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MPL Communications Ltd.Besides being a rock legend, Paul McCartney is a longtime vegetarian and supporter of PETA.  Now he's allowed the animal-rights organization to use his 1993 song "Looking for Changes" in a new campaign against animal experimentation.

An animated video has been created for Sir Paul's tune, which decries the use of animals for scientific testing. The clip features a cartoon likeness of McCartney and also depicts experiments being conducted on a cat, a rabbit and a monkey by a mean scientist.

The video ends happily, with the animals being set free and the scientist revealing that he's changed his ways with regard to the issue. You can watch the clip now at PETA's official YouTube channel.

A press release notes that "McCartney wants you to know that experiments on animals are cruel and pointless." The message also maintains that the National Institutes of Health spends more money than any other organization on animal experimentation -- over $18 billion -- while claiming that the experiments "rarely lead to treatments that can be used to help humans."

PETA also claims that alternatives to animal testing are being developed that are more effective in aiding human health. In addition, the organization notes that an encouraging development occurred in September, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to end toxicity tests on mammals.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIn a sequel to the "David Lee Roth surprises bachelor party playing Van Halen" story, a Tool fan unknowingly asked Eddie Van Halen to take a photo of him.

The guitar icon attended Tool's show in Los Angeles Monday with his son, and current Van Halen bassist, Wolfgang Van Halen. According to Wolf, a Tool fan approached the Van Halen duo and asked Eddie to take a picture of him, blissfully unaware he was talking to rock royalty.

"A guy asked my dad if he could take a picture of him with the stage behind him, having no idea who he just asked," Wolf tweeted, along with a photo of Eddie taking the picture. "That was my favorite moment from the Tool show last night."

Beyond the funny incident, seeing Eddie out and about is a welcome sight for Van Halen fans, as rumors about the musician's health have been flying. Earlier this month, TMZ reported that Eddie had been traveling to Germany to seek treatment for cancer.

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Credit: Amanda TaraskaPoison frontman Bret Michaels stars on the latest episode of AXS TV's The Big Interview, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. On the show, the veteran rocker chats with host Dan Rather about such topics as the early part of his music career, his various business endeavors, and the many health challenges he's faced throughout his life.

In a preview clip, Michaels, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age six, discusses how he handled his illness and whether it inspired him to pursue his passion for music.

"[I]n a strange way I accepted [having diabetes]," the singer admits. "I was like, 'OK, they're giving me shot after shot after shot.' You're doing blood test…probably every hour. It was never easy, but I dealt with it, and without a doubt, being a diabetic made me grow up really quick and was 1,000 percent a driving force behind what I would become."

Michaels also notes that the pain he faced undergoing treatment for his illness prepared him to deal with the adversity he faced as he tried to succeed in the music business.

"It helped also to become tougher…as I got into the early parts of my career, and the critics were brutal," he tells Rather. "I said, 'If I can do five injections a day, and every day is a life and death struggle at times, I can surely do with someone…throwing some words at me that don't like me.'"

Rather also points that beyond diabetes, Michaels has experienced a serious heart issue, a brain hemorrhage, kidney surgery and various motor vehicle accidents, to which Bret responds, "I've learned to take that anger…and then quickly turn it around, not be bitter, and turn it into what you hope is success."

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Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesCongratulations are in order for Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who's now a married man.

The musician revealed the news Tuesday in an Instagram post featuring a photo of him and his wife, fashion designer Melody Ehsani.

"My life has changed forever and I am eternally humble and grateful," Flea wrote in the caption. "The person who sees all of me and knows who I am."

Ehsani also shared an Instagram post announcing the news, writing, "This weekend I got to marry my best friend. Surely, my best collaboration to date."

Flea's previously been married once, and was engaged another time.

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Courtesy of Paradise ArtistsThe initial dates for the 2020 edition of the Happy Together Tour, the annual oldies package trek headlined by The Turtles, have been revealed. The star-studded outing gets underway June 3 in Melbourne, Florida and currently is mapped out through an August 31 concert in Grand Island, Nebraska.

More than 40 stops have been confirmed, with additional shows expected to be announced soon. Joining The Turtles on the tour will be The Association, ex-Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, The Cowsills, former Paul Revere & The Raiders frontman Mark Lindsay and The Vogues. The Vogues, who will be making their Happy Together Tour debut, are best known for the pair of top-five hits they scored in 1965 -- "You're the One" and "Five O'Clock World."

