Q1370 News Archives for 2019-05

Paul McCartney embarks on North American tour tonight in New Orleans

Paul McCartney kicks off the 2019 North American leg of his Freshen Up Tour tonight, May 23, at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The trek features a total of 16 shows, and is mapped out through a July 13 concert at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The trek will include a June 28-29 stand at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, as well as stops in major cities in the Southeastern U.S., the Midwest, Texas, California, Arizona and Vancouver, Canada.

McCartney is continuing to promote his chart-topping 2018 solo album, Egypt Station, on the tour. Last week, Sir Paul released a deluxe "Explorer's Edition" of the album that features a bonus disc offering extra studio recordings, including an extended version of "Who Cares," the surprise single "Get Enough," and live performances from the special shows he played last year in London, New York City and his hometown of Liverpool, U.K.

Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition is available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.

Here are all of McCartney's forthcoming North American tour dates:

5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center
6/8 -- Green Bay WI, Lambeau Field
6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
6/14 -- Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park
6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park
6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
6/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
7/6 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, BC Place
7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium

The Who's "Tommy" was released in the UK 50 years ago today

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the U.K. release of one of the most lauded albums in rock history, The Who's Tommy. The rock opera tells the tale of a young man who becomes deaf, dumb and blind as a child after witnessing his father kill his mother's lover, and who goes on miraculously to become a pinball champion and then, after regaining his senses, a spiritual guru.

Tommy's arrival came at a transitional period for The Who, one that saw the group's members, particularly guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend, looking for a new musical direction after several years together as a well-received quirky pop-rock act.

"Tommy was the first time that we really tackled the idea of doing an album as a piece of art," explains Townshend in the 2013 documentary Sensation: The Story of Tommy.  "It was meant, in a sense, to hold a mirror to what we were doing at the time and what was happening to us."

One of inspirations for Tommy was Meher Baba, an Indian guru whose teachings Townshend had begun following.  Townshend's story also was influenced by the traumas the people of his generation had experienced through the wars of the 20th century.

Explaining the Tommy character, Townshend said, "I was looking for an analogy to the fact that it seemed to me that we are deaf, dumb and blind, if you like, with respect to our spiritual genome.  Whatever it is in us that drives us spiritually is effectively deaf, dumb and blind."

The best-known song from Tommy was "Pinball Wizard," which reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other memorable songs from the album include "The Acid Queen," "I'm Free" and "We're Not Gonna Take It," which includes the famous refrain "See Me, Feel Me." The album reached #4 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified double-platinum in the U.S.

Tommy, of course, has been presented in a variety of incarnations over the years, including the 1975 Ken Russell film. Perhaps most notably, Townshend collaborated with theater director Des McAnuff to adapt Tommyinto a stage musical that went on to win five Tony Awards in 1993.

Last year, Who singer Roger Daltrey mounted a solo tour that featured a full performance of Tommy with orchestral accompaniment. A live album titled The Who's Tommy Orchestral, featuring highlights from two shows from the trek, will be released on June 14.

Sheryl Crow teams up with Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples on "Live Wire"

Sheryl Crow released a posthumous duet with Johnny Cash last month. Now, she's releasing a collab with two living legends.

The next song off Crow's upcoming duets album Threads is "Live Wire," featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, and it's coming this Friday.

Entertainment Weekly debuted an exclusive video of the three rehearsing the bluesy song live.

"Those two ladies may as well be sisters from a different mother," Sheryl tells EW. "First of all, they're very close and Mavis has inspired Bonnie in so many ways. And both those women have been a huge inspiration for me."

Threads, featuring 17 tracks, will be released later this summer. In addition to "Live Wire" and the Cash duet -- a reworking of Crow's 1996 song "Redemption Day" -- the album will feature collaborations with Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards and country stars Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris.

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Doug Clifford says Creedence Revisited is "celebrating each night" during its final tour

Creedence Clearwater Revisited, the spinoff group led by founding Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford and bassist Stu Cook, recently announced plans to retire from the road after completing its next touring cycle.

Clifford tells ABC Radio that he and Cook, who both turned 74 last month, have multiple reasons for wanting to stop touring.

"Traveling on the road just takes a toll on your body and mind," Cosmo explains. "We both have grandchildren, and it's time to do something else also musically. And so, we've made the decision…[and] we're just sort of celebrating each night as we count down to the final show."

Creedence Revisited current trek is lined up through a September 28 concert in Yakima, Washington, but Clifford says it likely will extend into 2020.

"I think there's a short tour of New Zealand [and Australia] in January, so…we're gonna expand it into the following year," he says. "That'd be a great way to finish. We love it Down Under."

After the trek ends, Clifford admits, the band still is open to playing one-off gigs, "if there's something really special."

Clifford and Cook formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995, over 20 years after their old band broke up. Doug tells ABC Radio that the initial plan for the new group was to do it for five years, depending how fans responded to it.

"The public embraced us right off the bat," Clifford notes, "and here we are 25 years later, five times the five-year plan."

Doug says touring with Creedence Revisited has "been very enjoyable, but everything has its time to end." He adds, "[W]e've achieved what we planned to do…and kept the music out there in front of audiences."

Here are all of Creedence Revisited's confirmed upcoming tour dates:

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
7/26 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Event Center
7/27 -- Medicine Hat, AB, Canada, Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
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

New James Taylor box set featuring remastered versions of six 1970s albums due out in July

A new box set featuring remastered versions of the six studio albums that James Taylor released on the Warner Bros. Records label during the 1970s will hit stores on July 19The Complete Warner Bros. Albums: 1970-1976 will be available as a six-CD set, a six-LP heavyweight vinyl collection and digitally.

The albums featured in the box set are 1970's Sweet Baby James, 1971's Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, 1972's One Man Dog, 1974's Walking Man, 1975's Gorilla and 1976's In the Pocket. Remastering of the records has been overseen by Peter Asher, who has produced many of Taylor's albums.

Sweet Baby James was Taylor's second album, following his self-titled 1968 debut, and features the enduring title track and his classic song "Fire and Rain," which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. One of the singer/songwriter's most successful records, Sweet Baby James reached #3 on the Billboard 200, and has gone on to sell more than 3 million copies in the U.S.

Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon features Taylor's chart-topping rendition of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend." The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, and has sold over 2 million copies in the U.S.

