Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesThe Detroit Pistons paid tribute to Aretha Franklin Wednesday night prior to their NBA season opening game against the Brooklyn Nets at Little Caesars Arena.
Following a moment of silence, Hall of Famer Isaiah Thomas, who led the Pistons to two NBA championships, remembered the Queen of Soul in a pre-game ceremony.
“I’m gonna miss you Aretha,” Thomas said with tears in his eyes. “I’m going to miss our phone calls. I’m going to miss your words of wisdom and advice. The world is going to miss you. I want you to know I love you. The world loves you, and most importantly Aretha, Detroit loves you.”
After his speech, a recording of Aretha singing the national anthem at the 2004 NBA finals in Detroit was played.
As previously reported, Detroit State Representative Fred Durhal III proposed that Lodge Freeway in the city be renamed the Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway. Last year, the Detroit City Council designated a downtown street as Aretha Franklin Way. Following the singer's death on August 16, the council voted to change the name of the Chene Park concert venue to the Aretha Louise Franklin Amphitheater.
Credit: Erik KabikSantana recently extended their long-running Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into early 2019, and now the band has added a new series of dates for May of next year.
The eight new performances of "An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live" are scheduled for May 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25 and 26.
Tickets for Santana's newly announced House of Blues Las Vegas gigs will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 19, at 10 a.m. PT at HouseofBlues.com/Santana, MandalayBay.com, LiveNation.com and by calling 800-745-3000.
Various pre-sale options also are available; visit Santana.com for more details.
Carlos Santana and his band's next Las Vegas engagement kicks off October 31 and runs through November 11. The early-2019 residency is scheduled from January 23 through February 2.
Santana currently has no other concerts on its itinerary besides the Vegas residency dates.
Here are all of the band's upcoming performances:
October 31 November 2, 3-4, 7, 9-11
2019: January 23, 25-27, 30-31 February 1-2 May 15, 17-19, 22, 24-26
Credit: Timothy WhiteJames Taylor grew up in North Carolina, and his hometown area was devastated recently by Hurricane Florence. Now, the folk-rock legend has partnered with The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to launch the "James Taylor Million Meals Challenge," which will provide food, water and supplies to those displaced by the storm in more than 20 counties in the state.
Taylor has posted a video on his official YouTube channel and Facebook page in which he shares details of the campaign and asks people to donate to the cause. In the clip, underneath an instrumental version of James' classic "Carolina in My Mind," he explains that the challenge's goal "is to raise enough money to provide one million meals to people in crisis who desperately need the help."
He points out, "If you contribute, we will match your donation dollar for dollar until we have met our goal of a million meals, and fulfilled this commitment to our neighbors through the food bank."
Every $10 donated the food bank will be able to provide 100 meals to those in need.
Taylor adds that he and his wife "are inspired by the resilience of people [impacted by the recent hurricanes] in Florida and in the Carolinas, neighbor helping neighbor, and by people from all parts of the country pitching in to do their part."
The first is an interview event scheduled to take place tonight at London's Royal Festival Hall as part of The Southbank Centre's 2018 Literature Festival.
Then, on Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite's release date, Daltrey will be in Los Angeles at the Aratani Theater, where he will be interviewed by famed comedy director Judd Apatow.
Later next week, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will travel to the East Coast, where on Thursday, October 25, he'll do a book-signing session at the Bookends store in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Daltrey's promotional trek will wind down Friday, October 26, in New York City, where he'll take part in another signing event at a midtown Barnes & Noble store on Fifth Avenue.
As previously reported, the self-penned memoir features Daltrey sharing his life story, from his birth during World War II through his years as an unruly student and his brief stint as a sheet-metal worker before founding what became one of the world's most famous rock bands. Of course, Roger also candidly recalls his many adventures as The Who's frontman and the creation of the band's classic recordings.
As Daltrey reveals in a recent interview with The Mirror, the book also such revelations as the rocker discovered after his 50th birthday that during the '60s he'd fathered three children he hadn't known about.
"It was great -- it's all worked out. They stay in touch and they're close," says Roger, who's been married to his wife Heather since 1971.
