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Harry Herd/RedfernsNearly a year ago, former Free frontman Paul Rodgers played a sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall, celebrating Free's 50th anniversary as part of his 2017 Free Spirit tour.  Now the promised record of that concert is almost here.

Paul Rodgers -- Free Spirit -- Celebrating the Music of Free will be released June 22 by Quarto Valley Records in multiple formats -- on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, on vinyl and digitally.

The 16-song collection features Rodgers performing Free's best-known songs, including "Wishing Well," "Fire and Water" and their signature hit, "All Right Now," as well as deep tracks, some of which were never performed live by the original band.

Blu-ray and vinyl extras include exclusive footage of the London show, as well as extra tracks by Paul's multi-instrumentalist daughter, Jasmine Paul, and rock and blues singer Deborah Bonham, sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Rogers is widely considered to be one of rock's premier vocalists.  In addition to fronting Free, he was also lead singer for Bad Company and The Firm before going solo.

Rogers has a serious busy road schedule right now.  He'll play a handful of Bad Company dates beginning May 11, then embark July 18 on his joint Stars Align tour with Jeff Beck and Heart's Ann Wilson.  You can check out Paul for dates and details.

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Blink PublishingWe've got a publication date for former The Who drummer Kenney Jones' autobiography, and it's just around the corner.  Titled Let the Good Times Roll, it'll be out May 31.

Subtitled My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who, the book covers exactly that -- Jones' time with three of rock's most influential bands.  "In a career spanning six decades, Kenney was at the epicentre of many of the most exciting moments in music history and has experienced everything the industry has to offer," declares the book's publisher.  "He jointly created some of the world's most-loved records, hung out with the StonesBeatlesDavid BowieKeith Moon and Rod Stewart, and suffered the loss of close friends to rock 'n' roll excess and success."

Jones writes about "the people, the parties, the friendships, the fall-outs, the laughter, the sadness, the sex, drugs, and a lot of rock 'n' roll, while also opening up about his own deeply personal battles and passions, too," according to the publisher.

Jones of course was a founding member of Small Faces, which changed to Faces when lead singer and guitarist Steve Marriott left the band in 1969, and Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood stepped in to cover vocals and guitar, respectively.  Three years after Faces disbanded, Pete Townshend in 1978 invited Jones to join The Who in the wake of drummer Keith Moon's death.  Jones left the band around 1988, though he's performed with them occasionally since. 

You can order Let the Good Times Roll: My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who now on  And yes, they do ship to the U.S.

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Matt Baron/ShutterstockRocketman, the long-in-the-works Elton John biopic, has finally landed a deal with a studio and production is expected to begin this summer.

Deadline reported that Paramount Pictures will finance and distribute the movie, which will feature Taron Egerton, star of the Kingsmen: The Secret Service movies, as Sir Elton.  Egerton, who provided the voice for one of the characters in the hit animated musical Sing!, has plenty of vocal talent, and according to Deadline, he'll be singing Elton's songs himself in the movie.

Dexter Fletcher will direct Rocketman; coincidentally, he'll also be directing a biopic about another flamboyant, iconic British rocker: Queen's Freddie MercuryLee Hall, with whom Elton collaborated on the award-winning musical Billy Elliott, wrote the Rocketman script.

Rocketman will follow Elton's life from his days as child prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, though his initial meeting and subsequent partnership with Bernie Taupin, to his success and global superstardom.  Deadline describes it as an "unvarnished rock ‘n’ roll biopic with John’s life stripped...of the glitter."

No word on when Rocketman will hit screens.

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Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.comNo criminal charges will be filed in Prince's overdose death and the investigation has been closed, officials revealed during a press conference Thursday.

Speaking at the Carver County, Minnesota Justice Center in Chaska, county attorney Mark Metz said Prince thought he was taking the painkiller Vicodin, for which he did not have a prescription, and was unaware he was actually taking counterfeit pills that had been illegally laced with the prescription painkiller fentanyl, which is some 50 times more powerful than heroin. 

Despite an "intensive investigation," Metz said officials were unable to determine who provided Prince with the drugs that killed him, and so were ending their investigation. 

The announcement comes just two days before the two-year anniversary of Prince's death on April 21. 2016.  His body was discovered at his Paisley Park residence and studios in Chanhassen, located in Carver County, about a half-hour southwest of Minneapolis.  Six weeks later, his cause of death was ruled to be a fentanyl overdose.

Earlier Thursday, Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and submit to two years' monitoring by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.  Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.”  He was consequently facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

Both officials and Schulenberg noted that the settlement isn't an admission of liability.  Federal officials also noted they "did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims."

