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Credit: Scotty HillHot Tuna and ex-Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is joining the ranks of musicians who are treating fans to live streaming performances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The veteran rocker will play a concert at his Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp in Pomeroy, Ohio that'll be streamed live on the ranch's official YouTube channel this Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m. ET. It will be the first of a series of planned "Live from the Fur Peace Ranch" performances from Kaukonen.

The 79-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also is planning to offer online guitar classes and weekend workshops from the ranch.

In other news, the paperback edition of Jorma's 2018 autobiography, Been So Long: My Life and Music, is being released this Tuesday, April 7.

Meanwhile, Kaukonen next scheduled concert is slated to take place on May 2 at the Fur Peace Station venue at his ranch. It's an acoustic performance with singer/songwriter Radney Foster. He's also part of the lineup of the Dark Star Orchestra's Dark Star Jubilee festival, scheduled for May 22-24 in Thornville, Ohio.

In addition, Hot Tuna's acoustic lineup is scheduled to perform a May 30 show at Fur Peace Station, an event that was postponed from March 21.

Next, Hot Tuna's electric lineup is slated to appear at the 2020 Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia, on June 21, and then launch a summer tour with David Grisman Trio starting July 10 in Huntington, New York.

Of course, all of these concerts could be subject to postponement depending on what happens with the coronavirus crisis.

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Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesIn the wake of the sad news announced today that Bill Withers died Monday of heart complications at age 81, a variety of other well-known music artists have posted tributes to the legendary pop/R&B singer and songwriter on their social media pages.

Founding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson wrote in his Twitter feed, "I'm very sad to hear about Bill Withers passing. Bill was a 'songwriter's songwriter' and wrote so many great songs like 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'Lean On Me.' A real loss. Love & Mercy to Bill's family."

Nile Rodgers of Chic tweeted, "#RIPBillWithers Class, class and more class."

Longtime E Street Band member Nils Lofgren, who also plays with Neil Young's group Crazy Horse, posted a link on his Twitter feed to video of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band playing a live version of "Lean On Me," along with the message, "Damn I did not even know this video existed  #BILLWITHERS Rest In Peace sweet man.  No more appropriate song right now."

Here what some other artists had to say in tribute to Withers:

Richard Marx: "RIP #BillWithers Thank you for sharing that tremendous talent with us all those years."

Sheila E.: "My friend, U are sooo missed…My heart is broken and I am devastated you too are gone but, i do know where u are and one day I will see u again. I love u."

The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs: "Peace and love, Bill Withers."

Peabo Bryson: "Losing this one is hitting me different! [You] were my friend, my brother and you gave me wisdom whenever you saw or felt I needed it! Thank you my friend…Thank you! I will miss you!"

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Medios y Media/Getty ImagesChristopher Cross is the latest musician to reveal that he's tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

In a lengthy posting on Facebook, the Grammy-winning singer of hits like "Sailing" and "Ride Like the Wind" says, "I’m not in the habit of discussing medical issues on social media, but I do so in hope this will help other people to understand how serious and how contagious this illness is. Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had."

He continues, "For those of you who still do not believe the COVID-19 virus is real, or think it is a 'hoax' or part of some conspiracy, my advice to you is to understand right now that this is a deadly illness spreading like wildfire throughout the world."

The singer then asks fans to "PLEASE make every attempt to stall the spread of this virus," by staying home, washing hands and following what he calls "the SCIENCE."

"Importantly, please read the guidelines posted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to educate yourself on the facts and protect your loved ones," he concludes. "Last but never least: wherever you are in the world, let’s all be kind to one another. Only if we work together can we defeat COVID-19."

Other artists who've revealed they've tested positive for the virus include Jackson Browne, Sara Bareilles, Bon Jovi's David Bryan, Broadway star and actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, Placido Domingo and revered singer/songwriter John Prine.

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ABC/Rick RowellGreen Day has dropped a surprise new EP, Otis Big Guitar Mix.

The collection includes alternate mixes of three songs from the punk trio's 2012 ¡Uno! and ¡Dos!: "Lazy Bones," "Wild One" and "Oh Love."

You can download the EP now via digital outlets.

