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Credit: Danny ClinchA date and site for Chuck Berry's funeral have been revealed. A rep for the late rock 'n' roll pioneer confirmed to ABC Radio that a memorial service for Berry will take place Sunday, April 9, in his hometown of St. Louis.

A public viewing, running from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. local time, will be held at The Pageant, located at 6161 Delmar Boulevard. A private service for Berry, to be attended by his family and friends, will follow.

Berry died on March 18 at his home in St. Charles County, Illinois, at the age of 90. As previously reported, a posthumous studio album called Chuck is scheduled to be released June 16.

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Courtesy of Sarasota County Sheriff's OfficeDonna Betts, wife of founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts, was arrested Monday in Osprey, Florida, after she allegedly threatened to shoot a group of high-school students who are part of a local rowing crew.

According to an arrest report ABC Radio obtained from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Donna was taken into custody after deputies observed a video of her standing on a dock and aiming a rifle at the crew members while threatening to shoot them.

According to the report, the video, which was taken with a cell phone, shows Ms. Betts pointing the rifle at various students -- who'd gathered at a site next to her property for their daily rowing practice -- while yelling at them to stay off her property. As the video ends, Ms. Betts throws the gun into the water. The report says the students did not go onto Donna's property at any time.

"The video depicts the fear in the students' voices as they ask why she was pointed the rifle at them," says the report.

The document also says that after throwing her gun into the water, Donna called 911 and said, "The crew from Sarasota High School have destroyed her life and she has had it."

The gun was later recovered and brought to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

A report on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office website shows that Ms. Betts was charged with more than a dozen counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

The police report says coaches and members of the rowing crew claim report that they have had other conflicts with Ms. Betts in the past.

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Credit: Jimmy KingThe chance to play the late David Bowie's piano while enjoying unobstructed views of Central Park in a New York City apartment could be yours, for about $6.5 million.

A three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath apartment once owned by Bowie and his wife, Iman, went on the market on Monday. The couple sold the apartment, located in the Essex House on Central Park South, in 2002, 10 years after they wed.

Bowie's Yamaha piano was included in the 2002 sale and has remained in the apartment ever since.

The current sellers, who didn't buy the apartment from Bowie and Iman, are keeping the tradition alive by including the piano in the listing price.

"I would imagine it is hard to move but I think it's really a great catch for buyers," the apartment's exclusive agent, Bernice Leventhal of the Corcoran Group, tells ABC News.

The 1,877-square-foot home features a limestone foyer, a walk-in closet, two master-sized bedrooms, and a master bath with a rain shower and heated floors.

Bowie died in January 2016 of cancer at the age of 69. He and Iman were married for 24 years and have one child together, daughter Alexandria "Lexi" Zahra Jones.

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Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesGeorge Michael's nearest and dearest came together Wednesday for an intimate funeral for the late music icon, according to a statement on behalf of his family.

"Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved Son, Brother and Friend," the statement reads.

It continues, "George Michael's family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family's wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion."

The statement adds that no further details on the funeral will be released.

Michael died of heart-related natural causes on Christmas Day last year. He was 53.

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Pink Floyd Records/Legacy RecordingsThe Abbey Road Studios recording console used in the making of Pink Floyd's classic 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon has sold at a music memorabilia auction for $1.8 million, more than twice its pre-sale estimated price of $700,000. The sale was held Monday at Bonham's auction house in New York City.

The console was installed in studio two at the famous London recording facility from 1971 to 1983, and is one of two custom-made consoles created by EMI engineers. Other artists whose albums were recorded using the console include Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Kate Bush and The Cure.

Producer Mike Hedges bought the console from Abbey Road in 1983 and had used it in his home studio until deciding to auction it. It remains in full working order.

The console's purchaser also received a letter of authenticity from former Abbey Road Studios manager Ken Townsend, as well as a copy of The Dark Side of the Moon.

Last Friday, Pink Floyd released six individual volumes of rare recordings and video footage that initially were issued together in November 2016 in the expansive box set The Early Years, 1967-1972.

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017 will be welcomed into the hallowed institution at a ceremony held on April 7 in Brooklyn, New York, and to celebrate the new inductees a special exhibit will open this Friday, March 31, at Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The display will feature items from all of the 2017 inductees -- Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Nile Rodgers.

Journey's contribution to the exhibit is a parlor grand piano that keyboardist Jonathan Cain played on all of the band's 1980s tours and continued to use until 2007. ELO will be represented by a gold Gibson Les Paul guitar played by frontman Jeff Lynne around 1974. Also featured will be a variety of collectible Yes tour memorabilia, including a point-of-sale sign from the trek in support of the prog-rock band's Drama album.

