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VIP concert experiences with Ringo Starr, Dead & Company being auctioned to benefit Stuart House charity

Rob Shanahan; Danny ClinchSpecial fan experiences involving Ringo Starr and Dead & Company and guitars signed by Eddie Van Halen, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Dave Matthews are up for bid as part of men's fashion designer John Varvatos' 14th annual Stuart House Online Auction. Bidding on the various items and lots closes between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 28.

Among the VIP experiences is the chance meet Ringo and his All Starr Band, along with two tickets to one of the group's October 2017 concerts at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The Dead & Company experience offers the winning bidder the opportunity to take a photo with founding singer/guitarist Bob Weir, plus a pair of tickets to the one of the band's shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field -- either this Friday, June 30, or Saturday, July 1.

Other collectibles being auctioned include a drumhead autographed by former Guns N' Roses member Matt Sorum, a three-night stay in Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's private home in Maui, Hawaii and a variety of photo prints of famous musicians taken by well-known photographers such as Mick Rock, Bob Gruen and Danny Clinch.

You can check out all the lots at CharityBuzz.com. The auction raises funds for Stuart House, a program connected with Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center that provides treatment and care for young victims of sexual abuse.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie add L.A. and New York concerts to their duo tour

Credit: John RussoFleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie kicked off their first-ever tour as a duo last week in support of their recently released self-titled collaborative album. The North American trek is plotted out through an August 11 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the two longtime band mates also have just added a pair of new concerts at famous venues on opposite sides of the U.S. -- on August 2 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and August 10 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Tickets for the newly added shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m. local time, while American Express card members are able to purchase pre-sale tickets now.

The Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie album, which was released on June 9, features 10 original songs. Five of the tracks were written by Buckingham, two were penned by McVie and three were co-writes. Fleetwood Mac's rhythm section, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, also lent their talents to the record.

During Lindsey and Christine's summer trek, the duo also will rejoin Fleetwood Mac to play the previously announced festival shows The Classic West and The Classic East, scheduled for July 16 and July 30, respectively, at Dodger Stadium in L.A. and Citi Field in New York City. Also on the bill for those concerts will be Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Here are all of the upcoming dates on Buckingham and McVie's duo tour:

6/28 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/2 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
7/3 -- Chicago, IL, Northerly Island
7/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
7/6 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
7/19 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
7/21 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
7/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theatre
7/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/27 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
8/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/5 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino
8/6 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar World Casino and Resort
8/8 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at the Heights
8/10 -- New York City, NY, Beacon Theatre
8/11 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center

= newly added date.

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Ozzy Osbourne's 10 favorite metal albums include records by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter getting input from Lars Ulrich and Rob Halford, Rolling Stone has turned to Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness himself, to share his personal 10 favorite metal albums. His picks include Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV, AC/DC's Highway to Hell and Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction.

Writing about Led Zeppelin IV, Osbourne notes that he's always been a huge fan of the group, adding, "All of their studio albums are classics but this is one of my all-time favorites."

Regaring Highway to Hell, Ozzy says, "I love Brian Johnson but to me my good friend, the late Bon Scott, was the best singer AC/DC ever had. This album was like an addiction to me."

As for Appetite for Destruction, Osbourne calls it "one of the greatest debut albums of all time." He adds, "There's not a weak song in the bunch. I never get tired of hearing it."

Last week, Rolling Stone shared its list of "The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time." The magazine named Black Sabbath's Paranoid as #1.

Here are Ozzy Osbourne's 10 favorite metal albums, in alphabetical order:

AC/DC -- Highway to Hell
Alice in Chains -- Facelift
Guns N' Roses -- Appetite for Destruction
Judas Priest -- British Steel
Led Zeppelin -- Led Zeppelin IV
Megadeth -- Rust in Peace
Metallica -- Master of Puppets
Motorhead -- Ace of Spades
Pantera -- Cowboys from Hell
Rob Zombie -- Hellbilly Deluxe

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The Moody Blues' John Lodge says reaction to 50th anniversary "Day of Future Passed" show "has been fantastic"

Credit: Mark OwensTonight in Minneapolis, The Moody Blues continue their North American tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their symphonic-rock masterpiece, Days of Future Passed. The "Days of Future Passed -- 50th Anniversary" trek, which kicked off in early June, features the veteran British band playing the entire 1967 album, as well as various favorite songs from throughout the group's long career.

Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge tells ABC Radio that the audiences' reception to the show so far "has been fantastic."  He also notes that the band felt it was important to mark Days of Future Passed's golden anniversary in a special way.

"It is a major milestone," he says. "If you go back to 1967, we were young musicians with a few songs in our books and a few melodies in our heart…and went into the studio for a week and recorded this album…And it obviously changed our lives forever."

The concept record was among the first featuring a rock band accompanied by an orchestra, and included the enduring Moody Blues tunes "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon." For most of the 50th anniversary concerts, the band plays alongside taped orchestral parts recorded especially for the tour, while a few shows will feature a live orchestra.

