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Courtesy of Record Store DayThanksgiving is approaching and so is the 2017 edition of the Record Store Day campaign's Black Friday event, held this year on November 24. As usual, a wide variety of cool limited-edition vinyl discs will be available exclusively in independent record stores, including releases by Paul McCartney, Rush, Queen, The Doors and Blue Oyster Cult.

McCartney has two seven-inch singles that will be available on Black Friday, both featuring a rendition of his holiday classic "Wonderful Christmastime" backed by The Roots on the A-side. One is pressed on red vinyl and features Norah Jones performing the song "Peace" on the flip side, and the second comes in green vinyl and has The Decemberists covering Big Star's "Jesus Christ" on the B-Side.

Rush's contribution to the campaign is a seven-inch single featuring "Closer to the Heart" backed with "Madrigal," both tracks from the 1977 album A Farewell to Kings.

Queen's offering is a 12-inch single featuring the classics "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" and celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band's News of the World album.

The Doors' Black Friday release is a remastered, two-LP version of the band's 1970 Absolutely Live album pressed on midnight-blue vinyl.

Blue Oyster Cult is issuing a two-disc set called Rarities Vol. 1 (1969-1976) featuring 17 tunes by the rockers that have never appeared on LP.

Other 2017 Record Store Day Black Friday releases include discs from Chuck Berry, Tommy Bolin, The Byrds, Cheap Trick, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Greg Lake, Iggy Pop, Procol Harum, Lou Reed, Southside Johnny, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Toto, Twisted Sister, Utopia, Neil Young and Frank Zappa.

Visit RecordStoreDay.com to check out the full list.

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Credit: James O'MaraElvis Presley played hundreds of shows in Las Vegas during the latter part of his career, and now that other Elvis -- Costello -- has announced plans to descend on Sin City next year for his first-ever residency there.

The acclaimed British singer/songwriter and his longtime backing band The Imposters will play a six-night stand running from February 28 through March 10 at the Wynn resort's intimate Encore Theater.

Costello's Vegas show is called Now/Not Now, and will feature performances of many of Elvis' best-known tunes along with some new compositions. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will mix some piano ballads and spoken-word interludes into the concerts, and also is expected to change the set on a nightly basis.

In addition to The Imposters, Costello will be accompanied by backing singers Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee at the Las Vegas shows. The concerts are Elvis' only confirmed 2018 performances.

Tickets for the Now/Not Now shows go on sale to the public this Friday, October 20 at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased by calling 702-770-9966 or visiting WynnLasVegas.com. Here are all of the dates: February 28 and March 2, 3, 7, 9 and 10.

Meanwhile, Costello's 2017 schedule includes an appearance at the 2017 Little Kids Rock Foundation benefit gala on October 18 in New York City, where he'll be among the evening's honorees and performers. Elvis also will play an October 22 benefit show for The Musician Treatment Foundation in Austin, Texas, and will take part in a November 6 tribute concert to the late Leonard Cohen in Montreal.

Lastly, a new Costello song titled "You Shouldn't Look at Me That Way" will be heard in the upcoming movie Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, premiering later this year.

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Andrew Chin/Getty Images for ABATom Petty apparently was honored by family and friends at a private ceremony on Monday.

Petty's daughter, Los Angeles artist AnnaKim Violette, shared images on Instagram that appeared to be from the ceremony including one of the Golden Lotus Archway at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California, where George Harrison's funeral was held in 2001.

She also shared an image showing a black-and-white photo of Petty above a vase of flowers. "The dark of the sun we will stand together," she wrote.

According to the Shrine's website, the Lake Shrine Temple grounds were closed to the public Monday.

Violette also posted a picture of herself posing with a photo of her father writing, "This is very hard for me."

Petty died October 2 at 66.

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Courtesy of Christmas JamEx-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has unveiled details of the 29th annual edition of his star-studded Christmas Jam benefit concert, scheduled for December 9 at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This year's show will include a special appearance by Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson, who'll join Haynes' band Gov't Mule for a portion of their set.

This will mark the first time Wilson will perform at a Christmas Jam. In August, she teamed up with Gov't Mule for a special performance at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

The lineup for the 2017 Christmas Jam also features Les Bros., which includes founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and other Allmans alumni; Phish's Trey Anastasio and his side group Classic TAB; The Avett Brothers; Blackberry Smoke; and more.

