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Atlantic Records
June 27, 2017
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & CHRISTINE McVIE ADD NEW YORK CITY & LOS ANGELES SHOWS

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have just announced their Los Angeles and New York City shows for their summer tour in support of their self-titled joint album. New on the books is an August 2nd show at L.A.'s Greek Theatre and an August 10th concert at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre. The shows mark the first August dates for Buckingham / McVie, and are leading fans to speculate as to whether the tour will be extended through the end of the summer. The tour rolls on tomorrow night (June 28th) hitting Boston's Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

The new album features three co-writes between Buckingham and McVie, a collaboration that took both of them by surprised: "(Christine McVie): Some of the songs were created at the time. Lindsey came down with a really funky guitar riff one day, which he hadn't meant to play to us, and I said, 'What's that? Play it again!' And he said, 'Well, it's nothing, really, I haven't done anything with it.' So, I said, 'I love it, can I take it and work on it?' So that ends up being 'Too Far Gone.'" (Lindsey Buckingham): "That was one of the profound things about this whole experience of the new material, was a much broader range of co-writership that went on. I think that worked really well."

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have just announced their Los Angeles and New York City shows for their summer tour in support of their self-titled joint album. New on the books is an August 2nd show at L.A.'s Greek Theatre and an August 10th concert at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre. The shows mark the first August dates for Buckingham / McVie, and are leading fans to speculate as to whether the tour will be extended through the end of the summer. The tour rolls on tomorrow night (June 28th) hitting Boston's Blue Hills...+ more
Neal Preston
June 27, 2017
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT BACK ON THE ROAD

Queen & Adam Lambert are back on the road with a slightly tweaked setlist from the last time around. The band, who'll play on Thursday night (June 29th) at San Jose, California's SAP Center, made one tip of the hat to Lambert's solo work, performing "Two F**" -- and Brian May took center stage to perform his 1992 solo instrumental, "Last Horizon." Along with the classics, the band went deep for die-hards with the News Of The World favorites "It's Late" and "Spread Your Wings," and the Jazz rocker, "Don't Stop Me Now."

Prior to hitting the road, Brian May told us that he, drummer Roger Taylor, and Adam Lambert all look closely at the Queen songbook and figure out what key elements they need for a perfect show: "We’re up for anything, really. Yeah, and, we’ll look at the whole catalogue and see what we can pull off, I think. Y'know, what needs to happen is we need to be happy amongst ourselves. We need to be comfortable. Adam needs to be comfortable -- challenged, but comfortable. And yeah, I think we’ll take a real careful look at all those albums and see what we can cherry pick and, y’know, bring to a new place." :
June 29 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
July 1 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
July 2 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 4 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place
July 6 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center Arena
July 8 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center
July 9 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
July 13 - Chicago, IL - United Center
July 14 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
July 17 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
July 18 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
July 20 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 21 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
July 23 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 25 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
July 26 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
July 28 - New York, NY - Barclays Center
July 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
July 31 - Washington D.C. - Verizon Center
August 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
August 4 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
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Queen & Adam Lambert are back on the road with a slightly tweaked setlist from the last time around. The band, who'll play on Thursday night (June 29th) at San Jose, California's SAP Center, made one tip of the hat to Lambert's solo work, performing "Two F**" -- and Brian May took center stage to perform his 1992 solo instrumental, "Last Horizon." Along with the classics, the band went deep for die-hards with the News Of The World favorites "It's Late" and "Spread Your Wings," and the Jazz rocker, "Don't Stop...+ more
Reprise/Greg Allen
June 27, 2017
NEIL YOUNG'S LONG-OUT OF PRINT 'DECADE' COLLECTION REISSUED

Neil Young has just reissued a remastered double-disc version of his classic 1977 triple-album set, Decade. The album, which is now also available as a digital download and a new vinyl pressing, was the first collection to feature a major overview of Young's career, both on his own and with Crazy Horse -- along with earlier tracks with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Decade was released on October 28th, 1977 and featured five new songs in the 35-song-tracklist.

