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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has revealed that he's working on a new studio album with Greg Kurstin, who produced and co-wrote three songs on Adele's Grammy-winning album 25, including her smash hit "Hello."

Speaking with the BBC Radio 6 Music channel, McCartney said, "I'm making a new album, which is great fun. I'm in the middle of that. I'm working with a producer I first worked with two years ago on a piece of music I'm doing for an animated film."

Sir Paul then pointed out that Kurstin had just won Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Hello," as well as the Producer of the Year award.

"My only worry is, people are going to go, 'Oh there's Paul going with the flavor of the month,'" he admitted. "I suppose you always think the worst of it…But [Greg's] a great guy, [and he] is musical."

The main focus of McCartney's radio interview was the just-released deluxe reissue of his 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt, which features several songs co-written with Elvis Costello.

Paul explained that when it was first suggested that he collaborate with Elvis, "It seemed like a good idea. I thought, 'Well, yeah, he's from Liverpool. He's good, which helps. And we have a lot of things in common.' And so, I thought, 'Well, that could work.'"

McCartney noted that the way he wrote songs with Costello was the same way he and Lennon collaborated on tunes, sitting down across from each other with acoustic guitars and bouncing ideas back and forth.

"Elvis was very happy to work like that," McCartney said, adding, "So he was John, basically…and I was Paul."

You can check out full details of the Flowers in the Dirt reissue at PaulMcCartney.com.

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Credit: Dave KaplanFans planning to attend Eric Clapton's concerts this Saturday and Sunday at The Forum in Inglewood, California, will now have to wait almost six months to see the guitar legend. A case of "severe bronchitis" has forced him to postpone the shows. The gigs have been rescheduled for September 13 and September 18, respectively.

A post on Clapton's official Facebook page explains that he postponed the concerts "under doctor's advisement," adding, "He is very sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to these shows."

Those who purchased tickets can either hold on to them and use them on the new date, or return them for a refund at their point of purchase.

The rescheduled concerts will sandwich two previously announced shows at The Forum on September 15 and 16.

Clapton, who celebrates his 72nd birthday this Thursday, March 30, has just two other U.S. performances on his 2017 itinerary, September 7 and 8 gigs at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Eric just played a pair of concerts at the Garden this past Sunday and Monday.

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Credit: Myrna SuarezFor a guy who hasn't released a new album in 24 years, Billy Joel manages to keep pretty busy: He's got his monthly residency at New York's Madison Square Garden, and also plays sold-out shows at stadiums all over the country. Although there's no shortage of fans who want to see him, the Piano Man says it may be time to think about cutting back his schedule a bit.

"I don't know that I'm going to be able to continue selling out shows at The Garden," he tells Newsday, adding, "Eventually there has to be an end to the arc. It has to start dissipating, and when we get an indication of that we'll probably fold the tent. I don't know when that will be."

He adds, "I'm probably going to start playing less and less gigs. Right now, we do a Garden show once a month and probably two other shows in other places around the country. I mean, I've got a new baby now and I'm trying to [spend more time] having a personal life. So I'm looking at less work."

Joel and wife Alexis welcomed their first child, Della Rose, in 2015.

"It feels like I'm entitled," he points out. "I've been working my whole life. It's time to slow down."

But that doesn't mean Billy will stop for good. "As long as people want to see us, I suppose I should consider continuing," he tells Newsday. "The only thing that would hinder me from doing it would be my own physicality, because there's a lot of physicality involved."

On April 5, Joel will play the first show at the newly remodeled Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in his native Long Island, New York.

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Herring & HerringFormer Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is fan of the band's latest album and current bassist Robert Trujillo, with maybe one small exception.

Speaking to Ultimate Guitar, Newsted said of Metallica's new disc, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, "I feel they've kinda come back into stride and there's something of substance here," adding that the album "is a bit different than the other efforts that led up to it."

As for Trujillo, Newsted said, "Robert's a great bass player and he's always been a great bass player. I've known him for 25 years at least. He's always been good…That guy has always got my respect. He got in there and he can hang with those guys and make it sound like it does? Peace, peace, power to you."

However, Newsted does believe Trujillo should try playing with a pick sometimes and not just his fingers. He explained, "If you don't play with a pick -- this is where I'm gonna swing heavy, and I've always got crazy pushback because of not playing with my fingers as a bass player -- look at the scoreboard…When it comes to playing with a pick and the aggression and tone that can come from the attack, you can't get that with fingers. There are a lot of places you can do with fingers that you can't do with a pick as well and I appreciate that."

