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New Series of Vintage Rolling Stones Albums Being Released on Clear Vinyl

ABKCO RecordsThree more classic Rolling Stones albums will be reissued on clear vinyl on May 6 as part of ABKCO Records’ “Clearly Classic” series that was launched last year. The new installment includes 1964′s 12 x 5, 1969′s Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) compilation and the 1970 live album Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert.

12 x 5 was the second full-length Stones album released in the U.S. It was made up mainly of cover songs, including the band’s memorable renditions of “Time Is on My Side,” “It’s All Over Now” and Chuck Berry‘s “Around and Around.”

The Through the Past, Darkly best-of album featured a well-chosen selection of 10 popular songs the group released during the mid-to-late ’60s. The track list includes “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” “Honky Tonk Women” and “Street Fighting Man.”

Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! showcases performances from two shows The Rolling Stones played at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November 1969. It was the first release by the band to feature guitarist Irish Taylor, and was the first live album ever to hit #1 on the U.K. charts. Among the record’s 10 tracks were renditions of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Honky Tonk Women.”

The three reissues can be pre-ordered now at Amazon. All of The Stones’ “Clearly Classic” releases are on high-quality, 180-gram vinyl. The first installment, which came out in May 2013, included 1968′s Beggar’s Banquet, 1969′s Let It Bleed and the double-LP 1971 compilation Hot Rocks 1964-1971.

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Boy George Touring Solo Album, But Says New Culture Club Disc Is Coming

Photo: Dean StockingsEighties pop icon Boy George is currently touring the U.S. in support of his first solo studio album in nearly two decades, but fans who enjoy his classic material should be happy to hear that a “really strong album” from his band Culture Club is also on the way.

George tells ABC News Radio that he made his new solo album, This Is What I Do, after he attempted to get back together with his Culture Club band mates a few years back…but things didn’t go so well.

“I approached them about three years ago and said, ‘Look, I think we could make another great record together,’ and we kind of found out quite quickly that we needed to do some quite serious kind of business and emotional shuffling for us to be able to work together!” he explains. “So I decided, in the sort of chaos of all that, that I should make my own record, and then I’d kind of be better for them.”

George says that plan worked, adding, “This year, we went back to write, and it was a very different experience from three years ago…This time around, it just felt a little bit more focused and we could sort of fully concentrate on what we were doing and that made a big difference. So, we are about to record and I think we have the bones of a really strong record.”

Meanwhile, George and his band are out on the road playing songs from This Is What I Do, mixed in with select Culture Club classics. Asked if he changes those classic songs up in concert, as many artists do, he says yes, but just a bit.

“We do a kind of reggae-fied version of ‘Karma Chameleon’…[and] ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?’ is sort of more of a blues jam now,” he explains. “But it’s still the same song, you know? We’re pretty respectful. You know, you don’t want to upset people too much!”

Seems like it’d be difficult for George to upset anyone, judging from the reaction he’s gotten lately. While in the past he might have been somewhat controversial, the singer claims that he’s gotten nothing but love from people.

“You know, with things like social networking, you do hear about all these trolls and hateful people, but, on the whole, I would say what shocks me the most is how nice people are,” he tells ABC News Radio. “You know, when you’re doing a show and people are singing along to the words and kind of engaging with the song as you intended it…it’s such a nice experience.”

George is also happy to see all the many different kinds of fans who’ve been coming out to see him on his current tour, which wraps up next Wednesday in Los Angeles.

“I’ve always had an eclectic audience. I mean, I’ve never been an artist that’s been able to say, ‘Oh, this is my crowd,’” he says. “But [on this tour], across the board, it’s everyone. And I love that. I love the fact that it’s just so unpredictable. A lot of young people, as well, which is great.”

It’s safe to say that the singer, who’s been sober for six years now, is currently loving life.

“At this point, I’m kind of so happy to be doing what I’m doing — you know, I’ve come back to my work with a sort of renewed enthusiasm and it really feels like a kind of very fertile time to be doing creative things,” he tells ABC News Radio. He adds, laughing, “Plus, you know, all that kind of pressure of being the ‘new thing’ — having that removed — it’s a bit like losing your hair, you know? That’s one less problem to deal with!”

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New Documentary About The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir Premiering Tonight in NYC

TribecaFilm.comA new documentary about founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir gets its premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir will be shown at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 9:30 p.m. ET, and will feature a special musical set by Weir himself following the screening.

The movie follows Weir’s life, from his early years as a high-school dropout following author Ken Kesey‘s Merry Pranksters communal group, through his amazing 30-year adventure as a member of the world’s most celebrated jam band and beyond. The Other One features candid conversations with Bob, as well as interviews with his Dead band mates Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann; various family members; and musical friends such as Sammy Hagar, Bruce Hornsby and Phish‘s Mike Gordon.

In addition, the movie includes concert and behind-the-scenes footage, and takes a look at how the Grateful Dead was affected by and influenced the cultural changes the world underwent during the group’s existence.

The Other One was directed by Mike Fleiss, whose credits also include the 2011 documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne. The Tribeca Film Festival will host encore screenings of the movie this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the AMC Loews Village 7 theater. The flick also will be shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 29 and May 2.

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Grammy Charity Auction Offering Meet-and-Greet Packages with Journey, Ozzy Osbourne

Travis Shinn; MSO PRTwo exciting VIP packages are up for bid that will give rock fans the chance to get up close and personal with Journey and Ozzy Osbourne. The meet-and-greet experiences are part of a charity auction that will raise money for the Recording Academy’s Grammy Foundation and MusiCares organization.

The Journey package includes two tickets to one of the band’s upcoming summer concerts, to be chosen by the winning bidder, as well as the opportunity to spend some face time with the group’s members and get a picture taken with them.

As for the other offer, the winner will receive two passes to attend the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert paying tribute to Ozzy Osbourne on May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The package includes a pair of front-row balcony seats, access to the event’s soundcheck, a light meal and a private meeting and photo op with the Metal Madman himself.

Osbourne and his solo band will perform at the sold-out event, as will Metallica, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, bluesman Keb’ Mo’ and other stars. In addition, The Eagles‘ Joe Walsh will present Ozzy with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which aids musicians who are struggling with health and addiction issues.

You can bid on the packages through this Friday by visiting eBay.com/Grammy.

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Elton John Establishes Fund in Memory of Late Dance Music Pioneer, Will Play NYC Charity Event Soon

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAFYou may never have heard of Frankie Knuckles, but dance music as we know it today may not have existed without him. The Grammy-winning deejay and record producer, known as “The Godfather of House Music,” died on March 31, and now Elton John is paying tribute to him by establishing a charity fund in his name.

Through his Elton John AIDS Foundation, John has established The Frankie Knuckles Fund, to support HIV information, testing and treatment. In a statement, Elton says, “Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of color, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.”

The fund will be aimed particularly at empowering and improving the health of the black community. Black men are 40 percent more likely than white men to be diagnosed with HIV, and 46 percent of people in the U.S. living with HIV are black.

In other Elton-related charity news, the music legend will be performing April 28 at the Hot Pink Park Party, the annual New York City fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He’s played at the event since it first began in 2001, performing solo renditions of both his hits, and more obscure album cuts. Also on the fundraiser’s lineup is Sara Bareilles, whose most recent live album featured a version of John’s hit “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

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