In addition, the contract Baez signed to perform at the 1969 Woodstock festival and a Stuyvesant Guitar Man electric guitar used by Rodgers around 1980 will be on display.

The exhibition also will feature a video presentation of highlights from past induction ceremonies that will be updated to include footage from this year's event.

The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. An HBO special focusing on the event will premiere Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Credit: Jill JarrettIf you love The Doors madly, here's some cool news: The band's founding guitarist, Robby Krieger, has announced a series of spring U.S. tour dates with his solo band. The trek kicks off April 7 in Pasadena, California, and is mapped out through a June 17 concert in Davenport, Iowa.

Krieger's outing also includes stops in New York City, Nashville, Indianapolis and Chicago. Fans can expect to hear a set made up mainly of classic Doors material. Robby's band features his son Waylon on lead vocals, as well as bassist Phil Chen and drummer Ty Dennis, who served as the longtime rhythm section of the various Doors spinoff bands Krieger's led with late keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

As previously reported, The Doors are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their self-titled debut album this year. An expanded reissue of the record is due out this Friday, March 31, and various special events are expected to be announced later in 2017.

Here are all of Krieger's confirmed solo tour dates, according to RobbyKrieger.com:

4/7 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
4/8 -- Ojai, CA, Ojai Libbey Bowl
4/16 -- New York, NY, City Winery
4/19 -- Shirley, MA, Bull Run
4/21 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
4/22 -- Newton, NJ, Newton Theatre
4/23 -- Ardmore, PA, Ardmore Music Hall
5/5 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery
5/7 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
5/9 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
5/27 -- Simi Valley, CA, Rancho Santa Susana Community
6/17 -- Davenport, IA, Centennial Park

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Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac (Samir Hussein/Getty Images)We've finally got confirmation of this summer's bi-coastal The Classic East and The Classic West festivals

As first reported by Billboard nearly three weeks ago, there will be six artists in all playing each two-night weekend festival. The first night will feature The Eagles, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers.  The second night will feature Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire.  

The Classic West takes place first, July 15 and 16 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, while The Classic East -- with the same lineup -- will happen July 29 and 30 at Citi Field in New York.

And just as the hype declares, one ticket is good for two nights to see six legendary bands.  They go on sale Friday, April 7, local time via Ticketmaster.

Steely Dan, Journey, Earth, Wind & Fire and The Doobie Brothers are all touring separately during the spring and summer.  So far, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac haven't announced any dates beyond the festivals. 

It's also worth noting this will be the first time The Eagles have played a concert gig since the death of co-founder Glenn Frey in January 2016.  They did join with their friend Jackson Browne at the 2016 Grammy Awards to pay tribute to Frey, but Don Henley subsequently told the BBC that he felt that performance "was the final farewell" for his band.

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Asylum RecordsSeminal recordings by The Eagles, Don McLean and Wilson Pickett have been chosen for preservation by the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

The registry chooses recordings each year based on their "cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage," according to the Library of Congress.

The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975), one of the best-selling albums of all time, is on this year's list of recordings to be preserved, as is Don McLean's 1971 opus "American Pie."

In a statement, McLean said, "With few exceptions American music is the whole of popular music. We have done it all. Written the greatest songs and produced the greatest artists. I am so proud to be a part of this creative effort.”  

Several notable singles also made this year's list: Pickett's 1965 classic "In the Midnight Hour," Big Mama Thornton's original 1953 version of "Hound Dog," Sister Sledge's 1979 smash "We Are Family," Judy Collins' 1970 recording of "Amazing Grace," and Barbra Streisand's signature tune, 1964's "People."

Streisand said in a statement, "It is so humbling and gratifying to learn that my recording of the song ‘People’ by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill will be installed in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress...I believe ‘People’ touched our common desire to relate to others with love and caring, and I’ve always tried to express this in my renditions of this magical song.”

Also on this year's list: David Bowie's 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Talking Heads' 1980 album Remain in Light, and the original 1975 cast recording of the musical The Wiz.

More info on the individual recordings is at the Library of Congress website.

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Friday, April 7, and the rest of the stars who'll be inducting this year's honorees have been announced, along with some special guests.

Confirming media reports, Snoop Dogg will induct the late rapper Tupac Shakur.  George Harrison's son, Dhani, will induct Electric Light Orchestra: The late Beatle and ELO leader Jeff Lynne were close friends and longtime musical collaborators.

