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George Pimentel/Getty ImagesIt's been more than 10 years since founding Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman and singer/keyboardist Burton Cummings toured together, but it looks like a reunion may be in the works for next year.

Cummings has posted a couple of messages on his official Facebook page hinting that the two musicians are organizing a tour.  The first post shows a photo of Cummings and Bachman arm-in-arm onstage, and reads, "'Rumour has it' that this might be a sight that many people see in 2020."

The second post features another pic of Burton and Randy, accompanied by a lengthier message that reads, in part, "I'm hearing 'rumours'…I'm hearing 'rumours'…looks like 2020 might see this happening…and I say to myself 'why not…?'"

The caption continues, "I'm mulling over in my mind what a set list it could be with all the [Guess Who] stuff, some of my solo stuff, and [various the Bachman-Turner Overdrive songs,] AS WELL AS a few choice numbers from our Jukebox CD…Yikes...It could very well make for a pretty strong two hours...Yes it could…"

The two veteran rockers had feuded for many years since their joint 2009 Bachman-Cummings trek, with Randy revealing in a 2014 article in Toronto newspaper The Star that the dispute involved The Guess Who's publishing.  But now it seems they've buried the hatchet.

Signs that Bachman and Cummings had mended their relationship first emerged this past summer.  On July 18, they played a full concert together at Toronto's Casa Loma as a fundraiser for Canada's Walk of Fame.  Then, on August, Randy joined Burton for three songs during Cummings' show at Toronto's CNE Bandshell.

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Insight ComicsA new graphic novel focusing on the late David Bowie's rise from obscurity to rock stardom, and the creation of his Ziggy Stardust character, will be released on January 7, 2020, one day before what would've been his 73rd birthday.

Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams was co-written by Steven Horton and Michael Allred, with artwork by Allred and his wife, Laura. Horton's work includes the acclaimed graphic novel Satellite Rising, while Allred's credits include such popular comics as Madman, Silver Surfer and Red Rocket 7.

The book features a foreword by Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods, Good Omens and Coraline, among many other titles.

Allred says in a statement, "Everything that has inspired me throughout my life and career can be found intersecting with David Bowie. With my obsessive passion for music, pop art, film, and the electricity of the comic book medium all coming together through the sounds and imagery of his creative output."

Adds Horton, "[B]eing part of an original graphic novel about my favorite musician is like a dream come true, as is working with artistic legends like the Allreds. Our collective obsession with Bowie has created something special, and I'm immensely proud of it."

You can check out a few preview pages from the novel at InsightEditions.com. They include depictions of Bowie's changing looks from childhood to his Ziggy Stardust persona, a scene from the historic 1973 London concert where he announced the breakup of The Spiders from Mars onstage, a page showing a young Bowie, then known as David Jones, chatting with Steve Marriott and Marc Bolan -- the respective future frontmen of Small Faces and T. Rex -- about their musical plans.

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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is responsible for one of the most famous contemporary yuletide songs, "Wonderful Christmastime," but now he's revealed that he also recorded an entire holiday album -- that he only plays for family members.

During an interview Thursday on the BBC Radio 4 program World at One, McCartney explained, "Years ago, I thought, 'There's not very good Christmas records [and] I'd like to do something traditional and simple and easy'…So I actually went into my studio over a couple of years and I made one, but it's just for the family."

He added that the album was collection of demo recordings of instrumental versions of such traditional holiday carols as "Good King Wenceslas" and "Silent Night."

Paul noted that the album has never been released: "it just gets brought out each year" for the holidays.

McCartney said that his children like the album, "and now it's the grandkids getting indoctrinated with my carols record."

As for what he'd like for Christmas this year, McCartney said, half jokingly, "Peace on Earth," then admitted, "I don't know actually. I'm terrible on presents. I just gratefully accept whatever I get.

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Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentCheap Trick is among the artists set to perform at The Art of Elysium charity's 13th annual Heaven gala and art installation, taking place January 4 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

The music lineup for the event, dubbed "Heaven Is Rock and Roll," also includes Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, and grunge-rock band L7.

