Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImageIn the last couple of years, Elton John has made some less-than-flattering comments about Billy Joel in the press, criticizing him for not releasing any new music. But Joel says that maybe that's just John's motherly instincts coming out.
Speaking with The New York Times Magazine, Billy says of Elton's complaints that the Piano Man hasn't released a pop album in 20 years, "That's his opinion. I don't do it because I don't wanna. He tends to shoot off his mouth -- he shoots from the hip. I think his heart is in the right place."
Joel adds, "Maybe he's trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something. He's kind of like a mom." When the interviewer points out that Elton "actually kind of looks like a mom," Billy agrees, noting, "Yeah, he's got mom hair."
As for John's comments that Joel never took his stint in rehab seriously, Billy shrugs it off, saying, "He doesn't know anything about my private life...He's a very friendly, charming man, a nice fun guy, but we really never spent much time personally together. He doesn't really know that much about me, so I let a lot of that slide. I'd work with him again, sure."
In the far-ranging New York Times interview, Joel opens up on a wide variety of topics, including his excessive drinking, his financial troubles, his post 9/11 depression, his songwriting and even his uncanny ability to attract extremely beautiful women.
"A lot of guys are just too intimidated to even ask them out, but I had a great way to meet people," says the man who dated Elle McPherson and married Christie Brinkley. "People are just interested in you because you're a rock star. Some guys use a car. Some guys have a cute dog. I'm a rock star. That's who I am, what I do. What's wrong with that?"
The thrice-wed singer adds, "I was married to some beautiful women. I always get compared to how beautiful they are and how not beautiful I am, and it's kind of funny, it's like 'Beauty and the Beast.' I don't mind being the beast, I want them to be good-looking, and if they don't mind me looking like me, why should I care?"
Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCPrince has released a video for his new single "Fixurlifeup" that's streaming now on Vevo. The clip features images of the politically charged lyrics floating over footage of Prince performing the song with the female trio 3rd Eye Girl; in fact, the video is credited to "3rd Eye Girl featuring Prince." Prince and the trio performed the song at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19. The video also intercuts live footage shot in San Diego on the Live Out Loud tour.
The single is Prince's first release with the Kobalt Music Group. As previously reported, as part of his deal with Kobalt, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release not only his own music but also work from a roster of new acts. In addition, he'll also provide artist development and recording services to newly signed performers.
According to Spin.com, Prince's upcoming album has the working title Plectrum Electrum.
Universal Music EnterprisesThe deluxe reissue of Paul McCartney & Wings' chart-topping 1976 live album, Wings over America, doesn't hit stores until Tuesday, but you can check out a free preview of the remastered collection online now. RollingStone.com currently is streaming all 28 songs featured on the standard, two-CD edition of the album, which boasts the same track list that appeared on the original release.
Wings over America features performances from various stops on the one and only North American tour McCartney mounted with his popular 1970s group. The set includes a variety of Wings tunes, McCartney solo gems and Beatles classics.
Besides the two-CD version, Wings over America will be available as deluxe box set featuring a extra CD of concert performances, a DVD including the 75-minute Wings over the World TV special, several books, and various pieces of memorabilia.
McCartney recently launched a special Wing over America-themed section of his official website. The feature offers an interactive map giving details about all of the stops on Wings' 1976 North American trek, as well as a digital recreation of the late Linda McCartney's tour diary, which includes several candid photos snapped during the outing.
Universal Music EnterprisesThe Moody Blues have announced a new release date for Timeless Flight, a massive box set gathering together the band's biggest hits, rarities and live performances, as well as archival video footage. The 17-disc collection now is scheduled to be released on June 25. It includes 11 CDs, six DVDs, pieces of Moody Blues memorabilia and more.
The CDs feature remastered album tracks, unreleased alternate mixes, outtakes and audio from full concerts by the band. Three of the DVDs offer various video gems including rare TV appearances, promotional clips and previously unreleased performances from a 1970 concert The Moodies played in Paris.
In addition, the collection offers three DVD-Audio discs featuring 5.1 surround sound mixes of six classic early Moody Blues albums -- 1967's Days of Future Passed, 1969's On the Threshold of a Dream and To Our Children's Children's Children, 1970's A Question of Balance, 1971's Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and 1972's Seventh Sojourn.
