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Beginning of the End: KISS launches End of the Road farewell tour tonight

KISS kicks off the first leg of their massive End of the Road farewell tourtonight in Vancouver, Canada.

Singer/guitarist Paul Stanley tells ABC Radio that the trek likely will last about three years, while promising that his group will go out with a big bang.

"KISS isn't about fading away," he declares. "KISS is about a supernova. KISS is about an explosion heard 'round the world, and that's what we'll do."

Stanley also is expecting the shows to be poignant for KISS fans, both old and new.

"We're gonna…really show everybody why we've been around this long and have that emotional connection to the audience," he maintains. "It's more than just music. When people realize that this is the last time, you get to share something very intimate…We have parents who bring their children, and bring their fathers and mothers. So, with three generations there and a lot of time that we've spent doing this, it's a great time to acknowledge what we've done."

KISS singer/bassist Gene Simmons, meanwhile, says the band chose now to mount the farewell tour because they want to go out at the height of their powers.

"We are the hardest-working band on the planet," Simmons maintains. "Take anybody from another band and stick 'em in our outfits, they'd pass out in a half hour…We're the best on earth, and you want to go out when you're at the top of your game."

The first leg of KISS' End of the Road tour winds down on April 13. A second North American leg runs from August 6 through September 16. The band also will visit Europe from late May to mid-July, and will head Down Under in November and December.

Here are all of KISS' confirmed North American dates:

1/31 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
2/1 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
2/2 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
2/4 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
2/7 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/8 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
2/9 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
2/12 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
2/13 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
2/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
2/16 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
2/19 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center
2/20 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/22 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
2/23 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
2/26 -- Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena
2/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
3/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
3/2 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
3/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
3/6 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
3/7 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
3/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
3/10 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
3/12 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
3/13 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
3/16 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
3/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
3/19 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
3/20 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
3/22 -- Uniondale, NY, NYCB LIVE - Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
3/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/26 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
3/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
3/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
3/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
4/2 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Videotron Centre
4/3 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Canadian Tire Centre
4/6 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/7 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
4/9 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
4/11 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 
4/13 -- Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at the BJCC
8/6 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
8/8 -- North Charleston, NC, North Charleston Coliseum
8/10 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/13 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/14 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
8/16 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
8/17 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
8/20 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
8/21 -- Hershey, PA, HersheyPark Stadium
8/23 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/24 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/27 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
8/29 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/31 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
9/1 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/3 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
9/5 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
9/7 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
9/8 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
9/9 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
9/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/12 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/14 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
9/16 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena

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in Classic Hits, Classic Rock, Oldies On and on and on: Stephen Bishop's 2019 plans include a new album, documentary and memoir

Stephen Bishop has a very busy 2019 planned -- in fact, his list of major projects goes "On and On." The veteran singer-songwriter will be releasing a new studio album, a documentary and an autobiography this year, and also will play a variety of concerts.

Bishop's forthcoming album, titled We'll Talk About It Later in the Car, features what he says are "songs that should have been hits 40 years ago." He initially planned for the album to be a collection of demos of tunes he penned early in his career, but eventually decided to make it a full-fledged studio record.

"There's a little bit of country, pop, and a few tracks that are more brokenhearted love songs," he explains.

Bishop says the album's title comes from something he overheard Carrie Fisher say to someone on the phone while he was dating the late Star Wars actress.

"[S]he said to the other person, 'Anyway, we'll talk about it later in the car,'" he recalls. "I thought it was something to do with me, but as it turned out, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, would say that when she was mad and wanted to get out of the house."

The phrase is repeated in the title of Bishop's upcoming documentary We'll Talk About It Later in the Car: The Untold Story of Stephen Bishop.

The doc features film clips and TV appearances, and examines Stephen's songs and the impact he's had on fans and the stars he's worked with, including Dionne Warwick, songwriter Jimmy Webb, Richard Marx and Toto's Steve Lukather. The movie also focuses on Bishop's recent 11th tour of The Philippines, where he's hugely popular.

Bishop's upcoming autobiography, meanwhile, is called On and Off, which he maintains will be "wild and crazy, like the life I've led."

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Rolling Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler pays tribute to band on new solo album, "Inside Out"

For the past 30 years, Bernard Fowler has toured with The Rolling Stones as a backing vocalist, and the singer is now tipping his hat to the rock legends with a new solo album that features reinterpretations of the band's songs.

Titled Inside Out, the record will be released on April 19, one day before The Stones launch their 2019 U.S. tour in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The first single from the album is a cover of the 1968 Stones classic "Sympathy for the Devil," but most of the other tracks are versions of lesser-known tunes, including "Tie You Up," "Dancing with Mr. D" and "Sister Morphine."

Vocally, Fowler's renditions of the songs were inspired by politically minded spoken-word artists such as Gil Scott-Heron and The Last Poets.

Fowler says he was inspired to make Inside Out after Mick Jagger complimented him on his funky conga playing and spoken vocals during an impromptu jam session at a Stones sound check.

"[Mick said], 'Bernard, I've heard Rolling Stones songs played in many different ways but I've never heard it like this before," Fowler recalls.

Discussing the project in the album's liner notes, the singer writes, "I had an amazing time rediscovering these songs.  Even though making this recording wasn't easy to do, I'd gladly do it all over again even if I knew the bumps in the road ahead." 

Among the musicians who contributed to Inside Out were longtime Stones touring bassist Darryl Jones, frequent Keith Richards collaborator Steve Jordan, and Ray Parker Jr. of "Ghostbusters" fame.

Prior to hitting the road with The Stones, Fowler will be a featured singer on the latest North American leg of the A Bowie Celebration David Bowie tribute tour, kicking off February 6 in Mesa, Arizona.

Here's the Inside Out track list:

"Tie You Up"
"Dancing with Mr. D"
"Undercover of the Night"
"Time Waits for No One"
"Sister Morphine"
"All the Way Down"
"Must Be Hell"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Dancing with Mr. D" (bonus track)

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David Bowie vinyl singles box set "Spying Through a Keyhole" to be released in April

Full details have been revealed about the recently announced David Bowievinyl singles box set Spying Through a Keyhole (Demos and Unreleased Songs).

The collection, which consists of four seven-inch vinyl discs of mostly rare demo recordings that Bowie made during the late 1960s, will be released on April 5.

The box set features a total of nine tracks that are being released on a physical format for the first time, although they were briefly made available via streaming services in December 2018.

Most of the recordings feature just Bowie accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Among the tracks are two demo versions of David's classic tune "Space Oddity," one of which is an excerpt believed to be the first-ever recording of the song. The other version features Bowie performing the song as a duo with his early musical partner John "Hutch" Hutchinson.

Other songs featured on Spying Through a Keyhole are demo versions of such early Bowie songs as "In the Heat of the Morning" and "London Bye, Ta-Ta." The box set's title comes from the lyrics of a previously unknown song that appears on the collection, "Love All Around."

Each disc features a label that reflects the way Bowie would send his demos to record companies and music publishers, with handwritten song titles. All tracks are in mono, and the singles play at 45 RPM.

The box set also comes packaged with a print of a 1968 photo of David taken by veteran rock photographer Ray Stevenson. The collection's cover features a pic of Bowie snapped by Stevenson at the same time.

You can pre-order Spying Through a Keyhole at DavidBowie.com.

Here is the box set's full track list:

Single 1
Side 1: "Mother Grey" (demo)
Side 2: "In the Heat of the Morning" (demo)

Single 2
Side 1: "Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe" (demo)
Side 2: "Love All Around" (demo)

Single 3
Side 1: "London Bye, Ta-Ta" (demo)
Side 2: "Angel, Angel, Grubby Face" (demo version 1)

Single 4
Side 1: "Angel, Angel, Grubby Face" (demo version 2), "Space Oddity" (demo excerpt)
Side 2: "Space Oddity" (demo - alternative lyrics) -- with John "Hutch" Hutchinson

Daryl Hall & John Oates to tour South America for the first time in June

After nearly 50 years together, Daryl Hall & John Oates are still discovering that there are some things in the music business they've never done.  Case in point: In June, they'll be touring South America for the first time ever.

Hall & Oates will perform in Argentina, Chile and Brazil on June 6, 8 and 11, respectively. John, who was last in Argentina as a tourist in the late '80s, says he's "really looking forward to returning there." 

He's never been to either Chile or Brazil, but adds, "I am really excited to see these two great cities [Santiago and Sao Paulo] and play for our fans there."

The South American shows will take place after the duo's three March performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a brief April tour of England, and some May dates in Germany that will mark the first time they've played there since the '80s.

Last year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers toured arenas with Train.

Here are Hall & Oates' confirmed 2019 dates:

3/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
4/24 -- Birmingham, U.K., Resorts World Arena
4/26 -- London, U.K., Wembley SSE Arena
4/28 -- Manchester, U.K., Manchester Arena
5/1 -- Glasgow, U.K., SSE Hydro Arena
5/3 -- Dortmund, Germany, Westfalenhalle
5/6 -- Hamburg, Germany, Barclaycard Arena
6/6 -- Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luna Park Stadium 
6/8 -- Santiago, Chile, Movistar Arena
6/11 -- Sao Paulo, Brazil, Espaco das Americas

On a sad note, Daryl recently mourned the passing of his former wife, Amanda Aspinall, to whom he was married from 2009 to 2015. Earlier this month, he tweeted that he was "heartbroken."

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"Let It Be"...again: Peter Jackson signs on for new version of Beatles film

Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' final live performance, which took place on the roof of Apple's London offices during the sessions for Let It Be.  Now, Apple Corps Ltd. has announced that a new cinematic take on those sessions will be helmed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

The movie will be based on 55 hours of unreleased footage of The Beatles in the studio, shot in January of 1969. Some of that footage filmed was originally supposed to be used for a TV special, but eventually was released as the 1970 documentary Let It Be.

In a statement, Jackson says, "The hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio...ensures this movie will be the ultimate 'fly on the wall' experience that Beatles fans have long dreamed about. It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together."

As for why another movie is needed, Jackson feels the original 1970 film is considered a portrayal of the tension in The Beatles prior to their split. But after reviewing the material, Jackson feels it's really "an amazing historical treasure trove."

He adds, "Sure, there's moments of drama, but none of the discord this project has long been associated with."

Says Jackson, "Watching John [Lennon], Paul [McCartney], George [Harrison], and Ringo [Starr] work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating -- it's funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate. I'm thrilled and honored to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage -- making the movie will be a sheer joy."

The movie is being made in cooperation with McCartney, Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. A restored version of the original 1970 Let It Be movie is also planned.

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Ace Frehley blasts "sex addict" Gene Simmons, insists "I was never fired from KISS," asks for old job back

On his Facebook page, Ace Frehley has fired back at Gene Simmons, after a Guitar World interview in which the KISS bassist claimed to have "fired" the guitarist "three times...For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior [and just] being unprofessional."

"...Gene, your memory is really incorrect!" Frehley began his post. "…I was NEVER FIRED from KISS, I quit twice (not 3-times) of my own free will, because you and Paul [Stanley] are control freaks, untrustworthy and were too difficult to work with!"

In the interview, Simmons said of Frehley and fellow former bandmate Peter Criss: "Would we welcome Ace or Peter to jump up onstage for a song or two? Of course. Could we depend on either Ace of Peter to do a full set night after night? Not on your f***ing life."

To this, Frehley replied, "Your slanderous remarks about my bad habits over the years has cost me millions of dollars and now that I’m over 12-years sober you're still saying I can’t be trusted to play a whole nights show! Well that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 12-years...I’m...the most successful solo artist to come out of the original KISS lineup, and proud of it!..."

Frehley also called Simmons  "an a**hole and a sex addict who’s being sued by multiple Women...you’re just trying to sweep it all under the carpet!"

The guitarist also claims Gene "groped" his wife "and propositioned her in Los Angeles," adding, "...she was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!!"

Interesting, Frehley his rant by saying, "Without a complete and heartfelt apology [and], an offer to give me my old job back...THE S*** WILL HIT THE FAN AND THEY’LL BE NO STOPPING IT-IT’S ON!!!"

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"Just Once," "Baby Come to Me" singer James Ingram dead at age 66

Singer James Ingram, whose hits include "Yah Mo Be There," "One Hundred Ways," "Just Once" and his respective duets with Linda Ronstadtand Patti Austin -- "Somewhere Out There" and "Baby Come to Me" -- has died, according to his friend Debbie Allen. He was 66.

Allen tweeted, "I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir. He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name."

TMZ further reports that Ingram died from a form of brain cancer, which he'd been battling for a while.

The Akron, Ohio-born Ingram got his big break when he collaborated with Quincy Jones on the famed producer's 1981 album, The Dude, providing vocals on "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways." He won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "One Hundred Ways."

In 1983, Ingram topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "Baby Come to Me," a duet with Austin, after it was featured on the hit soap opera General Hospital.

In 1984, he received three more Grammy nominations for co-writing Michael Jackson's hit "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"; for another Austin duet, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing"; and for his own track "Party Animal."

Ingram was nominated for Grammys three more times in 1985, for his debut album and its smash single "Yah Mo Be There," a duet with Michael McDonald.  Also in 1985, he was one of the dozens of artists who appeared on the charity single 'We Are the World."

Ingram's 1987 duet with Ronstadt, "Somewhere Out There," from the animated film An American Tail, hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, won the Grammy for Song of the Year and was also nominated for an Oscar.  It was just one of many soundtrack songs Ingram recorded, for movies ranging from City Slickers to Sarafina! to Beethoven's 2nd.

The singer's last major hit was 1990's #1 smash "I Don't Have the Heart."

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Hell Re-Freezes: Eagles releasing two-LP vinyl version of 1994 reunion album, "Hell Freezes Over," in March

The Eagles' 1994 reunion album Hell Freezes Over celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and to mark the milestone, the mostly live collection will be made available as a standalone vinyl release for the first time in the U.S. on March 8. The album, which has been remastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, will be reissued as a two-LP set on 180-gram black vinyl, as well as on CD.

Hell Freezes Over features 11 live performances recorded for an MTV Unplugged special in April 1994 in Burbank, California, as well as four new studio tracks -- "Get Over It," "Love Will Keep Us Alive," "The Girl from Yesterday," and "Learn to Be Still."

Released in November '94, the album spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 late that year, and has gone on to sell an impressive 9 million copies in the U.S. In addition, "Get Over It" reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Love Will Keep Us Alive" topped the magazine's Adult Contemporary chart.

Hell Freezes Over boasted a reunion of the same Eagles lineup that recorded the band 1979 album, The Long Run -- singer/drummer Don Henley, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Glenn Frey, lead guitarists Joe Walsh and Don Felder, and bassist Timothy B. Schmit.

The live portion of the album features a mix of Eagles hits and deep cuts, including "Hotel California," "Tequila Sunrise," "Take It Easy," "Life in the Fast Lane," and "Desperado." There's also a rendition of Henley's 1989 solo gem "New York Minute."

Hell Freezes Over was previously only available on vinyl as an import release and as part of The Eagles' 2018 box set Legacy.

You can pre-order the 25th anniversary vinyl and CD reissue now.

Here's the two-LP set's full track list:

Side 1
"Get Over It"
"Love Will Keep Us Alive"
"The Girl from Yesterday"
"Learn to Be Still"

Side 2
"Tequila Sunrise"
"Hotel California"
"Wasted Time"
"Pretty Maids All in a Row"

Side 3
"I Can't Tell You Why"
"New York Minute"
"The Last Resort"

Side 4
"Take It Easy"
"In the City"
"Life in the Fast Lane"

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1978 Foreigner concert to be released as a DVD, Blu-ray in March

In April 1978, Foreigner's original lineup rocked London's Rainbow Theatre in front of a sold-out crowd. More than 40 years later -- on March 15, to be exact -- the performance will be released as a home video titled Live at The Rainbow '78. 

The band's 12-song set featured renditions of all 10 tunes from Foreigner's self-titled 1977 debut album, including the hits "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" and "Long, Long Way from Home." The group also played two future classics from its then-forthcoming sophomore record, Double Vision -- the title track and "Hot Blooded."

"1978 was an absolutely magical time for the band," recalls founding and current Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, "and to come back over to the U.K. to play a headline show at the legendary Rainbow really was a dream come true. The audience was amazing that night. We couldn't have wished for a better show."

Live at The Rainbow '78 features footage restored from original film of the show, as well as remixed and remastered audio. The release is available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital video. Check out a trailer for the video at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.

Foreigner's original lineup was Jones, singer Lou Gramm, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, keyboardist Al Greenwood, drummer Dennis Elliott and bassist Ed Gagliardi. Gagliardi passed away in 2014 from cancer, but over the last couple of years, Gramm, McDonald, Greenwood and Elliott joined Jones and the rest of Foreigner's current lineup to perform at several special concerts.