David Crosby told us that it was clear that CSNY was never going to remain a band for very long due to the fact that Neil Young always had several other musical projects cooking on the back burner: "Y’know, you gotta understand, Neil didn’t mean to join a band. To Neil, CSNY was a stepping stone. Y’know, he intended to have a solo career. He had seen what being in the Buffalo Springfield was like, he liked being by himself much better, he had Harvest ready to go when we were doing (CSNY) and he had every intention of moving on. And all of us had thoughts like that. I knew that Nash and I had something special and I knew that we could go out and do Crosby-Nash anytime and it would be good. It would be really good music." ," "Tired Eyes," "Walk On," "For The Turnstiles," "Winterlong," "Deep Forbidden Lake," "Like A Hurricane," "Love Is A Rose," "Cortez The Killer," "Campaigner," and "Long May You Run." - less
Neil Young has just reissued a remastered double-disc version of his classic 1977 triple-album set, Decade. The album, which is now also available as a digital download and a new vinyl pressing, was the first collection to feature a major overview of Young's career, both on his own and with Crazy Horse -- along with earlier tracks with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Decade was released on October 28th, 1977 and featured five new songs in the 35-song-tracklist. David Crosby told us that it was clear...+ more
Eagle Rock
June 27, 2017
STYX SLOWLY ADDING NEW ALBUM TRACKS INTO LIVE SHOW

Styx is slowly easing material from their new album, The Mission, into their live set. The Mission, which was released earlier this month, is the band's first all original set of new music since their 2003 release, Cyclorama. So far, in the band's classics-packed setlist, Styx is playing only three of The Mission tunes -- "Gone Gone Gone," "Radio Silence," and "Khedive" -- although the band is hoping to play more as the summer progresses.

Guitarist Tommy Shaw explained to us that the band understands that it's still early days for the new material. He feels that once the fans get into the album, they probably will all want to hear more of it in concert: "We can't expect everybody to know or be excited about the album, yet. We know there hasn't been a new album in years. And they know that the new records that have come out have been compilations, and a cover album and this, that, and the other -- so they haven't heard this yet. The record really is best appreciated when you sit down for 42 minutes and eight seconds and listen to the whole thing. That's the big ticket. So, we hope that'll get them excited enough to join in." - less
Styx is slowly easing material from their new album, The Mission, into their live set. The Mission, which was released earlier this month, is the band's first all original set of new music since their 2003 release, Cyclorama. So far, in the band's classics-packed setlist, Styx is playing only three of The Mission tunes -- "Gone Gone Gone," "Radio Silence," and "Khedive" -- although the band is hoping to play more as the summer progresses. Guitarist Tommy Shaw explained to us that the band understands that it's still...+ more
PRPhotos.com
June 27, 2017
FOO FIGHTERS FINALLY HEADLINE GLASTONBURY TWO YEARS LATER

Foo Fighters finally headlined the prestigious Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, England some two years after the band was supposed to perform there. The group was scheduled to headline in 2015, but Dave Grohl broke his leg during a show in Sweden a few weeks before, forcing them to cancel the remainder of their European tour. Florence + The Machine were recruited to take their place, and Grohl began this past Saturday night’s (June 24th) set by performing "Times Like These," which Florence + The Machine covered that night.

Grohl told the audience, "I’m about two years late tonight. I’m sorry. Traffic was a bitch. Let me tell you something, for all of you who were here in 2015 . . . I’m sorry I missed you. But I watched that show on my laptop as I was sitting in a wheelchair with a broken leg, and it looked beautiful. And my friend Florence got to headline that year, and I’m very happy that that happened, because you know what? I thought she should have been headlining anyway."

  • Grohl dedicated several songs to different people, sending out "Walk" to the doctor who fixed his leg and "My Hero" to a naked man he spotted in the crowd. On a more somber note, set closer "Everlong" was dedicated to a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness named Laura Plane, who passed away from the disease herself last month.
  • Aware that the festival organizers frown upon swearing because the event is broadcast by the BBC, Grohl went for it anyway, telling the crowd, "We were doing an interview and someone said, "You know you’re not supposed to swear. There’s no swearing on Glastonbury. I was like, what the f**k is that supposed to f**king mean? . . . I guess Adele holds the record for the most f**ks in a Glastonbury appearance. Now I love Adele, but guess what?"
  • The band's 20-song set only featured one new song, "Run," from the Foos' upcoming album Concrete And Gold, due out September 15th. The Foos are continuing on their European tour, with a North American trek scheduled for the fall.
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Foo Fighters finally headlined the prestigious Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, England some two years after the band was supposed to perform there. The group was scheduled to headline in 2015, but Dave Grohl broke his leg during a show in Sweden a few weeks before, forcing them to cancel the remainder of their European tour. Florence + The Machine were recruited to take their place, and Grohl began this past Saturday night’s (June 24th) set by performing "Times Like These," which Florence + The Machine covered...+ more
Annie Liebovitz
June 27, 2017
HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY, BEACH BOY BRUCE JOHNSTON!!!

Happy Birthday to Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, who turns 75 today (June 27th). Johnston joined the group on April 9th, 1965 to become the permanent live replacement for the group's leader and bassist Brian Wilson, who had quit the road the previous December to focus solely on songwriting and producing. Soon after Johnston had joined, Wilson featured him prominently on the group's next single, 1965's Number Three hit "California Girls." Johnston's tenor voice was also notably featured in the fadeout of "God Only Knows" from the group's 1966 Pet Sounds album. Johnston is currently out on the road with Mike Love's touring version of the Beach Boys and performs tonight in Rome, Italy. The band kicks off their next string of North American dates on Friday (June 30th) at New Buffalo, Michigan's Four Winds New Buffalo / Silver Creek Event Center.

Bruce Johnston explained why he was so desperately needed out on the road with the group back in 1965: "Brian Wilson had about 10 jobs. He had to write it, arrange it, produce it, do vocal arrangements. . . and it means you have to stay home to do it. So that kind of opened up a door for me to be on the road -- and record, I guess."
  • Apart from being a member of the Beach Boys, Johnston is best known for composing Barry Manilow's 1976 chart topper "I Write The Songs," which earned Johnston the Grammy that year for Song Of The Year.
  • Aside from his four decades working with the Beach Boys, Johnston has worked with Elton John, Eric Carmen, the Hudson Brothers, David Cassidy, Pink Floyd, and many, many others.
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    Happy Birthday to Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, who turns 75 today (June 27th). Johnston joined the group on April 9th, 1965 to become the permanent live replacement for the group's leader and bassist Brian Wilson, who had quit the road the previous December to focus solely on songwriting and producing. Soon after Johnston had joined, Wilson featured him prominently on the group's next single, 1965's Number Three hit "California Girls." Johnston's tenor voice was also notably featured in the fadeout of "God Only...+ more
    PRPhotos.com
    June 27, 2017
    NIKKI SIXX SAYS HE'S 'UNOFFICIALLY RETIRED' FROM TOURING

    Sixx: A.M. and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx says that he is "unofficially retired" from touring, less than three months after undergoing hip replacement surgery. In a new post on his official Facebook page, Sixx wrote, "For those of you asking, I've been playing in bands and touring the world for 40 years. I have no immediate tour plans unless I get a wild hair up my ass or something or somebody really inspirational comes along."

    He added, "Since I've been home, I've just been writing music non-stop, recording with other artists, taking vocal, bass and guitar lessons and focusing on photography. Money has never been and isn't a driving force for me. Let the chips fall where they fall. So I guess I'm unofficially retired or maybe just expired at this time."

    • Sixx added that it was "nice to give 100 percent of my time to my wife and kids."
    • He did indicate that he has two new Sixx: A.M. albums in the works, as well as two books, an adaptation of the Motley Crue memoir The Dirt for Netflix and a stage version of his own autobiography, The Heroin Diaries.
    • Sixx underwent a two-hour hip replacement procedure in early April, adding that the bone that was removed "was complete mush."
    • Sixx toured with Motley Crue one last time in 2015, with the band performing a total of 164 shows to close out its career.
    • The past few years, he has focused on Sixx: A.M., which initially started as a musical offshoot of The Heroin Diaries but turned into an actual band. Its latest albums, Prayers For The Blessed and Prayers For The Damned, came out in 2016.
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    Sixx: A.M. and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx says that he is "unofficially retired" from touring, less than three months after undergoing hip replacement surgery. In a new post on his official Facebook page, Sixx wrote, "For those of you asking, I've been playing in bands and touring the world for 40 years. I have no immediate tour plans unless I get a wild hair up my ass or something or somebody really inspirational comes along." He added, "Since I've been home, I've just been writing music non-stop, recording with...+ more