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KMazur/WireImage for ChopardRod Stewart's in the doghouse with his wife...and with Elton John. Sir Rod recently teased his longtime friend -- who he calls "Sharon" and who calls him "Phyllis" in return -- about Elton's announcement earlier this year that his current tour will be his last.

Stewart admits to the Daily Telegraph, "He's really [upset] with me. 'Cause when he did announce [the tour], I sent him a text: 'What, again dear?' And I got nothing back!"

Rod says his wife Penny Lancaster "says I've got to phone him up. [And] I will get round to it."

Stewart says, "He's got two kids so I can understand why he wants to pack it in. 'Cause he's always worked harder than me. Wow, does he work hard!"

But then the singer threw shade at Elton again, saying, "But he only sings for 30 minutes [per show]."

The fur started flying between the old pals back in March, when Stewart appeared on Watch What Happens L!ve With Andy Cohen and called farewell tours in general "dishonest," adding "It stinks of selling tickets."

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TKO/Eric GettlerDickey Betts' brain surgery was successful.

An update published on Betts' website says, "Dickey Betts and his family want everyone to know that his surgery was a success. The outpouring of support from all over the world has been overwhelming and amazing. We are so appreciative. Thank you all so much for your wonderful thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated."

The former Allman Brothers guitarist fell while at home playing with his dog earlier this week and sustained a head injury. Friday's surgery was to relieve the cranial pressure created from swelling.

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Tyler CurtisPaul McCartney may not be content to Let It Be. The singer says that the Beatles documentary of the same name -- released in 1970 and focusing on the miserable process of the band members trying to stay together long enough to release what ended up being their last album -- "may be[come]...a new movie, re-edit[ed] from the same period, from the same footage."

In an interview with Canada's Radio X, Macca says that there's "about 56 hours of [unleased] footage. [And] the overall feeling is very joyous and very uplifting."

That would be a stark contrast to the strained feeling of much of the existing Let It Be film, which hasn't been available in any format since the '80s. It was supposed to have been released in DVD a decade ago, but a source at Apple Records told Britain's Daily Express that McCartney and Ringo Starr killed the plan because of the downbeat nature of the film.

But Paul's opinion of the film seems to have changed --  the discovery of the footage of "a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it" leads to him predict, "I think it's gonna happen. I think there may be a new version of it....Who knows, that may be happening in a year or two."

Here are McCartney's remaining North American shows of 2018:

9/28 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place
9/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
10/5 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/12 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival

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Matt Baron/ShutterstockElton John has emerged victorious in a libel suit against a British tabloid.

According to the BBC, Elton, who has a long history of suing British tabloids and winning, said a report in The Sun that their dog had severely injured a young child during a play date was "false and seriously defamatory."

The front-page story, which ran in The Sun back in February, claimed that Elton's spaniel bit a five-year-old girl who was at his home for a play date in 2016.  The story said that the dog inflicted "Freddy Krueger-like injuries" on the girl, that it was a "serious attack," and that Elton and his husband, David Furnish, "failed to make any attempt to find out how the little girl was" after the incident.  The story was subsequently picked up by a number of other U.K. publications.

But Elton and David's lawyer told the judge, "The truth is that the injuries were not serious, and the claimants, far from ignoring the incident, made several inquiries about the girl's welfare to her father and nanny. Each time it was confirmed the girl was fine."

The lawyer said that the newspaper accepted the ruling that the allegation was untrue and that it would now apologize to Elton and David, reimburse their legal costs and pay them significant damages.

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Blackened RecordingsMetallica's 1991 self-titled album, better known as The Black Album, has passed an impressive chart milestone that is certainly not sad but is definitely true. The record has now spent a historic total of 500 non-consecutive week on the Billboard 200.

Since the chart began publishing weekly in 1956, only three other albums have spent at least 500 weeks on the Billboard 200. Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is the clear record-holder, with a total of 937 weeks, while Bob Marley and The Wailers' best of collection Legend and Journey's Greatest Hits have each tallied 539 weeks.

With singles such as "Enter Sandman," "Nothing Else Matters" and "Wherever I May Roam," The Black Album catapulted Metallica from metal heroes to world-conquering rock gods. The diamond-certified record is easily Metallica's best-selling release, having sold over 16 million copies in the U.S.

Metallica is currently on tour behind the band's latest album, 2016's Hardwired...to Self-Destruct.

