans have been unveiled for a new biopic about late Beatles manager Brian Epstein called Midas Man that will be directed by Grammy-winning film and video director Jonas Akerlund.

Variety reports the movie is expected to be released in 2021, and will be shot in The Beatles' and Epstein's hometown of Liverpool, U.K., as well as in London and the U.S.

Epstein discovered The Beatles in 1961 and officially became their manager the following year, helping to guide the group to superstardom. He also managed such Liverpool acts as Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black, and later helped promote stars like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream and Pink Floyd. Brian died in 1967 of an apparent accidental sleeping-pill overdose. He was 32.

A statement from the project's producers describes the movie as "an emotional, witty, heartfelt story of the joy of success and the terrifying pressures of unspeakable risk and unfulfilled desire." That "risk" refers to the fact that Epstein was gay at a time when male homosexuality was illegal in the U.K.

Akerland said in a statement, "Brian Epstein's story has everything I'm looking for…it's all about Brian's singularity for me. I love that Brian seemed to know every step of the way what no one else knew, he saw things that no one else saw. His vision was astonishing, he created a culture that didn't exist."

Jonas' credits include directing videos for Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran and many others. He won Grammys for McCartney's Live Kisses film, and for Madonna's The Confessions Tour concert video and "Ray of Light" music video.

Midas Man co-producer Trevor Beattie says of Akerlund, "[He has a] rock and roll heart" and "understands music and the music industry."

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ABC/Heidi GutmanAfter over a month off, Billie Joe Armstrong has brought back his "No Fun Mondays" covers series with a performance of the 1971 John Lennon protest song "Gimme Some Truth."

As the Green Day frontman explains, he first heard "Gimme Some Truth" performed by the '70s punk band Generation X, which featured a young Billy Idol. Armstrong reckons that his version "lands somewhere in between" Lennon's original and Gen X's cover.

You can listen to Armstrong's performance streaming now via his Instagram page.

Armstrong launched "No Fun Mondays" back in March, and promised to release a new cover each week "until we're let back out into the world," though he hadn't uploaded anything since May before dropping "Gimme Some Truth" late Wednesday night.

Some of Armstrong's covers include" I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James & the Shondells, "Manic Monday" by The Bangles with Susanna Hoffs, the Adam Schlesinger-penned song "That Thing You Do!" and "Kids in America" by Kim Wilde.

Additionally, Green Day released a cover of the Blondie classic "Dreaming."

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Mary McCartney/MPL Communications; J.RosePaul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart are are among the 1,500 people and groups who've signed a letter asking the U.K. government to support the live music industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter, addressed to the U.K.'s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, was signed by artists who would otherwise have been performing at festivals this summer.

Others signing on to the campaign include The Who's Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart, The Kinks' Ray Davies, Van Morrison, Genesis, Phil Collins, Sting, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Jeff Lynne, Mark Knopfler, Chrissie Hynde, Yes, Patti Smith, Iron Maiden, The Cure and Slade, as well as crew members and venues.

"Live music has been one of the U.K.'s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade," reads the letter. "But with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak."

According to Music Week, the live music sector supports some 210,000 jobs and adds billions to the economy, but tens of thousands may find themselves out of a job in the coming year.

Among the requests: a "clear, conditional timeline" for reopening venues, plus financial support and a tax exemption on ticket sales.

The secretary responded on Twitter, "I understand the deep anxiety of those working in music & the desire to see fixed dates for reopening. I am pushing hard for these dates & to give you a clear roadmap back."

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Roswell RecordsIn addition to being America's 244th birthday, this July 4 also marks the 25th anniversary of the 1995 debut, self-titled Foo Fighters album.

Dave Grohl, formerly the drummer for Nirvana, initially began Foo Fighters as a solo project following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994.

In spite of -- or, perhaps, because of -- Nirvana's massive popularity, Grohl took a minimalist approach to recording Foo Fighters. He wrote every song on the record himself, and, with the exception of a guitar solo by Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs on the track "X-Static," Grohl played every instrument.

While Grohl was recording Foo Fighters, Tom Petty recruited him to play drums with The Heartbreakers during their performance on Saturday Night Live. Grohl was apparently then offered the role permanently, but decided to continue with the Foos project instead.