Newsted joined Metallica in 1986 as the band's third bassist, following Ron McGovney and the late Cliff Burton. He left in 2001, but was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 along with Burton, Trujillo and fellow Metallica members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett.

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BMGIron Maiden fans can prep for the band’s upcoming tour with a batch of new album reissues.

A dozen Maiden albums spanning the years 1990 – 2015 have been cut on 180-gram vinyl from the band’s remastered catalog. They’ll be reissued with the original artwork beginning with the May 19 release of four titles: No Prayer for the Dying, Fear of the Dark, The X Factor and Virtual XI.

No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark will also be available in an exclusive Collector’s Box designed to hold all 12 of the upcoming reissues, plus Iron Maiden’s latest album, 2015’s The Book of Souls.

Future releases (in chronological order) include:

June 23: Brave New World, Rock in Rio (Live), Dance of Death, a Matter of Life and Death
July 21: Death on the Road (Live), Flight 666 (Live), The Final Frontier, En Vivo! (Live)

Iron Maiden’s North American The Book of Souls tour, with special guests Swedish metal band Ghost, begins June 3 in Bristow, VA, and continues through late July.

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Credit: David M. EarnisseChicago has signed on to perform at the 24th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala, a star-studded benefit held to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. The event will take place May 5 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

"Chicago is one of my favorite bands of all time and has endless hits that remind me so much of all the special moments in my life," says Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis. "I am so excited that they can join us at this year's Race to Erase MS Gala to support the cause."

Besides Chicago's performance, the fundraiser also will feature the presentation of the organization's 2017 Medal of Hope Award to Sopranos actress Jamie Lynn-Sigler, who has MS. The event also will include dinner and a silent auction.

Over the years, the Annual Race to Erase MS Gala has raised more than $46 million for the organization and its Center Without Walls program.  It also provides financial support to the medical community to help advance understanding of the disease and aid in its treatment.

For more information about the fundraiser and the charity, visit EraseMS.org.

Chicago has a variety of upcoming headlining shows lined up through May. The band then will mount a joint summer trek with The Doobie Brothers that kicks off June 7 in Concord, California. In addition, founding Chicago members Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a June 15 ceremony in New York City.

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Sib Hashian in 1977 (Ron Pownall/ Getty Images)Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack during the Legends of Rock Cruise, and now his old band, and a variety of other rock artists, are paying tribute to the late musician.

The current Boston lineup posted a joint statement on its official website that reads, "Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Sib Hashian who unexpectedly passed away [Wednesday]. Sib's high energy drumming on the early BOSTON albums and tours leaves a legacy that will be remembered by millions."

Ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau, who was performing with Sib on the cruise when he collapsed, wrote on his Facebook page, "Sib was [one] in a million, never to be replaced. He will be greatly missed."

Former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, who'd been scheduled to perform on the Legends of Rock Cruise as well, tweeted, "So sorry to hear about [the] passing of Boston Drummer Sib Hashian. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family during this time."

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton wrote on his Twitter feed, "Man, so sorry to hear about Sib Hashian's passing.  Really good guy and fine drummer as well. RIP Sib."

Stryper's Michael Sweet, who sang with Boston from 2008 to 2011, noted in a Facebook post, "I never had the chance to play with Sib but I was a member of the band…that he helped create…God Bless you My friend and thank you for your incredible contribution to my musical journey and to the history of rock and roll."

Meanwhile, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, whose longtime girlfriend is Hashian's daughter Lauren, posted a lengthy tribute to Sib on his Instagram page in which he calls the late rocker his "second dad" and thanks him "for the many life lessons you've taught over the years."

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Courtesy of AXS TVCheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen will be featured on a new episode the AXS TV reality series Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar that premieres this Sunday, March 26, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. On the show, host Sammy Hagar travels to Chicago to chat with the power-pop legend and fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, about a variety of musical topics, including Nielsen's experiences recording with the late, great John Lennon.

In a preview clip from the show exclusively provided to ABC Radio, Nielsen shares some memories about the time he and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos were brought in to work on a session intended for Lennon's 1980 Double Fantasy album.

Rick recalls that he was laying down a guitar overdub for the song "I'm Losing You," and Lennon wound up paying him quite a compliment.

