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New Eric Clapton vinyl box set to feature his first six Reprise studio albums, plus a rarities disc

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On September 30, Eric Clapton will release The Complete Reprise Studio Albums – Volume I, a vinyl box set featuring remastered versions of his first six studio efforts for the Reprise label.

The 12-LP collection, which can be preordered now, features 1983's Money and Cigarettes on a single disc, as well as 1985's Behind the Sun, 1986's August, 1989's Journeyman, the 1994 blues-covers project From the Cradle and 1998's Pilgrim as two-LP sets. The box set also features the Rarities Vol. 1 LP, which includes rare studio and live recordings from the era.

Money and Cigarettes peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and featured the top-20 hit "I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart."

The Platinum-certified Behind the Sun included "Forever Man," which reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

August featured "It's in the Way That You Use It," which Clapton co-wrote with The Band's Robbie Robertson, and the Tina Turner duet "Tearing Us Apart." Those peaked at #1 and #5, respectively, on Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Journeyman, which was certified two-times Platinum by the RIAA, included two Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart toppers -- "Pretending" and "Bad Love."

From the Cradle topped the Billboard 200 and has sold over 3 million copies in the States.

Pilgrim reached #4 on the Billboard 200 and included the hit "My Father's Eyes," which peaked at #16 on the Hot 100.

Rarities features two previously unreleased tracks, a new mix of "Pilgrim" and a cover of Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" that's a From the Cradle outtake. The latter tune is available now as an advance digital track.

A second box set of Clapton's Reprise studio albums, spanning from 2001 to 2010, will be released in early 2023.

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Steve Perry reveals the song he'd like to hear if he appeared in a 'Stranger Things' episode

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Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has received a lot of media attention thanks to a pair of remixes of his old band's 1983 hit "Separate Ways," which appear on the soundtrack of the latest season of Stranger Things.

During an interview on the Rock Classics Radio show, Apple Hits Music DJ Jenn Marino asked him what song he'd like to hear accompanying his scene if he appeared on an episode of Stranger Things.

While the series is set in the 1980s and usually showcases songs from that era, Perry said he'd want to feature a tune by his favorite 1960s soul singer.

"Well, first of all, I would be driving to school in am … really beautiful GTO, and out of the speakers of the car, I would love to hear some Sam Cooke," Steve declared. "I mean, you'd have to allow that generation to start to discover that by having one guy in the car, a young-looking Steve Perry … playing 'Cupid' or [another Cooke tune]."

Steve then settled on a different song and proceeded to serenade Jenn with a verse from Cooke's posthumous 1965 single "When a Boy Falls In Love."

"I mean, that song cripples me," he added. "It's so teenage and so true. So that's my choice."

Perry also discussed how he wound up collaborating on the second of the two "Separate Ways" remixes for the Stranger Things season 4 soundtrack. He explained that he contacted series creators, the Duffer Brothers, and offered his services after he heard the first remix, which was used in the new season's first trailer.

"I had not heard [my voice] that naked [on the track] since the day we did it back in the '80s," Steve noted, "and I loved it."

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The Cowsills to release first new album in nearly 30 years

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1960s family pop group The Cowsills will release their first new album in almost 30 years, Rhythm of the World, on September 30.

The 11-track collection, which can be preordered now, is made up of new original songs. The title track has been released as an advance single via digital formats.

The group now features three Cowsill siblings --  Bob, Paul and Susan.

Bob says the songs on Rhythm of the World were mostly written by the group in hotel rooms, dressing rooms and the tour bus while taking part in the Turtles-headlined Happy Together summer tour.

He explains that the lead track, "Ya Gotta Get Up!," was inspired by Turtles singer Howard Kaylan's "exuberant plea with the audience each night of the tour," while the closing song, "Katrina," tells the story of brother Barry Cowsill's 2005 death in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

"[For] all the songs … we use melody and harmony to bring some love and the hope of peace to the world," Bob notes. "We are thrilled to be here to claim our legacy and share our music!!!"

The Cowsills are best known for such hits as 1967's "The Rain, the Park & Other Things" and their 1969 cover of the Broadway musical Hair's title song, which both peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group also served as the inspiration for The Partridge Family.