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Farm Aid

Farm Aid 2018 is one day away -- the day-long festival is taking place in Hartford, Connecticut this Saturday, September 22. Tickets are sold out through official channels but still available on StubHub and CraigsList, and the multi-artist hoedown is the perfect event for a road trip.

However, if you're unable to hit the highway in pursuit of Farm Aid, AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live.

In Farm Aid tradition, this year's show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Country stars Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.

The Farm Aid broadcast caps off an AXS Saturday Stack dedicated to the Farm Aid organizers, beginning at noon ET until the show starts at 7.

Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.

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Image credit: Myriam SantosSteve Perry's shared a treat to take us into the weekend.  "We're Still Here," the latest song release from the former Journey frontman's forthcoming album, Traces, is out now.

"We're Still Here" -- which the label says "celebrates the continuity of life and a sense of camaraderie with a new generation" -- at first listen shares a little of the vibe from the Perry-fronted 1983 Journey arena ballad "Send Her My Love," only much more mellow.  Perry's trademark vocal gymnastics from back in the day may be absent but as previous tracks have proven, the 69-year-old is still in fine voice.

The video for "We're Still Here," also out now, is a straightforward affair, showing Perry and his band performing the song in a studio setting. 

"We're Still Here" follows the previous Traces track releases “No Erasin’” and “No More Cryin’.”

You can order Traces now on CD, digital download and 180-gram vinyl.  When you do, you'll score instant downloads of all three single releases.

Traces, Perry's first album since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine, is due out October 5.  Here's the track list:

"No Erasin’"
"We’re Still Here"
"Most of All"
"No More Cryin’"
"In the Rain"
"Sun Shines Gray"
"You Belong to Me"
"Easy to Love" 
"I Need You"
"We Fly"

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The Chris Cornell Estate/UMeChris Cornell fans will soon be able to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman with a massive, extras-packed box set and a separate, 17-track album titled Chris Cornell, both of which will be available November 16.

Ahead of the releases, Cornell's widow, Vicky, has shared the previously unreleased track "When Bad Does Good."  You can hear it now in a lyric video streaming now online.

In addition to the self-titled album, the 64-track box set will include 10 additional unreleased tracks as well as "selections culled from the deep catalogs of his three influential bands -- Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave -- as well as songs from his solo career," according to the estate.

In a statement, Vicky Cornell says, "Since Chris’ sudden passing I have put all my efforts and energy into sharing his music and legacy with his fans from all over the world. I felt we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him -- the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist. His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many. His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans."

Among the offerings on the box set will be 10 rare, unreleased live performances from the musician, including his duet with Yusuf/Cat Stevens on “Wild World” and another duet with his daughter, Toni Cornell, on Bob Marley's "Redemption Song."  There's also music from Temple of the Dog’s 25th anniversary reunion show in 2016, and more.

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Olaf HeineBono's voice has been called many things, but now we can add "soothing" to that list.

Last week, the members of U2 had just started playing a very intimate and unplugged version of "One" in a Paris restaurant called Refettorio, when a small child started crying. Without hesitating, Bono picked up the girl and held her, bouncing her gently as he started singing.

In a video posted to Instagram by Massimo Bottura, the restaurant's founder, the girl seemed comforted and stopped crying.

Bottura thanked U2 in the caption of the video for their support of Refettorio, an upscale restaurant that exclusively serves free meals to those in need.

U2 is currently on the European leg of their Songs of Experience Innocence tour, which wraps up November 13 in Berlin.  That show is a make-up date for one the band was forced to cancel several weeks ago after Bono lost his voice.

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Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty ImagesDo you remember the 21st of September? Some fans certainly do. 

Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" is expecting a boost in views on YouTube Friday -- the 21st night of September. In fact, this time last year the video saw a 286% increase with 797k views in one day, according to the streaming service. 

Although the track is turning 40 this year, the music video has a total of 225 million views on YouTube. 

Even the band is getting ready for the special day, tweeting, "Only a few more days now..." on Tuesday. 

Taylor Swift sparked renewed interest in "September" earlier this year when she recorded the single in Nashville as part of the Spotify Singles series, giving it a slowed-down, country vibe. 

"September" was originally released in 1978 and reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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ABC/Randy HolmesSlash is known for playing a Gibson Les Paul, but the Guns N' Roses guitarist has teamed up with Epiphone to make a signature Firebird guitar.

