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Leonard Cohen Nabs Four Nominations for 2015 Juno Awards


PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsHallelujah! One of the top nominees for this year's Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys, is 80 years old -- influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen.  The lauded folk-rock artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who probably is best known for penning the popular tune "Hallelujah," received nominations in four categories.

Cohen will compete for Artist of the Year, Fan Choice Award, Album of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year, with the latter two honors for his 2014 studio effort Popular Problems.

Bryan Adams and Sarah McLachlan also are in the running for the Artist of the Year Prize.  As previously reported, Canadian rock legends Rush will be acknowledged for their philanthropic work at the Junos with the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

The 2015 Juno Awards will be held on March 15 in Hamilton, Ontario.  A full list of nominees can be found on JunoAwards.ca.

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Elton John Signs Deal with HBO to Executive-Produce New Drama, "Virtuoso"


ABC/Randy HolmesAs a child, Elton John was a musical prodigy -- you might have even called him a virtuoso.  So perhaps it's fitting that Elton has signed a deal with HBO to produce a musical historical drama called Virtuoso.

Variety reports that the Rocket Man is teaming with his husband, David Furnish, and True Blood creator Alan Ball on the project, which is set in 18th century Vienna, Austria.  It follows a class of European musicians who all attend a prestigious school called The Academy of Musical Excellence.  This is obviously something that Elton has some experience with, having won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in England when he was just 11 years old.

Production on the Virtuoso pilot episode begins this spring in Hungary.  John, Ball and Furnish will be executive producers; Ball is writing the pilot episode.

Elton and his husband are no strangers to the world of movies and TV: Their company Rocket Pictures has been responsible for several television and film projects, including the animated flick Gnomeo & Juliet.

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Steely Dan Announces Run of Spring U.S. Tour Dates


Credit: Danny ClinchSteely Dan recently confirmed a pair of headlining performances at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, on April 10 and April 17, and now the band has announced a full series of spring shows in the Western U.S.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' concerts run from an April 7-8 stand in Santa Rosa, California, through an April 18 date in San Diego.

In recent years, Steely Dan has headed out on a variety of quirkily named treks, including last year's Jamalot Ever After tour and 2013's Mood Swings outing.  2015 is no exception, as this year's trek has been christened the Rockabye Golly Angel Tour.  On-sale dates for the new shows vary; visit SteelyDan.com for details.  More concerts are expected to be announced soon.

Here are all of Steely Dan's confirmed 2015 tour dates:

4/7 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
4/8 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
4/10 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
4/11 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
4/14 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
4/15 -- Santa Barbara, CA, County Bowl
4/17 -- Indio CA, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
4/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay

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The Who, Van Morrison to Headline London Benefit Shows for Teenage Cancer Trust


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Who; Exile ProductionsThe Who and Van Morrison are among the acts that will headline the 2015 Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts, which will take place from March 23 through March 28 at London's Royal Albert Hall.  This year marks the 15th anniversary of the charity series, which Who frontman Roger Daltrey helps organize.

The British rock legends will headline the March 26 show, which will feature special guest Wilko Johnson, who teamed up with Daltrey to record the award-winning 2013 collaborative album Going Back Home.  Morrison will perform on the previous night, March 25, and will be joined by a number of as-yet-unannounced guest musicians.

The lineup for this year's Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts also includes Stereophonics on March 23, former Jam frontman Paul Weller and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on March 27, and former Oasis guitarist/singer Noel Gallagher and his current group High Flying Birds on March 28.

The shows raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K. charity that helps fund medical facilities and programs for young people suffering from cancer.  Tickets go on sale on Friday, January.  Visit TeenageCancerTrust.org for more information.

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Recording Academy Says Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne Won't Receive a Grammy if Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" Wins


Sam Jones; Martyn AtkinsAs reported Monday, a rep for U.K. pop star Sam Smith confirmed that Tom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of Smith's 2014 hit, "Stay with Me," as part of the amicable settlement of a copyright dispute.  The agreement was reached after Smith acknowledged that his song's melody bears similarities to Petty's 1989 hit, "I Won't Back Down," which he co-wrote with Lynne.

