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Music Notes Archives for 2023-10

Lynyrd Skynyrd & ZZ Top Tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top – have announced they will continue their “Sharp Dressed Simple Man” tour next year. They’ve set up a 36-show US run starting March 8 in Savannah, Ga. Tickets go on sale Friday in most markets. 



The Guess Who's Band Drama

Original members Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings of The Guess Who, who co-wrote most of the band’s biggest hits – is suing bassist Jim Kale and drummer Garry Peterson for falsely advertising “a group of hired musicians who have been touring and recording using the band’s name” and implying that Cummings and Bachman are involved. They are seeking $20 million.

Neil Young to Release Before and After Album

Dec. 8, Neil Young will release “Before and After”, a different sort of album. For 48 minutes and 13 tracks, he traces his history of songs from various eras, weaving them together into “one continuous flow,” mostly solo and acoustic. The 11-minute ‘Before and After, Pt. 1: I’m The Ocean/Homefires/Burned’ is out now as a preview. 



Geddy Lee in New Docuseries

Geddy Lee stars in a new docuseries, where he visits other bassists to explore their worlds beyond music. The trailer shows him canning tomatoes Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, surfing with Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, trading licks with Hole’s Melissa Auf Der Maur, and flying in an airplane with Les Claypool of Primus. “Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too?” will stream on Paramount+ on Dec. 5. 



 R.E.M.'s Frontman Officiates Kurt Cobain's Daughters Wedding

You may have heard that Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, and Tony Hawke’s son, Riley, got married. What you may NOT have heard is that the ceremony was officiated by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, who is Frances’ godfather. TMZ reports the couple was wed Oct. 7 in San Diego County.


PHOTO CREDIT: David Shankbone Wikimedia Commons

Duran Duran's Halloween-themed 'Psycho Killer" Released

 Duran Duran dropped their new Halloween-themed album “Danse Macabre” tomorrow. They call it a “crazy Halloween party”, channeling some of their musical friends and heroes in a series of scary covers. Their version of the Talking Heads classic ‘Psycho Killer’, featuring Victoria De Angelis of Måneskin, is out now. 



Heart Announces New Year Concert

Heart has announced its first concert since 2019. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have announced a New Year’s Eve show at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. The news comes after Nancy turned up as an unannounced special guest at Ann’s gig with her band, Tripsitter, in Northern California earlier this month. 



Mick Jagger Denies Punching Rumor

Mick Jagger says the legend is untrue. In his book, Keith Richards said that in 1984, an inebriated Jagger called Watts’ hotel room, demanding, “Where’s my drummer?” The story goes that, Watts got up, shaved, donned a suit and then walked to Jagger’s room, only to punch Jagger in the face and say: “Don’t ever call me your drummer again. You’re my (bleep) singer!” In a new interview, Jagger says: “Didn’t happen. No, not at all.”

Blink-182 Drops New Song

Blink-182 released the much-anticipated album “One More Time” — the first with guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge since 2011. Wednesday, the group shared ‘You Don’t Know What You’ve Got’, a somber tune with Mark Hoppus singing of the emotions experienced with his lymphoma diagnosis, first announced in 2021. 


Kate Pierson Releases New Solo

Because ‘Tis the Season, singer Kate Pierson has debuted the new solo tune ‘Every Day is Halloween’. Co-written by Sia and Sam Dixon, Pierson calls it “a song about a woman who is dying to be seen! She finally gets to return as an apparition…and she will be seen!” 


Whitesnake's David Coverdale Says He Won't Stop Making Music

 72-year-old David Coverdale said on a podcast that he “can’t retire from music” because “it’s like oxygen” to him. The singer says he has 3-5 years’ worth of projects planned, and would love to make a farewell Whitesnake studio album and invite some former members to participate. He has plenty to choose from — Wiki lists 30 ex-members of the group.

Mick Jagger Claps Back at Paul McCartney's Comment

Mick Jagger weighed in again on Paul McCartney’s 2020 comment that the Stones are “a blues Cover Band”. Jagger said to The Times: “The Beatles were also really just a blues cover band when they started out. Every band is a cover band at the beginning, because that’s how it goes.” McCartney makes a guest appearance on the Stones’ new album, Hackney Diamonds”, out Friday.

Gwen Stefani to get Hollywood Star

Gwen Stefani will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame tomorrow. The “Multi-platinum recording artist, fashion icon, and “The Voice” coach will be honored with the 2,764th star during a ceremony at 11:30am. 

Madonna Puts on a Show for "Celebration" Tour

Madonna gave fans what they wanted Saturday night, firing up her "Celebration" tour at the 02 Arena in London, but it did NOT go off without a hitch. The 20,000-seat arena was packed to the gills, and the fans were loving it, but 4 songs in, there were technical problems that literally stopped the music. Madge seemed pissed, telling the crowd, "This is exactly what you don't want to happen on your opening night." She vamped, telling stories about her childhood while the problems were being resolved. Things got back on track, and Madonna sang almost all her hits, including ... “Get Into the Groove,” “Holiday," "Live to Tell," "Bad Girl," "Erotica," "Blond Ambition," "Justify My Love," "Vogue," "Don't Tell Me," "La Isla Bonita," "Ray of Light," "Hung Up," oh, and "Like a Prayer." During the show, Madonna brought out daughters Lourdes and Mercy,  who danced during "Vogue." Interesting ... there was no live band, but it seemed no one missed it. The tour has been a long time coming. As you know, Madonna postponed it for several months after becoming seriously ill back in June with a bacterial infection. The London show is the first of 78 across 15 countries.

