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Credit: Ross HalfinZZ Top recently launched a 2017 trek dubbed The Tonnage Tour, and now the famous Texas blues-rock trio has added a series of late-spring shows to the North American outing that include several concerts in their home state. The new dates begin with a May 12 performance in Amarillo, Texas, and run through June 10 show in Frisco, Texas, that also will feature Jimmy Buffett.

Among the other cities ZZ Top will visit are San Antonio; Biloxi, Mississippi; Little Rock, Arkansas; Springfield, Missouri; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Cincinnati. Tickets for nearly all the shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 3, at 3 p.m. local time. Members of the band's Tres Hombres club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning this Tuesday, February 28, at 10 a.m.

ZZ Top's initial run of Tonnage Tour dates wind down on March 14 in Macon, Georgia. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' next show is tonight in Louisville, Kentucky. The band will follow its North American leg with a summer European trek that kicks off July 6 in Albi, France, and is mapped out through a July 30 concert in Maidstone, U.K.

Here are all of ZZ Top's forthcoming North American dates:

2/24 -- Louisville, KY, The Louisville Palace Theater
2/25 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
2/26 -- Schenectady, NY, Proctor’s Theatre
3/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Atlantic City – Circus Maximus
3/4 -- Shippensburg, PA, H. Ric Luhrs PAC – Shippensburg University
3/5 -- Washington, D.C., MGM National Harbor
3/11 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget
3/14 -- Macon, GA, City Auditorium
5/12 -- Amarillo, TX, Amarillo Civic Center
5/13 -- Wichita Falls, TX, Memorial Auditorium
5/14 -- Midland, TX, Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion and Amphitheater
5/16 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
5/18 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre
5/19 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre
5/20 -- Belton, TX, Bell Country Expo Center
5/22 -- San Angelo, TX, Foster Communications Coliseum
5/23 -- Hidalgo, TX, State Farm Arena
5/24 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Selena Auditorium
5/26 -- Little Rock, AR, Robinson Performance Hall
5/27 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
5/28 -- Springfield, MO, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
5/30 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre - Outdoor
6/1 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
6/2 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
6/3 -- Orillia, ON, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
6/6 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
6/7 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion
6/9 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amp - Arkansas Music Pavilion
6/10 -- Frisco, TX, Toyota Stadium (with Jimmy Buffett)

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Live NationLionel Richie's biggest album is called Can't Slow Down, but he's finally found something that has slowed him down: knee surgery. The singer had to have his knee operated on, and that's forcing him to postpone his planned tour with Mariah Carey.

“When you have been performing as long as I have it takes a toll on your body," said Lionel in a statement. "Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100% ready to start the tour next month. I don’t want to disappoint my fans and I look forward to being back on stage so we can all be ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ together again.” 

The tour will now be rescheduled for the summer, with new dates to be announced soon.  All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates.  The original tour was supposed to start March 15 in Baltimore and run through May 27, wrapping up in Sunrise, Florida.

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1988 © Paul McCartney/Photo by Linda McCartneyPaul McCartney is treating fans to another preview of the forthcoming deluxe reissue of his 1989 studio album, Flowers in the Dirt, which included several collaborations with Elvis Costello. McCartney has posted a video on his official YouTube channel that features the original demo of "My Brave Face," a song he co-wrote with Costello that reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The clip also features some rare footage of Paul and Elvis working and goofing around in the studio. The demo of "My Brave Face" is highlighted by McCartney and Costello's loose harmonies and strummed acoustic guitars.

The raw track is one of nine "original demos" recorded by Paul and Elvis that appear as bonus tracks on the expanded editions of Flowers in the Dirt, due March 24. An additional set of "1988 demos" of the same nine tunes are included on the Flowers in the Dirt Deluxe Edition box set.

The box set also contains a DVD with various music videos, three new short films featuring archival footage and a making-of documentary. The collection comes packaged with a 32-page book containing McCartney's handwritten notes and lyrics; a 64-page photo book; a catalog for the late Linda McCartney's 1989 Flowers in the Dirt photo exhibit; and a 112-page book focusing on the making of the album.

Recalling how he and Costello collaborated during the Flowers in the Dirt sessions, McCartney says, "[W]e sat opposite each other with our guitars because I had said to him early on that this is how I'd written with John [Lennon], with me being left handed and him being right handed, it was almost like looking in a mirror. We did virtually what John and I did which was just make up a song a day."

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Republic RecordsJohn Mellencamp has unveiled full details about his upcoming collaborative album with country-folk artist Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, which now is scheduled to be released on April 28 -- a week later than initially announced.

