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Cream's Jack Bruce Releases Diverse New Solo Album, "Silver Rails"

Cherry Red RecordsSilver Rails, Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce's first new solo album in more than decade, was released in the U.S. this week.  The album finds the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer exploring an eclectic variety of styles with help from some well-known guest musicians, including such respected guitarists as Robin Trower, Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth and Bernie Marsden.

Among the genres Jack tackles on the record are Caribbean-flavored pop, blues, introspective ballads, melodic mid-tempo rock and heavy rock.  "I've always liked so many different kinds of music and that's always shown up, especially in my solo albums," Bruce explained in a recent interview with ABC News Radio.

He pointed out that he used his first solo album, 1969's Songs to a Tailor, as a template for Silver Rails, noting that he was interested in putting together a similarly diverse collection of tunes.  "I thought this is now like the same thing, but it's more of a sideways look, if you like," Jack said.

Bruce also told ABC News Radio that the timing of the recording sessions luckily fit in well with the schedules of his guest musicians.

"All of the solo guitar players -- the songs were really written with them in mind," he noted, and pretty much all the people I approached were free and willing to do it."

Bruce collaborated on most of the tracks with his longtime lyricist Pete Brown, with whom he's been writing songs since 1966 during his early days in Cream.

"I think he's done a tremendous job on this album.  I think he's written about seven of the lyrics," said Bruce.  "And I think we're probably about the longest still-running songwriting partnership, certainly in [the U.K.]"

He singled out the song "Reach for the Night" as a particularly insightful set of lyrics penned by Brown.  "I think he's succeeded in coming up with a little kind of potted biography of the darker side of my life," said Bruce.  "He's very unique in the sense that he seems to know me so well.  He's able to write [things that,] although they're very personal, it's not upsetting when he writes them."

Jack also is happy with Silver Rails' lead track, "Candlelight," which he co-wrote with his wife, Margrit Seyffer.  "That was her first lyric that she's written," he pointed out.  "I just love those words."

Several versions of Silver Rails is available, including a standard CD, a two-disc deluxe edition containing a Making of Silver Rails documentary on DVD, and a vinyl LP.

Bruce currently has no shows scheduled, but he told ABC News Radio that he does plan to line up some dates in support of the new album, and hopes eventually to make his way back to North America sometime this year.

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Aretha Franklin Laughs Off Rumored Fight with Patti Labelle

Aretha's Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleEarlier this month, The News Nerd published a satirical story about Aretha Franklin getting into a physical altercation with Patti LaBelle.  Now, Franklin has decided to address the story, which many people actually thought was true.

"I've never heard anything crazier -- regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta," Aretha said in a statement.  "On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error).  I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time."

She continued, "Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti."

Last last month, Franklin was captured pulling her arm away from LaBelle, who was trying to greet Aretha at the "Women of Soul" concert at the White House.

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Jethro's Tull's Ian Anderson Releases New Concept Album, "Homo Erraticus"

Calliandra RecordsIn 2012, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson released Thick as a Brick II, a sequel to his band's 1972 concept album that was based on a poem written by a fictional eight-year-old boy named Gerald Bostock.  Now, the singer has recorded a new chapter to Bostock's saga, an album titled Homo Erraticus, which hit stores on Tuesday.

According to the scenario created by Anderson, Bostock went on to have a 40-year political career before becoming Ian's tour manager.  Homo Erraticus is a collection of songs that the fictional Gerald supposedly co-wrote with Anderson inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned by a fictional amateur historian named Ernest T. Parritt -- who was born in 1865 and died 1928.  Parritt's work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.  Perhaps to help fans understand the convoluted concept behind the album, Anderson has launched a new website dedicated to the project,

Describing Homo Erraticus in a recent Billboard interview, Anderson says, "I slightly jokingly say it's a folk-prog-metal album with classical music and folk music influences.  We have a rich arrangement of essentially rock music, but with lots of elements which are part and parcel of my style, I suppose."

Ian also revealed to Billboard that he pretty much has decided to retire the Jethro Tull name.  "It's a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the '70s and '80s in terms of volume," he explained.  "And I rather think it's nice to kind of leave that as legacy."

