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Elton John, Billy Idol to Play Outside Lands in San Francisco

Golden Gate Park in San Francisco will feature some of the best acts in the world as Outside Lands have announced their lineup. Many acts old and new will take part including Elton John, Billy Idol, Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, Wilco and more.

Three-day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

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Van Halen Posts Live Teaser Track-"I'm the One"

Van Halen has their new live album coming out next Tuesday, and they have released another teaser for "I'm the One." It is only a minute and a half long, but gives you a good feel for Eddie's guitar work and also their harmonies.

Tokyo Dome Live in Concert comes out March 31st. Also look for them on the Ellen show April 2nd.

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The Police Played Their Last Show Today in Rock History

Everybody knew they were done, including the band themselves. The Police trio were splitting apart and Sting elected to bolt at the top of their game after their Melbourne Australia gig on March 4th, 1984. He of course, would embark on a highly succesful jazz/pop solo career. The band wouldn't reunite to play full shows until 2007.

Here is the full show with not the best audio quality. Still coll to hear the energy of the band after a long world tour, and at the end of their run.

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Pretenders Chrissie Hynde Memoir Coming

There aren't a lot of details yet, but we do know that Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde will publish a memoir. Due on September 8th, you can imagine as frank as she has been in interviews, that the book will be no different. In fact, the press release has quotes like "incredibly frank" and "strikingly intimate portrayal." There should be plenty of material here, from losing early members of The Pretenders to divorce from Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr.
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51 Years Ago Today, The Beatles Played the Ed Sullivan Show

How many future musicians did The Beatles influence on February 9th, 1964? Everybody that watched remembers where they were and what they were doing...how old they were. It was a significant moment in music history as 73 million people tuned in. The Beatles did five songs total. "All My Loving," "Til There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There" and this one, "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

George Harrison was battling the flu, but somehow was well enough to perform. Check it out below.

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Paul Stanley Is Not Happy With Kanye Interrupting Beck at the Grammys

Lucky for Kanye West that he didn't step on the Grammy stage while Paul Stanley was accepting an award. beck took it in stride. Stanley would have reacted differently, however. According to a post on his Facebook page, Beck should’ve kicked Kanye right in the nuts and said, ‘Get the f— of MY stage!'

Even the people who don't like KISS would have enjoyed that moment. They'll have to win Album of the Year first, which isn't likely to happen.
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Watch Foo Fighters Perform Several Classic Rock Covers Live

Over the weekend, the Foo Fighters played in Rio De Janeiro. They rocked it, and if you don't believe us, you can see for yourself in the video below. About 2 1/2 hours long, the performance featured several covers including KISS "Detroit Rock City" The Faces "Stay With Me" and Queen's "Under Pressure." Watch below. 

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Led Zeppelin Releases Unreleased "Houses of the Holy"

Some of these demo versions of Led Zeppelin tracks have very subtle differences, but if you are a fan of the band, you can hear them. That is the case with this unreleased version of "Houses of the Holy." You'll notice it in Robert Plant's delivery of certain lines as well as Bonzo's drumming and John Paul Jones' playing. Check it out below.

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Bob Dylan's Engineer: "People Cried After Hearing New Record"

Bob Dylan has an album of Frank Sinatra covers on the way. If you want to believe one of the engineers for the album, people were crying, in a good way after hearing the results.

 “He came in to the room, and he started looking around and talking,” said Schmitt. “He liked the acoustics. He said, ‘Boy, this one sounds really nice. Where would I be singing?’ I said, ‘Right where you’re standing.’ So, that’s where the mic went, the vocal mic. And then it was his band. We had an acoustic guitar, an upright bass, light brushes on the drums, an electric guitar and a steel guitar. No headphones, everybody around him. When he couldn’t hear enough of the rhythm guitar, we just moved him closer. Everything was live. … There was no tuning, and there was no fixing. Everything was what it was. That’s part of the charm of the record.”

You can pick up Shadows in the Night February 3rd.

 
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Stevie Nicks Performs A Special Version of "Gypsy" on Piano

Stevie Nicks is the covergirl on Rolling Stone magazine for the first time since 1981. There is also a preview of the interview that will be in the magazine. One interesting tidbit-the tension between her and Lindsey Buckingham is there and will always be according to Nicks.

"Relations with Lindsey are exactly as they have been since we broke up," says Nicks. "He and I will always be antagonizing to each other, and we will always do things that will irritate each other, and we really know how to push each other's buttons. We know exactly what to say when we really want to throw a dagger in. And I think that that's not different now than it was when we were 20. And I don't think it will be different when we're 80."

More of the interview here.

Watch her performance of "Gypsy" below.


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