"The Firebird design has always been attractive to me," Slash says. "From a sonic point of view, they're set up to be very different than the kind of thing than what I do with a Les Paul...I finally got a chance to work with Epiphone to do [a Firebird] that was more to my specs."

The Limited Edition Slash Firebird will be limited to a total of 1,000 guitars worldwide, 100 of which will be signed by the top-hatted shredder. Visit Epiphone.com for more info.

In other news, Slash appears on the latest episode of comedian and actor Marc Maron's popular WTF podcast. The two talk about Slash's early life, Guns N' Roses, and his struggle to quit smoking.

Slash will release his new album, Living the Dream, with his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators this Friday.

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Bono's voice has been called many things, but now we can add "soothing" to that list.

Last week, the members of U2 had just started playing a very intimate and unplugged version of "One" in a Paris restaurant called Refettorio, when a small child started crying. Without hesitating, Bono picked up the girl and held her, bouncing her gently as he started singing.

In a video posted to Instagram by Massimo Bottura, the restaurant's founder, the girl seemed comforted and stopped crying.

Bottura thanked U2 in the caption of the video for their support of Refettorio, an upscale restaurant that exclusively serves free meals to those in need.

U2 is currently on the European leg of their Songs of Experience Innocence tour, which wraps up November 13 in Berlin.  That show is a make-up date for one the band was forced to cancel several weeks ago after Bono lost his voice.

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ColumbiaThe 14th installment of Bob Dylan's ongoing Bootleg Series shall be released.  This time, he's putting out outtakes and incidentals from the recording of the 1975 album Blood on the Tracks, as a collection titled More Blood, More Tracks.

According to Dylan's official site, the deluxe version of the set will have just about every audible bit of tape from what Dylan fans know as the "New York Sessions," as well as studio commentary. There will also be bare-bones versions of "Tangled Up in Blue," "Simple Twist of Fate," "Idiot Wind," and others.

More Blood, More Tracks will be released in three configurations: a barebones single CD for $12, a gatefold double album for $30, and the six-CD boxed set for $160.

The boxed set will also come with a hardcover book containing a reproduction of Dylan's session notebook from that era.

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Mary McCarthyIn case you missed the news, Paul McCartney's latest album, Egypt Station, bowed at number one on the Billboard 200 this week. McCartney took time out of his tour schedule this week to check in with Billboard about the achievement, his first chart-topper since 1982's Tug of War.

"It feels really great," he admitted. "'Cause you can't get much higher than [number one], you know? It really feels great. We put a lot of really hard work into it."

Macca says not only did he work hard on making Egypt Station, he put a lot of thought into how to promote the album. He said "fun" appearances on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke," The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and the pop-up show at Grand Central two weeks ago were part of a promotional plan that "[would] actually excite us. Because I think, you know, if we enjoy it, that'll kind of communicate itself and makes [promotion] less of a laborious process."

Ditto for the mini-concert McCartney and his band put on at Abbey Road this summer.

"I said to my guys, "I wanna just do a little gig somewhere before we go out on the big tour.... You know, instead of just saying, 'Oh, we'll go anywhere, it doesn't matter, they're all the same.' [We said] 'No, no, let's go to Abbey Road, that'd be fun.' 'Cause I'll be able to tell stories about having a smoke in the backroom there, you know, and all the little kind of tales you can tell."

Here are McCartney's remaining North American shows:

9/20 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
9/28 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place
9/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
10/5 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/12 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival

2019
5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Arena
5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center
6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena

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Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will be supporting his doppelganger Will Ferrell at the actor's upcoming Best Night of Your Life benefit show, held October 6 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

Smith will lead an all-star band including Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, and RHCP's Josh Klinghoffer.

Additionally, a variety of actors and comedians will make appearances, including Jimmy Kimmel, Jerry Seinfeld, Samantha Bee, Conan O'Brien, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel and Kumail Nanjiani.

The event will benefit the charity Cancer for College, which gives college scholarships to low-income, high-achieving cancer survivors. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, September 21 via LAGreekTheatre.com.

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Shepard Fairey/RepriseAhead of next Friday's release of his posthumous box set An American Treasure, Tom Petty's daughter Adria Petty and his widow Dana Petty have just released "Gainesville," a previously unreleased track he recorded in 1998. 

The song, which shares its name with Petty's hometown of Gainesville, FL, was recorded during Tom Petty and The HeartbreakersEcho sessions. 

