The Who, Elton John, Chicago & More Featured on AXS Jazzfest TV Coverage

    Ross Halfin/Universal Music GroupFans of Elton John and The Who unable to get to New Orleans for the popular New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival can get all of the action with AXS TV's live broadcast next weekend.

    The network will be airing 21 hours of live and recorded performances from this year's fest, taking place May 1-3.  Besides Elton and The Who, the AXS broadcast also will feature Chicago, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Steve Winwood, Lenny Kravitz, The O'Jays and more.

    AXS' coverage begins at 4 p.m. daily during Jazzfst.  Viewers also will be able to access special festival-specific content on an special interactive website at

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    Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Announces New Project, Delta Deep, with STP’s Robert DeLeo

    Image Courtesy Mad Ink PRDef Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen is exploring his passion for blues in a new project, Delta Deep, whose self-titled debut is scheduled for release in June.

    Delta Deep features Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, with vocals from Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forrest Robinson. The album is peppered with guest stars galore, including Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliot, Whitesnake's David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/Manraze drummer Paul Cook, and Girl/Manraze bassist Simon Laffy.

    The idea for project dates back to 2012, when Collen and Cook -- who's the godmother of Collen's wife, Helen -- got together to sing blues classics in the guitarist's home. Soon after, all three began to write original music, and recorded the tracks in Collen's home studio. Others joined the project in quick succession, and Robinson's suggestion to get DeLeo in the lineup was the fit the group needed.

    "We really wanted Robert in this band," Collen says. "He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most "badass bass player" to come out of the alternative rock explosion."  He adds of Blackwell-Cook, "When I hear Debbi sing, I can hear the pain.  She’s an incredibly beautiful 62-year-old black woman who has been through things and she can sing through her pain. Not everyone can do that and not everyone sounds like Debbi.

    Delta Deep will be out June 23.

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    Stevie Wonder, Peter Cetera to Join David Foster at Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert

    Image Courtesy of Eddie WolflStevie Wonder and Peter Cetera will perform at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert in Canada this fall.

    Wonder and the former Chicago singer will join the Grammy-winning writer/producer onstage Sept. 26 at the Mattamay Athletic Centre in the Gardens, Toronto.

    The David Foster Foundation supports the non-medical expenses of Canadian families with children undergoing life-saving pediatric organ transplants. Non-medical expenses include gas and groceries, mortgage payments, car payments, and travel. The average cost to support one family is $10,000 a year. Last year's gala in Calgary -- which featured Steven Tyler, Jennifer Hudson, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Jackie Evancho -- raised $8 million for the foundation.

    Canadian dance-pop artist Kiesza will also join Wonder and Cetera during the show.

    The announcement coincides with Canada's National Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Week. Tables are available at  $20,000 and $30,000 and may be purchased through the Foundation's offices directly.

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    Paul McCartney Announces Philly Show, Hints More North American Dates to Follow

    Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney is coming to the City of Brotherly Love.

    The Beatles legend announced that he will perform at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on June 21.  It will be Paul’s first appearance in Philadelphia since 2010.  The show is being billed as the first North American arena date of the rocker's Out There tour, with the implication of more to come.

    Advance tickets will go on sale Monday for registered users of McCartney's website, with sales to the general public beginning  Friday, May 1 at noon Eastern.

    Currently on tour in Japan and South Korea, McCartney is already confirmed for headline slots at the Firefly Music Festival on June 19 in Dover, Delaware, and Lollapalooza on July 31 in Chicago.

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    Report: Grateful Dead Tour in the Works with John Mayer

    J. Shearer/WireImageThe surviving core members of The Grateful Dead have insisted that the group's Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago and Santa Clarita, California, will be their last, but according to Billboard a tour could be in the works with pop guitarist John Mayer filling in for the late Jerry Garcia.

    Although a rep for the Dead tells Billboard talk of a tour is "premature," the magazine cites unnamed sources as saying Mayer already has begun jamming informally with Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir and other band members, and that an October kick-off is being eyed for a full-fledged tour.

    As previously reported, The Grateful Dead's five Fare Thee Well shows will take place on June 26 and 27 in Santa Clarita, and July 4-6 in Chicago. Those shows will feature surviving members Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart performing with Phish's Trey Anastasio, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and Rat Dog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

    Billboard estimates ticket sales for those five shows will top $50 million, which may in part explain the attraction of taking the show on the road with Mayer.

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