U2's Bono and The Edge to Perform at World AIDS Day Event

    A.M.P.A.S./Michael YadaBono and The Edge of U2 are among the artists that will be performing at an event at New York's Carnegie Hall to mark World AIDS Day, which is this Tuesday, December 1.

    The "It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done" event is sponsored by two charity organizations co-founded by Bono: ONE, which combats poverty and preventable disease, and (RED), which raises money and awareness in the fight against AIDS.  The evening will celebrate progress in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty, as well as commemorate the 10-year anniversary of both charities.

    Pop star Jessie J and rock singer Hozier also will perform at the event, which The Daily Show host Trevor Noah will emcee, while Vice President Joe Biden, Bono and Stephen Colbert are among the night's scheduled speakers.  Biden will honor former mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg for his philanthropic contributions.

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    Ringo Starr Auctioning First Pressing of The Beatles' "White Album" at Memorabilia Sale This Week

    Image Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsA massive three-day memorabilia auction of items from the personal archives of Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, will take place December 1, 2 and 3 at the Julien's Auctions gallery in Beverly Hills, California.  More than 1,300 collectibles will be up for bid at the sale, among them some incredibly rare Beatles mementos, including the very first U.K. mono pressing of the Fab Four's self-titled 1968 double album, also known as "The White Album."

    According to The Guardian, it had been believed that John Lennon had received the first pressing of "The White Album," as Paul McCartney had once maintained that Lennon had "shouted loudest" for it.  However, the background info provided by Julien's Auctions suggests that Starr always had been in possession of the double LP -- which features the catalog number "No.0000001" -- noting that the drummer claimed that he'd kept it locked in a London bank vault for 35 years.

    Bidding for the album will start at $20,000, but it's estimated to fetch as much as $60,000 at the auction.  A copy of The Beatles featuring the "No.0000005" serial was sold for almost $30,000 in 2008.

    Other collectibles going on the block include Starr's 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit, which he played between May 1963 and February 1964 on some of The Beatles' biggest hits, and Lennon's 1964 "Beatle Backer" Rickenbacker guitar, which he gave to Ringo in 1968.  The instruments are expected to bring in from $300,000 to $500,000 and from $600,000 to $800,000, respectively.

    Proceeds from the auction will benefit Starr and Bach's Lotus Foundation, which raises money for various charity's that focus on social welfare issues around the world.

    You can check out full details about the auction, including a complete list of items, at JuliensAuctions.com.

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    Roger Daltrey Records Version of "Let My Love Open the Door" for New Teen Cancer America Campaign

    Credit: Fabrice DemessenceRoger Daltrey has recorded a new version of his Who band mate Pete Townshend's 1980 solo hit "Let My Love Open the Door" as part of a new sponsorship agreement between the Teen Cancer America charity and the North Carolina-based First Citizens Bank.

    First Citizens Bank has been named as the official corporate sponsor for Teen Cancer America in the Southeastern U.S., and will work toward raising awareness about and support for the charity, which helps fund the creation of programs and facilities focused specifically on the needs of teens and young adults battling the disease.  The song is featured in new television and radio commercials produced by the bank that began airing this past week in North Carolina and South Carolina.

    "On behalf of Pete Townshend and Teen Cancer America, I'd like to thank First Citizens for the support the bank is giving us to achieve our goal -- supplying hospital spaces for adolescents and young adults with cancer," Daltrey says.  "In the States, 30 young people a day are diagnosed with cancer, and they're either put in a hospital with children or with older people.  But we're fixing it.  With First Citizens' assistance, we can bridge the gap and create places for treatment where they can be young people first and cancer patients second."

    In conjunction with the "Let My Love Open the Door" initiative, First Citizens Bank will make financial contributions to Teen Cancer America and to select hospitals that agree to create units geared toward teenage and young-adult patients with cancer.  The campaign also includes the airing of the new Teen Cancer America ads in the Carolinas, as well as related social media, marketing and public relations initiatives throughout the bank's 18-state territory.

