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MVD Entertainment GroupVeteran U.K. reggae act UB40 will release its first album in more than five years, For the Many, on March 29. The 10-track record also is the band's first collection of original tunes to feature current frontman Duncan Campbell.  He joined the group in 2008 after the departure of his younger brother, original UB40 singer Ali Campbell.

The album will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally.

"For the Many is…a true reflection of where the band are at right now," says founding UB40 drummer Jimmy Brown. "It gave us an opportunity to go back to our roots and draw on the 1970s-style reggae that inspired us to be in a band in the first place. We intended to make an uncompromising reggae album and I think we have achieved that."

Adds Campbell, "After 10 years of fronting UB40, for us to make an album of our own original material feels like the final hurdle for me…We all feel this album is going back to what UB40 was all about and we are all excited for everybody to hear the album and looking forward to touring it."

Videos for two songs from the album -- "You Haven't Called" and "Moonlight Lover" -- have been posted on the band's official YouTube channel.

UB40, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, will continue to mark the milestone on the road in 2019. After mounting a lengthy U.K. tour in the spring, the band will visit North America in the late summer. The latter leg is mapped out from an August 2 concert in Detroit through a September 22 show in Montreal.

Here's the For the Many track list:

"The Keeper"
"Broken Man" -- featuring Kabaka Pyramid
"Gravy Train" -- featuring Slinger
"I'm Alright Jack" -- featuring Pablo Rider
"Moonlight Lover" -- featuring Gilly G
"You Haven't Called"
"What Happened to UB40"
"Poor Fool"
"All We Do Is Cry" -- featuring Hunterz

And here are all of UB40's North American tour dates:

8/2 -- Detroit, MI, Chene Park
8/3 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverfront Live
8/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
8/9 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur
8/10 -- West Long Branch, NJ, Pollak Theatre
8/11 -- Washington, D.C., Maryland Hall
8/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
8/17 -- Bonita Springs, FL, Ibis Theatre
8/18 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues
8/20 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
8/23 -- Kamas, UT, Dejoria Centre
8/29 -- Tempe, AZ, The Marquee
8/30 -- Winterhaven, CA, Paradise Casino
8/31 -- Indio, CA, Spotlight 29 Casino
9/6 -- Suquamish, WA, Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort
9/8 -- Whitecourt, MB, Canada, venue to be announced
9/9 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, venue to be announced
9/11 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, venue to be announced
9/12 -- Regina, SK, Canada, venue to be announced
9/13 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Burton Cummings Theatre
9/14 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Cabooze
9/20 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
9/22 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, The Olympia

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Frontiers Music srlLast May, Whitesnake's David Coverdale told ABC Radio that the band had to delay plans to release a new studio album in 2018 because "a technical catastrophe" resulted in the loss of most of the record. Now comes word that the album, titled Flesh & Blood, is ready to go and will hit stores on May 10.

Coinciding with the announcement, Whitesnake has premiered a video for the album's lead single, "Shut Up & Kiss Me," which you can watch on the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel.

The clip features footage of Whitesnake performing the new tune at a club in front of a small, enthusiastic crowd, intercut with fun scenes showing of group of woman who take a liking to the vintage white Jaguar that Coverdale has parked outside the venue. The car is the same one that appears in the iconic video for the band's 1987 hit "Here I Go Again."

"Shut Up & Kiss Me" can be purchased now digitally and via streaming services, and fans pre-ordering Flesh & Blood will receive an instant download of the track.

The album will be available in various formats and configurations, including on CD, digitally, as a two-LP set featuring black or colored vinyl discs, as a CD/DVD deluxe edition and as a "Super Luxury Boxset" containing the deluxe CD/DVD, the LPs on colored vinyl, a poster and a lithograph.

The CD/DVD set features two bonus studio tracks, two versions of the "Shut Up & Kiss Me" video, a Flesh & Blood behind-the-scenes clip and three DVD-audio remixes of album cuts.

