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Bon Jovi among winners at 2021 'Pollstar' Awards

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Bon Jovi was among the winners of this year's Pollstar Awards, which honor accomplishments in touring.

Of course, the past year didn't have much in the way of touring activity because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it was decided that the main awards given out at the 2021 edition of the ceremony would recognize an entire decade's worth of work.

Bon Jovi received the Rock Touring Artist of the Decade honor. Frontman Jon Bon Jovi appeared via video to accept the award, and during his speech, he implored industry members to help him return to the road.

The big winner was Beyonce, who was named Pollstar Touring Artist of the Decade. Other artists honored in specific genres included Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars and Jennifer Lopez.

Meanwhile, select touring-industry professionals were honored for their leadership during the pandemic, while other timely awards included Best Livestreaming Platform, which went to Mandolin, and Best Livestreaming Venue, which went to Nashville's The Ryman Auditorium.

A variety of famous venues and events also were acknowledged with "Decade" honors: Coachella was named Music Festival of the Decade; Los Angles-area club The Troubadour won Nightclub of the Decade; New York City's Radio City Music Hall was Theatre of the Decade; the L.A.-area venue The Forum was Arena of the Decade; the Hollywood Bowl was Amphitheatre of the Decade, and London's Royal Albert Hall was International Venue of the Decade.

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Father's Day gift alert: Watch Rod Stewart's daughter Ruby open her dad's new vinyl box set

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If you're searching for a great Father's Day gift, you could do worse than considering Rod Stewart's new five-LP box set -- especially since it comes with a personal recommendation by one of Rod's own kids.

Rod Stewart: 1975-1978 features four of Rod's best-selling albums -- Atlantic Crossing, A Night on the Town, Footloose and Fancy Free and Blondes Have More Fun -- plus an LP of unreleased outtakes.  Rod's daughter Ruby stars in a new video in which she "unboxes" the set and goes through all the albums, while her dog Ziggy chills on the carpet.

Ruby offers personal insights and fun facts about each album and some of the many hits they produced, such as "Hot Legs," "The First Cut Is the Deepest," "You're in My Heart," "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy," "Sailing" and "The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)." 

She also reveals that her favorite song of her dad's is "I Don't Want to Talk About It," explaining, "When I missed my dad, I used to listen to that song when he was out on the road, so that really means the world to me."

Ruby, a model and singer, is the daughter of Rod and model Kelly Emberg; they never married.  Ruby has seven siblings, from her dad's three marriages, plus another relationship.

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Jon Bon Jovi's son Jake goes public with relationship with 'Stranger Things' actress Millie Bobby Brown


Looks like Eleven's got a plus one.

Millie Bobby Brown, who plays telekinetic teen Eleven on Stranger Things, is apparently dating Jon Bon Jovi's son Jake Bongiovi. The New York Post's Page Six published photos of the couple strolling hand in hand in Manhattan on Thursday.  The two took turns carrying Millie's dog Winnie in a tote bag.

Jake, who's 19, is Jon's second-youngest son; he and his wife Dorothea have four kids in all.  Millie is 17.

Jon's other kids are 28-year-old Stephanie, 26-year-old Jesse and 17-year-old Romeo.

No word on when the next season of Stranger Things will premiere.

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Hear a remix of Billy Joel's "My Life" in new trailer for Apple+ TV series 'The Shrink Next Door'

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Back in 1980, a cover version of Billy Joel's "My Life" was the theme song to the sitcom Bosom Buddies, otherwise known as the show that gave Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari their big breaks.  Now, a remix of the 1978 hit soundtracks the trailer for a new TV series starring two equally funny men: Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd.

The eight-episode Apple TV+ limited series The Shrink Next Door will premiere Friday, November 12.  While the series is a comedy, it's an extremely dark comedy, inspired by true events.  When Ferrell's Marty seeks the help of Dr. Herschkopf, a psychiatrist played by Rudd, their relationship grows exploitative and manipulative: Rudd moves into Marty's home, gets Marty to appoint him the president of his family business and more.

The remix of "My Life" used in the trailer features Billy's original vocals, but the music is much more ominous.

It's not the first time a show on a streaming platform has highlighted Billy Joel's music: He and his catalog have both been major plot points in Amazon's dark and twisted superhero series, The Boys.

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Foreigner kicking off major US tour next week

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Foreigner fans have been waiting for a tour like this to come into their lives! The veteran rockers' first trek since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 will feature over 120 concerts and will stop in 16 countries through the next year.

The tour gets underway with a 71-date U.S. leg that will visit 42 states. It kicks off Thursday, June 24, in Ottumwa, Iowa, and is mapped out all the way through a November 20 concert in Pensacola, Florida.

