Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesThis Sunday marks what would have been George Harrison's 75th birthday. After first coming to fame as the lead guitarist of The Beatles, Harrison went on to have a long and successful career as a solo artist.
While the Fab Four was dominated by the talented and prolific songwriting duo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Harrison eventually began making major contributions to the band with his own compositions, including "Taxman," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Here Comes the Sun" and the #1 hit ballad "Something."
George also helped to introduce Indian music to the pop world thanks to sitar-driven tunes like "Love You Too" and "Within You Without You."
Following The Beatles' breakup in 1970, Harrison became the first member of the band to score a chart-topping solo hit, with 1970's "My Sweet Lord." He hit #1 again in 1973 with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" and once more in 1987 with "Got My Mind Set on You."
George also was a member of the successful supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, along with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne.
Harrison died on November 29, 2001, from complications of lung cancer at the age of 58.
As previously reported, in honor Harrison's 75th birthday, audio and video reissues of Concert for George, the star-packed 2002 Harrison tribute show held at London's Royal Albert Hall, are being released today. The event included performances by McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Petty, Lynne and others.
Among the versions that are available is an expansive limited-edition box set featuring four LPs, two CDs, two DVDs and two Blu-rays; a hardbound 60-page book; and a cutting from the hand-painted tapestry used as a backdrop at the actual show.
ABC/Adam TaylorDave Grohl is unplugging for charity.
The Foo Fighters frontman will perform an acoustic set at Notes Words, a benefit concert in support of the Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, California.
The show takes place May 12 at Oakland's Fox Theater. Visit NotesandWords.org for ticket info.
Grohl previously performed solo at the 2016 Oscars, which, as you may recall, led to rumors that the lead Foo was going solo. That probably won't happen again, but it might be worth it just to get another hilarious "official band announcement" video.
You can catch Grohl and the rest of Foo Fighters in their full electric glory on the band's upcoming North American tour, which begins April 18 in Austin, Texas.
Credit: Olivia BeeAs The Smashing Pumpkins gear up for their massive Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour this summer, Billy Corgan has shared the list of songs that he, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin are thinking about playing on the trek.
The list includes includes a lot of what you'd expect -- "Today," "1979," "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" -- as well as a few covers, such as David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." Let's hope the arenas the Pumpkins are playing don't have a "No Stairway" policy.
On the tour, The Pumpkins plan to exclusively play songs from their first five albums, from 1991's Gish to 2000's Machina/The Machines of God. If you don't see your favorite song, you can suggest a track on social media using the tag #SP2018. "Remember, the goal is to build an epic set!" Corgan says. "So choose wisely."
The Shiny and Oh So Bright tour, which will not feature original bassist D'arcy Wretzky, kicks off July 12 in Glendale, Arizona.
UMeNew details have been revealed about founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman's upcoming tribute album to the late George Harrison, By George – By Bachman. It turns out that the album's initially announced March 2 release date is only for the digital version; a physical CD edition is due out on March 16.
By George – By Bachman is a 13-track collection featuring reworked versions of various Beatles songs penned by Harrison, as well as one tune each from George's solo career and his stint with The Traveling Wilburys.
The album also includes an original Bachman composition called "Between Two Mountains," that pays tribute to Harrison and appears at the beginning and end of the record. Randy also has interspersed throughout the album some famous guitar riffs and licks that George created.
Bachman recorded By George – By Bachman with members of his longtime solo backing band -- drummer Marc LaFrance, bassist/keyboardist Mick Dalla-Vee and second guitarist Brent Knudsen.
Fans who pre-order By George - By Bachman now will immediately receive a free download of two of the album's tracks, lead single "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Here Comes the Sun."
Bachman launches a 2018 North American tour in support of the album with a concert tonight in Riverhead, New York, and Saturday -- a day before what would have been Harrison's 75th birthday -- at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. Randy then will move on to a series of performances in his home country, Canada, starting this Wednesday with a special intimate album-release show in Toronto.
