Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesThousands of people took to the streets of New York City on Saturday to take part in the March for Our Lives rally for gun control -- and Paul McCartney was one of them.
According to WABC-TV, the former Beatle was briefly interviewed by a reporter at the event not far from the Dakota building, where his old band mate John Lennon lived, and where he was shot to death by a deranged fan in December 1980. Paul talked about his very personal reason for joining the march.
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," McCartney told the reporter as they stood near Central Park.
Sir Paul, who wore a t-shirt that said "We Can End Gun Violence," told the reporter that he came out to "support the people."
Asked whether he thinks that the protest could motivate the federal government to enact gun-control legislation, McCartney told the reporter, "I'm like everyone, I don't know, but [taking part in the march] is what I can do, so I'm here to do it."
The New York march was one of more than 800 events calling for gun control organized around the world today, inspired by the mass shooting that took place in February at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The main protest, which was held in Washington, D.C., was expected to draw about 500,000 people.
Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagicElton John is the executive producer of the new animated movie Sherlock Gnomes, which also features his songs. Elton feels the sequel to 2011's Gnomeo and Juliet is better than the first -- mainly because it takes place in his home city of London.
"The first film was a love story about how two gnomes from two battling gardens fell in love, and it was very funny," Elton says. "This film is about Gnomeo and Juliet, who are together and they've moved down to London...it's more of an adventure film."
He adds, "It's all around London so it's quite panoramic...it's far more adventurous and far more, I think, enjoyable."
Elton thinks it was a "great idea" to use the city as a backdrop, noting, "London offers so many great scenarios and so many different locations...It's a love letter to London, really."
Plot-wise, all the gnomes in London are being kidnapped, so Sherlock Gnomes, voiced by Johnny Depp, shows up to help find them. While looking for clues, Sherlock visits a doll museum, where he runs into his ex, a doll named Irene who's voiced by Mary J. Blige.
"Sherlock...treated her very badly, because he's so self-obsessed," Elton explains. "So...she's not exactly pleased to see Sherlock. And she does this huge number, and dance routine." In the scene, Blige sings, "Stronger Than I Ever Was," a song written specifically for the movie by Elton. "She does it brilliantly," he says.
Elton's own songs in the movie include "Philadelphia Freedom," "I'm Still Standing" and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)."
Sherlock Gnomes stars Emily Blunt and James McAvoy as Gnomeo and Juliet, and also features Ozzy Osbourne as a garden deer named Fawn. The film is in theaters today.
How the West Was Won features performances from two California concerts Led Zeppelin played at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena, respectively, on June 25 and June 27, 1972. When it was first released in 2003, the album topped the Billboard 200 chart and went platinum.
The reissue is available as a three-CD set, a four-LP 180-gram vinyl package, and a Blu-ray Audio edition featuring multiple high-res mixes, as well as a digital download and via streaming services.
There's also a deluxe How the West Was Won box set that includes the CDs and LPs; a DVD-Audio version of the album containing multiple mixes and a photo gallery; a download card featuring a high-res stereo mix of the record; a book boasting rare photos, memorabilia and more; and a high-quality print of the album's original cover.
Highlights from How the West Was Won include an epic, 25-minute-plus version of "Dazed and Confused," and a long medley built around "Whole Lotta Love."
You can check out Led Zeppelin's blistering performance of the 1970 tune "The Immigrant Song" from How the West Was Won now at the band's official YouTube channel. An unboxing video for the deluxe version of the reissue also can be viewed at the site.
Here's the track list for the How the West Was Won CD set:
Disc One "LA Drone" "Immigrant Song" "Heartbreaker" "Black Dog" "Over the Hills and Far Away" "Since I've Been Loving You" "Stairway to Heaven" "Going to California" "That's the Way" "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp"
Disc Two "Dazed and Confused" "What Is and What Should Never Be" "Dancing Days" "Moby Dick"
Disc Three "Whole Lotta Love" "Rock and Roll" "The Ocean" "Bring It On Home"
Credit: Dana FinemanParadox, the new movie starring Neil Young that was written and directed by his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, made its debut today on Netflix. Young and Hannah also will be taking part in Q&A sessions at three theatrical screening events for the film this week.
The screenings are tonight at the IFC Center in New York City at 7 p.m. ET, Saturday at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago at 6 p.m. CT and Sunday at Laemmle's Royal Theatre in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. PT.
