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ABC/Travis BellThe forthcoming new Foo Fighters album Concrete and Gold is stacked with guest appearances: Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman, The Kills' Alison Mosshart and even Paul McCartney, who plays drums on the track "Sunday Rain," all appear on the LP. That's not even mentioning the super-secret "biggest pop star in the world" that provides back-up vocals on the record.

While that kind of guest coordination sounds like it would require some degree of preparation, guitarist Chris Shiflett says the Foos never had "any master plan to have all the guests on the album."

"I think it was something that just unfolded as we were working," he tells Singapore's Today. "Maybe [frontman] Dave [Grohl] planned it all, but I don't think he did!"

Even without the guests, the Foos knew that recording Concrete and Gold would be a unique experience when they recruited producer Greg Kurstin, who's worked with pop singers like Adele and Sia, to produce the album. In fact, Shiflett felt that Grohl wanted to rock the boat and change things up as soon as they started recording.

"At the beginning, Dave told everybody: 'Don't bring any of your usual gear, bring a different guitar, a different amp,'" says Shiflett. "So I think he did have it in mind to mix it up and try something different this time."

Concrete and Gold will be released September 15. Foo Fighters will launch a North American tour in support of the album in October.

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Credit: Ross HalfinAerosmith hasn't released any new songs since its 2012 studio album Music from Another Dimension, but that looks like it will be changing soon. In a new interview, guitarist Brad Whitford tells Billboard Argentina that his band recently hit a London studio while they were touring Europe to start recording a new song.

"This song is a musical idea of Joe Perry's," Whitford reveals. "We're doing it very much like we did songs back when we started out. It's a very rock 'n' roll [tune]."

Aerosmith currently is preparing to kick off a fall tour leg of South America and Mexico that will begin September 15 in Quito, Ecuador.

While rumor have circulated that the band may be considering retiring from the road in the not-too-distant future, Whitford tells Billboard Argentina that he thinks the group hopefully has at least "five more years."

He adds with a laugh, "We're going to keep playing until we can't play anymore."

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Tarpan RecordsSantana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana is one busy musician. Not only did she make major contributions to her band's recently released collaborative album with The Isley Brothers, Power of Peace, but she will be putting out her own solo single next week.

The song, "Fun, Party, Splash," which features guitar by her husband, Carlos Santana, will be available for purchase as a digital download on Friday, August 25.

Cindy recorded the track with award-winning producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden, whose resume includes recordings by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Whitney Houston. You can pre-order "Fun Party Splash" now at iTunes.

Cindy joined Santana in 2010 and prior to that, she had a long stint drumming with Lenny Kravitz. Besides playing drums on Power of Peace, she contributed lead vocals to the song "I Remember," which she also wrote.

Over the years, Blackman Santana also has worked with a wide variety of other well-known musicians, including late Cream bassist Jack Bruce and Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid in the 2012 jazz-fusion project Spectrum Road.

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Credit: Claude GassianRolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood paid a visit to a BBC Radio show on Wednesday and while there, he gave a little update about the status of his band's next album, while also revealing that the group soon will start rehearsing for its upcoming tour.

"We have some [songs] in the bag," the 70-year-old rocker said. "And I think now that we're getting together again, we'll see what direction things are gonna take."

Wood also reported that The Stones will begin preparing for their fall European trek, the No Filter Tour, next week.

"We always love that," he says of rehearsals. "It's like a family reunion. It's really is good. It's like a meal that goes on for like a month, and we go out on the road and spread that food everywhere." The tour kicks off September 9 in Hamburg, Germany, and is scheduled through an October 25 show in Paris.

Wood also chatted a bit about an upcoming book focusing on his artwork that's appropriately titled Ronnie Wood: Artist, which will be published in the U.S. on October 17.

Ronnie began painting when he was 12, and has become a prolific artist known for his portraits of his band mates and other famous musicians.

He told the BBC interviewer about his continued passion for painting, "It's always a challenge, a bit like the music. You're always improving and you're always experimenting. Every blank canvas is like a challenge."

The book includes an afterword penned by his Rolling Stones band mate Keith Richards. For more details about Ronnie Wood: Artist, visit ThamesandHudsonUSA.com.

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RhinoWhitesnake's hugely successful 1987 self-titled album, which featured the chart-topping smash "Here I Go Again" and the #2 hit "Is This Love," helped make the British metal band rock superstars. Now, in honor of the album's 30th anniversary, a super-deluxe reissue will be released on October 6.