Here's the track list of By George - By Bachman:
"Between Two Mountains" "If I Needed Someone" "You Like Me Too Much" "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" "Handle with Care" "Taxman" "I Need You" "Something" "Think for Yourself" "Here Comes the Sun" "Don't Bother Me" "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" "Between Two Mountains (Reprise)"
And here are Bachman's forthcoming tour dates:
2/23 -- Riverhead, NY, Suffolk Theater 2/24 -- New York City, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 2/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Adelaide Hall (album-release show) 3/2 -- Huntsville, ON, Canada, Legacy Theatre - Deerhurst Resort 3/3 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, National Arts Centre – Southam Hall 3/5 -- Sarnia, ON, Canada, Imperial Theatre 3/6 -- Sarnia, ON, Canada, Imperial Theatre 3/7 -- Peterborough, ON, Canada, Showplace Performance Centre 3/8 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square 3/9 -- Brampton, ON, Canada, Rose Theatre 3/13 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, The Royal Theatre 3/15 -- Nanaimo, BC, Canada, The Port Theatre 3/16 -- Coquitlam, BC, Canada, Molson Canadian Theatre - Hard Rock Casino Vancouver 3/17 -- Cranbrook, BC, Canada, Key City Theatre 3/19 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Bella Concert Hall - Mount Royal University 3/21 -- Sherwood Park, AB, Canada, Festival Place 3/23 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Club Regent Event Centre 3/24 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Club Regent Event Centre 3/26 -- Prince Albert, SK, Canada, E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts 3/27 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Casino Regina Showroom 4/28 -- Visalia, CA, Visalia Fox Theatre 5/25 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Event Center (Bachman & Turner show) 8/10 -- Kelowna, BC, Canada, Rock the Lake - Waterfront Park 8/12 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Rock the Plaza - Windsor Plaza
ABC/Randy HolmesWhat's Metallica up to? The metal legends are teasinganannouncement, which will be made this Monday, February 26.
As for what the announcement will be about, some have speculated it could be another round of U.S. tour dates. Another possibility could be an ...And Justice For All box set, which would be the next album in Metallica's ongoing reissue series. Or maybe the announcement will be a whole new album, but that seems very unlikely.
So spend the weekend coming up with your own theories, and stay tuned to Metallica's social media channels for the reveal on Monday.
Island RecordsBon Jovi is out with their new song "When We Were Us," one of two new tracks from the new, re-released version of their 2016 album This House Is Not for Sale. That version arrived in stores on Friday.
The band gave the song its live debut Thursday night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It's a typically upbeat, anthemic track from the band, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.
Last year, Jon told Billboardthat the track "tells our story," and the lyrics seem to reflect the band's long history.
"We were one, born and raised/More than blood runs through these veins/Cuts can heal, scars will fade/What we had will never change," Jon sings. "Seasons pass and time will move on/You don't ever have to let it go/You can only go so far now/'Till you're on your way back home."
The other new song on the album is called "Walls."
The spring leg of Bon Jovi's tour kicks off March 14 in Denver, CO.
Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesElton John made a cameo appearance in last year's action comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Now, it appears as though one of Elton's Kingsman co-stars will be portraying the rock legend in his upcoming biopic -- and he'll be singing Elton's songs, too.
The Daily Mail reports that Taron Egerton, who played the main character, Eggsy, in both Kingsman movies, will portray a young Elton in the film Rocketman, which will explore how Elton became the superstar that he is today.
According to the paper, this past week, Egerton recorded two of John's songs at London's famed Abbey Road studios for the movie's soundtrack. Taron has already proven he's good at singing Elton songs: He belted out "I'm Still Standing" in the movie Sing!, as the voice of Johnny the gorilla.
The Mail reports that Taron will portray Elton from age 18 forward; a different actor will play him as a boy, when he was a student at the Royal Academy of Music.
The film is being produced by Matthew Vaughn, who directed the Kingsman movies, and the screenplay is by Lee Hall, who co-wrote the musical Billy Elliot with Elton. Filming on the long-in-the-works movie is expected to start in May or June.