Once Foo Fighters was recorded, Grohl recruited a full band consisting of Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear, as well as bassist Nate Mendel and drummer Williams Goldsmith of Sunny Day Real Estate. Smear and Mendel are still in Foo Fighters, while drummer Taylor Hawkins and guitarist Chris Shiflett joined in 1997 and 1999, respectively.

Foo Fighters the album was a critical and commercial success, earning platinum certification and spawning the singles "Big Me," "This Is a Call" and "I'll Stick Around." Foo Fighters the band, of course, would go on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, releasing eight more albums, six of which were also certified platinum. They've also become a celebrated live act, regularly performing multi-hour-long shows.

To celebrate their debut's 25th anniversary, Foo Fighters had planned to play a massive show at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on this July 4, but the concert's been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In advance of the the July 10 arrival of 50th anniversary reissue of The Grateful Dead's classic 1970 album Workingman's Dead, the band has made available to streaming services an expansive collection of unreleased studio outtakes from the sessions.

Workingman's Dead: The Angel's Share features two-and-a-half hours of recordings compiled from dozens of 16-track reels that recently were discovered in unmarked boxes.

The collection features at least one partial or complete take of all eight songs that appear on Workingman's Dead, as well as between-take comments and conversations by the band members, and "talkback" between the musician's and album co-producers Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor-Jackson.

The sessions took place in February and March 1970 at Pacific High Recordings Studio in San Francisco.

Among the many highlights of the Angel's Share recordings is a full outtake performance of "Casey Jones" that serves as the collection's finale. At the end of the take, Jerry Garcia is heard declaring, "F***ing A, man!"

As previously reported, the Deluxe Edition of the 50th anniversary Workingman's Dead reissue is a three-CD set featuring a newly remastered version of the original album and a previously unreleased live performance recorded on February, 21, 1971, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.

Workingman's Dead was released in June 1970, and peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200. The album has been certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies in the U.S.

Here is the track list of the Workingman's Dead: The Angel's Share collection:

"Uncle John's Band" (Session)
--False Start 1 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown (Not Slated)
--False Start 2 (Not Slated)
--Complete Track (Not Slated)
--Take 6 Breakdown (Slated)
--Take 7 Breakdown (Slated)

"High Time" (Session)
--Breakdown 1 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown 2 (Not Slated)
--Take 3 Breakdown (Slated)
--Complete Track 1 (Not Slated)
--Studio Chatter
--Complete Track 2 (Not Slated)
--Take 6 Breakdown (Slated)
--Take 7 Breakdown (Slated)

"Dire Wolf" (Session)
--Breakdown 1 (Not Slated)
--Complete Track 1 (Not Slated)
--Complete Track 2 (Not Slated)
--Take 2 Breakdown (Slated)
--Take 3 False Start & Breakdown (Slated)
--Breakdown 2 (Not Slated)
--Take 6 Breakdown (Slated)
--Breakdown 3 (Not Slated)
--False Starts 1 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown 4 (Not Slated)
--False Starts 2 (Not Slated)
--Complete Track 3 (Not Slated)
--Complete Track with Vocals (Not Slated)
--False Start 3 (Not Slated)

"New Speedway Boogie" (Session)
--Demo with Acoustic Guitar, Drums & Vocals (Not Slated)
--Complete Track with Vocals 1 (Not Slated)
--Take 2 Breakdown with Vocals (Slated)
--Take 3 Breakdown with Vocals (Slated)
--Misnamed as Take 3 False Start with Vocals (Slated)
--Take 4 Complete with Vocals & Lead Guitar (Slated)
--Arranging Take with Vocals (Not Slated)
--Breakdown with Vocals 1 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown with Vocals 2 (Not Slated)
--Complete Track with Vocals 2 (Not Slated)
--Take 8 Complete with Vocals (Slated)

"Cumberland Blues" (Session)
--Various Breakdowns & Take 9 (Slated)

"Black Peter" (Session)
--Breakdown 1 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown 2 (Not Slated)
--Studio Chatter
--Breakdown 3 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown 4 (Not Slated)
--Complete Track with Vocals (Not Slated)

