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"Soul Man" Sam Moore records anthem for 2017 Dept. of Defense Warrior Games competition

Courtesy of Dept. of Defense Warrior GamesSam Moore of the legendary soul duo Sam & Dave has recorded an anthem called "Show for You" that serves as the new theme of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games, taking place June 30 to July 8 in Chicago. The Warrior Games are an annual Paralympic-style competition featuring wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from all branches of the military taking part in various sporting events.

Moore appears in a recently released video featuring "Show for You" that publicizes the eighth annual competition. The clip shows one of this year's competitors, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Lance Corporal Sarah Rudder, running through the streets of Chicago and passing various landmarks as a variety of residents and fellow athletes join her. As the video ends, Rudder and many other athletes are seen proudly assembled at Chicago's Soldier Field.

The video is part of the "By Air, By Land or By Sea" campaign, which promotes the competition by asking viewers how they're planning to get to the Warrior Games. You can watch the clip at Facebook.com/WarriorGames and the DoD Warrior Games' YouTube channel.

Moore recorded "Show for You" with the Chicago Children's Choir. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will sing the anthem at the opening ceremony for the 2017 Warrior Games this Saturday, July 1, at Soldier Field.

About 265 athletes are expected to take part in the 2017 edition of the games, with participants including members of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as from Special Operations Command. Some athletes from the U.K. and Australia will also participate in the competition.

Visit DODWarriorGames.com for more information about the competition.

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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

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Thirty years ago today, Whitney Houston became the first woman to have a #1 album debut

Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesThirty years ago today, Whitney Houston set a record that may surprise you.

Whitney's second album, simply called Whitney, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on June 27, 1987.  What's the big deal?  It was the first album ever by a woman to do so. 

The first album overall ever to debut at #1 was Elton John's Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, and that was in 1975, so it took 12 years for a female artist to achieve the same feat.

Whitney's self-titled 1986 debut album spent 14 weeks at #1.  The Whitney album not only debuted at #1, but it also spun off four #1 hits, including "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "So Emotional," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "Didn't We Almost Have It All."  She also was the first female artist to score four #1s from a single album.

When Whitney hit #1, it marked another milestone for the late diva: she became the first artist to reach #1 with their first two albums since The Monkees did it in 1966 and 1967.

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Aretha cancels concert at Toronto Jazz Festival this Saturday "as per doctor's orders"

Monica Morgan/Getty ImagesAretha Franklin has canceled her concert at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival scheduled for this Saturday, July 1, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts because of unspecified health reasons. According to a message posted on the festival's website, the Queen of Soul is unable to travel to Toronto this week, "as per doctor's orders."

There is some good news, however: Franklin has confirmed that she'll perform at next year's Toronto Jazz Festival on June 28. Fans who purchased tickets for the July 1 show via Ticketmaster or at the Sony Centre box office will have the choice to hold onto their ticket and use it for next year's show, or receive a full refund.

Aretha does have a few other confirmed concerts on her 2017 itinerary, which is mapped out from a July 29 performance in Vienna, Virginia, through a September 16 show in Durant, Oklahoma.

Here are all of Aretha's forthcoming 2017 gigs, according to her official Facebook page:

7/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/12 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
8/19 -- Oak Bluffs, MA, The Tabernacle
8/26 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann
9/3 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/16 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater

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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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