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Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCOne person who won't be buying a ticket for a planned Madonna biopic?  Madonna herself.

Following a report that Universal plans to make a movie called Blond Ambition, focusing on Madonna's early career, the Queen of Pop took to Instagram to denounce the project.

Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story," she captioned a 1980s'-era photo of herself. "Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society."

While Madonna has starred in any number of films -- from Desperately Seeking Susan and the documentary Truth or Dare, to Evita and the James Bond flick Die Another Day -- she's never told her story in movie or book form. The day she decides to spill it all, though, expect a multi-million-dollar bidding war.

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MJ Kim/MPL Communications LtdFans in over a dozen more cities will have a chance to go One on One with Paul McCartney.

McCartney has announced 14 additional dates for the North American leg of his One on One tour, beginning July 5 in Miami, Florida. The dates include four cities the former Beatle has never played before: Duluth, Georgia; Bossier City, Louisiana; Wichita, Kansas; and Syracuse, New York. 

A July 25 show in Tinley Park, Illinois goes on sale April 29, with tickets for the other dates going on sale May 1 and May 5, respectively, depending on the show. Full information is available at McCartney’s official website.

McCartney is touring with the same band that's accompanied him for more than a decade: guitarist Rusty Anderson, bassist/guitarist Brian Ray, keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens and drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. Check out exclusive rehearsal footage here.

Here are Paul McCartney's updated One on One North American tour dates:

7/5 – Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
7/10 – Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
7/13 – Duluth, GA, Infinite Energy Arena
7/15 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
7/19 – Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
7/21 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
7/23 – Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
7/25 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park
9/11 – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
9/15 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/19 – Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/ 23 – Syracuse, NY, Carrier Dome
9/ 26 – Uniondale, NY, NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10/1 -- Detroit MI, Little Caesars Arena



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Credit: Thos Robinson/Getty Images for ForeignerSummer concert season is almost here, and fans will have a chance to enjoy live music at budget prices.

Foreigner, Boston, Deep Purple, Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind & Fire are among the artists involved in live event promoter Live Nation’s “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion” on National Concert Day, Monday, May 1. The company will offer over one million tickets to various concert tours for just $20 each.

The $20 tickets will be available for over 1,000 shows and over 50 tours, including Boston with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper with special guest The Edgar Winter Band, Def Leppard with Poison and Tesla, Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Foreigner and Cheap Trick with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Queen Adam Lambert, Rod Stewart with very special guest Cyndi Lauper, Styx and REO Speedwagon with special guest star Don Felder.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 2 at 8 a.m. local time, with the special offer continuing for one week. Full information is available online.



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The 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is upon us, but according to Paul McCartney, initial reactions to the now-classic album were somewhat mixed.

Speaking to Mojo magazine, the ex-Beatle recalls being told, “You’re gonna lose all your fans with this one.’"  He says their response was, "Well, we’ll lose some but we’ll gain some. We’ve gotta advance.”

McCartney also mentions a “terrible” review the album received in the New York Times, in which the writer said “the over-all effect is busy, hip and cluttered,” adding that Sgt. Pepper’s was “spoiled” like “an over-attended child.”

But Paul points out that when that same writer heard what others were saying about the album, he revised his opinion in another piece for the Village Voice.  That time, he said it was “better than 80 percent of the music around today,” but opined that Sgt. Pepper's wouldn’t be considered as good historically as Rubber Soul and Revolver.

Paul also spoke about the 50th anniversary version of Sgt. Pepper’s that's being released next month, saying he really appreciates the new stereo mix.

He explains, “The original stereo mix is a bit of a period piece. You’ve got the drums in one corner. You’ve got the vocals in another corner. We would be at listening parties, have some mates around and I’d go, ‘Listen to the drums on this, man!’…and you couldn’t hear ’em. 'Oh! They’re over there in the other corner of the room.'”

Describing the new mix, he says, ”It sounds more like us playing in the room and more like we intended it.”

The remastered 50th Anniversary version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band arrives arrive May 26.

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Alexandre Loureiro/Getty ImagesGood news this morning about Elton John, who had to cancel weeks of performances while he recovers from a severe bacterial infection. 

Elton's apparently feeling well enough to send a tweet to his fans Tuesday morning.  "Woke up to an avalanche of well wishes," he wrote.  "Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I'm resting well and looking forward to getting back on tour."

Woke up to an avalanche of well wishes. Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I'm resting well and looking forward to getting back on tour. pic.twitter.com/zwTKvt1jn7

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) April 25, 2017

He posted the same message on his Instagram, but added, "I'm resting well and getting stronger every day. I'm looking forward to getting back on tour in June."

