One-Offs: Phil Collins, Metallica, Sia, Timothy B. Schmit

Phil Collins opening for tennis championship … Pandora to livestream Metallica’s opening of U.S. Bank Stadium … Sia supports right to choose at free concert … Timothy B. Schmit to be recorded by PBS while playing “Music City Roots.”

Phil Collins will take the stage for his first major public appearance in six years at the opening ceremony of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

The event will be held at  at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Aug. 29, where the former Genesis drummer will be celebrating the unveiling of the venue’s new retractable roof.

Among the songs on his set list will be “In The Air Tonight” off his upcoming album The Singles. The album and his autobiography, titled “Not Dead Yet” will be on sale in October.

That book will likely have some very interesting stories, as Phil Collins boasts close to 50 years of experience in the music business and is one of only three artists to sell more than 100 million albums as a solo artist and as a member of a group.  

Collins played his actual first show in six years at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre in March, but that set, at a benefit for Little Dreams Foundation, was reportedly only seven songs, so his people billing this as a “major public appearance” indicates he will be giving fans a lot more in September.

Tickets to the tournament are on sale now. More info on the US Open is available at and Phil Collins’ website can be found at

Metallica’s opening of  in Minneapolis Aug. 20 will be livestreamed by Pandora.

The thrash-metal specialists are the third to have the internet-radio company share one of its concerts for free, as Jack White and Mumford & Sons have similarly invited the entire internet to their shows.

The stream begins at 10 p.m. EST, and the band also set up a playlist to help prepare fans for the performance.

The stadium will be the new home of the Minnesota Vikings football team and tickets to the show reportedly sold out in less than ten minutes.

You can check out the livestream and a recording afterwards here.

Sia is expressing her support for women’s right to choose by performing with Natalia Lafourcade and Leslie Jones at a free concert at the Wolstein Center in Cleveand Sept. 10.

The show is being put on by All Access, a coalition which includes organizations like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Center for Reproductive Rights and National Network of Abortion funds.

The event is being hosted by Jessica Williams of “The Daily Show” fame and more simultaneous satellite events are being promised in different cities around the country.

Learn more about the event at

Eagles bassist, singer and songwriter Timothy B. Schmit will be playing his solo stuff at  in Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 22, in a show that will be livestreamed and then later broadcast nationally by PBS.

The “Music City Roots” performance is actually sandwiched in between gigs at the Americana Music Awards at the  Sept. 21 and at the  in Nashville Sept. 25.

Schmit’s upcoming solo album, Leap of Faith, will be released in the midst of those dates on Sept. 23 through Benowen Records.

Fun fact: Early in his career Schmit auditioned for the band , but was initially rejected, as Randy Meisner was chosen for bass duties. Schmit later allowed in Poco after Meisner left for the Eagles and Schmit would again take over for Meisner after he left that group as well.

You can learn more about the artist at