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Courtesy of Acoustic-4-a-CureThe lineup has been announced for the sixth annual edition of the Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert, which Sammy Hagar co-founded with Metallica's James Hetfield in 2014.

The show, which is scheduled for May 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, will feature performances by Hagar and his current band The Circle, plus The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson, Rick Springfield and more.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. PT via LiveNation.com. Each ticket will come with a CD copy of Hagar & The Circle's upcoming studio album, Space Between, which will be released on May 10.

Other artists on the 2019 Acoustic-4-a-Cure show's bill include Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, Americana artist Lukas Nelson and rock-guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, who plays with Hagar in the supergroup Chickenfoot.

"For me, each year is better than the next. This year's lineup (as usual) is eclectic and packed with talent," says Sammy. "I'm so looking forward to being part of the chemistry of all these artists being in the same room for the night and creating something very unique, for those special music fans that support this impactful event each year."

The Acoustic-4-a-Cure concert raises funds for and awareness of the pediatric cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. The event has historically featured the various artists performing acoustically, and includes unique duets, jams and surprise guest appearances.

As previously reported, The Circle features founding Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, sometimes Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, who's a longtime member of Hagar's backing group The Wabos.

For more details about the show, visit Acoustic4aCure.com.

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Courtesy NEONAretha Franklin’s estate is demanding “respect” from Wendy Williams, after the talk show host criticized Amazing Grace, the upcoming concert film starring The Queen of Soul.

In a long statement, the estate says Williams made “inaccurate and disparaging statements” about the 1972 concert film, according to the Detroit Free Press.  

On Friday, Williams call the movie “a one-camera shot,” and questioned the competence of the estate. “When you don’t have real professional people doing real professional things for you,” she commented, “sometimes you lose out.”

The estate responded that her remarks “indicate that she has neither seen the documentary nor understands its import or intent.”

The statement continued, “By showing a brief clip out of context and mocking its quality on her show, Williams inaccurately represented Ms. Franklin and the movie to her audience.”

The film’s release was delayed for years after Aretha obtained two court injunctions to stop the release, claiming she had not licensed the use of her likeness. Following her death on August 16, 2018, the estate and producer Alan Elliott reached an agreement to final release the film, according to Variety.

Regarding Franklin stopping the release of the film, the estate says, “Her objections had nothing to do with its quality; negotiations were incomplete at the time of her death.”

The statement concludes, “At a time when the media is fighting a battle against ‘fake news,’ Williams’ continues to perpetuate false facts, and her commentary was irresponsible."

The film features music from Aretha’s 1972 live double-platinum Amazing Grace album, which won a Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance. Amazing Grace will debut in theaters April 19.

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Concord RecordsThis past December, Carlos Santana revealed to ABC Radio that he and his band would be releasing a new studio album this year titled Africa Speaks, inspired by African music. Now the first single from that record has arrived.

The song, titled "Los Invisibles" and featuring vocals by Spanish singer Buika, is available for purchase now digitally and via streaming services.  It's highlighted by Carlos' blazing, wah-wah-driven guitar solos and Buika's impassioned, joyous singing.

You also can check out the song at Santana's official YouTube channel. The tune is accompanied by an animated video that brings the Africa Speaks album cover art to life, showing a vividly colored tribal mask with wings and other images evoking African folk art.

Africa Speaks was produced by Rick Rubin, and was recorded over a prolific 10-day period at Rubin's Shangri La Studios in Malibu, California.

As Carlos told ABC Radio, "We recorded 49 African songs in 10 days, and they are filled with power and dynamism and grace." He added that the album likely will include between 14 and 20 of the tracks.

The 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also said at the time that he expected Africa Speaks would be released "between spring and summer" of 2019. No official release date has been announced yet.

Buika appears on numerous tracks on the album, which will also include vocal contributions from U.K. artist Laura Mvula.

In January, Santana released an EP titled In Search of Mona Lisa, featuring three new original songs inspired by a visit Carlos paid to the Louvre museum in Paris, where he saw Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa for the first time.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe self-titled 1969 studio album by the short-lived supergroup Blind Faith will be reissued as a half-speed-mastered, heavyweight vinyl LP on April 19.

