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New Photo Exhibit by Pattie Boyd, Ex-Wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, t


© Pattie BoydA new exhibition featuring photos taken by Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, will open on February 10 at the San Francisco Art Exchange.  The display will boast a wide variety of candid and rare images documenting her life with the two rock legends, as well as many of their famous musical friends and associates.The exhibit also will feature the original painting that appears on the cover of Clapton's classic 1970 Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Love Songs.  The piece, which has never before been displayed in the U.S., usually hangs in Boyd's house in the U.K.  Pattie, of course, was inspiration for Eric's song "Layla," as well as several other famous tunes, including "Wonderful Tonight" and Harrison's chart-topping Beatles hit "Something."A reception celebrating the opening of Boyd's exhibit will be held at the gallery on February 14, Valentine's Day.  The exhibition will remain open until March 10.Check out SFAE.com for more information.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rick Springfield Releasing "Stripped Down" CD/DVD Set Next Month


Loud & Proud RecordsA new CD/DVD set titled Stripped Down featuring highlights from the 2014 edition of pop-rock star Rick Springfield's ongoing tour of the same name will be released on February 24.  The concert video and album capture the Australian singer/guitarist playing solo versions of many of his memorable songs, as well as sharing stories about the tunes and his life.The Stripped Down track list includes renditions of Springfield's hits "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "Love Somebody," "Affair of the Heart" and "I've Done Everything for You." It also features performances of the new song "If Wishes Were Fishes" and covers of Badfinger's "Baby Blue" and Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well.""The conception and execution of my solo storytellers show is something I basically worked on my whole life and it's awesome to bring the finished product to the fans who embraced it with the sold-out shows across America in 2014," says Rick in a statement.  "Now, if you can't make it to one of my 2015 Stripped Down dates live, you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own living room…naked, if you want."Springfield has a variety of North American concerts lined up in the coming months, including Stripped Down shows and gigs with a full backing band.  Here is his current itinerary; full-band shows denoted with an asterisk (*):1/29-31 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort*2/5 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theatre2/6 -- Houston, TX, Zilkha Hall at Hobby Center2/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Empire Theatre2/13-14 -- Nashville, TN, Wildhorse Saloon*2/15 -- Detroit, MI, Motor City Casino Hotel*2/21 -- New York, NY, The Concert Hall2/22 -- Manchester, NH, Palace Theatre2/25 -- Boston, MA, House Of Blues Boston2/26 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse2/27 -- Newton, NJ, The Newton Theatre2/28 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Theatre3/5 -- Corpus Christ, TX, Selena Auditorium3/6 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre3/7 -- Sun Tan Valley, AZ, Encanterra*3/13 -- Boca Raton, FL, JAZZIZ Nightlife3/14 -- Orlando, FL, Trilogy Orlando*3/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre3/18 -- Seattle, WA , The Neptune3/20 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre4/9 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre4/11 -- Branson, MO, Andy Williams Moon River Theatre4/18 -- Mt. Pocono, PA, Mt. Airy Casino Resort5/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland5/14 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand5/15 -- Dekalb, IL, NIU Convocation Center*5/16 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem at Hard Rock Sioux CityHere is the track list for the Stripped Down CD:"Affair of the Heart""Love Is Alright Tonite""I've Done Everything for You""Painted Girl""Oh Well""Love Somebody""Baby Blue""Rollin' & Tumblin'""If Wishes Were Fishes""Don't Talk to Strangers""April 24th, 1981/My Father's Chair""Me & Johnny""Human Touch""Jessie's Girl"And here is the Stripped Down DVD set list:"Affair of the Heart""Me & Johnny""Oh Well""Love Is Alright Tonite""Rollin' & Tumblin'""Baby Blue""Painted Girl""April 24th, 1981/My Father's Chair""If Wishes Were Fishes""Love Somebody""Our Ships Sinking""Jessie's Girl""Human Touch""My Depression" (credits only)Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Robinson Says Reason for Black Crowes Split "Way More Complicated" than Br


Credit: Rod SnyderEarlier this month, founding Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson issued a statement announcing that the band had broken up after 25 years together.  In the message, Rich cited a conflict with his older brother, Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, as the reason for the band's split, claiming that the singer had demanded Rich reduce his "equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years…Steve Gorman, relinquish 100% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee."Now, Chris Robinson has commented about the breakup for the first time since his brother's announcement.  The singer tells Billboard that the story behind the split is "way more complicated than Rich's public outburst," although he didn't go into further details.  He does lament, however, "It's unfortunate that on the 25th anniversary, whether the band is working or not, that it's not about the songs and the good times people had at those concerts."Chris also explains, "I'm going to keep my personal, private family business personal and private, and I'll focus on all the other things that are important.  The ideas, I think, are more important than the drama. I have too much stuff going on that's progressive and positive to dig through sordid family history and stuff."That positive "stuff" includes the singer's work with his current band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which has a busy 2015 tour schedule that includes a bunch of U.S. dates and a brief Australian tour lined up in early April.Chris says the group, whose third studio album, Phosphorescent Harvest, came out in 2014, "is my future."  He adds, "I think it's been leading this way for a while that the CRB is really where we all want to be and really where we want to put our collective focus."  Chris Robinson Brotherhood's lineup also includes recent Black Crowes keyboardist Adam MacDougall and veteran singer/guitarist Neal Casal.According to Chris, fans who attend CRB shows can expect to hear some Black Crowes tunes that he's written, as well as the cover of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" that his old band popularized.  However, he says Chris Robinson Brotherhood will focus mainly on its own original material.You can check out the band's full tour schedule at ChrisRobinsonBrotherhood.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Steely Dan Announces Run of Spring U.S. Tour Dates


