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Paul McCartney to be featured in episode of 'Cosmic Kids' children's yoga series

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Paul McCartney will be featured in a new episode of the Cosmic Kids children's yoga series that premieres on Thursday, August 18, at 9 a.m. ET on YouTube and is inspired by the rock legend's 2021 children's book, Grandude's Green Submarine.

Cosmic Kids is a story-based series that Jaime Amor and her husband, Martin, began in 2012 to teach children yoga and mindfulness. Episodes are available on YouTube and via an app that can be accessed through various streaming devices.

The new episode will offer a kids yoga adventure based on Grandude's Green Submarine, which tells the story of a grandfather who sets sail with his grandkids, whom he calls his chillers, in his magical submarine on a journey to find his wife, Nandude.

According to a statement promoting the show, the story is a "wonderful celebration of the relationship between kids and their grandparents."

You can check out a preview of the episode at Macca's Facebook page.

Grandude's Green Submarine is a sequel 2019's Hey Grandude! Both books were written by McCartney and illustrated by Kathryn Durst.

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Rod Stewart vacations with 7 of his 8 kids for first time since 2015

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When it comes to blended families, Rod Stewart's an expert: He's got eight children by five different women, so you can imagine how hard it must be to get them all together for anything, let alone a vacation. But he and his wife, Penny Lancaster, managed to pull it off for the first time in seven years.

The luxurious Italian vacation brought together seven of Sir Rod's kids: Ruby, Renee, Liam, Kimberly, Sean, Alastair and Aidan. The only one missing was Sarah, who was raised by adoptive parents and didn't meet Rod, 77, until later in life. They do have a relationship, but it's not as close as the others.

Rod's daughter Ruby, whose mother is model Kelly Emberg, has posted numerous photos of herself and her half siblings with Rod and Penny on Instagram. She wrote, "Our last family vacation was in 2015, so this one was well overdue. We all live in different places now and sometimes we miss some pretty important milestones in one another’s life. It can be difficult getting us all together, but the incredible @penny.lancaster managed to do it this time."

She added, "I am beyond grateful for this mixed batch of personalities that is the Stewart Clan. I don’t know where I’d be with out you lot...Thank you dad for reminding us of the importance of family and Thank you Penny for always bringing us together again."

Penny and the various siblings also posted their own snaps of the trip to the Amalfi coast, the island of Elba and other locations.

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Todd Rundgren's star-studded new album, 'Space Force,' due out in October

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Todd Rundgren's long-delayed studio album Space Force, which features collaborations with an eclectic variety of artists, will finally be released October 14.

Space Force is a 12-track collection that, as previously reported, includes contributions from Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Steve Vai, Thomas Dolby, Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, former King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Sparks and The Roots.

The lead track, a collaboration with Belew titled "Puzzle," has just been released as the latest advance single from the album.

Four other Space Force tracks were previously released -- "Espionage," featuring Iraqi-Canadian hip-hop artist Narcy; "Down with the Ship" with Cuomo; "Your Fandango" with Sparks; and "Godiva Girl" with The Roots.

Originally due out in early 2021, Space Force is a follow-up to Rundgren's 2017 album White Knight, another star-studded collection of collaborations.

In a new Variety interview, Rundgren says Space Force differs from White Knight in that the new album's tracks featured more input from his collaborators.

"One of the reasons why I did White Knight was to force myself into opening up the process to others, but I had only done it halfway because I was still coming up with almost all of the material," Todd notes. "So I thought, let's go the next step. Let's start using other people's song ideas as the basis of where the music should go."

Space Force can be preordered now and will be available on CD, in multiple colored-vinyl options and via digital formats.

Meanwhile, Rundgren has one joint concert with Daryl Hall scheduled for October 1 in Brookville, New York. Then, starting October 6, he'll head out on the Celebrating David Bowie tribute tour, which also features Belew and other musicians.

