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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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Introducing our #CR10 and #CRMensBook4 cover stars—Paris Jackson, Halima Aden, and Gucci Mane: https://t.co/SC3QSEB3IK pic.twitter.com/6VxvcyfR5g

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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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Credit: The 1point8Roger Waters has padded his already-lengthy forthcoming North American trek, the Us Them tour, with 11 more dates. The former Pink Floyd mastermind's outing, which kicks off May 26 in Kansas City, Missouri, and runs through an October 28 show in Vancouver, Canada, now features a total of 54 performances.

Among the newly added shows are a third concert at the Staples Center in Los Angles, on June 27, and a second gig at the Pepsi Center in Denver, on June 4. The tour also now will feature stops in Oakland, California; San Antonio; New Orleans; Milwaukee; Nashville; Cleveland; Albany, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Winnipeg, Canada.

Tickets and VIP packages for most of the new dates will go on sale starting Monday, February 27. Tickets for the June 27 L.A. concert and a July 8 show in New Orleans will be available for purchase beginning March 13 and March 6, respectively.

As previously reported, Waters says his concerts during the Us Them tour will feature "a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things. Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme." Among the "new things" Roger will be playing undoubtedly will be songs from his upcoming solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, which he revealed last week will be "coming soon."

Here are all of the dates on Waters' Us Them tour:

5/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/28 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
5/30 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
6/1 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
6/3 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
6/4 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center*
6/7 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
6/10 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena*
6/12 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
6/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
6/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
6/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
6/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
6/24 -- Seattle, WA, Tacoma Dome
6/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center*
7/1 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center*
7/3 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
7/6 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
7/8 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center*
7/11 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
7/13 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
7/16 -- Atlanta, GA, Infinite Energy Arena
7/18 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
7/20 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
7/22 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/23 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/26 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
7/29 -- Milwaukee, WI, Bradley Center*
8/2 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/4 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
8/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
8/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
8/13 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena*
9/7 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
9/11 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/12 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/15 -- Uniondale, NY, The New Coliseum
9/16 -- Uniondale, NY, The New Coliseum
9/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
9/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena*
9/23 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center*
9/24 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center*
9/27 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
9/28 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
10/2 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/6 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Videotron Centre
10/7 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Videotron Centre
10/10 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Canadian Tire Centre
10/16 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
10/17 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
10/22 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre*
10/24 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
10/28 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena

* = newly added date.

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Credit: This Ain't Rock'n'RollA U.K. artist collective called This Ain't Rock'n'Roll has announced plans to erect a memorial sculpture paying tribute to David Bowie in Brixton, the London district where the late rock legend was born. The striking structure will be about 30-feet tall and will be a giant three-dimensional depiction of the blue-and-red lightning bolt that's painted on Bowie's face on the cover of his 1973 album Aladdin Sane.

The sculpture, which has the support of the local council, is being created in consultation with Bowie's team in New York and London. The proposed piece, which has been nicknamed the ZiggyZag, will be located on Tunstall Road in central Brixton next to a popular Bowie mural and five blocks from the singer's birthplace.

An international crowd-funding campaign has been launched at CrowdFunder.co.uk that's seeking to raise 990,000 pounds, or about $1.2 million, to help pay for the memorial. Among the many incentives available to people who donate are specially created Bowie-themed prints, pendants, badges and T-shirts. The campaign runs until noon local time on March 21.

This Ain't Rock'n'Roll artist Charlie Waterhouse says of the sculpture, "It's a monument that's at once baffling yet immediately familiar -- a reminder that there's always another narrative. Startling, stupid and utterly joyous in equal measure this is a piece of public art that the whole community can be proud of. It's totally Brixton, utterly Bowie. Where the Man Who Fell to Earth fell to earth, a heartfelt tribute, from one London character to another."

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Credit: Joel BernsteinTom Petty and the Heartbreakers will travel to the capital of Canada this summer to headline final day of the 2017 Ottawa Bluesfest, which runs from July 6 to July 16.