One Man Dog includes the #14 hit "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" and reached #4 on the Billboard 200.
Gorilla features Taylor's cover of the 1965 Marvin Gaye hit "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," which peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.

In the Pocket includes "Shower the People," which reached #22 on the Hot 100, as well as "Don't Be Sad 'Cause Your Sun Is Down," a song co-written by and featuring Stevie Wonder.

Here are the full track lists of all albums in the box set:

Sweet Baby James (1970)
"Sweet Baby James"
"Lo and Behold"
"Sunny Skies"
"Steamroller 
"Country Road"
"Oh, Susannah"
"Fire and Rain"
"Blossom"
"Anywhere Like Heaven"
"Oh Baby, Don't You Loose Your Lip on Me"
"Suite for 20 G"

Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971)
"Love Has Brought Me Around"
"You've Got a Friend"
"Places in My Past"
"Riding on a Railroad"
"Soldiers"
"Mud Slide Slim"
"Hey Mister, That's Me Up on the Jukebox"
"You Can Close Your Eyes" 
"Machine Gun Kelly"
"Long Ago and Far Away"
"Let Me Ride"
"Highway Song"
"Isn't It Nice to Be Home Again"

One Man Dog (1972)
"One Man Parade"
"Nobody but You"
"Chili Dog" 
"Fool for You"
"Instrumental I"
"New Tune"
"Back on the Street Again"
"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"
"Woh, Don't You Know"
"One Morning in May"
"Instrumental II"
"Someone"
"Hymn"
"Fanfare"
"Little David"
"Mescalito"
"Dance"
"Jig"

Walking Man (1974)
"Walking Man"
"Rock 'n' Roll Is Music Now"
"Let It All Fall Down"
"Me and My Guitar"
"Daddy's Baby"
"Ain't No Song"
"Hello Old Friend"
"Migration"
"The Promised Land"
"Fading Away"

Gorilla (1975)
"Mexico"
"Music"
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"
"Wandering"
"Gorilla"
"You Make It Easy"
"I Was a Fool to Care"
"Lighthouse"
"Angry Blues"
"Love Songs"
"Sarah Maria"

In the Pocket (1976)
"Shower the People"
"A Junkie's Lament"
"Money Machine"
"Slow Burning Love"
"Everybody Has the Blues"
"Daddy's All Gone"
"Woman's Gotta Have It"
"Captain Jim's Drunken Dream"
"Don't Be Sad 'Cause Your Sun Is Down" 
"Nothing Like a Hundred Miles"
"Family Man"
"Golden Moments"

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ZZ Top jukebox musical, "Sharp Dressed Man," to debut in Las Vegas in 2020

ZZ Top is joining the ranks of rock artists whose songs have been used as the inspiration for a jukebox musical. A stage production titled Sharp Dressed Man currently is in development and it's expected to open next year in Las Vegas.

The show is described as "an outrageous, bawdy musical romp" that tells the story of an auto mechanic from Texas "who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing hearts -- and car parts -- with the help of his merry band of beer drinkers and hell raisers."

Among the classic ZZ Top tunes that will be featured in the musical are "Legs," "La Grange," "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Cheap Sunglasses."

ZZ Top's members -- singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard -- are serving as executive producers on the project, which is being developed by the Caesars Entertainment production team headed by Michael Gruber and Jason Gastwirth. The band's longtime manager, Carl Stubner, also is among the musical's producers.

"We're excited about this fantastic project and look forward to hearing our music in a new innovative context," says Gibbons. "Fans have often told us that we've provided the soundtrack to their lives, and this is very much in line with that kind of enthusiastic thinking."

Sharp Dressed Man's book is being written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, the duo that also penned the teleplays for the Grease Live! and A Christmas Story Live! musical TV specials. In addition, Cary co-wrote the Broadway shows Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and Flashdance The Musical.

As previously reported, ZZ Top is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a major tour that will visit Europe next month and July, followed by a lengthy U.S. leg that currently is mapped out from mid-August to late October.

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Sting, Hall & Oates to appear on annual "Red Nose Day" TV special Thursday

Sting and Daryl Hall & John Oates are among the many stars that will be featured on the fifth annual Red Nose Day Special, which will air Thursday, May 23, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The former Police frontman has been added to the show's lineup of performers, while the famous pop duo will appear in a video reimagining of their hit "You Make My Dreams" that also will feature celebrities including Julia Roberts, Gloria Estefan, Reba McEntire, Howie Mandel, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Stiller, Savannah Guthrie, Jane Levy, Jamie Oliver, Kal Penn, Mary Steenburgen and Chrissy Teigen. 

Josh Groban and John Legend also have joined the list of artists performing on show, along with the previously announced Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. In addition to music performances, the Red Nose Day Special also will feature comedy sketches and short films.

Other celebrities participating in the special include Saturday Night Live stars Michael Che, Colin Jost and Kate McKinnon.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews will host the show.

Sting's appearance on the special takes place a day before the release of his new studio album, My Songs, which features reworked versions of tunes he wrote for The Police and from his solo career.

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Madonna confirms dates, adds new shows for Madame X tour

Fans will now have even more chances to see Madonna on tour this year.

The Queen of Pop has confirmed new North American dates for her Madame X tour. She'll be playing three shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, three shows at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, three shows at The Met in Philadelphia and five shows at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater.

Due to high demand, Madonna has also added even more dates in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Ticket requests can be submitted through the Madonna.LiveNation.com portal now through Friday, May 24 at 12:00 noon ET. Every ticket purchased includes a CD of Madonna's new release, Madame X, in stores June 14.

The North American tour will start September 12 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Here are the new dates:

Brooklyn, NY -- 10/2, 10/3, 10/5, 10/6, 10/7

Chicago, IL -- 10/23, 10/24

Los Angeles -- 11/19, 11/20

Las Vegas, NV -- 11/7, 11/9, 11/10

Boston, MA -- 11/30, 12/1, 12/2

Philadelphia, PA -- 12/7, 12/8, 12/11

Miami, FL -- 12/14, 12/15, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19

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Whitney Houston's estate reportedly developing posthumous album and hologram tour

Whitney Houston's legacy will live on in the hearts of her fans, friends, family---and now a posthumous album as well as a hologram tour, The New York Times reports. 

