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Diana Ross Schedules New Las Vegas Residency in November

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by

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Image Courtesy of AEG LiveDiana Ross is coming out to Las Vegas again in November for another series of performances of her show The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, which debuted at The Venetian in April.  The Motown diva has scheduled nine new dates that will take place at the same venue on November 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21.

Some Memories Never Fade features Ross performing songs that span more than 50 years, and includes many of her hits with The Supremes as well as classics from her solo career.  Tickets will go on sale soon via, at box offices at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Vegas, and by calling 702-414-9000702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469866-641-7469 FREE.  A dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Diana Ross Charitable Foundation.  Showtime for every performance is 8 p.m. local time.

“Following her nine sold-out shows in April, it is an honor to have Miss Ross back at The Venetian Theatre,” says George Markantonis, president of The Venetian.  “We consider Miss Ross a part of our family and can’t wait to see what she has is store for her loyal fans in this intimate venue upon her return.”

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The Who-Themed Documentary “Lambert and Stamp” to Be Released on DVD and Blu-ray in August

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by

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Lambert and Stamp, the recent documentary about The Who‘s early managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a high-def digital download on August 18.  The movie tells the story of how Lambert and Stamp, a pair of aspiring filmmakers, helped mentor and guide The Who from popular London club band to international superstardom after they chose the group to be the focus of a planned movie about England’s flourishing music scene.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of Lambert and Stamp will offer bonus features, including commentary by director James D. Cooper and an interview with Cooper conducted by Henry Rollins.  The Lambert and Stamp Blu-ray also will feature exclusive previously unseen archival footage of The Who, including clips of the band in Finland, a 1967 promotional film, and a segment of the group performing on the 1960s U.S. musical variety program Where the Action Is.

Among the many highlights of Lambert and Stamp are rare early performance and behind-the-scenes footage of The Who, and new interviews with surviving band mates Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

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Ringo Starr Celebrating 75th Birthday Today with “Peace and Love” Gathering in L.A.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by

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©Rob ShanahanJust a reminder that Ringo Starr will celebrate his 75th birthday today, July 7, by appearing live at noon PT at the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California, where he will lead fans in his trademark “peace and love” salute.  Joining the famed Beatles drummer at the gathering, which is open to the public, and will be his wife, Barbara Bach, and several of Starr’s well-known musical friends.

Among the rock stars confirmed to attend the celebration are Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, acclaimed session drummer Jim Keltner, and current All Starr Band members Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.  Walsh and comedian Richard Lewis will deliver introductions at the event, which also will feature actor Ed Begley Jr. and Twin Peaks director David Lynch.

Entertainment will be provided by indie-folk artists Spirit Family Reunion and Adam Arcuragi, who will be performing some of Ringo’s songs.

Starr also is encouraging fans to flash the peace symbol and say or think about “peace and love” at noon wherever they are in the world.  You also can share “peace and love” messages online at various popular social media websites by using the hashtag #PeaceandLove.

2015 has been quite an eventful year for Starr, who released a new studio album titled Postcards from Paradise in March, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in April.  This fall, meanwhile, Ringo and his All Starr Band will embark on a new North American tour that scheduled to run from an October 1 concert in San Francisco through an October 31 show in Brooklyn, New York.

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Micky Dolenz Debuting New Show Tonight Combining Monkees Hits and Tunes from His Favorite Musicals

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by

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Image Courtesy of dis COMPANYMicky Dolenz will be monkeying around on Broadway this week, as the Monkees singer is debuting a new show that features him performing a number of his band’s famous hits and some of his favorite tunes from the world of musical theater.  Dolenz is scheduled to give three performances of the show, dubbed A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll, tonight, Friday and Saturday at the 54 Below supper club in New York City.

Dolenz tells ABC Radio that in addition to singing classic Monkees songs that so many of his fans love, the performances will give him the chance to introduce many people to some of the tunes he’s sung in various stage productions he’s been involved in over the last few decades.

“I’m fairly well known in the rock ‘n’ roll world, but maybe not so well known in the musical theater, Broadway world,” he explains.  “I started late in life doing that.  [The first] big Broadway thing I did was Grease back in the ’90s, and then I went on and did [A] Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and then I did Aida — the Elton JohnTim Rice musical — and then I did the revival of Pippin, and then, most recently, in London’s West End, I did Hairspray.”

Micky says in deciding what musical-theater songs to include in the performances, he tried to choose “tunes that just work independently of the show.”  He adds that finding such songs was tough to do, “’cause often sung out of context it doesn’t really make any sense.”

