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Baz Luhrmann wants to release a concert cut of 'Elvis'

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Fans of Baz Luhrmann’s movie Elvis may one day have more of it to love. The director tells Indiewire that he hopes to release a concert cut featuring all the musical performances star Austin Butler shot for the film.

“It’s a directors’ assembly. It’s not a cut,” he says. “There’s a whole lot of material that adds up to four hours, but I have gone on record now to say not today, not tomorrow, but at some point I would do [it].”

Luhrmann says Austin shot full concerts for the film noting, “it was an out of body experience to watch him do those full concerts, so one day I will cut those full concerts together.”

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Janis Ian celebrating Grammy nod with merch and memorabilia sale

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Janis Ian recently earned her 10th Grammy nomination, and she’s in the mood to celebrate. The singer announced she’s holding a massive merchandise and memorabilia sale in honor of her latest album, The Light at the End of the Line, earning a nomination for Best Folk Album.

The sale runs through December 20, and one of the things fans can get their hands on is a remastered version of her 1975 Grammy-winning album, Between the Lines. There’s also a signed vinyl edition of The Light at the End of the Line.

Other items available during the sale include a variety of music in all forms as well as signed and unsigned items, including laminates, VIP passes, test pressings and promotional singles, plus clothing, books, videos/DVDs, sheet music, bumper stickers and more.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Janis Ian Archives Fund at Berea College, with the archives set to open in late 2023.

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Engelbert Humperdinck dropping new EP, 'All About Love'

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Engelbert Humperdinck is ready to drop some new music. The singer will release his new EP, All About Love, on Friday.

The EP features a cover of the Bee Gees’ classic “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart,” which Humperdinck first premiered back in October during his YouTube Live special. Also on the album is Humperdinck’s take on Barry White’s “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything,” Lou Rawls’ “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," the Mel & Tim classic “Starting All Over Again” and his own “Take Me Back Again.”

This is the third EP Humperdinck has released since 2019. He is planning to drop a full-length album early next year.

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Brian May hoping to reissue 'Star Fleet Project' solo EP this summer

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Brian May is working hard on a reissue of his 1983 solo EP, Star Fleet Project. The Queen guitarist shared on Instagram that it will be his next Gold Series reissue box set, and he’s expecting it will be out summer 2023.

“It won’t be just a remaster- we’re remixing everything from highest definition transfers from the original multitracks,” he writes. “You’ll still be able to hear the old mixes, but I’m excited about what we’re cooking up now,” noting, “All the original material - every detail rescued - magnificently remixed - and much more !!!”

The EP featured the late Eddie Van Halen, who May says fans will hear “in his prime that nobody ever heard before.” 

May notes, “Wish I could unleash it all now - but such is the state of record production now it will take until meet Summer to turn it around. It WILL Be worth the wait - I promise !!!”

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The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton & more make list of worst decisions in music history

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Few artists make all the right decisions when it comes to their career, but there are some who make spectacularly bad decisions, and Rolling Stone is taking a long hard look at them. The mag has just come out with a list they’ve dubbed “The 50 Worst Decisions in Music History,” created by artists like The Rolling StonesThe Beatles, Eric Clapton and more.

Coming in at number one is The Rolling Stones' decision to hire Hells Angels for security at their 1969 free concert at Altamont Speedway, which ended with the death of concertgoer Meredith Hunter. Others making the top five include: Jerry Lee Lewis marrying his underage cousin at two, Decca Records passing on The Beatles in 1962 at three, Eric Clapton and his anti-vax conspiracy theories at four and the 1999 Woodstock festival at five.

Other bad decisions making the list include: U2 giving away their album Songs of Innocence for free on iTunes in 2015, Billy Squier’s cheesy music video for “Rock Me Tonight,” Steve Van Zandt quitting the E Street Band ahead of the Born in the U.S.A. Tour in 1984, John Lennon saying The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus” in 1966 and lots more.

Check out the complete list here.

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The B-52s announce 10-night Las Vegas residency

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The B-52s will wrap their farewell tour in Georgia in January, but that doesn’t mean they are saying goodbye to performing altogether. In fact, they just announced a new set of Las Vegas dates.

The band is set for a new 10-night residency at The Venetian Resort, with dates in May, August and September. The shows kick off May 5 and run through September 3. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. local time.

The new dates follow a series of sold-out performances in Sin City in October.

As for those final farewell tour dates, The B-52s will play Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on January 6, 7 and 8, and Athens’ Classic Center on January 10.

