Courtesy of Setlists for Young VoicesSet lists from concerts by The Who, R.E.M., The Pretenders and many other top acts are being auctioned off to raise money for a new youth writing initiative.
The program, started by novelists Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers and Michael Chabon, is called Setlists for Young Voices, and will benefit organizations including London's Ministry of Stories and the International Congress of Youth Voices gathering in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Who set list, from a 2016 concert in Mexico City, is signed by guitarist Pete Townshend, while all four R.E.M. members autographed their two contributions, from 1989 shows in London and Mountain View, California, respectively. The Pretenders also donated two set lists to the auction, both of which are signed by frontwoman Chrissie Hynde.
Among the many other artists donating set lists: Steely Dan, Def Leppard, Patti Smith and Rush.
The set lists will go up for bid starting Monday night at 10 p.m. ET. Bidding will be open until May 2. Visit YouthWriting.org/Bid for more info.
John Lennon in 1961 (Evening Standard/Getty Images)Nowhere Boy, the 2009 John Lennon biopic focusing on the legendary Beatle's volatile teenage years, may be headed to the stage.
Deadline reports that the AF Media Creative and Aged in Wood production companies have acquired the rights to turn the film into a musical.
As in the movie, the stage production is expected to focus on Lennon's pre-Beatles band The Quarrymen and his relationship with his Aunt Mimi and his mother, Julia, who abandoned her son when he was a child, but later came back into his life, only to be killed by a car.
The Nowhere Boy film starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Lennon and Kristen Scott Thomas as Mimi.
AF Creative Media's Brian and Dayna Lee say the musical, which is in the early stages of development, will incorporate songs by African-American artists who inspired Lennon and the Liverpool, U.K., music scene at that time.
Like the film, the stage production will feature classic rock 'n' roll tunes of the late 1950s, but may not include any original Lennon compositions.
Brian Lee says the producers are hoping the musical will open in the U.K. sometime "in the next few years."
"We've just secured the rights of the film," he says, "and as a team we'll be traveling to London this summer, trying to figure out the right person to bring this narrative to life."
The Lees haven't discussed the project with Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.
The new shows are scheduled for September 11 in San Francisco, September 13 in Las Vegas and September 14 in Phoenix. Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.
Chase card members will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets for the San Francisco performance starting Tuesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. PT.
Clapton will be performing with his longtime touring band, which features ex-Squeeze/Mike the Mechanics singer/keyboardist Paul Carrack, keyboardist Chris Stainton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, as well as backing vocalists Sharon White and Katie Kissoon.
As previously reported, the 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival will be held at Dallas' American Airlines Arena and will feature Clapton performing on both dates, along with a star-studded lineup that includes Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Albert Lee, Gary Clark Jr., Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Vince Gill.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a drug and alcohol treatment and education facility founded by Eric.
Clapton's tour schedule also includes a trio of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall in May, and five shows in Europe in June.
Here are all of Clapton's U.S. performances:
9/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Chase Center 9/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 9/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 9/20-21 -- Dallas, TX, Crossroads Guitar Festival - American Airlines Arena
Money can't buy you love, but it can score you some cool Beatles memorabilia.
An antique piano once owned by John Lennon and used by the famed Beatle to write several songs featured on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, was purchased at an auction Saturday for $718,000 by Jim Irsay, owner of the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts, the Indianapolis Star reports.
"I'm elated to now be the steward of John's 'Sgt. Pepper' upright piano," Irsay, a noted Beatles fanatic and rock-memorabilia collector, wrote Saturday in a post on his Twitter. "It's a responsibility I take seriously, with future generations in mind."
According to the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction site, the piano was made by the John Broadwood and Sons company and dates back to about 1872. Lennon purchased the instrument, which is an ornately painted upright model, in or around 1966 and used it as his Kenwood and Tittenhurst Park residences in the U.K.
Lennon eventually gave the instrument to a friend, but first had a plaque affixed to it that reads, "On this piano was written: A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Good Morning, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite and many others. John Lennon. 1971."
The piano was estimated to fetch between $800,000 and $1.2 million. Following the auction, the owner of Gotta Have Rock and Roll posted a Facebook message congratulating Irsay "for winning this incredible piece!"