Anderson has lined up a 30-plus-date fall U.S. tour with his solo band in support of Homo Erraticus that will kick off September 12 in Seattle and is mapped out through a November 10 concert in Montclair, New Jersey. Each show will feature a full performance of the new album, as well as a set of classic Jethro Tull material.

Here is the full list of Anderson's confirmed solo U.S. dates:

9/12 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 -- Dallas, TX, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
9/24 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
9/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/28 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
10/4 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC
10/16 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/23 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/25 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 -- Providence, RI, Providence PAC
10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars - Circus Maximus
11/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre

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New Compilation to Feature Performances from Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Concert Series

Vanguard RecordsThe third installment in a series of compilations featuring performances from the Midnight Ramble concerts late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm hosted at his home studio and barn in Woodstock, New York, is scheduled to be released on July 1.  The album, titled The Levon Helm Band -- The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3, includes 13 songs from various shows recorded between October 2005 and August 2010.

The Midnight Ramble events have been held regularly at Helm's studio since 2005, and often feature appearances by well-known guest artists.  The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 includes guest performances by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, Elvis Costello and legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint.  The album also features Helm contributing lead vocals to four tracks, while members of his longtime backing group -- including daughter Amy, guitarist Jimmy Vivino and musical director Larry Campbell -- also sing various tunes on the record.

Helm, who died in April 2012 at age 71 after a battle with cancer, handpicked the songs included on the compilation and also designed its cover art.  The Levon Helm Band has continued to host Midnight Rambles fairly regularly at the barn.

Here's the full track list of The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 compilation:

"The Same Thing" -- Levon Helm (2/14/09)
"Ain't That Good News" -- Amy Helm (8/28/10)
"God Don't Never Change" -- Jimmy Vivino (1/10/09)
"Drivin' Wheel" -- Levon Helm (5/16/09)
"I'm a Jealous Man" -- Larry Campbell (1/31/09)
"Stagger Lee" -- Little Sammy Davis (10/18/05)
"Simple Twist of Fate" -- Brian Mitchell (3/14/09)
"One More Shot" -- Levon Helm (12/9/06)
"Turn Around" -- Teresa Williams (5/9/09)
"The Beautiful Lie" -- Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Fiona McBain (1/3/09)
"A Certain Girl" -- Allen Toussaint (1/1/07)
"Shake Your Money Maker" -- Chris Robinson (8/23/08)
"Take Me to the River -- Levon Helm (2/10/07)

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Johnny & Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge to Perform on Third Annual Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour

Rock Star PRInitial dates have been announced for the third annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour, which features an impressive lineup of veteran artists, including The Johnny Winter Band, The Edgar Winter Band and Vanilla Fudge.  Fifteen shows have been confirmed for the trek so far, which is scheduled to get under way August 1 in Westbury, New York, and currently is mapped out through an August 24 performance in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Among the other acts on the tour's bill are founding Rare Earth singer/drummer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown frontman Kim Simmonds.  Edgar Winter and his group have been part of the Rock'n'Blues Fest trek for all three years of its existence, while his brother Johnny's band and Simmonds both previously took part in the inaugural outing.

"I love getting together with the great players on this fantastic concert series," says Johnny Winter in a statement.

Adds Edgar, "My brother, the legendary Johnny Winter, is closing the show again this year.  We really missed him last time and it's always a special occasion getting to jam with Johnny."

Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, meanwhile, points out, "The last time Vanilla Fudge played with Johnny Winter was when he jumped up on stage with Janis Joplin and jammed with us at [1969's] West Palm Beach Pop Festival in Florida.  I'm looking forward to playing with him and brother, Edgar...two rockin' bands!"

Here are the confirmed dates for the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest tour; additional concerts will be announced soon:

8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Rockland's Harbor Park
8/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/5 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/6 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/7 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/21 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino

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Gregg Allman Set to Play Series of US Solo Shows

Photo: Danny ClinchAfter playing a couple of headlining sets with The Allman Brothers Band over the weekend at the group's annual Wanee Festival, frontman Gregg Allman will now hit the road solo for a slew of late-spring and summer concerts.  First up will be a brief series of Australian concerts, running from April 18 to April 23, followed by a U.S. trek that will kick off with a May 3 show in New Orleans.