Here's the Live at The Rainbow '78 track list:

"Long, Long Way from Home"
"I Need You"
"Woman Oh Woman"
"Hot Blooded"
"The Damage Is Done"
"Cold as Ice"
"Double Vision"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"Fool for You Anyway"
"At War with the World"

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Lynyrd Skynyrd members featured on latest episode of PBS interview show "Speakeasy"

Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant and guitarists Gary Rossingtonand Rickey Medlocke are the guests on the latest episode of the PBS interview series Speakeasy, which premieres on select TV stations this week.

Filmed in New York City last year at The Triad theater, the Southern rockers chatted with music journalist Rob Tannenbaum about a variety of topics, including the 1977 plane crash that killed three of the band's members, what their fans mean to them and their ongoing Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour.

Regarding the band members lost in the crash, Rossington, who's Lynyrd Skynyrd's sole remaining original member, says in the episode, "[I]t was such a heavy thing. They never got a chance to know classic rock, and that we'd be on there and 'Free Bird' would become one of the biggest songs played."

As for the band's loyal followers, Van Zant maintains, "People who love Skynyrd music are not fans to us. You're family…It's a big family."

Adds Medlocke, "It's an interesting deal when you look out…and you see everybody there…and you know what the music means to 'em and what the band means to 'em…You're the best. We love you guys."

Meanwhile, Van Zant suggests that Skynyrd's farewell trek may not be the last time that the band hits the road. He points out with a laugh, "I was talking to the guys and they said, 'You know what the best part about a farewell tour?' And I said, 'No, what's that?" And they said, 'The reunion tour.'"

You can check out preview clips of the show at the Front and Center YouTube channel.

Find out when Lynyrd Skynyrd's installment of Speakeasy airs on your local stations by visiting SpeakeasyTalks.com. The website also features previous episodes.

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Keith Richards says Rolling Stones will hit the studio to work on new album before their 2019 tour kickoff

As The Rolling Stones prepare to hit the road for the 2019 U.S. leg of their No Filter Tour, guitarist Keith Richards tells Rolling Stone that the band will first spend about a week in the studio working on its next studio album.

"I'm preparing more than anything else, putting material together," he says of the upcoming recording sessions.

Keith reveals to the magazine that he spent part of his holidays trying to determine what worthwhile material The Stones have to work with, if anything.

"Sometimes it's not as much writing as listening to what's been written and figuring it out, and honing and all kinds of stuff," he explains of the process. "It's very boring. It's like a carpentry shop."

He adds that this time prior to the tour, which kicks off April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida, is "perfect timing" to get together to collaborate on new songs.

Richards also admits he's looking forward to tour the U.S. with The Rolling Stones for the first time in five years.

"To play back in the States again, it's fantastic," he tells Rolling Stone. "I always think of it as our really early hunting grounds. Although we had already done it in England, to work over a whole continent was pretty astounding. So I've always had a soft spot for working in America."

Keith also says he's hoping The Stones will play a surprise club gig to kick off the trek -- something they haven't done in a while.

"We haven't in the last couple of tours," he notes. "I think it was a matter of logistics. Finding the right venue or whatever didn't happen. So it's definitely on the menu…Hors d'oeuvres!"

Richards adds that he glad that the whole band still is enthusiastic about continuing to tour.

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Ringo Starr reveals All Starr Band's 2019 North American tour schedule

After announcing some initial 2019 North American concerts back in November, Ringo Starr has now unveiled the full itinerary of his All Starr Band's 30th anniversary tour of the continent.

As previously reported, the tour kicks off August 1 in Windsor, Canada, and winds down September 1 in Los Angeles.  Among the newly confirmed concerts: an August 10-11 engagement at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, and shows in Philadelphia; Champaign, Illinois; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Phoenix, Arizona; and Oakland, California.

As previously announced, Ringo and the All-Starr Band will play two-night stands on August 3-4 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, and August 7-8 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Beach Boys also will be performing at the Ravinia concerts.

In addition, Ringo and the All-Starrs will warm up for their previously announced spring tour of Japan with one U.S. concert on March 21 in Valley Center, California. The Japan trek runs from a March 27 gig in Fukuoka through an April 11 show in Osaka.

Playing with the ex-Beatles drummer in his All Starr Band this year are ex-Santana and Journeysinger/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and ex-Average White Band guitarist/bassist Hamish Stuart, as well as sax player/percussionist Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

"My dream has always been, and still is, to play great music with great musicians -- and I've been blessed to have so many incredible ones in my All Starr Bands," says Ringo.

"We can't wait to get out there and share the joy with you -- every show is always such a wonderful Peace & Love fest between us and our audiences."

Here are all of the group's confirmed North American tour dates:

3/21 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Resort Southern California 
8/1 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars
8/3 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
8/4 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
8/6 -- Durham, NC, DPAC
8/7 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/10 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/11 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/13 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Center Coliseum
8/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia
8/20 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
8/22 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino
8/25 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera House
8/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
8/28 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
8/30 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8/31 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
9/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre

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ZZ Top to celebrate 50th anniversary with three Texas shows this May with Cheap Trick and Bad Company

ZZ Top is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the Texas trio has unveiled plans to mark the milestone in their home state this spring with a special three-day event.

The 50th Anniversary Texas Bash will feature special concerts in three Lone Star State cities: Dallas on May 17, the Houston suburb of The Woodlands on May 18 and Austin on May 19.

Supporting ZZ Top at the shows will be Cheap Trick and Bad Company. Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 1, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets for members of ZZ Top's Tres Hombres fan club will be available starting Tuesday, January 29, at 10 a.m. local time.

"It's been five decades, and I think we're starting to get pretty good at this!" says ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons. "We're just as excited to be back in Texas this May playing our bluesy kind of rock as when started with in '69."

Adds Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, "Those three Texan hombres, aka ZZ Top, are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year so Bad Company is going to join them and the fans to mark the occasion; hang on to your hats and heels!"

Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, meanwhile, says, "[It's] truly an honor that the famed 'Little Ol' Band from Texas' has asked Cheap Trick…to be included and open for these living legends."

The Texas Bash concerts will mark the official launch of ZZ Top's 50th anniversary tour, which will feature the band playing plenty of shows in North America and Europe. The band currently is wrapping up its latest Las Vegas residency at the Venetian Theatre, with performances this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Here are all of ZZ Top's confirmed U.S. concerts:

1/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
2/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
2/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
5/17 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion
5/18 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/19 -- Austin, TX, Austin 360 Amphitheater

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Michael Jackson's family calls "Leaving Neverland" doc a "public lynching"

The documentary Leaving Neverland, focusing on two men who claimed they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson as children, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival a few days ago. Now, the family of the late King of Pop is speaking out.

In a statement, the family says in part, "We are furious that the media...chose to believe the word of two admitted liars over the word of hundreds of families and friends around the world who spent time with Michael...and experienced his legendary kindness and global generosity."

It continues that Michael, "was an easy target because he was unique, but notes, "[He] was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of Neverland...as well as a jury trial where Michael was found to be COMPLETELY INNOCENT." 

"There has never been one piece of proof of anything.  Yet the media is eager to believe these lies," the statement notes.

The family adds that they, "can't just stand by while this public lynching goes on," adding, "Michael is not here to defend himself." 

The film's creators were "not interested in the truth," says the family. "They never interviewed a single solitary soul who knew Michael except the two perjurers and their families."

"The facts don’t lie, people do. Michael Jackson was and always will be 100% innocent of these false allegations," the statement concludes.

Meanwhile, MJ's estate issued a statement to Variety calling the documentary "tabloid character assassination," and pointing out that in the past, the two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, "testified under oath that these events never occurred."

The statement concludes by accusing Robson and Safechuck of looking for a, "payday by smearing [Jackson] with the same allegations a jury found him innocent of when he was alive."

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CCR drummer Doug Clifford says band's full Woodstock performance is expected to be released in 2019

Creedence Clearwater Revival was among the many famous acts that played the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this August. CCR didn't appear in the Oscar-winning 1970 film documenting the historic festival, but the band's drummer, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, reveals that the group's full set likely will be released this year in conjunction with the anniversary.

"We fought for 50 years over [releasing the performance], and now it looks like it's finally…gonna be out there," Clifford tells ABC Radio. "So, I'm excited about that, and hopefully the fans will be excited about it as well."

Doug didn't specify whether both audio and video of CCR's Woodstock set would be released.

In his 2015 autobiography Fortunate Son, Creedence frontman John Fogerty admits that he vetoed having the band included in the movie, maintaining that he wasn't happy with the group's overall performance.

Clifford says he felt differently. "I'm sorry that we weren't in the movie," he tells ABC Radio. "That wasn't my decision. But we were there…and we had a big part of it being as grand as it was, just by virtue of saying 'yes' to the [organizers'] offer."

CCR was near the height of its popularity at the time of Woodstock. The band hit the stage at 12:30 a.m. -- much later than scheduled -- during the festival's second night, between The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.

Last year, Creedence Clearwater Revival marked its own 50th anniversary by releasing a vinyl box set called The Complete Studio Albums featuring remastered versions of their seven studio LPs.

While CCR broke up in 1972, Clifford and bassist Stu Cook still play together in the spinoff group Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The band has eight confirmed concerts on its 2019 schedule:

2/23 -- Mesquite, TX, Mesquite Arena
3/7 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/8 -- Bensalem, PA, Parx Casino -- Xcite Center
3/9 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
3/22 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
3/23 -- San Tan Valley, AZ, The Good Life Festival - Encanterra
3/29 -- Sparks, NV, Nugget Casino Resort -- Grand Ballroom
3/30 -- Parker, AZ, BlueWater Resort & Casino

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Santana's new EP, "In Search of Mona Lisa," available now; band debuts video for new song "Do You Remember Me?"

Santana's new EP In Search of Mona Lisa was released today on CD and digitally, while a vinyl version is due February 22.

The EP features three new songs that were inspired by a visit Carlos Santana paid to the Louvre museum in Paris, during which he saw Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece the Mona Lisa for the first time.

Recalling the experience of seeing the famous painting, Carlos says, "I heard her say to me, 'Hi.' It was stunning…And then she said, 'Do you remember me? When we were lovers in another time?'"

"It was the most incredible occurrence, and in a way, it was kind of perfect that I had never been to the Louvre before, because this might not have happened at another time," he adds. "I had to be who I am now, knowing that God is everywhere and that He was saying, 'I love you,' by sending me this message of inspiration and visualization."

On Thursday, GuitarWorld.com debuted an official video for one of the new tunes, "Do You Remember Me?," which you also can watch at Santana's YouTube channel.

The clip begins with an animated segment that shows the Mona Lisa and other famous paintings depicting women all morphing into each other, followed by footage of the band performing the Latin-flavored tune.  It features Santana singer Andy Vargas on lead vocals.

The track was produced by Rick Rubin, who also is producing a new full-length Santana album due out later in 2019.

The EP's other two songs -- the title track and "Lovers from Another Time" -- feature contributions from renowned musician, producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden. Walden co-produced and lent his drum talents to both tunes, and also played some bass and keyboards on "In Search of Mona Lisa."

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Pete Townshend says The Who's upcoming album will feature a "wide range of stuff"

Pete Townshend has shared some fresh details about The Who's forthcoming studio album, which the band is still working on, in a new interview with Billboard.

Townshend, who took a break from The Who in 2018, tells the magazine he spent from May to August working on 15 tracks for the record. He reveals that some of the tunes are completely new, while others were "rescued from ancient history."

Pete describes the material as "a mixture of stuff...some songs which cater for the part of the Who audience that have a preconception about what is a Who track but are also willing to take some chances."

He says that spoken-word segments are featured in some new tunes, and among the tracks are a sea chanty, and songs about homelessness, an old girlfriend and the Syrian refugee crisis, the latter of which is titled "Twice Refugees."

"It's a pretty wide range of stuff," Townshend tells Billboard. "Some of it's pseudo-operatic, some of it's electronica. There's a few ballads. I've got quite a lot of extreme sample stuff. I don't think Who fans -- people who like Who music -- will be overly surprised."

Pete says his only prerequisite in writing the new material was that singer Roger Daltrey would love the new tunes.

"I just tried to write songs I thought he could get inside and that would interest him and intrigue him and challenge him," Townshend notes.

The new album will arrive sometime after The Who launches its Movin' On! tour, which begins May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pete says the shows, which will feature the band accompanied by an orchestra at each stop, will include "a short version of Tommy, a short version of Quadrophenia, a few new things and then closing with a few classics."

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Check out new lyrics video for recent Toto single "Devil's Tower"

Toto has released an official lyrics video for its recent single "Devil's Tower." The track was part of the massive limited-edition All In box set celebrating Toto's 40th anniversary, which was released in November 2018.

The clip, which can be viewed at the band's official YouTube channel, features a montage of graphically enhanced photos -- both recent and vintage -- of Toto performing live. "Devil's Tower" is a melodic, prog-rock-influenced song that dates back to the sessions for the group's smash 1982 album Toto IV.

As guitarist Steve Lukather explains, "We originally recorded this track with [late members] Mike and Jeff Porcaro back in 1981…We never recorded a lead vocal or had lyrics for this one, so [current frontman] Joseph[Williams] finished it up for us recently."

"Devil's Tower" also can be purchased as a digital single and is available via streaming services.

Toto kicks off a 2019 Japan leg of its 40 Trips Around the Sun tour on February 14 in Hiroshima. The band also has a one-off concert in Indonesia on March 3, and will tour Europe in June and July.

Toto will return to North America for a trek dubbed "An Evening With" this fall.

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Paul McCartney reveals cover of upcoming illustrated children's book, "Hey Grandude!"

The cover of Paul McCartney's upcoming illustrated children's book, Hey Grandude!, has been unveiled. The book which will be published on September 5, is available for pre-order now.

As announced this past September, Hey Grandude! was inspired by the ex-Beatles star's own experiences as a grandparent, and tells the tale of a grandfather who takes his four grandkids on a series of magical adventures. The cover shows the main character and his grandchildren, as well as a vintage telescope and a map of part of the world.

In a note on his official website, McCartney writes, "I'm excited to share the cover of my new children's book Hey Grandude!, which will be out later this year. I've worked on this with a great illustrator called Kathryn Durst and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do."

Adds Durst, "Working on this book with Sir Paul McCartney has been an amazing experience and I can't wait for its publication…I had so much fun working on the illustrations for the book, and I hope others will have just as much fun reading it!"

The post also features illustrations of McCartney and Durst, both created by Kathryn.

According to the Random House Children's Books website, Hey Grandude! is meant for kids ages four to six.

A description of the book explains: "Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass, he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe. Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches!"

Prior to the release of Hey Grandude!, McCartney will mount the North American portion of his 2019 Freshen Up Tour, which gets underway May 23 in New Orleans.

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Pete Townshend reveals new details about The Who's upcoming album

As announced earlier this month, The Who is working on a new studio album that's expected to be released later this year, sometime after the band's Moving On! orchestral tour kicks off. Guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend is now sharing some new information about the album on the group's official website.

In his first post, Townshend reveals respected British guitarist Gordon Giltrap plays on one of the tracks on the record. Pete describes the tune as "a Spanish-style song…about a fabulous girl from the past," and includes an audio clip of the part Gordon played.

Townshend reports that Giltrap recently went through a battle with cancer, but is healthy now. He adds that Gordon "is a beacon of light, and of course a brilliant player," while noting, "We each claim to have influenced each other over the years."

In a second post, Pete reveals that he's been talking with famous British pop artist Peter Blake about designing the cover of The Who's next album. Blake created the classic cover of The BeatlesSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as that of The Who's 1981 album Face Dances.

Townshend's post features a YouTube video showing him driving to Blake's studio in the Chiswick district of London on Wednesday. Pete notes in the clip that he has "no idea what we're gonna call the album [or] what kind of artwork we're gonna use."

On that topic, Pete reports in the note that "a friend from Texas" has suggested a simple title for the album that he likes: WHO.

"Might take us right back to the beginning, who knows," he comments.

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Who-themed "Magic Buses" launched in New York, Chicago and L.A. to celebrate band's 2019 tour

To celebrate The Who's upcoming 2019 Moving On! tour, special double-decker buses inspired by the band's classic tune "Magic Bus" -- and the cover of its 1968 album Magic Bus -- The Who On Tour -- have been introduced in three major U.S. cities: New YorkChicago and Los Angeles.

The colorfully painted vehicles will be traveling set routes in and around the cities through February 10.

Who fans have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win a pair of premium tickets to one of the band's concerts by taking a photo of one of the buses and posting it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MagicBusEntry and follow and tagging the image with @LiveNation.

Entries will be accepted until February 10 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

As previously reported, the North American portion of The Who's Moving On! tour will feature two legs, with the first running from a May 7 show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, through a June 1 concert in Toronto, and the second kicking off September 6 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and mapped out through a October 23 performance in Edmonton, Canada. The band will be performing with a different orchestra at each stop on the trek.

The Who also have plans to release a new studio album this year, the first since 2006's Endless Wire.

