Surgery Delays ZZ Top Tour Kick Off
ZZ Top announced that they have been forced to delay the kick off of their North American summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill will be undergoing surgery to remove two kidney stones this week.
The band's publicist Bob Merlis says in a statement that "the kidney stones were discovered in the course of a routine physical examination where Hill's doctor advised him that they should immediately be removed, lest they cause more serious problems down the line."
Hill will require two weeks of recuperation following the surgery and the tour will now be kicking off on August 6th in Sturgis, SD and ZZ Top will be launching their tour with Jeff Beck on August 8th in Missoula, MT.
The band was originally scheduled to hit the road this Friday in Morton, MN. The canceled dates include West Bend, WI (July 26), Cincinnati (July 27), Louisville (July 29), Asheville, NC (July 30) and Bethlehem, PA (August 1).
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' New Album Streaming Online
(Radio.com) A few days after streaming five new songs on his website, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' entire new album is available to stream via NPR ahead of its release next week.
Hypnotic Eye, the band's first album since 2010′s Mojo, marks the band's 13th. Out via Reprise Records, the record features 11 tracks, plus a 12th as a bonus for purchasing via Blu-Ray, digital or vinyl. Stream it here.
In addition to the new album, Petty and co. will head out on a tour behind Hypnotic Eye starting next month. The dates start Aug. 3 in San Diego and stretch all the way to Oct. 10 in Los Angeles.
Yes Releasing 35th Anniversary Concert DVD, Blu-Ray and 3CD Album
(Kayos) Eagle Rock have announced that they will be releasing Yes' "Songs From Tsongas - The 35th Anniversary Concert - Special Edition "on 2DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats, and the first ever release of "Songs >From Tsongas" as a 3CD set on September 23rd. We were sent these details:
The Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes' 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. In addition to the originally released Songs From Tsongas show, this DVD is packed with an additional 70 minutes of never-before-released highlights from Lugano. Songs From Tsongas offers a fantastic set list of favorites and rarities including "Going For The One," "Roundabout," "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," "And You And I," "Starship Trooper," "Wonderous Stories," "I've Seen All Good People," "Yours Is No Disgrace," "Ritual," "Turn Of The Century," and many more captured here in all their glory.
Disc One of the Special Edition DVD contains the whole concert from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, previously spread across two discs. This epic show features tracks from across the band's career including an extensive acoustic section (tracks 11 - 18) and some tracks that have rarely been performed live. This entire concert is featured on the Songs From Tsongas 3CD.
Disc Two features a very different concert on the same tour filmed at Estival in Lugano, Switzerland. This outdoor show has a stripped down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas while the crowd wield a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which is clearly not preventing them having a great time!
As a Bonus Feature, the DVD includes another track "Ritual," also filmed at the Tsongas Arena, and an insightful interview with legendary designer and Yes collaborator Roger Dean who created the brand new stage set for the shows.
John Bonham Memorial Fundraising Event Taking Place Next Month
(hennemusic) A fundraising event to help raise cash for a memorial in honor of Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham will take place August 2 in Redditch, England.
The Redditch Advertiser reports the show at the town's St Stephen's Church will feature the late drummer's sister, singer/songwriter Deborah Bonham, who will be playing a special acoustic set.
It has been set up by members of the John Bonham Memorial Fund, whose aim is to raise an initial £50,000 for the design and installation of a fitting permanent memorial in Redditch town centre, the birthplace of the legendary drummer.
Judas Priest Score Highest Debut Since 'Screaming For Vengeance'
(Classic Rock) Judas Priest have reached the UK album top 20 with 17th studio release Redeemer Of Souls. The number 12 position is the third-best chart placing in their career after classic work British Steel reached number 4 in 1980 and Screaming For Vengeance made number 11 two years later.
Redeemer Of Souls was released on Monday, and marks their first studio album following the retirement of guitarist KK Downing, whose 2011 departure turned the band's thoughts towards splitting up. That changed when they hired Richie Faulkner in his place, and Priest have since said that, even though large-scale world tours are behind them, they'll keep going as long as they can.
Frontman Rob Halford has confirmed their 17th album won't be their last. Speaking in a Q&A for Nikki Sixx's Sixx Sense radio show, the singer says: "No - absolutely not."
He reveals the title track is his favourite at the moment, explaining: "It's very precise, articulate song and it carries all the classic vibe of Judas Priest."
Mick Jagger Says He's Doing OK Following Death of L'Wren Scott
(Radio.com) Rolling Stones frontman and noted Hollywood player Mick Jagger has broken his silence about the death of his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who committed suicide in March.
Visiting the Today show to talk about the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get on Up, on which he worked as a producer, Jagger was asked how he was holding up for the last few months.
"I'm doing OK," Jagger replied. "It's difficult. Very hard year, but I got back into it by working on touring with the Stones in Europe and doing other things, including doing this great movie."