CLASSIC ROCK TIPS 4-23-13

4/23/2013

* The J. Geils Band returns to Detroit to open for Bon Jovi on July 18 at Ford Field. Tickets, starting at $19.50, are currently on sale.

* Richie Havens, the singer-songwriter who opened the Woodstock festival in 1969, died Monday (April 22) at his home in New Jersey from a heart attack. A public memorial will be scheduled in the future, according to his family. Read The Insider's Havens obituary at  http://bit.ly/13PAvps 

* Robert Plant has announced a summer North American tour with his Sensational Shape Shifters, starting June 20 in Dallas -- though there are no dates in the Detroit area or Michigan. 
 
* A first look at "The Fifth Beatle," a graphic novel set to be turned into a movie, can be found at 
http://bit.ly/10uwPbT
 
* Magnolia Pictures has purchased the North American rights to "Good Ol' Freda," the documentary about longtime Beatles secretary Freda Kelly. The studio plans to release it theatrically later this year. 
 
* Mott The Hoopole will reunite again for five U.K. dates in November. The group previously played its homeland in 2009 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The Pretenders' Martin Chambers will sit in for Dale "Buffin" Griffin, who's not physically able to perform. 
 
* Black Star Riders, the Thin Lizzy offshoot band led by former guitarist Scott Gorham, will release its first album, "All Hell Breaks Loose," on May 28. The group starts a U.K. tour on November 22; no U.S. dates have been announced yet. --  by Gary Graff, WCSX Classic Rock Insider

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