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Bob Dylan Announces Dates for Fall North American Tour

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by

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Columbia RecordsBob Dylan has confirmed he’ll be bringing his “Never Ending Tour” back to North America for a fall leg.  The 31-date trek will get underway with a three-show engagement, October 17-19, at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, and also will include multiple-night stands in Los Angeles; Oakland, California; Minneapolis; Chicago; Toronto; Philadelphia; and New York City.

The tour will wrap up with four concerts at New York’s Beacon Theatre that are scheduled for November 28 and 29, and December 1 and 2.  Tickets for most of Dylan’s new stateside shows will go on September 5.  Visit for more details.

Dylan and his backing band currently are playing a series of Australian concerts.  The overseas outing will wind down with a September 10 performance in Christchurch, New Zealand.

News of the tour follows Tuesday’s announcement that Dylan will release a deluxe six-disc set on November 4 featuring recordings from his historic 1967 “Basement Tapes” sessions with The Band as the 11th volume of the folk-rock great’s Bootleg Series.  Two-CD and three-LP versions of the collection also will be available the same day. currently is hosting an exclusive stream of one track that appears on The Basement Tapes Complete, an alternate version of the song “Odds and Ends.”

Here are Dylan’s confirmed upcoming North American tour dates:

10/17 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
10/18 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
10/19 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
10/21 — Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
10/24 — Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre
10/25 — Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre
10/26 — Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre
10/28 — Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
10/29 — Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
10/30 — Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
11/1 — Denver, CO, Bellco Theatre
11/4 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
11/5 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
11/6 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
11/8 — Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre
11/9 — Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre
11/10 — Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre
11/12 — Cleveland, OH, State Theatre
11/14 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
11/15 — Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
11/17 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center
11/18 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center
11/21 — Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
11/22 — Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
11/23 — Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
11/25 — Washington, DC, DAR Constitution Hall
11/26 — Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
11/28 — New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
11/29 — New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
12/1 — New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
12/2 — New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre

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Stevie Wonder to Receive First Epitome of Soul Award at October Event in Memphis

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Eddie WolflStevie Wonder will be honored with the inaugural Epitome of Soul Award at an October 11 event held at the Cannon Center of the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tennessee.  The Motown legend will be presented with the award by The Consortium MMT, a Memphis-based non-profit organization that seeks to develop the city as a music-industry hub.

The Memphis Business Journal reports that Wonder will perform at the event, and will be accompanied for part of the show by a number of as-yet-unannounced artists.

In related news, The Consortium MMT is planning to launch an annual soul music festival next year that would include the presentation of the next Epitome of Soul Award. 

Consortium founder and renowned Memphis songwriter David Porter says, “There’s no better example to make the statement on the value of soul music coming out of Memphis than Stevie Wonder.”

Porter adds that the festival will help publicize Memphis as “the apex of soul music,” and will promote the Consortium’s Emerging Stars Program, a six-week educational course geared toward helping aspiring artists prepare for music careers.

“We’re building something with soul music that’s already credible,” explains Porter.  “In the early ’70s, it was the third largest industry and third largest employer in the city.  That gives us more of a power position to be a conduit for other genres.”

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The Doobie Brothers’ Patrick Simmons and Wife Taking Part in Cross-Country Vintage Motorcycle Race

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Doobie BrothersFounding Doobie Brothers guitarist Patrick Simmons and his wife, Cris, are planning to go rockin’ down the highway together on their vintage motorcycles throughout most of September.  The couple will be participating in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014, a coast-to-coast event that begins September 5 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and will take them on a 4,100-mile journey ending September 21 in Tacoma, Washington.

Cris Simmons will be raising funds for the Stand Up to Cancer charity during the ride in honor of her and Patrick’s son, Pat Jr., who was treated for testicular cancer in 2013 and now is free of the disease.  Cris, incidentally, is an acclaimed motorcyclist who’s a member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run was first run in 2010 and has been held every other year since.  It currently showcases restored motorcycles that were originally built before 1935.  Cris previously took part in the 2010 edition of the race, at which she was the only U.S. woman out of the 45 participants.

Patrick Simmons will be riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson JD during this year’s race, while his wife will be on a 1934 Harley-Davidson nicknamed “Buddy” after its former owner, famed Hollywood stuntman Bud Ekins.  “Pat bought the bike from Bud many years ago and I stole it from Pat in 1993, vowing to ride it ‘someday,’” explains Cris.

