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Aerosmith Announces New Tour Kickoff Date, Band Plans to Shake Up Set List on the Trek

Credit: Ross Halfin Aerosmith has added a new U.S. concert to its North American summer tour itinerary, a June 24 show at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, which apparently will serve as the trek's kickoff date.  The performance is the eighth confirmed date of the outing, dubbed the Blue Army Tour 2015, which currently is mapped out through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Tickets for the Evansville concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. CT.  VIP packages and pre-sale tickets for Aero Force One members will be available starting Tuesday, March 3, also at 10 a.m.

Joe Perry and Steven Tyler tell Rolling Stone that they're hoping to mix up the set list a bit on this tour, and add a few songs they rarely play.

"We've gotten too comfortable playing the same stuff," offers Perry.  "I'm looking at the set list for some of the last couple tours and they're all the same songs just in different order.  So we're going to put some time into rehearsal and change it up."

Adds Tyler, "We're gonna do deep.  People want to hear 'Sweet Emotion,' 'Dream On' and 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' -- all that over and over, and there are other songs of the cloth we were cut from.  Being in a band for 40 years, what is the passion, the impetus?  For me, it comes from rehearsing a few songs we used to play great and didn't give a s**t if other people cared about them."

Among the tunes Perry would like to work up are some gems from Aerosmith's first two albums, as well as 1989's "Monkey on My Back," 1993's "Fever" and 2001's "Beyond Beautiful."  Tyler, meanwhile, singles out 1976's "Sick as a Dog."

In other news, Rolling Stone reports that Tyler recently recorded what he describes as a "dark, smoky backroom rendition" of Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" for the similarly named film Jane Got a Gun.  The movie, which stars Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, is expected to hit theaters in September.  Steven also has begun work on his first-ever solo album.

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David Gilmour's Upcoming Solo Album "Sounds Fantastic," Says Collaborator Phil Manzanera

Credit: Piotr TarasewiczPink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour has been working on a new solo album, and one of his frequent collaborators says the project is coming together nicely.

"It's going very well," longtime Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera tells U.K. magazine Uncut.  "I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy."

Manzanera contributed his guitar and production talents to Gilmour's previous solo effort, 2006's On an Island, and also co-produced Pink Floyd's most recent album, last year's The Endless River.

Back in October, Gilmour told Rolling Stone he expected to release his new album sometime in 2015.  He also explained that he hoped to support it with "an old man's tour, not a 200-date sort of thing."

Manzanera also talked to Uncut about the status of Roxy Music, clarifying comments he'd made last year that were interpreted as an announcement that the band had officially retired.

"Last year, I said, 'I think our job is done.'  Everyone thought, 'Roxy's split -- again.'  Not at all!" he explained.  "If we fancied having another go, there's no rules…That's what's great about Roxy.  It's not over 'til you're 10 feet under."

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Doobie Brothers Join Tortuga Music Festival Lineup; Add More Dates with Don Felder

Jim O'Shea/Courtesy Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers are set to bring some classic rock to the third annual Tortuga Music Festival, a country music-themed event scheduled to take place April 11-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The festival, which benefits the Rock the Ocean Foundation, also will feature headliners Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, as well as The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins and a number other popular country acts.

The Doobies' appearance at the event could set the stage for an onstage reunion with one of the contributors to their recent duets album, Southbound, which features the band collaborating with various country stars on new versions of their classic songs.  Zac Brown Band was featured on the album's lead track, "Black Water."

Tickets for the event are available at TortugaMusicFestival.com.  The Rock the Ocean Foundation seeks to raise awareness about a various of ocean-related environmental concerns while providing support to various conservation initiatives.

Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers have added several other dates to their busy 2015 U.S. tour itinerary, which now is scheduled through a September 19 appearance at the Ocean City Bikefest in Ocean City, Maryland.  Among the new shows are some additions to the recently announced series of spring performances that feature an opening set by ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder.

