Dolly Parton has added a new string of dates to her ongoing "Blue Smoke" tour. The run - which is mostly taking place in Europe, Australia and New Zealand - now includes four West Coast shows in the U.S. Dolly broke news of the US tour dates in an official statement: "It's always great to perform at home in the good ol' USA . . ."
Phoenix have been confirmed for a performance at the NME Awards Show 2014 at the Brixton Academy on February 5. Tickets for the show are on sale now. The NME Awards feature gigs taking place at various venues throughout London from February 2-25 next year. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club kick things off at the Electric Ballroom on February 3.
Heart have canceled an upcoming appearance at SeaWorld, following the airing of CNN's documentary Blackfish, which chronicles the lives of captive orcas. "Heart has chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld on 2/9/14 due to the controversial documentary film Blackfish," the band wrote on its Twitter page.
Mastodon have released the live video of "Curl of the Burl," the third clip from the band's upcoming set, Live at Brixton. The footage was shot in February 2012 at the O2 Academy, during the band's tour for The Hunter. According to Rolling Stone magazine, the set "demonstrates how contemporary hard rock can still be made with imagination, precision . . ."
Brandon Boyd, fronter for Incubus, will hit the road next year with his side act, Sons of the Sea. The eight date trek begins January 27 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club and wraps February 15 at San Francisco's Fillmore. Speaking with USA Today, Boyd noted that the solo effort may appeal to those who are not fans of Incubus.
Willie Nelson canceled a gig at SeaWorld over the weekend, slamming the water park for its maltreatment of sea creatures. Speaking with CNN, Nelson said the decision to cancel wasn't a difficult one: "I don't agree with the way they treat their animals. It wasn't that hard a deal for me." Nelson added that several petitions had come to his attention, including one at Change.org.
Beck has released the track list to his upcoming album, Morning Phase. The 12 song LP is the alt-rocker's first set of new material since 2008's Modern Guilt. Beck's new label, Capitol Records, says the new album "harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of that record, while surging forward with infectious optimism."
Justin Bieber has released the final cut in his #MusicMondays series, "Confident," a banger featuring Chicago MC Chance the Rapper. On the cut, the Bieb waxes on a girl who has put him through the ringer: "She said it's her first time / I think she might of lied / Feels so good, damn, and I don't know why / I'm addicted, something like an addict / Got me twisted . . ."
Robin Thicke was among the performers to take the stage during the Grammys live nominations concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles over the weekend. Thicke, who's been nominated for three statues this year, performed "Blurred Lines." His wife Paula Patton and father Alan Thicke were waiting backstage to congratulate him on his nods.
Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves were among the names in country music to receive Grammy nominations. Swift scored nods for Best Country Album, Best Country Song ("Begin Again"), Best Country Duo/Group ("Highway Don't Care" with Keith Urban) and Album of the Year (Red). Kacey will face off in the Best Country Song with Swift with her hit "Merry Go Round."
Lyrics to "Born to Run," handwritten by Bruce Springsteen pulled in $197,000 at a Sotheby's auction, topping the estimated auction price ($70,000-$100,000) by a lot. The lyrics, much different from the final version of the song, were taken from a spiral bound notebook that belonged to the Boss. However, the manuscript does include "a nearly perfected chorus," according to the house.
During the annual Charlie Daniels & Friends benefit concert for Christmas 4 Kids, Garth Brooks took some time out to honor his late bus driver Jim Payne. Jim and his wife Carla have served on the Board of Directors of Christmas 4 Kids for many years. "Jim and Carla are just so sweet people that believe in this effort so much . . ."
Susan Boyle, who rose to fame with her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" on "Britain's Got Talent," has revealed that she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Speaking with the Observer, Boyle says the news has came after she visited a specialist in Scotland: "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label."
R. Kelly is one celeb who's in the corner of troubled R&B star, Chris Brown. In an interview with G2, Kellz compared Breezy to Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King among others: "He got knocked down a little bit and he climbed up. You know, that sounds like Ali to me. That sounds like Martin Luther King to me."
Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin joined the Obama family to help throw the switch on the U.S. national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. Mimi introduced her daughter Monroe to the President while remarking that it is an "honor to kick off the holiday season with the First Family."