Over the years, Madonna has been outspoken politically, but she's never actually gotten involved in politics. But incredibly, she now admits that she actually considered running for president, but then dismissed the idea because she thinks it's a horrible job, and because she has OCD.
Speaking to interviewer Dan Woottonfor the U.K. tabloid The Sun and his podcast, Madonna says of the idea of running for president, "The thought went through my mind in a second and then went out. I can’t imagine a worse job -- I mean, everyone just hates you as soon as you step into the White House."
Asked if she thinks she'd do a better job than our current president, Madonna replied, "I think so, yeah. But, I mean, gosh, look at Barack Obama, it’s a job that ages you."
She added, “Can you imagine if I was president? And I have OCD. I’d be trying to figure out every problem every night."
If she were president, though, Madonna claims her first act would be to make guns illegal -- a topic she addresses on the song "God Control" on her new album, Madame X.
Courtesy of The Shubert OrganizationGirl from the North Country, a stage musical featuring reimagined versions of Bob Dylan songs which premiered in the U.K. in 2017, will open on Broadway early next year.
The show, which was written and will be directed by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, will begin preview performances on February 7, before having its official opening on March 5.
The production is set in 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota, the city where Dylan was born, and focuses on a group of characters in a guesthouse who are struggling to get by during the Great Depression.
The production opened at London's Old Vic Theater in 2017, then moved to the U.K. capital's West End. An Off Broadway production was staged in New York in 2018, and a Canadian production will run at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theater from September 28 to November 24.
Previous productions of the musical have featured about 20 Dylan compositions spanning most of his career, including the title song, as well as "I Want You," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Make You Feel My Love," "Hurricane" and "Forever Young."
McPherson tells The New York Times that he's revised the show four or five times, and "every time I've done it, I've managed to slip another song in."
According to the Times, Dylan himself gave the playwright free rein to use selections from his song catalog to create the musical.
Paul Simon is a lifelong New York Yankees fan, and the folk-rock legend will get to combine two of his passions when he plays a short set tonight at a New York City benefit for a charity founded by former Yankees pitcher David Cone.
The David Cone Foundation Fundraiser, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cone's 1999 perfect game against the Montreal Expos at Yankee Stadium, will feature Simon backed by a band made up of former Yankees stars, among them Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill and David Wells. The event will take place at the Mandarin Oriental New York hotel.
Cone's foundation will use proceeds raised by the event to provide support to in-need children in the Bronx, New York, as well as to charitable organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The benefit also will feature a performance by rapper Fat Joe, speeches and tributes by a variety of Yankees legends and broadcasters, plus dinner, cocktails and more.
Individual tickets to the fundraiser cost $1,000, while a VIP table for 10 is priced at $10,000.
The Hollywood Vampires, the band featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor/musician Johnny Depp, has released a video for their new cover of David Bowie's "Heroes." The track will appear on the band's second studio album, Rise, which hits stores this Friday, June 21.
The new rendition of "Heroes" features Depp singing lead while Cooper and Perry contribute backing vocals. The Hollywood Vampires recorded their version at the former Hansa studio in Berlin, the same place where Bowie recorded the original.
The black-and-white video, which you can watch on the group's official YouTube channel, combines in-studio footage, live performance clips and candid behind-the-scenes segments. The band also released "Heroes" as a digital single and via streaming services.
Rise, unlike The Hollywood Vampires' star-studded self-titled 2015 debut, features mostly new original songs. The album does include three cover tunes -- "Heroes"; the Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died," featuring Cooper on lead vocals; and Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," sung by Perry.
In advance of the arrival of the new album, the band will be performing Wednesday night on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesRod Stewart has a grand total of eight kids -- which should be enough for anyone -- but his wife has just revealed that they'd considered expanding their family recently.
Appearing on the British talk show Loose Women, Rod's wife, Penny Lancaster, said that she and the legendary singer had discussed adopting a baby.
"We are fortunate enough to have a big house, there's a spare room, extra love and funds that families need these days," she explained. "And we thought, 'Why not give another child that needs a home a home?' But it has to be a consideration of the whole family, not just Rod and I."
