Listen Live:

ABC - Classic Rock News

ZZ Top returning to Las Vegas for new residency in 2019

Credit: Steve RoseZZ Top recently wrapped up a U.S. summer tour, and frontman Billy Gibbons is preparing to launch a North American solo trek in October, but the Texas trio has just announced plans to hit the stage together again next year in Las Vegas.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have lined up a return engagement at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian casino and resort running from January 18 through February 2.  The eight-date residency follows a five-show stand at the venue that took place this past April.

Tickets for the new concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, September 28, at 10 a.m. PT via,, box offices at The Venetian resort, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Pre-sale tickets will be available to ZZ Top fan club members starting Tuesday, September 25, at 10 a.m. PT, and to Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers and Grazie loyalty members beginning Wednesday, September 26, at 10 a.m. PT.

As previously reported, Gibbons' solo tour in support of his just-released studio album The Big Bad Blues kicks off on October 13 in Riverside, Iowa, and is plotted out through a November 18 show in West Hollywood, California. Billy also recently added a pair of solo shows in Austin, Texas on December 28 and 29.

Here are ZZ Top's 2019 Las Vegas shows:

1/18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30
2/1, 2

And here are Gibbons' 2018 solo concerts:

10/13 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
10/14 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom
10/16 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
10/17 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone
10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
10/20 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
10/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora Ballroom
10/23 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square
10/25 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/26 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater
10/28 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
10/30 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club
10/31 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club
11/1 -- Washington, DC, Pearl Street Warehouse
11/3 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
11/5 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/6 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues – Orlando
11/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
11/9 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
11/10 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's Texas
11/11 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
11/13 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
11/15 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
11/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
11/18 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
12/28 -- Austin, TX, Antone's
12/29 -- Austin, TX, Antone's

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch the video for Mark Knopfler's new single, "Good On You Son"

Credit: Derek HudsonFounding Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has premiered an official video for his new song, "Good On You Son," the first single from his upcoming studio album, Down the Road Wherever. You can watch the clip now at Knopfler's official YouTube channel.

The video begins and ends with scenes of Mark riding a motorcycle through a rural landscape, while the bulk of the clip features footage of Knopfler and his solo band performing at various venues in Europe. The video also captures Mark and his backing musicians at work in the studio.

The "Good On You Son" video was directed by Henrik Hansen, who previously worked on a short film that accompanied the title track of Knopfler's 2015 solo album, Tracker.

"Good On You Son" is a laid-back tune boasting blues, reggae and jazz influences. The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.  Pre-order Down the Road Wherever now and you'll receive an instant free download of the song. The album will be released November 16.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jill Vedder unites with Michelle Obama for voter encouragement campaign

Taylor Hill/FilmMagicJill Vedder, wife of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, has joined forces with former first lady Michelle Obama to encourage voting for the upcoming midterm elections.

The two are participating in a campaign called When We All Vote, which is hosting voter registration events across the U.S. now through September 29.

The Vedders have long been supporters of the Obamas; Eddie performed during Barack Obama's farewell address at the end of his presidency in January 2017.

For more info, visit

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Frances Bean Cobain shares preview of untitled new song

Steve Granitz/WireImageFrances Bean Cobain has shared another taste of her musical talent.

On her Instagram, the 26-year-old daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has uploaded a snippet of her performing a new song she wrote. The clip features Frances strumming an acoustic guitar as she sings lyrics such as "It's hard to be alive."

Throughout the year, Cobain -- who's largely shied away from the music world in favor of visual art during her life -- has been sharing small previews of original songs. She uploaded the first clip in April, the night before the 24th anniversary of her father's death.

Cobain has previously said she eventually plans to release full versions of her songs.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Pretty Woman: The Musical" soundtrack, with songs by Bryan Adams, is out now

Atlantic RecordsPretty Woman is about a hooker who dreams of a better life who falls in love with a billionaire, right?  So imagine how Bryan Adams felt when he was hired to write songs for the Broadway musical based on the film -- and was told he couldn't use the words "love," "hooker" or "dreams."

"So how do you say, 'I wanna chase my dream,' without actually saying it?" Adams recalls.  He and his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance did it with a song called "Anywhere But Here," and you can hear it now on the original cast recording, which was released this past Friday.

That was just one of the challenges the duo faced while composing for Pretty Woman: The Musical during its years-long development process.  It was co-written by Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall, and Bryan got to work closely with him before Marshall died in 2016.

"It was his dream to make this into a Broadway musical, and I was really excited to be part of his dream," Adams tells ABC Radio. "And he'd sorta sketched out in his mind where he thought a song could go, so we sat down and in two weeks...we mapped out what was pretty much the roadmap for this musical."

The Canadian musician says he loves hearing the Pretty Woman cast sing his music, especially Samantha Barks, in the lead role of Vivian.

"I love the characters and...what they’re bringing to this," says Adams.  "In fact, so many times the singers and actors...have brought something much more interesting [to it] than what I would’ve. I mean, [when] Sam sings 'This Is My Life' -- the first time I heard it, I completely forgot that I had written it!"

Adams will release a new album where he does the singing early in 2019.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Metallica announces 2019 European tour

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's world travels won't be slowing down any time soon. The metal legends have announced a 2019 European tour, set to kick off May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The trek, which will feature support from Ghost, will hit 25 cities across 20 countries, including a stop at the historic Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland. For ticket info, visit

As with their North American tour, Metallica will be offering the Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket for the European run, which gives you floor access to any show on the trek. Only 750 Black Tickets will be available, and they cost 598 euro, or just over $700.

Metallica's current North American outing continues this Wednesday with a hometown show in San Francisco, and will last into March of next year.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Meet "The Beatles" again: "The White Album" reissue will be released November 9

Paul McCartney during a recording session for The Beatles. Abbey Road Studios. October 1968 Credit: © Apple Corps Ltd.The remastered reissue of The Beatles' self-titled 1968 double album, more commonly referred to as The White Album, can finally be yours on November 9

The feature-packed release, timed for the 50th anniversary of the original record -- which was actually released on November 22, 1968 -- boasts a 5.1 surround-sound mix, painstakingly assembled by audio experts at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The release comes in various packages, which you can preview thanks to a new trailer posted online.

There's a three-CD Deluxe edition, which includes demos and rare acoustic performances, as well as a poster. The seven-disc Super Deluxe edition contains that and more, including 50 studio session outtakes, as well as the album on 5.1 Blu-ray, featuring mono and stereo remixes of the record, plus a 168-page, photo-packed hardback book boasting details about the songs' origins.

Two separate vinyl versions also will be offered: one a double record like the original vinyl release, and the other a four-LP Deluxe collection.

Back in June, Paul McCartney told DIY magazine that the White Album reissue is, "very cool and it sounds like you're in the room." He explained of some of the demos, "you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon's] voice and a guitar. [It sounds] amazing."

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.