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New Documentary About The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir Premiering Tonight in NYC


TribecaFilm.comA new documentary about founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir gets its premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.  The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir will be shown at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 9:30 p.m. ET, and will feature a special musical set by Weir himself following the screening.

The movie follows Weir's life, from his early years as a high-school dropout following author Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters communal group, through his amazing 30-year adventure as a member of the world's most celebrated jam band and beyond.  The Other One features candid conversations with Bob, as well as interviews with his Dead band mates Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann; various family members; and musical friends such as Sammy Hagar, Bruce Hornsby and Phish's Mike Gordon.

In addition, the movie includes concert and behind-the-scenes footage, and takes a look at how the Grateful Dead was affected by and influenced the cultural changes the world underwent during the group's existence.

The Other One was directed by Mike Fleiss, whose credits also include the 2011 documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.  The Tribeca Film Festival will host encore screenings of the movie this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the AMC Loews Village 7 theater.  The flick also will be shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 29 and May 2.

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Peter Frampton Releasing Album of Music from 2013 Ballet Project


Red DistributionPeter Frampton is preparing to release a mini-album featuring musical pieces he created for his 2013 collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet.  Hummingbird in a Box, which hits stores on June 24, is a suite of seven songs the veteran guitar whiz composed with Nashville-based songwriter Gordon Kennedy, with whom he's worked on his previous three studio efforts.

The music from Hummingbird in a Box was debuted at a series of April 2013 performances by the Cincinnati Ballet at the city's Aronoff Center for the Arts.  Those shows featured Frampton and his band accompanying the dance company by playing some of his classic songs as well as the new pieces.

Framptron says about the project, "Writing for dance was a wonderfully freeing experience.  There were no boundaries.  We were able to push the composing envelope."

Adds, Kennedy, "Songwriters and musicians create music to move people.  This was beautiful, graceful and instantly gratifying!"

As previously reported, Frampton will be on hand to give an introductory speech on May 6 when the Cincinnati Ballet gives a New York City performance that will feature some of the Hummingbird in a Box material.

Meanwhile, Frampton has now lined up more than 30 tour dates this year, including solo headlining dates, joint shows with The Doobie Brothers and Frampton's Guitar Circus concerts with special guest Buddy Guy.  Peter's itinerary kicks off with a June 22 performance in Cincinnati.  Check out his full schedule at Frampton.com/Live.

Here is the Hummingbird in a Box track list:

"The Promenade's Retreat"
"Hummingbird in a Box"
"The One in 901"
"Friendly Fire"
"Heart to My Chest"
"Shadow of My Mind"
"Norman Wisdom"

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Joan Jett, Axl Rose Set to Receive Special Honors Tonight at "Revolver" Golden Gods Awards


RevolverMag.comJoan Jett and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will receive special honors at the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place April 23 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

The sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony takes place tonight in Los Angeles.  Joan Jett and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose both will receive special honors at the big event, which celebrates outstanding achievements by hard-rock artists.

Jett will make history by being the first woman ever to receive Revolver's Golden God award, which is given annually to one honoree who "embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal."  Joan joins past Golden God recipients including Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper.

Rose will be presented with this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The singer will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

This year's ceremony also will feature live performances from Jett and her band The Blackhearts, Guns N' Roses, Korn and Zakk Wylde, among others.

Meanwhile, among this year's Golden Gods nominees is Black Sabbath, who received nods for Album of the Year and Comeback of the Year.  Band members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler also will compete, respectively, for prizes in the Best Guitarist and Best Bassist category.  Other nominees in various categories include Deep Purple, Metallica, Mötley Crüe and Alice in Chains.  To check out a full list of nominees, visit GoldenGods2014.com.

The Golden Gods Awards ceremony will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Club and will begin at 7 p.m. PT.  If you can't make it out to the extravaganza, you can still watch a live stream of the event at Amazon.com.