Credit: Danny ClinchSteely Dan recently confirmed a pair of headlining performances at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, on April 10 and April 17, and now the band has announced a full series of spring shows in the Western U.S.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' concerts run from an April 7-8 stand in Santa Rosa, California, through an April 18 date in San Diego.In recent years, Steely Dan has headed out on a variety of quirkily named treks, including last year's Jamalot Ever After tour and 2013's Mood Swings outing.  2015 is no exception, as this year's trek has been christened the Rockabye Golly Angel Tour.  On-sale dates for the new shows vary; visit SteelyDan.com for details.  More concerts are expected to be announced soon.Here are all of Steely Dan's confirmed 2015 tour dates:4/7 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts4/8 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts4/10 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival4/11 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort4/14 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre4/15 -- Santa Barbara, CA, County Bowl4/17 -- Indio CA, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival4/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the BayFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Leonard Cohen Nabs Four Nominations for 2015 Juno Awards


PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsHallelujah! One of the top nominees for this year's Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys, is 80 years old -- influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen.  The lauded folk-rock artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who probably is best known for penning the popular tune "Hallelujah," received nominations in four categories.Cohen will compete for Artist of the Year, Fan Choice Award, Album of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year, with the latter two honors for his 2014 studio effort Popular Problems.Bryan Adams and Sarah McLachlan also are in the running for the Artist of the Year Prize.  As previously reported, Canadian rock legends Rush will be acknowledged for their philanthropic work at the Junos with the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.The 2015 Juno Awards will be held on March 15 in Hamilton, Ontario.  A full list of nominees can be found on JunoAwards.ca.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Elton John Signs Deal with HBO to Executive-Produce New Drama, "Virtuoso"


ABC/Randy HolmesAs a child, Elton John was a musical prodigy -- you might have even called him a virtuoso.  So perhaps it's fitting that Elton has signed a deal with HBO to produce a musical historical drama called Virtuoso.Variety reports that the Rocket Man is teaming with his husband, David Furnish, and True Blood creator Alan Ball on the project, which is set in 18th century Vienna, Austria.  It follows a class of European musicians who all attend a prestigious school called The Academy of Musical Excellence.  This is obviously something that Elton has some experience with, having won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in England when he was just 11 years old.Production on the Virtuoso pilot episode begins this spring in Hungary.  John, Ball and Furnish will be executive producers; Ball is writing the pilot episode.Elton and his husband are no strangers to the world of movies and TV: Their company Rocket Pictures has been responsible for several television and film projects, including the animated flick Gnomeo & Juliet.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Who, Van Morrison to Headline London Benefit Shows for Teenage Cancer Trust


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Who; Exile ProductionsThe Who and Van Morrison are among the acts that will headline the 2015 Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts, which will take place from March 23 through March 28 at London's Royal Albert Hall.  This year marks the 15th anniversary of the charity series, which Who frontman Roger Daltrey helps organize.The British rock legends will headline the March 26 show, which will feature special guest Wilko Johnson, who teamed up with Daltrey to record the award-winning 2013 collaborative album Going Back Home.  Morrison will perform on the previous night, March 25, and will be joined by a number of as-yet-unannounced guest musicians.The lineup for this year's Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts also includes Stereophonics on March 23, former Jam frontman Paul Weller and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on March 27, and former Oasis guitarist/singer Noel Gallagher and his current group High Flying Birds on March 28.The shows raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K. charity that helps fund medical facilities and programs for young people suffering from cancer.  Tickets go on sale on Friday, January.  Visit TeenageCancerTrust.org for more information.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Recording Academy Says Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne Won't Receive a Grammy if Sam Sm


Sam Jones; Martyn AtkinsAs reported Monday, a rep for U.K. pop star Sam Smith confirmed that Tom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of Smith's 2014 hit, "Stay with Me," as part of the amicable settlement of a copyright dispute.  The agreement was reached after Smith acknowledged that his song's melody bears similarities to Petty's 1989 hit, "I Won't Back Down," which he co-wrote with Lynne.Since "Stay with Me" has been nominated in several categories at this year's Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, the question has arisen: would Petty and Lynne share in any trophies if the tune wins?  The Recording Academy says no.As Recording Academy senior vice president Bill Freimuth explains to Billboard, "Since Lynne and Petty didn't do any new writing for this work, we are considering their original work to have been interpolated by [James] Napier, [William] Phillips and Smith for 'Stay With Me.'  Lynne and Petty will not be considered nominees nor will they be considered Grammy recipients, should the song win."Freimuth says instead, Tom and Jeff "would be given certificates to honor their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work."As Billboard points out, news of the agreement to add Petty and Lynne to the credits won't affect the Grammy voting, since final ballots had to have been cast by January 16.  The 57th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles February 8, and will air live on CBS.  Smith is slated to sing "Stay with Me" on the broadcast.A statement from Smith's rep maintained that Sam and his "Stay with Me" co-writers were "not previously familiar" with "I Won't Back Down" and that "the likeness was a complete coincidence."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet to Wrap Up "Ride Out" Tour with Nashville Show


Credit: William RummelBob Seger and the Silver Bullet have announced a final date for their 2014-2015 tour in support of Seger's latest studio album, Ride Out -- a March 28 concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  The show will be the 40th of the trek, which launched on November 19 in Saginaw, Michigan, and will bring the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer back to the city where he recorded Ride Out.Tickets for the Nashville show go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 7, at 10:00 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com, BobSeger.com and LiveNation.com.  Members of the Michigan rocker's fan club will have the chance to buy pre-sale tickets beginning on Wednesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time, while Citi cardmembers can purchase pre-sale that same day at 4 p.m. via the Citi Private Pass program.Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's next show is scheduled for Tuesday night in Charleston, West Virginia.  Here are all of their upcoming dates:1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center2/3 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay2/25 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena2/27 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum3/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena3/5 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center3/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena3/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena3/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Center3/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse3/26 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills3/28 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone ArenaFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Home Video of Hall & Oates' "Live in Dublin" Concert Film Set for March 31 Relea


Eagle Rock EntertainmentFollowing the recent announcement that a film documenting Daryl Hall & John Oates' first-ever concert in Dublin, Ireland, will be screened in select U.S. theaters on February 19, comes word that the show will make its way to home video in March.Daryl Hall and John Oates: Live in Dublin will be released on March 31 as a DVD/two-CD set and Blu-ray, as well as a digital download.  The show was filmed at the city's the Olympia Theatre on July 15, 2014.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo played a hit-packed 15-song set that included such memorable tunes "Sara Smile," "Rich Girl," "She's Gone," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "Out of Touch," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes" and "Maneater."The video also features a new interview with Hall and Oates.  You can check out a trailer for Live in Dublin now at the Daryl Hall & John Oates official YouTube channel.Meanwhile, the duo has a couple of 2015 tour dates lined up -- a February 26 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a March 1 gig in Washington, D.C.Here is the complete set list for Daryl Hall and John Oates: Live in Dublin:"Maneater""Out of Touch""Say It Isn't So""Family Man""It's Uncanny""Back Together Again""Las Vegas Turnaround""She's Gone""Sara Smile""Do What You Want, Be What You Are""I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)""Rich Girl""You Make My Dreams""Kiss on My List""Private Eyes"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alice Cooper on Touring with Motley Crue in 2015: "Let's Not Break Up a Great Co


Live Nation EntertainmentAfter serving as the opening act for the 2014 installment of Motley Crue's Final Tour, Alice Cooper will be heading out on the road again with the glam-metal mavens in 2015 for what will be their last-ever North American trek.  The shock rocker tells ABC News Radio that when the Crue asked him to join them on this year's tour, he gladly accepted, telling them, "Sure, let's not break up a great combination."Cooper says the great thing about the bill "is that both bands are cut from the same bolt, you know, high energy rock 'n' roll, theatrical, take-no-prisoners kind of show.  So that's why we wanted to be on it."Besides the fact that both acts put on spectacularly theatrical and hard-rocking shows, Cooper tells ABC News Radio that another reason he was enthusiastic about touring with the Crue again was that they all got along so well last year."There was never any hassle," explains Alice.  "You know, you get two bands together and there's gonna be an ego clash.  Never happened.  Both crews worked together.  All the bands respected each other.  So there was never one day where there was a problem."One of the big highlights of Motley Crue's Final Tour show is the Cruecifly -- a ceiling-level roller coaster on which Tommy Lee takes a wild ride with his drum kit, which flips over and does some other cool tricks.  Cooper, who knows a thing or two about over-the-top stage props, points out that when he was first introduced to the Cruecifly, he expected Motley Crue to experience some "Spinal Tap moments" during the show."I looked at the construction of this thing and I said, 'It's gonna do what?!'" he recalls.  "And I knew that there would be a few times when there'd be glitches in this.  But, it doesn't matter…When Tommy's up there playing and that thing goes on and starts moving around, it's incredible."In addition to being Motley Crue's special guest on most of their late-summer North American tour dates, Alice will accompany the band on their planned spring visit to Australia and New Zealand.  He tells ABC News Radio that he also will be playing plenty of his own headlining dates throughout 2015.The North American leg of Motley Crue's Final Tour runs from a July 22 concert in Eugene, Oregon, through a September 10 show in Mexico City.  Cooper is slated to open nearly all of those dates through a September 4 gig in New Orleans.  The Crue also is expected to play a series of fall international dates before bringing their career as a touring band to a close with a December 30-31 stand at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Will Prince Make a Surprise Appearance at the Grammys?


Warner Bros. RecordsPrince hasn't been announced as a performer at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, but he may just show up as a surprise guest, a source tells Us Weekly.The 56-year-old Purple Rain" singer “has something very, very special in the works,” according to the source.Prince popped up unannounced earlier this month at the Golden Globe Awards to present Best Original Song honors to John Legend and Common for their song “Glory,” from the film Selma.Prince released two albums in 2014, including, Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, with 3RDEYEGIRL.The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 8 on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Diana Ross Announces Mini-Residency Dates in Vegas; Lionel Richie & Janet Jackso


RBP ConcertsDiana Ross has announced dates for her mini-residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas, and reports indicate that  Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson and Ricky Martin may soon be following suit with residency deals of their own.According to The Las Vegas Sun, the Supremes singer will do nine shows in April.  Her new show, titled The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, will run April 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 and 18.Diana's set list will be comprised of songs from her nearly five-decade career, including Motown classics like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and pop favorites like "I'm Coming Out."  Tickets go on sale Friday.Richie, Jackson and Martin are looking at dates over the next two years for their mini-residencies, The Las Vegas Sun reports.  The Venetian residencies will be in direct competition with the performers at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  Rod Stewart and Elton John currently have deals at the Colosseum, and Mariah Carey, as well as country stars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, will start residencies there in the summer.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mark Knopfler Releasing New Album, "Tracker," in March; Touring North America in


Verve/Universal MusicMark Knopfler has revealed that his latest solo album, Tracker, will be released on March 17, and the ex-Dire Straits frontman will support the record with a major tour that will include a lengthy North American leg taking place in September and October. The standard version of Tracker features 11 new tunes by Knopfler, including songs paying homage to two lauded late British literary figures, psychological fiction author Beryl Bainbridge and modernist poet Basil Bunting.  The first single, "Beryl," which was inspired by Bainbridge, can be heard in its entirety now on VEVO.com."The album title Tracker arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades," Knopfler explains in a statement.  "Out of me tracking time -- looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio."Tracker is available as a single CD, a digital download and a double-LP vinyl set, as well as a deluxe edition boasting four bonus cuts and a box set with six extra tracks.  The box set features CD and vinyl versions of the album, as well as a DVD containing a short film by director Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler about Tracker.  The package also features a numbered art print, six photo prints and liner notes penned by respected American author Richard Ford.Knopfler's North American tour runs from a September 10 concert in Vancouver, Canada, through an October 31 performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Fans buying tickets for the shows online will receive one physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased.  Tickets go on sale to the general public for most concerts starting this Friday, January 30, while pre-sale tickets will be available for fan-club members beginning Tuesday, January 27.  First up for Mark is a European tour leg that gets under way on May 15 in Dublin, Ireland, and runs through a July 31 show in Barcelona, Spain.  Visit MarkKnopfler.com for more details.Here is the track list for Tracker:"Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes""Basil""River Towns""Skydiver""Mighty Man""Broken Bones""Long Cool Girl""Lights of Taormina""Silver Eagle""Beryl""Wherever I Go" *".38 Special"*"My Heart Has Never Changed"*"Terminal of Tribute To"*"Heart of Oak"**"Time Will End All Sorrow"**"Oklahoma Ponies"* = deluxe & box set bonus track** = box set bonus track.And here is Knopfler's North American tour itinerary:9/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre9/11-12 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery9/13 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium9/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace9/18 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre9/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Dolby Theatre9/20 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl9/21 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay9/23 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater9/25 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater9/26 -- Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre9/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland9/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre9/30 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater10/2 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre10/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre - Murat Theatre10/4 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater10/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall10/7 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Place Des Arts - Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre10/9 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre10/10 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater10/11 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theater10/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall10/14 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort10/16 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre10/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music10/18 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre10/20 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre10/22 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center10/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater10/25 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center10/27 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre10/28 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts10/30 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall10/31 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing ArtsFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne Now Considered Co-Writers of UK Pop Star Sam Smith's Hi


Sam Jones; Martyn Atkins; Image Group LA/ABCTom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne are now listed on the songwriting credits of one of last year's biggest pop hits: "Stay with Me," the smash ballad by young U.K. singer Sam Smith.  Smith's rep confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, after a report was published recently in British tabloid The Sun revealing that the 22-year-old singer had amicably settled a copyright dispute brought by Petty's publishers over supposed similarities between "Stay with Me" and Tom's 1989 hit "I Won't Back Down," which he co-wrote with Lynne.Smith's spokesperson explained in a statement to Rolling Stone, "Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down'…contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions.  Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."Sam's rep added, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."It's unclear if Petty and Lynne will receive back royalties from the tune, which has been nominated for three Grammy Awards this year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Edge, Patti Smith Among Music Stars Featured in Chef Mario Batali's New Cook


