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Credit: Peyton HogeBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band wrap up their 2014 North American tour leg tonight with a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the Michigan rockers will head back out on the road next month for more stateside shows.

Seger has announced a series of six new dates that will extend the trek into late March.  The newly added-concerts run from a March 13 show in Salt Lake City through a March 26 performance in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a suburb

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Image Courtesy of Live NationWhile The Allman Brothers Band played what is supposed to be its final concert in October, the group's Peach Music Festival will be coming back in 2015.  The fourth annual edition of the musical extravaganza is confirmed to take place August 13-16 at its usual site -- Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The lineup for the festival has not been revealed, but fans can at least expect Allman Brothers frontman Gregg Allman to put in an appearance.

"I can't

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting will participate in a few interesting events this weekend in New York City in conjunction with his Broadway musical, The Last Ship.

On Saturday, the ex-Police frontman and other members of the production will team up with cast members from the show Jersey Boys to help out a couple of local charities by taking part in a fundraiser dubbed "Saturday Night

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PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney

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Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrA group of Italian Foo Fighters fans have launched a crowd-funding campaign to get the band to play a show in Italy's Romagna region.  The plan is to have 1,000 people simultaneously play the Foos' 1999 single, "Learn to Fly," which they hope will inspire Dave Grohl and company to play their home region.  The campaign is aiming to raise 40,000 euros in order to fund the project.

This isn't the first time fans have turned to crowd-funding to get

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Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideLynyrd Skynyd has scheduled a pair of special hometown shows in Jacksonville, Florida, early next year that the Southern rock legends are planning to capture for a television special and home-video release.  The concerts will take place at the Florida Theatre on February 12 and 13, and will feature the band performing, respectively, its first two albums, 1973's Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd and 1974's Second Helping.

"We've been wanting to go back and recreate these live records for a long time," Skynyrd singer

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Image Courtesy of Adopt the ArtsZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks will be honored for their contributions to American art and culture at a star-studded benefit concert scheduled for January 12 at the famous Sunset Strip venue the Roxy in West Hollywood, California.  The event will raise money for Adopt the Arts, a charity co-founded by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum that helps fund music-education programs in L.A.-area elementary schools.

Gibbons, Trucks and Sorum all are expected to perform

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Credit: Ross HalfinIn a new video interview with the U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine, Jimmy Page gives a little insight into his upcoming musical plans for next year.  The Led Zeppelin guitarist doesn't get too specific about his new project, but he promises that it will be something "sparkling…stimulating all the senses."

He tells the magazine, "I'm playing guitar at the moment, because I'm getting ready.  I'm starting to get ready."

Page explains that his game plan was that after he finished

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Image Courtesy of Matthew RodgersAnthrax received its sixth Grammy nomination earlier this month, and the band is celebrating in style.  The thrash metal veterans have teamed up with Jefferson's Bourbon to create their own brand of the beverage, called Indians.

"Anthrax's Indians, a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in," reads a press release.

"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a T-shirt or hoodie or poster, and Indians was perfect," adds bassist Frank

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Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsIf you couldn't make it to Tennessee this past June to see Elton John and his band rock the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, you can now watch it from the comfort of your own home...if you're a member of Elton's fan club.

Platinum subscribers to John's Rocket Club will receive Elton John: Live at Bonnaroo 2014 with the Elton John Band, a 68-minute video download of his set from the festival that was recorded on June 15.  The video features 10 songs, including "Bennie and the Jets," "Levon," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Crocodile Rock" and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)." 

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PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyGeorge Harrison, The Bee Gees and blues great Buddy Guy are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Harrison, The Bee Gees and Guy will receive the honors as part of the organization's Special Merit Awards ceremony, a special invite-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th ...Read more

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who's Roger Daltrey was a surprise performer at an all-star tribute concert to his legendary band held last month in London to support the Teenage Cancer Trust.  Now, a variety of collectibles signed by Daltrey and some of the event's other performers are being auctioned off to raise money for the charity.

Among the items up for bid are a Gibson SG guitar autographed by Daltrey and Pearl

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Credit: Rob ShanahanYes has revealed initial details for the 2015 edition of its Cruise to the Edge.  The prog-rock-themed seagoing event is scheduled to embark from Miami on November 15 and visit Key West, Florida, and a private island in the Bahamas before returning to port on November 19.

Joining Yes on the lineup of performers for the cruise are Marillion, Saga, guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth, Nektar, Caravan and more than a dozen other acts.  In addition, a special pre-cruise concert will be held in Miami on November 14 at an as-yet-unannounced

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MJ KimPaul McCartney dropped by The Tonight Show Wednesday to plug his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny. Paul also admitted to host Jimmy Fallon that while it wasn't hard for him to write the music for a video game, he's pretty clueless when it comes to playing them.

When Fallon brought up playing the popular video game Rock Band, which contains some songs from McCartney's former band The Beatles, the 72-year-old rock legend confessed he's

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Lloyd Bishop/NBCAll the cash that Billy Joel made after his home sales this year must be burning a hole in his pocket: He's reportedly looking for a new property in Palm Beach, Florida.

According to the Florida website GossipExtra, in 2014, the Piano Man unloaded his oceanfront home in New York's tony Hamptons for $19 million, and he also sold two Manhattan condos

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Exile ProductionsVan Morrison currently is finishing up a new studio album that will be released early next year, the first the acclaimed singer/songwriter will issue as part of a new deal with RCA Records.

