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  • Anderson talks Lee
    This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held on April 7th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will premiere on HBO tomorrow night at 8:00pm The Class of 2017 is made up of Journey, Yes, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, Nile Rodgers and ELO. For Yes, it was the first time it shared the stage with original singer Jon Anderson since he was booted from the band in 2008. On hand to induct the group were Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee from Rush, and Geddy played bass on "Roundabout" in place of the late Chris Squire. Jon Anderson said the ceremony was "Chaos. Lovely chaos. I mean great audience out there and it sounded like chaos to me.”  On Geddy Lee’s playing: “ Geddy was brilliant. He was seriously rocking there. He sounded so just like Chris [Squire] because obviously he learned from Chris, which is great." The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be April 14th in Cleveland.
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  • Rutherford wants it
    It could happen.  A Genesis reunion. Guitarist Mike Rutherford would be down with that. The 50th anniversary is coming up, so could Mike, Tony Banks and Phil Collins do a few shows together? They did a reunion tour a decade ago but then Phil retired.  But he’s back now. They both have memoirs. Mike explains, “I think both of us have gone through this [period of] slightly looking back in our lives in writing the book. I came away, as he did too, with a feeling of what an incredible time we’ve had. How lucky we’ve been. And more importantly, what a great friendship we’ve had.” He didn't address whether original lead singer Peter Gabriel, who split from Genesis in 1975, or guitarist Steve Hackett, who departed two years later for a solo career, might be involved in any reunion or anniversary celebration. Regarding their friendships, Rutherford says, "Obviously, all of us, but especially the three of us -- myself, [Phil] and Tony -- it was quite a special relationship.” Phil Collins is going to do a few shows in London, Cologne, Germany; Paris and Dublin, Ireland in June. A few of those shows will feature opening sets from Rutherford’s long-running band Mike + The Mechanics, who recently issued their eighth album, Let Me Fly. So…they could just get Tony Banks in and do it!!!!
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  • In and Out of Intensive Care

    Elton John had to put his Las Vegas Million Dollar Piano residency dates for April and May on ice, as well as a show in Bakersfield, California, for medical reasons. He was in and out of intensive care. His spokesman says, "During a recent successful tour of South America, Elton contracted a harmful and unusual bacterial infection. During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill. Upon returning to the U.K., Elton's doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection. After spending two nights in intensive care followed by an extended stay in hospital, Elton was released from the hospital on Saturday, April 22nd and is now comfortably resting at home per doctor’s advice. Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly. Thankfully, Elton's medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery. Elton will be returning to his schedule of live performances in June" And Elton adds, "I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans, and apologize for disappointing them. I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

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  • Ted Nugent and David Crosby
    Ted Nugent describes the four hours he spent Wednesday at The White House with President Trump, Kid Rock and Sarah Palin as a "family reunion. "He told the New York Times  "[Trump] gave us a wonderful personal tour of every room and talked about the origins of every carpet and every painting — there was a Monet — and then we had dinner... None of us expected this. He showed us the bed in the Lincoln Bedroom and explained how that was where the president’s son died. He knew the designer of the chairs. He showed us the bulletproof glass.”
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  • Ted Nugent at the White House
    Last night, Ted Nugent had dinner with President Donald Trump in the White House. That included dinner. He said the meal consisted of “incredible lobster salad & lampchops!” When someone asked if he carried a firearm into the White House, he joked, “hmmmmmmmmmm”  Never at a loss for words (I’ve interviewed him multiple times and managed only to squeeze in a couple of words) he had this to say:
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  • playing

    Joe Walsh, evryone’s favorite special guest, has toured the past couple of years with Bob Seger and Bad Company, will hit the road tonight (Thursday) as the special guest of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on their 40th anniversary tour. Joe loves it:

    "I love being on stage. I'm not so crazy about the other 22 hours getting to the next stage, but I love that. And there's a new group of people who weren't around when the records were made and they're checking us all out. So there's a new generation of people and mostly they're curious 'cause they grew up hearing our music and that's a wonderful energy and I pick up on that."

    He and Tom Petty and the 40th anniversary tour hit Hartford at the Xfinity Theatre June 14th.

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  • Dennis DeYoung chimes in
    Former Styx member Dennis DeYoung felt the need to comment on Steve Perry's decision not to perform with Journey this month when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He says, "I felt bad for Steve Perry when Arnel Pineda took his place in the Journey mini-concert. I'm no genius, but I gotta believe if he were capable he would have performed. Remember, Arnel only has a job because of what Steve did." This could be motivated by the fact that Styx also has a sound-a-like for Dennis. Lawrence Gowan.
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  • And her kids
    Melissa Etheridge would rather her kids smoke pot than drink -- and admits that she's smoked with them.
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  • Alex Lifeson talks
    So…Rush won’t be touring, they’re not in the studio…what are they doing?  Geddy Lee is going to baseball games, Neil pert is spending time with his family and Alex Lifeson?  Here’s what he says he’s been doing:
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  • Sgt. Pepper

    More information is out on the upcoming 50th Anniversary Edition of The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    Reissue producer Giles Martin, the son of the album's original producer George Martin, held the first of three scheduled industry listening events around the world last night (Monday) at Abbey Road Studios in London. He'll be in New York April 28th and L.A. May 2nd, too.

    Rolling Stone had a reporter in London who noted 10 new things you'll hear on the album's 34 previously unissued bonus tracks .

    1. The original hummed ending of "A Day in the Life," which was later replaced with pianos.
    2. Various takes of the same song with the piano ending.
    3. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" with a long guitar jam at the start.
    4. "Penny Lane," which was used as a pre-album single, with different backing vocals and handclaps from John and Paul.
    5. The first take of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," with John on acoustic guitar, Paul on electric keyboards and a much more powerful lead vocal from John than the one we've come to know.
    6. An early version of "Within You, Without Out," featuring George Harrison's verbal back-and-forth with the Indian musicians who play on it.
    7. The first take of "Getting Better," another song that would undergo significant change before the take that was used.
    8. An early take of "With a Little Help from My Friends," with Paul on piano, John on guitar and George on cowbell.
    9. A "much more rocking" version of "Fixing a Hole."
    10. A version of "Sgt Pepper (Reprise)" recorded in Studio One, instead of their Studio Two, where they usually recorded, leading to a "more spontaneous live band feel."
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