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Release of John Lodge's new live album delayed until January; check out "Gemini Dream" video

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The Royal Affair and After, the forthcoming live album from longtime Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge, was scheduled for release on December 3, but according to a message on Lodge's social media pages, it's now been pushed back until January 14, 2022.

The note explains that the "world-wide supply chain issue" that currently is affecting so many businesses has led to "a production and shipping delay."

The message continues, "John and all his team are very upset by this news and hate to let you all down, especially those of you hoping Santa would leave [the album] under your tree on Christmas."

However, the previously announced limited-edition blue-vinyl LP version of The Royal Affair and After is still scheduled to be released on January 28, 2022.

In related news, Lodge has released a live version of the 1981 Moody Blues hit "Gemini Dream" as a second advance digital single from the album. You also can check out a music video for the performance, which combines live footage with kaleidoscopic animation, at John's official YouTube channel.

As previously reported, The Royal Affair and After features performances from a 2019 Las Vegas show that Lodge and his 10,000 Light Years Band played during his stint as an opening act on the Yes-headlined Royal Affair Tour.  It also includes songs recorded during John's subsequent U.S. solo trek.

Two of the songs feature guest vocals by current Yes frontman Jon Davison, including a rendition of "Ride My See-Saw" that was released recently as the first advance digital single from the album.

After being forced off the road in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lodge will return to touring in March 2022 with a series of U.S. dates.

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Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen auctioning instruments to benefit The Edge's Music Rising charity

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Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen are just a few the famous musicians who've contributed instruments and other memorabilia to an auction benefiting Music Rising, a charity organization co-founded by U2 guitarist The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin.

The former Beatles legend is selling a Yamaha BB-1200 bass that he played live and in the studio with his old band Wings during in the '70s. Elton has contributed a signed Yamaha Motif-8 keyboard that he played live for nearly a decade. The Boss is parting with a signed Americana Original '50s Fender Telecaster guitar.

Other artists contributing instruments or other items to the sale include The Edge and his U2 band mates Bono and Adam Clayton, The Rolling Stones' Ronnie WoodSteve Miller, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Slash, Rush's Alex Lifeson, Lenny Kravitz, Alice Cooper, KISS' Paul Stanley, Green Day, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joan Jett, Dave Grohl and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

The auction, which take place live and online on December 11, will be hosted by Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles.

"Some of the world's greatest musicians and friends of Music Rising have generously donated their personal instruments to raise money for Music Rising," The Edge says in a statement. "We hope you have a chance to bid on one or more of the beautiful instruments in the auction."

Music Rising was first formed in 2005 to support New Orleans and Gulf South-area musicians in need following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The auction will raise money for those musicians now affected by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

For more information about the auction, visit

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Record Store Day Black Friday takes place this week; includes releases from Hall & Oates, Aerosmith, U2 & more

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After enjoying their Thanksgiving feast this week, music fans can head to their local independent record shops to check out the limited-edition vinyl releases available for the 2021 edition of Record Store Day's Black Friday sale.

Releases from Hall & Oates, Aerosmith, U2, Fleetwood Mac and Carole King are among the discs that will be available.

Hall & Oates' Black Friday release is Fall in Philadelphia: The Definitive Demos 1968-71, a collection of early recordings the duo made before their debut album came out. The LP is pressed on orange vinyl.

Aerosmith's Black Friday offering is a 1971: The Road Starts Here, featuring a previously unheard early recording of the band playing several song in their rehearsal room, including "Dream On." It's available on vinyl and cassette.

U2 is issuing a four-track EP celebrating the 40th anniversary of their popular early tune "Gloria." The disc, which is pressed on yellow vinyl, features the studio version of the song, plus three live renditions recorded in three different decades.

Fleetwood Mac is offering a two-LP set titled Alternate Live, a 14-track collection featuring performances of various songs taken from the band's deluxe reissues of the Rumours, Tusk and Mirage albums.

King is issuing In Concert -- Live at The BBC 1971, a live album featuring the lauded singer/songwriter performing songs from her landmark album Tapestry, including a guest appearance by James Taylor.

