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Mike Rutherford Says He's Excited About Touring America with New Mike + the Mechanics Lineup

Image Courtesy of Mike the MechanicsMike Rutherford first found fame during the 1970s as the guitarist and bassist for Genesis, but he also achieved major success when he launched his own band, Mike the Mechanics, in the mid-'80s.  The first incarnation of the latter group called quits in the early 2000s following the death of co-lead singer Paul Young, but a few years ago Rutherford put together a new version of the band.

The revamped Mike the Mechanics lineup recently launched its first North American tour, which is scheduled through a March 20-21 stand in Chicago.  Rutherford tells ABC Radio the purpose of the trek is to gauge how much interest stateside music fans still have in the band.

"I'm excited about the tour because I think we have a nice history here in America," he explains.  "I know [that] the songs are still played on the radio, you know, so I want to try it and see."

Mike the Mechanics is best known for the three big hits they scored the 1980s, "Silent Running," "All I Need Is a Miracle" and the chart-topping 1989 anthem "The Living Years."  Young shared vocal duties with ex-Ace/Squeeze singer Paul Carrack, who decided to focus on his solo career a few years after his band mate's passing in 2000.  When Rutherford decided to restart the group, he needed to find two new singers whose vocal qualities were similar to those of Young and Carrack.

As he explains to ABC Radio, "[I] found Andrew Roachford, who's a great R&B singer, and Tim Howar, who's got a great rock voice, and started touring a bit."

Rutherford says that as the new band members got some experience playing on stage together, he realized that they had developed into a great live unit and he felt that they were ready to test the waters by bringing the show to North America.

"What impressed me was how well the songs worked on stage.  What good live songs they were -- 'All I Need Is a Miracle' and 'Living Years' and 'Silent Running,' and [even some] new ones," maintains Mike.  "And it was just a great live band."

Besides playing the group's hits, older album gems and selections from the band's most recent record, 2010's The Road, Mike the Mechanics also dips into the Genesis catalog for their live set lists.  Recent shows have included performances of "Turn It On Again" and "I Can't Dance."

Looking back to Mike the Mechanics' 1980s heyday, Rutherford admits that he "never expected" the group to become as big as it did.  He also points out how amazing it was that three Genesis band members -- himself, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins -- would find such great success outside of the group.

In addition, Rutherford notes that many music fans still haven't put two and two together with regard to his membership in both bands.

As he explains, "To this day I meet people who say, 'You mean you, from Genesis, are the guy who's in Mike and the Mechanics?'"

Here are the remaining dates on Mike the Mechanics' 2015 North American tour:

3/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Centre
3/7 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
3/8 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall – Hartford
3/10 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
3/11 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Theatre Maisonneuve at Palace des Arts
3/13 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
3/14 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theatre
3/15 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live – Northfield
3/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
3/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theatre
3/20 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
3/21 -- Chicago, IL, Park West

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Chrissie Hynde to Publish Autobiography in September

Credit: Dean ChalkleyChrissie Hynde is set to join the ranks of the famous rockers who have penned an autobiography.  The New York Times reports that the Pretenders frontwoman has signed a deal with Doubleday to publish a "literary memoir" on September 8 of this year.

The as-yet-untitled book apparently will put quite a bit of brass in Hynde's pocket, as the sources close to the deal have told the newspaper that the memoir was sold for a seven-figure sum.  The tome will follow Chrissie's life story from her childhood in Ohio, the development of her passion for rock music in the 1960s and her years spent at Kent State University at the time of the infamous 1970 shootings of student protesters, to her involvement in the London punk scene during the '70s and her eventual emergence as an edgy, tough, sexy and talented singer/songwriter with The Pretenders.

"I'm approaching writing this memoir much the same way as I would an album," says Hynde in a statement.  "I hope it makes you want to dance, have fun, dig out some old records and maybe even root through your closet and dust off your guitar."

Meanwhile, Hynde's editor, Gerry Howard, says of the book, "Chrissie is so incredibly frank, intimate and witty -- and she has been involved in so much rich rock 'n' roll history -- that there seems to be a surprise on every page."

The book is available for pre-order now at, with the hardcover version priced at $26.99 and the eBook edition costing $13.99.

