Courtesy of Rhino EntertainmentWhen Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz launch their first-ever tour as a duo next week, Monkees fans can expect to be treated not only to plenty of the band's hits, but also to songs that the group never performed live.
Dolenz tells Rolling Stone that preparing the rarities for the trek, dubbed The Monkees Present: The Mike and Micky Show, was a hard but rewarding task.
"It's been a lot of work because Nez is quite the perfectionist," explains Dolenz. "But it's so exciting to hear these songs done in their original context and harmonies."
Among the Nesmith-penned gems the duo has dusted off for the tour are "You Told Me" from the 1967 album Headquarters and a pair of tunes recorded during sessions for 1969's Instant Replay: "Some of Shelly's Blues" and "St. Matthew."
Mike and Micky also are planning to perform some songs from The Monkees' 2016 album, Good Times!, as well as Nesmith's "Different Drum," which Linda Ronstadt's old band The Stone Poneys scored a hit with in 1967.
The idea for The Mike and Micky Show tour dates back to the days during the making of The Monkees TV show when Dolenz and Nesmith bonded on set while waiting for their scenes to be filmed.
"[W]e'd just set up on some of the set furniture and sing songs while the crew set up lights," Nesmith explains.
The trek itself came about after Monkees member Peter Tork told Dolenz he wouldn't be available to tour with the band for the foreseeable future because he wanted to focus on a tribute project to legendary bluesman Lead Belly, which he was doing with his own group, Blue Suede Shoes.
The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show kicks off June 1 in Chandler, Arizona. Here are all of the dates:
6/1 -- Chandler, AZ, Chandler Center for the Arts 6/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum 6/3 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's 6/5 -- Anaheim, CA, The Grove 6/6 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 6/8 -- Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theatre 6/9 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Lake Tahoe 6/12 -- Denver, CO, Paramount 6/14 -- Chicago, IL, Copernicus Center 6/15 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center 6/16 -- Cleveland Heights, OH, Cain Park 6/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre 6/19 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square 6/21 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre 6/22 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 6/23 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 6/25 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
Courtesy of John FogertyJohn Fogerty and Billy Gibbons: together at last!
After the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman said he'd be collaborating with the ZZ Top singer/guitarist, the two have announced a new song together. The track, "Holy Grail," will arrive digitally on June 8. Fogerty wrote the song, while Gibbons contributed his vocal and guitar talents to the tune.
For a preview of the track, you can listen to a 30-second snippet now via Fogerty's YouTube.
"I am so happy to be playin' and singin' with the Reverend BFG," says Fogerty. "That Sharp Dressed Man, himself. This is the Holy Grail!"
Adds Gibbons, "It's not an overstatement to say that writing a song with John Fogerty is a genuine bonus!"
Billy also notes, "It's fair to say that John and I are both pumped about our collaboration and we think this new one called 'Holy Grail' holds true with some great storytelling and some solid guitars movin' the number right along. It begs a shout of, 'Turn it up!'"
If you need even more Fogerty and Gibbons in your life, John and ZZ Top kick off their joint Blues and Bayous tour this Friday, May 25, in Atlantic City. The trek concludes June 29 in Welch, Minnesota.
David LachappelleThe long-in-the-works movie Rocketman, described as a "musical fantasy" that tells the story of Elton John's rise to superstardom, now has a release date.
According to Deadline, the movie, directed by Dexter Fletcher -- who also co-directed the forthcoming Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody -- will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019.
The movie stars Taron Egerton of the Kingsman films as a young Elton; Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn will produce. Elton appeared as himself in the 2017 Kingsman sequel Kingsman:The Golden Circle.
Rocketman was written by Lee Hall, who collaborated with Elton on the hit musical Billy Elliot.
Egerton has said he plans to do all his own singing in the movie and to sing live on set, rather than lip-sync to a pre-recorded track. He previously showed off his vocal chops when he voiced a singing gorilla named Johnny in the 2016 animated film Sing. In fact, he sang Elton's hit "I'm Still Standing" in the movie.
Franco Origlia/Getty ImagesIt turns out that even rock superstars need to cough up big bucks to enjoy certain once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster are currently in Rome, where they traveled to the Vatican and got to meetPope Francis and shake his hand. But the couple didn't get to meet the Holy Father because Rod's a world-famous rock star: They were able to do it because they paid for the privilege at a charity auction.