The concert, which is expected to run for over seven hours, will benefit the event's longtime beneficiary: the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity charity. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday October 26, while pre-sale tickets and VIP packages will be available starting this Thursday, October 19.

In conjunction with the main Christmas Jam show, a number of related events will be held in Asheville around the date of the benefit concert. "Xmas Jam by Day" gigs will take place at the Asheville Music Hall and that venue's affiliated club, The One Stop, while an art and photography show will be hosted by a local gallery.

In addition, the annual "Before the Jam, Lend a Hand" event will bring fans, artists and staff members together to help build houses funded by money raised by the Christmas Jam.

For more information, visit XmasJam.com.

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Geffen RecordsWhen it comes to the Billboard 200 chart, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 1993 Greatest Hits compilation won't back down. Following Petty's untimely death on October 2, the album re-entered the chart last week at #2, and holds steady in that position on this week's tally.

The compilation sold 47,000 units during the past week. Topping the latest Billboard 200 is rapper NF's Perception, which moved 55,000 units.

Prior to Tom's death, the highest that Petty & the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits had reached on the Billboard 200 was number five, back in 1994. The record is Petty's most successful album of all time, having sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S.

Petty died after suffering a heart attack. He was 66.

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Denise Truscello/WireImageIf you haven't seen Elton John's Las Vegas show The Million Dollar Piano yet, get your tickets now -- it's coming to an end next year.

Tickets for what will be the 14 final performances of the show, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, go on sale this Sunday, October 22 at 10 a.m. PT.  By the time the show closes, on May 19, 2018, Elton will have played 207 performances of The Million Dollar Piano, which began in 2011.  His previous residency show, The Red Piano, closed in 2009. 

In a statement, the president of Caesars Palace said, "For over a decade, Elton John and his band have graced the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, performing all the hits that have defined a generation. Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum has set the standard for those all that have followed."

Though the 14 final shows are going on sale Sunday, Elton also has performances scheduled through November 4, and then from February 9 through March 2.

Here are Elton's final Million Dollar Piano shows:

April 28-29 Saturday, Sunday
May 1-2 Tuesday, Wednesday
May 4-6, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
May 9 Wednesday
May 11-12 Friday, Saturday
May 15 Tuesday
May 17-19 Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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Erik Kabik/Kabik Photo GroupThis past Friday, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band kicked off an eight-show Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and the ex-Beatles drummer dedicated the show to the victims of the recent horrific mass shooting that took place in the city.  He also made a personal donation the day before.

On Thursday, Starr and wife Barbara Bach donated $100,000 via their Lotus Foundation charity to the Nevada Resort Association's just-launched Vegas Strong Fund, which supports the shooting victims and their families.

Matching the Starrs' donation was Caesars Entertainment President and CEO Mark Frissora, whose company owns the Planet Hollywood resort. The $200,000 is part of a total of $2 million that Caesars Entertainment has contributed to the fund.

Starr tells Billboard about his Vegas performances, "We're gonna try to play those shows with a lot of peace and love and try to raise the spirits."

The residency is scheduled to wrap up on October 28, after which Ringo and the All Starr Band will play a series of concerts in various U.S. cities that winds down November 16 in Newark, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, Starr tells Billboard that he was in Las Vegas for a meeting on October 2, the day after the shooting, when he heard the sad news that his friend Tom Petty had died.

"It was a shock," Ringo explains. "When you first hear it, it's like, 'What...?!' Like when I heard Elvis was dead…It has to sink in. It was very sad. That's all I can say, really. God bless him and his family."

Starr adds, "I'll miss Tom. Tom was a good friend. I played with Tom, Tom Played with me. I got to know him over the years, really got to know him when he was in the [Traveling] Wilburys 'cause of George [Harrison]."

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicAs a child, The Band's Robbie Robertson would often visit family at the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve outside of Toronto, where his mother was born and raised. Saturday, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was honored by the reserve with its first-ever lifetime achievement award for his work with The Band, as a solo artist, and as a film composer, BrantNews.com reports.