"Easy Wind" (Session)
--Complete Track with Vocals 1 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown with Vocals 1 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown with Vocals 2 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown with Vocals 3 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown with Vocals 4 (Not Slated)
--Complete Track with Vocals 2 (Not Slated)
--False Starts & Breakdowns with Vocals (Not Slated)
--Incomplete Track with Vocals (Not Slated)
--Take 17 with Vocals (Slated)
--Take 18 Breakdown with Vocals (Slated)
--Take 19 Breakdown with Vocals (Slated)
--Take 20 with Vocals (Slated)
--Take 21 False Start with Vocals (Slated)
--Take 22 Breakdown with Vocals (Slated)
--Take 23 Breakdown with Vocals (Slated)

"Casey Jones" (Session)
--Breakdown 1 (Not Slated)
--Breakdown 2 (Not Slated)
--Complete Track with Vocals (Not Slated)

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Courtesy of Rhino/Scheme EngineCoinciding with the holiday weekend, a new Eagles concert film titled Live from The Forum MMXVIII will premiere on ESPN this Sunday, July 5, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The movie features performances from a sold-out three-night stand the Eagles played on September 12, 14 and 15, 2018, in the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California. The program will be introduced by ESPN announcer Chris Berman, a longtime Eagles fan.

"Sports and music have long been at the top of the list for being able to bring people of all types together. The Eagles have been doing just that for almost half a century," says Berman. "We at ESPN are thrilled beyond belief to share this premiere with everyone! What a wonderful way to cap off the holiday weekend!"

Adds Eagles manager Irving Azoff, "Music and sports fans have been shut out from live events for more than three months. The premiere of Live from The Forum MMXVIII, this July 4th weekend on ESPN, is the Eagles' gift to their fans."

The film, along with a companion album, will be issued in multiple formats and configurations on October 16. This will be the first Eagles release featuring the group's current lineup, which includes country star Vince Gill and Deacon Frey -- son of late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey -- joining longtime members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit.

Live from The Forum MMXVIII will be available as Blu-ray/two-CD or DVD/two-CD sets, a four-LP vinyl or two-CD audio-only collections, digitally and via streaming. A super deluxe box set featuring the Blu-ray, two CDs and four LPs also will be available.

You can pre-order the release now at Eagles.com and Rhino.com.

Here's the full track list:

"Seven Bridges Road"
Joe Walsh: "How ya doin'?"
"Take It Easy"
"One of These Nights"
Don Henley: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen"
"Take It to the Limit"
"Tequila Sunrise"
"In the City"
Timothy B. Schmit: "Hey, everybody, that's Joe Walsh"
"I Can't Tell You Why"
"New Kid in Town"
Don Henley: "Just want to thank all of you…"
"How Long"
Deacon Frey: "Hello, everybody…"
"Peaceful Easy Feeling"
"Ol' 55"
"Lyin' Eyes"
"Love Will Keep Us Alive"
Vince Gill: "How about a nice hand for California, man..."
"Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away"
"Those Shoes"
"Already Gone"
"Walk Away"
Joe Walsh: "Is everybody OK?"
"Life's Been Good"
"The Boys of Summer"
"Heartache Tonight"
"Funk #49"
"Life in the Fast Lane"
"Hotel California"
"Rocky Mountain Way"
"Desperado"
"The Long Run"

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Courtesy of the Orbison FamilyA few months ago, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh took part in an impromptu jam session with the late Roy Orbison's four-year-old grandson, Roy Orbison III.  The two performed Walsh's classic song "Rocky Mountain Way," and now you can check out a YouTube video of the adorable performance.

The rockin' toddler, who was just three at the time, joined Joe on vocals while strumming a cigar-box guitar.

The jam took place at the home of Roy III's dad, Roy Orbison Jr., and also featured Joe's wife Marjorie, Roy Jr.'s wife Asa, and Roy III's younger brother, Bo, as well as Roy Jr.'s brother Alex on drums. At the end of the video, Roy III tells Joe, "I want to do that again."