Allman's solo itinerary includes more than a dozen concerts, stretching through an August 8 performance in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  In the midst of his solo shows, Gregg also will join The Allman Brothers Band for a June 8 appearance at the 2014 Mountain Jam festival in Hunter, New York.  The Allmans' schedule also includes performances at their Peach Music Festival in mid August in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and at the Lock'n Festival in early September in Arrington, Virginia.

5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
5/21 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
5/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
5/24 -- Aptos, CA, Santa Cruz Blues Festival
5/25 -- Avila Beach, CA, Avila Beach Resort
5/28 -- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, The Green at Gulf Place
6/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
6/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
6/24 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
6/25 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
6/28 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
7/1 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center at Boise State U.
7/5 -- Spokane, WA, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
7/6 -- Portland, OR, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
8/8 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent

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Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey Discusses His Life as a "Shining Star" in New Memoir

Viking AdultA new memoir by Philip Bailey, the longtime lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, is being published today.  In Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire, Bailey shares the story of the pioneering funk/soul band's path to international stardom in the 1970s, as well as his own personal and spiritual struggles.

Led by founding member Maurice White, and powered by Bailey's multi-octave voice, Earth, Wind & Fire caught the attention of the music world with its dynamic blend of genres, colorful costumes and over-the-top stage shows.  After scoring an impressive string of hits from the mid-1970s through the early '80s, White put the group on hiatus.  Bailey then found solo success thanks, in part, to the hit 1984 duet "Easy Lover" with Phil Collins, before Earth, Wind & Fire reformed later that same decade.

The book, which was co-written with Kent and Keith Zimmerman, recounts the many highs and lows Bailey experienced throughout his musical career, and takes a look at his struggle with the excesses of fame.

Shining Star is available in a hardbound edition and as an ebook.

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Rolling Stones Announce Itinerary for Down Under Tour

Eagle Rock EntertainmentNew dates and venues for The Rolling Stones’ recently postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been announced.

Earlier this month, the band announced its rescheduled Down Under tour would run from October 25 to November 22.

The promoter Frontiertouring now confirms the October 25 show will be at the Adelaide Oval and the November 22 concert will take place at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.  The tour also now includes two additional shows: a November 1 concert in Perth and a November 15 performance at the Hope Estate Winery in Australia's Hunter Valley.  Ticket info at

The Stones had arrived in Australia last month in preparation for the tour kickoff when news of the suicide of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, on March 17 led the rockers to shelve the trek.

Next up for The Rolling Stones will be a series of recently announced European shows, running from a May 26 visit to Oslo, Norway, through a July 3 appearance at Denmark's Roskilde Festival.

Here are the 2014 Australian and New Zealand tour dates:

10/25 -- Adelaide, Adelaide Oval
10/29 -- Perth, Perth Arena
11/1 -- Perth, Perth Arena
11/5 -- Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
11/8 -- Macedon, Hanging Rock
11/12 -- Sydney, Allphones Arena
11/15 -- Hunter Valley, Hope Estate
11/18 -- Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
11/22 -- Auckland, Mt Smart Stadium

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Ace Frehley Says He Was "Really Honored" to Be Inducted into Rock Hall; Knocks Paul Stanley's Acceptance Speech

Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesAfter all the drama leading up to the induction of KISS' four original members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Thursday, the feuding band mates behaved civil and friendly to each other while accepting the honor.  Founding lead guitarist Ace Frehley tells ABC News Radio that he was "really honored" to be part of the ceremony, although he did direct some mild criticism toward frontman Paul Stanley, who took some shots at the Rock Hall and the way it goes about choosing inductees.

"I really didn't like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech, because obviously he's a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," explains Frehley.  "I know he wanted to get other members in the group inducted."

Ace adds that "there was some political stuff going on," which led to disagreements about whether KISS would perform at the event.  "Unfortunately we did not perform, even though I was up for it," he notes, adding, "I try to stay away from politics.  I don't think politics and music work.  I never did."

One of the big highlights of KISS' induction was the passionate introduction speech Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello gave for the band.

