ABC/Randy HolmesWhen Elton John arrives in France for several concerts on his farewell tour, he won't just be earning a bunch of money: He'll also be receiving the country's highest civilian award.
On Friday, Elton will be presented with the Legion d'Honneur by French president Emmauel Macron at the Elysee [ay-lee-ZAY] Palace in Paris, reports Le Journal de Dimanche. The paper reports that during the ceremony, Elton will launch an appeal for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
According to multiple reports, Macron described Elton as "a piano virtuoso, melodic genius and a true showman," who was also "one of the first gay artists to have the courage to say it and to give voice to the LGBT community in the media."
In 1993, Elton was made an Officer of Arts and Letters by France, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.
Elton also plans to announce two additional shows in France for October of 2020, according to Le Journal de Dimanche.
Other famous musicians who have received the Legion d'Honneur include Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.
MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsYou say it's your birthday? It's Paul McCartney's birthday too, and the former Beatle turns 77 today.
In honor of his big day, Sir Paul posted a humorous photo of himself on social media sites that appears to be from the 1970s. It shows him grabbing his face with his hands as he looks at the camera with a perturbed look. The accompanying caption reads, "It's my birthday too, yeah."
McCartney remains remarkably active for a guy who is closing in on 80. He released a chart-topping studio album, Egypt Station, last year and currently on the latest leg of his Freshen Up Tour, regularly playing close to 40 songs at each show.
The rock legend can take it easy on his birthday, as his next concert isn't until this Saturday, June 22, at Petco Park in San Diego. The trek winds down with a July 13 show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Here are all of McCartney's upcoming tour dates:
6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park 6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 6/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, T Mobile Arena 6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, T Mobile Arena 7/6 -- Vancouver BC, Canada, BC Place 7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
The newly announced shows will take place October 10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; October 12 in Memphis, Tennessee; October 17 in Pittsburgh; and October 19 in Chicago.
Tickets to the new concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Bob Seger's fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting today. To register to be a member of the club, visit BobSeger.com/bulletclub.
The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his group are winding down their current U.S. tour leg with the final two shows of a six-concert stand in the Detroit suburb of Clarkston, Michigan. The upcoming performances are scheduled for this Wednesday and Friday, June 19 and 21.
The Roll Me Away tour got underway in November 2018.
Here are all of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's confirmed upcoming tour dates:
6/19 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater 6/21 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater 9/12 -- Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza 9/14 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Dome 9/17 -- Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse 9/19 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena 9/21 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 9/24 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena 9/26 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 9/28 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena 10/3 -- Columbia, MO, University of Missouri - Mizzou Arena 10/5 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 10/10 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Raising Cane's River Center 10/12 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum 10/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 10/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
Harmony Gerber/Getty Images; Courtesy of David CrosbyDoors guitarist Robby Krieger, David Crosby and members of Little Feat are slated to take part in the second annual WeedCon West expo, a conference that promotes education about the medical benefits of cannabis products.
The event will be held June 19 and 20 in Beverly Hills, California, and will feature musical performances, awards presentations, guest speakers, networking opportunities and more.
Krieger will give a performance honoring longtime Little Feat guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, who will be recognized for their work with the Safety Harbor Kids charity. The organization supports orphans, foster children and homeless youth in their schooling and career goals, as well as arts education.
Tackett is being honored for volunteering for more than 15 years to play music and provide music lessons to kids via the Safety Harbor Kids charity. Barrere is being acknowledged for devoting his time and resources to help provide educational music and art programs for kids in need.
As for Crosby, he's signed on as one of the celebrity judges and presenters for the 2019 WeedCon Cup awards, which honor excellence in various cannabis-related products. Last year, the folk-rock legend announced plans to launch his own cannabis brand, "The Mighty Croz."
In other Crosby news, the 77-year-old singer/songwriter was taken ill over the weekend, causing him to cut short a concert Saturday in Beverly, Massachusetts, and cancel a show Sunday in Bar Harbor, Maine.
David posted a note on his Facebook page apologizing to fans, saying, "We're working on making it up to you." He's scheduled to launch a new tour leg on August 11 in New York City.
WeedCon West organizers tell ABC Radio that Crosby is still scheduled to take part in their event.
