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Wednesday
Apr232014

Coldplay Reveal Third New Song from "Ghost Stories;" Announce TV Special

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Coldplay is a fountain of musical gifts these days. After announcing in March the impending arrival of a new album, titled Ghost Stories, the band released two videos for tracks on the collection.  Then today in the U.K., Coldplay did one better and played an acoustic version of a third song from Ghost Stories, this one called "Oceans." The band also played "Magic."

If that weren't enough, Coldplay has just announced that they've put together Coldplay: Ghost Stories, which they call "a groundbreaking primetime special based on the band's forthcoming album." It's scheduled to air on NBC on Sunday, May 18 at 7pm ET/PT.             

You can watch a trailer for Coldplay: Ghost Stories now on the band's official website.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

MTV Video Music Awards to Air Live from the Los Angeles Forum 

Courtesy MTVLast year, the MTV Video Music Awards became the first awards show to take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.  This year, the show, which airs August 24, will be the first-ever awards telecast at the Los Angeles Forum.

That legendary venue dates back to 1967, and has hosted concerts by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Prince and others.  It just re-opened in January of this year with all the latest high-tech bells, whistles and amenities.

MTV President Stephen Friedman said in a statement, "With its incomparable legacy as a world-class music venue, the Forum is one of Southern California’s most iconic entertainment landmarks...[and has] has hosted some of the most legendary musical artists and performances ever seen and we can’t wait to add the 2014 Video Music Awards to this list and create the type of memorable moments that music fans will talk about for years to come.”

Of course, it'll be hard to top last year's show, which was so memorable that an 'N SYNC reunion was the second most exciting thing that happened all night.  Perhaps you remember the first -- it involved Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and a foam finger.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Chris Brown's Trial Postponed to Late June

RCA RecordsAfter being postponed twice, Chris Brown's misdemeanor assault trial was expected to start Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Superior Court. Now the trial has been delayed once again.  

The Washington Post reports the judge overseeing the case delayed Brown's trial until June 25, which is the same day the singer's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, will be sentenced. Earlier this week, Hollosy was found guilty of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel last year.

The paper reports Hollosy has refused to testify against Brown, who allegedly participated in the physical altercation, in an effort to avoid incriminating himself prior to his sentencing. Brown's bodyguard faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

While Brown has denied hitting his accuser, he faces the same penalty as Hollosy. In addition, Chris also could face problems in California, where he's on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.  If he's found to have violated his probation in that case, he could face four years in a California prison.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Grand Ole Opry Kicking Off CMA Music Festival Week with Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner

Photo Credit: Chris HolloThe Grand Ole Opry has a big show planned for Tuesday, June 3 to kick off CMA Music Festival week. Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Jennifer Nettles and Charlie Worsham are on the bill for two shows that night at the Grand Ole Opry House. Terri Clark will be there  as well, to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.

The party continues that Friday, June 6 with Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans and more set to perform on the Opry. Go to Opry.com for more info.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Justin Bieber Apologizes for Visit to Controversial Shrine in Japan

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramNo matter where he goes in the world, trouble follows Justin Bieber.  He's been forced to apologize for visiting a shrine in Japan.

Justin stopped by the Yasukuni Shrine while in Japan, and posted a photo of it on Instagram, along with the caption, "Thank you for your blessings."  Time magazine reports that, while his Beliebers retweeted and liked the posting numerous times, it caused an uproar in China, because it turns out the shrine is quite controversial.  It was erected to commemorate Japans' war dead, but that includes former military leaders who committed atrocities across Asia -- including against the Chinese -- during World War II.

Justin subsequently deleted his photo and posting of the shrine and shared an Instagram post of Time magazine's article. He then added this apology:

"While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan."

At least the Bieb apologized, which is something hasn't done for some of his other more egregious behavior over the past year.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

New Documentary About The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir Premiering Tonight in NYC

Image credit: Peter SimonA new documentary about founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir gets its premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.  The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir will be shown at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 9:30 p.m. ET, and will feature a special musical set by Weir himself following the screening.

