Mike Bell's News A Palooza! 8/25/17

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Tom Petty is still down for the count with laryngitis and has postponed a second show this week -- tonight (Friday) in Sacramento, California.

Though Wednesday's show in Berkeley, California has been rescheduled for Monday, no date has been announced for Sacramento -- but tickets will be honored on the new date.

The next scheduled show on Petty's 40th anniversary tour is Sunday in Berkeley, California. The tour runs through September 25th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.


Sharon Osbourne says she and Ozzy have been discussing their retirement.

She tells The Sun, "I’ve given myself five years then it’s time to say goodbye from the industry. I just think that it would be enough. I want to keep my ­dignity. I’ve been working since I was 15 in this industry and I think that’s enough... It’s very difficult if you’re at a gig and you’re the oldest person in the room. I think when you get to a certain age it can be somewhat embarrassing."

And when will Ozzy hang up the mic? "It’s not going to be within the next year, but it’s coming up. I don’t want him singing 'Crazy Train' at 75. I think it’s best you go out before you hit that 70 and go out on top.”

Ozzy will be 69 on December 3rd, and Sharon turns 65 on October 9th.


Bob Seger started his Runaway Train tour Thursday night at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, and he pretty much picked up where he left off from his last show, March 30th, 2015 in Indianapolis.

Backed by the 14-piece Silver Bullet Band, he turned in a 21-song set list with two surprises -- the live debut of "The Fire Inside" and, for the first time since October 24th, 1986, "You'll Accomp'ny Me."

One noticeable change to the Silver Bullet Band is the replacement of Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don Brewer with Greg Morrow, who has played with Don Henley, Garth Brooks and many others. But Brewer will see his old friends when Grand Funk opens the September 2nd show in Noblesville, Indiana.

The next stop on the tour is Saturday in Moline, Illinois.

Bob Seger’s opening night set list:

Roll Me Away

Trying to Live My Life Without You

The Fire Down Below

You’ll Accomp’ny Me

Old Time Rock and Roll

Mainstreet

Come to Poppa

Her Strut

Like a Rock

The Devil’s Right Hand

It’s Your World

The Fire Inside

We’ve Got Tonigh

tTravelin’ Man/Beautiful Loser

Turn the Page

Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man

Against the Wind

Hollywood Nights

Night Moves

Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Sting is going into a museum -- well, at least some of his memorabilia is.

Along with composer J. Ralph, he's donated items to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as part of a collection on contributions to American music.

The two worked together on the Oscar-nominated song, “The Empty Chair,” from the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story -- about an American photojournalist who was captured and killed in Syria.

Both artists will be at the Washington, D.C. museum on September 8th for a discussion with Dan Rather. Sting will perform, and the night will also include the premiere of Ralph’s new symphonic piece, “Evolocean."

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