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Kevin Kane/Getty Images for the Rainforest FundA day after Sting hosted his star-studded benefit concert in New York City to benefit his Rainforest Fund foundation, he's just been announced as the winner of a prize honoring his environmental efforts over the years.

The Global Citizen organization will give the former Police frontman its Artist of the Year Prize, which honors a creative individual or group using their platform and their work to create change -- not only through conversation but also through meaningful impact. 

Specifically, Sting is being honored for using his fame to raise awareness of the plight of the rainforests, and using his Rainforest Fund to preserve more than 33 million acres since 1989.

The award comes with a $150,000 prize, which Sting will donate to the Fund.

Sting will accept the prize at a December 13 ceremony in London hosted by John Legend, where both artists will perform.  Jennifer Hudson, Coldplay's Chris Martin, British stars Jorja Smith and Stormzy, and R&B stars H.E.R. and Raphael Saadiq are also on the bill for the event at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Game of Thrones stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey are among the presenters, alone with actors Kal Penn, Connie Britton and Catherine Tate.

Filmmaker Richard Curtis of Love Actually fame will be named Global Citizen of the Year at the ceremony.

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Trafalgar Releasing/Doors Property L.L.C.A concert film and documentary focusing on a star-studded 2016 tribute to late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek will be shown in select theaters around the world on February 12, 2020, which would have been Manzarek's 81st birthday.

The Doors: Break On Thru -- A Celebration of Ray Manzarek features footage from a show held February 12, 2016, at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles that saw surviving Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore reuniting to honor their old band mate with a variety guest musicians.

Other stars who took part in the concert were Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins and Rami Jaffee, Stone Temple Pilots drummer Robert DeLeo, Paul McCartney touring guitarist Brian Ray, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Gov't Mule/former Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Warren Haynes and X's Exene and John Doe.

The movie features performances of a bevy of classic Doors songs, and also boasts interviews with the performers and behind-the-scenes footage from the event.

"It was such an honor to play with these world-class musicians in a tribute to our magical keyboard player," Densmore says of the concert.

The flick had its world premiere in April 2018 at New Jersey's Asbury Park Music & Film Festival.

Tickets for the screenings of The Doors: Break On Thru -- A Celebration of Ray Manzarek are available now at

Manzarek died of bile duct cancer in May 2013. He was 74.

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Singer Marie Fredriksson, who with Per Gessle was one-half of the hitmaking pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61.

"It is with great sadness we have to announce that Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has passed away in the morning of December 9, following a 17-year long battle with cancer," reads a statement from Fredriksson's management company. 

The statement goes on to say Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, which was successfully treated, resulting in a return to performing in 2009.  "But by 2016, the show was finally over when Marie's doctors advised her to stop touring and focus on her health," the statement says.

"Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything," says Per Gessle, in the same statement.  "You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer...You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years. I'm proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour. All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same."

Formed in 1986 in their native Sweden, Roxette scored a series of international hits in the late 1980s and into the 1990s, including four Billboard #1 singles: 1987's "It Must Have Been Love," 1988's "Listen to Your Heart," 1989's "The Look" and 1991's "Joyride."

Even as their popularity waned, Roxette continued to tour and record with occasional breaks, including during Fredriksson's initial cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Their most recent album, Good Karma, was released in 2016.

Fredriksson leaves behind a husband and two children.  "The funeral will take place in silence with only Marie's closest family present," the statement reports.


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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rainforest FundMonday night in New York City, Sting and some of his famous pals staged the 30th anniversary edition of his Rainforest Fund charity concert, which he and his wife Trudie Styler have been hosting on and off since 1989.  On the red carpet, Sting told ABC Audio that, sadly, trying to save the rainforest seems to be a never-ending task.

"We've won a lot of battles in the struggle to save our planet, but, you know, we can't be complacent. We may well be losing the war because our politicians aren't addressing it," Sting said. "And some of them are saying it's a hoax. Some of them are actively pursuing the destruction of the planet."

He added, "So, you know, I think you have to be optimistic, but at the same time, it's getting harder and harder."

This year's show, dubbed We'll Be Together after the Sting song of the same name, featured even more of a star-studded lineup than usual: It was hosted by Robert Downey Jr. and, in addition to Sting, it featured performances by Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, James Taylor, Bob Geldof, Shaggy, Ricky Martin, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC and a reunited Eurythmics.  The duo of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart haven't performed together since 2014.

