Boz Scaggs Adds Summer Dates to 2015 North American Tour

    Credit: Danny ClinchBoz Scaggs' busy 2015 schedule just got a lot busier.  The soulful pop-rock singer, whose new album, A Fool to Care, will be released this Tuesday, has just announced a series of North American summer concerts that will follow the spring U.S. trek he'll embark on starting next month.

    The newly added run of dates kicks off on July 3 in Marysville, Washington, and is mapped out through an August 9 show in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Other major cities the trek will visit include San Diego; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Scaggs' spring tour gets under way April 8 in Gainesville, Florida, and runs through a May 24 gig in Modesto, California.

    Meanwhile, Boz is scheduled to appear on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, April 3.  He'll sit in with the show's house band, The Roots.

    As previously reported, A Fool to Know currently is streaming online at Amazon.com through this Monday.

    Here are all of Scaggs' confirmed North American tour dates:

    3/30 -- Los Angeles CA, Brian Fest - Fonda Theatre
    4/8 -- Gainesville, FL, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
    4/9 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
    4/11 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Festival
    4/13 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center - Au Rene Theater
    4/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
    4/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Orlando's CityWalk - Hard Rock Live
    5/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live
    5/2 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
    5/4 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
    5/6 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theater
    5/7 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre
    5/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
    5/10 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
    5/12 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
    5/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Reynolds Hall
    5/15 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino - Indoor Theater
    5/16 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
    5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Fest
    5/19 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center - Harmon Hall
    5/20 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
    5/22 -- Carmel, CA, Sunset Center
    5/23 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - MontBleu Theatre
    5/24 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
    7/3 -- Marysville, WA, Tulalip Casino
    7/4 -- Coquitlam, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver
    7/7 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
    7/9 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
    7/10 -- Newport Beach, CA, Hyatt Regency – Back Bay Amphitheatre
    7/11 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
    7/13 -- Boulder, CO, Chautauqua Auditorium
    7/18 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
    7/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Bingo Casino
    7/21 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at The Heights
    7/22 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
    7/24 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Fallsview Casino Resort
    7/25 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
    7/26 -- York, PA, Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
    7/28 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino – Showroom
    7/29 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
    7/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Music Box
    8/1 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino – Event Center
    8/2 -- Portsmouth, NH, The Music Hall
    8/4 -- North Bethesda, MD, The Music Center at Strathmore
    8/5 -- Charlotte, NC, NC Knight Theater
    8/6 -- Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre
    8/8 -- Westhampton Beach, NY, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
    8/9 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse


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    Update: Jefferson Starship's Paul Kantner Recovering After Suffering a Heart Attack

    Credit: Mike ThutSome new information about Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner's health scare has been revealed on the band's official Facebook page.  A message posted Thursday reports, "Paul did indeed have a heart attack," adding that "he had a procedure [Thursday] afternoon and he'll be recovering in the hospital the next few days before heading back to San Francisco to recuperate."

    The group also thanks fans "for all of your incredible support."

    News of 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's illness was first reported on Wednesday, when it was revealed that Kantner had been hospitalized and was undergoing tests to find out what was wrong.  The Jefferson Starship has decided to continue its current tour while Kantner recuperates.  The band's show takes place tonight in Uncasville, Connecticut.


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    Stevie Wonder to Be Presented with Braille Baseball Bat Tonight in Louisville

    Image Courtesy of Louisville SluggerStevie Wonder will be presented with a unique gift tonight to commemorate his concert at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.  The Louisville Slugger company has created a special baseball bat featuring a message engraved in Braille in honor of the Motown legend's show.

    The message, which appears both in Braille and regular lettering, reads: "STEVIE WONDER, SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE TOUR, MARCH 27, 2015, LOUISVILLE, KY."  The bat boasts a maple finish and features orange and white accents to represent the prominent colors on the singer's classic 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life, which he's performing in its entirety on his current tour.

    To make the Braille inscription, a laser engraver was employed that used a special computer file made by Louisville's American Printing House for the Blind.

    "This is the first time we've made a Braille bat in our 131 years," says Louisville Slugger executive Rick Redman.  "We aren't aware of any other company making a Braille bat.  It's great that laser technology allowed us to do it, and we're honored to be able to provide this special bat to the one and only Stevie Wonder."

    Replicas of the Braille bat currently are being displayed at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.  The company previously has created special bats to celebrate other famous music stars' shows at the KFC Yum! Center, including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Beyonce.

    Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life Tour is scheduled through an April 14 concert in Newark, New Jersey.


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    Report: Rolling Stones Now Planning to Announce North American Tour Next Week

    Credit: Brian RasicAs Rolling Stones fans know, the band intended to announce details of a 2015 North American tour on Thursday, March 19.  Those plans were delayed, reportedly because of ticketing issues involving the trek's promoters.  Now, Hits Daily Double is reporting that, according to insiders, The Stones will make the tour announcement sometime next week.

    The same sources tell Hits Daily Double that the trek will visit stadiums and other large venues in 16 cities and, as previously reported, will kick off over the Memorial Day weekend at San Diego's Petco Park.  The insiders also claim the tour will feature shows May 30 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio; June 6 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas; June 10 at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville; June 13 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida; June 30 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California; July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; and July 1 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York.

    Sources say tickets for these concerts will go on sale to the general public on April 13, with pre-sale tickets being made available starting April 8.

    Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones recently launched a contest offering a trip for two to an undisclosed location, where the winner apparently will get the chance to introduce the band prior to a concert.  The contest winner also will receive and a commemorative video of the event shot by the band's official videographer.  Fifty runners-up will receive a collection of Stones vinyl.  You can enter the contest now until April 2 at JustAKissAway.rocks.


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    Annie Lennox's Concert DVD Gets a Release Date

    Blue Note RecordsAnnie Lennox's new concert film, An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox, is set to be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally on May 4.

    The film features Lennox, backed by a 19-piece band, performing a series of classics songs from her album Nostalgia, including "Summertime," "Georgia on My Mind" and "Strange Fruit."  Also included is her powerful rendition of "I Put a Spell on You," which she sang at the Grammys this year and which was featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

    The concert concludes with a four-song selection of Lennox's own solo and Eurythmics hits: "Here Comes the Rain Again," "No More I Love You's," "Why" and "Sweet Dreams."

    An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox was filmed on January 28 at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre. In addition to standard DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, the film will be available for purchase as part of a deluxe package that includes the Nostalgia album.

    Fans will get a first look at Lennox's concert film when it premieres April 3 as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.


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