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Thursday, April 17th

ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC

On April 17th, 1971, Three Dog Night started a six week run at number one on the U-S singles chart with “Joy To The World.”  It earned the band a gold record.

Then, in 1998, Paul McCartney’s wife and one-time member of Wings, Linda McCartney, died at the age of 56 after a three-year long battle with breast cancer.

A decade later, longtime E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici died from cancer at age 58.  Federici worked with Bruce Springsteen for over four decades, starting in the early Springsteen bands Steel Mill and Child.

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MALCOLM YOUNG ILL, WILL TAKE BREAK, AC/DC TO CONTINUE

With rumors of guitarist Malcolm Young being sick and unable to play, and reports that the band is planning on retiring, the AC/DC camp has finally released a statement saying that Malcolm is “taking a break from the band due to ill health” but that the group will continue to make music.  Details of the illness aren’t given, instead it says that Mal thanks the fans for their “never-ending love and support” and the band asks that Young’s privacy be respected.  Earlier, singer Brian Johnson spoke to the Daily Telegraph, revealing that AC/DC are “definitely getting together in May in Vancouver” to work on new music.  He added, “We’re going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we’ll record it.”  However, Brian did admit that a band member has a “debilitating illness” and “wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future” but is “not ruling anything out.”  Stay up to date at ACDC.com.

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FOREIGNER’S JONES AND GRAMM TO MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER?

Last year, Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm performed together for the first time in a decade at the Songwriters Hall of Fame and it seems that rekindled their friendship and partnership.  Mick recently revealed to Classic Rock magazine that Lou told him he found some songs they were writing in the ‘80s but never finished.  He added that they might take time next year to “bring a couple of those out of the vaults.”  As for if Lou would ever reunite with the band, Mick stated if he did, it wouldn’t be to replace current singer Kelly Hansen, rather to join him, but Jones went on to say that if that does happen, it wouldn’t be “in the immediate future.”

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CHICAGO REVEAL DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM

Chicago have announced details of their first album in eight years.  It’s called “NOW” Chicago XXXVI and features songs like “Love Lives On,” “Watching All the Colors,” “Naked in the Garden of Allah,” “Another Trippy Day” and seven others.  You can hear samples of all the tracks, check out the trippy cover art for the record and pre-order it at Chicago-Now.com.

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THE WHO ANNOUNCE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

The Who have announced plans to hit the road this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  The trek begins in the U-K around Christmas before coming stateside next year.  There is also the possibility of new music.  Guitarist Pete Townshend told Billboard, “I’m trying to [look] through my 20-thousand hours of complete and utter disorganized music [to find possible songs].  I’ll be pulling some songs out of [his long-gestating project] Flossto give to Roger [Daltrey] to see if we’ve got enough to make an album.  It might be a big waste of time, but I’m hoping there will be an album.”  Dates for the trek haven’t yet been announced, but keep an eye on TheWho.com for them and any album news.

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ROTH HINTS AT SECRET VAN HALEN PROJECT

Van Halen are keeping busy on something.  In the latest installment of his web series, The Roth Show, singer David Lee Roth said he’s been “working on a great Van Halen project,” but added, “[I] can’t announce anything or I’d have to come find you and swear you to secrecy.”  The group is likely working on the follow-up to 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth.  Check out Dave’s show at DavidLeeRoth.com.

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COURTNEY LOVE NOT INTO SPRINGSTEEN

In the latest installment of her YouTube series CourtneyLove on…, the Hole singer discusses Bruce Springsteen and how she isn’t much of a fan of his music.  The rocker explains “saxophones don’t belong in rock n’ roll.”  She makes sure to note that she “really likes” The Boss and he is “a nice guy,” but adds that when her friend, director Cameron Crowe, took her to see Bruce and the band play, she left after an hour and a half.  Check out the video at YouTube.com/CourtneyLoveOfficial.

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Wednesday, April 16th

ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC

On April 16th, 1964, The Rolling Stones’ self-titled debut album came out in the U-K.  Two weeks later, it would top the British charts.

Then, in 1993, David Lee Roth was busted by the police after buying marijuana in New York’s Washington Square Park.

And in 1995, Bob Seger became a dad again when his wife gave birth to his first daughter.  They named her Smanatha Char.

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AC/DC RETIREMENT RUMORS SPREADING

Are AC/DC retiring?  There are reports that the Australian rockers are calling it quits because guitarist Malcolm Young is sick.  According to the Sydney Morning Herald, sources close to the band confirmed the 61-year-old rocker returned to Australia with his family because he is believed to be unable to play, though there is no word as to why.  Rumors began swirling that he had a stroke or is terminally sick, with one Australian radio host close to the group claiming Malcolm is “very, very ill” and “AC/DC may well be history.”  The band apparently has a pact that no members will be replaced if someone has to leave the group.  However, there are reports AC/DC has a booking at a Vancouver studio for May 1st, of course, things might have changed since that studio time was scheduled.  The band’s label hasn’t been answering media inquiries but will likely be releasing a statement soon.

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JON BON JOVI WANTS TO OWN THE BUFFALO BILLS

Jon Bon Jovi is no stranger to owning a football team, previously having a majority share in the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, but now, the rocker has his eyes set on something bigger: an NFL team.  Jon is reportedly interested in bidding on the Buffalo Bills.  The rocker is rumored to be part of a team of investors working to bring the team to Toronto.  While his publicist wouldn’t give details on the business venture, they did say, “Jon remains passionate in his pursuit of an NFL franchise.” 

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ALLMAN BROTHERS NOT CALLING IT QUITS

With the news that guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes were leaving the Allman Brothers Band, back in January, Gregg Allman said the group would be calling it quits at the end of 2014 after 45 years together.  However, Gregg recently told Radio.com that the band is not breaking up, rather they are replaced Derek Trucks.  Derek’s father, drummer Butch Trucks, added, “We’re right at the top of our game right now so that argument goes both ways; if you’re at the top of your game, then why quit, but then if it’s time to quit, then you may as well do it while you’re at the top of the game.”  Stay up to date at AllmanBrothersBand.com.

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PETER GABRIEL TALKS ABOUT REUNITING WITH GENESIS

Peter Gabriel was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time last week.  While at Thursday’s ceremony, he was recognized for his solo work, in 2010 he was honored for his music with Genesis.  The singer hasn’t played with Genesis since 1982 but at the induction, Rolling Stone asked him if he’d ever reunite.  Peter said, “I never say never.  It really didn’t happen last time.  I think there’s a small chance, but I don’t think it’s very high.”  Stay up to date on any developments at PeterGabriel.com.

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STEELY DAN ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR

Steely Dan have announced their latest tour.  The Jamalot Ever After trek will hit 47 cities, starting on July 2nd in Portland, Oregon and running through mid-September.  During it, expect to hear guitarist Walter Becker and singer Donald Fagen performing their hits.  Get all their dates at SteelyDan.com.

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PICK UP IAN ANDERSON’S HOMO ERRATICUS

On Tuesday (4/15), Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson releases his latest album, Homo Erraticus, which revisits characters from his 1972 concept album Thick as a Brick and its 2012 sequel, Thick as a Brick 2, namely, the “star” of the records, “Gerald Bostock.”  Pick up Homo Erraticus on Tuesday and see Ian play the whole album live later this year.  Get his dates at JethroTull.com.

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