SEARCH

Wednesday
Feb102016

Disturbed's David Draiman and Breaking Benjamin's Benjamin Burnley Talk Post-Hiatus, Co-Headlining Tour 

Credit: Travis ShinnTuesday, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin revealed plans for a co-headlining tour this summer. The two bands make a fitting pair, as both of them returned from hiatuses in the past year with new albums: Disturbed with Immortalized, and Breaking Benjamin with Dark Before Dawn. Even prior to any tour plans, the members of Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin were simply very happy to welcome each other back.

"We're fans of each other, and we've followed each others' careers over the course of them," Disturbed's David Draiman tells ABC Radio. "And [Breaking Benjamin] had an amazing record this year -- they've had many amazing records, but this year they definitely made a very, very huge, demonstrative return, and we did our best to try and follow the bar set by these guys."

Breaking Benjamin announced the end of their hiatus before Disturbed did, and frontman Benjamin Burnley felt the same way about Disturbed being back that fans of his band did about their return.

"Not only is it a dream come true to tour with [Disturbed], but as a fan of the band, I want to have new Disturbed albums," Burnley tells ABC Radio. "I want to just have them exist, because what they do is so needed in this world. So I was as pleasantly pleased to hear Disturbed was coming back just like anybody else that's a fan of the band would be."

Along with Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin, the tour's bill includes Saint Asonia and Alter Bridge. Both Draiman and Burnley agree that they'd like to bust out a few onstage collaborations during the outing, what with so many acclaimed lead singers on the bill.

"It's very intimidating as a vocalist to be on this tour," says Burnley.

"Because everybody is just so good at what they do, that, like, I'm scared to have one off note," he laughs. However, he and Draiman believe that the presence of singers like Adam Gontier and Myles Kennedy, as well as each other, will only make them each give a better effort.

"When everybody else is bringing their A-game, and they're a certain level of proficiency, it makes you have to step up," says Draiman. "And that makes you a better artist and a better performer, and just better at what you do." 

The Disturbed/Breaking Benjamin co-headlining tour will kick off in July. The exact dates and venue information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Lock of John Lennon's Hair Being Auctioned Next Week

Gunter Zint/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/RedfernsIf you ever wanted to own a piece of John Lennon, now's your chance. A large clump of the late Beatles legend's hair currently is up for bid as part of a memorabilia sale hosted by Heritage Auctions that will take place on Saturday, February 20.

The hair reportedly was clipped from Lennon's head in early September 1966 by a German hairdresser named Klaus Baruk just before John began filming director Richard Lester's dark comedy How I Won the War. After trimming Lennon's hair, Baruk grabbed the lock, which now has been in his possession for almost 50 years. The hair is described as four-inches long and includes hundreds of strands.

The winning bidder also will receive a daily call sheet from How I Won the War that was signed in blue ink, "John Lennon. Oh Yes," as well as a pair of articles clipped from German newspapers that report on the haircut Baruk gave Lennon.

As of Tuesday afternoon, bidding for the clump of hair was at $12,000.

Other collectibles up for bid as part of Heritage Auctions' memorabilia sale include a sealed copy of The Beatles' 1966 Yesterday and Today album featuring the infamous "butcher cover," a photo of the Fab Four autographed by the band in 1964, a signed copy of The Beatles' 1963 Please Please Me album, an acoustic guitar autographed by Paul McCartney and large painting of The Rolling Stones by Ronnie Wood. Visit Entertainment.HA.com for more information.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Hall & Oates Announce Tour with Help from Fred Armisen & Bill Hader 

Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall & John Oates are hitting the road this summer for a major U.S. tour that kicks off May 13 and will visit 21 cities.

Former Saturday Night Live stars Fred Armisen and Bill Hader have teamed up to create a video announcing the tour -- but they've done it in the persona of an imaginary soft rock band, The Blue Jean Committee.  The Chicago-based duo spend the whole video busting on Daryl and John, who they claim used to open for them, and then shunned them when they became famous. Armisen and Hader first introduced The Blue Jean Committee during an episode of their 2015 IFC miniseries Documentary Now.

