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Franco Origlia/Getty ImagesIt turns out that even rock superstars need to cough up big bucks to enjoy certain once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster are currently in Rome, where they traveled to the Vatican and got to meet Pope Francis and shake his hand.  But the couple didn't get to meet the Holy Father because Rod's a world-famous rock star: They were able to do it because they paid for the privilege at a charity auction.

Captioning a photo of herself and Rod meeting Pope Francis, Penny wrote, "Special moment as we clasped hands together #popefrancis. All made possible by our charity bid ‘Pope experience’ at the #pinktober event for The Caron Keating Foundation."  The foundation raises funds for various cancer charities.

According to Hello magazine, Rod and Penny attended a fundraiser for the foundation in October of 2017, where Rod paid 15,000 pounds -- about $20,000 -- for the chance to watch a Papal Mass from a VIP area right next to the pulpit, and then be personally greeted and blessed by the Pontiff.

Penny posted a photo of their view of the pulpit on a rainy Wednesday, with the caption, "The heavens open[ed] and so did the umbrellas and our hearts. The Pope asked us to pray for him and we [were] presented with blessed rosary’s [sic] and celebrated with a traditional Italian lunch."

Another photo was captioned, "An unforgettable morning, totally blessed by #popefrancis."

No word on whether Pope Francis actually knows who Rod is, or if he's a fan.

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Credit: Marya GlurLegendary British Invasion band The Zombies will be invading the U.S. again this September, when they mount a brief West Coast tour. The seven-date trek gets underway on September 7 in San Francisco and is plotted out through a September 18 concert in Seattle.

In addition to San Francisco, the outing includes performances at five other California venues as well as a September 17 show in Portland, Oregon. Among the gigs is a previously announced appearance at the KAABOO Del Mar festival in Del Mar, California.

Prior to the run of U.S. shows, The Zombies will tour their U.K. homeland in June. The band's 2018 itinerary also includes a fall European trek with veteran U.K. hard rockers Uriah Heep that will feature shows in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavia. Check out the group's complete schedule at TheZombiesMusic.com.

In other news, a limited-edition colored-vinyl version of The Zombies' influential 1968 album Odessey and Oracle will be released this Friday, May 25, exclusively at Newbury Comics stores and at NewburyComics.com. The band mounted a special tour last year in honor the album's 50th anniversary.

Here are all of The Zombies' confirmed 2018 U.S. tour dates:

9/7 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
9/8 -- Petaluma, CA, Mystic Theatre
9/10 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Troubadour
9/13 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Fremont Theater
9/14 -- Del Mar, CA, KAABOO Del Mar
9/17 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
9/18 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre

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Craft RecordingsA pair of long-out-of-print 1972 solo albums by founding Creedence Clearwater Revival members Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty will be reissued on June 22.

The discs, Clifford's solo debut, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, and Fogerty's Excalibur, will be available on 180-gram vinyl and also will be released for the first time as high-res audio downloads and streams.

Doug "Cosmo" Clifford was the CCR drummer's first and only solo album. The 11-track collection features eight original tunes, plus covers of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream," The Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover" and The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man."

Other musicians contributing to the project included Creedence bass player Stu Cook on rhythm guitar, famed Stax session bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, future Doobie Brother John McFee on lead guitar and the Tower of Power horn section.

"Making this record was a blast, because it was a superstar line-up," recalls Clifford. "I told everyone that I was open to any ideas they might have. That got everybody involved in the process. The camaraderie was great, there was no pressure and that got the best performances from everyone."

Excalibur was the second of five solo albums that late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty released after exiting the band in 1971. The 10-track collection includes the talents of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and frequent Garcia collaborator, keyboardist Merl Saunders.

Tom's four other albums -- 1972's Tom Fogerty, 1974's Zephyr National and Myopia, and 1981's Deal It Out -- also will be reissued as high-res audio downloads and streams on June 22.

A limited number of vinyl bundles including Excalibur and a signed copy of Doug "Cosmo" Clifford can be pre-ordered at CraftRecordings.com.