The Art of Elysium is a nonprofit organization that encourages artists and communities to join together, using art to triumph over adversity.

Each year, an artist or group is honored at the Heaven gala with the Visionary Award, and also is asked to curate the event's art installation by depicting what their idea of what heaven is. This year's recipient is We Are Hear, an L.A.-based record label, music publisher and artist-management company founded by producers and musicians Linda Perry and Kerry Brown.

Previous Visionary Award honorees include Stevie Wonder, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, John Legend, and the aforementioned Perry.

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Eagle VisionThis year, ZZ Top celebrated its 50th anniversary with a major tour, as well as an official documentary titled ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas that premiered in August and has been screened in more than 150 theaters across the U.S. Now the film is set to be released as a DVD/Blu-ray set on February 28, 2020.

The movie features new interviews with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' three members -- singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard -- plus rare archival footage, animated segments and conversations with celebrity fans Billy Bob Thornton and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas charts ZZ Top's history from before Gibbons started growing his famous beard through the band's rise to rock stardom.  It also includes an intimate performance filmed especially for the doc at historic Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas.

The DVD and Blu-ray also boasts bonus features, including full performances filmed at Gruene Hall and archival footage of ZZ Top performing between 1976 and 1981.

ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas was directed by Sam Dunn, whose credits also include Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and Super Duper Alice Cooper.

ZZ Top will wind down 2019 with a December 29 show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a New Year's Eve concert in Durant, Oklahoma. The band also has a few 2020 gigs lined up. Check out their full schedule at ZZop.com.

Here are the extras featured on the ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas DVD/Blu-ray:

Gruene Hall Bonus Performances:
"Shuffle in C"/"Fannie Mae"
"La Grange"
"Brown Sugar"
"Blue Jean Blues"

Ham Estate Archives Bonus Performances:
"Thunderbird"
"Tush"
"Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers"
"I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide"
"Manic Mechanic"

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Credit: Anna WebberDavid Crosby recently announced his first tour dates of 2020, a series of North American shows kicking off May 14 in Santa Barbara, California, and scheduled through a June 21 concert in Westhampton Beach, New York.

So far, a total of 21 shows have been confirmed, including concerts in such major cities as Sacramento; Salt Lake City; Boulder, Colorado; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Memphis and Knoxville, Tennessee; Annapolis, Maryland; Albany, New York; and Toronto, Canada.

Crosby will be accompanied on the trek by his Sky Trails Band, which features musicians that contributed to his 2017 solo album, Sky Trails, as well as his upcoming record.

The group's lineup is Crosby's son James Raymond on keyboards, Mai Leisz on bass, Steve "Stevie D" DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar, and Michelle Willis on keyboards and vocals.

The concerts will include material from throughout David's 50-year-plus career, including tunes by The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Crosby's solo releases. He'll also introduce songs from his forthcoming album.

This past summer, Crosby told ABC Audio that he was nearly done with the record, noting that he and Raymond were both "writing a lot."

Tickets for the concerts are available now. Visit DavidCrosby.com to check out the full list of shows.

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Dave Davies, Ray Davies; ABC AudioFor the past year or two, founding Kinks members Ray Davies and Dave Davies have been telling the media that they are working on material for a possible new album by the band. Dave recently shared a little update on the project's status with ABC Audio, reporting that things are progressing, albeit rather slowly.

"[W]e're still kind of working hard on ideas. And we've got some archive stuff that we've had that hasn't been released yet," the guitarist reveals. "So we're still very intent on getting some new product together, but it's taken longer than we thought. But it's not from want of trying."

Dave explains that he and Ray haven't "actually done…new sessions together," but notes that besides trying to complete unfinished archival tracks, he and his older brother have recorded demos of new songs "that would constitute work on a new album, I guess."

In October, Ray Davies told Rolling Stone that he and Dave were trying to write songs together, something they hadn't done too often in the past.

"We have worked on a couple of ideas, yeah, which is very exciting," Dave confirms to ABC Audio, "but haven't gotten anything concrete finished yet.

