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Thursday
Mar302017

Dan Auerbach details sophomore solo album, "Waiting on a Song"

Easy Eye SoundDan Auerbach has officially announced the details of his next solo album. The sophomore effort from the Black Keys frontman is called Waiting on a Song, and will be released June 2 through his own Easy Eye Sound record label.

For a preview of Waiting on a Song, you can listen to the album's first single, the surf-rocky "Shine on Me," now on YouTube.

Auerbach recorded Waiting on a Song with musicians including folk legend John Prine, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Duane Eddy and Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, plus drummer Gene Chrisman and pianist Bobby Wood, both of whom performed with Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield.

"Living in Nashville has definitely changed the way I think about music and the way that I record it," Auerbach says in a statement. "I didn't have all of these resources before. I am working with some of the greatest musicians that ever lived."

Waiting on a Song is Auerbach's second solo album, following 2009's Keep It Hid.

Here is the Waiting on a Song track list:

"Waiting on a Song"
"Malibu Man"
"Livin' in Sin"
"Shine on Me"
"King of a One Horse Town"
"Never in My Wildest Dreams"
"Cherrybomb"
"Stand By My Girl"
"Undertow"
"Show Me"

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Thursday
Mar302017

Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran to play UK's Glastonbury Festival

Olivia BeeTwo of the world's biggest pop stars will be performing at the U.K.'s most prestigious music festival this summer.

Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran are among the headliners at this year's Glastonbury Festival, set for June 21-June 25 in Somerset County, England.  Other artists performing include Lorde, Clean Bandit, Chic, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, and dozens more.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, some fans are none too happy that Katy's part of the bill -- one wrote on Twitter that the line-up was more like "an aerobics class, not a rock festival."  Another one wrote, "Glastonbury used to be brilliant now they have Katie caterwauling Perry. Total s***.”

Then again, fans complain every time Glastonbury has booked artists who don't seem to fit the "rock festival" format. A petition was launched in 2015 to keep Kanye West from headlining, and there were even complaints about Adele's headlining slot last year.

This is Katy's first announced international show of 2017.  Ed will perform at Glastonbury right before he starts the North American leg of his tour in Kansas City, MO on June 29.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Lorde to play UK's Glastonbury Festival 

Olivia BeeThree of the world's biggest pop stars will be performing at the U.K.'s most prestigious music festival this summer.

Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Lorde are among the headliners at this year's Glastonbury Festival, set for June 21-June 25 in Somerset County, England.  Other artists performing include Major Lazer, Clean Bandit, Tove Lo, Shaggy, George Ezra, Foo Fighters, Chic, Rag 'n Bone Man, and music legend Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, some fans are non too happy that Katy's part of the bill -- one wrote on Twitter that the line-up was more like "an aerobics class, not a rock festival."  Another one wrote, "Glastonbury used to be brilliant now they have Katie caterwauling Perry. Total s***.”

Then again, every time Glastonbury has booked artists who don't seem to fit the "rock festival" format, fans complain. A petition was launched in 2015 to keep Kanye West from headlining, and there were even complaints about Adele's headlining slot last year.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Tim McGraw and Faith Hill won the Academy of Country Music's very first Vocal Event trophy in 1997 for this song. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "It's Your Love."

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Thursday
Mar302017

No "Broken Hearts" here: Why everything has changed for Old Dominion

ABC/Image Group LA At Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, Old Dominion, last year’s New Vocal Group of the Year, will return to compete for the full-fledged Vocal Group of the Year trophy. But equally significant for the band is the fact that they’ve also secured a full-fledged performance slot on the major prime-time show.

“Last year our performance was 90 seconds,” frontman Matthew Ramsey recalls. “It was over in a flash. We walked off stage and I got a little wobbly-kneed as it all sank in."

In 2017, as the five-man band prepares to perform their new single, “There’s No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” on the telecast, Matthew admits that it seems as though everything has changed.  

“… It really feels like we are on a new level,” says the singer. “To be able to deliver the message of this song to an audience of this size means more than we can possibly express. It truly is a career high point.”

