Courtesy of Live NationWhat do you get when you bring together one British guitar legend and arguably two of the rock world's best singers? Why, the Stars Align Tour, featuring Jeff Beck, Heart's Ann Wilson and founding Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers, which kicks off tonight in West Valley City, Utah.
Rodgers tells ABC Radio that he's excited to be hitting the road with Beck and Wilson. Paul notes that he previously collaborated with Jeff on his 1993 Muddy Waters tribute album Muddy Water Blues, and in 1983 at the ARMS multiple sclerosis charity concerts in the U.S.
"It's really awesome to be playing together again," says Rodgers.
As for Wilson, Rodgers declares, "Ann's a lovely lady and a great singer. And it's very cool to share the bill with such an enormous talent."
Asked whether he might team up with Beck and Wilson for some onstage collaborations during the trek, Paul maintains, "Jeff and Ann and I will be focusing on our own sets…But there's a lot of love and respect for each other, so…who knows?"
Rodgers' set will feature the singer performing with the same group of musicians who accompanied him on his spring 2017 Free Spirit tour of the U.K., a trek that featured Paul revisiting songs from the Free catalog and that yielded the new Free Spirit concert album and video. Rodgers notes that for the Stars Align Tour, he'll be adding several Bad Company hits into his set.
"In all, about four, five or six [tunes, including 'Feel Like Makin' Love,']" he tells ABC Radio. "They blend very well, so far, into the 'Free Spirit' set."
Deborah Bonham, the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's sister, will open each show with an acoustic set.
Here are all the dates for the Star Align Tour:
7/18 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 7/20 -- Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheatre 7/22 -- Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 7/24 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land 7/25 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 7/28 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 7/29 -- Northerly Island, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion 7/31 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 8/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage 8/3 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 8/4 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 8/8 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 8/10 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 8/12 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 8/14 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Nashville Municipal Auditorium 8/19 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 8/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre 8/23 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place 8/25 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre 8/26 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Schon, who was born at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, announced his planned donation last week prior to Journey's concert with Def Leppard at the BOK Center in Tulsa.
"We're going to get a nice collection for you all," Schon said. "I'm going to have to go through my zillion guitars and figure out which ones I'm going to ship. I'm also going to get you a giant platinum plaque with all our records on it."
OKPOP will celebrate the creative spirit and achievements of artists who were born or reside in Oklahoma, and the influence of their work on popular culture across the globe. The museum will be built and managed by the Oklahoma Historical Society, and will be funded in large part by a $25 million grant from the state of Oklahoma.
Schon was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2013, and also was welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey in 2017. In addition to co-founding that band, Neal also has been a member of Santana and of the supergroup Bad English, in addition to having a prolific solo career.
Journey's co-headlining tour with Def Leppard continues on Wednesday, July 18, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The trek is plotted out through an October 7 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a role in the upcoming film Boy Erased, and you can catch a glimpse of him in the movie's new trailer.
Boy Erased stars Manchester by the Sea's Lucas Hedges as a gay teenager whose Baptist parents, played by Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, force him to attend a conversion therapy program. Flea plays one of the program's counselors. The movie will hit theaters in November.
Flea most recently showed up in the 2017 moive Baby Driver. His other film credits include roles in The Big Lebowski, Inside Out and Back to the Future Part II.
Credit: Mads PerchAfter previously lining up four U.S. festival appearances in September, Robert Plant has expanded his upcoming tour schedule to include seven additional stateside concerts that month. The newly announced shows will take place in Kansas City, Missouri; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and three Texas cities, winding down with a September 29 performance in Austin.
The Led Zeppelin singer will be accompanied at the gigs by his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, and will continue to promote his latest solo album, Carry Fire. Tickets for all the new dates will go on sale today at 7 p.m. local time, except those for the Tucson show, which will be available starting this Friday, July 20, at 10 a.m. MT.
Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters currently are touring Europe through an August 1 concert in Dresden, Germany. They also have three U.K. shows scheduled in late October.
Here are all of Plant's upcoming U.S. performances:
9/9 -- St. Louis, MO, LouFest - Forest Park* 9/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 9/13 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera 9/15 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival* 9/16 -- Del Mar, CA, KAABOO Del Mar* 9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Centennial Hall 9/21 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater 9/23 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond* 9/25 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at The Toyota Music Factory 9/27 -- Lubbock, TX, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium 9/29 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
* = previously announced festival date = with special guest Seth Lakeman = with special guest Lucinda Williams.
Earlier in July, Cher posted a series of tweets that suggested she was recording a whole album of ABBA songs, and now the legendary entertainer has confirmed her plans for the covers project. The singer, who co-stars in the new film sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, appeared on the Today show Tuesday and shared some details about the record.
