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Tuesday
Jan162018

Florida Georgia Line is "Meant to Be" on "The Tonight Show" with Bebe Rexha

ABC/Kelsey McNealFlorida Georgia Line’s hit with pop star Bebe Rexha is currently enjoying its sixth week at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. And “Meant to Be” doesn’t seem likely to vacate the #1 position anytime soon.

Next Tuesday night, FGL and Bebe will bring their pop/country crossover hit to life on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can watch for their performance starting at 11:35 PM ET January 23 on NBC.

That happens to be the day Tyler Hubbard’s little one, daughter Olivia Rose, will be one-month-old. When he’s not “crushing the diaper game,” Tyler is busy working with Brian Kelley on FGL’s fourth studio album.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, David Bowie recordings inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame

London RecordsA number of classic songs and albums are among the 2018 class of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, including recordings by The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and David Bowie.

Each year, a Recording Academy committee chooses select works to be inducted in a "commitment to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings."

Among the songs being honored are the Rolling Stones' classic "Paint It, Black," Aerosmith's massive hit "Dream On," and David Bowie's breakthrough single "Space Oddity."

Albums getting inducted include Nirvana's Nevermind, Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys and Queen's A Night at the Opera.

Overall, 25 recordings are being inducted, raising the total number of Grammy Hall of Fame recordings to 1,063.

"The Grammy Hall of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog."

A full list of 2018 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees can be seen below:

BAND OF GYPSYS (album)
Jimi Hendrix

"BRING IT ON HOME TO ME" (single)
Sam Cooke

THE CHRONIC (album)
Dr. Dre

"DREAM ON" (single)
Aerosmith

"FIGHT THE POWER" (single)
Public Enemy

"FLASH LIGHT" (single)
Parliament

"GRAZING IN THE GRASS" (single)
Hugh Masekela

HEART LIKE A WHEEL (album)
Linda Ronstadt

"I CAN'T HELP MYSELF" (single)
Four Tops

"I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE" (single)
Gladys Knight & The Pips

"(I LOVE YOU) FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS" (single)
The King Cole Trio

"I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU" (single)
Whitney Houston

JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON (album)
Johnny Cash

"MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB" (single)
Thomas Alva Edison

"ME AND MRS. JONES" (single)
Billy Paul

"MOON RIVER" (song)
Andy Williams

"MY MAN" (single)
Billie Holiday

NEVERMIND (album)
Nirvana

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (album)
Queen

"PAINT IT, BLACK" (single)
The Rolling Stones

"SAVOY BLUES" (single)
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

"A SONG FOR YOU" (single)
Leon Russell

"SPACE ODDITY" (song)
David Bowie

"THAT'S ALL RIGHT" (single)
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

TUBULAR BELLS (album)
Mike Oldfield

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Nirvana's "Nevermind" inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame

Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesThe Recording Academy has announced the 2018 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, and the list includes Nirvana's classic 1991 album Nevermind.

Each year, a Recording Academy committee chooses select works to be inducted in a "commitment to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings." A recording must be at least 25 years old to qualify.

In addition to Nevermind, the inductees include Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys and Queen's A Night at the Opera, plus Aerosmith's hit "Dream On" and David Bowie's single "Space Oddity."

With the 25 new inductees, the Grammy Hall of Fame now houses a total of 1.063 recordings.

"The Grammy Hall of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog."

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Dave Matthews Band schedules North American tour; new album due out this summer

ABC News RadioDave Matthews Band has announced a North American headlining tour. The massive outing begins May 18 in the The Woodlands, Texas, and will run throughout the summer before concluding September 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on February 2 at 10 a.m. local time via DaveMatthewsBand.com. Members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association can register for pre-sale tickets now.

Dave and company will be touring in support of a new album, which is due out in the summer. The currently untitled record is the follow-up to 2012's Away from the World.

Here are Dave Matthews Band's 2018 tour dates:

5/18 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/19 -- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
5/22 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
5/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
5/27 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater
5/29 -- Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater
5/30 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP - Arkansas Music Pavilion
6/1 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
6/2 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/5 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
6/6 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/7 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/9 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/12 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/13 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/15 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/16 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/22 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
6/23 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
6/27 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/29 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion
6/30 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion
7/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7/6 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/7 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/10 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
7/11 -- Ottawa, ON, Ottawa Bluesfest
7/13 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/14 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/17 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
7/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/20 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek
7/21 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
7/24 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/25 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/27 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
7/28 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
8/24 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/25 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/28 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater
8/31 -- Quincy, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
9/1 -- Quincy, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
9/2 -- Quincy, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
9/7 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
9/8 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
9/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Tinashe is "on my way" with teaser video ahead of new music release 

ABC/Randy HolmesTinashe isn't done teasing fans just yet. 

