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Cleopatra RecordsThe current lineup of veteran U.K. rock band Badfinger has teamed up with acclaimed modern rocker Matthew Sweet to record a new version of their enduring 1971 tune "Baby Blue" that's been released as a digital single and via streaming services.

The updated version of "Baby Blue" features lead vocals by Badfinger's sole surviving original member, singer/guitarist Joey Molland, with Sweet adding backing vocals and guitar.

"Baby Blue" was written and originally sung by founding Badfinger singer/rhythm guitarist Pete Ham, while Molland played lead guitar on the track. The song peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971, and gained new attention a few years ago when it was used in the last scene of the final episode of the hit drama series Breaking Bad.

Sadly, Ham, who wrote most of Badfinger's major hits, died by suicide in 1975 at the age of 27.

In addition to continuing to front the current incarnation of Badfinger, Molland has been working on a new solo studio album, tentatively titled Be True to Yourself, with veteran producer Mark Hudson. You can find out more about the project at

Sweet is perhaps best known for 1990s modern-rock hits including "Girlfriend," "The Ugly Truth" and "Sick of Myself." Interestingly, he previously recorded a version of "Baby Blue" with The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs that appeared on the deluxe version of their 2009 collaborative album, Under the Covers, Vol. 2.

By Matt Friedlander
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Brian May recently revealed that he suffered "a small heart attack" and underwent a stent operation to treat three partially blocked coronary arteries. Now, the Queen guitarist is thanking fans for the kindness they've shown him after the news was reported.

In a video message posted earlier this week on his YouTube channel, May says, "I'm overwhelmed. I'm really more than touched by the torrent of love and support that's come back at me after the incredible coverage in the press. I really didn't expect all that."

The 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer notes, "As you can see, I'm O.K.," then adds, "My email box…is so full of incredible messages. I will never, ever be able to thank you all individually, so let me please at least thank you here."

May goes on to admit that, because of the messages and media attention he received, "I sort of feel like I died, and yet I was able to come to the funeral and see all the tributes."

He explains, "I often think that at funerals…you know, all these people come and say these wonderful things about the person that's gone, but he [or she] can't hear it…And so I'm lucky, I got to hear it. So my life is complete."

May, who also has been dealing with excruciating upper-leg pain caused by a compressed sciatic nerve, points out that he's feeling "pretty good," noting, "I'm taking…all the right things and doing the physio[therapy] and all the rest of it. So I'm going to be fully functional pretty soon."

Brian also posted a follow-up video to share a message from his cardiologist, letting people with cardiac issues know that it's safe to go to a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Friedlander
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Global Citizen/World Health Organization

This week, Guinness World Records revealed that the One World: Together at Home broadcast -- which included performances by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and dozens more artists and was presented by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization in support of COVID-19 relief efforts -- has set not one but two records.

The event now holds the record for the most musical acts of any remote music festival, and it also has set the record for the most money ever raised for charity via a remote music festival. 

Curated by Lady Gaga, One World: Together at Home featured performances by 72 artists in total over eight hours: six hours online, and two hours on primetime television. In addition to Macca, The Stones and Elton, the primetime lineup included Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder, Bille Eilish, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, Lizzo, Sam Smith, John Legend and Jennifer Lopez. Annie Lennox and Sheryl Crow were among performers who took part in the streaming portion of the special.

The broadcast, which raised nearly $128 million for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 relief efforts, was conceived to honor, inspire and support front-line healthcare workers and bring families together.

WHO director general Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says in a statement, "What these record titles signify is the commitment by many international artists, including Lady Gaga, philanthropists, corporations and humanitarians to come together in a global show of solidarity to help people overcome COVID-19."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Credit: Bob FogertyJohn Fogerty turned 75 today, and to celebrate his big birthday, the founding Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has released a new digital EP titled Fogerty's Factory, featuring seven at-home performances he recorded with three of his children.

The EP features new renditions of six classic CCR songs and one of his solo hits, "Centerfield." The performances are audio recordings from recent sessions John and his family members -- sons Shane and Tyler, and daughter Kelsy -- did that were provided to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NPR's Tiny Desk concert series and a satellite radio special.

The performances are a continuation of a series of videos Fogerty has been posting on his YouTube channel and social media sites, capturing him and his kids playing songs from his back catalog while in lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The clips have been shot at their home studio, which John has dubbed Fogerty's Factory, a nod to the classic 1970 Creedence album, Cosmo's Factory.