Previous rock collectibles Irsay has purchased include a 1963 drum kit that Ringo Starr used to record some of The Beatles' biggest early hits, Jerry Garcia's famous "Tiger" guitar, and the Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
Courtesy Random HouseThere have been plenty of books written about Prince, but now we'll get to read his story in his own words.
October 29 brings the publication of The Beautiful Ones, a memoir that Random House acquired in a deal with Prince in 2016. He began writing it before his death on April 21, 2016, and the book will feature those early pages, as well as never-before-seen photos, scrapbooks and lyric sheets.
Dan Piepenbring, a writer who Prince hand-picked to collaborate with him on the book, has written the introduction.
The Beautiful Ones will span Prince's childhood to his early years as a musician, and according to Random House, the book will depict the superstar's, "evolution through deeply revealing, never-before-shared images and memories." It even includes his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain.
Piepenbring's introduction describes working with Prince shortly before he died, when the Purple One was trying to figure out how he could, "reveal more of himself and his ideas" in the book while still, "retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated."
Chris Jackson of Random House says of The Beautiful Ones, "It's a genuinely moving and energizing literary work, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image. It’s a treasure not just for Prince fans but for anyone who wants to see one of our greatest creative artists and original minds at work on his greatest creation: himself."
Look for Lynyrd Skynyrd to stay on the road into next year. In a new interview with USA Today, frontman Johnny Van Zant discusses the legendary Southern rock band's plans to retire from the road and what else the group is hoping to accomplish before calling it quits.
Van Zant tells the newspaper that Skynyrd decided to mount the farewell tour because guitarist Gary Rossington, the band's last surviving original member, has a bad heart and the group "wanted to let people know that, 'Hey, our time is coming to an end.'" He adds, "We wanted to do it right and I think so far we have."
As for how long the trek might last, Johnny, who joined Skynyrd in 1987, says, "[W]e're going to keep busy probably for another year and then see what happens next year, as long as Gary's health is OK."
Regarding Rossington's current health status, Van Zant reports, "He's doing really good right now. He had a pacemaker put in a while back."
Johnny also reveals that Lynyrd Skynyrd is preparing to record a new album "and are going into the studio pretty soon to cut a few things." Van Zant says he isn't sure when the new album will be ready for release, noting that it "depends on Gary's health."
According to Johnny, Rossington is in good health now and he "wants to go in and start recording a few tracks here and there." He adds that Skynyrd might release the songs they complete "track by track, and then after we get it all done, put it together as a CD."
Here are all of Lynyrd Skynyrd's confirmed upcoming North American shows:
4/27 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach Festival 5/10 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater# 5/11 -- Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas Festival 5/17 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 5/18 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome 5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 5/31 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 6/1 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 7/12 -- Edenvale, ON, Canada, Roxodus Music Festival 7/13 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC* 7/14 -- Queens, NY, Forest Hills Stadium 7/19 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino 7/20 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam 7/26 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater** 7/27 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre** 8/9 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater 8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena** 8/17 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre*** 8/23 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance@ 8/30 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 8/31 -- Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 9/13 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater# 9/14 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre# 9/20 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater** 9/21 -- Greenwood Village, CO, Fiddler's Green** 9/27 -- Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater# 9/28 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater#
* = with Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy. ** = with Bad Company. *** = with Grand Funk Railroad, Georgia Satellites. = with Hank Williams Jr. = with Gov't Mule, The Outlaws, Chris Kroeze. # = with Cody Jinks. @ = with ZZ Top, Cheap Trick.
ABC/Craig SjodinIn a super-meta full-circle moment, Adam Lambert will help mentor this season's American Idol contestants when they tackle the music of Queen later this month, Billboard reports.
Adam, of course, auditioned for American Idol back on season 8 with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Then, during that season's star-studded finale, he actually got to sing with the legendary British rock band. Now, he's Queen's lead singer -- and has been since 2011 -- and he even has a cameo in their Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
During the April 28 episode, the remaining eight finalists will sing songs from Queen's catalog. Adam will then return to the show to perform on the season finale, airing May 19 on ABC.
