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Monday
Jul132015

Kendrick Lamar Designs Sneakers to Stop Gang Violence

Image Courtesy Mark Davis/NBCKendrick Lamar grew up surrounded by gang violence in Compton, California, and he’s hoping to create peace with his new sneaker line.

According to Rap-Up.com, Lamar has teamed with Reebok for the new Ventilator suede sneakers with the words “red” and “blue” on each heel, representing the colors of the Bloods and Crips gangs. He wants to send a message of unity to the gang members with the word “neutral” inscribed in the tongue tag behind his signature.

On May 11, 2015, the Grammy Award winner was honored for his efforts to give back to his hometown with the California State Senate's "Generational Icon Award." He received the honor from State Senator Isadore Hall III who represents Compton.

The Kendrick Lamar Reebok Ventilator will be available July 18.

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Monday
Jul132015

Charlie Wilson Reveals Overcoming Cancer in New Memoir

Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsCharlie Wilson is the national spokesperson for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and in his new memoir, I Am Charlie Wilson, he credits his wife with saving his life by insisting he have regular checkups.

The former Gap Band lead singer, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, tells the Philadelphia Tribune, “I am still urging and encouraging men to get themselves tested, and go to their health care provider and stay up on life, because life is worth living.” He added, “I’m glad to speak about it to African-American men because we are two-times as likely to die from this disease than any other ethnic group.”

Wilson remembered after a performance in Atlanta, a man told him that Charlie inspired him, his brother, and 15 friends to be screened for prostate cancer. Each tested positive. “That let me know that men were listening to me about this disease,” Charlie says,  "I’m going to continue to talk about that.”

I Am Charlie Wilson was published June 30.

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Monday
Jul132015

Mumford & Sons Still "Get Nervous" Before Playing Festivals

Credit: James Minchin IIIMumford & Sons played a bunch of festivals earlier this year, and they'll play a bunch more this summer, including Outside Lands, Squamish Valley and the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds. Despite being staples of the scene, the band says that they still feel a bit jittery when they play festivals.

"Yeah I get nervous still, definitely," frontman Marcus Mumford tells NME in a video interview. "Festivals, maybe more so than our own shows."

Mumford & Sons have been playing festivals this year in support of their new, electric album Wilder Mind. They're still playing the acoustic, banjo-driven songs from their previous albums live, however, which makes for a complicated stage setup.

"I definitely think it's taken us up to about now to figure it out since we started playing it live and putting the two sets together," Mumford says. "Now we're just starting to figure out what works. There's certain songs that don't work next to each other, and then certain ones that do."

In addition to playing festivals like Bonnaroo, Mumford & Sons have staged their own mini-festivals called Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, which this year include Foo Fighters and The Flaming Lips. The band will also be playing their own headlining shows this summer, including a two-night stand at The Forum in Los Angeles August 17-18.

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Monday
Jul132015

Thirty Years Ago Today, Live Aid Rocked the World for Charity

Georges De Keerle/Getty ImagesThirty years ago today -- July 13th, 1985 -- the landmark Live Aid charity concerts took place, raising millions of dollars for African famine relief.

Bob Geldof, the frontman for the Boomtown Rats, organized the two concerts, which took place at  London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's JFK Stadium. Geldof enlisted a then-who's-who of top acts to play at the two shows, including U2, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Queen, Judas Priest, Santana, The Who, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Sting, Hall & Oates, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, George Thorogood, and David Bowie. In addition, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited for Live Aid, while Phil Collins was the only act to perform on two continents -- he played at the London show, and then hopped on the Concorde, jetted to the U.S., and took the stage in Philly.

The shows were broadcast around the world to an audience of two billion viewers across 60 countries.  Live Aid ultimately raised more than 150 million dollars.

Although Geldof maintained there would never be another Live Aid, on July 2nd, 2005, he organized Live 8, an even more ambitious series of concerts that took place around the world.  This time, the shows were free concerts, because, Geldof explained, they were intended to raise awareness of African poverty and to urge the world leaders to consider a plan to end it. While the reunion of Pink Floyd at Live 8 was certainly one of the event's highlights, the shows featured a number of veterans who had played at Live Aid, including McCartney, U2, Madonna, Sting, Elton John, the Who, and Bryan Adams.

