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Doobie Brothers Launch New "Concert Club" Giving Fans Access to Special Ticket Offers and Merchandise


Credit: Jim SheaThe Doobie Brothers have launched a new fan club that will give their biggest fans access to premium seats and special packages, as well as being treated to a variety of cool themed merchandise and collectibles.  For an annual fee of $39.99, the "Takin' It to the Streets Concert Club" offers participants priority access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages to select shows, while members also receive a Doobie Brothers guitar-pick set, blanket and limited-edition lithograph, as well as the chance to enter special contests and giveaways.

"Music has changed a lot during our career, but one thing hasn't: fans want the best concert-going experience possible," says Doobies singer/guitarist Tom Johnston.  "We want to make sure our super fans have access to the best seats, our newest merch and also get rewarded for their loyalty."

Among the VIP experiences that can be purchased for the band's 2015 tour dates is the VIP Front Row Meet & Greet Package, which includes a reserved seat in the first row, an in-person meeting and photo with members of the group, plus a Doobie Brothers belt buckle, tote bag, ear buds and laminate.

To join The Doobies' Takin' It to the Streets Concert Club and check out the band's current tour itinerary, visit FanClub.DoobieBros.com.

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Tom Petty Issues Statement Regarding Sam Smith, Says "I Won't Back Down" Similarity Was a "Musical Accident"


Credit: Sam JonesEarlier this week, it was announced that Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of "Stay with Me," the Grammy-nominated hit by British pop star Sam Smith, because of its supposed similarity to Petty and Lynne's 1989 hit composition, "I Won't Back Down."  Now, Petty has issued statement about that decision, saying there's no bad blood between himself and Smith.

"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam," Petty writes on his website. "All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.  Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by." 

Here, Petty is apparently referring to the fact that sometimes, songwriters are unaware that what they're working on is similar to an existing song.

Petty then continues, "Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement.  The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention.  And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself.  Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this.  A musical accident no more no less."

Petty concludes, "In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."

When the news of the credit addendum came to life, Sam's rep issued a statement saying that the publishers of "I Won't Back Down" had contacted the publishers of "Stay with Me" about the "similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions."  The statement went on to say that Sam and his co-writers were not "previously familiar with" Petty's hit, but they "acknowledged the similarity."

That statement concluded, "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."

The Recording Academy later clarified that if "Stay with Me" wins the Song of the Year Grammy, Petty and Lynne will not receive trophies, because they didn't do any "new writing" on the song.

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New Ringo Starr Album, "Postcards from Paradise," Out March 31


Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr hits the road again in two weeks for about a month's worth of dates, but he'll be back home in time for the release of his new album, Postcards from Paradise, set to drop March 31.

Ringo's 18th studio album sees him backed by his current All Starr Band players: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg BissonettePostcards from Paradise is also Ringo's first studio album to include a song written and recorded by them.  It'll also feature contributions from guests including Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, Richard Marx, singer Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, bassist and vocalist Nathan East, and Glen Ballard.

Postcards from Paradise's release also sets the stage for Ringo's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 18, when he'll receive the Award for Musical Excellence.  He is, of course, already in the Hall as a member of The Beatles.

Here's the track listing for Postcards from Paradise:

"Rory and the Hurricanes"
"You Bring the Party Down"
"Bridges"
"Postcards from Paradise"
"Right Side of the Road"
"Not Looking Back"
"Bamboula"
"Island in the Sun"
"Touch and Go"
"Confirmation"
"Let Love Lead"

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Foo Fighters Announce Second NYC Tour Stop


Brantley GutierrezThe Foo Fighters’ July 16 show at New York City’s Citi Field sold out pretty quickly after the tour was announced last November.  If you didn’t score tickets, you now have another chance -- the Foos have announced a second City Field show for the night before.

Tickets for the just-added July 15 show go on sale tomorrow, January 30, at 10 a.m. local time via Mets.com/foos.

Here’s the complete Foo Fighters tour lineup, including the new show.  Get more info, including the shows for which tickets are still available, at FooFighters.com.

7/4 -- Washington, D.C., RFK Stadium
7/6 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center *
7/9 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre *
7/15 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
7/16 -- New York, NY, Citi Field *
7/18 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park **
7/19 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park *
8/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place *
8/13 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome *
8/17 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
8/19 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
8/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center *
8/22 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center *
8/24 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre *
8/25 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion *
8/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/29 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
9/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
9/12 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/16 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/18 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
9/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, AK-Chin Pavilion
9/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/29 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
9/30 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
10/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Centennial Olympic Park
10/5 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
10/7 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum

* w/special guest Royal Blood
** w/special guest Mission of Burma

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Black Sabbath Bass Player Geezer Butler Arrested in Bar Fight


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Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler spent Tuesday night behind bars in Death Valley, California, after getting into a bar brawl.

