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Can you 'Believe' it’s been 25 years? Cher releasing 25th anniversary 'Believe' box set

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After weeks of hints on social media, Cher has finally revealed that she’s celebrating the 25th anniversary of her hit dance album Believe with a new box set.

Believe (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) is being released November 3, featuring the classic album along with a compilation of remastered remixes. It will be released digitally and as a two-CD set. There will also be a limited-edition three-LP set that comes pressed on clear, sea blue and light blue vinyl, and includes a numbered lithograph.

Released October 22, 1998, Believe was Cher’s 22nd studio album and turned out to be a huge hit for the singer, peaking at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. The popularity was mostly due to its Auto-Tune-heavy title track, which hit #1 in 23 countries. It went on to sell over 11 million copies and is still the highest-selling single by a solo female artist.

Other popular songs on the record include “Strong Enough,” “All or Nothing” and "Dov’è l’amore.”

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Ringo Starr takes a tumble onstage in New Mexico

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Ringo Starr took a little tumble onstage during a concert in New Mexico on Wednesday.

Video posted by TMZ shows The Beatles legend walking up some stairs to return to the stage; as he heads toward his microphone, he trips, hitting the stage hard. 

The rocker’s band was in the middle of singing “Give Peace A Chance” at the time of the fall, and he got back on his feet to join his bandmates on the chorus. He joked, “I fell over just to tell you that," referring to the song’s classic refrain.

Ringo and His All-Starr Band, made up of Toto's Steve LukatherMen at Work's Colin HayEdgar WinterWarren HamHamish Stuart and Gregg Bissonette, next play Kansas City, Missouri, on September 22. A complete list of dates can be found at

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The Edge’s charity, Music Rising, helping musicians recovering from the Maui wildfires

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U2 guitarist The Edge is doing what he can to help musicians who lost their instruments in the Maui wildfires this summer.

The rocker’s charitable organization, Music Rising, which he founded with producer Bob Ezrin after Hurricane Katrina, has launched Music Rising Lahaina, which is offering replacement instruments and equipment to musicians who lost their belongings in the August fires. They're also offering financial assistance to musicians in need.

Additionally, the organization is donating proceeds from any Music Rising merchandise sold from now until November 2023 to the Music Rising Lahaina effort. Applications for assistance are now open at

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Roger Waters releases “Speak To Me” and “Breathe” from 'The Dark Side of the Moon Redux'

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Roger Waters is giving fans yet another preview of his upcoming album, The Dark Side of the Moon Redux, which has him reimagining Pink Floyd’s classic album.

The rocker just dropped “Speak To Me,” with added spoken lyrics not featured in the original, as well as “Breathe."

You can listen to both songs now via digital outlets and on YouTube.

The tracks are the third and fourth songs Waters has shared from The Dark Side of the Moon Redux following “Time” and “Money.”

The Dark Side of the Moon Redux will be released October 6 and is available for preorder now. It features Waters' reworkings of all the tracks on the original Floyd album. A double LP edition of the release will also include a 13-minute bonus track, “Original Composition," which was inspired by the rerecording. 

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Duran Duran drop new 'Danse Macabre' track, “Black Moonlight”

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Duran Duran is back with more new music. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers just dropped the new single “Black Moonlight” from their upcoming album, Danse Macabre, which comes out October 27.

The tune reunites them with their original guitarist, Andy Taylor, as well as their longtime collaborator Nile Rodgers, who they previously worked with on such hits as “The Reflex” and “Notorious.” 

In a post on Instagram, Duran Duran describes the tune as “a timeless display of dance-rock glamour,” noting it’s “Fueled by an instantly catchy bass line and infectious guitar hook, while Nick Rhodes’ synths sound as if cut straight from a sixties B-movie horror.”

You can listen to "Black Moonlight" now via digital outlets and on YouTube.

“Black Moonlight” is one of three new songs that will appear on Danse Macabre. The rest of the album’s made up of covers and new takes on old Duran Duran tracks.

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On This Day, September 21, 1985: Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” hits #1

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Dire Straits hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Money for Nothing,” the band’s first and only chart topper. It spent three weeks in the top spot.

The song, written from the point of view of two working-class men, featured background vocals by The Police frontman Sting.

“Money for Nothing” was the second single from Dire Straits’ album Brothers in Arms. The song’s popularity was aided by its 3D animated video, which got regular play on MTV.  It went on to win Video of the Year, as well as Best Group Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Bonnie Raitt’s “Just Like That” wins Song of the Year at the Americana Honors & Awards

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Bonnie Raitt has once again been recognized for her single “Just Like That.” 

