FLEETWOOD MAC HAS EVEN MORE NEW SONGS
Fleetwood Mac, which just released a four-song EP, "Extended Play," that is the group's first new songs in a decade, has five more songs in the can, the group's singer-guitarist Lindsay Buckingham told Billboard. He said that only three of the eight songs the band recorded last year were released on the EP. The fourth song, "Without You," dates to Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks' pre-Mac days as the duo, Buckingham Nicks. The guitarist said he didn't know when these other songs will be released.
"It's safe to say that there are more than these four songs that you're going to hear from Fleetwood Mac. It's just a question of how and when," he said.JIMI HENDRIX'S SUPERGROUP WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY
On October 21, 1969, less than a year before his unexpected death in Sept. 1970, Jimi Hendrix sent Paul McCartney a telegram inviting him to join a supergroup he was putting together, reports The Associated Press.
Hendrix had already successfully recruited legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and jazz drummer Tony Williams. "We are recording an LP together this weekend. How about coming in to play bass stop call Alan Douglas (Hendrix's producer) 212-5812212. Peace Jimi Hendrix Miles Davis Tony Williams."
The Beatle's assistant and friend, Peter Brown, told Hendrix the next day that McCartney would not be able to join the recording sessions in New York City because he was on vacation and would be gone for two weeks.
The telegram was sent the same day a New York City DJ broke the infamous and incorrect story that McCartney was dead; that he had been killed in a spectacular car wreck and had been replaced by a double. This news caused a frustrated McCartney to retreat to his farm on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.
Speculation has arisen whether McCartney was ever told about the telegram upon his return. Said Hendrix biographer Charles Shaar Murray, "I regret this never actually took place. It would have been magnificent." The telegram is now on display in a restaurant in Prague, Czechoslovakia.LINEUP SET FOR BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Prince will receive Billboard's Icon Award and perform at the industry publication's Billboard Music Awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The awards will be televised that night on ABC. Madonna will receive the Top Touring Artist award because each of her 2012 MDNA Tour's 88 concerts sold out, grossing $305 million, tops for the year. Other performers include Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, The Band Perry, Bruno Mars, and Christine Aguilera. Newer acts Miguel, Selena Gomez and country singer Kacey Musgraves are also among the performers. "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan hosts.ARETHA CANCELS SHOWS
Aretha Franklin, 71, cancelled shows next week in Chicago and Ledyard, Conn., reports Reuters. While no specific reason was given, a spokesperson for the Chicago Symphony, with whom she was to perform on May 20, said the concert was cancelled on "a doctor's recommendation for treatment during the time frame of May 20 and May 26." Reps for Franklin have yet to comment. The First Lady of Soul is still set to perform next month in Canada and Michigan.UPDATE ON FORMER EAGLES GUITARIST RANDY MEISNER
Randy Meisner was recently hospitalized. His friend, Poco steel- pedal guitarist Rusty Young posted on Poco's website, "Randy was at home when something he was eating obstructed his breathing and he lost consciousness. Lana rushed him to the emergency room where he got immediate care. Things are going to be a little rough for Randy for a while, but his doctors are optimistic he'll recover from this incident."
Young posted an update. "Good news on Randy Meisner. He's home and getting better. He has two full time nurses making sure he behaves himself and Lana is laying down the law! He has to take better care of himself! I'll let you know when I hear more."
The 67-year-old Meisner, who co-wrote The Eagles' classic, "Take It to the Limit" with band members Glenn Frey and Don Henley, co- founded the group in 1971 with Frey, Henley and lead guitarist Bernie Leadon (who is rejoining the group for this summer's tour) and played with them until Sept. 1977 when he quit, citing "exhaustion." It later came out that Meisner had feuded and had major disagreements with Henley and Frey for a long time, possibly for years.TOMMY CHONG & DICKIE BETTS CANCER UPDATES
A year ago, Tommy Chong, half of the counterculture comedy team Cheech and Chong, announced that he was battling prostate cancer. In a post on celebstoner.com, the 74-year-old pro-pot advocate says he's cancer free and he says some of the credit goes to hemp. He says his doctor, "changed my diet and put me on supplements, and within a year I brought my PSA numbers down drastically and eliminated the cancer threat. I also treated the condition with hemp oil (hash oil). With the diet, the supplements and the hash oil, plus a session with a world-renowned healer, Adam Dreamhealer, I'm cancer-free. That's right, I kicked cancer's ass!" He ended his post with, "And now for a celebration joint of the finest Kush..."
Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickie Betts, 69, has been ill for more than a month, forcing the cancellation of a show, but so far that illness hasn't been disclosed. However, it has been disclosed that it's not cancer.
On Betts' Facebook page, his manager, David Spero, posted that the founding member of The Allman Brothers Band (in 1969) had undergone a series of tests for prostate and bladder cancer and that the results were negative. He added, "*He is getting stronger every day and should resume touring next month. That being said, the May performance at Wild Bills is postponed (again) and a new date will be announced soon."NEW DEEP PURPLE ALBUM A WORLDWIDE SMASH
"Now What?!," British hard rock giants Deep Purple's 19 th studio album since 1968, and the first in seven years, is a hit virtually everywhere around the world except here in the U.S., reports Billboard. The CD is in the Top 10 in nine European countries, including Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, where it's No. 1. In a worldwide compilation of album charts, it's at No. 11. However, in the U.S., it's at No. 115 on Billboard's Top 200 albums. On its hard rock album chart, it's No. 8.
The band begins its next tour on May 30 in Rabat, Morocco before invading Europe and Russia for 21 concerts through mid-August. Deep Purple consists of original drummer Ian Paice and bassist Roger Glover, singer Ian Gillan, who first joined in 1969, former Dixie Dregs guitarist Steve Morse, who replaced Ritchie Blackmore almost 20 years ago, in 1994 and journeyman keyboard player Don Airy, who replaced Jon Lord in 2002.KATY PERRY JOINS THE STONES
As The Rolling Stones roll through the western United States on their "50 and Counting Tour," the band is being joined by guests. On the tour's opening night at the Staples Center in L.A., No Doubt's Gwen Stefani showed up to help out on "Wild Horses" and country star Keith Urban joined in on "Respectable."
Tom Waits was in Oakland at the Oracle Arena, where he and Mick Jagger sang Willie Dixon's blues standard, "Little Red Rooster," a song The Stones recorded 49 years ago in 1964 at Chicago's iconic Chess Records recording studio, where Howlin' Wolf recorded it in 1961 with Dixon on bass.
The latest Stones' guest (at press time) took place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena when pop superstar Katy Perry dazzled on "Beast of Burden" from the group's 6 x platinum 1977 No. 1 LP, "Some Girls." Immediately after her performance, Perry tweeted, "Yes, I just did gyrated on Mick Jagger. WHAT?!"SHANIA TWAIN ADDS VEGAS SHOWS
Shania Twain, the 47-year-old Canadian whose 1997 album, "Come On Over," is the best-selling country album of all time with sales of more than 40 million copies, has extended her residency at the 4,100- seat at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas by 22 shows that will run from mid-October through mid-December. Her initial run of 24 shows that began last December sold out after she spent nearly a decade in what was basically retirement.ANNIE LENNOX, CAROLE KING AND WILLIE NELSON RECEIVE DOCTORATES
Multi-Grammy winners, former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, Carole King and Willie Nelson were presented with honorary doctorates at the prestigious Berklee College of Music's 2013 commencement in Boston.
Nelson's degree was presented to him by his old friend Kris Kristofferson.
The night before at the commencement concert, the two pals performed a duet on Hank Williams' "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)." Nelson also performed "Night Life," while Lennox performed her hit, "Cold," with the student and faculty orchestra. King danced along as "The Locomotion" was performed.