The Inyo County Sheriff's Department reports the alleged fight took place at the Corkscrew Saloon, located on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley.  According to witnesses, the altercation began as an argument over an unspecified topic, and escalated into a fight that resulted in someone being struck and a window being broken.  Butler, 65, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, vandalism, and public intoxication.

According to the sheriff's department, Butler was booked into the county jail, and then released "after detox and citation."

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Ex-Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Upset He Wasn't "Equally Represented" in Band's Recent Documentary


Credit: Lee MillwardEarlier this month, the 2014 Genesis documentary Sum of the Parts, which premiered in the U.S. on Showtime in October, was released on DVD and Blu-ray.  The film featured brand-new interviews with all five members of the band's classic early 1970s lineup, including guitarist Steve Hackett.  The doc focused on the group's history as well as each member's solo career, but Hackett tells ABC News Radio that he wasn't very happy about the amount of coverage his own work outside of the group was given.

"I got on board believing, naively perhaps, that we would all be equally represented," he says.  "But the short of it is, I did two hours to camera on my own and two hours with the band sitting 'round, but it was heavily butchered in the cutting room stage…And I think something that was presented initially as an idea of something completely democratic ended up being something other than that."

Hackett says he was much happier with the 2014 companion compilation, R-Kive, on which the band members collaborated in conjunction with the documentary.

"I perhaps mistakenly thought that because of the album that we were all working on together that we were all Genesis and we were all equals once more, but sadly it's not to be," he laments.

He adds that the experience he had with the film project makes him doubt that the band members will be able to come together for any type of reunion.

"When people ask me…is there gonna be a reformation, I say, '[L]ook at the documentary and you'll get an idea of the priorities that come across," says Hackett, "and I think it's probably extremely unlikely."

Having said that, the guitar virtuoso tells ABC News Radio that he still would be open to playing with his ex-band mates if by some chance they all agreed to a reunion.

"I think that I've always been up for that," he admits.  "It's been decades I've been saying, 'Call me if you need me.'  So, my door's open to that, certainly."

As for Hackett's upcoming plans, he will be bringing his Genesis Extended tribute tour to South America in March.  Then, on April 7, he will release a new solo album titled Wolflight.  Visit HackettSongs.com for all the latest news on Steve.

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Listen to Title Track from Randy Bachman's Upcoming Album, "Heavy Blues," Featuring Peter Frampton


Credit: Mike HoughThe first taste of Heavy Blues, the upcoming studio album by Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman's new group, Bachman, has made its way online.  A clip featuring the audio of the record's entire title track, boasting a guest appearance by Peter Frampton, has been posted on YouTube.

The song lives up to its name, with Bachman and Frampton delivering dueling blues-y guitar riffs accompanied by a bludgeoning rhythm section reminiscent of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

As previously reported, Bachman the band is comprised of Randy, bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne BrendonHeavy Blues features guest appearances by such respected guitarists as Frampton, Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey.

The album will be released on April 14; it's currently available for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon and LinusEntertainment.com.

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The Who Announces Special Vinyl Releases to Mark 50th Anniversary


LAMedia Collection/Sunshine/RetnaThe Who has announced that 180-gram vinyl reissues of all 11 of its studio albums, along with a double-LP vinyl version of its 2014 The Who Hits 50! compilation, will be released on March 24 in conjunction with the band's 50th anniversary celebrations.  In addition, on April 7, The Who will release a seven-inch blue-vinyl single of its latest song, "Be Lucky," as well as the first of a series of four vinyl box sets gathering together the group's earlier singles.

The British rockers' reissued studio albums, spanning from their 1965 debut My Generation through 2006's Endless Wire, will feature remastered sound and will replicate the original artwork and inserts.  For example, 1969's Tommy will feature a six-panel fold-out sleeve and 12-page booklet; 1973's Quadrophenia will include a 44-page booklet; and 1981's Face Dances will come with a 24-by-24-inch poster.

As for the blue-vinyl "Be Lucky" single, it will be backed by The Who's very first single, 1965's "I Can't Explain."  "Be Lucky" was first released in 2014, and appeared on The Who Hits 50! compilation.  It was the first new music the band had put out since 2006.

The aforementioned vinyl box set is titled The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966, and features replica versions of all seven singles The Who released on the Brunswick label at the beginning of its career.  The package also includes a bonus disc featuring "Zoot Suit" and "I'm the Face," the two songs the band released under the name The High Numbers in 1964, and a color booklet with liner notes about the singles penned by Who biographer Mark Blake.  Each of the three other singles box sets that will be arrive later in 2015 will feature singles issued by the band's later record labels Reaction, Track and Polydor.

