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Courtesy of RolandThomas Dolby kicks off a U.S. summer tour this Wednesday with a sold-out club show in Los Angeles, and the next day he will take part in the first concert ever streamed live via Roland Cloud, a suite of cloud-based virtual synthesizers, sampled instruments and other software and services. The event will take place at 4 p.m. PT on July 26.

Dolby's show will feature the innovative electronic artist using keyboards, a drum pad and a laptop computer running synthesizers from Roland Cloud. In conjunction with the show, Roland Cloud is offering online viewers a free 30-day trial of the service allowing them to try the same synthesizers and sounds Dolby will showcase in his concert.

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As previously reported Dolby's tour, which is dubbed "An Evening of Music and Storytelling with Thomas Dolby," is mapped out through an August 8 show in Baltimore. The intimate performances will be multimedia events where Thomas will demonstrate -- with a laptop, keyboards and a projection screen -- how he created various songs. Dolby also will invite audience members to randomly choose songs from his catalog for him to perform.

One concert during the trek, a July 27 event at the Microsoft Theater in L.A., will feature Dolby as part of a star-studded '80s-themed bill that also includes Blondie, Adam Ant, Soft Cell's Marc Almond and Berlin. That same day, a two-CD Dolby career compilation titled Hyperactive will be released.

Here are all of Dolby's upcoming shows:

7/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, Largo at the Coronet
7/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater (with Blondie, Adam Ant, Marc Almond and Berlin)
7/30 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
7/31 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head
8/1 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
8/3 -- New York, NY, The Cutting Room
8/4 -- Natick, MA, Natick TCAN Center for the Arts
8/5 -- New Haven, CT, State House
8/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Dante Theater
8/8 -- Baltimore, MD, Center Stage

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Credit: Marc TheisLast fall, The Scorpions were forced to cancel a series of U.S. dates at the end of their Crazy World North American tour with Megadeth when their frontman Klaus Meine came down with a severe case of laryngitis. Now, the German rockers have rescheduled the five nixed shows in the late summer of this year and also have added two new concerts to their itinerary -- in Stateline, Nevada, and Irvine, California.

The seven-date run gets underway on August 31 in Stateline and winds down on September 14 in Tampa, Florida. Queensryche will open all of the concerts.

"I am extremely happy to announce that The Scorpions have rescheduled all the remaining American dates that we were forced to cancel last fall due to my severe laryngitis," says Meine in a statement. "I was so overwhelmed with all the love and well wishes from our fans when we had to cancel, that the band and I were determined to get back to the U.S. to make these dates up to our loyal and dedicated fans…We look very much forward to seeing you out there and get ready to ROCK!"

Tickets and VIP packages for all of the dates are available now at The band currently is on tour in Europe through an August 3 show in Bad Kissingen, Germany. After the U.S. gigs, The Scorpions will head to Australia and New Zealand in November.

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

8/31 -- Stateline, NV, Harveys Lake Tahoe
9/2 -- Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheatre
9/5 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
9/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Freeman Coliseum
9/9 – Dallas, TX, Pavilion at the Music Factory
9/12 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Event Center
9/14 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena

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MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.Paul McCartney will be heading home to Liverpool, U.K., this week to take part in a Q&A session at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the university the rock legend co-founded that's located in the building that housed his old school. The hour-long interview event will take place this Wednesday, July 25, at 2 p.m. local time/9 a.m. ET, and will be streamed live at McCartney's official Facebook page.

Expect Sir Paul to chat about his upcoming studio album, Egypt Station, which will be released September 7, as well as his career as a member of The Beatles and solo artist. Select fans will get the chance to watch McCartney answer their own questions by submitting their queries to Paul via Facebook.

As previously reported, McCartney will launch a new world tour dubbed the Freshen Up trek in support of Egypt Station. The outing gets underway with a run of Canadian dates beginning September 17 in Quebec City.

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ABC/Randy HolmesFormer Game of Thrones star Richard Madden is in talks to join the Elton John biopic Rocketman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor will reportedly play Elton's former manager, John Reid, who worked with the pop-rock legend for over three decades beginning in the '70s. He'll join Taron Egerton, who is playing Elton.

It was previously reported that Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell was in negotiations to play John's longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019.

Madden previously played Robb Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones, and recently starred on Amazon's Strange New Things.

