News A Palooza 7/21/17

posted by Mike Bell - 

Guns n' Roses have added 11 new dates to the fall leg of their U.S. tour.

The new cities include Newark, New Jersey; Washington DC; Hartford, Connecticut; Louisville; Milwaukee; Nashville; Sacramento and San Diego. They've also added second stop in Toronto and third shows in both New York and Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale July 28th.

The summer leg of the trek starts Thursday in St. Louis.

The rumors of Lou Gramm sitting in with Foreigner tonight (Friday) in Darien, New York are just that -- rumors.

A source close to Gramm tells us that his performance last (Thursday) night outside of New York City was a "one time thing," and that tonight was never on the schedule. Mick Jones told the Buffalo News earlier this week about a special guest tonight, so he must have been thinking of Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood, both of whom also played Thursday night.

No one is saying whether will Gramm will appearing at any more of Foreigner's 40th anniversary shows this summer.

Jones said, “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.”


Last month, the New York Post reported that Bruce Springsteen would do an eight-week residency on Broadway this fall. 

Now the paper is backpedaling. Despite the headline "More Details Emerge About Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway Debut," there are no new details to indicate it's happening. The paper quotes sources who say nothing is confirmed and that the venue's owner is nervous because they passed on plays in order to accommodate him.

While the initial report suggested he would be doing a run of full concerts, the Post now says he will be "reading from Born to Run, his best-selling memoir, and picking up his guitar from time to time to illustrate a point or a moment from his life with one of his songs."

Bruce's longtime spokeswoman had no comment on the report.


Deep Purple is one of the few classic rock acts that still writes, records and releases new music, but a 50-year career also means endless archival reissues. On September 8th, Rhino will release A Fire in the Sky, a selection from the band's 19 studio albums between 1968 and 2013.

While it's available in numerous configurations, it's short on rarities.

Purple starts a North American tour with Alice Cooper and Edgar Winteron August 12th in Las Vegas.

On the current music front, Purple has released a long-form video for the song "Johnny's Band," the next single off the Infinite album. The song will be available on August 4th.

Show Biz Buzz...

Lena Dunham will join the cast of American Horror Story for its seventh season, which airs this fall.

The Originals will end after its upcoming fifth season, according to Variety. The CW series was a spinoff from The Vampire Diaries.

Dick Van Dyke will receive the Britannia Award for excellence in television from the Los Angeles arm of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The event takes place October 27th in Beverly Hills.

Magician Criss Angel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today (Thursday).

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his wife Tasha McCauley recently welcomed their second child, a baby boy. His name and birthday have not been revealed.

Following the departures of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, CBS has announced three new cast members of Hawaii Five-0. Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale will join the show for its eighth season.

Comedy Central has canceled Chris Hardwick's @midnight late-night program. After four seasons, the last episode will air August 4th. The show had been airing in the 11:30 time slot since The Nightly Show was canceled.

Two new Harry Potter books will hit shelves in October to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary. Harry Potter: A History of Magic - The Book of the Exhibition is an official publication of the British Library and explores subjects studied at Hogwarts. And Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic will take on mystical subjects such as alchemy and unicorns.

Sandra Bullock will star in Netflix's post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box, based on a 2014 novel by Josh Malerman.

Forest Whitaker will join the cast of Empire in a recurring role in the fourth season.

Season eight of The Walking Dead will premiere October 22nd on AMC. It will be the series’ 100th episode.

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