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Brian Duffy/The David Bowie Archive and (Under License from Chris Duffy) Duffy Archive LimitedGround control to Mayor Rahm. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared September 23 "David Bowie Day" in Chicago, reports SPIN.com.  The date coincides with the opening of the upcoming "David Bowie Is" exhibit at the city's Museum of Contemporary Art.  The exhibit showcases the British musician's life and his career.

Emanuel declared in an official proclamation that Bowie is "an undisputed global icon." He added, "His

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Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart's most recent album, Time, marked the first album in years that featured any new original material written by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  Now, Stewart's in the middle of writing a new album.  He says of his songwriting, "The flood gates have been reopened."

Speaking to an Australian entertainment news website, Stewart says, "I'm actually halfway through a new

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PRNewsFoto/Live Nation/ Mark SeligerPaul Simon has done a little acting in the past -- remember his 1980 film, One Trick Pony? -- but an upcoming charity event will find the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer appearing onstage alongside one of the greatest film actors of our time: Tom Hanks.

Simon is among the stars who'll participate in the 24th annual Simply

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Frank OckenfelsSting has been added as a presenter and performer at the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Centennial Awards Gala this November.

The former Police frontman will be joined by legendary Motown Records mogul Berry Gordy, rhythm and blues singer India.Arie, and country star Emmylou Harris at the gala, which will celebrate the performing rights organization's 100th anniversary at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City Nov. 17.

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Andrew MacNaughtan/Anthem/Roadrunner RecordsJust in time for the Christmas "rush" comes news that Rush will celebrate their 40-year legacy with the release of a new box set of concert films that span their entire career.

Rolling Stone reports that the set, R40, features 10 DVDs or six Blu-ray discs, and is set for release on Nov. 11.  It features five full-length concert videos, as well as a bonus disc with previously-unreleased ...Read more

Kevin Mazur/Wire ImageIt was an Eagles singer presenting to the star of 1986's Legal Eagles, as Don Henley awarded legendary director and actor Robert Redford with the 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award from the Walden Woods Project in Boston on Tuesday night.

Henley presented Redford with the award -- first bestowed upon President Bill Clinton in 2012 -- to honor the movie icon's enduring commitment to a wide range of environmental initiatives.

A fundraising dinner, which included a concert by Henley's Eagles, raised $1.6 million for the project. 

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Concord Music GroupPaul McCartney will release an expanded version of his 2013 CD, NEW, on Oct. 28.

The new version includes two CDs and a DVD, and is packaged as a hard-bound book. Inside is loaded with goodies: behind the scenes footage, music videos for each of the album's singles, live recordings, unreleased cuts and more.

A highlight the DVD is the making-of documentary Something New, featuring in-depth interviews with McCartney and producers Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Jones, and Giles Martin, son of legendary Beatles ...Read more

Ed Caraeff/Getty ImagesLegendary Canadian rock group The Band will be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame on October 18.

The group, which featured Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel, as well as American Levon Helm, will be honored.  Of the original members of The Band, only Robertson and Hudson are still living.


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Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen is returning as the headline performer for this year’s 8th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert, taking place Wednesday, November 5 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Joining The Boss for the event are comics Louis C.K., John Oliver and John Mulaney, with “surprise guests” also promised.

Stand Up for Heroes, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, provides funds and services for military personnel returning from active duty, veterans and their families. 

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Brian LoweIt isn't often KISS goes without makeup for a live show these days, but the band made an exception, playing an acoustic gig to raise money for a military museum in Oregon.

The group previously has supported the Historical Outreach Foundation in its goal of raising $15 million to renovate the Oregon Military Museum, but the foundation's event this past Sunday in Lake Oswego, Oregon, marked the first time the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performed at one of the foundation's events. In all, KISS helped raise $1 million toward the endeavor. Tickets to the evening cost $2,500. The evening also auctioned off one of Paul Stanley's guitars,

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Jay Blakesberg/UMeSammy Hagar is a busy man -- so busy, he says he doesn't have time right now to focus on one of his most popular music projects, the supergroup Chickenfoot.