At a ceremony held at Six Nations' recently opened convention center, The Gathering Place, Robertson said receiving the honor gave him a chance to pay tribute to his late mother. He also pointed out that the community was where he developed his passion for music, by observing his relatives playing instruments and singing together in what he described as a family music club.

"I said to myself, 'I've got to get in,'" Robertson recalled at the ceremony. He also credited an uncle and a cousin with helping him learn to play guitar.

"That was the genesis of my whole music career," Robertson maintained. "They started it and I didn't want it to stop."

Robbie also said he became captivated at an early age by his the Native American tradition of storytelling, which he later would incorporate into the way he wrote songs.  "When I was young I told my mother I wanted to be a storyteller," he noted, "and like most mothers she just looked at me, smiled and said, 'Oh, I know you will be.'"

Robertson also was welcomed as an official member of the Six Nations during his visit.

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ABC/Andrea McCallinThe legend of Dave Grohl continues grow with the Foo Fighters frontman's latest act of kindness.

A young fan named Sabryn saw the Foos live in Washington, D.C., last week, despite having to walk with crutches due to an injury. When she met Grohl backstage, the musician noticed the crutches, so he brought out his own orthopedic surgeon, who helped him recover from his broken leg.

"Dave brought [the doctor] out once he saw that I was on crutches, and that's when his doctor mentioned that I was supposed to wear a shoe with my brace," Sabryn tells Alternative Press. "I told him that my shoes didn't fit over it because it's pretty big and my shoes are kinda small. So Dave said, 'You need one of my big high tops!' and I laughed it off."

But Grohl wasn't kidding -- he ran back to his dressing room and grabbed an extra shoe to give to her.

"I wore it for the rest of the night after Dave told me to put it on," Sabryn says. "It's definitely one of the coolest things to ever happen, and probably the funniest."

Dave and Foo Fighters are currently on tour in support of their new album, Concrete and Gold.

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tonight dave grohls orthopedic doctor told me if i didn't put a shoe on my foot it wouldn't get better. so dave gave me one of his shoes? pic.twitter.com/updeujumtx

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentLast month, the documentary The End of The End that focused on Black Sabbath's last-ever concert this past February in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England, was shown in over 1,700 theaters across the globe. Now, home video and audio packages called, simply, The End featuring footage of the entire historic show will be released on November 17.

The End will be available as DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CDs set, a double-CD collection, a three-LP 180-gram vinyl package and a limited collector's edition. The DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD packages both feature video of the full Birmingham concert, footage of Black Sabbath performing five songs not featured in their farewell show live at Angelic Studios in Brackley, U.K., and audio of the in-studio performances.

The two-CD and three-LP sets feature only the concert audio. The collector's edition boasts the CD, the Blu-ray, the two concert CDs, the Angelic Studios sessions CD, a 32-page bound book, a "winged demon" pin badge, a replica Sabbath tour laminate and three collectible guitar picks.

In addition, a limited number of special merchandise packages will be available via PledgeMusic.

Black Sabbath's final concert took place February 4 at Birmingham's Genting Arena, and brought the heavy-metal legends' hugely successful The End Tour to a close. The show featured founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, along with touring drummer Tommy Clufetos, playing a set packed with many of the group's most-beloved tunes, including "War Pigs," "Iron Man" and "Paranoid."

"It was a special night for us," says Iommi about the event. "It was great to look out and know that all these people have come to see us. What a great feeling."

Here's The End DVD and Blu-ray track list:

"Black Sabbath"
"Fairies Wear Boots"
"Under the Sun"/"Every Day Comes and Goes"
"After Forever"
"Into the Void"
"Snowblind"
Band Intros
"War Pigs"
"Behind the Wall of Sleep"
"Bassically"/"N.I.B."
"Hand of Doom"
"Supernaut"/"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"/"Megalomania"
"Rat Salad"/Drum Solo
"Iron Man"
"Dirty Women"
"Children of the Grave"
"Paranoid"

Extras: The Angelic Sessions
"The Wizard"
"Wicked World"
"Sweet Leaf"
"Tomorrow's Dream"
"Changes"

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ABC/Fred WatkinsOver the summer, after a chance encounter at a Japanese music festival, Foo Fighters and Rick Astley joined forces to perform the '80s pop star's signature hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" together. Having united onstage again in London, Dave Grohl is ready for Astley to join his band.

