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Today’s Music News: Sorry, Jack White’s mysterious acoustic tour isn’t coming to Minnesota

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Jack White announced on Tuesday that “he will be taking a break from performing live for a long period of time.” First, though, he’s going to conclude his Lazaretto world tour with his first-ever acoustic tour (“amplified only with ribbon microphones”): an eccentric five-stop tour with tickets sold exclusively at the door, one per buyer, for $3 each. Each show will be announced on the morning of the performance, and the five shows will be in “the only five states left in the U.S. that he has yet to play.” That got some Minnesotans’ hopes up, since White has never performed here as a solo act—but he has played here as a member of the White Stripes and the Raconteurs, which his publicist clarified to Pioneer Press music writer Ross Raihala means that Minnesota is out.

Soul legend Percy Sledge (“When a Man Loves a Woman”) has died at age 74. (Local Current) The music world is also mourning Bill Arhos, one of the creators of Austin City Limits who became the main driving force behind the show starting with its 1974 launch on Austin’s PBS station. (Billboard)

Ivo van Hove is raving about the still-unheard new songs David Bowie has written for the play Lazarus, saying they sound “like classics.” Of course, van Hove is biased: he’s the show’s director. (Billboard)

At a May 14 benefit concert in Chicago, Pete Townshend will perform songs by his band the Who—with Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder sitting in for Roger Daltrey on vocals. (NME)

Most of the lineup for this year’s Glastonbury Festival has been announced; among many top acts, the artists performing at the show will include Kanye WestFoo Fighters, and Florence + the Machine. (NME) The latter band’s Florence Welch will be recovering from a broken foot: an injury she suffered Sunday while leaping from the Coachella stage. (SPIN)

The artist-owned model of Jay-Z‘s Tidal streaming service isn’t pleasing every artist: among the conscientious objectors are Mumford and Sons and Ben Gibbard. “When they say it’s artist-owned,” said Marcus Mumford about Tidal, “it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists.” (Consequence of Sound)

Meanwhile, noted Spotify hater Taylor Swift is now in talks with Apple to strike a deal for her catalog to appear on Beats Music when the service is relaunched this summer as part of iTunes. (NME)

After a five-year hiatus, Guitar Hero is coming back this fall—with a new, six-button guitar controller. The Activision video game became one of the most financially successful of all time before fading away due to changing music trends, struggles with licensing, and a changing technology landscape. (Billboard)