Here's the Doug "Cosmo" Clifford track list:

Side One
"Latin Music"
"Regret It (For the Rest of Your Life)"
"Guitars, Drums and Girls"
"I'm a Man"
"She's About a Mover"
"I Just Want to Cry"

Side Two
"Get Your Raise"
"Daydream"
"Take a Train"
"Death Machine"
"Swingin' in a Hammock"

And here's the Excalibur track list:

Side One
"Forty Years"
"Black Jack Jenny"
"Rocky Road Blues"
"Faces, Places, People"
"Get Funky"

Side Two
"Sick and Tired"
"Sign of the Devil"
"Straight and Narrow"
"Next in Line"
"(Hold On) Annie Mae"

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Credit: Michelle ShiersStone Temple Pilots are currently on tour in support of their new, self-titled album, their first with lead singer Jeff Gutt. Speaking with ABC Radio, Gutt -- a former X Factor contestant -- describes his approach to performing the songs once sung by the late Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington.

"I just try to stick with the sentiment of the song and try not to overthink it, and just try to be as free as possible," Gutt explains. "To me, that's what the essence of STP was for frontmen: fearlessness, just b***s-to-the-wall, and [being] comfortable in your own skin and just moving forward."

He continues, "So I just try to be me and feel the songs and feel the energy of the band with me. That's about all I can do."

STP has definitely been playing the classics while on tour, including "Plush" and "Interstate Love Song," but Gutt has also noticed an enthusiasm for the new material.

"I'm always listening to hear what the people are yelling back at me, and I've heard some requests for the new stuff," he says. "Which...warmed my heart!"

If you do happen to yell out a request at an STP show, there's a fairly good chance Gutt will be open to playing it, since he's down to sing pretty much any song in the band's catalog.

"There's so many STP songs that are just classic to me, and just so influential in my musical growth," Gutt says. "I mean, there's so many that I couldn't pick one that I have to say, 'I have to play that song.'"

That being said, he adds, "I'm a big fan of 'Dead and Bloated,' for sure." 

STP's current tour continues tonight in Memphis, Tennessee. They'll embark on a "tri-headlining" tour with Bush and The Cult in July.

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Credit: Dave J HoganWith The Rolling Stones currently making their way through the U.K. and mainland Europe on their 2018 No Filter Tour, comes word that the band's Exhibitionism exhibit has extended its run at Nashville's Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The expansive display, which opened in Music City on March 29, initially was supposed to end its engagement on June 30 but its run now will continue until August 26.

The exhibition's Nashville engagement is the attraction's final stop in North America, following runs in New York City and Chicago. Exhibitionism, a.k.a. The Rolling Stones Exhibit, will relocate next to Sydney, Australia.

As previously reported, the exhibit was created with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones and features various themed areas incorporating more than 500 artifacts, including guitars, costumes, photos, posters and more. Among the displays are replicas of the seedy London apartment some of the band members shared in 1962, a recording studio, and a backstage area at one of the group's concerts. The attraction also allows visitors the chance to listen to previously unheard audio tracks, and watch rare video clips and film presentations.

For the remainder of Exhibitionism's Nashville engagement, Monday and Tuesday admission will be available for the low price of $25. In addition, advance tickets purchased online at StonesExhibit.com for admission to the exhibit Wednesday through Sunday will be discounted $5 from the full price.

In other news, The Rolling Stones' began the U.K. portion of their 2018 No Filter Tour on Tuesday at London Stadium in London. The band delivered a 19-song set featuring mostly often-played classics, but that also included the 1976 hit "Fool to Cry," which The Stones last performed live in 1999. The group's returns to London Stadium for its next show this Friday, May 25.

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Courtesy of AXS TVRock's own musical sorceress, Stevie Nicks, turns 70 this Saturday, May 26, and in honor of that milestone, AXS TV will air a block of programming focusing on the iconic singer, both as a solo artist and with her band Fleetwood Mac.

The network's Nicks-themed "Saturday Stack" begins at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT with a screening of the Classic Albums documentary about the making of Fleetwood Mac's landmark 1977 disc Rumours.

Next up, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, will be the 1987 concert film, Stevie Nicks: Rock a Little. The special documents an August 1986 solo performance by Stevie at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and features a guest appearance by Peter Frampton.

At 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT, AXS TV will air an episode of the U.K. documentary series Rock Legends profiling Fleetwood Mac.

Then, at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT, an episode of the PBS series Soundstage, featuring Nicks performing a set mixing some of her solo tunes with Fleetwood Mac hits, will be screened.

Airing at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT will be the Fleetwood Mac concert flick Live in Boston, which features performances from the band's September 2003 stand at Beantown's FleetCenter, now called the TD Garden.

