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Webster PRAfter wrapping up a second series of performances of his RockTellz & CockTails show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Meat Loaf has now lined up a third residency.  The veteran singer's new engagement will include 21 dates, beginning May 6 and running through June 21.  During the stint, which again will be held at the PH Showroom at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, performances will take place each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.

RockTellz & CockTails Presents Meat Loaf combines a rock concert with a multimedia display featuring archival film and photos, as well as a Q&A session.  During each show, Meat Loaf sings many of his classic hits from his Bat out of Hell trilogy, including "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," as well as other memorable songs from throughout his career.  He also shares a variety of exciting stories about his many years in show business.

"I'm having so much fun with this show and am thrilled to be coming back again," says Meat Loaf in a statement.  "It's exciting every night for me to step on that stage with a show that draws together all aspects of my career.  It really is the show I was born to do."

Tickets for the show cost from $69 to $149, not including taxes and fees.  VIP packages -- including a meet-and-greet with Meat Loaf, premium seats, an autographed scarf and a souvenir photo -- can be purchased for $750.  Tickets are available now at the Planet Hollywood Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, and at Ticketmaster.com. Visit RockTellz.com to check out a complete list of performances and more details about the show.

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04/16/2014 07:00:19pm

Columbia RecordsBob Dylan is off the hook after charges of hate speech, brought against him in France last year, have been dismissed.  At issue was an alleged racist remark he made about Croatians in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview. 

On Tuesday a court in Paris dismissed a case brought against Dylan last November by the Council of Croats in France, according to Agence France-Presse.

Dylan was sued over an answer he gave Rolling Stone to a question about parallels between the U.S. of the 1860s and present-day America.  "If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood," the magazine quoted Dylan as saying, leading the Croatian group to sue under French hate-speech laws.

However, a judge ruled that Dylan was not culpable because he hadn't given consent for his comments to be published in the French-language edition of the magazine.  The judge did order the magazine's French editor to stand trial, though, the AFP reports.

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04/16/2014 07:00:00pm

Photo: MJ KimPaul McCartney has added six more dates to the U.S. leg of his ongoing Out There Tour on top of the four he revealed last week.  Among the newly announced shows will be his first-ever full headlining concerts in Lubbock, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as stops in Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and Salt Lake City.

Sir Paul will kick off the stateside leg on June 14 in Lubbock, which was the hometown of one of his musical idols, the late Buddy Holly.  The ex-Beatles star will rock Jacksonville on June 22, having only previously performed a four-song set in the city in 2005 during the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime show.

McCartney will play Dallas on June 16 and Atlanta on June 21.  He last performed in the Texas metropolis back in 2005, although he did visit nearby Arlington, Texas, during his 2009 summer tour.  His last trip to Atlanta also took place in '09.

Rounding out the new shows, McCartney will perform in Nashville on June 25 and in Salt Lake City on August 7.  Paul only played in those cities once before, during his 2010 Up and Coming Tour.

Tickets for the new U.S. dates will go on sale to the general public on April 25 at 10 a.m. local time.  PaulMcCartney.com members and American Express Card members will get the chance to purchase pre-sale tickets starting, respectively, this Thursday and this Monday at 10 a.m. local time.

By the way, McCartney's previously announced U.S. concerts -- June 19 in New Orleans; June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky; July 5 in Albany, New York; and July 7 in Pittsburgh -- all have sold out.

First up for the rock legend will be a Latin American leg that gets under way this Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay.  He also has shows lined up in Japan and South Korea in late May.

Here are all of McCartney's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

6/14 -- Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena
6/16 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
6/19 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
6/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
6/22 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
6/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
6/26 -- Louisville, KY, Yum! Center
7/5 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
7/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
8/7 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena

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04/16/2014 03:01:00pm

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThis past October, Who singer Roger Daltey revealed to Rolling Stone that his band was planning to launch a 50th anniversary tour sometime in 2015, but now guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend is reporting that the trek will get under way a bit earlier.  Townshend tells Billboard that the outing will start around Christmastime in the United Kingdom and then will make its way to North America next year.

"It will be a world tour," explains the 68-year-old rocker.  "I'm not crazy about going on the road, but I'm in good shape and once I start doing it -- and I'm still very good at it -- I'll take some pleasure from it."  The trek is expected to be the band's last major tour.

