Gregg Allman Dismissed from Civil Lawsuit Tied to Midnight Rider Biopic Accident


PMK-BNCGregg Allman and his manager, Michael Lehman, have been dropped from a civil lawsuit initiated by the family of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was killed by a train during the filming of the Allman biopic Midnight Rider this past February. Deadline reports that an attorney for Jones' parents announced Thursday that they were dismissing claims against Allman and Lehman, who were serving as co-producers of the movie, as well as against the Open Road Films distribution company."After reviewing the many thousands of pages of documents, and other information we have obtained through the legal discovery process, it is clear that Mr. Allman and Mr. Lehman had no involvement in any of the decisions that resulted in Sarah's death," said Jones family attorney Jeff Davis in a statement.  "Our investigation has also shown that, in this case, Open Road Films was not directly involved in the poor decisions that led to this horrific event and the tragic loss of Sarah's life."Sarah's father, Richard Jones, added, "During a very difficult and trying time for our family, Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman demonstrated their genuine sorrow over the loss of our daughter and their willingness to work with us in the future to ensure safe film sets for all.  For that, we are grateful."News of the dismissals follows a hearing at a Georgia court this past Tuesday during which lawyers for Open Road Films told the presiding judge that the company was close to reaching an agreement with the Jones family.  The hearing is scheduled to continue on November 13.Meanwhile, Deadline also revealed on Thursday the results of a federal investigation into the fatal accident, which occurred when a train unexpectedly crossed a trestle bridge near Jesup, Georgia, where the filmmakers were attempting to shoot a scene.  The report cites the production with a variety of health and safety violations.As previously reported, Midnight Rider's husband-and-wife director-producer team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and assistant director Hillary Schwartz all are facing involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass charges in connection to the incident.  Their trial is scheduled to begin on March 9, 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eagles, McCartney, Rolling Stones Among Finalists for 2014 "Billboard" Touring A


James Glader; MJ Kim; Simon CrossThe Eagles, Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.The Eagles are finalists in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  The veteran band's The History of the Eagles trek is competing against tours by a couple of younger pop acts -- Justin Timberlake and One Direction.McCartney and The Stones both are in the running for the Top Boxscore prize, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.  The former Beatles star is being recognized for a three-concert November 2013 stand at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, while his fellow British rockers got their nod for a three-show engagement at the same venue in February and March of this year.  One Direction also is a finalist for this award.Meanwhile, Billy Joel's ongoing residency at New York's Madison Square Garden will be competing for the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, an honor that The Rolling Stones' 50 and Counting Tour won last year.The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.  Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be featured in the conference's keynote Q&A session.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bob Seger Announces New North American Concerts, Reveals Venues for Second-Leg T


ABC/Randy HolmesBob Seger has scheduled several new concerts as part of the second leg of his recently-announced North American tour with his Silver Bullet Band in support of his latest album, Ride Out.  Among the newly-added shows are performances on January 27 in Charleston, West Virginia; February 3 in Ft. Meyers, Florida; February 10 in Lafayette, Louisiana; and February 17 in Wichita, Kansas.In addition, the venues for all of the concerts taking place during the trek's second leg have been revealed, except for Seger's final scheduled show on February 27 in Los Angeles.  As previously reported, the first leg of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's tour gets under way on November 19 in Saginaw, Michigan, and runs through a December 19 concert in New York City.  The second leg begins January 20 in Toledo, Ohio.The J. Geils Band will be the opening act on select dates of the trek.  Tickets are on sale now for all shows through January 29.  Check out BobSeger.com to find out when tickets the Michigan rocker's other concerts will be available for purchase.Here's a complete list of confirmed dates for Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's North American tour:11/19 -- Saginaw, MI, The Dow Event Center11/22 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center11/24 -- Halifax, NS, Canada, Scotiabank Centre11/26 -- Saint John, NB, Canada, Saint John Harbour Station11/29 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden12/2 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center12/4 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena12/6 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena12/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena12/11 -- Chicago, IL, United Center12/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center12/17 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center12/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden1/20 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center1/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center1/24 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center2/3 -- Ft. Meyers, FL, Germain Arena2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena2/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, TBDFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Todd Rundgren Collectibles Up for Bid as Part of L.A. Memorabilia Auction Next W


