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Neil Young and David Crosby in 2013; Steve Jennings/WireImageThe news of Neil Young & Crazy Horse's first shows in nearly four years has reached at least one of his former band mates.

David Crosby reached out via Twitter to E-Street band member Nils Lofgren -- who's confirmed he'll be part of the Crazy Horse lineup -- to offer to lend a vocal hand.

Crosby tweeted to Lofgren, "Please let me know if you want some harmonies," to which Nils replied, "Yes and thanks...can you DM your number?"

This could be the half-step toward a reunion that CSNY fans are hoping for. Both Crosby and Graham Nash have said that the current extreme political climate might provide an excellent common ground in which to reunite, but the Huffington Post says Neil Young told them last month, “I don’t plan things like that. They either happen or they don’t. I don’t have a plan."

The Warnors Theatre still has tickets for Crazy Horse's two shows, ranging in price from $55 to $199.

The last shows Neil Young played with Crazy Horse were in August 2014.

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The members of Fleetwood Mac won't quite say they've fired Lindsey Buckingham, but they get awfully close.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Mick Fleetwood complains that "Words like 'fired' are ugly references as far as I’m concerned. Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall." Fleetwood says the decision "was not a happy situation...[but] we made a decision that we could not go on with him."

Fleetwood admits that over his 50-plus years with the band, "my instincts, for better or worse, have always been to gravitate toward going forward," and after he gave the matter "a lot of thought," he called the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell, and later Neil Finn of Crowded House. They got together and spent "a few days" jamming, which sealed the deal.

"I immediately felt like I'd known them for years, even though we'd only just met," said John McVie.

Though Fleetwood Mac hasn't started serious rehearsals for the tour, Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone that their process will be to "put up a board of 60 songs. Then we start with number one and we go through and we play everything. Slowly you start taking songs off and you start to see your set come together."

Now that Buckingham's sidelined, fans can expect the set list to include some pre-1975 tunes, in addition to the tried-and-true hits.

"We were never able to do [old stuff] because certain people in the band weren’t interested in doing that," Nicks said.  "Now we’re able to open the set with a lot; a raucous version of 'Rattlesnake Shake' or something. I’d also like to do 'Station Man,' which has always been one of my favorites."

Tickets for Fleetwood Mac's tour go on sale to the general public May 4 at 10 a.m. local time, though American Express Card members can buy tickets starting Monday April 30 at 10 a.m. local time.

Here are the tour dates:

2018
10/3 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
10/6 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/10 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center (on sale May 11)
10/12 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/14 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/16 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/20 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
10/22 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/26 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
10/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
10/30 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
11/1 --  Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
11/3 -- Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
11/5 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/7 --  Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
11/10 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
11/12 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
11/17 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
11/19 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
11/21 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose    
11/23 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
11/25 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
11/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
12/3 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
12/6 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
12/8 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
12/11 -- Inglewood, CA,    The Forum
12/13 -- Inglewood, CA,    The Forum

2019
2/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/7 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/9 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/13 --  Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at The BJCC
2/16 --  New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
2/18 --  Tampa, FL,  Amalie Arena
2/20 --  Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/22 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
2/24 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
2/27 --  Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/3 --  Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
3/5 --  Washington, DC,    Capital One Arena
3/9 --  Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
3/11 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden (on sale May 5)
3/13 -- Newark, NJ,  Prudential Center (on sale May 5)
3/15 -- Hartford, CT, XL CENTER
3/20 -- Albany, NY,  Times Union Center
3/24 --  Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
3/26 --  Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
3/31 --  Boston, MA,  TD Garden
4/5 --  Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for CoachellaMany artists let their fans into their creative process, virtually, by posting footage of their work in the recording studio. Nile Rodgers has gone a step further, posting a video to Facebook of the bloody moments after he reports breaking his nose by tripping on the top stair of his studio.

"I guess that's what you call a slip and fall injury," the 65-year-old jokes weakly while gasping through a blood-soaked paper towel. He then says, presumably to the person who's recording, "I think we better go to the hospital, bro."