Other artists issuing 2021 Black Friday releases include The Bee Gees, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, Sam Cooke, Dire Straits, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Jorma Kaukonen, Little Feat, Modern English, Todd Rundgren, The Shangri-Las, Dusty Springfield, The Staple Singers, Stray Cats, Joe Strummer, Tammi Terrell and Heart's Nancy Wilson

For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit

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Journey's Jonathan Cain says he's planning to cook an extensive Thanksgiving dinner, but will there be turkey?

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Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain has a very busy holiday season planned with his famous band and his work serving as a minister at his wife Paula White-Cain's church, but first up he has some important familial Thanksgiving duties on his plate.

"I'm gonna be cooking a pretty extensive dinner like I usually do…Chef Jon," he tells ABC Audio. "We'll just have our close family and grandkids [over]."

Cain says he's facing one major dilemma with his meal preparation, he's been having a "big problem…finding a turkey."

"Turkeys are, believe or not, scarce," the 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who lives in Florida, says with a laugh. "My little place [where] I bought my Amish turkey [last year is] unable to help me. I'm like, 'Are you kidding me?' So yeah, you can't even get a turkey anymore."

We won't stop believing that Jonathan will be successful in his quest to find a big bird for his family's holiday feast.

After Thanksgiving is over, Cain and Journey will head to Las Vegas, where the band will play a six-show residency at The Theater at Virgin Hotels that runs from December 1 through December 11, and a special symphonic concert at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on December 18.

Cain, who recently released his latest in a series of solo Christian-music projects, an EP titled Oh Lord Lead Us, also has plans to host a Christmas concert.

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John Lennon's son Julian says watching 'The Beatles: Get Back' "has made me love my father again"

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John Lennon's older son Julian has revealed he had an emotional reaction when he got to watch a preview of the upcoming Disney+ docuseries The Beatles: Get Back in Los Angeles this past week.

In a recent message on his Instagram that accompanied a new photo of him with his half-brother, Sean, Julian writes, "[T]he film has made me love my father again, in a way I can't fully describe…Thank you to All who had a hand, in bringing this project to fruition…Life Changing."

Julian also reveals that after the Get Back screening, he attended an event hosted by designer Stella McCartney, Paul McCartney's daughter, noting, "What an Amazing night, firstly seeing 'Get Back' & then Stella's Event afterwards…The One True thing I can say about it all, is that it has made me so proud, inspired & feel more love for My/Our family, than ever before."

It's widely known that Julian didn't have a close relationship with his father, who divorced his mother, Cynthia, and remarried Yoko Ono in the late 1960s when Julian was still a child.

Meanwhile, Julian posted several pictures of him with Sean Lennon -- John's son with Yoko -- on Instagram, including a photo of them sitting together at the Get Back screening with Stella sitting behind them. Interestingly, he wrote in the caption of that pic, "Wish You were here Dhani & Zak!" referring to Dhani Harrison and Zak Starkey -- the respective sons of George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Another Instagram photo that Julian posted Monday shows him and Sean on a beach in Malibu, California, with the sun setting behind them. Lennon captions the pic, "A lil wind blown & tired after a few hours driving through the Mountains to the Sea, but so worth it…A Magical Day."

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Foreigner, Rob Thomas among stars performing at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Just a reminder that Foreigner and Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas are among the music stars that will be performing at the 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which airs live Thursday on NBC from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.

The veteran rockers will be featured on "The House of Marvelous Milestones" float sponsored by New York Life.  According to a post on their Facebook page, the band will perform at 10:27 a.m. ET.

As for Thomas, he'll appear on the Hallmark Channel's "Heartwarming Holiday Countdown" float, and will sing a tune from his new holiday album, Something About Christmas Time.

Neither Foreigner nor Thomas have ever performed before at the Macy's parade.  Rob tells ABC Audio that he and his wife are equally thrilled that he'll be part of the historic New York City holiday event.

"I'm wife, growing up in Queens, [New York], that's been her entire life," Rob says. "Christmas starts when Santa Claus goes past Macy's, then, from that moment on for her, it's the holidays."

He adds, "I'm excited about doing it and I'm excited about doing it on the Hallmark float. That's huge! That's serious Christmas, right there. I am knee-deep in Christmas at that point!"

As for the connection between the Hallmark Channel and Rob, one of the songs on his album -- an updated version of his 2003 tune "A New York Christmas" -- appears in the new Hallmark holiday film A Royal Queens Christmas.

