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Rod Stewart won't retire, but likes to tease Elton John about it

Credit: Doug SondersUnlike his friend Elton John, Rod Stewart has no plans to retire -- and he's not above making fun of Elton for announcing that his upcoming tour will be his last.

Speaking to the Calgary Sun, Stewart says that when he heard about John's "farewell" tour, "I did actually e-mail Elton and said, 'What? Again dear?' And I didn't hear anything back. I think he's upset with me."

When asked why the two have never toured together after being friends for 50 years, Rod says, "Trust me darling, I've tried so many times. He doesn't want the competition. He's stationary at the piano and I can still jump about and I don't think he likes the idea of that. But I have suggested it. It would be so much fun."

As for why the 73-year-old Stewart has no plans to retire, he tells the paper, "It doesn't even cross my mind -- I enjoy myself." But, he adds, "I might cut it back a little bit 'cause I've got eight children. The two youngest are six and near 13...I can't miss the magic moments of them growing up."

Meanwhile, he insists, "As for putting the word retirement out -- never! I'll just fade away into the bushes."

In the same interview, Stewart is asked if he ever met Donald Trump before he became president. 

"Yeah. I lived just down the road from him in Palm Beach...and I used to always go to his Christmas Eve celebrations and a lot of his functions," recalls Rod. "And he always treated me extremely well. That's not the Donald Trump I'm watching on television at the moment."

Following a Canadian tour and his latest run of Las Vegas shows, Rod team up with Cyndi Lauper for a summer tour starting June 25.

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Arise, Sir Ringo: Beatles drummer gets knighted at the Palace

John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesRingo Starr is now Sir Ringo Starr to you: He's been knighted in his U.K. homeland for his services to music.

On Tuesday, Prince William presented the Beatles drummer with the honor at Buckingham Palace in London. As per tradition, he knelt as William touched his shoulders with a ceremonial sword.

Starr told the BBC, "It means a lot actually. It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this."

Ringo received his knighthood 53 years after The Beatles were given MBEs, aka "Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" honors, and 21 years after his band mate Paul McCartney was knighted.

Speaking to the BBC, Ringo said he missed having the rest of The Beatles around him, noting, "I was a bit shaky today on my own."  However, he said Sir Paul gave him some advice last week: "Keep smiling."

As for whether he'll be known as Sir Ringo or Sir Richard Starkey -- his birth name -- he told reporters, "I don't know yet. It's new and I don't know how you use it properly."  Then, he told one BBC reporter, "But I expect you to use it."

The 77-year-old drummer, who arrived at the ceremony with wife Barbara Bach, predicted of his medal, "I'll be wearing it at breakfast."

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The Doors' John Densmore will be on hand for premiere of 2016 Ray Manzarek tribute concert film

Robby Krieger & John Densmore on The Big Interview (News & Guts Media/ AXS TV)A new film documenting a star-studded 2016 tribute concert to late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek will premiere on April 28 at the New Jersey's Asbury Park Music & Film Festival.

The screening of the movie, Break On Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek and The Doors, takes place at noon ET at House of Independents in Asbury Park and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Doors drummer John Densmore and director Justin Kreutzmann.

Densmore tells ABC Radio that he "can't wait till [the film] comes out."

The concert the film documents took place on February 12, 2016 -- which would've been Manzarek's 76th birthday -- at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. John reunited with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger at the show, and they were joined by various members of Stone Temple Pilots, Jane's Addiction, Foo Fighters and X.

"It was really cool," Densmore says of the concert.  Manzarek died of bile duct cancer in May 2013. He was 74. 

In other news, Densmore and Krieger will be featured in the latest episode of the AXS TV series The Big Interview, hosted by veteran newsman Dan Rather.  It premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The Doors members were interviewed at the L.A.-area venue The Whisky a Go Go, where they served as the house band early in their career.

As Densmore explains, in the interview with Rather, he and Krieger shared memories about the nightclub while also chatting about politics and other topics.

In a preview clip from the show, John discusses late Doors frontman Jim Morrison's self-destructive tendencies.

"Self-destruction and creativity don't always come in the same package," Densmore notes. "Picasso lived to 90. But with Jim, they came together."

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Tyler Keeps a-Rollin': Aerosmith singer plotting 2018 tour with solo band

ABC/Image Group LAAerosmith only have one confirmed concert lined up for 2018, a May 5 performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but frontman Steven Tyler is preparing to announce his own solo trek, with his backing group The Loving Mary Band.

According to information posted on Tyler's official Facebook page, the trek will run from June to August and will visit venues in North America and Europe.

So far, Tyler's Facebook page has nine confirmed North American dates listed, spanning from a May 12 show in Nashville through a July 11 concert in Calgary, Canada.

The members of The Loving Mary Band contributed to Tyler's debut solo album, the country-flavored We're All Somebody from Somewhere, which was recorded in Nashville and released in 2016.

