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Credit: Mike LavineIn an interview with Rolling Stone last week, Chris Cornell said that Soundgarden is "already working on new material for an album."  Now, we have photographic proof.  On Twitter, Soundgarden shared a photo of Cornell and company from a recent writing session.

"Working on new material this week," reads the photo caption.

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Legacy RecordingsA new holiday compilation featuring songs released during the 1980s by a variety of music acts will hit stores on October 2 as part of Legacy Recordings' The Classic Christmas Album series.  Among the artists featured on the album, titled The Classic Christmas '80s Album, are Billy Squier, ...Read more

MVD Entertainment GroupA new documentary about Joe Strummer's time spent in Spain during the mid-1980s following the breakup of The Clash will be released on DVD in the U.S. on October 16.  I Need a Dodge!: Joe Strummer on the Run tells the tale of what's described as the late singer's "self-imposed exile" in Granada, Spain, in 1985 and '86, a period during which he worked with a number of local acts while trying to cope with the ...Read more

Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn early April of this year, Lynyrd Skynyrd played a pair of special hometown concerts in Jacksonville, Florida, at which the band gave full performances of their first two albums -- 1973's Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd and 1974's Second Helping.  The shows were recorded for a new live video that will be released October 23 in multiple formats.

Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping -- Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download at a wide

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Credit: Rob ShanahanThis year's Progressive Music Awards will pay tribute to late Yes bassist Chris Squire by renaming one of its most prestigious honors after him.  The Team Rock website reports that the event's Virtuoso Award, which salutes the finest instrumentalists, has now been rechristened the Chris Squire Virtuoso Award.

Two members of Yes' current lineup, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes, have both expressed their approval of the award

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Atlantic RecordsNew details have unveiled about Phil Collins' recently announced solo album reissue campaign, which will launch with the November 6 release of remastered and expanded versions of the famed Genesis singer/drummer's 1981 debut, Face Value, and his popular 1993 record, Both Sides.

The concept behind the initiative, which has been dubbed the "Take a Look at Me Now" campaign, is that each deluxe release will feature bonus live versions of some of the original tracks to show how those songs evolved and were transformed in a concert setting.  To a lesser

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Eleanor Stills; Kim MillerGraham Nash, Steve Miller and Late Show with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer will be honored with special awards at the 2015 edition of the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit gala, which will be held on October 20 at the Manhattan Center in New York City.

Nash will be presented with the Humanitarian Award, Miller will receive the Rocker of the Year honor and Shaffer will be saluted with the Big Man of the Year prize.  The Big Man of the Year award initially was created in 2009 to honor E Street Band sax player Clarence

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Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr will take part in a live interview event in Los Angeles later this month to celebrate the wide release of his 2013 memoir/coffee-table book Photograph.  "Ringo Starr: In Conversation" will be held on September 25 at the historic El Rey Theater, and will feature the former Beatles drummer sharing memories from throughout his eventful life.

During the event, Starr will be showing a variety of rare candid photos from his personal archives that are featured in the book, spanning from his childhood through his years with the Fab Four and beyond.  Tickets will

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Capitol RecordsRod Stewart fans can get a taste of the lauded singer's upcoming studio album, Another Country, by checking out the exclusive premiere of the official video for his new song "Please" at Yahoo.com.  The clip shows Stewart looking suave in a pink jacket and tie and black shirt and pants, as he performs the tune with a backing group in what appears to be a large warehouse.

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ABC/Adam TaylorRecent reports by multiple media outlets claimed that U2 frontman Bono had surpassed Paul McCartney as the richest rock star on the planet, but Forbes begs to differ.  While the earlier reports deduced that because Bono supposedly owned a 2.3-percent share of Facebook that now is worth more than $1.4 billion, he'd have to be wealthier than the former Beatle, but Forbes maintains that the calculations done by the original source of those reports was faulty.

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Mindless Records/UMeKeith Richards has premiered a third new solo song online as part of his recently launched campaign promoting his upcoming solo album, Crosseyed Heart, which hits stores September 18.  The new tune, called "Robbed Blind," began streaming at CrosseyedHeart.com after a temporary blue commemorative plaque was unveiled at The Ealing Club, located in the London suburb of Ealing, where the Rolling Stones guitarist ...Read more

Jimmy King; Ross HalfinDavid Bowie and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the stars who are contributing songs to the upcoming stage musical based on the Nickelodeon series SpongeBob SquarePants.

According to a press release posted on the Broadway in Chicago website, The SpongeBob Musical will premiere on June 7, 2016, at Chicago's Oriental Theatre and will feature original tunes by Tyler

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Credit: Eleanor StillsA new exhibit focusing on the long and wide-ranging career of Graham Nash will open this fall at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.  Cleveland.com reports that the exhibition will be called "Graham Nash: Touching the Flame," and will open to the public on October 17.

The display will feature new video interviews with the folk-rock great, and in addition to focusing on his musical contributions to The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash

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Credit: Andrew StuartSlayer is probably not without sin, but the band can still "Cast the First Stone."  That's the name of Slayer's newest track, which you can download for free now at AdultSwim.com.

"Cast the First Stone" will appear on Slayer's forthcoming album, Repentless, which will be released on September 11.  Repentless is the group's first album since 2009's World Painted Blood, and its first without founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013.

In other Slayer news, the band recently

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Credit: Dean ChalkleyPretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is considered by many to be a strong female role model, but the veteran rock artist has upset various women's groups with comments she made in a new interview with The Sunday Times of London while promoting her about-to-be-published memoir, Reckless.  In the interview, the 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer discusses a disturbing incident that happened to her when she was 21, where she was forced to perform sexual acts ...Read more

Credit: Mark SeligerKeith Richards reveals some tidbits about The Rolling Stones' upcoming plans and chats about his soon-to-be-released solo album, Crosseyed Heart, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.  The 71-year-old guitar legend says he's hoping to get his band mates back into the studio to work on new music soon, but admits that that likely won't occur as soon as he wants it to happen.

