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Journey guitarist Neal Schon says he and Steve Perry are "getting to know each other again"

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As Journey prepares to release its latest studio album, Freedom, this Friday, founding guitarist Neal Schon reveals he's working on becoming friends again with the group's famous former lead singer, Steve Perry, who parted ways with Journey in 1998.

In a new interview, Schon tells Vulture that he and Perry have had the chance to connect more since he recently took a more active role in Journey's business dealings.

"We're talking and getting to know each other again -- though not trying to get together musically again," Schon says. "But he's learning who I am now, through a portion of our business that I'm kind of controlling now. I'm talking about a Journey trademark that I've obtained, as we've never owned our own trademark."

Schon continues, "All these years, many people lied to us [with regard to Journey's business]. My wife and I finally got to the bottom of it after investigating for years. We were fought hard by everybody, but we managed to obtain the trademark. So we're talking about that and figuring out the future of that, but we're talking."

Schon says that he and Perry were "very, very tight" during Perry's early years with the band.

"I have great memories of when Steve and I first met," he notes. "We hung out all the time, man. We were like brothers. We were crazy. We spent a lot of nights out way too late doing things we shouldn't be doing. Drinking and whatnot … But bottom line, we had a really good time for many, many years … He was a really funny guy."

Schon also mentions how well he got along with Perry during the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, adding, "I hope that we can become even better friends in the future."

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Whitesnake's David Coverdale says he's "still not 100%" following canceled European tour

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After Whitesnake canceled the remainder of the European summer leg of its Farewell Tour because various band members had taken ill, frontman David Coverdale reports that he's back home and trying to get well.

"Still not 100% but, very happy to be home," Coverdale wrote in a Twitter message posted Tuesday. "Being sick in a hotel, on tour, just ain't the ticket…I hope You & Yours Are Well, Wherever You Are…Know You Are Appreciated & Loved…XXX."

The tweet is accompanied by four images, including ones with messages that read "When all else fails take a nap" and "Keep healthy and stay safe," and another showing a drawing of a pair of hands holding a rose and captioned, "For you."

Last week, before Whitesnake officially announced that the rest of the European shows had been canceled, the band reported that the 70-year-old rocker had been "diagnosed with an infection of the sinus & trachea" and that his doctor had recommended "5 days of no singing and bed rest."

During the trek, drummer Tommy Aldridge and guitarist Reb Beach also battled illness.

Whitesnake is now scheduled to return to the stage for the North American leg of its Farewell Tour, which kicks off August 17 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, and is plotted out through an October 21 performance in Las Vegas. Most of the shows will feature the band supporting The Scorpions.

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ELP's popular third studio album, 'Trilogy,' celebrates its 50th anniversary today

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer's third studio album, Trilogy, was released 50 years ago today.

The album is the famed British prog-rock trio's highest-charting studio effort in the U.S., peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200. Trilogy includes the band's most successful single, the Greg Lake-penned "From the Beginning," which reached #39 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Trilogy was produced by Lake and also features three instrumentals, the Keith Emerson compositions "Fugue" and "Abaddon's Bolero" and an arrangement of Aaron Copland's "Hoe-Down" from the 1942 ballet Rodeo. Copland gave ELP permission to adapt the piece, which was slightly retitled "Hoedown."

"Hoedown" became a popular song for ELP to perform live.

Trilogy has been certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 in the U.S.

Here's the full Trilogy track list:

"The Endless Enigma (Part 1)"
"Fugue" (Instrumental)
"The Endless Enigma (Part 2)"
"From the Beginning"
"The Sheriff"
"Hoedown" (Instrumental)
"Trilogy"
"Living Sin"
"Abaddon's Bolero" (Instrumental)

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Wolfgang Van Halen announces engagement: "She said yes!!"

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Congratulations are in order for Wolfgang Van Halen and his longtime girlfriend, Andraia Allsop, who are now engaged.

The Mammoth WVH frontman and son of Eddie Van Halen revealed the news Wednesday in an Instagram post featuring a new photo of him and his new fiancée alongside the caption, "She said yes!!"

Many members of the rock community commented on Wolf's post celebrating the news, including Heart's Nancy Wilson and Halestorm's Joe Hottinger. Wolf's mom, actor Valerie Bertinelli, also replied with "So happy!!!" and many crying and heart emojis.

Wolf brought Allsop and Bertinelli with him when he attended the Grammys in April. In an Instagram post reflecting on the experience, he wrote, "I got to have a wonderful night with the two most important women in my world."

