Friday, March 29, 2019

Thomas Rhett news

With 12 No. 1s, awards country radio’s most played artist of 2018,THOMAS RHETT has unveiled details of his upcoming fourth studio album, CENTER POINT ROAD (Valory Music Co.) ahead of its May 31 release.

Named after the street in his Tennessee hometown that shaped and influenced much of his life experiences, the project is a return to his roots, marking the most autobiographical collection of Thomas Rhett's career.

Fans can now pre-order limited edition album packages at and those who pre-ordere the album digitally will receive a brand new track in addition to previously available tracks “Look What God Gave Her” and “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” featuring Little Big Town.

"For me, Center Point Road really symbolizes what it was like to grow up in Hendersonville,” explained Thomas Rhett. "First dates, first football games, first heartbreak, first kisses, success and failures. I really feel like that road shaped who I am today, and it felt fitting because the record, for the most part, is pretty nostalgic. Songs like 'Almost,' 'That Old Truck' and especially 'Center Point Road,' really describe who I was as a kid and teenager, and who I’ve become as an adult."

CENTER POINT ROAD finds the star co-writing all 16 tracks on the album for the first time. Lead single “Look What God Gave Her” was first introduced on Saturday Night Live.

"On this one, I just got back to why I wanted to make music in the first place – and that was writing great songs. This is one of those records that every time I listen back to it, it still feels new,” Rhett said.

Rhett stepped into a production role, along with long-time companions Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure and Julian Bunetta.

“Look What God Gave Her” had the highest chart debut of Rhett’s career. CENTER POINT ROAD is the follow-up to the PLATINUM-certified LIFE CHANGES, which spawned a 2018 GRAMMY Awards nomination for Best Country Album and has been streamed more than one billion times, delivering a RIAA-certified PLATINUM and GOLD chart-toppers, bringing Thomas Rhett’s No. 1 tally to 12.

Following a CMA Triple Play award for penning three No. 1 songs within a 12-month period (“Die A Happy Man,” “Star of the Show” and Michael Ray’s “Think A Little Less”), he added to awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and more.

On May 17 in Spokane, WA, he will kick off his headlining VERY HOT SUMMER TOUR, visiting 40 stops across the nation. For more information on new music and upcoming tour dates, visit

Track List:

1. “Up” | Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally
2. “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time (featuring Little Big Town)” | Thomas Rhett, Karen Fairchild, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, Jonathan Yip
3. “Blessed” | Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur
4. “Look What God Gave Her” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Julian Bunetta, JKash, Ammar Malik, John Henry Ryan
5. “Center Point Road (featuring Kelsea Ballerini)” | Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Amy Wadge, Cleve Wilson
6. “That Old Truck” | Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, Kamron Kimbro, Ryan Tedder
7. “VHS” | Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Amy Wadge
8. “Notice” | Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
9. “Sand” | Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Michael Hardy
10. “Beer Can’t Fix (featuring Jon Pardi)” | Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, Zach Skelton, Ryan Tedder
11. “Things You Do For Love” | Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Josh Osborne
12. “Remember You Young” | Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
13. “Don’t Stop Drivin’” | Thomas Rhett, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley, Josh Miller
14. “Barefoot” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Miller
15. “Dream You Never Had” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
16. “Almost” | Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Amy Wadge

Out now: Eli Young Band 'Greatest Hits'

This is Eli Young Band: Greatest Hits is available now via The Valory Music Co. The new track “Love Ain’t” is on the cusp of Top 10 at Country radio. The band chatted with fans online prior to the release of their Vevo official live performance of the “Where Were You” Video Premiere, filmed last month at the New York City headquarters. Watch Here:

"Those kids in that garage band we started out as wouldn’t have expected we would be where we are now, and what is still ahead of us. Fans from day one, and fans jumping in to discover us now – you are, as cliché as this sentiment can be, making all of it possible," shared EYB on Instagram. "This album brings the songs you love most to one place! Thankful for the past, and excited for the future. We hope you will turn it on, up, and sing along."

Revisiting their early days on the road when many of their signature tracks were created, EYB compiled a playlist titled “Songs From the Van” for Billboard and “features both superstar rockers (Queen) and introspective singer-songwriters (Marc Broussard), all of whom put an emphasis on harmonies and instrumentals the way Eli Young Band does.”

Collectively sharing the theme, EYB recalls, “Although these are all songs and artists that have influenced our music, these more specifically capture a moment in time for us when it was just the four of us – in a van – taking on the world one small stage at a time.” Listen to EYB’s picks here.

Formed at the University of North Texas, EYB’s journey features #1 hits PLATINUM "Drunk Last Night,” 2X PLATINUM “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” and 3X PLATINUM “Crazy Girl.” Globally, they have racked up over 2.8 billion in streams. EYB has headlining and festival shows slated through the summer. For a full list of tour dates and more, please visit and follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Eli Young Band has always been unique in modern Country music – a true band who plays their own instruments and writes their own songs. Gravitating towards titles with lyrical twists – No. 1 hits: PLATINUM "Drunk Last Night,” 2X PLATINUM “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and 3X PLATINUM “Crazy Girl” – EYB recorded the Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley and Shane McAnally-penned track alongside producer Dann Huff.