Here are details about Daltrey's appearances:
10/18 -- London, U.K., Royal Festival Hall ("An Evening with Roger Daltrey" -- 7:30 p.m. local time) 10/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, Aratani Theater ("An Evening with Roger Daltrey" -- 8 p.m. PT) 10/25 -- Ridgewood, NJ, Bookends (book signing -- 8 p.m. ET) 10/26 -- New York, NY, Barnes & Noble at 555 Fifth Ave. (book signing -- 1 p.m. ET)
Courtesy of Bat Out of Hell: The MusicalThe touring version of the stage musical inspired by Meat Loaf's landmark 1977 album Bat Out of Hell and its sequels, which makes its U.S. debut on November 7 in Detroit, has added a series of Las Vegas performances during the holiday season.
Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, which features songs written by Jim Steinman, will visit The Venetian Theatre at the Venetian resort for a 16-show engagement running from December 25 through January 6, 2019.
Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Saturday, October 20 at 10 a.m. PT, and will be available at Venetian.com, at box offices at the resort, and calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.
Leading into the musical's U.S. tour, the production is at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre for series of shows that kicked off on Tuesday and will run through November 3. The musical, which is expected to stop in 19 U.S. cities, currently is scheduled through a June 26-July 7 engagement in Dallas.
Bat Out of Hell: The Musical is a romantic adventure focusing on an eternally youthful street tribe that desperately battles a tyrant for control of the ruined city where they live.
Among the classic Steinman-penned songs featured in the show are Meat Loaf hits like "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth," and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."
In addition to the touring version of the show, productions currently are running in London and Oberhausen, Germany. Visit BatOutofHellMusical.com for more information.
Here's the musical's confirmed U.S. tour schedule:
10/16-11/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Ed Mirvish Theatre 11/7-11/17 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 11/23-12/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre 12/4-12/23 -- San Francisco, CA, SHN Orpheum Theatre 12/25-1/6/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre 1/8-2/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, Ahmanson Theatre 2/6-2/17 -- Denver, CO, Denver Center - Buell Theatre 2/20-2/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre 2/26-3/3 -- Des Moines, IA, Fox Theatre 3/5-3/10 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre 4/3-4/21 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theatre 4/23-5/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Forrest Theatre 5/7-5/26 -- Washington, D.C., National Theatre 5/28-6/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC -- Blek Theatre 6/12-6/23 -- St. Paul, MN, Music Theatre at the Ordway 6/26-7/7 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T Performing Art Center
Credit: Chapman BaehlerThe lineup has been unveiled for Cyndi Lauper's eighth annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert, taking place December 8 at New York City's Beacon Theatre.
Among the artists joining the '80s pop legend at the charity event will be ex-10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant, pop star Bebe Rexha, blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer/songwriter Regina Spektor, and rapper A$AP Rocky.
The show will be hosted by original Queer Eye star Carson Kressley. The annual event raises money for Lauper's charity, the True Colors Fund, which works to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 19, at noon ET via Ticketmaster. Pre-sale tickets will be available at Ticketmaster starting Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET, and can be accessed by using the password EQUALITY.
ABC/Adam Taylor; Noam Galai/Getty ImagesU2's Bono and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe are among over 30 artists to contribute to Souris Calle, and album recorded as a tribute to acclaimed French artist Sophie Calle's late cat, Souris.
The album accompanies an exhibit dedicated to the cat, which opened in Paris over the weekend. It also features contributions from Laurie Anderson, The National, Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, Pharrell Williams, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, electronic artist Jean-Michel Jarre and actress Irene Jacob.
In an interview with ArtNet over the summer, Calle described how she came up with the project.
"When you say you're sad about the cat, it's a bit obscene for people," she said. "You can't say that. I mean, if I say my mother or my father is dead, everyone tells me 'Oh, poor thing, she lost her mother, oh, poor thing, she lost her father,' but if we say that about our cat, we seem ridiculous."
Calle added, "It makes me laugh, when for me, in my daily life, it was almost more violent, because I lived with my cat. I didn't live with my parents."
Solaiman FazelThis has been a good year for Janet Jackson when it comes to getting big, honorary awards.
Following her Billboard Music Icon Award, the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Icon Award, the 2018 Radio Disney Impact Award and the Black Girls Rock! Rock Star Award, Miss Jackson will now be named a 2018 Global Icon at the MTV European Music Awards.