Green Day just dropped their new album, Father of All..., in February. Meanwhile, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is releasing new covers every Monday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gonzo MultimediaAmerica will celebrate its 50th anniversary by releasing a career-spanning eight-disc box set titled Half Century in early June that features a treasure trove of unreleased audio and video.

The collection boasts seven CDs featuring rare alternate mixes, demos, rehearsals, live performances and interviews, plus a DVD featuring "home movies" of the band filmed from 1972 to 1975.

Disc 1 is called London Demos 1970, and features unreleased demos recorded in various London studios the year before America's self-titled debut was released. It includes early versions of four tunes that appeared on America, plus other songs.

Disc 2, titled Bremen 1973 (Live on Air), features newly mixed audio of a show that the band played in Bremen, Germany, which previously was available only on DVD.

Disc 3, dubbed The Caribou Sessions 1976, features previously unreleased rehearsals, outtakes and demos recorded in February 1976 during the making of America's 1976 album, Hideaway.

Disc 4 is called The Poison Oak Sessions 1981, and contains tracks recorded at Dewey Bunnell's home studio in Northern California, including unheard songs and early versions of tunes that would appear on later America albums.

Disc 5, titled The Alternate 90's, features alternate mixes of songs from two albums, 1994's Hourglass and 1998's Human Nature, as well as unreleased tunes recorded before, during and after those records.

Discs 6 and 7 feature various radio interviews with America spanning from 1974 into the 2000s

The final disc, which will only be available on the box set, is the Home Movies DVD, which offers "fly on the wall" footage of the band, including behind-the-scenes segments of America making the 1973 album Hat Trick, early attempts at music videos and scenes from the road.

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ABC/Randy Holmes; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsElton John and Paul McCartney are among the British celebrities who have taken part in a new video salute to the U.K.'s National Health Service for the work it's doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The clip, which was posted on the organization's Twitter page Thursday, begins with an introduction from Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, who sends out thanks "to everyone working in the NHS and Social Care that are working so hard right now."

Elton then appears and says, "You are our heroes and we salute each and every one of you. Thank you." The pop-rock legend also holds a sign featuring the hashtags #ThankYouNHS and #OurNHSPeople.

McCartney appears next holding a similar sign, and simply says, "Thank you."

The remainder of the video features a variety of other stars saying "thank you" while holding signs with the hashtags. They include Coldplay's Chris Martin and pop star Kylie Minogue, as well as soccer legend David Beckham; actors Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet, Daniel Craig, Ricky Gervais, Claire Foy, Eddie Redmayne, John Boyega and Bill Nighy; and TV personalities Piers Morgan, Gordon Ramsey and Graham Norton.

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Our @CNOEngland Ruth May is joined by some familiar faces to say a very big #ThankYouNHS to all of the incredible staff, carers and volunteers across health and care. 💙 #COVID19 #ThankYouThursday #OurNHSPeople

— NHS England and NHS Improvement (@NHSEngland) April 2, 2020


Bill Withers performing in 1972; Michael Putland/Getty ImagesBill Withers, whose soulful hits such as "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died of heart complications, his family said in a statement reported by Rolling Stone. He was 81.

Born in West Virginia, Withers served in the Navy, then moved to L.A. in 1967.  His debut album, Just As I Am, produced by the legendary Booker T. Jones and featuring guitar by Stephen Stills, included the Grammy-winning hit "Ain't No Sunshine" and the classic "Grandma's Hands."  The album cover showed Withers at his day job at an aircraft company -- a job he initially refused to quit because he felt the music business was too unstable.

Withers' second album, Still Bill, included his enduring signature song, "Lean on Me," as well as the funky "Use Me." He continued releasing albums throughout the seventies, and in the '80s he did a number of collaborations, including the 1981 Grammy-winning hit "Just the Two of Us" with Grover Washington, Jr.

Ongoing issues with his record company led Withers to effectively retire from recording after 1985, though remixes and covers of his songs continued to be released, not in the least Club Nouveau's 1987 number-one version of "Lean on Me," which won Withers his third Grammy, for Best R&B song.