The tour also will feature Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, as well as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  CitiCard members can grab tickets today; the general public has access this Friday, February 12, at 10 a.m. local time.

Here are the tour dates:

5/13 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/15 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/17 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
5/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
5/21 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/24 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
5/26 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
7/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
7/12 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/14 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
7/16 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
7/18 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/20 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/22 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/09 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/12 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/18 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
9/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Former Chicago Singer Peter Cetera Now Says He'll Sit Out Rock Hall Induction

Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & MuseumIt looks like former Chicago singer/bassist Peter Cetera won't be reuniting with his old band mates at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony after all.

Last month, Peter posted a message directed at Chicago's other surviving original members, saying he'd be open to playing with them "one last time as a group" at the event, but it appears he's changed his mind.  He says he's now decided not to take part in the ceremony at all because he and his former bandmates can't resolve their disagreements.

In the message, which was posted Monday on Cetera's official website, Peter addresses Rock Hall organizers Alex Coletti and Joel Peresman, saying, "Unfortunately, this scenario doesn't work for me. I know we all did our best to make it happen, but I guess it's just not meant to be."

He continues, "Personally, I'm frustrated and tired of dealing with this and it's time to move on. I have a life with two beautiful daughters and a solo career and its time to get back and give them all the full attention they deserve."

Peter finishes his note by thanking Coletti and Peresman "for all your help and consideration," and asks them to send "any individual award" he receives to his contact.

Peter also points out that the message he sent to the Rock Hall officials "is the short high road nice version of what I really wanted to say," adding that he'll "post that response at the appropriate time."

In his previous message to his former band mates, Cetera suggested, "As a finale, we can walk onstage together one last time as a group, I'll strap on the bass, and we can do ['25 or 6 to 4'] in the key of E."  He also called for Chicago to invite other past members to take part in the performance.

Last week, founding Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm talked with Billboard about the Rock Hall ceremony, revealing that he didn't know if Cetera would be attending.

With regard to the disagreements with Cetera over the performance, Lamm noted, "He decided he wanted to play ['25 or 6 to 4'] in a different key if he was going to play with us, which is definitely not going to happen, and then he wanted to play with his band, but not with us, and sing his songs, or sing whatever songs the Hall wants him to sing. It's all very strange."

On Tuesday, Chicago issued a statement announcing that the band will be performing at the Rock Hall ceremony with its current lineup, as well as with former drummer Danny Seraphine, who exited the group in 1990. Chicago now features four original members -- Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider and James Pankow. Cetera left the band in 1985.

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is being held on April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

The Arcs, Garbage to Star in "Live at 9:30" Music Variety Show 

Gus Stewart/RedfernsThe Arcs and Garbage are two of the many bands to star in the upcoming music variety show Live at 9:30. The show will include live performances, interviews, short films and comedy bits, and will be hosted by the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

"We've been approached countless times to do a TV show here, and we've always passed," says 9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz. "But Live at 9:30 is a great opportunity to work with people we trust to bring music variety to life in a way no one has even attempted. When I said we had no interest in just another concert program, they totally got it. They have come up with a truly entertaining bunch of new ideas on how to change the way people watch live concert shows."

Other artists featured on Live at 9:30 are Cold War Kids, The Jesus and Mary Chain, El Vy, MisterWives, Frank Turner and MS MR. Contributing hosts of the show include Henry Rollins, author and actress Jill Kargman, and comedians Hannibal Buress and Ralphie May.

Live at 9:30 will premiere this April on public television. For a preview of the show, visit Liveat930.com.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Beyoncé’s New Album Is "Beyond Awesome," Says Stylist Ty Hunter

Photo credit: Robin Harper

Beyonce is seemingly synonymous with awesome, so it should come as no big surprise that her stylist Ty Hunter says she's cooking up something amazing for her fans.

During an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Hunter gave a quick review of the singer's highly anticipated project. “I’ve heard the new album. It’s beyond awesome, it’s great,” he told host Andy Cohen.

