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Quick Takes On Sting, Rush, Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt, Queen, And Gregg Allman

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Nearly a year after the horrific terrorist attack at the venue, Sting has announced a November 13th benefit show in Paris for the re-opening of the Bataclan. The full-band show will feature Sting performing songs from his new album, 57th & 9th, due out on Friday (November 11th). Sting said in a statement announcing the show: “In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile. First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theater represents. In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life-affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them.” (

Rush releases a 40th-anniversary edition of their classic 1976 album 2112 on December 16th. The package will be available as either a double-CD/DVD set, a three-LP vinyl collection or a super deluxe edition featuring both plus additional memorabilia. The CDs will contain the original album remastered, along with previously unreleased tracks and new versions of 2112 songs recorded by Alice In Chains and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. The DVD features a show recorded in Passaic, New Jersey during the 2112 tour. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

On November 27th, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt will headline a benefit concert in support of the Water Protectors on the front line and the Standing Rock community. The show will be held at Fort Yates, North Dakota’s Prairie Knights Pavilion. Among the others performing at the show will be Joel Rafael, Bad Dog, along with Turtle Island Storyteller and founder of the Standing Rock Sioux Camp at Sacred Stone, Ladonna Brave Bull Allard. Other performers will be announced soon.

Mr. Robot star Rami Malek will star as the late-Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the long delayed Mercury biopic, now titled Bohemian Rhapsody. The film is set to begin filming next year and features the band’s Brian May and Roger Taylor serving as music producers. Famed X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer is in talks to direct the film, which is now in its eighth year of pre-production after suffering numerous starts and stops — most notably the loss of the project’s original lead, Borat star, Sacha Baron Cohen. (

Health issues continue to plague Gregg Allman, who was forced to bow out of the two opening shows of his residency at Manhattan’s City Winery on Sunday and Monday (November 6th and 7th), while allowing a “vocal cord bruise” to heal. Allman not only decided to refund all his fans’ tickets for the no-shows — but enlisted his backing band to play for free to the audience members still up for some live music.

A message was posted on, which read in part, “We hope you’ll consider joining us on Sunday and Monday evening for a FREE concert. Please come in to enjoy dinner and a great glass of wine with some great music as Musical Director and guitarist Scott Sharrard leads the Gregg Allman Band through the greatest hits of various historic catalogs. This will be a free, general admission event celebrating the Allman Brothers (Band) and Gregg’s solo career as well as Sharrard’s original work! It looks to be a great couple of nights as we anticipate special guests in advance of Gregg’s return to the stage later this week!”

Gregg Allman’s other NYC dates at the City Winery are: November 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, and 18th.

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