Penny revealed that after talking it over with their two sons -- Aiden, 8, and Alastair, 13 -- they decided against the idea.
"They said they love our little brood the way it is, and that there may be too much of an age gap," she explained. "So we are getting a puppy instead." The dog, a Labradoodle, will be named Blondie.
Rod's eight children include two with Penny, his third wife; two with second wife Rachel Hunter; two with first wife Alana Stewart; one with ex-girlfriend Kelly Emberg; and a daughter with a school girlfriend who was put up for adoption, but with whom Rod now has a relationship.
Credit: Austin LordPeter Frampton launches his goodbye trek, dubbed Finale -- The Farewell Tour, with a headlining show tonight in Catoosa, Oklahoma. The massive outing, which will feature Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening as special guest at most of the concerts, is mapped out all the way through an October 12 show in Concord, California.
As previously reported, Frampton is retiring from the road because he's been diagnosed with inclusion body myositis, a degenerative muscular disease that eventually will hamper his ability to play guitar. One dollar from every ticket sold for the tour will benefit The Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund at Johns Hopkins, a fund established by Peter and the Baltimore-based hospital, where the guitar whiz is being treated.
In addition, Frampton's son Julian and his band will be the opening act at the last seven dates of the tour, which features stops on the West Coast.
You can check out a series of humorous videos promoting the trek on Frampton's YouTube channel that feature Ringo Starr, Toto's Steve Lukather, Alice Cooper, Joe Walsh and other music stars hitting Peter up for free tickets and backstage passes.
In other news, Frampton's new studio album, All Blues, a collection of blues covers Peter recorded with his touring band, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Albums chart. The 10-track collection includes guest appearances by Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, longtime Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse and acclaimed jazz guitarist Larry Carlton.
Here's the full list of confirmed dates on Frampton's Finale -- The Farewell Tour:
6/18 -- Catoosa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa 6/20 -- Little Rock, AR, Robinson Performance Hall 6/22 -- Atmore, AL, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel 6/23 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre 6/26 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre 6/27 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater* 6/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino* 6/30 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts* 7/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts 7/3 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview* 7/5 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Montreal Jazz Fest - Place des Arts: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier 7/7 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* 7/9 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion* 7/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia* 7/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center* 7/13 -- Stayner, ON, Canada, Roxodus Music Festival 7/23 -- Traverse City, MI, Interlochen Center for the Arts-Kresge Auditorium 7/25 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre* 7/26 -- Morgantown, WV, MountainFest Motorcycle Rally* 7/28 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island* 7/29 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre 7/31 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/2 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater* 8/4 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis* 8/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre* 8/8 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center* 8/11 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park* 8/16-21 -- Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean 8/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion* 9/1 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center* 9/2 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena* 9/4 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place* 9/6 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds* 9/7 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre* 9/10 -- Simpsonville, SC, CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park* 9/11 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem* 9/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden* 9/14 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek* 9/20-21 -- Crossroads Guitar Festival - American Airlines Center 9/21 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion* 9/22 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory* 9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino* 9/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre* 9/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino 9/29 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Casino-Pechanga Summit* 10/2 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU* 10/3 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre* 10/5 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum* 10/6 -- Tuolumne, CA, Black Oak Casino Resort - Westside Pavilion* 10/9 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre* 10/10 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Resort & Casino - Cowlitz Ballroom* 10/12 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion*
* = with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening = Julian Frampton Band opens.
Credit: Polly SamsonPink Floyd's David Gilmour recently launched a YouTube podcast series to promote the auction of over 120 of his guitars at Christie's in New York this Thursday, June 20, and in the latest installment, he discusses whether or not his his old band will reunite, and his plans for a new solo album.
Regarding the possibility of Pink Floyd reuniting, Gilmour says, "We don't have any plans right now…But, you know, one day in the future, who knows? Never say never."
He also maintains that, at this point, the band is just him and drummer Nick Mason -- he doesn't mention Roger Waters -- and adds, "I suppose you could say we're on some sort of extended hiatus."
