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Bryan Adams and Billy Idol join forces for US co-headlining tour in August

Pop-rock will meet pop-punk this summer when Bryan Adams and Billy Idol team up for the first-ever joint tour. The U.S. trek features a total of eight dates, mapped out from an August 1 concert in Gilford, New Hampshire, through an August 12 show in Bristow, Virginia.

Tickets for the tour dates go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Citi card holders will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting this Wednesday, May 1, at 10 a.m. local time through the Citi EntertainmentSM program. Visit CitiEntertainment.com for full details.

Adams also has a bunch of upcoming North American headlining shows lined up this year, starting with a gig this Saturday, May 4, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Canadian rocker is promoting his latest studio album, Shine a Light, which was released in March.

As for Idol, his 2019 itinerary includes a handful of festival performances and headlining concerts in the U.S. in Canada in July, as well as a Las Vegas residency in October at Palms Casino Resort's Pearl Theater.

Here are all of Adams and Idol's joint concerts:

8/1 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion  
8/3 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 
8/4 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater  
8/6 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
8/7 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre  
8/9 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater 
8/10 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center

The Who's support acts for spring tour include J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf

The Who is preparing to kick off its Moving On! tour with a spring North American leg that begins May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the legendary band has revealed the guest artists that will opening that first series of concerts.

Among the acts that will be supporting The Who is J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, who will appear at two of the shows: May 11 in Bristow, Virginia, and May 25 in Philadelphia.

In addition, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, the Americana band fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas that frequently has served as Neil Young's backing group over the last few years, will perform at a May 15 concert in Nashville.

The HillBenders, a bluegrass outfit known for performing their own version of The Who's Tommy, will be the support act at a May 23 show near St. Louis.

The other artists confirmed to open for The Who during the spring trek are hard-rock acts Dirty Honey, Arkellsand Reignwolf; singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson; and the Canadian indie-pop duo MOON VS SUN, which features Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida and his wife, singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk.

As previously reported, the Moving On! tour will feature The Who playing with a different orchestra at each stop. The first leg is scheduled to wind down June 1 in Toronto, while a second North American leg will run from a September 6 concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, through an October 23 performance in Edmonton, Canada.

Here are all of The Who's upcoming North American tour dates, as well as all the confirmed opening acts:

First leg:

5/7 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena (Special Guest: Dirty Honey)
5/9 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center (Special Guest: Arkells)
5/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live (Special Guest: Peter Wolf)
5/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden (Special Guest: Leslie Mendelson)
5/16 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena (Special Guest: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real)
5/18 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf)
5/21 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Special Guest: Reignwolf)
5/23 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis (Special Guest: The HillBenders)
5/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park (Special Guest: Peter Wolf)
5/28 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena (Special Guest: Arkells)
5/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena (Special Guest: Reignwolf)
6/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena (Special Guest: MOON VS SUN [Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk])

Second leg:

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

Has the Woodstock 50 festival been canceled? Conflicting reports emerge

Has Woodstock 50 been canceled?  Well, maybe.

Billboard reports that Dentsu Aegis Network, the company that's funding the festival, has issued a statement announcing that it has pulled the plug on the event. 

However, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal, Woodstock 50 organizers have put out their own statement saying they "vehemently [deny] the festival's cancellation," and adding that "legal remedy will [be] sought."

Dentsu Aegis Network's statement reads, "[D]espite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don't believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees."

Representatives for the festival note that reasons for the cancellation of the fest include concerns about the number of attendees, readiness of the site and issues over permits. The event is slated to be held August 16-18 at the Watkins Glen, New York, more than 140 miles from the original site of Woodstock, which took place in Bethel, New York.

Official details of Woodstock 50 were announced in March, with a lineup featuring a wide range of veteran and contemporary artists, including a variety of musicians who played at the original festival, including Santana, ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, the Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company, David Crosby, Canned Heat, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian and Melanie.

Other big-name acts confirmed to play Woodstock 50 include Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters, The Zombies, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Greta Van Fleet, Chance the Rapper, Halsey, Cage the Elephant and The Lumineers.

Woodstock 50's organizers include Michael Lang, who helped organize the original 1969 festival.

Stewart Copeland's 2006 Police documentary "Everyone Stares" to debut on Blu-ray and digital video in May

The 2006 documentary Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, which features Super 8 footage that Police drummer Stewart Copelandpersonally shot while touring during his famous band's heyday, will get its first release on Blu-ray and digitally on May 31.

The film, which also will be re-released on DVD the same day, offers an insider's view of the group as it ascends to rock stardom.

"In 1978, when I was a member of a struggling rock band called The Police, I scraped together enough money to buy a Super 8 movie camera," Copeland explains. "As soon as I raised it to my eye and started filming, amazing things began to happen. It was like watching a movie unfold as the band sparked a fire that lit up the world for us. Everyone Stares is that movie."

Everyone Stares is augmented by Stewart's humorous narration, and features a soundtrack that includes rare live Police performances and alternate studio versions of classic tunes by the group.

The Blu-ray and DVD also offer some bonus features, including more than 20 minutes of extra footage and commentary by Copeland and Police guitarist Andy Summers.

The Everyone Stares Blu-ray and DVD are available for pre-order now. Check out a trailer for the film at the Eagle Rock YouTube channel.

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Baby, I Love the Blues: Peter Frampton releasing new studio album, "All Blues," in June

Shortly before Peter Frampton launches his farewell tour this summer, the British guitar whiz will release a new studio album recorded with his longtime backing group that celebrates his love of the blues.

Peter Frampton Band's All Blues hits stores on June 7, and features renditions of 10 classics from the genre.

The lead track, a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You," features the harmonica talents of Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson. The song is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and fans pre-ordering the album will receive an instant free download of the tune.

All Blues was recorded at Frampton's Nashville studio with his touring band. A few guest guitarists also contributed to the album: Larry Carlton, Sonny Landreth and Deep Purple's Steve Morse.

Peter says he was inspired to make All Blues while touring during the past two years with the Steve Miller Band. Frampton notes that he'd join Miller to play some blues tunes at their joint shows, which gave him the idea to record a selection of songs live in the studio.

"Over a two-week period, we recorded 23 tracks," he explains of the sessions. "The energy of these tracks is completely different from building a track one instrument at a time."

All Blues is available on CD, digitally, and as a two-LP set featuring a bonus track. A limited-edition blue-vinyl version of the double-LP can be purchased at PeterFrampton.com.

As previously reported, Peter is retiring from the road because he's been diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis, a progressive muscle disorder. Frampton's Finale -- The Final Tour kicks off June 18 in Catoosa, Oklahoma.

Here's the All Blues track list:

"I Just Want to Make Love to You" -- featuring Kim Wilson
"She Caught the Katy"
"Georgia on My Mind"
"Can't Judge a Book by the Cover"
"Me and My Guitar"
"All Blues" -- featuring Larry Carlton
"The Thrill Is Gone" -- featuring Sonny Landreth
"Going Down Slow" -- featuring Steve Morse
"I'm a King Bee"
"Same Old Blues"

Bonus track (vinyl version only)
"I Feel So Good"

Watch Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard & more honored on 2019 Rock Hall induction special on HBO

The HBO special featuring highlights from the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. ET. Def LeppardStevie NicksThe ZombiesThe CureRoxy MusicRadiohead and Janet Jackson were honored at the event, which took place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Here are some key moments:

--Stevie Nicks became the first woman ever to be inducted twice into the Rock Hall. She was welcomed by One Direction's Harry Styles, who also teamed up with her to sing "Stop Dragging My Heart Around." In addition, Nicks brought out surprise guest Don Henley for a rendition of their duet "Leather and Lace."

--Def Leppard was inducted by Queen guitarist Brian May, and the band then played "Hysteria," "Rock of Ages," "Photograph" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

--The Zombies were inducted by The BanglesSusanna Hoffs, and the band's four surviving members, augmented by members of the group's current lineup, played "Time of the Season," She's Not There" and more.

--Roxy Music were inducted by Duran Duran's Simon LeBon and John Taylor. Original keyboardist Brian Enoand drummer Paul Thompson didn't show, so founding frontman Bryan Ferry, sax player Andy Mackay and guitarist Phil Manzanera performed several tunes, including "Love Is the Drug" and "More Than This," with guest musicians.