Journey will be inducted by the frontman of another Bay Area pop/rock band: Pat Monahan of Train Nile Rodgers will be inducted by singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams.

In addition, Lenny Kravitz will perform a very special tribute to Prince, who died last April.  Other performers include Alicia Keys, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls.

What's still unknown is whether or not former Journey frontman Steve Perry will be present to be inducted alongside his old band, or perform with them, or both.

Previously announced presenters include Neil Young inducting Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne inducting Joan Baez and Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson inducting Yes.

The ceremony will premiere on HBO on April 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1He didn't appear at the formal ceremony last December, but Bob Dylan will soon make the trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to finally meet with the Nobel Prize folks, who last October awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature.

A blog post today by Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy -- which awards the Nobel Prize -- announces that Dylan will meet with academy officials when he visits Stockholm "in a few days" to play two previously announced concerts on Saturday and Sunday.   

"The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances," Danius writes.  "The Academy will then hand over Dylan's Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan's wishes."

You may remember, it took a few weeks before Dylan even formally acknowledged his Nobel selection last year.  He then skipped December's formal ceremony, citing prior commitments -- U.S. Swedish Ambassador Azita Raji stood in for him, and Patti Smith performed Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."  However, in order to collect the $870,000 in prize money that comes with the honor, he's required to deliver a lecture within six months of his win. 

"Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held," writes Danius, but adds, "The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point."

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Credit: Jess GriffinWith Ann Wilson scheduled to wind down the initial leg her 2017 solo tour on Friday, April 7, in Cranston, Rhode Island, the Heart singer has now announced plans to return to the road in May and stay there straight on into the summer.

Wilson's new series of dates begins with a May 19 concert in Indio, California, and is mapped out through a July 2 in Anaheim, California.  The second leg features a total of 24 dates in all.

As previously reported, Wilson's solo show includes performances of Heart classics, cover songs by some of the artists who influenced her and material from her solo albums. Her backing band includes Heart guitarist Craig Bartok, who also played with Ann's recent side project The Ann Wilson Thing; The Ann Wilson Thing bassist Andy Stoller; and ex-Heart drummer/percussionist Denny Fongheiser.

Among the covers Wilson has been singing at her recent shows are The Who's "The Real Me," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Love, Reign O'er Me"; The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Manic Depression"; Yes' "I've Seen All Good People"; The Black Crowes' "She Talks to Angels"; Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up"; The Animals' "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place"; The Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth"; and Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way."

Here are all of the upcoming dates on the Ann Wilson of Heart Tour:

3/29 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
3/30 -- Westbury, NY, The Space at Westbury Theater
4/1 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley
4/2 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
4/4 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
4/6 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
4/7 -- Cranston, RI, Park Theatre PAC
5/19 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
5/21 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up
5/23 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
5/26 -- Florence, KY, UC Health Stadium
5/28 -- St. Louis, MO, River City Casino
5/31 -- Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory
6/1 -- San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theater
6/3 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Concrete Street Pavilion
6/4 -- Houston, TX, Arena Theatre
6/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
6/8 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
6/10 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theater
6/11 -- Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre
6/13 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
6/14 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
6/16 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
6/17 -- Warren, OH, W.D. Packard Music Hall
6/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
6/21 -- Cedar Falls, IA, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
6/26 -- Layton, UT, Kenley Amphitheater
6/27 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy City Amphitheater
6/29 -- Pleasanton, CA, Alameda County Fairgrounds
6/30 -- San Rafael, CA, Marin County Fair
7/2 -- Anaheim, CA, The Grove of Anaheim

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Courtesy of AXS TVWith Blondie gearing up for the May 5 release of its latest album, Pollinator, the influential New Wave band will be featured on a new AXS TV concert special premiering this Sunday, April 2, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The 80-minute program captures an intimate show singer Debbie Harry and company played at the studio of Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW.  It features performances of Blondie classics like "Dreaming," "One Way or Another," "Call Me," "Rapture" and "The Tide Is High," and also will give fans a live preview of the Pollinator tunes "Gravity" and "My Monster."

In other news, in advance of Pollinator's arrival, Blondie has released a new single called "Long Time." The band collaborated with indie-R&B artist Blood Orange on the track, which features infectious '80s synth sounds and dance beats reminiscent of Blondie's chart-topping 1979 hit "Heart of Glass."

A limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single featuring "Long Time" and a non-album track, "The Breaks," will be available in independent record shops in conjunction with the 2017 Record Store Day campaign on April 22. You can listen to "Long Time" now at Blondie's official VEVO YouTube channel.

