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Alex Van Halen auctioning off his personal collection of instruments and memorabilia

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Van Halen drummer and co-founder Alex Van Halen is getting ready to part with instruments from his personal collection.

Backstage Auctions just announced a new auction of The Alex Van Halen Collection, featuring over 350 lots filled with drum kits, snare drums, kick drums, cymbals, sticks, mallets and more. Those drum kits include Alex's 5150 tour kit and the last kit he used in concert during Van Halen's 2015 tour.

The auction will also include personal items, like a piano from the Van Halen family home, autographed pieces, tour cases and record awards, including a collection of vintage RIAA certifications.

“I kept all these drums, cymbals, heads, and all other kinds of gear, instruments, and road cases in my warehouse for decades and it will bring me great pleasure to see them end up in the hands of my fans and fellow drummers,” Alex shares, noting that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, which helps at-risk youth and people with disabilities by using equine-assisted activities and therapies. 

Bidding on The Alex Van Halen Collection is set to open June 1, with the auction running through June 9. More info can be found at backstageauctions.com.

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New Bon Jovi exhibit opening at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Bon Jovi is the subject of a new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit set to open June 8, one day after the band’s new record, FOREVER, comes out.

The Bon Jovi Forever exhibit will cover an entire floor of the museum, giving fans an overview of the band’s 40-year career, with never-before-seen artifacts from the band members. 

Although the official opening is on June 8, the exhibit will actually launch on June 7 with a special preview and listening experience, where attendees will get an early look at the exhibit and get to listen to Bon Jovi’s new album. More information on the exhibit can be found at rockhall.com. 

Meanwhile, in a new interview with AARP The Magazine, Jon Bon Jovi reveals that fans will hear him singing about aging on the new album, with lyrics like, “Don’t try to be what you used to be.”

“I don’t want to be the kid from Slippery When Wet,” he shares, referring to Bon Jovi’s 1986 album, which was released when Jon was 24. “I have no desire to be that kid.” 

“I have a grander palette to write from. More life experience,” he adds. “I think that every record reflects somehow who I am at that time.”

Jon is still recovering from vocal surgery he had two years ago, and it’s leaving his touring career up in the air, but he’s not giving up hope that he'll be back on the stage some day. 

“Whether or not I can ever do a 100-show tour again, I don’t know,” he says. “But if I can have joy on the stage on night one, that would be great.”

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The Rolling Stones add Missouri stop to Hackney Diamonds tour

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The Rolling Stones have just expanded their Hackney Diamonds tour by one show.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers added an additional stop at Thunder Ridge Nature Arena in Ridgedale, Missouri, on July 21, which is now the final stop on the U.S. tour. 

Thunder Ridge is a new outdoor amphitheater described as a “musical postcard from Mother Nature.” It's the brainchild of conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, who calls it a “gift of the Ozarks to the world.”

Tickets for the new show go on sale May 31 at 10 a.m. local time.

The Stones kicked off their Hackney Diamonds tour on April 28 in Houston, Texas. Their next stop is New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, where they’ll play two shows, May 23 and 26.

A complete list of dates can be found at RollingStones.com.

 

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On This Day, May 23, 1978: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band kick off their Darkness Tour

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Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band kicked off their Darkness tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. 

The tour, in support of Springsteen’s fourth studio album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, included a three-night stand at the Palladium in New York City. It wrapped on New Year’s Day 1979 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The opening night set list included the live debuts of future Springsteen classics like “Badlands,” “Prove It All Night,” “Racing in the Street,” “The Promised Land,” “Candy’s Room” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town." 

The set also included favorites like “Thunder Road,” “Rosalita,” “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out."

Springsteen and The E Street Band are currently on tour in Europe, and will play Marseille, France on May 25. A complete list of dates can be found at brucespringsteen.net.

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Van Halen’s 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' getting expanded reissue

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Van Halen’s ninth studio album, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, their third with frontman Sammy Hagar, is getting an expanded reissue from Rhino this summer. 

