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Monday
Mar272017

John Legend is bringing "Darkness and Light" to Europe this fall

ABC/Eddy ChenOrdinary people in Europe will be able to enjoy John Legend live onstage this fall. The entertainer has added a slew of European fall dates to his previously announced Darkness and Light tour. 

The tour starts September 8 in Scotland, and will find John performing in the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and France.  

Tickets go on sale this Friday.

The announcement follows the "All of Me" crooner's Disneyland Paris appearance the theme park's 25th anniversary celebration over the weekend -- at the event, John performed "Beauty and the Beast."   

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Monday
Mar272017

Jason Mraz to celebrate 40th birthday at the Hollywood Bowl 

Jen RosensteinJason Mraz has been staying low lately, but he's heading back out on the road for a brief tour that will include a special birthday concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Jason's tour gets underway June 16 in Tucson, AZ, and is mapped out through June 25.  On June 23, Jason will celebrate his milestone 40th birthday with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  It'll be his third headlining show there -- his previous two appearances sold out.

Tickets for the tour, which also includes an appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, go on sale Tuesday, March 28. Visit JasonMraz.com for full details.

In a message on his website, Jason says, "Music makes everything better. That’s why I wear headphones when I roam city streets and airports. And it’s why I can’t go too long without playing live shows."

He adds, "If you too are in the mood for a summer sound bath, consider joining Jason’s Jam Session this June...We’ll be rolling back the set list and debuting some new tunes -- covering 17 years worth of la la la’s and love songs."

Here are the tour dates:

6/16  -- Tucson, AZ, Centennial Hall
6/17  -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino
6/18  -- Telluride, CO, 44th Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6/20  -- Salt Lake City, Red Butte Garden
6/23 --  Los Angeles, CA, The Birthday Party and Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
6/25 --  Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre at Ironstone Vineyards

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Monday
Mar272017

My Old Steer: Zac Brown brings home an impressive rodeo souvenir

Photo Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and RodeoNot only did Zac Brown Band play the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this weekend, but Zac also bought himself a pretty impressive souvenir.

Zac and his wife Shelly were one of three couples who chipped in to buy the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Raised by 16-year-old Stock Martin of Hereford, Texas, the prize steer went for a cool $330,000.

ZBB’s new single, “My Old Man,” is currently in the top-25. The Houston Rodeo cranks up again next year from February 27 - March 18.

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Monday
Mar272017

She's irreplaceable: Teenage Beyoncé fan dies days after wish to chat with superstar comes true

ABC/Image Group LAHouston high school student Ebony Banks has died, four days after her final wish to speak to Beyoncé was granted, according to The Hollywood Reporter

As previously reported, Ebony, who was battling a rare cancer that had progressed to stage four, was contacted by the superstar last Wednesday via Facetime.  

Alief Independent School District spokeswoman Kimberly Smith tells THR that Ebony passed away late Saturday night.

Her last wish was to meet Queen Bey, and thanks to the help of classmates and friends who made up the #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE social media hashtag, her wish came true. Ebony's nickname was "Ebob."

Bey told Ebony that she loved her during their intimate online conversation. 

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Monday
Mar272017

Thomas Rhett's Home Team hits a home run at St. Jude

Valory Music Co.In the middle of three sold-out shows on his Home Team Tour, Thomas Rhett still found time to stop by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this weekend.

In fact, TR brought the whole gang along, with openers Kelsea BalleriniRyan Hurd, and Russell Dickerson all taking a moment to visit with the young patients at the Memphis cancer treatment facility. The Home Team tour mates decorated baseball caps and showed off their coloring skills while getting to know the kids at St. Jude.

This Friday, TR unveils his new single, “Craving You,” which features Maren Morris. The next Home Team Tour stop is April 20 in Nashville.