As for a new solo album, Gilmour says he regularly writes "bits of music," and although he hasn't done much lately, he expects to soon have time to focus on his next project.
"I will be getting into [the] studio…and listening to the hundreds of little bits of demos that I've got," he notes, "and developing them, seeing where they go and seeing if I get my appetite back to start recording a proper album."
David adds that the process of making a new album and touring behind it generally takes him about four years.
"The writing, the refining, the recording, marketing of an album and doing a tour, preparing a tour, rehearsals, getting the musicians -- all that s*** takes a lot of time," he declares. "So it's a commitment, which I have as yet to make, but we'll probably get there."
Prior to the auction, which takes place at 10 a.m. ET, the New York location of Christie's will be displaying Gilmour's guitars daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.
MVD VisualThe new Teddy Pendergrass documentary If You Don't Know Me will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand on August 23.
The story of the five-time Grammy nominee features archival footage and new interviews with Pendergrass' family, friends and colleagues. Among them are legendary songwriters and producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the founders of Philadelphia International Records, who were behind many of his hits.
"This is an extraordinary, human story that feels almost Shakespearian," says director Olivia Lichtenstein. "It's much more than just a music biopic: It's an intimate portrait both of Teddy and of the extraordinary times in which he lived. We really get to know him because we hear from so many people who were close to him."
The doc explores the life and career of the late, great vocalist, who was the first male African-American artist to release four consecutive platinum albums. It also follows Pendergrass' comeback after a near-fatal 1982 car accident at age 31 that left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Pendergrass rose to fame in the '70s as lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes before achieving stardom as a solo artist.
His many solo hits include "Close the Door," "Turn Off the Lights" and "Love T.K.O."
In 1985, three years after his car accident, Teddy released the duet "Hold Me" with Whitney Houston. It hit #5 on the Billboard R&B chart, and also was included on Houston's self-titled debut album, which was certified 13-times platinum.
Pendergrass, who eventually retired in 2007, died in 2010 of respiratory failure at age 59.
As previously reported, Tyrese will portray the Philadelphia singer in a biopic being produced by Lee Daniels.
ABC/Randy HolmesWhen Elton John arrives in France for several concerts on his farewell tour, he won't just be earning a bunch of money: He'll also be receiving the country's highest civilian award.
On Friday, Elton will be presented with the Legion d'Honneur by French president Emmauel Macron at the Elysee [ay-lee-ZAY] Palace in Paris, reports Le Journal de Dimanche. The paper reports that during the ceremony, Elton will launch an appeal for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
According to multiple reports, Macron described Elton as "a piano virtuoso, melodic genius and a true showman," who was also "one of the first gay artists to have the courage to say it and to give voice to the LGBT community in the media."
In 1993, Elton was made an Officer of Arts and Letters by France, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.
Elton also plans to announce two additional shows in France for October of 2020, according to Le Journal de Dimanche.
Other famous musicians who have received the Legion d'Honneur include Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.
MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsYou say it's your birthday? It's Paul McCartney's birthday too, and the former Beatle turns 77 today.
In honor of his big day, Sir Paul posted a humorous photo of himself on social media sites that appears to be from the 1970s. It shows him grabbing his face with his hands as he looks at the camera with a perturbed look. The accompanying caption reads, "It's my birthday too, yeah."
McCartney remains remarkably active for a guy who is closing in on 80. He released a chart-topping studio album, Egypt Station, last year and currently on the latest leg of his Freshen Up Tour, regularly playing close to 40 songs at each show.
The rock legend can take it easy on his birthday, as his next concert isn't until this Saturday, June 22, at Petco Park in San Diego. The trek winds down with a July 13 show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Here are all of McCartney's upcoming tour dates:
6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park 6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 6/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, T Mobile Arena 6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, T Mobile Arena 7/6 -- Vancouver BC, Canada, BC Place 7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
The newly announced shows will take place October 10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; October 12 in Memphis, Tennessee; October 17 in Pittsburgh; and October 19 in Chicago.
