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The Doors will release an expanded 50th anniversary reissue of their 1968 album, Waiting for the Sun, next month, but the group's guitarist, Robby Krieger, also has plans to unveil a new solo studio album this year.

Krieger tells ABC Radio that the record is done and will be called Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen. The title happens to be the same as the name of the veteran rocker's jazz-influenced side band, whose members helped him record the album. They include former Frank Zappa band members Tommy Mars and Arthur Barrow.

Krieger reports that he'd been hoping to release the album on his favorite jazz label, Blue Note Records, "but, unfortunately, they're not signing anything right now, so I'm gonna put it out myself." He's planning to release the album "before Christmas."

Meanwhile, Robby tells ABC Radio that a special concert that he and perhaps his surviving Doors band mate, drummer John Densmore, will take part in is being organized for the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

"We're trying to get something together…in October, but it's getting close to the deadline now," Krieger points out. "[T]hey want to do an orchestra thing, you know, playing Doors songs with the orchestra, but I don't know if we're gonna get it or not this year. It might have to wait till next year." 

Speaking of concerts, Krieger's main touring group, The Robby Krieger Band, has five shows on its schedule, including performances this Friday in West Dundee, Illinois, and Saturday in Indianapolis. The group, which is fronted by Kreiger's son, Waylon, focuses on playing classic Doors material.

Here are all of The Robby Krieger Band's upcoming shows:

8/17 -- West Dundee, IL, Rochaus
8/18 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair
9/27 -- Westbury, NY, The Space at Westbury Theater
9/29 -- Newton, NJ, Newton Theater
9/30 -- West Springfield, MA, Eastern States Exposition (The Big E)

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Credit: Jay BlakesbergFounding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir has announced plans for a fall U.S. tour with a new outfit called Wolf Bros. The group consists of Weir on vocals and electric and acoustic guitar, acclaimed producer Don Was on bass, and Jay Lane, a longtime member of Bob's band RatDog, on drums.

The trek currently features 22 dates, kicking off October 16 in Reno, Nevada, and running through a November 18-19 engagement at New York City's Beacon Theatre. The outing also includes two-show stands in Chicago; Port Chester, New York; and Boston.

Weir says the Wolf Bros project first came together in the spring of 2015 when Don Was visited Bob's TRI Studios in San Rafael, California, and helped "piece together" the Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company.

"For a while now I've been itchin' to explore our songs in a trio setting. An upright bass, my acoustic or electric guitar and a drummer," explains Weir. "We did some rehearsals this past spring and it was big fun -- and that's the whole idea. We were kickin' around Dead songs as well as tunes from my back pages. I'm pretty sure we're gonna have a big adventure with this."

Prior to Weir's tour with Wolf Bros, Weir has two headlining performances with Dead & Company at the 2018 Lockn' Festival on August 25 and 26 in Arrington, Virginia.

He'll also be a special guest at the Sound Summit 2018: A Benefit for The Mountain event on September 8 in Mill Valley, California, and will be playing with his RatDog band mate Steve Kimock and other musicians on September 23 at the Sweetwater in the Sun concert in Novato, California.

Here are all of the Weir and Wolf Bros tour dates:

10/16 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort
10/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/20 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
10/22 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
10/23 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theater
10/24 -- Missoula, MT, The Wilma
10/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
10/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
10/29 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
10/31 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
11/1 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
11/5 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/6 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
11/8 -- Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre
11/9 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
11/10 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
11/12 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
11/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
11/15 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theatre - Boch Center
11/16 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theatre - Boch Center
11/18 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
11/19 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre

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Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesLast month, reports emerged claiming that Steve Perry had filmed an interview for CBS Sunday Morning that will air October 7. That fueled rumors that the ex-Journey frontman was finally preparing to release his long-awaited new solo album. Now, a new development has got Steve's fans believin' some news about the singer's new musical project may be coming soon: He's just introduced an official website, StevePerry.com.

The website's homepage boasts an animated note that reads, "I know it's been a long time comin'…," and also features links to Perry's newly launched official social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Among the first replies to Perry's message on his Twitter feed is from founding Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who wrote, "So now hopefully we can have the coffee."