The record was remastered at London's Abbey Road Studios by the facility's engineer Miles Showell.

Blind Faith was formed in 1969 by Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood after the breakups of their respective bands, Cream and Traffic. The group also featured ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Family bassist Rick Grech. Grech later joined Traffic after the band re-formed in 1970. He died in 1990.

The Blind Faith album was released in August 1969 and spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard 100, while also topping album charts in the U.K., Canada and several other countries.

The record, which went on to sell more than a million copies in the U.S., includes the memorable songs "Can't Find My Way Home" and "Presence of the Lord." The LP is available for pre-order now.

The original cover of the album was quite controversial; it showed a topless pubescent girl holding a small metal airplane. In the U.S., the photo of the girl was replaced with a picture of the band.  This new reissue will have the original cover.

Here's the Blind Faith track list:

Side A
"Had to Cry Today"
"Can't Find My Way Home"
"Well All Right"
"Presence of the Lord"

Side B
"Sea of Joy"
"Do What You Like"

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has removed three Michael Jackson exhibits from display in the wake of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.

A fedora and glove, both worn by Jackson onstage, were removed from public view, as was a signed Michael Jackson poster.  Jackson's family is from Gary, Indiana, about two-and-a-half hours north of Indianapolis, on the Lake Michigan shore.

Leslie Olsen, the museum's public relations manager, said in a statement provided to ABC News: "As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience. In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called 'Leaving Neverland,' which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully."

Leaving Neverland, the two-part documentary that premiered on HBO March 3 and 4, features adult men Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom accuse Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children.

Other entities has distanced themselves from Jackson following the allegations broadcast in Leaving Neverland.  Immediately after the documentary premiered, producers of The Simpsons revealed they would no longer air, sell or distribute the 1991 episode that featured Jackson's voice.  Last week, French fashion giant Louis Vuitton announced it was removing planned Michael Jackson-inspired designs from their 2019 fall menswear collection.

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The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde has revealed that she will be releasing a long-in-the-works album this summer called Valve Bone Woe, which she recorded with award-winning producers and film score composers Marius de Vries and Eldad Guetta.

Hynde will be showcasing tracks from the album at a special concert on July 6 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the show. According to a description of the event, Valve Bone Woe is a jazz-dub record that includes renditions of songs by The Beach Boys, The Kinks' Ray Davies, Nick Drake and others. The concerts also will feature performances of select Pretenders tunes.

In a post on The Pretenders' Facebook page, Chrissie says the Hollywood Bowl concert will feature her performing with a group dubbed the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble. She notes that she might play "some other shows" with the outfit, but is "still waiting for offers."

Hynde also reveals that she and Pretenders guitarist James Walbourne "have been assembling songs, and to our surprise, we have enough for the next Pretenders Album, so we're planning on recording that soon instead of next year."

Chrissie adds that the band was planning to begin rehearsing the new material this past week.

In addition, Hynde reports that she's been painting so much lately that her "paintings are now crowding me out of my flat, so [I] hope to get them in a gallery somewhere by the end of the year."

Last November, a coffee-table book of Chrissie's artwork titled Adding the Blue. You can check out a video featuring Hynde discussing her paintings at Genesis-Publications.com. The clip also includes an exclusive segment of music from Valve Bone Woe.

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Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesDick Dale, whose songs "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'" defined the surf rock genre and led to him being dubbed "The King of Surf Guitar," has died.  He was 81.  His bass player Sam Bolle confirmed the news to the U.K. paper The Guardian.

Born Richard Anthony Monsour in 1937, Dale, of Lebanese heritage, developed his distinctive sound by combining the scales of Middle Eastern music with reverb and rapid alternative picking.  When he moved to Southern California as a teenager, he became obsessed with surfing and combined his two loves.  He and his band the Del-Tones released "Let's Go Trippin'," considered to be the first surf rock song, in 1961.