The Chic founder later updated his fans via tweet, "When I arrived at the hospital the [doctor] said...I did everything right. I'm going to be fine even w[ith] the broken nose."

However, it seems Rodgers had second thoughts about being so communicative with fans, after receiving lots of concerned messages. A few hours later he tweeted again, "MY FAULT: THX 4 THE LUV BUT Please stop calling me so I can heal. I have an charity event in two days. The human body is a magnificent machine and I'm healing well after my horrible fall. Let me sleep. LOVE EVERYBODY, N."

The event Rodgers is referring to is this Friday's We Are Family gala in New York City, which will honor Roger Daltrey and LL Cool J and also feature a concert with Daltrey, LL Cool J, and Chic.

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UMeBarely a day after teasing it all over social media, the Rolling Stones announce they'll release a major vinyl boxed set.

It's called The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016 and will contain every studio album from Sticky Fingers to 2016's Blue & Lonesome, in what the Stones call "faithful and intricate original packaging replications."

They're not kidding: Some Girls will have the original cover cutouts, Sticky Fingers will feature the working zipper, and Exile on Main Street will come with exact replicas of the original 12 postcard inserts. All of the albums will contain replicas of the exact inner sleeves used in the original releases.

The band promises that each of the 15 studio albums "has been lovingly remastered and cut at revelatory half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possible sound." The albums will be pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, and each comes with a download card, giving you digital copies as well. 

The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016 hits stores on June 15, but you can order it now on the Rolling Stones website. It's priced at $450.

To save you having to check your tatty old copies, here are the track listings for The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016

Sticky Fingers
"Brown Sugar"
"Sway"
"Wild Horses"
"Can’t You Hear Me Knocking"
"You Gotta Move"
"Bitch"
"I Got the Blues"
"Sister Morphine"
"Dead Flowers"
"Moonlight Mile"

Exile On Main St.
"Rocks Off"
"Rip This Joint"
"Shake Your Hips"
"Casino Boogie"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Sweet Virginia"
"Torn and Frayed"
"Sweet Black Angel"
"Loving Cup"
"Happy"
"Turd on the Run"
"Ventilator Blues"
"I Just Want to See His Face"
"Let It Loose"
"All Down the Line"
"Stop Breaking Down"
"Shine a Light"
"Soul Survivor"

Goats Head Soup
"Dancing with Mr. D."
"100 Years Ago"
"Coming Down Again"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
"Angie"
"Silver Train"
"Hide Your Love"
"Winter"
"Can You Hear whe Music"
"Star Star"

It’s Only Rock ’n Roll
"If You Can’t Rock Me"
"Ain’t Too Proud to Beg"
"It’s Only Rock ’n Roll (But I Like It)"
"Till The Next Goodbye"
"Time Waits for No One"
"Luxury"
"Dance Little Sister"
"If You Really Want to Be My Friend"
"Short and Curlies"
"Fingerprint File"

Black and Blue
"Hot Stuff"
"Hand of Fate"
"Cherry Oh Baby"
"Memory Motel"
"Hey Negrita"
"Melody"
"Fool to Cry"
"Crazy Mama"

Some Girls
"Miss You"
"When the Whip Comes Down"
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
"Some Girls"
"Lies"
"Far Away Eyes"
"Respectable"
"Before They Make Me Run"
"Beast of Burden"
"Shattered"

Emotional Rescue
"Dance"
"Summer Romance"
"Send It to Me"
"Let Me Go"
"Indian Girl"
"Where the Boys Go"
"Down in the Hole"
"Emotional Rescue"
"She’s So Cold"
"All About You"

Tattoo You
"Start Me Up"
"Hang Fire"
"Slave"
"Little T&A"
"Black Limousine"
"Neighbours"
"Worried About You"
"Tops"
"Heaven"
"Not Used to Crying"
"Waiting On a Friend"