Credit: Ross HalfinGuitar legend Jeff Beck has lined up five U.S. headlining concerts this September to go along with his previously announced appearance at Eric Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas and his joint performance with Rod Stewart at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
The new shows will take place September 17 in Kansas City, Missouri; September 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; September 21 in Austin, Texas; September 22 in San Antonio; and September 24 in Phoenix.
Tickets for the Phoenix concert will go on sale to the general public next Monday, June 24, while tickets for the other four gigs will be available starting this Friday, June 21.
Jeff will be performing at the latest edition of Clapton's star-studded Crossroads Guitar Festival on September 20, the first day of the two-day event. Other artists taking part in the fest include Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy and many more.
Beck and Stewart will be teaming up for what's being billed as their "most in depth concert [together] in over 35 years" on September 27 at the Hollywood Bowl. Rod, of course, was the lead singer of The Jeff Beck Group during the late 1960s before he joined Faces, and the two have collaborated on numerous occasions over the years.
Here are all of Beck's confirmed U.S. performances:
9/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater 9/18 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater 9/20 -- Dallas, TX, Crossroads Guitar Festival - American Airlines Center 9/21 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre 9/22 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 9/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre 9/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
Steven Klein @stevenkleinstudioLongtime Madonna fans remember her famous appearance on American Bandstand back in 1984. When host Dick Clark asked her what her dreams were, the up-and-coming singer said boldly, "To rule the world." But now, Madonna denies that she ever dreamed of being a rich and famous superstar.
Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Madonna reveals that, back then, her super-confident act was just that: an act. She was actually pretty insecure.
"I may have felt like a nobody, but I knew I had to do something," she says. "If I was going to make something out of my life, I had to, y'know, hurl myself into the dark space, go down the road less traveled."
And even today, as a global icon, Madonna tells the paper, “Yes, I want to be successful, I am ambitious. Yes!”
Asked why she feels that way when she's, y'know, the Queen of Pop, she refers back to that 1984 comment.
"I don't think my ambition has ever really been generated by what you maybe perceive as conventional success," Madonna says. "I mean, being super-famous or super-rich was never my goal. I didn't say: 'I want to be the most famous person in the world.' I didn't say: 'I want to be the richest person in the world.' I said I wanted to rule the world."
OK, so what did she mean by that?
"In my very young mind...I think I just meant, 'I want to make a mark on the world, I want to be a somebody,'" she reveals. "Because I grew up feeling like a nobody, and I wanted to make a difference. I think that’s what I meant."
Well, mission accomplished. Madonna's new album Madame X is out now.
Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentHeart will be keeping its Love Alive Tour going even longer than originally announced.
The lengthy North American trek, which features such support acts as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow, Elle King and Brandi Carlile joining the Wilson sisters and their band at select stops, has been extended into the fall.
The tour already included 39 dates, kicking off July 9 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and running through a September 9 show in Los Angeles. Now 11 more performances have been added, spanning from a September 26 concert in Wantagh, New York through an October 13 gig in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Tickets for most of the new dates will go on sale this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Citi card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit CitiEntertainment.com for more details about pre-sale opportunities.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be the special guests at all of the newly announced concerts, while British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas will open most of those shows.
The Love Alive Tour will mark Heart's first concerts after a nearly three-year hiatus.
Here's the full list of dates on the trek:
7/9 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre & 7/11 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre & 7/14 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage # 7/16 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Centre Bell # 7/17 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center # 7/20 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre # 7/21 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center & 7/23 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion # 7/24 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion # 7/26 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater*# 7/27 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center# 7/29 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts # 7/30 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview # 8/1 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion*# 8/2 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion*# 8/4 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Theater*# 8/5 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Pavilion*# 8/7 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*# 8/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater*# 8/10 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park*# 8/11 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*# 8/13 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion*# 8/14 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*# 8/16 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheater# 8/17 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater*# 8/19 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre@# 8/20 -- Pelham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre@# 8/22 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*# 8/23 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion# 8/25 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater*# 8/27 -- Chula Vista, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheater*# 8/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion*# 8/30 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater*# 8/31 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center*# 9/3 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*# 9/4 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome*# 9/6 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion*# 9/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort* 9/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl*# 9/26 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater* 9/27 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center* 9/28 -- Toledo, OH, The Huntington Center* 10/1 -- North Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena*& 10/2 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center*& 10/4 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum*& 10/5 -- Lafayette, LA, CAJUNDOME* 10/7 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena*& 10/8 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre*& 10/12 --Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum*& 10/13 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center*&
= with Sheryl Crow * = with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts # = Elle King opens @ = with Brandi Carlile & = Lucie Silvas opens.
