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Real World RecordsThe third installment of Peter Gabriel's vinyl reissue campaign featuring multiple-LP, half-speed-remastered versions of albums from his back catalog will arrive on July 28.

The records being released as part of the campaign are three soundtrack albums: 1985's Birdy, 1989's Passion and 2002's Long Walk Home.

Birdy, the soundtrack to the 1984 Alan Parker-directed film of the same name, includes several tracks that were based on pre-existing songs from Gabriel's third and fourth studio albums. Peter co-produced the record with frequent U2 collaborator Daniel Lanois.

Passion was the soundtrack to director Martin Scorsese's controversial 1988 biblical drama The Last Temptation of Christ, although Gabriel also included new music that was not heard in the movie. A number of renowned international musicians contributed to the project, including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour  and Baaba Maal.

Long Walk Home was the soundtrack to the award-winning Australian flick Rabbit-Proof Fence, directed by Phillip Noyce.

Birdy and Long Walk Home will be available as two-LP sets, while Passion will be a three-LP collection with the last side of Disc Three featuring a laser etching rather than music. All of the albums are packaged in gatefold sleeves and will play at 45 rpm. This will mark the first time Long Walk Home will be issued on vinyl.

"I've always loved film music and I've been lucky enough create music for three very different kinds of film," says Gabriel about the soundtracks. "All the films share strong stories and memorable performances. In each case they also have musical directors…who really care about, and feel, the music they work with. They each allowed me to create moods and atmospheres within the music that I felt could serve their narrative."

Here are the track lists of Gabriel's soon-to-be-reissued soundtrack albums:

Birdy:

Side A
"At Night"
"Floating Dogs"
"Quiet and Alone"

Side B
"Close Up" (from "Family Snapshot")
"Slow Water"
"Dressing the Wound"

Side C
"Birdy's Flight" (from "Not One of Us")
"Slow Marimbas"
"The Heat" (from "The Rhythm of the Heat")

Side D
"Sketchpad with Trumpet and Voice"
"Under Lock and Key" (from "Wallflower")
"Powerhouse at the Foot of the Mountain" (from "San Jacinto")

Passion:

Side A
"The Feeling Begins"
"Gethsemane"
"Of These, Hope"
"Lazarus Raised"
"Of These, Hope -- Reprise"

Side B
"In Doubt"
"A Different Drum"
"Zaar"
"Troubled"

Side C
"Open"
"Before Night Falls"
"With This Love"
"Sandstorm"
"Stigmata"

Side D
"Passion"
"With This Love -- Choir"
"Wall of Breath"

Side E
"The Promise of Shadows"
"Disturbed"
"It Is Accomplished"
"Bread and Wine"

Side F
Etching (no music)

Long Walk Home:

Side A
"Jigalong"
"Stealing the Children"
"Unlocking the Door"
"The Tracker"
"Running to the Rain"

Side B
"On the Map"
"A Sense of Home"
"Go Away Mr. Evans"
"Moodoo's Secret"
"Gracie's Recapture"

Side C
"Crossing the Salt Pan"
"The Return (Parts 1, 2 and 3)"

Side D
"Ngankarrparni (Sky Blue -- Reprise)"
"The Rabbit-Proof Fence"
"Cloudless"

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Universal Music GroupU.K. newspaper The Guardian is giving Beatles fans an exclusive preview of one of the unreleased studio outtakes that will be included in the upcoming expanded 50th anniversary reissue of the group's landmark 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The track is an in-progress version of the album's title song, that's missing elements including the lead guitar heard during the intro, the prominent horn sections, and the cheering crowd noises.

The outtake, which is subtitled "Take 9 and Speech," also is missing the sung "Billy Shears" transition into "With a Little Help from My Friends," and instead has a long fade-out section featuring various band members whistling and yelling out phrases such as "I feel it" and "Gotta be free now."

The very end of the track features studio chatter, during which you can hear Paul McCartney comment, "I think it'll probably be another day singing it," and George Harrison making a suggestion about how to approach singing part of the tune.

You can check out the track at TheGuardian.com.

The 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will be released May 26 in various configurations and formats, including a Super Deluxe box set featuring a newly remastered version of the album, a mono mix of the record, 34 previously unreleased recordings from the sessions, a making-of documentary and much more.