The reissue, dropping July 12, will include the remastered original album, along with an album of rarities and live tracks, including previously unreleased alternative versions of “Right Now” and “The Dream Is Over." 

The live tracks come from Van Halen’s December 4, 1991, Dallas stop on the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge tour and include performances of songs like “Right Now,” “Poundcake” and “Pleasure Dome,” along with songs from previous Hagar albums 5150 and OU812. It also includes Hagar performing the David Lee Roth-sung track “Panama.”

The previously unreleased live recording of “Poundcake” is available now via digital services.

The expanded edition is made up of two LPs, with an etching of the Van Halen logo on the fourth side, plus two CDs and a Blu-Ray that will include the Dallas concert, along with the official music videos for “Right Now,” winner of the 1992 MTV VMA for Video of the Year, “Poundcake,” “Runaround” and “Top of the World.”

Rhino will also release an exclusive bundle that includes four 7-inch singles, featuring “Poundcake”/“Pleasure Dome,” “Top Of The World”/“In ‘N’ Out,” “Right Now” (Organ Version)/“Man On A Mission” and “Right Now” (Guitar Version)/“The Dream Is Over” (Instrumental Version).

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (Expanded Edition) is available for preorder now.

Released June 17, 1991, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, where it spent three weeks. The album was the third of four #1s Van Halen had with Hagar, the others being 1986’s 5150, 1988’s OU812 and 1995’s Balance.

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Lenny Kravitz on new album 'Blue Electric Light': “It’s just a celebration”

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Lenny Kravitz is back with a brand new album, Blue Electric Light, dropping Friday, and he tells ABC Audio that the songs on the record came to him "organically."

“I'm always inspired, it's just a matter of what is it going to be,” he says. “I don't have any preconceived ideas when I start working on a new phase of music.” 

Although some artists may head into the studio with a specific vision, that’s not how Lenny works — instead he just waits for the music to come to him.

“It's just a big mystery. So, until it's finished, I have no idea what's going on,” he says. “I'm just channeling what I'm receiving. I'm just an antenna.”

So, what kind of album did Blue Electric Light wind up becoming?

“The album is, it's just celebration, it’s fun. It's just carefree and loose and spiritual and sensual, but mainly it's a lot of fun,” Lenny says. “It's a bit of the record I didn't make in high school before I made my first album, Let Love Rule. I can sense the influence from that time.”

As for the message he hopes fans get after listening to Blue Electric Light, Kravitz shares, “As always, love. You know, love, unity, inclusion, God, humanity.”  

Blue Electric Light, Lenny’s first album since 2018’s Raise Vibration, is available for preorder now.

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Hank Azaria announces New York concert date for his Bruce Springsteen tribute band

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Hank Azaria is set to celebrate the music of Bruce Springsteen in New York this summer.

The actor is bringing his Hank Azaria and the EZ Street Band tribute show to Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on August 1. The show has him and a band of musicians performing songs from The Boss' catalog.

Azaria says he got “the crazy idea” to perform The Boss’ tunes for his 60th birthday, noting, “I’ve never worked harder preparing for any role than I did in perfecting a singing vocal impression of Bruce Springsteen.”

“At first I wasn’t sure I could capture Bruce’s singing voice – talking like him is no problem, I mean, that’s my day job!" he says in a press release. But he noted it took four months of "scream singing" before “something ‘unlocked’ in my voice – I kind of couldn’t believe how Bruce-like it sounded!” 

Azaria and his band previously performed their Springsteen tribute in front of a crowd at City Winery in New York, where he was joined by none other than E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, who was thoroughly impressed, calling it “the best Springsteen tribute band he’s ever seen.”

Tickets for the August 1 show are on sale now. Proceeds go to Azaria’s Four Through Nine Foundation, which is devoted to social justice, education and recovery causes.

