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BOSTON MORE THAN DOUBLES U.S. TOUR DATES TO 35 SHOWS

Looking to trumpet the arrival of their long-awaited Life Love and Hope album, Boston has extended its U.S. summer tour from 16 to 35 shows, curiously however, so far there’s no hometown concert on the schedule. The “Heaven On Earth” trek still gets underway June 5 in Hollywood, FL, but now stretches through August 31 in Huron, SD, with major market concerts planned in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Nashville and Cleveland, but as of now, no Boston stop is on the schedule.

DEF LEPPARD’S ELLIOTT SETS SIGHTS ON SECOND DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ ALBUM

Longtime Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott is elated to announce the release of the second studio album from his solo project the Down ‘N’ Outz. The aptly titled The Further Adventures of… will arrive on April 22 and serves as the follow-up to the unit’s 2011 debut My ReGeneration. Both albums feature tracks connected to Mott the Hoople and its spinoff projects Mott, British Lions and Ian Hunter solo work. Elliott said of the bands and songs that influenced him, “These songs make up a huge portion of who I am and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to record them and hopefully give them a new lease of life, which, quite frankly, is long overdue.” The first single “Rock and Roll Queen” begins its reign at radio April 22.

JAGGER’S LATE GIRLFRIEND LEFT HIM HER ENTIRE $9 MILLION ESTATE

The New York Post reports Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott left her entire $9 million estate to the Rolling Stones frontman. Scott, who was found dead in her New York City apartment on March 17 and was buried in Los Angeles at a private ceremony earlier this week, reportedly left a will stating she was leaving everything she owned “to my Michael Philip Jagger,” while writing, “Expect if otherwise provided in this will, I have intentionally omitted to provide herein for any other heirs living at the date of my death.” Scott had no children.

QUEEN + LAMBERT ATTACH FIVE NEW DATES TO SUMMER TOUR

Demand for tickets to the upcoming Queen + Adam Lambert summer North American tour has allowed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band to tack on five more stops at the end of the now 24-stop summer run. The new shows include performances in Boston, East Rutherford, NJ and Atlantic City as well as return engagements in Uncasville, CT and Toronto. The tout is scheduled to begin June 19 in Chicago.

TOTO, MCDONALD TEAM FOR 21-STOP SUMMER TOUR

A pair of prolific hitmakers of the Eighties will partner for 21 performances across the country this summer as Toto and multiple Grammy winner Michael McDonald have lined up a series of shows starting August 2 in Grand Ronde, OR. The hits-packed package will pay visits to cities such as Los Angeles, Tulsa, Hollywood, FL, Atlanta, Charleston, WV, Lincoln, RI and Atlantic City before closing shop in Newport News, VA on September 7.

RINGO TOPS LIST OF GUESTS ON NEXT KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD ALBUM

You have to be a top shelf musician to be able to score a former Beatle as a guest on your album, and guitar master Kenny Wayne Shepherd certainly fits the bill. Ringo Starr, his brother-in-law Joe Walsh and Allman Brothers Band six-stringer Warren Haynes are among the greats lending Shepherd a hand on the Shreveport, LA native’s next album Goin’ Home, due out May 20. Starr is returning the favor of sorts; Shepherd appeared on the former Beatle drummer’s Ringo 2012 album.

SMASHING PUMPKINS PARTNER WITH BMG, PREP TWO ALBUMS FOR 2015

The always ahead-of-the-curve Smashing Pumpkins have inked an Artist Services deal with BMG in which they will retain ownership of their recordings and pocket the bulk of the proceeds, and announced their will serve up two new albums in 2015. Promoting the pair of upcoming albums – Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night – Pumpkins’ principal Billy Corgan said, “For those interested in sound, think: ‘guitars, guitars, guitars and more guitars’ but more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic.” Finally, a new as-yet-untitled single is due by year’s end.

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