The movie follows Weir's life, from his early years as a high-school dropout following author Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters communal group, through his amazing 30-year adventure as a member of the world's most celebrated jam band and beyond.  The Other One features candid conversations with Bob, as well as interviews with his Dead band mates Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann; various family members; and musical friends such as Sammy Hagar, Bruce Hornsby and Phish's Mike Gordon.

In addition, the movie includes concert and behind-the-scenes footage, and takes a look at how the Grateful Dead was affected by and influenced the cultural changes the world underwent during the group's existence.

The Other One was directed by Mike Fleiss, whose credits also include the 2011 documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.  The Tribeca Film Festival will host encore screenings of the movie this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the AMC Loews Village 7 theater.  The flick also will be shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 29 and May 2.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Latest Eliminated "American Idol" Contestant Says They Need a "Dictionary" to Understand the Judges

Michael Becker/FOXThroughout the current American Idol season, some contestants have said that they've been confused by some of the judges' comments and advice -- especially Harry Connick Jr.'s frequent use of highly-technical musical terms.  But the show's latest eliminated contestant says all that could have been avoided...if they had just been issued a reference book ahead of time.

"Harry, you know, he says some crazy stuff sometimes," says Dexter Roberts, when asked how the judges can make themselves more clear to the contestants.  "And...Keith [Urban], he says some off the wall stuff. But you know, I guess we just need to have a dictionary and we can just look up their terms before we get on the show!"

So he agrees that the judges are talking over the heads of the contestants?  "Sorta, sometimes," Dexter tells ABC News Radio. "But we've come a long way and learned to answer their questions, because they kind of taught us as we've been going on."

Now that Dexter's off the show, he'll still be rooting for the rest of the contestants, but will  he be rooting for one in particular over the others?  After all, he and fellow finalist C.J. Harris were friends for five years before they ever tried out for the show.  But Dexter denies that he's favoring C.J. to take the crown.

"Me and him's been together so long, you know, I'm rooting for him, but I'm rooting for everybody because we've become a family," he tells ABC News Radio. "Each week, you'd think we'd be like, 'Oh yeah! I'm glad they're going home!' But it's really sad, because we've become so close to each other, and it sucks to see someone go, so I'm rooting for everybody."

On top of that, Dexter says there won't be any jealousy between him and C.J., even if his friend ends up winning the competition.

"He said the first day, 'If we make it pretty far in the competition, we're still gonna be friends, if [one of us] goes home?' And I was like, 'Of course. We're [still] gonna be buddies.'"  In fact, Dexter says he'd like to record an album of duets with C.J. at some point in the future.

But first, the singer from Fayette, Alabama says he plans to head to Nashville to land a solo record deal.  And that's not the end of his ambition: he says he'd also like to star in his own TV show about hunting.  But which one of those things would he like more?

"Well, I want both, so it's hard," he laughs. "I wanna sing...in front of thousands, millions of people, but I want my own TV show, so it's in between that."

Now that Dexter's out of the Idol bubble, we asked if he could shed some light on one more thing: is Caleb Johnson really going to prom with Jena Irene, as he claimed on the show?  "I have no idea," says Dexter.  "There's no tellin', betwen them two!" 

American Idol continues Wednesday night on Fox, with the contestants each performing a country song and a rock song.  Dexter says if he'd stayed, the rock song he had prepared was Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

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Wednesday
Apr232014

The Weeknd Releases Mini Documentary, "One Night with The Weeknd"

TheWeeknd.comThe Weeknd is celebrating his international success by releasing a mini-documentary called One Night with The Weeknd, which captures his biggest show during his Kiss Land Tour.

Complete with backstage footage and candid interviews, the video gives fans an intimate look at The Weeknd's sold out concert at London's O2 Arena. "Greatest show of my entire life," says The Weeknd to a packed crowd. "It’s over from now on. We can’t go backwards from this. We can’t go backwards."

The seven-minute project was presented by camera company GoPro and its posted on the company's official YouTube page.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Rascal Flatts cast member made a cameo on ABC's Nashville this season? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Three Days Grace Unveils New Tour Dates, Lyric Video

RCA RecordsThree Days Grace has announced some additional tour dates. The band is currently wrapping up a string of dates with three shows in Michigan, but has announced new summer shows with new full-time vocalist Matt Walst.

