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Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, The Zombies among the 2019 Rock Hall Inductees

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will welcome seven new inductees in the Performers category in 2019, including five British bands from different areas and eras of the rock spectrum and two iconic female solo artists.

Next year’s Rock Hall honorees are Def Leppard, The Zombies, Roxy Music, The Cure, Radiohead, Stevie Nicks and Janet Jackson. The 34th annual ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Four of the inductees — Def Leppard, Nicks, The Zombies and The Cure — were among the five top vote-getters in the Rock Hall’s fan poll. They finished first, second, fourth and fifth, respectively. Also worth pointing out, three of the honorees were nominated for the first time this year: Def Leppard, Nicks and Roxy Music.

As previously noted, when Nicks enters the Rock Hall as a solo artist next year, she’ll become the first two-time female inductee, having also been inducted in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris tells ABC Radio of Nicks’ achievement, “There’s a number of men that are in twice, but she is the first female to do that. We’re very excited and honored that this is the year.”

Regarding top vote-getter Def Leppard, Harris says, “I think that they brought metal to the masses…[They] just delivered a…sound that people really embraced.”

The Zombies are the inductees that waited the longest for the honor, having been eligible since 1989. Notes Harris, “Their body of work in the ’60s [was small but] was very impactful, very important.

Tickets for the ceremony go on sale to the general public in January. Pre-sale tickets will be available to people who’ve signed up for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame membership prior to December 31, 2018.

 

Little has been heard from Van Halen since its last tour ended in October 2015, but in a new interview with Vulture, frontman David Lee Roth drops major hints that the band will be hitting the road again in 2019.

According to the article, the first indication Roth gave that something was brewing with Van Halen occurred when he came to Vulture‘s offices in New York City for the interview and paid a visit to the copy-editing department.

While there, he commented, “When we come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin’, maybe with somebody famous…I’ll make sure we get you all tickets so you can see what we do for gainful employment.”

Roth later told the interviewer that his band will be “playing where the Yankees play.”

Asked if he could confirm that Van Halen had plans to play Yankee Stadium, Dave backtracked, saying, “If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, ‘Oh, this leaked…’ But, the band will be — I can’t say.”

He then added, “I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show: Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Jason Aldean, the Foo Fighters, [country stars Eric] Church and [Chris] Stapleton. And they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved.”

Roth also gave some insight into why there are always long gaps between Van Halen tours.

“You can’t keep serving it every year,” he explained. “We’re on a James Bond schedule, every three-and-a-half summers, so you don’t go, ‘Weren’t you just here?’ and then we’d start selling fewer tickets.”

Also in the Vulture interview, Roth discussed a new business venture he’s launched, Ink the Original, a line of skincare products made to keep tattoos from fading.

Billy Joel doesn’t turn 70 until 2019, but he’s already planned his birthday party.

The Piano Man will usher in his seventh decade on May 9, 2019, by performing at New York’s Madison Square Garden, the site of his monthly residency since 2014.  This performance will be Joel’s 110th career performance at the legendary venue.

Citi card members will get first crack at pre-sale tickets starting Monday, December 17 at 10 a.m. ET.  You can also get pre-sale tickets by registering for Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program; registration for that is now open, and the pre-sale starts on Wednesday, December 19.

Don’t want to bother with all that?  Tickets go on sale to the general public on December 21 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com.

In May of 2014, Joel celebrated his 65th birthday onstage at the Garden, where he welcomed guests like Jimmy Fallon and Howard Stern.  He told the crowd that night, “Welcome to my birthday party! I’m supposed to retire at this age… or at least not have the name ‘Billy!’” 

Joel’s frenemy Elton John also has done the Madison Square Garden birthday gig thing: He turned 60 onstage at the venue on March 25, 2007.

A two-LP vinyl edition of the hit soundtrack to the acclaimed Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will be released on February 8, 2019. In addition, a limited-edition picture-disc version of the album will be available on April 13 as part of the 2019 Record Store Day campaign, as will a special seven-inch single featuring Queen’s classic song “Bohemian Rhapsody” backed with “I’m In Love with My Car.”

The standard two-disc vinyl version of the soundtrack, which comes pressed on black vinyl, was mastered specially at London’s Abbey Road Studios. It can be pre-ordered now.

The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack was co-produced by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and features 22 tracks, including the classic studio versions of several of the band’s most famous songs, updated renditions of some tunes, and rare or previously unreleased concert performances. Among the latter tracks are the five songs that Queen played at the historic 1985 Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium, which had never been officially released in audio form.

Following its initial release on CD and digitally in October, the soundtrack peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has spent five straight weeks on the top 10 of the tally.

The Bohemian Rhapsody film debuted at #1 at the U.S. box office, and has remained in the top five for six weeks.

As previously reported, Queen — with singer Adam Lambert — will mount a new North American trek dubbed the Rhapsody tour next summer. The six-week outing kicks off July 10 in Vancouver, Canada, and wraps August 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Here’s the full track list of the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack’s vinyl version:

Side 1
“20th Century Fox Fanfare”
“Somebody to Love”
“Doing All Right…Revisited” — Smile
“Keep Yourself Alive” (Live at The Rainbow)
“Killer Queen”
“Fat Bottomed Girls” (Live in Paris)

Side 2
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Now I’m Here” (Live at Hammersmith Odeon)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“Love of My Life” (Rock in Rio)

Side 3
“We Will Rock You” (Movie Mix)
“Another One Bites the Dust”
“I Want to Break Free”
“Under Pressure” — Queen & David Bowie
“Who Wants to Live Forever”

Side 4
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (Live Aid)
“Radio Ga Ga” (Live Aid)
“Ay-Oh” (Live Aid)
“Hammer to Fall” (Live Aid)
“We Are the Champions” (Live Aid)
“Don’t Stop Me Now…Revisited”
“The Show Must Go On”

 

Def Leppard tops Rock & Roll Hall of Fame fan poll; Stevie Nicks finishes second

This year marked the first time that Def Leppard was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after being eligible for the honor since 2005.  And to pour some sugar on that, the band has finished first in the online fan poll choosing the most popular potential 2019 inductee.

The British rockers accumulated more than 547,000 votes, over 100,000 more than the second-place vote-getter, Stevie Nicks, who had just under 428,000.

Rounding out the top five artists with the most votes were Todd Rundgren at #3, with more than 365,000; The Zombies at #4, with over 329,000; and The Cure, with more than 264,000 votes.

Nicks and Rundgren also received their first nominations for the Rock Hall this year, while The Zombies were nominated three times before and The Cure, once. If Stevie is chosen for the honor, she’ll become the first woman to be inducted into the Rock Hall twice, having been previous welcomed in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Thanks to the poll, the top five acts will get an extra vote toward induction, although about one thousand ballots are cast each year when deciding which artists are welcomed into the Rock Hall. That being said, the acts who received the most votes in the fan poll during the last six years all ended up getting inducted, which bodes very well for Def Leppard.

The Rock Hall’s Class of 2019 inductees will be announced this Thursday, December 13, at 8 a.m. ET via RockHall.com and the museum’s social media sites. The induction ceremony is scheduled for March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

 

First wave of physical Prince catalog reissues due out in February

The first installment of physical titles from the Prince catalog reissue campaign announced this past summer will arrive on February 8, 2019. Three Prince studio albums — 2004’s Musicology, 2006’s 3121 and 2007’s Planet Earth — will be re-released on CD and also will make their vinyl debut.

The vinyl versions of the albums will be pressed on limited-edition purple vinyl. Special bundles and merchandise related to the reissues, including t-shirts, tour books, lithographs and posters are available at the Prince estate’s online store.

Musicology peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, and has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. The album also garnered Prince two Grammys: a Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance award for the title track and a Best R&B Vocal Performance — Male prize for “Call My Name.” Among the well-known musicians featured on the album are Sheila E. and sax players Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer.

3121 became Prince’s first album ever to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and was his first record to top the chart since 1989’s Batman. The album has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the States.

Planet Earth reached #3 on the Billboard 200, although it didn’t sell enough copies to receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Sheila E. and Prince’s Revolution band members Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman contributed to the record.

Ahead of the reissues, the Prince estate is debuting videos from the late artist’s vaults on his official YouTube channel and other streaming services, including clips for Musicology‘s “Cinnamon Girl”, 3121‘s “Te Amo Corazon,” and Planet Earth‘s “Chelsea Rogers.” It’s part of an ongoing campaign launched last month by the estate and Sony Music.

 

Hall & Oates to play limited Vegas engagement next year

Daryl Hall & John Oates are heading to Sin City for a limited engagement in 2019.

The duo will perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on March 20, 22 and 23.  Tickets will go on sale to the public this Friday at noon PT.

