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Wednesday
May042016

The Yardbirds Flying Across US on Tour This Summer

Credit: Arnie GoodmanBritish Invasion legends The Yardbirds will return to the U.S. for a monthlong tour this summer. The trek gets underway on June 30 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts, and will stop in a variety of cities in the Northeast before making its way to the West Coast, winding down with a July 30 performance at the Mount Baker Fest in Bellingham, Washington.

Prior to the June 30 tour kickoff, The Yardbirds will play an intimate VIP rehearsal event on June 29 at the Regent Theatre. Fans attending the show will get the chance to have the band members autograph items, and the first 60 also will receive a collector's T-shirt.

The Yardbirds current touring lineup is led by founding drummer Jim McCarty and also includes John Idan on vocals and guitar, Johnny A on lead guitar, journeyman bassist Kenny Aaronson and ex-Ram Jam member Myke Scavone on harmonica and backing vocals.

Here are all of The Yardbirds' confirmed U.S. tour dates, according to Yardbirds.us:

6/30 -- Arlington, MA, Regent Theatre
7/1 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penns Peak
7/2 -- Highmount, NY, Belleayre Music Fest
7/3 -- North Truro, MA, Payomet PAC
7/6 -- Warrendale, PA, Jergels Rhythm Room (Amusement Park)
7/7 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café Life
7/8 -- New Hope, PA, Havana
7/9 -- Bay Shore, NY, Boulton Center
7/10 -- Bethesda, MD, Bethesda Blues & Jazz
7/17 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe
7/19 -- San Diego, CA, Belly Up
7/21 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon Club
7/22 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Theatre
7/23 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
7/24 -- Beverly Hills, CA, The Saban Theatre
7/26 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
7/27 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
7/29 -- Seattle, WA, Triple Door
7/30 -- Bellingham, WA, Mount Baker Fest

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Wednesday
May042016

Report: Prince Died Just Before Scheduled Meeting with Addiction Specialist

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that a meeting was set between Prince and a specialist in drug addiction the day before his death on April 21.

According to the unconfirmed report, on April 20 representatives for Prince reached out to Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who runs Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley, California, in an attempt to deal with what an attorney for the Kornfeld family says was described as "a grave medical emergency.”

The Californian doctor was called to meet with the singer the next day, but could not clear his schedule. Instead, Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, to Minnesota to explain how the confidential treatment would work, the Star Tribune says.

“The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan,”  William Mauzy, a Minneapolis attorney working with the Kornfeld family, told the paper.  “… The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission.”

When Andrew arrived at Paisley Park on Thursday, the staff could not immediately locate the singer and it is said that Kornfeld was one of three people to find the musician’s body in an elevator a few minutes later -- with Andrew reportedly the one calling 911.

Although toxicology tests are still pending, sources tell the Star Tribune that Prince's use of painkillers, which were found at the scene, is the primary focus of the investigation.

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Wednesday
May042016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWatch for Kelsea Ballerini as she plays herself on Wednesday night's episode of Nashville, performing her latest hit, "Peter Pan." The drama airs at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. 

Gary Allan is currently recovering from having surgery on his arm last week, but he's already looking forward to returning to the road soon.

Martina McBride promotes her new album Reckless Wednesday on Home & Family. You can catch it at 10 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

Florida Georgia Line plays Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. You can check out their Tuesday appearance on CBS's The Talk on YouTube.

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Wednesday
May042016

Carrie Underwood Is Country's Most Powerful Mother

ABC/Image Group LAWhat do Carrie UnderwoodIvanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton all have in common? Since Carrie lacks a parent in the presidential race, the answer lies a little closer to home. All three make this year’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms, from Working Mother magazine.

Chosen based on their “ability to influence and inspire us to reach higher and further in building better lives for ourselves,” as well as their income and professional stature, this is Carrie’s first time to make the annual tally since giving birth to son Isaiah a little more than a year ago.

Carrie is in good company -- with AdeleBeyonceMelissa McCarthyKerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon all making the ranking as well.

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Wednesday
May042016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the Dixie Chicks most recent #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart? ANSWER:  "Travelin' Soldier," in 2002.

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Wednesday
May042016
R & B Love: Prince Wanted to Mentor Chris Brown

Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe Prince stories continue to roll in as a previously unpublished 2014 interview with Rolling Stone reveals that the music icon wanted to mentor Chris Brown.

