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Lindsey Buckingham schedules brief US solo tour in the spring

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Credit: John RussoLindsey Buckingham recently announced plans to play his first concert since undergoing emergency open-heart surgery early last year…and now the ex-Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist has lined up a series of U.S. solo tour dates in the spring. The 12-show trek kicks off on April 25 in Las Vegas and is plotted out through a May 13 concert in El Cajon, California.  He’ll also play a previously announced gig at the 2020 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 3, the final day of the three-day event. Among the other cities the 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will visit: Boulder, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis; Atlanta; Wichita, Kansas; Oklahoma City; and Tucson, Arizona. Tickets for most of the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 14. Visit LindseyBuckingham.com for more details. Buckingham’s wife, Kristen, reported in a message on her Twitter feed last February that Lindsey’s vocal cords were damaged during the heart operation, and she subsequently revealed that he had been meeting with a vocal specialist. In her most recent

Blondie, Devo among the many New Wave acts playing L.A.-area Cruel World Festival in May

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Courtesy of GoldenvoiceBlondie and Devo are part of the expansive lineup of the inaugural Cruel World festival, a one-day concert extravaganza celebrating the New Wave scene of the late ’70s and ’80s, scheduled for May 2 near Los Angeles. The event will be headlined by ex-Smiths singer Morrissey and goth-rock legends Bauhaus. The bill also includes Echo & the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, Berlin, English Beat, Public Image Ltd., Gary Numan, The Church, Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond and Missing Persons, among many others. Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 14, at 12 p.m. PT. Pre-sale tickets will be available on Thursday, February 13, at 12 p.m. PT. You can register for the pre-sale now at CruelWorldFest.com. The festival will take place at The Grounds at Dignity Health Sports Park in the L.A. suburb of Carson, California. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Stephen Stills' 2020 Light Up the Blues autism benefit show to feature Neil Young, Willie Nelson and more

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Courtesy of Autism SpeaksAfter skipping 2019, Stephen Stills is bringing back his star-studded Light Up the Blues Concert, which raises money for the Autism Speaks charity, for 2020. This year’s benefit show will take place May 30 at L.A.’s Greek Theatre and will feature performances by Stephen, his Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young band mate Neil Young, country legend Willie Nelson, indie-pop act Lucius and Promise of the Real — the roots-rock band fronted by Willie’s son Lukas. Also performing will be two of Stills’ sons: Chris and Oliver. Stephen and his wife Kristen once again will serve as the hosts of the Light Up the Blues Concert, which will be emceed by Jack Black. Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 14, at 10 a.m. PT via TicketMaster.com, while an artist pre-sale will be available starting Wednesday, February 12, at 10 a.m. PT. “With this year’s stellar lineup — and a meaningful venue in the Greek Theatre, our hometown favorite — I am itching to get on stage with this crew and

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder engaged to 'Inside Edition' anchor Diane McInerney

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Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing FoundationIt looks like Don Felder is a victim of love again! According to People, the former Eagles guitarist has gotten engaged to his girlfriend of two years, Diane McInerney, who’s the weekend anchor of the syndicated news program Inside Edition. People reports that the 72-year-old musician popped the question to the 48-year-old correspondent on January 19 at sunset during a walk on the beach in Malibu, California, and presented her with “a custom-made, five-carat round brilliant cut diamond ring.” According to the magazine, the spot had sentimental significance to the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer because it was close to where he co-wrote the music for the classic Eagles hit, “Hotel California.” A source close to the couple tells People, “Don is so in love with Diane. She fills his heart every day in every way with love and joy. Diane is beyond excited to be engaged to the love of her life. Their friends and family are thrilled for their happiness.” This will be the second marriage for both Felder and McInerney.

Macaulay Culkin defends Michael Jackson: "He never did anything to me"

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Kevin Kane/WireImageLast year, the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland once again raised the question of whether Michael Jackson was guilty of sexual abuse. But a star who was very close with the King of Pop during the ’90s tells Esquire magazine that he never saw any evidence of that. Macaulay Culkin, who shot to fame as a child star in 1990’s Home Alone, was a good friend of Michael Jackson’s, and even appeared in his video for “Black or White.”  He even testified in MJ’s defense during his 2005 abuse trial, at which Jackson was acquitted.  Now, in a cover story, Culkin insists to Esquire that he has nothing bad to say about the late legend. “I’m gonna begin with the line — it’s not a line, it’s the truth: He never did anything to me. I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back,” Culkin tells Esquire. “The guy has passed on. If anything — I’m not gonna say it would be stylish or anything like that,

New Beatles-themed festival Abbey Road on the Island taking place in September on Long Island, NY