The Doobie Brothers have had a very busy tour schedule this year, although the band will be taking a break for most of September, allowing Patrick the time to hit the road on his Harley.  As previously reported, the group will be releasing a new studio album, Southbound, on November 4 that features duets with a variety of major country stars, as well as contributions from former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald.

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Christine McVie Ready to “Stand Up for Two and a Half Hours Balancing on One Foot” on Fleetwood Mac Tour

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by

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Danny Clinch for ELLEThis fall, Fleetwood Mac will launch their first tour in nearly 20 years with Christine McVie, the voice behind such classic songs as “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Lovin’ Fun” and “Over My Head.”  The 71-year-old singer/keyboardist says she’s been working out with a personal trainer so she’ll be able to spend long hours onstage without collapsing.

Speaking to ELLE magazine, McVie notes with regard to her keyboard-playing style, “The aim is to be fit enough to stand up for two-and-a-half hours balancing on one foot, which is what I do.”

This new tour will be a little bit more luxurious that in the old days, though, as Christine explains.  Not only will they be traveling by private jet, she says, but “I’m going to have someone that packs for me.”   And during the downtime on the road, McVie says she wants to spend more time taking advantage of the interesting locations she’ll will be visiting with Fleetwood Mac .  “I want to go out and do things…not just stick around having room service for two days,” she insists.  “I feel like I know where I’m going now, and I want to enjoy this.”

The rest of the band is thrilled that Christine is back in the fold.  Drummer Mick Fleetwood tells ELLE, “Since she’s been back, I’m already feeling the steadying effect of her presence.  There is no doubt that there was a void in the chemistry of the band.”

As for the new Fleetwood Mac album, which is in the works, McVie says she has about a half-dozen songs finished that might appear on it.  When asked if any of the tunes were inspired by her self-imposed retirement in the British countryside in the years after she left Fleetwood Mac, she laughs, “You mean the nunnery?  I was by no means a nun.”

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Chuck Berry Honored with Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, Misses Ceremony Due to Illness

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Chuck Berry’s ManagementChuck Berry was honored Tuesday as a laureate of the 2014 Polar Music Prize, although the 87-year-old rock ‘n’ roll pioneer could not attend the ceremony because of illness.  Veteran British rocker Dave Edmunds was on hand to accept the honor from Sweden’s King Carl XVI at the event, which took place at Stockholm’s Concert Hall.

While at the podium, Edmunds read a speech Berry wrote that said, “Unfortunately I am unable to travel, but my heart is in Sweden.  I want to thank the King and the Royal Family for awarding me the Polar Prize.  I understand what a great honor it is to be a recipient.  I am sorry that I am unable to travel and receive this personally.”

In addition, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards sent a video homage in which he discussed how much Berry influenced and inspired him.

“Chuck Berry, he just leapt out of the radio at me.  I ate him basically, I mean I breathed him,” said Richards.  “It wasn’t just food, he was the air I breathed for many years when I was learning guitar and trying to figure out how you could be such an all-rounder.  Such a great voice, such a great player, and also such a great showman, you know, it was all in one package, so basically if I listened to Chuck Berry I was full for the day.”

In choosing Berry for the award, Polar Music Prize officials acknowledged him as “the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music,” while adding that “[e]very riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry.”

The Polar Music Prize, founded in 1989 by late ABBA manager and lyricist Stig “Stikkan” Anderson, is considered the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize.  Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

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Billy Idol’s New Album Set for October 21 Release; Listen to Lead Single Now

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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BFI Records/Kobalt Label ServicesBilly Idol has revealed the track list and release date for Kings & Queens of the Underground, the first studio album of original material from the veteran pop-punk star since 2005′s Devil’s Playground.  The record will hit stores on October 21, and features lead single “Can’t Break Me Down,” which currently is streaming at Idol’s official website and YouTube channel.

Most of the album was produced by former Buggles/Yes singer Trevor Horn, although Greg Kurstin served as producer on two tracks, including “Can’t Break Me Down.”  The single is an upbeat, modern-sounding rock anthem that includes some electronic elements also reminiscent of songs of the 1980s New Wave era.

Fans pre-ordering Kings & Queens of the Underground now via iTunes will instantly receive a download of “Can’t Break Me Down.”  The iTunes edition of the album also features a bonus track called “Hollywood Promises,” which came from the same sessions that yielded the rest of the album.  A CD version of Kings & Queens of the Underground that doesn’t include the extra song can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.