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Courtesy of Love Street FestivalA variety of music stars, including members of The Doors, The Monkees and The Mamas & the Papas, will be on hand for the sixth annual Love Street Festival, taking place this Sunday, July 22, in the Los Angeles community of Laurel Canyon.

This year's event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Doors song "Love Street," which appeared on the B-side of the band's chart-topping single "Hello, I Love You." Late singer Jim Morrison wrote the tune about Laurel Canyon's Rothdell Trail, where he and his girlfriend Pamela Courson used to live.

Among the celebs who will attend the festival are Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, Monkees singer Micky Dolenz, Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and Johnny Echols, lead guitarist of the influential '60s band Love. Also appearing at the event will be Wilson Phillips, featuring Beach Boy Brian Wilson's daughters Carney and Wendy Wilson and Michelle's daughter with the late John Phillips, Chynna; Stephen Stills' son Chris Stills; and another of John's daughters, Bijou Phillips.

The festival, which runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT, will feature a special dedication ceremony, musical performances, food and beverages and pet adoption. Famed rock photographer Henry Diltz and album-cover artist Gary Burden will be honored during the festivities.

Proceeds raised by the event will benefit We Are Laurel Canyon, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the preservation of the community's open spaces and wildlife corridor.

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Legacy RecordingsThe 2011 Pink Floyd compilation A Foot in the Door -- The Best of Pink Floyd will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 28. The album, which originally was only available on CD, features a selection of tunes spanning from 1967 to 1994 chosen by the band's members.

The new version of the retrospective will be issued as a two-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl, with the tracks remastered by longtime Pink Floyd collaborator James Guthrie. Among the well-known tunes featured on the album are "See Emily Play," "Money," "Wish You Were Here," "Have a Cigar," "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)," "Comfortably Numb," "Hey You" and an edited version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." The vinyl edition will include a restored version of "Time," with the ringing alarm clocks heard at the start of the track reinstated, after having been omitted from the song on the version that appeared on the CD release.

The album package features updated cover art and a gatefold outer sleeve.

Here's the full original track list of A Foot in the Door -- The Best of Pink Floyd:

"Hey You" (1979)
"See Emily Play" (1967)
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives" (1979)
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (1979)
"Have a Cigar" (1975)
"Wish You Were Here" (1975)
"Time" (1973)
"The Great Gig in the Sky" (1973)
"Money" (1973)
"Comfortably Numb" (1979)
"High Hopes" (Edited version) (1994)
"Learning to Fly" (1987)
"The Fletcher Memorial Home" (1983)
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Edited version of parts 1-5) (1975)
"Brain Damage" (1973)
"Eclipse" (1973)

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With the midpoint of the 2018 in the rear-view mirror, Pollstar has compiled a list of the artists who pulled in the most cash on the road worldwide so far. Quite a few veteran music acts had high-grossing tours during the first half of the year, including The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Roger Waters and U2, who all landed in the top 10.

The Rolling Stones are at #3, having earned $100.8 million from their No Filter Tour of Europe.

The Eagles landed at #6, after their trek brought in $84 million. Waters is #9 on the list with $60.7 million in earnings from his Us and Them solo tour, while U2 is #10 with $59.9 million from its eXPERIENCE iNNOCENCE tour.

Other older artists who landed in the tally's top 20 include Depeche Mode at #15 with $47 million, and Bruce Springsteen at #16 with #45.8 million. Interestingly, The Boss' earnings come exclusively from his hugely popular Springsteen on Broadway show in New York City.

A bit further down on the mid-year tally are Bon Jovi and Phil Collins at #21 and #22, respectively, with about $38 million in earnings each.

The top-grossing world tour of 2018 by far, according to Pollstar, is British pop star Ed Sheeran, who raked in an impressive $213.9 million.

As for the top-grossing North American tours of the year, The Eagles are at #2, U2 is at #6, Springsteen is at #7 and Bon Jovi is at #10. Pink grabs the #1 spot with $95.6 million.

Overall, the top 50 worldwide tours grossed a record total of $2.21 billion, up $240 million from last year's mid-year figure of $1.97 billion.

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Concord RecordsA few months ago, Billy Gibbons told ABC Radio that he'd be releasing a new solo album this year exploring his "bluesier roots," and now the ZZ Top frontman has unveiled full details about the project. The album, titled The Big Bad Blues, is due out on September 21.