He adds, "There's a lot of interesting ideas and new ideas, so we'll have to see how it shapes up."

Dave also points out that one of the reasons he thinks it's taken a long time for he and Ray to finish the project, at least with regard to the archival material, is because The Kinks were so prolific.

"It's weird because it's always kind of almost been a problem with The Kinks," he maintains. "There's always a lot of stuff -- a lot of music, a lot of ideas...It's been like a blessing and a curse in a way."

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Ben Gibson, © HST Global Limited/ Courtesy of Rocket EntertainmentElton John is always willing to advise young, up-and-coming artists like Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi.  But back when he was first starting out, he received some very valuable advice that's served him well throughout his career.

As part of Spotify's video series "The Best Advice I Ever Got," Elton reveals the words of wisdom that have stuck with him the most over the years came from his U.S. booking agent, Howard Rose: "Don't put yourself in a position where you're playing somewhere big too soon."

Elton explains that early on, "I got the headlines pretty quick, and I could have played bigger venues than I was playing at the start of my career. But Howard said, 'No, you have to go out and play second on the bill to great artists...in areas where you are not so popular.  And you have to get the experience of playing to another audience that isn't your audience.'"

Elton says Rose also told him early on in his career, "We're gonna put you in smaller venues and create a ticket craziness, so you sell out straightaway and no one can get a ticket. That means the next time you come round, you're gonna sell out a bigger venue." 

That way, Rose told Elton, "When you do play big venues, you will really relish it and you will be ready for it."

Elton says now, 50 years on, he can vouch for the fact that "Playing somewhere...[when] you're not ready is a disaster waiting to happen." 

"Just take it easy, know what you can do and then build up to play something special," Elton cautions. "But don't do it straightaway."

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Courtesy of The Peach Music FestivalThe lineup for the 2020 edition of the Allman Brothers Band-founded Peach Music Festival has been revealed: Headlining the event will be the supergroup Oysterhead, which features Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Phish singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio and Primus singer/bassist Les Claypool.

Not surprisingly, the bill also includes a couple of Allman Brothers alums: founding drummer Jaimoe and longtime bassist Oteil Burbridge. Both Jaimoe and Oteil will be performing separately with not-yet-announced musical friends, while Burbridge also will be playing with the Grateful Dead tribute act Joe Russo's Almost Dead.

In addition, founding Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison and the band's one-time touring guitarist Adrian Belew will join eclectic Brooklyn, New York-based group Turkuaz for a set celebrating the 40th anniversary of Talking Heads' Remain in Light album.

Other artists set to perform at the 2020 Peach Music Festival include The String Cheese Incident, Tower of Power, reggae veterans Steel Pulse and The Allman Betts Band. That's the new group that features the respective sons of founding Allman Brothers members Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley: Devon Allman, Duane Betts and Berry Duane Oakley.

The festival is scheduled to take place July 2 to July 5 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Four-day passes are available now; visit ThePeachMusicFestival.com for more details.

The Peach fest is one of several reunion performances that Oysterhead has lined up in 2020. The band also will be playing a February 14-15 stand at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado, and will be headlining the Sweetwater 420 Fest, taking place April 24-26 in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.

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Credit: Michelle DayThe anonymous billionaire who won the auction for Olivia Newton-John's iconic leather jacket from Grease had a plan when he placed the winning bid. The mysterious buyer, who is a physician and media tech entrepreneur, not only returned it to her, but also made a hefty donation to her cancer charity.

According to Julien's Auctions, the bidder, who is the self-professed "No. 1 fan" of the singer, donated the $243,000 he originally spent on the jacket to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in Melbourne, Australia.

In a heartwarming video provided by Julien's Auctions, who auctioned off several items belonging to the four-time Grammy Award winning singer, Newton-John has her eyes closed as the faceless buyer approaches her with a hot pink-wrapped present.

