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Brian Wilson Tribute Concert Scheduled for March 30 in L.A; Lineup Includes Brian, Al Jardine, Ann Wilson & More

Image Courtesy of The Best FestA new all-star concert paying tribute to founding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is scheduled to take place on March 30 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  The first-ever Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson will feature an guest appearance by Wilson himself, as well as performances by fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine, Heart's Ann Wilson, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Phillips, Norah Jones, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, The Killers' Brandon Flowers and many more.

The event is being curated by The Best Fest, the same people who have organized similar tribute shows to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m. PT via AXS.com.  Proceeds from ticket sales for the show will go to the Jameson Neighborhood Fund to benefit the Sweet Relief organization, which aids musicians in need of financial assistance because of illness or other issues.

Brian Fest is timed to coincide with the release of Wilson's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, which hits stores April 7.  The record features contributions from a number of musicians who will participate in the concert, including Jardine, She & Him's M. Ward and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.

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L.A.-Area Rock Against MS Benefit Concert Featuring Ex-Guns N' Roses Members & More Taking Place Tomorrow

Rock Against MS FoundationThe third annual Rock Against MS benefit concert is scheduled for tomorrow night, March 4, at the famous Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California.  The show's star-packed lineup features such well-known rockers as ex-Guns N' Roses members Steven Adler and Gilby Clarke, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, Foreigner's Jeff Pilson and MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer.

The event raises money to support multiple sclerosis research.  Many of the participating artists are friends or associates of Nancy Sayle, a rock publicist afflicted with disease who founded the Rock Against MS Foundation.  Other acts on the benefit's bill include Jack Russell's Great White, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Blasko and Minutemen/Stooges bassist Mike Watt.

Tickets for the fundraiser are still available at TicketFly.com, with prices spanning from $35 for general admission to $1,000 for a reserved VIP booth for eight people that also includes a meet-and-greet with the artists.

If you can't make it to the concert, you can watch a live stream of the event online at StageIt.com for $15.

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The Yardbirds Postpone Spring US Tour Because of "Health Concerns and Extenuating Circumstances"

Credit: Trevor HeathDisappointing news, Yardbirds fans: The influential British blues-rock group has postponed its recently announced spring tour of the U.S.  The band issued a statement explaining the dates were being postponed "due to health concerns and extenuating circumstances."

The trek was supposed to kick off on April 3 in Norfolk, Connecticut.  The gigs would have marked the U.S. debut of The Yardbirds' recently revamped lineup, which along with founding drummer and longtime band leader Jim McCarty and guitarist Top Topham, who rejoined the group in 2013, includes three new additions.  Those new members are singer/guitarist John Idan, who previously played with The Yardbirds from 1992 to 2009; veteran rock bassist Kenny Aaronson; and singer/harmonica player/percussionist Myke Scavone, who was the lead singer of the late-'70s rock group Ram Jam.

This isn't the first time health issues has affected The Yardbirds in recent years.  In 2012, founding rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja was forced to take an indefinite hiatus from the band after suffering a series of strokes.  Visit TheYardbirds.com to keep track of what's happening with the group.

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Metallica to Release Early Demo on Cassette

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica is releasing a remastered version of its 1982 demo No Life 'til Leather as a limited-edition cassette for Record Store Day 2015.  The demo, which has never been released commercially, features Metallica's original lineup: frontman James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, bassist Ron McGovney and guitarist Dave Mustaine, who would go on to create Megadeth.

"This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the 'demo tape,'" says Metallica in a statement.  "In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as No Life 'til Leather and it led us to our first record deal..the rest, as you some of you may know, is history!"

No Life 'til Leather will be released on cassette on Record Store Day, April 18.  An expanded version of the demo will be released on CD, vinyl and as a collector's set this summer.

Here is the track list for No Life 'til Leather:

"Hit the Lights"
"The Mechanix"
"Motorbreath"
"Seek & Destroy"
"Metal Militia"
"Jump in the Fire"
"Phantom Lord"

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2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction to Debut on HBO on May 30

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame MuseumWe already knew that the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall, but we now know when and where fans will be able to watch the big event on television.  The show will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

As previously reported, the latest crop of inductees includes Ringo Starr, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers and The "5" Royales.

2015 will mark the fourth straight year that HBO has presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and the network has just signed an agreement to continue covering the event for three more years.

Meanwhile, although tickets to the April 18 ceremony are sold out, the event will be simulcast on a number of giant screens throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  Tickets for the simulcast are available now for $24.50 at Tickets.RockHall.com.

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Robert Plant Releasing Limited-Edition Vinyl EP, "More Roar," on Record Store Day

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsThis year's Record Store Day is fast approaching, and Robert Plant is among the artists who will be releasing limited-edition vinyl discs as part of the promotion, which takes place on Friday, April 18.