You can hear Old Dominion play the lead single from their sophomore album, which is expected later this year, Sunday night on the 52nd ACM Awards, which start at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  

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Thursday
Mar302017

Shawn Mendes adds shows in NYC, Asia, Australia & New Zealand to Illuminate world tour

Courtesy of Island RecordsShawn Mendes has just added a bunch of new dates to his Illuminate world tour.

First of all, he's scheduled a New York City date: he'll perform at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on August 16. American Express card members can buy tickets starting Monday, April 3, while the general public can get them starting April 8.  VIP upgrades also will be available on May 16. Visit IlluminateWorldTour.com for more details.

In addition, Shawn has announced a string of dates in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, which means that when all is said and done, the Illuminate world tour will encompass 60 shows over four continents.  The tour -- Shawn's first as an arena headliner -- starts April 27 in Europe, and then arrives in North America in July 6.  That leg, which wraps August 23, will feature Charlie Puth as the opening act.

In September, Shawn will play Brazil and Mexico, and starting November 25, he'll go Down Under for shows in New Zealand and Australia.  He'll move on to Asia starting December 9, and finish up in Tokyo on December 18.

Shawn's album Illuminate has been on the Billboard album chart for more than 100 weeks.

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Thursday
Mar302017

John Oates has his own story to tell in new memoir, "Change of Seasons" 

St. Martin's PressWhen you're half of one of the all-time best-selling musical duos, you've got a lot of stories to tell.  That's why John Oates penned his memoir, Change of Seasons, documenting his years with Hall & Oates, and his life in general.

Oates tells ABC Radio, "I hope [fans] get a little bit of insight into me as an individual, because my entire persona...out there in the world is really tied up with my partnership with Daryl [Hall]."

"That's not something I will ever deny, but at the same time, I've got an interesting story to tell," he notes, saying writing the book had him "walking that tightrope between telling my personal story and telling my version of the Hall & Oates story."

A former journalism student and avid reader, John thought writing a book would be a "great challenge," but found it differed from the instant gratification of writing a song.

"I write a song...and I can play it for people and get an immediate reaction," he tells ABC Radio. "With a book, especially a project that takes two years, you're kind of writing in a void."

The book certainly is full of great stories, especially the ones behind some of the duo's hits.  Take "Maneater" -- John says it was inspired by a gorgeous, foul-mouthed woman he saw at a club.

"I thought, 'Man, she would just chew you up,'" he recalls. "I got back home, and I said, 'She will chew you up...She's a maneater!'"

But then, he and Daryl decided the song would be a "lot cooler" if "Maneater" was a metaphor.

"It was the New York City in the '80s," he reveals. "Crazy greed...was kind of in the air. And we said, 'You know, this is a metaphor for the city itself.'"

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Thursday
Mar302017

I got a little story for you: Watch 25 years of Pearl Jam performing "Alive"

Kevin Mazur/WireImageIn honor of their upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, Pearl Jam has shared a video featuring footage of them performing their Ten single "Alive" over the last 25 years. The clip, which you can watch now on YouTube, was compiled by Kevin Shuss, who is Pearl Jam's longtime videographer.

"To celebrate Pearl Jam's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I made this video to look back at the band's first 25 years," Shuss writes in a Facebook post. "Thanks guys! Can't wait to see what the future holds."

The video spans from 1991 to 2016, and includes cameos from Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Bono, plus a whole lot of footage of Eddie Vedder jumping into the crowd.

Pearl Jam will officially be enshrined into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at this year's induction ceremony, held April 7 in Brooklyn, New York. An HBO special focusing on the event will premiere Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Green Day-produced punk documentary "Turn It Around" hitting theaters this summer

Image Group LA/ABCGreen Day has teamed up with film distributor Abramorama to bring the film Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk to North American theaters this summer. The movie, which the punk trio executive-produced, will launch in conjunction with the band's U.S. summer Revolution Radio tour that kicks off in August.

As its title suggests, Turn It Around is about the birth of the punk scene in California's East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay area.