Paolo Pellegrin; Angelo CricchiU2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food.All five episodes of the series -- including shows featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban -- premiere on Monday, January 26, on Daily Motion.  During each episode, Batali cooks up a special meal inspired by his guest.  Each artist also performs a song on the show.In a preview clip of The Edge's episode, the Irish rocker reflects, "Music is so eloquent an art form in expressing human emotions."  He also is seen strumming an acoustic guitar while singing his band's 1992 song "Running to Stand Still."  In addition, the preview shows Batali cooking up a fresh scallop and pasta dish, which he and The Edge share along with some white wine.In a clip promoting Smith's episode, the Godmother of Punk says of the motivation to create music or art, "I think all artists enjoy their process.  It's inherent in you.  You have a creative impulse and the impulse isn't to do it for yourself but for others."  She also performs an acoustic version of "Grateful," a tune from her 2000 album, Gung Ho.  As for the cooking aspect of the program, the preview shows an ecstatic Patti observing Mario shave a large truffle in to a pasta dish he's preparing.Check out previews for all five shows at DailyMotion.com/FeedbackKitchen.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Feedback Kitchen - Mario Batali with The Edge... by FeedbackKitchen Feedback Kitchen - Mario Batali with Patti... by FeedbackKitchen

Paul McCartney Releases New Single with Kanye West and Rihanna


Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Paul McCartney and Kanye West teamed up to release a new single called "Only One."  It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists.  Now, a new collaboration has been released -- with Rihanna added to the mix.The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called "FourFiveSeconds," and you can hear it at Rihanna's official website and via iTunes now.Rihanna described the song on Twitter as "FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!" The singer hasn't released a new album since 2012'S Unapologetic, but has been teasing the imminent release of new music for quite some time now. "Now I'm four, five seconds from wildin'/And we got three more days 'til Friday," Rihanna sings.  "I'm just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin'/I swear I wish somebody would try me/ Ooh, that's all I want/And I know that you're home tonight, thinkin' how could I be so selfish/but you called 'bout a thousand times wondering where I've been."  Kanye also sings on the track; we assume that McCartney is the one playing acoustic guitar.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Patti LaBelle to Perform at 2015 BET Honors


Credit: Carlo Dalla ChiesaPatti LaBelle is part of the entertainment lineup for the 2015 BET Honors, which will be held tonight at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Other artists scheduled to perform during the eighth annual gala include Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and K. Michelle.Among the celebrities who will be recognized at this year's BET Honors are Kanye West, Usher Raymond and Phylicia Rashad.  West will be bestowed with the Visionary Award, Usher will be presented with the Musical Arts Award and Phylicia will receive the Theatrical Arts Award.Wayne Brady will host the event, while Bobby Brown, Diahann Carroll and Anthony Anderson will serve as presenters.  The 2015 BET Honors will air on the BET network on Monday, February 23, at 9 p.m. ET.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New Rolling Stones Tribute Album, "Stoned," Features Psychedelic Reworking of Ro


Cleopatra RecordsA compilation featuring a variety of modern psychedelic bands reinterpreting songs by The Rolling Stones gets its release on Tuesday.  Stoned -- A Psych Tribute to The Rolling Stones features tunes recorded by such relatively unknown groups as Clinic, The Allah-Lahs, Sons of Hippies and The Vacant Lots.Among the classic Stones songs covered for the collection are "Sympathy for the Devil" by The KVB, "Under My Thumb" by Shiny Darkly, "It's Only Rock & Roll (but I Like It)" by Clinic, "Gimme Shelter" by Sons of Hippies and "Wild Horses" by The Tulips.  Some groups dug a little deeper into the Rolling Stones catalog for their contributions to the project, such as The Allah-Las, who recorded the 1963 rarity "Stoned"; and Los Angeles-based band Tashaki Miyaki, who delivered a rendition of "Take It or Leave," a gem that appeared on 1966's Aftermath.Stoned is available as a 14-track CD and a 12-track vinyl LP.Here is the full list of songs on the compilation:"What a Shame" -- Lorelle Meets the Obsolete"Sympathy for the Devil" -- The KVB"Under My Thumb" -- Shiny Darkly"Sway" -- Yeti Lane"It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)" -- Clinic"Gimme Shelter" -- Sons of Hippies"She Smiled Sweetly" -- The Vacant Lots"Child of the Moon" -- Celestial Bums"Take It or Leave It" -- Tashaki Miyaki"Stoned" -- Allah-Las"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" -- Pink Velvet*"Beast of Burden" -- Pure X*"As Tears Go By" -- Cheval Sombre"Wild Horses" -- The Tulips* = CD only.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Doobie Brothers to Receive Music Biz Organization's 2015 Chairman's Award