This marks the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 since 2005's All That I Am, which peaked at #2 on the tally.
Africa Speaks becomes Santana's 15th album overall to reach the top 10 of the chart. Four of the group's albums have reached number one, including the 15-times-platinum Supernatural, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
A good portion of Africa Speaks' sales came from a redemption offer where fans buying tickets to the band's upcoming tour also received a copy of the album.
As previously reported, the new record features original songs inspired by modern African music, with lead vocals provided by a Latin Grammy-winning Spanish singer named Buika (pr: BWEE-kah).
Santana will be the musical guest on Tuesday night's episode of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Guitarist Carlos Santana and his band will be launching a new tour called the Supernatural Now trek on Thursday, January 20, in Irvine, California. The Doobie Brothers are the support act for the entire outing, which runs through an August 25 show in Wantagh, New York.
Credit: Samir HusseinThe Who just played a show last month at Madison Square Garden during the first leg of the band's Moving On! Tour. Now, the British rock legends have announced that they'll return to the famed New York City venue for another concert on September 1.
The newly announced performance will now serve as the kickoff date of the second leg of The Who's 2019 North American trek, which is mapped out through an October 24 concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Tickets for the Madison Square Garden gig go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Members of The Who's fan club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning this Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. ET.
As with the first leg of the tour, the upcoming trek will feature The Who accompanied by a 48-piece orchestra at each venue. A variety of different artists will be opening for the band during the upcoming trek -- including J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and Canadian indie-blues group Reignwolf -- although a support act for the New York City show has yet to be revealed.
Meanwhile, The Who will be releasing its first new studio album since 2006's Endless Wire this year, and everyone purchasing a ticket to a show on the band's tour of the U.S. and Canada will receive a free copy of the record when it's available. In addition, the group is donating $1 from every ticket sold to the Teen Cancer America charity.
Besides the North American trek, The Who will be playing a one-off concert at London's Wembley Stadium on July 6. Here are all of the band's upcoming North American concerts:
9/1 -- New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden (Special Guest: to be announced) 9/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena (Special Guest: Moon vs. Sun [Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk]) 9/6 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/8 -- Elkhorn, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre (Special Guest: Dead Horses) 9/10 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center (Special Guest: Peter Wolf) 9/13 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park (Special Guest: Peter Wolf) 9/15 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/18 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/20 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/22 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/25 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/27 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/29 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 10/9 -- San Francisco, CA, Chase Center (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher) 10/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl (Special Guest: to be announced) 10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl (Special Guest: to be announced) 10/16 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl - San Diego State University (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher) 10/19 -- Seattle, WA, T-Mobile Park (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher) 10/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher) 10/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher)
Courtesy of Tina: The Tina Turner MusicalDo you know a girl aged eight to 13 who can sing and dance? Well, maybe she'd like to audition for a role in the upcoming Broadway musical based on Tina Turner's life.
The producers of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical are holding an open online casting call for someone to play "young Anna Mae Bullock" -- Tina Turner's birth name -- in the production, which is opening this fall.
The producers are looking for an African-American or mixed-race girl between the ages of eight and 13, between four-foot-two and four-foot-11, with a "phenomenal" singing voice and "strong" acting skills, who can also "move/dance very well."
Preview performances of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical will begin October 12; the official opening is November 7. Tickets are now on sale. Tina as an adult will be played by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren, who originated the role in the London West End production of the show.
Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesNow that Game of Thrones is over and Dark Phoenix is out, has Sophie Turner found her next gig?
According to British Vogue, Culture Club singer Boy George wants Turner to play his younger self in an upcoming film about his life.
“There’s been some really interesting suggestions,” he tells the mag of potential casting. “One of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner. [People will say], ‘She can’t play you, she’s a woman,’ you know. But when I was 17, I would have loved to have been her."
