New David Bowie-themed Barbie celebrates 50th anniversary of ‘Hunky Dory’ album

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A new collectible David Bowie-themed Barbie doll has been released in honor of the 50th anniversary of the late rock legend’s classic fifth studio album, 1971’s Hunky Dory.

The new doll is the second Bowie-inspired Barbie released as part the Barbie Signature Collection, following the Ziggy Stardust-themed figurine that debuted in 2019.

The new Barbie features the doll dressed in an outfit replicating the one Bowie wore in the 1973 music video for the Hunky Dory single “Life on Mars?” — a powder-blue suit, black and silver striped shirt, a statement tie and platform shoes. The doll also boasts the same red shag hairstyle that Bowie sported in the video and throughout his glam-era heyday, as well as similar face makeup, including bold blue eyeshadow.

The David Bowie Barbie Doll 2 is priced at $50 and is available at MattelCreations.com, Amazon, Walmart and Target.

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Ozzy Osbourne’s “Patient Number 9” gives Jeff Beck new ‘Billboard’ chart record

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In addition to being the lead single and title track off his upcoming solo album, Ozzy Osbourne‘s new song “Patient Number 9” has given Jeff Beck a new Billboard record.

With “Patient Number 9” debuting at #20 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, Beck, who plays the guitar solo on “Patient Number 9” and is credited as a featured artist, has set the new mark for longest gap between appearances on that particular ranking.

Beck’s last entry on Mainstream Rock Airplay came in 1994 thanks to his collaboration with Seal on a cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Manic Depression.” All told, it took Beck 28 years and four months to return to the chart.

Prior to Beck, the record had been held by Elton John. The Rocket Man spent 27 years and five months between charting on Mainstream Rock Airplay in 1992 with the Eric Clapton team-up “Runaway Train” and in 2020 as a featured artist on “Ordinary Man,” the title track off the then-new album by, wait for it, Ozzy Osbourne.

So, the lesson here seems to be that if you want to break a Billboard chart record, hopping on an Ozzy Osbourne solo track may be your best bet.

The album Patient Number 9 will be released September 9, and can be preordered now. Along with Beck, it includes guest contributions from Clapton, Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad SmithPearl Jam‘s Mike McCready, Black Label Society‘s Zakk Wylde, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Jane’s Addiction‘s Chris Chaney, Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo and late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

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Frank Zappa catalog, film archive and “Vault” acquired by Universal Music Group

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The late Frank Zappa‘s entire song publishing and recording catalog, his film archives and the full contents of his expansive storage facility, known as The Vault, have been acquired by Universal Music Group from the Zappa Trust, the family company overseen by Frank’s four children.

In addition, the agreement, which also includes Zappa’s name and likeness, will see UMG’s catalog and music-publishing companies — Universal Music Enterprises, known as UMe, and Universal Music Publishing Group — continue its ongoing partnership with the Zappa Trust, which began 10 years ago when Frank’s late wife, Gail, was overseeing the trust.

“UMG have more than proven their passion for Frank’s art and so the entire Zappa family — Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva — is thrilled to pass the baton to the new forever stewards for all things Frank Zappa,” the Zappa Trust says in a joint statement. “Old and new fans will get more of what they want — more Frank Zappa music for years to come …[W]e know that his music and legacy will be in the best possible hands for generations to come.”

Adds UMe President and CEO Bruce Resnikoff, “We will continue to develop innovative ways to celebrate [Frank’s] vast and influential catalog for both longtime fans and those just discovering his genius … Frank Zappa was constantly creating and recording and he left behind a treasure trove of extraordinary still-unreleased music and video in his Vault that will help us usher in the next era of Frank Zappa fans.”

During his lifetime, Zappa obsessively documented his recording sessions, live performances and jams on audio and video formats. UMG is planning to pore through his archives to create many new releases in the coming years.

Zappa died of prostate cancer in 1993 at age 52.

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2022 Peach Music Festival kicks off; select sets streaming online

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The 10th anniversary edition of the Allman Brothers Band-founded Peach Music Festival got underway Thursday.

The four-day event, which runs through Sunday, July 3, is taking place at its usual location, Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It will include headlining sets from The Black Crowes and Phish singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio‘s solo band.

More than 50 artists will be performing at this year’s festival, with the bill also including founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe, Jason Bonham‘s Led Zeppelin Evening, reggae legends The Wailers and Steel Pulse, G. Love & The Juice and Duane Betts — son of original Allman Brothers singer/guitarist Dickey Betts.

