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Credit: Ed MilesAre you in the mood for a new melody from Robert Plant? Then head over to the Led Zeppelin singer's official website and Facebook page, where he's posted an unidentified instrumental clip that could be a tease for the new album he's been working on with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, over the last couple of years.

The audio segment is a slow-tempo track featuring some atmospheric synthesized strings, electronic sounds and heavy bass drum. While the clip plays, the phrase "A WAY WITH WORDS…" appears on the screen. Plant posted the same phrase on his website, minus the musical clip, a few weeks ago, and in May he posted a different note that read "ANY TIME NOW…"

Plant first announced he was recording a new album with The Sensational Space Shifters in January 2016. His previous studio effort with the group, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, was released in 2014.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentHappy Birthday, Queen of Pop!  It's Madonna's birthday today, and in honor of the occasion, pre-orders for her upcoming Rebel Heart Tour concert film starts today.

The Rebel Heart Tour film will be released September 15 as a digital download, DVD and Blu-ray.  In addition, a live album with 22 songs from the tour is also coming out that day.  The DVD and Blu-ray come with an audio CD of highlights from the tour.  For a preview of the package, a live version of "Material Girl" is now available to download from all services.

Even if you saw the Rebel Heart Tour live, you may still want the package, because it includes footage of Madonna: Tears of a Clown, an exclusive fan-club show Madonna did in Melbourne, Australia, to celebrate her first concerts there in more than 20 years.

Madonna celebrated her birthday in Italy: She's posted photos and video of herself arriving to a party on a white horse, enjoying live dancers, and then busting herself as a group of what appears to be local musicians perform.  She captioned the video, "Life Love Music Dance La Familia Thank you everyone!"

 Here's the track listing for all the packages:

DVD/Blu-ray
1. "Rebel Heart Tour Intro"    
2. "Iconic"
3. "B**ch I'm Madonna"    
4. "Burning Up"    
5. "Holy Water"/"Vogue"    
6. "Devil Pray"    
7. "Messiah" (Video Interlude)    
8. "Body Shop"    
9. "True Blue"    
10. "Deeper and Deeper"    
11. "HeartBreakCity"    
12. "Like a Virgin"    
13. "S.E.X." (Video Interlude)    
14. "Living for Love"    
15. "La Isla Bonita"  
16. "Dress You Up"/"Into the Groove"    
17. "Rebel Heart"    
18. "Illuminati" (Video Interlude)    
19. "Music"    
20. "Candy Shop"    
21. "Material Girl"    
22. "La Vie en Rose"    
23. "Unapologetic B**ch"    
24. "Holiday"

Extras
1. An Excerpt from Tears of a Clown   
2. "Like a Prayer"

CD
1. "Rebel Heart Tour" Intro
2. "Iconic"
3. "B**ch I'm Madonna"
4. "Burning Up"
5. "Holy Water"/"Vogue"
6. "Devil Pray"
7. "Deeper and Deeper"
8. "HeartBreakCity"
9. "Living for Love"
10. "La Isla Bonita"
11. "Rebel Heart"
12. "Candy Shop"
13. "Unapologetic B**ch"
14. "Holiday"

Double CD/Digital Audio
CD1   
1. "Rebel Heart Tour" Intro    
2. "Iconic"    
3. "B**ch I'm Madonna"    
4. "Burning Up"    
5. "Holy Water"/"Vogue"    
6. "Devil Pray"    
7." Body Shop"    
8. "True Blue"  
9. "Deeper and Deeper"    
10. "HeartBreakCity"    
11. "Like a Virgin "

CD2
1. "Living for Love"
2. "La Isla Bonita"
3. "Dress You Up"/"Into the Groove"
4. "Rebel Heart"
5. "Music"
6. "Candy Shop"
7. "Material Girl"
8. "La Vie en Rose"
9. "Unapologetic B**ch"
10. "Holiday"
11. "Like a Prayer" (Bonus Track)

 

Life 🎉Love ♥️Music🎼Dance💃🏻La Familia 🇮🇹🌏🌎🌍♥️🙏🏻 Thank you everyone! 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/QzWxnfGVHd

— Madonna (@Madonna) August 16, 2017

 


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Credit: Denise TruscelloLionel Richie, currently on tour with Mariah Carey, will be returning to Las Vegas not only this fall, but next year as well.

The pop legend has announced 14 additional performances of his show Lionel Richie -- All the Hits at The AXIS in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Last year, the show -- featuring hits like "Hello," "Dancing on the Ceiling," "All Night Long" and "Say You Say Me" -- received the "Best New Resident" award from Vegas Seven magazine.

Tickets for the new dates go on sale via Ticketmaster this Saturday, August 19, at 10 a.m. PT. However, Citi card members and Fan Club members can grab right now through Friday.

Richie's North American tour with Mariah wraps up September 5 in Seattle. He'll then head to Australia and New Zealand for a run of shows with Chic's Nile Rodgers, which are scheduled through late October. His new dates in Vegas start November 29.

Here are all the new All the Hits dates going on sale:

November 2017: 29
December 2017: 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16
March 2018: 7, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20

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ABC/Lou RoccoJon Bon Jovi no longer wants to use animals -- dead or alive -- to produce his clothing line, Hart N Dagger.

After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, informed Jon that cows that are used to make leather routinely have their throats slit while they are still conscious, Hart N Dagger has replaced all the animal skins used to create its clothing with what PETA calls "innovative and trendy vegan versions."

PETA says its sending the company a box of "delicious cow-shaped vegan chocolates" to thank it for its compassion.

"Animals are no longer livin' on a prayer, thanks to Jon Bon Jovi," said PETA's executive vice president in a statement. "Every day, PETA hears from shoppers who are looking for vegan-friendly retailers, and Hart N Dagger now fits the bill by agreeing to use only high-quality vegan leather on its denim. And compassionate consumers are applauding the move."

Jon and Bon Jovi's next major gig is playing the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil next month.

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The 30th anniversary of Prince's Paisley Park complex in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is happening next month, with several events scheduled to commemorate the occasion.  

On September 7, the Grammy-nominated musical trio KING will appear at the PRN Alumni Foundation's inaugural benefit. Then, on September 9, "Stories from Inside the Park" alumni discussion panels will take place, featuring talks and Q&A sessions about fashion, engineering and innovation.  

In an official statement, PRN Alumni Foundation board president Jacqui Thompson says, "As former employees who helped contribute to Prince's many creative endeavors, we have cause to celebrate the magnitude of his work along with the impact of his many philanthropic projects." 

The PRN Alumni Foundation was launched by former Paisley Park employees in Prince's honor. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to supporting youth programs that help to educate and enrich music and the arts, among other initiatives.

Tickets for the PRN Alumni Foundation inaugural benefit and Stories from Inside the Park panels are on sale now. For more information and/or to purchase, head over to PRNAlumni.org.

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Steve Morley/RedfernsToday, August 16, marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, known the world over as the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Presley was just 42 years old when he passed away at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, from a heart attack. It's widely believed that prescription drug abuse was a factor in the singer's death.

Presley, of course, was the first rock 'n' roll superstar, whose charisma, energetic music and good looks helped make him one of the most influential and recognizable cultural icons of the 20th century. His passion for and promotion of artists like Little Richard and Fats Domino helped open the door to the commercial acceptance of black rock 'n' roll artists by white audiences. Elvis' musical talents extended beyond rock to pop balladry, gospel and country.

Elvis remains the most successful individual music artist ever, with more than 211 million certified units sold worldwide. He's scored 10 chart-topping albums on the Billboard 200 and 18 #1 singles on the Hot 100. Various successful posthumous Presley albums, including compilations, rarities collections and more, continue to be released.

After Presley's death, Graceland became a huge tourist attraction. The property recently was expanded to include a huge entertainment complex with museums, eateries and a hotel.

In observance of the anniversary of Presley's passing, Graceland is hosting an expanded, nine-day edition of its Elvis Week celebration that kicked off Friday, August 11, and runs through Saturday, August 19. Today's scheduled events include the "ELVIS: Live in Concert 40th Anniversary Celebration," taking place at the FedExForum in downtown Memphis. The show will feature film footage of Elvis performing his classic songs with live accompaniment from a full symphony orchestra, plus a guest appearance by Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla.

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Courtesy of Gibson BrandsFounding Guns N' Roses member Slash is known for more than is trademark stovepipe hat -- he's also known for using Gibson guitars to play the blazing solos that power his band's classic songs. Now, the Gibson company has named the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer as its first Global Brand Ambassador.

In conjunction with his new role, Slash will help create new products for three of the instrument maker's brands -- Gibson Custom, Gibson and Epiphone -- while continuing his long collaborative relationship with company. Information about some of these products will be announced later this month.

"It's an honor to be Gibson's first Global Brand Ambassador," says Slash in a statement. "I've been working with Gibson since the early days of my professional career and playing Gibson guitars since before that. I'm proud of the creative relationship we've developed over the years."

Gibson Brands chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz notes, "We are thrilled to recognize Slash as Gibson's first Global Brand Ambassador. Slash embodies the characteristics of creativity, passion and excellence that are so closely aligned with Gibson and we are very proud of the friendship and mutual success we have shared together for over 30 years."

Guns N' Roses' Not in This Lifetime tour continues tonight with a show in Buffalo, New York. The hugely successful trek is mapped out through a November 29 concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

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Credit: Steve KerosWhen Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea visited his alma mater at Fairfax Senior High School in 2000, he was shocked at the school's lack of musical instruments.

"I was so disheartened," Flea tells Rolling Stone. "I was like, 'Where's the orchestra? Where's the band?' And I was told they cut out all the funding for that stuff. They didn't have instruments for the teachers anymore. It really shocked me."

A year later, Flea co-founded the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles to provide music lessons and instruments for students. Since then, the bassist's passion for music education has only grown -- he says that cutting such programs from public schools is akin to "child abuse."

"It's just wrong," he says.

On September 9, Flea and the rest of the Chili Peppers will play the Silverlake Conservatory's annual benefit concert, which will be held at the school's larger, newly opened Los Angeles space.

"We play it almost every year," Flea says. "This year we're going to play acoustic and we're going to be joined by the children's choir from the school."

For more information, visit SilverlakeConservatory.org.

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Craft Recordings/Concord Bicycle MusicFor several years during the 1960s, John Fogerty, his brother Tom, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford played in a band called The Golliwogs, which they eventually renamed Creedence Clearwater Revival. Now, a new comprehensive collection of Golliwogs songs titled Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967 will be released on September 29.

The album features 23 tracks, including all of the A-sides and B-sides the group recorded, as well as a few rare tunes that weren't released until years later. Fight Fire will be issued on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally, and also will be available via streaming services.

The physical versions of the album will include rare photos and liner notes penned by the compilation's producer, Alec Palao.

John Fogerty, Cook and Clifford actually began playing together while in high school in a band called The Blue Velvets. After Tom Fogerty joined the group, they changed their name to The Visions. They were renamed The Golliwogs by Max Weiss, co-founder of the Fantasy Records label, after the group recorded its debut single.

The Golliwogs started out being heavily inspired by British Invasion groups, although they soon began to incorporate the psychedelic and American roots-music influences that would define the sound of Creedence Cleawater Revival.

