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Monday
Jun202016

Tears for Fears Recording New Album, Announces New Fall Tour Dates

Credit: Zoren GoldTears for Fears has rescheduled its previously postponed tour from earlier this year. Tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored for the new dates or refunds will be available at point of purchase.

Since Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith formed the band in 1981, Tears for Fears has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide to date. Most people stateside know them best for their 1985 album Songs from the Big Chair, which reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned two massive hits, "Shout" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." 

Tears for Fears currently is dividing its time between the U.S. and the U.K., working on its new, as-yet-untitled record, to be released next year.

Here are Tears for Fears' fall tour dates:

9/17 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery
9/18 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau St. Michelle
9/20 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden
9/22 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Botanical Garden
9/23 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Resort and Casino
9/26 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens
9/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
9/29 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
9/30 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
10/1 -- Orillia, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
10/3 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/5 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
10/7 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
10/8 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino - Pechanga Theatre
10/9 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's

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Monday
Jun202016

Kurt Cobain's Artwork to Be Displayed in Possible Touring Exhibition

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, IncSome of Kurt Cobain's artwork may be exhibited thanks to Jeff Jampol, who manages the estates of The Ramones, The Doors, Janis Joplin and other deceased musicians. Jampol is currently working with the late Nirvana frontman's family to create a touring exhibition of Cobain's "works and his art and his possessions."

"[Cobain's] got some amazing canvases that a lot of the world has never seen or even heard of," Jampol tells The New York Times. He adds that Cobain's work is "going to be relevant for centuries."

Though he was obviously known more for his music, Cobain also created many works of visual art, some of which was displayed in last year's documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

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Monday
Jun202016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Lonestar scored a #1 hit in 2004 that also shares its title with a Michael Keaton comedy from 1983. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Mr. Mom."

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Monday
Jun202016

Lee Brice, Selling Out and Setting His Sights on Album #4

ABC/Rick RowellLee Brice currently is climbing the charts with long-time pal and new labelmate Jerrod Niemann on their duet, “A Little More Love,” but he’s also making time to write songs for his fourth album. Lee expects his new project to be ready sometime in 2017.

Along the way, he’s not too busy to set a record or two. Earlier this month, the native South Carolinian maxed out the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California -- giving the venue not only its first sell-out of the season, but also its biggest-selling show in its history.

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Monday
Jun202016

Fitz and the Tantrums to Perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" 

ABC/Randy HolmesStart your morning off with a bit of soul when Fitz and the Tantrums perform on ABC's Good Morning America. The band will take the GMA stage on Wednesday, June 22.

Fitz and the Tantrums recently released their new self-titled album, which features the top-10 alternative radio single "HandClap." The group is currently on tour in support of Fitz and the Tantrums, and will be throughout the rest of the summer.

GMA airs weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET on ABC.

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Monday
Jun202016

Staind's Aaron Lewis to Release New Country Album, "Sinner"

Courtesy of Dot RecordsAaron Lewis will continue down the country road on Sinner, the Staind frontman's sophomore solo album. Sinner will be released September 16, and features lead single "That Ain't Country," which you can download now on iTunes.

"I'd like to think that Sinner is a newer take on classic, traditional outlaw country, Waylon [Jennings] and Merle [Haggard] and Willie [Nelson], and Hank [Williams] Jr. and Johnny Cash and all that stuff," says Lewis in a statement. "That was the music I heard a kid, and that's the country music that permeated my soul and stuck with me my whole life."

Sinner arrives four years after Lewis' solo debut, The Road. His last album with Staind was the band's 2011 self-titled record.

Lewis will be on tour in support of Sinner throughout the summer and into the fall and winter. Visit AaronLewisMusic.com for ticket info.

Here is the Sinner track list:

"Sinner" (featuring Willie Nelson)
"That Ain’t Country"
"Whiskey And You"
"Northern Redneck"
"Mama"
"Sunday Every Saturday Night"
"Lost and Lonely"
"Story of My Life"
"Stuck in These Shoes"
"I Lost It All"
"Travelin’ Soldier"

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Monday
Jun202016

Earth, Wind & Fire Teaming Up with Chicago for Third Heart and Soul Tour Leg This Fall

Courtesy of Live NationEarth, Wind & Fire is teaming up with rock band Chicago for a third installment of their Heart and Soul co-headlining tour, which will take place this fall. The new trek will visit 15 North American cities, kicking off on October 19 in Rochester, New York, and running through a November 13 show in Billings, Montana.