Three Days Grace has also released a lyric video for it's latest single,"Painkiller." It's streaming online now on the band's YouTube channel

Here are the new Three Days Grace tour dates: 

5/23 -- Herrin, IL, Herrinfesta Italiana
5/24 -- Little Rock, AR, Riverfest
7/18 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore                                       
7/19 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Piere's                 
7/20 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant                             
7/22 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues   
7/23 -- Minneapolis, MN, Myth Live                                                        
7/26 -- Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center       
7/27 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District                                         
7/29 -- Billings, MT, Shrine Auditorium     

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Kacey Musgraves Shows Her Vulnerable Side on "Keep It to Yourself"

Photo Credit: Kelly Christine MusgravesKacey Musgraves is more vulnerable than ever before on her latest single, "Keep It to Yourself." She wrote the song after a breakup when her ex was trying to tell her he still had feelings for her.

Says Kacey, "You literally have to be the strong person and say, 'Don’t tell me, because it’s just going to rope me back in.' It’s going to create that cycle again. It's just about getting over that hump."

Ultimately, Kacey found love again with her band member, Misa Arriaga, and that relationship wouldn't have happened if she'd gotten roped back into dating her ex.

Looking back, Kacey explains. "Nobody wants to feel naked or uncomfortable, and removing yourself out of a situation that you know is probably not right is really hard, but it’s something that you just have to do."

"Keep It to Yourself" is the latest single from Kacey's Grammy, ACM and CMA Award-winning album Same Trailer Different Park.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Is Taylor Swift Selling Her Mansion in Rhode Island?

ABC/Jon LeMayEver since Taylor Swift shelled out a reported $17 million a year ago for a huge mansion in Rhode Island's tony Watch Hill neighborhood, the home has been the site of much drama, from random trespassers, to angry locals accusing her of blocking access to the beach.  Now, word is she's looking to unload the 11,000 square-foot home.

The rumor evidently started when a reporter for the local Rhode Island paper The Westerly Sun tweeted, "Is Taylor Swift's Watch Hill mansion for sale? I'm hearing that but I can't confirm."  This, of course, set off all kinds of speculation from various real estate blogs, all noting the sprawling home's eight bedrooms, 10 1/2 baths, reception rooms, 45-foot-long sun porch, five-car heated garage, balconies, swimming pool and sweeping views.

A rep for Taylor did not immediately return emails from ABC News Radio seeking comment on whether or not the home is for sale.

In addition to the Rhode Island mansion, Taylor also owns a condo in Nashville, a place in Los Angeles, and a newly-purchased pad in Manhattan.  She has definitely enjoyed the Rhode Island mansion, though, telling Rolling Stone, "Man, Rhode Island's a good place. It's a really good place. I've loved really being with my girlfriends a lot [there]. Like, there have been a lot of kitchen dance parties with my girlfriends."

Meanwhile, the singer may have moved on to greener pastures...or at least sandier beaches.  She tweeted a photo of herself on Monday walking along a beautiful beach wearing a green bikini, with the caption, "Looking for Easter eggs."  It's not clear where the photo was taken.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Justin Bieber's Deportation Request Rejected by White House

Image courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber will be staying here in the U.S., despite an online petition on the White House website, We the People, seeking to have him deported.

The White House responded to the request with, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”

The statement went on to explain that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."

The White House added, "We'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case.”

The petition, which was launched in January, claimed the troubled 20-year-old pop star is "a terrible influence on our nation's youth." It drew nearly 274 thousand signatures, well beyond the 100 thousand needed to generate an official response.

The petition came on the heels of several run-ins Bieber had with the law, including his DUI arrest in Miami Beach.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

"The Voice" Recap: Artists from Usher and Shakira's Teams Are Eliminated

NBCThe Voice said goodbye to two of its 12 artists on Tuesday night.

In the first live results show of the season, Team Usher member T.J. Wilkins and Dani Moz of Team Shakira were eliminated. The bottom three, which were based on the viewers' votes, also included one of Dani's teammates, Tess Boyer.

Tess was saved by the fans in the final minutes of the show. Following performances by the three artists, the fans were asked to support their favorite by tweeting the hashtag #VoiceSave, along with the singer's first name.

