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Aerosmith Announces New Tour Kickoff Date, Band Plans to Shake Up Set List on the Trek

Credit: Ross Halfin Aerosmith has added a new U.S. concert to its North American summer tour itinerary, a June 24 show at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, which apparently will serve as the trek’s kickoff date. The performance is the eighth confirmed date of the outing, dubbed the Blue Army Tour 2015, which currently is mapped out through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Tickets for the Evansville concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. CT. VIP packages and pre-sale tickets for Aero Force One members will be available starting Tuesday, March 3, also at 10 a.m.

Joe Perry and Steven Tyler tell Rolling Stone that they’re hoping to mix up the set list a bit on this tour, and add a few songs they rarely play.

“We’ve gotten too comfortable playing the same stuff,” offers Perry. “I’m looking at the set list for some of the last couple tours and they’re all the same songs just in different order. So we’re going to put some time into rehearsal and change it up.”

Adds Tyler, “We’re gonna do deep. People want to hear ‘Sweet Emotion,’ ‘Dream On’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ — all that over and over, and there are other songs of the cloth we were cut from. Being in a band for 40 years, what is the passion, the impetus? For me, it comes from rehearsing a few songs we used to play great and didn’t give a s**t if other people cared about them.”

Among the tunes Perry would like to work up are some gems from Aerosmith’s first two albums, as well as 1989’s “Monkey on My Back,” 1993’s “Fever” and 2001’s “Beyond Beautiful.” Tyler, meanwhile, singles out 1976’s “Sick as a Dog.”

In other news, Rolling Stone reports that Tyler recently recorded what he describes as a “dark, smoky backroom rendition” of Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun” for the similarly named film Jane Got a Gun. The movie, which stars Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, is expected to hit theaters in September. Steven also has begun work on his first-ever solo album.

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David Gilmour’s Upcoming Solo Album “Sounds Fantastic,” Says Collaborator Phil Manzanera

Credit: Piotr TarasewiczPink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour has been working on a new solo album, and one of his frequent collaborators says the project is coming together nicely.

“It’s going very well,” longtime Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera tells U.K. magazine Uncut. “I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy.”

Manzanera contributed his guitar and production talents to Gilmour’s previous solo effort, 2006’s On an Island, and also co-produced Pink Floyd’s most recent album, last year’s The Endless River.

Back in October, Gilmour told Rolling Stone he expected to release his new album sometime in 2015. He also explained that he hoped to support it with “an old man’s tour, not a 200-date sort of thing.”

Manzanera also talked to Uncut about the status of Roxy Music, clarifying comments he’d made last year that were interpreted as an announcement that the band had officially retired.

“Last year, I said, ‘I think our job is done.’ Everyone thought, ‘Roxy’s split — again.’ Not at all!” he explained. “If we fancied having another go, there’s no rules…That’s what’s great about Roxy. It’s not over ’til you’re 10 feet under.”

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Doobie Brothers Join Tortuga Music Festival Lineup; Add More Dates with Don Felder

Jim O’Shea/Courtesy Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers are set to bring some classic rock to the third annual Tortuga Music Festival, a country music-themed event scheduled to take place April 11-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The festival, which benefits the Rock the Ocean Foundation, also will feature headliners Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, as well as The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins and a number other popular country acts.

The Doobies’ appearance at the event could set the stage for an onstage reunion with one of the contributors to their recent duets album, Southbound, which features the band collaborating with various country stars on new versions of their classic songs. Zac Brown Band was featured on the album’s lead track, “Black Water.”

Tickets for the event are available at The Rock the Ocean Foundation seeks to raise awareness about a various of ocean-related environmental concerns while providing support to various conservation initiatives.

Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers have added several other dates to their busy 2015 U.S. tour itinerary, which now is scheduled through a September 19 appearance at the Ocean City Bikefest in Ocean City, Maryland. Among the new shows are some additions to the recently announced series of spring performances that feature an opening set by ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder.

Here is The Doobie Brothers’ full confirmed itinerary, according to the group’s official website:

2/27 — St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
2/28 — Lakewood Ranch, FL, Winter Fest
3/1 — Cocoa, FL, Party in the Park
4/11-12 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tortuga Music Festival
+4/22 — Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
+4/24 — San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
+4/25 — Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
+4/26 — The Woodlands, TX, Woodlands Pavilion
+4/27 — Austin, TX, ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
+5/1 — Simpsonville, SC, Charter Spectrum Amphitheatre
+5/2 — Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
+5/3 — Charleston, SC, Family Circle Stadium
5/6 — Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
5/9 — Nashville, TN, The Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel
5/22 — Charlestown, WV, Hollywood Casino Event Center
6/4 — Lemoore, CA, Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
6/12 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
6/14 — San Francisco, CA, Sigmund Stern Grove
6/16 — Bend, OR, Lee Schwab Amphitheatre
6/20 — Troutdale, OR, Edgefield
7/3 — Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/4 — Blue Ash, OH, Red, White & Blue Ash
7/10 — Detroit, MI, Rockin’ on the Riverfront Fest
7/17 — Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/18 — Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
7/19 — Norfolk, NE, Divot’s Conference Center
8/25 — Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/26 — Rhinebeck, NY, Dutchess County Fair
9/10 — Arrington, VA, Lockn’ Festival
9/19 — Ocean, City, MD, Ocean City Bikefest

