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Miss Jackson goes to Vegas: Janet to launch residency this May

Miss Jackson, if you're lucky: Janet Jackson is joining the long list of veteran performers who've landed their own Las Vegas residencies.

The icon's show Metamorphosis will kick off Friday May 17 at Park Theater at Park MGM resort in Sin City. The show is described as journey through "the immensely private life" of Janet Jackson, as she shares her, "transformation from a young girl with self-esteem issues to global icon." 

Through the show, she'll share her path to empowerment, motherhood and activism, and, "encourage audiences to find their own light within themselves."

Metamorphosis will feature all her hits, deep cuts, "explosive" dance numbers, "electrifying" visuals and more -- as well a a special 30-year anniversary celebration of her global smash album Rhythm Nation.

Pre-sales for members of Janet's fan club start February 27 at 10 a.m. PST; there are a variety of other pre-sales for Citi cardmembers, M Life loyalty members, and Ticketmaster and Live Nation customers. Everyone else can start buying tickets on March 2 at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.

Janet's first batch of dates includes shows in May, July and August; notably, she's not performing in June, the month which marks the 10th anniversary of the death of her brother Michael Jackson.

Here are the 15 dates for Janet Jackson's Metamorphosis going on sale:

May 2019: 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26
July 2019: 24, 26, 27, 31  
August 2019: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10

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The Who's Moving On! tour will offer a show fans have never seen before, says band's official blogger

Brian Kehew, a Los Angeles-based musician who serves as The Who's keyboard technician and also pens the group's "Backstage Blog," writes in a new post that the band's upcoming Moving On! orchestral tour of North America will offer fans something different.

"It's being planned day-by-day already, with some things falling into place, and other completely unknown," Kehew reports, adding, "If you've already seen The Who one hundred times in your life, you will not have seen this show before."

Brian explains that the new show may include changes in instrumentation, band members, lighting, video and stage setup.

He also points out that while the addition of an orchestra will offer "a complex and mighty sound," singer Roger Daltrey "also wants the show to have a 'return to the start' smaller feeling."

Kehew continues, "We will see all of what we loved in the past, and probably some stunning moments of newness; many moments where you'll say 'I have never seen that before' at your many Who shows."

Brian says the new ideas that are being incorporated into the show are the very reason why Daltrey and Pete Townshend "have agreed to tour again…to move beyond what we know is comfortable and safe into something that could be much more emotional and powerful."

In the blog, Kehew also reports on Daltrey's three solo performances during the recent Rock Legends Cruise VII. "I must tell you Roger is sounding GREAT," says Brian. "Not good, but GREAT."

The post also includes links to a couple of fan-shot videos of Daltrey performing on the cruise.

The Who's Moving On! tour kicks off May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit TheWho.com to check out all of the dates.

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Love You Too: Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono post Happy Birthday messages for the late George Harrison

Today marks what would have been late Beatles guitarist George Harrison's 76th birthday, and Paul McCartney has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to his old friend and band mate.

"Happy birthday forever George, we love ya!" writes Sir Paul in a tweet, which is accompanied by a black-and-white photo of McCartney and Harrison onstage together during the Beatlemania era.

John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, also paid homage to Harrison in a message that referenced George's Eastern spiritual beliefs, as well as her own.

"Happy Birthday George!" Yoko tweeted. "George, we miss you! I hope you are hearing all this – in an Indian sense or in an Asian sense you are still with us, and you must be laughing about us! love, yoko." Attached to the note is a photo of Harrison and Ono together, circa 1970.

Harrison's son, Dhani, also acknowledged his dad's birthday, posting a Twitter message that reads, "Hand in hand we walk away," along with a photo of him as a child holding George's hand.

In addition, Harrison's own Twitter feed posted a message quoting lyrics from George's 1979 song "If You Believe": "All your love's reflected back to you."

The note also asks fans to celebrate George's birthday by sharing their "favorite stories, songs and photos" of the rock legend. 

Meanwhile, GeorgeHarrison.com posted a 1969 pic of Harrison behind a drum kit, along with a story explaining that the image was taken on George's 26th birthday, 50 years ago today, at London's Abbey Road studios, where he'd gone to record some demos.

The tracks he worked on were "Old Brown Shoe," "Something" and the tune that became the title track of his 1970 solo album, All Things Must Pass.

Harrison died on November 29, 2002, from complications of lung cancer. He was 58.

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Elton John plays while "Rocketman" star Taron Egerton sings at Oscar viewing party

Elton John's 27th annual Oscar Viewing Party, held last night at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, raised more than $6 million dollars for the global effort to end AIDS -- and also offered a thrilling in-person sneak peek of Elton's upcoming biopic, Rocketman.

During the annual party, there's always an auction with fabulous, one-of-a-kind prizes, and this year was no different: Guests bid on a chance to win a trip to the London premiere of Rocketman. But during the bidding, the auctioneer invited actor Taron Egerton, the star of Rocketman, to come up and sing. He said he'd do it, but only if Elton accompanied him. 

With Elton at the piano, Taron sang "Tiny Dancer" as the guests gave them a standing ovation. Egerton sings Elton's songs in the film as well. It's in theaters this May.

The auction also offered guests the chance to bid on a Yamaha piano autographed and played by Elton at the Lion King 10th Anniversary concert, the chance to attend studio sessions for Elton's upcoming musical The Devil Wears Prada, a week-long vacation to the Maldives and a tour of the private Elizabeth Taylor Archive.

The Killers also performed at the event, and among the dozens and dozens of stars who attended were Diana Ross, Tiffany Haddish, Quincy Jones, Eric McCormack, Jane SeymourPatricia Arquette, Terry Crews, Paris Hilton, Anna Paquin and Heidi Klum.

Santana schedules new Las Vegas residency dates in September, October and November

Santana has extended its long-running Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into the fall.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have scheduled two new eight-show engagements, running, respectively, from September 18 through September 29 and from October 30 through November 10.

Tickets for all of the new performances of the group's Greatest Hits Live Vegas shows are available now via HouseofBlues.com. Carlos Santana and his band also has a previously announced Vegas stand scheduled to run from May 15 through May 26.

2019 figures to be an extremely eventful and busy year for Santana, since it marks the 50th anniversary of the band's famous Woodstock performance and the 20th anniversary of the release of its smash album Supernatural.

Besides the Sin City residency gigs, the group has a series of U.S. headlining shows in April and has lined up a joint summer tour with The Doobie Brothers that's mapped out from a June 22 show in Phoenix, Arizona, through an August 25 concert in Wantagh, New York.

Last month, Santana released an EP titled In Search of Mona Lisa; a vinyl version hit stores this past Friday, February 22. The band is planning to put out a full-length studio album produced by Rick Rubin later this year.

Here are all of Santana's upcoming U.S. and Canada concerts:

3/13 -- Houston, TX, RodeoHouston
4/18 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Al Lang Stadium
4/19 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at the Event Center
4/20 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
4/22 -- Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House
4/24 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Alpharetta
4/26 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival#
4/27 -- Southaven, MS, BankPlus Amphitheater
4/28 -- Rogers, AR, The Walmart AMP
5/15, 17-19, 22, 24-26 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
5/26 -- Napa, CA, BottleRock Napa Valley Festival#
6/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion*
6/23 -- Chula Vista, 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 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre*
6/30 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
7/2 -- West Valley 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 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis*
8/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center*
8/4 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago*
8/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage*
8/7 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center*
8/9 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
8/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center*
8/11 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre*
8/13 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
8/14 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live*
8/16 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater*
8/17 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
8/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center*
8/20 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center*
8/21 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre*
8/23 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
8/24 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion*
8/25 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
9/18, 20-22, 25, 27-29 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
10/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
11/1-3, 6, 8-10 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

* = with The Doobie Brothers
# = festival appearance.

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Upcoming album from Jim Peterik's World Stage project features Dennis DeYoung, Kevin Cronin and more

Founding Survivor and Ides of March member Jim Peterik will release a follow-up to his star-studded 2001 studio project World Stage on April 26.

Titled Winds of Change and credited to Jim Peterik & World Stage, the new album will feature contributions from ex-Styx singer Dennis DeYoungREO Speedwagon's Kevin CroninLoverboy's Mike RenoNight Ranger drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy, and 38 Special's Don Barnes and Danny Chauncey.

The album also includes a track boasting archival vocals by late Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison, as well as songs featuring ex-Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff and the sibling duo of Gunnar and Matt Nelson.

Winds of Change features original tunes either penned by Peterik especially for his singers, or co-written by Jim and his various World Stage collaborators.

"Since the success of my first World Stage album back in 2001 and countless shows since, I have wanted to create a new musical legacy with this format," says Peterik in a statement.

"I have always considered myself as much a fan of great bands and artists as I am an artist myself, so a project like World Stage is a dream come true since I get to pay homage to those whose music I love, by writing and performing with them."

You can check out the track featuring Reno, "Without a Bullet Being Fired," at the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, Peterik says his collaboration with DeYoung, "Proof of Heaven," is one of his "proudest moments." He also reveals that he's writing songs with Dennis for the founding Styx member's upcoming solo album.

