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Bruce Springsteen Releases Recording of 1980 New Year's Eve Concert as Part of Archival Series

Credit: Frank StefankoThe latest installment of Bruce Springsteen's series of archival concert recordings is now available for purchase at Live.BruceSpringsteen.net.  The new release documents an epic show the Boss and his E Street Band played on New Year's Eve 1980 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

The concert, which took place during Springsteen's tour in support of The River, was nearly four hours long and included 38 songs.  All of the performances from the show are previously unreleased except for two, a rendition of "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" that appeared on the Live 1975-1985 box set, and a version of "Rendezvous" that was featured on the 1996 Tracks compilation.

Interesting songs that Springsteen and the E Street played at the show include covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain?," Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and such seasonal tunes as "Auld Lang Syne" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."

The concert was recorded on 24-track tape using the Record Plant Remote truck, and the original recordings were newly mixed this month after being transferred to digital and restored.  The album can be purchased now online in multiple digital formats, including MP3, high-resolution 24-bit and CD-quality FLAC.  In addition, a three-CD set of the recording is available for pre-order, and will be shipped in late April.

The previous concerts released as part of the Bruce Springsteen Archives series include a March 2012 performance at New York City's Apollo Theater, an August 1978 show at The Agora in Cleveland and a December 1975 concert at the Tower Theater near Philadelphia.

Here is the full track list of Bruce and the E Street Band's December 31, 1980, concert at the Nassau Coliseum:

Set One:
"Night"
"Prove It All Night"
"Spirit in the Night"
"Darkness on the Edge of Town"
"Independence Day"
"Who'll Stop the Rain?"
"This Land Is Your Land"
"Promised Land"
"Out in the Street"
"Racing in the Street"
"The River"
"Badlands"
"Thunder Road"

Set Two:
"Cadillac Ranch"
"Sherry Darling"
"Hungry Heart"
"Merry Christmas, Baby"
"Fire"
"Candy's Room"
"Because the Night"
"4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"
"Rendezvous"
"Fade Away"
"The Price You Pay"
"Wreck on the Highway"
"Two Hearts"
"Ramrod"
"You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)"
"Held Up Without a Gun"
"In the Midnight Hour"
"Auld Lang Syne"
"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"

Encore:
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
"Jungleland"
"Born to Run"
"Detroit Medley"
"Twist and Shout"
"Raise Your Hand"

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Boz Scaggs Adds Summer Dates to 2015 North American Tour

Credit: Danny ClinchBoz Scaggs' busy 2015 schedule just got a lot busier.  The soulful pop-rock singer, whose new album, A Fool to Care, will be released this Tuesday, has just announced a series of North American summer concerts that will follow the spring U.S. trek he'll embark on starting next month.

The newly added run of dates kicks off on July 3 in Marysville, Washington, and is mapped out through an August 9 show in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Other major cities the trek will visit include San Diego; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Scaggs' spring tour gets under way April 8 in Gainesville, Florida, and runs through a May 24 gig in Modesto, California.

Meanwhile, Boz is scheduled to appear on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, April 3.  He'll sit in with the show's house band, The Roots.

As previously reported, A Fool to Know currently is streaming online at Amazon.com through this Monday.

Here are all of Scaggs' confirmed North American tour dates:

3/30 -- Los Angeles CA, Brian Fest - Fonda Theatre
4/8 -- Gainesville, FL, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
4/9 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/11 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Festival
4/13 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center - Au Rene Theater
4/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
4/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Orlando's CityWalk - Hard Rock Live
5/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live
5/2 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
5/4 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/6 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theater
5/7 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre
5/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
5/10 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
5/12 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
5/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Reynolds Hall
5/15 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino - Indoor Theater
5/16 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Fest
5/19 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center - Harmon Hall
5/20 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
5/22 -- Carmel, CA, Sunset Center
5/23 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - MontBleu Theatre
5/24 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
7/3 -- Marysville, WA, Tulalip Casino
7/4 -- Coquitlam, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver
7/7 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
7/9 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
7/10 -- Newport Beach, CA, Hyatt Regency – Back Bay Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
7/13 -- Boulder, CO, Chautauqua Auditorium
7/18 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
7/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Bingo Casino
7/21 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at The Heights
7/22 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
7/24 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Fallsview Casino Resort
7/25 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
7/26 -- York, PA, Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
7/28 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino – Showroom
7/29 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
7/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Music Box
8/1 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino – Event Center
8/2 -- Portsmouth, NH, The Music Hall
8/4 -- North Bethesda, MD, The Music Center at Strathmore
8/5 -- Charlotte, NC, NC Knight Theater
8/6 -- Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre
8/8 -- Westhampton Beach, NY, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
8/9 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse

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Update: Jefferson Starship's Paul Kantner Recovering After Suffering a Heart Attack

Credit: Mike ThutSome new information about Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner's health scare has been revealed on the band's official Facebook page.  A message posted Thursday reports, "Paul did indeed have a heart attack," adding that "he had a procedure [Thursday] afternoon and he'll be recovering in the hospital the next few days before heading back to San Francisco to recuperate."

The group also thanks fans "for all of your incredible support."

News of 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's illness was first reported on Wednesday, when it was revealed that Kantner had been hospitalized and was undergoing tests to find out what was wrong.  The Jefferson Starship has decided to continue its current tour while Kantner recuperates.  The band's show takes place tonight in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Report: Rolling Stones Now Planning to Announce North American Tour Next Week

Credit: Brian RasicAs Rolling Stones fans know, the band intended to announce details of a 2015 North American tour on Thursday, March 19.  Those plans were delayed, reportedly because of ticketing issues involving the trek's promoters.  Now, Hits Daily Double is reporting that, according to insiders, The Stones will make the tour announcement sometime next week.

The same sources tell Hits Daily Double that the trek will visit stadiums and other large venues in 16 cities and, as previously reported, will kick off over the Memorial Day weekend at San Diego's Petco Park.  The insiders also claim the tour will feature shows May 30 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio; June 6 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas; June 10 at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville; June 13 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida; June 30 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California; July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; and July 1 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York.

Sources say tickets for these concerts will go on sale to the general public on April 13, with pre-sale tickets being made available starting April 8.

Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones recently launched a contest offering a trip for two to an undisclosed location, where the winner apparently will get the chance to introduce the band prior to a concert.  The contest winner also will receive and a commemorative video of the event shot by the band's official videographer.  Fifty runners-up will receive a collection of Stones vinyl.  You can enter the contest now until April 2 at JustAKissAway.rocks.

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Stevie Wonder to Be Presented with Braille Baseball Bat Tonight in Louisville

Image Courtesy of Louisville SluggerStevie Wonder will be presented with a unique gift tonight to commemorate his concert at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.  The Louisville Slugger company has created a special baseball bat featuring a message engraved in Braille in honor of the Motown legend's show.

The message, which appears both in Braille and regular lettering, reads: "STEVIE WONDER, SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE TOUR, MARCH 27, 2015, LOUISVILLE, KY."  The bat boasts a maple finish and features orange and white accents to represent the prominent colors on the singer's classic 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life, which he's performing in its entirety on his current tour.

To make the Braille inscription, a laser engraver was employed that used a special computer file made by Louisville's American Printing House for the Blind.

"This is the first time we've made a Braille bat in our 131 years," says Louisville Slugger executive Rick Redman.  "We aren't aware of any other company making a Braille bat.  It's great that laser technology allowed us to do it, and we're honored to be able to provide this special bat to the one and only Stevie Wonder."

Replicas of the Braille bat currently are being displayed at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.  The company previously has created special bats to celebrate other famous music stars' shows at the KFC Yum! Center, including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Beyonce.

Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life Tour is scheduled through an April 14 concert in Newark, New Jersey.

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Annie Lennox's Concert DVD Gets a Release Date

Blue Note RecordsAnnie Lennox's new concert film, An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox, is set to be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally on May 4.

The film features Lennox, backed by a 19-piece band, performing a series of classics songs from her album Nostalgia, including "Summertime," "Georgia on My Mind" and "Strange Fruit."  Also included is her powerful rendition of "I Put a Spell on You," which she sang at the Grammys this year and which was featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

The concert concludes with a four-song selection of Lennox's own solo and Eurythmics hits: "Here Comes the Rain Again," "No More I Love You's," "Why" and "Sweet Dreams."