Schon's comment is apparently a reference to an exchange Neal says he had with Perry at the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where the singer told him they should get together for coffee soon. But Schon told ABC Radio earlier this year that he and Perry hadn't been in touch since the ceremony.

In an April 2017 interview, Perry told ABC Radio that his new album featured songs inspired by his relationship with a woman who passed away from cancer four years earlier.

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Credit: Susan Joy BalinFounding Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin will be honored by his former hometown of Mill Valley, California, at the 2018 Milley Awards, scheduled to take place October 21 at Mill Valley Community Center. While discussing the honor in a recent newspaper interview, Balin revealed surprising details of a heart attack he suffered two years ago.

At the awards event, Balin will be recognized in the Musical Arts category for his achievements as a member of the Airplane and its successor group, Jefferson Starship.

Milley Awards are handed out each year to people who have either been born, lived or worked in Mill Valley and have been supportive of or have made significant achievements in the arts. Balin, who currently resides in Florida, lived in Mill Valley from the late 1960s to the '80s.

In a recent phone interview with the Marin Independent Journal, Balin said of the honor, "Getting a Milley is cool," while admitting with a laugh, "I lived in Mill Valley for 30 some years and had never heard of a Milley."

In the same interview, Balin, 76, revealed that the heart attack he suffered in 2016 was very serious.

Balin told the newspaper that following the attack, he underwent emergency surgery, but suffered complications that left him on life support for a time. He wound up spending five months in the hospital, but reported that he's "doing good now."

"I'm writing songs right and left," he told the paper. "I'm finishing two new albums, and the guys in my band are eager to get back on the road. I can't wait to get back to Mill Valley."

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Credit: Ross HalfinOn the heels of Aerosmith's recently announced performance this Wednesday morning on NBC's Today show, the band also has been confirmed as the musical guest on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Pop superstar Ariana Grande and comic actor Nick Kroll also will be guests Thursday on The Tonight Show, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC.

As previously reported, Aerosmith's Today show performance is free and is be part of the program's summer concert series. The band will be playing in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza. Fans wanting to check out the performance are encouraged to arrive at the site by 5 a.m. ET.

Rumor has it Aerosmith has lined up the television appearances to announce plans for an upcoming Las Vegas residency, something guitarist Joe Perry first talked about during a December 2017 TV interview with NBC's Boston affiliate, WBTS.

Aerosmith's only concert of 2018 so far took place in May at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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Credit: Marc HauserA new exhibition of John Mellencamp's latest paintings, dubbed "John Mellencamp: Expressionist," will open on September 20 at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Admission to the exhibit, which will be on display through November 18, is free, as is entry to the museum itself.

"John Mellencamp: Expressionist" will feature at 42 works by the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, including large oil paintings and mixed-media pieces, that reflect the various topics and concerns the singer-songwriter also focuses on in his musical compositions.

Butler museum director Dr. Louis A. Zona categorizes Mellencamp's art as Neo-Expressionistic, "since his paintings are a return to the emotionally based applications brought forth by [such creative movements as] German Expressionism, Fauvism and Abstract Expressionism."

In addition, Zona says Mellencamp's paintings are "rich in spellbinding imagery, enriched by his understanding of visual organization and the power of color."

A private artist reception exclusively for Butler museum members will be held to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. People with active memberships prior to September 1 of this year will receive invitations via mail, and will have to make a reservation to attend. Museum membership info is available at ButlerArt.com.

A full-color catalog is being put together to accompany the "John Mellencamp: Expressionist" exhibit featuring a new interview with Mellencamp, commentary by Zona and an essay by award-winning cultural writer David Shirey. The book will be sold via the Butler Museum Stores beginning September 20.

A previous art exhibit by Mellencamp, titled simply, "The Paintings of John Mellencamp," was displayed at the Butler Institute's Trumbull Branch in Howland, Ohio, from November 2013 to January 2014.

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Credit: Olivia BeeThe Smashing Pumpkins sort-of reunion tour arrives in the band's hometown of Chicago this week, and to celebrate their homecoming, Billy Corgan and company stopped by Wrigley Field on Sunday to watch their Cubs take on the visiting Washington Nationals.

