Greta Van Fleet announces third Fillmore show
Frankenmuth, Michigan, rock band Greta Van Fleet has sold out two concerts at the Fillmore Detroit, and tickets for a third show May 25 go on sale at noon Friday. Tickets, $25-$49.50, are available via Ticketmaster. The young band, which has sold out shows on May 22 and 23, won Best New Artist at last year’s Loudwire Awards, and their November release “From the Fires” hit No. 1 on the U.S. Hard Rock chart.
Elton John to retire from touring after 300-date world tour
Elton John is bidding farewell to the yellow brick road of touring, but not before one last go at it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform at Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 12 on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” outing, said to be the superstar’s final tour, promoters announced Wednesday. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 2, but American Express cardholders will get a first shot at tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday. John’s final tour, which will include more than 300 shows on five continents, was announced at a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life,” he said. The tour’s North American leg kicks off Sept. 8 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and runs through March 2019. He’ll travel to Europe in summer 2019, Asia in late 2019 and Australia in early 2020. John’s last local concert was a November 2013 show at Joe Louis Arena. “In 2015 David and I sat down with the school schedule and I thought ‘I don’t want to miss too much of this,’ ” he said at the press conference. John’s husband is David Furnish and they have two young sons together. “I’ve had an amazing life and an amazing career,” said John, 70, who added that he’s been a touring musician since he was 17.
Jack White prohibits phones on upcoming tour
Jack White is joining a growing number of artists and performers who want their audience to experience their show with their own eyes and not through the lens of their cell phone. For his upcoming tour in support of his new album “Boarding House Reach,” — which hits Little Caesars Arena on April 19 — concert officials will lock photos and “other photo or video-capturing gizmos” in a secure, locked pouch that concertgoers keep with them until after the show. “This is a PHONE-FREE show,” reads a note on LiveNation.com “No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed. We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love for it IN PERSON.” The pouches will unlock during the show in designated areas. On Friday, White will release “Corporation,” another new track from the upcoming album. It arrives digitally worldwide at midnight Friday morning.
Doug Podell lands at NASH-FM 93.1
Longtime Detroit rock radio personality Doug “The Doc” Podell has joined the on-air staff at NASH-FM (93.1), the station announced. In November, Podell exited his post at classic rock station WCSX-FM. He can be heard 2-7 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. His first show is 2-7 p.m. Saturday live from the Chevrolet display at the North American International Auto Show.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
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