One hundred million records sold? Check. Super-successful sold-out tours for decades? Check. Multiple awards? Check. Influence over younger generations? Check -- just look atpop superstar Taylor Swift's new video. So why the heck isn't Cher in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
Her current tour mate, Chic's Nile Rodgers, says it's because the system is flawed.
Rodgers -- who's a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and is also the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame -- has been opening for Cher with Chic most of this year on her current tour, and will resume touring with her in November. He believes Cher has been overlooked because people are too focused on opinions and not cold, hard facts.
"Unfortunately, I think that it's too many people trying to prove that their teenage years were cooler than the other person's teenage years," Nile told reporters at the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala recently. "Because I think that things like Halls of Fame should be based on statistics, and what people have actually accomplished...Not what you think -- it's actually what you do."
Rodgers then used the example of a baseball player who hits a huge number of home runs. "The announcer says, 'That person is a future Hall of Famer'...because they're basing it on statistics," the Chic frontman pointed out. "They know that you cannot perform at that level and never be in the Hall of Fame. It's impossible."
He adds, ruefully, "But in our music business, you can perform at Cher's level and not get in the Hall of Fame. It doesn't make any sense!"
Cher can take comfort in knowing that even if she never gets in, she can go back to polishing her Oscar, her Grammy, her Emmy, her Golden Globes and her Kennedy Center Honor.
Live Nation/Interscope Records/Maverick Madonna launched her career in New York City, and will launch her Madame X tour there later this year, so it's fitting that she's opened a pop-up shop in the Big Apple.
According to fans, the store, which is open now through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on West 15th Street, is offering similar merchandise to the stuff that's available on Madonna's website, including copies of the new album on both CD and vinyl, as well as t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other accessories.
Some fans are upset that the store doesn't include certain items, though, such as the two-CD deluxe edition of the Madame X album, and NYC Pride t-shirts - especially since Madonna is going to appear at New York's WorldPride event later this month, and they are no longer available online.
One fan speculated that the pop-up shop is being used to get rid of extra 20th anniversary Like a Prayer merchandise, because there's so much of that available.
Randee St. NicholasIn January, some wiseguy started a Facebook campaign urging Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks to come to the McDonald's franchise in the U.K. town of Fleetwood and work a three-hour shift. Despite the campaign attracting more than 20,000 people, Stevie didn't bite -- but the employees of the franchise got a special treat courtesy of the band.
As NME reports, Fleetwood Mac invited the workers at the Fleetwood McDonald's franchise to attend their show at London's Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night. What's more, all the workers got to pose for a photo with Stevie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie, and watch the show sidestage.
"It was a fantastic evening seeing Fleetwood Mac live and to have the opportunity to share the experience with some of the Fleetwood team," NME quotes the Fleetwood McDonald's franchisee Nigel Dunnington as saying.
"I'm still amazed the band got in touch -- we're lucky our restaurant shares a name with such an iconic band," Dunnington added. "If Fleetwood Mac ever find themselves in the Fleetwood area, we'd love to return the favor and invite them back."
NME quotes an employee named Chelsea as saying, "I can't believe we met Fleetwood Mac before they performed tonight. We listen to their songs all the time but nothing beats seeing them live -- it's been incredible!"
Jeff Lynne's relaunched incarnation of the Electric Light Orchestra kicks off a new North American tour this evening in Anaheim, California. The 20-date trek, which will feature the late George Harrison's son, Dhani, opening all of the shows, is plotted out through an August 1 concert in Pittsburgh.
Lynne recently was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for his work with ELO, as a solo artist, and as a member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, which, of course, also featured George Harrison, as well as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison.
On the red carpet at the Songwriters Hall of Fame event, Jeff told ABC Radio that he was excited about Dhani joining his band on the tour.
"It's gonna be great, 'cause I love Dhani," he enthused. "He's a great lad. And, you know, I've known him since I first met his dad. So, it's just 30-odd years…I've always thought the world of him. And now it's time for him to come and play in front of us."
Besides working with George on the two Traveling Wilburys album, Jeff co-produced and co-wrote songs on Harrison's hit 1987 solo album, Cloud Nine. In addition, he and Dhani collaborated to complete George's final studio album, the posthumously released Brainwashed.
Lynne also told ABC Radio that he was surprised that the ELO's music has experienced a resurgence in popularity.
