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Ex-Styx singer Dennis DeYoung releases new solo tune "The Last Guitar Hero," featuring Tom Morello

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Former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung has debuted a second advance single from his upcoming farewell studio album, 26 East, Volume 2, a blazing rock tune called "The Last Guitar Hero" that features the talents of Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.

In conjunction with the track's release, DeYoung has debuted a lyric video at his official Facebook page and the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel. The mixed-media clip combines animation and video footage that illustrate the song's theme of how today's popular music focuses more on pop idols and electronically created sounds than on virtuoso musicianship.

"They're workin' hard, you know it's true, to find an app to replace you," DeYoung belts out in the tune. "The last guitar hero, with the tools of your trade/ The last guitar hero, so genuine hand made/ The last guitar hero, with your big old Marshall stack/ Gone like a record store, and never coming back!"

"The Last Guitar Hero" is one of four songs DeYoung co-wrote with Ides of March frontman and ex-Survivor member Jim Peterik to be featured on 26 East, Volume 2, which will be released on June 11, and is available for pre-order now.

In addition, Peterik, who also co-wrote five songs that appear on Dennis' previous album, 2020's 26 East, Volume 1, contributes guitar, bass and backing vocals to the new record, while The Ides of March's horn section is featured on a track called "Hello Goodbye."

The first advance track released from 26 East, Volume 2, is the prog-rock-flavored "The Isle of Misanthrope," which was accompanied by an over-the-top music video.

Here's the full 26 East, Volume 2 track list:

"Hello Goodbye"
"Land of the Living"
"The Last Guitar Hero"
"Your Saving Grace"
"Proof of Heaven"
"Made for Each Other"
"There's No Turning Back Time"
"St. Quarantine"
"So Little Did We Know"
"Always Time"
"Isle of Misanthrope"
"Grand Finale"

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Album capturing Tedeschi Trucks Band and Trey Anastasio's 2019 performance of 'Layla' at Lockn' due in July

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In August 2019, Tedeschi Trucks Band hit the Lockn' Festival stage in Arrington, Virginia, with special guest Trey Anastasio of Phish for a one-off performance of Derek & the Dominos' classic 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Now, an album documenting the concert called Layla Revisited (Live at Lockn') will be released on July 16.

Layla Revisited features live renditions of 13 of the original album's 14 songs, as well as a studio cover of the record's final tune, "Thorn Tree in the Garden," recorded by Derek Trucks and wife Susan Tedeschi as a duo.

Several connections link Trucks to the Layla album. His parents named him after the Eric Clapton-fronted Derek & the Dominos because they were huge fans of the album. In addition, late Allman Brothers Band slide guitarist Duane Allman played on most of the Layla album's tracks, and Trucks later enjoyed a 15-year tenure as the Allman Brothers slide guitarist.

Trucks also toured with Clapton for several years, and regularly traded licks with Eric on the Layla songs, just like Duane did.

"By the time that I started playing guitar, the sound of Duane Allman's slide was almost an obsession," says Derek Trucks about the Layla album. "His playing on Layla is still one of the high-water marks for me…My dad would play that record for me and my brother to fall asleep to and further sear it into my DNA."

You can check out a video of Tedeschi Trucks Band and Anastasio performing "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?" at the 2019 Lockn' fest at YouTube now.

Layla Revisited (Live at Lockn') can be pre-ordered now, and is available as a two-CD set, a three-LP package and digitally.

Here's the track list:

"I Looked Away"
"Bell Bottom Blues"
"Keep On Growing"
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"I Am Yours"
"Key to the Highway"
"Tell the Truth"
"Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?"
"Have You Ever Loved a Woman?"
"Little Wing"
"It's Too Late"
"Thorn Tree in the Garden" (studio)

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Melissa Etheridge to stream a live full-band concert in Los Angeles this month, with a small audience

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Melissa Etheridge will be performing for fans both online and in real life later on this month.

The singer has booked the Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles for a May 29 concert special called One Way Out...of the Garage.  She'll be performing live with a full band, and the show will be livestreamed, but some lucky fans will be able to score a limited amount of in-person tickets -- with the appropriate COVID precautions and restrictions. You can visit EtheridgeTV.com to buy tickets now.

The two-hour event is doubling as a birthday celebration for Melissa, who turns 60 on May 29, and her wife -- actress, writer and producer Linda Wallem, who has the exact same birthday as she does.