Meanwhile, Pete reports that he's finally hoping to put together a new Who studio album, which would be a follow-up to 2006's Endless Wire.

"I'm trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganized music [to find possible songs]," he says. "I'll be pulling some songs out of [his long-in-the-works project] 'Floss' to give to Roger to see if we've got enough to make an album."  He adds, "It might be a big waste of time, but I'm hoping there will be an album."

Reflecting on the tour that will mark his band's half-century-long career, Townshend tells Billboard that although he's prepared for it, the trek comes at a transitional period in his life.

"I'll be 69 in May and all my friends are getting ill or dying," he points out.  "I knew it would happen.  I will be happy if I give people something that makes fans happy.  It takes some great planning and I hope it opens up other things that we can avail ourselves of."

As previously reported, outside of his work with The Who, Townshend has co-written and recorded a new song titled "It Must Be Done" that will get its premiere on the April 30 episode of the FX espionage-drama series The Americans, which airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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04/16/2014 03:00:56pm

Chicago Records IIChicago will return this summer with a new album called NOW – also known as Chicago 36.  The project was put together on a mobile recording system called The Rig, which was spearheaded by longtime trumpet player Lee Loughnane, in hotel rooms and other locations across the country while the band was on tour. 

Engineer Hank Linderman acted as coordinating producer for the album, which features 10 tracks.  Chicago already released several of the tunes as digital singles over the last several months.

NOW will arrive, appropriately enough, on the 4th of July and will be available in five different formats.  The biggest one will set you back 98 dollars and will include the CD with a six-panel digipak, a full-color lyric book, a t-shirt, a mug and other goodies.  For more information, or to pre-order the new disc, visit the official Chicago website.

Here is the track listing for Chicago NOW XXXVI:

"NOW"
"More Will Be Revealed"
"America"
"Crazy Happy"
"Free at Last"
"Love Lives On"
"Something’s Coming, I Know"
"Watching All the Colors"
"Nice Girl"
"Naked in the Garden of Allah"
"Another Trippy Day"

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04/16/2014 11:00:14am

Cherry Red RecordsSilver Rails, Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce's first new solo album in more than decade, was released in the U.S. this week.  The album finds the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer exploring an eclectic variety of styles with help from some well-known guest musicians, including such respected guitarists as Robin Trower, Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth and Bernie Marsden.

Among the genres Jack tackles on the record are Caribbean-flavored pop, blues, introspective ballads, melodic mid-tempo rock and heavy rock.  "I've always liked so many different kinds of music and that's always shown up, especially in my solo albums," Bruce explained in a recent interview with ABC News Radio.

He pointed out that he used his first solo album, 1969's Songs to a Tailor, as a template for Silver Rails, noting that he was interested in putting together a similarly diverse collection of tunes.  "I thought this is now like the same thing, but it's more of a sideways look, if you like," Jack said.

Bruce also told ABC News Radio that the timing of the recording sessions luckily fit in well with the schedules of his guest musicians.

"All of the solo guitar players -- the songs were really written with them in mind," he noted, and pretty much all the people I approached were free and willing to do it."

Bruce collaborated on most of the tracks with his longtime lyricist Pete Brown, with whom he's been writing songs since 1966 during his early days in Cream.

"I think he's done a tremendous job on this album.  I think he's written about seven of the lyrics," said Bruce.  "And I think we're probably about the longest still-running songwriting partnership, certainly in [the U.K.]"

He singled out the song "Reach for the Night" as a particularly insightful set of lyrics penned by Brown.  "I think he's succeeded in coming up with a little kind of potted biography of the darker side of my life," said Bruce.  "He's very unique in the sense that he seems to know me so well.  He's able to write [things that,] although they're very personal, it's not upsetting when he writes them."

Jack also is happy with Silver Rails' lead track, "Candlelight," which he co-wrote with his wife, Margrit Seyffer.  "That was her first lyric that she's written," he pointed out.  "I just love those words."

Several versions of Silver Rails is available, including a standard CD, a two-disc deluxe edition containing a Making of Silver Rails documentary on DVD, and a vinyl LP.

Bruce currently has no shows scheduled, but he told ABC News Radio that he does plan to line up some dates in support of the new album, and hopes eventually to make his way back to North America sometime this year.

