Credit: Ross HalfinZZ Top has been forced to postpone most of the remaining dates of their 2017 Tonnage Tour as bassist Dusty Hill deals with a health issue.

According to a statement from the band, Hill “is addressing a tummy ailment and is following a directive to lay low for the next few weeks.”

The band has postponed a total of 18 dates on its 2017 itinerary, spanning from a show this past Sunday, October 15, in Baltimore through a November 12 concert in New Orleans.

The Texas blues-rock trio is planning to return to the stage for a previously announced December 29 concert at Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. ZZ Top is hoping to reschedule the postponed dates sometime in 2018. In addition, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers reveal that they’re plotting to “blow it out in 2019 as they celebrate a big ’50’!”

Here’s a list of all of ZZ Top’s postponed gigs:

10/15 — Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre
10/18 — Columbia, SC, South Carolina State Fair
10/20 — Fayetteville, NC, Crown Theatre
10/21 — Richmond, VA, Altria Theater
10/22 — Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
10/24 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/25 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/27 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/28 — Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
10/29 — Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts
10/31 — Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
11/1 — Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
11/4 — Norfolk, VA, Constant Convocation Center
11/5 — Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/7 — Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theater
11/8 — Tallahassee, FL, The Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee
11/9 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
11/12 — New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre

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Credit: Ross HalfinZZ Top has been forced to postpone most of the remaining dates of their 2017 Tonnage Tour as bassist Dusty Hill deals with a health issue.

According to a statement from the band, Hill “is addressing a tummy ailment and is following a directive to lay low for the next few weeks.”

The band has postponed a total of 18 dates on its 2017 itinerary, spanning from a show this past Sunday, October 15, in Baltimore through a November 12 concert in New Orleans.

The Texas blues-rock trio is planning to return to the stage for a previously announced December 29 concert at Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. ZZ Top is hoping to reschedule the postponed dates sometime in 2018. In addition, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers reveal that they’re plotting to “blow it out in 2019 as they celebrate a big ’50’!”

Here’s a list of all of ZZ Top’s postponed gigs:

10/15 — Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre
10/18 — Columbia, SC, South Carolina State Fair
10/20 — Fayetteville, NC, Crown Theatre
10/21 — Richmond, VA, Altria Theater
10/22 — Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
10/24 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/25 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/27 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/28 — Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
10/29 — Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts
10/31 — Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
11/1 — Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
11/4 — Norfolk, VA, Constant Convocation Center
11/5 — Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/7 — Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theater
11/8 — Tallahassee, FL, The Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee
11/9 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
11/12 — New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre

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Courtesy of Record Store DayThanksgiving is approaching and so is the 2017 edition of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event, held this year on November 24. As usual, a wide variety of cool limited-edition vinyl discs will be available exclusively in independent record stores, including releases by Paul McCartney, Queen, Aretha Franklin, The Doors and Cat Stevens.

McCartney has two seven-inch singles being released, both featuring a rendition of his holiday classic “Wonderful Christmastime” backed by The Roots. One version is pressed on red vinyl and features Norah Jones performing the song “Peace” on the flip side. The second comes in green vinyl and has The Decemberists covering Big Star‘s “Jesus Christ” on the flip side.

Queen’s offering is a 12-inch single featuring the classics “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” and celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band’s News of the World album.

Franklin will be releasing a seven-inch single that includes enhanced versions of her trademark tune “Respect” and her hit “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do),” with new accompaniment from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Doors’ Black Friday release is a remastered, two-LP version of the band’s 1970 Absolutely Live album pressed on midnight-blue vinyl.

Yusuf, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, is issuing a picture-disc version of his recently released studio album, The Laughing Apple, which features new renditions of some of his early recordings.

Other 2017 Record Store Day Black Friday releases include discs from Chuck Berry, Blue Oyster Cult, The Byrds, Cheap Trick, Petula Clark, The Grateful Dead, Isaac Hayes, Janis Joplin, Procol Harum, The Raspberries, Otis Redding, Toto and The Turtles.

Check out the full list at RecordStoreDay.com.

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UMeHere’s some news that will make Tears for Fears fans shout for joy. The veteran British duo is releasing their first career-spanning greatest-hits compilation, Rule the World, on November 10.

