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Cher reveals she spent Sunday laughing for hours with her friend Tina Turner

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It seems that music icons attract other music icons as friends. On Sunday, Cher revealed in a Twitter message that she'd spent the day hanging out with Tina Turner.

"WE LAUGHED FOR 3 1/2 [hours] STRAIGHT," she wrote. "My sides Ache."

Cher added, "There Will Never Be Another TINA TURNER. We Love each other Dearly, I'm [lucky] To Have Her in my life…[We] Carried On Till The Sun went Down."

In a follow-up tweet, Cher reported that she brought Tina "a little antique Buddha" statue as a gift, adding, "Wish I'd taken a picture…I'll Call Her & Ask for one [tomorrow]."

Turner has been a practicing Buddhist since the 1970s.

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Roger Daltrey: Relationship with Who bandmate Pete Townshend is just "a working one"

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The relationship between co-founding Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend has historically been quite contentious at times, although the two seemed to have developed a close bond during the latter years of the group's career.

That being said, Daltrey tells Forbes that he and Townshend don't really socialize when they're not touring or recording with The Who.

"Our relationship is a working one, and that's about as far as it goes," Roger reveals. "But when we get on stage, there's a chemistry that's created. When we're playing well, it starts to kick in properly. It's still as wonderful as ever."

He adds, "We never really had a strong relationship off of the stage, though. It's as simple as that."

Also in the interview, the 78-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reveals he was aware of his own vocal talents at an early age.

"I think people who sing know they can from very early on," he tells Forbes. "I was born with perfect pitch, which most singers have. I used to sing in the church choir when I was 6 or 7 years old. It went from there. I started singing in youth clubs and things like that at the age of 12, and then went on at age 16 to start what became The Who."

The Who will launch a fall North American leg of its The Who Hits Back! tour on October 2 in Toronto. The trek is mapped out through a November 4-5 stand in Las Vegas. Like with the spring leg of the tour and the band's previous Moving On! trek, the upcoming concerts will feature The Who accompanied by an orchestra.

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Jeff Beck announces fall headlining tour to follow September dates with ZZ Top

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Jeff Beck recently lined up six concerts in the southern U.S. that will feature him supporting ZZ Top, and now the British guitar legend has announced a full North American headlining tour that will immediately follow those dates.

The newly added shows run from an October 1 concert in Atlanta through a November 12 performance in Reno, Nevada. The outing features over 20 dates and includes a pair of two-night engagements -- October 7-8 in Port Chester, New York, and October 14-15 in Huntington, New York.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 19, while presale tickets will be available starting Tuesday, August 16, at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.com (password: beck18).

Beck's upcoming shows are in support of his new collaborative album with actor/rocker Johnny Depp, 18, which was released last month on CD and digital formats. A 180-gram black-vinyl version of the album will follow on September 30.

The 13-track collection features two Depp originals alongside an eclectic selection of covers, including songs by The Beach Boys, late Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Velvet Underground and The Everly Brothers.

"We were going to call the album 'Kitchen Sink' because we threw everything in it," Beck explains about 18. "The only game plan we had was to play songs we like and see where they took us."

Jeff will be accompanied on tour by bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Anika Nilles and keyboardist Robert Stevenson.

Beck's series of six dates opening for ZZ Top runs from a September 23 show in Del Valle, Texas, through a September 30 concert in Orange Beach, Alabama. Heart's Ann Wilson will be performing at the first three dates.

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Melissa Etheridge announces off-Broadway solo show 'My Window -- A Journey Through Life '

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A few months ago, Melissa Etheridge told ABC Audio that she'd been inspired by her idol, Bruce Springsteen, to develop her own life story for the Broadway stage. Now, she's officially taking the first step toward that goal.

On October 13, Melissa Etheridge Off Broadway: My Window -- A Journey Through Life will premiere at New York's New World Stages. She'll do 12 performances of the production to an intimate audience of 500 people per night.

