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Animal Collective Reschedules North American Tour Dates

Animal Collective Reschedules North American Tour Dates

Illness had caused the band to postpone several March concerts in the U.S.

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Illness postponed some concerts on Animal Collective’s March North American tour, but the experimental indie group has announced that it has rescheduled them and added a date in Washington, D.C.

STORY: Animal Collective Postpones North American Tour Dates

Some of those previously postponed dates in Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado and Missouri have been scheduled for September and October. The band will be touring with musician Dan Deacon on selected tour dates during mid-summer and fall North American dates. 

Last week, founding member Avey Tare said in a statement that he was sick with strep throat but promised that the band would return to cities originally planned for the tour. 

"Unfortunately, I wasn’t diagnosed soon enough and haven’t been able to kick this in the right amount of time. We promise you all that we are doing everything we can to reschedule all these shows asap and we will be visiting your cities," he wrote. 

The group’s revised tour schedule is below:

5/22: Nimes, France @ Paloma
5/23: Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
5/25: London, UK @ Field Day
5/27: Amsterdam, NL @ Holland Melkweg
5/28: Brussels, Belgium @ AB
5/29: Paris, France @ Trianon
6/7-6/9: Randall’s Island, NY @ Governors Ball
6/10: Washington, DC @ 930 Club
6/11: Washington, DC @ 930 Club
6/12: Washington, DC @ 930 Club
6/13-16: Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
7/2: Helsinki, Finland @ The Circus
7/4: Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
7/6: Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
7/9: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall*
7/10: Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Blues Fest
7/11-13: Albany, NY @ Camp Bisco
7/12-7/14: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle
7/15: Royal Oak. MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall *
7/16: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *
7/18: Covington, KY @ The Madison Theater
7/19: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
9/8: Salt Lake City, UT @ Depot *
9/9: Denver, CO @ Ogden *
9/11: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/16: Madison, WI @ Orpheum *
10/17: Chicago, IL @ Riviera *
10/24: Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater *
10/25: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

With Dan Deacon*

Mrs. Phil Spector on HBO’s Al Pacino Film: ‘It’s Not Accurate’

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Rachelle Spector, the imprisoned producer’s wife of seven years who also runs his businesses, critiques David Mamet’s movie, releases an EP, and prepares a Broadway musical.

The 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson was ahead of Rachelle Spector‘s time. The 32-year-old singer only came into legendary music producer Phil Spector‘s life months later (the two were married in 2006), but when it comes to the David Mamet movie , starring Al Pacino as her husband and airing on HBO March 24, she insists she knows just why it’s billed as a work of fiction.

"It’s pretty much to cover their own butts from getting sued," Spector tells , "because it’s not accurate to depict him gun waving and swearing and yelling. I don’t know where they come up with these things."

Phil Spector is imprisoned in Fresno’s California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility for 19 years to life, and Mrs. Spector lives alone in the Castle, the house where Clarkson died. "I come home and I think I hear him call my name," she says. "It’s weird, it really is."

But though Mrs. Spector, a night person like her husband, says it’s scary to be a woman alone there, the vast mansion itself is "far from" weird and spooky, as the film depicts it. She deplores the film’s "wacky stuff" about Mr. Spector as a "gun nut." That legendary episode of Phil firing bullets into a studio ceiling while recording a John Lennon album? "It didn’t happen," she says. "What’s kind of disturbing is the closeness of the relationship between Al and Helen Mirren [who plays Spector’s attorney]. Because that relationship was not that close. So that was kind of a fail. I don’t know why they started out with her thinking he was guilty, because she always thought he was innocent beyond a reasonable doubt."

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But Mrs. Spector applauds the scene that suggests Mr. Spector would have been far more splattered with gore if he’d really fired the gun in Clarkson’s mouth. "What they were trying to do is build it up to show the forensic demonstrations that actually weren’t admitted to the courtroom, which was great." (The trial did feature evidence of blood mist on his collar.) Still, she adds, "They really could’ve taken it to the next level if they’d just met with him. They should have focused on the music."