Scottish lass Lennox delivered the commencement address, saying, "*Wherever you think you're heading right now might turn out to take a completely different path. What looks like an ending might actually be the start of a brand new beginning. Wherever and however we find ourselves, what a privilege it is to enrich our lives through music: the incredible universal language of the soul. Enter it wholeheartedly, make it yours to share with the world in the very best way you can."BURDON RE-RECORDS ANIMALS CLASSIC WITH JENNY LEWIS
Eric Burdon has recorded a new version of his band, The Animals' 1965 biggie, "Don't Let Me Misunderstood" for the soundtrack to the HBO series, "True Blood." The song received a new arrangement that, when mixed with actress-singer Lewis' sultry vocal, gives it a film noir sound. The song by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus was originally written specifically for jazz-blues and folk singer-pianist Nina Simone, who recorded it in 1964, a year before The Animals covered it.NEW DONOVAN ALBUM DUE MAY 31
Iconic trippy hippie pop and folk artist Donovan will release a new album, "Shadows of Blue," on May 31, according to a post on his Facebook page. The album, his 23 rd studio release, is his second since 2004's "Beat Cafc." The CD was recorded in Nashville. A couple of the album's songs, "To Love You" and "The Harmonica Girl," can be previewed on the singer's Facebook page.IS MOTLEY CRUE OVER?
A year ago, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil told Robin Leach in VegasDeluxe.com that his band's days were numbered. At the time, he said, "This is all about me thinking about the second half of my life, thinking about my future, and that future might not include Motley Crue after Vegas. There are so many opportunities that are in front of me that I'm really excited about. I just don't want to look back later in life and regret that I didn't pursue them."
In a new interview with Canadian paper, the Calgary Herald, the 52-year-old singer who joined The Crue in 1981, said that the band may wrap things up by the end of 2015 after the release of the movie version of the band's collective memoir, "The Dirt," and a final album and a big adios world tour.
The band is back east, touring New England, Wisconsin and Minnesota through July 21. Then they'll be back in Las Vegas, where they're playing a residency from Sept. 18 - Oct. 6 at the 4,000- seat Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.THE STONES TOP GLASTONBURY BILL
The Rolling Stones will top the bill at England's most prestigious music festival, Glastonbury, June 28-30. Other acts set to appear at the feat that is located about 100 miles west of London, include former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings, The Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, former Traffic and Blind Faith leader Steve Winwood, Kenny Rogers, former Brasil '66 leader Sergio Mendes and Sly's classic band, The Family Stone.
Also Scottish alt rockers Primal Scream, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Rufus Wainwright, England's hottest new act Jake Bugg, English folk rocker Billy Bragg, experimental English tripsters Portishead, The Smashing Pumpkins, John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten & Public Image Ltd, hot new band Tame Impala, The Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Swedish punks The Hives, Chic with Nile Rodgers, Bobby Womack, Tom Tom Club, The Orb, Cat Power, Dinosaur Jr., Devendra Banhart, Phoenix, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Sinead O'Connor, Lucinda Williams, The Proclaimers, Martha Wainwright, KT Tunstall, The Zac Brown Band, Steve Forbert, former Lemonheads leader Evan Dando, young blues guitar master Gary Clark Jr. and Robyn Hitchcock.THIN LIZZY LEADER'S STATUE DAMAGED
A life-sized statue of singer-songwriter-bassist Phil Lynott, the late leader of Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, was badly damaged in an act of vandalism. The statue by local artist Paul Daly is located in the center of Dublin. It was dedicated in 2005 before hundreds of fans and Lynott's mother.
The statue was pushed over early one morning last week by a couple drunks in their early 20 s. Initially, they were charged with a crime, but in a reversal, Hot Press said that would indeed eventually be charged with vandalism.
