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Listen to Jackson Browne’s New Album, “Standing in the Breach,” Online Now

Inside RecordingsJackson Browne is treating fans to a preview of his upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, currently streaming in its entirety over at USAToday.com. The 10-song collection, which will be released next Tuesday, October 7, finds the 65-year-old singer/songwriter concerned, yet hopeful, about the state of the world.

Browne tells USA Today that one the new tracks, “If I Could Be Anywhere,” is a love song, but not in the traditional sense. “[It's] a love song to the oceans, the environment, to future generations,” he explains. “It’s the idea that there’s a challenge that can only be met while we’re here, both in the sense of being present and also that we’re here at this moment in time.”

Meanwhile, Browne admits that the tune “Which Side Are You On?” bears some structural resemblance to Bob Dylan‘s spiritually-themed “Gotta Serve Somebody,” but points out, “It’s not a song about God; it’s about your personal allegiances to the forces at play in our society.”

Standing in the Breach comes to a close with “Here,” which Browne originally wrote for the 2009 Kevin Spacey film, Shrink.

“It’s about accepting the world that has changed in a fundamental way you almost cannot accept,” Browne tells USA Today. “It’s about, in the end, finding a way of being in the world.”

Standing in the Breach is Jackson’s 14th studio effort, and the follow-up to 2008’s Time the Conqueror. Browne recently launched a fall U.S. tour in support of the record that’s mapped out through an October 18 show in Indianapolis. His next date is scheduled for this Saturday in York, Pennsylvania.

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KISS’ Gene Simmons Featured on New Episode of AXS TV’s “The Big Interview”

Image Courtesy of A&E and AXS TVKISS star Gene Simmons is rarely at a loss for words, which makes him a perfect guest for AXS TV’s The Big Interview. In a new episode of the program premiering tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the high-def network, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and entrepreneur chats candidly and in detail about a variety of topics with famed newsman Dan Rather.

Among the subjects Simmons discusses is his impoverished childhood in war-torn Israel, being abandoned by his father at the age of seven and his mother’s experience as a survivor of Nazi concentration camps. Gene also will chat about his high-profile romances with Cher and Diana Ross, his enduring yet bumpy relationship with wife Shannon Tweed, his many business ventures and, of course, his long tenure in his famous rock band.

In a preview clip from the show, Simmons declares, “Personally, I haven’t had a bad thing happen to me. I haven’t had a bad day in my life — not since I came to the Promised Land. And let me you something, everybody points to Israel…but the Promised Land is America.”

AXS TV executive Michele M. Dix says of the episode, “Gene Simmons has never been shy about delivering the straight truth as he sees it, and this episode of The Big Interview is no exception. But what sets this particular segment apart is Dan Rather’s unique ability to dive head-first into his subject, setting the rock star bravado aside and cutting to the core of the man underneath the makeup and the carefully cultivated ‘Demon’ persona.”

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ZZ Top Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates

Image Courtesy Ross HalfinZZ Top has announced new dates for the U.S. tour that was postponed when bass guitarist Dusty Hill suffered a hip injury.

The band’s tour, which initially was scheduled to begin last week, will now get under way January 17, in San Antonio.

Hill injured his hip when he slipped and fell on his band’s tour bus in August.

ZZ Top previously announced rescheduled dates for their joint tour with Jeff Beck. They will take place next May.

Here are the new tour dates:

1/17–San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
1/18–San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
3/11–Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/13–Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
3/14–Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
3/17–Montréal, QC, Bell Centre
3/19–Orillia, ONT, Casino Rama
3/20–Battle Creek, MI, FireKeepers Casino
3/21–Danville, KY, Norton Center at Centre College
3/25–Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
3/26–Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Arena
3/28–Bowling Green, KY, Hot Rods Baseball Stadium
3/29–Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
3/31–La Crosse, WI, LA Crosse Center Arena
4/2–Davenport, IA, Adler Theater
4/3–Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center
4/4–Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
4/9–Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
4/10–Mississippi State, MS, Humphrey Coliseum

Here are the previously announced dates with Beck:

5/1–Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/2–The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/7–Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
5/8–W. Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
5/9–Saint Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
5/10–Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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Mike Rutherford Says Genesis’ New “R-Kive” Compilation Showcases “a Great Body of Work”

RhinoThe new three-CD Genesis compilation, R-Kive, featuring a career-spanning selection of songs by the band and from the various solo projects of the group’s members, hits stores today, September 30. The 37-track collection is a companion piece to the new documentary titled Genesis: Sum of Its Parts, which will get its U.S. premiere on October 10 at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Both R-Kive and the documentary included the participation of Genesis’ classic early-to-mid-1970s lineup — singer Peter Gabriel, singer/drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and lead guitarist Steve Hackett. In putting the retrospective album together, each musician got to choose three songs from his non-Genesis material for the project.