Here are all of the North American shows listed on Tyler's Facebook page:

5/12 -- Nashville, TN, The Woods at Fontanel
6/12 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
6/18 -- New York, NY, SummerStage - City Parks Foundation Annual Gala
6/21 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
6/24 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
6/30 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
6/27 -- Detroit, MI, Sound Board
7/7 -- Naperville, IL, Ribfest - Knoch Park
7/11 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Cowboys Calgary

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The Who's Roger Daltrey to be honored for his charitable work at Nile Rodgers' 2018 We Are Family Foundation gala

Credit: Fabrice DemessenceThe Who's Roger Daltrey will be one of the honorees at the We Are Family Foundation's 2018 Celebration Gala, which takes place Friday, April 27, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Daltrey will be presented with the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, which honors a person who has made a significant contribution toward promoting a peaceful society.

Roger is known for his ardent support of numerous charities, including the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust and its U.S. counterpart, Teen Cancer America, the latter of which he co-founded with his Who band mate Pete Townshend.

The Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America help fund recreational areas in hospitals specifically geared toward teens and young adults.

"I am delighted to receive the 2018 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award," says Daltrey in a statement.

"As one of the founders of Teen Cancer America, I am proud to be honored by the We Are Family Foundation, who also recognizes the specific needs of our adolescents and young adults and understands how vital it is that we support them as they strive to positively change the world."

Also being honored at the gala will be hip-hop legend LL Cool J, who will receive the Humanitarian Award.

"These two incredibly talented individuals are selflessly dedicated to helping others," We Are Family Foundation founder Nile Rodgers says of Daltrey and LL Cool J.

"We are immensely grateful to them for their efforts to improve the state of humanity and welcome them into our WAFF family."

Daltrey, LL Cool J and Rodgers' band Chic all will perform at the fundraiser. The We Are Family Foundation supports and creates programs promoting cultural diversity while also nurturing and mentoring young people working toward positive change around the world.

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Film documenting a performance of David Bowie's "Lazarus" musical premiering in May

Courtesy of LazarusA new film capturing a London performance of Lazarus, the stage musical co-written by the late David Bowie and Once playwright Enda Walsh, will get its theatrical premiere at a one-night-only event on May 2 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The screening will feature a live soundtrack provided by the seven-piece band that backed the production's original cast during its off-Broadway run in December 2015 and January 2016.

The Lazarus performance that was filmed for the movie took place during the musical's London run at Kings Cross Theatre from November 2016 to January 2017. The production was inspired by the 1963 Walter Tevis novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1976 film version of which starred Bowie in the lead role as the alien Thomas Jerome Newton.

The musical's cast was led by Dexter and Six Feet Under star Michael C. Hall as Newton, while the soundtrack included a variety of classic Bowie tunes, as well as the four songs written specifically for the production. Among the latter was "Lazarus," which also appeared on David's final studio album, 2016's Blackstar.

Tickets for Lazarus: The Motion Picture/Live Soundtrack Experience go on sale to the public Tuesday, March 20, at 10 a.m. ET via  Pre-sale tickets are available now.

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I'm Still Selling: Elton John #1 on Stubhub's list of top concert ticket sellers of 2018

Credit: David LaChappelleWhile the music charts are now generally dominated by younger pop and R&B artists, it's a different story when it comes to ticket sales. According to StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, the top concert ticket seller of 2018 so far is an artist who's been at it for 50 years and counting...Sir Elton John.

This is no doubt due to the fact that Elton's upcoming tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, is being billed as his last one -- the pop-rock legend says he will no longer do extensive world tours once this one wraps up.  Even more impressive, Elton's trek doesn't even start until September.

Coming in next on the list is an equally legendary rock artist: Bruce Springsteen.  His Springsteen on Broadway shows, currently scheduled to wrap up June 30, 2018, are currently among the hottest tickets in town.

At #5 on StubHub's list of overall ticket sales is another veteran rock act: The Eagles.  The band, which many fans thought would never tour again following the January 2016 death of co-founder Glenn Frey, decided to return to the stage with Glenn's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill rounding out the lineup.  Their tour, which started this week, will run through October.

Coming in at #8 are Foo Fighters, who will launch a new tour promoting their 2017 album Concrete and Gold on April 18 in Austin, Texas.

Rounding out Stubhub's 10 most popular tours ranked by ticket sales is Billy Joel, who continues to play a monthly residency at New York City's Madison Square Garden, as well as select other concerts in other cities.

Here's StubHub's full list of top-selling artists in overall sales:

1. Elton John
2. Bruce Springsteen
3. Pink
4. Taylor Swift
5. The Eagles
6. Justin Timberlake
7. Ed Sheeran
8. Foo Fighters
9. The Killers
10. Billy Joel

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