The EP's cover is the recently posted photo of John, Shane, Tyler and Kelsy recreating the Cosmo's Factory cover. Fogerty's brother, Bob, shot both pics.

"Our family got together and decided we would spread some joy with music in these trying times," John notes. "We recreated Cosmo's Factory and it became Fogerty's Factory."

The Fogerty's Factory EP was mixed and mastered, respectively, by acclaimed studio engineers Bob Clearmountain and Bob Ludwig. A physical version of the collection, possibly featuring additional performances, will be prepared for release at a later date.

Here's the Fogerty's Factory track list:

"Have You Ever Seen the Rain"
"Long as I Can See the Light"
"Down on the Corner"
"Bad Moon Rising"
"Fortunate Son"
"Proud Mary"

By Matt Friedlander
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Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his band The Circle have premiered the seventh in a series of remotely recorded "Lockdown Sessions" performance videos, which you can watch at the Red Rocker's YouTube channel and social media pages.

The new clip features Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson paying tribute to the late Little Richard with a fiery rendition of the rock 'n' roll pioneer's 1957 hit "Keep A-Knockin'."

Bonham kicks off the performance with a drum beat that's a clear nod to the part his father, late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, played at the beginning of his band's classic song "Rock and Roll."

Hagar explains in a note about his and The Circle's rendition of "Keep A-Knockin'," "I had the hardest time with this one because every time I came in singing, I started singing Led Zeppelin 'Rock 'n' Roll'! It took me three damn takes."

Sammy adds, "My favorite drummer and my favorite singer of all time -- love this one hope you do too. Long live the music of John Bonham and Little Richard!"

Little Richard died May 9 at age 87 of bone cancer.

All of the "Lockdown Sessions" videos have been put together with clips that Hagar and his Circle band mates have recorded separately while self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, this past week, Sammy and The Circle released a joint statement announcing that the group's 2020 summer tour has been canceled due to the pandemic.

"We can't wait for the day when we're safely on the other side of this and can hit the stage and celebrate with you again," the message reads. "Until then, stay safe and we'll do our best to continue entertaining you with our Lockdown Sessions!"

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Artists United for AmazoniaPeter Gabriel, Carlos Santana and Sting are among the music stars that will participate in a global livestream event tonight that will benefit the Amazon Emergency Fund, an initiative supporting in-need indigenous people in the South American region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two-hour event, dubbed "Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors," will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be viewable via Facebook, the event's website and the Amazon Watch organization's YouTube channel.

A variety of other celebrities also will be taking part in the event, including Barbra Streisand, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman, Jane Goodall, Jeff Bridges and many more. The benefit will be hosted by Game of Thrones actress Oona Chaplin, and Streisand will be delivering closing remarks.

The Artists United for Amazonia livestream will feature musical performances, interviews, informative presentations, calls to action and more.

Funds raised by the event will be used to aid indigenous Amazonian people in need of coronavirus testing, prevention and care; food and medical supplies; emergency communications and evacuation; and more.

"The Amazon and its peoples are in a state of emergency due to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic'" says Leila Salazar-López, executive director of Amazon Watch. "It is a time for all to unite and act in defense of the forest and in solidarity with the indigenous and traditional peoples across the Amazon who are protecting this great rainforest and our climate for all of humanity and life on Earth."

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Dave MasonCo-founding Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his 1970 debut solo album, Alone Together, by releasing a newly re-recorded version of the eight-song collection titled Alone Together…Again on July 24.

The original album featured the soulful gem "Only You Know and I Know" and was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. The record featured contributions from various guest musicians, including keyboardist Leon Russell; bassists Chris Ethridge, Larry Knechtel and Carl Radle; drummers John Barbata, Jim Capaldi, Jim Gordon and Jim Keltner; and backing singers Bonnie Bramlett, Rita Coolidge and Claudia Lennear.

Mason recorded Alone Together…Again with members of his touring band, as well as several guest artists, including Doobie Brothers multi-instrumentalist John McFee.

"The main reason I wanted to reimagine this album was that I was never quite satisfied with how my vocals sounded," Mason explains in a statement. "I like the songs and I like the performances but I was so young and it was my first solo album. The older I got the more the vocals bothered me and so I finally thought that I would sing the songs the way I first imagined them when I wrote them."