Turner is already loving the idea.
“I’m SO down @BoyGeorge,” she tweeted in response to the article.
The biopic was announced last month with Boy George set to executive produce and Sacha Gervasi to write and direct. The untitled film will follow Boy George’s humble beginnings from an Irish working class family through his rise to fame in the ‘80s with Culture Club.
Credit: Jake EdwardsWhen Paul Simon announced that he was retiring from touring last year, he also revealed that he intended to continue to play charity concerts.
Now, the folk-rock legend has lined up a pair of new benefit shows on the Hawaiian island of Maui on August 13 and 14 that will follow his previously scheduled August 11 headlining appearance at the 2019 Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.
The performances will mark the first concerts Simon has ever played on Maui, and will be his first anywhere in Hawaii since he and Art Garfunkel performed in Honolulu in 1968.
Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the public this Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. local time and will be available at the Maui Arts Cultural Center box office, by calling 808-242-SHOW or online at MauiArts.org.
The concerts will benefit a pair of Hawaiian-based environmental organizations: the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project and KUA. The Auwahi Forest Restoration Project works to preserve and restore native-forest areas by planting native trees and controlling the spread of non-native plant species. KUA supports community-based organizations that promote and manage natural and cultural resources.
Simon also will be donating the net proceeds from his Outside Lands festival performance to local charities: San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of the Urban Forest.
The original management contract that The Beatles signed with Brian Epstein in January 1962 is going up for bid at an online-only auction hosted by Sotheby's in London that's scheduled to run from July 1 to July 9.
The document, which was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original Beatles drummer Pete Best, is estimated to sell for between 200,000 and 300,000 pounds, or $256,000 to $385,000 USD.
The contract gave Epstein the responsibility of finding gigs for the band, as well as handling the group's publicity and managing its schedule. The agreement also tasked Brian with advising the band "on all matters concerning clothes, make-up and the presentation and construction of the [group's] acts."
Epstein's fee was set at 10 percent, rising to 15 percent if the band began earning more than 120 pounds a week -- a figure that McCartney had negotiated down from 20 percent.
The contract was signed less than three months after Brian first went to watch The Beatles perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, U.K. Epstein had been running his family's popular record shop in the city, but was so impressed with the group's performance and charisma that he decided offer the band his services as manager.
Interestingly, Brian never signed the contract himself, explaining in his biography that he wasn't completely confident that he'd do a good job managing the band, and "wanted to free the Beatles of their obligations if I felt they would be better off."
After Best was replaced by Ringo Starr, The Beatles signed a new contract with Epstein. That document sold at a 2015 Sotheby's auction for more than $550,000.
Brain managed The Beatles until his death in 1967 from an overdose of sleeping pills.
PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentGuns N' Roses has announced a new batch of North American headlining dates.
The fall trek kicks off September 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will wrap up with a two-night stand in Las Vegas held November 1-2.
Pre-sale for members of the GN'R fan club Nightrain begins this Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit GunsNRoses.com for all ticket info.
The newly added dates make up the latest leg of the Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime reunion tour, which first kicked off in 2016 when Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan got back together for the first time in nearly 25 years.
In addition to the headlining shows, you can also catch Guns at this fall's Louder than Life, Austin City Limits, Exit 111 and Voodoo festivals.
Here are Guns N' Roses' new headlining tour dates:
9/25 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center 10/1 -- Jacksonville, Florida, VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena 10/7 -- Wichita, KS, Intrust Bank Arena 10/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 10/23 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena 10/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena 11/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace 11/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Travis Shinn; Al Pereira/Getty ImagesJourney's 2019 itinerary is very light, with only a handful of concerts in the Northeast U.S. and a nine-show Las Vegas residency scheduled this fall, but keyboardist Jonathan Cain reports that, come next year, the band will mount a major trek with a very interesting tour mate.
"2020 there should be a pretty great tour coming," Cain tells ABC Radio. "I think we can say we have Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders."
Jonathan says he's excited to hit the road with The Pretenders because he's "really a big fan of [Hynde] and her music," and he thinks her band "is sensational."
According to Cain, a Journey-Pretenders tour is something he's been suggesting for the last 10 years, while admitting that Hynde initially was reluctant to sign on. He says her opinion changed after her band played some large-scale concerts with Journey last year.
