Art Garfunkel Schedules Series of US Shows on East Coast

    Image Courtesy of Art GarfunkelArt Garfunkel will be returning to the road in the coming month for his first concerts of 2015.  The lauded folk-rock singer will kick things off with a February 27 show in Aventura, Florida, before heading overseas for a European trek that runs from a March 10 performance in Dublin, Ireland, though a March 20 stop in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    The 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer then will return to the States for a series of multi-night stands -- March 29-31 in Vienna, Virginia; April 17-18 in Pittsburgh; and April 24-25 in Niagara Falls, New York.

    After being struggling with a vocal ailment that sidelined him from 2010 until 2013, Garfunkel has been playing shows regularly ever since.  His recent concerts feature him performing as a duo with guitarist Tab Laven, and include Simon & Garfunkel classics, various songs from his solo career, cover tunes of some of his favorite composers, an audience Q&A segment and readings of his prose and poems.

    Here are all of Art's confirmed 2015 U.S. tour dates:

    2/27 -- Aventura, FL, Broward Arts Center
    3/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
    3/30 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
    3/31 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
    4/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Library,
    4/18 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Library
    4/24 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Falls Casino
    4/25 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Falls Casino

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    Def Leppard Touring Canada in the Spring; Schedules Late-Summer US Dates

    Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityDef Leppard will kick off its 2015 tour itinerary with a 13-date Canadian leg in April and May, and the '80s rock legends also have just announced their first U.S. shows of the year -- a pair of appearances at summer fairs.

    The Canadian trek gets under way on April 15 in Penicton, British Columbia, and runs through a May 5 show in London, Ontario.  The outing also includes stops in such major cities as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa.

    As for the U.S. concerts, they're scheduled for August 27 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and September 1 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Tickets for the Canadian gigs are already available, while tickets for the St. Paul show go on sale this Tuesday, February 3, and for the Allentown performance on Saturday, February 7.

    Def Leppard also will embark on a European tour that's scheduled from a May 15 show in Minsk, Belarus, though a June 6 appearance in Tampere, Finland.

    Meanwhile, the band has just launched a new fan club called Rock Brigade that offers fans special tickets deals, VIP packages and merchandise.  Membership costs $45, not including shipping and handling.  Find out all the details at

    Here are all of Def Leppard's confirmed 2015 North American tour dates:

    4/15 -- Penticton, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre
    4/17 -- Victoria, Canada, Save on Foods Memorial Centre
    4/18 -- Vancouver, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    4/20 -- Dawson Creek, Canada, EnCana Events Centre
    4/22 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
    4/23 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place
    4/25 -- Lethbridge, Canada, Enmax Centre
    4/26 -- Regina, Canada, Brandt Centre
    4/28 -- Saskatoon, Canada, SaskTel Centre
    4/29 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
    5/2 -- Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre
    5/4 -- Ottawa, Canada, TD Place Arena
    5/5 -- London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
    8/27 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
    9/1 -- Allentown, PA, Great Allentown Fair

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    First Known Color Film of The Beatles to Be Sold at UK Auction on Thursday

    Image Courtesy of Ewbank's AuctioneersAn eight-millimeter film of The Beatles at the ABC theater in Blackpool, England, that's considered to be the earliest known color footage of the band is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction scheduled for this Thursday in Surrey, U.K.  Shot in 1963, the silent three-and-a-half-minute film shows the Fab Four performing on stage and clowning around and socializing backstage at the venue.

    The footage was shot by Chas McDevitt, the leader of a popular skiffle group who was on the bill at that evening's show.  The lot also includes a DVD copy of the flick, a letter from McDevitt and a copyright letter from the film's current owner.  It's estimated to sell for between 7,000 and 9,000 pounds, or between about $10,500 and $13,500.   You can watch a brief clip of the footage at the official Ewbank's Fine Art Auctions YouTube channel.

    Also going on the block is a collection of 109 black-and-white negatives of previously unreleased photos of The Beatles taken during their first trip to the U.S. in 1964.  The images, which were taken by the photographer Eve Bowen, include pics of the band on The Ed Sullivan Show, on a train headed to New York City, performing in Washington, D.C., and rehearsing in Miami.  The negatives, which will be sold with full copyright, are estimated to bring in between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds, or between about $12,000 and $18,000.

    Other collectibles being sold at the auction include items related to The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eric Clapton, The Who, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and more.  To see the complete list of memorabilia up for bid, visit

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    40th Anniversary Edition of Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" Album Due Out in March

    Capitol Nashville/UMeGlen Campbell's music made its biggest impact on the country charts, but many of his songs also became major pop hits.  The singer/guitarist's biggest crossover success came in 1975, when he topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the title track to his Rhinestone Cowboy album.  Now, an expanded version of the album is scheduled to be released on March 31 in celebration of the record's 40th anniversary.

    The CD and digital versions of the reissue will feature five bonus tracks, including a remixes of "Rhinestone Cowboy" and the #11 pop hit "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)" that previously were only available on Campbell's 2009 Greatest Hits collection.  The other extra songs are the studio outtake "Quits"; "Record Collector's Dream," the B-side of the "Rhinestone Cowboy" single; and the studio version of "Coming Home," a song released as a single in Japan in 1975.

    The Rhinestone Cowboy album peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200, while topping the Country Albums chart.  As for the song, it was the second-best-selling 1975 single in the U.S., and was honored as Single of the Year at the ACM Awards, and also won People's Choice Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Single and Favorite Country Single.

    A remastered, high-quality vinyl version of the Rhinestone Cowboy album, featuring the original track list, also will be available on March 31.

    Here's the track list for the Rhinestone Cowboy: 40th Anniversary Edition CD and digital download:

    "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)"
    "Count on Me"
    "I Miss You Tonight"
    "My Girl"
    "Rhinestone Cowboy"
    "I'd Build a Bridge"
    "Pencils for Sale"
    "We're Over"

    Bonus Tracks
    "Record Collector's Dream"
    "Coming Home"
    "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)" (Remix)
    "Rhinestone Cowboy" (Remix)

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    Watch Trailer for "Aerosmith Rocks Donington" Concert Film; Steven Tyler Confirmed for Pre-Super Bowl Party

    Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsAn official trailer for the recently announced Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 concert film that's scheduled to be screened in theaters across the U.S. on February 26 has premiered online.  The minute-long clip features a montage of exciting footage from the rock legends' performance at the U.K.'s massive Download Festival, which took place last June.

    The video includes segments of performances of such Aerosmith classics as "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Walk This Way" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)."

    As previously reported, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be shown in more than 300 U.S. theaters, and is the first in a monthly run of cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series."  The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. local time.  You can buy tickets and find out more information at

    In other news, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been officially confirmed as part of the lineup for Rolling Stone magazine's pre-Super Bowl party this Saturday at 9 p.m. local time at The Venue Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Those attending the bash will enjoy performances by Tyler and U.K. pop star Charli XCX, an open bar, themed activities, surprise guest appearances and more.  This year's event will be the fourth annual pre-Super Bowl party hosted by the magazine.

    The game itself, Super Bowl 49, takes place Sunday, February 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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