He also approved of Bey’s halftime show, which was styled by Marni Senofonte. “Everything was awesome to me,” said Hunter.

Beyonce's upcoming set will serve as the follow-up to 2013’s self-titled LP, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

 

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Little Mix Debuts “Secret Love Song” Video Featuring Jason Derulo

SYCO/Columbia Records Little Mix has released the video for their new single “Secret Love Song,” featuring Jason Derulo.

With London’s Tower Bridge looming in the background, the girls -- Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall -- take turns singing the wistful ballad about a hidden relationship.

“Why can’t you hold me in the street/Why can’t I kiss you on the dance floor/I wish that it could be like that/Why can’t it be like that/’Cause I’m yours,” they sing.

Jason, who co-wrote the song, sings his part from an apartment overlooking the city.

The song is the second single from the British girl group’s third album Get Weird, following "Black Magic."

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Lamb of God Announces North American Headlining Tour

ABC/Randy HolmesLamb of God will embark on a North American headlining tour this spring and summer in continued support of their new album, VII: Sturm und Drang. The U.S. portion of the outing begins May 3 in New Orleans and concludes May 31 in Seattle, followed by a six-date run in Canada. Visit Lamb-of-God.com for all ticket info.

Along with the headlining dates, Lamb of God has a bunch of festival appearances lined up for this year, including Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range and Bonnaroo.

VII: Sturm und Drang, Lamb of God's seventh studio album, includes the single "512," which is nominated for Best Metal Performance at this year's Grammys, to be held February 15.

Lamb of God is currently in the home stretch of a tour with Anthrax, which will wrap up February 12 in Los Angeles.

Here are Lamb of God's newly announced North American headlining tour dates:

5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, The Orpheum       
5/4 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall      
5/8 -- Reading, PA, Reading Eagle Theatre  
5/9 -- Portland, ME, State Theatre  
5/10 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues Boston
5/12 -- St Louis, MO, The Pageant    
5/16 -- Binghamton, NY, Magic City Music Hall     
5/17 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount       
5/19 -- Toronto, ON, TD Echo Beach           
5/23 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion    
5/24 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre       
5/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex     
5/27 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre          
5/28 -- Pomona, CA, Fox Theater Pomona     
5/29 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater     
5/31 -- Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field Events Center      
6/1 -- Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre      
6/2 -- Penticton, BC, South Okanagan Events Centre           
6/4 -- Calgary, AB, Calgary Stampede Corral
6/5 -- Edmonton, AB, Shaw Conference Centre        
6/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition Park Hall A           
6/7 -- Winnipeg, MB, Burton Cummings Theatre    

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Taylor Swift Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from “Out of the Woods” Video

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIf you’ve watched Taylor Swift’s elaborate “Out of the Woods” video and wondered how it was made, Taylor and her trusted director Joseph Kahn are now ready to reveal their secrets.

In new behind-the-scenes footage, we get to see how the video came together using a mix of stunning New Zealand locations, intricately designed sets and a dash of CGI magic.

The visual, which premiered during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, features Taylor enduring some harsh outdoor conditions. She crawls through mud, runs from wolves and contends with both snow and wildfires. In the end, it’s revealed that she was on a journey to find herself.

Taylor admits that of all the scenes, she was dreading the muddy one the most. “I’m not excited for it,” she says in the behind-the-scenes clip. “It’s gonna be terrible. It’s gonna be gloppy and cold and slimy and I’m gonna be crawling in it. I have to meet a friend later. There’s gonna be a lot to explain.”

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Lukas Graham Announces First U.S. Headlining Tour

Chapman BaehlerLukas Graham has lined up their first headlining North American tour. The Danish band -- fronted by the singer of the same name -- will kick off the trek on March 28 in Los Angeles, just a few days after their self-titled album is released on March 25.

The tour will hit cities including Seattle, Chicago and New York, before wrapping up on May 12 in Boston. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 12, with more dates still to be announced.

Lukas Graham's album, featuring the hit single "7 Years," is now available for pre-order.