Paradox is a Western flick set in an undetermined time period, and it's described as "[a] fantasy, a loud poem and a free-spirited tale of music and love." Neil portrays the "Man in the Black Hat," a bandit hiding out with a group of fellow outlaws played by the members of his current backing band, Promise of the Real, as they all wait for the magic that the full moon brings.
Willie Nelson, whose sons Lukas and Micah are members of Promise of the Real, also is featured in the movie.
Meanwhile, a companion Paradox soundtrack album was released today on vinyl and as a digital download, while a CD version is due out on April 20. The record features studio and live performances Young made with Promise of the Real and an orchestra, with session drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell, and solo.
The soundtrack also includes narration from the movie recited by Willie Nelson, new versions of older songs by Neil, covers, new original tunes and solo electric guitar passages.
Credit: Scott Robert RitchieJust days after being knighted in his U.K. homeland, Sir Ringo Starr has announced plans to bring his All Starr Band around the U.S. for a new tour leg this September. The trek gets underway September 1 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is mapped out through a September 29 show in Los Angeles.
As reported recently the All Starr Band lineup has changed for the first time in about six years, with Men at Work's Colin Hay and 10cc's Graham Gouldman joining the group, and Todd Rundgren and Mr. Mister's Richard Barnes departing. Hay previously played with the All Starr Band in 2003 and 2008. The collective will continue to feature Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, ex-Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, sax player/percussionist Warren Ham, and drummer Gregg Bissonette.
The U.S. leg will follow a previously announced series of dates in Europe and Israel running from a June 6 concert in Paris through a July 11 performance in Rome. The former Beatles drummer and his group also will play a June 2 warm-up gig in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Starr says of the upcoming trek, "There is no greater joy for me than playing great music with great musicians. Every night we get to play for all those loving people and it makes the hassle of touring worth it. It is a Peace & Love fest and I can't wait to see you all out there this summer and fall."
Here are all of Sir Ringo and his All Starr Band's confirmed U.S. shows:
6/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Casino Event Center 9/1 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 9/2 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion 9/3 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 9/5 -- Ames, IA, Iowa State Center 9/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theater 9/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, to be announced 9/9 -- South Bend, IN, Morris Performing Arts Center 9/11 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion 9/13 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall 9/14 -- Saratoga, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 9/15 -- Wallingford, CT, The Toyota Oakdale Theater 9/17 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theater 9/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts 9/21 -- Northfield Park, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino 9/22 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre 9/23 -- St. Paul, MN, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 9/25 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 9/27 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys 9/28 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic 9/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
Third Man Records/Universal MusicA four-LP vinyl version of the 2008 Supremes compilation, Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost & Found, will be released on April 6.
The 48-track collection, which was originally issued as a two-CD set, spans 1960-1969 and includes rare early recordings, outtakes, live performances and more.
Forty-five of the 48 tracks on Supreme Rarities have never been available on vinyl before. Among the songs on the compilation are some of the group's first recordings, when they were known as The Primettes. The retrospective also features The Supremes' versions of songs that were hits for other Motown acts, including The Miracles' "Mickey's Monkey" and Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)."
In addition, the collection boasts alternate versions of Supremes classics with different vocal takes, including "You Can't Hurry Love" and "Someday We'll Be Together."
It's worth noting that the vinyl discs are the first Motown recordings ever pressed in the city of Detroit. The Third Man Pressing plant is located just a mile from the projects where Supremes members Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and the late Florence Ballard grew up.
In a new interview with Goldmine, guitarist Elliot Easton says, "We've talked about it and we intend to do it. We haven't settled on what three numbers we're going to play but we are tossing around some likely choices. We will be playing and we will have someone substituting for [late bassist] Ben [Orr]."
Orr, who also shared lead vocal duties with rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ric Ocasek, died of pancreatic cancer in 2000 at the age of 53.
Easton also tells Goldmine that he was "quite happy" about The Cars finally getting chosen for induction after being eligible for more than a dozen years.
"I'm not judging the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or questioning the validity of it, but it's nice after a lifetime of playing music to be recognized that way," Elliot maintains. "Benjamin would have really appreciated it, especially being from Cleveland, I think he would've been very happy to go back, because he is very loved in Cleveland."
The 2018 induction ceremony takes place on April 14 at the Cleveland Public Auditorium. The last time The Cars performed together live was during a 2011 tour promoting their reunion album, Move Like This.