The statue was removed and repairs are underway. Lynott, who wrote such international hits as "Jailbreak," "The Boys are Back in Town" and "Cowboy Song," died in 1986 after suffering heart failure as a result of a drug overdose. He was 36.GEORGE JONES ALBUM SALES ZOOM
In the first weeks since country great George Jones' death on April 26 at age 82, Billboard reports that combined sales of his albums are up more than 1000%. Also, in the week following his passing, 149,000 digital downloads of his songs were recorded, up 2,739% from the previous week. His best-known hit, 1980's "He Stopped Loving Her Today," re-entered the country chart at No. 15, after selling 34,000 downloads. This was up from 1,000 downloads the week before.SAMBORA OUT OF BON JOVI'S OVERSEAS DATES
Guitarist Richie Sambora, who quit Bon Jovi's American tour last month for undisclosed reasons, has bowed out of the band's upcoming tours of Europe and South Africa, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Sambora, who has battled alcoholism for decades, tweeted last week that he is fine, doing great, adding "This is a private matter but please know I love the band and you fans!" During an appearance on "Ellen" shortly after Sambora first jumped shop, bandleader Jon Bon Jovi told her, "All I can say honest to God is that it's a personal matter, but we love him very much. He's absolutely still a member of the band."NEW RELEASES
Among the recently released albums, digital reissues, MP3 downloads and deluxe box sets are "A," the third solo album since 1986 from ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog; "It's Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn," the 10 th album from Great American Songbook specialist Steve Tyrell that includes "Come Fly With Me," "All The Way" and "The Tender Trap;" "Love Is Everything," the 40 th studio album from country legend George Strait, who is retiring from touring this year; "How Mercy Looks From Here" is the first album of new material in ten years from country and gospel gal Amy Grant with help from guests James Taylor, Carole King and her husband Vince Gill; "Now What?! (Deluxe Edition)," the first studio album in seven years from British hard rock deities Deep Purple; a remastered 2-CD, "Green: 25 th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" from former Athens, Ga. quartet R.E.M. that contains a 21-song live bonus disc recorded in 1989; and "Love Will," the 11 th studio CD from country hitmaker Trace Adkins, that features Exile joining him on a cover of their 1978 No. 1 hit, "Kiss You All Over."
Also "Spirityouall," from 10-time Grammy-winning jazz singer Bobby "Don't Worry, Be Happy" McFerrin; a 2-CD, "Sports (30 th Anniversary Edition)" from Huey Lewis & The News that contained four Top 10 singles in 1983 and sold nearly 10 million copies; a CD single, "Soothe My Soul," from Depeche Mode contains six different mixes of the song; "Live in Seattle 1981" from quirky, kinetic New Wavers Devo; "The Collection Box (5 CDs and 1 DVD)" from Nashville alt rockers Kings of Leon; "Elvis Club," the first album in 23 years from reunited American rock and rollers The Del-Lords; "Resurrect Me" is the first new album since 2009 from Seattle-based hard rock singer Pamela Moore; a 3-disc import box, "Lsxx" from Kim Deal and her band, The Breeders; and "The Bright Spots" is the tenth studio effort from journeyman musician-singer-songwriter Randall Bramblett, who has worked extensively with the likes of Gregg Allman, Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, Robbie Robertson, B.J. Thomas and many others since the mid-'70 s.
And "Colonel & The Governor" from Aussie master acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel and British jazz guitarist Martin Taylor; an 8-CD import box, "Little Box O' Snakes: Sunburst Years 1978- 1982" from singer David Coverdale and his hard rocker Whitesnake; an import, "Rocks and Honey," the first studio album in seven years from Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, contains her Eurovision contest entry, "Believe in Me" and features guest Vince Gill on "What You Need From Me;" a 5-disc box, "Zeit 77-79," contains the three albums from David Bowie's Berlin phase, "Low," "Heroes" and "Lodger," plus the double-live album, "Stage"; a 14-CD import box, "The Complete Epic Albums Collection" from Cheap Trick; "an expanded reissue of the 1956 LP, "Quintet & Sextet" from Miles Davis; an import reissue, "Meet The Supremes," the trio's 1962 Motown debut; and a 4-disc box set, "Milestones: Legends of the Doc Watson Clan," is comprised of stories and 94 unreleased songs from 1954-2007 and collages of more than 500 family photos.
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