Tickets to the new concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Bob Seger's fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting today. To register to be a member of the club, visit BobSeger.com/bulletclub.
The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his group are winding down their current U.S. tour leg with the final two shows of a six-concert stand in the Detroit suburb of Clarkston, Michigan. The upcoming performances are scheduled for this Wednesday and Friday, June 19 and 21.
The Roll Me Away tour got underway in November 2018.
Here are all of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's confirmed upcoming tour dates:
6/19 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater 6/21 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater 9/12 -- Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza 9/14 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Dome 9/17 -- Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse 9/19 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena 9/21 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 9/24 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena 9/26 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 9/28 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena 10/3 -- Columbia, MO, University of Missouri - Mizzou Arena 10/5 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 10/10 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Raising Cane's River Center 10/12 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum 10/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 10/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
Harmony Gerber/Getty Images; Courtesy of David CrosbyDoors guitarist Robby Krieger, David Crosby and members of Little Feat are slated to take part in the second annual WeedCon West expo, a conference that promotes education about the medical benefits of cannabis products.
The event will be held June 19 and 20 in Beverly Hills, California, and will feature musical performances, awards presentations, guest speakers, networking opportunities and more.
Krieger will give a performance honoring longtime Little Feat guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, who will be recognized for their work with the Safety Harbor Kids charity. The organization supports orphans, foster children and homeless youth in their schooling and career goals, as well as arts education.
Tackett is being honored for volunteering for more than 15 years to play music and provide music lessons to kids via the Safety Harbor Kids charity. Barrere is being acknowledged for devoting his time and resources to help provide educational music and art programs for kids in need.
As for Crosby, he's signed on as one of the celebrity judges and presenters for the 2019 WeedCon Cup awards, which honor excellence in various cannabis-related products. Last year, the folk-rock legend announced plans to launch his own cannabis brand, "The Mighty Croz."
In other Crosby news, the 77-year-old singer/songwriter was taken ill over the weekend, causing him to cut short a concert Saturday in Beverly, Massachusetts, and cancel a show Sunday in Bar Harbor, Maine.
David posted a note on his Facebook page apologizing to fans, saying, "We're working on making it up to you." He's scheduled to launch a new tour leg on August 11 in New York City.
WeedCon West organizers tell ABC Radio that Crosby is still scheduled to take part in their event.
Credit: Ross HalfinGuitar legend Jeff Beck has lined up five U.S. headlining concerts this September to go along with his previously announced appearance at Eric Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas and his joint performance with Rod Stewart at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
The new shows will take place September 17 in Kansas City, Missouri; September 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; September 21 in Austin, Texas; September 22 in San Antonio; and September 24 in Phoenix.
Tickets for the Phoenix concert will go on sale to the general public next Monday, June 24, while tickets for the other four gigs will be available starting this Friday, June 21.
Jeff will be performing at the latest edition of Clapton's star-studded Crossroads Guitar Festival on September 20, the first day of the two-day event. Other artists taking part in the fest include Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy and many more.
Beck and Stewart will be teaming up for what's being billed as their "most in depth concert [together] in over 35 years" on September 27 at the Hollywood Bowl. Rod, of course, was the lead singer of The Jeff Beck Group during the late 1960s before he joined Faces, and the two have collaborated on numerous occasions over the years.
Here are all of Beck's confirmed U.S. performances:
9/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater 9/18 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater 9/20 -- Dallas, TX, Crossroads Guitar Festival - American Airlines Center 9/21 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre 9/22 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 9/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre 9/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
Steven Klein @stevenkleinstudioLongtime Madonna fans remember her famous appearance on American Bandstand back in 1984. When host Dick Clark asked her what her dreams were, the up-and-coming singer said boldly, "To rule the world." But now, Madonna denies that she ever dreamed of being a rich and famous superstar.
Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Madonna reveals that, back then, her super-confident act was just that: an act. She was actually pretty insecure.
"I may have felt like a nobody, but I knew I had to do something," she says. "If I was going to make something out of my life, I had to, y'know, hurl myself into the dark space, go down the road less traveled."
