Gary Null/NBCOn December 3, 1968, Elvis Presley starred in a popular NBC special that featured his first live TV performances since 1961, a TV event that came to be known as Elvis' "Comeback Special." In honor of the program's 50th anniversary, NBC has announced plans for a star-studded two-hour tribute event that'll air in 2019.
The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special will feature a variety of contemporary music artists recreating the performances Presley gave on the original show. The event also will offer rare footage of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll, outtakes, and interviews with those involved in the 1968 special, including director Steve Binder.
The '68 comeback special, originally titled Singer Presents…ELVIS, featured Presley performing a variety of his hits plus some classic rock 'n' roll covers, all while dressed in a black leather jacket and pants. The show is widely credited with reigniting Elvis' career and sparking his decision to return to touring.
The program captures some of the action from the 2018 edition of the star-studded Rock Legends Cruise, which the Red Rocker hosted.
In a preview of the show, we see Rodgers welcome Hagar onstage for a performance of Bad Company's "Rock and Roll Fantasy." The clip also includes an interview segment in which Rodgers tells Hagar about how he views his music career.
"I don't really even think of it as a career," Paul maintains. "It's just like life is music and music is life."
In another preview, Rundgren talks about the studio he built because he "wanted to change the rules of recording" for himself.
Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
The Songs You Leave Behind, which arrives June 8, is a 19-track collection featuring two brand-new tunes, five unreleased recordings and 12 autobiographical songs that reflect stories and themes from Cain's memoir.
The album's title track, which is one of the new tunes, premiered today at Billboard.com. The piano-driven ballad, which features guitar work by Miles Schon, son of Journey guitarist Neal Schon, finds Cain reflecting on his legacy as a songwriter.
"It's just me saying you'll be remembered for the songs you leave behind," Cain tells Billboard. "As a songwriter and having the blessings and the success I've had, that's all I can hope for."
The other new tune on the album, "What Else Have I Missed," was co-written by Grammy-winning country songwriter Gary Baker and is dedicated to Jonathan's children.
Among the five archival unreleased recordings is "The Day They Became Angels," a song commemorating the fire at Cain's grade school that claimed the lives of 92 of his classmates. Jonathan debuted the tune at a 50th anniversary memorial mass held in 2008 at Holy Family Church in Chicago.
Some tracks on The Songs You Leave Behind are remastered versions of tunes that appeared on Cain's previous solo albums, 1995's Back to the Innocence and 2001's Anthology.
The audiobook edition of Jonathan's memoir features 20 songs.
Journey kicks off a lengthy North American tour with Def Leppard this Monday, May 21, in Hartford, Connecticut. The trek is mapped out through an October 6-7 stand in Inglewood, California.
Big Machine Label GroupAs Cheap Trick prepares to launch a new North American tour with Poison tonight in Irvine, California, the band has just released a brand-new single, "The Summer Looks Good on You."
The song is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can check out a lyrics video at Cheap Trick's official YouTube channel that features brightly colored animated paint splatters and the band's trademark black-and-white checkerboard pattern as the lyrics are displayed.
"The Summer Looks Good on You" is a big-sounding mid-tempo pop-rock tune that, as the title suggests, celebrates the beginning of the season. The track includes a soaring instrumental break that blends a wailing guitar solo with what sounds like a full orchestra. The song was co-written by Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson, along with frequent collaborator Julian Raymond, who co-produced the track with the band.
Cheap Trick's Nothin' but a Good Time Tour with Poison and opening act Pop Evil is plotted out through a July 1 concert in Hollywood, Florida. The band also has a variety of other shows on their 2018 schedule. Check out their full itinerary at CheapTrick.com.
Believe it or not, next year marks the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, and the tragic event is being examined in a two-hour ABC special airing Thursday, May 24.
The Last Days of Michael Jackson explores the late King of Pop's life and legacy, via interviews with those who knew him, and never-before-seen footage of interviews MJ did with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.
The show also will feature new interviews with Derek "Cooley" Jaxson, who taught Michael how to moonwalk; the MJ impersonator Navi, who served as the star's decoy at public appearances; and Lisa Staub, a tour operator who was in front of MJ's house the day he died.
