Credit: Jill JarrettAs recently reported, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and his solo band are playing a concert featuring surprise special guests tonight, February 21, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. The show's being taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS series Front and Center.
Now comes word that the show will be streamed live at Front and Center's YouTube channel as well as on the show's and Krieger's Facebook pages starting at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET.
In addition, the concert will be viewable on the interactive video app Hangtime, which allows you to watch events with friends in a private chat room. Hangtime is available for both Apple and Android devices.
Meanwhile, the Robby Krieger Band currently has two other concerts on its schedule, on March 1 in Houston and March 2 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Craig SjodinThe Morrison Hotel Gallery, which has outposts in New York City, Los Angeles and the Hawaiian island of Maui, is hosting a new photography exhibit honoring the grunge era.
Titled Grunge -- The Rise of a Generation, the show opens on March 8, which is also the 25th anniversary of the release of Soundgarden's 1994 album, Superunknown. It'll be on display until March 31.
The exhibition will include photos of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Hole, Stone Temple Pilots, L7, Sonic Youth and Mudhoney.
Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork in 2016 (Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)Following the death today of The Monkees' Peter Tork at age 77, the group's two surviving members, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith have posted messages paying tribute to their departed band mate.
In a note on his socialmedia sites, Dolenz writes, simply, "There are no words right now...heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork." The message is accompanied by a black-and-white photo of Peter smiling.
As for Nesmith, he penned a longer homage that reads, in part, "Peter Tork died this AM. I am told he slipped away peacefully. Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken. Even though I am clinging to the idea that we all continue, the pain that attends these passings has no cure. It's going to be a rough day."
Mike continues, "I share with all Monkees fans this change, this 'loss,' even so. PT will be a part of me forever. I have said this before -- and now it seems even more apt -- the reason we called it a band is because it was where we all went to play."
"A band no more -- and yet the music plays on -- an anthem to all who made the Monkees and the TV show our private -- dare I say 'secret' -- playground," he adds.
Nesmith concludes by writing, "I can only pray [Peter's] songs reach the heights that can lift us and that our childhood lives forever -- that special sparkle that was the Monkees. I will miss him -- a brother in arms. Take flight my Brother."
As previously reported, Dolenz and Nesmith are scheduled to launch a new U.S. tour as a duo on March 1 in Medford, Massachusetts. You can check out all the dates at Monkees.com.
Terry McGinnis/WireImageKurt Cobain would've turned 52 on Wednesday, and his daughter Frances Bean Cobain shared a birthday message for her late father.
"Happy birthday to my da," Frances wrote in her Instagram Story, alongside a photo of herself as a baby next to a smiling Kurt.
She continued. "I hope you are at peace. I hope your spirit can feel how healing your art has been to the world...even if you couldn't heal your self, I think that's OK because your life has given more that it ever took. What a special person you must've been."
"Rest easy," she concluded. "I'll see ya when I see ya (hopefully not too soon)."
The official NirvanaTwitter page also recognized the occasion, posting a photo of Kurt of laughing on the floor while listening to records.
The Monkees, Peter Tork in foreground (Mike McLaren/Central Press/Getty Images)Peter Tork of The Monkees has died at the age of 77, according to a post on the musician's official Facebook page.
"It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world," the note reads. A spokesperson for The Monkees' record label, Rhino, confirmed Tork's death.
Born Peter Thorkelson in Washington, D.C., Tork began playing music in the New York City folk scene during the early 1960s after dropping out of college. In 1965 he moved to Los Angeles, where, at the urging of his friend Stephen Stills, he tried out for a role in a new comedy TV show about a fictional band inspired by The Beatles.
Peter was hired to star in The Monkees alongside Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith, and the show became a huge success, as did the music the group recorded with the help of seasoned professional songwriters and session musicians.
Known as the "Prefab Four," The Monkees sold millions of albums thanks to the hit TV series, which ran through 1968 and won two Emmys. Tork played bass in the band, and contributed a few songs and occasional lead vocals to the group. Among the songs he's featured on are "Words" and "Shades of Gray."
Peter left The Monkees in 1968, but reunited with the band -- minus Nesmith -- for a successful 1986 reunion tour and a 1987 album, Pool It!. From the late '80s until 2017, Tork would take part in a variety of Monkees reunion treks. He also contributed to studio that albums the band released in 1996, 2016 and 2018.