"It's kind of weird. I've never thought of it like that, but people have been telling me," he noted. "You know, [they say], 'Wow, you should see it...this place, they're playing all your stuff, and this place, they're playing all your stuff, and they go mad for it.' So that's good."
Here are Jeff Lynne's ELO's 2019 North American tour dates:
6/20 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center 6/22 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 6/24 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 6/26 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena 6/28 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 6/29 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 7/3 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 7/5 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena 7/7 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 7/9 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center 7/11 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena 7/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 7/16 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center 7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena 7/20 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena 7/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 7/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 7/27 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 7/30 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 8/1 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
Virgin EMI/Universal Music GroupIn the wake of the blockbuster success of the Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury's unmistakable voice will be heard again on June 21, when the previously unreleased song "Time Waits For No One" drops.
Produced by the late Queen frontman's friend, musician, songwriter and producer Dave Clark, the song is a brand-new version of a track called "Time," which was from the 1986 hit West End Musical of the same name.
A new music video, which was shot at the time, has just debuted to celebrate the release.
According to a press release from Virgin EMI, "Time Waits For No One" shows, "Freddie Mercury at his most compelling." It is, "a completely stripped-down performance, accompanied by just a piano, showcasing one of music's most beloved and show-stopping voices."
The musical Time was produced by Clark, starred legendary
In the wake of the blockbuster success of the Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury's unmistakable voice will be heard again on June 21, when the previously unreleased song "Time Waits For No One" drops.
Produced by the late Queen frontman's friend, musician, songwriter and producer Dave Clark -- who was the drummer and band leader of the popular 1960s U.K. group The Dave Clark Five -- the song is a brand-new version of a track called "Time," which was from the 1986 hit West End musical of the same name.
A new music video, which was shot at the time, has just debuted to celebrate the release.
According to a press release from Virgin EMI, "Time Waits for No One" shows "Freddie Mercury at his most compelling." It is "a completely stripped-down performance, accompanied by just a piano, showcasing one of music's most beloved and show-stopping voices."
The musical Time was produced by Clark, starred legendary actor Sir Laurence Olivier, and set box office records at London’s Dominion Theatre during its two-year run.
Santana launches their Supernatural Now tour tonight in Irvine, California. The trek, which also features The Doobie Brothers, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the pioneering Latin-rock band's smash album, Supernatural, as well as the 50th anniversary of the group's memorable Woodstock performance and debut record.
Santana guitarist and band leader Carlos Santana tells ABC Radio that he'd invited some of the group's early members to take part in the tour, but only one was available.
"[E]verybody was already booked," he explains. "[Original singer/keyboardist] Gregg Rolie is touring with Ringo [Starr]…[guitarist] Neal Schon is touring with Journey, and [founding drummer] Michael Shrieve is doing his own thing. "So the only person who's coming with me is [original Santana percussionist] Michael Carabello."
Asked if Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, who sang the smash chart-topping single "Smooth" from Supernatural, might make a guest appearance during the tour, Carlos says, "That's a good idea. He's already booked doing his thing, but I think we're around here in the L.A. area [when he is], so we might do something together."
Doobie Brothers singer/guitarist Tom Johnston tells ABC Radio that he and his band mates have known Santana for almost their entire careers, and had the chance to tour together Down Under in 2017.
"We had a really good time," Johnston says of the trek.
As for whether The Doobie Brothers and Santana might jam together during the outing, Tom says he isn't sure.
"It's entirely possible," he notes. "I know he does that on occasion. There was some talk of it…I think once we get out and start doing the tour, we'll figure that out."
The North American Supernatural Now joint tour is mapped out through an August 25 concert in Wantagh, New York. Here's the trek's full itinerary:
6/20 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre 6/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion 6/23 -- Chula Vista, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre 6/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 6/26 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 6/27 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre 6/29 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre 6/30 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater 7/2 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 7/3 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 7/6 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion 7/7 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 7/9 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater 7/11 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 7/12 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis 8/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 8/4 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago 8/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage 8/7 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 8/9 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 8/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 8/11 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 8/13 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 8/14 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 8/17 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 8/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 8/20 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 8/21 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre 8/23 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 8/24 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 8/25 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Eagle VisionThe Rolling Stones have offered up a preview video from Bridges to Bremen, the latest installment in their series of archival concert releases, which hits stores on Friday, June 21.
You can check out a clip of the band's full performance of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at The Rolling Stones' official YouTube channel. As previously reported, Bridges to Bremen documents a September 2, 1998, show in the German city of Bremen that took place towards the end of the group's yearlong tour in support of the 1997 Bridges to Babylon album.