Withers' songs have also been widely sampled: a portion of "Grandma's Hands" was used in the 1996 Grammy-winning #1 hit "No Diggity," by BLACKstreetJAY-Z, Kanye West, Tupac and DMX have also sampled Withers' songs.  In 1999, the use of "Lovely Day" in a GAP commercial also renewed interest in Withers' music, as did the inclusion of "Use Me" in filmmaker Oliver Stone's football drama Any Given Sunday that same year.

Among his many accolades, Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and in 2015, Stevie Wonder inducted him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 2007, "Lean on Me" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  In 2009, Withers' life was the subject of a documentary, Still Bill.

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Courtesy of RividiaRick Springfield, Richard Marx and many more artists are performing on an upcoming Facebook Live benefit concert later this month.

Called Human to Human, the 12-hour event will raise money for COVID-19 relief.  It starts streaming live at noon ET on Saturday, April 11, and will run through midnight. 

Dozens of other artists also will peform, including Jewel and Butch Walker.

Proceeds will benefit PLUS1's COVID-19 Relief Fund and its partners, MusiCares and Sweet Relief.  The money raised will go to provide food, medical expenses and vital living expenses to those in the music industry who've been left jobless due to the pandemic.

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Mascot Label GroupFormer Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg recently announced that he's relaunched a new version of his namesake band, Vandenberg, and now plans for a new studio album by the group have been unveiled. The 10-track collection, titled 2020, will be released on May 29.

The album features nine new original tunes penned by Adrian, plus an updated version of the band's 1982 power ballad "Burning Heart," which initially was released digitally in January.

Another track from 2020, the new song "Shadows of the Night," has now been released as a digital single and via streaming services as well. You also can check out the tune on Vandenberg's official YouTube channel.

Fronting the band is singer Ronnie Romero, who also recently sang with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.

"I needed an incredible singer in order to make the use of the Vandenberg name make sense and Ronnie more than fits the bill," Adrian says, adding, "As soon as I knew Ronnie was on board, I wrote the songs to suit Ronnie's amazing vocal capabilities."

2020 also features contributions from two other former Whitesnake members -- bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Brian Tichy. Sarzo also has played with Quiet Riot, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne and many others, while Tichy's resume includes stints with Foreigner and Billy Idol. The album was produced by Bob Marlette, who's worked on records by Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others.

Rounding out the new Vandenberg lineup are two musicians from Adrian's Dutch homeland -- drummer Koen Herfst and bassist Randy van der Elsen.

"I believe the vibe we have with this turbo charged line-up is wonderful," Vandenberg declares. "This is a brand-new dynamic band with a name that has a legacy and I couldn't be happier with the way it's turned out."

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Norman SeeffJames Taylor was supposed to have started a tour with Jackson Browne next month, but like most artists worldwide, he's been forced to postpone it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, James' June 21 show at Boston's Fenway Park with special guests Shawn Colvin and Brandi Carlile has also been postponed.  All the dates are being rescheduled, perhaps as soon as late summer.

Taylor also was planning to perform at Massachusetts' famed Tanglewood music venue on July 4, but right now, there's no information as to whether or not that show will go forward.

All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates.  The original tour was to have started May 15 in New Orleans and had been set to wrap July 10 in Camden, NJ.

In a statement, both Taylor and Browne -- the latter of whom's been diagnosed with COVID-19 but is doing O.K. -- said, "it's deeply disappointing for both of us to have to call it off and reschedule (and reschedule we WILL)! As we all now realize, COVID-19 is a serious, real and present danger. Moreover, our public health is all of our responsibility."

They add, "So let us listen to and follow the directions of our public healthcare people and support their efforts in this unprecedented time of global pandemic. Love those around you and, above all, stay safe and healthy."

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R.E.M. in 1983; Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesForty years ago this Sunday, April 5, four University of Georgia students -- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry -- played their first concert together as band, at a friend's birthday party in an abandoned Athens, Georgia, church.

The group, which soon took the name R.E.M., had formed few months earlier, after Stipe met Buck at the record store where Peter worked, then were introduced to pals Mills and Berry through a mutual friend.

It was the start of a 30-year journey that saw R.E.M. emerge as influential indie-rock darlings, then become one of the world's most popular rock bands and, in 2007, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, before breaking up in 2011.