Timeless Flight also comes with a 120-page hardcover book boasting a newly written essay about the group, an assortment of photos, a replica tour poster and tour program and other collectibles.
Meanwhile, The Moody Blues also will issue a four-CD version of Timeless Flight. The pared-down set still features nearly 70 tracks and more than five hours of music. Visit MoodyBluesToday.com to learn more about the Timeless Flight packages.
In celebration of Timeless Flight's release, the band has scheduled a new U.S. fall tour that 's mapped out from a September 26 show in Louisville, Kentucky, through a November 2 performance in Rancho Mirage, California. Here is The Moody Blues' entire list of confirmed U.S. tour dates:
9/26 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre 9/27 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center 9/28 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort 9/29 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 10/1 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center 10/2 -- Elkhart, IN, Lerner Theatre 10/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Riverside Theater 10/5 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino 10/7 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center 10/8 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 10/9 -- Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Civic Center 10/11 -- Onamia, MN, Grand Casino Mille Lacs 10/12 -- Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Civic Center 10/14 -- Kansas City, MO, The Midland by AMC 10/15 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena 10/16 -- Denver, CO, Bellco Theatre 10/18 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino 10/19 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 10/21 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium 10/22 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center for Performing Arts 10/24 -- San Rafael, CA, Marin Center 10/25 -- San Francisco, CA, Nob Hill Masonic Center 10/26 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Resort and Casino 10/27 -- San Jose, CA, San Jose Civic Center 10/29 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre 10/30 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's 11/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live 11/2 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
BillyJoel.comLooks like Billy Joel's decided he still enjoys playing live. Following high-profile appearances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and at a rock festival in Australia, the Piano Man has now booked his first concert in Ireland in seven years.
According to U.TV, the show will take place at Dublin's O2 arena and will be Joel's first-ever indoor concert in the Emerald Isle. Tickets go on sale May 30. Fans are still waiting to see if Billy, who turned 64 earlier this month, will book a full tour, and play his classic albums in their entirety, which is something he told Rolling Stone he'd be interested in doing.
In other Joel news, the Washington Post reports that he and his buddy James Taylor were spotted dining together Wednesday night at Washington, D.C.'s Cafe Milano, described as a "see and be seen hotspot." The two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were in town to perform in honor of Carole King, who just won the Gershwin Prize for Popular Music. The restaurant reports that Joel, Taylor and their dates chowed down on rockfish, gluten-free pasta and biscotti.
And in a final bit of Billy Joel news, starting today, he's posting videos of four songs from his April Jazz Fest set on his official website: Tthere will be one song per week, for four weeks. The first one is up now -- it's "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)."
Credit: David BergmanEver since Richie Sambora abruptly left the Bon Jovi tour, it's been Jon Bon Jovi who's been faced with trying to explain the guitarist's absence -- Richie himself won't clarify exactly what's going on. But now, Sambora is apparently peeved at Jon for some of the comments he's made, and is asking the singer to stop "trash talking" him.
Speaking to the British paper The Evening Standard recently, the Bon Jovi frontman said of Sambora's absence, "It's getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something… Because all I can say is this -- it's for personal reasons. He's been through it before. Fortunately for us the same guy who filled in last time was available this time."
Richie now tells the British paper The Daily Mail that he resents Jon's implication that his absence from the tour is due to substance-abuse issues, which sent him to rehab in the past. He also doesn't like his longtime band mate's implication that he's easily replaceable.
"I don't have any major problems in life right now. I love my fans and I feel bad for them at the moment. Bottom line," says the guitarist. "My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He is making it very difficult for me to come back. Enough with the trash talking! [The fans] have paid money to see Bon Jovi and right now, they're not getting the whole deal."
He adds, "Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly. I am fine, working very hard on my fashion company, Nikki Rich, and this is a private matter."
Sambora then tweeted, "Just don't worry... Everything's good....Just to be clear, I've been running the fashion company for 5 Yrs. It does not take me away from the band, I'm an artist first. Always will be."
