Q1370 News Archives for 2019-01

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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