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RUSH TO SCREEN CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR DVD IN THEATERS

Canadian progressive rock trio Rush will give fans a big (screen) chance to preview the forthcoming Clockwork Angels Tour DVD, Blu-ray and CD one day before all three arrive on November 19. The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will screen Clockwork Angels Tour one-time only at 7p on November 18 at selected movie theaters across the country. Tickets for the screening went on sale last night at 9:15p, or 21:12 military time.

YOUNG CONFIRMS CARNEGIE HALL CONCERTS

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame multiple inductee Neil Young will kick off 2014 with a four-night run at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City. Young, who just last weekend performed with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at his annual Bridge School Benefit concert, will take the stories stage at Carnegie Hall on January 6, 7, 9 and 10. Tickets for the four New York City shows go on sale this Monday.

YOKO HAPPY PAUL PUT ANIMOSITY TOWARDS HER BEHIND HIM

Subscribing to an “All You Need is Love” philosophy, Yoko Ono says she’s grateful Paul McCartney has publicly ended his long-held acrimony against her, stating in Rolling Stone, “I thought, ‘If John [Lennon] loved her, there’s got to be something. He’s not stupid.’” Now Ono has said, “I’m very thankful. I never felt too bad about Paul. He was my husband’s partner and they did a great job and all that. They seemed to have a lot of fun, and I respected that.”

LENNON’S LIVERPOOLCHILDHOOD HOME SELLS FOR $770,250

Another bit of Beatles history has been sold at auction. The Liverpool house where John Lennon lived until the age of 5 was sold at auction earlier this week for $770,250, purchased by an anonymous American buyer who said in a statement: “I have made sure original features have been preserved so that they reflect the 1960s period when the Beatles wowed the world with their rock and roll music.”

POP STAR REVEALS ROLLING STONES’ JAGGER HIT ON HER AT 18

During a recent interview on Australian radio, Katy Perry spoke about early jobs singing backup on songs for everyone from Miley Cyrus to legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. The pop star said she sang backup on a Jagger solo song and later went out to dinner with him. Next, she disclosed that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and famed lady’s man “hit on me, one time, when I was like 18,” but she politely refused the invitation. Meanwhile, a Jagger representative told E! News, “Mick Jagger categorically denies that he has ever made a pass at Katy Perry. Perhaps she is confusing him with someone else.”

IOMMI APPLAUDS SOUTH AMERICAN FANS, BOOS SICK PASSENGER

In an online post following the wrap up of Black Sabbath’s South and Centtral American tour, guitarist Tony Iommi wrote: “Many thanks to everyone that came to see us on our tour… Quite an experience with huge crowds, I’m told 74,000 in Sao Paulo and 60,000 in Mexico City. Two grumbles. No thanks to whoever was coughing and sneezing on the overnight Air France flight down and gave me a dreadful cold virus, or whoever stole my trainers from the back of the stage in Buenos Aires! Otherwise…an amazing reception from all the fans.”

JOEL INKS NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW; FIRST NYC GIG SINCE 2008

Native New Yorker Billy Joel will perform in his hometown for the first time since 2008 when he takes the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve. The Long Islander left the concert spotlight in 2010 in part to recover from double hip replacement surgery, and last staged a major concert event in the Big Apple in the summer of 2008 when he closed down the old Shea Stadium.

ICONIC “DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC” GUITAR GOING ON SALE AT AUCTION

Unquestionably one of the most talked about guitars in rock and roll history will go up for sale in December. The Fender Stratocaster then folk legend Bob Dylan had the nerve to plug in and play at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival along with five sheets of handwritten and typed fragments of lyrics will be auctioned off at Christie’s in New York on December 6. The guitar is expected to fetch as much as $500,000, while the lyrics could sell for between $3,000 and $5,000.

JOHN RECORDS WITH RETRO ROCKER WHITE FOR SPECIAL BLUES SERIES

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Elton John said he recently spent more time in the studio with producer T Bone Burnett, who manned the soundboard for John’s current album, The Diving Board. John said, “I just did a thing with him…for American Epic, a [Robert Redford-produced] six-episode program about the history of the blues. I got to use the original machine from 1934 that Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong recorded on, and I wrote a special song with Bernie [Taupin], and Jack White [White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather] played on it.”

METALLICA CONTRACTED TO HOLD ORION FEST IN DETROIT THROUGH 2015

Motor City fans of Metallica will have their hard heroes in their backyard for at least the next two years after Detroit City Council member James Tate said the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are “contracted” to host their Orion Music + More festival at Belle Isle in Detroit through 2015. But in a recent radio interview, guitarist Kirk Hammett said that there would be a 2014 Orion festival, but that the event’s status in Detroit “remains to be seen.”

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