"Oh, hello!" she cheerfully says upon opening her eyes as she her fan, warmly gripping his arm while shaking his hand. She also sheepishly admits that, while she recognizes his face, she cannot recall his name or how they met.

The buyer begins presenting the gift by sweetly telling her, "The odds of beating a recurring cancer using the newest emerging therapies is 1,000-fold greater than someone appearing out of the blue, buying your most famous and cherished icon, and returning it to you."

Newton-John's eyes go wide in shock as is immediately moved to tears. "Are you serious?" she exclaims before giving him a long hug.

"[This jacket] should not sit in a billionaire's closet for country club bragging rights," the anonymous billionaire declares, as he too struggles to maintain his composure. "Godspeed for a quick recovery."

Newton-John, who is battling breast cancer, was ecstatic to be reunited with her leather jacket and was all smiles as she clutched it against her and shimmied excitedly.

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Courtesy Amazon MusicChristmas is a few weeks away, and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has already reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.  But it's number one on another, equally significant chart.

For the second holiday season in a row, according to Billboard, the song has topped the Streaming Songs chart.  In the past tracking week, it racked up more than 35 million streams and jumped from number 11 to number one.

This is the earliest Mariah's song has reached number one on that chart, and the first time a holiday song has done so before the season has ended.

If you want to learn the story behind the song, you can now watch Amazon Music's mini-documentary Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of “All I Want for Christmas Is You."  It features interviews with Randy Jackson -- who worked at Mariah's record label at the time -- as well as her former backup singer Trey Lorenz and several industry experts.

In the doc, Mariah explains that making a Christmas song that reflected what the holiday means to her was very important because as a kid, her "incredibly dysfunctional family" would "ruin" Christmas "every year." 

She recalls vowing that, "When I grow up, I'm gonna make Christmas perfect every year." 

Well, mission accomplished, thanks to the song.

"It's grown in popularity over the years," Mariah marvels. "And that's the thing that's amazing to me."

Mariah also says her favorite line in the song is "I won't even wish for snow."  Why?  Because, she says, "I always wish for snow. I always want it to be, like, a special festive winter wonderland. I always have."

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MGM; Warner BrothersThe Martin Scorsese-directed concert film The Last Waltz, documenting The Band's star-studded 1976 farewell show, and Prince's semi-autobiographical 1984 movie Purple Rain are among the 25 films just added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

Each year the Library of Congress selects a number of films for preservation that are considered to have "cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation's film heritage."

The Last Waltz, which was released in 1978, focuses on the final concert ever by The Band's original lineup, which took place Thanksgiving Day 1976 at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The show featured a jaw-dropping lineup that included Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Ronnie Wood and Ringo Starr.

Purple Rain featured Prince as a character based on himself called "The Kid" who was the talented frontman leader of a Minneapolis band. The film spawned a hugely successful soundtrack album that featured four top-10 singles, including the #1 hits "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy."

Albert Magnoli, who directed and co-wrote Purple Rain, says he's "deeply honored" that the movie was chosen for the National Film Registry.

"All of us strived to create a film that would capture the attention of what we believed at the time was a small audience," he noted. "None of us expected this longevity. We simply worked hard every day to get it right, and this honor is a testament to the music, story and characters that were created by all of us so many years ago."

Purple Rain's soundtrack also was recognized by the Library of Congress when it was added to the National Recording Registry in 2012.

Here's the National Film Registry's complete 2019 class:

Amadeus (1984)
Becky Sharp (1935)
Before Stonewall (1984)
Body and Soul (1925)
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Clerks (1994)
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island (1903)
Employees Entrance (1933)
Fog of War (2003)
Gaslight (1944)
George Washington Carver at Tuskegee Institute (1937)
Girlfriends (1978)
I Am Somebody (1970)
The Last Waltz (1978)
My Name Is Oona (1969)
A New Leaf (1971)
Old Yeller (1957)
The Phenix City Story (1955)
Platoon (1986)
Purple Rain (1984)
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Zoot Suit (1981)

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Rhino RecordsChicago's latest album Chicago Christmas is the band's fourth collection of holiday tunes and features their new hit version of "Sleigh Ride."  But as founding member Lee Loughnane explains, the band never actually planned to make another Christmas album -- it just kinda happened.

