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Tuesday
Apr212015

Randy Travis Married Fiancee Mary Davis Last Month 

Warner Music GroupRandy Travis' appearance at the ACM Awards this past weekend wasn't the only surprise the singer had up his sleeve.  His rep confirmed to US Weekly that last month, he married his fiancee Mary DavisPeople reports that the two were wed March 21.

Randy, 55, had been engaged to Davis before he suffered a debilitating stroke two years ago.  This is his second marriage; he was previously wed to his former manager, Lib Hatcher.

Randy wrote a letter to fans after his ACM Awards appearance, where he received a standing ovation, expressing gratitude for their support, and saying he looks forward to playing music again.  "It is my prayer that, with continued healing, one day soon I will be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans...my friends, who with God's amazing grace have brought me this far," he wrote.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockReba returns to The Voice on Tuesday to deliver a live performance of her latest single “Going Out Like That.” The show airs at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Kristian Bush performs his hit, “Trailer Hitch,” Tuesday on The Talk. Reba stops by to chat with the ladies on Thursday. You can catch the show weekdays on CBS at 2 p.m. ET.

The dedication of the George Jones Museum is set for Thursday night in Nashville, prior to its opening on 2nd Avenue this weekend.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have released the video for “It’s All Going To Pot,” the first single from their CD Django and Jimmie, due out June 2.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Moody Blues Bassist Hoping Band's Classic Lineup Will Reunite for Days of Future Passed's 50th Anniversary

Image Courtesy of The Moody BluesA major milestone in the history of The Moody Blues is approaching in the not-too-distant future, as the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's landmark concept album, Days of Future Passed, will take place in the fall of 2017.  The group's longtime bassist, John Lodge, admits that he already has been thinking about how The Moodys might mark the occasion, and his plan likely will thrill many of the band's diehard fans.

Lodge tells ABC Radio that he would like the anniversary celebration to feature The Moody Blues performing the album in its entirety with an orchestra, adding that he'd also like his former band mates Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder to be involved.

Singer/flutist Thomas and singer/keyboardist Pinder, both 73, have been retired from music for quite a while, so Lodge explains that the tricky part of his plan is "finding a way of doing it without them having to tour."

Thomas exited The Moody Blues in 2002, while Pinder left the band back in 1978, although both men make a cameo appearance on Lodge's new solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, which will be released on May 5.

Lodge won't divulge too much information about his ideas for the reunion project, but he tells ABC Radio, "If it works, I think it will be fantastic because it'll work because it's a natural thing to do…I'm not trying to force it to work.  It'll be because it's supposed to be."

Lodge says he regularly spends time with Thomas, since they live near each other in the U.K., but he hasn't seen Pinder for many years.  That's set to change in the coming week or two when The Moody Blues' current U.S. tour stops in Northern California -- where Mike has lived since the late 1970s.  Lodge reveals that Pinder intends to make it out to one of the band's shows in the area.

Lodge's friendship with Pinder and Thomas predates The Moody Blues, as the three musicians all played together in a group called El Riot and the Rebels that broke up in 1963.  Thomas and Pinder helped found The Moodies the following year, and Lodge joined the group in 1966, shortly before longtime singer/guitarist Justin Hayward.

John says of his connection with Thomas and Pinder, "They've been an integral part of my life and you can't dismiss that.  You know, it's locked in there.  It's part of the gene."

Ray lent his flute skills and Mike played Mellotron on a song called "Simply Magic" on Lodge's new album.  The Moody Blues kick off the West Coast leg of their U.S. tour on Wednesday in Seattle.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Garth Brooks Wears Whatever He Wants

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsAt last weekend’s ACM Lifting Lives Gala in Dallas, Texas, Garth Brooks sported the signature of his hero, George Strait, on his collar.

“Am I not George Strait? I thought I was,” he joked. “I've wanted to be George forever.”

“Can I call you George tonight? Is that all right?” wife Trisha Yearwood chimed in, and the Entertainer of the Year nominee answered affirmatively.

