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Ross Halfin/Universal Music GroupFans of Elton John and The Who unable to get to New Orleans for the popular New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival can get all of the action with AXS TV's live broadcast next weekend.

The network will be airing 21 hours of live and recorded performances from this year's fest, taking place May 1-3.  Besides Elton and The Who, the AXS broadcast also will feature Chicago, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Steve Winwood, Lenny Kravitz, The O'Jays and more.

AXS' coverage begins at 4 p.m. daily during Jazzfst.  Viewers also will be able to access special festival-specific content on an special interactive website at Axs.tv/festival/JazzFest.

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Image Courtesy Mad Ink PRDef Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen is exploring his passion for blues in a new project, Delta Deep, whose self-titled debut is scheduled for release in June.

Delta Deep features Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, with vocals from Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forrest Robinson. The album is peppered with guest stars galore, including Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliot, Whitesnake's David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/Manraze drummer Paul Cook, and Girl/Manraze bassist Simon Laffy.

The idea for project dates back to 2012, when Collen and Cook -- who's the godmother of Collen's wife, Helen -- got together to sing blues classics in the guitarist's home. Soon after, all three began to write original music, and recorded the tracks in Collen's home studio. Others joined the project in quick succession, and Robinson's suggestion to get DeLeo in the lineup was the fit the group needed.

"We really wanted Robert in this band," Collen says. "He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most "badass bass player" to come out of the alternative rock explosion."  He adds of Blackwell-Cook, "When I hear Debbi sing, I can hear the pain.  She’s an incredibly beautiful 62-year-old black woman who has been through things and she can sing through her pain. Not everyone can do that and not everyone sounds like Debbi.

Delta Deep will be out June 23.

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Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney is coming to the City of Brotherly Love.

The Beatles legend announced that he will perform at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on June 21.  It will be Paul’s first appearance in Philadelphia since 2010.  The show is being billed as the first North American arena date of the rocker's Out There tour, with the implication of more to come.

Advance tickets will go on sale Monday for registered users of McCartney's website, with sales to the general public beginning  Friday, May 1 at noon Eastern.

Currently on tour in Japan and South Korea, McCartney is already confirmed for headline slots at the Firefly Music Festival on June 19 in Dover, Delaware, and Lollapalooza on July 31 in Chicago.

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J. Shearer/WireImageThe surviving core members of The Grateful Dead have insisted that the group's Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago and Santa Clarita, California, will be their last, but according to Billboard a tour could be in the works with pop guitarist John Mayer filling in for the late Jerry Garcia.

Although a rep for the Dead tells Billboard talk of a tour is "premature," the magazine cites unnamed sources as saying Mayer already has begun jamming informally with Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir and other band members, and that an October kick-off is being eyed for a full-fledged tour.

As previously reported, The Grateful Dead's five Fare Thee Well shows will take place on June 26 and 27 in Santa Clarita, and July 4-6 in Chicago. Those shows will feature surviving members Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart performing with Phish's Trey Anastasio, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and Rat Dog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

Billboard estimates ticket sales for those five shows will top $50 million, which may in part explain the attraction of taking the show on the road with Mayer.

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ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is voicing his support for Bruce Jenner.  The former Olympian turned reality star's 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer airs Friday night, during which Jenner will presumably address his gender transition for the first time.

"It's an incredibly brave thing to do, especially when you're older," Elton told Access Hollywood Thursday night during a charity event in L.A. The singer added, "I admire him for doing it and I support him 100 percent.”

Elton’s husband, David Furnish, agreed. “People should support him,” he said.

Other celebrities have spoken out in support of Bruce's reported transition, too. Boy George told People earlier this month: "I applaud what he's doing. I think it's very brave. And it actually makes me quite emotional.”

In a promo for the interview, Bruce expressed that one of his biggest concerns throughout his journey was his family. He has six children, including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and he’s a stepdad to the Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian.

Bruce Jenner: The Interview airs tonight at 9/8c on ABC.

