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Olympian Shaun White's Band Begins Tour

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Twenty-six-year-old Shaun White is world famous for his snowboarding and skateboarding feats — winning two Olympic gold medals and more X-Games medals than anybody else. But did you know that he also has a band? The modern-day Renaissance man plays lead guitar for the rock band Bad Things. And he’s pretty good at it.

Bad Things musicians are Davis LeDuke (singer), Jared Palomar (bass), Anthony Sanudo (guitar), Lena Zawaideh (drums) and Shaun White (guitar).  The group landed a record deal with Warner Brothers and expect to release their debut album later this year. Rob Schnapf, known for working with Beck, Elliot Smith and The Vines, will produce the album.

The band is currently touring and drumming up hype for the album release.  Bad Things played their first New York City show on July 11, 2013, at Santo’s Party House, sharing the bill with X Ambassadors and We Are Scientists.

Though known for his animated personality, Shaun White blends in with the band members on stage. Sporting his shorter haircut, White was positioned at the side of the stage with his guitar, belting out back-up vocals here and there. Frontman Davis LeDuke was the one commanding the audience’s attention, dancing emphatically around the stage, banging on a lone drum to emphasise the beat and jumping into the crowd during a self-proclaimed “dance song.”

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Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z Announce Legends of the Summer Tour

Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It's official!  On Friday, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z announced their Legends of the Summer stadium tour.  The North American tour will stop in 12 cities beginning July 17 in Toronto, Ontario before wrapping in Miami, Florida on Aug. 17.

Fans have several options to purchase tickets and VIP packages through Citicard, Facebook, Live Nation and VIP Nation.  As of today beginning at 12 noon local time, Citi cardholders can access presale tickets that will be available on Feb. 27 through Citi's Private Pass Program.  Also on Friday, various VIP packages through the website VIP Nation will be available for purchase.  VIP options include front row seating, reserved parking, commemorative tour program, limited edition merchandise, and more.

To be eligible for presales, you can also RSVP now on Facebook or use the Live Nation mobile app by texting “LNAPP" to register, or "404040" to download the mobile app and access advance ticket sales as of Feb. 27.  All presales end at 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

Tickets for all tour dates except New York will go on sale to the general public on Feb. 28.  Details for the New York tour stop at Yankee Stadium will be announced separately.

Here's the complete list of tour dates:

July 17 -- Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre
July 19 -- New York, NY, Yankee Stadium
July 22 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
July 26 -- San Francisco, CA, Candlestick Park
July 28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Rose Bowl
July 31-- Vancouver, BC, BC Place Stadium
August 4 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Stadium
August 6 -- Detroit, MI, Ford Field
August 8 -- Baltimore, MD, M&T Bank Stadium
August 10 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
August 13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park
August 16 -- Miami, FL, Sun Life Stadium

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Keith Richards Hints Rolling Stones Tour Is Likely

NICHOLAS ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After coming back together for a few gigs, it looks like The Rolling Stones will be touring soon.

According to Keith Richards, it's not a question of if The Rolling Stones will tour -- it's when.

"Really, all you're going to have to do is wait for the announcement," Richards tells Rolling Stone magazine.  

The band was so throughly satisfied with the five 50th anniversary shows they just played in London, New York and New Jersey, that they are ready to hit the road. Mick Jagger says there have been quite a few offers and, "I'm going to see what's on the table and discuss it with everyone."

In a related story, the Coachella Music Festival has hinted that Stones will be this year's headliner.

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Stevie Nicks Discusses Fleetwood Mac’s Tour Plans, New Songs

Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tickets for select concerts on Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 North American tour went on sale Friday, Dec. 14.  According to several media reports, the band initially had planned to launch the outing earlier this year, but singer Stevie Nicks had wanted to extend her own trek in support of her 2011 solo album In My Dreams.  In addition, singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham made good use of that extra time to tour extensively behind his own 2011 effort, Seeds We Sow.

Nicks tells ABC News that now, however, she and Buckingham are fully committed to Fleetwood Mac and are looking forward to hitting the road with the group.