The 16-track album features all of the group’s biggest hits, including chart-toppers “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout,” as well as two brand-new tunes recorded especially for the collection.

The new tracks, “I Love You but I’m Lost” and “Stay,” are the first new original tunes Tears for Fears has recorded since 2004. Ahead of the album’s release, “I Love You but I’m Lost” has been issued as a digital single, and also is available via streaming services.

Among the other well-known Tears for Fears songs featured on the album: “Sowing the Seeds of Love” and “Head over Heels,” which peaked at #2 and #3, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the much-covered “Mad World.”

You can pre-order the compilation on CD or vinyl now at TearsforFears.com; those pre-ordering the album will immediately receive a free download of “I Love You but I’m Lost.” The vinyl version of Rule the World will arrive on January 12, 2018.

Tears for Fears currently has one concert left on its 2017 itinerary, a sold-out October 27 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, but the group will soon announce plans for a 2018 U.K. tour.

Here is the full track list for Rule the World:

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
“Shout”
“I Love You but I’m Lost”*
“Mad World”
“Sowing the Seeds of Love”
“Advice for the Young at Heart”
“Head over Heels”
“Woman in Chains”
“Change”
“Stay”*
“Pale Shelter”
“Mothers Talk”
“Break It Down Again”
“I Believe”
“Raoul and the Kings of Spain”
“Closest Thing to Heaven”

* = new track.

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCCher is returning to the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cher is joining the cast of the Mamma Mia! sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Over the weekend Cher teased the news, posting an image of 1970s style star-spangled platform boots to Twitter.

She joins a high-profile cast of stars returning to the ABBA-themed jukebox musical franchise, including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried.

It will be Cher’s first movie appearance since 2010’s Burlesque, in which she starred opposite Christina Aguilera

Cher won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Moonstruck in 1987.

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Andrew Chin/Getty Images for ABATom Petty apparently was honored by family and friends at a private ceremony on Monday.

Petty’s daughter, Los Angeles artist AnnaKim Violette, shared images on Instagram that appeared to be from the ceremony including one of the Golden Lotus Archway at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California, where George Harrison‘s funeral was held in 2001.

She also shared an image showing a black-and-white photo of Petty above a vase of flowers. “The dark of the sun we will stand together,” she wrote.

According to the Shrine’s website, the Lake Shrine Temple grounds were closed to the public Monday.

Violette also posted a picture of herself posing with a photo of her father writing, “This is very hard for me.”

Petty died October 2 at 66.

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Bullseye Music/WTF Music VenturesSoul legend Sam Moore recently released a new studio album titled An American Patriot, which celebrates his love of the U.S. Partly inspired by the rousing rendition of “American the Beautiful” that Moore performed at President Trump‘s inauguration in January, the album features a selection of patriotic standards, some new tunes and covers of Marvin Gaye‘s “What’s Going On” and John Lennon‘s “Imagine.”

While Moore has recorded arguably some of the most memorable soul tunes in pop-music history, he tells ABC Radio that the new album “is the finest work I think I’ve ever done.”

Moore says the driving force behind the album was his producer, Rudy Perez, who, along with Sam’s wife/manager Joy, chose most of the songs on An American Patriot. The “Soul Man” admits that he initially was skeptical about some of the songs Perez suggested, but he soon learned to trust the producer’s judgment.

“[Rudy is the] first person I know that tells me, ‘I know your voice better than you,'” Sam reports, adding that he thinks Perez is a “genius.”

Moore says that concept behind the album was, at this divisive time in U.S. history, to encourage people from both sides of the political spectrum to overcome their differences and celebrate the country. Sam maintains that that’s why he decided to record “What’s Going On.”

“It fits well today, the way we feel and we treat each other,” Moore maintains. “I’ve never in my life seen so much hatred because of you disagree with me about…nothing!…It’s stupid, and if you listen to the words of this thing, man, it tells you, ‘Come on, what’s going on? Stop this.'”

To find out more about the album, visit SamMooreAnAmericanPatriot.com.

