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Real Rock News ‘Leftovers’ - Week of December 4, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Eagles have added 13 new shows to their spring and summer itinerary. New cities now on the books include Kansas City, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Kentucky; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; Vancouver, BC; Houston, Texas; Buffalo, New York; Toronto, ON; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Eagles feature classic members Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit -- along with the late-Glenn Frey's 23-year-old son Deacon Frey, as well as country legend Vince Gill.

Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale is exploring the world of film and TV composing, telling Loudwire that he recently worked on a new A&E series titled Undercover High. Rossdale explained, "I just did the title song and did the scoring for that. I hope to be doing a bit more soundtrack work. I think it's a real exciting area." He added, "I've always loved film and TV. I love documentaries. To incorporate the work and stuff I've learned from music and put it to visuals is something I've always wanted to do. It's just hard to get your first job and now I've got my first job."

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A month after listing his home in Maui, Sammy Hagar is unloading his French chateau-inspired retreat on California's Lake Arrowhead. Listed for $5.9 million, the eight-thousand square-foot, four-level home overlooks the lake. It has eight bedrooms, two kitchens, a spa, fire pit, a sloping patio down to the water, game room, a lounge on every floor and a soundproof recording studio. Hagar bought the home in 2009 for $2.3 million and he's asking $5.9 million for it.

There was a reunion of Nirvana members at the Foo Fighters show in Eugene, Oregon Tuesday night. Krist Novoselic joined Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foos to play bass on "Big Me."

Twentieth Century Fox has replaced Queen biopic director Bryan Singer with Dexter Fletcher, to finish the project, which still has about two more weeks of shooting before it wraps. Singer had gone AWOL from the film set on several occasions and had a tempestuous relationship with several of the cast members -- including Rami Malek, who stars as Freddie Mercury.

Another Jimi Hendrix album is on the way. Both Sides of the Sky contains 13 songs, 10 of which have never been released. It will be out on March 9th. Stephen Stills plays on two songs -- “$20 Fine” and “Woodstock.”

Roger Waters will take his Us and Them tour to South America next October and November.

L.A.’s Skirball fire has attracted the attention of Paul Stanley of KISS, who tweeted a photo of flames behind a 405 Freeway exit sign with the caption: “This is near our house!!! INSANE! Be safe everyone!”

Billy Joel will be among the high profile guests appearing on season three of the Velocity reality show, Unique Rides. The "Piano Man" will be featured as the team customizes for him a prized a 1962 Jaguar Mark II.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It looks like U2 will top not only the U.K. album chart, but the album chart here in the U.S. as well. Billboard reports that Songs of Experience is on track to earn over 170,000 equivalent album units for the sales week that ends Thursday at midnight, more than enough to knock Taylor Swift off. Final numbers will be released on Sunday. If Songs of Experience hits number-one, it would be the band's eighth chart-topper -- the others are No Line on the Horizon (2009), How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), Pop (1997), Zooropa (1993), Achtung Baby (1991), Rattle and Hum (1988) and The Joshua Tree (1987).

Dead & Company were forced to postpone Tuesday night's (December 5th) show, due to guitarist John Mayer undergoing an emergency appendectomy. The band posted a message to fans on Facebook, which read: "Early this morning, Tuesday, December 5th, John Mayer was admitted into the hospital for emergency appendectomy forcing the Dead & Company December 5th concert in New Orleans to be postponed. All tickets for the December 5 show will be honored for the rescheduled date. Information on the rescheduled date will be announced as soon as possible. Should ticket holders choose to seek a refund, they will be available at point of purchase.” As of now, the band's two tour closing Florida shows -- December 7th in Orlando and December 8th in Sunrise -- are still on schedule.

U2 couldn't help recreating The Beatles' famed Abbey Road album cover when they recorded their upcoming BBC TV special at the hallowed recording facility. The group was at the legendary studio to perform as part of the upcoming hour-long U2 At The BBC show. Last week, the band released its latest album, Songs From Experience.

David Crosby will appear at Carnegie Hall on January 25th for what is being billed as "an evening of protest music from and inspired by the ’60s." Also appearing with "Croz" are his frequent collaborators Snarky Puppy -- along with Fatoumata Diawara, Laura Mvula, and Chris Thile.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sammy Hagar’s concert film Red Til I'm Dead: Sammy Hagar's Rock ‘n’ Roll Birthday Party, which documents his 70th Birthday Bash this October in Cabo San San Lucas, Mexico, will be screened in theaters today.

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson plays on Southern California stoner rock band Fu Manchu’s Clone of the Universe, which will be out February 9th.

U2’s new Songs of Experience album is dedicated to, among others, David Bowie.

Mick Jagger posted a photo captioned “Back in the studio.” No word yet if it’s with The Rolling Stones or on his own.

You have until tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11:59 ET to vote for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. The results will be announced on December 13th. Bon Jovi is the leading fan vote-getter, followed by The Moody Blues and Dire Straits.

Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed will release his debut solo album, titled Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy, on February 16th on digital, CD and purple vinyl. The first single, "This Don't Look Like Vegas," can be streamed online now. Reed handles lead vocals and keyboards on the disc, with guest appearances from members of GNR, Thin Lizzy, Queens Of The Stone Age, No Doubt and others.

Monday, December 4, 2017

In addition to releasing his new album with Promise of the Real, The Visitor, on Friday, Neil Young also launched his long-awaited online archive. Young introduced the new site by writing that he and his team "developed the site to provide fans and music historians with unprecedented access" to all his music and to his entire archives. They spent years developing it "to make it both enjoyable and easy to use.” Fans can now go to and listen to Young's entire catalog with the best possible audio quality. Actually, it's not just a listening experience, since it also contains all the films he's done, as well as all sorts of information about his recordings, including photos and other memorabilia connected to the music.

Ozzy Osbourne and Godsmack will headline the 2018 Fort Rock festival. It's set for April 28th and 29th, and has moved to Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida. The first five editions were in from Fort Myers. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and his side band, Delta Deep, will release a new album, East Coast Live, on January 26th.

Pearl Jam will begin a month-long European tour June 12th in Amsterdam.

Bret Michaels will do another of his Stage It Performances, where he performs online as well as answers questions from fans, on New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. ET. All proceeds go to his Life Rocks Foundation, which supports numerous charities. For tickets, go to Bret’s website.

Bruce Springsteen's official archive series has just issued the first release from his critically acclaimed 2006 Sessions Band tour, with Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans - April 30, 2006. Following five semi-private rehearsal shows in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the Jazz Fest gig was the official debut of Springsteen's Sessions Band named after his then new We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, which was released on April 25th, 2006.

Bush's new single, "This Is War," is taken from the expanded edition of its latest album, Black And White Rainbows. Frontman Gavin Rossdale says that he was moved to write the track after watching the horrific events in Charlottesville that erupted last summer when a white supremacist protest turned violent and resulted in a woman's death: "I saw the riots in Charlottesville and was just amazed at all this level of hatred and bigotry and sort of blaming, you know what I mean? Like blaming a race of people, blaming the Jews for whatever your problem is. It just seems like medieval madness. So that song was born."

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