The festival's eclectic lineup also will feature headlining performances from Pink, Toby Keith, Muse, 50 Cent, Live, LCD Soundsystem and Jake Owen. In addition, the bill includes such veteran acts as J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf, Melissa Etheridge, Molly Hatchet and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The event takes place at Ottawa's LeBreton Flats neighborhood.

Visit OttawaBluesfest.ca for the full lineup and ticket info.

Petty and the Heartbreakers' concert at the Bluesfest is the latest addition to the band's 40th anniversary North American tour, which gets underway April 20 in Oklahoma City and runs through an August 19 show in Seattle.

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Courtesy of SunFestSteve Winwood, Christopher Cross, Ambrosia, Loverboy and Night Ranger are part of an eclectic lineup of artists that will be having fun in the Florida sun this spring at the 2017 SunFest music festival, which will take place May 3-7 in West Palm Beach.

Winwood is among the acts that will headline the final day of the festival, while Cross and Ambrosia will perform on the same stage earlier in the day. Loverboy and Night Ranger, meanwhile, will be playing on Saturday, May 6, during the afternoon.

The lineup of the five-day extravaganza features a total of about 50 acts, including Snoop Dogg, Weezer, Blink-182, Ziggy Marley, 3 Doors Down, Widespread Panic, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ben Harper, Filter, Flo Rida, Breaking Benjamin and Tori Kelly.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit SunFest.com.

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KMazur/WireImageA Porsche 928 that once belonged to late Beatles guitarist George Harrison is up for bid as part of a Fab Four-themed memorabilia sale that will be held by Omega Auctions in Warrington, U.K. The vehicle, which Harrison purchased new in 1980 and owned for four years, is expected to bring in as much as 20,000 pounds, or about $25,000.

BBC News reports that the sports car's current owner, Leeds resident Raj Sedha, purchased the vehicle in 2003 and intended to use it for parts, although he initially didn't know that it had been previously owned by Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001.

Sedha tells BBC News that he was about start taking the automobile apart when his wife looked at the logbook and discovered who its famous one-time owner was.

"My partner ran out with the book and said, 'stop dismantling it, it belongs to George Harrison,'" he recalls. "I said, 'who's George Harrison?'"

Sedha then put the car in his garage for eight years before he made the decision to restore the car and sell it.

"We want it to go to someone who's going to appreciate it," he tells BBC News.

Omega Auctions executive Paul Fairweather says of the vehicle, "For anybody that's into cars and The Beatles, this is a must-have."

The car is part of the same Beatles auction that will feature a recently reported rare film of the band performing at a 1964 concert in Montreal.

When he owned the Porsche 928, Harrison kept the car at his Friar Park estate in Henley-on-Thames, U.K., where he housed more than 100 other sports cars he collected.

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One-time Partridge Family star and 1970s pop idol David Cassidy has revealed to People that he's battling dementia. The 66-year-old entertainer, whose grandfather and mother also were stricken with the memory-loss disease, tells the magazine of his diagnosis, "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming."

Earlier this month, Cassidy announced via his official website that he planned to retire from touring at the end of this year.

He tells People that he now has come to accept his illness.  Moving forward, he says "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life."

Cassidy was one of the biggest pop stars in the world in the 1970s, selling around arenas around the globe, his success driven by his role as singing teen Keith Partridge on the TV series The Partridge Family. He's had a rocky time during the last several years, having been arrested for driving under the influence in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and filing for bankruptcy in 2015. That same year, he was charged in a hit-and-run accident. David also made news this past weekend when fan-shot video surfaced of him slurring his words and struggling to remember lyrics during a concert in Agoura Hills, California.

Cassidy has three confirmed shows on his upcoming schedule -- March 3 in Greenwich, Rhode Island; March 4 in New York City; and June 11 in Mentor, Ohio.

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Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesPaul McCartney just got back together with his fellow surviving Beatles band mate Ringo Starr to lend his bass talents to the drummer's upcoming solo album. Starr revealed the exciting news by posting a photo of him and McCartney together in the studio on Sunday on his official Twitter feed, along with a message that reads, "Thanks for coming over man and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love."