"While I was in there [recording my part], he said to Bun E. and [producer] Jack [Douglas], 'God, I wish I would've had him on 'Cold Turkey,'" Nielsen shares. "He says, '[Eric] Clapton choked up!' Not too shabby."

Rick also tells Sammy that he remembers bringing Cuban cigars to the studio that day, August 12, 1980, to give to Lennon in celebration of the fact that his son Daxx -- who now is Cheap Trick's drummer -- had just been born.

Nielsen and Carlos recorded parts for "I'm Losing You" and the Yoko Ono tune "Moving On," although their performances didn't make it to the final mix of those tracks.

In addition to the Nielsen interview, Sunday's Rock & Roll Road Trip episode will focus on Hagar and The Circle, the star-studded group that also includes ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham, playing a concert at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesThe Pearl Jam drummer saga has a new twist.

Dave Krusen, the man behind the drum kit for Pearl Jam’s legendary debut album, Ten, is hinting via a social media post that he may be performing with his former bandmates at PJ’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, set for an April 7 ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Krusen posted a photo on his Twitter account of his drum kit set up in the corner of a room, just waiting for someone to sit down and start bashing away. The photo has fueled speculation that Krusen could be part of a Rock Hall jam session, despite his less-than-chummy relationship with the rest of the group.

As previously reported, Pearl Jam ran into some controversy when it was originally announced that only Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron would be inducted into the Rock Hall. The band eventually said they’d also invite the other three men who’ve kept time for PJ: Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons.

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Denise Truscello/WireImageHe turns 70 Saturday, and he's still standing: Sir Elton John says at this moment, he's living his best life.

"I'm interested in moving forward all the time, with what I create, my collaborations, and also with discovering the work of other people," says the always-busy rock legend. "I think age is immaterial, provided we keep our minds alive by being open to new things."

Above all, Elton remains a fan of music: both listening to it and performing it.

"I can be as excited by a new artist who plays me their demo as I am by a new record of one of my musical heroes," he says.

"Life is a constant state of flux for us all, and I like to embrace that," he adds. "I also feel very happy to use my position to bring attention to injustice in the world, and to try to help where I can. At this time in my life I'm the happiest I have ever been."

This year also marks Elton's 50th anniversary of his collaboration with his lyricist, Bernie Taupin.

"It's the same excitement now as when we first started," he says of their partnership, adding, "It's an amazing achievement to stay with one person for 50 years on a creative basis, in an industry where that doesn't really happen very much."

As previously reported, Elton will celebrate his birthday with a charity gala featuring Lady Gaga and special guests.  Proceeds his event will raise money for his Elton John AIDS Foundation and for exhibitions and programs at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

You can watch a newly-produced video montage of Elton's career on YouTube.

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Credit: Gregg RothPeter Frampton launches the latest installment of his "Raw: An Acoustic Tour" tonight in New Albany, Ohio. The veteran guitar whiz's unplugged trek promotes his 2016 studio album, Acoustic Classics, which, as Frampton explains to ABC Radio, features him "redoing my better-known songs and some deeper cuts just acoustically, with one acoustic [guitar], voice and maybe an overdubbed lead guitar."

Frampton describes his Raw concerts as "Unplugged meets Storytellers," noting, "It's a long show, [with] a lot of talking and a lot of playing."

He admits that when he first decided to mount an acoustic tour, he was nervous about playing live without a full band, but it didn't take long before he changed his mind about that.

"The first night we did it, it took about 30 seconds of sitting out there and playing on my own," Peter notes, "and I realized that this was something that I really enjoyed."

Frampton tells ABC Radio that plenty of fans also are enjoying his stripped-down concerts and the album that inspired them.

"Some of the comments that I've got from the audience…[are] that they feel like I'm singing to them," says Peter. "You know, it's an individual thing."

Opening all of Frampton's Raw shows is his son, Julian, who also joins his dad for a couple of songs during Peter's set. Accompanying Frampton is his frequent songwriting partner Gordon Kennedy.

Along with many well-known tunes from his back catalog, Peter also likely will play his recently released single, "I Saved a Bird Today," at his concerts.

