Mark Knopfler Schedules Handful of US Dates in October

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_50e4591b25.jpgPhoto: Fabio Lovino -- Mark Knopfler will pay a brief visit to the U.S. this fall in conjunction with the stateside release of his latest studio album, Privateering.  The ex-Dire Straits frontman will play four concerts on the West Coast, beginning with an October 23 show in Long Beach, California, and wrapping up with an October 27 gig in Oakland, California.

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R.E.M. Hopes to Release Rare Fan Club Singles for Charity

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_25090b9b75.jpgWarner Bros. Records -- R.E.M. may not be making any new music, but you may soon be able to get your hands on a number of singles the group released to members of their fan club between 1988-2011.  Former guitarist Peter Buck says he has a plan for the rare tracks, which were originally dished out on seven-inch vinyl at Christmas time.

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Carole King Stage Musical Announces Cast, Sets Premiere Date

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_68f19f0aef.jpgFacebook.com/BeautifulOnBway -- The complete cast has been revealed for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the upcoming stage production based on the life and music of the legendary singer/songwriter.  Playbill.com reports that Tony-nominated actress Jessie Mueller, whose previous credits include Broadway productions of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, will take on the lead role.

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The Rascals' Reunion Show Kicks Off Series of Toronto Performances Tonight

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_ddcc39c5ac.jpgThe Hartman Group -- The Rascals' reunion show Once upon a Dream begins an 11-performance stint tonight at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. The multimedia event features the group's four original members playing dozens of their classic songs, along with archival film footage, photographs, narration and dramatic interludes that tell the band's story.

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Sammy Hagar Shoots Down Chance of Collaboration with David Lee Roth

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_4d95128fcf.jpgFacebook.com/SammyHagar -- For some Van Halen fans, a collaboration between founding frontman David Lee Roth and former lead singer Sammy Hagar likely would be a dream come true.  However, Hagar -- who mounted a co-headlining tour with Diamond Dave back in 2002 -- says he doesn't expect that ever to happen.

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