The block winds down with a 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT screening of Lindsey Buckingham with Special Guest Stevie Nicks, which originally aired as a 2005 episode of Soundstage.

The show features a solo Lindsey Buckingham performance, with Nicks joining her longtime band mate and ex-lover for renditions of two Fleetwood Mac tunes: "Never Going Back Again" and "Say Goodbye."

The entire block then will air a second time on Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

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Titan ComicsIn honor of the 50th anniversary of the classic animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine, an authorized graphic-novel adaption of the movie will be published on August 28 by Titan Comics.

You can get a preview of the colorful book by checking out a new video trailer that's been posted on the company's YouTube channel. The clip features animated scenes from various parts of the comic, along with text that reads, "Join John, Paul, George and Ringo on a nautical adventure as they battle to free Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies."

The novel was adapted and illustrated by Bill Morrison, who's the current editor of MAD magazine and also has served as an illustrator for The Simpsons comics.

Judging by the trailer, the book's illustrations faithfully recreate the dazzling, psychedelic imagery featured in the film, which premiered in July of 1968. The novel is available for pre-order now at Amazon and TheBeatlesStore.com.

As previously reported, a restored version of the Yellow Submarine movie will be screened at a variety of U.S. theaters this July in honor of the 50th anniversary. Visit YellowSubmarine.film for more details.

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Courtesy of Apple MusicThe new documentary and concert film Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band, documenting a show the punk poetess played to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her 2015 debut album, Horses, is now available to stream exclusively at Apple Music.

The movie documents Smith's January 8, 2016, show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.  It featured a full performance of the Horses album, and as well as a cover of The Who's "My Generation." Smith was accompanied at the show by her longtime backing band, which includes guitarists Lenny Kaye and Jack Petruzzelli, drummer Jay Dee Daugherty and bassist Tony Shanahan. Patti's son, guitarist Jackson Smith, also took part in the show, as did Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.

Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band also includes intimate backstage footage.

The film, which got its premiere last month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, was directed by Steven Sebring, whose credits also include the 2008 documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life. Yoiuy cabn watch a trailer at Apple's official YouTube channel.

A companion soundtrack album to the movie can be pre-ordered now via iTunes, and will be released on Friday, June 8.

Smith launches a European tour on May 31 with a performance at the Heartland Festival on the grounds of Egeskov Castle in Denmark. Visit PattiSmith.net to check out her full itinerary.

Here's the track list of the Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band soundtrack:

"Gloria: In Excelsis Deo"
"Redondo Beach"
"Birdland"
"Free Money"
"Kimberly"
"Break It Up"
"Land: Horses/Land of a Thousand Dances/La Mer(de)"
"Elegie"
"My Generation"

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Credit: Suzanne Reardon-MulhallAs previously reported, original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye will be joining his old band as a special guest on the summer leg of the prog-rock legends' 50th anniversary tour.  Now, in a new official Q&A, Kaye says it was "a thrill" to be asked to take part in the trek, which kicks off with a June 5-6 stand in St. Charles, Illinois.

"It will be an honor to join [longtime guitarist] Steve [Howe] and the band to play those early iconic songs that were the beginning of Yes," declares the 72-year-old musician, who also played with the group on the 2018 edition of the band's Cruise to the Edge in February.

Kaye maintains that he hadn't been planning to hit the road again, but "the opportunity to play Yes music again with such great guys was something I couldn't turn down."

Tony, who left Yes in 1994, says he's most looking forward to "reconnecting with Steve after so many years," as well as the rest of the band -- drummer Alan White, singer Jon Davison, bassist Billy Sherwood, drummer Jay Schellen -- and he says, "especially with [keyboardist] Geoff [Downes], who was so generous to me on the [cruise]."

He adds, "It will be great and somewhat nostalgic for me to see all the Yes fans at the shows around the U.S.A. this summer…I can't wait!"

Kaye was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes in 2017. Tony says he was happy the group was finally acknowledged with the honor, noting, "To me, it meant a well-deserved recognition of the band's music and long history and a thank-you to all the fans who have supported Yes all these years."

