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  • Stills, Nash, Mellencamp, Knopfler & more donating instruments to charity auction
    by ABC Audio on December 3, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Courtesy of NITOStephen Stills, Graham Nash, John Mellencamp and ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler are among the artists who have donated guitars and other stringed instruments to a charity auction. The sale will benefit the National Independent Talent Organization, or NITO, which supports independent entities and individuals in the music industry struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Stills, Nash and Mellencamp have all donated autographed acoustic guitars to the auction.  Knopfler has contributed an unsigned Teisco TG-64 electric guitar. Other artists taking part in the sale include Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Bonnie Raitt, Nick Lowe, Steve Martin, Weezer, Pat Metheny, David Bromberg, Steve Forbert, Joan Baez, Fall Out Boy, Jack Johnson and more. Lowe's contribution to the auction is an acoustic guitar that originally was owned by The Who's Pete Townshend. The auction will be open until Sunday, December 13. Visit CharityBuzz.com for the full list of available items. By Josh Johnson and Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Missed Again: Phil Collins lawsuit to proceed without his ex's "outrageous" claims about him
    by ABC Audio on December 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Per Ole Hagen/RedfernsPhil Collins and his ex-wife are still locked in a legal battle over Phil's Miami mansion, but it will go forward without mention of the disparaging claims that his ex, Orianne Cevey, has made about him. Page Six reports that a judge ruled Wednesday afternoon that things Orianne has said about Phil could be "stricken with prejudice" from the suit, because they were irrelevant to the former couple's dispute over the mansion. "These are outrageous statements that I'm not going to repeat," attorney Brandon Carrington said, according to Page Six.  In court papers claiming that Phil had promised to give her half of the $40 million home, Orianne had made "scandalous" allegations about the drummer's physical and mental health, as well as his personal hygiene. Phil initially said Orianne's claims were an attempt at extortion, and pointed out that he couldn't possibly in the bad shape she said he was, because he's currently in the U.K. rehearsing for a 2021 Genesis tour. The judge also ruled that Orianne should sit for a deposition in the case, but that probably won't take place until January. As previously reported, after divorcing years ago, Phil and Orianne, who share two sons, had reunited.  However, they broke up after Orianne told him in July there was another man -- and she'd secretly married him in August.  Phil then told Orianne and her new hubby to get out of the Miami house so he could sell it, but she initially refused to leave. After he attempted to evict them, they agreed to depart in January. By Andrea DresdaleCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Compilations by Queen, Elton John top the 'Billboard' year-end Top Rock Albums chart
    by ABC Audio on December 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Hollywood Records; UMeVeteran artists dominate Billboard's just-released year-end chart of 2020's Top Rock Albums. Queen's Greatest Hits is #1, followed by Elton John's Diamonds compilation at #2, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours at #3, Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits at #4, and The Beatles' Abbey Road at #5. Also landing in the tally's top 10 are Journey's Greatest Hits at #6, The Beatles' 1 compilation at #7, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits at #8, and AC/DC's Back in Black at #9. Not surprisingly, several of the artists who had top 10 entries on the Top Rock Albums list also appear on  Billboard's Top Rock Artists tally for 2020. Fleetwood Mac is #3, The Beatles are #4, Queen is #6 and Elton is #9. Alternative rockers Panic! at the Disco took the top spot on the list, which is determined by factors including radio airplay, and sales and streaming data. Visit Billboard.com to check out all of the publication's year-end lists. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Wolfgang Van Halen blasts Eddie Van Halen guitar auction as "taking advantage of my father's passing"