The latest offering follows their album FINGERPRINTS. EYB’s career has also seen the chart-topping 10,000 TOWNS with singles earning Billboard’s #1 Country Song of the Year and ACM Awards Song of the Year.

EYB has toured with Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker and Dave Matthews Band.

Track Listing:

1. “LOVE AIN’T” (Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally)
2. “EVEN IF IT BREAKS YOUR HEART” (Will Hoge, Eric Paslay)
3. “DRUNK LAST NIGHT” (Laura Veltz, Josh Osborne)
4. “CRAZY GIRL” (Lee Brice, Liz Rose)
5. “ALWAYS THE LOVE SONGS” (David Lee Murphy, George Ducas)
6. “DUST” (Jon Jones, James Young, Kyle Jacobs, Josh Osborne)
7. “SALTWATER GOSPEL” (Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon, Ashley Gorley)
8. “GUINEVERE” (Mike Eli, James Young, Scooter Carusoe)
9. “SKIN & BONES” (Mike Eli, Phil Barton, Lori McKenna)
10. “WHEN IT RAINS” (Eli Young Band)
11. “SMALL TOWN KID” (Mike Eli, Chris Thompson)
12. “HIGHWAYS AND BROKEN HEARTS” (Mike Eli, Chris Thompson)
13. “WHERE WERE YOU” (Luke Dick, Matt Jenkins, Josh Osborne)
14. “CRAZY GIRL (ACOUSTIC)” (Lee Brice, Liz Rose)

Coachella 2019 news: Tame Impala's new single, 'Saturday Night Live,' tour dates

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Tame Impala just released "Patience," the first new music since 2015's Currents. Out on Interscope Records, you can Listen here. 

Tomorrow, main man Kevin Parker and company will make their Saturday Night Live debut as musical guest with Sandra Oh hosting.

This spring, after a headling run at Coachella, the band will do a select run of world tour dates. Originally hailing from Australia, Parker first toured the U.S. in 2010, playing small clubs. A handful of trips to the U.S. later, Tame Impala has gone on to headline festivals and theaters around the world and released three full length albums - Innerspeaker, Lonerism and the Grammy-nominated, gold-certified Currents. As a writer and producer Parker has collaborated with Travis Scott, SZA, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson and more.


April 11 - Fox Theater - Pomona, CA
April 13 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Indio, CA
April 20 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Indio,CA
May 02 - Ascend Amphitheatre - Nashville, TN
May 03 - Arena - Asheville, NC
May 05 - Shaky Knees Music Festival - Atlanta, GA
May 06 - St. Augustine Amphitheater - St. Augustine, FL
May 07 - Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami Beach FL
May 11 - Corona Capital Festival - Guadalajara, MEXICO
May 25 - Boston Calling Festival - Boston, MA
May 31 - Primavera Festival - Barcelona, SPAIN

Coachella 2019 news: Chvrches

The only time I've seen the band live was its first Coachella appearance for the last album. It was one of my highlights of the whole festival. Here's news on the tour...

CHVRCHES has a new US headline tour kicking off with their return to the Coachella stage on April 14. 
The tour takes in the band’s biggest headline US show to date at Berkeley, California’s Greek Theatre with support from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Cherry Glazerr will support on the other dates excluding Las Vegas. The full list of dates are below and tickets are on sale now.

CHVRCHES are Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Their acclaimed third album Love Is Dead entered the Billboard Top Rock and Alternative charts at #1, and #11 overall. The album followed their 2013 debut The Bones of What You Believe and the 2015 follow up Every Open Eye.

Love Is Dead features the singles “Miracle” and “Get Out,” as well as the previously released “My Enemy” (feat. The National’s Matt Berninger) and “Never Say Die.”

The album is about “coming to terms with the fact that there are great things in the world and there are awful things in the world and that you can’t get one without the other,” says Mayberry.

For the first time in their career, Love Is Dead sees CHVRCHES welcome outside influences, with 2017 and 2018 GRAMMY Producer of the Year Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia) co-producing nine tracks, whilst BRIT Award Producer of the Year 2018 Steve Mac also produces a song.

Over the course of their career, CHVRCHES have played countless shows worldwide, with each tour’s production reaching new heights and leaping towards the top of festival bills. The Love Is Dead tour alone will see the band headline such prestigious venues as LA’s Greek Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, London’s Alexandra Palace and a huge hometown show in Glasgow at the SSE Hydro. 

CHVRCHES have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to support Girls Rock Camps and their work empowering girls, trans and gender-diverse young people through music education and mentorship.

PLUS1 is an initiative that channels the collective energy of a concert to catalyze social change. By partnering with performing artists, PLUS1 raises and grants millions of dollars to high impact nonprofits addressing our most serious global challenges around Access, Equity, and Dignity. The work begins with a $1 per ticket add-on that makes fundraising simple and seamless. Beyond the dollar, PLUS1 supports artists as educators and advocates, fuelling their passion, reach, impact. To date, PLUS1 has raised and granted over $7million, and served as the connective tissue between over 100 artists, millions of their fans, and 100s of leading social justice organizations tackling global injustice.