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UMeThe soundtrack for one of David Bowie's signature movies is getting the reissue treatment.

The soundtrack to the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth will be reissued on vinyl on May 12. The package replicates the album's original jacket and artwork, plus the inner sleeve of photos of Bowie in the film.

Directed by late Muppets creator Jim HensonLabyrinth tells the story of a young girl, played by a then-15-year-old Jennifer Connelly, who travels to the center of an otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother after she unwittingly wishes him away. Bowie plays Jareth, the Goblin King, who takes possession of the child. The movie also features numerous puppet creations from Henson's Creature Shop.

In a 1986 interview with Movieline, Bowie recalled his involvement in the movie, saying, "I'd always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages…and I must say that Jim gave me a completely free hand with it."

He added, "The script itself was terribly amusing without being vicious or spiteful or bloody, and it also had a lot more heart than many other special effects movies. So I was pretty well hooked from the beginning."

The Labyrinth soundtrack features a six-part instrumental score by film composer Trevor Jones, augmented by five original songs written by Bowie: "Underground," "Magic Dance," "Chilly Down," "As the World Falls Down" and "Within You." Bowie sings lead vocals on all except "Chilly Down."

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Simon & SchusterBruce Springsteen’s longtime photographer is preparing a new book of snapshots.

In November, Frank Stefanko will release Bruce Springsteen: Further Up the Road, chronicling forty years of his Boss-related shots. According to Rolling Stone, many of the photos in the new book are previously unreleased, and many are from two photo shoots with Springsteen: one in 2004 and another from this year.

Stefanko shot the cover photos for two Springsteen albums: Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. He also took the cover shot for Bruce’s recent autobiography, Born to Run.

Springsteen himself wrote the introduction for Further Up the Road. The book's publisher, Wall of Sound Editions, plans to print just under two thousand copies, and Stefanko will sign each one. The first 350 will be available as a deluxe edition costing $630, with rest going for $380 apiece.

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Nick Elgar/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesFormer Talking Heads leader David Byrne has penned a sweet memorial for director Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday morning at age 73.

Demme directed Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 concert documentary shot during Talking Heads’ tour in support of their Speaking in Tongues album.

In a message on his website, Byrne says he’d enjoyed Demme’s earlier films and “could sense his love of ordinary people” and that Demme was “a huge music fan.”

Byrne explains, “We booked four nights at the Pantages Theatre in L.A. at the tail end of a tour for filming. Jonathan joined us on the road and became familiar with the band and the show."

He notes, "Jonathan’s skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you’d get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities. They became your friends, in a sense.”

Byrne says Demme’s mentoring helped give him the confidence to try his hand at feature film directing himself, with 1986’s True Stories.  “Jonathan helped me as I was developing True Stories," he explains. "I wrote a song for his film Something Wild [and] a score for Married to the Mob.”

Byrne continues, “Jonathan went on to make a lot more features—some hugely successful, others not so much. He interspersed these with a number of documentaries and music films. The documentaries are pure labors of love. They tend to be celebrations of unsung heroes…He often turned what would be a genre film into a very personal expression. His view of the world was open, warm, animated and energetic.

Byrne ends his essay with a simple message: “Jonathan, we’ll miss you.”

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ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Randy HolmesBoth Iggy Pop and Lars Ulrich were friends of Lou Reed, and in an interview with Metallica's So What! fan magazine, the two musicians talk about working with the late Velvet Underground frontman.

Eventually the conversation turns to Lulu, Metallica's critically-maligned collaborative album with Reed, which Pop says he "enjoyed." Ulrich revealed that Reed was "really saddened by the response" to Lulu.

"The roles changed at the end where I became almost more maternal to him, and had to like sort of comfort him through this very difficult month when the record came out and it just got f*****g slammed," Ulrich remembers.

You can read the entire, wide-ranging conversation, which took place during Pop's opening stint for Metallica's tour through Mexico last month, now via Metallica.com. A video clip of the discussion about Reed is streaming on RollingStone.com.

In other Iggy Pop news, the Godfather of Punk's first three solo albums, 1977's The Idiot and Lust for Life and 1978's TV Eye Live, are being reissued on colored vinyl. All three records will be available in a limited edition bundle on June 2.

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L-R: Jonathan Demme and David Byrne; Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesNot only did the late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme helm such acclaimed dramas as Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, he was also a concert film visionary.

Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, directed Stop Making Sense, the groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary. The film gained accolades for its imaginative construction and editing, and was the first to be shot entirely using digital audio.

Demme also directed a trilogy of concert film/documentaries featuring Neil Young: 2006’s Heart of Gold, 2009’s Neil Young Trunk Show, and 2012’s Neil Young Journeys.

Demme’s music video work included the video for Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia," and Bruce's 1995 clip for "Murder Incorporated."

In addition, Demme directed 1985’s “Sun City” video for Artists United Against Apartheid, the activist group founded by Little Steven Van Zandt. The project featured Springsteen, Bono, Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards and many others.

One of Demme's final projects was a multimedia film for a new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit called the Power of Rock Experience that'll premiere at the Hall July 1. Earlier this month, Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris told ABC Radio that the 12-minute film compresses 31 years of footage from Hall induction ceremonies into "an immersive experience based on the emotions of rock 'n roll."

In a statement to ABC Radio today, Harris said, “Jonathan had a keen ability to meld his passion for music and storytelling in works that showed us the world in a new light. It was an honor to have worked with him on one of his last projects.”

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UMeStatus Quo are reissuing deluxe editions of three albums from their catalog.

The British boogie-blues veterans will offer multi-disc versions of 1976’s Blue for You, 1980’s Just Supposin’, and 1981’s Never Too Late on May 26. Between them, the reissues will include 36 previously unreleased tracks or versions of songs. Each deluxe edition also comes with an enhanced booklet, rare photos and memorabilia from the band’s personal collection.

Blue for You was the final album to feature Status Quo’s classic four-piece line up. The two-CD reissue has been remastered and includes a bonus disc of demos and live tracks.

Just Supposin’ made the Top Five of the U.K. charts upon its release. The reissue also comes with a bonus disc of demos and live recordings.

Never Too Late was the last album to feature drummer John Coghlan. The deluxe, three-CD reissue includes a bonus disc featuring a 1981 concert.

Full details and complete track lists are available on the band’s website.



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Courtesy Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, but the induction ceremony doesn't always take place there.  But it will next year.

This morning, the Hall announced that the 33rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held April 14, 2018 at Cleveland's historic Public Hall.  The last time it was held at that location was 2015.  A variety of induction-themed events will be held at the Hall and throughout the city in conjunction with the event.

This year's induction ceremony took place earlier this month in Brooklyn, NY -- you can watch it Saturday night on HBO starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  The honorees were Joan Baez, ELO, Journey, Nile Rodgers, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. 

The special guests at the ceremony included Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, T.I., Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Jackson Browne, Train's Pat Monahan, Dhani Harrison, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, and others.

An exhibit dedicated to this year's honorees is now open at the Hall, and will run through the winter of 2018.

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Credit: Eagle RecordsFor the first time in 14 years, there’s a new Procol Harum album.

Novum, the veteran British progressive rock band’s first new studio album since 2003’s The Well’s on Fire, was released April 21. The group continues to be led by one of its founding members, singer/keyboardist/composer Gary Brooker, who’s been the distinctive voice of Procol Harum since they exploded on the scene in 1967 with the legendary single, “Whiter Shade of Pale.”

Novum is Procol Harum’s 13th album overall and helps mark the band’s 50th anniversary. Brooker tells ABC Radio that milestone was the inspiration to record new material: “So off we went. And the band, we've been playing live, this outfit as we stand today, for 10 years, and this was the first time we've been in the studio. So we suddenly got very excited about it.”

Most of the lyrics on the new album came courtesy of Pete Brown, best known for his work with Cream in the 1960s. The music was a collaborative process between Brooker and the other band members. He recalls, "I thought I would like to sit down with a couple of the people from the band…very, very capable creators. So I sat down with (keyboardist) Josh Phillips, and then we got (guitarist) Geoff Whitehorn involved as well, and we started to think up new ideas.”

Novum features 11 new tracks, one in particular that Brooker enjoys singing: the first single, “Sunday Morning.” He explains, “You can really get into that one. I mean, they're all good songs to put yourself into as a vocalist.”

Brooker proudly adds that he considers Novum “to be one of the finest Procol Harum albums ever.”