Walsh happens to be Roy III's godfather and also is, according to Roy Jr., "his guitar hero."

"He watches Joe on YouTube every day and would rather watch Joe talk about guitars than a regular cartoon," Roy Jr. explains.

The jam session wasn't the first time Roy III got to display his musical talents. In 2017, when he was just 10 months old, Roy was featured playing tambourine and strumming a pre-tuned guitar on a reworked version of his grandfather's classic song "Oh, Pretty Woman." That song was released on the album A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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A pair of rocking musical couples -- Carlos Santana and wife Cindy Blackman Santana and Pat Benatar and her husband/guitarist, Neil Giraldo -- are among the performers who'll be featured this Saturday on the four-hour CNN special The Fourth in America.

The primetime special will include footage of fireworks shows in various U.S. cities, including New York and Washington, D.C., as well as tributes to "our fellow Americans who defend our freedoms, demand equality for all and are working on the front lines to protect us from...the coronavirus."

Besides the Santanas and Benatar & Giraldo, the lineup of performers includes Don McLean, Kenny Loggins, Jesse Colin Young, Barry Manilow, The O'Jays, legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, singer/songwriter Jewel, country stars Billy Ray Cyrus and Martina McBride, pop artist Andy Grammer and more.

In addition, the special will feature performances by the casts of the Broadway musicals Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of The Temptations and Girl from the North Country, the latter of which is based around Bob Dylan songs.

CNN's Don Lemon and Dana Bash will co-anchor The Fourth in America, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. You also can stream the show live at CNN.com and on CNN app.

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Credit: dhlovelifeAfter playing for a bunch of chickens and ducks in his barnyard in the fifth installment of his "Fireside Sessions" series of performance videos, Neil Young's sixth and latest episode showcases the folk-rock legend playing songs from his porch.

During the 33-minute video, Young focuses mainly on songs with political or social themes, perhaps chosen to reflect the current volatile climate in the U.S. in the wake of the recent death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.

Young kicks things off with a rendition of his 1972 song "Alabama." Next up is a version of Neil's 1977 rarity "Campaigner," followed by his classic 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young protest anthem, "Ohio."

After a brief interlude promoting the Navajo Water Project charity -- featuring a horse and two alpacas grazing next to a white teepee -- Neil is shown playing a cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" inside a large teepee-shaped tent.

Young returns to the porch for a performance of his 2006 song "Lookin' for a Leader," with updated lyrics referencing his negative feelings about President Trump. He then kicks into his 1970 classic "Southern Man."

Neil switches locations for his next performance, standing on what appears to be a stone patio as the sun sets behind him while playing "Little Wing," a song from his recent collection of archival mid-1970s acoustic tunes Homegrown.

A message posted at Young's Neil Young Archives site announcing the new "Fireside Sessions" video notes that the new performance is "for the times…"

It also asks people to donate to Navajo Water Project's Project Give Water campaign.  It helps provide clean running water to Navajo families, many of whom still don't have taps or toilets in their homes.

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Gus Stewart/YouTubeLike seemingly every other artist, Elton John had to pause his tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now he's figured out a way to give fans the gift of live music, and raise money for a good cause in the process.

Starting on Friday at 12 p.m. ET, Elton is launching a weekly archival concert series on his official YouTube channel.  The Elton John: Classic Concert Series will kick off with Live at the Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, a 1976 show that's being made available digitally for the first time.

This particular concert features Elton performing classics like "Daniel," "Rocket Man," "Bennie and the Jets," "Skyline Pigeon" and "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)."  After this show, he didn't play another full concert for seven months.

Following Friday's launch, a new concert will then premiere every Saturday at 12 p.m. ET for six weeks, and there will also be limited-edition merch to go along with the series.  While enjoying the shows, fans will be asked to donate to Elton's AIDS Foundation, in support of its COVID-19 relief efforts. 

"My Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Fund helps front line partners prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities," Elton says in a statement.

He continues, "We cannot jeopardize HIV testing and care during this time or else the results could be disastrous for the 37.5 million people living with HIV. So, I'm really happy to connect this YouTube Concert series to benefit our Foundation's urgent COVID response."