Tour dates:

April 14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
April 19 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre^
April 21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren*
April 26 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)*
April 27 – Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival
April 28 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live*
April 29 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live*
May 1 – St Louis, MO @ The Pageant*
May 2 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom*
^w/ support from Unknown Mortal Orchestra
*w/ support from Cherry Glazerr

Coachella 2019 news: Global Inheritance

Each time I cover Coachella, I enjoy checking out some of the interesting artistic designs on recycled trash cans. Read more below...

You might already know about POSTed Studio. Now, for the first time ever, a speaker series is coming to Coachella. Visitors to the Studio are free to design posters all weekend in both the camping hub and main festival grounds on any topic, but they will now also have the opportunity to align their POSTed concepts with the inspiration provided by special guest speakers from all around the world.

The POSTed Studio allows each participant to develop a concept around a social or environmental issue that matters to them. The most creative concepts are then turned into high-quality poster prints designed by professional artists and shared at no charge with the world via our online poster library to use at marches, rallies, school presentations or other non-commercial purposes. For more info, go to

Full speaker lineup announced will be announced the first week of April. Be sure to follow the Global Inheritance socials.

The bins are almost finished and the polo fields are calling: That means the TRASHed artists have been working hard on a unique collection of redesigned recycling bins.

In Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, April 6th from 7pm to 11pm, you can view the 16th edition of TRASHed at Coachella. This is the only time you can see the full collection before they roll to the festival. This one-night event is free and open to the public. Capacity is limited so RSVP. Enjoy drinks, music + a night of art with Global Inheritance and event partners - House of Machines & Absolut Vodka.

At the festival, grab a few friends and join in Carpoolchella. Festival-goers traveling in packs of four or more passengers in their car boasting a Carpoolchella insignia can potentially win prizes (including backstage passes and VIP passes for life).

From Carpoolchella and Public Displays of Affection to Tour Rider and Coachella Express, past Global Inheritance transportation programs have managed to remove hundreds of thousands of cars off the road while promoting the value of public transportation, biking and carpooling.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mike+the Mechanics to release an acoustic album, on tour now in the UK

MIKE + THE MECHANICS will release their ninth studio album, OUT OF THE BLUE, on April 5 via BMG. It includes several of the band’s hits from throughout their 35-year career with brand new recordings (on deluxe version), as well as introducing fans to the band’s future with three brand new tracks: “One Way,” “What Would You Do” and the album’s lead single of the title track. Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar now handle the vocals.

Fans can pre-order the album and download the new song at any of these online retail outlets. OUT OF THE BLUE will be available on CD, vinyl and on all digital outlets, and a special deluxe CD version will be available featuring six newly recorded “as-live” acoustic versions of “Don’t Know What Came Over Me,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “The Living Years,” “Beggar On A Beach Of Gold,” “Another Cup Of Coffee,” and “Over My Shoulder.”

Upon announcing the release of the album, guitarist/founder Mike Rutherford explained, “Having toured with the Mechanics over the last 10 years, I have heard the old songs change a bit each year with Andrew and Tim singing and the same band playing. In some cases, they have been extended and developed, so it seemed a good idea to record these versions in the studio. Anyone who has seen us live will I’m sure like to hear the old ones in this form, as they show how the two singers work so well together. Especially on a song like ‘Get Up’ which has become a double lead vocal.”

He continues, “Recording the unplugged version was like in the old days - down the stairs into a basement studio, not fifty yards away from Trident Studios where we recorded Genesis’ second and third albums. We recorded these live, and Tim and Andrew led the songs with great vocal performances, and we mixed it as we recorded it like in the past. No wonder albums took a maximum of three weeks to complete then! We have also written and recorded three new songs which show the Mechanics next stage, I hope!”

MIKE + THE MECHANICS formed in 1985 by Mike Rutherford and originally featured Paul Young of Sad Café and Paul Carrack of Ace as frontmen. They immediately stood apart from their contemporaries with their unusual line up of two vocalists. Together, they achieved huge commercial success throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s with a series of albums including MIKE + THE MECHANICS, THE LIVING YEARS, WORD OF MOUTH, BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD and M6.

The band started as a side project by Rutherford, but had a run of hits including “Silent Running,” “Over My Shoulder,” “All I Need Is A Miracle,” and the U.S. and Australian #1 single, “The Living Years.” After Paul Young’s sudden death in 2000, the band released one further album before deciding to call it a day. Rutherford went on to perform a series of sell-out concerts with a reformed Genesis in 2007, before turning his attention once more to songwriting.

Despite never expecting to start work with the Mechanics again, songs soon started to take shape and Rutherford invited singers Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar to work on the material with him. Together, the new line-up of MIKE + THE MECHANICS released THE ROAD in 2011 and enjoyed huge success on a tour across the U.K. and Ireland.

Following a series of sell-out tours through the U.K. and Europe, in 2017 they released a brand new studio album, LET ME FLY, their first in six years, which broke into the U.K. top 10. With Gary Wallis on drums, Anthony Drennan on guitar and Luke Juby on keyboards alongside Mike Rutherford, Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, the Mechanics played a U.S. tour in early 2018 before returning to the studio again to record new material.

MIKE + THE MECHANICS’ “The Looking Back Over My Shoulder Tour” play the U.K. and Europe in the coming weeks. They’ll also be meeting up with an old friend in June and going on the road with Phil Collins for the first six shows of his European tour.