Here's the track list for Novum:

“I Told on You”
“Last Chance Motel"
“Image of the Beast”
“Soldier”
“Don’t Get Caught”
“Neighour”
“Sunday Morning”
“Businessman”
“Can’t Say That”
“The Only One”
“Somewhen”



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Fred Duval/FilmMagicMight we be able to add Genesis to the list of superstar rock reunions? Mike Rutherford, for one, says he'd be down with that.

The guitarist/bassist tells England’s Daily Mirror the group’s 50th anniversary offers the opportunity for he, keyboardist Tony Banks and singer/drummer Phil Collins to perhaps do a few shows together.  If it happens -- and it's a big "if" -- it would mark the first Genesis concerts since the trio’s reunion tour a decade ago, after which Collins retired due to ongoing medical issues.

Rutherford says thoughts of reuniting coincided with both he and Collins publishing recent memoirs.

Mike explains, “I think both of us have gone through this [period of] slightly looking back in our lives in writing the book. I came away, as he did too, with a feeling of what an incredible time we’ve had. How lucky we’ve been. And more importantly, what a great friendship we’ve had.”

He didn't address whether original lead singer Peter Gabriel, who split from Genesis in 1975, or guitarist Steve Hackett, who departed two years later for a solo career, might be involved in any reunion or anniversary celebration.

Regarding their friendships, Rutherford says, "Obviously, all of us, but especially the three of us -- myself, [Phil] and Tony -- it was quite a special relationship.”

Collins recently announced he'd be coming out of retirement to do a series of concerts in London, Cologne, Germany; Paris and Dublin, Ireland in June. A few of those shows will feature opening sets from Rutherford’s long-running band Mike The Mechanics, who recently issued their eighth album, Let Me Fly.



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MJ Kim/MPL Communications LtdFans in over a dozen more cities will have a chance to go One on One with Paul McCartney.

McCartney has announced 14 additional dates for the North American leg of his One on One tour, beginning July 5 in Miami, Florida. The dates include four cities the former Beatle has never played before: Duluth, Georgia; Bossier City, Louisiana; Wichita, Kansas; and Syracuse, New York. 

A July 25 show in Tinley Park, Illinois goes on sale April 29, with tickets for the other dates going on sale May 1 and May 5, respectively, depending on the show. Full information is available at McCartney’s official website.

McCartney is touring with the same band that's accompanied him for more than a decade: guitarist Rusty Anderson, bassist/guitarist Brian Ray, keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens and drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. Check out exclusive rehearsal footage here.

Here are Paul McCartney's updated One on One North American tour dates:

7/5 – Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
7/10 – Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
7/13 – Duluth, GA, Infinite Energy Arena
7/15 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
7/19 – Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
7/21 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
7/23 – Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
7/25 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park
9/11 – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
9/15 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/19 – Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/ 23 – Syracuse, NY, Carrier Dome
9/ 26 – Uniondale, NY, NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10/1 -- Detroit MI, Little Caesars Arena



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Credit: Thos Robinson/Getty Images for ForeignerSummer concert season is almost here, and fans will have a chance to enjoy live music at budget prices.

Foreigner, Boston, Deep Purple, Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind & Fire are among the artists involved in live event promoter Live Nation’s “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion” on National Concert Day, Monday, May 1. The company will offer over one million tickets to various concert tours for just $20 each.

The $20 tickets will be available for over 1,000 shows and over 50 tours, including Boston with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper with special guest The Edgar Winter Band, Def Leppard with Poison and Tesla, Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Foreigner and Cheap Trick with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Queen Adam Lambert, Rod Stewart with very special guest Cyndi Lauper, Styx and REO Speedwagon with special guest star Don Felder.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 2 at 8 a.m. local time, with the special offer continuing for one week. Full information is available online.



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The 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is upon us, but according to Paul McCartney, initial reactions to the now-classic album were somewhat mixed.

Speaking to Mojo magazine, the ex-Beatle recalls being told, “You’re gonna lose all your fans with this one.’"  He says their response was, "Well, we’ll lose some but we’ll gain some. We’ve gotta advance.”

McCartney also mentions a “terrible” review the album received in the New York Times, in which the writer said “the over-all effect is busy, hip and cluttered,” adding that Sgt. Pepper’s was “spoiled” like “an over-attended child.”