Tess sang Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side"; T.J. performed Edwin McCain's "I'll Be"; and Dani Moz covered Adele's "Turning Tables."

The one-hour results show also featured performances by Team Adam Levine and Team Blake Shelton. Adam joined his artists for a rendition of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," while Blake and his crew took on Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive In Your Country."

Shakira took the stage, too, singing "Empire" from her recently-released self-titled album.

The live round resumes next Monday night on NBC.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Ryan Lewis Reveals Mom's 30-Year Struggle with HIV; He & Macklemore Lend Support to New Healthcare Initiative 

PRNewsFoto/Burton Snowboards/John KeatleyYou know Ryan Lewis as the "other guy" in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  But now, the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist is speaking out about something very personal: his mother's decades-long battle with HIV.

Ryan's mom, Julie Lewis, contracted HIV in 1984, when she received a blood transfusion after giving birth to her oldest child, Teresa.  She wasn't actually diagnosed until 1990, at which time she was told she only had a few years to live.  But she went on to have two more kids -- Ryan and his sister Laura -- who were born HIV-free, and Julie now has been living with the virus for 30 years.  As a result, she's now launching the 30/30 Project, which plans to build medical centers around the world that will be self-sustaining for at least 30 years. 

The initial goal is five new facilities, the first of which will be in Malawi. If that name sounds familiar, that's because it's the African nation from which Madonna adopted two of her children. The launch of the project also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the discovery that the HIV virus leads to AIDS.

In a statement, Ryan Lewis says, "With this amazing past year that I've had, I'm honored to be the first donor to the 30/30 Project. I'm hoping people will join me, and join my family's story, to see how far we can take this." 

In a video explaining the Lewis family story, as well as the details of the project, Macklemore says, "I've known Julie and the Lewis family for years now, and have always found inspiration behind their family's incredible story. Ryan, myself and the whole team are stepping up in full support of the 30/30 project...we want to see this idea put into action. Any amount that you can donate goes directly to building healthcare centers worldwide."

Ryan's mom adds, "We believe that healthcare is a human right. We have the knowledge and we have the treatments. Life threatening diseases like HIV/AIDS can be managed. What people need is access."

You can learn more about the project and how to donate by visiting 3030project.org.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Joan Jett, Axl Rose Set to Receive Special Honors Tonight at "Revolver" Golden Gods Awards 

RevolverMag.comJoan Jett and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will receive special honors at the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place April 23 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

The sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony takes place tonight in Los Angeles.  Joan Jett and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose both will receive special honors at the big event, which celebrates outstanding achievements by hard-rock artists.

Jett will make history by being the first woman ever to receive Revolver's Golden God award, which is given annually to one honoree who "embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal."  Joan joins past Golden God recipients including Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper.

Rose will be presented with this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The singer will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

This year's ceremony also will feature live performances from Jett and her band The Blackhearts, Guns N' Roses, Korn and Zakk Wylde, among others.

Meanwhile, among this year's Golden Gods nominees is Black Sabbath, who received nods for Album of the Year and Comeback of the Year.  Band members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler also will compete, respectively, for prizes in the Best Guitarist and Best Bassist category.  Other nominees in various categories include Deep Purple, Metallica, Mötley Crüe and Alice in Chains.  To check out a full list of nominees, visit GoldenGods2014.com.

The Golden Gods Awards ceremony will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Club and will begin at 7 p.m. PT.  If you can't make it out to the extravaganza, you can still watch a live stream of the event at Amazon.com.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Five Finger Death Punch Up for Six Golden Gods Awards

RevolverMag.comThe Revolver Golden Gods Awards take place tonight in Los Angeles. One of the frontrunning bands is Five Finger Death Punch -- nominated in a whopping six categories -- who's competing in the divisions of Album of the Year, Best Vocalist, Best Guitarist, Best Bassist, Song of the Year, and Most Dedicated Fans.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory doesn't let these nominations, or other similar nods, go to his head. Bathory tells ABC News Radio, "You have great musicians, great bands in the same category. There is no universal scale of who is better and why. Take Jimi Hendrix and Yngwie Malmsteen, you can't compare the two -- both artists are great. One is extremely innovative, the other plays things that no other human can play on the planet. Which one is better? We don't really have a scale."