Janet will perform a medley of her greatest hits on the telecast, including her latest single, “Made for Now.” The telecast will air live from Bilbao, Spain on November 4,
The 2018 MTV EMAs, hosted by Hailee Steinfeld, airs at 9 p.m. CET and across MTV's global network of channels in more than 180 countries.
Credit: RankinRod Stewart's new album, Blood Red Roses, features songs about relationships, the death of an old friend, and parents dealing with their child's drug problems. So perhaps it's no wonder Stewart says that his two younger kids have absolutely no interest in the music their dad makes.
Asked if his sons Alastair, 12, and Aidan, 7, like his music, Rod says with a laugh, "Oh no, my kids -- younger kids -- are very much into hip-hop." He says the only song of his that they like isn't really one of his songs: It's a track called "Everyday," on which rapper A$AP Rocky sampled his voice from a 1970 song.
"They love the one I did with A$AP Rocky," Stewart tells ABC Radio. "They say, "Dad, why don't you [sing] it?"
But Rod is philosophical about his sons' lack of interest in his work. "I suppose it is more grown-up music," he says.
Stewart's current tour in support of Blood Red Roses wraps up November 3 in Reno, Nevada. He'll kick off another batch of Las Vegas residency dates at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting November 23.
Credit: Doltyn SneddenLynyrd Skynyrd wraps up its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour on December 8 in Biloxi, Mississippi, but that doesn't mean that the Southern rock legends are quite ready to retire.
In addition to a previously announced January 8 performance as part of the 2019 Southern Rock Cruise, the band has just been confirmed to play at the 13th annual Stagecoach festival, scheduled for April 26 to 28, 2019, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Skynyrd will perform on the second day of the festival, which mostly features country music acts, though it generally includes a few rock and pop artists on the bill too.
Other performers from outside the country music world who'll hit the Stagecoach stage next year include Poison frontman Bret Michaels and U.K. pop legend Tom Jones. Michaels will perform on the first day of the festival and Jones on the last.
Country stars Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean will headline the festival, respectively, on April 26, 27 and 28.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 19. Visit StagecoachFestival.com to check out the full lineup and more details.
Courtesy of Rock & BrewsKISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will honor members of the U.S. military, veterans and first responders this Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, by offering them free food nationwide at their Rock & Brews restaurant chain.
All day long on the holiday, military personnel and veterans will be able to visit participating Rock & Brews locations and enjoy either a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side dish or a "Strawberry Fields" salad. Some locations will also offer other free menu items.
This will be the fourth consecutive year that Rock & Brews chain, which Stanley and Simmons co-founded, will offer free meals on Veterans Day. This year, the restaurants also will raise funds for the USO by selling a specially designed camouflage t-shirt throughout November and donating proceeds to the organization.
"We are proud to honor the men and women who protect and serve our country," says Stanley and Simmons in a joint statement. "Veterans Day at Rock & Brews is dedicated to our active military, veterans, and first responders, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve them and show our gratitude, and to helping raise much-needed funds and awareness for the USO throughout the month."
KISS recently announced plans for a huge trek called the End of the Road World Tour, which kicks off in 2019, although no dates have been confirmed yet. The band also is to launch its eighth KISS Kruise on October 31.
RhinoAs the world continues to mourn the loss of Aretha Franklin, who died in August at age 76, Rhino is preparing three special releases in celebration of the Queen of Soul's legacy.
The first is a newly mixed version of Aretha's 2008 rendition of "Silent Night," which was released Tuesday as a digital single and via streaming services. The stripped-down mix features just Franklin singing and playing piano.
Aretha's original version of "Silent Night" appeared on her 2008 holiday album This Christmas, which will get its vinyl debut on November 16. The nine-track LP features well-known yuletide tunes such as "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," plus newer holiday songs like the title track and "My Grown-Up Christmas List."
Tena Clark, producer of This Christmas, notes that Franklin's "beautiful spirit is radiant throughout the record and this new mix of 'Silent Night' showcases what an incomparable force she truly was, both on vocals and piano."
The last release, which arrives on December 7, is a six-LP vinyl box set called Atlantic Records 1960s Collection. It features the first five albums Aretha recorded for the label, plus an 11-track rarities disc.