"Turn It Around gave us the opportunity to tell the story of the East Bay punk rock scene, a scene that's a sacred thing to me, [bassist] Mike [Dirnt] and [drummer] Tré [Cool] and to a lot of others who were there at the founding and who helped to shape the genre," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in a statement. "We're proud to bring the history of this movement to the world and hope the film inspires people to create their own music and to build an artistic community."

The film is narrated by none other than Iggy Pop, and features interviews with Armstrong, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, and Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna.

For more info, visit EastBayPunk.com.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Green Day-produced punk documentary "Turn It Around" hitting theaters this summer

Image Group LA/ABCGreen Day has teamed up with film distributor Abramorama to bring the film Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk to North American theaters this summer. The movie, which the punk trio executive-produced, will launch in conjunction with the band's U.S. summer Revolution Radio tour that kicks off in August.

As its title suggests, Turn It Around is about the birth of the punk scene in California's East Bay region of the San Francisco area.

"Turn It Around gave us the opportunity to tell the story of the East Bay punk rock scene, a scene that's a sacred thing to me, [bassist] Mike [Dirnt] and [drummer] Tré [Cool] and to a lot of others who were there at the founding and who helped to shape the genre," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in a statement. "We're proud to bring the history of this movement to the world and hope the film inspires people to create their own music and to build an artistic community."

The film is narrated by none other than Iggy Pop, and features interviews with Armstrong, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, members of The Tubes, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, and Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna and many other musicians.

For more info, visit EastBayPunk.com.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Give it to me: Are Pharrell & Timbaland teaming up with Justin Timberlake to create new music?

Pharrell Williams; ABC/Adam RoseHave you ever wished that super-producers Pharrell Williams and Timbaland would reunite with pop icon Justin Timberlake for some new music?  

Well, that dream may actually come true. 

Justin recently shared an Instagram photo of himself hanging out with Timberland and Pharrell.    

The picture doesn't show them working in a studio, but record producer Danja -- who has collaborated with Justin in the past -- further teased the possibility of all three megastars creating new music. 

"What u think u gon get if I'm with Tim in one room...and Pharrell and Chad [Hugo, Pharell's The Neptunes partner] in another room at the same time on the same project???" he tweeted. Justin retweeted Danja's message with an emoji response of two eyes. 

Both Pharrell and Timbaland worked on Justin's 2002 hit debut album, Justified.  

Timbaland worked on every project released by Justin since, including on each song from the "Can't Stop the Feeling!" singer's 2013 album, The 20/20 Experience

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Thursday
Mar302017

Royal Blood, The xx, Lorde & more join Glastonbury lineup

Credit: Eliot Lee HazelRoyal Blood, The xx and Lorde are among the additions to the 2017 Glastonbury lineup.

Other artists who have joined the U.K. mega-festival's bill include Alt-J, Phoenix, Rag'n'Bone Man, Glass Animals, The National, Biffy Clyro, George Ezra, Halsey, and The Flaming Lips.

As previously announced, this year's Glastonbury will be headlined by Foo Fighters and Radiohead.

Glastonbury 2017 will be held June 21-25 at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. Visit GlastonburyFestivals.co.uk for the full lineup.

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Thursday
Mar302017

From the pinnacle to the pit: Ghost's Papa Emeritus falls off the stage in England

Credit: Mikael Eriksson/Infernal DeathGhost frontman Papa Emeritus found himself up close and personal with his fans when accidentally fell from the stage during the band's show in Leeds, England this week.

Just as the band was launching into their song "Mummy Dust," the Papa slipped and fell into the photography pit. Fortunately, the singer recovered quite nicely, and used the opportunity to greet and high-five the adoring crowd. Halfway through the song, he triumphantly returned to the stage.

You can watch fan-recorded footage of the incident now on YouTube. Come for the fall, stay for the keytar solo.

Ghost is currently touring the U.K. in support of their album Meliora and their new single, "Square Hammer." They'll return to the U.S. in June for a series of headlining shows and dates opening for Iron Maiden.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Lorde released "Green Light" because she "felt like being a psycho"

Brendan WalterWhen Lorde released her new single "Green Light," fans couldn't help but notice that it sounded very different from her previous work -- you could actually dance to it, for one thing.  Lorde says she wanted to put out an upbeat track because everything else on the radio is just too laid back for her tastes.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1, the New Zealand star explains, "A lot of the music on the radio is very chill these days, very slow. And I was like, 'You know what? I don't feel like being chill. I feel like being a psycho and just bursting back and being like, "Here it is! All of it! This is everything that I've been feeling!"'"