One Way Out...of the Garage will feature Melissa's biggest hits, fan favorites and "a few surprises." Digital VIP experiences are available; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Melissa's charity, the Etheridge Foundation.

The Grammy winning singer will also resume touring starting August 8 in Sandy, Utah.

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It's his birthday, and he'll do what he wants! Animals frontman Eric Burdon turns 80 today

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Eric Burdon, frontman of the famous blues-infused British Invasion band The Animals, celebrates his 80th birthday today.

Burdon co-founded The Animals in 1963 in his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., with keyboardist Alan Price, guitarist Hilton Valentine, bassist Chas Chandler and drummer John Steele. The band, which was heavily influenced by American blues artists, scored its first and only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with its classic cover of the traditional folk song "The House of the Rising Sun." The single spent three weeks at the top of the chart in September 1964.

The Animals scored many more hits from 1964 to 1966, including "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Bring It On Home to Me," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "It's My Life," "Don't Bring Me Down" and "See See Rider.

In late '66, Burdon formed an almost entirely new version of the group, which was rechristened Eric Burdon and the Animals. The band, which featured a more psychedelic sound, scored several chart hits in 1967 and '68, including "When I Was Young," "San Franciscan Nights," "Monterey" and "Sky Pilot." "Monterey" was inspired by the band's experience performing at the historic 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

In 1969, Burdon teamed up with the San Francisco-based funk-rock band War. Their first album, Eric Burdon Declares "War", was released in 1970 and featured the #3 hit "Spill the Wine."

Burdon also has released many solo albums during his long career. In addition, The Animals' original lineup reunited for two studio albums, 1977's Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted and 1983's Ark. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, although Eric didn't attend the ceremony.

Burdon released his most recent, 'Til Your River Runs Dry, in 2013.

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Mariah Carey drops exclusive Pride Month merch

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Mariah Carey is helping her fans celebrate Pride Month in style.

The singer has dropped a colorful new merch collection ahead of this summer’s LGBTQ Pride festivities.

The limited edition collection includes apparel, accessories and gifts inspired by her 1999 album Rainbow, her singles “Loverboy” and “Heartbreaker,” the 2001 movie Glitter, and more.

There’s also a matching black hoodie and shorts with Mariah’s signature butterfly logo, along with a face mask, hat, rainbow flag and “Shade” festival fan.

The merch is now available on MariahCareyShop.com. Prices range from $15 to $60.

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Elton John says he'll "probably throw a party" the last time he sings *this* hit

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Elton John is set to resume his Farewell tour in Europe this fall, with North American dates following in January of 2022.  But Elton says when the tour is finally completed, he's looking forward to never again having to sing one of his biggest hits.

Appearing on the podcast Deeney Talks, hosted by British soccer star Troy Deeney, Elton John was asked to name the song he feels he's most identified with, and will never be able to get away from, no matter what else he does in his life.

"I suppose it would be 'Your Song,' and I don't mind not being able to get away from that song, because it's a really nice song and I never get fed up with singing it," Elton replied.

However, he then laughed, "I would think 'Crocodile Rock'...the last time I have to sing that, I will probably throw a party!"

"Crocodile Rock," released in 1972, was Elton's very first number-one hit in the U.S. and has been a staple of his live shows ever since, even though he's never been very fond of it.

"People love to hear it," he told Deeney. "It was written as a kind of joke... and it became a big hit and people love to sing along with it. So who am I to say I'm not going to play it? Because I play to amuse people and entertain people."

Elton added, with a laugh, "But I have to say, when the last show is done at the end of the tour, I will never, ever sing that song again! O.K.?"

Elton also said he'd most like to collaborate with The Weeknd, and his personal "Mount Rushmore" of music consists of Nina Simone, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell and Ray Charles.

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Rock Hall's 2021 inductees to be announced Wednesday; Tina Turner wins nominee fan poll

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has revealed that its class of 2021 inductees will be announced this Wednesday, May 12.

As previously reported, this year's nominees for induction are The Go-Go's, Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren, Carole King, Devo, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, LL Cool J, Kate Bush, Foo Fighters, New York Dolls, Mary J. Blige, JAY-Z, Rage Against the Machine, Iron Maiden and the late Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Meanwhile, the online poll hosted by RockHall.com that allowed fans to vote for their favorite nominees recently closed, and the five artists receiving the most votes were, in order, Turner, Kuti, The Go-Go's, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters. The top five vote-getters will receive extra consideration on the final ballot.

