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Carlos Santana & Son Playing National Anthem at Tonight’s World Series Game

Maryanne Bilham/RCA RecordsJust a reminder that Carlos Santana will be playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” tonight before Game Four of the 2014 World Series between his hometown San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. The guitar legend will perform an instrumental version of the national anthem accompanied by his son Salvador.

The game, which will take place at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, will air on Fox starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Santana’s latest studio effort, Corazon, his first Spanish-language album, recently picked up a 2014 Latin Grammy Award nomination in the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album category. In addition, the guitarist’s Corazón: Live from Mexico — Live It to Believe It concert documentary received a nod for the Best Long Form Music Video. This year’s ceremony will be held on November 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Area in Las Vegas, and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

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Faces Keyboardist Ian McLagan to Perform at Select Dates on Nick Lowe’s Holiday Tour

Jim Chapin; Dan Burn-FortiIt looks like Ian McLagan will be a very busy musician for the rest of the year. The famed Faces and Small Faces keyboardist, who currently is out on a U.S. headlining tour in support of his latest solo album, United States, has been tapped to be a support act for most of the shows on Nick Lowe‘s forthcoming holiday trek.

Lowe’s outing will promote the veteran singer/songwriter’s 2013 Christmas album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family. The 13-date stateside tour is scheduled to run from a December 3 show Minneapolis through a December 20 concert in Brooklyn, New York. The gigs will feature Lowe playing a mix of his classic songs alongside various holiday-themed tunes.

So far, McLagan is only confirmed to appear at five of the announced shows, but is expected to join the bill at more stops. Meanwhile, Ian has eight upcoming concerts of his own. His itinerary runs from a show Saturday night in New Haven, Connecticut, through a November 20 visit to The Woodlands, Texas. At all of these dates, McLagan will be accompanied by bassist Jon Notarthomas of his longtime backing group The Bump Band.

Here are McLagan’s upcoming headlining dates:

10/25 — New Haven, CT, Cafe Nine
10/27 — Lexington, KY, Woodsongs Radio Hour
10/29 — Newport, KY, Southgate House Revival – Sanctuary
10/30 — Berwyn, IL, Fitzgerald’s Nightclub
10/31 — Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews
11/1 — Oklahoma City, OK, The Blue Door
11/20 — The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe

Here are Nick Lowe’s holiday concerts:

12/3 — Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
*12/4 — Madison, WI, Barrymore Theater
12/6 — Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
12/7 — Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
*12/9 — Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
*12/10 — Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
12/12 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
12/13 — Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Theater
12/14 — New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
12/16 — Boston, MA, Paradise
*12/17 — Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
*12/19 — Albany, NY, Swyer Theater at The Egg
12/20 — Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg

* = McLagan also confirmed to perform.

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Ray Davies Says Conflict Between Brother and Drummer Mick Avory Could Quash Kinks Reunion

Decca Label GroupRecent comments from The KinksRay and Dave Davies have suggested that the contentious siblings are finally close to agreeing on doing a new project together in the coming year. NowRay now has revealed a major roadblock is standing in the way of a band reunion.

The 70-year-old singer/songwriter tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that the obstacle to reunion is Dave’s refusal to play with the group’s founding drummer, Mick Avory.

“I really can’t play with my brother as that name, The Kinks, and not have Mick in,” explains Ray. “Mick will work with him but Dave doesn’t want to work with Mick. Sibling rivalry is nothing on their rivalry. I have no idea what’s wrong with them.”

Ray and Dave’s animosity toward each other has been well documented, but Dave and Mick’s mutual dislike goes way back as well. They’ve reportedly come to blows on numerous occasions dating at least as far back as 1965.

Asked whether the disagreement was impossible to overcome, Ray answered, “Yeah. This week it is.”

Meanwhile, Ray’s complicated relationship with his brother is one of the focal points of the stage musical he wrote based on The Kinks’ early years. Titled Sunny Afternoon, it opened recently on London’s West End.

Ray describes the production as “a song cycle about two lads who didn’t really fit together.” He adds, “I never really had a relationship with my brother in a normal way. But what’s wonderful is the telepathy we have. Or did have.”

