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Henry Ruggeri
July 24, 2017
REPORT: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN IN NO RUSH FOR BROADWAY DEBUT

A few weeks ago Bruce Springsteen fans were expecting an imminent announcement for his first solo Broadway run -- turns out, they might have to wait a bit longer. According to The New York Post, "sources say that Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the Kerr (Theatre), is getting a little nervous: The company passed on some plays to make room for 'The Boss' and would like to get things rolling. But Springsteen seems to be in no rush to make his Broadway debut. He’s putting together his act and will make an official announcement when he’s good and ready. It’s not like he needs to crank up the publicity. I think tickets will sell out in about 30 seconds."

Although there's been no definitive word as to what form the proposed Broadway shows would take, Springsteen is rumored to be looking at playing five shows per week and reading extended passages from his best selling memoir, Born To Run. It's also likely the concerts would be similar to those Springsteen played in support of his 2005 Devils & Dust album. The 76-date trek saw "The Boss" take in one-man-band shows across North American and Europe and drastically re-imagine large chunks of his catalogue, along with numerous songs played on various electric and acoustic pianos, banjo, pump organ, autoharp, ukulele, along with acoustic and electric guitar.

  • Although Bruce Springsteen is by far the most beloved and famous living American rock star, he says he always dealt with fame and adoration as a byproduct of being a popular artist: "As a term, I wasn't. . . it's one of the things you pursued, but I was really interested in sort of where the job I was doing intersected with the people I was playing for, people I was writing about, my own story. Those were the things that kind of interest me. There were a lotta, lotta rock stars. I don't mind being that thing -- but I don't wanna just be that."
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A few weeks ago Bruce Springsteen fans were expecting an imminent announcement for his first solo Broadway run -- turns out, they might have to wait a bit longer. According to The New York Post, "sources say that Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the Kerr (Theatre), is getting a little nervous: The company passed on some plays to make room for 'The Boss' and would like to get things rolling. But Springsteen seems to be in no rush to make his Broadway debut. He’s putting together his act and will make an official announcement...+ more
PRPhotos.com
July 24, 2017
ORIGINAL FOREIGNER MEMBERS REUNITE AT JONES BEACH

As expected, most of the surviving original members of Foreigner performed alongside the current lineup on Thursday night (July 20th) at Wantagh, New York's Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that in celebration of the band's 40th anniversary, co-founder Mick Jones, who heads up the current lineup of Foreigner, welcomed back legendary frontman Lou Gramm, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald for their first joint performance since 1980. The originals joined in during a three song mini-set consisting of "Long, Long Way From Home," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and "Hot Blooded." Missing from the reunion was original drummer Dennis Elliott, who sat out the performance and late bassist Ed Gagliardi. Foreigner is currently on tour with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

Mick Jones issued a statement on the reunion, which read: "It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories. All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th Anniversary celebrations."

  • Mick Jones spoke frankly about his hopes for Foreigner as it celebrates its 40th anniversary: "I think, just a desire to continue as long as I can, y'know, safely (laughs). And overall, throughout the years it's been a lot to do with the songs, the strength of the songs. I look at it as an ongoing thing. I'm realistic -- I can't do this forever. But, we've reached a point where we've fought back and we're doing a headline tour this summer."
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As expected, most of the surviving original members of Foreigner performed alongside the current lineup on Thursday night (July 20th) at Wantagh, New York's Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that in celebration of the band's 40th anniversary, co-founder Mick Jones, who heads up the current lineup of Foreigner, welcomed back legendary frontman Lou Gramm, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald for their first joint performance since 1980. The originals joined in during a three...+ more
PRPhotos.com
July 24, 2017
PAUL McCARTNEY LIKENS TOURING OPERATION TO FORMULA ONE RACING

Paul McCartney likens his touring operation to Formula One racing. The former Beatle is currently on the road and on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 25th and 27th) hits Tinley Park, Illinois' Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, before wrapping the current North American leg until September.