The 11-track collection finds Gibbons celebrating his love of the blues and early rock 'n' roll. It features six original tunes and five covers, including songs by Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. The album is a follow-up to Billy's 2015 solo debut, the Afro-Cuban-influenced Perfectamundo.

"We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey," explains Gibbons. "The shift back to the blues is a natural. It's something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form."

The Big Bad Blues features contributions from ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, as well as from some Billy's Perfectamundo collaborators, including keyboardist Mike Flanigin, bassist Joe Hardy and drummer Greg Morrow. In addition, James Harman, who has played harmonica on several ZZ Top albums, lends his harp skills to the new record.

Interestingly, the new album kicks off with a song titled "Missin' Yo' Kissin'," which was written by Gibbons' wife, Gilligan Stillwater.

The record's first single, which was made available for radio airplay earlier this week, is a hard-driving cover of Waters' delta blues classic "Rollin' and Tumblin'." You can check out a lyric video for the track now at Concord Records' official YouTube channel.

A tour in support of The Big Bad Blues will be announced soon.

Here's the album's full track list; all songs by Gibbons except where noted:

"Missin' Yo' Kissin'" (Gilly Stillwater)
"My Baby She Rocks"
"Second Line"
"Standing Around Crying" (Muddy Waters)
"Let the Left Hand Know…"
"Bring It to Jerome" (Jerome Green)
"That's What She Said"
"Mo' Slower Blues"
"Hollywood 151"
"Rollin' and Tumblin'" (Muddy Waters)
"Crackin' Up" (Bo Diddley)

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Credit: Philip GroshongThe operatic version of Pink Floyd's The Wall that debuted in March 2017 in Montreal will get its U.S. premiere at the Cincinnati Opera tonight, July 20. Another Brick in the Wall -- The Opera was composed by Julien Bilodeau, based on the original words and music Roger Waters wrote for his old band's classic 1979 concept album.

A total of five performances are scheduled for Cincinnati's Music Hall, on July 20, 21, 26, 28 and 31. The production features performances by an international cast of solo singers, as well as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, enhanced by video projections and captivating staging.

Like The Wall album, the opera tells the story of a rock star named Pink, who becomes more and more alienated from the world as he struggles with issues from his past. Among the many troubles the character faces are the death of his father in World War II, an overbearing mother, a repressive school teacher, and an unfaithful wife.

In the Cincinnati production, Pink will be portrayed by baritone Nathan Keoughan, who tells local paper CityBeat that the role is a challenging one for him as a singer.

"I have to sing incredibly high notes, which I never thought I had," he says. "I started out as a bass-baritone and now I’m a baritone touching the edges of tenor."

CityBeat reports that Waters, who recently wrapped up a European leg of his Us and Them solo tour, isn't planning to attend the Cincinnati premiere of Another Brick in the Wall. Meanwhile, Pierre Dufour, former general director of Opera de Montreal, tells CityBeat that opera companies in Buenos Aires, England, France and Toronto are discussing staging the production.

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A new Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary called If I Leave Here Tomorrow that premiered in March at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, will make its television debut next month on Showtime.

The film, narrated primarily by founding Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, will air on the cable network on August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The documentary charts the Southern rock legends' rise to stardom and looks at the tragic 1977 plane crash that claimed the life of frontman Ronnie Van Zant and other members of the group, and its aftermath. In addition to Rossington, the movie features interviews with former Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle and guitarist Ed King, late drummer Bob Burns, late backing vocalist JoJo Billingsley, producer Al Kooper and others.

The flick also includes rare archival footage, as well as recently discovered radio interviews with Van Zant and his fellow late founding members Allen Collins and Leon Wilkeson.

You can check out a trailer for the film now at Showtime's official YouTube channel. The two-and-a-half-minute preview includes Rossington and Pyle sharing recollections about the crash, footage of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Freebird," Gary discussing the group's use of the Confederate flag, and a recording of Van Zant ironically musing about how the band's success could be fleeting.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's current lineup is the middle of its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. The trek stops in Mansfield, Massachusetts, tonight. Visit to check out all of the dates.

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Simon & SchusterA new illustrated children's book based on the classic 1967 Beatles song "All You Need Is Love," co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, will be published in January of 2019.

The book will feature Lennon and McCartney's lyrics accompanied by art created by bestselling illustrator Marc Rosenthal that will reflect the song's theme of the positive power of love.

"This timeless song rings true now more than ever," says Valerie Garfield, vice president of the Little Simon publishing imprint. "We feel there is always a market for books about hope, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney have written songs that resonate with parents and children who want to look at the world with hope and love."

