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.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe expanded and remastered reissue of The Rolling Stones' 1995 concert video Voodoo Lounge Live -- which features footage from a November 1994 show in the Miami area -- gets its release in multiple formats today.
Retitled Voodoo Lounge Uncut, the package features 10 previously unreleased performances and is available as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-Blu-ray collection and a digital video. Also available: three-LP sets on black vinyl and colored vinyl, as well as digital-audio editions.
The concert took place at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during The Stones' tour in support of their chart-topping 1994 album, Voodoo Lounge. The show featured an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg, and guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley and blues guitarist Robert Cray.
The band's set featured several Voodoo Lounge tunes, a few covers, some deep cuts and an assortment of Stones classics, including "Tumbling Dice," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Beast of Burden," "Angie," "Miss You," "Honky Tonk Women," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
The Voodoo Lounge Uncut video also boasts five bonus performances shot in August 1994 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Several videos promoting the new release have been posted on the band's official YouTube channel. Among them: a short documentary featuring frequent Stones art director Mark Norton discussing the images he designed for the Voodoo Lounge tour and the Voodoo Lounge Uncut packaging; a trailer for the concert film; and full performance clips of "Miss You" and "Happy."
Here's the track list for the new video and audio releases:
Whoopi Goldberg Intro "Not Fade Away" "Tumbling Dice" "You Got Me Rocking" "Rocks Off"* "Sparks Will Fly"* "Live with Me"* "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" "Beast of Burden"* "Angie" "Dead Flowers"* "Sweet Virginia" "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"* "It's All Over Now" "Stop Breakin' Down Blues" "Who Do You Love?" "I Go Wild"* "Miss You" "Honky Tonk Women" "Before They Make Me Run"* "The Worst" "Sympathy for the Devil" "Monkey Man"* "Street Fighting Man"* "Start Me Up" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" "Brown Sugar" "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
Here are the bonus video performances from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ:
"Shattered" "Out of Tears" "All Down the Line" "I Can't Get Next to You" "Happy"
PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentCher's Here We Go Again Tour kicks off January 17 in Estero, Florida. It's the 72-year-old icon's first full U.S. trek in five years, and she says she wants to tour as much as she can -- while she's still able to do it.
In a video promoting the tour, Cher says, "There will be some point where I can't tour, y'know?...And I don't want to think, 'I wish I would have done more, now that I can no longer do it,' because I still enjoy it."
She adds, "I still sing well, and I just want to do it 'til I'm finished."
Even if you've seen Cher before -- maybe on her three-year "Farewell Tour" that turned out not to be -- there will be new things to discover on this trek, including material from her new hit album of ABBA covers, Dancing Queen.
"The show's gonna be a little bit different," she explains. "I'm adding new songs to it, trying some new things and some new technology."
But while many artists from Cher's generation are either retiring from the road or staying put in Vegas, why does the Oscar-winning star want to drag herself all over the U.S. at this point in her career?
"I can't really say why I wanna tour. I've never had a plan," she says with a laughs. "It's like someone said: 'Oh, do you have a five-year plan for your career?' I don't have a five-minute plan for my career!"
She then declares, "My favorite thing is being on stage and I've had great audiences in my life. It's like playing tennis. It's like, if you give off a lot of energy, then they give a lot of energy back."
Credit: Gavin BondCyndi Lauper will be honored with Billboard's Icon Award at the publication's annual Women in Music Event, taking place December 6 in New York City.
"The entire world recognizes the power of Cyndi Lauper's pop music, and just as crucially, she has used her undeniable talent to soar beyond music, create positive change in modern society and become a true Icon," said Billboard Editorial Director Jason Lipshutz in a statement.
A Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winning star, Lauper has scored eight top-10 hits in her career, appeared in movies and on TV, and has written a hit Broadway musical. A noted humanitarian, she established the True Colors Fund 10 years ago. The charity works to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
Cyndi's spent much of this year on tour with Rod Stewart. She also is working on a new musical based on the hit movie Working Girl.
Also being honored at the Women in Music event are pop superstar and Billboard's Woman of the Year Ariana Grande, as well as R&B singer and actress Janelle Monáe, who will receive the Trailblazer Award.
The 13th annual Women in Music event and red-carpet pre-show will be broadcast live on Twitter, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on December 6. More honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.
Credit: Dave HoganMore hints that The Rolling Stones are planning to announce a major North American tour have popped up online and at locations across the continent.
