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Real Rock News ‘Leftovers’ - Week of Rocktober 9, 2017

Friday, Rocktober 13, 2017

Robert Plant is back with his 11th studio album today. Like the rest of the albums he's released this century, Carry Fire is a collection of many different sounds and styles, including world music, blues, mountain music, African rhythms and rock.

Let's Play Two, the Pearl Jam documentary about performing at Chicago's Wrigley Field, will have its TV premiere on FS1 Friday night after game one of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.

Red Hot Chili Peppers will take Bruce Springsteen's traditional spot at the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit on November 7th in New York. Springsteen usually provides the music -- and a couple of dirty jokes -- at the event to raise funds for injured veterans and their families. But this year he'll be a bit busy with his Broadway show. The comedy for the night will be provided by Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Hasan Minhaj and John Mulaney.

Thursday, Rocktober 12, 2017

The late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham will be immortalized, seated behind his kit, in a bronze statue in his hometown of Redditch, England. His younger sister, Deborah Bonham, who spearheaded the campaign, tells the BBC that she is "absolutely thrilled.” It will be six-feet high and 16-feet wide and will weigh more than five thousand pounds. If all goes according to plan, the statue will be unveiled in time for the 70th anniversary of his birth on May 31st. The majority of the funds for the statue came from a private donor. Bonham died on September 25th, 1980 at the age of 32.

Nikki Sixx is giving up his daily radio show. Sixx Sense will air its final program on December 31st. The Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M. bassist is stepping down from the show to work on a bunch of different projects in 2018, including the Broadway adaptation of The Heroin Diaries. Sixx says, "It’s been an inspirational journey and I’ll always be a fan of the medium, but it’s time to shift gears outside the realm of solely radio. I’m in the process of developing new and unique programming and ventures across multiple platforms. But I’m really gonna miss Sixx Sense.”

Green Day's second best-of package is due out on November 17th. Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band features two new tracks -- "Back in the USA" and a new duet with country singer Miranda Lambert on "Ordinary World." The other 20 songs stretch from 1991's Kerplunk to last year's Revolution Radio. The trio's first best-of package, International Superhits!, was released in the fall of 2001.

Wedneday, Rocktober 11, 2017

It was 27 years ago today (October 11th) that Dave Grohl played his first show as drummer for Nirvana. Grohl was the sixth and final person to sit behind the drum kit for the group, having won the job after Nirvana members Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic watched the then 21-year-old perform with his previous act, the Washington D.C. punk band Scream. Less than a month after their first practice session, Nirvana's classic lineup played their first live show together on October 11th, 1990 at North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, Washington.

A Van Halen interview video from 1978 has popped up on YouTube. The Van Halen News Desk says it is the earliest known video of the band. It was shot in London for the Australian TV show Countdown.

The Eric Clapton documentary, Life in 12 Bars, will be screened at the Miami Film Festival Sunday night. The documentary will air on Showtime beginning in February.

Pink Floyd will reissue A Collection of Great Dance Songs and Delicate Sound of Thunder on vinyl on November 17th.

The search is on in London for extras for the party scenes in the upcoming Queen bio-pic. An ad posted on the band’s official Instagram account says, “Party People needed for the major feature film Bohemian Rhapsody,” followed by the E-mail address of Two10 Casting.

A long-lost Billy Joel classic from his debut album was featured last night (October 10th) during the hit NBC drama, This Is Us. The song, "Why Judy Why," a sleeper from 1971's Cold Spring Harbor, was written about his older sister Judy. Judy, who is two years older than Billy, is actually his first cousin, but was adopted by Billy's parents when Judy's mother -- Billy's maternal aunt -- Murial Nyman died. Billy spoke candidly about his deep bond with Judy in his 2015 official biography by Fred Schruers, titled Billy Joel, saying, "Judy and I have always remained in close touch. She was raised like my sister, and I have always thought of her in that way. Together, back then, she and I were allies in the difficult life we all shared."

Coming next month to CBS is Grammy's Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special, featuring rare archival footage, exclusive interviews, and special appearances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2, Dave Grohl, and others. The special airs on Friday, November 24th at 9 P.M.

Paul Stanley has launched a line of jewelry. He says, "For a long time, people have asked me about my jewelry -- not just the pieces I wear onstage, but the pieces I wear offstage. Now, for the first time, all of these iconic pieces are available to you!” The goods, like his artwork, don't come cheap. They include bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, dog tags and rings. The prices range from $45 for a ball chain to just under $11,000 for a necklace. The jewels will make their debut aboard next month's KISS Kruise, or you can order them through his website,

Tuesday, Rocktober 10, 2017

Tom Petty's death certificate doesn't list his cause of death. TMZ reports that the document filed with Los Angeles County lists the immediate cause of death as "deferred," which likely means county officials are waiting for the final autopsy results. It also states that Petty passed away at 8:43 p.m. on October 2nd at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. Petty was taken to the hospital the night of the 1st after he was found not breathing and in cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu.