The Cowsills currently are part of the lineup of the 2022 Happy Together Tour, which runs through an August 29 show in Grand Island, Nebraska. The group also has several other concerts on their schedule, including performances on September 9 in Somers Point, New Jersey, and September 10 in New York City.

Here's Rhythm of the World's full track list:

"Ya Gotta Get Up!"
"Lend a Hand"
"Hawks on the Line"
"Every Little Secret"
"Nuclear Winter"
"Rhythm of the World"
"Largo Nights"
"Goodbye's Not Forever"
"The Long Run"
"Try to Believe It Too"

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Sammy Hagar reflects on recording 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' title song

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Sammy Hagar was among the many well-known artists who contributed original songs to the soundtrack of the classic teen comedy-drama Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which premiered 40 years ago this Saturday.

Hagar wrote and recorded the movie's title song, a riff-heavy rock tune that Sammy notes was one of a series a tunes he recorded specifically for films around that time.

"They just would send me the script of the movie, and I would read…through it," Hagar explains to ABC Audio. "And they didn't ask me to write the title track. I just wrote a song called 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High.' So…lyrically, I just kind of mimicked what was going on in the movie. You know, just a bunch of high school kids messing up…and trying to get laid, basically."

The Red Rocker says having one of his songs as the title track of a popular movie then felt like he'd hit the "big time."

Hagar notes that he always enjoyed writing songs for films, explaining, "I loved having a theme. For a songwriter, the first thing you need to have, after you have the [music]…I needed a title, a subject. 'What am I writing about?' And when they would hand that to you in a script in a movie…I just said, 'Oh, yeah. Boom! I know what to do.'"

Meanwhile, Hagar says one of the cool things about his "Fast Times" song was getting to work with a soundtrack musician who was experimenting with synthesizers, and who added an effect that Sammy described as sounding "like a knife being sharpened."

"It was so advanced [at the time]," Hagar notes. "It was really cool…You know, no one had ever heard anything like that before."

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All I Have to Give: 25 Years Ago, Backstreet Boys released their US debut album

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Twenty-five years ago today, Backstreet Boys released their self-titled debut U.S. album ... and they're still performing most of the songs from it every night on tour.

This 1997 album was actually a compilation of two international albums: a 1996 release also called Backstreet Boys and a 1997 release called Backstreet's Back. It initially debuted at #29, but thanks to the success of the group's first big U.S. hit, "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," its popularity continued to grow.

In five months, the album had climbed to its peak -- #4 -- and sold 2 million copies. By the end of 1998, it was the third best-selling album of the year, with more than 5.7 million copies sold. To date, it's sold more than 14 million copies.

In addition to "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," Backstreet Boys also included many of the group's most beloved songs, including, "All I Have to Give," "As Long as You Love Me," "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," "I'll Never Break Your Heart," "We've Got It Goin' On" and "Get Down (You're the One for Me)."

The success of Backstreet Boys helped set the stage for the release of their next album, Millennium, which set a record for most copies sold in a single week -- 1.124 million -- when it arrived in 1999. Millennium went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, with 24 million copies sold.

And while BSB has gone on to release many more albums since then, the impact of Backstreet Boys can be seen in the group's current set list, which includes no less than seven songs from that album. Their current DNA World Tour is set to wrap up this November; their first holiday release, A Very Backstreet Christmas, arrives October 14.

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Aerosmith's '50 Years Live!' streaming concert film series continues with 1993 show

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The third installment of Aerosmith's five-week archival streaming concert series, 50 Years Live!: From the Aerosmith Vaults, premieres Friday at 3 p.m. ET on the band's official YouTube channel.

The movie captures the veteran rockers performing in July 1993 at the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater in the Pittsburgh suburb of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, during the band's tour in support of its chart-topping, hit-packed '93 studio album, Get a Grip.

The show features renditions of "Eat the Rich," "Love in an Elevator" and "Cryin'," as well as older classics like "Walk This Way," "Back in the Saddle," "Rag Doll," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion."

The film, which has been remastered in HD from the original master tapes, will be viewable for one week after its premiere.

As previously reported, the five-part series, which kicked off two weeks ago, is offering new archival "official bootleg" concert films featuring never-before-seen footage debuting weekly. Each flick captures Aerosmith during a different decade.