He added, "[F]or me the most touching moment of this record is reviving an amazing lost track by the late, great Jimi Jamison."

Here's the full track list of Winds of Change:

"Winds of Change" -- featuring 38 Special's Danny Chauncey and Don Barnes
"Without a Bullet Being Fired" -- featuring Loverboy's Mike Reno
"Proof of Heaven" -- featuring Dennis DeYoung
"Sometimes You Just Want More" -- featuring Kevin Chalfant
"Home Fires" -- featuring Toby Hitchcock of Pride of Lions
"Just for You" -- featuring REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin
"The Hand I Was Dealt" -- featuring Tyketto's Danny Vaughn
"Where Eagles Dare" -- featuring Work of Art's Lars Safsund and Robert Sall
"I Will What I Want" -- featuring Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy
"You're Always There" -- featuring Jason Scheff
"Avalanche" -- featuring Gunnar and Matt Nelson
"Love You All Over the World" -- featuring Jimi Jamison

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'Bohemian Rhapsody' wins four Oscars, including Best Actor for Rami Malek

Moviegoers have brought the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody fame and fortune and everything that goes with it -- but Sunday night, the movie truly was the champion, winning four Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Rami Malek.

Bohemian Rhapsody's four Oscars -- which also included wins for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing -- were the most of any film last night, including Best Picture winner Green Book, which took home three. 

"I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out," said Rami Malek as he took the stage. In recent weeks, his performance -- and utter transformation into iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury -- had become the one to beat among Oscar prognosticators.

"Thank you, Queen. Thank you guys for being, for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy. I am forever in your debt," he told the crowd. 

Then, recalling how, as a child, he struggled with his identity just as Mercury did, Malek said, "Listen: We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this."

"I am the son of immigrants from Egypt. I’m a first-generation American and part of my story is being written right now," he added. 

During the telecast, the movie was introduced by none other than Wayne and Garth -- aka Mike Myers and Dana Carvey -- who helped give the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" a second life in their 1992 movie comedy Wayne's World.  "We're not worthy!" yelled Meyers as Wayne.  "I'm gonna hurl!" added Carvey as Garth.

Oh, and did we mention that Queen themselves made Oscar history by being the first rock band to open the Academy Awards?  The first thing viewers saw was guitarist Brian May jamming before current lead singer Adam Lambert kicked into "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions." 

Of the world.

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Peter Frampton saying farewell because of rare disease that will render him unable to play guitar

After announcing a farewell tour, Peter Frampton has now revealed why: He's suffering from a rare, degenerative muscular disease.

Frampton has inclusion body myositis, an incurable condition that causes the muscles to weaken.  He spoke about it for the first time on CBS This Morning: Saturday, telling co-host Anthony Mason that he's been recording music as fast as he can, before he's unable to play any more.

"Between October and two days ago, we've done like 33 new tracks," he said. "I just want to record as much as I can, now, for obvious reasons."

Frampton was diagnosed about three-and-a-half years ago, after he fell off stage, but last fall, he really began to feel the effects.  After a serious fall while on vacation in Hawaii, Frampton says, he decided he had to give up touring.

"What will happen, unfortunately, is that it affects the finger flexors," he told Mason. "That's the first telltale sign...So for a guitar player, it's not very good."

At this point, Frampton says going up and down stairs is difficult for him, as is lifting things up over his head.  When he told his children about his condition, they were "devastated," but he says he reminded them, "It's not life-threatening. It's life-changing.'

Frampton, who's participating in a new drug trial, says he's doing a farewell tour because, "I know that I will be at the top of my... game for this tour and I will make it through this and people won't be saying, 'Oh you know, he can't play as good.'"

"I can," he added. "But we just don't know for how long."

Frampton's Farewell Tour kicks off June 16 in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and will wrap up October 12 in Concord, California.

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Stand Back! Major Stevie Nicks compilation arrives next month in honor of Rock Hall induction

Next month, Stevie Nicks will become the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Fame twice. To mark the occasion, Rhino Records is launching a major compilation celebrating the Fleetwood Macfrontwoman's decades-long career focusing on her work outside of her famous band.

Stand Back, which arrives March 29, will be available as an 18-track single CD, and also will be released in digital and streaming versions.  In addition, a 50-track, three-CD version of the compilation, titled Stand Back: 1981-2017, will be released on April 19, while a six-LP vinyl edition of the same set will become available on June 28.

The single-disc version of Stand Back features all of Nicks' biggest hits, including the title track, "Edge of Seventeen," "If Anyone Falls," "Talk to Me" and more.  Also included are her respective hit duets with Don Henley and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "Leather and Lace" and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," respectively.  Live versions of the Fleetwood Mac tracks "Dreams" and "Gold Dust Woman" round out that package.

The three-CD and six-LP sets adds more live tracks, and more collaborations, including Stevie's duets with Sheryl Crow, Dave Grohl, Kenny Loggins, LeAnn Rimes, Lady Antebellum and John Stewart.  Movie soundtrack songs, such as "Blue Lamp" from Heavy Metal and "Sleeping Angel" from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, are also included.

The 2019 Rock Hall ceremony takes place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Nicks will be inducted as a solo artist at the event, after previously being welcomed into the Hall as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998.

Here's the track listing for the single-CD version of Stand Back:

"Edge of Seventeen" (Single Version)
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (Single Version) -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Leather and Lace" (Single Version) -- with Don Henley
"Rooms On Fire" (U.S. Single Version)
"Stand Back" (Single Version)
"If Anyone Falls" (Single Version)
"Talk to Me" (Single Version)
"I Can't Wait" (Single Version)
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You"
"Long Way to Go"
"Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind" (Radio Remix)
"Blue Denim"
"Every Day"
"Secret Love"
"The Dealer"
"Dreams" (Live)
"Gold Dust Woman" (Live)

And here's the track listing from the three-CD set:

Disc 1
"Edge of Seventeen"
"Rooms On Fire"
"Stand Back"
"After the Glitter Fades"
"If Anyone Falls"
"Talk to Me"
"I Can't Wait"
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You"
"Long Way to Go"
"Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind"
"Blue Denim"
"Every Day"
"Planets of the Universe"
"Secret Love"
"For What It's Worth"
"The Dealer"

Disc 2
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Leather and Lace"- with Don Henley
"I Will Run to You" -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Two Kinds of Love"
"Whenever I Call You 'Friend'" -- with Kenny Loggins
"Magnet & Steel" -- with Walter Egan
"Gold" -- with John Stewart
"Too Far from Texas" -- with Natalie Maines
"You're Not the One" -- with Sheryl Crow
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" -- with Chris Isaak
"Cheaper than Free" -- featuring Dave Stewart
"You Can't Fix This" -- with Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Rami Jaffee
"Golden" -- with Lady Antebellum
"Blue Water" -- featuring Lady Antebellum
"Borrowed" -- with LeAnn Rimes
"Beautiful People Beautiful Problems" -- with Lana Del Rey

Disc 3
"Gold Dust Woman" (Live)
"Dreams" (Live)
"Angel" (Live)
"Rhiannon" (Live)
"Landslide" (Live) -- with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
"Sara" (Live from The Soundstage Sessions)
"Crash Into Me" (Live from The Soundstage Sessions)
"Circle Dance" (Live from The Soundstage Sessions)
"Needles and Pins" (Live) -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Rock and Roll" (Live)
"Blue Lamp" (from Heavy Metal soundtrack)
"Sleeping Angel" (from Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack)
"If You Ever Did Believe" (from Practical Magic soundtrack)
"Crystal" (from Practical Magic soundtrack)
"Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go" (from Book of Henry soundtrack)

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Peter Frampton to launch farewell tour in June featuring opener Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening

Peter Frampton apparently is joining the ranks of veteran artists who have decided to retire from the road.

The British guitar great has announced plans for a North American trekdubbed Finale -- The Farewell Tour, which kicks off June 16 in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and is mapped out all the way through an October 12 concert in Concord, California.

Frampton's special guest during most of the 50-date outing will be Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening, while Peter's son Julian Frampton will be an additional opening act for the shows taking place on the West Coast.

An exclusive interview with Frampton about his farewell tour will air Saturday, February 23, on CBS This Morning.

Tickets for most of the shows will go on sale to the general public next Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Citi card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting this Tuesday, February 26, at 10 a.m. local time via the company's Private Pass program. VIP packages will be sold at Frampton.com.

Peter reached the height of his popularity with his 1976 concert album, Frampton Comes Alive!, which topped the Billboard 200 chart for 10 non-consecutive weeks that year. The double-disc collection yielded three big hits -- "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" -- and has been certified eight-times platinum in the U.S.

