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Thursday
Apr182013

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Score Songwriting Honor

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Wednesday night by presenting the rockers with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award.

The award, given out during ASCAP's 30th annual Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, honors "pioneering songwriters" for their contributions to music, and for inspiring and influencing other musicians.

On the red carpet, ABC News Radio caught up with Debbie Gibson, who said Aerosmith's music, "resonates with people." She explained, "It's accessible...and spans so many decades at this point."

Diplo, a DJ and producer who has worked with the likes of No Doubt, Usher, and Beyonce, was also singled out at the event. He took home ASCAP's Vanguard Award, which honors up-and-coming songwriters. Diplo called Aerosmith the "quintessential rock band," and appreciated the Boston group's, "swag and...style," adding, "Aerosmith definitely had that."

Past recipients of the Founders Award include Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and Neil Young.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr182013

Report: Kanye West to Perform on "Saturday Night Live"

Universal Music GroupKanye West has been busy working on his new album in France, but he’ll be taking a break next month to make an appearance on Saturday Night Live, the New York Post reports.

Sources tell the Post Kayne will be SNL’s musical guest on May 18.

An NBC rep says the show has not yet announced its lineup.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr182013

Public Enemy Among Artists Set to Be Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Thursday

Facebook.com/PublicEnemyPublic Enemy is being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday night, becoming only the fourth hip-hop act ever to receive the honor.  Legendary actor/singer Harry Belafonte and filmmaker Spike Lee will induct PE, who also will perform at the ceremony.

Previous Hall of Famers include Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C.  Llooking back on his group's induction in 2009, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels tells ABC News Radio that it was an honor to even be considered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

DMC says he has a special appreciation for his rock peers, explaining, "We used to take their music and rap over it in the parks, at the block parties.  Then, even when we got to go in their studios, we still were sampling it, rapping over it..."  When critics said that rap was just a fad, DMC says "it was always the rockers who showed us respect 'cause it was the same emotion but different presentation."

Other artists being inducted this year include the late disco queen Donna Summer, the female-fronted rock group Heart, the Canadian progressive rock band Rush, and singer-songwriter Randy Newman, the guy who writes and sings many of the songs featured in those Disney-Pixar animated movies.

Jennifer Hudson, UsherChristina Aguilera and John Mayer will all be on hand during the ceremony, taking place at the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  Aguilera and J-Hud will perform in honor of Donna Summer.  Mayer will induct Albert King and will also perform a tribute to him.  Usher will sing a tribute to super-producer Quincy Jones, who's getting a lifetime achievement honor.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be filmed by HBO and will air May 18.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr182013

Heart and Rush Among Artists Set to Be Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Tonight

Rock and Roll Hall of FameHeart is one of the artists being recognized tonight at the 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles, but surprisingly, lead singer Ann Wilson jokes that it isn't necessarily the band's greatest achievement.

"I'd say that our biggest accomplishment is standing here before you on two feet being alive," the singer suggested recently to ABC News Radio.  "And having a voice and [my sister/band mate Nancy] having fingertips after all these years."  She then admitted, "No, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall is the ultimate accomplishment so far."

Joining the sister-led rock act on the Rock Hall's 2013 inductees are Rush, late disco queen Donna Summer, singer/songwriter Randy Newman, influential rap act Public Enemy and blues great Albert King.  With Heart and Summer both entering the hallowed institution, guitarist Nancy Wilson points out that the female presence is greater than usual at this year's ceremony.

"Comparatively speaking, that's a pretty good average for the Rock [Hall] of Fame -- you know, for women," she maintains.  Nancy adds that "it's really good to be represented, more just as rock 'n' roll people, though, than as just women," while pointing out, "We bridge the gender gap in our band."

As for Rush, the Canadian power trio's fans have long lobbied for the band's induction and their wish finally will come to fruition this evening.  Guitarist Alex Lifeson and singer/bassist Geddy Lee both have the utmost appreciation for their faithful followers.

"Our fans are the most amazing fans in the world," declares Lifeson.  He adds that it's "a wonderful, very satisfying feeling" when fans tell him that Rush has "helped them, through our music, to get through a difficult period."

