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The annual Stagecoach Festival focuses mainly on country music, but the event often features some well-known veteran rock and pop artists as well....and the upcoming 14th installment is no exception.

ZZ Top and Bryan Adams are among the acts scheduled to perform at the 2020 edition of Stagecoach, which is scheduled to run from April 24 to April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The Texas trio will rock the festival on Saturday, April 25, while the Canadian singer will perform on the three-day extravaganza's final day.

The respective daily headliners for next year's Stagecoach festival are Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. Other popular country acts playing event include Brett Young, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alan Jackson, Dan Shay and Midland.

Three-day passes go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m. PT at StagecoachFestival.com.

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BMGRichard Marx's new album, Limitless, is a family affair.

Due out February 7, the collection includes a song Richard co-wrote with his son, Lucas, and another co-written by his wife, Daisy Fuentes.  

Also of note: The album includes a song Richard co-wrote with Sara Bareilles.

The song Richard wrote did with Lucas is his current single, "Another One Down;" the one he did with Daisy, "Let Go," is also available now.  Of the latter, he says, “It reflects the way I feel about my life these days.”

“I wasn’t really sure what making a new album meant for an artist like me,” Richard says about Limitless. "All I knew was that I still write songs all the time and I realized I had a collection of songs I really liked."

"In my past, my only criteria was to write and record songs that pleased me, and hopefully other people would like them, too," he explains. "So I returned to that ideology and dismissed any concerns of stylistic consistency and the next thing I knew, I had recorded a diverse album I really liked.”

Speaking about where he is right now in his life, Richard says, "I’ve never felt so intrinsically strong and optimistic about my future.”

Richard currently has concerts scheduled through the end of December, and then he'll pick back up again January 30 for more dates, which are now mapped out through a March 1 date in San Francisco.

Here are Richard's tour dates:

10/17 -- Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
10/18 -- St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY
10/19 -- Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
10/20 -- Chevalier Theater, Medford, MA
11/8 -- Elsinore Theatre, Salem, OR
11/9 -- Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA
11/10 -- Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Airways Heights, WA
12/12 -- NYCB Theatre At Westbury, Westbury, NY
12/13 -- Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ
12/14 -- Resorts World Catskills, Monticello, NY
12/15 -- F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-barre, PA
12/19 -- Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, FL
12/20 -- Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL
12/21 -- Reilly Arts Center, Ocala, FL
1/30 -- Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City, OK
1/31 -- The Stiefel Theater for the Performing Arts, Salina, KS
2/1 -- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Sioux City, IA
2/5 -- Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI
2/7 -- Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Onamia, MN
2/8 -- Blanche M Touhill PAC, St. Louis, MO
2/9 -- The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL
2/12 -- Brown County Music Center, Nashville, IN
2/13 -- The Clyde Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN
2/14 -- MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit, MI
2/15 -- Fallsview Casino Resort, Avalon Theatre – Niagara Falls, ON
2/18 -- Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA
2/20 -- Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
2/21 -- Paramount Theatre, Rutland, VT
2/22 -- Tupelo Music Hall, Derry, NH
2/23 -- Infinity Hall Hartford, Hartford, CT
2/28 -- The Cascade Theatre, Redding, CA
2/29 -- Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, Grand Expo Hall, Reno, NV
3/1 -- Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

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Steve Cash, center, in plaid; Andrew Putler/Redferns/Getty ImagesSteve Cash, a founding member of the veteran Southern rock group The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, died Sunday at his home in Springfield, Missouri, according to the Walnut Lawn Funeral Home website. He was 73.

Cash played harmonica and sang backing vocals in The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, and also wrote or co-wrote many of their songs. Among the tunes Steve co-wrote are the band's two biggest chart hits, "Jackie Blue" and "If You Wanna Get to Heaven," which reached #3 and #25, respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975 and 1974.

A message posted on the group's Facebook page reads, "Steve Cash spent 48 years pouring his heart and soul into this band. He was our poet laureate, an amazingly talented harp player, but more importantly, he was our friend and brother and that presence cannot be replaced."

The note adds, "We ask that you send good thoughts to his family in this difficult time. Steve Cash may be gone from this Earth, but his lyrics and music will live on forever."

In 2018, health issues forced Cash to retire from touring with the band. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils continue to perform live and record.

Cash is survived by a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.

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GeffenGuns N' Roses' video for "Sweet Child o' Mine" has officially hit one billion views on YouTube.

