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2/17/18 Issues Reported at 80s In The Park
The festival, which had to be postponed due to last year's hurricanes and has had issues in the past, reportedly has bands playing in a parking lot. Ted Poley reported on his Facebook page that a fan alerted him that his show had been cancelled, though no one with the festival had been in touch with him to tell him. Brad Lee Entertainment got Poley into an acoustic show nearby. Eric Stacy of Jetboy reported on his Facebook page that their schedule date had been changed from Saturday to Sunday without their knowledge and they subsequently lost their hotel room. Hopefully, for both the artists and fans involved, this will all get sorted out instead of going the way of other doomed festivals.
2/5/18 REO Speedwwagon and Chicago to Co-Headline Summer Tour
Chicago and REO Speedwagon join the list of bands announcing c-headlining tours for the summer. The tour will encompass 30 North American dates and will kick-off in mid-June in California. Chicago plans to perform their second album, Chicago II in its entirety, along with a set of their hits. REO plans a more traditional set of their hits plus some deep cuts. Tickets go on sale Feb. 9. Check out the band's respective websites for more info. Chicago REO
2/6/18 Loudness Cancels MORC and Puerto Rico Shows
Japanese band Loudness put out an announcement today that their appearances on the Monsters of Rock Cruise and at a show in Puerto Rico this month had to be cancelled due to "unforseen circumstances". The band is scheduled to appear at the M3 Rock Festival in May, but has had to cancel this festival in the past. They say they are working hard to make M3 happen this year, but time will tell. Keep an eye on the band's facebook page for more info: Loudness
2/6/18 Poison Announces U.S. Summer Tour with Cheap Trick
With all original members, Poison will launch a summer tour of the U.S. in mid-May, joined by Cheap Trick. Pop Evil will be included on many of the dates, but others have no supporting band yet listed. The tour will kick off in California and will run thru June. Tickets go on sale Feb. 9, with pre-sales. including VIP packagaes, starting today. Check out the band's website for more info, or Ticketmaster for tickets. Poison
2/6/18 Ozzy Osbourne Announces No More Tours 2
In what seems to be a trend this year, rocker Ozzy Osbourne has announced his No More Tours 2. The tour name is a spoof on his first "final" tour back in the '90's. Osbourne states that he will not retire from the road completely, but will no longer do European tours or longer stretches on the road so he can spend more time at home. The tour will start in FL in April, then shift to South America and Europe before coming back to the States toward the end of the year. Check out Ozzy's website here for more info.
2/8/18 Pat Torpey, Mr. Big Drummer, Dies at age 64
On Wednesday, founding member and drummer for the band Mr. Big, died as a result of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Prior to being recruited into Mr. Big, Torpey played with the likes of Tina Turner and The Knack. Despite the diagnosis, he continued to perform with Mr. Big as background vocalist and percussionist and contributed to their 2017 album, Defying Gravity. From the outpouring of affection by his bandmates and others close to him, it’s obvious how well loved he was.
2/12/18 Judas Priest Announces Glenn Tipton's Parkinson's Diagnosis
He was first diagnosed 10 years ago, but due to the progression of the disease, he feels he cannot maintain the quality he expects from himself in a performance, and so will miss much of the Firepower tour. Glenn has requested that Andy Sneap take his place on stage. According to Glenn, "I want everyone to know that it's vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band - it's simply that my role has changed. I don't rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future I'm really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again." Firepower will be released March 9, with the tour starting soon after.
2/13/18 Styx Announces Summer Tour with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Tesla
Another summer tour has been announced today. Styx will be hitting the road with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Tesla. The tour starts May 30th in California and will end in mid-July in New Jersey. Pre-sales start tomorrow, with public sales starting on Feb. 16th. VIP packages will also be available. For more information, visit the band's web sites: Styx, Tesla, Joan Jett