News A Palooza! 2/19/17


Last Saturday's halftime routine by the University of Oklahoma's marching band was a salute to classic rock.

They performed:

The Beatles - "Magical Mystery Tour"

Chicago - "25 or 6 to 4"

Kansas - "Point of Know Return" and "Carry on Wayward Son"

Van Halen - "Panama"

Europe - "Final Countdown"

Foreigner - "Hot Blooded"

It looks like Foo Fighters will have their second number-one album next week.

Billboard projects that Concrete and Gold will rack up 120,000 equivalent album units in the sales week that ends Thursday at midnight, more than enough to land it in the top spot. The final figures will be out late Sunday.

The band's only number-one album so far was Wasting Light in 2011. But only one of the Foos' nine studio albums hasn't hit the Top 10 -- their 1995 self-titled debut, which peaked at number-23.

Gene Simmons is in no way discouraged or embarrassed by his recent attempt to trademark the "devil's horns" hand gesture, the application for which he later withdrew. As a matter of fact, if he could, he would try to trademark something we all need.

He tells Canada's Metro, "Instead of worrying what people think, I just go my merry way and do whatever I want to do. If I could, I would trademark the air you breathe. Every breath. Yes, I would."

Simmons is in St. Paul, Minnesota this Wednesday for a benefit along with Ace Frehley, Cheap Trick and Don Felder.

Aerosmith rolled out a birthday cake for Joe Perry the other night at the start of their Latin America tour in Ecuador. He turned 67 on September 10th.

Roger Waters will take his Us and Them tour to Europe in May and June.

Dave Mason had to reschedule a few shows over the weekend due to the flu.

REO Speedwagon received the key to Washington, Illinois Friday for helping to raise money following the destruction of the area by a tornado in 2013. Kevin Cronin says, “We feel happy that we could help our Midwest brothers and sisters in their time of need, and humbled by the depth of their gratitude.”

Stevie Wonder performed at the funeral for comedian and social activist Dick Gregory Saturday in Landover, Maryland. Wonder has also organized a donation drive with the help of West Angeles Church in L.A., and secured transportation via UPS trucks to Houston to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

YouTube has one of the 20 previously unreleased demos that will be on the expanded reissue of R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People on November 10th. “Mike’s Pop Song” is described as a “fully realized” track sung by bassist Mike Mills.

Joan Baez has been added to the lineup of the Pathway to Paris Concert for Climate Action on November 5th at Carnegie Hall in New York. She joins Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Flea and others.

Cheap Trick, Randy Newman and John Prine are among the artists who will perform at San Francisco’s 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass free festival in Golden Gate Park October 6th through 8th.

Jack White’s Third Man Records began a new reissue partnership with the legendary Chess label by reissuing three vinyl singles by Muddy Waters on Friday.

John Mellencamp’s website has his complete Farm Aid set from Saturday.


The Rolling Stones’ website has a video of “Brown Sugar” from Sticky Fingers: Live at the Fonda Theater, a DVD that will be out on September 29th.


Show Biz Buzzz...

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards matched last year's telecast in the ratings with 11.38 million viewers -- both of which were all-time lows in the show's history. Sunday night's show was also down 10 percent among adults 18-to-49 from last year, giving it the event's worst performance in that demo.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead) and his longtime girlfriend Hilarie Burton (Lethal Weapon) are expecting their second child. Their son Augustus was born in March 2010.

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham has landed a prime-time show on the Fox News Channel. The Ingraham Angle will debut on October 30th.

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