Speaking with Pat Houston, the vocal powerhouse's sister-in-law and former manager, the outlet has learned that Houston's estate is developing an extensive list of projects intended to revamp the late singer's mega-celebrity brand. 

“Everything is about timing for me. It’s been quite emotional for the past seven years. But now it’s about being strategic," Houston told the Times. 

According to Houston, who also serves as the executor of Whitney's estate, a hologram tour has "taken precedence over everything." Any prospective live dates would feature the Grammy-winning singer's original band and backup singers. 

Additional ventures will reportedly include a Broadway musical as well as a posthumous album of unreleased tracks from Whitney's 1985 self-titled debut.

The new focus on the singer's re-branding follows a $14 million deal her estate signed with the music and marketing company Primary Wave Music Publishing. The deal reportedly entitles the company to 50% of the late star's assets.

Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore,” Houston said.

“People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place.”

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Legendary actress Doris Day dead at 97

Doris Day, the perennial girl-next-door whose career as a singer and actress spanned almost 50 years and made her one of the biggest Hollywood stars and most popular entertainers in the United States has died. She was 97.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. The foundation said in an emailed statement she was surrounded by close friends and "had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia."

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Day was known as a honey-voiced singer and gifted actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history.

DORIS DAY GIVES RARE INTERVIEW, RECALLS WORKING WITH 'DICK VAN DYKE SHOW' STAR ROSE MARIE

Doris Day smiling as she stands behind a microphone, from director Michael Curtiz's film, "Young Man with a Horn."

Doris Day smiling as she stands behind a microphone, from director Michael Curtiz's film, "Young Man with a Horn." (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Day's lilting voice, wholesome blond beauty and ultra-bright smile brought her a string of hits, first on records and later in Hollywood.

Despite her seemingly perpetually sunny and smiling exterior, Day's life took a number of tragic turns, including the death of her only child, three divorces and the death of another husband who turned out to have squandered her earnings, leaving her deeply in debt.

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Doris Day on her friendship with Rock HudsonVideo

Her 1976 tell-all book, "Doris Day: Her Own Story," chronicled her money troubles and three failed marriages, contrasting with the happy publicity of her Hollywood career.

"I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America's Virgin, and all that, so I'm afraid it's going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together," she wrote.

PHOTOS: DORIS DAY'S LIFE IN PICTURES

Doris Day in 1961, smiling as she signs her name in cement by her handprints, in front of Mann's (formerly Grauman's) Chinese Theater, on Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Doris Day in 1961, smiling as she signs her name in cement by her handprints, in front of Mann's (formerly Grauman's) Chinese Theater, on Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

DORIS DAY STILL DEVOTED TO RESCUING ANIMALS AND MUSIC, SAYS BUSINESS MANAGER

She never won an Academy Award, but Day was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, as George W. Bush declared it "a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio decided to become an entertainer."

In later years, she lived quietly near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where she was an animal welfare activist and founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

Doris Day poses on a red Schwinn bicycle, late 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Doris Day poses on a red Schwinn bicycle, late 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Day was associated with any number of recordings, but her most famous and signature song was "Que Sera Sera" ("Whatever Will Be, Will Be") from Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 film "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

DORIS DAY OPENS UP ABOUT LEAVING HOLLYWOOD, LOSING HER ONLY SON

In a 2012 interview with NPR, Day admitted her initial reaction was "I didn't think it was a good song." But when it became wildly popular, she said, "I realized maybe it isn't a favorite song of mine but people loved it. And kids loved it. And it was perfect for the film. So I can't say it's a favorite song of mine, but boy, it sure did something."

Doris Day prepares to speak at a press conference at the dog friendly hotel she owns in Carmel, California July 16, 1985 ( Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images )

Doris Day prepares to speak at a press conference at the dog friendly hotel she owns in Carmel, California July 16, 1985 ( Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images )

DORIS DAY GETS CANDID ON HER FRIENDSHIP WITH ROCK HUDSON IN RARE INTERVIEW

Among her other well-known songs were "Secret Love" and "Everybody Loves a Lover." In movies, Day was Hollywood's quintessential "girl next door," with a sometimes sophisticated edge. Her leading men included Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, David Niven, Rex Harrison and James Garner.

Rock Hudson and Doris Day laughing and holding drinks, circa 1960. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Rock Hudson and Doris Day laughing and holding drinks, circa 1960. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

In fact, such was her wholesome image, entertainer Oscar Levant, famed for his mordant wit, once said, "I knew Doris Day before she became a virgin."

Among her most popular films were three romantic comedies she did with Hudson: "Pillow Talk" (1959), which brought her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, "Lover Come Back" (1961) and "Send Me No Flowers" (1964).

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She also starred in several beloved musicals, including 1953's "Calamity Jane" and 1957's "The Pajama Game" as well as comedies like 1960's "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" and the drama "Midnight Lace," also from 1960.

Day reportedly turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate," a part that eventually went to Anne Bancroft.

Doris Day in an exuberant pose with her arms outstretched, circa 1990. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)

Doris Day in an exuberant pose with her arms outstretched, circa 1990. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)

Her last film, "With Six You Get Eggroll," was released in 1968.

Day was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in the Evanston neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, and was named in honor of Doris Kenyon, a silent screen star.

As a teenager, while recovering from injuries she suffered in a car crash, Day began to sing along with the radio, showing enough talent that her mother hired a singing teacher. She soon got a job as a girl vocalist with bandleader Barney Rapp, who suggested her last name was too unwieldy for marquees and so she changed it to Day after the song "Day After Day."

A LIST OF DORIS DAY'S FILMS: FROM 'THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH' TO 'PILLOW TALK'

Day worked with other bandleaders, including Les Brown, and by early 1945 had released her first hit recording "Sentimental Journey."

Within three years, she made her first film appearance in "Romance on the High Seas."

Actor Clint Eastwood and actress Doris Day attend 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 28, 1989 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Actor Clint Eastwood and actress Doris Day attend 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 28, 1989 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

She married four times: to trombonist Al Jorden, saxophonist George Weidler, her manager Martin Melcher and restaurant maître d' Barry Comden.

Day had one child, Terry Melcher, whose biological father was Jorden but who was adopted by Melcher. Terry Melcher died in 2004 of melanoma. When Martin Melcher died, Day discovered he and his business partner had decimated her earnings and left her in debt.

