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Music Notes Archives for 2023-12

Lynyrd Skynyrd New Year's Eve Special

Lynyrd Skynyrd are scheduled to perform on the 5-hour CBS special “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash”, and guitarist Rickey Medlocke has revealed that the band has some special guests lined up for the show, including Lainey Wilson and Elle King, plus “a whole bunch of things”.



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Travis Barker Selling his Tour-Stained Clothes and Instruments

After spending most of 2023 touring with the reunited lineup, Travis Barker is selling some of his blood-stained clothes and drum equipment. He’s offering up 12 items as part of his Trophy Collection — and 5 are stained with the drummer’s blood, the results of onstage injuries. These include bloody drumsticks ($1,500), drum heads ($1,500–$2,000), Vans shoes ($4,000) and pants ($8,000).

Gwen Stefani to Release New Music in 2024

Gwen Stefani has big plans for 2024. Quote: “I’m actually putting out music, so I’m excited about that. I’ve been working on this for a long time. I’ve finally landed in that place where I’m obsessed, where I can’t stop listening, so I feel like I’m somewhere.”

Rolling Stones to Tour with Tina Turner Impersonator

Rolling Stones have hired a Tina Turner impersonator as a backing singer for their 2024 US tour. The group will be hitting the road to promote their new album “Hackney Diamonds”, and they will be joined by former “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” star Chanel Haynes. She teamed up with the Stones at their show in Milan in June 2022, to perform ‘Gimme Shelter’ together.

Def Leppard on 'Behind the World Tour'

Def Leppard has shared the latest episode of its “Behind The World Tour” YouTube series, featuring footage from the band’s “The World Tour” with Mötley Crüe. In the 8-minute clip, the band takes over Brisbane, Australia, breaks curfew, sightsees in Sydney and prepares for the end of “The World Tour”. 





Michael Jackson's Unreleased Tracks to be Auctioned

Michael Jackson's estate has had some “extremely rare” unreleased recordings removed from sale. Last month, Gotta Have Rock and Roll announced plans to auction off over 2 dozen master tapes recorded in 1994, and expected to fetch up to $4,000 each. But lawyers acting on behalf of the estate threatened to sue, arguing the recordings were “unquestionably stolen”.

Cher's Thoughts on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Cher isn’t interested in being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. On the “Kelly Clarkson Show”, she vented about her exclusion, saying: “You know what, I wouldn’t be in it now if they gave me a million dollars…They can just go you-know-what themselves.”

The Pogues Play at Shane MacGowan's Funeral

The Pogues played together for the first time since 2014 at the funeral of frontman Shane MacGowan in Ireland on Friday. Johnny Depp, Bob Geldof and “Game of Thrones” star Aidan Gillen all gave readings, as tens of thousands of fans gathered to mourn and party late into the night. 



David Lee Roth's Christmas Song

David Lee Roth has shared a new holiday song, titled ‘Talking Christmas Blues’. The tune features him speaking over an acoustic guitar and harmonica. 



Guns N' Roses Releases New Song

Friday, the group released the new song ‘The General’, about a month after debuting it live in Los Angeles. The song, which has roots stretching as far back as the 1990s, was scheduled to arrive in October as the vinyl B-side to the new release ‘Perhaps’, but was delayed. 



Paul McCartney's 'Band on the Run' Turns 50!

A 50th anniversary edition of Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Band on the Run” drops on Feb. 2. The 2CD/2LP version includes the original album (remastered at half speed), plus 9 “underdubbed” mixes. McCartney: “When you are making a song and putting on additional parts, like an extra guitar, that’s an overdub. Well, this version of the album is the opposite, underdubbed.”

Styx & Foreigner to go on Tour

Styx and Foreigner will team up for the “Renegades & Juke Box Heroes Tour” of North America next summer, with special guest John Waite. Things kick off June 11 in Grand Rapids MI, and wrap up August 28 in Sioux Falls SD. The shows are a part of Foreigner’s current farewell tour. Tune into 101.7 The Point December 18-22 for a chance to win tickets to their Ruoff Music Center show scheduled for July 26th. Plus we'll have an extended Christmas Winning Weekend December 22-25th for an additional chance at winning!


KISS Announces... Virtual Band?

Kiss played the final shows of their seemingly endless “End of the Road” farewell tour in New York over the weekend. Then they promptly announced “Kiss 2.0”, a new, virtual version of the band, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Abba Voyage show, in which the pop group perform as lifelike 3D projected avatars. Details are scarce at this point, but as Paul Stanley said to the audience, “The band will never stop”. 



Goo Goo Dolls Hate Their Band's Name!

In a podcast appearance, frontman John Rzeznik admitted: “I still hate the name of our band now. I wish we would’ve had 10 more minutes to find a cooler name.” The group quickly chose the name because they wanted stop calling themselves Sex Maggots (which started as a joke) — before a concert.

Kiss Celebrates Last Performance Ever

Last night, to celebrate the group’s final-ever live shows at Madison Square Garden (tonight and tomorrow nights) a music-to-light show happened on the world-famous Empire State Building, set to the song ‘Rock ad Roll All Night’. That’s where Kiss took one of their most iconic photos on the building’s 86th floor observation deck almost 50 years ago.

Pearl Jam Album To Release in 2024

Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron has confirmed their next album is completed. He said in a podcast appearance that the LP is “in the can, mastered, mixed, ready to go”, and he expects it to be released in 2024. The band used producer Andrew Watt, who also oversaw the latest Rolling Stones album, and has worked with Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Ozzy Osbourne.


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Cher's #1 Could've Never Even Happened!

Cher says she walked out of the recording session for her #1 hit ‘Believe’ 25 years ago, because the song was “a mess”. Quote: “The only thing good…was the chorus, and [it] just was like, ‘Hold your breath and get through the verse.’” Later, the producer coaxed her into trying “a pitch machine.” That pitch machine was the Auto-Tune software that Believe pioneered, now standard practice for many stars.