Meanwhile, Cars fans can check out an early demo version of the band's 1981 hit "Shake It Up" exclusively at Billboard.com. The previously unreleased track will appear as a bonus tune on the expanded reissue of The Cars' Shake It Up album, which hits stores on Friday, March 30.
A similarly expanded edition of the group's 1984 album, Heartbeat City, will be released the same day.
Courtesy of John Fogerty/CAAZZ Top will team up soon with ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty for the Blues & Bayous Tour, which kicks off May 25 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is scheduled through a June 29 concert in Welch, Minnesota. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons tells ABC Radio that his band and Fogerty will alternate opening slots, and they'll also jam together at each show.
"[A]t the end of the night, we'll collide," he notes. "It's gonna be cool."
One song the two acts likely will play is a new original that Gibbons says he and Fogerty recently wrote together at John's home.
Billy says of collaborating with Fogerty, "His voice, even today, resonates just as dramatically as it ever [did]. It's a remarkable experience to be in front of something so appealing."
Prior to the Blues & Bayous Tour, ZZ Top will be playing some headlining shows, including a five-date Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre.
"We've done a number of shows in Las Vegas, but this will be our first appearance at The Venetian, which I understand is one of the nice rooms in town," says Gibbons. "So we're looking forward to that. Gonna crank it up and make a lot of loud noise."
As for what kind of set fans who come out to those shows can expect, Gibbons says that alongside the band's classics, "We're gonna pull out a couple of the overlooked deep cuts and throw something new out there."
ZZ Top's April gigs will mark the first shows the band has played since postponing the end of its 2017 tour because bassist Dusty Hill was suffering from a "tummy ailment." Gibbons reports that Hill now has been given a "clean bill of health."
4/18 -- El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre 4/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre 4/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre 4/22 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues Anaheim 4/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre 4/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre 4/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre 5/17 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove at the River Spirit Casino Resort 5/20 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre 5/23 -- Norfolk, VA, Old Dominion University 5/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort - Event Center 5/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 5/27 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 5/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 5/30 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 6/1 -- Pensacola, FL, Pensacola Bay Center 6/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park 6/3 -- West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheater 6/5 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater 6/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre 6/8 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino 6/9 -- Austin, TX, Republic of Texas Biker Rally - Travis County Expo Center 6/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheater 6/12 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival 6/13 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 6/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 6/16 -- Southaven, MS, BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove 6/17 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater 6/19 -- Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre 6/20 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Theater 6/22 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 6/23 -- Canandaigua, NY, Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center 6/24 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 6/26 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort* 6/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 6/29 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino 7/1 -- Quapaw, OK, Downstream Casino Resort 7/25 -- Paso Robles, CA, California Mid-State Fair 7/26 -- Sacramento, CA, Papa Murphy's Park at Cal Expo 8/11 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage 8/13 -- Saint John, NB, Canada, Harbour Station 8/14 -- Summerside, PE, Canada, The Credit Union Place 8/16 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Videotron Centre 8/17 -- Laval, QC, Canada, Place Bell
= with John Fogerty * = with John Fogerty and Willie Nelson.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImageSir Elton John loves a good gnome-themed literary pun.
The pop-rock legend produced the 2011 animated film Gnomeo & Juliet and returns as producer for its upcoming sequel, Sherlock Gnomes. He also contributed original music for the film's soundtrack, including one song titled "Stronger," performed by Mary J. Blige as the character Irene.
Actor James McAvoy, who voices Gnomeo in the film, says Elton's music really helped bring the movie to life.
"It gives a very particular character to the movie," McAvoy tells ABC Radio. "His music is so full of energy, which you need in these types of films, I think."
He adds, "But the fact that it comes from one singer and one mind, one heart, gives the movie a real character of its own, just musically."
McAvoy got to meet Sir Elton during production of Gnomeo & Juliet. He says they hung out a little bit and discussed Rocketman, the in-development film about Elton’s life.
Sherlock Gnomes -- which also features the voices of Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and Chiwetel Ejiofor -- hits theaters this Friday.
Eagle Rock Entertainment/Republic RecordsThe new John Mellencamp concert film and documentary that premiered last month on Netflix is now set to be released as a home video May 11. Plain Spoken: From the Chicago Theatre, which focuses on an October 2016 performance that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer gave at the famed Windy City venue, will be available as a DVD/CD and a Blu-ray/CD set, and on digital formats.
