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Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, and Cyndi Lauper are all in the running to join the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  The organization unveiled its list of nominees for the Class of 2015 on Wednesday.  Other songwriters up for the honor include Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Steve Winwood, Steve Miller, Yusuf Islam, Gloria Estefan, and Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey.  Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is also a contender, as are country music stars Vince Gill and Toby Keith.  There's also a strong slate of non-performing songwriters including Linda Perry, Rod Temperton, William "Mickey" Stevenson, and Robert Hunter, who's nominated along with his Grateful Dead songwriting partner Jerry Garcia.  The winners will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June at a gala in New York City.

Billy Joel's backing band is joining him in the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.  Joel himself was part of the inaugural class in 2006, and now Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata, Russell Javors, and the late Doug Stegmeyer will be part of this year's fifth induction class.  Collectively known as the Billy Joel Band, the quartet backed Joel on every album from 1976's "Turnstiles" through 1980's "Glass Houses."  Other 2014 Long Island honorees include Clive Davis, Kurtis Blow, Gerry Goffin, Debbie Gibson, and concert promoter Ron Delsener.  Rapper Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. is also being given the Harry Chapin Award. The all-star ceremony will include plenty of musical performances, including a tribute to Goffin.  It's all scheduled to take place October 23rd in Huntington, New York.  More information is available at LIMusicHallOfFame.org.

Sting is showing that he's not only a talented singer but has a keen ear.  On NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday the rocker turned ringtones into "Sting-tones," and in the process noticed the popular "Xylophone" ringtone sounds awfully familiar. But Sting didn't just sing ringtones.  He also provided a new outgoing message for one lucky member of the audience, and to the tune of The Police hit "Message in a Bottle" instructs callers to leave their name "when you hear the beep-oh."
Sting was on hand to promote his new musical "The Last Ship."  He said he's liked musicals since he was a child, but his experience back then was limited.  He explained that he never had the chance to see a show as a kid, but his mother had the soundtrack albums to all the classics like "Carousel" and "Oklahoma."  Sting's "The Last Ship" is being staged at the Neil Simon Theater in New York.

“Neil Diamond Still Hasn't "Made It…" Despite all his successes, Neil Diamond says he still doesn't feel like he's "made it."  The singer-songwriter shared his thoughts with fans in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session Thursday.  And he said he's "still struggling to get to that perfect song, to make those perfect notes, to give that perfect performance."  But he added that he hasn't "stopped dreaming."  Neil also said he won't give up writing.  He explained that he "got in the habit" when he was a teenager, and hasn't "been able to stop."  Diamond described it as "like an addiction," but added that it's been good for him.  He said it's "another way of communicating" for him, and "better than any shrink."  Neil explained that when he's able to put his feelings "down on paper," and  he'll "feel a little better" afterward.  He added that he doesn't need any inspiration because songwriting is "part of" him, and has been "long before being a songwriter was a cool thing to be."

Diamond is prepping for the release of his new album, "Melody Road," which features the song "Something Blue."  He's posted a video to the track on YouTube.  The disc will be in stores October 21st.

Bob Dylan's road work continues.  The folk-rock legend is launching a new slate of North American shows this weekend.  He's opening the 32-date trek Friday with the first of three shows in Seattle, Washington.  The run includes multiple nights in several cities.  Dylan will also play three concerts in Los Angeles and Oakland, California, as well as in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Philadelphia.  He'll spend two nights in Toronto.  Bob will wrap up the trek with a five-night stand at New York's Beacon Theater.  His finale set for December 3rd.

The Rolling Stones are set to make up their postponed tour dates in Australia and New Zealand next week, but they'll be doing it without longtime sax player Bobby Keys.  The band said on their official site that Keys is "under doctor's orders" to take it easy over the next month or so, but didn't go into detail about his ailment.  The statement says only that the 70-year-old is "a bit under the weather."  Karl Denson will fill in for Keys on the 14-date trek.  And while he calls the tour the "opportunity of a lifetime," he also took to Facebook to ask for prayers for Keys' quick recovery.  The Rolling Stones are scheduled to kick off their tour Down Under on October 25th in Adelaide, Australia.

