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Credit: Ian RawnThis Sunday, May 27, marks the first anniversary of Gregg Allman's death. The Allman Brothers Band singer, keyboardist and songwriter passed away at the age of 69 from complications of liver cancer.

Allman co-founded The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida. Combining blues, soul, jazz and gospel with rock 'n' roll, the group became one of the most popular and influential Southern rock acts of all time.

Gregg's soulful vocals and Hammond organ were key ingredients in the band's sound, while he also wrote or co-wrote many of the band's signature tunes, including "Whipping Post," "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and "Ain't Wastin' Time No More."

Allman also had a successful solo career that paralleled his work with his famous group, and became his main focus after the band's 2014 breakup. At the time of his death, he'd just about completed work on a new solo album, Southern Blood, which was produced by Don Was and released posthumously in September 2017. The album garnered critical praise and scored two Grammy nominations.

Speaking with ABC Radio about working with Allman on Southern Blood, Was noted, "I think the fact that he's probably one of the most soulful singers in the history of American music shines through on this record. I loved the performances he gave…He was truly one of the greats."

Numerous tribute shows honoring Gregg were held after his death, and events he helped established, such as The Peach Music Festival and the Laid Back Festival, have continued on in his memory.

Meanwhile, longtime Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes recently reflected on Gregg's death.

"[We'd] known each other since 1981…We were around the world together many, many times, and wrote a lot of music together," Haynes told ABC Radio. "I miss him all the time."

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Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentLast year, Daryl Hall & John Oates introduced HoagieNation, their very own music and food festival, in their hometown of Philadelphia.  On Saturday, the duo and their musical pals are back for a second helping, and they're getting things started a little early, too.

"What made us want to continue it was it was very successful," Daryl tells ABC Radio. "It's really gonna be more of a two-day event this year.  Last year was just one."

Things get underway tonight with a pre-party at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, a venue that partially inspired Hall & Oates' current single "Philly Forget Me Not."  In addition to performances by a couple of musical acts, there will be food from a huge number of acclaimed chefs, including Top Chef and Food Network stars.

On Saturday, the action moves to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, where about eight different acts will be playing throughout the day, and, naturally, there'll be a hoagie eating contest.

"It's gonna be great," Daryl says. "Train is gonna play before us, and us, and we also have my friends Fitz and the Tantrums on the bill that it's gonna be a very interesting night.  And other people -- it's a festival!"

He adds, "And we're gonna really have some great food there.  Y'know, it's Philly!  You gotta have some great's gonna be a great time, a great day."

Following the festival, Hall & Oates will resume their joint tour with Train on June 5 in Toronto.

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Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthThe Beach Boys have played a number of July 4 shows in Washington, D.C. over the years, and the band will return to the U.S. capital to perform on the annual A Capitol Fourth concert for a second consecutive year.

As part of the event, which PBS will air live from the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol starting at 8 p.m. ET, The Beach Boys will be honored with the prestigious National Artistic Achievement Award.  The group will be the fifth-ever recipient of the honor, joining Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Reba McEntire, and conductor and Star Wars composer John Williams.

"This is an extraordinary recognition for our band," says founding Beach Boys singer Mike Love. "We are grateful to everyone involved with A Capitol Fourth for this beautiful honor. The Beach Boys have been synonymous with 4th of July and performing on the West Lawn for decades now. It is an enormous source of pride."

Appropriately enough, the award will be presented by A Capitol Fourth host John Stamos, who's been a friend and an occasional touring member of The Beach Boys for decades.

Meanwhile, The Beach Boys kick off a new North American summer trek dubbed the "Now and Then" tour tonight in Springfield, Illinois. The outing is mapped out all the way into the fall. Stamos will join the group on select dates beginning in June.

While the band is out on the road, the recently reported album The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will hit stores June 8. It's a 19-track collection featuring archival vocal performances paired with new symphonic parts recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios.