For a third consecutive year, Ron Dante, the voice of The Archies, will step in for Turtles lead singer Howard Kaylan, who has been sidelined since undergoing heart and back surgeries in 2018.

With Dante on board for the trek, The Turtles will feature the Archies classic "Sugar, Sugar," along with their own hits like  "She'd Rather Be with Me," "Elenore," "You Showed Me" and, of course, "Happy Together."

Here are all of the confirmed 2020 Happy Together Tour dates:

6/3 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
6/4 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
6/5 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort & Spa
6/6 -- Hiawassee, GA, Anderson Music Hall
6/7 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
6/8 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre – Durham
6/10 -- Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall
6/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Atlantic City
6/13 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
6/14 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Memorial Auditorium
6/15 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
6/17 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
6/18 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
6/19 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
6/20 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
6/21 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
6/23 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
6/24 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
6/25 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center For The Arts
6/26 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre
6/27 -- Little Falls, NJ, Yogi Berra Stadium
6/28 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/10 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
7/11 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
7/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center
7/17 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Ballroom
7/19 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheater – OC Fair
8/9 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center
8/10 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds and Events Center
8/12 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion
8/14 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort – Silver Creek Event Center
8/15 -- Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort
8/16 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park
8/21 -- Aurora, IL, Paramount Theatre
8/22 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena
8/23 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
8/25 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky State Fair
8/26 -- Effingham, IL, Effingham Performance Center
8/28 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
8/29 -- Grand Junction, CO, Amphitheatre at Las Colonias Park
8/30 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
8/31 -- Grand Island, NE, Nebraska State Fair

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Annerin TheatricalsYou've seen Bohemian Rhapsody. You went to the Queen Adam Lambert concert. Still want more Queen?  Then check out We Will Rock You, the Queen musical, which is currently touring North America.

We Will Rock You, created in 2002 by Queen, their manager Jim Beach and the British comic, author, playwright and screenwriter Ben Elton, uses 24 classic Queen songs to frame the story about a dystopian future where instruments are banned, rock is long forgotten, and a group of outcasts must fight for music, freedom and individuality.

"It was never remotely a sort of [Queen] tribute show," Elton tells ABC Audio. "The characters don't sing it like Freddie [Mercury]...a lot of the songs are sung by women in the show. And the songs are used to power a story: a story about discovering discovering the Freddie inside yourself."

Elton says Queen and Beach came to him in 1999 and said they were developing a stage musical about the band and Mercury, and wanted him to add some comedy to it. 

"I said, 'Look, Jim, I don't think that's the right thing to do,'" Elton recalls. "'I think you should do a story which reflects the spirit of the band, which belongs to the world...It's not just the band. It's all of us."

So, working closely with Queen, Elton created a story inspired by Arthurian legend and, he says, by Mercury's "great crusade to be who he wanted to be."

We Will Rock You became a massive hit, which ran for 12 years in London, and has been staged globally.

But, Elton laughs, "It's interesting that with Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie, they've finally done the thing that, really, Jim Beach approached me with all those years ago." 

Here are the We Will Rock You tour dates:

10/24 -- Cedar Park, TX, H-E-B Center Cedar Park
10/25 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
10/26 -- McAllen, TX, McAllen PAC
10/27 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Center
10/28 -- Jackson, MS, Thalia Mara Hall
10/29 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
10/30 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
11/2 -- Wilmington, NC, Wilson Center (two shows: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
11/3 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
11/4 -- St. Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey Theater
11/6 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
11/7 -- Raleigh, NC, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
11/8 -- Ocean City, MD, Ocean City Performing Arts Center
11/9  -- Petersburg, VA, VSU Multipurpose Center
11/10 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
11/12 -- Oxon Hill, MD, MGM National Harbor
11/13 -- Lowell, MA, Tsongas Center at UMass
11/14 -- New York, NY, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
11/15 -- New York, NY, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
11/16 -- New York, NY, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
11/17 -- New York, NY, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
11/19 -- Rochester, NY, Kodak Center Theatre
11/20 -- Lorain, OH, Lorain Palace Theatre
11/21 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
11/22 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
11/23 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
11/24 -- Van Wert, OH, Niswonger Performing Arts Centre
11/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
11/29 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Windsor Casino
11/30 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Windsor Casino (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
12/27 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
12/28 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
12/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
12/31 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (2 p.m.)
1/3 -- Penticton, BC, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre
1/4 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre
1/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
1/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
2/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre)
2/8 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre) (2 p.m.)