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Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame anniversary concert canceled because Billy Joel can't attend

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The Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame had planned a 20th anniversary concert for June 7 to celebrate the music of Billy Joel — but it's been canceled because Billy can't make it.

In a statement provided to ABC Audio, the organization said the event, which was also to have celebrated the induction of Billy's longtime agent Dennis Arfa, has been "cancelled due to family commitments preventing Joel from attending."

"LIMEHOF sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause and thanks you for your understanding," the statement continues. "Tickets will be refunded at the place of purchase.”

The event was to have featured performances by Billy's daughter Alexa Ray Joel, Debbie Gibson, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, The Rascals Felix Cavaliere, legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb and others.

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Kate Hudson on marrying The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson: “I didn't question it for a second”

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Kate Hudson has no regrets about marrying The Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson when she was only 21.

The pair married in 2000, were together for seven years and welcomed a son, Ryder, before divorcing in 2007. And despite the marriage ending, she doesn't second-guess her decision to get hitched.

"I didn't question it for a second," Kate shared during an appearance on the Call Her Daddy podcast. "We were so connected. And Chris taught me so much about love and connection. It was just a wonderfully passionate relationship." 

Kate also noted the marriage was “not a mistake,” sharing, "I look back at my entire life at this point, and I’m like, I actually feel like I might have gotten it right.” 

She describes the marriage as a source of stability during a crazy time in her career.

“So when I met Chris, it's like when my career is taking off," she said. "It was also a time that could have been a whirlwind and instead I was in this very grounding, loving relationship."

"At the end of the day, I believe you love someone — if you loved them once, you really love them in some way forever," she concluded. "Even if you can't stand them, if you really loved them, if it was pure ... you'll love them through anything. Maybe not romantically, but that will always, always be there."

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America co-founder Gerry Beckley debuts “Red And Blue” from upcoming self-titled release

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America co-founder Gerry Beckley is getting a bit political in the latest preview of his upcoming self-titled solo album, which will be released June 28.

The artist has shared the new single “Red And Blue,” which takes on the political divide in our country.

"It's something any of us who are politically aware can’t really avoid, to be honest," Beckley, who has toured all 50 states with America, shares. "We were in red states as much as we were in blue states, and I like to think it was an opportunity for everyone to come together and put everything else aside and let's let the music be the message this evening.”

He adds, “It was a lovely way to stay out of the line of fire, so to speak."

You can listen to “Red And Blue” via digital outlets.

This is the third single Beckley has released from the album, following "Crazy" and "Well Worn Shoes."

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Bruce Springsteen featured on new album from singer Joe Ely

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Bruce Springsteen is lending his voice to a new song from singer, songwriter and guitarist Joe Ely. The tune, "Odds of the Blues," will be featured on Ely's new album, Driven To Drive, due out August 2.

“I got the idea for the song from hanging out at an all night after hours joint on the edge of east Lubbock called TV's… there was always a dice game in the back room, the pool table had a bad lean, and the jukebox mainly played old blues songs,” Ely shares. “I asked Bruce recently if he would like to sing with me on this song and he said he’d love to.” He noted they've been “long lost friends for a long time.”

You can listen to "Odds of the Blues" now via digital outlets.

This isn’t the first time Springsteen and Ely have worked together. Bruce previously appeared on songs on Ely’s 1995 album, Letter To Laredo, including the tune “All Just to Get to You.” They've also performed together over the years, with Ely recalling one memorable performance.

“One of my memories of us singing together was in Dublin, Ireland when we both got on stage with Jerry Lee Lewis and Shane MacGowan and sang ‘Great Balls of Fire,'" he shared.

Driven to Drive is available for preorder now.

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Roger Daltrey talks record-breaking Teenage Cancer Trust concerts

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Back in March, The Who’s Roger Daltrey curated his final set of Teenage Cancer Trust benefit shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and it was certainly a successful run.

In a new interview with Music Week, Daltrey reveals that the shows, which featured performances by The Who, Eddie Vedder, Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Noel Gallagher and more, raised over $2.5 million, the highest amount ever for the charity. 