Here's a partial list of who played what at Live Aid 25 years ago:

London's Wembley Stadium
Elvis Costello -- "All You Need Is Love"

Sting and Phil Collins (with Branford Marsalis) --  "Roxanne,, "Driven to Tears," "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," "Message in a Bottle," "In the Air Tonight," "Long Long Way to Go," "Every Breath You Take"

Bryan Ferry (with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on guitar) -- "Sensation," "Boys and Girls," "Slave to Love," "Jealous Guy"

U2 -- "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Bad" (with snippets of "Satellite of Love", "Ruby Tuesday," "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Walk on the Wild Side")

Dire Straits -- "Money for Nothing" (with Sting), "Sultans of Swing"

Queen -- "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"Radio Ga Ga," "Hammer to Fall," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We Will Rock You"/"We Are the Champions"

David Bowie (with Thomas Dolby on keyboards) -- "TVC 15," "Rebel Rebel," "Modern Love," "Heroes"

The Who -- "My Generation"/"Pinball Wizard," "Love, Reign O'er Me," "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Elton John  -- "I'm Still Standing," "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee), "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with George Michael and backing vocals by Andrew Ridgeley), "Can I Get a Witness"

Wembley Stadium Finale
a) Freddie Mercury and Brian May (Queen)  --  "Is This The World We Created?"
b) Paul McCartney --  "Let It Be"
c) Band Aid (led by Bob Geldof) --  "Do They Know It's Christmas?"


Philadelphia's JFK Stadium
Joan Baez -- "Amazing Grace"/"We Are the World"

Black Sabbath -- "Children of the Grave," "Iron Man," "Paranoid"

REO Speedwagon --  "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Roll with the Changes"

Crosby, Stills and Nash -- "Southern Cross," "Teach Your Children," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"

Judas Priest -- "Living After Midnight," "The Green Manalishi (with The Two-Pronged Crown)," "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"

Bryan Adams -- "Kids Wanna Rock," "Summer of '69," "Tears Are Not Enough," "Cuts Like a Knife"

The Beach Boys -- "California Girls," "Help Me, Rhonda," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Good Vibrations," "Surfin' USA"

George Thorogood and the Destroyers -- "Who Do You Love" (with Bo Diddley), "The Sky Is Crying," "Madison Blues" (with Albert Collins)

The Pretenders -- "Time the Avenger," "Message of Love," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Back on the Chain Gang," "Middle of the Road"

Santana and Pat Metheny -- "Brotherhood," "Primera Invasion," "Open Invitation," "By The Pool"/"Right Now"

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- "American Girl,,"The Waiting," "Rebels," "Refugee"

The Cars -- "You Might Think," "Drive," "Just What I Needed," "Heartbeat City"

Neil Young -- "Sugar Mountain," "The Needle and the Damage Done," "Helpless," "Nothing Is Perfect," "Powderfinger"

Eric Clapton (with Phil Collins) -- "White Room," "She's Waiting," "Layla"
 
Phil Collins
(having taken Concorde from UK to USA) -- "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," "In the Air Tonight"

Led Zeppelin Reunion -- (with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Tony Thompson, Paul Martinez, and Phil Collins) -- "Rock and Roll," "Whole Lotta Love," "Stairway to Heaven"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -- "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Daylight Again"/"Find the Cost of Freedom"

Hall & Oates -- "Out of Touch," "Maneater," "Get Ready" (with Eddie Kendricks), "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (with David Ruffin), "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Girl" (with Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin)

Mick Jagger (with Hall & Oates / Eddie Kendricks / David Ruffin) --  "Lonely at the Top," "Just Another Night," "Miss You," "State of Shock"/"It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" (with Tina Turner)

Finale at JFK Stadium
a) Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood -- "Ballad of Hollis Brown," "When the Ship Comes In," Blowin' in the Wind"
b) USA for Africa (led by Lionel Richie)  -- "We Are the World"

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Monday
Jul132015

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Among Taylor's Guests at NJ Concerts

Kevin Mazur/LP5/WireImageTaylor Swift's list of famous female friends continues to grow.

She's now pals with the members of the World Cup-winning U.S. women's soccer team. She welcomed them onto the stage during her 1989 World Tour stop at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Friday night, hours after the players were celebrated with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

Taylor posted a photo on Instagram of the women's soccer team on stage with her, writing, "I LOVE THEM AND THEY ARE THE NICEST."

The singer also brought a few of her "Bad Blood" video co-stars -- Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Aldridge, Gigi Hadid and Lena Dunham -- as well as R&B singer The Weeknd onto the stage during the course of the show.