On Tuesday, the "Flame" singer posted a teaser of what appears to be images from her new music video on Instagram. She unveiled the titles to two of three forthcoming new tracks on Instagram on Friday.  

In the caption for the new visual she writes, "On my way...2 more days." The video shows the recording artist cruising around in the desert with a group of people, set to an instrumental background track. 

She also tweeted to fans about her upcoming TRL appearance on Thursday after dropping the teaser video. "TEAM TINASHE NYC -- I'll be at MTV @TRL Thursday when my new music drops, pull up on me! Issa celebration," she writes. 

Tinashe's been dropping hints of new music since late December, starting with another cryptic Instagram message unveiled that month featuring a picture of herself in front of a laptop, seated next to what looks like a recording mic and a pair of headphones. 

The caption for that photo read, "...almost time," with an hourglass emoji.   

After that message, she posted a video of television sets, some on and others off, arranged in blocks stacked one on top of another, and once again used the caption "...almost time" and an hourglass emoji. 

Tinashe's debut album, Aquarius, came out in 2014 and she debuted a surprise mixtape titled Nightride last year. She also released new songs in 2017: "Joyride," "Superlove," "Company" and "Flame."  

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Bleachers release new track "Alfie's Song" for Jack Antonoff-produced "Love, Simon" soundtrack

ABC/Randy HolmesBleachers has released a new track called "Alfie's Song (Not So Typical Love Song)," which was recorded for the soundtrack to the upcoming film Love, Simon. The album, executive produced by frontman Jack Antonoff, will be released on March 16.

Along with "Alfie's Song," the soundtrack includes a duet between Antonoff and Danish singer titled "Never Fall in Love," plus another new Bleachers track called "Keeping a Secret." You'll also find the previously released Bleachers tunes "Rollercoaster" and "Wild Heart," as well as The 1975's "Love Me."

Love, Simon tells the story of Simon Spier, a closeted gay high school student who's fallen in love with an anonymous classmate online. The film hits theaters on March 16.

Here is the Love, Simon soundtrack track list:

"Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)" -- Bleachers           
"Rollercoaster" -- Bleachers    
"Never Fall in Love" -- Jack Antonoff & MØ      
"Strawberries & Cigarettes" -- Troye Sivan  
"Sink In" -- Amy Shark       
"Love Lies" -- Khalid & Normani  
"The Oogum Boogum Song" -- Brenton Wood  
"Love Me" -- The 1975   
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody" -- Whitney Houston  
"Someday at Christmas" -- Jackson 5   
"Wings" -- Haerts  
"Keeping a Secret" -- Bleachers
"Wild Heart" -- Bleachers

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Newcomer Jordan Davis invites you to his "Home State" on March 23

MCA NashvilleWith his debut hit, “Singles You Up,” in the top-20, the first album from newcomer Jordan Davis is now officially on the way.

The Louisiana native had a hand in writing all twelve tunes on Home State, which comes out March 23.

“Making this record has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done…” Jordan says. “I can’t wait for y'all to hear it.”

Jordan sets out on the White Wine and Whiskey Tour next month with fellow newbie Jillian Jacqueline.

Here’s the complete track listing for Home State, which is available to pre-order now:

“Take It from Me”
“Going ‘Round”
“More Than I Know”
“Slow Dance in a Parking Lot”
“Singles You Up”
“Sundowners”
“Tough to Tie Down”
“Made That Way”
“So Do I”
“Selfish”
“Dreamed You Did”
“Leaving New Orleans”

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Tuesday
Jan162018

The “Wait” is over: Maroon 5 releases new single and video

222 Records/InterscopeYou don’t have to “Wait” anymore. Maroon 5 has officially dropped their new single, “Wait,” and debuted its music video.

The video, filmed only using an iPhone and the Snapchat app, premiered exclusively on Spotify and will be released worldwide on Vevo tomorrow.

In the clip, Adam Levine sings the song using various Snapchat filters to change his appearance. It ties in with the band’s most recent album cover for Red Pill Blues, which features each of them sporting popular Snapchat filters like the puppy face and the flower crown.

“Wait” is the second single off Red Pill Blues. It follows “What Lovers Do,” featuring SZA.

The band will be performing the song on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, January 18.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Linkin Park's Phoenix launches "Member Guest" podcast 

ABC/Jeff NeiraLinkin Park bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell has launched his own podcast. Titled Member Guest, the podcast finds Phoenix, his friend Mark and professional golfer Brendan Steele talking about "golf, music and less important things."

