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DON McLEAN:  Ex-wife obtains a restraining order

A court in Maine has granted Don McLean's ex-wife an order of protection against the "American Pie" singer.

McLean was arrested last year on domestic violence charges after he assaulted Patrisha McLean, who filed for divorce after 29 years of marriage. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a fine and stay out of trouble for a year. A judge on Wednesday granted Patrisha a restraining order that is good for two years. (Billboard)  

U2:  30th anniversary edition of The Joshua Tree will be released this summer

The Joshua Tree, the U2 album released 30 years ago today (Thursday), will be reissued in June. 

The super-deluxe collector’s edition will add a concert recording from 1987, B-sides and rarities, 2017 remixes and an 84-page hardback book of photographs shot by The Edge in the Mojave Desert in 1986.

The classic album was previously reissued in 2007 for the 20th anniversary. This new version will be out on June 2nd.


Graham Nash will play a sold-out fundraiser for NAMM’s Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California on April 8th. That same day, a collection of his photography, including images of Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Judy Collins, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, will go on display.

Bryan Adams has taken over hosting duties for this year’s Juno Awards, which will be held in Ottawa on April 2nd. Original host Michael Bublé bowed out to continue focusing on the care of his cancer-stricken son.

The Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism display in New York closes Sunday. It will open at Chicago’s Navy Pier on April 15th and run there through July 30th.

AXS TV will premiere the concert special Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band on March 26th at 10 pm [ET]. This edition of the All Starr Band features Todd Rundgren, Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and Mr. Mister frontman Richard Page.

Jim Fuller, lead guitarist with The Surfaris and co-writer of their biggest hit, "Wipe Out,” died last Friday in Monrovia, California. He was 69.

Richard Adam Ziegler, also known as Ritchie Adams, who wrote such hits as Bobby Lewis's "Tossin' and Turnin'” and Engelbert Humperdinck's "After the Lovin',” died Monday. The Brooklyn native was 71.

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