In a statement, Daryl Hall says, “I’ve played Vegas many times in my career, so I’m looking forward to bringing our kind of soul to the Vegas Strip with this run of shows at Caesars Palace.”

In 2019, the duo also has three shows booked in the U.K. in late April and early May.

This past year, Hall & Oates did a big summer tour with Train.  The two acts also released a successful single called “Philly Forget Me Not.”

 

Journey’s Jonathan Cain and Steve Smith taking part in Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp next year in Nashville

Journey fans who journey to Nashville next year will have the chance to jam with and get musical pointers from two of the band’s members, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and drummer Steve Smith. Both artists will take part in the next Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp installment, scheduled to run from February 28 to March 3.

Campers will have the chance to jam onstage with both Cain and Smith, who will also  share anecdotes and musical tips with attendees. To bring the four-day event to a close, Smith will join campers for a performance in front of a live audience at the Nashville club Mercy.

A number of other guest musicians also will be on hand to interact with the Fantasy Camp attendees, including Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and founding Tesla members Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat.

In addition, several well-known rock artists have signed on to serve as counselors at the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, including Bon Jovi bassist Hugh McDonald, Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan, Winger keyboardist Paul Taylor, Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson and ex-Cinderella keyboardist Gary Corbett.

Musicians and singers of all skill levels are welcome at the camp. Activities include the writing and recording of an original song, jam sessions, tutorial classes and Q&A sessions.

Campers who purchase the Recording Package will have the opportunity to record a track at Cain’s Addiction Recording Studio that will be co-produced by Jonathan and his engineer David Kalmusky.

If you’re interested in attending the Rock Fantasy Camp in Nashville, you can reserve a spot by visiting RockCamp.com

 

Lindsey Buckingham says he’s settled his lawsuit with Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac have apparently settled their differences.  Their legal ones, at least.

Buckingham told CBS This Morning over the weekend that the lawsuit he filed in October against his former bandmates following his dismissal from Fleetwood Mac has been settled, and that he’s “happy enough with it. 

“I’m not out there trying to twist the knife at all,” Buckingham said.  “I’m trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom.”

According to documents obtained by ABC Radio at the time, the suit charged the band with “breach of fiduciary duty,” “breach of oral contract” and “intentional interference with prospective economic advantage,” among other complaints.

Buckingham was dismissed from the band he first joined in 1974, along with his then-musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks, after he claims he’d asked Fleetwood Mac to delay the start of their 2018 a few months so he could release and promote a solo album.  When his band mates refused, he postponed his solo project for a year so he could take part in the trek.  But then, Buckingham said, came an ultimatum from Stevie Nicks, relayed to him by the band’s longtime manager, Irving Azoff. 

“Either Lindsey goes or I go,” Buckingham recalls Azoff telling him last January, saying Nicks apparently didn’t care for Buckingham’s behavior at a MusiCares event a few nights earlier, which would be his final performance with the band, barring a thaw in sentiment.

Fleetwood Mac went on to tour with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House filling his spot.

“It hurt for a while,” Buckingham said of his ouster from the band.  “I did walk around for a few months with a visceral reaction to that.”

 

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band add five shows to farewell trek, now called the Roll Me Away Tour

Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band has added five more 2019 dates to their final trek, which initially was called The Travelin’ Man Tour but now has been renamed the Roll Me Away Tour.

The new shows are scheduled for January 3 in Saginaw, Michigan; March 2 in Las Vegas; March 12 in Bossier City, Louisiana; March 15 in Tampa, Florida; and March 17 in Sunrise, Florida. The January 3 concert now marks the start of the 2019 portion of the trek, which kicked off November 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Tickets for the latest additions to Seger’s outing go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 14, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Seger’s fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets on Tuesday, December 11.

The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s farewell tour currently is plotted out through a May 2 concert in The Woodlands, Texas. The trek continues with a show tonight in Cleveland.

 

Toto‘s massive limited-edition All In box set, celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary is out.

The package features 11 previously available Toto albums spread across 17 vinyl LPs and 13 CDs, as well as the previously unreleased Live in Tokyo EP, which was recorded in 1980, and a newly created album called Old Is New that boasts seven unreleased tunes and three new tracks from the group’s 2018 best-of collection, 40 Trips Around the Sun.

All In also includes a Blu-ray disc featuring the Live in Paris 1990 concert video and a 5.1 surround mix of Toto’s classic 1982 album, Toto IV. The box set, which can only be purchased at Toto’s official online store, also features an 80-page hardcover book containing new essays and rare photos. Each set comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the band’s members.

Coinciding with the arrival of All In, the band has released a track from Old Is New called “Devil’s Tower” as a digital single and via streaming services.

“We originally recorded this track with Mike and Jeff Porcaro back in 1981 during the sessions for Toto IV,” guitarist Steve Lukather says of “Devil’s Tower,” “We never recorded a lead vocal or had lyrics for this one, so [frontman] Joseph [Williams] finished it up for us recently.”

Toto launches a Down Under leg of its 40 Trips Around the Sun tour on December 30 in Marion Bay, Australia. The band then will visit Japan in February 2019, followed by a European trek that begins June 15 in Cork, Ireland.

Here are all of the albums included in the All In box set:

Toto (1978)
Hydra (1979)
Turn Back (1981)
IV (1982)
Isolation (1984)
Fahrenheit (1986)
The Seventh One (1988)
Kingdom of Desire (1992)
Tambu (1995)
Toto XX (1998)
Mindfields (1999)
Live in Tokyo EP (2018; recorded in 1980)
Old Is New (2018)

 

An official video for Annie Lennox‘s first new song in eight years, “Requiem for a Private War,” which the former Eurythmics singer wrote for the new film A Private War, is on Lennox’s official YouTube channel. The movie tells the story of acclaimed war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed while covering the Syrian civil war in 2012.

The clip begins with Lennox explaining how she got involved in the project.

“We were invited to see the sort of almost-finished version of the film at a viewing, and it was extremely powerful,” she notes. “What really drew me was Marie, and knowing I’d been asked to write a song. It’s an honor to be part of this project.”

The video goes on to show dramatic highlights of the film, including harrowing scenes of Colvin, portrayed by Rosamund Pike, in various war-torn scenarios. The clip also includes behind-the-scenes footage of Lennox working on the song.

The end of the video includes a message explaining that proceeds from the song will benefit the Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network, which “supports female journalists working in the Arab world, through mentoring, networking, training opportunities, mental health care and other forms of practical advice and support.”

In a message accompanying the YouTube video, Lennox says, “Writing ‘Requiem for a Private War’ for the film A Private War has not only given me an opportunity to honor Marie Colvin, but also aims to amplify the ‘truth to power’ message she fought all her life to convey to the world, regarding the atrocious consequences of warfare and its effects upon innocent civilian populations.”

Find out more details about the movie at APrivateWarFilm.com.

 

U2, The Eagles, Elton John, Journey and Def Leppard are among the nominees for the 30th annual Pollstar Awards, given out by Pollstar, the trade publication for the concert industry.

U2 is nominated in the Major Tour of the Year and Best Rock Tour categories, while The Eagles and, jointly, Journey and Def Leppard are in the running for the latter honor.

In the Best Residency category, Elton John‘s Las Vegas residency, Billy Joel‘s monthly concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City and Bruce Springsteen‘s autobiographical Broadway show are among the nominees.

The nominees for the Best Touring Musician award include Elton John; new Fleetwood Mac guitarist Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; new Eagles touring member Vince Gill; Billy Joel multi-instrumentalist Mark Rivera; and singer/guitarist John Mayer, for his work as a member of Dead & Company.

The nominated artists in the Best Soft Ticket Act category are 10,000 Maniacs, Air Supply, America, Donny & Marie, Earth Wind & Fire and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A soft ticket act is an artist that generally performs on bills with multiple artists rather than being a headliner.

The awards, voted on by a panel of more than 2,000 live entertainment professionals, will be handed out February 13 in Los Angeles, at the end of the annual Pollstar Live! conference.

 

The David Crosby documentary that’s being co-produced by rock journalist and filmmaker Cameron Crowe will get its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which will take place from January 24 to February 3 in multiple locations in Utah.

The movie, titled David Crosby: Remember My Name, was directed by A.J. Eaton and presents a candid portrait of the 77-year-old folk-rock legend. A synopsis of the doc on Sundance.org reads: “With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, Crosby shares his often challenging journey.”

Other music-related documentaries slated to debut at next year’s Sundance fest include Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love and Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. The first tells the story of late Canadian singer/songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen‘s long romantic relationship with Marianne Ihlen, the Norwegian woman who inspired many of his famous songs. The second offers of profile of the life and music of late jazz icon Miles Davis.

No specific premiere dates for the films have been announced yet. Festival screenings will be held in Park City, in Salt Lake City and at the Sundance Mountain Resort.