Image Courtesy of Danny O'ConnorA collection of memorabilia belonging to Todd Rundgren will go on the block during of a rock 'n' roll-themed auction that will take place November 7 and 8 in Beverly Hills, California.  Among the items the eclectic singer/songwriter has contributed to the sale are a stage-played Italia electric guitar, an assortment of awards he's has received over the years, various shirts and jackets, a digital piano and a piece of artwork featured on the back cover of his 1991 2nd Wind album.Proceeds raised by the sale will benefit the Spirit of Harmony Foundation, a charity Rundgren founded last year.  The organization's goal is to enrich people's lives through music education and music-related events.The Rundgren collection is being sold in conjunction with the Icons & Idols: Rock 'n' Roll auction that will take place at the Julien's Auctions gallery in Beverly Hills.  The sale features hundreds of pieces of memorabilia, including items belonging to or signed by everyone from The Beatles and Heart to Elvis Presley and James Brown to Madonna and Michael Jackson.  Visit JuliensLive.com to check out all of the collectibles up for bid.Last week, Rundgren wrapped up another tour leg as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, and he's just kicked off his own fall U.S. headlining trek.  The outing is mapped out through a November 26 show in Los Angeles.Here are all of Todd's upcoming tour dates:10/31 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury11/2 -- New York, NY, B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill11/3 -- New York, NY, B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill11/4 -- Lebanon, NH, Lebanon Opera House11/6 -- North Salisbury Beach, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall11/7 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley11/9 -- York, PA, The Pullo Center11/10 -- Columbus, OH, The LC Pavilion11/12 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage11/13 -- Chicago, IL, Park West11/15 -- Peoria, IL, Limelight11/16 -- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights11/18 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater11/19 -- Salt Lake City, UT, State Room11/22 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Showroom11/24 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore11/25 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House11/26 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban TheaterFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Founding Yes Singer Jon Anderson Records Charity Single with Ex-Counting Crows M


Gonzo MultimediaFormer Yes frontman Jon Anderson has released a new charity single that he recorded with ex-Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley titled "The Family Circle."  Proceeds raised by sales of the tune will benefit three organizations -- the Flutie Foundation, Sahaja Yoga Meditation and the National Autistic Society.The track currently is available as a digital download for 99 cents via iTunes.  The melodic song showcases Anderson's serene vocals, with music highlighted by gentle piano, synthesized strings and an Indian-influenced guitar solo.  An accompanying video has been posted at the GonzoMusicTV YouTube channel that features a montage of clips of beautiful landscapes around the world."'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year," explains Anderson in a statement.  "I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy.  Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo."Jon continues, "It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life."Adds Malley, "Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I'm a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music."As previously reported, Anderson currently is working on the debut album by his new group, Anderson Ponty Band, a collaboration with veteran jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.  The record is expected to be released sometime next year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Genesis' "Sum of the Parts" Documentary to Be Released on DVD and Blu-ray in Jan


Eagle VisionGenesis fans excited to get their hands on the home video version of the group's recent career-spanning documentary, Sum of the Parts, will have to be a little patient.  DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film, which initially were supposed to be released in November, now are scheduled to hit stores on January 13, 2015.Sum of the Parts, which premiered October 10 on Showtime, follows the band's journey from its formation in 1967 through its numerous lineup changes to the group's most recent tour in 2007 and beyond.  The documentary also delves into the successful solo careers that several Genesis members enjoyed.  In addition, the movie reunites the group's classic mid-1970s lineup of singer Peter Gabriel, singer/drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and lead guitarist Steve Hackett, who are featured being interviewed together.The documentary contains a bevy of rare and previously unreleased performance footage and behind-the-scenes clips."We're the only band, I think, that have managed the solo thing and the band thing for quite a few years side-by-side, and made it a plus rather than a problem," notes Rutherford.Gabriel adds, "I think when we got it right we had something that none of us could do on our own.  And there were different musical histories merging together in a powerful way."Sum of the Parts runs about 30 minutes longer that the version of the documentary that aired on BBC television in early October under the title Genesis: Together and Apart.  The band also recently released a three-CD compilation named R-Kive as a companion piece to the film.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Graham Nash, Rock Hall CEO Sing Praises of New Paul Simon Exhibit