Here are the confirmed North American dates for the Moving On! tour:

5/7 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
5/9 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
5/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
5/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
5/16 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/18 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
5/21 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/23 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis
5/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park
5/28 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
5/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
6/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
9/6 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
9/8 -- Alpine Valley, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
9/10 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
9/13 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
9/15 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/18 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
9/20 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
9/22 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
9/25 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
9/27 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
9/29 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
10/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
10/16 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl - San Diego State University
10/19 -- Seattle, WA, T-Mobile Park
10/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/23 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place

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Report: New ABBA songs may now be released this fall

Last April, ABBA announced that it had recorded two new songs -- the Swedish pop legends' first new music in 35 years -- for a virtual touring project.  The tunes, originally set to premiere in December 2018 on a TV special airing on NBC and BBC TV, were subsequently delayed until 2019.  Now we've got more details on the project.

Regarding the songs -- titled "I Still Have Faith In You" and "Don't Shut Me Down" -- a rep for ABBA tells Variety, "No release before the summer. Hopefully this fall."

In December, ABBA's Benny Andersson said in a video interview with fan site IceTheSite that the songs' release had been delayed by legal complications. Andersson also told the site that the group might record a third new song for the virtual ABBA tour, since by the time the trek is ready to launch, the other tunes will be old.

In addition, Benny explained that he and the three other ABBA members -- Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskogand Frida Lyngstad -- had such a good time recording the new tunes that he thinks everyone will be enthusiastic about creating more new music.

"We were in [the studio,] it took three minutes and we were all back to where we ended, having fun," Andersson maintained. "It was just like no time had passed, and we all felt that and we were all very happy about feeling that."

He added, "I haven't talked to Frida and Agnetha yet about [the idea that] maybe we should do one more…I think they'll say 'Yeah.'"

Plans for the ABBA avatar tour project were first announced in 2016, with Andersson and Ulvaeus teaming with American Idol creator Simon Fuller on the production.

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Ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder's new album titled "American Rock 'n' Roll"; star-studded project is due out in April

After announcing plans to release a new solo album this year via a new label deal with BMG, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder has revealed more details about the project to Rolling Stone.

The album, which features some big-name guest stars, is called American Rock 'n' Roll and will hit stores on April 5.

"I wanted to bring in as many people as possible to share the experience with me," he tells the magazine. "I knew it should be bright, cheery and fun or it wouldn't be worth doing."

Among the artists lending their talents to American Rock 'n' Roll are Slash, Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Mick Fleetwood, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Slash appears on the album's title track, which celebrates the history of rock music from the Woodstock era to the present day.

"Slash lives really close to me," notes Felder. "He came over, brought his guitar, plugged into one of my amps and we traded off on some solos. He actually plays on the part of the song that mentions Guns N' Roses by name."

Fleetwood and Smith also are both featured on the tune, which you can check out now at RollingStone.com.

Felder duets with Hagar on a song titled "Rock You," which features Sammy's Chickenfoot band mate Satriani on guitar and backing vocals by Weir.

Felder says he plans to play three or four of his new songs at his upcoming solo tour dates.

Meanwhile, Don tells Rolling Stone that he no longer feels any animosity toward his former Eagles band mates, and would "play with them again in a heartbeat."

He adds, however, that he's certain Don Henley would "have a different opinion about what the future would look like involving me."

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Recordings by Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame

Memorable songs and albums by veteran rock and pop artists are among the 2019 class of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees -- including recordings by Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, The Troggs, Curtis Mayfield, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra and Dolly Parton.

Each year, a Recording Academy committee chooses select works to be inducted in a "commitment to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings."

The songs being honored this year include Aerosmith's 1975 hit "Walk This Way," The Troggs' 1966 classic "Wild Thing," Mayfield's memorable 1972 soul tune "Move On Up," Domino's 1957 hit "I'm Walkin'" and Parton's signature 1971 song "Coat of Many Colors."

Albums being inducted include Petty's smash 1989 solo album Full Moon Fever, Browne's 1972 self-titled debut and Sinatra's collaborative 1967 project Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Other artists whose songs are being recognized by the Grammy Hall of Fame this year: The Platters, Link Wray, Brenda Lee, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen.

Overall, 25 recordings are being inducted, raising the total number of Grammy Hall recordings to 1,088.

"The Grammy Hall of Fame is proud to be a pillar of musical excellence and diversity year after year, honoring some of the most iconic recordings of all time," says Neil Portnow, the Recording Academy's president and CEO.

"We are proud to acknowledge the ever-changing landscape and evolution of musical expression for which the Academy has become known. We're honored to add these masterpieces to our growing catalog and are delighted to celebrate the impact they've had on our musical, social, and cultural history."

Here's a full list of 2019 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees:

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (single) -- Edward Meeker with The Edison Orchestra (1908)

"St. Louis Blues" (single) -- W.C. Handy (1914)

"La Bamba" (single) -- El Jarocho (1939)

"Ko Ko" (single) -- Charlie Parker's Ri Bop Boys (1945)

"Tenderly" (single) -- Sarah Vaughan (1947)

"Tenor Madness" (track) -- Sonny Rollins Quartet Featuring John Coltrane (1956)

"I'm Walkin'" (single) -- Fats Domino (1957)

'Round About Midnight (album) -- Miles Davis (1957)

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (single) -- Brenda Lee (1958)

"Rumble" (single) -- Link Wray & His Ray Men (1958)

"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (single) -- The Platters (1958)

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book (album) -- Ella Fitzgerald (1959)

"Wild Thing" (single) -- The Troggs (1966)

Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (album) -- Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967)

"Pata Pata" (single) -- Miriam Makeba (1967)

"Harper Valley P.T.A" (single) -- Jeannie C. Riley (1968)

"To Be Young, Gifted and Black" (single) -- Nina Simone (1969)

"Coat of Many Colors" (single) -- Dolly Parton (1971)

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers (album) -- Leonard Bernstein (1971)

Jackson Browne (album) -- Jackson Browne (1972)

"Move On Up" (single) -- Curtis Mayfield (1972)

"Walk This Way" (single) -- Aerosmith (1975)

Jaco Pastorius (album) -- Jaco Pastorius (1976)

"Hallelujah" (single) -- Leonard Cohen (1984)

Full Moon Fever (album) -- Tom Petty (1989)

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Treks by The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna among "Top 100 Greatest Tours of All Time"

Tours by The Beatles, Michael Jackson, The Grateful Dead, Madonnaand Jimi Hendrix are among the historic concert treks appearing high on a new list of the "Top 100 Greatest Tours of All Time."

The list, compiled by the independent ticket marketplace Vivid and Consequence of Sound, ranks "the most significant, groundbreaking and memorable concert tours" ever.

At #1 is The Beatles' 1965 U.S. tour, which happened at the height of Beatlemania and included memorable shows at Shea Stadium in New York City and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Jackson's 1987-1988 Bad World Tour is #2 on the list because -- amazingly -- it was his first official solo tour. The elaborate pop production showed that when it came to singing, dancing and fashion, MJ had no equal at that time.

The Grateful Dead's spring 1977 trek lands at #3 on the tally. The outing included a May 8 performance at New York's Cornell University that's considered by many fans to be the "holy grail" of Dead concerts.

Madonna's 1987 Who's That Girl World Tour is #4 on the list. The sold-out global trek drew record crowds, and featured a larger-than-life multimedia setup, stage and costume changes, setting the standard for all future female pop star concerts.

At #5 is The Jimi Hendrix Experience's first U.K. tour in 1967, where many music fans -- and famous musicians -- were first introduced to the rock legend Hendrix's transformative guitar mastery.

Also in the list's top 10 are The Who's 1970 tour at #6, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 1978 Darkness Tour at #7, Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain Tour of 1984-85 at #8 and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Tour of 1972-73 at #9.

Check out the whole list on VividSeats.com.

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Ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder signs deal for new solo studio album

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder has inked a new deal with the record label BMG to release his next studio album, a follow-up to 2012's Road to Forever. The release date of his forthcoming record, which will be his third studio effort overall, will be announced soon.

"It's such a wonderful feeling to be a new member of the BMG family," Felder says in a statement. "They are an incredible company run by great people. I'm so excited and happy to be part of this amazing group and work side by side on my new album with them."

Adds BMG executive John Loeffler, "Don Felder is one of music's true icons and we couldn't be happier he's chosen to work alongside BMG on his new album. His voice and musicianship are second to none and he's put together a real rock and roll gem full of hooks and melodies that stick with you for days. This is going to be a real favorite for all rock fans."

Road to Forever included guest performances by such famous artists as David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Styx's Tommy Shaw, American Idol judge Randy Jackson and founding Toto members Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro.

Felder was a member of the Eagles from 1974 until their 1980 breakup, and again from the group's 1994 reformation until his dismissal in 2001. His debut solo album, Airborne, was released in 1983.

As previously reported, Felder has a variety of upcoming North American concerts on his 2019 itinerary, starting with a three-date engagement in Niagara Falls, Canada, at the Fallsview Casino Resort running from January 31 through February 2.

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Folk-rock veteran Jesse Colin Young to release new solo album, "Dreamers," in February

Jesse Colin Young, frontman of the '60s folk-rock group The Youngbloods, will release his 19th solo album, Dreamers, on February 15.

The record features 14 new original tunes that find the singer-songwriter reflecting on a variety of contemporary political and social topics, as well as on his personal life.

"It's been a while since I've spoken out, but I feel as if this is the best record I've ever made," maintains Young, whose last solo effort was 2006's Celtic Mambo.

"There's love songs that really get to the heart of what I'm feeling and have lived through, and on the political songs, I'm looking at the world and going, 'How did everything come out this way?'"

Jesse, who famously sang The Youngbloods' hit version of the '60s protest anthem "Get Together," adds, "The election of 2016 and everything that's happened since really affected my writing, probably more so than anything in the '60s or '70s."

Among songs included on Dreamers is the #MeToo Movement-themed "For My Sisters," which Young initially released as a single this past October. Other tunes on the album are about the children of illegal immigrants -- known as "Dreamers" -- as well as global warming, the Boston Marathon bombing and the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre.

The songs on the album display a variety of musical influences, including country rock, folk, Cajun, blues and Celtic.

Young will promote Dreamers with an interview and performance event that will take place on February 13 at The Cutting Room in New York City. The show will be streamed live GuitarWorld.com.

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"American Soul": Watch Don Cornelius convince Gladys Knight to join "Soul Train"

BET's upcoming scripted drama, American Soul is giving fans a first look at Kelly Rowland playing Gladys Knight.

In the clip from the forthcoming series, Soul Train visionary Don Cornelius, played by Sinqua Walls, is seen pitching Rowland's Knight his idea for the music dance show.

"If I can't convince you to work with me then I lose....everything. So I assure you, this is no game," Cornelius tells Knight in a passionate speech.

"Now I'm talking about a national television show, written, produced and owned by black folks," he continues. "I'm talking about bringing us -- not whitewashed, not toned-down -- but us.  Into millions of homes, like it or not!"

"Black folks the way black folks were meant to be seen," he promises. "Strong powerful and beautiful. There won't be another show like it. And it won't just be mine, it will be all of ours. But I can't do it alone."

As previously reported, American Soul follows the story of Cornelius and how he eventually builds his nationally recognized show.

In additionally to Walls and Roland, the series also stars Kelly PriceJason DirdenIantha RichardsonChristopher JeffersonKatlyn Nichol and Jelani Winston.

American Soul premieres on BET on February 5.

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Title of Michael Jackson stage musical revealed; show to premiere in Chicago this October

The previously reported stage musical based on Michael Jackson's life, sanctioned by the late King of Pop's estate, now has a title and a premiere date.

The show, currently in development, is called Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough and will begin its first performances in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29.

The musical's initial run is scheduled through December 1, and it'll come to Broadway in 2020.

Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough is set behind-the-scenes in 1992, as Jackson rehearses for his Dangerous tour. As Michael and his collaborators prepare for the performances of his various classic songs, audiences are transported to key moments in the entertainer's career. The show will include more than 25 of Jackson's hits.

As previously reported, the musical is being written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, while Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show. 

Tickets for the show's Windy City run are available now for groups of 10 or more via the Broadway in Chicagotheater production company's group-sales office by phoning 312-977-1710.

Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough will also be part of the next Broadway in Chicago subscription package, which will go on sale in the spring.

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Ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder lines up late-winter, early-spring concerts in North America

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder has started amassing a variety of North American tour dates, starting with a three-show stand in Niagara Falls, Canada, on January 31, February 1 and February 2.

Felder's itinerary also features a special charity gig on February 15 in Victoria, Texas, as well as a series March concerts that include a run of West Coast dates and a couple of shows in the Midwest.

Don's February 15 performance is the sixth annual Kids & Classrooms Benefit Concert, which is presented by and raises money for the Victoria Independent School District Education Foundation. The foundation helps fund teacher grants, scholarships and students' tuition expenses.

Here are all of the 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's confirmed North American concerts:

1/31 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
2/1 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
2/2 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
2/15 -- Victoria, TX, Victoria Fine Arts Center
3/16 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
3/18 -- Livermore, CA, Bankhead Theatre
3/19 -- Bend, OR, Tower Theatre
3/20 -- Kirkland, WA, Kirkland Performance Center
3/21 -- Kirkland, WA, Kirkland Performance Center
3/22 -- Bellingham, WA, Mount Baker Theatre
3/23 -- Bremerton, WA, Admiral Theatre
3/28 -- Mason City, IA, North Iowa Community Auditorium
3/30 -- Athens, OH, Templeton Memorial Auditorium

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Boz Scaggs, Chubby Checker, Brian Setzer among artists playing 2019 Graceland Live concert series in Memphis

Boz Scaggs, Chubby Checker and Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer are among the artists performing at a recently launched concert series held near the late Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Graceland Live series features concerts by various well-known performers at two venues: Graceland Soundstage and the Graceland Guest House Theatre.

The next show of the series, which features Poison frontman Bret Michaels, is scheduled for March 23 at Graceland Soundstage, located at the Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex, across the street from Graceland. The state-of-the-art venue has a 2,000-person capacity and two giant video screens.

Other confirmed Graceland Live concerts at Graceland Soundstage include George Thorogood and the Destroyers on April 13, Scaggs on June 16, Checker on June 22 and Setzer with his solo band Rockabilly Rioton August 21.

The only Graceland Live performances currently scheduled for the Graceland Guest House Theatre are a pair of April 6 gigs by comedian Billy Gardell.

Tickets for the upcoming Graceland Live shows go on sale to the general public Friday, January 25, at 9 a.m. CT and can be purchased at GracelandLive.com or by calling 877-777-0606.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale starting Wednesday, January 23, at 9 a.m. CT; visit GracelandLive.com for more details.

Fans who buy tickets to Graceland Live shows will have free access to the Elvis Presley's Memphis after 3 p.m. local time on the day of the concert.

Here's the full list of upcoming Graceland Live concerts:

3/23 -- Bret Michaels, Graceland Soundstage
4/6 -- Billy Gardell, Graceland Guest House Theatre (two shows)
4/13 -- George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Graceland Soundstage
4/19 -- Buckcherry, Graceland Soundstage
5/3 -- Allman Betts Band, Graceland Soundstage
6/2 -- Stryper, Graceland Soundstage)
6/16 -- Boz Scaggs, Graceland Soundstage
6/22 -- Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, Graceland Soundstage
8/21 -- Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot, Graceland Soundstage

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Hey!: Expanded version of James Brown's 1988 "Motherlode" compilation being released as a two-LP set in March

Here's some news that should make James Brown fans feel good: The Godfather of Soul's 1988 rarities compilation Motherlode will be reissued as a two-LP vinyl set on March 8. The expanded collection will include three extra tracks that were featured on a 2003 CD re-release of the album but have never appeared on vinyl before.

The bonus cuts are a remixed, full-length version of the 1973 hit "I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance)," the 1969 song "You've Changed" and an epic, 12-minute alternate mix of the 1976 tune "Bodyheat."

Among the highlights on Motherlode are a live version of "Say It Loud -- I'm Black and I'm Proud," an outtake from Brown's 1970 concert album Sex Machine," and "Since You Been Gone," a duet with James' longtime collaborator and early Famous Flames band mate Bobby Byrd.

The vinyl reissue also features an updated version of Motherlode's original liner notes, penned by late music journalist Cliff White, who was known for his coverage of the funk/soul legend.

Here's the track list of the two-LP version of the Motherlode comp:

Side 1
"There It Is" (Live)
"She's the One"
"Since You Been Gone" -- duet with Bobby Byrd
"Untitled Instrumental"
"Say It Loud (Say It Live)"

Side 2
"Can I Get Some Help"
"You Got to Have a Mother for Me"
"Funk Bomb" (Instrumental)

Side 3
"Baby Here I Come"
"People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" (Remix)
"I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance)" (Remix)

Side 4
"You've Changed"
"Bodyheat" (Alternate Mix)

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Melissa Etheridge to write musical based on 1988 Julia Roberts' film "Mystic Pizza"

First, Sara Bareilles wrote the music for a musical based on the 2007 film Waitress.  Then Bryan Adams wrote the music for a musical based on the 1990 film Pretty Woman.  Now, Playbill reports that Melissa Etheridge is getting into the game -- she's writing the music for a musical based on Julia Roberts' breakthrough 1988 movie Mystic Pizza.