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Greenwich EntertainmentMembers of Rush and The Guess Who are among the many music stars featured in the new documentary Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, an in-depth and candid look at the life of Canadian folk-rock legend Gordon Lightfoot.

The film, which will be released digitally on August 21 and as a DVD on August 25, delves into Lightfoot's influential career and sometimes turbulent life utilizing recent interviews with the 81-year-old singer/songwriter, archival footage and photos, and conversations with various musical associates and famous fans.

Among the other artists interviewed in the film include Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, founding Guess Who members Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, Tom Cochrane, Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, pop stars Anne Murray and Sarah McLachlan, Canadian folk veterans Ian and Sylvia Tyson, acclaimed country singer Steve Earle and actor Alec Bladwin.

Bob Dylan, who is a longtime fan of Lightfoot, appears in archival clips during the movie.

In the documentary's official trailer, Lee calls Lightfoot "one of the greatest examples of a timeless singer/songwriter."

The movie looks at how Gordon's work ethic and drive led him to write so many memorable tunes, including such hits as "Early Morning Rain," "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown" and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." The film also touches addresses Lightfoot's issues with alcohol and some of his volatile personal and romantic relationships.

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Credit: Scott Robert RitchieYesterday, Ringo Starr announced plans to celebrate his 80th birthday on Tuesday, July 7, with a concert special called Ringo's Big Birthday Show featuring Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and other stars that will stream on YouTube at 8 p.m. ET.

During a Zoom press conference, Ringo explained how the event came together after his annual public "Peace and Love" birthday gathering -- which usually takes place at the Capitol Building in Los Angeles -- had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"By February we were planning to do the whole thing all over again...a big party…but because of the pandemic…we had to think of something new to do," Starr pointed out.

After first considering doing a virtual live concert using Zoom, Ringo said, "[W]e [eventually] decided that it'd be better to ask our friends to either do something new or give me some footage from one of their shows. So that's how it's working out now."

Ringo revealed that he'll be contributing a concert performance of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" that he did last year with his All Starr Band.

"[I]t was a big celebration and a lot of other people who'd been in the All Starrs over the 30 years came and joined us onstage," he explained. "So it's really a cool end to the show."

As previously reported, the Ringo's Big Birthday Show lineup also include Sheryl Crow, Sheila E, Gary Clark Jr. and Ben Harper. The event will benefit four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares and WaterAid.

Also during the press conference, Ringo admitted he was disappointed that he can't celebrate his milestone birthday as originally planned and that his 2020 tour with the All Starr Band was canceled.

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Wicked Cool/UMeE Street Band guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt will release a 10-CD/three-DVD version of his massive RockNRoll Rebel -- The Early Work box set on July 31 exclusively at uDiscoverMusic.com.

The original version of the box set, which was released in December, featured remastered vinyl versions of six long-out-of-print albums, plus four CDs containing previously unreleased live and studio tracks, B-sides, demos and more.

The new collection features CD versions of the six albums, as well as the four additional CDs of unreleased material, plus three DVDs capturing full-length concerts from the era as three of the albums -- 1982's Men Without Women, 1983's Voice of America and 1987's Freedom -- No Compromise.

Leading up to the July 31 arrival of the CD/DVD RockNRoll Rebel box set, the six studio albums in the package will be released either as standalone CDs and or CD/DVD sets. 1989's Revolution and 1999's Born Again Savage are available now as single CDs. The Freedom -- No Compromise CD, paired with a DVD titled Live at The Ritz 1987, hits stores on Friday, July 10. The Voice of America CD, paired with the Live at Rockpalast 1984 DVD, will be released on July 17.

The CD reissue of the star-packed 1985 album Sun City, co-organized by Little Steven to fight racial injustice in South Africa, will arrive on July 24. Lastly, the Men Without Women CD, packaged with the Live at Rockpalast 1982 DVD, will be released July 31 -- the same day as the full box set.

In conjunction with the new box set, Van Zandt will post select performances from the DVDs on his YouTube channel, starting today with a rendition of "Trail of Broken Treaties" from Live at The Ritz 1987.