Here's the full Space Force track list:

"Puzzle" -- with Adrian Belew
"Down with the Ship" -- with Rivers Cuomo
"Artist in Residence" -- with Neil Finn
"Godiva Girl" -- with The Roots
"Your Fandango" -- with Sparks
"Someday" -- with Davey Lane
"I'm Not Your Dog" -- with Thomas Dolby
"Espionage" -- with Narcy
"STFU" -- with Rick Nielsen
"Head in the Ocean" -- with Alfie
"I'm Leaving" -- with The Lemon Twigs
"Eco Warrior Goddess" -- with Steve Vai

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Bruce Springsteen to interview 'Rolling Stone' publisher Jann Wenner about new memoir

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Bruce Springsteen will help his longtime friend Jann Wenner celebrate the release of the Rolling Stone magazine co-founder's new memoir, Like a Rolling Stone, by taking part in a special interview event on September 13 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

At the event, Springsteen and Wenner will discuss the famous publisher's deeply personal book, which follows his eventful life while looking at the changing landscape of music, politics and pop culture of his generation, as covered by Rolling Stone since its 1967 inception.

The memoir also features Wenner's reflections on a wide variety of important music artists, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Bono and Springsteen.

In-person tickets for the Q&A session are already sold out, but the event also will be streamed live online, and tickets to the virtual presentation are available at 92ny.org. Everyone purchasing a ticket will receive a copy of Like a Rolling Stone.

"If you were young, alone and in the far lands of New Jersey, Rolling Stone was a dispatch from the front, carrying news of a bigger world and another life awaiting," says Springsteen with regard to the book. "Like a Rolling Stone is a touchingly honest memoir from a man who recorded and shaped our times and of a grand life well lived. It is wonderfully deep and rewarding reading. I loved it."

Like a Rolling Stone will be published on September 13 and can be preordered now.

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London tribute concert for Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins to stream live on Paramount+

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If you can't make it to London's Wembley Stadium to see the star-studded tribute concert for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, you'll be able to watch the entire thing on Paramount+.

The September 3 show will stream live on Paramount+ starting 11:30 a.m. ET and globally on MTV Brand YouTube channels. It'll also be available on-demand that day on Paramount+.

Don't have that streaming service? CBS TV will air an hourlong version that night at 9 p.m. ET. MTV will then air the one-hour special internationally and follow it up with an extended two-hour special.

Meanwhile, both the London tribute and its U.S. counterpart, scheduled for September 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, have added more artists to their lineups.

The London concert has added Joe Walsh's pre-Eagles band James GangAC/DC's Brian Johnson, The Pretenders' Martin ChambersMetallica's Lars Ulrich, Kesha, Dave Grohl's daughter Violet, Blink-182's Travis Barker, Taylor's son Shane and more to a lineup that already included Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Chrissie HyndeThe Police's Stewart Copeland, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex LifesonNile Rodgers of Chic, Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, Wolfgang Van Halen, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock.

The U.S. tribute has added James Gang, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, Ulrich Barker, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Violet Grohl, Shane Hawkins and more to a bill that already featured Joan Jett, Alanis MorissetteHeart's Nancy Wilson, KISS' Gene SimmonsMiley Cyrus, Pink and many of the same guests as the London show.

Both concerts will be headlined by Foo Fighters.

Hawkins died earlier this year in Colombia.

 

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Scorpions release new song, "Hammersmith"; debut fan-packed "Rock Believer" music video

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As The Scorpions gear up to launch the 2022 North American leg of their Rock Believer World Tour this Sunday in Toronto, the veteran German hard rockers have offered up a couple of goodies for fans.

First, the band has released a new song titled "Hammersmith" that's available now as a digital download and via streaming services. The heavy-pounding tune finds The Scorpions paying tribute to the famous London venue the Hammersmith Odeon, while also expressing how enthusiastic they are to keep rocking their fans.

