David Crosby on ABBA...Dee Snider lowers his taxes...more rock news.

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Happy birthday to Joe Elliot.  The Def Leppard frontman is 59 today.  

David Crosby is making no attempt to sugarcoat how he feels about Swedish pop superstars ABBA's music. In a series of recent tweets, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer repeatedly referred to ABBA as "utter complete pop dog poop." To make an even finer point on his disdain for ABBA's music, Crosby tweeted, "not one decent song ever."

Dee Snider is revealing he sold a "major part" of his music publishing rights in an effort to pay lower taxes. Snider says the sale happened in 2015, and included rights to about 70 songs, including Twisted Sister hits. Snider didn't say how much he earned, but said the use of his catalog, particularly We're Not Gonna Take It, in movies and commercials over the years has increased in value.

The entire whole first run of Pearl Jam's signature wine called Home X Away is completely sold out in 12 minutes Each of the 450 limited-edition sets came with four bottles featuring a label depicting the skyline of one of the four cities the band is playing on its Home X Away Tour. The profits from the wine sales will go to the band's non-profit foundation Vitalogy. The seven-show trek begins August 8th in Seattle and runs through September 4th in Boston.

Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin are set to launch a fall U.S. tour starting November 6th in Wichita. The 14-city trek will wrap in Oklahoma City on November 29th, and tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday at ten o'clock local time. Meanwhile, the two act's current summer tour stops tonight in Austin and runs through September 9th in Cleveland.

PBS is set to air a two-hour documentary on Woodstock as part of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the festival. The documentary is scheduled to air in 2019 and will focus on the events that led up to the three-day festival that took place August 15th-19th on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York. The documentary will be part of PBS' long-running American Experience series.

The Doors are set to reissue a seven-inch vinyl version of their number one single Hello I Love You off their album Waiting For The Sun. The special release is set for this Friday to coincide with the 50th anniversary of when the single reached number one on the charts. The reissue will feature mono mixes of Hello I Love You and the B side Love Street. The rare rough mix will also be available on a new Waiting On The Sun box set, scheduled for a September 14th release.

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