He adds, "It may have taken me 50 years, but I am now truly satisfied with all of the songs and I really count this as one of my most satisfying artistic achievements."

Alone Together…Again can be pre-ordered now on CD and digitally at The CD will come with a tri-fold pull-out replicating the original album's poster artwork.

To mark the album's arrival, Mason will take part in a Facebook Live event on July 24 featuring him telling stories and playing some songs.

Here's the Alone Together…Again track list:

"Only You Know and I Know"
"Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving"
"Waitin' on You"
"Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave"
"World in Changes"
"Sad and Deep as You"
"Just a Song"
"Look at You Look at Me"

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Call for CodeRod Stewart, Pat Benatar and Kenny Loggins are among more than 50 celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sports and fashion that have teamed up to support the Call for Code climate change and COVID-19 awareness campaign.

The initiative is advocating for "new tech solutions to help people suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change."

Other music stars supporting the initiative on their social media include Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, Sammy Hagar, Carole King, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Quincy Jones, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, Rev. Run of Run DMC, Celine Dion, Billy Ray Cyrus and Ricky Martin.

"TOGETHER, we can fight back against #COVID19 & Climate Change," Stewart tweeted. "I encourage developers & innovators to make a difference." He also added the hashtag #TechforGood.

Many of the other artists supporting the cause tweeted similar messages.

Among the many other celebrity supporters of the campaign Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Buscemi, David Copperfield, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Jonas Brothers, Fall Out Boy and Pitbull.

For more info, visit

By Josh Johnson and Matt Friedlander
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Trae Patton/NBCAs previously reported, Elton John tweeted about how much he was moved by America's Got Talent contestant Archie Williams, who served 37 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of rape.  But it turns out that Elton didn't stop there: The music legend also offered him an amazing opportunity.

Williams, who sang "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" on the NBC reality competition show, tells People magazine that Elton "called me personally. He gave me an invitation to sing on his show when he comes back to the United States. It was definitely a surprise!"

Williams adds, "He said he never heard anyone sing his song like that ever. It was really touching to him. It brought him to tears, he said. It was touching."

As a result of Williams' story, AGT judge Simon Cowell joined the Innocence Project as an ambassador. It was that organization that helped prove Williams' innocence through painstaking research and fingerprint technology.

"That's the best that could've happened to us," Williams told People of Cowell coming on board.

As previously reported, Elton has moved most of his Farewell tour dates to 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We'll see if Elton keeps his word and has Williams join him onstage when things finally go back to normal.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesElton John is mourning the death of playwright, author and activist Larry Kramer, best known for his play The Normal Heart, and for founding the landmark Gay Men's Health Crisis organization and, later, the more militant group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power).

Kramer died of pneumonia at age 84, his husband told the New York Times, though over the years he'd battled other health issues, such as H.I.V. infection and liver disease, the latter of which required a transplant.

Elton posted a photo of himself and his husband David Furnish posing with Kramer on Instagram, and wrote, "Larry Kramer’s passing is the saddest news. We have lost a giant of a man who stood up for gay rights like a warrior."

"His anger was needed at a time when gay men’s deaths to AIDS were being ignored by the American government: a tragedy that made the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP movements so vital," Elton added.

Indeed, Kramer was among the first activists to realize that AIDS would spread worldwide.  According to the New York Times, no less an expert than Dr. Anthony Fauci -- whom Kramer once called an "incompetent idiot" -- says Kramer played an "essential" role in the development of life-prolonging drug regimens for H.I.V. patients. The two eventually became friends.

Elton's post continued, "He never stopped shouting about the injustices against us. His voice was the loudest and the most effective. Larry Kramer captured the outrage and spirit of these turbulent times in his brilliant play The Normal Heart along with his many other writings. I was proud to know him and his legacy must be maintained."

Elton, of course, is a prominent AIDS activist himself, having raised many millions through his own Elton John AIDS Foundation.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Craft RecordingsCreedence Clearwater Revival's chart-topping 1970 album Cosmo's Factory was released 50 years ago this July, and in honor of the milestone anniversary, the record will be reissued as a standalone 180-gram vinyl LP on August 14.