The concerts also feature a multimedia presentation including a prerecorded video of actor Jeremy Irons reading the album-closing poem "Late Lament," that originally was recited by founding keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Several songs from Days of Future Passed are being played live for the first time ever on this trek, including "Evening Time to Get Away," "The Sunset" and "Dawn Is a Feeling." "It was interesting to go back and rei-nvestigate how we did those," Lodge tells ABC Radio. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Here are all of the remaining North American dates on the trek:

6/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
6/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Summerfest
6/30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Park
7/1 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
7/2 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
7/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/9 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
7/10 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/12 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/16 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/18 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center
7/19 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Pavilion
7/20 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts
7/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
7/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

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U2's Adam Clayton honored at MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit 2017: "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own!"

Robin Marchant/WireImageMonday night in New York City, U2 bass player Adam Clayton received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. 

The award is given to music industry people who help others in the industry recover from addiction, and Clayton, now sober, has done that, through work with MusiCares' Musicians' Assistance Program.  In his speech, he thanked not only U2 for helping him through his addiction, but also two other legendary rockers.

Clayton, who started his speech by joking, "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own...this is very unusual!" revealed that that after a couple of major benders, Eric Clapton, a former addict himself, called the bass player and told him enough was enough. 

"He didn't sugarcoat it.  He told me I had to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it," said Clayton. "He gave me the name of a treatment center and the power to make the call to them."

During his rehab program, Clayton recalled, The Who's Pete Townshend, another former addict, visited him and gave him further encouragement. 

"These two talents were enough to get me started," he said, "And convince me my life wasn't over, but that I was at the start of a long journey to learn to love myself."

Adam also expressed his gratitude to Bono, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge, saying, "We have a pact with each other.  In our band, no one will be a casualty...No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise and letting me be in your band." 

Clayton ended his speech by quoting U2's "I Will Follow," and then joined his band mates for three songs, including that one, as well as "Vertigo" and "Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of."

On the red carpet, Clayton also talked about U2's current tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

"It's amazing," he told reporters. "Who would have thought that at this stage, we could come back with a record that we put out 30 years ago, and it could seem as fresh and as relevant as 30 years ago?"

During the 2017 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit, hosted by Cat Deeley, other artists were personally invited by Adam to play their own songs, and to pay tribute to U2.  Among them:

Michael Franti -- "Television, The Drug of the Nation," a Franti song U2 used to open their Zoo TV tour, as well as U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and his own "11:59."
The Lumineers -- U2's "One" and "Stubborn Love"
Jack Garratt -- "The Love You're Given," "Worry" and U2's "The Sweetest Thing"
Macy Gray -- "My Way," "I Try" and U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

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Stevie Nicks records new version of Fleetwood Mac hit "Gypsy" as theme for new Netflix series

Gary Miller/Getty ImagesStevie Nicks has recorded a new, stripped-down version of her 1982 Fleetwood Mac hit "Gypsy" that's being used as the theme of a new Netflix series called Gypsy

The series, starring Naomi Watts, premieres this Friday, June 30. The opening sequence of the show, featuring the updated rendition of the tune, has been posted on the official Netflix YouTube channel.

Nicks' introspective new version of "Gypsy" features Stevie's vocals accompanied only by piano. The intro to the show features a montage of clips of Watts kissing a man, putting her fingers in the flame of a lighter and smoking a cigarette. During the segment, the actress is viewed through a watch crystal and a bourbon bottle, both of which shatter.

Gypsy is a psychological thriller that features Watts as a therapist who initiates intimate relationships with people who are involved in the lives of her patients.

Interestingly, Nicks also recorded a new tune that's featured on the soundtrack of another project starring Watts: the dramatic film The Book of Henry, which opened in theaters on June 16. That song, "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go," was written by Ryan Miller, the lead singer of the Boston-based alternative-rock act Guster.

Nicks' next scheduled performance is a solo appearance at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' July 9 concert at Hyde Park in London. She then will perform with Fleetwood Mac at The Classic West and The Classic East concerts taking place, respectively, on July 16 in Los Angeles and July 30 in New York City. Stevie also has a half-dozen solo concerts lined up in the U.S. in August and September.

Here are all of Nicks' forthcoming concerts:

7/9 -- London, U.K., Hyde Park - British Summer Time Festival
7/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium - The Classic West*
7/30 -- New York, NY, Citi Field - The Classic East*
8/23 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
8/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/9 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/10 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/13 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena
9/24 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond Festival

* = Fleetwood Mac.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich writes foreword to book detailing history of Metal Blade Records

BMGLars Ulrich writes the foreword to For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, a book about the label that helped launch Metallica's career.

Written by Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel and author Mark EglintonFor the Sake of Heaviness explores the label's 35-year history, which started in 1982 with a compilation featuring fledgling bands from the local Los Angeles music scene, including the first-ever released recording from Metallica.

"I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary," says Slagel in a statement. "You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade."

For the Sake of Heaviness will arrive on August 29.

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