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Tuesday
May282013

Jay-Z's Involvement in Recruiting Jets Player to Roc Nation Agency Under Investigation

Facebook.com/JayZThe NFL Players Association is investigating Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports agency. 

Union sources are telling NFL.com that the organization wants to know more about Jay's involvement in recruiting New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith to Roc Nation.  A photo of the pair together was posted on Geno's Instagram timeline prior to the official announcement that he'd had joined Roc Nation Sports, according to NFL.com, and now officials are wondering whether a new "runner rule" has been violated.

According to the rule, agents are banned from having colleagues or friends who aren't certified by the NFLPA be present for recruiting meetings.  While Geno's official Roc Nation agent Kim Miale is certified, Jay-Z is not.

In addition to the Instagram pic, Geno's adviser, John Thornton, spoke to CBS about the process of Smith joining Roc Nation, saying, "I was in those meetings and Jay-Z connected with him on many levels."  Some people took that to mean that Jay and Geno were physically together during those talks, but Thornton explained via Twitter that his words have been twisted.  He says that, "Jay Z was in London when the meeting occurred."

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Tuesday
May282013

PBS' "My Music" Series Spotlights R&B Classics from Kool & The Gang, Isaac Hayes and More

Photo: Silvia MautnerPBS is back with an all new installment in its My Music series, and this time around, viewers will be treated to the soulful, smooth sounds of the greatest acts from the 1970s and 1980s.  My Music: '70s & '80s Soul Rewind features recent and long-buried footage, including Kool & The Gang performing "Celebrate," The Spinners singing "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" and Isaac Hayes delivering the theme song from Shaft.

Whoopi Goldberg hosts the R&B celebration, which will also include vintage clips of Marvin Gaye performing "Let's Get It On" and Earth, Wind & Fire performing "September."  There's also footage of Bill Withers singing "Ain't No Sunshine," The Jackson 5 performing "A-B-C" and more.

My Music: '70s & '80s Soul Rewind begins airing on PBS stations nationwide beginning June 1.  Check your local listings for dates and times.

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Tuesday
May282013

Carly Rae Jepsen Hacker Pleads Guilty

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCRemember last year, when we found out that Carly Rae Jepsen's computer had been hacked?  Well, the guy accused of the crime has just pleaded guilty.

The Vancouver Sun reports that Christopher David Long of Abbotsford, British Columbia in Canada, pleaded guilty Monday to possession of stolen property, as well as to a "mischief" charge.  He will be sentenced September 6.

Last December, Long surrendered to police and was charged with unauthorized use of a computer, identity fraud, possession of stolen property and fraudulently obtaining telecommunications services.

Last summer, a fake sex tape and fake nude pictures of Carly Rae popped up online.  But in reality, months earlier, the Vancouver Sun reports, Carly had notified police that she'd been hacked, and that real nude photos had been taken from her computer and were being shopped to various media outlets.

Carly is currently in Jakarta, Indonesia.  She hasn't commented on Long's plea.

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Tuesday
May282013

Former Go-Go's Bassist Kathy Valentine Sues Ex-Band Mates

GoGos.comTwo months after The Go-Go's announced they'd parted ways with longtime member Kathy Valentine, the bassist has initiated a lawsuit against her old band mates alleging that they're illegally trying to "deprive her" of her rightful share in the group. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Valentine's suit, which was filed Friday in Los Angeles, claims that current Go-Go's Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey and Gina Schock have created a new company called GoGoCo Corp. to handle the group's business dealings that will, in effect, "dilute the plaintiff's share of band revenues."

Valentine owns a 20-percent stake in two other older Go-Go's-related companies -- Ladyhead LLC and Smith-Pocket Industries, Inc. -- but the lawsuit claims that with the launching of GoGoCo, her share in the band will be reduced to only two percent, which will cost her "substantially in excess" of $1 million.  The complaint contends that the other Go-Go's devised the "scheme" to "'squeeze out' and 'freeze out'" Kathy from participating in the group's upcoming 2013 tour.

Valentine had played with The Go-Go's for more than 30 years and had co-written many of the band's songs, including the hits "Vacation" and "Head over Heels."  In early March, the group revealed that she was no longer a member of the group, citing "irreconcilable differences."

The Go-Go's kick off a new North American tour on June 8 in Wichita, Kansas.  The trek currently is mapped out through a July 14 show in Costa Mesa, California.  The B-52s also will perform on most of the dates.

