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Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones to Tour Again with Dave Rawlings Machine in the Fall

Image Courtesy of Andy TennilleAfter joining Dave Rawlings Machine for a brief U.S. tour in June, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will hit the road with the Americana collective for another outing in the early fall. The trek, which will visit the West Coast, gets under way September 22 in Missoula, Montana, and is plotted out through an October 5 show in Santa Barbara, California.

Jones plays mandolin in the acoustic folk group, which also features Rawlings longtime musical partner, singer/songwriter Gillian Welch. The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also toured with Dave Rawlings Machine in the fall of 2013.

Tickets for all of the upcoming shows went on sale to the general public on Friday, with the exception of a September 28 concert in Arcata, California. Tickets for that gig will be available starting on August 4. More dates will be announced soon.

Here’s the full list of David Rawlings Machine’s tour dates:

9/22 — Missoula, MT, Wilma Theater
9/23 — Spokane, WA, Bing Crosby Theater
9/24 — Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
9/25 — Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
9/27 — Eugene, OR, McDonald Theater
9/28 — Arcata, CA, Van Duzer Theatre
9/29 — Grants Pass, OR, Rogue Theatre
9/30 — Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre
10/1 — Santa Cruz, CA, Cocoanut Grove
10/3 — Sonoma, CA, Gundlach Bundschu Winery
10/5 — Santa Barbara, CA, Lobero Theatre

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Full Track List Revealed for Late Blues Guitar Great Johnny Winter’s Upcoming Duets Album, “Step Back”

Megaforce RecordsAs the music world mourns the death of blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, full details have been revealed about what will be his final studio album. Due out on September 2, Step Back features Winter playing covers of classic blues and early rock ‘n’ roll tunes that inspired him when he was young, with help from a bevy of other renowned musicians.

Among the stars featured on the record are Eric Clapton, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, Mountain‘s Leslie West, Dr. John and ex-Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. The track list includes the Ray Charles classic “Unchain My Heart,” Little Richard‘s “Long Tall Sally,” Fats Domino‘s “Blue Monday,” Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Killing Floor,” Bo Diddley‘s “Who Do You Love,” Bobby Blue Bland‘s “Don’t Want No Woman,” Willie Dixon‘s “Can’t Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)” and Lightnin’ Hopkins‘ “Mojo Hand.”

“If there’s good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it,” said Winter of his new album. “[Step Back] is just to bring it to the people of today who haven’t listened to the old music. It’s better than anything they hear today.”

Perry, who’s featured on the version of “Mojo Hand,” has high praise for Johnny, saying, “If it was not for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar.”

Step Back is a sequel to Winter’s 2011 album Roots, which featured guest appearances by his brother Edgar, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, country star Vince Gill and Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.

Step Back is available for pre-order now at Amazon. Here is the album’s complete track list, along with the guest artists who joined Winter on the songs:

“Unchain My Heart” — with The Blues Brothers Horns
“Can’t Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)” — with Ben Harper
“Don’t Want No Woman” — with Eric Clapton
“Killing Floor” — with Paul Nelson
“Who Do You Love”
“Okie Dokie Stomp” — with Brian Setzer
“Where Can You Be” — with Billy Gibbons
“Sweet Sixteen” — with Joe Bonamassa
“Death Letter”
“My Babe” — with Jason Ricci
“Long Tall Sally” — with Leslie West
“Mojo Hand” — with Joe Perry
“Blue Monday” — with Dr. John

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AMC Reality Series About KISS Members’ Arena Football Team Premiering August 12

Ben Leuner/AMCKISS‘ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be featured in a new AMC reality series titled 4th and Loud that will take a behind-the-scenes look at LA KISS, the new Los Angeles-area Arena Football League team the rockers co-own. The docu-series, which premieres August 12 at 7 p.m. ET, follows Simmons, Stanley and their partners as they try to infuse some rock ‘n’ roll spirit into the first pro football franchise to play in L.A. in 20 years.

The program also will focus on the team’s players, coaches and cheerleaders as they prepare for their inaugural season.

Deadline reports that Simmons and Stanley chatted about LA KISS last week at a Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles.

“What we’ve brought to rock ‘n’ roll we want to bring to sport,” explained Stanley.

Simmons added that they wanted the teams cheerleaders to display a bit more sex appeal than the ladies seen on the sidelines of your average NFL game. “We wanted to have girls who are not the girl next door but the girl you wish was next door,” he said.

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Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails Joint Tour Kicks Off Saturday in Las Vegas

Live NationIf you don’t yet have your tickets, you’d better get cracking. Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden kick off their co-headlining summer tour tonight at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Both bands are embarking on a 26-city arena tour that wraps August 30 in Auburn, Washington. It promises to be a heck of a show, with both veteran bands playing full sets each night. In addition, Oneohtrix, Dillinger Escape Plan and Cold Cave will support Soundgarden and NIN on select dates. Original support act Death Grips is off the bill after unexpectedly disbanding earlier this month.

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Here’s the complete tour itinerary

7/19 — Las Vegas, NV, Planet Hollywood
7/21 — Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/24 — Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/26 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 — Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/29 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/30 — Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/1 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/2 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/4 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/7 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/8 — Lakewood, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre
8/10 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/11 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/14 — Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/16 — Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/17 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/19 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Ampitheatre
8/21 — Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/22 — Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/24 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Ampitheatre
8/25 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
8/27 — Wheatland, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
8/29 — Ridgefield, WA, Sleep Country Amphitheater
8/30 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater

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Brian Wilson Shares New Details About Upcoming Album

Image Courtesy of James Minchin IIISome new details have been revealed about former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson‘s upcoming solo album, which will feature a variety of guest singers, including a number of young female artists. Wilson tells Rolling Stone that he initially had been writing songs for a new Beach Boys album, but plans changed when Mike Love decided that he didn’t want to extend the group’s 50th anniversary reunion tour in 2012.

“It was a shock,” admits Wilson. “I was so proud of how the Boys were singing. Then it just ended.”

He says, at first, he was at a loss about what to do with the new music he was creating before settling on the idea to bring in guest vocalists.

Among the singers who have lent their talents to the project so far are up-and-coming country star Kacey Musgraves, and alternative-pop chanteuses Lana Del Rey and Zooey Deschanel. Wilson also has called on fun. frontman Nate Ruess, whom he says “sounds a little like my brother Carl.”

Jeff Beck, who toured with Brian last year, played guitar on a version of the Irish standard “Danny Boy,” one of the tunes they performed together during the trek.

Musgraves, who is featured on a tune called “Guess You Had to Be There,” apparently took a few takes before her vocals were to Brian’s liking. “When it’s good it’s good, when it’s not — do it again,” says Wilson. “But after three tries, Kacey nailed it.”

Deschanel appears on a song named “On the Island” that Rolling Stone describes as “a space-age bossa nova.”

Two versions of a track titled “Last Song” have been recorded, one featuring Del Rey and another with Wilson handling lead vocals. According to Rolling Stone, the tune, which will be the album’s centerpiece, is “a heartbreaking ballad” that Brian wrote about his disappointment over the Beach Boys reunion coming to an end.

“It started out being about lost love,” explains the album’s co-producer, Joe Thomas. “But after the tour fell apart it became more about a missed opportunity for Brian and the guys to ride into the sunset together.”

No word yet on when Wilson’s album will be released.

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