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Credit: Denise TruscelloNeil Diamond will feel the power of love this coming March.

The legendary singer/songwriter will be honored at the 24th annual Power of Love gala, staged annually in Las Vegas by Keep Memory Alive. 

Keep Memory Alive is a charity that supports the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The center works to cure and raise awareness of disease like Alzheimer's, Huntington's, ALS, memory disorders and Parkinson's, which Diamond was diagnosed with in 2018.  Following his diagnosis, Neil retired from touring.

Diamond will appear at the event, and will be the subject of musical tributes by what's described as "an impressive list of contemporary artists," which will be announced later. Performers at past galas have included Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Lenny Kravitz, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder.

In addition to the music, guests will enjoy food from celebrity chefs, live and silent auctions of one-of-a-kind experiences and award presentations.

The Power of Love gala will be held March 7, 2020, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas. Tickets are on sale now at

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Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesThe forthcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, has tapped some heavy hitters for the cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess and Mary J. Blige have all been added to the film.

They join previously announced cast members Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan and newcomer Skye Dakota Turner.

Whitaker has been cast as Franklin's father, The Reverend C.L. Franklin, while McDonald will play Aretha's mother. Wayans will play Ted White, Franklin's abusive first husband, whom she married at 19. Blige will play legendary singer Dinah Washington, while Burgess will play The Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, known as "The King of Gospel Music."

Turner, who played young Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, will star as young Aretha. 

As previously noted, the biopic stars Hudson as Aretha and will follow the singer's rise to superstardom, from her childhood singing gospel in her father's church to her emergence as one of the most powerful and influential voices in soul and R&B. The movie will also examine Franklin's impact on the civil rights and women's movements.

The film, penned by screenwriter and producer Callie Khouri, will be directed by Liesl [LEE-suhl] Tommy, who in 2016 became the first black woman ever to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play, for Eclipsed.

Respect will also include a variety of Aretha's most famous songs, including her classic rendition of Otis Redding's "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and "Think."

A release date for Respect has yet to be announced.

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Larry Marano/Getty Images"Get well soon" wishes go out to longtime Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali. The 67-year-old rocker revealed in a message posted Monday on podcaster Mitch Lafon's Facebook page that he was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer in April, which is why he's missed a number of concerts this year.

"The original prognosis was very scary. I had quite a battle on my hands and it took a lot, but I am thankful to say that, after several rounds of chemo and other treatments, I am on the mend," Banali writes.

"The road ahead is not going to be easy but cancer has met its match and I plan to continue fighting," he adds. "I wish I could have been with you all at every Quiet Riot performance as this is the first time in 38 years I have ever missed a gig."

Frankie adds that he's "feeling much better and stronger now," and insists he plans to perform at the band's concert Saturday at The Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, "and to continue touring in 2020 with Quiet Riot."

He concludes, "I appreciate all the fans that support Quiet Riot by coming to shows and I hope you will all continue that support, as well as keeping me in your thoughts and prayers."

The news of Banali's illness comes as Quiet Riot prepares to release a new studio album titled Hollywood Cowboys on November 8.

The record, a follow-up to 2017's Road Rage, features Banali, longtime bassist Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi -- who joined the group in 2004 -- as well as one-time American Idol contestant James Durbin on lead vocals. While Durbin lent his talents to the album, Jizzy Pearl will front Quiet Riot when the band tours.

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Shakey Pictures/AbramoramaJust a reminder that Mountaintop, the new documentary about the making of Neil Young's upcoming album with his old backing group Crazy Horse, Colorado, will be screened in over 100 North American theaters tonight, three days before the record's release.

The movie features a behind-the-scenes look at the sessions for Colorado, which were held in a studio located high in the Rocky Mountains. The film captures Young working through the album's 10 songs with his band mates -- bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist/keyboardist Nils Lofgren -- and grappling with co-producer John Hanlon as he attempts to get the tracks sounding exactly the way he wants.

Mountaintop also features footage of Young performing some of the new material live in concert.

Visit to buy tickets and find out where it's playing in a theater near you.

In related news, a specially designed Neil Young & Crazy Horse flannel shirt, featuring the band's wild horse logo and the motto "Live Wild, Stay Free" embroidered on the back, will be sold at the screenings and at Young's online store. One-hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the shirts will go toward helping America's wild horses to remain safe and free.

