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Sting and “The Last Ship” Cast Members Taking Part in NYC Christmas Carol Event, Album Signing

Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting will participate in a few interesting events this weekend in New York City in conjunction with his Broadway musical, The Last Ship.

On Saturday, the ex-Police frontman and other members of the production will team up with cast members from the show Jersey Boys to help out a couple of local charities by taking part in a fundraiser dubbed “Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols.” The Broadway performers will belt out some yuletide tunes on 52nd Street outside the August Wilson Theatre and Neil Simon Theatre, while at the same time giving fans and friends the chance to donate coats and canned food to the 26th annual New York Cares Coat Drive and City Harvest initiatives. The performance begins at 7:15 p.m. ET. Those unable to attend to public song fest can still donate coats to the cause until December 31.

Then, on Sunday, Sting and the principal cast members of The Last Ship will take part in a special album-signing event celebrating the release this past Tuesday of the musical’s Original Broadway Cast Recording CD. The event will be held at 6 p.m. ET on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre after the matinee performance.

To attend the signing, fans must get a wristband, a limited number of which will be handed out to people purchasing copies of the album from 11:30 a.m. to noon that day in the lobby of the theater.

Sting and the other actors will autograph only copies of The Last Ship cast recording. Each person with a wristband can have as many as three CDs autographed.

The Last Ship Original Broadway Cast Recording includes a bonus track that Sting recorded titled “What Say You, Meg?”

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Rock Stars and Celebrities Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?

PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt’s a question that music fans have pondered for decades — which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney? Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196. Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis. In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn’t answer at all.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years. Among the well-known rock artists who ventured an opinion were The Who‘s Pete Townshend, The DoorsRobby Krieger, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band‘s Robbie Robertson, Slash and three members of Metallica. Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

Some of the stars who picked Lennon were Robertson, Slash, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, David Byrne, Johnny Rotten, Black Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler, Supertramp‘s Roger Hodgson, Scott Weiland, Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett and Motley Crue‘s Nikki Sixx.

The McCartney camp included Townshend, Perry, Miss Piggy, Aerosmith‘s Tom Hamilton, The MonkeesMick Dolenz, Motley Crue‘s Vince Neil and The Sex PistolsSteve Jones.

Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work‘s Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich chose Oasis and his band mate Robert Trujillo said Harrison.

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1,000 Foo Fighters Fans in Italy to Play “Learn to Fly” Simultaneously

Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrA group of Italian Foo Fighters fans have launched a crowd-funding campaign to get the band to play a show in Italy’s Romagna region. The plan is to have 1,000 people simultaneously play the Foos’ 1999 single, “Learn to Fly,” which they hope will inspire Dave Grohl and company to play their home region. The campaign is aiming to raise 40,000 euros in order to fund the project.

This isn’t the first time fans have turned to crowd-funding to get the Foo Fighters to play their city. Earlier this year, a group in Richmond, Virginia, began to sell tickets to a Foo Fighters show in their city, even though the gig wasn’t scheduled by the band. The campaign worked, and the Foos played their first show in Richmond in more than 15 years.

A group in the U.K. also launched a campaign asking the Foo Fighters to play the city of Birmingham. While the campaign was fully funded, the band has yet to announce a Birmingham show. As for Foo Fighters shows that are actually scheduled, you can find all touring information at FooFighters.com.

In other news, Foo Fighters stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night to perform their song “I Am a River,” from their latest album, Sonic Highways. The band was accompanied by a string section as they ripped through the New York City-inspired track.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd to Perform First Two Albums at Special Hometown Concerts in February

Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideLynyrd Skynyd has scheduled a pair of special hometown shows in Jacksonville, Florida, early next year that the Southern rock legends are planning to capture for a television special and home-video release. The concerts will take place at the Florida Theatre on February 12 and 13, and will feature the band performing, respectively, its first two albums, 1973’s Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd and 1974’s Second Helping.

“We’ve been wanting to go back and recreate these live records for a long time,” Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant tells the Florida-Times Union. “We decided to come back to our hometown, Jacksonville, and play at the legendary Florida Theatre. Can’t wait to rock it.”

The shows also will include performances of other well-known songs from throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s career.

Tickets for both concerts will go on sale to the general public on Monday at 10 a.m. ET, and are priced at $49.50, $69.50 and $99.50.

Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd features such memorable tunes as “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “Simple Man” and “Free Bird,” while Second Helping includes Lynyrd Skynyrd’s biggest hit, “Sweet Home Alabama,” and the band’s version of J.J. Cale’s “Call Me the Breeze.”

In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd will bring some Southern rock to a newly announced country festival called the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place June 26-28, 2015, at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. The three-day event will be headlined by a trio of country music’s biggest stars — Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Other artists on the lineup include Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan and Kacey Musgraves. Visit BigBarrelFestival.com for more information.

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Allmans Drummer Butch Trucks to Be Honored at L.A.-Area Benefit Concert

Image Courtesy of Adopt the ArtsZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons and Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks will be honored for their contributions to American art and culture at a star-studded benefit concert scheduled for January 12 at the famous Sunset Strip venue the Roxy in West Hollywood, California. The event will raise money for Adopt the Arts, a charity co-founded by ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum that helps fund music-education programs in L.A.-area elementary schools.

Gibbons, Trucks and Sorum all are expected to perform at the concert, along with such other famous musicians such as Slash, founding Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter and Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino. Serving as the evening’s backing band will be The Disreputable Few, a group featuring a lineup of surprise rockers.

“We’re starting in our own backyard here in Los Angeles, and we’ll continue to adopt schools across the nation,” says Sorum about the Adopt the Arts initiative. “We believe that art is a universal and necessary language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds.”

Tickets can be purchased now by visiting AdoptTheArts.org, and are priced at $75 for general admission, and $125 and $250 for VIP packages that offer upgraded seating, hors d’oeuvres and more.

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Jimmy Page Says His Next Musical Project Will Be “Sparkling” and “Stimulating” to the Senses

Credit: Ross HalfinIn a new video interview with the U.K.’s Classic Rock magazine, Jimmy Page gives a little insight into his upcoming musical plans for next year. The Led Zeppelin guitarist doesn’t get too specific about his new project, but he promises that it will be something “sparkling‚Ķstimulating all the senses.”

He tells the magazine, “I’m playing guitar at the moment, because I’m getting ready. I’m starting to get ready.”

Page explains that his game plan was that after he finished preparing the deluxe Led Zeppelin reissues, which he’s done, “at the end of that was gonna be what would manifest as me playing live.”

Jimmy adds that whatever his next move is, he’s planning to defy expectations.

“Whatever I do, I don’t want everyone to have made up their mind what I’m doing before I’ve done it,” he insists. “I mean, they already have. On the Internet, people are telling me that, ‘Oh, you’re doing this, and you’re doing that,’ and I’m [saying,] ‘Am I? Just wait and see what I do.'”

Page also reports that he’s written some “new material,” adding that “it will be surprising.”

As for the kind of live show he intends to play, he notes, “I’d like to obviously show what I’ve done along the way, but I’d definitely have musical surprises for people so they wouldn’t sort of start yawning.”

Fans will have to stay tuned to find out exactly what Page has in store for them.

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