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Monday
Mar272017

The late Chuck Berry back in "Billboard" album chart's top 40 for first time since 1972

Credit: Danny ClinchIn the wake of his March 18 death at the age of 90, Chuck Berry has returned to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 album chart. The rock 'n' roll pioneer's 2005 compilation The Definitive Collection has reached #33 on the tally after earning 13,000 units in in physical, digital and streaming equivalent sales, 6,000 of which were traditional album sales.

The last time Berry album that made it into the top 40 of the Billboard 200 was The London Chuck Berry Sessions, which featured the chart-topping novelty tune "My Ding-a-Ling." The London Chuck Berry Sessions peaked at #8 in October 1972.

The Definitive Collection features 30 tracks, including "My Ding-a-Ling" and such Berry classics as "Maybellene," "Roll over Beethoven," "School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell)," "Rock and Roll Music," "Back in the U.S.A.," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Johnny B. Goode."

As previously reported, a new Berry studio album called Chuck is scheduled to be released June 16.

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Monday
Mar272017

Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee is moving on from his crush on Malia Obama

Rae Sremmurd; ABC/Randy HolmesIt's been a few months since Swae Lee confessed that he had eyes for Malia Obama. But the Rae Sremmurd artist is moving on after being rejected by former President Obama's eldest daughter.  

"I give up," Lee tells TMZ while confirming that Malia has yet to reciprocate any romantic overtures from the artist.

But don't feel bad for the "Black Beatles" superstar just yet -- Swae claims he has his own secret service detail and other potential girlfriends to choose from. 

"I got, like, four I got my eyes on. Can't tell you just yet," he says. 

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Monday
Mar272017

Pharrell sees a victory with childhood-inspired TV musical in the works at Fox

ABC/Adam RoseA movie musical inspired by Pharrell Williams' Virginia Beach upbringing is in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, called Atlantis, will feature a "Romeo and Juliet-style story" and will be produced by Pharrell and production partner Mimi Valdes via their I Am Other company.   

The musical has also attracted some top talent: Michael Mayer, director of the Broadway hit Spring Awakening, and Toy Story 4 writer Martin Hynes.  

Pharrell was a producer of the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. 

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Monday
Mar272017

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band announce fall Las Vegas residency and US tour

Credit: Scott Robert RitchieLast year, Ringo Starr revealed that he was interested in playing a Las Vegas residency with his All Starr Band -- and now the ex-Beatles drummer has confirmed plans to do just that this fall. The star-studded group has lined up an eight-date engagement at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino that runs from October 13 through October 28.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at the Planet Hollywood box office, via phone by calling 800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, March 29, at 10 a.m. PT.

Following the Las Vegas stand, Ringo and his All Starr Band have confirmed 11 U.S. tour dates that are mapped out through a November 16 concert in Newark, New Jersey. Among the other cities the trek will visit are El Paso and Austin, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and New York City. Additional shows will be announced soon.

The group continues to feature the same lineup it's had for the last few years -- Todd Rundgren, founding Santana singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister singer/bassist Richard Page, drummer Gregg Bissonette, and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham.

"The dream is still unfolding," says Ringo in a statement. "I love to play, and I love to play with this band. I can't say that enough, and we're on the road again."

Here is the full list of Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band's confirmed performances:

10/13-14, 17, 20-21, 24, 27-28 -- Las Vegas, NV, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
10/30 -- El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre
10/31 -- Austin, TX, Moody Theater
11/2 -- Sugarland, TX, Smart Sugarland Civic Center
11/4 -- Thackerville, OK, Global Events Center at Winstar
11/7-8 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
11/11 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theater
11/12 -- Norfolk, VA, ODU Pavilion
11/14 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center,
11/15 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theater
11/16 -- Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center

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Monday
Mar272017

The Chainsmokers' new song is "The One" for you

Sam KolderThe Chainsmokers have shared a new track from their upcoming debut album Memories...Do Not Open. 

The song, "The One," is a ballad about a relationship that's about to end, but neither party wants to be the one to actually call it quits.  The Chainsmokers' Drew Taggart sings lead on the track.

