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Sammy Hagar Has a New Acoustic Record Coming Soon

Sammy Hagar is just a bit too busy to record a new project with Chickenfoot right now.

In a recent interview about Chickenfoot, Hagar said “We’re not making an album” he goes on to say ”Joe and I are writing songs a little bit…We had a couple ideas, and Joe’s got some fantastic musical ideas, and I’m just trying to find room in my life to do another Chickenfoot album.”

So what is Sammy so busy doing, He’s put together a new band New Things for his recent “A Journey Through the History of Rock” tour, which includes bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham, and guitarist Vic Johnson. The band will be playing next at Hagar’s four-show Birthday Bash in October at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

If that wasn’t enough, he also has a new solo album on the way, an acoustic record he says was inspired by the Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert earlier this year with Metallica’s James Hetfield.

You can catch Sammy Hagar next at his Birthday Bash performances, scheduled for October 7, 9, 11 and 13.

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Elton John New Year’s Eve Tickets Announced

Elton John has announced the on-sale date for tickets to his New Year’s Eve concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

There’s an eight-ticket limit per customer and American Express Card members can buy tickets starting September 22 at 10 a.m. through September 25 at 10 p.m.

The general public can begin to buy tickets on Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and If any tickets are left by Saturday, they’ll be available at the Barclays Center box office starting at noon on September 27.

Elton’s next show is Wednesday in Spokane, WA.

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Miley Cyrus Covers Led Zeppelin

Miley Cyrus is taking on another classic British rock band. The pop singer posted her own version of the Led Zeppelin song “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” on Soundcloud, although Cyrus titles it “Baby I’m Gonna Leave You.”

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” isn’t a Zeppelin original. It was written by folk singer Anne Bredon in the late 1950s, then recorded and released by Joan Baez in 1962.

Miley collaborated with The Flaming Lips on two Beatles covers — “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life” — for the band’s upcoming Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album. With a Little Help from My Fwends will be released October 28.

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Launches US Tour

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson’s latest album is called Homo Erraticus, which is Latin for “the wandering man.” The title could also describe Anderson himself, who is launching a lengthy U.S. tour in support of the 2014 concept record tonight in Seattle.

At each show on the trek, the singer/multi-instrumentalist and his band will play the concept record in its entirety, followed with a selection of songs from the Tull catalog. Anderson tells news outlets that the concert is augmented by some multimedia aspects that should capture his fans attention.

“All of it contains a lot of video accompaniment and theatrical elements to try and make it interesting,” he explains. “To rejuvenate some of the old material, it’s presented in a more visual way…Forty percent of the two hours and 20 minutes we’re on stage is Homo Erraticus, sixty percent is ‘The Best of Jethro Tull.’”

The 67-year-old prog-rocker says he realizes that the majority of his fans are more interested in hearing Jethro Tull classics than his recent material, but he maintains that it’s still important for him to play his new material live.

“Once an artist has been around for 20 or 30 years, we kind of think somehow that all they should do is to keep recycling their old material,” Anderson laments. “But there has to be a little more to life than that, and for me there is the 40 percent of our concert tour which is the new album, and that’s a challenge and something I have to try to make entertaining for an audience — and so far, I’m succeeding.”

Anderson and his group will be on the move across the States through a November 10 show in Montclair, New Jersey. As previously reported, a deluxe CD/DVD edition of Homo Erraticus will be released in conjunction with the tour on September 30.

Here is the full list of Anderson’s U.S. tour dates:

9/12 — Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 — Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 — Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 — Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 — Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 — Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 — Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 — Dallas, TX, AT&T Performing Arts Center
9/24 — Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
9/26 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/27 — San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
9/28 — Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 — Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 — Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Performing Arts – Knight Theater
10/4 — Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
10/5 — Richmond, VA, The National Theatre
10/16 — Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 — Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/19 — Cedar Falls, IA, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
10/21 — Minneapolis, MN, State Theater
10/23 — Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/24 — Charleston, WV, Clay Center for the Arts
10/25 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 — Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
10/30 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 — Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 — Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 — Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 — Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 — Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars – Circus Maximus
11/8 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 — Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre

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ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill Continues Recovery from Hip Injury; Band to Resume Touring Early Next Year

ZZ Top bass guitarist Dusty Hill continues to recover from a hip injury he suffered last month. The band is expected to resume touring early next year.

The band was to begin a U.S. tour on September 25 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, but announced the scheduled tour dates will resume at the first of the year. The group said, “Dusty’s well-being is paramount.”

The 65-year-old Hill injured his hip when he slipped and fell on his band’s tour bus.

“We’re looking forward to getting out there and rockin’ it with Dusty in a big way…100 percent,” bandmates Billy F Gibbons and Frank Beard said in a statement.

Ticketholders for fall tour dates are advised to hold on to their tickets until an updated schedule is announced early next week.

The band has been forced to miss a number of appearances on their joint tour with Jeff Beck, with some of those dates have already been rescheduled.

Here’s a list of the new dates for the ZZ Top/Jeff Beck shows:

5/1/15 — Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/2/15 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/7/15 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
5/8/15 — W. Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
5/9/15 — Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
5/10/15 — Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

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