"Best introduction KISS has ever gotten from anyone, bar none, over the 40-year career," declared Ace.  "I know Tom, and we spoke a few times before, but I didn't expect something that elaborate and that insane…It was wonderful and I thanked him wholeheartedly after, back behind the stage."

Frehley also praised Morello for lobbying hard to have KISS inducted into the Rock Hall in 2014.  "Tom almost single-handedly is responsible for getting us in this year," he notes.

Meanwhile, Ace had announced shortly before the ceremony that he planned to participate in the traditional all-star jam that usually takes place at the end of the annual event, but that performance was canceled because the bash ran long.  Frehley revealed to ABC News Radio that the song he would have played was AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."  He explained that the tune was chosen because Bruce Springsteen -- who was on hand to induct his E Street Band -- had been playing it at some of his recent tour dates.

"It was nice because Tom Morello called me up and…gave me the link to YouTube and he goes, 'This is the arrangement.  This is the key,'" he recalls.  "So I learned it.  It took me about 10 minutes, and I said, 'OK, I'm ready to go.'  And then, right before Nirvana came on, I get the word that [the song was cut]."

Ace also reports that he didn't even get the chance to tell his old band mates goodbye at the end of the ceremony, because was he "was whisked away by my press people and did a ton of interviews."

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Olivia Newton-John, Other Singers Record The Divinyls' "I Touch Myself" for Breast-Cancer Awareness

Courtesy of Olivia Newton-JohnOlivia Newton-John is one of 10 female Australian singers who have lent their talents to a new version of The Divinyls' 1990 hit "I Touch Myself" as part of a new breast-cancer awareness campaign.  The I Touch Myself Project was organized in honor of Divinyls frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett, who died in 2013 at age 53 after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

The goal of the initiative is to refocus the original, more sexual meaning of the song on encouraging women to examine themselves for signs of cancer.  Newton-John and the other participating singers have shot a video to accompany the new version of "I Touch Myself."  The black-and-white clip shows the vocalists from the shoulders up, each apparently naked, as they sing a portion of the tune one at a time.

Olivia, who is a breast-cancer survivor, also shot a separate video in which she discusses her participation in the I Touch Myself Project.

"I was very moved to sing Chrissy Amphlett's song because I always loved the song when I heard it on the radio, and I thought she was really bold to sing the song," she says in the clip.  "And now, of course, it's taken on a totally different meaning, and I love the whole reasoning behind doing this song.  I'm really sad that she isn't here to sing it with us, and being a breast-cancer thriver myself, it has an extra meaning for me to do this for her."

Other singers also featured on the new rendition of "I Touch Myself" include Baby Animals frontwoman Suze DeMarchi and "Little Pattie" Amphlett, who's Chrissy's cousin.

The recording was put together in conjunction with Australia's Cancer Council NSW (New South Wales), and the track can be purchased as a digital download at various online music sellers.  People who want to support the campaign are being asked to use the hashtag #ITouchMyselfProject and share messages and photos via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google . 

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New Book Gives Candid Look at Rolling Stones' 1971 UK Tour

Da Capo PressA new book offering an insider's look at The Rolling Stones' 1971 "farewell" tour of the U.K. before the band went into tax exile is set to be published on May 13.  Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile is author Robert Greenfield's firsthand account of what he witnessed as the only journalist who accompanied the legendary rockers during the trek.

Greenfield, who's a former associate editor of Rolling Stone magazine's London branch, got to witness the band at a volatile time in its history, a period where the once-close relationship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had begun to fray.  The U.K. tour found The Stones traveling throughout the country by train and bus, while the group performed at relatively small venues.  These shows featured some of the first performances of classic tunes that would appear on the soon-to-be-released Sticky Fingers album, including "Bitch," "Wild Horses" and "Brown Sugar."

Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye also features Greenfield's recollections of his interactions with the band after the British trek ended.  This includes on the band's subsequent 1971 European tour, at recording sessions for the Exile in Main St. album in France, on the group's 1972 North American trek and during the recording of the Goats Head Soup LP in Jamaica.

The book also includes new interviews with a variety of Stones associates involved in the 1971 U.K. tour, and features eight pages of rare archival photographs.