Here's the full track list of the Fight Fire CD:

"Brown-Eyed Girl"
"Fight Fire"
"Don't Tell Me No Lies"
"Walking on the Water"
"You Can't Be True" (version one)
"Try Try Try"
"You Came Walking"
"Fragile Child"
"You Better Be Careful"
"Little Tina"
"I Only Met You Just an Hour Ago"
"You Better Get It Before It Gets You"
"Call It Pretending"
"Gonna Hang Around"
"Where You Been"
"You Got Nothin' on Me"
"She Was Mine"
"Tell Me"
"Porterville"
"Instrumental #1"
"You Can't Be True" (version two)
"Little Girl (Does Your Momma Know)"
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Credit: Amy GranthamHaving long used his voice to raise awareness about political, social and environmental causes, Graham Nash has been chosen to receive the Americana Music Association's 2017 Spirit of Americana: Free Speech in Music Award.

The British folk-rock legend will be presented with the honor at the organization's 16th Annual Honors & Awards event, taking place Wednesday, September 13, at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The ceremony is part of the 18th annual AmericanaFest: The Americana Music Festival and Conference, which runs from September 12 to September 17 and will feature performances at a variety of venues in Music City.

The Spirit of Americana: Free Speech in Music Award is presented in conjunction with the First Amendment Center at Nashville's Vanderbilt University. Nash's Crosby, Stills & Nash band mate Stephen Stills received the same honor in 2013. As previously reported, among the other artists who will be honored this year by the Americana Music Association is Van Morrison, who will receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting award.

Following the ceremony, Nash will launch a fall North American solo tour in support of his 2016 album, This Path Tonight. The trek kicks off September 17 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is mapped out through an October 15 show in Milwaukee. Graham recently added a few dates to his itinerary -- September 22 in Mount Tabor, New Jersey; September 26 in Old Saybrook, Connecticut; and October 13 in New Buffalo, Michigan. Prior to the tour, Nash will perform at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, on August 19.

Here are all of Graham forthcoming tour dates:

8/19 -- Schwenksville, PA, Philadelphia Folk Festival
9/17 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
9/19 -- Cleveland, OH, Music Box Supper Club
9/21 -- Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater
9/22 -- Mount Tabor, NJ, The Tabernacle
9/23 -- West Long Branch, NJ, Center for the Arts
9/24 -- Bethel Woods, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/26 -- Old Saybrook, CT, The Kate
9/27 -- Rutland, VT, The Paramount Theatre
9/28 -- Keene, NH, The Colonial Theatre
9/30 -- Portsmouth, NH, The Music Hall
10/1 -- Buffalo, NY, Asbury Hall at Babeville
10/2 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Centrepointe Mainstage Theatre
10/4 -- Burlington, ON, Canada, Burlington Performing Arts Centre
10/5 -- Brampton, ON, Canada, Rose Theatre
10/6 -- North Bay, ON, Canada, Capitol Centre
10/10 -- Oakville, ON, Canada, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
10/11 -- Kingston, ON, Canada, Grand Theatre
10/13 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
10/14 -- Madison, WI, Capitol Theater
10/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater

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Courtesy of PantoneWant to paint your media room purple in memory of Prince, but don't know exactly which color purple to use? 

Prince's estate and the Pantone Color Institute have officially announced the creation of a custom purple to honor the "Purple One."  

The official color is called "Love Symbol #2," which Pantone Vice President Laurie Pressman says in an official statement "is emblematic of Prince's distinctive style."  

It was also inspired by the late icon's "custom-made Yamaha purple piano." 

Pressman explains, "We are honored to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince."

"Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince's unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself."   

Troy Carter, entertainment advisor to Prince's estate, adds, "The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever."  

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Cleopatra RecordsThe soundtrack to an upcoming sci-fi/horror flick called The Rift -- Dark Side of the Moon features two interesting covers of songs from the classic Pink Floyd album that inspired the film's name. The album includes a version of "Brain Damage" featuring The Doors' Robby Krieger and XTC's Colin Moulding and a rendition of "Us and Them" recorded by late Asia frontman John Wetton.

Among the other tracks on the record are songs by ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, veteran prog-rockers Nektar and Hawkwind co-founder Nik Turner. A Flock of Seagulls' classic New Wave hit "I Ran" brings the album to a close.

The Rift -- Dark Side of the Moon tells the story of the search for NASA Space Shuttle astronaut who crash lands in Serbia, bringing back with him some kind of alien life form. The movie is scheduled to premiere in December, while the album will be released on Friday, September 1.

Here's the track list of The Rift -- Dark Side of the Moon soundtrack:

"Don't Keep on Me Waiting" -- Omega
"Us and Them" -- John Wetton
"Brain Damage" -- Colin Moulding & Robby Krieger
"Mask" -- The Anix
"1799" -- Echolust
"Paranormal" -- Nik Turner
"Serenade for the Dead" -- Leæther Strip
"Astronaut's Nightmare" -- Nektar
"C. abyssal" -- Le Seul Element
"Nebula" -- Brainticket
"Dynamics of Delerium" -- Rick Wakeman
"Into the Eyes of the Zombie King" -- Chrome
"Notre Dame (Mothership)" (Edit) -- Guru Freakout
"UFOlove" -- Guru Guru Groove Band
"I Ran (So Far Away)" -- A Flock of Seagulls

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Credit: Ricky RedmanThe Moody Blues recently wrapped up a North American tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their classic album Days of Future Passed, and now singer/bassist John Lodge says he's getting ready to turn his focus to his solo career.

Lodge, whose latest solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, was released in 2015, tells ABC Radio he's planning to put out a live DVD documenting one of the 2016 U.K. concerts he played in support of the record this fall.

"The last concert I did in England was at Birmingham Town Hall. And Birmingham is where I came from, and I said to my agent, 'I want to finish the tour in Birmingham, just to say thank you because that's where I started,'" Lodge explains. "And I recorded that concert, filmed it, and we're just actually finalizing the release of that DVD."

In addition, the 72-year-old rocker says that when the DVD is released, "I'd like to come to America and perform 10,000 Light Years Ago to an audience."

Lodge's Birmingham concert took place on September 30, 2016, and was the last of a series of U.K. gigs he played that month. His only U.S. shows in support of 10,000 Light Years Ago were a trio of Florida events in February that led up to his performances in this year's edition of the Yes-headlined Cruise to the Edge fan cruise.

John tells ABC Radio that besides getting to play songs from his latest solo effort, the concerts give him the chance to perform Moody Blues tunes that he's "never played before" live.

10,000 Light Years Ago was Lodge's first solo album since 1977's Natural Avenue.

Meanwhile, John's Moody Blues band mate Justin Hayward will kick off a new U.K. solo tour on September 18.

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Credit: Patricia O'DriscollWith the late Gregg Allman's final studio album, Southern Blood, scheduled to be released September 8, a series of special events have been lined up coinciding with the arrival of the record.

The first installment of the Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman series will be held September 7 at the Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles.

The event will feature Gregg's son Devon; Southern Blood producer Don Was; Scott Sharrard, guitarist and musical director of Allman's solo band; and Gregg's longtime manager Michael Lehman in an evening of conversation and musical performances.

Grammy Museum executive director Scott Goldman will emcee the event. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Thursday, August 17, at noon local time.

During the same week in September, the mayor of Allman's hometown of Macon, Georgia, will issue a proclamation announcing that December 8, Gregg's birthday, will be celebrated every year in the city as "Gregg Allman Day."

On Saturday, September 9, Allman will be presented posthumously with the key to the city of Macon at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House, where the group and their families lived during the early 1970s. That evening at the museum, the second Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman interview-and-performance event will take place, with Devon Allman, Sharrard, Lehman and Gregg's good friend Chank Middleton taking part.

Then, on September 15, the third and final Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman event will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater in Nashville, as part of the 18th annual AmericanaFest: The Americana Music Festival & Conference. Devon Allman and Lehman will again participate in the tribute, along with Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne and other musicians.

For full details about Southern Blood, visit GreggAllman.com.

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Helen Boast/RedfernsNile Rodgers was hospitalized with an unidentified health issue over the weekend, forcing him to miss a concert Sunday in Toronto with his band Chic, Billboard reports.

Rodgers, who's 64, tweeted thanks Sunday to fans who sent him get-well wishes.

"Thank you all so much," he wrote. "I love @EarthWindFire @CHICorg all the #fans and my doctors who are taking great care of me. See you all very soon."

Chic is currently on a joint North American trek with Earth, Wind & Fire called 2054: The Tour. It winds down next week.

In addition, Rodgers tweeted a message to Chic sound engineer John Ryan, revealing, "I've never missed one gig in my life... well, it's been that way till now. The Dr. caught me trying to sneak out." T

Chic's next concert with Earth, Wind & Fire is scheduled for this Tuesday in Indianapolis.  No word if Rodgers will be joining his band at the show.

Nile, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April while receiving the Award for Musical Excellence, was diagnosed with an "extremely aggressive" form of prostate cancer in 2010, although he announced in 2014 that he was cancer-free.

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Following the death of founding singer Glenn Frey in January 2016, The Eagles expressed doubt that they'd ever play again. However, after re-forming with Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill filling in for Glenn for last month's Classic West and Classic East festivals, and the upcoming Classic Northwest event in September, the band apparently has decided to continue.

The Eagles have just announced their first official headlining dates with the new lineup.  Dubbed "An Evening with The Eagles," the shows are scheduled for October 17 in Greensboro, North Carolina; October 20 in Atlanta; October 24 in Louisville, Kentucky; and October 27 in Detroit.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, August 19, at 10 a.m. ET via LiveNation.com. American Express card holders can purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, August 15, at 10 a.m. A limited number of VIP packages also will be available. Visit Eagles.com for more information.

The Eagles -- Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, along with Deacon Frey and Gill -- played alongside Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers at The Classic West on July 15 in Los Angeles and The Classic East in New York City on July 29. The upcoming Classic Northwest show, taking place September 30 in Seattle, will just feature The Eagles and The Doobies.

Here are all of The Eagles upcoming concerts:

9/30 -- Seattle, WA, Safeco Field - The Classic Northwest*
10/17 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/20 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
10/24 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/27 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena

* = with The Doobie Brothers.

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ABC/Randy HolmesLionel Richie is having a moment: He's on tour with Mariah Carey, he's rumored to be joining ABC's reboot of American Idol, and he just learned that he'll receive the Kennedy Center Honors later this year. He says that he's "so proud" of that last bit of news.

"There are some things in life where it catches you so far off guard," he tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  "It really represents a lifetime body of work."

While at least one of the other honorees isn't planning to attend, Richie says he'll definitely be there.

"I think as an African-American, it is my place to stand there and show kids...that it is possible to reach the heights like this," he says. "I was not born in Beverly Hills or raised on a trust fund. I got here by the sweat of my brow and the grace of God, so when you think of what it represents, yeah, I need to go."

As for his tour with Mariah, Lionel says he hasn't seen any of her alleged diva shenanigans...or if he has, he's not spilling.

"I make sure I see her every night when she comes off stage to tell her she was fantastic," he tells the newspaper. "You have to understand, this is not competitive...we are two artists that are trying to make sure the audience gets exactly what they want from us."

Meanwhile, there's no confirmation that Richie will judge American Idol, but he says he'd do a good job because he knows what it takes.

"It's being an artist, and if you don't know anything about artistry, you're judging a different thing," he says. "You have to have star material. Being a singer does not qualify you as star material. It takes a little more than that."

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UMeRingo Starr's 19th album, Give More Love, which will be released on September 15, includes two songs featuring his fellow Beatle, Paul McCartney. Starr tells Rolling Stone that he had no trouble getting his old band mate to take part in the project.