Before the game, The Pumpkins threw out the first pitch, and Corgan sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. As for the actual game, the Cubs won in dramatic fashion after rookie infielder David Bote hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning.

"SP Magic!" Corgan wrote in an Instagram post. "Threw out first pitch, sang 7th Inning stretch, and @cubs win with walk-off grand slam by Bote! What a game."

The Smashing Pumpkins, which now consist of original members Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin, will play Chicago's United Center tonight and tomorrow.

In related news, Corgan has returned to the cover of Chicago's cat-loving Paws magazine. The musician is pictured on the cover of the publication's 20th anniversary issue, along with his girlfriend Chloe Mendel, son Augustus and cats Angelface and Diamondbaby.

Corgan previously appeared on the cover of Paws in 2014.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageEric Clapton lends his ample guitar talents to a brand-new song by Texas singer, songwriter and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, a longtime studio collaborator and former member of Clapton's touring band.

Slowhand is featured on "Everything You Need," a track that will appear on Bramhall's forthcoming album, Shades, due out October 5.

Check out a lyrics video for the R&B-flavored tune at Doyle's official YouTube channel. "Everything You Need" is available for purchase now digitally, and fans pre-ordering Shades also will receive a free download of the track instantly.

Other guest artists contributing to the album include Tedeschi Trucks Band -- whose lead guitarist, Derek Trucks, also has toured with Clapton -- and Norah Jones.

"Without appearing immodest, I can admit that I've led a pretty charmed life," Bramhall says in a statement. "I'm thrilled and honored to have all of these incredible people guest on my record."

Doyle played guitar in Eric's touring band for more than 10 years, and he's also appeared on most of the studio albums Clapton has released since 2000. Other artists who Bramhall has worked with include Elton John, Gregg Allman, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Michael McDonald, Sheryl Crow, Lisa Marie Presley, Boz Scaggs, Neil Finn and Tedeschi Trucks Band.

As previously reported, Clapton also is featured on the upcoming album by the veteran U.K. space-rock band Hawkwind, Road to Utopia, playing guitar on an updated version of the group's 1972 song "The Watcher."

Looking ahead, Clapton will be playing two concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden, on October 6 and 7. They're the only shows left on the 72-year-old rock legend's 2018 tour itinerary.

Here's the full track list of Shades:

"Love and Pain"
"Hammer Ring"
"Everything You Need" -- featuring Eric Clapton
"London to Tokyo"
"Searching for Love" -- featuring Norah Jones
"Live Forever" -- featuring Greyhounds
"Break Apart to Mend"
"She'll Come Around"
"The Night"
"Parvanah"
"Consciousness"
"Going Going Gone" -- featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band

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ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam played the second of two hometown shows in Seattle on Friday, and during the concert, Eddie Vedder and company payed tribute to another grunge icon: Chris Cornell.

In the middle of the set, PJ started playing the late Soundgarden frontman's solo song "Missing," which he recorded for the 1992 film Singles. You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance now on YouTube.

Later in the show, Cornell's Soundgarden band mate Kim Thayil took the stage to join Pearl Jam for covers of MC5's "Kick Out the Jams," "Search and Destroy" by The Stooges and "Sonic Reducer" by Dead Boys.

In addition to honoring Cornell, Pearl Jam also paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with a cover of "I Won't Back Down."

Pearl Jam's U.S. tour continues Monday in bassist Jeff Ament's home state of Montana with a show at Missoula's Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The band will also play two shows each at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park.

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Back in June, when Paul McCartney announced the details of his upcoming studio album, Egypt Station, he also released a pair of tracks from the record digitally -- "I Don't Know" and "Come On to Me." Now, it appears that the former Beatles star is preparing to unveil another song from Egypt Station this week.

A message posted on McCartney's social media pages over the weekend reports that "Fuh You" will be "departing" on Wednesday, August 15, at 5 p.m. British Standard Time, which is 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. The note is accompanied by an eight-second snippet of the song.

In an interview with DIY magazine in June, McCartney revealed that he collaborated on "Fuh You" with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder. Sir Paul also has performed the song at a couple of the gigs he recently at Abbey Road Studios in London and the Cavern Club in Liverpool, U.K.

