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Lars Ulrich proud of "overwhelming" response to Metallica's Day of Service

ABC/Randy HolmesThis past Wednesday, Metallica held their first Day of Service, a country-wide volunteering effort in coordination with the band's All Within My Hands charity foundation. In a piece written for Rolling Stone, drummer Lars Ulrich says that the response to the program has been "overwhelming."

"We're so proud of the passion and the selflessness that our fans brought to all their local chapters around the country," Ulrich writes. "All the reports that have ended up in my inbox reflect nothing but goodwill, good deeds, good vibes and good energy."

Nearly 2,000 Metallica fans volunteered at their local food bank for the Day of Service, while the metal legends themselves donated $5,000 to California's San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

"As someone who has been a loner for most of my life, being in the Metallica family has always given me a sense of belonging and made me feel like I was not alone," Ulrich writes.

"As we all know, hard rock can sometimes, in different parts of the world, be looked down upon as a second-class member of the global music community," he continues. "So we are additionally pleased that we can show everyone that hard-rock and metal fans can be as compassionate and as selfless as any other people in the worldwide charitable family and the bad stigma that sometimes is hung upon them/us as somehow lesser citizens can be readdressed."

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"Southern Blood" brother: Gregg Allman died one year ago this Sunday

Credit: Ian RawnThis Sunday, May 27, marks the first anniversary of Gregg Allman's death. The Allman Brothers Band singer, keyboardist and songwriter passed away at the age of 69 from complications of liver cancer.

Allman co-founded The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida. Combining blues, soul, jazz and gospel with rock 'n' roll, the group became one of the most popular and influential Southern rock acts of all time.

Gregg's soulful vocals and Hammond organ were key ingredients in the band's sound, while he also wrote or co-wrote many of the band's signature tunes, including "Whipping Post," "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and "Ain't Wastin' Time No More."

Allman also had a successful solo career that paralleled his work with his famous group, and became his main focus after the band's 2014 breakup. At the time of his death, he'd just about completed work on a new solo album, Southern Blood, which was produced by Don Was and released posthumously in September 2017. The album garnered critical praise and scored two Grammy nominations.

Speaking with ABC Radio about working with Allman on Southern Blood, Was noted, "I think the fact that he's probably one of the most soulful singers in the history of American music shines through on this record. I loved the performances he gave…He was truly one of the greats."

Numerous tribute shows honoring Gregg were held after his death, and events he helped established, such as The Peach Music Festival and the Laid Back Festival, have continued on in his memory.

Meanwhile, longtime Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes recently reflected on Gregg's death.

"[We'd] known each other since 1981…We were around the world together many, many times, and wrote a lot of music together," Haynes told ABC Radio. "I miss him all the time."

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"Philly Forget Me Not": Hall & Oates & pals will chow down at second annual HoagieNation Festival this weekend

Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentLast year, Daryl Hall & John Oates introduced HoagieNation, their very own music and food festival, in their hometown of Philadelphia.  On Saturday, the duo and their musical pals are back for a second helping, and they're getting things started a little early, too.

"What made us want to continue it was it was very successful," Daryl tells ABC Radio. "It's really gonna be more of a two-day event this year.  Last year was just one."

Things get underway tonight with a pre-party at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, a venue that partially inspired Hall & Oates' current single "Philly Forget Me Not."  In addition to performances by a couple of musical acts, there will be food from a huge number of acclaimed chefs, including Top Chef and Food Network stars.

On Saturday, the action moves to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, where about eight different acts will be playing throughout the day, and, naturally, there'll be a hoagie eating contest.

"It's gonna be great," Daryl says. "Train is gonna play before us, and us, and we also have my friends Fitz and the Tantrums on the bill that night...so it's gonna be a very interesting night.  And other people -- it's a festival!"

He adds, "And we're gonna really have some great food there.  Y'know, it's Philly!  You gotta have some great food....it's gonna be a great time, a great day."

Following the festival, Hall & Oates will resume their joint tour with Train on June 5 in Toronto.

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The Beach Boys to receive special honor on Fourth of July, launch new tour tonight

Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthThe Beach Boys have played a number of July 4 shows in Washington, D.C. over the years, and the band will return to the U.S. capital to perform on the annual A Capitol Fourth concert for a second consecutive year.

