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Elton John to receive France's highest civilian honor on Friday

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ABC/Randy HolmesWhen Elton John arrives in France for several concerts on his farewell tour, he won’t just be earning a bunch of money: He’ll also be receiving the country’s highest civilian award. On Friday, Elton will be presented with the Legion d’Honneur by French president Emmauel Macron at the Elysee [ay-lee-ZAY] Palace in Paris, reports Le Journal de Dimanche.  The paper reports that during the ceremony, Elton will launch an appeal for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. According to multiple reports, Macron described Elton as “a piano virtuoso, melodic genius and a true showman,” who was also “one of the first gay artists to have the courage to say it and to give voice to the LGBT community in the media.”  In 1993, Elton was made an Officer of Arts and Letters by France, in recognition of his contributions to the arts. Elton also plans to announce two additional shows in France for October of 2020, according to Le Journal de Dimanche. Other famous musicians who have received the Legion d’Honneur include Paul McCartney and Bob

When I'm 77: Paul McCartney celebrates his 77th birthday today

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MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsYou say it’s your birthday? It’s Paul McCartney‘s birthday too, and the former Beatle turns 77 today. In honor of his big day, Sir Paul posted a humorous photo of himself on social media sites that appears to be from the 1970s.  It shows him grabbing his face with his hands as he looks at the camera with a perturbed look. The accompanying caption reads, “It’s my birthday too, yeah.” McCartney remains remarkably active for a guy who is closing in on 80. He released a chart-topping studio album, Egypt Station, last year and currently on the latest leg of his Freshen Up Tour, regularly playing close to 40 songs at each show. The rock legend can take it easy on his birthday, as his next concert isn’t until this Saturday, June 22, at Petco Park in San Diego. The trek winds down with a July 13 show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Here are all of McCartney’s upcoming tour dates: 6/22 — San Diego, CA, Petco Park6/26 — Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena6/28 — Las

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's Roll Me Away farewell tour extended into late October

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Credit: Terry WyattBob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have tacked on four dates to the recently announced fall U.S. leg of their Roll Me Away farewell tour, which kicks off September 12 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The newly announced shows will take place October 10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; October 12 in Memphis, Tennessee; October 17 in Pittsburgh; and October 19 in Chicago. Tickets to the new concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Bob Seger’s fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting today. To register to be a member of the club, visit BobSeger.com/bulletclub. The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his group are winding down their current U.S. tour leg with the final two shows of a six-concert stand in the Detroit suburb of Clarkston, Michigan. The upcoming performances are scheduled for this Wednesday and Friday, June 19 and 21. The Roll Me Away tour got underway in November 2018. Here are all of Bob

Robby Krieger, David Crosby, Little Feat members scheduled to participate in cannabis-themed expo

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Harmony Gerber/Getty Images; Courtesy of David CrosbyDoors guitarist Robby Krieger, David Crosby and members of Little Feat are slated to take part in the second annual WeedCon West expo, a conference that promotes education about the medical benefits of cannabis products. The event will be held June 19 and 20 in Beverly Hills, California, and will feature musical performances, awards presentations, guest speakers, networking opportunities and more. Krieger will give a performance honoring longtime Little Feat guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, who will be recognized for their work with the Safety Harbor Kids charity. The organization supports orphans, foster children and homeless youth in their schooling and career goals, as well as arts education. Tackett is being honored for volunteering for more than 15 years to play music and provide music lessons to kids via the Safety Harbor Kids charity. Barrere is being acknowledged for devoting his time and resources to help provide educational music and art programs for kids in need. As for Crosby, he’s signed on as one of the celebrity judges and presenters for the 2019

Beck in the USA: Jeff Beck announces series of US headlining shows in September

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Credit: Ross HalfinGuitar legend Jeff Beck has lined up five U.S. headlining concerts this September to go along with his previously announced appearance at Eric Clapton‘s 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas and his joint performance with Rod Stewart at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The new shows will take place September 17 in Kansas City, Missouri; September 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; September 21 in Austin, Texas; September 22 in San Antonio; and September 24 in Phoenix. Tickets for the Phoenix concert will go on sale to the general public next Monday, June 24, while tickets for the other four gigs will be available starting this Friday, June 21. Jeff will be performing at the latest edition of Clapton’s star-studded Crossroads Guitar Festival on September 20, the first day of the two-day event. Other artists taking part in the fest include Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy and many more. Beck and Stewart will be teaming up for what’s being billed as their “most in depth concert [together] in over 35 years” on