--The Cure were introduced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, and the band performed "Lovesong," "Just Like Heaven," "Boys Don't Cry" and more.

--Jackson was welcomed by Janelle Monae. Janet expressed heartfelt thanks to her family, fans and various collaborators, but did not perform.

--For the finale, Def Leppard brought out Ian Hunter to lead an all-star version of "All the Young Dudes," the classic David Bowie-penned hit by his old group, Mott the Hoople.

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Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton featured on soundtrack of "Echo in the Canyon" documentary

Neil YoungStephen Stills and Eric Clapton are featured on songs that appear on the soundtrack to Echo in the Canyon, a new documentary that focuses on the influential music scene that developed in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon in the mid-to-late 1960s.

The album, which will be released on May 24, features new versions of songs by groups associated with the Laurel Canyon scene -- like The ByrdsBuffalo SpringfieldThe Mamas & the Papas and The Beach Boys -- recorded by Young, Stills and Clapton.

Young contributes to covers of The Beach Boys' "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" and The Byrds' "What's Happening," while Stills and Clapton trade guitar licks on a rendition of the Buffalo Springfield song "Questions," which Stephen wrote.

Younger artists like Jakob DylanBeckNorah JonesFiona AppleCat Power and Regina Spektor are also included on the soundtrack.

Echo in the Canyon was executive-produced by Jakob Dylan, who spearheaded the recording sessions and also conducts interviews throughout the film with Stills, Clapton, the late Tom PettyRingo StarrBrian WilsonDavid CrosbyGraham Nash, The Byrds' Roger McGuinn, The Mamas & the Papas' Michelle Phillips and John Sebastian, among others.

In addition, Jakob is shown chatting with Beck, Jones, Power and Spektor about the influence those bands had on them.

The movie also features in-studio footage of the various songs being recorded, as well as live performances of the tunes captured at a 2015 L.A. concert staged in conjunction with the movie.

Echo in the Canyon will get premiere theatrical screenings in L.A. on May 24 and New York City on May 31 before receiving a wider release in June.

Here's the full track list of the Echo in the Canyon soundtrack:

"Go Where You Wanna Go" -- featuring Jade Castrinos
"The Bells of Rhymney" -- featuring Beck
"You Showed Me" -- featuring Cat Power
"She" -- featuring Josh Homme
"In My Room" -- featuring Fiona Apple
"Goin' Back" -- featuring Beck
"Never My Love" -- featuring Norah Jones
"It Won't Be Wrong" -- featuring Fiona Apple
"No Matter What You Do" -- featuring Regina Spektor
"Questions" -- featuring Jakob Dylan, Stephen Stills
"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" -- featuring Neil Young
"Expecting to Fly" -- featuring Regina Spektor
"What's Happening" -- featuring Neil Young

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Archival David Bowie album The 'Mercury' Demos, featuring unreleased 1969 recordings, due out in June

Continuing the 50th anniversary celebrations of David Bowie's classic song "Space Oddity," a collection of rare early recordings called The 'Mercury' Demos will be released as a vinyl LP on June 28.

The album features 10 tracks that Bowie recorded on reel-to-reel tape in his London flat in the spring of 1969, with guitar and vocal accompaniment from his musical collaborator at the time, John "Hutch" Hutchinson.

The record features a version of "Space Oddity" that previously appeared in edited form on David's Sound & Vision box set, as well as nine previously unreleased tracks.

Among the other songs are several originals that, like "Space Oddity," would appear on Bowie's self-titled 1969 album:  "Letter to Hermione," "Janine" and "An Occasional Dream."

Also featured are covers of "Life Is a Circus," -- an obscure tune by U.K. singer/songwriter Roger Bunn -- and the Leslie Duncan-penned "Love Song," which Elton John later recorded for his Tumbleweed Connectionalbum.

A version of "Life Is a Circus" also appears on Bowie's Clareville Grove Demos vinyl singles box set, which is coming out May 17 as part of the "Space Oddity" 50th anniversary celebrations.

The tracks on The 'Mercury' Demos were recorded at the request of a Mercury Records rep, who sent them to the label's head, Bob Reno, and helped Bowie secure a deal with the label.

The album will come packaged in a replica of the original tape box, and the collection also will include a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes.

The 'Mercury' Demos arrives after the Clareville Grove Demos and the similar Spying Through a Keyhole: Demos and Unreleased Songs, a four-disc vinyl box set that was released on April 5.

Here's The 'Mercury' Demos' track list:

Side One
"Space Oddity" 
"An Occasional Dream"
"Conversation Piece"
"I'm Not Quite (aka Letter to Hermione)"

Side Two
"Lover to the Dawn"
"Love Song" 
"When I'm Five"
"Life Is a Circus"

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Hear Prince's "Originals" on June 7

Three years after Prince's death, his estate continues to deliver the iconic star's music to fans.

The latest release is called Originals, which rounds up 15 tracks -- 14 of them previously unreleased.  Due out June 21 for download, streaming and on CD, the album features Prince's original version of songs that were recorded by other artists. All the tracks were chosen by JAY-Z and music industry executive Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince Estate.

Among the songs featured on Originals are Prince's demo recordings of hits like Sheila E's "The Glamorous Life," The Bangles' "Manic Monday," The Time's "Jungle Love" and, of course, "Nothing Compares 2 U," recorded by both The Family and Sinead O'Connor.

Starting June 7, Originals will stream exclusively on TIDAL for two weeks. Following the June 21 digital and CD release, vinyl and limited-edition CD and vinyl packages will be released July 19.

You can pre-order the album now.

Here's the track list, along with the artist who first released the song:

"Sex Shooter" - Apollonia 6
"Jungle Love" - The Time
"Manic Monday" - The Bangles
"Noon Rendezvous" - Sheila E.
"Make-Up" - Vanity 6
"100 MPH" - Mazarati
"You're My Love" - Kenny Rogers
"Holly Rock" - Sheila E.
"Baby, You're a Trip" - Jill Jones 
"The Glamorous Life" - Sheila E.
"Gigolos Get Lonely Too" - The Time
"Love… Thy Will Be Done" - Martika
"Dear Michaelangelo" - Sheila E.
"Wouldn't You Love to Love Me?" - Taja Sevelle
"Nothing Compares 2 U" - The Family

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You ain't seen nothing yet: Randy Bachman doc featuring Neil Young & Alex Lifeson coming to DVD, Blu-ray in May

Bachman, a 2018 documentary about founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 10.

The film delves into the 75-year-old Canadian rocker's life and multifaceted career through rare archival footage and new interviews with Randy and some of his famous musical friends, collaborators and admirers.

Among the other stars appearing in the documentary are Neil YoungPeter FramptonRush's Alex LifesonFred TurnerPaul Shaffer and Canadian folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie.

"He was like my biggest influence when I was a kid," Young says of Bachman in the film. "Watching him play guitar, he had an amazing sense about the way he played. And the feeling that you got when you listened to him...it was more than just chops."

Among the classic songs Bachman has written or co-written are the Guess Who hits "These Eyes," "Undun," "No Time" and "American Woman," and the Bachman-Turner Overdrive classics "Takin' Care of Business," "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and "Roll On Down the Highway."

The Bachman: Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray contain a number of bonus features, including a trailer, a clip of Young talking about Randy's hometown of Winnipeg, and footage of Bachman working on a rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" from his 2018 George Harrison covers album By George, By Bachman.

You can pre-order the Bachman: Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray now at MVDShop.com.

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John Fogerty to perform at site of original Woodstock festival on August 18

John Fogerty was already confirmed to perform at the Woodstock 50concert on August 16, and now the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revivalfrontman has signed on to celebrate the 1969 festival's 50th anniversary at a second event.

Fogerty will play a headlining show on August 18 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the Bethel, NY venue located at the actual site of the '69 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The concert, which will feature as-yet-unannounced special guests, will be part of Bethel Woods' A Season of Song and Celebration festivities commemorating Woodstock's 50th anniversary.