Captioning a photo of herself and Rod meeting Pope Francis, Penny wrote, "Special moment as we clasped hands together #popefrancis. All made possible by our charity bid ‘Pope experience’ at the #pinktober event for The Caron Keating Foundation." The foundation raises funds for various cancer charities.
According to Hello magazine, Rod and Penny attended a fundraiser for the foundation in October of 2017, where Rod paid 15,000 pounds -- about $20,000 -- for the chance to watch a Papal Mass from a VIP area right next to the pulpit, and then be personally greeted and blessed by the Pontiff.
Penny posted a photo of their view of the pulpit on a rainy Wednesday, with the caption, "The heavens open[ed] and so did the umbrellas and our hearts. The Pope asked us to pray for him and we [were] presented with blessed rosary’s [sic] and celebrated with a traditional Italian lunch."
Steve Granitz/WireImageTonight, ABC News' Ryan Smith will host a two-hour 20/20 special, The Last Days of Michael Jackson.
The special, which will profile the King of Pop's life, legacy and complicated childhood, will offer never-before-seen video from interviews he did with ABC News' Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.
It will also feature individuals who were around the icon before his passing, including Derek "Cooley" Jaxson, who taught Jackson how to moonwalk; Navi, a renowned Jackson impersonator; and Lisa Staub, the tour operator who was in front of his house on the day Jackson died.
But according to Smith, this special isn't about rehashing MJ's scandals or what led to his death -- it's about sharing his life.
"This is our opportunity to really tell his story," Smith tells ABC Radio. "The positives, the negatives, the sensational stuff, and the true stuff that seemed out of character and really give you a full picture of who he was."
He continues, "Through those two hours, we take you through all of that. What people were saying, what he was going through, what he was experiencing. To give you the full picture of Michael Jackson the human, not just Michael Jackson the pop star, or Michael Jackson, the man who had issues. The human being is what matters to us."
Although Smith says the documentary will definitely feature "music and the footage" that reflects Jackson's life, he explains its real purpose is to honestly and respectfully humanize an "extraordinary" man.
"We'll show you some things you haven't seen before, but also a well-rounded view of who he was," he says.
The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
Credit: Marya GlurLegendary British Invasion band The Zombies will be invading the U.S. again this September, when they mount a brief West Coast tour. The seven-date trek gets underway on September 7 in San Francisco and is plotted out through a September 18 concert in Seattle.
In addition to San Francisco, the outing includes performances at five other California venues as well as a September 17 show in Portland, Oregon. Among the gigs is a previously announced appearance at the KAABOO Del Mar festival in Del Mar, California.
Prior to the run of U.S. shows, The Zombies will tour their U.K. homeland in June. The band's 2018 itinerary also includes a fall European trek with veteran U.K. hard rockers Uriah Heep that will feature shows in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavia. Check out the group's complete schedule at TheZombiesMusic.com.
In other news, a limited-edition colored-vinyl version of The Zombies' influential 1968 album Odessey and Oracle will be released this Friday, May 25, exclusively at Newbury Comics stores and at NewburyComics.com. The band mounted a special tour last year in honor the album's 50th anniversary.
Here are all of The Zombies' confirmed 2018 U.S. tour dates:
9/7 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore 9/8 -- Petaluma, CA, Mystic Theatre 9/10 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Troubadour 9/13 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Fremont Theater 9/14 -- Del Mar, CA, KAABOO Del Mar 9/17 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall 9/18 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
Craft RecordingsA pair of long-out-of-print 1972 solo albums by founding Creedence Clearwater Revival members Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty will be reissued on June 22.
The discs, Clifford's solo debut, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, and Fogerty's Excalibur, will be available on 180-gram vinyl and also will be released for the first time as high-res audio downloads and streams.
Doug "Cosmo" Clifford was the CCR drummer's first and only solo album. The 11-track collection features eight original tunes, plus covers of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream," The Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover" and The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man."
Other musicians contributing to the project included Creedence bass player Stu Cook on rhythm guitar, famed Stax session bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, future Doobie Brother John McFee on lead guitar and the Tower of Power horn section.
"Making this record was a blast, because it was a superstar line-up," recalls Clifford. "I told everyone that I was open to any ideas they might have. That got everybody involved in the process. The camaraderie was great, there was no pressure and that got the best performances from everyone."
