Paramount PicturesThe soundtrack to the new Elton John biopic Rocketman is officially out today, a week before the film opens in U.S. theaters.
The album not only features new versions of classic Elton tunes sung by the film's star, Taron Egerton, but also includes a brand-new duet between John and Egerton called "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again."
"[Elton] emailed me shortly after Christmas and just said, 'I just wrote a duet for us,'" Egerton tells ABC Radio. "And it took me a little while to process that but I'm very, very proud. It's a very beautiful song and it's very in the spirit and theme of the movie."
Egerton admits that singing an original Elton John/Bernie Taupin song in front of Elton in the studio was "intense." But he adds that he "really, really enjoyed it."
"It was great fun, Elton's great fun and I wanted him to be there," he says. "He recorded first and then I went in and he said, 'Would you like me to leave while you record?' And I was like, 'No, no way, man. I want you to be here.'"
The soundtrack, produced by Giles Martin, features Egerton's renditions of classics like "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song" and "I'm Still Standing."
Greenwich EntertainmentEcho in the Canyon, the star-studded documentary focusing on the influential music scene that began in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon in the mid-1960s, opens tonight at L.A.'s Cinerama Dome and Landmark Theater, with additional screenings on Saturday and Sunday.
Among the key groups profiled in the flick are The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys and Mamas & the Papas.
Directed by Andrew Slater, the film features singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan interviewing various famous artists with connections to or influenced by the Laurel Canyon scene, including David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, The Byrds' Roger McGuinn, The Mamas & the Papas' Michelle Phillips, Jackson Browne and more.
Slater tells ABC Radio that in making the film, he and Dylan wanted to find out the stories of the songs they loved from the very artists who created them. What evolved, says the director, is "a very personal look at a subject and music that's still influential 50 years later."
Slater adds that a key discovery was how much the bands wound up influencing each other.
The film also shows Jakob chatting with younger artists like Beck, Norah Jones, Cat Power and Regina Spektor about how they were inspired by the scene, and captures them recording songs from the era, as well as performing them live in concert.
In addition, Dylan chats with Tom Petty, in what was the late rock legend's final on-camera interview. As Slater explains, Petty "is almost like the professor in the narrative of the film."
A soundtrack album that mainly features the cover tunes showcased in the doc also gets released today. Echo in the Canyon will get its New York City premiere on Friday, May 31, before receiving a wider release in June.
Here's the soundtrack's track list:
"Go Where You Wanna Go" -- featuring Jade Castrinos "The Bells of Rhymney" -- featuring Beck "You Showed Me" -- featuring Cat Power "She" -- featuring Josh Homme "In My Room" -- featuring Fiona Apple "Goin' Back" -- featuring Beck "Never My Love" -- featuring Norah Jones "It Won't Be Wrong" -- featuring Fiona Apple "No Matter What You Do" -- featuring Regina Spektor "Questions" -- featuring Jakob Dylan, Stephen Stills "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" -- featuring Neil Young "Expecting to Fly" -- featuring Regina Spektor "What's Happening" -- featuring Neil Young
RhinoThis past March, Foreigner released a concert video featuring an April 1978 performance that the band gave at London's Rainbow Theatre. Now the veteran rockers will issue a companion album on CD and as a two-LP vinyl set on July 12.
The Live at The Rainbow '78 album features the same 12 songs that appear on the previously released DVD, Blu-ray and digital video and audio versions. The original audio has been remixed and remastered for the release.
Foreigner's set at the concert featured renditions of all 10 tunes from the band's self-titled 1977 debut album, including the hits "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" and "Long, Long Way from Home." The group also played two future classics from their then-forthcoming sophomore record, Double Vision -- the title track and "Hot Blooded."
The Rainbow show featured Foreigner's original lineup -- lead guitarist Mick Jones, singer Lou Gramm, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, keyboardist Al Greenwood, drummer Dennis Elliott and bassist Ed Gagliardi. Gagliardi passed away in 2014 from cancer.
Here's the track list of the Live at The Rainbow '78 CD:
"Long, Long Way from Home" "I Need You" "Woman Oh Woman" "Hot Blooded" "The Damage Is Done" "Cold as Ice" "Starrider" "Double Vision" "Feels Like the First Time" "Fool for You Anyway" "At War with the World" "Headknocker"
Courtesy of Parlophone RecordsToday marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the self-titled debut album by David Bowie's short-lived band, Tin Machine. In celebration of the milestone, a previously unreleased live medley of nine songs from the record that the group played during a 1989 video shoot in New York City is now available for purchase as a digital download.