Jaimoe will be playing with a collective dubbed Jaimoe & Friends, while The Wailers will perform the late Bob Marley‘s classic hits compilation Legend in its entirety. In addition, a group called Trouble No More will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Allman Brothers’ 1972 album Eat a Peach. Trouble No More’s lead singer is Lamar Williams Jr., whose late father played bass with the Allman Brothers from 1972 to 1976.

With the festival scheduled just before July 4, the bash will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display Sunday.

Meanwhile, nugs.net will be streaming select performances from the festival on all four days, and subscribers to the service will be able to watch for free.

The June 30 livestream lineup includes the Trouble No More set; the July 1 bill will feature Steel Pulse; the July 2 lineup includes Jaimoe & Friends and Trey Anastasio Band; and the July 3 livestream will offer Duane Betts, The Wailers and G. Love & The Juice.

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Original Dio drummer “loved” ’Stranger Things’ jacket: “That was great”

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While Kate Bush‘s “Running Up That Hill” has far and away been the defining song of the latest season of Stranger Things, fans of the heavier side of ’80s music got some recognition, too.

Breakout character Eddie Munson, a Dungeons & Dragons-loving metalhead, sports a denim jacket with a patch inspired by the 1984 Dio album The Last in Line on the back. Original Dio drummer Vinny Appice, who’s a fan of Stranger Things, tells ABC Audio that he was “absolutely” excited to see the patch in the show.

“I’m, like, ‘Why didn’t you play the song?’ They played a lot of rock songs in that, they didn’t play a Dio or [Black] Sabbath song,” Appice shares. “But the back of his jacket — fantastic! A couple of shots, it was straight on.”

As was revealed following the season’s premiere in May, the patch was made out of a shirt provided by the late Ronnie James Dio‘s estate.

“That actually is a link to Ronnie’s personal stuff he had,” Appice says. “So that was great, I loved it.”

The second volume of Stranger Things season 4 premieres this Friday, July 1, on Netflix.

Meanwhile, a remastered and remixed version of Dio’s 1983 debut album, Holy Diver, is being released July 8 in honor of what would’ve been Ronnie’s 80th birthday on July 10. Appice feels that the reissue, like the Stranger Things reference, helps keep the music of Dio “alive.”

“[Holy Diver] just went double-Platinum, too,” Appice says. “All this stuff keeps the music maybe turning on to some younger audiences and stuff. And it’s become such a classic, it’s amazing.”

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The Doobie Brothers to play concert at famed Radio City Music Hall in September

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The Doobie Brothers have added a special gig to the 2022 leg of their 50th anniversary tour, a September 8 performance at New York City’s famous Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets for the show will go on sale to the general public Friday, July 8, at 10 a.m. ET. American Express card members will have the chance to purchase presale tickets starting Tuesday, July 5, at 10 a.m. ET, while a limited number of VIP packages also will be available. For more info, visit Ticketmaster.com.

Founding Doobie Brothers member Pat Simmons recently chatted with ABC Audio about the band playing Radio City Music Hall, declaring, “It’s a spectacular venue and really a good place to showcase what we’ve been doing.”

The Doobie Brothers are currently in the middle of the North American summer leg of their 50th anniversary trek that’s mapped out through a July 25 show in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will follow that with a series of fall concerts running from a September 2 gig in Pelham, Alabama, to an October 12 performance in Nashville.

Check out the band’s full schedule at TheDoobieBrothers.com.

As previously reported, The Doobie Brothers’ lineup for the tour features core members Simmons, Tom Johnston and John McFee, along with returning Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald.

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Pink Floyd reissuing 1977 Animals album with 5.1 Surround Sound mix, new cover art

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Pink Floyd is reissuing its classic 1977 concept album Animals in multiple formats featuring a previously unreleased 5.1 Surround Sound mix created in 2018 by the band’s longtime studio collaborator James Guthrie.

The Animals reissue will be available individually on CD, vinyl LP, Blu-ray and SACD on September 16, and as a deluxe multiple-disc package on October 7.

The Deluxe version includes a CD, an LP, an audio Blu-ray, an audio DVD, and a 32-page book. The Blu-ray and DVD discs feature Guthrie’s 2018 remix in stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound, as well as the original 1977 stereo mix. The booklet contains rare seen behind-the-scenes images from the Animals album-cover photo shoot, along with pics of Pink Floyd playing live and band memorabilia.

The reissue boasts a reimagined and updated version of the cover, which famously featured the image of a giant inflatable pig tied by ropes to the chimneys of London’s Battersea Power Station.