On a recently taped episode of the PBS show Speakeasy, Mills recalls that R.E.M.'s first show "was crazy," while noting, "Athens was a very tight, insular sort of crowd at that point, and…[e]verybody was there that knew each other."

Mills also points out that he noticed that the group had a special chemistry from its very first rehearsal.

He remembers that he and Berry "had some songs that we'd written…before we moved to Athens. So we showed those to [Michael and Peter], and I was like, 'Holy cow, I love what they're doing with these songs that we had already written.'"

Stipe, who also took part in the Speakeasy interview, agrees with Mills that "that spark, that 'je ne sais pas,' was there from the very beginning."

Having said that, Michael, who initially was known for his introverted onstage persona, adds, "It took all of us a few years to learn how to play our respective instruments, and it took me at least three albums to figure out that I did have a voice [and]…a writer's knack."

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ABC/Image Group LAGreen Day has announced the rescheduled dates for the group's tour of Asia, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The original outing was set to kick off this part March. It will now launch March 2021 in the Philippines.

Green Day announced the postponement of the tour in late February, before COVID-19 was classified as a pandemic.

"We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health travel concerns with coronavirus," the band wrote at the time. "We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all."

This summer, Green Day is scheduled to embark on the worldwide Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. So far, those dates have not been affected by COVID-19.

In related news, Green Day's current single, "Oh Yeah!", has reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart. It's the punk trio's seventh leader on the ranking, and the second from their new album Father of All..., following the title track. 

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CMTLionel Richie, Michael McDonald and Dolly Parton are among the artists participating in CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares. The special will premiere April 8 on CMT at 8 p.m. ET and an encore presentation will air April 10 on MTV Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and again on CMT at noon ET/PT on April 11.

Richie and Parton were close friends with Kenny Rogers. Lionel wrote one of his biggest hits, "Lady," while both men, who at the time shared a manager, also participated in "We Are the World." Dolly and Kenny recorded and toured together numerous times, with their most famous collaboration being, of course, the 1983 Bee Gees-penned chart-topping duet "Islands in the Stream."

The CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares special is not only a tribute to Rogers, who passed away on March 20, but also a fundraiser for MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will provide financial help to musicians and music industry pros who are out of work due to the pandemic.  Half of all the money raised will go to Nashville's music community.

The show will include interviews and performances from Richie, McDonald, Parton, Gavin DeGraw, and country stars Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Nettles and Vince Gill, among others. Archival photos, interviews and performances from Rogers himself will round out the special.

To donate during the broadcast, you can visit or text KENNYCARES to 41444.

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Rick Guest/Interscope RecordsThe Who recently postponed all its 2020 tour dates because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Pete Townshend says having to forgo performing and shelter in place is allowing him time to work on various music projects.

In a recent interview with the U.K.'s BBC Radio 6 Music, Townshend admitted that he feels "really lucky" with regard to the situation, "because what I do mainly is spend a lot of time on my own in the studio."

The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who reports that he's currently at his country home in Wiltshire, U.K., maintained, "I feel like I've been given an answer to a prayer I don't think I would have had the guts to do, which is [to say], 'Please cancel everything and give me some time in the studio!'…It feels like a gift."

Townshend said among the things he's considering doing during his unexpected downtime is looking at "the possibility of starting work early…on writing new songs for another Who album, as the last one did so well." The band's 2019 studio effort, WHO, peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and has received wide critical praise.

Another project Pete's working on is a planned musical adaptation of his 2019 novel, Age of Anxiety, which he said is "time-consuming, but…really pleasurable."

He added, "I'm working with orchestrations, drum boxes, old vintage synthesizers and, of course, the usual guitars and piano."

Townshend also revealed that he's remixing one of the WHO album's tracks, "Beads on a String," for possible release as a single.

Pete admitted that he's "never really enjoyed [touring that] much," and that the "joy of what I do has been in the composing, the writing, the playing around with studio gear."

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Radio DisneyJanet Jackson had a very emotional response to a recent viral video and revealed some shocking details about herself in the process. 

