• ’80s hitmaker Richard Marx, along with fellow passengers, jumped into action to restrain an out of control passenger during a recent Korean Air flight when he began attacking the crew. Marx’s wife, Daisy Fuentes posted on Instagram: “On our flight from Hanoi to Seoul a guy sitting in the next row from us got crazy & started attacking the flight attendants & passengers. When he started pushing the female staff and pulling them by the hair (Richard) was the first to help subdue him. This went on for FOUR hrs. I feel horrible for the abuse the staff had to endure but no one was prepared for this. They never fully got control of him. They didn’t know how to use the taser & they didn’t know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their rope restraints 3 times).”
  • Marx later posted: “Daisy and I are home safe and sound. No big ‘hero’ move at all. Just did what I would hope anyone would do in same situation. Tnx 4 concern”
    • According to The Associated Press: “Yonhap News Agency reported that the passenger was a 34-year-old South Korean man who became drunk after having two and a half glasses of hard liquor on the flight. Incheon police officials could not be reached for comment.”
  • Bad Company will be featured on the January 5th episode of PBS’ Soundstage. Joining the band for the taping was Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, who subbed during the band’s summer North American dates for co-founder Mick Ralphs. Other artists set for the new season of Soundstage include Kenny Loggins and Blondie (Ultimate Classic Rock)
  • James Taylor canceled his February concert in Manila in light of reports of executions of alleged drug offenders prior to fair trials. Taylor apologized to fans and offered full refunds for the canceled February 25th concert at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena. Taylor posted, in part, “For a sovereign nation to prosecute and punish, under the law, those responsible for illegal trade in drugs is, of course, understandable, even commendable. But recent reports from the Philippines of summary executions of suspected offenders without trial or judicial process are deeply concerning and unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law.” (The Associated Press)
  • Peter Frampton announced via Facebook that he and longtime songwriting partner Gordon Kennedy wrote and recorded a new song, called “I Saved A Bird Today.” The track will begin streaming/downloading in early 2017.
  • Bee Gees fans Down Under are clean out of luck after Barry Gibb canceled his 2017 tour — including a headline spot at the Bluesfest open-air concert. Although Live Nation blamed “a change in international commitments” for the cancelation, the usually reliable Noise11.com posted that it was actually due to poor ticket sales.


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