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Real Rock News ‘Leftovers’ for September 15, 2017

David Lee Roth, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Metallica + more

With Van Halen on moth balls, David Lee Roth stepped out for a rare public appearance last weekend, headlining the Summer Spectacular Under the Stars benefit in Beverly Hills. Sporting a short black and gray tweed suit minus the jacket, Roth led the house band through "Just a Gigolo," "California Girls," "Ice Cream Man" and "Jump.”

A report out of England says The Rolling Stones may headline a new festival next year in Knebworth. The festival is being put together by AEG, which is promoting the Stones’ No Filter European tour. The Stones make a stop in Spielberg, Austria on Saturday.

Eric Clapton, possibly down to his last three shows ever, will stream a few songs from his concerts at The Forum in Los Angeles tonight (Friday) and Saturday on Facebook. A few songs from opener Gary Clark Junior will also be streamed. Clapton, who started his four-night run at the Forum on Wednesday, wraps it up there on Monday.

Brian May has a message for the extras who captured a little of the filming of the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody on their cell phones. He says, "I have news for all those would-be spoilsports who thought they'd captured the movie and leaked it. You didn't! All those shoots were trial runs. Not final threads, make-up, hair etc. So be comforted, good folks -- all the important secrets of the film are still secret!” Among the clips leaked was the band's performance at Live Aid. Bohemian Rhapsody, currently being filmed in England, will open in theaters next year.

The Scorpions will release a compilation of their best-known ballads this holiday season, complete with a few new tracks. The release date has yet to be announced, but it looks as though it will be in November. The Scorpions' last studio album of all new recordings was 2010's Sting in the Tail, but guitarist Matthias Jabs and drummer Mikkey Dee think that could change next year.

Metallica's 1988 album ...And Justice for All is well known for how low the bass was mixed -- and the guy who engineered it wants a chance to correct that. Toby Wright was one the album's engineers and recorded Jason Newsted's bass parts. He tells the Talk Toomey podcast that Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield believed that if they could hear the bass in a song, it was two decibels too loud, so it needed to be turned down. Wright adds that mixers Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero fought Ulrich and Hetfield about it, but they lost that battle. Wright, who went on to produce albums for Alice in ChainsQueensrÿche, and more, says he'd love to get a chance to correct the sound when the band does Justice as its next deluxe reissue project. He says, "I'd like to remix it and I’ll show you exactly what was laid down on tape, and then the world will be stunned, I think... Lars if you’re hearing me, I’d love to remix it.” 
The next reissue in the Metallica catalog, Master of Puppets, is set for November 10th.

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Tom Keifer of Cinderella duet on a remake of Cinderella’s 1986 hit "Nobody's Fool." The new track will be included on a deluxe edition of Keifer's solo album, The Way Life Goes, October 20th.

Farm Aid, which takes place Saturday in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, will stream live at FarmAid.org starting at 3:00 p.m. ET. The concert, which features John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, will air on AXS-TV starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam will perform the national anthem -- on guitar -- before the Seattle Seahawks game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Sammy Hagar and the Circle’s show this Sunday at Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida has been canceled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Slash and Journey’s Neal Schon were among artists on hand for Eric Clapton’s show Wednesday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. Schon and Clapton go way back, as Eric asked him to join Derek and the Dominos when he was just 15. Schon joined Santana instead.

The new season of Dan Rather’s The Big Interview on AXS-TV will feature quite an array of classic rock personalities. Sharon Osbourne kicks it off on October 10th. Also stepping up to the microphone are Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee of The Doobie Brothers on October 17th; Geddy Lee on October 24th; Steve Miller on November 14th; Peter Frampton on November 21st; and E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt on December 5th.


Today's ‘Leftover’ Gallery

Van Halen in concert on July 26, 2015 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Van Halen: July 26, 2015

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Van Halen: July 26, 2015
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