On Tuesday, the 53-year-old singer took a moment to share a heartwarming video showcasing one sister's support of her sibling's cancer battle. In the minute-long clip, which was originally posted on March 25, a teenager named Camila explained that her little sister Gabi feels ugly because she has a bald head and no eyebrows due to her current cancer treatment.

Camila, who already shaved her head, then proceeded to take a razor and shave her eyebrows, "These don't make you pretty. These don't make you."

Gabi's jaw dropped as she watched with tears welling up in her eyes. 

"Don't trip," Camila added, "I'm going to go through this with you."

Jackson responded to the heart-tugging video on Twitter, writing, "This made me cry."

"I was actually going to shave my head for the janet. Tour and was going to talk to all the kids to do the same," she revealed, referencing her 1993 world tour. "I love a bald head, especially on a woman I think it's beautiful!"

Jackson then told the sisters, "You and your family are in my prayers. Stay positive. Stay strong. You're so beautiful."

Jackson isn't the only celebrity who has sent well wishes to Camila and Gabi. The video has also garnered supportive comments from RihannaEmily RatajkowskiMichael B. Jordan and Kelly Clarkson

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Courtesy of Morrison Hotel GalleryAcclaimed rock photographer Neal Preston, known for shooting classic pics of Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who and many other famous music artists, will take part in a live online Q&A today as part of Morrison Hotel Gallery's Behind the Lens Instagram Live video series.

Preston explains in a video preview about the event posted on Instagram, "We're gonna have some fun. We're gonna show you a lot of really cool stuff I have on my walls, a lot of which you probably haven't seen. And tell some rock stories, take some question and try to have a bunch of laughs."

The livestream begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

Neal's resume includes being Led Zeppelin's U.S. tour photographer in the mid-1970s, being one of the official photographers of the 1985 Live Aid concert at London's Wembley Stadium, and accompanying Billy Joel on the Piano Man's tour of Russia. Other stars he's photographed include David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Wham!, and Whitney Houston.

Among Preston's most famous images is a photo of Freddie Mercury onstage during a 1986 Queen show at Wembley Stadium that was used as the basis for the main poster promoting the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic.

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Credit: Kate IzorRoger Waters has recorded an updated version of "The Right to Live in Peace," a protest song by late Chilean folk singer, poet and communist activist Victor Jara, who was tortured and killed in 1973 after dictator Augusto Pinochet seized control of Chile's government.

The founding Pink Floyd singer/bassist posted an accompanying video for his rendition of the tune on his social media pages that features footage of an unidentified street protest mixed with close-up footage of Waters singing the song.

Roger's version combines some of the tune's original Spanish verses with modified English lyrics that reference modern-day cities that are centers of political upheaval.  The new lyrics also reference current leaders that Waters apparently considers to be responsible for oppressive policies, among them President Trump, Venezuela's Juan Guaido, Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, and India's Narendra Modi.

Along with the video, Waters has posted a message that reads, "This is for the people of Santiago[, Chile,] and Quito[, Ecuador,] and Jaffa[, Israel,] and Rio [de Janeiro, Brazil,] and La Paz[, Bolivia,] and New York and Baghdad and Budapest[, Hungary,] and everywhere else the man means us harm."

Meanwhile, Waters recently announced that he was postponing his expansive 2020 This Is Not a Drill Tour until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Bummer, but if it saves one life, it's worth it," Roger said in a statement.

People who have already purchased tickets for the shows are advised to hold on to them and await further instructions.

The North American leg of the trek had been scheduled to kick off July 8 in Pittsburgh and run through an October 3 concert in Dallas. The new dates have not yet been announced. The tour is slated to feature Waters performing "in the round."

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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I've re-recorded Victor Jara's great song "The Right to Live in Peace".

This is for the people of Santiago & Quito & Jaffa & Rio & La Paz & New York & Baghdad & Budapest and everywhere else the man means us harm.
Love R.

Watch full video and read lyrics:

— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) April 1, 2020



Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rainforest Fund; Cindy Ord/Getty Images for POPSUGAR Play/GroundFollowing his breakup with Meg Ryan last year, John Mellencamp appears to have found a new romantic partner. E! News reports that the 68-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is now dating Jamie Sue Sherrill, a celebrity skincare expert and TV personality better known as Nurse Jamie.