In other news, a limited-edition two-LP colored-vinyl version of Egypt Station is available for pre-order now at McCartney's official online store. It features one blue disc and one orange disc.

Egypt Station will be released September 7.

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Credit: Olivia BeeThe Smashing Pumpkins have premiered a live video for their new single, "Solara."

The black-and-white clip, streaming now on YouTube, was filmed during Billy Corgan and company's intimate June show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

"Solara" is the first new Pumpkins song featuring original members Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin in 18 years. The Troubadour gig was the trio's first full show together in that time-span.

The mostly reunited Pumpkins -- original bassist D'arcy Wretzky is not involved -- will continue their tour Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio.

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Interscope/UniversalLast month, U2 released a digital EP featuring three remixes of its new song "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way." Now, the Irish rockers have unleashed a new digital EP boasting four reworked versions of another recent tune, "Summer of Love."

The "Summer of Love" remixes were created, respectively, by German DJ and producer Robin Schulz; the U.K. production duo TILT with U.K. producer Danny Stubbs; frequent U2 collaborator Howie B; and Austrian producer HP Hoeger and London DJ Rusty Egan.

The latter duo also were responsible for the three aforementioned "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way" remixes, which recently topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

The Summer of Love (Remixes) EP is available now at digital music sellers and via streaming services. The original versions of "Summer of Love" and "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way" both appear on U2's latest studio album, Songs of Experience, which was released last December.

U2 kicks off a European leg of their eXPERIENCE and iNNOCENCE Tour on August 31 in Berlin.

Here's the full track list of the Summer of Love (Remixes) EP:

"Summer of Love" (Robin Schulz Remix)
"Summer of Love" (TILT & Danny Stubbs Perfecto Remix)
"Summer of Love" (Beach Me Howie B Remix)
"Summer of Love" (HP Hoeger Rusty Egan Driftaway Mix)

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Credit: Blain ClausenZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons has announced a new tour in support of his upcoming second solo album, The Big Bad Blues, and it's gonna be bad and nationwide! The trek kicks off October 13 in Riverside, Iowa, and makes its way around the U.S., plus one stop in Canada, before wrapping up November 18 in West Hollywood, California.

Gibbons' backing back on this tour is completely different from The BFGs, the group who joined Billy on his trek supporting his first solo effort, 2015's Perfectamundo. The new outfit features ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, left-handed guitar whiz Austin Hanks, and DJ and harmonica player Elwood Francis.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public starting this Tuesday, August 14.

As previously reported, The Big Bad Blues will be released on September 21, and is an 11-track collection that finds Gibbons celebrating his love of the blues and early rock 'n' roll. It features six original tunes and five covers, including songs by Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Bo's "Maracca Man," Jerome Green.

The album's lead track, "Missin' Yo' Kissin'," was written by Billy's wife, Gilly Stillwater. A new lyrics video for the tune has premiered on Concord Records' YouTube channel. The clip features a photos of Gibbons and images of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' 1934 Ford "Whiskey Runner" hot rod. Billy previously released a lyrics video for another tune from The Big Bad Blues, a cover of Waters' "Rollin' and Tumblin'." Fans pre-ordering the album will receive free instant downloads of both tracks.

Prior to Gibbons' solo tour, ZZ Top will wrap up a U.S. summer trek that's scheduled through an August 30 gig in Portland, Maine.

Here are all of Billy's solo tour dates:

10/13 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
10/14 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom
10/16 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
10/17 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone
10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
10/20 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
10/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora Ballroom
10/23 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square
10/25 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/26 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater
10/28 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
10/30 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club
10/31 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club
11/1 -- Washington, DC, Pearl Street Warehouse
11/3 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
11/5 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/6 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues – Orlando
11/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
11/9 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
11/10 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's Texas
11/11 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
11/15 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
11/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
11/18 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour

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Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains has shared another preview of the grunge band's upcoming album Rainier Fog: a new song called "Never Fade." You can download the track now via digital outlets.

"Never Fade" is the third track to be released from Rainier Fog, following the singles "So Far Under" and "The One You Know." The whole album will arrive on August 24.

