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OLDIES NEWS OCT 28 2016

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THE DOORS’ LEGENDARY 1966 LONDON FOG GIG SET FOR RELEASE 

Coming on December 9th is the latest archival Doors collection, titled, London Fog 1966. The band was the house band at the Sunset Strip venue from February 21st until May 7th, 1966. The set will be available as an individually numbered limited edition of 18,000 copies and sell for $49.98. According to the collection’s press release, London Fog 1966 will be “presented in a lift-top package designed to look like a vintage storage box, the set features seven songs on both CD and a 10-inch record that’s made to resemble a test pressing. Noted Doors engineer Bruce Botnick recently mastered the audio for this collection.”

The package includes a reproduction of a London Fog concert poster, a copy of drummer John Densmore‘s handwritten setlist, a program for the Royce Hall UCLA student film screening, plus a London Fog coaster. Among those contributing to the liner notes is Nettie Pena, who recorded the band on a quarter reel-to-reel recorder and photographed the band — with several of her prints included in the set.

JOURNEY KEYBOARDIST SAYS STEVE PERRY HAS TO FRONT BAND AT ROCK HALL INDUCTION 

Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain says that if the band ends up getting the final nod for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, former lead singer Steve Perryneeds to come back and perform with the group. Perry left Journey in 1998 rather than be forced into hip-surgery so that the band could tour behind their hit reunion album Trial By Fire. He’s currently prepping his first solo album in over 20 years.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 27 2016

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PAT BENATAR’S GUITARIST/HUSBAND RELEASES NEW SINGLE SUPPORTING THE CLEVELAND INDIANS

Pat Benatar‘s longtime guitarist and musical partner, Neil “Spyder” Giraldo, has release a new single titled, “Liftin’ The Curse Of The Rock” in support of his hometown heroes, the Cleveland Indians. Giraldo, who over the years has also recorded and performed with Rick Springfield, John Waite, and the Del-Lords, among others, reunited with his pre-fame Cleveland band of brothers, Thrills And Company to record the track.

According to the press release: “‘Liftin’ The Curse Of The Rock’ references the historic and devastating trade in 1960, of Cleveland Indian, Italian-American icon, Rocky Colavito. Colavito was traded to the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland fans believe that a subsequent ‘curse’ was put on the team, supposedly preventing the Cleveland Indians from ever winning the World Series. The Indians have not won a world series since 1948.”

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 26 2016

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TOM PETTY ISSUING VINYL BOX SETS STARTING NEXT MONTH

Tom Petty‘s catalogue — both with the Heartbreakers and on his own — is set to be released in two mammoth limited edition vinyl box sets over the next two months. The sets commemorate the 40th anniversary of the band’s 1976 self-titled debut, which featured Petty’s first breakthrough hit, “American Girl.” Several of these albums have been out of print on vinyl for years and all albums have been remastered for this release — or within the past few years, and will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl with replica artwork.

The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991) features nine vinyl albums and will be released on December 9th featuring Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers(1976), You’re Gonna Get It! (1978), Damn The Torpedoes (1979), Hard Promises (1981), Long After Dark (1982), Southern Accents (1985), Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) (1987), Full Moon Fever – by Tom Petty (1989), and Into The Great Wide Open (1991).

OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 25 2016

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SINGER BOBBY VEE DEAD AT 73

Famed ’60s crooner Bobby Vee died yesterday (October 24th) at age 73 from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, according to Vintage Vinyl News. Vee was born Robert Velline on April 30th, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota with his big break coming on February 4th, 1959, when at only age 15, he and his band the Shadows, filled in during the Winter Dance Party show in Moorehead, North Dakota, following the fatal plane crash of three of the tour’s headliners, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson The “Big Bopper”.

Vee will forever be known for his string of 14 Top 40 hits in the 1960’s — including the 1961 chart-topper “Take Good Care Of My Baby”; “Run To Him” (#2); “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” (#3); “Come Back When You Grow Up” (#3); “Devil Or Angel” (#6); and “Rubber Ball” (#6);

  • Following his hitmaking years, Vee continued to perform on the oldies circuit in both North America and Europe. He retired in 2011 upon learning of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and in 2014 released The Adobe Sessions, which was recorded in his garage with his family.
  • Bobby Vee is survived by his four children. His wife of 50 years, Karen, died in 2015.
DEAD OR ALIVE FRONTMAN PETE BURNS DEAD AT 57

Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns, best known for the band’s 1985 Number 11 hit, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” has died at age 57. Pollstar reported that the androgynous Burns — who was the son of an Austrian refugee and a Liverpudlian mother, died of a heart attack. Burns’ death was announced by his management via twitter, with the statement, “All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.”

OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 24 2015

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ROLLING STONE BILL WYMAN TURNS 80 TODAY!!! 

Happy Birthday to former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, who turns 80 today (October 24th). Wyman, who quit the Stones in 1991, was on hand for the band’s 2012 London shows as part of their 50 & Counting Tour. Both Wyman and longtime fans were disappointed that he was relegated to only two songs during the shows, sitting with the band during “It’s Only Rock N’ Roll” and “Honky Tonk Women.”