In 1962, Dale released "Miserlou," his version of a traditional Eastern Mediterranean song. The pioneering song was later used to great effect as the opening music in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

According to Rolling Stone, the Fender guitar company also recruited Dale to test its instruments and amps, leading to many improvements.  His signature gold Fender Strat, known as "The Beast," was custom-made for him by Leo Fender himself.

Among those who cited Dale as a major influence: Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughn, the later of whom teamed up with Dale to record a new version of "Pipeline" by The Chantays. It received a Grammy nomination in 1987.

In 2015, in an interview with Pittsburgh City Paper that went viral, Dale claimed, "I can’t stop touring because I will die” due to his many medical expenses. He battled rectal cancer, as well as diabetes and renal failure.

While he had health insurance, he said it didn't cover "the medical supplies I need to stay alive," which he said cost $3,000 a month.

Dale later told Billboard that he would rather not tour, but added, "But I’ve also got to realize I’ve been kept alive for a reason."

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ABC RadioThe Who's Pete Townshend has been busy working on the band's next studio album, but the legendary guitarist and songwriter reveals that he's taking a little break from the project to enjoy some rest and relaxation.

"Today I am starting a two-week vacation prior to the final session on the Who album in early April, and rehearsals for the tour in late April," he writes in a message on The Who's official website.

"The timing isn't great, I don't want to travel with so much distance to be covered in the coming year, and the weather isn't looking very promising here in the U.K. in March, but I need to close down my brain for a while."

As for how the new record is coming along, Pete says, "I feel happy about the way the album is unfolding, and [singer] Roger [Daltrey's] sketch vocals are really exciting to hear. It's coming together, and I think should sound great when it's finished."

Townshend adds that he's looking forward to rehearsing for the first leg of The Who's Moving On! tour, which kicks off May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The trek will feature the band playing with a different orchestra at each stop.

Regarding his vacation plans, Pete says, "I am going to do some walking, stretching, reading, and hanging out with [my wife] Rachel and our dogs, and do a bit of guitar practice. Nice. Groovy. Cool. Fab."

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Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesEver since Rush drummer Neil Peart retired from music after the band's R40 tour ended in 2015, fans have wondered whether guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee would continue the group.

Now, in a new interview with Planet Rock, Lifeson answers part of that question, noting, "I don't want to be in a band and tour any more."

Previously, in a piece Lifeson penned for Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail in January, he'd revealed that Rush "have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done."

Asked by Planet Rock if he'd come to terms with Rush's breakup, Alex says, "Yes, I think so," adding, "I don't feel the need to carry on with what I did for almost half a century. I'm fine with it now. And I'm as busy as I would ever want to be."

Reflecting on the end of his famous band, Lifeson tells the magazine, "It wasn't until a year [after the final gig] that I started to feel better about it all. I realized we'd gone out on a high note."

Regarding that final show, held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says, "I remember looking around the whole arena and trying to take it all in. The lighting. The crowd. The people around me. It was very emotional for us."

He also admits that he would have been more satisfied with the 35-date R40 trek if it had been "a typical-length tour of about 80 dates."

In his Globe and Mail piece, Lifeson reported, "I've…been busier lately than I have been in a while," revealing that's he's been "writing on four or five different little projects," and he's been getting "requests to do guitar work with other people."

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Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty ImagesIn life, George Michael quietly donated millions to charity.  In death, he's helped raise millions more.

Christie's auction house sold the late British superstar's collection of modern art at an auction Thursday night, and the pieces brought in a whopping $14.6 million, from bidders in 27 countries across five continents.  Every lot was sold.

The auction was preceded by a pre-sale exhibition in London, attended by thousands of fans.

The two works which sold for the most money were both by iconic British artist Damien Hirst. The Incomplete Truth went for $1.2 million, while his piece Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain sold for $1.16 million.

Several works by another acclaimed artist, Tracy Emin, a friend of George's, were also sold.  One, created by Emin especially for the singer, spells out "George Loves Kenny" in neon, in reference to George and his then-boyfriend, Kenny Goss.

A portrait of George by artist Michael Craig-Young, another friend of the late singer's, went for just under $233,000. Three other works by Craig-Young, all of which, according to Christie's, referenced George's 1998 arrest for "engaging in a lewd act in a public restroom," also sold for hundreds of thousands.  The three works depicted, respectively: the word "Sex," a urinal, and a pair of handcuffs.