Doris Day with her grandson Ryan Melcher 4, the son of her only child Terry Melcher in Carmel, California July 16, 1985 ( Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images )

Doris Day with her grandson Ryan Melcher 4, the son of her only child Terry Melcher in Carmel, California July 16, 1985 ( Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images )

In her autobiography, Day recalled her son telling her the $20 million she had earned had vanished and she owed around $450,000, mostly for taxes.

Her husband also had committed her to a television series, which she later said she had no interest in doing, but felt obliged to honor Melcher's agreement. "The Doris Day Show" ran from 1968-73 with "Que Sera Sera" as its theme song.

On losing her son, Day said in 2018: "My son was the love of my life. “We talked every day, and I miss him very much. [But] we can’t change the past. I think you have to get through the bad times to appreciate the good things in life."

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"I’ve had my share of both and I always say, ‘I’m like one of those dolls with the round bottom: If life deals you a blow, you just have to bounce right back!'"

Day's legacy lasted throughout her life with her business manager and close friend Bob Bashara telling Fox News in 2017 that the star still received hundreds of letters a month and she answered them all.

Doris Day poses with her husband and agent Martin Melcher at their hotel after arriving in London in 1965. (AP Photo/Bob Dear, File)

Doris Day poses with her husband and agent Martin Melcher at their hotel after arriving in London in 1965. (AP Photo/Bob Dear, File)

"A few years ago, we had a big birthday party for her and about 200 fans came to dinner,” Bashara told us. "Even though she doesn’t really make public appearances very often, she did that night. She made sure to greet everyone who attended."

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Over the years, Day had been asked to come out of retirement and scripts were sent her way. And while Bashara said at the time that Day was not interested in returning to the spotlight, she had not given up on her love for music.

“She loves singing,” insisted Bashara. “She sings around the house a lot and her voice is terrific. We keep telling her she could record again if she wanted to. But she’ll say, ‘Oh, I’m rusty.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

38 CDs of Peace, Love and Music: Massive Woodstock box set due out in August

In conjunction with the Woodstock festival's upcoming 50th anniversary, a humongous limited-edition box set featuring every recorded performance from the historic event will be released on August 2.

Woodstock: Back to the Garden -- The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archivefeatures 38 CDs and 432 tracks, running nearly 36 hours. 267 of those tracks of which are previously unreleased.

In addition to the performances, the collection will offer various stage announcements and speeches that took place during the festival, including Max Yasgur's famous address to the hundreds of thousands people camped out on his farm in Bethel, New York.

The Back to the Garden box set is priced at just under $800 and only 1,969 numbered copies will be available. The collection also features a Blu-ray of the Director's Cut of the Oscar-winning 1970 Woodstock documentary, a copy of a new book by festival co-founder Michael Lang, a replica of the original concert program, posters, photo prints, a guitar strap like the one Jimi Hendrix used during his Woodstock set, and more.

Meanwhile, less-expansive versions of Back to the Garden will be released on June 28. Back to the Garden -- 50th Anniversary Experience is a 10-CD, 162-track package that's the first collection to feature live performances from every artist who played the festival.

Back to the Garden -- 50th Anniversary Collection is a 42-track set available as three-CD and five-LP vinyl sets. A digital version of the 10-disc package also will be released. You can pre-order all versions at Rhino.com/Woodstock50.

Among the many stars that performed at Woodstock: Hendrix, The WhoCrosby, Stills, Nash & YoungJanis JoplinCreedence Clearwater RevivalSantanaThe Grateful DeadSly and the Family StoneJefferson Airplane and The Band.

Here's the track list for the three-CD set:

Disc One
"Handsome Johnny" -- Richie Havens
"Freedom (Motherless Child)" -- Richie Havens 
"Everybody's ground getting comfortable?" -- John Morris
"Reason to Believe" -- Tim Hardin
"It's deadly serious, man" -- John Morris
"Coming Into Los Angeles" -- Arlo Guthrie
"Lotta freaks!" -- Arlo Guthrie
"Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" -- Joan Baez with Jeffrey Shurtleff
"Please come down" -- Chip Monck
"The 'Fish' Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" -- Country Joe McDonald
"Jingo" -- Santana
"Soul Sacrifice" -- Santana 
"Helen Savage, please call your father" -- Chip Monck 
"Darling Be Home Soon" -- John B. Sebastian 
"It's not poison!" -- Hugh Romney
"Going Up the Country" -- Canned Heat
"On the Road Again" -- Canned Heat

Disc Two
"Country common sense!" -- Chip Monck, Country Joe McDonald, Ken Babbs
"Dark Star" -- The Grateful Dead
"We've got the keys to your house" -- John Morris
"Bad Moon Rising" -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
"I Put a Spell on You" -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Kozmic Blues" -- Janis Joplin 
"Piece of My Heart" -- Janis Joplin
Medley: "Dance to the Music/Music Lover/I Want to Take You Higher" -- Sly & The Family Stone 
"We're Not Gonna Take It" -- The Who
"My Generation" -- The Who
"Somebody to Love" -- Jefferson Airplane
"Volunteers" -- Jefferson Airplane
"We must be in heaven, man!" -- Hugh Romney

Disc Three
"I think you people have proven something to the world" -- Max Yasgur 
"With a Little Help from My Friends" -- Joe Cocker
"Looks like we're gonna get a little bit of rain" -- John Morris 
"I'm Going Home" -- Ten Years After
"The Weight" -- The Band
"Spinning Wheel" -- Blood, Sweat & Tears
"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" -- Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Sea of Madness" -- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 
"Wooden Ships" -- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
"Love March" -- The Butterfield Blues Band 
"At the Hop" -- Sha Na Na
"It's been a delight seeing you" -- Chip Monck

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The Who launches Moving On! orchestral tour in Michigan, set includes rarity "Imagine a Man"

The Who kicked off their Moving On! Tour on Tuesday night at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, featuring the band accompanied by a 49-piece orchestra for the bulk of the show.

Billboard reports that the British rock legends delivered a 22-song performance that began and ended with symphonic sets sandwiching four tunes played without the orchestra.

The concert started with a seven-song block from The Who's classic 1969 rock opera Tommy, and also included a few tunes from the group's 1970s and '80s catalogs. Among them was the rarely played "Imagine a Man," from 1975's The Who by Numbers.