The track was named Song of the Year at the Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, September 20, where she beat out the likes of Allison Russell and Brandi CarlileZach BryanMargo Price and Charley Crockett.

“Thank you to @americanafest, and congratulations to all of tonight’s winners including Bonnie’s 'Just Like That' for Song of the Year!” read a post on Raitt's Instagram account. “Bonnie was so honored to stand alongside all the talented songwriters nominated this year and loved getting to perform and once again be a part of this wonderful celebration!”

This is the second big honor for “Just Like That,” which earlier this year took home the Grammy for Song of the Year.

Raitt performed the Just Like That… track “Made Up Mind” on the Americana Awards, which also featured tributes to two artist who passed this year. According to Variety, singer Logan Ledger performed “Come Monday” in honor of the late Jimmy Buffett, while the show ended with an all-star performance of The Band’s “Up On Cripple Creek,” in honor of the late Robbie Robertson.

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Barry Manilow to break Elvis Presley's Las Vegas record this weekend

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Barry Manilow is starting a run of shows September 21 as part of his Las Vegas residency. By the time he's finished, he will have broken Elvis Presley's record for most performances at the venue. 

The late King of Rock 'n' Roll did 636 performances at the Las Vegas Hilton between 1969 and 1976. Manilow's residency is in the same theater, though the property is now called the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. He says things have changed since Elvis' time, when it was considered deeply uncool to perform in Vegas.

"It was known as ... 'cheeseball' ... 'old-fashioned,'" he tells ABC Audio, but not anymore. 

"You take a look at these casinos and you can take a look at the billboards, these are young people that are playing Vegas. These are big acts!" he says. 

"I've been playing there off and on since the '80s. It would be one stop on a tour," notes Manilow. "But this is a ... bona fide residency, and I just love it. I love the audiences. I love this place. The Westgate is the perfect size for what I do."

For the 80-year-old entertainer, the gig means he can play live for fans without being on the road.

"I can stay home for most of the week. And then I go and I do the weekends there and I keep the band working and I keep the crew working ... it's the perfect answer," he says. "And ... yes, we are 'in residency' -- and we're not kidding."

"A lot of people say, 'We're in residency' ... they do two weekends and they never come back," he laughs. "I definitely am there!" 

Proceeds from this record-breaking weekend of shows will benefit six different charities, including Musicians on Call and Barry's own Manilow Music Project.

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KISS' Gene Simmons autographs Funko collectables for charity

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KISS' Gene Simmons is giving fans a shot at purchasing some unique collectables, and it’s all for a good cause.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has signed some Funko figures and sets, with all the proceeds going to the charity Mending Kids, which provides free lifesaving surgical care to sick children worldwide.

Items currently up for bid include a one-of-a-kind KISS Funko Jumbo 10-inch The Demon, a figure with Simmons’ KISS makeup and a tongue sticking out, just like the iconic rocker. There’s also a one-of-a-kind signed Pop! Yourself Gene Simmons of KISS figure, which has the rocker without the KISS makeup.

Some of the other collectables in the charity auction include: a KISS Deluxe Moment Alive II Tour 1978 set, featuring collectables of the whole band; a KISS Deluxe Album Destroyer set, with figures of all band members and the album cover art; plus autographed 4-inch versions of The Demon.

In a video showing him signing the 10-inch Demon collectable, Simmons reassures fans that all the money raised will go to the organization.

“Literally no money for administration, none of it’s gonna be taken for lunch for the people that work there,” he says. “Everybody contributes their time for free so that children who don’t have insurance and are not lucky, who don’t have money are still gonna get the operations they need.”

Bidding on eBay is open now and ends Sunday, September 24.

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Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox contributes personal items to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Eurythmics star Annie Lennox was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2022, and now some of her props are on display for fans to enjoy.

Lennox has contributed some new artifacts to the Hall’s “Right Here, Right Now” exhibit, including the hat she wore while performing “Jolene” with Dolly Parton and other inductees during the 2022 ceremony’s finale. There’s also the baton prop she used during her induction performance of Eurythmics classic “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”

Lennox is one of several artists contributing memorabilia to the “Right Here, Right Now” exhibit. Others include Taylor SwiftBrandi CarlileOlivia RodrigoBillie Eilish and Harry Styles.