Ringo also tweeted a second photo that day apparently from the same session revealing that his brother-in-law Joe Walsh joined him and Sir Paul. "[W]hat a day I'm having peace and love," Starr declares in a note accompanying the pic.

The last time McCartney contributed to one of Starr's albums was on 2010's Y Not. On that record, Paul played bass on the song "Peace Dream" and added vocals to the tune "Walk with You."

Meanwhile, Ringo has posted a series of tweets during the past week or so revealing some of the other guest musicians who have been joining him in the studio while he makes his forthcoming album. Among them are Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, Mr. Mister frontman and current All Starr Band member Richard Page and acclaimed session bassist Nathan East.

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Thanks for coming over man and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love. 😎✌️🌟💖😇☮ pic.twitter.com/Z5kpyLLlkO

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCSeems like Madonna’s newly adopted twin girls share their mom’s love of singing.

The Queen of Pop posted an adorable Instagram video over the weekend of twins Esther and Stella belting out "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

The girls are dressed in matching striped pajamas, as Madonna’s son David accompanies them on piano. “A little night music,” Madonna captions the video.

Earlier this month, Madonna confirmed the adoption of the twins from Malawi. She wrote on Instagram that she is “overjoyed” to have them part of her family. She has two other children adopted from Malawi, David and Mercy, as well as biological children Lourdes and Rocco.

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Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Guitar CenterDrummer Clyde Stubblefield, who played with James Brown from 1965 to 1971 and created the beats featured on many of the Godfather of Soul's most famous songs, died on Saturday, February 20, at the age of 73 in Madison, Wisconsin. Rolling Stone reports that his cause of death was kidney failure, according to his wife, Jody Bannon.

Stubblefield is featured on such well-known Brown songs as "Cold Sweat," "I Got the Feelin'" and "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud," but he'll probably be best remembered for his drum break on the 1970 single  "Funky Drummer," which has been sampled for more than 1,000 songs. Among the many tracks featuring a sample of the break are Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" and "Bring the Noise" LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out," Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride," Beastie Boys' "Shadrach" and N.W.A.'s "F*** tha Police," as well as such pop songs as George Michael's "Freedom '90" and Ed Sheeran's "Shirtsleeves."

Stubblefield toured with Otis Redding before joining Brown's band. During his tenure with James, he was teamed with fellow drummer John "Jabo" Starks in a powerhouse tandem that created some of the rhythms that defined the funk genre.

Clyde maintained that although he created the drum parts featured on the Brown songs on which he played, Brown didn't give him writing on any credit for them, so he didn't see any royalties from the many artists that sampled the tunes.

After leaving Brown's band in 1971, Clyde went to record several solo albums, and also formed a duo with Starks called The Funkmasters, which put out two records and released an instructional video.

Stubblefield struggled with a number a serious health issues in his later years, and in April 2016 he revealed to Billboard that the late Prince had paid $90,000 worth of his medical bills he amassed while he battled cancer.

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Courtesy of Tommy Shaw1960s pop legend Tommy James is among the 15 noteworthy people with ties to the Garden State who will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame this year at a May 7 ceremony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. James, who scored more than a dozen top 40 hits with his band The Shondells during the '60s, also will perform at the event.

"New Jersey has been my home for over 40 years. It has a lot of great people and a lot of great things about it," said James in a message on his Facebook page. "I live here, I record here, and I do many concerts here. So I was very honored when I was told that I'm going to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame."

Other celebrities who will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in May include veteran pop star and actress Connie Francis, hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, actor Ray Liotta, talk-show host Kelly Ripa, news anchor Connie Chung, author Carol Higgins Clark, soccer player Carli Lloyd, NFL star Rosey Grier, boxer Chuck Wepner and basketball player Carol Blazejowski.

Tickets for the ceremony go on sale this Saturday, February 18, at noon ET via Ticketmaster.com. The event will be held at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, and will feature speeches from current and past inductees, as well as special music performances.