Undercover
"Undercover of the Night"
"She Was Hot"
"Tie You Up (The Pain of Love)"
"Wanna Hold You"
"Feel On Baby"
"Too Much Blood"
"Pretty Beat Up"
"Too Tough"
"All the Way Down"
"It Must Be Hell"

Dirty Work
"One Hit (To the Body)"
"Fight"
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Hold Back"
"Too Rude"
"Winning Ugly"
"Back to Zero"
"Dirty Work"
"Had It With You"
"Sleep Tonight"
"Key to the Highway"

Steel Wheels
"Sad Sad Sad"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Terrifying"
"Hold On to Your Hat"
"Hearts for Sale"
"Blinded by Love"
"Rock and a Hard Place"
"Can’t Be Seen"
"Almost Hear You Sigh"
"Continental Drift"
"Break the Spell"
"Slipping Away"

Voodoo Lounge
"Love Is Strong"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Sparks Will Fly"
"The Worst"
"New Faces"
"Moon Is Up"
"Out of Tears"
"I Go Wild"
"Brand New Car"
"Sweethearts Together"
"Suck on the Jugular"
"Blinded by Rainbows"
"Baby Break It Down"
"Thru and Thru"

Bridges to Babylon
"Flip the Switch"
"Anybody Seen My Baby?"
"Low Down"
"Already Over Me"
"Gunface"
"You Don’t Have to Mean It"
"Out of Control"
"Saint of Me"
"Might As Well Get Juiced"
"Always Suffering"
"Too Tight"
"Thief In the Night"
"How Can I Stop"

A Bigger Bang
"Rough Justice"
"Let Me Down Slow"
"It Won’t Take Long"
"Rain Fall Down"
"Streets of Love"
"Back of My Hand"
"She Saw Me Coming"
"Biggest Mistake"
"This Place Is Empty"
"Oh No Not You Again"
"Dangerous Beauty"
"Laugh I Nearly Died"
"Sweet Neo Con"
"Look What ohe Cat Dragged In"
"Driving Too Fast"
"Infamy"

Blue & Lonesome
"Just Your Fool"
"Commit a Crime"
"Blue and Lonesome"
"All of Your Love"
"I Gotta Go"
"Everybody Knows About My Good Thing"
"Ride ‘Em On Down"
"Hate to See You Go"
"Hoo Doo Blues"
"Little Rain"
"Just Like I Treat You"
"I Can’t Quit You Baby"

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Live Nation EntertainmentFollowing the surprising announcement a few weeks back that Lindsey Buckingham is no longer in the group, Fleetwood Mac has now announced a North American tour that will start in October and run through the spring of 2019.

The tour will feature the band's new lineup: Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, and Crowded House frontman and former Split Enz member Neil Finn.  Tickets go on sale to the general public May 4 at 10 a.m. local time, though American Express Card members can buy tickets starting Monday April 30 at 10 a.m. local time.

In a statement, Mick Fleetwood said,"Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound."

Collectively, the band said in a statement, in part, "We’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”

Here are the tour dates:

2018
10/3 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
10/6 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/10 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center (on sale May 11)
10/12 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/14 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/16 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/20 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
10/22 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/26 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
10/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
10/30 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
11/1 --  Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
11/3 -- Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
11/5 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/7 --  Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
11/10 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
11/12 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
11/17 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
11/19 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
11/21 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose    
11/23 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
11/25 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
11/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
12/3 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
12/6 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
12/8 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
12/11 -- Inglewood, CA,    The Forum
12/13 -- Inglewood, CA,    The Forum

2019
2/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/7 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/9 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/13 --  Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at The BJCC
2/16 --  New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
2/18 --  Tampa, FL,  Amalie Arena
2/20 --  Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/22 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
2/24 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
2/27 --  Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/3 --  Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
3/5 --  Washington, DC,    Capital One Arena
3/9 --  Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
3/11 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden (on sale May 5)
3/13 -- Newark, NJ,  Prudential Center (on sale May 5)
3/15 -- Hartford, CT, XL CENTER
3/20 -- Albany, NY,  Times Union Center
3/24 --  Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
3/26 --  Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
3/31 --  Boston, MA,  TD Garden
4/5 --  Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced two shows.  The news came by way of a short message on the Neil Young Archives that simply reads: "NYCH. Fresno. May 1 and 2. First time in a long time, Live on stage. No rehearsal."