According to Elton's rep, the rock legend contracted a "a harmful and unusual bacterial infection" during a tour of South America, and during his return flight home, he became "violently ill."  When he arrived in the U.K., he was admitted him to the hospital, where he "underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection."

Elton spent two nights in intensive care, and then had an extended stay in the hospital. He was finally released this past Saturday and is now "comfortably resting at home," according to his rep.

According to an earlier statement, the infection that Elton contracted is "rare and potentially deadly," but it was quickly identified and treated, and he's expected to make a full recovery. 

Elton said in the earlier statement, "I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them.  I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

The tour cancellations encompass Elton's entire performance schedule for April and May in Las Vegas, as well as a May 6 performance in Bakersfield, California.  Ticket holders can get refunds for the cancelled performances.  His next live show will take place in Twickenham, England on June 3.

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Michael Putland/Getty ImagesA Madonna biopic, Blond Ambition, is in the early stages  at Universal.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has picked up a script from first time screen writer Elyse Hollander about Madonna's early rise to fame in New York in the '80s.  The magazine says the movie will deal with Madonna as she works on her debut alubm, "struggling in a business that treats women badly, while also dealing with a burgeoning love life and the first hints of fame."

The movie will be co-produced by director/producer Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment.  Ratner is a music video veteran and directed Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger" video.

No further details about the movie have been announced.

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Courtesy of The ClassicOne of the musical highlights of this summer will be the Classic East/Classic West Festivals, taking place in July in New York and L.A. with a lineup that includes Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Steely Dan, and Earth, Wind & Fire.  The Eagles haven't performed since co-founder and frontman Glenn Frey died last year, but according to Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, they've somehow found a way to fill the huge gap left by Frey's absence.

"I'll leave the surprise of how they're doing it to unfold in their own world at these two shows," Fleetwood tells ABC Radio, "[but] I think it's really historical."

The drummer adds that he's delighted that The Eagles are returning to the stage.

"I think it's hugely profound for the Eagles that they're coming out and doing these shows," he tells ABC Radio. "And I'm really glad that the band is still existing and seemingly intent on continuing as a band." 

As for Fleetwood Mac, so far the two festivals, on July 16 and July 30, are the only announced dates for the band, though guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer/keyboardist Christine McVie are doing their own tour starting in June to promote their self-titled duets album.

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Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesThough a quintessential Englishman, Ray Davies has plenty to say about the U.S.A.

The Kinks frontman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer even titled his new album Americana, inspired by his 2013 autobiographical book of the same name.

Davies recorded with acclaimed alt-country band The Jayhawks, which required a little fine-tuning. Ray tells the BBC, "At first, they were trying to sound English in their backing vocals, but I deterred them from that…I picked them is because they just play the songs. They don't embellish too much unless I ask them to, which is great."

Things went so well, Davies says there are “another 20” songs waiting to be finished, adding, "It's a big work, but I hope it'll be put together for a deluxe record later on."

Davies lived for a spell in New Orleans, including a harrowing 2004 incident in which he was shot in the leg chasing a purse thief. He ended up in the hospital under heavy sedation, a situation he describes in the new song, “Mystery Room.”

Another track, “Rock 'N' Roll Cowboys,” compares ageing rockers to long-in-the-tooth gunslingers. Davies muses, "Every day I wake up and say, 'I love writing songs but do I want to do this?' and the answer is I do. I love making records. I love playing in front of people."

As for the country of inspiration, Davies says, "I do hope America balances itself out. It's slightly off-kilter at the moment. (President Trump) has still got to face Congress, and it's still a democratic country. I think the will of the people will be heard, and America's constitution is strong. It's a difficult time of re-adjustment for them - but I think in time it'll balance itself out.”



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Credit: John Popper of Blues Traveler; John Lamparski/WireImageKick out the jams, Blues Traveler are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new tour.

The bluesy, jam-rock veterans will kick things off October 11 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, finishing the 25-date excursion with a November 19 show in San Diego. Ticket information is available via the band’s official website.

Frontman John Popper says, “Three decades and I am still surprised when we play and find some rich new musical vein to tap…Thirty years since a bunch of loud boys embarked on an adventure that took them around the world and made them a family that has not ceased growing to this day. Thirty years later and I am still so very grateful.”

