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Leon Russell dies at 74

Monday, November 14, 2016 – Leon Russell, a bluesy, soulful singer, who also delved into country, died on Sunday at 74 in Nashville.

Russell, who had a long career as a solo artist and sideman, had heart surgery in July and died in his sleep, according to his wife.

Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He produced and played in sessions with Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones. Russell also released "The Union" in 2010 with Elton John as a duets album, a disc which rejuvenated his career. He had hits as a solo artist with "Tight Rope" and "Lady Blue."

Claude Russell Bridges was born April, 2, 1942 in Lawton, Okla. He started playing piano at the age of four and performed in Tulsa nightclubs. He adopted the name Leon as a teen. Russell moved in Los Angeles at the age of 16, studying guitar with James Burton, who played with Elvis Presley.

Russell played on various sessions, including Glen Campbell's 1967 album "Gentle On My Mind." He continued writing, recording, founded the Shelter Records label, which released Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Dwight Twilley Band along with forging his own solo career.

Russell released "Hank Wilson's Back! (Vol. 1)," a country disc recorded at producer Owen Bradley's barn studio in Nashville in 1973.

Following a tour with Nelson, the two had a number 1 hit in 1979 with their duet of "Heartbreak Hotel." They put out "One for the Road," a country pop rock disc in 1979.

Russell soon spent a few years touring with progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, which included Sam Bush and John Cowan. The band backed him up on tour. They released a live album in 1981, "Leon Russell& New Grass Revival: The Live Album," a disc recorded on May 15, 1980 in Pasadena, Cal.

A second Hank Wilson disc, "Hank Wilson Vol. II" came out in 1984. A third volume was out in 1998 with "Rhythm & Bluegrass: Hank Wilson, Vol. 4" in 2001 on his own label.

He released a number of albums on his own with his career on the downslide until recording the disc with Elton John.

Two Prince releases coming

Friday, October 21, 2016 – Two new Prince releases will be out, including a greatest hits package and a deluxe version of "Purple Rain" with new material.

NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records announced the releases, marking the first Prince recordings released since his passing on April 21.

"Prince 4Ever will bring together 40 of Prince's best-loved songs on Nov. 22, including the hits "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," "Kiss," "Little Red Corvette," "Purple Rain," "Raspberry Beret," "Sign O' The Times," "Alphabet Street," "Batdance," "Cream," and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World."

The disc also includes "Moonbeam Levels" - a previously unreleased song originally recorded in 1982 during the "1999" sessions and later considered for the never released "Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic" album. A12-page booklet of never-before-seen photos by photographer Herb Ritts will be part of the release.

Early next year, a remastered, deluxe version of "Purple Rain" will be out. Prince agreed on the plans before his death. The remaster of "Purple Rain" will arrive with a second album of previously unreleased material. More details will be revealed closer to the release date.

The track-listing for Prince 4Ever is as follows:
1. 1999
2. Little Red Corvette
3. When Doves Cry
4. Let's Go Crazy
5. Raspberry Beret
6. I Wanna Be Your Lover
7. Soft and Wet
8. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad
9. Uptown
10. When You Were Mine
11. Head
12. Gotta Stop (Messin' About)
13. Controversy
14. Let's Work
15. Delirious
16. I Would Die 4 U
17. Take Me With U
18. Paisley Park
19. Pop Life
20. Purple Rain
21. Kiss
22. Sign 'O' The Times
23. Alphabet Street
24. Batdance
25. Thieves In The Temple
26. Cream
27. Mountains
28. Girls & Boys
29. If I Was Your Girlfriend
30. U Got The Look
31. I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man
32. Glam Slam
33. Moonbeam Levels
34. Diamonds and Pearls

35. Gett Off
36. Sexy MF
37. My Name Is Prince
38. 7
39. Peach
40. Nothing Compares 2 U

New music drops from Mars

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Bruno Mars unveiled today his first piece of solo music in nearly four years.

Written and produced by Shampoo Press & Curl, with additional production by The Stereotypes, the new single titled "24K Magic" (pronounced twenty-four karat magic) is now available for streaming and download at all DSPs. Mars said his third studio album - also dubbed "24K Magic," drops Nov. 18.

"24k Magic" is accompanied by a new music video co-directed by Mars and longtime collaborator Cameron Duddy. The clip - complete with jet skis being ridden through the Fountains of Bellagio - is streaming now at Mars' official YouTube Channel: http://smarturl.it/24kmagicvideo.

Mars will return to Saturday Night Live for his fourth appearance next Saturday, Oct. 15.