On Saturday night, during her second night at MetLife, Taylor teamed up with Nick Jonas for a duet of his hit song "Jealous."

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Monday
Jul132015

Keith Urban Becomes First Country Artist to Play Canada's Festival d’été de Québec

Capitol RecordsKeith Urban claimed a little piece of history on Friday by becoming the first country act to perform at Canada's 40-year-old Festival d’été de Québec.

“It was a huge honor to have been invited to Quebec to play the historic Le Festival d’été de Québec,” says Urban.

The "Raise 'Em Up" singer, who played before an estimated crowd of  70,000, noted, “It was a phenomenal experience -- the power, energy and love from the crowd was beyond anything I could’ve imagined happening.  I so hope that we get to do it again.”

“We honestly had no idea of what to expect when Mr. Urban arrived here in Quebec,” notes the festival's programming director, Louis Bellavance.  He added, “We were hoping that our fans would be ready for country, but it was somehow a blind date for lots of them. But his unbelievable performance, professionalism and graciousness, were not only beyond all expectation, they showed us why Country music is so popular."

"It was a first for the Festival d’été de Québec, but thanks to Keith Urban, we’ll have country music again for the years to come on our main stage!" he declared.

The festival, which runs through next Sunday, also features The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, the Doobie Brothers and Iggy Azalea.

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Monday
Jul132015

Carrie Underwood Rescues Four-Month-Old Son from Locked Car

Chris HolloCarrie Underwood had a harrowing experience over the weekend when she had to break into her own car after her dogs accidentally locked themselves inside, along with her four-month-old son, Isaiah.

"When your dogs manage to lock themselves, all your stuff & the baby in the car & you have to break a window to get in. #WhatAreTheChances," the 32-year-old country superstar tweeted Saturday.

Carrie later clarified, "My bro-in-law was actually the window breaker in the 'dogs-locked-the-car-door' incident today! But all is good now!"

"Minus the broken window, of course!" the "Little Toy Guns" singer quickly added.

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Monday
Jul132015

Eminem Releases Action-Filled Music Video for "Phenomenal"

Barry Brecheisen/WireImageEminem has released a thrilling music video for his song "Phenomenal," off the soundtrack for the boxing drama Southpaw.

In the seven-minute clip, a powerful Em escapes the hospital and eventually meets a bad guy, played by John Malkovich.

Eminem executive-produced the Southpaw soundtrack, for which he recorded two songs: "Phenomenal" and "Kings Never Die," the latter of which features Gwen Stefani.

The soundtrack drops July 24, the same day Southpaw hits theaters.

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Monday
Jul132015

Bobby Brown and Wife Welcome Their Second Child

Kevin Mazur/BET/Getty Images for BETBobby Brown has welcomed his sixth child.

The singer's wife, Alicia Etheredge, gave birth to a baby girl Saturday, according to a source close to the family.

This is the second child for the couple, who wed in 2012. Their son Cassius is 5.

The birth of his sixth child comes in an otherwise tough year for Brown, 46, whose 22-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was hospitalized in January after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub. She was moved to hospice last month.

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Monday
Jul132015

Luke Bryan Plays First Stadium Show in Nashville at Vanderbilt Stadium

CMALuke Bryan played his first stadium show in Nashville Saturday night with 35,000 fans in the audience. Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch, Thomas Rhett and Randy Houser were also on the bill at Vanderbilt Stadium, and they all joined Luke throughout his headlining set. Luke led Dustin, Thomas and Randy in a sing-along of the Maroon 5 pop hit "Sugar," and FGL joined Luke for a spot-on cover of Alabama's "Mountain Music." A joint performance of Journey's "Faithfully" followed, though FGL's Tyler Hubbard admitted he really didn't know the words to that one.

Luke's 90-minute set was filled with hit after hit, including his latest single, "Kick the Dust Up," and the show-closing "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)." A full-on fireworks display erupted over the stage as Luke said goodbye to the capacity crowd.

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Monday
Jul132015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA Thousand Horses' debut performance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live re-airs Monday night.

Maddie & Tae will perform at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Friday, July 31 just before the Chicago White Sox host the New York Yankees. The performance is part of the Grand Ole Opry's ongoing 90th Anniversary celebration.

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Monday
Jul132015

Brett Eldredge Explains Why He's Putting His Career Before His Love Life These Days

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge sings about finding a girl he just can't get enough of in his new hit, "Lose My Mind," but he's still single in real life. Since Brett is easily one of country's most eligible bachelors, we wondered what's holding him back in the love department.