 

The Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company will return to the road next year for a U.S. tour taking place in the late spring and early summer. The trek gets underway with a May 31-June 1 stand in Mountain View, California, and runs through a July 5-6 engagement in Boulder, Colorado.

Among the major venues the band will visit during the 19-date outing are the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Citi Field in New York City and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, December 8, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Various pre-sale opportunities also will be available, including advance ticket offers for American Express and Citi card members. In addition, a limited number of tickets for most shows will be available through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program; registration is open now. Visit DeadandCompany.com for tour information.

Formed in 2015, Dead & Company features three core Grateful Dead members — singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart — as well as pop-blues singer/guitarist John Mayer, ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

Prior to their 2019 tour, Dead & Company will host their second annual Playing in the Sand getaway, scheduled for January 17-20 at the Barcelo Maya resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

 

With The Rolling Stones preparing to mount their first U.S. tour since 2015 in April, guitarist Keith Richards has taken part in a new Rolling Stone magazine interview in which he chats about the trek and also reveals the status of his band’s next album.

Regarding what’s happening with The Stones’ latest recording project, the 74-year-old rocker reveals that it’s still in its “early stage. Richards reports that he and singer Mick Jagger “got together for a few days a month or so ago in the studio, just playing around,” adding that the duo also may meet up for another session in December, “but I’m not crossing my fingers on that.”

As for what he and his longtime songwriting partner accomplished at the previous session, Keith says, “We knocked out a few songs together with [producer] Don Was. We’re just working things through. We had a great time — got some nice stuff out of it.”

Richards tells Rolling Stone that he has no idea when the band might finish the album, then guesses that “maybe this time next year” would be “a reasonable projection.”

Meanwhile, Keith says the band is getting ready for what will be “quite a long rehearsal [period]” for the tour.

He also suggests that The Rolling Stones won’t be joining the many veteran artists who’ve announced farewell tours recently.

“I just haven’t gotten around to thinking in that head yet,” Richards maintains. “I don’t know if you never know. Maybe this will be the last one, I don’t know.”

The 2019 U.S. leg of The Stones’ No Filter Tour kicks off April 20 in the Miami area. The band has just added second shows in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and Chicago, respectively, on June 17 and June 25.

 

‘We’re Going Away Now’: U2 Ends Tour on Cryptic Note

Is the Experience + Innocence tour going to be U2’s last? A comment made by Bono in Berlin Monday could suggest that they made be considering calling it a day.

According to the Twitter account of u2gigs, a website dedicated to chronicling U2’s concerts, Bono told the crowd, “We’ve been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and this last for years have been really something very special for us. We’re going away now.”

However, the person tweeting does not believe it’s the end, noting that, with the exception of last year’s Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour, “[E]very final gig is the same: mass panic that this is the last gig. … Ten bucks says I’ll be covering another gig with you folks sometime down the track. I will concede that this is the first time the mass panic has at least seemed plausible. But there’ll be *something* for Boy at 40 or [Achtung Baby] at 30, or a new record. U2 won’t sit still and they won’t break up, and they’ve got enough years ahead of them yet to fit in more gigs!’

Monday’s show was the last night of the trek, and it was a make-up date for the night back in September when the band abandoned their show when Bono lost his voice. He’s also had a few serious health issues recently that may have contributed to his comments.

In 2015, he required five hours of surgery following a bike accident in which he sustained a facial fracture and four separate fractures in his left shoulder blade and arm. He also spoke last month of an even more serious issue that, without giving specifics, suggested it was life-threatening.

“It was pretty serious,” he said. “I’m all right now, but I very nearly wasn’t. I’ve had a lot of warnings. A fair few punches over the last years.”

That scare may have been the “major moment” he was referring to in the liner notes to Songs of Experience that he described as “a shock to the system. A shock that left me clinging on to my own life. It was an arresting experience. I won’t dwell in it or on it. I don’t want to name it.”

Paul McCartney is among the many celebrities paying tribute to legendary Marvel Comics writer, editor and publisher Stan Lee, who died Monday at the age of 95.

In a note on his official website, the former Beatles star bids a “fond farewell” to Lee, while noting that he “will be sadly missed.”

Sir Paul goes on to reveal that he was lucky enough to have met the Stan, with whom he chatted about comic books. McCartney says Lee, who’d created or co-created timeless superheroes including Black Panther, Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and Daredevil, discussed the possibility of making a new character inspired by the rock icon.

“[H]e was suggesting making a superhero who would wield a Hofner bass guitar,” McCartney writes. “The guitar would have super powers and we spent some time imaging what those could be. He had a great sense of humor and I must say the idea of becoming a guitar-wielding superhero in one of his comic books was very appealing.”

McCartney ends his homage by saying, “Sending love to his family and friends and always holding happy memories of this great man. Love ya, Stan!”

Meanwhile, one of the studio outtakes that will appear on the upcoming deluxe reissue of the 1973 Paul McCartney and Wings album Red Rose Speedway has been made available for purchase digitally. The track is a group-only version of the 1973 hit “Live and Let Die,” which served as the theme song to the James Bond movie of the same name.

As previously reported, McCartney will release expanded reissues of Red Rose Speedway and the 1971 Wings album Wild Life on December 7. Visit PaulMcCartney.com for full details about the reissues.

 

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” soundtrack album climbs to #3 on “Billboard” 200

First, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody debuted at #1 on the U.S. box-office tally.  Now the film’s soundtrack has soared to the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 chart. After bowing at #25 the previous week, the album moved up to #3 on the latest chart, a 187-percent surge.

According to Billboard.com, this marks the highest position for a Queen album on the Billboard tally in 38 years; in 1980, the band’s studio effort The Game spent five weeks at #1. The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack also is #1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart, while Queen’s classic song of the same name has topped the Rock Digital Song Sales tally, with six other tunes by the band also in the top 10.

In addition, the 2000 Queen compilation Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection leaped from #194 to #9 on the Billboard 200 this week.

The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack features classic Queen studio tracks, updated renditions of some tunes, and a number of rare or previously unreleased concert performances, including songs from the band’s historic set at the 1985 Live Aid festival in London.

Bohemian Rhapsody dropped from #1 to #2 at the U.S. box office in its second week of release, and now has grossed more than $100 million in ticket sales in the States.

 

Neil Young is among the many unfortunate people who have lost homes to the massive wildfires raging in Northern and Southern California. In a message posted Sunday on his Neil Young Archives website, the folk-rock legend reveals that a house he owns in Malibu was destroyed by fire.

“I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another,” he writes.

In the note, Young also severely criticizes President Donald Trump, blasting him for a recent Twitter message in which he blamed the wildfires on California’s poor forest management.

“California is vulnerable — not because of poor forest management, as DT (our so-called president) would have us think,” Young writes. “As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.”

Neil continues, “Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record. That has not helped. DT seems to be the Denier. (I’m holding back and not using the word liar just because it rhymes with denier.) It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who turned 73 on Monday, adds, “Hopefully we can come together as a people to take on Climate Change. We have the tools and can do it if we tried.”

Young ends his message by again digging into Trump, calling him “an unfit leader” and accusing him of defying science and “car[ing] more for his own, convenient option than he does for the people he leads.”

The California fires have burned 196,000 acres of land. More than 149,000 people have been evacuated.

 

Ace Frehley: “KISS Can’t Do a Farewell Tour Without Me”


Ace Frehley isn’t letting KISS’ farewell tour happen without him. In this exclusive interview, the guitar legend explains why he should be a part of the show, both for love of the fans, and for KISS to make a huge stack of cash.

KISS will begin on ‘The End of the Road’ in 2019 and remain on tour for three years, finally reaching the twilight of their career. Though Frehley hasn’t been a member of KISS since 2002, his enormous contributions to the band haven’t faded with fans, as they’re constantly demanding a reunion.

“They’re testing the waters,” Frehley says about his former KISS bandmates. “I think they’re waiting for promoters to come back and say, ‘Well, we’ll give you X amount of dollars if Ace is involved and Peter is involved.’ It’s all about money with those guys and they’ll be the first to admit it, especially Gene. When Doc McGee gets a call from a promoter and they say, ‘We’ll give you double the amount of money with Ace and Peter,’ we’re gonna get the call.”

“If I come back, I’m gonna take my throne back, or I’m not coming back,” says about sharing a stage with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. “A lot of fans are saying if I’m not involved in the next tour, they’re not going. That’s probably making Paul and Gene a little nervous … I can’t imagine them doing an ‘End of the Road’ tour with the same lineup. They’ve been playing for 15 years, there’s nothing special about doing one last big tour with the same lineup.”

Ace adds, “I told Paul and Gene, ‘I’m the guy now that you’ve always wanted me to be.’ I was a screwup and I was always late and didn’t show up on time and missed recording sessions. I was telling them this year, ‘I’m now the guy you always wanted me to be.’ Hopefully it sinks in, you know?”