An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox was filmed on January 28 at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre. In addition to standard DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, the film will be available for purchase as part of a deluxe package that includes the Nostalgia album.

Fans will get a first look at Lennox's concert film when it premieres April 3 as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey Talks Farewell Tour, Possibility of a New Album

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoAs The Who gear up for the first of its two scheduled North American tour legs this year celebrating the band's 50 anniversary, frontman Roger Daltrey is insisting that this will indeed be the British rock legends' final major trek.

"I do know this is the last big tour we'll ever do," he tells Rolling Stone.  "We have to be realistic.  I want us to stop at the top of our game when we are still really good at what we do."

The 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has struggled with voice problems over the years, but he says he's currently in fine shape thanks to "the genius Dr. Steven Zeitels up in Boston," who also has treated Aerosmith's Steve Tyler, KISS' Paul Stanley, Lionel Richie and other stars.

"My vocal cords are better now than they've ever been!" Roger maintains.

Meanwhile, Daltrey says that as the end of The Who's touring years near, he finds that he's savoring performing all the more.

"I've always tried to sing as though I'm singing a song for the first time," he explains, "now I sing it as though I'm singing the song for what might be the last time."

For The Who Hits 50! Tour, the band's sets are made up mostly of classic songs, but the group also is adding in a number of rarities it hadn't performed in many years, "to please our hardcore fans," as Daltrey points out.  Among these are "So Sad About Us," "I Can See for Miles," "Pictures of Lily," "Slip Kid" and the mini rock opera "A Quick One, While He's Away."

The Who has more than 50 dates on its 2015 tour itinerary, which currently is scheduled through a November 4 concert in Philadelphia.  Daltrey does not rule out extending the trek being, but he says it won't go on indefinitely.

"If people want to add shows and we still feel great, then it will go for a while longer, but not that much longer," he notes. "It might last two years."

Roger also says a new Who album could be in the offing.

"Pete [Townshend] wants to make another record," he tells Rolling Stone.  As for the status of the project, Daltrey says Townshend is "just talking about it.  He adds, "I've heard a couple of tracks, which are great."

Daltrey notes that once The Who stops touring, he can envision working with his longtime band mate on a variety of projects.

"This bit of our career is closed, but maybe two more doors open up," he explains.  "Pete is an incredibly vibrant musician.  I could see us playing acoustically in some ways."

The Who's U.S. tour gets under way on April 15 in Tampa, Florida.  Check out the band's full schedule at TheWho.com.

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Ringo Starr Says Beatles Could Have Reunited "If We Had Just Relaxed Behind It Long Enough"

Mark Seliger/Courtesy of Rolling StoneThis week, Ringo Starr will be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone by himself for the first time since 1981.  Among the topics the former Beatles drummer chatted with the magazine about are his sobriety, and why the Fab Four never reunited prior to John Lennon's death in 1980.

On the latter subject, the 74-year-old rock legend says he believes a reunion might have happened if he and his ex-band mates had been better at communicating with each other.

"With the [technology] you have now, I think we could have got it together," he maintains.  "I think the stumbling block was just sitting around and saying, 'OK, let's do it.'  And we never got to that.  You know, we did in twos, we talked about it.  But I think if we had just relaxed behind it long enough, we still had the songs, and we still could play.  We could have put it together."

Ringo also points out that had The Beatles reunited, they "could have done 'A Day in the Life,'" a song they never performed live.  He adds, "Of course, it's ended now.  John and George [Harrison] are gone."

For many years following the band's breakup, Starr was known for being a heavy partier, abusing both alcohol and drugs, but that changed in 1988 when he got clean and sober.  He tells Rolling Stone about his decision to give up his bad habits, "It gets really lonely, you know…It's a miserable disease, in the end.  There's a crowd of you, and it's lonely.  Because that's all you're doing is getting f**ked, you know.  But I haven't been that lonely since."