The Who will launch the first of two scheduled 2015 North American tour legs marking the band's 50th anniversary on April 15 in Tampa, Florida.  Visit TheWho.com to check out the band's full itinerary.

Here is the list of remastered albums The Who will release on vinyl on March 24:

My Generation (1965)
A Quick One (1966)
The Who Sell Out (1967)
Tommy (double) (1969)
Who's Next (1971)
Quadrophenia (double) (1973)
The Who by Numbers (1975)
Who Are You (1978)
Face Dances (1981)
It's Hard (1982)
Endless Wire (double) (2006)
The Who Hits 50! (double) (2014)

Here is the track list for The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966 box set:

"I Can't Explain" b/w "Bald Headed Woman" (1965)
"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" b/w "Daddy Rolling Stone" (1965)
"My Generation" b/w "Shout and Shimmy" (1965)
"Circles" b/w "Instant Party Mixture" (unreleased at the time)
"A Legal Matter" b/w "Instant Party" (1966)
"The Kids Are Alright" b/w "The Ox" (1966)
"La-La-La Lies" b/w "The Good's Gone" (1966)
Bonus Disc (The High Numbers)
"Zoot Suit" b/w "I'm the Face" (1964)

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Paul McCartney Performing with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammys?


Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsIf rumors are to be believed, Paul McCartney will be taking the stage with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammy Awards next month to perform their new collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds."

"Paul McCartney's a Grammys regular and it will give Rihanna serious kudos to have a Beatle backing her on stage," a source told U.K. newspaper The Sun.  "It is going to be a huge Grammys moment."

McCartney plays on the track, while Rihanna and West share vocals.  "FourFiveSeconds" debuted this past Saturday, and marks the second collaboration featuring Sir Paul and Kanye that's been released in 2015.  McCartney plays keyboard on and co-wrote West's single "Only One," which premiered on New Year's Day.

If McCartney does team up with Rihanna and Kanye to perform at this year's Grammys, it stands to be quite different from Sir Paul's 2014 appearance on the awards show.  Last year, he and his former Beatles band mate Ringo Starr collaborated on a rendition of his new solo song "Queenie Eye."  The 57th Annual Grammy Awards take place on February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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New Photo Exhibit by Pattie Boyd, Ex-Wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, to Open in San Francisco


© Pattie BoydA new exhibition featuring photos taken by Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, will open on February 10 at the San Francisco Art Exchange.  The display will boast a wide variety of candid and rare images documenting her life with the two rock legends, as well as many of their famous musical friends and associates.

The exhibit also will feature the original painting that appears on the cover of Clapton's classic 1970 Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Love Songs.  The piece, which has never before been displayed in the U.S., usually hangs in Boyd's house in the U.K.  Pattie, of course, was inspiration for Eric's song "Layla," as well as several other famous tunes, including "Wonderful Tonight" and Harrison's chart-topping Beatles hit "Something."

A reception celebrating the opening of Boyd's exhibit will be held at the gallery on February 14, Valentine's Day.  The exhibition will remain open until March 10.

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Chris Robinson Says Reason for Black Crowes Split "Way More Complicated" than Brother Rich's Explanation


Credit: Rod SnyderEarlier this month, founding Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson issued a statement announcing that the band had broken up after 25 years together.  In the message, Rich cited a conflict with his older brother, Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, as the reason for the band's split, claiming that the singer had demanded Rich reduce his "equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years…Steve Gorman, relinquish 100% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee."

Now, Chris Robinson has commented about the breakup for the first time since his brother's announcement.  The singer tells Billboard that the story behind the split is "way more complicated than Rich's public outburst," although he didn't go into further details.  He does lament, however, "It's unfortunate that on the 25th anniversary, whether the band is working or not, that it's not about the songs and the good times people had at those concerts."

Chris also explains, "I'm going to keep my personal, private family business personal and private, and I'll focus on all the other things that are important.  The ideas, I think, are more important than the drama. I have too much stuff going on that's progressive and positive to dig through sordid family history and stuff."

That positive "stuff" includes the singer's work with his current band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which has a busy 2015 tour schedule that includes a bunch of U.S. dates and a brief Australian tour lined up in early April.

Chris says the group, whose third studio album, Phosphorescent Harvest, came out in 2014, "is my future."  He adds, "I think it's been leading this way for a while that the CRB is really where we all want to be and really where we want to put our collective focus."  Chris Robinson Brotherhood's lineup also includes recent Black Crowes keyboardist Adam MacDougall and veteran singer/guitarist Neal Casal.

According to Chris, fans who attend CRB shows can expect to hear some Black Crowes tunes that he's written, as well as the cover of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" that his old band popularized.  However, he says Chris Robinson Brotherhood will focus mainly on its own original material.

You can check out the band's full tour schedule at ChrisRobinsonBrotherhood.com.

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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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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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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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