Fogerty's show will serve as the finale of the venue's Anniversary Weekend, coinciding with the exact 50th anniversary of the festival.  It'll also feature concerts on August 16 and 17 headlined, respectively, by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band and Santana.  The original festival ran from August 15–18, 1969.

As with Fogerty's other 2019 shows, the Bethel event will feature a set list that includes many of the same songs that Creedence Clearwater Revival played at Woodstock, when they followed The Grateful Dead onstage in the early morning hours of August 17, 1969.

Recalling the performance, Fogerty says, "By the time we hit the stage we were ready to rock…but as I looked down into the crowd I quickly discovered, the Dead had put the entire audience to sleep! That's OK, it was late, so I focused my whole set on this one guy, way out in the crowd, who yelled to me, 'That's OK John, we're with ya!'"

Tickets for Fogerty's Bethel concert will go on sale soon. As previously reported, Woodstock 50 will take place August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. To check out John's 2019 tour schedule, visit JohnFogerty.com.

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Tickets for shows by The Who, Bryan Adams, Heart & more available for $20 during Live Nation's National Concert Week

Live Nation is once again offering cheap tickets to many popular tours this summer and fall, as part of the concert promoter's annual National Concert Week promotion.

From May 1 through May 7, you'll be able to grab tickets for just $20 -- including fees -- to shows by a wide variety artists, including veteran acts like The WhoBryan AdamsHeartSantana and Peter Frampton.

Other eligible tours include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blondie with Elvis Costello,KISS, Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, Hootie & The Blowfish and Alice Cooper with Halestorm.

Prior to the official start of the week, a 24-hour exclusive T-Mobile pre-sale will start on Tuesday, April 30 at 5 a.m. ET.

The general on-sale starts May 1 at 9 a.m. PT and lasts through May 7 at 11:59 p.m. PT. For the full list of participating artists, visit NCW.LiveNation.com.

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ABBA celebrating 40th anniversary of the "Voulez-Vous" album with special releases

ABBA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their hit 1979 album, Voulez-Vous, with a series of special releases June 14, including a two-LP vinyl version of the album and a box set featuring various singles issued during that era.

The two-LP set will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and will feature remastered audio cut at 45 rpm.

The Voulez-Vous: The Singles box set will include seven seven-inch vinyl discs, with each disc pressed on a different color vinyl.  In addition, picture-disc versions of each single featured in the vinyl box set will be made available as standalone releases.

Released in April 1979, Voulez-Vous was ABBA's fifth straight #1 album in the band's native Sweden and also peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200. The record yielded two top-30 hits in the U.S., "Does Your Mother Know" and "Chiquitita," which reached #19 and #29, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. Voulez-Vous eventually was certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the States.

The interesting tracks featured on the singles box set include a medley of the traditional American tunes "Pick a Bale of Cotton," "On Top of Old Smokey" and "Midnight Special," an extended dance remix of the song "Voulez-Vous," and the non-album single "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)."

Here's the track list of the Voulez-Vous two-LP set:

Side A
"As Good as New"

Side B
"I Have a Dream"
"The King Has Lost His Crown"

Side C
"Does Your Mother Know"
"If It Wasn't for the Nights"

Side D
"Lovers (Live a Little Longer)"
"Kisses of Fire"

And here are the details of the discs featured in the Voulez-Vous: The Singles box set:

Single 1: "Summer Night City"/Medley: "Pick a Bale of Cotton"-"On Top of Old Smokey"-"Midnight Special"
Single 2: "Chiquitita"/"Lovelight"
Single 3: "Does Your Mother Know"/"Kisses of Fire"
Single 4: "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"/"The King Has Lost His Crown"
Single 5: "I Have a Dream"/"Take a Chance on Me"
Single 6: "Voulez-Vous"/"Angeleyes"
Single 7: "Voulez-Vous (Extended Dance Remix)"/"If It Wasn't for the Nights"

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Message in a Buffet: Sting announces Las Vegas residency "My Songs"

Another day, another music legend announcing a Las Vegas residency.

Sting will kick off a stint at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting May 22, 2020. The residency, called My Songs after his upcoming album, will feature, "a compendium of Sting's songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations."

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. PT. Fan club members have access to a pre-sale starting tomorrow, Thursday, at 10 a.m. PT.  Citi cardmembers can buy pre-sale tickets starting April 29 at 10 a.m. PT.

Here are the 16 performances going on sale:

May 2020: 22, 23, 27, 29, 30

June 2020: 3, 5, 6

Aug. 2020: 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

Sept. 2020: 2

In other Sting news, his new album comes out May 24. Following four shows in the U.K. in May with reggae/pop star Shaggy, he'll kick off a solo summer tour in support of My Songs on May 28 in Paris. 

He also has a number of U.S. dates lined up, including a May 10 show in Hidalgo, Texas; an August 26-28 stand in Vienna, Virginia; an August 31 concert in Salt Lake City; and appearances at KAABOO Texas festival, the Chicago-area Ravinia festival and Colorado's Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival.

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John Fogerty schedules new Las Vegas residency in November; lines up additional US shows

This past Saturday, John Fogerty wrapped up the first run of dates of his new Las Vegas show, My 50 Year Trip, and now the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has lined up a second engagement that will take place this fall.

The new residency, at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's Encore Theater, is scheduled for November 6, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. PT. Visit JohnFogerty.com and WynnLasVegas.com for more details.

Fogerty's My 50 Year Trip show, in part, celebrates the 50th anniversary of CCR's classic hit "Proud Mary" and the band's appearance at the historic Woodstock festival. The performances include many of the songs the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's old band played at Woodstock, plus other Creedence classics, tunes from his solo career and some covers.

John's 2019 itinerary also features a number of festival appearances, including sets at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and the Woodstock 50 event, as well as headlining shows around North America.

Forgerty recently added a few concerts to his schedule, including shows on August 10 in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts; August 17 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania; and September 21 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Here are all of Fogerty's confirmed North American dates:

5/5 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/11 -- New Town, ND, 4 Bears Casino Events Center
5/12 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Centre
5/13 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
6/20 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/9 -- East Providence, RI, Bold Point Park
8/10 -- Vineyard Haven, MA, Veterans Memorial Park
8/11 -- Westbrook, ME, Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
8/13 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
8/15 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
8/16 -- Watkins Glen, NY, Woodstock 50 - Woodstock Music and Arts Fair 2019
8/17 -- Bensalem, PA, Parx Casino - Xcite Center
9/20 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond - Kentucky Expo Center
9/21 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
11/6, 8-9, 13, 15-16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater

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KISS' Paul Stanley opens up about his bond with Gene Simmons in new episode of AXS TV's "The Big Interview"

KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley is featured on the latest episode of AXS TV's The Big Interview, which premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Stanley opens up to host Dan Rather about his long partnership with band mate Gene Simmons, and what motivated them to seek rock stardom in the first place.

In a preview clip posted on AXS.tv, Stanley discusses why his professional relationship with Simmons has endured, despite differences in their personalities.

"A great partnership is based on understanding its limitations," Paul notes. "So, does [Gene] do things that I question? Does he say things that I don't want to align myself with? Does he behave in certain ways? Yeah, but that's not here or there. The core of what we have is a work ethic, and a bond that's built on time."

Stanley adds, "When you meet someone, there may be potential, but nothing comes of it without experience, and seeing how each one of you respond to crises, to victories, to defeats. And that's what Gene and I have been through together."

Stanley also admits that he wasn't initially impressed by Simmons when he was first introduced to him by a mutual musician friend, who wanted to start a band with them.

"I said [to my friend], 'Well, you can play with [Simmons] or you can play with me, but you're not gonna play with us,'" recalls Paul. "Well, here we are 50-some-odd years later and I'm very fortunate to have been on that path with [Gene]."

Stanley also chats with Rather about his passion for painting, KISS' preparations for their current End of the Road farewell tour, and how he was motivated to succeed as a rock musician partly out of insecurity over being born with a deformed ear.

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A Play in the Life: John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy" may become a stage musical

Nowhere Boy, the 2009 John Lennon biopic focusing on the legendary Beatle's volatile teenage years, may be headed to the stage.

Deadline reports that the AF Media Creative and Aged in Wood production companies have acquired the rights to turn the film into a musical.