The iconic visual features footage of a young GN'R rocking out in a rehearsal space, complete with Axl Rose's signature slinky dance moves. It also includes shots of all of the band members' then-girlfriends.

According to a press release, "Sweet Child o' Mine" is the first video from the '80s to hit one billion views on YouTube. The clip was first uploaded to the site in December 2009.

Notably, Guns is also responsible for the only '90s video with one billion views: "November Rain."

"Sweet Child o' Mine" is a track for Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. It was released as a single in 1988 and became the first and only GN'R track to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Chrissie Hynde, The Eagles' Joe Walsh, Queen's Roger Taylor and Heart's Nancy Wilson are among the guest stars featured on an upcoming album from Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins' side band The Coattail Riders.

The record, titled Get the Money, will be released on November 8. It's Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders' third studio effort.

Other guest artists who've lent their talents to the album include Hawkins' Foo Fighters band mates Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, current Yes lead singer Jon Davison, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Level 42 singer/bassist Mark King and country/pop star LeAnn Rimes.

The first single from Get the Money is called "Crossed the Line," and features Grohl and Davison. You can download the track, which includes a reference to the Foo Fighters hit "Best of You," now via digital outlets. You also can check it out at Hawkins' official YouTube channel.

The Coattail Riders also feature longtime Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, as well as guitarist Bent Woods.

Here's the Get the Money track list:

"Crossed the Line" -- featuring Dave Grohl, Jon Davison
"Don't Look at Me That Way" -- featuring Duff McKagan, Nancy Wilson
"You're No Good at Life No More" -- featuring Dave Grohl
"I Really Blew It" -- featuring Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell
"Queen of the Clowns" -- featuring Mark King
"Get the Money" -- featuring Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, Duff McKagan
"C U in Hell" -- featuring LeAnn Rimes
"Middle Child" -- featuring Dave Grohl
"Kiss the Ring"
"Shapes of Things" -- featuring Roger Taylor, Pat Smear

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.  And just like very year, as soon as the nominees are revealed, people start complaining about the choices.  A common complaint is why artists who are famous for recording in a genre other than rock are being considered for induction. 

This year, that complaint might be leveled against Whitney Houston, one of 16 artists up for the honor -- but the Rock Hall has an explanation.

Greg Harris, CEO and president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, tells ABC Audio, "Rock and roll is a very big tent. It includes blues, soul, gospel, country...and a place that has inducted Aretha Franklin, a place that's inducted Mahalia Jackson and the other great singers, is clearly a place that wants somebody like Whitney Houston -- the greatest voice of her generation."

The other nominees include Pat Benatar, The Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus and Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails and The Dave Matthews Band.  You can now vote for your favorite by Googling "Rock Hall Fan Vote," or an inductee's name and the word "vote."  The top five vote-getters will be added to a special "fan ballot."

"We also mail the ballot out to all the living inductees, and then in January we'll announce the new class of Hall of Fame inductees for 2020,"  Harris explains. "They will then be inducted in Cleveland Ohio on May 2nd."

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Amanda Taraska/Courtesy of AXS TV-News & Guts Media Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm and trumpet player Lee Loughnane are the guests on the latest episode of the AXS TV series The Big Interview, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. On the show, the two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers chat with host Dan Rather about the band's long, storied career, while recalling how some of the group's most enduring tunes came to be.

In a preview clip from the program, Lamm shares his memory of how he wrote the Chicago classic "25 or 6 to 4."

Lamm says he came up with the idea for the music for the tune while Chicago was serving as the house band on certain nights at the famous Los Angeles club the Whisky a Go Go.

"I was living up the street from the Whisky. Coming home one night, I was just kind of unwinding, I sat down at the piano and started playing something like the riff, which had no name and had no lyrics yet," Robert recalls. "And I just kind of fooled around with it for…maybe half an hour, looked out over the city, looking at the lights on the tall buildings. So that was, like, [the] 'flashing lights against the sky' lyric."

Then, as he tried to figure out what the song was going to be about, he came across the inspiration for the enigmatic lyric to the its chorus.

"I couldn't quite make out what the time was, but the hands on the clock were somewhere around 25 or 26 to 4 a.m.," Lamm explains. "And I thought, 'Well, for now, I'm just going to describe the process of writing this song. I'll figure out what the lyrics are going to be later.' But I didn't need to."

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees up for induction in 2020.

Sixteen artists are eligible for the honor, nine of which have been nominated for the first time: The Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, late pop superstar Whitney Houston, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, Dave Matthews BandSoundgarden, Motörhead and late rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

Rounding out the ballot are Todd Rundgren, Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk and MC5, all of whom have been nominated at least once before.