First off, the band's official Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram have posted a video depicting the Statue of Liberty and a sun with the group's lips-and-tongue logo rising over the ocean, as the intro to "Paint It Black" plays.
In addition, according to various reports gathered by the IORR.org fan site, The Stones' famous logo has been spotted on billboards near MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and on the Oakland Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland, California, as well as on a scoreboard in Seattle's CenutryLink Field. Meanwhile, an ABC News source reports that large stickers showing the logo have been seen on the sidewalks of Chicago.
Rumors about a North American tour began heating up earlier this month when the lips-and-tongue logo was spotted at two U.S. football stadiums: on a large banner hung from the outside of Denver's Broncos Stadium at Mile High and on the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Also at Gillette Stadium, during a November 4 New England Patriots game, the team's cheerleaders did a dance routine to the Rolling Stones classic tune "Start Me Up," while revealing that they were wearing Stones t-shirts.
The Rolling Stones' most recent trek was this year's No Filter Tour of Europe, which ran from May until July. The last time that the rock legends toured the U.S. and Canada was in 2015; the band also played a few stateside shows in October 2016.
ABC/Adam TaylorBono will return to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the show's fourth annual (RED) benefit episode, airing Monday, November 19.
The U2 frontman, who co-founded (RED) in 2006, will join host Jimmy Kimmel and celebrities including Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis and Pharrell to support the charity, which raises funds for the fight against AIDS.
As with previous years, the special will include a QVC-like Shopathon, offering many different (RED) products and unique celebrity experiences.
Previous specials have featured performances from Coldplay's Chris Martin and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers.
The show will air ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
Courtesy of Wende Correctional FacilityJohn Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for a 10th time this past August, and now a transcript of the murderer's latest parole hearing has been released by New York prison officials. During the hearing, the 63-year-old Chapman said he "feel[s] more and more shame" every year that passes about what he did.
Chapman admitted that when he shot the former Beatles star to death in December 1980, he was selfishly seeking notoriety, but now maintains he's a changed man, thanks to his faith in Christianity. While in prison, Chapman has become a born-again Christian and founded a ministry with his wife.
That being said, Chapman said he didn't believe he deserves to be released from prison. "I don't think somebody that did what I did deserves anything," he told the review board.
Also during the hearing, Chapman recalled that on the day he killed Lennon, the rock legend had been "incredible" to him, having signed his copy of the Double Fantasy album.
Reflecting on his thoughts that day, Chapman recalled, "I do remember having the thought of, hey, you have got the album now, look at this, he signed it, just go home but there was no way I was going to go home." He maintained that he prayed to God and his conscience was undergoing "a tug of war," but he ultimately decided to go through with the murder.
Looking at his crime today, Chapman said, "this whole thing was a senseless, senseless bunch of bologna, just senseless, cruel and senseless."
In ruling to keep Chapman incarcerated, the New York Board of Parole explained, "The panel has determined that your release would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society." He will be eligible for parole again in 2020.
Courtesy of Ronnie SpectorRonnie Spector is continuing a holiday tradition by lining up a series of her annual "Best Christmas Party Ever!" shows.
The girl-group legend will perform with the latest incarnation of The Ronettes on the 10-date tour, which runs from a November 24 performance in Rockville Centre, New York, through a December 22-23 stand at the City Winery in New York City.
Spector began playing her yuletide-themed gigs back in 1988. Fans attending the concerts can expect to hear some of the soulful renditions of classic holiday tunes that The Ronettes recorded for the famous 1963 album A Christmas Gift for You, which was produced by Ronnie's ex-husband Phil Spector. These include "Frosty the Snowman," "Sleigh Ride" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."
After the New Year, The Ronettes have a handful of other U.S. shows lined up, as well as a few U.K. dates.
Here are all of Spector and her group's confirmed U.S. concerts:
11/24 -- Rockville Centre, NY, Madison Theatre* 11/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse* 12/8 -- Detroit, MI, El Club* 12/9 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre* 12/12 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café* 12/13 -- Phoenixville, PA, Colonial Theatre* 12/14 -- Riverhead, NY, Suffolk Theatre* 12/16 -- Barnstable, MA, Tildon PAC* 12/22 -- New York City, City Winery* 12/23 -- New York City, City Winery* 1/8/19 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 1/31 -- Homestead, FL, Seminole Theatre 2/1 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse 2/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 2/16 -- Rutland, VT, Paramount Theatre
Matt Baron/ShutterstockEach year, the British department store chain John Lewis releases a splashy Christmas ad, usually featuring a cover version of a beloved pop hit. The ad is highly anticipated, and its release marks the official kickoff of the U.K. holiday season. This year, none other than Elton John is front and center in the ad, called "The Boy & the Piano."