"Initially, it was going to be just a couple of bonus tracks to go along with, with Rhino [Records] re-releasing our previous Christmas stuff, which perennially does well for them," Lee tells ABC Audio. "And when I asked the guys if they had [any material], they came in with 11 songs, eight of which were originals. So we just took one song at a time. And in three months, we had a record."

This is actually the second time the band's recorded "Sleigh Ride"; they also cut it in 2003.  But with so many Christmas songs to choose from, why do it again?

"Our manager Peter...he kept asking me to do [it]," Lee says.  It seems Peter has fond memories of The Ronettes' version of "Sleigh Ride" that appears on Phil Spector's iconic holiday album A Christmas Gift for You.  Specifically, he wanted Chicago to do what the Ronettes did and sing "ring a ling a ling, ding dong ding."

"When I listened to it...they only did one portion of the song. They didn't even do the bridge or anything else. They just did the verses," Lee points out.

He laughs, "So I wanted to change it up a little bit and still give Peter his ring a ling a ling ding dong ding,  so that's how we formed it."

As a result, both versions of "Sleigh Ride" are completely different.  But if you're looking to stream the current one, there's one difference: The new version is called "Sleigh Ride 2019."

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BMGA new 28-track compilation by legendary British Invasion hit-makers The Dave Clark Five will arrive on January 24, 2020. All the Hits is the first best-of collection to be released by the Rock & Hall of Famers in more than 10 years, and marks the 60th anniversary of the group's formation.

All of the album's tracks have been remastered by DC5 drummer and band leader Dave Clark at London's famous Abbey Road Studios. The retrospective includes 13 of the 14 top-20 singles that the band released from February 1964 through April 1967.

Eight of those songs reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, including "Glad All Over," "Bits and Pieces," "Can't You See That She's Mine," "Because," "I Like It Like That, "Catch Us If You Can" and the chart-topping "Over and Over."

All the Hits, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available on CD, as a two-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl, digitally and via streaming services. The CD version will include a 32-page booklet.

"It's a trip for me to go back to vinyl. The '60s revisited," says Clark. "This album covers our hits from around the world on both CD and magical vinyl. We hope you enjoy this blast from the past."

During their heyday, The DC5 gave The Beatles a run for their money for supremacy of the U.S. singles charts. The band, which also featured singer/keyboardist Mike Smith, made a record-breaking 18 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock Hall in 2008. Sadly, Smith died just 11 days before the ceremony.

Here's the All the Hits track list:

"Do You Love Me"
"Glad All Over"
"Bits and Pieces"
"Can't You See That She's Mine"
"Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)"
"Don't Let Me Down"
"Any Way You Want It"
"Wild Weekend"
"Catch Us If You Can"
"Because"
"I Like It Like That"
"Reelin' and Rockin'"
"Over and Over"
"Come Home"
"You Got What It Takes"
"Try Too Hard"
"Everybody Knows"
"I'll Be Yours My Love"
"Nineteen Days"
"Look Before You Leap"
"Til the Right One Comes Along"
"All Night Long"
"Good Old Rock 'n' Roll" (Medley)
"Sha-Na-Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
"Here Comes Summer"
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
"Everybody Get Together"
"Universal Love"

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Frontiers Music srlBlue Oyster Cult is preparing a couple of interesting releases that will arrive on January 24, 2020:  an archival concert album and video titled Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014, and a reissue of the band's out-of-print 1994 studio album, Cult Classic.

Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014, which captures an October 2014 show that Blue Oyster Cult played in the Cleveland suburb of Northfield, Ohio, will be available on Blu-ray, as a two-CD/DVD package and as a three-LP vinyl set.

The concert featured a selection of songs from throughout the band's long history, including renditions of such classics as "Burnin' for You," "Godzilla" and, of course, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."

