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QUEEN, LAMBERT TRUMPET 19-STOP SUMMER TOUR

Original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, along with former American Idol participant Adam Lambert, held a press conference in New York City Thursday to announce a 19-show North American summer tour, starting June 19 in Chicago. In a press release, May may have signaled the forthcoming tour, which wraps July 20 in Washington, DC, could be the legendary band’s last, saying “Let’s rock those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!” As for taking on the daunting task of filling the frontman role once held by the late Freddie Mercury, Lambert said, “He’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band." Tick”ts for the trek go on sale March 14. [See Special Coverage for audio from yesterday’s NYC press conference with Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert]

SPRINGSTEEN DOCUMENTARY HEADED TO HBO ON APRIL 4

A documentary spotlighting the writing and recording of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album High Hopes will air on HBO next month. The appropriately titled 30-minute Bruce Springsteen High Hopes will air on Friday, April 4 at 9:30p and features rehearsal and studio footage as well as interviews with Springsteen and friend and musical sidekick Tom Morello, who contributed a great deal to the album.

EIGHT GREAT BLACK SABBATH STUDIO ALBUMS HOUSED IN NEW BOX SET

The four original members of Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – recorded eight genre-defining studio albums prior to Osbourne launching a solo career with 1981’s Blizzard of Ozz. On April 15, Warner Bros./Rhino will make tax day less taxing with the release of the eight-disc box set The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978. The must-have collection includes the group’s 1970 self-titled debut, 1970’s Paranoid, 1971’s Master of Reality, 1972’s Vol. 4, 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, 1975’s Sabotage, 1976’s Technical Ecstasy and 1978’s Never Say Die!

WEIR DOCUMENTARY ADDED TO TRIBECA FILM FEST LINEUP

The world renowned Tribeca Film Festival runs April 16-27 in New York City and along with a long list of fantastic feature films being debuted at the event, several great music documentaries will also be a part of the festival. Just added will be the premiere of The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir, a look at the life of the longtime Grateful Dead guitarist and singer. The festival will also screen Super Duper Alice Cooper, the story of how he man born Vincent Furnier morphed into the king of shock rock.

HINT OF HENDRIX BIOPIC ALL IS BY MY SIDE DEBUTS

A brief scene from the forthcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side premiered yesterday on Rollingstone.com. The film, which stars hip-hop group Outkast member Andre 3000 as the late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist, will get its U.S. premiere this Wednesday, March 12 at South by Southwest in Austin’s Paramount Theatre. The movie is written and directed by John Ridley, who just won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on the Best Picture Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave.

DALTREY DOESN’T DENY BEING BAFFLED BY TOWNSHEND’S ROCK OPERAS

Attempting to crawl inside the head of The Who’s main songwriter Pete Townshend in an attempt to fully grasp the overriding concepts behind his epic rock operas was sometimes challenging, even for the guy who was singing the songs. In a recent interview, Roger Daltrey confessed being confused about what Townshend was trying to convey with Tommy and Quadrophenia, saying, “Did I have to ask him what the hell he was on about? All the time.” But Daltrey eventually did get it, adding, “There’s always one sentence that comes out of the rambling brain of his that you can grasp. With Tommy it was: ‘Imagine living life where you can only feel vibrations,’ and I could latch on to that.”

CCR READIES RELEASE FOR RECORD STORE DAY

The year 1969 produced a bumper crop of classic Creedence Clearwater Revival albums (3) and singles (8). In celebration of Record Store Day 2014, CCR and Concord Records have assembled eight great singles on one special 10” vinyl album aptly titled The ’69 Singles, available only on Record Store Day, which this year falls on April 19. The songs in question include “Proud Mary,” “Born On the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lodi,” “Green River,” “Commotion,” “Down on the Corner” and “Fortunate Son.”

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