But Paul points out that when that same writer heard what others were saying about the album, he revised his opinion in another piece for the Village Voice.  That time, he said it was “better than 80 percent of the music around today,” but opined that Sgt. Pepper's wouldn’t be considered as good historically as Rubber Soul and Revolver.

Paul also spoke about the 50th anniversary version of Sgt. Pepper’s that's being released next month, saying he really appreciates the new stereo mix.

He explains, “The original stereo mix is a bit of a period piece. You’ve got the drums in one corner. You’ve got the vocals in another corner. We would be at listening parties, have some mates around and I’d go, ‘Listen to the drums on this, man!’…and you couldn’t hear ’em. 'Oh! They’re over there in the other corner of the room.'”

Describing the new mix, he says, ”It sounds more like us playing in the room and more like we intended it.”

The remastered 50th Anniversary version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band arrives arrive May 26.

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Alexandre Loureiro/Getty ImagesGood news this morning about Elton John, who had to cancel weeks of performances while he recovers from a severe bacterial infection. 

Elton's apparently feeling well enough to send a tweet to his fans Tuesday morning.  "Woke up to an avalanche of well wishes," he wrote.  "Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I'm resting well and looking forward to getting back on tour."

Woke up to an avalanche of well wishes. Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I'm resting well and looking forward to getting back on tour. pic.twitter.com/zwTKvt1jn7

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) April 25, 2017

He posted the same message on his Instagram, but added, "I'm resting well and getting stronger every day. I'm looking forward to getting back on tour in June."

According to Elton's rep, the rock legend contracted a "a harmful and unusual bacterial infection" during a tour of South America, and during his return flight home, he became "violently ill."  When he arrived in the U.K., he was admitted him to the hospital, where he "underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection."

Elton spent two nights in intensive care, and then had an extended stay in the hospital. He was finally released this past Saturday and is now "comfortably resting at home," according to his rep.

According to an earlier statement, the infection that Elton contracted is "rare and potentially deadly," but it was quickly identified and treated, and he's expected to make a full recovery. 

Elton said in the earlier statement, "I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them.  I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

The tour cancellations encompass Elton's entire performance schedule for April and May in Las Vegas, as well as a May 6 performance in Bakersfield, California.  Ticket holders can get refunds for the cancelled performances.  His next live show will take place in Twickenham, England on June 3.

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Courtesy of The ClassicOne of the musical highlights of this summer will be the Classic East/Classic West Festivals, taking place in July in New York and L.A. with a lineup that includes Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Steely Dan, and Earth, Wind & Fire.  The Eagles haven't performed since co-founder and frontman Glenn Frey died last year, but according to Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, they've somehow found a way to fill the huge gap left by Frey's absence.

"I'll leave the surprise of how they're doing it to unfold in their own world at these two shows," Fleetwood tells ABC Radio, "[but] I think it's really historical."

The drummer adds that he's delighted that The Eagles are returning to the stage.

"I think it's hugely profound for the Eagles that they're coming out and doing these shows," he tells ABC Radio. "And I'm really glad that the band is still existing and seemingly intent on continuing as a band." 

As for Fleetwood Mac, so far the two festivals, on July 16 and July 30, are the only announced dates for the band, though guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer/keyboardist Christine McVie are doing their own tour starting in June to promote their self-titled duets album.

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Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesThough a quintessential Englishman, Ray Davies has plenty to say about the U.S.A.

The Kinks frontman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer even titled his new album Americana, inspired by his 2013 autobiographical book of the same name.

Davies recorded with acclaimed alt-country band The Jayhawks, which required a little fine-tuning. Ray tells the BBC, "At first, they were trying to sound English in their backing vocals, but I deterred them from that…I picked them is because they just play the songs. They don't embellish too much unless I ask them to, which is great."

Things went so well, Davies says there are “another 20” songs waiting to be finished, adding, "It's a big work, but I hope it'll be put together for a deluxe record later on."

Davies lived for a spell in New Orleans, including a harrowing 2004 incident in which he was shot in the leg chasing a purse thief. He ended up in the hospital under heavy sedation, a situation he describes in the new song, “Mystery Room.”

Another track, “Rock 'N' Roll Cowboys,” compares ageing rockers to long-in-the-tooth gunslingers. Davies muses, "Every day I wake up and say, 'I love writing songs but do I want to do this?' and the answer is I do. I love making records. I love playing in front of people."

