Burton Cummings Hitting the Road in Canada and Northern US in March and April


Courtesy of Burton CummingsRandy Bachman recently announced that he'll be launching a North American tour in April in support of his upcoming solo album, Heavy Blues, and as it turns out, his former Guess Who band mate Burton Cummings will be on the road at the same time.  Cummings has a series of shows lined up in Mach and April, most of which are in his home country of Canada.The singer/keyboardist's confirmed itinerary runs from a March 8 concert in Victoria, British Columbia, through an April 20 performance in Regina, Saskatchewan.  The trek also includes four shows in the northern U.S. -- a March 27-28 engagement in Bow, Washington, an April 17 concert in Medina, Minnesota, and an April 18 stop in Belcourt, North Dakota.Meanwhile, Cummings shared some of his plans for 2015 in a new interview with Glide magazine.  He says he'll be releasing a book of poetry that will include his "favorite fifty or sixty" poems.  He also hopes to release three volumes of his long-in-the-works DVD series Ruff sometime in the spring.  Burton says the collection features a variety of behind-the-scenes and performance footage he's amassed over the years.In addition, he revealed that he eventually would like to record a new solo album."I have more than enough songs for another album, although a lot of people aren't doing albums anymore," he explains.  "But I'm old school and want to do at least one more album."Here are all of Cummings' confirmed North American tour dates:3/8 -- Victoria, Canada, Alix Goolden Performance Hall3/9 -- Duncan, Canada, Cowichan Theatre3/11 -- Kelowna, Canada, Kelowna Community Theatre3/12 -- Penticton, Canada, Penticton Trade and Convention Centre3/14 -- Kamloops, Canada, Interior Savings Centre3/15 -- Vernon, Canada, Vernon Performing Arts Centre3/17 -- Powell River, Canada, Evergreen Theatre3/18 -- Mission, Canada, Clarke Theatre3/27 -- Bow, WA, Skagit Valley Casino Pacific Showroom3/28 -- Bow, WA, Skagit Valley Casino Pacific Showroom4/17 -- Medina, MN, Medina Entertainment Center4/18 -- Belcourt, ND, Sky Dancer Casino4/20 -- Regina, Canada, Casino ReginaFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Def Leppard Touring Canada in the Spring; Schedules Late-Summer US Dates


Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityDef Leppard will kick off its 2015 tour itinerary with a 13-date Canadian leg in April and May, and the '80s rock legends also have just announced their first U.S. shows of the year -- a pair of appearances at summer fairs.The Canadian trek gets under way on April 15 in Penicton, British Columbia, and runs through a May 5 show in London, Ontario.  The outing also includes stops in such major cities as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa.As for the U.S. concerts, they're scheduled for August 27 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and September 1 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Tickets for the Canadian gigs are already available, while tickets for the St. Paul show go on sale this Tuesday, February 3, and for the Allentown performance on Saturday, February 7.Def Leppard also will embark on a European tour that's scheduled from a May 15 show in Minsk, Belarus, though a June 6 appearance in Tampere, Finland.Meanwhile, the band has just launched a new fan club called Rock Brigade that offers fans special tickets deals, VIP packages and merchandise.  Membership costs $45, not including shipping and handling.  Find out all the details at DefLeppardRockBridge.com.Here are all of Def Leppard's confirmed 2015 North American tour dates:4/15 -- Penticton, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre 4/17 -- Victoria, Canada, Save on Foods Memorial Centre4/18 -- Vancouver, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena4/20 -- Dawson Creek, Canada, EnCana Events Centre4/22 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome4/23 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place4/25 -- Lethbridge, Canada, Enmax Centre4/26 -- Regina, Canada, Brandt Centre4/28 -- Saskatoon, Canada, SaskTel Centre4/29 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre5/2 -- Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre5/4 -- Ottawa, Canada, TD Place Arena5/5 -- London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens8/27 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair9/1 -- Allentown, PA, Great Allentown FairFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Art Garfunkel Schedules Series of US Shows on East Coast


Image Courtesy of Art GarfunkelArt Garfunkel will be returning to the road in the coming month for his first concerts of 2015.  The lauded folk-rock singer will kick things off with a February 27 show in Aventura, Florida, before heading overseas for a European trek that runs from a March 10 performance in Dublin, Ireland, though a March 20 stop in Copenhagen, Denmark.The 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer then will return to the States for a series of multi-night stands -- March 29-31 in Vienna, Virginia; April 17-18 in Pittsburgh; and April 24-25 in Niagara Falls, New York.After being struggling with a vocal ailment that sidelined him from 2010 until 2013, Garfunkel has been playing shows regularly ever since.  His recent concerts feature him performing as a duo with guitarist Tab Laven, and include Simon & Garfunkel classics, various songs from his solo career, cover tunes of some of his favorite composers, an audience Q&A segment and readings of his prose and poems.Here are all of Art's confirmed 2015 U.S. tour dates:2/27 -- Aventura, FL, Broward Arts Center3/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap3/30 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap3/31 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 4/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Library, 4/18 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Library4/24 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Falls Casino4/25 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Falls CasinoFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