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Blondie Marking 40th Anniversary with Two-Disc Package Featuring New Album, Hits Compilation


PRNewsFoto/BlondieBlondie will celebrate its 40th anniversary in a big way, by releasing a new two-disc collection combining a brand-new studio effort and an album of updated versions of the group's best-known tunes.  Due out on May 13, Blondie 4(0) Ever will include the influential New York band's long-awaited 10th studio album, Ghosts of a Download, as well as Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, which boasts renditions of 11 classic Blondie songs rerecorded by the veteran New Wave act's current lineup.

Ghosts of Download finds Blondie exploring a variety of genres, including modern electronic and dance music, reggae, pop and rock.  A number of guest artists make appearances on the record, including Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto, New York City club performer Miss Guy, Colombian group Systema Solar and Oakland–based Panamanian rap act Los Rakas.  The album features a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1983 hit "Relax."

Among the many memorable songs included on Deluxe Redux are "Heart of Glass," "Tide Is High," "Rapture," "One Way or Another" and "Call Me."

Blondie 4(0) Ever will be available in a variety of configurations, including a deluxe edition that features the two CDs, a bonus DVD boasting footage of a 1977 performance at CBGB, a collectible poster and five postcards with photographs taken by guitarist Chris Stein.  There's also the standard two-CD set, a digital download and a vinyl package offering LP versions of the two albums together with the DVD.

Fans pre-ordering the digital version of Blondie 4(0) Ever via Amazon or iTunes will receive three bonus Ghosts of Download tracks, and also will be able to instantly download the new song "I Want to Drag You Around."

Two preview tracks from Blondie 4(0) Ever, the Ghosts of Download tune "Sugar on the Side" and a new rendition of "One Way or Another," can be heard now at the band's official YouTube channel.

Here is the full Blondie 4(0) Ever track list:

Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits
"Heart of Glass"
"Dreaming"
"Tide Is High"
"Maria"
"Sunday Girl"
"Hanging on the Telephone"
"Rapture"
"One Way or Another"
"Call Me"
"Atomic"
"Rip Her to Shreds"

Ghosts of Download
"Sugar on the Side"
"Rave"
"A Rose by Any Name"
"I Want to Drag You Around"
"Winter"
"I Screwed Up"
"Relax"
"Take Me in the Night"
"Make a Way"
"Mile High"
"Euphoria"
"Take It Back"
"Backroom"

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Steven Tyler Rescued by Danica Patrick in New Can-Am Spyder Spot


Photo: Steve ErleStar auto racer Danica Patrick comes to the aid of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler in a new ad for the Can-Am Spyder motorcycle.

In the minute-and-a-half-long spot, Patrick touts a new campaign centered around the three-wheeled motorcycle that she calls the "Paparazzi Escape Vehicle."  She explains that when celebrities are hounded by photographers, they can call 1-844-SPYDER-LA to have a Can-Am Spyder pick them up and whisk them away.

By way of example, we see footage of Tyler being rescued by Patrick from a crowd of shutterbugs.  He makes an obscene gesture toward the photographers as they drive away.

Believe it or not, this is a real offer from Can-Am Spyder.  According to USA Today, Los Angeles-area celebs will be able to utilize the rescue service for one week by calling the number.  

Incidentally, Tyler was involved in creating and lobbying for an anti-paparazzi law that was passed last year by the Hawaiian legislature.  The law helps protect celebrities from intrusive photographers.

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Wrist Injury Forces Gregg Allman to Miss Two Scheduled Australian Concerts


Michael Loccisano/GABB14/Getty Images for Blackbird ProductionsHealth issues continue to plague Gregg Allman.  The 66-year-old rocker has had to pull out of the last two dates of his brief Australian tour because he's been hampered by a wrist injury he suffered shortly before heading Down Under.

The affected concerts were a show this past Monday in Sydney and a performance that's scheduled for Wednesday in Melbourne. Neither event was canceled; instead, opening acts Gov't Mule and Devon Allman, Gregg's son, are playing longer sets at each show.

The events' promoters, Bluesfest Touring, have issued a statement explaining, "Gregg Allman broke his wrist not long before the tour commenced and since, his injury has unexpectedly worsened leaving him in severe pain and unable to perform.  Gregg will be returning to the US immediately to seek medical treatment." 