To support Flesh & Blood, Whitesnake has scheduled a U.S. spring tour that kicks off April 12 in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Here's the track list for the album's deluxe edition:

"Good to See You Again"
"Gonna Be Alright"
"Shut Up & Kiss Me"
"Hey You (You Make Me Rock)"
"Always & Forever"
"When I Think of You (Color Me Blue)"
"Trouble Is Your Middle Name"
"Flesh & Blood"
"Well I Never"
"Heart of Stone"
"Get Up"
"After All"
"Sands of Time"
"Can't Do Right for Doing Wrong" -- bonus track
"If I Can't Have You" -- bonus track

DVD-audio tracks
"Gonna Be Alright" (X-Tendo Mix)
"Sands of Time" (Radio Mix)
"Shut Up and Kiss Me" (Video Mix)

And here are Whitesnake's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

4/12 -- Newkirk, OK, 7 Clans First Council Casino
4/13 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Casino
4/15 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
4/17 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
4/19 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort
4/20 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre
4/22 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
4/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
4/25 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Casino
4/26 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King PAC
4/28 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
4/29 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center
5/1 -- Richmond, VA, Richmond, VA, The National
5/2 -- Bensalem, PA, XCITE Center at Parx Casino
5/4 -- Columbia, MD, M3 Rock Festival
5/5 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penns Peak
5/7 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
5/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
5/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
5/11 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
5/14 -- Greenville, PA, The Palace Theatre
5/17 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino
5/18 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino

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Credit: Machado CicalaCher has joined the lineup of the upcoming special VH1 Trailblazer Honors, airing Friday, March 8, on both VH1 and Logo.

Cher will present an award to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of several women being honored during the special.

It's not Cher's first time encountering the Speaker of the House. When she received the Kennedy Center Honors in December, she tweeted, "KCH Show Was Unbelievable. I Sat Between Nancy PELOSI & [fellow honoree, composer] Phillip GLASS."

The other honorees on the show include Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. 

The one-hour special airs on International Women's Day, March 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his current band The Circle have released an official video for "Trust Fund Baby," the hard-rocking lead single from the group's upcoming debut studio album, Space Between.

The clip, which you can watch on Hagar's YouTube channel, mixes footage of the Red Rocker and his group performing the song with a depiction of a spoiled, wealthy young woman whose life is one big drug- and alcohol-fueled party.

The video was directed by ZZ Satriani, the son of one of Sammy's Chickenfoot band mates, guitar whiz Joe Satriani.

Hagar says the clip nails "what happens when kids are given too much money -- too early in life -- and it becomes an affliction."

He adds, "All the money in the world isn't a guarantee for a good life. I'm a believer in working hard and finding purposeful work -- but that comes later in the story."

"Trust Fund Baby" is available for purchase now digitally and via streaming services, and fans pre-ordering Space Between will get an instant download of the track. The album will be released on May 10.

The Circle's lineup features Sammy's ex-Van Halen band mate Michael Anthony on bass, occasional Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, a member of Hagar's longtime backing band The Wabos.

As previously reported, Hagar & The Circle will support Space Between with a U.S. tour that kicks off April 19 in Reno, Nevada, and currently is mapped out through a June 7 show in Tinley Park, Illinois. Check out all the dates at

In other news, Hagar's AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar will return for a fourth season premiering this spring.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTwo-time Oscar-winner Barbra Streisand has just been added to the lineup of celebrity presenters at the 91st Academy Awards telecast this Sunday night.

The newly announced batch of presenters also includes former Saturday Night Live cast members and Wayne's World co-stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, rocker Tom MorelloDaily Show host Trevor Noah, tennis great Serena Williams, congressman and civil-rights icon John Lewis, young actress Amandla Stenberg, chef José Andrés, recording artist and Girls Trip star Queen Latifah, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Diego Luna

These newly announced presenters will introduce one of the eight Best Picture nominees -- so you can try to guess who will do each one. For example, Streisand starred in a previous version of A Star Is Born, so we're pretty sure she'll present the new one starring Lady Gaga.