The fact that she ended up creating songs that sound like "Green Light" actually came as a surprise to Lorde, who says her upcoming album Melodrama turned out differently than she originally thought it would.

"I mean, I think that you have an idea of what an album will be when you start, and to look back at that picture at the end, it's always very, very different," she told BBC Radio 1. "So I definitely didn't know I was going to make this record influenced by all this music that I was dancing to every night, but I did."

Now all she needs to do is get over her self-consciousness when it comes to playing her new music for her friends and family.

"It's embarrassing," she said during the interview.  "Because I think everything I do is terrible. I’m so self-deprecating...I mean, I love it, but it takes me a second to get there."

Melodrama arrives in June. Lorde has a bunch of festivals on her schedule right now, but says a proper tour is definitely coming.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Darius Rucker returns to Charleston, South Carolina for CMT’s Hometown Heroes special, which airs Friday night. You can get a sneak peek at how Darius pitched in to help his hometown Thursday morning on NBC’s Today show, during a special feature set to air during the show’s 9 a.m. hour.

Dan + Shay perform their latest hit, “How Not To,” Thursday on The Talk. You can catch the show at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.

If you missed co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley promoting Sunday’s ACM Awards Wednesday on CBS This Morning, you can check out their segment online.

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Thursday
Mar302017

The ghost of Blake Shelton: Why Dierks Bentley is a little sore about "Bluke"

Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedEven though this is Dierks Bentley’s second year hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards with Luke Bryan, the “Black” hitmaker admits he’s still haunted by the ghost of Luke’s former co-host, the unpredictable Blake Shelton.

“I am worried about Blake. You never know about that guy. He's all over the place,” Dierks told reporters in response to a question about Shelton showing up unexpectedly during the telecast.

“He's always waiting in the wings to show his little blue eyes,” Luke added, and then assured Dierks that his eyes are  every bit as pretty as Blake’s.

Dierks' mock paranoia is also fueled by the fact that Luke recently reunited with Blake to mentor his team on The Voice.  That led to a revival of Blake and Luke’s celebrity nickname, “Bluke,” and it's a sore spot for Dierks, since his celebrity name with Luke, "Lierks,” hasn’t quite caught on.  

Complaining about Luke's disloyalty, Dierks told reporters, “He tweeted out something about Bluke. He's still holding on to the good ol' days.”

“I did not tweet that!” Luke countered. “…I'm not cheatin' on you!”

Dierks responded, “I'll check your Twitter… and see if Lierks get some love out there!”

While Blake is neither nominated nor set to perform on Sunday night’s show at this point, Luke says we should never count him out.

“No telling where Blake will show up,” he jokes. “Probably [at] some after-party, all drunk, belligerent, trying to get in!”

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Thursday
Mar302017

John Oates has his own story to tell in new memoir, "Change of Seasons" 

St. Martin's PressWhen you're half of one of the all-time best-selling musical duos, you've got a lot of stories to tell.  That's why John Oates penned his memoir, Change of Seasons, documenting his years with Hall & Oates, and his life in general.

Oates tells ABC Radio, "I hope [fans] get a little bit of insight into me as an individual, because my entire persona...out there in the world is really tied up with my partnership with Daryl [Hall]."

"That's not something I will ever deny, but at the same time, I've got an interesting story to tell," he notes, saying writing the book had him "walking that tightrope between telling my personal story and telling my version of the Hall & Oates story."

A former journalism student and avid reader, John thought writing a book would be a "great challenge," but found it differed from the instant gratification of writing a song.

"I write a song...and I can play it for people and get an immediate reaction," he tells ABC Radio. "With a book, especially a project that takes two years, you're kind of writing in a void."

The book certainly is full of great stories, especially the ones behind some of the duo's hits.  Take "Maneater" -- John says it was inspired by a gorgeous, foul-mouthed woman he saw at a club.