Tork also had a music career outside of The Monkees: He released a 1994 solo record and several albums both with his band Shoe Suede Blues and with singer/songwriter James Lee Stanley.
In 2009, Tork revealed he'd been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the head and neck, and reported that he'd been successfully treated for the disease. This past November, Peter reported on his Facebook page that he was dealing with an unspecified health issue.
Tork is the second Monkees member to pass away, following Jones, who died of a heart attack in 2010 at age 66.
David Crosby wrapped up a U.S. tour in December with his Lighthouse Band, the group of musicians with whom he recorded his 2018 collaborative album, Here If You Listen, and his 2016 solo effort, Lighthouse. Now, Crosby has announced dates for a late-spring stateside trek with his other group, the Sky Trails Band.
The new tour gets underway May 10 in Minneapolis and is plotted out through a June 16 concert in Bar Harbor, Maine.
The Sky Trails Band features Crosby's son, keyboardist James Raymond, and other musicians who contributed to the folk-rock legend's 2017 solo album, Sky Trails. They include guitarist Jeff Pevar -- who played with David and his son in the group CPR -- one-time Crosby, Stills & Nash touring drummer Steve DiStanislao, bassist Mai Leisz, and singer/keyboardist Michelle Willis, who's also a Lighthouse Band member.
Here If You Listen, Crosby's latest album, was released this past October and was recorded with Willis, singer/guitarist Becca Stevens and Snarky Puppy frontman Michael League, all of whom accompanied David on his fall 2018 tour.
In November, Crosby told ABC Radio that he'd already been amassing new songs that he either had written or was in the process of writing with Snarky Puppy keyboardist Bill Laurance; Mai and her husband, Greg Leisz; acclaimed Americana artist Jason Isbell; and New York-based singer/songwriter/pianist Kenny White.
Here are all of Crosby's upcoming U.S. tour dates:
5/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre 5/11 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater 5/13 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre 5/15 -- St. Louis, MO, Sheldon Concert Hall 5/16 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery - Nashville 5/18 -- Brevard, NC, Brevard Music Center 5/20 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts 5/21 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse 5/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 5/24 -- Key West, FL, Key West Theater 5/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 5/29 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts 5/30 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for Arts & Sciences 6/1 -- Pennsauken, NJ, Cooper River Park - Twilight Series 6/2 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead 6/4 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 6/5 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 6/7 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 6/8 -- Woodstock, NY, Levon Helm Studios 6/10 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre 6/12 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center 6/13 -- Lebanon, NH, Lebanon Opera House 6/15 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater 6/16 -- Bar Harbor, ME, Criterion Theater
Taron Egerton as Elton John in "Rocketman" from Paramount Pictures.If you thought Elton John's upcoming biopic Rocketman, described as a "musical fantasy," would only focus on the positive parts of the legendary star's life, a new trailer indicates otherwise.
The trailer, which runs for about two-and-a-half minutes, shows Elton's transformation from an unknown musician named Reginald Dwight into an outrageously dressed full-fledged rock star. We also see him struggling with substance abuse and the pressures of fame, and there's a reference to his secret relationship with his then-manager and lover, John Reid.
We also see a montage of career moments, as well as life events, including his ill-fated 1984 marriage to recording engineer Renate Blauel.
In one scene, Elton, played by Taron Egerton, is wearing one of his more over-the-top outfits, when he's confronted by Bernie Taupin, played by Jamie Bell.
"Don't you just wanna just sing without this ridiculous paraphernalia?" asks Bernie.
"People don't pay to see Reg Dwight!" sputters an angry Elton, wearing faux plumage that would make a peacock blush. "They pay to see ELTON JOHN!"
However, he quickly apologizes a moment later, meekly touching Taupin's arm. "I'm sorry."
Knowingly, his longtime writing partner replies, "I know."
Frontiers Music srlLast May, Whitesnake's David Coverdale told ABC Radio that the band had to delay plans to release a new studio album in 2018 because "a technical catastrophe" resulted in the loss of most of the record. Now comes word that the album, titled Flesh & Blood, is ready to go and will hit stores on May 10.
Coinciding with the announcement, Whitesnake has premiered a video for the album's lead single, "Shut Up & Kiss Me," which you can watch on the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel.
The clip features footage of Whitesnake performing the new tune at a club in front of a small, enthusiastic crowd, intercut with fun scenes showing of group of woman who take a liking to the vintage white Jaguar that Coverdale has parked outside the venue. The car is the same one that appears in the iconic video for the band's 1987 hit "Here I Go Again."