Along the same lines, Myers is in Bohemian Rhapsody, and Wayne's World helped re-popularize the Queen song of the same name, so it's a good bet that he and Carvey will introduce that movie.

Previously announced presenters include Helen Mirren, Michael B. Jordan, Tyler Perry, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam RockwellMaya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony -- which does not have a host this year -- airs Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Recently announced plans for a three-day music extravaganza commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival this August have changed a bit.

The original plan was for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue located at the original site of the historic event in Bethel, New York, to host the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, featuring performances by both established and up-and-coming artists, plus other activities, from August 16 to 18.  Now that's been replaced by Anniversary Week, which includes a series of special concerts on those days.

Anniversary Week will kick off August 15 with a screening of the Director's Cut of the Oscar-winning 1970 documentary Woodstock. Then, on August 16, Bethel Woods will feature a concert headlined by Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, with support from folk great Arlo Guthrie and veteran rocker Edgar Winter. Guthrie played solo at the 1969 Woodstock fest, while Winter took part in his brother Johnny's set.

Another Woodstock alum, Santana, will headline a show August 17 that also will feature The Doobie Brothers. Anniversary Week will come to a close on the 18th with a concert featuring as-yet-unannounced performers.

Anniversary Week will be part of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts' just-announced Woodstock commemoration, dubbed A Season of Song & Celebration, that will include a variety of shows, events and exhibitions. The festivities will kick off March 30 with an exhibit titled We Are Golden -- Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future.

As previously reported, an official 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 Woodstock festival, dubbed Woodstock 50, will take place August 16 to August 18 at Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen, New York.

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Jukebox Hero: The Musical, the stage production showcasing many of Foreigner's classic hits, gets its official premiere tonight at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.

Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, who's written or co-written nearly all of the group's songs, tells ABC Radio he was "blown away" when he saw a preview performance of the show last year.

"I don't know what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn't expecting to be moving about in my seat," he reveals.

The musical was written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement of The Commitments fame, and uses Foreigner's songs to help tell the tale of a rock star from an economically depressed Pennsylvania town who returns home to play a benefit concert for the financially struggling residents.

Jones says the musical's story addresses issues facing many people today.

"It deals with the current…socioeconomic state of things in America," he notes. "It brings a realization of [what's] happened to people's lives -- the chaos, the uncertainty, the loss of jobs, the whole imbalance in America, and in the world."

At the musical's center is Foreigner's 1981 hit "Juke Box Hero," which Mick says echoes the main character's story while offering a sentiment to which many people can relate.

"It [talks] about the dream of success as a rock lead singer or a guitar player," he maintains. "[And it reflects] that hope and optimism about creating something that you're passionate about."

Jukebox Hero: The Musical will play at the Ed Mirvish Theatre through February 24, with two performances scheduled for the 23rd and the 24th. Tickets are on sale now at

Jones tells ABC Radio that he hopes the production will eventually make it to Broadway. "The aim is seeing how far we can get," he says.

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Credit: Christian LantryAl Green is mounting his first U.S. tour in more than seven years this spring, and the soul/R&B legend has just added three new concerts to the trek -- in the three biggest cities in the country.

The new shows will take place on May 5 in New York City, May 7 in Chicago and May 9 in Los Angeles. Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. local time.

Pre-sale tickets also will be available for the New York and Chicago dates starting Wednesday, February 20, at 12 p.m. and 10 a.m. local time, respectively.

Green's 2019 tour gets underway on April 24 in Austin, Texas, and also includes an April 28 appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as stops in Irving, Texas; Sugar Land, Texas; and Atlanta.

Green was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2014, he was among the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Last September, Al released his first single in nearly a decade, a cover of the 1975 Freddie Fender hit "Before the Next Teardrop Falls."