Here is The Doobie Brothers' full confirmed itinerary, according to the group's official website:

2/27 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
2/28 -- Lakewood Ranch, FL, Winter Fest
3/1 -- Cocoa, FL, Party in the Park
4/11-12 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tortuga Music Festival
4/22 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
4/24 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
4/25 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
4/26 -- The Woodlands, TX, Woodlands Pavilion
4/27 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
5/1 -- Simpsonville, SC, Charter Spectrum Amphitheatre
5/2 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
5/3 -- Charleston, SC, Family Circle Stadium
5/6 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
5/9 -- Nashville, TN, The Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel
5/22 -- Charlestown, WV, Hollywood Casino Event Center
6/4 -- Lemoore, CA, Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
6/12 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
6/14 -- San Francisco, CA, Sigmund Stern Grove
6/16 -- Bend, OR, Lee Schwab Amphitheatre
6/20 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield
7/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/4 -- Blue Ash, OH, Red, White & Blue Ash
7/10 -- Detroit, MI, Rockin' on the Riverfront Fest
7/17 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/18 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
7/19 -- Norfolk, NE, Divot's Conference Center
8/25 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/26 -- Rhinebeck, NY, Dutchess County Fair
9/10 -- Arrington, VA, Lockn' Festival
9/19 -- Ocean, City, MD, Ocean City Bikefest

= with Don Felder

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Glam-Rocker Gary Glitter Sentenced to 16 Years for Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty ImagesGary Glitter’s going to prison.  The 1970s glam-rock star was sentenced Friday in a British court to 16 years for sexually abusing three underage girls between 1975 and 1980.

Glitter, whose birth name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of having sex with a girl under 13.  He could have faced life in prison.

The 70-year-old was jailed for child sex offenses in Vietnam in 2006 and was released in August, 2008.

Glitter is best-known for his anthems “Rock and Roll Part 1” and “Rock and Roll Part 2,” as well as “Do Ya Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah),” which was a 1982 top-20 hit for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

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Whitesnake Paying Tribute to Deep Purple on Upcoming Studio Album; Announces North American Tour

Frontiers Records SrlWhitesnake pays homage to Deep Purple on a brand-new studio album titled, The Purple Album, which will be released on May 19.  The project features new versions of songs singer David Coverdale recorded with Deep Purple's Mark 3 and Mark 4 lineups during the mid-1970s before he formed Whitesnake.

The album will be available as a standard single CD featuring 13 tracks, and a deluxe two-disc set offering two bonus songs and a DVD that includes four music videos, a making-of documentary and an electronic press kit.

The original versions of the songs featured on The Purple Album first appeared on 1974's Burn and Stormbringer and on 1975's Come Taste the Band.

"It's a tribute.  A homage.  It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago," says Coverdale in a statement.  "As I said to [guitarist] Ritchie [Blackmore], you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn't have asked for better teachers.  The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from."

You can check out a new video of Whitesnake performing the Deep Purple song "Stormbringer" now on YouTube.

Whitesnake's current lineup -- Coverdale, guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin and drummer Tommy Aldridge -- will support The Purple Album with a two-month North American tour that kicks off May 28 in Airway Heights, Washington, and runs through a July 25 concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Here is the band's full North American itinerary:

5/28 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Casino
5/29 -- Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
5/31 -- Vancouver, BC, Hard Rock Casino
6/2 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo
6/4 -- Las Vegas, NV, he Joint
6/5 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Pool Amphitheatre
6/6 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
6/9 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
6/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
6/15 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
6/17 -- Shawnee, OK, Grand Events Center
6/19 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock
6/20 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
6/22 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater
6/23 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theater
6/25 -- El Paso, TX, Socorro Event Center
6/27 -- Greeley, CO, Greeley Independence Stampede
7/2 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
7/3 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill AMP
7/5 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock
7/7 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center @ The Heights
7/8 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
7/10 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shoot Star Casino
7/11 -- St. Paul, MN, Myth
7/14 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
7/17 -- Geneva, IL, Geneva Music Park
7/18 -- Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza
7/20 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theater
7/22 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
7/24 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
7/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Trump Taj Mahal

And here is the complete track list of The Purple Album:

"You Fool No One" (interpolating "Itchy Fingers")
"Love Child"
"Sail Away"
"The Gypsy"
"Lady Double Dealer"
"Holy Man"
"Might Just Take Your Life"
"You Keep On Moving"
"Soldier of Fortune"
"Lay Down Stay Down"

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
"Lady Luck"
"Comin' Home"

Deluxe Edition DVD Content:
"Lady Double Dealer" -- Music Video
"Sail Away" -- Mix Music Video
"Stormbringer" -- Music Video
"Soldier of Fortune" -- Music Video
The Purple Album Behind the Scenes
The Purple Album EPK

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Bono Admits "It'll Be a Battle" to Be Fit for Start of Upcoming Tour

Paolo PellegrinBono continues to recover from his serious bike accident a few months ago, but he admits to Rolling Stone that "it'll be a battle to be match fit" when U2's upcoming tour kicks off May 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In an email to the magazine, the 54-year-old U2 frontman notes, "My southpaw is a bit tricky, but my right hook is ready to rumble for sure."

Bono was cycling in New York's Central Park November 16 when he collided with another cyclist.  He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket.

As for the tour, Bono promises, "We've got something beyond incredible planned. And I'm ready to fight for it."

So far, 19 dates in Europe and North America are confirmed for U2's iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour, which, according to Rolling Stone, will feature alternating set lists each night.

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Watch Teaser Trailer for New Brian Wilson Biopic, "Love & Mercy"

Credit: Francois DuhamelThe upcoming Brian Wilson biopic, Love & Mercy, is slated to get its U.S. premiere on March 15 at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, but you can get a first look at the movie now by checking out a new teaser trailer that's debuted online.  The clip shows glimpses of actors Paul Dano and John Cusack portraying the troubled Beach Boys mastermind at different periods in his life.

The video includes a montage of brief segments from the film set to the classic Beach Boys songs "Surfin' U.S.A.," "I Get Around" and "God Only Knows."  Among the events depicted in the trailer are an early concert by the band, a photo shoot for The Beach Boys' debut album, Dano as Wilson working on the group's influential Pet Sounds record, and Cusack as an older Brian interacting with his controversial therapist, Eugene Landy -- portrayed by Paul Giamatti.

As previously reported, following the South by Southwest screening, Love & Mercy will get its U.S. theatrical premiere on June 5.  Visit LoveandMercyFilm.com for more information.

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Tickets for Stephen Stills' Light Up the Blues Autism Benefit Concert Go On Sale Friday

Image Courtesy of Jensen CommunicationsOfficial details have been announced for Stephen Stills' third annual Light Up the Blues benefit concert, which is scheduled to take place April 25 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.  Tickets for the star-studded event, whose lineup also includes Neil Young, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin, among others, will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets and the Pantages box office.

Stills and his wife, Kristen, organize the Light Up the Blues benefit, which raises funds for Autism Speaks, an organization that supports research and advocacy for people affected by the disorder and their families.

"We are so thrilled to be doing this benefit for the third time and, this year, at the iconic Pantages Theatre," Stephen and Kristen say in a joint statement.  "The last two years' Light Up the Blues benefits were such incredible, life-changing events for all involved.  We are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community and to support Autism Speaks."

As previously reported, Jack Black will serve as emcee for the show, whose lineup also features The White Buffalo, Stephen's son Chris Stills and three music artists with autism -- Spencer Harte, Nick Guzman and Matt Savage.

The concert is held during Autism Awareness Month and helps draw attention to Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign, which enlists supporters to temporarily replace the white light bulbs at their homes or businesses with blue ones to promote the cause.

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Paul McCartney's Childhood Home Sells at Auction for About $231K

Image Courtesy of Countrywide Property AuctionsA house in Liverpool, England, where Paul McCartney spent some of his early childhood was sold at an auction on Thursday for 150,000 pounds, or about $231,000.  The auction was hosted by the city's famous Cavern Club venue.

According to the Liverpool Echo, bidding began at 100,000 pounds and escalated to the sale price in minutes.  The winning bidder was an anonymous local resident who was in attendance at the auction.