Meanwhile, Queen and Adam will be touring North America this summer, starting July 10 in Vancouver, Canada, and wrapping things up August 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
CBS/The Recording Academy/AEG Ehrlich VenturesOn Sunday at 8 p.m., CBS will air Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration, saluting six decades of the iconic record label. The special features Motown legends like Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder, as well as performances and appearances by contemporary artists like John Legend, Jennifer Lopez and Boyz II Men.
Smokey, who co-hosts the show with Cedric the Entertainer, tells ABC Radio that he believes Motown music will continue to endure, far beyond these first 60 years.
"There are kids who haven't even been born who are gonna hear it," he notes. "[I]t's a beautiful thing."
Meanwhile, Motown 60's executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, says the program was able to "bring yesterday and today together," while delivering a "21st century interpretation of some of the great moments of Motown."
"We were fortunate in having Stevie...Smokey...Diana and Thelma Houston and a few of the other artists that date back to the really amazing early days of Motown," he tells ABC Radio. "And then, John Legend does a pretty amazing Marvin Gaye, and Ciara did a medley of more current Motown hits, and Ne-Yo the same way."
Among the special's many highlights was an "In Memoriam" segment with Wonder singing "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer."
"It's pretty emotional and pretty evocative," says Ehrlich.
The program also includes a star-studded "Women of Motown" tribute and a pre-taped segment featuring some legendary Motown songwriters -- Robinson, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson and the team of Holland-Dozier-Holland -- sitting around a piano and reminiscing about their days at the label.
Enjoying the show from the audience: Motown's 89-year-old founder, Berry Gordy.
"He was just having a ball, he loved it," says Ehrlich. "We really appreciated his lending us the Motown legacy for a night."
Andy Lecompte @andylecompteMadonna will premiere the video for her new single "Medellín" on MTV April 24, but ahead of that, she's posted a little behind-the-scenes video that gives us a look at the making of the clip.
The video starts with a voiceover from Madonna, in which she apparently tells us the plot of the clip. "Oh my God, it's crazy, I got kidnapped," she says. "I was tied to a tree in the Amazon forest, I was there for months! And I escaped and I found myself in Medellín. I had to get a job, so I became a cha-cha instructor."
We then see a montage of Madonna, wearing a short brunette wig, a skirt, heels and a red eye patch, teaching a group of people how to dance. A woman -- who may be the clip's director -- says, "It's so fun to have M as our cha-cha instructor in this magical world which shows a few different personas of Madame X."
As previously reported, Madame X is the name of Madonna's new album, due in June.
The woman adds that Madonna is very "cheeky" because she just "put everything she loves into one video: Dance, music, horses, hot Latin men." It's not clear if the woman is referring to Maluma, the Colombian singer who joins Madonna on the song, or another guy who appears in the video, or both.
Credit: Kharen HillIn 1996, Sheryl Crow wrote the song "Redemption Day" after visiting Bosnia with then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and recorded it on her second album. In 2003, Johnny Cash recorded it. He died that same year; his version was eventually released in 2010. Now, with the permission of the late country legend's family, Crow has created a version of the song, as well as a video, which allows them to duet.
The video features archival footage of Cash at different stages of his life, as well as scenes of Sheryl playing piano in a field as a little boy watches her from a nearby house. Its interspersed with scenes of war, destruction, death, terrorism, climate change, political leaders...basically every ill of modern society.
At the end of the video, the little boy stands in what looks like an airplane hangar, watching a screen flashing these terrible images. But then Crow appears on screen; she crouches down and holds out her hand. The little boy goes up to the screen and puts his hand on Sheryl's.
In a statement, Sheryl says, "As a mom of two young kids, I see that our kids watch what we do on their behalf and how we shape their future. They're privy to everything visual...and there's no way to shield your child from the roughness of reality. If we could see the world through a child's eyes, we would make different decisions."
She adds, "With what's happening in our nation now, and how dire things look, to have Johnny's voice offers some hope. I hope that wherever he is, he feels proud to be a part of it."
"Redemption Day" appears on Crow's forthcoming new album of all-star duets with artists like Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Don Henley and Willie Nelson.
The new Rolling Stones best-of compilation Honk is out today.
