Kansas Welcomes Ronnie Platt as Its New Lead Singer

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_6ed5402e4b.jpgImage Courtesy of M. Malinowski -- Longtime Kansas frontman Steve Walsh revealed just over two weeks ago that he'll soon be leaving the band, but the veteran rockers already have found a replacement.  The group has announced that Ronnie Platt will be stepping in as the new lead singer. A message on Kansas' official website reports that "Ronnie's first show with the band will be September 12 in Oklahoma City, OK, where he will take over singing duties for departing vocalist Steve Walsh."

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New Beatles Doc Focusing on Band's Touring Years to Be Directed by Ron Howard

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_7a6343b462.jpgImage Courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd. -- Ron Howard has directed quite a few fab films over the years, including 2002's Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind.  Now he'll be behind the lens for a new authorized Beatles documentary about the Fab Four's years as a touring act.  The upcoming movie is being made with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison -- the respective widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Entire Catalog Remastered for iTunes

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_e5d4012029.jpgImage Courtsey of Mary Ellen Matthews -- In advance of the July 29 release of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' latest studio album, Hypnotic Eye, the band's entire catalog has been mastered specifically for iTunes and can be purchased now at the digital music service. The series features a total of 18 full-length revamped recordings, spanning from the group's 1976 eponymous debut through 2010's Mojo.

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Paul McCartney to Play Benefit Concert at Intimate New San Antonio Venue

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_8dfa964fc5.jpgMJ Kim/MPL Communications -- Paul McCartney has lined up a special intimate benefit concert deep in the heart of Texas this fall. The rock legend will perform at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in downtown San Antonio on October 1 in conjunction with the grand-opening festivities for the $203 million venue. Sir Paul's show will take place in The Tobin Center's 1,750-seat H-E-B Performance Hall and will raise money for the complex, which is scheduled to open on September 4.

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Gregg Allman Biopic Filmmakers Have Turned Themselves In to Georgia Police

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_b8a354c9d2.jpgImage Courtesy of PMK-BNC -- Randall Miller and Jody Savin, the main filmmakers behind the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, turned themselves in to Georgia authorities Sunday after being indicted earlier this month on involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing charges following the train accident that claimed the life of a camera assistant during the movie's first day of shooting.

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