The release will be available as a DVD/two-CD or Blu-ray/two-CD set, as a three-LP bronze-vinyl package and in digital formats. The footage from the show has been restored, and the audio remixed and remastered.
The Bridges to Bremen DVD and Blu-ray feature four bonus performances taken from a September 1997 concert at Chicago's Soldier Field. Interestingly, that's the same venue where The Stones will launch their 2019 No Filter Tour of North America on Friday.
Meanwhile, the band is giving fans the chance to pick one song that will be featured during its set at this Friday's concert in Chicago. Fans who visit RollingStones.com/vote can choose between "Out of Control," "When the Whip Comes Down," "You've Got Me Rocking" and "Respectable."
Those who submit votes will also get the chance to win pit tickets to the trek's final show on August 31 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Live Nation/Interscope Records/MaverickIn partnership with TIME studios, Madonna pays tribute to the human spirit in her new video for "I Rise," a track from her new album Madame X.
Madonna herself doesn't appear in the clip, which opens -- as the song does -- with a portion of Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez's powerful "We call B.S." speech.
The video, directed by Peter Matkiwsky, incorporates footage of the aftermath of the shooting, as well the March for Our Lives, as well as scenes of LGBTQ equality, immigrants, refugees, wounded veterans, the Flint water crisis, extreme weather and police shootings.
We also see Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, in connection with her testimony about sexual abuse, and pretty much every other social justice movement you can think of.
In a statement, Madonna says, "I wrote 'I Rise' as a way of giving a voice to people who are being oppressed and don't always have the opportunity to speak their mind. People who are incarcerated, bullied, abused, sexually assaulted or punished for their religious beliefs."
She adds, "This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, speak their minds, love themselves and come together to continue to raise their voices for change."
Credit: Karsten SteigerSince 2017, Foreigner has occasionally played special shows featuring performances by the band's current lineup, as well as by key former members, including original frontman Lou Gramm. Now the veteran rockers have lined up a new four-date series of these concerts for this fall, dubbed "Double Vision: Then and Now."
The shows are scheduled for October 3 in Uncasville, Connecticut; October 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey; October 12 in Tuolumne, California; and October 13 in Ridgefield, Washington.
Besides Gramm, the Foreigner alums who'll take part in the shows are original keyboardist Al Greenwood, founding multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and longtime bassist Rick Wills. Original drummer Dennis Elliott, who participated in previous reunion gigs, hasn't been confirmed to play the upcoming concerts.
Previous "Double Vision: Then and Now" concerts have featured a set by the current incarnation of Foreigner, a set by the band's former members -- along with founding guitarist and main songwriter Mick Jones -- and an encore featuring all of the musicians onstage together.
Foreigner's 2019 tour schedule features a variety of North American headlining shows this month, August and September, as well as a summer tour of Europe that includes a number of orchestral shows.
6/21 -- Joliet, IL, Taste of Joliet 6/22 -- Lawrenceburg, IN, Lawrenceburg Event Center 6/23 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center 6/25 -- St. Charles, MO, Family Arena 6/26 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest 8/7 -- Jackson, MI, Jackson County Fair 8/8 -- St. Ignace, MI, Kewadin Casino St. Ignace 8/9 -- Bay City, MI, Rock the Hill - Veterans Memorial Park 8/11 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Frederik Meijer Gardens 8/12 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at the Heights 8/13 -- Evansville, IN, Old National Events Plaza 8/15 -- Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair 8/16 -- Sedalia, MO, Missouri State Fair 8/17 -- Newkirk, OK, 7 Clans First Council Casino 8/20 -- Wellington, OH, Lorain County Fair 8/21 -- Watertown, NY, Jefferson County Fair 8/23 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent 8/24 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus 8/25 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 8/27 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark 8/29 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama 8/30 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama 9/1 -- Wauseon, OH, Fulton County Fair 9/3 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square 9/4 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center 9/7 -- Spencer, IA, Clay County Fair 9/9 -- Bonner, MT, KettleHouse Amphitheatre 9/11 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane County Interstate Fair 9/12 -- Boise, ID, Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden 9/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Utah State Fair 9/15 -- Toppenish, WA, Legends Casino Event Center 9/18 -- Puyallup, WA, Washington State Fair 9/26 -- Roanoke, VA, Budweiser Summer Series at Elmwood Park 9/27 -- Bloomsburg, PA, Bloomsburg Fair 9/29 -- West Springfield, MA, Xfinity Arena - The Big E 10/3 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena* 10/4 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Mark G. Etess Arena at Hard Rock* 10/12 -- Tuolumne, CA, Westside Pavilion at Black Oak Casino* 10/13 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Cowlitz Ballroom* 1/16/20 -- Nashville, TN, Nashville Symphony
Over the years, Madonna has been outspoken politically, but she's never actually gotten involved in politics. But incredibly, she now admits that she actually considered running for president, but then dismissed the idea because she thinks it's a horrible job, and because she has OCD.