There's also a link to ticketing for the Warnors Theatre, where tickets range in price from $55-199.

E Street guitarist and longtime Neil Young collaborator Nils Lofgren confirmed by Tweet that he will be participating in the tour, and says he's "beyond honored."

The last shows that Neil Young played with Crazy Horse were in 2014.

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Brian Rasic/WireImageJust ahead of the Rolling Stones' string of European shows, Mick Jagger has revealed that he's working on some new material.

The singer tells Independent.ie, "I am writing at the moment." When further questioned about the eventual outlet for his creative efforts, Jagger said, "It's mostly for the Stones."

Unfortunately, the fact that Mick is working on new material isn't necessarily a guarantee that fans will hear anything new anytime soon. "I don't really think about what I've written, much," he admits. "I just keep ploughing forward."

The last time the Stones released an album of new original material was 13 years ago, with A Bigger Bang.  They won a Grammy earlier this year for their album of blues covers, Blue & Lonesome.

These are the Stones confirmed No Filter tour dates:

5/17 -- Dublin, Ireland, Croke Park
5/22 -- London, U.K., London Stadium
5/25 -- London, U.K., London Stadium
5/29 -- Southampton, U.K., St. Mary's Stadium
6/2 -- Coventry, U.K., Ricoh Stadium
6/5 -- Manchester, U.K., Old Trafford Football Stadium
6/9 -- Edinburgh, U.K., BT Murrayfield Stadium
6/15 -- Cardiff, U.K., Principality Stadium
6/19 -- London, U.K., Twickenham Stadium
6/22 -- Berlin, Germany, Olympic Stadium
6/26 -- Marseille, France, Orange Velodrome
6/30 -- Stuttgart, Germany, Mercedes Benz Arena
7/4 -- Prague, Czech Republic, Letnany Airport
7/8 -- Warsaw, Poland, National Stadium

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Rhino RecordsThe Grateful Dead will issue a special edition of its classic album Anthem of the Sun, in celebration of the album's 50th anniversary.

The new release will be available in CD and vinyl, with the CD edition to feature a total of three discs: a remaster of the original album's mix, a remastered version of a more well-known 1971 mix, and a bonus disc of the Dead's October 22, 1967 show at Winterland, which was its first-ever with drummer Mickey Hart.    

The vinyl version will be a picture disc, limited to 10,000 copies.

Both CD and vinyl arrive in stores and digital outlets on July 13 -- just in time for you to take them home and cue them up on July 18, the 50th anniversary of the album's original release.

Anthem of the Sun: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition CD Track Listing

Original 1968 Mix

"That's It For The Other One"
    I. "Cryptical Envelopment"
    II. "Quadlibet For Tender Feet"
    III. "The Faster We Go, The Rounder We Get"
    IV. "We Leave The Castle"

"New Potato Caboose"
"Born Cross-Eyed"
"Alligator"
"Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)"

1971 Remix
"That's It For The Other One"
    I.    "Cryptical Envelopment"
    II.   "Quadlibet For Tender Feet"
    III. "The Faster We Go, The Rounder We Get"
    IV. "We Leave The Castle"

"New Potato Caboose"
"Born Cross-Eyed"
"Alligator"
"Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)"
    
Winterland, San Francisco, CA 10/22/67

"Morning Dew"
"New Potato Caboose"
"It Hurts Me Too"
"Cold Rain And Snow"
"Turn On Your Love Light"
"Beat It On Down The Line"
"That's It For The Other One"
    I.    "Cryptical Envelopment"
    II.  "The Other One"
    III. "Cryptical Envelopment"

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Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Rolling StonesJust after noon ET today, the Rolling Stones lit up their social media accounts with a 15-second video clip, featuring the sound of a stylus touching down on a vinyl record, the opening notes of "Start Me Up," and what looks like a slowly spinning boxed set case, with fifteen colored tongue logos on the spine.