The album’s cover was designed by renowned graphic artist Shepard Fairey.

Idol has scheduled European tour in support of Kings & Queens of the Underground that will get under way in Birmingham, England.  The 58-year-old rocker also will be publishing his self-penned memoir, Dancing with Myself, on October 7.

Here’s the full track list for the standard version of Kings & Queens of the Underground:

“Bitter Pill”
“Can’t Break Me Down”
“Save Me Now”
“One Breath Away”
“Postcards from the Past”
“Kings & Queens of the Underground”
“Eyes Wide Shut”
“Ghosts in My Guitar”
“Nothing to Fear”
“Love and Glory”
“Whiskey and Pills”

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Neil Young Has Filed for Divorce from Wife Pegi

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Jake BlakesbergIt appears that one of the rock world’s great love stories may be coming to an end.  As first reported at, Neil Young recently filed for divorce from his wife, Pegi, after 36 years of marriage.

The folk-rock legend filed a petition to dissolve the marriage on July 29 in the San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, California.  A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for December 12.

Neil and Pegi have collaborated on numerous musical projects over the years.  Pegi began singing backing vocals for her husband beginning in the 1990s and lent her talents to many of his recent albums.  Neil, in turn, contributed to all three of his wife’s solo records, which were released, respectively, in 2007, 2010 and 2011.  He also joined her onstage at some of her concerts.

The couple have two children together — a son named Ben and a daughter named Amber Jean.  Ben Young suffers from cerebral palsy, as does his older half-brother, Zeke Young, who’s mother was late actress Carrie Snodgress.  In attempt to provide an educational situation better suited to Ben’s needs, Pegi co-founded the Bridge School in 1986.  Since that year, she and Neil have organized the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, a star-studded show that raises funds for the facility and that takes place each October in Mountain View, California.

Neil Young’s rep did not respond to ABC News Radio’s request for a comment regarding the reported impending divorce.

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Expansive Box Set of Bob Dylan’s “Basement Tapes” Sessions Due Out in November

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsThe Basement Tapes, the historic recordings Bob Dylan did with The Band during 1967 in the Woodstock, New York, area while he reportedly was recuperating from a serious motorcycle accident, is the subject of the upcoming 11th installment of the folk-rock legend’s Bootleg Series.  A massive six-CD collection titled Bob Dylan and The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete is scheduled to be released on November 4.

While the original Basement Tapes album, which was issued in 1975 as a two-LP set, featured just 16 recordings from Dylan’s ’67 collaboration with The Band, The Basement Tapes Complete will include every salvageable track from those sessions, including recently discovered songs Dylan recorded at his upstate New York residence.  Band keyboardist Garth Hudson worked with Canadian producer and music archivist Jan Haust on restoring the tapes.

More than 100 tunes were recorded during the sessions, including covers of traditional and contemporary songs, humorous ditties, impromptu performances, and many Dylan originals.  Among the then-new compositions from Bob were such memorable tunes as “I Shall Be Released,” “The Mighty Quinn,” and “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.”  Also featured were early versions of “Tears of Rage” and “This Wheel’s on Fire,” which both appeared on The Band’s 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink.

Meanwhile, separate two-CD and three-LP vinyl sets titled The Basement Tapes Raw and featuring highlights from the expansive Basement Tapes Complete collection also will be released on November 4.

Dylan’s currently in the middle of an Australian tour.  He’s planning to announce dates for a fall North American trek on Wednesday.

You can check out the full track list for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 at  Here’s the track listing for The Basement Tapes Raw:

CD 1
“Open the Door, Homer” (Restored version)
“Odds and Ends” (Alternate version)
“Million Dollar Bash” (Alternate version)
“One Too Many Mornings” (Unreleased)
“I Don’t Hurt Anymore” (Unreleased)
“Ain’t No More Cane” (Alternate version)
“Crash on the Levee” (Restored version)
“Tears of Rage” (Without overdubs)
“Dress It Up, Better Have It All” (Unreleased)
“I’m Not There” (Previously released)
“Johnny Todd” (Unreleased)
“Too Much of Nothing” (Alternate version)
“Quinn the Eskimo” (Restored version)
“Get Your Rocks Off” (Unreleased)
“Santa-Fe” (Previously released)
“Silent Weekend” (Unreleased)
“Clothes Line Saga” (Restored version)
“Please, Mrs. Henry” (Restored version)
“I Shall Be Released” (Restored version)

