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The Who's 50th anniversary world tour has hit a small bump in the road.  The band says "unforeseen logistical changes" have forced them to postpone the first two stops on the British and Irish portion of "The Who Hits 50" trek.  The outing is now scheduled to start November 30th in Glasgow, Scotland, with the shows in Belfast and Dublin moved to June.  The North American portion of the Who's tour is still set to start April 15th in Tampa, Florida.

Sting is opening up about his life and work as a guest on Bravo's "Inside The Actors Studio."  In a preview of the episode the rocker's conversation with host James Lipton gets rather personal, as Sting is asked to explain tantric sex.  After saying he'd "demonstrate" if they had seven hours to devote to it, Sting described it as a "spiritual act."
On the show Sting also discusses his lengthy and successful career, including his days with The Police and his new Broadway show "The Last Ship."  The musical officially opens at the
NeilSimonTheater in New York on Sunday.  Sting's episode of "Inside the Actors Studio" debuts on Bravo Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Bob Seger will be sharing the stage with one of today's top country stars.  CMT.com says the rock legend has been tapped to pair up with Jason Aldean for the next installment of "CMT Crossroads."  The series brings together country stars and artists from other genres to share stories and perform each other's songs to see where their musical paths intersect.  Both Seger and Aldean have just released new albums, while they each have plenty of hits to choose from for their sets.  Jason's chart-toppers include "She's Country," "Dirt Road Anthem," and his latest, "Burnin' It Down," while Bob's catalog features such classics as "Against The Wind," "Like A Rock," "Rock and Roll Never Forgets," and "Night Moves."  Seger and Aldean will tape their episode of "CMT Crossroads" before the end of the month.  The episode will debut on CMT on November 28th at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

Bob Seger is making a strong showing with his new album.  Billboard.com says "Ride Out" is starting its run on the Billboard 200 at number three, which is the highest chart debut of his career.  It's also his highest charting album in nearly 30 years.  His last top five album was "Like A Rock," which peaked at number three back in 1986.  Seger has only had one album do better.  "Against The Wind" topped the Billboard 200 in May 1980, after a two-month chart climb.  "Ride Out" is the rocker's first studio release in eight years, following "Face The Promise," which opened at number four following its arrival 2006.

Glen Campbell's swan song is taking him back to the Hot 100.  Billboard.com says the singer's final track, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," is debuting at number 90 on the list to become his first song in 33 years to land on the chart.  Glen's last track to grace the Hot 100 was "I Love My Truck," which spent three weeks on the list in the summer of 1981, peaking at number 94.  However,
Campbell isn't setting a record with his lengthy absence from the chart.  The Chipmunks have that distinction.  The animated rodents arrived on the Hot 100 in 1962 with "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)," and didn't appear again for 46 years, with the 2008 remake of the holiday song.  
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" is Campbell's 37th song to crack the Hot 100.  Ten of his tracks peaked in the top five, while two -- 1975's "Rhinestone Cowboy" and 1977's "Southern Nights" -- topped the chart.  He co-wrote and recorded "Miss You" for the documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," which chronicles his battle with Alzheimer's and his final tour.  The film will open in Nashville and New York on Friday before going into wider release.

Billy Joel and the Billy Joel Band will soon be reunited in the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.  The quartet made up of Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata, Russell Javors, and the late Doug Stegmeyer is set to be inducted Thursday night at the ceremony in Huntington, New York.  The group backed Joel on some of his biggest albums, including the back-to-back late '70s hits "The Stranger" and "52nd Street."  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.  More information is available at LIMusicHallOfFame.org.

George Harrison's childhood home in Liverpool is off the market.  "The Liverpool Echo" says the three-bedroom council house sold at auction for more than 250-thousand dollars.  The winning bidder is a Beatles fan who said she tried and failed to buy John Lennon's childhood home last year.  Now she's "absolutely thrilled" to own the building that hosted some of the Fab Four's very first rehearsals.  Harrison and his family moved to the house in 1949, and the guitarist lived there until the early '60s when he met Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Bob Dylan and U2 have brainy fans.  That's according to a PhD student at the California Institute of Technology, who claims to have determined what music smart people listen to.  Virgil Griffith has created a chart of musical tastes by comparing the average SAT scores at various college institutions with the artists those students "like" most on Facebook.  The final chart, which Griffith has titled "Music That Makes You Dumb," features more than 130 artists and genres.  Beethoven, Radiohead, and Counting Crows join Dylan and U2 in ranking highest among so-called smart people, while Lil Wayne, Beyonce, the Used, and T.I. come in near the bottom of the spectrum.  The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin fall somewhere in the middle, along with acts like Maroon 5, Kanye West, and OutKast.
Griffith says he's fully aware that the correlation does not imply causation, but he nonetheless thinks the results of his study are "hilarity incarnate."  Anyone interested can see all of Griffith's data at MusicThatMakesYouDumb.virgil.gr.