The Led Zeppelin singer will release More Roar, a 10-inch EP featuring live performances recorded during his 2014 tour with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters.  Side A of the record includes renditions of "Turn It Up" and "Arbaden," songs that appear on Robert's latest solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.  Side B features a medley that combines another Lullaby tune, "Poor Howard," and the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love."  Only 10,000 copies of More Roar will be available.

Other artists who have just confirmed that they will be issuing special discs for the 2015 Record Store Day campaign include The Flaming Lips, Stone Sour, Tegan and Sara and The Used.

Stone Sour's contribution will be a covers EP titled Meanwhile in Burbank… that features the band's take on songs by Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Metallica, KISS and Judas Priest.

A full list of Record Store Day releases will be unveiled on March 10.

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Paul McCartney Appears on "All Day," Another New Song by Kanye West

PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsPaul McCartney's collaborative relationship with Kanye West continues to be a fruitful one, as the ex-Beatle is featured on yet another song with the rap star.  McCartney sings and whistles on "All Day," West's latest single, which was released on Monday night via iTunes.

The track, which also features a vocal from Theophilus London and a rap from U.K. artist Allan Kingdom, will appear on Kanye's upcoming album, So Help Me God.  The release of the five-minute-long studio version of "All Day" follows West's live performance of the tune at last week's BRIT Awards 2015.

As Rolling Stone notes, the whistling segment McCartney does on "All Day" appears to share the same melody of an unreleased song he wrote back in 1969 that was inspired by a painting of a guitarist by Pablo Picasso.

McCartney also contributed to Kanye's recent ballad, "Only One," on which Sir Paul played keyboards, and the two stars were featured on Rihanna's hit single "FourFiveSeconds."  The latter tune gave McCartney his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 29 years.

A release date for West's album has not been revealed.

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Vanilla Fudge's Carmine Appice Says Band's New Covers Album Is Full of Surprises

Purple Pyramid RecordsVanilla Fudge is back with a fresh sonic confection, a brand-new studio effort titled Spirit of '67 that features the veteran rockers putting their own unique spin on classic songs that date back to the year the band released its debut album.

Drummer/singer Carmine Appice explains that for the new record, he and his band mates followed the same formula that made Vanilla Fudge famous: Take well-known songs by other artists and render them almost unrecognizable by reworking their structure, melody and instrumentation.

"That's the beauty of Vanilla Fudge.  It's always a surprise," he explains to ABC Radio. "If you don't look at the track listing, you just put the songs on, you'd never know what songs they are until some of the singing starts, but even then you're not sure because it's so different."

Appice says the band members decided on what tunes to record for the new album by poring over a list of the top 100 songs of 1967 and choosing ones that had some meaning to them and that they felt could be rearranged in interesting ways.  Among the songs they picked were Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," The Who's "I Can See for Miles," The Doors' "Break On Through (to the Other Side)," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "The Tracks of My Tears," The Box Tops' "The Letter" and The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday."

The 68-year-old drummer, who also is known for his work with Rod Stewart, Cactus and many other rock artists, points out, "Everybody got used to hearing [these songs] a certain way.  And now, this sort of upsets that flow…and I kind of like that.  I always like doing that.  Blowing people's mind."

Among the mind-blowing covers featured on Spirit of '67 is a rendition of The Monkees' "I'm a Believer," which has an extended intro that pays homage to Argent's epic 1970 hit "Hold Your Head Up."

Among Appice's other favorites from the album are "The Letter," which features a keyboard intro, a symphonic segment and a part that pays tribute to Joe Cocker's version of the song; "I Can See for Miles," which he calls "funky"; and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," which he says "has got the killer groove."

Closing out Spirit of '67 is one original tune, "Let's Pray for Peace," which was written by Vanilla Fudge's lead singer and keyboardist, Mark Stein.

Appice tells ABC Radio that the song reminds him of an antiwar tune the band recorded back in the '60s called "Good Livin'."

Carmine laments about the song's message, "Here we are, forty years later, the same thing.  Probably worse now."

Vanilla Fudge recently finished a handful of concerts in support on Spirit of '67, and is planning to schedule more soon.  Meanwhile, the band will celebrate the album's release with a special in-store appearance tonight at 7 p.m. ET at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey.  The band will play a brief unplugged set and then will be signing copies of the record.  Visit VVinyl.com for more details.