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NonesuchThe cast album for ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne's new Broadway show American Utopia, a stage production based on his recent tour in support of his 2018 solo album of the same name, has been released digitally and via streaming services.

The show's music includes selections from the American Utopia album, Talking Heads songs and tunes from Byrne's earlier solo efforts and various collaborative projects, as well as a cover of the 2015 Janelle Monae protest song "Hell You Talmbout."

Talking Heads tunes featured on David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway: Original Cast Recording include "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)," "Once in a Lifetime," "Burning Down the House" and "Road to Nowhere," backed by a variety of international singers and musicians.

A two-CD version of the album will be released on November 22, while a vinyl version will arrive sometime this winter. The CD and digital editions include one bonus track, a rendition of the 1980 Talking Heads song "The Great Curve."

David Byrne's American Utopia began a series of preview performances October 4 at the Hudson Theatre before the show's official opening this past Saturday, October 20. The production is scheduled to run through January 19, 2020.  As previously reported, the show features Byrne performing his songs while accompanied by an ensemble of percussionists, musicians and dancers who move freely about an empty stage.

Meanwhile, Byrne will be the musical guest tonight on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing a song from the American Utopia stage production with accompaniment from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Then, on November 19, David and the American Utopia cast will perform on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Here's the David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway: Original Cast Recording track list:

"I Know Sometimes a Man Is Wrong"/"Don't Worry About the Government"
"This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)"
"I Zimbra"
"Slippery People"
"I Should Watch TV"
"Everybody's Coming to My House"
"Once in a Lifetime"
"Glass, Concrete & Stone"
"Toe Jam"
"Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)"
"I Dance Like This"
"Every Day Is a Miracle"
"Burning Down the House"
"Hell You Talmbout"
"One Fine Day"
"Road to Nowhere"
"The Great Curve"*

* = CD and digital bonus track.

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Sting is quite the trouper: Even after having surgery on his left arm, he's not planning to cancel any shows.

Right at the start of his European tour in support of his latest album My Songs, Sting tore a tendon in his shoulder and revealed on social media on Tuesday that he had surgery on Monday.

In a video showing him with his arm in a sling, Sting says, "Thanks for all your good wishes, I really appreciate it...I had surgery yesterday, but tonight we're in Bordeaux [France] and as I keep saying, the show must go on." 

Sting then promises he'll continue the French leg of the tour, which ends in Grenoble on Monday, and then forge ahead to Italy, Germany and Poland before heading to the U.S. for a string of dates that start November 8 in Jacksonville, Florida.

"We're not stopping, so I think it's your good wishes that keep me going," he adds. "God bless all of you."

Based on video of his show in Paris on October 18, it appears as if Sting will simply be singing, and won't be playing the bass until his arm heals.

— Sting (@OfficialSting) October 22, 2019


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Gonzo MultimediaFormer Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman has dug into his archives to compile a new 18-CD box set featuring official bootleg recordings of 10 concerts by his various solo projects.

The Rick Wakeman Box of Boots: Set of 10 Live CDs: Official Bootleg Series collection will be released on December 2, and spans from an October 1974 solo performance in Boston through a July 2014 concert in Tokyo.

Other recordings in the box set include a 1975 performance of Rick's Journey to the Centre of the Earth concept album in Osaka, Japan; a 1976 concert with the Vienna Ensemble in Vienna, Austria; November 1981 U.K. shows in Preston and Sheffield; a January 2001 concert at Daphne Du Maurier Festival in Fowey, U.K.; and a performance with the English Rock Ensemble at Fairport Convention's 2010 Cropredy Festival in Oxfordshire, U.K.

Each recording features audio that has been cleaned up in the studio. Only 1,000 of the box set will be produced, each coming with a signed and numbered certificate.

The 10 concerts also will be released individually as single CDs or two-CD sets. You can pre-order the Box of Boots collection and the individual shows now at

Wakeman currently has four concerts left on the North American leg of his Grumpy Old Rock Star solo tour. Here are the dates:

10/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
10/26 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
10/27 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live

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Courtesy of Caesars EntertainmentPaula Abdul wants you to remember she's Forever Your Girl -- and she'll officially launch her Las Vegas residency by that name tonight at the Flamingo hotel.  With this show, featuring her chart-topping hits and iconic choreography, Paula promises to deliver a "interactive," "joyous and fun" experience every night.