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Devo previews new box set with remastered “Post Post-Modern Man”


Devo is giving fans another preview of their career-spanning box set, 50 Years of De-Evolution: 1973-2023.

The band has just shared a remastered version of their 1990 song "Post Post-Modern Man" to streaming services for the first time. It's the second song they’ve released from the set, following the 7-inch version of “Disco Dancer.” 

You can listen to “Post Post-Modern Man” now via digital outlets and on YouTube.

50 Years of De-Evolution 1973-2023, dropping October 20, will be released in a variety of formats: a four-LP set pressed on clear vinyl; a 25-song, two-LP set on black vinyl; and a two-LP blue and red vinyl, which will be sold exclusively at retail stores. There will also be a 50-song, two-CD set.

It is available for preorder now.

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Roger Waters says he’s not critical of David Gilmour’s Pink Floyd solos: “I’m a fan”

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Roger Waters is setting the record straight regarding his feelings about former Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour’s talent.

Waters shared a video of him answering a fan who asked if he'd ever shared his “opinions or criticisms” about Gilmour’s solos on The Wall while they were in the studio recording it.

“Of course I expressed my opinions,” Waters said, “because I was producing the record and so was he." He added, “we would all stick our oar in.”

Waters then noted, “there’s an implication in this question that I’m somehow critical” of David’s playing but said that's not true.

“I like all of Gilmour’s solos. I say so often. I say so, I believe, on the sleeve notes on the new record,” he said, referring to The Dark Side of the Moon Redux, which he'll drop on October 6. “There’s nothing wrong with Dave’s solos. There’s nothing wrong with his solos on The Wall or his solos on Animals or his solos on Dark Side of the Moon … or any of the work I did with him.”

He adds, “I’m a fan. They’re great.”

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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Jackson Browne releasing remaster of self-titled debut

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Jackson Browne is revisiting his debut album. A new version of the self-titled record will be released on CD and 180-gram vinyl on Friday, September 22, with both remastered from the original analog master tapes.

The new release will be packaged to resemble the album’s original vinyl release, which was designed to look like a burlap water bag. The cover reads, “Saturate Before Use” on top of Browne’s name, which led many people to think that was the actual title of the record. 

Released January 1972, Jackson Browne featured two hits: "Doctor My Eyes,” which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Rock Me on the Water,” which peaked at #48.

Here’s the track list for Jackson Browne:

“Jamaica Say You Will”
“A Child In These Hills”
“Song For Adam”
“Doctor My Eyes”
“Something Fine”
“From Silverlake”
“Under The Falling Sky”
“Looking Into You”
“Rock Me On The Water”
“My Opening Farewell”

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Boy George dropping new autobiography, 'Karma', on November 9

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Boy George is ready to tell more of his story. The Culture Club singer announced on Instagram that his new autobiography, Karma, which he jokes “rhymes with drama,” will be released November 9.

“It’s really been fun to kind of address some of the things I’ve been through since the last book,” he said in a new video, referring to 1995's Take it Like A Man. “I discovered who I really am as a person. You know I really like being me.”

“I’m over that kind of existential crisis of being famous. I enjoy it now. I embrace it in a way that I wasn’t able to as a young person,” he notes, adding, “I’m able to say I love being Boy George. It’s fabulous.”

Both the hardcover version of Karma and the audiobook, read by Boy George, are available for preorder now. There is also a signed hardcover edition that can be ordered through the British book chain Waterstones.

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Nils Lofgren to join Neil Young at Roxy shows

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With Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceling their September shows so The Boss can recover from a peptic ulcer, Nils Lofgren is free to play with Neil Young again.

Young is set to headline two shows at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on September 20 and 21, in celebration of the venue’s 50th anniversary. He’ll be backed by his pre-Crazy Horse band The Santa Monica Flyers, which will include Lofgren now that he’s not busy on the road with The Boss.

Young announced the news on his Neil Young Archives, noting the shows will feature Lofgren, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina, all original members of the Santa Monica Flyers, along with Willie Nelson’s son Micah Nelson.

And it certainly sounds like Young fans are in for a treat. “We will be playing two albums live,” Young shares about the gigs. “All songs will predate the original Roxy opening 50 years ago. We are stoked!” 

The Roxy concerts are taking place almost 50 years to the day Young first performed for the venue's opening. He opened The Roxy with a three-night stand September 20-22, 1973.

As for Springsteen and the E Street Band, they're expected to return to the road on November 3 in Vancouver, Canada. A complete list of dates can be found at

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