That’s what Mrs. Spector is doing. "I’ve been VP and CFO of his companies for nine years, and manage the estate, and have my own record label and publishing company. He’s one of the few people who still owns his song rights and his masters. We deal directly with Sony Legacy in New York, vice president Rob Santos. We’re releasing a new box set this fall and also like his early Philles label stuff, and a smaller compilation that’ll be sold in Target and Wal-Mart."

"Gold diggers don’t hang around for ten years. If that were the case, I would’ve taken the money a long time ago and left." — Rachelle Spector

"I’m actually working on a Broadway musical that’s going to showcase my husband and his life’s work. It’s in the beginning stages now, but we’re writing the book, the screenplay. I have a confidentiality agreement about it, so I can’t really talk about it yet, but it’s going really well. I do run everything. I hold the cards, so nothing can happen without me approving it. It’s going to show a whole different side of my husband. My main focus is going to be on his career and how he changed music."

She’s not sure she will permit scenes of his troubled childhood or work on Beatles albums and others. "It just depends on how far back I want to go, and getting rights for some of the John Lennon songs. There are a lot of people who, as you know, don’t like my husband, so the music is really going to dictate the direction I go for the musical."

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Mrs. Spector wrote her own song about Mr. Spector, "PS I Love You," released March 18, and a six-song EP will follow this spring, much different from her 2010 album . "I wrote the song based on love letters my husband and I wrote. I’ll make little voice notes to myself on my phone, and build a song around those ideas. I already did the video for this song, so that’s coming out next week [after the HBO film airs]. I did the video myself. I’m like a jack of all trades. This time around I wanted to really create my own identity and stay away from the shadows of ‘Phil Spector’s wife.’" she says.

She sang her songs to Mr. Spector over the phone, but he hasn’t seen . "Oh, he’s not going to be able to see it. He can barely make a phone call. They don’t have HBO there. I was able to send him this clear CD player. They make clear typewriters, the TV’s clear, everything." (See-through devices foil prison drug smugglers.)

Mrs. Spector, who recently got her pilot’s license so as to visit her husband each weekend, as well as a private detective license to investigate his case, thinks it’s clear she’s no gold digger. "Gold diggers don’t hang around for ten years. If that were the case, I would’ve taken the money a long time ago and left."

If she had it to do again, would she marry Phil Spector? Her answer: "You know what? I definitely stepped in it. But I just don’t think people take their marriage vows seriously anymore. If one little thing goes wrong, they’re out the door — ‘I don’t like the color of your socks!’ Whatever happened to standing up for what they believe?"

Reps: Peter Murphy Blew a .01 At DUI Arrest

Reps: Peter Murphy Blew a .01 At DUI Arrest

The singer’s scheduled tour of Bauhaus material will continue as planned.

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Representatives of Peter Murphy, the lead singer of goth trailblazers Bauhaus, have spoken out on the musician’s Facebook page about his hit-and-run arrest in Glendale on Saturday night.

Murphy, 55, was driving a Subaru Forester when he reportedly rear-ended a Mercedes shortly before midnight, then fled the scene on the Ventura Freeway. A pickup truck driver on the freeway then noticed the singer’s erratic driving and followed him off the freeway and into Los Angeles, where he boxed in Murphy’s car with his own vehicle and called for police. He was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI, hit and run and drug possession charges.

According to the Facebook posting, the amount of alcohol found in Murphy’s bloodstream was measured at 0.01 percent, a full 0.07 percent beneath the legal limit. Murphy told police at the time of his arrest that was "jet-lagged and had taken pills for depression."

"This is the lowest amount of alcohol that is able to register on a breathalyzer," the posting reads.