Courtesy of Osbourne Digital MediaMore than a dozen years after the end of their popular MTV reality TV series, the Osbournes are coming back! This time, however, Ozzy and his family will be starring in a weekly podcast that's titled, appropriately enough, The Osbournes Podcast.
The show premieres on Monday, March 5, and will feature the Metal Madman and his wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack discussing their experiences on the TV show, while also bringing people up to date on what's happening with their lives now. Fans can listen to or download the podcast at TheOsbournesPodcast.com and via iTunes' Apple Podcasts.
According to a statement on the official website, the podcast will feature 10 episodes, and will be hosted by Jack Osbourne, who "will lead Sharon, Ozzy and Kelly on a wild, unfiltered and unpredictable journey filled with laughter, love and everything it means to be an Osbourne."
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jack says he's a fan of podcasts, and felt that doing one was a good alternative to relaunching the TV series.
"There's been talk about bringing The Osbournes back, but it would never work," he maintains. "I thought, 'Well, this is probably the next best thing.'"
Jack also reveals that he and his family have been revisiting episodes of the series while recording the podcasts, admitting, "It's really quite awkward to watch, especially now as a parent."
The podcast also will feature some guest appearances, including comedian Jim Norton, Sharon's The Talk co-host Sherry Underwood and singer and TV host Carnie Wilson. New episodes will debut each Monday after the podcast's March 5 premiere.
The Osbournes series ran from 2002 to 2005, and won an Emmy in 2002 for Outstanding Reality Program.
Blackened RecordingsIndonesia President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has once again proven his metal cred. According to The Jakarta Post, he reached into his own pocket so he could keep a Master of Puppets box set signed by Metallica's Lars Ulrich,
You may recall that the prime minister of Ulrich's native Denmark gifted the Master of Puppets box set to Jokowi during a state visit last November. In order to avoid any conflict of interest, Jokowi reported the gift to Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK. It was then listed as part of the Indonesia state inventory.
The Jakarta Post now reports Jokowi paid 11 million Indonesian rupiah, just over $800, so that he could keep the album for himself.
"This is not about the money paid, but consistent awareness of corruption from even the smallest matter," a spokesperson for the KPK says.
Jokowi is well known as a metalhead, and counts himself a fan of bands like Metallica, Megadeth and Lamb of God. He previously received a guitar signed by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo from a concert promoter, which he also reported to the KPK.
Live NationBilly Idol is among the guest singers who will perform at Above Ground, a benefit concert raising funds for mental health treatment that will take place April 16 at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison will host the event, which also will feature performances by Courtney Love, Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes and others. During the concert, the musicians will be playing two albums in their entirety -- The Velvet Underground's debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and Adam and the Ants' Kings of the Wild Frontier.
Navarro and Morrison will lead a house band that also will feature Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, Billy Idol drummer Erik Eldenius and Devo/ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Josh Freese. In addition to the musical performances, the event will celebrate the vinyl LP as an art form.
In a promo video about the concert, Morrison explains, "After losing too many friends to suicide and depression, and having suffered personally with a wide range of mental health issues, we want to raise awareness and funds for the treatment of mental health…We hope you'll join us and support this vital cause, and spread the word that it's OK to ask for help."
Proceeds from Above Ground will be donated to MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 24, via LiveNation.com. and Ticketmaster.com.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe new audio/video release documenting The Doors' performance at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival hits stores today. The Doors: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, which is available as a DVD/CD, a Blu-ray/CD set and a digital download, boasts a recut and remixed version of the show.
Doors drummer John Densmore tells ABC Radio that the band's set was "a strange concert," while recalling that the event itself was "sort of chaotic."
"The kids tore down the fences…and they demanded that [the festival] be free," Densmore remembers. "It was kind of like the last pop festival."
The festival took place at a tense time for The Doors, as Jim Morrison was facing a trial stemming from the infamous 1969 Miami concert where he was accused of lewd conduct. Densmore suggests that Morrison's legal predicament may have affected his Isle of Wight performance.
"Jim was a little subdued [onstage]," John says. "I think he was feeling the pressure of being on trial, so he wasn't theatrical physically, but his pipes were great. And…everyone was playing well."
