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Jan232019

Report: Chris Brown to sue rape accuser for defamation

ABC/Randy HolmesChris Brown is allegedly gearing up to take legal action against the woman who's accused him of raping her in a Paris hotel room, TMZ has learned. 

Brown's French lawyer, Raphael Chiche, told TMZ that his client adamantly denies the allegations and plans to challenge them in court. 

"Chris Brown is free. No lawsuits were filed against him," Chiche said in a statement to the website. "He vigorously challenges the charges against him. A complaint for slanderous denunciation will be filed tomorrow with the public prosecutor of Paris."

As previously reported, the "Undecided" crooner was arrested on Tuesday in Paris after an unidentified woman filed a complaint which claimed that Brown and two other men had sexually assaulted her in a hotel room. Brown has since been released from police custody and at present does not face any charges. 

Shortly after the ordeal, the singer addressed the allegations head on. 

"I wanna make it perfectly clear....... This is false and a whole lot of c[r]ap!," Brown wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post.

"For my daughter and my family this is so disrespectful and is against my character and morals!!!!!"

According to TMZ, Brown is free to leave the country, but an official investigation regarding the alleged incident is reportedly still taking place.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Title of Michael Jackson stage musical revealed; show to premiere in Chicago this October

Courtesy of DKC O&MThe previously reported stage musical based on Michael Jackson's life, sanctioned by the late King of Pop's estate, now has a title and a premiere date.

The show, currently in development, is called Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough and will begin its first performances in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29.

The musical's initial run is scheduled through December 1, and it'll come to Broadway in 2020.

Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough is set behind-the-scenes in 1992, as Jackson rehearses for his Dangerous tour. As Michael and his collaborators prepare for the performances of his various classic songs, audiences are transported to key moments in the entertainer's career. The show will include more than 25 of Jackson's hits.

As previously reported, the musical is being written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, while Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show. 

Tickets for the show's Windy City run are available now for groups of 10 or more via the Broadway in Chicago theater production company's group-sales office by phoning 312-977-1710.

Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough will also be part of the next Broadway in Chicago subscription package, which will go on sale in the spring.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Blake Shelton to play surprise pop-up show tonight in Nashville ahead of Friends and Heroes Tour 

ABC/Mark Levine Blake Shelton is warming up for his Friends and Heroes Tour by playing a pop-up show tonight at Ole Red Nashville.

"Let's party y'all," Blake tweeted around noon, revealing details for tonight's concert.

The line forms at 1 p.m. CT to get a wristband for tonight's show, and the only downside may be that it's a rainy day in Music City. If you're game, you need to go to the venue's Third Avenue entrance. 

It's a 21-and-over event, with only one wristband per person. Doors for the show open at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Blake's Friends and Heroes Tour with Lauren AlainaThe Bellamy BrothersJohn Anderson, and Trace Adkins kicks off on Valentine's Day in Oklahoma City. 

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Watch WALK THE MOON's colorful "Timebomb" video

ABC/Randy HolmesWALK THE MOON has premiered the video for the band's new single, "Timebomb."

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, finds the "Shut Up and Dance" artists performing the new track against varying backgrounds of different colors. It's essentially an Instagram profile come to life.

"Timebomb" was released earlier this month. It follows WALK THE MOON's 2017 album, What If Nothing.

WALK THE MOON will launch a U.S. tour with support from Bear Hands Wednesday night in Louisville, Kentucky. They'll be opening for Muse's Simulation Theory tour starting February 22 in Houston.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Four out of five Backstreet Boys agree: *This* BSB song is terrible

Dennis LeupoldEven people who aren't Backstreet Boys fans agree that some of the group's hits -- like "I Want It That Way" and "As Long As You Love Me" -- are pop perfection.  But the Boys themselves collectively agree that they've cut some bad songs along the way...and one in particular stands out for its sheer awfulness.

In a video called #DNAuary: Backstreet Confessions, the five members of the Backstreet Boys share their initial impressions of each other, pranks they've pulled on each other and other fun tidbits.  But when it comes to naming the song of theirs they like the least, they're surprisingly united on the answer -- except for Nick Carter.

When Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, AJ McClean and Kevin Richardson were asked the question separately, they all named the same song: "If You Want It To Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)," which appears on their self-titled 1997 U.S. debut album.

"That was horrible," Kevin says of the song.  AJ adds, "That song should never have been recorded. It is the biggest piece of crap!"

"You know why the fans love that song?  Because Nick is singing the whole doggone thing!" Brian reveals. 