The Heart and Soul Tour 3.0 also will feature the joint outing's first extensive run of Canadian dates, including stops in Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey says, "There's a saying that goes, 'if it's not broken there is no need to change it.' Indeed…The powerful magic of Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire works for both bands and fans alike. Here we go again!"

Tickets for most of the concerts will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. local time. American Express cardholders will be able to purchase presale tickets to select shows beginning Tuesday, June 21, at 10 a.m. Visit LiveNation.com for more information.

Fans who attend the Heart and Soul concerts can expect to see separate sets by both Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as a finale during which the two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups hit the stage together. Previous editions of the tour took place in the summer of 2015 and this past spring.

Prior to the fall Heart and Soul tour, Chicago has more than 40 other shows on their itinerary. Check out their full schedule at EarthWindandFire.com

Here are all the dates on the Heart and Soul Tour 3.0:

10/19 -- Rochester, NY, Blue Cross Arena
10/20 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
10/22 -- Providence, RI, Dunkin Donuts Center
10/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/26 -- Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena
10/28 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
10/29 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre
10/30 -- London, ON, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
11/2 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
11/4 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/5 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
11/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
11/8 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
11/11 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
11/13 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena

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Monday
Jun202016

Grace Period: Rising Aussie Singer Grace Sets Debut Album Release Date 

RCA RecordsGrace is on the rise. The Australian 19-year-old has some big things planned following the success of her Leslie Gore cover “You Don’t Own Me,” featuring G-Eazy.

Grace's debut album, FMA, is now available for pre-order and set for a July 1 release. If you pre-order it now, you'll get “You Don’t Own Me” as an instant grat track, along with “Hell of a Girl” and Grace's newest single, “Hope You Understand.” “You Don’t Own Me” will also be included on the just-announced Suicide Squad soundtrack, out August 5.

After her album comes out, Grace has an appearance lined up on the Today show on July 6.

Here's the track list for FMA:

“Church on Sunday”
“Hell of a Girl”
“Hope You Understand”
“Crazy Over Here” ft. Parker
“You Don’t Own Me” ft. G-Eazy
“How to Love Me”
“Coffee”
“From You”
“Feel Your Love”
“New Orleans”
“Boys Boys Boys”
“Say”
“Boyfriend Jeans (Remix)”
“Song Cries and Amens”

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Monday
Jun202016

Nick Jonas "Last Year Was Complicated" Debuts at #2

ABC/Randy HolmesNick Jonas has notched the highest-charting album of his solo career. Billboard reports that Nick's Last Year Was Complicated has debuted at number two on the magazine's album chart.

Nick's previous chart high was number three, which is where his 2010 side-project -- Who I Am, with his band The Administration -- peaked.  His previous highest-charting pure solo effort was his 2014 self-titled album which topped out at number six.

But Nick was unable to dethrone Drake whose Views remains number one for a seventh straight week.  The last time a male artist spent at least as many consecutive weeks on top was 16 years ago, when Eminem's The Marshal Mathers LP held the top spot for eight weeks in June and July of 2000.

Adele was the last artist of any sort to spend seven weeks at number one.  25 led the Billboard 200 during the first seven weeks following its release in December 2015.

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Monday
Jun202016

John Paul Jones Takes the Stand in "Stairway to Heaven" Trial

Neil Lupin/Getty ImagesCourt won't be in session today in the copyright infringement trial over Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."  But in Friday afternoon's session, Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones took the stand.

At issue is a claim by the estate of Spirit's Randy California that Led Zeppelin took the intro of "Stairway to Heaven" from Spirit's tune "Taurus."  On the stand, Jones said he was only recently been made aware that his band had shared some bills with Spirit in the late '60s and said he does not ever recall seeing Spirit play.

During Friday's session, defense expert Dr. Lawrence Ferrara, professor of music at New York University, faced cross examination and asserted that the disputed "Stairway" passage is closer to the folk song "To Catch a Shad" than it is to "Taurus."

Also during the session it was determined that the plaintiff's attorney, Francis Malofiy, has hit the ten hours he was allotted to make his case and going forward will be limited to 10 minutes in cross examining defense witnesses.