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumAs recently reported, a new exhibition focusing on the extraordinary career of Paul Simon opens to the public today at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.  The exhibit, dubbed "Paul Simon: Words & Music," features an assortment of artifacts contributed by the singer/songwriter, including handwritten lyrics and letters, instruments, clothing items, Grammy Awards and more.Graham Nash, who was at the Rock Hall this past weekend for an Everly Brothers tribute concert, was treated to a preview of the Simon exhibit while he was there and shared some of his impressions about the display."One of the things that was so nice about the exhibit is seeing his very first guitar…and seeing his progression as a songwriter, which is shown in lyrics that you'll see," explained Nash.  "And I think it's gonna be very inspiring.  I think musicians [are going to] go, 'Hey, wait a second.  I have a yellow pad.  I have a pen.  I can do this.'  And it's that point of inspiration that I think is the most important part of the Paul Simon exhibit.  I think people are gonna love it."Meanwhile, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Greg Harris spoke recently with ABC News Radio about how the exhibit came together and some of the fascinating aspects of the attraction."The genesis came when Paul visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," revealed Harris.  "[H]e came to look at other people's things -- The Everly Brothers and the artists that inspired him -- and as he was touring, he mentioned that he had quite a few things in his archive and…the idea was sort of planted between all of us that it'd be terrific to create an exhibit."Harris explained that one of the goals of the display is to chart Simon's progression as a songwriter and artist.  He noted that you can look at how Paul went from singing with Art Garfunkel as the teen pop-rock duo Tom & Jerry to creating a catalog of songs during the 1960s that's "so much a part of our popular lexicon," and eventually made the Graceland album, which arguably marked "the U.S. awakening to world music in a big way."Tying the exhibition together is commentary from Simon himself, which comes from a series of interviews Paul filmed exclusively for the museum."It's the first time a first-person narrative is used in our exhibitions," revealed Harris.  "He walks through his life, his career, his creative process, and there are times when, in the interviews, where he's holding a guitar and he walks you through the other influences that led to a certain song being composed."Among the many fascinating topics Simon discusses in the interviews is how he developed the idea for the title track from Graceland.  Paul explained that he actually journeyed to Elvis Presley's Memphis mansion while he was working on the tune, which he says is one of the songs he's most proud to have composed.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens daily at 10 a.m. CT.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Steven Tyler Added to Lineup of "CMA Country Christmas" Special


Image Courtesy of Steve ErleAerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will bring a little bit of rock 'n' roll to the 2014 CMA Country Christmas special, which airs Monday, December 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.Tyler and veteran country stars Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson have been added to the lineup for this year's event.  They join the bill that already features pop singer Idina Menzel and such big-name country acts as Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Evans, Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes.The CMA Country Christmas special will be taped on Friday, November 7, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  Tickets to attend the show are still available through Ticketmaster.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Expansive Paul Simon Exhibit Opening at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursd


Image Courtesy of Mark SeligerA new exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland devoted to the life and career of Paul Simon will open its doors to the public on Thursday.  The exhibit, dubbed "Paul Simon: Words & Music," features more than 80 artifacts, many of which come from the acclaimed singer/songwriter's personal archive.In addition, the attraction boasts commentary from Simon, discussing various aspects of his life, songs and creative process, which was culled from a lengthy filmed interview he granted with the Rock Hall exclusively for the exhibit.Among the pieces of memorabilia that will be on display are Simon's first guitar, handwritten lyrics from throughout his career, summer-camp letters written between Paul and his old musical partner Art Garfunkel when they were teenagers, various clothing items, rare photographs and more.  The exhibition also will feature a variety of video performances documenting different periods in Simon's musical journey.The "Paul Simon: Words & Music" coincides with the 50th anniversary of the release of Simon and Garfunkel's first album, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Paul Rodgers and Lou Gramm to Sing on Holiday-Themed Ice Skating TV Special


Image Courtesy of Paul Rodgers, Disson SkatingThe frontmen of two of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s and '80s, Bad Company's Paul Rodgers and ex-Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, will lend their talents to a TV special featuring holiday-themed routines by some of the world's best ice skaters.  The Pandora Unforgettable Holiday Moments on Ice special will air on ABC on Sunday, November 30, at 4 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.Rodgers and Gramm will perform a mix of holiday tunes and classic songs by their famous bands at the event, which will take place at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Florida.  Among the Olympic, World and National champion skaters who will appear on the show are Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Evan Lysacek, Brian Boitano and Kimmie Meissner of the U.S and Ilia Kulik, Elena Leonova and Andrei Khvalko of Russia.  Award-winning American skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss will host the festivities.An encore presentation of the special will air on ABC on Sunday, December 14.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio