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Rod Stewart, who is keeping himself busy with tour dates around the world, recently announced a North American jaunt that covers the US, Canada and Mexico.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is scheduled to play a handful of Mexican arenas beginning later this month, followed by a couple of shows in South America. His itinerary then skips to late July, when he’ll kick off an 18-city tour that traverses the US, stops in two Canadian provinces and ends with a concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bryan Adams will open several shows on the outing, which rolls out July 30 at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles. North American dates are listed below and those overseas can be found at Stewart’s website.

This time around, the rock icon is expected to play hits from his more than four-decade career. Stewart, who cultivated a new and growing audience with his “Great American Songbook” series, returned to his rock-and-roll roots with his latest chart-topping album, 2006’s “Still the Same … Great Rock Classics of Our Time.” The set, which marks the singer’s first rock record in more than eight years, features covers of ’60s and ’70s classics originally performed by Bob Dylan (“If Not For You”), Van Morrison (“Crazy Love”) and Bob Seger (the title song), among others.

The four-part “Great American Songbook” collection was released between 2002 and 2005, and has sold 15 million copies worldwide, according to Stewart’s bio. The corresponding tour, dubbed “From Maggie May to the Great American Songbook,” sold out for three consecutive years and made the Grammy winner one of the top-grossing musical artists in the world.

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Country singer Kenny Chesney received a whopping eleven nominations for the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year for the fourth consecutive time.

Kenny Chesney’s star is shining bright at the Academy of Country Music Awards this year. He is leading the nominations, with nods for Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, as well as Song and Video of the Year for “Don’t Blink.”

He received another two nominations in the Album of the Year category for singing and producing “Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates;” two more for single Record of the Year for singing and producing “Don’t Blink;” and another two for singing and producing “Shiftwork” in the Vocal Event of the Year category.

Should the 39-year-old singer-songwriter receive the entertainer of the year title, it would be his fourth consecutive win.

Chesney’s “Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates” was released in September 2007 to great success, both critically and commercially. It made its debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 3.

Second-best at Tuesday’s nomination announcement was Rodney Atkins, who received six nods of his own, including for Top Male Vocalist, Song and Video of the Year for “Watching You” and Album of the Year for “If You’re Going through Hell.”

Brad Paisley, Big & Rich and Sugarland each received four nominations.

Paisley is vying with Chesney and Atkins in the Top Male Vocalist category and has also been nominated for Entertainer of the Year. His “5th Gear” earned him an Album of the Year nod, while “Online” received a nomination for Video of the Year.

Big & Rich and Sugarland are competing against each other in all four nominated categories: Top Vocal Duo, Single Record, Song and Video of the Year.

The nominations were announced Tuesday morning by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood on CBS’ Early Show via satellite from Nashville. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite entertainer in the respective category, for the first time ever.

The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards take place in Las Vegas on May 18. It airs live on CBS.

Robert Plant has said no to an offer of 100 million pounds — about $200 million U.S. — for Led Zeppelin to tour, saying he prefers to leave the band’s November reunion in London as the final word on its legacy, according to England’s Sunday Mirror.

Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin The paper quotes sources close to the band saying that while guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones were supportive of a hotly anticipated Zeppelin reunion tour on the heels of last fall’s performance, Plant would rather focus on, among other non-Zeppelin interests, his recent collaboration with Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand,” for which the two will be on tour starting April 19 in Louisville, Ky.

The tour stops in L.A. at the Greek Theatre on June 23 and 24 and at the Santa Barbara Bowl on June 25.

According to the report, Plant has nixed any additional performances by Led Zeppelin. “Despite the enormous offer, the decision did not come down to money,” the Sunday Mirror quoted an anonymous source. “They always said they would do the one-off show and then see how they felt…. [Plant] has other commitments and is happier looking forward to those.”

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My Chemical Romance, who traveled the globe last year in support of their platinum-selling album “The Black Parade,” will return to the U.S. in March for a six-week tour, the last series of dates before the band takes time off to write a new album. The tour, which features support from Billy Talent and Drive By, begins March 28 in Tempe, AZ, and will hit mid-size theaters, many for multiple nights, across the country winding down May 9 in New York City. Additional shows are expected to be added.

For this tour, My Chemical Romance made a deliberate decision to play more intimate venues after spending months performing in U.S. arenas on the Projekt Revolution tour last summer with Linkin Park and Taking Back Sunday.

“We are really excited about the tour,” the band said in a statement posted on its website. “Our good friends Billy Talent and Drive By are coming with us. We could not think of a better tour to go away from ‘The Black Parade.’ We wanted to come to these places. We selected them. We wanted to get away from big shows for a while. When we started this thing, we could feel you guys right in front of us. It is time for that to happen again.”

My Chemical Romance is also putting the finishing touches on an upcoming CD/DVD titled “The Black Parade is Dead!” which was filmed over several weeks last October. Released in October 2006, “The Black Parade” album shot to No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, selling more than 240,000 copies its first week of release.

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This year marks 15 years since Kenny Chesney signed his first recording contract. Since that time, he’s become one of the top stars in the business, with a long line of hits, a shelf full of Entertainer of the Year awards and an impressive record at selling out concerts in arenas and stadiums.With that behind him, Kenny’s scheduled to be profiled tonight on the A&E channel’s Biography series.

“I think it’s too soon for this sort of thing,” Kenny suggests. “There’s still so much to do. But I know they spoke to the people who had a lot to do with how we’ve accomplished what we have, and everyone who works with me came away feeling like they were really trying to get at not just how we did it, but why the fans have responded to me and the guys and this music in the way they have.”

Kenny Chesney Country Music Superstar!Kenny’s won the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award three straight times, so it’s a good bet his name will be among the finalists again Tuesday when this year’s nominees are announced. Meanwhile, he’s planning to hit the road next month for his Poets & Pirates Tour, which kicks off April 18 in Uncasville, Conn.

“I think it’s pretty simple,” Kenny says, explaining his philosophy. “Cut the songs I’ve always lived or seen my friends go through, because I knew lots of other people just like me and my buddies had lived them, too. Then take it out on the road, give people the time of their lives, do a show that gives everything, makes people forget, and know people will always come back to a good time.”

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