Nothing was mentioned of a small bag of drugs, suspected of containing methamphetamine, that Glendale Police reported finding on Murphy during his arrest. Officers said they suspected the singer was trying to ditch the bag in the back seat of a cruiser before they could find it.

His handlers add that Murphy’s charges have been downgraded from felonies to misdemeanors and that the singer, who pled not guilty to all charges, has been "released with no bail or restrictions." Prior to his Tuesday hearing, he was being held in custody in lieu of posting $500,000 bail.

Murphy will perform all dates as planned on his upcoming solo tour of North America, scheduled in April and May. He then heads to Europe for one month of shows before returning to the U.S. in July for more shows, wrapping up at the Fonda in Hollywood on July 27. The tour will feature Bauhaus music exclusively.

Tilda Swinton Honors David Bowie With Moving Speech: ‘The Freak Becomes the Great Unifier’

Tilda Swinton Honors David Bowie With Moving Speech: ‘The Freak Becomes the Great Unifier’

The actress writes an 840-word tribute to the legendary singer, which she delivers at the opening of the "David Bowie Is" exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Read the text in its entirety.

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Tilda Swinton delivered a beautiful and moving speech to open the "David Bowie Is" exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on March 20.

The actress appears in the video to Bowie’s latest single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," from his just-released album And while she doesn’t play his Doppelganger in the clip (that role is handled by Norwegian model Iselin Steiro), she revealed at the tribute that earlier in her life, she was regarded as "a freak who even looked a little like you." Bowie was not in attendance.

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Swinton noted that the museum had wanted a Bowie fan to speak, adding, "They could have thrown a paper napkin and hit a hundred. I’m the lucky one." The only instructions she received from the singer: that she include the word "testicular" in her address — which she did expertly.

Read the text of her speech in its entirety below:

Michelle Shocked Announces McCabe’s Appearance; ‘She Is Not Welcome,’ Says Club’s Concert Director

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The beleaguered singer plans to address the topic of "gay-bashing in the L.A. mayoral race" on Saturday at the Santa Monica guitar store and performance space. Only one hitch: The venue is dark that night. Sidewalk, anyone?

It sounds like Michelle Shocked might not intend to let the cancelation of her tour stop her from showing up anyway.

Friday afternoon, the beleaguered singer tweeted that she would be appearing at Santa Monica’s McCabe’s Saturday night for a “speaking engagement” on the subject of  “Effects of Gay-Bashing on the L.A. Mayoral Race.”

This came as news to the club — and not good news.

“She is not welcome at McCabe’s,” said the venue’s angry concert director, Lincoln Myerson, who had just learned about Shocked’s vow — or threat — to show up, after getting calls about the singer’s mysterious tweet. On Monday, the guitar shop and concert venue joined nearly every other club on her impending tour in canceling her upcoming appearance after her alleged anti-gay comments at the opening gig of the tour Sunday night in San Francisco led to mass walkouts and media furor.

Myerson said that the club had not heard from Shocked at all during the week, despite repeated attempts to reach her before and since the show cancelation. He added that, as of a couple days ago, none of the other halls or clubs that had canceled their shows with her had heard a peep out of the mercurial performer, either.

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“Had Michelle attempted to talk to me” about taking part in some kind of non-musical forum, “I might have attempted to work something out with her. But for her to go rogue on this shows that she’s her own sheriff. If she wants to do it at the park down the street, she can do it there, but she can’t do it at McCabe’s. I’m not intending to clean up this mess for her. I wish I could get on and tweet, ‘Hey, it’s at her house — here’s her address.’"

Asked by via Twitter if she intended to make her "appearance" some sort of guerrilla action, Shocked, who was arrested two years ago at an Occupy protest, responded: "OK, OCCU-PIE!!" She also retweeted a fan who said: "You mean like on the sidewalk in front of @McCabesGuitar? It doesn’t get much more punk rock than that. I’m there."