Here is the full track list of the record:

“America the Beautiful”
“The Battle Hymn of the Republic”
“Show for You” (2017 Warrior Games Anthem — Long Version)
“God Bless the U.S.A.”
“The Star-Spangled Banner”
“Imagine”
“Peace Please”
“God Bless America”
“Land of the Free”
“What’s Going On”
“Lift Every Voice”

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Courtesy of Christmas JamEx-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has unveiled details of the 29th annual edition of his star-studded Christmas Jam benefit concert, scheduled for December 9 at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This year’s show will include a special appearance by Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson, who’ll join Haynes’ band Gov’t Mule for a portion of their set.

This will mark the first time Wilson will perform at a Christmas Jam. In August, she teamed up with Gov’t Mule for a special performance at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

The lineup for the 2017 Christmas Jam also features Les Bros., which includes founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and other Allmans alumni; Phish‘s Trey Anastasio and his side group Classic TAB; The Avett Brothers; Blackberry Smoke; and more.

The concert, which is expected to run for over seven hours, will benefit the event’s longtime beneficiary: the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity charity. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday October 26, while pre-sale tickets and VIP packages will be available starting this Thursday, October 19.

In conjunction with the main Christmas Jam show, a number of related events will be held in Asheville around the date of the benefit concert. “Xmas Jam by Day” gigs will take place at the Asheville Music Hall and that venue’s affiliated club, The One Stop, while an art and photography show will be hosted by a local gallery.

In addition, the annual “Before the Jam, Lend a Hand” event will bring fans, artists and staff members together to help build houses funded by money raised by the Christmas Jam.

For more information, visit XmasJam.com.

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Geffen RecordsWhen it comes to the Billboard 200 chart, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers‘ 1993 Greatest Hits compilation won’t back down. Following Petty’s untimely death on October 2, the album re-entered the chart last week at #2, and holds steady in that position on this week’s tally.

The compilation sold 47,000 units during the past week. Topping the latest Billboard 200 is rapper NF‘s Perception, which moved 55,000 units.

Prior to Tom’s death, the highest that Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits had reached on the Billboard 200 was number five, back in 1994. The record is Petty’s most successful album of all time, having sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S.

Petty died after suffering a heart attack. He was 66.

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Denise Truscello/WireImageIf you haven’t seen Elton John’s Las Vegas show The Million Dollar Piano yet, get your tickets now — it’s coming to an end next year.

Tickets for what will be the 14 final performances of the show, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, go on sale this Sunday, October 22 at 10 a.m. PT. By the time the show closes, on May 19, 2018, Elton will have played 207 performances of The Million Dollar Piano, which began in 2011. His previous residency show, The Red Piano, closed in 2009.

In a statement, the president of Caesars Palace said, “For over a decade, Elton John and his band have graced the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, performing all the hits that have defined a generation. Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum has set the standard for those all that have followed.”

Though the 14 final shows are going on sale Sunday, Elton also has performances scheduled through November 4, and then from February 9 through March 2.

Here are Elton’s final Million Dollar Piano shows:

April 28-29 Saturday, Sunday
May 1-2 Tuesday, Wednesday
May 4-6, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
May 9 Wednesday
May 11-12 Friday, Saturday
May 15 Tuesday
May 17-19 Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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Erik Kabik/Kabik Photo GroupThis past Friday, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band kicked off an eight-show Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and the ex-Beatles drummer dedicated the show to the victims of the recent horrific mass shooting that took place in the city. He also made a personal donation the day before.

On Thursday, Starr and wife Barbara Bach donated $100,000 via their Lotus Foundation charity to the Nevada Resort Association’s just-launched Vegas Strong Fund, which supports the shooting victims and their families.

Matching the Starrs’ donation was Caesars Entertainment President and CEO Mark Frissora, whose company owns the Planet Hollywood resort. The $200,000 is part of a total of $2 million that Caesars Entertainment has contributed to the fund.

Starr tells Billboard about his Vegas performances, “We’re gonna try to play those shows with a lot of peace and love and try to raise the spirits.”