According to Christie's, the money raised from the auction will go to "extend the philanthropic legacy he built so generously and so privately during his lifetime."

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Dominique Charriau/WireImageFollowing the shocking allegations of abuse detailed in the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, Louis Vuitton has pulled designs inspired by the late King of Pop, People magazine reports.  Now Virgil Abloh, the brand's menswear artistic director, is condemning "any form of child abuse."

"The documentary Leaving Neverland, featuring two men who allege they were sexually abused as children by Michael Jackson, has caused us the greatest pain," Abloh says in statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

"...We were unaware of this documentary at the time of the last LV FW19 Men’s Show," he continues. "My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers."

Adds Abloh, "I am aware that, in light of this documentary, the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights."

The Louis Vuitton 2019 fall-winter menswear collection was unveiled in January at a Paris fashion show. The runway replicated the sidewalk in Jackson's iconic "Billie Jean" video, and among the pieces were graphic tees featuring images of MJ's signature socks and loafers in mid-Moonwalk.

Other designs referenced Michael's scarecrow character from The Wiz, and some models wore bedazzled white gloves.

Michael Burke, chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, also commented about Leaving Neverland.

"We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing," Burke says. "Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause."

Both Jackson's family and estate have denied the allegations made in the documentary and have filed a lawsuit against HBO.

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Credit: Amy GranthamGraham Nash has announced a brief series of U.S. fall shows which will feature him playing his first two solo albums -- 1971's Songs for Beginners and 1973's Wild Tales -- in their entirety, plus select other tunes.

The concerts are scheduled for September 26 in South Orange, New Jersey; September 27 in New York City; September 28 in Albany, New York; and September 29 in Boston.

Tickets for all of the shows except the South Orange performance are on sale now. For more details, visit GrahamNash.com.

Speaking with Rolling Stone about his decision to play his early solo albums live, Graham says, "People have been suggesting I do this [for] a long time. But it was pressure from my wife that finally convinced me. She loves those two albums and she wanted to hear them."

Songs for Beginners reached #15 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has been certified gold. It features Nash's hit protest anthem "Chicago," as well as such enduring tunes as "Military Madness" and "I Used to Be a King." Wild Tales only made it to #34 on the Billboard 200, and yielded no chart hits.

Nash currently is touring the U.S. playing sets that span his entire musical career, with accompaniment from guitarist Shane Fontayne and keyboardist Todd Caldwell. For the September concerts, he's planning to assemble a larger band that, according to Rolling Stone.com, will include a drummer, a bassist, backup singers and a pedal-steel player.

Graham tells Rolling Stone that if the September shows are well-received, he may schedule more full-album concerts.

"We're kind of testing the waters here," he says. "I've had a lot of enthusiastic responses from the web about it, so we'll see."

Here are all of Nash's upcoming U.S. concerts:

3/15 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
3/16 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Theatre
3/17 -- Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theatre
3/20 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
3/22 -- Carmel, IN, The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
3/23 -- Chattanooga, TN, Walker Theatre
3/25 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
3/27 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
3/28 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
3/29 -- Morgantown, WV, West Virginia University Creative Arts Center
3/31 -- Wilmington, DE, The Queen
4/2 -- Hopewell, VA, Beacon Theatre
4/3 -- Raleigh, NC, Fletcher Opera Theatre
4/4 -- Charlotte, NC, McGlohon Theater
9/26 -- South Orange, NJ, South Orange Performing Arts Center*
9/27 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall*
9/28 -- Albany, NY, The Egg*
9/29 -- Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center*

* = featuring performances of the Songs for Beginners and Wild Tales albums.

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Ben Gibson/Rocket EntertainmentIn late November, Elton John will be heading Down Under for the Australian leg of his tour, which will last through the beginning of February 2020.