The non-orchestral set featured an acoustic rendition of "Won't Get Fooled Again," a version of "Behind Blue Eyes" augmented by touring violinist Katie Jacoby and cellist Audrey Snyder, and duo performance of the 2006 gem "Tea & Theatre" by singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend.

The final set featured six songs from The Who's 1973 concept album Quadrophenia and wrapped up with a rousing performance of "Baba O'Riley" that included a violin solo by Jacoby.

According to Billboard, the concert was a hit-and-miss affair that included many highlights, but also featured issues with the sound mix. At times, Townshend joked from the stage about the orchestral aspect of the show, which was Daltrey's brainchild.

"I just think this is a s*** idea Roger had," Pete quipped at one point.

The Who's next concert takes place on Thursday, May 9, at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.

Here's the full set list of the Grand Rapids show:

"Tommy Overture"
"It's a Boy"
"1921"
"Amazing Journey/Sparks"
"Acid Queen"
"Pinball Wizard"
"We're Not Gonna Take It"
"Who Are You"
"Imagine a Man"
"Eminence Front"
"Join Together"
"The Kids Are Alright"*
"Won't Get Fooled Again" (acoustic)*
"Behind Blue Eyes"*
"Tea and Theatre" -- Daltrey and Townshend only*
"I'm One"
"The Punk and the Godfather"
"5.15"
"Drowned"
"The Rock"
"Love Reign O'er Me"
"Baba O' Riley"

* = without orchestra.

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New Led Zeppelin documentary will feature band members telling the group's story in their own words

A new Led Zeppelin documentary looking at the band's early days is being put together as part of the band's 50th anniversary.

The as-yet-untitled film, which currently is in post-production, will follow the rock legends' story from the group's 1968 formation through 1970, when the band's second album replaced The Beatles' Abbey Road at #1 on the Billboard 200.

The documentary will feature brand-new interviews with Led Zeppelin's surviving members -- guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones -- as well as rare archival interviews with the group's late drummer, John Bonham. The film is being touted as a "first of its kind" project, with the band members telling the story of the birth of Led Zeppelin in their own words, without any other outside voices sharing opinions or commentary.

The movie will include previously unseen footage and photos, as well as state-of-the-art audio. It's being created by the team that produced the award-winning PBS documentary series about American roots music, American Epic, including director/writer Bernard MacMahon.

Page says in a statement, "When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story."

Adds Jones, "The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring that story to life."

Variety reports that the Led Zeppelin doc will be shopped at France's Cannes Film Festival, which gets underway on May 14.

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Brian Wilson and The Zombies join forces for US tour featuring themed performances

Founding Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson will team up with newly minted Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Zombies for a U.S. tour that will run from an August 31 concert in Las Vegas through a September 26 show in New York City.

The trek, dubbed "Something Great from '68!," will feature Wilson, his solo band and fellow Beach Boys alums Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplinplaying selections from The Beach Boys' Friends and Surf's Up albums, plus various hits by the group.

The Zombies, meanwhile, are touring with their current lineup and all the surviving original members, and will play their classic 1968 album Odessey and Oracle in its entirety.

Tickets to most of the shows will go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 10. Check BrianWilson.comTheZombiesMusic.com and The Zombies' Facebook page for more details.

"It's been quite a year and I'm ready to go out and tour some music that makes everyone have a feel-good vibe," Wilson says in a statement. "The Friends album has always been one of my favorites, and I love the music from that time in history."

Prior to the tour with The Zombies, Wilson has scheduled U.S. summer headlining shows that will showcase either a full performance of The Beach Boys' legendary 1966 album Pet Sounds or will focus on the group's classic hits.

The Zombies also will play a series of headlining concerts before the joint trek, but these performances only will feature the band's current lineup.

Here are Brian Wilson's headlining dates:

6/7 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium*
6/8 -- Concord, NH, Chubb Theater at CCA*
6/9 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Theatre*
6/11 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre*
6/12 -- Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre*
6/14 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena**
6/15 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Mainstage Theater*
6/16 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood Music Center*
6/18 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights*
6/20 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center*
6/21 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center*
6/23 -- Aurora, IL, RiverEdge Park*
8/9 -- Waterloo, NY, Del Lago Casino**

Here are The Zombies' headlining shows:

8/15 -- Oshkosh, WI, Leach Amphitheater
8/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
8/19 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier
8/21 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
8/23 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot
8/25 -- North Truro, MA, Payomet Performing Arts Center
8/27 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
8/29 -- Dewey Beach, DE, Bottle & Cork

And here are the joint concerts:

8/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
9/1 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
9/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
9/7 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino
9/8 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
9/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/13 -- Oakland, CA, The Fox Theatre
9/14 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
9/16 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
9/17 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
9/19 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy City Amphitheater
9/20 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
9/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
9/24 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Theatre
9/26 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre

* = Pet Sounds: The Final Performances
** = Greatest Hits Live!

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Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm discuss what led to their rift on new episode of "The Big Interview"

Foreigner guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones and the band's original frontman, Lou Gramm, conduct their first on-camera interview together in more than 20 years during the latest episode of AXS TV's The Big Interview, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  The one-time songwriting duo talk with host Dan Rather about their successful careers, their struggles with illness, and the conflicts that led Gramm to leave Foreigner in 2003.

In a preview clip, Gramm discusses the rift that formed between him and Jones.

"I think when we were supposed to be at our creative best, which was when we were writing songs, there seemed to be either miscommunication or sometimes no communication," Lou maintains. "Someone would end up at the end of a day or two very unfulfilled, and you'd start putting a wall up."

The singer adds that those fruitless songwriting sessions bred "resentment and anger," and eventually, "you wouldn't bother to get together to write songs."

Jones, meanwhile, says that a competitive and stressful atmosphere developed within Foreigner because the band was so successful right out of the gate.

"We had a lot to prove," Mick notes. "On our first album we reached four-and-a-half-million records…[T]hat was unbelievable and…there was a lot of pressure to come through and confirm that with more success."

Jones also suggests that his substance abuse played a role in him allowing his relationship with Gramm to falter.

"I look back at that with regret," Mick says, "because there were a number of years I think we could've carried on."

Jones' and Gramm's relationship, of course, has warmed in recent years, with Lou taking part in several special Foreigner reunion concerts since 2017.

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The Who launches Moving On! orchestral tour tonight in Michigan

The Who's Moving On! orchestral tour kicks off tonight, May 7, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and prior to its launch, the band's official blogger, Brian Kehew, has penned an update about the trek's preparations.