The legendary musician said he had invited Brown to Paisley Park and took exception to the characterization of Brown's 2009 assault on Rihanna as “unforgivable.”

“Unforgivable?” he said. “Goodness. That’s when we go check the master, Christ. … Have you ever instantly forgiven somebody?”

According to Prince, forgiveness was part of the healing process. “It’s the best feeling in the world, and it totally dismantles that person’s whole stance,” he explained and expressed his interest in reaching out to singer in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death.

“[MJ] is just one of many who have gone through that door -- Amy Winehouse and folks,” he said. “We’re all connected, right, we’re all brothers and sisters, and the minute we lock that in, we wouldn’t let anybody in our family fall. That’s why I called Chris Brown. All of us need to be able to reach out and just fix stuff. There’s nothing that’s unforgivable.”

Breezy recently paid homage to the late icon on  Instagram page writing, “I AM THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING THIS MAN HAS GIVEN US AND HE WILL LIVE FOREVER IN MY HEART!”

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Wednesday
May042016

"Back" for More: The Who Announces New European Tour

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesThe Who apparently are prepared to stay on the road beyond their 50th anniversary with the announcement of a new late-summer European trek dubbed the Back to The Who Tour. The outing -- which kicks off on August 29 in Glasgow, U.K., and is plotted out through a September 19 show in Milan, Italy -- will take place prior to the band's just-confirmed appearance at the star-studded classic-rock-themed Desert Trip festival in Indio, California.

The tour also will include stops in four other U.K. cities, two German dates and performances in Vienna, Austria, and Bologna, Italy.

The Who recently launched the second North American leg of its The Who Hits 50! Tour, which will wind down May 29 in Las Vegas, and the band also has lined up a four European dates in the middle of June. You can check out the group's full itinerary at TheWho.com.

As previously reported, The Who and Roger Waters both will perform during the final day of the Desert Trip Festival, which runs from October 7 to October 9 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will play the event's first day, while Paul McCartney and Neil Young will take the stage for day two of the fest.

Here are The Who's newly announced European dates:

8/29 -- Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
8/31 -- Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
9/3 -- Sheffield, UK, Sheffield Arena
9/5 -- Birmingham, UK, Genting Arena
9/7 -- Liverpool, UK, Echo Arena Liverpool
9/10 -- Oberhausen, Germany, Koenig Pilsener Arena
9/12 -- Stuttgart, Germany, Schleyer-Halle
9/14 -- Vienna, Austria, Wiener Stadhalle
9/17 -- Bologna, Italy, Unipol Arena
9/19 -- Milan, Italy, Mediolanum Forum

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Wednesday
May042016

Jewel’s Rural Texas Digs Up for Sale

Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImageJewel’s Texas property is on the market. According to Variety, the singer is selling her country home near Stephensville for a fairly reasonable $335,000.

Jewel and her ex-husband Ty Murray reportedly bought the rural property in March 2007. The ranch-style abode has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and sits on 4.4. acres about two hours southwest of Dallas.

The home’s modest exterior gives way to cozy, rustic interior with open-plan living spaces, hand-scraped oak floors and whitewashed ceiling beams.

According to Variety, in March 2015, Jewel purchased a brand new home in Nashville for $1.3 million.

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Wednesday
May042016

Cyndi Lauper Says Lady Gaga Inspired Her to Embrace Her "True Colors"

Credit: Chapman BaehlerCyndi Lauper is known for her colorful style, but she tells Rolling Stone that it wasn't always easy to stay true to her bold image. The pink-haired 62-year-old -- whose first country album, DETOUR, comes out Friday -- credits Lady Gaga with reminding her to embrace her uniqueness.

"There was a time, around the early '90s, when they kept telling me, 'Your true colors should just shine from the inside,' and I got plainer and plainer and plainer," she says of her corporate critics. "I looked at myself in the mirror and said, 'Who the f*** are you?' I think I was floundering. When I met Lady Gaga [in 2009], I think I woke up. 'I'll have freaking colored hair when I want!'"

Lauper says she'd never have made it on shows like The Voice or American Idol, "because I wouldn't want to listen to somebody telling me what the f*** to do." But she did try her hand at reality TV once. The singer was a contestant on season nine of The Celebrity Apprentice. So what does she think of her former "boss," Donald Trump?