"After I did [a cover of] 'Fernando' [for the movie,] I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did!" she told Kathie Lee Gifford. "It's not what you think of when you think ABBA, 'cause I did it in a different way."
While no confirmed release date for the album has been announced, in one of the aforementioned tweets, Cher wrote, "Think album will be out in sept." Her most recent studio effort, Closer to the Truth, came out in 2013.
Cher's rendition of "Fernando," a duet with her Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again co-star Andy Garcia, already has been released as a single, and peaked at #22 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart earlier this month. The track also appears on the film's soundtrack, which hit stores this past Friday.
Cher plays Ruby, the mother of Meryl Streep's character in the movie, which opens in theaters this Friday, July 20.
PRNewsFoto/Rock & BrewsDef Leppard recently teamed up with the Seattle-based Elysian Brewing Company to create their own beer, Def Leppard Pale, which was introduced in late May. Now comes word that the first restaurant to offer the beer will be Rock & Brews, the chain of eateries co-founded by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
"Rock & Brews celebrates everything that is rock and roll and is the perfect place for fans to indulge themselves with a cold Def Leppard Pale," says Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott in a statement.
To celebrate the partnership, the restaurant chain is planning a number of promotions this year, including offering tickets to Def Leppard concerts in various cities that also feature a Rock & Brews franchise. One specific contest that's been launched gives fans to opportunity to win two tickets to Def Leppard's October 7 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California, the final date on the group's current co-headlining tour with Journey. The winner and a guest also get round-trip airfare to Los Angeles, a two-night hotel stay and dinner at the Rock & Brews in El Segundo, California.
Def Leppard Pale boasts the malt character that many beers from the band's British homeland offer, as well as hops from the Pacific Northwest, where the Elysian Brewing Company is based. Cans of the ale feature art based on Def Leppard's classic 1987 album Hysteria.
Check out a fun video about the beer at Def Leppard's official YouTube channel starring the band's members and Elysian Brewing founder Joe Bisacca.
Credit: Lora KaramAttention Daryl Hall fans: The Hall & Oates singer's Live from Daryl's House performance series will be back for more episodes. Following a new partnership with music publishing company BMG, production will resume on the show this fall.
"I'm really excited to announce that LFDH is coming back!" Hall says in a statement. "We have a new production partner with BMG, who are enthusiastic about taking this show to the next level with me. Fans have been asking me when we are returning, so I am pleased to say that we are headed into production in the fall."
Live from Daryl's House started as an online concert series in 2007 before airing on MTV Live until 2016. Each episode features the Hall & Oates frontman jamming at his home -- or, in later episodes, his Pawling, New York, venue Daryl's House -- with a special guest, as well as candid interviews and cooking segments.
Past episodes featured such performers as Smokey Robinson, Joe Walsh, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, The O'Jays and Kenny Loggins.
Hall's partnership with BMG also includes worldwide rights to all 82 episodes of the series filmed from 2007 to 2016. It's not yet clear where new episodes of the show will air. BMG currently is seeking distribution partners for the new season.
A new trailer for the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will have fans stomping and clapping along with "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions," as the snippet, partially set to the song, shows the genesis of that legendary rock anthem.
"I want to give the audience a song they can perform," says Gwilym Lee as guitar virtuoso Brian May, before demonstrating the "stomp/stomp/clap" for Rami Malek's spot-on Mercury.
The trailer shows glimpses of how Freddie joined Brian and the rest of the group, as well as some of the in-studio innovations that led to the group's titular masterpiece.
The trailer also gives more glimpses of its portrayal of Queen's legendary performance at Live Aid, and seems to allude to Mercury's fatal AIDS diagnosis: Someone says, "I just need a bit of time," to which Malek replies, "What if I don't have time?"
Bohemian Rhapsody also features Joseph Mazzello playing bassist John Deacon and Ben Hardy portraying drummer Roger Taylor. The movie hits theaters on November 2.
Credit: Jimmy King"David Bowie Is," the expansive exhibit saluting the influential rocker's multifaceted career, closed on July 15 after a four-month run at New York City's Brooklyn Museum of Art, but the display will soon reemerge in digital form. The virtual version of the exhibition initially will debut this fall as an augmented reality experience for smartphones that's being developed by Sony Music Entertainment, the David Bowie Archive and London's Victoria and Albert Museum, where the actual exhibit debuted in 2013.
A digital display then will be made available for all virtual-reality and augmented-reality platforms starting in the spring of 2019.