The first guest on the podcast is Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows. Along with the aforementioned topics, they also discussed the Chester Bennington benefit concert Linkin Park played last fall in honor of their late frontman. Shadows, who was one of the performers during the show, also lost a band mate when drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan died in 2009.

Talking about the memorial show, Phoenix says that four or five days after Bennington's death, he realized he wanted to do something in the singer's honor at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, which Linkin Park had been scheduled to play that fall.

"Then reaching out to the other guys and just saying, 'This is kinda what I'm thinking right now, what are you guys thinking?'," Phoenix remembers. "And Mike [Shinoda] was like, 'Yeah, I'm on the same page, that's exactly what I'm thinking.' And a couple of the other guys were like, 'Nope, I haven't gotten there at all, I'm not thinking that at all.'"

He continues, "Gradually, the five of us were like, 'Yeah, that makes a ton of sense, that feels right.'"

You can listen to the podcast now via Member-Guest.com. The next episode will feature Green Day drummer Tre Cool.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

"She's here!" Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West welcome third child

Jim Spellman/WireImageKanye West and wife Kim Kardashian-West are officially the proud parents of a newborn baby girl, via a surrogate. 

Kim confirmed the happy news on her website, writing the time and date of the child's birth, along with her weight of seven pounds, six ounces. 

She adds, "Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister."   

The reality star announced she was expecting her third child in the trailer for season 14 of her family's reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, back in September. 

Kardashian-West and her husband of three years are parents to 1-year-old son, Saint and 4-year-old daughter, North.   

Kardashian-West's sister, Khloe Kardashian, is currently six months pregnant with her first child. 

Their younger half-sister, Kylie Jenner, is rumored to be expecting as well.  

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Tuesday
Jan162018

David Byrne announces world tour in support of "American Utopia" album

Artwork by Steve PowersA week after announcing his new album, American Utopia, as well as a handful of shows, David Byrne has revealed dates for an extensive 2018 world tour in support of the new disc.

Byrne's trek will see the legendary Talking Heads frontman play three separate North American legs -- a brief late-winter jaunt in March; a two-month spring run in April and May; and a month's worth of summer shows in late July and August. In between the North American legs, Byrne will play shows in South America and Europe.

As for what to expect at the shows, a 12-piece band will be joining Byrne onstage for a choreographed concert.

In a note to fans, Byrne states, "The show concept is simple. Like the concept behind the show that was filmed for Stop Making Sense, the idea is super obvious and easy to describe. In that show, it was 'bit by bit show what goes into making a show, and then activate it'. In this one, it is 'allow everyone to be mobile on an empty stage' (and imagine what that allows)."

He continues, "I asked if every musician -- drums, keyboards, singers, everyone -- could now be mobile. Guitars and singers no problem, we can have them be wireless with their amps and all that off-stage, but keyboards and drums? How does one do that?"

Byrne's American Utopia album hits stores on March 9, and tickets for his tour can be purchased at DavidByrne.com.

Here are David Byrne's 2018 North American tour dates:

3/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/4 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
3/6 -- Buffalo, NY, Center For The Arts
3/7 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
3/9 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
3/10 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
4/24 -- Dallas, TX, Winspear Opera House
4/25 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion
4/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
4/28 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
5/4-6 -- Atlanta, GA, Shaky Knees
5/6 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
5/8 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
5/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
5/10 -- Durham NC, Durham PAC
5/12 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem
5/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center for the Arts
5/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
5/16 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
5/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
5/19 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, TCU Place
5/20 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/21 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/23 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theater
5/24 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
5/27 -- Portland, OR, Keller Audiorium
5/28 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center
5/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Capitol Theatre
6/2 -- Chicago, IL, Auditorium Theater
6/5 -- Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Civic Center
6/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Arts
6/8 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
6/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
7/27 -- Camden, NJ, XPoNential Music Festival
7/31 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/1 -- Shelburne, VT, Shelburne Museum - The Green
8/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center for the Performing Arts
8/5 -- Canandaigua, NY, Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/8 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Devos Performance Hall
8/10 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theater
8/11 -- Huber Heightes, OH, Rose Music Center
8/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
8/16 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
8/18 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic Auditorium
8/21 -- Sacramento CA, Community Theater
8/24 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/28 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Selena Gomez's mom tried to warn her about working with Woody Allen, but "it didn't click"

David Livingston/Getty ImagesSelena Gomez’s mom reportedly advised her against working with Woody Allen on the upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York, but her concerns fell on “deaf ears.”

