Springsteen on Broadway, which initially was announced last year as an eight-week residency at the 975-seat Walter Kerr Theatre, has proven wildly successful since making its official bow. Last month, Springsteen added 81 shows to his Broadway docket, extending the show through December and amounting to 236 dates in all. During this year’s Tony Awards nominations, host Leslie Odom Jr. revealed that Springsteen on Broadway will also be honored with a special Tony for what Odom described as “a theater-going experience of extraordinary dimensions.” Springsteen will be one of two artists to receive a special Tony this year; he’ll be joined by John Leguizamo, who’s being celebrated for a career of socially conscious storytelling.
Whitesnake has been forced to postpone the release of their new album until 2019 due to “technical difficulties.” The new album was originally promised for this spring and then was moved to summer. Titled Flesh & Blood, it was a followup to 2015’s The Purple Album which saw David Coverdale and company covering the music of Deep Purple. Whitesnake did announce they would be releasing the track “Shut Up & Kiss Me” before their upcoming tour with Foreigner and have filmed a music video for the song.
The lineup for the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival has been announced, and it features such big-name acts as Metallica and Paul McCartney among its headliners. Other top line acts for this year’s festival include Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott and Odesza. Austin City Limits’ acts perform over two weekends, with Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14 booked for Austin’s Zilker Park in Texas. Rock fans will also have a chance to see Deftones, Greta Van Fleet, Highly Suspect, Thunderpussy and more. Tickets for the Austin City Limits festival are currently on sale and you can check out ticketing and lodging options at the ACL festival website.
Gibson Brands Inc, the maker of guitars played by the likes of B.B. King and Elvis Presley, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday. They plan to reorganize its musical instrument business under the new ownership of its lenders. Nashville-based Gibson, whose legendary brands include Les Paul and SG, has been suffering under $500 million in debt linked to the acquisition of its consumer electronics business overseas, where sales have been in sharp decline.
Jeff Beck will embark on a six-week U.S. tour this summer including seven solo shows in addition to the previously announced “Stars Align Tour,” with Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson of Heart. Joining Beck on this year’s outing will be longtime collaborators, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Jimmy Hall (vocals) as well as long touring partner, Rhonda Smith (bass) and newcomer, cellist Vanessa Freebairn-Smith. You can see a full list of tour dates in the article below.