News A Palooza! 9/18/17

posted by Mike Bell - 

John Fogerty has a new record deal, this time with BMG, and the first release is a 20th anniversary edition of 1997's Blue Moon Swamp on November 17th, complete with a new cover.

Fogerty says, "I’m excited to partner with BMG for the next chapter of my music career. Their enthusiasm and confidence, affording me the creative freedom to make the music I want to make, has been absolutely refreshing. We have so many new and intriguing ideas that I look forward to sharing with everyone soon."

Also set for re-release are Centerfield, Eye of the Zombie, Deju Vu (All Over Again) and Premonition, along with a new solo hits collection.

Fogerty is also working on a new album, his fist since 2013’s Wrote a Song for Everyone. It should be out next year.

Up next is another residency at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, which starts this Wednesday and runs through October 7th. 

Sign up to win a trip for two to catch JF's residency now at 985thefox.com


Ronnie Wood says this "is a pretty good time in my life." Just months after lung cancer surgery, the Rolling Stones guitarist says he's "existing on three-monthly check-ups, but, yeah, I am very grateful."

In a Q&A with Britain's Guardian:

He suggests that Daniel Craig should play him in a movie.

Says "you've got to have [sex] every day."

Admits that "caviar" is his guiltiest pleasure.

Explains that the most important life lesson he's learned is "don't give up."

Insists that he doesn't "really owe anybody any apologies."


The Edge says one of the factors behind U2 delaying their new album, Songs of Experience -- which was first promised in 2014 -- is that Bono had a "brush with mortality" last year. "He definitely had a serious moment, which caused him to reflect on a lot of things."

Edge tells Rolling Stone, "We were well into the process of making the album and it kind of influenced the lyric direction and where he ended up. It was sort of taken from a Brendan Kennelly quote. He's an Irish poet and he once said to us as a piece of advice that he always found it useful to write as if you were dead... Bono held onto that quote, that idea, and he wrote a lot of these lyrics as letters to certain people that are very important people in his life... I think it clearly brought him to a place where he wanted to write about the essential things. Of course, by the time we finished the record the political aspect started to be brought back into it more, so it became a synthesis of very personal lyrics with political references about what's going on."

While still not confirming the reported release date of December 1st, The Edge does say it will be released in the traditional sense, and not free, as was the case with 2014's Songs of Innocence

U2 are on the second North American leg of their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour, but plans are under way for an arena tour next year in support of Songs of Experience.


Phil Collen of Def Leppard will hit the road next year for his first tour as a solo artist.

He'll be part of Joe Satriani's G3 Tour, along with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci. The trek starts on January 11th in Seattle and wraps up on February 25th in Milwaukee. Some dates go on sale Friday, with the rest on sale October 6th. Collen has toured without Def Leppard before, with his projects Man Razeand Delta Deep, but this is first trek under his own name.

Satriani will be promoting his new album What Happens Next, due out January 12th. He's backed on it by his Chickenfoot bandmate Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes.

Don Henley says if Glenn Frey's son Deacon hadn't wanted to help fill the void left by his late father, the Eagles most likely wouldn't have flown again.

Speaking to the Seattle Times ahead of Classic Northwest on September 30th, Henley says he first approached Frey's widow, Cindy, before asking Deacon. "I don’t think he was expecting it, but once it sank in, he was in."

Henley says the two shows they did this summer -- Classic West and Classic East -- were a "strange mixture of grief and celebration,” adding that they will "never get over the loss of Glenn. But over time, you learn how to live with it.”

Not only is Glenn's spirit still with the band, Deacon resembles his dad. Henley says, "It’s uncanny... I look out from the drums to where Deacon is standing and his hair is exactly the same as his father’s was in 1976. He’s taller, but looking at him from the back there, it’s freaky.”

And Deacon, who never played to such large audiences, was very composed. "He decided that rather than living in his father’s shadow, he would pick up the torch and carry it forward. We are extremely proud of him, and we know his father would be.”

Also helping to fill in was Vince Gill, who will be with them at Classic Northwest and on their short tour in October.

Henley was on stage Friday in Boston, joining Paul Simon at the Global Environmental Leadership Awards on "Mrs. Robinson" and "The Boxer." Henley hosted the event, which benefited his Walden Woods Project.       

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