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04/16/2014 06:00:43am

Calliandra RecordsIn 2012, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson released Thick as a Brick II, a sequel to his band's 1972 concept album that was based on a poem written by a fictional eight-year-old boy named Gerald Bostock.  Now, the singer has recorded a new chapter to Bostock's saga, an album titled Homo Erraticus, which hit stores on Tuesday.

According to the scenario created by Anderson, Bostock went on to have a 40-year political career before becoming Ian's tour manager.  Homo Erraticus is a collection of songs that the fictional Gerald supposedly co-wrote with Anderson inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned by a fictional amateur historian named Ernest T. Parritt -- who was born in 1865 and died 1928.  Parritt's work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.  Perhaps to help fans understand the convoluted concept behind the album, Anderson has launched a new website dedicated to the project, HomoErraticus.com.

Describing Homo Erraticus in a recent Billboard interview, Anderson says, "I slightly jokingly say it's a folk-prog-metal album with classical music and folk music influences.  We have a rich arrangement of essentially rock music, but with lots of elements which are part and parcel of my style, I suppose."

Ian also revealed to Billboard that he pretty much has decided to retire the Jethro Tull name.  "It's a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the '70s and '80s in terms of volume," he explained.  "And I rather think it's nice to kind of leave that as legacy."

Anderson has lined up a 30-plus-date fall U.S. tour with his solo band in support of Homo Erraticus that will kick off September 12 in Seattle and is mapped out through a November 10 concert in Montclair, New Jersey. Each show will feature a full performance of the new album, as well as a set of classic Jethro Tull material.

Here is the full list of Anderson's confirmed solo U.S. dates:

9/12 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 -- Dallas, TX, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
9/24 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
9/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/28 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
10/4 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC
10/16 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/23 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/25 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 -- Providence, RI, Providence PAC
10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars - Circus Maximus
11/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre

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04/15/2014 07:00:19pm

Aretha's Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleEarlier this month, The News Nerd published a satirical story about Aretha Franklin getting into a physical altercation with Patti LaBelle.  Now, Franklin has decided to address the story, which many people actually thought was true.

"I've never heard anything crazier -- regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta," Aretha said in a statement.  "On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error).  I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time."

She continued, "Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti."

Last last month, Franklin was captured pulling her arm away from LaBelle, who was trying to greet Aretha at the "Women of Soul" concert at the White House.

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04/15/2014 07:00:18pm

Vanguard RecordsThe third installment in a series of compilations featuring performances from the Midnight Ramble concerts late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm hosted at his home studio and barn in Woodstock, New York, is scheduled to be released on July 1.  The album, titled The Levon Helm Band -- The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3, includes 13 songs from various shows recorded between October 2005 and August 2010.

The Midnight Ramble events have been held regularly at Helm's studio since 2005, and often feature appearances by well-known guest artists.  The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 includes guest performances by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, Elvis Costello and legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint.  The album also features Helm contributing lead vocals to four tracks, while members of his longtime backing group -- including daughter Amy, guitarist Jimmy Vivino and musical director Larry Campbell -- also sing various tunes on the record.

Helm, who died in April 2012 at age 71 after a battle with cancer, handpicked the songs included on the compilation and also designed its cover art.  The Levon Helm Band has continued to host Midnight Rambles fairly regularly at the barn.

Here's the full track list of The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 compilation:

"The Same Thing" -- Levon Helm (2/14/09)
"Ain't That Good News" -- Amy Helm (8/28/10)
"God Don't Never Change" -- Jimmy Vivino (1/10/09)
"Drivin' Wheel" -- Levon Helm (5/16/09)
"I'm a Jealous Man" -- Larry Campbell (1/31/09)
"Stagger Lee" -- Little Sammy Davis (10/18/05)
"Simple Twist of Fate" -- Brian Mitchell (3/14/09)
"One More Shot" -- Levon Helm (12/9/06)
"Turn Around" -- Teresa Williams (5/9/09)
"The Beautiful Lie" -- Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Fiona McBain (1/3/09)
"A Certain Girl" -- Allen Toussaint (1/1/07)
"Shake Your Money Maker" -- Chris Robinson (8/23/08)
"Take Me to the River -- Levon Helm (2/10/07)

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04/15/2014 03:01:02pm

Photo: Danny ClinchAfter playing a couple of headlining sets with The Allman Brothers Band over the weekend at the group's annual Wanee Festival, frontman Gregg Allman will now hit the road solo for a slew of late-spring and summer concerts.  First up will be a brief series of Australian concerts, running from April 18 to April 23, followed by a U.S. trek that will kick off with a May 3 show in New Orleans.