+ = with Don Felder

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Glam-Rocker Gary Glitter Sentenced to 16 Years for Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty ImagesGary Glitter‘s going to prison. The 1970s glam-rock star was sentenced Friday in a British court to 16 years for sexually abusing three underage girls between 1975 and 1980.

Glitter, whose birth name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of having sex with a girl under 13. He could have faced life in prison.

The 70-year-old was jailed for child sex offenses in Vietnam in 2006 and was released in August, 2008.

Glitter is best-known for his anthems “Rock and Roll Part 1” and “Rock and Roll Part 2,” as well as “Do Ya Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah),” which was a 1982 top-20 hit for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

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Whitesnake Paying Tribute to Deep Purple on Upcoming Studio Album; Announces North American Tour

Frontiers Records SrlWhitesnake pays homage to Deep Purple on a brand-new studio album titled, The Purple Album, which will be released on May 19. The project features new versions of songs singer David Coverdale recorded with Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 lineups during the mid-1970s before he formed Whitesnake.

The album will be available as a standard single CD featuring 13 tracks, and a deluxe two-disc set offering two bonus songs and a DVD that includes four music videos, a making-of documentary and an electronic press kit.

The original versions of the songs featured on The Purple Album first appeared on 1974’s Burn and Stormbringer and on 1975’s Come Taste the Band.

“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” says Coverdale in a statement. “As I said to [guitarist] Ritchie [Blackmore], you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from.”

You can check out a new video of Whitesnake performing the Deep Purple song “Stormbringer” now on YouTube.

Whitesnake’s current lineup — Coverdale, guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin and drummer Tommy Aldridge — will support The Purple Album with a two-month North American tour that kicks off May 28 in Airway Heights, Washington, and runs through a July 25 concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Here is the band’s full North American itinerary:

5/28 — Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Casino
5/29 — Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
5/31 — Vancouver, BC, Hard Rock Casino
6/2 — Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo
6/4 — Las Vegas, NV, he Joint
6/5 — Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Pool Amphitheatre
6/6 — Pala, CA, Pala Casino – Starlight Theater
6/9 — Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
6/11 — San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
6/15 — Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
6/17 — Shawnee, OK, Grand Events Center
6/19 — Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock
6/20 — Houston, TX, House of Blues
6/22 — Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater
6/23 — San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theater
6/25 — El Paso, TX, Socorro Event Center
6/27 — Greeley, CO, Greeley Independence Stampede
7/2 — Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
7/3 — Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill AMP
7/5 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock
7/7 — Huber Heights, OH, Music Center @ The Heights
7/8 — Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
7/10 — Mahnomen, MN, Shoot Star Casino
7/11 — St. Paul, MN, Myth
7/14 — Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
7/17 — Geneva, IL, Geneva Music Park
7/18 — Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza
7/20 — Greensburg, PA, Palace Theater
7/22 — Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
7/24 — Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
7/25 — Atlantic City, NJ, Trump Taj Mahal

And here is the complete track list of The Purple Album:

“You Fool No One” (interpolating “Itchy Fingers”)
“Love Child”
“Sail Away”
“The Gypsy”
“Lady Double Dealer”
“Holy Man”
“Might Just Take Your Life”
“You Keep On Moving”
“Soldier of Fortune”
“Lay Down Stay Down”

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
“Lady Luck”
“Comin’ Home”

Deluxe Edition DVD Content:
“Lady Double Dealer” — Music Video
“Sail Away” — Mix Music Video
“Stormbringer” — Music Video
“Soldier of Fortune” — Music Video
The Purple Album Behind the Scenes
The Purple Album EPK

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Bono Admits “It’ll Be a Battle” to Be Fit for Start of Upcoming Tour

Paolo PellegrinBono continues to recover from his serious bike accident a few months ago, but he admits to Rolling Stone that “it’ll be a battle to be match fit” when U2‘s upcoming tour kicks off May 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In an email to the magazine, the 54-year-old U2 frontman notes, “My southpaw is a bit tricky, but my right hook is ready to rumble for sure.”

Bono was cycling in New York’s Central Park November 16 when he collided with another cyclist. He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket.

As for the tour, Bono promises, “We’ve got something beyond incredible planned. And I’m ready to fight for it.”

So far, 19 dates in Europe and North America are confirmed for U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, which, according to Rolling Stone, will feature alternating set lists each night.

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