The album features 13 tracks, including the recently released single "Easy Target," a song focusing on strained race relations and gun violence in the U.S. that Mellencamp introduced on the eve of President Trump's inauguration.

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies also includes a rootsy rock track called "Grandview" featuring guest vocals by country star Martina McBride, which was been issued as John's latest single. The album is available for pre-order now, and those ordering the record in advance will get a free download of both "Easy Target" and "Grandview."

As previously reported, Mellencamp will support Sad Clowns & Hillbillies with a U.S. tour that kicks off on June 5 in the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village, Colorado. The singer-songwriter will be accompanied by Carter on the trek, which also will feature Americana legend Emmylou Harris and the folk-pop duo Lily & Madeleine as support acts.

Tickets for most concerts on the tour went on sale Friday, February 24. For details about specific shows, visit Mellencamp.com and AEGLive.com. Those who purchase a ticket online also will receive a CD copy of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Mobile Blue"
"Battle of Angels"
"Grandview" (featuring Martina McBride)
"Indigo Sunset"
"What Kind of Man Am I"
"All Night Talk Radio"
"Sugar Hill Mountain"
"You Are Blind"
"Damascus Road"
"Early Bird Café"
"Sad Clowns"
"My Soul's Got Wings"
"Easy Target"

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Denise Truscello/WireImageThe 25th installment of Elton John's Academy Awards Viewing Party goes down Sunday night in West Hollywood Park in L.A., and some stars might want to attend just for the food alone.

The sumptuous dinner, whose menu was created by chef Gordon Ramsay, starts with bigeye tuna sashimi and caviar and Jerusalem artichoke soup, followed by filet mignon with smashed potatoes, truffle butter and caramelized onions and sea bass with white bean puree and fennel slaw.

That will be followed by a Red Oak lettuce salad with Stilton blue cheese, a pear poached in port wine and a honey vinaigrette.  Smoked chocolate mousse with blood orange caramel and coffee almond crumble will round out the meal.

But the food isn't the only attraction at the event, which raises money for Elton's AIDS Foundation.  There will also be a performance by the band St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and a look at a new movie called The Promise, which is about the Armenian genocide in Turkey during World War I.  All proceeds from the movie will go to nonprofit organizations, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

There also will be a silent auction at the viewing party, which over the past 25 years has raised more than $56 million to help people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS.  Expected attendees include Katy Perry, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Steven Tyler, Beyonce, Jim Carrey, Heidi Klum, Rob Lowe, and current Oscar nominees Denzel Washington and Mahershala Ali.

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Courtesy of Shure IncorporatedPaul McCartney and The Who have partnered with the Shure microphone company for a special charity auction in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Shure's popular SM58 mics. Shure has created commemorative limited-edition SM58 microphones featuring custom-painted McCartney- and Who-themed designs that will be sold via eBay.

Three hundred microphones of each design will go up for bid, with 10 of each signed, respectively, by Sir Paul and by The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

The McCartney-themed mics feature a photo of the former Beatle taken by his daughter Mary that appeared on his 2012 album Kisses on the Bottom. The mics will go up for bid on Wednesday, March 1, and will benefit the McCartney family's Meat Free Monday charity.

The Who-themed mics boast an original design by Richard Evans, who has worked on the band's album covers and artwork for decades. The auction, whose start date hasn't been announced yet, will benefit the Teen Cancer America charity, which Daltrey and Townshend launched in 2012.

"The Shure SM58 has carried my voice to millions around the world over many years, and it still carries millions of voices to audiences every day," says McCartney in a statement. "I am pleased to join with Shure in offering this special edition 50th Anniversary SM58 in support of a charity that is close to the heart of my family."

Adds Daltrey, "Shure and the SM58 have played a big part in my career, and we have joined forces on many charitable activities in support of teen cancer treatment thus far. It feels natural that we are working together on this auction in commemoration of this important milestone."

For more information about the auctions, visit Shure.com/auction.

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David Livingston/Getty ImagesRetired Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick is a well-known supporter of liberal social issues, so some were surprised that she recently allowed the chart-topping Starship hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" to be used in a commercial for Chick-fil-A, a company that's funded organizations that are against gay marriage. In an op-ed piece published in Forbes, the 77-year-old Rock and Roll of Famer explains why, after initially balking at the request, she ultimately decided to license the tune to the restaurant chain.