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Bob Dylan Has Recorded a Second Album of Frank Sinatra Songs, Says Daniel Lanois

Credit: William ClaxtonIf you are enjoying Bob Dylan's new album of Frank Sinatra covers, Shadows in the Night, you may be glad to know that there's a lot more where that came from.  In a recent interview with The Vancouver Sun, acclaimed producer Daniel Lanois, who's collaborated with Dylan on a few occasions, reveals that the folk-rock legend has recorded two albums' worth of standards.

"He came to my house eight or six months ago and spent a few hours," Lanois told the newspaper.  "We listened to 21 songs -- because he's made two records of this [Sinatra material]."

The producer, who's probably best known for his work with U2, gave no indication whether he knew if or when the additional songs Dylan recorded will be released.  He did go on to explain why Bob had developed such an affinity for the type of classic songs he covered for Shadows in the Night.

Lanois said Dylan told him during his visit that as a child his family didn't expose him to a lot of music, "but the music he did hear really touched him and he felt that a lot of that music was written not only by great professional songwriters at the time, but a lot of it was written from the heart, from the wartime, and people just pining for a lover."

Daniel added that Dylan "felt there was a lot of spirit in that music.  He felt there was a kind of beauty, a sacred ground for him."

Dylan then played the standards he'd recorded for Lanois, who said, "I felt everything that he talked about," adding, "For one of America's great writers to say, 'I'm not gonna write a song.  I'm gonna pay homage to what shook me as young boy' I thought was very graceful and dignified."

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David Gilmour Announces September European Tour Coinciding with Release of New Solo Album

Credit: Piotr TarasewiczLongtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour has announced his first solo tour dates in more than nine years, a European trek that will kick off during the late summer and run into the fall.  The outing will get under way with a September 12 show in Pula, Croatia, and is mapped out through a three-night stand, September 23-25 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The concerts will coincide with the release of Gilmour's as-yet-untitled fourth solo album, which will be a follow-up to 2006's On an Island.  Tickets for the shows will go on sale this Friday, March 6.

Frequent Gilmour collaborator Phil Manzanera recently was interviewed by the U.K. magazine Uncut and said of the upcoming album, "I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy."

Gilmour's most recent live performance took place in December when he appeared as a surprise guest during a show by Bombay Bicycle Club gig in Earls Court in London.  He played the Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here" and the Bombay Bicycle Club tune "Rinse Me Down" at the concert, which was the last gig held at the famed London venue.

Here is the full list of David's confirmed tour dates:

9/12 -- Pula, Croatia, Arena Pula
9/14 -- Verona, Italy, Verona Arena
9/15 -- Florence, Italy, Teatro le Mulina
9/17 -- Orange, France, Theatre Antique
9/19 -- Oberhausen, Germany, Konig-Pilsener-Arena
9/23-25 -- London, U.K., The Royal Albert Hall

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Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire Teaming Up for Heart and Soul 2015 Summer Tour

Live Nation EntertainmentTwo of the world's most celebrated horn-driven pop-rock bands, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, will join forces for a major North American co-headlining trek this summer.  The Heart and Soul Tour 2015 is scheduled to get under way July 15 in Concord, California, and is plotted out through a September 6 show in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The outing will feature at least 25 dates across the continent and will include stops in such major cities as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Denver, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Toronto, and Boston.  Tickets for most of the shows will go on sale starting Friday, March 13 at  Visit and for more information.

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire previously toured together in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

"One of the most exciting things about the show is when both bands perform at the end of the concert," says Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane.  "Having these 21 very talented musicians playing our greatest hits together puts the excitement level at a fever pitch!  From the Heart of Chicago and the Soul of Earth, Wind & Fire, it is an unforgettable experience."

Adds Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey, "This is a real treat for fans of both groups to experience again the power-packed collaboration of Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago…We are looking forward to it ourselves -- it has always been one of our favorite tours."

Here are the confirmed dates for the Heart and Soul Tour 2015:

7/15 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Axis @ Planet Hollywood
7/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
7/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/23 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
7/24 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/25 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/28 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/31 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/14 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater
8/25 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/26 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
8/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheater
8/29 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/30 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
9/1 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
9/5 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
9/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center

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The Ides of March Celebrating 50th Anniversary with Five-Disc Compilation

Ides of March RecordsAn expansive compilation celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Chicago-area pop-rock group The Ides of March will be released on April 18.  Last Band Standing -- The Definitive 50-Year Anniversary Collection contains four CDs featuring recordings spanning the band's entire career and a DVD boasting video of a recent live performance and a bevy of archival footage.