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Tuesday
May282013

Daft Punk’s "Random Access Memories" Scores #1 UK Debut

Columbia RecordsDaft Punk’s Random Access Memories has made a big splash across the Atlantic.  The record debuted at the top of the U.K.'s Official Album Chart this week, making it the fastest-selling album of the year so far, with 165,000 copies sold.

Random Access Memories is also expected to make a #1 debut in the U.S. on the Billboard album chart, with projected sales putting it somewhere between 250,000 and 300,000 copies. If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s first #1 album on the tally. Daft Punk’s highest-charting release before now was the soundtrack they created for the 2010 film TRON: Legacy, which debuted at #10 on the list with 71,000 copies sold its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.

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Tuesday
May282013

Rock Allegiance Tour, Featuring Headliner Volbeat, Schedules Additional Dates

RockAllegiance.comEvent producers for the Rock Allegiance Tour have added another string of North American dates to their calendar.

The traveling festival, which features headlining sets by Volbeat, will now kick off on August 23 at The Myth in St. Paul, MN. The outing will also make stops in Cincinnati, Bloomington, Sacramento and Philadelphia, among other cities. Other bands set to rock the main stage at the event include HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne.

"The fans have made our North American visits thus far this year great fun and truly memorable," says Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen in a statement.  "We are looking forward to headlining Monster Energy's Rock Allegiance festival tour this summer, and sharing the stage with HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne."

Tickets for most of all the newly-announced shows are on sale now.  Here are the dates:

8/23 -- St. Paul, MN, The Myth 
8/25 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena  
8/28 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill
8/29 -- Bloomington, IL, US Cellular Coliseum
9/8 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Center
9/9 -- Calgary, AB, Big 4 Building  
9/10 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place  
9/15 -- Sacramento, CA, Aftershock Music Festival  
9/18 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
9/26 -- Philadelphia, PA, Skyline Stagge @ The Mann

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Tuesday
May282013

Luke Bryan Reveals His Unlikely Love for Michael Jackson and Metallica

Capitol NashvilleListening to Luke Bryan's south Georgia twang on the radio, you'd never know he's a big fan of both pop icon Michael Jackson and heavy metal giants Metallica.

It turns out Michael's album, Thriller, was the first album Luke ever bought with his own money.  "If you didn't have Thriller, you weren't cool," Luke tells Entertainment Weekly. "Yes, I could moonwalk. No, we couldn't afford the glove and the red jacket."

As for Metallica, Luke admits to loving their 1988 album …And Justice for All.  He says, "I'd never really gotten into rock, and it was the first time I heard a big rock album that really inspired me. I just thought it was awesome, the angst and the anger."

Luke is currently working on his next studio album featuring his latest single, "Crash My Party." He predicts another ballad on the album, "Drink a Beer," will also be a big hit one day.

"It's the coolest sad song I've ever heard," Luke explains. "It's a heart-tugger."

Luke's new album will be in stores August 13.

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Tuesday
May282013

Report: Kelly Clarkson Getting Married October 20 in Nashville

Facebook.com/KellyClarksonWedding bells may be ringing for Kelly Clarkson and her fiancé Brandon Blackstock on October 20.  RadarOnline.com obtained what appears to be a "save the date" invitation to the wedding, which is said to be happening on that day in Nashville, TN.

The invitation is quite ornate with a floral border.  A light yellow ribbon with a woman's cameo on the bottom covers the left side of the invitation.

Kelly announced her engagement to Brandon, who is Reba McEntire's stepson, last December via Twitter.

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Tuesday
May282013

Sheryl Crow to Release Debut Country Album, "Feels Like Home," on September 10

Facebook.com/SherylCrowSheryl Crow makes the move into country music with her new album, Feels Like Home, due out September 10.  The project features her debut country single, "Easy," and Sheryl co-wrote another song on the project with Brad Paisley.

Sheryl was inspired to make Feels Like Home after moving to Nashville a few years ago.  Writing and performing with musicians around town gave Sheryl a big creative shot in the arm.

She says, "It wasn’t until I moved here that I realized what an amazing community it is.  It’s the thing I’ve been missing my whole career, the feeling of being able to sit around with a guitar and have people know each other’s songs and know songs from people who’ve influenced all of us."

Here's the Feels Like Home track listing:

"Shotgun"
"Easy"
"Give It to Me"
"Drinking"
"Callin' Me When I'm Lonely"
"Waterproof Mascara"
"Crazy Ain't Original"
"Nobody's Business"
"Homesick"
"Homecoming Queen"
"Best of Times"
"Stay at Home Mother"

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Tuesday
May282013

David Byrne and Collaborator St. Vincent Offering Free Digital EP in Advance of New Tour

LoveThisGiant.comEx-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is preparing to hit the road again with indie rocker St. Vincent in support of their 2012 collaborative album, Love This Giant, and in celebration of the new North American tour leg, the duo is offering a special gift to fans.  Byrne and St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, have made a digital EP titled Brass Tactics available as a free download at LoveThisGiant.com.