Frampton's Raw trek wraps up on April 12 in Rutland, Vermont, and after that he and his full band will launch a summer co-headlining tour with the Steve Miller Band that begins June 15 in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Here are all of Peter's acoustic tour dates:

3/24 -- New Albany, OH, McCoy Community Center for the Arts
3/26 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
3/29 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
3/30 -- Champaign, IL, Virginia Theatre
4/1 -- Skokie, IL, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
4/2 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
4/4 -- Cleveland, OH, Playhouse Square Ohio Theatre
4/6 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
4/8 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
4/9 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
4/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
4/12 -- Rutland, VT, The Paramount Theatre

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Joel Bernstein; Steve KerosTom Petty & the Heartbreakers and The Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the acts set to headline the third annual KABBOO Del Mar festival, set for September 15-17 at the Del Mar fairgrounds north of San Diego.

Other headliners include rock bands Jane's Addiction, Weezer and Muse; pop star Pink; DJ David Guetta; and legendary rapper Ice Cube. The lineup also features veteran artists including Jackson Browne, Dave Mason, The Tubes, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Michael McDonald, Live, The Wallflowers, Garbage and Fishbone, as well as the Black Crowes spinoff band The Magpie Salute.

Performances will take place on four outdoor and two indoor stages, one of which will be devoted exclusively to comedy. To check out the full lineup and more details about the fest, go to KaabooDelMar.com.

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Credit: William ClaxtonBob Dylan praises the music of Amy Winehouse and Iggy Pop and talks about a legendary recording session that never was in a wide-ranging interview on his official website.

The question-and-answer session with author Bill Flanagan was done in anticipation of Triplicate, the three-disc, 30-track collection of classic American songs Dylan will release March 31. It's his third straight dip into the American songbook, following 2015's Shadows in the Night and 2016's Fallen Angels.

Asked if he'd heard any good records lately, Dylan mentions Iggy Pop, Imelda May, Stereophonics and late soul singer Amy Winehouse. He calls Winehouse "the last real individualist around."

Dylan also addresses the story of what would have been a legendary recording session he was set to do with George Harrison and Elvis Presley. Asked why Presley didn't show up for the session, Dylan says, "He did show up -- it was us that didn't."

As to why he's releasing three discs of music at once with Triplicate, Dylan explains, "It's better that they come out at the same time because thematically they are interconnected, one is the sequel to the other and each one resolves the previous one."

Quizzed about what his fans think of his recent fascination with standards, Dylan replies, "These songs are meant for the man on the street, the common man, the everyday person. Maybe that is a Bob Dylan fan, maybe not, I don't know."

And what does Dylan think when he sees footage of himself from 40 or 50 years ago? "I see Nat King Cole, 'Nature Boy' -- a very strange enchanted boy, a terribly sophisticated performer, got a cross section of music in him, already postmodern. That's a different person than who I am now."

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Travis Shinn; Courtesy of TotoTwo major pop-rock acts that emerged during the late '70s, Pat Benatar and Toto, are joining forces for a summer tour that will take them across North America. So far, only three shows have been announced -- August 27 in Los Angeles, September 10 in Peachtree City, Georgia, and September 14 in New York City -- but many more are expected.

As always, Benatar will be accompanied by her husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo.

"Looking forward to sharing the stage this year with our good friends and great players, Toto," Pat and Neil say in a joint statement. "We've known each other for years and never had the opportunity to do an extended tour together until now. Should be good times for all."

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather adds, "I've known Neil a long time and he's a fantastic musician…Pat's voice is one of the all time greats and we're super excited to join together with them to do some shows this summer."

Leading up to their shows with Toto, Benatar and Giraldo have a variety of other concerts on their 2017 itinerary, including several co-headlining dates with Rick Springfield and a number of intimate acoustic gigs. Toto, meanwhile, has a previously reported U.S. headlining trek that runs from a June 2 show in Lake Charles, Louisiana, through a July 1 concert in Salina, Kansas.

Here are all of Benatar and Giraldo's upcoming U.S. dates:

3/24 -- Las Vegas NV, Palms Casino Resort -- The Pearl Concert Theater*
3/25 -- Sparks, NV, Nugget Casino Resort Rose Ballroom*
4/28 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/1 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
5/2 -- Kalamazoo, MI, State Theatre
5/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino -- The Northern Lights Theater
5/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
5/6 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/8 -- Cedar Falls, IA, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center -- Great Hall*
7/22 -- Sunbury, PA, Spyglass Ridge Winery
7/23 -- Webster, MA, Indian Ranch*
7/29 -- Whitehouse Station, NJ, Festival of Ballooning
8/15 -- Seattle WA, Woodland Park Zoo
8/16 -- Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
8/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre**
9/10 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre**
9/14 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre**
9/15 -- Charles Town, WV, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races - The Event Center

* = acoustic show.
= with Rick Springfield.
** = with Toto.