Since he plans to spend so much time in the country, the pop-rock legend reportedly is looking for one place that he can use as a base in Australia while he and his family are there.  But finding an appropriate place may be easier said than done.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Elton is searching for a "very large home" in some of Sydney, Australia's most upscale neighborhoods, and it needs to be able to accommodate him, his husband David Furnish, their two sons Zachary and Elijah, and an army of nannies, chefs, personal assistants, bodyguards and other staff.

And unfortunately, the paper claims that Elton's Down Under trip will coincide with an extended visit by U2, who are planning an Australian tour that's yet to be announced.  The Irish band's four members and their families all want to stay in Sydney during their time in Australia, so they'll each need a mansion, too.

An insider told the paper, "These guys are talking $10,000-a-night houses.  There just isn't that many of them available in Sydney."

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Cure and Janet Jackson, both of whom will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this month, are among the artists headlining the 2019 edition of the U.K.'s mega-festival Glastonbury, held June 26-30.

The Cure has headlined Glastonbury three times previously, and will now tie Coldplay for the most headlining sets in the festival's history. This will mark Jackson's debut at the event, which has been staged on and off since 1970.

Other veteran artists on the bill include Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples and Kylie Minogue.

The Good, The Bad & The Queen, an alternative-rock act that features The Clash's Paul Simonon on bass, also will be performing.

For the full initial lineup and ticket info, visit GlastonburyFestivals.co.uk. More acts will be announced soon.

As previously reported, The Cure and Jackson will be inducted into the Rock Hall on March 29 at a ceremony held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The other inductees are Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, Def Leppard, Roxy Music and Radiohead.

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The lineup for the 2020 edition of the Flower Power Cruise has been revealed, and the seagoing festival will feature performances by 1960s legends including The Zombies, The Hollies, Herman's Hermits and The Turtles.

The fifth annual cruise is scheduled to set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 28, 2020, and will stop on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and Nassau on the Bahamas before returning to port on April 4.

Other confirmed acts who will be performing include The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, Rare Earth, The Classics IV, Vanilla Fudge, Arlo Guthrie, and The Outsiders.

Next year's cruise also will feature a variety of special events and activities, including artist Q&As, panel discussions, trivia contests, pool parties, wine-tasting sessions, karaoke, game shows, and themed events, including a "Make Love Not War" vow renewal ceremony for married couples.

As previously reported, the 2019 Flower Power Cruise will launch this March 30 and runs to April 6, visiting St. Maarten and San Juan, Puerto Rico, along the way. The lineup includes The Beach Boys, Tommy James & The Shondells, Jefferson Starship, The Lovin' Spoonful, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Yardbirds, Big Brother & The Holding Company, ex-Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, The Family Stone, The Ides of March, The Cowsills, The Cyrkle, and The Box Tops. Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon will host the extravaganza.

To book your cabin or find out more information, visit FlowerPowerCruise.com or call 844-700-3569.

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Eagle VisionForeigner's new archival concert video Live at The Rainbow '78 hits stores today on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital video. The release captures the band's original lineup performing its first-ever U.K. show at London's Rainbow Theatre in April 1978, shortly before the release of its sophomore album, Double Vision.

Founding Foreigner guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones tells ABC Radio he feels the video offers "a flashback into the way we were, what we were doing, where our minds were at, what kind of clothes we were wearing."

Jones says he was very happy with the band's performance at the show.

"I know we were probably a little bit anxious that night, because some of the songs sounded a little fast to me, but they worked," he maintains. "I think you could feel the tension and the excitement and the nerves, but I think actually in the end, it ended up working out really well."

Jones notes that it was an exhilarating time for Foreigner, then enjoying the success of their self-titled debut album, which featured hits like "Feels Like the First" and "Cold as Ice."

"Things were going crazy at the time," he recalls. "We…were in the middle of the success of the first album, which was way beyond anybody's wildest dreams. And it was kind of a helter-skelter atmosphere everywhere, a little crazy, but it was very exciting."

He adds, "I think [the performance] really captured the excitement of…that period of time when we were suddenly on top of the world."

Mick says for him, a few of the highlights of the concert were performances of two lesser-known songs from the band's first album: "The Damage Is Done" and "At War with the World."

