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Image Courtesy of E:60In April, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry teamed up with the Southern California Children’s Chorus to perform an updated version of their band’s classic song “Dream On” for a TV special paying tribute to the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. Now, a recording of the performance, which has been titled “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014),” has been released as a digital single via iTunes.

All money that Tyler and Perry earn from the track will be donated to charities aiding people affected by the bombings.

Meanwhile, during Aerosmith’s concert …read more

Verve Records; Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsElton John is one of the guest artists on Smokey Robinson‘s upcoming duets album, Smokey & Friends; he collaborated with the Motown legend on a new version of “Tracks of My Tears.” While the album won’t be released until August 19, RollingStone.com has posted the audio of the new collaboration for your listening pleasure.

A month ago, a video was released in which Elton commented about “Tracks of My Tears,” and Robinson’s influence on his own career. He called the tune, which was a #16 hit …read more

Rhino/AtlanticDuring its commercial heyday, Foreigner released one memorable hit after the next, reaching the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 more than a dozen times between the late 1970 and late 1980s. Now, a new box set gathering together the veteran rockers’ first seven studio albums and featuring all of their best-known tunes is scheduled to be released this fall.

The CD collection, titled Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, will hit stores on October 14. It includes the group’s 1977 self-titled debut, as well as 1978’s Double Vision, 1979’s Head Games, 1981’s 4, …read more

Image Courtesy of Robert JohnSlash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are on the road this summer with Aerosmith, and that experience is the subject of the first installment in a new video series, Ask Slash & Myles, that premiered Tuesday on the guitarist’s website.

In the two-minute clip, Slash explains that although he wasn’t planning to tour behind his upcoming album, World on Fire, until around the time of its release in September, when the opportunity arose to hit the road with Aerosmith, he jumped.

“They were a huge influence on me, and the direction I went into …read more

Ross Halfin/Universal MusicThe Who‘s Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey are collaborating with Simon West, director of such action/adventure flicks as Con Air and The Expendables 2, on a new U.K. television series that will focus on the London music scene during the mid-1960s. British magazine Broadcast reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will oversee the music and also will have input on the script for the show, whose working title is Mods and Rockers.

Townshend, Daltrey and West will serve as co-producers on the program, as will longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley. …read more

RCA RecordsFoo Fighters have finished their eighth album.

Record producer Butch Vig revealed the news on Twitter this past Tuesday. “We are officially done with the new Foo Fighters album. 23 straight days mixing! IT’S EPIC!!!,” Vig tweeted.

The album, titled Sonic Highways, is due out in November, but an exact release date has not been announced.

Foo Fighters is marking their 20th anniversary with the HBO documentary Foo Fighters Sonic Highways. The series chronicles the eight-city recording trek that produced the new album. The documentary airs in October.

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AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi has a lot of adoring fans all across the country, but not many of them live in Buffalo nowadays. Fans of the Buffalo Bills football franchise are fuming over the possibility the singer may buy the team and move it north of the border.

The team has been up for sale ever since owner Ralph Wilson passed away at age of 95 back in March.

Bon Jovi, a founding owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, has reportedly been interested in owning an NFL team for a long time and …read more

Image Courtesy of Sam JonesDon Henley will present actor/director Robert Redford with a special honor recognizing his support for environmental causes during an intimate benefit concert The Eagles are playing on September 16 in Boston. Redford will receive the Walden Woods Project’s 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award, which acknowledges a person or organization that demonstrates “represents vision, creativity, dedication and sacrifice in addressing global environmental challenges.”

The show will take place at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre, and will raise money for the Walden Woods Project. That’s the organization Henley …read more

Image Courtesy of Dick WagnerDick Wagner, the virtuoso rock guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, passed away on Wednesday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 71. The Detroit Free Press reports that Wagner died of respiratory failure at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, after spending two weeks in the facility’s intensive care unit following heart surgery.

