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Pat Benatar and Husband Neil Giraldo Launching 2015 Edition of 35th Anniversary Tour Next Month

Image Courtesy of Webster PRPat Benatar and her longtime husband and lead guitarist, Neil Giraldo, will continue to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their first hit, "Heartbreaker," with a new U.S. tour leg that's scheduled to kick off April 10 in Jackson, California.  The trek, which is plotted out through a July 1 show in Durham, North Carolina, currently features more than 25 dates with additional concerts expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Fans can expect to hear Benatar belt out plenty of her classics tunes on the tour, including "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Love Is a Battlefield," "Shadows of the Night," "Invincible," "Promises in the Dark," "We Belong," "Hell Is for Children" and her cover of The Young Rascals' "You Better Run."

"Thirty-five years ago, 'Heartbreaker' was the catalyst for it all," says Pat.  "It's hard to believe that so much time has passed.  We're excited to be celebrating this personal and musical milestone.  The tour should be an incredible, shared experience with the audience."

The couple also has plans to release a CD/DVD set titled Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour, this year.  The collection will include performances of 14 of Benatar biggest hits.

Here is the current itinerary for Benatar and Giraldo's upcoming U.S. trek:

4/10 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino
4/11 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino
4/14 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre
4/16 -- Bakersfield, CA, Fox Theater
4/17 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
4/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4/21 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
4/22 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
4/24 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
4/26 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
4/28 -- Zanesville, OH, Secrest Auditorium
4/29 -- Albany, NY, Hart Theatre, The Egg
5/1 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
5/2 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
5/3 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
5/5 -- New Bedford, MA, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
5/6 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
5/8 -- Port Chester, NY, The Capitol Theatre
5/9 -- Ocean City, MD, Springfest
5/10 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
5/13 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
5/15 -- Richardson, TX, Wildflower Festival
5/16 -- Baton Rouge, LA, L'Auberge Baton Rouge
5/19 -- Saint Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey
5/21 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
6/30 -- Newport News, VA, CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts
7/1 -- Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre

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Prince to Kick Off "Hit & Run Tour" Next Week

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCPrince is getting ready to hit the road. The legendary singer and his female band, 3rdEyeGirl, are expected to begin their string of surprise concerts next week. 

The singer's outing, dubbed the Hit & Run Tour, will kick off March 14 in Louisville, Kentucky, which will be a hometown concert for 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Welton.

Tickets will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. local time, and a venue will be announced at a later date. A portion of the show's proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Last year, Prince performed several Hit & Run shows in the U.K. without any advanced promotion -- the singer unexpectedly played small nightclubs after announcing each show the day of the gig via Twitter.

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"Gimme Shelter" Director Albert Maysles Dies

CriterionThe man who directed the classic 1970 Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter, has died.  Albert Maysles [MAY-zuhls] passed away Thursday of natural causes at age 88, Variety reports.

After filming the first concert of their 1969 U.S. tour -- a show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden -- Maysles and his brother David convinced the Rolling Stones to let them film their 1969 U.S. tour.  They ultimately captured the infamous December 6, 1969 concert at Northern California’s Altamont Speedway, which also featured Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Grateful Dead, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  Hells Angels hired by the Stones to provide security instead attacked audience members, stabbing concert goer Meredith Hunter to death in what was later ruled an act of self-defense.  The Maysles Brothers captured Hunter’s murder on film.

Albert Mayles’ had dozens of both feature-length and short documentaries to his name.  He was currently working on a documentary about the late artist Keith Haring.  Mayles’ brother and Gimme Shelter co-director, David, died in 1987.

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David Crosby Reveals He Apologized to Neil Young; Shares Likes and Dislikes in Lengthy Twitter Q&A

Credit: Eleanor StillsDavid Crosby took to Twitter this week to answer a myriad of questions from fans, and during his online Q&A session he gave an update about his reported feud with Neil Young.  Last year, Crosby drew Young's ire after making negative comments in a newspaper interview about Neil's new girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, around the time news emerged about the breakup of Young's marriage.

Asked via Twitter about the status of his relationship with Young, Crosby said, "He's pretty mad at me…I apologized…We'll see."  David also revealed during the course of the Q&A that he loves Pono, the high-quality digital music player Neil helped develop, and continues to be a big fan of Young's music.  However, he also implied that he didn't think much of Neil's lo-fi 2014 album, A Letter Home.

Crosby also revealed he hasn't been getting along with his old friend Joni Mitchell lately, explaining that he hung up on her the last two times they chatted on the phone.  When one fan asked, "Why is Joni so crabby?" David responded by saying, "She's nuts."

Throughout the Twitter session, Crosby his opinion on a wide variety of topics, and he delivered plenty of candid answers.

Here's a sampling of some other thoughts the 73-year-old folk-rock great shared:

On Jerry Garcia: "He was a funny motherf**ker and kind."

On David Gilmour: "Intelligent gentleman, brilliant player/singer."

On Billy Joel: "Very talented cat…writing, singing, playing."

On Bonnie Raitt: "I love her to pieces. Great singer, player. Great lady."

On Brian Wilson: Using three words, describes him as "Innocent, brilliant, inspiring."

On The Beach Boys' Mike Love: Thinks he's "quite possibly" the biggest jerk in rock music, and he "would not" collaborate with him.

On Kanye West: "He's an idiot and a poser" and "has no talent at all."

Crosby also had positive things to say about Jimmy Page, The Beatles, Eric Clapton's singing, The Eagles, late guitar virtuoso Michael Hedges, Little Feat, Stevie Wonder, The Kinks, Fairport Convention and David Lindley.  Some of David's other dislikes include Jim Morrison, Phish, and punk rock.

Crosby also admitted that his biggest regret is the amount of time he wasted because of his problems with drugs, noting that he "would have made a lot more music." In addition, he shared his choices of a few of his "Desert Island Discs": Steely Dan's Aja, The Beatles' Revolver, Joni Mitchell's Blue, and Michael Hedges' Aerial Boundaries.

David's currently in Japan, where Crosby, Stills & Nash kicked off a Far East tour in Tokyo Thursday.

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Yes Releasing Newly Discovered 1972 Concert Recordings on Separate Multi-Disc Sets

RhinoA new multi-disc live album and a box set featuring newly discovered performances from Yes' fall 1972 North American tour will be released on May 19.

Progeny: Highlights from Seventy-Two will be available as a two-CD and a three-LP vinyl set, and will feature select tunes from seven Yes concerts spanning from an October 31, 1972, show in Toronto to a November 20, 1972, gig in Uniondale, New York.  The album, which includes such classics as "I've Seen All Good People," "And You and I," "Roundabout" and "Yours Is No Disgrace," boasts a 90-minute running time and has been arranged to resemble a typical show that Yes would have played during the tour.

Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two is a 14-disc box set that gathers together the complete recordings of all seven concerts.  This CDs come packaged in a flip-top box with new artwork by longtime Yes cover artist Roger Dean.

Yes' late 1972 tour found the band promoting its most recent studio effort at the time, Close to the Edge.  The band recently had welcomed Alan White as its new drummer, replacing founding member Bill Bruford.  Making up the rest of the group's classic lineup at the time were singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

The Progeny recordings have been restored using the latest audio technology.