Of the first-time nominees, glam-rockers T. Rex have been eligible for induction since 1994, while both The Doobie Brothers' and Thin Lizzy's first year of eligibility was 1997.

Influential German electronic group Kraftwerk has received the most previous nominations, having been on the Rock Hall ballot for induction five times previously.

Artists need to have released their first "commercial recording" at least 25 years ago to be eligible.

If Benatar gets inducted, her husband and longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo will enter the Rock Hall with her.

Starting today and continuing through January 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET, you can vote for your favorite nominees at RockHall.com, via Google by searching "Rock Hall Fan Vote" or any nominee name, or at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. The five artists with the most votes will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be counted along with the voting committee's ballots. The 2020 inductees will be announced in January.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, 2020.

For more info, visit RockHall.com.

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RhinoIn 2016, a three-CD set featuring highlights from the four star-studded editions of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival held from 2004 through 2013 was released. Now, a six-LP vinyl version of the live compilation, Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals, is slated to hit stores December 6.

Held in various U.S. cities in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013, the Crossroads Guitar Festival featured Clapton joined by an impressive lineup of respected musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country. The events showcased a variety of special onstage collaborations, many of which appear on Crossroads Revisited.

Among the many stars appearing on the 41-track anthology are Carlos Santana, ZZ Top, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, J.J. Cale, John Mayer, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Jimmie Vaughan.

Highlights from the compilation include Clapton playing solo versions of his classic "Layla" and George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity," as well as Slowhand teaming up with Santana on a rendition of "Drums of Passion," with Cale on a version of "After Midnight" and with Winwood for covers of Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord."

Crossroads Revisited also features Walsh and Taylor performing James' song "Steam Roller" together, and Clapton collaborating with King, Vaughan and The Robert Cray Band to play "Everyday I Get the Blues."

In all, Crossroads Revisited features almost four hours' worth of performances.

Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festivals benefit the Crossroads Centre, which he co-founded in 1998 to help treat and educate people battling addiction issues.

Here is the full track list of Crossroads Revisited vinyl set:

LP 1

Side A
"Sweet Home Chicago" -- Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
"Rock Me Baby" -- Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, B.B. King & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
"Steamroller" -- James Taylor with Joe Walsh (2004)
"What the Cowgirls Do" -- Vince Gill with Jerry Douglas (2004)

Side B
"After Midnight" -- J.J. Cale with Eric Clapton (2004)
"Green Light Girl" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2004)
"Hell at Home" -- Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton (2007)
"City Love" -- John Mayer (2004)

LP 2

Side A
"Funk 49" -- Joe Walsh (2004)
"Drums of Passion" -- Carlos Santana with Eric Clapton (2004)
"Cause We've Ended as Lovers" -- Jeff Beck (2007)

Side B
"Have You Ever Loved a Woman" -- Eric Clapton (2004)
"Layla" -- Eric Clapton (2004)

LP 3

Side A
"Little by Little" – Susan Tedeschi with The Derek Trucks Band (2007)
"Poor Johnny" -- The Robert Cray Band (2007)
"Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" -- B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan & Hubert Sumlin (2007)
"Tulsa Time" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007)
"On the Road Again" -- Willie Nelson with Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007)

Side B
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Eric Clapton (2007)
"Belief" -- John Mayer (2007)
"Mas y Mas" -- Los Lobos (2007)

LP 4

Side A
"Big Block" -- Jeff Beck (2007)
"Presence of the Lord" -- Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton (2007)
"Cocaine" -- Eric Clapton (2004)

Side B
"Waiting for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago" -- ZZ Top (2010)
"Don't Owe You a Thang" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
"Bright Lights" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010)

LP 5

Side A
"Our Love Is Fading" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
"Lay Down Sally" -- Vince Gill with Sheryl Crow, Keb' Mo', Albert Lee, James Burton & Earl Klugh (2010)
"Space Captain" -- Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band with Warren Haynes, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas & Chris Stainton (2010)
"Hammerhead" – Jeff Beck (2010)

Side B
"Five Long Years" -- Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood (2010)
"Hear My Train a Comin'" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2010)
"Dear Mr. Fantasy" -- Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2010)

LP 6

Side A
"Born Under a Bad Sign" -- Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb' Mo', Blake Mills, Matt "Guitar" Murphy & Albert Lee (2013)
"Everyday I Have the Blues" -- The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan (2013)
"Please Come Home" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2013)

Side B
"Tumbling Dice" -- Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee (2013)
"I Shot the Sheriff -- Eric Clapton (2010)
"Crossroads" -- Eric Clapton (2013)

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Randy Holmes/ABC; William ClaxtonWho knew Bob Dylan was an Elton John fan? In a new article in the U.K. paper The Guardian, Elton answers questions about his life and music submitted by a wide variety of celebrities, including Dylan.