One day after each film premieres, highlight clips from the respective movies will be added to Aerosmith's YouTube channel.

Here's the complete remaining schedule of the 50 Years Live!: From the Aerosmith Vaults series:

8/12 -- Live from the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh, PA, 1993 (Get a Grip Tour)
8/19 -- Live from Comerica Park, Detroit, MI, 2003 (Rocksimus Maximus Tour)
8/26 -- Live from Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, 2016 (Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Tour)

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Second episode of 'My Life as a Rolling Stone' docuseries, focusing on Keith Richards, premieres Sunday

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The second episode of the new four-part Rolling Stones docuseries My Life as a Rolling Stone premieres on EPIX this Sunday, August 14, at 9 p.m. ET.

The new installment focuses specifically on Keith Richards, looking at how important the founding Stones guitarist's passion for music has been to the band, and how his bad boy and rebellious image has played such a major role in the group's legend.

In a preview clip, Richards talks about how important he feels it is for a song to have a good guitar intro.

"[I]f an intro can grab you, you're gonna to be in for at least a few more minutes," he notes. "And if the riff behind that intro grabs you then, then you pretty much got 'em."

Richards also discusses the unique way he devised of setting up his guitar, which entails removing the low E string and tuning the remaining five strings to a G chord.

He explains about the sound of the specially tuned guitar, "There is something about the intonation of the notes, the separation at the point -- I would say almost mystical -- that when hit in the right way, in the right moment, you know, [it's a] cheap ride to heaven."

As previously reported, the series, which was produced to coincide with the British rock legends' 60th anniversary, is made up of four hour-long episodes, each focusing on a different band member. Last week's premiere episode profiled singer Mick Jagger, while the final two installments will look at longtime guitarist Ronnie Wood and late drummer Charlie Watts, respectively.

In addition to new conversations with Jagger, Richards and Wood, My Life as a Rolling Stone features new interviews with a variety of other noteworthy music artists.

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'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' celebrates its 40th anniversary on Saturday

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This Saturday, August 13, marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of the classic teen comedy-drama Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

The hit film, which featured such soon-to-be stars as Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates and Forest Whitaker, also had deep connections to the rock music world.

For starters, the screenplay was written by one-time Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe, who went on to write and direct such rock-themed movies as Singles and Almost Famous.

The Fast Times soundtrack was packed with original songs by well-known rock artists, including Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, The Go-Go's, Don Felder, Billy Squier, Sammy Hagar, Graham Nash and Stevie Nicks.

Meanwhile, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson appears in a scene in which Judge Reinhold's character Brad Hamilton tries -- and fails -- to flirt with her.

Several other scenes included humorous references to popular rock acts. Here are three examples:

--In a scene featuring Leigh's Stacy Hamilton and Cates' Linda Barrett, as the two friends chat in the high school cafeteria, they realize that several of their female classmates have "cultivated the Pat Benatar look."

--As the shy, nerd-ish Mark Ratner, portrayed by Brian Backer, nervously prepares for his first date with Stacy, his smooth-talking but sketchy pal Mike Damone -- played by Robert Romanus -- shares his special five-point plan for a successful date. Point five? "When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV."

--Just before the end credits of the film roll, we're informed that Penn's perpetually stoned surfer-dude character Jeff Spicoli has won a bunch of reward money for saving model/actress Brooke Shields from drowning, but spent all the cash to hire Van Halen to play his birthday party.

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Elton John in the metaverse? It could happen

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Way back in 2018, when Elton John first announced his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, he told reporters that he's told his kids, "When Daddy dies, promise me you won’t have a hologram of me going around the world.”  But he never said anything about appearing in the metaverse while he's still alive.

Elton's husband and manager, David Furnish, tells the British publication MusicWeek that he's been looking into how to expand Elton's brand in the metaverse -- meaning 3D virtual worlds that allow people to interact via computer-generated avatars. 

In the past couple of years, the metaverse has become very popular with musicians -- many artists have staged exclusive concerts within these virtual worlds. So, Furnish says, why shouldn't Elton get in on the action?