Speaking to interviewer Dan Woottonfor the U.K. tabloid The Sun and his podcast, Madonna says of the idea of running for president, "The thought went through my mind in a second and then went out. I can’t imagine a worse job -- I mean, everyone just hates you as soon as you step into the White House."
Asked if she thinks she'd do a better job than our current president, Madonna replied, "I think so, yeah. But, I mean, gosh, look at Barack Obama, it’s a job that ages you."
She added, “Can you imagine if I was president? And I have OCD. I’d be trying to figure out every problem every night."
If she were president, though, Madonna claims her first act would be to make guns illegal -- a topic she addresses on the song "God Control" on her new album, Madame X.
Courtesy of The Shubert OrganizationGirl from the North Country, a stage musical featuring reimagined versions of Bob Dylan songs which premiered in the U.K. in 2017, will open on Broadway early next year.
The show, which was written and will be directed by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, will begin preview performances on February 7, before having its official opening on March 5.
The production is set in 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota, the city where Dylan was born, and focuses on a group of characters in a guesthouse who are struggling to get by during the Great Depression.
The production opened at London's Old Vic Theater in 2017, then moved to the U.K. capital's West End. An Off Broadway production was staged in New York in 2018, and a Canadian production will run at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theater from September 28 to November 24.
Previous productions of the musical have featured about 20 Dylan compositions spanning most of his career, including the title song, as well as "I Want You," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Make You Feel My Love," "Hurricane" and "Forever Young."
McPherson tells The New York Times that he's revised the show four or five times, and "every time I've done it, I've managed to slip another song in."
According to the Times, Dylan himself gave the playwright free rein to use selections from his song catalog to create the musical.
Paul Simon is a lifelong New York Yankees fan, and the folk-rock legend will get to combine two of his passions when he plays a short set tonight at a New York City benefit for a charity founded by former Yankees pitcher David Cone.
The David Cone Foundation Fundraiser, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cone's 1999 perfect game against the Montreal Expos at Yankee Stadium, will feature Simon backed by a band made up of former Yankees stars, among them Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill and David Wells. The event will take place at the Mandarin Oriental New York hotel.
Cone's foundation will use proceeds raised by the event to provide support to in-need children in the Bronx, New York, as well as to charitable organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The benefit also will feature a performance by rapper Fat Joe, speeches and tributes by a variety of Yankees legends and broadcasters, plus dinner, cocktails and more.
Individual tickets to the fundraiser cost $1,000, while a VIP table for 10 is priced at $10,000.
The Hollywood Vampires, the band featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor/musician Johnny Depp, has released a video for their new cover of David Bowie's "Heroes." The track will appear on the band's second studio album, Rise, which hits stores this Friday, June 21.
The new rendition of "Heroes" features Depp singing lead while Cooper and Perry contribute backing vocals. The Hollywood Vampires recorded their version at the former Hansa studio in Berlin, the same place where Bowie recorded the original.
The black-and-white video, which you can watch on the group's official YouTube channel, combines in-studio footage, live performance clips and candid behind-the-scenes segments. The band also released "Heroes" as a digital single and via streaming services.
Rise, unlike The Hollywood Vampires' star-studded self-titled 2015 debut, features mostly new original songs. The album does include three cover tunes -- "Heroes"; the Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died," featuring Cooper on lead vocals; and Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," sung by Perry.
In advance of the arrival of the new album, the band will be performing Wednesday night on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesRod Stewart has a grand total of eight kids -- which should be enough for anyone -- but his wife has just revealed that they'd considered expanding their family recently.
Appearing on the British talk show Loose Women, Rod's wife, Penny Lancaster, said that she and the legendary singer had discussed adopting a baby.
"We are fortunate enough to have a big house, there's a spare room, extra love and funds that families need these days," she explained. "And we thought, 'Why not give another child that needs a home a home?' But it has to be a consideration of the whole family, not just Rod and I."