The five-track release features an outtake from the Love This Giant album, which the duo describes as "a waltz featuring some lovely glass harmonica," along with two "energized" remixed songs from the album and a pair of live performances recorded during their fall 2012 tour.

The new trek gets under way with a June 12 show in Montclair, New Jersey, and is mapped out through a July 21 concert in Oakland, California.  Byrne and St. Vincent also have about a month's worth of European dates scheduled for August and September.  The duo's performances feature renditions of Love This Giant songs as well as reworked versions of tunes from the two artists' back catalogs.  On stage, they are accompanied by an eight-piece brass section and a group of dancers.

Here are all of Byrne and St. Vincent's upcoming North American tour dates:

6/12 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre
6/13 -- Baltimore, MD, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
6/15 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
6/16 -- Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/18 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center - Belk Theatre
6/20 -- New Haven, CT, Shubert Theatre
6/21 -- Portland, ME, State Theater
6/22 -- Shelburne, VT, The Green at Shelburne Museum
6/23 -- Ottawa, Canada, Ottawa Jazz Festival
6/25 -- Rochester, NY, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater
6/27 -- New Bedford, MA, The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
6/28 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
6/29 -- Port Chester, NY, The Capitol Theatre
6/30 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theater
7/2 -- Louisville, KY, Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center
7/5 -- Des Moines, IA, 80/35 Music Festival
7/6 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/7 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
7/8 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
7/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
7/12 -- Kansas City, MO, Crossroads KC
7/13 -- Littleton, CO, Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield
7/14 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Town Park
7/15 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
7/17 -- Eugene, OR, Cuthbert Amphitheater
7/18 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
7/20 -- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
7/21 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater

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Tuesday
May282013

Star-Studded Burt Bacharach Special to Premiere on PBS This Saturday

Courtesy of TJL ProductionsA new television special celebrating the music of legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach is scheduled to premiere this Saturday on PBS.  The program, My Music: Burt Bacharach's Best, will feature archival footage of a selection of pop superstars singing various classic tunes co-written by the 85-year-old composer.

The special, which is hosted by veteran actor Robert Wagner, boasts rare clips from television shows that aired during the 1960s, '70s and '80s.  Among the many artists featured on the show are frequent Bacharach collaborator Dionne Warwick, plus Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Gladys Knight, The Carpenters, The Fifth Dimension, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield and B.J. Thomas.

From his work with longtime lyricist Hal David through his later collaborations with such fellow songwriters as his ex-wife Carole Bayer Sager, Bacharach was responsible for co-writing dozens of memorable hits.  This past month saw the publication of Burt's new memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart, while a companion two-CD compilation titled The Art of the Songwriter also was released.

Here is a list of songs and artists featured in the My Music: Burt Bacharach's Best special.  Check your local listings for when it airs in your area:

"Walk On By" -- Dionne Warwick
"I Say a Little Prayer" -- Dionne Warwick
"Any Day Now" -- Chuck Jackson
"What's New Pussycat?" -- Tom Jones
"The Look of Love" -- Dusty Springfield
"This Guy's In Love with You" -- Herb Alpert
"This Girl's In Love with You" -- Dionne Warwick
"Alfie" -- Dionne Warwick
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" -- B.J. Thomas
"One Less Bell to Answer" -- The Fifth Dimension
"What the World Needs Now Is Love" -- Jackie DeShannon
"(They Long to Be) Close to You" -- The Carpenters
"A House Is Not a Home" -- Burt Bacharach and Dusty Springfield
"Arthur's Theme" -- Christopher Cross and Burt Bacharach with Carole Bayer Sager
"That's What Friends Are For" -- Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight
"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" -- Burt Bacharach and orchestra

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Tuesday
May282013

Miguel: "Black People Are the Most Judgmental People in the World"

Photo Courtesy of Miguel on InstagramIt seems that Miguel has had enough with the conspiracy theorists who believe that successful music artists get to the top by collaborating with dark forces, like say, the Illuminati.  The message comes after Miguel was accused Monday of joining "the dark side" after he shared an Instagram photo of himself wearing Unif clothing's "All Hail" sweatshirt, featuring a skeleton's hand flashing what some recognize as devil's horns or the rock symbol.