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KISS' Gene Simmons says band will be "adding another 100 cities" to End of the Road farewell tour

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KISS is currently in the middle of a 2022 European leg of their End of the Road tour, and while no final date has been announced for the band's farewell trek, singer/bassist Gene Simmons recently revealed that the outing's end is definitely farther down the road.

In a phone interview late last month, a journalist for the Finnish rock fanzine Chaoszine asked Simmons how he felt about playing various European cities for the last time, to which Gene replied, "I don't think it'll be the last time. We are adding another 100 cities on the tour before we finally stop."

He added, "The band is strong. We feel good. We're playing strong, so we're going to stretch it out a little more."

Asked if the tour will come to an end sometime in 2023, Simmons said, "We don't know. We've never retired before. This is our first time. So it's like painting a painting or like writing a book. When somebody says, 'When is it going to be finished?' you're in the middle of it. You don't know, but you know it's going to finish."

As for how he thinks he will feel when the tour finally does wrap up, Gene explained, "It's like climbing the tallest mountain in the world. Going up is really tough, but when you get to the top of the mountain, there's no feeling like that. So you're happy, but of course, you're sad too because we're never going to do that again."

The current European leg of the KISS tour runs through a July 21 show in Amsterdam, and will be followed by a series of Down Under concerts in August and early September. The band also has a few U.S. performances and the two-part KISS Kruise XI confirmed for the fall.

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Queen + Adam Lambert presenting livestream concert event, 'Rhapsody over London,' this month

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A special presentation of a concert that Queen + Adam Lambert played during the current European leg of their Rhapsody Tour will premiere July 24 via the Kiswe global streaming platform.

The event, dubbed Rhapsody over London, features Queen and Lambert performing in early June during their 10-show run at London's O2 arena. The 28-song, two-and-a-half-hour concert was documented with 26 cameras and a crew of film technicians over 100 strong.

The presentation, which only will be available until July 31, will also include a live Q&A with Lambert and Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor speaking backstage before the next-to-last show of their European trek in Tampere, Finland.

Four ticket packages are available, and fans who purchase tickets will have the chance to submit questions that the band members may answer live during the Q&A. Questions must be submitted via video by July 19.

All packages include the O2 concert, the July 24 Q&A and a pre-show pass to watch the 2019 documentary The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story. The Show Must Go On will only be available for viewing on July 22 and July 23.

Some packages will also offer a video-on-demand bundle that will give viewers access to the world premiere of the Queen + Adam Lambert concert film Summersonic - Live in Japan, the band's 2020 concert flick Live Around the World, a 2020 livestreamed Q&A event that featured Lambert, May and Taylor and promoted Live Around the World, and a feature called Meet the Press that compiles highlights from the group's various press conferences over the last 10 years.

Tickets for Rhapsody over London can be purchased at Livestream.QueenOnline.com.

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Carlos Santana collapses onstage in Michigan

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Carlos Santana reportedly passed out onstage during a Tuesday concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater in Clarkston, Michigan, some 40 miles northwest of Detroit.

The 74-year-old rock legend was about an hour into his concert when he was "overcome with heat exhaustion and dehydration," his manager, Michael Vrionis, said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

"Carlos was taken to the emergency department at McLaren Clarkston for observation and is doing well," the statement continued.

Vrionis added, "The show for tomorrow July 6th at The Pavilion at Star Lake (formerly the S&T Bank Music Park) in Burgettstown, [Pennsylvania,] will be postponed to a later date. More details to follow thru Live Nation."

Santana was introducing the song "Joy," from his 2021 album Blessings and Miracles, shortly before he passed out, according to Detroit Free Press journalist Jo-Ann Barnas. He was describing the song as "mystical medicine music to heal a world infected with fear."

Santana was treated for about 20 minutes before medical staff covered him with a tarp and wheeled him offstage, according to social media posts and video.

"Ladies and gentlemen as you can we see have a severe medical emergency," the venue staff reportedly announced to the audience. "Let's share our prayers...We need it right now...Please send your light and love to this man."

Last year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer canceled the December dates of his Las Vegas residency to recover from what was described as "an unscheduled heart procedure." Santana also announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 in February.

After the incident, Carlos posted a message on his Facebook page that reads, "to one and all…thank you for your precious prayers…[My wife] Cindy and I we are good just taking it easy…forgot to eat and drink water…so i dehydrated and passed out…blessings and miracles to you all."

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Ex-Pink Floyd star Roger Waters kicks off long-delayed This Is Not a Drill tour tonight

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Former Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters' This Is Not a Drill tour of North America gets underway Wednesday night with a concert in Pittsburgh.