The article also focuses on Ringo's forthcoming induction as a solo artist into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 18, and how the honor came about thanks to his old band mate, Paul McCartney.  McCartney explains he decided to pull some strings after The Band's Robbie Robertson pointed out to him that late Beatles manager Brian Epstein had been inducted into the Rock Hall, but Starr hadn't.   Sir Paul explains that he then spoke with Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl, who both agreed Starr deserved to be in the Rock Hall as a solo artist.  McCartney adds, "And I said I'd do the induction.  That took care of it."

You can check out a video of Starr taking part in a photo shoot for the magazine at RollingStone.com.  The issue will be available Friday.

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KISS' Gene Simmons Accuses The Rolling Stones and U2 of Using Backing Tracks at Their Shows

Credit: Brian LoweEveryone knows that KISS offers up a lot of bells and whistles during its concerts, from pyrotechnics to lasers to fake blood, but Gene Simmons insists that there's one thing the band's shows won't feature -- backing tracks to augment the music.  In a new interview with Australia's news.com.au, Simmons maintains that his group is among the only rock acts who don't use pre-taped recordings to help fill out their live sound.

"There's nobody with a synthesizer on our stage, there's no samples on the drums, there's nothing," he declares.  "There's very few bands who do that now -- AC/DC, Metallica, us.  I can't even say that about U2 or The [Rolling] Stones."

Talking further about his aversion to the practice he claims is so common, Simmons says, "I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks…It should be on every ticket -- you're paying $100, 30 to 50 percent of the show is [on] backing tracks and they'll sing sometimes, sometimes they'll lip synch.  At least be honest."

Simmons, of course, isn't known for holding his long tongue when it comes to sharing his opinions.  Last year, he upset quite a few rock fans when he declared during an interview published in Esquire that rock music was "finally dead."

KISS recently announced plans to tour Australia this October.  Prior to that, the band is scheduled to embark on a South American trek in April, and also has a European outing lined up from late May to late June.

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Jefferson Starship Leader Paul Kantner Hospitalized with Suspected Heart Attack

Image Courtesy of Jefferson StarshipSome disconcerting news has emerged about founding Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner.  A message on the band's official Facebook page reports that the 74-year-old musician has been hospitalized and is "undergoing tests to find out exactly what's going on," adding that doctors suspect he suffered a heart attack.

The message says Kantner is in stable condition and is "in the best possible care."   The band adds that "we are sending him all of our best wishes, good thoughts and healing vibes."

The Jefferson Starship also reveals that it plans to continue touring without Kantner.  As the note explains, "[W]e have to honor our contracts and our fans who bought tickets and put on the best show possible.  We will dedicate every show to Paul until he is well enough to rejoin us onstage."

During its 2015 tour dates, The Jefferson Starship has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of its predecessor group, The Jefferson Airplane.  Kantner, of course, also is a founding member of that band, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1996.

The Jefferson Starship's next concert is scheduled for tonight in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  Here are all of the band's upcoming dates, according to JeffersonStarshipSF.com:

3/26 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
3/27 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Casino
3/28 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Music Hall
3/29 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theater
4/10 -- Florence, OR, Three Rivers Casino
4/11 -- Florence, OR, Three Rivers Casino
4/24 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center
4/25 -- Ponte Vedra, FL, Ponte Vedra Music Hall
4/27 -- Little Torch Key, FL, Little Palm Island
4/29 -- The Villages, FL, The Savannah Center
5/23 -- Seneca, SC, Norton Thompson Park
6/6 -- San Mateo, CA, San Mateo County Fair
6/20 -- Craig, CO, Loudy Simpson Park
6/27 -- Gulfport, MS, Island View Casino
7/17 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/18 -- Springfield, OH, Turner Pavilion
7/21 -- Springfield, IL, Convention Center Plaza
7/23 -- Truro, MA, Truro PAC
7/24 -- Hartford, CT, Convention Center
7/25 -- Stockton, NJ, Stockton Rocks Hamilton Township
7/31 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fair
8/27 -- Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica Pier

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Listen to New Ringo Starr Song, "Confirmation," Online Now

Universal Music EnterprisesRingo Starr fans wanting to get a little preview of what the ex-Beatles drummer's upcoming solo album, Postcards from Paradise, sounds like can head over to Billboard.com now.  The website is hosting an exclusive stream of the song "Confirmation," one of the new record's 11 tracks.

