Music & Entertainment News – Wednesday 2/7/18

Music & Entertainment News – Wednesday 2/7/18

Paul Simon has announced plans for a farewell tour. The legend released an extended statement about the decision to move on from touring and says that while he’s nervous about the choice, it’s a natural decision.

Paul Simon - Glastonbury Festival - Phot Credit:

Paul Simon – Glastonbury Festival – Phot Credit:

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief,” Simon said in a statement.

“I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.”

Paul McCartney has issued a statement on the 100th anniversary of women’s rights to vote in the U.K. He says, “Congratulations to all of us on the 100th anniversary of the Suffragette movement. Amazing to think that 100 years ago women were not allowed to vote and wonderful to realize the progress that has been made in many countries.”

Paul McCartney - Photo Credit: Photorazzi / PR Photos

Paul McCartney – Photo Credit: Photorazzi / PR Photos


Peter Frampton and Todd Rundgren have recorded David Bowie covers for the Howard Stern tribute to David Bowie that airs on SiriusXM Friday.

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07/02/2004 – Peter Frampton –  Photo Credit: Daniel Locke / PR Photos

Todd Rundgren -iPhoto Credit: Jonathan  Shensa / PR Photos

Todd Rundgren -iPhoto Credit: Jonathan Shensa / PR Photos


Jimmy Webb, who wrote “The Worst That Could Happen,” “MacArthur Park,” “Up Up and Away,” “Wichita Lineman” and “All I Know,” will perform March 24th at the Cutting Room in New York.

 Jimmy Webb - Photo Credit: Janet Mayer /

Jimmy Webb – Photo Credit: Janet Mayer /


MEAT LOAF  is Getting Sliced and Diced Again This Week!!

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Meat Loaf – Photo Credit:

A month after putting off a fourth surgery on his back, Meat Loaf is going under the knife this week.
Taking to Facebook, he writes: “Tried to watch the Super Bowl, but I can’t remember much… I have not been able to do anything except go to bed, get up and sit in a chair. So if I look weak, I am. I can’t lift anything over three pounds. I can’t bend over. I will be fine once I can get back to working out. I lost 85 pounds. My wife said I was to thin so I gained seven pounds…

“Wish I could work out, but I can’t walk 10 minutes on a treadmill without paying for it the next day. I will be in rehab soon and I won’t look so feeble. Taking a shower is hard and the pain getting into bed is like being stabbed with knives…

“I do not have a life. I want mine back.. If you think for one second I want to have a fourth surgery this week then you’re crazy. I’m not able to do anything except walk around my house for 10 minutes with a walker and go to doctors. That’s my life right now. Go to a special chair I had to buy just to sit in a chair as I can’t sit in another chair in the house. Also bought a special bed to be able to sleep. If it’s my life you want, please, I will be more than happy to trade places with you.”

Meat has also posted a video on Facebook to show the amount of weight he lost.


BEATLES IN INDIA: Meet the Filmmaker


Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman is conducting interviews for his documentary on The Beatles’ fabled visit to India.

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He explains, “What the Beatles introduced me to is a world of richness, joy and creativity. At the ashram, we were all [there] to find out who we were.”

Saltzman, who studied at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram with The Beatles in 1968, hopes to meet with Paul McCartney sometime this year. He’s already put out “an olive branch” to Apple Corps, offering them the a role in the project, though he’s reluctant to give up creative control. He will have to obtain a license to use Beatles songs in the soundtrack, but has many sources for footage he can weave into the story.

While he doesn’t like “re-enactments,” Saltzman plans to use animated illustrations where footage for certain key moments doesn’t exist.

Having been to India more than 50 times, Saltzman also puts his expertise to use conducting tours there.

He will publish a new deluxe edition of his Beatles in India book this year as well.


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