Lee explains to ABC News Radio, "To be sitting here, all these years later and to still have people come up to us on the street on a daily basis, and to see the kind of thanks…they're thanking us for what we do -- I mean, that blows me away." (AUDIO IS EXCLUSIVE)

As usual, a variety of other famous music stars also will take part in the ceremony as presenters and performers.  Soundgarden's Chris Cornell will induct Heart, who will perform with a pair of special guests, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Alice in Chains' Jerry CantrellThe Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will present Rush, who will give a performance of their own.  The Eagles' Don Henley will acknowledge Newman, who will be celebrated with a performance from John Fogerty and Jackson BrowneChristina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will salute Summer with a performance.  Albert King will be inducted by John Mayer, who also will honor the late bluesman by playing with young guitar whiz Gary Clark Jr.  And, legendary actor/singer Harry Belafonte and filmmaker Spike Lee will honor Public Enemy, who also will perform at the ceremony.

In addition, two acclaimed producers, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones, will receive lifetime achievement awards at the event.  Famed stoner duo Cheech & Chong will present Adler with his honor, while Carole King will perform for Lou.  R&B star Usher, meanwhile, will sing a tribute to Jones.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.  The event will be filmed for an HBO special that will premiere May 18.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr182013

Heart and Donna Summer Among Artists Set to Be Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Tonight

Rock and Roll Hall of FameHeart is one of the artists being recognized tonight at the 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles, but surprisingly, lead singer Ann Wilson jokes that it isn't necessarily the band's greatest achievement.

"I'd say that our biggest accomplishment is standing here before you on two feet being alive," the singer suggested recently to ABC News Radio.  "And having a voice and [my sister/band mate Nancy] having fingertips after all these years."  She then admitted, "No, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall is the ultimate accomplishment so far."

Joining the sister-led rock act on the Rock Hall's 2013 inductees are late disco queen Donna Summer, singer/songwriter Randy Newman, Canadian prog-rock trio Rush, influential rap act Public Enemy and blues great Albert King.  With Heart and Summer both entering the hallowed institution, guitarist Nancy Wilson points out that the female presence is greater than usual at this year's ceremony.

"Comparatively speaking, that's a pretty good average for the Rock [Hall] of Fame -- you know, for women," she maintains.  Nancy adds that "it's really good to be represented, more just as rock 'n' roll people, though, than as just women," while pointing out, "We bridge the gender gap in our band." (AUDIO IS EXCLUSIVE)

As usual, a variety of other famous music stars also will take part in the ceremony as presenters and performers.  Soundgarden's Chris Cornell will induct Heart, who will perform with a pair of special guests, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Alice in Chains' Jerry CantrellChristina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will salute Summer with a performance.  The Eagles' Don Henley will acknowledge Newman, who will be celebrated with a performance from John Fogerty and Jackson BrowneThe Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will present Rush, who will give a performance of their own.  Albert King will be inducted by John Mayer, who also will honor the late bluesman by playing with young guitar whiz Gary Clark Jr.  And, legendary actor/singer Harry Belafonte and filmmaker Spike Lee will honor Public Enemy, who also will perform at the ceremony.

In addition, two acclaimed producers, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones, will receive lifetime achievement awards at the event.  Famed stoner duo Cheech & Chong will present Adler with his honor, while Carole King will perform for Lou.  R&B star Usher, meanwhile, will sing a tribute to Jones.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.  The event will be filmed for an HBO special that will premiere May 18.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr182013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney plays two shows at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas this Friday and Saturday nights.

X Factor winner Tate Stevens' self-titled debut album will be out Tuesday, April 23, but fans can stream the album now at Amazon.com.  Fans can look forward to seeing Tate perform on ABC's Good Morning America, Friday, April 26.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr182013

Anne Frank's Stepsister: Yes, She Would've Been a Justin Bieber Fan

Courtesy: Teen VogueJustin Bieber has taken a lot of heat for a comment he wrote after visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, expressing his wish that Frank, a young Jewish girl who died at the hands of the Nazis during World War II, would have been a fan of his.  But now someone who actually knew Anne Frank says that, in fact, she probably would have been a Belieber.