Previous New Jersey Hall of Fame honorees include Bruce Springsteen, The E Street Band, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Jon Bon Jovi, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, Kool & the Gang and The Shirelles.

For more information, visit NJHallofFame.org.

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Rick Astley for BMG by PipHe retired from the music industry years ago, but '80s hitmaker Rick Astley is back with 50, his first U.S. release since 1993, and his first U.S. tour in decades. And don't start with the "Rickrolling" jokes: Rick credits that online phenomenon -- which tricked people into watching the video for his hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" -- for drawing kids who weren't even born during his heyday to his current tour.

"That's one of the things that stops me in my tracks sometimes," he tells ABC Radio. "I usually joke about it and say, 'Did you get your mom's tickets?'"

Without Rickrolling, he adds, "There's a certain generation of people who would have no idea who I was. And so I have to be kinda thankful for [it]. It's done a lot of great things in terms of making that song [part of] people's consciousness."

But Rick's tour isn't just nostalgia: 50, released last year to mark his 50th birthday, hit #1 in his home country of England. Not bad for a record he made by himself at home.

"[I] didn't have any record company saying, 'We need this, we need that,'" he says. "And I think that's been the healthiest experience I've had with making music, because I haven't done it for anybody else. I've done it for me, really."

Rick initially retired to raise his daughter, now in her twenties. So, what does she think of her old man now?

"She's outright told me on numerous occasions she's really proud of me," he says. "And to be honest, out of everybody in the world, my daughter and my wife are the most important two people to be OK with what I'm doing. If they're OK with it, then I'm OK with it, y'know what I mean?"

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Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty ImagesThe North American rights to a new documentary titled The Quiet One that takes an in-depth look at the life of longtime Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman have been acquired by Sundance Selects, Deadline reports.

The film is in production now and is being made with the full cooperation of the 80-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who was a member of The Stones from 1962 to 1993.

The Quiet One will examine the highlights and low points of Wyman's life and career with help from previously unseen film footage and photos shot by the rocker himself, as well as memorabilia he collected over the years. Bill also famously kept a daily diary during his time with The Rolling Stones and beyond that likely is serving as source material for the doc.

"My life has been an extraordinary adventure," Wyman says in a statement. "The time feels right to delve into the archive and tell my story before I croak."

The movie is being directed by Oliver Murray, and is his first feature-length project.

Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects, say in a statement, "Bill Wyman is legendary not only because of the fact that he was a founding member of the Rolling Stones but also because he had unfettered access to the extraordinary world of rock 'n' roll over several decades."

The statement adds that the two are "thrilled" to "let the world see this amazing behind-the-scenes imagery of the rock 'n' roll era."

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Courtesy of Live NationLast month, Styx and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder teamed up for a brief Las Vegas residency, and now the veteran rock acts will join forces with REO Speedwagon for a major U.S. summer trek dubbed the United We Stand Tour. The outing kicks off with a June 20 show in Ridgefield, Washington, and is mapped out through an August 22 concert in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Styx and REO, who have toured together numerous times over the year, will alternate as headliner throughout the 2017 trek, while Felder will serve as the opening act.

Tickets for the trek will be available to the general public beginning Friday, February 24, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets and VIP packages will be sold starting Tuesday, February 21, at noon local time; visit StyxWorld.com, REOSpeedwagon.com and DonFelder.com for more info.

Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw says of the tour, "Hitting the road with REO and Don Felder is gonna be an unforgettable evening of music for the fans and another chance to hang with these good time friends of ours who love the life as much as we do."

REO frontman Kevin Cronin adds, "REO Speedwagon and Styx together is a head first plunge into the fountain of youth, an unstoppable force of nature. Add the amazing Don Felder to the mix and it's a thundering slam dunk!"

You can check out Shaw, Cronin and Felder in a humorous video promoting the trek at Live Nation's official YouTube channel.