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Credit: Mick RockLoverboy will be working all over North America this year, as the Canadian rockers have a wide variety of tour dates lined up, including a series of co-headlining shows with fellow '80s stars The Romantics and Rick Springfield.  Loverboy's upcoming 2015 itinerary kicks off with a show this Saturday in Pompano Beach, Florida, and is mapped out through an October 1 concert in Yakima, Washington.

The band will team up with Springfield and Romantics in late summer for more than a dozen shows stretching from an August 29 gig in Atlanta through a September 22 performance in The Woodlands, Texas.  Loverboy and Springfield also are slated to play a couple of additional shows together without The Romantics.

Loverboy also is scheduled to open for Styx at an August 9 show in Lincoln, Nebraska, and in late September the band is scheduled to play its first concert in the Los Angeles area in many years.

Here is Loverboy's full upcoming North American tour schedule:

4/25 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Seafood Festival
6/13 -- Rothbury, MI, Sandy Corley Memorial Run
6/20 -- Oswego, IL, PrairieFest
6/27 -- Brainerd, MN, Lakes Jam
7/3 -- Coralville, IA, 4th Fest
7/4 -- Junction City, KS, Heritage Park
7/10 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Three Rivers Festival
7/18 -- Victoria Beach, MB, Canada, Summerwinds Family Music Festival
7/25 -- Hot Springs, AR, Timberwood Amphitheater
8/1 -- Kenora, ON, Canada, Kenora Harbourfest
8/8 -- St. Albert, AB, Canada, Rock'N August
8/9 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinewood Bowl Theater^
8/14 -- New Glasgow, NS, Canada, Pictou County Wellness Centre
8/15 -- Bridgewater, NS, Canada, Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre
8/22 -- Baker, MT, Fallon County Fair
8/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Amphitheater**
8/30 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater**
9/2 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Casino**
9/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater**
9/5 -- Charlotte, NC, Uptown Amphitheater**
9/10 -- Chicago, IL, Northerly Island**
9/11 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion
9/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata**
9/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center**
9/16 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury**
9/17 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center**
9/18 -- Detroit, MI, Freedom Hill**
9/20 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend**
9/22 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Pavilion**
9/23 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Zoo Amphitheatre*
9/25 -- Agoura Hills, CA, Canyon Club
9/26 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theater
9/27 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
9/29 -- Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Fair
10/1 -- Yakima, WA, Central Washington State Fair

^ = with Styx
** = with Rick Springfield and The Romantics
= with Rick Springfield and Donnie Iris
* = with Rick Springfield.

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Myrna SuarezBilly Joel has a monthly residency at New York's Madison Square Garden, but in August, he'll head East to his home base -- Long Island -- to play the final concert at that area's major concert venue: Nassau Coliseum.

The venue is closing for an extensive renovation and won't re-open until December of 2016, possibly under another name.  Billy has played a total of 31 shows at the venue, and in 1998, he set a record for most sellouts in one run, when he sold out nine shows.  The final concert will take place August 4; tickets go on sale May 1 at 10 a.m.  If you're an American Express Card Member, you can grab tickets starting this Monday through Thursday.

In a statement, the executive who'll oversee the renovation said, "Who else but Billy Joel could play the final show at Nassau Coliseum? Billy is the definitive voice of Long Island and has made a lasting impact on his community in so many ways."

In addition to the Nassau Coliseum show, August will also find Billy playing Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Chicago's Wrigley Field and, of course Madison Square Garden.

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Ross Halfin; Maryanne Bilham-Knight/Press Here PublicityAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen are among the 100 celebrity narrators lending their voices to a new documentary that will premiere this summer.  The film, called Unity, explores what it means to be human and how we impact the world.

The list of luminaries who contributed to the project boasts a variety of well-known stars from the worlds of music, film and television, including Adam Levine, Anjelica Huston, Ben Kingsley, Cloris Leachman, Dr. Dre, Edward James Olmos, Ellen Burstyn, Ellen DeGeneres, Helen Mirren, Jeff Goldblum, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Kristen Wiig, Martin Sheen, Pamela Anderson, Phil Donahue, Ryan O'Neal, Selena Gomez and Susan Sarandon.  It's not clear yet what parts they will be narrating, but the film will be divided into chapters.