Bad Company's Paul Rodgers Doing Interviews

Paul Rodgers has been making the interview rounds lately. Among his recent revelations: Several years ago, he suffered a series of strokes that left him temporarily unable to speak; he refused invitations to join the Rock Hall of Fame “a few times”; and regarding Bad Company: “I think there’s still a lot of life there. We’ll see. Give it time.”

Solo Album for Creed's Scott Stapp to Release in March

Scott Stapp will release his 4th solo album “Higher Power” on March 15. The record will drop a month before the frontman returns to the stage with Creed for the first time in 12 years. The single of the same name is out now. 





Is a Heart Reunion in the Works?

Good news for anyone hoping for a reunion: Nancy Wilson joined Ann and her band Tripsitter onstage Tuesday in Santa Rosa CA. They ripped through their classic ‘Barracuda’, marking the first time the Heart sisters have performed together since 2019.   

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New Snail Species Named After Jimmy Buffett Song

 A newly-discovered snail found in the Florida Keys has been named after his song ‘Margaritaville’. A biologist says the name ‘Cayo margarita’ was chosen because of its citrusy color, which reminded him of the popular cocktail. Buffett died September 1 at age 76.

Steve Miller Band to Open for Eagles

Steve Miller Band is stepping in as opening act for the Eagles on their “Long Goodbye” tour, after Steely Dan had to bow out due to an undisclosed illness. Miller and band will open 3 shows through Oct. 17, with Vince Gill manning the job Oct. 15 in Pittsburgh (he’ll also play with the Eagles, as usual).

Paul McCartney's Tour Bus to be Auctioned

Paul McCartney's 1972 Wings tour bus will go up for auction Nov. 16, after being restored to its original glory. The 1953 Bristol KSW double-decker bus was used for the Wings Over Europe tour. It’ll be a part of Julien’s Auctions’ “Played, Worn & Torn: Rock ’n’ Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia” 20th-anniversary celebration, also featuring items from Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain and Eddie Van Halen.

Foo Fighters at Austin City Limits

Foo Fighters were joined by Shania Twain to perform ‘Best Of You’ during the band’s set at Austin City Limits Saturday night. Last week, the Foos confirmed a massive run of summer 2024 US stadium dates. 



AC/DC Plays at Power Trip

AC/DC played their first gig in more than 7 years on Saturday at Power Trip, a heavy metal festival held in Indio CA. Some insiders called their performance a “triumphant return”, while others speculated it may have been the band’s swan song. Also appearing at the festival were Metallica, Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Tool, and Judas Priest.  


NSYNC's Latest Track on Billboard Top 100

NSYNC's first single since 2002, ‘Better Place’, debuted at #16 on Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart, and at #13 on the Adult Contemporary chart. From the “Trolls Band Together” soundtrack, out Oct. 20, it’s the group’s first new song since 2001.  

Ozzy Osbourne's Latest

Two items from the always interesting Ozzy camp...

#1: He plans to try Tai Chi to improve his balance and mobility.

#2: His wife Sharon is working on bringing an Ozzy memorabilia museum to his hometown of Birmingham, England.

Stevie Nicks' Barbie Sells Out in Minutes

After being released for pre-order on Monday, the first-ever Barbie version of her sold out within minutes. Now, it’s popping up on resale sites such as eBay for big bucks. The $55 doll has been sold for as much as $160…and counting…

Mariah Carey's Christmas Tour

Mariah Carey has announced a "Merry Christmas One and All Tour." The tour is scheduled to kick off at California's Yaamava Casino on Nov. 15, before making stops in other cities, including Los Angeles, Denver, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia. The tour will conclude December 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Jimmy Buffet Inspired Bret Michaels to Check in on Health

Bret Michaels has Jimmy Buffet to thank after a recent cancer scare. He posted a pic of a fresh surgery scar, writing: “with the recent passing of my friend Jimmy Buffett, I decided it was time for a more recent check-up of something I thought was nothing.” It turns out he needed to have a patch of skin removed above his right hip, which “not only may have saved my life but surely extended it.” Buffet died of complications from skin cancer Sept. 1. 



U2's Sphere Debut

U2 played the opening performance of their “Achtung Baby Live at the Sphere Las Vegas” residency, on Friday, balancing dazzling visuals with musical intimacy. The group has also dropped the new single ‘Atomic City”, which gets its title from the 1950s nickname for Vegas. Bono calls it “a rock ‘n’ roll 45 in the tradition of ’70s post-punk, Blondie, the Clash, (and) some ’70s punk. 


Aerosmith's Peace Out Tour Postponed

Aerosmith has been forced to postpone all remaining dates of its “Peace Out” farewell tour until 2024. A statement says that Steven Tyler’s “vocal injury is more serious than initially thought”, and “in addition to the damage to his vocal cords, he fractured his larynx, which requires ongoing care.” On Sept. 9, 3 shows into the tour, the group postponed 6 shows after Tyler injured his vocal cords.