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumAs The Rolling Stones make their way across America on their 50 & Counting Tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is set to celebrate the debut of an expansive new exhibit about the legendary band. The display, titled "The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction," will open to the public today at 10 a.m. CT and will take up two-and-a-half floors of the Cleveland facility.
Craig Inciardi, an associate curator for the museum who helped oversee the exhibition's creation, says he and his co-workers are very excited to see the multifaceted project come to fruition.
"We've wanted to do a major retrospective exhibit on The Rolling Stones literally since the museum opened in 1995," he reveals to ABC News Radio. "The Stones are the first major act to hit that 50-year milestone, and this exhibit covers their roots, their childhood, how the band formed and traces them through the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and up through the present."
In putting the display together, the Rock Hall utilized memorabilia from its own extensive archives, while also gathering items from collectors and from the band members themselves.
Inciardi says the exhibit features "a variety of different types of artifacts," including guitars and other instruments, stage clothing, handwritten letters by the band members, rare posters, blueprints of the stage designs for various tours and much more.
Among the historic instruments featured in the exhibit, reveals Inciardi, are "Brian Jones' first guitar that he used in The Rolling Stones [and a 12-string acoustic that was] one of the first guitars that Keith Richards [used] to write songs."
Inciardi points out that some of the instruments and clothing items that will be displayed can be seen in some of the most famous photos taken of the band. "It's just exciting to see, up close, objects that are iconic," he declares, "that have been photographed and have been reproduced throughout the world."
"50 Years of Satisfaction" also offers a number of interactive programs and video displays that focus on various aspects of the group's history and career. Inciardi reveals that one of the multimedia stations "shows the root of how [The Stones] developed their sound," while another "shows the development of songwriting," while highlighting how two classic tunes -- "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Gimme Shelter" -- were constructed.
Inciardi also insists that the exhibition isn't only for older and/or diehard Stones fans.
"I think this exhibit definitely has multi-generational appeal," he notes. "Young people who might not be aware of The Rolling Stones' history, after seeing the exhibit will realize how much ground The Rolling Stones broke and how many rules they changed and they re-wrote." Inciardi adds that the exhibit also could serve to show younger rock fans that "a lot of bands, the way they dress, the way they act, the way they play, emanates from The Rolling Stones."
"The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction" is scheduled to remain on display at the museum until March. In conjunction with the exhibition, a variety of special as-yet-unconfirmed Stones-related events, such as lectures, Q&A sessions and film screenings will be held at the Rock Hall. Inciardi tells ABC News Radio that the museum will be announcing details about the events "gradually throughout the year." Check RockHall.com for updates.
ABC/Heidi GutmanJohn Fogerty paid a visit to ABC's The View on Thursday morning as part of a busy week he's scheduled to promote his soon-to-be-released album, Wrote a Song for Everyone. The record, which hits stores this Tuesday, features the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman playing many of his classic compositions alongside an assortment of music stars from various genres.
Asked how the concept for Wrote a Song for Everyone came about, Fogerty revealed, "This whole album was an idea my wife had. She said, 'Why don't you get a bunch of the people you love and go sing your songs.' To me that sounded like Christmas, you know? A good time. So, that's what we did."
Guest host Jillian Michaels then pointed out that John had recently said the new record is the album of which he's most proud, and asked him why he feels that way.
"I just think the music is really cool," he explained. "It's just really vibrant and played well, and the arrangements came out good. And, of course, all these wonderful artists: It was such a joy to be with them."
He added that the stars he collaborated with on the album "are people I'm fans of…I buy their records."
Not surprisingly, Fogerty also treated The View audience to a couple of performances. He played a CCR medley featuring segments of "Lodi," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Proud Mary," plus a rendition of a new tune that's included on Wrote a Song for Everyone titled "Mystic Highway."
As previously reported, Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Jennifer Hudson, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban are among the artists who contributed to Wrote a Song for Everyone.
Peter Kramer/NBCAfter canceling a pair of concerts this month because of unspecified medical issues, Aretha Franklin apparently is now set to take a break from touring until July. A representative for the Queen of Soul confirmed to ABC News Radio a recent report that the singer will be staying off the concert stage through the coming month, and that she's planning to reschedule the two nixed shows.