The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer notes that Morrison's performances often were unpredictable, and says that at the Isle of Wight, he "was just concentrating on being Frank Sinatra…and not being Mick Jagger."
As for the audio quality of the newly remastered concert, Densmore says it sounds "really great," and gives props to The Doors' longtime engineer, Bruce Botnick.
"[H]e does the sound on everything, and he knows every note," John gushes. "He's the fifth Door."
You can check out a couple of preview videos from The Doors' Isle of Wight concert at the band's VEVO YouTube channel.
Here's the full Live at the Isle of Wight track list:
"Roadhouse Blues" "Backdoor Man" "Break On Through (to the Other Side)" "When the Music's Over" "Ship of Fools" "Light My Fire" "The End" Medley: "Across the Sea/Away in India/Crossroads Blues/Wake Up"
Bonus Video Feature: This Is the End featurette (includes archival interviews with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and manager Bill Siddons)
Reprise RecordsNeil Young recently announced on his Neil Young Archives website that he'd soon be releasing a new archival album titled Roxy -- Tonight's the Night Live, and now full details about the record have been unveiled. The album, which was culled from a trio of September 1973 shows at the then-new venue The Roxy in West Hollywood, California, will initially be released as a limited-edition two-LP vinyl set in conjunction with Record Store Day 2018 on Saturday, April 21.
Standard-vinyl, CD and digital versions of Roxy will be issued the following Tuesday, April 24.
Young scheduled the concerts after completing the initial sessions for what became his classic 1975 album Tonight's the Night. His band at the time included Nils Lofgren, Ben Keith and the Crazy Horse rhythm section of Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina. At the shows, Neil played renditions of all the tunes he'd recorded for Tonight's the Night, as well as "Walk On," which became the lead track of his 1974 album, On the Beach.
The vinyl editions of Roxy will feature three sides of music, plus an etching on the fourth side. The Record Store Day version of the LP will come packaged with an exclusive print of Young and his band onstage at The Roxy.
Young recently reported that another live album called Alchemy is in the works, which will feature high-resolution performances from Crazy Horse's 2012-2013 Alchemy tour recorded in Europe, Australia and Canada.
Here's the full track list of the vinyl version of Roxy -- Tonight's the Night Live:
Side 1 "Tonight's the Night" "Mellow My Mind" "World on a String"
Side 2 "Speakin' Out" "Albuquerque" "New Mama" "Roll Another Number (for the Road)"
Side 3 "Tired Eyes" "Tonight's the Night (Part II)" "Walk On"
earMUSICAs part of Foreigner's 40th anniversary tour last year, the band played two special concerts with accompaniment from a 58-piece orchestra and 60-voice choir in May in Lucerne, Switzerland. Now, highlights from the sold-out shows will be released in various formats under the title Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus on April 27.
The concerts featured Foreigner playing many of its classic songs backed by the symphony and choir, with new orchestral arrangements created by Juilliard-trained cellist, pianist and composer Dave Eggar and producer, writer and percussionist Chuck Palmer.
Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus will be available on CD, as a double-LP vinyl set and digitally, while a CD/DVD digipak version will be sold exclusively via Walmart. In addition, an hour-long version of the show is being prepared for broadcast television.
"I could never have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner 40 years ago, that we'd still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later," says founding guitar/songwriter Mick Jones. "Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer's orchestral arrangements have shown us a new symphonic dimension of our music, which I hope our fans will enjoy."
Foreigner will be bringing its orchestral show to the U.S. for a series of eight dates, running from a March 16 concert in St. Augustine, Florida, through an April 4 performance in Duluth, Minnesota. Accompanying the band will be the Dave Eggar Orchestra.
As previously reported, Foreigner's 2018 itinerary also includes a lengthy U.S. summer trek with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening, as well as a variety of headlining dates.