First Known Color Film of The Beatles to Be Sold at UK Auction on Thursday


Image Courtesy of Ewbank's AuctioneersAn eight-millimeter film of The Beatles at the ABC theater in Blackpool, England, that's considered to be the earliest known color footage of the band is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction scheduled for this Thursday in Surrey, U.K.  Shot in 1963, the silent three-and-a-half-minute film shows the Fab Four performing on stage and clowning around and socializing backstage at the venue.The footage was shot by Chas McDevitt, the leader of a popular skiffle group who was on the bill at that evening's show.  The lot also includes a DVD copy of the flick, a letter from McDevitt and a copyright letter from the film's current owner.  It's estimated to sell for between 7,000 and 9,000 pounds, or between about $10,500 and $13,500.   You can watch a brief clip of the footage at the official Ewbank's Fine Art Auctions YouTube channel.Also going on the block is a collection of 109 black-and-white negatives of previously unreleased photos of The Beatles taken during their first trip to the U.S. in 1964.  The images, which were taken by the photographer Eve Bowen, include pics of the band on The Ed Sullivan Show, on a train headed to New York City, performing in Washington, D.C., and rehearsing in Miami.  The negatives, which will be sold with full copyright, are estimated to bring in between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds, or between about $12,000 and $18,000.Other collectibles being sold at the auction include items related to The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eric Clapton, The Who, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and more.  To see the complete list of memorabilia up for bid, visit EwbankAuctions.co.uk.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch Trailer for "Aerosmith Rocks Donington" Concert Film; Steven Tyler Confirm


Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsAn official trailer for the recently announced Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 concert film that's scheduled to be screened in theaters across the U.S. on February 26 has premiered online.  The minute-long clip features a montage of exciting footage from the rock legends' performance at the U.K.'s massive Download Festival, which took place last June.The video includes segments of performances of such Aerosmith classics as "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Walk This Way" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)."As previously reported, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be shown in more than 300 U.S. theaters, and is the first in a monthly run of cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series."  The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. local time.  You can buy tickets and find out more information at FathomEvents.com.In other news, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been officially confirmed as part of the lineup for Rolling Stone magazine's pre-Super Bowl party this Saturday at 9 p.m. local time at The Venue Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.Those attending the bash will enjoy performances by Tyler and U.K. pop star Charli XCX, an open bar, themed activities, surprise guest appearances and more.  This year's event will be the fourth annual pre-Super Bowl party hosted by the magazine.The game itself, Super Bowl 49, takes place Sunday, February 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Billy Joel Announces New Concert Dates, Including 24th Show of Madison Square Ga


Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel has announced a bunch of new concert dates for 2015.The Piano Man will make his return to Fenway Park in Boston on July 16, becoming the first artist to perform at the ballpark in two consecutive years.  In addition, on July 25, Joel will play at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  It'll be his first show in the city in nearly four decades.Billy also has a slew of new shows lined up through the fall.  On September 16, he'll be playing at the Pepsi Center in Denver; on November 6, he'll perform at the Toyota Center in Houston; and on December 5, he'll do a show at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.Additionally, on December 17, Joel will be playing the record-breaking 24th show of his ongoing residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City.Tickets for all these new dates go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 6, at 10 a.m. local time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ZZ Top and Weezer to Perform as "Wee-Z Top" This Monday on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel L


Image Courtesy of ABCZZ Top will team up with modern rockers Weezer next week for the first installment of a new Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment called "Mash Up Mondays," that will feature unlikely one-off collaborative performances by two popular music acts.  The Texas trio and Weezer will join forces to form "Wee-Z Top" -- a name coined by host Jimmy Kimmel -- on this Monday's episode of the late night show, which airs on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.The showcase, which will take place each Monday in February -- also will feature funk great Morris Day performing with pop-rock sister act HAIM as "Morris Day and the HAIM" on February 9, and soul star Aloe Blacc collaborating with R&B group Blackstreet as "Aloe Blaccstreet" on February 16.  The artists who will perform on the February 23 edition of "Mash-Up Monday" haven't been revealed.Meanwhile, in case you missed it, ZZ Top visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! this past Monday, January 26, and performed three tunes -- the band's recent song "Gotsta Get Paid" and the classics "Tush" and "La Grange."  You can watch video of the performances online at the Jimmy Kimmel Live! official site and YouTube channel.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul McCartney Schedules Japanese Concerts in April


Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has announced his first 2015 dates of his ongoing Out There tour, a four-show visit to Japan that will take place in April.  The concerts are scheduled for April 21 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka and April 23, 25 and 27 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo.Last May, Sir Paul was forced to cancel a series of shows in Japan when he was taken ill with a virus, and he's excited to return to the country this year."I cannot wait to get back to Japan and have some more great rocking rolling nights together," McCartney says in a new video message.  "It was lovely to be there in two-thousand-and-13 and we had some fun.  It was also very disappointing not to be able to perform there last year, but I want to thank all you lovely people for the great messages you sent me.  It was very kind.  Thank you so much.  So listen, we're coming back and we're gonna rock, we're gonna roll, we're gonna do it together.  Let's have some fun!  Saiko! [Awesome]."As usual, Paul will be accompanied by his longtime backing band at the shows, which will feature a mix of Beatles classics, solo hits and songs from McCartney's most recent studio album, 2013's NEW.Tickets for the Japanese concerts go on sale February 28 at 10 a.m. local time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brian Wilson's New Solo Album, "No Pier Pressure," to Be Released on April 7


Capitol RecordsBrian Wilson has unveiled full details about his latest solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be released on April 7.  The record sees the founding Beach Boys mastermind teaming up with a variety of guest artists, including former band mates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as acclaimed trumpet player Mark Isham.Wilson also tapped the talents of a variety of younger music artists whom he's inspired, among them fun. frontman Nate Ruess, country singer Kacey Musgraves, indie-pop duo She & Him's Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.  In addition, a number of well-known studio musicians were brought in to play on the album, including bassist/producer Don Was, guitarist Dean Parks and drummers Jim Keltner and Kenny Aronoff, as well as several members of Brian's touring group, his former band mate Jeffrey Foskett and Jardine's son Matt.One surprising omission from the list of collaborators is rock guitar legend Jeff Beck, whose previously reported contributions to the No Pier Pressure sessions apparently did not make the final cut.Brian initially had envisioned the new album as a follow-up to The Beach Boys' 2012 reunion project That's Why God Made the Radio, but when that plan fell through he decided to call on a variety of contemporary artists to take part in the recording.No Pier Pressure will be available as a standard CD and digital download featuring 13 songs, a deluxe edition CD and download with three bonus tracks, and a 180-gram two-LP vinyl set featuring the same 16 tunes as the deluxe version of the album.Here is the track list for the deluxe version of No Pier Pressure:"This Beautiful Day""Runaway Dancer" (featuring Sebu Simonian)"What Ever Happened" (featuring Al Jardine and David Marks)"On the Island" (featuring She & Him)"Our Special Love" (featuring Peter Hollens)"The Right Time" (featuring Al Jardine and David Marks)"Guess You Had to Be There" (featuring Kacey Musgraves)*"Don't Worry"*"Somewhere Quiet"*"I'm Feeling Sad""Tell Me Why" (featuring Al Jardine)"Sail Away" (featuring Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine)"One Kind of Love""Saturday Night" (featuring Nate Ruess)"The Last Song""Half Moon Bay"* = not featured on the standard version.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Doobie Brothers Launch New "Concert Club" Giving Fans Access to Special Ticket O


Credit: Jim SheaThe Doobie Brothers have launched a new fan club that will give their biggest fans access to premium seats and special packages, as well as being treated to a variety of cool themed merchandise and collectibles.  For an annual fee of $39.99, the "Takin' It to the Streets Concert Club" offers participants priority access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages to select shows, while members also receive a Doobie Brothers guitar-pick set, blanket and limited-edition lithograph, as well as the chance to enter special contests and giveaways."Music has changed a lot during our career, but one thing hasn't: fans want the best concert-going experience possible," says Doobies singer/guitarist Tom Johnston.  "We want to make sure our super fans have access to the best seats, our newest merch and also get rewarded for their loyalty."Among the VIP experiences that can be purchased for the band's 2015 tour dates is the VIP Front Row Meet & Greet Package, which includes a reserved seat in the first row, an in-person meeting and photo with members of the group, plus a Doobie Brothers belt buckle, tote bag, ear buds and laminate.To join The Doobies' Takin' It to the Streets Concert Club and check out the band's current tour itinerary, visit FanClub.DoobieBros.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.