The tune is a funky, soulful and upbeat love song that features Starr accompanied by female backing singers and a bright horn section.  Ringo tells Billboard that he began working on the song at his home studio with his engineer Bruce Sugar, and that the tune originally was going to be called "Memphis," "because it had that Memphis feel."

He explains that he then called hit-making songwriter Glen Ballard "to come on over and make a record, and I gave him a choice of two of my basic tracks I cut at home with Bruce…Glen chose this one and we turned it into 'Confirmation.'"  The original name for this track was 'Memphis' because it had that Memphis feel."

Postcards from Paradise, Starr's 18th solo studio album, will be released this Tuesday, March 31.  As previously reported, it features contributions from his current All Starr Band members -- Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette -- as well as from Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, Richard Marx and Nathan East, among others.

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Recent Brian Wilson Concert Celebrating His New Album to Air on PBS' "Soundstage"

Image Courtesy of Capitol RecordsA special episode of the long-running PBS performance series Soundstage celebrating Brian Wilson's latest solo album, No Pier Pressure, will premiere shortly after the record's April 7 release.

The program, which according to Wilson's official Facebook page will begin airing on April 9, will features performances from a concert held his past December at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas.  At the show, the Beach Boys mastermind was joined by many of the artists who lent their talents to No Pier Pressure, including Brian's longtime band mate Al Jardine, former Beach Boys sidemen Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, fun. singer Nate Ruess, jazz trumpet player Mark Isham and Sebu Simonian of the indie-pop act Capital Cities.

Several videos showing highlights from the concert have been posted on Soundstage's YouTube channel, including a trailer for the special.  The clip shows snippets of a variety of songs being performed, including a few tunes from No Pier Pressure, the Beach Boys classics "Sloop John B" and "Good Vibrations," and a couple of lesser-known tunes by the band such as "Wild Honey" and "Our Prayer."  The preview also includes a snippet of a pre-taped segment capturing Wilson and actress/She & Him singer Zooey Deschanel in a studio performing their No Pier Pressure duet "On the Island."

A few full-length live performances from the special also are viewable at the Soundstage YouTube page, including renditions of the No Pier Pressure tunes "The Right Time" and "Sail Away," and The Beach Boys' "Wild Honey."

No official announcement has been made about Wilson's Soundstage episode, but you can check PBS.org closer to the show's April 9 premiere to find out the air times and dates in your area.

In other news, Wilson is taking part in a new fan Q&A on Thursday, March 26, that will be hosted by his Facebook page starting at 4 p.m. ET.  Visit Brian's Facebook site now to submit your questions.

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Las Vegas Declares Thursday Diana Ross Day to Celebrate Her Birthday & Upcoming Residency

Metropolitan PresentsThe city of Las Vegas has come up with the perfect gift for the woman who has everything. The city has declared this Thursday, March 26, Diana Ross Day. 

It's the former Supremes singer's 71st birthday, but the declaration, which the city announced on Twitter, also celebrates Diana's upcoming mini-residency at The Venetian.

The nine-show engagement, dubbed The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, runs from April 1 through April 18.

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Boy George Announces Rescheduled North American Tour with Culture Club

Credit: Dean StockingsAfter canceling his tour with Culture Club last year due to vocal issues, Boy George has announced dates for a new North American summer trek with the band.

The iconic '80s group will visit 12 states plus a couple of venues in Canada, playing some of their greatest hits as well as songs from their upcoming album, Tribes.  The tour will kick off July 20 in Denver and is mapped out through an August 16 show in Orlando, Florida.  No announcement yet about when tickets will go on sale.

Culture Club's North American tour was supposed to have started last November, but was scrapped after Boy George discovered a polyp in his throat.  Doctors ordered him not to sing so as not to exacerbate the condition.  The group's U.K. tour was also canceled.

