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Pat Benatar and Neal Giraldo Tapped as ‘American Idol’ Mentors

By Michele Amabile | March 11, 2019

FINALLY! After all of these years, Pat Benatar will make an appearance as a mentor on American Idol! Benatar will be joined by her musical soulmate and guitarist extraordinaire Neal Giraldo on the April 7 episode of the ABC singing program. Benatar and Giraldo are currently touring in celebration of making music for 40 years. American Idol will continue auditions…

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‘Space Ace’ Frehley Orbiting Starland Ballroom in June

By Michele Amabile | March 11, 2019

The Space Ace is landing at the Starland Ballroom! Ace Frehley–the original lead guitarist for KISS–will launch the summer concert season at Starland Ballroom on June 30. Frehley is on the road promoting his latest solo album, Spaceman.  Not only did Frehley play all of the guitar parts on Spaceman , he also busted out the bass bass on all but two songs.…

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Bon Jovi Recording New Record in Nashville (Video)

By Michele Amabile | March 11, 2019

Bon Jovi are in the studio recording the follow-up their No. 1 2016 album, This House is Not For Sale. The band–Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres, David Bryan, Phil X, and Hugh McDonald are currently working at Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios. a 100-year old Gothic church,  according to the band’s Instagram story. “Day one, song one,” said Jon Bon Jovi…

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Steve Van Zandt to Usher in a “Summer of Sorcery’: New Album, Album Release in Asbury Park AND a Hologram: Bring It! (Hear New Song Below)

By Michele Amabile | March 8, 2019

Who knew E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt was a wizard in his spare time? The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will appear through a little black magic as a hologram at Newark International Airport on April 1, according to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The hologram will be seen in all its glory in the hall’s…

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The Stray Cats Announce First Album in 26 Years

By Michele Amabile | March 7, 2019

The Stray Cats are going to rock this town–again–with the release of their first album in over 26 years. The record–40–is set for release on May 24, according to the band. Recorded in Nashville last year, the record includes all three original rockers  singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom. “This new album really feels like the first record we did,…

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Talks Tour, Book, and Thoughts on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Ahead of Atlantic City Show with Michele Amabile on 1071 The Boss

By Michele Amabile | March 7, 2019

Jethro Tull is celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary with a North American tour kicking off this Saturday (March 9) at the Ocean Resort Casino’s Ovation Hall, Atlantic City. The tour: “Ian Anderson’s 50 Years of Jethro Tull” is giving New Jersey fans two opportunities to catch all the classics from the Tull catalog– including This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick…

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Robert Plant Added to Woodstock 50 Lineup

By Michele Amabile | March 7, 2019

Woodstock 50 just got bigger: Variety reports that Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant has been added to the lineup. More than 20-acts are reported to be part of the lineup taking place at the Watkins Glen, New York, international racetrack. These include: Greta Van Fleet, The Raconteurs, Imagine Dragons, Run the Jewels, Gary Clark Jr., Cage the Elephant, the Killers, Margo…

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Metallica Salutes Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on His 73rd Birthday (Video)

By Michele Amabile | March 7, 2019

Metallica celebrated Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s 73rd birthday with a musical tribute at a concert in Kansas City, Missouri Wednesday night (March 6). Mid-show, Kirk Hammett and Rob Trujillo took Gilmour’s birthday and ran with it–so to speak–with a live “doodle” of the Floyd classic, “Run Like Hell.” Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour to put 120 Guitars Up for Auction The band is having…

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Tribeca Film Festival Includes Documentary of Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman; Spinal Tap Reunion

By Michele Amabile | March 6, 2019

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is the subject of a new documentary set to debut at The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The Quiet One, directed by Oliver Murray, is about the 82-year old musician, who left The Stones in 1993.The 2081 film was produced by Wyman’s wife, Suzanne Acosta. “In this extraordinary film, [Wyman] pulls…

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Santana, Dead & Company Set for Woodstock 50

By Michele Amabile | March 6, 2019

Santana and Dead & Company are confirmed for the Woodstock 50 lineup, according co-founder Michael Lang. The concert–scheduled for Aug. 16-18–will take place at the Watkins Glen, New York, international racetrack. Additonal modern acts include The Killers, Imagine Dragons, and Chance the Rapper. The event–announced in January–promises to “give generations of fans the opportunity to join together in the festival’s…

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