News A Palooza 8/16/17

The band that symbolizes summer will close it out for AXS TV viewers. The network will air 10-hour Beach Boys block on September 4th, starting at 10:00 am [ET] with a replay of Dan Rather's recent interview with Mike Love.

That will be followed by a series of documentaries and concert films and end with the 2000 mini-series The Beach Boys: An American Family.

Here's the schedule (all times ET):

10:00 am - The Big Interview: Mike Love with Dan Rather

11:15 am - The documentary Rock Legends: The Beach Boys

11:45 am - The documentary The Beach Boys 50: Live in Concert1:00 pm - The 1985 documentary The Beach Boys: An American Band

3:00 pm - The 2012 documentary The Beach Boys: Doin' It Again

4:00 pm - The four-hour mini-series The Beach Boys: An American Family

Bon Jovi is removing leather from his clothing line. The New Jersey rocker will do away with the leather trim on his Hart N Dagger branded jeans. Instead, the $275 pants will now carry "vegan leather" (vinyl) patches.

PETA says "educating" Bon Jovi about slaughterhouse practices led to the change. A spokesperson for the activist organization quotes one of the musician's signature songs in its comments, saying, "Animals are no longer livin' on a prayer, thanks to Jon Bon Jovi." (New Jersey Star Ledger)

Ted Nugent has responded to David Crosby's comment that he lacks the talent to merit election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nugent had claimed that his membership in the National Rifle Association is the reason.

Nugent fired back: "Poor sap David Crosby bloated chemical repository carcass desperately seeks hygiene."

We sent Nugent's tweet to Croz, who had no comment for us.

Crosby is a two-time member of the Rock Hall, with The Byrds and CSN.

Foo Fighters' new album, Concrete and Gold, won't be out until September 15th, but you can read the words to all its songs today.

Someone leaked the lyrics to the fan site You can find them either there or at

Foo Fighters start a five-date Asian tour in Osaka, Japan on Saturday.

Despite a host of apparent obstacles, Mick Fleetwood says everything is good with Fleetwood Mac. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are touring behind their joint album. Stevie Nicks no longer wants to record an album. Christine thinks her ex-husband John McVie is looking to wind down his musical career. But none of that seems to concern the namesake drummer. 

If all goes according to plan, rehearsals start in March and the tour will begin in June.

John McVie just sold his home in LA’s Brentwood community. On the market for just over two weeks, the 2,200-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath house went for its asking price of just under $3 million. McVie, who recently purchased another home in Brentwood that is twice the size, also owns a home in Honolulu.

Onetime KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who has been gone from the music scene for quite some time, will make an appearance at the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 19th of next year.

Bryan Adams will release an Ultimate hits collection with two new songs in the fall.

REO Speedwagon will receive the Diamond Award – 10-times platinum -- for their 1980 album, Hi Infidelity, Thursday in New York.

Neal Schon has been in the studio this week with drummer Deen Castronovo, who was booted out of Journey a few years ago after being arrested for drugs and assault. The two are working on an album with a former colleague in Bad English, singer John Waite.

John Densmore and Robby Krieger of The Doors recently sat down with Dan Rather for an episode of The Big Interview on AXS TV. The air date will be announced soon.

Ronnie Wood did an in-store Tuesday in London, signing copies of his new book, Ronnie Wood: Artist.

The Elton John Scrapbook is now available in a revised and updated eBook edition. M.A. Cassata's original book was published in 2002.

Show Biz Buzzz...

Nina Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) will star in Suburbs Famous, a TV series inspired in part by Candace Payne, better known as Chewbacca Mom. The dramedy is in development at Bravo.

A reboot of the 1988 teen comedy License to Drive, which starred Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, is in the works. Variety says the remake will be "female-centric."

Adam Goldberg will be a series regular on the second season of Taken.

The release date for The Secret Life of Pets 2 has been moved from July 3rd, 2019, to June 7th, 2019.

Netflix has renewed Ozark, starring Jason Bateman, for a second season.

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