The Ides of March is best known for their 1970 smash "Vehicle," which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The band is led by Jim Peterik, who went on to further fame as guitarist, keyboardist and co-lead songwriter for Survivor.

Last Band Standing's audio discs include some early rarities; the group's entire first two albums, 1970's Vehicle and 1971's Common Bond; and selections from 1972's World Woven and 1973's Midnight Oil.  The compilation also features a number of tunes that the reunited band recorded during the 1990s, including "Spirit of Chicago," an homage to the Windy City that boasts contributions by such local luminaries as Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung and more.  Rounding out the CDs are several brand-new Ides of March tunes, including the title track, which features a guest appearance by Booker T and the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper.

As for the DVD, it is highlighted by a 15-song performance recorded on May 31, 2014, at the House of Blues in Chicago.  Among the extra footage on the disc are TV appearances The Ides of March made during the 1970s, new interviews with the band members, a behind-the-scenes look at the group, a photo gallery and a new promo video for the song "Last Band Standing."

The Ides of March continues to tour, and have a few upcoming shows on their 2015 schedule.  Peterik also has a variety of other musical projects and recently has been promoting his 2014 memoir, Through the Eye of the Tiger.

Here are The Ides of March's upcoming 2015 concerts:

3/16 -- Charleston, SC, Baker & Taylor Show
5/2 -- Western Springs, IL, Theatre of Western Springs
7/10 -- West Chicago, IL, Railroad Days Fest
7/16 -- Steger, IL, Village of Steger Days
11/14 -- Rosemont, IL, Loews Hotel

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Annie Lennox Performs Tunes from Latest Album, "Nostalgia," in Upcoming PBS Special

Credit: Robert SebreeA new concert special featuring Annie Lennox singing tunes from her Grammy-nominated 2014 covers collection Nostalgia will premiere next month as the latest episode of the PBS series Great PerformancesAnnie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert will include the Eurythmics frontwoman's unique renditions of such jazz and pop standards as "Georgia on My Mind," "Summertime," "Strange Fruit," "God Bless the Child" and "Mood Indigo."

The hour-long concert was taped in January at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.  The show also features versions of Lennox's solo hit "Why" and the Eurythmics gem "Here Comes the Rain Again."

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert is scheduled to premiere on many PBS stations on Friday, April 3, at 10 p.m.; check local listings for air times in your area.

Here's the full list of songs Lennox performs on the show:

"Memphis in June"
"Georgia on My Mind"
"I Put a Spell on You"
"I Cover the Waterfront"
"Strange Fruit"
"God Bless the Child"
"September in the Rain"
"The Nearness of You"
"Mood Indigo"

"Here Comes the Rain Again"

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Graham Nash Lines Up One-Off Orchestral Concert in Cleveland This June

Credit: Eleanor StillsGraham Nash will team up with the Cleveland-based Contemporary Youth Orchestra for a special one-off concert scheduled for June 5 at the city's Severance Hall.  The show will feature the folk-rock great performing alongside the 115-member orchestra, as well as with a 65-member choir, made up of students from 64 Ohio school districts.

The event is the latest in the orchestra's ongoing Rock the Orchestra Concert series.  Nash will be the 15th artist to participate in the series, which previously has featured such stars as Styx, Pat Benatar, ex-Yes frontman Jon Anderson, Jefferson Starship and funk legend Bootsy Collins.

Regarding the orchestra's decision to ask Nash to take part in the concert, founding music director Liza Grossman says, "Graham's passionate voice has supported peace and social justice for decades.  His music transcends generations, and the musicians in CYO want to be part of his powerful messages."

Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. ET at

Meanwhile, Nash has plenty to keep him busy in the months leading up to the orchestral concert.  Crosby, Stills & Nash will kick off a two-week tour of the Far East on Thursday in Tokyo.  After that, he and David Crosby will take part in a pair of spring charity concerts, on April 8 in Los Angeles and April 11 in San Francisco.  Then, CSN will hit the road for a U.S. trek that's mapped out from an April 29 concert in Lincoln, Nebraska, through a May 20 performance in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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Brian Wilson Tribute Concert Scheduled for March 30 in L.A; Lineup Includes Brian, Al Jardine, Ann Wilson

Image Courtesy of The Best FestA new all-star concert paying tribute to founding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is scheduled to take place on March 30 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  The first-ever Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson will feature an guest appearance by Wilson himself, as well as performances by fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine, Heart's Ann Wilson, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Phillips, Norah Jones and many more.