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe doctor who wrote painkiller prescriptions for Prince's drummer, despite allegedly knowing the drugs would actually be taken by Prince, has agreed to a civil settlement with federal investigators.

Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg has agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and will be monitored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for two years, according to United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker.

In a statement provided to ABC News, Schulenberg's attorney says his client agreed to settle "alleged civil claims in order to avoid the expense, delay, and unknown outcome of litigation." Schulenberg was facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.” 

Schulenberg's attorney statement also declares: "The United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Minnesota has confirmed that he is not a target in any criminal inquiry and there have been no allegations made by the Government that Dr. Schulenberg had any role in Prince’s death. Dr. Schulenberg affirms his previous statement that he did not prescribe opiates to any patient with the intention that they be given to Prince."

"After he learned of Prince’s addiction, [Schulenberg] immediately worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and to transfer care to a chemical dependency specialist," the statement says.

The agreement was revealed fewer than two hours before a scheduled news conference during which Carver County, MN officials are expected to announce what, if any, criminal charges will be brought in Prince's death, and against whom.

Prince died April 21, 2016 at age 57 of an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.  Where Prince obtained the fentanyl is still apparently unknown.

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Denise Truscello/WireImageRingo Starr's most recent album, Give More Love, has been out since last September, but we've just now been treated to a video for the title track.

Released Thursday, the mostly black-and-white video shows Ringo and members of his All-Starr Band performing the song, interspersed with color footage of photos and videos contributed by fans in response to Ringo's #GiveMoreLove call last November to be a part of the video.  "Give More Love" is streaming now on YouTube.

Ringo also revealed plans for his 10th annual Peace & Love birthday celebration July 7.  Since 2008, Ringo -- who will turn 78 this year -- has called on fans around the world to pause at noon local time on July 7 and wish someone peace and love, or share the #peaceandlove hashtag on social media.  The around-the-world celebration began in 2008 at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe.  This year, it'll begin at the Hard Rock in Nice, France, where Ringo will be on tour.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, then Peace & Love," Ringo says in a statement.  "I was blown away last year with how far this idea keeps spreading... So here we are 10 years later and it keeps growing"

Ringo and his All-Starr band begin the European leg of their latest tour June 6 in Paris, wrapping up July 11 in Rome.  After a break, they hit the road in the U.S. for 20 fall dates, beginning September 1 in Tulsa through September 29 in Los Angeles.  You can check out the full itinerary at

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Credit: Al PereiraMany Kinks fans probably have given up hope that the band's historically quarrelsome Davies siblings, Ray and Dave, will collaborate together again, but Dave tells ABC Radio that he has eventual plans to meet with his brother to discuss a possible new project.

"Me and Ray spoke a couple of months back, and I'm going to go back to the U.K. at some point…I'm not sure exactly when," reveals Dave, whose current U.S. solo tour winds down this Saturday, April 21, with a show in Medina, Minnesota. "And we're going to get together and try and work on some stuff. So we're getting along all right."

Regarding his most recent conversation with Ray, Dave says, "We talked about making some sort of video and performance, or, like, streaming. And we talked about refurbishing some old Kinks songs that we could mess around with and maybe turn them into something. [I]t's a few alternatives that we got in mind."

Dave tells ABC Radio that he wouldn't mind if he and Ray revisited the demos of four or five song ideas they worked on a few years ago.

"I still got them on my computer," he points out. "I go back to them now and again, [and think,] 'Hmm, could be good.' So it's not over till it's over."

Having said that, the 70-year-old guitarist notes that both he and his older brother remain busy with their own solo projects.

Dave's tour finale on Saturday will feature an opening set by Joey Molland's Badfinger. He also has a show tonight, April 19, in Waukegan, Illinois, with supporting act The Smithereens. That band will feature guest singer Robin Wilson of The Gin Blossoms stepping in for late frontman Pat DiNizio, who died in December at age 62.

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Gijsbert Hanekroot/RedfernsMost New York City visitors, and even some locals, avoid taking the subway, but now the city's Transit Authority's provided a swell reason for you to give it a try.

For a limited time, you can buy David Bowie-branded MetroCards -- the pre-paid plastic cards you swipe at the turnstile to ride the subway.  There are five being offered, each featuring a photo of one of Bowie's trademark personas: Bowie at the beginning, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, and Bowie as a clown from 1980's "Ashes to Ashes" video.  Sadly, there's no Goblin King card.