Kehew reports that the Florida-based Craig Turley Orchestras will provide accompaniment for The Who's first show, and discusses how rehearsals -- which took place recently in West Palm Beach, Florida -- went with the orchestra, minus the group.

Brian says that Oscar-winning conductor/arranger David Campbell -- who is also alt-rocker Beck's father -- has arranged some of the songs The Who will play on the trek.  He notes that Campbell "has been working specifically to get the orchestra to play like powerful rock musicians."

Kehew adds that Campbell is "working the sections to get the horns or the strings to function like an electric guitar would -- bolder notes, longer, bigger gestures."

A video posted on The Who's YouTube channel shows the orchestra running through a few songs, including the "Listening to You" portion of "We're Not Gonna Take It," as well as "Love Reign O'er Me" and "Baba O'Riley."

Kehew maintains that "the orchestra is a challenge...It's a monster to grapple with, yet it is coming together and promising."  Apparently, when The Who and the full orchestra rehearsed together, "It was better than either one on its own, despite the rough bits of timing, following and learning."  He says some highlights included "Eminence Front" and the Quadrophenia instrumental "The Rock."

In addition, Kehew says that, as per frontman Roger Daltrey's instructions, there will be simpler stage setup focusing on the band "as players, as singers/musicians," and video screens will give the audience "views of the musicians from all over."

Kehew notes that some songs will be played without the orchestra.

Here's The Who's full list of North American tour dates:

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

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The Who's Moving On! orchestral tour kicks off tonight, May 7, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and prior to its launch, the band's official blogger, Brian Kehew, has penned an update about the trek's preparations.

Kehew reports that the Florida-based Craig Turley Orchestras will provide accompaniment for The Who's first show, and discusses how rehearsals -- which took place recently in West Palm Beach, Florida -- went with the orchestra, minus the group.

Brian says that Oscar-winning conductor/arranger David Campbell -- who is also alt-rocker Beck's father -- has arranged some of the songs The Who will play on the trek.  He notes that Campbell "has been working specifically to get the orchestra to play like powerful rock musicians."

Kehew adds that Campbell is "working the sections to get the horns or the strings to function like an electric guitar would -- bolder notes, longer, bigger gestures."

A video posted on The Who's YouTube channel shows the orchestra running through a few songs, including the "Listening to You" portion of "We're Not Gonna Take It," as well as "Love Reign O'er Me" and "Baba O'Riley."

Kehew maintains that "the orchestra is a challenge...It's a monster to grapple with, yet it is coming together and promising."  Apparently, when The Who and the full orchestra rehearsed together, "It was better than either one on its own, despite the rough bits of timing, following and learning."  He says some highlights included "Eminence Front" and the Quadrophenia instrumental "The Rock."

In addition, Kehew says that, as per frontman Roger Daltrey's instructions, there will be simpler stage setup focusing on the band "as players, as singers/musicians," and video screens will give the audience "views of the musicians from all over."

Kehew notes that some songs will be played without the orchestra.

Here's The Who's full list of North American tour dates:

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

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Don McLean to receive prestigious lifetime achievement award from UCLA

Don McLean will be presented with a prestigious honor for his career musical contributions by UCLA's Student Alumni Association.

The "American Pie" singer/songwriter will receive the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at the university's 2019 Spring Sing event, taking place May 17 at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

The award is given out annually to an artist or artists who have made lasting contributions to the world of music, in the spirit of the famed sibling songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin, who in 1936 adapted their composition "Strike Up the Band" for the UCLA Bruins' fight song.

The Spring Sing is an annual musical competition during which students perform as solo artists, duos, with bands and in a cappella groups in front of an audience of thousands.

"I am such a great lover and admirer of the work of the Gershwin's that to receive this award is a thrill," says McLean, who plans to attend the event. "In popular music the modernism of their music put them in a class by themselves."

The award's director, Isabella Dohil, praises Don for writing "poetic lyrics [that] have transcended time and remain a staple of American culture."

In other news, McLean has 17 confirmed U.S. concerts on his 2019 schedule.   Among the concerts is a June 15 show at The Soundstage at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, which will be part of Graceland's Father's Day Weekend Celebration. 

Don says that during his Graceland gig, he'll perform his ballad "And I Love You So," which Elvis Presley also sang and recorded.

Here are all of McLean's U.S. concerts:

5/10 -- East Greenwich, RI, The Greenwich Odeum
5/11 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
6/7 -- South Orange, NJ, South Orange Performing Arts Center
6/15 -- Memphis, TN, Graceland LIVE
6/29 -- Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Community College
7/3 -- Catoosa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
7/20 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
7/27 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe
8/2 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
8/3 -- Montclair, CA, The Canyon
8/16 -- Ojai, CA, Ojai Libbey Bowl
8/17 -- Valencia, CA, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
9/8 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
9/20 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot
9/21 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/4 -- Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget Casino
10/6 -- San Juan Capristrano, CA, Coach House Concert Hall

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Billy Joel has "mixed feelings" about turning 70, reveals if he'd work with Elton again

Billy Joel turns 70 this Thursday, May 9, and he'll mark the milestone with a show New York's Madison Square Garden -- but he admits that he's not really in a celebratory mood.

"I got mixed feelings about it, he tells Rolling Stone. "On the one hand, I'm happy to be alive. On the other hand, I don't know how much of a party I deserve just for making it to 70." 

In fact, because he's a rock star, Billy says he doesn't think of his age...until he sees pictures of himself.

"I got old, I lost my hair," he laments. "I was never a matinee idol to begin with, and there I am onstage, still doing the same job I was doing when I was 16."

But don't ever expect him to try to make himself look younger. 

"I've always been a schlubby-looking guy, and I ain't about to change," he admits. "Plastic surgery, wigs...I am 70 years old. I've never hidden my age, so why should I start now?"

Asked if he'd consider a biopic of his eventful life, like his pal Elton John is doing, Billy insists, "I don't know if I'm interesting enough to make a movie out of. I lived my life. I don't want to be redundant." 

Speaking of Elton, he tells Rolling Stone that he'd "work with him again, absolutely...if he asked me to."

As for retiring from the road like Elton, though, Billy says no way.