Should Turner or King be elected, they'll join Stevie Nicks as the only female artists to be inducted twice. Tina is already a Rock Hall member as half of Ike & Tina Turner, while Carole previously was honored as a non-performer for her songwriting.

The 2021 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony will take place on October 30 at Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. This will be the sixth time that the event will be held in Cleveland, which is where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum is located. Details about ticket sales for the ceremony, which will be open to the public, will be announced in July.

Last year, the induction ceremony was pushed back from the spring to the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the event was presented as a pre-recorded virtual HBO special. Rock Hall president and CEO Greg Harris says that moving forward, the annual ceremony will continue to be held in the fall.

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The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde to release Bob Dylan covers album, 'Standing in the Doorway,' on May 21


In March, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde revealed in a Facebook post that she was planning to release an album featuring the series of Bob Dylan covers she recorded last year with her band's lead guitarist, James Walbourne, and now official details about the record have been announced.

The nine-track album, titled Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan, will be released as a digital download and via streaming services on May 21, while CD and vinyl-LP editions will follow on August 20.

The project was put together remotely during the COVID-19 lockdown, with Walbourne recording his initial musical ideas on his phone and sending them to Hynde so that she could add her vocals. Grammy-winning producer and engineer Tchad Blake then mixed the tracks, which got their premiere, one by one, along with a series of companion videos at The Pretenders' official YouTube channel.

Hynde says she was inspired to record the Dylan covers a few weeks into the lockdown, after Walbourne sent her Dylan's epic new song "Murder Most Foul," partly about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"Listening to that song completely changed everything for me. I was lifted out of this morose mood that I'd been in," she explains. "I remember where I was sitting the day that Kennedy was shot -- every reference in the song. Whatever Bob does, he still manages somewhere in there to make you laugh because as much as anything, he's a comedian. He's always funny and always has something to say."

A documentary focusing on the making of Standing in the Doorway will premiere on U.K.'s Sky Arts channel on May 24, coinciding with Dylan's 80th birthday. Details of a U.S. broadcast premiere will be announced soon.

Here's the album's track list:

"In the Summertime"
"You're a Big Girl Now"
"Standing in the Doorway"
"Sweetheart Like You"
"Blind Willie McTell"
"Love Minus Zero/No Limit"
"Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight"
"Tomorrow Is a Long Time"
"Every Grain of Sand"

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Genesis expands upcoming North American tour by adding extra dates in Philadelphia, Boston

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Genesis keeps expanding the recently announced North American leg of its The Last Domino? tour by continuing to add second shows to cities that the band already is scheduled to visit.

The latest additions to the trek are shows on December 3 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and December 16 at TD Garden in Boston.

Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m. ET. For more info about tickets and VIP packages, visit Genesis-Music.com.

Genesis also has previously announced concerts at those venues on December 2 and December 15, respectively. The new gigs will be the last shows added in those cities for this tour. The December 16 concert now is the final date listed for the trek.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers also recently added second shows in Chicago on November 16, Montreal on November 23 and New York City on December 6.

As previously reported, the fall trek will mark the first time that Genesis has played the U.S. and Canada since its 2007 Turn It On Again tour. The band will feature its classic trio lineup of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, joined by Collins' son Nic on drums and the group's longtime touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer.

The Last Domino? tour will kick off with an Ireland and U.K. leg getting underway with a September 15-16 stand in Dublin and winding down with a three-date London engagement, October 11-13.

Here are all the current North American dates:

11/15 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
11/16 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
11/18 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
11/20 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
11/22 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Centre Bell
11/23 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Centre Bell
11/25 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
11/27 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
11/29 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
11/30 -- Cleveland, OH, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
12/2 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
12/3 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
12/5 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
12/6 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
12/8 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
12/10 -- Elmont, NY, UBS Arena at Belmont Park
12/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
12/15 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
12/16 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden

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Donovan releases new song, "I Am the Shaman," and David Lynch-directed video on his 75th birthday

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Donovan turned 75 today, and in celebration of his birthday, the U.K. folk-rock legend has released a new single titled "I Am the Shaman," along with a companion music video that was directed by his friend, Twin Peaks and Eraserhead director David Lynch.