You can just buy them all in one go, however.  Firstly, they're only available at two stations, at Broadway-Lafayette and Bleecker St. -- look them up on Google Maps.  And secondly, they'll be dispensed randomly at booths and vending machines.  Given that they sell for a minimum $6.50 a pop -- that's two subway rides -- you could spend some serious cash trying to collect all five.

If you want yours, you better hurry: only 250,000 will be distributed.  If you don't live in New York City, it's time to cozy up to a pal who does.

The promotion's not only to honor Bowie, who was a New York City resident, but also to promote the David Bowie Is touring exhibit, currently at the Brooklyn Museum.  FYI, that's where the MetroCard images came from.

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John Pratt/Keystone/Getty ImagesIt's like Antiques Roadshow for rock and roll. 

The Beatles Story exhibit in Liverpool is joining forces with Julien's Auctions and the Hard Rock Cafe NYC for another Discovery Day.  It's your chance to bring your Beatles or other rock and roll memorabilia to be appraised by an expert, for free.

Previous events have been held in Liverpool and and London, and have unearthed some significant finds.  One of them was a typewritten, signed letter by John Lennon to Queen Elizabeth II from 1969, explaining why he was refusing the MBE she awarded him. Incredibly, the owner found the letter inside the sleeve of one of a collection of vinyl albums he'd purchased 20 years earlier for a mere ten pounds, about 14 bucks.  Julien's valued it at 60,000 pounds, over $85,000.

If you think you've got a rare Beatles or rock treasure, you've got plenty of time to root through your attic.  The Discovery Day's scheduled for Thursday, May 17 at the Hard Rock Cafe New York

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L-R: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Tina Turner and Adrienne Warren; Dave Benett/Getty ImagesTina Turner's been keeping a low profile the last few years, but the 78-year-old music legend was looking good during a rare public appearance Tuesday in London to celebrate the world premiere of Tina, the musical based on her life.

"After 3 years of hard work from our fantastic cast & crew, @TinaTheMusical makes its World Premiere Performance @TheAldwych tonight," Tina tweeted, along with a photo of the smiling cast and crew, with her right in the middle.  "It's meant so much to me to be so closely involved in this production. To all my fans & audiences, I hope you enjoy the show!"

Actress Adrienne Warren plays Turner in Tina -- from her early days, to her Ike and Tina days, all the way into her 1980s career resurgence, and beyond. So far, the musical's getting terrific reviews.  Actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith plays Ike Turner.

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L-R: Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger; Michael Campanella/RedfernsIf you need a gift for the Rolling Stones fan in your life, or if you just want to treat yourself, hop online a month from now for your chance to own a lithograph of Mick Jagger -- painted by Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

The unframed color lithograph -- number 181 out of a limited edition of 285 -- measures about 38 by 27 inches and is a full-length painting of Jagger at the mic, in concert, clad all in black.  Numbered and signed by Wood, it's appropriately titled "Paint It Black -- Out of Control." 

Check your bank account first, if you're interested.  The piece is expected to sell for between 1,200 and 1,500 euros, about $1,480 to $1,850.  But as these auctions usually go, don't be surprised to see it sell for much higher.

Wood, of course, is an accomplished painter and visual artist whose work has been collected and exhibited around the world for decades.  His Rolling Stones band mates are understandably some of his frequent subjects.  Wood also recently survived a cancer scare and will join the Stones on the road when the European leg of their No Filter tour begins May 17 in Dublin, Ireland.

Also for sale is a caricature of Jagger apparently signed by the singer, by an unspecified artist.  That's expected to sell for between 200 to 300 euros, about 250 to 370 bucks.

Both items are part of a much larger lot dubbed The Eclectic Collector, offered by the Irish-based Whyte's auction house May 18.  Visit for details.

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Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAlmost two years to the day after Prince died, officials in Carver County, Minnesota will announce Thursday whether anyone will face charges in the music legend's death.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. local time April 19 at the Carver County Justice Center in Chaska, the county seat.  Prince's Paisley Park residence and studios are located in nearby Chanhassen, in the same county, about a half-hour southwest of Minneapolis.

Prince was found dead at Paisley Park on April 21, 2016 at age 57.  Six weeks later, his cause of death was ruled to be an overdose of the prescription pain medication fentanyl, which is some 50 times more powerful than heroin. 

Since his death, investigators have looked into whether Prince obtained fentanyl legally and, if not, who may have provided it to him.

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Jim Spellman/WireImageLooks like David Bowie's a new granddad.  The late rock icon's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, just shared a post on social media that sure makes it sound like he's celebrating the birth of a baby girl.

"I am thrilled to announce that the sequel to the hugely popular Stenton Jones, has finally been unleashed upon the globe1" Jones tweeted Wednesday morning.  "Both @rodeneronquillo and her big, beautiful baby girl are doing amazing!