In addition to footage from the concert, the video features narration from Mellencamp discussing growing up in the Midwest, the ups and downs of his career, and his musings on life in general. The show, which took place during John's tour in support of his 2014 album Plain Spoken, featured Mellencamp and his band performing several selections from that record, a couple tunes from his 2017 follow-up, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, along with plenty of his classic hits.
Carlene Carter, the late Johnny Cash's stepdaughter, was Mellencamp's special guest at the concert, and went on to collaborate with John on Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.
The Plain Spoken: From the Chicago Theatre DVD and Blu-ray also offer a "non-commentary" option where you can watch the concert without Mellencamp's narration. The CD included in the packages features audio of the full performance.
Check a video clip of Mellencamp performing his classic hit "Small Town" from the Plain Spoken film on John's official VEVO YouTube channel.
Here's the full track list of Plain Spoken: From the Chicago Theatre:
"Lawless Times" "Troubled Man" "Minutes to Memories" "Small Town" "Stones in My Passway" "Pop Singer" "Check It Out" "Longest Days" "The Full Catastrophe" "My Soul's Got Wings" "Overture" "Rain on the Scarecrow" "Paper in Fire" "Authority Song" "Pink Houses" "Cherry Bomb"
Courtesy of Virgin ProducedRobert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and are among the artists who will headline the fourth annual KAABOO Del Mar festival, scheduled for September 14-16 in Del Mar, California.
The three-day extravaganza will feature performances from veteran acts including Blondie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Idol, The Zombies, War, Elvin Bishop, Melissa Etheridge, Tower of Power, The Wailers, Jewel, TLC and Soul Asylum. Meanwhile, Kool & the Gang will play a special pre-festival set on Thursday, September 13, that will be open to VIP ticket holders.
Pop star Katy Perry and modern rockers Foo Fighters and Imagine Dragons are among the festival's other headliners.
KAABOO Del Mar, which takes place at the Del Mar Racetrack north of San Diego, also features comedy performances, art exhibits, gourmet food and drinks.
Tickets are on sale now. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit KAABOODelMar.com.
Charles Sykes/BravoIn a recent interview, Rod Stewart said he teased his friend Elton John for announcing that his upcoming tour will be his last and that he's retiring from the road. Now, Rod is taking it a step further, branding retirement announcements as "dishonest."
Appearing Wednesday night onWatch What Happens Live! with his summer tour mate, Cyndi Lauper, Rod was asked by a caller what he thought of Elton's farewell tour announcement. After reiterating that he'd teased Elton about it, Rod then got serious.
"I've never spoken about retirement, and if I do retire, I won't make an announcement, I'll just fade away," he told host Andy Cohen, adding disgustedly, "[Making] this big deal -- 'I'm going to retire' -- it so stinks of selling tickets."
Then, when Cyndi jokingly suggested that she and Rod pretend they're retiring in order to boost ticket sales, Rod really slammed the concept.
"It's dishonest," he said. "It's not rock and roll." Wonder how that'll go over with Elton?
Rod's currently touring Canada. His summer tour with Cyndi kicks off June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicRush became a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in 1994, and now the group's frontman, Geddy Lee, will be on hand at the 2018 Juno Awards this Sunday to induct his countrymen Barenaked Ladies, along with their former lead singer Steven Page.
The ceremony takes place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver at 5 p.m. PT. It'll air live on CBC, and also will be streamed globally at CBCMusic.ca/Junos.
Among the other artists who'' serve as presenters at the event are two fellow Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees: acclaimed producer Bob Rock and folk great Buffy Sainte-Marie. Rock has produced albums by the likes of Metallica, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Bryan Adams, Loverboy and The Cult.
Crooner Michael Bublé will host this year's edition of the Junos, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty ImagesTina Turner's notorious relationship with her late ex-husband and musical partner Ike Turner involved years of abuse. But Tina tells The Sunday Times in a new interview that now, "as an old person, I have forgiven him, but I would not work with him."
She continues, "He asked for one more tour with me, and I said, 'No, absolutely not.' Ike wasn't someone you could forgive and allow him back in. It's all gone, all forgotten." Ike Turner died in 2007 of a cocaine overdose.
Tina also has thoughts about the crop of sexual assault scandals in the entertainment industry that continue to make headlines, such as previous ones regarding film and TV producer Harvey Weinstein. "That's always been going on," she says.