The aforementioned performances originally had been set to take place this past Monday in Chicago and this coming Sunday in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The 71-year-old music legend was last seen on the finale of Fox's American Idol on May 16. Appearing live via satellite, Aretha sang a medley of her classic songs with the program's female contestants.
Photo: Danny ClinchThe new Bruce Springsteen documentary Springsteen & I, which focuses on the passionate relationship The Boss shares with his fans, will premiere July 22 at movie theaters around the world. The film was created with major input from the New Jersey rock legend's faithful followers, and features previously unseen concert footage as well as interviews with many people who've been deeply touched by Springsteen's music.
"This beautifully-crafted film provides a unique insight into the powerful bond between a recording artist and those who connect so profoundly with his music," says famed filmmaker Ridley Scott, Springsteen & I's co-executive producer. The movie, which was directed by veteran music-video director Baillie Walsh, has the full support of Bruce, his management and his label, Columbia Records.
Tickets for the Springsteen & I screenings will be available for purchase starting on June 4. The documentary's producers are giving fans the chance to have their photo incorporated into the film's official poster. To find out more details about the promotion and the movie itself, visit SpringsteenAndI.com.
PRNewsFoto/Vapor RecordsBilly Talbot, the longtime bassist of Neil Young's backing band, Crazy Horse, has just released a new album titled On the Road to Spearfish with his side group, The Billy Talbot Band. A follow-up to 2004's Alive in the Spirit World, the nine-track collection is available now as a digital download, which also includes high-definition companion videos for each song featuring footage from the recording sessions.
On the Road to Spearfish was inspired by the open spaces in and around Spearfish, South Dakota, where Talbot helped his wife restore a homestead that she's owned for quite a while. Reminiscent to the work of Crazy Horse, the album features several epic songs that run for more than nine minutes, including the title track.
Talbot also says that a major inspiration for the new record was the late Warren Zevon's final album, 2003's The Wind. "When I first heard Warren's last record, the starkness and the raw emotion, I really felt that and got into it," he explains. "That quality, that's what I'm going for."
You can check out all of the videos made to accompany On the Road to Spearfish's songs now at BillyTalbot.com and Vimeo.com.
Legacy RecordingsA star-studded list of musicians, including Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, have contributed to the upcoming album by technology mogul and philanthropist Paul Allen and his band The Underthinkers. Scheduled for an August 6 release, Everywhere at Once features 13 songs either written or co-written by Allen.
Other musicians who appear on the multi-billionaire's album include Allman Brothers Band slide guitarist Derek Trucks, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Ivan Neville and frequent Eric Clapton collaborator Doyle Bramhall II.
The Wilson sisters lend their talents to the song "Straw into Gold," Walsh sings and plays guitar on the tune "Six Strings from Hell" and Hynde delivers a lead vocal on a track titled "Rodeo." Trucks, meanwhile, appears on two songs while Hidalgo plays guitar on 11 of the album's 13 tracks.
Proceeds raised by sales of Everywhere at Once will benefit educational programs at Seattle's EMP Museum, which Allen founded in 2000. Allen co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and, after leaving the company in 1983, has gone on to fund and support a variety of projects in the areas of science, the arts, sports and business. He's also a lifelong guitar aficionado whose own music has been greatly influenced by Jimi Hendrix.
Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.Paul McCartney has once again spoken out in support of the jailed members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot after one of the imprisoned musicians, Maria Alyokhina, began a hunger strike Wednesday in protest of her treatment at a recent parole hearing. According to The Guardian, Alyokhina started the protest after she was denied the right to attend her hearing in the Russian city of Berezniki.
Following Maria's announcement, McCartney sent handwritten letters to Russian officials asking that they consider granting parole to both Alyokhina and her band mate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
On behalf of Alyokhina, Sir Paul wrote, "My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world." He added, "In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case."
With regard to Nadezhda, who was denied parole last month, McCartney wrote, "I have had a long relationship with the Russian people, and, with this in mind, I am making the following request in a spirit of friendship for my many Russian acquaintances who, like me, believe in treating people - all people, with compassion and kindness."