"David Bowie Is" featured more than 300 items from the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's archives, spanning his teenage years to his death at age 69 in January 2016. Among the memorabilia were stage costumes, instruments, handwritten set lists and lyrics, personal sketches, set designs, diary entries and much more.
The virtual version of the exhibit will feature a series of audio-visual areas where the viewer can experience aspects of and artifacts from various parts of Bowie's life and career. The displays will offer high-res 3D scans of the many items from the exhibition.
The digital experience will be offered in nine languages, just like the physical exhibit was.
The David Bowie Archive will donate part of the proceeds raised by the digital versions of "David Bowie Is" to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Find out the latest news on the virtual exhibit by visiting DavidBowieIsReal.com.
Credit: Danny NorthForbes has unveiled the 2018 edition of its Celebrity 100 list, ranking the world's top-earning celebrities, and U2, Guns N' Roses and ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters are among the veteran musicians who appear on the tally.
U2 is the highest-earning music artist on the list, ranking #6 overall. The band earned $118 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, the time period the tally covers. Most of the cash the Irish rockers brought in was from their successful tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic album The Joshua Tree. U2 also released a new studio album, Songs of Experience, in December of 2017, and kicked off a trek in support of the record in May.
Guns N' Roses landed at #27 on the tally after raking in $71 million thanks mainly to their ongoing Not in This Lifetime reunion tour. Waters is right behind GN'R at #28 after earning $68 million, mostly from his Us and Them tour.
Other veteran music stars who made the Celebrity 100 this year include The Eagles at #41 with $56 million in earnings; Jimmy Buffett at #47 with $51 million; Paul McCartney at #51 with $47.5 million; Elton John, who is tied with heavy-metal legends Metallica at #57 with $46 million; Billy Joel at #64 with $43.5 million; The Rolling Stones at #80 with $39 million; and Bruce Springsteen at #84 with $37.5 million.
As for the highest-paid celebrity on the list, that would be boxer Floyd Mayweather, who took in a whopping $285 million.
For the full Celebrity 100 list, visit Forbes.com.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentA new home video featuring Joni Mitchell's full performance at the U.K.'s historic 1970 Isle of Wight Festival will be released on Blu-ray and digitally on September 14. Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival was directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Murray Lerner, who completed the movie shortly before his death in September 2017.
The film captures Joni playing an 11-song set that included such classic tunes as "Chelsea Morning," "Woodstock," "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Both Sides Now." The performance is interspersed with interview footage of Mitchell recorded years later reflecting on her show and the festival, as well as behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with people attending the event.
Mitchell was one of the many music legends who performed at the festival, which was held from August 26 to August 31. The event was attended by hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom did not purchase tickets and expected to be allowed to see the performances for free. Joni's set was interrupted multiple times, including once by a man who jumped onstage and began yelling political slogans to the audience. Mitchell responded by pleading with the crowd to show respect to the performers.
"There was this sense that the artists had all sold out. It was the 'hate the performer' festival," Joni comments in one interview segment about how the audience treated the music acts. "I said, 'Have some respect,' and they did. They were quiet."
Check out a trailer for the flick at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.
Here's Mitchell's full set list from the festival:
"That Song About the Midway" "Chelsea Morning" "For Free" "Woodstock" "My Old Man" "California" "Big Yellow Taxi" "Both Sides Now" "Gallery" "Hunter" "A Case of You"
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has returned to Malawi with her whole family to celebrate the first anniversary of the medical facility she helped open there.
On Monday, she visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. The center is named after her adopted daughter, Mercy James, and was funded by her charity Raising Malawi.
Madonna posted photos of the visit on Instagram, including one group shot with all of her six children: her biological kids Lourdes and Rocco, and Malawian adopted children David Banda, Mercy James and twins Estere and Stella.
According to USA Today, Madonna is considering a new project in Malawi. She's reportedly thinking of establishing a soccer academy, inspired by her son David's love of the sport.
Courtesy of The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothershave announced two historic New York City concerts this fall marking the first time that the band will play any of its albums in their entirety during a show. The performances will be held at the Beacon Theatre on November 15 and 16, and The Doobies will play 1972's Toulouse Street at the first concert and 1973's The Captain and Me at the second.
The group also will play select hits from throughout its long career at both shows. The concerts will be the band's first performances at the Beacon Theatre in 25 years.
Toulouse Street, The Doobie Brothers' second album, features the band's first two top 40 hits -- "Listen to the Music" and a cover of the 1966 gospel tune "Jesus Is Just Alright," which reached #11 and #35, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. The record, which also includes the classic-rock staple "Rockin' Down the Highway," peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S.