"We're not making an album [now]," the Red Rocker tells ABC News Radio when asked about a follow-up to 2011's Chickenfoot III.  "[Guitarist] Joe [Satriani] and I are writing songs a little bit…We had a couple ideas, and Joe's got some fantastic musical ideas, and I'm just trying to find room in my life to do another Chickenfoot album."

Hagar explains that if he commits doing a new Chickenfoot

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Jean-Marie Perier/UMeWith one week to go before the official release of the George Harrison box set collecting all his solo albums for the Beatles' Apple label, fans can get a preview by listening to an early acoustic version of his signature song, "Dark Horse," now streaming online at RollingStone.com.

The studio version of the song, originally released in 1974 as the title track of the album of the same name, featured a total of 11 vocalists and musicians, including Billy Preston

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Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsFamily and friends of Joey Ramone have nothing but kind words for U2, who honored the late singer with the song "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)," the lead single from the band's just-released album, Songs of Innocence.

"I’m not sure grateful is the right word, but awestruck is a better description,” Ramone's brother, Mickey Leigh, told MTV News.

"It’s so beautiful. I loved it. It’s Bono’s interpretation

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Image Courtesy Hired Gun MediaThe rock and roll lifestyle is loaded with cliches -- so many that former Extreme and Van Halen vocalist Gary Cherone thought it was great subject matter for a song.

On October 7, Cherone and his band, Hurtsmile, will release their second full-length album, Retrogrenade, on Cherone's own label, Slipkid Records, and the newly issued first single, "Rock N' Roll Cliche," was inspired by the bands that shaped his own musical worldview, says Cherone.

"'Rock N’ Roll Cliche' can be summed up in the line 'got to give the people what they want,'"

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Image Courtesy UDR MusicJust in time for Halloween, Alice Cooper's 2013 appearance at the the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany, is ready to be unleashed.  Raise the Dead -- Live from Wacken is set for an Oct. 21 release on CD and DVD by UDR-Home of Legends.

The full concert features 22 songs, including covers of "Break on Through" by The Doors, "My Generation" by The Who, and "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd.
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Photo: Martyn AtkinsAfter he and the band played their first show in 28 years in London, England Sunday night, Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne is causing some excitement by hinting he may be open to more shows.

The reclusive musician, joined by original ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy, took the stage at BBC Radio 2's Festival in a Day in Hyde Park, delighting the crowd with a 17-song set list that included "Turn to Stone," "Livin' Thing," "Evil Woman," "Don't Bring Me Down," and the lost gem "All Over the World," from the 1980 movie Xanadu, which starred Olivia Newton John. ...Read more

Image Courtesy Travis ShinnWorld on Fire, the new album from Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, is available for sale today in all of the usual places, but you can also stream it for free, courtesy of USA Today.  Just type SLASH into the search box.

In other Slash news, he'll appear Friday at Universal Studios Hollywood for the unveiling of the new maze, dubbed "Clowns 3D Music by SLASH" -- an attraction for which

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Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupMegadeth fans, get ready for the holiday rush; Universal Music Enterprises is getting ready to issue the band's first five albums on limited edition vinyl picture disc on November 11.

Scheduled for release is the 1986 debut Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, 1988’s So Far, So Good…So What! and 1990’s Rust in Peace, as well as 1992’s Countdown to Extinction and 1994’s Youthanasia -- both making their debut on picture disc anywhere.

 Each album will be pressed on heavyweight vinyl and

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Image Courtesy of Robert JohnFormer Guns N' Roses axe man Slash will be feeling the love with an all-day "Slash Bash" marathon kicking off at 10 a.m. this Saturday on AXS TV that will be highlighted by the television premiere of the all-new documentary Ernie Ball Presents: Real to Reel with Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

The new documentary will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of World on Fire, the forthcoming album from the guitarist with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, which is due September 16.  The film is set to air Saturday, September 20 at

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Image Courtesy Brian LoweKISS' Gene Simmons will pitch his reality television show, Coliseum, at MIPCOM, a television and entertainment networking forum held in Cannes, France next month.