Firing back at accusers, Miguel tweeted, "...yet most of these people pointing the finger wear things like 'the cross' around their neck. Historically, a PAGAN symbol."  Then, in another attention-grabbing tweet, he wrote, "Im proud of my heritage but honestly, black people are the most judgmental people in the world. S**ts sad man..."

The Grammy winner, who is Black and Mexican, writes, "we've been conditioned, pre-programmed to hate ourselves... that's why I appreciate those who choose to think and act for themselves regardless of ethnicity or culture."

Miguel writes that he's thankful for people who think differently, adding that he loves his fans. "Of course EVERYONE is judgemental [sic]. I just PERSONALLY believe WE are the most critical of our own," he writes.

If you're wondering what kind of allegations Miguel's been facing, one Twitter user wrote, "The real know you've already sold your soul," adding that Miguel says a prayer that "clearly wasn't to God" on his Kaleidoscope Dream song "Use Me."  Responding, Miguel wrote, "dude, dont be an idiot, there is no 'prayer' in use me. take that over zealous self-righteousness elsewhere."

Miguel certainly isn't the first music artist whose buzz has been attributed to evil powers.  Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Questlove poked fun at similar rumors when they loaned their voices to a special episode of The Cleveland Show, titled "Menace II Secret Society."

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Tuesday
May282013

Mariah Carey to Perform on "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular"

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Caesars EntertainmentLooks like there will be both an American Idol judge and a Voice judge appearing this year on NBC's annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.  Following the announcement that Usher would be curating the overall design of this year's show, Mariah Carey has just signed on to perform.

The special, hosted by Mariah's husband Nick Cannon, will air Thursday, July 4 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET.  This year's theme is "It Begins with a Spark," and in addition to Usher's involvement and Mariah's performance, country superstar Tim McGraw will also be appearing.

The 37th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will feature more than 40,000 fireworks lighting up the sky over New York City's Hudson River.

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Tuesday
May282013

Queens of the Stone Age Streams Entire "…Like Clockwork" Album on iTunes

Matador RecordsWhile Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork won’t be in stores until next week, you now have the chance to preview the songs online.  The band is currently offering a stream of the entire album, which features ten new tracks, on iTunes.

...Like Clockwork arrives at all the usual outlets on June 4.  It features a number of guest appearances, by the likes of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears, former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, pop icon Elton John, former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.  In addition, the release will include two former QOTSA members: bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo.

Here is the track list:

“Keep Your Eyes Peeled”
“I Sat by the Ocean”
“The Vampyre of Time and Memory”
“If I Had a Tail”
“My God Is the Sun”
“Kalopsia”
“Fairweather Friends”
“Smooth Sailing”
“I Appear Missing”
“...Like Clockwork”

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Tuesday
May282013

Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta Weds in Barbados

Image Courtesy Gabe Saporta via InstagramOver New Year's Eve, Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta proposed to his girlfriend, designer Erin Fetherston, in Barbados.  The two returned to the scene of their engagement over the weekend to make things permanent: People reports the couple tied the knot on the island on Sunday.

According to People, Fetherston wore a gown of her own design as she and Gabe wed at the St. Nicholas Abbey plantation on Barbados.  Didn't get an invitation?  E! Online reports that the nuptials will be featured in an upcoming issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.

While neither Gabe nor Erin have directly commented on their marriage on Twitter, Gabe posted a photo of a beautiful sunset in Barbados, while Erin tweeted a photo of a monkey to Gabe, saying, "I finally saw a real monkey in Barbados."  She was referring to the fact that when they got engaged, Gabe lured her outside their cottage to see a "monkey," but in reality, he'd spelled out "Will you marry me?" in coral and flowers on their patio.

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Tuesday
May282013

Eric Church Reveals Inter-Family Bar Fights in "Playboy" Interview

John PeetsThe title of Eric Church's platinum-selling album, Chief, was also the nickname of Eric's late grandfather, who was the chief of police in their hometown of Granite Falls, NC for nearly three decades. If you've ever seen Eric in concert, you know he has a wild side, too. That outlaw streak comes from the other side of Eric's family, the Stillwells, who served as the inspiration for Eric's debut album title, Sinners Like Me.

"They were rough and did a lot of fighting—drunk fighting," Eric tells Playboy. "The Stillwells were big, like, six-foot-six and six-foot-seven. They would get drunk and beat up everybody in a bar.”

It turns out Chief was a boxer when he served in the Navy, and he used those skills to take down the big, drunk Stillwells during those bar fights.