Here is the list of dates:

3/28 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
3/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, Resident
4/3 -- Montreal, QC, Petite Campus
4/4 -- Toronto, ON, Velvet Underground
4/11 -- Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
4/12 -- Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
4/14 -- San Francisco, CA, POPSCENE @Rickshaw Stop
4/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The State Room
4/18 -- Denver, CO, Marquis Theater
4/20 -- St. Louis, MO, The Firebird
4/21 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
4/22 -- Detroit, MI, The Shelter
4/24 -- Norfolk, VA, Norva Theater
4/25 -- Charlotte, NC, Visulite Theatre
5/3 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues - Cambridge Room
5/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Vinyl
5/6 -- Nashville, TN, 3rd and Lindsley
5/8 -- Washington, D.C., U Street Music Hall
5/9 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
5/11 -- Brooklyn, NY, Rough Trade
5/12 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Pentatonix Announces First Leg of 2016 World Tour

Image Group LA/ABCPentatonix will be making beautiful harmonies together out on the road this spring. The a cappella group has announced the first tour dates for their 2016 world tour.

The North American leg of the trek will begin April 13 in Sunrise, Florida and conclude May 12 in Columbia, Maryland.  The group will be touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which has been officially certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

A pre-sale for members of the crowdfunding platform Patreon starts Wednesday, February 10 at 10 a.m. local time. Venue and promoter pre-sales begin Thursday, February 11 at 10 a.m. local time in select markets. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 12, also at 10 a.m. local time.

Here is a list of the tour dates:

4/13 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
4/14 -- Orlando, FL, CFE Arena – University of Central Florida
4/16 -- Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena At The BJCC
4/17 -- St. Louis, MO, Saint Louis University – Chaifetz Arena
4/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
4/21 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center
4/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
4/24 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre
4/26 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at the Moda Center
4/27 -- Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater
4/28 -- Vancouver, BC, Pacific Coliseum
4/30 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
5/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater
5/3 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
5/4 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
5/5 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center
5/7 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
5/8 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
5/10 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Area
5/11 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater
5/12 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Ciara Files $15 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Future

Image Group LA/ABC

Ciara has filed a $15 million lawsuit against her ex-fiance Future, in an effort to prevent him from publicly disrespecting her.

The singer filed a defamation lawsuit in Atlanta against the father of her child, following comments he made in recent interviews and on social media.

Ci Ci's suit accuses Future of slander and libel for claims in interviews, in which Future claimed Ciara uses their son for “publicity stunts” with her new boyfriend, Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson. In addition, the suite cites a since-deleted tweet in which Future called her a “b****” with “control problems.”

The singer is seeking that all negative tweets be removed and that Future be banned from airing out their private matters online.

While the rapper tweeted that he has “go through lawyers” to see their son, Future Zahir Wilburn, Ciara claims the rapper has seen their son at least 19 times, sometimes for several days, since December 2014.

The former couple have continued to battle over custody of their only child since calling off their engagement in 2014.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Fetty Wap Appears on Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Princes Class of 2016

ABC/Randy Holmes

Fetty Wap is among the rap newcomers who appear on Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Princes Class of 2016 list.

The publication selected ten of the most promising acts under the age of 30, especially the ones most likely to eventually to appear on Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list in the future.

Fetty was recognized thanks to his two Grammy nominations and multi-platinum hit “Trap Queen,” which he says is his favorite record of all time. “It’s the album that changed my life,” he told Forbes.

Elsewhere, there were a few female rappers that made the cut, like Dej Loaf, who gained attention with her banger “Try Me,”as well as London rapper Little Simz, who Kendrick Lamar recently co-signed as “illest doing it right now.”

Other rappers include Logic, G-Eazy, Joey Bada$$, Lil Dicky and Young Dolph, as well as producers Boi-1da and Metro Boomin.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Wynonna & the Big Noise Booked for "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Wednesday 

Curb RecordsIt’s been seven years since the release of Wynonna’s last album, Sing:  Chapter 1-- but that all changes this Friday, as the country legend unveils music from her new vehicle, Wynonna & the Big Noise.