Gray plans short tour

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – David Gray announced today a six-show tour in November in conjunction with the upcoming "The Best Of" album.

The announcement follows the release of Gray's new track "Smoke Without Fire" off of his upcoming collection, "The Best of David Gray." The release drops Oct. 28 on IHT Records/Kobalt and will be available in both standard and deluxe versions. The disc also features the 25th anniversary version of "Shine."

Tour dates are:
Nov. 17 Boston, MA Shubert Theatre
Nov. 18 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre
Nov. 20 New York, NY Apollo Theatre
Nov. 22 Toronto, CA Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Nov. 25 Los Angeles, CA Theatre at The Ace Hotel
Nov. 26 San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts

Songs are:

Standard album / Disc 1 of Deluxe Edition
1. Babylon
2. You're The World To Me
3. Sail Away
4. The One I Love
5. Alibi
6. Smoke Without Fire
7. Flame Turns Blue
8. Be Mine
9. This Year's Love
10. Fugitive
11. Please Forgive Me
12. Only The Wine
13. Snow In Vegas (feat. LeAnn Rimes)
14. Back In The World
15. The Other Side
16. Enter Lightly Disc 2 of Deluxe Edition
1. Falling Free
2. A Clean Pair Of Eyes
3. Kathleen
4. Fixative
5. Gulls
6. Forgetting
7. Falling Down The Mountainside
8. From Here You Can Almost See The Sea
9. Birds Of The High Arctic
10. Twilight
11. L's Song
12. Nemesis (Live At The Royal Festival Hall)
13. January Rain
14. Last Summer
15. Shine (25th Anniversary Version)

Gaga is coming with new CD

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Lady Gaga will release her fifth studio album, "Joanne," on Friday, Oct. 21, she announced today.

The first single, "Perfect Illusion" was released about one week ago. "Joanne" is Gaga's middle name. The release includes help from Beck, Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine, and Father John Misty. Welch contributed to the song "Hey Girl."

Her last disc was the 2014 collaboration with Tony Bennett, "Cheek to Cheek." Gaga's most recent release on her own was the not so well-received "ArtPop" from 2013.

McCartney goes home

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – Paul McCartney went back home again.

McCartney signed a worldwide recording agreement with Capitol Records, it was announced today by Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett.

"This is genuinely exciting for me," McCartney said. "Not only was Capitol my first U.S. record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent's 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' on the Capitol label."

This contract encompasses McCartney's entire body of post-Beatles work from his 1970 "McCartney" album through his decade with Wings to solo and collaborative work.

McCartney is currently working on a new studio album, while a plan for his catalogue is being conceived by Capitol and Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) in conjunction with the artist and his management team. The catalogue, available beginning July 2017, moves from Concord. The move includes "Band On The Run" (Best Historical Album, 2012), "Kisses On The Bottom" (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2013) and "Wings Over America" (Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, 2014). According to Barnett, "Paul McCartney's association with Capitol has long defined so much of our historic legacy, and all of us here are extremely proud and honored that he has chosen to come back home. Paul's indelible contributions to our culture are second to none, and his constant evolution as an artist and performer continues to inspire and enrich the lives of countless millions of people. We are overjoyed that Paul will be creating new music for years to come, and that Capitol will be helping to present it to the world."

Clarkson changes labels

Friday, June 24, 2016 – Kelly Clarkson signed a long-term, worldwide deal with Atlantic Records it was announced today.

Clarkson, who has sold over 25 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide since the launch of her recording career in 2002, is slated to release her first album for Atlantic in 2017. The album will draw from the inspiration of soul and R&B. Clarkson has delved into the country marketplace in recent years. Clarkson, 34, had spent her entire career on RCA.

Every day this week, Clarkson has been teasing her announcement by performing a classic song from the Atlantic catalog on Facebook Live, including Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine," Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is," Aretha Franklin's "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy."

"We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Clarkson into the Atlantic family," said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald. "She is one of the greatest artists of our generation, a musical icon with an extraordinary, soul-inspired voice that has captivated millions of fans around the world. We are honored to be partnering with Kelly as she embarks on this exciting new phase of her record-breaking career."

"After winning American Idol, there was an arranged marriage that occurred that sometimes worked out and sometimes resulted in the hardest experiences of my life," said Clarkson. "As an artist, American Idol gave me something that was incredible, an audience and a platform before even releasing music. Although I am extremely thankful to the amazing people that I've had the chance to work with, I cannot describe the excitement of working with Julie Greenwald, Craig Kallman, and their team at Atlantic Records. The loyalty, innovation, and creativeness that Atlantic Records has been consistently bringing to the music industry is incredibly exciting for any artist to be a part of. We have already started creating a record that I have been wanting to make since I was a little girl, and a record that fans have been asking me to make for years. Here's to the future."