Dylan's question was about Elton's classic 1971 song "Tiny Dancer." He asked, "Did you work your way up to the cathartic chorus gradually, spontaneously, or did you have it thought out from the start?"

"'Tiny Dancer' has a really long lyric, a very cinematic, California-in-the-early-'70s lyric, so it had two verses and a [bridge] before it even gets to the chorus, and it lent itself to a long buildup," Elton explains.

"The [bridge] sets it up well, then it slows down for a moment -- 'when I say softly, slowly…' That line suggested a big chorus."

Elton admits that he doesn't "remember much about writing" the music, although he does recall "trying to make it sound as Californian as possible."

He then compares writing a song like "Tiny Dancer" to, um, pleasuring yourself.

"You want the climax to be good, but you don't want it to be over too quickly," Elton explains. "You want to work your way up to it."

He adds, "Bernie [Taupin's] lyric took such a long time to get to the chorus, I thought, 'F***, the chorus had better be something special when it finally arrives.' And it's 'here I come,' literally."

Among the other celebs whose questions Elton answers: Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Eminem, Victoria Beckham, Sam Smith, tennis legend Billie Jean King, Donatella Versace, Tilda Swinton, Kristen Scott Thomas, Cara Delevingne and Billie Eilish.

John's official memoir, Me, is out tomorrow.

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DisneyElton John co-wrote all the songs for the original animated version of The Lion King, and even won an Oscar for one of them, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."  But Elton says he really wasn't a fan of the new CGI version of The Lion King that came out earlier this year, because he thinks the filmmakers dissed him.

Speaking to British GQ, Elton says, "The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost."

Elton points out that, as compared to his original soundtrack, the new soundtrack "hasn't had nearly the same impact in the charts...[it] fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success."

He goes on to suggest that if he'd been a part of the creative process, things would have been different.

"I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect," he complains. "That makes me extremely sad."

And the controversial opinions keep coming.  In the same interview, Elton declares, "To be a star, you have to be a star for a long time and you have to do that by being a live performer. You can’t be a star just by making records...the only real star at the moment is Lady Gaga."

But what about Elton's friend, Ed Sheeran

Elton says matter-of-factly, "I believe Ed will last, but he’s got to broaden his one-man-band thing."

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Courtesy of Netflix; Sony Classics; Greenwich EntertainmentThe nominees have been announced for the fourth annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, and among the films in the running for multiple honors are movies focusing on or featuring Bob Dylan, David Crosby and Linda Ronstadt.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese has received three nominations: Best Music Documentary, Best Archival Documentary and Most Innovative Documentary.

David Crosby: Remember My Name and Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice also received a nod for Best Music Documentary, as did Amazing Grace and Western Stars, which focus, respectively, on Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen.

In addition, Remember My Name and The Sound of My Voice will vie for the Best Biographical Documentary, while Crosby and Ronstadt are nominated in the Most Compelling Living Subjects of a Documentary category in conjunction with their respective films.

Meanwhile, A.J. Eaton, the director of David Crosby: Remember My Name, is nominated for the Best First Documentary Feature prize, while Springsteen will vie for the Best Narration honor for his work on Western Stars.

The 2019 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards will be handed out at a gala ceremony held on Sunday, November 10, at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York. Property Brothers' Jonathan Scott will host the event, which is presented by the Critics Choice Association.

You can check out the full list of nominees at Variety.com.

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Credit: Jo LopezE Street Band guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt will be honored at the first annual Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Gala, in recognition of the veteran musician's work in supporting arts education.

The event will be held on November 23, at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City, and will be hosted by actor and comedian Drew Carey. The gala will feature musical performances from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and special surprise guests. Van Zandt will be presented his award by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

Van Zandt established the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, whose goal is to integrate classes focusing on the history of popular music and culture into grade schools and high schools as a way to keep students engaged in a wide range of subject areas. The gala will benefit the foundation's TeachRock initiative, which offers a free arts-integration curriculum to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Alongside Van Zandt, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation features a range of accomplished board members, including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Jackson Browne and Martin Scorsese.