The LPs included in the package are mono versions of 1967's I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and Aretha Arrives, and stereo versions of 1968's Lady Soul and Aretha Now and of 1969's Soul '69.
The bonus disc, titled Rarities from the 1960s, includes a demo of "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," and outtake versions of Franklin's covers of "The Letter," "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and more.
Here's the full track of Aretha's This Christmas LP:
Side One "Angels We Have Heard on High" "This Christmas" "My Grown-Up Christmas List" "The Lord Will Make a Way"
Side Two "Ave Maria" "Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without the One You Love)" "14 Angels" "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" "Silent Night"
And here's the Rarities from the 1960s track list:
Side One "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (Demo) "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)" (Demo) "It Was You" (Outtake) "The Letter" (Outtake) "So Soon" (Outtake)
Side Two "Mr. Big" (Outtake) "Talk to Me, Talk to Me" (Outtake) "The Fool on the Hill" (Outtake) "You're Taking Up Another Man's Place" (Outtake) "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (Outtake) "I'm Trying to Overcome" (Outtake)
Harpo, Inc.Following news of her memoir, Tina Turner: My Love Story, and the upcoming Broadway musical based on her life, Tina Turner is now sharing more details of her amazing journey and her struggles in a new interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The music icon recalls the last conversation she had with her eldest son, Craig Turner, before he took his own life in July.
"First of all I didn't believe it, because, me and Craig's last talks were, 'Mother, I'm so happy. I am really happy now,'" Turner tells Oprah in an advance clip from her SuperSoul Conversations podcast.
"The next time, he said, 'I've met a woman that I have never felt that way about for a very long time,'" Turner recalls. "This was our last two conversations."
Looking back, Turner admits she didn't see any signs that something was wrong, but now she believes that her son did say a final goodbye to her, in his own way.
"The very last [conversation], he said, 'Hi mother, I just want to hear your voice and that laugh,'" she recalls. "That one stuck out because he had never said that. I think that was his goodbye to me. But I didn't realize that until this happened."
Turner also talks with Oprah about her tumultuous past with her ex-husband Ike Turner.
According to Tina, in the upcoming Broadway musical, "It show[s] that [Ike] changed because of drugs, and also, he was paranoid that I would I would leave him like all the rest. And I think in some kind of way I really [started to understand] there was a little bit of sickness in there with Ike."
Part one of Oprah's SuperSoul Conversationspodcast with Tina Turner becomes available on Wednesday; part two comes out Thursday.
Credit: Suzie KaplanIt looks like Stray Cats will be rocking a lot of towns next year, as the rockabilly trio has announced plans to mount a 40th anniversary tour -- and to release a new studio album, too!
The album, which the band will be recording in Nashville, will be the group's first collection of new songs in 25 years. The record will be produced by Peter Collins, who previously has worked on projects by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer's The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bon Jovi, Billy Squier, Rush, Alice Cooper and many others.
Earlier this year, Stray Cats -- singer/guitarist Setzer, bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom -- reunited to play four U.S. American concerts, which were the band's first stateside shows in nearly a decade.
"Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music," says Setzer in a statement. "Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly."
Adds Phantom, "Making a new Stray Cats album for 2019 in Nashville seems like the exact right thing, right time, right place, and right band for the gig! We have an album's worth of new songs that are classic rockabilly while keeping the music and style current and fresh, like always."
Rocker, meanwhile, says, "I'm so excited to be in the studio with my brothers. I can tell you that this will be the best Stray Cats album we have ever made."
More details about the new Stray Cats record and tour will be announced soon.
One of the videos features a young man named Ali Almohri, whose parents emigrated to the U.S. from Syria and who works in his family's food truck. In the clip, after serving a sandwich to an attractive female customer late one night, Ali turns on the radio and McCartney's song begins to play. Ali immediately starts singing and dancing to the tune, as the food truck bobs to his movements.
The young man is so caught up in the tune, he doesn't notice that the woman returned to his counter to tell him he forgot the onions she requested.
The other video features a woman named Elsa Morales, a mother of three who works nights as an office cleaner. When the clip begins, Elsa is vacuuming an empty floor in a high-rise corporate building. She turns on a stereo on the floor, and "Come On to Me" starts playing, prompting her to dance around the office and sing.