Here are all of Green's upcoming concerts:

4/24 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall
4/26 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
4/28 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
4/30 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
5/3 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
5/5 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
5/7 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
5/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre

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Credit: Mads PerchLast week, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and his new side project, Saving Grace, served as the opening act for veteran British folk rockers Fairport Convention at a pair of U.K. concerts. Now, fan-shot videos of select performances from the shows have been posted on YouTube.

A clip from one of the gigs, in Basingstoke, England, shows Plant and Saving Grace singer Suzi Dian duetting on a version the 1964 Everly Brothers tune "Gone, Gone, Gone."  It's a song Robert and country/bluegrass star Alison Krauss covered on their Grammy-winning 2007 collaborative album, Raising Sand.

Two other videos from the other show, in Bath, can also be viewed on YouTube.  They capture Saving Grace performing Mel Tillis' "Stick with My Baby" -- another tune featured on Raising Sand -- and the traditional spiritual song "And We Bid You Goodnight."

The latter tune, which Saving Grace's five members performed a cappella, was previously covered by The Grateful Dead and appeared on that band's 1969 album Live/Dead.

Saving Grace has one more scheduled performance opening for Fairport Convention: this Friday, February 22, in St. Albans, U.K.

As previously reported, Saving Grace features Plant and Dian on vocals, Tony Kelsey and Matt Worley on multiple string instruments and Oli Jefferson on percussion. Judging by the YouTube performances, the group focuses on sparse, atmospheric acoustic sounds.

Meanwhile, Plant's 2019 tour schedule includes an appearance at the star-studded, third annual Love Rocks NYC benefit concert on March 7 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. He'll also tour Scandinavia this June and July with his current primary backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters.

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Michael Jackson, Wade Robson (Courtesy of HBO)The first official trailer for the upcoming HBO documentary Leaving Neverland is out, and in it, two men who claim Michael Jackson abused them as kids are speaking out.

The trailer features video footage and photos of the two men -- Wade Robson and James Safechuck -- as children, hanging out with Michael and frolicking at Neverland. 

"The days were filled with magical childhood adventure experiences," says Safechuck. "Playing tag, watching movies, eating junk food, anything you could ever want as a child." 

"Just kid things. They were just doing kid things," recalls Safechuck's mother.

We also see a sweet video message from the late King of Pop, wishing Wade a happy birthday.

"He just came across as a loving, caring, kind soul," says Robson's mother. "It was easy to believe that he was just that."

While neither man mentions what else happened at Neverland in the trailer, Robson says, "He told me that if they ever found out what we were doing, he and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives."

"I wanna be able to speak the truth as loud as I had to speak the lie for so long," he adds.

The controversial two-part documentary premieres on HBO March 3 and 4th.  Both Michael Jackson's estate and his family have denounced the film.

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C Flanigan/FilmMagicFounding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench will play a pair of intimate solo concerts on March 19 and 20 at the New York City club the Rockwood Music Hall.

Tickets for the shows, which are on sale now, cost $25 for general admission, while a limited number of floor seats are available for $40.

The concerts take place several days after Tench will appear as a special guest at Phil Lesh & Friends' three-night stand, March 14-16, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The engagement is the Grateful Dead bassist's fifth annual birth celebration event. Lesh turns 79 on March 15. Among the other guest musicians who will perform at the concerts are guitarist John Scofield and singer Amy Helm, the daughter of late Band member Levon Helm.

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Secretly Canadian/Chimera MusicJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono's experimental 1969 record, Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album, will be reissued on March 22, two days after what would have been the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. The collection can be pre-ordered now, and is available on CD, DVD or as a vinyl box set featuring a white-vinyl LP.

Wedding Album features two extended 20-plus-minute pieces, "John & Yoko" and "Amsterdam." The first track was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in late April 1969 and consisted of the Beatles star and his wife calling out each other's first name using different vocal inflections and emotions, and at various volumes.