Led Zeppelin is offering up a sample from the upcoming reissue of their fourth album.  The band debuted an alternate mix of "Rock And Roll" on RollingStone.com. Guitarist Jimmy Page calls the song "a party," adding that it has "that cheeky energy about it."  Bassist John Paul Jones says "Rock And Roll" was sort of ahead of its day.  He explains that it was "kind of punky; pre-punk," and when they performed the song live "it was really fast" with "a lot of energy."  The reissues of "Led Zeppelin IV" [[ Led Zeppelin 4 ]] as well as "Houses of the Holy" will be available October 28th.  The deluxe editions feature previously unreleased bonus material relating to each album.  

The Doors are among the stars who'll be recognized at this fall's Classic Rock Roll of Honour.  The band has been tapped to receive the Inspiration Award at the UK magazine's annual event, which this year is being staged in Los Angeles.  Surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore say they feel honored that a British publication is acknowledging what The Doors did "on a beach in L.A.."  They add in their statement that they consider it "a sign of respect" that the presentation is taking place on their "own soil."

The complete photographic history of the Beatles' famous street crossing outside Abbey Road studios is up or sale.  A signed and numbered set of all the photos Iain Macmillan took for the band's iconic "Abbey Road" album cover is set to hit the auction block at Bloomsbury Auctions on November 21st.  It's believed to be the first time the entire collection of shots has been sold this way.  The set is expected to fetch up to 110-thousand dollars.

 

Drummer Leonard Delaney from the surf rock band The Tornadoes has died.  According to the "Redlands Daily Facts," the 71-year-old passed away earlier this month from complications of Alzheimer's disease.  Delaney co-founded the Tornadoes with his high school friends in 1960, and co-wrote the group's biggest hit -- the 1962 single "Bustin' Surfboards."  He stopped playing with the band on a regular basis in 1971, but the Tornadoes enjoyed a resurgence in the early '90s when Quentin Tarantino included "Bustin' Surfboards" on the soundtrack to "Pulp Fiction."

Joni Mitchel is gathering up the best love songs of her storied career for a new compilation dubbed "Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced."  The Hall of Fame singer-songwriter spent nearly two years putting the four-disc box set together.  She says she used that time to "edit" the songs into a "whole new work," and realized once it was finished that she had a "four-act ballet."  "Love Has Many Faces" comes with 53 newly remastered Joni Mitchell tracks including "River," "Carey," "Court and Spark," "Both Sides Now," and more.  It's due out November 17th.

Neil Young is ready to open his PonoMusic Store.  The rocker is formally launching his new music service Thursday with his appearance at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.  Young has been tapped to give the keynote address at the event.  Billboard.com says the singer-songwriter will discuss the different aspects of PonoMusic, including the website and a desktop app that's in the works.  Young began developing PonoMusic earlier this year, funding the project through a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than six-point-two-million dollars.  He reached his goal of 800-thousand-dollars in less than 12 hours.

Sting and Bob Seger are hitting the small screen on Tuesday.  Sting is slated to be a guest on NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."  The former Police frontman is slated to chat with the host.  He'll likely discuss his new Broadway musical, "The Last Ship."  Cast members will also make an appearance, and give a performance from the production.  Seger, meanwhile is promoting his new album, "Ride Out."  He'll be a guest today on the syndicated "Ellen DeGeneres Show."  Seger's album is in stores now.


The Doors are among the stars who'll be recognized at this fall's Classic Rock Roll of Honour.  The band has been tapped to receive the Inspiration Award at the UK magazine's annual event, which this year is being staged in Los Angeles.  Surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore say they feel honored that a British publication is acknowledging what The Doors did "on a beach in L.A.."  They add in their statement that they consider it "a sign of respect" that the presentation is taking place on their "own soil."

The UK's "Classic Rock" magazine is behind the event, which has previously been held in London.  Sammy Hagar will host the 10th annual "Roll of Honour" ceremony, taking place at The Avalon in Hollywood on November 4th.  Gregg Allman is also among the honorees who've been announced in advance.  He's this year's Living Legend Award recipient.  The event also features a number of fan-voted categories.  Bruce Springsteen, Motorhead, KISS, Deep Purple, and The Beatles are among the nominees.  Voting is under way now at awards.classicrock.teamrock.com.

The complete photographic history of the Beatles' famous street crossing outside Abbey Road studios is up or sale.  A signed and numbered set of all the photos Iain Macmillan took for the band's iconic "Abbey Road" album cover is set to hit the auction block at Bloomsbury Auctions on November 21st.  It's believed to be the first time the entire collection of shots has been sold this way.  The set is expected to fetch up to 110-thousand dollars.