Clarkson will release a live version video for "Tightrope" and put four fan-requested cover songs on her website (www.kellyclarksonlive.com) that are now available for instant download - Coldplay's "Fix You," Radiohead's "Creep," Etta James's "I'd Rather Go Blind," and India Arie's "Ready For Love."

P-Funker Bernie Worrell dies

Friday, June 24, 2016 – Keyboardist Bernie Worrell, 72, a member of Parliament-Funkadelic, who also played with Talking Heads, died today of cancer.

"AT 11:54, June 24, 2016, Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit. Rest in peace, my love -- you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios. check BernieWorrell.com for further input, anything you want to post. PLEASE do NOT call/text me. Only family etc. right now," his Facebook page said.

Worrell, who was born in Long Branch, N.J., is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. He released many solo albums as well as playing on one Talking Heads album and touring with the band. He was seen int he movie "Stop Making Sense," about the Heads.

Radiohead announces new album for Sunday release

Friday, May 6, 2016 – Radiohead will release its next album at 2 p.m. eastern on Sunday via a digital format through XL Recordings, the band announced Friday morning.

The group released a video for "Daydreaming," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead in advance of the album release.

The disc will be available in physical formats on June 17. The new music is the first album from Radiohead since 2011's "The King of Limbs," which also was released digitally only at first.

The Sonics, Woogles, Whitfield tour gets canceled

Friday, April 22, 2016 – The forthcoming May June tour of The Sonics, The Woggles and Barrence Whitfield & The Savages presented by Little Steven's Underground Garage & SiriusXM was cancelled, it was announced today.

No reason was offered.

In a statement, The Sonics said, ""The Sonics regret to inform our fans that The Underground Garage tour is cancelled. We very much were looking forward to spending a month on the road with our brothers in Barrence Whitfield & The Savages and The Woggles but unfortunately this will not be able to happen next month. We greatly appreciate the continued support and encouragement, and will do everything in our power to reschedule performing in your city again soon. Thanks for your understanding, and trust that this was due to circumstances beyond our control."

Flying V guitarist Lonnie Mack dies at 74

Thursday, April 21, 2016 – Lonnie Mack, the guitarist, known for his Flying V, died on Thursday at 74 of natural causes near his home in Smithville, Tenn.

Mack scored hits with instrumental recordings "Wham!" and "Memphis."

Drawing from influences as diverse as rhythm and blues, country, gospel and rockabilly, MXK recorded 11 albums for labels including Fraternity, Elektra, Alligator, Epic and Capitol.

Mack was born Lonnie McIntosh on July 18, 1941 in Harrison, Ind. Mack fell in love with music as a child. From family sing-alongs he developed a deep appreciation of country music, while he absorbed rhythm and blues from the late-night R&B radio stations and gospel from his local church. Starting off with a few chords that he learned from his mother, Mack gradually blended all the sounds he heard around him into his own individual style. He named Merle Travis and Robert Ward (of the Ohio Untouchables) as his main guitar influences, and George Jones and Bobby Bland as vocal inspirations.

He began playing professionally in his early teens (he quit school after a fight with his sixth-grade teacher), working clubs and roadhouses around the tri-state border area of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. In 1958, he bought the guitar he would become best known for, a Gibson Flying V, serial number 7, which he equipped with a Bigsby tremolo bar. (After the release of Wham!, the tremolo bar became known worldwide as a "whammy bar").

Mack began playing sessions for the King and Fraternity labels in Cincinnati. He recorded with blues and R&B greats like Hank Ballard, Freddie King and James Brown.

In 1963, at the end of another artist's session, Mack cut an instrumental version of Chuck Berry's "Memphis." He didn't know that Fraternity had issued the single until he heard it on the radio, and within a few weeks, "Memphis" had hit the national Top Five.

Life changed for Mack as he was booked for hundreds of gigs a year, crisscrossing the country in his Cadillac and rushing back to Cincinnati or Nashville to cut new singles. "Wham!," Where There's A Will There's A Way," "Chicken Pickin'" and a dozen other records followed "Memphis." None sold as well as his first hit (though "Where There's A Will" earned extensive black radio airplay before the DJs found out Mack was white), but there was enough reaction to keep him on the road for another five years.