The trial resumes in federal district court in Los Angeles on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

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Monday
Jun202016

Prince Be of P.M. Dawn Dies at 46

Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImageAttrell Cordes, known as Prince Be, of the pioneering hip-hop group P.M. Dawn, died Friday of renal kidney disease, He was 46.  The duo confirmed the news on their website.

Cordes formed P.M. Dawn with his brother Jarett Cordes, known as DJ Minutemix, in 1988.  The Jersey City, New Jersey duo had a number-one hit in 1991 with "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss." They followed up by the singles "I'd Die Without You" and "Looking Through Patient Eyes."

"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" featured a sample of the Spandau Ballet song, “True,” On Saturday, Spandau Ballet member Gary Kemp, who wrote the song, tweeted, “Oh man, Prince Be has gone. I will be forever grateful to him for taking one of my songs and making it bigger and better forever. #PMDawn”

According to the band’s website, the group’s name came from "the idea that in the darkest hour comes the light.”

In 2005, Cordes appeared with his group on the NBC show Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, beating fellow contestants Juice Newton, Animotion, Shannon and Missing Persons, winning $20,000 for juvenile diabetes research.

In a 2011 interview with his cousin Doc G, the singer revealed that Cordes had suffered multiple strokes and that one of his legs became gangrenous and had to be amputated below the kneecap.

He is survived by his wife Mary and three children: Christian, Mia and Brandon. He was 46.

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Monday
Jun202016

Drake Maintains View from the Top of the Chart 

Cash Money RecordsDrake's Views remains on top of the Billboard 200 album chart for a seventh consecutive week.

According to the magazine , Views is the first album by a male artist to spend that many straight weeks at number one since Eminem's The Marshal Mathers LP 16 years ago.  Em's album topped the Billboard 200 for eight straight weeks June and July of 2000.

The last act of any sort to spend seven straight weeks on top was Adele, whose 25 was number one for the first seven weeks following its release in December of 2015.

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Monday
Jun202016

Keith Urban Remembers Orlando Victims with Special Tribute Song

Frederick Breedon IV/WireImageKeith Urban reached into the U2 songbook last weekend to pay tribute to the victims of the June 12 Orlando, Florida nightclub shootings.

Near the end of his concert last Friday in Tampa, Urban told the crowd, “Before we go I want to say one thing that’s really been on my heart for the last week. I know we’ve got a lot of folks here tonight from Orlando, and although I didn’t know anybody in that horrific incident, I did, because they’re just guys and girls, brothers and sisters. They had dreams, and hopes, plans, just like every one of us.”

He then launched into a poignant rendition of U2’s “One,” from the Irish band’s 1991 album Achtung Baby, ending the performance by saying “God bless you Orlando. Orlando Strong.”

Urban’s Ripcord World Tour continues June 23 in Clarkston, MI, with openers Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris.

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Monday
Jun202016

ZZ Top to Release First Official Live Album, "Greatest Hits Live," in August

Suretone RecordsAfter 45 years of playing their brand of blues-rock boogie around the world, ZZ Top finally will release their first official live album later this summer. Featuring performances from several of the Texas trio's tours and recorded in cities across the globe, Greatest Hits Live will hit stores on August 12.

The album features 15 songs, including live renditions of such classic ZZ Top tunes as "Cheap Sunglasses," "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man," "La Grange," Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Tush." The record also boasts a pair of onstage collaborations with British guitar legend Jeff Beck -- a version the band's 1985 tune "Rough Boy" and a cover of the 1955 Tennessee Ernie Ford hit "Sixteen Tons." You can check out the "Rough Boy" performance now at Rhino Record's official YouTube channel.

"We spend the biggest stretch of every year out on the road, whippin' wire, poundin' skin, and rockin' it way up," notes ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons. "This is the true document of life de la ZZ. In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do."

ZZ Top's touring schedule is as busy as ever this year. The band kicks off a European tour this Thursday in London and will play the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival the next day. After the overseas trek winds down on July 19, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will return to the U.S. for a lengthy series of concerts running from August 16 through November 12. The dates include joint shows with Gregg Allman and Gov't Mule, as well as headlining gigs.