 

Foreigner‘s current lineup will be joined by original frontman Lou Gramm and four other former band members at four special concerts taking place in the coming weeks in California, New Jersey and Connecticut. The shows, dubbed “Double Vision: Then and Now,” kick off with a performance this Friday, November 9, in Los Angeles.

Those shows follow several similar concerts that took place in 2017 and earlier this year where ex-band members also hit the stage with Foreigner’s current incarnation. Foreigner lead guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones tells USA Today that the old and new members got along so well at those other shows that they had no qualms about scheduling additional dates.

“My two lead singers, Lou Gramm and [current frontman] Kelly Hansen, really hit it off like a house on fire and the rest of the guys were happy to be a part of it,” Jones notes. “[I]t just felt natural and we fell right back into it.”

As for the plans for the new concerts, Gramm tells USA Today, “The original band is concentrating on songs from [1978’s] Double Vision [album] and then [the current lineup] plays songs from any and all of the albums. After they play and we play, we come out for an encore and do ‘Juke Box Hero’ and ‘Hot Blooded’ together.”

Meanwhile, Gramm reveals that he and Jones also are planning to get together next year to try to finish some old demos that the duo originally worked on before Lou left Foreigner.

“[W]e listened to [the demos] again a few months ago and they still sound good to us,” Gramm explains. “So we may pick a few of those up and then work on some new ideas.”

Here are all the “Double Vision: Then and Now” shows:

11/9 — Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater
11/10 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
11/30 — Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock
12/1 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena

Aerosmith is the only announced rock act that will be performing at the first-ever Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, taking place January 31st through February 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The three-night festival will be held at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, in advance of Super Bowl 53. Aerosmith will perform Friday night with a soon-to-be-announced “special guest.”

Back in 2001, Aerosmith performed on the Super Bowl halftime show with Britney Spears, ‘N SYNC, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.

In April, Aerosmith will launch its Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency at Park Theater at Park MGM Las Vegas.

 

A soundtrack album to Bruce Springsteen‘s long-running Springsteen on Broadway stage production will be released on Friday, December 14, one day before the show is scheduled to end its 236-performance run at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

The album is a companion to the Netflix concert special Springsteen on Broadway, which premieres Sunday, December 16, at 3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 a.m. PT. The record features the full audio from the film, which includes The Boss performing 16 songs, most of which include a spoken introduction from Bruce. Springsteen’s wife, longtime E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, joins him for two of the songs.

Among the well-known tunes featured in the show are “Growin’ Up,” “My Hometown,” “Thunder Road,” “The Promised Land,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Dancing in the Dark,” and, of course, “Born to Run.”

The soundtrack, which you can pre-order now, will be available as a two-CD set, a four-LP vinyl package, and digitally. In advance of the album, Bruce’s performance of “Land of Hope and Dreams” has been released as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can check out the track, and a teaser-trailer for the album, at Springsteen’s official YouTube channel.

Springsteen on Broadway opened in October 2017 for an initial eight-week run that’s been extended three times. The Boss was presented with a special Tony Award earlier this year in honor of his show.

Here is the full track list of Springsteen on Broadway soundtrack:

“Growin’ Up”*
“My Hometown”*
“My Father’s House”*
“The Wish”*
“Thunder Road”*
“The Promised Land”*
“Born in the U.S.A.”*
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”*
“Tougher than the Rest” — with Patti Scialfa*
“Brilliant Disguise” — with Patti Scialfa*
“Long Time Comin’”*
“The Ghost of Tom Joad”*
“The Rising”
“Dancing in the Dark”*
“Land of Hope and Dreams”
“Born to Run”*

* = introduction and song.

 

Rod Stewart‘s been hobbling around in a cast — but continuing to perform live — since he broke his foot a few weeks ago, but now, it’s all caught up to him.

The singer was forced to cancel Wednesday night’s show in Boise, ID, after performances in St. Paul, Kansas City and Santa Barbara “caused additional swelling and stress to his foot fracture,” according to a note on his Facebook page.

In the post, Rod is quoted as saying, “I’m especially disappointed that I’m sidelined for the Boise show. I’d looked forward to this one since April and apologize to the fans for missing it. It’s time I listen to my doctor, and my foot, and stay off it.”

Ticket refunds will be available from the original point of purchase.  It’s not clear whether other shows will be canceled — Rod’s next scheduled performance is Friday in Billings, MT.

As he explained on Instagram, Rod fractured his foot while playing soccer with his two sons.  “I was going for the ball and encountered an insistent lump of concrete. What was it doing there?” he wrote.  He also included footage of himself onstage in Santa Barbara with a cast on his foot.

 

Van Morrison is giving fans another preview of his upcoming studio album, The Prophet Speaks.  He’s just released a second single from the record, “Got to Go Where the Love Is,” which is available now as a digital single and via streaming services.

An official lyrics video for the upbeat jazz-blues tunes, one of six new originals penned by Morrison for the forthcoming album, has premiered on Van’s official website and YouTube channel. The clip features animated words and images made to resemble neon lights, including depictions of Van the Man himself.

Morrison previously released The Prophet Speaks‘ title track as a single, and fans who pre-order the album will receive free instant downloads of both that song and “Got to Go Where the Love Is.”

The Prophet Speaks hits stores on December 7. The 14-track collection will be the legendary singer/songwriter’s 40th studio effort, and continues an impressively prolific run that’s seen him issue three other albums in just over a year: You’re Driving Me Crazy in April 2018, Versatile in December 2017 and Roll with the Punches in September 2017.

In addition to the six original Morrison songs, The Prophet Speaks features eight covers by various artists who have influenced and inspired Van during his career, including John Lee Hooker‘s “Dimples,” Sam Cooke‘s “Laughin’ and Clownin’,” Solomon Burke‘s “Gotta Get You Off My Mind” and Willie Dixon‘s “I Love the Life I Live.”

Mark Knopfler Announces North American Tour Dates

Mark Knopfler will be releasing a new studio album, Down the Road Wherever, on November 16, and now the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has announced an accompanying tour.  
Knopfler’s North American tour will kick off next year on August 16 in Mashantucket, Conn. and wrap September 22 in Los Angeles.   

Full ticket details, including pre-sales, can be found at MarkKnopfler.com.

 

The new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, featuring Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as the band’s late frontman Freddie Mercury, opens in U.S. theaters on November 2. In a new interview with The New Yorker, Malek reveals that he had a unique souvenir created from a prop he used for the film — a set of fake teeth he wore to mimic Mercury’s overbite.

“Well, I had the teeth cast in gold,” he tells the magazine. “It is the most ostentatious thing I have probably ever done, and, in the spirit of Freddie, being as outlandish as I could, I said, ‘What would be more him than casting these in gold?’”

Malek says that in order to prepare for the film, he convinced the producers to send him to London, where he took singing and piano lessons and also employed the services of a movement coach and a dialect coach.

The actor says he would watch videos of Mercury for four hours a day to study his mannerisms.

“We would just sit there and watch him in an interview, and see when he moves in and out, and blinks, and covers his teeth,” he notes.

Meanwhile, a new video has premiered online featuring a behind-the-scenes look at a recent promotion that gave Queen fans the chance to get their voices incorporated into the Bohemian Rhapsody movie. A website called PutMeinBohemian.com was launched recently where fans could submit audio clips of them singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, as the video shows, those submissions were mixed into a scene where Queen is performing the classic tune at the famous Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.

 

Stage costumes, instruments and other collectibles from the likes of Mick Jagger, The Who, Paul McCartney and more are going on the auction block next month for a good cause.

U.K. charity The Prince’s Trust, which helps unemployed and struggling young people, is selling off the memorabilia at a November 10 event at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe and online at JuliensAuctions.com. Among the items up for bid are:

–A black leather motorcycle jacket custom-made for Jagger with The Rolling Stones‘ tongue-and-lips logo on the back that’s signed by the singer. Estimated price: $4,000-$6,000

–A white Gibson SG electric guitar signed by The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, along with a hard case with “WHO” stenciled on it. Estimated price: $2,000-$4,000

–A super-deluxe anniversary edition of The Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, signed and personalized for the winning bidder by McCartney. Estimated price: $2,000-$4,000

–A blue vest worn onstage by Eric Clapton. Estimated price: $4,000-6,000

–A red hockey jersey worn by Queen‘s Brian May at a July 2017 concert in Montreal, and signed in black marker by the guitarist. Estimated price: $2,000-4,000

–A metallic blue jacket from Rod Stewart, signed by the singer, as well as a pair of autographed metallic gold loafers, and a photo of Stewart performing that’s signed, “My favorite blue jacket is yours! Rod Stewart.”  Estimated price: $800-$1200

–A red, black and gold jacket signed by Lionel Richie that he wore during his recent Las Vegas residency. Estimated price: $2,000-$4,000

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. ET on November 10. Many of the items being sold will be displayed at the Hard Rock Cafe starting on November 5.

