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Morrissey concerts postponed this week

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Well, now my heart is empty. Morrissey has postponed several concerts this week and weekend -- including the scheduled Oct. 27 show at the Chicago Theatre.

The British singer's mother has fallen ill, and he's heading back to England to be with her.

Jason Aldean to play Wrigley Field in 2013

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aldeancubs.JPGOctober and baseball season's winding down -- but already we have the first Wrigley Field concert announcement for next season: Country star Jason Aldean will headline a concert at the Chicago Cubs ballpark July 20, 2013, with Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.

The news came Thursday afternoon at a press conference at Wrigley by promoter Live Nation, with Aldean on hand, shivering in the cold and occasional rain in right field.

"A summer show's sounding pretty good right now," Aldean said.

Prince's 'Welcome 2 Chicago' now up to 2 shows

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We're up to two. Just 19 more to go.

After announcing one Prince concert, Sept. 24 at Chicago's United Center, now a second show has been added "due to overwhelming demand" -- an impressive feat since tickets for the first show have only been available in pre-sales thus far.

Prince welcomes U 2 Chicago -- for one show only?

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Tickets go on sale this week for Prince's first concert in Chicago in eight years.

Or will it be concerts?

The Who touring 'Quadropehnia' in 2012, here Nov. 29

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The Who? What? When? Where?

The classic British rock band -- now a surviving duo of singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend -- will be touring the entirety of its 1973 narrative album "Quadrophenia," plus a handful of other hits, later in 2012.

The tour will reach the Chicago area Nov. 29 at the Allstate Arena.

Wilco added to Hideout Block Party/A.V. Fest

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Fresh off a show at a suburban ballpark, Wilco announced today they'll headline the Hideout Block Party/A.V. Fest on Sept. 14-15 outside the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia St.

Advance ticket sales for concerts at this year's Taste of Chicago closed at midnight Monday -- with barely half of the capacity sold.

By midday Monday, just over 7,100 of the $25 concert tickets had been sold online.

That's not quite half of the 15,000 tickets available (3,000 per show) for general-admission seating directly in front of the Petrillo Music Shell at the five scheduled Taste of Chicago concerts: Jennifer Hudson (Wednesday), Death Cab for Cutie (Thursday), Michael Franti (Friday), Chaka Khan (Saturday) and Dierks Bentley (Sunday).

The remaining tickets will be available on site at the annual food and music festival, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Two ticket windows at Jackson and Columbus will be open from noon to 7 p.m. each day of the event.

Taste of Chicago 2012 music schedule

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Taste of Chicago 2012 features the usual wide-reaching smorgasbord of musical acts. The difference this year is they're asking you to pay for them.

Earlier in the year, the City Council approved a plan to charge $25 tickets for the 3,000 seats in front of the Petrillo Music Shell. The lawn beyond, with a capacity of 30,000, remains free, as does the overall chow fest.

So now the question remains: Will you pony up?

The 16th annual Hideout Block Party, now a joint venture with The Onion's A.V. Club, has announced dates and acts for its 2012 late-summer shindig: Sept. 14-15 with Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard and more.

City Winery Chicago, a new restaurant and concert venue opening Aug. 1 in the West Loop, has announced its first round of music bookings.

R&B legend Sam Moore, of Sam & Dave, begins music at the new venue (Aug. 24-25), followed by a stream of adult fare from a variety of styles, often holding down two-night stands: the David Grisman Sextet (Sept. 6-7); Suzanne Vega (Sept. 8-9); Brazilian pop singer Bebel Gilberto (Sept. 14-15); Matthew Sweet (Sept. 20-21); Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople (Sept. 28-29); jazz vocalist Kurt Elling (Oct. 21-22); Shawn Colvin (Nov. 7-8); Israeli singer-guitarist David Broza (Nov. 12); Rosanne Cash (Nov. 18); Chicago's queen of soul, Mavis Staples (Nov. 23-24); and, in two New Year's Eve performances, Los Lobos (Dec. 31).

Thomas Conner

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