"All You Need Is Love" was released in July 1967 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following month. The Fab Four famously performed the tune live in June of that year on a TV special called Our World that was broadcast across the globe via satellite.

A second picture book inspired by a Beatles tune penned by Lennon and McCartney is expected to be released at a later date.

In 2014, an illustrated children's book based on Ringo Starr's famous Beatles song "Octopus's Garden" was published by Little Simon's parent company, Simon & Schuster.

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ABC/Heidi GutmanTo coincide with President Donald Trump's state visit to the U.K. last week, a group of Green Day fans launched a campaign to make the band's 2004 political anthem "American Idiot" Britain's number-one single. While the track didn't manage to top the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart, the campaign did seem to have an impact stateside.

As Billboard reports, downloads of "American Idiot" increased by 322 percent the week ending July 12. The track also debuts on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, which began in 2009, at number 23.

"American Idiot," which was written during the George W. Bush administration, was a hit when it was originally released, reaching number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and number five on Mainstream Rock Songs.

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RhinoA fourth installment in the series of expansive David Bowie box sets focusing on different periods in the late singer's career, Loving the Alien (1983-1988), will be released on October 12.

The collection will be available as an 11-CD set, a 15-LP vinyl package and digitally. Loving the Alien includes remastered editions of three Bowie studio albums -- 1983's Let's Dance, 1984's Tonight and 1987's Never Let Me Down -- an updated version of Never Let Me Down featuring new instrumentation, the Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87) album, the previously unreleased Serious Moonlight live album, a remix collection called Dance, and a compilation titled Re:Call 4 featuring single edits, soundtrack recordings, remixes and more.

The updated Never Let Me Down features contributions from various musicians who've worked with Bowie, including guitarists Reeves Gabrels and David Torn, drummer Sterling Campbell and bassist Tim Lefebvre. The reworked album also boasts a string quartet arranged by Nico Muhly and a cameo by Laurie Anderson. A radio edit of one of the tracks, "Zeroes," can be purchased now as a digital single, and also will be released as a part of a limited-edition 7-inch picture disc on September 7.

Re:Call 4 includes single versions of the hits "Let's Dance," "China Girl" and "Modern Love"; tunes from the soundtracks of The Falcon and the Snowman, Absolute Beginners and Labyrinth; David's duet with Mick Jagger on the Motown classic "Dancing in the Street"; and two live duets with Tina Turner.

The CD and vinyl versions of Loving the Alien both come packaged with a hardback book featuring rare and previously unseen photos, archival reviews, and notes penned by Nile Rodgers and other Bowie studio collaborators.

Here's the list of discs featured in the Loving the Alien CD and vinyl sets:

Let's Dance (remastered)
Serious Moonlight (Live '83) (two-CD, two-LP)
Tonight (remastered)
Never Let Me Down (remastered)
Never Let Me Down (2018) (two-LP; side 4 features etching)
Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87) (two-CD, three-LP)
Dance (two-LP)
Re:Call 4 (remastered) (two-CD, three-LP)

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Republic RecordsAt a concert at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl last month, Rod Stewart announced that he would be releasing a new studio album called Blood Red Roses in September, and now full details about the project have been unveiled. Blood Red Roses will hit stores on September 28, and will be available on CD and digitally in both a 13-track standard collection and 16-track deluxe version.

The album features mostly original tunes co-written by Rod, and finds the legendary singer exploring a variety of genres, including acoustic folk, soul-flavored pop, rock 'n' roll and pop balladry. The first single, "Didn't I," is a mid-tempo R&B-influenced rock tune sung from the perspective of a concerned parent whose child is battling drug issues. Fans who pre-order Blood Red Roses will receive an instant download of the track, which also can be purchased as a digital single now.

"I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy," says Stewart. "Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing."

Rod co-produced Blood Red Roses with his frequent collaborator Kevin Savigar, who also worked on Stewart's previous three records -- 2012's Merry Christmas, Baby, 2013's Time, and 2015's Another Country.

Stewart continues his joint North American tour with Cyndi Lauper this Tuesday, July 25, in Visit to check out all his dates.

