Credit: Zack WhitfordAfter his recent hospitalization, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry won't be ready to get back in the saddle in time for his planned fall solo tour. The 68-year-old rocker has announced that he's canceled the 10-date trek, which had been scheduled to launch on November 30 in in Sioux City, Iowa, and he'll be taking off the rest of 2018.
According to the announcement, Perry "would like to apologize to the fans who were planning on coming to the shows and looks forward to seeing them again in 2019." Tickets refunds will be available at the point of purchase.
Joe was hospitalized after experiencing a health issue backstage following his guest performance with Billy Joel at the Piano Man's November 10 concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden. A statement from Perry's rep reported that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital."
A Perry rep told ABC Radio this past Friday that Joe was home from the hospital and "doing well."
The trek had been plotted out through a December 16 concert in Agoura Hills, California. The next event of Perry's schedule is Aerosmith's recently announced February 1, 2019, concert as part of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest in Atlanta.
Here are all of the canceled dates:
11/30 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 12/1 -- West Dundee, IL, RocHaus 12/2 -- Detroit, MI, Crowfoot Ballroom 12/4 -- New York, NY, PlayStation Theater 12/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory 12/7 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino 12/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall 12/13 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose 12/15 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre 12/16 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon
Courtesy of Michael NesmithFollowing the recent announcement that The Monkees' Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenzwill mount a 2019 U.S. tour in March, comes word that Nesmith will be playing a series of special headlining shows on the West Coast in January.
The six-date trek will feature Nesmith performing his 1972 solo album And the Hits Just Keep On Comin', with accompaniment from pedal-steel guitarist Pete Finney, a member of Mike's side group The First National Band Redux. The tour kicks off January 17 in Seattle and runs through a January 26 concert in Mill Valley, California.
Tickets for the shows go on sale Wednesday, November 21. A limited number of VIP meet & greet packages also will be available.
This will mark the first time Nesmith has toured as a duo since 1975, when he hit the road with his frequent collaborator, pedal-steel guitarist Red Rhodes, with whom he recorded And the Hits Just Keep On Comin'.
And the Hits Just Keep On Comin' was the fifth album Nesmith released after his departure from The Monkees. It features versions of 10 songs that Mike wrote during or prior to his time in The Monkees, including "Different Drum," which Linda Ronstadt's old band The Stone Poneys had a top 20 hit with in 1967.
As previously reported, Nesmith underwent open-heart surgery earlier this year after experiencing congestive heart failure before a concert with Dolenz this past June. By September, however, Mike was well enough to go on tour with The First National Band Redux.
His upcoming trek with Dolenz, which kicks off March 1, 2019, in Medford, Massachusetts, includes four rescheduled shows that he and Micky postponed because of Mike's health issue.
Here are all of Nesmith's upcoming solo dates:
1/17/19 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre 1/19 -- Grants Pass, OR-- The Rogue Theater 1/20 -- Sacramento, CA, Sofia Center for the Arts 1/22 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour 1/24 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 1/26 -- Mill Valley, CA, Sweetwater Music Hall
UMe1970s pop legends The Carpenters are the latest artists to have their classic music augmented with newly recorded symphonic arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a new album.
Carpenters with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a 18-track collection that will be released on CD and digitally on December 7, and as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl set on February 8, 2019.
Original Carpenters keyboardist, songwriter, arranger, backing singer and producer Richard Carpenter created and conducted the new orchestral arrangements at London's famed Abbey Road Studios, which were combined with existing instrumentation and the late Karen Carpenter's original vocals.
Among the group's memorable hits enhanced for the new project are "Yesterday Once More," "Hurting Each Other," "For All We Know," "(They Long to Be) Close to You," "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Top of the World," and "We've Only Just Begun."
Reflecting on having the chance to revisit his group's famous tunes, Richard says, "There have been more than a few times when I have thought, 'I wish I could have a second crack at that'…And there were places where things could be augmented without overdoing it. That's the trick."
He adds, "These refreshed tracks more than ever showcase Karen's remarkable voice…And that to me was reason number one for undertaking the project."