If you don't want to wait that long to hear all of Rainier Fog, you can hear a sneak preview of the album during the Seattle Mariners' Alice in Chains Night, held August 20 at Safeco Field. The band is also launching a two-day pop-up shop at The Crocodile music venue in Seattle on August 23 and 24.

Alice in Chains will kick off a North American tour in support of Rainier Fog August 22 in Vancouver.

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Earlier this year, founding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies told ABC Radio that he was preparing a new archival album of "really great" solo songs titled Decade that he planned to release later in 2018. Now, Davies has announced via his official Facebook page that the album will hit stores on October 12, and he also has unveiled its cover art.

Dave revealed to ABC Radio that Decade features "unreleased material from [throughout] the '70s," including at last one track recorded but not used for his 1980 debut solo album, AFL1-3603. He added that the album was produced by his son Simon, whom he says has "done an incredible job on it, sonically."

According to a rep for Davies, comedian and actor Gregg Turkington, who's appeared in the Adult Swim series Decker and the film Ant-Man, has written the album's liner notes.

Musicians who contributed to the tracks include longtime Kinks drummer Mick Avory, who appears on a song called "If You Are Leaving." Dave's nephew, Phil Palmer, a guitarist who's worked with Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey and many others, also is featured on a few tracks. Decade ends with a song called "This Precious Time," a demo version of which appears on the 2001 compilation Fragile under the title "Long Lonely Road."

Davies' most recent album, a collaborative project with his son Russ called Open Road, was released in March 2017.

Here's the full track list for Decade:

"Cradle to the Grave"
"Midnight Sun"
"Islands"
"If You Are Leaving"
"Web of Time"
"Mystic Woman"
"Give You All My Love"
"The Journey"
"Within Each Day"
"Same Old Blues"
"Mr. Moon"
"Shadows"
"This Precious Time (Long Lonely Road)"

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Universal Music GroupThe circle is finally complete. Following Weezer's viral cover of Toto's "Africa," the veteran pop-rock band has released their take on Rivers Cuomo and company's "Hash Pipe," available now on digital outlets.

Weezer shared their version of "Africa," as well as a cover of Toto's "Rosanna," in May following a long-running campaign stated by a teenage fan. The "Africa" cover has since become a big hit for Weezer, giving them their first number-one single on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in 10 years.

"We were blown away at the response Weezer got doing our old songs," says Toto guitarist Steve Lukather. "They did a good job too...It seemed only right that WE, Toto, did a version of one of their songs, so we started digging around, listening to a bunch of their music, which I have grown to like a lot."

Toto previously debuted the "Hash Pipe" cover live during a show in Vancouver last month.

Weezer, meanwhile, has been rocking "Africa" all summer on tour, and during a stop in Los Angeles, the band was joined by none other than "Weird Al" Yankovic to perform the much-beloved '80s hit.

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Courtesy of Annerin ProductionsThe new musical Jukebox Hero, which features a variety of classic hits by Foreigner, comes alive tonight when it gets its world premiere at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary, Canada.

Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, who wrote or co-wrote all of the tunes performed in the show, tells ABC Radio, "People have been asking me for years about doing [a musical featuring songs by the group], so I think we've waited until the cycle is almost complete. But…I think the songs will speak for themselves."

Jukebox Hero: The Musical was written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, whose credits include the films The Commitments and Across the Universe, the HBO series Tracy Takes On… and many other projects. Jones says he felt "very fortunate" to get the longtime collaborators to contribute to the production.

Among the many Foreigner tunes incorporated into the show are "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Cold as Ice," "Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Head Games," "Feels Like the First Time" and, of course, "Jukebox Hero."

According to an official synopsis, the musical is set in Blaydon, Pennsylvania, an economically depressed town where a music star named Ryan Perry grew up but has rarely visited since he left to find fame and fortune. Perry's father and girlfriend appeal to him to return to Blaydon to stage a benefit concert to help the town's financially struggling residents.

Jukebox Hero: The Musical is scheduled to run for three performances in Calgary, from August 10 to August 12, followed by a four-performance engagement, August 16-19, in Edmonton, Canada, and a five-show stand in February 2019 in Toronto. You can purchase tickets by visiting JukeboxHeroMusical.com and ForeignerOnline.com.