"Shut Up & Kiss Me" can be purchased now digitally and via streaming services, and fans pre-orderingFlesh & Blood will receive an instant download of the track.
The album will be available in various formats and configurations, including on CD, digitally, as a two-LP set featuring black or colored vinyl discs, as a CD/DVD deluxe edition and as a "Super Luxury Boxset" containing the deluxe CD/DVD, the LPs on colored vinyl, a poster and a lithograph.
The CD/DVD set features two bonus studio tracks, two versions of the "Shut Up & Kiss Me" video, a Flesh & Blood behind-the-scenes clip and three DVD-audio remixes of album cuts.
To support Flesh & Blood, Whitesnake has scheduled a U.S. spring tour that kicks off April 12 in Newkirk, Oklahoma.
Here's the track list for the album's deluxe edition:
CD "Good to See You Again" "Gonna Be Alright" "Shut Up & Kiss Me" "Hey You (You Make Me Rock)" "Always & Forever" "When I Think of You (Color Me Blue)" "Trouble Is Your Middle Name" "Flesh & Blood" "Well I Never" "Heart of Stone" "Get Up" "After All" "Sands of Time" "Can't Do Right for Doing Wrong" -- bonus track "If I Can't Have You" -- bonus track
DVD-audio tracks "Gonna Be Alright" (X-Tendo Mix) "Sands of Time" (Radio Mix) "Shut Up and Kiss Me" (Video Mix)
And here are Whitesnake's confirmed U.S. tour dates:
4/12 -- Newkirk, OK, 7 Clans First Council Casino 4/13 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Casino 4/15 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory 4/17 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater 4/19 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort 4/20 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre 4/22 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live 4/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 4/25 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Casino 4/26 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King PAC 4/28 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium 4/29 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center 5/1 -- Richmond, VA, Richmond, VA, The National 5/2 -- Bensalem, PA, XCITE Center at Parx Casino 5/4 -- Columbia, MD, M3 Rock Festival 5/5 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penns Peak 5/7 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 5/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 5/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino 5/11 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino 5/14 -- Greenville, PA, The Palace Theatre 5/17 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino 5/18 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino
Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his current band The Circle have released an official video for "Trust Fund Baby," the hard-rocking lead single from the group's upcoming debut studio album, Space Between.
The clip, which you can watch on Hagar's YouTube channel, mixes footage of the Red Rocker and his group performing the song with a depiction of a spoiled, wealthy young woman whose life is one big drug- and alcohol-fueled party.
The video was directed by ZZ Satriani, the son of one of Sammy's Chickenfoot band mates, guitar whiz Joe Satriani.
Hagar says the clip nails "what happens when kids are given too much money -- too early in life -- and it becomes an affliction."
He adds, "All the money in the world isn't a guarantee for a good life. I'm a believer in working hard and finding purposeful work -- but that comes later in the story."
"Trust Fund Baby" is available for purchase now digitally and via streaming services, and fans pre-orderingSpace Between will get an instant download of the track. The album will be released on May 10.
The Circle's lineup features Sammy's ex-Van Halen band mate Michael Anthony on bass, occasional Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, a member of Hagar's longtime backing band The Wabos.
As previously reported, Hagar & The Circle will support Space Between with a U.S. tour that kicks off April 19 in Reno, Nevada, and currently is mapped out through a June 7 show in Tinley Park, Illinois. Check out all the dates at RedRocker.com.
In other news, Hagar's AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar will return for a fourth season premiering this spring.
Recently announced plans for a three-day music extravaganza commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival this August have changed a bit.
The original plan was for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue located at the original site of the historic event in Bethel, New York, to host the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, featuring performances by both established and up-and-coming artists, plus other activities, from August 16 to 18. Now that's been replaced by Anniversary Week, which includes a series of special concerts on those days.
Anniversary Week will kick off August 15 with a screening of the Director's Cut of the Oscar-winning 1970 documentary Woodstock. Then, on August 16, Bethel Woods will feature a concert headlined by Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, with support from folk great Arlo Guthrie and veteran rocker Edgar Winter. Guthrie played solo at the 1969 Woodstock fest, while Winter took part in his brother Johnny's set.
Another Woodstock alum, Santana, will headline a show August 17 that also will feature The Doobie Brothers. Anniversary Week will come to a close on the 18th with a concert featuring as-yet-unannounced performers.
