KCOW MUSIC NEWS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 19

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By Corey Sorenson

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BOB SEGER PLANS RECORD RELEASE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Seger says his new record is about “finding our place in a more complicated world.” Seger’s album, “Ride Out,” will be released October 14. He produced the album himself, and he’s been previewing the songs “Detroit Made, ” ”All of the Roads” and “California Stars” while on tour.

KATRINA LESKANICH PLANS RETURN TO U.S.

LONDON (AP) — Katrina Leskanich of Katrina and the Waves has not toured the U.S. since the 1980s. She will be one of the acts on the Retro Futura tour, along with Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Howard Jones and Midge Ure. Leskanich has lived in England all this time, but she says she will ask the tour bus driver to stop when they’re in her home state of Kansas so she can kiss the ground. She says she knows she can’t go back to live in the U.S., but “the winds of familiarity” do something for her soul. Leskanich is also releasing her first studio album in ten years, “Blisland,” out today. The Retro Futura tour begins Thursday in New York.

SMOKEY ROBINSON RE-RECORDS HIS HITS AS DUETS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smokey Robinson says he looks at people like John Legend and he realizes “the future of show business is in good hands.” Maybe it’s because Robinson heard Legend do a live version of Robinson’s song “Quiet Storm.” Robinson liked it so much he asked Legend to sing it with him on Robinson’s new album, “Smokey and Friends.” Robinson and Mary J. Blige duet on “Being With You,” he pairs up with Elton John for “The Tracks of My Tears,” and he teams with Steven Tyler for “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me.” Other “friends” with Robinson include James Taylor, Cee-Lo, Miguel and Sheryl Crow. “Smokey and Friends” is out today.

GLORIA ESTEFAN MUSICAL OPENS CASTING

NEW YORK (AP) — The musical about Gloria and Emilio Estefan will open the casting call to the entire world. Producers of the show “On Your Feet!” say performers can try out for all roles by submitting audition videos online. They will also hold open casting calls in New York and in Miami next month. The plan is for the show to debut in Chicago next summer, then head to Broadway in October 2015.

AEROSMITH RETURN TO TOURING AFTER JOEY KRAMER HAS MEDICAL PROCEDURE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aerosmith are back on the road and drummer Joey Kramer is fine. Kramer needed a minor medical procedure last week, which forced the band to cancel a show in Concord, California. Contrary to some reports, Kramer denies having any history of a heart condition. He says he’s “back sitting in the best seat in the house.”

GENE SIMMONS OFFERS REGRETS OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DEPRESSION

UNDATED (AP) — Gene Simmons of Kiss is apologizing for comments he made about those suffering from depression. Simmons had told SongFacts his mother was in a Nazi Germany concentration camp and loves life, and if a 20-year-old says he’s depressed and living in Seattle, “then kill yourself.” He also said people on buildings threatening to jump should “have some dignity and jump.” Simmons writes on his website he was wrong to say those things and depression is “very serious and very sad.” He says he regrets making “offhand comments in the heat of an interview.”

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