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Review: Joe Bonamassa rocks the blues hard on 'Redemption'

Sep. 21, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

Joe Bonamassa, "Redemption" (J&R Adventures) There are a few months left in the year, so though "Redemption" is his third album of 2018 — after a strong collaboration with Beth Hart and a double live album of covers of tunes by British legends like Eric Clapton, Cream, Jeff Beck and Led Zeppelin...

Rock On: Michelle Obama book tour is reaching high

Sep. 21, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Check out the upcoming events at Chicago's United Center and you'll see Bulls games, Blackhawks games and concerts by Fleetwood Mac, Nicki Minaj and Cher, among others. And former first lady Michelle Obama, to launch her book tour in November. Just for the scale of its venues, there has...

Alzheimer's opera 'Sky on Swings' opens in Philadelphia

Sep. 21, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Frederica von Stade sat on a table singing, her face filled with fear and wonder, her character unsure where she was going and where she had been. Nearly a half-century after her professional debut, the 73-year-old teamed with fellow mezzo Marietta Simpson for a mesmerizing performance...

Far-right shuts French rapper out of Bataclan attack site

Sep. 21, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A popular French Muslim rapper said Friday he is canceling sold-out October concerts at the Bataclan music hall in Paris, a target of the deadly 2015 terror attacks, due to pressure from far-right groups who claim he promotes a radical ideology and is desecrating a now-sacred site. The...

Unreleased Chris Cornell songs to be released in November

Sep. 21, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New Chris Cornell music is being released more than a year after his death. Cornell's widow Vicky is behind the new album "Chris Cornell," as well as a four-disc box set. Both will be released November 16. The first track from both projects is titled "When Bad Does Good ." Vicky Cornell...

Felton Pruett dies; played steel guitar with Hank Williams

Sep. 21, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A musician who played steel guitar with country legend Hank Williams on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, and broke his nose wrestling with Williams, has died. Felton Pruett was 89 years old. He died Wednesday. He had played steel guitar for more than 70 years. His funeral was...

Black Eyed Peas tackle gun violence, immigration in videos

Sep. 21, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Black Eyed Peas tackle gun violence at schools and immigration in two new music videos for their song, "Big Love." The trio — it's unclear if Fergie is still part of the group — released the videos Friday. They also announced proceeds from the song will benefit the...

AP Interview: Chopin contest winner praises old pianos

Sep. 21, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The winner of the world's 1st Chopin competition on historic pianos says the search for the original sound restores the appeal of classical music and helps artists understand the composer's intentions. Tomasz Ritter of Poland was named the best of 30 young pianists at the 1st...

Lauren Daigle wants to break down walls to Christian music

Sep. 21, 2018 10:57 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three years ago, Lauren Daigle took home three Dove Awards for her debut record, "How Can It Be," and the Louisiana singer-songwriter got her first taste of the weight of genre's expectations on her shoulders. The 2015 album, one of only a few Christian music albums to have been...

Singer Elton John and partner win libel judgment

Sep. 21, 2018 7:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Singer Elton John and partner David Furnish have accepted an apology and undisclosed libel damages over a newspaper report that their dog severely injured a child while on a play date. The pair brought the case against News Group Newspapers, which owns The Sun and Sun on Sunday, over a story...