News A Palooza! 9/7/17

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Want to know what the toughest part of the Guns n' Roses reunion tour was for Duff McKagan? Learning the songs from the album he didn't play on, Chinese Democracy.

McKagan told Chris Jericho on the the Talk Is Jericho podcast that he felt those songs deserved as much attention as the classics. He explained, "Axl [Rose], he put a lot into that record. I think Slash and I were challenged with a thing, like, 'How do we make these kinda ours now?' Cause we’re gonna play these; we’re gonna take ownership of these. And we went in and learned them and started playing them with [drummer] Frank [Ferrer] and then [guitarist] Rich [Fortus]. Let’s tear these songs down and really know them and then build it up from there."

McKagan added that this lineup knows "a bunch" of the songs from Chinese Democracy, and that they rotate in and out of the setlist.

GNR wrap up the summer leg of their Not in This Lifetime tour Friday in San Antonio.


On February 8th, 2006, Joe Perry, Slash, Journey's Neal Schon, Toto's Steve Lukather and many others came together in Hollywood to honor the legendary Les Paul.

The cameras were rolling, and tomorrow (Friday) A Tribute to Les Paul: Live From Universal Studios Hollywood will be released on DVD.

Also taking part that night were Edgar Winter, Buddy Guy, Joe Satrianiand Kenny Wayne Shepherd. In addition to the performances, the DVD includes commentary from several of Paul's final interviews recorded at New York's Iridium Jazz Club, where he performed every Monday night, and at his home in New Jersey.

The show was staged to raise funds and awareness for the Los Angeles charity A Place Called Home, designed to give at-risk kids a safe and secure environment they can thrive in.


Matt Cameron says his late bandmate Chris Cornell gave a thumbs up to his first solo album, Cavedweller.

The Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer tells Rolling Stone, "I played some of it for him last March. He really liked it. He was always very supportive of me writing music for the band and kind of going for it. That was great." And Eddie Vedder approved as well. "I played some of it for Eddie and he really liked it, too. That felt great."

Cameron doesn't play drums on the album -- he's backed by drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Tim Lefebvre. He discovered them after they played on David Bowie's Blackstar.

Cavedweller is due out September 22nd.


The Rolling Stones start their European tour on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany. They’ll play 14 shows in 12 cities, ending October 25th in Nanterre, France.

Pete Townshend will be on Fallon Friday night on NBC. His Classic Quadrophenia featuring Billy Idol is at the Met in New York on Saturday and Sunday.

U2, in New York City to appear on The Tonight Show tonight (Thursday), stopped into Famous Ray’s Pizzaon Seventh Avenue for a a few slices. Note to U2: If you like pizza, don’t go to Ray’s.

Journey guitarist Neal Schon on hurricanes Harvey and Irma: “Dear Jesus, Please give ALL some relief that have been hit by the brutal storms. My God, it's devastating. We pray for you ALL.”

Rod Stewart will perform at the Mardi Gras Endymion Extravaganza in New Orleans on February 10th.

David Crosby‏ on being tweeted a photo of Donald Trump Junior: “Look at the amount of ego in those eyes -- and he thinks he's smart, just like his dad, and they are both dumb as a stick.”

Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers has paid tribute to Walter Becker, saying, “With both of us living on Maui, I used to bump into him occasionally. Since I've known him, on and off, for almost 50 years, we'd usually reminisce a little, have a few laughs, and share a little Aloha. His kids went to school with mine, sometimes we'd talk about that. It might be years between our encounters, but there was always that connection, and I looked forward to seeing him. When we played recently with Steely Dan [at Classic Westand East] he wasn't there and I missed him. Donald [Fagen] and the band were great as always, but I was hoping to see and hear Walter again too, just for old time's sake. He was one of a kind. Play on Brother, we'll see you on the upside!”

Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, Kurt Vile is among the musicians making guest appearances on the final season of IFC's Portlandia. The show premieres on January 18th.

Randy Newman tells Britain's Guardian he doesn't plan to retire. Now 73, he says, "I’ve wondered all my working life why people don’t retire in show business, and it’s fairly simple. There’s nobody applauding at home, so we keep going."

Meat Loaf will receive a birthday salute September 30th on AXS-TV. The network will rerun Dan Rather’s interview with Bat Out of Hell rocker and air the documentaries Rock Legends: Meat Loaf and Classic Albums: Bat Out of Hell. Meat turns 70 on September 27th.


Show Biz Buzzz...

Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson will reunite for a Netflix series following Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Sarah stars in Ryan's latest installment of American Horror Story. Michael Douglas, who produced the original movie, will also produce the series.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George Clooney says he's housing a refugee who was threatened by ISIS while on a bus to Mosul. "He survived and came to America. He got through all the checks, and once he got through those, it was like, 'Listen, we got your back. You want to get an education? You want to move your life forward? This is something that we can do." The man is now living in a house Clooney has in Augusta, Kentucky, and is a student at the University of Chicago.

The upcoming seventh season of Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will be its last.

A Spanish woman who believed Salvador Dali was her father is not, a DNA test has proved. The artist's body was exhumed for testing in June. (BBC News)

A Mean Girls musical, co-written by Tina Fey and produced by Lorne Michaels, will open on Broadway on April 8th. It will begin previews March 12th.

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