He was actually wearing a western shirt from Strait’s line, something Garth knows a little about, having partnered with an Oklahoma company to offer the Sevens Collection, which replicates some of the iconic fashions he’s worn throughout his career. But so far, he hasn’t lent his name to a line of clothing.

“You know what, I just never have really, I guess, done it. We've done things with Maury with the Mo Bettas. He's got a new line out now for the new tour, so we're wearing his stuff, too.”

Garth confesses what he really enjoys is putting on whatever fits his mood.

“What I like is being free to wear whatever you want. So, if you want to put on a George Strait, or you want to put on a Wrangler, old-school kinda thing, then you can wear it. And that's what I like,” he says.

For the next two weekends, Garth’s world tour stops at Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania. 


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Mary J. Blige Praises Rihanna: "She Can Just Do No Wrong"

Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCMary J. Blige has collaborated with nearly every top artist in hip-hop and R&B, but there's one star that Mary would like to work with: Rihanna.

While promoting her last album, The London Sessions, the singer revealed her admiration for the young singer. "Rihanna, I totally love and respect Rihanna -- she's like my sister," Mary tells Elle magazine.

After naming "Diamonds," "Umbrella," and "Take a Bow" as her favorite hits from Rih, Mary continues to praise Rihanna. "First of all, let me just put this into perspective: Rihanna has made so many amazing records; every number one record she's ever had -- the Loud album was exceptional, the first album was amazing," Mary says. "She can just do no wrong to me."

The full interview is available online now.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Kanye West Covers "Paper" Magazine: "I'm an Innovator. That's My Job" 

Def Jam RecordsKanye West not only covers the new issue of Paper magazine, but Kanye himself penned the piece, in which he talks about his vision and labels himself an innovator.

"Graduation was an innovation. 808s & Heartbreak was an innovation. The song 'N***as in Paris' was an innovation. 'Only One' was an innovation. 'FourFiveSeconds' was an innovation," he writes.  "I care about innovating. I don't care about capitalizing off of something that we've seen or heard a thousand times. I'm not a capitalist in that way. I'm an innovator. That's my job."

West adds, "I think the scariest thing about me is the fact that I just believe. I believe awesome is possible and I believe that beauty is important." 

In his cover story, Kanye reflects on the barriers he faces in fashion, the American dream, Steve Job's influence and more. Visit PaperMag.com to read the full article.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Marcus Mumford's Hip-Hop Project Sounds "Dope," Says Producer 

Credit: James Minchin IIIAs previously reported, Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford is working with hip-hop producer 88-Keys on a new project, in which he is learning to "chop-up beats." Now, 88-Keys has shed some light on the collaboration, saying that the project sounds "dope."

"I can tell you what it's going to sound like, it's going to sound dope as f**k," the producer tells NME. "It's going to be he and I involved in it...he obviously brings a lot to the table as well. The masses obviously love what he does. Not to sound cliche but I would say that the possibilities are endless."

As for whether Mumford will do any rapping on the project, 88-Keys says he would be open to the idea.

"As far as like actual rapping, at this moment who knows," he says. "We may just go into the studio and literally start from scratch and just get crazy. I'm up for doing anything challenging. The one thing that I could 100 per cent guarantee is that people will love it. People may not expect it, but they will definitely love it once it’s made and available for consumption."

Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons' new album, Wilder Mind, is also touted as something people did not expect, as the band decided to forgo its signature banjo-heavy folk sound for a more straightforward, electric rock approach. Wilder Mind will be released on May 4.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Metallica to Close Long-Running Quebec Venue, Open a New One

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica will play the final show at the long-running Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec on September 14. After closing one door, Metallica will open another, as the band will then play the inaugural show at the brand new Centre Videotron in Quebec City on September 16. Tickets will go on sale April 24. Visit Metallica.com for all ticket details.

"Always one of our favorite places to visit, Quebec City also has a long history of being the home to some of the most rabid 'Tallica fans anywhere," Metallica writes on their website. "It only seems fitting that we share this special passing of the torch with you!"