The album, due April 7, features collaborations with Coldplay, country duo Florida Georgia Line,  Jhene Aiko and Emily Warren.  If you pre-order the album, you'll get instant downloads of "The One," as well as the Coldplay collabo "Something Just Like This" and the hit "Paris."

The Chainsmokers will perform on Saturday Night Live on April 8.

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Monday
Mar272017

Apocalyptica plans "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos" tour 

Frank Hoensch/RedfernsApocalyptica will embark on a North American tour this fall in support of the 20th anniversary of the band's debut album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. The outing begins September 5 in Atlanta and will conclude October 1 in Las Vegas. Visit Apocalyptica.com for ticket info.

Released in 1996, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos introduced Apocalyptica's unique take on metal with a series of cello-based Metallica covers. The Finnish band reissued the album along with several bonus tracks last summer.

During the upcoming tour, Apocalyptica will be performing Plays Metallica by Four Cellos in full, plus a few more Metallica covers. The trek marks the band's first full-length North American trip in support of the album -- they didn't tour behind it when it was originally released.

Since Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, Apocalyptica has released seven more studio albums, the most recent of which is 2015's Shadowmaker.

Here are Apocalyptica's Plays Metallica by Four Cellos tour dates:

9/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
9/6 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
9/7 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
9/8 -- Charlotte, NC, McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
9/9 -- Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre
9/11 -- New York, NY, Town Hall
9/12 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
9/13 -- Montreal, QC, Theatre St. Denis
9/14 -- Toronto, ON, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
9/16 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
9/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
9/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
9/20 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
9/22 -- Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre
9/23 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom
9/24 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
9/26 -- Oakland, CA, The Fox Theatre
9/27 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Rio Theatre
9/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Mayan
9/29 -- San Diego, CA, Copley Symphony Hall
10/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint

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Monday
Mar272017

Depeche Mode grabs top-10 debut with "Spirit"

Columbia RecordsDepeche Mode is bringing the revolution to the Billboard 200.

The synth-pop pioneers' new album, Spirit, which features the lead single "Where's the Revolution," has debuted at number five on the chart, giving them a total of eight top-10 albums on the tally. In fact, every one of Depeche Mode's albums since 1990's Violator has reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200.

Depeche Mode will embark on a North American arena tour in support of Spirit this summer and fall, starting August 23 in Salt Lake City.

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Monday
Mar272017

James Blunt debuts song for Carrie Fisher at memorial over the weekend

Jimmy FontaineThe song James Blunt wrote for Carrie Fisher debuted Saturday at a memorial for the late actress and her mother Debbie Reynolds.

“Courtney’s Song” was played during a video montage at the public tribute at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Carrie’s brother and Debbie’s son, Todd Fisher, introduced the song on stage and said it was “written for us.”

In the emotional ballad, James sings about coming to terms with loss: "There's still a light on your table/There's still your name on my phone/I can't believe I'm not able to call.”

He continues, “We met in a beautiful place/You danced, I talked/I go back there every single day/I'm still there, but you're not."

James and Carrie were close friends. Before he hit it big, Carrie let him crash at her house and he wrote his hit song “You’re Beautiful” while there.

Carrie died on December 27.  Her mom, Debbie, passed away a day later.

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Monday
Mar272017

Adele: "I don't know if I will ever tour again" 

Phil Walter/Getty ImagesIf you didn't get tickets to see Adele on her current 25 world tour, you may be out of luck: the Grammy-winner says she's not sure if she wants to do another one.

According to the Australian news site News.co.au, at her show Sunday night in Auckland, New Zealand, Adele told the crowd, "Touring isn’t something I’m good at -- applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable. I don’t know if I will ever tour again."

She added, "The only reason I’ve toured is you [the fans]. I’m not sure if touring is my bag. My greatest accomplishment in my career is this tour.”