Mystic Pizza was about three young women who work at waitresses at a pizza place in Mystic, Connecticut.  In addition to Julia Roberts, the movie also featured Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor and, in his film debut, Matt Damon.

The musical is being written based on the movie's original screenplay.  So far, there's no timeline for the project.

Tweeting a link to the story, Melissa wrote, "Indeed this is true. They are writing the script now and I am looking forward to getting to work on it."

Melissa already has two Grammys and an Oscar.  If the musical is successful, she might be able to add a Tony to her trophy shelf, giving her three-quarters of an EGOT.

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All the Old Dudes: Mott the Hoople launching first US tour since 1974 this April

Founding Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter has revived his old band for its first tour of the U.S. in 45 years.  The eight-date trek that will run from an April 1 show in Milwaukee through an April 10 concert in New York City.

The group, which will use the moniker Mott the Hoople '74, will feature the singer accompanied by two members of the band's 1974 lineup -- guitarist Ariel Bender and keyboardist Morgan Fisher -- augmented by musicians who play in Hunter's longtime solo outfit The Rant Band: ex-Wingsdrummer Steve Holley and guitarist James Mastro of the veteran indie-rock act The Bongos.

The Mott the Hoople '74 lineup previously played several concerts in Europe last summer, and will follow its 2019 U.S. tour with six U.K. shows later in April. Tickets for the stateside concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 25. Visit MotttheHoople.com for details about pre-sale ticket opportunities.

Mott the Hoople is best-known for its classic 1972 hit "All the Young Dudes," penned by David Bowie. Hunter was a member of the group from 1969 to 1974, and then launched a successful solo career. Another original member was guitarist Mick Ralphs, who left the band in 1973 to form Bad Company.

Previous Mott the Hoople reunions were held in 2009 and 2013 that featured all of the founding members: Hunter, Ralphs, drummer Dale "Buffin" Griffin, bassist Peter Overend Watts and keyboardist Verden Allen.

Unfortunately, Griffin and Watts died in 2016 and 2017, respectively, while Ralphs has been sidelined with health issues.

Here are all of Mott the Hoople '74's U.S. tour dates:

4/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, Miller High Life Theatre
4/2 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
4/3 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
4/5 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
4/6 -- Cleveland, OH, Masonic
4/8 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
4/9 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
4/10 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre

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The Three Musketeers: 25 years ago today, Rod, Bryan and Sting hit #1

25 years ago today, three blonde rock superstars with raspy voices were on top of the Billboard chart with the theme from the 1993 movie The Three Musketeers: "All for Love."

After the success of his Robin Hood theme "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)," Bryan Adams and his two co-writers on that song -- Mutt Langeand Michael Kamen -- tried to pen a similar track for The Three Musketeers.  After hitting upon the idea of "All for Love" -- a play on TheThree Musketeers motto "All for one and one for all" -- Kamen suggested Bryan find two other guys to sing the song with.

According to the Billboard Book of #1 Hits, Bryan called Sting, who agreed to do it right away, but the third Musketeer proved to be more elusive. Among the other artists who were considered: Luciano Pavarotti and Jon Bon Jovi.  Ultimately, Rod Stewart signed on to the project.

Coordinating the three stars' schedules proved to be even more difficult.  Adams and Sting recorded their vocals in London, and then Bryan flew to L.A. to meet Rod, who laid down his part.  But because so many different camps had to agree -- the record companies, the movie company and Sting and Rod's reps -- the deal nearly fell apart.

The contract was finally signed at the very last minute, just in time for the song to be dubbed into the movie.

Despite middling reviews, the movie -- starring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer SutherlandOliver Platt and Chris O'Donnell -- was a box office hit, and "All for Love" topped the charts for three weeks.

To date, neither Sting nor Rod has topped the Billboard Hot 100 since "All for Love."  Bryan did it once more, with another movie theme: "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," from Don Juan DeMarco.

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Foreigner launches contest to find fan who inspired band's 1982 hit "Juke Box Hero"

Foreigner has launched a search for the fan who supposedly inspired guitarist Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm to write the band's 1982 hit "Juke Box Hero," which now serves as the title track to the new musical featuring many of the group's classic songs.

In a 2009 interview with SongFacts.com, Jones said the tune was written about a fan who'd waited outside in the rain as Foreigner prepared for one of its concerts, possibly in Cincinnati, and who Mick invited backstage.

"I thought, well, he's waiting like five hours here, maybe we'll take him in and give him a glimpse of what happens backstage at a show," Jones recalled. "And this kid was just mesmerized with everything. I saw this look in his eyes, and I thought, he's seeing this for the first time, he's having this experience. And I just imagined what was going through his mind."

If you're the fan who Jones is seeking, or if you think you might know him, you can share your story or tips at JukeboxHeroMusical.com. Foreigner will choose on person who submits a video or story to the website to attend the official opening of Jukebox Hero The Musical with the band on February 20 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. You have until February 14 to submit your entry.

As previously reported, the musical tells the fictional story of a music star named Ryan Perry who grew up in an economically depressed town called Blaydon, Pennsylvania, which he rarely has visited since leaving to find fame and fortune. Perry's father and girlfriend convince him to return to Blaydon to stage a benefit concert to help the town's financially struggling residents, but in doing so, the singer must confront ghosts from his past.

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Don't Stop Me Now: "Bohemian Rhapsody" scores five Oscar nominations

After rocking audiences around the world, Bohemian Rhapsody will rock the Oscars next month.

The Queen biopic scored five Oscar nominations Tuesday morning, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek, who plays the band's late, legendary singer Freddie Mercury.  It also received nods for Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Bohemian Rhapsody's competition in the Best Picture category includes Roma, The Favourite, A Star Is Born, Green Book, Black Panther, Vice and BlacKkKlansman.

Bohemian Rhapsody and Malek have already won Golden Globes in that award's drama categories, but the competition for the Oscars is stiffer, since there is no category distinction between Drama and Comedy.

The 91st Academy Awards will air February 24 on ABC.

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A Seven-Decade Journey: Happy Birthday, Steve Perry!

Oh, Perry!  Former Journey frontman Steve Perry turns 70 today, and this milestone birthday comes a few months into a whole new chapter in the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's life.

In October, Steve released a new solo album, Traces, his first collection of new original songs since his final record with Journey, 1996's Trial by Fire.  The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard chart, making it the highest-charting solo album of Perry's career.

Prior to Traces, Steve dropped out of the music business, while the music he made with Journey just seemed to become more popular.  In particular, the band's hit "Don't Stop Believin'" is now the go-to anthem for generations of fans who weren't even born when it first came out in 1981.  While Perry can't explain the song's popularity, he's happy about it.

"I don't think there'd be any way for me to understand why people love it so much," he told ABC Radio late last year.  "I mean honestly, I think that that's something that's beyond me. They've decided they love it. We recorded a lot of music but that particular one...they've embraced it."

That being said, Steve insists that he doesn't have any interest in reuniting with Journey.

"I have gone back to the band already once, [in 1996], and that sort of didn't work out...and so we split up again," he told ABC Radio.  "So, y'know, here we are, doing Traces, and my new life."

And according to Perry, his "new life" means "moving into music that I have passion for" -- the music on Traces.

"[I have a] really heartfelt passion to sing this music," he notes. "And at my life point now, I need this sort of life-sustaining emotion. I really need it."

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Famed session guitarist Reggie Young dead at 82; played on hits by Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and many more

Veteran session guitarist Reggie Young, who played on classic hits by Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Dobie Gray, B.J. Thomas and dozens more, died Thursday at age 82 at his Nashville area home, The Commercial Appeal reports.

Young, whose career spanned seven decades, played for years in the house bands at Memphis' Hi Records and American Studios, before establishing himself as one of Nashville's most sought-after session musicians.

Among the memorable recordings Young lent his guitar talents to: Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto," Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Gray's "Drift Away," Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," The Box Tops' "Cry Like a Baby," Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind," Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" and country supergroup The Highwaymen's "Highwayman."

Reggie was inducted into Nashville's Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007.

Young didn't release his first solo album until 2017, a collection of original instrumentals titled Forever Young. A new compilation titled Session Guitar Star, featuring highlights from Reggie's long career, is due out next month.

B.J. Thomas paid tribute to Young in a post on his Twitter feed, writing, "RIP Reggie Young. The greatest guitar player of them all in my book. A friend for over 40 years."

According to The Tennessean, Young is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jenny; a son and a daughter; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Bob Seger drops off New Orleans JazzFest lineup, while Diana Ross joins bill

Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band were among the big-name artists initially confirmed to play the 2019 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but now comes word that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his group have canceled their appearance.

According to a post on the festival's social media sites, Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's performance at the event, which was to have taken place on Saturday, May 4, was nixed "due to scheduling conflicts."

There is some good JazzFest news, however: Motown legend Diana Ross has joined the lineup and will be hitting the main stage on May 4.

This will be Ross' first-ever performance at the famous festival. The former Supremes singer recently launched a yearlong celebration to mark her 75th birthday, which takes place on March 26, so her JazzFest show will likely be considered part of the festivities.

Meanwhile, Seger and company recently kicked off a 2019 leg of their farewell trek, the Roll Me Away tour, which currently is mapped out through a May 2 concert in The Woodlands, Texas.

As previously reports, the 2019 New Orleans JazzFest is scheduled for April 25-28 and May 2-5. Among the many other artists set to play the event are The Rolling Stones, Santana, John Fogerty, Dave Matthews Band, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett, Gladys Knight, The O'Jays, Chaka Khan, Tom Jones, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, Rita Coolidge, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Alanis Morissette, Ziggy Marley, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Los Lobos, Buddy Guy, Indigo Girls, Little Feat and Robert Cray.

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Don't leave it that way: Thelma Houston has broken Grammy trophy replaced at L.A. event

Disco great Thelma Houston won a Grammy Award in 1978 in the Best R&B Vocal Performance -- Female category for her chart-topping hit "Don't Leave Me This Way," but her trophy was broken in a 1994 earthquake. Now, she's got a new one.

On Thursday, Houston was presented with a brand-new statuette at a special interview and performance event at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Billboard reports.

"I'd been carrying the Grammy with me in three pieces for years," the singer explained to Billboard during a phone interview before the presentation. "The horn portion of it was all smashed in. So the Grammy folks said, 'We'd better do something about that.'"

In order to receive the new trophy, Thelma had to give back the broken one, which she said she found difficult to do.

"[T]hough it was broken, that Grammy had all my vibes," she noted. "It had been there with me through all the changes in my life. So even though I was excited about getting a new one, it was still hard to replace it."

Houston didn't attend the actual ceremony at which she won her Grammy, explaining to Billboard that after being nominated three years earlier for the same honor and losing, she "wasn't sure how I'd respond if they didn't call my name."

She recalled, "I was at home [in L.A.] mopping the kitchen when I got the call that I'd won."

Houston admitted that not receiving her Grammy in person is "the biggest regret I have in my career."

In February, the 72-year-old singer will take part in the star-studded Ultimate Disco Cruise 2019, and she also has several concerts on her tour itinerary. Visit ThelmaHouston.com to check out her full schedule.

Huey Lewis & the News to release new album, Huey's "cautiously optimistic" about his hearing loss

Last year, Huey Lewis & the News were forced to cancel their tour dates after Huey suddenly lost his hearing.  But this year, there's some good News: This spring, the singer and his band will be releasing their first album of new original songs in 18 years.

Huey still suffers from Ménière's disease, an inner-ear disorder that can cause vertigo, ringing and hearing loss.  While there's no cure, he's explored a number of different treatments.

In a statement to ABC Radio, Lewis said, "Right now, I’m cautiously optimistic about my hearing and just taking it day by day. Some days are better than others, but overall things have been improving.  I’m hoping to stabilize, and get back to writing, recording and performing soon.” 

Huey told the Marin Independent Journal in November that before he lost his hearing, the band had recorded seven new songs for the project, which he said are among their "best work."

Huey Lewis & the News' most recent album was 2010's Soulsville, which featured covers of classic R&B tunes by the likes of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.  Their last collection of original music was 2001's Plan B.

In addition to new music, Huey's been keeping busy with The Heart of Rock & Roll, a jukebox musical based on the band's hefty catalog of hits.  It tells the story of a 30-something rocker who gives up his musical dreams to work in a factory.  But after romancing the boss' daughter, he gets a second chance at stardom.

According to the Marin Independent Journal, the musical wrapped up its world premiere run in San Diego late last year, and may now be headed to Broadway.

"I'm involved in every aspect of the show," Huey told the Journal.  "It's been fascinating. It's been fabulous."

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"Crazy" on YouTube: Watch Heart rock out with Dave Navarro in clip from band's upcoming concert video

A new preview from Heart's upcoming concert video, Live in Atlantic City, has been posted on the earMUSIC label's YouTube channel.  The clip features the band playing its classic 1976 tune "Crazy On You" with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro.

As previously reported, Live in Atlantic City will be released on Friday, January 25, in multiple audio and video configurations. The concert, which took place in March 2006 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and featured Heart performing with a variety of musical guests, was originally filmed for an episode of the VH1 series Decades Rock Live!

At the show, Heart played a set featuring many of its hits, as well as a few cover tunes. The guest artists who hit the stage with the band included Navarro, Alice in ChainsGuns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and country stars Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson.

In addition to "Crazy on You," Navarro joined Heart for renditions of "Straight On" and "Bébé Le Strange," as well as of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop."

Live in Atlantic City will be available on CD, vinyl LP, DVD and Blu-ray, digitally, and as a CD/Blu-ray set. The DVD and Blu-ray will include a bonus video feature called Heart Confidential.

This past October and December, respectively, video clips from Live in Atlantic City featuring Heart performing the 2004 song "Lost Angel", as well as "Bébé Le Strange," were posted on YouTube.

Here's the full Live in Atlantic City track list:

"Bébé Le Strange" -- with Dave Navarro
"Straight On" -- with Dave Navarro
"Crazy on You" -- with Dave Navarro
"Lost Angel"
"Even It Up" -- with Gretchen Wilson
"Rock 'n' Roll" -- with Gretchen Wilson
"Dog & Butterfly" -- with Rufus Wainwright
"Would?" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan*
"Rooster" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan
"Alone" -- with Carrie Underwood
"Magic Man"
"Misty Mountain Hop" -- with Dave Navarro
"Dreamboat Annie"

* = on CD and LP only.

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Gladys Knight wants to "Give the anthem back its voice" with Super Bowl performance

Gladys Knight says she wants to "give the anthem back its voice" when she performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl next month.

The comment came in response to Variety asking the legendary singer what her stance is on how the NFL has treated former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  The league's alleged mistreatment of Kaepernick over his decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice has effectively cost him his NFL career.  It's also prompted harsh criticism from his supporters of Super Bowl halftime performers Maroon 5Travis Scott and Big Boi, and is said to have prompted other music stars, including RihannaCardi B and JAY Z, to decline invitations to appear during the game.

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight  wrote in her statement to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone."

Knight goes on to say, "I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life... I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII."

Knight's statement ends: “No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it.  I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”

Super Bowl 53 will take place at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz stadium February 3.

Gladys Knight says she wants to "give the anthem back its voice" when she performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl next month.

The comment came in response to Variety asking the legendary singer what her stance is on how the NFL has treated former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  The league's alleged mistreatment of Kaepernick over his decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice has effectively cost him his NFL career.  It's also prompted harsh criticism from his supporters of Super Bowl halftime performers Maroon 5Travis Scott and Big Boi, and is said to have prompted other music stars, including RihannaCardi B and JAY Z, to decline invitations to appear during the game.

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight  wrote in her statement to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone."

Knight goes on to say, "I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life... I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII."

Knight's statement ends: “No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it.  I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”

Super Bowl 53 will take place at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz stadium February 3.

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Neal Schon invites Steve Perry to attend a concert by his new Journey-themed side project

Journey guitarist Neal Schon has invited his former band mate Steve Perry to attend one of his new side project Journey Through Time's two recently announced shows, which will take place next month in California.

A post on Schon's Twitter feed reads, "here's an Open invitation to Steve Perry to come out on [either] the 22nd or 23rd would love to see you Steve."

Specifically, the concerts are scheduled for February 22 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in Jackson and February 23 at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Schon's tweet links out to a recent video by prolific classic-rock-themed YouTube blogger The Real Music Observer, who suggested that Neal reach out to Steve and ask his old collaborator to join him at the gigs.

As previously reported, Journey Through Time also features original Journey and Santana singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, former Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake bassist Marco Mendoza, Aerosmith and Steven Tyler collaborator Marti Frederiksen on multiple instruments and Chris Collins on guitar and keyboards.

The band will be playing a mix of classics and deep cuts by Journey, as well as some Santana tunes. Tickets to both concerts are on sale now.

