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Earth, Wind & Fire win trademark lawsuit against Earth, Wind & Fire cover band

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Earth, Wind & Fire has won a lawsuit they brought against a cover band that they claimed was infringing on their trademark. 

Back in March 2023, Earth, Wind & Fire LLP, the rights holders of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group's trademark, sued Substantial Music Group and Stellar Communications over their Earth, Wind & Fire Legacy Reunion, a tribute band featuring unnamed “former members” of the R&B group.

The real Earth, Wind & Fire argued Legacy Reunion was using the real band’s logos, word mark and more to mislead consumers into paying more money for their shows. 

In a ruling handed down Monday, March 4, in Miami, a judge agreed with Earth, Wind & Fire, ruling Legacy Reunion did indeed infringe on their intellectual property rights, citing online posts by frustrated consumers as proof the public was misled by Legacy Reunion’s advertising.

According to the ruling, Legacy Reunion’s “advertisements draw a close, unmistakable association with Earth, Wind & Fire to a degree unwarranted by the historical record,” noting that even if some members of Legacy Reunion were in Earth Wind & Fire for a time, “the advertisement and marketing were still deceptive and misleading as to whether the main (or most prominently known) members of the band would be performing.”

The judge ruled Legacy Reunion must now stop doing anything that will infringe on the Earth, Wind & Fire trademarks. As for any monetary compensation, that will be decided during a bench trial in May.

In the meantime, the real Earth, Wind & Fire is set tour with Lionel Richie on the Sing A Song All Night Long tour, starting May 23 in Knoxville, Tennessee. They will also tour with Chicago starting July 10 in St. Louis, Missouri. A complete list of dates can be found at earthwindandfire.com.

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The Beatles' Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite at Paris Fashion Week

L-R: Ringo Starr, Stella McCartney, Paul McCartney/Photo credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Stella McCartney

There was a reunion of The Beatles in Paris on Monday, March 4.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were spotted sitting in the front row at Paris Fashion Week, taking in the fall/winter womenswear show being put on by designer Stella McCartney, Paul's daughter.

McCartney’s wife, Nancy Shevell, and Ringo’s wife, Barbara Bach, were also in attendance, as was Stella’s sister Mary McCartney and celebrity guests like Paris Jackson, M.I.A., Anna Wintour, Naomie Harris, Ashley Graham and Jameela Jamil.

The Paris reunion comes just four months after The Beatles released what they say will be their final song, “Now and Then,” using vocals John Lennon recorded on a demo in the late '70s, along with guitar the late George Harrison recorded in the mid-'90s, and new recordings from McCartney and Starr. The song debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 in the U.K.

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Rickey Medlocke on not being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke has some strong opinions about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, specifically the fact that he's not in it.

Medlocke was Skynyrd’s drummer from 1971-72, rejoined the band as guitarist in 1996 and has been with them ever since. Despite the long tenure, there have been many who have questioned whether he should be considered an original member of the band, including the HOF, as he was not inducted with Skynryd in 2006.

"The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame stated that I have not had any link or that I wasn't significant to the career, and it didn't want me being inducted with them," Medlocke shared in an interview with Iridium Rock and Metal Reviews, describing the decision as “kind of a blow to me.”

"Here's what I say to them,” he added, giving the HOF the middle finger.

Medlocke got particularly peeved when he saw who has been getting inducted but noted, “It is what it is. My Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is the fans out there and the music that I play and the band that I play in, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and my own stuff."

Next up for Medlocke and Lynyrd Skynyrd, they're due to kick off a new leg of the Sharp Dressed Simple Man tour with ZZ Top on Friday, March 8, in Savannah, Georgia. A complete list of dates can be found at lynyrdskynyrd.com.

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Rickey Medlocke on not being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke has some strong opinions about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, specifically the fact that he's not in it.

Medlocke was Skynyrd’s drummer from 1971-72, rejoined the band as guitarist in 1996 and has been with them ever since. Despite the long tenure, there have been many who have questioned whether he should be considered an original member of the band, including the HOF, as he was not inducted with Skynryd in 2006.