The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs May 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, MJ is getting his own street in the Motor City. According to the Detroit Free Press, the city will rename a stretch of Randolph Street in the theater district "Michael Jackson Avenue." A ceremony will be held June 15, as part of the Detroit Music Weekend festival. The surviving members of The Jackson 5 will also receive a key to the city by Mayor Mike Duggan, and will play a headlining concert during the festival.
The honor comes nearly 50 years after The Jackson 5's July 23, 1968, audition for Motown Records. They were initially turned down by label head Berry Gordy, but he reconsidered and signed them in early 1969. The group remained on the label through 1975, scoring hits like "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "I'll Be There."
This year's Billboard Music Award Icon, Janet Jackson, today celebrates the 25th anniversary of her seminal 1993 album, janet. The entertainer talks to Billboard about the personal transformation expressed in the album's songs, noting that the project "had a deeply sensual edge, because that's what I was going through in my life."
"I was discovering freedom in physical pleasure and loved writing about sexuality," she continues. "I tried to do it subtly and tastefully, but I also wanted to push the boundaries a bit."
And she did just that. Janet promoted the album by appearing topless on the cover of Rolling Stone with the hands of her then-husband Rene Elizondo, Jr. covering her breasts. janet. went on to produce six top ten hits.
Now, the icon is working on a new chapter in her life as a mom. She's also working on a new album, but won't give Billboard very much information about it.
"I wish I could," Janet says. "I'm not trying to avoid the question and be secretive, but the truth is that I don't try to analyze the creative process while it's still ongoing."
What Janet does say about her creative process, though, is that she's "very intuitive about writing. Anything can inspire me."
"I woke up this morning and heard a bird chirping in a rhythm that captivated my heart," Janet says. "Maybe that will turn into a new groove. Like everyone else, my feelings are fluid. My ideas are fleeting. I like to keep it that way."
Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsNew York City's Hard Rock Café is the site of a two-day music-memorabilia auction, starting today, offering guitars owned by Prince, George Harrison and Robbie Robertson, among many other collectibles.
Today, Friday, is the first day of the sale, and it features property from Prince's life and career. The auction, starts at 2 p.m. ET and guitars, outfits, shoes, gold and platinum record awards, recording equipment, photographs, jewelry and handwritten lyrics are among the items up for bid.
The item expected to fetch the most is a custom-made Yellow Cloud guitar that Prince played onstage -- it's estimated to bring in between $60,000 and $80,000. Another pricey collectible is an electric-blue outfit that the late music icon wore while performing with Lenny Kravitz during a 1999 New Year's Eve event at his Paisley Park residence; it's valued at between $50,000 and $70,000.
The auction's second day, which will feature memorabilia from a wide variety of artists, is Saturday, May 18, and includes two sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET, respectively. Among the sale's highlights: two historic guitars, one previously owned by George Harrison and the other belonging to The Band's Robbie Robertson.
Harrison's instrument is a Hofner Club 40 model that he acquired in 1959; it was the first electric guitar ever owned by the late Beatles legend. It's expected to bring in as much as $300,000.
Robertson's guitar is a 1965 Fender Telecaster that he used at a variety of famous recording sessions and concerts, and also was played over the years by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Harrison. It's estimated to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.
Mark Weiss; David McClisterPoison and Cheap Trick kick off their Nothin' but a Good Time 2018 tour tonight in Irvine, California, with modern rockers Pop Evil set to open most of the shows. The trek, which wraps up July 1 in Hollywood, Florida, marks the second time the two veteran rock acts will hit the road together, following a 2009 tour.
Poison frontman Bret Michaels tells ABC Radio that he's "a big fan" of Cheap Trick, and is excited to play with the power-pop legends again.
"These guys are still rocking it, they're still relevant, they're keeping it real," Michaels declares. "And what I love about them most is that they have just incredible songs. When you think about 'Surrender'...'Dream Police'...'[I] Want You to Want Me,' and so many others."
Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander tells ABC Radiot he expects rock fans to flock to their shows, "because it's a good package." He adds, "We've done this before with Poison and it's always been a good time."