Eva Schloss was a close childhood friend of Anne Frank's, and after the war, Anne's father Otto married her mother, making her, in effect, Anne's stepsister.  Speaking to the British paper The Telegraph, Schloss, who's 83, says the uproar over Justin's comments is "childish."

"She probably would have been a fan. Why not? He’s a young man and she was a young girl, and she liked film stars and music. They make a lot of fuss about everything that is connected with Anne Frank," says Schloss, a concentration camp survivor.

She describes Anne as "very lively," adding, "She was more intellectually developed [than I was], quite interested in clothes and boys.”

Justin wrote in the guest book at the Anne Frank House, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."

In 1942, when she was 13, Frank went into hiding with her family after the Nazis occupied the Netherlands. Her family was later captured, and Frank died in a concentration camp of disease and exhaustion.  Her diary, published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, has made her a powerful symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr182013

Kenny Chesney Talks "Life on a Rock," Concert Security in the Wake of Boston Marathon Attack

Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairKenny Chesney lets down his guard more than ever in the songs on his next album, Life on a Rock.  The tracks on the project give real insight into Kenny's life away from the spotlight down in the Caribbean, and there's a good reason he felt the freedom to be so honest in these songs.

"I was able to make a record where I didn't edit myself like you usually do for a record.  I guess because, I approached this record unlike any other I've ever done.  I wrote all these songs knowing that the majority of them would never see the light of day on a radio station or in my show."

While "Pirate Flag," the lead single from Life on a Rock, is climbing the country chart fast, Kenny is alright with going against the grain of grinding out album after album simply to keep having massive hits.  He thinks the more quiet, private approach he took writing Life on a Rock served him well.

Says Kenny, "It allowed me to really be honest with my fans and tell them stories and open up some doors that I haven't, and that felt really good."

Kenny is currently on the road with his No Shoes Nation tour, which will continue through a two-night stand at Gillette Stadium near Boston this August.  Kenny has a long-standing love for Beantown, so the attacks at the Boston Marathon this week led him to stress the importance of security at his live shows.

"It's always in the back of our mind, but we have as much security as we possibly can," Kenny explains.  "We play a lot of these football stadiums, and it's the same security that they would have at a sporting event.  And, I mean, you can't overdo it either.  What is too much security?  What is too little security?  So, it does make you think about it."

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Thursday
Apr182013

Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic Celebrating 10th Anniversary Next Month

Greg WatermannToby Keith will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 10 and 11 in Norman, OK. The event benefits the OK Kids Korral, a cost-free place to stay for pediatric cancer patients in Oklahoma.

Toby says, "Our tenth year event is really a 'thank you' to all of those people who have supported us over the years.  Ten years goes by fast when you are working toward a goal this big."

In addition to a big golf tournament, the Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic includes live and silent auctions with tickets to the ACM Awards and the Emmy Awards as well as memorabilia from Taylor Swift, Toby and more up for grabs.

For more information, go to TobyKeithFoundation.org.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr182013

Soundgarden, Foo Fighters Members to Present at Hall of Fame Induction; Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains Members to Perform

Rock and Roll Hall of FameAs expected, some of the biggest names in rock will be on hand to take part in the 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which takes place on Thursday at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will get the honor of welcoming fellow Seattle musicians Heart into the Hall of Fame, while Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell will join Heart for their performance. 

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will also making an appearance at the event to induct Canadian power trio Rush into the Hall of Fame.

Other artists to be inducted as part of the class of 2013 include rappers Public Enemy, late disco pioneer Donna Summer, late blues guitarist Albert King, and singer/songwriter Randy Newman. In addition, producers Quincy Jones and Lou Adler will both be presented with a lifetime achievement award.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be filmed by HBO and is scheduled to air May 18.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr172013

Doors Drummer John Densmore's New Memoir Hits Stores; Rocker Set to Launch Book-Signing Tour

Hilsinger-Mendelson PRDoors drummer John Densmore's new memoir, The Doors: Unhinged, was officially released on Wednesday.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is set to head out on a book-signing tour that's been organized in conjunction with the latest installment of the Record Store Day campaign, which takes place this Saturday.  The promotional trek will begin that day at Bull Moose Records in Scarborough, Maine, and will stop at a variety of other independent music retailers through a May 25 visit to Fingerprints in Long Beach, California.