Slick maintains in her editorial, "I firmly believe that men should be able to marry men, and women women. I am passionately against anyone who would try to suppress this basic human right. So my first thought when 'Check'-fil-A came to me was, 'F*** no!'…But then I decided, 'F*** yes.'"

The Woodstock-era icon reveals that she's donating all the money she makes from the ad to Lambda Legal, which she says is "the largest national legal organization working to advance the civil rights of LGBTQ people, and everyone living with HIV."

She adds, "I decided to spend the cash in direct opposition to 'Check'-fil-A's causes -- and to make a public example of them, too. We're going to take some of their money, and pay it back."

Slick continues by noting that her 1960s heyday was "a time when artists didn't just sell their soul to the highest bidder, when musicians took a stand, when the message of songs was 'feed your head,' not 'feed your wallet.'"

She maintains that that kind of artistic integrity is needed today, "more than ever."

Grace wraps up her piece by asserting, "I hope more musicians will think about the companies that they let use their songs; we can use our gifts to help stop the forces of bigotry."

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Roy's Boys/Legacy RecordingsBlack & White Night 30, the newly updated and expanded version of the late Roy Orbison's historic, star-studded 1988 concert special Black & White Night, gets its release Friday, February 24. The new collection, which will be available as a DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD set, feature previously unreleased performances, unseen camera angles and a documentary about the show that includes interviews with the event's various guest artists.

The new collection boasts a re-imagined, re-edited, remastered version of the concert, which took place in Los Angeles in September 1987 and originally aired as a cable-TV special. Orbison sang a variety of his memorable songs at the show with accompaniment from Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang, Jennifer Warnes and J.D. Souther. The evening's house band was Elvis Presley's famed TCB Band, which included guitar great James Burton, keyboardist Glen D. Hardin, bassist Jerry Scheff and drummer Ronnie Tutt.

The Black & White Night 30 show also features an unreleased alternate performance of Roy's classic song "Oh, Pretty Woman" and more.

In celebration of the release, a video featuring the first 23 minutes of the re-edited concert has been posted on Orbison's official Facebook page. Roy's son Alex appears at the beginning of the clip to introduce the footage.

As Alex explains, "The whole idea of Black & White Night 30 is a front-row center ticket to have you seeing a Roy Orbison show that is the Black & White Night."

The DVD and Blu-ray discs also include five previously unreleased bonus performances that took place after the audience had left the venue, as well as a 33-minute documentary featuring rehearsal footage and interviews filmed before and after the concert with Springsteen, Costello, Browne, Raitt and others.

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Capitol Nashville/UMeThree of Glen Campbell's early albums that helped establish the multitalented pop-country artist as a solo star -- 1967's Gentle on My Mind, 1968's Wichita Lineman and 1969's Galveston -- will be made available on vinyl for the first time in decades on March 24. The albums will be issued on black vinyl with sleeves replicating the original artwork.  Colored-vinyl versions of the records will be released at a later date via GlenCampbell.com.

All three albums topped the Billboard Country Albums chart, while landing at #5, #1 and #2, respectively, on the Billboard 200.

Gentle on My Mind was highlighted by the John Hartford-penned title track, which broke into the top 40 of both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles charts. The song also served as the theme song to Campbell's popular variety TV show. The album went on to receive a platinum certification for one million copies sold in the U.S.

Wichita Lineman included the classic title song, written by acclaimed songwriter and frequent Campbell collaborator Jimmy Webb. The tune was a #1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles tally and reached #3 on the Hot 100. Wichita Lineman became Glen's most successful album of all-time, selling two million copies.

Galveston also featured a hit Webb-penned title song, which, like "Wichita Lineman," topped Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and peaked at #3 on the Hot 100. The album, which was another platinum seller, also included another Webb composition, "Where's the Playground Susie," which reached #26 on the Hot 100.

Here are the track listings for the Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston albums:

Gentle on My Mind
Side A
"Gentle on My Mind"
"Catch the Wind"
"It's Over"
"Bowling Green"
"Just Another Man"
"You're My World"

Side B
"The World I Used to Know"
"Without Her"
"Mary in the Morning"
"Love Me as If There Were No Tomorrow"
"Cryin'"

Wichita Lineman
Side A
"Wichita Lineman"
"(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay"
"If You Go Away"
"Ann"
"Words"
"Fate of Man"

Side B
"Dreams of the Everyday Housewife"
"The Straight Life"
"Reason to Believe"
"You Better Sit Down Kids"
"That's Not Home"

Galveston
Side A
"Galveston"
"Take My Hand for a While"
"If This Is Love"
"Today"
"Got to Have Tenderness"
"Friends"