The residency is scheduled to wrap up on October 28, after which Ringo and the All Starr Band will play a series of concerts in various U.S. cities that winds down November 16 in Newark, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, Starr tells Billboard that he was in Las Vegas for a meeting on October 2, the day after the shooting, when he heard the sad news that his friend Tom Petty had died.

“It was a shock,” Ringo explains. “When you first hear it, it’s like, ‘What…?!’ Like when I heard Elvis was dead…It has to sink in. It was very sad. That’s all I can say, really. God bless him and his family.”

Starr adds, “I’ll miss Tom. Tom was a good friend. I played with Tom, Tom Played with me. I got to know him over the years, really got to know him when he was in the [Traveling] Wilburys ’cause of George [Harrison].”

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicAs a child, The Band‘s Robbie Robertson would often visit family at the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve outside of Toronto, where his mother was born and raised. Saturday, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was honored by the reserve with its first-ever lifetime achievement award for his work with The Band, as a solo artist, and as a film composer, BrantNews.com reports.

At a ceremony held at Six Nations’ recently opened convention center, The Gathering Place, Robertson said receiving the honor gave him a chance to pay tribute to his late mother. He also pointed out that the community was where he developed his passion for music, by observing his relatives playing instruments and singing together in what he described as a family music club.

“I said to myself, ‘I’ve got to get in,'” Robertson recalled at the ceremony. He also credited an uncle and a cousin with helping him learn to play guitar.

“That was the genesis of my whole music career,” Robertson maintained. “They started it and I didn’t want it to stop.”

Robbie also said he became captivated at an early age by his the Native American tradition of storytelling, which he later would incorporate into the way he wrote songs. “When I was young I told my mother I wanted to be a storyteller,” he noted, “and like most mothers she just looked at me, smiled and said, ‘Oh, I know you will be.'”

Robertson also was welcomed as an official member of the Six Nations during his visit.

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Rhino EntertainmentINXS will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its most successful album, Kick, by releasing a special deluxe edition of the multiplatinum collection on November 24. The expanded set features three CDs and a Blu-ray disc, and includes bonus remixes, alternate versions, demos, B-sides, live performances, videos and more.

Released in October 1987, Kick featured four top 10 hits, “Need You Tonight,” “Devil Inside,” “New Sensation” and “Never Tear Us Apart,” which peaked, respectively, at #1, #2, #3 and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself reached #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S.

The Kick 30th Anniversary Edition contains a CD with a remastered version of the original album, and two other CDs featuring various bonus tracks. In addition, a special half-speed remaster two-LP vinyl version of Kick, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, will be released on December 15.

“Classic, fabulous pop songs that jump out of the speakers, now more than ever before!” INXS guitarist Andrew Farriss says about the 30th anniversary edition of Kick. “The latest INXS vinyl cuts are an outstanding sonic achievement, especially the Kick album. I was truly amazed to hear INXS’ recordings sounding so incredibly fresh, clear and kick-ass, like vinyl on steroids…”

Kick is the first in a series of special releases INXS is planning this year, which also marks the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation and, sadly, the 20th anniversary of founding frontman Michael Hutchence‘s death.

Here’s the complete track list of the deluxe Kick reissue:

CD 1: Original Album Remastered

“Guns in the Sky”
“New Sensation”
“Devil Inside”
“Need You Tonight”
“Mediate”
“The Loved One”
“Wild Life”
“Never Tear Us Apart”
“Mystify”
“Kick”
“Calling All Nations”
“Tiny Daggers”

CD2: Demos, Mixes & More

“Move On” (Guitar Version)
“I’m Coming (Home)”
“Mediate” (Live from America)
“Never Tear Us Apart” (Live from America)
“Kick” (Live from America)
“On the Rocks”
“Do Wot You Do”
“Mystify” (Chicago Demo)
“Jesus Was a Man” (Demo)
“The Trap” (Demo)
“Guns in the Sky” (Kick Ass Remix)
“Need You Tonight” (Mendelsohn Extended Mix)
“Move On”