Dolenz tells ABC Radio that his A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll shows also will include a song from the 2001 comedic musical Urinetown, “Don’t Be the Bunny,” which he used to successfully audition for roles in several stage productions, including the aforementioned Pippin revival.

As for the Monkees songs featured in this week’s shows, he says fans can expect him to belt out “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Daydream Believer” and more.

Meanwhile, Dolenz says his experience with The Monkees’ TV series was excellent preparation for roles in musicals.

“In retrospect, the Monkees television show was essentially a half-hour little musical theater film, like a Marx Brothers film on television,” he maintains.  “The Monkees, ultimately, I think, were much, much more closely aligned to the Marx Brothers than The Beatles, say.  It was a little half-hour [featuring] song and dance and little crazy plot.”

Visit to buy tickets and find out more details about Dolenz’s A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll shows.  Showtime for all three performances is 7 p.m. ET.

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Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Concerts Set Attendance Records at Chicago’s Soldier Field

Monday, July 6th, 2015 by

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Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead‘s final three concerts, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Chicago’s Soldier Field, were the highest attended events ever at the venue since it was renovated in 2003.  Billboard reports that the group’s Fare Thee Well shows on July 3, 4 and 5 in the Windy City drew 70,764, 70,844 and 71,000, respectively.

The previous record was held by U2, who brought in 67,936 fans for a 2009 concert during the Irish bands 360° Tour.

As previously reported, the band’s Fare Thee Well shows featured The Grateful Dead’s four core surviving members — rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — along with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti, the keyboardist of Weir’s side group RatDog.

According to, here is the full set list of Sunday’s show, which was announced as The Grateful Dead’s last-ever concert:

Set I:
“China Cat Sunflower”
“I Know You Rider”
“Estimated Prophet”
“Built to Last”
“Samson and Delilah”
“Mountains of the Moon”
“Throwing Stones”

Set II:
“Terrapin Station”
“Unbroken Chain”
“Days Between”
“Not Fade Away”

“Touch of Grey”

Encore 2:
“Attics of My Life”

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Lionel Richie Scores First #1 Album in the UK in 23 Years

Monday, July 6th, 2015 by

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Credit: Andrew MacPhersonWherever he is, Lionel Richie must be dancing on the ceiling.  The pop/R&B singer has scored his first #1 album on the U.K. chart in more than 23 years, as his compilation The Definitive Collection, has jumped to the top spot following Richie’s acclaimed June 28 performance at the Glastonbury Festival.

The 2003 retrospective, which features highlights from Richie’s solo career and from his tenure with The Commodores, leaped from the 103rd slot to #1 after an amazing 1,763-percent increase in combined sales over the past week, reports.  The Definitive Collection previously peaked at #10 in the U.K. at the time of its 2003 release.

“I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album Number 1 is ‎unbelievable,” Richie tells  “The U.K. has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all.”

The last time Lionel reached the top spot on the U.K. album tally was in 1992, with his Back to Front compilation.  Richie scored a #1 album in the U.S. in 2012 with his most recent studio effort, the country duets collection Tuskegee.

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Yoko Ono Says Nicknaming ISIS Terrorist After Late Husband John Lennon “Was Very Distasteful”

Monday, July 6th, 2015 by

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PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationIn a new interview, Yoko Ono speaks out about the murderous ISIS terrorist who has been given the nickname “Jihadi John” in reference to her late husband, John Lennon.  Ono tells U.K. newspaper The Observer she “thought that was very distasteful” to use Lennon’s name in connection with the Islamic militant, who has appeared in a number of videos in which he’s shown beheading kidnapping victims from various countries.

Ono says she feels a duty to continue to work toward spreading the positive message that her husband and his old band embraced, particularly in the wake of the violent actions by groups such as ISIS.  “I have to keep on doing something because the other side will take over — people who are really not understanding what beautiful things we have in this world and want to destroy it,” she maintains.  “And I’m not going to let them destroy John or The Beatles.”

“Jihadi John” is believed to be Mohammed Emwazi, who’s part of a four-person British-born terrorist cell whose prisoners nicknamed them after The Beatles because of their accents.

In other news, although Ono is known to have had conflicts with the surviving Beatles members over the years, she tells The Observer her current relationship with them is warm.  “From my side there’s an incredible love towards them,” she maintains, “because they have done something important for the world and especially for the young.”

Yoko suggests that one of the reasons why tensions mounted between her and Lennon’s band mates, particularly when the group was still together, was a general lack of communication she says may have something to do with their British upbringing.