Written and directed by Shaun Monson, the ambitious documentary took seven years to make.  It hits select theaters beginning August 12.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentDuring the last couple of years The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward has been alternating between touring with his famous band and playing shows in support of his 2013 solo album, Spirits of the Western Sky.  The singer/guitarist currently on the road with the Moodies for a series of U.S. spring dates, but he's just announced plans to return to the States in the late summer for some solo shows.

Justin's solo outing currently is scheduled to get under way August 19 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and is plotted out through an August 30 concert in Morristown, New Jersey.  As with his previous tour, he will be accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Mike Dawes and Moody Blues touring keyboardist and backing singer Julie Ragins.

"We are so looking forward to this tour," Hayward says. "Julie Ragins, Mike Dawes and I have been overwhelmed by the reception of our live shows during this last year in the USA.  To hear every nuance of my acoustic guitars (they are on the road for the first time) and our voices in these venues is a joy.  And the USA, like me, is discovering what a fabulous guitar player Mike Dawes is."

The Moody Blues' stateside trek is scheduled to wind down with a May 10 show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.  The band then will embark on a tour of the U.K. and Europe that kicks off June 6 in Plymouth, England, and is scheduled through a June 27 appearance at the U.K.'s fames Glastonbury Festival.

In addition, prior to his summer solo visit to the U.S., Hayward will mount a U.K. trek in July.  Here are all of Justin's confirmed solo U.S. dates, according to his official website:

8/19 -- Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey
8/20 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
8/21 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
8/22 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall Hartford
8/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
8/25 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center-Sunoco
8/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, ArtsQuest Center
8/27 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
8/29 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
8/30 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center

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Image Courtesy of Jefferson StarshipFor the first time since suffering a heart attack late last month, Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner has sent out a message to fans to let them know how he's doing.

In a note posted earlier this week on the band's official Facebook page, Kantner writes, "I am feeling quite good and semi-normal, all things considered."  The 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that while recuperating at home, he's been "working primarily and quite fervently" on two books, a memoir called Tales from the Mothership and a science-fiction book with the tentative title Ice-Age.

In a separate Facebook note posted the same day, Kantner writes that he's "seemingly alive and doing well," and sends out thanks to friends and fans "for the outspoken support and concern shown me after my 'illness.'" He adds, "I intend to be back playing music in a reasonable amount of time; when -- to be yet determined."

In addition, Kantner reports that he was told that he had a "minor heart attack," and that doctors "did some medical work on me and got me out of the hospital in two and a half days."

Near the end of the note, Paul lists a number of other "death defying situations" he's experienced over the years, including a motorcycle accident in the early 1960s in which he split his head open after crashing head first into a telephone pole, a brain hemorrhage in the early '80s and performing at the infamous Altamont festival.  Kantner's last entry on the list undoubtedly will amuse longtime Jefferson Starship and Jefferson Airplane fans:  "I lived with Grace Slick for several years!!!"

Jefferson Starship decided to continue touring as Kantner recuperates.  The band begins a brief Florida trek tonight in Melbourne.  Visit JeffersonStarshipSF.com to check out the group's full itinerary.

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Credit: Martyn AtkinsJeff Lynne was recognized for his many musical achievements with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a ceremony held earlier today in front of the famous Capitol Records Building in downtown Los Angeles.  As expected, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Tom Petty both were on hand to deliver speeches saluting the Electric Light Orchestra frontman and acclaimed producer, who said he was "thrilled to bits" to receive the honor.

After an introduction by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler detailing some of Lynne's career highlights, such as his many hits with ELO and his membership in supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, Walsh took to the podium.  The guitar great began his speech by reading a humorous "list of things about Jeff Lynne that you probably didn't know," which included some true tidbits and a lot jokey bits of misinformation.  Walsh then read a witty homage to Lynne that incorporated titles from a variety of songs Jeff wrote or co-wrote.