Animals, Pink Floyd’s 10th studio effort, was released in January 1977 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, going on to sell over 4 million copies in the U.S. The concept album, which was loosely based on George Orwell‘s dystopian novel Animal Farm, and was inspired by the socio-political climate of the U.K. during the mid-1970s.

It included three extended themed pieces titled “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, “Dogs” and “Sheep,” that represented humanity as three different classes — subservient sheep, despotic pigs and predatory dogs.

Last June, ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters posted a lengthy message explaining the Animals reissue had been delayed because of a conflict he had with former band mate David Gilmour over sleeve notes.

You can preorder the Animals reissue now.

Here’s the album’s track list:

“Pigs on the Wing (Part One)”
“Dogs”
“Pigs (Three Different Ones)”
“Sheep”
“Pigs on the Wing (Part Two)”

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See Alanis Morissette pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins during London show

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Alanis Morissette paid tribute to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins during her concert in London earlier this week.

During a performance of the song “Ironic,” the onstage screens played archival video from throughout Morissette’s career, including when Hawkins played in her live band in the mid-90s on her massive Jagged Little Pill tour.

As the song ended, the screens went dark before a photo of Hawkins appeared alongside the caption, “In Memory of Taylor Hawkins.”

You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance and the tribute now via YouTube.

Hawkins toured with Morissette until he joined Foo Fighters in 1997.

Morissette will continue to honor Hawkins’ memory when she performs at Foo Fighters’ upcoming tribute concert in Los Angeles, taking place September 27. The LA date is the second of two planned Hawkins tribute shows, the first of which will be held September 3 in London.

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Alice Cooper’s classic fifth album, ‘School’s Out,’ was released 50 years ago today

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release the Alice Cooper group’s fifth studio album, School’s Out, which featured the hit title track — widely regarded as the shock rockers’ signature song.

School’s Out reached #2 on the Billboard 200, Alice Cooper’s second-highest-charting album on the tally after 1973 chart-topping Billion Dollar Babies. The album’s popularity was propelled by the song “School’s Out,” which was the sole single issued from the record.

“School’s Out,” which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, was the highest-charting single of the Alice Cooper group’s career, although Cooper’s 1989 solo hit “Poison” also reached that spot on the Hot 100.

The album cover features a photo of wooden school desktop with the names or initials of Alice Cooper’s five members — Cooper, bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarists Michael Bruce and Glen Buxton — carved into it. The original vinyl album’s packaging also featured the LP wrapped in a pair of paper panties.

The song “School’s Out” celebrates the joy that children and teens feel when the school year ends, while also expressing youthful rebellion against oppressive authority. The tune has appeared in several films over the years, including Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Scream and Dazed and Confused.

“School’s Out” was ranked at #293 on Rolling Stone‘s 2021 list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

The School’s Out album has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than a million copies in the U.S.

Here’s the album’s full track list:

“School’s Out”
“Luney Tune”
“Gutter Cat vs. the Jets”
“Street Fight”
“Blue Turk”
“My Stars”
“Public Animal #9”
“Alma Mater”
“Grande Finale”

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Official Byrds photo book, featuring commentary from surviving members, to be released in September

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An official release date has been announced for The Byrds: 1964-1967, a deluxe photo book focusing on influential rock band The Byrds‘ early years that features contributions from the group’s three surviving original members — Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman.

The 400-page book, which will be published on September 30, features over 500 images taken by such acclaimed photographers as Henry Diltz, Jim Marshall, Linda McCartney and Barry Feinstein, as well as photos from Columbia Records’ archives and the personal archives of the band’s original manager.

The Byrds: 1964-1967 includes commentary from McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman, who share their recollections about the group, which pioneered folk rock, psychedelic rock and country rock.

The project marks the first time that McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman have all worked together since recording a few new songs for The Byrds’ 1990 retrospective box set.

Four versions of the book are available: a standard version, a deluxe limited edition, a super deluxe limited edition and a super deluxe limited edition that comes with a fine-art print.

Copies of the deluxe edition are signed by McGuinn and Hillman, and the super deluxe limited editions are signed by all three surviving Byrds members. The book can be preordered now at ByrdsBook.com.

“I loved being in The Byrds,” says Hillman. “And as crazy as we all were at times, when we were on our game, we soared, we flew high and mighty. I think we all shared a private belief and a strong faith that this was going to work. And it worked so well.”

Adds McGuinn, “Being in The Byrds was a detour to my dream of being a folk singer. It was a very special detour, and one I will always hold close to my heart.”

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