Ticket holders for the Melbourne gig have the choice of getting a full refund or attending the concert and receiving a partial refund.

Jambands.com reports that Gregg's injury rendered him unable to play organ at the finale of The Allman Brothers Band's performance at its 2014 Wanee Festival on April 12.  Prior to that, the singer was sidelined by a case of bronchitis that led The Allman Brothers to postpone the last four shows of their March residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Gregg is slated to launch a series of U.S. solo shows on May 3 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.  He recently added seven dates to his schedule.

Here's the complete list of Allman's stateside solo concerts:

5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Festival*
5/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay*
5/21 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
5/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
5/24 -- Aptos, CA, Santa Cruz Blues Festival
5/25 -- Avila Beach, CA, Avila Beach Resort
5/28 -- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, The Green at Gulf Place
6/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
6/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
6/24 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
6/25 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
6/27 -- Porterville, CA, Eagle Mountain Casino*
6/28 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
7/1 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center at Boise State U.
7/2 -- Seattle, WA, Woodland Park Zoo*
7/5 -- Spokane, WA, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
7/6 -- Portland, OR, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
8/5 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head*
8/6 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head*
8/8 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
8/9 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park*

* = newly-added date

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Pearl Jam, Replacements, Jimmy Cliff Among Artists Appearing at 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival


C3 PresentsThe Austin City Limits Music Festival is back for a 13th annual installment. This year's lineup includes Pearl Jam, reunited rockers The Replacements, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and dozens more. The 2014 festival takes place over two weekends, October 3-5 and October 10-12, at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

Among the other big-name acts that will be hitting the stage are Eminem, Beck, Lorde, Foster the People, Outkast and Lana Del Ray. In addition, the ACL fest keeps it real by showcasing dozens of Austin hometown bands as well as local restaurants -- including Amy's Ice Creams, a joint that offers ice cream flavors like Bacon Jalapeno Popper, Big Boy Breakfast and Tequila Sunrise. 

The event attracts 75,000 fans each day, or nearly a quarter-million over the three-day festival. Tickets for this year's Austin City Limits Festival -- including multi-day and travel packages -- are on sale now through the ACL website,  ACLFestival.com.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Giving Fans the Chance to Buy the Guitar Off His Back


PFA MediaHow would you like to own a guitar autographed by Aerosmith's Joe Perry and played by him at one of the band's Let Rock Rule tour dates this summer with Slash, while also getting to attend that very show?  Well, now you can, if you can afford the $6,999 price tag.

A new promotion called "Joe Perry's Guitar Off My Back" is offering a lucky fan at each stop of the 20-date trek a package that includes two premium tickets and a Gibson Les Paul Studio Model guitar that the legendary rocker will use on stage during the gig and then sign, including a personalized message.  Each package also will include a Perry-signed Certificate of Authenticity, a private meeting with Joe, a photo op with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, one of his personal guitar picks and a set list from Aerosmith's performance that evening.  In addition, Perry will autograph two other items of your choice, guitars excluded.  For more information, visit GuitarOffMyBack.JoePerry.com.

The North American leg of Aerosmith's Let Rock Rule tour, which includes opening act Slash Featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, is scheduled from July 10 show in Wantagh, New York, through a September 12 performance in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Here are all of the trek's confirmed dates:

7/10 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
7/13 -- Kitchener, Canada, McLennan Park
7/16 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/19 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest
7/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/25 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
8/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/8 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
8/13 -- Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion
8/16 -- George, WA, The Gorge Amphitheatre
8/19 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
8/22 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/25 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/28 -- Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena
8/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
9/3 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
9/6 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
9/9 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/12 -- Sydney, Canada, Open Hearth Park

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Crosby, Stills & Nash Add Three New Shows to Upcoming US Tour


Photo: Eleanor StillsCrosby, Stills & Nash fans will have a few more chances to see the legendary folk-rock trio in concert this year in the U.S.  The group, whose 2014 stateside tour stretches from early July all the way to early October, has added three more dates to its itinerary.

