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Signed guitars from Neal Schon, Bob Weir, Dave Mason being auctioned to benefit mental health charity

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Guitars signed by Journey's Neal Schon, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and former Traffic member Dave Mason are among the items currently up for bid in a benefit auction that will help provide free mental health therapy to members of the music industry in need.

The Backline organization and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund have teamed up to organize the auction with the hope of raising $100,000 for Sweet Relief's Music's Mental Health Fund, which will provide mental health resources to about 250 music industry professionals and their family members.

The sale, which is being hosted by the Propeller social-impact platform, includes a Player Plus Stratocaster guitar signed by Schon, a D'Angelico Excel guitar autographed by Weir and a Classic Vibe '50s Stratocaster signed by Mason.

The auction also is offering the chance to win tickets to select concerts and events, including front-row seats to Jackson Browne's July 26 show at New York City's famed Beacon Theatre, plus a special merch pack.

To check out the full list of items and to place a bid, visit

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Elton John's 'Honky Château' album celebrates 50th anniversary today; Davey Johnstone shares his recollections

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Elton John's classic fifth studio album, Honky Château, was released 50 years ago today, on May 19, 1972.

The album was Elton's first to top the Billboard 200, spending five consecutive weeks at #1 in July and August of '72 and beginning a run of six straight chart-topping studio efforts in the U.S. for Elton.

Honky Château included two songs that reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, "Rocket Man" -- one of Elton's signature tunes -- and "Honky Cat," which peaked at #6 and #8, respectively.

The album was recorded in France at Château d'Hérouville, an 18th century manor house, and was Elton's first full album to feature contributions from his classic backing band of guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray.

Johnstone tells ABC Audio that he had basically just met Olsson and Murray for the first time at the airport before the sessions began, but he says they quickly developed a chemistry while working on the album.

"[W]ith Elton on piano, Nigel on drums, Dee on bass and me on guitars, and then us all doing background vocals, we it had tailor-made," Johnstone says. "[We were a] four-piece … rocking outfit. And with Bernie Taupin supplying the lyrics, it was like, suddenly we were this unstoppable force."

Johnstone notes that with everyone staying at the chateau, songs often would come together very quickly.

"[W]e'd come down in the morning and have a coffee and a baguette or something, and we'd just immediately start rehearsing some of these songs," Johnstone recalls. "And in some cases, we'd rehearse the song and we'd say, 'Oh, that sounds great. Let's just go over to the studio and cut it right now.'… So it was very, very fast."

Here's Honky Château's full track list:

"Honky Cat"
"I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself"
"Susie (Dramas)"
"Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters"

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Elton John, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran & more to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II at Platinum Party at the Palace

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Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebration, which will mark her 70th year on the British throne, just got a lot more star-studded.

The lineup for the Platinum Party at the Palace, a massive concert set for June 4 in front of Buckingham Palace in London, has been revealed. Sir Elton John, Sir Rod Stewart, Duran Duran and Diana Ross are among the performers, as are, fittingly, Queen + Adam Lambert.

The bill also includes Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Also part of the lineup are several pop and rock artists who are well known in the U.K. but perhaps less familiar in the U.S., including George Ezra, Craig David, ElbowSam Ryder, Mabel, Sigala & Ella Eyre, Mica Paris, Celeste and Mimi Webb.

There are just 10,000 tickets available, which are being allocated on a first come, first served basis. Visit the BBC's websitefor more information. It's not clear yet if the BBC's broadcast of the event will air in North America.

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New Elton John documentary coming to Disney+

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If it's good enough for The Beatles, it's good enough for Elton John.

What's being described as the "official feature" on Elton John is heading to Disney+. Called Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and The Years That Made His Legend, the documentary features unseen concert footage from the past 50 years, modern-day footage of Elton and his family, and a look at his hand-written journals.

Ahead of its arrival on Disney+, the doc will have a limited theatrical run and will also screen at festivals.

Capturing Elton's last months on the road on his farewell tour, with performance clips from Madison Square Garden, London and more, the film will culminate with the star's final North American show at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium this November. It'll also feature a special look at the first five years of Elton's career, during which he scored seven #1 albums and became a global superstar.

Elton's husband and manager, David Furnish, is a producer on the project. It's directed by R.J. Cutler, who brought you the music doc Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry, as well as BELUSHI, The War Room, A Perfect Candidate and The World According to Dick Cheney.

In a statement, Furnish says, “Elton and I could not think of a better collaborator than R.J. Cutler for a film that represents more than just Elton’s career — it’s his life. From the Troubadour to Dodger Stadium, we knew that R.J. would help guide Elton’s story and its many layers in a way that feels authentic and evocative."

Elton has been part of the Disney family since 1994, when his music for The Lion King became a massive hit.

