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Blondie hosting four-day Havana excursion featuring the band's first-ever concerts in Cuba

Credit: Andrew ThompsonBlondie will travel to Havana, Cuba, next year to host a special vacation experience that will include a variety of musical performances and other activities.

The "Blondie in Havana" event will take place March 14 to March 18, and will feature two headlining concerts by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, as well as performances by respected Cuban musicians, trips to some of Cuba's celebrated museums and cultural institutions, a photography and architecture tour of the city, and more.

The Blondie concerts will be held at Havana's famous Teatro Mella, and will feature the band playing a variety of its best-known songs. In addition, the group will be joined by a number of popular Cuban artists and bands, including Alain Perez, David Torrens and the Afro-Cuban progressive-rock act Sintesis.

"We've never been to Cuba, though we've always hoped to get there someday." says founding Blondie guitarist Chris Stein. "We've been talking about it for ages and now it's finally happening. Havana is such an incredible scene, such an incredible city. I've always been fascinated by their music and their wildly creative culture. It's going to be an amazing trip and we're all really looking forward to it."

Adds drummer Clem Burke, "Blondie has always had a love for music from that part of the world. All the way back to 'Rapture' and 'The Tide Is High,' we've always experimented with Caribbean sounds and polyrhythm. So as soon as going to Cuba became a possibility, we started putting something together. I think there will be a really special energy."

Registration for the vacation experience opens this Friday, September 28, at 9 a.m. ET at The website also offers more details about the event.

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Mick Jagger-signed guitar being auctioned to raise money for Prince Albert of Monaco's charity

Gary Miller/FilmMagicHow would you like to own a guitar that belonged to and was signed by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger? Well, you'll have the chance to purchase one tomorrow, but you'll have to travel to Monaco to do it.

An electric guitar autographed by Jagger is among the items up for bid at a live auction taking place Wednesday during the second annual Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, which will be held on the Terraces of the Opera of Monaco on Wednesday. Bidding for the guitar will start at 50,000 euros, which is roughly $59,000.

Celebrities and philanthropists will gather for a red carpet, a cocktail reception, a Michelin Star chef-prepared dinner and the auction. Proceeds go to support Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation's initiatives in favor of a sustainable ocean.

Other auction lots include a variety of experiences involving Madonna, a chance to play golf in Los Angeles with Andy Garcia, and any number of fabulous and exotic trips, jewelry and artwork. Visit for details.

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Rust at Sea: Megadeth announces inaugural MegaCruise

Credit: Jeremy SafferIf you want to spend several days in the middle of the ocean with Megadeth, then you're in luck: The metal legends have announced the inaugural MegaCruise, which will be "thrashing through the Pacific" in 2019.

No other info has been revealed just yet, butyou can sign up for a mailing list at The website features the event's logo of a rusty anchor combined with the head of Megadeth mascot Vic Rattlehead.

Meanwhile, Megadeth plans to release new music in 2019. The band's most recent album is 2016's Dystopia.

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Watch puppet Slash rock out in video for Conspirators single "Driving Rain"

ABC/Randy HolmesSlash and his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators have released the video for "Driving Rain," the lead single off the group's new album, Living the Dream.

The clip, which mixes live-action and animation, features puppet versions of Slash and company rocking out in the mountains while another puppet steals a car from her abusive puppet boyfriend. You can watch it now on YouTube.

"The idea behind doing an animated video for 'Driving Rain' is mostly due to the dark subject matter of the song influencing directors to come up with very dramatic, dark and sullen regular live action treatments that weren't any fun at all (no offense to those guys)," Slash explains. "So, I wanted to create something that could be tongue-in-cheek and yet still be dark with live-action animation."

He adds, "FYI, no puppets were harmed during the making of this video."

Slash and the Conspirators are currently touring the U.S. in support of Living the Dream, which is out now.

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The Rolling Stones to release expanded concert video from 1994 "Voodoo Lounge" tour

Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn 1995, The Rolling Stones released a concert video titled Voodoo Lounge Live featuring footage from a November 1994 show at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Now the rock legends are set to unleash an expanded and remastered version of the film in multiple formats on November 16.