The retrospective is available in multiple formats and configurations, including a three-CD or four-LP deluxe edition featuring 46 tracks, as well as a 20-track single-CD or two-LP version. Both versions boast at least one song from every studio album that The Stones released from 1971 through 2016.
The deluxe version of Honk offers 36 previously released tracks by the British rock legends, plus 10 bonus live performances recorded during the band's recent stadium tours.
Among the songs included on the collection: "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "Miss You," "Tumbling Dice," "Wild Horses," "Angie," "Beast of Burden" and "Waiting On a Friend." Also appearing is the 2013 hit "Doom and Gloom" and three songs from The Stones' 2016 blues covers album, Blue & Lonesome.
The concert performances include collaborations with four music stars: "Beast of Burden" with pop singer Ed Sheeran, "Wild Horses" with Florence Welch of alt-rock act Florence the Machine, "Dead Flowers" with country star Brad Paisley and "Bitch" with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl.
The 46-track and 20-track versions of Honk also are available digitally. A colored-vinyl edition of the four-LP set is being sold exclusively at The Rolling Stones' online store.
Here's the track list for the deluxe three-CD edition of Honk:
Disc 1 "Start Me Up" "Brown Sugar" "Rocks Off" "Miss You" "Tumbling Dice" "Just Your Fool" "Wild Horses" "Fool to Cry" "Angie" "Beast of Burden" "Hot Stuff" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" "Rock and a Hard Place" "Doom and Gloom" "Love Is Strong" "Mixed Emotions" "Don't Stop" "Ride 'Em On Down"
Disc 2 "Bitch" "Harlem Shuffle" "Hate to See You Go" "Rough Justice" "Happy" "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" "One More Shot" "Respectable" "You Got Me Rocking" "Rain Fall Down" "Dancing with Mr D" "Undercover (of the Night)" "Emotional Rescue" "Waiting On a Friend" "Saint of Me" "Out of Control" "Streets of Love" "Out of Tears"
Disc 3 -- Live Tracks "Get Off My Cloud" "Dancing with Mr D" "Beast of Burden" (with Ed Sheeran) "She's a Rainbow" "Wild Horses" (with Florence Welch) "Let's Spend the Night Together" "Dead Flowers" (with Brad Paisley) "Shine a Light" "Under My Thumb" "Bitch" (with Dave Grohl)
And here's the single CD track list:
"Start Me Up" "Brown Sugar" "Miss You" "Tumbling Dice" "Just Your Fool" "Fool to Cry" "Angie" "Beast of Burden" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" "Doom and Gloom" "Love Is Strong" "Mixed Emotions" "Don't Stop" "Harlem Shuffle" "Happy" "Rain Fall Down" "Undercover (of the Night)" "Emotional Rescue" "Saint of Me" "Wild Horses (with Florence Welch)"
S-Curve Records/BMGPhiladelphia soul legends The O'Jays' final studio album, The Last Word, was released today, April 19.
Founding singer Eddie Levert says the new collection features songs that comment on -- and offer a positive response regarding -- today's political and social issues.
"I look at what is going on in the world and not much seems to have changed from when we first started doing this," he notes. "We are still dealing with the same issues."
"On this album we addressed those issues as well as the intolerance we see coming out of the Trump Administration on a daily basis. We also offer a solution," he adds. "That solution is to combat hatred with love and acceptance."
Adds fellow founding O'Jay Walter Williams, "With this final album, we are providing a soundtrack for those that are speaking truth to power and encouraging people to come together through love."
This Tuesday, April 23, The O'Jays will appear on NBC's Today show, where they'll perform "Stand Up (Show Love)," their latest single from The Last Word.
The album also includes the recently released single "I Got You," as well as "Enjoy Yourself," a song co-written by Bruno Mars and Train singer Pat Monahan.
The O'Jays will celebrate the release of The Last Word with a special concert on Friday, April 26, at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City. Check out the group's full concert schedule at MightyOJays.com.
Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesIn a recent radio interview, Jason Bonham claimed that when he was 16 years old, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page introduced him to cocaine, but now the drummer -- whose late father John Bonham was one of Zeppelin's founding members -- is backpedaling, saying that story is a whole lotta bull.