Frampton toured with the Steve Miller Band in 2017 and 2018. In January, he took part in the star-studded "I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and was presented with the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 2019 edition of the music-equipment conference The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

Here are all of Frampton's confirmed tour dates:

6/18 -- Catoosa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
6/20 -- Little Rock, AR, Robinson Performance Hall 
6/22 -- Atmore, AL, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel
6/23 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre 
6/26 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre 
6/27 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater*
6/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino*
6/30 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
7/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts 
7/3 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview*
7/5 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Montreal Jazz Fest - Place des Arts: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
7/7 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
7/9 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
7/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia* 
7/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center*
7/13 -- Stayner, ON, Canada, Roxodus Music Festival 
7/23 -- Traverse City, MI, Interlochen Center for the Arts-Kresge Auditorium 
7/25 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre*
7/26 -- Morgantown, WV, MountainFest Motorcycle Rally*
7/28 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*
7/29 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre 
7/31 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/2 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater*
8/4 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis*
8/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre*
8/8 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center*
8/11 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park*
8/16-21 -- Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean
8/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
9/1 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
9/2 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena*
9/4 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place*
9/6 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds*
9/7 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
9/10 -- Simpsonville, SC, CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park*
9/11 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem*
9/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden*#
9/14 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek*
9/21 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
9/22 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino*
9/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre*
9/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino
9/29 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Casino-Pechanga Summit*+
10/2 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*+
10/3 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre*+
10/5 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum*+
10/6 -- Tuolumne, CA, Black Oak Casino Resort - Westside Pavilion*+
10/9 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre*+
10/10 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Resort & Casino - Cowlitz Ballroom*+
10/12 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion*+

* = with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening
+ = with Julian Frampton.

Vinyl versions of nine more Steve Miller Band albums to be reissued in box set and individually

Last year, the 50th anniversary of the Steve Miller Band's debut album, Children of the Future, was celebrated with the release of a box set featuring remastered, 180-gram-vinyl versions of the group's first nine studio albums. Now, a follow-up collection boasting remastered, high-quality vinyl editions of nine more albums by Miller and company will hit stores on May 24.

Titled Complete Albums Volume 2 (1977-2011), the set spans from 1977's multiplatinum Book of Dreams through the Miller Band's latest studio effort, 2011's Let Your Hair Down. All nine albums will be available individually as well.

Limited-edition colored-vinyl versions of the albums, with each disc boasting a different color or colors, will be sold individually and as a box set exclusively at uDiscoverMusic.com.

In addition, HD digital-audio versions of the nine albums are being released. One or two of the titles will be made available every Friday for five weeks, beginning this Friday, February 22, with Book of Dreams and 1981's Circle of Love and winding down March 22 with Let Your Hair Down.

As previously reported, the Steve Miller Band will be touring the U.S. this spring and summer.  They'll start with a series of March headlining dates, and then hooking up with country veterans Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives for a joint trek running from June 13 through August 31.

"I know it is going to be one of the best musical pairings we've ever done and an amazing evening of great American music," says Miller of the tour with Stuart.

Here are all of the Steve Miller Band albums featured in the Complete Albums Volume 2 (1977-2017) box set, as well as the release dates for the HD digital audio versions of the records:

Book of Dreams (1977) -- HD digital audio release: February 22
Circle of Love (1981) -- HD digital audio release: February 22
Abracadabra (1982) -- HD digital audio release: March 1
Italian X Rays (1984) -- HD digital audio release: March 1
Living in the 20th Century (1986) -- HD digital audio release: March 8
Born 2 B Blue (1988) -- HD digital audio release: March 8
Wide River (1993) -- HD digital audio release: March 15
Bingo! (2010) -- HD digital audio release: March 15
Let Your Hair Down (2011) -- HD digital audio release: March 22

And here's the info on the colored-vinyl versions of each album being released:

Book of Dreams -- bronze
Circle of Love -- ultra clear
Abracadabra -- red
Italian X Rays -- mustard
Living in the 20th Century -- beige
Born 2 B Blue -- opaque light blue
Wide River -- translucent light blue
Bingo! -- milky clear
Let Your Hair Down -- tan

The Beatles' "White Album" goes 24-times platinum, now in fourth place on RIAA's list of top-certified albums

The Beatles' self-titled 1968 double album, also known as The White Album, has now been certified 24-times platinum, moving it into fourth place on the Recording Industry Association of America's list of highest-certified recordings in U.S. history.

The White Album, which last year was the subject of deluxe reissues in various formats and configurations in honor of its 50th anniversary, is now the top certified multiple-disc set of all time.

The only albums receiving more than 24 million certifications are The EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971-1975compilation with 38 million, Michael Jackson's Thriller with 33 million and The Eagles' Hotel California with 26 million.

"The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most influential bands of all time, with music that stands the test of time," says RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier. "The magic of John [Lennon], Paul [McCartney], George[Harrison] and Ringo [Starr] continues to be experienced by new fans across the country and we are honored to present them with this milestone achievement. Diamond status is already a rare feat -- for an album to go 24[-times] Platinum, it has truly become part of America's cultural fabric."

The Beatles is the act with the most overall RIAA certifications: 178 million. The Fab Four impressively has five other albums that have achieved Diamond status, surpassing the 10 million mark in certifications: 

--The Beatles 1967-1970 compilation, 17 million
--The Beatles 1962-1966 compilation, 15 million
--Abbey Road, 12 million
--The 1 hits collection, 11 million
--Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 11 million.

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Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith react to death of Monkees band mate Peter Tork

Following the death today of The Monkees' Peter Tork at age 77, the group's two surviving members, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith have posted messages paying tribute to their departed band mate.

In a note on his social media sites, Dolenz writes, simply, "There are no words right now...heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork." The message is accompanied by a black-and-white photo of Peter smiling.

As for Nesmith, he penned a longer homage that reads, in part, "Peter Tork died this AM. I am told he slipped away peacefully. Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken. Even though I am clinging to the idea that we all continue, the pain that attends these passings has no cure. It's going to be a rough day."

Mike continues, "I share with all Monkees fans this change, this 'loss,' even so. PT will be a part of me forever. I have said this before -- and now it seems even more apt -- the reason we called it a band is because it was where we all went to play."

"A band no more -- and yet the music plays on -- an anthem to all who made the Monkees and the TV show our private -- dare I say 'secret' -- playground," he adds.

Nesmith concludes by writing, "I can only pray [Peter's] songs reach the heights that can lift us and that our childhood lives forever -- that special sparkle that was the Monkees. I will miss him -- a brother in arms. Take flight my Brother."

As previously reported, Dolenz and Nesmith are scheduled to launch a new U.S. tour as a duo on March 1 in Medford, Massachusetts. You can check out all the dates at Monkees.com.

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The Monkees' Peter Tork dead at age 77

Peter Tork of The Monkees has died at the age of 77, according to a post on the musician's official Facebook page.

"It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world," the note reads.  A spokesperson for The Monkees' record label, Rhino, confirmed Tork's death.

Born Peter Thorkelson in Washington, D.C., Tork began playing music in the New York City folk scene during the early 1960s after dropping out of college. In 1965 he moved to Los Angeles, where, at the urging of his friend Stephen Stills, he tried out for a role in a new comedy TV show about a fictional band inspired by The Beatles.

Peter was hired to star in The Monkees alongside Davy JonesMicky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith, and the show became a huge success, as did the music the group recorded with the help of seasoned professional songwriters and session musicians.

Known as the "Prefab Four," The Monkees sold millions of albums thanks to the hit TV series, which ran through 1968 and won two Emmys. Tork played bass in the band, and contributed a few songs and occasional lead vocals to the group. Among the songs he's featured on are "Words" and "Shades of Gray."

Peter left The Monkees in 1968, but reunited with the band -- minus Nesmith -- for a successful 1986 reunion tour and a 1987 album, Pool It!. From the late '80s until 2017, Tork would take part in a variety of Monkees reunion treks. He also contributed to studio that albums the band released in 1996, 2016 and 2018.

Tork also had a music career outside of The Monkees: He released a 1994 solo record and several albums both with his band Shoe Suede Blues and with singer/songwriter James Lee Stanley.

In 2009, Tork revealed he'd been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the head and neck, and reported that he'd been successfully treated for the disease. This past November, Peter reported on his Facebook page that he was dealing with an unspecified health issue.

Tork is the second Monkees member to pass away, following Jones, who died of a heart attack in 2010 at age 66.

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Latest "Rocketman" trailer details Elton John's name change, substance abuse, sexuality & more

If you thought Elton John's upcoming biopic Rocketman, described as a "musical fantasy," would only focus on the positive parts of the legendary star's life, a new trailer indicates otherwise.

The trailer, which runs for about two-and-a-half minutes, shows Elton's transformation from an unknown musician named Reginald Dwight into an outrageously dressed full-fledged rock star. We also see him struggling with substance abuse and the pressures of fame, and there's a reference to his secret relationship with his then-manager and lover, John Reid

We also see a montage of career moments, as well as life events, including his ill-fated 1984 marriage to recording engineer Renate Blauel.

In one scene, Elton, played by Taron Egerton, is wearing one of his more over-the-top outfits, when he's confronted by Bernie Taupin, played by Jamie Bell

"Don't you just wanna just sing without this ridiculous paraphernalia?" asks Bernie.

"People don't pay to see Reg Dwight!" sputters an angry Elton, wearing faux plumage that would make a peacock blush. "They pay to see ELTON JOHN!"