Excalibur was the second of five solo albums that late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty released after exiting the band in 1971. The 10-track collection includes the talents of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and frequent Garcia collaborator, keyboardist Merl Saunders.
Tom's four other albums -- 1972's Tom Fogerty, 1974's Zephyr National and Myopia, and 1981's Deal It Out -- also will be reissued as high-res audio downloads and streams on June 22.
A limited number of vinyl bundles including Excalibur and a signed copy of Doug "Cosmo" Clifford can be pre-ordered at CraftRecordings.com.
Here's the Doug "Cosmo" Clifford track list:
Side One "Latin Music" "Regret It (For the Rest of Your Life)" "Guitars, Drums and Girls" "I'm a Man" "She's About a Mover" "I Just Want to Cry"
Side Two "Get Your Raise" "Daydream" "Take a Train" "Death Machine" "Swingin' in a Hammock"
And here's the Excalibur track list:
Side One "Forty Years" "Black Jack Jenny" "Rocky Road Blues" "Faces, Places, People" "Get Funky"
Side Two "Sick and Tired" "Sign of the Devil" "Straight and Narrow" "Next in Line" "(Hold On) Annie Mae"
Courtesy of Paradise ArtistsThe 2018 edition of the Happy Together Tour, the annual oldies package trek headlined by The Turtles, kicks off on June 7 in Jacksonville, Florida, but it'll be missing one of its mainstays.
Turtles lead singer Howard Kaylan, a.k.a. "Eddie," will be sitting out the this year's trek for medical reasons. Instead, Ron Dante of The Archies fame will be handling the group's main vocals. Founding Turtles backing vocalist Mark "Flo" Volman revealed in a recent interview with Centerline that Kaylan, who's 70, is taking a leave of absence to attend to back issues.
"His back has been bothering him for over a decade and it was recommended that he not tour because he can't ride on buses and has a tough time flying and didn't want to deal with a wheelchair," explained Mark. "We don't know what the outcome will be, but he has to have surgery or he'll never tour again anyway. Once we realized that he wouldn't be prepared to tour this year after having surgery, we needed to get somebody to fill in."
The lineup for this year's tour also includes ex-Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, former Paul Revere & the Raiders frontman Mark Lindsay, The Association, and The Cowsills.
A total of 45 dates have been confirmed for the Happy Together Tour, which is plotted out through an August 26 show in Deadwood, South Dakota. Tickets are on sale now.
"I always have a great time touring with these guys," says Negron in a statement. "We always bring a lot of energy and the fans have a big party, so I'm happy to be doing it again in 2018."
Here's the full list of dates on the trek:
6/7 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre 6/8 -- Biloxi, MI, IP Casino Resort & Spa 6/9 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center 6/10 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 6/13 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre 6/14 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall 6/15 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre 6/16 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium 6/17 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre 6/19 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 6/20 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre 6/21 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak 6/22 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 6/23 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre 6/24 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 6/27 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent 6/28 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center 6/29 -- Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island 6/30 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre 7/1 -- Bethesda, MD, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club 7/12 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay 7/13 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort 7/14 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre 7/15 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre 7/18 -- Sacramento, CA, California State Fair (Golden 1 Stage) 7/19 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion 7/20 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort 7/21 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort 8/3 -- Rama, ON, Canada -- Casino Rama Entertainment Centre 8/5 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair (Main Stage) 8/8 -- Effingham, IL, Effingham Performance Center 8/9 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts 8/10 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort 8/11 -- Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort 8/12 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live 8/13 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds 8/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 8/17 -- Aurora, IL, Paramount Theatre 8/18 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena 8/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Muriel Kauffman Theatre) 8/21 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky State Fair 8/23 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 8/24 -- Onamia, MN, Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events Center 8/25 -- Sloan, IA, Winnavegas Casino Showroom 8/26 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mount Grand Event Center
Credit: Dave J HoganWith The Rolling Stones currently making their way through the U.K. and mainland Europe on their 2018 No Filter Tour, comes word that the band's Exhibitionism exhibit has extended its run at Nashville's Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The expansive display, which opened in Music City on March 29, initially was supposed to end its engagement on June 30 but its run now will continue until August 26.
The exhibition's Nashville engagement is the attraction's final stop in North America, following runs in New York City and Chicago. Exhibitionism, a.k.a. The Rolling Stones Exhibit, will relocate next to Sydney, Australia.