Elsa ends up dancing on a long table in a conference room, and doesn't initially notice a window washer on a suspended scaffold who's watching her impromptu performance.
All three "Come On to Me" videos were directed by TG Herrington. As previously reported, McCartney has launched a contest asking fans to submit their own videos featuring them doing their best dance moves along to "Come On to Me."
The videos should be posted to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #COTMChallenge. More details will be revealed about the competition soon.
Credit: Blain ClausenZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons' North American tour in support of his new solo album, The Big Bad Blues, kicked off Friday in Iowa. Gibbons tells ABC Radio that while the solo trek gives him the chance to play smaller venues than those at which he usually performs, fans shouldn't expect the shows to be any less rocking.
"It's gonna be up-close, personal, intimate," Billy declares, "but make no mistake, it's fast, furious and l-o-u-d loud!"
Accompanying Gibbons on the tour is a backing band that he describes as "a really skinny, stripped-down but blues-approved outfit."
The most recognizable musician in the group is ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, who also contributed to some tracks on The Big Bad Blues.
"He is ferocious," says Billy. "He's got the backbeat from day one. He'll bear down and lead you out of the forest."
Joining Gibbons on second guitar is Austin Hanks, another contributor to his album, who, Billy says, "plays from the Jimi Hendrix-Albert King upside-down-and-backwards school."
Handling harmonica duties is Gibbons' guitar technician, Ellwood Francis, who is taking on the parts that longtime ZZ Top harp player James Harman played on Billy's album.
As for the set he's playing on tour, Gibbons tells ABC Radio, "There's gonna be a little of this, a little of that." That is, fans can expect selections from The Big Bad Blues, some ZZ Top classics and some blues covers.
Appropriately enough, Gibbons' trek is scheduled to stop tonight in the blues mecca of Chicago. Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, two of Billy's musical heroes, called the Windy City home, and he included renditions of songs by both artists on the new record.
10/16 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues 10/17 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone 10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 10/20 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center 10/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora Ballroom 10/23 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square 10/25 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 10/26 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater 10/28 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 10/30 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club 10/31 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club 11/1 -- Washington, DC, Pearl Street Warehouse 11/3 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 11/5 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 11/6 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues – Orlando 11/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 11/9 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center 11/10 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's Texas 11/11 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre 11/13 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre 11/15 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern 11/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl 11/18 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour 12/28 -- Austin, TX, Antone's 12/29 -- Austin, TX, Antone's
Credit: Mike ColucciAfter touring baseball stadiums this past summer, Billy Joel will rocking one of the most famous non-U.S. stadiums in the world in 2019.
The Piano Man will perform at London's famed Wembley Stadium on June 22. So far, it's his only U.K. date announced for the year, and his first performance in London in over three years. Tickets to the show go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 19 via LiveNation.co.uk.
In addition to his monthly shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, Billy continues to perform at arenas and stadiums through out the U.S. Since 2017, he's sold out nine stadiums, including selling out Chicago's Wrigley Field, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Fenway Park in Boston for five years in a row.
As previously reported, Billy will ring in 2019 at Nassau Coliseum, in his home turf of Long Island, New York. His next show at the Garden is October 27.
Entertainment OneAce Frehley's latest solo album, Spaceman, lands in stores this Friday, October 19, and in advance of its release, the founding KISS guitarist has debuted a video for one of the tracks, "Rockin' with the Boys," via Billboard.com.
The clip features footage from August 2018 concert Frehley and his backing band played in Detroit, superimposed with images of the cosmos.
As previously reported, Spaceman features nine new recordings, including a cover of the 1986 Eddie Money hit "I Wanna Go Back" and two tunes on which Frehley collaborated with his old band mate Gene Simmons: "Without You I'm Nothing" and "Your Wish Is My Command." Simmons also suggested the title of Ace's album.
To promote Spaceman, Frehley will appear at an AOL Build Series interview event in New York City that's scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 at 4 p.m. ET. The Q&A session will be live-streamed at BuildSeries.com.
In addition, on Friday, an Ace Frehley Spaceman pop-up shop will open at the Sam Ash store on West 34th St. in New York. Ace will be on hand to sign copies of the album from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. CDs, standard black-vinyl LPs and limited-edition orange LPs will be available for purchase.