RCA executives Tom Corson and Peter Edge said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have Van Morrison, the iconic musical visionary and legend, join the RCA roster.  He is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters and performers in music today, and we are honored to have him join us at the label

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Image Courtesy of Wanee FestivalThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired after its October 28 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, but nearly all the group's members will be on hand to perform at the 2015 edition of the Wanee Music Festival, scheduled for April 15-17 in Live Oak, Florida.  Listed separately on the just-announced lineup for the event are frontman Gregg Allman, drummer Butch Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes' and drummer Jaimoe's respective bands -- Gov't Mule and Jaimoe's ...Read more

AEG LiveThe Who has announced that it will be joined by a newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, when the British rock legends hit the road for the North American legs of their 50th anniversary next year.  Jett and her longtime backing group will be special guests for the entire stateside segment of The Who Hits 50! trek, which kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Florida.

"Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band,

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MPL/Mary McCartneyHot on the heels of his appearance Tuesday night on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Paul McCartney will be a guest this evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Fans can expect to hear McCartney chat about his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny.

Sir Paul will be a guest alongside Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.  The oddball duo, who recently released the chart-topping album

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JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesA rep for Elton John has confirmed to ABC News Radio that he and his longtime partner David Furnish will marry this weekend.

The news that the two would take advantage of Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage, which was enacted in March, was initially reported by a British tabloid.  The wedding reportedly will be private. 

Elton and David got a civil partnership in 2005, and they'll now convert that status to marriage.  The couple, who've been together for 20 years, have two sons: three-year-old Zachary

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Credit: Mike HoughRandy Bachman has revealed full details about his upcoming solo album, which is called Heavy Blues and will be released on April 15, 2015.  The Canadian rocker, who's a founding member of both The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, will issue the new record under the name Bachman, a three-piece outfit that also features bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.

As

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Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressHaving performed at San Francisco Giants games for the past two years, Metallica now is bringing "Metallica Night" to the hockey rink. The legendary metal band will be performing at a San Jose Sharks game on January 21.

"We're excited to add to the ever expanding sports action nights by announcing that we will be getting together with our good friends the San Jose Sharks on January 21, 2015 as they take on their rivals the L.A. Kings for a night of Metalli-hockey mayhem," the band writes on its website.

Tickets to "Metalli-hockey"

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Credit: Trevor HeathFounding Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty has revealed in a message posted on his official website that the band's current lineup "will be parting ways at the end of the year."

In the note, which is titled "End of One Era, Start of Another," Jim points out, "The Yardbirds as a band has continued to evolve through the years with great musicians playing all around the World."

In addition to McCarty, the influential U.K. blues-rock group's current touring lineup features guitarists Ben King

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BMG/InGroovesThis week saw the release of a new Kinks box set called The Anthology 1964-1971, a five-CD collection of recordings the influential British band made during its years with the Pye label.  The compilation gathers remastered versions of many of the group's best-known songs, along with album gems, demos, alternate mixes, studio outtakes, live performances and more.

Besides all the great music included in The Anthology, the set features extensive liner notes and rare photos.  Founding Kinks lead guitarist Dave

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MPL/Mary McCartneyPaul McCartney was a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show Tuesday night to promote his new single, "Hope for the Future," but he briefly addressed his former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr's impending honor from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It was announced earlier in the day that Ringo will receive the Award for Musical Excellence during the Rock Hall's 2015 induction ceremony. He's already been enshrined in the Rock Hall as a member of The Beatles.

When The Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked McCartney if he'll attend the ceremony

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Credit: Roger EricksonAs reported earlier on Tuesday, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were among the artists who will be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the institution's 2015 induction ceremony, which will take place April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall.  Now, the band's influential frontwoman has issued a statement expressing her feelings about the honor.

"I'm still collecting my thoughts, but the feeling is surreal," says Jett.  "I've always focused on making music for the art of

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Image Courtesy of Michael DorfThe music of David Byrne and his old band The Talking Heads will be the focus of the latest in a series of star-studded tribute concerts organized by New York City entrepreneur Michael Dorf.  The show is scheduled for March 23, 2015, at New York's Carnegie Hall.

The initial lineup for the event includes ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, The Roots, Steve Earle, Rufus Wainwright, and Sleigh Bells singer

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David Bergman/Rock Paper PhotoVisitors to New York City this holiday season will have the opportunity to pick up some unique Bon Jovi collectibles. 

Jon Bon Jovi has curated a gallery display of photos taken by David Bergman, who has shot more than 200 of the band's shows, as well as other celebrities from the world of music and sports.  The singer also has autographed a limited number of the prints, which will be on sale in the exhibition space.  Jon is donating a portion of his proceeds from sales of Bon Jovi photographs to ACE New York, a charity that helps the homeless in New

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who has been forced to bring the current U.K. leg of its 50th anniversary tour to an early end because frontman Roger Daltrey has a throat infection and has been ordered by doctors to rest his voice.  The singer's illness has led to the postponement of the band's final two 2014 concerts, which were to have taken place at London's O2 Arena this Wednesday and Thursday.

The shows have been rescheduled for March 22 and March 23.  Tickets purchased for the concerts will remain valid for the respective March makeup dates.

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Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityGrunge supergroup Mad Season will breathe anew in Seattle for one night.  Founding members Mike McCready and Barrett Martin will be joined by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagen for a special show for the Seattle Symphony's "Sonic Evolution" concert series.  The concert will take place January 30, with tickets available now at SeattleSymphony.org.

Mad

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