Allman's solo itinerary includes more than a dozen concerts, stretching through an August 8 performance in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  In the midst of his solo shows, Gregg also will join The Allman Brothers Band for a June 8 appearance at the 2014 Mountain Jam festival in Hunter, New York.  The Allmans' schedule also includes performances at their Peach Music Festival in mid August in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and at the Lock'n Festival in early September in Arrington, Virginia.

5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
5/21 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
5/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
5/24 -- Aptos, CA, Santa Cruz Blues Festival
5/25 -- Avila Beach, CA, Avila Beach Resort
5/28 -- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, The Green at Gulf Place
6/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
6/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
6/24 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
6/25 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
6/28 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
7/1 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center at Boise State U.
7/5 -- Spokane, WA, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
7/6 -- Portland, OR, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
8/8 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent

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04/15/2014 11:00:12am

Rock Star PRInitial dates have been announced for the third annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour, which features an impressive lineup of veteran artists, including The Johnny Winter Band, The Edgar Winter Band and Vanilla Fudge.  Fifteen shows have been confirmed for the trek so far, which is scheduled to get under way August 1 in Westbury, New York, and currently is mapped out through an August 24 performance in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Among the other acts on the tour's bill are founding Rare Earth singer/drummer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown frontman Kim Simmonds.  Edgar Winter and his group have been part of the Rock'n'Blues Fest trek for all three years of its existence, while his brother Johnny's band and Simmonds both previously took part in the inaugural outing.

"I love getting together with the great players on this fantastic concert series," says Johnny Winter in a statement.

Adds Edgar, "My brother, the legendary Johnny Winter, is closing the show again this year.  We really missed him last time and it's always a special occasion getting to jam with Johnny."

Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, meanwhile, points out, "The last time Vanilla Fudge played with Johnny Winter was when he jumped up on stage with Janis Joplin and jammed with us at [1969's] West Palm Beach Pop Festival in Florida.  I'm looking forward to playing with him and brother, Edgar...two rockin' bands!"

Here are the confirmed dates for the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest tour; additional concerts will be announced soon:

8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Rockland's Harbor Park
8/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/5 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/6 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/7 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/21 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino

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04/15/2014 11:00:11am

Viking AdultA new memoir by Philip Bailey, the longtime lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, is being published today.  In Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire, Bailey shares the story of the pioneering funk/soul band's path to international stardom in the 1970s, as well as his own personal and spiritual struggles.

Led by founding member Maurice White, and powered by Bailey's multi-octave voice, Earth, Wind & Fire caught the attention of the music world with its dynamic blend of genres, colorful costumes and over-the-top stage shows.  After scoring an impressive string of hits from the mid-1970s through the early '80s, White put the group on hiatus.  Bailey then found solo success thanks, in part, to the hit 1984 duet "Easy Lover" with Phil Collins, before Earth, Wind & Fire reformed later that same decade.

The book, which was co-written with Kent and Keith Zimmerman, recounts the many highs and lows Bailey experienced throughout his musical career, and takes a look at his struggle with the excesses of fame.

Shining Star is available in a hardbound edition and as an ebook.

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04/15/2014 06:00:41am

Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesAfter all the drama leading up to the induction of KISS' four original members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Thursday, the feuding band mates behaved civil and friendly to each other while accepting the honor.  Founding lead guitarist Ace Frehley tells ABC News Radio that he was "really honored" to be part of the ceremony, although he did direct some mild criticism toward frontman Paul Stanley, who took some shots at the Rock Hall and the way it goes about choosing inductees.

"I really didn't like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech, because obviously he's a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," explains Frehley.  "I know he wanted to get other members in the group inducted."

Ace adds that "there was some political stuff going on," which led to disagreements about whether KISS would perform at the event.  "Unfortunately we did not perform, even though I was up for it," he notes, adding, "I try to stay away from politics.  I don't think politics and music work.  I never did."