The four-CD/DVD package will feature a remastered version of the album, previously unreleased studio and live recordings, music videos, concert footage, a documentary and more.

The bonus audio content includes live performances from the band's 1987 and '88 tour, demo and rehearsal versions of songs from the album, and new remixes of select tracks.

The DVD contains restored versions of the official videos made for the four singles from the Whitesnake album, including the famous clips starring actress/model Tawny Kitaen -- singer David Coverdale's then-girlfriend -- as well as a 30-minute making-of documentary featuring a new interview with Coverdale; and footage from the band's 1987 tour.

The super-deluxe Whitesnake reissue comes packaged with a 60-page hardcover book boasting rare photos, a lengthy essay incorporating new conversations with Coverdale and a booklet of handwritten lyrics penned by the singer.

Other versions of the 30th anniversary Whitesnake reissue also will be released, including two-CD and two-LP sets featuring select bonus tracks, a standard single CD and digital editions.

The Whitesnake reissue is the first release under a new deal the band has signed with Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment division, which brings a good portion of the group's catalog together on the same label.

Here's the full track list of the super-deluxe version of the Whitesnake reissue:

Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster
"Still of the Night"
"Give Me All Your Love"
"Bad Boys"
"Is This Love"
"Here I Go Again '87"
"Straight for the Heart"
"Looking for Love"
"Children of the Night"
"You're Gonna Break My Heart Again"
"Crying in the Rain"
"Don't Turn Away"

Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]
"Bad Boys/Children of the Night"*
"Slide It In"*
"Slow an' Easy"*
"Here I Go Again"*
"Guilty of Love"*
"Is This Love"*
"Love Ain't No Stranger"*
Guitar Solo -- Adrian and Vivian*
"Crying in the Rain"*
"Still of the Night"*
"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City"*
"Give Me All Your Love"*

Disc Three: 87 Evolutions [Demos and Rehearsals]
"Still of the Night"*
"Give Me All Your Love"*
"Bad Boys"*
"Is This Love"*
"Straight for the Heart"*
"Looking for Love"*
"Children of the Night"*
"You're Gonna Break My Heart Again"*
"Crying in the Rain"*
"Don't Turn Away"*
"Crying in the Rain" (Lil' Mountain Alternate Take Ruff Mix)*

Disc Four: 87 Versions [2017 Remixes]
"Still of the Night" (Remix)*
"Is This Love" (Remix)*
"Give Me All Your Love" (Remix)*
"Here I Go Again '87" (Remix)*
"Standing in the Shadows" -- 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
"Looking for Love" -- 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
"You're Gonna Break My Heart Again" -- 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
"Need Your Love So Bad" -- 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
"Here I Go Again" (Radio Mix)
"Give Me All Your Love" (Single Version)

DVD
"Still of the Night" Music Video -- Restored and Remixed in 5.1
"Here I Go Again '87" Music Video -- Restored and Remixed in 5.1
"Is This Love" Music Video -- Restored and Remixed in 5.1
"Give Me All Your Love" Music Video -- Restored and Remixed in 5.1
Documentary about the making of 1987 Album*
"Here I Go Again" -- Purplesnake Video Jam*
"Crying in the Rain" -- 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*
Band Intros -- 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*
"Still of the Night" -- 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*

* = previously unreleased.

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Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsWhen Robert Plant earlier this week posted an unidentified instrumental music clip on his official website and Facebook page, the buzz began that it might be a tease for the new album he's been working on with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, over the last couple of years. We didn't have long to wait for confirmation. 

The album is titled Carry Fire, and it'll be out October 13, though you can order it now via RobertPlant.com, Nonesuch Records and all the usual digital outlets.  If you order from Nonesuch or Plant's website, you'll score an instant download of Carry Fire's first track, "The May Queen," as well as an exclusive, limited-edition print featuring an image from the album art.  "The May Queen" is also available for download now, with a lyric video for the song posted on YouTube.

Even better news: Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will tour behind Carry Fire.  No further details yet, other than that the tour will kick off in November.

Carry Fire features 11 tracks in all, and includes guest vocalist Chrissie Hynde on a cover of the 1958 Ersel Hickey song "Bluebirds over the Mountain," which also was previously recorded by Ritchie Valens and The Beach Boys.

Plant first announced he was recording a new album with The Sensational Space Shifters in January 2016. His previous studio effort with the group, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, was released in 2014.