The video of the medley, which runs 12 minutes, 37 seconds, was shot by director Julien Temple at the New York club The Ritz, and ends with a full performance of the tune "Under the God." Among the other songs Tin Machine played was a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." You can watch the entire clip now at Bowie's official YouTube channel.
Tin Machine also featured guitarist Reeves Gabrels and the sibling duo of Tony and Hunt Sales on bass and drums, respectively. The band's self-titled album peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200, while "Under the God" reached #4 and #8 on Billboard's respective Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts.
The group released one more studio album, Tin Machine II, in 1991 and a live album, Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby, in 1992 before disbanding.
Here's the list of songs Tin Machine play in the medley:
"Pretty Thing" "Tin Machine" "Prisoner of Love "Crack City" "Bus Stop" "Video Crime" "I Can't Read" "Working Class Hero" "Under the God"
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images; Virgin RecordsThe Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony" is officially back in the hands of frontman Richard Ashcroft, as Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have relinquished their songwriting credits on the song.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce as of last month Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to give me their share of the song 'Bitter Sweet Symphony,'" Ashcroft writes in a statement.
Released in 1997, "Bitter Sweet Symphony" sampled an orchestral version of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time," recorded by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra and written by David Whitaker. According to Rolling Stone magazine, The Verve was granted the sample in exchange for 50 percent of the royalties.
However, former Stones manager Allen Klein accused The Verve of using more of the orchestral recording than the agreement originally stipulated. After a plagiarism lawsuit filed by Klein's holding company ABKCO Records, The Verve ended up forfeiting all of the song's royalties and publishing rights, and Jagger and Richards were credited as the writers.
Now, over two decades later, Ashcroft is the sole credited writer.
"This remarkable and life affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith, who have also agreed that they are happy for the writing credit to exclude their names and all their royalties derived from the song they will now pass to me," Ashcroft writes.
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" became The Verve's biggest worldwide hit, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney kicks off the 2019 North American leg of his Freshen Up Tour tonight, May 23, at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The trek features a total of 16 shows, and is mapped out through a July 13 concert at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The trek will include a June 28-29 stand at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, as well as stops in major cities in the Southeastern U.S., the Midwest, Texas, California, Arizona and Vancouver, Canada.
McCartney is continuing to promote his chart-topping 2018 solo album, Egypt Station, on the tour. Last week, Sir Paul released a deluxe "Explorer's Edition" of the album that features a bonus disc offering extra studio recordings, including an extended version of "Who Cares," the surprise single "Get Enough," and live performances from the special shows he played last year in London, New York City and his hometown of Liverpool, U.K.
Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition is available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.
Here are all of McCartney's forthcoming North American tour dates:
5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena 5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center 6/8 -- Green Bay WI, Lambeau Field 6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center 6/14 -- Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park 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
Geffen/UMGToday marks the 50th anniversary of the U.K. release of one of the most lauded albums in rock history, The Who's Tommy. The rock opera tells the tale of a young man who becomes deaf, dumb and blind as a child after witnessing his father kill his mother's lover, and who goes on miraculously to become a pinball champion and then, after regaining his senses, a spiritual guru.
Tommy's arrival came at a transitional period for The Who, one that saw the group's members, particularly guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend, looking for a new musical direction after several years together as a well-received quirky pop-rock act.
"Tommy was the first time that we really tackled the idea of doing an album as a piece of art," explains Townshend in the 2013 documentary Sensation: The Story of Tommy. "It was meant, in a sense, to hold a mirror to what we were doing at the time and what was happening to us."
One of inspirations for Tommy was Meher Baba, an Indian guru whose teachings Townshend had begun following. Townshend's story also was influenced by the traumas the people of his generation had experienced through the wars of the 20th century.
Explaining the Tommy character, Townshend said, "I was looking for an analogy to the fact that it seemed to me that we are deaf, dumb and blind, if you like, with respect to our spiritual genome. Whatever it is in us that drives us spiritually is effectively deaf, dumb and blind."