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Courtesy of Long Island UniversityThe Beatles-themed festival Abbey Road on the River is partnering with New York’s Long Island University to launch the first Abbey Road on the Island event, a three-day celebration of the Fab Four taking place September 4-6 at the school’s LIU Post campus. Abbey Road on the Island will feature performances by more than 30 music acts at various outdoor and indoor venues on the campus, which is located in the village of Brookville on New York’s Long Island. Among the confirmed performers are former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Steve Holley, renowned producer and Peter & Gordon singer Peter Asher, and several Beatles tribute bands. Among the latter is The Weeklings, a group featuring former Styx member Glen Burtnik.  In addition, Juber will take part in a Q&A session. The festival also will include guest speakers, lecturers, artists, a Yellow Submarine-themed parade for children, merchandise for sale and more. Visit AbbeyRoadontheIsland.com for full details; more info will be announced in the coming months. Tickets for Abbey Road on the Island will go on sale

Aerosmith invites drummer Joey Kramer to perform with them in Vegas

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Tim Mosenfelder/WireImageAfter suing his four Aerosmith band mates because they wouldn’t let him perform with them at the Grammys, it appears drummer Joey Kramer was given a reason to finally bury the hatchet.   TMZ reports that the band invited Kramer to join them on stage for their show in Las Vegas.  The band is currently kicking around the City of Second Chances for their residency at Park Theater. Sources close to the band tell TMZ that Kramer wasn’t asked to audition for the gig, either — as they feel the drummer has been practicing enough to keep up.   This is quite the change from the events that cast a shadow upon their Grammys performance. According to TMZ, Kramer claimed in his lawsuit that after he suffered some minor injuries in spring 2019 that forced him to miss some shows, the other Aerosmith members asked him to basically audition to prove he was “able to play at an appropriate level” before they would allow him to perform with the band again. Joey also complained in the suit that for his audition, he was asked to play a series of solo

The Moody Blues' John Lodge excited to play '70s Rock & Romance Cruise with so many artists he likes

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Credit: Emily LodgeLongtime Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge begins his 2020 itinerary with a stint on the star-packed ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise, which sets sail from Miami this Saturday, February 15. This marks the first time the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be playing this particular cruise, and he tells ABC Audio that that he’s excited to perform along with so many other great artists. “Don Felder, Cheap Trick, Todd Rundgren, America, John Ford Coley — there’s a whole host of…artists who I really like on this cruise,” Lodge says. “And that’s one of the reasons I said yes to doing this.” Lodge also reports that he’ll be playing three concerts with his solo band during the seven-day cruise, which will stop in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Haitian island of Labadee before returning to port on February 22. “I’m looking forward to that,” he declares. “And hopefully there’s a lot of Moody Blues fans on there so we can all have a great time.” The cruise’s lineup also includes Randy Bachman, Edgar Winter, former

Gilbert O'Sullivan excited about first US tour in 40 years after great response to 2019 stateside shows

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Credit: Andy Fallon1970s British pop star Gilbert O’Sullivan will launch his first U.S. tour in over 40 years this spring, a nine-date trek starting April 12 in Washington, D.C., and scheduled through an April 26 concert in Los Angeles. After two well-received shows in New York City and Philadelphia last July, the 73-year-old Irish-born singer/songwriter/pianist tells ABC Audio he’s looking forward to playing a more extensive series of stateside gigs. “I was pleasantly surprised, the reaction was really good,” he says of last year’s concerts. “And the interesting thing, too, is that we had a big [U.K.] hit…with a song called ‘Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day’…and I mentioned to the audience that I didn’t think they’d really know much about that song, but they really liked it. In fact, some people were actually singing it. So…the response was great. And long may that continue.” O’Sullivan says his set will be “a mix” that includes “all the well-known songs, an element of album tracks…[and] a sample of the new material…[And] there’s fast, there’s slow, there’s medium, there’s quiet.” Among the well-known songs are the three

Rod Stewart to give closing performance at the BRIT Awards next week

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Credit: RANKINRod Stewart didn’t appear on the Grammy Awards a few weeks ago, but he’ll have the honor of closing out the U.K. equivalent, the BRIT Awards, February 18 in London. This will be the second time that Rod has performed at the BRITS; the first was in 1993, when he received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.  The 75-year-old legend has had a great year in his home country, having scored his 10th British number-one album in December with You’re in My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Among this year’s Brit Awards nominees is Bruce Springsteen, who’s in the running for the International Male Solo Artist prize. If you want to watch the BRIT Awards but don’t live in the U.K., you can stream it on February 18 starting at 3 p.m. ET via YouTube.com/BRITs. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.