Carpenters with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is available for pre-order now. Purchase the album online and you'll receive three of the tracks as instant downloads -- "Yesterday Once More," "Merry Christmas, Darling," and the group's cover of The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride."
Check out a behind-the-scenes video about the project at The Carpenters' official VEVO YouTube channel.
Here's the album's full track list:
"Overture" "Yesterday Once More" "Hurting Each Other" "I Need to Be In Love" "For All We Know" "Touch Me When We're Dancing" "I Believe You" "I Just Fall In Love Again" "Merry Christmas, Darling" "Baby It's You" "(They Long to Be) Close to You" "Superstar" "Rainy Days and Mondays" "This Masquerade" "Ticket to Ride" "Goodbye to Love" "Top of the World" "We've Only Just Begun"
Paramount PicturesHow do you go about portraying a larger-than-life music icon like Elton John on screen? In actor Taron Egerton's case, you become friends with the pop-rock legend himself.
Egerton stars as Elton in the upcoming biopic Rocketman, which is described as being "based on a true fantasy." Taron tells ABC Radio that Elton -- with whom he appeared in the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle -- readily welcomed him into his life.
"The thing he did was allow my access to him and he allowed us to become friends and I mean, I can't speak for him, but [I] say that with sincerity, I genuinely think of him as a friend now,” Egerton tells ABC Radio. "He's a wonderfully kind, supportive, gentle, soulful human being and he's been incredibly encouraging of me."
Egerton says Elton invited him to his house to spend time with his family and adds that they "hung out a lot" over the course of the production. They became so close, in fact, that Elton gifted him something quite personal.
"He gave me this incredible gift of his first-ever diamond earring before we started shooting and I actually wear it in the film at some key moments," Egerton reveals. "So I feel quite close to him, actually, having lived something of his life over the past few months and spent some time with him."
ABCJimmy Kimmel Live! aired its fourth annual (RED) benefit show on Monday, November 19, in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st.
Guests for the evening's show included U2's Bono, Brad Paisley, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis, Pharrell and more. As always, the show featured a Home Shopping Network-like Shopathon segment, in which celebrities inform people what products they can buy that benefit the charity founded by Bono.
The U2 frontman sang a torch song-style cover of The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" with Pharrell, and also announced that he'd be collaborating with Lady Gaga for a contest that would have the two stars creating a song named after the winner -- with all the proceeds benefiting the HIV/AIDS charity.
More information can be found at the charity's website.
Cleopatra BooksOver the last 50 years, Todd Rundgren has enjoyed an impressively diverse and prolific career as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and technological innovator. Now, the 70-year-old artist can add "book author" to his resume: His autobiography, The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams & Dissertations, will be published on December 21.
In the 240-page volume, Todd examines his wide-ranging career and his dramatic personal life. He also shares recollections about his experiences and interactions with fellow music legends like Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The New York Dolls, Meat Loaf and many others.
The Individualist is broken up into easily digestible three-paragraph chapters, and boasts a variety of previously unseen photos. You can pre-order the memoir now at CleoRecs.com.
The book will arrive shortly after Rundgren discovers whether or not he'll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. After recently being nominated for the honor for the first time this year, Todd currently sits at #3 -- after Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks -- in the fan poll hosted by the Rock Hall's official website.
The five nominated artists receiving the most votes in the poll will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be included with the other ballots. Voting closes at December 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2019 inductees will be announced later that month.
Meanwhile, Rundgren will wrap up the latest U.S. leg of his Unpredictable tour this weekend with a November 24-25 stand in Honolulu.
Here's are all the remaining dates on his 2018 trek:
11/20 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 11/21 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 11/24 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii 11/25 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
Courtesy of Rhino EntertainmentEarlier this year, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith were forced to cut short their U.S. duo tour, dubbed "The Monkees Present: The Mike and Micky Show," after Nesmith suffered congestive heart failure and had to undergo open-heart surgery. Now, the longtime band mates have scheduled a 2019 stateside trek that includes makeup dates for the four concerts they postponed at the end of the previous outing.