On Friday night (October 28th), Wyman will perform at the “Bill Wyman 80th Birthday Gala” at London’s Indigo at The O2. Among those confirmed for the show are Robert Plant, Bob Geldof, Mark Knopfler, Imelda May, and Simply Red / Faces frontman Mick Hucknall — with more artists still to be announced.

Back in March, Wyman revealed he was battling prostate cancer. The Stones’ publicist issued a statement on saying, quote, “Bill Wyman, former member of the Rolling Stones, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in the early stages. The Wyman family has asked for their privacy during this time. No further comment will be made at this point.”

In June 2015, Bill Wyman released his latest solo album, Back To Basics.

OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 21 2016

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JOHN LENNON ENDS RETIREMENT AND RELEASES ‘(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER’ 

It was 36 years ago Sunday (October 23rd, 1980) that John Lennon‘s “comeback” single “(Just Like) Starting Over” was released, breaking Lennon’s then-five year hiatus from recording. Lennon had devoted himself to becoming a self proclaimed “house husband” following the birth of his and Yoko Ono‘s son Sean in 1975. “(Just Like) Starting Over” was a teaser for the forthcoming joint album between him and Yoko called Double Fantasy, which was released on November 17th. It was the last song completed for the album, using portions of Lennon’s unfinished songs “My Life” and “The Worst Is Over.”

  • “(Just Like) Starting Over” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 9th, 1980 — the 14th anniversary of John and Yoko’s first meeting — and eventually hit Number One on December 27th. “(Just Like) Starting Over” held the top spot for a total of five weeks and stayed in the Hot 100 for 22 weeks.
  • “(Just Like) Starting Over” was the second chart-topper by a solo Beatle in the 1980’s, with Paul McCartney & Wings having scored a Number One hit the previous summer with “Coming Up (Live In Glasgow).”
  • “(Just Like) Starting Over” marked only Lennon’s second solo Number One, following 1974’s “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” and stands as the 12th U.S. chart-topper by a solo Beatle.

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OUR ROD STEWART IN LAS VEGAS WINNER

Matt chats with Mary Quinn our winner of the Rod Stewart Las Vegas Trip.

 

BEARS/VIKINGS GAME WINNER

Matt congratulates Bob Ebert of Demotte on winning the tickets to the Bears/Vikings game.

OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 20 2016

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CHESS RECORDS CO-FOUNDER PHIL CHESS DEAD AT 95

Phil Chess, the co-founder of the legendary Chicago record label, Chess, has died at age 95 in Tucson, Arizona, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Chess will forever be tied — alongside the great Memphis label Sun and New York’s Atlantic — as being among the most important imprints to birth rock n’ roll. The Chess roster boasted at one time such legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, and Muddy Waters, among other. In 1951, Phil Chess produced, and the label released, what many consider the first rock n’ roll record — “Rocket ’88,” by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats — which included Ike Turner.

Phil’s brother, and Chess co-founder, Leonard Chess died at age 52 in 1969, just a few months after he sold the company. Leonard’s son, Marshall Chess, became the founding president of Rolling Stones records in 1970 and held the position through 1977.

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OLDIES NEWS OCTOBER 19 2016

YES, JOURNEY, PEARL JAM, ELO, & JANET JACKSON LEAD 2016 ROCK HALL NOMS

Yes, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, and the Cars lead the 2017 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the others vying for induction are the J. Geils Band, the MC5, Chaka Khan, Chic, Janet Jackson, Jane’s Addiction, Steppenwolf, the Zombies, Joan Baez, Kratfwerk, Depeche Mode, Joe Tex, Bad Brains, and Tupac Shakur. Inductees will be announced in December with the induction ceremony set for next April at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. An edited version of the event will later be broadcast on HBO.

Ultimate Classic Rock posted yesterday: “Fans will again be able to help determine who goes in by voting at the Rock Hall’s website; those polls open today and then close at 11:59 pm ET on December 5th. Their votes are combined into a single ballot that joins hundreds of others submitted by artists, historians and music industry insiders — including every living Rock Hall inductee. Chicago claimed the fan vote last time around. Voting is limited to one ballot per day.”

Perhaps in response to Paul Stanley‘s recent issues with the Hall about which members of Kiss were inducted, for the first time, the Rock Hall has announced the individual members of each band being nominated, with Rolling Stone posting the particulars:

  • Yes will include Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Tony Kaye, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, and Chris Squire.
  • Along with Jeff LynneElectric Light Orchestra will only include co-founders Roy Wood and Bev Bevan along with longtime keyboardist Richard Tandy.
  • Journey will feature both its legendary former members Steve Perry and Gregg Rolie.
  • In addition to the founding and current members of Pearl Jam, only current drummer Matt Cameron and founding member Dave Krusen will be inducted if voted in.
  • Depeche Mode will also include original keyboardist Vince Clarke.
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