One of the big highlights of KISS' induction was the passionate introduction speech Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello gave for the band.

"Best introduction KISS has ever gotten from anyone, bar none, over the 40-year career," declared Ace.  "I know Tom, and we spoke a few times before, but I didn't expect something that elaborate and that insane…It was wonderful and I thanked him wholeheartedly after, back behind the stage."

Frehley also praised Morello for lobbying hard to have KISS inducted into the Rock Hall in 2014.  "Tom almost single-handedly is responsible for getting us in this year," he notes.

Meanwhile, Ace had announced shortly before the ceremony that he planned to participate in the traditional all-star jam that usually takes place at the end of the annual event, but that performance was canceled because the bash ran long.  Frehley revealed to ABC News Radio that the song he would have played was AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."  He explained that the tune was chosen because Bruce Springsteen -- who was on hand to induct his E Street Band -- had been playing it at some of his recent tour dates.

"It was nice because Tom Morello called me up and…gave me the link to YouTube and he goes, 'This is the arrangement.  This is the key,'" he recalls.  "So I learned it.  It took me about 10 minutes, and I said, 'OK, I'm ready to go.'  And then, right before Nirvana came on, I get the word that [the song was cut]."

Ace also reports that he didn't even get the chance to tell his old band mates goodbye at the end of the ceremony, because was he "was whisked away by my press people and did a ton of interviews."

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04/15/2014 06:00:40am

Eagle Rock EntertainmentNew dates and venues for The Rolling Stones’ recently postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been announced.

Earlier this month, the band announced its rescheduled Down Under tour would run from October 25 to November 22.

The promoter Frontiertouring now confirms the October 25 show will be at the Adelaide Oval and the November 22 concert will take place at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.  The tour also now includes two additional shows: a November 1 concert in Perth and a November 15 performance at the Hope Estate Winery in Australia's Hunter Valley.  Ticket info at Frontiertouring.com.

The Stones had arrived in Australia last month in preparation for the tour kickoff when news of the suicide of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, on March 17 led the rockers to shelve the trek.

Next up for The Rolling Stones will be a series of recently announced European shows, running from a May 26 visit to Oslo, Norway, through a July 3 appearance at Denmark's Roskilde Festival.

Here are the 2014 Australian and New Zealand tour dates:

10/25 -- Adelaide, Adelaide Oval
10/29 -- Perth, Perth Arena
11/1 -- Perth, Perth Arena
11/5 -- Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
11/8 -- Macedon, Hanging Rock
11/12 -- Sydney, Allphones Arena
11/15 -- Hunter Valley, Hope Estate
11/18 -- Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
11/22 -- Auckland, Mt Smart Stadium

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04/15/2014 06:00:00am

Courtesy of Olivia Newton-JohnOlivia Newton-John is one of 10 female Australian singers who have lent their talents to a new version of The Divinyls' 1990 hit "I Touch Myself" as part of a new breast-cancer awareness campaign.  The I Touch Myself Project was organized in honor of Divinyls frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett, who died in 2013 at age 53 after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

The goal of the initiative is to refocus the original, more sexual meaning of the song on encouraging women to examine themselves for signs of cancer.  Newton-John and the other participating singers have shot a video to accompany the new version of "I Touch Myself."  The black-and-white clip shows the vocalists from the shoulders up, each apparently naked, as they sing a portion of the tune one at a time.

Olivia, who is a breast-cancer survivor, also shot a separate video in which she discusses her participation in the I Touch Myself Project.

"I was very moved to sing Chrissy Amphlett's song because I always loved the song when I heard it on the radio, and I thought she was really bold to sing the song," she says in the clip.  "And now, of course, it's taken on a totally different meaning, and I love the whole reasoning behind doing this song.  I'm really sad that she isn't here to sing it with us, and being a breast-cancer thriver myself, it has an extra meaning for me to do this for her."

Other singers also featured on the new rendition of "I Touch Myself" include Baby Animals frontwoman Suze DeMarchi and "Little Pattie" Amphlett, who's Chrissy's cousin.

The recording was put together in conjunction with Australia's Cancer Council NSW (New South Wales), and the track can be purchased as a digital download at various online music sellers.  People who want to support the campaign are being asked to use the hashtag #ITouchMyselfProject and share messages and photos via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+. 

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04/14/2014 07:01:01pm