Music News: Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, and Darius Rucker to share a bill in St. Paul


Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performed onstage during the Rolling Stone LIVE Presented By Miller Lite at The Venue of Scottsdale on Jan. 31, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Gustavo Caballero | Getty Images for Miller Lite 2015)

A week from Sunday, Steven Tyler is playing at St. Paul's RiverCentre. Also on the bill: John Fogerty, Darius "Don't Call Me Hootie" Rucker, and 13-year-old ukulele star Grace VanderWaal. Sinbad will emcee, with guest appearances by Ben Affleck and the First Lady of Zambia.

It can only be the annual Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala, which brings a ludicrously diverse crew of celebrities to town to raise money to give hearing aids to those in need. Seats are still available, and they start at $1,500. Read our report from last year's gala, which featured John Mellencamp and Alice Cooper.

Kesha announces new album

Five years after her last album, Kesha is ready for a musical comeback. She'll release Rainbow on Aug. 11; a first single and video, "Praying," is out now. The pop star's career has essentially been on hiatus amidst an ongoing legal battle with the superproducer Dr. Luke, who Kesha has accused of assault and other offenses. This spring, Dr. Luke split from Kemosabe, the Sony Records imprint he founded — and that Kesha is still contracted to.

Guests on the new album will include Eagles of Death Metal and Dolly Parton, who will appear on a version "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You." That song was a hit for Parton in 1980, written by Patricia Rose Sebert and Hugh Moffat. Sebert is Kesha's mother, and has co-written almost a dozen songs for her daughter — including the hits "Your Love is My Drug" and "Timber." (Pitchfork)

Prince has another top five album

Prince, whose music was all over the Billboard 200 album chart after his death last year, is back in the top five again: the Purple Rain deluxe reissue lands at number four this week, and tops the vinyl and R&B album charts. When first released in 1984, the soundtrack album topped the Billboard 200 for 24 weeks. (Billboard)

Today's LCD Soundsystem news

In a BBC interview, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy talks about his e-mail friendship with David Bowie, disclosing that the two had some early discussions about a potential collaborative album. (Pitchfork)

Gavin Russom, LCD Soundsystem's synth player and technician, has come out as transgender. "It's time to become a whole person," says Russom, who says she's grappled with external and internalized transphobia for years. She'll make her public debut as an out trans woman with a July 13 DJ set in Chicago. (Pitchfork)

Tupac-Madonna breakup letter to be auctioned

"I never meant to hurt you." That could come from any breakup letter — but this one happens to be a 1995 note from Tupac Shakur to Madonna. The letter, in which Shakur describes why race was a factor in their breakup ("I felt due to my 'image,' I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was"), will go up for auction later this month.

At the end of the letter, Shakur warns Madonna to be cautious, citing the fact that he was previously targeted in a shooting. "Everyone is not as honorable as they seem," he writes. "There are those whose hearts bleed with envy and evil. They would not hesitate to do you harm! Let my 5 bullets be proof of that!" (Rolling Stone)

Watch Nirvana play Radio Shack

Footage of an early Nirvana video shoot has surfaced. The shooting location: a Radio Shack in Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Wash. The video was shot in 1988, two years before Dave Grohl joined the band; handling drum duties for Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic is Dale Crover, who later joined the Melvins. (Billboard)

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