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John Fogerty Unveils Series of US Dates for His "1969" Tour

MAD Ink PRA dozen new dates have been revealed for the recently-announced U.S. leg of John Fogerty's "1969" tour, which will celebrate the eventful year Creedence Clearwater Revival released three of its classic albums -- Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys.  The newly-announced shows include a series of spring stops in the Southeast, starting May 2 at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, and a June 30 gig at the Wolf Trap performing arts center in Vienna, Virginia.

Previously, Fogerty had only announced one date on the tour -- a July 15 performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  Other new appearances include stops in the Nashville area; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Tampa Florida.  Additional shows will be scheduled soon.  Visit JohnFogerty.com for more details, including ticket info.

During the tour, Fogerty will be showcasing many of the classic tunes featured on the 1969 albums released by his former band, including "Born on the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Lodi," "Down on the Corner," and "Fortunate Son."

In other news, the autobiography that John has been working on now is expected to be published in the fall.

Here are all of the confirmed U.S. dates on Fogerty's 1969 tour:

5/2 -- Memphis, TN, Beale Street Music Festival – Tom Lee Park
5/3 -- Whites Creek, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
5/5 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater
5/6 -- Charlotte, NC, The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
5/9 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
5/12 -- Augusta, GA, Bell Auditorium
5/13 -- Simpsonville, SC, Charter Amphitheater
5/15 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
5/16 -- Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/17 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
7/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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Bob Dylan Pays Homage to Film Noir in New Video for "The Night We Called It a Day"

Columbia RecordsThe first official video to a song from Bob Dylan's new standards collection, Shadows in the Night has premiered online.  The stylized black-and-white clip, which accompanies Dylan's rendition of the 1940s ballad "The Night We Called It a Day," pays tribute to the classic film noir pictures of yesteryear.

The video stars Dylan and actor Robert Davi as two men who apparently are vying for the affections of the same woman, an alluring blonde burlesque dancer portrayed by Tracy Phillips, daughter of former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips.  After meeting up in a smoky club, the three cross paths again at the woman's apartment and, after a double cross or two, let's just say that things don't end well for most members of the love triangle.

The clip was directed by Nash Edgerton, an Australian director and stuntman who previously was behind the lens for two other similarly violent Dylan videos, 2009's "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" and 2012's "Duquesne Whistle."

Shadows in the Night, released February 3, is a collection of 10 vintage songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra.  Dylan will launch a U.S. tour in support of the album on April 10 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The trek currently is mapped out through a May 11 show in St. Louis.

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Led Zeppelin Concert Film Getting One-Night-Only Screening at US Theaters Later This Month

Fathom EventsA film featuring a whole lotta live footage of Led Zeppelin rocking out at several concerts that took place throughout the band's career will be screened at select theaters across the U.S. March 30.

Titled simply Led Zeppelin, the movie includes performances filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, at the band's historic in July 1973 stand at New York City's Madison Square Garden, during a five-night engagement at London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and at the group's August 1979 appearances at the U.K.'s Knebworth Festival.  The flick, which runs one hour and 45 minutes, which will be shown in more than 300 cinemas.

Led Zeppelin is the second in a monthly run of cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series," which began on February 26 with the screening of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.  The upcoming one-night-only screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time.  Visit FathomEvents.com for more information and to buy tickets.

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Boston, Eddie Money, Sammy Hagar to Perform at 2015 Edition of Florida's SunFest This Spring

Boston (Credit: Kamal Asar)The lineup for the 19th annual edition of Florida's Sunfest has been announced and it features an eclectic mix of artists, including such veteran performers as Boston, Eddie Money and Sammy Hagar.  The event is scheduled to run from April 29 through May 3 in downtown West Palm Beach.

Hagar will be playing with his new group The Circle, which features ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.  Other artists on the bill include John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Pixies, Wilco, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Hozier, 311 and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, among many others.

Discount advance tickets are available now through April 25.  Single-day passes cost $32, while five-day passes can be purchased for a limited time at the low price of $60.  To find out complete details about the festival and buy tickets, visit SunFest.com.

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Concert Special Featuring Chicago and REO Speedwagon Premieres Next Sunday on AXS TV

Courtesy of Chicago, REO SpeedwagonLast year, Chicago and REO Speedwagon hit the road together for a U.S. tour that stretched from the late summer to early fall.  One of the early stops on the joint trek was an August 4 show at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and now a special featuring performances from that concert is set to premiere next month on AXS TV.

Chicago and REO Speedwagon Live at Red Rocks will debut on March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT as part of the high-definition channel's Sunday Concerts series.  The show features the bands playing plenty of their classic hits, as well as finales featuring the two groups teaming up for medleys of each other's well-known tunes.

The Chicago encore included a medley of "Free," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is" and "25 or 6 to 4," while REO's set-ending jam featured "Riding the Storm Out," "Roll with the Changes" and "Keep On Loving You."  Check out a trailer for the special at AXS TV's official YouTube channel.