The Doors: Unhinged focuses on the bitter legal battle Densmore fought with his two fellow surviving band mates, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger, to stop them from using the group's name in their own side project.  That lawsuit came on the heels of another interband conflict in which Densmore vetoed a $15 million deal to use the group's music in a Cadillac ad campaign.  While the drummer is highly critical of Manzarek and Krieger throughout the memoir, he ends the book with a letter in which he offers some words of positivity and healing toward his old collaborators.

In a new interview on CBS This Morning, Densmore explains that his actions documented in the book were motivated by a desire to uphold the wishes of late Doors singer Jim Morrison.

"Some folks were mad at me for doing this but, really, it was from the heart of trying to keep the purity of our original vision," he points out.  "People fell in love over 'Light My Fire' or were in Vietnam and it helped them get through.  It's the soundtrack to people's lives and that's pretty precious to me."

Densmore also notes that maintaining harmonious relationships between band members over a long period of time, in general, is extremely difficult, comparing it to "polygamy without the sex."

He also reports he's taken tentative steps toward reestablishing communication with Manzarek and Krieger.

"The road to healing has opened," he tells CBS This Morning.  "I can hang with them, play music…we'll see."

Here are all of the dates on Densmore's The Doors: Unhinged book-signing tour:

4/20 -- Scarborough, ME, Bull Moose (2 p.m.)
4/21 -- Boston, MA, Porter Square Books (4 p.m.)
4/22 -- Rochester, NY, Record Archive (5 p.m.)
4/23 -- Fords, NJ, Vintage Vinyl (7 p.m.)
5/2 -- Baltimore, MD, The Sound Garden (7 p.m.)
5/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Criminal Records (7 p.m.)
5/7 -- Austin, TX, Waterloo Records (7 p.m.)
5/15 -- Denver, CO, Independent (7 p.m.)
5/16 -- Sacramento, CA, Dimple Records (7 p.m.)
5/17 -- San Francisco, CA, Rasputin (Haight St. location; 7 p.m.)
5/18 -- Seattle, WA, Silver Platters (1 p.m.) and Elliot Bay Books (5 p.m.)
5/19 -- Portland, OR, Music Millennium (3 p.m.)
5/25 -- Long Beach, CA, Fingerprints (2 p.m.)

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr172013

Keyshia Cole Announces Woman to Woman UK Tour Dates

Facebook.com/KeyshiaColeKeyshia Cole's Woman to Woman tour wraps up this Sunday with a show in Oakland, but she's not stopping there. 

Starting next month, Keyshia will be promoting her latest album, Woman to Woman, in the U.K.  She's announced the first dates of her upcoming trek, and tickets are on sale now for concerts in England's Manchester, Greenwich and Birmingham.

Here are the details on Keyshia's newly announced shows:

5/30 -- Manchester, England, The Ritz
5/31 -- Greenwich, England, Indigo 2
6/1 -- Birmingham, England, The Institute

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr172013

Pete Wentz Explains Why Fall Out Boy Kept Their Reunion a Secret

Facebook.com/FallOutBoyBack in February, when Fall Out Boy announced their surprise return to action after a three-year hiatus, they had already spent the past year and a half secretly booking a tour and completing their new album Save Rock and Roll.  Why didn't they tell anyone they were back together before that?  Because, according to Pete Wentz, they wouldn't have been able to live up to the hype.

"I can't imagine trying to make an album after making the announcement,"  the bass player tells Billboard.  "The pressure is crazy to me."

While rumors that the band was working on new music did circulate, Wentz said he felt comfortable shooting them down, even though they actually were true.  There was, however, one moment when he thought their secret had been exposed. 

According to Wentz, after he had dinner with rapper 2 Chainz to discuss his appearance on the album, the rapper posted a picture online announcing "Fall Out Boy featuring 2 Chainz."  So why didn't that let the cat was out of the bag?  Turns out the idea was so far-fetched that nobody believed it.