The new shows are a July 11 gig at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the third performance CSN has scheduled at the famed venue this year, and September 16 and 17 concerts in two respective Oregon cities -- Portland and Eugene.  Pre-sale tickets for the three shows will be available starting this Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time.  One dollar from each general-admission ticket sold for the trek will be donated to charity.  In addition, special benefit seats and packages are being sold via GuacFund.org.

The upcoming tour will feature Crosby, Stills & Nash performing songs from throughout their long career, as well as brand-new material from each of the members.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be supported by the same group of touring musicians that has accompanied them for the last few years -- guitarist Shane Fontayne, drummer Steve DiStanislao, bassist Kevin McCormick and keyboardists James Raymond and Todd Caldwell.

CSN's upcoming tour leg gets under way July 2 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is mapped out through an October 4 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.  Check out the band's full schedule at CrosbyStillsNash.com.

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Santana Schedules New Series of Shows for Las Vegas Residency


HouseofBlues.comIt's quite the busy year for Carlos Santana and his band.  In addition to releasing their first-ever Spanish-language album, Corazón, on May 6, the Latin-rock legends will be mounting two tours -- one next month in support of the project, and a separate joint trek with Rod Stewart.

Now, Santana also has scheduled a new series of dates as part of its ongoing residency at the House of Blues Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  A total of 17 Vegas performances have been confirmed, with nine taking place this November and eight more lined up in January 2015.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, while pre-sale tickets can be purchased by Santana Fan Club members beginning Wednesday.

Santana's tour with Stewart kicks off May 23 in Albany, New York, while their Corazón trek starts the following night in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Prior to those performances, the band has a number of shows scheduled in the Southern U.S., including a set this Friday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Here is the full list of Santana's confirmed upcoming U.S. shows:

4/23 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
4/25 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
4/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre
4/27 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
4/29 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
5/2 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
5/3 -- San Juan, Puerto Rico, Coliseo de Puerto Rico
*5/23 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
**5/24 -- Greenwich, CT, Roger Sherman Baldwin Park (GTP South)
*5/25 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
*5/27 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
**5/29 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion
*5/31 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
**6/1 -- Grand Rapids Township, MI, Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
*6/3 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
**6/4 -- Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
*6/6 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
*6/7 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
**6/9 -- Windsor, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
**6/10 -- Orillia, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
**6/11 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
**6/13 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort
**6/14 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort
**6/15 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
**7/26 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
**7/27 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
**7/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Gardens
*7/31 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
**8/1 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
*8/2 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
*8/4 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
*8/5 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place
*8/8 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
*8/10 -- St. Paul, MN, XCEL Energy Center
*8/12 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
*8/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
*8/16 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
*8/19 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center
*8/20 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
11/5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
1/21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 -- -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay

* = with Rod Stewart
** = Corazón Tour.

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Report: Paul McCartney Selling Converted Fishing Boat for About $100K


Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney reportedly is selling a 52-foot converted fishing boat on which he used to spend quality time with his late first wife, Linda.  According to The Daily Mail, the Beatles star is asking 60,000 pounds, or about $100,000, for the vessel, which is named Barnaby Rudge after a character in a Charles Dickens novel.

The paper reports that Sir Paul decided to sell the boat because it was a bittersweet reminder of his happy years with Linda, who passed away in 1998 at age 56 after a battle with breast cancer.  A family friend tells The Daily Mail that ads for the boat don't mention that McCartney is the owner, only that the craft has "an interesting history."

The boat apparently is docked near a private studio Paul owns in Rye, England.  A rep for McCartney says the money raised by its sale will be donated to the Oxfam anti-poverty charity.

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Man Who Stole Peter Frampton's Luggage at Denver Airport Last Summer Receives Suspended Jail Sentence


Photo: Gregg RothA man who was convicted of stealing Peter Frampton's luggage at Denver International Airport last July has received a suspended jail sentence and fines totaling more than $8,800.  John Allen Papelbon confessed to a local detective that he stole seven bags from the airport, one of which belonged to the veteran guitar whiz, the Denver Post reports.

