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Rick Springfield To Launch "I Want My 80s" Tour This Summer

  • 80s icon Rick Springfield is taking his show on the road this summer
  • The “Jessie’s Girl” singer is launching the “I Want My 80s” Tour of North America in August
  • Springfield promises to “rock you” as he bounces between the US and Canada in August and September
  • Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Bachman Turner Overdrive guitarist and singer Tim Bachman has died

  • OG Bachman Turner Overdrive guitarist and singer Tim Bachman has died
  • The rocker was 71 and died shortly after his younger brother/bandmate Robbie Bachman
  • Tim played with BTO for only a couple of years before moving onto concert promotion and real estate
  • Source: Loudwire

Donna Summer Documentary Gets HBO Premiere Date

  • Disco legend Donna Summer is getting the documentary treatment on HBO this month
  • “Love To Love You, Donna Summer” is “an in-depth look” at Summer’s varied career, which hit its peak in the disco era
  • Summer died in 2012 from lung cancer, but her doc drops on HBO on May 20th
  • Source: UPI

Katy Perry Sings Tribute To Carol Burnett At 90th Birthday

  • Katy Perry paid triibute to Carol Burnett at Burnett’s 90th birthday special called “Years Of Laughter + Love”
  • The show featured A-listers like Bernadette Peters, Julie Andrews, Cher and of course, Perry
  • The “Teenage Dream” singer crooned “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together,” which was Burnett’s closing song from “The Carol Burnett Show"
  • As for Burnett’s legacy, she says said she hopes people remember how good "our show made them feel. That's important"
  • Source: ET Online

NOLA Jazz Fest Starts This Weekend

  • The "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" is starting today
  • The festival has a stacked lineup with headliners such as Lizzo, Ed Sheeran, Dead & Company, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Santana, Jon Batiste, Jill Scott, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kane Brown, H.E.R, and the Steve Miller Band
  • The festival will take place over two weekends and will also feature local acts such as Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the Radiators
  • The festival will have a celebration of Puerto Rico, with artist demonstrations, live music, parades, cultural displays, and food
  • The official schedule of events can be found on the festival's website
  • Source: Nola Jazz Fest

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Cat Stevens Advises King Charles With 10-Point Plan

  • Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, has shared some advice for King Charles as he prepares to be officially crowned
  • “Even if you are King, you are still a servant of God,” wrote the singer, along with a number of proposals for Charles to tackle- like “Feed the hungry”
  • Islam/Stevens went on to say he felt inspired to write the monarch because artists “can help to direct the narrative”
  • Source: The Guardian

Frankie Goes To Hollywood To Reunite For First Performance In 36 Years

  • British pop group Frankie Goes To Hollywood is reuniting after almost 40 years… for one day
  • The “Relax” hitmakers will bring back their classic lineup in the opening weekend of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood, who will be joined by Atomic Kitten and others, said the move seemed “like a good thing to do”
  • Source: Consequence

A Beach Boys Fan Finishes Album With The Help Of AI

  • Following the news that a British group used AI to create a “lost album” from rock group Oasis, a music fan has done the same for a different group
  • Mike LeRoy, a fan of icons The Beach Boys, has released a version of the band’s unreleased album, “Smile”
  • The fan admits he was unsure of how people would react but ultimately decided to release the album after training AI to sing like Brian Wilson
  • Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Son Of Otis Redding, Otis Redding III, Passes

  • The son of Otis Redding, Otis Redding III, has died after a battle with cancer at age 59
  • The younger Redding went on to form The Reddings with his brother, Dexter, with whom he would record six albums in the 80s
  • In addition to his recording career, Redding III served numerous charities, including his family’s Otis Redding Foundation
  • Source: ABC News

John Farnham Documentary Trailer Drops As He Fights Cancer

  • Australian singing icon John Farnham has faced one comeback after another in his long career
  • But now the 73-year-old legend is fighting another battle: this time against cancer
  • A new documentary, “John Farnham: Finding The Voice,” is due in May and has dropped its first trailer during this difficult time in Farnham’s life
  • Source: Billboard

Sting's Upcoming North American Shows Include His Son Joe

  • Sting has another surprise for fans who want to see him live.
  • After extending his “My Songs World Tour” through North American tour this fall, he will also feature his son and Fiction Plane frontman, Joe Sumner.
  • Sting's added shows will take place in cities including: Wantagh, NY; Hollywood, FL; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Reno, NV; Irving, TX; and The Woodlands, TX.
  • Pre-sale tickets are set to go on sale tomorrow and general tickets go on sale Friday.
  • Source: Consequence Of Sound

Performers For King Charles' Coronation Announced

  • King Charles’ crowning is less than a month away and new details are emerging at a fast rate
  • Singers like Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and British pop group Take That have been confirmed to perform at the King’s coronation
  • Opera stars Andrea Bocelli and Sir Bryan Terfel will also sing, lending a more classical vibe to the event
  • Source: Yahoo

The Dream Syndicate Announces 40th Anniversary "Days Of Wine And Roses" Box Set

  • American alt rockers The Dream Syndicate are keeping their 40th anniversary party going
  • Following their tour last year, the band is releasing a four-box set of their debut album “Days Of Wine And Roses"
  • The set includes a remastered version of the album, plus three discs of bonus material, unreleased footage and a detailed booklet
  • Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Paul Simon Releases Trailer For Upcoming Album, "Seven Palms"

  • Paul Simon has announced his new album- which is four years’ in the making- is due out next month
  • The legendary rocker says “Seven Psalms” is “a journey” that he wants fans to listen to all at once
  • Mostly an acoustic album, Simon’s wife Edie Brickell and British choir Voices8 also appear on the album
  • Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Beach Boys GRAMMY Salute Got A Ratings Surprise

  • The recent tribute special for The Beach Boys brought out more than stars- it brought out viewers
  • “A GRAMMY Salute To The Beach Boys” raked in 5.18 million viewers, which put it in 2nd place for the entire night- behind only “60 Minutes”
  • John Legend, Brandi Carlile and Fall Out Boy performed during the show, while Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks made appearances
  • Source: Billboard

Roger Daltrey Says "It's Too Expensive" For The Who To Tour US

  • A legendary rock band might never return to the US and is blaming the skyrocketing price of touring
  • The Who frontman Roger Daltrey will “never say never” but claims putting on a show in the US doesn’t make financial sense anymore
  • The rocker blames the rising price of labor and insurance, along with the risk of losing money if someone were to catch covid on tour
  • Source: Consequence

Timothee Chalamet Will Sing For Bob Dylan Biopic

  • Timothée Chalamet is set to star as Bob Dylan in the upcoming feature “A Complete Unknown.”
  • Director James Mangold has confirmed the Oscar-nominated star will perform his own vocals in the film.
  • Based on a 2015 book, “Dylan Goes Electric,” the film will also weave other celebrities like Joan Baez into the story.
  • Source: Hollywood Reporter

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  • Graham Nash: David Crosby Died After Contracting COVID
  • Longtime ABBA Guitarist Lasse Wellander Passes

Eddie Van Halen Guitar Expected To Fetch $3-Million At Sotheby's Auction

  • Sotheby’s is currently hosting an auction featuring important and valuable items from rock and roll.
  • Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Prince are among the artists scheduled to be included in the auction.
  • But the late Eddie Van Halen's guitar from the “Hot For Teacher” video is expected to run away with the highest bid, projected to be around $3-million
  • Source: Daily Mail
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