As previously reported, the exhibit was created with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones and features various themed areas incorporating more than 500 artifacts, including guitars, costumes, photos, posters and more. Among the displays are replicas of the seedy London apartment some of the band members shared in 1962, a recording studio, and a backstage area at one of the group's concerts. The attraction also allows visitors the chance to listen to previously unheard audio tracks, and watch rare video clips and film presentations.
For the remainder of Exhibitionism's Nashville engagement, Monday and Tuesday admission will be available for the low price of $25. In addition, advance tickets purchased online at StonesExhibit.com for admission to the exhibit Wednesday through Sunday will be discounted $5 from the full price.
In other news, The Rolling Stones' began the U.K. portion of their 2018 No Filter Tour on Tuesday at London Stadium in London. The band delivered a 19-song set featuring mostly often-played classics, but that also included the 1976 hit "Fool to Cry," which The Stones last performed live in 1999. The group's returns to London Stadium for its next show this Friday, May 25.
Courtesy of AXS TVRock's own musical sorceress, Stevie Nicks, turns 70 this Saturday, May 26, and in honor of that milestone, AXS TV will air a block of programming focusing on the iconic singer, both as a solo artist and with her band Fleetwood Mac.
The network's Nicks-themed "Saturday Stack" begins at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT with a screening of the Classic Albums documentary about the making of Fleetwood Mac's landmark 1977 disc Rumours.
Next up, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, will be the 1987 concert film, Stevie Nicks: Rock a Little. The special documents an August 1986 solo performance by Stevie at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and features a guest appearance by Peter Frampton.
At 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT, AXS TV will air an episode of the U.K. documentary series Rock Legends profiling Fleetwood Mac.
Then, at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT, an episode of the PBS series Soundstage, featuring Nicks performing a set mixing some of her solo tunes with Fleetwood Mac hits, will be screened.
Airing at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT will be the Fleetwood Mac concert flick Live in Boston, which features performances from the band's September 2003 stand at Beantown's FleetCenter, now called the TD Garden.
The block winds down with a 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT screening of Lindsey Buckingham with Special Guest Stevie Nicks, which originally aired as a 2005 episode of Soundstage.
The show features a solo Lindsey Buckingham performance, with Nicks joining her longtime band mate and ex-lover for renditions of two Fleetwood Mac tunes: "Never Going Back Again" and "Say Goodbye."
The entire block then will air a second time on Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
Titan ComicsIn honor of the 50th anniversary of the classic animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine, an authorized graphic-novel adaption of the movie will be published on August 28 by Titan Comics.
You can get a preview of the colorful book by checking out a new video trailer that's been posted on the company's YouTube channel. The clip features animated scenes from various parts of the comic, along with text that reads, "Join John, Paul, George and Ringo on a nautical adventure as they battle to free Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies."
The novel was adapted and illustrated by Bill Morrison, who's the current editor of MAD magazine and also has served as an illustrator for The Simpsons comics.
Judging by the trailer, the book's illustrations faithfully recreate the dazzling, psychedelic imagery featured in the film, which premiered in July of 1968. The novel is available for pre-order now at Amazon and TheBeatlesStore.com.
As previously reported, a restored version of the Yellow Submarine movie will be screened at a variety of U.S. theaters this July in honor of the 50th anniversary. Visit YellowSubmarine.film for more details.
Courtesy of Apple MusicThe new documentary and concert film Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band, documenting a show the punk poetess played to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her 2015 debut album, Horses, is now available to stream exclusively at Apple Music.
The movie documents Smith's January 8, 2016, show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. It featured a full performance of the Horses album, and as well as a cover of The Who's "My Generation." Smith was accompanied at the show by her longtime backing band, which includes guitarists Lenny Kaye and Jack Petruzzelli, drummer Jay Dee Daugherty and bassist Tony Shanahan. Patti's son, guitarist Jackson Smith, also took part in the show, as did Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.
Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band also includes intimate backstage footage.
The film, which got its premiere last month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, was directed by Steven Sebring, whose credits also include the 2008 documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life. Yoiuy cabn watch a trailer at Apple's official YouTube channel.
A companion soundtrack album to the movie can be pre-ordered now via iTunes, and will be released on Friday, June 8.
Smith launches a European tour on May 31 with a performance at the Heartland Festival on the grounds of Egeskov Castle in Denmark. Visit PattiSmith.net to check out her full itinerary.