The 12-date tour gets underway on March 1 in Medford, Massachusetts, and currently runs through a March 16 show in St. Charles, Missouri. The rescheduled concerts take place March 5 in Red Band, New Jersey; March 6 in Glenside, Pennsylvania; March 8 in Huntington, New York; and March 9 in New York City.
The new trek is being billed as "Monkees Featuring Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz: A Very Musical Journey from 'Last Train to Clarksville' to 'Me & Magdalena.'" Tickets are on sale now.
Last month, The Monkees released their first-ever holiday album, Christmas Party, which featured new contributions from surviving members Dolenz, Nesmith and Peter Tork, as well as archival vocals from the late Davy Jones.
In other news, Tork recently addressed rumors that he has been experiencing health issues that have kept him from taking part in recent Monkees-related tours.
"[W]hile it is true that my health has required a little more attention these days, I'm feeling pretty good," Peter wrote on his official Facebook page last month. "I'm also cherishing this time with family and friends, and making music."
He added, "Keep your eyes open for some possible web concerts with friends and other musicians…this is a private time and I won't be posting updates."
Here's the full list of Nesmith and Dolenz's 2019 tour dates:
3/1 -- Medford, MA, Chevalier Theatre 3/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino 3/3 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre 3/5 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts 3/6 -- Glenside, PA, The Keswick Theatre 3/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 3/9 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre 3/10 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre 3/12 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre 3/14 -- Prior Lake. MN, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel 3/15 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino 3/16 -- St Charles, MO, Family Arena
Credit: Machado CicalaCoinciding with The Cher Show, the new Broadway musical based on her life, Cher is featured in the new issue of Elle magazine, talking about life, love and fame.
Recalling the day she met Sonny Bono, her future husband and musical partner, Cher tells Elle, "I swear, it was like the Maria and Tony scene [in West Side Story]. Everyone just disappeared. He was the most unusual person I'd ever seen. He had longish hair, and he had the most beautiful suit on, and beautiful long fingers, and Beatle boots."
Cher recalls that her duo act with Sonny wasn't an immediate hit. "Kids liked it, but adults just hated us. I mean, really hated us. Fistfights, hate," she says. But after Sonny & Cher released "I Got You Babe," things changed.
"Everything happened so fast. I didn't even know where I was," Cher explains. "One day we were poor. Two days, three days later, we were famous."
These experiences and more are featured in The Cher Show, which the star spent years perfecting.
"I'm fussy 'cause it's my story," Cher says. "I want it to be honest and right and funny and sad, like my life."
She adds, "I've had huge failures in my life. Huge dips and 'Oh, you're over. You're over.' This one guy once said, 'You're over,' every year for I don't know how many years. And I just said to him, 'You know what? I will be here when you're not doing what you do anymore.'"
Cher admits, "I had no idea if I was right or wrong [at the time]. I was just tired of hearing him say it."
The Cher Show is currently in previews on Broadway and opens December 3.
Credit: Dave HoganThere hasn't been any word lately about the status of The Rolling Stones' next studio album, but Mick Jagger has introduced what appears to be a new original Stones tune on his official Facebook page: It's a song that celebrates the band's just-announced 2019 U.S. tour.
In the clip, Jagger is shown lip-syncing to the tune as he strums an electric guitar. The lyrics are as follows: "I just found out today that we're going to the U.S.A/ Where the hell we gonna live?/Where the hell we gonna play?"
Jagger then runs down the various cities where the band will be performing: "There's Miami, Florida/ Jacksonville and Houston/ New Orleans and Glendale/ Pasadena, Santa Clara/ …to Seattle/ Denver, Colorado/ Right across America/ Philadelphia, PA/ Boston, Massachusetts/ Don't forget New Jersey/ Stoppin' in Chicago/ Hope you're gonna see a show/ Hope you're gonna go, go, go."