"Kids were like, 'Nope, too crazy.' They denied it themselves. It boggles my mind!" Wentz laughs.

Fall Out Boy is set to hit the road next month to support Save Rock and Roll.  The tour starts May 14 in Milwaukee and winds its way through the U.S. and Europe this summer before returning to the U.S. for a leg of arena dates in September.  Check out FallOutBoy.com for the full itinerary.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr172013

Report: Adele Won't Write Autobiography Because She's "Too Young"

Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsIt's safe to say that in her 24 years, Adele has experienced far more than the average person.  Even so, the singer has apparently turned down a chance to write her autobiography because feels she just hasn't lived enough.

The British tabloid The Mirror reports that top publishing house Harper Collins put an offer on the table for the singer to pen her memoirs, but she turned it down because she feels she's "far too young" to do so. 

A source tells the paper, "Adele’s never been a really showy person, so it was always going to take a lot to get her to write her life story anyway. But even though she received a lucrative offer, her primary concern was that she doesn’t want to write a book about just 24 years. She feels she’d rather wait until she has more life experience to write about. She’d never say never, but she did say ‘not now’.”

Adele, of course, has been the subject of several books, but there is no "authorized" version of her life in publication.  By comparison, 19-year-old Justin Bieber has written two installments of his life story so far.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr172013

Olly Murs, Coldplay, Emeli Sandé Nominated for Prestigious British Songwriting Awards

Facebook.com/OllyMursOlly Murs, Coldplay and Emeli Sandé are among the nominees for the U.K.'s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, which salute the best in British and Irish songwriting each year.

According to U.K. newspaper The Independent, Emeli's song "Next to Me" is up for two awards: Best Song Musically and Lyrically and Most Performed Work.  That takes into account how many times the song has been heard on the radio and on TV.  Speaking of that, "Next to Me" is featured in Thursday's episode of Glee.

Also up for Most Performed Work are Coldplay's "Paradise" and Olly Murs' "Dance with Me." That song is featured on Olly's U.S. debut album Right Place Right Time, which is in stores this week.

The Ivor Novello Awards, named after a popular Welsh composer, singer and actor who was famous in the first part of the 20th century, are voted on by songwriters.  Last year, Adele was a double winner.  The 2013 Ivor Novello Awards ceremony will take place in London on May 16.

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Wednesday
Apr172013

Kix Brooks Hosting Tug McGraw Foundation's Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am June 4 in Nashville

Arista NashvilleKix Brooks has signed on to host The Tug McGraw Foundation's 2nd Annual Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am Tuesday, June 4 at the Nashville Gun Club in Music City.  The event brings together stars from the country music and the sporting clay communities for the competition.  Proceeds go to The Tug McGraw Foundation in their work to improve the lives of service members who have been affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

For more information on the sporting clay shoot, go to TugMcGraw.org.

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Wednesday
Apr172013

Craig Campbell Reveals New Album Track Listing Via Social App Vine

Bigger PictureCraig Campbell took to the social app, Vine, under the name CraigCampbellTV this week to reveal the track listing for his sophomore album, Never Regret, due out May 7.  He also took the chance to play a few acoustic snippets of songs on the album, featuring his latest single, "Outta My Head."

To keep up with Craig's Vine postings, follow him on the app, or check in with him on Facebook or Twitter.

For those of you not social media savvy, here's Craig's track listing:

"Truck-N-Roll"
"Keep Them Kisses Comin'"
"When She Grows Up"
"Tomorrow Is Gone"
"Never Regret"
"My Baby's Daddy"
"Topless"
"When Ends Don't Meet"
"Outta My Head"
"That's Why God Made a Front Porch"
"You Can Come Over"
"Lotta Good That Does Me Now"

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Wednesday
Apr172013

3 Doors Down Adds Summer Co-Headlining Dates with Daughtry

Douglas SondersIf you missed seeing 3 Doors Down’s recent tour with Daughtry, you’re getting another chance this summer. The band has added another leg of dates to their co-headlining run, which kicks off on July 5 at the PNC Waterside in Solomons, Maryland. The trek will also make stops in Boston, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, among other cities.