The stateside outing includes a series of six orchestral shows running from late September to mid-October. Check out a list of the band's confirmed dates at

"Live music is at the heart of what we do and I'm thrilled to be back on the road and visiting so many places over the next year," founding Foreigner guitarist, songwriter and band leader frontman Mick Jones says. "Looking forward to seeing you all out there."

Adds frontman Kelly Hansen, "I am so looking forward to getting our feet back on stage and the crowd in front of us! I have read and heard so much about how people want to get back to live music. It's such a part of the fabric of who we are and we can't wait to get out there and reclaim this piece of our lives. Can't wait to rock it out!"

Foreigner recently underwent a lineup change, as longtime multi-instrumentalist Thom Gimbel retired from the group and has been replaced by guitarist/backing singer Luis Carlos Maldonado.

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Martha Reeves, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. among celebs receiving stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame's Class of 2022 was announced Thursday, and among the celebrities set to have stars dedicated to them are Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas, married former Fifth Dimension members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., and funk legend George Clinton.

Reeves and Clinton are among the honorees in the Recording category, while McCoo and Davis are being recognized in the Live Theatre/Live Performance category.

A total of 38 new celebrities will receive a Walk of Fame star, including music acts Black Eyed Peas, DJ Khaled, Avril Lavigne and the late Nipsey Hussle.

Other honorees in various categories include Francis Ford Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Helen Hunt, Ray Liotta, Macaulay Culkin, Byron Allen, Ewan McGregor, Jason Momoa, Kenan Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, Tracee Ellis Ross, Norman Reedus, Michael Strahan, Jean Smart, Ricky Gervais and the late Carrie Fisher.

The exact day each artist's unveiling ceremony will be held will be announced at a later date. The honorees or their representatives are given two years to schedule a ceremony.

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Watch Graham Nash's new "Dirty Little Secret" short film, depicting 1921 Tulsa massacre

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The recently announced new animated short film set to Graham Nash's 2002 tune "Dirty Little Secret," a song about the 1921 Tulsa race riots and massacre, officially premiered this past week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Now you can watch it at and on YouTube.

The four-minute clip uses animated sketches to bring to life the horrific incident, during which possibly hundreds of Black residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma, were killed when a mob of White residents attacked and burned the city's thriving Greenwood District -- known then as "the Black Wall Street" -- following the arrest of a young local Black man for allegedly assaulting a teenage White woman.

The "Dirty Little Secret" video also features scenes depicting recent Black Lives Matter protests, and ends by listing a series of names of Black people who were killed violently.

The flick was directed by New York-based filmmaker and animator Jeff Scher, who also worked on a 2018 animated video for the classic Graham-penned Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song "Teach Your Children."

Nash reached out to Scher to create the "Dirty Little Secret" video last year after former President Donald Trump scheduled a campaign rally in Tulsa on June 19, coinciding with the "Juneteenth" holiday celebrating the emancipation of African American slaves. The film was prepared to debut in conjunction with 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre.

The film also is scheduled to be screened at the 2021 Tulsa Juneteenth Festival, which began Thursday and runs through this Sunday, June 20, as well as a number of upcoming film festivals.

"Dirty Little Secret" originally appeared on Nash's 2002 studio album Songs for Survivors, and was co-written by Graham and acclaimed session drummer Russ Kunkel.

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Styx's new album, 'Crash of the Crown,' finds band looking at the bright side of life in the face of darkness

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Styx's 17th studio album, Crash of the Crown, hits stores today.

A follow-up to the band's 2017 concept album, The Mission, Crash of the Crown is a 15-song collection that finds the veteran rockers looking at current upheaval in the world while expressing hope for the future.

Styx frontman Tommy Shaw tells ABC Audio that staying positivite in the face of adversity is "an attitude [that] has always been reflected in Styx music."

He explains, "It's kind of an old-fashioned gospel way of…doing music, where it's 'things may be dark today, but brother, tomorrow's gonna be OK.'"

Most of Crash of the Crown's songs were co-written by Shaw and his frequent collaborator Will Evankovich, who also produced the album. But Tommy stresses that the album was a true group effort.

"We're all huge fans of each other," he declares. "[A]s a writer…it's just a joy knowing that you have all these great instrumentalists and singers."

One of the album's standout songs is the title track, which features three distinct parts sung by three different Styx members -- guitarist James "JY" Young, Shaw and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan.

"It's just little pieces of things," Shaw points out, "an old piece, [a] new piece, a piece we made to connect the pieces together."

Another interesting track is "Our Wonderful Lives," an upbeat singalong featuring Tommy playing banjo, quite a departure for the prog-influenced group.

Shaw says while looking to add a part to complete the track, he noticed a banjo in his studio and thought, "'[L]et's see if we can put it in without it ruining the song'...So, I just put [a] little thing in there and played it back. It was like, 'Not bad.'"