However, he quickly apologizes a moment later, meekly touching Taupin's arm. "I'm sorry."

Knowingly, his longtime writing partner replies, "I know." 

Rocketman will be in theaters May 31.

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Whitesnake's new album, "Flesh & Blood," due in May; watch video for lead single, "Shut Up & Kiss Me"

Last May, Whitesnake's David Coverdale told ABC Radio that the band had to delay plans to release a new studio album in 2018 because "a technical catastrophe" resulted in the loss of most of the record. Now comes word that the album, titled Flesh & Blood, is ready to go and will hit stores on May 10.

Coinciding with the announcement, Whitesnake has premiered a video for the album's lead single, "Shut Up & Kiss Me," which you can watch on the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel.

The clip features footage of Whitesnake performing the new tune at a club in front of a small, enthusiastic crowd, intercut with fun scenes showing of group of woman who take a liking to the vintage white Jaguar that Coverdale has parked outside the venue. The car is the same one that appears in the iconic video for the band's 1987 hit "Here I Go Again."

"Shut Up & Kiss Me" can be purchased now digitally and via streaming services, and fans pre-ordering Flesh & Blood will receive an instant download of the track.

The album will be available in various formats and configurations, including on CD, digitally, as a two-LP set featuring black or colored vinyl discs, as a CD/DVD deluxe edition and as a "Super Luxury Boxset" containing the deluxe CD/DVD, the LPs on colored vinyl, a poster and a lithograph.

The CD/DVD set features two bonus studio tracks, two versions of the "Shut Up & Kiss Me" video, a Flesh & Blood behind-the-scenes clip and three DVD-audio remixes of album cuts.

To support Flesh & Blood, Whitesnake has scheduled a U.S. spring tour that kicks off April 12 in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Here's the track list for the album's deluxe edition:

"Good to See You Again"
"Gonna Be Alright"
"Shut Up & Kiss Me"
"Hey You (You Make Me Rock)"
"Always & Forever"
"When I Think of You (Color Me Blue)"
"Trouble Is Your Middle Name"
"Flesh & Blood"
"Well I Never"
"Heart of Stone"
"Get Up"
"After All"
"Sands of Time"
"Can't Do Right for Doing Wrong" -- bonus track
"If I Can't Have You" -- bonus track

DVD-audio tracks
"Gonna Be Alright" (X-Tendo Mix)
"Sands of Time" (Radio Mix)
"Shut Up and Kiss Me" (Video Mix)

And here are Whitesnake's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

4/12 -- Newkirk, OK, 7 Clans First Council Casino
4/13 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Casino
4/15 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
4/17 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
4/19 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort
4/20 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre
4/22 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
4/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
4/25 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Casino
4/26 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King PAC
4/28 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
4/29 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center
5/1 -- Richmond, VA, Richmond, VA, The National
5/2 -- Bensalem, PA, XCITE Center at Parx Casino
5/4 -- Columbia, MD, M3 Rock Festival
5/5 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penns Peak
5/7 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
5/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
5/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
5/11 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
5/14 -- Greenville, PA, The Palace Theatre
5/17 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino
5/18 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino

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Venue at original Woodstock site changes plans for 50th anniversary festival

Recently announced plans for a three-day music extravaganza commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival this August have changed a bit.

The original plan was for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue located at the original site of the historic event in Bethel, New York, to host the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, featuring performances by both established and up-and-coming artists, plus other activities, from August 16 to 18.  Now that's been replaced by Anniversary Week, which includes a series of special concerts on those days.

Anniversary Week will kick off August 15 with a screening of the Director's Cut of the Oscar-winning 1970 documentary Woodstock. Then, on August 16, Bethel Woods will feature a concert headlined by Ringo Starrand his All Starr Band, with support from folk great Arlo Guthrie and veteran rocker Edgar Winter. Guthrie played solo at the 1969 Woodstock fest, while Winter took part in his brother Johnny's set.

Another Woodstock alum, Santana, will headline a show August 17 that also will feature The Doobie Brothers. Anniversary Week will come to a close on the 18th with a concert featuring as-yet-unannounced performers.

Anniversary Week will be part of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts' just-announced Woodstock commemoration, dubbed A Season of Song & Celebration, that will include a variety of shows, events and exhibitions. The festivities will kick off March 30 with an exhibit titled We Are Golden -- Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future.

As previously reported, an official 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 Woodstock festival, dubbed Woodstock 50, will take place August 16 to August 18 at Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen, New York.

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Al Green adds New York, Chicago and L.A. concerts to 2019 tour

Al Green is mounting his first U.S. tour in more than seven years this spring, and the soul/R&B legend has just added three new concerts to the trek -- in the three biggest cities in the country.

The new shows will take place on May 5 in New York City, May 7 in Chicago and May 9 in Los Angeles. Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. local time.

Pre-sale tickets also will be available for the New York and Chicago dates starting Wednesday, February 20, at 12 p.m. and 10 a.m. local time, respectively.

Green's 2019 tour gets underway on April 24 in Austin, Texas, and also includes an April 28 appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as stops in Irving, Texas; Sugar Land, Texas; and Atlanta.

Green was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2014, he was among the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Last September, Al released his first single in nearly a decade, a cover of the 1975 Freddie Fender hit "Before the Next Teardrop Falls."

Here are all of Green's upcoming concerts:

4/24 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall
4/26 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
4/28 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
4/30 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
5/3 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
5/5 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
5/7 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
5/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre

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The Steve Miller Band will hit the road for a massive 37-date summer run with special guests and country greats Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. Miller, who already has a string of March shows on the books, will launch the summer trek on June 13th in Des Moines, Iowa, with the tour running through August 31st in Woodinville, Washington. Steve Miller Band with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives tour dates:

Mar. 12  Clearwater, Fl  Ruth Eckerd Hall (Steve Miller Band only)

Mar. 13  Fort Meyers, Fl  Suncoast Credit Union Arena (Steve Miller Band only)

Mar. 16  Orlando, Fl  Universal Studios – Music Plaza Stage (Steve Miller Band only)

Mar. 17  Hollywood, Fl  Seminole Hard Rock (Steve Miller Band only)

Mar. 20  Greenville, SC  Peace Center (Steve Miller Band only)

Mar. 21  Montgomery, Al  Montgomery PAC (Steve Miller Band only)

Mar. 23  Biloxi, MS  Bank Plus Amphitheatre (Steve Miller Band only)

Mar. 24  Southaven, MS  Bank Plus Amphitheatre (Steve Miller Band only)

Jun. 13  Des Moines, IA  Wells Fargo Arena

Jun. 15  Tulsa, OK  River Spirit Casino – Paradise Cove

Jun. 16  Rogers, AR  Walmart Amphitheatre

Jun. 21  Alton, IL  Liberty Bank Amphitheatre

Jun. 22  Dubuque, IL  America’s River Festival

Jun. 24  Grand Rapids, MI  Meijer Gardens

Jun. 25  Interlochen, MI  Kresge Auditorium

Jun. 28  Rochester, NY  International Jazz Festival

Jun. 30  Sterling Heights, IL  Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

Jul. 01  Highland Park, IL  Ravinia Festival (Steve Miller Band only)

Jul. 12  Prior Lake, MN  Lakefront Music Fest

Jul. 14  Duluth, MN  Bayfront Festival Park

Jul. 16  Kettering, OH  Fraze Pavilion

Jul. 18  Baltimore, MD  MECU Pavilion

Jul. 20  Lynchburg, VA  Riverfront Park

Jul. 21  Bensalem, PA  Xcite Center (Steve Miller Band only)

Jul. 24  New York, NY  Pier 17

Jul. 25  Boston, MA  Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

Jul. 27  Rangeley, ME  Health & Wellness Pavilion

Jul. 28  Kingston, NY  Hutton Brickyards

Jul. 30  Selbyville, DE  Freeman Stage at Bayside

Jul. 31  Vienna, VA  Wolf Trap

Aug. 02  Mashantucket, CT  Foxwoods Grand Theater

Aug. 03  Bethlehem, PA  Musikfest

Aug. 11  Albuquerque, NM  Sandia Resort & Casino

Aug. 13  Denver, CO  The Mission Ballroom

Aug. 14  Vail, CO  Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre

Aug. 16  Billings, MT  Cove Creek Outdoor Pavilion

Aug. 17  Missoula, MT  Big Sky Brewery

Aug. 19  Salt Lake City, UT  Red Butte Garden

Aug. 21  Los Angeles, CA  Greek Theater

Aug. 22  Paso Robles, CA  Vina Robles Amphitheatre

Aug. 24  Stateline, NV  Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

Aug. 27  Salem, OR  Oregon State Fair

Aug. 28  Airway Heights, WA  Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Aug. 30-31  Woodinville, WA  Chateau Ste. Michelle

The O'Jays release new single, "I Got You," to be included in group's upcoming final studio album

The O'Jays have just released a brand-new single titled "I Got You" that will be featured on the Philadelphia soul legends' final studio album, The Last Word, due out April 19.