Here is the track list for Progeny: Highlights from Seventy-Two:

Disc One
"Opening (Excerpt from Firebird Suite)"
"Siberian Khatru"
"I've Seen All Good People"
a. "Your Move"
b. "All Good People"
"Heart of the Sunrise"
"Clap/Mood for a Day"
"And You and I"
a. "Cord Of Life"
b. "Eclipse"
c. "The Preacher The Teacher"
d. "Apocalypse"

Disc Two
"Close to the Edge"
a. "The Solid Time of Change"
b. "Total Mass Retain"
c. "I Get Up I Get Down"
d. "Seasons of Man"
"Excerpts from The Six Wives of Henry VIII"
"Roundabout"
"Yours Is No Disgrace"

And here is the complete list of shows featured in the Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two box set:

10/31/72 -- Toronto, Canada
11/1/72  -- Ottawa, Canada
11/11/72 -- Durham, NC
11/12/72 -- Greensboro, NC
11/14/72 -- Athens, GA
11/15/72 -- Knoxville, TN
11/20/72 -- Uniondale, NY

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Kansas Documentary "Miracles Out of Nowhere" Getting Its TV Premiere on March 20

PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsThe new Kansas documentary Miracles Out of Nowhere will get its television premiere on Friday, March 20, four days before the film will be commercially released as Blu-ray/CD and DVD/CD sets and as a deluxe multi-disc package.  The movie, which focuses on the band's rise to success during the 1970s and celebrates the group's 40th anniversary, will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the Palladia network and 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on VH1 Classic.

"When I told the rest of the guys the film was being shown on VH1 Classic and Palladia, everyone was really excited about all of our fans seeing it there," says drummer Phil Ehart.  "VH1 Classic and Kansas go back a long way!"

Miracles Out of Nowhere includes rare archival footage as well as new interviews with Kansas' six founding members -- Ehart, singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, multi-instrumentalist Kerry Livgren, guitarist Rich Williams, violinist/singer Robby Steinhardt and bassist Dave Hope.  The band mates came together in their hometown of Topeka to reminisce about the group's early years and visit various historic locations.

The film also includes interviews with Queen guitarist Brian May, country superstar Garth Brooks and rock producer Brendan O'Brien, among others.

An exclusive clip from the movie can be viewed now at VH1Classic.com, while several other scenes from the flick and a preview trailer have been posted at Kansas' official VEVO.com channel.  You also can watch a trailer for the documentary at YouTube.

The deluxe version of Miracles Out of Nowhere can be purchase exclusively at MiraclesOutOfNowhere.com.  It includes a bonus DVD offering a variety of video outtakes from the documentary, as well as special CD curated by Ehart and longtime Kansas producer Jeff Glixman that features hits, album cuts and audio segments from the film.

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Paul McCartney Announces 2015 European Tour Dates

MJ KimPaul McCartney is bringing his Out There tour to Europe in 2015, including a May 28 concert in his hometown of Liverpool.

The former Beatle’s first European date is a May 23 show at The O2 Arena in London.

In a message posted on his official website, McCartney says, "I’m looking forward to taking the ‘Out There’ tour back to Europe this summer. It’s been a little while since I’ve performed in some of these places so we know it’s going to be a fun tour. I hope the audiences enjoy this tour as much as we’ve been enjoying it ourselves all over the world.”

Last month, McCartney confirmed his first U.S. concert of 2015 will be headlining this year's Firefly Music Festival, which takes place June 18-21 in Dover, Delaware.

McCartney previously announced a spring tour of the Far East, which runs from an April 21 concert in Osaka, Japan, through a May 2 performance in Seoul, South Korea.

Here are the announced dates for the European leg of McCartney's Out There tour:

5/23 -- London, The O2 Arena
5/27 -- Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
5/28 -- Liverpool, Echo Arena
6/5 -- Marseille, France, Nouveau Stade Velodrome
6/7 -- Amsterdam, Holland, ZiggoDome
6/11 -- Paris, France, Stade De France
7/4 -- Denmark, Roskilde Festival
7/7 -- Oslo, Norway, Telenor Arena
7/9 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Tele2 Arena

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Joe Perry Says Paul McCartney Collaboration Will Be Part of Upcoming Alice Cooper Covers Album

MPL/Mary McCartneyLast year, Joe Perry revealed that he had worked on a secret recording project with Paul McCartney, and now the Aerosmith guitarist has shared more details about the collaboration with Rolling Stone.  Perry says Sir Paul lent his talents to a song that will appear on the covers album Alice Cooper is recording with his new supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which also features Joe and actor Johnny Depp.