The second track is a montage of audio clips recorded during the couple's "Bed-In for Peace" honeymoon event from March 25 to March 31 at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. The piece included segments of interviews, impromptu performances and more.

The box set version of the Wedding Album reissue will come with reproductions of the original album's packaging, including photographs from John and Yoko's nuptials and the Amsterdam "Bed-In," a copy of the couple's marriage certificate, drawings by Lennon and Ono, a photo of a slice of wedding cake and more.

A limited-edition version of the box set featuring an LP on clear vinyl will be available exclusively via the Rough Trade record store.

Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album is the latest in an ongoing Yoko Ono reissue series being released in partnership between the Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music labels.

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Paramount PicturesWe’ve still got a few more months before the Elton John biopic Rocketman hits theaters, but now we've got a sneak peek of exactly what star Taron Egerton will bring to the role.

In a new behind-the-scenes clip, we get to hear Egerton in the recording booth singing Elton’s classic song “Tiny Dancer” for the film. The clip also contains interviews with Egerton, director Dexter Fletcher and music producer Giles Martin.

“Elton said, ‘I don’t think I’ve heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron,'” Martin says. “And the great thing about Elton is that he wants Taron’s interpretations of his songs.”

Egerton, meanwhile, calls making the film “the greatest joy of my professional life.”

The actor, who appeared with Elton in the 2017 movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, adds, "The thing about playing someone so beloved, all we can do is give our heartfelt interpretation of his life and his music.”

Rocketman, also starring Jamie Bell and Richard Madden, hits theaters May 31.

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Bad Company has a variety of shows lined up this year, but frontman Paul Rodgers has revealed that the band's also working on material for a potential new studio album.

Rodgers tells that Bad Company will only play about 20 dates in 2019, noting, "We're going to pull back a little bit so that we can spend more time in the studio [and] do a little recording."

He adds, "I'd like to create some new music. That's my focus right now. We're in the studio, just kicking things around with a few guys and seeing what we've got."

Bad Company hasn't released an album of original songs since 1996's Stories Told & Untold, while the last studio effort by the group featuring Rodgers was 1982's Rough Diamonds. Paul did appear on the 2002 Bad Company live album In Concert: Merchants of Cool, which boasted a pair of new studio tracks.

Rodgers also gave an update about the health of founding Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs, who suffered a stroke following the band's 2016 U.K. tour.

"[H]e's now hospitalized," Paul told "We're trying to take care of him from a distance. It's a lot. His family are involved a lot in taking care of him. He's doing as well as can be expected."

Bad Company's current lineup is rounded out by founding drummer Simon Kirke, ex-Heart guitarist Howard Leese, and bassist Todd Ronning.

As for touring plans, the band's 2019 itinerary includes some headlining shows, as well as slots opening for ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Here are all of Bad Company's confirmed 2019 U.S. shows, all of them headlining gigs unless otherwise noted:

2/22 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at the Event Center
3/23 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
5/17 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion*
5/18 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
5/19 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater*
6/7 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
6/8 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino Spa & Resort
7/26 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
7/27 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
8/21 -- Syracuse, NY, New York State Fair's Chevrolet Music Festival
9/20 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
9/21 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green

* = with ZZ Top, Cheap Trick.
= with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Paul Shaffer will host a new AXS TV interview series that'll feature David Letterman's longtime band leader chatting with a variety of music stars, including Graham Nash, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, and Sammy Hagar.

Paul Shaffer Plus One is a half-hour program that will see Shaffer talking in depth with his guests about their career highlights, influences and experiences. The show will be taped in a recording studio with Shaffer sitting at a piano, and at times he may give impromptu performances certain songs that he's discussing with his guests.

"In this show I get to go one-on-one with all my favorite recording artists," says Shaffer in a statement. "We talk mainly music and if the topic turns to a specific tune, we demonstrate in song. It's a dream come true."