That doesn't mean that Bathory and his FFDP bandmates aren't grateful for the recognition.  He tells ABC News Radio, "The accolades are obviously very appreciated and it always means something of a milestone that you're achieving something." 

Joan Jett will make history tonight by being the first woman to ever receive Revolver's Golden God award, which is given annually to one honoree who "embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal." Jett joins past Golden God recipients including Gene SimmonsRob Zombie, and Alice Cooper.  

Axl Rose will receive this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The Guns n' Roses frontman will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

The Golden Gods Awards ceremony will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Theater.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Go Behind the Scenes of Beyoncé's Toyota Commercials 

Cliff Lipson/CBSLast month Beyonce shot a Toyota commercial for the auto maker's new campaign titled “Get Going.” Now, a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot has surfaced on Tuesday.

In the two-minute clip, posted on one of her Beyhive's YouTube page, the singer films three spots as her latest single, “XO,” plays in the background.

"I feel like it’s a very emotional spot. It goes through my growth and my childhood and who I wanted to be and who I have become," Beyonce says during an on-set interview.

The commercial was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who previously helmed Beyonce's video "Pretty Hurts" and "Move Your Body." She comments, "We all can relate to the idea of 'get going' and how we all need that motivation in our own lives."

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Wiz Khalifa Announces Dates for Under the Influence of Music Tour

Atlantic/AnkenmanWiz Khalifa is gearing up to embark on a summer outing, officially dubbed the Under the Influence of Music Tour.

The upcoming North American trek will kick off July 24 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania and its scheduled to close on August 24 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California.

The rapper has recruited an multitude of supporting acts including Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, DJ Drama, Iamsu, Mack Wilds and Sage the Gemini.

Fans can expect the tickets to on sale at 4:20 p.m. ET on Friday, April 25 via Live Nation.

Here are  the dates for the Under the Influence of Music Tour.

7/24 -- The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pennsylvania
7/25 -- Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, New Jersey
7/26 -- Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia
7/27 -- Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Virginia
7/29 -- Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario
7/31 -- Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York
8/1 -- First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
8/2 -- Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts
8/3 -- PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey
8/5 -- First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Illinois
8/6 -- Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana
8/8 -- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
8/9 -- Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
8/10 -- DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan
8/12 -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis, Maryland Heights, Missouri
8/14 -- Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
8/15 -- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman, Woodlands, Texas
8/17 -- Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, New Mexico
8/19 -- Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado
8/22 -- Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California
8/23 -- Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, Chula Vista, California
8/24 -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine, Irvine, California

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Peter Frampton Releasing Album of Music from 2013 Ballet Project

Red DistributionPeter Frampton is preparing to release a mini-album featuring musical pieces he created for his 2013 collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet.  Hummingbird in a Box, which hits stores on June 24, is a suite of seven songs the veteran guitar whiz composed with Nashville-based songwriter Gordon Kennedy, with whom he's worked on his previous three studio efforts.

The music from Hummingbird in a Box was debuted at a series of April 2013 performances by the Cincinnati Ballet at the city's Aronoff Center for the Arts.  Those shows featured Frampton and his band accompanying the dance company by playing some of his classic songs as well as the new pieces.

Framptron says about the project, "Writing for dance was a wonderfully freeing experience.  There were no boundaries.  We were able to push the composing envelope."

Adds, Kennedy, "Songwriters and musicians create music to move people.  This was beautiful, graceful and instantly gratifying!"

As previously reported, Frampton will be on hand to give an introductory speech on May 6 when the Cincinnati Ballet gives a New York City performance that will feature some of the Hummingbird in a Box material.

Meanwhile, Frampton has now lined up more than 30 tour dates this year, including solo headlining dates, joint shows with The Doobie Brothers and Frampton's Guitar Circus concerts with special guest Buddy Guy.  Peter's itinerary kicks off with a June 22 performance in Cincinnati.  Check out his full schedule at Frampton.com/Live.

Here is the Hummingbird in a Box track list:

"The Promenade's Retreat"
"Hummingbird in a Box"
"The One in 901"
"Friendly Fire"
"Heart to My Chest"
"Shadow of My Mind"
"Norman Wisdom"

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