Alyokhina, Tolokonnikova and their band mate Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested in March 2012 for hooliganism after Pussy Riot staged an unauthorized concert at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, described by authorities as "blasphemous." Following the trio's arrest, McCartney was among the many artists who sent letters to the Russian authorities imploring them to release the musicians. However, the three rockers were convicted in August and sentenced to two years in prison. Samutsevich was released on probation in October 2012.
Photo: Bob HakinsIn honor of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who passed away Monday at age 74 after a battle with cancer, VH1 Classic will air a special block of Doors-related programming on Thursday night.
The network will kick things off at 8 p.m. ET/PT by screening the influential band's recently restored concert film, Live at the Hollywood Bowl '68. The film captures The Doors' historic July 1968 show at the famed Los Angeles venue and includes three previously unreleased performances.
Next up, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, VH1 Classic will air the Classic Albums series' making-of documentary about The Doors' self-titled debut. The program features recently taped interviews with Manzarek, as well as with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
Then, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, an encore screening of Live at the Hollywood Bowl will be shown.
Manzarek's hypnotic and inventive keyboard melodies were a key element of The Doors' sound. After the band broke up in 1973, Ray delved into a wide variety of creative projects. He reunited with Krieger about a decade ago to form a touring group that continued to play The Doors' music for fans around the world until his death this week.
The British LibraryAcclaimed Beatles biographer Hunter Davies has donated lyric sheets and letters written by John Lennon to the British Library in London as part of a new U.K. government initiative. The Cultural Gifts Scheme, which was adopted by the British government in March, allows citizens or companies to donate historically significant items in exchange for having their tax liability lowered.
Davies officially handed over the documents, which include Lennon's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles songs "Strawberry Fields Forever," "She Said She Said" and "In My Life," during a ceremony held earlier on Thursday at the library. The author had previously allowed the items to be temporarily displayed at the institution.
Prior to the event, the author said in a statement about his donation, "I want my Beatles collection to be kept together, in one place, and on public display, and the British Library is the perfect home for it. I have always been pleased to see them in the Treasures Gallery, next to the Magna Carta, and works by Shakespeare and Beethoven, because that's where I honestly think they belong."
He added that he's been working on a new book focusing on The Beatles' lyrics, and explained that this inspired him to give the Fab Four-related collectibles to the library.
In response to Davies' donation, U.K. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said, "It's fantastic that the first treasures to be donated to the nation through the Cultural Gifts Scheme include the hand written lyrics to some of the world's best known songs, by one of the world's most loved artists. Incredibly generous donations like these are testament to the strong culture of philanthropy that exists in Britain today."
According to the BBC, Lennon himself gave the documents to Davies, who became friends with the late Beatles legend during the 1960s.
Rounder RecordsThe temporary restraining order Robert Plant recently obtained against a female fan has now been made permanent. TMZ reports that Alysson Billings was ordered by a judge on Wednesday to stay at least 300 yards away from the former Led Zeppelin singer for the next three years.
According to the website's original report, Plant stated in court documents that the 40-something-year-old Billings believes she's in a relationship with the rock legend even though they've never met. Plant claimed Billings has been sending flowers and leaving hotel keys for him and shows up at his concerts all over the world.
The veteran rocker also suggested that Billings' obsession with has taken a more ominous turn since he began dating his current girlfriend, singer/songwriter Patty Griffin. In the court documents, Plant alleged that Billings had been sending him increasingly threatening messages like, "Your betrayal with another woman stabs my mind" and "This woman is literally evil for you...I cannot, will not, shall not live this way anymore."
Billings originally was required to stay 100 yards away from Plant, but the new ruling ups the distance threefold.
Uriah-Heep.comTrevor Bolder, who played bass in Uriah Heep and David Bowie's famed backing band The Spiders from Mars, died Tuesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62. Bolder's passing was announced in a message on Uriah Heep's website that praised the rocker as "an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced."
In homage to his former band mate, Bowie issued a statement that reads, "Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man."