The event is being curated by The Best Fest, the same people who have organized similar tribute shows to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m. PT via  Proceeds from ticket sales for the show will go to the Jameson Neighborhood Fund to benefit the Sweet Relief organization, which aids musicians in need of financial assistance because of illness or other issues.

Brian Fest is timed to coincide with the release of Wilson's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, which hits stores April 7.  The record features contributions from a number of musicians who will participate in the concert, including Jardine, She & Him's M. Ward and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.

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Paul McCartney Appears on "All Day," Another New Song by Kanye West

PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsPaul McCartney's collaborative relationship with Kanye West continues to be a fruitful one, as the ex-Beatle is featured on yet another song with the rap star.  McCartney sings and whistles on "All Day," West's latest single, which was released on Monday night via iTunes.

The track, which also features a vocal from Theophilus London and a rap from U.K. artist Allan Kingdom, will appear on Kanye's upcoming album, So Help Me God.  The release of the five-minute-long studio version of "All Day" follows West's live performance of the tune at last week's BRIT Awards 2015.

As Rolling Stone notes, the whistling segment McCartney does on "All Day" appears to share the same melody of an unreleased song he wrote back in 1969 that was inspired by a painting of a guitarist by Pablo Picasso.

McCartney also contributed to Kanye's recent ballad, "Only One," on which Sir Paul played keyboards, and the two stars were featured on Rihanna's hit single "FourFiveSeconds."  The latter tune gave McCartney his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 29 years.

A release date for West's album has not been revealed.

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2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction to Debut on HBO on May 30

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame MuseumWe already knew that the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall, but we now know when and where fans will be able to watch the big event on television.  The show will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

As previously reported, the latest crop of inductees includes Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day and The "5" Royales.

2015 will mark the fourth straight year that HBO has presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and the network has just signed an agreement to continue covering the event for three more years.

Meanwhile, although tickets to the April 18 ceremony are sold out, the event will be simulcast on a number of giant screens throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  Tickets for the simulcast are available now for $24.50 at

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Robert Plant Releasing Limited-Edition Vinyl EP, "More Roar," on Record Store Day

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsThis year's Record Store Day is fast approaching, and Robert Plant is among the artists who will be releasing limited-edition vinyl discs as part of the promotion, which takes place on Friday, April 18.

The Led Zeppelin singer will release More Roar, a 10-inch EP featuring live performances recorded during his 2014 tour with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters.  Side A of the record includes renditions of "Turn It Up" and "Arbaden," songs that appear on Robert's latest solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.  Side B features a medley that combines another Lullaby tune, "Poor Howard," and the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love."  Only 10,000 copies of More Roar will be available.

A full list of Record Store Day releases will be unveiled on March 10.

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Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan Taking Part in Star-Studded Free Festival in Miami Beach

PRNewsFoto/Hard Rock InternationalBarry Gibb and Gloria Estefan are among the stars who will perform at a free concert event called the Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach festival that will take place on Monday, March 26, at the famed Florida resort town.  The musical extravaganza also will feature a variety of other stars, including ex-Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason, Andrea Bocelli, Wyclef Jean, Jon Secada, Flo Rida, veteran reggae group Third World and more.

Actor Andy Garcia will serve as emcee for part of the festival, which will be held on the beach where Eighth Street and Ocean Drive meet.  The event is being organized by Hard Rock International in partnership with the City of Miami Beach.

Free seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis, while concertgoers also will be able to buy limited, reserved premium seats.  The festival area will open at noon ET on March 26, with a temporary amphitheater opening at 5 p.m. that afternoon in advance of the evening performances.

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John Fogerty Unveils Series of US Dates for His "1969" Tour

MAD Ink PRA dozen new dates have been revealed for the recently-announced U.S. leg of John Fogerty's "1969" tour, which will celebrate the eventful year Creedence Clearwater Revival released three of its classic albums -- Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys.  The newly-announced shows include a series of spring stops in the Southeast, starting May 2 at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, and a June 30 gig at the Wolf Trap performing arts center in Vienna, Virginia.