According to the newspaper, state records show that a judge sentenced the 52-year-old Thornton to 60 days in jail on Friday, but suspended the sentence so that the thief can work off the fines he owes.

In addition, because Papelbon pleaded guilty to stealing property valued between $2,000 and $5,000, he will spend two years on probation.

Frampton had flown into Denver en route to a concert in nearby Beaver Creek, Colorado, that was part of his 2013 Guitar Circus tour.

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Paul McCartney Postpones Concert in Santiago, Chile; Announces Five New US Tour Dates


Photo: MJ KimPaul McCartney just kicked off a new Latin American leg of his Out There Tour over the weekend, and the road trip already has hit a speed bump.  The legendary Beatle has postponed the trek's second show, which had been scheduled to take place at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, on Monday, April 21, because a plane carrying his equipment didn't arrive in the city on time.

The concert now is scheduled for this Wednesday, April 23.  Sir Paul also has a previously announced show at the same venue on Tuesday.

"Though I'm upset that the jumbo jet carrying all my equipment for the show has gone technical and will not arrive in Santiago in time for the show…I will not cancel the concert," said McCartney in a statement.  "I would hate to disappoint our great Chilean fans so we are moving the Monday show to Wednesday this week and looking forward to having a rocking time in Santiago."

The tour kicked off Saturday at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay.  McCartney reportedly played a whopping 40 songs at the concert.

In other news, McCartney continues to expand his U.S. summer tour itinerary, and has confirmed five new stateside shows -- all in the Midwest.  The latest performances will take place July 9 in Chicago; July 12 in Fargo, North Dakota; July 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska; July 16 in Kansas City, Missouri; and August 2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Paul has never played in Fargo or Lincoln before, while his last visits to Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis were during his 2011, 2010 and 2005 tours, respectively.

Tickets for the new dates will go on sale to the general public on April 28 at 10 a.m. local time, while American Express Card members will get the chance to purchase pre-sale tickets starting this Thursday, April 24, also at 10 a.m.

McCartney's 2014 U.S. leg now features a total of 15 shows, spanning from a June 13 event in Lubbock, Texas, through an August 7 concert in Salt Lake City.  More dates will be announced soon.

Here are all of McCartney's confirmed U.S. concerts:

6/14 -- Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena
6/16 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
6/19 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
6/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
6/22 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
6/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
6/26 -- Louisville, KY, Yum! Center
7/5 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
7/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
7/9 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/12 -- Fargo, ND, Fargodome
7/14 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/16 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
8/2 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Field
8/7 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena

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Art Garfunkel's Voice Sounds Beautiful at New Haven, CT, Concert


Courtesy of Art GarfunkelSince 2010, Art Garfunkel has struggled with a vocal ailment that forced him to take a hiatus from performing for about three years.  In recent months, however, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has returned to the stage, visiting small venues with a show that combines musical performances, prose and poetry pieces, and audience Q&A's.

Garfunkel's latest show took place Saturday at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.  Any fans attending the concert who may have been concerned about the condition of his voice needn't have worried -- while the 72-year-old pop-rock legend's power may have been slightly diminished and his upper range a bit strained, his singing still was absolutely angelic.

The majority of songs were renditions of Paul Simon-penned classics from Art's years with Simon & Garfunkel, including "The Boxer," "April Come She Will," "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her," "Homeward Bound," "The Sound of Silence" and "Kathy's Song."  Among the other songs were tunes Garfunkel either recorded for his solo albums or select covers by songwriters he admires, among them Billy Joel's "And So It Goes," Randy Newman's "Real Emotional Girl" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)."  Art was accompanied by acoustic guitarist Tab Laven, whose fluid, virtuosic finger-picking style perfectly suited the songs.

Interspersed between the musical performances, Garfunkel shared alternately humorous and touching anecdotes and well-crafted prose poems.  Among them were Art's recollections about the first time Simon played "The Sound of Silence" to him, how his father helped inspire his love of music and the time he serenaded a herd of cows with "Ol' Man River" during one of his walking trips across the United States.

To close out the evening, and to the delight of the audience, Art delivered an abbreviated but stellar version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Bridge over Troubled Water."

