Mike's Up To The Minute Music News!

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Here's what's happening in the music world this very second! 

Bob Marley came in at number-five ($23 million) and Tom Petty came in sixth ($20 million) on Forbes magazine's ranking of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Michael Jackson led the list with $75 million for the past year.

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett tweeted a photo of himself with Jimmy Page captioned, “Rad hanging out with Jimmy a few weeks back in London.” On Sunday, Hammett will be at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, signing catalogs of its current horror exhibit, It’s Alive!.

Foo Fighters will ring in the New Year performing at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Zac Brown Bandand Duran Duran will perform as well.

Dave Davies and Foghat have been added to the 2019 Rock Legends Cruise, joining Kansas, Buddy Guy and The Outlaws. More stars will be announced soon.

Volkswagen is using Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" in its latest commercial, which depicts a re-creation of the crowd at the Woodstock festival, where Cocker performed the song.

Eric Clapton will attend the DOC NYC screening of his documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, on November 16th at the SVA Theater in New York. The film will make its television debut on Showtime on February 10th.

John Fogerty and Nikki Sixx were spotted chatting at the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles last week. The Series returns to L.A. for games six and seven on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Houston Astros are up three games to two against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mark Knopfler denies a rumor that he’ll be a special guest on former Dire Straits' bassist John Illsley's U.K. tour.

Sammy Hagar went to a Halloween party over the weekend dressed as Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World" character. He posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, "With a little make-up even I can look 70 years old. Stay thirsty my friends." Hagar turned 70 on October 13th.

E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent joined Max Weinberg's Jukebox on stage last week in his hometown of Nashville. Also joining in that night was Max's son, Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg.

Former AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has paid tribute to the late George Young, the older brother of his former bandmates Angus and Malcolm Young. He says, "George Young was a great man. I’m gonna miss you."

David Crosby was asked on Twitter if he judges Paul McCartney for working with Kanye West, who Crosby hates. Crosby says, "Sure, but I understand it."

Rhino Records will mark the 50th anniversary of Otis Redding's death with a vinyl collection of the R&B legend's seven studio albums. The $110 set -- including his signature songs "These Arms of Mine," "Respect" and "Try a Little Tenderness" -- will be out December 15th. Redding was killed in a plane crash while on tour, December 10th, 1967.

Dead & Company have been added to Band Together Bay Area, the benefit for northern California fire victims November 9th at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The show will be headlined by Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.

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