The Captain and Me, the follow-up to Toulouse Street, features two of the group's most enduring hits, "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'," which landed at #8 and #15 on the Hot 100. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 and has sold over 2 million copies in the States.
"We are excited to be returning to The Beacon Theatre and to have the chance to perform these albums for our fans in such an intimate setting," The Doobie Brothers say in a joint statement.
Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 23. American Express card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Wednesday, July 18.
7/16 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center (with Steely Dan) 9/20 -- San Francisco, CA, AT&T Park (with Eagles) 9/22 -- San Diego, CA, PETCO Park 10/20 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park 11/7 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre 11/15 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre (performing Toulouse Street plus select hits) 11/16 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre (performing The Captain and Me plus select hits)
Denise TruscelloMariah Carey proved once again why she is the queen of love.
On Saturday, the twice-married singer halted her Las Vegas show, The Butterfly Returns, to invite one of her male backup dancers onstage with her at the Caesars Palace Colosseum.
They were then joined by the dancer's boyfriend, who had been backstage watching the performance.
"We've been planning this for a long time, and you didn't know about this, so hopefully you’re going to be surprised in a very good way," Mariah said before leaving the stage to the couple for their special moment.
The audience went wild as the dancer's beau dropped to his knees, held out a ring and said, "Would you do me the honor?"
Mariah later posted video of the proposal, along with the caption, "He said yes!!!"
Saturday was the singer's last Vegas show of July. She returns for more dates in September.
"That's a wrap on the July shows of THE BUTTERFLY RETURNS!" Mariah tweeted Monday. "Thank you so much to everyone who made it such a great experience - my team, all the crew at @CaesarsPalace and of course the incomparable #lambs! Can't wait to see you again in September!!"
Billy Joel is gearing up to play his 100th show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, and he's still packing in the crowds. The musician tells Parade why he thinks he's been so successful at the venue.
"I think that's luck," he says. "I'm from New York. Madison Square Garden's my hometown venue. It was natural for them to pick me to play there. We sell [seats] in the round every night. A lot of acts don't play the back [of the arena], just the front. We play it all."
Not to mention the fact that fans connect to him on a human level.
"I'm an unlikely candidate for a rock star," he says. "I don't look like a rock star. I'm like the eternal underdog."
Joel adds, "In my songs' lyrics, there’s a lot of acknowledgment that I'm a screw-up, you know -- I'm human. I'm as lost as you are. Like you, I'm just trying to find my way. I guess people like that."
Not only is Wednesday night's show the Piano Man's 100th performance at MSG overall, it's his 54th consecutive show at the venue as part of his long-running residency there. He's been playing one show a month at the Garden since his residency began in January 2014.
Courtesy of HDNET MOVIESTonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, the HDNET MOVIES channel launches a week-long series of rock documentaries dubbed Classic Rock Week that Police drummer Stewart Copeland will host.
The marathon kicks off with Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, a 2006 movie Copeland directed that features Super 8 footage he personally shot while touring during the group's heyday.
Copeland tells ABC Radio that while his film is by no means professionally made, "it does have one unique factor, which is that it's completely subjective. It's not a documentary about a band, where there's a camera here and the band there…The camera's in the band."
Among the other 18 films set to be shown during the marathon are documentaries focusing on Rod Stewart, The Doobie Brothers, Bad Company, Elton John, The Who, Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band, Chicago, Eric Clapton, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd and more.
As for what his hosting duties will entail, Stewart explains, "I will be introducing [the films] and doing the links…and providing some sage insight into [the various bands]. I guess I'm the age group that was the target audience for all these bands…So, I share with viewers how those things hit me. Where was I when The Doors happened, and so on."
The Classic Rock Week marathon also will include a doc about the 1982 US Festival, a three-day fest held in San Bernardino, California, that featured The Police as one of its headliners.
Copeland recalls that backstage at the event "was the wildest party ever," but The Police didn't get to enjoy it because by the time they finished its set, the other groups had left.