Angus Young paid a visit to The Rolling Stones in Düsseldorf, Germany, where they performed last night (Monday). Keith Richards posted a photo of him and the AC/DC guitarist on his social media pages.

Brian Johnson, responding to the good wishes for his 70th birthday last Thursday, says, “I send you all my love. It’s a big number, on a big day, and I wish I could have a drink with every one of you. I salute you all. Thank you.”

Dave Mustaine thanked the Scorpions for "this amazing opportunity to tour with our heroes" and said that "if there’s ever a chance to share the stage again with the Scorpions again, we’ll be there!" The Scorpions axed the rest of their U.S. dates because Klaus Meine needed vocal rest.

Red Hot Chili Peppers twice worked Tom Petty into their set on Saturday at the Austin City Limits Festival -- first dedicating their take on Funkadelic’s “What Is Soul?” to him, then covering his “A Face in the Crowd” during their encore.

Foo Fighters welcomed Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher to the stage for two songs toward the end of the Foos' headlining set at Cal Jam 2017, the festival organized by the Foos' Dave Grohl as a homage to the events of the same name that took place back in the '70s. Perry and Gallagher joined the band for a run through the Beatles' "Come Together," with Perry sticking around for Aerosmith's "Draw The Line." Grohl also invited Rick Astley onstage for a mash-up of Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Bob Dylan has just added six new stops onto his fall tour, which kicks off on Friday night (October 13th) in Valley Center, California. The trek, which will mainly feature Dylan's longtime friend, the great Mavis Staples serving as his opening act, now has New York dates on the books for November 17th at Albany's Palace Theatre; November 18th at Buffalo's Shea's Performing Arts Center -- and a tour-closing four night run at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre on November 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 24th. Dylan's recent shows have included some of the evergreens he recorded for his new triple set of standards, called Triplicate.

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David Lee Roth - Van Halen (Born 1954)

Monday, Rocktober 9, 2017

On Saturday (October 7th), Tom Petty received a rousing tribute from his Gainesville, Florida hometown when his 1989 classic hit "I Won't Back Down" was sung by the crowd at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium -- better known as "The Swamp. Before the fourth quarter of the Gators' game against the LSU Tigers, an amazing 90,000 fans paid the ultimate tribute to their hometown hero and favorite son by belting out every word of the Full Moon Fever favorite.

Scorpions have had to cancel the remaining five dates on their U.S. tour. The band made the announcement on its website and social media on Saturday that "due to severe laryngitis," the rest of the Crazy World 2017 U.S.  tour will be canceled. Singer Klaus Meine has been advised by a top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice. If he continues the tour, he could risk permanent vocal damage. The band stated that they "truly hate to disappoint our fans, and hope to come back to America soon, but this time we have no choice but to cancel.” On Sunday, Meine tweeted, "Dear fans -- It breaks my heart to let you down for the remaining shows in the U.S....There will be better days...Rock on...Klaus.” The dates affected are tonight (Sunday's) at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix; Wednesday at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas; Thursday at the Pavilion at the Irving Music Factory in Dallas; Saturday at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida and Sunday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. They are offering ticket refunds for the shows at point of purchase.

Metallica have shared a preview of their upcoming Master of Puppets box set. The band posted a clip of a live performance of "Battery" shot in Japan in November 1986. It's on one of the DVDs included in the deluxe box set, which is due out November 10th.

Coming on November 17th is the latest live collection from Jeff Lynne’s ELO, titled Wembley Or Bust, according to The 22-song set, captured live at London's Wembley Stadium on June 24th, 2017 in front of an estimated 80,000 fans, features such classic Electric Light Orchestra songs as "Evil Woman," "Showdown," "Livin' Thing," "Do Ya," "Xanadu," "Sweet Talkin' Woman," "Telephone Line," "Turn To Stone," "Don't Bring Me Down" -- and even a take on the Traveling Wilburys' signature tune, "Handle With Care." Wembley Or Bust is available to pre-order now as a two-CD/Blu-ray set as well as a triple-LP live album.

Living Colour is heading out on the road this week in support of its sixth album -- and first since 2009's The Chair In The Doorway. The band, which includes guitarist Vernon Reid, lead singer Corey Glover, bassist Doug Wimbish, and drummer Will Calhoun, kicks off the trek on October 12th at New Hope, Pennsylvania's Havana Room and wraps up the 21-date tour on November 9th in Nashville, Tennessee at City Winery Nashville.

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John Lennon (Born 1940)

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