After Journey's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017, Schon told multiple media outlets that he and Perry had reconnected and had spoken of meeting for coffee, but Neal revealed recently that he hadn't seen Steve since the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Perry, whose first solo album in more than 20 years, Traces, was released in October, told CBS Sunday Morning at that time that he wasn't interested in reuniting with Journey.

"I love going forward," he said." I love going to the edge of what's next, and for me that would be a return."

Madonna docudrama about her pre-fame days gets a March 12 release date

Wanna see what Madonna was up to before she became a global superstar? A new docudrama about her pre-fame days, Madonna and the Breakfast Club, is set to be released in March.

The film follows the Queen of Pop when she was unknown musician in the ‘80s in New York City, performing with a pop group called the Breakfast Club. Madonna formed the group in 1979 with Dan Gilroy, who she was dating at the time, and she was alternately the band’s drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, songwriter and singer.

Madonna left the band before their first single was even released in 1984. The group later had a hit with “Right on Track,” which reached number seven on the Billboard chart in 1987.

The docudrama will feature reenacted scenes with actress Jamie Auld playing Madonna, as well as interviews with Gilroy, his brother Ed, and bandmate Gary Burke.

Madonna and the Breakfast Club will be available across digital and video on-demand platforms on March 12.

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Listen now: Bryan Adams enlists Ed Sheeran's help on new single, "Shine a Light"

Bryan Adams' new single had a little help from British pop star Ed Sheeran.

The veteran Canadian rocker reveals that "Shine a Light," the title track off his upcoming album, was co-written by Sheeran after a chance meeting in Ireland.

"I met Ed in Dublin [last] year at one of his shows and we kept in touch," Adams says. "One day I sent him a chorus I had for a song idea I had called 'Shine a Light' and asked him if he was interested in collaborating on it."

Bryan adds, "I got a couple of verses back a few days later, and man, you should hear him sing it!"

The new 12-track album, set to be released March 1, also features a duet with Jennifer Lopez called "That's How Strong Our Love Is."

"Working with Jennifer was a dream, our voices sound amazing together," Adams says.

The album also includes Bryan's take on the traditional Irish song "Whiskey in the Jar," famously recorded by Thin Lizzy and Metallica, among others.

To coincide with the album release, Adams has announced a Shine a Light world tour, set to kick off in Belfast, U.K., on February 25. Before that, he's playing a string of dates in his home country of Canada, starting January 22.

Here is the Shine a Light track list:

"Shine a Light"
"That's How Strong Our Love Is" -- featuring Jennifer Lopez
"Part Friday Night, Part Sunday Morning"
"Driving Under the Influence of Love"
"All or Nothing"
"No Time for Love"
"I Could Get Used to This"
"Talk to Me"
"The Last Night on Earth" 
"Nobody's Girl"
"Don't Look Back"
"Whiskey in the Jar"

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Gladys Knight to sing national anthem at the Super Bowl

Atlanta native Gladys Knight has been tapped to perform the national anthem at next month's Super Bowl. 

She'll sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" as part of the Super Bowl LIII pregame show at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, February 3.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," the Empress of Soul said in a statement. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

The Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee joins the ranks of top stars who've sung the anthem in the past, including Aretha FranklinBilly JoelWhitney HoustonDiana RossNeil DiamondCherMariah CareyNatalie ColeAaron NevilleLuther VandrossChristina AguileraBeyoncéGarth BrooksLady GagaFaith Hill and Jennifer Hudson.

As previously reported, Maroon 5 and rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi will perform during the Super Bowl halftime show.

The Inspire Change initiative will promote positive change in communities across the U.S. through the collaborative efforts of NFL players, owners and the league office.

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Gladys Knight to sing national anthem at the Super Bowl

Atlanta native Gladys Knight has been tapped to perform the national anthem at next month's Super Bowl. 

She'll sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" as part of the Super Bowl LIII pregame show at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, February 3.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," the Empress of Soul said in a statement. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

The Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee joins the ranks of top stars who've sung the anthem in the past, including Aretha FranklinBilly JoelWhitney HoustonDiana RossNeil DiamondCherMariah CareyNatalie ColeAaron NevilleLuther VandrossChristina AguileraBeyoncéGarth BrooksLady GagaFaith Hill and Jennifer Hudson.

As previously reported, Maroon 5 and rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi will perform during the Super Bowl halftime show.

The Inspire Change initiative will promote positive change in communities across the U.S. through the collaborative efforts of NFL players, owners and the league office.

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Queen celebrations organized to mark the release of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" home video

In honor of the upcoming home video release of the acclaimed Queenbiopic Bohemian Rhapsodyspecial celebrations are being organized across the U.S. and via social media.

Firstly, a double-decker bus dubbed the Rock Like Queen Tour Bus will visit select cities in the coming weeks offering fans the chance to jump onboard and sing some of their favorite Queen songs together. The bus will be in New York City on January 25; Austin, Texas, on January 30; Las Vegas on February 5; and Los Angeles on February 12. You can reserve a spot on the bus by registering at RockLikeQueen.com; seating is first come, first served.

The Rock Like Queen Tour Bus' journey will end at the famed L.A.-area club The Whisky a Go Go, which on February 12 will host a free fan gathering called the "Get Loud" Extravaganza.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. PT, will feature musical salutes to Queen and the late Freddie Mercury, including a performance by the tribute band Queen Extravaganza. Tickets to the bash are available on a first-come, first-served basis at gofobo.com/GetLoudWithQueen.

Also as part of the Bohemian Rhapsody promo campaign, the Amazon Alexa device will launch a new "skill" on January 22 allowing fans to sing along with Mercury when they call out "Alexa, play Ay-Oh live!" Freddie's voice will then be heard singing his famous "ay-oh" chant from Queen's 1985 Live Aid performance.

In addition, a worldwide #StompforQueen online campaign has been launched asking Queen lovers to share a recently posted YouTube video via social media showing fans singing "We Will Rock You" or to create their own "Stomp, Stomp, Clap" clip.

Bohemian Rhapsody will be released digitally on January 22, and on DVD and Blu-ray on February 12.

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Foreigner's Mick Jones hoping he and Lou Gramm can bring new songs "to fruition" this year

Foreigner guitarist and band leader Mick Jones has reconnected with the group's original frontman, Lou Gramm, in recent years, including performing together at several special reunion shows in 2017 and 2018.  Now the two may soon collaborate on music again.

Jones tells ABC Radio, "We do indeed have a little trove of unfinished ideas [dating back to before Gramm left Foreigner in 2003] that we've talked about getting together and maybe finishing…And there's some time now…after slogging away this [past] year that we have to consider something like that…you know, bring them to fruition."

Mick points out, however, that Foreigner has a variety of musical endeavors and projects on its plate, so "it's just a question of time" whether he and Lou will be able to complete any of the tunes.

Jones notes that during the past couple years, the band has recorded live acoustic and orchestral albums, and toured in support of both projects, not to mention playing the reunion gigs, which saw Gramm and other original Foreigner members perform alongside the group's current lineup.

"The way these things are popping up, you know, the orchestral thing [and the] acoustic album [and tour]…we've discovered that we can cover a lot of bases," Jones says. "And it makes for a really interesting experience for our fans." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

As for Foreigner's 2019 plans, the band will launch a Canadian trek in February, followed by a series of spring U.S. shows. Foreigner then will head to Europe for a variety of gigs in June and July. The group also has confirmed performances at three U.S. fairs in September. Mick tells ABC Radio that a few Foreigner reunion concerts will be scheduled this year as well.

Here are all of Foreigner's 2019 North American shows:

2/22 -- Coquitlam, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Vancouver
2/23 -- Coquitlam, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Vancouver
2/24 -- Kamloops, BC, Canada, Sandman Centre
2/26 -- Cranbook, BC, Canada, Western Financial Place
2/27 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Resort
2/28 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort & Casino
3/2 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place
3/4 -- Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
3/5 -- Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada, GFL Memorial Gardens
3/7 -- Sudbury, ON, Canada, Sudbury Community Arena
3/8 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Concert Hall
3/10 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
3/11 -- Peterborough, ON, Canada, Peterborough Memorial Centre
3/12 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
3/14 -- Québec, QC, Canada, Grand Théâtre de Québec
3/15 -- Moncton, NB, Canada, The Centre at Casino New Brunswick
3/17 -- Halifax, NS, Canada, Scotiabank Centre
3/18 -- Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, Eastlink Centre Charlottetown
3/21 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
3/22 -- Hanover, MD, Live! Event Center
3/23 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino
3/25 -- Leaves from Fort Lauderdale, FL, '70's Rock & Romance Cruise
4/20 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theatre
4/22 -- Beaumont, TX, Julie Rogers Theatre
4/23 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center Selena Auditorium
4/26 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live Biloxi
4/27 -- Valdosta, GA, Wild Adventures Theme Park
5/3 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
5/5 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino
5/7 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
5/8 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
5/9 -- Worcester, MA, Hanover Theatre
5/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indy 500 Miller Carb Day
6/9 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
6/14 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater
9/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Utah State Fair
9/27 -- Bloomsburg, PA, Bloomsburg Fair
9/29 -- West Springfield, MA, Xfinity Arena at The Big E

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Berlin's Terri Nunn, the late Janis Joplin to be honored at 2019 She Rocks Awards

Berlin frontwoman Teri Nunn is among the influential female music artists who will be honored at the seventh annual She Rocks Awards.

The event will take place Friday, January 25, during the 2019 edition of the popular music-equipment trade conference The NAMM Show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California.

The She Rocks Awards are presented The Women's International Music Network, a.k.a. The WiMN, and acknowledge women who have made important contributions to the music industry.

"We are pleased to be honoring the one and only Terri Nunn at the upcoming She Rocks Awards," says The WiMN founder, Laura B. Whitmore. "Her accomplishments and persona have had a lasting influence on countless musicians."

In addition, the late Janis Joplin will be recognized with the She Rocks Awards' first Lifetime Achievement Award, and will be saluted with a special performance featuring Australian guitar whiz Orianthi, singer Judith Hill and others. Members of Joplin's family are expected to take part in the tribute.

Among the other 2019 honorees are Lisa LoebAlice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss and Macy Gray.

Tickets to the She Rocks Awards are available now at TheWiMN.com.

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Report: Star-studded 60th anniversary Motown Records tribute concert taking place after the Grammys

A new Grammy concert special celebrating the 60th anniversary of Motown Records will be taped in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 12 -- two days after the 61st Grammy Awards -- Billboard reports.

Multiple sources confirmed to the magazine that the event will be the latest in an annual series of tribute concerts held within days of the Grammys to take advantage of the many stars in town for the awards ceremony. The Motown special will air at as at-yet-unannounced date on CBS.

The 60th anniversary Motown tribute follows the famous 1984 NBC special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, on which Michael Jackson performed his famous moonwalk, and ABC's two-part Motown 40: The Music Is Forever special, which aired in 1998.

The CBS special is one of a number of tribute events marking Motown Records' 60th anniversary. A three-week exhibit commemorating the milestone opened this past weekend at the Motown Museum in Detroit. It features a variety of memorabilia from the label's early years.

The 60th anniversary Motown concert comes on the heels of the star-studded, Grammy-organized Aretha Franklin tribute Aretha! A Grammy Celebration, which was taped this past Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.

That event, which included appearances and performances by Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Rob Thomas, Janelle Monáe and others, will air March 10 on CBS.

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30th anniversary reissue of Keith Richards' debut solo album, "Talk Is Cheap," due in March

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will release a 30th anniversary edition of his 1988 debut solo album Talk Is Cheap on March 29. The remastered record will be available as a CD, a vinyl LP, digitally and as Deluxe and Super Deluxe box sets.

Richards co-produced and co-wrote the album with drummer Steve JordanTalk Is Cheap also features guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist/drummer Charley Drayton and keyboardist Ivan Neville who, along with Jordan, became Keith's solo backing group, The X-pensive Winos.

"Sunglasses at Night" singer Corey Hart will be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

In the U.S., Corey Hart is usually thought of as the one-hit wonder who sang the smash 1983 hit "Sunglasses at Night." Or maybe you think of him as a two-hit wonder, if you add "Never Surrender." But in his native Canada, Corey Hart is kind of a big deal.

The singer will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2019 Juno Awards, airing March 17 from London, Ontario. The telecast will see him performing on live television for the first time in more than 20 years.

In a statement, Corey said, "It’s an incredible honor to be acknowledged alongside so many other talented and venerable Canadian artists. My career goal since the beginning has always been to remain one hundred percent authentic to my artistic vision while embodying the highest respect and dedication towards the craft I love so much...these are indeed very exciting times for me."

Hart has sold over 16 million records worldwide and had nine straight top-40 singles in the U.S., plus 11 top-10s in Canada. "Sunglasses at Night" won the first-ever Juno Award for Best Video in 1984.

Most unbelievably, he was invited to screen test for the role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but said no, preferring to focus on music.

In 1999, Hart took a hiatus from touring and recording to focus on his family, but continued to work behind the scenes, producing songs for Celine Dion and starting a record label, among other activities. He's currently planning to release his first new studio recordings and embark on his first Canadian tour in more than 20 years.

Sting, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Jett among artists who will play inaugural KAABOO Texas fest in May

Sting is among the headlining acts that will perform at the inaugural KAABOO Texas festival, an offshoot of Southern California's KAABOO Del Mar. The three-day event will be held May 10-12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The festival's other headliners are The Killers and Kid Rock, while the lineup also features a variety of well-known veteran artists, including Lynyrd SkynyrdJoan Jett and the BlackheartsThe B-52sRick SpringfieldJon Anderson of YesEric Burdon & the AnimalsAlanis MorissetteViolent FemmesCounting Crows and The English Beat.

KAABOO Texas also will feature a variety of comedy acts, including Dennis MillerBrad Garrett and Jim Breuer.

Passes to the festival are available for purchase now. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit KAABOOTexas.com.

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Running on: Jackson Browne launching US acoustic tour in March

Jackson Browne has announced plans for an early-spring U.S. acoustic tour that will see the folk-rock veteran visit a variety of Florida cities and other venues in the Southeast.

The 13-date trek kicks off March 22 in Durham, North Carolina, and is mapped out through an April 9 show in Miami Beach, Florida. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m. local time. To check out advance ticket options, visit JacksonBrowne.com.

The acoustic gigs will feature the 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer performing with three members of his longtime touring band: multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz and backing singers Alethea Mills and Chavonne Stewart.

Browne also recently lined up a four-night stand at New York City's Beacon Theatre, scheduled for on June 23, 24, 26 and 28. Jackson will be playing with his full band at these concerts, all of which will feature indie-pop act Lucius as the opener.

Here are all of Browne's upcoming U.S. concerts:

3/22 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC 
3/23 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston PAC
3/25 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
3/26 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre 
3/28 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre 
3/29 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort & Spa
3/31 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
4/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy PAC 
4/3 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
4/4 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
4/6 -- Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium
4/8 -- Naples, FL, Artis-Naples 
4/9 -- Miami Beach, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach 
6/23 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
6/24 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
6/26 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
6/28 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*

* = Lucius opens.

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As Woodstock turns 50, and "Supernatural" turns 20, Carlos Santana announces Supernatural Now tour

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana has a lot to celebrate in 2019, and he's sharing it with his fans via a new tour.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking performance at Woodstock, and the 20th anniversary of his Grammy-winning album Supernatural, Carlos and his band will embark on a 29-date tour, dubbed Supernatural Now.

Kicking off on June 22 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ, the tour will be supported on all dates by Santana's fellow classic rock icons The Doobie Brothers.

Supernatural Now runs through August 25, with a final show at New York's Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre.  Tickets go on sale to general public starting January 25 at LiveNation.com.

In a statement, Santana said of the double-barrelled celebration, "Both were monumental moments in my life. Woodstock and Supernatural took me to places I never dreamed were possible. I embraced those incredible moments in my life with all my heart."

Regarding Supernatural, which scored nine Grammys and sold 30 million copies, Santana said, "I felt I had a masterpiece of joy in my heart. While we were creating the album, I knew we were touching upon something inspiring and that we were creating music that was timeless, like Marvin Gaye's What's Going On or Bob Marley's Exodus. But no one was prepared for the Supernatural spiritual virus that moved across the world."

He continued, "The album touched little kids and grandparents and all points in between. I am very grateful to [record label head] Clive Davis for helping me craft this seminal album that is still as relevant and infectious as the day it was released."

Supernatural, featuring Santana collaborating with current artists, produced the #1 hits "Smooth" and "Maria Maria," and the rock radio hit, "Put Your Lights On."

Santana is reportedly aiming to bring the tour to Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand next year.
Here are Santana’s Supernatural Now Tour North American Dates:

6/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
6/23 -- San Diego, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/26 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/27 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
6/29 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Portland, OR, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
7/2 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
7/3 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/6 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion
7/9 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
7/11 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/12 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/4 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/6 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
8/7 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
8/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/11 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/13 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/14 -- Washington, DC, Jiffy Lube Live
8/16 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/20 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
8/21 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
8/23 -- Saratoga, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/24 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/25 -- Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Two Meat Loaf albums from the 1990s to get first US vinyl release next month

Two popular Meat Loaf albums, 1993's Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Helland 1995's Welcome to the Neighbourhood, will be released on vinyl for the first time ever in the U.S. on February 8.