Here's the full list of performances:

8/10 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (at 8 p.m.)
8/11 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (at 8 p.m.)
8/12 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (at 7 p.m.)
8/16 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (at 7:30 p.m.)
8/17 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (at 8 p.m.)
8/18 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (at 8 p.m.)
8/19 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (at 7 p.m.)
2/21/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Ed Mirvish Theatre (at 8 p.m.)
2/22/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Ed Mirvish Theatre (at 8 p.m.)
2/23/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Ed Mirvish Theatre (two shows, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
2/24/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Ed Mirvish Theatre (at 2 p.m.)

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Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains is launching a two-day pop-up shop in Seattle to celebrate the release of the band's upcoming album, Rainier Fog. It will be open August 23 and 24 at the city's famed music venue The Crocodile.

In addition to marking the arrival of Rainier Fog, which will be officially released August 24, the pop-up store will offer a "retrospective" of Alice's career, featuring rare photos, memorabilia and gear. Customers also will get access to limited-edition merchandise.

If you happen to be in the grunge icons' hometown for the entirety of Rainier Fog release week, you also can head out to the ballpark for Alice in Chains Night with the Seattle Mariners, taking place at Safeco Field on August 20.

Alice in Chains will launch a North American tour in support of Rainier Fog on August 22 in Vancouver, Canada.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesThis Saturday, Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture is opening a Pearl Jam exhibit in honor of the band's just-launched U.S. stadium tour. In addition to various pieces of PJ history, including instruments, props, artwork and lyrics, the exhibit will pay homage to honor another Seattle music icon: late Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood.

Inside the museum, you'll find a nearly eight-foot-high, bronze statue of Wood. According to Rolling Stone, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament commissioned the monument himself. Ament, along with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, played in Mother Love Bone alongside Wood.

"There's a lot of things that would be different not just for me, but for the entire Seattle musical community, had it not been for [Wood]," Ament says.

The statue itself has a bit of a fantastical side to it to represent Wood's pioneering influence on what would become the '90s grunge scene.

"When we were sort of conceptualizing this, we thought, 'Let's make it like he's coming out of the rain forest,'" Ament explains. "Moss, starfish, tide pools. I think that's all there."

Wood, who was known for his flamboyant stage presence, died in 1990 of a drug overdose, just days before Mother Love Bone's debut album, Apple, was scheduled to be released.

Following his death, Ament and Gossard teamed up with fellow Seattle musicians Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron and Mike McCready to form the band Temple of the Dog as a tribute to Wood.

Speaking of Cornell, a statue of the late Soundgarden frontman will be unveiled at the Museum of Pop Culture on August 29.

The Pearl Jam exhibit, officially titled Pearl Jam: Home and Away, also features the towering letters from the Ten cover, with which you'll be able to take a photo. For more info, visit MoPOP.org.

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Gie Knaeps/Getty ImagesRumors are swirling that longtime AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd are rejoining the band, after the two rockers were photographed together this week outside of the same Vancouver, Canada, studio where the group recorded its last three albums.

The photo, which was shared by Vancouver newspaper The Georgia Straight's website, shows Johnson and Rudd on a deck located at The Warehouse Studio. According to the paper, the pic was snapped by a guy named Glenn Slavens, whose friend Crystal Lambert lives across the street from the studio.

Slavens and Lambert also provided the Vancouver music blog Ear of Newt with a photo taken this week of founding AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and the band's current rhythm guitarist, Stevie Young, together on the same deck.

Johnson and Rudd both are featured on AC/DC's latest album, 2014's Rock or Bust, but the two musicians were replaced since then for separate reasons.

Prior to the 2015-2016 tour in support of Rock or Bust, Rudd was arrested on charges of attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and drug possession. Ex-AC/DC drummer Chris Slade was brought in to replace Rudd on the trek, while he was sentenced to house arrest in conjunction with the two lesser charges. The "attempting to procure a murder" charge had been dropped.

As for Johnson, he was diagnosed with serious hearing problems during the Rock or Bust tour and a series of early 2016 dates had to be postponed. The band then hired Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose to take Brian's place for the remainder of the trek, which wound down in September 2016.

Since the tour ended, the future of AC/DC has been a question mark. Perhaps fans will have an answer soon.

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