"That's going to be a big new market for music discovery," Furnish tells Music Week. "We're looking at it closely but carefully. Elton's been a bit like an avatar his entire life, throwing things on and off, changing and moving forward."

It's all part of Furnish's five-year plan to promote Elton's music to younger audiences; projects like the Rocketman film and Elton's Lockdown Sessions album have been a part of that. The plan seems to be working: According to Furnish, more than half of Elton's Spotify listeners are aged 18 to 35.

And while Elton admits he's hopeless when it comes to technology, Furnish says that once his husband "understands the role it plays in his world, he's happy to give it a try ... but then you better get it right." As Furnish puts it, "If it doesn't turn out the way it should, he's not happy."

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Paul McCartney mourns death of "dear" brother-in-law John Eastman

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Paul McCartney is mourning the loss of his brother-in-law John Eastman -- older brother of his late first wife, Linda -- who died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at age 83, according to U.K. newspaper The Sun.

"My dear brother-in-law, John Eastman, has passed away," the former Beatles legend writes in a tribute posted on his official website. "Having known each other for over 50 years it is an extremely sad time for me, and our families."

McCartney continues, "John was a great man. One of the nicest and smartest people I have had the good luck to have known in my life. ⁠Not only did he help me massively in my business dealings as my lawyer but as a friend he was hard to beat."

Sir Paul adds, "His sense of humour always shone through in everything he did and his devotion to his family was supreme. ⁠We had so many fun times together through the years, but when the time came to be serious, he was unbeatable."

The note concludes, "[W]ords can hardly describe his passion for life and our affection for this amazing man. He will be sorely missed but always held dear in the hearts of those of us who knew and loved him. See ya Johnny!"

Accompanying the message is a photo of McCartney and Eastman smiling as they do yoga poses together.

John Eastman and his late father, Lee, were both lawyers who helped guide McCartney through his legal separation from his fellow Beatles during the band's breakup and also advised Paul on some of his lucrative business endeavors, including his investment in music publishing.

Paul wed Linda Eastman in March 1969, and the couple remained married until Linda's death in April 1998 at age 56.

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Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson reunite to perform at 'South Park' 25th anniversary concert

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Rush's surviving members, singer/bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, reunited Wednesday night at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, at a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the popular animated comedy show South Park.

Lee and Lifeson made a surprise appearance, joining their longtime friends Primus for a performance of Rush's classic 1977 song "Closer to the Heart" while South Park co-creator Matt Stone sat in on drums.

This marked the first time Lee and Lifeson have played together in public since longtime Rush drummer Neil Peart's death from brain cancer in January 2020.

Before Lee and Lifeson hit the stage, a video featuring South Park-style cartoon
versions of them was shown in which they humorously discussed what they could do to help Stone and South Park co-creator Trey Parker celebrate the 25th anniversary.

"[Should we] send them some free Rush beer?" Lee poses. "Or even worse, we could show up and jam with them, eh?" Lee and Lifeson then hit the stage, to wild applause.

Rolling Stone reports the concert included full sets from Primus and Ween, and Stone joined in on various instruments for renditions of original South Park songs.

The show was filmed for South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert special, which premieres on Comedy Central this Saturday, August 13, at 10 p.m. ET and will be available to stream on Paramount+ starting August 14.

Stone is a lifelong Rush fan, and the band has been referenced in South Park numerous times, including the 2011 episode "Royal Pudding" that features the prog-rock legends performing at a vigil after the princess of Canada was kidnapped.

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The Beach Boys, Alanis Morissette & more soundtracking 2022 Peloton All for One Festival

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The Beach Boys, Alanis Morissette and Green Day are just three of more than 30 artists that will help you work up a sweat during with the recently announced 2022 Peloton All for One Festival.

The home exercise company's annual event features a variety of well-known musical acts contributing their music to a special weekend of Peloton classes, which this year takes place from August 19 to August 21. Members will be able to choose from different musician-themed courses, including cycling, running, strength and yoga.

The Beach Boys are contributing a new remix of their classic 1966 song "God Only Knows," created by DJ John Michael specially for Peloton.

Other participating artists include Maroon 5, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Wu-Tang Clan, Muse, Florence + the Machine and T-Pain.