“The great thing about having a solo career and having a Fleetwood Mac career is that you can go back and forth, and that really makes for never a dull moment,” she said.  “So now we’re ready to put what we did away and we’re ready to start with this, and it’s exciting.”

The singer says she and her band mates have yet to decide on a set list for the tour, pointing out that they intend to pick the tunes during rehearsals, which will begin in the middle of January.

Noting that Fleetwood Mac has “10, 11, 12 big hit songs that we know our audience wants to hear,” Nicks notes that the band members still have to put their heads together on “the other 12 songs, because we do about 21, 22 songs in two hours and a half.”

The singer says at the beginning of rehearsals, the band members each bring in their own lists of additional tunes they’d like to perform, and “we put all these songs up on a big blackboard.”

“We start going…'You know, this one is really going to work,’ ‘this one isn’t going to work,’ and it’s interesting also because, like, in the year 2013, one song might work really beautifully that didn’t work in 2009 or that might not have worked in 2003.  So, you never kind of know,” she said.

A couple of tunes Nicks is hoping will “work” are the brand-new tracks she added vocals to a few weeks ago.  The songs, which, according to a recent Billboard article, are titled “Sad Angela” and “Miss Fantasy,” were written by Buckingham and were among several new recordings he, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie put together earlier in 2012.  Nicks says the tracks will be released in conjunction with the tour, but she isn’t sure exactly how they’ll be issued.

Nicks says she’s impressed at how vital the new material sounds.  “If I was 20 and I heard that, I’d definitely want to join that band,” she insists.  “I think what we do now is very modern and very now, and it kind of surprises even me that we can sound very young and very excited and very hip.”

“I keep an eye on music so I know what that is, you know.  And, I think [the new songs will] blow people’s minds,” she adds.

Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 North American tour kicks off on April 4 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Fiona Apple Postpones Tour to Be with Her Dying Dog

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fiona Apple is putting her tour on hold in the name of her dog. In a message posted on Facebook Wednesday, the singer said her dog Janet, a pit bull once used in a dog fighting ring that she found as a puppy in Los Angeles’ Echo Park, is dying. Janet suffers from Addison’s disease and has a tumor in her chest.

“I just can’t leave her now, please understand,” Apple wrote in the post, which was accompanied by photos of a handwritten note she penned before typing out her message on Facebook. “If I go away again, I’m afraid she’ll die and I won’t have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out.”

Apple recently wrapped the North American leg of her tour for her latest album, “The Idler Wheel.” She was due to perform in Brazil next week, then travel to Argentina and Mexico.

Apple detailed her close relationship with Janet. “She’s my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she’s the one who taught me what love is,” she wrote. She revealed that she bakes tilapia for the dog, and they sleep in the same bed every night.

In Apple’s eyes, she’s better than a boyfriend. “Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life, and that is just a fact,” she said.

Thousands of people have posted messages of support on Apple’s Facebook page. She’s come to terms with the fact that she’s witnessing what will likely be Janet’s last days.

“I know that she’s not sad about aging or dying,” she wrote. “But I know that she is coming close to point where she will stop being a dog, and instead, be part of everything. She’ll be in the wind, and in the soil, and the snow, and in me, wherever I go.”

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Drew Lachey Confirms 98 Degrees Reunion Is Going Forward with New Album, Tour

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(NEW YORK) -- Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees, who won season two of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, returned to the show this season for its All-Stars edition, but was voted out this past Tuesday night. But that’s OK -- it means he can now turn his attention to the 98 Degrees reunion.

Over the summer, 98 Degrees, including Drew, brother Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, got together for the first time in years for two performances: one on NBC’s Today show, and one at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pa. They stopped short of announcing any additional plans, but now Drew confirms to ABC News Radio that a full-fledged reunion is on tap.

“We’re gonna start heading back into the studio here in the next month or so making new music,” Drew tells ABC News Radio. “And then, hopefully, in 2013, we are gonna be back out on tour. So … we got some great stuff coming up and I’m looking forward to getting back with those guys and making some new music.”