"The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame stated that I have not had any link or that I wasn't significant to the career, and it didn't want me being inducted with them," Medlocke shared in an interview with Iridium Rock and Metal Reviews, describing the decision as “kind of a blow to me.”

"Here's what I say to them,” he added, giving the HOF the middle finger.

Medlocke got particularly peeved when he saw who has been getting inducted but noted, “It is what it is. My Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is the fans out there and the music that I play and the band that I play in, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and my own stuff."

Next up for Medlocke and Lynyrd Skynyrd, they're due to kick off a new leg of the Sharp Dressed Simple Man tour with ZZ Top on Friday, March 8, in Savannah, Georgia. A complete list of dates can be found at lynyrdskynyrd.com.

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Fans "won't have to wait too long" for new Elton John music, says his husband

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Elton John has been pretty busy since he wrapped up his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour: He's got two musicals opening -- one in London and one on Broadway -- and he's got new music on the way.

“He’s been working away,” his husband and manager David Furnish tells Variety. "I don’t think you’re going to have to wait too long [for new music]. I can’t say when but he’s making real progress. It was important for him when he came off the road to have a little bit of a breather and a break. But he’s always said he’s retiring from touring, but he’s not retiring from working."

It's not clear which new music Furnish is talking about. During the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last year, Elton told the crowd that he and his musical partner Bernie Taupin had just finished an album. Then, in December, The Who's Pete Townshend told Clashmusic magazine that Elton had "gone over to LA to make an album with Brandi Carlile" and that they'd finished it in two weeks.

Furnish also says that Elton will likely perform at his annual Oscar Viewing Party on March 10 with the special guest that he's booked: the band Gabriels. "It's hard to keep [Elton] off the stage," says Furnish.

One thing that Elton may not be looking forward to this year is more surgery. Earlier this year, Furnish said, he had one of his knees replaced, and he'll have the second one done this spring.

"Both his knees were bent so badly, but his left knee is now perfectly straight," Furnish explains. "His right knee is still bent so he’s going to have another surgery in April.”

 

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Robbie Robertson honored with Icon Award at the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

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The late Robbie Robertson was honored with the Icon Award at the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards, which took place Saturday, March 3, at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. 

Robertson, who passed away in August, was celebrated for his contribution to both music and film. 

According to BillboardMargo Price was joined by Robert Randolph and Jairus Mozee for a tribute to  Robertson, performing “Evangeline,” while Rocco DeLuca and Johnny Sheppard performed “They Don’t Live Long” from Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon.

Robertson is nominated for an Oscar this year for his score for Killers of the Flower Moon. The score is one of several projects he and Scorsese worked on together, including movies like Gangs of New YorkRaging BullCasino and The Color of Money as well as the concert documentary The Last Waltz, featuring Robbie’s group The Band.

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Paul McCartney's 'Eyes of the Storm' photo exhibit coming to Portland this fall

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Paul McCartney’s photography exhibit is hitting another U.S. city this year.

It was just announced that Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm will debut at the Portland Art Museum on September 14 and run until January 19.

Eyes of the Storm features more than 250 photographs taken by McCartney between November 1963 and February 1964, giving fans insight into his point of view as The Beatles were becoming international superstars. 

The exhibit first debuted in June at London’s National Portrait Gallery and is currently at Virginia’s Chrysler Museum of Art, where it is set to run until April 7. It will then move to New York’s Brooklyn Museum from May 3- August 18. 

Tickets for the Portland Art Museum run are on sale now.

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Love Rocks concert, featuring Don Felder, Nile Rodgers and more, to be streamed live

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The eighth annual Love Rocks NYC benefit concert is happening Thursday, March 7, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, but if you can’t make it to the Big Apple, you can still enjoy the show. 

For just $20, fans will be able to stream the concert on Veeps, allowing folks at home to enjoy performances from such artists as the Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Chic’s Nile RodgersRage Against the Machine guitarist Tom MorelloThe Black KeysJoss StoneTrombone Shorty and Marcus King.

The concert has also added Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl and comedian Martin Short to the lineup.  

