• ZZ Top will be celebrating the band's 50th anniversary with three special "Lone Star State" gigs this spring. The band will be joined at all three "50th Anniversary Texas Bash" gigs by good friends Bad Company and Cheap Trick. The trio of anniversary dates now on the books are: May 17th at Dallas' Dos Equis Pavilion; May 18th at Houston's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, and May 19th in Austin at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Guitarist Billy Gibbons said in a statement: "It’s been five decades, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good at this! We’re just as excited to be back in Texas this May playing our bluesy kind of rock as when started with in ’69. The beards, Frank (Beard) excepted, are perhaps a bit longer, yet nothing else has changed much and we're keeping it that way."
  • Bad Company's Paul Rodgers said: "Those three Texan hombres, aka ZZ Top, are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year so Bad Company is going to join them and the fans to mark the occasion; hang on to your hats and heels!" Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen added: "'Little Ol’ Band from Texas' has asked Cheap Trick (all of whom are longtime ZZ Top fans and musical touring friends) to be included and open for these living legends -- the great Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard." (Press release)

  • Neil Young revealed that the next concert released from his ongoing Archive Series will be his February 5th, 1973 show in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with the Stray Gators. Young shed light on the upcoming release to Rolling Stone, explaining, "It’s (a concert) from the period right around Harvest and Tonight’s The Night. For me, it’s edgy. It’s like those mellow songs with an edge. It’s really trippy to be down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and singing those songs from Harvest and the songs that we were doing for Time Fades Away before it came out. I found this thing and it had such a great attitude to it. I just loved the whole night, so I put that together with (engineer) John Hanlon. That will be our next album. Then we’ll do the other one and the other ones after that. There’s just so many that I keep changing my mind all the time. It’s good. It’s good to be able to change your mind." (Rolling Stone)

  • On May 10th, Sammy Hagar's supergroup, the Circle, will release its first album of all original material, titled Space Between. The band, which also features Van Halen's Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and guitarist Vic Johnson, has already issued the album's first single -- "Trust Fund Baby." (Blabbermouth)

  • A new indie film with a Bruce Springsteen theme premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has just been picked up for distribution by New Line and Warner Bros. for a cool $15 million, titled Blinded By The Light. Deadline.com posted the movie, "tells the story of a Muslim teen in 1987 Britain who learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen. Like 16 songs worth of the Boss’ coming-of-age songs." The film is based on the memoir Greetings From Bury Park by writer Sarfraz Manzoor. (Deadline)

  • Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band have just rolled out their full North American itinerary. The 2019 All Starr's feature Toto's Steve Lukather, Men At Work's Colin Hay, Santana and Journey co-founder Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and the return of All Starr alum Hamish Stuart -- best known for his time in the Average White Band and his six-year stint in Paul McCartney's band.
    • UPDATED: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band North American tour dates (subject to change):
      March 21 - Valley Center, CA - Harrah’s Southern California Resort
      August 1 - Windsor, ON - Caesar’s Windsor
      August 3, 4 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia (with The Beach Boys)
      August 6 - Durham, NC - DPAC
      August 7, 8 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
      August 10 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
      August 11 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
      August 13 - Roanoke, VA - Berglund Center Coliseum
      August 14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met Philadelphia

      August 20 - Champaign IL - State Farm Center
      August 22 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino
      August 23 - Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino
      August 25 - Santa Fe, NM -Santa Fe Opera House
      August 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre

      August 28 - Oakland, CA - The Paramount
      August 30 - Lincoln, CA - Thunder Valley Casino Resort
      August 31 - Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre
      September 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

  • A musical version of Alanis Morrissette's 1995 multi-platinum Jagged Little Pill album is Broadway bound. The musical, which is directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus with an original story by Oscar Award-winning writer Diablo Cody, will open at a theatre still-to-be-announced this fall. The musical, featuring Morrissette's songs, premiered last summer at Cambridge, Massachusetts' American Repertory Theater. (Best Classic Bands)

  • Tom Jones has just rolled out an 11-date North American spring run. As it stands now, Jones will play single dates in Texas, Alabama, and Georgia -- not to mention the New Orleans Jazz Fest -- along with multiple stops in California and Florida.
    • JUST ANNOUNCED: Tom Jones North American tour dates (subject to change):
      April 25 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
      April 26 - Stockton, CA - Bob Hope Theatre
      April 28 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Club
      April 30 - McAllen, TX - McAllen PAC
      May 2 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz Fest
      May 3 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
      May 5 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Symphony Hall
      May 6 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
      May 8 - Orlando, FL - Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
      May 10 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
      May 11 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live Event Center