The trek originally was scheduled to begin in July 2020, but was pushed back two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour features a total 40 shows in the U.S. and Canada, running through an October 8 performance in Dallas. The outing will wind down with a trio of concerts in Mexico -- on October 11 in Monterrey and October 14 and 15 in Mexico City.

The tour also includes multiple-night stands in Toronto, Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

As previously reported, the This Is Not a Drill concerts will be staged "in the round," a first for Waters.

In a statement about the trek, Roger explained that his performances will offer "a stunning indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive, and a call to action to LOVE, PROTECT and SHARE our precious and precarious planet home."

He added, "The show includes a dozen great songs from PINK FLOYD'S GOLDEN ERA along side several new ones, words and music, same writer, same heart, same soul, same man."

Leading up to the start of the tour, Waters has been posting a series of black-and-white video clips on his social media sites featuring footage of him rehearsing with his backing group, and sharing his excitement about the new show and its stage production.

The clips have included snippets of Roger and company playing such Pink Floyd classics as "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," "Eclipse" and "Another Brick in the Wall."

Check out Waters' full schedule at RogerWaters.com.

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Check out Richie Furay's new cover of Ricky Nelson hit "Lonesome Town"

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Richie Furay, the country-rock pioneer who co-founded both Buffalo Springfield and Poco, has debuted a new cover of the 1958 Ricky Nelson hit "Lonesome Town" from his forthcoming covers album, In the Country, which will be released Friday, July 8.

Furay's rendition of the memorable song premiered Tuesday at TheBluegrassSituation.com and on his official YouTube channel.

"Ricky Nelson was an idol and musical hero of mine. This song (or any) by Ricky had to be included on this record because of his influence on me," Furay explains. "I remember watching and waiting for him to play on the old Ozzie and Harriet TV show. One such performance was the one that prompted me -- I want to do this; I want to be a musician. Ricky was singing 'Be-Bop Baby,' and that was the clincher; I never looked back."

The track features harmony vocals from country star and current Eagles touring member Vince Gill. Richie notes that his former Poco bandmate and longtime Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, who also sings on In the Country, suggested that Furay use Gill on the song.

"What a thrill it is to have one of the greatest singers/musicians of our day perform on that special song," Furay says.

As previously reported, In the Country is made up mainly of Furay's interpretations of various well-known country songs and also includes a few notable crossover hits, like Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis" and John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads."

In the Country can be preordered now, and Furay has already released a couple of advance tracks from the album -- covers of "Walking in Memphis" and Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You."

Richie currently has just a few upcoming concerts lined up. Visit RichieFuray.com to check out his full schedule.

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Mamma Mia! ABBA to host TikTok live concert on Wednesday

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If you missed seeing ABBA at the Voyage concert series last May, you now have another chance to see them perform. The hitmakers are coming together for an upcoming live concert, set for Wednesday on TikTok.

The Swedish pop icons announced their upcoming show on Monday and shared a video of them working hard at rehearsal.  

Fans also took note of some special foot attire Björn Ulvaeus sported during the promo shot -- his iconic platform boots. Last month, he shared a hilarious video of him mourning his favorite footwear and wrote, "Those shoes went out of style decades ago... they're never coming back."   

In this new video, Ulvaeus is sitting at a piano and the camera pans down to his feet to show he's wearing knee-high white platform boots that are embossed with a very familiar glittery silver design.

Boots aside, the video also shows Agnetha FältskogBenny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad gearing up for their new show by singing at the microphone, holding up throwback photos of the group and hashing things out in the studio.

No other hints about what the concert will entail were provided in the preview. "ABBA live on TikTok July 6th!" the hitmakers wrote in the caption.  

No time was mentioned for the upcoming show, but several sleuthers claim it'll air at 5 p.m. London time, which is noon ET.

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Crosby, Stills & Nash's music back on Spotify; trio reportedly donating proceeds to COVID-19 charities

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Crosby, Stills & Nash's music can be streamed on Spotify again, five months after the legendary folk-rock trio requested their labels pull all their collective recordings off the streaming service. The move was made in solidarity with Neil Young over alleged COVID-19 misinformation hosted by Spotify.

CSN's music returned to Spotify on Saturday, July 2; A source tells Billboard that David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash will be donating money brought in from the streams to charities focused on the COVID-19 crisis for at least one month.

In January, Young insisted that his music be removed from Spotify over alleged COVID-19 misinformation that was featured during the popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast, which is hosted by the streaming service.

On February 2, CSN posted a joint Instagram statement that read, "We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify's Joe Rogan podcast. While we always value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences. Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don't want our music -- or the music we made together -- to be on the same platform."