"This is an interesting thing to do from both of our perspectives," Dave Stewart told ABC Audio. "About two years ago, we were just messing about and making little films and playing. And this is the first real opportunity of somebody directly going, 'Guys, will you play as Eurythmics?' And we're like, 'Oh, well, go on then!'" 

Sting said of the event, "We're creating community, and everybody who comes and joins us in this family is part of us. And my friends come...and everyone, if we hadn't met before, becomes our friend, so it's a lovely feeling. It really is."

What makes it even more special, Sting noted, is that in 30 years, these concerts have never been released on record or on video.

"One of the lovely things about this concert, which attracts people, is we don't record it," he said. "You know, it's a one-off and there's no cameras flying everywhere. It's the relationship between the artist and the audience. And that's what people like."

So that means that only a lucky few got to see an amazing lineup of performers and songs.  Here's who sang what:

Robert Downey Jr. & Pose star MJ Rodriguez: "Addicted to Love"
Sting & Shaggy: "Englishman in New York"
James Taylor: "Your Smiling Face" and "Up on the Roof" (Drifters cover)
Bob Geldof: "I Don't Like Mondays" and "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding" (Elvis Costello cover)
Shaggy with Sting: "Electric Avenue" (Eddy Grant cover)
Joe Sumner (Sting's son): "Ashes to Ashes" (David Bowie cover)
Italian singer Zucchero: "Misere"
Debbie Harry: Medley of "Call Me" and "Rapture"
DMC: "Walk This Way"
James Taylor: "Never Die Young"
Sting: "We'll Be Together"
Ricky Martin: "Cup of Life" and "Livin' La Vida Loca"
Sting: "Sledgehammer" (Peter Gabriel cover)
Adrienne Warren, star of the Tina Turner Broadway musical Tina: "The Best"
John Mellencamp: "Jack and Diane"
John Mellencamp & Bruce Springsteen: "Pink Houses"
Eurythmics: "Would I Lie to You," "Here Comes the Rain Again" and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
Bruce Springsteen: "I'm On Fire"
Bruce Springsteen & John Mellencamp: "Glory Days"
Bruce Springsteen: "Dancing in the Dark"
Finale with everyone: "Don't Stop Believing" (Journey cover)

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Wild Honey PresentsCars guitarist Elliot Easton is among the many musicians who will help pay tribute to the influential 1960s pop-rock group The Lovin' Spoonful at a charity concert scheduled for February 29 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California.

Easton, Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken and various other artists will perform with the event's house band: The Wild Honey Orchestra, a rotating collective of Los Angeles-area musicians. A number of to-be-announced guest singers also will take part in the event.

The show will feature renditions of more than 30 Lovin' Spoonful songs, including classics like "Do You Believe in Magic," "Summer in the City," "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" and "Darling Be Home Soon."

The concert will raise funds for the Autism Think Tank, a non-profit organization that brings together top specialists via an online conference to work on solutions to issues faced by young people with autism.

Tickets for the event will go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 11, at the Alex Theatre's box office and Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, December 11. You can check out some pre-sale packages by visiting

During the last few years, The Wild Honey Orchestra has staged a variety of tribute concerts to raise money for the charity, including concerts celebrating the music of The Beatles, The Kinks, Big Star, The Band and Buffalo Springfield.

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Sting is one of the many musicians who are mourning the passing of rapper Juice WRLD, who died over the weekend at age 21 after suffering a "medical emergency" shortly after landing at a Chicago airport.  In case you're wondering why a 68-year-old British rock icon even knows who Juice WRLD is, well, there's a strong connection between them.

Juice's number-two hit "Lucid Dreams" was based around a sample of Sting's 1993 song "Shape of My Heart." The former Police frontman tells Billboard, "This is such a tragic loss for the world of music, a young life with so much potential and a unique and precious talent."

Sting adds, "'Lucid Dreams' was my favorite of all the many interpolations of 'Shape of My Heart,' it will resonate for many years to come. My sincere condolences to the family."

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer said via a spokesperson that reports that he was suing Juice over the song are "simply untrue."

Juice WRLD, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, had just celebrated his 21st birthday on December 2. After suffering a seizure, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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Leidseplein Presse B.V.AC/DC's landmark album Back in Black has been certified a historic 25-times platinum.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA, Back in Black officially hit the milestone, which is rewarded for 25 million in certified units, on December 6.

Back in Black is now officially the fourth best-selling album in the U.S. of all time. The 1976 Eagles Greatest Hits compilation is number one with 38 million certified units, followed by Michael Jackson's Thriller with 33 million, and The Eagles' Hotel California with 26 million.