Here's Crash of the Crown's full track list:

"The Fight of Our Lives"
"A Monster"
"Hold Back the Darkness"
"Save Us from Ourselves"
"Crash of the Crown"
"Our Wonderful Lives"
"Common Ground"
"Sound the Alarm"
"Long Live the King"
"Lost at Sea"
"Coming Out the Other Side"
"To Those"
"Another Farewell"

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Foghat releasing new concert album and DVD, '8 Days on the Road,' in celebration of band's 50th anniversary

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Veteran rockers Foghat will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a new concert album and video called 8 Days on the Road that will be released July 16 as a two-CD/DVD package and digitally.

The collection captures the band playing a 14-song set in November 2019 in Pawling, New York, at the Daryl's House club, which is owned by Daryl Hall.

The show featured the band's current lineup, which is led by founding drummer Roger Earl, delivering renditions of many of Foghat's best-known tunes, including "Slow Ride," "Fool for the City" and their classic Willie Dixon cover, "I Just Want to Make Love to You."

The group also played versions of Al Green's "Take Me to the River," Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" and Wild Cherry's "Play that Funky Music." The latter tune's inclusion in the show is notable because longtime Foghat lead guitarist Bryan Bassett is a former member of Wild Cherry who played on the original track.

Pre-order 8 Days on the Road now and you'll receive an instant free download of a performance of the 1973 Foghat tune "Road Fever." The track also has been released as an advance digital single, while a video from the DVD of the band playing the song has been posted on Foghat's official YouTube channel.

"It was a change and a real pleasure to play this particular small room," says Earl. "I explained to a couple of folks sitting down front as we were about to take the stage that we sweat a lot, and they might want to finish eating. They just grinned and said, 'we're ready.' And so were we!"

A 180-gram-vinyl version of the album will be released at a later date.

Here's the full 8 Days on the Road track list:

"Drivin' Wheel"
"Road Fever"
"Stone Blue"
"Fool for the City"
"It Hurts Me Too"
"Take Me to the River"
"Home in My Hand"
"8 Days on the Road"
"Chateau Lafitte '59 Boogie"
"I Just Want to Make Love to You"
"Play that Funky Music"
"Slow Ride"

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Jimmy Buffett, Gladys Knight among performers for 'A Capitol Fourth' special

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Jimmy Buffett and Gladys Knight are among the acts on the bill for the 2021 edition of PBS' A Capitol Fourth television special. Airing on July 4, it's the 41st annual broadcast of the program. 

Vanessa Williams will host the festivities, but due to the pandemic, A Capitol Fourth will feature pre-recorded performances from stages all across the country, in lieu of the traditional concert on the U.S. Capitol's West Lawn. For example, Buffett will perform from Southern California and Knight will be in Washington, D.C.

Other performances include pop-rock band Train from a site overlooking San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, country superstar Alan Jackson from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, vocal-group Pentatonix overlooking downtown Los Angeles, and many more. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The show will also feature a live fireworks display over the D.C. skyline, as well as tributes to the men and women of the military and their families, plus a salute to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams ahead of this year's Olympics Games in Tokyo.

You can tune in to the show on PBS from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET on July 4. The program also will stream on Facebook and YouTube as well as PBS' website.

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Cher Cares: Singer funds mobile medical unit for free NYC COVID-19 vaccinations

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When there's a major crisis, Cher is usually one celebrity who leaps into action -- and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.

The music legend co-founded the CherCares Pandemic Resource and Research Fund (CPRRF), through which she's arranged for a mobile medical unit to travel through New York City, providing free access to vaccines and testing for underserved communities, regardless of insurance cover or immigration status.  No appointments are necessary, either.

“I feel so fortunate to be able to do my part to ensure access for the children and families in New York City – my second home – by going directly into the community in hopes it will encourage more New Yorkers to come on board and keep themselves and their neighbors safe," Cher says in a statement.

She adds that she's "grateful" to be able to partner with New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio to "reach as many people as possible."

Dr. Irwin Redlener, the co-founder of CherCares, says, "From the beginning, Cher wanted to do something significant to help people who were vulnerable to Covid-19, especially those who lived in marginalized communities...her $1 million personal donation has already helped thousands of highly vulnerable people throughout this crisis across the country."