"It's so much easier to be in one place and not have to travel all over," she tells ABC Audio about choosing a Vegas run rather than a tour this time around. "I mean...I'm, like, one of those crazy ones that love being on the bus, but there's nothing like being stationed in one place...I've always felt that my show belongs in Las Vegas."

Paula says playing an intimate room allows her to interact with the fans, which she loves.

"The audience is so present right there and it's a lot of fun. It's heartfelt. There's an incredible library of my choreography. It's really joyous and fun," she adds.  Plus, her famous duet partner from her 1989 hit "Opposites Attract" is coming along for the ride.

"[MC] Skat Kat is part of the show," she reveals of the famous cartoon feline. "He's a little filthy, and he has this dressing room that's bigger than mine....but it's O.K.!"

The only tough part, Paula admits, is remembering the game-changing choreography she created for hits like "Straight Up."

"I've choreographed so many routines, but for whatever reason, I forget those steps. But I remember Laker Girls routines!" she laughs. "So honestly, I have to talk to my body and I have to take time warming up, eat properly, try to get enough sleep. But I love what I'm doing, so it's a joy." 

The show plays through October 26, and then again from November 26 through December 19.

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Walter McBride/Getty ImagesRolling Stone reports that Who fans will have a second chance at catching the five-time Tony Award winning rock musical The Who's Tommy: It's headed back to Broadway in 2021.  The musical is an adaptation of the band's 1969 album Tommy.  

The musical Tommy Walker, who becomes deaf, dumb, and blind after suffering a trauma in his youth, and then evolves into a cult leader after mastering the art of pinball.

The musical first opened in 1993 and closed two years later.  However, fans who caught the original run will notice a different story line this time. Director Des McAnuff announced he retooled the musical for modern audiences.

McAnuff explained, "Tommy combines myth and spectacle in a way that truly soars. The key question with any musical is ‘Does the story sing?’ and this one most certainly does.”

“Tommy is the antihero ground zero. He is the boy who not only rejects adulthood like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, but existence itself. He becomes lost in the universe as he stares endlessly and obsessively into the mirror at his own image," he adds.

"This gives our story a powerful resonance today as it seems like the whole world is staring into the black mirror. The story of Tommy exists all too comfortably in the 21st century. In fact, time may finally have caught up to Tommy Walker."

In addition to the musical, The Who's Tommy inspired a 1971 rock opera and a 1975 movie.  That film featured an all-star cast: Roger DaltreyElton JohnEric ClaptonJack NicholsonTina Turner, and Ann-Margret.

Tickets for the reinterpreted The Who's Tommy are not yet available, but fans can visit the musical's official website to subscribe and "be the first to know."

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ABC/Randy HolmesAll this week Jimmy Kimmel is taping his ABC late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Things kicked off Monday with a rare talk show appearance by Bruce Springsteen.

The two chatted about a number of things, including a gig where he opened for the 1970s comedy duo Cheech & Chong back in his early days that went "Up in Smoke."

"I came out and we played about five songs, I thought it was going really good." But, "I was sitting at the piano and somebody tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'That's enough.'"

Springsteen also discussed his concert film and documentary, Western Stars, opening nationwide on Friday.

The Boss says his movie explores people's different definitions of freedom throughout their lives.

"When you're young it's all about, 'I wanna go where I wanna go, I wanna do what I wanna do, I'm gonna be who I wanna be.'"

"That's okay for your 20s," he continues, "But somewhere in your 30s... your definition of freedom has to expand -- family, your civic life... community that you're involved in.  If it doesn't, you get stuck out in the cold."

The two also discussed "Springsteen: His Hometown," which is running through 2020. The exhibit, which focuses on the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's contribution and connection to Monmouth County, New Jersey features more than 150 pieces of memorabilia on display -- including something that surprised him -- a guitar belonging to a member of his family that dates back to the 1800s.

The conversation also turned to Bruce's children, who seem unphased by the fact that their old man is a rock legend: "Kids don't wanna go anywhere and see 50 thousand people cheering for their parents."

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 ET on ABC.

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Atlantic/Swan SongToday marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's second album, Led Zeppelin II, which helped further establish the band as one of the world's biggest rock acts.