“For instance, that classic style of ‘Let’s keep our chins up’ was typical of John,” she explains.  “John and I went through so much difficulty and when that was happening we said, ‘OK, let’s just ignore it.’  I don’t think the other Beatles had to go through that much, really — John was the one who was taking it all.  But I know that they’re doing their best.  I really love them like my brothers.”

As for disputes that she’s had with Paul McCartney over such issues as McCartney wanting his name to be listed before Lennon’s on Beatles songs on which Sir Paul was the main or sole writer, Ono says she feels that they get blown out of proportion.  “I feel that in some ways we are almost forced to be in a boxing ring, and that’s how people are looking at us,” she maintains, “but we’re not doing that.”

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Elton John Lyricist Bernie Taupin’s Paintings to Be Displayed at Two New York Shows

Monday, July 6th, 2015 by

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Rebecca Sapp/WireImageBernie Taupin is famous for writing the words to all of Elton’s John‘s mega hits, but the lyricist also is a painter, and his artwork will be in the spotlight this month at two shows in New York’s exclusive beachfront Hamptons communty.

Mark Borghi Fine Art is mounting a retrospective Taupin show, titled “BLUEPRINT,” at its Bridgehampton, New York, location.  The exhibit will include 16 contemporary and abstract works that reflect Taupin’s influences from the art of the 1950s and ’60s.  That show will run from July 12 through July 26, and Taupin himself will be in attendance at an opening reception on July 11, at 6 p.m. ET. 

Meanwhile, in nearby Water Mill, New York, Taupin’s newest works will be on display in an exhibit titled “Plain Brown Wrapper,” at the Art Southampton art fair, which takes place July 10-13.  Bernie also will be on hand for an opening reception at Water Mill’s Parrish Art Museum this Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. ET.  For more information visit

Since Taupin took up painting in the early ’90s, his work has been displayed at exhibitions in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.  You can get a taste of Bernie’s abstract expressionist and pop art influenced work at

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Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” Among the 10 Best-Selling Vinyl Albums of 2015

Monday, July 6th, 2015 by

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EMI MusicPink Floyd‘s The Dark Side of the Moon may be more than 40 years old, but, according to Nielsen Music, it’s one of the 10 top-selling albums for the first half of 2015…on vinyl, that is.  The classic 1973 album landed at #7 on the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report’s Top LP Vinyl Albums list after selling 22,600 copies.

The report reveals that sales of vinyl records have increased by 38-percent from last year, and now comprise almost nine percent of all physical album sales.  At #1 on the vinyl albums tally is pop superstar Taylor Swift‘s 1989, which has sold 33,500 copies. 

Pink Floyd is one of the only classic-rock acts to appear in the top 10 of any of the lists featured in the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report.  The only other veteran rocker is Paul McCartney, whose collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West “FourFiveSeconds” landed at #9 on the Top Digital Songs tally, with more than 1.8 million copies downloaded.

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Grateful Dead Wraps Fare Thee Well Tour in Chicago

Monday, July 6th, 2015 by

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicThe core surviving members of The Grateful Dead completed their Fare Thee Well Tour Sunday with the third of three shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

As was the case for their shows in Santa Clara, California, a week earlier, Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were joined during the weekend by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

Among the fans at Friday’s show was Donald Strong, who along with his girlfriend had traveled from Charleston, South Carolina — a 15-hour drive. He explained, “It’s all about passion and love of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.”

Saturday’s performance was attended by celebrities including Katy Perry, her on-again, off-again boyfriend John Mayer, and Woody Harrelson, Billboard reports.

In addition, President Obama wrote a message in acknowledgement of the Fare Thee Well Tour, stating, “Here’s to fifty years of the Grateful Dead, an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion, and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great. Enjoy this weekend’s celebration of your fans and legacy.

“And as Jerry would say, ‘Let there be songs to fill the air,'” he added, referring to the late Jerry Garcia.

“The feeling we have here — remember it, take it home and do some good with it,” Mickey Hart said in closing, according to The New York Times.  “I’ll leave you with this: Please, be kind.”

Here’s the set list for Saturday’s concert, according to

Set One:
“Shakedown Street”
“Standing on the Moon”
“Me and My Uncle”
“Tennessee Jed”
“Cumberland Blues”
“Little Red Rooster”
“Friend of the Devil”

Set Two:
“Bird Song”
“The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)”
“Lost Sailor”
“Saint of Circumstance”
“West LA Fadeaway”
“Foolish Heart”
“Stella Blue”
“One More Saturday Night”

“US Blues”

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