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Rick Wakeman announces new album

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Rick Wakeman is ready to release some new music. The Yes keyboardist just announced his brand-new concept album, A Gallery of the Imagination. He says it was inspired by his first piano teacher, Mrs. Symes, who taught him a lesson he never forgot: “when you play, you are painting pictures through music.” 

Wakeman says the songs on the album are presented “as if they were pictures in a gallery,” noting, “just as there are many different styles in an art gallery, so there are many different musical styles on A Gallery of the Imagination.” 

“One of my great loves is going to museums and art galleries and seeing all the different types of art, so I thought, why not a music gallery… the Gallery of the Imagination?” he says. “People can paint their own mind pictures to the different types of music that are on the album. It is very diverse and for me, it works very well because the concept holds it all together.”

Fans can pre-order the album now, and it will be shipped before Christmas. Vinyl and deluxe editions will be out in February.

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss preview their CMT Crossroads episode

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss star in a brand-new episode of CMT Crossroads, and now, fans are getting their first look at the episode. 

The 90-minute special, CMT Crossroads: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, debuts Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. A preview of the episode features the pair teaming up for their Raise the Roof track “High and Lonesome.” 

The special will also have the two artists performing tracks from their albums Raising Sand and Raise The Roof, including “Can’t Let Go,” “Gone Gone Gone” and more. They will also team for some Led Zeppelin tracks, including “Rock and Roll” and “When The Levee Breaks.”

Plant and Krauss have appeared on CMT Crossroads together before. They first teamed for an episode in 2008 following the release of Raising Sand.

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U2’s Larry Mullen Jr. needs surgery; likely won’t tour with band in 2023

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U2 fans are always anxiously awaiting tour news, but they just got some that may not make them happy. In a Washington Post piece celebrating the band's upcoming lifetime achievement award from the Kennedy Center, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. revealed that any tour U2 may do next year will be without him. 

Although not directly quoted, writer Geoff Edgers says Mullen shared that “if the band plays live in 2023 it will probably be without him, as he needs surgery to continue playing.” What type of surgery he needs wasn’t revealed, but on Twitter, Edgers writes he "has issues with his neck and elbows," sharing that Larry said, “I have lots of bits falling off, elbows, knees, necks, and so during Covid, when we weren't playing, I got a chance to have a look at some of these things. So there's some damage along the way."

On a happier note, U2 does reveal they have two albums described as either completed or almost completed. They include Songs of Ascent, which is said to be “nearly finished.” The article notes, “Bono and the Edge aren’t sure when to release it.” There’s also Surrender, featuring stripped-down versions of the 40 songs Bono writes about in his recent memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story.

The 2022 Kennedy Center Honors goes down Sunday in the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. and airs December 28 on CBS.

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Specials from Sting, Heart & more make up AXS TV’s holiday programming

The holiday season is here, and AXS TV is getting into the spirit with a slew of holiday programming that kicks off this weekend with the premiere of a Sting special.

Sting: A Winter’s Night… Live From Durham Cathedral features the former Police frontman's special intimate performance at the famous London landmark. It features Sting performing his classic tunes as well as songs from his 2009 album, If On A Winter’s Night. The special premieres Saturday, December 3, at 8 p.m. ET.

Heart is also subject of another holiday special, Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays From Benaroya Hall, which also airs Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. ET. It features Ann and Nancy Wilson's performance of such holiday tunes as “Santa’s Going South,” “Ring Them Bells” and “Remember Christmas." The concert, shot in their hometown of Seattle, features special guests Sammy Hagar, Shawn Colvin, Pat Monahan and Richard Marx. 

And on Christmas day, the network will air three classic concerts: Fleetwood Mac – The Dance at 8:30 p.m. ET; Tom Petty – Live from Gatorville at 11 p.m. ET; and Tomorrow is a Long Time: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan, at 1:45 a.m. ET.

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Eurythmics reportedly getting offers to reunite for world tour

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EurythmicsAnnie Lennox and Dave Stewart recently reunited for their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, and now, a new report claims they may get together again for a new tour. According to The Mirror, the pair has been offered big bucks to reunite for a world tour, which would be their first in over 20 years.

“Eurythmics have been offered a huge amount to reform for a world tour,” a source tells the paper. “Seeing them perform together again at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has really stirred the interests of promoters who are throwing money at the band to hit the road again.”

While they have yet to accept any offers, the insider adds, “Nothing is off the table, including a brand new studio album,” noting, “It is very early days but everyone is excited to bring the project to life.”