Brett explains, "I am scared of getting tied down right now, because I'm so, so driven for what I'm doing, and I just love my music so much. That is my love."

He goes on to admit, "I guess I probably have some commitment issues with that kind of thing, but I have trouble committing to what time I'm gonna have lunch tomorrow. There's so many things in my mind that I want to do."

If you're thinking you have just the right girl for Brett, you should know he doesn't have a big check list of what he's looking for in a girlfriend.

"I'm just waiting to be surprised," Brett says. "I think that's the whole part of it all is just when that girl walks into your world, your world is completely changed. I'm ready for that girl to step on in and let me open the door. Come on in."

One thing Brett is definitely looking for in a girlfriend is a good sense of humor, or at least the patience to put up with his wacky randomness.

He says, "They don't have to think it's funny. They can totally poke fun at me for being an idiot sometimes. I just want somebody that does love to enjoy life."

Brett goes on to say he thinks about finding the right girl all the time, and he even wrote a song about it called "Haven't Met You."

He adds, "[It's] about that girl that I haven't met yet that I wanna share all these experiences with and everything. But I'm always looking for her. I'm always thinking about her as if she's already here, but, you know, I'm waiting. I'm ready."

"Haven't Met You" will be included on Brett's sophomore album, Illinois, due out September 11. He just released another song from that album, "Fire," via YouTube.

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Monday
Jul132015

Box Set Featuring The Doobie Brothers' First 10 Albums Arriving Later This Month

RhinoThe Doobie Brothers' initial decade-plus tenure on Warner Bros. Records was the band's most prolific and successful period.  Now, a 10-CD box set gathering all nine studio albums the veteran rock act issued on the label, as well as the 1983 live record Farewell Tour, is scheduled to be released on July 24.

The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983, which is available for a list price of $79.98, includes The Doobie Brothers' 1971 self-titled debut, as well as such platinum-selling albums as 1972's Toulouse Street, 1973's The Captain and Me, 1974's What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, 1976's Takin' It to the Streets, 1978's chart-topping Minute by Minute and 1980's One Step Closer.  During this period, the band transitioned from a roots-and boogie-rock group led by singer/guitarist Tom Johnston to a soulful pop-rock outfit fronted by singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald.

Among the many major hits featured on the Doobies' Warner releases are "Listen to the Music," "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove," "Takin' It to the Streets," "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)," "Real Love" and the #1 singles "Black Water" and "What a Fool Believes."  The Farewell Tour album captures The Doobie Brothers playing with members of the group's various lineups during the 1982 trek they mounted prior to their temporary breakup that year.

The Doobies, of course, have been back together for many years, and continue to tour with a lineup led by founding singer/guitarists Johnston and Pat Simmons and longtime multi-instrumentalist John McFee.  Check out the band's busy 2015 tour schedule at DoobieBros.com.

Here the full list of albums featured on the Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 box set:

The Doobie Brothers (1971)
Toulouse Street (1972)
The Captain and Me (1973)
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974)
Stampede (1975)
Takin' It to the Streets (1976)
Livin' on the Fault Line (1977)
Minute by Minute (1978)
One Step Closer (1980)
Farewell Tour (1983)

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Monday
Jul132015

Aerosmith's Brad Whitford Working on New Album with Ted Nugent Singer Derek St. Holmes; Tour Planned for the Fall

Image Courtesy of Straight 8 EntertainmentBrad Whitford currently is on the road with Aerosmith, but once the band's current North American summer trek winds down in early August, the guitarist will turn his attention to cool new project.  The veteran rocker and Derek St. Holmes -- the lead singer and rhythm guitarist on Ted Nugent's early solo albums -- with whom Brad recorded the 1981 album Whitford/St. Holmes, are working on a brand-new album that they plan to support with a tour.

Whitford tells ABC Radio that he and St. Holmes began getting together to work on music because they both now live in the same town just outside of Nashville, which eventually motivated them to record a full album.

"We've been writing songs for probably…the last couple of years, and doing a lot of playing," Whitford explains.  "We play around town, around Nashville quite a bit.  Yeah, we just decided we gotta do this record.  We had so much material, we said, 'Well, we better record this.'  It's coming along really good."

Brad says the project really got going once Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta agreed to take part in the proceedings.