Released July 1980, Back in Black was AC/DC's first album with vocalist Brian Johnson, who joined the band after the death of frontman Bon Scott earlier that year. It spawned such AC/DC classics as "Back in Black," "Hells Bells" and "You Shook Me All Night Long."

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AC/DC in 2001; Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesSince 2018, unofficial reports and rumors have circulated regarding a new AC/DC album project, and now Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has apparently confirmed the news.

On his Twitter feed over the weekend, Snider wrote, "[A]ll four surviving members have reunited WITH tracks recorded by [late guitarist] Malcolm [Young] while he was still alive. Malcolm's nephew Stevie Young is replacing him (he's done this a couple of times before). It's as close as you can get to the original band."

Dee's comment echoes an August 2018 item in JAM Magazine citing "a reliable source" close to AC/DC who reported that the band was preparing a new album using unreleased recordings featuring Malcolm dating from the early 2000s.

Snider also told one Twitter user that AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd both contributed to the project. When another fan commented, "If only there were enough tracks for a full album," Dee responded, "What are you talking about[?] There are...I know."

Yet another fan wondered how longtime singer Brian Johnson was doing with regard to the hearing issues that led to him being replaced in 2018 by Axl Rose during AC/DC's latest tour. Snider responded, "Just saw Brian...he's good."

Rumors about a new AC/DC recording project first emerged emerged in August 2018, when photos were posted online showing Johnson, Rudd and Stevie Young at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada, where the group had recorded its last three studio albums.

In January 2019, the death-metal band Terrorizer claimed in a Facebook post that they ran into Johnson at an airport and asked him the rumors about him being on a new AC/DC album were true," to which he said, "Yes," and was "[s]ick of denying it."

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Paramount PicturesElton John's big year just got even bigger: His musical biopic Rocketman has received a number of Golden Globe nominations -- and Elton couldn't be happier.

As previously reported, Elton and Bernie Taupin have been nominated for their song "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," which plays over the end credits of the film as a duet between Elton and Rocketman star Taron Egerton. Egerton has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy, while Rocketman itself is nominated for Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy.

"We are thrilled to bits that Rocketman has been nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards," says Elton and his husband David Furnish -- who's one of the movie's producers -- in a statement.

"We are grateful to have worked alongside so many talented artists and craftspeople to bring Elton's extraordinary  life story to the big screen," the statement continues. "It means the world to us to have their talents recognized and honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press." 

The statement concludes, "We are ecstatic that Taron Egerton has been nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical. He completely immersed himself in Elton's life and delivered a magnificently powerful performance in both acting and song."

Taupin adds, "It's always a thrill to be part of the Golden Globes but this year is extra special given that the song is a confirmation of Elton's survival and attached to a movie detailing our enduring relationship."

And Egerton notes, "The chance to share Elton's story in this way has been the opportunity of a lifetime. I am humbled by this recognition and immensely proud of the entire filmmaking team that helped bring Rocketman to life."

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Bad Company will continue its ongoing catalog-reissue campaign by releasing an expanded, 40th anniversary edition of their fifth studio album, 1979's Desolation Angels, on January 10.

The deluxe collection will be available as a two-CD set, a two-LP vinyl package, digitally and via streaming services. The CD version features a recently remastered version of the original 10-song album, as well as 19 previously unreleased bonus tracks, including alternate takes and outtakes. The two-LP reissue will feature the remastered original album and nine of the 19 bonus recordings.

Desolation Angels was released in March 1979 and reached #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured the Bad Company classic "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," which peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another single from the record, "Gone, Gone, Gone," didn't break into the top 40 of the tally.

Desolation Angels has gone on to sell more than two million copies in the U.S.

The CD reissue includes at least one alternate version of each of Desolation Angels' 10 tracks, as well as two non-album outtakes -- "Smokin' 45" and "Rock Fever." A different version of "Smokin' 45" was included in the 1999 compilation The 'Original' Bad Co. Anthology, while "Rock Fever" has never appeared on any previous Bad Company release.