McCartney and his family moved into the residence, which is located at 72 Western Avenue in Liverpool's Speke neighborhood, when he was four years old and it reportedly is the first home in which he remembers living.  It features a lounge, dining room, kitchen and hallway on the ground floor, while the bedrooms and a family bathroom are located on the second floor.  In addition, gardens are located in the front and back of the house.

The sale was organized by Countrywide Property Auctions and real estate broker Entwistle Green, who also handled the auction of John Lennon's boyhood home at 9 Newcastle Road in 2013, and George Harrison's home at 25 Upton Green last year.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the seller of McCartney's former home, Peter Thompson, is happy about the sale and "hopes the new owner enjoys it as much as he did."

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The U2 Joshua Tree Has Been Vandalized

Image Courtesy of Island RecordsThe famous Joshua tree in California's Mojave Desert that was immortalized on the cover of U2's 1987 album The Joshua Tree has been vandalized.  On the U2 fan forum atU2.com, user Hwy 190 writes that someone had hacked off one of the tree's limbs.

"This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree’s limbs -- evidently to remove an inch thick cross section as a souvenir," writes Hwy 190.

Consequence of Sound has posted a photo of the vandalized tree.

The Joshua Tree, which featured the singles "With or Without You" and "Where the Streets Have No Name," was U2's first #1 album on the Billboard 200.

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The Moody Blues' John Lodge Releasing New Solo Album, "10,000 Light Years Ago," in May

Esoteric AntennaMoody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge will release his second solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, on May 5, more than 38 years after his first solo effort, Natural Avenue, hit stores.  The new collection features eight original tunes, including the title track, which will be released as a digital single on April 14.

One of the undoubted highlights of 10,000 Light Years Ago is the tune "Simple Magic," which reunites Lodge with two former Moody Blues members -- flute player Ray Thomas and keyboardist Mike Pinder.  The album features a number of other guest musicians, including renowned rock guitarist Chris Spedding, who also contributed to Lodge's first solo effort.

Lodge says the music on 10,000 Light Years Ago was created using the same inspirations that guided him and his Moody Blues band mates when they recorded their classic 1967 album Days of Future Passed.

"The theme [of that album] encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives," he notes.  "When Days of Future Passed was successful, I knew that our decision to stick to our principles by writing and recording music we felt driven to create, was the right one.  Upon reflection, I suppose that in my work with The Moody Blues, and in my solo work, I have continued to stick to that principle."

Lodge is responsible for a number of The Moody Blues' best-known songs, including ""Ride My See Saw," "Isn't Life Strange," "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band)," "Steppin' in a Slide Zone" and "Sitting at the Wheel."

Prior to the release of 10,000 Light Years Ago, Lodge will hit the road with The Moody Blues on a new North American tour that celebrates the band's recently released Timeless Flight -- Polydor Years box set.  The trek kicks off March 19 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and runs into May.  Check out all of the dates at MoodyBluesToday.com.

Here is the full track list of 10,000 Light Years Ago:

"In My Mind"
"Those Days in Birmingham"
"Simply Magic"
"Get Me Out of Here"
"Love Passed Me By"
"Lose Your Love"
"10,000 Light Years Ago"

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Former Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese Wanted on Controlled Substance Charges

Ralph Notaro/Getty ImagesFormer Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is wanted in Texas on controlled substances charges. According to the Denton County Crime Stoppers website, Abbruzzese is facing two charges: one misdemeanor charge for possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams, and a felony charge for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, which carries a sentence of five to 99 years in prison.

Denton Country Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1000 reward for information leading to Abbruzzese's arrest.

Abbruzzese joined Pearl Jam shortly before the band's seminal debut album, Ten, was released in 1991. He played drums on PJ's next two albums, Vs. and Vitalogy, before he was fired in 1994.

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Joey Kramer Says New "Aerosmith Rocks Donington" Concert Film Is "a Real Good Representation of the Band"

Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsThe big night is upon us, Aerosmith fans. The one-night-only screening of the band's new concert film Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will take place tonight in hundreds of theaters across the U.S.

The movie captures Aerosmith performing a headlining set last June at the U.K.'s famed annual hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival, held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Drummer Joey Kramer recalls that the band gave an electric performance at the event.