As in the movie, the stage production is expected to focus on Lennon's pre-Beatles band The Quarrymen and his relationship with his Aunt Mimi and his mother, Julia, who abandoned her son when he was a child, but later came back into his life, only to be killed by a car.

The Nowhere Boy film starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Lennon and Kristen Scott Thomas as Mimi.

AF Creative Media's Brian and Dayna Lee say the musical, which is in the early stages of development, will incorporate songs by African-American artists who inspired Lennon and the Liverpool, U.K., music scene at that time.

Like the film, the stage production will feature classic rock 'n' roll tunes of the late 1950s, but may not include any original Lennon compositions.

Brian Lee says the producers are hoping the musical will open in the U.K. sometime "in the next few years."

"We've just secured the rights of the film," he says, "and as a team we'll be traveling to London this summer, trying to figure out the right person to bring this narrative to life."

The Lees haven't discussed the project with Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.

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Prince's memoir "The Beautiful Ones" due this fall

There have been plenty of books written about Prince, but now we'll get to read his story in his own words.

October 29 brings the publication of The Beautiful Ones, a memoir that Random House acquired in a deal with Prince in 2016. He began writing it before his death on April 21, 2016, and the book will feature those early pages, as well as never-before-seen photos, scrapbooks and lyric sheets. 

Dan Piepenbring, a writer who Prince hand-picked to collaborate with him on the book, has written the introduction.

The Beautiful Ones will span Prince's childhood to his early years as a musician, and according to Random House, the book will depict the superstar's, "evolution through deeply revealing, never-before-shared images and memories." It even includes his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain.

Piepenbring's introduction describes working with Prince shortly before he died, when the Purple One was trying to figure out how he could, "reveal more of himself and his ideas" in the book while still, "retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated."

Chris Jackson of Random House says of The Beautiful Ones, "It's a genuinely moving and energizing literary work, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image. It’s a treasure not just for Prince fans but for anyone who wants to see one of our greatest creative artists and original minds at work on his greatest creation: himself."

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Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant says band will continue touring into 2020, will record new music

Look for Lynyrd Skynyrd to stay on the road into next year.  In a new interview with USA Today, frontman Johnny Van Zant discusses the legendary Southern rock band's plans to retire from the road and what else the group is hoping to accomplish before calling it quits.

Lynyrd Skynyrd launched their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tourlast year.  Trek's currently mapped out through a September 28 concert in Orange Beach, Alabama.  

Van Zant tells the newspaper that Skynyrd decided to mount the farewell tour because guitarist Gary Rossington, the band's last surviving original member, has a bad heart and the group "wanted to let people know that, 'Hey, our time is coming to an end.'" He adds, "We wanted to do it right and I think so far we have."

As for how long the trek might last, Johnny, who joined Skynyrd in 1987, says, "[W]e're going to keep busy probably for another year and then see what happens next year, as long as Gary's health is OK."

Regarding Rossington's current health status, Van Zant reports, "He's doing really good right now. He had a pacemaker put in a while back."

Johnny also reveals that Lynyrd Skynyrd is preparing to record a new album "and are going into the studio pretty soon to cut a few things."  Van Zant says he isn't sure when the new album will be ready for release, noting that it "depends on Gary's health."

According to Johnny, Rossington is in good health now and he "wants to go in and start recording a few tracks here and there." He adds that Skynyrd might release the songs they complete "track by track, and then after we get it all done, put it together as a CD."

Here are all of Lynyrd Skynyrd's confirmed upcoming North American shows:

4/27 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach Festival
5/10 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater#
5/11 -- Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas Festival
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*
7/14 -- Queens, NY, Forest Hills Stadium+
7/19 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino++
7/20 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/26 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater**
7/27 -- Auburn, 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 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater**
9/21 -- Greenwood Village, CO, Fiddler's Green**
9/27 -- Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater#
9/28 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater#

* = with Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy.
** = with Bad Company.
*** = with Grand Funk Railroad, Georgia Satellites.
+ = with Hank Williams Jr.
++ = with Gov't Mule, The Outlaws, Chris Kroeze.
# = with Cody Jinks.
@ = with ZZ Top, Cheap Trick.

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Rolling Stones' new "Honk" compilation, featuring hits, recent live performances, released.

The new Rolling Stones best-of compilation Honk is out today.

The retrospective is available in multiple formats and configurations, including a three-CD or four-LP deluxe edition featuring 46 tracks, as well as a 20-track single-CD or two-LP version. Both versions boast at least one song from every studio album that The Stones released from 1971 through 2016.

The deluxe version of Honk offers 36 previously released tracks by the British rock legends, plus 10 bonus live performances recorded during the band's recent stadium tours.

Among the songs included on the collection: "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "Miss You," "Tumbling Dice," "Wild Horses," "Angie," "Beast of Burden" and "Waiting On a Friend." Also appearing is the 2013 hit "Doom and Gloom" and three songs from The Stones' 2016 blues covers album, Blue & Lonesome.

The concert performances include collaborations with four music stars: "Beast of Burden" with pop singer Ed Sheeran, "Wild Horses" with Florence Welch of alt-rock act Florence + the Machine, "Dead Flowers" with country star Brad Paisley and "Bitch" with Foo FightersDave Grohl.

The 46-track and 20-track versions of Honk also are available digitally. A colored-vinyl edition of the four-LP set is being sold exclusively at The Rolling Stones' online store.

Here's the track list for the deluxe three-CD edition of Honk:

Disc 1
"Start Me Up"
"Brown Sugar"
"Rocks Off"
"Miss You"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Just Your Fool"
"Wild Horses"
"Fool to Cry"
"Beast of Burden"
"Hot Stuff"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Rock and a Hard Place"
"Doom and Gloom"
"Love Is Strong"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Don't Stop"
"Ride 'Em On Down"

Disc 2 
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Hate to See You Go"
"Rough Justice"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
"One More Shot"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Rain Fall Down"
"Dancing with Mr D"
"Undercover (of the Night)"
"Emotional Rescue"
"Waiting On a Friend"
"Saint of Me"
"Out of Control"
"Streets of Love"
"Out of Tears"

Disc 3 -- Live Tracks 
"Get Off My Cloud"
"Dancing with Mr D"
"Beast of Burden" (with Ed Sheeran)
"She's a Rainbow"
"Wild Horses" (with Florence Welch) 
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Dead Flowers" (with Brad Paisley)
"Shine a Light"
"Under My Thumb"
"Bitch" (with Dave Grohl)

And here's the single CD track list:

"Start Me Up"
"Brown Sugar"
"Miss You"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Just Your Fool"
"Fool to Cry"
"Beast of Burden"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Doom and Gloom"
"Love Is Strong"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Don't Stop"
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Rain Fall Down"
"Undercover (of the Night)"
"Emotional Rescue"
"Saint of Me"
"Wild Horses (with Florence Welch)"

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"Breaking" news: Santana debuts video for new song, "Breaking Down the Door"

Santana has premiered an official video for a new song titled "Breaking Down the Door," which will appear on the band's upcoming studio album Africa Speaks.

The danceable tune, sung by Spanish singer Buika [pr: BWEE-kah], is infused with Latin horns and African percussion, and features the fiery guitar work by Carlos Santana. The upbeat sound of the tune distracts from the dark lyrics, which tell the story of a woman who is physically abused and then killed by her husband.

The video, which you can watch at Santana's official YouTube channel, features scenes of young people dancing at a bar, including a couple who seem to represent the main characters in the song. Interspersed throughout the clip is footage of Carlos playing guitar and Buika singing in front of a background of flowers and other colorful images.

"Breaking Down the Door" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services. People who pre-orderAfrica Speaks will receive free downloads of that song and the previously released track "Los Invisibles."

Africa Speaks will be released on June 7. The 11-track collection was produced by Rick Rubin, and came together over a prolific 10-day period at Rubin's Shangri La Studios in Malibu, California. Buika, who won the 2008 Latin Grammy for Album of the Year, sings on all of the songs.