Joe ended his speech by saying, "I believe Jeff Lynne is not just a true musical genius, he is one big humble, lovable reason that now and forever rock 'n' roll is king.  So Jeff, as you and The Wilburys sang so well, congratulations, and from all of us, thank you for all the songs we know and love and all the songs still to come…[W]e don't just listen to your songs, Jeff, we all sing along."

Next it was Petty's turn.  Tom recalled meeting Jeff -- backstage following a U.K. concert Petty and The Heartbreakers played with Bob Dylan -- and then explained how his musical relationship developed with Lynne after discovering that they lived near each other.  After talking about working on his smash 1989 solo album Full Moon Fever with Lynne, Petty called him "the single greatest record producer I have ever encountered," and "the best overall musician I've ever met."

Petty finished by promising to come and clean Lynne's Walk of Fame star once a month, "'cause I don't want any chewing gum on Jeff Lynne."

Then, Lynne came to the mic and humbly thanked fans for coming out and for Walsh's and Petty's words of praise.

"Who were they talking about all that time?  Not me, surely," he commented.  "That's the best sort of collection of things I've ever heard.  I didn't know I'd done 'em all."

Lynne revealed that he started playing music on a plastic Elvis Presley guitar that only had one nylon string, adding, "I never expected to be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with that little plastic guitar."

Closing out his acceptance speech, Jeff said, "It's just so beautiful to see you all here. I feel, like, thrilled to bits and I don't know how to express myself or anything."

Also in attendance at the event were the late George Harrison's wife and son, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, and Ringo Starr's wife, Barbara Bach.

You can watch a video of the entire ceremony at Variety magazine's official YouTube channel.

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Image Courtesy of RhinoThe R.E.M. documentary R.E.M. by MTV, which explores the relationship between the legendary band and the music network, will be released on Blu-ray and as a standalone DVD on June 2. The film previously had only been available as a part of a six-disc DVD collection called I Want My REMTV.

In addition to the film, the R.E.M. by MTV Blu-ray and DVD will feature five rarely seen live performances.

R.E.M. by MTV will also be screened in select theaters on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. You can review a list of theaters screening the film, and buy tickets, at FathomEvents.com.

Here are the bonus live performances included in the R.E.M. by MTV Blu-ray and DVD:

"Find the River," Live in Cologne, May 12, 2001
"Imitation of Life," Rock AM Ring, June 3, 2005
"Bad Day," Live at Rolling Stone, Milan, March 18, 2008
"Man-Sized Wreath," Live at Oxygen Festival, July 12, 2008
"(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," R. E.M. Live in Athens, Greece, October 5, 2008

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Credit: Jamie WeilandScott Weiland has announced that guitarist Nick Maybury has joined his band the Wildabouts in place of Jeremy Brown, who passed away unexpectedly last month.  Maybury has previously played with Dave Navarro, Alice Cooper and Blondie's Debbie Harry.

"Jeremy had big shoes and no one can fill them," Weiland says in a statement.  "Along with [rhythm guitarist] Tommy Black, he was my best friend and my collaborator.  But we have to soldier on.  Nick is an incredible player and is a great fit for the Wildabouts."

Brown died on March 30, one day before Weiland and the Wildabouts' debut album, Blaster, was released. He was 34.

Maybury will join the Wildabouts on tour starting with their appearance at the Welcome to Rockville festival this Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.  The band will then embark on a series of headlining shows in between more festival dates, including Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma and BottleRock.

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Credit: Ross HalfinBruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones are among the stars who will be on hand to salute The Who's Pete Townshend at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, scheduled for May 28 at Best Buy Theater in New York City.  As previously reported, Townshend will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the event for his support of the MAP Fund's work aiding musicians fighting addiction and substance abuse.

Springsteen will present the award to the Who guitarist and songwriter, while Jett, Idol and Jones are part of the gala's initial lineup of performers.  Townshend also is slated to perform at the charity bash, accompanied by The Who's touring band, which includes his brother, guitarist Simon Townshend, drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino and music director/keyboardist Frank Simes.  More performers will be announced soon.

In addition, longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley will be honored at the event with the From the Heart Award, which acknowledges his "unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the [MusiCares] organization."

Mezzanine tickets to the 2015 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert are available for purchase now for $65 at AXS.com.

