News A Palooza 7/31/17

posted by Mike Bell - 

Are The Who considering extending their residency deal with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas?

Pete Townshend told fans at Saturday’s show that they may go beyond the scheduled August 11th finale. Saying this was the beginning of "however many" performances, Pete added it'll be their call, noting, "Luckily, that does not depend on you lot."

The Who next perform at Caesars Palace Tuesday night. 


The Rolling Stones also have a 50th anniversary worth celebrating.

On September 22nd, Their Satanic Majesties Request will return in a limited edition deluxe double vinyl / double hybrid Super Audio CD set. The Abkco release packs both the stereo and mono versions of every song, all newly remastered. This special edition will include Michael Cooper’s original 3-D lenticular cover photograph from 1967, featuring the band -- still including founding member Brian Jones -- at the peak of psychedelia.

Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, who is a longtime environmental activist, is auctioning off his environmentally friendly Tesla automobile.

Online bidding for the 2014 dolphin grey Model S, in pristine condition, starts August 10th at $100,000. The proceeds will go to two environmental nonprofits: Oceanic Preservation Society and the Leonardo DiCaprioFoundation.

Weir and his Dead & Company bandmates -- John Mayer, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- have autographed the car under the hood. Whoever buys the car will get driving lessons from Weir's sister-in-law, professional race car driver and environmentalist Leilani Münter, and a tour of the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.

Weir is also auctioning off a custom D'Angelico guitar signed by him and the band.


Metallica paid tribute to Van Halen in Eddie and Alex's hometown of Pasadena, California over the weekend.

During a show at the Rose Bowl Saturday night, the band broke into "Running With the Devil" with James Hetfield attempting to do David Lee Roth's screams. After about a minute the band stopped and Hetfield said, "That's all I can sing. That's a little homage to the Pasadena boys. Sorry you had to put up with that."

Guitarist Kirk Hammett then played a little bit of the "You Really Got Me" riff, leading Hetfield to say, "That wasn't too bad, that was kind of fun."

Watch Metallica's official video of it on their Instagram account. Or an audience shot clip on YouTube.

Classic East, which was staged over the weekend in New York City, was pretty much the same as Classic West held earlier this month in Los Angeles. Except for a few differences:

The Eagles played Don Henley's "New York Minute" for the first time since 2002.Bob Seger did not join the Eagles for "Heartache Tonight," which he co-wrote, as he did at Classic West.Steely Dan did three songs at Classic East not done at Classic West - "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Black Friday" and "Peg."Journey broke out two deep album cuts: "Edge of the Blade" from Frontiers and "La Do Da" from Infinity.

Walter Becker was again too sick to travel from his home in Maui and did not join Steely Dan on stage.

Including Journey, five of the six bands on the bill are in the Rock Hall: Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and Earth, Wind & Fire. The Doobie Brothers have never been nominated.

The Eagles and The Doobie Brothers will play Classic Northwest together on September 30th in Seattle.


Show Biz Buzz...

Angelina Jolie is defending herself against claims she exploited Cambodian orphans while casting for her movie First They Killed My Father. According to Vanity Fair, Angie and her casting directors gave the children money and then took it back from them. The star says it was “a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film.”

MTV is reviving Total Request Live (TRL). Carson Daly hosted the series from 1998 to 2005, while the new version will have a revolving series of hosts. MTV also announced that they're changing the name of the Video Music Award trophy from the Moonman to the Moon Person. (Variety)

Discovery's Shark Week special Phelps vs Shark was the network’s highest-rated Shark Week telecast ever in adults 25-54, women 25-54, and women 18-49, according to Nielsen. The special, which had the Olympian race a great white shark, gathered five million total viewers.

A man who once threatened to stab Kate Beckinsale was arrested after following the star to the Tampa Bay Comic Con. Terry Lee Repp was charged with felony aggravated stalking on Sunday.

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