"Rick is the man," Grohl tells NME. "The seventh Foo Fighter. He's such a sweetheart."

Grohl adds, "I love that he gets nervous before playing. He's Rick Astley! It's like he's Muhammad Ali! You just wouldn't be nervous, but he's such a good guy."

The Foos also paid tribute to Astley with a performance of "Never Gonna Give You Up" during their "Carpool Karaoke" appearance on The Late Late Show.

Foo Fighters are currently touring North America in support of their new album, Concrete and Gold.

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Rhino EntertainmentINXS will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its most successful album, Kick, by releasing a special deluxe edition of the multiplatinum collection on November 24. The expanded set features three CDs and a Blu-ray disc, and includes bonus remixes, alternate versions, demos, B-sides, live performances, videos and more.

Released in October 1987, Kick featured four top 10 hits, "Need You Tonight," "Devil Inside," "New Sensation" and "Never Tear Us Apart," which peaked, respectively, at #1, #2, #3 and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself reached #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S.

The Kick 30th Anniversary Edition contains a CD with a remastered version of the original album, and two other CDs featuring various bonus tracks. In addition, a special half-speed remaster two-LP vinyl version of Kick, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, will be released on December 15.

"Classic, fabulous pop songs that jump out of the speakers, now more than ever before!" INXS guitarist Andrew Farriss says about the 30th anniversary edition of Kick. "The latest INXS vinyl cuts are an outstanding sonic achievement, especially the Kick album. I was truly amazed to hear INXS' recordings sounding so incredibly fresh, clear and kick-ass, like vinyl on steroids..."

Kick is the first in a series of special releases INXS is planning this year, which also marks the 40th anniversary of the band's formation and, sadly, the 20th anniversary of founding frontman Michael Hutchence's death.

Here's the complete track list of the deluxe Kick reissue:

CD 1: Original Album Remastered

"Guns in the Sky"
"New Sensation"
"Devil Inside"
"Need You Tonight"
"Mediate"
"The Loved One"
"Wild Life"
"Never Tear Us Apart"
"Mystify"
"Kick"
"Calling All Nations"
"Tiny Daggers"

CD2: Demos, Mixes & More

"Move On" (Guitar Version)
"I'm Coming (Home)"
"Mediate" (Live from America)
"Never Tear Us Apart" (Live from America)
"Kick" (Live from America)
"On the Rocks"
"Do Wot You Do"
"Mystify" (Chicago Demo)
"Jesus Was a Man" (Demo)
"The Trap" (Demo)
"Guns in the Sky" (Kick Ass Remix)
"Need You Tonight" (Mendelsohn Extended Mix)
"Move On"

CD3: Additional Mixes & B-Sides

"Never Tear Us Apart" (Soul Version)
"New Sensation" (Nick 12" Mix)
"New Sensation" (Nick 7" Mix)
"Devil Inside" (Extended Remix)
"Devil Inside" (7" Version)
"Devil Inside" (Radio Edit)
"Different World" (12" Version)
"Different World" (7" Version)
"Need You Tonight" (Big Bump Mix)
"Need You Tonight" (Ben Liebrand Mix)
"Need You Tonight" (Mendelsohn 7" Edit)
"Guns in the Sky" (Kookaburra Mix)
"Calling All Nations" (Kids on Bridges Remix)
"Shine Like It Does" (Live)

Blu-ray

Kick mixed in Dolby Atmos & High Definition Audio
Promo Videos
--"Guns in the Sky"
--"New Sensation"
--"Devil Inside"
--"Need You Tonight"
--"Mediate"
--"Never Tear Us Apart"
--"Mystify"
--"Kick" (New 2017 promo)

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UMe/Polydor RecordsA new compilation featuring Bryan Adams' biggest hits, along with two brand-new tunes, will be released November 3. The Ultimate Bryan Adams boasts 21 tracks, among them the Canadian rocker's chart-topping singles "Heaven," "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" and "All for Love," the latter a collaboration with Rod Stewart and Sting.

The album also features Adams hits including s "Cuts Like a Knife," "Run to You," "Summer of '69," "You Belong to Me," "Somebody," "Please Forgive Me," and "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You," as well as his collaboration with Tina Turner, "It's Only Love." The new songs are titled "Please Stay" and "Ultimate Love," and both tunes were written this year, according to Bryan.

