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Fleetwood Mac recently announced that founding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell will be joining the band for an as-yet-unannounced fall tour and that he, along with Crowded House singer Neil Finn, would be replacing Lindsey Buckingham. While Fleetwood Mac hasn't confirmed whether Buckingham has officially exited the group, a new statement from Campbell suggests that Lindsey has.
"Though I was sad to hear Lindsey Buckingham is no longer with Fleetwood Mac, I am honored and excited to join the band," Campbell writes in a message posted on Petty and the Heartbreakers' Facebook page. "Lindsey is one of my favorite musical artists. A true genius at songwriting and guitar playing. I intend to honor his songs while at the same time bring my musicality to the band."
Mike, whose gig with The Heartbreakers sadly came to an end when Petty died last October, adds, "After one rehearsal [with Fleetwood Mac] I can tell it's going to be an amazing collaboration. I am also very happy to have an opportunity to play with Neil Finn, who I greatly admire. Fleetwood Mac not only has one of the greatest rhythm sections in rock history, it also has two of the finest voices and songwriters in Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie. I am looking forward to the tour with great anticipation."
After the announcement was made about Buckingham not taking part in Fleetwood Mac's upcoming tour, Variety reported that, according to an inside source, Buckingham was fired over a disagreement regarding the trek.
The magazine says the source claimed Buckingham wanted to work on his solo material this year, while the other band members were eager to head out on tour, and when he wouldn't commit to the trek, the group decided to proceed without him.
The Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor/rocker Johnny Depp, have lined up four North American concerts taking place before they head to Europe for a major summer tour.
The shows will take place on May 17 in Verona, New York; May 18 in Orillia, Canada; May 20 in Manshantucket, Connecticut; and May 21 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tickets for all the shows are on sale now except for the Connecticut concert, tickets for which will be available starting this Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. ET.
The Hollywood Vampires' European trek kicks off May 28 in Moscow and is plotted out through July 8 concert in Rome.
Meanwhile, Cooper is winding down a U.S. headlining tour leg in support of his 2017 album, Paranormal, Thursday in Indianapolis. He also recently announced a North American summer outing that runs from an August 5 performance in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, through a September 7 show in York, Pennsylvania.
In addition, you'll be able to catch the shock rocker on TV this Sunday, April 1, when he appears as King Herod in the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert special, which airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
Here are The Hollywood Vampires' upcoming North American shows:
5/17 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort
5/18 -- Orillia, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
5/20 -- Manshantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
5/21 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Casino
And here are all of Cooper's forthcoming North American tour dates:
8/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/5 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Washington Pavilion
8/6 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
8/8 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pike's Peak Center
8/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl at The Palms Hotel and Casino
8/11 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort and Casino
8/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/14 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/15 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino
8/16 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
8/18 -- Bonner, MT, KettleHouse Amphitheater
8/19 -- Everett, WA, Angel of the Winds Arena
8/20 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8/22 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
8/23 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
8/25 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
8/26 -- Estevan, SK, Canada, Affinity Place
8/28 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Burton Cummings Theatre
8/29 -- Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
8/30 -- Saint Paul, MN, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
9/2 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
9/4 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
9/6 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
9/7 -- York, PA, York Fair
The Who's Roger Daltrey will be one of the honorees at the We Are Family Foundation's 2018 Celebration Gala, which takes place Friday, April 27, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
Daltrey will be presented with the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, which honors a person who has made a significant contribution toward promoting a peaceful society.
Roger is known for his ardent support of numerous charities, including the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust and its U.S. counterpart, Teen Cancer America, the latter of which he co-founded with his Who band mate Pete Townshend.
The Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America help fund recreational areas in hospitals specifically geared toward teens and young adults.
"I am delighted to receive the 2018 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award," says Daltrey in a statement.
"As one of the founders of Teen Cancer America, I am proud to be honored by the We Are Family Foundation, who also recognizes the specific needs of our adolescents and young adults and understands how vital it is that we support them as they strive to positively change the world."
Also being honored at the gala will be hip-hop legend LL Cool J, who will receive the Humanitarian Award.
"These two incredibly talented individuals are selflessly dedicated to helping others," We Are Family Foundation founder Nile Rodgers says of Daltrey and LL Cool J.
"We are immensely grateful to them for their efforts to improve the state of humanity and welcome them into our WAFF family."
Daltrey, LL Cool J and Rodgers' band Chic all will perform at the fundraiser. The We Are Family Foundation supports and creates programs promoting cultural diversity while also nurturing and mentoring young people working toward positive change around the world.
Aerosmith only have one confirmed concert lined up for 2018, a May 5 performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but frontman Steven Tyler is preparing to announce his own solo trek, with his backing group The Loving Mary Band.
According to information posted on Tyler's official Facebook page, the trek will run from June to August and will visit venues in North America and Europe.
So far, Tyler's Facebook page has nine confirmed North American dates listed, spanning from a May 12 show in Nashville through a July 11 concert in Calgary, Canada.
The members of The Loving Mary Band contributed to Tyler's debut solo album, the country-flavored We're All Somebody from Somewhere, which was recorded in Nashville and released in 2016.