The track is the second sneak peek from the career-spanning box set. The first, "Keep A Little Soul," became Petty's fastest-climbing #1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, and made him the first artist ever to score a posthumous top 10 hit on that tally, which was introduced in 1996.

An American Treasure, which will be released on September 28, is a 60-track collection featuring previously unreleased tracks, rarities, alternate versions of well-known tunes, deep cuts and live performances. It was compiled and curated by Petty's wife and daughter, along with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Tom's frequent studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate.

Petty died from mixed drug toxicity on October 2, 2017. He was 66.

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Ian Dickson/RedfernsThere's some legal movement afoot in the Led Zeppelin camp: The band's biggest fan site reports that a streaming service is in the works that would provide fans with access to its legendary trove of concert recordings.

LedZepNews reports that lawyers for the band this week filed a U.S. trademark application for the name "The Led Zeppelin Experience," for the purpose of "providing non-downloadable prerecorded music on-line via a global computer network."

The band reportedly already holds the trademark for the name in the United Kingdom and Europe, but was denied in the States when they first filed, late last year. Zeppelin then hired a new, U.S.-based legal team and resubmitted the application with more specific information. The trademark also allows for the sale of clothing.

Because of the trademark requests, Jason Bonham was asked to change the name of his band from "Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience" to "Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening."

Back in February, Zep guitarist Jimmy Page told Planet Rock magazine, "There's a lot of [live recordings] to come out, a number of releases. I'd like to say that they'll be coming out over the next 10 years. There's more to come for sure."

Led Zeppelin has a legendary following of fans who collect the band's bootlegged concerts, and there have been rumors for years that the band was seeking to establish an official outlet for its archived live shows.

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NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- KISS used their appearance on Wednesday's live America's Got Talent season finale to officially announce their upcoming End of the Road Farewell Tour. 

"This is going to be our last tour," Kiss frontman Paul Stanley told AGT host Trya Banks, following their performance of "Detroit Rock City" to kick off the show. "It will be the most explosive, biggest show we've ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you've never seen us, this is the time. This is the show."

After selling over 100 million albums and touring all over the planet, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will play their final shows as part of the multi-year tour. Dates have yet to be announced, but will become available on the band's official website, KISSonline, as they develop.

"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years, reads a message on their official website. "This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic and Unstoppable."

KISS formed in New York City in 1973, then featuring Stanley on guitar and lead vocals, Gene Simmons on bass, Peter Criss on drums and Ace Frehley on lead guitar. The band has gone through numerous personnel changes, with the current lineup consisting of Stanley, Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.

 

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TKO/Eric GettlerDickey Betts is in critical condition following a freak accident in his Sarasota home.

According to Sarasota's Herald Tribune, the legendary guitarist and founding Allman Brothers Band member slipped and hit his head while playing with his dog in the backyard on Monday night. He was transported to an undisclosed local hospital is in "critical but stable condition," according to manager David Spero.

Betts is sedated and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday to alleviate swelling.

Betts' wife Donna tells the paper, "The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time. We are by his side giving him the strength to pull through this."

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Miikka Skaffari/Getty ImagesAsk a music critic to name important, early rock and roll bands, and Led Zeppelin is almost certain to be on the list. However, Zeppelin's frontman himself disagrees.

In an interview with LEOWeekly, Robert Plant says simply, "we weren't rock and roll." The singer says Led Zeppelin "were just a band that played some mean stuff." Plant alleges that "when it got into the hands of the misconstrued, [they started calling it] hard rock," but that Zeppelin was "just making music."

He says the same is true for two other giants of the time: Janis Joplin and Cream: "You can't call [them] rock and roll."

So what does the rock legend -- sorry, the "making music" legend -- say is real-deal rock? For him, it's the pioneers: Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

And much like noting the differences between periods of music history, Plant says this time in his own career -- with collaborations with the Sensational Space Shifters and female artists including Patty Griffin, Alison Kraus, and Chrissie Hynde -- is about "breaking doors down." He says that remaining open to new ideas "tell[s] me that I can actually move through time and still not repeat myself and not end up like some one-trick pony."

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are on an American tour. Here are their remaining performances:

9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Centennial Hall
9/21 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
9/23 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond*
9/25 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at The Toyota Music Factory
9/27 -- Lubbock, TX, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
9/29 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater

* = festival date.
= with special guest Seth Lakeman.
= with special guest Lucinda Williams.

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