"Once he came on board, we got right in the studio and went to work," Whitford declares.  "And it's just coming out great.

Whitford/St. Holmes will kick off a tour in the fall, and already have four dates lined up in November.  The group's schedule current runs from a November 12 show in Milwaukee through a November 19 gig in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Brad tells ABC Radio, "We'll be out playing wherever they'll let us play."

According to the band's recently launched official website, Whitford/St. Holmes will be releasing a new single sometime in the fall, while the album is expected out in 2016.  Rounding out the group's lineup is veteran Nashville session bassist Chopper Anderson.

Here are all of Whitford/St.Holmes confirmed tour dates:

11/12 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Casino
11/13 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
11/18 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
11/19 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse

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Monday
Jul132015

Dave Grohl Says Leg Injury "Could Have Been a Lot Worse"

Credit: Hayley MaddenDespite breaking his leg just a month ago, Dave Grohl is charging ahead with the Foo Fighters' summer North American tour. With the tour now in full swing, Grohl has given an update on the status of his injury.

"I'm starting to do a little bit of rehab exercise and the cast is off," he tells Rolling Stone. "The swelling's down. The pain's gone. It's just a matter of getting those kick-drum muscles back, man. I can't f**kin' lose those. That's important to me. So I'm sitting here, moving it around, doing my exercise as we speak. So it's OK."

"I could have done some real damage," Grohl adds. "This is pretty gnarly, but it could have been a lot worse."

On the tour, Grohl has performed from an elaborate, guitar-adorned Foo Fighters throne, which he says he was "high as a f**king kite" when he designed. Grohl seems to be having fun at the expense of his injury, even performing guitar solos using his cast.

"The shows are the easiest part of my whole day," Grohl says. "The rest of the time, I'm hobbling around trying to brush my teeth and pack my bags and walk down the street and get a cup of coffee. The challenge is the other 21 hours of the day. But I'm good. I'm just taking it one day at a time."

"I've always appreciated the challenges of life," he adds. "I'm up for a challenge. I'll f**king take it. And this is a big one, but I'm in it to win it."

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Monday
Jul132015

Tori Kelly Says Opening for Ed Sheeran Was "Inspiring"

Larry Busacca/BMA2015/Getty Images for dcpEd Sheeran has spent the last three days headlining a string of shows at London's massive Wembley Stadium.  If you think it's amazing that a single performer can hold 90,000 people's attention with just a guitar and no backing band, you're not the only one.  Tori Kelly, who opened for Ed at New York's Madison Square Garden in 2013, says it was amazing to watch him in action.

"Seeing him live, still, it blows me away how he can just work these whole stadiums and it’s literally just him and a loop pedal and a guitar," Tori tells ABC Radio. "And he interacts with the crowd a lot, which I really liked and he’s just his normal self on stage."

In other words, she explains, "He doesn’t have, like, a button that he presses and then he’s 'famous Ed Sheeran.' He’s literally the same person on and off the stage, so that was inspiring for me, to be around that."

Tori did much more than simply open for Ed, though: they wrote a song together for her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, which debuted at #2 a few weeks ago.  The song is called "I Was Made for Loving You," and Ed sings on it, too. So how did that come about?

"We had met through my manager and he basically was just like, 'Ed, you gotta work with my artist,'” Tori recalls. "And I couldn’t believe Ed literally got off stage -- he did Kimmel, I think -- and went straight to the studio."  

Ed told the BBC that he'll be getting a tattoo on his chest to commemorate the Wembley gigs: It'll be a lion, which is part of the logo of England's soccer team.  "Originally I was going to get the floor plan [of the venue] tattooed on my side, but that seemed a bit ridiculous," he told the BBC.  Still, he says, "it's going to hurt."

As for Tori's concert schedule, so far, she's playing at the Grammy Museum in L.A on July 29 and in Vegas in September.

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Monday
Jul132015

Train Explains Why Playing Their Hits Never Gets Old 

Pamela LittkyTrain is currently on the road with their Picasso at the Wheel tour, and the set list features selections from their entire career, from their very first album all the way up to their current set, Bulletproof Picasso, as well as some fun covers.  After so many years together, you might think that the band would be tired of playing some of their biggest hits, but that's not the case at all.

"Just people wanting to hear them," says frontman Pat Monahan, explaining what keeps the hits fresh for the band, even after countless live performances. "Knowing that somebody's gonna sing along."