The best-known song from Tommy was "Pinball Wizard," which reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other memorable songs from the album include "The Acid Queen," "I'm Free" and "We're Not Gonna Take It," which includes the famous refrain "See Me, Feel Me." The album reached #4 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified double-platinum in the U.S.
Tommy, of course, has been presented in a variety of incarnations over the years, including the 1975 Ken Russell film. Perhaps most notably, Townshend collaborated with theater director Des McAnuff to adapt Tommy into a stage musical that went on to win five Tony Awards in 1993.
Last year, Who singer Roger Daltrey mounted a solo tour that featured a full performance of Tommy with orchestral accompaniment. A live album titled The Who's Tommy Orchestral, featuring highlights from two shows from the trek, will be released on June 14.
Live Nation/Interscope Records/ Maverick Madonna has released her new music video for new song "Crave," featuring Rae Sremmurd singer Swae Lee.
The video, which switches between black-and-white and color, begins with Madonna on a rooftop in New York City attaching a love note to a pigeon and letting it fly away.
"I am waiting for you. I have always been waiting for you. I'm attracted to danger, I crave it,” Madonna says in voice-over.
The carrier pigeon eventually finds its way to Swae Lee, who's hanging out with some pigeon coops on another rooftop. He unfurls the note and tacks it up on a wall with many other similar notes he's been collecting. In the end, the two unite on the rooftop and touch hands, creating a spark. Then we see two pigeons flying away.
"Crave" is the latest song off Madonna's Madame X album, due out June 14.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicRush frontman Geddy Lee says he has mixed feelings about his band's retirement that followed the end of its 40th anniversary tour in August 2015.
"I don't miss leaving [my family to go tour]," the 65-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells the Toronto Sun. "But I miss those three hours on stage with my buddies. That, especially in the last 10 years of touring, was so much fun and so gratifying."
Lee says he sees Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson "quite a lot" and that he and Alex visit drummer Neal Peart "quite often," but with Peart insisting he's happily retired, Geddy doesn't "see the three of us ever really" recording or touring together again.
Having said that, Lee believes it's possible that he and Lifeson "would do something down the road," while pointing out that Alex currently is enjoying contributing to other artists' projects.
Rhino Entertainment CompanyThe Woodstock soundtrack album features a famous photo of a young couple wrapped in a muddy quilt hugging each other at the historic 1969 festival. Now, the two lovebirds, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline, will return to Bethel, New York, in August to help celebrate its 50th anniversary.
According to The Journal News, the Ercolines were invited to take part in the planned "Anniversary Week" festivities hosted by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue now located at the site of the original Woodstock fest.
The anniversary celebration is scheduled for August 15 through August 18, and will include concerts by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band on the 16th, Santana and The Doobie Brothers on the 17th and John Fogerty on the 18th.
"We're very honored to be invited," Bobbi Ercoline told The Journal News, while her husband Nick added, "It's a great honor…Just come up and say hello, get a picture and have fun."
Married since 1971, Nick and Bobbi were just dating when they attended Woodstock Music and Arts Fair for just one of the event's three days back in '69.
"It was all wonderful because we were 20 and in love," said Bobbi.
The photo featured on the Woodstock soundtrack was taken by Life magazine photographer Burk Uzzle. The Ercolines say that had no idea about the photo until a friend brought it to their attention after the album was released.
The couple are now retired grandparents who reside in the upstate New York town of Pine Bush, about 40 miles from Bethel.
Asked to reflect on being part of Woodstock history, Bobbi said, "I am just very grateful that it was an experience that I've been able to share with the man I've loved for 50 years."
"Those two ladies may as well be sisters from a different mother," Sheryl tells EW. "First of all, they're very close and Mavis has inspired Bonnie in so many ways. And both those women have been a huge inspiration for me."
Threads, featuring 17 tracks, will be released later this summer. In addition to "Live Wire" and the Cash duet -- a reworking of Crow's 1996 song "Redemption Day" -- the album will feature collaborations with Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards and country stars Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris.
Weinberg says Lafayette was his first choice of a college to attend but he wasn't accepted for admission. However, in 1974, he wound up playing a sold-out concert with Springsteen on campus at the Allan P. Kirby Field House.