The band, which includes Wy’s husband Cactus Moser, one of the founders of late eighties hitmakers Highway 101, will make its first national TV appearance this Wednesday on Late Night with Seth Myers. They’ll do “Ain’t No Thing” from their debut recording. You can catch their performance at 12:35 p.m. on NBC.

Thursday,  they’ll play their new music live at New York City’s City Winery, followed by an album-signing event on release day at Barnes & Noble on NYC’s Fifth Avenue. Wynonna & the Big Noise comes out this Friday on vinyl, as well as the usual digital formats.

You’ll also be able to catch the band performing two songs on CBS This Morning on Saturday, February 20.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Twitter Hilariously Attempts to Guess Kanye's Album Title Acronym

ABC/Randy Holmes

Shortly after Kanye West challenged everyone to guess what the acronym for his upcoming album, T.L.O.P, stands for, Twitter users have flooded Ye's comment section with various ideas.  

There were serious guesses, ranging from "The Love of Power" to "the Lord of Pop," and some even speculated that it was a hint the album is Kanye's last. "I have a feeling it's The Last Original Project or The Last Official Project," one fan guessed.

Of course, others offered up a slew of funny ideas, including "Trump Lost Our Puppy," "Tyga, Leave Our Planet," "The Life Obama Promised" and "Tupac Lives Outside Portland."

One commenter hoped the title was "The Laptop of Prominence -- an album against Kanye's cousin," referring to the rapper's family remember who stole his computer and demanded $250,000 in return.

Another doubted that Kanye himself even knows what it means: "I won't be surprised if the letters have zero meaning at all."

As previously reported, Kanye is offering free Yeezy sneakers and tickets to his Yeezy Season 3 event at New York City's Madison Square Garden to the person who guesses the meaning behind the initials.

T.L.O.P will be released Thursday.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Lady Gaga Reveals How She Prepared to Sing National Anthem

Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImageLady Gaga did her country proud with her soaring rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. She tells Extra how she prepared for such a high-pressure gig.

“I just thought about the lyrics and what they really mean,” she says. “They’ve been around a long time, so I thought about what they mean now. I just sang from my heart.”

She adds, "It was really amazing, the athletes were just kind of majestic standing up there. Singing for the fans in the stands and all over the world, it was so cool.”

Gaga made sure not to get too caught up in the moment, though. As she hit her final notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner," she was able to witness the fighter jets flying overhead. “I promised myself I was going to look up to see them, because it knew that it was only gonna happen one time,” she says.

Next up is a performance at the Grammys on Monday, where she’ll be paying tribute to David Bowie.  

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Beyonce's "Formation" Shout Out Gives Red Lobster Sales Boost

Photo credit: Robin Harper

Beyonce has the Midas touch. After giving a shout out to Red Lobster on her surprise single "Formation," the seafood restaurant chain enjoyed a 33 percent boost in sales.

Spokesperson Erica Ettori tells ABC Radio that the weekend sales reflect a “Beyonce Bounce” from her song, in which she explicitly sings: "When he f*** me good I take his a** to Red Lobster, cause I slay."

The song caused the franchise to be mentioned 42,000 times on Twitter and resulted in the chain becoming a trending topic for the first time in history. Additionally, the restaurant's entrepreneurial teams have been "having fun with the moment by offering drinks like the 'Bey Breeze' which has been getting a big laugh from our guests."

"We are absolutely delighted with what we saw over the weekend, particularly the consumer sentiment that we saw expressed," said Kim Lopdrup, CEO of Red Lobster.  "It's clear that Beyonce has helped create some Red Lobster fans, and we are very grateful to her for that."

Red Lobster initially caught some flack for their delayed response to Beyonce's record, but later tweeted: "You try to bake Cheddar Bay Biscuits and tweet at the same time! #harderthanitlooks #Formation." The company added: "You definitely slay, @Beyonce. Thanks for one heck of a weekend."