On his official website, Jason writes, in a statement obviously prompted by threats of legal action, "On or about 9 April 2019 I, Jason Bonham, gave an interview on radio…[during which] I made certain untrue and derogatory statements concerning Mr. James Page (aka Jimmy Page) of the legendary band Led Zeppelin. I unconditionally retract all derogatory and defamatory comments relating to Mr. J Page that I made in that interview."
He adds, "In particular it is wholly untrue that Mr. J Page offered me any illegal substances either when I was a minor or at all. I apologize to Mr. Page, unreservedly, for making these unfounded and untrue comments about him."
He continues, "Out of my long held respect for Mr. Page I will make no further comments on the Interview and I agree to make no further comments which Mr. Page might view as disparaging, either now or in the future."
Over the years Jason has played drums with Zeppelin at three events, including the famous 2007 reunion show at the O2 Arena in London. Bonham currently is playing with Sammy Hagar's band The Circle, which launches a tour tonight in Reno, Nevada.
His own group, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening, will be the support act for Peter Frampton's farewell trek starting in late June.
Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesOn Thursday night in New York City, Mick Jagger attended his first public event since undergoing heart surgery earlier this month: the U.S. premiere of his girlfriend Melanie Hamrick's new ballet, Porte Rouge.
Page Six reports that the Rolling Stones singer quietly slipped into a side entrance to catch the performance, which was held at New York's Lincoln Center as part of the Youth America Grand Prix dance charity's 20th anniversary gala.
TMZ posted a video showing Jagger entering the venue. In the clip, a reporter asks Mick how he's feeling, to which the rock legend replies, "Good."
An insider source told Page Six that Jagger says he's "well and hale." The source also noted that Mick was excited to attend the premiere of the performance, which he orchestrated, so he could "congratulate the performers right after."
The ballet is set to the music of The Rolling Stones.
As previously reported, The Rolling Stones postponed their planned No Filter tour of North America after it was discovered that Jagger needed a heart valve replaced. The trek was to have started on April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida. No word yet on when the tour will be rescheduled.
Concord RecordsSantanahas premiered an official video for a new song titled "Breaking Down the Door," which will appear on the band's upcoming studio album Africa Speaks.
The danceable tune, sung by Spanish singer Buika [pr: BWEE-kah], is infused with Latin horns and African percussion, and features the fiery guitar work by Carlos Santana. The upbeat sound of the tune distracts from the dark lyrics, which tell the story of a woman who is physically abused and then killed by her husband.
The video, which you can watch at Santana's official YouTube channel, features scenes of young people dancing at a bar, including a couple who seem to represent the main characters in the song. Interspersed throughout the clip is footage of Carlos playing guitar and Buika singing in front of a background of flowers and other colorful images.
"Breaking Down the Door" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services. People who pre-orderAfrica Speaks will receive free downloads of that song and the previously released track "Los Invisibles."
Africa Speaks will be released on June 7. The 11-track collection was produced by Rick Rubin, and came together over a prolific 10-day period at Rubin's Shangri La Studios in Malibu, California. Buika, who won the 2008 Latin Grammy for Album of the Year, sings on all of the songs.
Photo by Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty ImagesFans who attended Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets on Thursday night gig at New York City's Beacon Theater got an extra special treat when the band was joined on stage by Mason's former Pink Floyd bandmate Roger Waters.
The group -- which also includes Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd and David Gilmour touring bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris and keyboardist Dom Beken -- feature songs from Floyd's pre-Dark Side of the Moon days. Waters took the stage to sing lead and play gong on his song “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” from the 1968 album A Saucerful of Secrets.
The performance, caught on video by an audience member, marked a rare reunion of original Pink Floyd members.
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets wraps up its North American tour with a show in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
NBC/Andrew LipovskyJimmy Fallon marked two historic releases on Thursday's Tonight Show: the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation earlier that day, and The Rolling Stones' best-of compilation, Honk on Friday.
Fallon managed to tie the two releases together by venting his frustration over not being able to read the complete Mueller report with a parody of the Stones' 1965 classic, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," titled, "(I Can't Take No) Redactions," backed by his Tonight Show house band, The Roots.
"I can't take more, more redactions. I can't read those Trump infractions. And I try, try to find, what they hide 'neath the lines," Fallon, using his best Mick Jagger voice, opened the song.