McCartney says that in many ways, the road feels just as much like a racing event as it does a rock show: "It's a big operation these days. Y'know, there's like 140 people put it together. So I think of it, like, Formula One, or something. You've got these amazing technicians who can change a tire in three seconds; can't tune a guitar (laughs) -- but. . . No, so you've got these great guys all working, and so, I think that's very exciting. And, like, that's my team, so I love that. And we get on very well, so it's kind of good to go back to that." :
July 25, 27 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 11, 12 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
September 15, 17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
September 19, 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
September 23 - Syracuse, NY - Carrier Dome
September 26, 27 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 1, 2 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
October 13 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Estadio Beira-Rio
October 15 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Allianz Parque
October 17 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Mineirao Stadium
October 20 - Salvador, Brazil - Itaipava Arena - Fonte Nova
October 28 - Mexico City, Mexico - Estadio Azteca
December 2 - Perth, Australia - nib Stadium
December 5, 6 - Melbourne, Australia - AAMI Park
December 9 - Brisbane, Australia - Suncorp Stadium
December 11, 12 - Sydney, Australia - Qudos Bank Arena
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Paul McCartney likens his touring operation to Formula One racing. The former Beatle is currently on the road and on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 25th and 27th) hits Tinley Park, Illinois' Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, before wrapping the current North American leg until September. McCartney says that in many ways, the road feels just as much like a racing event as it does a rock show: "It's a big operation these days. Y'know, there's like 140 people put it together. So I think of it, like, Formula One, or...+ more
Motown/UMe
July 24, 2017
STEVIE WONDER MARRIES FOR THIRD TIME IN SECRET

Stevie Wonder got married last weekend under a cloak of secrecy at L.A.'s Hotel Bel-Air to third wife, Tomeeka Bracy. News only became public on Friday (July 21st) because, according to Vintage Vinyl News, "Every guest, including family members, had to sign a confidentiality agreement that included a penalty of $1 million if they talked to the press. . . Reportedly, the best man and bridesmaids were made up of some of Wonder's nine children."

Among the 160 high profile guests attending the nuptials -- which featured Wonder serenading the bride -- were John Legend, Babyface, Pharrell, and Usher. Wonder, who's now 67 and Bracy who is 42, have been together since 2012 and have two children together. Wonder was first married to songwriter Syreeta Wright from 1970 to 1972 and Kai Millard Morris from 2001 to 2012.

  • Stevie Wonder maintains that love and positive thought are the keys to happiness: "I do feel though that there's a need to have some love out there. Y'know, I just think that things are, y'know, things are just dealing with one part of love. As a husband, as a man, I mean, I understand all those passions. So it's not like I'm elementary to passion. But I just think that we're not living in a one-dimensional situation. You can't just talk about, y'know, the horrible things in life and the destruction."
  • Stevie Wonder will next perform on October 22nd in Austin, Texas at Circuit Of The Americas at Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
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Stevie Wonder got married last weekend under a cloak of secrecy at L.A.'s Hotel Bel-Air to third wife, Tomeeka Bracy. News only became public on Friday (July 21st) because, according to Vintage Vinyl News, "Every guest, including family members, had to sign a confidentiality agreement that included a penalty of $1 million if they talked to the press. . . Reportedly, the best man and bridesmaids were made up of some of Wonder's nine children." Among the 160 high profile guests attending the nuptials -- which featured Wonder...+ more
Alison Shaw
July 24, 2017
JAMES TAYLOR SURPRISED THAT BASEBALL STADIUM GIGS GELLING WITH FANS

James Taylor is not normally the name you associate with baseball stadium shows -- but his joint outing with old friend Bonnie Raitt has proven to be a home run across the board. The duo next plays on July 29th at San Francisco's AT&T Park, and have been sprinkling other stadiums into their itinerary -- hitting D.C.'s National's Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field -- with the pair closing their summer out on August 11th at Boston's historic Fenway Park.

James Taylor spoke to The San Francisco Chronicle and was asked if the success of the ball park gigs were what he was expecting: "It’s surprising. You can do a concert in a ball field as long as you’re ready for it. It’s great to be able to take the big band out on the road and offer the range of musical experience that affords you. It’s a musical evening. We stage it and plan it very carefully. We work on it. We pay a lot of attention to the sound and how it’s lit and how it’s staged. It’s sort of a big deal to have that large a group of people to give you four hours of their time. It doesn’t happen without the audience."