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Joseph GuayElton John is re-teaming up with his Lion King songwriting partner Sir Tim Rice for a new animated musical.  Unfortunately, Elton's just producing the movie, not writing songs for it.

Deadline reports that at the annual CinemaCon movie event in Las Vegas on Tuesday, it was announced that Elton's Rocket Pictures production company will bring us an animated version of the classic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  

Originally written in the late sixties by Tim Rice and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was first produced for the London stage in the early seventies and arrived on Broadway in 1982.  Rice and Lloyd Webber plan to team up to write new songs for the project, which is based on the biblical story of Joseph, son of Jacob, who is sold into slavery by his brothers.

Elton's Rocket Pictures is also producing an animated film called Sherlock Gnomes, the follow-up to its previous hit, Gnomeo & Juliet. The new movie features the voices of Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and James McAvoy.

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SBME Castle USClem Curtis, lead singer on The Foundations' breakthrough 1967 hit "Baby Now that I've Found You," has died, his family confirmed to the BBC.  He was 76.

Born in Trinidad, Curtis moved to England as a teenager joining the band that would become The Foundations in 1966. 

"Baby Now that I've Found You," The Foundations' first single, was an international smash, reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the U.K. pop charts.

Although the group went on to score another giant smash with "Build Me Up Buttercup" in 1968, Curtis had left by then.

In his later years, Curtis toured and recorded with various new incarnations of The Foundations and appeared in the London stage production of The Wiz.

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Blackbird Presents RecordsBack in November 2014, soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples celebrated her 75th birthday with a star-studded tribute concert in her hometown of Chicago. If you missed the show, which featured performances by Staples, Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald, Aaron Neville and many others, you can watch it as an AXS TV special that airs April 16 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The concert, dubbed Mavis Staples: I'll Take You There -- An All-Star Concert Celebration, also will be released as a CD/DVD package on June 2. The show included performances of gospel and soul tunes Mavis originally sang with her family group The Staple Singers, material from her solo career, and songs she's performed with other artists over the years.

Other artists who took part in the event include Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Joan Osborne, Keb' Mo', and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

Pitchfork has premiered a video clip from the show featuring Staples singing The Band's "The Weight," along with all of the guests on the concerts lineup, including Allman, McDonald and Raitt.

Here is the Mavis Staples: I'll Take You There -- An All-Star Concert Celebration track list:

Joan Osborne -- "You're Driving Me (to the Arms of a Stranger)"
Keb' Mo' -- "Heavy Makes You Happy"
Otis Clay -- "I Ain't Raisin' No Sand"
Buddy Miller -- "Woke Up this Morning (with My Mind on Jesus)"
Patty Griffin -- "Waiting for My Child"
Emmylou Harris -- "Far Celestial Shore"
Michael McDonald -- "Freedom Highway"
Glen Hansard -- "People Get Ready"
Mavis Staples & Aaron Neville -- "Respect Yourself"
Ryan Bingham -- "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)"
Widespread Panic -- "Hope in a Hopeless World"
Grace Potter -- "Grandma's Hands"
Eric Church -- "Eyes on the Prize"
Taj Mahal -- "Wade in the Water"
Gregg Allman -- "Have a Little Faith"
Mavis Staples & Bonnie Raitt -- "Turn Me Around"
Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Majal & Greg Allman -- "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
Mavis Staples, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne -- "Slippery People"
Mavis Staples and Tweedy -- "You Are Not Alone"
Mavis Staples -- "I'll Take You There"
Mavis & Everybody -- "The Weight"

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Courtesy of Fathom Events/Rhino EntertainmentThe Grateful Dead's classic 1977 concert film, The Grateful Dead Movie, will truck back into theaters for a special one-night-only screening on April 20 in honor of the flick's 40th anniversary.

The movie, which was co-directed by late Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia, features footage from a five-night stand that the band played at San Francisco's famous Winterland venue in October 1974.

The "Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary" screenings will be held at more than 500 theaters across the U.S. The event also will offer an exclusive preview of Long Strange Trip, the forthcoming Grateful Dead documentary that Martin Scorsese is executive producing, as well as a previously unreleased mini-documentary focusing on the legendary jam band's celebrated May 8, 1977, concert at Cornell University.

The Grateful Dead Movie includes performances of such classic songs as "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Playing in the Band" and "Casey Jones," and also features a series of animated interludes and footage of audience members reacting to the show.