"Each show will be a completely different experience right down to where we set up the stage," the statement continues. "Look for one night with the classic end stage, the other in the round, different set lists and even different opening bands...two totally different Met experiences in one 48 hour period!"

Metallica first played Colisee Pepsi, which opened in 1949, in 1989. The band performed at the arena seven more times, two of those shows were filmed for the Quebec Magnetic concert film, which was released in 2012.

The two newly announced Quebec City shows now give Metallica four total North American shows upcoming for this year. The band will also headline the Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas on May 9 and Lollapalooza on August 1.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Paul McCartney on His Return to the Pop Charts: "It's Cool!" 

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.One of the most unlikely hits of the year so far has got to be Paul McCartney's collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, "FourFiveSeconds," which has returned the legendary ex-Beatle to the  top 40 for the first time in decades.  Paul says he certainly didn't expect the success of the song, but declares that it's "cool."

Speaking to Rolling Stone at this weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, Paul said of working with the extremely polarizing Kanye, "Oh, it was great, man! It was really exciting.  I didn't know what was going to happen from one minute to the next.  But then he'd send me these hits!"

"Suddenly, I'm working with Kanye," he added. "And then suddenly, I've got a hit with Rihanna!  But it's cool!"

"FourFiveSeconds" was Paul's first top five hit in more than 31 years.  The last time he'd charted that high was in 1984, when his duet with Michael Jackson "Say Say Say" ended a seven-week run at the top of the chart.

As for Kanye, Paul McCartney isn't the only Rock and Roll Hall of Famer he's worked with this year: he also contributed to Madonna's latest album, Rebel Heart.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Echosmith's Sydney Sierota Celebrating 18th Birthday in Paris Today

Nicole Nodland/Warner Bros. RecordsFollowing the success of "Cool Kids," Echosmith's new single "Bright" is climbing the charts, but they have something else to celebrate today: frontwoman Sydney Sierota is turning the big 1-8.

Sydney's 18th birthday will be pretty special, not just because it's a milestone, but because she's spending it in one of the most romantic cities on Earth.  "We’re actually gonna happen to be in Paris and have some days off there, so that’ll be really, really awesome," she tells ABC Radio. "A great way to spend a birthday!"

While Sydney has been to Paris before, "but only for a few hours and we were working the whole time," she tells ABC Radio. "So this will be really nice to be able to have some time to explore and to do whatever." 

The band's actually been in Paris for a few days, and Sydney's Twitter feed reveals that she's already checked out Notre Dame cathedral and the Louvre Museum.

Next month, Echosmith will be in Las Vegas for the Rock in Rio USA festival, but even though Sydney will be 18, she won't be able to enjoy any of the drinking or the gambling while she's there.

"You have to be like 21, right?" she laughs. "I can’t do anything in Vegas, I guess!"  

In fact, everyone in Echosmith, who are all siblings, is so young that only one member -- guitarist Jamie -- is old enough to partake in Sin City's delights.  He's 22; bass player Noah is 19, and drummer Graham is just 16.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Have Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger Broken Up?

Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesMiley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger have broken up, a source confirms to People magazine.

"It's not a break," says a source close to the couple. "It's done."

"They're just in two different places in their lives -- he's in college and she's focused on her music and career," says the source.

The magazine reports that "by all accounts, the split is amicable."

Other sources have told Us Weekly that the couple is taking a break after five months of dating.

One Us Weekly insider notes the relationship hasn't been the same since photos of Schwarzenegger and a female friend partying in Cabo San Lucas surfaced online last month.

“The scandal did its damage,” notes the source. “They both saw sides of each other they weren’t pleased with but they were trying to make it work.”

The two “still talk,” but aren’t “as serious or committed as [they were],” according to the insider.

The "Wrecking Ball" singer, 22, and Schwarzenegger, 21, were last spotted together dining in Los Angeles earlier this month. At the time, another source told Us Weekly that Miley had forgiven Patrick after he “begged for forgiveness,” but she “doesn’t put up with crap from guys."