"At the time I said he seemed nice because he had nice children, and that I wish I was so smart that I could get people to work that stinking hard and just show up and wave and say, 'OK, you're fired!'" she says of the Republican presidential candidate. "But you don't go on TV as a presidential candidate and talk about the size of your hand. You don't do it. It's so f****** juvenile and stupid."

She adds, "You think I want that person next to that red button? I don't freaking think so." For the record, Lauper's a Hillary Clinton fan.

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Wednesday
May042016

Rob Zombie Schedules One-Off European Shows

T-Boy/UMeRob Zombie has announced a trio of one-off concerts in Europe. The shows will take place October 14 in Berlin, October 16 in Paris and October 17 in London. Visit RobZombie.com for ticket info.

Zombie will be touring in support of his latest album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, which features the single "Get High."

Currently, Zombie is supporting The Electric Warlock in the U.S. on a mini-tour with Disturbed. Later this summer, the shock rocker will embark on a giant co-headlining tour with Korn.

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Wednesday
May042016

Phantogram Releases New Song with Electronic Musician A-Trak 

ABC/Randy HolmesPhantogram has always had an electronic component to their sound, but they really express their dance music side on "Parallel Lines," a new song that the duo recorded with DJ A-Trak. You can listen to "Parallel Lines" now on YouTube.

"We had a lot of fun making this with our friend A-Trak," Phantogram writes of "Parallel Lines." "Rest assured, new Phantogram music is coming soon."

Meanwhile, Phantogram has a batch of festival shows lined up this summer with Big Grams, their collaborative project with Outkast rapper Big Boi.

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Wednesday
May042016

Adam Lambert & Austin Mahone Are Faces of Macy’s “American Icons” Campaign

BusinessWireAdam Lambert and Austin Mahone are among the faces of Macy’s “American Icons” fashion and music campaign this year.

Adam will be modeling the latest styles from the department store’s lifestyle brand, I.N.C. International Concepts. Austin, meanwhile, will sport festival gear from American Rag, Levi’s and more.

The patriotic campaign kicks off next week with in-store events for customers, a digital music festival on YouTube and a partnership with the charity Got Your 6, which supports military veterans and their families.

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Wednesday
May042016

Celine Dion to Sing Queen Classic at "Billboard" Music Awards

Dick Clark ProductionsCeline Dion is the Queen of Las Vegas, and she'll be singing a Queen classic when she takes the stage at the Billboard Music Awards in Vegas later this month.

Celine will receive the ICON Award at the May 22 show, and will perform Queen's "The Show Must Go On" after accepting her honor.  The title is fitting, because for the Canadian diva, the show has gone on -- she continues to perform, despite the devastating losses of both her husband and her brother earlier this year, within days of one another.  She personally selected the "The Show Must Go On," according to the show's executive producer.

The ICON Award "honors the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator and entertainer has stood the test of time," according to the BBMAs.  Past recipients have included Neil Diamond, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Lopez.

The Billboard Music Awards will air live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas starting at 8 p.m. ET on May 22.  Ludacris and Ciara are the hosts.

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Wednesday
May042016

Alicia Keys Coos to Her Lover in New Single, "In Common"

RCA/Paola KudackiAlicia Keys has just made your mid-week easier to bear, with the release of a brand-new single.

“In Common,” Alicia’s first release in four years, finds the fifteen-time Grammy winner singing about lingering in a lover’s embrace.  “Said I’d be gone by five/But it’s sunrise and I’m still in your bed/Good-night usually means good-bye/Me replaying memories in my head,” she coos on the song's first verse.

“In Common” is available now now for download at all the usual digital platforms.  Look for it on Alicia’s as-yet untitled sixth studio album, due out later this summer from RCA.

You can see Alicia perform “In Common” live for the first time on NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend.

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Wednesday
May042016

Nick Jonas Explains Why His Joint Tour with Demi Lovato "Made Perfect Sense"

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentThis summer, buddies Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato are teaming up for their joint Honda Civic "Future Now" tour, in support of Demi's album Confident, and Nick's upcoming disc Last Year Was Complicated. Nick says that given where the former Disney stars are now in their careers, a double bill just "made perfect sense."

"We always knew it was a possibility, the idea that we would go out together, and that at some point and time that would happen," Nick tells ABC Radio.  "I think that over the last year, so much has developed for Demi and I career-wise -– really trying to step into a new chapter --and it just felt like it had developed enough that it just made perfect sense."