“I am incredibly excited and humbled to debut this deeply personal show in New York this fall,” Melissa says in a statement. "While I’ve been telling my life stories through my lyrics and concert tours for many years, this is going to be something new for me. I cannot wait to feel the exchange of energy and deep connection that's provided by an intimate theater experience. That’s going to rock.”

Melissa wrote the show with help from her wife, Linda Wallem-Etheridge, the former showrunner of Showtime's Nurse Jackie. It's directed by Amy Tinkham, who directed Aerosmith's Las Vegas Residency show.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 17 at 10 a.m. ET via Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Melissa's fan club members get access to a presale now.

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Exclusive: Special David Bowie-themed edition of 'CREEM' to be included with relaunched mag's first issue

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As recently reported, CREEM magazine is returning after 33 years out of print, with its first new issue arriving September 15. Now, ABC Audio can exclusively reveal that a separate special David Bowie-themed edition of the mag will be included with every copy of the relaunched CREEM's Issue #1 for those who subscribe to the magazine by Wednesday, August 17.

Timed for release one day before the September 16 global premiere of filmmaker Brett Morgen's new Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream, the special issue will feature archival articles from CREEM's original run and new content focusing on the late rock legend.

The archival pieces include a 1976 article penned by Cameron Crowe title "Space Face Changes the Station," a Bowie-themed installment of the magazine's "Star Cars" feature, a "David Bowie Lookalike Contest," and album reviews from famed rock writers Lester Bangs and Dave Marsh.

The new content includes an interview with Morgen by veteran CREEM journalist and editor Jaan Uhelszki, and acclaimed rock author and former Guitar World editor-in-chief Brad Tolinski's reflections on Moonage Daydream. The cover of the issue features a 1973 photo of David wearing the unique flared body suit created by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto.

As previously reported, the new CREEM will be available as an oversized subscription-only premium quarterly publication, while digital-only subscriptions also are available.

CREEM Issue #1 will include features on Slash, The Who and new artists like punk act Special Interest, and will boast a cover by legendary artist Raymond Pettibon, whose work includes the covers of albums by Sonic Youth and Black Flag.

Visit CREEM.com to subscribe.

Moonage Daydream, which is the first Bowie documentary officially sanctioned by his estate, is described as "a sublime kaleidoscopic experiential cinematic odyssey that explores Bowie's creative, spiritual, and philosophical journey."

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Mariah Carey's Atlanta home burglarized

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Mariah Carey's Atlanta home was burglarized last month while she vacationed New York and Italy.

The incident was confirmed by police, who told Page Six, "this is still an open investigation, the information may be limited."

The burglary was reported on July 27. It was not immediately clear what was taken, if anything, from the multi-million-dollar home.

Mariah was active on social media, sharing her summertime adventures as she traveled with her 11-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan and her boyfriend, Bryan Tanaka. On July 19, the singer shared a picturesque photo of herself in the water and captioned it, "Ciao Capri!"

A week later, Mariah was dishing out thank-yous for her stay in the Hamptons.

"Out East for the week, soaking it all in," she captioned a snapshot of herself in pajamas. "Thank you @dylaneckardt @shawnelliottrealestate and the @nestseekers team!"

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Yes members to take part in tribute concert for late drummer Alan White this fall in Seattle

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A special tribute concert for longtime Yes drummer Alan White, who died on May 22 at age 72 after a brief illness, will take place on October 2 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

The show will feature members of Yes and of Alan's solo group White, as well as special guests, performing songs from throughout the drummer's long career, including renditions of tunes by Yes, John Lennon, George Harrison and more.

The event will be hosted by Alan's longtime friend, retired U.S. radio personality Bob Rivers, and all proceeds from the show will benefit the WhyHunger charity.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 19, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.

White was the drummer of yes from 1972 until his death. Prior to joining the famous British prog-rock band, he was a member of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, and he played on the 1969 album Live Peace in Toronto, John's 1970 single "Instant Karma," Lennon's landmark 1971 album Imagine and 1972's Some Time in New York City. Alan also contributed to Harrison's All Things Must Pass album, including the chart-topping single "My Sweet Lord."

