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BOB DYLAN ANNOUNCES 31-DATE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Bob Dylan is heading back to this side of the Atlantic for his first North American shows in well over a year. Dylan’s tour, which mainly hits theaters, kicks off on October 17th as part of a three-night stand at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre and wraps on December 2nd on the fourth night of his New York City run at the Beacon Theatre. Along the way, Dylan has multiple nights on the books for Los Angeles and Oakland, California along with Minneapolis, Chicago, Toronto, and Philadelphia.

Single show cities include Portland, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; Cleveland, Ohio; Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey. Tickets go on sale starting on September 5th. For specific dates and times log on to BobDylan.com.

  • Dylan’s tour itinerary comes hot on the heels of the announcement of upcoming six-CD release, The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4th. The 138-track box, features 30 1967 tracks that have never appeared before -- either on the official 1975 collection -- or the numerous bootlegs which have chronicled the low-key and historic sessions.
  • Bob Dylan says he’s been around long enough to know how to weather both personal and career dips and valleys "I’ve come through good times and bad times, y’know? So, I’m not fooled by 'good times/bad times'; I’ve see the bottom, too. So, y’know, if you can work, y’know, that's the most. . . all you can ask. . . in this day and age, you can’t take that for granted. Just to work is. . . to be able to work is what a person should strive after." :
    October 17, 18, 19 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
    October 21 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
    October 24, 25, 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Dolby Theatre
    October 28, 29, 30 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
    November 1 - Denver, CO - Bellco Theatre
    November 4, 5, 6 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theater
    November 8, 9, 10 - Chicago, IL - Cadillac Palace Theatre
    November 12 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre
    November 14 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
    November 15 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
    November 17, 18 - Toronto, ON - Sony Center
    November 18 - Toronto, ON - Sony Center
    November 21, 22, 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
    November 25 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
    November 26 - Newark, NJ - New Jersey Performing Arts Center
    November 28, 29 - New York, NY - The Beacon Theatre
    December 1, 2 - New York, NY - The Beacon Theatre
AUDIO: AUSTIN SCAGGS ON BOB DYLAN CHALLENGING HIS AUDIENCE
AUDIO: BOB DYLAN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF WORK
INJURY FORCES ZZ TOP TO SCRAP DATES WITH JEFF BECK

ZZ Top has been forced to cancel a handful of its shows with Jeff Beck this summer, following an accident involving bassist Dusty Hill. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that Hill, now 65, fell on Tuesday (August 26th) inside the band’s tour bus, injuring his hip and was in need of "immediate attention." ZZ Top's shows "have been temporarily suspended while he recovers."

Refunds for the scrapped gigs are available at the point of purchase. Jeff Beck will play tonight, Friday, and Saturday’s (August 28th, 29th, 30th) shows as a solo headliner.

ZZ Top's management issued a press release, which stated:

Ticket holders for the following dates should retain their tickets, pending the possibility of rescheduling these concerts:

September 6 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
September 7 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
September 9 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
September 10 - Tampa, FL - Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 12 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 13 - Thackerville, OK - Winstar Casino

  • When we last caught up with Dusty Hill he explained that he and his ZZ Top bandmates -- Billy Gibbons, and Frank Beard -- don't face the same type of problems on the road that other veteran acts do, because they've managed to stay close throughout the years: "(We) have a lot in common. I mean, I think it has something to do with being a three-piece group -- y'know, you got two other guys to deal with, that's it -- and what they're going through, you're going through." :
    August 28 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Pavilion
    August 29 - Salamanca, NY - Seneca Allegany Events Center
    August 30 - Atlantic City, NJ - Harrah's Casino Hotel Atlantic City

  • ***CANCELLED *** ZZ Top & Jeff Beck tour dates:
    August 31 - Mashantucket, CT - Rand Theater at Foxwoods
    September 2 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    September 3 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
    September 4 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
AUDIO: DUSTY HILL SAYS ZZ TOP IS STILL GOING BECAUSE THEY STILL GET ALONG
PAUL McCARTNEY DELAYS ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF CLASSIC WINGS ALBUMS

Paul McCartney fans are just going to have to wait a bit longer for the next two releases in the "Paul McCartney Archive Collection." 1975's Venus And Mars and 1976's Wings At The Speed Of Sound -- "Macca's" final two studio chart-toppers with Wings -- were originally due out on September 23rd and have now been pushed back six weeks.

McCartney's label, Concord Records, issued a statement stating: "Due to production issues the release of the latest albums in the Grammy award winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection will be delayed. The classic Wings albums Venus And Mars and Wings At The Speed Of Sound will now be released on November 3rd in the UK and November 4th in the U.S. and not the previously announced September dates."

  • Although Wings was a massively successful band across the globe, they were especially big in America. Between 1971 and 1980 the band scored 13 Top 10 singles -- six of them chart-toppers; and eight Top 10 albums -- including five straight Number Ones, with the final chart-topper, 1976’s Wings Over America being a triple-record set. We asked Paul McCartney why Wings landed so large in the States: "We did bigger tours over there, I think, really. Simple as that. The records sold very well and the concerts we did over there, inevitably, had bigger venues, so we saw more people, we played to more people."