Since "Stay with Me" has been nominated in several categories at this year's Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, the question has arisen: would Petty and Lynne share in any trophies if the tune wins?  The Recording Academy says no.

As Recording Academy senior vice president Bill Freimuth explains to Billboard, "Since Lynne and Petty didn't do any new writing for this work, we are considering their original work to have been interpolated by [James] Napier, [William] Phillips and Smith for 'Stay With Me.'  Lynne and Petty will not be considered nominees nor will they be considered Grammy recipients, should the song win."

Freimuth says instead, Tom and Jeff "would be given certificates to honor their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work."

As Billboard points out, news of the agreement to add Petty and Lynne to the credits won't affect the Grammy voting, since final ballots had to have been cast by January 16.  The 57th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles February 8, and will air live on CBS.  Smith is slated to sing "Stay with Me" on the broadcast.

A statement from Smith's rep maintained that Sam and his "Stay with Me" co-writers were "not previously familiar" with "I Won't Back Down" and that "the likeness was a complete coincidence."

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Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet to Wrap Up "Ride Out" Tour with Nashville Show


Credit: William RummelBob Seger and the Silver Bullet have announced a final date for their 2014-2015 tour in support of Seger's latest studio album, Ride Out -- a March 28 concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  The show will be the 40th of the trek, which launched on November 19 in Saginaw, Michigan, and will bring the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer back to the city where he recorded Ride Out.

Tickets for the Nashville show go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 7, at 10:00 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com, BobSeger.com and LiveNation.com.  Members of the Michigan rocker's fan club will have the chance to buy pre-sale tickets beginning on Wednesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time, while Citi cardmembers can purchase pre-sale that same day at 4 p.m. via the Citi Private Pass program.

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's next show is scheduled for Tuesday night in Charleston, West Virginia.  Here are all of their upcoming dates:

1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
2/3 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena
2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
2/25 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/27 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
3/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
3/5 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
3/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena
3/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
3/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Center
3/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/26 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/28 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena

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Alice Cooper on Touring with Motley Crue in 2015: "Let's Not Break Up a Great Combination"


Live Nation EntertainmentAfter serving as the opening act for the 2014 installment of Motley Crue's Final Tour, Alice Cooper will be heading out on the road again with the glam-metal mavens in 2015 for what will be their last-ever North American trek.  The shock rocker tells ABC News Radio that when the Crue asked him to join them on this year's tour, he gladly accepted, telling them, "Sure, let's not break up a great combination."

Cooper says the great thing about the bill "is that both bands are cut from the same bolt, you know, high energy rock 'n' roll, theatrical, take-no-prisoners kind of show.  So that's why we wanted to be on it."

Besides the fact that both acts put on spectacularly theatrical and hard-rocking shows, Cooper tells ABC News Radio that another reason he was enthusiastic about touring with the Crue again was that they all got along so well last year.

"There was never any hassle," explains Alice.  "You know, you get two bands together and there's gonna be an ego clash.  Never happened.  Both crews worked together.  All the bands respected each other.  So there was never one day where there was a problem."

One of the big highlights of Motley Crue's Final Tour show is the Cruecifly -- a ceiling-level roller coaster on which Tommy Lee takes a wild ride with his drum kit, which flips over and does some other cool tricks.  Cooper, who knows a thing or two about over-the-top stage props, points out that when he was first introduced to the Cruecifly, he expected Motley Crue to experience some "Spinal Tap moments" during the show.

"I looked at the construction of this thing and I said, 'It's gonna do what?!'" he recalls.  "And I knew that there would be a few times when there'd be glitches in this.  But, it doesn't matter…When Tommy's up there playing and that thing goes on and starts moving around, it's incredible."