So what can we expect from this tour?  Well, Nick says he and Demi aren't going to be wallowing in nostalgia, for one thing.

"I think we’re gonna be really selective about what we perform," he tells ABC Radio. "It's about looking towards the future and not looking back.  It’s a joint tour in every sense of the phrase, in the sense that you’ll get a Demi show and a Nick show and it won’t be compromised either way, as far as the length of the set."

That being said, Nick says that he's excited to present songs from all the different phases of his career, from his latest hit, "Close," to his breakthrough solo smash "Jealous," to his work with the Jonas Brothers.

"I’m thrilled to dig into my catalog, and play some new stuff and then also stuff from the last record, and then make that decision – you know, what else makes sense within my set," he explains. "If it’s moments from the time with the Brothers, and maybe it’s songs that I wrote solely by myself...but the beauty is in the journey, and we’re excited to kinda just dig in and take one step at a time."  

Nick was in New York City on Tuesday as part of Live Nation's National Concert Day Show and event, which featured everyone from the Goo Goo Dolls and Rob Thomas, to rapper Wiz Khalifa and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.  As a special incentive to check out a show this summer, from May 13 to May 20, Live Nation is offering $20 tickets to nearly a thousand summer concerts -- visit LiveNation.com for more information.

The Honda Civic Future Now tour gets underway June 24 in Sunrise, FL.

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Wednesday
May042016

Stormy Weather Causes Problems at Beyonce's NC Tour Stop

Frank Micelotta/Parkwood Entertainment via Getty ImagesStormy weather interfered with Beyoncé's concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tuesday night.

Heavy rain and lightning led to the folks in charge temporarily suspending the performance at Carter-Finley Stadium as fans took cover, ABC affiliate WTVD-TV reports. The show resumed around 11:30 p.m. local time.

The weather caused problems before the concert, too. The gates were scheduled to open at 5:30, but that was pushed back due to lightning.

Bey takes her Formation World Tour to her native Houston on Saturday.

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Wednesday
May042016

"The Voice": Team Pharrell Down to One Artist

Trae Patton/NBCPharrell Williams has only one artist remaining on his The Voice team following the latest results show.

Daniel Passino, who was "Instantly Saved" last week, was eliminated Tuesday night, losing a social media vote to Nick Hagelin of Team Christina Aguilera. That leaves Hannah Huston as the only artist remaining on Team Pharrell. 

Before the "Instant Save" vote, Daniel and Nick both performed. Nick sang “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, while Daniel tackled "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

During the one-hour broadcast, Joe Jonas' band DNCE stopped by to perform their songs "Toothbrush" and "Cake by the Ocean." Former Voice champ Sawyer Fredericks returned to entertain the crowd, too.

The top nine, including artists from Teams Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, will take the stage next Monday night on NBC. People magazine reports Blake and his girlfriend, occasional Voice coach Gwen Stefani, will perform a song they co-wrote, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart," on the show. It's off his upcoming album, If I'm Honest.

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Wednesday
May042016

Why Chris Young and Cassadee Pope Have a Much Better Relationship than the Couple in Their #1 Song

RCA NashvilleThis week marks a milestone for Cassadee Pope, as the season-three winner of The Voice celebrates her first #1 on the country charts. It all started when she was booked on a gig with Chris Young in her hometown.

“I was just playing a radio show in West Palm Beach, Florida, and it was fun, I was on the road doing my thing,” she recalls. “And little did I know, Chris Young was looking for a female to do a duet with. So, I just do what I always do and belt it out and have fun, and I guess he liked what he heard. So, the next thing I know I'm getting an email from my manager saying, 'Chris Young wants you to sing on a song with him,' and I heard the song, freaked out. There was no hesitation -- I said yes right away!”

In spite of Cassadee’s iniitial enthusiasm, there was still no guarantee that “Think of You” would work, until the two were face to face around a microphone.

“I think his low voice, that kind of monotone voice with my little bit of a higher tone really meshes well together. You never know until you get in the studio and we got in there and it was just right away a great mix, so we were excited.”

In the end, Cassadee’s duet with Chris turned out to be the beginning of a great friendship and a great partnership, as the two have been on tour together since the beginning of the year.