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'Billion Dollar Babies'-themed Alice Cooper action figure available now

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A new Alice Cooper action figure celebrating the shock rocker's memorable early-1970s look and his band's classic 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies has been released by the Super7 toy company as part of its ReAction Figure series.

The figurine depicts Cooper with his trademark face makeup wearing a black leather outfit, including a vest, gloves and knee-high boots with silver lightning bolts on the side. The toy also features two accessories -- a microphone and Cooper's pet snake.

The figurine comes packaged on a special billion-dollar-bill cardback similar to the one that came with the original Billion Dollar Babies LP.

Billion Dollar Babies is the only Cooper album ever to top the Billboard 200. It included the top-40 hits "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Hello Hooray."

The Cooper figure is available now at and is priced at $18. Previous toys in the ReAction Figure series include figurines depicting Motorhead's Lemmy, late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, late Exodus frontman Paul Baloff, Iron Maiden mascot Eddie, King Diamond and Ghost singer Papa Emeritus II.

Cooper is set to kick off a 2022 European tour this Sunday, May 22, in Swansea, Wales. Check out his full schedule at

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Career-spanning Al Stewart box set, 'The Admiralty Lights,' to be released in June

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A massive Al Stewart box set titled The Admiralty Lights, spanning the veteran Scottish singer/songwriter's nearly 60-year career, will be released on June 3.

The 50-CD collection features remastered versions of all 21 of Stewart's studio albums, 18 discs of previously unheard live recordings spanning from 1970 to 2009, three CDs of BBC sessions that Stewart recorded from 1965 to 1972, and eights discs of demos, outtakes and other rare tracks dating from 1964 to 2008.

The box set also includes a 160-page hardback book featuring extensive liner notes, an interview with Stewart, and rare photos and memorabilia; a 24-page "Collectors' Book" with details about the various rare recordings; a print of the cover of Stewart's smash 1976 album Year of the Cat signed by artist Colin Elgie; and a poster of Stewart's 1988 album Last Days of the Century.

Stewart emerged from the British folk scene during the 1960s, but he enjoyed his biggest success as a rock artist with two platinum-selling, Alan Parsons-produced albums -- Year of the Cat and 1978's Time Passages.

Year of the Cat featured the hit title track, which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as "On the Border," which fell just short of the chart's top 40. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.

Time Passages reached #10 on the Billboard 200, while its title track became Stewart's highest-charting single in the U.S., peaking at #7 on the Hot 100.

Other noteworthy recordings in the box set include Stewart's 1969 Love Chronicles album, featuring contributions from Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones; and 1973's Present & Future, which boasts appearances by Yes' Rick Wakeman and Queen's Roger Taylor.

The Admiralty Lights can be preordered now.

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Neil Diamond musical to debut on Broadway this November

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Neil Diamond's A Beautiful Noise is coming to Broadway.

A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical -- a show based on the life of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, featuring all his famous songs -- is currently rehearsing for a six-week engagement in Boston from June 21 through July 31. It's just been announced that following the Boston stint, the show will be moving to the Great White Way this fall.

According to producers, the show chronicles Diamond's journey, from his beginnings as a "poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn" to his rise to becoming "one of the most universally adored showmen of all time." It'll premiere at the Broadhurst Theatre, with preview performances starting November 2. The show's official opening night will be Sunday, December 4. 

Not coincidentally, 50 years ago, in the fall of 1972, Diamond did a series of concerts at Broadway's Winter Garden Theater.

You can sign up to be among the first to get tickets to A Beautiful Noise at

A Beautiful Noise was written by Oscar nominee Anthony McCarten, who wrote the movies Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything. It's directed by Michael Mayer, who also did Spring Awakening, American Idiot and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Of course, all the music is by Neil Diamond.

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Bobby Brown opens up about being molested by a priest as a child

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Legendary R&B singer Bobby Brown has often been in the limelight regarding his difficult life and career struggles. In a recent chat with People, the 53-year-old musician opened up about a traumatic secret he's kept for many years: being molested by a priest as a young boy. 

Speaking in the exclusive interview ahead of his new A&E documentary, Biography: Bobby Brownpremiering on May 30, the Boston native described the experience as one of the reasons he resorted to using drugs and alcohol. 

"I was sent to a temporary custody by social services which was supposed to be a religious place but it wasn't a very nice place to be for a child," he told People. "One of the priests tried to molest me. He tried to touch my private parts ... At that time, I was a young boy. I didn't know what sexual boundaries were. I just knew I didn't like being touched." He added, "Some things are hard to forget."

Before admitting that he tried to bury the memory, hoping to never relive the moment again, Brown said he fought back against the priest who inappropriately touched him and ran away from the facility. "I had tucked it down so deep into my soul that I didn't think that I would talk about it again." 