It's worth noting that New Orleans wasn't on the initial list of cities included in the announcement of The Rolling Stones' 2019 No Filter Tour of the U.S., which kicks off April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida. However, rumors have circulated that The Stones will be among the headlining acts at this year's edition of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is scheduled to take place April 25-28 and May 2-5.
Courtesy of Waffle HouseSales and chart positions are one way to measure a music star's popularity, but if you want to know just how deeply an artist has penetrated the country's consciousness, look no further than Waffle House.
Last week, the popular restaurant chain held its first Waffle House Tunie Awards, honoring the artists whose music was played most over the past 12 months on TouchTunes Jukeboxes at Waffle House's more than 1,900 locations. Among the winners were Michael Jackson and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The late King of Pop won two awards -- Artist of the Year and Best Pop Artist -- signifying that Jackson's music was played more than any other artist and pop act on Waffle House jukeboxes. Skynyrd, meanwhile, received the Best Rock Artist prize in honor of the band being the most-played rock act at the restaurant chain.
The most-played individual song was R&B singer Khalid's "Location." Other winners included Beyoncé and country music veteran "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson.
You can watch the entire Tunies ceremony now at the Waffle House Facebook page.
The band has confirmed 13 dates on so far for the latest leg of its No Filter trek, which kicks off April 13 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and is mapped out through a June 21 concert at Chicago's Soldier Field.
Other locations that the band will visit in 2019 include Jacksonville, Florida; Houston; Glendale, Arizona; Santa Clara, California; Seattle; Denver; Washington, D.C.; and the suburbs of Los Angeles, Boston and New York City.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 30, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, November 28, at 10 a.m. local time via RollingStones.com. Visit the site on November 27 at 9 a.m. ET to get a promo code to access to tickets.
The Stones teased the upcoming shows in recent weeks by having their lips-and tongue logo appear on billboards, scoreboards, banners and stickers at or near many of the venues where they will be playing next year.
"It's a thrill when we play stadiums in the States," frontman Mick Jagger says in a statement. "The energy is always amazing!"
Adds guitarist Keith Richards, "I've always loved playing the States. It's a great crowd."
The Rolling Stones' most recent trek was this year's No Filter Tour of Europe, which ran from May until July. The last time they toured the U.S. and Canada was in 2015, but they played a few stateside shows in October 2016.
Here are all of The Stones' confirmed 2019 tour dates:
4/20 -- Miami Gardens, FL, Hard Rock Stadium 4/24 -- Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field 4/28 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium 5/7 -- Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium 5/11 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl 5/18 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium 5/22 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field 5/26 -- Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High 5/31 -- Washington, D.C., FedExField 6/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field 6/8 -- Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium 6/13 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 6/21 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/ UMeThe Beatles are back in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart thanks to the 50th anniversary reissue of their 1968 self-titled album, a.k.a. The White Album. During the first week of the reissue's release, the record sold 63,000 equivalent album units to put it at #6 on the tally.
After it was originally released, The White Album ruled the Billboard 200, spending nine non-consecutive weeks at #1 in late 1968 and early 1969. During its initial chart run, the last time the album was higher than #6 was in March of '69.
Last year, The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band reached #3 on the Billboard 200 after the release of a 50th anniversary reissue. Sgt. Pepper previously had spent a whopping 27 weeks at #1 on the tally.
Another veteran rock act also made an impact the latest Billboard 200's top 10: The soundtrack to the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody dropped from #3 to #7 after moving 54,000 album units this past week. The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack features classic Queen studio tracks, updated renditions of some tunes, and a number of rare or previously unreleased concert performances, including songs from the band's historic set at the 1985 Live Aid festival in London.
The #1 album this week was country artist Kane Brown's Experiment, which notched 124,000 equivalent album units during its first week of release.
Credit: Craig McCordKeyboardist David Sancious, an original member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, also has played and recorded with such other music legends as Peter Gabriel, Sting and Eric Clapton. While he's been busy supporting other artists in recent years, Sancious now is turning his attention to his solo career, and is preparing to release a new album titled Eyes Wide Open.
To promote and fund the record, David has launched a PledgeMusic campaign that will offer his fans and supporters a variety of perks.