Reps have not commented on the reports.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

"The Voice" Recap: The Top Ten Perform

NBCThe 10 remaining artists on The Voice took the stage Monday night for another round of live performances.

They had the opportunity during rehearsals to work with four of the top minds in the music business:

-- Dave Stewart, one-half of the Eurythmics who's produced and written for acts like Bono, Mick Jagger and Katy Perry, assisted Adam Levine's team.

-- Pharrell enlisted the services of OneRepublic frontman and past Voice adviser Ryan Tedder for his team.

-- Team Christina Aguilera was joined by Mark Ronson, who co-produced Christina's Back to Basics album and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks with "Uptown Funk."

-- And Team Blake Shelton collaborated with country music producer Scott Hendricks.

The broadcast opened with all 10 artists performing a medley of Elton John hits. Here's what followed:

The coaches were on their feet and clapping after Team Christina's Kimberly Nichole finished her energetic rendition of “Something’s Got a Hold On Me" by Etta James. Adam said Kimberly has been so consistent and has momentum on her side. He added that she has a good chance of winning the competition. Christina noted that Kimberly always brings it when she takes the stage.

Team Adam's Joshua Davis sang “Hold Back The River" by British musician James Bay. Blake mentioned that Joshua brought a different vibe from previous weeks. Pharrell said Joshua demonstrated he has a "broad spectrum" to his voice. Adam said Joshua struggled a little bit with the lower register, but he was able to handle the upper register, which was a goal of theirs.

Team Blake's Hannah Kirby belted out the Tears for Fears tune "Shout." Christina said Hannah knows how to sing from her gut. Blake called Hannah a "freak of nature" as a singer.

Meghan Linsey of Team Blake took on Marc Broussard's "Home," drawing a standing ovation from the coaches. Christina said she let it all out. Adam argued that it was Meghan's best performance of the season, by far. Blake recalled that Meghan told him before the show that she was feeling good, in contrast to when she was on Team Pharrell and had some self-confidence issues.

Team Pharrell's Koryn Hawthorne slowed things down with "Make It Rain" by Ed Sheeran. Blake wondered how she could've done any better. Pharrell declared that his artist has earned the title of "inspirational singer."

Team Adam's Deanna Johnson performed the Jefferson Airplane classic "Somebody to Love." Adam said she looked like she was having fun. He continued, "I'm just happy that this girl has gotten to a point where she can go and deliver a vocal as well as you did, live, without losing your mind."

Rob Taylor of Team Christina showed off his piano skills during his version of Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You." Pharrell gushed it was "immaculate." Christina said Rob's vulnerability was on display, and she was moved.

Team Blake artist Corey Kent White sang George Strait’s "Unwound." Adam described him as "Captain Consistent." Blake pointed out that Corey experienced a lyric flub, but he learned he had to "keep on truckin'."

Sawyer Fredericks of Team Pharrell went with the Goo Goo Dolls hit "Iris." Blake raved about Sawyer's powerful voice. Pharrell called her "special, different and rare."

Team Christina's India Carney closed the night with Whitney Houston’s “Run to You.” She once auditioned for Broadway -- unsuccessfully -- with the song. Adam said whoever rejected her at that audition is an idiot. Christina said India made the song her "own beautiful thing."

Eight artists will advance on Tuesday night's results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.


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Monday
Apr202015

KISS Teaming Up with Scooby-Doo in New Full-Length Animated Film

Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentZoinks!  A new animated feature film starring everybody's favorite makeup-wearing rock band, KISS, and everybody's favorite mystery-solving canine, Scooby-Doo, will be arriving in the summer.  Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and as a high-def digital download on July 21.

The movie's plot is centered on a big concert the rockers are scheduled to play at a KISS-themed amusement park called KISS World.  The show is set to take place on Halloween, but a mysterious character named the Crimson Witch is scaring off visitors, which may lead to the cancellation of the performance.

