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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 Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, 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

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Gloria & Emilio Estefan to receive Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Courtesy Crescent Moon, Estefan Enterprises Inc.Gloria Estefan has received Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honors, Billboard Awards, an MTV VMA and dozens of other honors.  But she's going to have to clear a space on her mantle yet again: She and her husband Emilio are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The Gershwin Prize is given to a living artist in recognition of their lifetime achievement in "promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding."  Previous winners include Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Paul McCartney and Smokey Robinson.  Gloria and Emilio are the first married couple to receive the award, and the first recipients of Hispanic descent.

In a statement, Gloria said she's "deeply honored" to receive the award, adding, "We feel privileged to have been able to live our lives making and sharing music. We are profoundly humbled to have been chosen for this singular accolade.”

Emilio added, "My life and career in music has been a blessing and I’m humbled by this amazing honor and to be sharing it with my wife," and noted, "Throughout my career, my wish has always been to inspire minorities and to be an example that with hard work and dedication all your dreams can come true.”

The couple will receive their award at an all-star tribute concert in March, which will air on PBS in the spring of 2019.

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Is Cher trying to start beef with Madonna again?

Kevin Mazur/WireImageDid Cher just reignite her old Madonna feud?

With one seemingly shady dig at the Queen of Pop, Cher got rumors flowing again. During her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, she was asked during a game called "5 Second Rule" to name three celebrities she’d want to duet with.

"Oh! Adele, Pink and…uh, um -- not Madonna," Cher said, bending the rules a bit.

As the audience reacted in surprise, Ellen responded, "Well, all right, Ms. Negative!" To which Cher coyly asked, "Did I cheat?"

When Ellen informed her that yes, she did in fact cheat, Cher said, "I took a little license."

Up until now, it seemed that the Cher/Madonna beef had been squashed. Cher first expressed her dislike for Madonna back in the '90s.

"There's something about her that I don't like. She's mean, and I don't like that," Cher said in a 1991 interview with Steve Kmetko. "I remember having her over to my house a couple of times because Sean [Penn, Madonna's ex-husband] and I were friends, and she just was so rude to everybody."

But then in 2013, on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Cher indicated things were fine between the two.

"I'm totally good with Madonna!" she insisted. "Madge and I have gone through our thing, but no, I'm totally good with her."

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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.

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"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.

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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."

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Rod Stewart's wife demands he apologize to Elton John for his jabs about the farewell tour

KMazur/WireImage for ChopardRod Stewart's in the doghouse with his wife...and with Elton John. Sir Rod recently teased his longtime friend -- who he calls "Sharon" and who calls him "Phyllis" in return -- about Elton's announcement earlier this year that his current tour will be his last.

Stewart admits to the Daily Telegraph, "He's really [upset] with me. 'Cause when he did announce [the tour], I sent him a text: 'What, again dear?' And I got nothing back!"

Rod says his wife Penny Lancaster "says I've got to phone him up. [And] I will get round to it."

Stewart says, "He's got two kids so I can understand why he wants to pack it in. 'Cause he's always worked harder than me. Wow, does he work hard!"

But then the singer threw shade at Elton again, saying, "But he only sings for 30 minutes [per show]."

The fur started flying between the old pals back in March, when Stewart appeared on Watch What Happens L!ve With Andy Cohen and called farewell tours in general "dishonest," adding "It stinks of selling tickets."

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