"I just called him up and said, 'I got this song called "Show Me the Way," and I want you to play on it,'" Ringo reveals. "Because he is a really good friend of mine, he said he'd come to L.A. for it."

The ex-Fab Four drummer adds, "['Show Me the Way' is] about [my wife] Barbara. She shows me the way. I wanted it to be very personal. While [Paul] was there, he also played on 'We're on the Road Again.' That was very kind of him."

Starr goes on to share some gushing praise about McCartney's musical talents.

"He's an incredible musician," he tells the magazine. "He's incredible at singing too and as a writer, but for me, as a bass player, he is the finest and the most melodic. It's always fun when we're playing together."

Ringo also points out that while many people comment that his collaborations with Macca are few and far between, he doesn't feel that's true.

"We did the Grammys [and] we did that Beatles show [CBS' 50th anniversary special] three years ago," he maintains. "So we are still pals, but we don't live in each other's pocket."

Meanwhile, the 77-year-old Starr is preparing to launch a fall trek with his All Starr Band in October. As for whether he'd like to continue touring past his 80th birthday, Starr says, "Yeah, I love it. It's what I do. As long as I can hold the sticks, we can go for a long time."

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Courtesy of TIFFThe upcoming rock documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars will get its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 7 to September 17. The film, which was directed by Oscar-winning producer Lili Fini Zanuck, takes an intimate look at the British guitar legend's life, including his traumatic childhood, his rise to rock stardom, his struggle with drug addiction and the tragic 1991 death of his young son Connor.

According to official Clapton fan site WheresEric.com, the movie tells Clapton's story through his own words and music. The flick features extensive interviews with Eric, as well as with his family members, friends, musical heroes, collaborators and admirers, including the late legends B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.

In creating the documentary, the production team was given wide access to a wealth of archival materials, including performance clips, behind-the-scenes footage, photos, posters and other memorabilia, as well as Eric's handwritten letters, artwork and diary entries.

The official premiere date for Life in 12 Bars is expected to be announced on Tuesday, August 22. The documentary also will air on Showtime next year.

Zanuck's previous directing credits include the 1991 crime drama Rush, which featured Clapton's Grammy-winning track "Tears in Heaven." Eric also wrote and performed on the film's score.

At the same time that the Toronto International Film Festival is taking place, Clapton will be playing a series of U.S. concerts in New York City and the Los Angeles area. Here's his full tour schedule:

9/7 -- New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/8 -- New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/13 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/15 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/16 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
9/18 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum

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Credit: Timothy WhiteLast night in West Virginia, Michael McDonald launched a tour in support of his upcoming album, Wide Open, due September 15. It's the ex-Doobie Brothers singer's first album of original material in more than 10 years, and he says he's excited to play new songs that he actually wrote, as opposed to the Motown and soul covers featured on the albums he's issued during the past decade.

"This is an opportunity for us to really kind of widen our songbook a little bit and play some stuff that's, in an honest sense, new and innovative for us," he tells ABC Radio. "I loved the Motown stuff 'cause it was something different, and I love this new stuff 'cause I really feel if it's nothing else, it's something different."

McDonald admits that it's "a little bit self-indulgent" for him to want to play a lot of new songs from an album that isn't out yet, and he promises he'll cut back if the fans don't respond well.  He's also aware that when it comes to the fans, "there's certain things that they want to hear...so we want to always make sure we cover that material."

"'[I] Keep Forgettin',' 'Takin' It to the Streets,' 'What a Fool Believes'...those songs are kind of must-do's," he points out, while noting that he'll likely perform fewer cover tunes than he usually does.

"We always love to play other people's music," he explains. "But I think we're gonna try and peel that back to a show that segues into this new stuff a little better." 

The lyric video for McDonald's new single "Half Truth" is out now, after premiering on Billboard. Michael's tour wraps up November 18 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. You can also catch him on PBS' Soundstage this fall.

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