Blondie Marking 40th Anniversary with Two-Disc Package Featuring New Album, Hits Compilation

    PRNewsFoto/BlondieBlondie will celebrate its 40th anniversary in a big way, by releasing a new two-disc collection combining a brand-new studio effort and an album of updated versions of the group's best-known tunes.  Due out on May 13, Blondie 4(0) Ever will include the influential New York band's long-awaited 10th studio album, Ghosts of a Download, as well as Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, which boasts renditions of 11 classic Blondie songs rerecorded by the veteran New Wave act's current lineup.

    Ghosts of Download finds Blondie exploring a variety of genres, including modern electronic and dance music, reggae, pop and rock.  A number of guest artists make appearances on the record, including Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto, New York City club performer Miss Guy, Colombian group Systema Solar and Oakland–based Panamanian rap act Los Rakas.  The album features a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1983 hit "Relax."

    Among the many memorable songs included on Deluxe Redux are "Heart of Glass," "Tide Is High," "Rapture," "One Way or Another" and "Call Me."

    Blondie 4(0) Ever will be available in a variety of configurations, including a deluxe edition that features the two CDs, a bonus DVD boasting footage of a 1977 performance at CBGB, a collectible poster and five postcards with photographs taken by guitarist Chris Stein.  There's also the standard two-CD set, a digital download and a vinyl package offering LP versions of the two albums together with the DVD.

    Fans pre-ordering the digital version of Blondie 4(0) Ever via Amazon or iTunes will receive three bonus Ghosts of Download tracks, and also will be able to instantly download the new song "I Want to Drag You Around."

    Two preview tracks from Blondie 4(0) Ever, the Ghosts of Download tune "Sugar on the Side" and a new rendition of "One Way or Another," can be heard now at the band's official YouTube channel.

    Here is the full Blondie 4(0) Ever track list:

    Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits
    "Heart of Glass"
    "Dreaming"
    "Tide Is High"
    "Maria"
    "Sunday Girl"
    "Hanging on the Telephone"
    "Rapture"
    "One Way or Another"
    "Call Me"
    "Atomic"
    "Rip Her to Shreds"

    Ghosts of Download
    "Sugar on the Side"
    "Rave"
    "A Rose by Any Name"
    "I Want to Drag You Around"
    "Winter"
    "I Screwed Up"
    "Relax"
    "Take Me in the Night"
    "Make a Way"
    "Mile High"
    "Euphoria"
    "Take It Back"
    "Backroom"

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    Steven Tyler Rescued by Danica Patrick in New Can-Am Spyder Spot

    Photo: Steve ErleStar auto racer Danica Patrick comes to the aid of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler in a new ad for the Can-Am Spyder motorcycle.

    In the minute-and-a-half-long spot, Patrick touts a new campaign centered around the three-wheeled motorcycle that she calls the "Paparazzi Escape Vehicle."  She explains that when celebrities are hounded by photographers, they can call 1-844-SPYDER-LA to have a Can-Am Spyder pick them up and whisk them away.

    By way of example, we see footage of Tyler being rescued by Patrick from a crowd of shutterbugs.  He makes an obscene gesture toward the photographers as they drive away.

    Believe it or not, this is a real offer from Can-Am Spyder.  According to USA Today, Los Angeles-area celebs will be able to utilize the rescue service for one week by calling the number.  

    Incidentally, Tyler was involved in creating and lobbying for an anti-paparazzi law that was passed last year by the Hawaiian legislature.  The law helps protect celebrities from intrusive photographers.

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    Wrist Injury Forces Gregg Allman to Miss Two Scheduled Australian Concerts

    Michael Loccisano/GABB14/Getty Images for Blackbird ProductionsHealth issues continue to plague Gregg Allman.  The 66-year-old rocker has had to pull out of the last two dates of his brief Australian tour because he's been hampered by a wrist injury he suffered shortly before heading Down Under.

    The affected concerts were a show this past Monday in Sydney and a performance that's scheduled for Wednesday in Melbourne. Neither event was canceled; instead, opening acts Gov't Mule and Devon Allman, Gregg's son, are playing longer sets at each show.

    The events' promoters, Bluesfest Touring, have issued a statement explaining, "Gregg Allman broke his wrist not long before the tour commenced and since, his injury has unexpectedly worsened leaving him in severe pain and unable to perform.  Gregg will be returning to the US immediately to seek medical treatment." 