Here's the full track list of Blood Red Roses:

"Look in Her eyes"
"Hole in My Heart"
"Didn't I"
"Blood Red Roses"
"Give Me Love"
"Rest of My Life"
"Rollin' & Tumblin'"
"Honey Gold"
"Vegas Shuffle"
"Cold Old London"

Deluxe Bonus Tracks:
"Who Designed the Snowflake"
"It Was a Very Good Year"
"I Don't Want to Get Married"

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Credit: Thilo RahnPaul Rodgers just hit the road with Jeff Beck and Heart's Ann Wilson on the Stars Align Tour, and recordings of most of the Bad Company and Free singer's sets will soon be available for purchase digitally via the website and mobile-content-delivery system.

According to, fans will be able to buy Rodgers' performances from 14 of the trek's upcoming dates, spanning from a July 25 concert in Irving, Texas, through the tour finale on August 26 in Tampa, Florida. The recordings will be available as MP3 files for download minutes after Paul finishes his set. You can pre-order the shows now at; each one is priced at $15. Fans who want to use the app can download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Part of the proceeds raised by sales of the recordings will be donated to Willows Animal Sanctuary, a Scotland, U.K.-based charity supported by Rodgers and his wife that cares for horses, cats, pigs, sheep, goats and other farm animals.

" gives my fans the opportunity to relive the concert they attended again and again, and relive their special night with me forever," says Rodgers. "I'm very glad that…I'm able to offer this innovative way for my fans to take my show home with them!"

As previously reported, Rodgers will be performing with a backing group he's dubbed Free Spirit during the Stars Align Tour. His set will focus mainly on songs from the Free catalog, and he also plans to sing several classic Bad Company tunes.

The Stars Align Tour kicked off in West Valley City, Utah, on Wednesday, July 18. Recordings of Rodgers' sets for the following concerts are available for pre-order at

7/25 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/28 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/29 -- Northerly Island, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion
7/31 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/3 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/4 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/8 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/10 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
8/12 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/14 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Nashville Municipal Auditorium
8/19 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/25 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/26 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

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Kevin MazurBilly Joel performed his 100th show at Madison Square Garden in New York City last night and he was joined by a very special guest to help commemorate the milestone.

Bruce Springsteen surprised the crowd by coming out on stage to perform two songs with Billy.

“Congratulations Billy on your 100th show,” Springsteen said, to loud cheers from the audience.

As Billy played the piano, Bruce sat on top and the two performed “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.” Then Bruce got his guitar for a performance of his song, “Born to Run.”

The two hugged after the two-song set was over.

Elsewhere in the show, Billy told the crowd he wanted to perform a special song to celebrate the 100th show milestone, and launched into “This Is the Time.”

Before the concert on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed July 18 to be Billy Joel Day. MSG honored the milestone by placing one of Billy’s Steinway pianos – along with a special plaque – on display in a plexiglass case at the arena’s main entrance.

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Joan Jett will serve as producer of an upcoming studio album by a fellow female Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Wanda Jackson, known as the Queen of Rockabilly. Jett and Jackson currently are in Nashville working on the as-yet-untitled project, which is expected to be released next year.

"The songs on this project are very dear to my heart, as a lot of them are based on my own life experiences," says the 80-year-old Jackson, who was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2009. "I'm really looking forward to sharing what Joan and I have been working on."

Not known for composing her own tunes, Wanda has been collaborating with a variety of respected Nashville songwriters on the material for the new album, including Pistol Annies member Angaleena Presley.

Jackson, who briefly dated Elvis Presley during the 1950s, was encouraged by the rock 'n' roll legend to change her style from country to rockabilly. She scored several pop hits during the early 1960s, including "Let's Have a Party," before returning to her country roots later in the decade.

Jett isn't the first contemporary rocker to shine a spotlight on Jackson.  Jack White produced and played on Jackson's 2011 album, The Party Ain't Over, which he released on his own Third Man Records label.  The album rose as high as #17 on the Billboard rock albums chart and #58 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Meanwhile, Jett and her band, The Blackhearts, have a number of upcoming North American tour dates lined up:

7/21 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Vans Warped Tour
7/26 -- Lac du Flambeau, WI, Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
7/28 -- Medicine Hat, AB, Canada, Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
8/3 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest 2018 (with Styx)
8/4 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
8/8 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheater
8/9 -- Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater (with Halestorm)
8/12 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fair (with Foreigner)
8/16 -- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
8/18 -- Primm, NV, Star of the Desert Arena
8/19 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
8/31 -- Pueblo, CO, Colorado State Fair
9/2 -- Tuscon, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
9/7 -- Madera, CA, Madera District Fair
9/18 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino (with Cheap Trick)
9/19 -- Puyallup, WA, Washington State Fair
9/22 -- San Antonio, TX, River City Rockfest - AT&T Center
10/26 -- Rahway, NJ, Union County Performing Arts Center
10/27 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
12/16 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live

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The Stars Align Tour, a new North American trek featuring Jeff Beck, Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson and Free/Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, gets underway Wednesday with a show in West Valley City, Utah.