"I'm about to put out my ninth album," Sancious says in a new YouTube video focusing on Eyes Wide Open and the crowd-funding initiative. "[I]t's a project that started life one way, as a completely instrumental album, and as things developed it sort of took on a second life as partially a vocal album...with me for the first time singing vocals on my project."
Among the musicians featured on the album are respected drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, with whom David played in Sting's backing group, and bassist Sonny Thompson and drummer Michael Bland, who were members of the late Prince's New Power Generation.
Sancious says Eyes Wide Open will be a diverse collection of songs, noting in the video that he comes "from the '50s and '60s, [which] was a super-creative time…when people were sort of crossing boundaries musically and people were using their musical influence to come up with something new."
The album will be available on CD, as a 180-gram vinyl LP and digitally. All people who contribute pledges will receive a high-quality download of the record. Among the many perks available are exclusive t-shirts, photos and posters of Sancious with various famous collaborators, handwritten notes and lyric sheets, VIP concert and studio experiences, and more.
GAB Archive/RedfernsWith the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival scheduled for August of 2019, one of the historic concert event's organizers, Michael Lang, says a new fest commemorating the milestone is in the planning stages.
Asked if he could give any concrete details about the event, the 73-year-old promoter and entrepreneur says. "These are plans. This is not a done deal yet. But it's very close."
He adds that an official announcement will be issued soon.
The original Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held August 15-18, 1969, at a dairy farm owned by Max Yasgur in Bethel, New York, which actually is 43 miles from the town of Woodstock. The site is now a concert venue and museum called the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
The festival was one of the defining events of the 1960s, bringing together an estimated 400,000 people for a weekend of peace, love, drugs and, of course, rock 'n' roll.
Among the many artists who performed at Woodstock were Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez, John Sebastian, Arlo Guthrie, Canned Heat and Country Joe and the Fish.
Lang also helped organize 25th and 30th anniversary Woodstock festivals, respectively, in Saugerties, New York, and Rome, New York.
He says the new festival will reflect the values of the original Woodstock generation and promote themes like sustainability, activism and social justice, which "hopefully encourage people to get involved with our lives on the planet."
Courtesy of Gordon LightfootCanadian folk-rock legend Gordon Lightfoot celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday. The lauded singer/songwriter's long career dates back to the early 1960s, but he experienced his biggest success during the 1970s.
Lightfoot scored four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, "If You Could Read My Mind," "Carefree Highway," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and the chart-topping "Sundown."
Gordon was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2003, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor.
In 2014, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by SOCAN, the performing-rights organization that distributes royalties to Canadian artists. Over the years, Lightfoot has received 16 Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent to the Grammy.
Gordon currently is winding down a 2018 tour of his home country, which is mapped out through a November 24 concert in London, Ontario. He'll celebrate his birthday Saturday with a sold-out show in his hometown of Orillia, Ontario.
11/16 -- Oshawa, ON, Tribute Communities Center 11/17 -- Orillia, ON, Orillia Opera House 11/18 -- Ottawa, ON, National Arts Center 11/22 -- Kitchener, ON, Centre in the Square 11/23 -- Peterborough, ON, Peterborough Memorial Centre 11/24 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
Steve Morley/RedfernsPresident Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's' highest civilian honor -- to seven Americans, including the late "King of Rock 'n' Roll" Elvis Presley, on Friday during a ceremony at the White House.
"This year it is my true privilege to award this honor to seven extraordinary Americans," Trump said.
Before introducing Presley's award, a segment of Elvis' version of the gospel song "How Great Thou Art" played throughout the East Room.
"That was my idea, I said give me a little song," the President commented as he began his tribute to the singer. "I will tell you he was something special. I wanted to hear the rest of the song…I don't know why they cut it off so short."
Trump then read a brief biography that listed many of Presley's career achievements. He also revealed that he got to see Elvis perform at the Hilton in Las Vegas once, recalling that fans "were ripping the place apart, screaming [and] going crazy."
Trump added that he remembered the venue announcing "Elvis has left the house," quipping, "If they didn't say that, I'd still be there. Maybe I wouldn't be here."