"I Got You" is available for purchase now digitally and via streaming services, and you also can check out the song at The O'Jays' official YouTube channel. In addition, those pre-ordering The Last Word will receive a free instant download of the track.

The new tune offers a positive message of hope and solidarity at a divisive time. As the group sings, "Even if the sky begins to fall and even if they try to build that wall, even if the bombs go off and the world is set on fire, I got your back."

"It's an extraordinary statement," says co-founding member Walter Williams Sr. "It's exactly what one would want to hear -- it goes a long way."

The track was co-produced by soul veteran Betty Wright, who scored a top 10 hit in 1972 with "Clean Up Woman."

The O'Jays were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. The group's current lineup features two original members -- Williams and Eddie Levert Sr. -- as well as Eric Nolan Grant, who joined the fold in 1995.

Here's the full track list for The Last Word:

"I Got You"
"Stand Up"
"Enjoy Yourself"
"Do You Really Know How I Feel"
"Above the Law"
"'68 Summer Nights"
"Start Stoppin'"
"I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)"

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Lindsey Buckingham recovering after emergency open-heart procedure; wife reports he has damaged vocal cords

There's some upsetting news to report about Lindsey Buckingham: The former Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist underwent an emergency open-heart operation last week, during which, according to his wife, Kristen, he suffered "vocal cord damage."

In a post on Lindsey's Facebook page, Kristen writes, "He is now recuperating at home and each day he is stronger than the last. While he and his heart are doing well, the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage."

She adds, "While it is…unclear if this damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not."

Ms. Buckingham also points out that the past year has been "very stressful and difficult" for her family, obviously a reference to Lindsey being fired from Fleetwood Mac in 2018, although she notes that "despite all this, our gratitude for life trumps all obstacles we have faced at this moment."

Not surprisingly, Kristen also reports that "all touring and shows currently scheduled have been put on pause for the moment."

In addition, Kristen notes that her family wanted to share the details of Lindsey's health issue "with the hope that inspires someone else to seek preventative care." She points out that the 69-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's father and brother both died of heart-related illness at the age of 56 and 46, respectively.

"If anyone is experiencing even the mildest of symptoms we encourage you to seek the care of a physician," she writes.

Kristen finishes the message by saying, "We are so thankful for the kind and generous love given by the people surrounding Lindsey, me and our kids throughout this emotional time. We can't thank you enough for all you did for our family...XO"

Accompanying the message is a photo of Kristen with a bruised Lindsey in a hospital bed.

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Jackson Browne adds new summer shows to 2019 US tour

Jackson Browne's summer tour will be running on past his previously announced four-night stand at New York City's Beacon Theatre in late June.

The 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has lined up five new U.S. concerts, mapped out from a June 29 show in Wallingford, Connecticut, through a July 6 performance in Bethel, New York.

Like the Beacon Theatre concerts, the July 5 and July 6th gigs will feature indie-pop group Lucius as the opening act. Lucius is fronted by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, who served as backing vocalists on Roger Waters' recent Us + Them tour.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 15, at 10 a.m. ET. Information about advance tickets will be available soon at JacksonBrowne.com.

All of Browne's summer shows will feature the folk-rock legend accompanied by his full backing band.

Jackson also has an early-spring U.S. acoustic tour lined up that will 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 will wrap up with an April 9 show in Miami Beach, Florida.

Here are all of Browne's confirmed 2019 tour dates:

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*
6/29 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theater+
7/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion+
7/3 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap+
7/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*+
7/6 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*+

* = Lucius opens
+ = newly added show.

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Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" hit #1 40 years ago; co-writer Carmine Appice shares memories about it

Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of Rod Stewart's disco-rock classic "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The relentlessly catchy track was co-written by Stewart, keyboardist Duane Hitchings, and Rod's drummer at the time, Carmine Appice, who's also a founding member of Vanilla Fudge.

Not necessarily known as a prolific songwriter, Appice tells ABC Radio he was thrilled to have helped create what became Stewart's biggest hit.

"[Rod] only had two number-ones…this and 'Maggie May,' and this outsold 'Maggie May,'" Carmine points out. He adds, "I was blown away. I was thinking, 'Here I am, the drummer, [and I] co-wrote...Rod's biggest song to this day.' I think that's pretty wild."

Appice says "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" came together after Stewart told him he wanted a song similar to The Rolling Stones' "Miss You."

"So I went back…and I wrote some chords and had bit of a melody, and I went to my buddy Duane Hitchings' house, who had a studio [with an] eight-track [recorder]," Appice recalls. "[W]e made a good demo, and when Rod heard it, he liked it. So he said, 'All right, we'll work on it.'"

Carmine remembers that the song initially had more of a rock sound, but during the recording sessions producer Tom Dowd brought in an orchestra and other musicians, and the final version leaned more toward disco.

"[W]e didn't expect it to be that way," notes Appice. "But it went to number-one in every country. So, I guess Tom was right."

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" spent four straight weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, while the album it's on, Blondes Have More Fun, topped the Billboard 200 for three weeks in February 1979.

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Pete Townshend reveals name of new Who song in latest studio update

Pete Townshend has offered up another update from the recording sessions for The Who's upcoming studio album. In his latest blog, posted on TheWho.com, Townshend shares some details about the fifth day of the proceedings, which are taking place in London.

Townshend says that during the sessions, Zak Starkey and Pino Palladinohave been, respectively "adding drums and bass…to the tracks I recorded last year to play to [singer] Roger [Daltrey] for a prospective new Who record."

Pete explains, "My demos were fairly advanced, and technically good, but I didn't try to play real drums, and adding drums always feels better if there is bass at the same time. Pino and Zak have a great vibe going, and all their work has enhanced my basic tracks."

Townshend also notes that for one of the new tunes, called "Beads on One String," Starkey "added some Keith Moon-style flourishes." An accompanying YouTube video shows Zak working on the aforementioned percussion part.

Meanwhile, a second video captures Starkey, Palladino and producer Dave Sardy having fun recording hand claps for one of the songs.

Pete says Pino has to leave London and return to Los Angeles "for a prior engagement," while Sardy and his assistant engineer, Jim Monti, will be taking part in the current sessions for two more days.

As for Starkey, Townshend says the drummer "will hang with me," adding, "Zak's been doing the most work this week. He's been a stalwart."

As Pete reported in a previous update, Daltrey is currently on vacation and is expected in the studio sometime around the middle of February.

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Unreleased 1972 Marvin Gaye album, "You're the Man," to be issued on vinyl, digitally in March

A previously unreleased Marvin Gaye album titled You're the Man, featuring tracks that the Motown legend recorded in 1972, will hit stores on March 29 -- three days before what would've been the late singer's 80th birthday.

The 17-track collection, including every solo and non-soundtrack recording Gaye made in 1972, will be available as a two-LP set and digitally. Fifteen of the tracks have never before been issued on vinyl.

You're the Man was recorded in Detroit and Los Angeles at a time that Gaye had decided to withdraw from the music business, following the huge critical and commercial of 1971's Let's Get It On album.

The title track, which finds Gaye criticizing the inaction of U.S. politicians, was initially released as a single, but when it didn't become a crossover pop hit, Marvin decided to shelve the entire album project.

Among the other tunes featured on You're the Man are four songs produced by Willie Hutch, co-writer of the Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There"; and two others produced by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell, members of the Jackson 5's hit-making team The Corporation.

The album also includes the holiday ballad "I Want to Come Home for Christmas," which boasts an anti-Vietnam War theme in the vein of "What's Going On."

Three tracks are newly mixed by Salaam Remi, a songwriter and producer who's worked with Nas, The Fugeesand Amy Winehouse. Remi's mix of the song "My Last Chance" is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. If you pre-order the album will receive a free download of the track.

Here's the track list of the You're the Man vinyl set:

Side 1
"You're the Man"
"The World Is Rated X"
"Piece of Clay"
"Where Are We Going?"

Side 2
"I'm Gonna Give You Respect"
"Try It, You'll Like It"
"You Are That Special One"
"We Can Make It Baby"

Side 3
"My Last Chance"
"I'd Give My Life for You"
"Woman of the World"*
"Christmas in the City" (instrumental)

Side 4
"You're the Man" (Version 2)
"I Want to Come Home for Christmas"
"I'm Going Home (Move)"
"Checking Out (Double Clutch)"

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Sheryl Crow to finally release duets album featuring Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, Eagles members

All Sheryl Crow wants to do is have some fun releasing the album she's been working on for several years that features duets with many of her famous friends. Now, she'll get the chance.

The Grammy-winning singer has signed a new record deal with Big Machine Label Group, the Nashville-based company that's released all of pop superstar Taylor Swift's albums, as well as Steven Tyler's first solo effort and recent records by Cheap Trick.

Crow's first release under the new deal, which is due out later this year, will be a star-studded collaborative  album that's been in the works for some time. It features Sheryl teaming up with artists including Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles' Don Henley and Joe Walsh, country legends Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, and more.

The album also features a new duet version of "Redemption Day," which combines Crow's vocals with those of the late Johnny Cash. Cash cut a version of the song for one of his albums, so Sheryl, a friend of Johnny's family, got permission to use his vocals on the updated version.