Other celebrities scheduled to be on the show include blues legend Buddy Guy and comic actor Harry Shearer, who will appear as his This Is Spinal Tap character Derek Smalls. Shaffer, a longtime friend of Shearer's, made a cameo in the famous rock mockumentary as record company promotion man Artie Fufkin.

In addition, an hour-long version Paul Shaffer Plus One will air on satellite radio. A premiere date for the show has yet to be announced.

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Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImageThere might be some more tears for Ozzy Osbourne fans this morning, as his camp has announced a host of cancelled tour dates while he recovers from health issues.

In a press release, Ozzy's camp says No More Tours 2 dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan would be cancelled. Earlier this month, he postponed the entire UK and European leg of the tour when an upper respiratory infection got worse.
In the statement, Sharon Osbourne said, "Ozzy recently developed pneumonia and has spent some time in hospital. Thankfully he is now through the worst part. His doctors have advised that he stay at home to recuperate for a full six weeks with no travel."

Recently, Ozzy's better half announced on her CBS show The Talk that he was "doing great" after being hospitalized. She noted he was in intensive care at one point. 

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The Steve Miller Band recently announced plans for a brief headlining tour of the Southern U.S. in March.  Now the group has lined up a lengthy stateside summer trek that also will feature veteran country act Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.

The trek, which is billed as "An Amazing Evening of Original American Music: Classic Rock Meets Classic Country," kicks off June 13 in Des Moines, Iowa, and is plotted out all the way through an August 30-31 stand in Woodinville, Washington. The tour includes 35 dates, while Miller also has two headlining shows scheduled on off nights of the outing.

The spring tour, dubbed "An Evening with Steve Miller Band," runs from a March 12 concert in Clearwater, Florida, through a March 24 gig in Southaven, Mississippi.

In other news, Steve Miller will receive an honorary degree in music from his one-time alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on May 10 during the school's commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center. Beginning in 1961, the future Rock & Roll Hall of Famer spent seven semesters as a comparative literature major at the university, including a year abroad studying at the University of Copenhagen.

Miller left the university without graduating, moving first to Chicago -- where he honed his skills as a blues guitarist -- before making his way in late 1966 to San Francisco, where would find fame with the Steve Miller Band.

Steve has maintained a close relationship with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and in 2017 he donated proceeds from a local concert to the Chancellor's Scholarship Fund. He also met with students there to discuss careers in music.

Here are all of Steve Miller Band's 2019 tour dates.  All shows with Marty Stuart unless otherwise noted:

3/12 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall*
3/13 -- Fort Meyers, FL, Suncoast Credit Union Arena*
3/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Studios - Music Plaza Stage*
3/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock*
3/20 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center*
3/21 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery PAC*
3/23 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort*
3/24 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove*
6/13 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
6/15 -- Tulsa, OK, River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
6/16 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
6/21 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater
6/22 -- Dubuque, IL, America's River Festival
6/24 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens
6/25 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
6/28 -- Rochester, NY, International Jazz Festival
6/30 -- Sterling Heights, IL, Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
7/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival*
7/12 -- Prior Lake, MN, Lakefront Music Fest
7/14 -- Duluth, MN, Bayfront Festival Park
7/16 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion
7/18 -- Baltimore, MD, MECU Pavilion
7/20 -- Lynchburg, VA, Riverfront Park
7/21 -- Bensalem, PA, Xcite Center*
7/24 -- New York, NY, Pier 17
7/25 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
7/27 -- Rangeley, ME, Health & Wellness Pavilion
7/28 -- Kingston, NY, Hutton Brickyards
7/30 -- Selbyville, DE, Freeman Stage at Bayside
7/31 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Grand Theater
8/3 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest
8/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino
8/13 -- Denver, CO, The Mission Ballroom
8/14 -- Vail, CO, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
8/16 -- Billings, MT, Cove Creek Outdoor Pavilion
8/17 -- Missoula, MT, Big Sky Brewery
8/19 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden
8/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theater
8/22 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheater
8/24 -- Stateline, NV, Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
8/27 -- Salem, OR, Oregon State Fair
8/28 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
8/30 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
8/31 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle

* = without Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.

