Groovy Music News

Steely Dan open their mini-residency, Reeling in the Chips, tomorrow (Wednesday) at The Venetian in Las Vegas. They’ll play there through April 29th.

James Taylor and Elton John wrapped up their South American tour Monday night in Santiago, Chile. Elton will now return to his Las Vegas residency, while James will team up Bonnie Raitt for several summer dates, including August 11th at Boston’s Fenway Park.

Gene Simmons, who spoke at Chuck Berry’s funeral this past weekend, says, “Sad but honored to have been invited. The open casket was on view, but I couldn’t bear looking. It would break my heart. For those of you too young to know, Chuck Berry was one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll and the architect of rock guitar playing. Without Chuck Berry you wouldn’t have had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and many more…”

Sheryl Crow, whose new album will be out next week, just taped a concert special for AT&T’s Audience Network.

The Hollywood studio opened in 1978 by Graham Nash has been rebuilt and overhauled. Now known as Aftermaster, the facility has been used by Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Warren Zevon, Tupac Shakur, Fleetwood Mac and Good Charlotte.

Stephen Stills will not stage his annual Autism Speaks Benefit Light Up the Blues this year. He and his wife Kristen say, “We will take 2017 to focus and expand our fundraising campaign efforts and resources to better serve the international autism community.”

RSO, the duo of Richie Sambora and his girlfriend Orianthi, has been added to Rock Legends Cruise 6 next February. They’ll join Sammy Hagar, Bad Company, Blue Oyster Cult and many others.

The release of Ringo Starr’s next album has been pushed from June to September.

Joe Walsh‏, commenting on the death of Don Rickles: “Last time I saw him, he said, ‘Get a haircut – I’ll pay for it.’ We’ll miss you Big D.”

Because they had to reschedule shows in New York for this week, Bon Jovi have canceled Friday’s show in Denver.

Robert Plant’s website has the following message: “Any time now…”