Garfunkel has about a dozen more confirmed performances on his schedule, running from a May 17 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, through a June 29 visit to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Here are all of Art's upcoming shows, according to his official website:

5/17 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Casino
5/23 -- Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre
5/24 -- Washington, DC, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
6/6 -- Columbia, SC, Performing Arts Center
6/7 -- Charleston, SC, Congregation Church
6/13 -- White Plains, NY, Performing Arts Center
6/14 -- Peekskill, NY, Hudson Valley Theater
6/19 -- Northampton, MA, Academy of Music
6/20 -- Worcester, MA, Mechanics Hall
6/21 -- Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
6/26 -- Raleigh, NC, Carolina Theater
6/27 -- Charlotte, NC, Amos Southend Theater
6/29 -- Wilmington, NC, Brooklyn Arts Theater

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Grammy Charity Auction Offering Meet-and-Greet Packages with Journey, Ozzy Osbourne


Travis Shinn; MSO PRTwo exciting VIP packages are up for bid that will give rock fans the chance to get up close and personal with Journey and Ozzy Osbourne.  The meet-and-greet experiences are part of a charity auction that will raise money for the Recording Academy's Grammy Foundation and MusiCares organization.

The Journey package includes two tickets to one of the band's upcoming summer concerts, to be chosen by the winning bidder, as well as the opportunity to spend some face time with the group's members and get a picture taken with them.

As for the other offer, the winner will receive two passes to attend the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert paying tribute to Ozzy Osbourne on May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.  The package includes a pair of front-row balcony seats, access to the event's soundcheck, a light meal and a private meeting and photo op with the Metal Madman himself. 

Osbourne and his solo band will perform at the sold-out event, as will Metallica, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bluesman Keb' Mo' and other stars.  In addition, The Eagles' Joe Walsh will present Ozzy with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which aids musicians who are struggling with health and addiction issues.

You can bid on the packages through this Friday by visiting eBay.com/Grammy.

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Boxer Who Inspired Bob Dylan Song, Dead at 76


Getty ImagesRubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer who inspired a Bob Dylan song and a movie starring Denzel Washington, has died following a battle with prostate cancer.

Carter's friend, John Artis, says the boxer died in his sleep Sunday morning in Toronto, according to CTV News. He was 76.

Carter spent 19 years in prison on a murder conviction that was overturned after several appeals and a groundswell of support by civil rights groups and celebrities. He was released in 1985.

In 1975, Dylan released a song about Carter's case, titled "Hurricane." Washington portrayed Carter in the 1999 film The Hurricane, earning him an Oscar nomination.

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Ex-Beach Boy Al Jardine Shares Details About Upcoming Brian Wilson Album


Courtesy of Al JardineBrian Wilson has been working on a new studio album that's sure to interest Beach Boys lovers and rock fans in general.  The project features contributions by guitar legend Jeff Beck, as well as a number of Wilson's fellow Beach Boys alumni -- Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin.

Jardine recently chatted with ABC News Radio and revealed a few details about the upcoming record.

"I sang a couple of leads on it, and a few background parts, and that's pretty much all I know about it," he explained.

One tune featuring Jardine's lead vocals that he said he particularly liked is called "Run, James, Run."  The 71-year-old singer described the track as "a 21st century car song," adding that it's "a good up-tempo kind of nouveau Beach Boy kind of thing, which I kind of really enjoyed."

In addition, Al reported that his son Matt, who previously had served as Wilson's stand-in on some Beach Boys tours, also sings on Brian's upcoming album.

As for when the record might be released, Jardine admitted that he had no idea.  "It's in the hands of the producers," he said, "so we'll all find out together."

One byproduct of the recording sessions was a well-received 2013 co-headlining tour featuring Wilson and Beck, which also included Jardine and Marks as special guests.

Al told ABC News Radio that the trek helped make him aware of just how great a musician Beck is.  "[He's a] very, very talented guy," Jardine gushed.  "He's extraordinary.  [And he] has a real appreciation for Beach Boy music, which I didn't know."