Penny revealed that after talking it over with their two sons -- Aiden, 8, and Alastair, 13 -- they decided against the idea.
"They said they love our little brood the way it is, and that there may be too much of an age gap," she explained. "So we are getting a puppy instead." The dog, a Labradoodle, will be named Blondie.
Rod's eight children include two with Penny, his third wife; two with second wife Rachel Hunter; two with first wife Alana Stewart; one with ex-girlfriend Kelly Emberg; and a daughter with a school girlfriend who was put up for adoption, but with whom Rod now has a relationship.
Credit: Austin LordPeter Frampton launches his goodbye trek, dubbed Finale -- The Farewell Tour, with a headlining show tonight in Catoosa, Oklahoma. The massive outing, which will feature Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening as special guest at most of the concerts, is mapped out all the way through an October 12 show in Concord, California.
As previously reported, Frampton is retiring from the road because he's been diagnosed with inclusion body myositis, a degenerative muscular disease that eventually will hamper his ability to play guitar. One dollar from every ticket sold for the tour will benefit The Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund at Johns Hopkins, a fund established by Peter and the Baltimore-based hospital, where the guitar whiz is being treated.
In addition, Frampton's son Julian and his band will be the opening act at the last seven dates of the tour, which features stops on the West Coast.
You can check out a series of humorous videos promoting the trek on Frampton's YouTube channel that feature Ringo Starr, Toto's Steve Lukather, Alice Cooper, Joe Walsh and other music stars hitting Peter up for free tickets and backstage passes.
In other news, Frampton's new studio album, All Blues, a collection of blues covers Peter recorded with his touring band, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Albums chart. The 10-track collection includes guest appearances by Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, longtime Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse and acclaimed jazz guitarist Larry Carlton.
Here's the full list of confirmed dates on Frampton's Finale -- The Farewell Tour:
6/18 -- Catoosa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa 6/20 -- Little Rock, AR, Robinson Performance Hall 6/22 -- Atmore, AL, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel 6/23 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre 6/26 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre 6/27 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater* 6/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino* 6/30 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts* 7/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts 7/3 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview* 7/5 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Montreal Jazz Fest - Place des Arts: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier 7/7 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* 7/9 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion* 7/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia* 7/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center* 7/13 -- Stayner, ON, Canada, Roxodus Music Festival 7/23 -- Traverse City, MI, Interlochen Center for the Arts-Kresge Auditorium 7/25 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre* 7/26 -- Morgantown, WV, MountainFest Motorcycle Rally* 7/28 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island* 7/29 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre 7/31 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/2 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater* 8/4 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis* 8/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre* 8/8 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center* 8/11 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park* 8/16-21 -- Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean 8/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion* 9/1 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center* 9/2 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena* 9/4 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place* 9/6 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds* 9/7 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre* 9/10 -- Simpsonville, SC, CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park* 9/11 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem* 9/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden* 9/14 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek* 9/20-21 -- Crossroads Guitar Festival - American Airlines Center 9/21 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion* 9/22 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory* 9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino* 9/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre* 9/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino 9/29 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Casino-Pechanga Summit* 10/2 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU* 10/3 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre* 10/5 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum* 10/6 -- Tuolumne, CA, Black Oak Casino Resort - Westside Pavilion* 10/9 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre* 10/10 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Resort & Casino - Cowlitz Ballroom* 10/12 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion*
* = with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening = Julian Frampton Band opens.
Credit: Polly SamsonPink Floyd's David Gilmour recently launched a YouTube podcast series to promote the auction of over 120 of his guitars at Christie's in New York this Thursday, June 20, and in the latest installment, he discusses whether or not his his old band will reunite, and his plans for a new solo album.
Regarding the possibility of Pink Floyd reuniting, Gilmour says, "We don't have any plans right now…But, you know, one day in the future, who knows? Never say never."
He also maintains that, at this point, the band is just him and drummer Nick Mason -- he doesn't mention Roger Waters -- and adds, "I suppose you could say we're on some sort of extended hiatus."
As for a new solo album, Gilmour says he regularly writes "bits of music," and although he hasn't done much lately, he expects to soon have time to focus on his next project.
"I will be getting into [the] studio…and listening to the hundreds of little bits of demos that I've got," he notes, "and developing them, seeing where they go and seeing if I get my appetite back to start recording a proper album."
