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Chicago to Unveil Innovative New Album This Summer

Chicago Records IIChicago will return this summer with a new album called NOW – also known as Chicago 36.  The project was put together on a mobile recording system called The Rig, which was spearheaded by longtime trumpet player Lee Loughnane, in hotel rooms and other locations across the country while the band was on tour. 

Engineer Hank Linderman acted as coordinating producer for the album, which features 10 tracks.  Chicago already released several of the tunes as digital singles over the last several months.

NOW will arrive, appropriately enough, on the 4th of July and will be available in five different formats.  The biggest one will set you back 98 dollars and will include the CD with a six-panel digipak, a full-color lyric book, a t-shirt, a mug and other goodies.  For more information, or to pre-order the new disc, visit the official Chicago website.

Here is the track listing for Chicago NOW XXXVI:

"More Will Be Revealed"
"Crazy Happy"
"Free at Last"
"Love Lives On"
"Something’s Coming, I Know"
"Watching All the Colors"
"Nice Girl"
"Naked in the Garden of Allah"
"Another Trippy Day"

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Brian Johnson Denies AC/DC Retirement Rumors, Confirms Band Member Has "Debilitating Illness"

BMGSo the truth is, AC/DC is not retiring, but one member of the band is indeed ill.  That's according to frontman Brian Johnson, who tells Wednesday's edition of London's Telegraph newspaper, "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver.  We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

Johnson's statements contradict growing rumors this week that AC/DC is retiring because of the band members, rumored to be guitarist Malcolm Young, is ill, with some reports claiming he's recently suffered a stroke that's left the 61-year-old unable to play, or to play well. 

Johnson will only confirm that someone in the band is ill.  "One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it," says the singer.  "He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."

AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard.

"AC/DC is such a tight family," Johnson tells the Telegraph.  "We've stuck to our guns through the eighties and nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal."

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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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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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Dave Grohl and Wife Expecting Third Child

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe good news just keeps coming for Dave Grohl. Less than a week after Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, People magazine reports that Grohl and wife Jordyn Blum are expecting their third child. The new arrival will join big sisters Violet Maye and Harper Willow in the growing Grohl household.

The 45-year-old Foo Fighters leader and former Nirvana drummer is also an unabashed family man. In 2010, he told Time magazine, “When you have kids, you see life through different eyes. You feel love more deeply and are... a little more compassionate.”

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Report: AC/DC Not on Verge of Retirement

Columbia RecordsAC/DC is not on the verge of retiring, a source told Billboard magazine on Tuesday afternoon, despite recent rumors to the contrary that emerged out of the band's native Australia.

Rumors circulated early Monday that the band was about to reveal that it was retiring because of a supposed health crisis for guitarist Malcolm Young.  But Billboard cites "insiders" as saying that there's no truth to the rumor.

According to Australia's, the rumor started with an email to a radio station in Perth saying the band was getting ready to announce its retirement, which the station reported.

There's no official word yet from AC/DC.

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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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Nirvana Bass Player Calls All-Female-Fronted Rock Hall of Fame Performance "Good Tribute to Kurt"

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIn a blog post on Monday, entitled "Punk Rock Gender Parity," Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic called the band's set last Thursday at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction -- in which a succession of female rockers stood in for late frontman Kurt Cobain -- a "good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about."

"I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well," Novoselic writes.  "This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on.  Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front.  I spoke to Dave [Grohl] about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about."

He continues, "It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock.  Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way."

As previously reported, fronting a band comprised of Nirvana's surviving members, Jett performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit," St. Vincent performed "Lithium," Sonic Youth's Gordon performed "Aneurysm" and Lorde sang "All Apologies."

The final song was a particular stand-out for Novoselic.  "I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing," he noted.

HBO will air an edited version of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony May 31.

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Trouble in AC/DC Land? Rumors of Retirement Swirl

BMGIs AC/DC ready to stop shaking their fans all night long?  Rumors out of Australia are suggesting that the band may call it quits due to the illness of a band member, allegedly guitarist Malcolm Young.

Sources close to the group tell Billboard that they're "unaware of any break-up or change" in the band's status.  However, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the band could announce its retirement as soon as today because Young, who turned 59 March 31, is "unable to continue playing," and the group made a pact that if one of them was unable to continue, they would disband. 

Then again, The Australian quotes a music industry source saying AC/DC is scheduled to begin recording a new album in May in Vancouver.

So what's really going on?  There's no word yet from any official band source regarding any of the speculation, but an unconfirmed blog post claims that three weeks ago, Young suffered a stroke that left a blood clot on his brain, rendering him unable to play as he used to. 

AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard.

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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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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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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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Arcade Fire and Debbie Harry On Stage Together at Coachella

Karl Walter/Getty Images for CoachellaArcade Fire wrapped up the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, Sunday night by welcoming Debbie Harry of Blondie on stage.

Harry and Arcade Fire performed Blondie’s 1978 hit “Heart of Glass” and then shifted into “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).”

Afterward, Harry tweeted, “Well that was fun Thanks @arcadefire and @coachella #BLONDIE4EVER.”

Here’s the Arcade Fire set list, according to

“Flashbulb Eyes”
“Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”
“Rebellion (Lies)”
“Joan of Arc”
“The Suburbs”
“Ready to Start”
“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
“No Cars Go”
“Keep the Car Running”
“It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)”
“Heart of Glass”
“Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”
“Normal Person”
“Here Comes the Night Time”
“Wake Up”

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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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