Here's the Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus CD track list:
"Overture" "Blue Morning, Blue Day" "Cold as Ice" "Waiting for a Girl Like You" "Say You Will" "When It Comes to Love" "That Was Yesterday" "Feels Like the First Time" "Starrider" "Double Vision" "Fool for You Anyway" "Urgent" "Juke Box Hero" "I Want to Know What Love Is"
And here's the DVD track list:
"Overture" "Blue Morning, Blue Day" "Cold as Ice" "Waiting for a Girl Like You" "Head Games" "When It Comes to Love" "Say You Will" "The Flame Still Burns" "That Was Yesterday" "Juke Box Hero" "Starrider" "Double Vision" "Fool for You Anyway" "Hot Blooded" "Urgent" "Feels Like the First Time" "I Want to Know What Love Is"
Billy Idol and Living Colour are among the many acts that will be performing at the 2018 edition of Florida's SunFest, which takes place May 3 to May 6 in downtown West Palm Beach.
Idol and Living Colour are both scheduled to hit the stage at 8:00 p.m. on the festival's first day.
Sunfest's eclectic lineup also includes KC and the Sunshine Band, Pitbull, Nick Jonas, Third Eye Blind, Logic, 311, Cake, Incubus, Sublime with Rome, and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, among others.
Discount advance tickets are available now. To buy them and find out complete details about the festival, visit SunFest.com.
Sony/Legacy RecordingsToto is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and in conjunction with the milestone, the band will be releasing a vinyl box set titled All In on October 12. The limited-edition collection is available for pre-order exclusively at TotoOfficial.com now through April 10.
All In features 12 albums and an EP spread across 17 vinyl discs, as well as a bonus Blu-ray. The package includes every studio effort Toto issued from its 1978 self-titled debut through 1999's Mindfields; the 1998 compilation Toto XX; the previously unreleased Live in Tokyo EP, which was recorded in 1980; and a newly created album called Old Is New that features seven unreleased tunes and three new tracks from the group's 2018 best-of collection, 40 Trips Around the Sun.
The Blu-ray includes the Live in Paris 1990 concert video and a 5.1 surround mix of Toto's classic 1982 album Toto IV. The All In box set also features an 80-page hardcover book containing new essays and rare photos. Packaged with each set is a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the band's members.
A CD version of All In also will be released later this year.
Toto recently kicked off its 40th anniversary tour, dubbed the 40 Trips Around the Sun trek, with a series of European dates slated to run through an April 8 concert in Glasgow, U.K. The band is expected to announce a North American leg of the tour soon.
Here is the full list of albums included in the All In vinyl box set:
Toto (1978) Hydra (1979) Turn Back (1981) IV (1982) Isolation (1984) Fahrenheit (1986) The Seventh One (1988) Kingdom of Desire (two-LP) (1992) Tambu (two-LP) (1995) Toto XX (two-LP) (1998) Mindfields (two-LP) (1999) Live in Tokyo EP (2018; recorded in 1980) Old Is New (2018)
Jade Anderson; ABC/Randy HolmesVicky Cornell, wife of the late Chris Cornell, has joined the Advisory Board at the Addiction Policy Forum, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving policy related to drug abuse prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform.
"I've learned a lot since losing Chris, including the fact that addiction is a brain disease -- a disease that is both preventable and treatable," says Vicky in a statement. "While I can't bring my husband back, I can help the millions of other families struggling with addiction and I hope we can prevent this horrific experience from happening to others."
As an Advisory Board member, Vicky will be working alongside former Members of Congress Alan Mollohan and Frank Guinta, and former U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey, among others.
Vicky's first TV interview following her husband's death aired Wednesday morning on ABC's Good Morning America. During the interview, she revealed that Chris, who had battled drug addiction throughout his life, relapsed shortly before he died by suicide last May.
Courtesy of Live NationAfter the recent announcement that Journey and Def Leppard will be mounting a massive North American co-headlining tour this year, two of the bands' members have teamed up to star in a humorous video promoting the trek that has been posted on Live Nation's official YouTube channel.
In the clip, dubbed "Mission Impossible," we see slow-motion footage of Journey guitarist Neal Schon and Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott making their way separately into the offices of Live Nation, as snippets of their bands' respective hits play in the background. Schon and Elliott arrive at one particular office simultaneously, and each rocker offers to let the other enter the room first, but both eventually head through the door at the same time, bumping shoulders as they push through.