Other musical artists scheduled to appear or perform during the parade include Nelly, R&B singer Kelly Rowland, pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, and country stars Carrie Underwood, Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton and Chris Lane.

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King of Queen: Freddie Mercury died 30 years ago today

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of one of rock's greatest champions, Queen singer Freddie Mercury.

Mercury died from complications of AIDS at age 45 on November 23, 1991, just one day after announcing to the world that he'd been diagnosed with the disease.

Widely regarded as one of the all-time great rock singers and frontmen, Freddie used his powerful vocals, flamboyant persona and dynamic performing style to help Queen become among the most popular and successful bands in the world.

Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in 1946 on the African island of Zanzibar, where his family lived until 1964, when they moved to the U.K. In 1970, Mercury teamed up with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor in a band called Smile, and after the addition of bassist John Deacon, the group changed its name to Queen.

The band blended a variety of genres to create a unique sound that captivated a wide variety of music fans. Mercury wrote many of Queen's biggest hits, including "Killer Queen," "Somebody to Love," "We Are the Champions," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Bicycle Race," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Play the Game" and, of course, the enduring rock anthem "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Freddie also co-wrote Queen's classic 1981 collaboration with David Bowie, "Under Pressure." Mercury's performance with Queen at London's Wembley Stadium at the 1985 Live Aid festival is considered one of the highlights of that historic event.

Mercury also released a pair of solo albums during the 1980s.

Following Freddie's death, May, Taylor and Queen manager Jim Beach co-founded the Mercury Phoenix Trust in his honor. The charity supports AIDS-related causes.

Mercury was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Queen in 2001. His legacy continues to make its mark on the rock and pop world.

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'The Beatles: Get Back' editor says docuseries captures "four guys who still very much get on with each other"


The project that Beatles fans have anxiously awaited for years finally is set to arrive this week. The Beatles: Get Back, the three-part, six-hour docuseries directed by Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson focusing on the January 1969 sessions that yielded the Let It Be album, premieres this Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Disney+.

As previously reported, the series was created from dozens of hours of previously unseen footage shot for what became the film Let It Be, but while the 1970 movie zeroed in on the tensions between the band members during the sessions, Get Back offers a more well-rounded look at The Beatles' relationships as they came together to create that music.

Jackson's longtime film editor Jabez Olssen, who worked closely with Peter on Get Back, tells ABC Audio that it quickly became apparent watching the footage that the band was getting along much better than had been previously portrayed.

"This is four guys who still very much get on with each other, are joking around, having a good time," Olssen notes. "They have…disagreements and constructive conversations, but this is not a breakup film and this was not a breakup period in The Beatles' lives."

Perhaps the centerpiece of the series is the entire 42-minute impromptu concert of The Beatles' played on the roof of Apple headquarters on London's Savile Row.

Olssen says the segment offers "the best footage of The Beatles playing live that there is," explaining, "You're in the front row. They're playing great. You can see them really well…[It] feels so personal and in your face."

He adds, "To see how well they play and how happy they are and the buzz that they come out of it with, it really is a moment of triumph for them."

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Mariah Carey reveals why she goes all out during the holidays

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Mariah Carey is nearly synonymous with Christmas thanks to her music, television specials, recipes, merchandise and, of course, all those festive memes.  But, in a new interview, the singer opened up about why she continues to make the holidays such a big deal.

She tells Entertainment Tonight that she was unable to enjoy the lavishness of Christmas when she was a child because she grew up in poverty.  But, instead of becoming bitter over what she didn't have, it fueled her desire to make Christmas even more special.

"In my memoir [The Meaning of Mariah Carey,] I talk about how when I was a little kid, growing up with no money, growing up being mixed, not understanding, having identity issues, and then going through my career and the different things that have happened, that I never even talked about to even some of my best friends," she confesses.  "When I wrote about Christmas, I was like, 'Oh wait, I don't want to bring people down,' 'cause this seemed like depressing stuff that happened."

Mariah says that has "motivated" her to "really go all the way in every Christmas, every year." 

And, while she "wants my kids to have the best time," the pop star admits that, when it comes to indulging in the holidays, "A lot of it is for me."