"The song takes us back to a time when we played in the smallest clubs, just dreaming about being able to perform in the Temple of Rock, the Hammersmith Odeon," explains frontman Klaus Meine, who wrote the tune's lyrics.

Meanwhile, The Scorpions have also just debuted an "official fan video" for the title track of their latest album, Rock Believer, which was released in February.

The clip features footage that Scorpions fans from around the world submitted, showing them rocking out and singing along to the song, and sharing their love for the group, mixed with video of the band performing the song.

The Rock Believer tour features 24 dates and is mapped out through an October 21 concert in Las Vegas. Whitesnake had originally been slated to open most of the shows, but had to drop off the trek recently because frontman David Coverdale has been battling a persistent respiratory infection. All-female Swedish rock band Thundermother will serve as The Scorpions' support act throughout most of the tour.

Check out The Scorpions' full schedule at The-Scorpions.com.

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Late Otis Redding's birthday to be marked with weekend celebration in Georgia

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This September 9 marks what would've been late soul legend Otis Redding's 81st birthday, and coinciding with the milestone, the Otis Redding Foundation has organized a weekend of special events celebrating his legacy in his hometown of Macon, Georgia.

The events, which include two special tribute concerts, will also serve as fundraisers for the planned Otis Redding Center for the Arts, an 11,000-square-foot facility that will help support the foundation's "mission to empower, enrich, and motivate youth through education programs involving music, writing, and instrumentation."

The weekend festivities will kick off on September 9 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Center of the Arts. The building will house spaces for musical collaboration and rehearsal, learning rooms and a performance stage for the students.

That night, a concert dubbed An Evening of Respect will be held at Macon's Grand Opera House that will include performances by country star Mickey Guyton and Grammy-winning jazz/R&B pianist Robert Glasper.

Then, on Saturday, September 10, another concert, called The Big "O" Homecoming Show, will take place at Macon's the Capitol Theatre, which will be headlined by the husband-and-wife Americana duo The War and Treaty, and will feature performances by several other artists. The event is inspired by the Home Coming Show and Dance concerts Otis held in Macon throughout the 1960s that would include a lineup of Redding's contemporaries and peers.

"Our family is elated to celebrate my dad's legacy in person for the first time since the pandemic," says Otis' daughter, and Otis Redding Foundation executive, Karla Redding-Andrews. "We are happy to bring the weekend-long celebration back to Macon and thank the countless patrons who have supported the Otis Redding Foundation since my mother established it in 2007."

For more details, visit OtisReddingFoundation.org.

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Hootie & The Blowfish unveil return of Hootiefest: The Big Splash: "We had to make this a new annual tradition!"

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Hootie & The Blowfish loved their destination concert vacation so much that they're going for round two!

The Darius Rucker-fronted band unveiled plans for its second annual Hootiefest: The Big Splash, which is set to take place in Mexico. The festival kicks off January 25 and runs through January 28 at Moon Palace Cancún.  

The four-day event will include three headlining performances from Hootie on the beach. So far this year they're inviting Gin BlossomsCollective SoulEverclear and Edwin McCain to be part of the fun. Additional headliners, pool party performances and support artists will be unveiled at a later time.

"Enjoying music together on the beach in Mexico was a great way to kick off 2022," Darius said in a statement. "I'm not sure who had more fun -- us or the fans! We love that this event brought together some of our best friends in concert, too, so we knew we had to make this a new annual tradition."

Fans will be able to enjoy pool parties every day and night, spa treatments and oceanfront concerts.

In addition to music, fans will also be able to go on exclusive excursions to "explore Mexico’s natural beauty and rich ancient culture." Opportunities include diving in underground cenotes, visiting Chichen Itza and the nearby Isla Mujeres and sailing on luxury catamarans.  

Tickets for the destination concert event go on sale on Tuesday, August 23, at 1 p.m. ET, with a special presale event set to go live a day earlier on the official Hootiefest website.