In addition to being Motley Crue's special guest on most of their late-summer North American tour dates, Alice will accompany the band on their planned spring visit to Australia and New Zealand.  He tells ABC News Radio that he also will be playing plenty of his own headlining dates throughout 2015.

The North American leg of Motley Crue's Final Tour runs from a July 22 concert in Eugene, Oregon, through a September 10 show in Mexico City.  Cooper is slated to open nearly all of those dates through a September 4 gig in New Orleans.  The Crue also is expected to play a series of fall international dates before bringing their career as a touring band to a close with a December 30-31 stand at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles.

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Dave Grohl Does Not Appear in First Cut of "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck"


Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOThe first fully authorized Kurt Cobain documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, made its premiere this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, but one notable person was absent from the film -- Dave Grohl.

Director Brett Morgen explained that while he did interview the former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman for the film, he did not have time to include the footage in the documentary prior to its Sundance premiere.

"We had a locked print and trying to re-edit a film with a new interview in 10 days is kind of difficult," Morgen tells Billboard.  "This is the picture I wanted -- I didn't want there to be a lot of people in the film."

Morgen does say that he hopes to include the Grohl interview in another version of the film.  Perhaps we will see it when Montage of Heck airs on HBO later this year.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premiered at Sundance on Saturday, January 24.  At the opening, Cobain's daughter -- and the film's executive producer -- Frances Bean Cobain shared a hug with her mother, Courtney Love, marking the pair's first public appearance together in several years.

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Mark Knopfler Releasing New Album, "Tracker," in March; Touring North America in September-October


Verve/Universal MusicMark Knopfler has revealed that his latest solo album, Tracker, will be released on March 17, and the ex-Dire Straits frontman will support the record with a major tour that will include a lengthy North American leg taking place in September and October. 

The standard version of Tracker features 11 new tunes by Knopfler, including songs paying homage to two lauded late British literary figures, psychological fiction author Beryl Bainbridge and modernist poet Basil Bunting.  The first single, "Beryl," which was inspired by Bainbridge, can be heard in its entirety now on VEVO.com.

"The album title Tracker arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades," Knopfler explains in a statement.  "Out of me tracking time -- looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio."

Tracker is available as a single CD, a digital download and a double-LP vinyl set, as well as a deluxe edition boasting four bonus cuts and a box set with six extra tracks.  The box set features CD and vinyl versions of the album, as well as a DVD containing a short film by director Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler about Tracker.  The package also features a numbered art print, six photo prints and liner notes penned by respected American author Richard Ford.

Knopfler's North American tour runs from a September 10 concert in Vancouver, Canada, through an October 31 performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Fans buying tickets for the shows online will receive one physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased.  Tickets go on sale to the general public for most concerts starting this Friday, January 30, while pre-sale tickets will be available for fan-club members beginning Tuesday, January 27.  First up for Mark is a European tour leg that gets under way on May 15 in Dublin, Ireland, and runs through a July 31 show in Barcelona, Spain.  Visit MarkKnopfler.com for more details.

Here is the track list for Tracker:

"Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes"
"Basil"
"River Towns"
"Skydiver"
"Mighty Man"
"Broken Bones"
"Long Cool Girl"
"Lights of Taormina"
"Silver Eagle"
"Beryl"
"Wherever I Go"
*".38 Special"
*"My Heart Has Never Changed"
*"Terminal of Tribute To"
*"Heart of Oak"
**"Time Will End All Sorrow"
**"Oklahoma Ponies"

* = deluxe & box set bonus track
** = box set bonus track.