At the end of the clip, text appears at the bottom of the screen that states, simply, "June 15."

Response from fans was immediate and enthusiastic, with many guessing that there's a Stones vinyl boxed set in the works. If true, this would be the band's seventh boxed set. The most recent was the 2016 15-CD/16-LP release of the Stones' mono albums, called The Rolling Stones in Mono.

Stay tuned.

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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalMonday night belonged to Patti Smith's fans, who got a rare treat when Bruce Springsteen joined Smith onstage in New York City.

RollingStone.com reports the pair performed the song they co-wrote, "Because the Night," with Smith's band backing them.

The live set followed a Tribeca Film Festival screening of the new documentary Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band, about the January 2016 shows where Smith and company performed her 1975 album Horses in its entirety to commemorate its 40th anniversary. After the screening, the curtain rose and revealed Smith and her band.

Springsteen stayed 'til the end of the short show and helped Smith close with "People Have the Power," with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe also joining in.

There's audience-recorded video of Monday night's "Because the Night" and "People Have the Power" available on YouTube.

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLRPrince's family is suing the hospital that treated the legendary singer the week before he died, The Star Tribune reports.

In the wrongful death suit, the family claims the Trinity Medical Center in Illinois improperly treated Prince's first overdose, ultimately leading to his second and fatal overdose a week later. 

The family is also suing Walgreens for dispensing opioids to Paisley Park manager Kirk Johnson that were intended for Prince.

"What happened to Prince is happening to families across America," attorney John Goetz said on behalf of the family. "Prince's family wishes, through its investigation, to shed additional light on what happened to Prince."

The state and federal criminal investigation found the singer was taking Vicodin with fentanyl. The source of the deadly substance could not be found, so authorities closed the case with no arrests or criminal charges.

The investigation also found that the singer refused medical testing and treatment.

Prince died on April 21, 2016, with his family filing suit exactly two years later. 

In other Prince news, his estate has announced a new album of unreleased music from the star, which will be released on September 28, according to Variety

"Last week, the release of "Nothing Compares 2 U" was the first piece of music to come from our collaboration with the estate, and now we’re working on a release for the fall -- a full-length album," Troy Carter, the entertainment adviser for Prince's estate, tells Variety. "Michael Howe, who’s been working with us on the archive, has done a tremendous job of finding some special pieces of work, and one of the pieces that he found, all of us fell in love with it and decided this was special enough for fans to hear. So we’re putting the final touches on it -- it’ll come in the fall."

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PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentConcert promoter Live Nation will be offering discounted tickets for a number of the summer's biggest rock tours during National Concert Week.

From Monday, April 30 at 8 a.m. local time to Tuesday, May 8 at 11:59 p.m local time, you can grab $20 concert tickets for artists including Bon Jovi, Journey, Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Doobie Brothers.

Other participating tours include Poison, Cheap Trick, Steely Dan, Styx, Joan Jett, REO Speedwagon, Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, Hall & Oates and more.

For the full list of eligible tours, visit NCW.LiveNation.com.

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Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty ImagesA self-portrait of John Lennon as Adolf Hitler has sold for $54,000. This according to Page Six, which reports that the "crude sketch" was done by the future Beatle while he attended the Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950s.

The doodle features Lennon at a podium with his hand raised in a Nazi salute with the words "Heil John" repeated several times, as if it were coming from the crowd below.

"The fact that he even thought of depicting himself as Hitler is weird," said Gary Zimet, who arranged the sale for the memorabilia company Moments In Time.

Also weird is another item on Moments In Time's website: the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Double Fantasy album that Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman, just five hours before Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle.