"Grateful Dead fans across the country share a special connection with each other and with their favorite band," says John Rubey, CEO of Fathom Events, which is presenting the screenings in partnership with Rhino Entertainment. "Gathering these dedicated fans together to experience exciting content from their favorite artists is at the core of what we do, and this event is a great example of that."

To purchase tickets for the screenings and check more information about the screenings, visit FathomEvents.com.

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St. Martin's PressJohn Oates' new memoir, Change of Seasons, arrives today and, coinciding with the book's release, the Hall & Oates singer is heading out on a promotional tour.

The trek gets underway tonight at the SubCulture New York venue in New York City, and runs through an April 9 appearance at the Nashville Public Library in Oates' adopted hometown of Nashville.

The tour also includes stops in the Boston area, Philadelphia, the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Denver, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In Change of Seasons, Oates candidly shares his life story, including his lifelong passion for music, his childhood years in New York City and, later, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the development of his friendship and musical partnership with Daryl Hall, and his experiences as part of one of the most successful duos in pop music history.

The memoir is based on the handwritten journals that Oates has been keeping since the day he graduated college in 1970.

Co-written with music journalist Chris Epting, the book comes packaged with a five-track companion CD featuring original and traditional songs that illustrate the stories he tells in the book, including a live version of "Maneater."

As previously reported, Oates will team up with Hall for a joint North American trek with Tears for Fears that gets underway May 4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hall & Oates also will be headlining and hosting the inaugural HoagieNation festival, scheduled for May 27 in Philadelphia.

Here are all of the dates on Oates' book tour:

3/28 -- New York City, NY, SubCulture New York (at 7:30 p.m. ET)
3/29 -- Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair (at 7 p.m. ET)
3/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square (at 7 p.m. ET)
3/31 -- Naperville, IL, North Central College - Pfeiffer Hall (7 p.m. CT)
4/3 — Denver, CO, Tattered Cover Colfax (at 6 p.m. MT)
4/4 -- Austin, TX, Bookpeople (at 7 p.m. CT)
4/6 -- San Francisco, CA, Swedish American Hall (at 7 p.m. PT)
4/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Barnes & Noble The Grove (at 7 p.m. PT)
4/9 -- Nashville, TN, Nashville Public Library (at 3 p.m. CT)

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Flickering Shadow ProductionsAndy Summers has just released a new solo instrumental album titled Triboluminescence, which finds the founding Police guitarist delving into a variety of exotic sonic landscapes and musical genres.

Summers tells ABC Radio that his album's unusual title is "a scientific word [that] means 'striking something to create light from dark,' which I thought was a very good metaphor for making music or any creative act."

Andy says that on the new album, he moved deeper into the direction he explored on his previous record, 2015's Metal Dog, incorporating such influences as jazz, West African and Indonesian music.

"I'm always trying to push on a bit rather than just resting on old sounds that certainly to my ear are becoming a bit cliche and a bit overdone," he explains about his solo work. "So, I personally feel my mission as a composer and as a creative musician is to search for new sounds."

"In my case, maybe it has been influenced by exotic sounds [I've heard while] traveling all over the world, including Africa, Southeast Asia, China."

Regarding his approach to creating his solo album, Summers notes, "In a way, I regard the studio as sort of a giant paintbox -- or you could call it a kitchen if you like -- where you mix all sorts of things together."

He says many of his solo pieces begin with him using devices and instruments to create interesting sounds that "tickle your ear in a different way."

Summers says he feels that a solo project like Triboluminescence, on which he played almost every instrument, is more personal than an album made with a variety of musicians.

Summers will support Triboluminescence with a brief South American tour that kicks off Friday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Courtesy of Acoustic-4-a-CureThe lineup has been revealed for the 2017 edition of Acoustic-4-a-Cure, the annual benefit concert co-founded by Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield.  Among the stars slated to take part are Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, and The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir.

As usual, Hagar also will perform at the show, although Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl will fill in for Hetfield, who will be on tour with Metallica in May. Other artists on the bill include Sarah McLachlan and and rock-guitar virtuoso Steve Vai.

Tickets for the Acoustic-4-a-Cure IV show will go on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. PT via LiveNation.com. There's a two-ticket limit per person. In addition, a limited number of VIP packages will be available offering premium seats, a commemorative poster and T-shirt, complimentary food and drinks, and more.

The event features the various artists performing acoustically, and includes unique duets, jams and surprise guest appearances. The Acoustic-4-a-Cure concerts raise funds for and awareness of the pediatric cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco.

For more details, visit Acoustic4aCure.com.

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