In the touching video, we see Elton sitting in a living room at an old upright piano, looking wistful. He begins to play his first big hit, "Your Song," and as he does, we're taken on a journey backward through time.
We see Elton performing the song in the present day in Las Vegas, then sitting in a dressing room circa 1990, onstage wearing a pink Mohawk wig in 1986, performing at a stadium in the mid '70s, playing the piano on an airplane in the early '70s, and singing "Your Song" during a British TV appearance in 1971.
After we see Elton recording the song in the studio in January 1970, we jump back even further. Elton's a teenager, playing the piano at a family gathering in the '60s while people dance around him. Then, he's a kid in the '50s, playing the piano at a recital, with his proud mom in the audience. And finally, we see him at the age of about three or four, running into the living room on Christmas morning to greet his mom and grandma, and unwrapping the same upright piano we see him playing in the beginning.
As we cut back to present-day Elton at the piano, he closes the lid, and we see these words: "Some gifts are more than just a gift."
Credit: Ross HalfinWith 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of ZZ Top's formation, the Texas blues-rock trio has announced plans to launch an extensive European tour this summer in celebration of the milestone.
The trek will launch in early June somewhere in Scandinavia and will wrap up in late July in the U.K. So far, only five shows have been confirmed -- taking place June 19 at the Prague Rocks festival in Prague, Czech Republic; June 25 at Forest National in Brussels, Belgium; June 29 at Castle Clam in Linz, Austria; July 5 at the Barcelona Rock Fest in Barcelona, Span; and July 12 at the SSE Arena Wembley in London.
Regarding the band's anniversary plans, frontman Billy Gibbons says, "It's been 50 years, and I think we're starting to get pretty good! We're just as excited to play Barcelona this summer as we were to play Beaumont [Texas] back in '69. The beards are, perhaps, a bit longer, but nothing much else has changed and we hope to keep it that way."
As previously, reported, ZZ Top also has a Las Vegas residency and several concerts in California lined up for January and February, although these performances don't appear to be part of the band's 50th anniversary festivities. Check out the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' full itinerary at ZZTop.com.
Credit: Anna WebberThis year, veteran Bay Area band Tower Power has been promoting its 25th studio album, Soul Side of Town, with an expansive tour that's also commemorating the horn-driven outfit's 50th anniversary.
Tower of Power co-founder and tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo tells ABC Radio that with the anniversary in mind, the group put its best effort into making a quality album, inspired by something one of the band's old managers told him.
"He said, 'This isn't the time to just throw 12 songs together and put it out. You gotta make the best record of your career,'" Castillo recalls.
Emilio explains that the group set out to achieve this by using "the Michael Jackson method, where you record way more than you need and pick the best 12." With help from producer Joe Vannelli, Tower of Power wound up with 28 finished tracks, 14 of which appear on Soul Side of Town.
"I'm very proud of it," Castillo says of Soul Side of Town. "It is a very diverse record. It's a radio-friendly record. It's creative. We pushed the bar musically, production-wise, engineering-wise, lyrically...[on] every level."
Released in June, Soul Side of Town debuted at #1 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart. Meanwhile, the band has been chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the online soul-music resource SoulTracks, which will present the honor to the band as part of its Readers' Choice Awards on December 10.
Tower of Power's final series of 2018 tour dates is mapped from a show tonight in Madison, Wisconsin, through a New Year's Eve performance in Las Vegas. The band's 2019 U.S. itinerary is set to begin with a March 8-9 stand in Brooklyn, New York. Here are all of Tower of Power's confirmed stateside shows:
11/15 -- Madison, WI, Capitol Theater 11/16 -- Fort Wayne, IN, The Clyde Theatre 11/17 -- Findlay, OH, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts - Donnell Theater 11/29 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note 11/30 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note 12/1 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note 12/2 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note 12/8 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville 12/14 -- Monterey, CA, Golden State Theatre 12/15 -- Napa, CA, The Uptown Theatre Napa 12/27 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort 12/28 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort 12/29 -- Santa Clarita, CA, The Canyon 12/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino Ballroom 3/8/19 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Bowl 3/9 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Bowl 3/12 -- Hopewell, VA, The Beacon Theatre 3/15 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 3/16 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 4/6 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall 4/18 -- Irvine, CA, Irvine Barclay Theatre 4/19 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
Credit: Marylene EytierCarlos Santana and his band will launch a 2019 North American leg of its Global Consciousness Tour with a series of March and April shows in Mexico and the U.S.