    by ABC Audio on December 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SoltersEddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang Van Halen isn't happy with the auction that sold a trio of his late father's guitars. Julien's Auctions announced the sale of the three instruments for a total of $422,000 Wednesday night. Responding to a headline about the auction that read "Three of Eddie Van Halen's Iconic Guitars Sold," Wolf tweeted, "The headline should read: 'Three guitars that are striped were sold at an auction for charity.'" "They weren't stage guitars," he said. "I had nothing to do with this. I don't EVER plan on selling any of my father’s iconic guitars. The only place they'd possibly belong in is a museum." Wolf added that the timing of the sale in relation to his father's passing this past October felt "a little fishy." The guitars that were auctioned included a customized red Kramer electric guitar, which was given to Eddie by a friend named Bryan Cush and was put on display at the latter's Louisiana restaurant, plus a 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar, and the guitar prop that was played by child actor Bryan Hitchcock posing as a young Van Halen in the "Hot for Teacher" music video. While Wolf was initially under the impression that the proceeds from the auction were to be donated to charity, he subsequently learned that wasn't actually the case. "They're just taking advantage of my father's passing," Wolf then wrote. "What a surprise." "F*** 'em," he added. By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Todd Rundgren announces virtual 2021 tour; releases bizarre new Christmas single, "Flappie"
    by ABC Audio on December 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Courtesy of Todd RundgrenAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, Todd Rundgren has unveiled plans for a unique 2021 virtual concert tour that will feature 25 livestreamed shows, each geared toward a specific U.S. city. Rundgren's "Clearly Human" tour kicks off February 14 with a concert for the Buffalo, New York, area and winds down March 22 with a show focused on Seattle. The performances will be streamed live from a Chicago venue, and will feature Todd and a 10-piece band playing his entire 1989 album Nearly Human, plus selections from throughout his 50-year solo career. Tickets are available now at NoCapShows.com, and can be purchased individually, in five-show bundles and as an all-access, 25-show pass. For single-ticket purchases within the U.S., the buyer must be located in a ZIP code near the metropolitan area that the concert is geared toward. A limited number of in-person tickets for each show can be purchased at ClearlyHumanTickets.com. Each show will be "localized" to give the viewers a sense of the location for which the concert is intended. For example, local landmarks will appear on the event's video wall. Fans "attending" the virtual concerts will be able to view the events from multiple camera angles. VIP upgrades include after-show online meet-and-greets and getting to appear on a video screen as part of a real-time "virtual audience" for the event. In other news, Rundgren has released a new holiday single, a cover of the 1978 tune "Flappie" that originally was recorded by Dutch comedian Youp van 't Hek. The song, available digitally now, tells the macabre tale of a boy whose pet rabbit goes missing on Christmas. Todd also has premiered a "Flappie" lyric video on YouTube. Here are the dates and cities for Rundgren's virtual tour: 2/14 -- Buffalo, NY2/16 -- Albany, NY2/17 -- New York City, NY2/19 -- Virginia Beach, VA2/20 -- Pittsburgh, PA2/22 -- Cleveland, OH2/23 -- Detroit, MI2/25 -- Indianapolis, IN2/26 -- Chicago, IL2/28 -- Madison/Milwaukee, WI3/1 -- Minneapolis, MN3/3 -- Kansas City, MO3/4 -- St. Louis, MO3/6 -- Nashville, TN3/7 -- Dallas, TX3/9 -- Houston, TX3/10 -- Austin, TX3/12 -- Denver, CO3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT3/15 -- Phoenix, AZ3/16 -- San Diego, CA3/18 -- Los Angeles, CA3/19 -- San Francisco, CA3/21 -- Portland, OR3/22 -- Seattle, WA By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Pearl Jam to participate in Georgia runoff election fundraiser; Eddie Vedder performing at 2020 Game Awards
    by ABC Audio on December 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Credit: Danny ClinchPearl Jam is participating in an upcoming fundraiser in an effort to encourage voter participation in the Georgia Latino community ahead of the state's Senate runoff election. The virtual event will find the grunge veterans talking with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda about "their artistic inspirations and why they use their microphones for activism." Wayne Brady of Whose Line Is It Anyway? will host. You can tune in to watch December 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET via the streaming site Looped. For more info, visit Events.LoopedLive.com/artandactivism. In related news, PJ frontman Eddie Vedder will be performing at the 2020 Game Awards, which celebrates the best in video games. The virtual ceremony takes place on December 10. Visit TheGameAwards.com for more info. By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.