Perry says McCartney contributed to a new version of "Come and Get It," a song the ex-Beatles star wrote and produced for Badfinger that reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969.  Even though the rock legend rarely has performed the tune himself, Perry tells Rolling Stone that McCartney had no problems laying down the track when he hit the studio.

"He knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything," says Joe.  "He didn't have any cheat sheets.  It was like he'd been playing it his whole life."

Perry adds that he, Cooper and Depp were humbled being in the presence of McCartney.

"[We] were standing there and looking at each other and I tell you -- if there's any ego-lever in a room, it's Paul," Joe admits.  "It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done.  If Paul's in the room, he's there.  It was hard to focus on playing."

Perry also reports that Cooper and McCartney shared lead vocals on the track, which will serve a tribute to late Badfinger members Pete Ham and Mark Evans, who committed suicide in 1975 and 1983, respectively.

As previously reported, Cooper's upcoming album will pay homage to the original "Hollywood Vampires," an informal drinking club made up of various rock stars who hung around Los Angeles's Rainbow Bar and Grill during the 1970s.  Many members of the club have passed on, including John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon.

Depp has been a major contributor to the album project, while Perry is featured on several tunes.  The Hollywood Vampires band featuring Cooper, Depp and Perry recently announced their first gig -- a late-September performance at Brazil's Rock in Rio festival.  Joe tells Rolling Stone that the supergroup is planning to put together a tour for that month.

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Glen Campbell's Children Fighting Campbell's Wife Over Control of Father's Affairs

Credit: Kristin BurnsTwo of Glen Campbell's children are reportedly fighting Campbell's wife for the right to handle their father's affairs, including making financial and medical decisions on his behalf.

Debby Campbell-Cloyd and Travis Campbell filed a court petition in January, claiming Kim Campbell, who's been married to Glen for 33 years, is keeping their 78-year-old father "secluded from the rest of the family" and prohibiting the family "from participating in his care and/or treatment." 

Campbell suffers from late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, which he revealed in June 2011.  His career and diagnosis were chronicled in the 2014 film documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.  Since last year, he's been living at a long-term assisted-care facility.

Debby Campbell-Cloyd and Travis Campbell are asking the court to appoint conservators to manage their father's affairs and oversee his care.  They further claim Kim Campbell hasn't included them and other of Campbell's children on a list of approved visitors for their father, doesn't herself visit him regularly, isn't providing him with necessary toiletries and clothing, and may be mismanaging his finances.

Campbell has five sons and three daughters.  He had three of his children with his current wife, and the rest are from his previous three marriages.  Debby Campbell-Cloyd is his eldest child.

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Paul McCartney Gives Fans Free Access to Three Unreleased Wings Tracks

Linda McCartney/©1976 Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney has delivered a little treat to his fans, raiding his archives to make three rare Wings tracks available for free download online.  Sir Paul tipped off fans to their existence in a message posted on his Facebook page that reads, "Have you heard these previously unreleased tracks from Wings??" and links to the "Downloads" section of his official website.

The songs are "Love My Baby," a tune recorded for the 1974 promotional documentary One Hand Clapping; an extended version of "Letting Go"; and a newly remastered version of "Rock Show."  The original recordings of the latter two songs appeared on the 1975 Wings album Venus and Mars.  To download the tracks, you simply need to enter an email address and solve an easy math equation.  The three tracks also are streaming at McCartney's SoundCloud page.

Meanwhile, McCartney returned to the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "FourFiveSeconds," his collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West.  The single dropped to #6 last week after ascending to the fourth spot on the chart the previous week.  McCartney also could score another hit on next week's Hot 100 tally, depending on how "All Day," his latest collaborative tune with Kanye, fares.