Here are all of the Beach Boys' confirmed North American tour dates, according to

5/25 -- Springfield, IL, Springfield Sliders Stadium
5/26 -- Herrin, IL, HerrinFesta Italiana
6/1 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/2 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/3 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
6/5 -- Grand Forks, ND, Chester Fritz Auditorium
6/6 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Mary W. Sommervold Hall at Washington Pavilion
6/7 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center
6/8 -- Wausau, WI, Grand Theatre
*6/9 -- Fish Creek WI, Door Community Auditorium
6/22 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Casino
6/23 -- Pala, CA, Starlight Theater
6/30 -- Timmins, ON, Canada, Stars and Thunder Festival
7/1 -- San Rafael, CA, Marin County Fair
7/13 -- Fishers, IN, Conner Prairie
7/14 -- Fishers, IN, Conner Prairie
7/15 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
7/17 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
7/18 -- Sylvania, OH, Centennial Terrace
7/19 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater
7/20 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
7/21 -- Kemptville, ON, Canada, Kemptville Live Musical Festival  
7/22 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Edmonton Northlands Grounds
7/25 -- Columbus, OH, Celeste Center
7/27 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
7/29 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheatre
8/2 -- Fredericksburg, VA, Marks & Harrison Amphitheater
8/3 -- Selbyville, DE, The Freeman Stage
8/4 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre (two shows)
8/5 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center
8/7 -- Nichols, NY, Tioga Downs
8/8 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/9 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/11 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent (two shows)
8/12 -- Webster, MA, Indian Ranch Amphitheatre
8/14 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/15 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
8/16 -- Farmingville, NY, Brookhaven Amphitheater
8/17 -- Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheater
8/18 -- Ocean Grove, NJ, The Great Auditorium
8/20 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier (two shows)
8/21 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier (two shows)
8/24 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavilion
8/25 -- Franklin, WI, Milwaukee County Sports Center
8/27 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/15 -- Hutchinson, KS, Kansas State Fair
9/16 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/21 -- Santa Barbara, CA, The Granada Theatre
9/28 -- Minot, ND, Norsk Hostfest
11/14 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium

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Chris Peyton for VVVoidAfter making their live debut this past week with four intimate club shows in London, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's new group, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, has announced plans for a full European tour in September.

The trek kicks off on September 2 in Stockholm, Sweden, and visits 14 other cities on mainland Europe before heading to Mason's U.K. home country for six more dates, winding down with a September 29 show in Nottingham. To buy tickets, visit

As previously reported, the group pays tribute to Pink Floyd's early material with a focus on the band's first two albums, 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets. The other musicians in Mason's new outfit are Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd and David Gilmour touring bassist Guy Pratt, and veteran session musicians Lee Harris and Dom Beken on guitar and keyboards, respectively.

The set lists from Saucerful of Secrets' London gigs also included Pink Floyd songs from 1969's More, 1971's Meddle and 1972's Obscured by Clouds.

Here's the full list of Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets' European tour dates:

9/2 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Cirkus
9/3 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Forum Black Box
9/4 -- Rostock, Germany, Moya
9/6 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Carre
9/8 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Stadsschouwburg
9/9 -- Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Den Atelier
9/10 -- Paris, France, Olympia
9/11 -- Dusseldorf, Germany, Mitsubishi Elektrikhalle
9/13 -- Hamburg, Germany, Laeiszhalle
9/15 -- Stuttgart, Germany, Beethovensaal
9/16 -- Berlin, Germany, Tempodrom
9/17 -- Leipzig, Germany, Haus Auensee
9/19 -- Vienna, Austria, Stadhalle F
9/20 -- Milan, Italy, Tetro Arcimboldi
9/21 -- Zurich, Switzerland, Samsung Hall
9/23 -- Portsmouth, U.K., Guildhall
9/24 -- London, U.K., The Roundhouse
9/25 -- Birmingham, U.K., Symphony Hall
9/27 -- Manchester, O2 Apollo
9/28 -- Glasgow, U.K., SEC Armadillo
9/29 -- Nottingham, U.K., Royal Concert Hall

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Credit: Kristin BurnsStevie Nicks, whose mystical persona and poetic songs helped Fleetwood Mac become one of the world's most popular rock bands before she started an equally successful solo career, celebrates her 70th birthday on Saturday, May 26.

