It has been an eventful week for Bruce Springsteen. As his new album, Wrecking Ball, debuted at #1 on the US and UK charts, he delivered the keynote at the music portion of SXSW, during which he paid tribute about his biggest career influences, a musically diverse group including The Beatles, The Animals, James Brown, Elvis, and Woody Guthrie. Elton John has a new album coming out soon. The artist tells Rolling Stone that The Diving Board will be a back-to-his-roots production with only bass and drums and piano as accompaniment. He credits the album's producer, T Bone Burnett with the idea, which has resulted in what John calls "the most exciting solo record I've done in a long, long time." Things are about to get really busy on the live concert circuit. Coming soon:
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers - co-headlining a July-August tour during which each band will perform separately, then get together for a grand finale of both groups' songs.
KISS and Mötley Crüe - touring the US together, tentatively July through September
Def Leppard, Poison and Leta Ford (ex-The Runaways) - touring the US together in June and July
Steve Winwood - back on the road in May and June