Here's the track list of the Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band soundtrack:
"Gloria: In Excelsis Deo" "Redondo Beach" "Birdland" "Free Money" "Kimberly" "Break It Up" "Land: Horses/Land of a Thousand Dances/La Mer(de)" "Elegie" "My Generation"
Credit: Suzanne Reardon-MulhallAs previously reported, original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye will be joining his old band as a special guest on the summer leg of the prog-rock legends' 50th anniversary tour. Now, in a new official Q&A, Kaye says it was "a thrill" to be asked to take part in the trek, which kicks off with a June 5-6 stand in St. Charles, Illinois.
"It will be an honor to join [longtime guitarist] Steve [Howe] and the band to play those early iconic songs that were the beginning of Yes," declares the 72-year-old musician, who also played with the group on the 2018 edition of the band's Cruise to the Edge in February.
Kaye maintains that he hadn't been planning to hit the road again, but "the opportunity to play Yes music again with such great guys was something I couldn't turn down."
Tony, who left Yes in 1994, says he's most looking forward to "reconnecting with Steve after so many years," as well as the rest of the band -- drummer AlanWhite, singer JonDavison, bassist BillySherwood, drummer JaySchellen -- and he says, "especially with [keyboardist] Geoff [Downes], who was so generous to me on the [cruise]."
He adds, "It will be great and somewhat nostalgic for me to see all the Yes fans at the shows around the U.S.A. this summer…I can't wait!"
Kaye was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes in 2017. Tony says he was happy the group was finally acknowledged with the honor, noting, "To me, it meant a well-deserved recognition of the band's music and long history and a thank-you to all the fans who have supported Yes all these years."
Here are all of the dates on the #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes tour:
6/5 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre 6/6 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre 6/8 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Ballroom 6/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre 6/11 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 6/13 -- Boise, ID, CenturyLink Arena 6/14 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 6/16 -- Bakersfield, CA, Spectrum Amphitheater 6/17 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim 6/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Ford Theatre 6/20 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic 6/22 -- Wendover, NV, Peppermill Casino Hall 6/23 -- Laughlin, NV, Edgewater Hotel & Casino 6/24 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino 6/28 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium 6/29 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live 6/30 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 7/2 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center 7/5 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 7/6 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak 7/7 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theater 7/10 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre 7/11 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 7/13 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Casino 7/14 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Casino 7/15 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre 7/17 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley 7/18 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 7/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore 7/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore 7/23 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 7/24 -- Richmond, VA, Classic Amphitheatre 7/26 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 7/27 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live 7/28 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
Madison RecordsOutfield frontman Tony Lewis has just released the first single from his forthcoming debut solo album, Out of the Darkness, which is due out on June 29. "Into the Light" is an upbeat, mid-tempo pop-rock tune that was inspired by Lewis' decision to return to music after taking a hiatus following the 2014 death of his Outfield band mate and collaborator John Spinks.
The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. In addition, a lyrics video is streaming on AXS.com and Tony's official YouTube channel. The clip features footage of Lewis singing the song and playing guitar and bass, as well as new and vintage photos of Tony and various animated segments displaying the lyrics.
"The line 'out of the darkness' means my venture back into the music industry after a four-year hiatus," Lewis tells AXS about "Into the Light." "It's about coming out of that dark period after losing John and getting back into the industry. After being known primarily as a singer in The Outfield, I wanted to re-emerge as a solo artist and show that have more than one string to my bow. It's taken a long time but it's something I really enjoy doing."
As previously reported, Lewis wrote all 12 songs on Out of the Darkness, and also produced and played all of the instruments on the album.
Tony will promote Out of the Darkness while taking part in the 2018 Retro Futura Tour, which also will feature Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go's, ABC, Modern English, Kajagoogoo's Limahl and Bow Wow Wow's Annabella Lwin. The trek gets underway July 11 in Atlanta.
Cindy Ord/Getty Images for LongchampParis Jackson is upset that she allegedly was not invited to this year's Billboard Music Awards nor was told about her aunt Janet Jackson's Billboard ICON Award honor.
According to Rhymes with Snitch, the actress -- and daughter of Michael Jackson -- wrote in a recent Instagram story, "no one from my mgmt reached out to me about attending billboards or about the award, and no one from my family did either. i had absolutely no idea until y'all spammed me with hatred."