"I knew about that, back in my time," she adds. "They were doing it back then, but somehow they were allowed because of their position. It's not new, it's just been brought to attention. And what I feel about it is, you never get by, it catches you sooner or later."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer continues, "When you do something wrong, if you do it long enough, it eventually catches you. I said to myself, 'Well, finally, you get what you deserve.'"
As previously noted, Tina is releasing a memoir in October titled Tina Turner: My Love Story. The autobiography will take an in-depth look at the rock and soul legend's life and 60-year career while covering topics that, according to a statement from Turner, range from "finding love," to surviving "a previously undisclosed life-threatening illness," to "today's happy endings."
Turner's book is the sequel to her bestselling 1986 autobiography, I, Tina.
Jim Britt/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty ImagesA federal appeals court Wednesday sided with the late Marvin Gaye's family, saying Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines" did infringe on Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a divided decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals mostly upheld a 2015 ruling that granted $5.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, citing the 1909 Copyright Act. The court ruled Gaye's song is "entitled to broad copyright protection because musical compositions are not confined to a narrow range of expression." The decision rejects the request to overturn a 2015 jury verdict or schedule a new trial.
The Gaye estate is also entitled to 50-percent royalties from "Blurred Lines" forever. Meanwhile, Wednesday's decision marked a victory of sorts for T.I., who contributed to one verse in "Blurred Lines." The rapper was found not personally liable and not responsible for damages.
Judge Jacqueline Nguyen wrote in her dissent that the decision may be may be harmful to future artists and creativity.
"The majority allows the Gayes to accomplish what no one has before: copyright a musical style," Nguyen wrote. "'Blurred Lines' and 'Got to Give It Up'are not objectively similar. They differ in melody, harmony, and rhythm. Yet by refusing to compare the two works, the majority establishes a dangerous precedent that strikes a devastating blow to future musicians and composers everywhere."
Courtesy of Momentum PicturesA documentary titled Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb, focusing on the making of the Aerosmith singer's country-flavored debut solo album We're All Somebody from Somewhere, will premiere at the Nashville Film Festival's opening night on May 10.
In conjunction with the premiere, Nashville Mayor David Briley will proclaim May 10 "Steven Tyler Day" in Music City, and the the rock legend will attend the celebration.
"Nashville is a key part of my musical journey and has had an influential place in my career, so this recognition from the city is a tremendous honor," says Tyler in a statement. "I'm also so touched that the Nashville Film Festival selected Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb to kick off opening night of this year's event."
The documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at Tyler as he works on the album, which found him exploring country music influences. It includes narration from Tyler, interviews with various collaborators and musical friends -- including Slash -- and footage from a performance at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium.
Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb was directed by Casey Tebo, whose resume also includes the 2013 Aerosmith concert film Rock for the Rising Sun and the band's "Legendary Child" video.
During the film fest, Tyler and his solo group The Loving Mary Band will play a May 12 concert at the The Woods at Fontanel in Nashville. Meanwhile, Tyler has confirmed dates for his 2018 solo tour.
Here are all of the North American dates:
6/12 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark 6/18 -- New York, NY, SummerStage - City Parks Foundation Annual Gala 6/21 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 6/24 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 6/30 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park 6/27 -- Detroit, MI, Sound Board 7/7 -- Naperville, IL, Ribfest - Knoch Park 7/11 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Cowboys Calgary
Courtesy of Rocktopia; Danny McClisterCheap Trick frontman Robin Zander has signed on to make an appearance as a featured singer next month in the just-launched Broadway production Rocktopia, which combines classic rock with classical music.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's stint with the show will run from April 23 to April 29, and will mark his Broadway debut.
Rocktopia features a variety of accomplished vocalists performing with a 20-piece orchestra, a rock band and a 40-person choir, and the repertoire includes songs by Journey, Queen, U2, Aerosmith, Heart, Led Zeppelin and The Who, as well as classical works from the likes of Mozart, Handel, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven. Fans also can expect Zander to sing at least one classic Cheap Trick tune during his stint.
Train singer Pat Monahan is currently the featured guest singer in Rocktopia through the show's April 8 performance. The production's six week run began Tuesday, March 20, at New York's Broadway Theater, with its official opening scheduled for March 27. It winds down on April 29, which also will be Zander's last performance.
Tickets for Rocktopia are on sale now via Telecharge.com.
