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4/5/18 Pittsburgher Joe Grushecky Releases New Album
Joe Grushecky & The Houseockers, from Pittsburgh, PA, have unleashed their latest album More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows. The album is his first since the 2009 East Carson Street, and features changes to the Houserockers lineup, including Grushecky’s son Johnny as producer. Having been around since the ’80’s, the Grushecky has never quite had that big break, despite working with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, and having Rolling Stone call their release Have A Good Time but Get Out Alive! a “new American classic.” Grushecky worked with Springsteen again on this album on the tune “That’s What Makes Us Great.” The listening party for More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows was held at The Church Recording Studio, and the video of the title track can be seen here:
4/5/18 Wake The Sun Releases First Single Off New CD
“What’s My Name?” is the first single off the new CD, Through The Night, by Wake The Sun. The tune is full of energy, with a distinct bluesy-rock feel. The band was a Gold Medal Winner at the Global Music Awards in 2015, was named a Billboard Emerging Artist, and has been receiving very positive press. This looks like a band to watch. Get more information at their website (under construction) or their facebook.
4/11/18 Lindsey Buckingham Out of Fleetwood Mac
After 22 years, Lindsey Buckingham’s second stint in Fleetwood Mac is over, reportedly over disagreements over the upcoming tour. He will be replaced by Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn of Crowded House. In a statement from the band, they indicated that they had jammed with Mike and Neil and had a good chemistry. They went on to with Buckingham well. Campbell previously worked with Stevie Nicks on her Bella Donna album.
4/13/18 Huey Lewis and the News Cancel 2018 Tour
Huey Lewis announced today that he has been suffering from hearing loss for over two months now, and has cancelled the band’s 2018 tour as a result. In a statement posted to Twitter and Facebook, Lewis indicates that the hearing loss is significant enough the he can’t hear music well enough to sing. He goes on to state that he has seen multiple experts, including the Mayo Clinic, and they believe he has Meniere’s disease and won’t be able to perform until he improves. Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder, is characterized by vertigo and varying levels of hearing loss. It is treatable, so this doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Huey Lewis and the News. Lewis stated his disappointment at having to cancel the tour and his hopes to be back in action soon. Stay tuned to the band's website for updates here.
4/15/18 YES to Embark on 50th Anniversary Tour
Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman are embarking on a celebration, dubbed “Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour” to mark the 50th anniversary of the group’s formation. Multiple events will be going on, including a 100 show world tour starting June 3, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland and ending in Japan/the Far East in 2019. The U.S. portion of the tour will feature nine dates in August and September 2018, with an additional 20 dates in early 2019. In addition to these dates, there will be a show at the Whiskey a Go Go in L.A. where they first performed as a headliner. Details are not yet available for this show, but most other dates on the first leg of the U.S. tour go on sale April 20. In addition to the tour, there will be a 50th Anniversary album & CD, a live CD & DVD, and some new music is also in the works. More info and complete tour dates can be found here.
4/17/18 Bourbon & Beyond Festival, Louisville, KY Sept. 22 & 23, 2018
Louisville, KY plays host this September to a festival that features music, whiskey and food. With such varied acts as Lenny Kravitz, Robert Plant, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!, Sting, Keb’Mo and Don Felder, plus a separate bluegrass stage, this festival promises entertainment for everyone. Foodies can enjoy chef demos and culinary parties along with all the food from local restaurants. Bourbon is the main star of the festival, with 40 brands represented, along with workshops, demos and various experiences. Tickets for the festival go on sale April 20. More info can be found here.
4/18/18 50th Anniversary Tour in the Works for Aerosmith
Joe Perry has revealed the band’s plans for the rest of this year and into 2019 & 2020. Perry told Atlantic City Weekly that Aerosmith plans to take it easy for the rest of this year, focusing on the solo projects they have in the works with possibly some one-off Aerosmith shows. Then, in 2019-2020, for the band’s 50th Anniversary, they are planning a tour to celebrate. Joe Perry is currently doing solo dates in support of Sweezerland Manifesto, and will be joining Hollywood Vampires on their European tour. Steven Tyler is doing more dates in support of We’re All Somebody From Somewhere. Perry indicated his hopes to get back in the studio to record new music. Stay tuned to the band's website for updates.