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Courtesy of Burton CummingsRandy Bachman recently announced that he'll be launching a North American tour in April in support of his upcoming solo album, Heavy Blues, and as it turns out, his former Guess Who band mate Burton Cummings will be on the road at the same time.  Cummings has a series of shows lined up in Mach and April, most of which are in his home country of Canada.The singer/keyboardist's confirmed itinerary runs from a March 8 concert in Victoria, British Columbia, through
02/01/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityDef Leppard will kick off its 2015 tour itinerary with a 13-date Canadian leg in April and May, and the '80s rock legends also have just announced their first U.S. shows of the year -- a pair of appearances at summer fairs.The Canadian trek gets under way on April 15 in Penicton, British Columbia, and runs through a May 5 show in London, Ontario.  The outing also includes stops in such major cities as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon
01/31/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy of Art GarfunkelArt Garfunkel will be returning to the road in the coming month for his first concerts of 2015.  The lauded folk-rock singer will kick things off with a February 27 show in Aventura, Florida, before heading overseas for a European trek that runs from a March 10 performance in Dublin, Ireland, though a March 20 stop in Copenhagen, Denmark.The 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer then will return to the States for a series of multi-night stands -- Marc
01/31/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy of Ewbank's AuctioneersAn eight-millimeter film of The Beatles at the ABC theater in Blackpool, England, that's considered to be the earliest known color footage of the band is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction scheduled for this Thursday in Surrey, U.K.  Shot in 1963, the silent three-and-a-half-minute film shows the Fab Four performing on stage and clowning around and socializing backstage at the venue.The footage was shot by Chas McDevitt, the leader of a pop
01/30/2015 06:00:00pm
Capitol Nashville/UMeGlen Campbell's music made its biggest impact on the country charts, but many of his songs also became major pop hits.  The singer/guitarist's biggest crossover success came in 1975, when he topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the title track to his Rhinestone Cowboy album.  Now, an expanded version of the album is scheduled to be released on March 31 in celebration of the record's 40th anniversary.The CD and digital versions of the reissue will feature five bon
01/30/2015 02:00:00pm
Image Courtesy of ABCZZ Top will team up with modern rockers Weezer next week for the first installment of a new Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment called "Mash Up Mondays," that will feature unlikely one-off collaborative performances by two popular music acts.  The Texas trio and Weezer will join forces to form "Wee-Z Top" -- a name coined by host Jimmy Kimmel -- on this Monday's episode of the late night show, which airs on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.The showcase, which will take place
01/29/2015 06:00:00pm
Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has announced his first 2015 dates of his ongoing Out There tour, a four-show visit to Japan that will take place in April.  The concerts are scheduled for April 21 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka and April 23, 25 and 27 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo.Last May, Sir Paul was forced to cancel a series of shows in Japan when he was taken ill with a virus, and he's excited to return to the country this year."I cannot wait to get back to Japan and have some more great r
01/29/2015 06:00:00pm
Credit: Eddie WolflThe lineup for the upcoming TV special Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute continues to expand.Pop stars Lady Gaga, John Legend and Ariana Grande, as well as country group The Band Perry, are the latest additions to the bill, which already includes Willie Nelson, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Janelle Monáe, Ed Sheeran and Usher.  As previously reported, the special will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder by featuring current acts performing so
01/29/2015 02:00:00pm
Capitol RecordsBrian Wilson has unveiled full details about his latest solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be released on April 7.  The record sees the founding Beach Boys mastermind teaming up with a variety of guest artists, including former band mates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as acclaimed trumpet player Mark Isham.Wilson also tapped the talents of a variety of younger music artists whom he's inspired, among them fun. frontman Nate Ruess, country singer Ka
01/29/2015 02:00:00pm
Credit: Jim SheaThe Doobie Brothers have launched a new fan club that will give their biggest fans access to premium seats and special packages, as well as being treated to a variety of cool themed merchandise and collectibles.  For an annual fee of $39.99, the "Takin' It to the Streets Concert Club" offers participants priority access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages to select shows, while members also receive a Doobie Brothers guitar-pick set, blanket and limited-edition lithogr
01/29/2015 10:00:00am
Credit: Sam JonesEarlier this week, it was announced that Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of "Stay with Me," the Grammy-nominated hit by British pop star Sam Smith, because of its supposed similarity to Petty and Lynne's 1989 hit composition, "I Won't Back Down."  Now, Petty has issued statement about that decision, saying there's no bad blood between himself and Smith."About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam,
01/29/2015 09:35:00am
Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr hits the road again in two weeks for about a month's worth of dates, but he'll be back home in time for the release of his new album, Postcards from Paradise, set to drop March 31.Ringo's 18th studio album sees him backed by his current All Starr Band players: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.  Postcards from Paradise is also Ringo's first studio album to include a song written and recorded by them.&nb
01/29/2015 08:48:00am
Credit: Lee MillwardEarlier this month, the 2014 Genesis documentary Sum of the Parts, which premiered in the U.S. on Showtime in October, was released on DVD and Blu-ray.  The film featured brand-new interviews with all five members of the band's classic early 1970s lineup, including guitarist Steve Hackett.  The doc focused on the group's history as well as each member's solo career, but Hackett tells ABC News Radio that he wasn't very happy about the amount of coverage his own
01/29/2015 05:00:00am
Credit: Mike HoughThe first taste of Heavy Blues, the upcoming studio album by Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman's new group, Bachman, has made its way online.  A clip featuring the audio of the record's entire title track, boasting a guest appearance by Peter Frampton, has been posted on YouTube.The song lives up to its name, with Bachman and Frampton delivering dueling blues-y guitar riffs accompanied by a bludgeoning rhythm section reminiscent of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience
01/29/2015 05:00:00am
LAMedia Collection/Sunshine/RetnaThe Who has announced that 180-gram vinyl reissues of all 11 of its studio albums, along with a double-LP vinyl version of its 2014 The Who Hits 50! compilation, will be released on March 24 in conjunction with the band's 50th anniversary celebrations.  In addition, on April 7, The Who will release a seven-inch blue-vinyl single of its latest song, "Be Lucky," as well as the first of a series of four vinyl box sets gathering together the group's earlier s
01/28/2015 06:01:00pm