As for the country of inspiration, Davies says, "I do hope America balances itself out. It's slightly off-kilter at the moment. (President Trump) has still got to face Congress, and it's still a democratic country. I think the will of the people will be heard, and America's constitution is strong. It's a difficult time of re-adjustment for them - but I think in time it'll balance itself out.”



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Credit: Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMe“Little Steven” Van Zandt is sharing the title track from his upcoming solo album, Soulfire.

Due May 19, Soulfire was recorded with a new version of Little Steven’s longstanding band, the Disciples of Soul. You can listen to the title track on Vevo.

Van Zandt describes the album as “me doing me,” explaining, “There are a couple of covers, a couple of new songs, and some of what I feel are the best songs I’ve written and co-written over the years.”

The new songs include “I Saw the Light,” originally intended for ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, and “The City Weeps Tonight,” which dates all the way back to the writing sessions for Van Zandt’s first solo album in the early ‘80s.

Soulfire also features new versions of “I Don’t Wanna Go Home,” a hit for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and “Love on the Wrong Side of Town,” co-written by Little Steven’s E Street Band boss Bruce Springsteen.

The new album came about after a Disciples of Soul reunion last October in London. Little Steven recalls, “I thought, well, we’ve already learned 22 songs. Maybe we should make an album.”

He also calls it “the most fun I’ve ever had making a record,” adding, “We did it quickly, while we still had the fire and energy from the London show. We just took it into the studio and banged it out, six weeks from start to mix.”

Now he’s taking the Disciples of Soul on the road, with a full North American itinerary expected soon. Van Zandt vows to “take this band to every place that wants to see us. It’s tricky with a 15-piece band, but I’m just trying to achieve my lifelong goal of breaking even!”

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Credit: John Popper of Blues Traveler; John Lamparski/WireImageKick out the jams, Blues Traveler are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new tour.

The bluesy, jam-rock veterans will kick things off October 11 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, finishing the 25-date excursion with a November 19 show in San Diego. Ticket information is available via the band’s official website.

Frontman John Popper says, “Three decades and I am still surprised when we play and find some rich new musical vein to tap…Thirty years since a bunch of loud boys embarked on an adventure that took them around the world and made them a family that has not ceased growing to this day. Thirty years later and I am still so very grateful.”

Led by Popper and guitarist Chad Kinchla, Blues Traveler formed in Princeton, New Jersey, in the mid-1980s. They’ve released a dozen studio albums and sold more than 10 million discs worldwide. They also earned a 1986 Grammy for the track “Run Around.” Popper has also performed with the likes of Foo Fighters, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band.

In addition to the anniversary tour, Blues Traveler will begin recording a new album next month that’s expected to see the light of day in early 2018.

Blues Traveler 30 Year Anniversary Tour Dates:
10/12 -- Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
10/13 -- Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
10/14 -- Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
10/15 -- Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
10/17 -- Richmond, VA, The National
10/18 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/20 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live
10/21 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution Live
10/26 -- Austin, TX, Emo’s
10/27 -- Dallas, TX, House Of Blues
10/28 -- Houston, TX, House Of Blues
10/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
11/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
11/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue
11/4 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
11/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
11/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, House Of Blues
11/8 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
11/10 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
11/12 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox at The Market
11/15 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
11/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco
11/18 -- Anaheim, CA, House Of Blues
11/19 -- San Diego, CA, House Of Blues



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ABC/Randy HolmesHere's hoping Elton John will be on the Yellow Brick Road to recovery soon: he's had to cancel weeks of performances while he recovers from a severe bacterial infection.

The cancellations encompass Elton's entire performance schedule for April and May in Las Vegas, as well as a May 6 performance in Bakersfield, California.

According to Elton's rep, the rock legend contracted a "a harmful and unusual bacterial infection" during a tour of South America, and during his return flight home, he became "violently ill."  When he arrived in the U.K., he was admitted him to the hospital, where he "underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection."

Elton spent two nights in intensive care, and then had an extended stay in the hospital. He was finally released this past Saturday and is now "comfortably resting at home," according to his rep. 

According to a statement, the infection that Elton contracted is "rare and potentially deadly," but it was quickly identified and treated, and he's expected to make a full recovery.  His next live show will taken place in Twickenham, England on June 3.

Elton says in a statement, "I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them.  I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

Ticket holders can get refunds for the cancelled performances.

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