In other news, another musical tribute to White is being planned for September 10 at the Newcastle Days festival in the Seattle suburb of Newcastle, Washington, where the British-born musician lived for many years up until his death.

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New Eric Clapton vinyl box set to feature his first six Reprise studio albums, plus a rarities disc

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On September 30, Eric Clapton will release The Complete Reprise Studio Albums – Volume I, a vinyl box set featuring remastered versions of his first six studio efforts for the Reprise label.

The 12-LP collection, which can be preordered now, features 1983's Money and Cigarettes on a single disc, as well as 1985's Behind the Sun, 1986's August, 1989's Journeyman, the 1994 blues-covers project From the Cradle and 1998's Pilgrim as two-LP sets. The box set also features the Rarities Vol. 1 LP, which includes rare studio and live recordings from the era.

Money and Cigarettes peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and featured the top-20 hit "I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart."

The Platinum-certified Behind the Sun included "Forever Man," which reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

August featured "It's in the Way That You Use It," which Clapton co-wrote with The Band's Robbie Robertson, and the Tina Turner duet "Tearing Us Apart." Those peaked at #1 and #5, respectively, on Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Journeyman, which was certified two-times Platinum by the RIAA, included two Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart toppers -- "Pretending" and "Bad Love."

From the Cradle topped the Billboard 200 and has sold over 3 million copies in the States.

Pilgrim reached #4 on the Billboard 200 and included the hit "My Father's Eyes," which peaked at #16 on the Hot 100.

Rarities features two previously unreleased tracks, a new mix of "Pilgrim" and a cover of Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" that's a From the Cradle outtake. The latter tune is available now as an advance digital track.

A second box set of Clapton's Reprise studio albums, spanning from 2001 to 2010, will be released in early 2023.

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Steve Perry reveals the song he'd like to hear if he appeared in a 'Stranger Things' episode

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Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has received a lot of media attention thanks to a pair of remixes of his old band's 1983 hit "Separate Ways," which appear on the soundtrack of the latest season of Stranger Things.

During an interview on the Rock Classics Radio show, Apple Hits Music DJ Jenn Marino asked him what song he'd like to hear accompanying his scene if he appeared on an episode of Stranger Things.

While the series is set in the 1980s and usually showcases songs from that era, Perry said he'd want to feature a tune by his favorite 1960s soul singer.

"Well, first of all, I would be driving to school in am … really beautiful GTO, and out of the speakers of the car, I would love to hear some Sam Cooke," Steve declared. "I mean, you'd have to allow that generation to start to discover that by having one guy in the car, a young-looking Steve Perry … playing 'Cupid' or [another Cooke tune]."

Steve then settled on a different song and proceeded to serenade Jenn with a verse from Cooke's posthumous 1965 single "When a Boy Falls In Love."

"I mean, that song cripples me," he added. "It's so teenage and so true. So that's my choice."

Perry also discussed how he wound up collaborating on the second of the two "Separate Ways" remixes for the Stranger Things season 4 soundtrack. He explained that he contacted series creators, the Duffer Brothers, and offered his services after he heard the first remix, which was used in the new season's first trailer.

"I had not heard [my voice] that naked [on the track] since the day we did it back in the '80s," Steve noted, "and I loved it."

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The Cowsills to release first new album in nearly 30 years

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1960s family pop group The Cowsills will release their first new album in almost 30 years, Rhythm of the World, on September 30.

The 11-track collection, which can be preordered now, is made up of new original songs. The title track has been released as an advance single via digital formats.

The group now features three Cowsill siblings --  Bob, Paul and Susan.

Bob says the songs on Rhythm of the World were mostly written by the group in hotel rooms, dressing rooms and the tour bus while taking part in the Turtles-headlined Happy Together summer tour.

He explains that the lead track, "Ya Gotta Get Up!," was inspired by Turtles singer Howard Kaylan's "exuberant plea with the audience each night of the tour," while the closing song, "Katrina," tells the story of brother Barry Cowsill's 2005 death in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

"[For] all the songs … we use melody and harmony to bring some love and the hope of peace to the world," Bob notes. "We are thrilled to be here to claim our legacy and share our music!!!"