The club had received everything from benign petitions to actual threats from LGBT supporters throughout the week, and now there is concern that activists may believe her supposed appearance is sanctioned. “I don’t want to deal with broken glass and broken guitars,” Myerson said. “And to find out about this from news agencies instead of Michelle herself is irresponsible and offensive.”

Myerson added, “I can’t stop her from having a rally on the sidewalk. But I’ve alerted the police department, saying I think there might be trouble, and could they have a couple of extra patrol cars cruise by.” He’s worried because the store planned to be open up until the once-planned showtime to process refunds for a few dozen ticketholders who haven’t already gotten their money back.

On Monday, McCabe’s was receiving petitions and threats of protests from LGBT activists if the show went on. But there were other reasons for joining the wave of cancelations, like Shocked refusing to respond to club owners’ inquiries about whether she planned to use her upcoming concerts as a platform for similarly outraging speeches, or even if she did actually still plan to show up.

Now they know: She’s planning on putting in an appearance, all right.

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Even now, despite this apparent act of antagonism, Myerson would like to give the performer, who had previously been a McCabe’s favorite, the benefit of the doubt about the intent behind her suggestion to the San Francisco audience that they tweet that she said, “God hates faggots.”

“I think she might have been trying to make a point about ‘I love both bigots and queers,’ but if so, she did a crappy job of it. If you want to make a point about the hypocrisy of racism, you don’t go into the First AME Church and lob the N-word and then expect to get a reasonable debate going.”

Shocked is only speaking with the media via Twitter, since her volunteer publicist walked off the job Thursday after less than 48 hours on duty. Shocked is also believed to have been acting as her own booker on the scotched tour, despite contact info for a booking agent on her website. Until mid-week, that same contact page also listed a publicist who had not worked with her for several years, who said he had sent Shocked legal threats in order to get his name and phone number removed from her site.

Shocked also tweeted Friday that she plans to show up come what may at her Madison, Wisconsin, gig May 4. That’s the one show on her tour that hasn’t been canceled, apparently due to the club owner being on vacation and unreachable in Mexico, though a contact at the venue told local press “there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll cancel this."

As for Shocked’s interest in the subject of  "gay-bashing in the L.A. mayoral race," further information can be found in the Q&A with her that published Thursday. In that conversation, apropos of little, Shocked brought up the election and told her confused interviewer that she supported candidate Wendy Greuel, on the way to mocking gay GOP candidate Kevin James (who did not make the run-off) as being “as affordable as any other politician.” Chances are Greuel will not be showing up outside McCabe’s to accept Shocked’s endorsement.

Despite some baffling attempts to explain herself this week, Shocked continues to be a pariah among some gay former supporters. “What the hell?” comedian Margaret Cho wrote on Huffington Post Thursday. “It’s freaky to me, the whole business of going from a queer icon to someone who would actually say that God hates us. When the shock wore off, I found that people were super angry, but I just got scared.”

Eliminated ‘Idol’ Paul Jolley on the End of the ‘White Guy With Guitar’ Era

Eliminated ‘Idol’ Paul Jolley on the End of the ‘White Guy With Guitar’ Era

The 23-year-old singer talks judges’ advice and which song (previously performed by Adam Lambert) he wanted to take on for Motown week.

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With America saying goodbye to Paul Jolley on Thursday night’s elimination episode of , it begs the question: Is this the end of the White Guy With Guitar era?

“For this show, yes,” says the 23-year old Dresden, Tenn., singer. “But in my eyes, I have already won ”

Jolley is the second male singer shown the door on the Fox singing competition, leaving only three men left standing: Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez and Lazaro Arbos.

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So, do any of the guys have a chance? Jolley seems optimistic about their odds.

“Everybody is so good in their individual ways,” he says. “Everybody has their own genre. It’s basically the battle of the genres [more] than who the better person is.”

How about Arbos, who Jimmy Iovine said had the worst performance of the evening yet remained in the competition?

