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David Byrne, Nile Rodgers added to list of featured speakers at 2019 South by Southwest Festival

Jody Rogac; Jill FurmanovskyA pair of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees — ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Chic‘s Nile Rodgers — have joined the lineup of featured speakers at the 2019 South by Southwest Festival, which runs from March 8 to March 17 in Austin, Texas. Byrne’s speech, which is scheduled for March 13 at 12:30 p.m. …

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Smokey Robinson defends “super talented” J-Lo against Grammy Motown tribute haters

Smokey Robinson and Jennifer Lopez perform during the Grammys Motown tribute; Monty Brinton/CBSTell Jennifer Lopez not to worry about the people hating on her Motown tribute performance at the Grammys.  She’s got a Motown legend in her corner. Smokey Robinson — who, granted, was part of the performance — says the people insisting there should have been a black or …

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Billy Idol schedules unplugged duo tour with Steve Stevens; announces first Mexican concerts

PRNewsFoto/Palms Casino Resort Billy Idol and his longtime guitarist, Steve Stevens, will hit the road as a duo next month for the first time ever for a North American tour that’s been dubbed “Turned On, Tuned In and Unplugged.” The acoustic trek kicks off March 3 in Vancouver, Canada, and is mapped out through an April 4 concert in Red …

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Journey’s Neal Schon recovering from gall bladder surgery; says Journey Through Time concerts won’t be postponed

Credit: Robert KnightJourney guitarist Neal Schon is recovering after undergoing emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder this past week. Schon revealed details of his health scare in a message on Twitter. “Had to go into ER last night very inflamed-infected Gallbladder taken out and honestly couldn’t feel better,” Schon wrote. “Just need a few days [to recover]. I’ve apparently …

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Aretha Franklin’s life to be dramatized for next season of NatGeo series “Genius”

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe National Geographic channel is showing Aretha Franklin some major r-e-s-p-e-c-t by choosing the late Queen of Soul as the subject of the next season of its scripted anthology series, Genius. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for Topdog/Underdog, will serve as an executive producer and the showrunner for Genius: Aretha Franklin. The …

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Check out the trailer of the upcoming Beatles-themed comedy movie, “Yesterday”

WorkingTitle Films/UniversalA new trailer offers the first look at the unique comedy Yesterday, which tells the story of a failed British musician who gets hit by a bus and wakes up in a world where The Beatles never existed…and he’s the only one who remembers them. The movie features Himesh Patel in the lead role of Jack Malik, who goes …

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2020 Soul Train Cruise to feature The Jacksons, Isley Brothers, War & many more

Courtesy of StarVista LIVE The Jacksons, The Isley Brothers and War are among the many acts that will take part in the 2020 edition of the annual Soul Train Cruise. The nautical music extravaganza will embark from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 14 and will stop at St. Maarten, St. Croix and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay …

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Robert Plant’s new side project, Saving Grace, playing three UK shows with Fairport Convention

Credit: Mads PerchAt a late January show in Bishop’s Castle, U.K., Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant introduced his new group Saving Grace, which is reportedly influenced by Welsh folk music. Now comes word that the group will be playing more concerts this month. Veteran British folk rockers Fairport Convention have announced that Plant and Saving Grace will be opening for …

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Train Keeps A-Rollin’: Aerosmith adding 17 more dates to “Deuces Wild” Las Vegas residency

Live Nation/MGM Resorts InternationalIf you couldn’t get tickets to Aerosmith‘s residency at the Park Theater at the MGM resort in Las Vegas, you don’t have to miss a thing: They’re adding 17 new dates “due to extraordinary demand.” Steven Tyler and the boys from Boston are holding court in Sin City starting Saturday, April 6, and the residency was slated …

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons names favorite guitar riffs, recalls meeting Hendrix in new episode of “Speakeasy”

Credit: Jim Belmont ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons will be the guest on the upcoming fourth season finale episode of the public television interview series Speakeasy that’s premiering this week on select stations. Recorded last year at New York City’s famed jazz club, The Iridium, the episode features Gibbons chatting about a variety of topics, including highlights from his legendary …

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