Daltrey says raising that much money in just one week is remarkable.

“It’s only when you go out there and rattle a box that you find out how hard it is to raise money for a charity!” he says. “This year’s lineup was brilliant, because it’s great to be around my old mates.” 

Referring to Led Zeppelin rocker Plant, Daltrey offers, “I’ve been friends with Robert for 50 years and to have him on stage with me – two old farts having a good time – it was heaven!” 

After 24 years of curating Teenage Cancer Trust shows, Daltrey retired from the position after this year’s event, although he does say if the organization can’t find someone to take his place next year he’d be willing to do it one more time.

“I just don’t want the responsibility of a five-year contract because I am aware I’m 80 years old, and [that’s around] the average lifespan,” he says. “If it was 85, maybe I’d think I could accept it! I don’t want to be responsible for not delivering for the charity.”

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Tennessee judge blocks effort to sell Elvis Presley's Graceland

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Elvis Presley's home of Graceland will not be hitting the auction block on Thursday after all.

In a hearing Wednesday, which only lasted about eight minutes, Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins adjourned the sale of Graceland, saying, "The notary has sworn that the notary did not notarize the signature of Lisa Marie Presley on the deed of trust, which brings into question the authenticity of the signature."

The hearing on Wednesday in Tennessee was set to determine whether a dubious entity could proceed with an advertised plan to auction off the late singer's estate in Memphis.

Actress Riley Keough, Presley’s granddaughter, was trying to stop a company called Naussany Investments and Private Lending LLC from conducting an auction outside the Shelby County Courthouse on Thursday at noon.

Keough is alleging the company presented fraudulent documents last September "purporting to show that Lisa Marie Presley had borrowed $3.8 million from Naussany Investments and gave a deed of trust encumbering Graceland as security,” according to the court documents obtained by Memphis ABC affiliate WATN.

Keough is being represented by attorneys based in Memphis and Jacksonville, Florida. Both lawyers declined to comment to ABC News. It is not yet clear whether Naussany Investments has an attorney.

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The Beach Boys attend Hollywood premiere of Disney+ documentary

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The Beach Boys members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston were in attendance Tuesday for the world premiere of their new Disney+ documentary, The Beach Boys in Hollywood.

The event was part of The Beach Boys: IMAX Live Experience, which livestreamed the film plus a Q&A to 12 IMAX theaters nationwide.

The event was the first public appearance by Wilson since he was put under a conservatorship due to his declining mental health; his daughters Carnie and Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips talked to Entertainment Tonight about how their father is doing.

“He is doing great! He is doing great. Every day he is in physical therapy. I'm cooking for him, he's spending a lot of time with his children now, his family," Carnie shared. "I'm so happy he's here tonight.”

“I think he's doing really good under the circumstances that he's going through right now,” Wendy adds. "But, you know, he's a survivor. That's my dad. He's very tough, a very strong person.”

The Beach Boys, directed by Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny, takes fans back to the beginning of the California band and includes never-before-seen footage, as well as all-new interviews from current and former band members and fellow musicians like Lindsey BuckinghamDon WasJanelle Monáe and Ryan Tedder.

The Beach Boys debuts May 24 on Disney+.

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On This Day, May 22, 1976: Paul McCartney & Wings hit number one with “Silly Love Songs”

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Paul McCartney & Wings hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with “Silly Love Songs,” which spent five weeks on top of the chart.

The tune, from the 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound, was McCartney’s answer to critics who suggested he only wrote lightweight love songs. 

“Silly Love Songs” was McCartney’s fifth number one as a solo artist and his 27th number one as a songwriter, which was a new record. McCartney still holds the record for the most number ones by a songwriter with 32.

According to the Beatles Bible, although McCartney continues to tour to this day, he hasn’t played "Silly Love Songs" live since the Wings Over the World Tour in 1976.

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