Rutherford tells ABC News Radio that the compilation helps paint a full picture of what the group has accomplished.

“[F]rom this one school band, Genesis, you had the Gabriel career, the Collins career, the Mike + the Mechanics career,” Rutherford points out. “And you put these songs together and you see a…’Turn It On [Again]‘ and a ‘Biko’ and ‘In the Air [Tonight]‘ ‘Living Years,’ it’s a great body of work.”

He adds that with R-Kive, “I think we’re trying to just remind people that we always were one band, really, one sort of team in a sense. And so, when you put it like that, I think it’s a nice story to be told.”

The entire multidisc set is arranged in chronological order, which Rutherford says was “the only way to do it…otherwise you get lost.” He also says allowing each band member to pick three tunes from his solo catalog “seemed to make sense.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who turns 64 on Thursday, notes that he and his old band mates didn’t have a lot of disagreement over their choices for the R-Kive track list.

“In general, we’re pretty tight,” he points out. “You know, there was a bit of discussion about things, but the options were never like, ‘Oh, that’s great and that’s rubbish.'”

It’s worth noting that the documentary will make its official TV debut this Saturday on the U.K.’s BBC Two, where it will air under the name Genesis: Together and Apart.

Meanwhile, Rutherford has some disappointing, but perhaps not surprising news for Genesis fans hoping for a band reunion.

“There’s no plans,” Mike tells ABC News Radio. He adds, however, that there is a ray of hope that the band members could play together again at some point, recalling a comment that Gabriel had made not too long ago. “Peter said…’Listen, we’re all above grass still, you know,’ which is something, which is relevant,” says Rutherford.

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“Midnight Rider” First Assistant Director Charged in Death of Camera Assistant

Danny ClinchAnother member of the production crew for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider is facing charges in connection with the train accident that killed a camera assistant.

Deadline.com reports first assistant director Hillary Schwartz was charged September 10 with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. She has yet to enter a plea.

The husband-and-wife director and producer team of Midnight Rider, Randall Miller and Jody Savin, face the same charges, as does executive producer Jay Sedrish. They have pleaded not guilty.

All of the aforementioned names are also defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed when she was struck by a train during filming in Georgia last February. Several other crew members were injured.

Under Georgia law, a manslaughter conviction carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison. A criminal trespass conviction carries a potential sentence of one year.

Production on Midnight Rider was suspended following the accident.

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Phil Collins Reveals Struggle with Alcohol Abuse, Says He’s Not Currently Interested in Genesis Reunion

Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsLast week, Phil Collins revealed that, despite rumors to the contrary, he was not planning a full-fledged return to performing. Now, in a new interview with U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail, the former Genesis star has come forward with some other revelations, including the fact that he fairly recently underwent treatment for alcohol abuse.

The singer/drummer says his troubles with the bottle began a few years back, after he’d stopped touring and his ex-wife Orianne moved with their two young children and her new husband from Switzerland, where Phil has a residence, to Florida.

“We had a fantastic little set-up. I was living…ten minutes away from the kids. Used to pick ‘em up all the time, used to go round for dinner with the ex-wife,” he explains. “But [her husband] didn’t like Switzerland, so they moved to Miami. And, really, retiring — well, not working — and not having the kids, I guess left a big void.”

Phil admits that he developed a destructive routine, where “I used to get up and I’d start drinking and watch the cricket. Red wine, white wine. And before long… I had pancreatitis,” which is a dangerous inflammation of the pancreas.

He points out that his problems were exacerbated by medication he was taking for other ailments, including joint pain he developed from decades of pounding the drums.

Collins began to attend meetings and tried rehab, but says he couldn’t stand it, comparing the experience to being in boarding school. Eventually, Phil reports, “I found myself a great doctor here in America, and I went to a couple of specialists. And I don’t drink anymore.”

While Collins says he continues to take medication to treat his pancreatitis, he maintains that he’s “never fallen off the wagon,” adding, “I’ve just been lucky.”

Phil also addresses how he feels about possibly taking part in another Genesis reunion. He points out to The Daily Mail, “I’m 63, soon be 64, and I joined Genesis when I was 19. So surely it’s clear to people that I may not want to do this? Or I may want to do something different?”

In addition to that, Phil adds that his current priority is spending time with his two kids with Orianne — 13-year-old Nick and nine-year-old Matt — noting that he may have not been as attentive as he would have liked when his children from his earlier marriages were growing up.

“I can’t bear to not see my kids for a couple of months if I’m going to go on tour,” says Collins. “And my nine-year-old, I wonder what he thinks about when he puts the light off at night: ‘Another ten days before Dad comes…’ I can’t imagine him saying, ‘Another two months. Dad’s on tour for two months.'”

Lastly, Phil stresses that no ego boost he might receive from performing in front of huge crowds with his old band mates “could possibly beat what I have with my kids.”

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