Previously, Fogerty had only announced one date on the tour -- a July 15 performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  Other new appearances include stops in the Nashville area; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Tampa Florida.  Additional shows will be scheduled soon.  Visit for more details, including ticket info.

During the tour, Fogerty will be showcasing many of the classic tunes featured on the 1969 albums released by his former band, including "Born on the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Lodi," "Down on the Corner," and "Fortunate Son."

In other news, the autobiography that John has been working on now is expected to be published in the fall.

Here are all of the confirmed U.S. dates on Fogerty's 1969 tour:

5/2 -- Memphis, TN, Beale Street Music Festival – Tom Lee Park
5/3 -- Whites Creek, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
5/5 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater
5/6 -- Charlotte, NC, The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
5/9 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
5/12 -- Augusta, GA, Bell Auditorium
5/13 -- Simpsonville, SC, Charter Amphitheater
5/15 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
5/16 -- Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/17 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
7/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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Madonna Announces 35-City Rebel Heart Tour

Interscope RecordsMadonna has announced she'll be bringing her Rebel Heart tour to 35 cities, beginning August 29 at Miami's American Airlines Arena.

Following stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities, the UK/European leg will kick off on November 4th in Koln, Germany, and will stop in Spain, Sweden, Italy, and elsewhere.  Ticket details are available on Madonna's official website.

Here are the scheduled dates for Madonna's Rebel Heart tour:

North America/Puerto Rico:

8/29 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
9/2 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 
9/5 -- San Juan, PR, Coliseo de Puerto Rico
9/9 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
9/12 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
9/16 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 
9/19 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
9/26 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
9/28 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/1 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena  
10/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
10/5 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre  
10/8 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center  
10/11 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
10/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
10/17 -- Portland, OR, MODA Center
10/19 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
10/22 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
10/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Forum 


11/4 -- Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
11/7 -- Prague, Czech Republic, O2 Arena 
11/10 -- Berlin, Germany, Mercedes-Benz Arena (02 World)
11/14 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Tele 2 Arena 
11/17 -- Herning, Denmark, Jyske Bank Boxen
11/21 -- Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour 
11/24 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi 
11/28 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis 
12/1 -- London, UK, O2 Arena
12/5 -- Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome
12/9 -- Paris, France, Bercy
12/14 -- Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
12/16 -- Birmingham, UK, Barclaycard Arena
12/20 -- Glasgow, Scotland, The SSE Hydro

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Bob Dylan Pays Homage to Film Noir in New Video for "The Night We Called It a Day"

Columbia RecordsThe first official video to a song from Bob Dylan's new standards collection, Shadows in the Night has premiered online.  The stylized black-and-white clip, which accompanies Dylan's rendition of the 1940s ballad "The Night We Called It a Day," pays tribute to the classic film noir pictures of yesteryear.

The video stars Dylan and actor Robert Davi as two men who apparently are vying for the affections of the same woman, an alluring blonde burlesque dancer portrayed by Tracy Phillips, daughter of former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips.  After meeting up in a smoky club, the three cross paths again at the woman's apartment and, after a double cross or two, let's just say that things don't end well for most members of the love triangle.

The clip was directed by Nash Edgerton, an Australian director and stuntman who previously was behind the lens for two other similarly violent Dylan videos, 2009's "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" and 2012's "Duquesne Whistle."

Shadows in the Night, released February 3, is a collection of 10 vintage songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra.  Dylan will launch a U.S. tour in support of the album on April 10 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The trek currently is mapped out through a May 11 show in St. Louis.

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Led Zeppelin Concert Film Getting One-Night-Only Screening at US Theaters Later This Month

Fathom EventsA film featuring a whole lotta live footage of Led Zeppelin rocking out at several concerts that took place throughout the band's career will be screened at select theaters across the U.S. March 30.

Titled simply Led Zeppelin, the movie includes performances filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, at the band's historic in July 1973 stand at New York City's Madison Square Garden, during a five-night engagement at London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and at the group's August 1979 appearances at the U.K.'s Knebworth Festival.  The flick, which runs one hour and 45 minutes, which will be shown in more than 300 cinemas.