Paris' admission comes after fans lashed out at her for not publicly praising Janet's Billboard ICON trophy win prior to the awards show.
Paris added another message to her Instagram story, captured by Rhymes with Snitch, which shows her and Auntie Janet posing with their tongues sticking out in a fun moment.
Below the picture, Paris wrote, "congrats auntie ! you earned it [heart emoji]."
As previously reported, Janet Jackson became the first black female artist to receive the Billboard ICON Award.
She took the stage to perform a medley of her hit tracks, including "Nasty," "If" and "Throb," and later gave a powerful speech about female empowerment.
Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Rolling StonesA new animated lyrics video for The Rolling Stones' chart-topping 1967 tune "Ruby Tuesday" has been released by the ABKCO label in celebration of the launch of the U.K. portion of the band's 2018 No Filter Tour tonight in London. You can watch the clip now at ABKCO's official VEVO YouTube channel.
The video features the mono version of "Ruby Tuesday," with the lyrics appearing in ornate lettering as a variety of multicolored kaleidoscopic floral and paisley designs whirl.
The song was mainly written by guitarist Keith Richards and was inspired by his girlfriend at the time, model Linda Keith, who'd left him for a poet named Bill Chenail and who later dated Jimi Hendrix.
"Ruby Tuesday" features some interesting instrumentation, including Brian Jones playing recorder, and Richards bowing a double bass while Bill Wyman fingered the fretboard. Acclaimed arranger/producer Jack Nitzsche contributed piano to the track.
The song initially was issued as the B-side of "Let's Spend the Night Together," but wound up getting more airplay because of the then-controversial topic of the latter tune. "Ruby Tuesday" spent one week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of '67.
After kicking off their No Filter Tour of Europe on Thursday in Dublin, Ireland, The Rolling Stones play London Stadium tonight. The trek features seven more U.K. dates, then moves on to Germany, France and Czech Republic before wrapping up in Warsaw, Poland, on July 8.
Credit: Andrew MacphersonWhile The Doobie Brothers recently kicked off a lengthy joint North American tour with Steely Dan, longtime multi-instrumentalist John McFee reports that his band also has started work on a potential new studio album.
McFee tells Billboard, "That's our plan. We do want to make some new music. As a matter of fact, we have gone in and already cut four songs."
The Doobie Brothers' most recent album, 2014's Southbound, was a collection of new versions of their classic songs recorded with a variety of guest country artists. The band's last album of new original tunes was World Gone Crazy, which came out in 2010.
In other news, The Doobie Brothers have announced via their Twitter feed that longtime Allman Brothers Band percussionist Marc Quiñones has joined their touring lineup. The Doobies continue to be led by original members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, along with McPhee. Founding Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne also is a touring member of the band.
The Doobie Brothers tour with Steely Dan is plotted out through a July 14 concert in Bethel, New York. The band also will be The Eagles' support act at a September 22 show in San Diego, and have a headlining performance lined up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, on November 7.
Here's The Doobie Brothers full upcoming 2018 itinerary; all shows with Steely Dan unless otherwise noted:
5/22 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 5/24 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land 5/25 -- Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 5/27 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater 5/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum 6/1 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 6/2 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino 6/4 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 6/5 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena 6/7 -- Missoula, MT, Ogren Park Allegiance Field 6/9 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena 6/10 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 6/12 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 6/15 -- Saint Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 6/16 -- Madison, WI, Breese Stevens 6/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 6/19 -- St Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 6/21 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 6/23 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center 6/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 6/26 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 6/27 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 6/30 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 7/2 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage 7/3 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater 7/6 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 7/7 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 7/10 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 7/11 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 7/13 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook 7/14 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 9/22 -- San Diego, CA, PETCO Park 11/7 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre*
= with The Eagles and Zac Brown Band * = headlining show.
Credit: Lynn GoldsmithTodd Rundgren and his old band Utopia currently are traveling across the U.S. on a reunion tour that wraps up on June 5 in Riverside, California. Meanwhile, the prolific singer/songwriter tells ABC Radio that he's started work on a new album that will be a follow-up to his 2017 studio effort, White Knight, which featured collaborations with various well-known artists.
"I'm continuing in the vein of my most recent project…which is more or less collaborative experiments," Todd explains. "And I've got a couple of tracks now I'm just wrapping up, and I'm gonna start a few more, and probably by the end of the year I may have another whole album's worth of those."