Meanwhile, Frehley tells Billboard that he feels it's possible he could be asked to reunite with KISS, at least temporarily, during the group's One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour kicking off in 2019.
While he hasn't discussed the issue with Simmons or Paul Stanley yet, Frehley maintains, "I think it boils down to dollars and cents. If [KISS manager] Doc McGhee says that after talking to promoters around the world [KISS] could make double the amount of money with Ace in the band, it's a no-brainer."
Courtesy of Experience Hendrix L.L.C.Plans have been unveiled for the 2019 edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour, celebrating the music and legacy of the late Jimi Hendrix. Next year's tribute trek kicks off March 3 in Pompano Beach, Florida, and is plotted out through an April 6 concert in Wallingford, Connecticut.
In keeping with tradition, the tour's lineup will be anchored by former Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox, while the 2019 bill also will feature The Isley Brothers' Ernie Isley, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, blues great Taj Mahal, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, Dweezil Zappa and, making his debut on the trek, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.
Satriani, who's a member of the Sammy Hagar-fronted supergroup Chickenfoot, has formed a power trio especially for the 2019 Experience Hendrix Tour featuring King's X singer/bassist Dug Pinnick and longtime John Fogerty drummer and renowned session musician Kenny Aronoff.
Other musicians taking part in the trek include drummer Chris Layton of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's band Double Trouble, plus Jonny Lang and Eric Johnson.
Buy a ticket to the tour online and you'll receive a free CD copy of the 2018 archival Hendrix album, Both Sides of the Sky.
"The tour is more than a series of concerts," says Janie Hendrix, Jimi's sister and CEO of the Experience Hendrix company. "It's a celebration of a man whose amazing gift changed the face of music and informed an entire culture."
She adds, "His influences were varied and diverse. And this year we're shining a light on that diversity with artists who represent it across cultures and who also share a love for Jimi and his music."
Here are all of the confirmed dates for the 2019 Experience Hendrix Tour:
3/3 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheater 3/4 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 3/5 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts 3/6 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre 3/8 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center 3/9 -- Atlanta, GA, The Fox Theatre 3/10 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center 3/11 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center 3/12 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theater 3/14 -- Raleigh, NC, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 3/15 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium 3/16 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre 3/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, The Taft Theatre 3/19 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre 3/20 -- Madison, WI, Overture Center for the Arts 3/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 3/22 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre 3/23 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 3/24 -- Charleston, WV, The Clay Center 3/26 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 3/27 -- Bensalem, PA, Xcite Center at Parx Casino 3/28 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 3/29 -- Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center 3/30 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino 4/1 -- Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre 4/2 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre 4/3 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre 4/4 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Memorial Auditorium 4/5 -- New Bedford, MA, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 4/6 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
Credit: Kevin EstradaTwo years after the passing of Prince, his most famous backing band, The Revolution, is paying tribute to his legacy with a new tour.
The Revolution starred with Prince in 1984's Purple Rain. In addition to recording the Academy Award-winning album, they performed with Prince on his worldwide Purple Rain tour and were featured on his 1986 album, Around the World in a Day.
Bassist Brown Mark remembers that when Prince died on April 21, 2016, the band wasn't ready to perform his music.
"In the very beginning it was like, 'No,'" he tells ABC Radio. However, after grieving, the band members agreed that they should go on tour. "We didn't know when or how we were going to pull it off, but we knew that we needed to give the fans something," Mark remembers.
Meanwhile, keyboardist Dr. Fink says the musicians were devastated by the passing of their former leader.
"The emotional part, very difficult for all of us," he recalls. "Shocking, and just like losing a close family member, and the decision to reunite to perform didn't take very long."
In addition to Brown Mark on bass, and Dr. Fink on keyboards, the band also features guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardist Lisa Coleman and drummer Bobby Z.
Brown invites all the Prince fans to join them on tour.
"Get your voice warmed up so you don't lose it, and prepare to have a time warp experience, 'cause we're gonna take you back to the '80s when we were on the peak," he says.
Following two shows last week in New York City, and a concert on Sunday at the Austin City Limits Festival in Texas, The Revolution will perform on October 26 in Silver Springs, Maryland; October 27 in Boston; and October 28 in Providence, Rhode Island.