Which is why Nick, asked the same question, responded, "I don't really have a song that I don't like."

By the way, "If You Want It To Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)" was written by Mutt Lange, a hit songwriter and producer who's crafted songs for Celine Dion, Def Leppard, Britney Spears, Heart and his ex-wife, Shania Twain

The Backstreet Boys track is just one of many songs Lange has written with parentheses in the titles.  Others include Shania's hits "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here" and "The Woman In Me (Needs the Man In You)."

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Wednesday
Jan232019

"I Could Use a..." video: Maren Morris to visit with fans on YouTube as she premieres the "GIRL" visual

Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris’s video for “GIRL” will premiere Thursday at 4 p.m. ET on YouTube.

Moments before, the Texas native will start chatting with her fans on her YouTube Channel, and continue interacting with them through the premiere.

The “GIRL” clip is the first country video by director Dave Meyers, who’s worked with pop superstars like Katy Perry, Ariana GrandePink, and more.

Meanwhile, tickets are now on sale for Maren’s GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR, which kicks off March 9 in Chicago.  It'll hit more than forty cities before it wraps in August.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Meek Mill & JAY Z, others, team to launch REFORM Alliance for criminal justice reform

Miller MobleyMeek Mill and JAY Z are teaming up with a number of sports figures -- including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft -- for an important new initiative designed to transform the American criminal justice system.

At a press conference in New York City on Wednesday, Meek, Jay, Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai and others announced the REFORM Alliance, which will share time, resources, energy and platforms to make the maximum impact. CNN's Van Joneswill be the alliance's CEO.

Formed in the wake of Meek's prison sentence, which saw him sentenced to two-to-four years for a 2017 probation violation, the REFORM Alliance will work to pass probation and parole bills at the state level, and to call for comprehensive reform.

"Creating the REFORM Alliance is one of the most important things I've ever done in my life," said Meek in a statement. " If you thought my case was unfair, there are millions of others dealing with worse situations...we want to change outdated laws, give people hope and reform a system that's stacked against us."

And at the press conference, Meek told reporters, "I'm here to speak for the people who don't have a voice. I come from that side of the wall."

"I didn't ask to be the face of reform," he added. "I don't want to be the face of anything. I just wanna bridge gaps and make the world a better place, especially for my culture and the environment I grew up [in], where the system...[is] basically targeted for people that look like me."

Currently, there are an estimated 6.6 million people in the U.S. who are either in prison, on probation or paroled.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Rita Ora lends her song "Soul Survivor" to Bumble Super Bowl ad

ABC/Lou RoccoRita Ora is getting in on the Super Bowl action.

Her song “Soul Survivor” will be featured in the first-ever Super Bowl ad for Bumble, the women-centric dating app. Tennis champ Serena Williams, Bumble’s Global Advisor, will star in the commercial.

“Writing this song was an emotional, but also freeing experience, and I’m so happy its message of empowerment is resonating with others,” Rita says in a statement.

“I always hope that my music will inspire, but I am particularly proud of this song and how it has encouraged women to speak their own truth and to carve their own path.”

She adds, “I am honored that Bumble selected ‘Soul Survivor’ as the anthem for such a powerful Super Bowl commercial.”

The song, which appears on Rita’s 2018 Phoenix album, can also be heard in a behind-the-scenes video released by Bumble on Wednesday for its campaign “The Ball Is in Her Court.” The campaign is all about women making the first move in life -- just like they do on Bumble to connect with potential partners.

You can catch the full commercial during the big game on Sunday, February 3.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

O.K.! Watch Pepsi Super Bowl ad teasers with Cardi B, Lil Jon 

Jorda FrantzisCardi B and Lil Jon will both appear in Pepsi's Super Bowl ad, along with Steve Carell.  The beverage company has released teasers for the ad starring all three celebrities.

In the teaser featuring Cardi, she's sitting at a table in a diner with a can of Pepsi in front of her, and tapping her nails -- painted Pepsi blue and red -- on the can.  Cut to a graphic reading "02.03.OK," as we hear Cardi's signature "Okurrrrrrr!"

In Lil Jon's teaser, he's standing behind the counter at a diner wearing a Pepsi varsity jacket, filling up a cup of Pepsi, which appears to be bottomless.  Then he says his "OK!" catchphrase, as we again see the graphic "02.03.OK."

In the teaser with Carell, he's sitting at the diner counter, reading the script for the commercial.  He starts laughing, looks at the camera, shrugs and says, "We'll see!"  Then the graphic "02.03.OK" appears.