Scooby-Doo and the rest of the young Mystery Inc. sleuths -- Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred -- proceed to team up with KISS' members to see if they can foil the Crimson Witch's sinister plan, which involves the summoning an evil character named The Destroyer that seeks to destroy the Earth.

The movie features six classic KISS songs, as well as voice cameos from a variety of celebrities, including Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Pauley Perrette and Darius Rucker.

"KISS's spectacular theatrics mixed with Scooby-Doo's delightful antics create the perfect blend for an original new story," says Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's Mary Ellen Thomas.  "This film is pure fun.  Adults will delight in seeing one of America's greatest rock bands, KISS, presented in gorgeous animation and kids will be entertained by Scooby-Doo solving a rock and roll mystery with his pals."

This actually isn't the first time KISS will be joining forces with Scooby and the gang.  A cartoon version of the band also appeared on a 2003 Halloween episode of the TV show What's New, Scooby-Doo?


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Monday
Apr202015

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Kill and Drug Charges

Columbia RecordsAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd apparently has admitted to doing some dirty deeds.  New Zealand's ONE News reports that the 60-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer pleaded guilty to three criminal charges -- including threatening to kill, and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine -- Tuesday morning in a district court in his home of Tauranga, New Zealand.

According to ONE News, Rudd faces a maximum seven-year prison sentence for the threatening to kill charge, while the drug charges could result in a several-month sentence or a monetary fine.  The case has now been adjourned until June 26, and Rudd's attorney, Craig Tuck, has announced that he plans to apply for a discharge without conviction for the rocker, which, if granted, could mean no jail time for drummer.

Rudd was arrested in November of last year, and initially also was charged with being involved in a murder-for-hire plot, although that charge was quickly dropped.

It's not clear what Phil's future with AC/DC will be. The band has announced that Chris Slade, who previously was a member of the band from 1989 to 1994, will be behind the drum kit for the group's 2015 Rock or Bust tour.


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Monday
Apr202015

Is Ciara Dating NFL Star Russell Wilson?

Epic RecordsSeven months after splitting with ex-fiance Future, Ciara may have already found a new love interest in Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The pair were spotted on at the Rangers vs. Mariners baseball game on Sunday afternoon, but we may never have noticed had Major League Baseball not pointed it out.  "@DangeRussWilson trying to be incognito at the @Rangers-@Mariners game," read a message posted to  the official MLB Twitter account alongside a photo.

In the picture, the rumored couple can be seen wearing shades and sitting next to each other -- Ci Ci posted also selfie on her Instagram in which she appears to be wearing the same outfit as she is seen wearing in another social media pic of the pair at the game.

Neither has commented on the reports.


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Monday
Apr202015

Stone Sour to Release Two More Covers EPs 

Image Courtesy of Roadrunner RecordsFresh off the release of Meanwhile in Burbank for Record Store Day, Corey Taylor has announced that Stone Sour will be recording two more five-song covers EPs. Taylor revealed the news to Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta on his podcast The Jasta Show.

"The second one's called Straight Outta Burbank, and the third one's called No Sleep Till Burbank," Taylor tells Jasta. The titles are apparent references to rap group N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton and the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Till Brooklyn."

Meanwhile in Burbank features Stone Sour covers of songs Metallica, Judas Priest, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath and KISS. Taylor says the next two EPs will focus on an entirely new group of artists.

"The next album, just to give you a little hint, it's got everything from Bad Brains to Mötley Crüe on it,” says Taylor. "And then the third one is going to probably have everything from Violent Femmes to Rage Against the Machine."

In the meantime, Taylor will reconvene with Jasta when Slipknot and Hatebreed tour together starting April 29 in Pensacola, Florida.


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Monday
Apr202015

Panic! at the Disco Releases New Track, "Hallelujah" 

DCD2/Fueled by RamenPanic! at the Disco is back with new music. The band has released "Hallelujah," their first new song in two years. You can listen to "Hallelujah" now on SoundCloud.com.

"Hallelujah" is also Panic's first new song since founding drummer Spencer Smith announced he was officially leaving the band. Frontman Brendon Urie is the only original Panic! member left still in the band.