The thing Michaels says he's most excited about, though, "is getting out there live onstage [and] putting on an unbelievably great show."
He adds, "On a very personal note, I'm looking forward to getting together with [Poison guitarist] C.C. [DeVille, drummer] Rikki [Rockett] and [bassist] Bobby [Dall], and heading out on the road…It truly will be a 'Nothing but a Good Time' tour."
Michaels also says he loves performing for Poison's "three generations of amazing, amazing fans," and describes their live show as "an absolute party."
Here are all of the Nothing but a Good Time tour dates:
5/18 -- Irvine, CA, Five Points Amphitheatre 5/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 5/20 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino* 5/22 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 5/23 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre 5/25 -- Kansas City, KS, Sprint Center 5/26 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre* 5/29 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre 6/2 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 6/3 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 6/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre 6/7 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 6/8 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 6/9 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 6/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 6/12 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 6/13 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheatre 6/14 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre 6/15 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion 6/17 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 6/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, The Budweiser Stage 6/21 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 6/22 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 6/23 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 6/24 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center 6/26 -- Darien Lake, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater 6/29 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Al Lang Stadium 6/30 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place 7/1 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Event Center*
Credit: Rob ShanahanTonight, Elton John will bid farewell to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, as he concludes his 450th show at the Las Vegas venue.
The Thursday night performance will be the last one of his Million Dollar Piano residency, and the final one overall of his two Las Vegas residencies. The first one, The Red Piano, ran from 2004 to 2009, and was the first major superstar residency following Celine Dion's groundbreaking show A New Day... in 2003. The Million Dollar Piano started in September of 2011.
EltonJohn.com has provided some fun facts about the Rocket Man's adventures in Las Vegas:
--The Red Piano was performed 243 times at The Colosseum. The Million Dollar Piano was performed 207 times.
--Combining attendance for both The Red Piano and The Million Dollar Piano, approximately 1.8 million people have seen Elton perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
--The Red Piano set list featured 15 songs from four different decades. The Million Dollar Piano featured 19 songs from four different decades, including deep cuts like "Better Off Dead" and "Indian Sunset." In 2012, one song -- "Blue Eyes" -- was dropped from the set list in favor of "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)," Elton's tribute to his friend John Lennon.
--The million dollar piano that Elton plays as part of the show took nearly four years to build and features 68 LED screens embedded in it. It took 175 people four months to create the 19 films and videos that are played during Elton's performance.
--In his career, following Thursday night's show, Elton will have performed in Las Vegas a total of 485 times.
Elton will kick off his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on September 8 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He's reportedly performing at the Royal Wedding this weekend.
KollecticoThe Grateful Dead and Rhino Entertainment have partnered with the Kollectico toy company to create a limited-edition line of themed bobbleheads dolls including figures depicting variations of the group's famous Dancing Bears. In addition, fans will be able to purchase custom-made bobbleheads that feature the likeness of their own face on a statuette wearing a Grateful Dead t-shirt and flashing a peace sign.
The Dancing Bear bobbleheads will be available in five different colors, and a special holiday set will feature four bears, including one with a Santa Claus hat and beard, one sporting an elf hat, one with reindeer antlers and one holding a menorah and donning a yarmulke.
Those ordering the custom Grateful Dead bobbleheads can choose between three different t-shirt designs, including the band's "Steal Your Face" logo, one big dancing bear and a group of smaller bears.
In addition, a variety of Dancing Bear bottle stoppers also can be purchased. Visit Kollectico.com for more information about these groovy collectibles.
Credit: Salvador OchoaSting and reggae star Shaggywill team up for a North American tour this fall in support of their recently released collaborative album, 44/876. The trek, which follows a summer European outing, kicks off September 15 in Miami Beach, Florida, and is mapped out through an October 15 show in Los Angeles.
The concerts will feature the two artists hitting the stage together to perform selections from 44/876, as well as various songs from each other's back catalogs, such as The Police's Every Breath You Take" and "Message in a Bottle," Sting's solo gem "Englishman in New York," and Shaggy's smash hits "It Wasn't Me," "Mr. Boombastic," and "Angel." Musicians from both singer's backing bands will take part in the trek.
