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Cocker Signs With Sony, Touring Europe

NEW YORK (VIP NEWS) — Joe Cocker scored a guest performance on American Idol this year most likely because he has transported himself to Sony Music for the release of his next album.

'Hard Knocks' is the 21st studio album from the classic rocker, Joe Cocker.

The album was produced by Matt Serletic (Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas). 'Hard Knocks' is a different album for Cocker who normally has a fair share of cover versions on each of his albums. This album features nine brand new songs and only one cover, the Dixie Chicks song, 'I Hope'.

Joe is about to head out on a major European tour, his first since 2007. The tour will start in Oberhausen's Arena in Germany on October 9.