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Brian Wilson Announces North American Summer Tour with Special Guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin

Image Courtesy of Capitol RecordsBrian Wilson has announced plans to hit the road for a North American summer tour.  The trek is scheduled to kick off June 19 in Saratoga, California, and is mapped out through a July 12 show in Seattle.

Two of the Beach Boys mastermind's former band mates, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, will be joining him and his backing group on the trek, while veteran Detroit singer/songwriter Rodriguez, star of the award-winning documentary Search for Sugarman, will be the opening act.  Jardine and Chaplin also were special guests on Brian's 2014 tour and both contributed to his upcoming solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be released on April 7.

The forthcoming trek will feature more than 15 dates, including performances in San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, the New York City area, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Denver and Las Vegas.

The tour will launch about two weeks after the Wilson biopic Love & Mercy opens in theaters.  The film's premiere date is June 5.

Here is Wilson's upcoming itinerary:

6/18 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/19 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
6/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
6/23 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
6/24 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
6/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
6/27 -- Nashville, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
6/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
6/30 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/1 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
*7/4 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center
7/5 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
7/6 -- Chicago, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/8 -- Denver, CO, 1STBANK Center
7/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
7/12 -- Seattle, WA, Benaroya Hall - S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

* = Rodriguez will not appear.

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Daryl Hall & John Oates Sue Brooklyn Company That Sells "Haulin' Oats" Granola

Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall and John Oates have a message for a Brooklyn, New York-based company that produces a brand of small-batch granola called "Haulin' Oats": We can't go for that. 

The pop-rock duo has launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against Early Bird Foods that, according to the band's manager Jonathan Wolfson, charges the company is trying "to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with Hall & Oates' well-known name and marks."

Not only that, Wolfson points out to ABC Radio that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have their own company called Whole Oats Enterprises that sells a branded oatmeal named "Haulin Oats" and owns a Federal Trademark Registration for the moniker.

The manager notes that Early Bird Foods' use of the "Haulin' Oats" name "is likely to confuse consumers and lead them to believe that such products are affiliated with or approved by Hall & Oates, which is not the case."  Wolfson says attempts were made to discuss the situation with Early Bird Foods but were unsuccessful, leaving Whole Oats Enterprises "with no other choice but to file suit in order to protect its valuable marks and goodwill."

ABC Radio reached out to Early Bird Foods for a comment about the lawsuit and founder Nekisia Davis offered the cheeky response, "Say it isn't so."

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Grateful Dead Members & Others Stars to Perform at Jerry Garcia Tribute Concert in May

Blackbird Production PartnersWith the surviving Grateful Dead members already set to reunite for a series of three farewell concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field in July, the band mates now also have signed on to appear at an upcoming tribute show honoring the group's late frontman, Jerry Garcia.  The event, dubbed Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, is scheduled for May 14 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

The lineup includes founding Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, as well as longtime drummer/percussionist Mickey Hart.  Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann are listed as performing with respective side projects Communion and Billy & the Kids.  Among the many other artists on the bill are one-time Grateful Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, Hot Tuna/ex-Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, veteran reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, frequent Garcia collaborator David Grisman, country star Eric Church, and popular jam bands Widespread Panic, moe., O.A.R., Railroad Earth, The Disco Biscuits and Trampled by Turtles.

Dear Jerry will be recorded and filmed for future release on a variety of platforms.

Acclaimed producer and bassist Don Was will be the concert's music director, and will lead a star-studded group of musicians who will serve as the evening's backing band.  Was and the event's executive producer Keith Wortman previously have partnered to put together other similar concert events that paid homage to such artists as Gregg Allman, Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Mavis Staples.  The Garcia family also is co-producing the Dear Jerry show.

"Jerry made us fall in love with the possibilities of music," says Was in a statement.  "Getting to play his songs with these artists is a dream realized for all of us."