Here are all of the dates on the #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes tour:

6/5 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
6/6 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
6/8 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Ballroom
6/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre
6/11 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
6/13 -- Boise, ID, CenturyLink Arena
6/14 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
6/16 -- Bakersfield, CA, Spectrum Amphitheater
6/17 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
6/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Ford Theatre
6/20 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
6/22 -- Wendover, NV, Peppermill Casino Hall
6/23 -- Laughlin, NV, Edgewater Hotel & Casino
6/24 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino
6/28 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
6/29 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
6/30 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
7/2 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
7/5 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
7/6 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
7/7 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theater
7/10 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
7/11 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/13 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Casino
7/14 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Casino
7/15 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
7/17 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley
7/18 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
7/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
7/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
7/23 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
7/24 -- Richmond, VA, Classic Amphitheatre
7/26 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
7/27 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live
7/28 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall

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Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Rolling StonesA new animated lyrics video for The Rolling Stones' chart-topping 1967 tune "Ruby Tuesday" has been released by the ABKCO label in celebration of the launch of the U.K. portion of the band's 2018 No Filter Tour tonight in London. You can watch the clip now at ABKCO's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The video features the mono version of "Ruby Tuesday," with the lyrics appearing in ornate lettering as a variety of multicolored kaleidoscopic floral and paisley designs whirl.

The song was mainly written by guitarist Keith Richards and was inspired by his girlfriend at the time, model Linda Keith, who'd left him for a poet named Bill Chenail and who later dated Jimi Hendrix.

"Ruby Tuesday" features some interesting instrumentation, including Brian Jones playing recorder, and Richards bowing a double bass while Bill Wyman fingered the fretboard. Acclaimed arranger/producer Jack Nitzsche contributed piano to the track.

The song initially was issued as the B-side of "Let's Spend the Night Together," but wound up getting more airplay because of the then-controversial topic of the latter tune. "Ruby Tuesday" spent one week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of '67.

After kicking off their No Filter Tour of Europe on Thursday in Dublin, Ireland, The Rolling Stones play London Stadium tonight. The trek features seven more U.K. dates, then moves on to Germany, France and Czech Republic before wrapping up in Warsaw, Poland, on July 8.

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Credit: Andrew MacphersonWhile The Doobie Brothers recently kicked off a lengthy joint North American tour with Steely Dan, longtime multi-instrumentalist John McFee reports that his band also has started work on a potential new studio album.

McFee tells Billboard, "That's our plan. We do want to make some new music. As a matter of fact, we have gone in and already cut four songs."

The Doobie Brothers' most recent album, 2014's Southbound, was a collection of new versions of their classic songs recorded with a variety of guest country artists. The band's last album of new original tunes was World Gone Crazy, which came out in 2010.

In other news, The Doobie Brothers have announced via their Twitter feed that longtime Allman Brothers Band percussionist Marc Quiñones has joined their touring lineup. The Doobies continue to be led by original members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, along with McPhee. Founding Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne also is a touring member of the band.

The Doobie Brothers tour with Steely Dan is plotted out through a July 14 concert in Bethel, New York. The band also will be The Eagles' support act at a September 22 show in San Diego, and have a headlining performance lined up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, on November 7.

Here's The Doobie Brothers full upcoming 2018 itinerary; all shows with Steely Dan unless otherwise noted:

5/22 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
5/24 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
5/25 -- Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
5/27 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
5/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
6/1 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/2 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
6/4 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
6/5 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
6/7 -- Missoula, MT, Ogren Park Allegiance Field
6/9 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
6/10 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/12 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
6/15 -- Saint Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
6/16 -- Madison, WI, Breese Stevens
6/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
6/19 -- St Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/21 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/23 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/26 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/27 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/30 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/2 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
7/3 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
7/6 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/7 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/10 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/11 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
7/13 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
7/14 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/22 -- San Diego, CA, PETCO Park
11/7 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre*

= with The Eagles and Zac Brown Band
* = headlining show.

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Credit: Lynn GoldsmithTodd Rundgren and his old band Utopia currently are traveling across the U.S. on a reunion tour that wraps up on June 5 in Riverside, California. Meanwhile, the prolific singer/songwriter tells ABC Radio that he's started work on a new album that will be a follow-up to his 2017 studio effort, White Knight, which featured collaborations with various well-known artists.

"I'm continuing in the vein of my most recent project…which is more or less collaborative experiments," Todd explains. "And I've got a couple of tracks now I'm just wrapping up, and I'm gonna start a few more, and probably by the end of the year I may have another whole album's worth of those."

