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You’re welcome.


Between the nostalgia-filled farewell tours (Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul Simon) and the massive summer pair-ups (Def Leppard & Journey, Steely Dan & the Doobie Brothers, Styx & Joan Jett), we have a LOT of shows coming our way in the next several months. There’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy some live music — especially since we’ve done the hard work for you!

Below, you’ll find a list of Wings artists appearing within driving distance (Montgomery, Birmingham, and Atlanta). Click the links for tickets and to find more upcoming shows in other nearby cities.


Todd Rundgren’s Utopia 

4/28  The Tabernacle, Atlanta


Billy Idol

5/01  Coca-Cola Roxy Theater, Atlanta


David Byrne of The Talking Heads

5/04  Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta


Three Dog Night

5/11  Montgomery Performing Arts Center


Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers

5/19  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta






5/28  Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta


Cheap Trick w/ Poison

6/05  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta


ZZ Top w/ John Fogerty

6/06  Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta


Dead & Company

6/08  Cellaris Amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta



Robert Plant

6/08  Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta


Stephen Stills & Judy Collins

6/13  Atlanta Symphony Hall


Styx w/Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

6/16  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta


Hall & Oates w/Train

6/20  Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta


Derek Smalls (of Spinal Tap)

6/29  Atlanta Symphony Hall



Def Leppard & Journey

7/01 SunTrust Park, Atlanta
8/20  BJCC, Birmingham


Foreigner, Whitesnake, Jason Bonham

7/07  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta


Collective Soul

7/06  Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta
7/13  Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Birmingham


Chicago & REO Speedwagon

7/14  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta


Steve Miller Band w/Peter Frampton

7/17  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta


Yes 50th Anniversary Tour

7/28  Atlanta Symphony Hall


Toto 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour

8/18  Atlanta Symphony Hall
10/21 Montgomery Performing Arts Center
10/23 Saenger Theater, Mobile


Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors Farewell Tour

8/31  Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Birmingham
9/01  Cellaris Amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta





Paul Simon Homeward Bound Farewell Tour

9/12  Cellaris Amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta


Judas Priest & Deep Purple

9/14  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta


Kansas “Point of Know Return” Tour

9/28  Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Atlanta


Alice Cooper

10/10  Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Atlanta


Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles)

10/27  Montgomery Performing Arts Center


Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

11/30  Phillips Arena, Atlanta
12/01  Phillips Arena, Atlanta
12/04  BJCC, Birmingham






By | Layla's Posts, Wings Front Page News




Yui Mok/PA via AP

On March 20, 2018, Beatles fans finally got what they’ve been wanting for more than two decades. Ringo Starr became “Sir Ringo” when Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, bestowed the long-overdue honors at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

If you’re an American, you might be asking right about now, “What’s the big deal?”  Well, as a lover of all things English, I’ll be happy to tell you all about it – as I sit here, sipping my Earl Grey tea and listening to BBC America on the telly.

The prestigious title of Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (or Dame Commander for the ladies) is awarded to Britons who better the world through charity work, outstanding contributions to the arts and sciences, or by performing some other meaningful service to the public. It is a great honor to be called “Sir” or “Dame.”

Some of our most beloved rock stars have received the title, including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Elton John, and Rod Stewart. Bono and Bob Geldoff have also received honorary KBE’s, but since they are both Irish, they are not called “Sir.” (The Queen’s rules, not mine, but to be honest, “Sir Bono” really sounds a bit weird, anyway.) David Bowie turned down his knighthood because he was too cool and too Rock & Roll for such things. I’m sure Ringo would have been more than happy to take Bowie’s spot back in 2003.

(For the record, neither John Lennon nor George Harrison will ever be knighted because deceased individuals cannot receive knighthoods, but they both received other honors from the Crown during their lifetimes.)


Sir Paul received his KBE in 1997. Beatles producer George Martin was knighted in 1996 for his contributions to British music. While Martin’s work as a composer and producer certainly deserves to be celebrated, how in the world could the Queen knight the guy who produced the Beatles albums and then wait a whopping 22 years to knight the guy who actually played on them?