Here is the full track list of Greatest Hits Live, along with the cities in which each song was recorded:

"Got Me Under Pressure" -- New York
"Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers" -- Las Vegas
"Cheap Sunglasses" -- Paris
"Waitin' for the Bus" -- Chicago
"Jesus Just Left Chicago" -- Chicago
"Legs" -- São Paolo
"Sharp Dressed Man" -- Los Angeles
"Rough Boy" (with Jeff Beck) -- London
"Pincushion" -- Berlin
"La Grange" -- Dallas
"I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" -- Vancouver
"Tube Snake Boogie" -- Rome
"Gimme All Your Lovin'" -- Houston
"Tush" -- Nashville
"Sixteen Tons" (with Jeff Beck) -- London

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Monday
Jun202016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed Brad Paisley’s surprise stint as guitar player for Demi Lovato Friday on Good Morning America, you can watch their performance of “Stone Cold” online.

Craig Morgan sang six songs Friday as part of the All American Summer Concert Series on Fox & Friends, including “I’ll Be Home Soon,” the lead single from his new album A Whole Lot More to Me. You can check out both his interview and his performance online.

Lonestar is releasing “Never Enders” as their new single. It also happens to be the title track for the band’s new album.  

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Monday
Jun202016

Brad Paisley Says "There's a Lot of Divas Walking Around," but Demi Lovato's Not One of Them

ABCBrad Paisley and Demi Lovato may have a top-25 duet climbing the country charts now, but it wasn’t that long ago the two were virtual strangers. The pair met when Brad played guitar for the pop star on her song “Stone Cold” on an April awards show, and he admits he wasn’t so sure it would be love at first sight.

“When I went to the rehearsals at these things, you know, there's a lot of divas walking around. There's a lot of the entourages and the craziness and I thought, 'Oh Lord, what have I gotten into?' And then she walks in, in like sweat pants and a flannel shirt, not putting on any airs. I really relate to that. I always like people that don't take themselves too serious and she is certainly that.”

Once Brad discovered Demi happens to be a country fan who grew up in the Lone Star State, it was just a matter of time before they recorded “Without a Fight” together.

“She really does have a huge base of knowledge, being from Texas, and having grown up listening to it. It's funny, I think her mom is more excited about this duet of ours than anything Demi's probably ever done. I mean, these are Texas people! It's fun to see her show off how versatile she is, because she's truly able to do anything she wants I think.”

On Friday, Brad surprised fans by showing up to play guitar for Demi on Good Morning America. This Friday, she'll return the favor, as they perform "Without a Fight" during his turn on the GMA Summer Concert Series. You can check out their new video for the song on YouTube.

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Monday
Jun202016

Ben Rector Says His Hit "Brand New" Has His Fans Feeling Like Proud Parents 

Rachel KaplanBen Rector's been making albums since 2007 but his sixth release, Brand New, is his most successful yet. The album debuted in the top 10 and the title track has now become a big hit.  The singer/songwriter says his longtime fans are thrilled that everyone else is finally discovering him and his music.

"I think they’re excited to see that it’s getting out in the mainstream," Ben tells ABC Radio about "Brand New."  "And I think they like the song and they’re like, 'It’s so cool.' But most of the communication that I see is like, the amount of tweets that read exactly like this, it’s like: 'I feel like a proud father or a proud mom hearing you on the radio.'”

Speaking of that, Ben says it was a strange experience the first time he actually heard "Brand New" on the radio, because his music hasn't really gotten that much airplay.

"I was in my car and I just like wanted to roll the window to the person next to me and be, 'Hey! That’s me!'” Ben says, describing the experience. "I didn’t do that but I was just, like, 'Wow, this is really crazy.' It felt really odd. It felt like weirdly official and also weirdly unofficial."

"Like, it’s [was] just, 'Wow that’s really playing through the radio!'" he laughs. "And then, 'And I’m just a guy in his car.' I dunno. It was interesting. It was cool."

Ben says ironically, "Brand New" was sort of an afterthought. In the past, he notes, he always seemed to come up with his best material AFTER he was done recording his albums, so this time, he gave himself an extra month after he'd finished the album just to see what would happen.

"Made the record, finished it and the month after I finished it I wrote 'Brand New,'” he reveals. "And it felt like a great distillation...it was like the thesis statement of the record. It was like, 'Yeah, that’s what this record is!'"