Greenfield has written several other rock-music-themed books, including Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with The Rolling Stones, S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with The Rolling Stones and Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out.

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Crosby, Stills & Nash Extend North American Tour into Fall

CrosbyStillsNash.comCrosby, Stills & Nash will be spending a long, long time on the road on the coming months.  The folk-rock trio has added more than two-dozen dates to their recently-announced North American summer tour, which now is set to run into the early fall.

The new series of shows kicks off August 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is mapped out through an October 4 concert in Los Angeles.  Among the other major cities CSN will visit during the trek include Orlando, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston and Austin, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and San Diego, California.

The new shows follow a previously reported tour leg that's scheduled to launch July 2 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and run through a July 19 appearance at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois.  Visit to find out about ticket sale dates and availability for the different shows.

In addition, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills all have solo concerts lined up prior to the start of the CSN outing.

Here's the complete list of Crosby, Stills & Nash's confirmed North American tour dates:

7/2 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/3 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts - The Filene Center
7/5 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/6 -- West Long Branch, NJ, MAC Center - Monmouth University
7/8 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/9 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort - Event Center
7/15 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
7/16 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
7/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/19 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/6 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/7 -- Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
8/9 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/10 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
8/12 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Columbia, SC, Township Auditorium
8/15 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
8/16 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
8/19 -- Evansville, IN, Aiken Theater in The Centre
8/20 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre
8/22 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Concert Hall
8/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
8/25 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
8/26 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
8/28 -- Austin, TX, The Long Center for the Performing Arts
9/13 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
9/14 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
9/19 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic of San Jose
9/23 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
9/26 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl
9/30 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/1 -- San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre
10/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre

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Lionel Richie Planning Not One but Two New Albums

Alen Silfen/UMG NashvilleLionel Richie's most recent studio effort, Tuskegee, was his first #1 disc since 1986's Dancing on the Ceiling, and one of the top-selling albums of 2012.  What will he do for an encore?  Well, the pop/R&B star is planning to make not one, but two new albums.

Speaking to Channel News Asia, the veteran performer reveals that he's doing "two albums at the same time right now" -- but they're very different.  "I'm working with the world's greatest deejays to re-create some of the music I've already done," he explains.  "I'm finishing up my second big album.  That's going to be my new material.  It's about time to put out some new songs.  I am writing them right now."

It has been a while since Richie released any new material: 2009, to be specific.  Tuskegee was made up of new versions of his classic hits, sung as duets with top country music stars.  There's no word on a release date for either of these upcoming albums.

Meanwhile, Lionel will kick off the North American leg of his All the Hits All Night Long tour on May 29 in Vancouver, Canada.  The 64-year-old singer says he has no plans to slow down when it comes to his touring schedule, either.   At the very least, he says it's a great fitness plan.

"I have friends that have gym memberships.  After work, they go to the gym and work out for two hours," he tells Channel News Asia.  "I can join a gym and work out for two hours…or I can go on a world tour, work out for two hours onstage, get the same effect and get paid!  On top of that, I have a great time in each city!"

As for the notion of retirement, Richie scoffs at that, saying, "'Retirement' comes from the notion that you had a 'job.'  'Retirement' has never been in my vocabulary, because I've never had a 'job.'  I've been jobless my whole life," he says with a laugh.  "My hobby became my livelihood, which is the best thing you could ever ask for."

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Roger Waters' 1992 Concept Album "Amused to Death" to Be Reissued Later This Year

Sony/Legacy RecordingsRoger Waters is preparing to reissue his last studio album of original rock songs, Amused to Death.  The updated version of the ex-Pink Floyd singer-bassist's 1992 concept record, which focused on the dehumanizing effects of mass media and modern technology and advertising, will be released later this year in a number of formats.

Waters has teamed up with longtime Pink Floyd engineer James Guthrie to create new stereo and 5.1 surround-sound mixes for Amused to Death.  The reissue packages also will include bonus content and new graphics.  Among the many musicians who lent their talents to Amused to Death are Jeff Beck, Don Henley, Rita Coolidge, longtime Pink Floyd backing singer P.P. Arnold, and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and drummer Jeff Porcaro.