"I think the way it'll happen is, there'll be a night where I feel like I can't do it well anymore -- I can't hit the notes, I don't have the physical stamina, I'm not into it," he suggests. "And that night, I'll know it's time to stop."

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Peabo Bryson cancels concerts, but is "improving rapidly" following heart attack

Oscar and Grammy-winning crooner Peabo Bryson is on his way to making a full recovery from the mild heart attack he suffered on April 27, but he won't be able to perform just yet: His May concerts have been canceled.

A rep for Bryson tells ABC Radio in a statement that the "Beauty and the Beast" singer is "still listed in stable condition and is improving rapidly." 

The statement continues, "The family continues to request privacy, but extends their deepest gratitude and appreciation to friends and fans for the outpour[ing] of love and support expressed throughout this experience."

The shows have been canceled so that Bryson can "continue his rest and recovery."   Efforts are being made to reschedule the dates, but fans should contact local box offices details and instructions.

Bryson's hits include "A Whole New World," "If Ever You're In My Arms Again," "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" and "Show & Tell."

The canceled shows are:

5/3-4 -- Akron, OH, Tangier Cabaret Room
5/10 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino
5/12-13 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney World Resort
5/16 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center
5/25 -- Bethesda, MD, Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club

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New America box set features albums from 1979 to 1985

A new box set gathering together the albums the group America released on the Capitol Records label is coming out May 24.

America: Classic Album Collection -- The Capitol Years is a six-CD collection featuring the soft-rock act's five studio albums from 1979 through 1984, as well as the 1985 live record In Concert.

Prior to recording 1979's Silent Letter, founding America member Dan Peek exited the group, leaving singer/songwriters Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley to carry on as a duo.

Silent Letter was the fifth consecutive, and last, America album produced by famed Beatles producer George Martin. Its follow-up, 1980's Alibi, features many guest musicians and singers, including Toto's Steve Lukather, The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit and Mister Mister's Richard Page.

The versions of Silent Letter and Alibi featured in the box set each include two bonus tracks: mono edits of the singles "Only Game in Town," "All Around," "You Could've Been the One" and "Hangover."

1982's View from the Ground featured the group's final top 10 Hot 100 single, "You Can Do Magic," written by Argent lead singer Russ Ballard. The album also included contributions from The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson, Christopher Cross, Schmit and Toto's Lukather, Jeff Porcaro and Mike Porcaro.

1983's Your Move was produced by Ballard and included "The Border," which peaked at #33 on the Hot 100.

America's final Capitol studio album, 1984's Perspective, features the song "(Can't Fall Asleep to A) Lullaby," which Journey's Steve Perry co-wrote and sings on.

In Concert was recorded at a June 1985 show in Santa Barbara, California, and features renditions of hits like "Tin Man," "I Need You," "Sister Golden Hair," "You Can Do Magic," "Ventura Highway" and "A Horse With No Name."

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Elton John reveals his two sons are "girl [crazy]," says he's writing new music, calls Billy Joel "lazy"

Elton John and Billy Joel are more frenemies than pals, having both spoken out of turn about each other in the press over the years.  Now Elton has launched the latest shot in their ongoing war of words.

Elton was asked by U.K. paper The Sun how he feels about Billy's comment last year that Elton is "dragging down" his legacy by continuing to release new albums.  Elton joked, "Well actually, he hasn't made anything since 1993 because he can't."

He continued, "I love releasing new music, it doesn't sell but that's the point -- it's like telling a painter not to paint. He's just lazy. Yeah, I love him to death but he's lazy."

Elton underscores the fact that he, on the other hand, is far from lazy by telling the paper that he's currently exhausted because he's on his Farewell tour, where he performs nearly three hours a night, and he's also "writing in the studio." 

He also notes, "I play tennis three times a week and walk in the pool three times a week, so I'm physically very fit, and that's stamina."

One reason Elton is saying farewell to the road is because he wants to spend more time with his two sons, eight-year-old Zachary and six-year-old Elijah.  And while Elton's one of the world's most famous gay fathers, he's not taking a gender-neutral approach to raising his kids.

"My boys are so boyish...they're flirts -- girl [crazy]," he tells the paper.  "They said, 'There was a new girl in class today and she really fancies me,' and I said, 'That's great!' They're real boys and they're just very athletic, normal kids."

He adds, "They're both [sports-crazy]...they don't have video games. They're always outside playing and kicking a ball around."

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Watch video of The Who rehearsing for its new tour; band's blogger says shows will be "spectacular and beautiful"

With The Who's Moving On! tour kicking off this Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the rock legends have posted a video on their official YouTube channel showing them rehearsing for the trek "somewhere in the U.S.A."

The two-and-a-half-minute clip shows Roger DaltreyPete Townshendand company running through a few of the band's songs -- "5:15" and "The Punk and the Godfather" from Quadrophenia, and "See Me, Feel Me," from Tommy.

The Who's official blogger, Brian Kehew [KEE-hyoo], who shot the video, also has posted an online report about the rehearsals and the tour, which will feature the band playing with a different orchestra at each venue.

Kehew notes that this trek will be different from any of the group's previous treks.

"Most of the music in the coming concerts will be accompanied by a full-size symphony orchestra," he points out, adding that "[a]ll the guitar, bass and keyboard rigs are redone/new for this tour, for new sounds and to bring the volume into balance with what the orchestra will play."

Brian also says Zak Starkey's "new drum set is totally different to anything we've had before."

According to Kehew, the shows will offer "some serious surprises," both big and little, and he promises that "if you've seen The Who over a hundred times in your life, this show will be different, and spectacular and beautiful in ways you have never seen."

He adds, "It will still be rocking, still be The Who as you know it; raw energy, beauty and lightness, power, joy -- those unusual combinations of flavors that make up a Who night."

Check out the band's full tour schedule at TheWho.com.

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ZZ Top releasing 50-track compilation in celebration of 50th anniversary

Fifty years after they first started rocking, ZZ Top is still goin' strong, and as part of the celebrations marking their half-century anniversary, the Texas trio will release a new compilation called Goin' 50 on August 16.

The career-spanning collection will feature 50 tracks, and will be available as a three-CD and a five-LP vinyl package. In addition, single-CD, digital and streaming versions of the album featuring only 18 tracks will be released on June 14.