And here is Knopfler's North American tour itinerary:

9/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9/11-12 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9/13 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
9/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9/18 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Dolby Theatre
9/20 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
9/21 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
9/23 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
9/25 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
9/26 -- Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre
9/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
9/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
9/30 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
10/2 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
10/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre - Murat Theatre
10/4 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
10/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
10/7 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Place Des Arts - Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre
10/9 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/10 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater
10/11 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theater
10/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall
10/14 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/16 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
10/18 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
10/20 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
10/22 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
10/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater
10/25 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/27 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10/28 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
10/30 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/31 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne Now Considered Co-Writers of UK Pop Star Sam Smith's Hit, "Stay with Me"


Sam Jones; Martyn Atkins; Image Group LA/ABCTom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne are now listed on the songwriting credits of one of last year's biggest pop hits: "Stay with Me," the smash ballad by young U.K. singer Sam Smith.  Smith's rep confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, after a report was published recently in British tabloid The Sun revealing that the 22-year-old singer had amicably settled a copyright dispute brought by Petty's publishers over supposed similarities between "Stay with Me" and Tom's 1989 hit "I Won't Back Down," which he co-wrote with Lynne.

Smith's spokesperson explained in a statement to Rolling Stone, "Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down'…contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions.  Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."

Sam's rep added, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."

It's unclear if Petty and Lynne will receive back royalties from the tune, which has been nominated for three Grammy Awards this year.

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Randy Bachman Unveils Cover Art, Track List for Upcoming Album, "Heavy Blues"


True North RecordingsNew details have been revealed about Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman's upcoming solo album, Heavy Blues, including the cover art, the full track list and information about the guest guitarists who have contributed to the project.

The album features 11 original songs written by the founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member, including "Little Girl Lost" featuring Neil Young, the title track with Peter Frampton, "Oh My Lord" featuring lap-steel guitar whiz Robert Randolph, "Ton of Bricks" and "Bad Child" with contemporary blues star Joe Bonamassa.  In addition, the late Jeff Healey appears on a song called "Confessin' to the Devil."

Randy is releasing the album under the name Bachman, which refers to the power trio he formed with bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon to record all the tracks.  In support of Heavy Blues, which will be released on April 14, Bachman the band will be hitting the road on a North American tour that kicks off April 1 in Milwaukee.  Only five U.S. dates have been confirmed so far, but more will be announced soon.

Here is the track list for Heavy Blues:

"The Edge"
"Ton of Bricks" (featuring Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday)
"Bad Child" (featuring Joe Bonamassa)
"Little Girl Lost" (featuring Neil Young)
"Learn to Fly"
"Oh My Lord" (featuring Robert Randolph)
"Confessin' to the Devil" (featuring Jeff Healey)
"Heavy Blues" (featuring Peter Frampton)
"Wild Texas Ride"
"Please Come to Paris" (featuring Canadian folk-rock singer Luke Doucet)
"We Need to Talk"

Here's a list of all of Bachman's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

4/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Bingo Casino - The Northern Lights Theater
4/2 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theater
4/4 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
4/24 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
4/25 -- New York, NY, The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

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Gregg Allman Announces Spring Tour


Danny ClinchThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired, but Gregg Allman isn’t slowing down.  He’s just announced a 21-date spring U.S. tour, kicking off in Ohio in March, and wrapping May 9 in Austin, Texas.

Allman, who turned 67 last month, has rarely been more busy.  He just wrapped up an outing that concluded with a show Sunday night at AT&T park in San Francisco.  He also scored a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance, for his fresh take with Taj Mahal on the Allman Brothers staple “Statesboro Blues,” from last year’s album Gregg Allman: All My Friends.

Speaking of friends, Allman will be supported this spring on various dates by Nashville-based blues rockers SIMO, Americana fiddle player and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires, and Allman’s son Devon Allman and his Devon Allman Band.

For ticket info, head to GreggAllman.com.  Here’s the tour itinerary:

3/13 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Casino
3/14 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre
3/17 -- Kalamazoo, MI, State Theatre
3/19-20 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
3/21 -- Florence, IN, Belterra Casino Resort
3/24-25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
3/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
3/28 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
4/18 -- Live Oak, FL, Wanee Music Festival
4/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Roxy Theatre
4/25 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach
4/28-29 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon
5/1 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
5/2 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
5/5 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/6 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Performing Arts Center
5/8 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
5/9 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live

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Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick Line Up Joint North American Tour Dates


Yann Charles; Cheap Trick UnlimitedEach year, Peter Frampton usually teams up with one or more other famous veteran rock acts for a series of co-headlining dates, and 2015 will be no exception.  The veteran guitar whiz has lined up a number of joint North American shows with power-pop legends Cheap Trick that will take place in the late spring and summer.