"[S]he got on a couple of stadium dates with us and had a lot of fun," Jonathan points out. "And our fans adore her, you know. And she went, 'Well, this isn't so bad,' you know. And then she saw our show and went, 'Oh, they're a real rock band'…She had a really great time."
Meanwhile, Cain notes that Hynde is looking and singing better than ever. "She's in great shape," he says. "I mean, she is ageless, kind of like [Heart's] Ann Wilson. You [hear her and think,] 'Yeah, still sounds like the record.'"
As previously reported, Journey's 2019 tour schedule includes a pair of two-night stands in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Uncasville, Connecticut, as well as concerts in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Niagara Falls, New York. Those shows will be followed by a Vegas residency running from October 9 through October 26.
Here are all of Journey's confirmed concerts:
9/27-28 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena 10/1 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 10/2 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Event Center 10/4-5 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 10/9, 11-12, 16, 18-19, 23, 25-26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Blue Elan RecordsAmerica singer/guitarist Gerry Beckley will release a new solo album titled Five Mile Roadon September 20.
The record features 12 new original songs, 11 of which Beckley penned on his own and one, a tune called "Life Lessons," that he co-wrote with actor/musician Bill Mumy, who perhaps is best-known as his role as Will Robinson in the 1960s TV show Lost in Space.
"Life Lessons" has been released as the upcoming album's first single, and is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can check out the melodic, Americana-flavored song at Blue Élan Records' official YouTube channel.
"I knew that this batch of songs, even the choice of the album's title, was going to be about my journey," Beckley says of Five Mile Road, which is a follow-up to his 2016 solo effort, Carousel.
The new album features musical contributions from Mumy, ex-Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff and founding Poco singer/pedal-steel player Rusty Young. That being said, Beckley was responsible for much of the instrumentation on the record, including acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano and keyboards. Gerry also handled most of the backing vocals on Five Mile Road.
"When I make a solo album, there's a whole lot of 'solo' in there!" he explains with a laugh.
Beckley continues to tour with America, and the band has dozens of upcoming shows lined up in celebration of its 50th anniversary. You can check them out at VenturaHighway.com.
Here's the Five Mile Road track list:
"Life Lessons" "Something to Remember" "Home Again" "Five Mile Road" "Hang Your Head High" "So Long Marni" "Vagabond" "Heart of the Valley" "Stop Feeling Sorry" "Calling" "Sudden Soldier" "Two People at Once"
The Cheap Trick cover can be purchased now as a digital single, and you can also check out the song at the band's official YouTube channel.
This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 2 also features singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright's interpretation of "Daddy Song," and 12 other covers by lesser-known artists.
"Ambush" isn't the first Nilsson song Cheap Trick has covered. The band's 2017 holiday album, Christmas Christmas, includes a rendition of Harry's 1974 tune "Remember (Christmas)." In addition, frontman Robin Zander recorded a version of Nilsson's 1972 hit "Jump into the Fire" for his self-titled 1993 debut solo album.
The first volume of This Is the Town was released in 2014, and included contributions by Tracy Bonham, Church of Betty, Rasputina, Langhorne Slim and Nilsson's daughter Annie.
This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered now and is available on CD, digitally and as a limited-edition orange-vinyl LP.
Cleopatra RecordsDetroit rock and soul legend Mitch Ryder has just released a new album featuring covers of rock, pop, soul and folk songs that he recorded with a variety of guest artists.
Detroit Breakout! includes contributions from Runaways singer Cherie Currie, as well as legendary rock guitarists like The MC5's Wayne Kramer, The Stooges' James Williamson and The New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain.
The album kicks off with a new rendition of Ryder's classic 1966 hit with his band The Detroit Wheels, "Devil with a Blue Dress," featuring Williamson on guitar. A video for the track premiered on Billboard.com and you also can watch it on YouTube.
The clip is set in a seedy bar and focuses on an alluring tattooed woman who saunters through the male-filled crowd and proceeds to strip down to a blue bikini, causing the guys begin a brutal brawl with each other.
Detroit Breakout! also boasts versions of The Capitols' "Cool Jerk" featuring Kramer, The Standells' "Dirty Water" featuring Sylvain, and Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" with Currie.