Beck, the trek's headliner, says he thinks fans who attend the shows will treated to a fantastic night of music.

"I'm looking forward to people's reaction, because look at [the bill]," the U.K. guitar great told ABC Radio at a recent Live Nation promotional event. "I don't sing, so I'm just an observer, but I think this will radiate some excitement."

Wilson was in attendance at the same Live Nation event and told ABC Radio that for her part, she'll definitely perform some cover tunes from her upcoming solo album, Immortal, out September 14, a tribute to artists she admires who have died during the last few years.

"I'm gonna get in as many as I can, 'cause I don't have all night," noted Wilson, who will hit the stage before Rodgers and Beck. "[I]t'll be a short but power-packed set, in the bright daylight."

Ann added that she'll perform only a select number of Heart songs.

"I've brought the ones forward that I think stood the test of time, the ones I'm the most proud of having written, really," she said.

As for whether some onstage collaborations between the three artists on the trek will take place, Beck said there aren't definitive plans, but it's a possibility.

"It was understood that we're not forming a super-band," he told ABC Radio. "Whatever happens after that then, who knows?  But we do have three separate shows."

Check out the full Stars Align Tour itinerary at

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For BMG by Pip; Brantley Gutierrez Rick Astley has now jammed on stage with alternative rockers Foo Fighters multiple times, each time performing the '80s pop star's signature hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," a.k.a. the "rickroll" song. So would Astley and the Foos ever take their live partnership to the studio for a collaboration?

"I would doubt that in the extreme, but you never know," Astley, who just released a new studio album called Beautiful Life, tells NME. "I know Dave Grohl's the kind of person who doesn't stop doing things, so who knows whether he -- or the rest of the band -- would want to. In a parallel universe, who knows?"

If that opportunity did arise, though, Astley would "love" to collaborate with the Foo Fighters.

"Of course I would," he says. "Who wouldn't want to get in a room with Foo Fighters and say, 'Right, what are we doing then?' But I can't exactly see how that would work from their side. I think they've got enough fish to fry. But yeah, it would be a great fun thing to do, that's for sure."

Astley reveals that he does have Grohl's phone number, but, he says, "I wouldn't be calling him to ask him to [record with me]. I'm not turning it into something it's not. They're just a really lovely bunch of guys who are very generous with their love of what other people do."

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters' current U.S. tour has featured an appearance by an even more unexpected guest: John Travolta. The actor has taken the stage with the Foos twice this year, each time during the band's rendition of Travolta's famous duet with Olivia Newton-John from the film Grease, "You're the One that I Want."

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TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesNew York is in a Billy Joel state of mind today, as the Piano Man prepares to play his 100th concert at the famed New York City venue Madison Square Garden. In recognition of the career milestone, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed July 18 to be Billy Joel Day in the state.

According to, a press conference was held today at Madison Square Garden that was attended by Joel and Cuomo. In celebration of Billy's 100th show, which also is the 54th performance of his ongoing residency at the venue, a Steinway piano belonging to Joel -- accompanied by a special plaque -- has been put on display in a plexiglass case at the arena's main entrance.

The Billy Joel Day proclamation describes Joel as "one of the most iconic and influential figures in American music history," adding that he "has had an immeasurable impact on the entertainment industry as a singer-songwriter and performer during an extraordinary, accomplished career spanning nearly half a century."

The proclamation also states that "Billy's achievements and influence have continued throughout a long, successful touring career highlighted by decades of sold-out shows across the globe and countless milestones along the way." Joel's 100 concerts and 54 consecutive performances at Madison Square Garden, of course, are both records for the venue.

At the press conference, Joel thanked the more than 2 million people who have attended his concerts at MSG since he played his first show there in December 1978.

"My cup runneth over," he declared at the event. "I couldn't think of a better way of peaking in my life other than this."

Joel's Garden residency currently extends through a December 19 concert, which will be his 105th show overall at the venue.

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