Guthrie had been scheduled to premiere some of the new Amused to Death mixes over the weekend as part of a recently reported academic conference held at New Jersey's Princeton University.

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Steely Dan Reveals 47-City Jamalot Ever After Tour Dates

Scoop MarketingIt wasn't quite two weeks ago that Steely Dan announced their return to the road this summer for a new U.S. trek that's been dubbed the Jamalot Ever After Tour.  The April 3 news featured only two confirmed dates, with a promise that more would be announced soon.  That announcement came this morning -- and it's an impressive outing.

Steely Dan will play 53 dates in 47 cities in the U.S. and Canada, beginning with a July 2 show in Portland, Oregon, and wrapping September 17 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The five Canadian dates all come August 22 through 27, in Windsor, Toronto and Ottawa, ON, and a single show in Montreal, QC.  If you're willing to make a modest road trip, you should be able to see the band: there doesn't appear to be any part of the U.S., at least, that isn't hosting the tour.

The band's last tour, the oddly-titled Mood Swings: Eight Miles to Pancake Day trek, wrapped up this past October and featured the group playing a variety of special themed shows that included request nights and full performances of its Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho albums.

Check for Jamalot Ever After ticket onsale dates and outlets.  Here's the full itinerary:

7/2 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
7/3 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheatre
7/5 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Park
7/6 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Park
7/8 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery   
7/9 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
7/10 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
7/13 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
7/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/16 -- Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino Legends Theater
7/18 -- Thackerville, OK, Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort
7/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
7/21 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
7/23 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
7/24 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
7/26 -- New Orleans, LA, UNO Lakefront Arena
7/27 -- Birmingham, AL, Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center
7/29 -- Columbia, SC, Township Auditorium
7/31 -- Asheville, NC, Biltmore Estate
8/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/2 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/4 -- Greensboro, NC, War Memorial Auditorium
8/6 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest
8/8 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Events Center
8/9 -- Erie, PA, City Fest
8/11 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center
8/12 -- Cincinnati, OH , aft Theatre
8/13 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre
8/15 -- Springfield, IL, llinois State Fair
8/16 -- Madison, WI, Overture Hall
8/17 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino
8/19 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities PAC
8/20 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
8/22 -- Windsor, ON, Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
8/23 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
8/24 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
8/26 -- Ottawa, ON, National Arts Centre
8/27 -- Montreal, QC, Théâtre St-Denis
8/29 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/30 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
8/31 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
9/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
9/4 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
9/6 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
9/7 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
9/9 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center           
9/10 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
9/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Atlantic City
9/13 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theatre
9/14 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theatre
9/16 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theatre
9/17 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion

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Paul McCartney Asking Fans to Submit Photos for Use in "Save Us" Video

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsHow would you like to appear in Paul McCartney's next video?  The ex-Beatles legend is putting together a new promotional clip for "Save Us," a song from his latest album, NEW, and he's asking fans to submit photos of themselves that also include one line of lyrics from the tune.

A message on McCartney's official website explains, "You could write the words on a piece of paper; make something with the words on; do something on your computer -- remember, the more creative your photo, the more chance you have of being included!"  Fans also can include the phrases "Guitar Riff," "Instrumental" and "End" in their pics for use in the portions of the clip that don't feature lyrics.  Sir Paul and his collaborators then will choose their favorite photos for inclusion in the video.

You can post your photos on either Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #whatsnewPaul.  Pics must be submitted by 7 a.m. ET on April 22.  Incidentally, a similar clip utilizing fan-submitted images to create a video for NEW's title track debuted on McCartney's YouTube channel this past December.

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Roger Daltrey to Promote Cancer Charity at IndyCar Race Today in Long Beach, California

Courtesy of Roger DaltreyThe Who's Roger Daltrey will be in Long Beach, California, on Sunday to help raise awareness about the Teen Cancer America charity during a special appearance at an IndyCar Series event in the city.  The rock legend will attend the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and will announce details of a new charity initiative called the Road Rebellion Tour.