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Elvis Presley died 45 years ago today

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Today, August 16, marks the 45th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, known the world over as the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Presley was just 42 years old when he passed away at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, from heart failure. It's widely believed that prescription drug abuse was a factor in the singer's death.

Presley, of course, was the first rock 'n' roll superstar, whose charisma, energetic music, and good looks helped make him one of the most influential and recognizable cultural icons of the 20th century. His passion for and promotion of artists like Little Richard and Fats Domino helped open the door to the commercial acceptance of black rock 'n' roll artists by white audiences. Elvis' musical talents extended beyond rock to pop balladry, gospel and country.

Elvis remains among the most successful individual music artists ever, with more than 230 million certified units sold worldwide. He scored 10 chart-topping albums on the Billboard 200 and 18 #1 singles on the Hot 100. Various successful posthumous Presley albums, including compilations and rarities collections, continue to be released.

After Presley's death, Graceland became a huge tourist attraction. Several years ago, the property was expanded to include an entertainment complex with museums, eateries, a hotel and a music venue.

In observance of the anniversary of Presley's passing, Graceland annually hosts the multiple-day Elvis Week celebration, which this year kicked off Tuesday, August 9, and runs through Wednesday, August 17. Today's scheduled events include the "Elvis Presley in Concert" show, taking place at the Graceland Soundstage venue. The show will feature film footage of Elvis performing his classic songs with live accompaniment from a group that includes members of his TCB Band, plus a guest appearance by Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla.

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Depeche Mode posts studio photo following Andy Fletcher's death

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Depeche Mode appears to be turning back to music as the now-duo continues to grieve the death of member Andy Fletcher.

The "Enjoy the Silence" outfit has posted a photo on Instagram of surviving members Dave Gahan and Martin Gore together in a recording studio.

"Finding stability in what we know and love, and focusing on what gives life meaning and purpose," the caption reads.

Fletcher, a founding member of Depeche Mode, played on all of the band's albums, from 1981's Speak & Spell to 2017's Spirit. He died in May of an aortic dissection at 60 years old.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers tease first 'Return of the Dream Canteen' single, "Tippa My Tongue"

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Red Hot Chili Peppers are teasing the first preview of the band's upcoming album, Return of the Dream Canteen.

The "Californication" rockers will release a new track called "Tippa My Tongue" this Friday, August 19. You can check out a preview of the song, and its accompanying video, now via RHCP's Twitter.

Return of the Dream Canteen, due out October 14, is the second new Chili Peppers record of 2022, following April's Unlimited Love.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on a U.S. stadium tour, which continues Wednesday in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The headlining trek will conclude in September, followed by festival sets at Louder Than Life and Austin City Limits.

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Darlene Love adds her voice to criticism of Mariah Carey's "Queen of Christmas" trademark attempt

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As previously reported, singer/songwriter Elizabeth Chan, who exclusively records Christmas music and has been called "The Queen of Christmas" since 2014, has filed an opposition to Mariah Carey's attempts to trademark that phrase. Now, another artist who's been called "The Queen of Christmas" over the years has announced her displeasure with Mariah's actions.

Singer Darlene Love, a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer known for her timeless holiday hit "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," wrote on Facebook Monday, "Is it true that Mariah Carey trade marked 'Queen of Christmas?' What does that mean that I can’t use that title?" 

She continued, "David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before [Mariah] released 'All I want For Christmas Is You' and at 81 years of age I’m NOT changing anything. I’ve been in the business for 52 years, have earned it and can still hit those notes!  If Mariah has a problem call David or my lawyer!!"

Letterman famously had Love on his talk shows every year to sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" from 1986 to 2014.

As Chan told ABC Audio, she's not looking to own the trademark for herself -- she just doesn't want it to be owned by any one person. "Having been called the Queen of Christmas is an honor. It's not a possession," she notes. "And Christmas is meant to be shared. It's not meant to be outrightly owned or monopolized by a single person."