The disc was remastered at London's famed Abbey Road Studios at half-speed, which results in higher-quality audio. The LP will come housed in a tip-on jacket replicating the album's original packaging.

Cosmo's Factory was CCR's most successful studio album, spending nine consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 and selling more than four million copies in the U.S. It yielded three two-sided top-five singles: "Travelin' Band" backed with "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Up Around the Bend" backed with "Run Through the Jungle," and "Lookin' Out My Back Door" backed with "Long as I Can See the Light."

The record also includes an epic, 11-minute version of the Motown classic "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."

In conjunction with the Cosmo's Factory reissue, a new official video for "Long as I Can See the Light" is being created that will premiere in time for Father's Day, June 21. Fans are being asked to contribute to the clip by submitting photos and videos that show precious memories of/with their fathers, grandfathers and other important mentors. Submissions will be accepted until this Monday, June 1, at 3 p.m. ET. Visit for more details.

You can order the remastered Cosmo's Factory LP now. The Craft Recordings label's online store is offering exclusive bundles, while a limited-edition blue-vinyl version of the album will be available for pre-order starting in early June.

Here's the Cosmo's Factory track list:

Side A
"Ramble Tamble"
"Before You Accuse Me"
"Travelin' Band"
"Ooby Dooby"
"Lookin' Out My Back Door"
"Run Through the Jungle"

Side B
"Up Around the Bend"
"My Baby Left Me"
"Who'll Stop the Rain"
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"Long as I Can See the Light"

By Matt Friedlander
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Swan Song/Atlantic RecordsCelebration Day, the concert film documenting Led Zeppelin's historic 2007 reunion performance at London's O2 Arena, will be streamed for three days exclusively at the band's official YouTube channel starting this Saturday, May 30, at 3 p.m. ET.

The show, which took place in December 2007, was organized as a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, and featured Led Zeppelin's surviving members -- singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones -- joined by Jason Bonham, son of the band's late drummer, John Bonham. It marked the first time the group had played a full-length headlining concert in 27 years.

The group's 16-song set included renditions of such classics as "Good Times Bad Times," "Ramble On," "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Kashmir," "Whole Lotta Love," and "Rock and Roll."

Celebration Day was released in video and audio formats in 2012, and the album was honored with a Grammy Award in the Best Rock Album category.

Here is the full Celebration Day set list:

"Good Times Bad Times"
"Ramble On"
"Black Dog"
"In My Time of Dying"
"For Your Life"
"Trampled Under Foot"
"Nobody's Fault but Mine"
"No Quarter"
"Since I've Been Loving You"
"Dazed and Confused"
"Stairway to Heaven"
"The Song Remains the Same"
"Misty Mountain Hop"
"Whole Lotta Love"
"Rock and Roll"

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put plans for new Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp installments on hold until 2021, several veteran musicians will be taking part in a series of Rock Fantasy Camp-sponsored "Masterclass" tutorials running from this Monday, June 1, through Sunday, June 7.

Among the participating artists in the live interactive online music classes are ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, Rascals singer/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere and founding Bad Company and Free drummer Simon Kirke.

During the Masterclasses, the featured artists will share vocal, musical and songwriting tips, tell stories about their eventful careers, answer questions from attendees and more.

Prices for the events range from $100 to $200. Each class will be limited to 20 attendees, will run for an hour and will start at 8 p.m. ET.

The other artists hosting upcoming Masterclass meetings are Lita Ford, ex-Quiet Riot and Dio bassist Rudy Sarzo, one-time Joe Walsh and Crosby, Stills & Nash drummer Joe Vitale and acclaimed producer Mike Clink, whose resume includes Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction. In addition, surprise guest artists may pop into online classes unannounced.

Visit for more details.

Here is the full list of scheduled Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclass events:

6/1 -- Mark Farner
6/2 -- Rudy Sarzo
6/3 -- Lita Ford
6/4 -- Felix Cavaliere
6/5 -- Simon Kirke
6/6 -- Joe Vitale
6/7 -- Mike Clink

By Matt Friedlander
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Trae Patton/NBCA man who served 37 years in prison after wrongfully being convicted of rape has become the current frontrunner in the 15th season of America's Got Talent.

Archie Williams dazzled the judges on Tuesday's premiere episode with his rendition of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," which also brought the audience to its feet.

