News A Palooza 8/9/17

When Journey ended their 2017 tour with a performance at Classic East in New York City last month, the band's two-year agreement with drummer Steve Smith ended as well.

Smith was rehired in 2015 following the firing of Deen Castronovo, who was arrested that year on assault and drug charges.

Things may not be so settled in the band -- guitarist Neal Schon is feuding with keyboardist Jonathan Cain, as well as with bassist Ross Valory and singer Arnel Pineda over an online photo with President Trump -- but Smith is open to re-upping his deal with the band.

Smith's first tour of duty in Journey was from 1978 to 1985, when he took over for Aynsley Dunbar. He returned in 1996 for the Trial by Fire album. Smith and Dunbar were both inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as members of Journey in April.


Numerous musicians have reacted to the death yesterday (Tuesday) of Glen Campbell. Among them are:

Steve Lukather: "We lost a legend and hero of mine... One of the all time greats and a gentle nice man! Glen Campbell RIP ..."

Ringo Starr: "God bless and peace and love to Glen Campbell thanks for the music. The real rhinestone cowboy. Love to all his family."

Peter Frampton: "Glen Campbell - Rest In Peace. As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth people I have ever known. My thoughts are with your family and your many friends out there. We love you Glen."

Dave Mason: "Most think of Glen Campbell as a man who sang a lot of nice songs but he was also a heck of a guitar player."

Paul Stanley: "So sad to hear of Glen Campbell passing. A stellar session player, singer and performer. LOVED his Jimmy Webb songs."

Joe Walsh: "Sad to hear Glen Campbell passed. He was a GREAT guitar player, and a great person. Rest in peace my friend. Thanks for all the music."

Michael McDonald: "Glen Campbell's musical reach and influence as a guitarist in so many musical genres is legendary. However he was also one of the most beautifully soulful vocalists of our time and with his immense talent redefined the boundaries between pop, soul and country music. We have missed his presence ever since the disease of Alzheimer's took him from us. RIP Glen."

Rick Nielsen: "Glen Campbell, one of the best. Bless you Glen."

Brian Wilson: "I am very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. Glen was an incredible musician and an even better person. I'm at a loss. Love & Mercy to Glen's family and friends."

Dave Davies‏: "Incredible artist he will be sadly missed."

Alice Cooper: "Hard to believe we've lost another legend. Rest in peace Glen my old friend!"

Tommy Shaw: "Rest In Peace Glen Campbell. What an amazing career. I first met Glen at a Dick Clarkanniversary television show in 1985 where he asked if I'd like to meet James Brown and took me to Brown's dressing room and introduced me. Unforgettable! Years later we met again on stage at Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding where we traded right bar solos on 'Run Run Rudolph.' His easy going style and incredible talent as a singer and guitarist put him in a class all his own."

Charlie Daniels: "Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years. May you rest in peace my friend. You will never be forgotten."

Lenny Kravitz: "Besides being an amazing solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius studio musician - as part of the Wrecking Crew - playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra. He was pure talent, heart, and courage. Rest In Peace brother. You brought us a lot of joy."

Cher: "Glen, old friend. We met at Gold Star ... I was 16, you were 26. I loved watching you and Leon Russell play side by side in golf clothes. Loved our days on your show."


With the recent release of a 30th anniversary edition of Hysteria, Def Leppard is now looking to play the album in its entirety on tour next year.

Speaking to former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones on his Los Angeles radio show, guitarist Phil Collensays, "We're getting some offers to play the whole album all the way through. So, yeah, we'll be doing that."

The band played Hysteria shows in 2013 during a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Def Leppard is in negotiations to tour with Journey next year.


Metallica are getting close to reissuing their third album, Master of Puppets, but it might not be ready for Christmas giving or getting.

Drummer Lars Ulrich told Voir, "We'll try to see if we can get it out at the end of this year. It's coming soon. We're working on it. There's a lot of stuff associated with Master of Puppets; that's a big project. And we've spent so much time looking forward, with Hardwired...To Self-Destruct and so on, but Master of Puppets is obviously next. [It will be out] hopefully late this year. If not, soon thereafter."

Metallica reissued remastered versions of their first two albums, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride The Lightning, in April 2016 in multiple formats, including a huge box set for each. The Master of Puppets reissue is expected to be similar in scope to those two projects.


Mick Fleetwood and his Blues Band will play at his Maui restaurant celebrate the publication of his new book, Love That Burns - A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac Volume One: 1967-1974. The event at Fleetwood's on Front Street will take place on August 26th, two weeks after the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Fleetwood Mac gig.

Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders will tour New Zealand together in November.

Ace Frehley will do a short tour in and around New York City in September.

Guns n' Roses have teamed up with Harley-Davidson for a limited-edition line of men and women's wear that will be sold at the motorcycle company's dealerships around the world.

Former Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine will present a series of special events featuring female artists beginning September 19th at the Townsend in Austin, Texas.

Cyndi Lauper is endorsing Cosentyx, a medicine for psoriasis.


Show Biz Buzzz...

Shaun Weiss, who played Goldberg in The Mighty Ducks, has been arrested again. TMZ says the former child actor was busted only five days after serving a jail sentence. This time he was caught with meth. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail for petty theft last month.

Kate Beckinsale’s time as a cougar has been short-lived. Her monthlong romance with 21-year-old aspiring actor Matt Rife has “fizzled out,” according to Us Weekly. The 44-year-old actress split from husband Len Wiseman in November 2015.

Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez have signed on for Woody Allen’s next feature film for Amazon Studios. (Variety)

Disney is pulling its new movies from Netflix and plans to launch its own streaming service. (Variety)


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