The group's lineup at the show featured founding singer Eric Bloom and singer/guitarist Don "Buck Dharma" Roeser, longtime keyboardist/guitarist Richie Castellano, drummer Jules Radino and bassist Kasim Sulton, who's best known for his work with Todd Rundgren.

You can watch a video preview of the 2014 show, a clip of the band playing the 1974 tune "Harvester of Eyes," on the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel.

Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 is the first in a series of live releases Blue Oyster Cult is planning to put out in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Cult Classic reissue boasts a remastered version of the album, which features updated recordings of 13 Blue Oyster Cult songs, including "Burnin' for You," "Godzilla" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." It will be available on CD and as a two-LP vinyl set.

In other news, Blue Oyster Cult has announced plans to release a new studio album in 2020, its first since 2001's Curse of the Hidden Mirror.

Here's the Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 CD track list:

CD 1
"O.D.'d on Life Itself"
"The Red and the Black"
"Golden Age of Leather"
"Burnin' for You"
"Career of Evil"
"Shooting Shark"
"The Vigil"
"ME 262"
"Buck's Boogie"
"Black Blade"

CD 2
"Then Came the Last Days of May"
"Godzilla"
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
"Harvester of Eyes"
"I Love the Night"
"Hot Rails to Hell"
"Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll"

And here's Cult Classic track list:

"(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
"E.T.I. (Extraterrestrial Intelligence)"
"ME 262"
"This Ain't the Summer of Love"
"Burnin' for You"
"O.D.'d on Life Itself"
"Flaming Telepaths"
"Godzilla"
"Astronomy"
"Cities on Flame with Rock 'n' Roll"
"Harvester of Eyes"
"Buck's Boogie"
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (TV Mix)
"Godzilla" (TV Mix)

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Ben Gibson/Rocket Entertainment; Dave HoganElton John and The Rolling Stones are among the veteran rock acts that dominate ticket reseller StubHub's list of the top 10 acts who sold the most concert tickets in the U.S. for 2019.

Elton John tops the list, thanks to his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which launched in September 2018 and currently is plotted out through December 2020.

At #2 are The Rolling Stones, whose 2019 No Filter tour ran from late June until late August.

Queen, who hit the road in the States with ex-American Idol singer Adam Lambert for The Rhapsody Tour, are #3 on the tally.

Billy Joel, who continues to play a monthly show at New York's Madison Square Garden as well as select concerts in other cities, land at #4 on the list.

Also on the top 10 are Bob Seger at #6 and Paul McCartney at #7. In November, Seger and his Silver Bullet Band finished up their Roll Me a farewell tour.

"The touring landscape in 2019 was dominated by Elton John and The Rolling Stones," says StubHub exec Jeff Poirier. "The legends they are, fans flocked to see them throughout the entire year as they did with so many legacy rock acts."

Here's the list of the top 10 acts who sold the most concert tickets on StubHub in the U.S. in 2019:

1. Elton John
2. The Rolling Stones
3. Queen
4. Billy Joel
5. Ariana Grande
6. Bob Seger
7. Paul McCartney
8. Garth Brooks
9. Luke Combs
10. Justin Timberlake

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ABC/Randy HolmesWith Elton John having quite the moment thanks to the movie Rocketman, his sold-out farewell tour and his best-selling autobiography, it's no wonder there's lots of call for Elton memorabilia at auction.

The original handwritten lyrics to "Your Song," scrawled by Bernie Taupin, sold at Bonhams auction house Monday for just under $237,600. The lyrics were the first and only draft -- as fans know, Bernie handed the lyrics to Elton, who wrote the music for the song in about 10 minutes.

If you own a copy of Elton's 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Copy, a picture of this very same lyric sheet appears in the insert material.

At the same sale, the original handwritten lyrics to "Bennie & the Jets" sold for just under $87,600, and the lyrics to "Border Song," with annotations by Elton, went for more than $31,000. That lyric sheet was a rare example of Elton and Bernie actually writing a song together: As fans know, it's extremely rare for Elton to ever write lyrics.