Tickets for the shows will go on sale to the general public starting Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Sting's fan club will have the chance to buy advance tickets starting this Monday, May 21; visit Sting.com for more details. Each ticket purchased online will include either a CD or digital copy of 44/876.
In other news, a companion album called 44/876: The Remixes will be released Friday, May 25. The 12-track collection features eight alternate mixes of 44/876's lead single, "Don't Make Me Wait," as well as remixes of "Dreaming in the U.S.A.," "Morning Is Coming," "Just One Lifetime" and "Gotta Get Back My Baby." That same day, Sting and Shaggy will perform a free show together in New York City's Central Park as part of the ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. Visit 1iota.com for more details.
Here are Sting and Shaggy's joint North American tour dates:
9/15 -- Miami Beach, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater ?9/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle ?9/19 -- Oxon Hill, MD, The Theater at MGM National Harbor ?9/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore ?9/21 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa ?9/25 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues ?9/26 -- New York, NY, The Rooftop at Pier 17 9/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, The Phoenix Concert Theatre ?9/30 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Armory ?10/1 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant ?10/2 -- Chicago, IL, The Aragon Ballroom ?10/4 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland ?10/5 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium ?10/8 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic ?10/9 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl ?10/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren ?10/12 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa ?10/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theater ?10/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
And here's the track list of 44/876: The Remixes:
"Don't Make Me Wait" (Dave Audé Rhythmic Radio Remix) "Dreaming in the U.S.A." (Chris Baio Remix) "Morning Is Coming" (Rory Stone Love Black Dub Day Remix) "Don't Make Me Wait" (Tropkillaz Remix) "Just One Lifetime" (Cherry Cherry Boom Boom Remix) "Don't Make Me Wait" (Jungle Josh x JROB Remix) "Don't Make Me Wait" (iLL Wayno Remix) "Don't Make Me Wait" (One Drop Remix) "Gotta Get Back My Baby" (Dave Audé Radio Remix) "Don't Make Me Wait" (Dave Audé Club Mix) "Don't Make Me Wait" (Madison Mars Remix) "Don't Make Me Wait" (Tom Stephan Club Mix)
Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCMadonna fans have been waiting for three years for the Queen of Pop to release new music, and now it appears it's going to happen soon.
The superstar tweeted and posted on Instagram what seems to be artwork for a song called "Beautiful Game." She captioned the image, "That I never Learned.............Coming Soon!" She added the hashtags "#music #magic #mirwais." Mirwais is the producer with whom she collaborated on her albums Music and American Life.
It's worth nothing that the "beautiful game" is a common nickname for soccer, and Madonna's son David is reportedly attending a soccer academy in Portugal, which is why Madonna moved to that country. So perhaps by writing "That I never learned," Madonna is saying she never learned to play soccer? Who knows.
Speaking of the title "Beautiful Game," Madonna previously had a hit single called "Beautiful Stranger," from the soundtrack of the 1999 movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
Madonna's most recent album, Rebel Heart, came out in 2015.
Miramax/Roadside AttractionsWhile Whitney Houston fans won't be able to watch the new documentary about the singer, titled Whitney, until July 6, the film makes a shocking allegation regarding the late singer's past.
The documentary's director, Kevin Macdonald, tells Vanity Fair that the legendary singer was allegedly abused by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick when she was a child.
Macdonald explains that after watching hundreds of hours of footage of Whitney, he began to suspect that Whitney may have been a victim of abuse "because she was never comfortable in her own skin."
He explains, "She seemed kind of asexual in a strange way...I've...done some filming with people who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, and there was just something about her manner that was reminiscent to me of that sort of shrinking -- a lack of comfort in her own physicality."
Macdonald wasn't sure that he was correct, but he tells Vanity Fair, "Shortly after...someone did tell me off the record about being told by Whitney about being abused, and it being one of the central reasons behind her self-torture. It took awhile for anyone to go on record about it, and eventually the family did.”
The movie claims that both Houston and her half-brother, Gary, were molested as kids by their cousin Dee Dee Warwick, Dionne Warwick's sister, who was the niece of Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston. In the film, Gary says the abuse occurred when Cissy, a professional singer, would leave Whitney, Gary and their brother Michael with relatives while she toured.