"As I begin what feels like a new chapter of my life, I’m filled with immense excitement and a fresh sense of hope," Urie writes on his band's website. "I’ve seen this band through every phase, every change, every hardship. And yet my appreciation and love grows with every breath."

"So I lift my arms in praise of your greatness," he continues. "YOU are great. YOU are beautiful. YOU are talented, and smart, and kind, and loving, and generous, and simply amazing. And you make me want to scream "HALLELUJAH!" from the top of my lungs with every bit of fervor and strength I possess. And I invite you to join me as you have over and over again."

Panic! will perform "Hallelujah" at tonight's Shorty Awards, which celebrate the best in social media. The event will be streamed live at ShortyAwards.com.

Panic! is working on their currently untitled fifth studio album.


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Monday
Apr202015

Elton John Named UK's Most Generous Celebrity

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John's not just a multi-multi-millionaire -- he's also a charitable one.  On The Sunday Times' annual "Rich List," he's named as the U.K.'s most generous celebrity, donating just under $36 million to charity last year.

The Times reports Elton gave away what amounts to 8.9% of his overall wealth, mostly to his AIDS Foundations in the UK and the U.S.  Other charitable British celebs include Coldplay, who gave away $5.5 million via their charitable foundation, and One Direction, who donated about $1.8 million, including money they raised for Stand Up to Cancer, and a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold on their world tour.

Eric Clapton gave just over $2 million, raised from his Crossroads Guitar Festival, to the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which treats drug and alcohol addiction. Rounding out the list are George Harrison's widow and son, Olivia and Dhani, who gave $1.6 million to charity.


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Monday
Apr202015

Hozier Announces New Fall North American Tour Dates

Alex LakeFresh off his Coachella debut, Hozier has announced a slew of new fall tour dates in the U.S. and Canada.

The tour will kick off September 4 in Aspen, Colorado, and make stops including New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on September 29 and the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas on October 11. The Irish singer-songwriter will close things out at the Greek Theatre in Berkley, California, on October 23.

Hozier’s current U.S. tour wraps up on May 10 in New Jersey. On May 17, he’ll perform at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Tickets for his fall North American run go on sale this Friday. Here is the list of new dates:

9/4 -- Aspen, CO, Jazz Aspen Snowmass
9/5 -- Edmonton, AB, Northlands Park
9/6 -- Calgary, AB, X Fest
9/7 -- Seattle, WA, Bumbershoot Festival
9/10 -- Saint Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
9/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater
9/12 -- St Louis, MO, Loufest
9/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
9/15 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
9/18 -- Atlanta, GA, Music Midtown
9/24 -- Tempe, AZ, Summer Ends Music Festival
9/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life is Beautiful Festival
9/27 -- Boston, MA, Boston Calling
9/29 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
10/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
10/4 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Festival
10/6 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre
10/8 -- El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre
10/9 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino
10/11 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Festival
10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
10/15 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Cost Credit Union Open Air Theatre SDSU
10/18 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/20 -- Portland, OR, Rose garden- Theater of the Clouds
10/22 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino- Grand Theatre
10/23 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre


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Monday
Apr202015

Cole Swindell Plays Armchair Coach for the Atlanta Falcons

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGeorgia native Cole Swindell tells AtlantaFalcons.com he has some ideas about what his favorite team should do when it comes time for this year’s NFL Draft at the end of the month. The ACM New Artist of the Year also throws his support behind new head coach Dan Quinn.

“I like him. Coming from Seattle, I hope he gives our defense the fire we need to start lighting people up. Physically,” he says. Cole remembers watching his favorite Falcon Deion Sanders play when he was just a kid. “My first game getting sideline passes and getting to watch from there was one of the best moments ever,” he remembers.

As for Cole’s draft pick, his money is on Shane Ray from the University of Missouri. He believes Ray would “help get pressure on the quarterback and add to what [the new coach] is trying to build.” The Atlanta Falcons will pick eighth when the NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 30.


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