Waky Music News
Steely Dan Announce Summer Tour
Steely Dan is returning to the road. The group has announced dates for an extensive summer trek. They'll launch their "Jamalot Ever After Tour" with a performance in Portland, Oregon on July 2nd. Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, and their eleven-member band will play 53 shows in 47 cities over the course of the trek, which will come to a close in Baltimore, Maryland on September 17th. Tickets for select dates go on sale this week. Details are available at SteelyDan.com.
Steely Dan's "Jamalot Ever After Tour" DatesClosest to WAKYLAND
8/1 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Ryman Auditorium
8/2 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Ryman Auditorium
8/12 - Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Taft Theater
8/13 - Columbus, Ohio, at the Palace Theater
8/17 - Hammond, Indiana, at the Horseshoe Casino
Crosby, Stills, & Nash Announce Summer Tour
Crosby, Still, and Nash are planning to spend a little more time on the road this summer. The group has announced more dates for their upcoming trek, which has now grown to 36 shows. Sets will feature David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash performing their collective hits, while they'll each showcase new solo material. The CSN Summer 2014 tour will begin in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on July 2nd. The run includes two-night stands in New York City on July 8th and 9th, and in Woodinville, Washington on September 13th and 14th. Crosby, Stills, and Nash will wrap up the tour in Los Angeles on October 4th.
CSN Summer 2014 Tour Dates Closest to WAKYLAND…
August 19 - Evansville, IN - Aiken Theater in The Centre
August 20 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
Roger Daltrey Promotes Cancer Charity At Toyota Grand Prix
Roger Daltrey continues to spread the word about his Teen Cancer Awareness charity. "USA Today" says The Who frontman was in California Sunday to promote the organization at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Daltrey says the TCA fills a need for teenage and young adult cancer patients. He explains that 15 year olds are considered kids, and are hospitalized with much younger children, while it's "worse" for those 16 and older who usually end up receiving treatment alongside people his age. The rocker turned 70 last month.
Daltrey received assistance in his mission from race car drivers half his age, including 33-year-old IndyCar champ Scott Dixon. Dixon called it "an honor to meet someone like Roger," but added that it was "more of an honor to see someone like him" out urging support for "such a great cause."
Led Zeppelin Releasing Live "Communication Breakdown" Tuesday
Led Zeppelin's newly revealed live version of "Communication Breakdown" is being released as a single. The track will be available from digital retailers on Tuesday. Fans got their first listen to a portion of the song last week in a trailer for their upcoming reissue project. The song is from Zeppelin's concert in Paris in October 1969. Guitarist Jimmy Page says the group launched the show with "Good Times, Bad Times" and "Communication Breakdown," and "you can just feel the energy." Bassist John Paul Jones adds that the band usually opened concerts with those songs because they're "concise and hard-hitting" and "made you sit up."
Eight previously unreleased songs from the Paris concert comprise the bonus material for the deluxe re-release of Zeppelin's first album. Other rare, previously-unreleased material will be included with the deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III." The reissues will arrive on multiple formats on June 3rd.
Ian Anderson: Jethro Tull Effectively Finished As A Band
Ian Anderson says Jethro Tull fans shouldn't expect to hear anything more from the group. The rocker tells Billboard.com "nothing is going on at all" with the band, he doesn't expect that to change. He explains that the group "came more or less to an end during the last ten years or so," and has only released a handful of albums over the past 25 years. Anderson adds that he considers Jethro Tull's catalog "kind of historical" now, since most of it dates back to the 1970s and '80s, and he thinks it's a fine legacy for the band.
But that doesn't mean Anderson is bringing his music career to an end. His new album, "Homo Erraticus," arrives in stores Tuesday. It's Anderson's follow up to 2012's "Thick As A Brick 2," and once again incorporates the original "Thick as a Brick" character Gerald Bostock. And Anderson is more comfortable releasing music under his own name. He says his one regret about his career is naming his band after an actual person -- 18th century English agriculturist Jethro Tull -- the explaining that as he's aged he felt "more and more" like he's "guilty of identity theft."
Peter Gabriel Remains Doubtful About Genesis Reunion
Peter Gabriel says he's not holding out much hope for a reunion with Genesis. The band's former frontman tells RollingStone.com he'll "never say never," admitting there's "a small chance" of it happening. But he adds that he doesn't think it's likely. Gabriel last played with Genesis in 1982.
Peter seems more optimistic about finishing a new album. He says he's "slowly" making progress, explaining that he gets "distracted." But the rocker says he's "itching to get back to more writing." An upcoming release would be Gabriel's first collection of new studio material since 2002's "Up."
AEG Live To Receive Court Costs For Jackson Trial
AEG Live is doubling down on its victory over the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil case. Attorneys for the concert promoters and the late pop star's mother have reached a settlement over the court costs associated with last year's trial. AEG Live will be reimbursed 800-thousand-dollars, according to the agreement. The promoters were originally seeking more than one-point-two-million-dollars in reimbursement for costs incurred throughout the five-month-old trial. AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam says it's appropriate for Katherine Jackson to compensate them for costs in a lawsuit he says never should have been brought in the first place.
Last October, a jury cleared the concert promoters of wrongdoing in connection to Michael Jackson's death in 2009, denying damages to Katherine Jackson and her late son's three children.