This year's other Medal of Freedom honorees were late baseball legend Babe Ruth, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, Senator Orrin Hatch, Pro Football Hall of Famer and judge Alan Page, and doctor and humanitarian Miriam Adelson.
You can watch the full ceremony at the White House's official YouTube channel.
Credit: Ross HalfinJoe Perry is making progress after landing in the hospital due to a health issue he experienced last Saturday backstage at New York City's Madison Square Garden following a guest performance at Billy Joel's concert. A rep for the Aerosmith guitarist tells ABC Radio that Perry "was released from the hospital and is home and doing well."
Perry also took to his social media sites on Tuesday to let fans know he was "[d]oing well," and thanking them "for all the love and support!"
According to a statement issued Sunday by Joe's publicist, the 68-year-old musician "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital." The statement added that Perry was "alert and responsive" after the incident.
Perry had just finished performing the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way" with Joel before the incident.
This health scare follows a July 10, 2016, incident during which the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer collapsed onstage while performing in Brooklyn, New York, with his side band, The Hollywood Vampires. It was believed then that Joe suffered cardiac arrest, although he returned to action later that year.
Perry is scheduled to launch a 10-date U.S. solo tour in support of his 2018 solo album Sweetzerland Manifesto on November 30 in Sioux City, Iowa. He recently released a new single called "Quake" that will appear on an upcoming vinyl version of the album.
With Thanksgiving taking place this Thursday, Sunday's episode of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors has been dubbed "Giving Thanks" night, with the six young celebrity competitors set to perform a dance dedicated to people who inspired them and had an important impact on their lives.
Mandla and his partner, Brightyn Brems, will be doing a foxtrot set to "Isn't She Lovely." The duo is mentored by Cheryl Burke. Mandla is an aspiring fashion designer who also enjoys playing piano.
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors is hosted by actor Frankie Muniz and Dancing with the Stars season 25 winner Jordan Fisher.
PRNewsFoto/Palms Casino ResortWednesday was a nice day for Billy Idol, who was sworn in as an American citizen at a ceremony held in Los Angeles.
Photos of the British-born punk rocker at the ceremony have been posted on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' socialmedia sites. One of the pics shows Idol taking the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance while holding a small U.S. flag.
The websites also feature a brief Q&A with Billy, who was born William Broad in November 1955 in Stanmore, U.K., sharing his feelings about America.
Recalling his first memory of coming to the U.S., Idol says, "I was only 2 or 3 years old the first time I came to the U.S. But I remember when I came back in the '80s to live here permanently that I was so happy because I love America."
Billy also was asked, "What does being an American mean to you?" to which he responded, "Today it feels fantastic to now be part of the democratic process. I am excited to be a citizen like my children."
In other news, Idol recently reunited with his former Generation X band mate, bassist Tony James, along with two members of the Sex Pistols, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, to form a punk supergroup called Generation Sex. The band played its first show late last month in Los Angeles, and also did a private gig in New York City earlier this week.
Idol's current tour schedule includes two multiple-show Las Vegas engagements, in January and October 2019, as part of his residency at Palms Casino Resort's Pearl Theater.
Diana Ross and Tony Bennett are among the many artists who will perform on the show, which airs Wednesday, November 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The lineup also includes pop/R&B star John Legend, a cappella group Pentatonix and country artists Martina McBride, Brett Eldredge and Kellie Pickler. More acts will be announced soon.
Howie Mandel will also make a special appearance on the two-hour special, which will be co-hosted by NBC's Today show anchors and feature the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a 72-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Wallkill, New York.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was first erected in 1931, but NBC televised it for the first time in 1951. This 86th annual tree lighting will feature more than 50,000 multi-colored lights, and a 900-pound 3-D star covered in three million Swarovski crystals.
In other NBC holiday special news, Entertainment Tonight reports that Stevie Wonder will be among the guests featured on John Legend's A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy -- which airs November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, right after the tree-lighting special. Legend's special will repeat on December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.