Other covers Ryder tackles on the album: The Monkees' "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)," Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" and Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" and "Twistin' the Night Away."
Detroit Breakout! is available now on CD, digitally and as a limited-edition two-LP set pressed on red vinyl.
Here's the album's full track list:
"Devil with a Blue Dress" -- featuring James Williamson "Cool Jerk" -- featuring Wayne Kramer & Brian Auger "Dirty Water" -- featuring Sylvain Sylvain "Turn Back the Hands of Time" -- featuring Shirley King "Have Love, Will Travel" -- featuring Paul Rudolph "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" -- featuring Walter Lure "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" -- featuring Cherie Currie "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" -- featuring Arthur Adams "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" -- featuring Lee Oskar "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" -- featuring Joe Louis Walker "You Send Me" -- featuring Linda Gail Lewis "Twistin' the Night Away" -- featuring Joe Louis Walker "If I Had a Hammer" -- featuring Linda Gail Lewis "Shout" -- featuring Linda Gail Lewis
Rhino Entertainment/Trafalgar ReleasingThe ninth annual edition of The Grateful Dead's one-night-only "Meet-Up at the Movies" screening event will take place at select theaters on August 1, coinciding with what would have been the late Jerry Garcia's 77th birthday.
This year, the event has been expanded to include cinemas around the world, and the concert film that will be shown features a previously unreleased complete performance that took place June 17, 1991, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"The Summer Tour of 1991 was widely considered one of the best of the 1990s, and the June 17, 1991 show at Giants Stadium was nearly universally acclaimed as the best of the tour," notes Grateful Dead archivist and legacy manager David Lemieux. "Now, 28 years later, its mystique is here for everyone to see and hear in the best possible quality."
Among the well-known songs The Grateful Dead played at the concert were "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band" and "Sugar Magnolia," but the band's set also included rarities like "Saint of Circumstance," "Might as Well" as "New Speedway Boogie."
The show also featured covers of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and, as the finale, The Band's "The Weight." The Dead's lineup at the time included two keyboardists: Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick.
The concert was also significant because it was only one of two during the '91 tour recorded on 48-track analog tape.
The 2019 "Meet-Up at the Movies" also will include a brief feature hosted by Lemieux revealing details about the limited-edition Grateful Dead box set that will be released this year.
Here's the full set list from the June 17, 1991, concert, according to Dead.net:
"Eyes of the World" "Walkin' Blues" "Brown Eyed Women" "When I Paint My Masterpiece" "Loose Lucy" "Cassidy" "Might as Well" "Saint of Circumstance" "Ship of Fools" "Truckin'" "New Speedway Boogie" "Uncle John's Band" Drums Space "China Doll" "Playin' in the Band" Reprise "Sugar Magnolia" "The Weight"
Sony LegacyTwenty years ago this Saturday, Santana's massively successful album Supernatural was released. The album featured the monster hit "Smooth," and went on to win eight Grammys -- including Album, Song and Record of the Year -- and sell over 15 million copies in the U.S.
Supernatural's concept -- pairing legendary guitarist Carlos Santana with various performers from different genres -- came from record executive Clive Davis, who then headed Santana's label. Guests included Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Cee Lo Green, Mexican rockers Maná, Dave Matthews, rapper/singer Everlast, R&B duo The Product G&B and Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas.
"Smooth," co-written and sung by Thomas, was the album's first single. The catchy, Latin-tinged tune became Santana's first-ever #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and stayed in the top spot for 12 weeks. The song also was a crossover smash, earning airplay on rock, pop and Latin radio stations.
The follow-up single was "Maria, Maria," a collaboration with The Product G&B that was co-written and co-produced by Wyclef Jean. It also reached #1 on the Hot 100, where it remained for 10 weeks.
Reflecting on the success of Supernatural and "Smooth," Carlos tells ABC Radio, "It was done by grace…I can clearly say that God, the universe, archangels and angels, whatever you believe in, [are] conspiring constantly to give you a quality of existence."
Santana will celebrate Supernatural's 20th anniversary -- and the band's own 50th anniversary -- on their Supernatural Now Tour, which kicks off June 20 in Irvine, California. Carlos says he'd love for his Supernatural collaborators to make guest appearances during the trek, while admitting there aren't concrete plans for that to happen.