Both records will be reissued as two-LP sets on black vinyl, while a limited-edition blue-vinyl version of Bat Out of Hell II also will be available.

Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell was a sequel to Meat Loaf's massively successful 1977 debut album, Bat Out of Hell. The record topped the Billboard 200 chart in October 1993, and included the #1 hit "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" and the top 20 single "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through."

Bat Out of Hell II has sold more than five million copies in the U.S.

Welcome to the Neighbourhood reached #17 on the Billboard 200 and featured the hit single "I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)," which peaked at #13 on the Hot 100. The album has been certified platinum for sales of one million copies in the States.

Here's the track list of the Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell two-LP set:

Side A
"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"
"Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back"

Side B
"Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through"
"It Just Won't Quit"
"Out of the Frying Pan (And into the Fire)"

Side C
"Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are"
"Wasted Youth"
"Everything Louder than Everything Else"

Side D
"Good Girls Go to Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)"
"Back into Hell"
"Lost Boys and Golden Girls"

And here's the track list of the Welcome to the Neighbourhood two-LP set:

Side A
"Where the Rubber Meets the Road"
"I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)"
"Original Sin"

Side B
"45 Seconds of Ecstasy"
"Runnin' for the Red Light (I Gotta Life)"
"Fiesta de las Almas Perdidas"
"Left in the Dark"

Side C
"Not a Dry Eye in the House"
"Amnesty Is Granted"

Side D
"If This Is the Last Kiss (Let's Make It Last All Night)"
"Where Angels Sing"

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Eat It Up: KISS members offering TSA workers free meals at their Rock & Brews restaurants

With the U.S. government embroiled in an extended partial shutdown, KISSmembers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have announced that their Rock & Brews restaurants will offer free food to every Transportation Security Administration employee who is working without pay during the shutdown.

"We are proud to operate restaurants at airports and respect the diligent, hard work of each and every TSA employee to ensure the safety of travelers," Simmons and Stanley say in a joint statement. "They touch our lives daily, and as long as they are working without pay, the least we can do is provide them with a delicious meal to show our support."

TSA workers who present their ID card at participating Rock & Brews restaurants will receive their choice of a free Pulled Pork sandwich or a Strawberry Fields salad. The offer, which is good for one meal per day, will remain in effect until the employees start getting paid again.

Rock & Brews franchises located at airports, arenas and casinos are not taking part in the initiative because of security limitations.

To find out the restaurants' locations and for more information about the free-meal offer, visit RockandBrews.com.

As previously reported, KISS kicks off its End of the Road farewell tour on January 31 in Vancouver, Canada.

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Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Santana among artists playing the 2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest

The lineup for the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been unveiled and, as expected, The Rolling Stones are among the artists set to headline this year's extravaganza, which takes place April 25-28 and May 2-5.

The Stones will headline the festival on Thursday, May 2. Back in November, Mick Jagger had hinted about the band's participation in the event when he posted a video on his Facebook page showing him singing a song that mentioned all the cities that the group would be playing on their 2019 No Filter trek, including New Orleans.

A wide variety of other big-name artists also will be performing at JazzFest, including Bob SegerDave Matthews BandSantanaJohn FogertyVan MorrisonThe Doobie BrothersBonnie RaittJimmy BuffettGladys KnightThe O'JaysChaka KhanTom JonesMavis StaplesIrma ThomasJimmy CliffRita CoolidgeTaj MahalMaria MuldaurAlanis MorissetteZiggy MarleyAaron NevilleBoz ScaggsJerry Lee LewisLos LobosBuddy GuyIndigo GirlsLittle Feat and Robert Cray.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit NOJazzFest.com.

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Paul McCartney adds June concert in Las Vegas to his 2019 Freshen Up Tour

Paul McCartney and his band will jet over to Las Vegas this summer for a concert at the T-Mobile Arena. The show, scheduled for June 29, is the latest addition to the 2019 U.S. leg of McCartney's Freshen Up Tour.

Tickets for the event go on sale to the public on Tuesday, January 22, at 10 a.m. PT at AXS.com. PaulMcCartney.com and American Express card members will be able to purchase advance tickets starting Wednesday, January 16, at 10 a.m. PT. Visit Sir Paul's official website for more details.

The T-Mobile Arena show will be McCartney's first full-length concert in Sin City since he played the MGM Grand Garden Arena in June of 2011.

The former Beatles star now has 14 confirmed U.S. dates on his 2019 Freshen Up Tour, which kicks off May 23 in New Orleans and is currently mapped out through a July 13 show in Los Angeles. The trek is supporting McCartney's chart-topping studio album, Egypt Station, which was released this past September.

Here are all of McCartney's confirmed stateside dates:

5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Arena
5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center
6/8 -- Green Bay, WI, Lambeau Field
6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
6/14 -- Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park
6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park
6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena*
7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Centre
7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodgers Stadium

* = newly added show.

The Doobie Brothers will be rockin' down US highways in April

The Doobie Brothers have unveiled dates for a spring U.S. headlining tour. The 10-date trek kicks off April 9 in Englewood, New Jersey, and is plotted out through an April 23 concert in Huntsville, Alabama.

Among the other cities the veteran rockers will visit: Baltimore; Charleston, West Virginia; Peoria, Illinois; Evansville, Indiana; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 18, and the band will offer fans pre-sale tickets starting today, January 15. A limited number of VIP packages offering premium seats, meet-and-greets with the group and merchandise will be available.

Founding Doobie Brothers singer/guitarist Tom Johnston recently told ABC Radio that the band's been working on some new original songs, which he hopes to release this year.

Here are all of the group's confirmed 2019 tour dates:

4/9 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
4/10 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
4/12 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
4/13 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
4/14 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for Arts & Sciences
4/16 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
4/17 -- Evansville, IN, Aiken Theatre in The Centre
4/19 -- Tulsa, OK, River Spirit Casino
4/20 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City
4/23 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center Concert Hall

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Touring in the USA: Steve Miller Band lines up March stateside trek

The Steve Miller Band has announced its first tour dates of 2019: a series of eight March shows in the Southern U.S.

The trek, which is dubbed An Evening with Steve Miller Band, gets underway March 12 in Clearwater, Florida, and is currently set to wrap up March 24 concert in Southaven, Mississippi. The shows will feature no opening act.

Tickets for most of the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit SteveMillerBand.com for full details.

Last year, Miller and his group played 57 concerts across North America. Many of the shows were joint dates with Peter Frampton.

Here's the full list of the Miller Band's confirmed 2019 gigs:

3/12 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/13 -- Fort Meyers, FL, Suncoast Credit Union Arena
3/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Studios - Music Plaza Stage
3/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock
3/20 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center
3/21 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery PAC
3/23 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort
3/24 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove

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Lindsey Buckingham says Christine McVie told him Fleetwood Mac "wasn't complete without" him

Lindsey Buckingham revealed in a recent Twitter Q&A with fans that he's only had contact with one member of Fleetwood Mac since being fired from the band last year: singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, with whom he released a collaborative album in 2017.

Buckingham said that he heard from McVie shortly after he and Fleetwood Mac reached a settlement in the lawsuit he brought against the group over his dismissal.

"Christine said she missed me very much, that [Fleetwood Mac] wasn't complete without me," he revealed, "and said she felt that Stevie [Nicks] was very likely regretting having given the rest of the band the ultimatum that forced my departure."

"Perhaps [that was] wishful thinking on Christine's part," he continued, adding, "In any case, it was great to hear from her, and I do hope we work together again down the line."

Lindsey also responded to a question about whether he missed being in Fleetwood Mac.

"I can't say that I 'miss' being in Fleetwood Mac, as I've been concentrating on fulfilling my own plans that were already in the works before the split happened," he noted. "So, in a sense, the situation is still too new to miss."

Buckingham recently finished a U.S. tour in support of his 2018 compilation Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham, and he has plans to hit the road again this year, in addition to releasing a new studio album.

Fleetwood Mac, whose lineup now features Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, begins the second leg of their North American tour on January 31 in Denver.

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Could Elton John biopic "Rocketman" be the next "Bohemian Rhapsody?" Bernie Taupin says it's "gonna be pretty special"

After the surprise success of the 2018 Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, the next big music biopic on the horizon is Rocketman, which tells the story of Elton John's rise to fame in a non-traditional way.  Elton's songwriting partner of 50 years, Bernie Taupin, says he thinks people will love Rocketman, while noting that the film may not be what they're expecting.

"I think the film's gonna be pretty special," Taupin tells ABC Radio. "Y'know, obviously, it's not a by-the-book biopic, it's very much a fantasy, so I think people really have to understand that. Because if they think it's going to be a color-by-numbers movie, they're in for a kind of surprise."

The movie features Kingsman star Taron Egerton as Elton and Bryce Dallas Howard as his mother, Sheila, while Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell plays Bernie -- which Taupin's pretty happy about.

"The kid's a great actor, so I was thrilled by the fact that I got somebody who is so competent and wonderful as an actor to be able to portray me," says Bernie. 

As for what it was like spending time with Bell in character, Taupin says with a laugh, "It's a little strange, y'know -- it's like me being with me!"

In Rocketman, Egerton not only looks very much like Elton, but he's also doing all his own singing.  Bernie says fans don't have to worry about the actor doing Elton's songs justice.

"Oh, he can definitely sing. I mean, the kid's extraordinary," Bernie gushes. "In fact, I just wrote a song for the credits of the film. Because Elton suddenly went, 'You know, we should write a song for the movie, maybe something that I can sing with Taron.' And so that's what we're doing!"

Rocketman hits U.S. theaters on May 31.

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Doctor blamed for Glenn Frey's death wants proof he would've have earned millions had he lived

Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey died in January of 2016, but a lawsuit surrounding his death drags on.

Frey died of ulcerative colitis, pneumonia and other complications -- and according to Page Six, his widow, Cindy Frey, is suing for negligence the doctor who treated him.

She wants $12 million, which she says represents the money Frey would have earned if he had lived past the age of 67. When he died, Frey was reportedly worth around $90 million.

But now Page Six reports that the doctor, Steven Izkowitz, is claiming in court papers that Cindy Frey has refused to provide financial documents proving that Glenn would have earned $12 million if he'd lived.

Cindy's widow responded that he hasn't provided those details because the doctor hasn't signed a confidentiality agreement. The two parties are due in court next week, says Page Six.

Cindy filed the wrongful death suit against Izkowitz in 2018, claiming that he failed to “promptly and properly assess" her husband "for respiratory issues,” and also ignored the fact that he had an infection.

It's actually quite plausible that Frey would have gone on to earn $12 million or more had he lived, based on The Eagles' record sales, songwriting royalties, and the tours and festivals they've played since Frey's death. 

Currently, Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill are performing Frey's guitar and vocal parts when the Eagles play live.

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Moving On -- The Who announces 2019 North American tour

On Monday morning, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend confirmed The Who is hitting the road, in a tour they've dubbed Moving On!, ahead of the iconic band's first new album in 13 years.

The band -- along with symphonic accompaniment -- will undertake a 29-date run of summer and fall shows, kicking off May 7 in Grand Rapids, MI, and wrapping up on October 23 in  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

In a press release, Daltrey said, "Be aware Who fans! Just because it's The Who with an orchestra, in no way will it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music. This will be full throttle Who with horns and bells on."

Townshend teased: "Roger christened this tour Moving On! I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on, with new music, classic Who music, all performed in new and exciting ways. Taking risks, nothing to lose. Looking forward to seeing you all.  Are you ready?"    

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 18 at LiveNation.com, though The Who’s fan club can take advantage of presales starting Wednesday, January 16 at 10am local time.

Every pair of tickets purchased online also snags fans a redeemable code for a CD copy of the band's forthcoming album.

Here are the North American dates for The Who's Moving On tour: 

5/7 -- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
5/9 -- KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
5/11 -- Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
5/13 -- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
5/16 -- Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
5/18 -- Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, IN
5/21 -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
5/23 -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis, Maryland Heights, MO
5/25 -- Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
5/28 -- Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
5/30 -- PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
6/1 -- Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Fall Dates

9/6 -- Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
9/8 -- Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Alpine Valley, WI
9/10 -- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
9/13 -- Fenway Park, Boston, MA
9/15 -- Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
9/18 -- State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
9/20 -- BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
9/22 -- Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
9/25 -- Toyota Center, Houston, TX
9/27 -- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
9/29 -- Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
10/11 -- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
10/13 -- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
10/16 -- Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
10/19 -- T-Mobile Park -- Home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle, WA
10/21 -- Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
10/23 -- Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB

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Rare Paul McCartney and Wings concert film, The Bruce McMouse Show, getting theatrical screenings this month

The Bruce McMouse Show

a rarely seen 1970s Paul McCartney movie project combining a concert film and an animated feature, will be screened in select theaters across the globe on Monday, January 21.

The flick, which features footage from McCartney and Wings' 1972 European tour, tells the story of how the ex-Beatles star and his solo group meet a cartoon mouse named Bruce McMouse who wants to produce the band.

Bruce lives with his family beneath the stage where McCartney and Wings are performing, and the critter and his clan are excited to discover that the band is playing right above them.

The film, which has never been shown theatrically, was included on a DVD and Blu-ray packaged with the 2018 deluxe reissues of Paul McCartney and Wings' 1973 studio album Red Rose Speedway.

The live footage was recorded at four shows that took place in Germany and The Netherlands, and McCartney decided he wanted to put together a film utilizing the performances. Before the start of his '72 tour, Paul had come up with the idea for the mouse characters and did initial sketches of them. Animator Eric Wylam then created the final version of the McMouse family.

McCartney and his wife Linda, among others, recorded voiceovers for the animation in 1973, but production wasn't completed until 1977. By that time, Wings' lineup had changed, so the movie was shelved.

In 2018, The Bruce McMouse Show was fully restored with a brand-new audio mix, for the Red Rose Speedwayreissue.

The film is currently scheduled to be shown in 11 U.S. cities: New York, Chicago, Bethesda, Honolulu, Nashville, and Seattle -- as well as Los Angeles, San Rafael, Sacramento, and San Diego.

Visit BruceMcMouse.com for more details.

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The title and director of the Aretha Franklin biopic, starring Jennifer Hudson, have been revealed

The upcoming official Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul now has a title and a director.

The film will be called Respect, and will be directed by Liesl (pr: LEE-suhl)Tommy, who in 2016 became the first black woman ever to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play, for Eclipsed.

The screenplay for Respect will be penned by screenwriter and producer Callie Khouri, whose credits include Thelma & Louise and the TV series Nashville.

The biopic will follow Aretha's rise to superstardom, from her childhood singing gospel in her father's church through her emergence as one of the most powerful and influential voices in soul and R&B. The movie also will look at Franklin's impact on and involvement in the civil rights and women's movements.

The film will include a variety of Aretha's most famous songs, including her classic rendition of Otis Redding's "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Do Right Woman -- Do Right Man" and "Think."

"The story of Aretha Franklin's journey from child prodigy in Detroit to international supernova is rife with struggle and triumph, making her life one of the great American stories of all time," says Tommy in a statement.

"As a filmmaker there is no greater gift than to be able to bring this transcendent chronicle of a woman's fight for self-realization to visual life."

Adds Hudson, whom Aretha reportedly hand-picked to play her, "It is an absolute honor to be a part of bringing Ms. Franklin's story to audiences who adore her around the world. She is one of the most iconic and talented artists of all time and what a dream come true it is to portray her extraordinary life on screen."

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New Scorsese-directed film focusing on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour due out this year

A new Bob Dylan documentary and concert film directed by Martin Scorsese, focusing on Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975 and '76, will premiere later this year on Netflix, according to an exclusive Varietyreport.

The movie will be titled Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, and will feature original on-camera interviews with Dylan and other musicians who took part in the trek.

According to Variety, Netflix's description of the movie says it "captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year."

It adds, "Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, Rolling Thunder is a one of a kind experience."

The Rolling Thunder Revue tour featured Dylan delivering relaxed performances with a variety of musicians, including Joan Baez, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn ex-David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson and Bob Neuwirth.  Joni Mitchell made a guest appearance at a few of the shows.

No premiere date has been announced for the film, but there's speculation that it could be released in the fall in conjunction with a new installment of Dylan's ongoing Bootleg Series box sets.

Scorsese previously directed another Dylan documentary, 2005's award-winning No Direction Home, which focused on the tumultuous period of Bob's career in the mid 1960s when he "went electric."

The Who's manager says band will tour this year, has plans to record a new album

Who frontman Roger Daltrey recently told Billboard that he wasn't sure what, if anything, his band will be doing in 2019, but it appears that the singer may have been holding back some information. In an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music on Thursday, the group's longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, revealed that The Who will be touring this year...and they'll also be making a new album.