Williams shared he was freed from prison after a DNA test cleared his name of the 1982 crime.  He shared that, while in prison, the show prevented him from falling into despair.

"I watched America's Got Talent in prison and I would visualize myself there," Williams explained.  "I always desired to be on a stage like this, and now I'm here."

Williams also candidly spoke about the crime he was wrongly convicted of, saying that a 30-year-old white woman was assaulted and stabbed in her home.  She wrongfully identified him as her rapist.

However, Williams was asleep at the time of the incident but, "being a poor black kid, I didn't have the economic ability to fight the state of Louisiana," he lamented.

Despite police not finding matching fingerprints at the scene and Williams having three witnesses testify on his behalf with an alibi, "[the state] wanted somebody to pay" and he was incarcerated with a life sentence of 80 years without parole or probation.

Now, he wants to turn his life around by moving forward and fully realizing his dream.

At the end of his soulful performance, all four judges enthusiastically sent him through to the next round. 

It also moved Sir Elton John to tears when he watched Williams' performance, with the singer tweeting on Tuesday, "The courage and forgiveness shown by him is truly inspiring."

America's Got Talent airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

By Megan Stone
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Criss Cain; Columbia RecordsLife during the COVID-19 pandemic has been sad and stressful for many people, although Ann Wilson says she's found it heartening that one of her musical heroes has chosen this time to release some inspiring new music.

"Those two Bob Dylan songs that just came out, my God, so cool," the Heart frontwoman tells ABC Audio, referring to Dylan's recent tunes "Murder Most Foul" and "I Contain Multitudes."

"Those hit me the hardest. You know, just the words that come out of our master poet of our generation…about what's going on. It's just nothing short of stunning."

Ann, who has been self-quarantining with husband Dean Wetter at their home in rural Florida, says that before Dylan released those songs, she and her spouse had been wondering what he'd been doing during this period of upheaval, and noted that the music legend's creative voice would be welcomed.

"Then, here come these two songs," Wilson notes. "[A]nd we're like, 'Oh, that's what he's doing. He's not gone…He's nowhere near gone.'"

Reflecting on the lyrics of Dylan's new tunes, Ann maintains, "He's getting so zen...The words are getting more and more Hemingway-esque, you know? They're not so flowery. They're real simple and to the point…He's always been like the master metaphor guy. But boy, I just can't say enough. I'm just so thrilled with those two songs."

Dylan also recently released a third new song, "False Prophet," and announced that a full-length studio album titled Rough and Rowdy Ways -- featuring all three tunes -- will arrive on June 19.

Meanwhile, Wilson recently told ABC Audio that she's been working on two new solo songs -- "Black Wing" and "As the World Turns" -- although release plans for those tunes haven't been announced.

By Matt Friedlander
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Keeping the Blues Alive RecordsRock 'n' roll and doo-wop legend Dion DiMucci has debuted yet another song from his forthcoming star-studded studio album Blues with Friends. "Can't Start Over Again" features a guest appearance by U.K. guitar legend Jeff Beck.

The shuffling country-blues tune is the fifth in a series of advance tracks from the album, which Dion's been making available each week for download and streaming, leading up to Blues with Friends' June 5 release.

In the official Blues with Friends press release, Dion explains that country blues songs were his earliest musical influences, "especially Hank Williams."

Regarding "Can't Start Over Again," he notes, "For my last album I wrote a song called 'I Can't Go Back to Memphis,' but I go back there with this number. It's about love and loss and heartache, the classic themes. I believe it's a true blues song."

A companion lyric video has premiered at Dion's official YouTube channel. The black-and-white clip features footage of Dion singing the tune and separate performance footage of Beck playing guitar, interspersed with scenes of a couple of attractive woman walking away from the camera.

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

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

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Universal Tone ManagementCarlos Santana and his wife, Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, have recorded a version of John Lennon's classic peace anthem "Imagine" as part of a new campaign called SongAid that will benefit the WhyHunger charity's Rapid Response Fund.

Starting this Friday, May 29, new songs contributed by a variety of artists will premiere each Friday as part of a SongAid playlist available via various streaming music services.  Each time someone listens to those tunes, the streaming proceeds will be donated to the WhyHunger fund.

The Santanas' cover of "Imagine" will be included in the first SongAid playlist, along with tunes recorded by Tom Morello, Run DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and his group The HellRaisers, and renowned classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma with The Silkroad Ensemble. In addition, a collaboration between Steve Miller and Jesse Colin Young will be featured on a future playlist. Visit for more details.