Side B
"Where's the Playground Susie"
"Time"
"Until It's Time for You to Go"
"Oh What a Woman"
"Every Time I Itch I End Up Scratchin' You"

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Joe Greene; Piper FergusonJ. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf and Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the MG's fame are among the many artists who will perform at the 2017 edition of the Beale Street Music Festival, which will be held May 5-7 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Other well-known acts on the three-day event's bill include Soundgarden, Australian rockers Midnight Oil, Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Bush, Ziggy Marley, Jill Scott, Widespread Panic, Jimmy Eat World, Sum 41 and Ani DiFranco, among others.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit MemphisinMay.org.

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BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesRemember last year, when Sinead O'Connor claimed Arsenio Hall had supplied drugs to Prince?  And then Arsenio sued Sinead?  Regardless, it's all been settled now.

To recap: Shortly after Prince died last April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, O'Connor posted on her Facebook page: "Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades.... Arsenio Hall.”  She added, “Arsenio I've reported you to the Carver County Sherriff's office. Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy's house. You best get tidying your man cave."

Three days later, Hall filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit in LA Superior Court against O'Connor, claiming she "maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies" about him.

Wednesday, a representative for Arsenio Hall provided ABC News with both a joint statement by Hall and O’Connor, and a copy of a retraction and apology by O'Connor.  The joint statement reads:

“Arsenio Hall and Sinead O’Connor announce that Sinead has retracted and apologized for statements she made about Arsenio last year, which prompted his defamation lawsuit against her, and the lawsuit has been resolved. Below is Sinead’s retraction and apology:

“I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio Hall to the extent that anyone thought I was accusing him of acting as Prince’s drug dealer and supplying him with illegal hard drugs, or insinuating that Arsenio had something to do with Prince’s death. I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally.”

The statement ends with, "Arsenio's lawyers confirm that now that Arsenio’s reputation has been restored by O’Connor’s unequivocal retraction and apology, the lawsuit will be dismissed."

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Credit: Dan HigginsAfter being eligible for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for more than 20 years, Yes finally will be welcomed into the institution at an April 7 ceremony in Brooklyn, New York. Original Yes frontman Jon Anderson tells ABC Radio that he's "obviously very excited" about the honor, while revealing that since receiving the happy news, he's noticed a change in the way people react to him when he's out in public.

"People wave at me now in the department stores and local stores…and put their thumbs up," he says. "So, obviously people know who I am, and I didn't know that…[P]eople are waving at me saying, 'Well done, Jon. You're in the Hall of Fame!'"

Yes, of course, has had many lineup changes over the years, and eight different former or current members are being inducted into the Rock Hall. This has fans wondering about how the band's performance will be presented at the ceremony.

Anderson tells ABC Radio, "We'll probably do a Yes with [former guitarist] Trevor [Rabin] doing 'Owner [of a Lonely Heart],' and then Yes with [longtime guitarist] Steve [Howe] doing 'Roundabout.' And then we'll all get together and play a song together. Something like that."

Sadly, founding Yes bassist Chris Squire died in 2015, but Anderson insists that his old friend still will be in attendance at the big event.

"I'm actually in touch with Chris Squire quite a lot…And he's so excited," Jon maintains. "He's gonna be there." He adds that Squire's widow be on hand to accept a special award on Chris' behalf.

Before the induction ceremony, Anderson and his current band, ARW, which also features Rabin and ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, will launch a 2017 tour that begins March 7 in Tel Aviv, Israel, then heads to Europe.

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Credit: Myriam SantosJohn Fogerty recently was reunited with a prized Rickenbacker guitar that he played during Creedence Clearwater Revival's heyday, but which the rock legend says he gave away in either 1973 or '74, shortly after CCR broke up in. Rolling Stone reports that Fogerty's wife tracked down the instrument, a 1969 Rickenbacker 325 Sunburst, and gave it to him as a Christmas present in December.

Fogerty tells the magazine that after he plugged in the guitar, "I started playing the solo in 'Green River' and the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. It was exactly that sound, 100 percent."

John purchased the guitar new and customized it by adding a Bigsby whammy bar and Gibson Humbucker pickup, as well as by painting the word "ACME" in yellow paint on its headstock in homage the fictional company featured in the Warner Bros. cartoons he loved as a kid. The instrument became his main guitar from 1969 to 1972, one he played at 1969's Woodstock festival and used to write such classic songs as "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son," "Green River" and "Travelin' Band."