The mobile unit, operated by the NYC Health + Hospitals Test & Trace Corps, started Thursday, and will be available in different locations in New York City through July 16, including:

Thursday, June 17-Sunday, June 20
Children's Aid Dunlevy Milbank Community Center
E. 117th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10026
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday, June 21-Friday, June 25
Child Center of NY Head Start/EarlyLearn
34-10 108th Street
Corona, Queens, NY 11368
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday, June 28-Saturday, July 3
Children's Aid Bronx Health Center
910 E. 172nd Street
Bronx, NY 10460
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 7-Sunday, July 11
Children's Aid Dunlevy Milbank Community Center
E. 117th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10026
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday, July 12-Friday, July 16
Child Center of New York Head Start/EarlyLearn
34-10 108th Street
Corona, Queens, NY 11368
8 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Genesis adds first-ever show in Raleigh, NC, to North American leg of The Last Domino? tour

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Genesis has just announced plans to play its first-ever concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of the upcoming North American leg of the band's The Last Domino? tour. The show is scheduled to take place on November 19 at the PNC Arena.

Tickets for the Raleigh performance go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 25, at 10 a.m. ET, while presale tickets will be available via Ticketmaster starting Wednesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. ET. For more info about tickets and VIP packages, as well as to check out a full list of dates, visit

Genesis also recently added a second concert at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena, on November 26. Tickets for that gig are available now. The band now has 21 confirmed dates for its North American tour, which kicks off with a November 15-16 stand at Chicago's United Center and is mapped out through a December 15-16 engagement at Boston's TD Garden.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will launch their Last Domino? tour with an Ireland and U.K. leg that begins with a September 15-16 stand in Dublin and winds down with a three-date London engagement, on October 11-13.

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The Beatles documentary 'Get Back' to premiere as three-part event on Disney+ this November

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New details and a new release date have been announced for the long-awaited Beatles documentary The Beatles: Get Back.

The movie, directed by Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson, will premiere on the Disney+ channel as a three-day event, November 25, 26 and 27, and will feature more than six hours of restored, previously unseen footage.  Each episode will run about two hours.

As previously reported, the film focuses on the January 1969 recording sessions that yielded the Fab Four's final studio album, 1970's Let It Be.

Jackson created the documentary using over 60 hours of footage shot during the making of the Let It Be film and album. Whereas the Let It Be movie -- which was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg -- focused on tense moments between the band members during the sessions, Get Back presents a more positive profile of the group's relationship at that time.

Perhaps the new movie's main highlight is the full footage of The Beatles playing their last-ever live show, the famous surprise concert on the roof of the Apple headquarters in London.

Jackson spent three years working on the project, with the full support of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the respective widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.

Giving a nod to the footage shot by Lindsay-Hogg, Jackson notes that Get Back offers "a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969."

He adds, "Over six hours, you'll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible."

Get Back originally was supposed to premiere last September, but was initially postponed until August 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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'Thank You:' Diana Ross releasing first new original studio album in more than 20 years in September

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She's coming out...with her first studio album of new original songs in more than 20 years. 

Diana Ross will release Thank You on September 10.  The legendary singer recorded the album in her home studio during the pandemic shutdown, and collaborated with a lineup of producers and songwriters who've created hits for Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

"This collection of songs is my gift to you with appreciation and love. I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to record this glorious music at this time," says Ms. Ross in a statement.  The songs are described as being about "happiness, appreciation, joy."

"I dedicate this songbook of love to all of you, the listeners. As you hear my voice you hear my heart," Diana adds.

The upbeat first single, "Thank You," is out now.

Diana's last album of new, original songs, as opposed to covers, was 1999's Every Day Is a New Day.

Here's the track listing for Thank You:

"Thank You"
"If the World Just Danced"
"All Is Well"
"In Your Heart"
"Just In Case"
"The Answer's Always Love"
"Let's Do It"
"I Still Believe"
"Count On Me""
"Beautiful Love"
"Time to Call"
"Come Together"

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David Byrne's' American Utopia' show reopening on Broadway in September at new theater

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Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has officially unveiled plans for a new Broadway run of his acclaimed stage production, David Byrne's American Utopia.

The show will open September 17, as previously announced, but will be moving to a new venue, the St. James Theatre, after its previous performances took place at the Hudson Theatre. The new engagement is scheduled through March 6, 2022, and tickets are available now at

"It is with great pleasure that finally, after a year+ like no other, I can announce that our show is coming back to Broadway," Byrne says in a statement. "You who kept the faith, who held on to your tickets, well, you knew this would happen eventually!"

He says of the new venue, "The stage is a little wider and the capacity is a little bigger -- I guess we did alright!"

David adds, "Seriously, New York is back, and given all we've witnessed, felt and experienced, it is obvious to me that no one wants to go back to a world with EVERYTHING the way it was -- we have an opportunity for a new world here. See you there."

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the theater will follow all of the latest health protocols to ensure the safety of audience members, the cast and the crew.

The American Utopia show features Byrne accompanied by 11 musicians, dancers and singers who move freely about an almost-empty stage. The production includes several Talking Heads songs, material from David's 2018 American Utopia album and other tunes from his solo catalog.

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