Tickets for the tribute concert go on sale to the general public starting on Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. ET, and can be purchased via Ticketfly.com, by calling 877-4FLY-TIX, and by visiting the Merriweather Post Pavilion West box office or the 9:30 Club box office.  For more information about the event, visit DearJerryConcert.com.

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Is Rod Stewart Getting His Own Reality Show?

Credit: Penny LancasterIs Rod Stewart about to rival the Kardashians or the Osbournes? According to British tabloid The Mirror, the 70-year-old rocker and his family have started filming a reality show for E! at their home in Los Angeles.

The Mirror claims Stewart agreed to do the series with his wife, 43-year-old model Penny Lancaster, and their two children, 9-year-old Alastair and four-year-old Aiden.  The singer’s kids from his first marriage -- 34-year-old Sean and 35-year-old Kimberly -- also aresaid to have "prominent" roles.

Rod has four other children: Ruby, 27, Renee, 22, Liam, 20, and Sarah Streeter, 52, who was raised by an adoptive family.  He's also a grandfather to Kimberly's daughter with actor Benicio Del Toro.

A source close to the family reportedly said, "Rod is very proud of his family and he wants to show everyone that.  He will star very much as the dad, and it will show he has kept things together."

According to The Mirror, the partially scripted show will begin airing in June.  "The family hopes it is the start of something big," the source said.  But for now, we're taking all this with a grain of salt.

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Mike Rutherford Says He's Excited About Touring America with New Mike + the Mechanics Lineup

Image Courtesy of Mike the MechanicsMike Rutherford first found fame during the 1970s as the guitarist and bassist for Genesis, but he also achieved major success when he launched his own band, Mike the Mechanics, in the mid-'80s.  The first incarnation of the latter group called quits in the early 2000s following the death of co-lead singer Paul Young, but a few years ago Rutherford put together a new version of the band.

The revamped Mike the Mechanics lineup recently launched its first North American tour, which is scheduled through a March 20-21 stand in Chicago.  Rutherford tells ABC Radio the purpose of the trek is to gauge how much interest stateside music fans still have in the band.

"I'm excited about the tour because I think we have a nice history here in America," he explains.  "I know [that] the songs are still played on the radio, you know, so I want to try it and see."

Mike the Mechanics is best known for the three big hits they scored the 1980s, "Silent Running," "All I Need Is a Miracle" and the chart-topping 1989 anthem "The Living Years."  Young shared vocal duties with ex-Ace/Squeeze singer Paul Carrack, who decided to focus on his solo career a few years after his band mate's passing in 2000.  When Rutherford decided to restart the group, he needed to find two new singers whose vocal qualities were similar to those of Young and Carrack.

As he explains to ABC Radio, "[I] found Andrew Roachford, who's a great R&B singer, and Tim Howar, who's got a great rock voice, and started touring a bit."

Rutherford says that as the new band members got some experience playing on stage together, he realized that they had developed into a great live unit and he felt that they were ready to test the waters by bringing the show to North America.

"What impressed me was how well the songs worked on stage.  What good live songs they were -- 'All I Need Is a Miracle' and 'Living Years' and 'Silent Running,' and [even some] new ones," maintains Mike.  "And it was just a great live band."

Besides playing the group's hits, older album gems and selections from the band's most recent record, 2010's The Road, Mike the Mechanics also dips into the Genesis catalog for their live set lists.  Recent shows have included performances of "Turn It On Again" and "I Can't Dance."

Looking back to Mike the Mechanics' 1980s heyday, Rutherford admits that he "never expected" the group to become as big as it did.  He also points out how amazing it was that three Genesis band members -- himself, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins -- would find such great success outside of the group.

In addition, Rutherford notes that many music fans still haven't put two and two together with regard to his membership in both bands.

As he explains, "To this day I meet people who say, 'You mean you, from Genesis, are the guy who's in Mike and the Mechanics?'"