In addition to the performances and the award presentation, the gala will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and a dinner.

For more information, visit TeachRock.org/2019Gala.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Van Zandt recently canceled most of the remaining dates of his fall U.S. tour with his group The Disciples of Soul in support of their latest album, Summer of Sorcery. Little Steven and the band only are scheduled to play two more shows this year -- on November 2 in Medford, Massachusetts, and November 6 at New York City's Beacon Theatre. Plans are in the works to film and record the New York concert for an upcoming live DVD and album.

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCEddie Van Halen was born in Europe -- the Netherlands, to be specific -- and that's where he's been going to receive medical treatment, according to a report from TMZ.

The website reports that for the past five years, the 64-year-old guitarist has been flying to Germany to receive radiation treatment for throat cancer.  According to TMZ, Van Halen was diagnosed almost 20 years ago.  In 2000, doctors removed a third of Van Halen's tongue due to cancer.

While Van Halen was a heavy smoker, TMZ says he believes he developed the cancer as a result of holding his guitar pick in his mouth.  While most guitarists hold their picks in their mouth, Eddie's pick was made of metal, not plastic, and TMZ reports that he's been told that the pick "could very well have" caused the disease.

TMZ reports that Van Halen is currently "doing O.K.," despite his illness.

In 2012, Van Halen underwent surgery for a bout of diverticulitis.

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Jerome Brunet Photography/Rockin Robin PromotionsAs recently reported, a special Los Angeles charity concert commemorating what would've been Tom Petty's 69th birthday takes place this Friday at the El Rey Theatre, with a lineup including two members of Petty's band The Heartbreakers, bassist Ron Blair and drummer Steve Ferrone.

Blair tells ABC Audio that he'll play a few songs with Ferrone at the show, marking only the second time since Petty's October 2017 death that they've played live together.

"Ferrone and I…create a very interesting sound," Blair says, "and it's a very interesting energy I don't experience with anybody else."

For much of the concert, Ron will perform as part of the house band and with his current group, the San Diego-based Chris Torres Band. The show will also feature various artists playing in different combinations.

The confirmed lineup includes legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, former David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick, Stephen Stills' son Chris and the late Roy Orbison's sons Roy Jr. and Alex. In addition, Hattie Webb, who sang backing vocals on Petty and the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour, will be on hand.

"We get a chance to honor him with a great variety of people who are just so happy to be there," Blair declares.

Meanwhile, Jeff Slate, a veteran singer/songwriter and music journalist who's organizing and will perform at the concert, promises ABC Audio that there "will absolutely be surprised guests."

He adds, "I wouldn't be surprised if some of Tom's peers or people he mentored show up and do a couple of songs and maybe even close the show."

Blair says he wouldn't rule out some of the other Heartbreakers appearing as well.

Tickets for the show, which will benefit The Midnight Mission and MusiCares, are available at AXS.com and via TheElRey.com.

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Danny Clinch; Courtesy of Paul ShafferSteely Dan frontman Donald Fagen is the guest on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Paul Shaffer Plus One, which airs this Sunday, October 13, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The show features Paul Shaffer conducting interviews while seated at his piano, and on the new episode, he and Fagen jam out together on the Steely Dan classic "Reelin' in the Years." You can check out a video of the dual-keyboard performance on AXS.tv and the AXS TV YouTube channel.

Also on the program, Fagen reveals how he became a "jazz snob" after attending the Newport Jazz Festival at the age of 11, shares his recollections about Steely Dan's early years, and discusses his songwriting process and his relationship with his late Steely Dan partner Walter Becker, who died of cancer in 2017.

Steely Dan kicks off a new run of fall U.S. concerts tonight in Rochester, New York, and the band begins a multiple-show engagement at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Tuesday, October 15. Check out the group's full itinerary at SteelyDan.com.

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ABC/Craig SjodinA concert taking place in December has the blessing of the Pope himself.

Lionel Richie and Bonnie "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Tyler are among the stars performing at the Vatican on December 14 as part of a Christmas concert organized by the Congregation for Catholic Education. Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle and various Italian singers also will take part in the event, as will a U.S. gospel choir, a children's choir, the Italian Cinema Orchestra and more.

A Vatican press release declares that the concert will reflect "Pope Francis' commitment to the Amazon," and will help safeguard it and its indigenous peoples. 