The album, which arrived nine months after Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut, spent seven nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The nine-track collection features some of the group's most enduring songs, including lead track "Whole Lotta Love," which became Led Zeppelin's first top 40 hit in the U.S., peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Other standout songs include "What Is and What Should Never Be," "Heartbreaker," "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)," "Ramble On" and the ballad "Thank You."

Led Zeppelin II featured two songs that were re-worked versions of old blues tunes: "Whole Lotta Love," which was inspired by the Willie Dixon-penned "You Need Love," and "The Lemon Song," which was based on Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor." The album end's with a cover of Dixon's "Bring It On Home."

The album has sold a whopping 12 million copies in the U.S. alone, and is widely considered among the most influential hard rock records.

Led Zeppelin II was recorded at several studios in the U.S. and London, with guitarist Jimmy Page producing. Eddie Kramer, known for his work with Jimi Hendrix and many other rock greats, engineered several tracks.

An expanded version of the album was released in 2014 as part of Led Zeppelin's catalog reissue campaign, propelling the record back to #9 on the Billboard 200.

Led Zeppelin II landed at #79 on Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Page noted in a 1975 Rolling Stone interview, "On the second LP, you can hear the real group identity coming together."

Here's the Led Zeppelin II track list:

"Whole Lotta Love"
"What Is and What Should Never Be"
"The Lemon Song"
"Thank You"
"Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)"
"Ramble On"
"Moby Dick" (Instrumental)
"Bring It On Home"

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Courtesy of Tariano Jackson/Beatroot LLCIn 2016, Tito Jackson became the last member of The Jackson Five to release a solo album, Tito Time, and now the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is promoting a new single: "One Way Street," a remix of one of the tracks from the record.  Tito, who celebrated his 66th birthday last week, tells ABC Audio that he decided to release "One Way Street" to radio so "it could touch more souls."

He says the song was inspired by a breakup he went through.

"I loved her dearly, but she wanted to get married really fast, and I was saying…'Just give me a little more time,'" Tito explains. "And, to make a long story short, she couldn't wait, so she [wound] up leaving, and I was just trying to explain to her…'You're not going to find another one like me…I've been good to you, I love you, and you're gonna make a U-turn, but the bridge is going to be burning.'"

Since the release of Tito Time, Tito has been performing one or more of his solo tunes at his concerts with his band The Jacksons, featuring his brothers and fellow Jackson Five members Jackie, Jermaine and Marlon.

"[I]t's been a lot of fun…working with the brothers and having them to sing behind me for once," the guitarist and singer tells ABC Audio.

Earlier this month, Jackson released an official video for the "One Way Street" remix. You can check it out at his official YouTube channel. The track is available now digitally and via streaming services.

The Jacksons currently have just one confirmed upcoming concert on their schedule, a February 28, 2020, show at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

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Courtesy of Tulane University/ UpperWest Music GroupGospel-soul legend Mavis Staples and founding Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson are among the artists who will perform at the 2019 Tipping Point, a benefit concert for Tulane University taking place November 1 at The Fillmore New Orleans.

The event celebrates the music of New Orleans while raising money to help fund scholarships, with the goal of attracting and supporting young leaders interested in attending the school.

The concert lineup also features Americana duo Larkin Poe, Anders Osborne, the late Levon Helm's daughter Amy and longtime former Late Show band guitarist Jimmy Vivino.

The event's house band will include such popular New Orleans musicians as Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville and George Porter Jr. Comedian Jeff Garlin will emcee the festivities.

The third annual Tipping Point takes place during Tulane's Wave '19 Homecoming, Reunion and Family Weekend.

Tickets are available now at and

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iStock/CaptureLightBryan Adams will be heading to Las Vegas in the spring of 2020 for a limited series of shows.

The Canadian rocker will do a three-night engagement at Wynn Las Vegas, as part of his ongoing Shine a Light tour. The dates will take place on April 22, 24 and 25, with tickets going on sale this Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m. PT.

The shows will feature Bryan performing his like "Cuts Like a Knife," "Summer of '69" and "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," as well as material from his latest album, Shine a Light.

Adams has also partnered with delivery service DHL to arrange to plant a tree for each ticket sold on his tour, including the Las Vegas shows.

Prior to the Vegas concerts, Adams has a 2019 European tour leg scheduled for November and December, and he'll will play a string of Scandinavian dates in March 2020.  The day after the Vegas shows wrap up, he'll appear at the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California, along with top country acts like Eric Church, Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi.

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