"It's a real good representation of the band," Kramer tells ABC News Radio.  "It's the show that we were doing at the time and, you know, it's just really exciting to play in front of that many people."

Joey adds that the audience, which he estimates numbered about 100,000, "was really into it, so it was really exciting."

You can get a taste of that excitement by checking out a trailer for the film and a preview clip of Aerosmith playing "Mama Kin" on YouTube.  Among the many other classic tunes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performed during the show were "Walk This Way," "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)."

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is the first in a run of monthly cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series."  The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. local time.  Visit FathomEvents.com for more information and to buy tickets.

In related news, the band is planning to release a DVD version of the film sometime in the spring.

Meanwhile, Aerosmith has plans to head back on the road this summer.  The rockers already have announced seven North American tour dates that stretch from a June 27 concert in Durant, Oklahoma, through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Kramer tells ABC News Radio the band's itinerary eventually will be extended "'til the end of August."  You can check out all of Aerosmith's confirmed dates at Aerosmith.com/Tour.

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2015 Gathering of the Vibes Lineup Features Gregg Allman, Other Allman Brothers Band Alums

Courtesy of Gathering of the VibesThe initial lineup for the 20th annual edition of the popular music festival the Gathering of the Vibes has been revealed, and it includes several longtime members of The Allman Brothers BandGregg Allman, guitarist Derek Trucks and his current group Tedeschi Trucks Band, and founding Allmans drummer Jaimoe and his Jaimoe's Jasssz Band all will perform at this year's event, which will take place July 30 through August 2 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The eclectic bill also features Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's new band, Billy & the Kids, as well as Weezer, Wilco, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Gaslight Anthem, The String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Zappa Plays Zappa featuring Dweezil Zappa, Dark Star Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more.  The festival, which began as a gathering for Grateful Dead fans who wanted to pay tribute to the late Jerry Garcia, also is planning to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary this year.

"There's an unmatched heart and soul to the Vibes community -- coming together each summer, catching up with friends on stage and off," says festival founder Ken Hays.  "Our 20th year together will be a truly inspirational and meaningful experience!"

Tickets and VIP passes for the 2015 edition of the fest can be purchased at GatheringoftheVibes.com.

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Metallica to Headline Brazil's Rock in Rio Festival

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica is double-dipping in the Rock in Rio pool this year.  In addition to headlining the inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas this May, the legendary metal band also has been added to the original Rock in Rio's lineup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"One Rock in Rio in a year is just not enough!" writes Metallica on their website.  "We're very excited that we have been invited to be a part of the original Rock in Rio 30-year celebration by headlining one night during the festivities."

Metallica will join a stacked Rock in Rio lineup that also includes Slipknot, Faith No More, Queens of the Stone Age, System of a Down and Hollywood Vampires, a new band featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp.  Meanwhile, the Rock in Rio USA lineup features Linkin Park, No Doubt, Coheed and Cambria, Deftones and Rise Against.

The 2015 Brazil edition of Rock in Rio will be held September 18-20 and 24-27 in Rio de Janerio.  Visit RockinRio.com/Rio for all ticket information.

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Eleven Pete Townshend Solo Albums Released Digitally Today as Part of New Reissue Campaign

Credit: Ross HalfinThe majority of Pete Townshend's solo catalog was re-released as digital downloads on Wednesday as part of a new campaign that will see the reissue of remastered and reworked physical versions of the Who guitarist/songwriter's albums over the next year or so.

The digital albums, which are available for purchase now via iTunes, include 11 titles in all, spanning Townshend's 1972 solo debut, Who Came First, through the 1994 demo compilation Scoop 3.  Among the other releases are Townshend's most successful solo effort, 1980's platinum-certified Empty Glass; Rough Mix, his 1977 collaboration with Faces/Small Faces bassist/singer Ronnie Lane; his gold-selling 1985 album, White City -- A Novel; and the 1986 concert album Deep End Live!, which featured Pete accompanied by a band that included Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

The reissue of physical versions of Townshend's solo albums is expected to begin later this year and run into 2016.  It likely will include expanded editions of a number of the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's releases.