From the teasers, we can assume that the spot is based around the expression "O.K." -- which explains why Cardi and Lil Jon are included.

You can see the entire spot during the big game on February 3, as the Patriots take on the Rams in Atlanta.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Listen now: Beck covers 1982 song "Tarantula" for "Roma"-inspired album 

Sony Music Masterworks Beck has released a song called "Tarantula," described as a "radical reimagining" of a 1982 track recorded by English electronic group Colourbox. You can download the dreamy tune, which features guest vocals from Feist, now via digital outlets.

Beck recorded "Tarantula" for a new album featuring recordings inspired by the Golden Globe-winning film Roma, which received 10 Oscar nominations on Tuesday, including Best Picture.

Curated by director Alfonso Cuarón, the album also features the previously released Billie Eilish song "When I Was Older," as well as tracks from Patti Smith, T Bone Burnett, producer DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels rapper El-P.

The album, officially titled Music Inspired by the Film 'Roma', will be released on February 8. Here's the track list:

"Tepeji 21 (The Sounds of ROMA)"" --- Ciudad de México
"Wing" -- Patti Smith
"Tarantula" -- Beck
"WHEN I WAS OLDER" -- Billie Eilish
"PSYCHO" -- Bu Cuarón
"On My Knees" -- UNKLE featuring Michael Kiwanuka
"Con El Viento" -- Jessie Reyez
"Marooned" -- El-P & Wilder Zoby
"Cumbia del Borras" -- Sonido Gallo Negro
"La Hora Exacta" -- Quique Rangel
"Cleo Who Takes Care of You" -- Ibeyi
"We Are Always Alone" -- DJ Shadow
"Between These Hands" -- Asaf Avidan
"Those Were the Days" -- Laura Marling
"ROMA" -- T Bone Burnett

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Lady Gaga says Oscar nods make her "heart explode"

ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga received not one but two Oscar nominations on Tuesday: Best Actress for A Star Is Born, and Best Original Song for "Shallow," also from A Star Is Born. She's the first person to be nominated in those two categories in the same year. It's no wonder that she's emotional about her honors.

"I think sometimes people forget that even though this is a big movie, we're all really artists that are like kids playing in a sandbox," she tells The Los Angeles Times. "To be recognized at this level just makes the heart explode, because truly and deeply, I still very much feel like a child with big dreams."

Gaga also commented on the fact that her co-star Bradley Cooper wasn't nominated for Best Director, seen by many as a major snub by the Academy.

"At the end of the day, he knows that he’s the best director in my eyes, and in all of our eyes as his cast," she explains. "I know that he’s so happy that we’ve all been nominated and that the film was recognized and we all feel really, really beyond elated for the recognition."

The star also revealed how she found out about her nods. When she woke up, she assumed her fiance Christian Carino was going to leave her a note, but she didn't see one.

"I thought I must not have gotten nominated — or we must not have gotten nominated," she says. "So I called my manager, Bobby — cause Bobby's good with bad news — to see what was going on. And then he told me all the nominations, and I just started crying."

So why no note?  Following up with Gaga's publicist, The Los Angeles Times reports that Carino did leave a note -- Gaga just didn't see it.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Twenty One Pilots teach an alien to swim in "Chlorine" video

ABC/Image Group LAWhat if E.T. didn't want to phone home, and instead just wanted to learn to swim? That's probably what Twenty One Pilots were thinking when they came up with the video for their song "Chlorine."

In the clip, streaming now on YouTube, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun play two pool cleaners who come across an adorable alien creature, who's apparently named Ned. The little guy wants to swimming, but he's too nervous. Eventually, he musters the courage and triumphantly cannonballs into the pool.

"Chlorine" is a track from the new Twenty One Pilots album Trench, which also features the Grammy-nominated single "Jumpsuit."

The duo's Bandito world tour in support of Trench resumes next week in Europe, and will return to the U.S. the end of May.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Ten years ago this week, Sugarland topped the country chart with this tune from their Love on the Inside album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Already Gone."

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder lines up late-winter, early-spring concerts in North America

Credit: Michael HelmsFormer Eagles guitarist Don Felder has started amassing a variety of North American tour dates, starting with a three-show stand in Niagara Falls, Canada, on January 31, February 1 and February 2.

Felder's itinerary also features a special charity gig on February 15 in Victoria, Texas, as well as a series March concerts that include a run of West Coast dates and a couple of shows in the Midwest.

