NIGHT RANGER: Drummer Has Heart Procedure

    Night Ranger drummer and singer Kelly Keagy is taking a break from the band after a recent heart procedure. Keagy will be off the road for the next six weeks as he recovers, and ex-Journey and Bad English member Deen Castronovo and Fred Coury of Cinderella will take turns sitting in behind the kit. Keagy says, “I’ve dealt …

PAUL SIMON: Acts to Keep House from “Slip Slidin’ Away”

  Paul Simon has had to relocate his cottage on New York’s Long Island because it was literally in danger of “Slip Slidin’ Away.” During an especially wet winter, when heavy rains and snow hit its Montauk location, the ground under the luxury cottage eroded dangerously. That forced Simon to move the building, built in 1950, from the edge of …

NEIL DIAMOND: Five Songs That Influenced Him

    With Neil Diamond marking 50 years as a recording star, he just named the “Five Songs That Influenced Me” for Rolling Stone: Lonnie Donegan – “Rock Island Line”: “Its combination of folk and rock and roll angled me into the world of Woody Guthrie.” The Everly Brothers – “Bye Bye Love”: “Anybody could do harmonies, but nobody had their …

BEATLES: Documentary Looks at Sgt. Pepper Lead-Up

    An unauthorized documentary hopes to take advantage of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper album. It Was 50 Years Ago draws from 1960s footage and recent interviews with various experts and friends of the group to document the period that followed what was covered in Ron Howard‘s Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years. It doesn’t promise …

QUICK HITS

    Toto will reissue a 1982 double A-side picture disc of “Africa” and “Rosanna” on Record Store Day, April 22nd. Dave Mason is re-recording Alone Together, his 1970 album, with added tracks. It will be available at his Alone Together concerts and (later) online. James Taylor has posted a clip from a recent show in Brazil, in which he …

PRINCE: We Could Learn More on Monday

Search warrants linked to Prince‘s death will apparently be released Monday morning and could provide some insight into the investigation of his death nearly a year ago. The documents may shed some light on the drugs found at Paisley Park, where the 57-year-old was found dead April 21st, 2016. Authorities have yet to establish if there was any culpability for …

MONTEREY POP: 50th Aniversary Celebration

  This June marks the 50th anniversary of the Monterey International Pop Festival. On June 16th, 17th and 18th, exactly 50 years to the day, Phil Lesh, who performed there as a member of the Grateful Dead, will return to the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Northern California to join a lineup of musicians who weren’t even born in 1967. The talent …

BILLY JOEL: Another Special Guest

    Billy Joel‘s April show at New York’s Madison Square Garden was Friday. As he has frequently done during his once-a-month residency there, he brought out a special guest. Actor Kevin Spacey from the Netflix series House of Cards joined Billy for “New York State of Mind.” While they sang, Spacey — who is enough of a singer that he …

JANET JACKSON: Baby Love, Husband Plea

Janet Jackson‘s estranged husband, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, posted a romantic note on his website that makes it pretty clear they are never, ever, getting back together. At least not in this lifetime. He wrote, “To the most beautiful person in the world, thank you for your divine love, your eternal support and for being my best friend. I love you …