As previously reported, Zander and Cheap Trick will be teaming up with Poison for a North American tour that kicks off May 18 in Irvine, California. Visit CheapTrick.com to check out the band's full itinerary.
ABC/Rick CartwrightRoger Daltrey helped make a California doctor's 60th birthday an extremely special one, when the Who singer and his solo band played Saturday at a party for the pain-medicine specialist, TMZ reports.
According to the tabloid website, Dr. Craig Flashner, who owns more than 500 nursing homes across the U.S., paid a cool million dollars to have Roger rock out at his bash. A video clip posted on TMZ from the party shows Daltrey onstage singing "My Generation" as Dr. Flashner helps out with backing vocals.
A separate video posted on YouTube captures Roger and his band playing "Won't Get Fooled Again."
The party, which took place at Flashner's home in the Los Angeles suburb of Westlake Village, also featured Cirque du Soleil performers and fire eaters.
RhinoFleetwood Mac's best-selling 1977 album Rumours, Kenny Loggins' chart-topping 1984 hit "Footloose" and The Temptations' 1964 smash "My Girl" are among the 25 entries for 2017 into The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, the collection of recorded works singled out for their historical, cultural or aesthetic significance.
Also on the list: rock 'n' roll pioneers Bill Haley and His Comets' influential 1954 single "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," Tony Bennett's signature 1962 ballad "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," the soundtrack to the 1965 movie musical The Sound of Music, Arlo Guthrie's 1967 Thanksgiving classic "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," Chic's 1978 disco hit "Le Freak," Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine's 1987 single "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," and Run-DMC's 1986 album Raising Hell, featuring the rap group's groundbreaking collaboration with Aerosmith on "Walk This Way."
Not every recording entering the registry is music. Among the more eclectic entries are "Proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization (4/25/45-6/26/45)" and the 1972 album An Evening with Groucho, documenting the final one-man show by the legendary comedian Groucho Marx.
This latest batch of entries bring the total number of recordings in the National Recording Registry to 500.
Here are all 25 of this year's entries, in chronological order:
"Dream Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta" (single), Victor Herbert and his Orchestra (1911) "Standing Rock Preservation Recordings, George Herzog and Members of the Yanktoni Tribe" (1928) "Lamento Borincano" (single), Canario y Su Grupo (1930) "Sitting on Top of the World" (single), Mississippi Sheiks (1930) The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (album), Artur Schnabel (1932-1935) "If I Didn't Care" (single), The Ink Spots (1939) "Proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization (4/25/45-6/26/45)" Folk Songs of the Hills (album), Merle Travis (1946) "How I Got Over" (single), Clara Ward and the Ward Singers (1950) "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" (single), Bill Haley and His Comets (1954) Calypso, Harry Belafonte (1956) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" (single), Tony Bennett (1962) "King Biscuit Time" (radio), Sonny Boy Williamson II and others (1965) "My Girl" (single), The Temptations (1964) The Sound of Music (soundtrack), Various (1965) "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" (single), Arlo Guthrie (1967) New Sounds in Electronic Music (album), Steve Reich, Richard Maxfield, Pauline Oliveros (1967) An Evening with Groucho (album), Groucho Marx (1972) Rumours (album), Fleetwood Mac (1977) "The Gambler" (single), Kenny Rogers (1978) "Le Freak" (single), Chic (1978) "Footloose" (single), Kenny Loggins (1984) Raising Hell (album), Run-DMC (1986) "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (single), Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine (1987) Yo-Yo Ma Premieres: Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra (album), Various (1996)
This marks the third time that the show has been extended since its initial eight-week run began in October of 2017.
Tickets for the new dates will go on sale Wednesday, March 28, at 11 a.m. ET, and will be available to people who previously registered with the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program. Registered fans will be contacted by Ticketmaster with more details on Monday, March 26.
Meanwhile, after the March 28 on-sale date, a limited number of tickets to each upcoming show will be offered for a discounted price through a special online lottery system at LuckySeat.com/springsteen-broadway.
Springsteen on Broadway began previews on October 3, 2017, and officially opened October 12. Before the latest run was announced, the show had been scheduled to end with a June 30, 2018, performance.
As Bruce explained in an initial press statement, the show "is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung."
During the show, Springsteen is often joined onstage for two songs by his wife, E Street Band backing vocalist Patti Scialfa.