Macdonald says two weeks after the film was finished, he got an on-the-record confirmation from Mary Jones, Whitney's longtime assistant, that Dee Dee Warwick had abused Whitney.
Mary Jones says in the movie that Whitney never told her mother about the alleged abuse, noting, "I think she was ashamed...she used to say, ‘I wonder if I did something to make [Dee Dee] think I wanted her.’"
Macdonald says Cissy Houston has been told about the allegations and is "very upset." However, he notes, "She had nothing to do with it. She knew nothing about it. We definitely don’t want any repercussions for her.”
Mikrokosmos/BFDHere's some news that should warm the hearts of Thompson Twins fans: The popular '80s U.K. band's frontman, Tom Bailey, will release his debut solo album, Science Fiction, on July 13.
The 10-track collection marks the singer's first full collection of new music since the 1990s. Bailey produced the album with assistance from Hal Ritson, who previously has collaborated with The Chemical Brothers, David Guetta and many others. Tom recorded Science Fiction at various locations around the world, using his laptop and a set of headphones.
The album's first single is "What Kind of World," which was inspired by both the passing of David Bowie and South African business mogul and engineer Elon Musk's concept of future commercial space travel.
Bailey recorded the album after his returning to performing in 2014 following a long hiatus.
"I so much enjoyed playing concerts around the world over the last couple of years, that I began working behind the scenes on writing, recording and mixing the songs in this collection," Tom explains. "I have concentrated on other areas of music for the past couple of decades -- but I find it incredibly rewarding to be making pop music again. There's something so special about the way this kind of music works and, for me, it's like finding a long-lost friend."
Bailey has launched a PledgeMusic page offering fans the chance to purchase signed CD and vinyl copies of Science Fiction, special bundles, themed merchandise and more.
Tom will be hitting the road with Culture Club and The B-52s in the U.S. this summer and fall, and he'll also be playing select headlining shows.
Here's the Science Fiction track list:
"Science Fiction" "What Kind of World" "Shooting Star" "Feels Like Love to Me" "Blue" "If You Need Someone" "Ship of Fools" "Work All Day" "Bring Back Yesterday" "Come So Far"
Here are all of Bailey's tour dates; with Culture Club and The B-52s unless otherwise noted:
6/29 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre 6/30 -- Tampa, FL, USF Sun Dome 7/1 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre 7/3 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues 7/5 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino, Resort & Spa* 7/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 7/10 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits at The Moody Theater 7/11 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 7/15 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 7/17 -- Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheatre 7/18 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 7/20 -- Charleston, SC, Volvo Car Stadium 7/21 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 7/22 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park 7/24 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage* 7/25 -- Wilmington, DE, The Queen* 7/27 -- Boston, MA, The Wang Theater 7/28 -- New York City, NY, Forest Hills Stadium 7/29 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE 8/3 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summer Stage 8/4 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Music Box at Borgata 8/5 -- Mashantucket, CA, Grand Theater at Foxwoods 8/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino* 8/9 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre* 8/10 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fairgrounds 8/11 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrahs Council Bluff 8/28 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark 8/29 -- Kent, OH, Kent Stage* 8/30 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 8/31 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavilion 9/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavilion 9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fairgrounds 9/5 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion 9/6 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre 9/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 9/8 -- Greenwood Village, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre 9/13 -- Puyallup, WA, Washington State Fair Events Center 9/14 -- Kennewick, WA, Toyota Center 9/15 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds 9/16 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre 9/18 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 9/19 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 9/21 -- West Valley City, UT, Maverick Center 9/22 -- Reno, NV, Reno Events Center 9/23 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 9/25 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 9/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino 9/28 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa 9/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center 9/30 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort 10/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre 10/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre 10/5 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson*
Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones' 2018 No Filter Tour of Europe gets underway tonight at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. In advance of the concert, band members Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have taken to social media to post various messages and video clips.