    Ticket holders for the Melbourne gig have the choice of getting a full refund or attending the concert and receiving a partial refund.

    Jambands.com reports that Gregg's injury rendered him unable to play organ at the finale of The Allman Brothers Band's performance at its 2014 Wanee Festival on April 12.  Prior to that, the singer was sidelined by a case of bronchitis that led The Allman Brothers to postpone the last four shows of their March residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

    Gregg is slated to launch a series of U.S. solo shows on May 3 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.  He recently added seven dates to his schedule.

    Here's the complete list of Allman's stateside solo concerts:

    5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
    5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Festival*
    5/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay*
    5/21 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
    5/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
    5/24 -- Aptos, CA, Santa Cruz Blues Festival
    5/25 -- Avila Beach, CA, Avila Beach Resort
    5/28 -- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, The Green at Gulf Place
    6/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
    6/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
    6/24 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
    6/25 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
    6/27 -- Porterville, CA, Eagle Mountain Casino*
    6/28 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
    7/1 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center at Boise State U.
    7/2 -- Seattle, WA, Woodland Park Zoo*
    7/5 -- Spokane, WA, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
    7/6 -- Portland, OR, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
    8/5 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head*
    8/6 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head*
    8/8 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
    8/9 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park*

    * = newly-added date

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    Crosby, Stills & Nash Add Three New Shows to Upcoming US Tour

    Photo: Eleanor StillsCrosby, Stills & Nash fans will have a few more chances to see the legendary folk-rock trio in concert this year in the U.S.  The group, whose 2014 stateside tour stretches from early July all the way to early October, has added three more dates to its itinerary.

    The new shows are a July 11 gig at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the third performance CSN has scheduled at the famed venue this year, and September 16 and 17 concerts in two respective Oregon cities -- Portland and Eugene.  Pre-sale tickets for the three shows will be available starting this Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time.  One dollar from each general-admission ticket sold for the trek will be donated to charity.  In addition, special benefit seats and packages are being sold via GuacFund.org.

    The upcoming tour will feature Crosby, Stills & Nash performing songs from throughout their long career, as well as brand-new material from each of the members.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be supported by the same group of touring musicians that has accompanied them for the last few years -- guitarist Shane Fontayne, drummer Steve DiStanislao, bassist Kevin McCormick and keyboardists James Raymond and Todd Caldwell.

    CSN's upcoming tour leg gets under way July 2 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is mapped out through an October 4 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.  Check out the band's full schedule at CrosbyStillsNash.com.

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    Aerosmith's Joe Perry Giving Fans the Chance to Buy the Guitar Off His Back

    PFA MediaHow would you like to own a guitar autographed by Aerosmith's Joe Perry and played by him at one of the band's Let Rock Rule tour dates this summer with Slash, while also getting to attend that very show?  Well, now you can, if you can afford the $6,999 price tag.

    A new promotion called "Joe Perry's Guitar Off My Back" is offering a lucky fan at each stop of the 20-date trek a package that includes two premium tickets and a Gibson Les Paul Studio Model guitar that the legendary rocker will use on stage during the gig and then sign, including a personalized message.  Each package also will include a Perry-signed Certificate of Authenticity, a private meeting with Joe, a photo op with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, one of his personal guitar picks and a set list from Aerosmith's performance that evening.  In addition, Perry will autograph two other items of your choice, guitars excluded.  For more information, visit GuitarOffMyBack.JoePerry.com.

    The North American leg of Aerosmith's Let Rock Rule tour, which includes opening act Slash Featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, is scheduled from July 10 show in Wantagh, New York, through a September 12 performance in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Here are all of the trek's confirmed dates:

    7/10 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
    7/13 -- Kitchener, Canada, McLennan Park
    7/16 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
    7/19 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest
    7/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
    7/25 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    7/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
    8/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
    8/8 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
    8/13 -- Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion
    8/16 -- George, WA, The Gorge Amphitheatre
    8/19 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
    8/22 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
    8/25 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    8/28 -- Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena
    8/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
    9/3 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
    9/6 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
    9/9 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
    9/12 -- Sydney, Canada, Open Hearth Park

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