Among the musicians who contributed to White Knight were Daryl Hall, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, rock-guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Utopia bassist Kasim Sulton.

As for who may be featured on the upcoming album, Todd notes, "[N]ew names pop into my head all the time about people I might like to work with, and sometimes people from the original project who couldn't complete [their track] then will come back around and have something for me that didn't make the original release." He adds, "I'm having a lot of fun with [the project.]"

In other news, Rundgren has just announced a new run of summer headlining shows that will take place at venues in the Eastern and Southern U.S. The trek is mapped out from a July 25 concert in Salisbury, Massachusetts, through an August 18 gig in Clearwater, Florida.

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 25, at noon ET. Visit Rundgren's Facebook page for more information.

Here are the remaining Utopia reunion tour dates:

5/22 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
5/24 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
5/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/27 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater
5/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
5/30 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
6/1 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theater
6/2 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Theater
6/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
6/5 -- Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center

And here are Rundgren's summer headlining dates:

7/25 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
7/26 -- Portland, ME, Aura
7/28 -- East Greenwich, RI, Greenwich Odeum
7/29 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
7/31 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House Club
8/1 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House Club
8/3 -- Albany, NY, The Egg
8/4 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget Atlantic City
8/8 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
8/10 -- Chattanooga, TN, Walker Theatre
8/11 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live - Biloxi
8/13 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery - Nashville
8/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre

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ABC/Richard CartwrightThe #MeToo movement has raised awareness of rampant sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, but The Who's Roger Daltrey says he doesn't believe the issue is a problem within the music business, at least among well-known rock artists.

"Why would any rock star need to push themselves on women?" Daltrey poses in a new interview with The Daily Mail's Event magazine. "Usually it's the other way around. I'd like to have [one British pound] for every woman that s****s my a**. Mick Jagger would be a billionaire out of it."

Despite various allegations of inappropriate behavior that have been leveled at many rock artists over the years, Roger adds, "If it was going to be in the rock business, it would've been out by now. It would've been out a long time ago."

Continuing on the topic, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says, "I find this whole thing so obnoxious. It's always allegations and it's just salacious crap."

Daltrey compares the situation to the allegations against his band mate Pete Townshend, who was arrested in 2003 and charged with accessing child pornography online, then cleared of those charges soon after.

"He didn't have anything on his computer at all," Daltrey insists. "They never found one f***ing thing on 35 computers. It's a joke."

Daltrey also talks about his upcoming solo album, As Long As I Have You -- due out June 1 -- which includes some covers of soul tunes that The Who played early in the group's career.

"I was always a soul singer," Daltrey maintains. As for the material on the new record, he notes, "I'm singing the same words on the songs that we did all those years ago, but now they're full of life. And full of living."

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Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsHistoric guitars that belonged to The Band's Robbie Robertson and the late George Harrison both sold at a New York City memorabilia auction over the weekend for more than $400,000.

Robertson's 1965 Fender Telecaster, which Bob Dylan played frequently during his 1966 "going electric" tour, fetched $490,000 on Saturday at the "Music Icons" sale organized by Julien's Auctions and hosted by the Hard Rock Café. The guitar also was used by Dylan and Robertson at various famous recording sessions and was played by Robbie at Woodstock and other historic concerts.

Meanwhile, a Hofner Club 40 model guitar that belonged to Harrison from 1959 to 1966, and was the first electric guitar that he ever owned, went for $430,000 after being estimated to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.

Other items that brought in big bucks at the auction included an embellished white leather belt worn onstage by Elvis Presley, which sold for $354,400; a 1968 Fender Telecaster guitar prototype custom made for Elvis, which fetched $115,200; a Jag-Stang guitar designed by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, which sold for $93,750; a broken Aria Pro II Cardinal Series guitar body that Cobain smashed onstage during a 1990 concert, which went for $81,250; and a 1963 Epiphone Granada guitar that Eric Clapton played while he was in The Yardbirds, which brought $44,800.

The Saturday sale was preceded Friday by another "Music Icons" auction focusing solely on items from the life and career of the late Prince.  The most expensive collectible at that event was Prince's custom-made Yellow Cloud guitar, which sold for $225,000.

Visit JuliensAuctions.com and JuliensLive.com to check out the full results of both sales.

