Q1370 News Archives for 2019-04

"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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Monday, April 15, 2019 at 6:00AM Music News Gr

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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