The black-and-white video features Donovan performing the spacey tune on his famous green Ferrington acoustic guitar, accompanied by special effects that look like a sky filled with shooting stars. Some segments of the clip also show dimly lit waves breaking on a beach.

Lynch produced the song at his Los Angeles studio, and also contributed guitar textures and effects to the track.

"I Am the Shaman" is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. Limited-edition signed CD and vinyl-LP versions can be pre-ordered now at Donovan.ie.

Meanwhile, Donovan is asking fans to donate money to help fund Transcendental Meditation (TM) programs in Cork, Ireland, where he lives. He and Lynch both are longtime practitioners and supporters of TM.

Starting out as a Bob Dylan-inspired folk singer in the mid-1960s, Donovan went on to blaze his own trail through the fertile sonic landscape of the 1960s, incorporating jazz, psychedelic rock, classical and world music into his many memorable songs. Among his best-known hits are "Mellow Yellow," "There Is a Mountain," "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Atlantis" and the chart-topping "Sunshine Superman."

Donovan was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Influential R&B singer Lloyd Price, whose hits included "Stagger Lee" and "Personality," dead at 88

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Influential R&B singer/songwriter Lloyd Price, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, has died at the age of 88.

Price's widow, Jackie, confirmed in a statement to Billboard that he passed away on May 3 at an extended-care facility in Westchester County, New York.

"Lloyd's music crossed many boundaries and carried him to all corners of the world," she wrote. "He got the nickname 'Mr. Personality' because of his biggest hit but he also earned that name because he was charismatic, generous, smart, funny, talented with a very kind heart."

Price, who was born in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, Louisiana, kicked off his music career in the early 1950s with a series of R&B hits, including the chart-topping "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" in 1952.

During the late '50s and early '60s, Lloyd released a run of crossover hits, starting in 1958 with his chart-topping rendition of the folk-blues standard "Stagger Lee." In 1959, Price released "Personality," an original song that peaked at #2 on the pop chart and #1 on the R&B tally. He followed that up with another original hit, "I Gonna Get Married," which reached #3 and #1, respectively, on the pop and R&B charts.

During the early '60s, Lloyd had several more top-40 hits.

Price also was an entrepreneur who launched a number of record labels, and also was involved in various other business ventures. In 1974, he helped promote Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's famous Rumble in the Jungle championship boxing match in Zaire, as well as the music festival held prior to the match that featured Bill Withers, James Brown, B.B. King and other stars.

In addition to his Rock Hall induction, Price was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in 2019.

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Heart's Nancy Wilson to play special streamed solo concert with the Seattle Symphony in July

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Following the release Friday of Nancy Wilson's debut solo studio album, You and Me, comes word that the Heart guitarist/singer will be playing a special hometown concert with the Seattle Symphony at Seattle's Benaroya Hall on July 9.

The show will feature Wilson performing newly arranged versions of select Heart classics, as well as songs from her new album. The event will be broadcast live as part of the symphony's new cross-genre collaboration series, The Essential Series, via the Seattle Symphony Live streaming platform.

Pay-per-view tickets for the concert go on sale on today, May 10, at SeattleSymphony.org and cost $30. That'll allow you to watch the show on-demand for one week after it initially airs on July 9 at 8 p.m. PT.  In addition, a limited number of VIP in-person tickets will be made available for purchase starting May 19, with the proceeds benefiting the Seattle Symphony. For more information, email Samantha DeLuna at Samantha.DeLuna@seattlesymphony.org.

As previously reported, You and Me is a 12-track collection featuring eight original songs and four covers that Nancy recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown. The album came together remotely with help from members of her backing band, which includes some current Heart members, and from a few guest artists.

"I created this new album with the idea of bringing something aspirational for all of us having been through such a tough year," Nancy says of the project. "I particularly loved being reunited with my good old reliable friends like favorite guitars and classic amps, mics and notebooks. Not to mention my favorite Heart players from Seattle. Plus having the chance to sing all the songs was especially sweet for me."

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Billy Gibbons on performing with Kirk Hammett at 2020 Peter Green tribute concert: "We tore it up!"

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A home video and album documenting the star-studded 2020 London concert that Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood organized and hosted celebrating his band's original frontman, guitarist Peter Green, was released last month in multiple formats.