Poor Ringo, he always seemed to get short-changed, didn’t he?

Think about it this way. I’ll bet ten bucks that if I asked you to name all four Beatles, you would list them off as “John, Paul, George, and Ringo.” If you try to argue otherwise, you’d be a liar. Nobody ever lists “Ringo, George, Paul, and then John.” Ringo always gets put last. While John, Paul, and George shared the title of “The Cute Beatle,” Ringo was known as “The Funny One.”  Ouch. When the band recorded new albums, Ringo usually got stuck with the songs no one else wanted to sing. (That’s how we ended up with “Boys.”)

As the drummer, Ringo was always in back of the other three, just keeping the beat while the others got all the good close-ups. And, as the last to join the group, I’ll bet he felt like a bit of an outsider at times. Even George Martin had his doubts about Ringo in the beginning, famously hiring a session drummer to record one of the band’s earliest singles.

When the Fab Four went on tour in 1964, at the height of Beatlemania, they left poor Ringo behind when he fell ill with a bout of tonsillitis. THEY LEFT HIM BEHIND and carried on with a replacement drummer for THIRTEEN WHOLE DAYS! Brian Epstein would never have considered doing that to Paul or John. (Maybe George. Maybe.)

Thanks to the usually rather simplistic Lennon-McCartney compositions (especially the earlier songs), Ringo Starr is one of the most underrated drummers in all of Rock & Roll. He is truly legendary. If you try to argue with me about that, I will fight you. Really, it may just come to fisticuffs. The man drummed for the Beatles, the biggest rock band in the history of EVER – the band that, even to this day, continues to influence scores of pop and rock acts. To downplay his contributions would be like calling the advent of the Internet “kinda neat.”

Additionally, Sir Ringo’s contributions are not limited to the music world. He started the Lotus Foundation, which supports a variety of causes around the world in the areas of substance abuse, cerebral palsy, cancer, domestic abuse, homelessness, and animal welfare. He has also famously supported WaterAid, the Elevate Hope Foundation, AIDS research, and the clearing of landmines in previously war-torn countries. The man spreads “Peace and Love” wherever he goes.

John Stillwell/Pool Photo via AP

I can’t think of too many rock stars who deserve this more than Ringo. And at 77 years old, I’m glad he lived long enough to get it.

Peace and Love, Ringo. Peace and Love.


By | Layla's Posts, Wings Front Page News




The boss said I needed new photos.


Unless your name is Gisele, or Heidi Klum, or Adriana Lima, it’s time to get nervous when someone mentions your name and “photo shoot” in the same sentence. I mean sure, I can occasionally put up a good selfie on Instagram (hello, filters!), but in real life, I am one of the world’s most painfully awkward human beings in existence. I don’t know how to pose, or hold my head, or do that thing with my eyes that Tyra Banks calls smizing.

But, if the boss commands it, then it shall be done.

So, after spending a week’s paycheck on skincare products at Sephora, I trudged over to Cameragraphics to let John Oliver’s camera have its merry way with me.

You guys, it wasn’t bad…in fact, I had FUN! See this smile? It’s genuine!John instantly put me at ease. He was willing to try any of my ideas, no matter how dumb they may have sounded at the time, and he even gave me guidance on posing so I wouldn’t look like the total freak I usually am. Thanks to John’s help, we were able to summon my inner rock goddess. Joan Jett would be proud.And since, like Ricky Bobby, I am in a perpetual state of not knowing what to do with my hands, I must give many thanks to my longtime friend, Robb Todd, for loaning me not one, but two of his favorite vintage guitars for the shoot. According to legend, this white one was gifted to him by Pantera. If you’re lucky, you might get to see him break it out at Damn Skippy’s next gig.Many, many years from now, when I’m an old lady and I finally go quietly into that good night, greeting death like an old friend, these are the photos I want displayed at my funeral.

Somebody make that happen.  I mean it.  Seriously.





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