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Neal PrestonQueen will, Queen will rock the Oscars this year.

The Academy of Motion Pictures announced via Twitter that the legendary British band and their current lead singer, Adam Lambert, will perform on the February 24 telecast on ABC. 

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year's #Oscars," read the tweet.  Lambert and Queen both announced the news on their own Twitter accounts as well.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie that tells the story of Queen's iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury, is nominated for five Oscars this year, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek, who plays Mercury.

None of the songs in Bohemian Rhapsody are actually nominated for Best Original Song, however, since they were not written specifically for the movie.

In addition to Queen's performance, four out of the five Best Original Song nominees will be performed on the Oscar telecast. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, while Bette Midler will sing "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings will sing "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings," from the movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Jennifer Hudson will sing "I'll Fight" from the documentary RBG.

It's not clear if the final Best Original Song nominee, "All the Stars," will be performed. The song from Black Panther was written and recorded by rapper Kendrick Lamar and R&B singer SZA.

And here's a fun fact: Lady Gaga's stage name is taken from the Queen song "Radio Gaga."  Now they'll be on the same stage together.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air February 24 live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Steve Granitz/WireImageThe "special surprise guest" who will be performing the nominated song from Mary Poppins Returns at the Academy Awards is none other than Bette Midler.

The entertainment legend tweeted the news on Saturday, writing, "So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that's singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24...the nominated song from Mary Poppins...'The Place Where Lost Things Go' excited!!"

The song, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, was performed by Emily Blunt in the movie.

Singer and Oscar-nominated actress Midler has recorded several hit songs that have appeared in movies, such as "The Rose" and "The Wind Beneath My Wings."

As previously reported, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform "Shallow" at the February 24 ceremony; Jennifer Hudson will perform "I'll Fight," from the documentary RBGGillian Welch and Dave Rawlings will perform "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings," from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

It's not clear who will perform the final Best Original Song nominee, "All the Stars," from Black Panther.

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Courtesy of CBSAre you ready to see some of your favorite veteran and contemporary music stars pay tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley? On Sunday, NBC airs the Elvis All-Star Tribute special, featuring performances by everyone from John Fogerty and Mac Davis to Adam Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and Carrie Underwood.

The program, hosted by Blake Shelton, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Elvis' legendary 1968 "Comeback Special," where Presley performed rocking production numbers and an intimate, stripped-down set wearing black leather.

To get a taste of what's in store, a new video of the special's closing number has debuted, featuring a star-studded rendition of Presley's "If I Can Dream." The clip opens with footage of Elvis performing the song in '68, then transitions to Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker, Shelton and Underwood singing a different verse in front of a similar backdrop to the one Presley had.

The new rendition of the song also was released digitally today, and is included in a brand-new compilation titled The Best of the '68 Comeback Special featuring highlights from the original 1968 show.

Other performances on the new special include Fogerty singing "Jailhouse Rock," Lambert belting out "Blue Suede Shoes," Legend singing "A Little Less Conversation," and Davis performing "Memories," a song that Mac co-wrote especially for Elvis in 1968.

Elvis All-Star Tribute, which was taped in October, airs Sunday from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.

Here's the track list of The Best of the '68 Comeback Special:

"Trouble/Guitar Man" (Opening)*
"Heartbreak Hotel"*
"Hound Dog"*
"All Shook Up"*
"Can't Help Falling In Love"*
"Jailhouse Rock"*
"Don't Be Cruel"*
"Blue Suede Shoes"*
"Baby, What You Want Me to Do"*
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?"*
"One Night"*
"Love Me Tender"*
"Trying to Get to You"*
"Love Me"*

Bonus tracks:
"A Little Less Conversation"
"Suspicious Minds"
"Burning Love"
"If I Can Dream" -- featuring Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton

* = live.

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