As seen in a screen grab of an exchange on Instagram, a fan messaged Selena's mom Mandy Teefey on her production company’s account, and suggested that Selena should “write an apology” for working with Allen.

Teefey responded, "Sorry, no one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to. I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click.”

She added, “Her team are amazing people. There is no fall person here. No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”

Two of Selena’s co-stars on the film, Timothee Chalamet [Sha-lah-MAY] and Rebecca Hall, have already donated their salaries to Time’s Up and other organizations.

Allen has been accused of molesting his daughter, Dylan Farrow, though he denies the claims.

This is the second time Teefey has spoken out about her daughter in the past few days. Her Woody Allen comments come after she spoke to Gossip Cop, telling the website that while she is “not happy” Selena is dating Justin Bieber again, she realizes her daughter “can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe and healthy.”

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Hear a previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix track, "Mannish Boy"

Experience Hendrix/Legacy RecordingsMore than 37 years after Jimi Hendrix's death, music fans continue to be blessed with previously unreleased tracks from the guitar legend. The latest unearthed gem is "Mannish Boy," a cover of the Muddy Waters tune of the same name.

"Mannish Boy" was recorded by a trio of musicians -- Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles -- who would famously go on to be known as Band of Gypsys. The track was laid down in 1969 as part of their first recording session together at New York's Record Plant.

As previously reported, the track will be among the songs included on the upcoming Hendrix album, Both Sides of the Sky.

The disc, due March 9 from Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, is the third in a trilogy of albums compiling the most significant unused tracks remaining in Hendrix's archives. It follows the releases Valleys of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angels (2013).

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Tuesday
Jan162018

MGMT reveals "Little Dark Age" release date & track list; announces headlining tour

Columbia RecordsMGMT's new album Little Dark Age now has an official release date. The follow-up to the duo's 2013 self-titled effort arrives February 9.

Additionally, MGMT has shared the Little Dark Age track list. The album consists of 10 songs, including the previously released title track, as well as the cuts "When You Die" and "Hand It Over."

In even more MGMT news, the band has announced a North American headlining tour in support of Little Dark Age. The trek begins March 2 in St. Paul, Minnesota and concludes May 20 in Tempe, Arizona. They'll also play Delaware's Firefly festival in June. For ticket info, visit WhoIsMGMT.com.

Here is the Little Dark Age track list:

"She Works Out Too Much"
"Little Dark Age"
"When You Die"
"Me and Michael"
"TSLAMP"
"James"
"Days That Got Away"
"One Thing Left to Try"
"When You're Small"
"Hand It Over"

And here are MGMT's North American tour dates:

3/2 -- St. Paul, MN, Myth
3/3 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
3/5 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
3/7 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom
3/8 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at Moody Theater
3/9 -- New Orleans, LA, BUKU Music & Art Project
3/11 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
3/13 -- Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy
3/15 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem
3/16 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
3/17 -- Montreal, QB, MTELUS
3/19 -- Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
3/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
3/24 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre
3/25 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
5/7 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
5/9 -- Calgary, AB, Big Four Building
5/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Orpheum Theatre
5/12 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox SODO
5/15 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre
5/18 -- Hollywood, CA, Palladium
5/19 -- San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre
5/20 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
6/14-17 -- Dover, DE, Firefly Music Festival

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Tuesday
Jan162018

U2 pays tribute to Dolores O'Riordan: "Limerick's 'Bel Canto'"

Frank Hoensch/RedfernsU2 has paid tribute to fellow Irish musician Dolores O'Riordan, who died suddenly on Monday. The band posted a photo of Bono alongside O'Riordan and the rest of The Cranberries on Instagram.

"The band are floored but it's of course her family we're all thinking of right now," the caption reads. "Out of the West came this storm of a voice -- she had such strength of conviction yet she could speak to the fragility in all of us." The band also refers to O'Riordan as "Limerick's 'Bel canto," referring to her hometown in Ireland and the Italian term for "beautiful singer."

Along with U2, The Cranberries were one of the biggest bands to come out of Ireland. Their hit song "Zombie" was written about the conflict between England and the Irish Republican Army.

O'Riordan died at age 46. Her cause of death is yet to be determined.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Train's Pat Monahan to make Broadway debut in "Rocktopia" in March

Brendan WalterTrain singer Pat Monahan will make his Broadway debut in a musical production called ROCKTOPIA, which combines classic rock with classical music.