Fraternity Records went bust, and Mack later signed with Elektra Records and cut three albums. Elektra also reissued his original Fraternity LP, "The Wham Of That Memphis Man!" Mack also made a guest appearance on the Doors' "Morrison Hotel," playing guitar on "Roadhouse Blues."

After unhappiness with the major label scene, Mack headed back to rural Indiana, playing back-country bars, going fishing and laying low. After six years of relative obscurity, Mack signed with Capitol and cut two albums that featured his country influences.

Mack began his re-emergence on the national scene in November1983. At Stevie Ray Vaughan's urging, he relocated from southern Indiana to Texas, where he settled in Spicewood. He began jamming with Vaughan in local clubs and flying to New York for gigs at the Lone Star and the Ritz. When Alligator Records approached Mack to do an album, Vaughan immediately volunteered to help him out. The result was 1985's "Strike Like Lightning," co-produced by Mack and Vaughan and featuring Vaughan's guitar on several tracks.

The year was capped off with a performance at New York's Carnegie Hall with Albert Collins and the late Roy Buchanan. That show was released commercially on DVD as "Further On Down The Road."

Mack recorded two more albums for Alligator, 1986's "Second Sight" and 1990's "Live! Attack Of the Killer V." In between, he signed with Epic Records and released "Roadhouses And Dancehalls" in 1988. Mack continued to tour into the 2000s. He relocated to Smithville, Tenn. where he continued writing songs. but ceased active touring. In 2001 he was inducted into the International Guitar Hall Of Fame and in 2005 into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame.

He is survived by five children and multitudes of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

McCartney goes One on One

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – Paul McCartney is going One on One.

McCartney announced the first seven shows of his 2016 tour today.

One On One will open April 13 with McCartney's first ever appearance in Fresno, Cal. at the SaveMart Arena. On April 15, he plays the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., ending the near-11-year stretch since his last show in the Rose City on the U.S. tour in 2005. McCartney then hits Seattle on April 17 at the Key Arena, a return engagement at Safeco Field that featured Nirvana's living membrers for an encore in 2013.

On April 19 and 20, McCartney heads north to Rogers Arena in Vancouver Canada for two nights. On April 30 and May 2, McCartney will visit two more U.S. cities for the very first time, appearing respectively at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Ark., and the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

One On One is the first new McCartney tour since Out There came to its conclusion on Oct. 22, 2015 with his first ever concert in Buffalo, N.Y.

The shows will feature McCartney's longstanding band of Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums).

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale March 14 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m. local time through Sunday, March 13 at 10 p.m. local time.

Stones play Cuba

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – The Rolling Stones will perform a groundbreaking concert in Havana, Cuba on Friday March 25.

The free concert will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana and will be the first open air concert in the country by a British rock band.

The concert follows the band's America Latina Ole tour with Lima, Peru, Bogota, Colombia and Mexico City shows slated for next week. The Rolling Stones said: "We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too."

The Rolling Stones concert, which has been in the planning stages for several months comes only days after President Barack Obama's recently announced visit to Cuba.

The show is being made possible by the benefaction of Fundashon Bon Intenshon on behalf of the island of Curaçao. Fundashon Bon Intenshon initiates and supports international charitable projects in the fields of education, athletics, cultural literacy, healthcare and tourism as well as other attempts to mitigate the impact of general poverty.

The "Concert for Amity" will be filmed.

Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin tour together

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin today announced a co-headlining summer amphitheater tour.

Produced by Live Nation, the two rock bands will hit the road starting this July and will stop in more than 20 cities throughout North America, including Boston, Toronto, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Detroit. Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia will join the tour as special guests.

More information on the tour, including dates and venues, will be announced soon.

Fans in New York got a taste of the tour at Breaking Benjamin's acoustic set last week, when Disturbed singer David Draiman surprised Ben Burnley and the band on stage for a rendition of the Queen and David Bowie "Under Pressure."

Disturbed will kick off their first tour following their four-year hiatus this Wednesday, Feb. 10, just as their single, a remake of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" is on the charts.

Formed in Chicago in 1996, Disturbed is David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums] and John Moyer [bass].

Disturbed will be on tour throughout 2016, including a sold out North American run, co-headline dates with Rob Zombie, and headlining slots at major festivals across the U.S., U.K., and Europe.

