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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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Chaka Khan's less-than-stellar performance a result of the flu, singer now resting under doctor's orders

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteChaka Khan's onstage appearance at the Jazz in the Gardens Music Fest in Florida over the weekend was met with criticism, as fans on social media questioned if the legendary singer was drunk

Turns out, she was just ill.

A spokesperson for Khan tells The Jasmine Brand in a statement that the funk/soul gret has been "battling the flu for a number of weeks," and had been ordered by her doctor to cancel some the tour dates on her schedule to rest.

"Unfortunately Chaka, not wanting to disappoint her fans, has performed, while not totally 100%, and the media has been turning these difficult performances into something else," the statement continues. 

The message goes on to say that while "Chaka values her fans and supporters and would never do anything to jeopardize their support and love," she's decided "under doctor's orders" to rest for the remainder of the week until her scheduled gig on March 24 at the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia. 

In addition to her forthcoming Cherry Blossom festival set, Chaka is expected to appear at a number of other events in July and August, including the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 20 in Chicago and Bestival in the U.K. on August 2.

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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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Tickets for new Cher concerts and the pre-Broadway run of "The Cher Show" going on sale this week

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCDo you "Believe" it? More dates for Cher's current show, Classic Cher, are going on sale this week.  The tickets include performances for the show in both Las Vegas and the Washington, D.C., area.

All in all, fifteen additional 2018 dates are going on sale this Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. PT via, and Ticketmaster. They include six shows in August in the D.C. suburb of Oxon Hill, Maryland, and nine performances in Vegas.

Classic Cher, designed exclusively for both the D.C. area and Vegas locations, debuted in February of 2017 and features a trip through the iconic entertainer's 50-year career in music, film and TV.

Also going on sale this Friday: tickets for the pre-Broadway run of The Cher Show, the musical based on the star's life. It'll run from June 12 to July 15 in Chicago, and then debut on Broadway this fall.

Here are the dates for the new Classic Cher performances:

August 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 -- Oxon Hill, MD, The Theater at MGM National Harbor
October 31 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theater at Monte Carlo
November 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theater at Monte Carlo

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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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