Madonna finally explains her famous "rule the world" comment: "Being super-famous was never my goal"

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Steven Klein @stevenkleinstudioLongtime Madonna fans remember her famous appearance on American Bandstand back in 1984. When host Dick Clark asked her what her dreams were, the up-and-coming singer said boldly, “To rule the world.” But now, Madonna denies that she ever dreamed of being a rich and famous superstar. Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Madonna reveals that, back then, her super-confident act was just that: an act. She was actually pretty insecure. “I may have felt like a nobody, but I knew I had to do something,” she says. “If I was going to make something out of my life, I had to, y’know, hurl myself into the dark space, go down the road less traveled.” And even today, as a global icon, Madonna tells the paper, “Yes, I want to be successful, I am ambitious. Yes!” Asked why she feels that way when she’s, y’know, the Queen of Pop, she refers back to that 1984 comment. “I don’t think my ambition has ever really been generated by what you maybe perceive as conventional success,” Madonna says. “I

Heart extends Love Alive tour into the fall with new dates featuring Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

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Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentHeart will be keeping its Love Alive Tour going even longer than originally announced. The lengthy North American trek, which features such support acts as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow, Elle King and Brandi Carlile joining the Wilson sisters and their band at select stops, has been extended into the fall. The tour already included 39 dates, kicking off July 9 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and running through a September 9 show in Los Angeles.  Now 11 more performances have been added, spanning from a September 26 concert in Wantagh, New York through an October 13 gig in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tickets for most of the new dates will go on sale this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Citi card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit CitiEntertainment.com for more details about pre-sale opportunities. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be the special guests at all of the newly announced concerts, while British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas will open

Santana's Africa Speaks album debuts at #3 on "Billboard" 200; band playing "Kimmel" on Tuesday

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Concord RecordsSantana‘s new studio album, Africa Speaks, has debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 after seling 57,000 units, almost all of them from album sales. This marks the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act’s highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 since 2005’s All That I Am, which peaked at #2 on the tally. Africa Speaks becomes Santana’s 15th album overall to reach the top 10 of the chart. Four of the group’s albums have reached number one, including the 15-times-platinum Supernatural, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. A good portion of Africa Speaks‘ sales came from a redemption offer where fans buying tickets to the band’s upcoming tour also received a copy of the album. As previously reported, the new record features original songs inspired by modern African music, with lead vocals provided by a Latin Grammy-winning Spanish singer named Buika (pr: BWEE-kah). Santana will be the musical guest on Tuesday night’s episode of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT. Guitarist Carlos Santana and his band will be launching a new tour

The Who returning to NYC's Madison Square Garden to kick off second leg of Moving On! Tour

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Credit: Samir HusseinThe Who just played a show last month at Madison Square Garden during the first leg of the band’s Moving On! Tour.  Now, the British rock legends have announced that they’ll return to the famed New York City venue for another concert on September 1. The newly announced performance will now serve as the kickoff date of the second leg of The Who’s 2019 North American trek, which is mapped out through an October 24 concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Tickets for the Madison Square Garden gig go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Members of The Who’s fan club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning this Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. ET. As with the first leg of the tour, the upcoming trek will feature The Who accompanied by a 48-piece orchestra at each venue. A variety of different artists will be opening for the band during the upcoming trek — including J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf, Oasis frontman

Tina Turner musical holding online casting call for Tina as a young girl

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Courtesy of Tina: The Tina Turner MusicalDo you know a girl aged eight to 13 who can sing and dance? Well, maybe she’d like to audition for a role in the upcoming Broadway musical based on Tina Turner‘s life. The producers of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical are holding an open online casting call for someone to play “young Anna Mae Bullock” — Tina Turner’s birth name — in the production, which is opening this fall.  The producers are looking for an African-American or mixed-race girl between the ages of eight and 13, between four-foot-two and four-foot-11, with a “phenomenal” singing voice and “strong” acting skills, who can also “move/dance very well.” For information on how to submit your audition, visit  TinaOnBroadway.com/Auditions. Preview performances of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical will begin October 12; the official opening is November 7. Tickets are now on sale. Tina as an adult will be played by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren, who originated the role in the London West End production of the show. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights

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