Those tickets are available at

6/2 - Ernst Happel Stadion - Vienna, Austria
6/4 - Groupama Stadium - Lyon, France
6/5 - Mercedes-Benz Arena - Stuttgart, Germany
6/7 - Olympiastadion - Berlin, Germany
6/8 - Ceres Park - Aarhus, Denmark
6/10 - Bergenhus Festning - Bergen, Norway

The band is currently on a UK tour into April, then continue through Europe. See for the full list. No U.S. tour dates are planned at this time.

Track listing for OUT OF THE BLUE:

One Way*
Out Of The Blue*
What Would You Do*
The Living Years
Beggar On A Beach Of Gold
Get Up
Another Cup Of Coffee
All I Need Is A Miracle
Silent Running
Over My Shoulder
Word Of Mouth
*new tracks

Additional acoustic tracks for the deluxe CD and digital release:

Don’t Know What Came Over Me
The Best Is Yet To Come
The Living Years
Beggar On A Beach Of Gold
Another Cup Of Coffee
Over My Shoulder

Monday, March 25, 2019

Brian Setzer tour news

photo: Suzie Kaplan
I really enjoyed watching Brian at Doheny Blues Festival in the O.C. a few years ago (see review elsewhere on this blog). And he was excellent last summer during the Stray Cats reunion gig that I caught...

BRIAN SETZER will be doing double duty this summer, touring with The STRAY CATS as well kicking off his 2019 "ROCKABILLY RIOT!" Summer Tour. The U.S. dates are in August (see the full itinerary below). Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 29 at 10:00 AM, local time. View the tour trailer here.

Pre-sale schedule as follows: 
Fanclub Presale: Tuesday, March 26 at 10:00 AM, local time through Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 AM local. Be the first to get tickets by signing up for Brian's fan club here.
Local Presale: Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM local time
Asked what he'd like to overhear fans saying after a gig, SETZER says: "I would love to hear, 'You know, that Rockabilly Riot squad has all the energy and great things I like about the original rockabilly sound, yet they're a modern band making this music sound new."

In late 2016, SETZER released his live Blu-Ray/CD package, BRIAN SETZER'S ROCKABILLY RIOT: OSAKA ROCKA! -- LIVE IN JAPAN, a sizzling rockabilly album from start to finish that highlights the same band. More information on the Blu-Ray/CD can be found here.

Meanwhile with summer BBQs around the corner, fans might want to spice things up with Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Rub. Available now, the all original recipe rub features Brian's custom blend of spices and can be purchased here.


MON 8/5 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
FRI 8/9 Union, ME Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery
*SAT 8/10 Westhampton, NY Westhampton Beach PAC
SUN 8/11 Selbyville, DE The Freeman Stage @ Bayside
*SAT 8/17 Bayfield, WI Lake Superior Big Top Concert Series
TUE 8/20 St. Louis, MO River City Casino
*WED 8/21 Memphis, TN Graceland Soundstage
THU 8/22 Tulsa, OK Hard Rock
SAT 8/24 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Resort & Casino - Ballroom
SUN 8/25 Boulder, CO Chautauqua Auditorium
FRI 8/30 Henderson, NV Green Valley Ranch

Lionel Richie sets live album, tour dates

It's been ages since I've seen Lionel live and would love to see him perform again...

Lionel Richie has a new album, Live from Las Vegas, set for release on August 23. It is his  first release on Capitol Records. See below for track listing.

Richie will launch the Hello tour in May in Texas. All online tickets purchased for the summer 2019 North American headline tour will include a CD copy of Live from Las Vegas. VIP packages will also be available.

“I am so excited to bring my Live from Las Vegas album to life and to share it with my fans. Also, I’m really looking forward to going on tour and performing for everyone this summer – it’s going to be one big party,” said Richie.

Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning March 26, at 10:00 AM local time until March 28 at 10:00 PM local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. Pre-sales in some markets may begin later. For complete details visit

Tickets for most dates on the tour go on sale to the general public March 29, at 10:00 AM local time at See below for itinerary and further information.

The album Live from Las Vegas was recorded at Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. It features Richie performing material from throughout his career. The singer has been a judge on ABC’s “American Idol” since 2018.

Track listing

Standard Edition

1. Easy - My Love
2. Truly
3. You Are
4. Stuck On You
5. Dancing On The Ceiling
6. Three Times A Lady
7. Sail On
8. Brick House
9. Hello
10. Say You, Say Me
11. We Are The World
12. All Night Long

Deluxe Edition

Includes all 12 tracks from the standard edition, plus:

(Commodore Medley)
13. Fancy Dancer
14. Sweet Love
15. Lady You Bring Me Up

Target Edition
Includes all 12 tracks from the standard edition, plus:
13. Running With The Night
14. Penny Lover
15. Just To Be Close

Lionel Richie – Hello Tour
^ CD copy not included with online ticket purchase
* Citi pre-sales beginning later than March 26 at 10:00 AM local time
+ Public ticket on sales beginning later than March 29 at 10:00 AM local time
++ Tickets on sale now

Tour dates:

5/28/19 Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
* Citi pre-sale begins March 27, 10 AM local time
05/30/19 Chattanooga, TN – Riverbend Festival ^
++ Tickets on sale now
06/1/19 Jacksonville FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheatre
06/11/19 Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
* Citi pre-sale TBD
+ Public ticket on sale begins May 8, 6:00 AM local time
06/12/19 Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
* Citi pre-sale TBD
+ Public ticket on sale begins May 8, 6:00 AM local time
06/14/19 Springfield, IL – The Bank of Springfield Center
06/27/19 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage ^
No Citi pre-sale
+ Public ticket on sale begins April 5
06/29/19 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
06/30/19 Detroit, MI – DTE Amphitheatre
* Citi pre-sale begins April 2, 10:00 AM local time
+ Public ticket on sale begins April 5
07/2/19 Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
++ Tickets on sale now
07/10/19 Portsmouth, VA – Union Bank & Trust Pavilion
07/12/19 Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G. Etess Arena
07/13/19 Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G. Etess Arena
07/15/19 Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts
* Citi pre-sale TBD
+ Public ticket on sale begins April 6, 10 AM local time
07/17/19 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
* Citi pre-sale begins March 26, 11:00 AM local time
+ Public ticket on sale begins March 29, 11:00 AM
07/18/19 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
* Citi pre-sale begins March 26, 11:00 AM local time
+ Public ticket on sale begins March 29, 11:00 AM
07/20/19 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
07/23/19 Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands, Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
07/25/19 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
07/27/19 Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live Event Center
07/28/19 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
* Citi pre-sale begins April 2, 10:00 AM local time
+ Public ticket on sale begins April 5, 10:00 AM local time
07/31/19 Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
08/5/19 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
08/6/19 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
08/9/19 Las Vegas, NV – Encore Theater, Wynn
* Citi pre-sale begins April 2, 10:00 AM local time
+ Public ticket on sale begins April 5, 10:00 AM local time
08/10/19 Las Vegas, NV – Encore Theater, Wynn
* Citi pre-sale begins April 2, 10:00 AM local time
+ Public ticket on sale begins April 5, 10:00 AM local time
08/14/19 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/17/19 Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Harveys Outdoor Arena ^
08/20/19 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
08/21/19 Portland, OR – Theatre of the Clouds at Rose Garden Arena
08/24/19 Stanford, CA – Stanford University, Frost Amphitheater
08/30/19 St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair ^
++ Tickets on sale now

UK band Editors deconstruct latest album

Editors announce the release of The Blanck Mass Sessions for Record Store Day 2019. It is an electronica-based alternate version of their acclaimed top 10 album Violence and will come out on limited edition color vinyl April 13. A general release on May 3 via Play It Again Sam follows.

The eight track album, made up of producer Blanck Mass’ original productions of Violence, also includes the new single "Barricades," with a video created by Bristol based Hi-Sim Studios. Watch it HERE.

In 2017, Editors invited producer Benjamin John Power, aka Blanck Mass, to deconstruct the recordings that were to be the building blocks of Violence, and reassemble them as electronica. The band then enlisted producer Leo Abrahams to find the middle ground between the two recordings. While this fusion of the three creative influences went on to become Violence, Benjamin’s versions remained worthy of their own release.

Frontman Tom Smith explains: “When we initially approached Ben to work with us on Violence we gave him free reign to do whatever he wanted. It seemed stupid to try and instill any boundaries or direction to him as he has such a singular, authored sound to everything he puts his hand to... so we left him to it. The results of that process being this release. A very visceral version of our album Violence.”

Violence was another top 10 record that added to their back catalogue, which includes two #1 albums and 3 UK platinum certifications. A sold out UK tour culminating in an acclaimed show at O2 Academy Brixton followed by festival performances, including supporting The Cure at BST in Hyde Park and headlining the Werchter Classic, topping a bill that also contained Kraftwerk and The National.

Pre-order The Blanck Mass Sessions HERE

Track listing:

1. Barricades
2. Cold
3. Hallelujah (So Low)
4. Violence
5. Darkness At The Door
6. Nothingness
7. Magazine
8. Counting Spooks

Friday, March 22, 2019

Phil Collins adds another leg to U.S. concert tour

More Phil Collins 'Still Not Dead Yet, Live!' dates have been confirmed for fall 2019. Tickets for all dates will go on sale starting Friday, March 29.

This follows last year's outing which included multiple sold out dates and will once again feature Phil Collins accompanied by longtime guitarist Daryl Stuermer, keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Richie Garcia, four-piece horns and backup vocalists with Phil’s son Nicolas handling the drums.

Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan opportunity for tour dates in the United States. Citi cardmembers can register now through Sunday, March 24 at 11:59PM ET to unlock access to tickets and use their Citi card to complete the ticket purchase if verified. The Citi Presale begins Tuesday, March 26 at 10AM and will continue through Thursday, March 28 at 5PM. To register for the Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan visit:

Additionally, fans may register now through Sunday, March 24 at 12am local time at to unlock tickets for the Verified Fan on sale Friday, March 29 at 10am through 11:50pm at If tickets remain, general on sale will begin Saturday, March 30 at 10am local time at


Monday, September 23, 2019
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Atlanta, GA
Infinite Energy Center

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Charlotte, NC
Spectrum Center

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena

Friday, October 4, 2019
Buffalo, NY
KeyBank Center

Sunday, October 6, 2019
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center

Friday, October 11, 2019
Omaha, NE
CHI Health Center

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Phoenix, AZ
Talking Stick Resort Arena

Thursday, October 17, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Chase Center

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena

Out now: 'Eraserland' by Strand of Oaks

Last week, Strand Of Oaks was joined by Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and others to perform the single, "Ruby" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch HERE.