"As a songwriter and musician you are always creating -- it's what you do," explains Adams. "So even though I've released an 'ultimate' collection, I'm always looking ahead. There are two new songs included…with the message that love still counts, even in uncertain times."

The Ultimate Bryan Adams is available for pre-order now.  Reserve your copy now and you'll instantly receive a free download of "Please Stay." You can also buy the track as a digital single or listen via select streaming services now.

Adams recently gave "Ultimate Love" its live debut during his set at the Invictus Games in Toronto, September 30. He also was joined by Bruce Springsteen for a couple of songs at the event. You can watch videos of both performances at Bryan's official YouTube channel.

Here's the full track list of The Ultimate Bryan Adams:

"Go Down Rockin'"
"Can't Stop This Thing We Started"
"Run to You"
"Ultimate Love"*
"Heaven"
"It's Only Love" -- with Tina Turner
"Here I Am"
"When You're Gone" -- with Melanie C
"Cloud Number Nine"
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
"You Belong to Me"
"Summer of '69"
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"
"Somebody"
"Please Forgive Me"
"Cuts Like a Knife"
"The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You"
"All for Love" -- with Sting & Rod Stewart
"Back to You"
"Please Stay"*
"18 Til I Die"

* = brand-new track.

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Michael Kovac/WireImageTom Petty's untimely death on October 2 was followed by an outpouring of tributes from various well-known associates and admirers of the lauded rocker, although nothing was heard from one of his most famous collaborators -- Stevie Nicks. Now, however, comes word that Nicks has given an in-depth interview with Rolling Stone about Petty, and the magazine has posted an excerpt online.

In the excerpt, the Fleetwood Mac singer reveals that she last saw Petty at London's Hyde Park in July, when she opened for him and The Heartbreakers and then joined the band to perform her and Tom's hit duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." She remembers that before hitting the stage, she rehearsed the tune with Tom and other Heartbreakers members, and that she later ended up watching the group's set with another famous singer.

"After I came off stage from my set, [Shania Twain] came backstage," says Stevie. "She was so funny. She said, 'I'm going to be greedy right now. I need to watch this show with you.' Shania and I watched Tom's show…and sang at the top of our lungs…[W]hat a magical moment that was: Shania got to stand there with me and watch my boys."

Nicks also recalls some comforting advice Petty gave her in 1994 when she met up with him after she'd had an upsetting visit from an old boyfriend.

"I asked Tom if he would help me write a song," she recalls. "And he said, 'No. You are one of the premier songwriters of all time. You don't need me to write a song for you.' He said, 'Just go to your piano and write a good song. You can do that.'"

Nicks' full interview will appear in an upcoming Rolling Stone issue devoted to Petty.

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Frank Micelotta Archive / ContributorA number of Kurt Cobain's personal items are going up for auction in a new lot from Julien's Auctions, including the trophy he won at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

Cobain received the award when Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" won the prize for Best New Artist in a Video. The 1992 show was also infamous for a backstage spat between members of Guns N' Roses and Nirvana.

Along with the VMA, the auction will also include a Cobain drawing, the cheerleader outfit he wore for a 1994 Rolling Stone photo shoot, and even Cobain's Blockbuster card.

Additionally, the auction features items from artists including The Beatles, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, U2 and Fleetwood Mac, among many others.

The auction will be held November 4 in Los Angeles and live online. Visit JuliensLive.com for more info.

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Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsRobert Plant's latest solo album, Carry Fire, was released today. Like his previous studio effort, 2014's Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, the new collection of tunes was recorded by the Led Zeppelin singer's current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, and blends such genres as British folk, American blues, West African music, classic rock 'n' roll, modern rock, electronica and psychedelia.

Plant tells Entertainment Weekly that working with his eclectic group has "been a great adventure and a departure for me." He explains that some songs were put together in a traditional manner, collaborating with the group's members in a band setting, while others were built around sonic loops created by the Space Shifters' John Baggott, who previously worked with Massive Attack.

The magazine points out that, perhaps uncharacteristically for Plant, a few tunes on Carry Fire -- "Carving Up the World Again…a wall and not a fence," "New World…" and "Bones of Saints" -- feature some political themes, such as immigration and imperialism.