“We're fans of each other! I watch his set every night, he watches my set every night on tour, and it's just a really good combo. We not only like to sing together, but we like to hang out.”  

 Chris and Cassadee will have plenty more chances to hang out, as they’ve just announced another round of the I’m Comin’ Over tour starting in the fall.

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Wednesday
May042016

Rob Thomas on Summer Tour Memories, Saluting Prince & Playing North Carolina (or Not)

Ben WattsRob Thomas is one of the many artists hitting the road this summer, on a double bill with his pals Counting Crows.  He says he'll be paying tribute to Prince in his set, and is also weighing whether or not he really wants to cancel his tour date in North Carolina, as many other artists have done this year.

Rob was in New York City on Tuesday as part of Live Nation's National Concert Day Show and event, which featured everyone from the Goo Goo Dolls and Nick Jonas, to rapper Wiz Khalifa and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.  As a special incentive to check out a show this summer, from May 13 to May 20, Live Nation is offering $20 tickets to nearly a thousand summer concerts -- visit LiveNation.com for more information.

For Rob, his most memorable summer concert experience came the year that he and Matchbox Twenty toured with the band Semisonic, who had a big hit with "Closing Time."  Rob says that song provided the soundtrack for magical moments with his wife, Marisol.

"There was that one moment, when they would play 'Closing Time'...and it always happened right when the sun was just about to head down...you know, that beautiful dusk moment at an outdoor show," Rob tells ABC Radio. "And so every night...we’d sit on the side [of the stage], and watch them sing 'Closing Time.' And so to this day, my wife will cry real tears every time it comes on the radio."

During his solo sets, Rob likes to throw in an '80s cover song, and he says this summer, it'll be a Prince tune, in honor of the late singer who died last month at the age of 57.  He tells ABC Radio that he and his band are trying to decide between "I Would Die for You" and "Baby I’m a Star."

As for the North Carolina question, many acts have canceled shows in response to the state’s controversial HB2 law, also known as the “bathroom bill.”  The legislation, considered by some to be anti-LGBT, mandates that people must use public bathrooms that match the sex listed on their birth certificates.  Rob says he's opposed to the law, but doesn't want to penalize his fans in North Carolina, especially his gay fans.

"We have a lot of gay fans that have to live in that every day," he tells ABC Radio. "And so, why wouldn’t we want...them to have a great Saturday night, among people that represent and respect the hell out of how proud you are [that] they're that strong?"

Rob, who grew up in the Deep South, adds, "It takes a lot to be 'out' in North Carolina. If you want to talk about bravery, there’s a lot of bravery that comes with that.  So wouldn’t you [wanna] reward them by giving them a good show?"  

Rob's tour with Counting Crows kicks off July 22 in West Palm Beach, FL.  The North Carolina dates are on July 27 and 28.

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Wednesday
May042016

Tour Stories: Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen Excited to Hit the Road with Pals Joan Jett and Heart

Credit: David McClisterCheap Trick took part in a special event at New York City's Irving Plaza on Tuesday celebrating Live Nation's National Concert Day, which promotes the various summer tours that will be taking place this year. The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be hitting the road in July with Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on the Rock Hall Three for All Tour.

At the event, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen told ABC Radio that he was looking forward to the trek, noting that he and his band mates have known Jett and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson for many years.

"We knew Joan when she was in The Runaways," he explained. "She was the first famous person we knew that wore a Cheap Trick shirt, back in 1975 I think it was. And then, we've known…Ann and Nancy for a long time. I mean, [we've] just been friends."

Nielsen also shared his favorite summer tour highlight, which he said was getting to hit the road with KISS for three months back in 1977.

"That was a big boost to our career, and it was a nice long tour," he explained. "We were kind of basically pretty unknown, but we got great reviews. But KISS sold the tickets."

Meanwhile, Nielsen revealed to ABC Radio that by the time Cheap Trick heads out on the Rock Hall Three for All trek, his seventh and eighth grandchildren will have entered the world. He said that his son Dax, who also happens to be Cheap Trick's drummer, is expecting a baby with his wife within the next day, and his daughter Scarlet is due to give birth in June.

The Rock Hall Three for All Tour kicks off July 14 in Clarkston, Michigan, and is mapped out through a September 23 show in West Palm Beach, Florida. You can check out all of Cheap Trick's upcoming concerts at CheapTrick.com.

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