The Cowsills are best known for such hits as 1967's "The Rain, the Park & Other Things" and their 1969 cover of the Broadway musical Hair's title song, which both peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group also served as the inspiration for The Partridge Family.

The Cowsills currently are part of the lineup of the 2022 Happy Together Tour, which runs through an August 29 show in Grand Island, Nebraska. The group also has several other concerts on their schedule, including performances on September 9 in Somers Point, New Jersey, and September 10 in New York City.

Here's Rhythm of the World's full track list:

"Ya Gotta Get Up!"
"Lend a Hand"
"Hawks on the Line"
"Every Little Secret"
"Nuclear Winter"
"Rhythm of the World"
"Largo Nights"
"Goodbye's Not Forever"
"The Long Run"
"Try to Believe It Too"
"Katrina"

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Sammy Hagar reflects on recording 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' title song

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Sammy Hagar was among the many well-known artists who contributed original songs to the soundtrack of the classic teen comedy-drama Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which premiered 40 years ago this Saturday.

Hagar wrote and recorded the movie's title song, a riff-heavy rock tune that Sammy notes was one of a series a tunes he recorded specifically for films around that time.

"They just would send me the script of the movie, and I would read…through it," Hagar explains to ABC Audio. "And they didn't ask me to write the title track. I just wrote a song called 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High.' So…lyrically, I just kind of mimicked what was going on in the movie. You know, just a bunch of high school kids messing up…and trying to get laid, basically."

The Red Rocker says having one of his songs as the title track of a popular movie then felt like he'd hit the "big time."

Hagar notes that he always enjoyed writing songs for films, explaining, "I loved having a theme. For a songwriter, the first thing you need to have, after you have the [music]…I needed a title, a subject. 'What am I writing about?' And when they would hand that to you in a script in a movie…I just said, 'Oh, yeah. Boom! I know what to do.'"

Meanwhile, Hagar says one of the cool things about his "Fast Times" song was getting to work with a soundtrack musician who was experimenting with synthesizers, and who added an effect that Sammy described as sounding "like a knife being sharpened."

"It was so advanced [at the time]," Hagar notes. "It was really cool…You know, no one had ever heard anything like that before."

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All I Have to Give: 25 Years Ago, Backstreet Boys released their US debut album

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Twenty-five years ago today, Backstreet Boys released their self-titled debut U.S. album ... and they're still performing most of the songs from it every night on tour.

This 1997 album was actually a compilation of two international albums: a 1996 release also called Backstreet Boys and a 1997 release called Backstreet's Back. It initially debuted at #29, but thanks to the success of the group's first big U.S. hit, "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," its popularity continued to grow.

In five months, the album had climbed to its peak -- #4 -- and sold 2 million copies. By the end of 1998, it was the third best-selling album of the year, with more than 5.7 million copies sold. To date, it's sold more than 14 million copies.

In addition to "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," Backstreet Boys also included many of the group's most beloved songs, including, "All I Have to Give," "As Long as You Love Me," "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," "I'll Never Break Your Heart," "We've Got It Goin' On" and "Get Down (You're the One for Me)."

The success of Backstreet Boys helped set the stage for the release of their next album, Millennium, which set a record for most copies sold in a single week -- 1.124 million -- when it arrived in 1999. Millennium went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, with 24 million copies sold.

And while BSB has gone on to release many more albums since then, the impact of Backstreet Boys can be seen in the group's current set list, which includes no less than seven songs from that album. Their current DNA World Tour is set to wrap up this November; their first holiday release, A Very Backstreet Christmas, arrives October 14.

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Aerosmith's '50 Years Live!' streaming concert film series continues with 1993 show

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The third installment of Aerosmith's five-week archival streaming concert series, 50 Years Live!: From the Aerosmith Vaults, premieres Friday at 3 p.m. ET on the band's official YouTube channel.