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In new "Rocketman" featurette, Elton John says the movie "had to be as honest as possible"

Elton John's upcoming biopic Rocketman is a "magical retelling" of the legendary singer's life, according to its director, Dexter Fletcher.  But according to Elton himself, while the movie has some fantastical elements, it doesn't gloss over any of the real-life bad stuff.

In a new featurette, Elton says, "It had to be as honest as possible.  The lows were very low, but the highs were very high. And that's how I wanted the film to be."

David Furnish, Elton's husband and one of the movie's producers, also appears in the video promo, as do Fletcher, producer Matthew Vaughn and star Taron Egerton, who plays Elton.

"Music, as a young boy, pulled him out of a very unhappy childhood," Furnish notes. "And that opened the door to a world of infinite possibilities."

Fletcher explains why Elton's life lent itself to a non-traditional biopic, saying, "Because of the nature of who Elton is, the storytelling allowed us to totally indulge in fantasy and imagination."  

On that topic, Vaughn, who cast Egerton and Elton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, adds, "The story is surreal, but real. It's a bold piece of filmmaking."

As for Egerton, he declares, "It's been the greatest joy of my professional life making this film."

Rocketman will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16. It arrives in U.S. theaters on May 31.

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Friday, April 1

Thanks to the late Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow says "Redemption Day" has finally arrived

On Wednesday afternoon at Cash Cabin just outside Nashville, Sheryl Crow premiered her new video for "Redemption Day" for a small group of music industry insiders.

The new recording is a duet with the late Johnny Cash, and is the lead single from Crow's upcoming album that features collaborations with rockers like Keith RichardsStevie Nicks and Don Henley, as well as country legends like Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill.

Sheryl wrote "Redemption Day" in 1996 after visiting Bosnia with then-first lady Hillary Clinton. That same year, she recorded it on her self-titled second record.

Shortly before Cash's death, the Man in Black discovered the tune -- but wouldn't record it until he asked Crow in-depth questions about the lyrics.

"Cut to 2003," Sheryl explains, "Johnny Cash recorded it and felt like it would be the cornerstone of [the album he was making then]. He was adamant about knowing what every lyric meant."

She adds that Johnny "really delivered the song in a way that felt like for him it would be the most important song on his record. And unfortunately...two months later he passed."

While working on her new album, Crow reached out to the Cash family for the permission to use the late legend's vocal on a new version. Nearly 25 years since its inception, she feels like "Redemption Day" has finally arrived.

"I feel like the song has finally found its moment," she reflects. "I re-recorded it, rearranged it, and Johnny and I are both singing the song. And I hope he would be very proud of what we've done and feel like it has met its moment."

The Crow/Cash duet on "Redemption Day" will be available to stream or download on Friday.

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Steve Perry debuts making-of clip for the video of his current solo single "We're Still Here"

Last month, Steve Perry released an official video for "We're Still Here," a song from his 2018 comeback solo album, Traces.  Now the former Journey singer has debuted a clip offering a behind-the-scenes look at the video shoot.

Perry explains in the clip that he hired photographer Myriam Santos to direct the "We're Still Here" video after she took promo pics of him for Traces.

"[H]er emotional visions of what the song should look like completely fit the music," Steve notes. "Not only is she a great photographer, she's a really great director."

The "We're Still Here" video features Perry lip-syncing to the tune while driving a vintage Chevy Chevelle around the streets of Hollywood at night, looking introspective as he watches various people out on the town.

Steve says in the behind-the-scenes clip that "We're Still Here" was inspired by a trip to Hollywood to get a bite to eat during a break in a songwriting session with collaborator Brian West.

"I decided to stand on the corner of Hollywood and Vine, and watch and listen to a whole new generation, running around the streets, blasting their music in their cars as they're driving around," Perry shares. "They took me back to a time I'd forgotten about."

He then explains, "I guess...what I was trying to say when I was writing this song was, 'We're still here doing the same thing we've always done. We work together, we laugh together, we cry together.'"

The making-of video also features footage of Perry getting groomed for the shoot, conferring with Santos, and interacting with the crew.

"We're Still Here" just broke into the top 20 of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

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Spy in the House of Love: Madonna's new album is "Madame X"

Madonna has finally revealed the title of her new album and, contrary to rumor, it's not Magic.

In a minute-long video on her socials on Sunday, Madonna confirmed that the album is called Madame X, which she first hinted at on Saturday when she posted a note saying, "Madame X is a secret agent,
traveling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places." 

The note also described a long list of things that Madame X "is" -- including "a professor," "an equestrian," "a professor," "a saint" and "a prostitute."

In the video, we hear a snippet of a song in which Madonna sings, "The thing that hurt the most/Was that I wasn't lost."  We then hear her say, "I decided to call my record Madame X."  Then, over a montage of Madonna in a variety of costumes, hairstyles and makeup, she says, "Madame X is a secret agent.  I am Madame X."

She then repeats the part about the character being a secret agent traveling around the world, and then says, "Madame X is a dancer, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a mother, a child, a teacher, a nun, a singer, a saint, a whore...and a spy in the house of love. I'm Madame X."

A Spy in the House of Love is the title of a famous 1954 novel by Anaïs Nin, and it's about Sabina, "a woman who dares to enjoy the sexual [freedom] that men have always known...wearing extravagant outfits and playing dangerous games of desire."   It's no wonder Madonna identifies with the book.

No release date for the album yet.

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Who's that girl? Madonna introduces us to "Madame X"

Madonna recently replaced her Instagram feed with a giant red "X" against a black background. Now, she's revealed a little bit more about what it means...but we still don't know if it has anything to do with music.

On Instagram and Twitter, Madonna posted the following message:

Madame X is a secret agent
Traveling around the world
Changing identities
Fighting for freedom
Bringing light to dark places
She is a cha cha instructor
A professor
A head of state
A housekeeper
An equestrian
A prisoner
A student
A teacher
A nun
A cabaret singer
A saint
A prostitute.

That being said, we don't know if "Madame X" is the name of a song, or an album, or something completely different.  The Queen of Pop does plan to release a new album at some point this year, so we'll find out -- to quote Madge herself -- "Sooner or Later."

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2019 Record Store Day takes place Saturday, includes vinyl releases from John Lennon, The Stones, Queen & more

The 12th annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 13, and as usual, the promotion features a wide array of limited-edition vinyl discs available exclusively at independent music shops.

Among the many artists issuing discs on the big day are John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Billy Joel and Elton John.

Lennon's Record Store Day release, Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes), features stripped-down early versions of the songs from his classic 1971 album Imagine, taken from the deluxe Imagine box set released last year.

The Rolling Stones have three offerings: a single featuring a performance of "She's a Rainbow" from an October 2017 concert in Paris; a green vinyl reissue of the U.K. version of the band's 1966 compilation Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass), and a 50th anniversary edition of the U.K. version of the group's Through the Past Darkly hits LP.

Queen will release a picture disc of the 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack, while guitarist Brian May is issuing a 12-inch disc featuring two versions of his recent solo tune, "New Horizons."

Joel's offering is the first-ever vinyl release of his Live at Carnegie Hall 1977 concert album.

Elton is issuing Live from Moscow, a two-LP set featuring recordings from a May 1979 concert in the Russian capital that originally was broadcast on the U.K.'s BBC radio.

A mono version of the two-LP Woodstock soundtrack, marking the festival's 50th anniversary, also will be available.

Other artists releasing limited-edition vinyl for RSD this year include Badfinger, Eric Clapton, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, Madonna, Van Morrison, Elvis Presley, Prince, Procol Harum, Otis Redding, Sly & the Family Stone, The Troggs and U2.

Check out the full list at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Elton John says "it's the weirdest thing" to see himself portrayed onscreen: "It's hard enough to look in the mirror"

Sadly, the subjects of musical biopics -- like Freddie Mercury or Johnny Cash -- often aren't around to see their lives portrayed on screen.  Elton John is an exception: He's very much with us and ready to see his biopic Rocketman next month. Now, all he needs to do is be able to watching it without cringing.

For Interview magazine, Elton chatted with Richard Madden, who plays his former manager and lover John Reid in Rocketman.  Elton says of the film, "I have seen a bit of the trailer, and it's the weirdest thing seeing someone portray you."