"I'm so excited to release my next record on Big Machine," Crow says in a statement.

She adds that she can tell that the label's employees "love music and love what they do," and notes, "What an exciting feeling for someone who has been in the music business for over 25 years."

In 2017, Sheryl told ABC Radio about the duets album, noting, "It's been really a joy. I've always collaborated with a lot of people but I've never asked anyone to come in and collaborate with me. ...They were immediately on board -- so that also is humbling for me."

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Walk (of Fame) This Way! Aerosmith to receive a star on Hollywood Boulevard Valentine's Day!

Aerosmith has been one of America's biggest rock bands for more than 40 years, so it might be surprising to learn that the Boston bad boys don't have a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. That'll change on Valentine's Day, when they'll finally receive that particular honor.

On February 14, a star-shaped marker bearing the group's name will be unveiled at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.  The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. PT, with as-yet-unannounced guest speakers, and, of course, the band themselves. If you can't make it to the ceremony, you can watch it streamed live at WalkofFame.com.

"Finally! We have been waiting a long time to honor Aerosmith with their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," says Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez. "Aerosmith is one of the greatest rock bands in the world and we expect many fans will be 'Crazy' excited to see them honored!"

The band's star will be the 2,657th unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The event will take place four days after Aerosmith performs at frontman Steven Tyler's second annual Grammy Viewing Part benefit for his Janie's Fund charity, which will be held at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will kick off their first Las Vegas residency, dubbed Deuces Are Wild, on April 6 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort.

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Steely Dan to mount "Reelin' in the Chips 2" Las Vegas residency in April and May

Steely Dan will return to Las Vegas this spring for a new residency at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Resort, the same location that hosted the band's first extended Sin City engagement back in April of 2017.

The group's Reelin' in the Chips 2 residency will feature nine performances, scheduled for April 24, 26 and 27, and May 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Saturday, February 9, at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, any Venetian Resort box office, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

In addition, pre-sale tickets will be available to Steely Dan fan club members starting Wednesday, February 6, at noon PT, and to Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers and Grazie loyalty members beginning Thursday, February 7, at 10 a.m. PT.

Steely Dan is led by founding singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen, who will be accompanied by guitarists Jon Herington and Conor Kennedy, drummer Keith Carlock, bassist Freddie Washington and keyboardist Jim Beard, as well as a four-piece horn section and three backing singers.

Prior to the Vegas engagement, Steely Dan will team up with Steve Winwood this month for a five-date tour of the U.K. and Ireland. The band also has a September 13 concert scheduled at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California. Visit SteelyDanOfficial.com for more information.

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Diana Ross launches her "Diamond Diana" Las Vegas residency tonight

Diana Ross launches her fourth and latest Las Vegas residency at the Wynn resort's Encore Theater tonight. The nine-show engagement will see the Motown legend introducing a brand-new show called Diamond Diana, which is tied in to her yearlong celebration marking her 75th birthday.

The performances, which run through February 23, will feature Ross donning new costumes while she sings her many solo and Supremesclassics.

You can buy tickets at Ticketmaster.com, WynnLasVegas.com, and via phone by calling 702-770-9966.

After the residency winds down, the Diamond Diana Celebration will continue with the recently announced screenings of the film event Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy at select theaters on March 26, which is Ross' 75th birthday.

The movie features footage from the historic concert film Diana Ross: Live in Central Park, enhanced with new tribute messages from Diana's sons Ross and Evan and daughters Rhonda and Chudney, as well as an introduction from her daughter and black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross.

Live in Central Park documents the famous free concert Diana gave in New York City over the course of two days in July 1983. More than 800,000 fans turned up for her July 21 show, but a torrential downpour put a damper on the event. Ross promised from the stage that she would return to Central Park's Great Lawn and perform a full concert the next day, which she did, delivering an inspired, career-spanning set.

Additional screenings of Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy also will be held in theaters on March 28, 2019. Visit FathomEvents.com for more details.

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Van Morrison releasing expanded reissue of his 1997 album, "The Healing Game"

An expanded version of Van Morrison's 1997 studio album, The Healing Gamewill be released on March 22 as part of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's ongoing reissue project.

The Healing Game's deluxe edition is a three-disc collection that features the album's original 10 tracks, various bonus cuts -- including alternate versions, single versions and various collaborations -- and a previously unreleased live 1997 performance from Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival.

The first disc features the original album, plus five extra tracks that previously appeared on other releases.

Disc two contains four tracks that Morrison recorded with rock 'n' roll pioneer Carl Perkins, a couple of duets with John Lee Hooker that originally appeared on the blues great's Grammy-winning 1997 album Don't Look Back, and a cover of Jimmy Rodgers' "Mule Skinner Blues" recorded with skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan.

Also featured on that disc are a few unreleased cuts: early versions of "The Healing Game" and "Fire in the Belly," a jazz version of the title track and a cover of Louis Armstrong's "A Kiss to Build a Dream On."

The live performance on the third disc, captured in July 1997, features renditions of most of The Healing Game's songs, plus a version of "Tupelo Honey" and covers of Ray Charles' "Fool For You" and Sly & the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)."

You can check out the live version of "The Healing Game" from Montreux '97 at Van's official YouTube channel.

The Healing Game reissue also will be available digitally and via streaming services, and as a one-disc vinyl LP minus the bonus tracks.

Here's the track list of The Healing Game's deluxe edition:

Disc 1: The Original Album…Plus
"Rough God Goes Riding"
"Fire in the Belly"
"This Weight"
"Waiting Game"
"Piper at the Gates of Dawn"
"Burning Ground"
"It Once Was My Life"
"Sometimes We Cry"
"If You Love Me"
"The Healing Game

Bonus Tracks
"Look What the Good People Done"
"At the End of the Day"
"The Healing Game" (single version)
"Full Force Gale '96" (single version)
"St. Dominic's Preview"

Disc 2: Sessions & Collaborations
"The Healing Game" (alternate version)*
"Fire in the Belly" (alternate version)*
"Didn't He Ramble"*
"The Healing Game" (jazz version)*
"Sometimes We Cry" (full-length version)*
"Mule Skinner Blues"
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On"*
"Don't Look Back" -- John Lee Hooker
"The Healing Game" -- John Lee Hooker
"Boppin' the Blues" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison*
"Matchbox" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison*
"Sittin' on Top of the World" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison (arranged by Van Morrison)
"My Angel" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison*
"All by Myself" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison*
"Mule Skinner Blues" -- Lonnie Donegan & Van Morrison

Disc 3: Live at Montreux 7/17/97
"Rough God Goes Riding"*
"Foreign Window"*
"Tore Down a la Rimbaud"*
"Vanlose Stairway/Trans-Euro Train"*
"Fool for You"*
"Sometimes We Cry"*
"It Once Was My Life"*
"I'm Not Feeling It Anymore"*
"This Weight"*
"Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)"*
"Fire in the Belly"*
"Tupelo Honey/Why Must I Always Explain"*
"The Healing Game"*
"See Me Through/Soldier of Fortune/Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Burning Ground"*

* = previously unissued.

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Ex-Yes singer Jon Anderson to release long-in-the-works solo album "1000 Hands" in March

Founding Yes frontman Jon Anderson has revealed full details about 1000 Hands, a star-studded solo project he started almost 30 years ago that he'll finally release on March 31.

Anderson began recording the album with a group of musicians that included Yes bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, but shelved the unfinished recordings for many years to focus on his famous band and other musical endeavors.

Eventually, veteran producer and pianist Michael Franklin, who earlier had worked on orchestrations for some tracks, convinced Jon to revisit the project and complete the unfinished songs. During the last year or two, Anderson worked on the album at Franklin's studio in Orlando, Florida.

Franklin also recruited various guests artists to contribute to the record, including Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple's Steve Morse, the Tower of Power horns, and jazz greats Chick Corea, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Anderson also recorded four brand-new songs for the album.

"I've spent long periods of time making some records, but I've never taken a journey quite like this one," says Anderson. "To say that 1000 Hands has been a long time in coming would be quite an understatement, but I'm thrilled that it's finally a reality and that my fans will now be able to hear it. And I think they'll be delighted to hear music that's timeless."

Anderson will support 1000 Hands with a U.S. solo tour that kicks off with a March 11-12 engagement at Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, and is mapped out through a May 12 appearance at the KAABOO Texas festival in Arlington, Texas.

You can pre-order and preview tracks from the album at JonAnderson1000Hands.com.