Adele said similar things during her shows in Australia, and her local promoter, Michael Coppel, said at the time, "It’s impossible to tell what happens next. The future’s an open book.”

If she does swear off touring, one thing Adele won't miss is battling the elements: Sunday's night's show took place in heavy rain, and she even donned a rain poncho at one point. 

"I just spent two hours in hair and makeup for nothing” she told the 40,000 fans in the audience. "Who wants to make a bet with me I’ll fall over at some stage -- or get electrocuted by my microphone?”

The singer will finish up her tour in June with a few shows at London's Wembley Stadium.

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Monday
Mar272017

Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows ready to teach fans "a brief history of everything" 

Live Nation EntertainmentThough Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas and Counting Crows' Adam Duritz had been friends for years, their respective bands had never toured together.  Last summer, though, Rob and Counting Crows went on the road together, and it went so well they're doing it again.  This time, though, Rob's bringing the band along.

The Matchbox Twenty/Counting Crows trek, called A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017, will kick off July 12 in Spokane, WA and wrap up October 1 in Dallas.  Presale tickets will be available to both bands' fan club members starting Tuesday -- the general public can grab them March 31.

In a statement, Rob said, "No matter what I will ever do, nothing feels like home as much as playing these songs with these guys and it never will. And I can’t wait to spend another summer out there on the road with the Crows.”

“To be honest, we took a vote after last year and decided to spend every summer with Rob from now on,” added Adam. “Can. Not. Wait.”

This tour will serve as Matchbox Twenty's belated 20th anniversary celebration of their debut album Yourself or Someone Like You, which came out October 1, 1996 and eventually sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.  The band wasn't able to do it last year because Rob was still touring in support of his most recent solo album, The Great Unknown.

Here are the tour dates:

7/12 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
7/14 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
7/16 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
7/18 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
7/19 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
7/21 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/22 -- Paso Robles, CA, California Mid State Fair
7/24 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
7/26 -- Reno, NV, Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort
7/28 -- Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
7/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
7/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
8/2 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/4 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre
8/6 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre
8/7 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
8/9 -- Pelham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/12 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/13 -- Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/15 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/16 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
8/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily’s Place
8/20 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/22 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
8/23 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/25 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/26 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/28 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
8/29 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/31 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/2 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre
9/3 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
9/6 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
9/8 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
9/9 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
9/11 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
9/12 -- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
9/14 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
9/16 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
9/17 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/20 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
9/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
9/23 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/26 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater
9/30 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/1 -- Dallas, TX, Irving Music Factory

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Monday
Mar272017

Bro country: Cole Swindell shows off his camaraderie with Dierks Bentley in new "Flatliner" video

ABC/Image Group LACole Swindell’s new video not only showcases his latest single, “Flatliner” -- it’s also a behind-the-scenes look at the What the Hell Tour with Dierks Bentley.

Shot during their date in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the in-concert clip captures the moment when Cole returns toward the end of the headliner’s set to sing the pair’s duet.

Originally, Cole wrote the song hoping Dierks would cut it.  “I have said since the day this song was released that I wrote ‘Flatliner’ about four years ago with him in mind to record it,” Cole recalls. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would record it with me for my own album one day.”

You can check out Cole and Dierks’ new “Flatliner” video at USAToday.com.

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Monday
Mar272017

100 shows and counting: Carrie Underwood offers up her devotion to the Opry

Chris Hollo for Grand Ole OpryIt’s 100 Grand Ole Opry performances and counting for Carrie Underwood, after four sold-out shows at the legendary venue this past weekend.

Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith welcomed the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year to the iconic stage Saturday, thanking her for her dedication to the country music institution.  

“Even when you’ve been on the road more than 200 days a year, you’ve always come back to the Opry,” Connie said. “That tells me you love us, and we love you right back.”

“I grew up dreaming of one day performing here and maybe even becoming a member,” Carrie responded. “That dream comes true over and over each time I take the Opry stage. Here’s to the next 100!”