"We're gonna tour America, and we've got plans to do some stuff in the U.K.," said Curbishley. "That's gonna be announced over the next couple of weeks…And we've got some really good dates we're gonna do."

Regarding the album project, Curbishley says Pete Townshend has "written some really great songs."

He adds that Townshend "gave me 12 demos, eight of them I think are absolutely great for The Who. And he's still writing, and he's got so much stuff, so I'm sure he'll adapt some of that and we'll get some more songs."

Curbishley also revealed that a long-in-the-works biopic about late Who drummer Keith Moon is finally moving forward.

"[W]e're finally there," Bill said, noting that a scriptwriter named Jeff Pope has been hired for the project. The award-winning Pope's credits include a variety of acclaimed British television shows.

Curbishley revealed that an actor has yet to be chosen to portray Moon, adding, "I'm sort of really fixed on it being an unknown and finding another Phil Daniels."

Daniels was the star of the 1979 film Quadrophenia, based on The Who's classic 1973 concept album.

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Prolific rock, R&B backup singer Clydie King, dead at 75

Clydie King, the largely unknown singer whose voice you've heard on dozens of rock and R&B classic recordings, has died at age 75.  Rolling Stone reports King's family confirmed her death to the publication, saying she passed on Monday.

Through she released three solo albums and numerous singles, King found her greatest success as a backup singer.  The songs on which she performed reads like a solid gold hit parade of the 1960s and 1970s.  As an in-demand session singer, she's heard on hits including Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," along with celebrated fellow backup singer Merry Clayton, as well as on Elton John’s “The Bitch Is Back," "Tumbling Dice" by The Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" and many more. 

The artists with whom King regularly performed included Ray Charles, as one of his Raelettes backup singers for three years in the 1960s.  King also recorded and performed live frequently with Bob Dylan, who described King to Rolling Stone as "my ultimate singing partner.  No one ever came close. We were two soulmates.”

King reportedly stopped recording in recent years due to unspecified health issues.

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Official 50th anniversary Woodstock festival taking place in Watkins Glen, NY, this August

Get ready for three more days of Peace, Love & Music.

Michael Lang, co-producer and co-founder of the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair, has announced that an official 50th anniversary celebration of the historic 1969 festival, dubbed Woodstock 50, will take place August 16 to August 18 at Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen, New York.

The news follows a recent announcement by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue located at the original Woodstock site, that it will host its own 50th anniversary event -- the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival -- over the same weekend.

"It's time to put the speculation to rest and officially announce that Woodstock 50 is happening," says Lang. "The original festival in '69 was a reaction by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to fight for -- civil rights, women's rights, and the antiwar movement, and it gave way to our mission to share peace, love and music."

He adds, "Today, we're experiencing similar disconnects in our country, and one thing we've learned is that music has the power to bring people together. So, it's time to bring the Woodstock spirit back, get involved and make our voices heard."

Woodstock 50 will feature "an amazing lineup" that will be announced in the coming weeks.  It'll include over 60 artists from the worlds of rock, hip-hop, pop and country, performing on three main stages.

Lang notes, "It will be primarily contemporary talent, but the legacy acts will be represented and honored." The event also will showcase special collaborations and tribute performances.

Discounted pre-sale tickets will be made available to college students aged 18 to 25 by the end of January.

For the latest details about Woodstock 50, visit Woodstock.com.

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Smokey Robinson to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at star-studded tribute concert this Sunday

Smokey Robinson has been added to the lineup of the all-star Aretha Franklin tribute concert, taking place this Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The event, dubbed Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul,will be taped for a two-hour CBS special that will air March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Robinson, a childhood friend of Franklin's, will be on hand to deliver a special homage to the late soul legend.

The show also will feature performances by a wide array of music stars, including Patti LaBelle, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Alessia Cara, Janelle Monáe and rapper Common.

Gospel artists Yolanda Adams, Bebe Winans and Shirley Caesar are also on the bill.

According to a CBS executive, the special will celebrate Aretha not only as a singer and songwriter, but also as a pianist, actress and civil-rights activist.

Tickets for the concert are on sale now at AXS.com.

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Joe Jackson debuts new song "Friend Better," in advance of new album "Fool"

Joe Jackson has given fans another preview from his forthcoming studio album, Fool, which will be released Friday, January 18. A new song from the record titled "Friend Better" has been posted on the earMUSIC label's official YouTube channel.

The jazzy, soulful tune celebrates the virtues of platonic friendship. It's available now as a digital single and via streaming services.

Fool is Jackson's 20th studio effort and arrives 40 years after the release of his debut album, 1979's Look Sharp. Jackson co-produced the new record with Pat Dillett, whose previous studio work includes several David Byrne projects.

Joe recorded Fool with the backing band he's toured with since the release of his 2015 album, Fast Forward, including his longtime bassist Graham Maby.

Jackson previously released two other songs from Fool in advance of the album: "Fabulously Absolute" and "Strange Land." Fool, which can be pre-ordered now, is available on CD, as a vinyl LP, digitally, and as a limited-edition collection featuring the LP and a seven-inch vinyl single that includes two previously unreleased songs.

Joe will launch a new trek called the Four Decade Tour on February 5 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The North American leg of the outing will wind down with a March 9 concert in Phoenix, Arizona.

The tour will feature Jackson performing select tunes from five of his albums, one from each decade of his career: Look Sharp, 1982's Night and Day, 1991's Laughter and Lust, 2008's Rain and Fool.

Here are all of his North American tour dates:

2/5 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
2/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
2/9 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
2/10 -- Richmond, VA, The National
2/12 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
2/13 -- Boston, MA, Shubert Theatre
2/15 -- New York, NY, Town Hall
2/16 -- New York, NY, Town Hall
2/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Music Hall
2/21 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
2/22 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
2/24 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
2/27 -- Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
2/28 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
3/2 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
3/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
3/6 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre
3/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
3/9 -- Phoenix, AZ, Orpheum Theater

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Aerosmith to perform at Grammy Viewing Party benefit for Steven Tyler's Janie's Fund charity

Aerosmith will perform at frontman Steven Tyler's second annual Grammy Viewing Party benefit to raise money for Janie's Fund, the charity he co-founded to help young women and girls who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse.

The event will take place on February 10 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, and will be hosted by comic actress Jane Lynch.

In addition to a rocking set by Aerosmith, the fundraiser will feature a live viewing of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards telecast, a live auction and a VIP cocktail reception and dinner.

"The journey to give these girls of Janie's Fund the opportunity to LIVE OUT LOUD continues and we're thrilled to present the 2nd annual Janie's Fund Gala," says Tyler in a statement. "We won't stop until we meet our goal to give these girls the safety of home and a zest for life."

A number of celebrities are serving as co-chairs for the event, including Aerosmith, Mick Fleetwood, Alice Cooper, Lenny Kravitz, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Hudson, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Stone, Caitlyn Jenner, Ashlee Simpson and Ciara.

Last year's inaugural event, which featured Steven performing with his solo group The Loving Mary Band, raised more than $2.4 million for Janie's Fund. Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer and Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt also joined in the performance.

Visit JaniesFund.org for more details about the gala and the charity.

Aerosmith's set at the 2019 Grammy Viewing Party will mark the band's second performance of the year, after a February 1 concert at Atlanta's State Farm Arena as part of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest.

Meanwhile, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will launch their previously announced "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency at the Park Theater at the Park MGM resort on April 8.

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Bohemian Rhapsody' sing-along version coming to theaters Friday

If you found it hard not to sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie, no worries: A special sing-along version is coming our way tomorrow.

The Golden Globe-winning film's distributors will screen the special version in 750 select theaters in the U.S. and Canada. 

There aren't any specifics about what exactly constitutes the sing-along version, other than the implied permission to belt out "We Are the Champions" during the film without getting ejected from the theater.  But if you want to find your nearest screening location, check out BohemianRhapsodyTickets.com.

Released in the U.S. November 2, Bohemian Rhapsody -- based on the music of Queen and the life of its legendary frontman, the late Freddie Mercury -- has since become the highest-grossing musical biopic in history, grossing $743.9 million worldwide.  Last weekend, it ranked 13th at the box office. 

Given its wins at Sunday's Golden Globes -- including Best Motion Picture -- Drama, and Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama for star Rami Malek -- it's a safe bet Bohemian Rhapsody will see an uptick in its gross and stick around in theaters a little bit longer.

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Procol Harum to launch first US tour in five years in February

Veteran British group Procol Harum will kick off its first U.S. tour in nearly five years next month. The trek, which will support the band's latest studio album, 2017's Novum, gets under way on February 17 in Atlanta and is mapped out through a March 4-5 stand in Boston.

The outing currently features 13 dates, and will visit a variety of City Winery franchises, as well as select other venues.  It includes a three-night stand in New York City and two-show engagements in Chicago and, as mentioned, Boston.

"We haven't visited the U.S.A. since July 2014, and this has enabled us to have the new material from our studio album PLUS favorites & rarities from the past 50 years," says founding singer/pianist Gary Brooker. "It's a long time, but Procol is always current (or timeless). See you in the wine bar -- mine's a large one!"

Released in April 2017, Novum was Procol Harum's first new studio album since 2003's The Well's on Fire and its 13th album overall. It helped mark the band's 50th anniversary.

Prior to launching the tour, Procol Harum will take part in the inaugural On the Blue Cruise, which will be headlined by The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward. The seagoing music festival sets sail from Miami on February 10 and will stop at Nassau in the Bahamas and the private isle of Labadee near Haiti before returning to port on February 15.

Here are all of Procol Harum's confirmed U.S. dates:

2/17 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
2/18 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery
2/20 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
2/21 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
2/23 -- Washington, D.C., City Winery
2/25 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/26 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/27 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/28 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
3/1 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/3 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
3/4 -- Boston, MA, City Winery
3/5 -- Boston, MA, City Winery

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Rod Stewart shares photo with Freddie Mercury, congratulates Rami Malek on Golden Globes win

Among the millions of people who saw the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is a guy who actually knew the band's iconic frontman, Freddie Mercury: Rod Stewart.  Now, in the wake of the movie's big win Sunday night at the Golden Globes, Rod has taken to social media to give it a thumbs-up.

Stewart shared a photo of himself smiling and posing with Mercury sometime post-1984, after Freddie shaved off his famous mustache.  Rod wrote in the caption, "Congratulations to Rami Malek & all those behind Bohemian Rhapsody on their #GoldenGlobe win. You brought the energy, love, and light of the magnetic Freddie Mercury to the big screen in a glorious film worthy of Queen."

Malek won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama trophy for his uncanny portrayal of Mercury, while the movie itself was named Best Motion Picture -- Drama.

As fans chimed in to "like" the photo and express their love of the movie as well, one cheeky woman wrote, "Sir Rod -- when do we get a film about you?"

While there's no plan for Rod to turn his colorful life into a movie -- yet -- he can look forward to watching a biopic of yet another one of his famous friends later this year. The Elton John biopic Rocketman hits theaters in May.

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Vinyl box set of rare David Bowie demos and unreleased songs due out this spring

In conjunction with what would have been David Bowie's 72nd birthday Tuesday, plans have been announced for the release this spring of a box set of seven-inch vinyl discs featuring nine rare early demos. 

Titled Spying Through a Keyhole (Demos and Unreleased Songs), the collection is made up mostly of home demo recordings that Bowie made solo, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.

The tracks were previously available for purchase digitally for a limited time last month, but this will mark the first time they'll be released physically. Among the tracks are two demo versions of David's classic tune "Space Oddity," one of which is an excerpt believed to possibly be the first-ever recording of the song. The other version features Bowie performing the song as a duo with his early musical partner John "Hutch" Hutchinson.

Among the other songs featured on Spying Through a Keyhole are demo versions of such early Bowie songs as "In the Heat of the Morning" and "London Bye, Ta-Ta." The box set's title comes from the lyrics of a previously unknown song that appears on the collection, "Love All Around."

An official release date for the Spying Through the Keyhole vinyl box set will be announced soon, and the collection is expected to eventually be made available in other formats.

In other news, Bowie's widow, Iman, marked her late husband's birthday by posting a couple of tributes to him on her Twitter feed. The first is a message that reads, "My memory loves you. It asks about you all the time."

The second features two photos of David and Iman affectionately spending time together in a kitchen, accompanied by the note: "Jan 8th Eternal Memories, Eternal Love #BowieForever."

Here's the Spying Through a Keyhole track list:

"Mother Grey" (demo)
"In the Heat of the Morning" (demo)
"Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe" (demo)
"Love All Around" (demo)
"London Bye, Ta-Ta" (demo)
"Angel, Angel, Grubby Face" (demo version 1)
"Angel, Angel, Grubby Face" (demo version 2)
"Space Oddity" (demo excerpt)
"Space Oddity" (demo -- alternative lyrics) -- with Hutch

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Founding Hollies bassist Eric Haydock dies at age 75

Eric Haydock, the original bass player of The Hollies, died Sunday, January 6, at the age of 75. According to a message on the band's official Facebook page, Haydock "passed away peacefully at his home," while the Manchester Evening News reports that he'd "been ill for some time."

Eric played with The Hollies from 1962 until 1966, when he exited the group after a conflict with its management. Haydock played on many of The Hollies' early U.K. hits, including "Just One Look," "Here I Go Again" and the chart-topping "I'm Alive." He's also featured on the band's first top 40 hit in the U.S., "Look Through Any Window."

Hollies drummer Bobby Elliott paid tribute to Haydock in a post on the band's official website and Facebook page.

"In the early 1960s Eric was one of the finest bass players on the planet," Elliott writes. "Along with [guitarist] Tony [Hicks], Eric and I were the rhythm section that created the springboard for [Allan] Clarke[,] Hicks and [Graham] Nash to launch that famous three-way Hollies harmony."

He adds, "On the early package tours, Dave Clark, the Kinks and artists of the period would watch from the wings as we effortlessly rocked the screaming theatre audiences into a frenzy…Although Eric left the Hollies in 1966, I occasionally listen enthralled by our BBC and Abbey Road recording sessions and dear Eric masterfully playing his six string bass. Happy days."

Haydock was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with The Hollies in 2010. During his acceptance speech, he quipped, "If we had known what we were doing at the time, and that it would mean so much to so many people, I'm sure we would've tried a lot harder."

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The Who's Roger Daltrey unsure if the band will be active in 2019; hopes to release live orchestral Tommy album

Who frontman Roger Daltrey recently chatted with Billboard about his plans for 2019, which he says may or may not include his famous band.

After he and fellow Who founder Pete Townshend spent last year focusing on their respective solo endeavors, Daltrey tells Billboard that the two have been "discussing" possibly doing a new Who project, although Roger is unsure what that might be.

"It's just, 'What do we do next?'" Daltrey posed. "It's really, really difficult. I'm 75 [in March]; I just feel like doing something different, but I don't know what."

Roger also revealed that he'd like to release a live album documenting his 2018 solo tour, which featured him performing The Who's 1969 rock opera Tommy with orchestral accompaniment.  He's also considering scheduling more shows this year to mark the album's 50th anniversary.

"I'm absolutely astonished at how good [the live version of] it is," gushed Daltrey. "It's not like The Who's original version of it. It's got all the b**ls of The Who's original version of it, but it's got all these wonderful bits of orchestration underneath it that make it triumphant. It's just magical."

Daltrey's orchestral Tommy concerts featured orchestrations by veteran composer and arranger David Campbell -- alternative rocker Beck's dad -- and Roger said he'd also like to see what Campbell would do with Quadrophenia.

"There's something about adding [Campbell] to the mix of what Pete's already done, which is how we did Tommy, that makes something very special," Daltrey maintained.

Meanwhile, Daltrey told Billboard that he isn't interested taking part in a 50th anniversary Woodstock event this summer.

"August in America is too hot for me to work anymore," said Roger, adding, "You can't redo Woodstock because the stars of Woodstock were the audience…Nobody's approached us about it, anyway."

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Rock, pop and country stars will salute The King on NBC's "Elvis All-Star Tribute," airing February 17


2019 NBCUniversal Media, LLCIt was announced last year, but now we have details on NBC's planned tribute to Elvis Presley, courtesy of Variety.

Elvis All-Star Tribute will air February 17 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.  It was taped in October, and features stars of various musical genres, such as John Fogerty, Mac Davis, pop stars like Ed Sheeran, John Legend,Shawn Mendes, Josh Groban, Jennifer Lopez and Adam Lambert, rapper Post Malone, and country stars like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban,Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies, Darius Rucker, andCarrie Underwood.

The special, hosted by Blake Shelton, will create the look and feel of The King's legendary '68 "Comeback Special," where he performed both stand-up, rocking numbers and a more intimate, stripped-down set wearing black leather.

According to Variety, the performances include Adam Lambert singing "Blue Suede Shoes," John Legend singing "A Little Less Conversation," Jennifer Lopez singing "Heartbreak Hotel," Josh Groban belting out "It's Now or Never," Shawn Mendes singing "Hound Dog, Carrie Underwood and Yolanda Adams playing tribute to Elvis' gospel songs, and Keith Urban duetting with Post Malone on "Baby What You Want Me to Do."