The production features vocalists performing with a symphony orchestra, a rock band and a choir, and the repertoire includes songs by Journey, Queen, U2, Heart, Led Zeppelin and The Who, as well as classical composers such as Mozart, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Copland.

The show will premiere at New York's Broadway Theater starting March 20 for a six-week run, through April 29, with an official opening night of March 27. Monahan will perform in the show for the first three weeks.  He should find the Led Zeppelin material easy to handle, since Train has long included Zeppelin songs in its setlist.  The band even recorded its own version of the album Led Zeppelin II a few years ago. 

In addition to the songs featured in the show, Pat plans to do an encore consisting of a mash-up of a Train song and a classical composition.

Tickets for ROCKTOPIA are on-sale now via Telecharge.com.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

"Oh Happy Day" musician Edwin Hawkins dies at 74

Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesEdwin Hawkins, a veteran gospel musician best known for the pop hit "Oh Happy Day," passed away at the age of 74 on Monday. His publicist told the New York Times that Hawkins died of pancreatic cancer in Pleasanton, California.

Hawkins' most popular song, "Oh Happy Day," was an accidental hit, as it was initially recorded as part of an album by his gospel group The Northern California State Youth Choir, later renamed The Edwin Hawkins Singers.

The tune started getting local airplay in the Bay Area, and eventually it was released as a proper single and became a #4 hit in 1969 on Billboard's pop songs chart. While the group was called The Edwin Hawkins Singers, the lead vocals on "Oh Happy Day" were actually performed by Dorothy Combs Morrison, with Hawkins arranging the track and playing piano.

"Oh Happy Day" was covered by such artists as Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, and was famously performed in the movie Sister Act 2. Moreover, Beatles legend George Harrison cited "Oh Happy Day" as an inspiration for his solo hit "My Sweet Lord."

According to the New York Times, Hawkins once said, "I wasn't planning to go into the music business. The record's success decided my fate."

The Edwin Hawkins Singers would be part of another hit when they backed Melanie on her 1970 single "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)."

Hawkins won four Grammy awards over the years, including one for Best Gospel Performance in 1970 for "Oh Happy Day."

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock1988 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year K.T. Oslin made it to #1 on the country chart in March of that same year with this collaboration with Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers Alabama. Can you name the track from the band's Just Us album? ANSWER:  "Face to Face."

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Easton Corbin is definitely "A Little More Country Than That," but he's willing to compromise

ABC/Image Group LA With hits to his credit like “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll with It,” Easton Corbin is definitely in touch with his traditional side.

He admits it took a little bit of vision to imagine how a song like “A Girl Like You” could work for him.

“It's funny,” Easton tells ABC Radio, “I heard this song… and I kept going back to it. It was definitely progressive, the demo…. but I kinda heard through that. I'm like, 'There's something really cool about this song.' I said, 'Man, I could take my voice and frame it, you know, my way and we can kinda marry that traditional thing with the modern thing.' I think that's what's important today.”

While Easton would love to totally give in to his hardcore country urges, he says he realizes that’s not completely practical.

“You know, I'd love to record a whole record of [MerleHaggard-type songs,” he reveals, “but to be competitive, you know on radio today, you have to definitely stay current. And that's just part of the deal.”  

It’s a deal that’s working out for Easton. “A Girl Like You” has become the sixth top-ten hit of his career. The Florida native is currently putting the finishing touches on his upcoming fourth studio album.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Cranberries singer's death not "suspicious;" friend said she sounded "full of life" hours before she died 

Frank Hoensch/RedfernsThe shocking death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan at age 46 is not being treated as suspicious by police, reports the BBC.  That means that the police don't suspect foul play.

According to the BBC, a report is being complied for the coroner's office, so it can investigate the cause of death. Police were called to a hotel in London's Park Lane at nine in the morning on Monday, and pronounced O'Riordan dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, Dan Waite, a friend of the singer, says that Dolores left a voicemail on his phone just hours before she died.  In a statement to People magazine, Waite says, "She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week. The news of her passing is devastating."

Dolores was in London to sing on a remix cover version of the Cranberries hit "Zombie" by the hard rock band Bad Wolves.  In a Facebook posting, band member Tommy Vext wrote, "We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dolores’s passing, mere hours before she was to record vocals on our upcoming version of 'Zombie.'"

He added, "'Zombie' is an incredibly personal song and although we are a hard rock band, we always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something to which all bands should aspire to...When we heard she liked our version and wanted to sing on it, it was the greatest compliment a new band...could have received."

He concluded, "Our hearts are broken that we were not able to see this collaboration through and our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends, loved ones and fans...we hope we can still make her proud by sharing our version of Zombie with the world."

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