"It is an honor to work alongside WhyHunger on the SongAid campaign," Carlos and Cindy Blackman Santana say in a joint statement. "We have always been strong supporters of their work and it gives us great joy to share John Lennon's message of peace and light, together with them, to make a tangible difference in the world and feed those in need."

Adds Yoko Ono Lennon, a longtime WhyHunger supporter, "I am excited that Cindy Blackman Santana and Carlos Santana's beautiful rendition of 'Imagine' is helping to kick off this important campaign and bring my late husband, John Lennon's, vision of a peaceful world, free from hunger, to this critical cause."

WhyHunger's Rapid Response Fund seeks to provide economic relief and food to the people affected most by hunger and poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Matt Friedlander
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Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideThe Doobie Brothers will be "rockin' down the highway" on their 50th anniversary tour a year later than planned because of the COVID-19 crisis. The North American trek originally was supposed to get underway this June 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida, but now will kick off on July 17 in the same city.

The tour, which will feature former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald joining the band's current lineup, includes 46 shows and is mapped out through an October 23 performance in New Orleans.

Due to scheduling conflicts, several of the previously announced 2020 concerts have been canceled rather than postponed. Those shows were to have taken place in Mount Pleasant, Michigan; Sioux City, Iowa; Boise, Idaho; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Little Rock, Arkansas; Bossier City, Louisiana; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Fans with tickets for a rescheduled concert can use them to attend the new date. Fans preferring a refund will receive an email with instructions on how to get one soon. Ticket holders can get more information via the point of purchase.

To check out the band's full tour schedule, visit

As previously reported, The Doobie Brothers also are slated to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. The ceremony, which originally had been scheduled for May 2, has been postponed until November 7.  Later that month, the group is scheduled to play a Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre.

By Matt Friedlander
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Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesWell, he certainly picked an appropriate song. Former Journey frontman Steve Perry recently posted a video of him singing an a cappella rendition of the classic 1963 Beach Boys ballad "In My Room" on his official website, YouTube channel and social media pages.

Perry's mournful version of the tune was recorded while the singer is self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the very end of his performance, the 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer quietly says, "Hang in there."

The clip was accompanied by a note from Perry that reads, "When I was a teenager in my room, this song gave me comfort. Stay safe, Steve."

Perry's performance was retweeted by founding Beach Boy Brian Wilson, who co-wrote the song with lyricist Gary Usher. Steve excitedly responded with a Twitter note that reads, "What a honor to know you watched my 'In My Room' selfie -- I truly love your work!"

"In My Room" appeared on the 1963 Beach Boys album Surfer Girl, and also was released as the B-side of a two-sided single featuring the group's tune "Be True to Your School" on the A-side. "In My Room" peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.

By Matt Friedlander
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Magnolia Home EntertainmentOnce Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, the 2019 documentary inspired by Robbie Robertson's 2016 memoir Testimony, gets its release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital HD today.

The film focuses on new interviews with The Band's founding guitarist and main songwriter, who shares recollections about memorable events and incidents spanning from his childhood through his years with the influential Americana group.

Speaking recently with ABC Audio, Robertson describes his experience with The Band's other musicians as "an incredible journey," which began when Robbie was a teenager playing Toronto clubs as singer Ronnie Hawkins' backing group, The Hawks, and ended after The Band's historic farewell concert "The Last Waltz."

Robertson says when the documentary was being put together, he didn't have a lot to do with it because was busy with various other projects. He tells ABC Audio that when he did get to see how the movie was progressing, he was impressed by the job that the movie's then-24-year-old director, Daniel Roher, and his team were doing.

"When I came into it, I was really surprised on how emotional this film was," he explains. "'Cause…to be honest with you, I don't like many music documentary things that they do…So when I saw it, I thought, 'Whoa, this is really quite moving, and they're doing a great job.' And you could feel the intensity of the work being put into it."

Robertson adds, "The brotherhood in The Band is so strong in this film, and the way the filmmakers portrayed the honesty of that…I just didn't know that it could be that moving." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

As previously reported, Once Were Brothers also features new interviews with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel and Taj Mahal, among others.

Visit for more details.

By Matt Friedlander
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