Out to the Ballpark: James Taylor Lines Up 2017 Concerts at Four Baseball Stadiums

    Courtesy of James TaylorJames Taylor will combine his love of music and baseball by playing a series of four concerts next summer at ballparks in cities around the U.S. Opening for the legendary singer/songwriter and his band at the shows will be a fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bonnie Raitt.

    The concerts are scheduled for July 14 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.; July 17 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL; July 29 at AT&T Park in San Francisco; and August 11 at Fenway Park in Boston. Taylor is a well-known fan of the Boston Red Sox and has played a number of shows at Fenway Park over the years, including one with Jackson Browne this past August. He and Browne also played together in June at Wrigley Field, the home of the world champion Chicago Cubs.

    Tickets for the upcoming Chicago and Boston shows are already available, while tickets for the Washington, D.C., and San Francisco concerts will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m. local time.

    As previously reported, Taylor will be saluted at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington this Sunday, December 4, alongside The Eagles, Mavis Staples and others. James also will be featured on the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting special, airing on Monday, December 5, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel.

    Check out Taylor's full upcoming schedule at JamesTaylor.com.

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    Hollywood Vampires, Sammy Hagar Among Acts Performing at Alice Cooper's 2016 Christmas Pudding Benefit Saturday

    Credit: Ross HalfinAlice Cooper's 15th annual Christmas Pudding fundraising concert takes place on Saturday, December 3, at the historic Celebrity Theatre in the shock rocker's hometown of Phoenix. The show will be headlined by the Cooper-fronted supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, which also features Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, while other acts on the bill include Sammy Hagar, Korn and The Gin Blossoms.

    Proceeds from the holiday extravaganza will benefit Alice's Solid Rock Teen Center, a facility in Phoenix that provides free music lessons to local young people.

    The event also will feature performances by illusionist and magician Murray SawChuck and the winners of this year's edition of Cooper's Proof Is in the Pudding talent contest, as well as some as-yet unannounced guests.

    Tickets are can still be purchased for the show at the Celebrity Theatre box office and at CelebrityTheatre.com, or by calling 602-267-1600, extension 1.

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    Members of Queen and Pink Floyd Among Musicians Who've Signed Letter in Support of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

    Neal Preston; Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesMembers of the music community are standing up for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Queen guitarist Brian May and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason are among the many musicians whohave signed an open letter expressing their support for the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    The letter, which was organized by British musician Kate Nash, is addressed to President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice and Army Corps of Engineers. "We are writing to express our shock at the treatment of the people of Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota," the letter begins.

    "We are deeply disturbed by the police actions that have been taking place," it continues. "Where non violent protests have been and continue to be met with extremely aggressive tactics including; being shot with water canons in below freezing temperatures, chemical weapons, rubber bullets, and attack dogs. These are the same inhumane methods used during WWII and the Civil Rights Movement."

    Other artists who signed the letter include longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, X, Moby, Sia, Billy Bragg, Garbage's Shirley Manson, members of such modern-rock acts as Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fitz and the Tantrums and many more.

    You can read the entire letter now on RollingStone.com.

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    Watch Rolling Stones New Video, "Ride 'Em on Down," Starring Kristen Stewart Now

    Interscope; Courtesy of Rolling StonesIn addition to releasing their new album, Blue & Lonesome, today, The Rolling Stones also have premiered the official video for their rendition of Eddie Taylor's blues gem "Ride 'Em on Down," starring Twilight actress Kristen Stewart. You can watch the clip, which was directed by François Rousselet, now at the band's VEVO YouTube channel.

    At the beginning of the video, we see Stewart carrying some groceries out of a bodega in an urban section of Los Angeles when she's discovers a vintage blue Mustang GT with its driver-side door open and keys in the ignition. She proceeds to hop in the car and take it for a joy ride through the streets of L.A. Along the way, she is shown licking a blue lollipop -- a visual that reflects the Blue & Lonesome cover art -- dancing suggestively while stopping to gas up the vehicle, and encountering a zebra while she drives down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River.

    At one point, Stewart is pulled over by a police car, but it turns out that the cruiser is being driven by a sketchy looking guy in a ripped flannel shirt and jeans. The guy asks Kristen, "Where'd you get the gas?" Feeling threatened, she responds by grabbing the handle of a knife that's next to her and telling him, "You should probably get out of here." "Great tune," he says while walking away.

    "Ride 'Em on Down" is one of the 12 vintage blues cover tunes featured on Blue & Lonesome, which The Stones recorded live in the studio over the course of a few days.

    You can check out a new video feature boasting interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and producer Don Was discussing the making of the album at Amazon.co.uk.

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    Madonna Combines "Art, Music and Mischief" Tonight to Benefit Raising Malawi

    Credit: Joshua BrandaoTonight, Madonna brings "art, music and mischief" to Miami's Art Basel international art fair. The singer will be hosting an event to benefit Raising Malawi, the charity she founded in 2006.

    "Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life," Madonna says in a statement. "Raising Malawi's evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit."

    She adds, "I'm excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately safe lives and help the children of Malawi."

    In addition to a performance by Madonna, the event will feature special guests including Oscar-winning actor and Madonna's former husband Sean Penn, Ariana Grande and comedian Chris Rock. Late Late Show host James Corden will serve as the master of ceremonies.

    The fundraising event will take place at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, Florida.

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