Credit: Jim SheaThe accolades keep on coming for The Doobie Brothers.  Last month, it was announced that the veteran rockers will be honored with performing-rights organization ASCAP's Voice of Music Award in April.  Now comes word the band will receive the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement from the Music Business Association, aka Music Biz, in May.The Doobie Brothers will be presented with the Chairman's Award at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon, scheduled to take place May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville.  According to the association, the honor "recognizes artists who have maintained a strong creative spirit and achieved significant commercial success throughout their career, continuing to release vital new music deep into their musical lifespan."The Doobies, of course, have enjoyed an enduring career that's included an impressive string of memorable hits released during the 1970s and '80s.  Last year, the band released a new studio album, Southbound, which featured new renditions of many of the group's classic songs recorded as duets with a variety of country artists.  It also featured contributions from former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald."Receiving this Award is a great honor, as it recognizes the music from our early days together and shines a light on the music we're creating right now," says founding Doobie Brothers frontman Tom Johnston.Adds fellow Doobies singer/guitarist Patrick Simmons, "We're excited about the new creative doors we've opened up for ourselves by working with so many great country musicians and can't wait to carry that experience forward. A heartfelt thanks from the whole band to the Music Business Association for this amazing award."Previous Chairman's Award recipients include Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carlos Santana, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick, Kool & The Gang, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Paul Rodgers, and B.B. King.The awards luncheon is held in conjunction with Music Biz 2015, an industry conference focusing on various aspects of the music business including new products and trends.  The event runs from May 12 to May 14.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Billy Joel to Play San Francisco for First Time in More Than 40 Years


Library of CongressBilly Joel has announced what's being billed as his only California show this year: a September 5 date at San Francisco's AT&T Park, home of Major League Baseball's world champion Giants.The concert not only will be Joel's first at the venue, but it's also his first proper show in that city in more than 40 years.  In a statement, Giants President and CEO Larry Baer says, "It's hard to believe it's been over four decades since Billy last played in the city of San Francisco, but I'm confident the city will welcome him with open arms. Billy's star power combined with our world-class venue will make for an unforgettable show."Tickets go on sale January 30 via Ticketmaster.Joel also will play another big ballpark this year: Wrigley Field in Chicago.  In addition, he has monthly dates scheduled at New York's Madison Square Garden through November.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gregg Allman Is the First Performer Announced for Rock Legends Cruise IV


Credit: Danny ClinchWhile the star-studded Rock Legends Cruise III doesn't set sail until next month, details about the fourth edition of the nautical music festival have begun to emerge.  Gregg Allman is the first performer to be confirmed for Rock Legends Cruise IV, which will take place from January 21 to January 25, 2016.The cruise will embark from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will visit Grand Turk Island in Turks & Caicos before returning to port.  You can book a cabin now by visiting RockLegendsCruise.com.Meanwhile, as previously reported, Rock Legends Cruise III gets under way on February 19 and runs until February 23.  It also leaves from and returns to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, although its mid-journey destination is Nassau in The Bahamas.  The cruise boasts an impressive lineup of rock stars that includes The Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, Blue Oyster Cult, Edgar Winter, Dave Mason, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Ten Years After, War, Molly Hatchet, Uriah Heep, Savoy Brown, Triumph frontman Rik Emmett, Pat Travers Band and ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle.Money raised by the Rock Legends Cruises help support the Native American Heritage Association, which aids Native American families that live on reservations in South Dakota and Wyoming.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul McCartney 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Arriving on DVD and Blu


Shout! FactoryIn February of 2012, Paul McCartney was saluted by an eclectic all-star cast of performers at the Recording Academy's annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala.  Now, a video featuring highlights from the tribute event is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 24.A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney includes performances of the rock legend's songs by such artists as Neil Young and Crazy Horse, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Sergio Mendes, Alison Krauss, Norah Jones and Duane Eddy.  McCartney also took part in the festivities, playing several tunes, including Beatles songs and selections from his solo career.  In addition, the event featured a performance from the cast of the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Fab Four-themed Las Vegas show Love.To close out the show, McCartney was joined onstage by Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl for a rendition of the Beatles's Abbey Road medley of "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight" and "The End."Proceeds from sales of the DVD and Blu-ray will benefit the MusiCares charity, which provides assistance for musicians who are in need of financial, medical or personal help.Here is a list of performances featured on A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney:"Get Back/Hello Goodbye/Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" -- Cirque du Soleil featuring The Beatles "Love" cast"Magical Mystery Tour" -- Paul McCartney"Junior's Farm" -- Paul McCartney"Blackbird" -- Alicia Keys"No More Lonely Nights" -- Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas"And I Love Her" -- Duane Eddy"Oh! Darling" -- Norah Jones"I Saw Her Standing There" -- Neil Young with Crazy Horse"The Fool on the Hill" -- Sergio Mendes"We Can Work It Out" -- Coldplay"Yesterday" -- James Taylor with Diana Krall"For No One" -- Diana Krall with James Taylor"My Valentine" -- Paul McCartney"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" -- Paul McCartney"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End" -- Paul McCartney featuring Dave Grohl and Joe WalshFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Details of Elton John's 2015 Oscar Viewing Party Revealed


Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAFIf you can't be at the Oscars this year, Elton John's 23rd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party is the next-best ticket in town.  The gala event will be presented by the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 22, and promises enough glamor to rival the actual ceremony itself.For the third year in a row, Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare a gourmet meal for party guests as they watch a live telecast of the 87th annual awards at West Hollywood Park.  After dinner and an auction to raise money for the John's charity, Grammy-winner Nile Rodgers and Chic will perform, and DJ Johnny Dynell will be spinning tunes so guests can dance the night away.Elton's viewing party is the most successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night.  While actors are taking home their golden statuettes, the EJAF is raising millions of dollars to help people at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS.  Over the past 23 years, the event has raised nearly $45 million. Last year, the party took in $5.1 million and boasted a star-studded guest list that included Aerosmith's Steven Tyler; Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson; Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne; Taylor Swift; Sheryl Crow; Robert DeNiro; Jane Fonda; Whoopi Goldberg; and the Kardashian sisters.We assume Elton will be making a hefty donation this year.  According to TMZ, he's now raking in more than $500,000 per show in Las Vegas.  The 2015 leg of his Million Dollar Piano residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace began Friday and runs through April 14.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Listen to Bob Dylan's New Frank Sinatra Cover, "Stay with Me"


Columbia RecordsBob Dylan is giving fans a new taste of his upcoming standards album Shadows in the Night by posting audio of the entire song "Stay with Me" on his official website and YouTube VEVO channel.  The tune originally was recorded by the late Frank Sinatra and served as the main theme for the 1963 film The Cardinal.Dylan's rendition features his weathered voice accompanied by sparse instrumentation, including a pedal-steel guitar and bowed double bass.  Bob had used the song to close many of his concerts during his most recent North American tour.Shadows in the Night will be released on February 3.  The album features the folk-rock legends' interpretations of 10 tunes, all of which also were recorded by Sinatra at some point in his career.  Among the best-known songs included on the record are "Autumn Leaves," "Some Enchanted Evening" and "What'll I Do."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Two-Disc Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Retrospective Due in March


Rhino MediaA new two-CD Grateful Dead compilation will be released on March 31 as part of a yearlong celebration marking the band's 50th anniversary.  The Best of The Grateful Dead features 32 chronologically-arranged tracks, including at least one song from each of the group's studio albums.The career-spanning collection focuses on studio versions of The Grateful Dead's songs, and boasts most of the best-known tunes in the band's catalog.  Among the classics included are "St. Stephen," "Uncle John's Band," "Casey Jones," "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil," "Ripple," "Shakedown Street," "Fire on the Mountain," and the group's only top-40 single, "Touch of Grey," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987.  The retrospective also features a rare two-and-a-half-minute single version of "Dark Star," a song that The Dead often would stretch out to epic length in concert.A digital version of The Best of The Grateful Dead also will be available.As previously announced, the surviving Grateful Dead members will mark the band's 50th anniversary by reuniting for three final concerts this summer at Soldier Field in Chicago.  The shows, dubbed "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead," are scheduled for July 3, 4 and 5.  Also expected in 2015 is an officially-sanctioned documentary about the band from award-winning director Amir Bar-Lev and executive producer Martin Scorsese.Here's the complete track list of The Best of The Grateful Dead:Disc One"The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)""Cream Puff War""Born Cross-Eyed""Dark Star" (Single Version)"St. Stephen""China Cat Sunflower""Uncle John's Band" "Easy Wind""Casey Jones""Truckin'""Box of Rain""Sugar Magnolia""Friend of the Devil""Ripple""Eyes of the World""Unbroken Chain""Scarlet Begonias""The Music Never Stopped""Estimated Prophet"Disc Two"Terrapin Station""Shakedown Street""I Need a Miracle""Fire on the Mountain""Feel Like a Stranger""Far from Me""Touch of Grey""Hell in a Bucket""Throwing Stones""Black Muddy River""Blow Away""Foolish Heart""Standing on the Moon"Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

John Mellencamp Kicking Off Plain Spoken Tour Tonight in South Bend, Indiana


Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsJohn Mellencamp's extensive North American tour in support of his 2014 album, Plain Spoken, gets under way tonight in South Bend, Indiana.The 80-date trek includes multi-night stands in a number of cities, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's hometown, Bloomington, Indiana; New York City; Nashville; Minneapolis; Chicago; Clearwater, Florida; and Toronto and Regina, Canada.  The tour will keep Mellencamp on the road through August 4, when he returns to Indiana for a show in Indianapolis.  Part of the proceeds from that concert will benefit the local Riley Hospital for Children.Full tour information is available on John's website.During a brief break in the tour next month, Mellencamp will take part in two special events held in conjunction with Grammy Week.On February 5, he'll perform at the Grammy Foundation's 17th Annual Legacy Concert in Los Angeles.  That show, Lean On Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy, highlights the foundation's mission of celebrating and preserving the history of songwriting and the contributions of behind-the-scenes figures in American music.Then, the following night, John will perform at the star-studded gala honoring Bob Dylan as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year.  The L.A. event raises money for the MusiCares Foundation, which provides programs and services to musicians and music industry people in need.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx on Final Concert in L.A.: "It's Gonna Be Great Ending I