The Grammy winner says music helped him to cope with the tumultuous issues he dealt with growing up. Now, after 20 years free from narcotics, he says talking about his journey and sharing his story helps.

"I could see where things went wrong for me," he said. "[Talking about it] helped me get through a lot of other things that had been bothering me, especially that."

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The Eagles make extra tickets available for final 2022 US concert in Las Vegas

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The Eagles will wind down the 2022 U.S. portion of their long-running Hotel California Tour with a recently announced May 28 concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and now additional tickets to the show have been made available.

The tickets, which are priced starting at $139, are on sale now at, while a limited number of VIP packages also are available for purchase. The VIP packages include premium seats, special merchandise and more.

The Eagles launched their Hotel California Tour in 2019 with three sold-out concerts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

As previously reported, the Hotel California shows feature the current Eagles lineup performing the band's classic 1976 album of the same name in its entirety, as well as other classics, accompanied by an orchestra and a choir.

Prior to the Las Vegas concert, the Eagles have three other U.S. shows scheduled -- a May 19-20 engagement in Austin, Texas, and a May 25 performance in Salt Lake City.

The band also has a series of five European concerts scheduled in June.

Visit for complete tour and ticket information.

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Memorabilia from ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman's London restaurant to be auctioned this weekend

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A collection of guitars and memorabilia belonging to former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman that had been displayed at the recently closed Sticky Fingers restaurant he owned in London have been added to an auction of music collectibles scheduled for May 20-22.

The auction, the latest installment of Julien's Auctions' "Music Icons" sale, will be held at the Hard Rock Café in New York City, while bids also will be accepted online.

Almost 150 lots belonging to the 85-year-old rocker are part of the auction, including guitars, basses, "gold" and "platinum" record awards, photos, posters and other artifacts.

Among the instruments going on the block is a 1965 Framus Star bass that Wyman used during Stones concerts and recording sessions in 1965 and '66. It is valued between $30,000 and $50,000.

Also being auctioned are a 1974 Dan Armstrong prototype bass that Wyman played on the Stones' 1975-1976 tour, and a 1978 Travis Bean custom short-scale bass that was custom built for Wyman and was used on Stones recordings and tours from 1978 to 1981; both are estimated to sell for $20,000 to $30,000.

In addition, a 1969 Fender Telecaster guitar that Wyman used for home recordings in the 1970s and '80s is expected to bring in $15,000 to $25,000.

Wyman also is selling "gold" record awards for such Stones albums as Out of Our Heads, Aftermath, Between the Buttons, Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers.

Sticky Fingers restaurant was open from 1989 to 2021. Wyman notes, "This wonderful collection of Stones memorabilia that was displayed there … [gives] people the chance to have a piece of Sticky Fingers history for themselves."

Check out the full list of items up for bid at the auction at

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Daryl Hall adds new run of US summer shows to tour with Todd Rundgren

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Daryl Hall has three shows left on his current series of joint U.S. tour dates with support act Todd Rundgren, and the Hall & Oates singer has now added a new six-show summer leg to the trek.

The newly announced concerts, which will mostly take place in the Southeast, run from a July 31 performance in Hollywood, Florida, through an August 11 gig in North Charleston, South Carolina. The other shows are scheduled for August 3 in St. Petersburg, Florida; August 5 in Roanoke, Virginia; August 7 in Mason, Ohio; and August 9 in Durham, North Carolina.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. local time via

Hall's current run of shows with Rundgren -- his second of 2022 -- winds down with performances this Wednesday in Denver; Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Sunday in Austin, Texas. The first run of concerts kicked off on April 1, the same day that Hall released his first solo compilation, BeforeAfter.

BeforeAfter is a 30-track collection that features selections from all five of Hall's solo studio albums, as well as eight performances from his acclaimed TV/web series Live from Daryl's House, six of which were previously unreleased.

Among the Live from Daryl's House performances is a duet between Hall and Rundgren on Rundgren's 1978 hit ballad "Can We Still Be Friends."

Meanwhile, Hall also has six U.S. concerts with his longtime musical partner John Oates scheduled for later this year, running from a September 1 show in Canandaigua, New York, through an October 22 performance in Laughlin, Nevada.

Visit for a full list of dates.

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Julian Lennon to release NFT of his "Imagine" performance to benefit Ukrainian refugees

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Last month, Julian Lennon performed a cover of his late father John Lennon's classic peace anthem "Imagine" as part of Global Citizen's Stand Up for Ukraine campaign. Now he's set to release a special audio-visual NFT focusing on the performance, which will raise money for Ukrainian relief.

The NFT will include Julian's recording of "Imagine," which features him accompanied by Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt on guitar and backing vocals, as well as a visual interpretation of the song and audio narration by Julian explaining why he decided to perform his father's famous tune.

The visual element that accompanies the recording includes black-and-white pencil-stroke images of Julian that transform into pockets of light.