And even today, as a global icon, Madonna tells the paper, “Yes, I want to be successful, I am ambitious. Yes!”
Asked why she feels that way when she's, y'know, the Queen of Pop, she refers back to that 1984 comment.
"I don't think my ambition has ever really been generated by what you maybe perceive as conventional success," Madonna says. "I mean, being super-famous or super-rich was never my goal. I didn't say: 'I want to be the most famous person in the world.' I didn't say: 'I want to be the richest person in the world.' I said I wanted to rule the world."
OK, so what did she mean by that?
"In my very young mind...I think I just meant, 'I want to make a mark on the world, I want to be a somebody,'" she reveals. "Because I grew up feeling like a nobody, and I wanted to make a difference. I think that’s what I meant."
Well, mission accomplished. Madonna's new album Madame X is out now.
Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentHeart will be keeping its Love Alive Tour going even longer than originally announced.
The lengthy North American trek, which features such support acts as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow, Elle King and Brandi Carlile joining the Wilson sisters and their band at select stops, has been extended into the fall.
The tour already included 39 dates, kicking off July 9 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and running through a September 9 show in Los Angeles. Now 11 more performances have been added, spanning from a September 26 concert in Wantagh, New York through an October 13 gig in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Tickets for most of the new dates will go on sale this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Citi card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit CitiEntertainment.com for more details about pre-sale opportunities.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be the special guests at all of the newly announced concerts, while British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas will open most of those shows.
The Love Alive Tour will mark Heart's first concerts after a nearly three-year hiatus.
Here's the full list of dates on the trek:
7/9 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre & 7/11 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre & 7/14 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage # 7/16 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Centre Bell # 7/17 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center # 7/20 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre # 7/21 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center & 7/23 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion # 7/24 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion # 7/26 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater*# 7/27 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center# 7/29 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts # 7/30 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview # 8/1 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion*# 8/2 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion*# 8/4 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Theater*# 8/5 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Pavilion*# 8/7 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*# 8/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater*# 8/10 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park*# 8/11 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*# 8/13 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion*# 8/14 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*# 8/16 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheater# 8/17 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater*# 8/19 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre@# 8/20 -- Pelham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre@# 8/22 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*# 8/23 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion# 8/25 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater*# 8/27 -- Chula Vista, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheater*# 8/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion*# 8/30 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater*# 8/31 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center*# 9/3 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*# 9/4 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome*# 9/6 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion*# 9/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort* 9/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl*# 9/26 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater* 9/27 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center* 9/28 -- Toledo, OH, The Huntington Center* 10/1 -- North Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena*& 10/2 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center*& 10/4 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum*& 10/5 -- Lafayette, LA, CAJUNDOME* 10/7 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena*& 10/8 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre*& 10/12 --Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum*& 10/13 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center*&
= with Sheryl Crow * = with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts # = Elle King opens @ = with Brandi Carlile & = Lucie Silvas opens.
This marks the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 since 2005's All That I Am, which peaked at #2 on the tally.
Africa Speaks becomes Santana's 15th album overall to reach the top 10 of the chart. Four of the group's albums have reached number one, including the 15-times-platinum Supernatural, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
A good portion of Africa Speaks' sales came from a redemption offer where fans buying tickets to the band's upcoming tour also received a copy of the album.
As previously reported, the new record features original songs inspired by modern African music, with lead vocals provided by a Latin Grammy-winning Spanish singer named Buika (pr: BWEE-kah).
Santana will be the musical guest on Tuesday night's episode of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Guitarist Carlos Santana and his band will be launching a new tour called the Supernatural Now trek on Thursday, January 20, in Irvine, California. The Doobie Brothers are the support act for the entire outing, which runs through an August 25 show in Wantagh, New York.
Credit: Samir HusseinThe Who just played a show last month at Madison Square Garden during the first leg of the band's Moving On! Tour. Now, the British rock legends have announced that they'll return to the famed New York City venue for another concert on September 1.
The newly announced performance will now serve as the kickoff date of the second leg of The Who's 2019 North American trek, which is mapped out through an October 24 concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Tickets for the Madison Square Garden gig go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Members of The Who's fan club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning this Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. ET.