Says Eric, "He’d beat up the Stillwells, get them in cuffs, put them in jail, and when they sobered up, he’d let them go. So yeah, I am from a long line of sinners.”

Eric is currently writing and recording the follow-up to Chief. You can keep up with his limited tour schedule this summer at EricChurch.com.

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Tuesday
May282013

Tim McGraw to Perform on "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular"

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has signed on to celebrate America's 237th birthday on the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.  The special airs on Independence Day at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Mariah Carey will perform on the special too.  Her husband, Nick Cannon, will serve as host.

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Tuesday
May282013

Watch Official Video for New John Fogerty Single, "Mystic Highway," Online Now

Vanguard RecordsCoinciding with today's release of John Fogerty's latest album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, an official video for the rock legend's new single, "Mystic Highway," has premiered on the CMT network and its related platforms -- CMT Pure, CMT.com and CMT Mobile.  The clip, which was directed by veteran video maker Bill Fishman, features the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman reflecting on his life and career as he drives a beat-up pickup through rural Southern California.

As the video begins, Fogerty is shown in a garage loading some guitars and an amp into the back of his truck as he prepares for a road trip.  The action then cuts between scenes of the rocker playing the song in the garage and of him motoring down the road.  As John rides down the highway, archival images and video clips are seen superimposed onto the landscape.

Fogerty eventually reaches his destination, a family get-together at a rustic cabin where a group of youngsters are having fun toasting marshmallows on a fire.  As the video comes to a close, John is seen playing his guitar on the cabin's steps in front of the kids, while his son Shane accompanies him on acoustic guitar.

In the Wrote a Song for Everyone liner notes, Fogerty says he came up with the concept behind "Mystic Highway" more than 20 years ago.  "I pictured a group of travelers, perhaps an extended family, standing on the road with their faces to the sky," he explains. "They're worn, but not weary.  They are in constant motion along their journey of destiny.  They don't know exactly where or how long they'll be traveling, but they do understand that the end of the road, wherever that is, will be worth the trip."

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Tuesday
May282013

Nine Inch Nails Signs with Columbia Records; New Album Coming Soon

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesNine Inch Nails is now part of the Columbia Records family.  On Tuesday, frontman Trent Reznor revealed that his band would be joining the record label’s roster, and that the group has a new album headed our way.

"I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately," said Reznor in a statement. "For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with [How to Destroy Angels band mate] Atticus Ross and [British record producer] Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly f**king great.”

While the band has yet to announce an official release date for the upcoming album, it is expected to arrive in stores sometime later this year.

You’ll be able to hear some of the new songs performed live when the band hits the road on a massive world tour this summer.  Nine Inch Nails' first concert -- featuring the new lineup of Reznor, longtime NIN collaborator Robin Finck, ex-King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, and Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis and Ilan Rubin -- will be an appearance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival on July 26.  The group’s first show in North America will be on August 2 at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, IL.

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Tuesday
May282013

Ex-Jimi Hendrix Bassist Billy Cox Schedules US Tour Dates

Steven C. Pesant/Authentic Hendrix LLCFormer Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox will pay homage to his late friend and collaborator during a brief series of concerts he's scheduled next month in the northeastern U.S.  The tour is mapped out from a June 9 show in Northampton, Massachusetts, through a June 26 stop in Sellersville, Pennsylvania.  Cox and his group will be perform under the moniker The Band of Gypsys Experience at the gigs.

In addition to playing a selection of memorable Hendrix material, Cox and his band also will perform some original songs as well as a variety of classic blues tunes.  The Band of Gypsys Experience lineup also will feature two emerging guitar players, Dani Robinson and Byron Bordeaux, who were personally chosen by Cox to take part in the tour.

"It was Jimi's dream to use a second guitarist.  He was getting into a new phase of his music and he felt that one guitar limited the band and limited the new music that he was creating," explains Billy in a statement.  "But that idea was not able to continue.  Now almost 43 years later, I am grateful that I have the opportunity to continue the dream with two dynamic guitarists."

Cox first befriended Hendrix when both men were in the army more than 50 years ago.  They went on to perform together frequently prior to the formation of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  After original Experience bassist Noel Redding exited the band, Cox rejoined Hendrix to play in his groups Gypsy Sun & Rainbows, The Band of Gypsys and a latter version The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Here are all the confirmed tour dates for Cox's Band of Gypsys Experience:

6/19 -- Northampton, MA, Iron Horse
6/20 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
6/21 -- Stanhope, NJ, Stanhope House
6/23 -- New York, NY, City Winery
6/24 -- Washington, D.C., Hamilton
6/25 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café
6/26 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre

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