Here's the Carry Fire track listing:

"The May Queen"
"New World..."
"Season's Song"
"Dance with You Tonight"
"Carving Up the World Again... a wall and not a fence"
"A Way with Words"
"Carry Fire"
"Bones of Saints"
"Keep It Hid"
"Bluebirds over the Mountain"
"Heaven Sent"

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentThis past April, The Who gave a special full performance of its classic 1969 rock opera Tommy at London's famous Royal Albert Hall to raise money for the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust charity. Now, new audio and video packages documenting the concert are scheduled to be released on October 13.

Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, and as a two-CD set, three-LP package, digital album and digital video. The concert marked the first time ever that The Who played the concept album in its entirety.

The performance was highlighted by a multimedia presentation that included specially created animated segments to accompany various tunes. Following the performance of Tommy, the band ended the show with a set of other Who classics, including "Who Are You," "Love, Reign O'er Me," "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."

The DVD and Blu-ray contain a number of bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a look at the animations for "The Acid Queen" and "Pinball Wizard," synched with the live audio of those songs.

Check out a trailer for Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall at the Who's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The Who just wrapped up a North American summer tour on with a show Wednesday in Stateline, Nevada. The band also has a series of five South American concerts beginning with a September 21 date in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Here's the full track list of Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall:

"Introduction"
"Overture"
"It's a Boy"
"1921"
"Amazing Journey"
"Sparks"
"Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)"
"Christmas"
"Cousin Kevin"
"The Acid Queen"
"Do You Think It's Alright?"
"Fiddle About"
"Pinball Wizard"
"There's a Doctor"
"Go to the Mirror!"
"Tommy Can You Hear Me?"
"Smash the Mirror"
"Underture"
"I'm Free"
"Miracle Cure"
"Sensation"
"Sally Simpson"
"Welcome"
"Tommy's Holiday Camp"
"We're Not Gonna Take It"

Encore:
"I Can't Explain"
"Join Together"
"I Can See for Miles"
"Who Are You"
"Love, Reign O'er Me"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Won't Get Fooled Again

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RhinoStone Temple Pilots are reissuing their debut album, Core, this fall in honor of its 25th anniversary, and among the dozens of bonus tracks included in the deluxe collection is a recording from the band's July 2, 1993, show in Castaic, California.

Ahead of the collection's release, you can listen to STP's performance of the single "Plush" via the usual digital outlets.

Along with the Castaic recording, the Core reissue features a host of demos, B-sides and other live tracks, including some from STP's 1993 MTV Unplugged performance.

The Core reissue will arrive on September 29, 25 years to the day after the album was originally released.

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ABC/Fred WatkinsLast month, Foo Fighters performed at the historic Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The concert was recorded for the PBS' Landmarks Live in Concert, an interview and performance series hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. You'll be able to watch the special for yourself when it airs on Friday, November 10, on PBS.

"We've done some crazy things over the last 20 years," says frontman Dave Grohl in a statement. "But I think this might be the craziest thing the Foo Fighters have ever done."

Adds Smith, "The Acropolis hasn't been rocked that hard in a while -- maybe 2,500 hundred years, give or take. It was an amazing experience, made extra special that I could spend it with my longtime friends, the mighty Foos."

During the Acropolis show, Foo Fighters played songs from throughout their 20-year career, plus tracks from their forthcoming new album, Concrete and Gold, which will be released September 15.

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UMeA new track from Ringo Starr's forthcoming solo album Give More Love -- a twangy, country-flavored tune titled "So Wrong for So Long" -- has been given an exclusive premiere at Billboard.com.

Starr revealed in a promo video for Give More Love that the song, co-written with Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, was the first tune penned for the project, which he originally had intended to be a full-fledged country album recorded in Nashville.

But Starr says that after receiving an unexpectedly good offer for a new All Starr Band tour, he decided to scrap the Nashville plan.

"It was an offer I couldn't resist," he admitted. "That's how I ended up making another album at home [in Los Angeles] and writing all kinds of songs with all kinds of friends -- everybody giving more love, and just letting the music flow."

Among the notable musicians who contributed to "So Wrong for So Long" were Stewart and acclaimed session players like bassist Nathan East, pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz and keyboardist Jim Cox.

Ringo tells Billboard that the song was inspired by a phrase someone said to him in 2008.

"I just thought, 'That's a great line,'" he recalls, "and finally turned it into a record, into a track."