The Opry also showed their gratitude by showering Carrie with 100 pink roses in her dressing room.

The American Idol champion made her first Opry appearance in June of 2005, less than two weeks after her win. She officially became a member in 2008.

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Monday
Mar272017

The Zombies deliver inspired performance of "Odessey and Oracle" at sold-out New York City concert

ABC RadioThe Zombies' tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the making of their acclaimed 1968 album Odessey and Oracle marched into New York City's Town Hall on Saturday.

The sold-out concert's centerpiece was a performance of the full album featuring the band's four surviving original members -- frontman Colin Blunstone, keyboardist Rod Argent, bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy -- augmented by the current non-founding members of the group.

The show began with a set by the current Zombies lineup -- Blunstone, Argent, bassist Jim Rodford, drummer Steve Rodford and guitarist Tom Toomey -- that showcased the British Invasion band's early hits, some lesser-known tunes and select songs from its latest studio album, 2015's Still Got That Hunger. It also included a rendition of "Hold Your Head Up," the prog-rock classic by Rod's 1970s band Argent. The power and range of Blunstone's voice was impressive throughout the set, as was the virtuosity of Argent's keyboard playing.

After an intermission, the expanded Zombies lineup took the stage and proceeded to deliver a faithful and inspired recreation of Odessey and Oracle, a collection of inventive baroque-pop tunes highlighted by multi-layered harmonies and keyboards.

Among the many standout performances were "Care of Cell 44"; the vocal-harmony-heavy "Changes"; and the sparse and eerie "Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)," which was sung by White. Capping off the set was The Zombies' smash "Time of the Season," which brought the crowd to its feet for a lengthy ovation.

The concert was enhanced by video projections that included archival photos, kaleidoscopic images and animated artwork incorporating handwritten lyrics that accompanied specific songs. These art pieces also appear in the recently published Zombies coffee-table book The Odessey.

Here's the concert's full set list:

Set One:
"I Love You"
"I Want You Back Again"
"Moving On"
"Edge of the Rainbow"
"She's Coming Home"
"Tell Her No"
"You've Really Got a Hold on Me"/"Bring It on Home to Me"
"Roadrunner"
"Just Out of Reach"
"Chasing the Past"
"Hold Your Head Up"
"She's Not There"
"The Way I Feel Inside"

Set Two: Odessey and Oracle
"Care of Cell 44"
"A Rose for Emily"
"Maybe After He's Gone"
"Beechwood Park"
"Brief Candles"
"Hung Up on a Dream"
"Changes"
"I Want Her She Wants Me"
"This Will Be Our Year"
"Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)"
"Friends of Mine"
"Time of the Season"

Encore:
"She's Not There" (reprise)

And here are the remaining North American dates of The Zombies' Odessey & Oracle 50th Anniversary Finale Tour:

3/28 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
3/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/31 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre
4/1 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Cinéma Impérial
4/2 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, The Danforth Music Hall
4/4 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
4/5 -- Lorain, OH, The Lorain Palace Theater
4/7 -- Biloxi, MS, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel Biloxi
4/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
4/9 -- Nashville, TN, Tennessee Performing Arts Center James K. Polk Theater
4/11 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium at University of Illinois Springfield
4/13 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
4/14 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
4/15 -- Madison, WI, The Barrymore Theatre
4/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
4/18 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Club Regent Casino Concert Bowl
4/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Commodore Ballroom
4/22 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox Presents
4/23 -- Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
4/25 -- Berkeley, CA, The UC Theatre
4/28 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach Festival
4/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel
5/4 -- Houston, TX, The Heights Theatre
5/6 -- Dallas, TX, aTrolla Festival

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Monday
Mar272017

Jerrod Niemann says he now knows why "God Made a Woman"

CurbJerrod Niemann’s new song “God Made a Woman,” is a reflection of where Jerrod is in his life today. The lyric, a mature declaration of love, makes a point of not addressing the object of his affection with the overused term “girl.”