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L-R: Elton John, Bernie Taupin, ABC/Rick RowellNext year, when stars stand onstage clutching their Oscars and say that they'd like to "thank the Academy," among the people they'll be thanking are Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin and Larry Mullen Jr., the drummer of U2.

Bernie and Larry are among more than 800 members of the showbiz community who've been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- and that means they can now vote on who wins the Oscars.

Both men were invited to join the Academy by its Music branch.  Bernie is a new Oscar winner for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," the song from Rocketman which he co-wrote with Elton. 

As a member of U2, Larry has been Oscar-nominated twice: Once for the song "Ordinary Love," from the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and once for "The Hands that Built America," from Gangs of New York. He also acted in the 2011 movie Man on the Train and the 2013 film A Thousand Times Good Night.

45% of the new members are women, while 36% are members of ethnic or racial communities that have been underrepresented in the Academy.

Other new members include singer/songwriter Patrice Rushen, country star Tim McGraw, Eva Longoria, Natasha Lyonne, Niecy Nash, Florence Pugh, Constance Wu, Zazie Beetz, Beanie Feldstein, Cynthia Erivo, Olivia Wilde, Bobby Cannavale and many of the stars of the Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite.

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Photo: Scott Robert Ritchie; Design: UMeRingo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday next Tuesday, July 7, with a little help from his musical friends and a star-studded charity concert special called Ringo's Big Birthday Show that will air on YouTube at 8 p.m. ET that day.

Guest artists appearing on the program will include Starr's Beatles band mate Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Sheila E, Gary Clark Jr. and Ben Harper. The event will feature unique home performances, as well as previously unseen concert footage from Ringo and his guests.

Proceeds raised by the special will benefit four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares, and WaterAid.

"As everyone knows, I love gathering with fans for peace and love on my birthday," Ringo says in a statement. "But this year, I want everyone to be safe at home --  so I called up a few friends and we put this Big Birthday Show together so we could still celebrate my birthday with you all, with some great music for some great charities. I hope you will all join me! Peace and Love."

The program also will include the premiere of a special prerecorded video performance of Ringo's 2017 song "Give More Love" that was made to benefit MusiCares and that features Peter Frampton, Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett, and others.

Starr may not be able to do his usual annual public "Peace and Love" birthday gathering because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the ex-Beatles drummer still wants fans all over the world to say his famous catch phrase at noon on July 7 wherever they are.

In addition, Ringo's YouTube channel will host a playlist of tribute videos from various artists in honor of Starr's big day.

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Credit: Dave HoganThe COVID-19 pandemic has given Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood more time to focus on one of his other passions, his art, and now a new exhibition of the veteran rocker's work is scheduled to go on display later this summer at the historic Ashridge House estate in the London suburb of Berkhamsted, U.K.

The exhibit, dubbed "Ronnie Wood x Ashridge House," will feature some of Wood's favorite paintings, as well as select sculptures and etchings he's created. Some of the artwork has never been displayed before, and a number of pieces have been produced in recent months during the coronavirus lockdown. One room in the mansion will be dedicated to paintings Wood has done of Ashridge House and its grounds. In addition, a large tapestry featuring Ronnie's interpretation of thew cover of The Rolling Stones' classic 1968 album Beggars Banquet will be hung in the Ashridge House entrance.

"I've long been inspired by the beauty of Ashridge House and its incredible gardens," says Wood. "I've passed by it many times and have always been intrigued by what it's like inside and the story of the place. I've recreated Ashridge in many of my paintings over the years, so to finally go inside and explore such a historic and fascinating place and have the opportunity to show my work there is a really special moment."

The exhibit will be open to the public from August 22 to August 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. Tickets cots 10 pounds each -- about $12.30 -- not including fees. All proceeds will be donated to the U.K.'s National Health Service. Visitors are asked to maintain social-distancing protocols.

For more info, visit AshridgeHouse.org.uk and Eventbrite.com.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder in June, 2000: Gie Knaeps/Getty ImagesOn June 30, 2000 -- 20 years ago today -- nine people were killed in a suffocating mosh pit during Pearl Jam's set at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. To mark the solemn anniversary, the band has issued a statement authored by guitarist Stone Gossard reflecting on the tragedy and paying tribute to the nine lives lost.