Retitled Voodoo Lounge Uncut, the package will feature 10 previously unreleased performances and will be available as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-Blu-ray collection and a digital video. Three-LP sets on black vinyl and colored vinyl as well as digital-audio editions also will be released.

The concert took place during The Rolling Stones' tour in support of their chart-topping 1994 album Voodoo Lounge, which included the songs "You Got Me Rocking," "Love Is Strong" and "Out of Tears." The show featured guest appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Sheryl Crow, rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley and blues guitarist Robert Cray.

The band's set featured several Voodoo Lounge tunes, a few covers, some deep cuts from the group's back catalog and a generous assortment of classics, including "Tumbling Dice," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Beast of Burden," "Angie," "Miss You," "Honky Tonk Women," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," and "Jumpin' Jack Flash."

The Voodoo Lounge Uncut video also contain five bonus performances shot in August 1994 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

You can pre-order Voodoo Lounge Uncut now at

Here's the track list for the Voodoo Lounge Uncut video and audio releases:

Whoopi Goldberg Intro
"Not Fade Away"
"Tumbling Dice"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Rocks Off"*
"Sparks Will Fly"*
"Live with Me"*
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Beast of Burden"*
"Dead Flowers"*
"Sweet Virginia"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"*
"It's All Over Now"
"Stop Breakin' Down Blues"
"Who Do You Love?"
"I Go Wild"*
"Miss You"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Before They Make Me Run"*
"The Worst"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Monkey Man"*
"Street Fighting Man"*
"Start Me Up"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Brown Sugar"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Bonus Performances from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ:

"Out of Tears"
"All Down the Line"
"I Can't Get Next to You"

* = previously unreleased.

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Ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo says late guitarist Jeff Hanneman "wouldn't want to retire"

Christie Goodwin/Getty ImagesEx-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has shared a tribute to late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died five years ago. In the piece, published via Metal Hammer, Lombardo writes that if his former band mate were still alive and in Slayer, which is currently on a farewell tour, he "wouldn't want to retire."

"He'd fight to keep the band going," Lombardo says. "He'd have taken the band by the horns and driven it on. His love and his passion was music and being onstage. That passion was dampened by toxins, but it was still there."

In his tribute, Lombardo also writes that Hanneman was responsible for introducing punk to Slayer's sound, which helped develop the band's signature thrash style.

"It was a huge pivot point -- our songs became faster, more aggressive after that," Lombardo explains. "He was the one that brought that element to Slayer."

Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer, died in May 2013 of liver failure. Lombardo, also a original member, had been fired from the band a few months prior.

Slayer released Repentless, their first album without Hanneman, in 2015. They announced their farewell earlier this year. The final world tour will stretch into 2019.

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Rod Stewart admits he's "left a lot of broken hearts" behind: "I was a real coward"

Credit: RankinRod Stewart is famous for his relationships with some of the world's most desirable women, but he admits that when it came to ending those relationships, he could have been more of a gentleman.  In fact, as he puts it, "I was a real coward."

Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Stewart says, "I haven't treated women badly but I'm not proud of the way I broke up relationships. I was a real coward. It wasn't like Phil Collins. I didn't send an email, but I've left a lot of broken hearts. I've apologized, or at least tried to, since."

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sir Rod was referring the often-repeated story that Collins divorced one of his wives by fax, a story that's actually not true.

Stewart goes on to say that it was only when he had his own heart broken -- by his supermodel ex-wife, Rachel Hunter -- that he realized how terrible it feels.

"When Rachel left me, I didn't have the tools to cope with a break-up," he admits. "I went to pieces. It was terrible. If ever karma got me back, it was then."

These days, Rod is deliriously happy with his wife Penny Lancaster, to whom he's been married for 11 years.

"She's tough but not too tough and she doesn't take any ­nonsense from me," Stewart says proudly. "She's a great mum...the whole package, as far as I'm's just wonderful. I feel blessed many times over."

Asked why this marriage has lasted, Rod says it may be because Penny is British; his previous wives include one American and one New Zealander.  His other long-term partner, Kelly Emberg, was also American.

Stewart's new album, Blood Red Roses, is out on Friday.

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