He adds, "A lot of times when we play parties or events, we don't play 'Marry Me,' but that's an important song to fans of the band.  That song got really big and has become a part of pop culture. It's at a lot of weddings, and it's cool, so there's really no lack of 'fresh' for us, playing songs like that."

Guitarist Jimmy Stafford, the only other remaining original member of Train besides Monahan, agrees, even when it comes to their most enduring hit, 2001's "Drops of Jupiter."

"That's usually an encore song for us and I look forward to it every night, because you know that soon as that piano chord goes down -- that opening chord -- everybody goes nuts and it's just like 'Yeah!'" says Jimmy. "I mean, it's a great feeling. Still."

While Train essentially has been on the road for the better part of 20 years, the band is really enjoying this particular summer tour, which they may capture with a live DVD.  One reason, Jimmy says, is the band's current lineup, which is seven members strong.

"We're having a really great time," says Jimmy. "We're really proud of this record and like playing these songs and being on the road with these guys." 

"The people on stage with us are so good," Monahan adds. "They're so good at playing music and singing and everything that Jimmy and I, man...we're just proud to still be here after all this time."  

Train's Picasso at the Wheel tour with The Fray and Matt Nathanson wraps up at the end of July, but then Train has a few additional dates; one in August in Montana and two in September in California.

Monahan has also started writing material for the follow-up to Bulletproof Picasso, which likely will see the light of day in 2016, but towards the end of this year, the band will release its first Christmas album.

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Monday
Jul132015

Miguel Says "Coffee" Recalls a "Perfect Night"

Photo Credit: Daniel SannwaldMiguel remembers the early stages of a relationship in "Coffee," the latest single from his third album, Wildheart.

The singer tells ABC Radio the song documents a memorable date with someone he truly connected with.  "'Coffee' was all about trying to describe one of those perfect nights, that's like a beautiful blur, you know; and it's like lust and vice, but rooted in, like, a weird, honest connectivity, something real, that je ne sais quoi," he says.

While he doesn't specify if the track is about his real-life girlfriend Nazanin Mandi, Miguel adds that there's nothing better than having similar interests with someone you just met.

"You know, it's like, 'I don't know what it is about you, but for some reason we laugh at the same things, and like we're into the same movies and like, we just met and we're having drinks,' you know 'and now it's an adventure,'" he says. "I wanted to paint that picture and so, that's what the song is about." 

Wildheart is available now.

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Sunday
Jul122015

Heart's Ann Wilson to Play First Solo Concerts in the Fall

Credit: Norman SeeffHeart frontwoman Ann Wilson has announced dates for her first-ever solo tour.  The legendary singer has scheduled seven shows, running from a September 21 concert in Solana Beach, California, through an October 15 performance in Nashville.

The intimate gigs are billed as "The Ann Wilson Thing," and will feature Wilson singing tunes by a variety of artists she admires from the worlds of blues and soul, as well as rock.  Ann will be backed by the entire current Heart lineup except for her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson -- drummer Ben Smith, guitarist Craig Bartock, bassist Dan Rothchild and keyboardist Chris Joyner.

"I'm excited to play unusual songs in small places," says Ann about the solo outing.  "I am excited to push my creative and vocal boundaries."

A rep for Ann tells ABC Radio that one or more additional concerts are expected to be announced soon.  Wilson's solo shows will take place during off days on Heart's busy 2015 tour schedule, which is mapped out through a December 4 concert in St. Louis, Missouri.

Here are all of the current dates for "The Ann Wilson Thing," according to Wilson's official Facebook page:

9/21 -- Solana, Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
10/7 -- New York, NY, City Winery
10/9 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
10/10 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
10/12 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
10/13 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
10/15 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery

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Sunday
Jul122015

John Legend Invites You on a Private Jet Tour…for Only $120,000

ABC/Randy HolmesYou can enjoy hangin’ with John Legend and living like the rich and famous in six cities around the world in September. Price tag: a mere $120,000.

The nine-time Grammy Award winner is curating an 11-day private jet excursion, including stops in New York City, Paris, London, Milan and the Napa Valley in California. He will serve as guide as guests enjoy a private concert, wine tours, meals by world class chefs and accommodations in five star hotels.

Only 50 people will be able to enjoy “The Legend Experience” presented by The Four Seasons, September 15-25, 2015. According to the promoter, “The Legend Experience is your opportunity to exchange views with the innovators, educators, artists and venture capitalists that shape our world.”

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