Wagner played on many of Cooper’s albums during the 1970s and ’80s, and co-wrote many of the shock rocker’s songs, including such well-known tunes as “Only Woman Bleed,” “I Never …read more

York Tillyer; Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin fans know by now that chances of the surviving band members playing together again have seemed pretty slim lately, so they likely won’t be surprised by Robert Plant‘s latest comments about the matter. In a new interview with U.K. magazine Uncut, the singer addressed remarks guitarist Jimmy Page made to The New York Times in May expressing frustration that Plant didn’t want to take part in a new Zeppelin reunion.

“I feel for the guy,” the famed frontman declared. “He knows he’s got the headlines if …read more

GREEN BAY, WI –  Four days after signing standout wide receiver Jordy Nelson, the Green Bay Packers have extended GM Ted Thompson to a multi-year extension.  The team made the announcement after practice on Wednesday, and more details are to follow. Thompson also signed a multi-year extension back in 2011, so we can expect him […]

Image Courtesy of Mary Ellen MatthewsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers will celebrate the release this week of their new album, Hypnotic Eye, when they pay a visit to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night. The band’s appearance will feature the debut live performance of some songs from the album, which hit stores on Tuesday.

In addition, Petty & the Heartbreakers will chat with Jimmy Kimmel during the program. The group will launch a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye this Sunday in San Diego. The trek is plotted out through an October …read more

RCA/Sony Latin IberiaCorazón, Santana‘s first-ever Latin album, is a big success. The record, which was released in May, has just been certified U.S. Latin double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 120,000 in this country.

The album features legendary guitarist Carlos Santana collaborating with a variety of special guests, including Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, R&B singer Miguel, rap star Pitbull, jazz great Wayne Shorter, award-winning Colombian rocker Juanes and more. Corazón, currently is #4 on Billboard‘s Latin Albums chart, and has spent six weeks at the top of the tally since …read more

Gurtman and Murtha Artist Management; NBC Photo/Heidi GutmanThe E Street Band‘s Steven Van Zandt has revealed that he’s overseeing a new album by famed 1960s pop/soul singer Darlene Love. During a red-carpet event in New York City this Monday, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he first promised Love he’d make a record with her about thirty years ago, so he’s excited about finally getting the project off the ground.

Little Steven reported that he and Elvis Costello are both writing songs for the album, and said he also has talked to his band mate Bruce …read more

Frontiers RecordsCalifornia Breed is a new power trio featuring former Deep Purple singer/bassist Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, that released its self-titled debut album in May. The band rose from the ashes of the short-lived supergroup Black Country Communion, whose lineup also included guitarist Joe Bonamassa and keyboardist Derek Sherinian and which broke up early last year after Bonamassa decided he’d rather focus on his solo career.

Hughes, who initially became embroiled in a feud with Bonamassa over the guitarist’s reluctance to commit to Black Country Communion, soon turned …read more

Teresa Aguilar/AEG LiveThe Who‘s Roger Daltrey played a rocking concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Monday night that raised money for the Teen Cancer America charity he co-founded with band mate Pete Townshend. The event included a very special onstage collaboration, as Joan Jett, who opened the show with her group The Blackhearts, joined Daltrey during his encore for a rendition of the Eddie Cochrane classic “Summertime Blues.”

Roger’s set was made up mostly of well-known Who songs, including “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Squeeze Box,” “You Better You Bet,” “Who Are …read more

Image Courtesy of Norman SeeffHeart currently is playing a run of late-summer U.S. concert in the Midwest and Northeast that winds down on August 13 in Kettering, Ohio, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have extended their 2014 itinerary well into the fall. The Wilson sisters and their band will launch a West Coast tour that’s mapped out from a September 13 concert in Saratoga, California, through a September 26 show in Pomona, California.

That outing also will make stops in a couple of other California cities, as well as in Oregon …read more

Atlantic/Swan SongThe Led Zeppelin reissue campaign will continue this fall, when the band releases remastered and expanded versions of their fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973’s Houses of the Holy. The deluxe sets, which will hit stores on October 28, will include bonus discs featuring previously unreleased mixes and studio outtakes.

As with the first installment of the reissue series, which came out in June, the new releases will be available in a variety of formats. These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition, which boasts …read more