Next up for Jardine is a May 10 performance at the Mayfest on Main event in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The free show also will feature Marks, Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean fame and Al's son Matt, among other performers.

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The Kinks' Dave Davies Shares Health Advice with Ailing AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young


Cleopatra Records; Columbia RecordsOn Wednesday, AC/DC announced that founding guitarist Malcolm Young was "taking a break from the band due to ill health."  The news came on the heels of an unconfirmed Australian blog post that claimed Young had suffered a stroke.

While the nature of Malcolm's illness has yet to be officially revealed, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist who had a debilitating stroke back in 2004, The Kinks' Dave Davies, has offered some advice for the ailing musician.

Davies wrote a Facebook message directed at Young that reads, "[N]ever give up -- and remember all the important 'tricks' you learnt and keep going over and over them in your mind -- always [exercise] your hands and fingers -- picking coins from the floor -- picking up pins from a flat surface -- constantly touch the tips of your fingers with the thumb and try to do it faster and faster -- [imagine] playing your best solos ever in your mind before you go to sleep -- daily."

After suffering his stroke, it took a long time before Davies performed again, but he finally returned to the stage last year and has been playing shows fairly regularly ever since.

It's worth noting that the same blog post that reported Malcolm had had a stroke also claimed that AC/DC was set to announce its retirement, something the band refuted in its official statement.  The Australian rockers insisted in their message, "The band will continue to make music."

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Paul Stanley's Autobiography Debuts at #2 on "New York Times" Best Seller List


Harper CollinsPaul Stanley has called his story "inspirational" -- and the telling of that story has apparently inspired legions to go buy the book in which the story is told.  Face the Music: A Life Exposed has debuted at #2 on The New York Times Best Seller list in the nonfiction hardcover category. 

The memoir opens with the KISS singer's childhood, a rough tale of being born with a physical deformity, a learning disability and a dysfunctional family -- and overcoming it all to become the frontman of one of the world's most successful rock bands.

Face the Music also debuted at #3 on Publishers Weekly's Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list, #4 on the Wall Street Journal's Nonfiction Best Sellers list and #4 on the Toronto Star's Original Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

In typical KISS fashion, Stanley has been relentlessly plugging the book with coast-to-coast radio, TV, online and in-store appearances.  Amid the flurry of publicity, KISS also was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just over a week ago.

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2014 Record Store Day Offering Hundreds of Exclusive Vinyl Releases


RecordStoreDay.comSpring is in the air, but if you breathe deeply enough you may also pick up the scent of fresh vinyl. This Saturday, April 19, marks the seventh annual installment of Record Store Day, which is celebrated at select music retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and several other countries.  In conjunction with the unofficial holiday, a vast number of artists are issuing limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs that are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops.

This year's Record Store Day is proving to be one of the most expansive yet, with more than 400 special releases headed for U.S. stores alone.  Obviously, there are way too many discs to list, but among some of the noteworthy acts represented are Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Animals, David Bowie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, The Ramones, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa and The Zombies.

Here's some specific information about a few of the releases sure to interest audiophiles:

- David Bowie's "1984" picture disc -- a seven-inch single featuring a photo of Bowie with famed beat author William S. Burroughs, and including the original version of the song and a live rendition from a December 1974 TV appearance.

- Creedence Clearwater Revival's The 1969 Singles -- a 10-inch white-vinyl disc featuring four singles, a-sides and b-sides, that the band released in 1969.

- The Grateful Dead's Live at Hampton Coliseum -- a two-LP set featuring previously unreleased performances from a concert the band played at the Virginia venue on May 4, 1979.

- The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Live at Monterey -- a high-quality 180-gram vinyl edition of the album documenting Hendrix and his group's landmark 1967 set at the Monterey Pop festival.

- Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes' Live at the Greek -- a three-LP version of the 2000 album -- on red, clear and blue vinyl discs -- capturing performances from Page and The Crowes' collaborative 1999 shows in Los Angeles.

- Bruce Springsteen's American Beauty EP -- a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that yielded the Boss' latest album, 2014's High Hopes.

Check out the full list of special releases at RecordStoreDay.com.

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