Next month, Strand of Oaks will head out on tour in support of Eraserland. See all dates below and for more information visit

On Eraserland, Strand of Oaks' writer/producer Timothy Showalter is backed by Carl Broemel, Bo Koster, Patrick Hallahan and Tom Blankenship (all from My Morning Jacket), who played a crucial role in the making of the album. It also features Jason Isbell. Eraserland is available HERE and the die cut, double LP is available on limited cloudy white vinyl HERE.

After 2017’s Hard Love, Showalter went on a spiritual pilgrimage to the New Jersey Shore. During this time, Carl Broemel messaged Showalter and informed him that Bo Koster would be soon be on a two week break from his tour with Roger Waters and they would all be free to meet in Louisville and they helped make the next Strand of Oaks album.

“When I was writing these songs, every day I would walk on the beach and I was completely alone and overwhelmed by fear...but then I realized how there really aren’t any rules for who you are, who you’ll become, or who you think you need to be. Eraserland is just that. It’s death to ego, and rebirth to anything or anyone you want to be,” said Showalter.

"This project seemed to just fall together naturally,” said Broemel. “I felt drawn to Tim’s positive energy and his albums...I threw it out there that I’d be happy to help in any way I could with the record."

Isbell contributed guitar work to Eraserland, while every song was recorded live, with all musicians playing together in one room. “I remember listening to the final mixes with tears rolling down my cheeks,” said Hallahan. “From start to finish, this one came from the heart.”

About the song "Forever Chords," the SoO main man said when the writing was finished, "I felt like this is either the last song I ever need to write, or the rebirth of Strand of Oaks."

Track Listing:

1. Weird Ways
2. Hyperspace Blues
3. Keys
4. Visions
5. Final Fires
6. Moon Landing
7. Ruby
8. Wild and Willing
9. Eraserland
10. Forever Chords

Tour Dates:

4/10 - FM Kirby Center - Wilkes-Barre, PA
4/11 - U Street Music Hall - Washington, D.C.
4/12 - Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC
4/13 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
4/14 - Saturn - Birmingham, AL
4/16 - Antone’s - Austin, TX
4/17 - Three Links - Dallas, TX
4/19 - Santa Fe Brewing Co - Santa Fe, NM
4/20 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
4/22 - Teragram Ballroom - Los Angeles, CA
4/23 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
4/25 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
4/26 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
4/27 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
4/28 - The Bartlett - Spokane, WA
5/1 - Turf Club - Minneapolis, MN
5/2 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
5/3 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
5/4 - The Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
5/6 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
5/7 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
5/8 - Sinclair - Boston, MA
5/9 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
5/10 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
5/20 - Metropool - Hengelo, NL
5/21 - Blue Shell - Cologne, DE
5/23 - Loppen - Copenhagen, DK
5/24 - Privatclub - Berlin, DE
5/25 - TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht, NL
5/26 - TRIX - Antwerp, BELGIUM
5/27 - Omeara - London, UK
5/29 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
5/31 - Whelan's - Dublin, IE
6/29 - Rock Werchter - Werchter, BE
6/30 - Halfway Festival - Bialystok, PL
9/1 - Into the Great Wide Open - Vlieland, NL
9/11 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
9/14 - Globe Hall - Denver, CO
9/20 - Back Room at Collectivo - Milwaukee, WI

Sara Bareilles news

Sara Bareilles just released "Saint Honesty," another track off her upcoming album "Amidst The Chaos," due April 5. For this latest body of work, she joined forces in the studio with acclaimed producer T Bone Burnett. The full track listing can be found below. Pre-order it HEREBuy/stream the song here:

In 2018, Bareilles co-hosted the Tony Awards, received an Emmy Award nomination for her role in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” as well as a Grammy Award nomination for the “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” soundtrack and garnered the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award.

She also teamed up with Apple as an executive producer for “Little Voice” a 10-episode series, which she will create the original music for. This followed 2013’s Blessed Unrest, nominated as “Album of the Year” at the Grammy Awards. Shortly after, she penned the music for the Broadway hit, Waitress, for which she achieved her first Tony Award nomination for “Best Score” and a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Best Musical Theater Album.” She also made her Broadway acting debut in 2017 by stepping into the lead role in Waitress.

For more information:

Track listing:

1. Fire
2. No Such Thing
3. Armor 
4. If I Can’t Have You
5. Eyes on You 
6. Miss Simone 
7. Wicked Love 
8. Orpheus
9. Poetry by Dead Men
10. Someone Who Loves Me
11. Saint Honesty 
12. A Safe Place to Land feat. John Legend

KAABOO Del Mar lineup in Southern California this September headlined by Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford & Sons

KAABOO Del Mar has unveiled its music and comedy lineups for the fifth annual event happening September 13-15, 2019. Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons will headline on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively.