Goin' 50 boasts most of ZZ Top's biggest hits and best-known songs, and also features plenty of deeper cuts. Among the classics included on the album are "La Grange," "Tush," "Cheap Sunglasses," "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Got Me Under Pressure," "Legs," "Sleeping Bag" and "Rough Boy." Also included in the comp are the band's covers of Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" and Sam & Dave's "I Thank You," as well as live versions of "Waitin' for the Bus" and "Jesus Just Left Chicago." In addition, Goin' 50 features two bonus tracks recorded in 1969 by ZZ Top's original lineup -- "Salt Lick" and "Miller's Farm."

As previously reported, ZZ Top will play three special 50th anniversary shows in three Texas cities on May 17, 18 and 19, along with opening acts Bad Company and Cheap Trick. Then, after mounting a European trek in June and July, the group will launch a lengthy 50th anniversary tour of North America that kicks off in Ridgefield, Washington, on August 16, the same day as the 50-track version of Goin' 50 arrives. Cheap Trick will be the support act at most of the North American shows, while Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at a pair of August dates.

Here's the track list of the three-CD edition of Goin' Strong:

Disc One
"La Grange"
"Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers"
"Tush"
"Salt Lick" 
"Miller's Farm"
"(Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree" 
"Francine"
"Heard It on the X"
"It's Only Love"
"Arrested for Driving While Blind"
"Enjoy and Get It On"
"I Thank You"
"Cheap Sunglasses"
"I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide"
"Leila"
"Tube Snake Boogie"
"Pearl Necklace"

Disc Two 
"Gimme All Your Lovin'"
"Got Me Under Pressure"
"Sharp Dressed Man"
"TV Dinners"
"Legs"
"Sleeping Bag"
"Can't Stop Rockin'"
"Stages"
"Rough Boy"
"Delirious"
"Woke Up with Wood"
"Velcro Fly"
"Doubleback"
"Concrete and Steel"
"My Head's in Mississippi"
"Give It Up"
"Decision or Collision"

Disc Three
"Viva Las Vegas"
"Gun Love"
"Pincushion"
"Breakaway"
"Girl in a T-Shirt"
"Fuzzbox Voodoo"
"She's Just Killing Me"
"What's Up with That"
"Bang Bang"
"Rhythmeen"
"Fearless Boogie"
"36-22-36"
"Piece"
"I Gotsta Get Paid"
"Waitin' for the Bus" (Live)
"Jesus Just Left Chicago" (Live)

Elton John biopic "Rocketman" is launching two weeks early

Want the chance to see the Elton John biopic Rocketman before it officially hits theaters? Fandango's got you covered.

The movie site is teaming up with Paramount Pictures to offer tickets to May 18 screenings of the film at nearly 400 theaters nationwide, nearly two weeks ahead of its May 31 release date.

Tickets for the early access screenings are on sale now.

Rocketman, a musical fantasy based on the pop-rock legend's life, stars Taron Egerton as Elton, Jamie Bell as John's songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden as the singer's one-time manager, John Reid.

As previously reported, the Rocketman soundtrack will be released on Friday, May 24. The album mainly features new versions of classic Elton tunes sung by Egerton, and also includes a brand-new song titled "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" that was co-written by John and Taupin and is sung by Elton and Taron.

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Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul premiere new Sam Cooke-inspired tune, "Love Again"

With Summer of Sorcery, the new studio album by "Little Steven" Van Zandt and his group The Disciples of Soul, arriving this Friday, May 3, the longtime E Street Band guitarist has given fans another preview of the record by releasing the song "Love Again" as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can check out the track at Little Steven's YouTube channel.

The horn-driven tune is clearly inspired by the classic soul sound of the early 1960s, and reminiscent of some of the memorable material that Van Zandt has written in the past for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

"That's one of my two Sam Cooke tributes on the album," Little Steven says of "Love Again." "It's a fun little fiction about a character who has been burned by a relationship so he travels the world trying to distract himself only to find there's no escape from the addiction of love!"

Summer of Sorcery is available on CD, digitally, and as a two-LP vinyl set pressed on 180-gram black vinyl. You can also buy a limited-edition psychedelic-swirl-vinyl version of the double LP at uDiscoverMusic.com.

As previously reported, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul will celebrate Summer of Sorcery's release with concerts this Saturday in Los Angeles and Wednesday, May 8, in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Then, after a European tour that runs from mid-May to late June, the group will launch a North American summer trek that starts with a June 29 appearance at the New York State Blues Fest in Syracuse, New York. The band will return to Europe in August for more shows, and also has additional U.S. gigs line up in September.

Here are all of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul's confirmed North American concerts:

5/4 -– Los Angeles, CA, The Saban
5/8 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre
6/29 -- Syracuse, NY, New York State Blues Fest
7/2 -- London, ON, Canada, London Music Hall
7/4 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Bluesfest
7/6 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, FEQ
7/10 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Phoenix Theatre
7/12 -- Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom
7/14 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
7/16 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
7/18 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
7/20 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
7/24 -- Richmond, VA, The National
7/26 -- Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts
7/28 -- Annapolis, MD, Outlaw Jam 3 - Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
9/5-8 -- Las Vegas, NV, Big Blues Bender - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino+
9/9 -- Ventura, CA, The Majestic Ventura Theater
9/11 -- Berkeley, CA, The UC Theatre
9/13-15 -- San Diego, CA, KAABOO Del Mar+
9/15 -- Tucson, AZ, The Rialto Theatre
9/17 -- Englewood, CO -- The Gothic Theatre
9/22 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond

+ = exact date not yet announced.

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Paula Abdul announces "Forever Your Girl" Las Vegas residency

A Paula Abdul comeback is in full swing.

Following the announcements of her Billboard Music Awards performance tonight and LA Pride Festival show in June, the singer has announced a new Las Vegas residency.

The Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl show will kick off at Flamingo Las Vegas on August 13. The residency, which currently extends into January 2020, will feature her performing the biggest hits over her 30-year career. Abdul also is planning to share some behind-the-scenes stories from her American Idol judging days.

"It's a real thrill to have the iconic Flamingo Las Vegas welcome me to their stage," Paula says in a statement. "After 30 years as an entertainer, I can't think of any better place to showcase my love for performing than Las Vegas."

Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m.

Here are the dates:

August: 13, 15-17 
October: 22, 24-26 
November: 26, 28-30 
December: 23-24, 27-28, 31
January: 1, 3-4

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