As with the first leg of the tour, the upcoming trek will feature The Who accompanied by a 48-piece orchestra at each venue. A variety of different artists will be opening for the band during the upcoming trek -- including J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and Canadian indie-blues group Reignwolf -- although a support act for the New York City show has yet to be revealed.
Meanwhile, The Who will be releasing its first new studio album since 2006's Endless Wire this year, and everyone purchasing a ticket to a show on the band's tour of the U.S. and Canada will receive a free copy of the record when it's available. In addition, the group is donating $1 from every ticket sold to the Teen Cancer America charity.
Besides the North American trek, The Who will be playing a one-off concert at London's Wembley Stadium on July 6. Here are all of the band's upcoming North American concerts:
9/1 -- New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden (Special Guest: to be announced) 9/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena (Special Guest: Moon vs. Sun [Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk]) 9/6 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/8 -- Elkhorn, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre (Special Guest: Dead Horses) 9/10 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center (Special Guest: Peter Wolf) 9/13 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park (Special Guest: Peter Wolf) 9/15 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/18 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/20 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/22 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/25 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/27 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 9/29 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center (Special Guest: Reignwolf) 10/9 -- San Francisco, CA, Chase Center (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher) 10/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl (Special Guest: to be announced) 10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl (Special Guest: to be announced) 10/16 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl - San Diego State University (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher) 10/19 -- Seattle, WA, T-Mobile Park (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher) 10/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher) 10/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl (Special Guest: Liam Gallagher)
Courtesy of Tina: The Tina Turner MusicalDo you know a girl aged eight to 13 who can sing and dance? Well, maybe she'd like to audition for a role in the upcoming Broadway musical based on Tina Turner's life.
The producers of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical are holding an open online casting call for someone to play "young Anna Mae Bullock" -- Tina Turner's birth name -- in the production, which is opening this fall.
The producers are looking for an African-American or mixed-race girl between the ages of eight and 13, between four-foot-two and four-foot-11, with a "phenomenal" singing voice and "strong" acting skills, who can also "move/dance very well."
Preview performances of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical will begin October 12; the official opening is November 7. Tickets are now on sale. Tina as an adult will be played by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren, who originated the role in the London West End production of the show.
Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesNow that Game of Thrones is over and Dark Phoenix is out, has Sophie Turner found her next gig?
According to British Vogue, Culture Club singer Boy George wants Turner to play his younger self in an upcoming film about his life.
“There’s been some really interesting suggestions,” he tells the mag of potential casting. “One of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner. [People will say], ‘She can’t play you, she’s a woman,’ you know. But when I was 17, I would have loved to have been her."
Turner is already loving the idea.
“I’m SO down @BoyGeorge,” she tweeted in response to the article.
The biopic was announced last month with Boy George set to executive produce and Sacha Gervasi to write and direct. The untitled film will follow Boy George’s humble beginnings from an Irish working class family through his rise to fame in the ‘80s with Culture Club.
Credit: Jake EdwardsWhen Paul Simon announced that he was retiring from touring last year, he also revealed that he intended to continue to play charity concerts.
Now, the folk-rock legend has lined up a pair of new benefit shows on the Hawaiian island of Maui on August 13 and 14 that will follow his previously scheduled August 11 headlining appearance at the 2019 Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.
The performances will mark the first concerts Simon has ever played on Maui, and will be his first anywhere in Hawaii since he and Art Garfunkel performed in Honolulu in 1968.
Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the public this Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. local time and will be available at the Maui Arts Cultural Center box office, by calling 808-242-SHOW or online at MauiArts.org.
The concerts will benefit a pair of Hawaiian-based environmental organizations: the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project and KUA. The Auwahi Forest Restoration Project works to preserve and restore native-forest areas by planting native trees and controlling the spread of non-native plant species. KUA supports community-based organizations that promote and manage natural and cultural resources.
Simon also will be donating the net proceeds from his Outside Lands festival performance to local charities: San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of the Urban Forest.