Lionel Richie to Receive "Billboard's" "Legend of Live" Award

    Paul Drinkwater/NBCLionel Richie, currently touring the U.S. with his hit-packed show, will be honored for his skills as a live performer at this year's Billboard Touring Awards.

    Lionel will receive the Billboard "Legend of Live" award at the event, which takes place November 20 in New York City.  The "Legend of Live" award is given to artists who've made "significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring industry."  It also recognizes "professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and reaching fans through the concert experience."

    That certainly describes Lionel, who's been thrilling audiences around the globe for decades, first as part of the Commodores, and then as a solo artist. His current tour, with special guest Cee Lo Green, wraps up August 2 in Bethel, NY.

    In a statement, Ray Waddell [wah-DELL], Billboard's executive director for touring and live entertainment, says, "Mr. Richie is an international superstar whose talent transcends musical trends. His fans span generations, and he is committed to making his live shows the best possible experience, and, as such, he personifies a Legend of Live."


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    Peter Frampton Expands 2014 Tour, Adds New Special Guests to His Guitar Circus Dates

    David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns via Getty ImagesPeter Frampton has announced some interesting new additions to his 2014 tour itinerary.  The veteran guitar whiz, who recently wrapped up a series of co-headlining shows with The Doobie Brothers. will begin a run of late-summer solo dates on July 30 in Sterling Heights, Michigan, before launching a new installment of his Frampton's Guitar Circus concerts on August 21 in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Blues great Buddy Guy will appear at all eight 2014 Guitar Circus events, while Frampton's other special guests during the trek include Robert Randolph, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, founding Guess Who/Bachman Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and the one and only B.B. King.  Check Frampton's schedule below to find out which renowned guitarists will be featured at each date of the Guitar Circus, which winds down on August 31 in Tucson, Arizona.

    In addition, Frampton has more than a dozen more headlining concerts lined up for late summer and early fall.  Those shows run from a September 14 appearance at the Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, Colorado, through an October 5 concert in Hollywood, Florida.

    Frampton currently is promoting his recently released mini-album Hummingbird in a Box, which features music he composed for his 2013 collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet.

    Here are all of Frampton's confirmed 2014 tour dates:

    7/30 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
    8/1 -- Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort
    8/2 -- New Lenox, IL, Community Center
    8/3 -- Carmel, IN, The Center for the Performing Arts
    8/6 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair Park
    8/7 -- Benton Harbor, MI, The Mendel Center
    8/8 -- Wisconsin Dells, WI, Crystal Grand Music Theatre
    8/10 -- Littleton, CO, The Hudson Gardens and Event Center
    8/11 -- Pueblo, CO, Memorial Hall
    8/13 -- Albuquerque, New Mexico, Popejoy Hall
    8/15 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
    8/16 -- Laughlin, NV, Edgewater Casino Resort
    8/17 -- Jackpot, NV, Cactus Pete's Casino
    8/19 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy Amphitheater
    *+8/21 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
    *#8/23 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery
    *#8/24 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
    *@8/26 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
    *+@$8/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
    *@8/29 -- Visalia, CA, Oval Park
    *#8/30 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Rincon - The Events Center
    *+%8/31 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater
    9/14 -- Telluride, CO, Blues & Brews Festival
    9/16 -- Prescott, AZ, Yavapai College Performance Hall
    9/19 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Aqua Caliente Casino
    9/20 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
    9/21 -- Glen Ellen, CA, B.R. Cohn Winery
    9/23 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theater
    9/25 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts
    9/26 -- Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium
    9/27 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort
    9/30 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theater
    10/1 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
    10/3 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
    10/4 -- Orlando, FL, WMMO Downtown Concert Series
    10/5 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

    * = Guitar Circus show with Buddy Guy
    + = with Robert Randolph
    # = with Don Felder
    @ = with Randy Bachman
    $ = with Los Lobos' David Hidalgo
    % = with B.B. King.


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    Check Out Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Entire New Album, "Hypnotic Eye," Online Now

    Reprise RecordsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers' latest album, Hypnotic Eye, arrives in stores this Tuesday, July 29, but fans can check out the record in its entirety from now until Monday at Amazon.

    The album is available in a variety of configurations, including a standard CD, standard vinyl LP, high-quality FLAC digital download, Blu-ray Audio, and limited-edition two-LP set on 180-gram vinyl.  Most versions of the release feature 11 tracks, but the Blu-ray Audio and double-LP editions also include a bonus track titled "Playing Dumb."

    As previously reported, Petty and his band will kick off a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye with an August 3 concert in San Diego.  Steve Winwood will serve as the opening act on the trek, which is scheduled through an October 10 show in Los Angeles.

    Petty has posted some photos and a couple of brief video clips of him and The Heartbreakers rehearsing for the tour on his official Instagram site.  One clip shows the band rocking out to Hypnotic Eye's lead track, "American Dream Plan B."


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    Doobie Brothers Country Tribute Album to Be Titled "Southbound," Due Out in November

    Image Courtesy of Scott PoiznerDoobie Brothers singer/guitarist Tom Johnston has revealed some new details about the upcoming collaborative album featuring reinterpretations of many of the band's classic songs by various country artists.  In a recent interview with LagniappeMobile.com, the veteran rocker reported that the record will be titled Southbound, and that it's scheduled for a November 4 release.

    Among the many country stars featured on the album are Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Sara Evans and Love & Theft.  Johnston also revealed that Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and veteran Nashville session musician and producer Dann Huff lent their guitar talents to the project.  As previously reported, ex-Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald also participated in the album, and Tom explained that his former band mate played keyboards on new versions of the songs on which he originally appeared.

    With regard to the many respected musicians who took part in the recording, Johnston said, "It's quite the lineup.  We were kinda blown away that these folks would be interested in jumping on board with us, but they were eager to do it."

    As for how he thinks the album turned out, Tom said, "It's been an interesting project and having heard the results, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised."

    Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers currently are in the middle of a busy North American tour that includes a few co-headlining shows with Boston that are scheduled for early August.  The band's 2014 itinerary is mapped out through an October 31 concert in Rama, Canada.


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    Jon Bon Jovi to Be Honored for Humanitarian Work in Philadelphia

    AEG LivePhiladelphia isn't far from New Jersey, which is why Jon Bon Jovi has devoted a lot of his humanitarian efforts to the City of Brotherly Love.  Now, he'll be getting an award for it.

    This November 18, Jon will receive the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, named after the late singer and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first African-American soloist at the Metropolitan Opera.  The award is presented annually to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work, or their support for an important cause."  Past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones and Harry Belafonte.

    Jon's charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, was founded in Philadelphia, and has worked to provide food and shelter to homeless and low-income families in Philly and across the country. 

    In a statement, Jon said, "It's a great honor to be recognized by the great city of Philadelphia in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia...and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the 'power of WE,' we can end homelessness and hunger."

    Marian Anderson Award board chair Nina C.Tinari said in a statement, "This year, we wanted to single out an artist whose work is not only global, but also deeply invested here in Philadelphia....We also wanted to highlight the impact of an individual who is in the forefront of artists who have made the choice to help change the world for the better."

    Continuing his humanitarian efforts, on July 30, Jon and his solo band, the Kings of Suburbia, will play a fundraising show in Red Bank, New Jersey, to benefit a local health center.


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