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Neal Young's working on a new album with Willie Nelson's sons.  "Ultimate Classic Rock" says the album may or may not be  titled "The Monsanto Years."  Young calls it an "upbeat review" of the agricultural giant's environmental record, which includes a line of widely criticized genetically modified seeds.  Young and his new combo embark on a set of dates called the Rebel Content Tour on July 5th.

Kiss is picking the world of kid's animation for their newest commercial venture.  They're appearing in a new animated movie in July called "Scooby-Doo and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery."  Trouble looms after Scooby and the gang attend a Kiss Halloween concert at the band's amusement park, Kiss World.  Those Meddling Kids and Kiss end up taking on the Crimson Witch, who plans to summon the evil Destroyer from the alternate world of Kissteria.  Voice stars in the movie include Kevin Smith, Garry and Penny Marshall, and Darius Rucker.

Sly and the Family Stone have announced plans to release a new four-disc set documenting their two-night, four-concert stand at New York City's iconic Fillmore East in 1968. Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968 includes all four sets from those two nights in their entirety. That "best-of" collection will feature highlights from all four shows as chosen by Roots.

 
Yoko Ono is pleased Ringo Starr was finally inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—the last Beatle inducted as a non-group member, Yoko Ono told Rolling Stone that Ringo's always been an even keeled sort. "John would go up and down and all that, but Ringo was always just very gentle . . . He just sort of embodies peace and love." She added that she was surprised it took the HOF voters so long to recognize Ringo. "For some reason John [Lennon] got it, then George [Harrison] got it, then Paul [McCartney] got it. So why didn't they think about Ringo?" McCartney was at the induction to welcome his friend into the HOF Saturday night (4/18).

 

Journey's Neal Schon is wrapping up working on a Santana record that reunites Santana's original lineup.  Schon say he's eager to get the band on the road once "Santana Four" is out.  Schon also has a new Vortex solo album coming out next month.  Journey appears to be the one out of many of his projects not working on anything new.  Schon tells "Ultimate Classic Rock" trying to get keyboardist Jonathan Caine back in the studio with the band is like "pulling teeth."
 
Roger Waters' "The Wall" documentary is hitting movie screens around the world for one night only next fall.  The screening includes a chat with the former Pink Floyd singer-bassist.  Waters has referred to the film as a "protest movie."  It shows footage from concerts during his three-year tour of the album and a behind-the-scenes look at production.  In the movie, Waters also visits the World War One cemetery where his grandfather is buried and the beachhead where his father died in World War Two.  The film will show on September 29th.

Whitesnake singer David Coverdale says his upcoming tour could be his big farewell to "the big rock stuff."  Whitesnake's upcoming release "The Purple Album" will feature songs Coverdale recorded with Deep Purple more than 40 years ago.  Coverdale tells "Ultimate Classic Rock" the album will have all the classic Whitesnake elements fans have come to expect.  With the subsequent tour, Coverdale says he has more gifted singers in the lineup than they've ever had before.  "The Purple Album" comes out May 19th.
 

Ted Nugent's meeting with the Secret Service is over.  The rocker confirmed in a statement Thursday that he met with "two fine, professional Secret Service agents" in Oklahoma for what he described as a "good, solid, professional" sit-down to discuss his controversial remarks about President Obama.  A Secret Service spokesman tells "The Washington Post" that the issue has been resolved and that the agency "does not anticipate any further action."  Nugent made headlines after he told an audience at the National Rifle Association convention last weekend that he would be either dead or in jail by this time next year if President Obama is re-elected in November.  The comments drew criticism from Democrats and prompted the Secret Service to get involved.  On Thursday, Nugent said again that he did not threaten anyone's life or hint at violence or mayhem.  He said his comments were simply meant to rally the NRA crowd to "stand up for what is right."  The man known as the Motor City Madman also thanked the Secret Service for the meeting, saying it could not have gone any better.  Nugent added, "we shook hands and went about our business.  God bless the good federal agents wherever they may be."

Phil Spector might not live in his Los Angeles area mansion anymore, but that doesn't mean he's not looking after his property.  TMZ.com says the rocker is suing the City of Alhambra, California, claiming construction work being done on a hill adjacent to his house has damaged the structure.  He and his wife Rachelle launched their legal action Thursday.  They say in their suit that a retaining wall supporting the hill has started to crack as a result of the construction, and their house has since been hit with landslides and other related problems.  The Spectors are looking for compensation for the expenses they've incurred to repair the home, along with additional damages to cover the drop in the property's value.Rachelle still lives in the house, which is where actress Lana Clarkson was killed nine years ago.  Phil has been living in a California prison serving a 19-years-to-life sentence since his 2009 conviction for her murder.

Bon Jovi, U2, and Roger Waters are among the nominees for the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.  The veteran rockers are each getting recognition for their work on the road, and are all in the running for Top Touring Artist.  Country-pop superstar Taylor Swift and the British pop band Take That round out the category.  Adele leads the field of nominees.  She's up for 18 awards, and has multiple entries in some categories.  Rihanna and the band LMFAO are also among the top nominees.  The 2012 Billboard Music Awards are set to take place in Las Vegas on May 20th.  The ceremony will air live from the MGM Grand on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Cheap Trick and Dave Mason are showing their support for Earth Day.  The rockers are the headliners for this weekend's "Mobilize The Earth" rally.  The free event will also feature interactive exhibits and demonstrations, educational workshops, and guest speakers including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, the Atlanta Falcons' Ovie Mughelli, and IndyCar driver Leilani Münter.  Attendees can also register to vote.  Kicking Daisies and Explorers Club will perform as well.  The "Mobilize The Earth" rally will take place on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Earth Day, which is this Sunday.

Gregg Allman is expected to be back in action as the Allman Brothers Band hosts their annual Wanee Festival.  The group will be turning in headlining sets both Friday and Saturday night.  Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Mickey Hart, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Buddy Guy are some of the other artists on the lineup for Friday.  Gov't Mule, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, and the North Mississippi Allstars will perform on Saturday.  Bob Weir and Phil Lesh's group Further will take the stage on both days.  Wanee began on Thursday, with sets from Hot Tuna Electric, the Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers Band, and others.  The Wanee Festival is taking place in Live Oak, Florida through Saturday.  Wanee will mark Gregg Allman's return to the group after he missed the band's last performance.  He left early during the second-to-last show of the Allman Brothers' Beacon Theater residency in New York last month, and skipped the finale due to a problem with his back.

Rush is making plans to hit the road.  The Canadian band has announced a 33-date fall tour in support of their upcoming album, "Clockwork Angels."  The group just unveiled the song "Headlong Flight," which is the debut single from the project.  A video for the seven-and-a-half-minute track is posted at Rush.com, and the song will be available digitally on Tuesday.  Rush's "Clockwork Angels North American Tour" will begin in Manchester, New Hampshire on September 7th, and continue through a performance in Houston, Texas on December 2nd.  Ticket sales will begin for select cities on April 27th.  More information is available at Rush.com.