"I don't quite honestly see it [happening] this year," he tells the magazine.  "After

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Olaf Heine; Mary McCartney/MPLFor many years, Paul McCartney has been considered the world's wealthiest music artist, but the legendary former Beatles star now reportedly has been overtaken by U2 frontman BonoInternational Business Times reports that the Irish singer's wealth has increased greatly in recent years thanks to his 2.3-percent ownership of Facebook, a windfall that, according to sources, now is worth about 940 million pounds -- ...Read more

CBS Photography 1964A series of rare sketches Paul McCartney drew in the early 1960s brought in a combined 15,000 pounds, or about $23,000, over the weekend at the annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Liverpool, U.K., the Liverpool Echo reports.  Hundreds of other Fab Four-related items also were auctioned off at the event, which was held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

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Danny Clinch; ABC/Randy HolmesAll Things Must Pass is a new documentary about how Tower Records became a billion-dollar company in 1999 before the changing face of the music business led it to file for bankruptcy just seven years later.  You can watch the trailer for the film, featuring interview clips with Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Dave Grohl, now on YouTube.

"If you came into town, you went to Tower Records," says Springsteen in the clip.  Adds Elton, "Tower just had everything. 

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Image Courtesy of RCA RecordsVan Morrison celebrates his 70th birthday today.  To mark the occasion, the prolific and influential singer/songwriter will play two concerts in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the city's EastSide Arts Festival.

The sold-out "Live on Cypress Avenue" shows will take place at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time on the very street he immortalized in the song "Cypress Avenue" from his acclaimed 1968 album Astral Weeks.

During his 50-plus-year career, Morrison has created an impressive body of work that includes the raw blues-rock of his early band Them,

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentMoody Blues frontman Justin Hayward recently launched his latest U.S. solo tour in support of his 2013 album Spirits of the Western Sky.  In addition to showcasing his new material, the unplugged gigs give Hayward the chance to dig into his catalog and play some deeper cuts from The Moody Blues and his other solo releases.

Justin tells ABC Radio that for this tour's set, he's "changed up a few things, so it's working well…I think there's something there for everybody."  Among the interesting tunes he currently is playing live is "Blue Guitar," a 1975

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, will be released on Friday, September 4, but fans can get a preview of the high-def flick by heading over to RollingStone.com.  The website has posted an exclusive clip of the Boston bad boys delivering a high-octane performance of their classic tune "Walk This Way."

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom the folks who bring us the NOW That's What I Call Music! series comes a new compilation featuring a variety of spooky-themed tunes that will arrive just in time for everyone's favorite scary fall holiday.  NOW That's What I Call Halloween!, which hits stores on Friday, September 11, is an 18-track collection that offers a mix of horrifying hits and macabre movie themes ...Read more

Terry O'Neil/UMeThe Who's Pete Townshend is part of a diverse lineup of guest artists who collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre on the influential French electronic-music composer's upcoming album, Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine, which will be released on October 16.  The rock legend is featured on a song titled "Travelator (Part 2)."

In a new interview with USA Today, Jarre discusses why he was excited to have Townshend take

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Credit: Rob HarriesSo, the famous inflatable pig seen tied to London's Battersea Power Station on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, won't be going on the auction block after all.  The 40-foot prop, nicknamed "Algie," was supposed to be part of a U.K. memorabilia sale scheduled for September 15 at Durrants auction house, but it has been withdrawn by Rob Harries, the man who created it, who says he now plans to give it back to the band.

Durrants official Dominic Parravani tells ABC Radio, "Pink Floyd came back and said that they wanted to have him back and

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Credit: Ross HalfinJames Hetfield can sing and plays a mean guitar, but can the Metallica frontman do a viable zombie impression?  You can find out by watching him "audition" to play a zombie in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game.

The promotional clip was released as part of a campaign to raise money to help unemployed military veterans finds jobs.  If you donate at Omaze.com/CallofDuty, you'll be

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Warner Bros. RecordsOn the heels of the announcement that most of Van Morrison's solo albums will be reissued digitally and made available to streaming services starting Friday, August 28, as part of a new Legacy Recordings deal, comes news of a separate series of Morrison reissues.  Expanded and remastered versions of two of Van the Man's classic early studio efforts, 1968's Astral Weeks and 1970's His Band and the ...Read more

Al Pereira/Getty ImagesNewly-minted BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer popped up in an unusual place on Thursday: dancing on Billy Joel's piano during his concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

While Billy sang "Uptown Girl," J-Law and Schumer, who are writing a screenplay together, danced barefoot on the piano, and Lawrence even kissed Schumer's feet. 

How did this pairing come about?  "Uptown Girl" is included in Amy's film Trainwreck, and the whole thing was apparently planned. 

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CBS Photography 1964A series of four sketches Paul McCartney scrawled during the 1960s are among the many collectibles going up for bid this Saturday in Liverpool, U.K., at the 2015 edition of the city's annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The drawings, done on white scrap paper, feature faces of various Beatles members and include quirky messages on the opposite side.

The sketches are estimated to sell for as much as 10,000 pounds -- or more than $15,000 -- combined.  More than 300 other lots also will go under the hammer at the auction, which will be held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool

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ABC News RadioWho better to develop a new slasher movie than the man known as Slash?

The rocker will produce a horror film with Revolver Picture Company that will be a throwback to 1980s flicks like Halloween and Friday the 13th, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The plot has not yet been revealed.

Slash got involved after meeting with some folks at Revolver. He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "They had an idea that tied in perfectly with a theme that I was working on at the time. From

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