98 Degrees never actually broke up; they just went on hiatus. Their last album, Revelation, came out in 2000, so fans were psyched to see the foursome at those shows this past August.

“That was fantastic,” says Drew. “It was 11 years since we had performed together last, and to get back together and take that step out there, to say, ‘Alright, we’re doing this. Let’s go for it,’ and to have the fans embrace us like that, was magical.” In fact, the response encouraged them to continue with the reunion plans, as Drew explains.

“When we did that, that was like, ‘Alright, we gotta keep doing this. We can’t let it be another 10 years before we do this again,’” he says.

Now that boy bands are back in fashion thanks to One Direction, it seems like a good time for 98 Degrees to return, but what will the 2013 version of the group sound like? “Well, it’s still gonna be based on the harmony and vocals. I mean, that’s our signature sound. That’s not gonna change,” explains Drew. “The production, obviously, will. You know, pop music is a lot different now than it was then, different sounds, different kind of musical influences.”

But as Drew points out, “When it all is said and done, a great song is a great song whether it was made in the ’50s or whether it’s made 30 years from now. Music is music and it can transcend time.”

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Kanye West Goes Off on Fan With Laser Pointer at Paris Concert

George Napolitano/FilmMagic(PARIS) -- We are all familiar with Kanye West’s public outbursts, such as the time he stormed the stage at the 2009 VMAs after Taylor Swift won her first award for best female video, cutting her off, grabbing the mic away and protesting his support for Beyonce, or the time he made headlines for comparing himself to Hitler during a concert in England, or commanded the microphone after losing the best hip-hop artist music video award for “Touch the Sky” in 2006, claiming that because he lost "the awards show loses credibility."

But this time West took his outburst to a whole new level when a flash of light took him over the edge.

One fan’s use of a laser light at a concert over the weekend resulted in West embarrassing him in front of the entire crowd at his and Jay-Z’s "Watch the Throne” tour in Paris.

He used profanities toward a fan flashing a green laser during his song “Flashing Lights.”  He stopped the song to curse out the fan. He then continued to perform while asking if everyone was having a good time, as if nothing had happened.

Kanye West was apparently blinded by the laser the fan was wielding. The fan refused to quit the first time West told him not to “f*** with everybody’s show.”  That’s when West brought the show to a halt and had the entire audience “oohhh!” and shame the fan into not using the laser or get kicked out.

This wasn’t the first time West had called out a fan while onstage. Last year, the rapper ejected a concertgoer from a show for throwing a business card onto the stage while he was performing.

With his head-turning, jaw-dropping comments, images, blogs, lyrics and tweets -- one thing is for sure, Kanye West continues to make a name for himself, and keep himself in the spotlight -- but not the laser light.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Lady Gaga Angers Thai Fans with Fake Rolex Tweet

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga may have just insulted millions of her legendarily devoted "Little Monster" fans with a single tweet.

"I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex," the pop star wrote to her 24 million Twitter followers Wednesday night.

By the next day, that comment had sparked an uproar in Thailand, where Gaga is traveling for her "The Born This Way Ball" tour, with fans calling the singer's remarks offensive and insulting.

"We are more civilized than you think," tweeted Thai DJ Surahit Siamwalla, who also called for a boycott of Gaga's Friday show in Bangkok.

"She came to our home, but instead of admiring us, she insulted us," read a comment on the popular Thai Web board

Gaga's preference for knockoffs was also made clear when the singer touched down in Hong Kong for a tour stop in April.

"I love this city," she tweeted April 30 after reportedly indulging a spin class in the city famous for its high-end retail. "You can work out & buy a fake Birkin on the same street."

The backlash is the latest in a series of controversies the boundary-pushing superstar has faced as her tour travels throughout Asia.

The "Born This Way" singer arrived in the Philippines May 19 to a crowd of 200 Christian youths calling for the cancellation of her upcoming concerts and holding placards urging the singer to "respect our faith, stop the blasphemy."

Officials in Indonesia, where Gaga's provocative lyrics and public image had been the subject of protests and complaints by that country's hard-line Islamist organizations, banned her from performing her planned June 3 concert there, fearing large and dangerous protests.

