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Friday, August 29th

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC

On August 29th, 1982, the Steve Miller Band had the number one song in the country with “Abracadabra.”

Then, in 1990, Elton John checked himself into a rehab center in Chicago to receive treatment for bulimia, alcoholism and drug abuse.

And in 1995, while shooting the video for Meat Loaf’s “I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth),” a pilot and a cameraman are killed in a helicopter crash at Sequoia National Park.

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ZZ TOP, JEFF BECK SCRAP TOUR DUE TO INJURY, BECK TO STILL PLAY SOME GIGS

Jeff Beck and ZZ Top have scrapped the remaining shows on their joint tour because ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill fell on the band’s bus and injured his hip.  However, Jeff Beck will still perform at the scheduled shows on Friday in Salamanca, New York, Saturday in Atlantic City and Sunday in Mashantucket, Connecticut, it’s just ZZ Top won’t be there.  As for the other gigs, there is a chance they might be rescheduled with ZZ Top and fans should hold on to their tickets.  Stay up to date at JeffBeck.com.

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RAY DAVIES NOW SAYS NO KINKS REUNION WITHOUT DAVE

In a recent interview with Mojo Music, Kinks singer Ray Davies said that his brother, Dave, might not take part in the band’s upcoming reunion that marks their 50th anniversary, but the reunion is happening either way.  Well, likely after hearing that news, Dave took to Facebook and wrote, “I would love to do some form of Kinks reunion with Ray.”  Then, The Kinks updated their Facebook page to refute the Mojo story, writing, Mojo is wrong.  There will be no Kinks reunion without both Ray and Dave Davies.  Ray Davies claims to have never said this.”  So perhaps the band will be together after all.  Stay up to date at Facebook.com/TheKinksOfficial.

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SCORSESE SET TO DIRECT RAMONES MOVIE

This week, the tenth Johnny Ramone tribute took place in L-A with Duff McKagan, Sex Pistol Steve Jones, Rob Zombie and more paying homage to the rocker, but according to Billboard, it will be the last Johnny Ramone tribute – but that’s not a bad thing.  That’s because the families who control portions of the Ramones estates have struck a deal and plan to focus on all the original members of the band in the future.  Among the projects they’re working on is a biopic about the group that Martin Scorsese has signed on to direct.  There isn’t a script yet but production is expected to begin next year.  Learn more about the band at Ramones.com.

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LADY GAGA JOINS QUEEN, ADAM LAMBERT IN AUSTRALIA

Queen fans in Sydney, Australia got quite a treat when the band performed there on Wednesday with Adam Lambert.  During the show, Lady Gaga came out wearing a black curly wig to perform a rendition of the band’s hit song “Another One Bites the Dust.”  As for the song “Radio Gaga,” which the pop star took her name from, Lady Gaga was watching from the audience as the band performed it, and Lambert had the house lights turned on so he could sing the chorus to her.  Check out fan-filmed footage from the show online.

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RUDOLF SCHENKER ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE MUSIC

On Sunday (8/31), Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker turns 66 years old.  The German-born rocker has been making music for nearly 50 years, but did he ever consider doing something else for a living?  He filled us in.

“I always was so very close connected to being a musician but in Germany, it was very hard really to focus to make your life with music.  In this case, I had something in mind to be a photographer but I made the right decision in the right point when you can really be focused and said, ‘What is now the way?’ and I said, ‘Music is so important,’ and I think it was the right decision.”

Rudolf and the rest of the Scorpions have some overseas gigs booked in the coming weeks.  See where they’ll be playing at The-Scorpions.com.

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HOW JOHN PHILLIPS FORMED THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS

Saturday (8/30) would have been The Mamas and The Papas founder John Phillips’ 79th birthday.  The group was only around from 1965 to 1968 and then for a reunion from 1971 to 1972, but in that short time they put out 11 Top 40 singles.  John told us how he came up with the idea to form the band.

“There was no group that had men and women in the group at this point in rock, there just weren’t any.  And I just thought, ‘Gee, I’d be nice to have a couple of girls and a couple of boys and have more range and do really spectacular kind of harmonies,’ cause that’s what I really like to do.  I’m not that great a singer.  I’m more of a writer and an arranger and that’s my real forte, you know.  So when I put it together, I thought, ‘Well I would like to have a couple of girls and a couple of boys and I would like to have this kind of range and this kind of range,’ and that’s how it worked.”

Phillips passed away in March of 2001 of heart failure. 

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Thursday, August 28th

ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC

On August 28th, 1969, Paul and Linda McCartney became the proud parents of their first child together, Mary McCartney.

Then, in 1993, Billy Joel started a three-week run at number one on the album chart with River of Dreams.  The singer claimed most of the music on it came to him in his sleep, hence the title.

And in 1997, Calling All Stations, the first Genesis album in six years, premiered live on a radio special and simulcast at Atlantic Records’ website.

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BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

It’s been nine years since Billy Idol released a non-holiday-themed album, but in October, that will all change.  The rocker has announced a new record called Kings & Queens of the Underground and he’s streaming the first single off the effort now.  It’s called “Can’t Break Me Down” and you can check it out at BillyIdol.net.  The set hits shelves two weeks after Billy’s autobiography, Dancing with Myself, comes out. 

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COULD ROBERT PLANT’S NEW ALBUM BE HIS LAST?

In a couple weeks, Robert Plant will release his latest album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, and it might be his last album too.  The Led Zeppelin singer told England’s Independent, “Maybe this new album is the end now for me of this musical wanderlust and the wonderful carousel that I’ve been on.”  He went on to say, “It’s like a kaleidoscope: you hold it up to the light, rotate it, and the pieces fall beautifully in different ways, but this record feels different.  It’s a consummation of all those bits from Son House to Roni Size to the Gambia and it seems to have some sort of finality.”  Either way, be sure to get it on September 9th.

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NEIL YOUNG FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM WIFE OF 36 YEARS

Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years and the inspiration for many of his songs, Pegi Young.  According to Rolling Stone, Neil filed the petition for dissolution of marriage in San Mateo, California on July 29th and a hearing is scheduled for December 12th.  The pair first met when Neil went to a California diner where Pegi was waiting tables.  Since then, they’ve collaborated on music together, toured together and even performed together at the 1994 Academy Awards.

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SLAYER WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

It’s been five years since Slayer released their last album, World Painted Blood, but the band has revealed that they are back in the studio working on new music that they hope to put out early next year.   To announce the news, the guys posted a photo of the back of guitarist Kerry King’s tattooed headashefaces a mixing board in the studio.  The new effort will contain the song “Implode,” which the band made available earlier this year as a free download to thank fans for their support.  Check out the photo of Kerry and stay up to date at Facebook.com/SlayerBand.

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SIXX: A.M. STREAM THEIR COVER OF THE CARS’ “DRIVE”

On their upcoming third album, Modern Vintage,Sixx: A.M. cover The Cars’ song “Drive,” but you don’t have to wait for the record to come out on October 7th to hear the track.  It’s now streaming at the Eleven Seven Music YouTube page.  Bassist Nikki Sixx spoke about how they decided to do the cover, explaining he called up bandmate James Michael and sang the opening line to ‘Drive’ and Michael responded, “That’s a Sixx: A.M. song!”

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