Tour dates are:
Feb. 10 Fargo Civic Center - Fargo, ND
Feb. 12 MTS Centre - Winnipeg, Canada
Feb. 14 Enmax Centre - Lethbridge, Canada
Feb. 15 SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, Canada
Feb. 18 Grey Eagle Events Centre - Calgary, Canada
Feb. 19 EnCana Events Centre - Dawson Creek, Canada
Feb. 20 Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, Canada
Feb. 22 Mosaic Place - Moose Jaw, Canada
Feb. 24 Bismarck Event Center - Bismarck, ND
Feb. 25 Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry - Sioux Falls, SD
March 11 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, Canada
March 12 The Showbox - Seattle, WA
March 14 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
March 16 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
March 17 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
March 19 UFEST 2016 - Phoenix, AZ
March 20 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
March 23 House of Blues - Dallas, TX
March 24 House of Blues - Houston, TX
March 25 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
March 27 Iron City - Birmingham, AL
March 29 House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
March 30 The National - Richmond, VA
April 1 Baltimore Sound Stage - Baltimore, MD
April 2 Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
April 4 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
April 5 Rapids Theater - Niagara Falls, NY
April 7 St Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
April 8 Orbit Room - Grand Rapids, MI
April 10 New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN
April 16 Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium - Tucson, AZ
April 26 Prairie Capital Convention Center - Springfield, IL
April 29 98ROCKFEST - Tampa, FL
April 30 Welcome to Rockville - Jacksonville, FL
May 1 Fort Rock Festival - Fort Myers, FL
May 3 Mississippi Coast Coliseum - Biloxi, MS *
May 4 Oak Mountain Amphitheater - Birmingham, AL *
May 6 Aaron's Amphitheater - Atlanta, GA *^
May 7 Ascend Amphitheater - Nashville, TN *
May 8 Carolina Rebellion - Concord, NC
May 10 Cajundome - Lafayette, LA *
May 11 CenturyLink Center - Bossier City, LA *
May 14 Rockfest - Kansas City, MO
May 15 Northern Invasion - Somerset, WI
May 17 US Cellular Center - Cedar Rapids, IA *
May 18 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
May 20 Rock on the Range - Columbus, OH
May 21 BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ
May 22 Hershey Stadium - Hershey, PA *
May 24 Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, MI *
May 25 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, IN *
May 27-May 28 Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK
May 29 River City Rockfest - San Antonio, TX
July 14-16 Rock USA - Oshkosh, WI
Aug. 6-7 Heavy MTL - Montreal, Canada

* co-headline dates with Rob Zombie and special guest Pop Evil
^ Pop Evil not performing

Coldplay announces stadium tour

Thursday, January 28, 2016 – Coldplay will hit the stadiums this summer, the band announced today.

The A Head Full Of Dreams Tour is the band's first world tour since the 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto Tour, which was seen by more than 3 million people on 5 continents.

Shows are:
Saturday, July 16 Hackensack, N.J. MetLife Stadium
Saturday, July 23 Chicago Soldier Field
Saturday, July 30 Foxboro, Mass. Gillette Stadium
Saturday, Aug. 6 Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field
Saturday, Aug. 20 Los Angeles Rose Bowl
Saturday, Aug. 27 Arlington, Texas AT&T Stadium
Saturday, Sept. 3 Santa Clara, Cal. Levi's Stadium

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Friday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. through Citi's Private Pass Program. General tickets will be available beginning Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. local time at www.livenation.com.

"A Head Full Of Dreams" is Coldplay's seventh album. Lead singer Chris Martin said, "A Head Full Of Dreams was written as a record to be performed live. We are beyond excited to play these shows across the U.S."

Coldplay will headline the "Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show" in Santa Clara, Cal. on Sunday, Feb. 7. On the Jan. 31 episode of "CBS Sunday Morning," Anthony Mason will interview Martin about the band's preparations for the event.

Martin will be the next passenger in James Corden's car in a road-trip themed installment of "Carpool Karaoke" from CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden," which will air the week of Feb. 1.

Glenn Frey of the Eagles dies at 67

Monday, January 18, 2016 – Glenn Frey, a founding member of the Eagles, died Monday at 67, the band announced on its web site.

Frey had health complications for several months, causing the band to recently cancel its Kennedy Center appearance in Washington.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016," the Eagles posted on their web site.

"Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery."

"Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community (and) millions of fans worldwide.

The Michigan native played guitar with Eagles plus piano and keyboards. He sang lead vocals on "Take It Easy," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Tequila Sunrise," "Already Gone," "Lyin' Eyes," "New Kid in Town" and "Heartache Tonight."

After the band split in 1980, Frey had a successful solo career. He had hits with "The One You Love," "Smuggler's Blues," "The Heat Is On," "You Belong to the City" and "True Love." Frey released the last of his five solo albums, "After Hours," in 2012.

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