Public support for the Jakarta concert, which was sold out, nonetheless remained high and Gaga gave hope to her fans.

"Little monsters, be patient please," the singer's promoters tweeted after the ban was announced.  "We will keep you updated.  We are still fighting."

On Thursday, Gaga's manager confirmed the singer would rather cancel performances than make changes to appease her protesters.

"We'll skip them," her manager, Troy Carter, told a music conference in Singapore.  "We play the show as it is. It's a very specific show, it's a very specific audience."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Journey, Pat Benatar, Loverboy Tour Schedule Revealed

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A full slate of dates for the upcoming joint U.S. tour featuring Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy has been announced.

The trek, which will stop in more than 20 cities, gets under way on July 21 in San Bernardino, Calif., and is scheduled through an Oct. 13 show in West Palm Beach, Fla. As always, Benatar will be performing with her husband and longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo.

The couple revealed that they have plans to release some new music next year.

Here are all of the joint tour’s confirmed dates according to (*denotes that Benatar is not on the bill):

7/21 — San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheatre
7/22 — Stateline, CA, Harvey’s Outdoor Arena
7/24 — Paso Robles, CA, Main Grandstand, California Mid-State Fair
7/26 — Cheyenne, WY, Frontier Days
7/28 — Seattle, WA, The Gorge
7/29 — Spokane, WA, Northern Quest Casino Amphitheater
8/3 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/4 — Denver, CO, Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
*8/6 — Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Campground Amphitheatre
8/8 — Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/10 — Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach Amphitheatre
8/15 — Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands Sands PAC
8/17 — Louisville, KY, Kentucky State Fair – Freedom Hall
8/18 — Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair – Grandstand
8/24 — Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Pavilion
8/25 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Amphitheatre
8/31 — Kansas City, KS, Live Strong Sporting Park
9/1 — Saint Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
9/21 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music City
9/22 — Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
9/28 — Bangor, ME, Waterfront Park
10/6 — Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre
10/12 — Tampa, FL, 1-800-Ask Gary Amphitheatre
10/13 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre

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Fleetwood Mac Feud: Stevie Nicks to Blame?

Greetsia Tent/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Stevie Nicks has said that she’ll go on the road with Fleetwood Mac as soon as she’s finished touring to support her most recent album, In Your Dreams, which came out last year.  However, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood now despairs of Stevie ever rejoining the group, and tells Playboy magazine, “I don’t believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again.”

Fleetwood says that he understands Stevie’s desire to promote her album, but is upset that it’s coming at the expense of what would be an extremely lucrative tour. According to a promoter, Fleetwood, Stevie, Lindsey Buckingham and bass player John McVie could earn 10 million bucks’ apiece if they did an eight-month arena tour.  “It is certainly a blow to all of us financially,” admits the drummer.

Fleetwood tells Playboy that the Mac was supposed to go on the road in 2011, but agreed to delay their tour so Stevie and Lindsey could promote their albums.  But now, Fleetwood thinks Stevie’s gone overboard.  “It comes down to her, and for the first time, I think, even Lindsey has lost his patience,” he says.  “Stevie is really proud of her new album and I get that, but she will not let it go … she’s insistent upon working it until it is incapable of growing further … she has become enthralled and obsessed with her in album in a very nice but very inconvenient way.”

The drummer continues, “She’s working 20 times harder than she would ever have to do with Fleetwood Mac and not making anything close to as much money as she would with us.  But this is what she wants to do, and I respect that.”

While in the past, Fleetwood says, he would’ve “not taken no for an answer,” he claims he’s now ready to accept the fact that his beloved band may not ever see the road again.

“Stevie changed her program and changed her mind, and however willful anyone may be, this is what’s happening, or not happening, rather,” he tells Playboy.  “It’s quite simple.  Stevie changed her mind.  And you know what?  That is our innate privilege as humans.”

You can read the full interview in the new issue of Playboy, on newsstands Friday.

In July, Stevie will team with Rod Stewart for another edition of their Heart & Soul joint tour, which was a big success last summer.

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