Fogerty is planning to reintroduce his "ACME" guitar when he launches a new Las Vegas residency on March 3 at the Encore Theater in the Wynne Las Vegas hotel and casino.

John also tells Rolling Stone that he's hoping to use the instrument to pen some new tunes.

"It's crying out for me to make some new music on it," he says. "This guitar has had a journey with me and that will close the circle."

In other news, Fogerty co-wrote and is featured on the title track of country star Brad Paisley's upcoming album, Love and War, which is due out in the spring. John also has been working on his own new studio album.

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Credit: Jimmy KingAfter winning five posthumous honors earlier this month at the Grammy Awards, the late David Bowie has now come away with two trophies at the Brit Awards -- the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys. The rock legend nabbed the British Male Solo Artist prize, while his final studio album, Blackstar, received the British Album of the Year award at the 2017 ceremony, which was held today in London.

Dexter star Michael C. Hall, who is featured in the lead role in Lazarus -- the stage production that Bowie co-wrote -- accepted the British Male Solo Artist honor on David's behalf. In addition, Bowie's son, film director Duncan Jones, was on hand to pick up the British Album of the Year trophy.

In accepting the award, Jones said, "I was spending a lot of time after getting over the shock [of losing my father] trying to work out, 'What would I want my son to know about his granddad?'…That he's always been there supporting people who think they are a little bit weird or a little bit strange, a little bit different…So, this award is for all the kooks, and all the people who make the kooks."

The ceremony also featured a special tribute performance to the late George Michael by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. Michael's Wham! band mate Andrew Ridgeley introduced Martin.

For a full list of winners and more details about the 2017 Brit Awards ceremony, visit Brits.co.uk.

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Michael Tullberg/Getty ImagesOn Monday, family members and musical friends of Butch Trucks came together to salute the late Allman Brothers Band drummer at a private event held at the Cox Capitol Theatre in Macon, Georgia.

Relix.com reports that among the many notable artists who performed at the memorial were ex-Allman Brothers members Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quiñones, Jimmy Herring and Jack Pearson.  Others performing included Butch's son Vaylor, who played with his dad in The Freight Train Band; Butch's nephew and Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks, and Bruce Katz, keyboardist with Butch's recent group Les Brers.

At one point, Jaimoe, Quiñones and Burbridge were joined by Derek's wife and Tedeschi Trucks Band mate Susan Tedeschi, Peter Levin of the Gregg Allman Band and Wet Willie singer Jimmy Hall for a rendition of blues great Albert King's "As the Years Go Passing By."

Closing out the musical performances was The Yeti Trio, which features Vaylor Trucks. The group, joined by guest drummer Jaimoe, played a touching version of the Horace Silver jazz standard "Song for My Father."

The memorial also featured a variety of tribute speeches delivered by Vaylor Trucks, Jaimoe, Haynes, Burbridge, Butch's goddaughter Kendall Deflin, his widow, Melinda, his daughters Elise and Melody and his son Seth. The closing remarks were given by Trucks’ longtime ABB rhythmic foil Jaimoe.

Butch committed suicide on January 24. He was 69.

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Credit: Tim FieldingThis year's Essence Festival is introducing something new for fans of the annual event. For the first time ever, women will be celebrated during a special night of performances featuring an all-female lineup, called "My Path to Strength."  

Chaka Khan is among the singers who will perform on the main stage at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, along with Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Monica, Jazmine Sullivan and Ari Lennox, while Jhené Aiko, Lalah Hathaway, Lizzo, Michel'le, Remy Ma, Teyana Taylor and The Jones Girls featuring Shirley Jones will take the stage in the "super lounge" area of the venue.  

Among the many other artists who will be performing at the 2017 Essence Festival are Diana Ross, John Legend, Solange, India.Arie and Master P. The fest runs from June 29 to July 2. Tickets are on sale now. 

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Credit: Eleanor StillsThe Rides -- Stephen Stills' blues-rock side project with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and former Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg -- wrapped up a tour in support of their 2016 album, Pierced Arrow, last June, but now the band has announced plans to hit the road again this spring.

The new trek will visit a variety of venues in the Southern U.S., kicking off March 29 in Nashville and running through an April 15 concert in Dallas. Among the other major cities The Rides' 2017 tour will stop in are New Orleans; Pensacola and St. Petersburg, Florida: and Austin and Houston, Texas. You can buy tickets for the concerts via the band's official website, TheRidesBand.com.

