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Today’s Music News: Rod Stewart publicly reunites with Faces for first time since 1993

On Saturday night in Surrey, England, Rod Stewart performed publicly with the Faces for the first time in 22 years. At a charity fundraiser to fight prostate cancer, the band played hits including “I Feel So Good,” “Ooh La La,” and “You Can Make Me Dance.” (Rolling Stone)

Saturday night would have been the late Freddie Mercury‘s 69th birthday. To celebrate, Queen‘s Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones joined Foo Fighters in England for a performance of “Under Pressure,” a song originally recorded by Queen with David Bowie. (Rolling Stone)

Aretha Franklin has blocked a planned screening of the documentary Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival. The film, directed by Sydney Pollack, documents the recording of Franklin’s 1972 live album of the same title. The film was never released due to problems with sound synchronization, but before Pollack’s 2008 death, he expressed a wish to have the film completed. The film has since been completed, but Franklin never gave her permission for it to be screened, and successfully sought an injunction to prevent its being shown. (Rolling Stone)

In a new short documentary, St. Vincent returns to her native Texas and sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” to a small crowd at a baseball game. Watch the film at Pitchfork.

Trombonist Rico Rodriguez has died at age 80. He was best known for playing with the Specials, who said “his legacy will go on forever and a day.” (Billboard)

Chrissie Hynde is standing by her recent comments about rape, which have been widely criticized and characterized as victim-blaming. When a Washington Post reporter repeated Hynde’s comments saying that women “have to take responsibility” for dressing modestly and not “enticing” potential rapists, Hynde said, “Sounds like common sense.” Hynd went on to say that people should be worrying about what she called more serious issues, like the Syrian refugee crisis. (Billboard)

On Friday night, Run the Jewels performed at Dismaland, the pop-up “bemusement park” created by Banksy. Watch clips at Pitchfork.

Sia has written, and plans to direct, a new film starring young dancer Maddie Ziegler—star of her “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” videos. The film will be called Sister, and has been revised from its original version, Sia told press in Venice. “First I paid a guy from a juice bar to help me write it, who had gone to film school, and it turned out it wasn’t quite right.” (Billboard)

Composer Robert Ziegler, a past and apparently present Radiohead collaborator, has shared photos of the band in a recording studio with a string section—presumably working on their next album. The photos have since been deleted, but you can find them at Consequence of Sound.

Katy Perry has shared a video of herself trying—and failing—to ride a Segway at Burning Man. “Obvious first time burner alert,” said Perry on Instagram. (Billboard)