Richards posted video on his Twitter account Tuesday in which he said, "Hi, everybody. I'm sitting in Dublin. Just finished the last rehearsal, the last lick of paint on the machinery, and looking forward to the show on Thursday, you know. See you there." He also uploaded some photos of himself rehearsing onstage at Croke Park.
As for Jagger, the singer posted a video on his Twitter page of him dancing and running around on the same stage, as the 2016 rap song "Girls @" by Joey Purp plays in the background.
The site also is hosting a poll asking Dublin fans which of the following four songs -- "Far Away Eyes," "Angie," "Moonlight Mile" and "Wild Horses" -- they'd like to hear The Stones play at the Croke Park concert. As of Wednesday afternoon, "Wild Horses" led the poll with 38 percent of the votes.
The Stones' No Filter Tour runs through a July 8 show in Warsaw, Poland. The European trek also includes the band's first series of dates in their U.K. homeland in five years, as well as stops in Germany, France and the Czech Republic.
Here are all of the dates on the tour:
5/17 -- Dublin, Ireland, Croke Park 5/22 -- London, U.K., London Stadium 5/25 -- London, U.K., London Stadium 5/29 -- Southampton, U.K., St. Mary's Stadium 6/2 -- Coventry, U.K., Ricoh Stadium 6/5 -- Manchester, U.K., Old Trafford Football Stadium 6/9 -- Edinburgh, U.K., BT Murrayfield Stadium 6/15 -- Cardiff, U.K., Principality Stadium 6/19 -- London, U.K., Twickenham Stadium 6/22 -- Berlin, Germany, Olympic Stadium 6/26 -- Marseille, France, Orange Velodrome 6/30 -- Stuttgart, Germany, Mercedes Benz Arena 7/4 -- Prague, Czech Republic, Letnany Airport 7/8 -- Warsaw, Poland, National Stadium
ABC/Randy HolmesMore than 20 years since performing at Princess Diana's funeral, Elton John reportedly will take on the royal stage again.
Sources tell TMZ that Sir Elton will perform at the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Saturday. It's unclear if the singer will perform at the ceremony or at the reception.
While details are scarce, it's no secret that Elton is tight with the royal family. In fact, the singer had a very close relationship with Harry's mother, Princess Diana. Together they worked to raise awareness and money for AIDS research back in the '80s.
When the princess died in 1997, Elton performed "Candle in the Wind" at her funeral. The lyrics of the song -- which was originally about Marilyn Monroe -- were changed to reflect Diana's life. It's also said he was a great support system for Harry and William after their mother's passing.
Back in February, Elton rescheduled two Las Vegas shows that were slated for this upcoming weekend, citing a scheduling conflict.
Courtesy of KAABOO CaymanBlondie, Bryan Adams and Duran Duran are among the artists who will be performing at the new KAABOO festival on Grand Cayman Island next year.
The inaugural KAABOO Cayman festival is scheduled for February 15-16, 2019. It's a spinoff of the original KAABOO, which has been held annually since 2015 in Del Mar, California, and this year takes place September 14-16.
Among the other acts hitting the stage at KAABOO Cayman will be Los Lobos, Blues Traveler, Live, Counting Crows, Salt-n-Pepa, The English Beat and current Sting collaborator, Shaggy.
The festival also will feature art, comedy and food. The website describes the extravaganza as "a curated two-day sound voyage that combines incredible music and tastemaking experiences in a modern wonderland alongside the beautiful Caribbean sea."
ParlophoneThree David Bowie titles will hit stores June 29 -- CD and digital versions of his recent Record Store Day offering Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78), and vinyl reissues of the soundtrack to the 1981 film Christiane F., and the 1982 EP David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht's Baal.
Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) initially was made available as a three-LP vinyl set last month exclusively in independent record shops, and it now will get a wide release as a two-CD set, in digital formats and via streaming services. The album features previously unreleased performances from concerts Bowie played at London's Earls Court on June 30 and July 1 of '78 during his Isolar II Tour. Among the songs included are "'Heroes," "The Jean Genie," "Sound and Vision," "Fame," "Ziggy Stardust," "Suffragette City," and "Rebel Rebel."