"I can't get no Mueller memo!" he belted out in the chorus.
Another thing that ticked off Fallon was Wolf Blitzer revealing the report "with all this juicy information has more spots than a damn Dalmatian."
"No more redactions!" Fallon repeated over and over again to close the parody.
The Stones' retrospective will be available in a three-CD or four-LP deluxe edition featuring 46 tracks, as well as a 20-track single-CD or two-LP version. Both versions boast at least one song from every studio album that the band released from 1971 through 2016.
The deluxe Honk offers 36 previously released tracks by the British rock legends, plus 10 bonus live performances recorded during the band's recent stadium tours.
Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his current backing group, The Circle, which includes his old Van Halen band mate Michael Anthony on bass and Jason Bonham on drums, embark of their first full-length trek tonight in Reno, Nevada. The month-and-a-half-long U.S. outing -- dubbed the Full Circle Jam Tour -- runs throughthrough a June 8 show in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
The motivation behind the new trek is to promote the band's first album of original material, Space Between, due out May 10.
At their shows, Hagar and The Circle are known for digging into Sammy's deep back catalog, including songs by Montrose and Van Halen and from the Red Rocker's solo releases, plus some Led Zeppelin classics. On this tour, the band is planning to play some new originals, something Hagar says will be a challenge.
"[I]t's gonna be hard fitting these songs [from Space Between]," Sammy tells ABC Radio. "I've got five songs picked to go in the set list."
Hagar notes that when he ran his initial idea for a set by Anthony, Michael pointed out many key tunes that he'd omitted.
"We've got so many songs in the catalog," says Sammy, "we forget more songs than we remember."
Hagar tells ABC Radio that in order to include all the songs they'd like to play live, they'd have to do a marathon show like Guns N' Roses or The Grateful Dead, but he doesn't think his voice could hold up for that long.
"I really put a lot of strain on my voice, and thank God it hasn't gone, and I can still hit the notes," he maintains, "but I'm raspier now."
Opening for the band on select, separate, shows during the trek will be Vince Neil and Night Ranger. Here's the full list of tour dates:
4/19 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort - Grand Theatre 4/20 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion 4/22 -- Fresno, CA, Warnors Theatre 4/23 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Theatre 4/26 -- Laughlin, NV, Harrah's Laughlin - Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheatre 4/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino 4/30 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at The Moody Theater 5/1 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 5/3 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino & Resort 5/4 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort 5/7 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Troubadour 5/17 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Amphitheater 5/18 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre* 5/20 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights* 5/22 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre** 5/23 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park** 5/25 -- Bensalem, PA, XCite Center at Parx Casino 5/26 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion** 5/28 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion** 5/30 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino** 5/31 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap** 6/2 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park - Center Stage 6/4 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Amphitheater** 6/5 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Highmark Stadium** 6/7 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre* 6/8 -- Fort Dodge, IA, Shellabration - Roger Sports Complex*
Taron Egerton as Elton John in "Rocketman" from Paramount PicturesElton John's upcoming biopic Rocketman is a "magical retelling" of the legendary singer's life, according to its director, Dexter Fletcher. But according to Elton himself, while the movie has some fantastical elements, it doesn't gloss over any of the real-life bad stuff.
In a new featurette, Elton says, "It had to be as honest as possible. The lows were very low, but the highs were very high. And that's how I wanted the film to be."
David Furnish, Elton's husband and one of the movie's producers, also appears in the video promo, as do Fletcher, producer Matthew Vaughn and star Taron Egerton, who plays Elton.
"Music, as a young boy, pulled him out of a very unhappy childhood," Furnish notes. "And that opened the door to a world of infinite possibilities."
Fletcher explains why Elton's life lent itself to a non-traditional biopic, saying, "Because of the nature of who Elton is, the storytelling allowed us to totally indulge in fantasy and imagination."
On that topic, Vaughn, who cast Egerton and Elton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, adds, "The story is surreal, but real. It's a bold piece of filmmaking."
As for Egerton, he declares, "It's been the greatest joy of my professional life making this film."
Rocketman will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16. It arrives in U.S. theaters on May 31.