The annual concert, hosted this year by Conan O’BrienTracy Morgan and Jim Gaffigan, is a benefit for God's Love We Deliver, which delivers meals to New Yorkers who are unable to shop or cook for themselves; the livestream ticket will help cover two meals. To date, the concerts have raised more than $30 million.

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On This Day, March 4, 1967: The Rolling Stones hit #1 with “Ruby Tuesday”

On This Day, March 4, 1967…

The Rolling Stones landed their fourth #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Ruby Tuesday.”

The tune, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, was released as the B side to the single with “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” although in the U.K., where it went to #3, the two tracks were released as a double A-sided single.

“Ruby Tuesday,” which was later included on the U.S. version of their album Between the Buttons, went on to be one of the band’s classic tunes and is often played at their live shows.

The track was certified Gold by the RIAA.

In total, The Rolling Stones have had eight #1 hits in the U.S., their last being "Miss You" in August 1978.

The band is set to hit the road this year, with their Hackney Diamonds tour kicking off April 28 in Houston, Texas. A complete list of dates can be found at rollingstones.com.

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Sinéad O’Connor’s estate blasts use of “Nothing Compares 2 U” at Trump rallies

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Former President Donald Trump recently played the Sinéad O’Connor classic “Nothing Compares 2 U” at rallies in Maryland and North Carolina, and her family is not at all happy. 

In a statement to Variety, the singer’s estate denounced the use of the song, demanding Trump and his associates stop using her music.

“Throughout her life,it is well known that Sinéad O’Connor lived by afiercemoral code defined by honesty,kindness, fairness and decency towards her fellow human beings,” reads the statement. “It was with outrage therefore that we learned that Donald Trump has been using her iconic performance of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at his political rallies.” 

They add, “It is no exaggeration to say that Sinéad would have been disgusted, hurt and insulted to have her work misrepresented in this way by someone who she herself referred to as a ‘biblical devil.’”

Sinéad O’Connor passed away July 26, 2023, at the age of 56.

This isn’t the first time an artist has blasted Trump’s use of their music. Earlier this year, Johnny Marr from The Smiths denounced Trump's use of their song "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" at a rally, while Neil YoungThe Rolling Stones and the estate of Tom Petty have all spoken out about their opposition to his use of their music.

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The Rolling Stones & AARP launch Hackney Diamonds tour sweepstakes

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The Rolling Stones are giving fans a chance to win a VIP experience to their upcoming Hackney Diamonds tour.

The trek is sponsored by AARP, and the Stones are teaming up with the organization for the over-50 crowd on a new sweepstakes in which winners will be flown to Las Vegas and set up with premium tickets to the band’s May 11 concert at Allegiant Stadium.

Three grand prize winners will be chosen, with the prize also including a two-night hotel accommodation and a backstage meet and greet with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.

The sweepstakes is only open to U.S. residents 18 or older, but all folks have to do is register for a chance to win. More info can be found at aarp.org/rockout.

The Rolling Stones will kick off their Hackney Diamonds tour on April 28 in Houston, Texas, with dates confirmed through July 17 in Santa Clara, California. A complete schedule can be found at rollingstones.com.

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U2 wraps Las Vegas residency with appearance by drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.

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U2 wrapped their Las Vegas residency, U2: UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere, this weekend with two special shows -- and a couple of special guests.

Rumors had suggested that U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., who sat out the residency as he recovered from surgery, would join them for the last two shows, and he did -- but as a spectator.  Fan shot footage posted to YouTube showing Bono shouting out  Larry in the audience during the March 1 show.

That is the man who pinned the note on the notice board at Mount Temple Comprehensive School all those years ago. And we are very grateful that he did and that he’s here with us tonight,” Bono said. “We wish him a speedy, speedy, speedy recovery. We love you, Larry Mullen Jr." The band then launched into “Beautiful Day.”

“What an incredible night at Sphere-So Grateful to Bono Edge and Adam and of course Bram for an amazing job-very emotional night for me personally,” Larry later wrote on Instagram, praising Bram van den Berg, who filled in for him during the residency.

But Larry wasn't the only special guest in the house. According to setlist.fm, for the final show on March 2, U2 brought out Achtung Baby producer Daniel Lanois during their performance of “One." 

