New releases from Zeppelin, more tour dates for Smashing Pumpkins, and more

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Led Zeppelin is set to offer its first ever Record Store Day release. A limited edition seven-inch single produced by Jimmy Page featuring unreleased versions of "Rock and Roll" and "Friends" will be available exclusively at independent music retailers on April 21st. As an added special bonus, the single will be pressed on yellow final. Additionally, a newly remastered version of the band's classic live album "How the West Was Won" will be released in multiple formats on March 23rd.

John Fogerty and ZZ Top are set to join forces this spring for a co-headlining Blues and Bayous U.S. tour. The 24-show road trip will get underway May 25th in Atlantic City and touch down in Pensacola, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Cincinnati and Camden before the final curtain drops on June 29th in Welch, Minnesota. Willie Nelson is scheduled to join both acts at their June 26th show in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday at ten o'clock local time.

The Smashing Pumpkins are adding additional tour dates in Chicago and Los Angeles due to overwhelming demand. The original dates in both cities on the band's upcoming Shiny and Oh So Bright tour were instant sellouts, so a second date in Chicago on August 14th and another in Los Angeles on August 31st will both go on sale this Monday, march 5th. The tour, the band's first in 20 years featuring original members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin, begins July 12th in Glendale, Arizona and wraps September 7th in Boise.

Yes is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018 and it appears as if both touring versions of the band are gearing up to mark the milestone. The progressive rock unit featuring vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman have hinted at mounting a tour to celebrate the anniversary, but so far just three U.K. dates have been confirmed. The group will perform June 12th in Newcastle, the following night in York and June 17th at the Stone Free Festival in London. The group has also floated the idea of recording a studio album, but so far no concrete plans have been announced.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers are set to hit the road on a 25-stop tour across the United States and Canada. The spring trek will get underway April 13th in Lincoln, Rhode Island and will bounce back and forth across the northern border before the final curtain on June 23rd in Brainerd, Minnesota. Tickets for the tour are on sale now. Visit Thorogood's official website for more details.

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