 

Ace Frehley has just released a new studio album, Spaceman, the founding KISS guitarist’s third solo effort in four years.

Frehley says that his “creativity is at a real high,” which he credits to his 12 years of sobriety.

“This album was effortless for me,” says Ace. “I didn’t struggle writing lyrics or…doing guitar solos. They just flowed out of me.”

Meanwhile, Spaceman undoubtedly will excite KISS fans, because it features two tracks that Frehley co-wrote with Gene Simmons, who also named the album and plays bass on one song.

Frehley explains that the collaboration came out of an appearance he made at one of Simmons’ “Vault Experience” events in Los Angeles.

“[W]e had a lot of fun that day,” Ace recalls. “[And] I figured he owes me…because I did that for free.”

Frehley says shortly after the event, he invited Simmons to come work on some music with him at his home studio, and within three or four hours they’d written the songs “Your Wish Is My Command” and “Without You I’m Nothing.”

Ace says working with Simmons was “pretty painless,” while maintaining that Gene is “one of the most underrated bass players.”

Frehely wrote or co-wrote all but one of Spaceman‘s nine songs, a cover of the 1984 Eddie Money hit “I Wanna Go Back.” Frehley says he decided to record that song after watching the video on YouTube and realizing he felt a connection to the tune’s theme of revisiting the past.

Speaking about connecting to the past, Frehley says that fans have been drawing favorable comparisons between Spaceman and his self-titled 1978 debut album. Ace admits that as a nod to the Ace Frehley album, he put the same number of songs on Spaceman…nine.

 

A new archival Neil Young compilation titled Songs for Judy, featuring acoustic performances from his 1976 solo tour, will be released on CD and digitally on November 30. A vinyl version will follow on December 14.

The album features 22 songs culled from 11 different concerts, including shows in New York City, Boston, Atlanta and Chicago. The performances were recorded on cassette by Young’s longtime photographer and archivist Joel Bernstein, who served as Neil’s guitar tech throughout the trek.

The album was curated by Bernstein and rock journalist/film director Cameron Crowe, who traveled on Young’s tour bus during the outing. In a new essay posted on the Neil Young Archives site, Crowe and Bernstein share their recollections of the trek and describe how they painstakingly went through the recordings of the shows to put together an “‘essential’ audio compilation” from the tour.

Songs for Judy‘s title comes from a monologue Young gave during a concert in Atlanta — which is used to kick off the album — where he muses about Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz.

“The album is quite unique and I think the period was very well captured in the sound and performances,” says Neil. “It was a moment in time, and it’s easy to tell why it’s called Songs for Judy.”

The record features a mix of well-known songs, gems and rarities from throughout Young’s career. It includes a song called “No One Seems to Know” that hasn’t appeared on any other release by Neil.

A version of Young’s tune “Campaigner,” recorded at a show in Boston, has been released as a digital single in advance of Songs for Judy, and fans pre-ordering the album will receive a free instant download of the track.

 

With the November 2 premiere date for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody fast approaching, a new preview video has debuted on YouTube featuring Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, as well as the actors who portray the band’s four members.

As previously reported, the film starts Rami Malek as singer Freddie Mercury, Gwilym Lee as May, Ben Hardy as Taylor and Joseph Mazzello as bassist John Deacon.

In the two-minute clip, titled “Becoming Queen,” the actors discuss their experience and the challenges they faced playing the rock legends, while May and Taylor talk about how they coached Lee and Hardy, respectively, so that their performances would be believable.

May reveals, “I showed [Lee] a few licks and he got very into it.” He adds, “I do kind of believe he’s me.”

Taylor, meanwhile, points out that he taught Hardy “just a few visual tricks,” then notes, “Learning how to actually play the drums does take years,” as May responds, jokingly, with a chuckle, “Really?!”

As for how he felt about the performances, May declares, “The four guys who plays us are phenomenal. They completely lived it. They became us. It just sent shivers up your spine.”

In the beginning of the preview, Malek says, “When you set out to play Queen you think, ‘How am I ever going to fill those shoes?’” Later on in the clip, he admits, “There were moments where I said, ‘Nope, that’s never gonna happen.’ But ultimately…we pulled it off.’”

As you’d expect, the video also offers glimpses of a variety of scenes from the movie. Bohemian Rhapsody follows Queen from the band’s beginning to its historic performance at the 1985 Live Aid festival at London’s Wembley Stadium.

 

The touring version of the stage musical inspired by Meat Loaf‘s landmark 1977 album Bat Out of Hell and its sequels, which makes its U.S. debut on November 7 in Detroit, has added a series of Las Vegas performances during the holiday season.

Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, which features songs written by Jim Steinman, will visit The Venetian Theatre at the Venetian resort for a 16-show engagement running from December 25 through January 6, 2019.

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Saturday, October 20 at 10 a.m. PT, and will be available at Venetian.com, at box offices at the resort, and calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Leading into the musical’s U.S. tour, the production is at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre for series of shows that kicked off on Tuesday and will run through November 3. The musical, which is expected to stop in 19 U.S. cities, currently is scheduled through a June 26-July 7 engagement in Dallas.

Bat Out of Hell: The Musical is a romantic adventure focusing on an eternally youthful street tribe that desperately battles a tyrant for control of the ruined city where they live.

Among the classic Steinman-penned songs featured in the show are Meat Loaf hits like “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth,” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”

In addition to the touring version of the show, productions currently are running in London and Oberhausen, Germany. Visit BatOutofHellMusical.com for more information.

Here’s the musical’s confirmed U.S. tour schedule:

10/16-11/3 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Ed Mirvish Theatre
11/7-11/17 — Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
11/23-12/1 — Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre
12/4-12/23 — San Francisco, CA, SHN Orpheum Theatre
12/25-1/6/19 — Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
1/8-2/2 — Los Angeles, CA, Ahmanson Theatre
2/6-2/17 — Denver, CO, Denver Center – Buell Theatre
2/20-2/24 — Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
2/26-3/3 — Des Moines, IA, Fox Theatre
3/5-3/10 — St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
4/3-4/21 — Boston, MA, Wang Theatre
4/23-5/5 — Philadelphia, PA, Forrest Theatre
5/7-5/26 — Washington, D.C., National Theatre
5/28-6/9 — Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC — Blek Theatre
6/12-6/23 — St. Paul, MN, Music Theatre at the Ordway
6/26-7/7 — Dallas, TX, AT&T Performing Art Center

 

On Tuesday, Def Leppard got the word that they’re among the 15 artists nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. The British band was one of six first-time nominees, after having been eligible since 2005.

And while Def Leppard is considered one of the front runners for induction, frontman Joe Elliott says he’s not counting his chickens before they’re hatched.

“Let’s be honest, it’s only a start,” he tells ABC Radio. “It’s not like, ‘Let’s jump up and down and pop some corks.’ It’s a nomination, and as we all know if you’re a Judas Priest fan, they don’t always work out.”

Having said that, Elliott says being nominated is great.

“I mean, the publicity we’ve received over the last 24 hours has been, quite frankly, ridiculous,” he gushes. “It’s phenomenal.”

As for how he’d feel about being inducted, Joe says he’d be thrilled to “be in the same club as Elvis [Presley], The [Rolling] Stones and The Beatles and The Who, and everybody that we thought as kids we would try to emulate.”

Reflecting on why, after being overlooked for so long, his band finally received a Rock Hall nod, Elliott suggests that perhaps it was Def Leppard’s continued popularity and large fan base.

“[E]specially after this year with the success [of the band’s co-headlining tour with Journey],” he notes. “It’s been pretty spectacular for rock…’cause as far as I’m told, only JAY-Z and Beyonce[‘s tour]…really outsold us this year.”

As for which of Def Leppard’s fellow nominees he’d most like to see inducted, Elliott singles out Roxy Music and The MC5.

“Roxy Music for sure is fantastic,” says Joe. “[And] MC5…were [among] the godfathers [of] New Wave or punk…so they absolutely deserve to be in.”

 

The Doobie Brothers will play two full albums at previously announced NYC shows

The Doobie Brothers have revised their plans for the upcoming full-album shows they have scheduled for New York City’s Beacon Theatre in New York City on November 15 and 16.

The band initially announced it would play 1972’s Toulouse Street at the first concert and 1973’s The Captain and Me at the second, but the veteran rockers now intend to perform both albums each night.

“We have had so much fun rehearsing Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me for The Beacon Theatre shows that we decided to play both albums on both nights,” the group explains in a joint statement. “We are looking forward to playing these albums in their entirety, as well as a few additional favorites for our fans.”