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Credit: MJ KimWho's the richest music artist from the U.K. or Ireland?  Maybe you won't be amazed to find out that, once again, it's Paul McCartney, according to The Sunday Times' latest annual Rich List. 

The BBC reports that the ex-Beatles star topped the newspaper's tally this year with a fortune of 730 million pounds, which is about $1.1 billion.  The sum includes 150 million pounds -- or about $225 million -- from his wife, trucking heiress Nancy Shevell.  Last year, McCartney and Shevell were worth 710 million pounds, which also placed them at #1 on the Rich List.

The next famous rock or pop artist on The Sunday Times' list is U2, who landed is third place and collectively is worth 431 million pounds, or around $650 million.  In fourth place is Elton John, worth 270 million pounds, or about 405 million bucks.  The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards follow at #5 and #6, with respective fortunes worth 225 million and 210 million pounds, or about $340 million and $315 million.

Rounding out the tally's top 10 are Ringo Starr, Sting and former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters.  The Beatles drummer and the Police frontman were tied at #8 with 180 million pounds, or about $270 million, while Waters finished in 10th place with 160 million pounds, or about $240 million.

The full 2015 Rich List will be published this Sunday, April 26.

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Gonzo MultimediaA new sci-fi rock opera called Playing God co-written by and featuring Mountain drummer Corky Laing will get its U.S. premiere on Thursday at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City.  The production, which is based on a 2013 album of the same name, focuses on the ethical questions raised by genetic intervention.  Admittance is free to the one-night-only performance.

Laing collaborated on the album and musical with a pair of Finnish bioethicists and musicians named Matti Häyry and Tuija TakalaPlaying God tells the story of a fictional small town whose residents have benefited from genetic technology for many years.  As the tale unfolds, revelations about various ethical and moral compromises made by the townspeople with regard to the use of the technology emerge.

Laing serves as the musical director of Playing God, and -- with Häyry and Takala -- also performs alongside a group of American and Finnish rock musicians.

"This is a thrilling opportunity to share our thoughts about the future of human genetics with a discerning New York audience," says Häyry in a statement. Adds Takala, "We are confident that we will reach people on a new level through the music and lyrics of the rock opera."

Following the performance, a panel discussion about bioethics and other questions raised by the production will be held featuring Laing, Häyry and Takala, as well as a selection of doctors and researchers.

To find out more information, visit PlayingGodRocks.com and Weill Cornell Medical College's website.

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The End of Music, LLC/HBOCalling all Nirvana super-fans: The Los Angeles apartment that Kurt Cobain shared with Courtney Love from 1991 to 1992 is available to rent on Airbnb, an online rental marketplace.

Current tenant Brandon Kleinman has been renting out the apartment to Nirvana fans for the last couple of years.

"I had one person from Germany who was visiting every place Kurt stayed in L.A.," Kleinman tells Vulture.  "I've had a couple young college students from Europe.  I've had a couple of American people who want to post up and experience the place."

Cobain and Love shared the apartment while Love was pregnant with their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.  Kleinman says he was told that the bathtub in the apartment is where Cobain wrote the In Utero classic "Heart Shaped Box."

"Once every 60 days or so, I'll get a weird, older gentleman, a rocker-type dude, sort of a burnout, knocking on the door, saying, 'Do you know what used to happen here?'" he says.

As for other intimate portrayals of Cobain and Love's home life, the first fully authorized documentary about the Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, will be released for a limited theatrical run in the U.S. on Friday.  The film will then premiere on HBO on May 4.

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Library of CongressEven people who aren't Billy Joel fans probably know that he's from Long Island, New York, and now one of that area's top universities will be presenting the Piano Man with an honorary degree next month.

Joel will receive a Doctor of Music degree from Stony Brook University during the school's 55th commencement ceremony on May 22; he'll also speak at the event.  The university has been the recipient of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's generosity over the years: He's donated two pianos to the school, which are worth more than $200,000.