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Boston in 1979; Sib Hashian, center (Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)Former Boston drummer John "Sib" Hashian died on Wednesday at the age of 67, his son, Adam, confirms to ABC Radio.

As first reported by TMZ, and confirmed to ABC Radio by Adam, the veteran musician was performing on the Legends of Rock Cruise when he suffered a heart attack and could not be revived.

Sib Hashian joined Boston in 1975, replacing the group's original drummer Jim Masdea, and went on to play on the group's hugely successful first two albums: 1976's self-titled effort and 1977's Don't Look Back. Sib also contributed to Boston's third album, 1986's Third Stage, but he was replaced by Masdea during its recording.

After exiting Boston, Hashian played with a variety of smaller-scale groups and other musical projects, including Ernie and the Automatics, which also featured ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau. Goudreau also was one of the musicians taking part in the Legends of Rock Cruise.

Besides his son, Sib is survived by two daughters, Asa and Lauren Hashian. Lauren is an R&B singer/songwriter who is the longtime girlfriend of actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The couple has a one-year-old daughter.

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Credit: Mo SummersEx-Police guitarist Andy Summers is taking part in an interview-and-performance event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles tonight that's sold out, but don't let that drive you to tears! You'll be able to watch the event for free online at the BOSS musical-gear company's official Facebook page.

The event will be held at the museum's Clive Davis Theater, and will begin streaming live at 8 p.m. PT. It will feature Summers performing selections from his upcoming solo album, Triboluminescence, which will be released on Friday, March 24.

During the evening, Andy will chat about the record and his long music career with Grammy Foundation vice president Scott Goldman and field questions from the audience.  There will also be a multimedia presentation of his photography, for which he'll provide improvised musical accompaniment.

Fans who view the live stream will be able to submit questions for Summers via the webpage's comments section.

Triboluminescence is a collection of original instrumental tracks that find Summers exploring a variety of exotic musical sounds and genres.

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Red River EntertainmentFounding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies is releasing a new studio album that he recorded with his son Russ called Open Road on March 31. The collaborative collection features nine tracks that combine Dave's knack for crafting melodic and introspective rock and pop songs with his son's talents as a modern electronic-music artist.

Russ tells ABC Radio that although he predominately works with alternative-music genres, his and his dad's goal with Open Road was to make a "traditional songwriter's album."

"I've always really liked Dave's more sensitive style of writing over the years…maybe even more so than the stuff he's famous for, which is the big guitar riffs and everything," Russ explains. "And so, [I] really wanted to kind of bring that side of him more to the table for this album."

That being said, Russ points out that with his background in working with "atmospheric and experimental" music, he was responsible for adding "a subtle kind of sheen over the album" that gives it a "modern touch."

Russ says he and his father collaborated closely on and contributed equally to Open Road, which he describes as "quite an emotional album."

"Every song is a journey in its own right," he says. "Dave and I…brought our own stories to every song…Every song bouncing melodies and lyrics and ideas together and kind of fusing both of our collective history and experiences."

Russ also notes that although he and his father butted heads while making the record, because of their family connection they were perhaps "a bit more respectful of each other's ideas."

Russ adds working with him took his dad out of his comfort zone, and "him letting go into my working process a bit I think actually really brought the best out of him."

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Credit: Michie TurpinThe tour that kicked off last fall celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kansas' breakthrough 1976 album, Leftoverture, is now set to carry on all the way into December. The veteran rockers, who'll launch a spring leg of the trek on Friday, have added a lengthy new series of concerts running from an August 25 performance in Shreveport, Louisiana, through a December 9 show in The Villages, Florida.

Tickets for most of the new dates go on sale on Friday, March 31. The shows feature a full performance of Leftoverture, as well as select other songs from throughout Kansas' long career, including tunes from the group's latest studio effort, 2016's The Prelude Implicit.

Speaking about the tour's success, founding Kansas drummer Phil Ehart tells Billboard, "Way beyond our expectations is an understatement…Last fall I said, 'If we could get 10 or 12 dates of this, that would be great,' and we just blew by that. I guess we'd kind of forgotten what a huge album that was and is, and people really want to come out and hear us do it in its entirety."

Leftoverture peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200, and includes arguably Kansas' most enduring hit, "Carry On Wayward Son." The album has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. to date.