Weinberg will be presented his degree at the school's 184th Commencement, at 2:15 p.m. ET in Fisher Stadium, by the college's president, Alison Byerly.
Meanwhile, this Friday, May 24, the 68-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his Max Weinberg's Jukebox side project will play a concert at Lafayette's Williams Center for the Arts. At the show, which starts at 8 p.m., the audience will help pick the songs Max and his four-piece band will play, chosen from a set of 300 tunes the group knows, including classics by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Springsteen.
Earlier that same day, The Morning Callreports, Weinberg will be at the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton where he'll join the town's mayor and other local luminaries to take part in the dedication of a new musical playground. Max will play one of six chimes that make up The Musical Path, an art installation that allows visitors to create their own tunes. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. local time.
Max Weinberg's Jukebox currently has more than 20 concerts on its tour schedule, which is mapped out through a December 1 show in Key West, Florida.
5/24 -- Easton, PA, Lafayette College 6/1 -- Colonia, NJ, 350th Anniversary of Woodbridge at Merrill Park Middlesex Turnpike 6/27 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 6/29 -- Amagansett, NY, The Stephen Talkhouse 7/8 -- North Truro, MA, Payomet Performing Arts Center 7/10 -- Cape May, NJ, Cape May Convention Hall 7/11 -- New York, NY, Sony Hall 7/13 -- Washington, D.C., The Hamilton Live 7/14 -- Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center 9/7 -- Valparaiso, IN, Valparaiso Popcorn Festival 10/2 -- Branson, MO, Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater 10/5 -- Waterville, ME, Waterville Opera House 10/6 -- Boston, MA, City Winery 10/11 -- Park City, UT, Egyptian Theatre 10/12 -- Park City, UT, Egyptian Theatre 10/13 -- Park City, UT, Egyptian Theatre 10/25 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Meridian Theatres at Centerpointe 11/1 -- Schaumberg, IL, Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts 11/21 -- Woodstock, NY, The Colony 11/22 -- Toms River, NJ, Grunin Center for the Arts 11/23 -- Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater 12/1 -- Key West, FL, Key West Theater
Credit: Nick McCabeCreedence Clearwater Revisited, the spinoff group led by founding Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford and bassist Stu Cook, recently announced plans to retire from the road after completing its next touring cycle.
Clifford tells ABC Radio that he and Cook, who both turned 74 last month, have multiple reasons for wanting to stop touring.
"Traveling on the road just takes a toll on your body and mind," Cosmo explains. "We both have grandchildren, and it's time to do something else also musically. And so, we've made the decision…[and] we're just sort of celebrating each night as we count down to the final show."
Creedence Revisited current trek is lined up through a September 28 concert in Yakima, Washington, but Clifford says it likely will extend into 2020.
"I think there's a short tour of New Zealand [and Australia] in January, so…we're gonna expand it into the following year," he says. "That'd be a great way to finish. We love it Down Under."
After the trek ends, Clifford admits, the band still is open to playing one-off gigs, "if there's something really special."
Clifford and Cook formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995, over 20 years after their old band broke up. Doug tells ABC Radio that the initial plan for the new group was to do it for five years, depending how fans responded to it.
"The public embraced us right off the bat," Clifford notes, "and here we are 25 years later, five times the five-year plan."
Doug says touring with Creedence Revisited has "been very enjoyable, but everything has its time to end." He adds, "[W]e've achieved what we planned to do…and kept the music out there in front of audiences."
Here are all of Creedence Revisited's confirmed upcoming tour dates:
6/13 -- Del Mar, CA, San Diego County Fair 6/14 -- Sahuarita, AZ, Desert Diamond Casino 6/15 -- Maricopa, AZ, Harrah's Phoenix Ak-Chin 6/20 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Event Center 6/21 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino 6/22 -- Canyonville, OR, Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino 6/27 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino & Resort - Great Lakes Ballroom 6/28 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino - Showroom 7/18 -- Chicoutimi, QC, Canada, Festival Bieres du Monde de Saguenay 7/20 -- Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, Fete du Lac des Nations 7/26 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Event Center 7/27 -- Medicine Hat, AB, Canada, Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede 9/14 -- Frederick, MD, Great Frederick Fair 9/25 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up 9/26 -- Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Fair 9/28 -- Yakima, WA, Central Washington State Fair
ABC/Photo courtesy of Bethel MuseumJohn Fogerty will appear in interview segments featured in a new episode of the ABC documentary series 1969 titled "Generation Woodstock," which airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
The program will focus on two historic 1969 events, the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival in upstate New York and the Stonewall Uprising, the riots staged in New York City's Greenwich Village by members of the local LGBTQ community, which took place in August and June, respectively.