Sunny Afternoon is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre through January 31, 2015.

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Report: Orchestral Version of The Who’s “Quadrophenia” Due Next Year

Geffen/Universal MusicPete Townshend is working on an orchestral version of The Who‘s classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia that will be released next year. Information about the new project was reported on the official website of the London Oriana Choir, which recorded backing vocals for the album Thursday night at London’s AIR Studios.

According to the message, Townshend will be featured on the record alongside famous British tenor Alfie Boe, with accompaniment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Pete’s longtime partner, Rachel Fuller, was responsible for orchestrating the songs, with help from the choir’s Martin Batchelar.

Townshend was in attendance for Thursday’s recording session and reportedly told the choral group that he was “surprisingly pleased” its performance and excited about how the project is coming together.

A note on the choir’s Twitter feed reports that a concert celebrating the orchestral Quadrophenia album’s release is scheduled to be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on July 5, 2015, and that tickets for the show will go on sale early next year.

Incidentally, AIR Studios has been the site of recordings sessions for several of Townshend’s solo albums, including Empty Glass, All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, and White City: A Novel.

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Joan Jett Honored at Little Kids Rock Gala; Performed with Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Billie Joe Armstrong

Mark Jaworski Studios/Little Kids RockJoan Jett was the woman of the hour Thursday night at the sixth annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala, where she was honored with the organization’s 2014 Rocker of the Year award. The event, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, was highlighted by a star-packed tribute to Jett that featured several performances by Joan herself.

The show’s lineup included Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and saxophonist Jake Clemons, Social Distortion‘s Mike Ness and the Beastie BoysAdam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz. In addition, students from the Little Kids Rock’s music-education programs took part in the performance.

All of the stars played songs that Jett and her band The Blackhearts recorded over their long career. During the evening, Joan teamed up with James on a version of his classic hit “Crimson and Clover,” duetted with Armstrong on a rendition “Don’t Abuse Me” and sang “Be My Lover” with Cooper. For the finale, the concert’s entire lineup hit the stage to sing “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

The gala also included the presentation of the Big Man of the Year award, an honor named after late E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons, which was bestowed on Clarence’s nephew, Jake Clemons. Jake then played a couple songs, including Clarence’s 1985 solo hit “You’re a Friend of Mine,” with some of the Little Kids Rock students.

The benefit, which also included a memorabilia auction, raised about $1.5 million for the charity. Little Kids Rock provides musical instruments and music lessons to young people in inner-city schools.

Here’s a list of some of the gala’s performances:

“I Hate Myself for Loving You” — Cheap Trick
“Eye to Eye” — Gary U.S. Bonds and Jake Clemons
“Victim of Circumstance” — Brody Dalle
“Bad Reputation” — Jesse Malin
“Little Liar” — Darlene Love
“Love Is Pain” — Mike Ness
“Crimson and Clover” — Tommy James and Joan Jett
“Fake Friends” — Kathleen Hannah with Ad-Rock
“Don’t Abuse Me” — Billie Joe Armstrong and Joan Jett
“Be My Lover” — Alice Cooper and Joan Jett
“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” — Joan Jett with many others

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Foo Fighters Release Washington, D.C. Inspired Track, “The Feast and the Famine”

Image Courtesy of Roswell Records/RCA RecordsAfter last week’s Chicago-inspired song, “Something from Nothing,” Foo Fighters have released the track from the Washington, D.C. episode of Sonic Highways, which premieres tonight on HBO at 11 p.m. ET. Entitled “The Feast and the Famine,” the new song is faster-paced than “Something from Nothing” and embodies a more “classic” Foo Fighters sound.

“The Feast and the Famine” was recorded in Arlington, Virginia’s Inner Ear Studio. Dave Grohl grew up in Virginia and was active in the ’80s punk scene in neighboring D.C.

You can listen to “The Feast and the Famine” on the Foos’ YouTube page. The song will appear on the Sonic Highways album, which will be released November 10.

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