Here's the full track list of the two-CD version of the Desolation Angels reissue:

CD 1
"Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy"
"Crazy Circles"
"Gone, Gone, Gone"
"Evil Wind"
"Early in the Morning"
"Lonely for Your Love"
"Oh, Atlanta"
"Take the Time"
"Rhythm Machine"
"She Brings Me Love"

Bonus Tracks: Outtakes & Alternative Takes
"Smokin' 45" (Version 1)*
"Smokin' 45" (Version 2)*
"Rock Fever"*
"Oh Atlanta" (Slow Version with Rhodes)*
"Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" (Version 1)*
"Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" (Version 2)*
"Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" (Version 3)*
"Crazy Circles" (Version 1)*

CD 2: More Bonus Tracks: Alternative Takes
"Gone, Gone, Gone"*
"Early in the Morning" (Version 2)*
"Lonely for Your Love"*
"Take the Time"*
"Evil Wind" (Version 2)*
"Take the Time"*
"Lonely for Your Love"*
"She Brings Me Love" (Version 2)*
"What Does It Matter" (Blues Jam)*
"Rhythm Machine"*
"Amen" (A Cappella)*

* = previously unreleased
= also appears on the two-LP version of the reissue.

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Interscope RecordsElton John and Bernie Taupin have been nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Original Song for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," the end-credit song from Elton's biopic Rocketman. 

On the soundtrack, the song is performed by Elton and Rocketman star Taron Egerton, the latter of whom also received a nomination for Best Actor -- Musical or Comedy for his role as Elton in the film. The movie itself is up for Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy.

Elton previously won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King. 

The Golden Globes will air January 5 on NBC.

"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" also received a Best Song nomination from the Critics' Choice Awards, which will be handed out January 12 on The CW Television Network.

The other nominees in the Golden Globes' Best Original Song category include Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber for "Beautiful Ghosts," from the movie CATSRobert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez for "Into the Unknown" from the Frozen II soundtrack, and "Stand Up," from the movie Harriet, written by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Harriet star Cynthia Erivo.  Erivo also received a Best Actress nod for her role as Harriet Tubman in Harriet.

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Courtesy of Alice Cooper's Solid Rock FoundationAlice Cooper has a special holiday treat for fans attending the 18th annual edition of his star-studded annual Christmas Pudding fundraising concert this Saturday in Phoenix. The show will feature a reunion performance by the surviving members of the original Alice Cooper group -- Alice, bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce.

The shock rocker's Hollywood Vampires band mate Johnny Depp also joined the event's lineup, which already includes Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Extreme's Gary Cherone and Nuno Betancourt, acclaimed blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, current Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter, comic musician Gary Mule Deer and comedian Jim Breuer.

Proceeds from the holiday extravaganza go toward funding the free music, dance, arts and vocational programs of Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Centers.

Dunaway, who grew up with Cooper in Phoenix, tells ABC Audio that the concert will mark the first time he and Alice will perform together at the Celebrity Theatre since 1966, when they took part in their high school's production of Bye Bye Birdie there.

Dennis also confirms that he, Smith and Bruce will be recording a couple of songs with Cooper for the shock rocker's next studio album, which will be released in 2020. Dunaway tells ABC Radio that, like Alice's recent Breadcrumbs EP, the upcoming record will be an homage to the band's old stomping ground of Detroit.

Dunaway, Smith and Bruce also contributed to Cooper's last two studio efforts, 2011's Welcome 2 My Nightmare and 2017's Paranormal, and played a special set with Alice at five U.K. concerts in November 2017.

Dennis currently plays in the all-star band Blue Coupe, which also features founding Blue Oyster Cult members Albert Bouchard and Joe Bouchard. The group has just released its third studio album, Eleven Even.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentA newly restored version of the 1991 INXS concert film Live Baby Live will be shown in select North American theaters today.

The movie features the famous Australian rockers headlining a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London during their world tour supporting the hit 1990 album X.

INXS sax player/guitarist Kirk Pengilly tells ABC Audio that watching the revamped flick, which will be shown in the widescreen 4K Ultra HD format and feature a new high-res audio mix, was a unique experience for him and his band mates.

"The new 4K version and…the Dolby Atmos mix…[has] given us the opportunity actually to see ourselves live," he explains. "We never got to see INXS live. So it's pretty special for us."

Lead guitarist Tim Farriss recalls being proud that INXS got to headline Wembley Stadium, after the band had opened twice for Queen at the venue twice five years earlier.

"I remember…thinking to myself [in 1986], 'Gee, one day I hope we come back and headline here," he tells ABC Audio. "And then, lo and behold, there we were. And we knew it was sold out a couple of weeks [before] the show."

Farriss says among his favorite highlights from the concert were performances of the X tracks "The Stairs" and "Lately," the latter of which had been cut from the original Live Baby Live video. Tim says he also enjoyed Kirk's sax solo during the band's rendition of their 1988 hit "Never Tear Us Apart."

The film also serves as a testament to how commanding a performer and singer late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence was.