The show, which is produced by Simmons and Chris Philip, CEO of Sierra/Engine Television, will challenge musicians to form rock bands. Simmons will serve in a motivational role as the bands evolve in front of an audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter,

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Universal Music EnterprisesBryan Adams' lavish 30th anniversary reissue of his breakthrough album Reckless will arrive in stores November 24.

As previously reported, the reissue will feature a handful of tracks that didn't make it onto the original album due to the limitations of '80s technology -- but there's much, much more included in the package.  The super-deluxe edition will include four discs: the remastered original album with seven bonus tracks, a live concert from 1985, a Blu-ray version of the original album, and a DVD of Reckless -- The Movie, a promotional film that originally came out with the

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Ed Miles/Nonesuch RecordsWhen it comes to his musical past, Robert Plant doesn't mind messing with the legend a little bit.

Case in point: when performing with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, the 65-year-old rocker has no problem reinventing tried and true Led Zeppelin staples "Black Dog" and "Whole Lotta Love" by using unconventional instruments.

"I think it's a way to enjoy the music," he tells Billboard. "Our approach is driven mostly by trance

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Jean-Marie Perier/UMeBeginning ext Monday, Conan O'Brien will celebrate the music of George Harrison on his late night talk show, Conan.

The former Beatle will be honored the week of September 22 with performances each night by the likes of Beck, Norah Jones, Harrison's only child, Dhani Harrison and friends and others. The weeklong musical tribute coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.  The deluxe eight-disc box set, which features the reissues of and bonus material from the artists' first six solo albums, ...Read more

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Little Kids Rock will honor Joan Jett at its annual benefit gala, which will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 23.  The charity event is produced by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his wife -- and fellow Sopranos alum -- Maureen, who both also will attend the bash.

Jett will receive the organization's Rocker of the Year, for being "an originator, an innovator and a visionary."  Green Day frontman Billie

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Image Courtesy Legacy RecordingsYusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new music in five years, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, on October 27.

If that isn't enough excitement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will embark on his first North American tour in 35 years this winter. The Peace Train...Late Again tour will  kick off December1 at Toronto's Massey Hall.

Tell 'Em I'm Gone is Stevens' first release with his new label, Legacy Recordings. It features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter

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ABC/Randy HolmesElton John has set an on-sale date for tickets to his New Year's Eve concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, which was first announced back in April.

Tickets become available to the general public on Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and BarclaysCenter.com.  There's an eight-ticket limit per customer.  If any tickets are left by Saturday, they'll be available at the Barclays Center box office starting at noon on September

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Image Courtesy UMusicTurns out not everyone is a U2 fan. After the band announced during an Apple's press conference last week that it was giving a download of its new album Songs of Innocence to everyone with iTunes, and that the new album would automatically appear in all iTunes user's music libraries, there was much rejoicing among fans of the band. But there were some iTunes users who weren't thrilled; so many, in fact, that Apple has come up with an opt-out page for those non-U2-loving folks.  With one click on the page, users can remove Songs ...Read more

Image Courtesy Eagle Rock EntertainmentFans of The Doors have waited for it 45 years.  Now, the wait is almost over.  Feast of Friends, the never-released documentary produced by the band, will finally be released November 11.

Shelved due to lead singer Jim Morrison's legal issues, the uncompleted film was only ever seen at a few film festivals. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC will release a restored, remastered version, which also features compiled bonus footage as well as an historic British documentary called The Doors Are Open.

Filmed in 1968, Feast of

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Trae Patton/NBCThe new season of The Voice hasn't even started yet, but all the scenes featuring the mentors working with each coach's team have already been recorded.  Stevie Nicks, whom you'll see working with Adam Levine's team this season, says she became so attached to the contestants, she feels like their mom.

"I feel very invested in these kids," Nicks says in the current issue of OUT magazine.  "I feel like I have sent 12 children into the world...they are

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Tyrone Lebon/RCA RecordsAfter covering The Beatles with help from The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus is taking on another classic British rock band.

On Friday, the pop singer posted to Soundcloud her own version of the Led Zeppelin song "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," from the band's 1969 self-titled debut album, though Cyrus titles it "Baby I'm Gonna Leave You."

"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" isn't a Zeppelin original. It was written by folk singer Anne Bredon in the

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