The movie captures the veteran rockers performing in July 1993 at the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater in the Pittsburgh suburb of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, during the band's tour in support of its chart-topping, hit-packed '93 studio album, Get a Grip.

The show features renditions of "Eat the Rich," "Love in an Elevator" and "Cryin'," as well as older classics like "Walk This Way," "Back in the Saddle," "Rag Doll," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion."

The film, which has been remastered in HD from the original master tapes, will be viewable for one week after its premiere.

As previously reported, the five-part series, which kicked off two weeks ago, is offering new archival "official bootleg" concert films featuring never-before-seen footage debuting weekly. Each flick captures Aerosmith during a different decade.

One day after each film premieres, highlight clips from the respective movies will be added to Aerosmith's YouTube channel.

Here's the complete remaining schedule of the 50 Years Live!: From the Aerosmith Vaults series:

8/12 -- Live from the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh, PA, 1993 (Get a Grip Tour)
8/19 -- Live from Comerica Park, Detroit, MI, 2003 (Rocksimus Maximus Tour)
8/26 -- Live from Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, 2016 (Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Tour)

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Second episode of 'My Life as a Rolling Stone' docuseries, focusing on Keith Richards, premieres Sunday

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The second episode of the new four-part Rolling Stones docuseries My Life as a Rolling Stone premieres on EPIX this Sunday, August 14, at 9 p.m. ET.

The new installment focuses specifically on Keith Richards, looking at how important the founding Stones guitarist's passion for music has been to the band, and how his bad boy and rebellious image has played such a major role in the group's legend.

In a preview clip, Richards talks about how important he feels it is for a song to have a good guitar intro.

"[I]f an intro can grab you, you're gonna to be in for at least a few more minutes," he notes. "And if the riff behind that intro grabs you then, then you pretty much got 'em."

Richards also discusses the unique way he devised of setting up his guitar, which entails removing the low E string and tuning the remaining five strings to a G chord.

He explains about the sound of the specially tuned guitar, "There is something about the intonation of the notes, the separation at the point -- I would say almost mystical -- that when hit in the right way, in the right moment, you know, [it's a] cheap ride to heaven."

As previously reported, the series, which was produced to coincide with the British rock legends' 60th anniversary, is made up of four hour-long episodes, each focusing on a different band member. Last week's premiere episode profiled singer Mick Jagger, while the final two installments will look at longtime guitarist Ronnie Wood and late drummer Charlie Watts, respectively.

In addition to new conversations with Jagger, Richards and Wood, My Life as a Rolling Stone features new interviews with a variety of other noteworthy music artists.

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'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' celebrates its 40th anniversary on Saturday

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This Saturday, August 13, marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of the classic teen comedy-drama Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

The hit film, which featured such soon-to-be stars as Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates and Forest Whitaker, also had deep connections to the rock music world.

For starters, the screenplay was written by one-time Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe, who went on to write and direct such rock-themed movies as Singles and Almost Famous.

The Fast Times soundtrack was packed with original songs by well-known rock artists, including Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, The Go-Go's, Don Felder, Billy Squier, Sammy Hagar, Graham Nash and Stevie Nicks.

Meanwhile, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson appears in a scene in which Judge Reinhold's character Brad Hamilton tries -- and fails -- to flirt with her.

Several other scenes included humorous references to popular rock acts. Here are three examples:

--In a scene featuring Leigh's Stacy Hamilton and Cates' Linda Barrett, as the two friends chat in the high school cafeteria, they realize that several of their female classmates have "cultivated the Pat Benatar look."

--As the shy, nerd-ish Mark Ratner, portrayed by Brian Backer, nervously prepares for his first date with Stacy, his smooth-talking but sketchy pal Mike Damone -- played by Robert Romanus -- shares his special five-point plan for a successful date. Point five? "When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV."

--Just before the end credits of the film roll, we're informed that Penn's perpetually stoned surfer-dude character Jeff Spicoli has won a bunch of reward money for saving model/actress Brooke Shields from drowning, but spent all the cash to hire Van Halen to play his birthday party.

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