Peloton has been putting on this event every year since 2018 -- but it only became a music festival last year. The home fitness company made the change to help its members feel more connected, thanks to the power of music, during the ongoing pandemic that caused many gyms to shut their doors.

"All for One has always been a way for us to connect the Peloton community since music is an essential part of keeping the experience fresh and motivating for our Members," says Peloton executive Gwen Riley. "This year, we're giving members more classes and more artists than ever before for a three-day celebration of music, movement and our community around the world!"

For more info, visit OnePeloton.com.

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Melissa Etheridge's "new calling": Stopping fights on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'

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Melissa Etheridge is a musician, Oscar winner, Grammy winner and breast cancer survivor, but now she can add another line to her resume: reality show peacemaker.

On Wednesday night's episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Melissa made a surprise appearance at a charity dinner hosted by Dorit Kemsley. When she arrived, she inadvertently stopped things from descending into chaos. 

As E! Online reports, Lisa Rinna and Sutton Stracke had gotten into a screaming match at the event and were slinging expletives across the room at each other, while all the other guests watched in horror. But then Melissa came down the stairs and performed "Come to My Window," and suddenly everyone chilled out.

In fact, Lisa even apologized to Sutton and the rest of the Housewives, tearfully attributing her outburst to misdirected anger. "I'm trying to figure out how to live without my mom and I don't know how to do it," she said.

Melissa retweeted the E! Online article -- titled "How Melissa Etheridge Stopped a RHOBH Dinner Party From Hell" -- and added, "I have new calling!!" She also tweeted a photo of herself posing with the glamorous housewives, and captioned the pic, "one of these things is not like the other…"

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Eagles add more US shows to Hotel California trek in November

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The Eagles recently announced that they extended their Hotel California 2022 Tour with a run of six Canadian dates in September, and now comes word that "due to overwhelming demand," the band also will be playing six more shows in the U.S. in November.

The newly added stateside concerts are scheduled for November 15 in St. Louis; November 17 in Des Moines, Iowa; November 19 in New Orleans; November 21 in Birmingham, Alabama; November 23 in Kansas City, Missouri; and November 25 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tickets for their shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 19, at 10 a.m. local time, while a limited number of VIP packages will be available that day. Presale tickets will be available starting Thursday, August 18, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit Eagles.com for more information.

As previously reported, the tour features the Eagles performing their classic 1976 Hotel California album in its entirety, as well as other memorable tunes by the group, accompanied by an orchestra and a choir. The band's current lineup includes founding singer/drummer Don Henley, longtime guitarist Joe Walsh, bassist Timothy B. Schmit, and country star Vince Gill on vocals and guitar.

The Eagles' Canadian outing is plotted out from a September 9 concert in Toronto through a September 22 show in Vancouver. The band wrapped up a series of European dates in June and also mounted an extensive U.S. leg earlier this year.

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Olivia Newton-John's official state funeral to be "more of a concert"

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Olivia Newton-John's state memorial service in her home country of Australia will be "more of a concert than a funeral," said a government official.

Born in England, Olivia grew up in Melbourne, the capital of the Australian state of Victoria. Victoria Premier Dan Andrews tweeted, "I'm so pleased that Olivia [Newton]-John's family have accepted our offer of a State Memorial Service. We're working with Olivia's family on the details, but it will be more of a concert than a funeral - fitting for a Victorian who lived such a rich and generous life."

Previously, Olivia's niece Totti Goldsmith told an Australian TV show that the family had accepted the offer. And certainly, there's no shortage of singers who'd love to pay tribute to the beloved Grease star.

Meanwhile, Olivia's husband, John Easterling, has posted a tribute to her on Instagram in which he writes, "At Olivia’s deepest essence she was a healer using her mediums of song, of words, of touch. She was the most courageous woman I’ve ever known. Her bandwidth for genuinely caring for people, for nature and all creatures almost eclipses what is humanely [sic] possible."

He adds, "It is only the grace of God that has allowed me to share the depth and passion of her being for so long. In her most difficult times she always had the spirit, the humor, and the will power to move things into the light. Even now as her soul soars, the pain and holes in my heart are healed with the joy of her love and the light that shines forward."

He concludes, "Our family deeply appreciates the vast ocean of love and support that has come our way."

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