Here's the full list of Townshend album's released digitally on Wednesday, February 24:

Who Came First (1972)
Rough Mix (1977)
Empty Glass (1980)
All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982)
Scoop (1983)
White City -- A Novel (1985)
Deep End Live! (1986)
Another Scoop (1987)
The Iron Man (1989)
Psychoderelict (1993)
Scoop 3 (1994)

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Paul McCartney to Headline Delaware's Firefly Music Festival in June

Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has confirmed his first U.S. concert of 2015.  The former Beatles member will headline this year's Firefly Music Festival, which takes place June 18-21 in Dover, Delaware.  Rumors had been circulating for a while that Sir Paul would be among the fest's headliners, but his participation in the event wasn't announced until today.

The specific date of McCartney's performance hasn't been revealed.  The rock legend joins a lineup that includes fellow headliners Kings of Leon and The Killers, as well as such popular artists as Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Modest Mouse, Bastille, Hozier, Sublime with Rome, Gary Clark Jr., Spoon, Cage the Elephant, and AWOLNATION, among many more.

The 2015 Firefly Music Festival will take place at the Woodlands, a wooded area on the grounds of the Dover International Speedway.  Get ticket info at FireflyFestival.com.

McCartney's appearance at the fest will follow his recently-announced spring tour of the Far East, which currently runs from an April 21 concert in Osaka, Japan, through a May 2 performance in Seoul, South Korea.

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Bryan Adams Announces US Dates for Tour Celebrating "Reckless" Album's 30th Anniversary

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentBryan Adams will be hitting the road in the U.S. this spring and summer in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his classic album Reckless.

The stateside leg of the Canadian singer/songwriter's Reckless 30th Anniversary Tour kicks off April 11 in Houston, and hits major cities across the country, including New York City, Las Vegas, Boston, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.  The trek wraps up on August 1 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Adams' set list will honor Reckless, the 1984 album that features hits like "Run to You," "Summer of '69," "One Night Love Affair" and "Somebody."  The album gave Bryan his first U.S. #1 on the Billboard chart with "Heaven," and marked a turning point in his career.  A deluxe version of Reckless was released in November of last year, featuring bonus material.

In addition to songs from that pivotal album, Adams' also will include a mix of other classics from his catalog.  Tickets for the U.S. tour go on sale February 28 at via Live Nation.  Bryan currently is winding down a brief Canadian trek that wraps up this Saturday in Toronto.  He also will tour Europe during March.

Here is the full list of U.S. tour dates:

4/11 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
4/12 -- Dallas, TX, Allen Event Center
4/14 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock
4/15 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
4/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
4/18 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater
5/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Arena
5/18 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino Amphitheater
5/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
5/20 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
5/22 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
5/23 -- San Francisco, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/19 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/20 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
6/22 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
6/25 -- Nashville, TN, The Woods Amphitheater At Fontanel
6/26 -- Greenville, SC, Charter Spectrum Amphitheatre
6/27 -- Charleston, SC, Family Circle Tennis Center    
7/23 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/24 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
7/25 -- Chicago, IL, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
7/28 -- Harrington, DE, Delaware State Fair
7/29 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/30 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center    
8/1 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena

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Expanded and Remastered Versions of Bad Company's First Two Albums Arriving in April

RhinoIf you can't get enough of Bad Company, here's some exciting news. Remastered and expanded editions of the beloved British hard-rock band's first two studio albums -- 1974's Bad Company and 1975's Straight Shooter -- will be released as double-disc CD and vinyl sets on April 7.

The updated Bad Company and Straight Shooter collections were remastered from the original tapes, as per frontman Paul Rodgers' wishes.  Both releases feature a variety of bonus tracks, including recently discovered unreleased tracks and alternate takes and mixes from the respective recording sessions.  The CD versions include all of the extra songs, while the LPs offer a selection of the bonus recordings.