They will be joined by Duran Duran, OneRepublic, Sheryl Crow, Maren Morris, Mark Ronson, The Revivalists, REO Speedwagon, The Bangles, The Cult and more, including a yet to be announced special performance from the 2019 American Idol winner.

Comedians Pete Holmes & Friends, Wayne Brady, Bob Saget and more will be on the HUMOR ME stage. A confirmed lineup is listed below.

KAABOO Del Mar sold out of all passes to last year’s 2018 Southern California experience. The 2017 Pollstar-nominated festival of the year will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2019 with music, comedy, contemporary art, gourmet cuisine and craft libations, plus personal indulgences.

The highly-amenitized event is located at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds in Southern California. Celebrated as San Diego’s largest multi-day major music and entertainment festival, KAABOO Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean and enjoys pristine weather, ocean breezes, and numerous easy to access lodging options.

All passes are on sale via HANG LOOSE (GA) passes will be on sale starting at $299, while HANG FIVE (VIP) and HANG TEN (VIP) passes are currently at $919 and $3599, respectively. HANG FIVE (VIP) features premium stage viewing; exclusive culinary options for purchase; private restrooms; access to the AMPLIFY Escape lounge featuring private artist performances; and more. HANG TEN (VIP) includes all the features of HANG FIVE (VIP) plus access to onstage viewing; exclusive meet and greet opportunities with KAABOO performers; complimentary beverages and food provided; golf cart access; and more. For those looking for an entirely immersive experience, KAABOO offers the ULTIMATE HANG pass.

The KAABOO KINDNESS program continues to support charities in the San Diego region and across the globe. One dollar per every pass sold is donated to featured charitable partners, including global partner The Recording Academy’s MusiCares program, as well as local charities including the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, and Voices for Children. MGM, Coors Light, Aflac, and USAA are KAABOO Del Mar’s official 2019 presenting partners.

Earlier this year, KAABOO expanded internationally with KAABOO Cayman and proved that a luxury destination festival in the Caribbean is achievable with thoughtful strategy and execution. The sold-out event brought together live entertainment fans from around the world while hosting one of the largest festivals of its kind to ever hit the islands. Next up, the KAABOO brand extends into the Lone Star State this May through a partnership with the Jerry Jones Family. The May Arlington, TX festival experience will take place at the state-of-the-art AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

For passes and additional information on KAABOO Del Mar visit

Full 2019 KAABOO Del Mar Music Lineup:

Kings of Leon
Dave Matthews Band
Mumford & Sons
Duran Duran
Black Eyed Peas
Sheryl Crow
Maren Morris
Snoop Dogg + Wu-Tang Clan 25th Anniversary Set
Mark Ronson
The Revivalists
REO Speedwagon
The Bangles
The Cult
Sublime with Rome
Boyz ll Men
Colbie Caillat
Silversun Pickups
Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Cheat Codes
Cash Cash
Xavier Rudd
Alec Benjamin
Toots & The Maytals
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Plain White T’s
Vintage Trouble
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Blind Melon
Mix Master Mike (of the Beastie Boys)
Con Brio
The Artisanals
Des Rocs
The Gooms
J. Human
Kate Usher & The Sturdy Souls
Sir, Please


Bert Kreischer
Pete Holmes & Friends
Wayne Brady
Bob Saget
Kevin Smith
Jimmy O Yang
Tig Notaro
Tom Green
Jen Kirkman
Cristela Alonzo
Cameron Esposito
Taylor Tomlinson

Hosted by MK Paulsen

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

More AXS TV news: Dan Rather's The Big Interview new season

AXS TV celebrity sit-down series The Big Interview's seventh season premieres in a new time slot on Tuesday, April 16 at 8 pm EST. Hosted by veteran TV journalist Dan Rather, it will feature 10 new episodes.

The season kicks off with a rare sit-down with rock superstar—and former Journey singer— Steve Perry (pictured), who talks about his decision to leave the band at the peak of their success, a decision that was brought on by the overwhelming feeling that the passion for music had left him in this first look clip.

He explains, “I could not find the honest passion for singing… and then, I think, my voice was also suffering.” Perry continues, “Eventually, the feeling just got very clear to me that I need to just stop.” Also during the interview, Perry reflects on growing up as a child of divorce and the impact it had on him, examines the highs and lows of fame, and opens up about his personal life offstage.

The new season also includes conversations with beloved KISS frontman Paul Stanley; pop pioneer Cyndi Lauper; Foreigner members Mick Jones and Lou Gramm; Kevin Cronin, Neal Doughty, Bruce Hall, Dave Amatoand Bryan Hitt of REO Speedwagon; Billy Bob Thornton; Carl and Rob Reiner; country singer Travis Tritt; singer Boz Scaggs; Paul Shaffer, among others.

“I’m incredibly proud to see The Big Interview returning for season seven,” Rather said. “It has been my honor to sit down with these entertainment trailblazers every week, as they welcome me—and viewers across the world—into their personal lives. Hitting our 100TH episode last season was truly a landmark moment, but it was only the beginning. I look forward to what the future has in store as we continue to build upon that success.”

