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Real Rock News ‘Leftovers’ for May 22, 2017

Roger Waters, Sammy Hagar, Aerosmith, David Coverdale + more

Roger Waters has released a video for his song "The Last Refugee" off his new album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, which will be out on June 2nd.


Now that the dust has started to settle from Monday's Acoustic 4 A Cure concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Sammy Hagar has taken time out to offer up a recap. He writes on his website, "There's something about doing things for the right reason that makes it even more special. The artists are not being paid, they donate their time and talent, and you can feel it from each and everyone of them. Everyone keeps asking me which year has been your favorite, and I guess the only way to answer that is to say 'hopefully next year’ -- ha! Every year I say there is no way we are going to top that.” In addition to Hagar, this year's show featured Bob Weir, Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, Pat Benatar, Sarah McLachlan and Dave Grohl, who filled in for the event's co-host James Hetfield. Proceeds benefit the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Aerosmith followed-up their last Wednesday night show in Tel Aviv with a special meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Times of Israel reports that a crowd of 50,000 attended the band's first show in Israel in more than 20 years. Yesterday a meeting was arranged for the band at the Prime Minister's office where they looked at historical artifacts and discussed their common Boston connection. Bibi attended MIT in the '70s and worked for a Boston consulting firm for two years before returning to Israel. Drummer Joey Kramer’s wife was “under the weather” so he stayed at the hotel when the rest of Aerosmith met with the Prime Minister.

While we continue to wait to see exactly what Jimmy Page will do next, his one-time recording partner, David Coverdale, has a suggestion. Coverdale tells Sweden Rock, "I’ve recommended to him for years to do what Carlos Santana did with Supernatural. Jimmy’s got all these great songs. I said, ‘I’m there for you. I’ll do a couple of songs for you, without a doubt.’ I said, ‘Do something like Supernatural. At least you’re playing.’ It breaks my heart, ’cause he’s such a valuable musician. With what he’s already given to us, he doesn’t really owe us anything, but I just know that he’s still valid and relevant and can still play amazing guitar and write amazing songs. Where do you go after Led Zeppelin, dude? Where do you go?” Like Page did with the Zeppelin catalog, Coverdale is working on reissuing Whitesnake's albums from the mid-to-late '80s albums.

Ross Valory and Jonathan Cain of Journey met with students at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts on Wednesday. Cain said, “I’m just here to share some hope and wisdom about the music business, to give some encouragement and some guidance.” Journey wrapped up a residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas on Saturday.

Eric Clapton, who has performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall 205 times, starts a three-night stand there on Monday.

After performing for the graduating class of Fairleigh Dickinson University in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Wednesday, Jon Bon Jovi attended his daughter Stephanie’s graduation from New York University in Manhattan.

U2 will chat and perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday.

Graceland is not just about Elvis anymore. The Presley estate is now home to artifacts belonging to other acts as part of the ICONS: The Influence of Elvis Presley exhibit, which is located at the new Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex at Graceland. Among the artists represented through stage clothing, instruments and other memorabilia are Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, KISS, James Brown and Billy Joel. Springsteen is no stranger to Graceland, having climbed the wall there in 1976 in an effort to meet the King. And Gene Simmons has commented on his band's costumes being on display, saying, "Elvis is King. Period.” Paul Stanley adds, “No one name says more than his… ELVIS. It roars while others whisper.” This August 16th marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death in one of the bathrooms at Graceland.

Only days after seeming to confirm an upcoming Beatles box set coming for 1968's "The White Album" -- archival producer Giles Martin is now backpedaling saying that it was actually a misunderstanding. Martin, who is behind Friday's (May 26th) release of the deluxe and expanded version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, had recently stated in part to the BBC, "'The 'White Album,' which is the next release -- that is where they started becoming indulgent. There are 70 takes of ‘Sexy Sadie,’ for instance. The efficiency went slightly out the window. There’s a lot of stuff. So, it’s getting the balance right." Martin has since posted via Twitter: "Just to confirm. . . I said the 'White Album' is the next Beatles album. I promise that I'm not working on it. Enjoy Sgt Pepper first! X"

Stevie Nicks joined pop idol Harry Styles onstage at L.A.'s famed Troubadour club on Friday night (May 19th). Nicks and Styles, who has just launched a solo career, performed three songs together at Styles' "secret" show, which benefited the Los Angeles charity Safe Place for Youth. The pair tackled Styles' new solo tune, "Two Ghosts," along with Nicks' 1975 Fleetwood Mac classic "Landslide" before wrapping things up with her 1981 hit, "Leather And Lace."

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Roger Waters in concert on October 29, 2010 at Scottrade Center

Roger Waters: October 29, 2010

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