So far, seven co-headlining performances have been scheduled, stretching from a June 6 concert in Lincoln, California, through an August 5 gig in Toronto.  More dates are expected to be announced soon.  Frampton's itinerary also includes a solo headlining show on June 26 in Morristown, New Jersey.

As for Cheap Trick, the band has a variety of upcoming concerts in addition to the performances with Frampton.  They include a March 7 headlining gig at the 12th annual RaceJam concert in Las Vegas, an April 12 post-race show at the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and appearances at the Wanee Festival on April 18 in Live Oak, Florida, at the Carolina Rebellion fest on May 2 in Concord, North Carolina, and at the Taste of Joliet event on June 26 in Joliet, Illinois.  Cheap Trick also will be joining Billy Idol for a late-March and early-April tour of Australia and New Zealand, and will be one of Foo Fighters' special guests at that group's August 29 concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago.  Check out the band's full schedule at CheapTrick.com.

Here are all of Frampton and Cheap Trick's confirmed joint concerts, according to Frampton.com:

6/6 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
6/16 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
6/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
6/20 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
6/27 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
8/1 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

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The Edge, Patti Smith, Perry Farrell, Flea Dish with Chef Mario Batali's on New Web Series


Paolo Pellegrin; Angelo CricchiU2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food.

All five episodes of the series -- including shows featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban -- premiere on Monday, January 26, on Daily Motion.  During each episode, Batali cooks up a special meal inspired by his guest.  Each artist also performs a song on the show.

In a preview clip of The Edge's episode, the Irish rocker reflects, "Music is so eloquent an art form in expressing human emotions."  He also is seen strumming an acoustic guitar while singing his band's 1992 song "Running to Stand Still."  In addition, the preview shows Batali cooking up a fresh scallop and pasta dish, which he and The Edge share along with some white wine.

In a clip promoting Smith's episode, the Godmother of Punk says of the motivation to create music or art, "I think all artists enjoy their process.  It's inherent in you.  You have a creative impulse and the impulse isn't to do it for yourself but for others."  She also performs an acoustic version of "Grateful," a tune from her 2000 album, Gung Ho.  As for the cooking aspect of the program, the preview shows an ecstatic Patti observing Mario shave a large truffle in to a pasta dish he's preparing.

In a video promoting the show featuring Farrell, the singer talks about the frame of mind he likes to be in when coming up with songs.  "The creative process always starts when I'm enjoying myself," he tells Batali. "Like, I'm always partying when I start writing songs for the most part, poetry, everything flows as the wine flows."  Farrell is joined by his wife, Etty, in the episode.

Check out previews for all five Feedback Kitchen episodes at DailyMotion.com/FeedbackKitchen.

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Ex-Scorpions/UFO Guitarist Michael Schenker's Band Temple of Rock Releasing New Album in March


Image Courtesy of Chipster PRFormer Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker will release his third studio album with his current band, Temple of Rock, this spring.  Spirit on a Mission will hit stores on March 24, a day before the German rocker and his group kick off a North American tour in San Jose, California.

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock features a new lineup that includes the longtime Scorpions rhythm section of drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, along with ex-Rainbow singer Doogie White and frequent Schenker collaborator Wayne Findlay on guitar and keyboards.

During the tour, Temple of Rock will visit cities across the continent before wrapping things up with a May 2 show in Agoura Hills, California, that also will include special guest Don Dokken.  In addition, Enuff Z Nuff will open for Temple of Rock at the band's April 23 show in Chicago and April 25 performance in St. Charles, Illinois.

"Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote Spirit on a Mission," says Schenker in a statement.  "I want to make Temple of Rock its own entity.  Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as Temple of Rock."

A video of the new Temple of Rock song "Vigilante Man" can be viewed now at the band's official YouTube channel.

Here are the group's North American tour dates:

3/25 -- San Jose, CA, Rockbar Theater
3/27 -- Portland, OR, Tonic
3/28 -- Seattle, WA, Studio Seven
4/1 -- Orangevale, CA, Boardwalk
4/2 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
4/3 -- West Hollywood, CA, Whisky a Go Go
4/4 -- Corona, CA, M-15 Concert Hall
4/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, Vamp'd
4/8 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Livewire Concert Hall
4/10 -- Dallas, TX, Trees
4/11 -- San Antonio, TX, 210 Kapones Live
4/12 -- San Leon, TX, 18th Street
4/15 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
4/16 -- Binghamton, NY, Eclipse
4/17 -- Newton, NJ, Newton Theatre
4/18 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony
4/20 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
4/22 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Rockpile West
4/23 -- Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall (with Enuff Z Nuff)
4/24 -- Detroit, MI, Harpos Concert Hall
4/25 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre (with Enuff Z Nuff)
4/26 -- Pontiac, IL, Freaksters
4/28 -- Golden, CO, Buffalo Rose
4/30 -- Ramona, CA, Ramona Mainstage
5/1 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
5/2 -- Agoura Hills, CA, Canyon Club (with Don Dokken)

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Paul McCartney Releases New Single with Kanye West and Rihanna


Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Paul McCartney and Kanye West teamed up to release a new single called "Only One."  It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists.  Now, a new collaboration has been released -- with Rihanna added to the mix.

The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called "FourFiveSeconds," and you can hear it at Rihanna's official website and via iTunes now.

Rihanna described the song on Twitter as "FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!" The singer hasn't released a new album since 2012'S Unapologetic, but has been teasing the imminent release of new music for quite some time now.

"Now I'm four, five seconds from wildin'/And we got three more days 'til Friday," Rihanna sings.  "I'm just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin'/I swear I wish somebody would try me/ Ooh, that's all I want/And I know that you're home tonight, thinkin' how could I be so selfish/but you called 'bout a thousand times wondering where I've been." 

Kanye also sings on the track; we assume that McCartney is the one playing acoustic guitar.

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"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" Premiering at Sundance Film Festival Saturday


Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOThe first ever fully authorized Kurt Cobain documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, will premiere on Saturday, January 24, at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Executive produced Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, Montage of Heck will give viewers an unprecedented look a the late Nirvana frontman's archives, including never-before-heard original solo recordings.

"I started work on this project eight years ago," said director Brett Morgen in November when Montage of Heck was announced. "Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media."

In addition to the documentary, a Montage of Heck book will also be released, including extended transcripts from the interviews Morgen conducted for the film.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will air on HBO later this year.

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Bob Dylan to Give 50,000 Free Copies of His New Album to "AARP" Magazine Readers


Columbia RecordsOn Thursday, a lengthy new interview Bob Dylan gave with AARP magazine that focused mostly on his upcoming standards album, Shadows in the Night, premiered online at AARP.org.  Now, the AARP organization has announced that the folk-rock great will be giving away free copies of the album to 50,000 of the magazine's readers.

According to the AARP, a U.S.-based interest group for people aged 50 and over, the CDs will be sent out to randomly chosen subscribers.

During the interview, Dylan's first in nearly three years, he talked about his desire to give away copies of the album, which features renditions of 11 songs recorded by the late Frank Sinatra.

"A lot of [the magazine's] readers are going to like this record," he said.  "If it was up to me, I'd give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine."

Dylan, who is now 73, also discussed how the themes of his own songs have matured as he's aged. "Look, you get older.  Passion is a young man's game," he maintained.  "Young people can be passionate.  Older people gotta be more wise.  I mean, you're around a while, you leave certain things to the young.  Don't try to act like you're young.  You could really hurt yourself."