The tweet is accompanied by a charming(ish) hand-drawn illustration of a skirt-wearing baby in the womb and her brother standing outside, facing her.  Dialogue balloons show them both saying, "I will make your life hell."

Rodene Ronquillo is Jones' wife, whom he married in 2012.  Just shy of four years later, she gave birth to the couple's first child, son Stenton David Jones, named after the boy's grandfather.  David Bowie lived long enough to learn he would be a grandfather, but unfortunately died on January 10, 2016, some six months before Stenton's birth.

Jones announced last October that they were expecting another child, and shared the same illustration then as he did when announcing today's birth. 

No word yet on the baby girl's name.

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Paul and Linda McCartney in 1973; Michael Putland/Getty ImagesYou might have missed it, but Paul McCartney took a moment Tuesday to remember his late wife, Linda, on the 20th anniversary of her passing.

McCartney posted a color photo of Linda on his Twitter and Instagram, one that appears to have been taken in the early 1970s.  Linda's wearing a sweater, with her face in profile, slightly upraised and presented against a sunny blue sky, her hair catching the light like a halo.

"Remembering Linda with love today," McCartney writes.  "Beautiful memories."

Paul met Linda Eastman in May of 1967 in London, when she was a 25-year-old photographer.  They were married March 12, 1969 and remained nearly inseparable until Linda's death from cancer on April 17, 1998.

McCartney had a brief, tumultuous marriage to former model Heather Mills from 2002 to 2008.  He married New York businesswoman Nancy Shevell in 2011, four years after they met.

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCThe Cher Show, the upcoming Broadway musical based on the life of  the entertainment icon, has lined up its cast.  It not only features three -- count 'em, three -- actresses playing the title role, but also actors playing Cher's significant others, and her mom.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the three actresses will portray three different incarnations of Cher at different points in her decades-long career.  They include Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block, plus Teal Weaks, who's appeared in Wicked and Finding Neverland, and Broadway newcomer Micaela Diamond.

In addition, the show also has cast actors as Cher's late ex-husband Sonny Bono, Cher's other late ex-husband, Gregg Allman, and Cher's much-younger boyfriend, Rob Camilletti, whom she dated for three years in the late '80s.

Another actor will play Cher's longtime costume designer Bob Mackie; the real Mackie is designing the costumes for the show.  Tony nominee Emily Skinner will play Cher's mom, Georgia Holt.

The Cher Show will premiere in Chicago and run from June 12 through July 15.  Previews at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre begin November 1, with opening night scheduled for December 3.

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L-R: Bernie Taupin, Elton John; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARASElton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is billed as the Rocket Man's last go 'round on the road.  While Elton's buddy Rod Stewart recently insinuated that "farewell" tours are just a scam to sell tickets, Elton's musical partner of more than 50 years says this one's completely legit.

Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics for Elton's biggest hits, says Elton didn't exactly ask his opinion before he announced he was retiring from the road, but it makes total sense to him.

"I mean, the guy travels so much," says Bernie. "He's toured constantly for years, and this is a guy that goes to places that major artists never go to...That's what takes a toll on you...It wears you out."

According to Bernie, the fact that the tour will span several years is proof that there won't ever be another one.  "Because he goes to all these places, it's gonna take two and a half, three years to cover it all," he explains. "So no, there's gonna be no coming back after this!"

While Bernie's been just as much a part of Elton's career as Elton himself, he's never had to go on tour, and he says he can't believe his 71-year-old pal's stamina.

"I mean, when he's onstage...he plays for, like, two and a half three hours every night!" Bernie marvels. "And personally, I have no idea how he does it...But it's the traveling that's hard, and that's why he's calling it a day."

While fans may be sad that Elton's hanging it up, Bernie says there's definitely a silver lining.

"He's not retiring from making records, y'know," he points out. "In fact it's probably gonna be a healthier situation for recording, because we're not gonna have to jam it in between events!"

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Credit: Danny O'ConnorTodd Rundgren's old band Utopia embarks on its reunion tour tonight in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

Rundgren tells ABC Radio that for its first tour since 1986, the group has put in a lot of time rehearsing, knowing "it's not the kind of thing that we're gonna do every year…It's a special event."

Regarding what inspired the reunion trek, Todd notes that Utopia never officially broke up.

"We just realized that everyone had to kind of spend some time getting their own thing together, and then that stretched into decades," he explains. "And now, over 30 years later, it seems like that thirst to hear what the band was all about is still there, and so we decided let's just bite the bullet and do it."