Drummer Leonard Delaney from the surf rock band The Tornadoes has died.  According to the "Redlands Daily Facts," the 71-year-old passed away earlier this month from complications of Alzheimer's disease.  Delaney co-founded the Tornadoes with his high school friends in 1960, and co-wrote the group's biggest hit -- the 1962 single "Bustin' Surfboards."  He stopped playing with the band on a regular basis in 1971, but the Tornadoes enjoyed a resurgence in the early '90s when Quentin Tarantino included "Bustin' Surfboards" on the soundtrack to "Pulp Fiction."

Joni Mitchel is gathering up the best love songs of her storied career for a new compilation dubbed "Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced."  The Hall of Fame singer-songwriter spent nearly two years putting the four-disc box set together.  She says she used that time to "edit" the songs into a "whole new work," and realized once it was finished that she had a "four-act ballet."  "Love Has Many Faces" comes with 53 newly remastered Joni Mitchell tracks including "River," "Carey," "Court and Spark," "Both Sides Now," and more.  It's due out November 17th.

Neil Young is ready to open his PonoMusic Store.  The rocker is formally launching his new music service Thursday with his appearance at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.  Young has been tapped to give the keynote address at the event.  Billboard.com says the singer-songwriter will discuss the different aspects of PonoMusic, including the website and a desktop app that's in the works.  Young began developing PonoMusic earlier this year, funding the project through a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than six-point-two-million dollars.  He reached his goal of 800-thousand-dollars in less than 12 hours.

Sting and Bob Seger are hitting the small screen on Tuesday.  Sting is slated to be a guest on NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."  The former Police frontman is slated to chat with the host.  He'll likely discuss his new Broadway musical, "The Last Ship."  Cast members will also make an appearance, and give a performance from the production.  Seger, meanwhile is promoting his new album, "Ride Out."  He'll be a guest today on the syndicated "Ellen DeGeneres Show."  Seger's album is in stores now.

 
Neil Young is letting the opposition be heard.  The rock legend performed his new political song "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" [[ Cohl-Bear Re-Por ]] Tuesday, and allowed host Stephen Colbert to chime on the chorus.
Colbert also contributed his own rebuttal verses to the song.  In his lyrics he questioned whether the environmental issues are "really real," and suggests any problems could be solved if we "frack the whale" and "drill the continental shelf."

Young also addressed environmental concerns in talking with Colbert.  He discussed his love of vintage cars, and explained how his one-time gas-guzzling 1959 Lincoln Continental now runs on electricity and alternative fuel.  Colbert also brought up some history, recalling Young's call to impeach President Bush over the war in Iraq, and asked if Young felt the same about President Obama.  Young again took an environmental stance, saying Obama should be impeached -- not over his use of the military but over the issue of fracking.  Young was on the show in support of his new book, "Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars," which is in stores now.

Neil Young isn't willing to share too many details about whatever ended his friendship with former bandmate David Crosby.  During a visit with Howard Stern on Tuesday, the host asked whether an apology from Crosby might mend the fences.  But Young said only that "there's nothing to apologize for."  He added that the friendship "was fixable," but it "didn't get fixed."  The war of words between the two CSNY guys started last week when Young said the quartet would never tour together again.  Crosby agreed via Twitter, and claimed that Young is "very angry" with him.

Some have guessed that the trouble may have something to do with Crosby's comments about Young's rumored girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah.  After Young filed for divorce from his wife, Crosby said Neil was "hanging out with somebody that's a purely poisonous predator now."

Fans of Aretha Franklin are getting a chance to listen to her sing some diva classics a little earlier than expected.  Franklin's new album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics," is streaming free of charge on Amazon, a week before its official release.  The record finds Aretha adding her own spin to hits from a list of divas that ranges from Etta James and Gladys Knight to Sinead O'Connor and Adele.  Her take on Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" recently made the Queen of Soul the first female artist to put 100 songs on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.  "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics" will be officially released on Tuesday, October 21st.

Styx's former frontman is sharing his renditions of the band's classics with his new CD-DVD set, "Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of Styx - Live In Los Angeles."  The singer is teasing the upcoming release by posting a seven-and-a-half-minute clip of "The Best Of Times" on YouTube.