In 1974, Nicks and her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham were performing as a duo when they were asked to join Fleetwood Mac. Nicks' and Buckingham's singing and songwriting talents immediately impacted the group, whose chart-topping self-titled 1975 album included the Stevie-penned hit "Rhiannon" and her enduring ballad "Landslide."

Fleetwood Mac's next album, 1977's Rumours, made history. Recorded in the wake of Nicks and Buckingham's breakup and band mates Christine and John McVie's divorce, the album topped the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks and eventually sold over 20 million copies in the U.S.  Rumours also featured Stevie's composition "Dreams," the band's first and only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Nicks launched her solo career in 1981 with her debut album, Bella Donna. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200, and featured the hits "Edge of Seventeen," the Tom Petty duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and the Don Henley collaboration "Leather and Lace." Nicks has continued to alternate between Fleetwood Mac and her solo career.

This past January, Fleetwood Mac were honored with the MusiCares Person of the Year award. At the ceremony, Nicks mentioned her impending 70th birthday by noting that some of Fleetwood Mac's original fans are as old as 90.

"Those people played [Fleetwood Mac] music for their babies…And then those babies grew up and [played our music] for their babies," Stevie said. "And then those babies grew up, and those babies played it for their babies. I mean, all the babies just grew up, and I watched them grow up…It's, like, amazing!"

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Late Late Show host James Corden was recently in the U.K. for the Royal Wedding, and he'll return to his home country next month for a special week of shows that will feature some special musical guests...including Cher.

The Late Late Show with James Corden will air from Central Hall Westminster in London starting Monday, June 18, through Thursday, June 21.  Among the other music artists confirmed to join Corden in the U.K. capital are Foo Fighters and One Direction's Niall Horan. Actors Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom also will be guests on the show.

According to CBS, The Late Late Show's "signature musical and comedy segments...will get a British makeover," but there's no word on whether we'll get a U.K. version of Carpool Karaoke, with James duetting with a British singer while driving on the other side of the road, like he did with Adele in 2016.

The Late Late Show airs Monday through Friday nights at 12:37 a.m. ET/PT.

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Courtesy of John Fogerty/CAAGet ready for a root-rock extravaganza, as ZZ Top and ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty kick off their Blues & Bayous Tour tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The 24-date U.S. co-headlining trek is plotted out through a June 29 concert in Welch, Minnesota, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons says the outing will offer rock-music lovers "a good bang for the buck."

Gibbons tells ABC Radio that he's a longtime fan of Fogerty and CCR, noting, "Every song that they delivered, there was something about it. It was very infectious. You just kind of liked listening to it."

Billy also points out that he recently attended a Nashville brewery-sponsored event at which CCR songs were blasting over the sound system, and he recalls thinking how the band's music "resonates continually." He adds, "Their stuff was some of the best."

Meanwhile, Gibbons says that people coming out to the shows can expect some onstage ZZ Top--Fogerty collaborations. In preparation for the tour, Billy visited John and his band at Fogerty's studio, where he says they spent an unexpectedly long time playing each other's tunes.

"We decided to put our heads together and see what would shake [out]," Gibbons recalls. "And he said, 'Well, we only need just a little bit of this and a little bit of that,' which turned out to be a three-hour lovely tour together. I said, 'John, we got something going on here. Let's strike it up.' He said, 'All right, yeah.'"

Among the songs the two acts are likely to perform together is the just-announced new tune "Holy Grail," which Fogerty and Gibbons recorded together. It'll be released digitally on June 8.

Here are all of the Blues & Bayous Tour dates:

5/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort - Event Center
5/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
5/27 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
5/30 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
6/1 -- Pensacola, FL, Pensacola Bay Center
6/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park
6/3 -- West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheater
6/5 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
6/6 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheater at Chastain Park
6/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheater
6/12 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
6/13 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/17 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
6/19 -- Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre
6/20 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Theater
6/22 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/23 -- Canandaigua, NY, Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
6/24 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/26 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort*
6/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/29 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino

* = with Willie Nelson.