    DVD: Bonus Film
    "Silly Love Songs" video
    Wings Over Wembley
    Wings In Venice

    AUDIO: DENNY LAINE ON THE PRESSURE OF BEING IN WINGS
    AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY ON WINGS' SUCCESS IN THE U.S.
ART GARFUNKEL HEADING NORTH, SOUTH, AND WEST THIS FALL

Art Garfunkel has just announced over a dozen shows for this fall. Garfunkel launches the trek on September 18th in Newberry, South Carolina at the Newberry Opera House and eventually wraps things up on November 16th at Vacaville, California’s Vacaville Performing Arts Center. Along the way, Garfunkel will make two Canadian stops, as well as playing shows in Texas and California.

Garfunkel, who fought long and hard to regain his voice after suffering a three-year bout of vocal paralysis, told us that recovering his voice is the greatest gift he's ever known: "Oh, I could fall to my knees with gratefulness to God for allowing the verb 'mending' to be part of the picture. You bet I'm grateful! I didn't count on anything like the voice coming back. I counted on nothing. I was just kind of depressed over, 'How come I can't sing, man?' I see the (laughs) light at the end of the tunnel." :
September 18 - Newberry, SC - Newberry Opera House
September 20 - Florence, SC - FMU Performing Arts Center
September 25 - Regina, SK - Casino Regina Show Lounge
September 27 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
October 9, 10 - San Antonio, TX - Studio Theater
October 11 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre
October 12 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
November 9 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Christopher Cohan Center
November 10 - Modesto, CA - Mary Stuart Rogers Theatre
November 12 - Folsom, CA - Harris Center For The Arts
November 13 - Campbell, CA - Heritage Theatre
November 14 - Redding, CA - Cascade Theatre
November 16 - Vacaville, CA - Vacaville Performing Arts Center

AUDIO: ART GARFUNKEL ON FUTURE SIMON & GARFUNKEL SHOWS
AUDIO: ART GARFUNKEL ON REGAINING HIS VOICE
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT JOINED BY LADY GAGA IN SYDNEY

Queen and Adam Lambert were joined by Lady Gaga during their August 27th concert in Sydney, Australia, according to Rolling Stone. Gaga -- who was also on the road Down Under -- took to the looking like a miniature Brian May with "a giant Afro and dark jumpsuit with little crowns embossed on it" performing Queen’s 1980 chart-topper, "Another One Bites The Dust." Gaga is no stranger to the band, having co-written the track "Fever" for Lambert’s 2009 debut album, For Your Entertainment, and enlisting May's guitar work for her track "You And I," which sampled Queen’s "We Will Rock You."

Brian May told us that these live Queen revivals, which are led by him and drummer Roger Taylor, are celebrations of the past -- not an effort to replace or top Freddie Mercury's years fronting the band: "Yeah, it was great with Paul Rodgers and I think we all thought we took it a long, long way -- way further than we imagined in the beginning, y’know, we’re still very good friends; but it did come to a natural end and he needs to tend to his career, and stuff. Contrary to what you may think, I think neither Roger or I are desperate, y’know, to do what we did, because we did it, and we’re not always looking for someone to sing for us. Y’know, organically this happened with Adam, and y’know, we just feel good about it. And we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t feel it was right and natural to be doing this."

AUDIO: BRIAN MAY ON POST-FREDDIE MERCURY LIVE QUEEN
MARTIN SCORSESE PLANNING TO DIRECT MOVIE ABOUT THE RAMONES

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is planning to direct a movie about the legendary punk band The Ramones. There is no timetable or writer for the film yet, which Scorsese could shoot after he finishes his upcoming project, Silence, next year. The news about the movie comes as the managers of the group's estate have revealed plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album in 2016.

  • Those plans include a documentary separate from Scorsese's film, a play and a book about the band's early years.
  • All four of the original Ramones are now dead, with the last, drummer Tommy Ramone, passing away earlier this year. (The Wrap)
  • Rob Zombie just hosted a tribute to guitarist Johnny Ramone in Los Angeles to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing.
  • Johnny's portion of the Ramones estate is handled by his widow Linda, while late singer Joey Ramone's interests are now handled by his brother Mickey.
  • Although the two sides have had disputes in the past, they are now said to be "moving in one direction together as a team" with regards to the 40th anniversary plans.
METALLICA BASSIST RESURRECTS OLD SIDE PROJECT

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has reactivated his side project Mass Mental for a short run of shows late this month and early in September. The first gig took place on Tuesday night (August 26th) at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles and will be followed by a performance in Germany on September 6th at the Warwick & Framus musical instruments manufacturing company.

  • The performance at the Whisky featured a guest appearance from Ugly Kid Joe and Another Animal singer Whitfield Crane.
  • Mass Mental was founded in 1999 by Trujillo and includes members of the underground metal and punk acts Skindred and Dub War.
  • The band released one studio album in 1999, How To Write Love Songs, along with a concert set titled Live In Tokyo. Both were made available exclusively in Japan.
  • Trujillo recently appeared at his Metallica bandmate Kirk Hammett's "Fear FestEvil After Party" during San Diego's Comic-Con International last month, where the pair jammed with members of Jane's Addiction, King's X and Death Angel.
 
 
 

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