The concerts will mark the first time The Doobie Brothers have ever performed any of their albums in full at a single show. The shows will also be the Doobies’ first at the Beacon in 25 years.

Toulouse Street was The Doobie Brothers’ second album. It features the band’s first two top 40 hits: “Listen to the Music” and a cover of the 1966 gospel tune “Jesus Is Just Alright.”  The record, which also includes the classic-rock staple “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and has sold more than a million copies in the U.S.

The Captain and Me was the follow-up to Toulouse Street. It features two of the group’s most enduring hits: “China Grove” and “Long Train Runnin’.” The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 and has sold over two million copies in the States.

 

In 1988, five music legends — ex-Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne — teamed up to form the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. Now, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the collective’s debut album, the aptly titled The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl picture disc edition will be released on November 2.

Originally released in October 1988, The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 features the classic songs “Handle with Care” and “The End of the Line.” The 10-track collection peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, and has sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. In addition, the album won a Grammy in the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal category.

The picture disc features the Traveling Wilburys logo on the A-side and a photo of the supergroup on the B-side.

The band came together out of Harrison’s need to put together a B-side for a single from his 1987 solo album, Cloud Nine, which Lynne co-produced. Harrison asked his old friend Dylan if he could use the folk-rock great’s studio to record the song, then brought in Orbison, Petty and, eventually, Dylan himself to contribute to the track, which was “Handle with Care.”

The song soon was deemed too good to be a B-side, and Harrison and his pals enjoyed recording it so much that they decided to make an entire album. Each member wound up taking on a “Wilbury” alias: Harrison was Nelson, Dylan was Lucky, Orbison was Lefty, Lynne was Otis and Petty was Charlie T. Wilbury Jr.

The 10-track collection features all five stars sharing songwriting and vocal duties.

Here’s The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1‘s track list:

Side A:
“Handle with Care”
“Dirty World”
“Rattled”
“Last Night”
“Not Alone Any More”

Side B:
“Congratulations”
“Heading for the Light”
“Margarita”
“Tweeter and the Monkey Man”
“End of the Line”

 

PAUL STANLEY Doesn’t Think KISS Will Release Any New Music Before Calling It Quits

October 11, 2018

Paul Stanley says that it’s unlikely KISS will produce any new music before finally calling it quits at the end of its upcoming “farewell” tour.

KISS hasn’t released a full-length disc of new music since 2012’s “Monster”, which sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s previous LP, “Sonic Boom”, opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. It was KISS’s highest-charting LP ever.

Over the weekend, Stanley stopped by the Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp and was asked by teenage radio host Miles “The Shoe” Schuman if fans can expect to hear anything new from KISS prior to the completion of the group’s “One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour”. He responded (see video below): “No. I don’t think so. Look, it’s a different time now. I could write ‘Let It Be’, and people would still say, ‘That’s great. Now play ‘Detroit Rock City’.’ And I understand it, because when songs have a history with you, they’re kind of like a snapshot of a time in your life, and that’s not something that anything can take the place of overnight.”

He continued: “It’s interesting that I think ‘Modern Day Delilah’ or ‘Hell Or Hallelujah’ are as good as anything we did [on the earlier albums], but I understand that people are more connected to those old classic songs. I understand it.

“Look, if you put on a live video concert of any band — if you put on [Paul] McCartney, if you put on THE [ROLLING] STONES — and you turn off the volume, I will tell you every time they’re playing a new song, because the audience sits down.”

Stanley added: “It’s always interesting that people say, ‘When are you gonna churn out new material?’ But when those acts, or any classic act turns out new material, people tolerate it. They’re asking you to do it and they’re asking you to produce it, but at the same time, they really don’t want it. So, at some point, I go, ‘Really, what’s the point?’ Unless it’s something that’s fulfilling for me, to go back in the studio just to record new KISS material, I think everything we’ve done so far speaks volumes and it’s enough of a legacy.”

Paul had previously expressed uncertainty about the idea of making another KISS album in a number of other interviews, telling the “Loudwire Podcast”: “If we’re going to do an album, it would be because we want to do an album, not because of sales. I think we’re living in a time, obviously, now where albums don’t sell what they once did, so you either do it because it’s a creative outlet and because it satisfies something in you, or not. If you’re doing it purely for sales, then you’re probably doing it for the wrong reason.”

Paul’s comments were echoed by his bandmate Gene Simmons, who said that he was “not incentivized” to release another KISS disc unless there are some major changes in the way music is consumed. He said: “The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they want to download your music and file share — that’s not what I work for. How’d you like to be a plumber, come over somebody’s house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it’s time to get paid, they say, ‘No, I just wanted to say thank you.’ No.”

“One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour” will launch in early 2019 and will likely last two or three years, according to Stanley.

 

Styx will head back to Las Vegas next year for a special two-set concert that will showcase a full performance of the band’s 2017 sci-fi concept album The Mission. The event will take place on January 20 at the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort.

The show also will feature a full set of Styx hits and gems. Tickets are priced from $49.95 to $129.95, not including fees, and will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 12, at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets will be available at the Pearl Concert Theater box office, at any Station Casinos Rewards Center or online via Ticketmaster.com. Visit StationCasinosLive.com or Palms.com for more information.

“The idea of performing The Mission live in its entirety for you is something we’ve envisioned ever since we recorded it,” says singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “That time is here! We’ve set the date! And we can’t wait to get our hands on the wheel of that rocket-mobile!”

Released in 2017, The Mission tells the story of the fictional first manned voyage to Mars, and casts the group’s members as the crew of a spacecraft that leaves Earth en route to the red planet in 2033. A deluxe CD/Blu-ray edition of The Mission, which hit stores this past July, boasts a 5.1 surround-sound version of the record accompanied by visuals for each song based on the album’s artwork, as well as a making-of documentary, four music videos and three high-res audio-playback modes.

Styx has a few U.S. concerts left on its 2018 schedule, and also will play a couple of Los Angeles-area shows just before the Las Vegas event.

 

The new Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin photo book, which the band’s surviving members helped put together to mark the group’s 50th anniversary, gets published on Tuesday, October 9. To promote the book, guitarist Jimmy Page was interviewed in London recently for a segment of CBS This Morning that aired Monday.

Page admitted to correspondent Charlie D’Agata that he knew as soon as Led Zeppelin began rehearsing that the band — he, singer Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham — was something special.

“[T]he first rehearsal that we did was here in London, in a rehearsal room where we had maybe an hour or two hours…and were all playing, and we just kept extending the song and jamming on it.” he recalled. “And by the end of it, I absolutely guarantee it was a life-changing experience for everybody from that point. Everyone knew that they’d never played with musical equals.”

Reflecting on his original vision for Led Zeppelin, Page said, “I knew that the way to do it was to have four musicians that were just really locked in tight and everyone could be heard on the record, so it wasn’t just about one person but the overall.”

When asked if he still thinks about playing with the remaining Led Zeppelin members again, Page turned the subject to their 2007 reunion concert in London’s O2 arena.

“I’d like to look at that video of us 11 years ago at the O2,” he said.

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is officially sanctioned by the band, and features a career-spanning selection of photographs — many previously unpublished — and images of rare memorabilia selected by Page, Plant and Jones, along with newly penned anecdotes and recollections by the three musicians.

 

Everybody’s favorite sharp-dressed, long-bearded man, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, released his second solo album, The Big Bad Blues, last month.

Gibbons tells ABC Radio that after his Afro-Cuban-influenced solo debut, 2015’s Perfectamundo, he decided to refocus on his main musical passion, the blues. The singer-guitarist says the new album began taking shape when he hit the studio to jam for a few days with session drummer Greg Morrow, longtime ZZ Top harmonica player James Harman and engineer Joe Hardy, who handled bass duties.

Unbeknownst to Gibbons, Hardy had been taping the jam sessions, which Billy says “gave us a pretty good head start [and] allowed us to keep the ball rolling up Blues Avenue.”

In addition to creating some new original songs, Gibbons wanted to include some blues covers on the project, so he decided “to cherry-pick things that made sense,” settling on a couple tunes each from the catalogs of two of his favorite artists — Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley.

One cover, a rendition of Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” was released as The Big Bad Blues’ lead single.

Interestingly, the album kicks off with a song called “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’,” which Gibbons’ wife, Gilligan Sweetwater, wrote.

Billy says that while he was in the studio, his engineers noticed Gilligan scribbling on a notepad. After she’d left the control room, the rocker and his collaborators checked out what she’d written, and realized that it had the makings of a great blues tune. Gibbons ranks “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’” as one of his favorite songs on the album.

Another contributor to The Big Bad Blues was ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, who also will join Billy on his solo tour in support of the album, which begins October 13 in Riverside, Iowa.