Pierced Arrow is The Rides' second album, following their 2013 debut, Can't Get Enough. The record features a mix of original blues-influenced rock songs and ballads, along with a couple of cover tunes. Among the covers is a rendition of "I've Got to Use My Imagination," a song Goldberg co-wrote with renowned lyricist Gerry Goffin that was a top five hit for Gladys Knight and the Pips in 1974. The record also includes a version of Willie Dixon's classic blues tune "My Babe."

Here are all of The Rides' confirmed 2017 tour dates:

3/29 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
3/31 -- New Orleans, LA, Tipitinas
4/1 -- Shreveport, LA, The Strand Theatre
4/3 -- Pensacola, FL, Saenger Theatre
4/5 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
4/6 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheater
4/8 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Festival
4/9 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
4/12 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre
4/14 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
4/15 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues

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David M. EarnisseThree members of Chicago -- Robert Lamm, James Pankow and former member Peter Cetera --  are among this year's inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The artists will receive the honor at the organization's 48th Annual Induction and Awards diner on June 15 in New York City.  Also being inducted this year will be Motown founder Berry Gordy, who deferred his induction in 2016.  Additional honorees this year include songwriter/producer Max Martin, who's written more #1 hits than any other person except for John Lennon and Paul McCartney; rapper Jay Z, the production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and songwriter, artist and producer Babyface.

Lamm, Pankow and Cetera are responsible for penning nearly every well-known Chicago song, including "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "25 or 6 to 4," "Saturday in the Park," "Make Me Smile," "Colour My World, "Just You 'N' Me," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Wishing You Were Here," "If You Leave Me Now," "Baby, What a Big Surprise," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" and "You're the Inspiration." 

All three were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year as members of Chicago, but Peter Cetera, who left the band in 1985, did not show up for the ceremony.

Babyface is being inducted both for his own work as a solo artist and as the hits he wrote for other artists like Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men and many more.

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have more Billboard #1 hits than any other songwriting and production team in history, and have created smashes for Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and countless others.

"With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades," said Songwriters Hall of Fame co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and president Linda Moran in a statement.

The statement adds, "The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening."

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Johnny Nunez/WireImageGracing the cover of CR Fashion Book's latest issue is Michael Jackson's 18-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, and inside she talks to Empire creator Lee Daniels about a number of topics, including a quality of her late dad's that she would take if she could.  

"Definitely his strength. He was the strongest person I know and tried to do everything with as much love and kindness as possible," she says.  

Paris also spills details about her songwriting and being in a band with her boyfriend -- making music that's a mix of, as she explains, The Lumineers and legendary country musician Johnny Cash.  

However, she has no desire to follow in her father's professional footsteps, viewing music as more of a hobby rather than a career.

"I'm in a band. We're doing it for fun. My boyfriend's the drummer and we have two others, a bassist and a backup vocalist," she tells Lee. 

"I write music for myself," Paris adds. "I use it as a way to get stuff out. It's not something I see myself following career-wise. There are so many amazing artists in my family. If I were to do it as a career, it would change how I feel about music and I don't want that to happen."   

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Credit: Bill Bernstein2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Foreigner's self-titled debut album, and the band is marking the milestone by launching a year-long celebration that includes headlining concerts, a major summer tour with Cheap Trick and various commemorative events, releases and promotions. The veteran rockers kicked things off in January with a series of headlining shows, and this past week the group launched a contest called the "I Want to Know What Love Is Flyaway Sweepstakes."

Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen explains the promotion to ABC Radio: "Basically what we're saying is, 'We want to know what love is to our fans.' And so, we're asking them…to send a pic or a video [depicting what love means to them] to ForeignerWhatLoveIs.com." He adds that "the winner of that contest will get a fly-away trip to see us live in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre on [August 30]."

As for the summer tour with Cheap Trick, which also will feature Jason Bonham and his Led Zeppelin Experience, Hansen says his band is planning to tweak its set "to kind of point to the fact that this is 40 years of Foreigner."

Meanwhile, Foreigner leader Mick Jones recently announced that some of the group's former members, including founding frontman Lou Gramm, will appear at select shows this year, although Hansen tells ABC Radio that nothing is "set in stone" with regard to the guest spots. He adds, however, "I suspect that this will come to fruition."

Other special events Foreigner has planned include orchestral concerts on May 20 and 21 in Lucerne, Switzerland, that guitarist Jeff Pilson reveals "will be filmed and recorded" for an album and a home video that "probably [will] come out later in the year."

Visit ForeignerOnline.com all for the latest news about the band's 40th anniversary celebrations.

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