"I was so thankful that worked out, because it really does happen," he adds. "You usually finish the record and then it’s like, “Oh! But I just wrote the best song!'”  

Ben heads out on a new headlining tour, the aptly named Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far, starting August 24 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Monday
Jun202016

Tito Jackson Talks Big Daddy Kane and Finding His Music Groove

Rob Kim/Getty ImagesTito Jackson's new single "Get It Baby" featuring Big Daddy Kane is the first solo hit for Jackson, the last of the Jackson siblings to land a chart hit, and the singer credits the hip-hop pioneer with helping him to get his groove back.

Jackson tells ABC radio that Kane was instrumental in his new single being a hit and that the legendary rapper essentially "hooked [him] up" making the uptempo track a success.

"I get on the phone and Big Daddy Kane says, 'Hey Tito what's up?' I say 'What's up Big Daddy?' and he says, 'Hey man, tell me something, is this you on this song?' I say, 'Yeah man, that's me.' He said, 'Ah man, I love this song, man, I tell you what, I'm going to hook this bad boy up.' And he did that man, he hooked me up," the singer explains.

Jackson, who's upcoming album, Tito Time, will be his first solo album, explains how Kane got involved in with the track.

"So the management of Big Daddy Kane sent it to him and he called back my producer and said, 'Hey man, this song you sent over, tell me something, is this a production of Tito's? Is this one of the records he's putting out of another artist? Tell me about it.' My man goes, 'Nah man, it's Tito.'"  When the rapper heard it was Jackson's own song, "He said, 'Call him up!'"

As Jackson gears up for the fall release of Tito Time, the former Jackson 5 member tells ABC Radio how he was able to find his music groove on the charting single.

"Well, you know what, I love uptempo music and I've been playing with the brother for you know 100 years. The blues thing for 10 years with all that's out, and I found that feeling and it just feels good to me," he says humming the beat. "It's a good feeling and it just made me work it, you know?"

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Monday
Jun202016

Kaleo Brings Blues and Ballads to Debut Album

Credit: Alexandra ValentiIcelandic rock band Kaleo made their U.S. debut with their new album, A/B. As its title suggest, A/B reflects the two sides of Kaleo's sound.

"I thought of it as a vinyl, 'A-side/B-side' thing," frontman JJ Julius Son tells ABC Radio. "So the A-side really has more rock n' roll and blues going, and B-side has more ballads and softer stuff."

Even within each side, A/B has a lot of different sounds. Take the first two songs on the album: "No Good" and "Way Down We Go," both of which are singles.

"'No Good' is a pretty straightforward blues-rock song, for sure," JJ explains. "'Way Down' is a little heavier, and maybe a little deeper as well, [lyrically]."

While A/B is quite diverse, Kaleo works from a solid sonic foundation, a lot of which is based around JJ's bluesy vocals.

"I listen to a lot of blues and soul singers, and I love the expression of the old, original blues, the delta blues, even the Alan Lomax early recordings and stuff," the vocalist tells ABC Radio. "It's expression somehow to me more than singing sometimes." 

A/B is available now.

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Monday
Jun202016

Gwen Stefani on No Doubt: “We’ve Grown Apart”

Jamie NelsonSince the number-one debut of her album This Is What the Truth Feels Like, Gwen Stefani’s solo career has been on the upswing again. She’s getting ready to kick off her North American tour next month, but after that's all done, will she ever consider reuniting with No Doubt?

“I don't know what's going to happen with No Doubt,” she tells Rolling Stone. “When Tony [Kanal] and I are connected creatively, it's magic. But I think we've grown apart as far as what kind of music we want to make.”

The last time they put out an album was 2012’s Push and Shove, which Gwen admits was far from their best work. She says she wants her former band mates “to be happy and do whatever they need to do to fulfill whatever creative place they need to fill.”

Gwen also reminisces about working with Prince. She says he once came to a No Doubt concert in Minneapolis and she couldn’t believe it.

“Later, I sent him the demo to this song ‘Waiting Room’ -- he called and said, ‘Hey, I had to rewrite the song, but I think you're going to like it,’” she recalls. “He played on the version you hear on [No Doubt's] Rock Steady, and I sang on his album.”

Gwen was featured on Prince's song "So Far, So Pleased" on his 1999 album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic.

Her tour begins July 12 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

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