In addition to Fogerty, whose old band Creedence Clearwater Revival was among the many acts that performed at Woodstock, festival organizers Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld are interviewed on the show.
"Generation Woodstock" also will examine the cultural and political impact Woodstock and the Stonewall riots have had on the country and how their echoes reverberate within today's youth movements. A number of contemporary entertainers and activists are featured on the program sharing their reflections on the importance of the events.
RhinoA new box set featuring remastered versions of the six studio albums that James Taylor released on the Warner Bros. Records label during the 1970s will hit stores on July 19. The Complete Warner Bros. Albums: 1970-1976 will be available as a six-CD set, a six-LP heavyweight vinyl collection and digitally.
The albums featured in the box set are 1970's Sweet Baby James, 1971's Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, 1972's One Man Dog, 1974's Walking Man, 1975's Gorilla and 1976's In the Pocket. Remastering of the records has been overseen by Peter Asher, who has produced many of Taylor's albums.
Sweet Baby James was Taylor's second album, following his self-titled 1968 debut, and features the enduring title track and his classic song "Fire and Rain," which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. One of the singer/songwriter's most successful records, Sweet Baby James reached #3 on the Billboard 200, and has gone on to sell more than 3 million copies in the U.S.
Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon features Taylor's chart-topping rendition of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend." The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, and has sold over 2 million copies in the U.S.
One Man Dog includes the #14 hit "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" and reached #4 on the Billboard 200. Gorilla features Taylor's cover of the 1965 Marvin Gaye hit "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," which peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.
In the Pocket includes "Shower the People," which reached #22 on the Hot 100, as well as "Don't Be Sad 'Cause Your Sun Is Down," a song co-written by and featuring Stevie Wonder.
Here are the full track lists of all albums in the box set:
Sweet Baby James (1970) "Sweet Baby James" "Lo and Behold" "Sunny Skies" "Steamroller "Country Road" "Oh, Susannah" "Fire and Rain" "Blossom" "Anywhere Like Heaven" "Oh Baby, Don't You Loose Your Lip on Me" "Suite for 20 G"
Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971) "Love Has Brought Me Around" "You've Got a Friend" "Places in My Past" "Riding on a Railroad" "Soldiers" "Mud Slide Slim" "Hey Mister, That's Me Up on the Jukebox" "You Can Close Your Eyes" "Machine Gun Kelly" "Long Ago and Far Away" "Let Me Ride" "Highway Song" "Isn't It Nice to Be Home Again"
One Man Dog (1972) "One Man Parade" "Nobody but You" "Chili Dog" "Fool for You" "Instrumental I" "New Tune" "Back on the Street Again" "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" "Woh, Don't You Know" "One Morning in May" "Instrumental II" "Someone" "Hymn" "Fanfare" "Little David" "Mescalito" "Dance" "Jig"
Walking Man (1974) "Walking Man" "Rock 'n' Roll Is Music Now" "Let It All Fall Down" "Me and My Guitar" "Daddy's Baby" "Ain't No Song" "Hello Old Friend" "Migration" "The Promised Land" "Fading Away"
Gorilla (1975) "Mexico" "Music" "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" "Wandering" "Gorilla" "You Make It Easy" "I Was a Fool to Care" "Lighthouse" "Angry Blues" "Love Songs" "Sarah Maria"
In the Pocket (1976) "Shower the People" "A Junkie's Lament" "Money Machine" "Slow Burning Love" "Everybody Has the Blues" "Daddy's All Gone" "Woman's Gotta Have It" "Captain Jim's Drunken Dream" "Don't Be Sad 'Cause Your Sun Is Down" "Nothing Like a Hundred Miles" "Family Man" "Golden Moments"
Credit: Frank MelfiRobert Plant and his backing group, The Sensational Space Shifters, have added a new festival performance to their upcoming North American tour. The founding Led Zeppelin singer and his current band will perform at the CityFolk festival, scheduled from September 12 through September 15 at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa, Canada.