Led Zeppelin is the second in a monthly run of cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series," which began on February 26 with the screening of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.  The upcoming one-night-only screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time.  Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

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Boston, Eddie Money, Sammy Hagar to Perform at 2015 Edition of Florida's SunFest This Spring

Boston (Credit: Kamal Asar)The lineup for the 19th annual edition of Florida's Sunfest has been announced and it features an eclectic mix of artists, including such veteran performers as Boston, Eddie Money and Sammy Hagar.  The event is scheduled to run from April 29 through May 3 in downtown West Palm Beach.

Hagar will be playing with his new group The Circle, which features ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.  Other artists on the bill include John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Pixies, Wilco, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Hozier, 311 and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, among many others.

Discount advance tickets are available now through April 25.  Single-day passes cost $32, while five-day passes can be purchased for a limited time at the low price of $60.  To find out complete details about the festival and buy tickets, visit

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Concert Special Featuring Chicago and REO Speedwagon Premieres Next Sunday on AXS TV

Courtesy of Chicago, REO SpeedwagonLast year, Chicago and REO Speedwagon hit the road together for a U.S. tour that stretched from the late summer to early fall.  One of the early stops on the joint trek was an August 4 show at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and now a special featuring performances from that concert is set to premiere next month on AXS TV.

Chicago and REO Speedwagon Live at Red Rocks will debut on March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT as part of the high-definition channel's Sunday Concerts series.  The show features the bands playing plenty of their classic hits, as well as finales featuring the two groups teaming up for medleys of each other's well-known tunes.

The Chicago encore included a medley of "Free," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is" and "25 or 6 to 4," while REO's set-ending jam featured "Riding the Storm Out," "Roll with the Changes" and "Keep On Loving You."  Check out a trailer for the special at AXS TV's official YouTube channel.

Looking ahead for Chicago and REO Speedwagon, both bands have plenty of headlining dates scheduled for 2015.

Here are Chicago's upcoming tour dates:

2/27 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Theater
3/3 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Arena Ciudad de Mexico
3/5 -- Leon, Mexico, Poliforum Leon
3/7 -- Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey
3/10 -- Queretaro, Mexico, Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez
3/12 -- Guadalajara, Mexico, Auditorio Telmex
3/14 -- Aguascalientes, Mexico, La Plaza de Toros
4/23 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
4/25 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Tunica
4/26 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
4/28 -- Chattanooga, TN, Memorial Auditorium
4/30 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
5/1 -- New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds Race Course
5/2 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Riverdome
5/3 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheater
5/5 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
5/6 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
5/9 -- Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino
5/11 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
5/13 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
5/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
5/20 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
5/21 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre
5/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, River's Edge Park
6/16 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Casino
6/18 -- Richmond, BC, Canada, River Rock Show Theatre
6/19 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Vancouver
6/25 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center Theater
6/28 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center

And here is REO Speedwagon's current 2015 itinerary:

3/21 -- Cancun, Mexico, Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort
3/27 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's
3/29 -- Laredo, TX, Laredo Energy Center
4/2 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theater
4/3 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
4/4 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
4/16 -- Terre Haute, IN, ISU Hulman Center
4/18 -- Grand Island, NE, Heartland Events Center
5/9 -- Columbus, GA, Fort Benning Army Base
5/15 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo Casino Resort and Spa
5/17 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Casino
5/23 -- Baraboo, WI, HCGWD Event Center (Ho-Chunk Casino)
7/17 -- Waukesha, WI, Waukesha County Fair
9/10 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
9/11 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Events Center

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Brownstone Member Charmayne Maxwell Dead at 46

Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesCharmayne Maxwell, a member of the group Brownstone, which scored a hit in the mid-1990s with "If You Love Me," has died at the age of 46.

Her brother, Brandon Maxwell, confirmed her passing in a tweet Saturday: "R.I.P my beautiful sister Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell. I can't even believe I'm typing this right now. Bad things happened to the most innocent people. My sister died in the most terrible way and I'm in so much pain right now."

TMZ reports Charmayne's husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, found her unconscious and bleeding from her neck at their Los Angeles home on Friday night. She'd attended her son's soccer game earlier in the day.

Maxwell died on the way to the hospital. Los Angeles police reportedly tell TMZ Maxwell suffered a cut on her neck from a broken wine glass.

Brownstone was nominated for a Grammy for "If You Love Me," a track from their debut album, 1995's From the Bottom Up. The group released one other album, 1997's Still Climbing.

Brownstone was signed to Michael Jackson's MJJ Music label.

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