Looking ahead for Chicago and REO Speedwagon, both bands have plenty of headlining dates scheduled for 2015.

Here are Chicago's upcoming tour dates:

2/27 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Theater
3/3 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Arena Ciudad de Mexico
3/5 -- Leon, Mexico, Poliforum Leon
3/7 -- Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey
3/10 -- Queretaro, Mexico, Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez
3/12 -- Guadalajara, Mexico, Auditorio Telmex
3/14 -- Aguascalientes, Mexico, La Plaza de Toros
4/23 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
4/25 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Tunica
4/26 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
4/28 -- Chattanooga, TN, Memorial Auditorium
4/30 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
5/1 -- New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds Race Course
5/2 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Riverdome
5/3 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheater
5/5 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
5/6 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
5/9 -- Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino
5/11 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
5/13 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
5/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
5/20 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
5/21 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre
5/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, River's Edge Park
6/16 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Casino
6/18 -- Richmond, BC, Canada, River Rock Show Theatre
6/19 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Vancouver
6/25 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center Theater
6/28 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center

And here is REO Speedwagon's current 2015 itinerary:

3/21 -- Cancun, Mexico, Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort
3/27 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's
3/29 -- Laredo, TX, Laredo Energy Center
4/2 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theater
4/3 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
4/4 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
4/16 -- Terre Haute, IN, ISU Hulman Center
4/18 -- Grand Island, NE, Heartland Events Center
5/9 -- Columbus, GA, Fort Benning Army Base
5/15 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo Casino Resort and Spa
5/17 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Casino
5/23 -- Baraboo, WI, HCGWD Event Center (Ho-Chunk Casino)
7/17 -- Waukesha, WI, Waukesha County Fair
9/10 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
9/11 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Events Center

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Paul McCartney "Not in Any Hurry" to Write an Autobiography, but Says He'd Consider Doing One

MPL/Mary McCartneyA lot of famous musicians have written memoirs recounting the highlights of their careers and personal lives, but Paul McCartney says he currently has no plans to become one of them.

The rock legend explained his feelings about whether he'd ever pen an autobiography in the latest installment of the "You Gave Me the Answer" feature on his official website.

Responding to a question by a Canadian fan, Sir Paul said, "My feeling is that there have been enough books on me done already.  But from time to time I do think of certain little memories that are not published in any books so, who knows?"

He added, "If I ever find the time it could possibly happen.  But I think you can guess from my answer that I'm not in any hurry to be doing it…!"

Perhaps the closest McCartney has come to writing a memoir was the 1998 book Many Years from Now, which was penned by Barry Miles and based on hours of exclusive interviews Sir Paul gave to the author.

Of course, the 72-year-old former Beatle is as busy as ever this year.  He's enjoying his first top 10 single in nearly 30 years thanks to his collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, "FourFiveSeconds," he also has a project in the works with Lady Gaga and he'll begin a series of 2015 tour dates in April with a brief Japan trek.

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Tesla, Night Ranger, Queensryche Among Many Bands Taking Part in 4th Annual Monsters of Rock Cruise

Image Courtesy of MSO PRThe fourth annual edition of the Monsters of Rock Cruise will set sail in April, and features an impressive lineup boasting some of the biggest hard-rock and heavy-metal acts of the 1980s and '90s.  Among the groups slated to entertain the seagoing rock fans during the journey are Tesla, Night Ranger, Queensryche, Extreme, Lita Ford, Europe, Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer, Kix, Krokus and Stryper.

The nautical music extravaganza, which runs from April 18 to April 22, will embark from Miami and stop off at a private island called Poseidon's Grotto and Nassau in the Bahamas before returning to port.  Among the many other artists taking part in the cruise are Thin Lizzy spinoff group Black Star Riders, Y&T, Zebra, Faster Pussycat, Honeymoon Suite, Kip Winger, Keel, ex-Motley Crue singer John Corabi, Richie Kotzen and former Ted Nugent singer Derek St. Holmes.

Besides the many rocking concerts, the cruise will feature a variety of events, such as artist meet-and-greets, a "Cooking with Rock Stars" demonstration, a "So You Think You Can Shred" fan competition and themed parties like the Hot Tub Time Machine '80s Prom and Fantasy Night Masquerade.

Prior to the start of the cruise, a two-night pre-party event will be held at Miami's Magic City Casino on April 15 and April 17.  The first night will feature performances by Queensryche and Lillian Axe, while the second will offer sets by Stryper, Tyketto, Gabbie Rae and a surprise guest.

You can find out more details by visiting MonstersofRockCruise.com.

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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

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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:

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

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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