Meanwhile, Rundgren says fans who attend the shows will get their money's worth.

"It's a long show. It'll be broken up with an intermission, because there is so much music to cover," Rundgren reveals. "And we are going to go from the very first record [1974's Todd Rundgren's Utopia] to the very last record [1985's P.O.V.]."

As previously reported, Utopia's reunion tour lineup includes three-fourths of the band's longest-lived incarnation -- guitarist Rundgren, bassist Kasim Sulton and drummer Willie Wilcox -- while on keyboards is Gil Assayas, a young musician hired after founding Utopia keyboardist Ralph Schuckett bowed out because of health issues.

Meanwhile, Todd says he hopes the tour satisfies both the people who "have gauzy memories of the early band 'cause it was maybe one of the first big rock shows they ever saw," and those who "want to experience something that they've heard a lot about but maybe didn't get a whole lot of firsthand experience of."

Here are all of the Utopia reunion tour dates:

4/18 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
4/20 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
4/22 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
4/23 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater
4/25 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
4/27 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
4/28 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
4/29 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theater
5/1 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theater
5/2 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theater
5/3 -- New York, NY, Town Hall
5/5 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
5/6 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theater
5/7 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
5/9 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
5/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theater
5/12 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
5/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theater
5/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
5/16 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
5/17 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
5/19 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Live
5/20 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Live
5/22 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
5/24 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
5/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
5/27 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater
5/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
5/30 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
6/1 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theater
6/2 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Theater
6/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
6/5 -- Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center

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Courtesy of Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Magpie Salute, the Black Crowes spinoff group led by guitarist Rich Robinson, has announced a new series of North American summer tour dates in addition to their recently announced September 23 appearance at the Bourbon & Beyond festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

The shows span from a July 8 concert in Thunder Bay, Canada, through a September 15 show in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

Six of the shows will feature The Magpie Salute opening for Gov't Mule and The Avett Brothers. Tickets for many of the concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 20. Visit for more information.

In addition to Robinson, The Magpie Salute's lineup features two other ex-Black Crowes members: guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Seven Pipien.  The lineup also features singer John Hogg and drummer Joe Magistro.

As previously reported, the band is currently working on its as-yet-untitled debut studio album, which is due out sometime in the summer.

Here are all of The Magpie Salute's confirmed 2018 concerts:

7/8 -- Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Thunder Bay Blues Festival
7/12 -- Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach Theater*
7/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center*
7/14 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center*
7/16 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
7/19 -- Waterloo, NY, Del Lago Resort & Casino
7/21 -- Fairfield, CT, The Warehouse FTC
8/23 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
8/24 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
8/25 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre*
9/8 -- Ardmore, PA, Ardmore Music Hall
9/12 -- Fredericton, NB, Canada, Harvest Jazz & Blues Fest
9/13 -- Portland, ME, Aura
9/15 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
9/23 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond Festival

* = with Gov't Mule and The Avett Brothers

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Harry Herd/Redferns; Mary Ellen MatthewsSimple Minds frontman Jim Kerr is the latest guest star to join Arcade Fire for a special performance during the Canadian alt-rock act's current European tour.

Kerr was invited onstage during Arcade Fire's show in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, to perform his band's signature hit, "Don't You (Forget About Me)."  Footage from the collaboration was posted on Arcade Fire's Twitter feed.

Along with Kerr, several other well-known veteran singers have taken the stage with Arcade Fire during the group's trek, including Boy George and, coincidentally, Kerr's ex-wife Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, who both showed up during the band's three-show run in London.

Simple Minds recently released a new studio album titled Between Two Worlds, and will launch a European tour in May in support of the record.

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Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesAfter releasing one of the top-selling albums of all time, iconic '90s band Hootie & the Blowfish never actually broke up; they just don't play together very often. But the group has just announced two concerts in August, as part of their annual charity event in South Carolina.

The two-night Homegrown Weekend is scheduled for August 10 and 11 at Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. Tickets go on sale April 20 at 10 a.m. ET at  The shows will raise money for local educational charities.

This year, the group has also agreed to reunite for another show at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia, the home of the Atlanta Braves. The July 21 show will feature Hootie opening for country superstar Jason Aldean, and the bill also features country stars Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs.

As you may be aware, when he's not reuniting with his old band, Hootie frontman Darius Rucker is a chart-topping, award-winning country star in his own right. This summer, he'll be touring with country group Lady Antebellum of "Need You Tonight" fame.

Hootie's 1994 album Cracked Rear View has sold 16 million copies in the U.S. alone -- more copies than either Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Santana's Supernatural.

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