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Blue and LonesomeThe Rolling Stones' lips and tongue logo is arguably the most famous band logo in rock history, and has appeared on thousands of items, from album covers to underwear. Its origin, though, is a humble one.  Turns out the artist who designed the logo was a 25-year-old art student, who was paid a mere 50 pounds sterling -- about $785 in today's currency value -- for the iconic image.

London's Victoria and Albert Museum interviewed the artist, Jon Pasche, who tells the story of being selected by his art school, the Royal College of Art, to create a tour poster image for the Stones. The only guidance he was given was a newspaper clipping of an image of the Hindu goddess Kali, which had captured the attention of Mick Jagger.

The goddess is feminine looking and in the clipping -- and many other famous renderings -- she's sticking out her tongue and smiling. From that, Pasche created rock & roll art history.

The entire story can be viewed on the Victoria and Albert Museum website, and includes an interesting side story on a classmate of Pasche's, who designed Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon cover.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has lost her bid to block some of her personal items – including a break-up letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur -- from being sold at auction.

According to the New York Daily News, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled Monday that Madonna’s former friend Darlene Lutz was free to sell the possessions.

The singer had sued Lutz last July to prevent her from profiting off the items, which also include a pair of used panties and a used hairbrush. But Judge Gerald Lebovits ruled that because Madonna signed a release in 2004 allowing Lutz to keep some of her things, she did not have grounds to sue.

“[Madonna] knew that throughout her relationship with Lutz, Lutz was in possession of various pieces of [Madonna’s] personal property,” the judge wrote in his decision, according to the Daily News. “Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions.”

Madonna had claimed that she didn’t know Lutz had possession of the Tupac letter, which was personal in nature. Tupac and Madonna dated from 1993 to 1994. The rapper wrote her the letter from jail in 1995 and included details of their breakup.

The items will go up for bid in July on GottaHaveRockandRoll.com.

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Doug SondersEighteen years ago, Rod Stewart underwent surgery for thyroid cancer.  He's now had another operation, but it's apparently not as serious.

The British paper The Mirror reports that, while appearing at the British Film Institute on Sunday for a Q&A session, Rod had a number of adhesive bandages on his right hand.  He explained, "I have just had a little operation on my hand. I had a couple of sun things there and they burnt them off.”

During the session, the 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was asked, in this era of #MeToo, to discuss how he treated female fans back in the late '60s and early '70s.  According to Rod, he was always a perfect gentleman.

"Women literally used to throw themselves at us...[but] I would never touch a girl unless she wanted me to," he said. "Things have changed. You could get away with a bit more in those days than you can now and things have changed for the good.”

Rod also added that he wouldn't necessarily give the 19-year-old version of himself any advice. "I think he did everything right," he said of young Rod. "I think I was very respectful of the audience. There were never any tantrums."

"What would I teach myself? F*** all," he added. "I admire myself. I had a bit of spunk about me. I love that.”

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A concert for a good cause provided the setting for a couple of surprising reunions this past weekend.

At an autism benefit called "Light Up The Blues" in Los Angeles Saturday night, Neil Young announced that he wanted to bring his "brother" up onstage. Stephen Stills joined in for three songs, and then the former band mates were later joined by Patti Smith for "People Have the Power."

At the same show, the Heartbreakers all appeared onstage together for the first time since Tom Petty's death back in October. They were joined by Stills, who took over Petty's vocals on "I Won't Back Down," and also by Patti Smith on "Because the Night."

It's unclear whether either of these events are harbingers of larger-scale reunions. The Heartbreakers haven't issued any statements regarding their future without Tom Petty, and guitarist Mike Campbell recently signed on to join Fleetwood Mac on the road, following the band's firing of Lindsey Buckingham.

As for Neil Young and Stephen Stills, their two former CSNY band mates, David Crosby and Graham Nash, have both hinted that the current extreme political climate might provide an excellent common ground in which to reunite, but the Huffington Post says Neil Young told them last month, “I don’t plan things like that. They either happen or they don’t. I don’t have a plan."

The Autism Speaks benefit also featured performances by Sheryl Crow, Beck, Burt Bacharach, and Judy Collins.