In a statement, 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold says, “These shows together keep getting better and better. You don’t want to miss out.” Chris Daughtry adds, “We’re excited to be back on the road with our friends in 3 Doors Down. They bring it every night and keep us on our toes.”

Halestorm will support the bands on the entire tour, while additional opening acts Bad Seed Rising and Oleander will perform on select dates. More co-headlining shows are expected to be announced soon.

Here are the tour dates:
 
7/5 -- Solomons, MD, PNC Waterside
7/6 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6
7/9 -- Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook
7/10 -- Bangor, ME, Bangor Waterfront
7/12 -- Boston, MA, BOA Pavilion
7/13 -- Big Flats, NY, Tags Summerstage
7/16 -- Syracuse, NY, Oncenter
7/17 -- Wantagh, NY, Nixon Theater
7/22 -- Clarkson, MI, DTE Energy Theater
7/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion
7/25 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino
7/31 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrahs
8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
8/3 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion

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Wednesday
Apr172013

ABBA's Bjorn Makes Ill-Advised Joke About Boston Marathon Bombing

Foc Kan/WireImageTalk about "too soon:" ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus appeared on British TV on Tuesday and made a lame joke about the Boston Marathon bombing, which happened on Monday.

Appearing on the morning TV show BBC One Breakfast, the 67-year-old Ulvaeus was asked to reveal the secret of how he remains so young-looking.  "Well, I don't know," he replied. "Running is good, unless you're in the Boston Marathon." 

Immediately recognizing what he said, Ulvaeus winced and said, "Ooh."  He was cut off by the interviewer, who added hurriedly, "Which is terrible for everyone to deal with," as Ulvaeus chimed in, "Terrible, terrible."

Fans appear to be split over whether Ulvaeus' remark was stupid, mean-spirited and insensitive, or whether it was just an unfortunate slip of the tongue.

(Ulvaeus' comment comes 1:31 into the video below)

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Wednesday
Apr172013

American Idol Live! 2013 Tour Dates Announced  

FoxThe 2013 American Idol Live! tour dates have been announced.  Finalists from season 12 of American Idol will be joined by a finalist from season 11 on this year's trek.  The 40-show outing kicks off on June 29 in St. Louis, MO with stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, among other cities, before wrapping up in Nashville on August 31.

Season 12 finalists on hand include Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch Jr., Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos and Paul Jolley.  They will be joined by finalist Aubrey Cleland, who missed making the top ten, but who was subsequently voted onto the tour by the viewers. 

Tickets go on sale at AEGlive.com and AmericanIdol.com/tour at 10 a.m. local time on May 3.  For every tour ticket purchased, American Idol Live! will donate $1 to the Melanoma Research Alliance which funds research to help cure melanoma, a skin disease ranked among the fastest growing cancers.

Here's a complete list of American Idol Live! tour dates:

6/29 -- St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
6/30 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/2 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
7/5 -- Detroit, IL, Joe Louis Arena
7/6 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
7/8 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
7/10 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center
7/12 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
7/13 -- Ontario, CA, Citizens Business Bank Arena
7/14 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
7/19 -- Kent, WA, ShoWare Center
7/20 -- Portland, OR, Rose Garden
7/22 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
7/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
7/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/27 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
7/28 -- Houston, TX, Reliant Arena
7/30 -- New Orleans, LA, UNO Lakefront Arena
8/1 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
8/2 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
8/4 --  Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
8/5 -- N. Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
8/6 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena
8/8 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
8/9 -- Fairfax, VA, Patriot Center
8/12 -- Trenton, NJ, Sun National Bank Center
8/14 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
8/15 -- Long Island, NY, Nassau Coliseum
8/16 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Arena at Trump Taj Mahal
8/17 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/19 -- Boston, MA, Agganis Arena at Boston University
8/20 -- Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena
8/21 -- Providence, RI, Dunkin’ Donuts Center
8/23 -- Bridgeport, CT, Webster Bank Arena
8/24 -- Reading, PA, Sovereign Center
8/25 -- Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre
8/27 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
8/29 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
8/30 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
8/31 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena

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