"They are really happy together," a source tells the entertainment news program. "They are both from the same small town in southern Indiana."

The source adds that the couple have been "dating since the beginning of the year."

Mellencamp has been relatively quiet in recent months, although in February he allowed his classic hit "Small Town" to be used in ad campaign for Mike Bloomberg's short-lived bid to become the Democratic presidential candidate.

Meanwhile, Sherrill star in a new Netflix show, Skin Decision, that premieres this summer.

Neither John nor Jamie have commented about their reported romance.

People confirmed this past November that Mellencamp and Ryan had broken up, after announcing their engagement a year earlier.

John and Meg had a turbulent relationship. They first began dating in 2011, broke up in 2014, and then rekindled their romance in 2017. In November 2018, Ryan posted a message on her Instagram featuring a goofy line drawing of herself and Mellencamp, along with a caption that read, "ENGAGED!"

At the time of their breakup last year, a source told People that the three-times-divorced Mellencamp "didn't want to get married again," adding, "He loves her, but marriage never seemed to be a part of it…It's unclear how important a marriage was to Meg."

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Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Red Light Management and Live NationDoors drummer John Densmore recently took part in a video fan Q&A that's been posted on the band's YouTube channel and social media pages. Among the revelations the 75-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer shared was some new information about the memoir on which he's been working in recent years.

Densmore says the book is titled Meetings with Remarkable Musicians, it will be "out in the fall," and it will include a chapter about late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

While acknowledging that he and Ray, who died of cancer in 2013 at age 74, had "our struggles" in reference to the legal battles they fought over usage of the Doors name, Densmore delivers high praise for Manzarek's musicianship in the video.

"[T]here's absolutely no way there would be Doors without Ray's left hand playing those bass lines and his right hand playing those beautiful, catchy…circle of fifths [from 'Light My Fire']," Densmore declares, "or the solo in 'Riders [on the Storm]' just etched on your brain."

Among the other fan-submitted questions John answers for the Q&A are what were his favorite Doors song and album cover, and which musician influenced him the most.

Densmore chooses "When the Music's Over" as his favorite song, noting, "[It] was really an epic, interesting thing with all kinds of silences and big drama."

He says his favorite album cover was Strange Days, recalled that singer Jim Morrison had said, "'I don't want to be on the cover again,' and so we had these carnival freaks."

Densmore's most influential musician was legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane's drummer Elvin Jones.

"I copied his drumming, and I watched the way he played with Coltrane," John explains. "And I played with Jim kind of influenced by that."

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ParlophoneFans will get to hear an album of rare 1996 David Bowie recordings titled ChangesNowBowie earlier than expected.

As previously reported, the album will be released on vinyl and CD as part of 2020 Record Store Day, which will take place June 20.  But Bowie's label, Parlophone, has now decided to make a digital version of the archival collection available first, on April 17, one day before the original date of this year's Record Store Day.  The date was changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ChangesNowBowie features nine songs that were recorded in a New York City studio in November 1996 during rehearsals for Bowie's 50th birthday concert, which took place at Madison Square Garden in January 1997. He was backed up by three members of his then-current touring band: bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, guitarist Reeves Gabrels and multi-instrumentalist Mark Plati.

The mostly acoustic session was recorded for a BBC radio special celebrating Bowie's 50th.  Songs on the release include "The Man Who Sold the World," "Aladdin Sane," "Andy Warhol" and "Quicksand," as well as a cover of The Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat."

On April 10, a week before ChangesNowBowie's digital release, one of the album's tracks will be issued as an advance digital single and via streaming services: a version of the 1979 Bowie song "Repetition."

A video for the tune, filmed at rehearsals for Bowie's 1997 Earthling Tour in Hartford, Connecticut, also will be made available for download and streaming that day.

Here's the full ChangesNowBowie track list:

"The Man Who Sold the World"
"Aladdin Sane"
"White Light/White Heat"
"Shopping for Girls"
"Lady Stardust"
"The Supermen"
"Andy Warhol"

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