And for that 40th and final night, U2 added a song to the final encore that was appropriate for the occasion: “40." It was the first time they’ve performed the tune during the residency and the first time they’ve played it since 2016.

While U2 is vacating the Sphere, other acts are already booked to take their place. Phish will play the venue from April 18-21, followed by Dead & Company, who’ll headline 18 shows from May 16 to June 22.

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Don McLean dropping new album, 'American Boys', in May

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Don McClean is getting ready to share some new music. The "American Pie" singer will release his new studio album, American Boys, on May 17.

McClean has enlisted the a cappella group Home Free for two songs on the album, including the just released title track, which he describes as a “tribute to his rock and roll heroes.”

“This is an album of all new songs,” he shares. “The title track, ‘American Boys,’ which features the guys from Home Free, is a fun song about the boys who invented rock and roll. America invented this music. Only America invented this music.”

You can listen to “American Boys” now via digital outlets and on YouTube.

American Boys is available for preorder now. Here is the track list for the album:

“American Boys” (Feat. Home Free)
“Thunderstorm Girl”
“Stone Cold Gangster”
“Truth And Fame”
“The Gypsy Road”
“I Shall Find My Way”
“Mexicali Gal”
“Vacant Luxury”
“The Ballad Of George Floyd”
“The Meanest Girl”
“Marley’s Song (Save Yourself)”
“Resurrection Man”
“Gotta Make You Mine” (Bonus Track)

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Roger Daltrey enjoys a specially brewed beer for 80th birthday

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Roger Daltrey turned 80 on Friday, March 1, and he celebrated with a nice cold beer. But it wasn’t just any old can of suds.

The Who frontman showed off his birthday beverage of choice on social media: Rogers Pale Ale, a beer specially brewed for him by Lakedown Brewing company that featured a classic photo of Roger on the can.

“What better way to mark your 80th birthday than having your own beer made by your family brewery!” read the post. “A very happy birthday Roger!” 

Unfortunately, Who fans won’t be able to sample Roger’s birthday brew. It was made only for him and it's not for sale.

Roger's big day was also celebrated by plenty of fans who took to social media to wish the rocker a happy 80th. He also got a message from the cancer charity Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Daltrey has curated the organization's charity concerts for the past 24 years but is stepping down after this year's shows, which are happening at the end of March.

"Happy 80th Birthday to our incredible Honorary Patron," Teenage Cancer Trust wrote. "There’s not long to go until this year’s @RoyalAlbertHall shows, marking Roger’s final year as curator. So to celebrate his big day, here’s a throwback to Roger's performance at the hall last year." The post was accompanied by photos from last year's concerts.

The Who will headline Teenage Cancer Trust shows at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 18 and 20. Daltrey’s time as curator will be celebrated at the same venue on March 24 with a special concert featuring guests Robert Plant with Saving GracePearl Jam’s Eddie VedderStereophonics’ Kelly Jones and Paul Weller.

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Deep Purple drops new animated video for “Smoke On The Water”

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Deep Purple has shared a new video for their classic track “Smoke On The Water.” 

The animated clip recounts recounts the story of the song’s origin. It was inspired by the events that surrounded the recording of Deep Purple's 1972 album, Machine Head. In 1971 the band planned to record at Montreux Casino, but the venue caught fire during a concert by Frank Zappa when someone in the audience fired a flare gun.

The title of the song is a reference to smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva.

“It’s been an honor to put visuals to this song, undeniably one of the greatest rock tracks of all time. The fact that the song is itself a story meant we had no shortage of inspiration for the scenes that accompany the music,” co-directors Dan Gibling and Luke McDonnell share. “The writing of the album was an adventure summed up in the lyrics, and we hope we have created an accompanying adventure that existing and new fans will enjoy.”

The new clip is for a 2024 remix of the track that will be featured on the new Machine Head: Super Deluxe Edition, which will be released as a three-CD/LP/Blu-ray set on March 29. It features new stereo and Dolby Atmos mixes of the 1972 original album, courtesy of Dweezil Zappa. There’s also the 1974 quadrophonic mix, and a new 2024 remaster of the original album and two live concerts.

It is available for preorder now.

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