"Michael was a remarkably consistent singer," Farris notes. "And that night at Wembley Stadium was a really good snapshot."

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Sting and indie-pop group SHAED are featured guests on a catchy new song by superstar DJ Steve Aoki called "2 in a Million."

The melody-rich track features the Police frontman and SHAED vocalist Chelsea Lee duetting over a danceable beat from Aoki. The collaborative tune is available now as a digital download and via streaming outlets.

"I am beyond excited about this collaboration with Sting and SHAED," says Aoki. "SHAED is a group of incredible talent and Sting is just a legend. I've been a fan of his for as long as I can remember, so it's surreal to have him on one of my songs."

Regarding his participation in the track, Sting notes, "To me, the greatest element in music is surprise, so I'm always open to collaborate with other artists, as you never quite know where it's going to take you. This sounded like an interesting opportunity and I'm excited for people to hear the new track."

Adds SHAED, "We all grew up listening to Sting and The Police. He was a huge influence on all of us so when Steve approached us with the collab it was a no-brainer."

All three acts are featured in the "2 in a Million" video, which you can watch now via YouTube. The clip was filmed at New York City's historic United Palace Theater.  You'll also be able to hear the track on Aoki's forthcoming album, Neon Future IV.

As previously reported, Sting's star-studded 30th anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert takes place this Monday, December 9, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and it has even more star power. The fundraiser's lineup also features Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Blondie's Debbie Harry, James Taylor, Eurythmics and Bob Geldof, among others.

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Credit: Sheila WithumJourney keyboardist Jonathan Cain has released a concert video documenting a December 2017 show he played in support of his Unsung Noel holiday album, exclusively through Amazon Prime Video.

Unsung Noel with Jonathan Cain, which is available now to buy or rent, features the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer performing selections from the album, along with some popular holiday tunes, accompanied by a full band, choir and string section.

The concert was held in Apopka, Florida, at New Destiny Christian Center, where Cain regularly leads weekend worship gatherings with his wife, Paula White-Cain, who's the congregation's senior pastor.

Among the songs performed at the show were Pastor. Featuring originals such as Unsung Noel's title track and "This Is the Heart of Christmas," and yuletide classics like "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Oh Holy Night" and "Do You Hear What I Hear."

"I wanted to present a concert that really celebrates the Nativity; the birth of Christ and the coming of Christ along with songs that tell parts of the story that I think are missing in today's seasonal catalog," Cain explains of the show.

Jonathan also recently released a new Christmas song called "Wonder of Wonders, a duet with Michael Tait of the popular Christian-rock act The Newsboys. An official video for the tune recently premiered on Cain's YouTube channel. The clip features footage of Jonathan singing and playing piano while accompanied by a female string quartet on stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where Journey has been playing a series of residencies. The video also includes footage of Tait performing separately in Macon, Georgia.

Journey has four upcoming 2019 concerts at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, on December 27, 28, 30 and 31.

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A&M Records; Warner MusicA new Grammy-sponsored charity auction has been launched in celebration of the holiday season, and it's offering autographed collectibles signed by a variety of music stars.  Among the items up for bid: vinyl LPs autographed by Sting, Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Cyndi Lauper.

The albums include signed vinyl copies of Sting's The Dream of the Blue Turtles, McVie's 1984 self-titled solo album and Lauper's She's So Unusual.

The auction also features a drum head autographed by Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, and separate Grammy Museum posters signed by Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Todd Rundgren, Edgar Winter and folk singer/songwriter Judy Collins.

Bidders also have the opportunity to score tickets to 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Aerosmith on January 24, as well as the chance to attend the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on January 26.

The eBay auction runs through Wednesday, December 11. All proceeds go to benefit the Grammy Museum or MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy.

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ABC/Image Group LA; ABC/Heidi GutmanPaula Abdul and Green Day are among the artists who'll be ringing in the New Year on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.

Both acts are performing on the West Coast portion of the annual December 31 special, which will be hosted from Hollywood by pop and R&B star Ciara.

The West Coast celebration also will feature performances from pop singer Dua Lipa, country artists Dan Shay and Kelsea Ballerini, indie-pop group SHAED and rappers Salt-N-Pepa and Megan Thee Stallion, among others. The fun gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Ryan Seacrest will host additional performances from New York City's Times Square with co-host Lucy Hale, and lead the traditional countdown to the New Year, while Billy Porter will host from New Orleans, and lead the countdown in the Central Time Zone.

Performers for New York and New Orleans will be announced soon.