DeYoung says The Beatles served as his inspiration for "The Best Of Times."  He tells UltimateClassicRock.com he was "thinking of a McCartney song," and "trying to write something from 'Abbey Road' and it didn't come out as well."  But Dennis adds that he knew he was striving for something out of reach.  He says "nobody can beat those songs on 'Abbey Road,'" which he calls "pure genius."  "Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of Styx - Live In Los Angeles" will be available as a two-CD/DVD set and on Blu-ray on October 21st.

Billy Joel apparently isn't in a Hamptons state of mind.  A real estate firm confirms he sold his mansion in Sagaponack for 19-million dollars.  The buyer's name is not being disclosed but the sale officially closed last week.  The home is 145 feet from the ocean and has expansive water views.
 
 
Don Henley isn't taking it easy when it comes to the Duluth Trading Company's new marketing campaign.  According to "The Hollywood Reporter," the Eagles drummer is suing the Wisconsin-based clothing company over an email advertisement featuring the pun "Don a Henley and Take It Easy."  Henley claims it's an unauthorized use of his name, trademarks, and publicity rights.  In the suit filed in a California district court, he argues that Duluth is taking advantage of his celebrity, and says the ad will likely cause confusion about the source of sponsorship.  A spokesman for Henley says he and the rest of the Eagles have worked hard to build their names over the past four decades, and they take pride in the fact that their likenesses and music have never been used to sell products.

Gene Simmons says his new singing competition show is putting the reality back into reality TV.  The KISS bassist tells "The Hollywood Reporter" on most singing competitions the judges are more nurturing than critical, in part because the networks want family-friendly programs and "don't want to get too realistic."  But he says vocalists who can simply "sing in the shower" but haven't been "paying any dues" will have a difficult time on his show.  The rocker explains that with "Coliseum" he intends to "open the trapdoors of life and get tough," and "there will be heartbreak," tears, and shattered dreams, "just like in real life."  Simmons adds that his goal with the series is to "create superstars, not just singers that get record deals." "Coliseum" is described as a "no-holds-barred competition" between "musical gladiators," and Simmons is "the Rock Caesar" who decides which acts will advance.  Simmons was promoting the show at the TV showplace MIPCOM.  He's developing the series with Sierra/Engine Television.

Davie Bowie is sharing his first new song since he released his surprise comeback album "The Next Day" last year.  "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" premiered Sunday on
BBC Radio 6 Music. The seven-minute track was recorded exclusively for Bowie's new career-spanning compilation "Nothing Has Changed," which is due out November 17th.  "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" will also be released as a limited edition ten-inch vinyl single on Black Friday, November 28th.

David Crosby is confirming Neil Young's assertion that CSNY will never tour again.  Young made the statement while talking to the crowd at a solo show in Philadelphia last week, but Crosby took to Twitter afterward to argue that it was already common knowledge.  He said that Neil saying there will never be any more Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young shows is "like saying there are mountains in Tibet."  Crosby also wrote that Young is "very angry" with him, but didn't elaborate any further.  He did, however, re-tweet a string of comments from fans who seem to be on his side, and also questioned Young's skills as a guitar player.

So far, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have yet to comment on the future of CSNY.  The quartet last performed together at Young's Bridge School Benefit concert last year.

It's no coincidence the opening of Stevie Nicks' photography exhibit coincides with the arrival of her new solo album, "24 Karat Gold."  People.com says the projects really were intermixed.  Guitarist Dave Stewart, who curated the exhibit and produced Nicks' album, recalls that a year ago Stevie showed her these Polaroids.  He admits he was moved by "the amount of care and attention to detail she had taken in taking these photos."  Stewart adds that the pictures provide "an intimate look" at the artist through her own eyes.  He explains that the photos represent "a frozen moment in time" during a period when Nicks was "as successful as any rock star could ever be and at the same time as vulnerable and lonely as every artist can be when it's
four a.m."
Just as "24 Karat Gold" features songs Nicks over the course of her career, including many tracks she penned between 1969 and 1987, most of the self-portraits in the exhibit were created from 1975 through 1987.  Stevie and Dave were on hand for last week's opening of "24 K Gold," along with Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie.  The exhibit will be on display at New York's Morrison Hotel Gallery through October 31st.