Elton says Taron Egerton, who plays him in the movie, "is so eerily like me that it makes it even weirder."  He adds, "I'm looking forward to seeing it, but it's hard enough to look at myself in the mirror. And then to see a filmabout me, it’s like, 'Oh my God!'"

To be able to watch it, Elton says, "I have to disconnect, because it's not a factual film. It's based on fact, but it's actually a surreal version of my life, a fantasy. That makes it more interesting, because biopics -- unless they're really good, like the Tina Turner one with Angela Bassett -- are terrible."

As for why he chose to go in that direction on the movie, Elton explains, "My life has been a crazy fantasy all the way through...I didn't want this film to be earnest because I am not earnest. I've done some f***ing raving, ridiculous things in my life, both good and bad.

"I always try to be as honest as I can, but also with my tongue in my cheek," he notes. "If you take yourself too seriously, you're f***ed."

Rocketman opens May 31.

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Going "All In" again: Toto to release CD version of its 40th anniversary box set in May

On May 24, Toto will release a CD-only edition of its expansive 40th anniversary box set, All In, which was originally made available direct to consumers in October 2018, but quickly sold out.

The new collection, which will be sold at all major retailers worldwide, features CD versions of 12 Toto albums and one EP.  They include every studio album the band released from their 1978 self-titled debut through 1999's Mindfields, plus the 1998 rarities record Toto XX; the previously unreleased 1980 Live in Tokyo EP, and the new compilation Old Is New.

Old Is New includes seven unreleased tunes, plus three new tracks from the group's 2018 best-of collection, 40 Trips Around the Sun.  The box set comes packaged with a 24-page booklet featuring new essays and previously unseen photos.

The original box set, which is now out of print, also included vinyl versions of the same albums and EP, as well as a Blu-ray featuring the Live in Paris 1990 concert video and a 5.1 surround mix of Toto's classic 1982 album Toto IV.

Toto will mount a summer European trek that's mapped out from a June 13 Concert in London through a July 20 show in Pori, Finland. The band also plans to schedule a North American tour for September and October.

Here is the full list of CDs included in the All In box set:

Toto (1978)
Hydra (1979)
Turn Back (1981)
IV (1982)
Isolation (1984)
Fahrenheit (1986)
The Seventh One (1988)
Kingdom of Desire (1992)
Tambu (1995)
Toto XX (1998)
Mindfields (1999)
Live in Tokyo EP (2018; recorded in 1980)
Old Is New (2018)

"Tina -- The Tina Turner Musical" to open on Broadway November 7

If you've already seen The Cher Show, the next Broadway musical about the life of a legendary diva now has a premiere date.

Tina -- The Tina Turner Musical will officially open on Broadway November 7 at the famous Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Preview performances start October 12. Tickets go on sale starting June 7 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929.

Adrienne Warren, who plays Tina Turner in the London production of the musical, will reprise her performance in the New York version. Additional casting will be announced soon.  The London version has garnered rave reviews and is playing to sold-out audiences.

Tina -- The Tina Turner Musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the director of the acclaimed Margaret Thatcherbiopic The Iron Lady and the blockbuster movie musical Mamma Mia!.

Visit TinaOnBroadway.com for more information.

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Diana Ross remix track "The Boss 2019" continues legend's historic run on Dance Club Songs chart

Diana Ross may have just turned 75, but the former Supremes singer is still making history.

Ross' new remix track, "The Boss 2019," has reached #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, setting a record by becoming her fourth remix in a row to top the tally.

Interestingly, her original version of "The Boss" peaked at #1 on the same chart almost 40 years ago.

The success of "The Boss 2019" follows Diana's remix mashup of her 1980 hits "I'm Coming Out" and "Upside Down," which hit #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in July of 2018, and a 2017 remix of her 1970 smash "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," which topped the tally in January of last year.

Ross celebrated her 75th birthday on March 26 with a sold-out concert at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, and she's marking the milestone all year long with various events she's dubbed her Diamond Diana Celebration.

Next up for Ross is a May 4 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, followed by a six-date Las Vegas engagement at the Wynn resort and casino.

Her are all of Diana's upcoming concerts, according to her official Facebook page:

5/4 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
6/5, 7-8, 12, 14-15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas
6/21 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino 
6/22 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
6/24 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
6/30 -- Baltimore, MD, The Modell Lyric
7/3 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/10 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
7/12 -- Toledo, OH, Promenade Park
7/16 -- Grand Rapids, MI, DeVos Performance Hall
7/22 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Long lost 1966 clip of The Beatles performing on UK TV to be part of London screening event

A short clip of The Beatles' only live performance on the legendary U.K. TV series Top of the Pops, which was long believed to be lost, has been discovered in Mexico, BBC News reports.

The 11-second silent snippet captures the Fab Four miming a performance of "Paperback Writer" on a June 1966 episode of the music program. The clip, which was shot on eight-millimeter film off of a TV set by a family from Liverpool, U.K., made its way to a collector in Mexico. That collector, in turn, contacted the Birmingham, U.K.-based non-profit organization Kaleidoscope, which focuses on locating lost TV footage.

"I think if you're a Beatles fans, it's the holy grail," Kaleidoscope's Chris Perry tells the BBC of the segment. "People thought it was gone forever because videotape wasn't kept in 1966. To find it all these years later was stunning."

The Beatles clip is one of many highlights of a special screening event organized by Kaleidoscope called Music Believed Wiped that will be shown at the BFI Southbank theater in London on April 20.

Among the other rediscovered clips that will be part of the screening are a 1969 Top of the Pops episode featuring an early cut of the promo film for The Beatles' hit "Something," and a 1972 clip from the program capturing Elton John singing his classic song, "Rocket Man."

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John Fogerty kicks off new Las Vegas residency tonight celebrating Woodstock's 50th anniversary and more

John Fogerty debuts his latest Las Vegas residency show, dubbed My 50 Year Trip, tonight at the Encore Theater at the Wynn resort and casino.

The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells ABC Radio he's "really excited" about the concert production, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of his old band's classic hit, "Proud Mary," and CCR's appearance at the Woodstock festival.

"[Woodstock] was sort of a seminal moment, at least for me and a lot of other artists too," the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says, "and we're reflecting that in this show."

Fogerty says the Vegas show features him "doing the songs from [CCR's] Woodstock set, and also other songs [from] throughout my career…And sort of also honoring the vibe, the feeling that was going on during that magical year of 1969."

John originally had planned to recreate the exact set Creedence played at the historic festival for the Vegas gigs, but he says he readjusted that plan.

"[I]t's cool that I played them at Woodstock, but it doesn't mean that it translates well in the 21st century," he admits. "So we're kind of alternating a couple of the songs."

Asked how the new Vegas show differs from his last Sin City residency, Fogerty says, "It's a complete revamp." He adds, "[M]y wife, Julie, who is the producer of this…wanted to make sure that this was all-new stuff and all-new staging and all the rest…so they've been working for quite some time on the visual part."

John's sons, Shane and Tyler, also are part of the residency: both will play in their dad's band during the six-date engagement and throughout 2019.

Fogerty's Vegas performance dates are April 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, and 20.  Here are his other confirmed North American concerts for 2019:

5/5 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/11 -- New Town, ND, 4 Bears Casino Events Center
5/12 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Centre
5/13 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
6/20 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/9 -- East Providence, RI, Bold Point Park
8/11 -- Westbrook, ME, Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row 
8/13 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
8/15 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
8/16 -- Watkins Glen, NY, Woodstock 50 - Woodstock Music and Arts Fair 2019
9/20 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond - Kentucky Expo Center

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CCR spinoff group Creedence Clearwater Revisited to retire from the road at the end of 2019

Creedence Clearwater Revisited, the spinoff group led by founding Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, won't be a travelin' band for much longer. Cook and Clifford have announced that CC Revisited will retire from the road after completing a 2019 farewell trek dubbed "The Final Revival Tour."

"We have had so much fun with Creedence Clearwater Revisited," Stu and Doug say in a joint statement. "This decision is very difficult and bittersweet. It's actually hard to imagine not touring. It's not like we're going to be disbanding, but we are definitely going to be relaxing."