  • Although James Taylor is rated among the top composers of the singer-songwriter era, he credits his vocal and guitar styles for much of his success: "If you listen to the original of 'Handy Man,' or 'Up On The Roof,' or 'Everyday,' and then listen to my version of it, the arrangement gets redone. I have a vocal style that tends to lay the thing back a little bit in many cases. The other thing is that I have this sort of vocabulary on guitar -- kind of preferred chord changes, and I'll play these songs over years going back to when I was a teenager." :
    July 29 - San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park
    July 31 - Frisco, TX - Ford Center At The Star
    August 1 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
    August 3 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
    August 5 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum
    August 6 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
    August 8 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 9 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
    August 11 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
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James Taylor is not normally the name you associate with baseball stadium shows -- but his joint outing with old friend Bonnie Raitt has proven to be a home run across the board. The duo next plays on July 29th at San Francisco's AT&T Park, and have been sprinkling other stadiums into their itinerary -- hitting D.C.'s National's Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field -- with the pair closing their summer out on August 11th at Boston's historic Fenway Park. James Taylor spoke to The San Francisco Chronicle and was...+ more
July 24, 2017
ROCKER DAVE EDMUNDS RETIRING

Say it ain't so, Dave!!! Fellow rocker Brian Setzer announced on his Facebook page that the legendary Dave Edmunds, now 73, is retiring. Edmunds, who is best known for his classic hits "I Hear You Knockin'," "Here Comes The Weekend," the Elvis Costello-written "Girls Talk," "I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock N' Roll)" and many others, recorded and toured for years as part of Rockpile with Nick Lowe, Terry Williams, and Billy Bremner. Although their tours were billed to the band, due to contractual obligations, the albums recorded during that period had to be released under Edmunds' or Lowe's individual names.

Brian Setzer's Facebook post from July 21st reads:

It's with bittersweet announcement that my good friend and guitar legend Dave Edmunds is retiring after tomorrow night’s show. Dave produced the early Stray Cats albums that spawned 'Runaway Boys,' 'Stray Cat Strut,' 'Rock This Town,' '(Sexy) & 17,' and 'I Won’t Stand in Your Way.' He flew in to Finland to play his final two shows with me. I wish him all the love in the world in his retirement!

In addition to other hits as "Crawling From The Wreckage," "Deborah," "Another Saturday Night," "Slipping Away," and the Bruce Springsteen-written "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)" and his work with the Stary Cats, Dave Edmunds has produced projects for the Everly Brothers and Dion -- along with recording and performing with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. At the tail end of his final interview on December 8th, 1980 -- less than six hours before being shot dead -- John Lennon declared his love for Dave Edmunds and Rockpile.

  • In 2015, Dave Edmunds released his first all-instrumental album, Rags & Classics. Harking back to his earliest recordings -- including the 1970 classic, "I Hear You Knocking" -- Rags & Classics features Edmunds returning to his days as a one-man band, covering such favorites as Booker T. & The MG’s "Green Onions," the Beach Boys’ "God Only Knows," Elton John’s "Your Song," Procol Harum’s "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" -- and even R. Kelly’s "I Believe I Can Fly."
  • Dave Edmunds told us that hitting the studio has never been a chore for him, and -- if anything -- has allowed him the room to flex his muscles and do what he loves best: "Because of the way I started, it’s been like, a hobby; I’ve made a living out of a hobby. So I don’t feel restricted by things that I can’t do, or I shouldn’t do. Maybe I wouldn’t do some things. I don’t like every record I’ve made -- and some I wish I hadn’t. I'm recording for myself, in a way, rather than try to anticipate what people expect to hear from me."
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Say it ain't so, Dave!!! Fellow rocker Brian Setzer announced on his Facebook page that the legendary Dave Edmunds, now 73, is retiring. Edmunds, who is best known for his classic hits "I Hear You Knockin'," "Here Comes The Weekend," the Elvis Costello-written "Girls Talk," "I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock N' Roll)" and many others, recorded and toured for years as part of Rockpile with Nick Lowe, Terry Williams, and Billy Bremner. Although their tours were billed to the band, due to contractual obligations, the...+ more