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A&M/Interscope44/876, the new album by Sting and Shaggy, is out now and the unlikely duo is taking over your TV all this week, with appearances on The Tonight Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, The View and more.  Not bad for a project that wasn't even supposed to exist.

Originally, the rock legend and the pop/reggae star were going to collaborate on just one song, "Don't Make Me Wait."  But as Sting tells ABC Radio, they decided they didn't want to stop there.

"I think almost immediately, we had a rapport and we recognized a kindred spirit in each other," he says. "And we just had so much fun...we decided that we would just carry on and mess around in the studio."

"It was an easy record to make, a very quick record to make and a delight," he adds. "And I think the sunshine and the joy comes through the tracks."

Shaggy, a fan of Sting and his old band The Police "from day one," was impressed with the "genius" level of musicianship that Sting contributed.  Sting admires Shaggy's spontaneity and ability to "create a song on the spot, in public."

"[It's] a completely alien thing to me, but he forced me into doing it that way," Sting adds. "Every time he sings, his energy is so high that you have to raise your game to stay up there."

In fact, Sting says that's why the album was so much fun to make.

"There's always competition between musicians," he says. "You're upping your game, they're upping their game. It's no good playing tennis against somebody who doesn't wanna play!" 

Sting and Shaggy will be on The Tonight Show Monday, Live with Kelly and Ryan Tuesday, The View on Wednesday and Watch What Happens Live on Sunday.

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Image credit: Blaine ClausenZZ Top winds down a five-date Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre this Saturday, April 28, part of a busy 2018 schedule for the Texas trio that also includes the upcoming Blues & Bayous co-headlining tour with John Fogerty. While his band will be spending lots of time on the road this year, frontman Billy Gibbons also may release new music from not one, but two side projects in 2018.

First of all, Gibbons tells ABC Radio that a follow-up to his 2015 solo debut, Perfectamundo, recorded with his backing group The BFG's, is in the works. The 68-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says the new album will focus on a different musical genre than his last one.

"Following the success of Perfectamundo, which was our stab at taking a piece from the Cuban influences…they've said, 'OK, we've done this Cuban thing, can you go back to your bluesier roots?'" he explains. "And we've decided to do just that. So, hopefully summertime we'll see something BFG and blue coming out."

Meanwhile, back in 2013, Gibbons reunited with his pre-ZZ Top band The Moving Sidewalks to play a handful of shows, which led that group to hit the studio and start recording some new music that has yet to be released.

Regarding that material, Billy says, "[H]opefully that'll see the light of day. Probably this year."

After wrapping up the Vegas engagement, ZZ Top will play a trio of headlining shows before launching the Blues & Bayous Tour with Fogerty, which kicks off May 25 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and runs through a June 29 concert in Welch, Minnesota. The band also has various other concerts lined up through late August. Check out their full schedule at ZZTop.com.

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It doesn't matter how much money, fame or success you have -- no one's immune from depression,  Just ask Lionel Richie.

The five-time Grammy winning singer and songwriter speaks candidly on the U.K.'s Lorraine TV show about how he struggled in the years following the death of his father, Lionel Richie Sr., in 1990.

“My father was ill and I went through a very -- I won’t say a depression, a massive depression, because, you know, my dad was my hero,” Richie said.

Never mind that at the time, the most recent album that Richie had released was his massively successful Billboard #1, Dancing on the Ceiling.  He was so depressed, he stopped making music altogether, for ten years.

So what got him to start making music again?  The birth of his second child, son Miles, in 1994.

"I realized I had a group of people that were kind of looking up to me to be the head of the house," said Richie, also referring to his daughter, Nicole.  "And I realized something else, something very terrifying: They didn't know what the hell I did for a living!"

Shortly after, Richie released his 1996 album, Louder Than Words.

Today, of course, Richie, who's 68, is enjoying a fresh resurgence of popularity and respect, with a new generation of fans discovering him in his role as a judge on American Idol, airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT on ABC.

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