CD 2
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (Alternate version)
“Lo and Behold!” (Alternate version)
“Minstrel Boy” (Previously released)
“Tiny Montgomery” (Without overdubs)
“All You Have to Do Is Dream” (Unreleased)
“Goin’ to Acapulco” (Without overdubs)
“900 Miles from My Home” (Unreleased)
“One for the Road” (Unreleased)
“I’m Alright” (Unreleased)
“Blowin’ in the Wind” (Unreleased)
“Apple Suckling Tree” (Restored version)
“Nothing Was Delivered” (Restored version)
“Folsom Prison Blues” (Unreleased)
“This Wheel’s on Fire” (Without overdubs)
“Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread” (Restored version)
“Don’t Ya Tell Henry” (Alternate version)
“Baby, Won’t You Be My Baby” (Unreleased)
“Sign on the Cross” (Unreleased)
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (Without overdubs)

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Vince Neil Salutes His Mötley Crüe Band Mates

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy Motley Records/Eleven Seven RecordsIf you’ve seen Mötley Crüe on the All Bad Things Must Come to an End tour, you know that the three musicians on board – Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx – are a talented bunch.  Singer Vince Neil agrees; though the band members have had their share of spats over the years, the singer has no trouble admitting that he’s surrounded by skilled professionals.  Neil tells ABC News Radio that Mars in particular is “an outstanding guitar player [and] very underrated because he shies away from press.” 

Neil says that even after 33 years of playing together, “[Mick] plays stuff where I go, ‘Wow, where did that come from?’  When he does his solos it’s pretty amazing, the stuff that he comes up with.”

Vince also appreciates Lee, who he describes to ABC News Radio as being “like John Bonham.  He’s just a pure rock drummer [and] he has a great meter.”  As for Nikki Sixx, Neil calls him “a great bass player [and] a great showman.”

Agreeing with the legions of fans who are mourning the end of Mötley Crüe – because, of course, the veteran rockers has insisted they will never tour again under the band name — Neil tells ABC News Radio, “You put everybody together, we’re Mötley Crüe and that’s why we’ve been together for so long.” 

Here are the remaining dates on Mötley Crüe’s 2014 tour leg:

8/26 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/27 — Allentown, PA, Great Allentown Fair
8/29 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/30 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/31 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
10/10 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/11 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/12 — Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
10/14 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/15 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
10/17 — Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock
10/19 — Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
10/21 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/22 — Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 — Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center
10/26 — Montville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/29 — Syracuse, NY, The OnCenter
11/5 — Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
11/6 — Southaven, MS, Landers Center
11/9 — Moline, IL, iWireless Center
11/11 — Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
11/12 — Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center
11/13 — Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
11/15 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
11/16 — Fargo, ND, FargoDome
11/18 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
11/19 — Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/21 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena

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Kinks Controversy: Is Ray Davies Considering Band Reunion Without Brother Dave?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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Decca Label Group; Cleopatra RecordsThere appears to be some controversy brewing with regard to The Kinks‘ supposed plans for a reunion project next year.  U.K. magazine MOJO reports that legendary rockers’ frontman, Ray Davies, revealed in a new interview that the group will tour and release a new album in 2015, while suggesting that the band may do so without the participation of his brother, founding Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies.

However, The Kinks’ official Facebook page has posted a message declaring, “MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this.”

Getting back to the MOJO article, the magazine quotes Ray as saying, “Dave’s invited to the party, but if he doesn’t want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway.  He’s very welcome to turn up if he wants.  I’d much rather work with him than without him.”

The article reports that the band — apparently referring to the Davies brothers and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory — met during the summer of 2013 to discuss possibly getting together this year for a 50th anniversary Kinks reunion, but Ray and Dave’s continued contentious relationship delayed the proposed project.  MOJO also claims that Ray told the mag that he’s been recording songs with Avory for a new Kinks album, and that Dave hasn’t yet contributed to the sessions.

In addition, MOJO alleges that, when Ray was asked if a project without his brother would still be called The Kinks, he said, “Yes, it would.  I think it’s all down to the music.  If somebody can’t or won’t play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it.”

Ray also reported that he continues to work on a solo album based on his 2013 memoir, Americana.

In other news, the singer/songwriter has scheduled a series of three U.K. performances in September that will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic Kinks hit “You Really Got Me.”

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