Music & Entertainment News – Thursday 7/19/18

Music & Entertainment News – Thursday 7/19/18

The new Tommy Shaw live album, Sing for the Day, is number-five on Billboard’s Classical Albums chart. Two other rocks acts — Foreigner and The Beach Boys.– are also on that chart.

Kristin Chenoweth talks about Prince in the new issue of People. She recalls her friend’s advice on keeping age in perspective. “He said, ‘How old are you?’ and I said, ‘Oh, I’m 35. He goes, ‘Age is just a number.’” After the Emmy-winning actress asked the music legend for his age in return, “He said, ‘I actually don’t know. I thought that was cool, like, ‘Who cares?’”

Rick Wakeman will release Piano Odyssey, featuring music by The BeatlesYesSimon and GarfunkelQueen and others, on September 14th.

Eric Clapton is warning his social media followers about “bogus E-mails stating that they have won $20,000 and tickets to Eric’s next concert. The E-mails ask for personal information. WATCH OUT THESE THIEVES ARE OUT TO GET YOUR PERSONAL BANKING INFORMATION, DON’T FALL FOR IT!” Jeff Beck and Stevie Nicks have also issued similar alerts.

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies will do an acoustic show September 21st at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, California. The entire band will tour Europe with Uriah Heep later this year.

As he did on CordenPaul McCartney will stage a series of intimate surprise shows in support of his new album, Egypt Station. The first one will happen next week in London.

Joan Jett will produce an album for fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson.  Recording is expected to begin in Nashville later this month. This isn’t the 80-year-old rockabilly queen’s first connection with a younger rock star: Jack White produced Jackson’s 2011 album, The Party Ain’t Over.

Sade is reportedly working on a new album. Stuart Matthewman, her longtime collaborator, tells Rated R&B, “She likes to put out art. So when it’s ready, it will come out.” Sade’s 1984 breakthrough Diamond Life sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

Joan Baez isn’t quite ready to say farewell. The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has added April and May 2019 shows to her final tour — which is still set to conclude May 6th at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.

Hard Rock International will open its first hotel in Ireland in Dublin. We have to assume they’ll try and book Van Morrison or U2 for the grand opening in 2020.

Stan Dragoti, the ad-man who created the iconic “I Love New York” campaign and went on to direct such movies as Mister Mom and Love at First Bite, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 85.


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