Bruce Sugar, Ringo's recording engineer, meanwhile, tells Billboard he thinks the song could possibly get some country radio play, though he notes, "It's a little more traditional than what they're doing now on the radio."

Give More Love will be released on September 15. As previously reported, it also features appearances by Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, Toto's Steve Lukather, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, Richard Marx and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench.

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Myrna SuarezUnlike many other musicians, Billy Joel hasn't expanded his brand into a chain of restaurants, but he may want to check out a new one opening not far from his Long Island, New York, home -- because he inspired it.

The restaurant, in the Long Island town of Roslyn, is currently known as Chalet, but come early October, Newsday reports, it'll change its name to "Vienna," inspired by the Piano Man's classic song of the same name, from his album The Stranger.

New restaurant owner Matt Prince tells the paper that he plans for the eatery to be "a fun spot, where people will hear music they love."  The restaurant's lounge will feature DJs spinning hits from the '80s, '90s and early 2000s.  

No doubt Joel's hits will be on the playlist at Vienna, but it won't be an "Italian restaurant" like the one he sings about in one of his famous songs.  However, the menu will feature small plates and wines, so there'll be no problem getting "a bottle of red" and "a bottle of white."

It's not inconceivable that Billy might drop by Vienna: It's only about 20 minutes from his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. It's also less than a mile from one of his favorite restaurants, which happens to be in the same town.


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Universal Music EnterprisesClassic tunes by Ringo Starr, Blind Faith and Paul Simon are included on a very special soundtrack collection featuring songs heard on the Emmy-nominated NBC drama series, This Is Us.

The 20-track collection, titled This Is Us (Music from the Series), will be released September 15 and will be available on CD and as a digital download.

Included on the album are Starr's "Photograph," Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," and Simon's "You Can Call Me Al," as well as tunes by Badfinger, Stevie Wonder, founding Byrds member Gene Clark, Cat Stevens, and influential English folk singer Nick Drake. The record also includes a cover of the Little Feat gem "Willin'" sung by This Is Us cast member Mandy Moore.

The show follows the fictional Pearson family through the years, alternating between the story of young parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson in the 1980s and '90s, and their three adults kids -- Kevin, Kate and Randall -- in the present day.

The first season of This Is Us will be released on DVD on September 12, while the second season will premiere on September 26.

Here's the full track list of the This Is Us (Music from the Series) album:

"Death with Dignity" -- Sufjan Stevens
"You Can Call Me Al" -- Paul Simon
"Willin'" -- Mandy Moore
"Can't Find My Way Home" -- Blind Faith
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)" -- Stevie Wonder
"The Calvary Cross" -- Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson
"Watch Me" -- Labi Siffre
"The Wind" -- Cat Stevens
"Come Talk to Me" -- Goldspot
"Blues Run the Game" -- Jackson C. Frank
"If Only" -- Maria Taylor (featuring Conor Oberst)
"Northern Sky" -- Nick Drake
"If I Ever Was a Child" -- Wilco
"Because of You" -- Gene Clark
"Evergreen Cassette (Tape Mix)" -- Goldspot
"Without You" -- Badfinger
"The World's Smiling Now" -- Jim James
"Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
"We Can Always Come Back to This" -- Brian Tyree Henry
"This Is Us Score Suite" -- Siddhartha Khosla

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Credit: Rob ShanahanAfter wrapping up a European solo tour on Monday in Vigo, Spain, former Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson is now set to launch a series of fall North American concerts. The trek will get underway on October 6 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is plotted out through an October 29 show in Snoqualmie, Washington.

While most of the dates will feature Hodgson playing with his backing band, he also will be accompanied by an orchestra at an October 13-14 engagement in Rama, Canada, and a four-night October 18-21 stand in Milwaukee. A choir also will take part in the Rama shows.

Following the North American shows, Hodgson will head to Germany for a run of concerts in December.

Here are all of Roger and his band's upcoming shows in the U.S. and Canada:

10/6 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Casino Resort
10/7 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
10/8 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino
10/13 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Resort*
10/14 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Resort*
10/16 -- Moncton, NB, Canada, Casino New Brunswick
10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/20 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino**
10/23 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
10/24 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
10/25 -- St. Louis, MO, River City Casino & Hotel
10/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino
10/28 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino
10/29 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino

* = with orchestra and choir
** = with orchestra.

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Exile/CarolineIn advance of the September 22 arrival of Van Morrison's latest album, Roll with the Punches, the legendary singer/songwriter has released the record's first single, "Transformation." The track can be purchased now as a digital download at iTunes and also is available via major streaming services.