Among the musicians who contributed to White Knight were Daryl Hall, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, rock-guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Utopia bassist Kasim Sulton.
As for who may be featured on the upcoming album, Todd notes, "[N]ew names pop into my head all the time about people I might like to work with, and sometimes people from the original project who couldn't complete [their track] then will come back around and have something for me that didn't make the original release." He adds, "I'm having a lot of fun with [the project.]"
In other news, Rundgren has just announced a new run of summer headlining shows that will take place at venues in the Eastern and Southern U.S. The trek is mapped out from a July 25 concert in Salisbury, Massachusetts, through an August 18 gig in Clearwater, Florida.
Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 25, at noon ET. Visit Rundgren's Facebook page for more information.
Here are the remaining Utopia reunion tour dates:
5/22 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater 5/24 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater 5/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 5/27 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater 5/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern 5/30 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic 6/1 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theater 6/2 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Theater 6/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre 6/5 -- Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center
And here are Rundgren's summer headlining dates:
7/25 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall 7/26 -- Portland, ME, Aura 7/28 -- East Greenwich, RI, Greenwich Odeum 7/29 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts 7/31 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House Club 8/1 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House Club 8/3 -- Albany, NY, The Egg 8/4 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget Atlantic City 8/8 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 8/10 -- Chattanooga, TN, Walker Theatre 8/11 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live - Biloxi 8/13 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery - Nashville 8/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
ABC/Richard CartwrightThe #MeToo movement has raised awareness of rampant sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, but The Who's Roger Daltrey says he doesn't believe the issue is a problem within the music business, at least among well-known rock artists.
"Why would any rock star need to push themselves on women?" Daltrey poses in a new interview with The Daily Mail's Event magazine. "Usually it's the other way around. I'd like to have [one British pound] for every woman that s****s my a**. Mick Jagger would be a billionaire out of it."
Despite various allegations of inappropriate behavior that have been leveled at many rock artists over the years, Roger adds, "If it was going to be in the rock business, it would've been out by now. It would've been out a long time ago."
Continuing on the topic, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says, "I find this whole thing so obnoxious. It's always allegations and it's just salacious crap."
Daltrey compares the situation to the allegations against his band mate Pete Townshend, who was arrested in 2003 and charged with accessing child pornography online, then cleared of those charges soon after.
"He didn't have anything on his computer at all," Daltrey insists. "They never found one f***ing thing on 35 computers. It's a joke."
Daltrey also talks about his upcoming solo album, As Long As I Have You -- due out June 1 -- which includes some covers of soul tunes that The Who played early in the group's career.
"I was always a soul singer," Daltrey maintains. As for the material on the new record, he notes, "I'm singing the same words on the songs that we did all those years ago, but now they're full of life. And full of living."
Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsHistoric guitars that belonged to The Band's Robbie Robertson and the late George Harrison both sold at a New York City memorabilia auction over the weekend for more than $400,000.
Robertson's 1965 Fender Telecaster, which Bob Dylan played frequently during his 1966 "going electric" tour, fetched $490,000 on Saturday at the "Music Icons" sale organized by Julien's Auctions and hosted by the Hard Rock Café. The guitar also was used by Dylan and Robertson at various famous recording sessions and was played by Robbie at Woodstock and other historic concerts.
Meanwhile, a Hofner Club 40 model guitar that belonged to Harrison from 1959 to 1966, and was the first electric guitar that he ever owned, went for $430,000 after being estimated to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.
Other items that brought in big bucks at the auction included an embellished white leather belt worn onstage by Elvis Presley, which sold for $354,400; a black leather ensemble and yellow shirt Michael Jackson wore in the 1988 film Moonwalker, which fetched $217,600; a gold, silver and leather belt belonging to Jackson, which went for $179,200; and a 1968 Fender Telecaster guitar prototype custom made for Elvis, which fetched $115,200.
The Saturday sale was preceded Friday by another "Music Icons" auction focusing solely on items from the life and career of the late Prince. The most expensive collectible at that event was Prince's custom-made Yellow Cloud guitar, which sold for $225,000, and an electric-blue outfit that the entertainer wore while performing with Lenny Kravitz during a 1999 New Year's Eve event at his Paisley Park residence, which brought $108,800.