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Real Rock News ‘Leftovers’ for May 30, 2017

Bruce Springsteen, Guns N' Roses, Eric Clapton, ​Brian May + more

Bruce Springsteen was spotted hanging around his hometown yesterday (May 29th) during New Jersey's 143rd edition the Freehold Memorial Day Parade. According to Patch.com, the Freehold parade "is the largest and longest consecutively running Memorial Day parade in New Jersey honoring those who gave their lives in military service to New Jersey." "The Boss" was spotted amongst the townsfolk, sitting on a curb, taking photos of the event.

Guns N' Roses paid tribute to Chris Cornell on the opening night of its European tour at Slane Castle in Meath, Ireland Saturday with a performance of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun.”


Eric Clapton, who was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2004, is now also a Commander of France's Order of Arts and Letters for his services to music. The honor was bestowed upon him Friday before his show at London's Royal Albert Hall. The French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Sylvie Bermann, called him an "ambassador for the blues in France.” Clapton, who owns a home in France, has six gold albums in France.

The morning after last week's bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Brian May hosted a launch party for his new book, Queen in 3-D, in London. He told the audience, "This is a very strange day ... this atrocious thing happened in Manchester and it makes it very hard to be kind of jolly and do a launch on a day like this and we considered whether we should cancel the launch or whatever, but in a sense, you know, the enemy we’re facing wants us to cancel our lives -- stop breathing, stop enjoying, making music, dancing and having fun. "I feel that we shouldn’t move on without acknowledging these things. I wonder if we could have a...minute’s silence for these kids who were killed for no decent reason and for all their Moms and Dads, some of them don’t even know if their child is alive or dead yet. So I just thought that we’d have a minute’s silence to think about this and think about our place in the world and think if maybe we can change things and direct things more towards compassion and understanding and the elimination of violence. If you don’t mind -- just 60 seconds.” Queen + Adam Lambert are scheduled to play the Manchester Arena in December.


Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie posted a nearly 18-minute video giving fans a sneak peak at their self-titled album, due out on June 9th. The album, which also features Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, will be supported by a 13-date tour, which kicks off on June 21st at Atlanta's Chastain Park Amphitheatre and runs through July 27th at Denver's Paramount Theatre.


The Edge will do more than perform at Bonnaroo when U2 brings the 30th anniversary tour of The Joshua Tree there on June 9th. He will also be honored with the Les Paul Spirit Award on what would have been the legendary guitarist and inventor's 102nd birthday. The award is presented by the Les Paul Foundation, whose mission is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul through the generations. The Edge was chosen as someone who exemplifies the spirit of Les through innovation, engineering, technology and/or music. In addition to the award, a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and Bonnaroo Works Fund will be made in The Edge’s name to the charity of his choice which aligns with the mission of the Les Paul Foundation. The first recipient of the award, last year, was Grateful Dead singer and guitarist Bob Weir.

Neil Young keeps promising that second volume in his massive Archives series. But there's a chance we'll get an unreleased album from that box set soon. The long-running fan-site Thrasher's Wheat reports that a Young album called Hitchhiker has popped up on a couple of international release schedules for July 14th and that it has found cover art designed by Young’s longtime art director Gary Burden. Young recorded Hitchhiker in one night at Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California in 1976. Only the title track has ever been released -- it was on the 2010 album Le Noise. Young wrote about Hitchhiker in his book Special Deluxe. He said, "It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances. Dean Stockwell, my friend and a great actor who I later worked on Human Highway as a co-director, was with us that night, sitting in the room with me as I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer or coke. David Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console."

Todd Rundgren will be joining forces with Yes and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy for a 17-date North American theater and shed run this summer. Rundgren is currently on the road in support of his latest album, White Knight, which features contributions from Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, and Trent Reznor.

Dave Mustaine's She-Wolf Tempranillo Rose wine picked up the Platinum Award/Best in Show at the 2017 San Diego International Wine Competition.


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Check it out: Fleetwood Mac in concert on March 27, 2015 at Scottrade Center

Fleetwood Mac: March 27, 2015

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Fleetwood Mac: March 27, 2015
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Live in concert at Scottrade Center

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