Here's the Live at The Rainbow track list:

"Long, Long Way from Home"
"I Need You"
"Woman Oh Woman"
"Hot Blooded"
"The Damage Is Done"
"Cold as Ice"
"Starrider"
"Double Vision"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"Fool for You Anyway"
"At War with the World"
"Headknocker"

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ABC/Paul LoboSting has added an August 23-24 stand at the Ravinia Festival in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, to his late-summer U.S. tour itinerary.

Tickets for the two concerts won't go on sale to the general public until May 8, but members of Sting's fan club can purchase pre-sale tickets starting April 29 at 10 a.m. CT.

As previously reported, the founding Police frontman's next show is a headlining set at the 23rd annual Dinner with the Stars, an event presented by Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis, taking place April 13 at the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis.

The 67-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also will play a May 10 concert in Hidalgo, Texas, followed by a May 12 headlining appearance at the inaugural KAABOO Texas festival in Arlington, Texas.

As for Sting's stateside summer plans, his schedule also features an August 26-28 stand at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia; an August 31 performance with The Utah Symphony in West Valley City, Utah, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Zion National Park; and a September 1 headlining set at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass fest in Aspen, Colorado.

Here are all of Sting's upcoming U.S. performances:

4/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Stifel Theatre
5/10 -- Hidalgo, TX, State Farm Arena
5/12 -- Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas
8/23 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/24 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/26 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/27 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/28 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/31 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre*
9/1 -- Aspen, CO, Jazz Aspen Snowmass

* = with The Utah Symphony.

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William Snyder/TrinifoldIn a new update on The Who.com, The Who's Pete Townshend discusses the progress the band is making on its upcoming album, and also shares details about a press day that he and Roger Daltrey took part in Wednesday to promote the group's July 6 concert at London's Wembley Stadium.

In a video blog accompanying the post, which was recorded Wednesday, Townshend reports that by the end of the day Monday, at least 10 or 12 backing tracks had been completed that were "sounding really, really great." However, a text bar at the bottom of the clip notes that Pete may be exaggerating about that number of tracks, which might actually be as low as five.

Townshend also notes that Daltrey has "started doing what he calls 'sketch vocals,' and he sent me one for one song that sounds really terrific." Pete adds that Roger will return to the studio on Monday with his producer, Dave Eringa, who also worked on Daltrey's 2018 album, As Long as I Have You.

In addition, he says The Who will be "back in the studio again in April to finish the album off," and also notes that he's very excited about the band's upcoming North American orchestral tour.

In the text portion of the update, Townshend points out that Daltrey "is very positive about the new songs." He also reveals, "I'm about to listen to more work Roger has been doing in the studio on vocals, and I know he will surprise me and delight me as always."

The video also features footage of Townshend visiting Wembley Stadium for their press junket promoting the June 6 show, which will feature special guest Eddie Vedder. The post includes new photos of Pete and Roger at the venue posing with a Who-themed Scomadi scooter.

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The Tubes will be playing select tour dates this spring that will feature a full performance of the veteran San Francisco band's 1981 album, The Completion Backward Principle. The record was The Tubes' first album to reach the top 40 of the Billboard 200, and featured the top-40 single "Don't Want to Wait Anymore" and the rock hit "Talk to Ya Later."

The trek runs from an April 4 performance in St. Charles, Illinois, through a May 18 show in North Tonawanda, New York. The Tubes also will open one concert for Blue Oyster Cult April 5 in Medina, Minnesota.

The Completion Backward Principle's theme is a parody of a spoken-word vinyl LP found by the band at a San Francisco record store, promoting a 1950s motivational sales technique.

"The Completion Backward Principle album was a spoof of corporate rock," explains frontman Fee Waybill. "The sales technique was that 'imagination creates reality,' which it turns out, was a metaphor for someone like me, who grew up singing Beatles songs around the house dying to be in a band."

Fee adds, "The album embodies and pokes fun at the whole idea of the kind of 1984 political double-speak we get from this current president every day."

The Tubes also will play select gems from throughout their career at the shows, including "White Punks on Dope" and the 1983 #10 hit, "She's a Beauty."