The soulful song features the talents of such respected U.K. musicians as Jeff Beck, jazz pianist Jason Rebello and rock-blues singer -- and frequent Morrison collaborator -- Chris Farlowe.

An official video for "Transformation," featuring Morrison and his backing group performing the tune live at a concert at Porchester Hall in London, has premiered at Van's VEVO channel.

"Transformation" is one of several new original tunes that appear on Roll with the Punches, which also features various cover versions of songs by blues, R&B and early rock 'n' roll artists who've influenced Morrison.  They include Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mose Allison and Little Walter.

In support of the album, Morrison has lined up a variety of U.S. concerts, starting with a previously announced appearance at Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival Tour stop in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on September 10.

Here are all of Van's confirmed stateside shows:

9/10 -- Hershey, PA, Outlaw Music Festival Tour - Hersheypark Stadium
9/14 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
10/13 -- Palm Springs, CA, The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
10/14 -- Palm Springs, CA, The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
10/20 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
10/21 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
1/31/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum Caesars Palace
2/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum Caesars Palace
2/3 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum Caesars Palace
2/7 -- Miami, FL, James L. Knight Center
2/8 -- Miami, FL, James L. Knight Center

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Credit: Anna WebberBillboard.com is hosting the premiere of "Judy," a new track from Stephen Stills and Judy Collins' upcoming collaborative album, Everybody Knows, due out September 22.

Stills wrote "Judy" as a tribute to Collins while he was working on her 1968 album, Who Knows Where the Time Goes?, and he made a solo demo of the tune around that time that was released on his 2007 archival compilation, Just Roll Tape.

Everybody Knows celebrates the 50th anniversary of the start of the singers' long friendship and their brief love affair, which also inspired Stephen to write his classic Crosby, Stills & Nash song "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes."

Asked how she feels about Stills having written songs about their relationship, Collins tells Billboard, "Oh, it's just delicious. We always were friends. We didn't ever hate each other. We had a kind of, I would say, dramatic love affair, lots of positive and then a lot of upset because it wasn't working out. And then, of course 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' came along and, I mean, how can you resist when you hear that song all over the country?!"

The album features new versions of songs tied into the singers' shared history, such as "Judy," along with some cover tunes chosen by Stills and Collins, and one brand-new tune by Judy.

"It's got the markings of something that was bound to happen," says Collins of the album, "and by some miracle both of us are still on the planet and feeling very healthy and positive."

The duo launched a lengthy U.S. tour in support of Everybody Knows last month that winds down November 5 in Santa Rosa, California. Collins tells Billboard that if her and Stills' schedules allow, she'd like to extend the trek.

Here are all of their upcoming tour dates:

8/16 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/17 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
8/18 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
8/20 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park
8/21 -- Great Barrington, MA, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
8/23 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
8/25 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/26 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/28 -- Vestal, NY, Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
9/3 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino
9/6 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Sea
9/8 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
9/9 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
9/27 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
9/28 -- Lebanon, NH, Lebanon Opera House
9/30 -- Torrington, CT, Warner Theater
10/1 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts
10/2 -- Huntington, WV, Keith Albee Performing Arts Center
10/4 -- Morgantown, WV, West Virginia University
10/5 -- Charlottesville, VA, Sprint Pavilion
10/7 -- Cranston, RI, Rhode Island Center for the Arts at Park Theatre
10/8 -- Albany, NY, Hart Theatre - Egg Center for the Performing Arts
10/11 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
10/12 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
10/13 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/15 -- Youngstown, OH, Edward W. Powers Auditorium
10/17 -- Godfrey, IL, Olin Theater
10/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Smith Center for the Performing Arts
10/22 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Theater
10/25 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
10/26 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
10/28 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
10/29 -- Turlock, CA, Community Theatre
11/1 -- Chico, CA, California State University - Chico
11/2 -- Visalia, CA, Fox Theatre
11/4 -- Brooks, CA, Cache Creek Casino Resort
11/5 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

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ABC/Randy HolmesU2's long-awaited album, Songs of Experience, apparently will arrive just in time for the holidays, if The Irish Sun is to be believed. According to the newspaper, the album will be released on December 1 to coincide with World AIDS Day and in conjunction with the Project Red campaign Bono founded to raise money to support the fight against the disease.

The Irish Sun also reports Songs of Experience's first single will be "You're the Best Thing About Me," which will be released to radio stations on September 8.