Motley Records/Eleven Seven MusicOn Tuesday morning, Mötley Crüe confirmed that they will bring their career as a touring band to an end with a New Year's Eve concert at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles.Speaking with ABC News Radio later that day, bassist Nikki Sixx described the event as "our…final, final, final, last show," adding, "It's gonna be great, ending it where we started it."The concert will take place after the glam-metal legends play a full slate of late-summer North American dates scheduled from a July 22 performance in Eugene, Oregon, through a September 10 gig in Mexico City.  Mötley Crüe's 2015 itinerary will begin with a series of Japanese shows in February, followed by a spring tour of Australia and New Zealand that will mark the group's first-ever visit to the latter country.  The band also will appear at a handful of European summer festivals prior to the launch of the North American leg, and likely will play more European dates between the Mexico City show and the L.A. finale.Joining the Crüe as special guest for most of the North American dates and for the Down Under leg will be their 2014 opening act, Alice Cooper.  Sixx explained to ABC News Radio that touring with the shock rocker was a great experience last year, so he's glad to have him back on board."Fans loved it from top to bottom," says Nikki.  "The production.  The songs.  Great camaraderie between the bands and the crew.  It was really easy.  I mean, we've toured with bands it's not so easy sometimes."Sixx adds, jokingly, that he had just one issue with Cooper during the 2014 trek."The only problem [was] that if you go into his dressing room, if you don't announce yourself, he likes to throw knives, throwing knives, at the door," quips Nikki.  "And there's been a couple of close calls."Musing on Mötley Crüe's last shows, Sixx notes that the gigs should offer concertgoers quite a memorable experience."The excitement of seeing someone like Alice Cooper, who's a legend beyond any of us, and then us four knuckleheads doing our thing and the idea that this is it, it's a great energy," Nikki declares.  "It's cool, you know.  I'm gonna miss it."As previously reported, tickets for select dates for Mötley Crüe's North American tour will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 23, at 10 a.m. local time, while other shows -- including the New Year's Eve performance -- will be available starting Saturday, January 23, at 10 a.m.  You can also watch the band performing this Thursday, January 22, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.Check out all the latest details about Mötley Crüe's Final Tour at Motley.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

All-Star "Live at Knebworth" Concert Featuring McCartney, Pink Floyd, Plant & Pa


Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn 1990, concert organizers in the U.K. gathered together a bunch of prior winners of that nation's prestigious Silver Clef Award for the annual Knebworth Festival.  The gala featured a jaw-dropping lineup that included Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Phil Collins and Genesis, as well as a set by Robert Plant with a guest appearance from Jimmy Page.Now the concert film documenting the show, Live at Knebworth, is set for release on standard-definition (SD) Blu-ray disc.Highlights of the 32-track set list include McCartney romping through The Beatles' "Birthday," "Hey Jude" and "Can't Buy Me Love"; Plant and Page performing a rendition of their Led Zeppelin classic "Rock and Roll"; and Pink Floyd playing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."  Other artists who appeared at the show included Tears for Fears, Cliff Richard & The Shadows and Status Quo.The Blu-ray arrives March 17 and is priced at $17.98.  Part of the proceeds will support Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, the charity that the original concert benefited and for which the Silver Clef Awards raise funds.Here's the Live at Knebworth track list:Tears for Fears"Change""Badman's Song""Everybody Wants to Rule the World"Cliff Richard & The Shadows"On the Beach""Good Golly Miss Molly""We Don't Talk Anymore"Phil Collins & The Serious Band"In the Air Tonight""Sussudio"Paul McCartney"Coming Up""Birthday""Hey Jude""Can't Buy Me Love"Status Quo"Whatever You Want""Rockin' All Over the World""Dirty Water""In the Army Now"Eric Clapton"Before You Accuse Me""Tearin' Us Apart"Dire Straits"Solid Rock""Think I Love You Too Much""Money for Nothing"Elton John"Sacrifice""Sad Songs (Say So Much)"Robert Plant"Hurting Kind""Tall Cool One""Wearing and Tearing" (with Jimmy Page)  "Rock and Roll" (with Jimmy Page)Genesis"Mama""Throwing It All Away"Medley: "Turn It On Again"/"Somebody to Love"/"Reach Out, I'll Be There"/"Pinball Wizard"/"In the Midnight Hour"/"Turn It On Again" (Reprise)Pink Floyd"Shine On You Crazy Diamond""Run Like Hell"Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.