Cook explains to Billboard, "We're gonna miss [touring], but there's still time to do other things in life. We all have bigger families, grandkids…We're not retiring, but the idea right now is to put the band to bed and see what else comes along and how we feel about it moving forward."

CC Revisited formed 25 years ago at a time when Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty was refusing to play music by his old band. The spinoff group has had several members come and go over the years, including former Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, but Cook and Clifford have remained constant.

CC Revisited has released one album, 1998's Recollection, which features live version of Creedence classics. It was certified platinum for U.S. sales of mover 1 million in 2007.

As for Cook and Clifford's notoriously acrimonious relationship with Fogerty, Stu tells Billboard, "We're not sniping at each other anymore…We're focused on the good things about Creedence, which is where I think we should be."

Creedence Clearwater Revisited currently has 21 dates on its schedule, but the band will be adding more dates before the end of the year. Here are all of the confirmed dates:

4/27 -- Zacatecas, Mexico, Plaza de las Armas
6/13 -- Del Mar, CA, San Diego County Fair
6/14 -- Sahuarita, AZ, Desert Diamond Casino
6/15 -- Maricopa, AZ, Harrah's Phoenix Ak-Chin
6/20 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Event Center
6/21 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
6/22 -- Canyonville, OR, Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino
6/27 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino & Resort - Great Lakes Ballroom
6/28 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino - Showroom
7/18 -- Chicoutimi, QC, Canada, Festival Bieres du Monde de Saguenay
7/20 -- Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, Fete du Lac des Nations
7/25 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort & Casino
7/26 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Event Center
7/27 -- Medicine Hat, AB, Canada, Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
8/9 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort Spa - Studio A
8/10 -- Vinton, LA, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel
9/13 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
9/14 -- Frederick, MD, Great Frederick Fair
9/25 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up
9/26 -- Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Fair
9/28 -- Yakima, WA, Central Washington State Fair

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Vinyl LP collecting raw mixes of John Lennon's "Imagine" tracks to be released on Record Store Day

A limited-edition vinyl LP of raw studio mixes of the songs on John Lennon's classic 1971 album Imagine will be released this Saturday, April 13, as part of the 2019 Record Store Day event.

The Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes) album is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, and will be available exclusively at independent record shops.

Lennon recorded stripped-down performances of the 10 songs live with his Plastic Ono Band on a soundstage at the center of his home studio. The tracks first appeared on the Imagine: The Ultimate Collection super-deluxe box set released this past October, but have never been available on vinyl before.

The raw mixes lack any reverb, tape delay or other effects added when John, Yoko Ono and co-producer Phil Spector put the finishing touches on the album. The mixes were created by engineer Rob Stevens, and were overseen by Ono.

Imagine includes the memorable John Lennon songs "Jealous Guy," "How Do You Sleep?," "Gimme Some Truth" and "Oh Yoko!"

Here's the full track list:

Side A
"Imagine" -- Take 10
"Crippled Inside"" -- Take 6
"Jealous Guy" -- Take 29
"It's So Hard" -- Take 11
"I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier, Mama" -- Take 4, Extended

Side B
"Gimme Some Truth" -- Take 4, Extended
"Oh My Love" -- Take 20
"How Do You Sleep?" -- Take 11, Extended
"How?" -- Take 40
"Oh Yoko!" -- Take 1, Extended

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The Kinks' Dave Davies launching US solo tour tonight; may perform songs from new archival album, "Decade"

Kinks guitarist Dave Davies kicks off his first U.S. solo tour in about year tonight in Collingswood, New Jersey. The nine-date trek, which will stop at venues in the Northeast and Midwest, is plotted out through an April 21 show in Chicago.

The 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that he's looking forward to the tour, which he calls "a nice little bunch of shows," while noting that at his age, he prefers doing shorter road trips.

Davies says his set for the tour will feature "a lot of the usual suspects," including some classic Kinks songs, as well as some gems from his solo career.

Dave reveals that he's also planning to add a song or two from his 2018 archival album, Decade, which features previously unreleased material that he recorded throughout the 1970s.

"I'm trying to do [Decade's lead track,] 'Cradle to the Grave,' because it's been getting a lot of feedback," he says. "But, of course, I was 30 years younger when I [recorded it]. You know, I'm gonna have to sing it in a…lower key."

As he's done on his last few tours, Davies will be playing as a trio on this trek, with accompaniment from Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken and his longtime collaborator, David Nolte, handling bass, keyboards and backing vocals.

Dave says he loves playing with Diken and Nolte, and also enjoys performing as a three-piece outfit.

"It's harder work, but the groove's different and the feel's different," Davies maintains. "More space, and you can concentrate a bit better on vocals."

Following the tour, Dave will take part in a Q&A and signing session for Decade April 27 at the Rough Trade NYC store in Brooklyn, New York.

Here are all of Dave's his U.S. shows:

4/9 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
4/10 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
4/12 -- New York, NY, Society for Ethical Culture
4/13 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts
4/14 -- Westbury NY, The Space
4/18 -- Cleveland OH, Music Box
4/19 -- Hobart, IN, The Art Theatre
4/20 -- Evanston, IL, The Space
4/21 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
4/27 -- Brooklyn, NY, Rough Trade NYC*

* = Q&A and signing event.

ZZ Top announces 50th anniversary US tour with support acts Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd

ZZ Top's 50th anniversary celebration is going nationwide.

After previously announcing a trio of special concerts in their home state of Texas next month, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have now scheduled a full-length U.S. tour commemorating their golden anniversary -- it gets underway August 16 in Ridgefield, Washington.

The trek, which currently features more than 30 dates, is mapped out through an October 16 concert in West Palm Beach, Florida. Cheap Trickwill the support act at most of the shows, while Lynyrd Skynyrd will open a pair of dates in late August.

Tickets for the newly announced shows go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of ZZ Top's Tres Hombres fan club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, April 9, at 10 a.m. local time.

"We're truly excited to be appearing across the continent this summer and fall, playing our bluesy kind of rock like we started in '69," says frontman Billy Gibbons.

"The beards, [drummer] Frank's excepted, are perhaps a bit longer, yet nothing else has changed," he adds. "We're keeping it that way."

As previously reported, ZZ Top's three Texas anniversary gigs are scheduled for May 17 in Dallas, May 18 in the Houston suburb of The Woodlands, and May 19 and Austin. Supporting ZZ Top at those shows will be Cheap Trick and Bad Company.

ZZ Top also has a 2019 European outing lined up that runs from a June 4 concert in Helsinki, Finland, through a July 12 performance in London. You can check out the band's full schedule at ZZTop.com.

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

5/17 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion+
5/18 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion+
5/19 -- Austin, TX, Austin 360 Amphitheater+
8/16 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre*
8/17 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Casino Theater
8/20 -- Yakima, WA, Yakima Valley SunDome
8/21 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle*
8/23 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre**
8/24 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion**
8/25 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre*
8/27 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theater
8/28 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*
8/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre*
9/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre*
9/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Pavilion*
9/6 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/7 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/8 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill*
9/10 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights*
9/11 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion*
9/13 -- Ocean City, MD, Ocean City BikeFest
9/14 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
9/18 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
9/19 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
9/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
9/22 -- Louisville, KY, Champions Park
10/5 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*
10/6 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
10/9 -- Charleston, SC, Volvo Cars Stadium*
10/11 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee -- Event Center*
10/12 -- Manchester, TN, Exit 111 Festival 
10/13 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre*
10/15 -- Augusta, GA, The James Brown Arena*
10/16 —St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
10/18 -- Estero FL, Hertz Arena*
10/19 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre*
10/20 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre*

+ = with Cheap Trick and Bad Company
* = with Cheap Trick
** = with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Hit Me with Your Best Note: Pat Benatar to duet with two contestants on "American Idol" this Sunday

Pat Benatar will be featured on the next episode of ABC's American Idol, which will feature 10 of the show's 20 remaining contestants singing a round of duets with celebrity partners.

The program, which airs this Sunday, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET, will feature the '80s pop/rock legend and her husband and guitarist, Neal Giraldo, teaming up with two contestants: 17-year-old pop belter Madison VanDenburg and 23-year-old singer-songwriter Kate Barnette.