Among the many legendary musicians who took part on the show was ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons, who hit the stage multiple times during the event. Billy tells ABC Audio that his favorite highlight from the concert was getting to team up with Metallica's Kirk Hammett to perform the 1970 Fleetwood Mac tune "The Green Manalishi (with the Two Prong Crown)," the last song Green recorded with the band before leaving the group.

Gibbons says the "Green Manalishi" performance was extra special because Hammett played Green's famous 1959 Sunburst Les Paul guitar, known as "Greeny," at the show.

Billy notes that Kirk, who purchased "Greeny" in 2014, "doesn't hang it on the wall behind glass. He gets out there and thrashes with it. So we got out there and tore it up."

Green, who struggled with mental health issues for many years, didn't attend the tribute show, which was held at the London Palladium in February of 2020. Sadly, Peter died on July 25 of last year at the age of 73.

Reflecting of Green's music, Gibbons tells ABC Audio, "Very inspiring. He showed us that the blues remained alive and well. And when that guitar was in his hands, he just made sounds that wanted to lead you in a sense of mystery, and at the same time, it was everything we could do to play it over and over again. In fact, we're still doing that."

Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac is available now. Visit MickFleetwoodandFriends.com for more information.

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Tawny Kitaen, star of Whitesnake videos and 'Bachelor Party,' dead at 59

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Tawny Kitaen, the actress and model known for her appearances in a series of Whitesnake videos and for her co-starring role in the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party, died Friday morning at home in Newport Beach, California. She was 59.

The Orange County, California, coroner's office confirmed the news of Kitaen's passing, although her cause of death hasn't been revealed.

Kitaen appeared on the front cover of Ratt's 1983 self-titled EP and 1984 full-length debut album Out of the Cellar while she was dating Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby. She also was featured in the music video for the band's hit "Back for More."

Also in 1984, Kitaen co-starred in the hit comedy film Bachelor Party as Tom Hanks' bride-to-be.

Tawny is perhaps best-known for her appearance in the music video for Whitesnake's 1987 smash "Here I Go Again," which featured her displaying seductive and acrobatic dance moves atop a pair of luxury cars. Kitaen also appeared in subsequent Whitesnake videos for the songs "Still of the Night," "Is This Love" and "The Deeper the Love."

Tawny was married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991.

As an actress, Kitaen appeared in a variety of movies and television shows. She also was featured in a few reality-TV series, among them The Surreal Life, Botched and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

Kitaen battled substance abuse for a number of years, as was revealed on Celebrity Rehab. In 2006, she was arrested for cocaine possession and in 2009 she was charged for DUI.

She was married to pro baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002; and the couple had two daughters together.

"We are heartbroken and saddened to announce the death of our mom," her daughters Wynter and Raine wrote in a statement on Kitaen's social media pages. "We just want to say thank you for all of you, her fans and her friends, for always showing her such support and love. You gave her life everyday. We miss her and love her and we know her legacy will live on forever."

In reaction to Kitaen's death, Coverdale posted a note on his Twitter feed that reads, "Just woke up to some very sad, unexpected news…my sincere condolences to her children, her family, friends & fans…"


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Watch serene animated video for the new "Elements Mix" of John Lennon's 1970 tune "Hold On"

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An animated video for the new "Elements Mix" of the John Lennon song "Hold On," one of many bonus tracks featured on the recently released deluxe reissue of the late Beatles legend's 1970 debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, has premiered at Lennon's official YouTube channel.

The high-res clip brings to life the photo featured on the cover of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, which shows John and wife Yoko Ono resting under a large oak tree that was located in the garden of their Tittenhurst Park estate in Ascot, U.K.

According to a press statement, the John Lennon Estate "invites you…to stop what you're doing and take a moment to breathe and relax" while watching the video.

The "Elements Mix" of "Hold On" showcases two previously unused vocal overdubs plus guitar, while lowering the bass and drums to create a more subdued version of the tune.

The deluxe reissue features an "Elements Mix" for each of the album's original 11 tracks, as well as for the non-album singles "Give Peace a Chance," "Cold Turkey" and "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)."

Accompanying the "Hold On" video is a lengthy archival quote from Lennon in which he explains what the song is about, noting that it was partly inspired by his experience meditating.

"I go through despair and hopefulness. I try and hang on to the hopeful bit," he said. "Otherwise, there's just no point at all. I'm saying, 'Hold on, John, it's going to be alright.' Otherwise, I won't hold on."

The deluxe reissue of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is available now. For more information about the release, visit JohnLennon.com.

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