Uriah Heep frontman Mick Box also paid tribute to Bolder, calling him "a 'World Class' bass player, singer & songwriter, and more importantly a World Class friend." Box added, "He will be sadly missed by family, friends and rock fans all over the world. We are all numb to the core."
Bolder played in Bowie's backing group from 1970 to 1973, and appeared on four of the singer's studio albums -- 1971's Hunky Dory, 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and 1973's Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups. After Bowie disbanded the group, Trevor went on to join Uriah Heep in 1976 and played with the band on and off until earlier this year when his declining health forced him to stop performing.
Trevor also had a brief stint as a member of Wishbone Ash during the early 1980s. In addition, in the early 2000s, he played in the Bowie tribute band The Cybernauts alongside Spider from Mars drummer Mick "Woody" Woodmansey and Def Leppard members Joe Elliott and Phil Collen.
Facebook.com/InterlockenFestivalNew details have been revealed about the recently announced inaugural Interlocken Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place September 5-8 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia.
A new addition to the bill is John Fogerty, who will join veteran jam band Widespread Panic to perform a set of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival material. Widespread Panic also is slated to play a second night at the festival without Fogerty.
Meanwhile, Grateful Dead spinoff group Furthur, which previously was announced as part of the Interlocken lineup, has been confirmed to perform on three of the festival's four days. During one of its sets, Furthur will play the Grateful Dead's classic 1970 album Workingman's Dead in its entirety.
Another previously revealed performer, The Black Crowes, now is confirmed to perform on two nights during the musical extravaganza.
Other artists who were part of the Interlocken fest's initially reported lineup include Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The String Cheese Incident and country star Zac Brown. Early bird general admission tickets and VIP packages will go on sale Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m. ET. Visit InterlockenFestival.com for more details.
The Albright Entertainment GroupThe Edgar Winter Band and Rick Derringer will return to take part in the second annual edition of the Rock'N'Blues Fest tour, which will feature a variety of veteran artists who showcase the merger of rock 'n' roll and the blues. Joining Winter's group and Derringer on this year's lineup will be two Woodstock legends -- Ten Years After and Canned Heat -- as well as Canadian guitar whiz Pat Travers.
The 2013 Rock'N'Blues Fest tour is scheduled to get under way on July 27 in Las Vegas and currently is plotted out through an August 24 stop in Clearwater, Florida. A total of 19 shows have been confirmed, although more dates are expected to be announced for the trek soon.
Ten Years After's current lineup features three of the group's four original members -- drummer Ric Lee, bassist Leo Lyons and keyboardist Chick Churchill. Sadly, founding singer/guitarist Alvin Lee died in March at the age of 68. Speaking about the upcoming outing, Ric Lee says in a statement, "We are…excited to tour the U.S. as we pay tribute to band-mate Alvin Lee, while igniting a new wave of youthful excitement and appeasing long-term fans."
Winter, meanwhile, promises that his band "will be doing a new and very different show" from last year's Rock'n'Blues concerts. He adds that because 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The Edgar Winter Group's classic album They Only Come Out at Night, "we intend to celebrate the occasion by playing some of the songs from that album I haven't done in years."
Here are all of the announced Rock'n'Blues Fest tour dates so far:
7/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery Casino 7/28 -- Saratoga, CA, The Winery 7/30 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's by the Sea 8/2 -- Anaheim, CA, The Grove 8/3 -- Flagstaff, AZ, Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park 8/4 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre 8/7 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Zoo 8/9 -- Chicago, IL, Country Club Hills Theater 8/10 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheater 8/11 -- Yonkers, NY, Empire City Casino 8/13 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre 8/14 -- Glenside, PA, The Keswick Theater 8/15 -- Providence, RI, The Park Theater 8/16 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 8/17 -- Rama, Canada, Casino Rama 8/18 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion 8/21 -- Hampton, NH, Hampton Beach Casino 8/22 -- Hyannis, MA, Melody Tent 8/24 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
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The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum operated by the City of Ville Platte is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come view the amazing artifacts, photos, records, Wall of Fame and hear the music. Admission charge is $3 adults, $2 seniors and $1 for children under 12. The museum is located on Northwest Railroad Avenue.