News A Palooza 8/2/17

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Yet another big-name guest appears on the upcoming Foo Fighters album -- Paul McCartney.

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins tell ET Canada that Macca doesn't sing on the album -- he plays drums. Grohl says, "He’s a pal. We’ve known him for a long. He’s great. He’s the most wonderful person in the world. He’s a great guy.”

Hawkins adds, "He hadn’t even heard of the song. He comes in and Dave picked up an acoustic and showed him real quick. He sat on his special drum set that his tech set up for him. I sat there with a drumstick conducting. He did two takes."

McCartney and Grohl have been friends for years and even won a Grammy for their collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack" from the Sound City documentary. Other guests on Concrete and Gold, which is due out September 15th, include Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men and a secret vocalist who Grohl says is more than just one of the biggest pop stars in the world.


When the people who run Bruce Springsteen's live archives said last month that their next release would "uncover more historic tours," they weren't joking.

Backstreets reports that the next two releases -- available Friday at Live.BruceSpringsteen.net -- are from Albany, New York on February 7th, 1977 and Rochester, New York on February 8th. These are the first two shows from the second leg of the "Lawsuit" tour. That trek in 1976 and 1977 paid for Springsteen's suit against his then-manager, Mike Appel. Nothing from the two legs of that tour has ever been officially released.


Mike Mills from R.E.M. and Jason Isbell might have some good reason to open their checkbooks soon -- Athens, Georgia police have arrested a suspect in the theft from the 40 Watt Club.

The club was robbed of a large amount of gear on July 28th, and Mills, Isbell and David Lowery of Crackeroffered $5000 apiece for the arrest and conviction of the thieves. The Flagpole reports that local police arrested Michael Simpson Wilson on Tuesday and charged him with two counts of felony burglary.

Wilson became a suspect after selling some of the stolen equipment at a Guitar Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Employees of the store later saw the social media posts about the burglary and alerted the Athens Police Department. A police spokesman said that Wilson was identified as a former subcontractor for 40 Watt from surveillance footage from the shop.


In Other News...

Ronnie Wood has posted a video on Twitter of him playing “Brown Sugar” on his unplugged Fender Stratocaster with the caption, “Trying to get my sticky fingers back into gear.” The Rolling Stones will tour Europe in the fall.

We’re shocked -- shocked! -- to hear that the release of Neil Young’s Hitchhiker, which had been in the vaults for 41 years, has been pushed again. It’s now expected on September 8th, the same day as his two Original Release Series box sets. Reprise says it’s because he put out the single “Children of Destiny” on July 4th.

In case you didn’t know, Peter Frampton is not a fan of President Trump. Among his many critical tweets, Frampton writes, “His [approval] ratings are so low that this idiot is willing to gamble a potential world war just to bring them up.”

Don Felder has canceled his show this Sunday in Greenburg, Pennsylvania “due to unforeseen circumstances in travel.”

The legacy of the Woodstock festival will be celebrated the weekend of August 18th at the Brooklyn Mirage in Brooklyn, New York. On hand will be Artie Kornfeld, one of the original festival’s producers, and a handful of artists who performed at the 1969 event -- Arlo Guthrie, Leslie West, Billy Cox from Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys, and Melanie.

Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin’” is being used in commercials for the new FOX show The Orville, which premieres on September 10th.

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns n’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey), along with former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, have teamed up for a new band called Sons of Apollo. Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, will be out October 20th. They have also been added to the Yes Cruise to the Edge next February.


Hollywood Buzzzzzz...

Emma Roberts is returning to American Horror Story for the new season, Cult. The show returns September 5th.

Ian McShane has been cast in the Hellboy reboot. David Harbour will replace Ron Perlman as the big red hero, while McShane will play his adoptive father, Professor Trevor Broom.

CBS says Erinn Hayes's character on Kevin Can Wait will be killed off to make room for Leah Remini. Leah will reunite with Kevin James as a series regular. The two co-starred on Kevin of Queens for nine seasons.

Former SNL star Bobby Moynihan and his wife Brynn O’Malley recently welcomed a baby girl.





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