“Lazaro has a huge following,” says Jolley. “He has an amazing story. Everyone connects to it. I give him good props for that, and I wish him the best of luck.”

As for Jolley’s future, the singer said he wants to do it all: sing, act, become a member of the Grand Ole Opry and design his own clothing line.

“[I want to] dabble in everything and put my Paul Jolley stamp on everything,” he confesses, elaborating on his designing dreams. “It’s always been in my head. This is , and this is where the spotlight is for . I think everyone in the industry at some time wants to stretch out, so why not look at the full picture now?”

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In a Friday interview with reporters, Jolley — still "sleepy" from a full day of interviews that began with a 4 a.m. wakeup call — discussed his time on the show, his thoughts on the judges’ critiques and what song, previously performed by Adam Lambert, he was planning to sing on Motown night.

On the conflicting judge critiques: “I was kind of confused. Every week it was something new. I appreciated that a lot. I always want that room to grow. There is always room to grow, so if I’m doing something wrong, there is something wrong with them not telling me. I really appreciate them telling me things that I can work on.”

On the learning curve: “There’s a lot going on [on] that stage. We have cameras we have to look for, the red dots we have to follow to make sure we are looking at the right camera, things a lot of the viewers don’t know about…it’s all new to us. It’s all a learning experience.”

On Iovine saying he “wasn’t ready for primetime": “To each his own. I think I am ready for it or I wouldn’t be in the top 10 of the competition.  I feel he saved me for a reason, so I feel like he knows I have the talent and he knows that I am ready or he wouldn’t have done that for me.”

Did he think there was a chance he might be saved as he performed “Alone” by Heart? “They weren’t going to save me again. I’m glad I got to sing. It makes the last stamp of Paul Jolley.  I’d rather sing something that means something to me and leave on a good note.”

Why does it look like he’s been losing weight since he auditioned? Do they feed them in the mansion?: “Sometimes they bring salads, burritos and stuff. Healthy things.  I’m really not a health kind of guy. [I eat] cheeseburgers and pizza. My clothes don’t fit the same.”

Did he think Nicki Minaj and the judges were too hard on him?: “I feel like they have been really easy on the other contestants. For some reason, I was the one to be tough on this season. I’m OK with that. I want that critique. I want to grow as an artist. I’m thankful for the critiquing [Minaj] gave me. I wish it would have been a little more that I can take from or learn from. I love her just the same, she put me through the first round as well.  Keith Urban gave me better feedback I can learn from and use in my career after .

Is there a modeling career in Jolley’s future?: “That’s what the photographers told me. So hopefully I’ll have some side money coming in, because I don’t have none now!”

What song was he planning on singing next week for Motown night?: “Tracks of My Tears” by The Miracles.

What is he looking forward to on the tour this summer?: “Doing more than one song! I cannot wait until I have my moment with the fans."

Bebo Valdes, Legendary Cuban Pianist, Dies at 94

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The musician won five Grammys for his Latin jazz recordings and had songs featured in the Oscar-nominated animated film "Chico & Rita."

Bebo Valdes, the iconic Cuban pianist who staged a remarkable comeback in his seventies and went on to win five Grammy Awards for a succession of masterful Latin jazz recordings, has died. He was 94.
“Cuba has lost one of its greatest musicians, ever,” said Nat Chediak, the Miami-based producer who, with Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba, produced the recordings that brought Valdes his late-life renown. “As his music eloquently displays, he loved Cuba dearly, to the very end.”

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Valdes died in Sweden, where he moved in 1964 after leaving Cuba when Fidel Castro took power. Valdes was known in Cuba as the pianist and musical director of the famed Club Tropicana in the 1940s and ’50s and for inventing a style of Afro-Cuban dance music called the batanga. Upon departing the island, he left behind a musical legacy with his children, who include the renowned pianist Chucho Valdes and Cuban soul singer Mayra Caridad Valdes.
After years spent in obscurity playing piano in a restaurant near his Stockholm home, Valdes came back into the public eye in 1994 when Paquito de Rivera, another Cuban exile, brought him into the studio to record , produced by the sax player.
Trueba subsequently featured Valdes in this Latin Jazz documentary . Valdes went on to record a string of internationally successful albums with Trueba and Chediak. His music also was featured in Trueba’s animated film , which was loosely based on Valdes’ life. The movie was nominated for an Oscar in 2012.

