Slash to tour UK arenas in November and December

Slash 2014

Slash has announced that he is to play four UK arena dates this coming November and December.

The legendary guitarist will play Manchester Phones4U Arena on the 29th of November, followed by Leeds First Direct Arena the next day. On the 1st of December the tour visits Birmingham LG Arena, before concluding at London Wembley Arena on the 2nd of December. Support for the shows will come in the form of Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, plus other special guests.

Slash’s bassist, Todd Kerns, revealed earlier this year that work has begun on the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s third solo album. He described the new material as “sleazier, tougher and more dangerous. Exactly where I feel most comfortable. We are all very excited to unleash the monster upon you as soon as we can.”

O2 Priority tickets for Slash’s UK shows go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am (28th May.)

Slash will play the following confirmed dates:

28th of Nov: Manchester, Phones 4U Arena
29th of Nov: Leeds, First Direct Arena
1st of Dec: Birmingham, LG Arena
2nd of Dec: London, Wembley Arena

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Tom Petty announces album release and US tour dates

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have confirmed the release date for their new album, Hypnotic Eye.

The album will be the band’s first in four years and is scheduled for release on the 29th of July. A North American tour supporting the release will begin on the 3rd of August.

In a statement, Petty has also announced that every ticket purchased for the upcoming tour will include a copy of Hypnotic Eye.

The announcement reveals that the album will be available on high-resolution Blu-ray audio and vinyl formats: a single LP or a double-album containing a track unavailable elsewhere.

Fan club members will also release a digital album, Live 2013, when they purchase Hypnotic Eye.

You can watch a promo clip for the album below:

Confirmed North American tour dates are as follows:

August 3: San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
August 5: Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
August 7: Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Center
August 9: San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
August 12: Portland, OR – Moda Center
August 14: Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
August 15: George, WA – The Gorge
August 17: Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
August 19: Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
August 21: Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
August 23: Chicago, IL – United Center
August 26: Toronto, ONT – Air Canada Centre
August 28: Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
August 30: Boston, MA – Fenway Park
September 6: Arrington, VA – Lockn’ Festival
September 7: Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
September 10: New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
September 13: Hartford, CT – XL Center
September 15: Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Arena
September 18: Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
September 20: West Palm Beach, FL- Cruzan Amphitheater
September 21: Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
September 23: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
September 25: Houston, TX – Toyota Center
September 26: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
September 28: Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
September 30: Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
October 1: Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
October 7: Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
October 10: Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

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Eric Burdon and more for 25th annual Great British Blues Fest

Eric Burdon
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Eric Burdon, The Yardbirds, Groundhogs, Dr.Feelgood and slew of other acts have been confirmed for this year’s 25th annual Great British Rhythm & Blues Fest.

This year’s event takes place between August 22nd and 25th, and will also include performances from Band Of Friends, Lucky Peterson, Eric Sardinas, Otis Grand, Mike Sanchez, Andy Fairweather Low, the Martin Barre Band and Caravan.

A total of 600 artists are set to perform over the course of the 4 day festival, talking place in Colne, Lancashire. Last year the event was awarded the prize for ‘Best Blues Festival’ at the European Blues Awards.

Organiser Alison Goode says: “We consider it a fantastic achievement to still be going so strong after all these years.

“Every year we try to cater for all musical tastes – and again, we’re really excited by the lineup we have already secured. We look forward to welcoming back loyal supporters who return year after year, as well as those visiting for the first time. It should be an anniversary to remember.”

Discounted early-bird tickets are now available via the festival’s official website.

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Beth Hart, Gregory Porter & Robert Cray for BluesFest 2014

Beth HartBeth Hart, Gregory Porter and Robert Cray have all been confirmed for this year’s BluesFest event.

They’ll be joining an already stellar lineup that includes Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and Sheryl Crow.

Running across six days between Sunday 26th – Friday 31st October at the Royal Albert Hall in London, BluesFest will feature a host of performers in various rooms throughout the venue, with a full schedule to be confirmed.

Says Leo Green, Festival Director: “Several years ago I was sat having a coffee with Jeff Beck – Jeff was going on and on about a singer he had heard, he couldn’t believe how incredible her voice was and told me I had to check her out immediately – her name was Beth Hart and so I am really excited we’ve been able to book her for a show at Bluesfest on Oct 30th. Also headlining that night will be her ProVogue label mate, the incredible Robert Cray, so for blues fans, October the 30th is a date for the diary. Gregory Porter caused a real stir when he performed a double bill with Natalie Cole last year so we are delighted he is coming back to perform an entire evening of his music on October 27th.”

You can watch Beth Hart perform Buddy Guy’s ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ live with legendary guitarist, Jeff Beck, below.

BluesFest 2014 runs from Sunday 26th – Friday 31st October. Tickets are priced from £20 upwards (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.royalalberthall.com

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Fleetwood Mac to tour with Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac Reunion PicFleetwood Mac have officially announced details of a reunion tour featuring Christine McVie.

In what Mick Fleetwood described as “the worst kept secret”, the Mac have confirmed that they will play a series of 34 shows across the USA beginning in September.

The ‘On With The Show’ tour will be McVie’s first time on the road with the band since 1998’s ‘The Dance’ tour and, according to a report on the Rolling Stone website, will be the first leg in series of concerts across the globe. A reunion album is also rumoured.

According to Rolling Stone, the band have spent time in the studio with both Christine McVie and her ex-husband, John McVie, who is recovering from cancer. “His health is on the up,” Christine told Rolling Stone. “He’s still doing chemotherapy. He just came in to do his bass parts, so everyone is real excited about that. He gets tired quickly, but he’s definitely been on the mend. He’s been such a man about this whole thing. I have renewed respect and love for him.”

Details of the confirmed dates are as follows, with tickets going on general sale on 7th April via LiveNation.

September 30 Minneapolis, Minnesota – Target Center
October 2 Chicago, Illinois – United Center
October 6 New York, New York – Madison Square Garden
October 10 Boston, Massachusetts – TD Garden
October 11 Newark, New Jersey – Prudential Center
October 14 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Consol Energy Center
October 15 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Wells Fargo Center
October 18 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
October 19 Columbus, Ohio – Nationwide Arena
October 21 Indianapolis, Indiana – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
October 22 Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 26 Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Tire Centre
October 31 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
November 1 Hartford, Connecticut – XL Center
November 10 Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre
November 12 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Credit Union Centre
November 14 Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome
November 15 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
November 18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
November 20 Tacoma, Washington – Tacoma Dome
November 22 Portland, Orgeon – Moda Center
November 24 Sacramento, California – Sleep Train Arena
November 25 San Jose, California – SAP Center
November 28 Inglewood, California – The Forum
November 29 Inglewood, California – The Forum
December 2 San Diego, California – Viejas Arena
December 3 Oakland, California – Oracle Arena
December 10 Phoenix, Arizona – US Airways Center
December 12 Denver, Colorado – Pepsi Center
December 14 Dallas, Texas – American Airlines Center
December 15 Houston, Texas – Toyota Center
December 17 Atlanta, Georgia – Philips Arena
December 19 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – BB&T Center
December 20 Tampa, Florida – Tampa Bay Times Forum

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