In late January, Young had sent a letter to Spotify that basically gave them an ultimatum between keeping his music or continuing to host Rogan's podcast, and the service ended up removing his music rather than cutting ties with the podcaster.

Meanwhile, Rogan responded to Young's decision in late January, posting a video in which he denied he was "trying to promote misinformation."

After Young exited Spotify, the company announced that it would be adding content advisories before podcasts that discuss COVID-19.

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Confusion mounts over streaming services pulling three Michael Jackson songs from platforms

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Why have three Michael Jackson songs vanished from streaming services? After some crazy rumors popped up, his people are clearing the air.

American Songwriter reports that three tracks off his 2010 posthumous album, Michael, were removed from streaming. The songs "Breaking News," "Keep Your Head Up" and his 50 Cent collab, "Monster," were also purged from the official Michael Jackson YouTube channel.

It should be noted that some fans believe Michael never sang on these three tracks and have been spreading theories since the songs came out over a decade ago. The songs in question are also part of an ongoing lawsuit filed in 2014 by Vera Serova, who insists the tunes are fraudulent. 

Those rumors gained serious traction after streamers purged the three songs -- so Michael's reps came forward with an official statement to clear the air.

A spokesperson clarified that taking the songs off streaming platforms "had nothing to do with their authenticity."

"The Estate and Sony Music believe the continuing conversation about the tracks is distracting the fan community and casual Michael Jackson listeners from focusing their attention where it should be," the statement continued, "on Michael’s legendary and deep music catalog."

It is unknown when or if these three songs will be restored across all streaming platforms.

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GN'R postpones Scotland show due to "illness and medical advice"; Carrie Underwood joins band in London

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Guns N' Roses' current trip to the U.K. is going through some ups and downs.

Starting with the downs, the "Welcome to the Jungle" rockers have announced that their show in Glasgow, Scotland, scheduled for Monday, is being postponed due to "illness and medical advice."

"We are working on rescheduling options for this show so please hold onto your tickets and wait for a further update," GN'R writes in a statement. "We appreciate your understanding and patience."

As for the ups, GN'R played two concerts at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Friday and Saturday, which each featured a surprise appearance by Carrie Underwood. The country star joined Axl Rose and company for renditions of the Guns classics "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine."

You may recall that Axl previously guested during Underwood's performance at the Stagecoach festival in May, during which they also performed those hits together.

In an Instagram post following the London collaboration, Underwood wrote, "I am but a fan who somehow managed to find her way on stage to have a moment of magic with her heroes! How did I get so lucky?"

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Journey celebrated July 4 by releasing new song, "United We Stand," from upcoming album 'Freedom'

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Journey's long-awaited new studio album, Freedom, arrives this Friday, but the band gave fans another taste of the record, releasing a song titled "United We Stand" on the Fourth of July.

The tune features Journey frontman Arnel Pineda singing in the chorus, "United we stand, divided we fall/ Love conquers all, even when darkness comes to call/ United we stand, divided we fall/ Just fall into to me now, girl, and together we can face it all."

In announcing the release of the track, Journey posted a message about the song on social media that reads, "More than ever, we need to take care of each other and look after one another. 'United We Stand' is a reminder that together we can make a difference."

The soaring rock ballad, which is the fifth advance track Journey has debuted from Freedom, is available now via digital formats. You also can watch a visualizer video for the song on the group's official YouTube channel.

The other four advance songs released from the 15-track collection are "The Way We Used to Be," "You Got the Best of Me," "Let It Rain" and "Don't Give Up on Us."

As previously reported, Freedom will be released on July 8 and can be preordered now.

Following its release, Journey will play four special symphonic concerts in Las Vegas -- on July 15, 16, 22 and 23. The band also has several other concerts lined up around the U.S. this summer. Visit JourneyMusic.com for their full confirmed schedule.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers announce Australia & New Zealand tour with Post Malone

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Red Hot Chili Peppers are headed Down Under early next year, and they're bringing Post Malone along for the ride.

The "Under the Bridge" rockers have announced a tour in Australia and New Zealand, set to kick off in January 2023, with the "Circles" artist also on the bill. The outing will be a reunion for the two acts following their collaborative performance at the 2019 Grammys.

Tickets go on sale next Monday, July 11. You can also sign up for access to a presale via the RHCP email list.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit RedHotChiliPeppers.com.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring the world in support of their new album, Unlimited Love. The U.S. leg, which will feature openers that include HAIM, The Strokes, St. Vincent, King Princess and Thundercat, kicks off July 23 in Denver.

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