Listen to Elton John and Smokey Robinson's Duet of "Tracks of My Tears" Online


Verve Records; Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsElton John is one of the guest artists on Smokey Robinson's upcoming duets album, Smokey & Friends; he collaborated with the Motown legend on a new version of "Tracks of My Tears."  While the album won't be released until August 19, RollingStone.com has posted the audio of the new collaboration for your listening pleasure.A month ago, a video was released in which Elton commented about "Tracks of My Tears," and Robinson's influence on his own career.  He called the tune, which was a #16 hit for Smokey's old group The Miracles in 1965, "maybe the greatest pop song ever written."Elton said of Robinson's ability as a wordsmith, "His lyrics always struck me as being so great and so direct and so simple and so heartfelt…He's been in my heart ever since I was…17."The list of guest artists on Smokey & Friends also includes Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow John Legend, Cee Lo Green and Mary J. Blige.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

New Box Set Featuring Seven Classic Foreigner Albums to Be Released in October


Rhino/AtlanticDuring its commercial heyday, Foreigner released one memorable hit after the next, reaching the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 more than a dozen times between the late 1970 and late 1980s.  Now, a new box set gathering together the veteran rockers' first seven studio albums and featuring all of their best-known tunes is scheduled to be released this fall.The CD collection, titled Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, will hit stores on October 14.  It includes the group's 1977 self-titled debut, as well as 1978's Double Vision, 1979's Head Games, 1981's 4, 1984's Agent Provocateur, 1987's Inside Information and 1991's Unusual Heat.  Foreigner's first five albums all received multi-platinum certifications from the Record Industry Association of America, with Double Vision selling the most overall -- more than seven million copies in the U.S.The first four discs in the compilation will include the bonus songs featured on the deluxe editions of the albums that were issued in 2002.  Among these extra tracks are a demo of "Feels Like the First Time," a live rendition of "Hot Blooded" and a mostly acoustic version of "Waiting for a Girl Like You."  The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums box set boasts a suggested list price of $39.98 and also will be available as a digital download.Foreigner was led by the talents of singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones, who wrote -- or co-wrote with Gramm -- all of band's biggest hits.  The group topped the Hot 100 in 1984 with "I Want to Know What Love Is," and also reached the top 5 six other times, with "I've Been Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Feels Like the First Time," "Urgent" and "I Don't Want to Live Without You."Gramm left Foreigner in 1990 and was replaced by Johnny Edwards, who handled lead vocals on Unusual Heat.  Lou did return to the band for one more album, 1994's Mr. Moonlight, but left for good to focus on a solo career in 2003.  Foreigner, of course, has continued on with Jones leading the group and Kelly Hansen as the frontman.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

The Who's Townshend and Daltrey Working on British TV Series Focusing on 1960s L


Ross Halfin/Universal MusicThe Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey are collaborating with Simon West, director of such action/adventure flicks as Con Air and The Expendables 2, on a new U.K. television series that will focus on the London music scene during the mid-1960s.  British magazine Broadcast reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will oversee the music and also will have input on the script for the show, whose working title is Mods and Rockers.Townshend, Daltrey and West will serve as co-producers on the program, as will longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley.  The setting of the series apparently will be the same as that of the film adaptation of the band's classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia."We're not remaking Quadrophenia but it's that kind of world," West tells Broadcast.  "It will also cover the rockers side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging '60s London, taking in gangsters, music and fashion.  The two tribes will be at the heart of it."The director is planning for the series to feature eight one-hour episodes and says the show is drawing the interest of multiple networks and production companies.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

The Eagles' Don Henley to Present Robert Redford with Environmental Honor at Bos


Image Courtesy of Sam JonesDon Henley will present actor/director Robert Redford with a special honor recognizing his support for environmental causes during an intimate benefit concert The Eagles are playing on September 16 in Boston.  Redford will receive the Walden Woods Project's 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award, which acknowledges a person or organization that demonstrates "represents vision, creativity, dedication and sacrifice in addressing global environmental challenges."The show will take place at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre, and will raise money for the Walden Woods Project.  That's the organization Henley founded in 1990 to oversee the protection of the Walden Pond area in Concord, Massachusetts, made famous by 19th century author Henry David Thoreau.  The charity also supports various environmental initiatives that are in line with Thoreau's naturalist beliefs."Bob Redford was an environmentalist long before the well-being of our natural resources became an international concern," says Henley in a statement.  "Whether he is defending the integrity of the public lands we leave as our legacy to future generations; whether he is lobbying Congress for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fighting for the protection of the dwindling herds of America's iconic wild mustangs or advocating for measures to curb climate change, he puts the full measure of his time and talent, and the force of his convictions, behind all the compelling environmental causes he supports."Tickets for the benefit event go on sale this Monday, August 4, at 10 a.m. ET at CitiCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.  Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Wang Theatre Box Office starting this Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET.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

