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Paul McCartney to Release Expanded Version of “NEW”; Includes Documentary and Unreleased Tracks

Concord Music GroupPaul McCartney will release an expanded version of his 2013 CD, NEW, on Oct. 28.

The new version includes two CDs and a DVD, and is packaged as a hard-bound book. Inside is loaded with goodies: behind the scenes footage, music videos for each of the album’s singles, live recordings, unreleased cuts and more.

A highlight the DVD is the making-of documentary Something New, featuring in-depth interviews with McCartney and producers Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Jones, and Giles Martin, son of legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin. McCartney’s appearances from his promotional tour supporting NEW are also fully documented on the disc.

The bonus CD features four live cuts from McCartney’s 2013 show at the Tokyo Dome, including “Save Us,” “New,” “Queenie Eye,” and “Everybody Out There.” The unreleased tracks “Hell to Pay,” “Demons Dance,” and “Struggle,” a song only available as a bonus track in Japan, round out the disc.

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Canada’s Walk of Fame to Honor The Band

Ed Caraeff/Getty ImagesLegendary Canadian rock group The Band will be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame on October 18.

The group, which featured Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel, as well as American Levon Helm, will be honored. Of the original members of The Band, only Robertson and Hudson are still living.

Jeff Healey, the blind blues singer who died in 2008 at age 41, will also be feted at the ceremony. Healey — who appeared in the 1989 Patrick Swayze film Road House – will additionally receive the Cineplex Legends Award, a posthumous honor for a Canadian pioneer in film and television, music, sports, arts or innovation.

Other honorees include Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams; women’s ice hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser; and lawyer Louise Arbour, the former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Both acts will receive stars on the sidewalk in Toronto’s entertainment district. A tribute show at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is scheuduled for Sept. 19. A televised special of the event will air in Canada on Global Television on December 19.

Walk of Fame inductees are chosen for their achievements in various fields, and must have been born or spent their creative years in Canada. A minimum of 10 successful years of work that has a significant cultural impact is required for consideration.

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Bruce Springsteen Returns for 2014 Stand Up for Heroes Benefit

Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen is returning as the headline performer for this year’s 8th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert, taking place Wednesday, November 5 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Joining The Boss for the event are comics Louis C.K., John Oliver and John Mulaney, with “surprise guests” also promised.

Stand Up for Heroes, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, provides funds and services for military personnel returning from active duty, veterans and their families. The event’s raised more than $21 million so far.

Tickets are on sale now. For more info, head over to the Bob Woodruff Foundation website.

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KISS Raises $1 Million for Renovation of Military Museum

Brian LoweIt isn’t often KISS goes without makeup for a live show these days, but the band made an exception, playing an acoustic gig to raise money for a military museum in Oregon.

The group previously has supported the Historical Outreach Foundation in its goal of raising $15 million to renovate the Oregon Military Museum, but the foundation’s event this past Sunday in Lake Oswego, Oregon, marked the first time the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performed at one of the foundation’s events. In all, KISS helped raise $1 million toward the endeavor. Tickets to the evening cost $2,500. The evening also auctioned off one of Paul Stanley‘s guitars, which he has played since 1989, for $20,000, reports The Oregonian.

KISS guitarist and native Oregonian Tommy Thayer is the link to the project. The museum will be named after Thayer’s father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer, a 93-year-old World War II veteran who freed Holocaust survivors from the Nazi concentration camps in 1945.

KISS bassist Gene Simmons told The Oregonian that museums are important to support for several reasons.

“A museum is a living history book, because young people today and the future generations can’t just read books or watch it on video because it’s unemotional,” Simmons said.

He continued that honoring the military with a museum shining a light on men and women in uniform is relevant to understanding current events.

“There is evil in the world,” he said. “People are being beheaded today, not in some medieval time.”

Check out the set list from the show below:

“Comin’ Home”
“Hard Luck Woman”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“Do You Love Me?”
“Plaster Caster”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“Got to Choose”
“Christine Sixteen”
“Lick It Up”
“Goin’ Blind”
“Love Her All I Can”
“Hide Your Heart”
“Beth”
“Rock and Roll All Nite”

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Sammy Hagar Says No New Chickenfoot Album Now, but Has an Acoustic Record on the Way

Jay Blakesberg/UMeSammy Hagar is a busy man — so busy, he says he doesn’t have time right now to focus on one of his most popular music projects, the supergroup Chickenfoot.

“We’re not making an album [now],” the Red Rocker tells ABC News Radio when asked about a follow-up to 2011’s Chickenfoot III. “[Guitarist] Joe [Satriani] and I are writing songs a little bit…We had a couple ideas, and Joe’s got some fantastic musical ideas, and I’m just trying to find room in my life to do another Chickenfoot album.”

Hagar explains that if he commits doing a new Chickenfoot record, the band also would have to tour behind it, “and to do all of that, that’s a year or more of my time. And I just…love doing new things and I’m doing so much.”

Among those “new things” is the group Sammy put together for his recent “A Journey Through the History of Rock” trek, which includes Chickenfoot/ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham, and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson. The band will be playing next at Hagar’s four-show Birthday Bash in October at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also reveals that he has a new album on the way, an acoustic record he says he was inspired to do while putting together the star-studded Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert earlier this year with Metallica‘s James Hetfield.

“Working up that set for myself, I learned how to play and sing acoustically, and I loved it so much I just took a bunch of my old songs and made a record called Light Roast,” he tells ABC News Radio. “It’s an acoustically-brewed CD.”

About reworking the well-known songs from his back catalog as unplugged tunes, Sammy says, “Some of them I think are better than they’ve ever been like this.” The veteran rocker adds, however, that he has no intentions of doing an acoustic tour to support the album.

“You know, everyone says, ‘Well, why don’t you go out, just play like coffeehouses?'” says Hagar. “Well, I’d love to but, you know, I’m busy.”

Hagar’s next shows will be the aforementioned Birthday Bash performances, scheduled for October 7, 9, 11 and 13.

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Sparse Version of George Harrison’s “Dark Horse” Streaming Online

Jean-Marie Perier/UMeWith one week to go before the official release of the George Harrison box set collecting all his solo albums for the Beatles‘ Apple label, fans can get a preview by listening to an early acoustic version of his signature song, “Dark Horse,” now streaming online at RollingStone.com.

The studio version of the song, originally released in 1974 as the title track of the album of the same name, featured a total of 11 vocalists and musicians, including Billy Preston on keys, and reached the top 20 of the U.S. singles chart. The acoustic version is noticeably leaner, with just Harrison, an acoustic guitar, and a few harmonizing singers on the track.

As previously reported, the George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 box set will be released next week. It includes remastered versions of Harrison’s first six solo albums, some unreleased bonus tracks, a DVD containing music videos, a short film directed by Harrison’s wife Olivia and a book filled with essays and unpublished photos.

The late Beatle will be honored all next week on the late-night talk show Conan, beginning next Monday with performances by Beck, Norah Jones, and Harrison’s son, Dhani. The show airs 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday on TBS.

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