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Deep Purple Confirms Itinerary for North American Summer Tour

Image Courtesy of Jim RaketeDeep Purple has officially announced the full schedule for its 2014 North American summer tour. The trek will feature 19 dates, and will run from an August 4 concert in Scottsdale, Arizona, through an August 31 show in Hollywood, Florida.

The tour will mark the first time the veteran British rockers will be visiting the continent since the arrival of their latest studio album, Now What?!, which was released in April 2013. Deep Purple last toured Canada in February 2012, and while they’s most recent U.S. outing took place June 2011.

In advance of the 2014 North American trek, the band will release a new single from Now What?! to radio, a song titled “All the Time in the World.” They currently is touring Europe, and that leg will wind down with a July 21 performance in Singen, Germany.

Here is Deep Purple’s full North American tour schedule:

8/4 — Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Casino
8/5 — Ventura, CA, Ventura County Fair
8/6 — Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fair
8/8 — Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater
8/9 — Roseburg, OR, Douglas County Fair
8/10 — Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
8/13 — Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
8/14 — Valley Center, CA, Harrah’s Rincon Casino Event Center
8/15 — Las Vegas, NV, Fremont St. Downtown
8/16 — Wendover, NV, Peppermill Casino Concert Hall
8/20 — Elgin, IL, Festival Park
8/21 — Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Casino
8/22 — Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
8/24 — Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC
8/25 — Englewood, NJ, Bergen PAC
8/26 — Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/29 — Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Casino
8/30 — Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
8/31 — Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena

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July 4th Jams: “Billboard” Rounds Up 20 Songs About America

Stockbyte/ThinkstockIn honor of the Fourth of July, Billboard has put together a playlist of 20 notable songs about America, from the worlds of rock, pop, rap and country. Some of them are flag-waving songs that demonstrate pride in our country; others are critical of the land of the free and the home of the brave; while others simply name-check the good ol’ united statesA. Among the rock artists whose tunes were chosen are Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Guess Who and John Mellencamp. Here’s the list, in no particular order: we’ve organized them as to whether the group’re pro-united statesA, critical or neutral — and you can listen to them all over at Billboard.com:

Pro-united statesA.

James Brown – “Living in America”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Living in America – hand to hand, across the nation Living in America / Got to have a celebration… / You might not be looking for the promised land, but you might find it anyway”

Neil Diamond – “America”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Everywhere around the world / The group’re coming to America / Every time that flag’s unfurled / The group’re coming to America / Got a dream to take them there / The group’re coming to America / Got a dream the group’ve come to share / The group’re coming to America”

Kanye West and Jay-Z – “Made in America”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “We made it in America / I pledge allegiance to my grandma / For that banana pudding, our piece of Americana / Our apple pie was supplied through Arm & Hammer / Straight out the kitchen / Shh, don’t wake Nana!”

Kid Rock – “American Bada**”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “I’m an American bada**, watch me kick.”

Brad Paisley – “American Saturday Night”
Key ‘America’ Lyric, according to Billboard: “It’s a French kiss, Italian ice / Margaritas in the moonlight / Just another American Saturday night”

Toby Keith – “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Oh, justice will be served and the battle will rage / This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage / And you’ll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A. / ‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your a**, it’s the American way.”

Neutral

Miley Cyrus – “Party in the united statesA.”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “And I got my hands up / The group’re playin’ my song / I know I’m gonna be ok / Yeah, it’s a party in the USA”

Demi Lovato – “Made in the united statesA.”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard:”Our love was made in the united statesA. / Made in the united statesA.”

Kim Wilde – “Kids in America”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Outside suburbia’s sprawling everywhere / I don’t want to go baby / New York to East California / There’s a new wave coming I warn you / We’re the kids in America.”

Simon and Garfunkel – “America”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, the group’ve all gone to look for America.”

John Mellencamp – “R.O.C.K. in the united statesA.”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Some are black and some are white / Ain’t to proud to sleep on the floor tonight / With the blind faith of Jesus you know that the group just might / Be rockin’ in the united statesA.”

Don McLean – “American Pie”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “So bye-bye, miss American pie /Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.”