Once in the office, Schon and Elliott meet face to face and declare, "Let's do this!" then proceed to try to figure out what cities their bands should visit on their tour using colored markers to scribble on a roughly drawn map on the wall.
"We are gonna go everywhere," declares Elliott. "We start here…" and Schon cuts in and says, "We go there."
"We go here," adds Joe, before Neal says, "Let's just go everywhere." Both men quickly agree on the tour plan, declaring "We've got it!" then bump fists while dropping their markers onto the ground.
Journey and Def Leppard's North American co-headlining tour features a whopping 59 dates, from a May 21 show in Hartford, Connecticut, through an October 6 concert in Inglewood, California.
5/21 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center 5/23 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center 5/25 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park 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 Pavilion 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 -- Boise, 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
Kevin Mazur/WireImageA few weeks ago, Elton John said in an interview that he and Beyonce might work on a song for her to sing in the upcoming live-action version of The Lion King. Now, he's talking about a song he wrote for yet another iconic female R&B singer, Mary J. Blige.
Mary voices a character named Irene in Sherlock Gnomes, the upcoming animated film that's being produced by Elton's company, Rocket Pictures. He wrote the music, including a special song for Mary. He tells Extra, "It's so fantastic that we got her to do it because now she's nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Mudbound and I always thought she could be a great actress."
He adds, "In fact, the song was written, and the words, for her, were very close to home because she just finished a relationship with her husband. So she did it in about 10 minutes. I'm so glad she did it because we've been friends — Mary and I — for a long, long time."
Elton also told Extra that his two young sons know what daddy does for a living, but they're not that impressed with it.
"They know I'm famous. They come and see a show...like they did last weekend...and they got very excited, and then they went home and it's all about football," he says, referring to the British word for soccer.
"They are mad about football — all they think about is football," he admits. "They love my music and they love what I do, but they are not intertwined with it.”
Credit: Danny O'ConnorTodd Rundgren's old band Utopia has re-formed for its first tour in 32 years. The trek gets underway on April 18 in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and is scheduled through a June 5 show in Riverside, California.
Utopia, which initially was known as Todd Rundgren's Utopia, formed in 1973 as a prog-rock band, although it eventually moved toward a mainstream-rock sound. From 1976 to 1986, the group's lineup was made up of Rundgren, drummer Willie Wilcox, bassist Kasim Sulton and keyboardist Roger Powell.
The current Utopia features Rundgren, Wilcox, Sulton and early keyboardist Ralph Schuckett. Sulton also has played bass with Rundgren's solo group for many years.
In a video interview promoting the tour, Rundgren explains, "We are going to attempt to cover most all of the significant moments that people would complain about if we didn't. So, we have a list of songs…that we're pretty confident people would like to hear or expect to hear."
Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 23, at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. A variety of pre-sale opportunities, including VIP packages, are available now.
In conjunction with the tour, a limited-edition CD box set called The Road to Utopia: The Complete Recordings (1974-1982) will be released on April 20. The collection features seven of the band's classic albums: 1974's Todd Rundgren's Utopia, 1975's Another Live, 1977's Ra and Oops! Wrong Planet, 1979's Adventures in Utopia, 1980's Deface the Music and 1982's Swing to the Right. It also includes 15 bonus tracks, plus new written commentary from Rundgren, Wilcox, Sultan and Powell.
You can pre-order The Road to Utopia now at Friday Music, Amazon and RecordStoreDay.com.
Here are all of Utopia's confirmed tour dates:
4/18 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak 4/20 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 4/22 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues 4/23 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater 4/25 -- Broward, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts 4/27 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater 4/28 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle 4/29 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theater 5/1 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theater 5/2 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theater 5/3 -- New York, NY, Town Hall 5/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theater 5/6 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theater 5/7 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 5/9 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House 5/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theater 5/12 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater 5/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theater 5/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live 5/16 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall 5/17 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore 5/19 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Live 5/22 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater 5/24 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater 5/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas 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