Led by Popper and guitarist Chad Kinchla, Blues Traveler formed in Princeton, New Jersey, in the mid-1980s. They’ve released a dozen studio albums and sold more than 10 million discs worldwide. They also earned a 1986 Grammy for the track “Run Around.” Popper has also performed with the likes of Foo Fighters, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band.

In addition to the anniversary tour, Blues Traveler will begin recording a new album next month that’s expected to see the light of day in early 2018.

Blues Traveler 30 Year Anniversary Tour Dates:
10/12 -- Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
10/13 -- Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
10/14 -- Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
10/15 -- Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
10/17 -- Richmond, VA, The National
10/18 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/20 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live
10/21 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution Live
10/26 -- Austin, TX, Emo’s
10/27 -- Dallas, TX, House Of Blues
10/28 -- Houston, TX, House Of Blues
10/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
11/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
11/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue
11/4 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
11/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
11/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, House Of Blues
11/8 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
11/10 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
11/12 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox at The Market
11/15 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
11/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco
11/18 -- Anaheim, CA, House Of Blues
11/19 -- San Diego, CA, House Of Blues



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ABC/Randy HolmesHere's hoping Elton John will be on the Yellow Brick Road to recovery soon: he's had to cancel weeks of performances while he recovers from a severe bacterial infection.

The cancellations encompass Elton's entire performance schedule for April and May in Las Vegas, as well as a May 6 performance in Bakersfield, California.

According to Elton's rep, the rock legend contracted a "a harmful and unusual bacterial infection" during a tour of South America, and during his return flight home, he became "violently ill."  When he arrived in the U.K., he was admitted him to the hospital, where he "underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection."

Elton spent two nights in intensive care, and then had an extended stay in the hospital. He was finally released this past Saturday and is now "comfortably resting at home," according to his rep. 

According to a statement, the infection that Elton contracted is "rare and potentially deadly," but it was quickly identified and treated, and he's expected to make a full recovery.  His next live show will taken place in Twickenham, England on June 3.

Elton says in a statement, "I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them.  I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

Ticket holders can get refunds for the cancelled performances.

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Joel Fried/Getty ImagesFans of Gregg Allman will be glad to know that according to the rocker's rep, he has not in hospice, as has been rumored.

A message on the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Facebook page reads, "Hey everyone. I just wanted y’all to know that I’m currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor’s orders. I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin’. “

Rumors that Allman was in hospice circulated on Monday via a radio station report, but Allman's rep tells ABC News that the rumors are not true.

Allman, who is 69, has suffered from ill health in recent years, dealing with a respiratory infection, a hernia, a liver transplant and an irregular heartbeat.  In March, he canceled all his tour dates for unnamed "health reasons."

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Credit: Santiago Felipe/Getty ImagesDonald Fagen is taking his musical history on the road.

The Steely Dan frontman has assembled a new tour project dubbed Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers (named after his 1982 debut solo album, The Nigthfly). Fagen says the band will play a mixture of tracks from his solo recordings, Steely Dan hits and “some swell surprises.”

Fagen’s band is comprised of four young musicians he’s been working with over the past few years at various gigs near his home of Woodstock, New York. They include guitarist Connor Kennedy, bassist Brandon Morrison, drummer Lee Falco and keyboardist Will Bryant, all of whom also contribute vocals.

The Nightflyers tour kicks off with a two-night stand in Port Chester, New York in early August and continues through a September 16 performance in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 28.

Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers tour:

8/3 & 8/4 –- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
8/8 –- Miami, FL, The Fillmore at Gleason
8/9 –- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/11 –- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
8/12 –- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
8/14 –- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
8/16 –- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
8/17 –- Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Stage
8/19 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
8/20 –- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
8/22 –- Louisville, KY, The Palace
8/23 –- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
8/25 –- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
8/26 –- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
8/28 –- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
8/29 –- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
8/31 –- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre
9/2 –- Austin, TX, ACL Live at Moody Theater
9/3 –- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
9/12 –- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
9/13 –- Seattle, WA, The Paramount
9/15 –- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
9/16 –- San Francisco, CA, Masonic

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Michael Putland/Getty ImagesWe've heard a rumor that 1980s pop trio Bananarama are reuniting! 

Nearly 30 years after "petty squabbles" forced Siobhan FaheyKeren Woodward and Sara Dalin ended a six-year run on the pop charts that included the hits, "Cruel Summer," "Venus" and "I Heard a Rumour," the group tells The Sun that they've burried the hatchet and are launching a U.K. tour kicking off in November.