Bowie's 1981 soundtrack to the movie Christiane F. -- Wir Kinder von Bahnoff Zoo will be reissued on red vinyl, marking the first time in 30 years that the album will be available on vinyl. The LP will be sold exclusively at retail stores and features a selection of Bowie songs from various studio albums he released during the late 1970s. The track list includes "TVC 15," "Boys Keep Swinging," "Station to Station" and a German version of "Heroes," titled "Helden." Christiane F. -- Wir Kinder von Bahnoff Zoo was based on the 1978 book Christiane F. about a troubled young German actress.
David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht's Baal features Bowie's renditions of five songs written for German playwright Bertolt Brecht's 1918 play, Baal. The EP will be reissued as a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl disc available exclusively at record stores and will be housed in a trifold sleeve replicating the disc's original packaging.
Here's the Welcome to the Blackout track list:
CD One "Warszawa" "'Heroes'" "What in the World" "Be My Wife" "The Jean Genie" "Blackout" "Sense of Doubt" "Speed of Life" "Sound and Vision" "Breaking Glass" "Fame" "Beauty and the Beast"
CD Two "Five Years" "Soul Love" "Star" "Hang On to Yourself" "Ziggy Stardust" "Suffragette City" "Art Decade" "Alabama Song" "Station to Station" "TVC 15" "Stay" "Rebel Rebel"
Here's the track list to the Christiane F. -- Wir Kinder von Bahnoff Zoo soundtrack:
Side One "V-2 Schneider" "TVC 15" "'Heroes/Helden'" "Boys Keep Swinging" "Sense of Doubt"
Side Two "Station to Station" "Look Back in Anger "Stay" "Warszawa"
And here's the track list of the David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht's Baal EP:
Side One "Baal's Hymn (Der Choral vom Grossen Baal)" "Remembering Marie A. (Erinnerung an die Marie A.)"
Side Two "Ballad of the Adventurers (Die Ballad von den Abenteurern)" "The Drowned Girl (Vom Ertrunkenen Mädchen)" "The Dirty Song"
Goldenlane RecordsMotown songwriter Lamont Dozier has recorded a new album called Reimagination that will be released on May 25. Graham Nash and Todd Rundgren are among the guest singers who appear on the 12-track collection, which features new, sparsely arranged versions of classic songs that Dozier co-wrote with Brian and Eddie Holland for such artists as The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas and Marvin Gaye.
Nash sings on a medley of Supremes hits that includes "Where Did Our Love Go," "Stop in the Name of Love," "Come See About Me" and "Baby Love," while Rundgren delivers a rendition of the 1964 Martha and the Vandellas gem "In My Lonely Room."
Among the other artists who lent their talents to Reimagination are U.K. pop legend Sir Cliff Richard, singer/songwriter Marc Cohn and country star Lee Ann Womack. The album was produced by veteran film and TV composer Fred Mollin.
"When Fred Mollin asked me if I was interested in singing harmony on Lamont's album, I just couldn't wait," Nash says. "My former band, The Hollies, recorded 'Stop in the Name of Love' in the early '80s and it was my absolute pleasure to be able to work with such an incredible writer."
Regarding the project, Dozier declares, "Who knew that after all these years that these songs would be revisited again in this form? We're just having a ball with it and, we think that the audience and the fans of this music will get a kick out of it as well."
You can check out a behind-the-scenes video about the making of the album now on Cleopatra Records' official YouTube channel.
Here the full track list of Reimagination:
Supremes Medley: "Where Did Our Love Go"/"Stop in the Name of Love"/"Come See About Me"/"Baby Love" -- featuring Graham Nash "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" -- featuring Gregory Porter "Reach Out, I'll Be There" "Baby I Need Your Loving" -- featuring Lee Ann Womack "Bernadette" "This Old Heart of Mine"/"My World Is Empty Without You" -- featuring Sir Cliff Richard "Heat Wave"/"Nowhere to Run" -- featuring Jo Harman "In My Lonely Room" -- featuring Todd Rundgren "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" -- featuring Marc Cohn "You Keep Me Hanging On" -- featuring Rumer "Reflections" -- featuring Justin Currie "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"
Bonus Track "Reach Out, I'll Be There" -- duet with Jo Harman