Rescheduled dates in the U.K. and other countries will be announced soon, according to Boy George's website.  Here are the new North American dates:

7/20 -- Denver, CO, Denver Botanic Gardens
7/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
7/25 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre UC Berkeley
7/27 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/28 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
8/1 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Etess Arena
8/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/4 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC
8/6 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
8/7 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
8/8 -- Bethlehem, PA, MusikFest Main Stage
8/10 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/11 -- Cary, NC, Booth Amphitheatre
8/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
8/14 -- Miami, FL, Klipsch Amp at Bayfront Park
8/15 -- Tampa, FL, Madeira Beach Waterfront Park
8/16 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live

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Listen to Boz Scaggs' Upcoming Album, "A Fool to Care," Online Now

429 RecordsBoz Scaggs' upcoming studio album, A Fool to Care, will be released next Tuesday, March 31, but the soulful singer is treating fans to a full preview of the record online now.  The entire standard version of the album is streaming through Monday, March 30, at Amazon.com.

A Fool to Care was recorded over four days at Nashville's Blackbird Studio, and includes guest appearances by Bonnie Raitt and lauded alt-country artist Lucinda Williams.  Raitt lends her slide-guitar and vocal talents to an original tune titled "Hell to Pay," while Williams duets with Scaggs on a version of The Band's "Whispering Pines."  Accompanying Scaggs on A Fool to Care are such respected session musicians as bassist Willie Weeks, guitarist Ray Parker Jr. and drummer Steve Jordan. Jordan also produced the album.

The 12-track record finds Scaggs tastefully blending rock, soul, blues, R&B and jazz influences on the record, which is made up mostly of cover tunes, along with a couple of a his own new compositions.  A deluxe version of A Fool to Care boasting three extra tunes can be purchased exclusively at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com.

Scaggs has lined up a spring U.S. tour in support of the album that runs from an April 8 concert in Gainesville, Florida, through a May 24 gig in Modesto, California.  Boz also is one of the many stars who will perform at the recently announced Brian Wilson tribute show, Brian Fest, this Monday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

Here is Scaggs' full forthcoming itinerary:

3/30 -- Los Angeles CA, Brian Fest - Fonda Theatre
4/8 -- Gainesville, FL, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
4/9 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/11 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Festival
4/13 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center - Au Rene Theater
4/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
4/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Orlando's CityWalk - Hard Rock Live
5/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live
5/2 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
5/4 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/6 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theater
5/7 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre
5/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
5/10 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
5/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Reynolds Hall
5/15 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino - Indoor Theater
5/16 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Fest
5/19 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center - Harmon Hall
5/20 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
5/22 -- Carmel, CA, Sunset Center
5/23 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - MontBleu Theatre
5/24 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts

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The Doors, Ben E. King, Righteous Brothers & More Added to National Recording Registry

Elektra/Rhino; ATCO; Philles/Sony LegacyClassic recordings by The Doors, Ben E. King, The Righteous Brothers, Sly and the Family Stone and Joan Baez are among the latest additions to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

The Doors' 1967 self-titled debut album, King's 1961 hit "Stand by Me" and The Righteous Brothers' 1964  classic "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," are among the 25 recordings chosen for the Registry this year, as are Baez's self-titled 1960 debut effort and Sly and the Family Stone's 1969 album, Stand!

Each year, songs, albums and other recordings that are determine to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" are selected for inclusion in the Registry.

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Paul McCartney Among Lollapalooza 2015 Headliners

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has been tapped to be a headliner at one of the United States' biggest summer festivals, Lollapalooza.  The former Beatles star will be making his first-ever appearance at the long-running music extravaganza, which will take place at Chicago's Grant Park July 31 through August 2.

The Lollapalooza 2015 lineup also includes Metallica, Florence the Machine, Sam Smith, Alabama Shakes and more than 100 other acts.

Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a statement, "The heart of Lollapalooza has always been the music.  The brotherhood and sisterhood of musicians is getting stronger and the unexpected surprises and collaborations are cementing magical moments that will live on in music history. Having young talented artists performing alongside legends is all I could ever ask for and I'll be grinning from ear to ear the entire weekend."

Three-day passes to the festival are already sold out, but single-day passes are available now at Lollapalooza.com, as are VIP and Platinum passes, and travel packages.  If you can't make it to the big event, a live stream will be available on a variety of devices.

Lollapalooza is the second U.S. festival McCartney is scheduled to headline in 2015.  He'll also perform at the Firefly Music Festival June 19 in Dover, Delaware.