Elvis' widow Priscilla Presley will appear on the special, as will his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.

Along with the special, an album called The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special will be released on February 15,  It'll include 15 Presley performances from the ’68 broadcast, three studio recordings of songs that appear in the special, and a new version of "If I Can Dream," feature Elvis' original vocals plus those of Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and Post Malone.

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Daryl "The Captain" Dragon of Captain and Tennille dead at 76

Daryl "The Captain" Dragon, the nautical hat-wearing male half of The Captain and Tennille, has died of renal failure.  He was 76.

The son of Oscar-winning composer and conductor Carmen Dragon and godson of Danny Thomas, Dragon played in a number of bands but most notably played keyboards for The Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972.  Beach Boy Mike Love dubbed Dragon "Captain" because he used to wear a captain's hat onstage.

Dragon met singer and musician Toni Tennille in 1971, and she ended up joining him on The Beach Boys' next tour as a pianist.  They also started performing together as a duo, and landed a record deal in 1974.  Then came a string of hits, including the Grammy-winning #1 smash "Love Will Keep Us Together," "The Way I Want to Touch You," "Muskrat Love," "Shop Around," "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" and "Do That To Me One More Time."

The duo, who married in November of 1975, was so popular that they hosted their own TV variety show on ABC from 1976 to 1977.

While Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014, they remained close friends.  Tennille, who was with Dragon when he passed away, said in a statement, "He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him."

Tennille also asked that Dragon's fans remember him "as she does, with love and a grateful heart for the music they created together."

Dragon is survived by his brother Doug Dragon, and his two nieces, Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.

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"I'm doing great": Olivia Newton-John debunks health rumors in new video

Olivia Newton-John is doing just fine.  Don't take our word for it -- take hers.

In a brief video posted Wednesday evening to her Twitter, the singer and repeat cancer survivor debunks recent tabloid rumors that she supposedly has only "weeks to live."

Olivia, who turned 70 in September, certainly looks great in the video.  "Happy new year, everyone!" the message begins.  "This is Olivia Newton-John and I just wanna say that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated, to quote a very famous quote."

She goes on: "I'm doing great and I wanna wish all of you that happiest, healthiest 2019 that's possible and thank you all for your wonderful love and support -- for me, and for my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Center in Melbourne, Australia.  Thank you so much.  Happy new year!"

Olivia Newton-John's niece, Tottie Goldsmith, also just posted on Instagram about her aunt's health, writing, "Just giving you the heads up that Livvy is in good health, so let’s leave that distressing rumor where it belongs."

Olivia's rep also told ABC News that the reports were untrue.

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.  In 2013, she underwent treatment for a tumor and in 2017, another tumor was discovered.  She's said that she's treating the cancer with a combination of traditional and natural therapies.

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McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Queen among "Entertainment Weekly" magazine's "can't-miss" tours for 2019

Last year, many big-name artists announced tours for 2019. Now, Entertainment Weekly has chosen 12 of them as the "Can't-Miss Tours of 2019" -- the ones you should be sure to grab tickets to -- and among them are treks by such legends as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Queen, John Mellencamp and Cher.

As previously reported, McCartney kicks off the 2019 edition of his Freshen Up Tour on March 20 in Santiago, Chile, and will bring the trek to North America in the spring, starting with a May 23 concert in New Orleans.

The Stones launch the U.S. edition of their No Filter Tour on April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The 15-date trek is mapped out through a June 25 concert in Chicago.

Riding high on the success of the hit biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen joins forces again with one-time American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert for the Rhapsody tour, which gets underway July 10 in Vancouver, Canada.

Mellencamp will celebrate his long career while promoting his new covers compilation Other People's Stuff on a trek dubbed The John Mellencamp Show, which starts with a February 7 concert in South Bend, Indiana.

Cher's Here We Go Again tour, in support of her ABBA covers album Dancing Queen, begins a U.S. leg on January 17 that wraps up in May. In between, she'll do nine shows in Las Vegas as part of her Sin City residency.

EW also recommends tours by the Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company, country star Carrie Underwood, pop superstars Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey, rappers Meek Mill and Vince Staples, and 1980s boy band New Kids on the Block, the latter of whom will be bringing along Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Salt-N-Pepa and "O.P.P." rappers Naughty by Nature.

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Billy Joel gets "first stadium residency" at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park

Billy Joel has been playing a monthly concert at New York's Madison Square Garden for the past five years, and now he's adding a residency in another city to his tour schedule.

Billy is getting what's described as the first "music franchise" ever at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park , where the Phillies baseball team plays.  It's also being called "the first stadium residency ever."

The Piano Man will return to the venue for the sixth straight year for a scheduled to take place show this May 24. With the concert, Joel will become the first artist ever to play Citizens Bank Park six years in a row.  He also holds the record for the most live performances by any music artist in the venue's 15-year history.

As part of the agreement, the Phillies are setting up a special kiosk to sell Billy Joel tour merch throughout the month of May.

Unlike his Garden franchise, Billy won't be performing at the Philadelphia stadium every month.  It appears that the deal is for him to continue to play at the venue every year.

An American Express pre-sale starts January 7 and runs through January 10.  A Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale runs from January 8 through January 10.  General public tickets go on sale January 11 via Ticketmaster.com.

Billy's next concert date is January 11 in Orlando, Florida.  His first 2019 show at Madison Square Garden is scheduled for January 24.

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Foreigner releases new version of "I Want to Know What Love Is" to raise money for Shriners Hospitals charity

Foreigner has released a new version of its classic 1984 ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is," featuring backing vocals by a choir made up of patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The song is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and also will appear on the forthcoming album Foreigner Live in Concert, which is due out on February 15.

All proceeds raised by the track and the album will be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children, a nonprofit that provides advanced care for kids with various health issues.

An official video for the new rendition of "I Want to Know What Love Is" can be viewed now at Foreigner's official YouTube channel. The clip follows the band's current frontman, Kelly Hansen, as he takes a walk during which he faces some minor inconveniences, before coming upon a group of Shriners Hospitals patients playing a game of basketball.

Hansen joins in the game, then enters the nearby Shriners facility with one of the children and observes various patients interacting and receiving treatment. Interspersed with those scenes is footage of Hansen and Foreigner founder Mick Jones performing the song with a group of kids from Shriners Hospitals.

"There is a spiritual undertone to 'I Want to Know What Love Is,' and when you apply the lyrics to a cause like Shriners Hospitals for Children, it brings a whole new meaning to the song," says Jones, who wrote the song.

Adds Hansen, "The lyrics of this song really speak to the qualities we've observed in the children here at Shriners Hospitals. The kids show this amazing resilience and happiness that really makes one think how powerful love is."

Visit ShowThemLove.org for more information.

Here's the full track list of Foreigner Live in Concert:

"Head Games"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"Cold as Ice"
"Hot Blooded"
"Double Vision"
"Dirty White Boy"
"Juke Box Hero"
"Waiting for a Girl Like You"
"Say You Will"
"Long, Long Way from Home"
"I Want to Know What Love Is"*

* = New recording with Shriners Hospitals Kids Choir

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Neal Schon says he decided to tour with new group this year after Journey agreed to take most of 2019 off

Guitarist Neal Schon recently revealed that he's put together a new group called Journey Through Time -- featuring ex-Journey members Gregg Rolie and Deen Castronovo -- that'll be touring this year, playing some of Journey's early material. This past week, Schon took to his blog to refute a recent report claiming he put Journey on hold for 2019 so he could focus on this new project.

"There is absolutely zero truth to the statements," Neal writes. "I was told by [Journey manager John Baruck] that we all would take all of 2019 off except for possibly a few dates near the end of the year leading into 2020 and that [keyboardist] Jonathan Cain[and drummer] Steve Smith [had] other things they wanted to do."

Schon adds, "At that point I decided to go out and have some fun with Gregg Rolie[,] Deen Castronovo[,] Marco Mendoza[,] Marti Frederiksen and Chris Collins and dip into our catalog -- deep tracks (from the beginning and beyond) and that my friends is the way it REALLY went down instead of trying to blame me for us not playing next year."

Fredericksen, who is a recent addition to the Journey Through Time lineup, has frequently collaborated with Aerosmith over the years and is a member of Steven Tyler's solo group, The Loving Mary Band.

Last month, Schon posted a video on his official YouTube channel featuring live audio snippets of Journey Through Time performing various songs, including Journey's "Anyway You Want It," "I'm Gonna Leave You," "Stay Awhile" "Walks Like a Lady" and "Lights," as well as "Black Magic Woman," the early Fleetwood Macsong Rolie famously sang when he was the original lead vocalist of Santana.

Confirmed Journey Through Time tour dates are expected soon.

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Santana releasing new EP, "In Search of Mona Lisa," this month; next studio album due in the summer

Santana will release a new EP titled In Search of Mona Lisa on January 25 on CD and digitally, with a vinyl version due out February 22.

The EP features what's described as three "spellbinding and transportive new songs" that guitar legend Carlos Santana was inspired to write after viewing Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum in Paris for the first time.

According to a press release, "All it took was one look into the implacable eyes of the Mona Lisa for Santana to feel as though something strange and powerful was taking place."

The recording is the first release of a new deal that Santana has signed with Concord Records. The EP will be followed by a full-length album produced by Rick Rubin that's expected to arrive this summer.

"Carlos Santana is an artist of singular voice. Immediately recognized for his signature sound and celebrated as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, his gift for melody and ability to seamlessly fuse and transcend musical genres has inspired us all," says Concord Records president John Burk.

"We are thrilled to welcome Carlos to the Concord family and look forward to where his seemingly endless creativity, curiosity and passion take us."

Carlos recently revealed to ABC Radio that he's recorded a new studio project with Rubin called Africa Speaksthat will feature covers of songs by various African artists.

In other news, Santana will perform at Houston's NRG Stadium on March 13 as part of the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's 2019 concert series. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Thursday, January 10 at 10 a.m. CT.

Here's the EP's track list:

"Do You Remember Me"
"In Search of Mona Lisa"
"Lovers From Another Time"
"Do You Remember Me" (Edit Version)
"In Search of Mona Lisa" (Edit Version)

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Sting plans to "reimagine" his past songs for new album due this summer

In 2018, Sting surprised a lot of people by releasing a joint album with reggae/pop star Shaggy.  Now, in 2019, he's taking yet another unexpected musical turn.

Later this summer, Sting plans to release a new album featuring "reimagined" versions of some of his best-known songs.  Our first taste of it comes with a new version of 1999's "Brand New Day," which is now available for streaming and download.

During his performance Monday night on Fox's New Year's Eve telecast, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer debuted his new version of "Brand New Day," which boasts a modernized arrangement courtesy of Grammy-winning DJ, remixer and producer Dave Audé. 

Sting's decision to rework the song 20 years after the fact was prompted by his desire to encourage a feeling of hope and unity as the new year began.  And "Brand New Day" is just the first of several well-known tunes that Sting will be revisiting on his upcoming My Songs tour, which kicks off June 1 in Europe. 

So far, there's no release date for the new album.

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E Street Band member Nils Lofgren planning to release new solo album in late April

With Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band expected to be on hiatus in 2019, multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren has been focusing on solo projects, including a new studio album.

In a post on his official website, Lofgren reports that the record "is feeling really good to me and [I] hope to have it out late April."

Last March, Nils revealed that the album featured contributions by Crosby, Stills & Nash touring bassist Kevin McCormick and veteran session drummer Andy Newmark. He described the record as "mostly electric with some piano and acoustic songs, too."

Lofgren also says he's working on scheduling a U.S. solo tour for May.

This past year, Nils rejoined the lineup of Neil Young's backing band Crazy Horse for a couple of shows in May 2018. It's not known yet if he will be playing with Young and Crazy Horse at two upcoming concerts they have scheduled in Winnipeg, Canada: February 3 at the Burton Cummings Theatre and February 4 at Centennial Concert Hall.

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Ex-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung plans to release his "last" solo album this year

Former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung is planning to release a new solo album in 2019.

In a message posted last week on his official Facebook page, DeYoung notes, "I've been meticulous with this project because of the importance you guys place upon it and the simple fact that this will most likely be my last."

He adds, "Never thought I would be recording at 71 so to me this is all extra credit. I promise it will be good one."

In an earlier Facebook post, Dennis reveals that one song on the upcoming album was co-written with founding Survivor and Ides of March member Jim Peterik.  The same track will also appear on the next record by Peterik's star-studded World Stage project, due out this spring.

DeYoung also reports that he and Peterik recently shot a video for the song, photos from which have been posted on Jim's Facebook page.

Dennis most recent studio album, One Hundred Years from Now, was released in the U.S. in 2009.

In other news, DeYoung has a bunch of U.S. concerts lined up for 2019, starting with a February 1 show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and wrapping up May 4 in Rosemont, Illinois.

His itinerary includes three special concerts at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where he'll be accompanied by the Nashville Symphony. Dennis also will be playing two joint shows with Night Ranger.

Here are all of DeYoung's 2019 tour dates, according to his official website:

2/1 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
2/2 -- Detroit, MI, MGM Grand Detroit - Grand Ballroom
2/8 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino - Event Center
2/15 -- St Louis, MO, River City Casino
2/16 -- St Louis, MO, River City Casino
3/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
3/16 -- Wisconsin Dells, WI, Crystal Grand Music Theatre+
3/28 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center*
3/29 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center*
3/30 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center*
4/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall+
4/26 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
4/27 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
5/3 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
5/4 -- Rosemont, IL, Rosemont Theatre

* = with the Nashville Symphony
+ = with Night Ranger.

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We are the champions: "Bohemian Rhapsody" named Best Drama at Golden Globes

Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy? On Sunday night, Beelzebub had a Golden Globe put aside for Bohemian Rhapsody.

The movie, based on the life of Queen's iconic frontman Freddie Mercury, was the surprise winner of Best Motion Picture -- Drama trophy at last night's Golden Globe Awards.  Rami Malek, who plays the late legend in the film, took home the award for Best Actor in a Drama.

"Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," an overwhelmed and surprised Malek said at the podium.  "I love you, you beautiful man! This is for -- and because of -- you, gorgeous!"

He then thanked Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, both of whom were in attendance at the ceremony, "for ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in music and in the world and all of us."  

"Thank you for showing us the power of embracing your true self," producer Graham King said of Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991.

Neither King nor Malek thanked the movie's original director, Bryan Singer, who was fired halfway through production and replaced by Dexter Fletcher.  The movie has become the highest-grossing music biopic of all time.

Malek's uncanny transformation into Mercury has won rave reviews from fans and critics alike since Bohemian Rhapsody was released late last year.

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Kansas welcomes new keyboard player Tom Brislin, plots 2019 tour itinerary

Kansas has welcomed a new member to its lineup.

Tom Brislin has replaced keyboardist Dave Manion. Manion, who joined the band in 2014 after founding singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh retired, is leaving to pursue other musical endeavors.

Brislin's musical resume includes stints touring with Yes, Meat Loaf, Blondie singer Debbie Harry, Renaissance and ex-Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung. Tom also has released a few solo albums, fronted the pop-rock group Spiraling and is a member of the contemporary prog-rock outfit The Sea Within.

"We are extremely excited for Tom Brislin to be the newest member of Kansas," says founding drummer Phil Ehart. "His background speaks for itself, and we are looking forward to working with him. We cannot wait to get started, and think Kansas fans will really enjoy what Tom brings to the band."

Adds Brislin, "It's an honor to be asked to join [such a] legendary band as Kansas. Their music has been in the soundtrack to so many of our lives, and their repertoire has enduring depth, beauty, and power. I'm thrilled to perform the classics and I'm equally excited to be a part of the new music that Kansas creates."

Tom's debut with Kansas will take place during the Rock Legends Cruise VII, which sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 14 and returns to port on February 18. Kansas will play at least two shows during the cruise.

Meanwhile, Kansas has 2019 tour dates mapped out from a March 1 concert in Baltimore through a May 31-June 1 stand in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

All shows through the band's May 11 performance in Fort Wayne, Indiana, are part of Kansas' Point of Know Return Tour celebrating the group's classic 1977 album.

Here are all of Kansas' confirmed 2019 dates:

2/14-18 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Rock Legends Cruise VII
3/1 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
3/3 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
3/8 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
3/9 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theater
3/15 -- Salina, KS, The Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
3/16 -- Salina, KS, The Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
3/22 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
3/23 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre
3/29 -- Beaver Creek, CO, Vilar Performing Arts Center
3/30 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
4/2 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
4/4 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre
4/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum Theatre
4/7 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
4/10 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
4/12 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
4/13 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
4/24 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Orpheum
4/26 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
4/28 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Jack Singer Concert Hall
4/30 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, TCU Place
5/1 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Conexus Arts Centre
5/3 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts
5/10 -- Rockford, IL, Coronado Performing Arts Center
5/11 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theater
5/30 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Event Center
5/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
6/1 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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