The Bad Company album was an immediate success, peaking at #1 on the Billboard 200 and yielding the hits "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On," as well as the rock-radio staples "Bad Company," "Ready for Love" and "Rock Steady."  The record has gone on to sell more than five million copies in the U.S. alone.  The reissue's bonus CD contains 12 tracks, eight of which are previously unreleased, including an early take of the title track, a demo of the ballad "The Way I Choose" and an unedited version of the outtake "Superstar Woman."  The latter tune is a song Rodgers later recorded for his 1983 solo album Cut Loose.

Straight Shooter reached #3 on the Billboard 200, and has sold more than three million copies in the States. It features the classic Bad Company hit "Feel Like Makin' Love," as well as the enduring tunes "Good Lovin' Gone" and "Shooting Star."  The expanded CD set's bonus disc contains 14 tracks, with all but one being previously unavailable.  Among the tunes are a stripped-down version of "Shooting Star," a remix of "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" boasting different guitar and vocal tracks and a pair of never-before-heard songs -- "See the Sunlight" and "All Night Long."

The Bad Company and Straight Shooter reissues also will be available as digital downloads.  Here are the track lists for the expanded collections:

Bad Company

Disc One
"Can't Get Enough"
"Rock Steady"
"Ready for Love"
"Don't Let Me Down"
"Bad Company"
"The Way I Choose"
"Movin' On"

Disc Two
"Can't Get Enough" (Take 1)
"Little Miss Fortune" (Demo Reel 1)
"The Way I Choose" (Demo Reel 1)
"Bad Company" (LMS Studio Reel 2-73 Session)
"The Way I Choose" (Version 1 Inc. F/S)*
"Easy on My Soul" (Long Version)*
"Bad Company" (LMS Studio Reel 8-73 Session)
Studio Chat/Dialogue*
"Superstar Woman" (Long Version)
"Can't Get Enough" (Single Edit)*
"Little Miss Fortune" (B-side of "Can't Get Enough")
"Easy on My Soul" (B-side of "Movin' On")

Straight Shooter

Disc One
"Good Lovin' Gone Bad"
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
"Weep No More"
"Shooting Star"
"Deal with the Preacher"
"Wild Fire Woman"
"Call On Me"

Disc Two
"Good Lovin' Gone Bad" (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)
"Feel Like Makin' Love" (Take Before Master)
"Weep No More" (Early Slow Version)
"Shooting Star" (Alternate Take)
"Deal with the Preacher" (Early Version)
"Anna" (Alternate Vocal)
"Call On Me" (Alternate Take)
"Easy on My Soul" (Slow Version)*
"Whiskey Bottle" (Early Slow Version)*
"See the Sunlight"*
"All Night Long"*
"Wild Fire Woman" (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)
"Feel Like Makin' Love" (Harmonica Version)*
"Whiskey Bottle" (B-side of "Good Lovin' Gone Bad")*

* = not included on the vinyl version of the album.


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Styx and 2014 Tour Mate Don Felder to Be Featured in AXS TV Concert Specials Premiering Next Month

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for StyxStyx and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder will star in back-to-back concert specials that were recorded on the same night last year during the Soundtrack of Summer package tour and will premiere on the AXS TV high-def music channel on Sunday, March 15.

The Styx special, which airs at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, captures the band performing a set of its classic hits and various other gems from its back catalog at a July 2014 show at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  Among the songs the veteran rockers played were "Come Sail Away," "Renegade" and "The Grand Illusion."  The show also featured a guest appearance by Felder, who contributed his talents to a version of Styx's "Blue Collar Man."

As for the Felder program, it will feature the guitar whiz performing an opening set at the same Las Vegas show.  The performance offered a mix of Eagles tunes and songs from his solo career, including selections from his 2012 album Return to Forever.  In addition, Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw joined Don for a rendition of the Eagles' "Hotel California."

Last year's Soundtrack of Summer tour, which Styx co-headlined with Foreigner, ran from mid-May until late July.

This year, Styx is in the midst of a run of headlining shows scheduled through an April 24 appearance in Dothan, Alabama.  Then, in June, the band will play four concerts in Nassau, The Bahamas, as part of the Carnival Cruise Live series, before joining Def Leppard and Tesla for a recently announced North American package trek mapped out from late June until early October.  Check out Styx's full 2015 itinerary at StyxWorld.com.

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