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Peter Buck didn’t get pleasure from R.E.M. success

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While most musicians dream of becoming a huge success, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck says it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. 

Louder Sound reports that in the latest Classic Rock magazine, Buck says the band’s huge success in the 1990s, thanks to songs like “Losing My Religion,” "Man on the Moon" and more, “took away some of the pleasure” of being in the band, noting, “when it got really big, I don’t know if anyone really enjoys that."

Buck blames his unhappiness on the “non-musical stuff,” explaining, "It’s just the stuff where you kind of wake up and go: 'God, I don’t really want to have my picture taken today. And I don’t really want to pretend to be an actor in some video where I can’t act.'”

R.E.M. mutually decided to call in quits in September 2011. While the band got to play in front of large crowds and sell millions of records, Buck says, “it was never the reason I did it,” sharing, “And when we got to the point where we decided that it was the end, it felt like a great shared experience. I wouldn’t change it, but I’m not gonna go back to it."

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All-star cover of Tom Petty’s 'I Won’t Back Down' raising money for good cause

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Tom Petty’s classic track “I Won’t Back Down” is being covered by an all-star group of musicians to raise money for a good cause. 

The new version, which was approved by the Petty estate, features country star Blake Shelton on vocals, backed by The Eagles’ Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit on guitar and bass, and Guns N’ Roses’ Matt Sorum on drums.

The philanthropic music and arts platform, is responsible for the track, with proceeds benefiting Miraculous Love Kids, a nonprofit music school that has protected and educated hundreds of young women in Afghanistan. The proceeds will help the school continue its mission in conflict zones and impoverished regions around the globe.

“In I Won’t Back Down, Tom Petty so powerfully wrote, ‘You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down,” musician Lanny Cordola, who founded Miraculous Love Kids in 2015, shares. “The girls and I are honored to have Blake, Joe, Timothy and Matt join us in spreading this message far and wide.”

Fans can listen to the song here and are asked to “give what you want” to support the project.

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Patti Smith reflects on 50-year career for 'Harper’s Bazaar'

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Patti Smith is on the cover of this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, where she looks back on her 50-year career. The singer's been given a variety of titles, including “rock poet,” “godmother of punk” and more, but she doesn’t care for them very much.

“Calling me a rock poet or the poet laureate of punk? What does that mean?” she asks. "If they just call me a worker, which is what I am, they wouldn’t have to try so hard to find some kind of absurd little tagline.”

Smith, who recently released her new visual book, A Book of Days, is certainly a lot of things, including a musician, poet and writer. She admits she has a lot of admiration for people who can focus on just one thing, which she’s incapable of.

“I’m just not that kind of person. I don’t know why,” she says, noting she loves to perform, talk to people and more. She does share, though, that there are times she’ll “just want my solitude or to sit alone in a café or in my room or at a desk and write for hours.” 

Patti is set to turn 76 on December 30, and she has some thoughts as to why she is still around. “I haven’t survived all this time, and sadly survived many of my friends and loved ones, because of any special formula,” she says. “I’ve survived [because] I want to live. I want to be here,” she adds. “Even in our troubled world. Even with all the greed and stupidity and terrible things that we’re all facing and reading in the news or experiencing, I want to be alive. I want to breathe. I want to do my work.”

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Remastered deluxe edition of Olivia Newton-John's 'Greatest Hits Volume 2' album due January 6

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Olivia Newton-John's memory continues to live on thanks to a newly announced, remastered and deluxe edition of her Greatest Hits Volume 2 album.

The album, which was first released 40 years ago, hits shelves on January 6. The offering will contain beloved hits such as "Physical," "Magic" from Xanadu and the Grease tracks "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "You're The One That I Want."

Prior to her death in the summer, the legendary singer spoke of the second volume of her Greatest Hits album. "Forty years ago, in 1982, my Greatest Hits Vol. 2 album was released - how lucky am I as an artist to have two volumes of Greatest Hits?" she said back in May. "During the five years between the two albums, everything seemed to go from busy to a blur!"

"First there was the global success of Grease in 1978, and my album Totally Hot, followed by Xanadu in 1980," Olivia continued. "...Physical followed in 1982 and during the tour to promote the album, Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was released. It was the first time I put out a greatest hits album with two brand new recordings - 'Heart Attack' and 'Tied Up.'"

Olivia Newton-John's Greatest Hits Volume 2 - Deluxe Edition combines both the international versions of her second Greatest Hits album. It is now available to pre-save

The new album will follow last month's release of Olivia Newton-John's Greatest Hits Deluxe Edition

Olivia died August 8.

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