    You can find out more about the campaign by visiting LetMyLoveOpentheDoor.com.  You also can listen to the full-length version of Daltrey's rendition of "Let My Love Open the Door," watch the aforementioned TV commercial and check out a short documentary about initiative that features footage of Roger recording the tune at the website.

    Daltrey and Townshend co-founded Teen Cancer America in 2012, basing it on the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust charity of which Roger has long been a major patron.

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    McCartney, Elvis, Brian Wilson, Otis Redding & More Releasing Exclusive Vinyl Discs on Record Store Day Black Friday

    Image Courtesy of Record Store Day The 2015 Record Store Day Black Friday celebration is here, as dozens of limited-edition vinyl discs will be released today and made available exclusively at independent record stores across the U.S.  The list of releases includes collectible records from such veteran artists as Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson, Otis Redding and The Kinks, among many others.

    McCartney's contribution to the campaign is a 12-inch vinyl single featuring an exclusive 2015 remix of "Say Say Say," his hit 1983 duet with Michael Jackson.  The single's B-side boasts an instrumental version of the track.

    Elvis' Black Friday release is a seven-inch single featuring the title track from the late King of Rock 'n' Roll's upcoming If I Can Dream album backed with the previously unreleased tune "Anything That's Part of You."  If I Can Dream features a selection of Presley recordings enhanced by new accompaniment from London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Wilson's offering is a two-LP version of his 1988 self-titled solo debut album, which included his memorable tune "Love and Mercy."

    Redding's Record Store Day release is a seven-inch vinyl disc featuring the late soul legend's renditions of "Shake" and "Wonderful World" on side A and "I Can't Turn You Loose" and "My Girl" on Side B.

    The Kinks will be reissuing a pair of long-out-of-print EPs in conjunction with the Black Friday sale -- 1965's Kwyet Kinks and 1966's Dedicated Kinks.  Each disc is pressed on seven-inch vinyl and features four songs.  Kwyet Kinks contains "Wait Till the Summer Comes Along," "Such a Shame," "A Well Respected Man" and "Don't You Fret," while Dedicated Kinks includes "Dedicated Followers of Fashion," "Till the End of the Day," "See My Friends" and "Set Me Free."

    The 2015 Record Store Day Black Friday campaign also will feature releases from The Zombies, Queen, Phil Collins, Linda Ronstadt, John Mellencamp, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jerry Lee Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The B-52's, Jeff Beck, The Clash, B.B. King, Carl Perkins and many others.

    Visit RecordStoreDay.com to check out the full list.

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    New Bruce Springsteen Documentary, "The Ties That Bind," Premieres Tonight on HBO

    Courtesy of HBOSet those DVRs, Bruce Springsteen fans: The new documentary The Ties That Bind, which focuses on the making of the Boss' 1980 double album The River, gets its television debut tonight at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

    Directed by Thom Zimny, the 60-minute film offers an in-depth interview with Springsteen about the creation of The River, as well as segments in which Bruce plays some of the album's songs on acoustic guitar.  The documentary also includes archival concert footage and rare photos from the same period during which Springsteen and The E Street Band were recording the album.

    Several encore screenings of The Ties That Bind also will be shown on HBO, as well as on HBO2, in the coming weeks.  It'll be available via HBO On Demand starting on Saturday, November 28, and later on HBO GO and HBO NOW.

    If you don't mind waiting, the documentary is included on a DVD that's part of the upcoming Springsteen box set The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, which will be released on December 4.  The package contains four CDs and three DVDs, including a remastered edition of The River, an early 10-song single-disc version of the album, a variety of outtakes, the aforementioned documentary, a previously unreleased 1980 concert video and more.

    In related news, a newly-created lyric video for "Party Lights," one of the outtakes featured on The Ties That Bind box set, has been posted at Springsteen's official VEVO YouTube channel.  The clip also offers a montage of vintage photos, including archival pics of Bruce.

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