The lyric sheets were all sold by Maxine Taupin, Bernie's ex-wife, who inspired many of his songs, including "Tiny Dancer." She also suggested the titles of the songs "Harmony," "Love Lies Bleeding" and, most famously, "The Bitch Is Back."

Recalling the origin of the latter tune's title, Maxine told The Hollywood Reporter, "When Elton came back from one particular tour, Bernie and I went over to visit him. He was telling us about what went on, how exhausted he was and this happened and this didn't and just on and on and on."

"I looked over at Bernie and rolled my eyes and said, 'Oh, the bitch is back.' And we all just started laughing hysterically."

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Rick Guest/Interscope Records The Who has announced plans to play what's being billed as the band's "most intimate show in 40 years." To celebrate the recent release of their new studio album, WHO, the group will play a one-off acoustic concert at the Pryzm nightclub in the London suburb of Kingston upon Thames on February 14, 2020.

The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the classic Who concert album Live at Leeds. Tickets for the show will be go on sale on Wednesday, December 11, at 11 a.m. U.K. time via BanquetRecords.com. Several ticket bundles will be available pairing passes to the concert with copies of the WHO CD or vinyl picture disc.

Regarding the album, founding Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend said, "There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give [frontman] Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice."

He added, "Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I've tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are okay, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today."

In related news, WHO is on pace to become the band's first #1 album in the U.K. since September 1971, OfficialCharts.com reports. As of Monday, the record, which is The Who's first studio effort since 2006's Endless Wire, was just under 6,000 chart sales ahead of the #2 album, Robbie Williams' The Christmas Present.

The Who's only album ever to hit #1 on the U.K. Official Albums Chart was Who's Next.

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Credit: Norman SeeffJoni Mitchell will receive the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 35th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Anaheim, California.

The honor, named after late electric guitar and multi-track recording pioneer Les Paul, recognizes people or institutions that have made a significant impact on the world of audio production and technology.

"Thank you for this honor," says the lauded Canadian singer/songwriter. "I'm grateful for being appreciated."

Notes Michael Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation, which presents the honor, "[Joni] has been a trailblazer and a true renaissance woman -- a songwriter, musician, producer and influencer who made her mark with very influential songs in the '60s. She has pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a female singer-songwriter over the course of her four decade career, and like Les Paul, she's never been scared to take creative risks."

Starting as an introspective folk singer and songwriter, Mitchell branched out into rock and jazz, while always being considered among the strongest, most poetic lyricists of her time. Joni also is an accomplished painter. Her many career achievements include induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The TEC Awards will be held during the third day of the 2020 NAMM Show, the popular music-equipment trade show that runs from January 16 to January 19. The awards recognize "outstanding achievement in audio technology and production."

Among the 2020 nominees for awards in the various Creative Achievement categories are Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, and the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Check out the full list of nominees at TECAwards.org.

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A new animated film High in the Clouds, based on a 2005 children's book of the same name co-written by Paul McCartney, is being produced by Netflix in partnership with the French movie company Gaumont.

McCartney will contribute original songs and soundtrack music to the film, which he's also co-producing.

High in the Clouds is an adventure story about a teenage squirrel named Wirral who gets caught up with a gang of rebellious teen animals that live in the clouds after he unintentionally angers a local tyrant named Gretsch, an owl who fancies herself a wonderful singer and who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her.

The movie will be directed by Timothy Reckart, whose previous credits include Head Over Heels and The Star. The screenplay is being penned by Jon Croker, who also has worked on such movies as Paddington, Paddington 2 and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix. They complement what is already an amazing team with Gaumont and we can think of no one better to be working with to bring our film to a global audience," McCartney says in a statement. "I've always loved animated films and this is a hugely important passion project for me. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Adds Netflix executive Gregg Taylor, "Bringing the world a new animated film from the heart and mind of the brilliant Paul McCartney is undoubtedly one of the greatest thrills we've experienced at Netflix."

McCartney first announced in 2013 that he was planning to develop an animated version of High in the Clouds. A different production team and screenwriter were attached to the project at the time.

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