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Watch Slash Go Behind the Scenes of "World on Fire" in New Documentary

Scott Uchida/MSO PRWorld on Fire, Slash's latest album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, is the subject of newest edition of Real to Reel,  a documentary series created by guitar string and accessory manufacturer Ernie Ball.  The hour-long episode gives fans an in-depth look into the recording process of World on Fire.  You can watch the entire documentary now at Billboard.com.

"Recording an album is a uniquely inspiring experience, and this one was particularly exciting as we were recording on two-inch analog tape," Slash tells Billboard.  "It was a fun process to have Ernie Ball capture the experience and I'm excited to be able to share it with the world."

Meanwhile, the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist and his current collaborators will be demonstrating their live prowess on their U.S. tour, which begins in April.  The trek will wrap up May 24 in Dallas, and will be followed by a stint in Europe that will last into July.

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Honored by USO, Stevie Nicks Says Giving Music to Wounded Troops Is "Most Important"

Credit: Kristin Burns In recognition of her ongoing support of U.S. troops over the years, Stevie Nicks was honored Tuesday night with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner.  Not only does the Fleetwood Mac singer hold the record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting wounded soldiers, but she also has given those soldiers hundreds of iPods filled with music to help speed their recovery.

"I think they love it, and I love doing it," Nicks told ABC Radio a few years ago.  "We take a lot of stuff with us there [when we visit].  We take journals sometimes, and sometimes blankets.  But always iPods, because most important is the music, and for them to have some music until they ...get it together to get other music."

Stevie pre-loads all the iPods with her own personal music mixes, which she says she's been making "for a gazillion years," because, as she explains, the troops she visits are "way too injured to be downloading music.  So I wanted to be able to give them a complete package, so that from the day they get there they have something that's gonna help in their rehabilitation and that's gonna help when they're just laying in there, trying to get through that first couple of months that's so difficult for them."

Of course, Nicks has no problem with the soldiers swapping out her music with their own choices, once they're feeling better.

"There's a lot of room left on them so they can add their own stuff," she says of the iPods.  "And I tell them, 'If you wanna erase everything on here, go ahead and start over, it's fine, I don't mind.'"

The singer is particularly proud of the content of music mixes that she's created and shared with the soldiers over the years.

"When they push play and it starts on that sequence, I want them to listen to the whole thing," she explains.  "I want it to build.  I want it to start in one place and take them to another place, and I think that's what it does."

Nicks' work with the soldiers inspired her 2011 song "Soldier's Angel."  Her tour with Fleetwood Mac continues Wednesday in Atlanta.

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Thin Lizzy's First Eight Albums Being Reissued on High-Quality Vinyl This Week

Keenan Neighbors/Universal MusicIf your beloved Thin Lizzy vinyl albums are too warped and scratched to enjoy anymore, take heart: this week, you'll be treated to newly-remastered, high-quality vinyl versions of the beloved Irish rock band's first eight studio albums.  The discs, which will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl, will be released this Friday in conjunction with Universal Music's ongoing Back to Black reissue campaign.

The LPs, which will come in sleeves replicating the original artwork, span from Thin Lizzy's 1971 self-titled effort through 1977's Bad Reputation, and include the band's best-known album, 1976's Jailbreak.  That record yielded two of the group's best-known songs: the title track and "The Boys Are Back in Town," the latter of which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Thin Lizzy was led by charismatic singer, bassist and songwriter Phil Lynott, whose writing was influenced by such rock poets as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen and also sought musical inspiration from such harder rocking artists as Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck.  The band broke up in 1983, and Lynott passed away three years later at the age of 36 from complications of drug abuse.

Thin Lizzy re-formed in 1996 and has continued to tour on and off with various lineups featuring one or more members of the group's Lynott-fronted incarnations.

Here's the full list of Thin Lizzy albums that'll be reissued on vinyl this Friday:

Thin Lizzy (1971)
Shades of a Blue Orphanage (1972)
Vagabonds of the Western World (1973)
Nightlife (1974)
Fighting (1975)
Jailbreak (1976)
Johnny the Fox (1976)
Bad Reputation (1977)

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