As part of the event, which PBS will air live from the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol starting at 8 p.m. ET, The Beach Boys will be honored with the prestigious National Artistic Achievement Award.  The group will be the fifth-ever recipient of the honor, joining Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Reba McEntire, and conductor and Star Wars composer John Williams.

"This is an extraordinary recognition for our band," says founding Beach Boys singer Mike Love. "We are grateful to everyone involved with A Capitol Fourth for this beautiful honor. The Beach Boys have been synonymous with 4th of July and performing on the West Lawn for decades now. It is an enormous source of pride."

Appropriately enough, the award will be presented by A Capitol Fourth host John Stamos, who's been a friend and an occasional touring member of The Beach Boys for decades.

Meanwhile, The Beach Boys kick off a new North American summer trek dubbed the "Now and Then" tour tonight in Springfield, Illinois. The outing is mapped out all the way into the fall. Stamos will join the group on select dates beginning in June.

While the band is out on the road, the recently reported album The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will hit stores June 8. It's a 19-track collection featuring archival vocal performances paired with new symphonic parts recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios.

Here are all of the Beach Boys' confirmed North American tour dates, according to TheBeachBoys.com:

5/25 -- Springfield, IL, Springfield Sliders Stadium
5/26 -- Herrin, IL, HerrinFesta Italiana
6/1 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/2 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/3 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/5 -- Grand Forks, ND, Chester Fritz Auditorium
6/6 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Mary W. Sommervold Hall at Washington Pavilion
6/7 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center
6/8 -- Wausau, WI, Grand Theatre
*6/9 -- Fish Creek WI, Door Community Auditorium
6/22 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Casino
6/23 -- Pala, CA, Starlight Theater
6/30 -- Timmins, ON, Canada, Stars and Thunder Festival
7/1 -- San Rafael, CA, Marin County Fair
7/13 -- Fishers, IN, Conner Prairie
7/14 -- Fishers, IN, Conner Prairie
7/15 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
7/17 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
7/18 -- Sylvania, OH, Centennial Terrace
7/19 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater
7/20 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
7/21 -- Kemptville, ON, Canada, Kemptville Live Musical Festival  
7/22 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Edmonton Northlands Grounds
7/25 -- Columbus, OH, Celeste Center
7/27 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
7/29 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheatre
8/2 -- Fredericksburg, VA, Marks & Harrison Amphitheater
8/3 -- Selbyville, DE, The Freeman Stage
8/4 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre (two shows)
8/5 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center
8/7 -- Nichols, NY, Tioga Downs
8/8 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/9 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/11 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent (two shows)
8/12 -- Webster, MA, Indian Ranch Amphitheatre
8/14 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/15 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
8/16 -- Farmingville, NY, Brookhaven Amphitheater
8/17 -- Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheater
8/18 -- Ocean Grove, NJ, The Great Auditorium
8/20 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier (two shows)
8/21 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier (two shows)
8/24 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavilion
8/25 -- Franklin, WI, Milwaukee County Sports Center
8/27 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/15 -- Hutchinson, KS, Kansas State Fair
9/16 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/21 -- Santa Barbara, CA, The Granada Theatre
9/28 -- Minot, ND, Norsk Hostfest
11/14 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium

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See Nick Mason play: Pink Floyd drummer's new group schedules full European tour

Chris Peyton for VVVoidAfter making their live debut this past week with four intimate club shows in London, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's new group, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, has announced plans for a full European tour in September.

The trek kicks off on September 2 in Stockholm, Sweden, and visits 14 other cities on mainland Europe before heading to Mason's U.K. home country for six more dates, winding down with a September 29 show in Nottingham. To buy tickets, visit TheSaucerfulofSecrets.com.

As previously reported, the group pays tribute to Pink Floyd's early material with a focus on the band's first two albums, 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets. The other musicians in Mason's new outfit are Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd and David Gilmour touring bassist Guy Pratt, and veteran session musicians Lee Harris and Dom Beken on guitar and keyboards, respectively.

The set lists from Saucerful of Secrets' London gigs also included Pink Floyd songs from 1969's More, 1971's Meddle and 1972's Obscured by Clouds.