"They're universal issues that have no particular time of beginning and don't look like they're ever going to end," the 69-year-old singer notes. "They're the events of our time, but they're the events of our forefather's time. You can't ignore them. You can only comment on them."

Carry Fire also includes a cover of the 1958 Ersel Hickey song "Bluebirds over the Mountain" that features guest vocals by The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde.

Plant tells Entertainment Weekly that when he was recording the track, he realized it could use a harmony, so he asked Hynde if she would sing on the tune and sent her a demo.

"She was really, really positive and enthralled," recalls Plant. He describes his collaboration with Hynde as "a sort of psychedelic Sonny & Cher."

Here's the full Carry Fire track list:

"The May Queen"
"New World..."
"Season's Song"
"Dance with You Tonight"
"Carving Up the World Again...a wall and not a fence"
"A Way with Words"
"Carry Fire"
"Bones of Saints"
"Keep It Hid"
"Bluebirds over the Mountain"
"Heaven Sent"

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ABC/Randy HolmesHaving already released deluxe reissues for Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning, and with a reissue of Master of Puppets on the way, Metallica has now set its sights on the next two albums in its chronology: 1988's ...And Justice for All and 1991's self-titled record, aka The Black Album.

And, as with the previous reissues, Metallica wants your help in crafting the releases.

"We're looking for anything and everything you might have from August 1987 through July 1993," the band says. "Photos (taken by you!), flyers, ticket stubs, backstage passes and whatever other mementos you may have from that time." They also request anyone who interviewed the band during that time and still has the recording to contact them.

If you'd like to submit something, you can email Submissions@MetClub.com.

"Nothing is too small or too trivial," the band says. "Share your archives with your fellow fans and have some fun with us walking down memory lane."

The Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning reissues were released last year, and the Master of Puppets collection will arrive on November 10.

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Richard E. Aaron/Redferns John Bonham's hometown of Redditch, U.K., has approved a plan to have a statue of the late Led Zeppelin drummer installed in the town center. The Redditch Advertiser reports that the town council gave the project the green light a meeting held Wednesday.

The bronze memorial, designed by respected British sculptor Mark Richards, will be located in Redditch's Mercian Square. The statue will be about six feet high, 16 feet wide and four feet deep, and will weigh about 5,500 pounds.

Most of the money for the statue was raised from private donations via The John Bonham Memorial Fund, which was founded in 2013. Bonham's sister, singer Deborah Bonham, was a longtime supporter of the campaign. In a video posted on a local BBC affiliate's Twitter page, Deborah says she's "absolutely thrilled" about getting permission to erect the memorial.

The plan is to unveil the statue by what would have been John's 70th birthday in May 2018. Bonham died in September 1980 after a night of heavy drinking. He was only 32.

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Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers have joined the lineup for the 2017 Stand Up for Heroes benefit, taking place November 7 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The annual event raises money for injured veterans and their families.

Stand Up for Heroes is, for the most part, a comedy show: This year's event will feature performances from John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj and John Mulaney. The Chili Peppers are no strangers to comedy, though -- remember Chad Smith's drum battle with Will Ferrell?

"The Red Hot Chili Peppers bring so much energy to the stage and are one of my favorite bands," says Bob Woodruff, ABC News correspondent and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is co-presenting the event. "We're humbled that they're joining us at Stand Up for Heroes to honor those who've served."

For more info, visit SUFH.BobWoodruffFoundation.org.

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Credit: Myrna SuarezOne of Billy Joel's classic songs is "Miami 2017," and last December 31, he rang in 2017 just 30 miles away from Miami, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.  He's going to continue that tradition this year.

The Piano Man has announced a December 31 show at the BB&T Center, starting at 9:30 p.m., so he can be sure to be on stage for the big countdown.  This is actually the third consecutive year that Joel will be spending New Year's Eve performing at this particular venue in Florida.

American Express card members can purchase tickets for the concert starting Monday, October 16, at 10 a.m. ET.  The general public can get in on the act on Friday, October 20, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com.

Between now and then, Billy's got a few other dates scheduled, including three shows at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of his ongoing residency. 

Here are all of Joel's upcoming 2017 concerts:

10/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
11/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
11/18 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
11/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
12/8 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
12/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
12/31 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center

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