Here are all of the dates for the United We Stand trek:

6/20 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
6/21 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
6/23 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
6/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
6/25 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
6/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/29 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/1 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/18 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
7/19 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
7/20 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place
7/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre
7/23 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/25 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/29 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/30 -- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
8/11 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Event Center
8/13 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion
8/16 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/18 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Events Center*
8/19 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/20 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion,
8/22 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center

* = Don Felder won't appear at this show.

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Courtesy of AEG LiveSad Clowns & Hillbillies, John Mellencamp's recently reported collaborative album with country-folk artist Carlene Carter, now has a release date -- April 21. Mellencamp also has announced a full list of 2017 U.S. tour dates in support of the record.

The trek gets underway on June 5 in the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and winds down with a previously announced September 1 performance at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, Vermont. Carter will be joining the heartland rocker for the entire outing, while Emmylou Harris and the Indianapolis-based folk-pop duo Lily & Madeleine will open the majority of the shows. Jewel will step in for Harris at a pair of concerts in Oregon -- on June 10 in Troutdale and June 11 in Bend.

Tickets for most concerts on the tour will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, February 24, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets for Mellencamp.com members and VIP packages will be available beginning Wednesday, February 22, at 10 a.m. 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 full list of dates on Mellencamp's Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour with Carter; all shows also feature Harris and Lily & Madeleine unless otherwise noted:

6/5 -- Greenwood Village, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
6/7 - Boise, ID, Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
6/8 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Park
6/10 -- Troutdale, OR, McMenamins Edgefield#
6/11 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater#
6/13 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/14 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/17 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
6/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
6/21 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
6/22 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
6/24 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
6/25 -- Boca Raton, FL, Mizner Park Amphitheatre
6/27 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre
6/28 -- Cary, NC, Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/1 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood
7/3 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
7/6 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Music Center
7/7 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/8 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
7/11 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
8/4 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair*
8/5 -- Davenport, IA, Mississippi Valley Fair*
8/29 -- St Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair*
8/31 -- Allentown, PA, The Great Allentown Fair*
9/1 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Fair*

# = Jewel will perform instead of Emmylou Harris
* = Emmylou Harris and Lily & Madeleine will not appear.

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Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty ImagesIt's regarded by many Deadheads to be the greatest Grateful Dead concert on tape: A show recorded at Cornell University's Barton Hall in May of 1977.  In fact, it's so famous that in 2012 it was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, even though the show has never been officially released.  Until now.  On May 5, almost 40 years to the day since it took place, The Grateful Dead's legendary Cornell 1977 concert finally will get a commercial release.

Barton Hall, Cornell University -- Ithaca, NY (5/8/77) will be available as a three-CD set or a five-LP vinyl set.  It also will be included in an 11-CD box set, May 1977: Get Shown the Light, featuring Barton Hall and three other shows the band played in the Northeast that month. That box comes with a new book -- Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall (Cornell) -- which also will be made available for separate purchase.

If you can't wait until May, Rolling Stone is streaming a 14-minute rendition of "Morning Dew" from the Cornell show as a preview.

Here's the Barton Hall, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY (5/8/77) CD track list:

Disc 1
"New Minglewood Blues"
"Loser"
"El Paso"
"They Love Each Other"
"Jack Straw"
"Deal"
"Lazy Lightning">
"Supplication"
"Brown-Eyed Women"
"Mama Tried"
"Row Jimmy"

Disc 2
"Dancing in the Street"
"Scarlet Begonias">
"Fire on the Mountain"
"Estimated Prophet"

Disc 3
"St. Stephen">
"Not Fade Away">
"St. Stephen">
"Morning Dew"
"One More Saturday Night"

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Credit: Jimmy KingHBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to the documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years.

The BBC Films production aired on BBC Two in the U.K. back in January.  It was directed by Francis Whately as a sequel to the 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years.

According to HBO, the movie features rarely seen interviews with David Boiwe, as well as interviews with the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's friends and collaborators.  It also features archival footage and audio from the recording sessions for his final albums, The Next Day and Blackstar.

No word yet on an HBO air date.

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