 

Guns N’ Roses have performed all over the world during their long career, but the legendary rockers surprisingly have never played a concert in Hawaii. That will change on December 8, when the band performs at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public next Friday, October 12, at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.com. If you’re a member of GN’R’s Nightrain club, you can buy pre-sale tickets starting today at 12 p.m. local time, while Citi card members will be able to purchase them beginning Monday, October 8, at 10 a.m. local time through the company’s Private Pass program.

The Honolulu show currently is the last concert scheduled on Guns N’ Roses’ Not in This Lifetime Tour, which launched in 2016 and has featured Axl Rose reuniting with his fellow founding band members Slash and Duff McKagan.

A new fall leg of the trek kicks off November 3 in Monterey, Mexico, and also will feature shows in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and South Africa. Check out GN’R’s full tour schedule at GunsNRoses.com.

 

A new Tom Petty compilation offering the first-ever career-spanning collection of songs by the late rock legend to include his work with The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch and as a solo artist, will be released November 16. Titled The Best of Everything, the album will be available as a two-CD set and a digital download, and will feature 38 tracks, including all of Petty’s classic hits and more.

The compilation spans from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1976 self-titled debut through Mudcrutch’s 2016 album, 2.  Songs appearing on the retrospective include Petty classics “Free Fallin’,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Listen to Her Heart,” “Breakdown,” “The Waiting,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Refugee,” “American Girl,” “Here Comes My Girl,” “I Need to Know,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “Even the Losers,” and Tom’s unforgettable duet with Stevie Nicks, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

The album also includes two previously unreleased tracks — an alternate version of the 1985 Petty and the Heartbreakers tune “The Best of Everything” featuring an unheard second verse, and a moving, autobiographical tune called “For Real.”

The alternate version of “The Best of Everything” has been released as the first single from the compilation.  Pre-order the album and you’ll receive an instant free download of the track.

The comp also features an essay about Petty written by acclaimed rock journalist and filmmaker Cameron Crowe. All of the tracks have been newly remastered.

A vinyl edition of The Best of Everything, available on black or clear vinyl, will be released on December 7.

 

Believe it or not, ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry is back with his first new music in more than 20 years, as his hotly anticipated solo album Traces hit stores this month.

In a new video about the making of the album, Perry explains that after leaving Journey in the late 1990s, he “honestly had no intentions of coming back to music.” However, during the last several years, the singer says, “Music showed up again…My love for it started to come back.”

As previously reported, Traces was partly inspired by Perry’s romance with a woman named Kellie Nash, who died of cancer in 2012.

“I think the reason this record happened is because a heart is not complete until it’s really broken,” he explains in the video. “From the broken heart came this record.”

Steve also reveals that it was Nash who encouraged his return to music.

“[S]he told me one night [that] if something was to ever happen to her, promise that I would not go back into isolation. Because when I met her, I was pretty much in isolation,” he says. “So I think so much of the emotional commitment comes from losing somebody like that, and making a promise, and keeping the promise.”

Perry also discusses his decision to walk away from Journey, which he says “was the hardest thing I ever did,” while noting that he did so because he wanted to avoid being a casualty of the music business.

You can check out videos for three songs from Traces — “No Erasin’,” “No More Cryin’” and “We’re Still Here” — on Perry’s official YouTube channel. The album also features a cover of the George Harrison-penned Beatles song “I Need You.”

 

Kiss singer/bassist Gene Simmons has published a new book focusing on the “27 club,” that informal collective of unfortunate stars who passed away at the age of 27. Titled 27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club, the book features profiles of such late music stars as Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors‘ Jim Morrison, Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

Simmons tells ABC Radio that in addition to the biographical segments, the book seeks to examine why an inordinate number of well-known artists have died at or near 27.

“A lot of famous folks from various areas of life either killed themselves or were killed or, unfortunately, passed away at the age of 27,” notes the 69-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. “Sometimes it’s depression, sometimes it’s drugs and alcohol. There’s just no one answer.”

Simmons suggests that fame was a factor in some of these famous rockers’ deaths, since certain musicians who were experiencing issues may have been surrounded by people who were unwilling to confront them because they were intimidated by the artists’ stature.

Gene also points out that besides looking at the passing of the various artists, he hopes his book will serve to help people experiencing problems like depression, which is among the factors that led to some of the stars’ deaths.

“[E]ven if people are having a bad day, I urge everybody to learn more how to listen, just engage in the conversation,” Gene maintains, “and if you need help, for goodness sakes, talk to your loved ones, your friends, your next-door neighbors…And if it gets serious, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline and just talk.”

27 is the first book to be released on Simmons’ new publishing imprint, Simmons Books.

 

Pretty Woman is about a hooker who dreams of a better life who falls in love with a billionaire, right?  So imagine how Bryan Adams felt when he was hired to write songs for the Broadway musical based on the film — and was told he couldn’t use the words “love,” “hooker” or “dreams.”

“So how do you say, ‘I wanna chase my dream,’ without actually saying it?” Adams recalls.  He and his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance did it with a song called “Anywhere But Here,” and you can hear it now on the original cast recording, which was released this past Friday.

That was just one of the challenges the duo faced while composing for Pretty Woman: The Musical during its years-long development process.  It was co-written by Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall, and Bryan got to work closely with him before Marshall died in 2016.

“It was his dream to make this into a Broadway musical, and I was really excited to be part of his dream,” Adams tells ABC Radio. “And he’d sorta sketched out in his mind where he thought a song could go, so we sat down and in two weeks…we mapped out what was pretty much the roadmap for this musical.”

The Canadian musician says he loves hearing the Pretty Woman cast sing his music, especially Samantha Barks, in the lead role of Vivian.

“I love the characters and…what they’re bringing to this,” says Adams.  “In fact, so many times the singers and actors…have brought something much more interesting [to it] than what I would’ve. I mean, [when] Sam sings ‘This Is My Life‘ — the first time I heard it, I completely forgot that I had written it!”

Adams will release a new album where he does the singing early in 2019.

 

The remastered reissue of 1968’s The BEATLES, more commonly referred to as The White Album, can finally be yours on November 9

The feature-packed release, timed for the 50th anniversary of the original record — which was actually released on November 22, 1968 — boasts a 5.1 surround sound mix, painstakingly assembled by audio experts at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The release comes in various packages, which you can preview thanks to a new trailer posted online.

There’s a 3 CD Deluxe edition, which includes demos and rare acoustic performances, as well as a poster. The 7-disc Super Deluxe edition contains that and more, including 50 studio session outtakes, as well as the album on 5.1 Blu-ray, featuring mono and stereo remixes of the album, as well as a 168-page, photo-packed hardback book about the songs’ origins.

Two separate vinyl versions will also be offered: one a double record like the original vinyl release, and the other a 4 LP Deluxe collection.

Back in June, Paul McCartney told DIY magazine the White Album reissue is, “very cool and it sounds like you’re in the room.” He explained of some of the demos, “you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon’s] voice and a guitar. [It sounds] amazing.”

 

Rod Stewart‘s in the doghouse with his wife…and with Elton John. Sir Rod recently teased his longtime friend — who he calls “Sharon” and who calls him “Phyllis” in return — about Elton’s announcement earlier this year that his current tour will be his last.

Stewart admits to the Daily Telegraph, “He’s really [upset] with me. ‘Cause when he did announce [the tour], I sent him a text: ‘What, again dear?’ And I got nothing back!”

Rod says his wife Penny Lancaster “says I’ve got to phone him up. [And] I will get round to it.”

Stewart says, “He’s got two kids so I can understand why he wants to pack it in. ‘Cause he’s always worked harder than me. Wow, does he work hard!”

But then the singer threw shade at Elton again, saying, “But he only sings for 30 minutes [per show].”

The fur started flying between the old pals back in March, when Stewart appeared on Watch What Happens L!ve With Andy Cohen and called farewell tours in general “dishonest,” adding “It stinks of selling tickets.”

 

Paul McCartney may not be content to Let It Be. The singer says that the Beatles documentary of the same name — released in 1970 and focusing on the miserable process of the band members trying to stay together long enough to release what ended up being their last album — “may be[come]…a new movie, re-edit[ed] from the same period, from the same footage.”

In an interview with Canada’s Radio X, Macca says that there’s “about 56 hours of [unleased] footage. [And] the overall feeling is very joyous and very uplifting.”

That would be a stark contrast to the strained feeling of much of the existing Let It Be film, which hasn’t been available in any format since the ’80s. It was supposed to have been released in DVD a decade ago, but a source at Apple Records told Britain’s Daily Express that McCartney and Ringo Starr killed the plan because of the downbeat nature of the film.