Anniversary Week will be part of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts' just-announced Woodstock commemoration, dubbed A Season of Song & Celebration, that will include a variety of shows, events and exhibitions. The festivities will kick off March 30 with an exhibit titled We Are Golden -- Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future.
As previously reported, an official 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 Woodstock festival, dubbed Woodstock 50, will take place August 16 to August 18 at Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen, New York.
Jukebox Hero: The Musical, the stage production showcasing many of Foreigner's classic hits, gets its official premiere tonight at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.
Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, who's written or co-written nearly all of the group's songs, tells ABC Radio he was "blown away" when he saw a preview performance of the show last year.
"I don't know what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn't expecting to be moving about in my seat," he reveals.
The musical was written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement of The Commitments fame, and uses Foreigner's songs to help tell the tale of a rock star from an economically depressed Pennsylvania town who returns home to play a benefit concert for the financially struggling residents.
Jones says the musical's story addresses issues facing many people today.
"It deals with the current…socioeconomic state of things in America," he notes. "It brings a realization of [what's] happened to people's lives -- the chaos, the uncertainty, the loss of jobs, the whole imbalance in America, and in the world."
At the musical's center is Foreigner's 1981 hit "Juke Box Hero," which Mick says echoes the main character's story while offering a sentiment to which many people can relate.
"It [talks] about the dream of success as a rock lead singer or a guitar player," he maintains. "[And it reflects] that hope and optimism about creating something that you're passionate about."
Jukebox Hero: The Musical will play at the Ed Mirvish Theatre through February 24, with two performances scheduled for the 23rd and the 24th. Tickets are on sale now at JukeboxHeroMusical.com.
Jones tells ABC Radio that he hopes the production will eventually make it to Broadway. "The aim is seeing how far we can get," he says.
Credit: Mads PerchLast week, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and his new side project, Saving Grace, served as the opening act for veteran British folk rockers Fairport Convention at a pair of U.K. concerts. Now, fan-shot videos of select performances from the shows have been posted on YouTube.
A clip from one of the gigs, in Basingstoke, England, shows Plant and Saving Grace singer Suzi Dian duetting on a version the 1964 Everly Brothers tune "Gone, Gone, Gone." It's a song Robert and country/bluegrass star Alison Krauss covered on their Grammy-winning 2007 collaborative album, Raising Sand.
Two other videos from the other show, in Bath, can also be viewed on YouTube. They capture Saving Grace performing Mel Tillis' "Stick with My Baby" -- another tune featured on Raising Sand -- and the traditional spiritual song "And We Bid You Goodnight."
The latter tune, which Saving Grace's five members performed a cappella, was previously covered by The Grateful Dead and appeared on that band's 1969 album Live/Dead.
As previously reported, Saving Grace features Plant and Dian on vocals, Tony Kelsey and Matt Worley on multiple string instruments and Oli Jefferson on percussion. Judging by the YouTube performances, the group focuses on sparse, atmospheric acoustic sounds.
Meanwhile, Plant's 2019 tour schedule includes an appearance at the star-studded, third annual Love Rocks NYC benefit concert on March 7 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. He'll also tour Scandinavia this June and July with his current primary backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters.
C Flanigan/FilmMagicFounding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench will play a pair of intimate solo concerts on March 19 and 20 at the New York City club the Rockwood Music Hall.
Tickets for the shows, which are on sale now, cost $25 for general admission, while a limited number of floor seats are available for $40.
The concerts take place several days after Tench will appear as a special guest at Phil Lesh & Friends' three-night stand, March 14-16, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The engagement is the Grateful Dead bassist's fifth annual birth celebration event. Lesh turns 79 on March 15. Among the other guest musicians who will perform at the concerts are guitarist John Scofield and singer Amy Helm, the daughter of late Band member Levon Helm.
Secretly Canadian/Chimera MusicJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono's experimental 1969 record, Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album, will be reissued on March 22, two days after what would have been the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. The collection can be pre-ordered now, and is available on CD, DVD or as a vinyl box set featuring a white-vinyl LP.
Wedding Album features two extended 20-plus-minute pieces, "John & Yoko" and "Amsterdam." The first track was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in late April 1969 and consisted of the Beatles star and his wife calling out each other's first name using different vocal inflections and emotions, and at various volumes.