Starting this Friday, May 20, the NFT will be available for purchase at the Yellowheart digital marketplace for 11 days priced at $11. A portion of the proceeds raised by sale of the digital tokens will benefit Julian's White Feather Foundation and the charity's efforts to aid Ukrainian refugees.

"The war on Ukraine is an unimaginable tragedy, and as a human and an artist I have always felt that music finds a way to heal, comfort, rally and support during times of crisis," Julian says. "Performing my father's classic 'Imagine' was a very personal decision, but an obvious one given his lyrics reflect our collective desire for peace worldwide."

He adds, "Partnering with YellowHeart to offer NFT artwork that includes my interpretation of the song will provide an opportunity for fans to connect and unite through the song's message of unity in a new and innovative way."

A video of Julian performing "Imagine" with Bettencourt debuted on Julian's YouTube channel on April 8 in conjunction with the Stand Up for Ukraine campaign. It marked his first public performance of his late father's song.

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Release of 'The Beatles: Get Back' DVD and Blu-ray sets rescheduled for July

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Back in January it was announced the acclaimed three-part Disney+ documentary The Beatles: Get Back would be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 8, but the release was indefinitely delayed.

Now, Variety reports that the physical versions of the doc will finally get their release on July 12.

According to Variety, the delay was due to a defect that was discovered in the discs.

The DVD and Blu-ray sets will feature the entire 468-minute documentary across three discs, although the outlet reports that there are no bonus features. The foldout packaging includes four commemorative cards boasting pics of each Beatles member. Both editions will offer multiple audio options.

As previously reported, The Beatles: Get Back was directed by Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson and premiered on Disney+ in late November 2021.

The series was created from dozens of hours of previously unseen footage shot in January 1969 for what became the 1970 film Let It Be.

Besides showing the Fab Four working on the songs that eventually appeared on the Let It Be album, Get Back also captures the group jamming on covers and older Beatles tunes, playing songs that would be featured on Abbey Road and the bandmates' future solo albums -- joking, arguing, chatting and more.

The docuseries ends with footage of the entire surprise performance that The Beatles gave on the roof of their Apple company's headquarters in London's Savile Row, which turned to be the last time the band played together in public.

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Rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis is a 2022 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee

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Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year.

Popular country duo Country Brooks & Dunn announced the news during an event at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday morning.

Each year, the Hall inducts members in three categories. This year, Lewis is the Veteran Era inductee, late singer/songwriter Keith Whitley is the Country Hall's Modern Era artist, and music executive Joe Galante is being inducted under the Non-Performer rotating category.

The 86-year-old Lewis was on hand to speak at the ceremony, delivering his remarks from a chair and wearing a glittering red sequined blazer. "I'm just overwhelmed that they asked me here today," he told the room, adding that it was "always great to be recognized" and that his lengthy career has taught him to "be a good person, and treat your people right, treat your fans right."

Lewis added that it was difficult for him to find the words to describe the honor he felt.

Jerry Lee, who was infamously nicknamed "The Killer," came to fame during the late 1950s with classic songs like "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On," "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless" that were hits on both the pop and country charts. He continued to score country hits throughout the 1960s and '70s and into the early '80s.

The three inductees will be officially welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a Medallion Ceremony this fall.

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Journey release new song, "Let It Rain"; Neal Schon taking part in Talk Shop Live streaming event Friday


Journey has released a third advance track from its forthcoming studio album, Freedom, a heavy, funk-flavored mid-tempo rocker called "Let It Rain."

The song is available now as a digital download and via streaming services, while a visualizer video for the tune has debuted at Journey's official YouTube channel.

"Let It Rain" showcases some sizzling guitar work by Neal Schon, who in a post on his social media pages describes the song as "a Sassy Funkin Rocker," adding, "New Chapter from us and definitely proud of it."

As previously reported, Freedom is a 15-track collection that will be released on July 8. The other songs that have been issued from the album are "The Way We Used to Be" and "You Got the Best of Me," which debuted in June 2021 and last month, respectively. You can pre-order Freedom now.

Meanwhile, this Friday, May 20, at 9 p.m. ET, Schon will make an appearance on Talk Shop Live's Rock N Roll Channel, where he will chat about the album and Journey's upcoming tour plans. In addition, autographed copies of Freedom will be available to pre-order during the steaming event.

Journey recently wrapped up the initial leg of its Freedom Tour 2022, although the final four shows were postponed because an unspecified member of the group tested positive for COVID-19. Those dates are expected to be rescheduled in the coming months.

The band next scheduled performances are a series of four special symphonic concerts in Las Vegas that will take place at the new, state-of-the-art Resorts World Theatre. The shows are scheduled for July 15, 16, 22 and 23 and tickets are available now.

Schon also promises that Journey is planning a summer leg of its tour.

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