“We first had a chat about it over Christmas and before we knew it the whole thing snowballed," says Keren. "I called Siobhan to chat about it and things went from there.”

Adds Fahey, “By the time I managed to come over to talk about it, somehow it had become a done deal, the dates had been scheduled and we had a photoshoot arranged."

Siobhan wasn't immediately on board with the idea, admitting that after 29 years she's "rusty to say the least."

“I didn’t say ‘yes’ immediately," she explains. "I was in complete shock but my heart felt a sense of absolute joy and I just felt it was the right time in my life.

“Emotionally it felt like something I needed to revisit, to go back to my roots and that time with my best friends, Fahey continues. “We’re going to go back and celebrate that extraordinary life we led together in our 20s.”

The British newspaper also indicates that the U.K. tour may only be just the beginning for the trio.

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Fans of Diana Ross' iconic 1980 album diana can now listen to the songs in a whole different way, thanks to a version of the record called diana -- the original CHIC mix that's available on vinyl for the first time.

The double-LP set is pressed on pink vinyl and includes original mixes of songs composed by Chic's Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards for Diana, such as the hits "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out." The latter tune became a gay anthem and, later, the basis for Puff Daddy's #1 hit "Mo' Money Mo' Problems."

The discs play at 45 rpm.

Here's the track list of diana -- the original CHIC mix:

Side One
"Upside Down"
"Tenderness"

Side Two
"Friend to Friend"
"I'm Coming Out"

Side Three
"Have Fun (Again)"
"My Old Piano"

Side Four
"Now That You're Gone"
"Give Up"

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Courtesy of MattelLast June, Mattel partnered with The Beatles to introduce a collection of Hot Wheels cars inspired by their 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. Now the toy company has released a new series of Hot Wheels based on five of the band's classic albums.

The toys feature designs inspired by The Beatles' 1968 self-titled record, a.k.a. The White Album; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; Rubber Soul; Magical Mystery Tour; and the U.S. version of the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack. Each car's packaging also includes a miniature replica of the album cover that corresponds to the vehicle's design.

The vehicle models are based on different types of Hot Wheels cars, with The White Album being a "Hiway Hauler"; Sgt. Pepper's, a "'67 Austin Mini Van"; Rubber Soul, a "Ford Transit Super Van"; Magical Mystery Tour, a "Haulin' Gas"; and A Hard Day's Night, a "Dairy Delivery."

The Beatles Hot Wheels are priced at $4.99 and can be found at stores across the U.S. For more info, visit HotWheels.Mattel.com.

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Credit: Joel BernsteinTom Petty and the Heartbreakers launched their 40th anniversary tour Thursday with a show in Oklahoma City, and now the band's released standalone vinyl versions of six of their studio albums. 

The LPs were previously packaged together in one of two box sets that came out this past December. The vinyl albums that are now available individually are 1996's She's the One, 1999's Echo, 2002's The Last DJ, 2006's Highway Companion 2010's Mojo and 2014's Hypnotic Eye.

The first four records feature remastered audio, while the latter two were re-pressed from the original masters. All of the records have been pressed on 140-gram vinyl, with Echo, The Last DJ, Highway Companion and Mojo being two-LP collections. Highway Companion is actually a Tom Petty solo album.

The six albums all were featured in The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014) box set, which also included a remastered, two-LP edition of Petty's 1994 solo effort, Wildflowers. An individual vinyl version of Wildflowers will issued at a later date.

Petty and the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour is plotted out through a September 17 performance at the KAABOO Festival in Del Mar, California. Check out the band's full itinerary at TomPetty.com.

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Courtesy of Record Store DayRecord Store Day will celebrate its 10th anniversary this Saturday in independent record stores across the country, and around the world.

As with the previous nine events, the list of releases for this year's Record Store Day is stuffed with exclusive offerings, mostly on vinyl from a variety of veteran acts, including Paul McCartney, The Doors, The Turtles, Fleetwood Mac and The Kinks.

Paul McCartney will be releasing a limited-edition cassette that day featuring demos of three songs he and Elvis Costello wrote and recorded together during the sessions for Paul's 1989 studio album Flowers in the Dirt

The Doors' Record Store Day offering is Live at The Matrix, an LP that features newly remastered performances from the band's March 7, 1967, show at the San Francisco club.

The Turtles' contribution to the campaign is a reissue of the 1970 compilation More Golden Hits pressed on gold vinyl.

Fleetwood Mac is releasing Altered Mirage, an LP of alternate takes of songs from the 1982 Mirage album that first appeared as part of the deluxe CD reissue, which came out last year.