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Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/ Getty ImagesToday marks the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated free concert held at California's Altamont Speedway and headlined by The Rolling Stones. During The Stones' set, an 18-year-old man named Meredith Hunter who was brandishing a revolver near the stage was stabbed to death by a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, which had been hired to provide security for the event.

The concert was the final show of The Rolling Stones' 1969 tour, and was intended to be a West Coast version of Woodstock. The other acts that performed that day were Santana, The Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Unfortunately, the mood of the Altamont event was a far cry from the peace-and-love vibe of Woodstock, as a variety of altercations -- fueled by drugs and alcohol -- broke out between audience members and the Hells Angels, who wielded pool cues.

During The Jefferson Airplane's performance, singer Marty Balin confronted a Hells Angels member he saw beating a concert-goer and he was punched by the biker and knocked out. The Grateful Dead also had been scheduled to play the concert, but when they were informed of the incident involving Balin and the generally violent atmosphere, they decided not to perform.

When The Stones began playing, a number of audience members jumped onstage, only to be beaten by the bikers. While the band played "Sympathy for the Devil," numerous fights broke out near the stage, causing the group to stop playing multiple times.

The stabbing of Hunter occurred while The Stones played "Under My Thumb." The incident was captured on camera and appears in the Maysles Brothers' 1970 Stones documentary Gimme Shelter, along with a lot more footage from the festival.

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Interscope RecordsThe Who's new album, WHO, is out today. The 11-track collection is the band's first studio effort since 2006's Endless Wire.

WHO was mostly recorded during the spring and summer of 2019 in London and Los Angeles; guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend co-produced the project with veteran engineer and producer Dave Sardy.

The album's songs find Townshend reflecting on a wide range of topics, including the plight of being an aging rocker, the tragic 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, musical plagiarism, and the way men approach their interactions with women in the era of the #MeToo movement.

Pete wrote nine of WHO's 11 tracks, and co-wrote one tune, "Beads on One String," with a singer/songwriter Josh Hunsacker. In addition, Townshend's brother Simon, who plays rhythm guitar and sings backing vocals with The Who on tour, penned the song "Break the News."

Besides Pete and lead singer Roger Daltrey, the record includes musical contributions from Simon Townshend, Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, longtime touring bassist Pino Palladino, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and session drummer Joey Waronker.

In advance of the new album, The Who released three tracks as digital singles -- "Ball and Chain," "All This Music Must Fade" and "I Don't Wanna Get Wise." Interestingly, Townshend's own version of "Ball and Chain," titled "Guantanamo," appeared on his 2015 solo compilation, Truancy.

The WHO album's striking cover art was created by famed pop artist Pete Blake, who also designed the covers of the group's 1981 album, Face Dances, and The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

A three-LP colored-vinyl edition of WHO features a bonus track called "Sand," while a deluxe CD version includes three other extra songs.

Here's the WHO track list:

"All This Music Must Fade"
"Ball and Chain"
"I Don't Wanna Get Wise"
"Beads on One String"
"Hero Ground Zero"
"Street Song"
"I'll Be Back"
"Break the News"
"Rockin' in Rage"
"She Rocked My World"

Colored-vinyl edition's bonus track:

Deluxe CD's bonus tracks:
"This Gun Will Misfire"
"Got Nothing to Prove"
"Danny & My Ponies"

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Hollywood RecordsQueen is the king of Billboard's year-end Top Rock Albums chart for 2019. The legendary British rockers took the top two spots on the tally, with their 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack finishing at #1 ahead of their 1981 Greatest Hits compilation.

Another Queen hits retrospective, Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection, landed at #10 on the list. Other albums by veteran artists that appear in the chart's top 20 include Elton John's Diamonds compilation at #3, The Beatles' Abbey Road at #7 and Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits at #8.

A bit further down on the tally are Journey's Greatest Hits at #11, Billy Joel's The Essential Billy Joel at #12, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours at #13, The Beatles' 1 compilation at #14, the Fab Four's self-titled album -- a.k.a. The White Album -- at #16, and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's Greatest Hits at #20.

Queen also is ranked #2 on Billboard's 2019 Top Rock Artists chart, which measures radio airplay, streaming data, song and album sales, and touring revenue, among other factors. Topping the list is alternative band Panic! at the Disco.

Among the other veteran acts in the top 20 are The Beatles at #5, Elton John at #7, Fleetwood Mac at #11, The Rolling Stones at #12, The Eagles at #13, Billy Joel at #18 and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at #20.

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