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Valdes’ last album was (), on which the two giants performed classics of Cuban music , including compositions written by Bebo. He spent much of his last years in Spain, often in the company of Chucho, playing piano even after he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

He is survived by his wife, Rose-Marie Pehrso, and his seven children.
“Bebo was one with his music,” Chediak said. “ I can’t recall a single day that went by without his playing the piano. In a way, it kept him alive.”


Prince Announces West Coast Tour Dates

Prince Announces West Coast Tour Dates

He’ll play two shows every night with his new all-female backing band 3rdEyeGirl. Four gigs at the Grove in Anaheim will be his first public shows in Greater L.A. since the "21 Nite Stand" in 2011.

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Hot on the heels of his marathon set Saturday at SXSW, Prince on Friday announced a nine-city tour of theaters in the Western U.S. and Canada beginning April 15 in Vancouver. 

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The Live Out Loud jaunt — which will include two shows every night, at 8 and 11:30 p.m. — will make its way down the coast to San Francisco on April 23 and 24 and to Anaheim at the City National Grove on May 7 and 8 before concluding at the Ogden Theatre in Denver on May 12 and 13. The Anaheim dates will be Prince’s first public shows in the Los Angeles area since his "21 Nite Stand" in 2011, which included 15 arena shows at the Forum in Inglewood and much more intimate gigs at the Troubadour and House of Blues in West Hollywood.

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Tickets for all four Anaheim shows went on sale Friday. On-sales for the other dates have not been announced.

The tour will mark Prince’s first with his new all-female backing band 3rdEyeGirl, featuring Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis, Danish bassist Ida Nielsen and Kentucky-born drummer Hannah Ford. 3rdEyeGirl made its national television debut this month backing Prince on NBC’s , playing his new song "Screwdriver" and "Bambi," from Prince’s self-titled 1979 album (see video below).

Live Out Loud tour dates: 

April 15: Vogue Theatre, Vancouver
April 16: Vogue Theatre, Vancouver
April 18, Showbox at The Market, Seattle
April 19, Showbox at The Market, Seattle
April 21: Roseland Theater, Portland
April 23: DNA Lounge, San Francisco
April 24: DNA Lounge, San Francisco
April 26: The Joint, Las Vegas
April 27: The Joint, Las Vegas
April 30: Marquee Theatre, Phoenix
May 1: Marquee Theatre, Phoenix
May 3: Hard Rock Hotel Ballroom, San Diego
May 4: Hard Rock Hotel Ballroom, San Diego
May 7: City National Grove, Anaheim
May 8: City National Grove, Anaheim
May 12: Ogden Theatre, Denver
May 13: Ogden Theatre, Denver

ACM Awards 2013: Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton Among Off-Camera Winners

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Several artists have already earned a nod from the Academy even before the April 7 ceremony.

Weeks before the Academy of Country Music Awards, several trophies have already been doled out to the genre’s top artists.

Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Hank Williams, The Judds, Lady Antebellum, Guy Clark, Keith Whitley and Tommy Wiggins are among the first off-camera winners announced by the academy on Friday, taking home songwriter, industry and special awards.

coach Shelton has been selected to receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, given to an artist that represents unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievements in country music. Past winners include Garth Brooks, George Burns and Willie Nelson.

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Aldean, meanwhile, is being honored with the Crystal Milestone Award, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement. For Aldean, the honor comes on the heels of his first sold-out stadium show last year during histour, which also made him the first country artist to headline at Boston’s historic Fenway Park. That show sold out in a record-setting seven minutes, prompting an additional show the following night.