Here are the remaining dates on Mike the Mechanics' 2015 North American tour:

3/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Centre
3/7 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
3/8 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall – Hartford
3/10 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
3/11 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Theatre Maisonneuve at Palace des Arts
3/13 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
3/14 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theatre
3/15 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live – Northfield
3/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
3/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theatre
3/20 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
3/21 -- Chicago, IL, Park West

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Chrissie Hynde to Publish Autobiography in September

Credit: Dean ChalkleyChrissie Hynde is set to join the ranks of the famous rockers who have penned an autobiography. The Pretenders frontwoman has signed a deal with the Penguin Random House Group to publish a "literary memoir" on September 8 of this year.

The as-yet-untitled book apparently will put quite a bit of brass in Hynde's pocket, as the sources close to the deal have told The New York Times that the memoir was sold for a seven-figure sum.  The tome will follow Chrissie's life story from her childhood in Ohio, the development of her passion for rock music in the 1960s and her years spent at Kent State University at the time of the infamous 1970 shootings of student protesters, to her involvement in the London punk scene during the '70s and her eventual emergence as an edgy, tough, sexy and talented singer/songwriter with The Pretenders.

"I'm approaching writing this memoir much the same way as I would an album," says Hynde in a statement.  "I hope it makes you want to dance, have fun, dig out some old records and maybe even root through your closet and dust off your guitar."

Meanwhile, Hynde's editor, Gerry Howard, says of the book, "It's evocative and damned funny and recklessly candid and emotionally naked and unmistakably Chrissie Hynde in every line.  A total gas and sure to become a classic of the genre."

The book is available for pre-order now at RandomHouse.com, with the hardcover version priced at $26.99 and the eBook edition costing $13.99.

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Bob Dylan Has Recorded a Second Album of Frank Sinatra Songs, Says Daniel Lanois

Credit: William ClaxtonIf you are enjoying Bob Dylan's new album of Frank Sinatra covers, Shadows in the Night, you may be glad to know that there's a lot more where that came from.  In a recent interview with The Vancouver Sun, acclaimed producer Daniel Lanois, who's collaborated with Dylan on a few occasions, reveals that the folk-rock legend has recorded two albums' worth of standards.

"He came to my house eight or six months ago and spent a few hours," Lanois told the newspaper.  "We listened to 21 songs -- because he's made two records of this [Sinatra material]."

The producer, who's probably best known for his work with U2, gave no indication whether he knew if or when the additional songs Dylan recorded will be released.  He did go on to explain why Bob had developed such an affinity for the type of classic songs he covered for Shadows in the Night.

Lanois said Dylan told him during his visit that as a child his family didn't expose him to a lot of music, "but the music he did hear really touched him and he felt that a lot of that music was written not only by great professional songwriters at the time, but a lot of it was written from the heart, from the wartime, and people just pining for a lover."

Daniel added that Dylan "felt there was a lot of spirit in that music.  He felt there was a kind of beauty, a sacred ground for him."

Dylan then played the standards he'd recorded for Lanois, who said, "I felt everything that he talked about," adding, "For one of America's great writers to say, 'I'm not gonna write a song.  I'm gonna pay homage to what shook me as young boy' I thought was very graceful and dignified."

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David Gilmour Announces September European Tour Coinciding with Release of New Solo Album

Credit: Piotr TarasewiczLongtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour has announced his first solo tour dates in more than nine years, a European trek that will kick off during the late summer and run into the fall.  The outing will get under way with a September 12 show in Pula, Croatia, and is mapped out through a three-night stand, September 23-25 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The concerts will coincide with the release of Gilmour's as-yet-untitled fourth solo album, which will be a follow-up to 2006's On an Island.  Tickets for the shows will go on sale this Friday, March 6.

Frequent Gilmour collaborator Phil Manzanera recently was interviewed by the U.K. magazine Uncut and said of the upcoming album, "I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy."

Gilmour's most recent live performance took place in December when he appeared as a surprise guest during a show by Bombay Bicycle Club gig in Earls Court in London.  He played the Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here" and the Bombay Bicycle Club tune "Rinse Me Down" at the concert, which was the last gig held at the famed London venue.

