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DETAILS APPEAR ON THE WHO’S TOMMY DELUXE, SUPER DELUXE EDITIONS

Fans of The Who not yet tired of purchasing yet another edition of the band’s landmark Tommy album will have an opportunity to own yet another version of the record when the Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition arrive on November 5. The Deluxe Edition will include 20 previously unreleased demos from Pete Townshend’s archives, plus a live performance of the album, recorded at the Capital Theatre in Ottawa, Canada on October 15, 1969. Fans who pick up the Super Deluxe Edition will get all that as well as 5.1 surround sound mix of the album, an 80-page hardback book packed with rare photos, a 20,000-word essay and a rare Tommy poster.

MOTLEY CRUE SINGER SETS SIGHTS ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE

It appears at least one member of Motley Crue is already poking around his post-retirement future. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, frontman Vince Neil will follow in the footsteps of fellow rock and rollers Bret Michaels of Poison and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister as a contestant on the next season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Neil has previously dipped his toe in the reality television waters, having appeared on The Surreal Life, the just-plain surreal Skating with the Stars and his own Remaking Vince Neil.

ALL STARS ALL IN FOR ALLMAN ATLANTA TRIBUTE CONCERT

A long and diverse list of artists have agreed to pay tribute to Gregg Allman at a tribute concert slated to take place at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on January 10. Performers lined up to appear at the “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” show include the Allman Brothers Band, longtime ABB guitarist Warren Haynes, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Taj Mahal, Sam Moore, Train frontman Pat Monahan, Natalie Cole and country superstars Trace Adkins, Martina McBride and Eric Church. The event will be filmed for future release.

MCCARTNEY’S NEW DEBUTS AT NO. 3 ON BILLBOARD 200

Sir Paul McCartney earned his 19th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 (counting his solo work and Wings records, but not his Beatles releases) after his brand new album, New, debuted at No. 3 on the chart, selling 67,000 copies its first week on sale. By contrast, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s last set of all-new material, 2007’s Memory Almost Full, also debuted at No. 3, but sold 161,000 in its inaugural week.

SIR PAUL STILL TURNS TO LATE BANDMATES FOR GUIDANCE

In a cover story for the new Rolling Stone magazine (on newsstands tomorrow), Paul McCartney says he still seeks songwriting tips from the late John Lennon, and counsel and life lessons from George Harrison. On songwriting, the former Beatle said, “If I’m at a point where I go, ‘I’m not sure about this,’ I’ll throw it across the room to John. He’ll say, ‘You can’t go there, man.’ And I’ll say, ‘You’re quite right. How about this?’ ‘Yeah, that’s better.’ We’ll have a conversation. I don’t want to lose that.” As for his longstanding feud with Yoko Ono, which he claims is now history, McCartney said, “It’s like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had? George would say to me, ‘You don’t want stuff like that hanging around in your life.’”

STARR SEARCHING FOR SUBJECTS IN SNAPSHOT

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr needs a little help from his friends. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is asking fans and friends alike to help identify a group of teenagers in a photograph he snapped in Miami during the Fab Four’s first visit to America in 1964. The image is one of over 200 previously unseen shots found in Starr’s new book, Photograph. The limited edition (2,500 copies) collector’s item is signed by Starr and available at RingoPhotoBook.com.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ACTOR HARDY LANDS LEAD IN JOHN BIOPIC

The actor who played a key role in the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises has been tapped to play the lead in the Elton John biopic Rocketman. British actor Tom Hardy, who played Batman nemesis Bane, has been awarded the coveted role, and according to Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel, “We are confident that Tom will embody the physicality and spirit of Sir Elton. Production on Rocketman is scheduled to begin next fall.

PEARL JAM’S LIGHTNING BOLT BOLTS STRAIGHT TO NO. 1

Seattle superstars Pearl Jam earned their fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 after their latest set of songs, Lightning Bolt, debuted atop the chart, selling 166,000 copies its first week on sale. In a rare week for rock-based records on the chart, two additional rock albums debuted in the top five: Paul McCartney’s New arrived at No. 3 and the Avett Brothers’ Magpie and the Dandelion debuted at No. 5. Back to Pearl Jam; 48 of the band’s songs (including everyone on Lightning Bolt) are being featured throughout Fox Sports World Series coverage, which kicked off last night in Boston.

VEDDER VOWS TO ONE DAY SEE BELOVED CUBS IN WORLD SERIES

As a lifelong – and therefore long-suffering – Chicago Cubs fan, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder dreams of the day he will get to see his Loveable Losers play in the World Series, a feat the feeble franchise hasn’t accomplished since 1945. Vedder told Billboard he attended one World Series game in 2009, adding, “But I’m going to go to a Cubs World Series game – and I’m taking care of my health in order to do so.” The Chicago native also said he had the honor of giving his childhood baseball mitt to Hall of Famer and “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks backstage at Wrigley Field the night Pearl Jam performed in the baseball mecca last July. He said, “Ernie, he kept my glove. Because if you go back and realize some day Ernie Banks might ask for your mitt, you f***ing give it to him – Mr. Cub, the hero that you watched as a kid.”

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