David adds that the process of making a new album and touring behind it generally takes him about four years.
"The writing, the refining, the recording, marketing of an album and doing a tour, preparing a tour, rehearsals, getting the musicians -- all that s*** takes a lot of time," he declares. "So it's a commitment, which I have as yet to make, but we'll probably get there."
Prior to the auction, which takes place at 10 a.m. ET, the New York location of Christie's will be displaying Gilmour's guitars daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.
MVD VisualThe new Teddy Pendergrass documentary If You Don't Know Me will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand on August 23.
The story of the five-time Grammy nominee features archival footage and new interviews with Pendergrass' family, friends and colleagues. Among them are legendary songwriters and producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the founders of Philadelphia International Records, who were behind many of his hits.
"This is an extraordinary, human story that feels almost Shakespearian," says director Olivia Lichtenstein. "It's much more than just a music biopic: It's an intimate portrait both of Teddy and of the extraordinary times in which he lived. We really get to know him because we hear from so many people who were close to him."
The doc explores the life and career of the late, great vocalist, who was the first male African-American artist to release four consecutive platinum albums. It also follows Pendergrass' comeback after a near-fatal 1982 car accident at age 31 that left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Pendergrass rose to fame in the '70s as lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes before achieving stardom as a solo artist.
His many solo hits include "Close the Door," "Turn Off the Lights" and "Love T.K.O."
In 1985, three years after his car accident, Teddy released the duet "Hold Me" with Whitney Houston. It hit #5 on the Billboard R&B chart, and also was included on Houston's self-titled debut album, which was certified 13-times platinum.
Pendergrass, who eventually retired in 2007, died in 2010 of respiratory failure at age 59.
As previously reported, Tyrese will portray the Philadelphia singer in a biopic being produced by Lee Daniels.
ABC/Randy HolmesWhen Elton John arrives in France for several concerts on his farewell tour, he won't just be earning a bunch of money: He'll also be receiving the country's highest civilian award.
On Friday, Elton will be presented with the Legion d'Honneur by French president Emmauel Macron at the Elysee [ay-lee-ZAY] Palace in Paris, reports Le Journal de Dimanche. The paper reports that during the ceremony, Elton will launch an appeal for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
According to multiple reports, Macron described Elton as "a piano virtuoso, melodic genius and a true showman," who was also "one of the first gay artists to have the courage to say it and to give voice to the LGBT community in the media."
In 1993, Elton was made an Officer of Arts and Letters by France, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.
Elton also plans to announce two additional shows in France for October of 2020, according to Le Journal de Dimanche.
Other famous musicians who have received the Legion d'Honneur include Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.
MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsYou say it's your birthday? It's Paul McCartney's birthday too, and the former Beatle turns 77 today.
In honor of his big day, Sir Paul posted a humorous photo of himself on social media sites that appears to be from the 1970s. It shows him grabbing his face with his hands as he looks at the camera with a perturbed look. The accompanying caption reads, "It's my birthday too, yeah."
McCartney remains remarkably active for a guy who is closing in on 80. He released a chart-topping studio album, Egypt Station, last year and currently on the latest leg of his Freshen Up Tour, regularly playing close to 40 songs at each show.
The rock legend can take it easy on his birthday, as his next concert isn't until this Saturday, June 22, at Petco Park in San Diego. The trek winds down with a July 13 show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Here are all of McCartney's upcoming tour dates:
6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park 6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 6/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, T Mobile Arena 6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, T Mobile Arena 7/6 -- Vancouver BC, Canada, BC Place 7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
The newly announced shows will take place October 10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; October 12 in Memphis, Tennessee; October 17 in Pittsburgh; and October 19 in Chicago.
Tickets to the new concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Bob Seger's fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting today. To register to be a member of the club, visit BobSeger.com/bulletclub.
The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his group are winding down their current U.S. tour leg with the final two shows of a six-concert stand in the Detroit suburb of Clarkston, Michigan. The upcoming performances are scheduled for this Wednesday and Friday, June 19 and 21.
The Roll Me Away tour got underway in November 2018.
Here are all of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's confirmed upcoming tour dates:
6/19 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater 6/21 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater 9/12 -- Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza 9/14 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Dome 9/17 -- Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse 9/19 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena 9/21 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 9/24 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena 9/26 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 9/28 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena 10/3 -- Columbia, MO, University of Missouri - Mizzou Arena 10/5 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 10/10 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Raising Cane's River Center 10/12 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum 10/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 10/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center