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Ex-Chicago Singer Peter Cetera Now Says He'll Sit Out Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & MuseumIt looks like former Chicago singer/bassist Peter Cetera won't be reuniting with his old band mates at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony after all. Last month, Cetera posted a message directed at Chicago's other surviving original members saying he'd be open to playing with them "one last time as a group" at the event, but he now reveals in a new statement that the musicians have been unable to resolve disagreements they've had about the performance, so he's decided not to take part in the ceremony at all.

In the message, which was posted Monday on Cetera's official website, Peter addresses Rock Hall organizers Alex Coletti and Joel Peresman, saying, "Unfortunately, this scenario doesn't work for me. I know we all did our best to make it happen, but I guess it's just not meant to be."

He continues, "Personally, I'm frustrated and tired of dealing with this and it's time to move on. I have a life with two beautiful daughters and a solo career and its time to get back and give them all the full attention they deserve."

Cetera finishes his note by thanking Coletti and Peresman "for all your help and consideration," and asks them to send "any individual award" he receives to his contact.

Peter also points out that the message he sent to the Rock Hall officials "is the short high road nice version of what I really wanted to say," adding that he'll "post that response at the appropriate time."

In his previous message to his former band mates, Cetera suggested, "As a finale, we can walk onstage together one last time as a group, I'll strap on the bass, and we can do ['25 or 6 to 4'] in the key of E." He also called for Chicago to "invite past members Laudir de Oliveira, Donnie Dacus, Kenny Cetera, Chris Pinnick and Bill Champlin" to take part in the performance.

Last week, founding Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm talked with Billboard about the Rock Hall ceremony, revealing that he didn't know if Cetera would be attending.

With regard to the disagreements with Cetera over the performance, Lamm noted, "He decided he wanted to play ['25 or 6 to 4'] in a different key if he was going to play with us, which is definitely not going to happen, and then he wanted to play with his band but not with us and sing his songs or sing whatever songs the Hall wants him to sing. It's all very strange."

On Tuesday, Chicago issued a statement announcing that the band will be performing at the Rock Hall ceremony with its current lineup, as well as with former drummer Danny Seraphine, who exited the group in 1990. Chicago now features four original members -- Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider and James Pankow. Cetera left the band in 1985.

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is being held on April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Hall & Oates Announce Tour with Help from Fred Armisen & Bill Hader 

Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall & John Oates are hitting the road this summer for a major tour that kicks off May 13 and will visit 21 cities

Former Saturday Night Live stars Fred Armisen and Bill Hader have teamed up to create a video announcing the tour -- but they've done it in the persona of an imaginary soft rock band, The Blue Jean Committee.  The Chicago-based duo spend the whole video busting on Daryl and John, who they claim used to open for them, and then shunned them when they became famous.

The tour also will feature Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings as well as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  CitiCard members can grab tickets today; the general public has access this Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. local time.

Here are the tour dates:

5/13 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/15 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/17 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
5/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
5/21 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/24 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
5/26 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
7/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
7/12 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/14 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
7/16 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
7/18 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/20 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/22 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/09 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/12 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/18 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA    Hollywood Bowl
9/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Feb092016

Seether Reveals Lineup for Annual Rise Above Fest 

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesSeether has announced the details of their annual Rise Above Fest. The lineup for this year's festival, which was revealed on Billboard.com, includes Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Volbeat, Alter Bridge, Beartooth and We Came As Romans.

This year's Rise Above Fest marks the fourth edition of the event. Seether first launched the first Rise Above Fest in 2012 in order to raise money for and awareness of suicide prevention and mental illness. The festival takes its name from the Seether song "Rise Above This," which frontman Shaun Morgan wrote as a message to his brother, who committed suicide eight years ago.

"We're honored to participate in such an event, especially one that helps raise awareness and support for suicide prevention and mental illness," Disturbed frontman David Draiman tells Billboard.

The 2016 Rise Above Fest will be held August 6 in Bangor, Maine. Visit RiseAboveFest.com for ticket info.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.







ABC News Radio