According to CBC News, Plant and company will headline the festival's final day. Other artists on the bill include, Bush, Live, R&B singer Leon Bridges and acclaimed Americana artist Lucinda Williams.
Pre-sale tickets for the CityFolk fest will be available starting Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m. local time.
Plant's tour, which will feature a mix of festival appearances and headlining concerts, begins with a September 13 appearance at Canada's Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and runs through an October 3 show in Bend, Oregon. Alt-country singer/songwriter Lillie Mae will open most of the concerts.
Prior to the North American trek, Robert and his group will tour Scandinavia in June and July.
Here are all of Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters' confirmed North American concerts:
9/13 -- Fredericton, NB, Canada, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival* 9/15 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, CityFolk Festival - Lansdowne Park* 9/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Center# 9/20 -- Indianapolis, IN, Outlaw Music Festival* 9/21 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond Festival* 9/23 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom 9/25 -- Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre 9/27 -- Missoula, MT, KettleHouse Amphitheater 9/29 -- Spokane, WA, First Interstate Center for the Arts 10/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theater 10/3 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater
* = festival performance # = co-headlining with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats = Lillie Mae opens.
Matthew Jordan SmithIt was believed that the late Aretha Franklin did not leave a will, however three handwritten wills have been discovered in her home in Detroit.
The documents were submitted in probate court this week, according to the Detroit Free Press. Two were dated2010, and a third was dated 2014. It has not been confirmed that The Queen of Soul actually wrote the wills. Her estate has submitted a petition to validate the documents and a hearing will be held on June 12.
In the papers, Aretha apparently wrote that her assets were to be "evenly distributed" among three of her sons, Edward, Teddy and Kecalf. She added special provisions for her oldest son, Clarence, now 63.
She requested that her song copyrights and her percentage from the upcoming MGM biopic starring Jennifer Hudson be divided among her sons, as well as her gold records and awards.
They would also share property, including her piano, records and CDs with her grandchildren. Money from several bank accounts were to be "split evenly" among various family members, including nieces and a cousin.
The "Respect" singer also asked that her papers be donated to colleges or auctioned, and her gowns should be auctioned by Sotheby's or donated to the Smithsonian Institution.
Aretha Franklin passed away August 16, 2018, from pancreatic cancer at age 76.
Jon Bon Jovi received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Pennsylvania on Monday.
The Asbury Park Press reports that the rocker was bestowed with the degree for not only his musical achievements, but his humanitarian endeavors as well -- such as his Soul Kitchen community restaurants in New Jersey. He took the podium as graduates launched into his song "Livin' on a Prayer."
"It's better to be a doctor than be in need of a doctor," Bon Jovi wrote on Instagram following the ceremony. "Thanks @uofpenn and congratulations to all the graduates."
Bon Jovi previously received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from New Jersey's Monmouth University in 2001 and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Rutgers University in 2015.
Credit: Neil ZlowzowerZZ Top is joining the ranks of rock artists whose songs have been used as the inspiration for a jukebox musical. A stage production titled Sharp Dressed Man currently is in development and it's expected to open next year in Las Vegas.
The show is described as "an outrageous, bawdy musical romp" that tells the story of an auto mechanic from Texas "who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing hearts -- and car parts -- with the help of his merry band of beer drinkers and hell raisers."
Among the classic ZZ Top tunes that will be featured in the musical are "Legs," "La Grange," "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Cheap Sunglasses."
ZZ Top's members -- singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard -- are serving as executive producers on the project, which is being developed by the Caesars Entertainment production team headed by Michael Gruber and Jason Gastwirth. The band's longtime manager, Carl Stubner, also is among the musical's producers.
"We're excited about this fantastic project and look forward to hearing our music in a new innovative context," says Gibbons. "Fans have often told us that we've provided the soundtrack to their lives, and this is very much in line with that kind of enthusiastic thinking."
Sharp Dressed Man's book is being written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, the duo that also penned the teleplays for the Grease Live! and A Christmas Story Live! musical TV specials. In addition, Cary co-wrote the Broadway shows Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and Flashdance The Musical.
As previously reported, ZZ Top is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a major tour that will visit Europe next month and July, followed by a lengthy U.S. leg that currently is mapped out from mid-August to late October.