People will be urged to donate to two different charities, one of which is working to raise awareness of the crisis in the Amazon among students worldwide, and the other which works to preserve the tradition and culture of the indigenous population on the Brazilian/Colombian border.

You can purchase tickets for the concert at ConcertodiNatale.it.

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Credit: Scott Robert RitchieRingo Starr's new cover of the John Lennon rarity "Grow Old with Me" -- a track from Ringo's upcoming solo album, What's My Name -- has been released as a digital single and via streaming services.

The tune features bass and backing vocals by Paul McCartney and a guitar solo by Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh.

In a new interview with the U.K.'s BBC 6 Music radio channel, Starr reveals that he decided to record "Grow Old with Me" after famed producer Jack Douglas gave him Lennon's demo of the romantic ballad, which features an unexpected message from John to Ringo.

As Starr recalls, "At the very beginning of this CD [of demos,] John says, 'Oh, that sounds like a good song for Richard Starkey. This would be great for you, Ringo.' I still well up thinking about."

Ringo says he loves the song, which he assumes John wrote for Yoko Ono, and which now he sings to own wife, Barbara. Starr tells BBC 6 Music that he's hoping his version of the tune will become "the wedding song of the century."

As for how he feels about collaborating with his Beatles band mate McCartney, Ringo says, "It's the best. I've played with a lot of people and I can tell you, I love playing with him."

He adds, "We played a lot together in 'that band we were in,' and he's still the most melodic. He's still incredible, for me. I feel the emotion he plays."

You can check out Starr's rendition of "Grow Old with Me" at his official YouTube channel. What's My Name is available for pre-order now, and will be released on October 25.

Meanwhile, Starr also will be releasing a new photo book titled Another Day in the Life this Tuesday, October 15.

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CBS Sunday MorningElton John's autobiography ME is coming out on Tuesday, and this weekend, you can watch him discuss it in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning.  One topic he discusses his difficult relationship with his late mother, Sheila.

In his book, Elton refers to his mom as "the Cecil B. DeMille of bad moods,” and he tells CBS Sunday Morning that she was a woman he could never seem to please, no matter how successful he became.

Speaking about his husband and their two sons, Zachary and Elijah, Elton admits, “She never liked David. She never liked anybody. She never asked to see the children."

“But I’m glad they didn’t meet her, because she would have criticized them, like she criticized me,” Elton adds. “She couldn’t help herself. She’s a sociopath.”

While Elton and Sheila reconciled prior to her death in December 2017, he says their relationship never really improved.  What did improve, he says, was his reaction to her criticism.

“I didn’t lose my temper,” Elton says. “I knew what was coming and I let her get on with it. And I just said, ‘I love you, Mum,’ and she said, ‘I love you, too. I don’t like you, but I love you. But I don’t like you.’”

Elton also explains that he wrote the book -- which doesn't skimp on the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll -- for Zachary and Elijah.

"I wanted my boys to know what I was like and what happened, so that when I’m not here, they can read the book and read the truth,” the 72-year-old legend says.  "I just want them to understand what I was like...before I had them...how they made my life complete."

CBS Sunday Morning airs at 9 a.m. ET on CBS.

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Shakey Pictures/AbramoramaWe now have official details about the premiere of Mountaintop, the new documentary about Neil Young's upcoming album, Colorado, which he recorded with his old backing group Crazy Horse. The film will be screened in over 100 North American theaters on October 22, three days before the record's release.

A press statement about Mountaintop describes the movie as "a raw and extremely unfiltered look at the process of Neil Young with Crazy Horse making their 1st album in 7 years," adding, "Witness the laughter, tensions, crusty attitudes & love, of a rock & roll band that's been together for 50 years as they share their passion, first and foremost...for the music."

"You may be surprised to learn some of the deep secrets of the process as you laugh you're a** off in a theater near you," says Young, who co-produced Mountaintop under his pseudonym Bernard Shakey. "One night only and there is a reason for that."

Mountaintop features footage Young and the current Crazy Horse lineup -- bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist/keyboardist Nils Lofgren -- recording Colorado in a studio high in the Rocky Mountains.

You can check out an uncensored version of the recently released trailer for the flick, which features Young spewing expletives as he works to get the sound he wants on one of the new tracks, at Neil Young's official YouTube channel.

Screenings of Mountaintop in many countries outside of North America will take place on November 18.

Visit MountaintoptheMovie.com to find out what U.S. and Canadian theaters are hosting screenings, and to buy tickets.

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