Also look for The Tubes to play five dates of the 2019 Lost 80s Live tour this August and September, along with other 80s acts including A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, The Motels, Animotion, The Vapors, and Bow Wow Wow's Annabella Lwin.

Here are all of The Tubes' confirmed U.S. dates:

4/4 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre*
4/5 -- Medina, MN, Medina Entertainment Center
4/12 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose*
4/13 -- Montclair, CA, The Canyon - Montclair*
5/16 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount/Hudson Valley Theatre*
5/17 -- Roslyn, NY, My Father's Place at the Roslyn Hotel*
5/18 -- North Tonawanda, NY, Riviera Theatre*
8/9 -- Detroit, MI, Aretha Franklin Theatre
8/10 -- Greenwood Village, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/24 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Theatre at Grand Prairie
9/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
9/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

* = performing The Completion Backward Principle album.
# = opening for Blue Oyster Cult.
= Lost 80's Live tour date.

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Polydor/InterscopeA new Rolling Stones best-of compilation titled Honk will be released in multiple formats and configurations on April 19, one day before the band kicks off its 2019 No Filter Tour of the U.S. near Miami.

The retrospective, which hits stores on April 19, will be available in a three-CD or four-LP deluxe edition featuring 46 tracks, as well as a 20-track single-CD or two-LP version. Both versions boast at least one song from every studio album that The Stones released from 1971 through 2016.

The deluxe Honk offers 36 previously released tracks by the British rock legends, plus 10 bonus live performances recorded during the band's recent stadium tours.

Among the songs included on the collection: "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "Miss You," "Tumbling Dice," "Wild Horses," "Angie," "Beast of Burden" and "Waiting On a Friend." Also appearing is the 2013 hit "Doom and Gloom" and three songs from The Stones' 2016 blues covers album, Blue & Lonesome.

The concert performances include collaborations with four music stars: "Beast of Burden" with pop singer Ed Sheeran, "Wild Horses" with Florence Welch of alt-rock act Florence the Machine, "Dead Flowers" with country star Brad Paisley and "Bitch" with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl.

The 46-track and 20 track versions of Honk also will be available digitally. A colored-vinyl edition of the four-LP set will be sold exclusively at The Rolling Stones' online store. A limited-edition two-LP collection on red vinyl will be available only at the band's upcoming U.S. shows.

Honk can be pre-ordered now, and fans who do so will receive an instant free download of The Rolling Stones' and Welch's rendition of "Wild Horses."

Here's the track list for the deluxe three-CD edition of Honk:

Disc 1
"Start Me Up"
"Brown Sugar"
"Rocks Off"
"Miss You"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Just Your Fool"
"Wild Horses"
"Fool to Cry"
"Angie"
"Beast of Burden"
"Hot Stuff"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Rock and a Hard Place"
"Doom and Gloom"
"Love Is Strong"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Don't Stop"
"Ride 'Em On Down"

Disc 2
"Bitch"
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Hate to See You Go"
"Rough Justice"
"Happy"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
"One More Shot"
"Respectable"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Rain Fall Down"
"Dancing with Mr D"
"Undercover (of the Night)"
"Emotional Rescue"
"Waiting On a Friend"
"Saint of Me"
"Out of Control"
"Streets of Love"
"Out of Tears"

Disc 3 -- Live Tracks
"Get Off My Cloud"
"Dancing with Mr D"
"Beast of Burden" (with Ed Sheeran)
"She's a Rainbow"
"Wild Horses" (with Florence Welch)
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Dead Flowers" (with Brad Paisley)
"Shine a Light"
"Under My Thumb"
"Bitch" (with Dave Grohl)

And here's the single CD track list:

"Start Me Up"
"Brown Sugar"
"Miss You"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Just Your Fool"
"Fool to Cry"
"Angie"
"Beast of Burden"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Doom and Gloom"
"Love Is Strong"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Don't Stop"
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Happy"
"Rain Fall Down"
"Undercover (of the Night)"
"Emotional Rescue"
"Saint of Me"
"Wild Horses (with Florence Welch)"

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