Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley, who was slated to be one of the headliners at the Lincoln Calling music festival on Sept. 29, has cancelled his show due to illness.

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Lincoln Calling lost one of its headliners for the second time in as many years when Charles Bradley canceled all of his upcoming tour dates last week.

The soul singer, who was to top the bill at Lincoln Calling 2016, canceled his appearance at last fall’s festival when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. After undergoing treatment, Bradley returned to the road this spring and booked shows throughout the year, including a makeup Lincoln Calling appearance.

Recently Bradley had begun to feel rundown while on tour and learned that cancer had spread to his liver, although it had not spread to his stomach. He is taking time off for treatment and recovery.

"I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true,” Bradley said in a statement released by his publicist. “When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love. With God's will, I'll be back soon."

Bradley and His Extraordinaires were slated to play Duffy’s Tavern Outback, one of Lincoln Calling’s largest venues, on Sept. 29, the second night of the three-night multi-venue festival. Angel Olsen is to cap the festival that night at the Bourbon Theatre.

Single-day and three-day tickets for the festival, which will also feature Best Coast and Charli XCX as headliners, are on sale at

Dylan, Staples to play Omaha

In June 2016, Bob Dylan showed himself to be an impressive interpreter of popular song in a near perfect show at Pinewood Bowl that drew primarily from “Shadows in the Night” and “Fallen Angels,” his albums drawn from the Great American Songbook, as well as “Tempest,” his most recent record of original compositions.

On Oct. 23, Dylan and his fine band will return to Nebraska to play a concert at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center with another album of standards, this year’s three-LP set “Triplicate,” to provide more songs for the set.

As was the case at Pinewood, Mavis Staples will open the Omaha show. Staples is slated to release “If All I Was Was Black,” a record written for her and produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on Nov. 17.

Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Some Thoughts On X

For somewhere around 90 minutes Monday (I was too caught up to keep precise track), X delivered one of the best rock ‘n' roll shows I’ve seen around here in some months and one of the top performances I’ve seen from the L.A. punk rock quartet.

That’s even more impressive given the fact that X is celebrating its 40th anniversary and could easily be resting on its laurels. But its musical assault has never been stronger and couldn’t be faster than it was Monday -- much to the delight of the Waiting Room audience and, it appeared, to the band.

Billy Zoom is one of the great rock ‘n’ roll guitarists. Sitting on the right side of the stage rather than posed in his unmoving wide stance, a concession to his recovery from a bout with cancer a couple of years ago, Zoom spit out '50s rooted rhythms and blazing licks through the show and played a couple of soulful sax solos as well.

The night’s two covers -- a frenetic take on Jerry Lee Lewis’s “Breathless” and a raw run through The Doors's “Soul Kitchen” -- revealed the essence of X -- save for one key element. “Breathless” confirmed that X’s punk rock is, essentially, rockabilly on speed. “Soul Kitchen” confirmed the band’s Los Angeles vision of the world. The final element, the off-kilter harmonies and dueling lead vocals of John Doe and Exene Cervenka.

For those who care about such matters, X played everything you’d hope to hear -- had some peaks with “The New World” (which was a Reagan-era protest song that resonates today (key line: "It was better before they voted for what’s his name/this is supposed to be the new world") , a fresh take on “The Unheard Music” thanks to drummer D.J. Bonebrake on vibes and the blistering runs of “Los Angeles,” “Your Phone’s Off The Hook, But You’re Not” and “Johnny Hit And Run Pauline.”

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