Here is the full list of David's confirmed tour dates:

9/12 -- Pula, Croatia, Arena Pula
9/14 -- Verona, Italy, Verona Arena
9/15 -- Florence, Italy, Teatro le Mulina
9/17 -- Orange, France, Theatre Antique
9/19 -- Oberhausen, Germany, Konig-Pilsener-Arena
9/23-25 -- London, U.K., The Royal Albert Hall

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Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire Teaming Up for Heart and Soul 2015 Summer Tour

Live Nation EntertainmentTwo of the world's most celebrated horn-driven pop-rock bands, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, will join forces for a major North American co-headlining trek this summer.  The Heart and Soul Tour 2015 is scheduled to get under way July 15 in Concord, California, and is plotted out through a September 6 show in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The outing will feature at least 25 dates across the continent and will include stops in such major cities as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Denver, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Toronto, and Boston.  Tickets for most of the shows will go on sale starting Friday, March 13 at LiveNation.com.  Visit ChicagoTheBand.com and EarthWindAndFire.com for more information.

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire previously toured together in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

"One of the most exciting things about the show is when both bands perform at the end of the concert," says Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane.  "Having these 21 very talented musicians playing our greatest hits together puts the excitement level at a fever pitch!  From the Heart of Chicago and the Soul of Earth, Wind & Fire, it is an unforgettable experience."

Adds Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey, "This is a real treat for fans of both groups to experience again the power-packed collaboration of Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago…We are looking forward to it ourselves -- it has always been one of our favorite tours."

Here are the confirmed dates for the Heart and Soul Tour 2015:

7/15 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Axis @ Planet Hollywood
7/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
7/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/23 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
7/24 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/25 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/28 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/31 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/14 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater
8/25 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/26 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
8/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheater
8/29 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/30 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
9/1 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
9/5 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
9/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center

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The Ides of March Celebrating 50th Anniversary with Five-Disc Compilation

Ides of March RecordsAn expansive compilation celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Chicago-area pop-rock group The Ides of March will be released on April 18.  Last Band Standing -- The Definitive 50-Year Anniversary Collection contains four CDs featuring recordings spanning the band's entire career and a DVD boasting video of a recent live performance and a bevy of archival footage.

The Ides of March is best known for their 1970 smash "Vehicle," which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The band is led by Jim Peterik, who went on to further fame as guitarist, keyboardist and co-lead songwriter for Survivor.

Last Band Standing's audio discs include some early rarities; the group's entire first two albums, 1970's Vehicle and 1971's Common Bond; and selections from 1972's World Woven and 1973's Midnight Oil.  The compilation also features a number of tunes that the reunited band recorded during the 1990s, including "Spirit of Chicago," an homage to the Windy City that boasts contributions by such local luminaries as Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung and more.  Rounding out the CDs are several brand-new Ides of March tunes, including the title track, which features a guest appearance by Booker T and the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper.

As for the DVD, it is highlighted by a 15-song performance recorded on May 31, 2014, at the House of Blues in Chicago.  Among the extra footage on the disc are TV appearances The Ides of March made during the 1970s, new interviews with the band members, a behind-the-scenes look at the group, a photo gallery and a new promo video for the song "Last Band Standing."

The Ides of March continues to tour, and have a few upcoming shows on their 2015 schedule.  Peterik also has a variety of other musical projects and recently has been promoting his 2014 memoir, Through the Eye of the Tiger.

Here are The Ides of March's upcoming 2015 concerts:

3/16 -- Charleston, SC, Baker & Taylor Show
5/2 -- Western Springs, IL, Theatre of Western Springs
7/10 -- West Chicago, IL, Railroad Days Fest
7/16 -- Steger, IL, Village of Steger Days
11/14 -- Rosemont, IL, Loews Hotel

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