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Courtesy of Rhino EntertainmentWhen Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz launch their first-ever tour as a duo next week, Monkees fans can expect to be treated not only to plenty of the band's hits, but also to songs that the group never performed live.

Dolenz tells Rolling Stone that preparing the rarities for the trek, dubbed The Monkees Present: The Mike and Micky Show, was a hard but rewarding task.

"It's been a lot of work because Nez is quite the perfectionist," explains Dolenz. "But it's so exciting to hear these songs done in their original context and harmonies."

Among the Nesmith-penned gems the duo has dusted off for the tour are "You Told Me" from the 1967 album Headquarters and a pair of tunes recorded during sessions for 1969's Instant Replay: "Some of Shelly's Blues" and "St. Matthew."

Mike and Micky also are planning to perform some songs from The Monkees' 2016 album, Good Times!, as well as Nesmith's "Different Drum," which Linda Ronstadt's old band The Stone Poneys scored a hit with in 1967.

The idea for The Mike and Micky Show tour dates back to the days during the making of The Monkees TV show when Dolenz and Nesmith bonded on set while waiting for their scenes to be filmed.

"[W]e'd just set up on some of the set furniture and sing songs while the crew set up lights," Nesmith explains.

The trek itself came about after Monkees member Peter Tork told Dolenz he wouldn't be available to tour with the band for the foreseeable future because he wanted to focus on a tribute project to legendary bluesman Lead Belly, which he was doing with his own group, Blue Suede Shoes.

The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show kicks off June 1 in Chandler, Arizona. Here are all of the dates:

6/1 -- Chandler, AZ, Chandler Center for the Arts
6/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum
6/3 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's
6/5 -- Anaheim, CA, The Grove
6/6 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/8 -- Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theatre
6/9 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Lake Tahoe
6/12 -- Denver, CO, Paramount
6/14 -- Chicago, IL, Copernicus Center
6/15 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center
6/16 -- Cleveland Heights, OH, Cain Park
6/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre
6/19 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square
6/21 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
6/22 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
6/23 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
6/25 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre

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Courtesy of John FogertyJohn Fogerty and Billy Gibbons: together at last!

After the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman said he'd be collaborating with the ZZ Top singer/guitarist, the two have announced a new song together. The track, "Holy Grail," will arrive digitally on June 8. Fogerty wrote the song, while Gibbons contributed his vocal and guitar talents to the tune. 

For a preview of the track, you can listen to a 30-second snippet now via Fogerty's YouTube.

"I am so happy to be playin' and singin' with the Reverend BFG," says Fogerty. "That Sharp Dressed Man, himself. This is the Holy Grail!"

Adds Gibbons, "It's not an overstatement to say that writing a song with John Fogerty is a genuine bonus!"

Billy also notes, "It's fair to say that John and I are both pumped about our collaboration and we think this new one called 'Holy Grail' holds true with some great storytelling and some solid guitars movin' the number right along. It begs a shout of, 'Turn it up!'"

If you need even more Fogerty and Gibbons in your life, John and ZZ Top kick off their joint Blues and Bayous tour this Friday, May 25, in Atlantic City. The trek concludes June 29 in Welch, Minnesota.

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David LachappelleThe long-in-the-works movie Rocketman, described as a "musical fantasy" that tells the story of Elton John's rise to superstardom, now has a release date.

According to Deadline, the movie, directed by Dexter Fletcher -- who also co-directed the forthcoming Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody -- will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019. 

The movie stars Taron Egerton of the Kingsman films as a young Elton; Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn will produce.  Elton appeared as himself in the 2017 Kingsman sequel Kingsman:The Golden Circle.

Rocketman was written by Lee Hall, who collaborated with Elton on the hit musical Billy Elliot.

