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By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 18, 2013

Heart and Jason Bonham have announced a tour including a Cleveland stop on July 22, and Rihanna has a concert TV special coming. The official word on Heart/Bonham:

2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, HEART, will take their critically acclaimed live show on the road this summer with very special guest JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE. Ann and Nancy Wilson first met Jason Bonham, son of famed Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, when they performed “Stairway to Heaven” together at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin in December 2012. Over 6 million fans have watched the performance online and purchased the track on iTunes. Now, in addition to a full set of Heart classic hits including “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Alone,” “These Dreams,” “What About Love” and many more, fans can experience this historical pairing live when Heart and Bonham close each show with a special thirty-minute finale tribute to Led Zeppelin.

Ann Wilson promises fans an incredibly special event. “Nancy and I and the rest of Heart are thrilled to be playing with Jason and his band this summer. Awesome rock ‘n’ roll music every night...miracles apt to happen any old time." Nancy adds, “It's not a tribute as we have the blessings of the gods themselves.”

Jason adds, "What a great night it was for us at the Kennedy Center awards, and now to be able to do it again on the road with Ann and Nancy is such an honor for me. I am really looking forward to taking my Led Zep Experience show out this summer with Heart and to join them in a Zep-a-thon closing the show as well. Just fantastic!”

Tickets for the tour will go on sale beginning on March 23:

6/17 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater

6/18 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheater

6/20 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater

6/21 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

6/22 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion

6/24 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live

6/25 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live

6/27 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

6/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center – Mansfield MA

6/29 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

7/2 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

7/3 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden

7/4 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

7/19 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater

7/21 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown

7/22 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center

7/27 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

7/29 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival

7/30 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center

8/1 West Allis, WI Wisconsin State Fair

8/14 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/15 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

8/17 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8/18 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theater

8/20 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater

8/22 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater

8/23 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater

8/24 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

8/26 San Diego, CA Open Air Theater

8/28 San Francisco, CA America’s Cup Pavilion

8/30 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheater

A limited number of VIP experience packages with premium seating, exclusive music and merchandise, and a meet and greet with Ann and Nancy will be available for all shows. Heart and Jason Bonham have each teamed up with VIP Nation to offer a variety of VIP Packages. For all of these details visit:

... On December 11, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the induction of Heart. The induction ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013 and broadcast on HBO on May 18, 2013.

Rihanna and Fox have planned a concert special for May. The official word:

Global superstar Rihanna soars in the exclusive world premiere of concert documentary RIHANNA 777, airing Monday, May 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The film gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Rihanna’s unprecedented globetrotting concert tour that hit seven countries in seven days with seven shows to promote her seventh album.

Filling a 777 jet with 256 die-hard fans and international journalists, Rihanna began a thrilling nonstop performance tour on November 14, 2012, traveling to Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York City to promote her album, “Unapologetic.” The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, with her single, “Diamonds,” reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 the day after the 777 tour ended.

The entire tour was documented by a film crew, offering fans stellar performances of her greatest hits in glamorous locales. The film also provides an inside look at the singer’s ambitious and often turbulent tour, from the sound of popping champagne corks on the plane, to the backstage chaos, to the singer’s special worldwide appearances.

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