Meanwhile, Ehart tells Billboard that Kansas also has big plans for 2018, including recording and releasing another studio album, and launching a tour focusing on Leftoverture's multi-platinum follow-up, 1977's Point of Know Return.

"We'll have the new album and do some songs off that and then play Point of Know Return in its entirety, so we're going to use the same formula," Ehart says of the group's proposed next tour.

Here are all of Kansas' Leftoverture 40th Anniversary U.S. tour dates:

3/24 -- Salina, KS, The Stiefel Theatre
3/25 -- Tulsa, OK, The Brady Theater
3/31 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
4/1 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theater
4/7 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace
4/9 -- Charleston, WV, The Clay Center
4/18 -- Denver, CO, The Paramount
4/20 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Hall at Eccles Theatre
4/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center - Reynolds Hall
4/23 -- Chandler, AZ, Chandler Center for the Arts
4/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
4/28 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
4/29 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theater
8/25 -- Shreveport, LA, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
8/26 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
9/8 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
9/9 -- Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theatre
9/12 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre
9/13 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
9/15 -- Bakersfield, CA, Fox Theater
9/19 -- San Diego, CA, Poway Center for the Arts
9/21 -- Wichita Falls, TX, Memorial Auditorium Wichita Falls
9/22 -- Amarillo, TX, Amarillo Civic Center
9/29 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Selena Auditorium
9/30 -- Houston, TX, Cullen Performance Hall
10/6 -- Topeka, KS, Topeka Performing Arts Center
10/7 -- Sioux City, IA, Orpheum Theatre
10/13 -- Champaign, IL, The Virginia Theatre*
10/14 -- Evansville, IN, Victory Theatre**
10/20 -- Dodge City, KS, United Wireless Center
10/21 -- Wichita, KS, Hartman Arena
10/27 -- Knoxville, TN, Knoxville Civic Auditorium
10/28 -- Huntsville, AL, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
11/3 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Events Center Theater
11/4 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theater
11/10 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
11/11 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
11/17 -- Madison, WI, Capitol Theater
11/18 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
11/24 -- Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
11/25 -- Akron, OH, The Goodyear Theater
12/1 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/2 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
12/8 -- Pembroke Pines, FL, Pembroke Pines City Center
12/9 -- The Villages, FL, Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center

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Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesMike McCready is the latest rocker to show off his photography skills.

According to Rolling Stone, the Pearl Jam guitarist will issue a photo book this May, titled Of Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam. The title references the Mr. Potato Head toy McCready has been carrying with him that shows up in many of the photos.

The book consists of shots taken by McCready on Pearl Jam tours and personal travels through the years, encompassing people, art, architecture and concerts. Among the celebrities that show up in candid shots are fellow musicians Neil Young, Questlove, Paul McCartney, Sting, Dave Grohl, Bono, Jack White and Lady Gaga, as well as actor Dustin Hoffman, tennis legend Venus Williams and others.

In other news, Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 7 during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The band ran into some controversy when the only two drummers among the originally announced inductees were Dave Krusen, who played on the Pearl Jam's breakthrough debut, Ten, and current member Matt Cameron. Subsequently, the band said it would also invite Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons, who've also manned the PJ drum kit at one time or another.

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Marc Pfitzenreuter/RedfernsA double-dose of hard rock heaven is in store when the Scorpions hit the road this fall with special guests Megadeth.

The Crazy World 2017 trek begins September 14 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and currently runs through mid-October, but more dates are expected soon. Ticket information is expected soon via the Scorpions official website.

Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine said in a statement, "When our album Crazy World was released back in '91, right at the end of the cold war, we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future. Now 26 years later, things are getting more crazy every other day."

He adds, "After all these years, 'Crazy World' is still a good motto for our upcoming world tour.  We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you out there."

Here are the tour dates:

9/14 -- Reading, PA, Santander Arena
9/16 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/19 -- Laval, QC, Place Bell (support TBA)
9/ 22 -- Toronto, OT, Budweiser Stage
9/23 -- Chicago, IL, All State Arena (support TBA)
9/26 -- Denver, CO, 1st Bank Center
9/29 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
9/30 -- Seattle, WA, Tacoma Dome
10/3 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort
10/4 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
10/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
10/8 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Arena
10/11 -- San Antonio, TX, Freeman Coliseum
10/12 -- Dallas, TX, Pavilion at the Music Factory
10/14 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
10/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena

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