Egerton has said he plans to do all his own singing in the movie and to sing live on set, rather than lip-sync to a pre-recorded track.  He previously showed off his vocal chops when he voiced a singing gorilla named Johnny in the 2016 animated film Sing.  In fact, he sang Elton's hit "I'm Still Standing" in the movie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Steve Granitz/WireImageTonight, ABC News' Ryan Smith will host a two-hour 20/20 special, The Last Days of Michael Jackson.

The special, which will profile the King of Pop's life, legacy and complicated childhood, will offer never-before-seen video from interviews he did with ABC News' Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

It will also feature individuals who were around the icon before his passing, including Derek "Cooley" Jaxson, who taught Jackson how to moonwalk; Navi, a renowned Jackson impersonator; and Lisa Staub, the tour operator who was in front of his house on the day Jackson died.

But according to Smith, this special isn't about rehashing MJ's scandals or what led to his death -- it's about sharing his life.

"This is our opportunity to really tell his story," Smith tells ABC Radio. "The positives, the negatives, the sensational stuff, and the true stuff that seemed out of character and really give you a full picture of who he was."

He continues, "Through those two hours, we take you through all of that. What people were saying, what he was going through, what he was experiencing. To give you the full picture of Michael Jackson the human, not just Michael Jackson the pop star, or Michael Jackson, the man who had issues. The human being is what matters to us."

Although Smith says the documentary will definitely feature "music and the footage" that reflects Jackson's life, he explains its real purpose is to honestly and respectfully humanize an "extraordinary" man.

"We'll show you some things you haven't seen before, but also a well-rounded view of who he was," he says.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And here's the Excalibur track list:

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

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

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Courtesy of Paradise ArtistsThe 2018 edition of the Happy Together Tour, the annual oldies package trek headlined by The Turtles, kicks off on June 7 in Jacksonville, Florida, but it'll be missing one of its mainstays.

Turtles lead singer Howard Kaylan, a.k.a. "Eddie," will be sitting out the this year's trek for medical reasons.  Instead, Ron Dante of The Archies fame will be handling the group's main vocals. Founding Turtles backing vocalist Mark "Flo" Volman revealed in a recent interview with Centerline that Kaylan, who's 70, is taking a leave of absence to attend to back issues.

"His back has been bothering him for over a decade and it was recommended that he not tour because he can't ride on buses and has a tough time flying and didn't want to deal with a wheelchair," explained Mark. "We don't know what the outcome will be, but he has to have surgery or he'll never tour again anyway. Once we realized that he wouldn't be prepared to tour this year after having surgery, we needed to get somebody to fill in."

The lineup for this year's tour also includes ex-Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, former Paul Revere & the Raiders frontman Mark Lindsay, The Association, and The Cowsills.

A total of 45 dates have been confirmed for the Happy Together Tour, which is plotted out through an August 26 show in Deadwood, South Dakota. Tickets are on sale now.

"I always have a great time touring with these guys," says Negron in a statement. "We always bring a lot of energy and the fans have a big party, so I'm happy to be doing it again in 2018."

Here's the full list of dates on the trek:

6/7 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
6/8 -- Biloxi, MI, IP Casino Resort & Spa
6/9 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
6/10 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
6/13 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
6/14 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
6/15 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
6/16 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
6/17 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre
6/19 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
6/20 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
6/21 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak
6/22 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
6/23 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
6/24 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
6/27 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
6/28 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
6/29 -- Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island
6/30 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre
7/1 -- Bethesda, MD, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
7/12 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
7/13 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
7/14 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
7/15 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre
7/18 -- Sacramento, CA, California State Fair (Golden 1 Stage)
7/19 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
7/20 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
7/21 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
8/3 -- Rama, ON, Canada -- Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
8/5 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair (Main Stage)
8/8 -- Effingham, IL, Effingham Performance Center
8/9 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
8/10 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort
8/11 -- Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort
8/12 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
8/13 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds
8/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/17 -- Aurora, IL, Paramount Theatre
8/18 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena
8/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Muriel Kauffman Theatre)
8/21 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky State Fair
8/23 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
8/24 -- Onamia, MN, Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events Center
8/25 -- Sloan, IA, Winnavegas Casino Showroom
8/26 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mount Grand Event Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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