This degree will be far from the first that Joel has received.  He's got a wall full of diplomas from many schools, including Syracuse University, the Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Fairfield University and Hofstra University.  Not bad for a guy who never even graduated from high school.  He did eventually receive his diploma, though, 25 years after he ditched school for a life in music.

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Credit: Martyn AtkinsJust a reminder that Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.  The unveiling ceremony for the commemorative marker is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. PT at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the famous Capitol Records Building.

Tom Petty -- who played with Lynne in the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys -- and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will be on to hand to take part in the festivities, while Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event.  If you aren't able to attend the ceremony in person, it will be streamed live at WalkOfFame.com.

Last September, Lynne revived Electric Light Orchestra and performed a huge concert in London's Hyde Park with a new version of the group called Jeff Lynne's ELO.  Then, in November, he revealed to Billboard that he was planning to play shows with ELO in the U.S. this year and was writing new music that he expected to perform with the band at the as-yet-unannounced gigs.

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Esoteric AntennaEarlier this month, Todd Rundgren released a new album titled Global, which finds the prolific singer/songwriter exploring the same electronic sounds featured prominently on his previous studio effort, 2013's State.  But while some of State's songs looked at the alienation mankind is experiencing in this technologically advanced era, Rundgren says a major theme behind Global's tunes is the idea that people need to work together to help solve the world's problems.

"A lot of the songs were meant to get people to sort of unite and take on things that we can't necessarily do individually," Todd tells ABC Radio.

Rundgren also maintains that he wanted the material on Global to inspire the listener to "see [the planet] in its entirety, in its completeness and its kind of unusualness, as opposed to constantly seeing borders and factions and ownership and despoilment and all the other things that we tend to focus on."

The album kicks off with a catchy, danceable tune called "Everybody" in which Todd says he suggests "just forgetting about all of the other trials and tribulations and such, and wants, needs, failures and all of that other stuff, and just enjoy the community of other people every once in a while."  He admits that the sentiment "is a strange thing for a hermit-like person as myself to kind of promote," while noting that when he plays live "that's kind of what it's about."

Along similar lines, Rundgren says the song "Flesh & Blood" "is about how if you create the proper circumstance with the right kind of music…you can turn tens of thousands of people into a single kind of organic being." He adds, "And that's the kind of phenomenon that we need to focus [on] in order to get through some of the crap that we've got to deal with now."

Rundgren tells ABC Radio that when he began working on Global, his intention was to make "a feelgood record," as opposed to one with heavy message, "but then I couldn't help but get into a scolding mood every once in a while."  He adds that while the album "does have its serious moments…for the most part it's supposed to be a kind of call to arms in a way that, you know, 'Why don't we think of the work we have to do as like a party?'"

Rundgren currently is touring the U.S. in support of Global.  The shows feature Todd accompanied only by a DJ named Dam-Funk and a pair of female dancers who also contribute backing vocals.  His sets have focused on songs from the new record and State, while also dipping into his back catalog, including some tunes from his old band Utopia.

Here's all of Rundgren upcoming tour dates, according to TRConnection.com.

4/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Intersection
4/25 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
4/26 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock
4/28 -- Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom
4/29 -- State College, PA, The State Theatre
5/1 -- Newton, NJ, Newton Theatre
5/2 -- Stafford Springs, CT, Palace Theatre
5/3 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
5/5 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
5/6 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
5/8 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone
5/9 -- Plymouth, NH, Flying Monkey PAC
5/10 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Music Hall
5/12 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
5/13 -- New Hope, PA, Havana New Hope
5/14 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
5/16 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café Live
5/17 -- Annapolis, MD, MD Hall for the Creative Arts
5/19 -- Greensboro, NC, The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
5/20 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
5/22 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
5/23 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room
5/24 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
5/26 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
5/27 -- Dallas, TX, Prophet Bar
5/28 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues - Houston
5/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, Vinyl - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/31 -- Tucson, AZ, The Fox Theatre
6/2 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
6/3 -- Hollywood, CA, The Roxy
6/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Grove Barnes and Noble (in-store appearance)
6/6 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
6/7 -- Anaheim, CA, The House of Blues
6/9 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
6/10 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
6/12 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
6/13 -- Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
8/16 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall

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