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ABC/Randy HolmesDave Grohl has added "food contest judge" to his ever-growing resume.

Last week, the Foo Fighters frontman showed up at in Memphis, Tennesse to judge the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. "Today, I get to judge," Grohl said in a Twitter video posted by the contest organizer. "That's right, tell it to the judge."

In addition to consuming what we can only assume is an ungodly amount of delicious BBQ, Grohl also met up with Food Network personality Danielle "Diva Q" Bennett and jammed with country singer Tim Montana at the event.

Grohl and the rest of the Foos will embark on a European tour in support of their new album Concrete and Gold in June. They'll launch a U.S. run in July.

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Geffen/UMe Guns N' Roses has premiered the previously unreleased video for "It's So Easy," a track from the band's legendary 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction.

The clip was filmed in 1989 at the Cathouse club in Hollywood and showcases GNR's energetic, sweaty live show. It's currently streaming exclusively via Apple Music, but you can watch a preview for it now on iTunes.

The "It's So Easy" footage was dug up in preparation of GNR's massive Appetite for Destruction reissue, which features the previously unreleased single "Shadow of Your Love." The collection arrives in various formats on June 29.

Guns N' Roses will resume their Not in This Lifetime tour, featuring the reunited Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, in Europe this June.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessThe first installment of the two-night American Idol finale aired Sunday on ABC, and in addition to a trio of performances from the top three contestants, the show featured a surprise appearance by former Journey singer Steve Perry.

Perry was on hand to watch one of the three finalists, pop-country singer Gabby Barrett, perform a version of the Journey classic "Don't Stop Believin'." After Barrett finished her performance, the camera turned to show Perry standing in the audience clapping. Gabby reacted by declaring, "Steve Perry! Oh my gosh, I love you so much! What an honor!"

Judge Katy Perry then said, "I cannot believe that Steve Perry of Journey is watching you sing 'Don't Stop Believin'.' I feel like he should be the one to give the critique."

"She was amazing, that's my critique," Steve responded, then welcomed Barrett with open arms for a big hug.

Host Ryan Seacrest then asked the Journey legend, "What did you think? What did you feel? What did you see, Steve?"

Perry gushed, "It was the most amazing version I've ever heard. I swear. It was beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you so much."

Barrett then told Perry, "It's an honor to sing it in front of you. It truly is."

Gabby will find out tonight whether she, Caleb Lee Hutchinson or Maddie Poppe will be crowned the latest American Idol winner. The second part of the finale airs at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and will feature a variety of guest performances and duets. Judge Lionel Richie and soul/R&B great Patti LaBelle is among the many stars who will take the stage during the show.

The first installment of the two-night American Idol finale aired Sunday on ABC, and in addition to a trio of performances from the top three contestants, the show featured a surprise appearance by former Journey singer Steve Perry.

Perry was on hand to watch one of the three finalists, pop-country singer Gabby Barrett, perform a version of the Journey classic "Don't Stop Believin'." After Barrett finished her performance, the camera turned to show Perry standing in the audience clapping. Gabby reacted by declaring, "Steve Perry! Oh my gosh, I love you so much! What an honor!"

Judge Katy Perry then said, "I cannot believe that Steve Perry of Journey is watching you sing 'Don't Stop Believin'.' I feel like he should be the one to give the critique."

"She was amazing, that's my critique," Steve responded, then welcomed Barrett with open arms for a big hug.

Host Ryan Seacrest then asked the Journey legend, "What did you think? What did you feel? What did you see, Steve?"

Perry gushed, "It was the most amazing version I've ever heard. I swear. It was beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you so much."

Barrett then told Perry, "It's an honor to sing it in front of you. It truly is."

Gabby will find out tonight whether she, Caleb Lee Hutchinson or Maddie Poppe will be crowned the latest American Idol winner. The second part of the finale airs at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and will feature a variety of guest performances and duets. Judge Lionel Richie and soul/R&B great Patti LaBelle is among the many stars who will take the stage during the show.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAlice in Chains played Ohio's Rock on the Range festival last Friday on what was the one-year anniversary of Chris Cornell's death. To mark the occasion, the grunge rockers ended their set with two Soundgarden covers, "Hunted Down" and "Boot Camp."

Fan-recorded footage of the performances was posted to social media.

Additionally, Tool dedicated their headlining set at Rock on the Range Sunday to Cornell, according to AlternativeNation.net.