Here's the 1000 Hands track list:

"First Born Leaders"
"Makes Me Happy"
"Now Variations"
"I Found Myself"
"Twice in a Lifetime"
"Come Up"

And here are Anderson's confirmed tour dates:

3/11 -- Orlando, FL, Disney Epcot 
3/12 -- Orlando, FL, Disney Epcot 
3/29 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
3/31 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
4/1 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Creative Arts Center
4/3 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
4/4 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen PAC
4/6 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
4/7 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
4/9 -- Reading, PA, Santander PAC
4/11 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
4/12 - Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
4/14 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Holmstead Music Hall
4/15 Wilkes Barre, PA, FM Kirby Center
4/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Center for the Arts
4/20 -- Kansas City, MO, venue to be announced
4/23 -- Tucson, AZ, The Fox Theater
4/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Saban Theatre
4/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Cannery Casino
5/3 -- Houston, TX, venue to be announced 
5/6 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
5/8 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
5/10 -- Orlando, FL, Dr. Phillips Center Fundraiser
5/11 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Casino
5/12 -- Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas
8/9 -- Detroit, MI, Rockin' on the Riverfront

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Listen: In new, rare interview, Linda Ronstadt talks about her first-ever live album

Linda Ronstadt rarely does interviews these days, but she's made an exception to promote the first live album of her career.

The Grammy-winner, who retired in 2011, is now unable to sing due to Parkinson's disease, but she sat for a chat about the just-released Live in Hollywood, which documents a 1980 concert that was taped for an HBO special.

On the latest edition of the Rhino Records podcast, Linda goes in depth on the album's songs, including hits like "It's So Easy," "Hurt So Bad," "Blue Bayou"  and "You're No Good."

But she admits that at the time, she had no idea what it meant to have an HBO special -- mostly because until recently, she didn't own a TV.

Linda says she only bought a TV after President Obama was elected. Before that, she notes, "The last time that I had a television is when it was rabbit ears on top of the TV."

She adds, laughing, "My particular rabbit ears were broken. You could only get three channels, and if you wanted to get PBS, you had to hold onto one of the rabbit ears!  So I didn't watch a lot of television, and I didn't understand HBO or any of that stuff. I just knew that I didn't like to be on television, so I always avoided [it] at all costs."

And the concert? Linda's main memory is how uncomfortable she was.

"It was just really hot, and I was just afraid it was gonna be on television and it was gonna look bad," she recalls.

"And we did our best, but it was SO hot.  They had the room lit with those great big lights...I don't want to whine, but...you wouldn't put people working in a field in that kind of heat!"

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Pete Townshend shares behind-the-scenes look at recording of The Who's new album

The Who officially started recording their new studio album at London's British Grove Studios over the weekend, and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend has been documenting the proceedings in a video blog that's he posting on YouTube and TheWho.com.

The first clip begins with Townshend explaining that singer Roger Daltrey"is not with us on this first day, which is kind of sad, but he's off getting himself together, preparing for the year ahead." Townshend adds, "[H]e'll be in to do some vocal work hopefully when he gets back, I think which [will be] about halfway through February."

Later in the video, Pete is shown arriving at the studio and greeting various Who touring members, including his brother, guitarist/backing vocalist Simon Townshend; drummer Zak Starkey; and bassist Pino Palladino. Longtime Who and Townshend collaborator Billy Nicholls also is there, as are the new album's producer, Dave Sardy; Pete's guitar tech, Alan Rogan; and some engineers.

As the clip goes on, we see Townshend checking out the various guitars he's planning to use on the sessions, and conferring with Sardy.

As the video near its end, Pete explains that he'll be posting footage showing him, Starkey and Palladino working on a new track. He notes, "In the summer last year I produced some tracks, which are the ones that we're working on here."

A second video, also from the first day of recording, shows Starkey perfecting his drum sound for the session. One other clip, from the second day of the proceedings, features Townshend recording acoustic guitar tracks, as well as Zak and Pino working, respectively, on drum and bass parts.

The Who's new album is expected out sometime this year. The band begins a U.S. symphonic tour on May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd announces 2019 US farewell tour dates; support acts include Bad Company, Hank Williams Jr.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will start the 2019 portion of its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour with a previously announced Canadian leg that kicks off March 2 show in Ottawa, Ontario.  Now, the Southern rock legends have also lined up about 20 new U.S. shows spanning from May through September.

The newly added series of concerts gets underway May 10 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is mapped out through a September 28 show in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Bad Company and country artists Hank Williams Jr. and Cody Jinks will serve as support acts at select shows. Tickets for the new U.S. shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.

Citi card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, February 5, at 10 a.m. local time via the company's Private Pass program. Visit CitiPrivatePass.com for more details.

The new dates join a handful of previously announced 2019 North American appearances by Skynyrd, including performances on April 27 at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California; May 11 at the KAABOO Texas Festival in San Antonio; July 12 at the Roxodus Music Festival in Edenvale, Canada and July 20 at Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota.

As previously reported, founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman will open all eight of Lynyrd Skynyrd's forthcoming Canadian dates.

Here are all of the band's confirmed 2019 North American concerts:

3/2 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre*
3/3 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Windsor - The Colosseum*
3/5 -- London, ON, Canada, Budweiser Gardens*
3/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place*
3/9 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Centre*
3/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place*
3/13 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome*
3/15 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre*
4/27 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach Festival
5/10 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater#
5/11 -- Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas
5/17 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center+
5/18 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome+
5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/31 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion+
6/1 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion+
7/12 -- Edenvale, ON, Canada, Roxodus Music Festival
7/13 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
7/19 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino++
7/20 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/26 -- Portland, OR, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater**
7/27 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre**
8/9 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
8/17 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
8/23 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
8/30 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion+
8/31 -- Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center+
9/13 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater#
9/14 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre#
9/20 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheater#
9/21 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green
9/27 -- Jackson, MS, Brandon Amphitheater#
9/28 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater#

* = with Randy Bachman
** = with Bad Company
+ = with Hank Williams Jr
# = with Cody Jinks
++ = with Gov't Mule, The Outlaws, Chris Kroeze.

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Beatles legal documents preceding the band's breakup being sold for over $500K

A pair of legal documents from 1969 involving The Beatles -- which are tied to the band's breakup the following year -- are on sale now for a total of $550,000 at the Moments in Time memorabilia website.

The first document, dated January 1969, is signed by the group's four members and Apple Corps head Neil Aspinall.  It was sent to lawyer John Eastman, the father of Paul McCartney's then-soon-to-be-wife Linda, informing him that The Beatles were authorizing him "to act on our behalf in negotiations in respect of all contracts proposed." The asking price for the letter is $225,000.

The second document, which is priced at $325,000, is a letter that John Lennon, George Harrison and Richard Starkey -- a.k.a. Ringo Starr -- sent in April 1969 to Lee Eastman, John Eastman's son and partner in the Eastman and Eastman law firm, after the three band mates hired Allan Klein to act as their attorney.

The document, which reflects the rift that formed between McCartney and the other Fab Four members Beatles, reads, "This is to inform you of the fact that you are not authorized to act or to hold yourself as the attorney or legal representative of 'The Beatles' or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control."

In continues, "We recognize that you are authorized to act for Paul McCartney, personally, and in this regard we will instruct our representatives to give you the fullest co-operation."

The note then instructs Eastman to send any Beatles-related documents and correspondence to Klein's company, ABKCO Industries Inc.

Tensions between the Beatles would culminate in the band's breakup, which McCartney confirmed in April 1970 in a press release announcing his debut solo album.

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Rhino acquires rights to albums by Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, Hot Tuna, Grace Slick

The rights to the recording catalogs of the Jefferson Airplane spinoff groups Jefferson Starship, Starship and Hot Tuna -- as well as singer Grace Slick's four solo records and other Airplane-related releases -- have been acquired by Rhino Entertainment.

The deal also includes two Jefferson Airplane albums, 1972's Long John Silver and the 1973 live collection Thirty Seconds over Winterland.

Jefferson Starship came together in 1974 after guitarist Jorma Kaukonenand bassist Jack Casady left the Airplane to focus full-time on their psychedelic folk-blues outfit Hot Tuna. The original Jefferson Starship lineup included key Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner and Slick; founding Airplane singer Marty Balin joined the fold in '75.

Balin was replaced by singer Mickey Thomas in 1979 and, following Kantner's 1984 departure, Jefferson Starship shortened its name to Starship.

The Rhino deal includes all eight studio albums Jefferson Starship released from 1974 through 1984, plus Starship's three 1980s studio efforts and Hot Tuna's first five studio albums.

To mark the announcement, Rhino has released a new digital compilation titled Starship Enterprise: The Best of Jefferson Starship & Starship, and also has made Slick's solo albums available digitally for the first time.

Among the compilation's many standout tracks are Jefferson Starship's "Ride the Tiger," "Miracles," "Count On Me," "Jane" and "Find Your Way Back, and Starship's "We Built This City," "Sara" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."

"We're real happy to have Rhino take over so much of our catalog," says Casady. "They have an avid interest in keeping all the great music from our youth relevant and we look forward to a great relationship and all that will manifest."