Clark and Williams are given the Poet’s Award for songwriting, while Dallas Davidson is named songwriter of the year. Lady Antebellum is honored with the Jim Reeves International Award, for promoting acceptance of country music across the globe, while The Judds and Whitley were selected to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, for individuals who are pioneers of the genre.

Find a complete list of early winners on the next page.

The ACM Awards are set for April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live on CBS to the east coast at 8 p.m., with a tape delayed west coast broadcast.

John Mayer Announces First Tour in Three Years

John Mayer Announces First Tour in Three Years

The artist will visit over 40 cities in four countries during the trek, which begins July 6.

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John Mayer is mounting his first major concert tour in three years following an extended vocal hiatus brought on by throat issues, has learned. The artist’s tour in support of 2012’s , which topped the Billboard 200, kicks off July 6 at Milwaukee’s SummerFest and continues into October.

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Mayer will visit over 40 cities in four countries during the trek, including dates at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks (July 16) and the Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 5), as well as festival stops at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sept. 17), and Rock in Rio in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Sept. 21).

Opening for Mayer on nearly all the dates will be "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips. Ticketing information can be found on the singer’s website; a dollar from each sale will be donated to the NCIRE to support returning Veterans.

To warm up for the tour, Mayer will perform at the sold-out Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on April 25 and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 26. They will mark his first full-length concerts since a throat granuloma forced him to cancel initial tour plans around, his fifth studio album. In January he played a brief set at a benefit concert in Montana.

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In this week’s , Mayer tells of his harrowing journey in the past year to repair his vocal cords after unsuccessful surgery. He’s calling his recovery a dream come true, especially since it means he can sing for his fans again.

"The greatest gift I have in my life is the opportunity to play again, which is also the opportunity to dream again," he says. "My dreams were in escrow, but when I found out this thing in my throat had receded, the most exciting thing for me was having a second chance at a new life. My dreams have come true twice. That’s really cool."

Tour Dates:

April 25 — Tuscaloosa, AL (Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – SOLD-OUT)
April 26 — New Orleans, LA (JazzFest)
July 6 — Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest- Marcus Amphitheater
July 7 — Maryland Heights/St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
July 9 — Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
July 10 — Bonner Springs, KS (Cricket Wireless Amphitheater)
July 12 — Woodlands, TX (The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
July 13 — Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
July 16 — Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
July 19 — Ridgefield, WA (Sleep Country Amphitheater)
July 20 — George, WA (The Gorge)
July 22 — Paso Robles, CA (California Mid State Fair)
July 24 — Wheatland, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre at Sacramento)
July 26 — Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
July 27 — Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine)
Aug. 6 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
Aug. 7 — Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Aug. 9 — Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
Aug. 10 — Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
Aug. 11 — Springfield, IL (Illinois State Fair)
Aug. 13 — Darien, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 14 — Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
Aug. 16 — Hartford, CT (Comcast Theatre)
Aug. 17 — Mansfield, MA (Comcast Center)
Aug. 20 — Bethel, NY (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
Aug. 21 — Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 23 — Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Aug. 24 — Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach)
Aug. 25 — Burgettstown, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
Aug. 27 — Allentown, PA (The Great Allentown Fair)
Aug. 28 — Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
Aug. 30 — Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 31 — Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
Sept. 1 — Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Resort Spa and Casino Event Center)
Sept. 4 — Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte)v Sept. 5 — Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
Sept. 7 — Tampa, FL (Live Nation Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds)
Sept. 8 — West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
Sept. 17 — Buenos Aires, Argentina (Luna Park)
Sept. 21 — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Rock in Rio)
Sept. 27 — Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)

Oct. 1 — Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheater)
Oct. 2 — Phoenix, AZ (Desert Sky Pavilion)
Oct. 4 — San Diego, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Oct. 5 — Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Bowl)