Dolly Parton Covering Bon Jovi Hit On New Album
Dolly Parton is putting a new spin on a Bon Jovi classic. The country star is reinterpreting the New Jersey band's top ten hit "Lay Your Hands On Me" as a gospel song on her new album, "Blue Smoke." "Something Else!" says the singer discussed her remake in a media conference call Monday. She explained that she grew up in the Pentecostal church, where the congregation "believed in healing and laying your hands," and when she first heard the rock song she thought it "sounds so much like a gospel tune -- with asking God to lay his hands on you."
But Dolly didn't go about transforming "Lay Your Hands" on her own. She said she reached out to Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to not only ask permission but to collaborate with them on the revision. She explained that the three of them got together and "everybody threw in their thoughts and their ideas." Parton added that Bon Jovi and Sambora "certainly condoned" her ideas for the song. Dolly's "Blue Smoke" will arrive in stores on May 13th.
Alexa Ray Joel Collapses Onstage
Billy Joel's daughter is thanking fans for their concern after collapsing onstage in New York Saturday. "People" says Alexa Ray Joel collapsed while playing a show at Cafe Carlyle. The singer was taken to the emergency room and diagnosed with what's called vasovagal syncope, a condition that causes fainting after a sudden drop in heart rate. Alexa Ray, whose mother is model Christie Brinkley, said she was excited about fulfilling her final performance and hopes to make it up to the audience "very soon."
Aerosmith Remakes "Dream On" For ESPN Boston Marathon Special
Aerosmith is contributing to an ESPN special commemorating last April's Boston Marathon tragedy. Frontmen Steven Tyler and Joe Perry recorded a new version of "Dream On" with the Southern California Children's Chorus for "E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston's Strongest."
Tyler tells ESPN the way "Dream On" addresses the concept of loss makes the song sound like it was written specifically for last year's tragic event, and not 40 years earlier. Joe Perry adds that "Dream On" is one of those "rare songs" with lyrics that can be interpreted in many different ways and capture the feelings of a variety of experiences. "E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston's Strongest" debuted on ABC on Saturday. ESPN will rebroadcast the special Tuesday night.
The Allman Brothers Looking To Add Guitarist, Continue
Gregg Allman is changing his tune about the future of the Allman Brothers Band. The rocker tells Radio.com this is not the group's final year, calling that "a rumor." He says they "are not breaking up" but will be "replacing Derek Trucks." Gregg won't reveal who they're considering for the job. Back in January Trucks and Warren Haynes announced together that they would both be leaving the Allman Brothers at the end of 2014. A few weeks later Allman told "Relix" magazine, quote, "this is it -- this is the end of it" for the group, explaining that "45 years is enough" and he wanted to "do something else."
And Allman is excited about his new solo band. He says he's "been building it for almost eight years" and now it's "almost complete." Gregg adds that they recorded a show in Macon, Georgia earlier this year that's "absolutely smoking," which he hopes to release as a live album this summer.
Jackson Brothers, Rowe Send Warnings About MJ Kids' Custody
Michael Jackson's children are reportedly at the center of another custody battle. The birth mother of his two eldest Prince and Paris, Debbie Rowe, has told TMZ that she's willing to fight the Jackson family for custody. She claims she's planning on filing paperwork to have the children under her own care. The boy and girl are currently in the custody of their 83-year-old grandmother Katherine Jackson, who Debbie says is a good woman, but too old to care for the teens.
But the late King of Pop's brothers -- Tito, Randy, Jermaine and Jackie -- have released a joint statement challenging her. They say Prince and Paris are "well loved and well taken care of," and slam Debbie, adding that they are "quite taken back" that she "has decided now to enter their lives, after she abandoned her children many years ago for money."
Paul McCartney Getting Fan Help With New Video
Paul McCartney is making his next video a collaboration with his fans. For his clip to the song "Save Us," the former Beatle looking for his followers to submit photos featuring themselves and their favorite lines from the song. He's asking fans to tap their imagination in making their pictures, explaining that the more creative submissions are more likely to be chosen for the project. Details on how to participate are posted at PaulMcCartney.com, along with the lyrics to the song. "Save Us" is from Paul's most recent album, "New."
Flaming Lips Making Progress On Collaborative "Sgt. Pepper" Tribute Album.
Beatles fans can hear a little more of the Flaming Lips' remake of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Lips frontman Wayne Coyne is offering updates on his Instagram page. A recent post features Miley Cyrus singing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Coyne posted photos from that session last month. Another audio clip features a small portion of Miley singing Paul McCartney's part in "A Day in the Life." The Flaming Lips haven't said when they expect to have their tribute version of "Sgt. Pepper" ready for release.
Night Ranger To Release New Album In June
Night Ranger has some new music on the way. The band, best known for the 1984 hit "Sister Christian," will release their new studio album, "High Road," on June 10th. Frontman Jack Blades says fans shouldn't be disappointed with the effort. He explains that the new album "features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy" rock and roll. Drummer Kelly Keagy adds that the group is "so proud" of their latest work, and they're excited about performing their new songs in concert. "High Road" is Night Ranger's follow up to their 2011 release, "Somewhere In California."