Here's a partial list of albums included in the Rhino deal, all of which are available now digitally:

Jefferson Airplane 
Long John Silver (1972)
Thirty Seconds over Winterland (1973)

Jefferson Starship
Dragon Fly (1974)
Red Octopus (1975)
Spitfire (1976)
Earth (1978)
Gold (compilation) (1979)
Freedom at Point Zero (1979)
Modern Times (1981)
Winds of Change (1982)
Nuclear Furniture (1984)

Knee Deep in the Hoopla (1985)
No Protection (1987)
Love Among the Cannibals (1989)
Greatest Hits (Ten Years & Change 1979-1991) (compilation) (1991)

Hot Tuna
Burgers (1972)
The Phosphorescent Rat (1974)
America's Choice (1975)
Yellow Fever (1975)
Hoppkorv (1976)

Grace Slick
Manhole (1974)
Dreams (1980)
Welcome to the Wrecking Ball! (1981)
Software (1984)

Paul Kantner/Grace Slick/David Frieberg 
Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun (1973)

And here's the track list for Starship Enterprise: The Best of Jefferson Starship & Starship:

"Ride the Tiger" -- Jefferson Starship
"Caroline" -- Jefferson Starship
"Fast Buck Freddie" -- Jefferson Starship
"Miracles" -- Jefferson Starship
"Play on Love" -- Jefferson Starship
"With Your Love" -- Jefferson Starship
"Count On Me" -- Jefferson Starship
"Runaway" -- Jefferson Starship
"Jane" -- Jefferson Starship
"Rock Music" -- Jefferson Starship
"Find Your Way Back" -- Jefferson Starship
"Layin' It on the Line" -- Jefferson Starship
"No Way Out" -- Jefferson Starship
"We Built This City" -- Starship
"Sara" -- Starship
"Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" -- Starship
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" -- Starship
"It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)" -- Starship
"Set the Night to Music" -- Starship
"It's Not Enough" -- Starship

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Tommy James & the Shondells' classic "Crimson and Clover" hit #1 50 years ago!

1960s pop legends Tommy James & the Shondells' classic hit "Crimson and Clover" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart 50 years ago today. As James explains in a YouTube video celebrating the milestone, the psychedelia-influenced tune helped his band fin

1960s pop legends Tommy James & the Shondells' classic hit "Crimson and Clover" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart 50 years ago today. As James explains in a YouTube video celebrating the milestone, the psychedelia-influenced tune helped his band find a whole new audience.

"We were very, very blessed and fortunate to have 'Crimson and Clover' at that moment," he maintains. "'Crimson and Clover' allowed us, in one swoop, to pivot from AM top 40 mono singles market to FM…progressive album rock. [It] ended up being the biggest record we ever had."

The single spent two weeks at #1 in February of 1969, and was James & the Shondells' second and last chart-topping hit on the Hot 100, after "Hanky Panky" in 1966.

"Crimson and Clover" was featured on the group's album of the same name, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard200. The record also included the #2 smash "Crystal Blue Persuasion."

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts made "Crimson and Clover" a hit all over again in 1982, when their cover of the tune reached #7 on the Hot 100.

James continues to tour with a current version of The Shondells.  "I'm going to keep singing and playing until I just can't do it anymore!" the 71-year-old singer/songwriter says.

Here are all of the group's upcoming concerts, according to TommyJames.com:

2/9 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
2/14 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
3/3 -- Shippensburg, PA, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
3/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget Casino
3/15 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
4/13 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
5/25 -- Branson, MO, The Welk Resort Theatre
6/9 -- Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens Outdoor Summer Concert Series
6/22 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy Amphitheater
6/29 -- Fayetteville, GA, Southern Ground Amphitheater
7/20 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
8/2 -- Arnolds Park, IA, Arnolds Park Amusement Park
8/6 -- Ventura, CA, Ventura County Fair
9/21 -- Saint Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
10/9 -- Topsfield, MA, Topsfield Fair
10/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget Casino

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d a whole new audience.

David Bowie's son says upcoming Bowie-themed flick "Stardust" doesn't have the blessing of his family

The just-announced David Bowie biopic Stardust that's scheduled to begin shooting in June apparently isn't sanctioned by the late rock legend's family and, contrary to previous reports, won't feature his music.

Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, posted a Twitter message Thursday reacting to a Hollywood Reporter article that initially claimed Stardust's soundtrack would include some music by David. Jones' note reads, "Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic... I would know."

Duncan, whose directing credits include 2009's Moon and 2016's Warcraft, added about Stardust, "[A]s it stands, this movie won't have any of [dad's] music in it, & I can't imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the [family's] blessing, [that's] up to the audience."

ScreenDaily.com reported on Thursday that Stardust will focus on a 1971 trip that Bowie made to the U.S. that inspired him to created his Ziggy Stardust persona. David will be portrayed by Johnny Flynn, who has appeared in the Netflix series Lovesick and the National Geographic channel series Genius.

Stardust's cast also will include Jena Malone as Bowie's first wife, Angie, and Marc Maron as his record label's publicist. The movie will be directed by British filmmaker Gabriel Range, and is being produced by U.K. film company Salon Pictures.

Salon Pictures sent a statement of clarification to EW noting, "[T]his film is not a biopic, it is a moment-in-time film at a turning point in David's life, and is not reliant on Bowie's music."

In addition, Salon co-founder Paul Van Carter tells EW.com that Stardust's soundtrack will feature "music from the period."

He adds that the company "offered to…make [Bowie's] estate involved in the creative process [but were told] there wouldn't be approval from the estate."

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All-star special celebrating Motown's 60th anniversary to air on CBS in April

Some official details have been released about the recently reported CBS concert special that will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Motown Records.

The special, set to be taped in L.A. two days after the 61st Grammy Awards, has been been dubbed Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration. It'll be held at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater and will air on April 21.

Tickets for the concert, which will feature an all-star lineup, go on sale to the general public this Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m. PT via AXS.com. Presale tickets will be available starting at 1 p.m. PT today and can be accessed using the code MOTOWN60.

The performers will be announced during Grammy Week, which kicks off this Monday, February 4.

Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration follows the memorable 1984 NBC special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, which famously featured Michael Jackson performing his Moonwalk dance move. There was also a two-part ABC special, Motown 40: The Music Is Forever, which aired in 1998.

Last month, a Grammy-organized Aretha Franklin tribute called Aretha! A Grammy Celebration was taped 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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New David Bowie biopic, "Stardust," to begin filming this June

A new David Bowie biopic titled Stardust -- focusing on a 1971 trip the rock legend took to the U.S. that inspired him to created his Ziggy Stardust persona -- will begin shooting this June, ScreenDaily.com reports.

Portraying Bowie in the film will be Johnny Flynn, an actor and singer-songwriter who appeared in the Netflix series Lovesick. He also played a young Albert Einstein in the National Geographic channel series Genius.

Stardust's cast also includes Jena Malone as David's first wife, Angie Bowie, and Marc Maron as a publicist for the singer's record label.

The movie's soundtrack will include Bowie performances, and a variety of other songs.

Stardust will be directed by British filmmaker Gabriel Range, whose credits include the award-winning 2006 docudrama Death of a President, and will feature a script by Christopher Bell.

Flynn currently is starring alongside Game of Thrones' Kit Harington in a London production of the 1980 Sam Shepard play True West.

"Johnny Flynn is one of the U.K.'s most talented emerging actors, and a musician in his own right," says Salon Pictures executive Van Carter.

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Mick Jagger posts video teasing possible new Rolling Stones song

Mick Jagger has posted a video on his social media accounts showing him working on what appears to be a new Rolling Stones song.

In the clip, Jagger strums an electric guitar while singing the lyrics "I really want to tell the truth," along to a funky, upbeat backing track.

Accompanying the video is a note that reads, "2019 - all about writing, recording....and a tour!"

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards recently told Rolling Stone magazine that the band was planning to spend about a week in the studio working on material for a new album before the launch of its 2019 U.S. No Filter Tour, which kicks off April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

It's not clear if the footage of Jagger comes from those sessions.

The Rolling Stones' most recent studio album was the blues covers collection Blue & Lonesome, which was released in December 2016. The band's last album of original tunes was 2005's A Bigger Bang.

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Back in Black? Brian Johnson reportedly confirms that he's recording with AC/DC again

Singer Brian Johnson has confirmed that he's making a new album with AC/DC -- at least, if the death-metal band Terrorizer is to be believed.

The U.S. rockers claim in a message posted on their Facebook page that they ran into Johnson at an airport after returning home from their latest tour and they "asked him about the rumors of him being on the new AC/DC album."

According to Terrorizer, Brian "said 'Yes' and that he is 'Sick of denying it.'"

Rumors that Johnson had returned to AC/DC emerged last August when photos were posted online showing him and other members of the band at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada, where the group had recorded its last three studio albums.

In early 2016, AC/DC announced that Brian had been diagnosed with serious hearing problems and would no longer be able to tour with the band; the group subsequently hired Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose to step in for Johnson for the remainder of its tour supporting the 2014 Rock or Bust album.

Of note, longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd also was spotted with Johnson in Vancouver. For the band's 2015-2016 tour in support of Rock or Bust, Rudd had been replaced by ex-AC/DC drummer Chris Slade after Rudd was arrested on charges of attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and drug possession.

While the "attempting to procure a murder" charge was quickly dropped, Rudd was eventually sentenced to house arrest in conjunction with the two other charges.

Meanwhile, last August, JAM Magazine reported that according to "a reliable source" close to AC/DC, the band was putting together a new album using unreleased recordings featuring late rhythm guitarist Malcolm Youngdating from the early 2000s.

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