The concerts will be bookended by previously announced Las Vegas engagements in January-February and May, as part of Santana's ongoing residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
The tour kicks off March 17 in Mexico City, and currently is scheduled through an April 28 concert in Rogers, Arkansas. The outing will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Santana's massively successful Supernatural album, as well as the 50th anniversary of the band's performance at the historic Woodstock festival.
Visit Santana.com to find out details about when tickets will be available for the shows.
As for the band's Las Vegas performances, two eight-date stands have been lined up, running from January 23 through February 2 and May 15 through May 26.
Here are all of Santana's confirmed 2019 concerts:
1/23, 25-27, 30-31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay 2/1-2 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay 3/17 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Vive Latino Festival 2019 3/19 -- Puebla, Mexico, Acropolis Puebla 3/21 -- Guadalajara, Mexico, Auditorio Telmex 4/18 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Al Lang Stadium 4/19 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Event Center 4/20 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre 4/22 -- Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House 4/24 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre 4/27 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove 4/28 -- Rogers, AR, The Walmart Amp 5/15, 17-19, 22, 24-26 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
Credit: Zoren GoldTears for Fears is one of the many acts confirmed to perform at the 2019 edition of the Shaky Knees festival, scheduled to take place May 3-5 in Atlanta's Central Park.
The three-day concert extravaganza also will include headline sets from Beck and Incubus, as well as performances by Gary Clark Jr., Liz Phair, The Dandy Warhols and Dashboard Confessional, among others.
Credit: Danny NorthU2 was among the winners at the 2018 Billboard Live Music Awards ceremony, held Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, California. The Irish rockers received the Top Boxscore award -- which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist -- for their four-show stand last month at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The concerts were part of U2's eXPERINCE iNNOCENCE Tour in support of the group's 2017 album, Songs of Experience. The band was the only rock act to take home a trophy at this year's ceremony.
The big winner was British pop star Ed Sheeran, who nabbed the Top Tour, Top World Tour and Top Draw honors. The Top Tour prize is for the highest-grossing tour of the year, while the Top Draw award is for the year's best-attended trek, meaning the one that sold the most actual tickets.
Also at the ceremony, pop-blues artist John Mayer, who's also a member of the Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company, received the prestigious Legend of Live Award for his extensive touring career. He said one of the secrets to his success is working with friends who eventually become his "family" on the road.
The Billboard Live Music Awards formerly was known as the Billboard Touring Awards.
It's been two-and-a-half years since Prince passed away, and for Brown Mark, the bass player of the band The Revolution, which recorded the Purple Rain soundtrack, Prince was the greatest musician of our time.
Mark was amazed by how Prince, best known as a guitarist and pianist, could play several instruments at the highest level.
"I've never seen anyone grab your instrument and show you how to do something. He had the ability to play everything, and if he wanted to tweak something, or whatever he wanted to do, he could come right over and he could show you what he's hearing," the 56-year-old musician says.
"'Here, let me have that bass,' and he would show me. He was a phenomenal musician," Mark continues. "I don't think since Mozart there's ever gonna be anybody else. Not in our generation."
Mark says that not only was Prince the consummate musician, he was also one of the most versatile vocalists.
"He could sing in two different styles," Mark remembers. "He'd hit this falsetto like the old Smokey Robinson and Verdine White. He could hit that, but then he could go to this baritone and this real deep thing."
In addition to recording Purple Rain and appearing with Prince in the film, The Revolution also recorded three more albums with Prince in the '80s: 1999, Around the World in a Day and Parade. Along with Brown Mark on bass, The Revolution includes guitarist Wendy Melvoin, drummer Bobby Z, and two keyboard players -- Lisa Coleman and Dr. Fink.
The Revolution recently wrapped up its fall tour, and will end the year with Texas shows in Austin, Houston and Dallas on December 29, 30 and 31.