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ZZ Top on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Doing Something Very Different

Jimmy Kimmel has a new feature he’s rolling out this coming Monday called “Mash Up Mondays”.

Here’s the deal, you take two musical artists that you would never think to collaborate and you make it happen.  So first up in the unlikely one-off collaborative performances by two popular music acts game “Mash Up Mondays” is the bearded ones under the new name “Wee-Z Top”.

In the weeks to come, you will be able to catch “Morris Day and the HAIM” and how about a little “Alow Blaccstreet”.

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New Ringo Starr Album Drops March 31st

Them boys from The Beatles sure seem to still have it going on.  Paul has been releasing new material with Kanye West, and now Ringo Starr is set to release of his new album, Postcards from Paradise on March 31st.

Postcards from Paradise is backed by Ringo’s current lineup of All Starr Band players: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Wally Palmer, and Gregg Bissonette.

Ringo has a few special guests on Postcards including Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, Richard Marx, singer Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, Nathan East, and Glen Ballard.

Postcards from Paradise track list:

“Rory and the Hurricanes”
“You Bring the Party Down”
“Postcards from Paradise”
“Right Side of the Road”
“Not Looking Back”
“Island in the Sun”
“Touch and Go”
“Let Love Lead”

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30 Years Ago, History Was Made

It was thirty years ago today, over 40 of the America’s top recording artists united to record the charity single “We Are the World”.  The song raised money for victims of hunger in Africa.

Written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, “We Are the World” was recorded at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood right after the 1985 American Music Awards and lasted 12 hours.  The artists were greeted by a sign that read, “Check your egos at the door”.

You can watch the video of the recording session here.

With more than 20 million copies sold, “We Are the World” raised more than 60 million dollars for famine relief in Africa.

Here is a list of the USA for Africa Singers:

Al Jarreau
Anita Pointer
Bette Midler
Bill Gibson
Billy Joel
Bob Dylan
Bob Geldof
Bruce Springsteen
Chris Hayes
Cyndi Lauper
Dan Aykroyd
Daryl Hall
Diana Ross
Dionne Warwick
Harry Belafonte
Huey Lewis
Jackie Jackson
James Ingram
Jeffrey Osborne
John Oates
Johnny Colla
June Pointer
Kenny Loggins
Kenny Rogers
Kim Carnes
La Toya Jackson
Lindsey Buckingham
Lionel Richie
Mario Cipollina
Marlon Jackson
Michael Jackson
Paul Simon
Randy Jackson
Ray Charles
Ruth Pointer
Sean Hopper
Sheila E.
Smokey Robinson
Steve Perry
Stevie Wonder
Tina Turner
Tito Jackson
Waylon Jennings
Willie Nelson

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Tom Petty is Getting Paid

It turns out that when Sam Smith‘s ‘Stay With Me’ hit last spring, people started pointing out similarities to Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ particularly in the chorus. Petty and Smith apparently agreed, and the two have reached an agreement that changes the song’s writing credits accordingly, which means a substantial payday.

“When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks,” explained a source. “After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”

Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ co-writer, Jeff Lynne, also benefits from the change, which was reportedly worked out last fall behind closed doors very quietly, but is only being reported now.

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Cheap Trick and Peter Frampton North American Tour

Cheap Trick and Peter Frampton are teaming up to co-headlining a North American summer tour.  The veteran guitar whiz has lined up a number of joint North American shows with power-pop legends  that will take place in the late spring and summer.

So far, seven shows have been announced with more to come.  The tour kicks off June 6th in Lincoln, California.  The tour is set to wrap up August 5th in Toronto, but with more shows expected to be announced soon, that could all change soon.

According to Cheap Trick’s official website, the band will be at the 12th annual Race Jam concert in Las Vegas, April 12th then off to Australia and New Zealand.  Check out the band’s full schedule at

Here are the show dates:

6/6 — Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
6/16 — Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
6/18 — Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
6/20 — Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
6/27 — Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
8/1 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/5 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

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