Here's the full list of Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets' European tour dates:

9/2 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Cirkus
9/3 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Forum Black Box
9/4 -- Rostock, Germany, Moya
9/6 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Carre
9/8 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Stadsschouwburg
9/9 -- Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Den Atelier
9/10 -- Paris, France, Olympia
9/11 -- Dusseldorf, Germany, Mitsubishi Elektrikhalle
9/13 -- Hamburg, Germany, Laeiszhalle
9/15 -- Stuttgart, Germany, Beethovensaal
9/16 -- Berlin, Germany, Tempodrom
9/17 -- Leipzig, Germany, Haus Auensee
9/19 -- Vienna, Austria, Stadhalle F
9/20 -- Milan, Italy, Tetro Arcimboldi
9/21 -- Zurich, Switzerland, Samsung Hall
9/23 -- Portsmouth, U.K., Guildhall
9/24 -- London, U.K., The Roundhouse
9/25 -- Birmingham, U.K., Symphony Hall
9/27 -- Manchester, O2 Apollo
9/28 -- Glasgow, U.K., SEC Armadillo
9/29 -- Nottingham, U.K., Royal Concert Hall

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Rock on, Stevie Nicks! Fleetwood Mac legend turns 70 on Saturday

Credit: Kristin BurnsStevie Nicks, whose mystical persona and poetic songs helped Fleetwood Mac become one of the world's most popular rock bands before she started an equally successful solo career, celebrates her 70th birthday on Saturday, May 26.

In 1974, Nicks and her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham were performing as a duo when they were asked to join Fleetwood Mac. Nicks' and Buckingham's singing and songwriting talents immediately impacted the group, whose chart-topping self-titled 1975 album included the Stevie-penned hit "Rhiannon" and her enduring ballad "Landslide."

Fleetwood Mac's next album, 1977's Rumours, made history. Recorded in the wake of Nicks and Buckingham's breakup and band mates Christine and John McVie's divorce, the album topped the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks and eventually sold over 20 million copies in the U.S.  Rumours also featured Stevie's composition "Dreams," the band's first and only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Nicks launched her solo career in 1981 with her debut album, Bella Donna. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200, and featured the hits "Edge of Seventeen," the Tom Petty duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and the Don Henley collaboration "Leather and Lace." Nicks has continued to alternate between Fleetwood Mac and her solo career.

This past January, Fleetwood Mac were honored with the MusiCares Person of the Year award. At the ceremony, Nicks mentioned her impending 70th birthday by noting that some of Fleetwood Mac's original fans are as old as 90.

"Those people played [Fleetwood Mac] music for their babies…And then those babies grew up and [played our music] for their babies," Stevie said. "And then those babies grew up, and those babies played it for their babies. I mean, all the babies just grew up, and I watched them grow up…It's, like, amazing!"

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Greg Lake tribute album, Moonchild," co-produced by the late ELP frontman, available now

Manticore RecordsOne of the final projects that late Emerson, Lake & Palmer frontman Greg Lake worked on has just been released.  It's a tribute album to his music called Moonchild, featuring Italian musicians Annie Barbazza and Max Repetti,  Lake, who died of lung cancer in December 2016 at age 69, co-produced the album, which features reworked versions of songs that the prog-rock legend recorded with ELP and King Crimson.

Max Marchini, who co-produced the album with Lake, explains that the project originally was supposed feature Greg singing stripped-down renditions of his favorite songs accompanied by pianist Repetti, but because of his illness, Lake eventually decided to ask his friend Barbazza "to take his place and carry on his legacy with this album."

Marchini adds that Lake "patiently trained Annie using all the available technology to keep him up to date with our progress, while continuing to work with Max Repetti and me on the arrangements and production. We all spoke on Skype several times a week to ensure this project matched his standard of perfectionism and musical integrity."

Among the well-known songs featured on Moonchild are ELP's "Lucky Man," "Karn Evil 9" and "C'est la Vie," and King Crimson's "In the Court of the Crimson King" and "21st Century Schizoid Man."

Moonchild: A Deep Journey into the Music and Poetry of Greg Lake is available now on CD and as a vinyl LP at ManticoreRecords.com. Here's the album's full track list:

"In the Court of the Crimson King"/"21st Century Schizoid Man"
"Trilogy"/"The Endless Enigma, Part II"
"Moonchild"
"The Stones of Years"?"Take a Pebble"
"C'est la Vie"
"Battlefield," including "Epitaph"
"Karn Evil 9 1st impression, Part 2"
"Memories of an Officer and a Gentleman"
"In the Wake of Poseidon"
"Lucky Man"
"The Sage"/"The Great Gates of Kiev"

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