In fact, last December Mariah said in an interview that she "doesn't consider herself" to be The Queen of Christmas, adding, "To me, Mary [Mother of Jesus] is the Queen of Christmas."

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INXS celebrating INXS Day today to mark 45th anniversary of band's first gig

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Forty-five years ago today, August 16, the band that became INXS, then known as The Farriss Brothers, played their very first gig at a house party in Sydney suburb of Whale Beach. In commemoration of the milestone, today will be celebrated as INXS Day by the veteran Australian rockers, in association with Petrol Records, Universal Music Group and Rhino Records.

The festivities will "kick" off at 5 p.m. ET with an exclusive hour-long TikTok livestream celebrating the 35th anniversary of INXS' classic 1987 album Kick that will include a track-by-track look at the record, along with interviews with members of the band and with the group's their executive music producer, Giles Martin.

Also as part of INXS Day, the band is announcing the release of its 2011 The Very Best compilation in the high-res Dolby Atmos format.

In addition, INXS will release a deluxe digital box-set version of its 1982 debut album, Shabooh Shoobah, as well as two special vinyl editions of the record, this October in honor of its 40th anniversary. A limited-edition clear-vinyl reissue of Shabooh Shoobah can be preordered now at the official INXS online store.

INXS also will mark the 30th anniversary of their 1992 studio effort Welcome to Wherever You Are throughout August by debuting HD versions of music videos for five songs from the album -- "Heaven Sent," "Baby Don't Cry," "Taste It," "Beautiful Girl" and "Not Enough Time" -- at the band's official YouTube channel.

For more details about INXS Day, visit INXS.com.

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Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" hits one billion streams, tour extended into fall

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Goo Goo Dolls just released their new album, Chaos In Bloom, but one of their old songs has just hit a significant milestone.

The band's biggest hit, 1998's "Iris," has just eclipsed one billion streams on Spotify.  The track, which was recently certified for seven million copies sold, was featured in the movie City of Angels and on Goo Goo Dolls' album Dizzy Up the Girl.  It reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 but was a number-one hit on the publication's Adult Top 40 airplay chart for a record 18 weeks.

Meanwhile, the band's Chaos in Bloom tour has been extended into the fall.  The new leg, which starts October 28, will find the band playing intimate theaters and performing new songs, hits and deep cuts. Those shows will wrap up November 20 in El Paso, TX. Tickets for the new dates go on sale Wednesday, August 17 at 10 a.m. local time via googoodolls.com/tour.

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Julian Lennon says watching 'The Beatles: Get Back' docuseries "brought back … loving memories" of his late dad

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Julian Lennon, the elder of John Lennon's two sons, says watching his late father in the acclaimed Disney+ docuseries The Beatles: Get Back made him feel close to his dad, who was murdered in December 1980 at age 40.

Julian, who was the only child John had with his first wife, Cynthia, didn't see his father very often after the famous Beatles co-founder left Cynthia for second wife Yoko Ono in 1968.

Julian tells ABC Audio that when he first watched an abbreviated version of Get Back at a screening in Los Angeles last year, it helped to remind him of the positive aspects of his father that he experienced when John was still regularly part of his life.

"[W]hat I was seeing was Dad how I knew Dad before we separated, before ... he went off," Julian notes. "So, that just brought back all the warm, funny, great, loving memories that I have up until the age of around 5 ... I mean, obviously, I saw him a few times later in life, as a teenager, but that was him ... before everything changed. ... I just remember that warmth, the comedy, the cheekiness."

The 59-year-old singer/songwriter says the docuseries also helped demonstrate what "phenomenal players" The Beatles were. He marveled at watching how they were able to create a set of great originals songs so quickly leading up to their famous rooftop performance.

"I mean, you were sitting in the theater going, 'How can they do this?'" Julian says. "And yet, they were ultimate professionals in every way, shape or form. And ... that again reminded us of why they ... were so successful, because they were just, they were really on it."

Julian is preparing to release his seventh studio album, Jude, on September 9.

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