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Jorma Kaukonen to play live streaming concert Saturday from his Fur Peace Ranch

Credit: Scotty HillHot Tuna and ex-Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is joining the ranks of musicians who are treating fans to live streaming performances during the COVID-19 pandemic. The veteran rocker will play a concert at his Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp in Pomeroy, Ohio that’ll be streamed live on the ranch’s official YouTube channel this Saturday, April 4, at …

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Brian Wilson, Nile Rodgers and other stars pay tribute to Bill Withers

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesIn the wake of the sad news announced today that Bill Withers died Monday of heart complications at age 81, a variety of other well-known music artists have posted tributes to the legendary pop/R&B singer and songwriter on their social media pages. Founding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson wrote in his Twitter feed, “I’m very sad to hear …

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Christopher Cross reveals COVID-19 diagnosis, says it’s “possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had”

Medios y Media/Getty ImagesChristopher Cross is the latest musician to reveal that he’s tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. In a lengthy posting on Facebook, the Grammy-winning singer of hits like “Sailing” and “Ride Like the Wind” says, “I’m not in the habit of discussing medical issues on social media, but I do so in hope this will help other …

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Listen to Green Day’s surprise ‘Otis Big Guitar Mix’ EP

ABC/Rick RowellGreen Day has dropped a surprise new EP, Otis Big Guitar Mix. The collection includes alternate mixes of three songs from the punk trio’s 2012 ¡Uno! and ¡Dos!: “Lazy Bones,” “Wild One” and “Oh Love.” You can download the EP now via digital outlets. Green Day just dropped their new album, Father of All…, in February. Meanwhile, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is releasing new covers every Monday amid …

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America releasing career-spanning 50th anniversary rarities box set, ‘Half Century,’ in June

Gonzo MultimediaAmerica will celebrate its 50th anniversary by releasing a career-spanning eight-disc box set titled Half Century in early June that features a treasure trove of unreleased audio and video. The collection boasts seven CDs featuring rare alternate mixes, demos, rehearsals, live performances and interviews, plus a DVD featuring “home movies” of the band filmed from 1972 to 1975. Disc …

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Elton John, Paul McCartney thank healthcare workers in new video honoring the UK’s National Health Service

ABC/Randy Holmes; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsElton John and Paul McCartney are among the British celebrities who have taken part in a new video salute to the U.K.’s National Health Service for the work it’s doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The clip, which was posted on the organization’s Twitter page Thursday, begins with an introduction from Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for …

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“Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers dead at 81

Bill Withers performing in 1972; Michael Putland/Getty ImagesBill Withers, whose soulful hits such as “Lean on Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died of heart complications, his family said in a statement reported by Rolling Stone. He was 81. Born in West Virginia, Withers served in the Navy, then …

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Rick Springfield, Richard Marx among artists performing on Facebook Live benefit show April 11

Courtesy of RividiaRick Springfield, Richard Marx and many more artists are performing on an upcoming Facebook Live benefit concert later this month. Called Human to Human, the 12-hour event will raise money for COVID-19 relief.  It starts streaming live at noon ET on Saturday, April 11, and will run through midnight.  Dozens of other artists also will peform, including Jewel …

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New Vandenberg album, ‘2020,’ to be released in May; listen to new song, “Shadows of the Night”

Mascot Label GroupFormer Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg recently announced that he’s relaunched a new version of his namesake band, Vandenberg, and now plans for a new studio album by the group have been unveiled. The 10-track collection, titled 2020, will be released on May 29. The album features nine new original tunes penned by Adrian, plus an updated version of …

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James Taylor postpones US tour with Jackson Browne, Fenway Park show

Norman SeeffJames Taylor was supposed to have started a tour with Jackson Browne next month, but like most artists worldwide, he’s been forced to postpone it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, James’ June 21 show at Boston’s Fenway Park with special guests Shawn Colvin and Brandi Carlile has also been postponed.  All the dates are being rescheduled, perhaps …

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