Don's February 15 performance is the sixth annual Kids & Classrooms Benefit Concert, which is presented by and raises money for the Victoria Independent School District Education Foundation. The foundation helps fund teacher grants, scholarships and students' tuition expenses.

Here are all of the 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's confirmed North American concerts:

1/31 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
2/1 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
2/2 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
2/15 -- Victoria, TX, Victoria Fine Arts Center
3/16 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
3/18 -- Livermore, CA, Bankhead Theatre
3/19 -- Bend, OR, Tower Theatre
3/20 -- Kirkland, WA, Kirkland Performance Center
3/21 -- Kirkland, WA, Kirkland Performance Center
3/22 -- Bellingham, WA, Mount Baker Theatre
3/23 -- Bremerton, WA, Admiral Theatre
3/28 -- Mason City, IA, North Iowa Community Auditorium
3/30 -- Athens, OH, Templeton Memorial Auditorium

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Metallica congratulates Mariano Rivera for Hall of Fame induction; pitcher says he doesn't "listen to that kind of music"

ABC/Randy HolmesOn Tuesday, New York Yankees pitching legend Mariano Rivera became the first player to be unanimously elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. If you ever saw Rivera in action, you know that Metallica's "Enter Sandman" would always play as he'd take the mound. So fittingly, the metal legends have offered their congratulations to the legendary closer.

In a video for MLB.com's Cut4, frontman James Hetfield said, "We, Metallica, took a vote here, and it's unanimous. Congratulations from the entire Metallica family, Mariano, on your induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame."

"It's well deserved, and we look forward to watching you enter the Hall this summer," added drummer Lars Ulrich.

During an subsequent interview with the MLB Network, the interviewer played Metallica's message for Rivera. While he called the shout-out "amazing" and the band members "great people," he admitted that he's actually not a huge fan of their music.

Responding to a question about how many Metallica shows he's seen, Rivera laughed and said, "With all due respect to the guys, I've never been to one of them."

"As a Christian -- again, with all my respect to Metallica and all the guys -- I don't listen to that kind of music," he added. "I listen to Christian music."

Should Rivera ever want to know what all the fuss is about, he can catch Metallica on their current tour, which continues Thursday in Nashville.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Chris Stapleton reveals there's more All American Road Show to come in 2019

ABC/Mark LevineChris Stapleton’s All American Road Show will roll on in the summer of 2019, as the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year hits the road in July.

The “Millionaire” hitmaker’s first stop on the tour will be July 9 in Allentown Pennsylvania. Margo Price and The Marcus King Band join him for the first nine dates of the trek. From there, Brent CobbBrothers OsborneKendell Marvel and others will fill the opening slots.

The one thing that remains to be seen is whether Chris’s wife, Morgane -- his main background vocalist and a key ingredient to his sound -- will be along for the ride.

The couple’s currently expecting a baby, who’ll join their nearly one-year-old twins, and their older son and daughter. So far, Chris and Morgane -- who closely guard the privacy of their children -- haven’t revealed when their new addition is due.

Fan club pre-sales start next Tuesday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday, February 1.

Here’s a look at the stops on Chris Stapleton’s 2019 All American Road Show:

7/9 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
7/19 -- Omaha, NE, CHI Health Center
7/25 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/26 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/27 -- Canadaigua, NY, CMAC
8/1 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Coliseum
8/9 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/10 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
8/11 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/15 -- Erie, PA, Erie Insurance Arena
8/16 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
8/17 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
8/22 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
8/23 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
8/24 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
8/29 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
8/31 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater
10/3 -- Springfield, MO, Kendell Marvell at JQH Arena
10/4 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/5 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
10/10 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
10/11 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/12 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
10/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
10/18 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
10/19 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
10/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
11/1 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
11/2 -- Louisville, KY, KFC  Yum! Center

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Bazzi's ready for his "new era," promises fans "the most special music yet" 

BryantThanks to his hits "Mine" and "Beautiful," Bazzi was one of the breakout stars of 2018. But the singer is now telling his fans to prepare themselves for "a new era" in 2019.

On Instagram, the singer, who hadn't posted or tweeted since early January, writes, "Hello all - as some of u may have noticed, i took a break from my phone... i realized constantly comparing myself to others was dimming me as a human and not allowing me to utilize the true beauty and creativity that exists inside me."

He goes on to say, "In that time, i’ve made the most special music yet in my career... know - a new era and experience is soon upon us. i’ve missed u - i love u - i cant wait for u to hear me...X."