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Don McLean reacts to Taylor Swift breaking "American Pie's" nearly-50-year record on the 'Billboard' Hot 100

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Don McLean is tipping his hat to Taylor Swift after the 31-year-old pop superstar broke the record that the veteran singer-songwriter set on the Billboard Hot 100 almost 50 years ago.

Since 1972, Don's eight-minute, 34-second classic "American Pie (Parts I & II)" held the title for the lengthiest song to hit number one.  Well, that longstanding record was broken this week when Taylor's 10-minute, 13-second song "All Too Well" bowed atop the Hot 100.

"There is something to be said for a great song that has staying power," 76-year-old McLean said in a statement to ABC Audio. "'American Pie' remained on top for 50 years and now Taylor Swift has unseated such a historic piece of artistry. Let's face it, nobody ever wants to lose that #1 spot, but if I had to lose it to somebody, I sure am glad it was another great singer/songwriter such as Taylor."

Taylor's 10-minute-plus recording of "All Too Well" is featured as a bonus track on Red (Taylor's Version), which she released on November 12.

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Mariah Carey planning "gritty" adaptation of her memoir, new Christmas book

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Mariah Carey is all about Christmas right now, but she's already thinking ahead to what she wants to do in 2022 -- like making a movie out of her best-selling memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

Speaking to Extra, Mariah says, "I'm working on some really exciting stuff for next year, the adaptation of my memoir with Lee Daniels...We need it to be gritty. It's not gonna's a very real situation."  Lee directed Mariah in the acclaimed movies Precious and The Butler.

Mariah says she's also "working on another Christmas book," but adds, "We'll talk about that next year."  In 2015, Mariah put out a children's book based on her signature tune "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

As for the holidays this year, Mariah's AppleTV+ special Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues streams on December 3.  On it, you'll see her sing her new holiday song "Fall In Love at Christmas," featuring Khalid and Kirk Franklin, and she tells Extra that she's also performing a new version of Darlene Love's classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."

But first, let's get through Thanksgiving.  Mariah tells Extra that she's cooking "greens" for Thanksgiving dinner, bragging, "I've been heralded for my greens." 

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AC/DC, Paul McCartney score multiple nominations for 2022 Grammy Awards

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The nominees for the 2022 Grammy Awards were announced today, and among the veteran artists in the running for multiple trophies next year are AC/DC and Paul McCartney.

The Australian hard rockers and the former Beatles legend both will compete for the Best Rock Album prize, for Power Up and McCartney III, respectively.

AC/DC also was nominated for the Best Rock Performance honor for "Shot in the Dark," while the video for the track scored a nod in the Best Music Video category. McCartney also is in the running for Best Rock Song, for the McCartney III track "Find My Way."

Other veteran artists receiving Grammy nominations this year include ABBA, Jackson Browne, Los Lobos, Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Carole King, Steve Cropper, ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, the late Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and the late Prince.

ABBA is up for the Record of the Year for their new song "I Still Have Faith in You." Browne and Los Lobos will vie for the Best Americana Album trophy for their respective records Downhill from Everywhere and Native Sons.

Copeland's collaborative album with Ricky Kej, Divine Tides, is nominated for Best New Age Album. King received a Best Song Written for Visual Media nod for "Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)," which she co-wrote with Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Hartman for the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.

Cropper's Fire It Up will compete for the Best Contemporary Blues Album honor.

Among the Best Music Film nominees are David Byrne's American Utopia and Music, Money, Madness...Jimi Hendrix in Maui, while potential honorees for Best Historical Album include the Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 box set and the deluxe reissue of Prince's Sign o' the Times.

Check out the full list of nominees at

The 2022 Grammys will take place Monday, January 31.

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AC/DC's 'For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)' album celebrates its 40th anniversary today

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Forty years ago today, AC/DC released its seventh internationally available studio album, For Those About to Rock (We Salute You), a follow-up to the Australian rockers' massively successful Back in Black.

While its popularity and impact paled in comparison to Back in Black -- which, with 25 million copies sold, has become the fourth best-selling album ever in the U.S. -- For Those About to Rock was AC/DC's first album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200.

The album also was AC/DC's second with singer Brian Johnson, who joined the band before the recording of Back in Black following the death of longtime frontman Bon Scott. Additionally, it was the third of three consecutive AC/DC records produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange.