In addition, Daltrey will ride through the course with auto-racing legend Mario Andretti in a two-seat vehicle dubbed the "Fastest Seat in Sports" prior to the star of the race.  As part of the campaign, IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Justin Wilson and have been chosen to serve as Teen Cancer America ambassadors.

Daltrey co-founded Teen Cancer America with his Who band mate Pete Townshend in 2012.  The organization's goal is to create special cancer units and treatments for young people at medical facilities across the U.S.  The initiative is based on the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust, for which Roger has long served as a patron.

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New Led Zeppelin Documentary Explores Legend of January 1969 Maryland Gig

JeffKrulick.comIt was a memorable moment in American history: On January 20, 1969, in Washington, D.C., Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as president of the United States.  That same day, about 12 miles north, a memorable moment in music history reportedly took place -- and a new documentary delves into an intriguing legend of a mysterious concert that Led Zeppelin supposedly played in front of about 50 teenagers at a youth center in Wheaton, Maryland.

It's a fact that Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut album had been released in the United States shortly before the concert in question.  However, whether the show actually happened is up for debate: The band's official site says no evidence exists, and former road manager Richard Cole has no memory of the gig, either.

Believers and naysayers are featured in the 90-minute documentary Led Zeppelin Played Here, directed by Jeff Krulik, whose credits include the cult flick Heavy Metal Parking Lot.  The next couple of scheduled screenings of Krulik's Zeppelin film will take place tonight at the Florida Film Festival in Winter Park, Florida, and on April 20 at the Cindelphia Film Festival in Philadelphia.  To check out a complete list of upcoming screenings, visit

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KISS, Def Leppard to Hire Two Military Vets to Serve as Roadies on Upcoming Tour

Courtesy of KISS & Def LeppardNow that KISS has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band is turning its attention toward its upcoming 40th anniversary tour, which also will feature Def Leppard.  KISS' current lineup visited NBC's Today show on Friday morning to promote that they will be hiring two military veterans to serve as roadies during the summer trek, which kicks off June 23 in West Valley City, Utah.

In choosing their special road crew members, KISS and Def Leppard plan to hold a nationwide search in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.  Veterans interested in the jobs can apply by visiting  Applications must be submitted by May 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Speaking about the initiative on Today, KISS frontman Paul Stanley declared, "People have to realize that the freedoms and the liberties we enjoy here we take for granted.  The people that make it possible are part of the world's greatest volunteer army.  These people risk limbs; they risk their lives for us.  We owe them everything, so [we're hiring] a few of them just to bring attention to [that] fact…God bless our troops."

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott added in a statement, "Having our own wounded warrior in [drummer] Rick Allen, we've always had a close tie with the military.  To carry on and further our contribution by giving a little back, and hopefully helping fulfill a dream or two, we're more than happy to show our support."

KISS and Def Leppard plan to provide additional support to troops and veterans by donating $2 from each ticket sold to their upcoming joint concerts to various military-themed nonprofit organizations.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Daryl Hall's "Live from Daryl's House" Will Be Back for Another Season

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameDaryl Hall has something else to feel great about, besides the fact that he's just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: His TV show Live from Daryl's House has been renewed for another season.

The program, which features Daryl jamming with different artists from a variety of musical genres, airs on the HD music channel Palladia; production on the new season will begin in the fall.  The show used to literally be taped in Daryl's house in New York State, but since that home was sold, the show has moved to a club called "Daryl's House," which is in Pawling, New York.  The new episodes will debut in early 2015 on Palladia and at

"Palladia understands what my show is about, and I look forward to my continued relationship with them," says Daryl in a statement.

Some of the artists who've been featured on Live from Daryl's House in the past have included ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh, Smokey Robinson and, of course, Daryl's musical partner John Oates.

On Thursday night, Hall and Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.  Many attendees felt that the E Street Band's portion of the program ran on way too long, as each member of the extremely large group took a turn at the podium to say a few words.  Daryl agrees, telling Rolling Stone magazine after the fact, "It was ridiculous.  Can I just say, you don't give each member of a 12-piece band 20 minutes.  You don't do that.  That's bad planning."

As for Hall and Oates' own induction, Daryl tells the magazine, "We're probably the only duo in history that's still friends.  Even The Everly Brothers didn't like each other."

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