Irish radio disc jockey Dave Fanning, who was treated to a preview of the upcoming album earlier this year at Bono's house, described "You're the Best Thing About Me" as "a great tune and much lighter than anything on [U2's last album] Songs of Innocence. It's the perfect single."

U2 has been performing another Songs of Experience tune "The Little Things That Give You Away" during its ongoing tour celebrating The Joshua Tree's 30th anniversary. The band kicks off a second North American leg of the trek September 3 in Detroit.

Discussing the difference between Songs of Experience and 2014's Songs of Innocence, Fanning said the new tunes he heard "were more personal from Bono, singing about later on after he left [his childhood home on Cedarwood Road in Dublin]. Reflecting back on his life."

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Credit: Ed MilesAre you in the mood for a new melody from Robert Plant? Then head over to the Led Zeppelin singer's official website and Facebook page, where he's posted an unidentified instrumental clip that could be a tease for the new album he's been working on with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, over the last couple of years.

The audio segment is a slow-tempo track featuring some atmospheric synthesized strings, electronic sounds and heavy bass drum. While the clip plays, the phrase "A WAY WITH WORDS…" appears on the screen. Plant posted the same phrase on his website, minus the musical clip, a few weeks ago, and in May he posted a different note that read "ANY TIME NOW…"

Plant first announced he was recording a new album with The Sensational Space Shifters in January 2016. His previous studio effort with the group, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, was released in 2014.

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ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's summer North American stadium tour will wrap up tonight, August 16, in Edmonton, Canada, and the metal legends are inviting you to watch the festivities by streaming the show live online.

"This has been another memorable and special summer run for us seeing so many new faces along with lots of old friends as you welcomed us back for our first tour of North America in over eight years," says Metallica. "As we near the end, we want to share one more evening with all of you by streaming the final night of the WorldWired North American stadium tour live."

Metallica has been touring in support of its latest studio album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct. Following the Edmonton show, the band will kick off a European tour in September that will stretch all the way into May 2018.

The live stream will begin at 10:45 p.m. ET at Webcast.LiveMetallica.com and the band's YouTube channel.

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ABC/Lou RoccoJon Bon Jovi no longer wants to use animals -- dead or alive -- to produce his clothing line, Hart N Dagger.

After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, informed Jon that cows that are used to make leather routinely have their throats slit while they are still conscious, Hart N Dagger has replaced all the animal skins used to create its clothing with what PETA calls "innovative and trendy vegan versions."

PETA says its sending the company a box of "delicious cow-shaped vegan chocolates" to thank it for its compassion.

"Animals are no longer livin' on a prayer, thanks to Jon Bon Jovi," said PETA's executive vice president in a statement. "Every day, PETA hears from shoppers who are looking for vegan-friendly retailers, and Hart N Dagger now fits the bill by agreeing to use only high-quality vegan leather on its denim. And compassionate consumers are applauding the move."

Jon and Bon Jovi's next major gig is playing the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil next month.

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Steve Morley/RedfernsToday, August 16, marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, known the world over as the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Presley was just 42 years old when he passed away at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, from a heart attack. It's widely believed that prescription drug abuse was a factor in the singer's death.

Presley, of course, was the first rock 'n' roll superstar, whose charisma, energetic music and good looks helped make him one of the most influential and recognizable cultural icons of the 20th century. His passion for and promotion of artists like Little Richard and Fats Domino helped open the door to the commercial acceptance of black rock 'n' roll artists by white audiences. Elvis' musical talents extended beyond rock to pop balladry, gospel and country.

Elvis remains the most successful individual music artist ever, with more than 211 million certified units sold worldwide. He's scored 10 chart-topping albums on the Billboard 200 and 18 #1 singles on the Hot 100. Various successful posthumous Presley albums, including compilations, rarities collections and more, continue to be released.

After Presley's death, Graceland became a huge tourist attraction. The property recently was expanded to include a huge entertainment complex with museums, eateries and a hotel.

In observance of the anniversary of Presley's passing, Graceland is hosting an expanded, nine-day edition of its Elvis Week celebration that kicked off Friday, August 11, and runs through Saturday, August 19. Today's scheduled events include the "ELVIS: Live in Concert 40th Anniversary Celebration," taking place at the FedExForum in downtown Memphis. The show will feature film footage of Elvis performing his classic songs with live accompaniment from a full symphony orchestra, plus a guest appearance by Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla.

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