The other guest singers who will appear on the show are Jason Mraz, singer-rapper Shaggy, Elle King and country star Brett Young. Then, on Monday, the other 10 contestants will duet with a different crop of celebrity artists, including Chris Isaak, Ben Harper and lovelytheband.

On each episode, judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan will eliminate three contestants, which will bring the number of remaining American Idol hopefuls down to 14.

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Yes to headline The Royal Affair Tour, also featuring Asia, The Moody Blues' John Lodge and Carl Palmer

Yes will headline a new North American package trek dubbed The Royal Affair Tour, which will also feature sets by Asia, Moody Bluessinger/bassist John Lodge and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy with guest vocalist Arthur Brown.

Yes will headline a new North American package trek dubbed The Royal Affair Tour, which will also feature sets by Asia, Moody Bluessinger/bassist John Lodge and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy with guest vocalist Arthur Brown.

The outing kicks off on June 12 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is mapped out through a July 28 performance in Saratoga, California. More shows will be announced soon. Tickets for most concerts go on sale this Friday, April 5.

Yes will be playing songs spanning the band's half-century career, and will include tributes to their two late founding members: bassist Chris Squire and guitarist Peter Banks. In addition, Yes drummer Alan White, who played on John Lennon's classic 1971 album Imagine, will deliver a special homage to the late Beatles legend.

Asia will pay tribute to its late frontman, John Wetton, throughout the tour. The band's current lineup shares two members with Yes -- keyboardist Geoff Downes and bassist/singer Billy Sherwood -- and also features founding drummer Carl Palmer and new guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, formerly of Guns N' Roses.

Yes guitarist Steve Howe, who also was an original Asia member, will join the group for part of its sets.

Lodge will showcase many of the classic Moody Blues tunes he wrote and sang, and will pay homage to his band's late flutist/singer, Ray Thomas.

Palmer's ELP Legacy will offers up a variety of memorable songs by Carl's old group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, with Brown -- frontman for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown -- on board to lend vocal support.

"Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades," says Howe in a statement."

Here are the confirmed dates:

6/12 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
6/14 -- Farmingdale, NY, Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater
6/15 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Mark Etess Arena at Hard Rock Casino
6/16 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/20 -- White Plains, NY, Westchester County Center
6/21 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
6/22 -- Baltimore, MD, MECU Pavilion
6/24 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
6/25 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Amphitheater,
6/27 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/29 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/30 -- Providence, RI, Bold Point Park
7/3 -- Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
7/5 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live
7/6 -- Aurora, IL, Riveredge Park
7/8 -- Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House
7/10 -- Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
7/12 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/13 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/18 -- St. Augustine, FL, The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
7/20 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/21 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
7/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/27 -- Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheater
7/28 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery

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Jimmy Page, Steve Miller, Don Felder attend preview of new rock exhibit at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art

Three Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inductees and guitar legends -- Jimmy Page, Steve Miller and Don Felder -- took part in a special press event Monday at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, previewing a new exhibit called "Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll."

Opening April 8, the exhibit features more than 130 instruments played by such music greats as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Joni Mitchell and Metallica, as well as Page, Miller and Felder.

During the event, Page and Miller spoke about the exhibit and their passion for guitars, while Felder gave a brief performance.

Page, seen in a video posted on the New Yorkled website, discussed what fascinates him about the electric guitar, noting, "Each and every musician plays with their own character and invention."

Felder, meanwhile, posted photos of himself with Page and Miller at the event on his Facebook page.

Among the instruments included in the display are such famous electric guitars as Clapton's "Blackie," Van Halen's "Frankenstein" and Jerry Garcia's "Wolf," as well as Keith Emerson's massive keyboard setup and Keith Moon's "Pictures of Lily" drum kit.

The exhibition also features the guitar Chuck Berry used to record "Johnny B. Goode"; Hendrix's personally decorated "Love Drops" guitar; and Page's iconic 1970s stage outfit decorated with an embroidered dragon.

In addition, the exhibit features a sculpture created from the pieces of an electric guitar that Pete Townshendsmashed during a photo shoot, as well as vintage posters, videos and stage costumes.

The "Play It Loud" exhibit will run through October 1, 2019, at the Met and then will move on to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where it will open in November.

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Welcome to the whole "Hotel California": The Eagles to play classic album in its entirety

Unlike many of their colleagues, The Eagles have never jumped on the "play your biggest album live in its entirety" bandwagon...until now.

For the first time ever, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will perform their landmark release Hotel California from start to finish at two special gigs: September 27 and September 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The shows also will feature a set of the band's greatest hits.

If you've been to see the Eagles live in concert, you've no doubt heard them play the album's three singles -- "Hotel California," "Life in the Fast Lane" and "New Kid in Town" -- numerous times.  These shows will give you the chance to hear lesser-heard gems as well, including "The Last Resort," "Victim of Love," "Try and Love Again" and "Wasted Time."

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public starting April 12 at 10 a.m. PT through Ticketmaster.com. American Express Card members can buy tickets starting Monday, April 8, at 10 a.m. PT.

Hotel California is the third best-selling U.S. album in history, having been certified 26 times platinum. When it was released in 1976, it hit #1 and won two Grammy Awards.

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"Thunder Road" Trip: Bruce Springsteen is most popular singer to listen to while getting ready for a drive

You're driving in your car. You turn on the radio. Whose music would you hope to hear coming over the airwaves?

According to a new poll conducted on behalf of the non-profit Car Care Council, Bruce Springsteen is the singer that most people want to listen to as they prepare to hit the highway on a road trip.

You're driving in your car. You turn on the radio. Whose music would you hope to hear coming over the airwaves?

According to a new poll conducted on behalf of the non-profit Car Care Council, Bruce Springsteen is the singer that most people want to listen to as they prepare to hit the highway on a road trip.

The automotive market research company IMR Inc. polled more than 25,000 people across the U.S. from the ages of 18 to 65, and 24 percent picked The Boss as the right artist to get them in the mood to go for a long drive.

In second place was country artist Keith Urban with 16.4 percent of the vote, while pop star Bruno Marsnabbed third place with 16.1 percent.

The poll was conducted in conjunction of National Car Care Month, which takes place and April and promotes vehicular safety by encouraging people to keep their automobiles in good working order through maintenance and repair.

"With April being National Car Care Month, we thought it would be a fun idea to find out which musicians car owners like to listen to when getting ready for a road trip," says Car Care Council executive Rich White. "It was no surprise that Bruce Springsteen, the guy who wrote 'Cadillac Ranch' and 'Pink Cadillac,' would be the top choice."

Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett finished in fourth place in the tally, while Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Beyonce also earned votes. Visit CarCare.org for more information.

Here's the full results of the poll:

Bruce Springsteen -- 24.0 percent
Keith Urban -- 16.4 percent
Bruno Mars -- 16.1 percent
Jimmy Buffett -- 15.7 percent
Lady Gaga -- 11.5 percent
Taylor Swift -- 8.6 percent
Beyonce -- 7.7 percent

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Business card for pre-Beatles group The Quarry Men on sale for more than $30K

If you want to own a piece of Beatles pre-history, you'll need to have some deep pockets.

As TMZ reports, the memorabilia site Moments in Time is currently selling a business card for The Quarry Men -- the group that John Lennon formed in 1956 -- for $32,500. 

If you know your Beatles history, you know it was The Quarry Men that John was playing with when he met Paul McCartney at a church festival in Liverpool on July 6 in 1957.  Soon afterwards, John invited Paul to join the band.  In 1958, Paul convinced John to allow his friend George Harrison to join, too.

The business card says, "The Quarry Men. Open for Engagements," along with their manager's number and the words "rock" and "skiffle" -- the latter being a popular musical genre in the U.K. in the mid-'50s.

According to TMZ, a collector bought the card 30 years ago from a woman who was living in the suburbs of Liverpool. It was part of a bunch of membership cards and tickets she'd collected from her days club-hopping in the late '50s and '60s.

Meanwhile, by 1960, the band, which now included bass player Stu Sutcliffe, changed its name to The Beatals -- B-E-A-T-A-L-S. A few months later, they briefly changed it again to the Silver Beetles, then to the Silver Beatles, and then, finally, to The Beatles.

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