Critical of the united statesA.

Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the united statesA.”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Nowhere to run / Ain’t got nowhere to go / Born in the united statesA., I was born in the united statesA.”

Eminem – “White America”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “The women and men who have broke their necks for the freedom of speech the United States government has sworn to uphold, or (Yo’, I want everybody to listen to the words of this song) so we’re told…”

2 Live Crew – “Banned in the united statesA.”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “The First Amendment gave us freedom of speech. So what you sayin’? It didn’t include me?”

Green Day – “American Idiot”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Don’t want to be an American idiot / One nation controlled by the media / Information age of hysteria / It’s calling out to idiot America”

Madonna – “American Life”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “I’d like to express my extreme point-of-view / I’m not a Christian and I’m not a Jew / I’m just living out the American dream / And I just realized that nothing is what it seems.”

Lil Wayne – “God Bless Amerika”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “My country ’tis of thee / Sweet land of kill ‘em all and let ‘em die / God Bless America / This ol’ godless America”

Lenny Kravitz/The Guess Who – “American Woman”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “I don’t need your war machines / I don’t need your ghetto scenes / Colored lights can hypnotize / Sparkle someone else’s eyes / Now woman, get away / American woman, listen what I say”

Tom Petty – “American Girl”
Key “America” Lyric, according to Billboard: “Well, she was an American girl / Raised on promises / She couldn’t help thinkin’ that there was a little more to life somewhere else.”

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Fabulous Fourth of July Concerts: Cheap Trick, Kansas, Foreigner, Styx and Many More

iStock/ThinkstockBesides enjoying fireworks, barbecue and a day off of work, classic-rock fans in the U.S. will be able to celebrate the Fourth of July by checking out some cool concerts by a variety of great artists around the country.

Among the veteran stars scheduled to perform today are Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper and his tour mates Motley Crue, Kansas, Eddie Money and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, not to mention America and “American Pie” singer Don McLean. In addition, the Soundtrack of Summer Tour featuring Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder will be stopping in Scranton, Pennsylvania, while Journey‘s joint trek with the Steve Miller Band will be entertaining crowds just north of the border in Ottawa, Canada.

Here’s an alphabetical rundown of many of the acts that will be playing Independence Day concerts across North America:

America — Del Mar, CA, Del Mar Fairgrounds Grandstand
Joey Molland’s Badfinger, Marshall Tucker Band and Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas — Waconia, MN, Carver County Fairgrounds
Cheap Trick — Blue Ash, OH, Blue Ash Summit Park
Alice Cooper and Motley Crue — Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest Grounds Stage
Creedence Clearwater Revisited — Elgin, IL, Festival Park
Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder — Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Lou Gramm — Ashland, KY, Summer Motion
Jefferson Starship — Mandeville, LA, Fontainebleau State Park
Journey and Steve Miller Band — Ottawa, ON, Canada, BBC Royal Bank Bluesfest – Lebreton Flats
Kansas — Flower Mound, TX, Flower Mound Independence Fest
Michael McDonald — Washington, DC, A Capitol Fourth Concert (televised on PBS)
Don McLean — Las Cruces, NM, Las Cruces Public School Sports Stadium
Eddie Money — Beaumont, CA, Stewart Park
Ted Nugent — Santa Fe, NM, Camel Rock Casino
REO Speedwagon — Logan, UT, Cache Valley Fairgrounds
George Thorogood and the Destroyers — Davenport, IA, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Live EP: Band Says “Give It Away”

Clara Balzary/Warner Bros. RecordsThe Red Hot Chili Peppers have a new EP, and it’s free.

Drummer Chad Smith selected the five songs for the digital-only release, which was culled from live recordings from the band’s I’m With You tour of 2012-2013.

Smith announced the EP’s release in a tweet, directing fans to the band’s LiveChiliPeppers.com site, where the five-song EP is ready for download.

You can find the link on the main page of the site.

Here are the tracks on the live EP:

“Breaking the Girl”
“Wet Sand”
“Snow”
“Power of Equality”
“Strip My Mind”

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