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, spanning the last week of 1981 and the first two weeks of 1982. Two singles were released from the album: the title track and "Let's Get It Up," which reached #4 and #9, respectively, on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Let's Get It Up" also peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100.

AC/DC toured extensively in 1981 and '82 in support of the album, which has gone on to sell over four million copies in the U.S.

Here's the For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) track list:

"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"
"I Put the Finger on You"
"Let's Get It Up"
"Inject the Venom"
"Evil Walks"
"Breaking the Rules"
"Night of the Long Knives"

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The Hollies' to launch 60th anniversary US tour in April 2022

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British Invasion greats The Hollies will return to the U.S. next year for the first time in two decades for a series of shows celebrating the band's 60th anniversary.

The five-date tour kicks off on April 2 in Morristown, New Jersey, and also will visit Washington, D.C., on April 4; New York City on April 5; and Chicago on April 7, before winding down in Los Angles on April 7.

The Hollies have long been led by two members of the band's classic lineup -- lead guitarist Tony Hicks and drummer Bobby Elliott. Rounding out the group's current incarnation are lead singer Peter Howarth, bassist Ray Stiles, keyboardist Ian Parker and rhythm guitarist Steve Lauri.

"We felt like this is something no other band gets to do, celebrate six decades together," says Hicks. "Sixty years of this band and these songs means so much to us and so many others."

Adds Elliott, "We're incredibly excited performing for everyone on what will be some of the most special shows in the history of The Hollies."

The group, which was co-founded in 1962 by singers Allan Clarke and Graham Nash, scored a string of hits in the 1960s and early '70s, including "Bus Stop," "Stop Stop Stop," "Carrie-Anne," "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "The Air That I Breathe" and "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)."

Tickets for The Hollies' U.S. tour are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting

Prior to the trek, the band will be making a special appearance on March 31 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as part of the 2022 Flower Power Cruise, which sets sail from Miami on March 28.

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Dion raves about new album 'Stomping Ground,' featuring "the greatest guitar players on the planet"

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Dion DiMucci has just released his new studio album, Stomping Ground, the doo-wop and rock 'n' roll great's second star-studded collaborative project in just over a year.

A follow-up to 2020's Blues with Friends, this record includes contributions from Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Mark Knopfler, Peter Frampton, Boz Scaggs, Rickie Lee Jones and more.

Dion tells ABC Audio that he had a lot of fun working on Stomping Ground, and he couldn't be happier with the project.

"I'm writing some of the best songs in my life, singing better than ever, the way I express stuff," he maintains. "I have more confidence than ever, and I have these great tracks with the greatest guitar players on the planet on them, and making music with great artists and friends, and making friends with this music."

Clapton lent his guitar talents to a song called "If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll." Dion says that when it came time for Eric to record his part, "he said…'I'm gonna play this standing up like I'm playing for 20,000 people.' And he did, man. He walked in the studio and did this thing, and I tell you, it sounded like he was 19 years old."

Springsteen and Scialfa, who also appeared on Blues with Friends, are featured on the new song titled "Angel in the Alleyways," with Patti singing and Bruce contributing harmonica and tremolo guitar. Dion says Springsteen told him that Scialfa was responsible for "the whole arrangement" of the tracks they recorded.

Gibbons, another Blues with Friends contributor, plays guitar on the tune tune "My Stomping Ground."

Dion says of Billy, "His guitar playing is so simple and recognizable…and so potent."

Here's the full Stomping Ground track list:

"Take It Back" -- with Joe Bonamassa
"Hey Diddle Diddle " -- with G.E. Smith
"Dancing Girl " -- with Mark Knopfler
"If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll" -- with Eric Clapton
"There Was a Time " -- with Peter Frampton
"Cryin' Shame " -- with Sonny Landreth
"The Night Is Young " -- with Joe Menza and Wayne Hood
"That's What The Doctor Said " -- with Steve Conn
"My Stomping Ground " -- with Billy Gibbons
"Angel in the Alleyways " -- with Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen
"I've Got to Get to You " -- with Boz Scaggs, Joe Menza and Mike Menza
"Red House " -- with Keb' Mo'
"I Got My Eyes on You Baby " -- with Marcia Ball and Jimmy Vivino
"I've Been Watching " -- with Rickie Lee Jones and Wayne Hood

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