The second track is a montage of audio clips recorded during the couple's "Bed-In for Peace" honeymoon event from March 25 to March 31 at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. The piece included segments of interviews, impromptu performances and more.
The box set version of the Wedding Album reissue will come with reproductions of the original album's packaging, including photographs from John and Yoko's nuptials and the Amsterdam "Bed-In," a copy of the couple's marriage certificate, drawings by Lennon and Ono, a photo of a slice of wedding cake and more.
A limited-edition version of the box set featuring an LP on clear vinyl will be available exclusively via the Rough Trade record store.
Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album is the latest in an ongoing Yoko Ono reissue series being released in partnership between the Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music labels.
Paramount PicturesWe’ve still got a few more months before the Elton John biopic Rocketman hits theaters, but now we've got a sneak peek of exactly what star Taron Egerton will bring to the role.
In a new behind-the-scenes clip, we get to hear Egerton in the recording booth singing Elton’s classic song “Tiny Dancer” for the film. The clip also contains interviews with Egerton, director Dexter Fletcher and music producer Giles Martin.
“Elton said, ‘I don’t think I’ve heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron,'” Martin says. “And the great thing about Elton is that he wants Taron’s interpretations of his songs.”
Egerton, meanwhile, calls making the film “the greatest joy of my professional life.”
The actor, who appeared with Elton in the 2017 movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, adds, "The thing about playing someone so beloved, all we can do is give our heartfelt interpretation of his life and his music.”
Rocketman, also starring Jamie Bell and Richard Madden, hits theaters May 31.
Courtesy of NetflixNetflix has released the first trailer for the upcoming Motley Crue biopic The Dirt, based on the band's 2001 autobiography of the same name.
The clip packs a whole lot of debauchery into less than three minutes, covering both the highs and very low lows of the Los Angeles rockers' notorious hard-partying ways.
At one point in the trailer, Crue manager Doc McGhee, played by David Costabile of Breaking Bad fame, declares, "I had managed the Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, KISS, but I had never been through what Motley Crue put me through."
The Dirt stars The Punisher's Daniel Webber as frontman Vince Neil, Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx, and Colson Baker, aka rapper Machine Gun Kelly, as drummer Tommy Lee. It premieres on Netflix March 22.
Bad Company has a variety of shows lined up this year, but frontman Paul Rodgers has revealed that the band's also working on material for a potential new studio album.
Rodgers tells RockBandReviews.com that Bad Company will only play about 20 dates in 2019, noting, "We're going to pull back a little bit so that we can spend more time in the studio [and] do a little recording."
He adds, "I'd like to create some new music. That's my focus right now. We're in the studio, just kicking things around with a few guys and seeing what we've got."
Bad Company hasn't released an album of original songs since 1996's Stories Told & Untold, while the last studio effort by the group featuring Rodgers was 1982's Rough Diamonds. Paul did appear on the 2002 Bad Company live album In Concert: Merchants of Cool, which boasted a pair of new studio tracks.
Rodgers also gave an update about the health of founding Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs, who suffered a stroke following the band's 2016 U.K. tour.
"[H]e's now hospitalized," Paul told RockBandReviews.com. "We're trying to take care of him from a distance. It's a lot. His family are involved a lot in taking care of him. He's doing as well as can be expected."
Bad Company's current lineup is rounded out by founding drummer Simon Kirke, ex-Heart guitarist Howard Leese, and bassist Todd Ronning.
As for touring plans, the band's 2019 itinerary includes some headlining shows, as well as slots opening for ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Here are all of Bad Company's confirmed 2019 U.S. shows, all of them headlining gigs unless otherwise noted:
2/22 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at the Event Center 3/23 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino 5/17 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion* 5/18 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion* 5/19 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater* 6/7 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort 6/8 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino Spa & Resort 7/26 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater 7/27 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre 8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 8/21 -- Syracuse, NY, New York State Fair's Chevrolet Music Festival 9/20 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 9/21 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green
* = with ZZ Top, Cheap Trick. = with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Courtesy of Paul Shaffer; Amy Grantham; Blain Claussen
Paul Shaffer will host a new AXS TV interview series that'll feature David Letterman's longtime band leader chatting with a variety of music stars, including Graham Nash, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, and Sammy Hagar.
Paul Shaffer Plus One is a half-hour program that will see Shaffer talking in depth with his guests about their career highlights, influences and experiences. The show will be taped in a recording studio with Shaffer sitting at a piano, and at times he may give impromptu performances certain songs that he's discussing with his guests.