Shadows in the Night will be released on February 3.

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Carlos Santana's Nephew Advances to "American Idol" Hollywood Round


Courtesy Rubén Martin/RCA RecordsIs Carlos Santana the uncle of the next "American Idol"?  Could be!  The guitar legend's nephew Adam Lasher was among the contestants that were shown trying out for Fox's singing competition show on Thursday's American Idol episode, which was taped in New Orleans.

Lasher, who hails from Danville, California, chose to sing an original song for the audition, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.  Judge Keith Urban loved his voice and his artistry.  Fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. agreed and all three voted "yes" for Adam to advance.

Prior to his audition, Adam told host Ryan Seacrest that his uncle taught him how to play guitar.

"Sometimes the proverbs or the wisdom that he's saying is just like a deeper lesson than just like, 'Hey, this is a barre chord and this is this scale and this is that scale,'" Lasher explained. "He's just like a Jedi with a guitar."

The segment, which has been posted on the American Idol YouTube channel, also included a clip of Adam performing onstage with his Uncle Carlos.

Incidentally, Lasher performs with his own group, which has several gigs lined up in the coming days in Southern California.  You can find out more information at AdamLasherBand.com.

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Star-Studded 2005 Tribute to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" Reissued with Bonus Tracks


Cleopatra RecordsIn 2005, a tribute to Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album The Wall titled Back Against The Wall was released that featured an extraordinary lineup of rock stars, including past or current members of Yes, Styx, Toto, The Doors, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and more.  To mark its 10th anniversary, the two-CD set was reissued this week with new artwork and several bonus tracks, while the collection also has been released on vinyl for the first time.

Among the interesting collaborations that appear on Back Against The Wall are a version of "Don't Leave Me Now" featuring Styx's Tommy Shaw and The Doors' Robby Krieger; a rendition of "Hey You" with Asia/ex-King Crimson singer/bassist John Wetton, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Yes drummer Alan White and Shaw; and a version of "Comfortably Numb" featuring White and Yes bassist Chris Squire.

The project was the brainchild of one-time Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood, who has overseen the creation of numerous all-star tribute albums over the last decade or so.  A digital version of the reissue also is available.

The bonus tracks, which don't appear on the vinyl version of Back Against The Wall, include four different remixes of "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2," as well as a remix of "Comfortably Numb."

Here is the complete track list of the Back Against The Wall reissue, including the key artists who contributed to each song:

Disc 1
"In the Flesh?" (featuring Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro)
"The Thin Ice" (featuring Ian Anderson & Tony Levin)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 1" (featuring Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood)
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (featuring Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro)
"Mother" (featuring John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White)
"Goodbye Blue Sky" (featuring Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood)
"Empty Spaces" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger)
"Young Lust" (featuring Glenn Hughes)
"One of My Turns" (featuring Tommy Shaw)
"Don't Leave Me Now" (featuring Tommy Shaw & Robby Krieger)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 3" (featuring Steve Lukather & Tony Levin)
"Goodbye Cruel World" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Tony Levin)

Disc 2
"Hey You" (featuring John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White)
"Is There Anybody Out There?" (featuring Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood)
"Nobody Home" (featuring Rick Wakeman)
"Vera" (featuring Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe)
"Bring the Boys Back Home" (featuring Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen)
"Comfortably Numb" (featuring Chris Squire & Alan White)
"The Show Must Go On" (featuring Adrian Belew & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"In the Flesh" (featuring Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"Run Like Hell" (featuring Jason Scheff, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye)
"Waiting for the Worms" (featuring Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Colaiuta)
"Stop" (featuring Billy Sherwood)
"The Trial" (featuring Malcolm McDowell)
"Outside the Wall" (featuring Billy Sherwood)
Bonus Tracks
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (Electro Remix)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (House Remix)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (Radio Remix)
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (Dub Remix)
"Comfortably Numb" (Blackburner Remix)

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