"I thought, 'Man, she would just chew you up,'" he recalls. "I got back home, and I said, 'She will chew you up...She's a maneater!'"

But then, he and Daryl decided the song would be a "lot cooler" if "Maneater" was a metaphor.

"It was the New York City in the '80s," he reveals. "Crazy greed...was kind of in the air. And we said, 'You know, this is a metaphor for the city itself.'"

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Thursday
Mar302017

Steve Hackett says his new album, "The Night Siren," celebrates world unity

InsideOut MusicThis past week, Steve Hackett released his latest solo album, The Night Siren, an 11-song collection that finds the ex-Genesis guitarist exploring a wide variety of genres with help from a cast of musicians from across the globe.

"We've got Israeli and Palestinian working side by side. We've got people from Iceland, from Hungary, from the States, from England," Hackett tells ABC Radio. "And really, there's an aspect of World Music about it."

The virtuoso guitarist says that by combining various styles of music and bringing together musicians from around the world, he's making a statement that goes against the divisiveness that seems to be permeating today's political landscape.

"I realized that we were making an album that was headed towards the idea of unity," Steve points out. "And I think where politics has been failing people recently, and the politics of extremism, in a way I think music is perhaps succeeding."

He adds, "Every genre…is welcome on this album. So there's classical influence, there's some jazz influence, there's some Indian raga influence, and I'm influenced by everything from The Monkees to The Beatles to Miles Davis, really."

The Night Siren begins with "Behind the Smoke," an ominous-sounding song about the refugee crisis happening in various areas around the world. Book-ending the album is an anthem titled "West to East," which Hackett describes as "a clarion call to peace." The track features Mira Awad and Kobi Farhi, a duo that hails from Palestine and Israel, respectively, and who perform together to promote peace between their warring people.

The deluxe version of The Night Siren comes with a Blu-ray disc featuring a high-res version of the album that Steve rates as "the best surround-sound mix I've ever heard," plus a making-of documentary.

For more information about the album, visit HackettSongs.com.

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Thursday
Mar302017

I got a little story for you: Watch 25 years of Pearl Jam performing "Alive"

Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesIn honor of their upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, Pearl Jam has shared a video featuring footage of them performing their Ten single "Alive" over the last 25 years. The clip, which you can watch now on YouTube, was compiled by Kevin Shuss, who is Pearl Jam's longtime videographer.

"To celebrate Pearl Jam's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I made this video to look back at the band's first 25 years," Shuss writes in a Facebook post. "Thanks guys! Can't wait to see what the future holds."

The video spans from 1991 to 2016, and includes cameos from Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Bono, plus a whole lot of footage of Eddie Vedder jumping into the crowd.

Pearl Jam will be officially enshrined into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at this year's induction ceremony, held April 7 in Brooklyn, New York. An HBO special focusing on the event will premiere Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Toto confirm more dates for recently announced co-headlining tour

Travis Shinn; Courtesy of TotoPat Benatar and Toto recently announced the first three dates of a planned 2017 co-headlining tour, and now the veteran pop-rock acts have confirmed 10 additional shows.

The trek will kick off August 21 in Livermore, California, and currently is plotted out through a September 16 concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Other newly announced shows include performances in Phoenix; Las Vegas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. A few more concerts will be added to the tour soon.

As always, Benatar will be accompanied by her husband and longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo. Both Benatar & Giraldo and Toto have a variety of other 2017 gigs on their respective tour schedules, which you can check out at BenatarGiraldo.com and TotoOfficial.com.

Here are all of the Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo/Toto co-headlining dates:

8/21 -- Livermore, CA, The Concerts at Wente Vineyards
8/25 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek*
8/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
8/31 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino Spa & Resort - Starlight Theater
9/1 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino - Special Events Center
9/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa - The Sandbar
9/4 -- Layton, UT, Kenley Centennial Amphitheatre
9/6 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino
9/8 -- Tulsa, OK, River Spirit Casino
9/10 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Amphitheatre*
9/14 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
9/16 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Casino & Resort - Tropicana Showroom

* = previously announced date.

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