* The Rolling Stones and Elton John have been nominated in the Headline Performance of the Year category for this year's UK Festival Awards, which take place December 2. The Stones are up for performances at its Glastonbury and Barclaycard Presents British Summertime shows, while Elton John's nod is for his performance at Bestival.
* Billy Joel has announced his third U.S. date, for January 17 in Tampa, Fla. The Piano Man is also playing December 31 in Brooklyn and January 7 in Sunrise, Fla., and is expected to announce more shows soon.
* The Thin Lizzy alumni band Black Star Riders is thinking about a second album next year to follow up this year's "All Hell Breaks Loose."
* Badfinger alumnus Joey Molland will be releasing a new album, "Return to Memphis" -- his first solo project in 12 years -- in the near future. He recorded the set at famed Royal STudios in MEmphis.
* Trans Siberian Orchestra will perform a New Year's Eve show at the site of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. The concert will be televised nationwide. TSO plays two shows on December 27 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
* Mac McAnally of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band won the CMA Award for Musician of the Year for the sixth consecutive year on Wednesday (November 6) in Nashville.
* Mary Hopkin, a former member of the Beatles' Apple Records label, will be releasing a new album, "Paint By Number," in 2012. Hopkin is married to David Bowie producer Tony Visconti.
* Joni Mitchell celebrates her 70th birthday today (November 7). Also, Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer turns 53.
* Lee Crystal, the former drummer for Joan Jett's Blackhearts, died Wednesday (November 7) due to complications from multiple sclerosis. -- by Gary Graff, WCSX Classic Rock Insider

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