"In this show I get to go one-on-one with all my favorite recording artists," says Shaffer in a statement. "We talk mainly music and if the topic turns to a specific tune, we demonstrate in song. It's a dream come true."
Other celebrities scheduled to be on the show include blues legend Buddy Guy and comic actor Harry Shearer, who will appear as his This Is Spinal Tap character Derek Smalls. Shaffer, a longtime friend of Shearer's, made a cameo in the famous rock mockumentary as record company promotion man Artie Fufkin.
In addition, an hour-long version Paul Shaffer Plus One will air on satellite radio. A premiere date for the show has yet to be announced.
Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImageThere might be some more tears for Ozzy Osbourne fans this morning, as his camp has announced a host of cancelled tour dates while he recovers from health issues.
In a press release, Ozzy's camp says No More Tours 2 dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan would be cancelled. Earlier this month, he postponed the entire UK and European leg of the tour when an upper respiratory infection got worse.
In the statement, Sharon Osbourne said, "Ozzy recently developed pneumonia and has spent some time in hospital. Thankfully he is now through the worst part. His doctors have advised that he stay at home to recuperate for a full six weeks with no travel."
Recently, Ozzy's better half announced on her CBS show The Talk that he was "doing great" after being hospitalized. She noted he was in intensive care at one point.
The Steve Miller Band recently announced plans for a brief headlining tour of the Southern U.S. in March. Now the group has lined up a lengthy stateside summer trek that also will feature veteran country act Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.
The trek, which is billed as "An Amazing Evening of Original American Music: Classic Rock Meets Classic Country," kicks off June 13 in Des Moines, Iowa, and is plotted out all the way through an August 30-31 stand in Woodinville, Washington. The tour includes 35 dates, while Miller also has two headlining shows scheduled on off nights of the outing.
The spring tour, dubbed "An Evening with Steve Miller Band," runs from a March 12 concert in Clearwater, Florida, through a March 24 gig in Southaven, Mississippi.
In other news, Steve Millerwill receive an honorary degree in music from his one-time alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on May 10 during the school's commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center. Beginning in 1961, the future Rock & Roll Hall of Famer spent seven semesters as a comparative literature major at the university, including a year abroad studying at the University of Copenhagen.
Miller left the university without graduating, moving first to Chicago -- where he honed his skills as a blues guitarist -- before making his way in late 1966 to San Francisco, where would find fame with the Steve Miller Band.
Steve has maintained a close relationship with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and in 2017 he donated proceeds from a local concert to the Chancellor's Scholarship Fund. He also met with students there to discuss careers in music.
Here are all of Steve Miller Band's 2019 tour dates. All shows with Marty Stuart unless otherwise noted:
3/12 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall* 3/13 -- Fort Meyers, FL, Suncoast Credit Union Arena* 3/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Studios - Music Plaza Stage* 3/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock* 3/20 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center* 3/21 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery PAC* 3/23 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort* 3/24 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove* 6/13 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena 6/15 -- Tulsa, OK, River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove 6/16 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP 6/21 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater 6/22 -- Dubuque, IL, America's River Festival 6/24 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens 6/25 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium 6/28 -- Rochester, NY, International Jazz Festival 6/30 -- Sterling Heights, IL, Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill 7/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival* 7/12 -- Prior Lake, MN, Lakefront Music Fest 7/14 -- Duluth, MN, Bayfront Festival Park 7/16 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion 7/18 -- Baltimore, MD, MECU Pavilion 7/20 -- Lynchburg, VA, Riverfront Park 7/21 -- Bensalem, PA, Xcite Center* 7/24 -- New York, NY, Pier 17 7/25 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion 7/27 -- Rangeley, ME, Health & Wellness Pavilion 7/28 -- Kingston, NY, Hutton Brickyards 7/30 -- Selbyville, DE, Freeman Stage at Bayside 7/31 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 8/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Grand Theater 8/3 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest 8/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino 8/13 -- Denver, CO, The Mission Ballroom 8/14 -- Vail, CO, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 8/16 -- Billings, MT, Cove Creek Outdoor Pavilion 8/17 -- Missoula, MT, Big Sky Brewery 8/19 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden 8/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theater 8/22 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheater 8/24 -- Stateline, NV, Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys 8/27 -- Salem, OR, Oregon State Fair 8/28 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino 8/30 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle 8/31 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
* = without Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.