Billy Joel has apparently been working on new music for the past decade or so, but he still has no plans to return to the studio.  The Piano Man revealed during an interview with the "New Yorker" that he's been composing a song cycle of instrumental "tone poems."  Sometimes referred to as "The Scrimshaw Pieces," the collection tells a loose history of Long Island, and has only been heard by select visitors to his Long Island home.  Joel says some of the wordless pieces could be songs, but he has no desire to put together a follow-up to his last pop album, 1993's "River of Dreams."  He says he barely recognizes the Billy Joel who put together hit albums in the '70s and '80s, adding that he just doesn't feel the same drive and ambition.

David Bowie and Neil Young are among the classic rockers contributing to this year's Black Friday haul.  Record Store Day has released its annual list of limited releases due out the day after Thanksgiving.  Bowie is offering a limited edition ten-inch vinyl single featuring his recently-released song "Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)," backed with the new track "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore."  Young, meanwhile, is continuing his "Official Release Series" with remastered vinyl reissues of his albums "On the Beach," "Time Fades Away," "Tonight's the Night," and "Zuma."  Fans can also pick up exclusive releases from the Kinks, Metallica, the Doors, Velvet Underground, and more.  The full list and information on participating independent music stores is available at RecordStoreDay.com.

Stevie Nicks isn't the only member of Fleetwood Mac who has a photography exhibit.  Mick Fleetwood is currently displaying some of his photographs at a gallery in Toronto.  The rocker tells Canada's QMI Agency he's both excited and nervous about his gallery showing.  He explains that while been exhibiting his work in Maui for years, "the outside world really doesn't know much about it."  Fleetwood says he took up photography in 1968, and admits he was driven more by competitiveness than creativity.  He explains that bandmate John McVie had "a very grand camera" back then, so he decided to get "a decent camera" of his own "based on if-he's-got-one-I-want-one."  But Fleetwood adds that photography has provided him a creative outlet he doesn't get through music.  He explains that he's not one of the band's songwriters, so his photographs are the closest he comes to "writing a song and taking responsibility" as an artist.

"Reflections: The Mick Fleetwood Collection" is on display at Toronto's Liss Gallery through October 31st.  Meanwhile, Nicks' Polaroid self-portraits are up for viewing in the exhibit "24 K Gold" at New York's Morrison Hotel Gallery.  Both exhibits will be open through October 31st.
 
The man who added such a memorable saxophone to Gerry Rafferty's hit "Baker Street" has died.  The UK's "Telegraph" says Raphael Ravenscroft passed away on Sunday.  He's thought to have suffered a fatal heart attack.  Ravenscroft was 60.  In a 2011 interview, the noted musician reportedly wasn't compensated for his most famous piece of work.  The check he received -- for less than 50 dollars -- is said to have bounced.  But that's not why Ravenscroft was unhappy with the song.  In a 2011 interview Raphael admitted he was "irritated" by "Baker Street" because his sax was noticeably out of tune, which made it difficult for him to listen to.  However, "Baker Street" isn't Ravenscroft's only legacy.  He also played sax for other stars, including Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd, and ABBA.  Some of his most recent sessions were with Daft Punk and Duffy.

The photographer who documented the start of Elvis Presley's career is dead.  Alfred Wertheimer passed away Sunday at his apartment in New York at the age of 85.  In 1956, Wertheimer was hired by Presley's record label to take some publicity shots of the unknown 21-year-old singer.  The series of black and white photos taken while the two traveled by train from New York to Memphis became the subject of exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution, the Grammy Museum and private art galleries.

The Beatles, David Bowie, and Bob Dylan are all showing off previously unknown beatboxing skills in a new video from Roy Kafri.  The innovative clip animates classic album covers like the Beatles' "Revolver," Bowie's "Aladdin Sane," and Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" to make it seem as though the rockers are the ones singing the beatboxer's new song, "Mayokero."  Michael Jackson, Prince, Lou Reed, Carole King, Lionel Richie, Abba, and the Smiths also make cameos in the clip, which was directed by Vania Heymann.  The Israeli filmmaker gained fame last year for his interactive video for Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."  
 
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.