Ex-Alice Cooper and Lou Reed Guitarist Dick Wagner Dead at 71


Image Courtesy of Dick WagnerDick Wagner, the virtuoso rock guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, passed away on Wednesday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 71.  The Detroit Free Press reports that Wagner died of respiratory failure at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, after spending two weeks in the facility's intensive care unit following heart surgery.Wagner played on many of Cooper's albums during the 1970s and '80s, and co-wrote many of the shock rocker's songs, including such well-known tunes as "Only Woman Bleed," "I Never Cry" and "You and Me."  In addition, he lent his guitar talents to Reed's acclaimed albums Berlin and Rock 'n' Roll Animal, and also worked with such other stars as Aerosmith, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Rod Stewart.Dick battled a number of health issues in recent years.  In 2007, he suffered a heart attack and a stroke.  Then, in 2011 he was diagnosed with NPH, or normal pressure hydrocephalus, a condition caused by a build-up of spinal fluid in the brain that left him partially paralyzed.  The condition was successfully treated with a shunt in his brain, and Wagner was able to return to music again during the last few years.Wagner wrote a well-received autobiography in 2012 titled Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician, and last year he wrote and produced a star-studded benefit single titled "If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)" that raised money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  He also remained active as a producer, songwriter and recording artist in conjunction with a multi-faceted music company he co-founded called Desert Dreams Records.Wagner's family and Desert Dreams Records posted a message paying homage to the rocker on his official website that reads, "Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life.  His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words."The tribute continues, "He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn't keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest.  Dick said in 2013, 'Love is in the air. Breathe deep.'  Take Dick's advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair."Wagner's manager and business partner Suzy Michaelson tells the Detroit Free Press that a memorial event for Dick will be organized in Michigan, where he grew up.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

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to Debut "Hypnotic Eye" Songs on ABC's "Jimmy Kimm


Image Courtesy of Mary Ellen MatthewsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers will celebrate the release this week of their new album, Hypnotic Eye, when they pay a visit to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night.  The band's appearance will feature the debut live performance of some songs from the album, which hit stores on Tuesday.In addition, Petty & the Heartbreakers will chat with Jimmy Kimmel during the program.  The group will launch a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye this Sunday in San Diego.  The trek is plotted out through an October 10 gig in Los Angeles.Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.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

Santana's "Corazón" Album Certified "U.S. Latin Double-Platinum"; Band Adds Fall


RCA/Sony Latin IberiaCorazón, Santana's first-ever Latin album, is a big success.  The record, which was released in May, has just been certified U.S. Latin double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 120,000 in this country.The album features legendary guitarist Carlos Santana collaborating with a variety of special guests, including Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, R&B singer Miguel, rap star Pitbull, jazz great Wayne Shorter, award-winning Colombian rocker Juanes and more. Corazón, currently is #4 on Billboard's Latin Albums chart, and has spent six weeks at the top of the tally since its release.Santana recently added a series of North American fall tour dates in support of Corazón, running from a September 25 concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through an October 12 performance in Verona, New York.  The band currently is in the middle of a summer trek that includes joint shows with Rod Stewart and headlining dates promoting the album.Here are all of Santana's upcoming tour dates; Corazón Tour shows unless noted:7/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden*7/31 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena8/1 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre*8/2 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena*8/4 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome*8/5 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place*8/8 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre*8/10 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center*8/12 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green*8/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center8/15 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino - Silver Creek Event Center*8/16 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena*8/19 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center*8/20 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre9/25 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino9/27 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live Theatre9/28 -- Midland, TX, Wagner-Noel PAC9/30 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts10/1 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center10/3 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater10/4 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort10/5 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheatre10/7 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre10/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre10/11 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center10/12 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort & Casino Event Center* = with Rod Stewart.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

The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt Says He's Helping Darlene Love Record Star-


Gurtman and Murtha Artist Management; NBC Photo/Heidi GutmanThe E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt has revealed that he's overseeing a new album by famed 1960s pop/soul singer Darlene Love.  During a red-carpet event in New York City this Monday, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he first promised Love he'd make a record with her about thirty years ago, so he's excited about finally getting the project off the ground.Little Steven reported that he and Elvis Costello are both writing songs for the album, and said he also has talked to his band mate Bruce Springsteen about contributing a tune.  In addition, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he's contacted some of the best-known pop composers of the '60s -- including Carole King, the team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and Mike Stoller of Lieber and Stoller fame -- about lending their talents to the record."Everybody I know that is a great songwriter, I'm talking to," said Steven.  "We're hoping to have an all-star album for Darlene, which she deserves."He added that he's planning to work on the project in his own studio and hopes to have it completed "in time for Christmas" or by "the first of the [new] year."Love probably is best known for being one of the key voices behind Phil Spector's Wall of Sound hits, including her solo holiday classic "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and The Crystals' "He's a Rebel" and "He's Sure the Boy I Love."  She also was one of the stars profiled in last year's Oscar-winning documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom.  Darlene was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.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