Soundgarden was supposed to headline last year's Rock on the Range, which was held the weekend after Cornell's death. Instead, the festival held a "special tribute" to the grunge icon.

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Credit: Michael MullerBilly Idol has lined up a new series of U.S. concerts scheduled to take place in September. The run of shows begins September 12 in Portland, Oregon, and is plotted out through a September performance in Nashville.

Other cities that the veteran rocker will visit include Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City and San Antonio.

Besides the newly added dates, Idol's itinerary includes previously announced appearances at the KAABOO Festival in Del Mar, California, on September 15, and at Foo Fighters' 2018 Cal Jam in San Bernardino, California, on October 5.

Meanwhile, Idol also has four California gigs scheduled for the coming week, including a sold-out acoustic club show with longtime guitarist Steve Stevens on Tuesday, May 22, at Largo in Los Angeles, and a performance this Saturday, May 26, at the BottleRock festival in Napa Valley.

In addition, Billy has a major European summer trek scheduled from a June 15 concert in Nickelsdorf, Austria, through an August 1 show in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Here are all of Idol's confirmed U.S. tour dates, according to BillyIdol.net:

5/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Largo
5/24 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Resort
5/26 -- Napa Valley, CA BottleRock
5/27 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
9/12 -- Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
9/14 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
9/15 -- Del Mar, CA, Kaaboo Festival
9/17 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden
9/19 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
9/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
9/25 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center
9/28 -- Nashville, TN, Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel
10/5 -- San Bernardino, CA, Cal Jam

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Courtesy of Live NationRock hysteria is sure to ensue throughout North America soon, as Def Leppard and Journey are launching a massive co-headlining tour tonight in Hartford, Connecticut. The 60-date trek, which marks the first time in 12 years that the two bands have hit the road together, is scheduled through an October 6-7 stand at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says fans who come to the shows can expect to be treated to one memorable song after another.

"Both bands have just got an enormous back catalog, a wealthy back catalog of massive hits," Elliott tells ABC Radio. "If you haven't heard a Journey song or a Leppard song within an hour of turning on a rock station then you're in the wrong country."

Asked if he has a favorite Journey tune, Elliott picks the hard-driving 1983 cut "Chain Reaction," which he says is "just a stunning song."

Meanwhile, Journey's Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain both discussed their favorite Def Leppard songs with ABC Radio.

Schon mentions "Hysteria" as a standout, while noting, "Everything that they've ever done is, like, you know it the second that it comes on exactly what it is. So I don't really have one favorite song."

Cain also chooses "Hysteria" as a favorite, along with "Love Bites." He adds, "They know how to make great records, and they're powerful."

As for whether there might be some jamming during the tour, Elliott says, "We can drag [Schon] up to do a song, and I dare say you might find me just sneaking on at some stage doing some backing vocals, [but you don't plan] these things."

The tour also will feature Peter Frampton, The Pretenders and Cheap Trick as openers at select concerts. Here are all of the dates:

5/21 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center
5/23 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
5/25 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
5/26 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
5/28 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
5/30 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena
6/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Rogers Centre*
6/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
6/5 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
6/6 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena
6/8 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
6/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
6/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
6/15 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
6/16 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
7/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Sun Trust Park
7/3 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/6 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
7/7 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
7/9 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
7/11 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
7/13 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park
7/14 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
7/16 -- Wichita, KS, InTrust Bank Arena
7/18 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
7/19 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/21 -- Denver, CO, Coors Field
7/23 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
7/25 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Field#
7/28 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Dome
8/11 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park#
8/13 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/15 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
8/17 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
8/18 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
8/20 -- Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at BJCC
8/22 -- Columbus, OH, Value City Arena at Schottenstein
8/24 -- St. Louis, MO, Bush Stadium
8/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/27 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
8/29 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/31 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
9/1 -- Houston TX, Toyota Center
9/3 -- Houston TX, Toyota Center
9/5 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre
9/7 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Arena
9/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
9/21 -- San Francisco, CA, AT&T Park
9/23 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park
9/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Arena
9/26 -- Nampa, ID, Ford Idaho Center Arena
9/28 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/29 -- George, WA, The Gorge
10/1 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
10/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden One Center
10/6 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
10/7 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum

* = Peter Frampton opens
= The Pretenders open
# = Cheap Trick opens.

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