But Paul’s opinion of the film seems to have changed —  the discovery of the footage of “a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it” leads to him predict, “I think it’s gonna happen. I think there may be a new version of it….Who knows, that may be happening in a year or two.

 

The 14th installment of Bob Dylan‘s ongoing Bootleg Series shall be released.  This time, he’s putting out outtakes and incidentals from the recording of the 1975 album Blood on the Tracks, as a collection titled More Blood, More Tracks.

According to Dylan’s official site, the deluxe version of the set will have just about every audible bit of tape from what Dylan fans know as the “New York Sessions,” as well as studio commentary. There will also be bare-bones versions of “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate,” “Idiot Wind,” and others.

More Blood, More Tracks will be released in three configurations: a barebones single CD for $12, a gatefold double album for $30, and the six-CD boxed set for $160.

The boxed set will also come with a hardcover book containing a reproduction of Dylan’s session notebook from that era.

Prince‘s Piano & a Microphone 1983 album is being released Friday, featuring liner notes by Lisa Coleman from Prince’s Purple Rain-era band, The Revolution. Coleman says the project brought her joy, and pain.

“I didn’t want to do it,” the keyboard player tells Billboard. “It was hard and I cried, and just hearing his voice at the beginning of the tape, when he tinkles around and he’s talking to one of his engineers and just speaks into the mic…Just hearing his voice like that, it was wonderful to hear and it was painful.”

Piano & a Microphone 1983 is the late music legend 35 years ago accompanied only by a piano, just after the release of 1999 and a year prior to the release of Purple Rain, which launched him to super-stardom. 

There are nine tracks in all, recorded at Prince’s Chanhassen, Minnesota studios that later came to be known as Paisley Park.  Songs include pre-release versions of “17 Days,” which was the B-side of “When Doves Cry” a year later; “Strange Relationship,” from 1987’s Sign o’ the Times; and a performance of what would become Prince’s signature hit, “Purple Rain.”  The first single, “Mary Don’t You Weep,” was released some three months ago.

The Prince estate will be releasing more music; Coleman says, “There’s, like, 100 years’ worth of material in that vault.” 

“Inside the band there’s a famous jam called “Ice Cream,” she continues. “When Prince was in a good mood or we were having a good show he would sometimes just run to the microphone and scream “ice cream,” and that was a cue for us to go into this particular jam thing, and that’s never been released or heard or really known.”

Coleman is now touring as a member of The Revolution, with dates through October 28 in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

In case you missed the news, Paul McCartney‘s latest album, Egypt Station, bowed at number one on the Billboard 200 this week. McCartney took time out of his tour schedule this week to check in with Billboard about the achievement, his first chart-topper since 1982’s Tug of War.

“It feels really great,” he admitted. “‘Cause you can’t get much higher than [number one], you know? It really feels great. We put a lot of really hard work into it.”

Macca says not only did he work hard on making Egypt Station, he put a lot of thought into how to promote the album. He said “fun” appearances on James Corden‘s “Carpool Karaoke,” The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and the pop-up show at Grand Central two weeks ago were part of a promotional plan that “[would] actually excite us. Because I think, you know, if we enjoy it, that’ll kind of communicate itself and makes [promotion] less of a laborious process.”

Ditto for the mini-concert McCartney and his band put on at Abbey Road this summer.

“I said to my guys, “I wanna just do a little gig somewhere before we go out on the big tour…. You know, instead of just saying, ‘Oh, we’ll go anywhere, it doesn’t matter, they’re all the same.’ [We said] ‘No, no, let’s go to Abbey Road, that’d be fun.’ ‘Cause I’ll be able to tell stories about having a smoke in the backroom there, you know, and all the little kind of tales you can tell.”

There’s some legal movement afoot in the Led Zeppelin camp: The band’s biggest fan site reports that a streaming service is in the works that would provide fans with access to its legendary trove of concert recordings.

LedZepNews reports that lawyers for the band this week filed a U.S. trademark application for the name “The Led Zeppelin Experience,” for the purpose of “providing non-downloadable prerecorded music on-line via a global computer network.”

The band reportedly already holds the trademark for the name in the United Kingdom and Europe, but was denied in the States when they first filed, late last year. Zeppelin then hired a new, U.S.-based legal team and resubmitted the application with more specific information. The trademark also allows for the sale of clothing.

Because of the trademark requests, Jason Bonham was asked to change the name of his band from “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience” to “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.”

Back in February, Zep guitarist Jimmy Page told Planet Rock magazine, “There’s a lot of [live recordings] to come out, a number of releases. I’d like to say that they’ll be coming out over the next 10 years. There’s more to come for sure.”

Led Zeppelin has a legendary following of fans who collect the band’s bootlegged concerts, and there have been rumors for years that the band was seeking to establish an official outlet for its archived live shows.

 

KISS used their appearance on Wednesday’s live America’s Got Talent season finale to officially announce their upcoming End of the Road Farewell Tour. 

“This is going to be our last tour,” Kiss frontman Paul Stanley told AGT host Trya Banks, following their performance of “Detroit Rock City” to kick off the show. “It will be the most explosive, biggest show we’ve ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you’ve never seen us, this is the time. This is the show.”

After selling over 100 million albums and touring all over the planet, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will play their final shows as part of the multi-year tour. Dates have yet to be announced, but will become available on the band’s official website, KISSonline, as they develop.

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years, reads a message on their official website. “This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable.”

KISS formed in New York City in 1973, then featuring Stanley on guitar and lead vocals, Gene Simmons on bass, Peter Criss on drums and Ace Frehley on lead guitar. The band has gone through numerous personnel changes, with the current lineup consisting of Stanley, Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.

 

Kenny Loggins on getting “Danger Zone” into the Top Gun sequel

September 19, 2018

Ever since it was announced that Tom Cruise would be returning in a Top Gun sequel called Top Gun: Maverick, there’s been speculation that Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” from the original Top Gun soundtrack, might be included.  Kenny confirms he’s been trying to make it happen, without much success.

“I’ve offered a few different versions of it but so far, the team there has been non-committal,” he says. “So I’m kinda half-jokingly saying, ‘Let’s do a write in’ and just have people send some sort of note to their website and say, “What about ‘Danger Zone’?” 

“I’m getting positive noises from that camp,” he adds. “But they’re not sure how much they wanna reinvent the movie.” 

“Danger Zone” is included on Kenny’s new two-CD/DVD set, Kenny Loggins & Friends: Live on Soundstage. It documents a concert he taped in Chicago in 2016 that features him performing solo and with well-known collaborators like Jim Messina, David Foster and Michael McDonald. The concert will air on PBS Soundstage in 2019.

 

Mark Knopfler is prepping his ninth solo album. Titled Down the Road Wherever, it’s set for a November release.

The album is 14 tracks long — 16 if you buy the deluxe version — and has a far-ranging subject base, which the Dire Straits guitarist says is about “keeping [my] own geography happening.” There’s a song about an old man feeling out of place in a diner; one about a soccer fan being lost in a strange town; another about a musician hitchhiking in a snowstorm.

Knopfler another of the tracks, “One Song at a Time,” came from “my pal Chet Atkins, [who once told me] that he picked his way out of poverty ‘one song at a time,’ and it just stuck in my mind.”

Down the Road Wherever features Mark’s tried-and-true backing band and a few one-offs, including former Fleetwood Mac/Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh. 

Down the Road Wherever drops on November 16.

 

Vegas will be seeing some White Weddings next year, when Billy Idol comes to town.

The sneering singer has announced a Vegas residency at the Palms Casino Resort, set to run in two blocks in 2019: January and October. In a statement, he says, “I have played Vegas many times and its always been a blast. We can’t stay away! Las Vegas keeps us coming back for more.”

The rocker is also releasing a new album, Vital Idol: Revitalized, on September 28. It features 11 new remixes of his biggest hits, courtesy of Moby, The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold and others.

 

After more than 50 years, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band will “Turn the Page” one last time…on a farewell trek.

It’ll be called the Travelin’ Man Tour and Seger confirms it’ll be his last. The tour gets underway November 21 in Grand Rapids, MI and is right now mapped out through the spring of 2019.

Some of these dates were already in place, having been rescheduled from last year. In 2017, Seger had to postpone a string of concerts when he was forced to undergo surgery to treat a ruptured disc in his neck.

Many of the dates are on sale now. Tickets for select dates go on sale September 28, while tickets for dates in Toledo, OH and Nashville, TN, go on sale September 29. To purchase tickets, visit BobSeger.com.

Members of Bob Seger’s fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to get tickets before the public on-sale dates.  Visit BobSeger.com/bulletclub to become a member.

Additional shows will be announced in the coming weeks, including dates in Las Vegas, Fresno, San Diego, Vancouver, Florida and more.

Elton John and Paul Simon are among the other stars who’ve announced that their current tours will be their last.

 

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