“There’s that spectrum between a boy and a man and this song is the 2.0 of me evolving from a boy to a man,” Jerrod recently revealed to Rolling Stone.

Jerrod, who has topped the charts with “Lover, Lover” and “Drink to That All Night,” says that “God Made a Woman” also reiterates his role of husband. He married wife Morgan Patek in 2014.

“I was definitely one of those guys who swore off marriage and thought it was a trick, a trap, you’re going to get duped,” he said. “But I’m the first to say I’m wrong.”

“God Made a Woman” is the lead single from Jerrod’s upcoming album Drink to That All Night.

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Monday
Mar272017

Rocking at the Fox: Allman Brothers releasing box set featuring performances from 2004 Atlanta shows

Peach Records/RED DistributionThe Allman Brothers Band are releasing an expansive archival live collection called The Fox Box, capturing three full concerts that the legendary group played in September 2004 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

The physical version of the box set, which features eight CDs, will be available on April 28, while a digital edition was released on Friday.

The shows, which took place on September 24, 25 and 26, featured the final Allman Brothers lineup supporting its last studio album, 2003's Hittin' the Note. The band was joined by a few guest musicians during the three-date engagement, including former Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pearson, ABB slide-guitarist Derek Trucks' wife and collaborator Susan Tedeschi and founding Allmans drummer Butch Trucks' son Vaylor.

The band played a completely different set at each of the three concerts, with the exception of the early gem "Dreams," which was performed at all of the shows.  Still, the group showcased many of its best-known songs at the gigs, including "Midnight Rider," "Ain't Wastin' Time No More," "Melissa," "Statesboro Blues," "One Way Out," "Blue Sky" "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whippin' Post."

The band also played a variety of interesting covers, among them Derek and the Dominos' "Layla" and "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?," The Grateful Dead's "Franklin's Tower," The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and Dr. John's "I Walk on Guilded Splinters."

The shows featured in The Fox Box previously were available as part of The Allman Brothers Band's "Instant Live" program, which was sold at the group's concerts and via internet mail order.

Here's the full track list of the CD version of The Fox Box:

9/24/04:

Disc 1
"Mountain Jam"
"Trouble No More"
"Midnight Rider"
"Wasted Words"
"Worried Down with the Blues"
"You Don't Love Me"
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More"

Disc 2
"Rockin' Horse"
"Hot 'Lanta"
"Melissa"
"Come and Go Blues"
"Can't Love What You Never Had"
"Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?"
"Franklin's Tower"

Disc 3
"Black Hearted Woman"
"Dreams" (with Jack Pearson)
"Mountain Jam (reprise)" (with Jack Pearson)
"Southbound" (with Jack Pearson)

9/25/04:

Disc 1
"Les Brers (Intro)"  
"Don't Want You No More"/"It's Not My Cross to Bear"
"Statesboro Blues"
"Stand Back"
"Who's Been Talking"
"Soulshine"
"Good Clean Fun"
"Old Before My Time"
"Woman Across the River"
"Instrumental Illness"

Disc 2
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
"Leave My Blues at Home"
"Key to the Highway"
"Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" (with Susan Tedeschi)  
"One Way Out" (with Valor Trucks)  
"Blue Sky"
"Dreams"
"Les Brers in A Minor"
"Layla"

9/26/04:

Disc 1
"Revival"
"Every Hungry Woman"
"Done Somebody Wrong"
"Hoochie Coochie Man"
"Desdemona"
"High Cost of Low Living"
"44 Blues"
"End of the Line"

Disc 2
"Dreams"
"I Walk on Guilded Splinters"
"Stormy Monday"
"The Same Thing" (with Rob Baracco)
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (with Rob Baracco)

Disc 3
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (continued) (with Rob Baracco)
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
"No One to Run With"
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