"It's been 20 years since that day," Gossard begins. "A normal festival show day...But nothing has been the same since."

"An unexpected moment intervened that forever changed all involved," he continues. "The 9 young men who were trampled. The lives of their families and loved ones who had to endure imagining their deaths over and over and the reality of never seeing them again."

As the years have gone by and the Pearl Jam family has grown by 11 more kids, Gossard says that band's "understanding of gravity and the loss felt by the parents of those boys has grown exponentially magnified."

"It is unthinkable, yet there it is. Our worst nightmare," he writes "Every day our hearts continue to ache and our stomachs turn at the thoughts of those young men dying and of what might have been different, if only...but nothing changes."

Gossard then offers Pearl Jam's "deepest condolences and apologies" to the families of those who died, and adds that the band "failed to live up to what was needed in those hours before and in those days following the tragedy."

"We hid and hoped that it wasn't our fault," he writes. "We have been trying our best to unhide ever since."

"We are forever in the shadow of your pain and loss and we accept that shade and are forever grateful to share that sacred space," Gossard concludes. "The space created by the absence of those 9 young men."

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Polydor Records/Universal Music CanadaThe 2020 edition of the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys, was presented on Monday during a virtual ceremony after the original March ceremony was canceled, and Bryan Adams was among the winners.

Adams, who was nominated three times, took home the Adult Contemporary Album of the Year prize for his 2019 release, Shine a Light. The veteran rocker also had been in the running for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, but lost, respectively, to Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara's The Pains of Growing.

With his victory last night, Bryan now has won a total 17 Junos, the third most of all time behind pop stars Anne Murray and Celine Dion.

Cara was the biggest winner at the 2020 ceremony, nabbing a total of three awards.

For the full list of the 2020 Juno winners, you can visit JunoAwards.ca.

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Cleopatra EntertainmentStreet Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, the new biopic about the tragic 1977 accident that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant and several other people, gets released today as a DVD/Blu-ray/CD set, DVD and digital download, and via video-on-demand.

The movie was based on former Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle's firsthand account of the crash. Pyle admits that finishing the project was challenging because of legal action that Van Zant's widow, Judy, and founding Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington launched to try to stop the flick.

"The difficulty with Judy and Gary...and these bloodsucking weasel attorneys coming at us, it was very hard to do a film," the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Audio. "But we did it. On the budget that we had and the way that we had to do the film, I am very proud of [it]."

He adds, "[T]he director, Jared Cohn…put his heart and soul into this movie, as well as the actors and actresses that played...the band members, our backup singers, management…I think everybody did a great job."

Artimus notes that because of budgetary restraints, the cast was made up of unknown actors. In addition, he points out that Judy Van Zant wouldn't allow any original Lynyrd Skynyrd music to be part of the movie, although they were able to license the J.J. Cale-penned, Skynyrd-covered "Call Me the Breeze" for the flick.

The soundtrack, which was released on multiple formats on Friday, also includes music composed by Pyle and his sons Chris and Marshall.

"[W]e wrote what I think is a Grammy Award-winning original soundtrack to…a live-action film about the plane crash of Lynyrd Skynyrd," Pyle says. "I'm very proud of it."

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Wagner Meier/Getty ImagesRed Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith lent his skills to a new song from The Chicks called "March March."

"Proud to be playing on this," Smith says of the political track, calling it "powerful."

Smith also played drums on the last Chicks record, 2006's Taking the Long Way.

The Chicks premiered "March March" last week while also announcing that they were dropping the word "Dixie" out of their name in support of the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality. Their decision came after popular country group Lady A changed their name from Lady Antebellum due to the term's association with the pre-Civil War South and slavery. 

"March March" will appear on the upcoming Chicks album Gaslighter, which was co-produced by Jack Antonoff. It's due out July 17.

Meanwhile, you can also hear Smith play on the new Ozzy Osbourne album Ordinary Man, which was released earlier this year. He and the Chili Peppers had also been working on new music with returning member John Frusciante. RHCP was also supposed to play a number of shows with Frusciante back in the fold this year, but those have been either canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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