Here's the full schedule of HDNET MOVIES' Classic Rock Week with Stewart Copeland:
Monday, July 16 8 p.m. ET -- Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 9:15 p.m. ET -- The US Generation: The 1982 US Festival 11:05 p.m. ET -- The Story of Rod Stewart
Tuesday, July 17 8 p.m. ET -- The Doobie Brothers: Let the Music Play 9:50 p.m. ET -- Bad Company: The Official Authorized 40th Anniversary Doc 11:20 p.m. ET -- Elton John: Music Man
Wednesday, July 18 8 p.m. ET -- Sensation: The Story of The Who's Tommy 9:25 p.m. ET -- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 12:50 a.m. ET -- Les Paul: Chasing Sound
Thursday, July 19 8 p.m. ET -- Allman Brothers: After the Crash 9:55 p.m. ET -- Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience 11:20 p.m. ET -- Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review
Friday, July 20 8 p.m. ET -- The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin' - The Story of L.A. Woman 9 p.m. ET -- The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane 10:55 p.m. ET -- Rush: The Rise of Kings 1968-1981
Saturday, July 21 8 p.m. ET -- Gone with the Wind: The Rise and Fall of Lynyrd Skynyrd 10:50 p.m. ET -- Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1984-1989: Lonestar
Sunday, July 22 8 p.m. ET -- Pink Floyd: Story of Wish You Were Here 9:05 p.m. ET -- Roger Waters The Wall
Eagle Rock EntertainmentFrom the Vault: No Security -- San Jose 1999 the latest installment of The Rolling Stones' From the Vault series of official bootleg performances, was released Friday on DVD and Blu-ray, as a two-CD/DVD collection, as a three-LP vinyl set, digitally and via streaming services.
The album and video document an April 1999 concert that the band played at the San Jose Arena in San Jose, California. The show was part of a two-night stand The Rolling Stones played at the venue and marked the group's first performance in the city since 1965. The concert took place at the end of the final North American leg of the band's No Security tour in support of their 1997 album, Bridges to Babylon.
No Security -- San Jose 1999 features The Stones performing classic tunes like "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Honky Tonk Women," "Paint It Black," "Get off of My Cloud," "Tumbling Dice," "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (but I Like It)," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar" and "Sympathy for the Devil." Their set also includes renditions of the Bridges to Babylon tracks "Out of Control" and "Saint of Me," gems like "Respectable" and "I Got the Blues," as well as a cover of "Route 66."
You can get a taste of the No Security concert film by watching the full performance of "Honky Tonk Women" now on The Rolling Stones' official YouTube channel.
Here's the show's full track list:
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" "Bitch" "You Got Me Rocking" "Respectable" "Honky Tonk Woman" "I Got the Blues" "Saint of Me" "Some Girls" "Paint It Black" "You Got the Silver" "Before They Make Me Run" "Out of Control" "Route 66" "Get off of My Cloud" "Midnight Rambler" "Tumbling Dice" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (but I Like It)" "Start Me Up" "Brown Sugar" "Sympathy for the Devil"
Credit: Marc HauserJohn Mellencamp will be honored with the fifth Woody Guthrie Prize on August 30 as part of a special event focusing on the heartland rocker held at the Fly Loft activity space in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The award is presented annually by The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa to an artist whose work reflects that of the late folk musician, who wrote with compassion about the struggles of common men and women and championed human rights.
"The Woody Guthrie Center is proud to recognize John Mellencamp for his incredible achievements as he continues the work of Woody Guthrie," says the Center's executive director, Deana McCloud. "Artists working as activists ensure that Woody's legacy is alive and well, and this award was established to not only recognize achievement, but to remind us all about the importance of taking a stand on human rights issues."
The presentation also will feature a Q&A between Mellencamp and music journalist and broadcaster Bill Flanagan, as well as a preview of a special exhibit titled "MELLENCAMP" curated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that will open at the Center on August 31.
The exhibition will feature more than 100 pieces of memorabilia items related to Mellencamp's life, music and art. Among the items that will be displayed are a selection of John's paintings; his 1966 Honda Scrambler 305 motorcycle; various photos; an acoustic guitar he used on stage and in the studio from the 1970s to the '90s; and handwritten lyrics to such memorable tunes as "Small Town," "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." and "Cherry Bomb."
Tickets for the Woody Guthrie Prize event go on sale Friday, July 20, and can be purchased at the Center or by calling 918-574-2710. Previous recipients include Mavis Staples, Kris Kristofferson and the late Pete Seeger.
Andrew Benge/RedfernsKeith Richards and wife Patti Hansen won't be spending the night together anymore at the luxury New York City penthouse they first put on the market back in March 2016. According to The Daily Mail, the residence has been sold for $9.995 million, $2 million less than the Rolling Stones rocker's asking price.
Richards actually is taking a loss on the sale, since he paid $10.5 million for the duplex apartment -- which is located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village -- when he purchased it in 2014.
The abode features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a 47-foot-long combination living room/dining, a large family room and three private terraces offering impressive city views. The main bedroom suite has two walk-in closets.
Not surprisingly, some personal touches were added to the property reflecting Richards' status as a rock legend, including a phrase painted on a wall in one of the bedrooms that reads, "You're Never Too Young to Rock and Roll."
The Rolling Stones just wrapped up a summer European leg of their No Filter Tour with a concert this past Sunday in Warsaw, Poland.