CD3: Additional Mixes & B-Sides

“Never Tear Us Apart” (Soul Version)
“New Sensation” (Nick 12″ Mix)
“New Sensation” (Nick 7″ Mix)
“Devil Inside” (Extended Remix)
“Devil Inside” (7″ Version)
“Devil Inside” (Radio Edit)
“Different World” (12″ Version)
“Different World” (7″ Version)
“Need You Tonight” (Big Bump Mix)
“Need You Tonight” (Ben Liebrand Mix)
“Need You Tonight” (Mendelsohn 7″ Edit)
“Guns in the Sky” (Kookaburra Mix)
“Calling All Nations” (Kids on Bridges Remix)
“Shine Like It Does” (Live)

Blu-ray

Kick mixed in Dolby Atmos & High Definition Audio
Promo Videos
–“Guns in the Sky”
–“New Sensation”
–“Devil Inside”
–“Need You Tonight”
–“Mediate”
–“Never Tear Us Apart”
–“Mystify”
–“Kick” (New 2017 promo)

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UMe/Polydor RecordsA new compilation featuring Bryan Adams‘ biggest hits, along with two brand-new tunes, will be released November 3. The Ultimate Bryan Adams boasts 21 tracks, among them the Canadian rocker’s chart-topping singles “Heaven,” “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” and “All for Love,” the latter a collaboration with Rod Stewart and Sting.

The album also features Adams hits including s “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Run to You,” “Summer of ’69,” “You Belong to Me,” “Somebody,” “Please Forgive Me,” and “The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You,” as well as his collaboration with Tina Turner, “It’s Only Love.” The new songs are titled “Please Stay” and “Ultimate Love,” and both tunes were written this year, according to Bryan.

“As a songwriter and musician you are always creating — it’s what you do,” explains Adams. “So even though I’ve released an ‘ultimate’ collection, I’m always looking ahead. There are two new songs included…with the message that love still counts, even in uncertain times.”

The Ultimate Bryan Adams is available for pre-order now. Reserve your copy now and you’ll instantly receive a free download of “Please Stay.” You can also buy the track as a digital single or listen via select streaming services now.

Adams recently gave “Ultimate Love” its live debut during his set at the Invictus Games in Toronto, September 30. He also was joined by Bruce Springsteen for a couple of songs at the event. You can watch videos of both performances at Bryan’s official YouTube channel.

Here’s the full track list of The Ultimate Bryan Adams:

“Go Down Rockin'”
“Can’t Stop This Thing We Started”
“Run to You”
“Ultimate Love”*
“Heaven”
“It’s Only Love” — with Tina Turner
“Here I Am”
“When You’re Gone” — with Melanie C
“Cloud Number Nine”
“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”
“You Belong to Me”
“Summer of ’69”
“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”
“Somebody”
“Please Forgive Me”
“Cuts Like a Knife”
“The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You”
“All for Love” — with Sting & Rod Stewart
“Back to You”
“Please Stay”*
“18 Til I Die”

* = brand-new track.

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Sony Music Nashville/Dolly RecordsDolly Parton has never been shy about her larger-than-life personality or her unique fashion sense, even admitting that her look was based on “the town trollop.” But now, with her first children’s album, I Believe in You, the country-pop superstar says that same over-the-top image is what’s endearing her to a whole new group of fans.

“I have always said I look like a cartoon, ’cause I kinda do,” Dolly admits. “I just always liked just being overexaggerated. And my voice is small… And I think kids kinda can relate to me, like a Mother Goose character.”

The 71-year-old singer adds, “I don’t care why they do, as long as they do. I love ’em, and they seem to love me. And when I’m with ’em, I just am exactly that age.”

Dolly’s I Believe in You album benefits her literacy program, which sends books to children all over the world, starting at birth and continuing until they’re five years old.

“The first book that we give out through the Imagination Library is The Little Engine That Could,” Dolly explains. “That was one we thought would be appropriate and I wrote a song that kinda mentions that. So it’s got train sounds, and whistles.”

The Country Music Hall of Famer also re-recorded her classic “Coat of Many Colors” for the project and composed another tune inspired by how she was bullied growing up.

“I thought…’I’m gonna write a song about how it makes people feel when you make fun of them, and make them feel less than they are or what they want to be,'” Dolly recently told a group of young fans in Nashville, before debuting “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny.”

I Believe in You is available in stores and online now.

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