It's not surprising that Bazzi would express his love for his fans: Last month, he told ABC Radio that developing a relationship with them has been one of the best parts of his success.

"I mean it's incredible, you create this community of people you love 'cause they share a common interest, which is spreading your music, spreading your word," he told ABC Radio.

"It's amazing, it's like being in a family. I feel like my fans are more my family than my family is actually my family! So I love them to death."

Bazzi's debut album, Cosmic, came out in April and has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies. So far, he's got several festival dates booked for 2019, including Governors Ball and Coachella.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock In a video he shared with fans on Tuesday,  John Berry revealed he's battling tonsil cancer. He's already had surgery and will follow that with a five-week regimen of chemo and radiation. This isn't the first health scare for the "Your Love Amazes Me" hitmaker: in 1994, he underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

Trace Adkins will kick off his Don't Stop Tour February 9 at the San Antonio Rodeo, continuing on to 39 more cities before wrapping up in November.

Dan + Shay's follow-up single to their multi-week smash "Speechless" will be the track "All to Myself," which is also on their most recent, self-titled album.

Country Music Hall of Famer Maxine Brown Russell passed away Monday in Little Rock, Arkansas, from complications of kidney and heart disease. The 87-year-old was one-third of the trio The Browns, along with her brother Jim Ed and her sister Bonnie.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

"What Makes You..." more exhausted? Luke Bryan reveals between touring and "American Idol," it's hard to say

ABC/Image Group LAToday in Riviera Maya, Mexico, Luke Bryan kicks off his fifth annual Crash My Playa fan getaway vacation.

On Thursday, he gets back to work, as he headlines his first show of the year in the Caribbean. Since Luke's also prepping the second season of American Idol, it raises the question: which is more work -- touring or Idol?

"They're both equally exhausting," Luke tells ABC Radio, "because touring is physically [exhausting]."

"Idol, when we start falling in love with these kids... And with our auditions, we just did three twelve-hour days," he explains. "It's like you're taking the SAT every day."

"So they both have their deal. They're both enjoyable, and the time kinda flies by"

The "What Make You Country" hitmaker says when it comes down to it, both of his gigs wear him down in different ways.

"The road tires you out in this way: when you're running up and down stadiums and doing all that, you wake up the next day and you feel like you ran through a stadium," he points out.

"And when you're out on Idol, we notice you get done and you just want a nice glass of wine just to kind of shut your brain off, because you've been concentrating for twelve hours on making the right decisions with these kids."

The second season of American Idol premieres Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Luke kicks off his Sunset Repeat Tour May 31 in Philadelphia.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Bret Michaels, Thorogood, Scaggs among artists playing 2019 Graceland Live concert series in Memphis

Courtesy of Graceland LivePoison's Bret Michaels, George Thorogood, Boz Scaggs and Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer are among the artists performing at a recently launched concert series held near the late Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Graceland Live series features concerts by various well-known performers at two venues: Graceland Soundstage and the Graceland Guest House Theatre.

The next show of the series, which features Poison frontman Bret Michaels, is scheduled for March 23 at Graceland Soundstage, located at the Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex, across the street from Graceland. The state-of-the-art venue has a 2,000-person capacity and two giant video screens.

Other confirmed Graceland Live concerts at Graceland Soundstage include Thorogood with his group The Destroyers on April 13, Buckcherry on April 19, Stryper on June 2, Scaggs on June 16, and Setzer with his solo band Rockabilly Riot on August 21.

The only Graceland Live performances currently scheduled for the Graceland Guest House Theatre are a pair of April 6 gigs by comedian Billy Gardell.

Tickets for the upcoming Graceland Live shows go on sale to the general public Friday, January 25, at 9 a.m. CT and can be purchased at GracelandLive.com or by calling 877-777-0606.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 23, at 9 a.m. CT; visit GracelandLive.com for more details.

Fans who buy tickets to Graceland Live shows will have free access to the Elvis Presley's Memphis after 3 p.m. local time on the day of the concert.

Here's the full list of upcoming Graceland Live concerts:

3/23 -- Bret Michaels, Graceland Soundstage
4/6 -- Billy Gardell, Graceland Guest House Theatre (two shows)
4/13 -- George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Graceland Soundstage
4/19 -- Buckcherry, Graceland Soundstage
5/3 -- Allman Betts Band, Graceland Soundstage
6/2 -- Stryper, Graceland Soundstage)
6/16 -- Boz Scaggs, Graceland Soundstage
6/22 -- Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, Graceland Soundstage
8/21 -- Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot, Graceland Soundstage

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