Glenn Hughes Says He Didn't Want New Band California Breed to Be Black Country C


Frontiers RecordsCalifornia Breed is a new power trio featuring former Deep Purple singer/bassist Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, that released its self-titled debut album in May.  The band rose from the ashes of the short-lived supergroup Black Country Communion, whose lineup also included guitarist Joe Bonamassa and keyboardist Derek Sherinian and which broke up early last year after Bonamassa decided he'd rather focus on his solo career.Hughes, who initially became embroiled in a feud with Bonamassa over the guitarist's reluctance to commit to Black Country Communion, soon turned his attention to starting the new group."Rather than sort of sit around and look at ourselves, I just decided I would [do something else]," he explains to ABC News Radio.  "I didn't particularly want to continue Black Country part two, so that's when I formed this band and, lo and behold, we call it California Breed."Hughes says one big difference between the two groups is that the new band doesn't include a keyboard player, while noting that another is the unique playing style of California Breed's guitarist, a 23-year-old hotshot named Andrew Watt who was introduced to Glenn by a mutual friend, Julian Lennon.Hughes adds that he thinks California Breed's music is "darker" and "more soulfully aggressive" than that of Black Country Communion.An interesting aspect of California Breed is that Hughes, Bonham and Watt are, respectively, in their sixties, forties and twenties.  Glenn tells ABC News Radio that the gap in the band members' ages has no bearing on the chemistry between them."It's really hard to pin the age on who's who here," he explains.  "You know, we never set out to do that.  I just think we really found each other musically and we went in fearless, and we cut this album."Hughes says on of the reasons the songs on California Breed sound so vibrant and raw is that the album was cut almost completely live in the studio.  Glenn admits that in his 45-year career, he'd never worked that way before, and says he now "can't imagine going back to overdubbing again."The veteran rocker also reveals that a lot of the tunes on the new album were inspired by a serious health scare he experienced last year -- he underwent open heart surgery to correct a problem with his aorta."The lyrical content on this album is driven by what happened to me," says Hughes.  "The guys in the band wanted me to sing about it, so I did, but…subliminally."Glenn also shares some details about the operation, noting that he chose to go under the knife immediately when his problem was diagnosed.  He adds that he was lucky to have "a great team of doctors" looking after him, and reports that he spent three months recovering after the surgery."The good news is that I feel better than ever, spiritually and physically and mentally, totally recovered, and I'm just full of beans!" he declares.  "Thirty, forty years ago I probably would've been dead, 'cause this procedure wasn't happening…I'm just very, very grateful to be on the other side of this."California Breed initially delayed plans for its debut tour because of Bonham's commitments to his Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tribute group and to Sammy Hagar's current A Journey Through the History of Rock trek.  The band finally will hit the road in the fall, kicking things off with a U.S. outing that gets under way October 3 in Detroit.  Visit CaliforniaBreed.com to check out the group's full itinerary.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

Neil Young Lends Support to New Kickstarter Campaign Seeking to Save the Rainfor


Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchEarlier this year, Neil Young successfully used the Kickstarter website to help fund his high-resolution audio player Pono, and now the folk-rock legend is lending his support to a new campaign on the site that seeks to use modern technology to help save the world's endangered rainforests.The Rainforest Connection initiative involves retrofitting old smartphones with a solar-powered energy source and placing them in forests where illegal logging is taking place.  The devices will be able to pick up the sounds of vehicles, chainsaws, distressed animals and other telltale signs of unlawful activity and thereby notify authorities of the location of the improprieties.  In addition, the phones will provide valuable data to scientists by allowing them to track various endangered animals.In a video promoting the campaign, Young says, "Climate change is the defining issue of the 21st century.  There are a lot of factors, but forests are one of the big ones.  There is a technology that is a connection between the rainforest and you.  This technology enables the forest to talk to the world.  When the forest is threatened the forest can speak, and you can hear it."The Rainforest Connection's current Kickstarter initiative, which ends on Tuesday at 9:50 a.m. ET, already has surpassed its initial goal of $100,000 that will allow organizers to deploy devices in Africa.  If the campaign ends up raising $165,000, devices will be able to be installed in Brazil's Amazon region, while $200,000 will allow for the initiative to expand into Indonesia.Young has penned a letter to his fans who had backed the Pono project asking them to consider contributing $10 or more to the Rainforest Connection campaign.  Those who do will receive a high-resolution download of rainforest sounds.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also has donated 10 limited-edition Pono players to be used as gifts to donors who give generously to the initiative.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