“The Big Interview has strongly resonated with our viewers, and Dan Rather is a major reason for that,” said Evan Haiman, vice president of music programming and production, AXS TV. “He has a unique ability to get larger-than-life figures to open up in a deeply personal way, showing viewers a side of these icons that they don’t usually get to see. Season seven continues that proud legacy, offering up even more of the legendary guests and in-depth discussions that have come to define the series throughout the years.”

BROADCAST SCHEDULE* (Tuesdays at 8 pm EST)

April 16 – Steve Perry
April 23 – Paul Stanley
April 30 – Cyndi Lauper
May 7 – Foreigner (Mick Jones & Lou Gramm)
May 14 – REO Speedwagon (Kevin Cronin, Neal Doughty, Bruce Hall, Dave Amato & Bryan Hitt)
May 21 – Billy Bob Thornton
May 28 – Carl and Rob Reiner
June 4 – Travis Tritt
June 11 – Boz Scaggs
June 18 – Paul Shaffer
*(subject to change)

A new season of Sammy Hagar, Eddie Money's AXS TV music series, specials

AXS TV announced the network’s upcoming prime time programming lineup slate. May premieres include 'Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar' and 'Real Money' with Eddie Money and his family and Sunday night concerts featuring The Eagles, Chicago, Bad Company and Aerosmith.

Beginning May 5, AXS will unveil all-new episodes of the popular music series Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar, following Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar’ s cross-country excursions as he interviews, jams, and parties with some of music’s biggest names; and the original reality series Real Money, which documents the life of Eddie Money and his talented family at home and on stage. Also that month: four classic rock concerts.

A new time slot (8pm EST), the same Sammy! The Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar, returns in 12 all-new episodes as he talks and rocks with a roster of enduring icons.

In the season premiere, Sammy cruises down to The World’s Largest Honky Tonk, Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, TX, to take in some local bull-riding action before joining Willie Nelson for a conversation, and hitting the stage with Nelson for a jam of “On The Road Again.” The season also features appearances and performances by Vince Neil, Charlie Daniels, Maynard James Keenan, Eddie Money, Guy Fieri, Robbie Krieger, and more.

Real Money (8:30pm EST) captures the daily lives of the Money family—which includes Eddie; Laurie, his wife of over 30 years; their five kids, Zach, Joe, Jesse, Dez, and Julian; and ten pets.

Season two finds the clan attending a Money family reunion with Eddie’s brothers and sisters in New York; on stage at their annual sold out concert in Detroit; hitting the lanes for a day of bowling; taking a family trip to South Dakota; and welcoming great dane puppy Bette to their growing pack.

AXS TV Concerts: Classic Rock—Every Sunday in May at 9pm EST

The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over — May 5

Glenn Frey , Don Henley, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmitt reunite for the first time in 14 years, in this in-depth 1994 special boasting a career-spanning set that includes renditions of “Hotel California,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Desperado,” and more.

Chicago — May 12

Chicago does live staples such as “Saturday In The Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “If You Leave Me Now,” among others.

Bad Company Live At Red Rocks — May 19

Bad Company plays the picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO and does a set featuring hits like “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Crazy Circles,” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy.”

Aerosmith — May 26

Grammy-winning Boston band Aerosmith plays before a sold out crowd during a performance that includes “Crazy,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Livin’ On The Edge,” and more.

The Head And The Heart return with new album in May

The Head And The Heart have a new album, Living Mirage, due out on May 17 on Warner Bros./Reprise Records. “Missed Connection,” the first single from the new album, is now available to download, stream or watch the lyric video. Pre-order Living Mirage here.

A special livestream performance from The Belasco in Los Angeles will happen on March 21. Fans can tune in to the stream beginning at 8:30pm PT on The Head and The Heart and Live Nation’s Facebook pages.

Early last year, The Head And The Heart came together in the Mojave Desert’s Joshua Tree and experienced a “rebirth, a spirit quest of sorts,” said bassist Chris Zasche after the last album Signs of Light saw the amicable departure of guitarist-vocalist Josiah Johnson. He was replaced by Matt Gervais (husband to singer-violinist Charity Rose Thielen) and keyboardist Kenny Hensley returned.

Singer Jon Russell sees the new album as a sort of chronicle of stories and perspectives.

“In my mind, the songs on this album are vignettes. Like ‘Brenda’ reminds me of when you’re a teenager at a house party. You’re surrounded by noise—‘What am I doing here?’—and a ray of light comes down and you notice this person. You’re like, ‘Maybe I will stay.’ These songs feel honest.”

Then there's the choral “Missed Connection.” 

“A lot of the beats on that song are quicker, and there are high hats that were never in our music before,” drummer Tyler Williams says, attributing the new sounds to their love of pop and hip-hop production.

The track began as a remembrance of how Jon met his girlfriend, until morphing into a potent metaphor for the band—which met around an open-mic night in Seattle 10 years ago—suddenly wondering, as he recalls, “Is it all going to work?”

Living Mirage is “literally the most work we’ve ever done on an album,” Russell says.

Track listing:

01. See You Through My Eyes
02. Missed Connection
03. People Need a Melody
04. Honeybee
05. Brenda
06. Running Through Hell
07. Up Against The Wall
08. Saving Grace
09. I Found Out
10. Living Mirage
11. Glory of Music