The Kinks are putting out two Record Store Day releases, a pair of long-out-of-print French EPs.

Other artists releasing limited-edition vinyl discs for RSD this year include The Beatles, Blondie, David Bowie, The Cars, Johnny Cash, Cheap Trick, David Crosby, Def Leppard, The Easybeats, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Johnny MathisMungo Jerry, Stevie Nicks, Harry Nilsson, Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Prince, Procol Harum, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, Santana, Bob Seger, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Toto, U2, Neil Young, Yes, and The Zombies.

For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Mark Davis/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACMJohn Fogerty and country star Brad Paisley recently shot the music video for their new collaborative song "Love and War," the title track of Paisley's just-released studio album, aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego.

Entertainment Tonight visited with Fogerty and Paisley while they were making the video, and Brad explained that he wanted to make a statement about how the U.S. treats its servicemen and servicewomen, and thought John's experiences during the Vietnam era made him the perfect collaborator for the song.

"I wasn't shipped to Vietnam, but certainly being the same age and the same and the same end zone, possibly, I had my eye on that all the way through," said Fogerty, who served in the Army Reserves during the 1960s.  He added, "We send people off do this great service for us and possibly die, but when they come home, we don't treat them very well. That's what we wanted to express in the song -- we need to do something about that."

Paisley told Entertainment Tonight that he thinks the song's message is, "'We can do better.' We can do a lot better when it comes to taking care of veterans. I don't think there's anyone who would disagree with that…It feels like we should be giving these people the moon! They should be getting anything they need from us."

You can check out the "Love and War video now at Paisley's official Facebook page. Accompanying the clip is a note from Brad that reads, "One of the more important things I've ever said and I'm so honored to say it with John Fogerty."

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Arista NashvilleWith cameos by such music legends as Mick Jagger and John Fogerty, country star Brad Paisley describes making his new album, Love and War, as a "bucket list" experience. But Paisley says he's aware that a stable full of superstars doesn't necessarily guarantee a great album.

"If I'm wasting Mick Jagger's time for three days, it better be something...when he leaves. It wasn't just all for a couple of beers at the bar and a couple of dinners," he tells ABC Radio. "I was bound and determined that...we would have something to show for it."

By the time the Rolling Stones icon left Nashville, he and Paisley had written and recorded the cut "Drive of Shame."

The album's title track, "Love and War," makes a statement about how America treats its veterans, and Brad knew it was a message he needed to deliver with former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman Fogerty.

"I had that idea for him for quite a while, and I knew I wanted to say it with him," Paisley recalls. "Because saying a statement about the mistreatment of veterans in a song, I can do that for my generation, but nobody speaks for his generation better than him."

Love and War hit stores today, April 21.

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Alpha Dog 2T/UMeStyx is inviting fans to come sail away with them on a new musical mission.  The veteran rockers will release their first album of original songs in 14 years, titled The Mission, on June 16.

Following in the tradition of such memorable Styx records as Paradise Theatre and Kilroy Was Here, the new release is a concept album, telling the story of the first manned voyage to the planet Mars in the year 2033.

The fictional sci-fi tale casts Styx's members -- singer/guitarists Tommy Shaw and James "J.Y." Young, singer/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, drummer Todd Sucherman and bassists Ricky Phillips and Chuck Panozzo -- as the crew of a nuclear-powered spacecraft named the Khedive, and follows their adventures as they try to reach the red planet.

"The planets truly aligned for The Mission, and I couldn't be prouder," says Shaw, who created the album's storyline with his frequent collaborator Will Evankovich. "It's our boldest, most emblematic album since [1978's] Pieces of Eight."

Coinciding with the album's details being announced on Friday, Styx has released the first single, "Gone Gone Gone," a driving, prog-rock-flavored tune reminiscent of the band's late-'70s work, as well as that of Queen.

The track can be purchased as a download and is available via various streaming services. In addition, a video for the song, showing the band performing the tune at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, has premiered online. You can watch the clip at Styx's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The Mission can be pre-ordered now at various online music sellers. It will be available as a CD, a vinyl LP and digitally.

Here is the full track list of the album:

"Overture"
"Gone Gone Gone"
"Hundred Million Miles from Home"
"Trouble at the Big Show"
"Locomotive"
"Radio Silence"
"The Greater Good"
"Time May Bend"
"Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong"
"Red Storm"
"All Systems Stable"
"Khedive"
"The Outpost"
"Mission to Mars"

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